Trailer Tuesday: Fancy Fantastic?

If you nodded at the question posed by this post’s title, then you’re in for a treat. Not only do you get one fantastic thing, but four – thanks to the new trailer for the imminent ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot. Superhero nerds everywhere, do your Tuesday jive dance boogie!

I can’t say I’m the authority on the Storms and co., never having encountered the comics or caught the Alba/Evans-starring footnote and its sequel back in the noughties. Back in 2005 of course, not every superhero had to brood and act all taciturn in the shadows quite as much, and this trailer concerns me slightly in that it looks like just any other Nolan-indebted gloomy origin story.

However, with its not-obvious cast choices and a director who has form in directing unusual superhero fodder (Josh Trank previously directed the shaky-cam ‘Chronicle’), this could be a smart move from Twentieth Century Fox, banking gold at the box office with a super collective to rival their ‘X-Men’ franchise. So confident are they, that a 2017 sequel is already in the works… wonder what Marvel Studios are thinking, hmm?

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Giveaway: Guardians of Christmas

It’s very likely on any self-respecting geek’s Christmas list already, but a festive treat is on its way to one lucky reader in the form of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Whether you’re the only person not to have seen one of the biggest films of the year, or you just want to re-live the insanely idiosyncratic intergalactic adventure all over again, you may be interested to know I have one DVD copy of the Marvel blockbuster to give away this Christmas.

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It’s very simple to be in with a chance of winning. All you have to do is the following:

1) Head over to Twitter during the festive period and follow @nicetogeekyou.

2) Retweet any one of the giveaway-related Tweets I’ll be sending out over the next few weeks before giveaway entry closes on 09/01/2015.

You KNOW you wanna see the New Year in by sticking on a DVD and enjoying the hi-jinx of a talking tree and wisecracks delivered by a renegade raccoon! So, what are you waiting for? Good luck.

Prize Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 09/01/2015. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily @nicetogeekyou tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

Giveaway: ‘Go Forward’ Superman Poster

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s a super-frickin’ awesome Superman poster courtesy of the very talented Brian C. Roll (he of the genre art haven that is Odyssey Art).

Remember my post a couple of weeks back? Well, the superman behind art prints celebrating genre icons from Sherlock to Buffy, Marty McFly to Miss Piggy has been kind enough to donate a 24”x 36” Superman ‘Go Forward’ poster to one lucky winner who enters the latest Nice to Geek You giveaway.

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So, what do you have to do?

1) Head over to Twitter and follow @nicetogeekyou and @OdysseyArtTorch.

2) Retweet any one of the daily Tweets I’ll be sending out via the NTGY Twitter between now and the giveaway end date on Friday 29th August 2014.

Now, ‘go forward’ and good luck!

Prize Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK and US aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 29/08/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou and @OdysseyArtTorch on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily @nicetogeekyou tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

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…

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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!

Trailer Tuesday: Good Gotham

EEK! Who knew, back in the hazy teen telly days of 2004, that OC bad boy Ryan would turn out to be Commissioner Gordon?

Batman-verse TV spin-off ‘Gotham’ has been granted a full series and, as if in celebration, the first full trailer has landed online. It’s still early days of course – and still so soon after Nolan’s rendering of the Bat’s city (and not too far ahead of Snyder’s dance with the Bat) – but the first glimpse is promising, offering up a rogue’s gallery of some of Bruce Wayne’s deadliest foes back when they might have been redeemed.

Indeed, it looks set to follow the same origin-opening trail currently being trod with great wit by ‘Bates Motel’ and ‘Hannibal’ – but neither Norman nor Lecter live in Gotham, do they? With Gordon as the focus, a great entry point for the everyman, then this could potentially run a good few years with so much love for DC’s Dark Knight…

Save the Cheerleader, Save the TV Show

In genre-land, you can be the biggest thing on Planet Pop Culture one minute before you’re a property that people are rolling their eyes at the next. Such was the decline of ‘Heroes’, a global phenomenon during its first 2006/2007 season before its superpower steam ran out and it got the axe in 2010. Saving the cheerleader may have saved the world, but it didn’t save the TV show.

Flash forward (remember that show?!) to 2014, where Sylar is Spock and the cheerleader is a ‘Nashville’ country star, and a teaser ad for ‘Heroes Reborn’ drops out of the sky like Peter Petrelli. Looks like we may get to learn what Claire’s fate was following that abrupt cliffhanger after all!

Creator Tim Kring and NBC have confirmed a run of 13 episodes for 2015, but the question of whether any of the original cast will be returning remains. As long as ‘Reborn’ stays away from spooky travelling carnivals, we may have a welcome return hit on our hands.

14 for 2014: Interstellar Summer of Cinema

In 2014, there are myriad reasons to visit the cinema and watch moving images with strangers in a dark room.

First off, this year’s summer blockbuster lineup is a strong one for the comic book tribe. As well as the aforementioned mighty Marvel movies, there’s a return to ‘Sin City’, an electrifying comeback for Andrew Garfield’s ‘Amazing Spiderman’, and perhaps the best cast ever in the twisty-turny timebomb of an X-Men movie ‘Days of Future Past’.

As well as this, it’s the year of a Lego movie (yup), further entries in the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Hobbit’ franchises, and another headache-inducing ‘Transformers’ extended toy TV ad. For something truly original and potentially special, look to sci-fi wonderment from the Waschwoskis in ‘Jupiter Ascending’ and Johnny Depp’s latest weirdo turn in ‘Transcendence’.

Deserving of its own special mention in the countdown is Chris Nolan’s first post-Batman masterpiece (bit early to use that word, but this is the guy who gave us ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’, after all), the mystery wrapped in an enigma shrouded in a question mark that is ‘Interstellar’. With a starry cast, including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and an unknown plot involving a worm hole of all things, this could be ‘Gravity’ as directed by the master who gave us ‘Memento’. Bring it.

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