Awesome List: Psych and Burn Notice, Marvel movies and cartoons, giant monsters, and still more Indy
Josie gets Psyched
Rachel Leigh Cook is going to be on an episode of Psych; playing Shawn’s high school crush. Also, Cybill Shepherd will be playing Shawn’s mom in a couple of episodes.
Even more important to know: the next season kicks off July 18.
Six gets Burned
Man, I’m just full of the puns today, aren’t I? Genuinely sorry.
Anyway, in other awesome USA Network news, Tricia Helfer’s going to be in a few episodes of Burn Notice. Season Two begins on July 10.
Jin gets Strained
Okay, I guess I wasn’t that sorry.
Finding out that Daniel Dae Kim from Lost is in A&E’s Andromeda Strain mini-series on May 26 and 27 makes me sort of want to see it.
Marvel movies and TV
I haven’t talked much about Iron Man, because I really don’t have anything to add to the discussion. I feel just like everyone else who’s seen it: it’s the best superhero movie ever made and it makes me want to read about that Tony Stark in the comics. I’m thinking I’ll probably start with Enter the Mandarin. I hear good things.
Also, that scene after the credits was awesome and it makes me even more excited to see The Incredible Hulk because I have a feeling we’re going to see it repeated there. The weekend Iron Man was released, Marvel announced it’s movie plans for the next couple of years: Iron Man 2 and Thor in 2010, then Captain America and The Avengers in 2011. An Ant-Man movie is also supposed to fit in there somewhere.
I’ve been wondering why Marvel would bother with an Ant-Man movie until I saw this schedule and realized that Iron Man, the Hulk, and Thor are the original Avengers, with Captain America joining soon afterwards. Except that Iron Man, the Hulk, and Thor weren’t the entire original team. There was also Ant-Man. (And the Wasp, but she’s Ant-Man’s wife and could possibly appear in the Ant-Man movie, if they plan to use her at all.)
So, I’m speculating that we’ll see a similar post-credits scene in all the upcoming Marvel movies, culminating in an amazing cross-over movie event, The Avengers.
In other Marvel screen news, Marvel recently announced a new cartoon for next year. Marvel Super Hero Squad is a “’super stylized’ animated series geared toward 6- to 8-year-olds.” It’ll be joining Marvel’s current cartoon properties: Spectacular Spider-Man (possibly the greatest super-hero cartoon of all time), Wolverine and the X-Men, and Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
Giant, floating, space squid
Undead Backbrain profiles my new favorite giant monster: Dogora.
The Outlander monster
Looks Awesome, doesn’t it? It’s from that Vikings vs. alien vs. giant monster movie Undead Backbrain has been telling us about.
Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods
The ads for Dark Horse’s Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods comic have been frustrating in their lack of information about the story. Here’s the solicitation for the first issue:
Dr. Henry Jones Jr. may be the world’s preeminent archeologist, but that doesn’t mean he’s spent his life in the library! Ready and able to do whatever it takes to preserve the final remnants of history’s most significant happenings, he’ll go head-to-head against Hitler’s elite who want nothing more than to exploit objects of ancient power in pursuit of world dominance!
Be there for the beginning of this roller coaster thrill ride of non-stop excitement as Indiana Jones dons his hat, packs his whip, and undertakes an endeavor more awesome than anything ever!
Indiana Jones sets out on an all-new adventure that will take him around the globe!
I’m not looking for spoilers here, but that’s not at all helpful, right? It’s just a summary of the basic Indiana Jones concept. Like we really need to know what that is. It doesn’t tell you anything about when the adventure takes place or even what “the Tomb of the Gods” is supposed to be. The ads for issues 2 and 3 aren’t any better.
Fortunately, Comic Book Resources has an interview with some extra information. It’s set in between Temple of Doom and Raiders at a time when Indy is transitioning from being all about “fortune and glory” to becoming the “it belongs in a museum” guy. Personally, I’m not sure those two statements show the character growth that Tomb of the Gods writer Rob Williams sees in them, but that’s a subject for a longer post. Williams says that the “fortune and glory” Indy would’ve shot the ark with a bazooka at the end of Raiders and Tomb of the Gods is meant to depict that change. (I agree that Indy has changed by the end of Raiders, but it’s a change we see within Raiders itself, not off-camera sometime after Temple of Doom.)
They’re still not telling what The Tomb of the Gods is, but I can let that go. Even if I don’t agree with him, I appreciate the thought that Williams has put into his story, so I’ll be checking it out when it’s available in collected form.
Indiana Jones makes everything better, part whatever
This is another travel package, but unlike Expedia’s that just lets you visit the locations from the various Indy films, Viajes Con Imaginación have a deal that’s part Egyptian travel; part mystery party.
…they not only organize your entire itinerary, but they also plan strange things and make them happen to you. For example: robberies, kidnappings, ghosts coming to haunt you at night…
They also do a Jack the Ripper themed London tour. So very, very cool.
Michael Bay: Crystal Skull is “gonna suck.”
You might be surprised to hear it after reading that headline, but I have new respect for Michael Bay.