Marvel Television returns to WonderCon in Anaheim with the fan-favorites Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, and Legion. Making its WonderCon debut, Marvel Rising will showcase the world premiere of its newest animated special Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron before it premieres on Wednesday, April 3rd on Marvel HQ. Join Marvel for these not to be missed panels with the popular cast and creators, featuring premieres of never-before-seen footage, exclusive signings, and a few fun surprises along the way – all starting Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31.
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MARVEL TELEVISION AND ANIMATION SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, MARCH 29th
MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER – EXCLUSIVE SIGNING – 3:00PM
Marvel and Freeform will be hosting an exclusive autograph signing with series stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Emma Lahana, executive producer/showrunner Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb from the critically-acclaimed series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.
MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER PANEL
Anaheim Convention Center, March 29, 2019 – 4:45PM – North 200A
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is back for an exciting second season with a must-see panel featuring series stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Emma Lahana, executive producer/showrunner Joe Pokaski, and moderated by executive producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. Be the first to see an extended sneak peek of season two before the series premieres on Thursday, April 4th on Freeform! It’s going to be mayhem!
*Talent is subject to change.
Anaheim Convention Center, March 29, 2019 – 6:00PM – North 200A
Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, tells the story of David Haller, a man who believed himself schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. Join the producers and cast for a conversation about what fans can look forward to in the upcoming third season premiering on FX in June 2019.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30th
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – EXCLUSIVE SIGNING – 11:15AM
Marvel will be hosting an exclusive autograph signing with series stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb from the fan-favorite series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. PANEL
Anaheim Convention Center, March 30, 2019 – 1:45PM – Arena
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning to Anaheim with a show-stopping panel. Be the first to experience the premiere episode of the highly-anticipated sixth season together with some of your favorite stars including Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb. After the exclusive screening, join the cast and producers and catch up on all things Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with a fun and lively Q&A that you won’t want to miss. This action-packed series from Marvel Television will return in May 2019 on ABC.
*Talent is subject to change.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST
MARVEL ANIMATION PRESENTS: MARVEL RISING: HEART OF IRON – WORLD PREMIERE
Anaheim Convention Center, March 31, 2019 – 11:45AM – North 200A
Join our Squirrel Girl Milana Vayntrub, our Ms. Marvel Kathreen Khavari, our Inferno Tyler Posey, and our Hala Ming-Na Wen, along with Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment) and Marsha Griffin (VP, Animation Current Series and Development), for an action-packed panel moderated by Kristin Cruz that will showcase the world premiere of the brand-new animated special Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron. Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron will introduce Riri Williams a.k.a. Ironheart to the Marvel Rising universe, voiced by Sofia Wylie (“Andi Mack”), in an epic adventure that sees Ironheart teaming up with the Secret Warriors to face-off against Hala the Accuser in their epic penultimate battle! Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron will premiere on Wednesday, April 3rd on Marvel HQ.
*Talent is subject to change.
MARVEL RISING: HEART OF IRON – EXCLUSIVE SIGNING – 2:30PM
Marvel will be hosting an exclusive autograph signing with series stars Tyler Posey, Ming-Na Wen, Milana Vayntrub, Kathreen Khavari, and surprise guests for the brand-new animated series, Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron.
Please note that all signings will be added to the WonderCon online Exclusives Portal on March 7th and at that time WonderCon Anaheim badge holders can log-in and create a list of exclusive signings they’d be interested in attending. On March 19th, WonderCon attendees will be selected at random and receive an email confirmation with more details.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger season two will premiere on Freeform on Thursday, April 4th at 8|7c. Legion season three will premiere on FX in June 2019. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns this May 2019 on ABC. Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron will premiere on Wednesday, April 3rd on Marvel HQ.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Legion is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.
Finally, the Cinderella story of the Richmond Greyhounds has come to an end.
We are now in a new season for the team, and they have started off on the wrong
foot. The team is broken up and Ted has his work cut out for him. The team goes
through a slump, and Ted is now doubting his coaching ability. Ted’s personal life
has also gotten out of control, and he discovers his ex-wife Michelle has started a relationship with their therapist. The wonderkid, Nathan Shelley, the former manager of West Ham has had a change of heart and leaves his job to be with his one true love, the waitress from his favorite restaurant.
She convinces him to return to the Richmond team he started out in and it’s quite evident that
everyone wants him back and held no hard feelings. All of Lawrence’s series he has worked on with others have just that right balance of slice-of-life drama with a little bit of ridiculous comedy that reality dishes us, normal folks, every day.
This all comes to a head in the potential series finale where Ted announced to
Rebecca that he will be returning to the States to his family after his mother tells
him that his son misses him. This puts the Richmond owner into quite a state of denial; doing everything from offering Ted the position of being the highest-paid coach in the league to selling the team after he leaves. The team is also affected by this decision as they perform a number from the musical The Sound of Music that is a more than touching farewell to this family.
This bleeds into their playing as in the final title match the first half is met with
bumbling and possible injuries to their star player Jamie.
After an energizing pep talk and a circle back to the first motivator in the
beginning, a sign Ted made up that said “BELIEVE”, the team dominate the second
half and win with a rousing closing scene that is reminiscent of any 80’s party
movie. It’s a fitting end for this pandemic darling that emotionally carried us through. It is
a must-see series even if you don’t like soccer (football).
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm