The Week in Geek: Marvel Comics, The Flash, Thor Ragnarok, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

This week we have news on Thor Ragnarok, Usain Bolt's thoughts on being in The Flash, changes to digital comics at Marvel, and more.

Marvel Comics

Marvel has announced that it's making changes to its digital comics programme, starting next month. In the past buying a comic lets you unlock a free digital version, and now it's changing to give people access to two digital comics. The only caveat is that it won't be a digital version of the comic they have, instead it'll offer issues from past events.

One of the comics is a free copy of Civil War II #0, with Old Man Logan and Captain Marvel also appearing in the announcements promo materials. Other than that, we don't have any confirmation on what is coming.

The Flash

In DC, the Flash claims to be the fastest man alive. In real life that title is probably best given to Usain Bolt, so its fitting that he's decided he wants to cameo in the upcoming film. He said to MTV:

“That’d be pretty cool. It would always work to be the fastest man, you know what I mean? So it would always work to be Flash Gordon, or something.”

Obviously he seems to be mixing up sci-fi heroes a bit here, but it would be interesting to have Bolt in the Flash movie. Just no daft jokes about Black Flash please.

Thor Ragnarok

If you enjoyed the mockumentary short featuring Thor and his roommate Daryl, then you'll love this news. It's been revealed that the Doctor Strange Blu-ray will feature a follow-up. It's been a while since Marvel released any of its One Shot shorts on Blu-ray, and even though this is all satirical (and non-canon) it's still a welcome part of the MCU.

The film also has a new synopsis, hinting at the Planet Hulk aspects of the film:

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!

Big Hero 6

Marvel and Disney's animated adventure doesn't have a sequel, but it is getting a TV spin-off featuring the same cast of characters. It's not much, but we do get a lovely shot of a Baymax cookie.

There's no release date yet, but it looks like Disney is gearing up to get this out sometime this year.

New Mutants

Despite the fact that reports are indicated that Fox is looking to reboot the X-Men franchise (again), in an interview with ComingSoon.net star Anya Taylor-Joy seemingly revealed that James McAvoy's Professor X will be in the film. When pressed about McAvoy's rumoured appearance in the film, she said "I mean, I think James is already a part of it, isn’t he?".

Obviously it's not an official confirmation from the studio, but it's a good indicator that Fox is carrying on with the current X-Men continuity. Plus, you can't have New Mutants without Charles Xavier.

Han Solo

Rumour is that the Han's solo movie will not be hitting the expected May 2018 release date. Instead MakingStarWars has sources claiming the film is now expected to have a December 13th release date, similar to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

The only mention of a May release date in the past was when Disney and Lucafilm announced Chris Lord and Phil Miller would be directing. Since then both companies have been quiet about the whole thing. May is still considered the appropriate release window for Star Wars films, but both Episodes 7 and 8 were pushed back to December for various reasons. It sort of makes sense that this would make the month the de-facto Star Wars month.

Episode IX has had a May 23rd release date confirmed, but don't be surprised if that gets delayed as well - especially with the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher.

Powerless

DC's TV office comedy is taking a turn. It's not based in an insurance company office anymore, it's based at a research firm (owned by Bruce Wayne) that designs tech to protect ordinary people from the collateral damage inflicted by superheroes and villains. So it's less The Office, and more Better off Ted. Here's a new clip: