This week's edition of The Week in Geek is slightly different. Why? Because I'm not touching gaming news. I could try, but you'd be here all week sifting through it all. Instead I'm going to direct you to Kotaku UK, who have been covering the event pretty thoroughly, and our own round-up of the conference's best trailers.
The rest of our usual programming isn't going anywhere, though, so sit back and guzzle down the week's best geeky news from the world of film, TV, and comics. We've got news on Spider-Man's upcoming 'Dead No More' comic event, Jeff Goldblum (and Independence Day: Resurgence) trying to take over the internet, and teases about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from director James Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Merch is a big thing for Marvel, and it's announced that there will be a new focus when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Specifically a focus on Groot, which is hardly surprising.
Paul Gitter, Senior VP of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products, told Variety:
“Our key learning is that we had to chase products featuring Groot and we want to be sure we are ready for the excitement across multiple age and demo segments who want to bring home Groot in a variety of innovative products. The animated series, animated shorts, and unique products we have already released have helped to add to his affinity.”
James Gunn has also been promoting the film (due for release next July) by posting a final piece of the film's storyboard on Facebook. He also confirmed speculation that the film would be on show at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
Clones are coming back to the Amazing Spider-Man comics, because they're always a popular choice (or not). Tieing into the upcoming Dead No More storyline is The Clone Conspiracy, and it will feature long-time villain The Jackal who just can't help himself but clone dead characters. Especially when those characters are Gwen Stacey.
Jeff Goldblum/Independence Day: Resurgence
Jeff Goldblum recently commented on memes based on him with Graham Norton, and now to promote Independence Day: Resurgence he's invading popular memes. Memes like Scumbag Steve, Success Kid, and the Ancient Aliens guy now feature Jeff Goldblum's face. Just head over to MemeResurgence.com and make some of your own.
Marvel and Sony's upcoming solo Spider-Man movie cast a bunch of of new faces this week, and we don't know much about who any of them are playing. First up is Silicon Valley's Martin Starr, Logan Marshall-Green (playing a villain), Kenneth Choi (as Peter's high-school principal) and Community's Donald Glover.
Casting Donald Glover is interesting since he campaigned for the role of Peter Parker for the 2012 reboot. He also voices Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. He's a little bit old to be playing Miles here, since he's supposed to be quite a few years younger than Peter. Maybe Miles's father? It wouldn't be the first time an actor transitioned from a comic role to that same character's parent.
This week saw the release of the first issue of DC's Green Lanterns, and in it we got to see a brand new power. It's called emerald sight, and this is what writer Sam Humphries said to DC All Access:
"Emerald Sight is a new power. We've never seen this before in the entire history of the Green Lanterns, um, but it appeared to Simon when his willpower spiked. This new power opened itself up to him and he saw a whole plethora of crazy a** visions, one of which was happening in that moment, so we know that there is some amount of truth to these visions, whether they're going to happen 5 minutes from now or 5 days from now or 5 years from now, we don't know, but there's some pretty terrifying stuff in there, and uh, we didn't put it there by accident."
BBC America has announced that Orphan Black has been renewed for a fifth and final season. Like the last four seasons it will consist of ten episodes, and will air sometime next year. If you haven't seen it yet, the first four seasons are available to watch on Netflix. It's one of the few really good things in the UK catalogue.
After news that Superman would feature in the second season of Supergirl, there was much speculation about who would play the hero. Now we know that he will be played by Road to Perdition star Tyler Hoechlin. This is the first time Superman has properly appeared on TV as Superman since Lois & Clark so the pressure is on.
I was hoping they'd cast Smallville's Tom Welling, but we can't have everything.
Promotional artwork for the upcoming revival of Samurai Jack debuted at the Annecy Festival D'Animation in France (via the Cartoon Brew Instagram account). It's set to air in the US later this year.
X-Men Film Universe
Quicksilver actor Evan Peters has told The Wrap that he wants a team up movie featuring Quicksilver and Deadpool. Because it would be fun, obviously.
Could it happen? Not immediately, since Deadpool 2 is set to feature Cable. After that? Possibly, once the X-Men movies have caught up to the modern day. Plus two comic relief characters in one movie could prove to be incredible.
I did say no gaming news, but it looks like I lied. Sort of. Those of you who missed out on Fallout 4's Pip Boy Edition, or were disappointed with the final result, should pay attention. Think Geek has revealed an actual Pip-Boy, that actually works like a smartwatch. This is no case to slap your phone into and be disappointed with.
It doesn't sync with the game like the Pip-Boy app, but it does offer an awful lot more. Once connected to your phone via Bluetooth it lets you make calls, see text and calendar notifications, play audio with its built-in speakers, and display screens you'd see in-game. On top of that it's got a built-in alarm clock, and houses a holotape-shaped 16GB USB drive. The stand is also a charger, and those buttons/dials actually work.
There are downsides, though. For starters it costs $360 (£251), and Think Geek will only ship within the US. Thankfully there are ways to get round that last bit.
We may not be getting any new Doctor Who this year, but the Beeb has released a bunch of new information about the upcoming 10th series.
Filming begins next week, and the first two episodes will be written by showrunner Steven Moffat and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Guest starring in the two episodes are Stephanie Hyam (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock) and Matt Lucas. Lucas is reprising the role of Nardole from last year's Christmas special, and from the sounds of things he'll be appearing on a semi-regular basis. Steven Moffat had this to say:
Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS - and this time it’s not just for Christmas, he’s sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.