The Week in Geek: Alien Covenant, Power Rangers, Deadpool 2, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's time to look back at all the geeky announcements in the world of gaming, TV, film, and comics. This week we have news about Deadpool 2's director, a first look at the creatures from Alien: Covenant, a glimpse at the Red Ranger's Dino Zord from the Power Rangers movie, and much more.

Alien: Covenant

One pretty serious leak we have this week seems to showcase the alien creatures that will appear in Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien: Covenant. We won't post the many, many images here, but Alien-Covenant.com has the lot. Expect to see facehuggers, eggs, and xenomorphs.

Deadpool 2

Tim Miller, director of the first Deadpool, is gone, and now Fox is looking for a new director. As it turns out they have a few people in mind. First up is John Wick director David Leitch, who is reported to be Fox's top pick. Also mentioned is Drew Goddard who worked on Netflix's Daredevil, Sony's ill-fated Sinister Six movie, The Cabin in the Woods, and also wrote Cloverfield and The Martian. Finally is Magnus Martens, with directorial credits including Agents of SHIELD, Luke Cage, Power, and 12 Monkeys.

All of them sound like pretty decent choices to me.

Power Rangers

We finally, finally, have our first look at the Red Ranger's Dino Zord from the upcoming Power Rangers movie. As usual with leaks like this, it's thanks to overzealous toy companies releasing imagery too early.

The Incredibles 2

Good news for those of you looking forward to the long-awaited Pixar sequel, the film's released date has been moved forward. According to The Hollywood Reporter Disney and Pixar have swapped the release dates for Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4. That means Incredibles 2 will be coming out a year early on 15th June 2018, while Toy Story 4 is being pushed back a year to 21st June 2019.

Sherlock

The BBC has revealed when the fourth series of Sherlock will premiere (1st January 2017), by tweeting the following image:

In related news, work on a third Robert Downey Jr-led Sherlock Holmes movie has kicked into gear again. Variety announced that a team of writers is working on the script, and they are: Nicole Perlman, Gary Whitta, Justin Malen, Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Kieran Fitzgerald.

Their shared credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Snowden, Rogue One, and Marvel's stand-alone Gamora comic series.

Rogue One

Good news Star Wars fans, Rogue One is getting an earlier release in the UK. It's coming out a whole day earlier than in the US, which is, what, 29 hours before the Americans? Good for us!

Director Gareth Edwards has also opened up about Ben Mendelsohn's Director Krennic, describing him as more of a 'working class Imperial'. Telling USA Today:

“It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people. I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class,” and that he achieved his position, “through sheer force of personality and ideas.”

Marvel's Monsters Unleashed

Marvel has released a set of five variant covers for the upcoming Monsters Unleashed crossover, featuring Spider-Man, Vision, Thor/Jane Foster, Ms Marvel, and the Hulk (presumably Amadeus Cho).


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Twin Peaks

New information for the Twin Peaks revival confirms a big spoiler from its cancelled predecessor. The Secret History of Twin Peaks confirms that Audrey Horne survived the bank explosion in the series finale. According to the book three people were killed in the explosion, but Audrey (who was chained to the vault door at the time) survived when Pete threw himself onto her to shield her from the blast.

The book also wraps up a lot of loose ends from the programme, including revealing what happened to minor characters, plus trivia and conspiracies related to the town going back a hundred years.

Doctor Strange

If you've seen Doctor Strange, you'll know that the proto-Sorcerer Supreme goes up against the Dormammu at the end of the film. You may be wondering who played the extra-dimensional demon, since it's not in the credits.It turns down it's the same person who played The Hobbit's Smaug. That's Benedict Cumberbatch, in case you didn't know. Director Scott Derrickson told IGN:

"It's an interesting idea, because I did fancy the idea that as this other-dimensional being he's not moving through the Dark Dimension, with a countenance, with eyes and a face, eyes and a mouth, and a human visage – why would he? He takes that form on to communicate with Strange."

He also confirmed that a different British actor voiced Dormammu, though he claims he doesn't know the man's name. Even though he's director. Yeah, that sounds like bullshit to me too.

While a sequel hasn't been greenlit, Cumberbatch has confirmed to ScreenRant that Doctor Strange will return as part of Avengers: Infinity War.