We all know who Todd McFarlane is, right? Creator of the redoubtable character that graced his comics company, Image, along with the small and big screen, the back from Hell for revenge psycho, Spawn! McFarlane is back, after a far-too-long hiatus due to the pandemic, to proclaim 2021 the Year of Spawn!
McFarlane starts off by giving us a tour of his office, closed down since March of 2020 due to the blasted pandemic, and the line of toys the King of toys is currently at-work on.
For the DC Multiverse we get new vehicles, a brand new Batmobile, and differently-sized figurines; the Raw10 line will get new mech sharks and gorillas; new Warhammer figures to paint; Dune (related to the new movie) toys, Mortal Kombat (same) toys, Witcher video game figurines, toys from Fortnight, even the anime My Hero Academia. The grey unpainted figurines, known as artists proofs, will be the hardest to find collectibles, McFarlane informs us gleefully.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a McFarlane panel without his talking about the new and upcoming Spawn toy figurines line. The Spawn kickstarter in 2020 earned the Peoples Choice Toy of the Year award for his Spawn figurine; McFarlane promises the Spawn toy of 2021 will be a medieval version of the well-known character, with specially-made accessories of alternate materials.
Moving on to comic books, where Spawn and indeed Image got its start, McFarlane never lacks for passion. Now, while the pandemic is still an issue and most forms of entertainment are still only partially available; if you have an idea for a comic book, now is the time to get into it, he gushes. McFarlane goes on to list the comic books under the Image label that debuted in 2020 to more than 100,000 copies – the color version of The Walking Dead Redux, The Department of Truth, Undiscovered Country, Donnie Cate’s Crossover Event, and Nocterra, just to name a few.
McFarlane happily continues on about creating an entire Spawn universe, that he’ll probably rename eventually, where the well-known character is but one of many. Debuting in 2021 from this whole new universe is Spawns Universe, as the impetus for all the rest of this stuff, possibly in July; then King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, and finally The Scorched.
McFarlane gave a whole list of artists and writers and contributors to help with this burgeoning Spawn universe: Art Adams, Carlo Barberi, Brett Booth, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Donny Cates, Jim Cheung, Mike del Mundo, Javier Fernandez, David Finch, Kevin Keane, Ales Kot, Puppeteer Lee, Sean Lewis, Todd McFarlane, Ben Oliver, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqueira, and Marcio Takara.
Finally, and potentially the most exciting of all, with only a few minutes left to his panel, McFarlane finally addressed the new Spawn movie! Yes, the film is still being made, via Blumhouse Productions, and yes, Jamie Foxx is still set to play the titular anti-hero, and Jeremy Renner has been added to the cast as Twitch Williams. They’re all working diligently on world-building for the film while the pandemic rages, there’s a big meeting next week to finalize the script and send it out.
And of course, McFarlane hints at several secret made-for-tv projects in the works from his Spawn universe. Maybe even a podcast this year! It really is shaping up to be the Year of Spawn in 2021!