Shang-Chi: The Newest MCU Member

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the breakout movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) pushed due to the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020. In a world that has seen widespread trauma and sweeping issues of terrible racism, this feels like a major win. The trailer alone received over 15 million views in the first week, and it’s climbing by the second. 

This movie seems so critical as Marvel has done a very poor job in the part representing Asian cultures in their films. While marvel has a high reputation for quality movies and exciting fans across the globe, this doesn’t seem like its changing now. The studio itself has said they are expecting to see a major uptick in excitement from MCU fans and Asians that are rightfully overdue an asian superhero. The story of Shang-Chi itself is mostly unknown and being kept under tight wraps, but has high expectations. 

In theaters September 3rd, we see the first new series with an asian lead in a Disney movie since Mulan. Mulan was released March 25th, 2020 as an exclusive DisneyPlus Movie, to counter the shut down of movie theaters country-wide. With this new release for Shang-Chi we will see the superhero as he battles with his past and present. Enter WenWu, we not only have the beginning of a new movie series, but the newest addition to the MCU team. 

Marvel Studios’ President, along side the producer, explained in Entertainment Weekly magazine that WenWu has been known before, but “gone by many names.” These names include that of the Mandarin, similar to the village that made an appearance in the latest iron man movie. While there are still many pieces and details missing, we know what to expect. With the delayed launch, Marvel has had additional time to create a new cornerstone in its legacy. We need to hold them to that, and take a second to appreciate and respect the Asian culture represented in this film. 

eSports: Finding your “in”

So you want to be involved in eSports, but you aren’t a world class gamer yet? Thats okay!

This time is one of the best ever seen to be in a rapidly emerging markets. The eSports industry just surpassed $1B annually. To add to the excitement, Professional eSports team have adapted to the changes in styles of gaming that were forced by Covid-19 with “at-home tournaments.” While we await whats next in the eSports realm, the time to get in is now.

How can I get involved with the industry?

When you watch a professional sports tournament, is it only the players that as needed? No way! There are coaches, trainers, referees, the people who manage the fields, works the camera’s, etc. The point here is that there are many hands needed to pull of the events of even a single game. This is also something you can build a career around – in many different places. You may be a professional gamer, you may now, but here are a few job opportunities within the industry for just about anyone:

1. Professional Player

2. Coach

3. Analyst

4. Journalist

5. Content Creator

6. PR/ Marketing Coordinator

7. Game Host

8. Partnership Manager

9. Game Developer

10. Event Coordinator

11. Player Agent

12. Organization Owner

13. Referee

14. Team Legal Representation

15. Team Scheduling Coordinator

I think you get the point. There are dozens of opportunities within the eSports industry if you can think creatively enough. Not only that, but by doing a simple job search, you will find additional ways to get your foot in the proverbial door. I’m not saying it will be as easy as finding a position the traditional way. I am saying if this is the industry for you, its worth it.

Are there any “cheat codes” to getting picked?

Like in many of the best games, once player beat the game they will find cheat codes to unlock new quests, or search for easter eggs that are available outside the main story line. Getting starting in a new career can be very similar. The traditional route of applying for a job and praying is one way, and then finding loopholes to improve your chances are like those cheat codes. In the eSports world, job experience matters. They want artists of the craft – agents to make deals, coordinators with skills of efficiency, and partnership managers that drive relationship opportunities. Make yourself a “can’t pass up” necessity for the company and you’ll find more opportunities than you may have imagined.

My cheat codes for you: Find a specialized niche – First person shooters, Adventure, Strategy that generates money and interest. Connect with them and volunteer your time. Learn the playmakers throughout the organization and build impactful relationships with them. Ask continuously what more you can do to help, then do it. Let them know you are available for any full time opportunity with the esports world and discuss if they have openings or know of any. Wash, rinse, repeat. Do this 2-3 times and I guarantee there will be esports opportunities available for you in one of these categories mentioned above.

To get you started, here is a quick search I did in Zip Recruiter for eSports jobs.

The question I have for you is – How bad do you want it?… Prove it.

Video Games In 2021 Look Much Different

Let’s face it – The video game industry hasn’t been “normal” since the start of the pandemic. Games that were scheduled to release early in 2020 had no problem, as they were already nearing the end of their development. However, video games that had a late 2020 or even 2021 release have seen dramatic shifts in schedule. For many of these games from big budget companies we have seen entire plans vanish without a trace. Complete radio silence – Kind of spooky. While we are still eagerly await next steps, this has created an opening for small time, indie titles.

This shift makes perfect sense. It takes a small army from Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony to develop their games. Compare that to a small team of overly-determined Swedes that didn’t have to change their development habits much during the pandemic. This is where we are seeing those breakthrough moments that have reshaped the gaming industry over the last year. While we are used to jumping from title to title, video game to video game, this year seems like it’s shaping up to be quite different. While there are still going to be many video games released, the number of “breakout games” will be much smaller.

For us gamers, this means we will be able to pay more attention to the underlying details within a game that bring them to life. I don’t know about you, but I think we can all agree we are pretty excited to see a few things.

1) The video games that do get released this year, and

2) The long term opportunity this creates for indie gaming.

Although we are only four and a half months into 2021 – There are already a few breakaway titles that deserve to be called out. These titles include:

CapCom – Monster Hunter Rise

Toukana Interactive – Dorfromantik 

Annapurna Interactive – Maquette

Nintendo – Bowser’s Fury

Iron Gate AB – Valheim

No matter what your gaming preference is, these video games have made quite splash on the video game industry during 2021. It’s time to give something non-traditional a chance with these games. I know it sounds crazy, but if you are an Xbox gamer, try PC. If you are a PS5 gamer, try a Nintendo Switch. Whatever you do, video games as we know them have changed. It’s time to embrace that and learn to take advantage of the differences.

Static Shock – Before the Movie

Have you watched any of the DC Movies in the series and realized that there just doesn’t seen to be any relatable characters for teenagers? There are some “prequel” shows like Gotham, that tell the story of the Bat himself before he became the Batman. The challenge I have there is that is feels like a set up to get you ready for watching him as an adult. So think back, can you find any DC Movies that are aimed toward teenagers? Probably not. One might argue Shazam, or Billy Batson, but he has the ability to change into an adult on command, so its hard to fully imagine yourself as Billy in your teenage years. 

Enter Static (Shock). Based on a teenage crime fighter from one of the most popular comic book, we are finally going to see a teenage crime fighter movie. This movie will run along side a comic book reboot under the same title. The “Shock” part came from the famed alias that was picked up during his animated TV show in the early 2000’s, and stuck. While we are very excited to see this take shape while they are creating the movie, with no set date for the movie yet, all we can do is wait. While we wait, here are a fun fun facts about Static Shock that you may not have known before:

1. Static Shock is the story of Virgil Hawkins, a teenager who gained (electromagnetic) superpowers  after being exposed to a “mutagen” gas during a fight.

2. Static Shock was originally part of the Milestone Media Comics which was aimed at representing minority groups in comics during the late 20th century.

3. Static Shock ran a total of 52 episodes and was the first African American superhero-centered television show 

4. There is an unreleased video game for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance based on the Animated TV Show

5. McDuffie also became a writer and producer for Justice League, Teen Titans, Justice League unlimited and Ben 10: Alien Force

Did you know these cools facts about Static Shock? Follow along for more updates leading to the Static Shock Movie.

Pokestops get a HUGE value upgrade in Pokemon Go!

First noticed in Pokemon Go’s .205 Update by Twitter Handle @PokeMiners, you may now be soon be able to upgrade a Pokestop as a Trainer. 

If you are a dedicated Go’er or new to the game, you’ve definitely run across a few pokestops. Where ever you are in the real world, the Pokemon Universe is filled with these pokestops that give you hidden prizes. Anything from pokeballs to items you can only find after an evolutions, stopping at pokestops is always a good idea. 

Why upgrade Pokestops?

After 5 years of Niantic keeping pokestops the same, there are four pictures that were found showing the newest possible feature. While it’s still not completely confirmed, it appears as though the ability to upgrade these Pokestops will come in 4 stages – from Normal (as. it currently is) to Level 3, growing a little bit in size every time.

Its believe that upgrading these pokestops could improve your chances of getting better items for everyone in the area. Looking at the final image in the Tweet, it appears as though multiple people will be able to benefit from these upgrades.

Because there are so many questions surrounding this update, we also have to look at the reality and understand that the page 4 image could also mean that it takes more than one person to upgrade Pokestops. It might take a team of people to complete, in which case you’ll have to grab your buddy’s and work together.

Because this pokestop update doesn’t seem to be utilized yet in the current versions, we have to remain open to the idea that this may just be a test feature that might never been seen in the game. Its happened many times before and while that could be the case here, we really hope it isn’t because this sounds amazing!

To learn more about Niantic and what they’re up to, click here.

Watch our interview with the OG voice of Ash Ketchum, Veronica Taylor, visit the Knights Board Stream, here.

Knights Board – For The Nerd In You!

What is Knights Board?

Knights Board, AKA Knightsboard.com, is a Social Streaming Storefront. What is a Social Streaming Storefront, you might ask? It is an ecosystem for fans of all things nerd to 1) gather together and engage with others that have similar interests 2) stream exclusive content with your favorite celebrities and 3) visit vendors digitally to get  . Knights Board connects the missing pieces from the experience we’ve all come to love so much.

What started out as a small experiment to bring fans into one centralized location quickly became an international stage. Hosting exclusive interviews with celebrities, comic book writers, artists and more, we’ve seen global opportunities for our communities to unite. To date, Knights Board is in more than 35 countries, bringing in thousands of pieces of new content every month and has partnered with some of the most well known creators around the industry. 

What is there to do on Knights Board?

You may find our groups to be interesting, connecting with fans in niche area to share tips, ask questions and make new friends. Maybe you’re more of a streamer, wanting to see streamers playing games, see behind the scenes interview with your favorite characters or create streams yourself – then check out the newsfeed? Even better, you may want to find ways to communicate directly with celebrities, and build the same memorable experiences you are used to as a con. Visit “The Forge” – our vendor filled, celebrities showcased memorabilia location.

Who is Knights Board for?

If you’ve got a interest in anything superhero, comic con, anime, cosplay – fandoms in general, we’ve got a spot for you. Why spend time sorting through the baby pictures, graduation notices, and complaints on other social media platforms when you can be connecting with the others that help make your interest so much better? Join the Guild and see what our Knights and Lady Knights are here for. 

Dungeons & Dragons (DND) Meets Godzilla vs. Kong

One of the more highly anticipated movie releases since the start of the pandemic happened last week with Godzilla versus Kong. This film had come across some incredible early stage success, netting $70 Million in sales in China and having tens of thousands of private showing booked in the United States. While its great to see the movie industry getting it feet back beneath itself, this is about Dungeons & Dragons.

One player took it into their own hands to build a 5e guidebook featuring the two beast of the Monsterverse. Called “Primerva’s Guide to Kaijuborn” [by Primerva] was made available on Imgur March 31st with great detail and storylines to shake up your campaign. We start off with a Kaijubon, a new race for Dungeons and Dragons characters comprised of people warped by the presence of an original kaiju such as Anguirus, Godzilla, or Rodan. As we continue through the guidebook we see several other monsters appear, with multiple forms. Add in Ghidorah, Kong and Mothra and you’ve got yourself a pretty great start to this amazing Homebrew guide. There are numerous subclasses, as well as feats built into the the book that provide room to create incredibly deep storylines as a DM or handle unforeseen challenges as a player. 

Why This Book Stands Out

One of the most incredibly things about this book, besides the relevance to the movie industry today, is the design. The design look almost identical to official manuals put out by the official Dungeons and Dragons group. Seriously, compare the two side by side and the styles look so incredibly similar it easy to pick up and use for players of any level. Within just 24 hours, Primerva’s Guidebook has racked up more than 133,600 views. I think it’s safe to say that as DND players, we are happy to blur the lines between movies and storylines. We are even more excited to use these stories lines as a way to celebrate the release of such a great movie!

Looking for other movies that can inspire your D&D Games? Check out this article here!

eSports MGMT – Gaming’s Next Step | Knights Board

If we told you 10 years ago that there would be an entire esports industry built around competitive video gaming from Mario Kart to Call of Duty and Animal Crossing to Fortnite, would you have believed us? Possibly. Video games have become such a huge part of life in the 21st century. It seems weird to look back at the times when video games weren’t so important. Even into the end of the 20th century, Companies like Nintendo and Atari were busy making in home consoles that captivated users and drew their attention into the digital world for hours. Using what we know today about esports, where we are today shouldn’t really be a surprise but the next logical step for the rapidly growing industry.

eSport Management, a two year university business degree has entered the market as a viable career path for true gamers. The programs combines all facets of business and gaming – walking students through league management, coaching, marketing, sponsorship, promotion, content creation and much more. The new education opportunity comes approximately 15 years after schools started teaching social media marketing after noticing similar trends in the then new social media realm. We see that there are collegiate settings that are adapting to the markets, and although not every university shares these viewpoints, this seems as though it will be a huge win for the industry as a whole.

With companies bringing new features and opportunities to the market regularly, it makes sense to have people readily available to monetize the competitive opportunities that esports provide. The global video game industry is already worth more than $100B annually, provide massive opens for eSports management. While the idea may sound new and far-fetched, there is very little difference from running professional NFL or NBA Team. The teams require sponsorships, fans, a schedule, a place to compete and promotional opportunities. Who would be best suited to do that given the educational landscape, business graduates or video game designers? The answer seems up in the air, but we do know one thing – esports are here to stay and it’s only a matter of time until we start to see more universities that off these programs as well.

For a list of colleges that have esports programs, click here.

Marvel Moves Into Phase Four | Knights Board News

Whether you’re a fan or not chances are you’ve heard of the MCU, Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU had set big plans and aspirations prior to the pandemic which are now coming back to life wit the release of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the Prague-based production was delayed in 2020 due to the impending Coronavirus outbreak that was rapidly accelerating. The highly anticipated show appears to be back at it which is good news for Marvel fans.

For those of you who saw “Avengers: Endgame” you will remember the “blip”caused by Thanos. This show takes place just months after that occurrence and dive into the home life of Bucky and Sam. The storyline is a drama filled, action packed six episode series with new villains and many familiar faces. With just two episodes on Disney+ currently, the presumed fights between Zemo, Sam and Bucky is something fans can’t stop talking about.

Familiar faces around Marvel such as Batroc from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Helmut Zemo from “Captain America: Civil War” are expected to play larger roles in the show. Add in new anarchist groups such as the Flag Smashers, that have the main goal of eliminating all superheroes, and we’ve got a pretty exciting series to look forward to.

While most of the movies are 1.5-3 hour films, having a longer run time really allows the details about each character to fill in. We get to learn about them all on a new level and learn about their backstory which is not incredibly common throughout the MCU. What makes this even more interesting is that Spellman, one of the main writers for the project, used general knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, instead of basing this story off specific comic books or previous storylines. This means that while we will see many scenes that are inspired by previous events, we will have many new and exciting moments fans have never seen before.

I don’t know about you, but this Marvel series sounds like it’s going to be exciting to watch.

Check out “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” now on Disney+ and visit the KnightBoard Stream for exclusive access to your favorite authors, comic book writers and artists.

Nintendo Goes Mobile | Knights Board News

Nintendo Goes Mobile and is teaming up with Niantic to piggy back on Pokémon Go’s previous success.

Since 2016, Niantic has been enjoy the spotlight after creating one of the most successful AR (Augmented Reality) mobile games of all time. The technology used to help millions battle for PokéGyms and Pokéstops, allows detailed animations to appear in front of you using nothing but your phone. The hybrid between the superimposed imaging and location tracking technologies got millions of us walking around and looking for Pokémon. With Niantic’s help, Nintendo is actively working to build on this opportunity and take famous games such as Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikmin into the physical realm.

The Next Wave of Mobile is through 

Nintendo Representative Director Shigeru Miyamoto said that the new application would be geared toward “making walking fun.” This is a new territory for the gaming giant, as they have been notorious for avoiding mobile applications. With market entry games such as “Super Mario Run” in 2016 and “Mario Kart Tour” in 2019 we began to see little steps in the right direction. The challenge is that because the Japan- based gaming company has such a strong brand history, a partnership like this can be very complicated and takes time. Important decisions about what franchises to create in this gaming style, as well as important brand perfected details all matter more than usual.

From a business point of view, Investors in Nintendo have continuously mentioned the desire to break into the mobile market. The benefits are two fold really –  1) helping Nintendo deliver on its long missed marketing opportunity and 2) helping Niantic see what’s next. Mobile gaming continues to grow, and with Niantic making $10B in the first 10 month of 2020 from Pokémon go, this looks like the pieces are coming together for something great. While Nintendo fans eagerly await which game franchises will appear in AR next, we all know one thing – Nintendo has found a new home.

Which franchise are you hoping comes out as an AR game? Do you think Nintendo should be going into AR?

Nintendo’s Corporate Press Release: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/corporate/release/en/2021/210323.html
Niantic’s Corporate Press Release: https://nianticlabs.com/blog/nintendo-apps-partnership/
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The Anime Boom | Knights Board News

Last year “Demon Slayer“, a Japanese Manga series following the tragic events of a young boys life, was the fourth highest grossing film across the globe. It was also the best selling title in Japan’s History. When a film makes waves like that in a deeply established industry, people – more importantly, executives take notice. As the number of competing streaming services in the North American region continue to grow, it raises the questions for these executives about how to stand apart from one another and where the opportunities for growth really are.

Demon Slayer, Kimetsu No Yaiba

What’s Next For Anime?

On a global level, Netflix has found the answer in Japanese Style Anime – 40 of them to be exact. This comes as Netflix executives push to remain competitive and expand growth potential into Asian markets. We know North American markets are dramatically slowing growth opportunities. The ability to use consumer data from the Eastern Asian Markets are showing that Anime may be the key for Netflix. The results of this data is being shown through the doubling of Anime titles on the platform. It’s a strategic play built to create attachment to the platform and provide long term value to new users.

Historical data has shown a dramatic increase in anime viewers over the last few years. Netflix claims that nearly 50% of its views have watched at least one anime show in recent months. Titles like “Blood of Zeus“, “Yasuke” and the a show based of the acclaimed game series “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” are just a few of the options that will be developed further for this new audience interest. Despite the in person events surround by Anime (comic cons, group events, etc.), the market seems to be getting bigger and bigger. These executives are using collected data to drive the developing narrative that anime is here to stay.

Which anime is your favorite? Which anime are you most excite for? We want to know!
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Lady Knights: Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Knights Board is happy to announce our upcoming event Lady Knights: Celebrating Women in Entertainment to mark the celebration of Women’s History Month!

This livestream will take place on March 21, 2021 starting at 5:00PM EST.

See panels and exclusive stories from celebrities like Veronica Taylor, Jenette Goldstein, Michelle Ruff, Trina Robbins, and Renee Witterstaetter.

Then stick around for a Dungeons & Dragons One-Shot from some of your favorite Content Creators!

See you on the 21st!

Week in Review: The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, D&D News, Keanu Reeves, & Dan Harmon

In this week’s Knights Board #WeekInReview​, we saw the first trailer for upcoming Disney+ show: The Falcon & The Winter Solider. This continuation from Avengers: Endgame will center around The Falcon & Bucky’s perception by the general public-post Captain America: Civil War. We know very little about the plot other than Baron Zemo & Sharon Carter will make a return. The series drops on Disney+ on March 19, 2021.

In Netflix news, we learned that the upcoming Masters of the Universe anime will feature Bear McCreary as the composer. McCreary recently worked on Godzilla: King of the Monsters & God of War “2018.” Masters of the Universe is being helmed by Kevin Smith and features Mark Hamill in the role of Skeletor.

In recent Dungeons & Dragons news, we’ve learned that Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith have been cast in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film which is slated for 2022 release.

We’ve also learned that Hasbro is reporting a 35% increase in D&D I.P. sales from 2019 to 2020. This is a great increase and shows continued growth of the brand since 5th Edition’s release in 2014.

In Entertainment News, FOX has announced they’ve brought on Dan Harmon to be the showrunner for an upcoming animated show about Ancient Greece. We know little about the premise of the show at this point. You’ll recognize Dan Harmon for his work on Community and Ricky & Morty as Creator and Co-Creator. 

In Gaming News, EA has announced a remaster for the Mass Effect trilogy will be released later this year. Mass Effect Legendary Edition will feature the first three entries remastered in HD and released on Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC. The bundle drops on May 21, 2021.

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Sources:

https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/dan-harmon-new-animated-series-fox-ancient-greece-2022/

https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-movie-michelle-rodriguez-justice-smith/

https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-magic-the-gathering-2020-results-best-year/

https://comicbook.com/anime/news/he-man-netflix-reboot-first-look-kevin-smith-masters-of-the-universe-revelation-anime/

Week in Review: Godzilla VS Kong, WandaVision, Justice League

This week we got a ton of Entertainment News and content!

1) Godzilla Vs Kong got its first trailer, showcasing the ultimate showdown between the King of the Monsters and the Eighth Wonder of the World. These titans will go head to head on March 31, 2021 in cinemas and on HBO Max.

Who do you think is going to win? King Kong or Godzilla? Let us know in the comments!

2) Justice League, The Snyder Cut is coming to HBO Max on March 18, 2021. This superhero epic will be 4 hours long and won’t be cut into multiple parts, as previously speculated. Justice League, The Snyder Cut is a re-release of Justice League “2017” which was filmed by Zack Snyder, but completed by Joss Whedon. This version of the film has been overseen and completed by Snyder, himself.

3) In WandaVision Episode 4 we were reintroduced to Monica Rambeau, previously seen as a child in Captain Marvel, Jimmy Wu from Ant Man & The Wasp, and Darcy from the Thor films. This episode finally began to show some light on what’s going on in the world of The Avengers. The next episode will air on Friday, February 5, 2021 on Disney Plus.

4) Aquaman 2, Spider-Man 3, and Thor: Love and Thunder are all slated to film this year. Spider-Man 3 will be a direct sequel to Spider-Man Far From Home, featuring Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland returning as Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

5) Wizards of the Coast gave us a brand new Unearthed Arcana this week featuring three new, playable, races: Dhampir, Hexblood, and Reborn. Each come with their own special abilities and flavor text. Great additions to any game that features Gothic elements. Gothic Lineage races are still in play test and aren’t considered canon to the Dungeons & Dragons narrative.

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GameStop & AMC find help from an unlikely source.

Call it luck. Call it perseverance through a pandemic. Call it whatever you want, but this is crazy.

In case you missed the last week of stories related to the stock market, you have a lot to catch up on. Reddit users have placed their bets against the “all-knowing” Wall Street veterans and appear to be making a huge impact. The way it played out started with a Reddit post that was broadcast to more than 2M users. The goal was simple: Drive stock price to save the beloved GameStop and AMC Franchises from tanking. Let me tell you, goal achieved!

The challenge that we are seeing here is that the way this occurred was unconventional according to seasoned investors. No one knew that looking at the year over year valuation of these very well established companies would lead to such high growth potential. With both companies expecting to post their 2020 annual revenues soon, and both expecting to show losses, Millenials and GenZer’s did what they do best – took to the internet- to save a legacy brand.

This move caused an uproar, a kind of David and Goliath story if you will, in trading between the “Averages joes” and the “Wall Street Pros” that prove there was something left for these companies. While many speculate movie theaters closing, and video game stories falling to the way side, the impact a simple Reddit forum that took on Wall Street had changed everything.

It went so far as to have common stock trading platforms Robinhood and TD AmeriTrade restrict trading to look into what caused such a massive uptick. With stock prices for GameStop and AMC both falling short of $20, these moves tell that story of what is possible when a group of daily stock traders take on the beast.

For the original story, visit: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/27/investing/gamestop-reddit-stock/index.html

Photo from: MarketWatch.com

Godzilla Vs Kong | First Trailer

The ultimate monster battle is upon us! The King of the Monsters VS The Eighth Wonder Of The World!

The greatly anticipated sequel to “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019), finds Godzilla up against another titanic foe: Kong. Last we saw Godzilla face off against his canonical nemesis, Ghidorah, and succeed, being “crowd” King of the Monsters. Now, it seems he’s going to be facing off against Kong to see which one of them is truly a king. 

Here’s the official synopsis for Godzilla Vs Kong from Warner Bros.: 

“From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes the long-awaited face-off between two icons, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the next epic adventure in Legendary’s cinematic Monsterverse, directed by Adam Wingard.

Legends collide in “Godzilla vs. Kong” as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.

The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies,” “The Little Drummer Girl”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Rebecca Hall (“Christine,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Joker,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), Shun Oguri (“Weathering with You”), Eiza González (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Julian Dennison (“Deadpool 2”), with Kyle Chandler (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) and Demián Bichir (“The Nun,” “The Hateful Eight”).

Wingard (“The Guest,” “You’re Next”) directed from a screenplay by Eric Pearson (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Kong: Skull Island”), story by Terry Rossio (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), based on the character “Godzilla” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. The film was produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull and Brian Rogers, with Jay Ashenfelter, Herbert W. Gains, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira executive producing.

The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Seresin (“The Mummy,” “World War Z”), production designers Owen Paterson (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Godzilla”) and Thomas S. Hammock (“Blair Witch”), editor Josh Schaeffer (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”), costume designer Ann Foley (“Skyscraper”) and visual effects supervisor John “DJ” DesJardin (upcoming “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”).

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, A Film By Adam Wingard, “Godzilla vs. Kong.” The film will be released nationwide in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX on March 26, 2021 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release. It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language.”

Diablo II Remake Allegedly In Development

Coming to us from Bloomberg, we’ve learned that Blizzard has absorbed Vicarious Visions and they are, allegedly, in development of a Diablo II remake or remaster. You’ll recognize Vicarious Visions as the team who developed Crash Bandicoot: The Nsane Trilogy,  The Skylanders franchise, and the Tony Hawk franchise of games.

This remake is said to be in the same vein of StarCraft Remastered and most recently Warcraft III: Reforged. With the tremendous success following Vicarious Visions with their work on the Crash Bandicoot remaster, it makes sense why Activision would shift the team fully over to Blizzard.

The report concludes that this Diablo II remake has been in the works for over a year now. We’re discovering that the initial team working on this project, noted at “Team 1” had previously worked on StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, and Warcraft III: Reforged. However, it seems this group was quietly disbanded in 2020, stemming from poor responses on Warcraft III: Reforged. The Diablo II project has now been pushed to “Team 3” who are currently working on Diablo IV. Vicarious Visions are said to have been brought on to “Team 3” to share the workload in developing this remake.

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FIRST LOOK at Darkseid’s Full Armor in Zack Snyder’s Justice League: The Snyder Cut

We finally have our first look at Darkseid in his full armor for the upcoming Snyder Cut of Justice League. We get this image as part of the upcoming merchandise line featured around the film. 

While fans anticipated seeing this villain appear in Justice League (2017), he was not in the final cut of the film. Fans eagerly await Justice League: The Snyder Cut which is set to release as a 4 hour film on HBO Max later in 2021.

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Netflix Tops 200 Million Subscribers In 2020!

Netflix has just announced that their streaming service has surpassed 200 Million Subscribers in 2020, gaining a whomping 37 million users in the past year. They are now claiming they no longer need to borrow cash to fund their growth strategy and have enough cash flow to supplement their investments.

Netflix’s competition has never been stronger, amongst Disney+, Apple TV, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, and many, many more, Netflix has to continue innovating to stay at the top. With Disney+ announcing its upcoming 10 Marvel shows and 10 Star Wars shows and HBO Max receiving all 11 Warner Bros. movies upon release date, all the streaming giants are in a race for quantity of content. 

Almost in answer to this race, Netflix recently announced that they will be releasing a new film every single week in 2021. These films feature stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Meryl Streep, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Gal Gadot, Dave Bautista, Naomi Watts, Jake Gyllenhaal, John David Washington and Octavia Spencer. 

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Charlie Cox To Return As Matt Murdock In Spider-Man: Far From Home Sequel

Fan-Favorite Daredevil actor Charlie Cox has allegedly been spotted on the set of the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel. It is currently unknown if he will be portraying just Matt Murdock or appear in his Netflix Daredevil costume once again. 

These rumors come from Comicbook.com’s Phase Zero podcast, in which they featured a “very good source” who claims Charlie Cox is, in fact, on the Spider-Man 3 film lot.

Rumors have been circulating for many months now about the return of Charlie Cox to the role of Daredevil, as fans do not want to see him recast. With the Netflix: Daredevil show discontinued, fans eagerly await the return of the Devil from Hell’s Kitchen.

Charlie Cox, allegedly, will be starring in Spider-Man 3 with co-stars: Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Tom Holland, and Zendaya. Spider-Man 3 is currently slated to release on December 17, 2021

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Star Wars: Book of Boba Fett Confirmed As New Series.

The First-Seen Mandalorian is BACK! Teased in the final moments of The Mandalorian Season 2, audiences were blown-away by the reveal of Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett. This series is set to explore Boba Fett’s adventures with Fennec Shand in a post-Return of the Jedi world. 

We know that Boba Fett was previously an ally of our Mandalorian, Din Djarin. Has that relationship changed? Will the the original bounty hunter group make appearances? We know very little right now!

Fans were previously confused by this announced program, fearing that The Book of Boba Fett would overshadow and, perhaps, take over the season 3 arc of The Mandalorian. In an interview with Good Morning America, Jon Favreau confirmed The Book of Boba Fett will be an original series. 

Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, & Robert Rodriguez will be the executive producers with Temuera Morrison staring as Boba Fett & Ming-Na Wen returning as Fennec Shand. We’re very excited to see where Boba Fett’s story takes us. 

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Lucasfilm Announcements at Disney Investor Day 2020

With the President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, at the head of the stage, fans got the chance to see all major properties coming to the Star Wars universe. We watched it, so you don’t have to! Here are the highlights.

Ahsoka Tano will fight the empire in her own series on Disney+. Rosario Dawson will lead the show, as the former Padawn of Anakin Skywalker. Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni lead this series and another at the helm.

Rangers of the New Republic was also announced. Little information is available about this new show, but it’s also being run by Favreau and Filoni.

Ahsoka & Rangers of the New Republic will exist within the same timeframe as The Mandalorian; post Return of the Jedi.

Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor in the upcoming Disney+ series, Andor.

Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Darth Vader in Obi Wan Kenobi, a new series featuring Ewan McGregor once again playing fan favorite, Obi Wan. Obi Wan begins production in March 2021.

A direct sequel to Star Wars The Clone Was is coming to Disney+. The Bad Batch will follow a group of former clone troopers as they experience the fall of the republic and the birth or the empire.

Star Wars Visions will explore the “Galaxy Far-Far Away” through the eyes of Japanese Anime Artists and Creators.

Lando Calirissian will return in a new series.

Leslie Headland is the show runner for a new series called “The Acolyte” which takes place at the end of the High Republic Era.

Warwick Davis will return for a sequel to Lucasfilm’s Willow

The Droid Tales will explore a new story featuring droids R2D2 and C-3P0

Indiana Jones will ride for one final film. Harrison Ford is returning for Indiana’s final film debut. James Mangold is set to direct.

Taika Waitti is currently writing a new Star Wars film which is being described as a “fresh, unexpected, and unique” take, says Kathleen Kennedy.

The next Star Wars film to hit cinemas will be Rogue Squadron. Directed by Patty Jenkins, of Wonder Woman & Wonder Woman 1984, this film will explore a new story based around the famous X-Wing pilots. The film is slated to release Christmas 2023.