Geekly News Roundup – 01.18.15: “No Strings on Me”
Welcome to another installment of Geekly News Roundup. Here, you’ll find all of the past week’s biggest and coolest geek culture news in one convenient place.
This week’s News stories are listed below. You can click on any news story to be taken directly to it.
- New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Released
- Stan Lee to Appear on Agent Carter
- Follow-up: Live Action Ghost in the Shell Movie Gets Release Date
- George Lucas Originally Planned to Direct New Star Wars Trilogy
- Rumor: Spider-Man Coming to MCU in 2018
- Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and Iron Man Set to Appear in Captain America: Civil War
New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Released
THIS IS NOT A DRILL, PEOPLE! NEW AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TRAILER DROPS AND IT’S MARVELOUS!!!
Seriously though, this, like the previous Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, looks incredible. The trailer is basically a bunch of insane actions scenes put together that doesn’t show much in the way of story. Still, we can get a few nuggets of information from watching it.
Ultron appears to be a global threat as we see the Avengers trying to save civilians from the ruins of cities. We also see the Avengers battling among themselves. In the trailer, Ultron says: “I’ll tear you apart from the inside,” he seems to be doing just that. Besides the soon-to-be-famous Hulk vs Iron Man battle, we also see Thor picking Tony up by his neck. This itself could be after the revelation that Stark secretly created Ultron but that remains to be seen. We also see some scenes of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver but how they fit into the story is still unknown.
I think it’s safe to assume that our own Brian Munjoma will see this countless times as well.
Stan Lee to Appear on Agent Carter
Mister Marvel himself, Stan Lee, is set to make his appearance on Marvel’s Agent Carter. The co-creator of many of Marvel’s most popular comics and characters will appear on the January 27 episode of ABC’s hit series.
From the article by Variety:
Lee will appear in “The Blitzkrieg Button” as a man who has a brief encounter with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Much like Lee’s numerous other cameos, most recently as Fred’s dad in “Big Hero 6,” and as a ladies’ man in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the spot will bring a moment of levity to the episode.
This shouldn’t be surprising as Stan Lee has made brief cameos in dozens of movies with Marvel characters in them. He even made a cameo on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so him appearing on another Marvel TV series just makes sense.
Here are some photos from the set for your viewing pleasure.
Live Action Ghost in the Shell Movie Gets Release Date
On the last installment of Geekly News Roundup, I told you about how Scarlett Johansson has officially signed on to play the leading role in Disney’s live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Today, I’m here doing a follow up on its release date which has been confirmed to be April 14, 2017.
Like I said on the last show and as we discussed on the latest episode of Throwdown, there are some things that I’m concerned with. The main one is: will this movie take place in Japan and will Scarlett be playing Agent Kusanagi or a completely new character? Live action movies based on anime and manga don’t exactly have a solid track record so this one could be another in that pile. On the other hand, if this film manages to capture the spirit of the franchise, particularly the first movie, then it’s sure to be a hit with both fans of the source material and the average moviegoer.
George Lucas Originally Planned to Direct New Star Wars Trilogy
Call this a case of dodging a bullet. In an interview with USA Today, George Lucas revealed that he had already begun planning work on a new Star Wars trilogy but knew that it would be a 10-year endeavor. He wanted the first movie to be released this year.
Before he could really get deep into conceptualizing however, Disney came along wanting to buy LucasFilm and sealed the deal in October of 2012. George decided to get out early since it would have been harder to do so later on.
Now, yes, George Lucas IS the creator of Star Wars but most fans would agree that he does more harm than good to the series. Disney buying the property and getting people with fresh ideas involved in the making of the new trilogy will help to make this series realize its true potential.
Rumor: Spider-Man Coming to MCU in 2018
Talk of Spider-Man coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been widespread for some time now. This started after (supposed) North Korean hackers got into Sony’s emails and discovered that the company and Marvel were in talks to bring the web-slinger into Marvel’s Civil War (now Captain America: Civil War). This deal fell through but this hasn’t made rumors of Spidey’s MCU debut go away.
According to a new report from Latino-Review, ol’ web-head will appear in Avengers: Infinity War Part I. This report came bundled with the ending of two Phase-3 movies (which I avoided like the plague!). “Spider-Man IS in [Avengers 3], the Sony deal went through,” according to this leak.
While this is a rumor which Sony has now officially denied according to Comic Book Resources, we have to keep in mind that Latino-Review has a very good track record of uncovering these sort of things. After all, these are the same dudes who ruined the Thanos reveal for me (gracias, amigos) so I’m going to say that there is a very strong possibility of this actually being true.
Source: Latino-Review via IGN
Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and Iron Man Set to Appear in Captain America: Civil War
There has been speculation among fans that Black Widow would meet an untimely end in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That sort of talk can now be laid to rest (pun intended).
Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Captain America: Winter Soldier and will direct Captain America: Civil War, have announced that Black Widow will be appearing in their upcoming MCU movie. Since Civil War takes place AFTER Avengers: Age of Ultron, it means that Black Widow will survive the events of that film.
Miss Natasha Romanoff won’t be the only one appearing in the film alongside Cap. The directors also said that Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man would be in the mix. Tony Stark won’t be making a cameo either. He actually plays a crucial role in this movie since this is where the split between him and Captain America happens–the start of the Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War will be released on May 06th, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Resources