Welcome to our brand new weekly feature, The Week in Geek, where we round up the key news from the worlds of TV, film, gaming, comics and more. This week we have word of a new mutant in Wolverine 3, a first-look at the new Power Rangers reboot, James Cameron's madcap plans for his upcoming Avatar sequels, and heaps of other stuff, too.
Superhero Hype claims that Fox is looking for an actress to play Laura Kinney/X-23, a young female clone of Wolverine with all of the same powers. Given Wolverine 3 is supposed to be Hugh Jackman's last film as the titular hero, introducing X-23 would be an interesting way of replacing him in future films. A similar thing did happen in recent comics, after all.
The BBC has revealed that it will be announcing The Doctor's new companion tonight, halfway through Match of the Day.
Not only will James Cameron be making four Avatar sequels, he plans to film then at the exact same time as part of one big production. Speaking to Famous Monsters of Filmland, he said:
It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [Avatar scripts] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from Movie One. … We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point. It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, this person hasn’t died yet, so you’re still in this phase of your life.’ It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three Godfather films at the same time.
Cameron also plans to release the films in December 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023, specifically choosing those years so that his films don't go up against major Star Wars releases. That's the most sensible thing James Cameron has said in years.
Marvel has revealed three IMAX posters for the film:
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely also revealed that the only reason Black Panther shows up in costume is because it looked like Marvel wouldn't be able to reclaim Spider-Man. Speaking to CinemaBlend:
"Originally, T'Challa and T'Chaka were just the representatives of Wakanda, sort of the voice of other countries in the world going, ‘You people are out of control,’ and then to be aggrieved by possible Bucky actions" . . . "When things maybe looked like we weren’t going to get Spider-Man, it was like, ‘Let's put the costume on that guy! And then he became so integral to the story as it evolved that once Spider-Man came back, we didn't take him out. So, it was a problem that created a really nice situation."
A few images of filming have hit the web, featuring Finn Jones' Danny Rand/Iron Fist. Judging from the fact he looks like he just came back from a gap year, it's likely this is his return to New York after spending years in the mystical city of K’un-Lun. Look carefully and you can also see what looks like an old-school iPod on his leg.
The first photos from the set of IRON FIST give us our first look at the lead Danny Rand played by Finn Jones! pic.twitter.com/bTbK5fzyg1
— Best Of Marvel (@thebestofmarvel) April 19, 2016
It's also been revealed that Jessica Troup and Tom Pelphrey have been cast as Joy and Ward Meechum, who have been running Rand Enterprises in the years since Danny's parents died.
Fox has kicked off the viral marketing campaign for the upcoming film, focussing on the history of Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur. First up is a timeline of the many 'Ages' of Apocalypse, followed by a George Takei-narrated video inspired by classic TV series In Search Of...
It has been revealed that often-baddie Willem Dafoe has been cast in the film as a "good guy". No word on who, but it's been implied that he will not be playing a hero. He joins J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the heroes that debuted in Batman V Superman.
We've seen out first look at next year's big Power Rangers reboot, featuring Elizabeth Banks as villainess Rita Repulsa, (courtesy of EW).
For comparison, here's a picture of Rita from the original Power Rangers series, played by Machiko Soga.
So yeah, it's more than just a small change.
Bill & Ted 3
After many years in development hell, progress seems to be being made on Bill & Ted 3. A source, speaking to the lovely publication The Sun, claims that much of the film will be set in London. More specifically, it will feature Bill and Ted travelling through London's history and interacting with famous historical figures.
That sounds like the perfect way to have the duo interacting with Britain's many rock stars for inspiration.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
We might know the name of the two legendaries set to debut in the next Pokémon game. According to Serebii a Japanese IP lawyer has filed trademarks for 'Solgaleo' and 'Lunaala'. It's no official confirmation, by any means, but it does fit in with the theme and it wouldn't be the first time new Pokémon have been trademarked this way.
The Pokémon Company has promised to show off the box art for the games sometime next month, and presumably we'll get our first glimpse of the new legendaries then.
Civil War II
Marvel has released a trailer for its upcoming comic crossover event, which sees the Marvel universe's heroes split right down the middle. Again.
Civil War II is set to start in June.