The Week in Geek: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Animated Firefly, Civil War II, 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 Ant-Man and the Wasp, a fan-made animated version of Firefly, changes to Marvel's Civil War II, and more.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Confirmation of individual cast members returning to superhero sequels isn't usually a big deal, but this is an exception. It's been confirmed that the best part of Ant-Man (and probably every single Marvel movie) is returning. That's right, Michael Peña will be back as Scott Lang's hilarious over-explaining sidekick Luis.

Firefly

Don't get too excited, but also maybe a little. The chances of Firefly returning dwindle with each passing day, but one enterprising fan has some hopes for more. Artist Stephen Byrne created a teaser trailer for an animated Firefly series, and it looks fantastic - but also heart-wrenching. Byrne promised a series was coming soon, and we can all only hope he's not messing with us.

Civil War II

Like Secret Wars before it, Marvel is expanding and delaying the ongoing Civil War II. Civil War II #5 has been delayed to 17th September (it was originally supposed to arrive on 17th August). #6 will be out 5th October, and #7 on 17th October. The release date for the new 8th issue has not been announced.

As for a reason why, writer Brian Michael Bendis has explained that artist David Marquez has just had a baby and needed a bit more time to get things done. As for the expansion, Bendis says that they have a killer ending for the run but needed more space to make it fit.

Detective Pikachu

The upcoming live-action adaptation of the Pokémon game has a writing team to work on the script. Or at least there are negotiations happening. According to Variety, Legendary wants Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).

Production is due to start next year, and outside of Japan it will be distributed by Universal. Inside Japan, those duties are being dealt with by Toho and The Pokémon Company.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

A supposed cast-list has hit the net, seemingly confirming some casting rumours and throwing other under further scrutiny. It supposedly confirms that Bokeem Woodbine will play the Shocker, and seems to confirm that Jacob Batalon will be playing Ned Leeds (a future Hobgoblin), Angourie Rice will be Daily Bugle employee Better Brant, and Laura Harrier will play Liz Allen.

The list also claims Zendaya, who is rumoured to be playing Mary Jane, is playing a character called Michelle. That throws a wrench in the previous rumour that she'd be playing Peter Parker's future girlfriend/wife, but this could be a false flag. If she is Mary Jane, just try and make the red hair look convincing.

We also have the first poster for the film:

Doctor Strange

Rumour is that Robert Downey Jr has filmed a short cameo for Doctor Strange. That's what @TheAngryGinger claims, though we don't know who his sources are. Call me sceptical, but I would love to see the Awesome Facial Hair Bros appear on-screen sooner rather than later. Just cool it on the Sherlock Holmes references.

Lego Dimensions

Warner Bros has confirmed that Supergirl is heading to the toys-to-life game this September, but there's a catch. You can only get it by buying the PS4 starter pack, which is really quite stupid since it means everybody who already owns the game (plus non-PlayStation owners) are out of luck. But, like Disney Infinity's Boba Fett, expect it to come out separately in six months or so. Maybe bundled with Green Arrow.

Arrow

Will Travel, who played Frank Simpson/Nuke in Jessica Jones, is joining another comics series. He's coming to Arrow as Christopher Chance/Human Target. It sounds like he'll be Oliver Queen's new bodyguard, and uses chameleonic abilities to disguise himself as the person he's meant to be protecting. That way he draws fire from said person. Human Target also appeared in a short-lived TV series back in 2010/11, but that won't have anything to do with the new iteration.

Supergirl

A new on-set photo shows Supergirl hanging out with Wonder Woman. Well, sort of. It's Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the '70s TV series. In Supergirl she's playing the President of the United States.

Fant4stic

Last year's Fantastic Four/Fant4stic was horrific, but according to the film's original screenwriter it wasn't always that way. He said the following to Screen Crush:

In addition to Annihilus and the Negative Zone, we had Doctor Doom declaring war against the civilized world, the Mole Man unleashing a 60 foot genetically-engineered monster in downtown Manhattan, a commando raid on the Baxter Foundation, a Saving Private Ryan-style finale pitting our heroes against an army of Doombots in war-torn Latveria, and a post-credit teaser featuring Galactus and the Silver Surfer destroying an entire planet. We had monsters and aliens and Fantasticars and a cute spherical H.E.R.B.I.E. robot that was basically BB-8 two years before BB-8 ever existed. And if you think all of that sounds great...well, yeah, we did, too. The problem was, it would have also been massively, MASSIVELY expensive.