File this one under “It’s about time!” It seems that visionary director Guillermo del Toro is ready to move on the long-awaited HELLBOY 3. He posted on Twitter, posing the question: “Informal poll (let’s see how many votes we get in 24 hours) Hellboy III” and gave responders the choice between a simple “yes” and a “Hell yes!” He then promised that, if the responses reached “100K” he would have “a serious sit down w Mignola et Perlman!” Did he get enough votes? Probably—but it hardly matters.

Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t be flippant about something like this. He is far too professional. The fact that’s he mentioned it at all means he has already had that meeting with Ron Perlman and character creator Mike Mignola, and that HELLBOY 3 is at least in pre-production. This is cause for celebration for all us fans both of the films and of the comics, who’ve waited patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) all these years to see Hellboy back on the big screen again. Both Del Toro and Ron Perlman have gone on record in the past confirming that the HELLBOY cinematic story was always intended to be a trilogy. It was just a matter of getting all the ducks in the proper row. Now those ducks seem to be lining up.

Make it happen, Guillermo! Hell, yes!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already. Okay, not quite a year yet, but it’s getting darn close. DEADPOOL hit theaters last Valentine’s Day weekend—and stole all our hearts in the process. It also proved two things that were far from certain, or even suspected: One, it showed that an R-rated comic book movie could rake in the mega bucks (and made it possible for us to have the upcoming Wolverine picture, LOGAN, delivered to us with the same rating, critics and One Million Morons be damned!). It also proved that Ryan Reynolds actually CAN act. Who would have ever suspected? Not only was he good in the role, he was SO good in it that now I couldn’t possibly imagine anyone else ever playing the part, and I daresay neither can anyone else. He IS Deadpool. And I didn’t even expect to like the movie when I bought my ticket!

DEADPOOL 2 is in the works. They’re bringing back Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Cable is gonna be in it, though no actor has been cast as of yet. (Cable’s supposed to be kinda old, so how about Schwarzenegger? His career needs a boost, and it would offer Deadpool lots of opportunities to make “I’ll be back!” jokes.) We don’t know a lot about the script, and we won’t unless some details or footage gets leaked online, like it did with the first Deadpool picture. The Russians were probably the ones who leaked it, after hacking some Hollywood exec’s computer, although we don’t know why they did it, unless they just wanted to see Colossus onscreen that badly. Thanks, Pootin!

I started to title this article “How NOT to Make Money in Hollywood” but it was a little too long, I thought. Basically, as we have established previously, Hollywood execs (which really ought to be considered a separate species from Homo sapiens) are really, really stupid. (Maybe that isn’t fair of me. It could be that there are some fairly intelligent Hollywood execs, but Hollywood execs are to be judged on a different scale than regular humans. A really smart Hollywood exec would only be an average dullard on the human scale. It’s like the whole Fahrenheit and Celsius thing. They don’t line up properly.)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR was the biggest movie of 2016. Comic movies are major box office. A thinking person would understand that the characters and the quality of the storylines are big factors. Not a Hollywood exec! “Hey, a comic book movie made a lotta money,” they figure, “so ANY comic book movie is gonna make a lotta money.” That explains the decision to create a shared cinematic universe based on Rob Liefeld’s characters from Image—which constitute the lowest point of the comics industry. They are literally the bottom of the barrel. They are the underside of the barrel. Even fanboys who go and see every comic book movie they make will avoid this flotsam. The first of the Liefeld flicks will likely be the LAST of them and the end of the shared universe, but by then some studio will have lost gazillions by betting on a broken-down, flea-bitten old nag that some exec told them was a thoroughbred.

I don’t like to watch trailers on the Internet. I prefer to wait, to see them on the big screen before a movie, the way it used to be. Sure, you have to wait for them, and it’s a gamble. You never know when and where that trailer you’re looking for will show up. (And why do they call them “trailers” when they come BEFORE the feature film?) But there’s a magic when one of them flickers to life in the darkened theater. You don’t get that watching something online. This past weekend, when I went to see PASSENGERS (an excellent flick, by the way), I finally got to see the trailer for the next Spider-Man film. From what I saw, it seems Marvel has gotten the formula right. Spidey is wisecracking, uncertain, awkward, brave, and in every other respect what the character is supposed to be, what he was like in the early days of his superheroism, when he was new to his powers and trying to find his way. He looks like Stan Lee’s Spider-Man. I predict this will be the most comic-accurate Spider-Man we’ve seen yet.

I also got to see the trailer for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2, and it looks to be as much fun as the first installment. Rocket trying to instruct baby Groot on the proper operation of a bomb had me laughing raucously in my seat, as did Drax ragging on Starlord over Mantis’ outing of him and his secret love for Gamora. I’m looking forward to May and July, respectively.