Solo Things

Welcome to this Week of the Geek! This week we have some cool new trailers for you to catch up on, as well as some news about upcoming television shows and movies. Check it out!


We got a deeper look into Stranger Things this week with the release of season 2’s final trailer. This season’s monster is revealed to be a shadow monster in the sky, with the sheriff taking a proactive role in helping the kids deal with the new threat. The show’s main cast is all returning, with the addition of Sean Astin, in the season premiere this upcoming Friday the 27th.


Fans have long been waiting for the title reveal of the upcoming Star Wars prequel featuring the dashing Han Solo, with many speculating that the long wait is due to a creative, possibly even spoiler-y title. This week, that title was announced — Solo: A Star Wars Story. Fans had mixed reactions to the somewhat lackluster title, but it doesn’t seem to have made anyone less excited for the movie.

The Black Panther trailer premiered this week, with fans clamoring to share and watch it over (and over and over) again. The trailer showed off the technologically advanced country of Wakanda, and showed the country’s new king in his element, with fantastic music running throughout. I think it’s safe to say most Marvel fans, myself included, can’t wait for this one.

The master of anime movies, Hayao Miyazaki, can now show off his work in higher definition than ever before. Gkids has licensed the Studio Ghibli movies and wasted no time in releasing these classics on Blu-Ray. Nerdists’ review claims there is a discernible difference in the art, making these a timely release right before the holidays, for those of you with Miyazaki fans as friends and family!

We have a director – Gore Verbinski – and we have a star – Channing Tatum – and it would appear that, for now, we have another release date: February 2019. Getting Gambit to the big screen has been a long, drawn-out struggle, but fans are hopeful that this time around we’ll actually get to see the movie about the fan-favorite mutant.


This week’s recommendation is a web series by Nerdist called Because Science. If you’ve ever wanted an attractive man to explain the science behind all of your favorite fictional worlds, this series is for you. My favorite so far is when he calculated the density of Legolas to determine how he could walk on snow.

That’s all for this Week of the Geek! Come join us next week to learn all about the latest pop culture news.

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Week of the Geek: Special SDCC Edition!

Week of the Geek: 7/24/17

Welcome to Week of the Geek! You may have noticed this is a couple days late — I decided that with SDCC going on and geek news coming out of there like a tidal wave, it made more sense to wait until it was all out before posting. Here’s my breakdown of the biggest news to come out of the past week.


Following the huge announcement last week from the BBC that the next Doctor is going to be Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor in the series, during the Doctor Who panel the trailer for the next special was aired, then released to the public soon after. The special will star the Twelfth and First Doctors (the latter played by David Bradley), and will also have an appearance by Bill, the Twelfth Doctor’s companion. The special will, as per tradition, air on Christmas of this year.

A new trailer premiered during the convention for Star Trek: Discovery, the new series coming to CBS. The trailer gives us a much longer look at the characters we’ll be dealing with, as well as our first look at the Klingons, who look a little different from earlier incarnations.

Those who were able to make it to the Marvel panel got to see the full first episode of The Defenders, Netflix’s teamup of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil. For those of us looking in from the outside, we have a new trailer — and the assurance that those who saw the episode loved it.

Next in the growing list of anime live-action adaptations is One Piece. The announcement was made this week as part of the series’ 20-year anniversary that the anime and manga would be going Hollywood, with a live-action television series. It will be an American production and will be produced by the same company as Prison Break.

A new Stargate series is incoming, though the manner in which it is coming has some fans a little uneasy. Stargate Origins will be a ten-episode series following lead character Catherine Langford, whose father unearthed the first Stargate in 1928. It is yet unclear where in the timeline this series will take place, and whether or not it will retcon Stargate as we know it. What has some fans giving this new series some serious side-eye is that it will only be available on a new online home for Stargate — Stargate Command. Little is known about this new service other than that it will of course require a subscription, and we presume it will be the home to all previous Stargate shows as well.


During the Marvel panel, the studio released three posters that link up into one big poster for Avengers: Infinity War. Most notably, Cap has a beard, Natasha is blonde, and Vision and Wanda seem to be VERY close! Okay, maybe that last one is only notable to me. Either way, a trailer was also shown at the panel, but unfortunately that has not been released to the public yet. Some low-quality recorded copies have made their way around the internet, but they are being yanked pretty quickly. For now, we have these posters to enjoy, so click on the image above to be taken to the full size!

Sadly, for those of us unable to attend the convention, Marvel seems to be keeping mum about Black Panther to the outside world. However, those in attendance did a great job of taking notes. If you want to see what there is to know about this upcoming movie, go read this fantastic breakdown at Nerdist to hold you over until the next trailer. There’s certainly a lot to be excited about!

In yet more Marvel news, it was announced that Captain Marvel is going to be set in the 1990s, with the villains being the shapeshifting aliens, Skrulls. This has resulted in a lot of speculation about where Carol Danvers has been during the events of the MCU we’ve seen so far. Some concept art — seen above — was also released.

The newest trailer for Pacific Rim 2 was also released during ComicCon. The trailer gives us a great look at the jaegers, and we get to see John Boyega’s character speak for the first time. The movie comes out next year.

A new Justice League poster was revealed, with the strong poses and bright colors reflecting the well-known artwork of comic artist Alex Ross. Also: a new trailer!

Oh! And in case its success didn’t make it super obvious: Wonder Woman is officially getting a sequel! It’s worth noting, though, that Patty Jenkins is still not signed on to direct.

Whew…. That’s it for this week. I doubt we’ll see a lot more news this week after this glut of releases from SDCC, but I’ll be back Saturday with whatever news there is to share!

P.S. Hey! Hey you! This is your last chance to get in on grabbing a copy of Labyrinth of Bones. Only 4 days left!

Black Panther Bebop

Week of the Geek: 6/10/17

Welcome to this Week of the Geek! There’s a few things to cover today along with the first and arguably most important…


BLACK PANTHER TRAILER! I try to cover all geek news with the same basic level of excitement but that’s useless here — I’ve waited for this trailer for what feels like forever. It’s beautiful, gorgeous, promises a fantastic movie, and I have nothing bad at all to say about it. Also: it opens with Bilbo interrogating Gollum, so good luck unseeing that.

Entertainment Weekly’s upcoming issue is going to include the first photos coming out of the Mary Poppins sequel, and they look incredible. The movie, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, is currently scheduled for release in December of 2018.


Arguably the biggest geek news to come out of this week was the announcement of a live-action television series for Cowboy Bebop. The anime classic is set in the future and follows a crew of bounty hunters through space, and is considered by many to be one of the best anime series of all time. It certainly introduced anime to a whole new set of Western viewers, as it was the first anime ever broadcast on Adult Swim. Fans of the original series met the announcement with some skepticism, but many are excited to see how the new show will turn out. The new series is being co-produced by Sunrise Inc, the same company that made the anime, giving many hope that the remake will go well.

If you watch a lot of British telly, chances are pretty good you’ve at least heard of Misfits, the cult hit about juvenile delinquents who gain superpowers. While the original British version has a large following, the announcement of the American remake a while back didn’t seem to excite fans; after all, American remakes of British shows have a history of not going well. However, the show seems to be moving forward with the announcement this week of casting of four of the five main characters. Ashleigh LaThrop, Tre Hall, Allie MacDonald, and Jake Cannavale were announced to be in the upcoming pilot. However, the part of Simon, originally played by Game of Throne’s Iwan Rheon, has not been announced — having seen the original, I can confirm whoever gets it will have some big (and creepy) shoes to fill.


Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch! Except it’s actually not. A ‘clerical error’ listed the upcoming game on the Nintendo page as coming to the Switch, sending fans into an excited frenzy. However, Nintendo soon followed up with what was basically ‘whoops, our bad’, saying “This listing on the Pokemon press site was made in error and is not indicative of future plans.” Many disappointed fans who have been asking for a console version of Pokemon for quite a while are angry with the company in the wake of the mistake.

While there are next to no details available about the project yet, Variety broke this week that a Playstation VR experience about Breaking Bad is in the works. So far, we don’t have a release date or plot, only that Sony is working with Vince Gilligan, the show’s creator, to produce the project.

On Wednesday Square Enix announced the upcoming Final Fantasy Dissidia NT, a “team-based brawler” that will include at least 20 playable characters from across the Final Fantasy franchise. The game is scheduled to be released in early 2018 on Playstation 4.

Thanks to Ubisoft being leakier than the Titanic, we know a lot more about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed than we necessarily should. Past leaks have let fans know that the game will be taking place in Egypt and given glimpses of some of the merchandise we might expect, but the latest leak is a little more substantial: a release date. According to next month’s Game Informer cover story – which of course leaked – the game is set to come out this October.


Adam West, best known as Batman from the iconic 1960s series, passed away Friday night. After a brief bout with leukemia, he passed away with his family by his side. West was a mainstay on the pop culture convention circuit for many years, and for many people, their first exposure to comic books.

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