EP Daily Rundown for August 22, 2016

In a special edition of the Rundown brought to you from Edmonton, we find out what cosmic Marvel heroes will be guarding the galaxy in the next Avengers movie, learn what controversial TV series is about to become a controversial movie, stomp our way through an all-new Godzilla movie, get the latest on the PlayStation Neo and PS4 Slim, get an early look at the next project from Bayonetta developer Platinum Games, and finally, we feel the Mario love at the Olympics!

Things are looking pretty crowded in the next Avengers movie. With more than a dozen heroes already slated to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, it looks like Marvel is adding another five to the mix. Speaking with fans on Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy’s wooden hero Groot himself Vin Diesel revealed that the Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War. He didn’t reveal how their characters get involved with the story or what exactly they’ll be doing, but you can bet it will have something to do with the cosmic Infinity Stones. We just hope we get to see a racoon fighting alongside Iron Man or Captain America. There have already been rumours that the Guardians will be joining forces with the more down-to-earth Avengers at some point in the future, but this is the first concrete confirmation that it will be happening. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 recently finished filming, and Avengers: Infinity War begins shooting soon. It lands in 2018, and Disney is planning to film it back-to-back with another new Avengers movie, due in 2019. That’s a lot of Marvel.

Here’s a new movie that’s sure to spark some controversy. Deadline reports that a big screen film based on the TV series Cops is in the works. Unlike the show, which is a reality series featuring real police officers and crimes, this will be a scripted film starring actors, although it will aim to capture the same edgy feel as the show. That’s likely to cause some controversy. The Cops TV series has received loads of criticism over the decades for what many say is an unfair portrayal of the poor, with African Americans in particular being shown in a negative light. Given the recent emphasis on police brutality and the relationship between law enforcement and minorities in the US, a Cops movie seems like it might not be the most sensible idea in 2016. Then again, controversy sells. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is attached to write and direct the film, so let’s hope he’s able to navigate what’s sure to be a very controversial undertaking.

Giant radioactive lizards are usually pretty controversy-free. With the release of the new kaiju movie Godzilla: Resurgence earlier this summer, Japan is working on an all-new movie featuring the iconic monster. Toho has announced that they’re working on an animated Godzilla film, which will be the first animated film in the series. Simply titled Godzilla, it’s expected to be an origin story exploring the big guy’s backstory, which has only ever been touched upon in the various films. It will debut in Japanese cinemas sometime next year, which means it will likely get a limited North American release soon afterward. This isn’t the only new Godzilla movie in the works. Hollywood is working on a sequel to the 2014 American Godzilla movie, slated to land in 2019.

With a special PlayStation event scheduled to take place on September 7, many are guessing that Sony will finally unveil the higher-powered PlayStation Neo, but now it looks like they’ve got something else to show off as well. Twitter user @shortmaneighty2 has posted images of what appears to be a new, slimmer version of the PS4, dubbed, what else, the PS4 Slim. He claims to have bought the system from an online retailer that began selling it early, and the pictures look pretty legit. Given that Sony has released slim versions of all their other consoles, a PS4 Slim seems like a pretty sure bet. Expect the console to be officially unveiled at the event on September 7. The Slim doesn’t appear to be the same thing as the PlayStation Neo. That system was confirmed by Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House earlier this year, and is expected to be a lot more powerful than the base model. Hopefully it will be unveiled at the same event on September 7, which means we might get a look at two new versions of the PS4 on the same day. This is all very similar to what Sony’s rival Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One. They just released the slimmer Xbox One S, and are planning to launch the more powerful Project Scorpio next year.

Platinum Games is hacking and slashing their way through another new project. The studio behind Bayonetta and Vanquish has unveiled their latest game, titled Granblue Fantasy: Project Re:Link. That’s just the Japanese translation, so it may have a more simplified title here in North America. Basically, it’s a sequel to a 2014 mobile RPG called Granblue Fantasy, and Platinum is making it in partnership with that game’s developer, Cygames. This isn’t an RPG, though. It’s got that traditional Platinum Games charm, offering third-person combat that’s all about executing special melee moves and combos. Like its predecessor, the visual style is inspired by the look of Japanese manga comics, which should help distinguish it from some of Platinum’s more recent, cel-shaded games. There’s no release window yet for Granblue Fantasy: Project Re:Link, but hopefully we’ll be playing it in the not too distant future.

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