The Week in Geek: Black Panther, Arrowverse Crossover, Rogue One, 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 info on the villains of the impending four-part Arrowverse crossover, a new villain in the Black Panther movie, and brand new images from Rogue One.

Black Panther

Marvel has revealed another villain for the upcoming Black Panther movie. Winston Duke (Person of Interest) is playing M'Baku aka the Man Ape. He is one of Wakanda's most powerful warriors, and in the comics he felt he deserves to rule the isolationist nation instead of T'Challa. His alias stems from the fact he's a member of the White Gorilla cult, a worship outlawed by the ruling Black Panther cult.

Arrowverse Crossover

Warner Bros has revealed the reason behind the heroes of the four Arrowverse TV shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow) coming together in an extended four-part crossover. The many heroes will be teaming up against gene-manipulating aliens The Dominators, best known for their appearance in the 1988-89 crossover event Invasion! and their attempts to create their own personal army of metahumans.

Rogue One

Yesterday was Force Friday, and it went out without much notice. Lucasfilm did release a few new images for the upcoming Rogue One through the Topps Trader card app.

Rogue One is due in cinemas on 16th December.

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows, the vampire mockumentary written and directed by Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement, is getting a TV spin-off. It's called Paranormal Event Response Unit, and will focus on Karen and Mike, the two naive police officers from the first film. The sic-part series will air in New Zealand next year.

Waititi also intends to work on a spin-off film We're the Wolves, which will focus on the werewolf pack featured also introduced in the film.

Solo Batman Movie

Batfleck is one of thew few things DC's on-screen universe did right, so it makes sense that Warner Bros would want to get his solo movie out sooner rather than later. But don't expect it too soon. According to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who recently spoke at an investor conference, the film is at least "a year and a half out".

It's not clear whether or not he means 18 months until the release date, or start of production. It seems a bit off for both, since pre-production work has already begun. Still, it's good that to know that the film is coming sooner rather than later. Just don't cock this one up, DC!

Thor: Ragnarok

More Marvel casting news, as Thor: Ragnarok adds Jurassic Park's Sam Neill. Neill revealed the information in an interview with ShortList, but aside from the fact his role is likely rather small (he only spent a couple of days on set), we don't know anything about who or what he's playing. He jokingly told the site:

"I had to sign all sorts of things. So if I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents — and they are lethal — will come and get me and probably my children, as well."

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The final trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter prequel/spin-off has been released, and it's going very heavy on the beasts. Naturally it also raises a lot more questions about the characters in the film, especially Colin Farrell's Percival Graves.

Star Citizen

Our good friends at Kotaku UK have spent the last seven months digging into the development of Star Citizen, publishing a number of articles chronicling the ins and outs of the game's production cycle. If you need some reading material, and you're interested in game development, it's well worth a read.

Just be warned, these features are enormous.

Spider-Man/Deadpool

The ongoing, and frankly excellent, Spider-Man/Deadpool series just debuted a brand new villain. The villain is called Itsy-Bitsy (geddit??), and writer Joe Kelly described her as "a little bit wacky, a little bit dark, and a mix of Spidey and Deadpool. And Nightmares."

He went on to say that she's a very methodical, cunning character, adding "In this case, I have a very clear sense of who the character is. She knows exactly what to say to upset you, freak you out, disarm you… clever but really base and nasty."

Itsy-Bitsy debuted in Spider-Man/Deadpool #9, which is on sale now.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee has confirmed that the long-standing tradition of Marvel cameos is continuing. In a Q&A following a screening of Captain America: Civil War (via CinemaBlend), Lee revealed that he visited Marvel in Atlanta to film four cameos in a single day.

He didn't reveal which films he was in, but presumably it'll be the four films set to arrive next year (Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2).

Doctor Strange

It's less than a month until Doctor Strange, and Marvel has released some mind-bending motion posters featuring the film's characters.