Marvel made the announcement with a video at C2E2, where Cates introduces the new series and teases what fans will be able to expect when Venom and Carnage collide.
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE – Marvel’s epic summer event!
“Cletus Kasady is back, and he is deadlier than he’s ever been,” Cates says in the video. “ABSOLUTE CARNAGE encompasses every single character who has ever worn a Symbiote and every Symbiote that has ever been, going all the way back to when Peter found the black suit. Going from there to MAXIMUM CARNAGE to VENOMIZED to everything… everyone is a target.”
While the plot threads of “Absolute Carnage” go back a ways in the recent runs of Venom, the first real taste of the event will arrive on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th. Things will kick off in Spider-Man/Venom #1, which will be one of the free offerings from Marvel Comics. Following that debut, the event itself will arrive in full force in August. Cates will be writing the official, named series, with Stegman providing the art, and Frank Martin serving as colorist.
Written by Brian Mitsoda, the creative mind behind the original, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 brings the ambitions of the first to life and sees the return of a few fan favorite characters. Those narrative ambitions are bolstered by Cara Ellison, exploring the effects of the mass embrace on regular Seattleites.
In Bloodlines 2, players will inhabit a fledgling vampire and deal with the various vampire clans and political factions who are fighting for control of the city, while engaging in stealth and first-person combat using a number of vampire powers. Brian Mitsoda, designer and writer of the original Bloodlines, is on board again as Bloodlines 2’s lead narrative designer.
Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 won’t be released until 2020
Reeves returns as John Wick in the third movie, joined by other franchise stars Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Laurence Fishburne. This time out, they’ll be joined by franchise newcomers Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, and Jason Mantzoukas. The film follows John Wick as he’s on the run from the league of assassins, with seemingly everyone in the world out to get him.
While some may think that the John Wick franchise could end with the completion of this trilogy, director Chad Stahelski recently said that he would keep making the films as long as Reeves was on board and they continued making money.
A new thrash documentary starring members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament and more will be released next month.
Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story. In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement. Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more! Narrated by Brian Posehn.