Welcome one and all to the first edition of Fanboy Round-Up – one of those lazy excuses for an article when you don’t have anything else to write about.
Have you been especially busy this week and haven’t had time to check out all the latest and greatest geek news? Well, that sucks, but fret not; it’s all here! We take a look at the biggest stories of the past week, featuring trailers, rumours and a terrible Fantastic Four movie.
You can also read Fanboy Round-Up if you happen to be a fangirl, or a fan of any other sexual orientations. We don’t want a total sausage fest up in here.
This was one of the stranger news stories. Rumours have been circulating that the main character of Star Wars: Rogue One (a Rebel leader played by Felicity Jones) is in fact the daughter of Sarlacc-food Boba Fett. It’s an interestng prospect to think about, however the ages of the characters and actors really don’t match up, rendering it probably false. That doesn’t mean there won’t be another Fett popping up in the first Anthology movie…
Back at the end of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, viewers got their first look at the Three-Eyed Crow, who had been popping up repeatedly since the very beginning of Season 1. The character didn’t actually look anything like he’s supposed to, instead being reminiscent of a hobo, however after skipping out the fifth season Bloodraven (oh, yeah, that’s who he is) is coming back, played by a completely new actor.
Max von Sydow, who will be poking his head out in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Christmas, has been cast as the magical-tree-man. Apparently he won’t have too much screen time in the next season which is a shame, but if HBO are casting an actor of Sydow’s calibre then you can expect him to have a pretty big role going forward. Yay!
As well as this, word also hit that the role of Ned Stark has been cast for the next season. Okay, young Ned.
So there will certainly be more flashbacks coming on the show – the question is, why are we seeing him as a kid? Hopefully someone will let it slip sooner rather than later.
We got spoiled rotten this week as TWO Deadpool trailers hit. Well, they were very similar aside from the ratings of both, but it sounds better if we advertise two rather than one. Ever since Comic-Con this movie has been getting an insane amount of buzz and the trailers only capitalised on that, racking up millions of views on YouTube and a ton of interest from the general public. The consenseus seems to be that the red-band trailer is way better (unsurprisingly), going balls-to-the-wall with gore, profanity and mind-blowing action. Literally.
You can check ’em both out at the link above. What? Of course we’re still hit-whores.
There’s been a ton of speculation surrounding Marvel Studio’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot; all we know is Tom Holland will be donning the suit, Jon Watts is directing and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will be writing. Apart from that? Zilch.
Apparently the villain may be none other than Kraven the Hunter. Well, it could be somebody else since the evidence is fairly flimsy, but it’s something to chew on while we wait for the official stuff. He would certainly be an interesting choice; Kraven’s Last Hunt is one of Spidey’s most famous comics and he’s different to all the previous on-screen villains – i.e. he’s not an evil mentor/spurned individual related to Peter. Do it Sony!
We just did a triple-link-whammy. Damn.
Fantastic Four was released last week and it really wasn’t very good. The movie had been struck with tons of bad buzz for months, as well as rumours that director Josh Trank was misbehaving on set. Now that the film is out, so is the truth, and we’ve learned that the botched and messy finished product is moreso to do with Fox’s meddling and demands which could have fueled Trank’s misconduct. We still don’t know the full story but the production is interesting regardless.
Right there you can check out our review, the latest episode of CUT TO: Podcast where the hosts and a bunch of guests sink their teeth into the movie, and read about how much it made on its opening weekend. You’re welcome.
One of the biggest points of speculation around next year’s Captain America: Civil War is what side everybody will be on. Fortunately for you nerds, we finally know! We won’t reveal who’s on whose team, but we’ll say one thing: the names aren’t exactly surprising. Except one. Okay, we’ll say two things. There may be a little split in Stintasha…
Sorry. We had to.
Civil War is looking to be one of the most jam-packed superhero movies to date – I’m certainly not jealous of the Russo Brothers (maybe a little). We can only hope that they’ve managed to strike a balance between all the characters; from Captain America to Iron Man to Black Widow to Spider-Man to Black Panther to Scarlet Witch to Falcon to Ant-Man to Vision to General Ross to War Machine to Martin Freeman’s character to…
And thus, the first Fanboy Round-Up comes to a close. If you enjoyed this lazy excuse for an article then do check out some of our others – like all the other news that hit this week which isn’t in here.
Check back next Monday (or Sunday – it could be either!) for the next round-up of the week’s news, although your best shot is probably just to check back to UTF every few minutes in order to get your dose of round-the-clock awesome coverage. Let’s pray that this is another big week, ‘ey?