Xena to join cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in Season 2

Here's an Awesome Update for Xena: Warrior Princess and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fans! Lucy Lawless, most famous for playing the titular hero cult classic TV show Xena: Warrior Princess, has signed on to join Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D show in it's upcoming second season!

The actress, also famous for her more recent work in Battlestar Galactica, Parks & Recreations, and Spartacus, is taking an as of yet unspecified role for an unspecified duration, but she is set to appear multiple times in Season 2, at least. There may be more news on this casting at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D panel at San Diego Comic Con, so watch this space!

What do you think? Are you excited to see Lawless join the show? Who do you think she will play? Let us know in the comments below!

Fox Announces Guest Stars for Upcoming Season

Here's an Awesome Update for fans of Fox's Animated Comedies! Fox have released a list of stars set to lend their voices to characters in various shows: Liam Neeson, Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader and Kim Kardashian, who will appear in the last episode of American Dad on Fox before it moves to TBS, are just some of the names on the list!

Details about the upcoming Family Guy and The Simpsons cross over were also announced, including some images from the hour long special that will be Family Guy's Season Premiere, set to air on September 28th. The images show Homer and Peter battling in a typical Giant Chicken style brawl that Family Guy fans will be quite accustomed to by now, as well as Stewie attempting to skate with Bart.

The first of American Dad's last 3 episodes to air on Fox start on September 14th and Bob's Burgers returns Sunday October 5th. Finally, Fox announced yet another animated comedy created by Seth Macfarlane and Mark Hentemann called Bordertown.

The new show follows the life of Bud Buckwald, voiced by Hank Azaria, who works as a Border Patrol officer on the US/Mexican border. He lives with his wife, Janice and 3 children, Becky, Sanford and Gert. Bud's neighbour, Ernesto Gonzalez, an immigrant who is doing very well for himself, provides the confrontation for the show due to Bud's dated opinions to the cultural changes occurring in his neighbourhood. No details have been announced yet about when the show is set to be released.

Are you excited for the upcoming season's of Fox's animated shows? Let us know in the comments below!

Marvels comic shake up continues with Unworthy Thor, Superior Iron Man, new Captain America and new Avengers

Here's an Awesome Update for Marvel fans! Further to yesterdays reveal of a new female Thor, Marvel have made some more announcements about their Big Three and the flagship team, the Avengers!

First off, we get a look at "Unworthy Thor", who looks a little worse for wear, below. He still exudes badassery, however, now wielding Jarnborn and using The Destroyers arm to replace his left one that was damaged earlier in the Thor: God of Thunder run (notice how it makes him that one step closer to the "God King Thor" from the future?). Despite being replaced by our new mystery woman, it seems the big blonde barbarian is still to feature prominently in the Marvel universe, and is still going to kick ass. 

Second, Captain America - having been depowered himself - has found himself a replacement to wear the iconic stars and stripes and carry the legendary shield: none other than long time partner and Avengers card member, Falcon.

Thirdly, Iron Man has moved digs from New York to San Francisco, and has gone through a redesign that sees him wearing a silver suit that brings to mind an Apple computer design. Axel Alonso, Marvels Editor-in-Chief, says that the new Superior Iron Man will be a character that is "hard to root for", similar to the likes of Superior Spider-Man (who was actually Doc Ock in Peter Parker's body, though this new Iron Man is still definitely Tony Stark).

Finally, we get our look at a new Avengers lineup, including the new Big Three, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange (all three of which are set to be featured in the cinematic universe), Deathlok (who has a new solo title spinning out of Original Sin), Inferno, Medusa (part of Marvel's push to bring the Inhumans to the fore), former Spawn character Angela (incorporated in Marvels mythology as the sister of Thor from the Tenth Realm) and Winter Soldier (who is now a space-faring assassin).

All this marks Marvels second push to streamline their continuity and provide easy jumping on points for new readers.

What do you think? Are you excited about the change up? What are your hopes for these characters going forward? Let us know in the comments below!

First look at Ultron in Avengers 2

Here's an Awesome Update for Marvel and Avengers fans! As the marketing drive for The Avengers: Age of Ultron builds, we're starting to get some juicy shots and bits of info - including our first look at the big bad guy, Ultron!

He doesn't just look badass as well - writer/director Joss Whedon revealed his basic backstory. As has been heavily speculated, Ultron is going to be a creation of Tony Stark (rather than Hank Pym as it is in the comics), and is a self-learning artificial intelligence that Stark designed to control and run an army of Iron Man suits so that Stark and the rest of the Avengers can have some much needed R&R. From there, things go badly, as Ultron in typical diabolocial computer fashion realises that the best way to protect humans is to do some culling. Whedon says, "Ultron sees the big picture, and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Mwahaha, soon I’ll rule!' He’s on a mission. He wants to save us."

What do you think? Do you like the look of Ultron? What about his Stark origins? Let us know in the comments below!

New female Thor announced

Here's a controversial Awesome Update for Thor and Marvel fans! Announced by Whoopi Goldberg on The View, there's a new Thor taking over in Marvels comic series, and she's female!

According to the announcement, the archetypal Norse God Thor will no longer be worthy of wielding Mjolnir, and it will fall to an as of yet unidentified female character to take up the mantle of the God of Thunder - including, bizarrely, his name, despite that being a birth name given by his father, Odin Allfather, rather than an actual title. The series will take over from the current Thor: God of Thunder run, retaining Jason Aaron as the writer and bringing in Russel Dauterman for artist duties. Aaron has been clear that this is not just a gimmick, not just a temporary switch up, but something meant to truly shake things up in the Marvel universe, saying “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before." 

Thor himself will still be in action, however, now wielding the God-slaying axe, Jarnbjorn, a weapon he used in his, err, youth. Given his appearance on the cover of the upcoming Avengers #35 wielding said axe, it's safe to say he's still going to be involved with the premiere team - though its unclear how he'll fit given not just his normal role, but his very name (and solo title) have been claimed. 

What do you think? Are you happy with this direction or are you among those outraged? What are your hopes for both the new and old Thor? Let us know in the comments below!

Big Hero 6 gets first official full length trailer

Here's an Awesome Update for Disney and Big Hero 6 fans! The first full length trailer for the upcoming Disney animated film based on the comics of the same name, Big Hero 6, is here!

There's little new information for the film, but the trailer does give us a better look at the good guys, the bad guys and the all important humour!

What do you think? Are you excited for this film? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Power Rangers film to be written by X-Men: First Class team

Here's an Awesome Update for Power Rangers and X-Men: First Class fans! The writing team behind the X-Men prequel, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, have been hired by Lionsgate and Saban Brands to pen a brand new Power Rangers film!

Along with the two writers, Robert Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) has also signed up as Executive Producer for the Might Morphin' Power Rangers return to the big screen. The powers that be have promised that the film will completely reinvent the original Rangers, a team of teenage martial artists brought together and given special powers to save the world.

What do you think? Are you excited to see the Power Rangers get a reboot and a return to the big screen? What are your hopes for the film? Let us know in the comments below!

The Hunger Games Mockingjay gets new trailer

Here's an Awesome Update for Hunger Games fans! For the trailers for the upcoming third instalment in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, we're being treated to in-continuity "Panem Address(es)" by President Snow himself, and the second one has just been released!

The twist in the first was seeing Josh Hutcherson's Peeta Mellark standing alongside President Snow. In this one, we get a much more welcoming twist.

What do you think? Are you excited to see the next Hunger Games? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robbie Amell cast as Firestorm in CW's The Flash

Here's an Awesome Update for Firestorm, Flash and DC fans! Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) has been cast in the upcoming The Flash spin off show as Ronnie Raymond, aka the nuclear powered Firestorm!

Robbie is cousin to Stephen Amell, who plays the titular role in The CW's original DC superhero show, Arrow. He will join The Flash cast in episode 3, and from then on will become a recurring character. According to other released statements, Ronnie Raymond is a former S.T.A.R Labs maintenance worker and fiance to Dr. Caitlin Snow, who we've already seen in Arrow. He has an important part to play in the freak accident that gave The Flash his powers, from which he presumably gains his own. In the comics, Ronnie Raymond was only one half of the superhero Firestorm, as he blends with Dr. Martin Stein to transform, but it is unclear whether this will be something the show will be emulating.

Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer on Arrow, The Flash and The Tomorrow People, said "Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and myself designed the pilot and series to include Ronnie (aka Firestorm) — and to actually have someone with Robbie's talent playing the role is beyond exciting. We can't wait for viewers and fans of the character to check it out."

What do you think? Are you excited to see yet more super-powered characters make their way into The CW's DC universe? What do you think to the casting? Let us know in the comments below!


First trailer for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings

Here's an Awesome Update for Ridley Scott and Christian Bale fans! The first trailer for Scott's upcoming biblical epic based on the story of Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings, has arrived!

The film is an epic action/adventure retelling of the story of Moses, similar to the Aronofsky's take on the Noah tale earlier this year. The description of the film is as follows: "From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues."

What do you think? Are you excited to see another biblical epic brought to screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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