The Week in Geek: Rick & Morty, Marvel Comics, Venom, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

Rick & Morty

It's official: Adult Swim won April Fool's Day. While most companies will invent something ridiculous in a vain attempt to trick people, Adult Swim did the exact opposite. It promised to stream the premiere episode of Rick & Morty's long-awaited third season, which most people took to be a very cruel prank. Then the network actually followed through and streamed the entire first episode on a loop all night. That stream has now ended, but this being the internet there are plenty of legally dubious methods of getting your hands on it. Not that we condone that sort of behaviour.

Sadly we don't know when the next episode is coming. Hopefully it'll be in a week's time, but knowing Rick & Morty we'll have to wait another six months.

Marvel Comics

A while back Marvel decided it was going to stop offering codes that could be redeemed for digital copies of physical comics. Instead it was going to offer a code for a random comic from its back catalogue, to try and get people reading more of its stuff. Clearly that didn't go down so well, so the company has backtracked. It'll still offer codes for a random issue, but that'll be as well as digital copies of each book. So now people don't have to choose between the joy of a physical comic collection, and the convenience of reading them on some sort device.

The changes will be implemented as of Mat 3rd, with the release of Secret Empire #1.

Venom

A little while back Sony announced that it would be renewing its efforts to rush a Venom movie into production without thinking things through. Ok, that's my take on the situation rather than what the announcement said, but needless to say there is a Venom solo movie set to be released in 18 months time (October 2018). A lot of people, myself included, wondered what effect this, and the newly announced Black Cat/Silver Sable film, would have on the MCU, and now we have an answer. None. At least Venom won't be anyway. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts confirmed that Venom will not be tying into the MCU during an interview with Fandango:

"[‘Venom’ is] not connected to the Marvel world, so that’s really intriguing… what that will be. I don’t know anything about it. It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap. I’m only focused on my movie right now.”

I can't help but wonder what that film will be either. Sony has been trying to get a Venom movie out for over a decade at this point, to the point where the studio forced Sam Raimi to put the character into Spiderman 3. Well we all know how that turned out, don't we?

 

Black Panther

Marvel has released the first official photo from the film, and it looks like T'Challa hasn't given up on his habit of disrupting traffic.

Disney also confirmed that British actress Letitia Wright will be playing T'Challa's sister Shuri. Comic fans will remember that Shuri proved herself worthy enough to take on the Black Panter mantle when T'Challa was killed, which caused a bit of awkwardness when, in true comic style, he came back to life.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

There's been a rumour floating around that Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye would be appearing in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and director Peyton Reed took to Twitter to squash it.

Justice League

In other directors-squashing-rumours news, a rumour has been circulating, courtesy of IMDB, that Justice League would be 170 minutes long - better known as 2 hours and 50 minutes to normal people who count the passage of time in a much simpler way. That would make it half an hour longer than the depressingly long Batman V Superman, so someone took to Twitter to ask Zack Snyder what was going on.

Obviously this is what happens when you rely on IMDB for news. After all, like Wikipedia, it's a site that anyone can edit and use to disseminate utter bullshit.

There's also a new piece of concept art that features Superman himself, though not in the black suit everyone seems to be hoping makes an appearance.

Kingsmen 2

The upcoming spy spoof sequel now has a brand new poster, and a synopsis to give us an idea of what's going to be happening. Make note of the fact that Colin Firth has received top billing, even though his character was shot in the head during the first film. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…”

Batgirl

Following last week's news that Joss Whedon was in talks to direct a Batgirl movie, it's been revealed which comics the film would be basing the character on. According to  Entertainment Weekly the film will be focussing on the New 52 take on Barbara Gordon, with emphasis on Gail Simone's 2011 run.

Fans will know that the New 52 Batgirl is somewhat infamous for having Barbara Gordon recover from the paralysis she suffered at the hands of the Joker during The Killing Joke. If this backstory sticks, it would be yet another factor in explaining why the DCEU Batman is so ruthless and unforgiving.

Pirates of the Caribean 5

A new teaser released by Disney gives us our first real look at Orlando Bloom's Will Turner, seemingly coming face to face with his son Henry (Brendon Thwaites).

You'll notice that Will is turning pretty barnacley, which is supposed to be what happens to the Flying Dutchman if the captain neglects his duty and doesn't lead the souls of the dead to the afterlife. For Davy Jones this happened because the woman he loved never showed up on the one day he was able to step foot on dry land - an event that only happened once a decade. As far as we know Keira Knightly' Elizabeth is not in the film, and that Henry is supposedly looking for his father.

I'm speculating here, but my theory is that Elizabeth died and was unable to meet Will who assumed the worst - neglecting his duty much like Jones did before him. So what if his son is searching for his father to set matter straight? It's not that far out of the question.