Reasons To Be Excited In 2017

By all accounts, 2016 was a rough year. Fortunately, 2017 promises to be a lot better – or at the very least that’s what people are saying and blind faith is currently preferable to painful realism.

At the very least, in our geeky, little bubble, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the forthcoming year – so many, in fact, that narrowing it down to 17 was a challenge but that is what has happened. Here are 17 things to get excited about this year.

Wonder Woman (2 June)

This is the first time that I’ve truly been excited for a project by the DCEU and I’m really hoping that they don’t screw it up. Just give us a female hero and let her be as bad-ass as she was originally written to be.

Beauty & The Beast (17 March)

Disney classic, music from my childhood, Emma Watson: what isn’t there to love about this movie? Even Gaston looks good (in a he-seems-to-be-a-more-well-rounded-character kind of way, don’t worry – it looks like he’s still a total bastard).

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Sense8 (5 May)

After the Christmas special at the end of December, I’m absolutely buzzing for this new season. Sense8 is hope and light but it’s also painful and terribly, terribly sad at times. Essentially, it’s the best thing being broadcast at the moment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July)

Sure, it’s the third reboot of this hero’s franchise but he’s still my favourite and I still can’t wait to see him again.

Cars 3 (14 July)

Never in a million years would I have thought that any member of the Cars franchise would be making it onto a list like this but… never say never. The first teaser trailer got me hooked and now I absolutely have to see it.

Coco (8 December)

I can’t talk about Cars 3 and miss out the other Pixar release for this year. Not a lot of people are talking about Coco at the moment but it’s about the Mexican Day of the Dead and that alone has me very interested. Plus, it’s Pixar – it’s going to be fantastic.

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 5 (June)

The last two episodes of the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black were viewed behind a curtain of tears which is basically the highest praise from me. They ended on a cliffhanger that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days. Dammit, now I’m thinking about it again.

Star Trek: Discovery (May)

I am a part of a new generation of Star Trek fans that jumped onboard after the Pine movies. That huge market is probably one of the main reasons that they decided to launch a new series and I am very grateful for that.

The Oscars (26/2)

Th glitz, the glamour, the terrible jokes: I live for this award ceremony. It’s the one night of the year that I can successfully pull an all-nighter so that I can watch the entire show all the way from England.

Stranger Things (TBC)

I don’t know where they’re going to go from the first season but I am more than happy to find out.

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Justice League (17 November)

My hopes for this movie are slightly lower than those for Wonder Woman but I’m trying to stay optimistic. Most of the characters seem great (with the exception of Batfleck) and if Warner Bros. can get their act together, this could be something amazing.

Hamilton, London (21/11)

I’ve adored this musical for the last year and it is finally coming to London! I won’t be able to afford tickets but at least I’ll be able to walk past the theatre…

Iron Fist (17 March)

Judging by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this show is going to be amazing. What’s more, it’s the final piece of the puzzle before we get to…

The Defenders (TBC)

I love what Marvel are doing with their Netflix series and this seems like it’s going to be beyond amazing.

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Star Wars VIII (15 December)

My appreciation for the Star Wars franchise is an even more recent development than my enjoyment of Star Trek. For the first time, I will be waiting with anticipation alongside the other fanboys and fangirls.

Fast & Furious 8 (14 April)

I’m not going to pretend that these movies mean anything more to me than 2 hours of ridiculous stunts and cheesy one-liners but sometimes the world needs crazy stunts and cheesy one-liners.

Logan (2 March)

Is it weird that I feel a little bit scared of this movie? Like I know it’s going to be brilliant but I think that if Logan dies, a little part of my heart may also die.

So those are the 17 things that I am most looking forward to in 2017.

What are you looking forward to? Is there anything on my list that has you pointedly unenthused? Let me know in the comments.

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Weekly Round-Up || Geek News

Happy Sunday, I hope your week was all kinds of awesome. From trailers to casting and pushed back release dates, there is just so much to share so let’s get started.

Best Piece Of News

Donald Glover has officially been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Remember when the Internet was ready to storm Marvel headquarters, complete with flaming torches and pitchforks to get Glover cast as Spidey? Well they finally got what they wanted – except not. Tom Holland is still playing Spider-Man (and based on Captain America: Civil War he’s going to be great) but Donald Glover has an unknown role in the film.

Worst Piece Of News

The sequel to the surprising hit, The Lego Movie, has been pushed back from a May 2018 release to February 2019 by Warner Bros. Whilst this is definitely sad news, The Lego Batman Movie will hit screens early next year and help to bridge the gap plus the extra time could mean that film will be even better. Optimism.

Most Bizarre Piece Of News

Gotham is re-casting the role of Poison Ivy for their upcoming third season. Why are they doing this? Well that would be because the current actress, Clare Foley, is 14 years old and they didn’t want it to be super-weird when they began to sexualise the character.

And Everything Else…

  • Hoechlin Goes From Wolf To Superman
  • New Storks Trailer
  • Pete’s Dragon Trailer
  • Helen Mirren In Fast 8
  • Moana Trailer
  • Wolverine 3 Set Photos

If those headlines weren’t quite the informative nuggets that you were looking for then you can find out more about all of those stories right here but until next time:

Are you upset that Donald Glover isn’t Spider-Man? Can The Lego Movie sequel live up to the original? What do you think of the Gotham re-casting? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Thursday, once again I have nothing from E3 to report but there’s still so much cool stuff so stick around.

New Pete’s Dragon Trailer

Disney’s remake of the 1977 film, Pete’s Dragon, finally has its first trailer. It shows us the CG work and a promising cast including relative newcomer Oakes Fegley. The trailer teases the eponymous dragon (who’s name is Elliott) until the end where we finally see that he’s… furry? This is no Game of Thrones dragon but he is very cute, check out the trailer below:

Donald Glover Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming

If Donald Glover can’t be Spider-Man then at least he can be in the Spider-Man film. Glover has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming in an unknown role. He joins Zendaya, Tony Revolori and Michael Barbieri who will play Spidey’s friends. After Captain America: Civil War, I can’t wait to Spider-Man’s solo outing but the cast list keeps getting better and better.

Helen Mirren Joins Fast 8

In more casting news, Helen Mirren has joined the cast of Fast 8 and as per usual, we have no idea who she will be. That’s a fun theme we play out again and again: I say somebody’s been cast, I have no idea who they’ve been cast as. Good times…

That’s it today but there will be even more news on Saturday. Until then:

Do you like the original Pete’s Dragon? Are you still hoping that Donald Glover gets to play Spider-Man? Fast and Furious franchise: a fan or no? Let me know in the comments.

Captain America: Civil War – The New Guys

Now there are only 6 days until Captain America: Civil War! Yesterday we went through a quick breakdown of the teams and you may have noticed a couple of names that we haven’t seen in the MCU before – Spider-Man and Black Panther. You’re probably pretty familiar with Spider-Man but maybe not so much with Black Panther so let’s talk about them.

Spider-Man:

Everybody’s favourite web-slinger and my personal favourite superhero is finally joining the MCU. First there was Sam Raimi’s trilogy starring Tobey Maguire and then Marc Webb’s two films with Andrew Garfield. We now, finally, get to see Spidey interacting with the other MCU heroes as he joins Marvel Studios. Sony had been holding onto the rights to Spider-Man so hard but last year they finally agreed to share.

The latest incarnation of Spider-Man is played by 19-year old, British actor, Tom Holland. So far we’ve only been able to see a tiny clip of him in the Captain America: Civil War trailer but the lucky few that were able to see the film early have said that he is easily their favourite part of the movie.

Black Panther:

What do you need to know about Black Panther? Well, I’m sure you’ll find out plenty in his solo film, Black Panther, which will be released in 2018 but if we’re judging by the trailers alone then Black Panther’s passion in life is killing Bucky Barnes. That’s really all we’ve seen him try to do so far.

I’m trying my hardest to keep this week spoiler-free so I’m not going to dive deep into his story but if you do want to know more about him, check out the video below.

 

What’s New? || Geek News

What’s up guys? I hope everybody’s having a fantastic weekend which we’re just going to improve with all of this lovely Geek News.

Sherlock Holmes 3

The world loves Sherlock Holmes and whilst BBC’s Sherlock is amazing, we can’t forget about Robert Downey Jr.’s film incarnation of the character. There had been speculation about whether or not there would be a third film in the series after 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows but now it seems as though it’s a go. Downey says that the film could begin shooting as early as this year and it is simply a matter of schedules clearing up.

Robert Downey Jr. To Appear In Spider-Man: Homecoming

We all know that when Captain America: Civil War comes out next week, Spider-Man will be on Team Iron Man but it seems like Iron Man is repaying that favour. Robert Downey Jr. is officially signed on to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, although it’s unclear how big a role he will play. Honestly I hope that it’s more of a cameo and we can focus on Spidey in his first (or sixth, depends who you’re asking) solo outing.

Emilia Clarke Will Not Return To Terminator

Following on from the disappointing box office of Terminator: Genisys, Emilia Clarke has revealed that she will not be returning to the franchise in which she played Sarah Connor. It’s uncertain whether there will in fact be any films as the sequel was removed from its May 2017 slot earlier in the year.

That’s it today but if you missed any of the news this week then we’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of everything that’s been going on. Until then:

Does Robert Downey Jr. ever sleep? How much involvement would you like to see from Iron Man in the new Spider-Man film? Are you disappointed that Terminator will not be returning? Let me know in the comments.

Captain America: Civil War – The Teams

It is one week until Captain America: Civil War hits the cinema and the world is forever changed. In the seven days leading up to the film this site is dedicated to talking all things Cap and first in this series is a breakdown of the teams.

Team Cap

  • ANT-MAN: He’s a little hard to see in this picture on account of him being tiny and all but if you squint at Clint’s shoulder…
  • HAWKEYE: According to Jeremy Renner (who plays Hawkeye), Hawkeye’s on Team Cap because “Cap was the first guy who called”.
  • AGENT 13 A.K.A. SHARON CARTER: If you watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier then you’ll know that Sharon Carter was Cap’s neighbour. Apparently she’s a lot closer to her neighbours than I am to mine.
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: Well, he’s team… him.
  • FALCON: Falcon made it pretty clear in the last film that he wasn’t S.H.I.E.L.D, he was just there to help Cap – it looks like he’s sticking to that philosophy.
  • THE WINTER SOLDIER (BUCKY BARNES): Steve Rogers’ best friend and the real reason for this mess.

Team Iron Man

  • WAR MACHINE (RHODEY): He is the Bucky to Tony’s Steve (and ironically, both Bucky and Rhodey share the first name James) so of course he is Team Iron Man.
  • BLACK WIDOW: Honestly, Black Widow seems much more Team Cap than Team Iron Man but we’re going to have to wait to find out her motivations.
  • IRON MAN: When is Tony ever not Team Tony?
  • BLACK PANTHER (T’CHALLA): The new boy! Why is he on Tony’s team? No idea except for the fact that he seems to really want to kill Bucky. Seriously: watch the trailers and try and find a moment where Black Panther is not trying his hardest to kill Bucky.
  • VISION: He has really cool powers now but he will always be Jarvis to me and Jarvis is the Stark butler.

Now it may seem like Team Cap outnumbers Team Iron Man but Iron Man has a sneaky Spider-Man on his side. But Team Cap also has Scarlet Witch… Tony may just get his ass kicked.

What team are you on? Who do you think has the better team? What team do you think will win? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Hello, hello, hello – happy Thursday. There are so many things that we have to talk about today so let’s just jump right into it.

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

If I didn’t love them so much, I would be sick to death of Marvel at this point as I find myself constantly writing about something they’re doing. The latest news is the release of the Doctor Strange teaser trailer: the film is due to be released in November of this year and will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Doctor Strange. Whilst the trailer wasn’t the best thing that I have ever seen, this certainly feels like a leap for the company and I’m excited to see how it goes.

New Kingsman Casting

channing tatum kingsman.pngKingsman: The Golden Cricle has revealed a couple more interesting cast members this week. First of all the Rocketman himself, Elton John, is in talks to star in the film. However, if you’re looking for something a little bit more solid, then Channing Tatum has been confirmed and will definitely be starring in the film. He tweeted this a few hours ago:

Spider-Man: Homecoming Official Logo

We talked about it before but it is now official that the next Spider-Man movie will be titled: Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland (who will play Spider-Man) revealed the title and logo and CinemaCon.

Men In Black/Jump Street Crossover Has A Title

We haven’t talked about it for a couple of months so maybe it’s been long enough to process that this really is a thing: Men In Black and 21 Jump Street have a crossover film – it has no cast or release date but it exists, I swear! At CinemaCon the title of the film was announced and it will be called: MIB 23.

Ben Affleck’s Batman

Ben Affleck’s Batman was probably the most universally praised aspect of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so it should come as no huge surprise that Warner Bros. are now producing a stand-alone movie for the character. Affleck revealed, last week, that he had written a Batman script but we do not currently know if that is the script that they’ll be working with. What we do know is that Affleck will be both, starring in and directing this film.

That’s everything today but tomorrow is going to be amazing: and not just because it’s a Friday. Tomorrow sees the release of The Jungle Book and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 so look out for reviews.

Do you want to see a Men In Black/Jump Street crossover? Did you think the Doctor Strange trailer felt like a Matrix-Inception rip-off? How many more films do you think we’ll see Channing Tatum in before Gambit? Let me know in the comments.