Welcome to another Week in Geek, rounding up all the news you might have missed earlier in the week. We've got news on the future of Star Wars: Rebels, the full cast for the Inhumans TV series, excellent bits and pieces from Deadpool 2, and more.
Star Wars Rebels
Despite uncertainty about the future of the series, Disney's XD channel has confirmed that Star Wars: Rebels has been renewed for a fourth series. Which is a good thing because, despite a rocky start, Rebels is a great programme. It had been rumoured that the series was drawing to a close after a trademark was discovered for something called Star Wars: Rivals (io9 has done a bit of digging there), but since the announcement did not refer to the upcoming fourth series as the fourth and final season, it indicates that there are no solid plans to wrap things up just yet.
The fourth series is expected to begin this September, and you can be sure that we'll hear about it at Star Wars Celebration in May.
There's also a new clip for the next episode, Secret Cargo, which features rebel leader Mon Mothma trying to get to Dantooine to unite the various rebel cells under one banner.
Marvel has made a string of announcements regarding the upcoming Inhumans TV series this week, which kicked off by naming the actors playing Black Bolt, Medusa, and Karnak. Anson Mount will be playing the Inhuman King, who has a voice so powerful a single whisper can level a city. Serinda Swan will be playing his queen (or at least, one of them), who has long prehensile red hair. Finally Karnak will be played by Ken Leung. Karnak doesn't have any terrigen-induced powers, but thanks to years of harsh training and meditation he has become a formidable fighter who can instantly locate weakness and stress points in people and objects.
The end of the week also saw the rest of the main cast revealed (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Crystal (Cornish): Crystal is Medusa’s sister and the youngest member of the royal family who has the ability to control the elements. Impetuous and independent she is also deeply devoted to her family.
Gorgon (Ikwuakor): Gorgon is the cousin of Black Bolt and a member of the royal family who is the leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp. The ying to his cousin Karnak’s yang, Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems.
Triton (Moh): Triton is Black Bolt’s cousin who is calm under pressure and supremely athletic. His gift is his fish — like the ability to live underwater.
Auran (Balmores): Auran is head of the Royal Guards on Attilan, a capable and no-nonsense woman. She is fiercely loyal to the King of Attilan.
Ellen Woglom’s still unnamed character: The mystery character is smart, intense and focused — so focused that oftentimes social skills take a back seat. Her job at a private aerospace company is her life, second only to her passion for all things space and lunar. She’s primed to be swept up in an adventure.
Fans will also be happy to hear that the cast list directly mentions Lockjaw, "Crystal’s 2,000-pound canine companion" who has the ability to teleport. All of these actors will be joined by Iwan Rheon who was recently cast as Black Bolt's brother Maximus the Mad.
Logan just hit cinemas, and it was revealed that the film would include a pre-film teaser trailer for Deadpool 2. Well it does in the US, it was nowhere to be seen when I saw it on Wednesday. Thankfully you don't have to worry about whether it'll be there or not, because Ryan Reynolds released it online anyway. Keep an eye out for the gratuitous cameo.
Anyone know the number to 911?
No Good Deed https://t.co/HyfsFn48Vl
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 4, 2017
It's also been rumoured that David Harbour (the sheriff from Stranger Things) is being considered to play the time-travelling mutant Cable. Sources have told The Wrap that the actor has screen-tested for the part, but Fix has not responded to requests for comment. This comes shortly after speculation that Russel Crowe was in the running, after Cable creator Rob Liefeld told the actor he should read for the part. Crowe added some fire to these rumours by sharing fan art of him as Cable, but none of this is certain. There's a very big difference between a Cable writer expressing his opinion, and actually getting involved in the casting.
The multiverse is a big thing in the Arrowverse, and while the three main TV series are set on Earth 1 - Supergirl is set on Earth 38. This has had some people asking the question of whether we are going to see alternate versions of characters pop up in each reality, and now we have a solid answer: No.
Speaking with IGN, Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg said that the production staff feel doing that would just end up causing a huge mess:
“The problem with that is it feels to us like if we do that once, we’re going to open the floodgates of insanity. It’s like Supergirl’s over here, and it’s its own show. Technically speaking, it’s just another Earth, the same way Earth-2 is or Earth-3 or Earth-19. So technically speaking, there should be an Alex Danvers on Earth-1, or Earth Prime. But if we start doing that, I just feel like… Not that all hell hasn’t broken loose already, but unless we had a really good story for it…
The more you start to do that stuff, the more it can very easily become annoying or like, ‘Here we go again.’ Even on Supergirl itself, like Chyler [Leigh] got the opportunity to play a White Martian [impersonating Alex]. Already built into our show, there’s already characters playing different versions of themselves. It could very easily spiral out of control.”
Logan is in the cinemas now, and the trailers have already shown off in-universe X-Men comics. Dan Panosian, the artist behind the film's comics, shared one unused cover on Facebook.
Hugh Jackman has also revealed that he very nearly gave up playing Wolverine after the debacle that was X-Men Origins Wolverine, telling Entertainment Weekly:
“I couldn’t see what the next thing was. I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know where to go. I knew people liked the character. Not all the fans like that first ‘Wolverine,’” he continued. “They’re very vocal with me. Good or bad, they tell me. It’s kind of a family I have. ‘What were you thinking?! I love you, man, but that was …’”
He credited Darren Aronofsky, the first director signed onto The Wolverine, for helping him realise there were "other ways to do the character."
Patrick Stewart has also confirmed that Logan will be his last outing as Professor X, but in a Facebook Live Q&A he did say he could be tempted back for one specific part: if he could be on-screen with Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool.
We had a glimpse of a Power Rangers VR experience a while back, and now it's been announced that it'll be released to the public on 8th March. It's called Zords Rising, and will be available on iOS, Google Play, and Gear VR.