This is your Morning Funk! Every weekday morning, this will be your place to find the top geek stories from around the internet. Today we have news from Star Wars, Marvel Studios, Mega Man and more!
The hugely anticipated and clumsily-titled Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens–Shattered Empire #1 drops in comic stores this Wednesday and CBR has a preview of it. The comic will be bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and the new movie, and will be the first story to take place in that time period in the new canon, which was established at the beginning of the year. Writer Greg Rucka reunites with his Punisher collaborator Marco Checchetto for what’s sure to be a can’t-miss tale for Star Wars fans.
Continuing the big story that I’ve been reporting on throughout the week, The Hollywood Reporter has the latest scoop on the big Marvel Studios shake-up that now sees president Kevin Feige answering directly to Disney. It had been reported previously that as a result of these changes the Marvel Creative Committee would be dissolved, due to their tendency to hold up productions with copious notes and miserly cost-controlling measures. According to THR, however, that will not be the case. The Committee will remain in tact in order to keep a level of cohesion with the TV and comics divisions, though its input on the films will be greatly reduced.
After a week of ridiculous teases, Entertainment Weekly has the reveal on the identity of the star of Marvel Comics’ upcoming Totally Awesome Hulk series, and it’s none other than Amadeus Cho. While the reveal surprises almost no one who has been following the news for the series, it’s good to finally have it confirmed. In the piece at EW, they talk at length with series writer–and creator of Cho–Greg Pak and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso about what makes Amadeus the perfect choice to take up the mantle of the Hulk, and how his attitude towards his abilities will be wildly different than Bruce Banner’s.
Finally, in our only non-Marvel story of the day, the blue bomber is headed to the big screen! Tracking Board brings the news that 20th Century Fox has begun development on a film based on Capcom’s iconic Mega Man series of video games. Details are sparse this early in production, but it seems that it could be a fun film if done with care. There has been a resurgence of video game movies being developed–such as the Assassin’s Creed film I talked about on Tuesday–and it’s only matter of time before one of them finally turns out to be good.