The Week in Geek: Tomb Raider, Man Thing, X-Men, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

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 the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, RL Stine's Man Thing comic, the next X-Men film, and more.

X-Men Supernova

It's been rumoured that the next X-Men film will tackle the Dark Phoenix Saga, and now a synopsis has popped up online that seems to confirm it. A production listing from My Entertainment World, the same place that seemed to reveal the title, has posted the synopsis for the world to enjoy.

Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe!

But it's worth remembering that this isn't an official announcement, and it could easily be completely fake.

Man Thing

It was announced a little while ago that Goosebumps author RL Stine is writing a Man Thing mini series for Marvel, and even though it won't be released until May you can read the first four pages online.

Tomb Raider

The Tomb Raider film reboot is currently filming in South Africa, and with it comes our first look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft courtesy of The Daily Mail. If you've played the first game in the rebooted game franchise, it'll look familiar.


For the first time ever, E3 is letting members of the public onto the show floor. As in, you don't need to pretend to be a blogger to get inside. Tickets will cost $250/£200, but if you buy on the first day of sale (Monday 13th February/Tomorrow) they're just £150/£120. 15,000 will be available. Gamespot has all the details.


The third film is coming soon, and if you want to sort your cosplay out you can get yourself a pair of working retractable claws thanks to 3D printing. You can download the plans over at My Mini Factory.

Secret Empire

After a lot of teasers, Marvel has revealed all the details for the upcoming Secret Empire event. The nine issue series will be written by Captain America: Sam Wilson and Captain America: Steve Rogers scribe Nick Spencer, with art from Steve McNiven and Andrea Sorrentino. CBR is also reporting that artists Leinil Yu and Daniel Acuna will be involved in the event, but didn't offer any specific details.

The nine issue series begins in April with #0. Issue #1 will be released in May, with the series scheduled to conclude in August.


Production on the Runaways TV show is in full swing, and after learning who the protagonists will be last week we now know who will be playing their supervillain parents. Joining the show are James Marsters, Annie Wersching, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Ever Carradine, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, and Kip Pardue

There's a lot of info to digest, so if you want to read more about the characters, you're best heading over to TV Line, who initially broke the news of the casting.



After Ben Affleck's shock departure from the directors chair, many wondered whether the script was part of the reason. But, according to a Tweet from variety reporter Justin Kroll, The studio and Affleck are supposedly very happy with the script.

We'll presumably find out why Affleck dropped out of directing in the future, but until then we have rumours that Cloverfield and War of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has signed on to direct. Variety is reporting that he's committed to directing the film, but a deal hasn't been finalised just yet.

Jay and Silent Bob

With sequels to Mallrats and Clerks losing a lot of steam, Kevin Smith has announced that he's now working on another film starring Jay and Silent Bob, titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The plot sounds pretty similar to the last one, with the duo heading back to Hollywood and stop them from remaking Bluntman and Chronic.

Smith announced the film on Instagram, describing it as " a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business’s recent re-do obsession". He also revealed that the script is finished, Miramax executives were "into it", with hopes to start filming the film this summer.

Star Wars

In case you hadn't realised, this year is Star Wars' 40th anniversary, and Star Wars being Star Wars that means there are going to be plenty of toys to commemorate the occasion. Commemorate by selling out within minutes, and immediately popping up on eBay with a ridiculous markup.

io9 managed to get an exclusive look at what's coming, including a special edition Monopoly set, a statue of Luke next to an AT-AT's foot, and a Black Series version of Obi Wan's lightsaber.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Despite the mystery of Star Lord's parentage after the end of the first film, director James Gunn has revealed to that the reveal isn't the main focal point of the upcoming sequel.

“The movie really isn’t about that…it’s not about this big reveal of who the father is. It really is about the story between the different characters, and so it’s not about that reveal. It’s not about there’s this big shock moment. We’re probably all going to know by the time the movie comes out. It happens pretty close to the beginning of the film. It’s not something we reveal at the end of the film. So it’s something that’ll come out eventually.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is the first Marvel movie to come out this year on 5th May.