- Disney unleashes its lovable video game not-really-villain online in the first trailer for Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Hoping this one still retains some fun video game references amidst all the website product placement; the trailer at least promises an exploding bunny.
- After making many of us swoon in Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan takes on the lead role in a new HBO adaptation of Ray Bradbury's dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451, set in a world where books are banned and "firemen" are charged with burning them; the title refers to the temperature at which paper burns. The film, co-starring another acclaimed Michael (Shannon) premieres this May.
- Speaking of Black Panther, T'Challa (along with pretty much the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe) will return soon in Avengers: Infinity War—even sooner now that Marvel Studios has moved up the film's US release date by a week, to April 27. Disney has also set release dates for Marvel films through 2022, though they're not revealing what any of their films in 2020 and beyond are.
- The news that Kristen Wiig is in talks to play the villain Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel has met with a mixed reaction among the fanboys, but I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt.
- In time for the 30th anniversary of Neil Gaiman's pioneering The Sandman, DC's Vertigo label is launching a new "The Sandman Universe" line of comics in August, including reboots of Lucifer and The Books of Magic. Books' Tim Hunter was a British bespectacled magical prodigy long before Harry Potter made it cool, and though he briefly returned in Justice League Dark a few years ago, a new series has long been overdue.
- Following his acclaimed Black Panther run at Marvel Comics, the renowned Ta-Nehisi Coates will take on Captain America starting on, appropriately enough, the Fourth of July. If anything can wash away the stain that Secret Empire left on the character, it's that. Coates' The Atlantic piece on the new gig is a must-read:
Writing, for me, is about questions—not answers. And Captain America, the embodiment of a kind of Lincolnesque optimism, poses a direct question for me: Why would anyone believe in The Dream? What is exciting here is not some didactic act of putting my words in Captain America’s head, but attempting to put Captain America’s words in my head. What is exciting is the possibility of exploration, of avoiding the repetition of a voice I’ve tired of.