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 the third Wolverine movie, fresh announcements about the Punisher TV series, rumours about the Han Solo movie's female lead, and more.
Rumours are circulating that Lucasfilm and Disney are close to casting the female lead of 2018's Han Solo movie, with Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, and Namoi Scott reportedly screen-testing. The reports would line up with previous rumours that the film would include Sana Starros, Han Solo's 'wife' that debuted in Marvel's Star Wars comic series.
Maybe the film will be covering the job mentioned (but never seen) that forced the two to fake a marriage. It has to pop up at some point.
Filming has begun on Netflix's Punisher spin-off, and with it comes some solid information of what we can expect. Official casting announcements revealed three new characters:
- Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst and hacker who provided Frank Castle with valuable gadgets and intel in the comics. Micro was first teased at the end of Daredevil season 2
- Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, described as Castle's best friend from his spec-ops days, who has gone onto run his own private military company called Anvil. Comic fans will recognise Russo as the man who becomes Jigsaw, a mob hitman and one of The Punisher's few recurring rogues.
- Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani. This appears to be an original character, described as a Homeland Security agent 'vexed' by Castle.
Set photos have also confirmed that Deborah Anne Wolf's Karen Page will also appear in the series - though it's unclear how big her role will be. Since she was one of the few people Castle opened up to during Daredevil, it makes some sense that Castle would reach out to her at some point.
— FirstLook TV & Film (@FirstLookTVFILM) October 6, 2016
The first proper information about the upcoming third Wolverine film hit the net this week, revealing that the film will simply be titled Logan. Director James Mangold revealed the information on Twitter, revealing the film's poster and later showing off the second page of the script.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 5, 2016
Page two of our screenplay. pic.twitter.com/5X93NtWuVS
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
That little hand is presumably X-23, a female clone of Wolverine who's been rumoured to debut in the film for some time. The Wrap is also claiming that Stephen Merchant, who was cast a while back, will be playing mutant-tracking-mutant Caliban - who first appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse played by Tómas Lemarquis. If that's true, why the casting change? Also, does Caliban not age for some reason?
Mangold also revealed our first look at Patrick Stewart in the film, looking far less spry than his days hopping about the galaxy on the Enterprise-D.
Taken w/ Leica S 007 Summicron 100mm, ISO 3200 1/250 ƒ3.4 -- by JM pic.twitter.com/Jhwsf7uBhv
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 6, 2016
He looks like death, but presumably that's all make-up effects. He looked far less aged in Green Room, which was released back in April.
There are going to be plenty of announcements during New York Comic Con this weekend, but for now be happy in the knowledge that DC has two ongoing titles coming during the second wave of DC Rebirth.
First is Super Sons, arriving in February, featuring a team-up between Robin (Damien Wayne) and Superboy (Jon Kent). Then there's an ongoing Batwoman solo series, and a revamped Justice League of America featuring Killer Frost, Vixen, The Ray, and Ryan Choi's Atom.
The biggest Marvel announcement we have so far is that a five-issue miniseries titled Deadpool the Duck is coming next year. It's exactly what it sounds like, a comic featuring a mash-up of Deadpool and Howard the Duck. Those paying attention will know that the character first debuted in 2013's multiversal event Deadpool Kills Deadpool.
Beyond Good & Evil
If you don't have Beyond Good & Evil yet, you're in luck. The PC version of the game will be free from 12th October to celebrate Ubisoft's 30th birthday.
— Ubisoft Club (@UbisoftClub) 5 October 2016
It may have been announced that Archer will likely end after Season 10, but series creator Adam Reed has offered a glimmer of hope. While the current plan is to end the show after its 10th year, Reed said people should come back in two and a half years to see whether he's changed his mind. He also joked that he made the announcement to deliberately ruin everyone's New York Comic Con experience, following a number of people accusing him of doing it on purpose.
Aisha Tyler, aka LAAAAANAAAAA, has revealed how the show will deal with the season 7 cliffhanger. For those that forgot, the finale ended with Archer shot and floating in a swimming pool (seemingly dead). According to Tyler, the show will be reinvented in the vein of DC's New 52. It turns out Archer is in a coma, and season eight will take place as part of an elaborate fantasy with a film noir setting.
Luke Cage's debut has been and gone (it's good, go and watch it), so now all eyes are turning to the upcoming Iron Fist series. This week Marvel released a brief teaser on Twitter, revealing it'll debut on Netflix on 17th March next year.
— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) 4 October 2016
Marvel also released a motion poster ready for New York Comic Con, along with an artistic poster similar to those released for Daredevil and Luke Cage.
— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) 6 October 2016
Amazon-owned digital comics outlet Comixology has announced that it's going to release a range of exclusive digital-only content. Comixology Originals, as they're being called, will see the online store teaming up with multiple publishers and creators. CBR has the full rundown of what's been announced already, with comics from BOOM! Studios, Valiant, and Harvey Kurtzman.
Ash vs Evil Dead
It's been announced that Ash vs Evil Dead has been renewed for a third season, even though only a single episode of season 2 has been broadcast in the US. The third series will consist of another 10 half-hour episodes, presumably following Bruce Campbell and co. as they fight the deadite menace.
At the moment it seems like we should be asking which well-known black actors aren't appearing in the solo Blank Panther movie. It's just added another big name in the form of Forrest Whitaker. He's playing a character called Zuri, who's been described as an elder statesman in Wakanda.
Marvel's announcement also confirmed previous reports than Person of Interest's Winston Duke will be playing M'Baku/Man-Ape who has tried to seize the Wakandan throne from T'Challa many times in the past.
Do you love playing as the Aztecs in Civ games? Well you better pre-order if you want to start that up right away in Civ 6. The faction is a pre-order bonus, and won't be available for other players for a whole six months.