Welcome to another week in geek round-up, showcasing all the best geeky news you missed last week. We have news on Deadpool 2, a new synopsis for Logan, word on those Carrie Fisher Episode IX rumours, and much more.
There's been a lot of news about Deadpool 2 this week, with the writers revealing what we can expect to see in the film. First up is confirmation that Colossus, NSTW, and Dopinder will all be returning. The two X-Men were confirmed by Collider, while Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed Dopinder's return during a Facebook Live Q&A.
The two also confirmed to Collider that Deadpool 2 will provide some groundwork for the X-Force movie, but it's not the primary purpose of the film. The intention is to make it a Deadpool movie, rather than using it as a platform to kickstart a new branch of the X-Men film universe. So hopefully that means Fox has learnt from the mistakes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 2, and the pool scene in Age of Ultron.
Since Carrie Fisher's untimely demise, there has been speculation on whether she will be digitally recreated in Star Wars Episode IX - given the tech's use in Rogue One. A report by Newsnight seemingly confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm were negotiating with her estate to use her likeness, which Lucasfilm has since denied:
We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.
The nearest life action superhero film, Logan has just had a brand new synopsis courtesy of Hugh Jackman.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) January 13, 2017
Agents of Shield
Fans of Patton Oswalt's Koenig brothers will be happy to hear that he will be returning to Agents of SHIELD during the ongoing fourth series. The episode, which airs in the US on 31st of January, sees the comedian return as one of the many identical siblings - and it's been promised that a family secret will be revealed. Presumably it will explain why there are so many, since the whole LMD theory has gone out of the window. Some people have suggested clones, while it's always possible that they really are all identical siblings. Presumably this will mean we get to see how many there actually are.
Avengers: Infinity War
A couple of tidbits from the MCU came out this week, and first up is news that someone else will be taking on the role of Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War - initially at least. Due to Benedict Cumberbatch's increasingly busy schedule, the initial scenes will feature Broadway actor Aaron Lazar as a stand-in. Marvel isn't planning on digitally imposing Cumberbatch's face into the film, instead Cumberbatch will refilm the scenes during reshoots when his calendar is a bit less hectic.
A lot came out Marvel this week, with announcements and teasers galore. First up is news that Ben Reilly will be returning to front a brand new series, aptly titled 'Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider'. It's being written by Peter David with art by Mark Bagley. It'll premiere in April.
Also announced was a new creative team for Guardians of the Galaxy, set to debut this May. It'll be written by Gerry Dugan, with art from Aaron Kuder and colour by Ive Svorcina.
The publishing house has also been releasing cryptic teasers for the upcoming Secret Empire event. The latest teaser features the heroes of the Marvel universe together, and united. Which makes a change given the status quo at the end of Civil War II. Strangely it features Steve Rogers, which many assumed would be the driving force behind the event - given his recent brainwashing at the hands of a Cosmic Cube-powered Red Skull.
Brian Michael Bendis, creator of Miles Morales, also confirmed that despite the destruction of the Ultimate universe following the events of Secret Wars, Miles still remembers his life there.
Aftershock Comics has announced that Northern Irish comics legend Garth Ennis will head the creative team of a new comic series titled Jimmy's Bastards which will debut this summer. Here's the synopsis:
Jimmy Regent is Britain’s number one super spy, a devastatingly handsome secret agent with a license to kill and style to match. Sailing effortlessly through mission after mission with wit and panache, defying danger again and again, Jimmy always triumphs and always gets the girl- gets rather a lot of girls, actually. But now a new and particularly dangerous secret organization has arisen, their sights fixed firmly on Jimmy’s head. Two hundred young men and women in ultimate physical condition, trained in all the arts of deception and death, each bearing a curious facial resemblance to…Jimmy? Every one united with one terrible aim: Get Daddy.
It's Garth Ennis, so we can be sure that it'll be crude, offensive, and all his other trademarks.
Despite all the setbacks, and the fact that the film was supposed to have been released by now, Channing Tatum is still attached to the Gambit movie. At least that's what's being reported by Buzzfeed's Jarett Wieselman, who posed the fact on Twitter.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 12, 2017
Since the New 52 launched, we've all known that Bruce Wayne has a cousin. Her name is Kate Kane, aka Batwoman. Powerless is now introducing a new member of the Wayne clan: his name is Van and he's played by Alan Tudyk. Not only is he head of Wayne Security (the lab where the programme is now set), he also seems like an absolute tool. Why would Batman let anyone get away with calling him B-dubz?
— Powerless (@NBCPowerless) January 13, 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Zelda cries in a new trailer. Apparently this is a big deal.