Welcome to another instalment of The Week in Geek. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed this week, with plenty of news about Star Trek: Discovery, Star Wars: The Last Jedi plot points, some great marketing for Logan, and more.
Star Trek Discovery
Filming on Star Trek Discovery has kicked off, and while that has shown us some of the worst Klingons ever designed - if they even are Klingons - it does mean we get to hear more casting news. Three new announcements were made this week, according to Variety. Terry Serpico will play Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking member of Starfleet. Maulik Pancholy plays Dr. Nambue, the Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou. Finally there is Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor, a junior officer on the Shenzhou.
Star Trek Discovery is set to arrive later this year, and Netflix currently holds the rights to stream each episode in the UK - 24 hours after it airs in the US.
The Last Jedi
There's been a fair bit of Episode VIII news this week, but you might have missed a couple of tidbits: including rumours about John Boyega's role in the sequel.
According to Making Star Wars, John Boyega's Finn will play a large role in the Resistance in The Last Jedi, having to infiltrate a First Order Super Star Destroyer in the process. The report suggests that the ship is the First Order's main base of operations, following the destruction of Starkiller Base, and claims it's Finn's job to plant explosives onboard. To do this he has to disguise himself as a First Order officer, and comes face to face with a Stormtrooper who remembers him from training (rumoured to be Tom Hardy). But the trooper has no idea Fin defected, and congratulates him on his promotion;
Rian Johnson has also confirmed that there will be a Last Jedi panel at this year's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. It was announced with the top image on Johnson's Tumblr page, and is set to take place on April 14th. And see that unmasked Stormtrooper up there? That's Tom Hardy, who has been teasing a cameo in the film for months.
The third Wolverine movie is coming in fast, and the marketing is really kicking off. The most notable thing is a video chronicling the origin of X-23, which draws a lot of obvious influence from the comics.
Nice chunks of news coming out of Marvel Towers this week, the most exciting is the announcement that Baby Groot is getting his own solo series in May. It's being written by Christopher Hastings, with art by Flaviano. Here's a synopsis:
When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a smaller-than-normal Groot is separated billions of light-years away from the team. Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world and find the way back to his family!
Also announced was a new 'back to basics' Spider-Man series, titled Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. Despite the fact Peter is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist now, the series will focus on his exploits in New York. It sounds as though the other Spider-Man books won't be going anywhere when the series debuts in April. It's being written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Adam Kubert.
We also have a new look at the publisher's Free Comic Book Day, with a page from Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Secret Empire, and Defenders - plus a cover for the first three.
Secret Empire will also lead into a brand new Secret Warriors series, from writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Javier Garron. It's an Inhumans-only party, with the team featuring Quake, Ms Marvel, Karnak, Inferno, plus Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Ok, that last one isn't an Inhuman. He's a bloody dinosaur, after all.
The fighting game sequel is coming on 16th May, and like the first game Injustice 2 is getting a mobile tie-in.
— Ed Boon (@noobde) February 15, 2017
The game has already appeared on the Apple App Store in the Philippines, so you probably won't have to wait very long to play. You can check out the details over there.
Comic fans will know that the original Infinity Gauntlet story revolved around Thanos trying to appease the personification of Death. People have been speculating whether this would be part of the third and fourth Avengers films - the first of which is titled Infinity War. If a quote from screenwriter Stephen McFeely is anything to go by, this might not be the case. In a featurette on the Doctor Strange Blu-ray, McFeely said:
“His goal is to rebalance the universe as he sees it. When he figures out that the Infinity Stones could do this for him at the snap of a finger, that becomes his main goal.”
Speaking of Doctor Strange on Blu-ray, there's a featurette showing what happened in the film's post-credits scene: when Thor meets Doctor Strange. Well, it shows what happened behind-the-scenes. A lot of giggling ensued.
— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) February 13, 2017