That JUMP FORCE Game May Get an Anime or Manga Adaptation

Did you all check out that surprise new game from Bandai Namco, Jump Force, that was shown at E3? It features Goku, Luffy, Naruto, and more in what appears to be some kind of fighting game, and it shows a good amount of potential. If they add the right characters, this would be a must-have for any Shonen Jump fan. That being said, there’s a possibility that Jump Force will not be limited to a video game. Comic Book spoke to public relations manager for Bandai Namco, Nick O’Leary, at E3 and asked if a manga or anime or some other media was in the works and here’s his response:

Yeah, we’ll be working with the licensers of Shonen Jump and Viz and all those kinds of companies to make this a big celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the magazine,” O’Leary said, referring to the Shonen Jump magazine. “So expect things to be happening throughout the year and throughout the campaign.

It sounds like it’s all up to Shonen Jump and Viz. It appears Bandai Namco is up to work with the companies to celebrate 50 years of Shonen. Would you like a manga or anime adaptation? What do you think the story should be? Write your best fanfic below.

The Hulk Vs. One Punch Man in This Action-Packed Fan-Made Animated Short

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If you've ever wanted to see what a fight between The Hulk and One Punch Man would look like, I've got an extremely fun and action-packed fan-made animated short film for you to watch. It's called Hulk Vs. Saitama and it was created by Zimaut Animation.

The short comes in multiple parts. The first part follows Bruce Banner as he travels abroad. While on his journey "he stumbles upon a strong creature in Z City. Inevitably he gives into his anger and turns into The Hulk. Losing control of himself. Now, it's up to Saitama, the Bald Caped Hero to tame the green beast." The second part is basically the main event! Saitama's has only fueled Hulk's anger and things get crazy.

The second part ends on a cliffhanger so we'll have to wait for the third part of the fight to see how it comes to an end. This thing turned out to be really fun so I hope you enjoy it!

Benedict Cumberbatch Harnesses The Power of Grumpiness in New Trailer For THE GRINCH

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released an amusing new trailer for the animated film adaptation of Dr. Suess' The Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the title character and the new trailer offers us a good amount of new footage from the film that shows us what The Grinch is up to as he attempts to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville. 

This is a classic story, one that has been told a few times already. My favorite will always be the original 1966 animated version that we all grew up with. I'm not completely sold on this latest adaptation of the story, but I'll still watch it and hope that it turns out good. 

The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange) lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

The Grinch was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier and it will be released on November 9, 2018. Are you looking forward to this movie?

The Trademark For That STAR WARS: DETOURS Series From The ROBOT CHICKEN Guys Has Been Renewed

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Remember that animated Star Wars series from the Robot Chicken team, Star Wars: Detours? Well, Lucasfilm has renewed the trademark. Why? I have no idea, but I hope it means that one day it will see the light of day! If you need a reminder of what the series is about, here's the synopsis:

Star Wars Detours is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.

It's been six years since Lucasfilm announced the series at Star Wars Celebration in 2012. The comedy series was ready to go with 39 completed episodes and 62 scripts ready to be produced before Lucasfilm put it on hold indefinitely. The series even had George Lucas' stamp of approval. Here's what Seth Green previously had to say about the series:

"So there’s actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next three years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole. I was introduced to Star Wars as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn’t think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next three years with an animated sitcom as three generations’ of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe. 
I do feel that Detours is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in five years? In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, who is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we’ve created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless."

After Disney bought Lucasfilm, the series was canceled for the time being. It's a shame that this series ended up being a casualty of that big deal, but maybe Lucasfilm still plans on releasing it one day. That might be one of the reasons why they renewed the trademark. I think the world could use a little fun Star Wars humor right now. 

I also included a trailer for Star Wars: Detours that you can watch below.

New applications for STAR WARS DETOURS trademark filed from r/StarWarsLeaks

Sony Responds To The FORTNITE Controversy

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It seems that Sony does not want to admit the ongoing Fortnite problem. The company remained silent over the growing frustrations among players after finding out that their Fortnite accounts linked to the PS4 are blocked from the newly released Switch version of the game. 

On the flip side, Fortnite accounts that have been used to log in on the Switch version are also blocked on the PlayStation 4. The sad thing is that Sony never told players that once their accounts have been used on the PS4, they can no longer use it to play on other consoles. As a consequence, Sony’s social media accounts were blasted with complaints from angry players worldwide. 

In a statement to the BBC, Sony finally gave a response to address the situation.

“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested to enhance their gaming experience. With more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles.”

Unfortunately, Sony’s statement did not acknowledge nor offered a solution to the problem of account lockouts players have been experiencing for the past few days. Fortnite developer Epic Games did not give any comments on the situation. However, Nintendo spoke to Polygon during an E3 interview and said that they have no control over how other companies handle Fortnite accounts. 

“In fairness, there are three different things going on,” said Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo of America. “You have companies like mine that encourage cross-play and enable cross-play. You have a developer and content owner that wants cross-play and enable cross-play, and then you have the other platform holders and what it is that they do. And when it comes to other platforms, as much as you have influence on other platform holders, I don’t. And that’s a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not.”

What do you think about Sony’s decision to lock out accounts on the Switch version of Fortnite? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Turns Out TWIN PEAKS Season 4 Is Still A Possibility

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Twin Peaks may be gone for the foreseeable future, but fans shouldn't rule out the possibility the show will eventually return for Season 4 just yet. That's coming straight from the source as David Lynch hinted in an interview with Deadline he may not be as finished with the franchise as everyone initially believed:

“Well, for right now, you could say I don’t want to talk about that.”

Hinting at something more but keeping details under wraps is almost always a tease that talks are underway, and while I have no way of confirming that, I'm not why Lynch would tease people if there's no shot at the series returning. Lynch added later some high praise for cable television, and mentioned that whatever his next project may be, it'll likely be on TV:

“Feature films have fallen on hard times these days. And it’s sad, but it’s the reality. I always say now, cable television is the new arthouse. People have freedom and can make a continuing story. It’s pretty beautiful, but it’s not the big screen, so there’s a little bit of sorrow in the picture and a little bit of sorrow in the sound.”

Would you be excited for Season 4 of Twin Peaks? Do you think the show needs more episodes, or would you rather see Lynch devote his time to something else? 

Captain Marvel is Said to Be The Next Face and Leader of the MCU as we Move into Phase 4

Disney recently gave a presentation at CineEurope, and while there, they actually shared some footage promoting Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. And thanks to MCU Cosmic, we have some information to report from the event. They explain that there are a lot of fake descriptions out there, so they set the record straight with what was screened.

When talking about the Captain Marvel footage, it was explained that she would be the new face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They say the footage was "meant to introduce people to Carol Danvers. The footage shown highlighted her as a character and talked about how she would become the new face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while talking a little bit about her powers and how powerful of a character she is."

As for the Avengers 4 footage, it wasn't much. "It was basically Kevin Feige sitting in a chair talking about the movie and apologizing to the exhibitors there for there being so many fewer heroes to sell to their customers. It was a custom-made video just for the exhibitors and meant to make them laugh as the Marvel characters make them a lot of money and Feige killed most of them in the last movie. He said the remaining heroes would need to come back together as a team in Avengers Untitled."

So, the biggest news that came out of this presentation was that Captain Marvel would lead the charge in Phase 4 of Marvel Studios' plans. It makes sense. After all, she is said to be the most powerful being in the MCU, and she has the ability to travel all over the MCU from Earth to the cosmic realm, so she could technically show up in any movie to help out in some way if she's not busy doing something else. 

I just can't wait to see that first footage of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel! I have no idea when that first footage is coming, but I'll be looking forward to it! What do you all think about Captain Marvel being the new face and leader of the MCU?

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019, followed by Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.

Jon Favreau’s STAR WARS TV Project Will Reportedly Start Shooting This Fall or Winter

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I don't know about you, but I'm pumped up about the live-action Star Wars series that Jon Favreau is developing for Lucasfilm. It looks like the project is getting very close to production. According to Omega Underground, the series is said to start shooting this Fall or Winter.

Favreau will serve as a writer and producer. He's expected to hire other people to direct the various episodes, but I wouldn't be surprised if he directed one himself. 

There hasn't been a lot revealed about the series, but Favreau did say that the series would be set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. He also revealed that it will feature all-new characters and will incorporate the "cutting edge tech" that he used to help in bringing The Jungle Book and The Lion King to life. 

Lucasfilm has yet to announce an official premiere date for the series but there is an expectation it could be coming in the fall of 2019.

What are you hoping to see from this upcoming Star Wars TV series?

There’s a STRANGER THINGS Game Being Developed By Telltale Games

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Telltale Games has announced that they will be adapting Netflix's popular supernatural sci-fi series Stranger Things as a video game. They will also be developing Minecraft: Story Mode as a five-episode interactive narrative series that will be released on Netflix in the Fall. In a statement to Deadline, the game developer said:

"We’re delighted by the response we’re seeing to the idea of Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Netflix in the fall as an interactive adventure. And separately, we’re thrilled to confirm that Telltale is developing a game based on Stranger Things that we’ll publish to consoles and computers at a later date."

In a separate statement made to Mashable, a Netflix rep said:

"We can confirm Minecraft: Story Mode is a licensed 5-episode interactive narrative series coming to our service this fall. It's an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service like Stretch Armstrong: The BreakoutPuss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.:

Just to clarify, The Minecraft interactive narrative will be developed for Netflix, but the Stranger Things project is "launching on the Telltale platform at a later date, not on the Netflix service." Netflix goes on to say that they don't have any plans to get into gaming. What they are doing here they are labeling interactive narrative storytelling:

"We don’t have any plans to get into gaming. There’s a broad spectrum of entertainment available today. Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this as interactive narrative storytelling on our service."

This interactive service allows users to navigate through the story with a remote control, choosing among simple commands and dialogue choices.

Minecraft should be a big hit with fans of the game, but I'm most excited for that Stranger Things game that's being developed. I love Telltale's style and it's going to fit perfectly with the Stranger Things franchise. I'm excited to see how this turns out.

AT&T and Time Warner Merger Goes Through and Comcast Makes a $65 Billion Bid on FOX

The merger between AT&T and Time Warner has been in the process of being investigated to make sure it doesn’t break antitrust laws, but Richard Leon, a federal judge, has officially approved the merger. Warner Bros. and DC Comics are part of Time Warner’s assets, which means this could potentially have an impact on all the upcoming DC movies including (but not very likely in my opinion) Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984. The Wizarding World, The Lego Movie, Legendary’s “Monsterverse”, and more are also included in the deal. This merger also opens up doors for other companies.

One of the big reasons Comcast wasn’t bidding for 20th Century Fox was because of the high levels of government scrutiny that would go into the process. However, now that this merger has gone through, it opened the doors for Comcast to have a better shot of actually pulling off an acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Deadline reports that Comcast has made an all-cash $65 billion offer which is more than Disney’s bid of $52.4 billion all-stock deal. Of course, Disney and Comcast are both loaded and this will be a crazy battle as neither company will want the other to win. It does put a potential kink in the plans of adding the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool to the MCU though. Some people, such as media analyst Michael Nathanson, believe that Disney will come out on top even if it means incurring a $37 billion debt:

We continue to believe that Disney has the superior balance sheet, cost of debt, equity and rationale to emerge victorious over Comcast in a bidding war. The question is will Disney’s board and management go to the mat on this transaction? We think the answer is yes.

In my opinion, I cannot believe that they didn’t think this merger broke antitrust law. I am not a lawyer or judge so maybe I’m missing something, but this is a big deal. I also would like Disney to obtain Fox for the sole purpose of bringing those characters to the MCU, but outside of that, I don’t want anyone to obtain the company. If 2 or 3 companies are in charge of all our entertainment, what then?

Do you like the news of AT&T merging with Time Warner? Do you want Disney or Comcast to acquire 20th Century Fox?