Venom Movie’s Comic Book Influences Explained

It’s safe to say Spider-Man fans have had a fairly mixed reaction to Sony’s upcoming Venom movie so far. On the one hand, it’s great to see Eddie Brock being given another chance on the big screen. On the other, you’d hardly know we’re getting a new Spider-Man universe movie just based on the first trailer.

But while that trailer may have played things pretty close to the vest, the movie is definitely drawing inspiration from the source material. The film’s director, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), has said that it’s based mainly on two different comics arcs: Lethal Protector and Planet of the Symbiotes. So let’s breakdown how this new Venom looks to be adapting Marvel’s comics and those stories specifically…

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For Honor’s Player Base Grows to 7.5 Million

For Honor has hit another milestone, having amassed a player base of 7.5 million – with one million unique players every month.

In an earnings call this week, the developer-publisher called out its medieval melee multiplayer game’s success. The game has hit its first birthday as of today.

Its success is due in part to its regular updates, keeping fans invested. Tomorrow, the game’s fifth season of content, Age of Wolves will go live, and Ubisoft will roll out dedicated servers.

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Ryan Murphy Is Getting Paid an Insane Amount to Jump from Fox to Netflix

Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has signed a five year deal with Netflix, reported to be worth $300 million, which will come into effect when his contract with 20th Century Fox expires on July 1.

Anonymous sources disclosed the value of the deal to the New York Times, and if accurate, it will be among the biggest deals ever made for a TV producer.

Netflix has already picked up Murphy’s The Politician and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel, Ratched. Meanwhile, Murphy’s current line-up at Fox – including American Horror Story, American Crime Story, and Feud – will continue to air on FX.

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Bayonetta 2 Review: Just as Amazing on Switch

When we first reviewed Bayonetta 2 in 2014 on Wii U, we gave it a 9.5. Here’s what we said about it then:

“Every aspect of Bayonetta 2 feels polished and focused. At times, the writing feels ridiculous, but I still love how it plays. The superb pacing and combat are just that good. By the end I was convinced: This sequel builds on everything that made the original great, and delivers one of the most satisfying action games I’ve played.” Read the full Bayonetta 2 for Wii U review.

The Switch version delivers that same action-packed experience, while smoothing out some rough edges.

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Natalie Portman on Getting Back in That Amidala Makeup for SNL

Natalie Portman has opened up on what it was like to get back into her Padme Amidala make-up in the recent sequel to her 2006 rap on Saturday Night Live.

“It was really fun,” Portman told IGN on the red carpet for her latest flick, Annihilation. “It was at like 3 in the morning so I was so out of it. I was literally focused on keeping my eyes open…it was a great experience.”

In the rap, Portman is reprising the mean girl persona she famously debuted in 2006. “Say something bout the motherf***ing prequels b***ch,” she says. “Say something f***king nice about Jar Jar Binks!”

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THQ Nordic Buys Saints Row, Metro, Dead Island Publisher

THQ Nordic – publisher of de Blob, which is getting a Switch remaster later this year –  has bought Koch Media, which owns the Saints Row, Metro, and Dead Island franchises, in a €121 million deal.

Koch Media itself runs Deep Silver (Dead Island and Metro publisher), Volition (Saints Row developer) and Dambuster Studios (Homefront: The Revolution developer), all of which will come under the THQ Nordic umbrella.

There are no plans to restructure following the acquisition, nor any “cost saving measures” on the horizon, suggesting that layoffs are unlikely.

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Metro, Dead Island, Saints Row Publisher Koch Media Acquired By THQ Nordic

THQ Nordic, the Austria-based company currently in possession of the Darksiders, Red Faction, and de Blob properties, has acquired Koch Media, the parent company of Dead Island, Saints Row, and Metro publisher Deep Silver. The deal, which is set for approval later today, was worth €121 million (approximately $149 million).

The acquisition means that THQ Nordic now owns all of Koch Media’s assets, which includes its studios, intellectual properties, and licenses, such as the Metro game series. Koch Media’s business also includes films, which are created “primarily for German and Italian speaking territories.”

Noteworthy studios that are part of the acquisition include Volition, which is responsible for the Saints Row series; Dambuster, which is behind Homefront; and Fishlabs Entertainment, known for the Galaxy on Fire series.

“I strongly believe that THQ Nordic is a great strategic fit with Koch Media,” said Klemens Kundratitz, Koch Media CEO, who will continue in his role as chief executive. “In addition to having long experience within games development and publishing, THQ Nordic has the skills, willingness and capital to deliver growth in the future.”

Lars Wingefors, CEO THQ Nordic, indicated that Koch’s studios will continue to operate as normal, with both Volition and Dambuster working on new, unannounced AAA games, in addition to 4A’s Metro Exodus.

“Koch Media has a long history of profitability despite losses incurred from some less successful game releases,” he said. “THQ Nordic is convinced that the development studios of Deep Silver as part of THQ Nordic will successfully deliver at least four ongoing AAA game projects including Metro Exodus as well as the next Volition Studio AAA release and the next Dambuster Studio AAA release, together with a number of other game development and publishing titles.”

Last year THQ Nordic announced Biomutant, a third-person action game set in a fantasy universe. It is also has Darksiders 3 in the pipeline, which is being developed by Gunfire Games, a studio made up of many ex-Vigil Games employees, all of which worked on the original Darksiders and its sequel.

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Tessa Thompson on an All-Female Marvel Movie

Tessa Thompson says she’s “hopeful” that Marvel might make an all-female movie in the future.

Speaking on the red carpet of her latest movie Annihilation, the Thor: Ragnarok actress said that there’s definitely “an interest” in spotlighting women in Phase 4.

“I’m not Marvel so I can’t make it happen,” she told IGN, “but I can tell you that Marvel is hugely collaborative, I think our even our Thor

movie was basically the product of conversations they’d had with Chris

and with Mark

about what they wanted to do next. I think

Kevin Feige is really excited by the idea, and if you look at what’s happened already in Phase 4 with me and

Valkyrie and our story, and then in Black Panther the women rule supreme.

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