The Week in Geek: Pokémon Go, Marvel Now!, Suicide Squad, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

Welcome to another instalment of the week in geek, our weekly round-up of news in the world of gaming, comics, film, and TV that you might have missed. This week we have news on Suicide Squad (and what might follow), Marvel's upcoming publication event 'Marvel Now!', and at long last we know how Pokémon Go is going to work.

Pokémon Go

After much teasing, The Pokémon Company has finally pulled back the curtains and revealed how Pokémon Go is going work. It's quite different from the way the Game Boy/DS games work, since you won't be having to battle Pokémon to catch them and evolution is not a case of training Pokémon to a certain level or matching set criteria. Kotaku UK has the full low-down, and this video covers the basics.

Suicide Squad

We've known for a while that Ben Affleck's Batman will appear in Suicide Squad, but now we know how prominent a role he will have. From the sounds of things, he's not in it that much. This is what Batman News had to say:

Batman News can confirm that Batman does not cross the path of the entire team in Suicide Squad. He has a scene with Will Smith’s Deadshot, and without getting too specific, it’s sure to be an emotional one!

Next is the car scene that we saw in the trailers with Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. Unfortunately there isn’t much interaction between Batman and the Joker here. It’s mostly between Batman and Harley. A report came out last summer that said the Joker’s car plunges into the water, and as we saw in the latest trailer, it does and Batman gets Harley out safely.

Lastly, there’s one more scene involving Batman and Deadshot in the form of a flashback.

Plus, following news that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn would be getting her own solo/team-up film, Warner Bros is planning a number of films spinning out of Suicide Squad. Few details exist, but according to WeGotThisCovered.com the plans include a sequel along with a number of solo films for the film's characters - including Jared Leto's Joker and Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang.

Nothing's set in stone, though, so if the film bombs you can expect those plans to get scrapped. It does show that Warner Bros is feeling rather confident about the film's success, though.

Marvel Now!

Marvel has announced that this autumn will see the comic publisher kick off an event called Marvel Now!

It all starts this Fall as the Marvel Universe charges forward into an ambitious new direction. As the industry’s top creators and hottest up-and-coming voices leave their mark on the world’s top Super Heroes, get ready for the most exciting and energetic comics on the stands! Prepare for all-new ongoing series, Earth-shattering status quo shifts, and an exciting new era of Marvel comics!

Some of you may remember that Marvel Now! was also used back in 2012 to signify a shake-up in the world of Marvel Comics. Apparently Marvel likes the name, so it's being brought back. Don't expect any universe/continuity-changing events, though. Nothing major significant happened following the rebirth of the multiverse at the end of Secret Wars after all.

The Force Awakens Comic

What you thought that a film and novelisation was enough for the latest Star Wars film? Not a chance. There's a comic adaptation coming from Marvel, and this week we saw our first glimpse at the six-issue series (via ComicBook.com).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation #1 goes on sale on 22nd June.

Untitled Animated Spider-Man Movie

New rumours have surfaced claiming Sony's upcoming animated Spider-Man movies (which has nothing to do with the MCU or Marvel Studios) will feature Miles Morales's version of the spider-hero. Heroic Hollwood says that there are two possible titles for the film, which are  Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man and The Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Mile Morales debuted in 2011 in Marvel's Ultimate universe, following the death of that universe's Peter Parker at the hands of the Green Goblin. More recently he survived the destruction of that universe during Marvel's Secret Wars event, now calling the mainstream universe home.

The animated Spider-Man film is due for release in December 2018.

Thor

Mel Gibson has revealed to The Guardian that Marvel approached him about playing the role of Thor's father Odin in the MCU. That role eventually went to Anthony Hopkins, which we can all agree was the smarter choice.

Blade

Wesley Snipes seems insistent that he has a chance of returning to the role of Blade, saying on Twitter that there's always the possibility and that "the ball's in Marvel's court".

When it comes to another BLADE, there's always a possibility. 😁#SharpeningMyTeeth

— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) May 24, 2016

The return of Blade is something that has been floating around the rumour mill for a while, mostly thanks to Snipes constantly campaigning to return to the role. Given recent rumours that Blade would reappear as a Netflix show, it's probably peaked Snipes' interest again.

Will Marvel have him back? It's unlikely, given that the Blade films and TV show were made by New Line (now owned by Warner Bros) and didn't exactly end on a high note. Plus Marvel will likely want to start afresh, just like it did with 2008's The Incredible Hulk.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Speaking with MTV International, Captain America actor Chris Evans has revealed that he wants to cameo in the upcoming Spider-an solo film Homecoming.

Considering the banter Spidey and Cap had during Civil War (regardless of how brief it was), I'd love to see the two get more screentime together as soon as possible. Waiting two years to (presumably) see them on screen in Avengers: Infinity War isn't acceptable.

Game of Thrones

David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the show bypassing George RR Martin's snail-pace writing. They promised that the show is not going to spoil much from the final two books in the series because of how much they've diverged. They did reveal, however, that Martin told them three 'holy shit moments' that have yet to take place. The first is the death of Shireen Baratheon (at the end of last season), this week's big twist (no spoilers), and one that is set to take place right at the very end of the series.

Black Panther

A leak has supposedly revealed the cast list for the upcoming Marvel movie, starring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role.There's no mention of who's been cast, but if legit it shows us which Marvel characters are set to show up in the film. The list includes singer Monica Lynne, Wakandan elder N'Gassi, royal bodyguards Okoye and Malice, Queen Divine Justice, warriors W'Kabi and Zuri, Trickster demigod Reverand Achebe, along with villains Killmonger, Man-Ape, and White Wolf (T'Challa's adopted older brother).

The list also claims that Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman will reprise their roles as Ulysses Klaw and Everett Ross respectively. That's hardly a surprise, given both characters have close ties with Black Panther in the comics.