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WE… ARE VENOM

Venom hits the big screens in October 2018 with Tom Hardy portraying Eddie Brock / Venom and it’s been a very long time coming! Original plans for a Venom movie started way back in 2008 as a sequel to Venom’s on screen appearance in Spider-man 3 where, to be honest, he sounded like a Velociraptor from Jurassic Park…..but let’s moved on and away from that.

What we know so far

Venom – The film is a standalone movie, set in the Venom-verse, adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It draws its influence from the comics “Lethal Protector” and “Planet of the Symbiotes” (so if you haven’t read them yet I suggest you do). It’s set in San Francisco where journalist Eddie Brock starts to look into a shady businessman who is experimenting with alien Symbiotes. As a result of this, is putting people in danger. Our “Anti-Hero” Brock, becomes infected with one of the Symbiotes (enter Venom – who Hardy also voices). The shady business man Carlto Drake (played by Riz Ahmed) becomes Riot. Brock quickly realizes the violent nature of his Symbiote and strikes a deal to only use its violent impulses to hurt bad people. That, is the rough outline.

Venom is one of Marvel’s darkest characters and from what I’ve read/seen, they will be honoring this in the movie. The trailers were given a 12A rating and it looks set that the film will be rated 15. With lines like  “We will eat both your arms and then both of your legs and then we will eat your face right off of your head…”,  don’t expect Venom to be family friendly fun like Ant-Man.

Tom Hardy

If you’re a fan of the comics (like I am), then this is great news because I really don’t like it when we get a watered down portrayal of a character we know and love. Hardy said at the recent SDCC that the reason he took the role on is because his son came to him with his love for the character. Then as if by magic, a script for the movie landed on his lap. Once Tom read through it, he was sold. For those of you who don’t know, Venom’s character is dark and brutal; he’s a beast and an anti-hero. The trailers that have been released so far have had me fixated to the screen. I’m a big fan of Tom Hardy: his filmography is varied and I personally can’t think of a better actor for the role.

As for the future of Venom… (If this is true,  it is SO EXCITING!)

In August, the studio apparently confirmed that they have plans to crossover Spider-Man and Venom. “They are already in the same universe – so without giving too much away, we are looking forward to the two of them eventually facing off in the future”. Also in this month, Hardy signed up to 2 more films. Until then, we have this first installment to look forward to. Its released in the UK on the 5th October and I am counting down the days until I get to see it!

We have a great NEW range of Venom merchandise available to make sure you’re all kitted out and representing your favourite Anti-Hero!

WE….. ARE VENOM

 

Sam Kelly-Wallace 

Events Manager 

Movies, TV

The 10 Most Exciting Announcements from D23 and San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Well, it’s been a pretty big couple of weeks for film fans, with Disney’s D23 Expo and the San Diego Comic-Con showing us what we can expect from our favourite franchises over the next few years.

And, as expected, Disney, LucasFilm, Marvel and Pixar made a lot of big announcements, from new film projects and casting reveals to teaser trailers and theme park plans.

Here’s a round-up of the 10 most exciting things we saw from this year’s D23 Expo and ComicCon.

 

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers Infinity War logoOf all the things we saw from D23 and ComicCon, this could be the one we’re most excited about.

Marvel fans were treated to a 4-minute teaser from the much-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War at the end of the D23 Expo.

The clip began with the Guardians of the Galaxy running into Thor against a backdrop of cosmic carnage. This was followed by snippets of what appeared to be an epic battle between the Avengers and Thanos.

Other important details to note? It looks like Captain America now has a beard and Black Widow has gone blonde.

Can’t wait for Avengers: Infinity War? Show your support for the team by checking out our Avengers merchandise as well as the individual ranges for Captain America, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man. Did we forget anybody?

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

A Porg. ©Disney

Director Rian Johnson took the stage at D23 along with Star Wars cast members Daisy Ridley, Benicio Del Toro, Gwendoline Christie and Laura Dern to talk about the next instalment in the saga.

And although we didn’t get any new plot details, they did show a behind-the-scenes featurette that hinted at what may be in store, including a terrifying wolf-like creature and an adorable critter apparently known as a Porg. N’aww!

The footage ended with a clip of the late Carrie Fisher, who spoke movingly about what it meant to her to work on The Last Jedi. “(This film) is about family,” she said. “That’s what so powerful about it.”

 

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

 

The full gamut of Disney princesses will be characters in the second Wreck-It Ralph. © Disney

We also got loads more details about the upcoming sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the title character and his best friend, Vanellope, escape the arcade and enter the Internet to find a fix for the Sugar Rush game.

During their quest, they meet a few new characters, as well as familiar faces from LucasFilm and Marvel along with all of the Disney princesses. Yup, that’s right. All of them. And with many of the original actresses reprising their roles, we really can’t wait to see it.

Want to dress like a Disney princess? Then check out our full range of Disney merchandise, including stunning replica dresses from Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and more!

 

Live-action Aladdin

These guys will soon be getting a live-action makeover. © Disney

Following the success of Beauty and the Beast, Disney are following up with a live-action, Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin remake. And at D23, it was announced that Mena Massoud has been cast as the title role, while Naomi Scott has been chosen to play Jasmine.

Will Smith has been chosen to take on the iconic role of the Genie, which was of course played by the late Robin Williams in the original animated movie.

What would you ask the Genie for? How about an Aladdin’s Cave of Aladdin merchandise?

 

Kingdom Hearts 3

The Toy Story gang make their “Kingdom Hearts” debut in the franchise’s third instalment. © Disney

D23 also gave us a sneak peek at the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3. And from what we could tell, it will definitely be worth the wait.

Set for release sometime in 2018, the third major instalment in the Final Fantasy/Disney crossover will see Sora and pals Donald and Goofy team up with Toy Story favourites Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

With the long-awaited third instalment just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to grab some Kingdom Hearts merchandise!

 

Stranger Things Season 2

There’s something strange in the neighbourhood AGAIN in “Stranger Things” S2…© Netflix

The first series of Stranger Things was a smash, so expectations for the second are huge. Fortunately, the trailer dropped by Netflix during SDCC hit the spot and hinted at a host of new twists and turns.

Enter the Upside Down world of our Stranger Things merchandise, featuring Funko Pop! figures of all of your favourite characters!

 

Mary Poppins Returns


We literally could not be more excited about next year’s sequel to the 1964 classic. And judging by the exclusive clip shown at D23, it promises to be all we’ve hoped for and more.

The teaser showed Emily Blunt as the title character flying in with her umbrella. We also saw kite-flying, character shots and Dick Van Dyke dancing on a table. It really does look practically perfect in the most delightful way.

 

Star Wars Land – coming to Walt Disney World

Concept art for the “Galaxy’s Edge” theme park. © Disney

It’s no secret that a new Star Wars-themed land is coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. But, we found out much more about it at D23.

The new area is going to be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and will be set on a remote planet during the war between the First Order and the Resistance. Attractions will include a trip in the Millennium Falcon and a ride that will put you right at the centre of a huge battle between the two sides.

Galaxy’s Edge is said to be a “fully immersive” experience, and apparently, the decisions you make there will affect you elsewhere in the park.

And as if this wasn’t cool enough, Disney also announced plans for a Star Wars hotel, where each guest will apparently experience a completely unique story during their stay. You’ll get to dress up in Star Wars clothing and explore the alien-filled hotel, which will look like a starship. And when you look out the window? Instead of seeing Florida sunshine, you’ll see outer-space.

Planning a visit to Galaxy’s Edge? You’ll need to stock up on Star Wars merchandise!

 

<h2Captain Marvel

Guys, it’s happening!!!! #captainmarvel #sdcc2017

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Although Captain Marvel hasn’t even begun filming yet, we did manage to get a couple of very important details from SDCC – including our first look at Brie Larson as the titular Captain in costume (above).

Director Kevin Feige confirmed that the film will be set in the 1990s. Samuel L Jackson will be returning as Nick Fury, although the film is set before he lost his eye – so we’ll get to see Fury sans eyepatch.

 

Doctor Who Christmas Special

First and Twelfth Doctors

Twelve meets One before becoming Thirteen in the “Doctor Who” Christmas special, which we now know is titled “Twice Upon A Time”. © BBC

Emotions were high as Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Michelle Gomez and Pearl Mackie manned the stage for their final SDCC panel as the current torch-bearers for Doctor Who.

They treated us to our first trailer for the upcoming Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, which will see David Bradley play the original Doctor in place of the late William Hartnell – and the physical and vocal resemblance is uncanny.

Say goodbye to Doctor Twelve with something from our range of Doctor Who merchandise!

 

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for big announcements and entertainment expos. The next to come up is London Film & Comic Con, where you can meet the EMP crew! Come check out the EMP stall where we’ll be selling merch and giving away awesome prizes and freebies!

 

Written by Catherine Hiley.