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 a new comic series featuring Marvel's original Thor, Rogue One livestreaming from next week's Star Wars Celebration, set photos from The Dark Tower, and more.
The Unworthy Thor
It's been nearly two years since Marvel's God of Thunder relinquished the title of Thor over to Jane Foster, after finding himself unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. He's taken the back burner since then, but now Marvel is bringing the Odinson back in his own series The Unworthy Thor.
From the sounds of things he'll back in business, wielding his hammer-based powers. It's important to note, though, that Jane Foster's Thor isn't going anywhere. Instead Thor Odinson will wield the Mjolnir from the Ultimate Universe, which was destroyed during the events of last year's Secret Wars.
This time next week, the annual Star Wars Celebration will be in full-swing at London's Excel Centre. Not everyone can go, and even those who do won't be able to see all of the big news that will likely be announced during the three-day event. So Lucasfilm has announced Star Wars Live, which will be live-streaming from the event all weekend. That means celebrity guests, panels, interviews with Star Wars creators, and more.
Particularly of note is that the entire Rogue One panel will be live-streamed, and I've heard murmurs that it will include a brand new trailer for the film. Here's hoping Darth Vader is in it.
The Dark Tower
Some new photos from the New York set of The Dark Tower have hit the net. In them is something that potentially reveals something particularly spoilerific about the film.
Inside the satchel of The Gunslinger/Idris Elba sits a horn, which some have assumed is the Horn of Eld. If you've finished Stephen King's Dark Tower series, you'll understand exactly what that means. If not, well, I won't spoil it for you.
While Suicide Squad was filming, some photos arrived online featuring Will Smith's Deadshot shopping with a young girl around what looked like Christmas time. This led to some speculation that we'd see some of Deadshot's family life in the film. Now it's been confirmed thanks to a blurb that came with a new headshot of the character (via EW)
An assassin-for-hire by day, a concerned dad by night, Deadshot is one conflicted baddie who enjoys the hunt but is still trying to do right by his young daughter.
So Deadshot has a daughter in the film universe, and you'll all be glad to hear that judging from the set photos she is not being played by one of Smith's own children.
Filming on Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming is in full swing, and earlier this week Tom Holland shared this selfie of himself halfway up a wall in full costume.
Spider-Man Homecoming is due for release on 7th July 2017.
X-Men: Death of X
Any Marvel reader will know that all the current series take place eight months after the conclusion of the universe-busting Secret Wars, and in that time a lot of big things happened. One good example is Scott Summer/Cyclops attacking the Inhumans and ultimately dying.
Scott's actions were due to the the Terrigen cloud circulating the globe. While the cloud has created a whole host of new Inhumans, it's also proved toxic to mutants. Any exposed mutants end up sterilised, slowly dying, and can pass the disease M-Pox onto humans.
X-Men: Death of X will chronicle the events that ultimately lead to Scott's death. The four-part series will debut in October, and conclude in November.
Marvel Cinematic Universe/Fox
It's common knowledge that Marvel doesn't own all the film rights to its characters, but some of them exist in grey areas. One such grey area are the Skrulls, shapeshifting alien conquerors. Because they originally appeared in the pages of Fantastic Four comics, many assumed they belonged to Fox. But then again, so did the Kree - and they appeared without issue in Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of SHIELD. This week we got some definite answers from Guardians director James Gunn:
Some specific Skrulls are at Fox. But the Skrulls as a whole are co-owned. https://t.co/2hJYkskLZ3
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 6, 2016
What that means for seeing them on-screen is unclear, but with rights being shared they could appear in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fox's X-Men film universe. It's just a matter of whether they actually feel like it. I, for one, would like to see some mention of the never-ending Kree/Skrull war to make it to film screens. Or Secret Invasion.
Disney Infinity Fan Art
Disney Infinity is over, and there are plenty of characters we never got to see immortalised as an in-game figure. Like Deadpool, and the X-Men. To get over this, Hector Moran has deigned a bunch of the mutant heroes in Infinity style - and even went so far as to create a real-life version of the non-mutant Deadpool.
Head over to Kotaku UK to see the lot.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: The Motion Picture does not have a very good reputation, and rightly so. Still, if Gene Roddenberry had had his way, we could have seen a different version of the film that was incredibly different. In fact, it could have seen Kirk in a fistfight with Jesus himself. Or, at least, an alien that took Jesus's form.
This news comes straight from the mouth of William Shatner, who said in an interview that he came across Roddenberry typing up a very different draft of the script. The film would have focused on an all-powerful entity coming to Earth and causing chaos to erupt. The being fancied itself as God, so naturally it took the form of Jesus. This being Star Trek, only the crew of the Enterprise could do anything about it.
Naturally it was seamed too controversial, since it would definitely have angered right-wing Christians. The head of Paramount at the time was said to be a devout Catholic as well, so it never would have been greenlit anyway. So instead we got whatever the fuck V'Ger was supposed to be.
Game of Thrones
John Bradley, the guy who plays Sam Tarley, has a few theories about the gyroscopes in the opening credits - and why they've suddenly appeared in the Citadel library. Telling The Hollywood Reporter:
I only became aware of that after I saw the episode. On the day, it was all green screen. It's only after I saw the episode and people started telling me about the gyroscope. I think it could mean any number of things. One theory is that what we're seeing now and how we're experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones. If you take the logic of the story now, the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library. The visual motif of that is you're about to be told a story — the sense of an idea of being told a story, and people gaining that knowledge, the way Sam is absorbing knowledge in the library.
If Sam is recounting the story, who is it for? How does he know all the events he wasn't witness to? Does this mean he's actually George RR Martin? (Actually that would be a great cameo for the writer, so long as it doesn't interfere with his snail-pace writing). We'll just have to wait until the end of the eighth season (urgh) to find out.