The Week in Geek is your weekly collection of the biggest news, rumours, and speculation for all things Superhero, Sci-Fi, and Comic Book Movie related. So sit back and enjoy this weeks recap of all things Geek. As always there will be some spoilers involved so tread carefully!
The first pictures from Avengers: Age of Ultron landed this week, and with them some pretty big news about the movie.
Again there are potentially big spoilers for some of the plot points for Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead, so turn back now if you don’t want to see them!
Still here? Good, here’s what we learned this week about Age of Ultron.
After the events of Avengers Assemble, and each heroes individual exploits after New York, most of the Avengers are feeling a little run down. The Avengers need some R&R and Stark has a solution, Ultron. A self aware, self teaching, artificial intelligence designed to help assess threats, Ultron will also direct a legion of drones based on Iron Man’s armour. Ultron believes the best way to ‘help’ the human race is to eliminate their biggest threat, Humans!
I imagine we can probably expect to see some kind of face off scene between Iron Man and Ultron, similar to the Loki/Tony Stark scene in Stark Tower from Avengers Assemble, where Tony tries to tell Ultron that he doesn’t get to decide who lives and dies.
This leads us onto the next big reveal, Ultron will build The Vision to prove to Tony Stark that he too can create life! Joss Whedon didn’t want to commit to much about the character, however, he did say it’s not a coincidence that Paul Bettany plays both The Vision and Jarvis.
I would assume it is meant as a double ‘kick in the teeth’ for Stark, not only can Ultron create life but he can improve on anything Stark has already created.
Needless to say this movie is going to to be big and, much like its predecessor did for phase 2, it will leave its mark throughout Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I really want the Fantastic Four reboot to be a massive success, but every time a new piece of information is released about the movie I feel my heart sink. Judging from many other people’s comments, it seems i’m not alone, and this week’s news was no different.
Kate Mara had to clarify some comments she made around the movie this week, as she was first quoted as saying the movie “will not be based on any history of anything already published”. This quote was taken from Esquire Latino America, and caused much upset among fans. Mara was quick to explain that it was a mis-translation and what she meant was the movie will not be based on any one publication, but rather pieces from several different sources will be used.
Michael B Jordan also raised some concerns, as he tried to give us an update into what we can expect from the movie. Jordan explained that the script is constantly changing and decisions are being made on the fly. Obviously all movies make slight changes throughout production, as many come across limitations in things like budget etc. However, this sounds a lot like a film that hasn’t yet found it’s main path. With little else being released about the film, these comments are all we can go on and so far it’s not helping to ease fan concerns.
Hopefully we will all be proven wrong and this movie will be brilliant, but at the minute that’s a very big hope.
Daredevil in Disguise!
During an interview about Guardians of the Galaxy, Kevin Feige took some time to shed light on Marvel’s Daredevil series. His comments suggest that the show may not connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe immediately, but will look to do so further down the line.
“They’re being very, very smart about that. And approaching those shows the way we approach movies, which is focus on what you’re working on first. And make it as great as you can be at beginning, middle and end. And then look at if they’re places it makes sense for some interweaving of continuity. But right now their goal, and they’re in production on the Daredevil series, is to make the best incarnation of Daredevil that has ever existed.” - Kevin Feige
Two new cast members were also announced this week, with Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) to play Matt Murdock’s love interest Karen Page. Peter Shinkoda will also be joining the cast, as a recurring character named Hachiro. It seems that Hachiro is a character made up for the show specifically, so not much is known about the role yet.
When Matt Murdock loses his sight he is trained by a mysterious Sensei known only as ‘Stick’, whose real name has never been revealed. Could Hachiro be another name for this mysterious Sensei? It wouldn’t be the first time Marvel made small changes to improve the narrative, see Ultron’s origin above!
X-Men: First Class script writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have signed on to write the Power Rangers reboot movie, with Roberto Orci also signed on as executive producer. With the movie being in such an early stage don’t expect many updates just yet, but with these three on board it might be a decent script at least.
Uncharted: The Movie
Seth Gordon, director of the Uncharted movie, has said he would like to begin filming in 2015. This could prove problematic, seeing as they've yet to cast the lead role of Nathan Drake. Ask almost any fan who they want to play Drake and they’ll say Nathan Fillion, and if you’ve ever played the Uncharted games you’d find it hard to disagree. The character practically is Fillion down to a tee, both in looks and humour, so here’s another part we can all desperately hope is his for the taking.
Comic Book Changes
Normally I don’t report on actual Comic Book news, as I prefer to keep to the Film/TV side of Superheroes. However, something game changing happened this week in the world of Marvel Comics, and I thought it only fair I pay my dues.
Firstly Marvel announced that the next run of Thor would have the God of Thunder as a Woman!
Then, they announced that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson aka The Falcon. That’s right the first Black Captain America, and yes he will keep the Falcon wings!
I love both of these changes, and am looking forward to seeing how they will affect the Marvel Universe. That being said, I don’t want to see these changes echoed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least not yet. Personally I would rather Marvel follow the comic arc of Bucky stepping into the Captain America suit, before we see Falcon take the mantle. I like the idea of the female Thor story though, the Comic is supposedly going to have Thor no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir, so a new God of Thunder is chosen. This would be a great way to continue the Thor cinematic story without having to start a new cycle with a new actor.
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