Welcome to The Week That Was, a brand new feature at Geekfinity that seeks to get you caught up on all the big news stories of the previous week, in case you might have missed any of them. Even with the Thanksgiving holiday & Black Friday the week was full of some great news including a new cast member for Marvel’s Black Panther, a new release date for the next film in the Alien saga, Justice League Action heads to Cartoon Network next month, the Inhumans get a bunch of new comics & a TV series release date, and more! Check it all out below.
T’Challa finds his mother as Angela Bassett joins the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther
Joining an already packed and impressive cast, the Academy Award Nominated Angela Bassett has snagged a role in 2018’s Black Panther. She’s set to play Ramonda, the mother of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, the heroic Black Panther. The role is Bassett’s second chance in a comic book film as she previously played Amanda Waller in the critic and fan panned 2011 Green Lantern film. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Forest Whitaker. The film opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.
The first Alien: Covenant poster reveals the film’s brand new 2017 release date
Fans that have been waiting for Ridley Scott’s next entry in the Alien universe following 2012’s Prometheus won’t have to wait as long as they previously thought. Originally set for an October 6, 2017 release, Alien: Covenant was moved to August 4 after Fox shifted a handful of films after the X-Men film Gambit ran into another delay. Now the first poster for the film has revealed that the film has moved up to an even earlier release date of May 19, 2017.
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Waterston, Demian Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and Billy Crudup.
The CW heroes star in a full-length trailer & posters for upcoming four-part crossover
Mind-controlling aliens known as the Dominators have come to Earth to deal with the growing meta-human population before those meta-humans in the third annual DC Comics series crossover event on The CW. In order to promote the event the network released four connecting posters & a two-minute full trailer featuring heroes from Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow who will team-up to fight off the threat from the stars.
Based upon a 1988 comic book miniseries of the same name, the four part event Invasion! kicks off in the final moments of the November 28 episode of Supergirl, moves on to The Flash on November 29, Arrow on November 30 and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on December 1.
Marvel Comics announces a whole new line of Inhumans comics coming in spring 2017
As part of their ResurrXion initiative that follows the fall Inhumans vs X-Men event the comics publisher is relaunching their line of Inhumans comics, and they’ve revealed the three new series and creative teams.
The first series is Royals by Al Ewing with and Jonboy Meyers that stars Medusa, Black Bolt, Gorgon, Crystal, Flint, Swain and Kree soldier Marvel Boy on a quest to solver a mystery in space. Next is the first ever solo series for the Inhumans King Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward which finds the silent monarch trapped in a prison full dangerous criminals with only characters like Absorbing Man as allies. Lastly comes the revival of the Secret Warriors title by Matthew Rosenberg and Javier Garron starring original member Daisy Johnson/Quake alongside Ms. Marvel, Karnak, Inferno, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur as the Inhumans that remain on Earth to protect the world from the shadows.
The three titles kick-off in spring 2017 alongside the previously announced X-Men relaunch titles.
Justice League Action brings the DC heroes back to Cartoon Network in December
Kicking off with episodes focused on Shazam and Black Adam, Justice League Action makes it’s debut on December 16 at 6 p.m. ET/PT before the series moves to it’s Saturday morning home on December 24. Focused on the action aspects of the heroes lives, the series will present two 11 minutes episodes in every half-hour timeslot.
“In ‘Shazam Slam,’ the villainous Black Adam battles Batman on the Rock of Eternity and unleashes a horde of Djinn determined to turn the Earth back to its pre-human, volcanic state. Affected by the otherworldly powers of these primordial monsters, Batman becomes possessed and is turned into a giant flying Batmonster laying waste to the Hall of Justice, with only Superman capable of taking the fight to the Dark Knight. One by one, the Justice League – with the help of Shazam (voiced by Sean Astin) and The Wizard (voiced by Carl Reiner) – must hunt down and defeat each Djinn in order to yet again save the world from destruction.”
Marvel & Fox won’t be teaming up their super hero film heroes anytime soon
In an interview with Variety about all matters to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige likely smashed the dreams of many fans when he revealed that there are not any plans for the studio to work with Fox like they are working with Sony currently for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Feige said:
It’s an impossibility at this juncture. We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes.
Feige also spoke about the future of Spider-Man in their films, the possibility that one day they might have to recast Iron Man or Captain America (but aren’t currently worried about that), the importance of getting a female director for Captain Marvel, and topics like other superhero film competition among other topics.
Check out our thoughts on the news of no Avengers and X-Men team-up here.
Marvel’s The Inhumans heads to IMAX screens starting Labor Day weekend 2017
Following the initial announcement that Marvel TV & ABC Studios are teaming up with IMAX for an Inhumans series, The Hollywood Reporter revealed more details about the eight-episode series. Marvel’s The Inhumans will debut in more than 1,000 IMAX theaters in 74 countries and run for two weeks starting on Labor Day 2017. Following the two week run at the theaters the series will jump to ABC as part of the network’s fall lineup. As part of the deal, the first two episodes will be filmed using IMAX cameras as will all subsequent action scenes in the series including scenes set on the Moon. In the comics the Inhumans lived in the Blue Area of the Moon for a good portion of their history. Another revelation is that although the Inhumans feature film slipped off Marvel Studio’s schedule, the TV series is not a replacement for the film which will still happen at some point down the line.
Marvel’s The Inhumans arrives in IMAX and on TV starting in September 2017.