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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!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Labyrinth

Welcome to this Week of the Geek! Lots of scool stuff to get to, so let’s dive right in.


The first trailer of the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came out this week, and was received a lot better than a lot of people (myself included, I’ll admit) expected. The movie follows four teenagers that are sucked into a video game, leading to some pretty amusing body-switching antics.

Netflix released the first trailer for its highly anticipated Death Note movie this week. The reception to the trailer has been mixed — hardcore fans of the original manga in general aren’t excited with the more action-based premise that the movie seems to promise, but the argument has also been made that after multiple Japanese animated and live-action adaptations of the franchise, Netflix needed to do something with this one.

Slight correction to a story from last week: in contrast to what multiple outlets were reporting, a sequel to Wonder Woman has not been confirmed. However, at this point, as successful as the movie was, we’re pretty hopeful.


Marvel’s Inhumans premiered its first trailer this week, announcing that the television show will debut on Imax screens around the country on September 1st before settling on its home at ABC television on September 29th. While we’ve seen glimpses of the Inhumans on Mavel’s Agents of Shield, this trailer is our first time seeing the royal family, featuring Anson Mount and Iwan Rheon as contentious brothers.

If you live in or around Washington DC, and you love Game of Thrones, you might want to check out the Westeros-themed pop-up bar. The bar is huge, featuring multiple regions from the fictional world as well as themed drinks.


Scott Patterson of Gilmore Girls fame is working on establishing his own coffee brand, in an oddly parallel move to his character’s career choices. The actor has been working on developing the brand, Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee, in his time off from acting.

Remember the awesome Gene Hoyle, who gave Week of the Geek a fantastic interview a couple months ago? He’s back, with the crowdfunding kickoff for the Labyrinth of Bones, which we were given a preview of with his interview! Check out Labyrinth of Bones on Indiegogo to learn how you can support a fantastic indie comic author and get yourself a copy of his up and coming publication. Look below for another look at the preview we got to see with Gene’s interview.


If you miss being a kid and enjoying the cool tones of LeVar Burton on Reading Rainbow, this podcast is perfect for you. LeVar Burton Reads is a 30- to 60-minute podcast featuring the actor reading short stories from a variety of genres. Check out the preview above!

Jurassic World: Dream Daddy

Welcome to this Week of the Geek! This one’s short and sweet, but there’s definitely some cool stuff to read about, and some super exciting stuff at the end.


One of the most anticipated upcoming shows this year is Star Trek: Discovery. This week, Entertainment Weekly debuted some of the first photos from the series, including the one above featuring Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, after it was announced that the show will debut September 24th of this year. The showrunners also announced that they would be throwing out what is often called “Roddenberry’s Box”, a rule the series creator established that severely limited the amount of conflict that could be shown between characters, as he hoped we’d have moved beyond that in the future.

After years of begging by not only the fans but some of the actors involved, Supernatural has announced a spinoff focusing on some of the show’s key female characters. Wayward Sisters will star Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills, so there is much speculation that her fellow officer of the law Donna Hanscum, along with Jody’s two adopted daughters will feature heavily as well. Supernatural has attempted a spinoff before, but fans reacted poorly to the Bloodlines pilot and it was scrapped quickly. Wayward Sisters will feature a backdoor pilot during season 13 of Supernatural.

Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, of Doctor Who and Sherlock fame, have announced they will be creating and writing a show based on Dracula. While no real details have been released about the plot or setting, we do know that the series will be in a similar format as Sherlock, which ran in miniseries-like runs with feature-length episodes.


The title for the next movie in the Jurassic Park series has been announced: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. With this announcement came the posted featured above. The movie is set to release June 22, 2018.

In a surprising news out of the Star Wars world, the director duo for the Han Solo spinoff were fired, and replaced almost immediately with Ron Howard. The original directors were fired due to creative differences with the production team — namely, they wanted to inject more humor and improvisation into the script. The move is particularly surprising considering that there is only three weeks of filming left, along with five weeks of reshoots, though it’s too early to tell if that schedule will be altered in any way.

In light of the first movie’s massive box office and critical success, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns, one of the leaders of the DC film universe, are already working on a sequel. According to Johns, work is already underway on a treatment for the followup movie, though no details were provided about plans for the plot.


Social media was flooded with people clamoring for Game Grump’s first game — a dating simulator. Even better, a dating simulator featuring dads. Even better, a dating simulator where you play a dad, dating other dads. Perfection on a screen, basically. The game, Dream Daddy, comes out July 13th on Steam.

That’s all the geek news for today! Now for the exciting news: Fandom Finery is releasing a new product line! We’re going to be offering candles in almost all the scents we currently make soaps in. I’m currently working on packaging for shipping to protect the glass candleholders, so I need some guinea pigs! If you’d like to receive a FREE handmade candle, be one of the first three people to comment on this article down below. Good luck!

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.

Thanks for joining me for this Week of the Geek! See you next week!

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The Wyrmwood Element

Hello, and welcome to this Week of the Geek! My apologies for this one being a bit late, some unforeseen circumstances got in the way of my usual Saturday posting, so instead you get a Mother’s Day WOTG. Speaking of — Happy Mother’s Day to all whom that applies to in any capacity at all. Hope you had a fun day celebrating all you do!

Lots of news to get through today, and down at the bottom, an extra cool treat you won’t want to miss. Our Geek Maker interview this week is Ed Maranville with Wyrmwood Gaming, who told us a little about how he and his friends turned their hobby into a full-time business (making gorgeous gaming products!).


As of this year, the sci-fi classic The Fifth Element has been thrilling fans for twenty years. To celebrate the anniversary, Mondo is releasing the soundtrack on vinyl for the first time. There will be two versions, one white with and orange stripe and one “Super Green” (only 500 copies available), but the artwork included and tracklist are all the same. Yes, it will definitely include the iconic “The Diva Dance” opera number, but sadly vinyl doesn’t include a ‘repeat’ function so we can be in awe of her voice for hours on end.

Labyrinth coloring book

Jareth, Sarah, Ludo, Hoggle, and more are back in a Labyrinth coloring book, set to be released in October of this year. The coloring book joins the ranks of a recent spate of Labyrinth releases, including a highly detailed Jareth figure and an LP.

Remember last week when Ryan Gosling whet our appetites for Blade Runner 2049? Warner Bros. certainly delivered this week with the full trailer, featuring a lot more Jared Leto, and a rather determined Gosling. The visuals look amazing, and fans have responded well to the look of the movie so far.

A new Spiderman: Homecoming gave a closer look at Peter Parker’s interactions with his friends outside of the spider suit, showing fans some of the humor they might expect from the movie. Fans seem to be pleased that the tone of the movie so far looks like it will fit in well with the rest of the MCU.

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Paul McCartney filmed a cameo for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and while we still don’t really know what his character will be, we got a look at him in full costume when he posted it on social media this weekend. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is out May 26.


The latest comic book television adaptation to be announced is a fan favorite: Judge Dredd. At least, probably. We think. Basically, the show is in the early development stage, but no network is attached yet and we’ve heard nothing of actors who might be involved. Right now we just have a title — Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.

Torchwood: Jack, Ianto, and Gwen

Fans of Torchwood can rejoice… but don’t get your hopes up too much. Sadly, the series isn’t returning in television format, but we will be hearing more from Jack and Gwen in a new audio play series from Big Finish. The first part of the series will be released in August. One particular line from the press release has fans’ attention: “…including an appearance by someone who has to be, has to be dead…”. Could this be the return of Ianto, whose death prompted a fan protest that included mass amounts of coffee being sent to BBC offices? I, for one, certainly hope so.

Other Stuff

Fans of Harry Potter were aghast to learn this week that a rare prequel, hand-written on a notecard by J.K. Rowling, was stolen in a burglary. The police and Rowling are both appealing to the public, asking fans to not buy the story if offered and to turn in anyone who approaches them about it. The postcard was originally offered for auction to benefit a charity.

Geek Makers: Wyrmwood Gaming

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Ed Maranville, co-founder of Wyrmwood Gaming, a company that creates high-quality gaming products including dice trays, dice towers, deck boxes, and more, for when a Crown Royal bag just isn’t cutting it anymore.

What is your history in the geek community? How long have you been into tabletop gaming?

Personally, I am a lifelong gamer, though I got more serious about tabletop in recent years. I started as most kids of the 80s did, by playing lots of video games. In middle school and high school I got introduced to Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons, among other games, but often had trouble finding people to play with. In the past 10 years or so, though, I’ve gotten heavily into board games & RPGs – and now I get to call it market research!

Most of the people in our company are gamers of some stripe or another – whether that’s RPGs, board games, video games (both console and PC), and there’s a weekly game night (at least) right in the shop. We’re really fortunate to have a great staff that love what they’re doing, and we work to keep it that way.

Can you tell me a little about how Wyrmwood got its start?

We started the company as a bit of an experiment, after Douglas and I reconnected (we were childhood friends). He and his brother Ian, in the intervening years, had apprenticed as fine furniture makers, and we found the idea of taking that level of craftsmanship and applying it to our tabletop hobbies compelling. It made a lot of sense to us, as lifelong gamers, and we thought it might strike a chord with others, as well. We started an Etsy shop, and began offering Dice Trays and Deck Boxes. Our big breakthrough came with the Dice Vault, which was our first totally original product, as well as our first Kickstarter campaign. The demand greatly exceeded our expectations, but we still delivered on time – a point of personal pride for us today. The campaign marked the turning point where Wyrmwood went from a project we started to our actual jobs – it also allowed us to get into the con scene. That winter we attended our first show as exhibitors – PAX East. It was a nice moment, as I’d been an attendee of PAX East from the show’s beginnings, and when we started the company, wondered if maybe someday we’d exhibit there. Little did I know how soon that would happen!

After that, we enlisted Eric Dupuis to help with the business side of things and round out our skill set, and the core of the company was complete. The next big turning point for us came in 2015, with our Dice Tower Kickstarter – that campaign allowed us to bring on employees, and move to a new space. We’re still there today, and our company has grown from three people to thirty.

So that’s a quick overview of the history. But as far as what we believe and why we did it? The bottom line is that we take the hobby seriously, and we respect and share our clients love of games. Gaming has grown up, and so have gamers. The evidence is everywhere – D&D campaigns that have been running for decades, the explosive growth of serious board gaming, more conventions with a bigger focus on tabletop. But I doubt I have to prove it to any of your readers – no doubt when they look across a game board they find some of their most enduring friendships. We use our craft to honor that commitment. As gamers we spend countless hours investing in the hobby in one way or another – building, testing and playing Magic decks, painting an army of miniatures, running campaigns in D&D, or learning, playing and teaching the latest board games – or old favorites. When someone invests in a piece of our work, it’s a way of commemorating that dedication.​

Ethical wood sourcing seems to be a huge focus at Wyrmwood. Why is this important to you, personally or as a company?

​It is indeed a priority for us, as it is for many people – the environment is increasingly a concern for people, and we respect and share that concern. Wyrmwood is intimately tied to the natural materials we utilize; since we don’t dye or stain our woods, the beauty of our products comes directly from the materials themselves. As such, we feel we have a responsibility to consider the ethics of how these materials come to us. To that end, we avoid critically endangered woods. In addition, we donate 5% of all sales of the most rare exotic woods we offer back to an organization called Rainforest Trust, which works to conserve these and other species. It is our hope that these trees survive and flourish for generations to come.

I initially discovered Wyrmwood through Critical Role. Has sponsoring such a popular show in the gaming community had an impact on your business?

Absolutely! Critical Role has been huge for us, and we’re very grateful to them for the exposure. We’re excited for their continued success, as well. It’s great to see the hobby have such traction that not only are more people than ever playing role playing games, but so many are tuning in to watch a group play. Granted, that certainly has a lot to do with the unique talents of the Critical Role cast, but it’s still amazing to see.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about Wyrmwood?

There are a couple things we do like to highlight. First, that we’re very interested in feedback and suggestions. A lot of our products have happened as a direct result of suggestions from clients. In our first Kickstarter survey, we asked what we should do next. People overwhelmingly said they wanted us to make a dice tower… so that’s what we focused on. A GM Screen was also high on the list, and finally, this year, we launched that campaign as well.

If there’s something you’d like to see us create, let us know! If enough people are on board, we’ll be happy to do it. And, if it’s a little too niche, that’s okay – we can always take it on as a custom commission.

Our Craftsman’s Promise is also important to mention. We stand behind our work, and if it ever lets you down – whether by breaking, wearing out, or just not being up to your standards somehow – we want the opportunity to make it right. All you have to do is send us an email, and we’ll take care of you (and cover shipping). It doesn’t matter what happened – if it broke under normal use, or from being dropped. Whether the post office did it, you did it, or your dog did it – whether it happened the day you got it, a couple week later, or a couple years – just get in touch. We want everyone that owns our work to be thrilled. Our reputation is built on an uncompromising stance on customer satisfaction, and we take that extremely seriously.

As a last note, we’re always working on something, so if you’re interested in hearing about us, please sign up for our mailing list. We announce things there, from new product launches or Kickstarter campaigns to upcoming convention appearances and more. And don’t worry, we don’t spam your inbox daily.​ You can also keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stranger Defenders

It’s Free Comic Book Day! Click here to find a participating shop near you, and get out to support your local comic book shops! I spent the morning waiting in line at my local comic book store (worth it!) so I apologize for this week’s newsletter being a bit late. Not a ton of news this week, but there’s some pretty exciting trailers to see!


The Dark Tower, an upcoming movie based on the series by Stephen King, dropped its first trailer this week, giving us a look at a grizzled Idris Elba and a menacing Matthew McConaughey. Fans of the book series seem disappointed by the lack of many of the series’ endearing secondary characters, but most seem unsurprised that a lot had to be cut to fit the book series into a movie. The movie hits theaters August 4th.

Blade Runner 2049 released a 15-second trailer tease that sent fans into a frenzy this weekend. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Robin Wright. The teaser is for a trailer that is scheduled to be released Monday. If you don’t see it before then, we’ll definitely have it in next week’s WOTG!


The first trailer for The Defenders dropped today. The show will have Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist teaming up to, hopefully, save New York. Fans seem cautiously optimistic about the series after a lackluster Iron Fist series. The Defenders will be available on Netflix starting August 18th.

The young cast of Stranger Things seems to be dropping hints that the show will be ramping up the horror in season 2. Details are scarce at the moment, but we do know that the second season will pick up in 1984, a year after the events of season 1. The show will be available on Netflix on Halloween of this year.

Other Stuff

Several years ago, J.K. Rowling started the tradition of apologizing for the death of one of her characters. Each year, she apologizes to fans on May 2nd, the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. Past apologies have included Fred Weasley and Remus Lupin. This year, the author apologized for the death of the much-debated character Severus Snape.

I have some SUPER exciting Geek Maker interviews coming up soon, but none that were ready for this week. In its stead, enjoy these character playlists from the official Star Wars Spotify account!

Just as a reminder, this week is Small Business Week, so to celebrate everyone who has supported my small business throughout the years, the coupon code SMBUZ17 will get you 15% off your entire order at Fandom Finery through tonight! Thanks so much for supporting me, and please continue to support small businesses online and in your community.

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Jeff Goldblum!!! on Ice

Week of the Geek: 4/29/17

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Justice League Pop Funko

Can’t wait for the Justice League movie coming this November? No worries! Thanks to DC teaming up with Pop! Funko, you can fill the void with tiny, cute versions of the film’s stars starting in August. Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Superman will all be available (despite Superman’s appearance theoretically being a secret).

Jareth and Sarah in Labyrinth

The 30th anniversary of Labyrinth (which was actually last year) has given rise to a number of new collectibles, including a Jareth figure, a hardvover Visual History book, and an ongoing graphic novel series. Collectors can now add a vinyl record reissue to their vaults. The soundtrack includes 12 iconic songs from the movie (remastered, of course), a replica of the original sleeve, and images of Bowie from the movie. The album is available for pre-order and will ship on May 12th.

Jeff Goldblum, uh… finds a way. That’s how the quote goes, right? He has, at the very least, found his way back to the dinosaurs, as he was announced earlier this week as being cast in the Jurassic World sequel. Dr. Ian Malcolm, a long-time fan favorite, is returning to the franchise, though there’s no word on if this will be a large role or just a cameo.

Lucasfilm announced the release dates for films in two major franchises: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Star Wars: Episode IX, the last in the new trilogy, is slated to be released May 24th, 2019. The next Indiana Jones movie, the 5th in the franchise, will come out the next year with a release date of July 10th, 2020. Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are both returning to the film; no word yet on Shia LeBeouf.

The Kingsman sequel got its first full trailer this week, showing plenty of action and some surprise returns. Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees Taron Egerton as well as Colin Firth returning, joined by Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Elton John, and Halle Berry.


This is technically also movie news, but I’m sticking it down here since most people are familiar, at least right now, with Yuri!!! on Ice as a TV show. That could be about to change, though, as it was just announced today that the series will now be getting a movie. Because this news is so new (and was also announced in Japanese) I don’t have much information on it yet, but I will update you as I know more.


It’s International Tabletop Day! Why are you reading this when you could be playing? Go roll some dice, we’ll still be here tomorrow! Click here to find games happening near you.

Sailor Moon Crystal

Speaking of tabletop games, Sailor Moon has two board games coming out later this year — and in English! The crowds of American geeks whose first exposure to anime was Sailor Moon experienced a childhood devoid of any good merchandise, but the Sailor Moon Crystal reboot has taken care of that problem.

Other Stuff

Ever heard of GISHWHES? If not, you should have! GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, and it is true to its name. Founded and run by Supernatural star Misha Collins, GISHWHES is a week-long event celebrating art, kindness, and thinking outside the box. Signups opened up recently, and I highly recommend anyone who might be interested to check it out! I’ve participated for four years and can’t say enough good things about it. You’ll make friends, change lives, and have fun.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to speak with a geek maker this week, so in its place I offer up another fun playlist. This playlist was inspired by Critical Role, a weekly show about voice actors playing D&D. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds like, I promise. Their shenanigans and drama spawned this playlist. If you love it, Geek and Sundry also has playlists developed by each actor for their character!

Thanks for riding along with this Week of the Geek. Did you learn anything new and exciting, or did I miss something important? Tell me in the comments!

Week of the Geek: April 22, 2017

The Truth is Out There Once Again

Time for Week of the Geek! Nothing huge this week, but definitely a lot of little things to make note of. Read to the end for a giveaway announcement and another fun fandom playlist!


Captain Marvel

Marvel hosted an open house, allowing media to get a first look at some of the exciting upcoming things in the MCU, including the first footage from the Black Panther movie and early concept art of Captain Marvel’s costume. While the media has not been allowed to share photos, the biggest takeaways from the descriptions seem to be that Lupita Nyong’o is going to be a badass in Black Panther, and so far it looks like Brie Larson may not be sporting a mohawk in her movie.


Fox’s X-Men Universe is about to get a lot bigger. Fox announced today the release dates for three new movies in 2018: New Mutants(4/13/18), Deadpool 2 (6/1/18), and Dark Phoenix(11/2/18).


In a move that surprises no one that watched the most recent season, a new season of X-Files will begin filming this summer, with ten episodes in the pipeline starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. The series’ creator, Chris Carter, is also expected to return for the new season. The announcement was accompanied by a new poster, though it doesn’t give any information beyond “coming soon”.

Cloak and Dagger, the new Freeform series based on the Marvel comic, debuted its first trailer today. Freeform is geared toward a teenage and young adult audience, but Marvel fans of all demographics seem pretty excited about the new show.

David Tennant as the Doctor with a sonic screwdriver

Doctor Who fans received some well-earned legitimacy this week when sonic screwdriver was added to the Oxford English Dictonary. The dictionary defines the science fiction device as a noun that is “a (hand-held) electronic device which uses sound waves to perform various mechanical and technical functions,” with the addendum that it is “Originally and chiefly in (or with reference to) the British television series Doctor Who.”

Sansa and Littlefinger

Game of Thrones continues to leak out bits of news to rabid fans — this week’s release were some photos from the upcoming season 7 that give some hints as to what sort of team-ups we might expect. See the rest of the photos here.


Ready for another fandom playlist? This week’s is an homage to my love for Scarlet Witch and Vision: Scarlet Vision.

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Thanks for joining me for Week of the Geek. See you next week!

Busy Brolin, the End of Orphan Black, and That Trailer

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First Things First…

In case you’ve spent the last 24 hours under a rock (hey, no judgement here! Rocks are cool!), you should probably take a couple minutes to watch the first trailer for The Last Jedi that just released yesterday. Go ahead, we’ll wait.


Jareth in Labyrinth

TriStar and The Jim Henson Company are producing another Labyrinth movie, though it’s not evident yet whether it will be a reboot or a sequel. The script is being written by Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and produced by Lisa Henson. Many fans of the cult classic seem skeptical about the new movie, especially so soon after David Bowie’s passing last year.

Full Disclosure: I’m one of those skeptical fans. I even own a drama-queen of a cat named Jareth.

The first Thor: Ragnarok trailer was released this week to mixed feelings from fans. The trailer features Chris Hemsworth as Thor, though he loses his long hair partway through, and Cate Blanchett as Hela. The biggest sticking point the fans seem to have with it is the Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-like atmosphere, with classic rock, retro-style title cards, and pointed humor — a definite departure from the rest of the Thor series, which has taken itself much more seriously.

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin will be pulling double-duty in the Marvel universe — it was announced this week that he is set to play Cable in Deadpool 2. His other Marvel role is in the MCU as Thanos, which is not connected to the Deadpool series.

Carrie Fisher in The Force Awakens

Despite reports to the contrary last week from Carrie Fisher’s brother, Lucasfilm announced today that she will not be in the final Star Wars film. She will, however, still appear in The Last Jedi.


Orphan Black released the first teaser trailer for season 5, the last season of the sci-fi show starring Tatiana Maslany as a bevy of clones. The trailer seems packed with action without giving too much away, but with a focus on the “sestras” defending each other and fighting for their freedom.

Other Stuff

One of my time-wasting nerdy hobbies is creating playlists themed after fandoms, characters, and pairings I enjoy, so I thought I’d share some of those over the course of WOTG. This week, in honor of the soon-to-be-returning series, I’m sharing my Doctor Who/Torchwood playlist. Fair warning — I’m a Rose Tyler fangirl, so an inordinate number of these songs may have to do with her! You can find the playlist here on Spotify.

Week of the Geek: April 8, 2017

Winter is Dressed, and Leia’s Back

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Daenerys costume

HBO released preview images of each major character in Game of Thrones season 7, including new costumes. Each costume seems to reflect the season’s slogan: Winter is Here. Warm furs and layers are a recurring theme, even for Daenerys, who in the past has worn flowy, loose dresses. Also drawing attention is the inclusion of Hodor, who appeared to die last season. See all of the costumes here

John Simm as the Master

The BBC announced this week that John Simm would be returning to the next season of Doctor Who. Simm will be reprising his role as the Master “thanks to the power of time travel”. Also returning this season is Michelle Gomez, who plays a later regeneration of the Master.


The remake of The Mummy released its first full trailer this week. The movie stars Tom Cruise as a treasure hunter and Sofia Boutella as the titular mummy, and the trailer showcases a lot of action alongside some downright creepy moments. The movie reboot is set to be the first in Universal’s “classic monsters” series, which the company has indicated may include cross-overs later on.

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell

The new Ghost in the Shell movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, tanked this past weekend, finding itself overrun by the animated comedy Boss Baby. Industry experts expect the movie to lose between $60 and $100 million overall, which many blame on the public’s poor reception of a mostly-white cast being used for a movie based on a Japanese anime. Fans of the anime still have something to look forward too, though, with the announcement of a new Ghost in the Shell anime series.

The first full trailers for the Fullmetal Alchemist movie were released yesterday, announcing a release date of December 1st. That date, however, is for the Japanese release, where the movie is being produced. There has been no announcement of a US distribution for the film, but much of its large fan following in the states hope for a limited release.

Carrie Fisher in The Force Awakens

Despite Lucasfilm confirming that they had no plans to digitally recreate the late Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode IX, it would appear that she will be in the movie after all. Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, both gave Disney their permission to include Carrie Fisher in the movie using recent footage of Fisher to create Leia’s last scenes. “I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was,” said Todd Fisher in an interview with the NEw York Daily News. “I think the legacy should continue.”

Other Stuff

Need a laugh? Check out The Force Awakens: A Bad Lip Reading, which guest stars Mark Hamill, showing off his voice-acting skills with an impressive impression of Han Solo.