Week of Geek: Casting news for Age of Apocalypse

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Wassup Geeklings?  Holla!

As I’ve told people in person and elsewhere, I will stop talking like a rap artist circa 1990 when it stops being funny.  Which will be never.

So, big casting news yesterday for the upcoming sequel (or is it threequel?) to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  2016′s X-Men: Apocalypse will have younger versions of three of it’s most iconic mutants, setting the stage for a 1980s-set throwdown between our favorite costumed outcasts and a being of immeasurable power.  Happy feelings just thinking about it.

Who do we have?  Well, perhaps the most well-known actor to come on board, at least if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, is Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Thrones and who’s costar on that show, Peter Dinklage, played Bolivar Trask in Days of Future Past.  Who is Turner playing?  None other than a young Jean Grey, a heavy hitter in the X-Men universe and the focal point to a lot of their most pivotal stories.

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Jean Grey has been portrayed by Famke Janssen in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and had small cameos in The Wolverine and Days of Future Past.  I can see a resemblance between her and Ms. Turner; so far, good casting Fox!

So who else?  Well, we have a young Cyclops too (not to be confused with the young Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The-Movie-That-Must-Not-Be-Named).  That will be Tye Sheridan, taking over for James Marsden who played the adult Cyclops in most of those movies I just listed.

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And one of my very favorite characters is getting a fresh face as well.  Alexandra Shipp, mostly known for recently playing late R&B singer Aaliyah in a Lifetime movie, will appear in Apocalypse as Storm, the weather-controlling mutant previously played by Halle Berry.

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So if that weren’t exciting enough for X-Men fans, that three of it’s most famous characters will be in this new movie, we also have James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence bringing back Xavier, Magneto and Mystique, respectively, from X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past.  AND there are also rumors flying that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will be back, and possibly Channing Tatum as Gambit and maybe even Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, both of whom are gearing up for their own movies and both of whom are hoping to erase the bad vibes from X-Men Origins (we can only hope).  We’re still more than a year away and I already want to see Apocalypse NOW!  (Heh heh…Apocalypse Now)

Are you guys getting stoked too?  Post any and all wish list aspects of this new movie and hopefully the movie muses will hear us and guide director Bryan Singer as they go into production.

For further reading on the upcoming villain, try Uncanny X-Force: The Apocalypse Solution as a black-ops team of X-Men go after a possible reincarnation of Apocalypse and face off against the Four Horsemen protecting him.  Give X-Men: X-termination and Uncanny Avengers: The Apocalypse Twins a try too.

15 months to go!

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Week of Geek: New Avengers: AOU Trailer, plus Superheroines to watch

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It’s okay Hawkeye, we still love you!  Even if your weapon of choice hasn’t been regularly used in battle for a good few centuries smile face icon  You make it work!

Speaking of which, a little something came online on Jan 12th.  Without further ado…


So some pretty awesome stuff, including more footage of the Hulk Buster armor (sooooo stoked to see that!).  The trailer’s got quite a few sites scrambling for comic theories due to the split-second appearances of two women (one seen by what appears to be an underground lake, and one that can barely be seen behind Thor, apparently attacking him with lightning).  There are plenty of theories about this (click on this link to MovieWeb for a more detailed rundown), but I’ll give you the cliffs notes version.  Most people are speculating that the woman by the lake (and the appearance of Andy Serkis, who most fans agree is likely playing villain Ulysses Klaw, though Serkis’ character has not officially been revealed yet, so don’t quote me) may have something to do with the inevitable introduction of the Black Panther and the fictional nation of Wakanda.  So who is she?  One of the Dora Milaje?  Shuri?  Some have argued she’s Death herself, though that doesn’t make much sense to me.  And what about the woman behind Thor, possibly wearing green?  Moondragon?  Hela? (Boy, that would make for some family drama in the next Thor movie)  Enchantress?  SO MANY QUESTIONS!  And no answers until May smile face icon

But with these new head-scratchers, plus the introduction of the Scarlet Witch and a possible hint we’ll see more of Black Widow’s past, AOU’s got me thinking about all the butt-kicking women unveiled in Marvel and elsewhere.  There are some up-and-comers to watch, so let me break it down…

Firstly, have you seen Agent Carter yet?  ’Cause it’s AWESOME!  And Carter’s going to make an appearance in AOU in a flashback.  She’s kicking the patriarchy in the 1940s right where it hurts.

Then there’s my new favorite comic series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

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The first issue was just released last week.  I’ve read it, and I love it.  Marvel took one of it’s lesser known characters, someone who’s a bit of a joke amongst comic fans, and gave her a brand new, really funny series about Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl starting college and trying to maintain a secret identity while still fighting crime.  BTW, she’s ‘unbeatable’ because, despite her squirrel powers sounding a bit silly (OK, really silly) she’s stood her ground against villains like Doctor Doom, MODOK and even Thanos.  Plus, for this new series, illustrator Erica Henderson draws Doreen as, you know, an actual human woman instead of the airbrushed supermodels that often populate the superheroine and villainess ranks in comics.  Brava!

And, just to prove I’m not completely biased towards Marvel (I swear I’m not!), there’s the new TV series iZombie, due March 17th and inspired by the DC comic of the same name.  It features Liv (get it? ‘Live’?), a med student who now “lives” as part zombie and works at the coroners office to feed on brains…which, incidentally, gives her a glimpse into people’s memories and helps her solve crimes.

Super cool, huh?  It’s starting to look like the people who make these comics, shows and movies are starting to realize there are fangirls out there and we want some representation.  And it’s about time!

For a bigger look, try checking out The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the graphic novel Girl Comics or Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture.  And for a bit of an introduction to the rise of fangirls, try Geek Girls Unite: how fangirls, bookworms, indie chicks and other misfits are taking over the world or Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Lexicon of Life Hacks for the Modern Lady Geek.

Can’t wait for the Wonder Woman movie or the Captain Marvel movie.  I so wanna be part of the Carol Corps.

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Join the corps by starting here and here.  We salute you Captain!

Week of Geek: First Ant-Man trailer – Big Adventure for a Tiny Hero

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So Marvel’s Agent Carter premiered last night (haven’t watched it yet *gasp* I had to PVR it so I could go out and see The Imitation Game…which was AWESOME!)  And with it came the promised, long-awaited first full trailer for Ant-Man…and here it is.  What?  You think I’d keep it from you, geeklings?  Perish the thought smile face icon

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For those of you who aren’t too familiar with this shrinking fellow, EW has a really good deep dive of the trailer at their site, but let me give you a short run-down.  In the comics the first Ant-Man (yep, there have been a few, bear with me) was Henry Pym, a scientist who invented something called ‘Pym Particles’ that allow a person to shrink (and, later in the comics, grow) while still maintaining their strength and mass.  He also created a helmet that allows him to communicate with insects (yes, I know, but it keeps going).

So Pym was one of the original Avengers, but then had a falling out with the team due to his creation of Ultron (Iron Man will create him in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron) and due to Pym pretty much losing his mind and attacking his wife Janet (The Wasp).  After he left the team, another Ant-Man emerged, this time a petty thief named Scott Lang who originally stole the suit to help his ailing daughter.  After that he kept the suit and joined the Avengers while Pym worked on redeeming himself under various other monikers (Giant Man, Yellowjacket, Goliath, etc.).  Scott was killed in battle during Disassembled but would later be resurrected, as comic characters so often are, and he’s been chugging along ever since.  (There’s a third Ant-Man, but, near as I can tell, he has nothing to do with the movie and I’ve heard he’s kind of a jerk, so we’ll skip him.)

So it seems that for this film version, the focus is going to be on Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), who will come across Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) after a brush with the law and will work with Pym to become the titular hero, apparently fighting against Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), a rival scientist.  Evangeline Lilly, fresh off The Hobbit, plays Hope Van Dyne, who astute comic fans will notice shares the same last name as Janet/The Wasp.  So does that mean Hank Pym is her father?  Does she represent something Hank wants to atone for?  Questions.

We do know that, as in the comics, Scott is a dad himself (hey, Young Avengers fans, is that little girl in the movie Cassie?  EEEEEEK!).  And that, among other things, is intriguing for me.  I admit when I first watched the trailer I was a little ‘Oh, another voice over, another second chance, this feels just a little bit tired’.  But, after reading EW’s analysis, I realize we haven’t really seen a superhero on film who’s a full-fledged parent yet (stop me if I’m wrong).  That could add a new element to the genre.  Plus, Pym’s motives are unclear right now, and how does Hope fit in here?  There’s some things to be excited about.  Also, if the very first trailer and the poster above are any indication, not to mention a few chuckle-worthy moments in this trailer, this movie could have quite a few laughs as well.  It doesn’t look like it’ll take itself too seriously, and that’d be a nice change of pace (Guardians of the Galaxy not withstanding).

So, early to tell, but cool so far.  For a further brush-up on the character try Avengers: Mythos and the animated show Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

We’ll keep an eye out for more news.  In the mean time, keep the Zoolander jokes coming!

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P.S. Today Marvel announced a release date for Daredevil on Netflix (April 10, 12:01am).  I’m thinking Marvel’s already won 2015, and the year’s only a week old.

Week of Geek Bonus: What’s going to rock your world in 2015?

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It’s a new year!  I hope you all had fun counting down, no matter where you were on this big, blue ball.

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But, now that the festivities are out of the way, it’s time to get down to business.  For a geek, a new year means new stuff to look forward to.  New movies, TV shows, books and other events that will soon make their way to our screens, bookshelves and…hopefully…our hearts.  Let’s take a gander at some of the things we can expect in 2015.

Marvel’s Agent Carter: A 10 part series featuring one of the most butt-kicking heroines to come out of the Marvel U.  I can’t wait to take this mission with Peggy.

Jupiter Ascending: I was interested in the Wachowski-siblings film last year when it was orginally set to release in the summer.  Then it got bumped to this February…which is never a good sign.  But still, I’m on board.  It just looks so cool!

Cinderella: A live-action treatment of one of Disney’s most famous princesses.  Here’s a special teaser that premiered at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Marvel’s Daredevil:  Set to premier sometime this spring on Netflix (due to their deal with Marvel, that will also produce shows based around characters like Jessica Jones, Luke CageIron Fist and The Defenders), the Man with no Fear will hopefully be redeemed after Ben Affleck last put on the red suit (it didn’t go over so well, hence the long overdue 2nd chance).

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Avengers Age of Ultron: Marvel’s Phase Two comes to an end with another outing with our favorite superhero team, this time facing off against a creepy robot.  The 2nd trailer will be out January 12.

Tomorrowland: Disney’s super secretive, George Clooney starring sci fi film.  We don’t know much about it…and that makes it all the more tantalizing.

Inside Out: Pixar’s latest, about what goes on in someone’s head when their emotions run the show.

Ant-Man: Just as soon as Phase Two ends, Phase 3 begins in July with one of the smallest heroes to come out of Marvel.  If you watch Agent Carter on Tuesday you’ll see the first teaser, but here’s a tiny peak first.  And when I say tiny, I mean that literally.

Admit it…you laughed.

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Here’s a more human-sized version of the tiny part.  We’ll see more on Tuesday.

Pixels: 1980s Video Game characters attack New York City.  I’ m so there!

 The Fantastic Four: Another Marvel property getting a 2nd chance is the first family of superheroes.  20th Century Fox is rebooting the series after two mediocre attempts, so here’s hoping they’ve got the formula right this time.

Goosebumps: Show of hands; who’s read Goosebumps books?  Though I can’t see it I imagine most, if not all of you, raised your hands (including me).  It’s been a right of passage for kids since 1992.  Now, Jack Black plays R. L. Stine and his monsters are unleashed on Greendale, Maryland, and it’s up to two kids to stop them.


Jem and the Holograms: Okay, this is one may be just for me, as I watched this neon explosion when I was a kid, so I’m feeling nostalgic.  Still, JEM!

Peanuts: A computer animated version of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang.  The trailer alone has already conquered my heart.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: I’ve mentioned this before, but it still excites me to see what the world is going to be like come next December, when anticipation for Episode VII reaches a fever pitch.  And yep, here’s the trailer yet again.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl was, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of 2013.  Now Rowell is going super meta with this new book that will further explore the world of Simon Snow, the object of Cath’s fan love.  Can’t wait!

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Ash vs Evil Dead: Full disclosure; I’m an Evil Dead/Bruce Campbell fangirl.  I have the soundtrack to the musical version almost memorized.  I even have a mini Ash figure.

See?  Proof!

So I’m super stoked that both Campbell and original director/creator Sam Raimi is coming back for a TV series that catches up with Ash 30 years later as the titular spooks return to wreak havoc.

So, that’s only a few things happening this year.  Much more is coming out (Chappie, Insurgent, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genisys, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Mockingjay Part 2, Minions, Westworld, Victor Frankenstein [with Daniel Radcliffe], etc).  What have I left off?  Comments section is below.

So I wish you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.  2015 is gonna rock!

Week of Geek: We say Buh Bye to 2014

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So the ball is about to drop on yet another year.  Time rolls on.  Things end while other things begin.  Such is the natural order of things. But 2014 was quite the year for fandoms, pop culture and other things that keep us glued to our screens.  Here are a few highlights.

Weird Al was back in a big way!

Marvel gave us two hit movies (Captain America: The Winter Soldier AND Guardians of the Galaxy) that proceeded to make ALL the money.  And if that wasn’t enough they announced their upcoming Phase 3… …and found their Doctor Strange, and that last announcement made every fangirl heart in the world stop for a full second. Plus, dancing baby Groot!

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We said good bye to people like Robin Williams and franchises like The Hobbit.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge gave us a few laughs and lots of wet t-shirts, all for a good cause.  Here’s some of my favorites.

Stephen Colbert ended his show after 9 years.  Now where will we get our nightly dose of truthiness? Truthiness Photo

The Interview became the most talked about dumb little comedy movie ever, bringing up issues of freedom of speech, national security, cyber security and fear of retaliation from a whole other country.  Should a Seth Rogen movie garner this much attention?

And, of course, Star Wars trailer.

For me, though, I think 2014 will be known for three big things: The year I discovered Nerdist Industries, Chris Hardwick and @Midnight.

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And discovering Buzzfeed.

And the year my T-Shirt collection really got crazy.

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And, of course, lots of other things happened this past year.  What are some of your favorite moments I may have left off here?  Sound off in the comments section.  Let’s send 2014 off right.

Happy New Year Geeklings!  Be safe, have fun, and see you in 2015!

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