Thor! Blade! Picard! The 10 biggest surprises from Comic-Con 2019

San Diegos annual pop culture gathering saw a big reveal of trailers, stars and release dates, including some major Marvel news 1. Thor Four is forward-thinking The inscription on Mjolnir, Marvels spin on the weapon of Norse legend, reads: Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Its time to update that pronoun. One can quibble about what was the biggest surprise at this years marketing bonanza held at the San Diego Convention Center, but Oscar-winner Natalie Portmans return as the Asgardian hero Thors former love interest, Dr Jane Foster, is a top contender. (The character got an exit, pursued by a lapsed contract off-screen dismissal earlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Portman isnt …

Bankrupt Maker Faire revives, reduced to Make Community

Maker Faire and Maker Media are getting a second chance after suddenly going bankrupt, but they’ll return in a weakened capacity. Sadly, their flagship crafting festivals remain in jeopardy, and it’s unclear how long the reformed company can survive. Maker Media suddenly laid off all 22 employees and shut down last month, as first reported by TechCrunch. Now its founder and CEO Dale Dougherty tells me he’s bought back the brands, domains and content from creditors and with his own money rehired 15 of 22 laid off staffers. Next week, he’ll announce the relaunch of the company with the new name “Make Community.” Read our story about how Maker Faire fell apart The company is already working on a new …