The Week in Geek: Secret Empire, Spider-Man Homecoming, New Mutants, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

This week Marvel has a trailer for the ongoing Secret Empire event, we know who won't be in New Mutants, some imagery from Spider-Man: Homecoming and more.

Secret Empire

Marvel's Secret Empire event has had a lot of run up across a umber of different books. Naturally Marvel wants you up to date so that you'll read the full series, so its make a trailer to get everyone up to speed.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

A bunch of pictures have been released to promote the next instalment of the MCU, including more looks at Peter Parker's high school friends. Or two of them: Ned Lees (Jacob Batalon), Liz Allen (Laura Harrier), and Michelle (Zendaya).

There are also four new posters, including one featuring Peter's homemade costume and another that focuses on Iron Man in his pretty sleek-looking armour:

New Mutants

After news that Magik and Wolfsbane had been cast for the upcoming X-Men film, The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit has debunked some existing casting rumours. The first is that the film will not feature Nat Wolff as Canonball, nor will James McAvoy reprise his role as Charles Xavier. That last one is a bit strange, are they recasting Xavier? Or are they doing it without the character? We'll have to wait and see.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A toy leak (via Making Star Wars) seems to have revealed Kylo Ren's personal TIE fighter. It looks a little bit like a TIE Interceptor had a baby with the TIE Strikers from Rogue One.

And here is their description of the ship in the film:

[Kylo’s] new TIE has pointed wings like the TIE Interceptor but with a pill-shaped body. The cockpit is sort of like an old B-29 bomber compared to the classic TIE cockpit window. The thrusters in the back remind me of the Falcon as they glow blue and sort of evoke the Falcon. The custom ship was supposedly made to his specifications so he could take down the Resistance and I believe we see Kylo fly from the Mega Destroyer in his new ship.

Edge of Tomorrow

A sequel to Edge of Tomorrow is coming, and at the same time it's also a prequel. Time travel is confusing. Speaking to Collider, director Doug Liman confirmed that the title would be based on the original tagline 'Liv. Die. Repeat.' It's called Live Die Repeat and Repeat. He also confirmed that Emily Blunt would return to reprise her role from the first film.

DC TV

Krypton, a prequel to the Superman story following his grandfather, as been ordered to series by the SyFy channel. Here's the description:

“Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, “The Halcyon”) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, KRYPTON is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (“Sleepy Hollow”) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.”

The CW has also greenlit a full series for Greg Berlanti's Black Lightning. It's not clear how many episode will be in the first series, but The Hollywood Reporter claims the series will air 'mid-season' - which is American TV speak for the annoying break between Christmas and mid-Spring.

Powerless has also been cancelled, which isn't really a surprise to anyone. While it had potential I could never really get into it. Hopefully this means Marvel can go ahead with Damage Control now.

Marvel TV

ABC has confirmed that Agents of SHIELD will return for a fifth series, set to begin airing at the end of this year. Who knows what a fifth year of Coulson & Co will involve, but I wouldn't count out a crossover with Inhumans just yet.

Earlier this week we heard that Fox had ordered a full series for Bryan Singer's X-Men: The Gifted, and Singer himself has revealed our first look at the mutant Polaris - known in the comics as the magnetism-wielding daughter of Magneto.

We also have some set photos from the second series of Netflix's Jessica Jones, featuring Kristen Ritter's titular detective and Rachael Taylor's Trish Walker. You can see them all at MCU Exchange.

The Mist

Stephen King's The Mist is heading to TV, and if this new trailer is anything to go by it's going to be completely nuts.

Let's just hope it's not as bad as Under the Dome.

Marvel Studios

Despite what some sections of the internet would have you believe, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige claims that there's no 'weirdness' between Marvel Studios and Fox - who own the film rights to X-Men. Speaking to Collider:

“I would say there’s not like there’s anything frozen that there needs to be a thaw,” he said. “There’s no weirdness. It is just very very cut and dry, and they’re doing their thing, and they’re doing it quite well in most regards, and we’re doing our thing.”