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 info on what is apparently a huge Marvel Cinematic Universe leak, bits about the production of Civil War, rumours for the Flash Movie, and more.
A massive amount of supposedly leaked information about the Marvel Cinematic Universe popped up on 4chan earlier this week, and was posted on Reddit. You can read through it all here. Spoiler, obviously.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 writer/director James Gunn has hit back at the leak, claiming all the information about his film is 'truly made-up bullshit.' He doesn't seem confident in the rest either.
The Guardians stuff is truly made-up bullshit other than stuff taken from things I’ve said & a half-lucky guess or 2 https://t.co/yMjDOmUFWb
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 25, 2016
Personally I feel like a lot of the recent stuff may be true, but only from the perspective that it's incredibly obvious. The further you get into the future, the less likely these claims seem to be.
Captain America: Civil War
Remember the best scene in the film? I'm talking about the airport when Scott Lang makes the transition from Ant-Man to Giant Man. Marvel has just released some concept art of him during that scene, fighting Captain America. Wait, what?
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) August 22, 2016
Apparently the teams all got changed up a bit during pre-production, and there was a point when Ant-Man was aligned with Tony Stark. That wouldn't have made much sense, and The Russo Brothers (who wrote and directed the film) said that once they got into the film's narrative Ant-Man was firmly on Cap's side - which makes the most sense. The artwork just happened to have been commissioned before the teams were finalised.
Speaking to EW, the Russo's also confirmed what he third film would have been before Robert Downey Jr signed on for the film:
There was a period where we did discuss a third act that revolved around the Madbomb from Cap mythology. It didn’t have anything to do with Civil War, and if we couldn’t get Downey – in the very, very early conversations before we nailed him – somebody pitched the idea of a third-act that revolved around the Madbomb, which makes people crazy. It almost like zombifies them – but not literally.
The Flash Movie
Production on The Flash movie is kicking off soon, and rumours have popped up about the film's villain. Or villains, rather, because the rumour claims that the scarlet speedster will be going up against the supervillain team The Rogues. The team has gone through a number of iterations through the years, but I'd say there's a decent chance we'll see the return of Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang.
I'll say this, though, if the Trickster is in the film and he's not played by Mark Hamill, I may cry.
One thing that really defined the MCU was character cameos linking films together. Now it looks like we might be seeing one in Thor: Ragnarok. Set photos show a recreation of New York, and Thor holding a card with an address.
— DaleyPearson (@Daley_Pearson) August 22, 2016
In case you can't see clearly, it says '177A Bleecker St', which is Doctor Strange's New York address. Provided Marvel isn't fucking with us, it seems Thor will need some mystical help for some reason. It's also worth pointing out that this will be the second time a Thor film has been partially set in a place called Greenwich. Coincidence? Probably.
We also have a photo that confirms Anthony Hopkins is back as Odin, though he appears to be pretty dishevelled. Presumably he was banished to Earth when his throne was usurped by Loki, and probably doesn't have his powers. I just hope he's not one of those self-aware doomsaying hobos. That's a sci-fi trope that's ended up far too clichéd.
Fantastic Four Sequel
Because nothing is sacred, Kate Mara claims that she would love to be in a sequel to the cinematic abortion that was Fantastic Four. I can understand Miles Teller saying yes, because he doesn't have a whole lot going on, but Kate Mara is a good actress that's been in many good things. After House of Cards, American Horror Story, and The Martian, why on earth would you go back to that train-wreck?
Dear Fox, reboot this shit and do it properly. Or better yet, copy Sony and split the rights with someone who knows what they're doing.
Marvel Most Wanted
Last year Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter were written out of Agents of SHIELD so that they could be featured in a brand new series Most Wanted, and then ABC decided not to take the series beyond the pilot stage. Now fans have launched a petition asking them ABC to release the pilot, and let people watch. This is the brunt of their argument:
It was thus with great disappointment that fans around the world heard the announcement that after reviewing the pilot, ABC had yet again passed on the series, and that all the hard work put into the new spin-off had gone to waste. So it turned out that two of the most beloved characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had been written out of the show... for nothing.
Even if ABC don't play ball, would-be fans don't have to worry. Someone is bound to leak it to the internet sooner or later.
Earlier this week it was revealed Dan Harmon, of Community and Rick & Morty fame, will be writing new scenes for Doctor Strange, and now someone spotted a reference to the demon Dormammu on his computer screen. Harmon claims he's started writing a script for a Community movie, and eagle-eyes viewers also spotted something called 'Strange confronts Dormammu'. For those who don't know, Domammu is a powerful extra-dimensional demon that Strange has faced many times over the years.
There is also a very good chance that Harmon is messing with us, especially given that the same folder also has files labelled "Kaecilius_01_seducation" (Kaecilius is Mads Mikkelsen's character in Doctor Strange), and "Magical Mystery Tour". He knew what he was doing.
Rumours, courtesy of The Hashtag Show, also suggest that Brother Voodoo may appear in the film. Brother Voodoo is the alias of Jericho Drumm uses voodoo magic to fight evil following the death of his brother Daniel dies. That's the same brother that was teased in Marvel's Doctor Strange prelude comic.
It surprises a lot of people to know that Jim from The Office was a finalist for the role of Captain America, and this week he revealed some details about how he's happy he lost the role to Chris Evans. You can blame Chris Hemsworth, as he told Collider:
“I was putting on the suit just watching it and like this is so amazing and I got about right to my waist, I was still shirtless and feeling pretty good about myself, wasn't Thirteen Hours yet but felt pretty good, and all of a sudden Chris Hemsworth walked by as Thor and went "hey mate", and I went I'm good, this is stupid, I shouldn't, It's okay, I'm not going to be Captain America, it's fine.”
He also revealed that he'd still love to be cast in another Marvel movie, having been a fan of the movies they've made so far.