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Defenders Saga - Netflix Marvel shows Casting and Rumors

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Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil are coming to the small screen via netflix.  I have been calling these projects the Hells Kitchen shows or the Netflix shows.   The official name will be the Defenders Saga.
Each character will have their own show that will then be followed in 2017 by a show called the Defenders that unites all four heroes.

2017 News:
Shows to be released in 2017
Iron Fist
The Defenders
The Punisher - Potentially in 2017 - currently filming

Stan Lee Korea Teaser:
Stan Lee worked with NetFlix to release a special Defenders teaser for Korea.  Apparently, Stan Lee is very popular in Korea.  The teaser is really pretty cool with Stan narrating the entire thing and clips of Defenders and the previous Netflix series being used to fill in the visuals.

Stan Lee's full quote during the teaser is:
They’re the greatest stories ever told. Heroes show us we don’t need to be perfect to do what’s right.It’s not about living without fear, but facing injustice. It’s not about being powerful, but finding your calling. When you least expect it, they show us it’s ok to be vulnerable… no matter how tough you are. Because, even though they’re heroes, they’re still human.

Punisher Teaser:

Defenders Trailer 1:

The Defenders Trailer gives us our first substantial look at the Defenders in action.  It shows Misty Knight interogating Jessica Jones when Matt Murdock bursting in as her attorney.   It shows Luke and Danny meeting which might come about by Rosario Dawson's character.  We hear Stick giving a pep talk as the villain of Alexandra is introduced.  We also get a glimpse of the heroes fighting together in a hallway, which looks completely bad ass.

Alexandra character seems pretty forboding as the big bad as of the series.  She utters a line about the stronger your connections between them the easier they are to destroy.  Alexandra I expect to be the leader of the Hand an organization that seems to have multiple subgroups.  My theory is that there are 5 major Hand groups for each finger in the Hand.  One is led by Bukudo, one by Madame Gao, one by Nobu, and one by Alexandra.  I believe the 5th group is being saved as a surprise and there are few interesting groups it could be.   The Black Sky mythology set up in the Daredevil series is also here with Elektra coming back from the dead as a Black Sky and one of the primary antagonists the heroes will be facing.

The trailer is set to Nirvana's "Come as you are" a song that I would generally consider blasphemous to be attached to a trailer but here it really works.  These are the Nirvana characters of the Marvel universe and they certainly are coming as they are.

Trailer Official Description:
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together. The Netflix original series will launch globally on August 18, 2017.
Defenders Teaser 2:

The return of Elektra is hinted at in this Defenders teaser.  Elektra was killed in battle at the end of Daredevil Season 2 but the Hand took her body and has plans to turn her into the "Blacksky" a special warrior that is the group's ultimate killing machine.


Click on links below for more information on the following Marvel Netflix Shows:

Punisher Neflix Series - News, Trailer and More!

Iron Fist Netflix Series - Reviews, Trailers and More!

Luke Cage Netflix Series - Reviews, Trailers and More!

Villain of the Defenders is said to be played by Sigourney Weaver:
Which Villain will Sigourney Weaver be playing in Defenders?

Details on the Punisher:

Known characters and cast in the Punisher series:

  • Frank Castle / The Punisher - Actor Jon Bernthal 
  • Karen Page - Actress Deborah Ann Woll
  • Dinah Madani- Actress Amber Rose Revah
  • Micro - Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach
  • Billy Russo - Actor Ben Barnes

The series showrunner is Steve Lightfoot who also wrote for the show "Hannibal".  Steve is also writing the first two episodes himself.  Executive Producers for the show include Jim Chory (Who has overseen much of the Defenders shows) and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb.

Toylab Thoughts:
The character of Dinah Madani is described as a homeland security agent who is vexed by the Punisher.  Part of me wonders if this could be a romantic interest and potentially evolve into a character like the comic Lynn Michaels.

Micro was mentioned in Season 1 of Agents of SHIELD as a contact of Skye.  It will be interesting if she is name dropped or could even make an appearance in the show.

Karen's presence will likely help bridge the gap between events in the new series and those that occured in Daredevil season 2.

First picture of Jon Bernthal on set of the Punisher

It also appears the Frank will have reunited with Karen Page.  This makes sense as the two form of bond of mutual respect during the events of Daredevil Season 2.


San Diego Comic Con 2016 News:
San Diego Comic Con featured a huge amount of Defenders news and media.  Netflix and Marvel released 3 trailers at the event. Including Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and a sizzle reel for the entire Defenders series.  All of the Defenders panels were very well received the crowds.  Jon Bernthal who plays the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2 appeared in the Luke Cage panel along with producer Jeph Loeb.

SDCC 2016 Defenders Sizzle Reel

More Trailers released at SDCC:
Luke Cage trailer released at SDCC 2016

Iron Fist Trailer released at SDCC 2016

Hot News Now:
Which Villain will Sigourney Weaver be playing in Defenders?
OFFICIAL: FInn Jones cast as Iron Fist
Jessica Jones Netflix Trailer! 
Characters in Luke Cage series on Netflix 
Black Mariah has been cast for the Luke Cage series 
Pictures of Jon Bernthal in Daredevil Fight Scene 
See what Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) is reading 
Jon Bernthal cast as the Punisher! 
What wasn't in Daredevil? 
First pictures from AKA Jessica Jones 
All The Hidden Secrets of Daredevil! 
GIFs: Daredevil Netflix Season One set 1 
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been Cast! 

Defenders news:
Monday Marvel News - No Bullseye and possibly no Elektra in Season 1 of Daredevil 
What are the Seagate Prison Files?
What Villains will appear in the Defenders?

Daredevil News:
Who is Daredevil?
What wasn't in Daredevil? 
All The Hidden Secrets of Daredevil Netflix show! 
GIFs: Daredevil Netflix Season One set 1
Daredevil Netflix Season 1 Intro and theme song 
New TV spots show Daredevil in his red suit! 
Daredevil's Top 3 Villains 
Break down of Daredevil's first Trailer 
First clips of Daredevil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Cow! 
See first picture of Daredevil! 
Daredevil NYCC News - First Scene summary and description 
Meet DareDevil he has been Cast 
Rosario Dawson to play Elektra?
Monday Marvel News - No Bullseye and possibly no Elektra in Season 1 of Daredevil 

Jessica Jones News:
Who is Jessica Jones? 
First pictures from AKA Jessica Jones 
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been Cast! 

Luke Cage News:
Who is Luke Cage? 
All of the characters of Luke Cage Neflix series 
Luke Cage villain Black Mariah has been cast 
First pictures of Luke Cage in AKA Jessica Jones 
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been Cast! 
Top 10 Villains of Luke Cage 
Marvel Short provides first look into Blackgate and Luke Cage?

Iron Fist News: 
OFFICIAL: FInn Jones cast as Iron Fist
Ryan Phillippe cast as Iron Fist? 
Zac Efron is Iron Fist
From The Vault - Marvel Premiere #15 the First Appearance of Iron Fist 

Punisher News:
Who is the Punisher? 
 Could the Punisher appear in the Defenders?
See what Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) is reading 
Jon Bernthal cast as the Punisher!

Marvel Chief: Netflix's 'Defenders' saga will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Joe Quesada comments on the show
“Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes.”

 “There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.”

The shows according Joe Quesada are being designed for Binge watching almost one giant movie as opposed to the weekly show model Marvel used for Agent's of SHIELD.  With 13 episodes for each of the 4 characters a person could sit down and watch it as one long movie.

“The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show...We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie. It makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier.”

“Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV,” ...“With weekly TV, you sit there and go, “The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.” Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.”

What I know:
Characters Involved - Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Ironfist
Set up: 13 Episodes season for each character, followed by a mini /season event called the Defenders

Casting News and Rumors:
(Section to be updated with news) 
OFFICIAL: FInn Jones cast as Iron Fist
Luke Cage villain Black Mariah has been cast 
Jon Bernthal cast as the Punisher!
Ryan Phillippe cast as Iron Fist? 
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been Cast! 
Was Luke Cage actor shown in Hail to the King short?
Meet the new DareDevil --> Charlie Cox
Zac Efron is Iron Fist

Iron Fist
Ryan Phillippe has said he has a meeting Marvel could it be for Iron Fist?

Zac Efron has confirmed he has a Marvel script.  It could be for a movie but timing wise it seems more likely that he is attached to one of the Netflix show characters.  Likely he is either looking at Daredevil or Iron fist roles.

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones will be played by Kristen Ritter - Learn more on the post below:
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been Cast! 

Luke Cage:
Luke Cage will be played by Mike Colter - Learn more on the post below:
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have been Cast! 

 The Punisher will be played by Jon Bernthal

Jon Bernthal cast as the Punisher!

Other Info on Defenders Series: 

Location- The show will focus on street level superheroes residing in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood.  It will be filmed in New York City.

Rights - Marvel recently secured a lot of rights back - Including Daredevil and his big bad  the Kingpin.  They also have Ghostrider, Punisher and Blade who could potentially appear in the series.  Kingpin is a big deal because there was some speculation that SONY may control him through their Spiderman license.

Feel- The show(s) is going to have a darker, grittier tone than other Marvel projects.  It will like Marvel Noir.

Universe - It will exist in the main Marvel Cinema Universe

What other heroes will show up?
Still unknown but I am hoping for:
The Punisher  ---> Could the Punisher appear in the Defenders?
Misty Knight
Agents from Agents of Shield
Ghost Rider

Related Posts:
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Meet DareDevil he has been Cast 

Marvel Short provides first look into Blackgate and Luke Cage?

Pokemon Go Recent Update

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Pokemon Go! Update Information:

This post is to track major updates to the Pokemon Go app.  The game is new and is off to a massive start.  Niantic though has mentioned that they have come across a few things they want to tweak and also some major things they want to add to the game.  Some of their ideas mentioned at San Diego Comic Con 2016 by Niantic include an ability to upgrade Pokestops, a Pokemon transferring system, and person to person battling.  They also revealed artwork of the three leaders of the different teams and promised to add meaningful aspects to the game around teams.

Pokemon Go Fest and Legendary Raids:

Legendary Raids will debut in Pokemon Go.  There will be a new type of Raid Pass called a Legendary Raid pass.

On July 23, Pokemon Go players will be congregating in Chicago for Pokemon Go Fest. At Pokemon Go Fest the players will be able to take part in the first Legendary Raid.  The players there will need to complete various challenges.  From what I have heard the players there will need to catch a certain amount of Pokemon that day to qualify for the Legendary Raid.  Then if players in Chicago manage to catch the Legendary Pokemon that same Legendary Raid will begin appearing throughout local gyms across the world.

Niantic is trying to balance the hardcore players going to Chicago with everyone else.  Thus challenges throughout the world will exist that day that will help out the players in GoFest.  In turn if the players at GoFest are successful there will be rewards for everyone throughout the world.  Instead, of making one group have an advantage the developers are trying to create a symbiotic / team base relationship.

I have never seen an attempt to do anything like this with any game, EVER.  This really is historical even if you are not a Pokemon Go fan you have to sit back and smile.

New Battling System is HERE

The gyms temporarily closed to make way for a new Pokemon Go Battle System!

Gyms will now be changed in the following ways:
1) Will be able to get items from gyms like Pokestops
2) Will get bonuses if in control of gyms
3) Max defenders in a gym is maxxed out at 6 down from 10
4) Attackers can use 6 pokemon
5) Multiple people can attack gyms at the same time
6) The more a pokemon loses battles the more it will lose motivation once motivation is 0 it will leave gym.
7) Motivation can be increased by feeding your pokemon berries
8) Attacking and beating a pokemon will decrease its Motivation
9) PokeCoins will be rewarded when the defender returns from the gym.  Not during.
10) Only one of each type of Pokemon can be added to a gym (No More Blissey Bastilles).
11) TMs!!!!!!! Pokemon Go will be adding TMs.  TMs stands for Technical Machines these were special items in older games that when used added new moves (New Attacks) to a pokemon.  It sounds that they will work similary in Pokemon Go but instead of adding a specific move, they will refresh you Pokemon's moves based off its available moves.  If you do not like the moves it lands on, you can use another TM.  I am not sure at this point how TMs will be recieved.  My guess is you will get them from Pokestops and they will be rare.

The system should also allow for huge crowd raids where thousands of people attack a gym at once.

6/8/2017 Fire and Ice Event?

The Fire and Ice Event has been confirmed by the Silph Road which I consider to be a great source for Pokemon Go Info:

There was a recent update to the app but it looked like it was mostly bug fixes and nothing very exciting.  There is also rumor but from a descent source that the next Pokemon Go event will be based around Fire and Ice Pokemon.  The event will feature a lot of Fire and Ice Pokemon plus a couple of extra cool things.  Will Lapras spawns go up?  Please Please!

  • Featured of Fire and Ice.
  • Increase Spawn Rate of Fire Pokemon
  • Increase Spawn Rate of Ice Pokemon
  • 50 % Lucky Eggs
  • Double Xp on Throws
  • 5 x Egg hatch XP award.

5/25/2017 - Legendary Pokemon Incoming?
Adventure Week is over now its time for LEGENDARY

The Global Marketing Lead from Niantic accepted an award from the Webbys.  An acceptance speech there must be limited to 5 words and these were the words he chose.

"This Summer will be Legendary"

This certainly seems to be a strong hint that Niantic plans to release at least some of the Legendary Pokemon this summer.

Update 5/17/2017 - Adventure Week

The Grass Event was kind of a mini event to keep things interesting and it looks like Adventure Week is going to be the main event of the month.  Some are speculating that this will be the last event before Raid events.  I am not so sure the Raid events could take a while to set up.

Lets talk Adventure Week (Great name!)
The event goes from Thursday May 18th through May 25th (PDT 1 pm).

  • The event will increase the spawn rates of Rock Pokemon including Sudowudo, Onix, Kabuto, Omanyte, Aerodactyl and also Larvitar.
  • There should be increases in Candy for walking the Buddy
  • More items from PokeStop spins
  • A Free Explorer hat in the store
  • And additional items in the store.

Toylab bloggers will snap some pictures this week and have slide show up of our Adventure Week on our Instagram so check that out!  Until then enjoy your own adventure!

Update -5/5/2017  Grass Poolza
Pokemon GO
Pokemon Go is going to feature a mini event over the weekend in which Grass Pokemon are more abundant and that Lures will last a full 6 hours long.  6 HOURS.  The event is being called the World Wide Bloom and also Grass Weekend.

Professor Willow's research into Pokémon habitats around the world has uncovered some interesting findings. His initial reports indicate that we’ll see an influx of Grass-type Pokémon sometime this weekend. These Pokémon will appear in the wild more frequently starting the afternoon of May 5, but only for a short period of time. We anticipate that Pokémon will return to their normal habitats on May 8, 2017 PDT.

What will happen during World Wide Bloom:

  1. Event will last May 5 - May 8
  2. Grass Pokemon - Increase in spawn rate
  3. Lures will last 6 hours

There are no known increases to star dust or candy, no new features, no new pokemon, no sales in the store.  This seems to be a new style event for Pokemon Go where it is a micro event.  This should still be fun I need some grass Pokemon so I am pumped.

Some people also think that the Bulbasaur above looks like a Shiny Bulbasaur and that there may be an increase in Shiny pokemon.  First off I don't think that Bulbasaur looks shiny and 2nd off I have read no legitmate sources that say anything about a Shiny connection.  So I think that is just a rumor sorry because a bunch of shiny grass Pokemon would be very cool.

Grass Pokemon to hunt for:
Pokemon GO
  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Bellossom
  • Paras
  • Parasect
  • Bellsprout
  • Weepinbell
  • Victreebel
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor
  • Tangela
  • Chikorita
  • Bayleef
  • Meganium
  • Hoppip
  • Skiploom
  • Jumpluff
  • Sunkern
  • Sunflora

Update - 4/13
Easter Event -  its an Eggstraganza!

The Pokemon Go Easter Event will begin 1 pm Eastern Time on 4 /13 and it will go through 4/20 at 1 pm.
The event will include an increased amount of Pokemon that can hatch from 2k eggs (Hopefully reall good ones!)
Increased candy from Egg hatches
Double XP
You can also buy Lucky eggs for half off the normal cost.

A couple of thoughts!
First, this would be a great time to do some evolution and use the lucky to get tons of XP.  Take advantage of these events to boost your XP as much as you can.  Hopefully you have saved up some of your candy because this is really the time to use it.  The event combined with a lucky egg will give you 4x the normal amount of experience.

2nd the expanded roster of Pokemon that can appear in 2k is really exciting.  This means we might get the 1st or 2nd gen starters in 2k eggs!  Its really a great reason to go out into whats shaping to be a beautiful Spring and start walking.

NOW keep in mind your old eggs are not subject to the new 2k rule so if you have old eggs you will want to hatch those quickly and get NEW EGGS PRONTO!!!!

Let me know what the best Pokemon is that you hatch from 2k Eggs!


Code was added in the last update that seems to set up a community level attack at gyms whereby a large number of people would partake in a battle.  Many think this could be setting up events that were similar to the one shown in the initial Pokemon Go commercial where a crowd battled MewTwo over Times Square.  These raids may be how the game releases Legendary Pokemon like Articuno, Moltres, Zappados, Mew and MewTwo to the masses.  This would be a very cool addition to the game and create some exciting, and MASSIVE events.

On top of Legendary Pokemon releases there could also by holiday themed raids and also Battle Team Rocket or team vs team raids.  The options here are many and it adds a much needed expansion to the games battling system.

There was also code added for messages having a Pokemon say his hungry.  Speculation this is a new element of the game where you may need to periodically feed Pokemon that are left in gyms.  If they are not fed they may suffer some kind of stat weakness.

Water Festival 3/22/2017

Today is a global water awarness day and to celebrate Niantic is having a water Pokemon festival.  To celebrate water Pokemon will begin spawning everywhere and with greater spawn rates.  Likewise rare Water pokemon like Lapras are more likely to show up.

DUDE I still need a Lapras and I need more Totodiles so this event sounds awesome!

One other fun thing is that a new hat will come out in the game that has Magicarp theme.  That sounds pretty fun.

There is also a rumor that Shiny Pokemon may be released with the event.  This is perhaps a 2nd part of the event.  The last update also added some graphics to the pokedex that includes a seperate graphic for Shiny pokemon.

Pokemon Go Crystal Ball -3/13/17
CEO of Niantic John Haney has made some noise at some recent speeches about Pokemon Go.  The Generation 2 Pokemon Release reignited the popular AR app but he recogonized that more would need to be done to keep the game popular.  He promised three more major updates within this year.
There are many possibilities here:

1) Gym Battling Change
2) PVP Battling
3) Pokemon Trading
4) Pokemon Breeding
5) Release of Legendary Pokemon
6) Release of more Generations of Pokemon
7) New types of locations (PokeCenters, Daycares, Dungeons)
8) Random NPCs
9) New Team Dynamics
10) Competitive Events

My guess here is that Trading while commonly talked about is not high on there list.  The reason for this is that comes with various problems.   I think the biggest area they will look at is making gym battling more interesting and PVP battling.
Battling right now is half of the game but it is the weakest half of the game.  My guess is that how battling is done receives a major upgrade at some point this year.  I personally hope they also add in NPCs that you can battle for rewards but I really doubt they do it.

Feb 27, 2017 - Pokemon Day Celebration:

Pokemon Go is going to celebrate the anniversary of the Pokemon launch by releasing special Festive Pikachu.
There is also a rumor that the Pokemon Go event may have double xp.
There is also the rumor that game may launch "Shiny" Pokemon.  Shiny pokemon are a special and rare version of Pokemon.


Alright so there has not been a new update.  However in the last update there was a lot of data added.  LIKE A WHOLE LOT of stuff.  News moves, new images, and new items.  This amount of new data really seems like it was paving the way for a massive new update for Generation 2.

Over a 100 new moves were added into the game that cover all type sets except for the fairy type.

New Items include:
These are items that were used the original games for special kinds of evolution.

Added code for Avatar customization:

There is also a Pokemon that 28 different forms.  The forms are similar to the Christmas Pikachu where a Pokemon could be basically the same but appear slightly different.  There is also likely to be an increased gender differences in many of the Pokemon.  Trainer Tips in the below video mentions that he has found that Pikachu's has already migrated to having genders.  You can tell the gender apart because a male Pikachu has a pointy tail and female Pikachu has a heart shaped tail.

Update: Jan 17 2017

Niantic made a few small updates.  I don't think this change overwhelm anyone.
Update to Apple Watch to display Eggs obtained from Pokestops
Changed distance tracking to better account for GPS drift
Minor text fixes

I think many people are still wanting the release of Gen 2 Pokemon, Battling and Trading and until that occurs I don't many Pokemon Go fans are going to be excited.  It is possible though that there were parts of this update that are hidden and are not being reported.

Holiday 2016 Update

New Baby Pokemon have been released that can only be hatched from eggs.

The baby Pokemon are earlier evolutions of previously released Gen 1 Pokemon.

Update: October 17, 2016 - High Speed Brake
Pokemon Go has appeared to have lost the ability to be played at High Speed.  This is likely a safety consideration built into the game to force users to walk to play it.   The game will no longer show Pokemon on the nearby screen or have spawn when traveling above a certain speed.
Additionally the game can sometimes error on GPS and block spawns even when walking.  This change is frustrating many users.

There are some quirks that may need to be ironed out with this update but this is something I have expected since the game first launched and I witnessed many people playing the game while driving.....badly.

It is too bad though because many people have been playing the game while riding on Public Transportation where it has previously worked very well.

Update: October 10, 2016  - Pokedex - Seen vs Caught Change

Pokemon Go has updated the Pokedex to update seen Pokemon with Pokemon that are encountered in gyms.  This means you no longer need to catch a Pokemon to have seen it.
This also means that the visible pokemon in the Pokedex are no longer a reliable gauge for the Pokemon you have caught.  The Pokedex will list a total number of seen and caught pokemon.  If you click on an individual Pokemon it will also tell you the number of that Pokemon you have caught.

Official Announcement from Niantic

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.41.2 for Android and 1.11.2 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Catch Bonus: Trainers can earn a catch bonus for a Pokémon type as they catch more of a specific type.
  • Updated Gym Training: Trainers can now bring six Pokémon to battle at friendly Gyms. The CP of the Pokémon you are battling may be temporarily adjusted lower for your training session.
  • Egg & Incubator Screens: These will periodically update the distance walked without the Trainer needing to close and reopen the screen.
  • Fixed several audio issues.
  • Decreased the evolution animation time.
  • Minor fixes

Update: October 7, 2016 - Gym Training Change

New update makes it so that a player can go to a "friendly" gym (A gym controlled by their team Blue, Yellow, Red) and use 6 Pokemon in training sessions instead of one. Also the Pokemon guarding the gym will adjust their CP lower to match that of players CP. This makes it so that a new player with low level Pokemon could still enjoy battling at a gym instead of showing up and getting clobbered.

Official Announcement from Niantic
 Gym Training Just Got Easier... Trainers, As we continue to make improvements to Pokémon GO, we have made an enhancement to the Gym experience for Trainers of all levels. In an upcoming version of Pokémon GO, when training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities. No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym. Walk with your Buddy Pokémon to that nearby landmark and show your Team Leader that you can battle with the best!

Update: September 13, 2016
A few major updates have occurred.  Appraisal feature has been added to let players know how strong their pokemon is relative to other pokemon of the same species.  There is also a new Nearby tracking screen and the biggest update of the all the Buddy Pokemon feature.  The Buddy Pokemon feature has not yet rolled out to everyone but is live in some areas.  Some have found that the Buddy Pokemon feature has also only hit some providers and not others.

For  more details on Buddy feature:
  Buddy Pokemon Click Here

For more details on IV and appraisal feature
IVs and Appraisal feature CLICK HERE

Update: August 12, 2016
Two major noticeable changes.  The Nearby Screen is now called the Sighting Screen for Pokemon tracking.  It does not show distance.  There is grass image added behind the pokemon in the sightings screen that looks cool but otherwise does not seem to do anything.  The screen updates about every 15 seconds with the Pokemon active on your map that you can see.

pokemon go driver message

A driving warning now flashes on the screen if Pokemon Go sees you are going to fast. You must confirm you are passanger.  The problem with this is that gps signals sometime seem to jump in the ap making it think you are driving when you are fact sitting on your couch or walking.

Update: July 30, 2016 -
Niantic released the following update with the following changes -

  • The footprints on the nearby screen were removed as they were not working correctly
  • Additional clothing options were added so Poketrainers could dress in the gear of their teams
  • Battling changes were made to reduce the power of some quick attacks like water gun.  This change is meant to increase the use of special attacks.  It also should help reduce the effectiveness Vaporeon.  Who had used these attacks in a dominating fashion.  More damage was added to be based off type or comparable damage making picking the correct type of Pokemon important.  Early reports say that Vaporeon's effectiveness has been very reduced.
  • Transferring Pokemon was made faster.  Instead of scrolling to the bottom of the Pokemon information tab and clicking transfer a circular button with three lines was added to the bottom right corner and is always visible.  This button opens a menu where a Pokemon can either be Favorited or Transferred.
  • An extra pop up warning was added when first turning on the game.
  • Battery saving mode removed

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Avengers - Infinity War

New Infinity War Poster 

Marvel is releasing a new Infinity War Poster at San Diego Comic Con.  The Poster has Iron Man in forefront backed up immediatly by a group of Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora, Nebula and Mantis.  Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Spider-Man are next.  War Machine, Winter Soldier and Hawkeye are seen farther back.  Thanos then looms over them all.

Curiousily not seen are the main Avengers Hulk, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Captain America.  Also not seen are the other Guardians being Starlord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, and Groot.  Does this mean these characters will not be seen in the film.  Who knows it already has a ton of characters.

The poster definetly makes the point though of connecting various of the films together in this poster. This is where a lot of these new guys and the old guys are getting together.

Mark Ruffalo says, "In the next one everybody dies".
A video making waves right now has Mark Ruffalo saying that all of the heroes die in Avengers Infinity War. Don Cheadle looks at him and says "Dude!". Its hard for me to tell if they are being serious here or joking around.  I know this sounds crazy but I don't find the idea of all, or at least a lot of heroes dieing in Infinity War to be surprising.  That is A) What Thanos does he kills everybody.  Also the MCU will need some kind of reset.  Its going to be a weird reset because some of the films will be going forward after Infinity War like Guardians but its a pretty well known fact that many of the actors are close to filling out their MCU contracts.

Now one thing to keep in mind here the dream sequence of Iron Man in Age of Ultron showed what appeared to be the entire Avengers team dead.  The Scarlet Witch seems startled by what she unlocked in his head like it did not all come from her.  It seems likely this was something of a prophesy or a vision into the future.  

The landscape resembles where we see the throne of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Likewise the Chitauri forces clearly make up his army and are seen in the distance.  All the Avengers are dead.  Hulk has has many spears jabbed into him.  Captain America's Shield is cracked.  Captain America utters the words... "You could have saved us, you could have done more." and then he dies.

This sequeunce is pretty important to the film as this dream seems to inspire Tony Stark's study of the mind infinity stone and then his creation of Ultron.

After this dream it does not seem all that crazy for ALL of the Avengers to die.

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man: 
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos:
  • An intergalactic despot who longs to collect all of the Infinity Stones in order to inflict his will on all of reality. 
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk: 
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki 
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers: 
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor: 
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye 
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord 
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch 
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier 
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange: 
  • Paul Bettany as Vision 
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury 
  • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill 
  • Benedict Wong as Wong 
  • Zoe Saldana as Gamora 
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula 
  • Vin Diesel as Groot 
  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer 
  • Rocket 
  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis 
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow 
  • Benicio del Toro as Taneleer Tivan / The Collecto 
  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man 
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon 
  • Additionally, Terry Notary appears as one of Thanos' henchmen.

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The Final Trailer! 
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The Black Panther to make first MCU appearance in Age of Ultron? 
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What is Vibranium / Carbine 
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Who is Hawkeye? 
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Who is Doctor Strange?
Who is the Black Panther?
Who is Ant-Man?
Who is the Wasp AKA Janet van Dyne? 
Who is Ms Marvel/ Carol Danvers?   
Who is Wonder Man?
Who is Beta Ray Bill?  
Who is Daredevil?
Who is Tigra?
Who is Falcon? 

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Quicksilver a villain or hero?

Who is Baron Von Strucker?

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Who is Blackbolt?

Blackbolt is King of the Inhumans and the most powerful member of their race.   Blackbolt will be played actor Anson Mount in in the Marvel Imax series Inhumans.

Full Name: Blackagar Boltagon

First Appearance:  Fantastic Four #45

Blackbolt News:
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Two high ranking members of the genetist panel (high in importance) of Inhumans are having a child.  The embroyo is exposed to a small amount of terrigen mist (The chemical that causes the mutation to bring out Inhumans powers) the child at birth shows the extremely dangerous ability of controlling electrons through his voice.  The infant though only a newborn and exposed to a small amount of Terrigen is capable of extreme destruction.  The Inhumans place young Blackbolt into a sound proof chamber and train him for his entire young life on how to remain completely silent.  Blackbolt's training is so rigorous that he can even prevent himself from making noise while sleeping.  When the young Blackbolt emerges from the sound proof chamber he is the most powerful and feared member of the Inhumans ever.

Blackbolt's brother Maximus tries goad him into speaking and fights him.  Blackbolt does not make a sound.

Blackbolt then goes on a trek to see the world of Earth outside of Attilan.  Eventually, he comes back and is made into the King of the Inhumans.

Major Events as King:
As King Blackbolt has done many major things.

  • He has moved Attilan the Inhuman city first to the Himalayas then to the Blue Side of the Moon.
  • He freed the Alpha Primitive race.
  • He conquered the Kree
  • He fought the Hulk a few times to a stand still
  • He killed the Omega Level Mutant Vulcan
  • Destroyed entire alien armadas

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Blackbolt is stronger, faster, and more durable than other Inhumans.  Some of this is due to his ability to control electrons which allows him to control a variety of phenomenon.  The electron controlling ability is within his speech part of his brain which means any sound he makes with his voice release a vast powerful blast of energy.  Blackbolt can use small or large amounts of sound to make him stronger and faster.  Using the pitchfork on his forehead he harnesses the energy around him and controls it.

Blackbolt's Sonic Scream can reach a level of power where it can destroy an entire planet or wipe away an armada of advanced starships.

He can use his sonic abilities to fly very fast through the air over vast distances.

Blackbolt also has minor telepathic abilities that allow him to block psychic attacks.  It also allows him to communicate his thoughts.  This is helpful because he can not speak without unleashing his destructive voice.  His telepathic ability is not high but those who are very tuned into to him can understand him.  Medusa in particular can understand what he wants.

If you have not guessed it by these powers then I will spell it out for you.  Blackbolt is ridiculously powerful, he is a walking, flying, psychic Deathstar.  When you start look for a character who has a Superman like powerlevel in the Marvel Universe then Blackbolt immediately comes to mind.

 Leadership Style with Medusa
Medusa speaks for Blackbolt.  Blackbolt telepathically communicates with her and she speaks for the King.  This makes Medusa extremely important because otherwise the Inhumans would be lost on what Blackbolt wants.


Marvel Cinematic Universe:
 There is reason to believe that the Inhumans will have a big role in Marvel's Phase 3 roll out.  The Inhumans film has been canceled but it has been replaced with TV Series that will have its first 2 episodes air in Imax theaters.  This will be the first time a merger between Imax and a tv series has been done.

Casting: Meet Anson Mount!

Actor Anson Mount known for his role on Hell on Wheels and Crossroads has been cast as Black Bolt.  Anson also had a role in the show Conviction and appeared in an episode of Lost.

Truth be told I have not seen Hell On Wheels but I have been told by friends that he is a great actor is great in that show.  One comment from a friend really stood out to me.  She said he acts a lot with his eyes.  Alright anybody who knows anything about Blackbolt realizes that Blackbolt will not be able to talk so acting with his body and eyes is going to be very important.  This may be a reason why he was cast.  I think he does have a great look in particular I think he does have great eyes that can portray the solemnity of Blackbolt.  Really really intriguing casting I'm excited to see what he does.

First look at Black Bolt:
There were photos snapped of Anson Mount as Black Bolt in a scene that seems to appear on Earth.
He is not wearing the Blackbolt mask in this picture.  I do not know if he will don the mask in the series or not.

Anson Mount
Here is a fun video I found of Anson showing how to make an Old Fashioned cocktail.  Personally, I give mad automatic props to anyone who can make a cocktail like that.

Prior Speculations Initial speculation was that Vin Diesel was set to play Blackbolt in the Inhumans film.  Vin Diesel said he had met with Marvel for a role down in the future.  He agreed to do the extra role of Groot but little has been said of what the future role could have been.  Many think this speculated role was for Blackbolt.  Vin Diesel even mentioned that one role he was lending his voice to, and the other only his body.  As Blackbolt does not talk this seems to be a large hint at him playing the role.  However, this was prior to Inhumans being turned into a part film part TV series so it is hard to know if Vin Diesel would still be attached at the helm of the project.

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Who is Darth Sidious?

Who is Darth Sidious?

Darth Sidious is also known as Emperor Palpatine and is the main antagonist in both Star Wars Trilogies Episodes I through VI.

Real Name:  Palpatine

Alias:  Darth Sidious, Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, Emperor of the Empire

Species: Human

Home Planet:  Naboo

Born: 82 BBY

Death: 4 ABY

Apprentices: Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Darth Tyranus

Canon: Darth Sidious / Emperor Palpatine is a main character in Episodes I-VI.

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Training and Rise of the Empire
Palpatine is born to a powerful family on the planet of Naboo.  He became fascinated with the dark side of the force at a young age.  He found and began collecting Sith artifacts and marveled at their mysterious history and enigmatic power.  He would soon come into contact with a real Sith Lord and go down a path of becoming one himself.

Darth Plagueis begins to work to acquire valuable resources from the planet of Naboo.  His company along with the Trade Federation are being thwarted by isolationist forces on the planet.  The consortium finds an ally in Palpatine who opposes his isolationist father.  Here Palpatine sees an opportunity to gain a powerful ally and training in the darkside.

Palpatine begins to feed information to Hego Damask (Darth Plagueis) in exchange for political and financial powers of Damask Holdings.  The two have a growing father and son relationship which disturbs Palpatine's father who attempts to intercede.  Palpatine begins to be trained by Darth Plagueis in ways of the dark side of the force.  Palpatine uses these new force powers to kill off his entire family.  With this action he is congratulated by Hego Damask and becomes the official apprentice of Darth Plagueis.  He takes on the name, Darth Sidious.
Palpatine being raised to Supreme Chancellor by Senate

Plagueis began to show his ability of bringing others back from death.  He was unable to do this for himself.  He showed Sidious this by killing Darth Venamis and bringing him back to life.  While powerful Darth Plagueis began to fear that the Force could strike back at him for using his life altering powers.   He became less interested in acquiring powers and more fearful about losing it.

During this time Sidious begin to train his own apprentice Darth Maul.  He also begins to develop a relationship with the Jedi Count Dooku who will later become Darth Tyranus.

While Plagueis is focused on his force studies.  Palpatine uses his Sith abilities and political ambition to create a war.  Playing both sides of the fray he is elevated to a dictatorial like position by the Republic's senate. This war between the Republic and Separatist is known as the Clone Wars due to the clone armies used by the Republic.  Palpatine effectively controls both sides of the conflict and uses it as a tool to spread fear throughout the galaxy and gain power.

Around the time of  Darth Sidious's coronation to Vice Chancellor he felt that Plagueis had used up his usefulness, he lulled the old Sith master to sleep and killed him.

Palpatine uses his new powers to dissolve the Republic and replace it with an Empire with himself at its helm.  He uses a code embeded in the minds of the clone troopers called Order 66 that causes them to turn on their Jedi Masters.  Palpatine meanwhile lures his knew apprentice Anakin Skywalker to the dark side.  Anakin helps Palpatine survive an assualt from Jedi Master Mace Windu This battle ends in Windu's death.  Palpatine then has Anakin  execute the remaining Jedi at the Jedi Temple turning him fully to the darkside.  Anakin then takes on the name of Darth Vader and becomes Palpatine loyal servant until the Battle of Endor.

As Emperor Palpatine extends the reach of the Empire and uses its armies to take over vast amounts of territories.  The Empire is met with the resistance from a group known as the rebellion.    To end the threat of the rebellion Palpatine begins to build a massive weapon known as the Death Star that can destroy planets.  The first deathstar is destroyed by a force sensitive pilot known as Luke Skywalker.  Realizing that Luke is the son of Anakin, Palpatine orders Vader to track him down and turn him toward the darkside.
Palpatine plunges to his demise

The Emperor is killed in an attempt to turn Luke Skywalker.  Darth Vader betrays him and throws him off a massive pit in Death Star II.  Death Star II is later destroyed.  It is assumed that Palpatine was killed either from the fall or from the explosion of the Death Star.
Star Wars Speculation: 

 Is Darth Sidious really Supreme Leader Snoke?
Plagueis is a heavily rumored candidate to be Snoke.

The reasons to believe Plagueis is Snoke are numerous.
  • Sidious somewhat resembles Plagueis
  • It is possible he survived the fall
What makes this unlikely is that Palpatine would most likely continue with his name as Emperor and use his mastery over death to boost his own legend.

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