The Week in Geek: Red Dead Redemption 2, Thor Ragnarok, 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 casting, the first Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, info on Thor Ragnarok's weirdly hilarious spin-off short, and more

Thor Ragnarok

Remember the teaser video for Thor Ragnarok, featuring Thor and his roommate Darryl? Well, during a Reddit AMA, director Taika Waititi revealed that he wants to make more sketches - as long as they feature Darryl and other members of the Avengers. The director claims it would be a "dream come true".

Red Dead Redemption 2

While Nintendo was busy announcing the Switch, Rockstar sneakily released the first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Doesn't it look stunning?

Deadpool 2

Reports claim casting is underway for the Deadpool sequel, and rumour is that Fox has a shortlist of actresses to play the probability-manipulating mercenary Domino. According to Collider the shortlist includes Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller (“American Sniper”), Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman, and Sylvia Hoeks.

Domino has been a superhero, mercenary, bodyguard, and (perhaps most importantly) a member of X-Force. With Deadpool and Cable also appearing in the film, it wouldn't be surprising if Fox uses the film to set up the long-awaited X-Force film.

Marvel Comics

Marvel has announced a whole string of new ongoing titles, tying into the upcoming RessurrXion event. So far we have Cable, Jean Grey (the young time displaced version), Iceman (the old one), X-Men: Blue, X-Men: GoldGeneration X, and Weapon X.

The publisher also announced two tie-in comics to the upcoming Monsters Unleashed event. So far we know about Spider-Man/Deadpool and The Avengers. Presumably more announcements will be on the way.

The Flash

We now know that another one of the Scarlet Speedster's rogues is returning to TV screens, because Mark Hamill has been spotted on set. The fact he looks rather ghoulish and Joker-like, plus the fact Jay Garrick/Earth 3 Flash is present, means we might be seeing an alternate version of the madcap villain. Not that it matters. The more Mark Hamill, the better.

The Batman

Joe Manganiello, aka Deathstroke, has revealed to Entertainment Tonight that shooting on Ben Affleck's solo-Batman movie will begin next spring. He didn't offer any other details, but that would suggest that the film will be out sometime in 2018. Probably late 2018 to deal with the post-production details.

Sherlock

Recently some rumours have been flying around that the BBC would be putting an end to Sherlock in the near future. According to the programme's titular star, Benedict Cumberbatch, that's not the case. Telling USA Weekly that the previous reports were a "distortion" of what he had said. He meant that Series 4 is the last of Sherlock for now, not the last Sherlock forever.

As any fan of the series will know, taking big long breaks between series is hardly a new thing. So it's not like people expected a hypothetical fifth series to air next year.

Star Wars

The latest addition to the Star Wars canon, the novel Ahsoka, has revealed why the Sith (and other Dark Side users) all have red lightsabers. It's because the force-linked Kyber crystals, the key component of any lightsaber, do not reveal themselves to dark side wielders in the same way they do to Jedi. So if a dark force user wants a lightsaber, they have to steal a crystal from a jedi (presumably by killing them first), which causes the crystal to 'bleed'.

This is a bit different from the old canon, which stated that red lightsaber crystals were synthetic crystals that didn't occur in nature.