Pop a Stake in Monday

Poor Monday, the bastard child of days of the week. It never asked to be hated, but it can’t help but inspire dread and despair in millions. If Saturday is the popular girl everyone wants to know, Monday is the geeky bullied kid in the corner who smells like cheese, quietly plotting to do a Steve Jobs and take over the world.

McGeek makes it his mission to pick you up this Monday, by putting a stake in the heart of its crappiness. Do you all remember that blonde chick called Buffy who killed dead things, swapped spit with brooding vamps and generally saved the world a lot? Well, thanks to the mad bad geniuses at Funko POP! Vinyl, the time has come to take Buff and her Scooby Gang home in fab figure form.

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Forbidden Planet UK has them marked on its website as ‘expected 30th September’ with other sites showing later in October; regardless of date though, surely it’s a no-brainer for any Whedonite to put a pre-order in and start making room for their own Sunnydale shelf.

Who cares if the Gentlemen didn’t have red eyes? What of it that poor Xander has been blatantly ignored? This is one of the best things to happen in toyland for years, and I’m not too proud to admit that I’m going to buy all in the hope that they do a ‘Toy Story’ and come to life when I’m not looking, ready to re-enact my favourite episodes. Dear Santa…

buffy figures

Post-Comic Con Recon

So, now the geek dust has settled and San Diego costume shops have had their supply of superhero capes returned, it’s (perhaps past) time to reflect on the year’s biggest annual genre convention.

While there was nothing quite as awesome as last year’s impromptu Loki cosplay from Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, there were some rather exciting announcements. Because I love lists – damn you, Buzzfeed! – here are the 15 things to emerge from SDCC ’14 that your McGeek is most excited about:

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1. The new ‘Age of Ultron’ info, headed up by the insane poster above, is super news for fans of those super-sorts, The Avengers. Whedon, Downey, exciting new baddies – is it April 2015 yet?

2. Next year’s other Bigger-than-Big superhero team-up, ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ revealed its feminine charms with shots of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman cozzy. Wouldn’t it be funny if she kicks both their asses?!

3. The ‘Warcraft’ trailer. Never played it, doubt I ever will – but looks pretty epic!

4. Following its glowing reviews and major box office, it was announced that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is getting a sequel. Not too bad for a Marvel-lous gamble featuring a talking tree, huh?

5. Speaking of sequels, Gareth Edwards gets to play with his monster toybox some more with a second ‘Godzilla’ movie. After the somewhat muted reception to this year’s San Francisco-set rampage, maybe Edwards will deliver the monster movie to rule – and smash – all other monster movies with his second Godzilla outing.

6. Here’s some more sequel news for you – or sorta-sequel prequel news, anyway. King Kong’s prehistoric island home will be a destination for summer cinema audiences soon with a newly announced trip back to ‘Skull Island’. Joe Cornish is in the frame to direct.

7. Oh, and Christopher Nolan unveiled a new trailer for ‘Interstellar’. Thinkings, space travellers?

8. Summer means an impending new season of TV, so many of our favourites were in the frame. ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ happily gets a second season despite a tail-off in viewership, so with that we get rumours of new characters like super agent Mockingbird as well as new cast members, including Lucy Lawless and ‘Dollhouse’s Reed Diamond.

9. Keeping it Marvel, an interesting expansion of the property’s TV portfolio comes with a rebooted ‘Daredevil’ for can-do-no-wrong Netflix. Will the platform’s creative freedom allow for the edgy, dark incarnation that the Ben Affleck vehicle so sadly wasn’t??

10. Didn’t think Homer would ever meet Peter Griffin? Erm…

homer meets peter griffin

11. Still reeling from the second season finale of ‘Hannibal?’ The third course will be set a year after that shocking bloodbath – and, as a Bryan Fuller buff and avid fan of the show, I can’t wait to see who lives, who dies and what the cannibal concocts next. The Red Dragon himself, Francis Dolarhyde, is set to make an appearance. Nightmares at the ready.

12. TV/game crossovers can be tricky to get right (‘Defiance’ anyone?) but the news that the cast of ‘Firefly’ are reuniting for a new online game is just, well, SHINY. She keeps on flying… *happy sigh*

13. Sam Raimi, in attendance to announce ‘The Last of Us’ film adap, also teased a possible new ‘Evil Dead’ series with Bruce Campbell also possibly involved. Can post-watershed handle this?

14. Horror buffs can also look forward to a return-to-form Guillermo del Toro, who takes a pause from pitting robots against giant monsters to deliver in ‘Crimson Peak’ the type of elegant, scary-as-hell pic with which he first made his name. Jeepers creepers.

15. Finally, Christmas soon which means mince pies, Santa and one big ol’ present in the final (for now) trip to Middle-earth for Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ trilogy. Sniff.

Until next year! Someone buy me a ticket??

What a Marvel

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Tonight, UK fans of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ finally uncovered the truth about the mysterious Cellist (and discovered she looked a lot like Amy Acker – yay!) but, after all the shocks and surprises as Whedon and his team lead to an end-of-season climax, it’s reassuring to find out today that Coulson’s team is getting a second series.

Yep, despite the ratings dip that has followed the sterling season opener, the Marvel brand holds a lot of weight and luckily the TV spin-off is getting another run – bucking the curse of Whedon’s ‘Firefly’ and ‘Dollhouse’ for now.

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Not only that, but Marvel continues its transition to the small screen with the newly announced ‘Agent Carter’ which, following Hayley Atwell’s character revival in the ‘Captain America’ sequel and a short that accompanied ‘Iron Man 3’, has been picked up for a series that will follow Cap’s former ass-kicking love.

So, with Phase 2 of the Marvel legacy soon to close, exciting times are ahead – and not just in the cinema. Overkill could be a danger here, but so far Kevin Feige and his team have hardly put a foot wrong (although I still haven’t seen Norton’s pre-Ruffalo ‘Hulk’) so hopes are high. What a Marvel!

‘In Your Eyes’ On Your Screen

Forget Trailer Tuesday, have a whole film! Thanks to Joss Whedon, who follows the quietly revolutionary model in the Radiohead ‘pay what you want’ and Netflix ‘whole series in one day’ vein, you can now view the ‘Buffy’ scribe’s new independent movie, directed by Brin Hill, online now via Vimeo.

I sadly haven’t settled down to watch ‘In Your Eyes’ just yet, but plan to this weekend. And you can’t argue with the £3 rental fee, which is a third of the price of a multiplex ticket and less than a tub o’ popcorn (and hopefully just as delish!).

Not convinced? First of all, surely you’re in the wrong place if you aren’t a Whedon geek. Second of all, the ‘Avengers’ mastermind may just change your mind in the vid below:

ALL HAIL! Viva la Joss!!

Buffy: Made of Bricks

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: amazing. LEGO: also pretty damn cool. So, combining the two things was always going to be a genius idea.

Well, thanks to Flickr user Mr.Savath_Bunny aka Ryan Rydalch, the dream of seeing Buffy made in bricks is now no longer a dream. Inspired after purchasing the Avengers LEGO set and viewing fan-made Firefly creations, Rydalch got to work LEGO-hunting and has fashioned a number of different setups and characters that ‘Buffy’ fans will recognise.

Let’s hope Mr Rydalch’s sterling work actually results in a LEGO take on the Sunnydale Scoobs that is equally as inspired. My fave is the ‘Hush’ Gentlemen set, but of course it’s all great. Choice picks below but you can view the complete collection here. Prepare to be slayed!

Buffy Summers LEGO

Buffy Gentlemen LEGO

BtVS Season 1 LEGO

All images courtesy of Mr.Savath_Bunny.

Lust for New Fran Kranz Romance

A new trailer dropped this week for a romantic comedy that will no doubt appeal to Whedonverse geeks – but, after watching the clip, it’s hard to see how it won’t appeal to all film fans tired with romcoms.

Led by the affably daffy Fran Kranz and fellow ‘Dollhouse’ alum Dichen Lachman, director/writer Anton King’s ‘Lust for Love’ is promising a fresh indie spin on the ol’ lovelorn boy meets feisty girl format.

For the geeks who don’t do ‘girly’, then you may be swayed by appearances by the likes of Felicia Day and Enver Gjokaj, making it a love-in so full of Whedon wonders that it’s surprising Joss isn’t masterminding the whole thing himself.

14 for 2014: Whedon Looks Ahead with ‘In Your Eyes’

There are many things to be excited about this year, some of them already covered here and some not (I haven’t even touched upon genre fiction or the best in new theatre), but the final place on my list goes to the JJ Abrams for people who are nonplussed by JJ Abrams: Joss Whedon.

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Following his biggest success to date with ‘The Avengers’, his production outfit Bellweather Productions were afforded the chance to release the super low-budget Shakespeare adap ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. With the second Avengers movie ‘Age of Ultron’ being fit into its superhero costume ready to fly in summer 2015, Whedon is set to off-set his newfound blockbuster glory once again with Bellweather’s second production, supernatural romance ‘In Your Eyes’.

As good as ‘Much Ado’ was (and possessed of Whedon’s trademark spark), it’s great to hear that ‘In Your Eyes’ is an original script from Whedon. Directed by Brin Hill and starring Zoe Kazan (she of adorable indie ‘Ruby Sparks’), the movie was shot last year and is currently in post-production to be released this year. Great news for all fans of the Whedonverse and a nice, low-key taster before Whedon resumes his mantle of King of the Geeks with next year’s darker Avengers tale.

Halloween Countdown – Costume Inspiration #8

Whether you’re attending a Halloween hoedown in a cabin in the woods or not, why not take dress-up inspiration from ‘Cabin in the Woods’? Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s meta-horror comedy spewed up a range of fantastical creatures to spice up a spooky shindig, from homicidal unicorns to Hellraiser types.

But hands-down winner? The mythical merman, who is a touch more terrifying than Ariel’s papa and will make a great party piece if you’re not afraid to go the gruesome route. Check out those teeth!

cabin in the woods

Shields Up for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

With ‘Dexter’ spilling its final bloodshed and ‘Breaking Bad’ heading for a combustible finish next week, cult TV fans are likely chomping at the bit for a new obsession.

It may be lighter and shinier, but ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is a good bet – and is unlikely to get a short-shrift early cancellation after debuting on ABC with the strongest ratings for a US drama in nearly four years.

agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

Joss Whedon’s hot new property, following the exploits of supposedly deceased Agent Coulson and his fellow superhero shepherds, has done something unexpected following Whedon’s former glories that were all brilliant but, ‘Buffy’ aside, largely unwatched: it’s attracted viewers!

Of course, there was no doubting a Marvel TV show was going to do well following the mega-bucks earnings of its cinematic canon, so now us UK viewers can relax ahead of the C4 premiere tomorrow night knowing full well that it will at least get a full season.

Ready to assemble?! UK taster trailer below: