Week of the Geek 9/30/2017
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While Netflix has been king of Marvel television shows so far, Hulu is looking to get a piece of the action with its upcoming adaptation of Runaways. The streaming service announced the collaboration with Marvel, and it’s looking like the series will in fact be an official part of the MCU. This week, we got our first look at some of the characters. Check out those images above!
Star Trek Discovery premiered this week to mixed reviews, but a large portion of the fanbase seems to be willing to give the show a chance. The biggest complaint so far is that it is only available on CBS’s new streaming service, meaning many people are paying a monthly fee just so they can watch this one show. The big news this week is that, according to executive producer Alex Kurtzman, if the new show is renewed for a second season, it won’t air until early 2019 at the earliest.
Fans have been begging for a sequel to Hocus Pocus for decades now, and for a brief, shining moment this week, it appeared we would get our wish, but then reality set in. The Disney Channel is making a new Hocus Pocus movie, but instead of a sequel, it’s a remake, with a new writer, director, and most importantly, a new cast. The announcement has sent the internet into an uproar, which was a surprise to no one except, presumably, the Disney Channel.
Anime film Your Name broke records last year, making it the highest grossing film in Japan and sweeping around the world in popularity. Now it’s been announced that the film is getting a live-action remake helmed by J.J. Abrams. Fans seem concerned about the remake, given the recent American adaptations of Japanese works like Ghost in the Shell and Deathnote, but some are cautiously optimistic. Of course, we’re all looking forward to plenty of lens flares.
While the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, might otherwise have been a blip on the overall MCU, it’s placement between the two Avengers Infinity War movies has made it a piece of some interest. It’s now looking like the movie may in fact be in chronological order with the Avengers movies — as suggested by the fact that Wasp will not be in the first Infinity Wars movie, but is supposed to be in the second. This week, we got our first full look at the Wasp costume as worn by Evangeline Lilly. The suit has obviously undergone some upgrades since Janet’s gold-toned suit, putting Hope’s more in line with the modern-day Ant-Man suit.
Anyone following DC Comics likely knows about the upcoming comic by Geoff Johns, Doomsday Clock, where the long-separated worlds of DC heroes and Watchmen will finally collide. DC released a preview of that comic in the video they released this week (above), along with some answers to questions fans have been wondering about. The comic is available for pre-order now, and will be available starting November 22nd. Take this opportunity to support your local comic shops with a pre-order!
Last week Critical Role released its first comic book, Vox Machina Origins, which quickly became one of the bestselling comics on Comixology. The comic, which follows twins Vax’ildan and Vex’ahlia and introduces the druid Keyleth, is only available in digital form for now, on Comixology, Dark Horse Digital, iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Google Play.
My recommend this week is OrcPub’s new facelifted site, OrcPub2. This site is hugely helpful for both DMs and players of Dungeons and Dragons, as it guides you seamlessly through the process of creating characters and monsters. I’ve been working on an upcoming game and it’s been invaluable!
That’s all we’ve got for this week of the geek. See you next week!
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