Welcome to The Week That Was, a feature 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. There was no shortage of news and reveals as everyone from movie studios to game companies to comic book publishers pulled out something to keep nerds/geeks/fans happy as the weather turns colder. New images of Power Rangers reboot redesigned characters emerged, Archie Comics got a bit darker with a Riverdale trailer, Star Trek gained some cast and lost a creator, the new X-Men comic relaunch details arrived, and so much more! Check it all out below.
Rita trolled the Rangers & Alpha 5 concept art was revealed for 2017’s Power Rangers
Marketing for Lionsgate & Saban Brands Power Rangers cinematic reboot took an interesting turn as the Elizabeth Bank’s version of the alien sorceress & eternal foe of the Rangers Rita Repulsa took to Twitter. In the tweets she trolled various accounts that shared first names with the Rangers, encouraging the fans to help her locate the Rangers and also focused on Cyber Monday deals that she would suggest. A brand new photo of the revamped version of Rita was also shared.
Later in the week, IGN revealed some concept art for the new version of Alpha 5, the robotic assistant & friend to Zordon and the Rangers, that is more alien looking than the 90s version of the character.
Directed by Dean Israelite, Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zach the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky Gomez as Trini the Yellow Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Elizabeth Banks as the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader as the robot Alpha 5, and Bryan Cranston as the Ranger’s mentor Zordon. The film arrives on March 24, 2017.
Warner Bros. sets fall 2018 for Aquaman
Following a cameo appearance in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and his upcoming full appearance in November 2017’s Justice League, Jason Mamoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman is ready to head out on a solo adventure in Warner Bros. Aquaman which has settled into an October 5, 2018 release date. Directed by James Wan, the film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, the wife of Aquaman and Queen of Atlantic in the comics. The date will make Aquaman the seventh film in the DC Extended Universe following Man of Steel (2013), Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017) and The Flash (2018).
Marvel reveals the creative teams & casts of six out of seven X-Men ResurrXion titles
Back in October, Marvel Comics revealed that following their winter event Inhumans vs X-Men all of the current X-Men and Inhumans titles will be relaunched as part of a brand new focus for both lines. Over the week the creative teams and casts for six out of seven of the previously announced X-Men books that are part of the ResurrXion restart initiative were announced.
- X-Men: Blue by Cullen Bunn & Jorge Molina featuring a team of the time-displaced versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, and Angel with Magneto as their mentor.
- X-Men: Gold by Marc Guggenheim and Adrian Syaf featuring a team led by Kitty Pryde with Storm, Colossus, Old Man Logan, Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers now going by the name of Prestige.
- Iceman sees Bobby Drake get his first ever ongoing solo title by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti which follows Bobby trying to figure out his personal and superhero identity in the world.
- Jean Grey marks the first ever ongoing solo series for Jean and follows her on a quest to prepare herself for the returning Phoenix Force. The title is by Dennis Hopeless and Victor Ibanez.
- Generation X sees a brand new Xavier Institute born in Central Park and follows a group of Quentin Quire, Eye Boy, Nature Girl, Benjamin Deeds, Bling! and the brand new character Nathaniel Carver who are a bunch of “lovable losers” not cut out to be X-Men that are being led by Jubilee. The series is by Christina Strain and Amilcar Pinna.
- Weapon X sees Greg Pak and Greg Land forming a team of Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath and Lady Deathstrike taking on a brand new version of Weapon X that is focused on wiping out mutants.
Cable, the seventh book that was announced in October, didn’t have a creative team or concept revealed alongside the rest.
X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold will feature both teams working out of the same headquarters, which is something that hasn’t happened in the X-line for many years. All of the books, except the slightly darker Weapon X, will see the X-Men as a whole returning to being superheroes and see a much brighter future for them with the threat of extinction from Terrigen Mists behind them. All the books start shipping, with Blue and Gold shipping both twice a month, in spring 2017.
Star Trek: Discovery adds three new crew members as Bryan Fuller departs
The number of people involved in CBS move to bring Star Trek back to television both grew and shrunk over the week. First, the network announced the addition of Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp to the cast of the series. Yeoh will play Captain Georgiou who is the Starfleet Captain of the starship Shenzhou, Jones will play Lieutenant Saru, part of a brand new alien species in the Star Trek universe and Rapp will play astromycologist and fungus expert Lieutenant Stamets. Rapp’s character is the gay crew member that former showrunner Bryan Fuller said would be part of the cast back in August.
The next revelation in the week concerned Fuller himself, who previously had been showrunner of the series until it was announced in October that he had stepped down and would only serve as an executive producer. In an interview with Newsweek Fuller revealed that while he will be credited as an executive producer his stepping down as showrunner was actually him leaving the series fully. A packed schedule including Starz’s American Gods and NBC’s Amazing Stories reboot among other projects led to his departure from Star Trek. Fuller’s work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager had been the selling point for many fans who were excited by his involvement. The first two episodes were written by Fuller and CBS is said to be sticking to his vision for the series.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere it’s first episode on television, on CBS, before subsequent episodes will all appear only on the CBS All Access service in May 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale series announced & film sequel trailer arrived
It was a big week for the Guardians of the Galaxy as two trailers, one film and one video game, arrived near the end of the week. During The Games Awards, Telltale Games officially announced that their long talked about the top-secret project with Marvel Entertainment is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, which is set to launch sometime in 2017.
Following a smaller teaser released in October, director James Gunn & Marvel Entertainment (among others) shared the first trailer for next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot are all back but it was easily Drax and Baby Groot that stole the show in the trailer.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell and others. The film opens on May 5, 2017.
Naughty Dog releases a special reveal trailer to announce The Last of Us Part II
Sony’s PlayStation Experience event brought news, and a trailer, of Naughty Dog’s work on The Last of Us Part II, a sequel to 2013’s action-adventure survival horror game The Last of Us.
The original game followed the character of Joel as he escorted the teenager Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States full of hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures, with the sequel showing an older Ellie and Joel. Currently, there are no details about the game or a release date as the company is just in the early stages of development.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite arrives in 2017
Fans will be able to have their favorite Marvel characters face off against their favorite Capcom characters once more with Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. The latest in the series of fighting games will arrive worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCs in 2017.
There aren’t a lot of details out about the game currently, including the roster. Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Mega Man X, and Ryu are featured in the teaser as well as a newly released gameplay trailer that also reveals that Marvel vs. Capcom stalwarts Captain America and Morrigan will also feature in the game.
The CW’s Riverdale gains its first trailer
In preparation for it’s January debut, The CW revealed a mood-setting premiere trailer for the Archie Comics based series Riverdale. The new series puts the iconic characters in a setting that is far from wholesome.
Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
The series stars KJ Apa, Reinhart, Mendes, Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Ross Butler, Daniel Yang, Cody Kearsley, Casey Cott and Luke Perry. Riverdale begins on Thursday, January 26 at 9 p.m.
2017 sees the return of Valiant Entertainment’s X-O Manowar
After kicking off the restart of the Valiant Universe in 2012 and then coming to an end with issue 50 in September, Valiant Entertainment released a teaser that indicates that a brand new X-O Manowar title will launch in March.
There is no information about the title or it’s creative team yet (the teaser was done by Monika Palosz).