Raising Pacific Rim

Week of the Geek: 10/7/2017

Welcome to this week’s Week of the Geek! We have a few cool trailers and teasers to show you this week, but not a ton of news, possibly due to NYCC being this weekend! The big comic cons always seem to draw the big trailer releases now, so maybe we’ll get some new footage or news after the con is over.


This is one of those times where I have to admit I have no objectivity, because y’all, I just saw the new Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer and I am ready for it! I absolutely love Pacific Rim and the trailer for the sequel gives me hope that the second one will be just as great. Sadly, we have to wait until next year for it: the movie is slated for release on MArch 23rd, 2018.


Last week we got to show you the first stills from Marvel’s Runaways, and this week we have a teaser! The show follows the children of supervillains. They happen to see their parents performing a human sacrifice, and end up working to bring down the group known as the Pride. The first season premieres next month, November 21st on Hulu.

Fans of Doctor Who have reason to celebrate, as it was announced this week that the BBC and Fathom Events are once more teaming up to bring the Doctor to the big screen! This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, which will see both Pearl Mackie and Peter Capaldi saying their farewell to the series, will be screened in theaters across the country. Tickets go on sale on October 20th, and if you’re interested you can set up an email alert here.

If you saw the short Raising Dion that swept around social media last year, you’ll be excited to know that it is now slated for a Netflix series by the same name starring MIchael B. Jordan. There is no release date yet, but production is set to start next year. Check out the short film above for an idea of what to expect!

That’s all I have for you this week! See you for the next Week of the Geek!

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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!

Game of Doctors

Week of the Geek: 7/15/2017

Welcome to Week of the Geek, where we break down all the biggest happenings in the geek and pop culture world from the last week. Like last week, there’s not a ton going on due to SDCC being next weekend, but because of that the next two weeks should be HUGE. Check out what’s been happening below!


Game of Thrones season 7 poster

Game of Thrones season 7 premieres tomorrow, July 16th, on HBO! The show airs at 8pm. If you don’t have HBO but still want to catch it, Hulu is currently running a special offer that gets you HBO free for a month.

The BBC announced late this week that they would be announcing the next Doctor to star in Doctor Who tomorrow after the end of the men’s Wimbledon. Moffatt has previously stated that this regeneration will be “slightly different“, and there’s a lot of speculation that the Doctor might be female this time around, but no one really knows anything for sure until tomorrow.

A teaser trailer was released this week for season 2 of Stranger Things, which will begin airing this October. The teaser is very minimal, with no real information revealed other than the air date.


Disney released the first trailer for its upcoming movie based on the popular book, A Wrinkle in Time. The movie stars Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kahling, and Reese Witherspoon, along with Storm Reid in the lead role of a girl trying to save her father from “the darkness”, and is set to come out in March of next year.

Also coming out of D23 were some exciting cast announcements, including that of the upcoming Aladdin live action movie. It was announced that newcomer Mena Massoud will play Aladdin, Naomi Scott of the recent Power Rangers movie will play Jasmine, and Will Smith will play the genie.

For those who may not know, D23 is a convention-like event put on by Disney, sort of the ComicCon of the Disney world. To follow other D23 news as it is announced, follow the Nerdist newsfeed here. As of this posting, the Avengers Infinity War trailer was just shown at D23, but it wasn’t available online yet.

There’s only 13 days left to support the Labyrinth of Bones on Indigogo! The project has been fully funded, so now we’re in the realm of cool stretch goals. Get in on this awesome indie comic while you can!

Where No Witcher Has Gone Before

Week of the Geek 5/20/17

Welcome to Week of the Geek! There are quite a few cool new releases, trailers, and announcements to look at this week, so let’s get to it!


The first trailer for the upcoming television series Star Trek: Discovery was released this week. The trailer Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham disagreeing with her commanding officer on how to deal with the hostile Klingon. This series differs from its predecessors in that the main character is the First Officer of the ship, rather than the captain. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere this fall on CBS before moving to the station’s subscription service for the remainder of the season.

In an announcement that came seemingly out of nowhere, this week fans learned that The Witcher is getting a Netflix series. While most American fans are familiar with The Witcher as a series of fantastic video games, they are actually based on a Polish book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, who will also be serving as a creative consultant for the Netflix series. No release date has been set yet, and we’re also not sure if the series will be CGI or live-action.

As if we weren’t excited enough for the Ducktales reboot, this week we found out that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be joining the cast as Gizmoduck. Miranda said in a press release that the character is being tweaked to have Latin roots, something he always wished to see on television as a child. Miranda joins David Tennant, Danny Pudi, and Bobby Moynihan in the show’s cast. The show doesn’t premiere til this summer, but has already been picked up for a second season.

The Dark Crystal is returning as a Netflix series! Froud’s dark fantasy art came to life in the original movie thanks to Jim Henson, and the Henson Shop and Froud have teamed up with Netflix to make the magic again. The show will be called Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and will be a prequel to the original movie. No release date has been set yet, but fans seem to be excited, especially considering the teaser seems to show that Netflix intends to stay true to the puppetry showcased in the original.

Snowpiercer is getting a television adaptation thanks to TNT, and we learned this week that the post-apocalyptic series will star Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame. Diggs will play Layton Well, who lives in poverty in the back of the train while the rich upper class controls the front. There is no release date for the series yet, but the talent on board is pretty impressive; in addition to Diggs, Scott Derrickson (director of Doctor Strange) is Executive Producer and Josh Friedman of The Sarah Connor Chronicles is showrunner.


Sony announced Saturday that Tom Hardy will be the star of their upcoming Marvel movie, Venom. The movie has been in development for almost ten years, and many fans seem skeptical about how Sony will pull off the Spiderman-related movie now that the rights to Spiderman himself have shifted to Disney and the MCU. However, having a name and a main character — Eddie Brock — means the movie must at the very least finally be shifting out of development hell.


Destiny 2 premiered its first gameplay trailer, revealing some really impressive-looking interactions and showcasing the ever-snarky Nathan Fillion as Cayde-6. Bungie also announced plenty of other information, including changes in gameplay and carry-over options. The game is set to release on September 8th of this year, but Beta signups are already filling up for early access.

Big news, Doctor Who fans: Ten and Rose are back! Well, audibly. Remember last week, when Big Finish announced a new Torchwood drama? Turns out they’re also producing three new Doctor Who audio dramas starring David Tennant and Billie Piper. Sure, it’s not on-screen, but I’ll take what I can get! The three stories will be available in November.

One last thing! I have the pleasure of going to Momocon next weekend, which means Week of the Geek will likely be delayed until Sunday or Monday. Sorry! On that note — if you’re going to Momocon and are a Geek Maker who would like to be featured in a future Week of the Geek, shoot me a message in the comments below!

Thanks for joining me for this Week of the Geek! I don’t have a Geek Maker feature this week (though I highly recommend checking out last week’s with Wyrmwood Gaming if you missed it!) so I’ll leave you with this, in honor of that last story: the official Doctor Who Spotify account, including plenty of audio dramas!