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The Week That Was: Spider-Man trailers & sequels, Marvel’s R.L. Stine series, Batman over Justice League and more

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. Just like last week there was an overload of news and reveals this week in everything from movies to comics to television. Batman overtook the Justice League, trailers for everything from Spider-Man: Homecoming to The Fate of the Furious and War for the Planet of the Apes, a new epic X-O Manowar series and so much more! Check it all out below, and check out the site for all the news that we couldn’t fit into this article.


Sony & Marvel release a Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer & guarantees a sequel

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It was a big week for Spider-Man fans. Not only did a domestic & international trailer for Sony’s first Spider-Man film done in collaboration with Marvel Studios, but just under 24 hours later confirmation came that Spidey will suit up again in the MCU in 2019.

Following the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017 it will be followed by a so far untitled sequel on July 5, 2019. The addition of the sequel is moving Bad Boys 4, a sequel to 2018’s Bad Boys For Life, out of it’s July 3, 2019 date to a May 24, 2019 release.

Tom Holland, the new actor behind the web-slinger, recently revealed that he’s signed for three solo Spider-Man films as well as three appearances in other Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Meaning after Captain America: Civil War and the two Spidey films in 2017 and 2019 there will be three more films for Spidey to swing through.

A new synopsis for the film also came out shortly before the trailers.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Holland, Tomei, Downey Jr., Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Chernus and many many more. The film arrives in theaters on July 7, 2017.


Valiant Entertainment launches X-O Manowar into space for a new series

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X-O Manowar’s previous title kicked off the relaunch of Valiant Universe in 2012 before coming to a conclusion in September with issue 50. Now writer Matt Kindt and a rotating stable of artists are set to bring the character back to the forefront in 2017. The year-long science-fiction epic will be split into different arcs with different artists for each stage of Aric’s new journey from Soldier to General to Emperor to Visigoth.

X-O Manowar #1 arrives on March 22 with artist Tomas Giorello onboard for the three-issue Soldier arc. Issues 4-6 form the General arc with Doug Braithwaite on art, with issues 7-9 for the Emperor arc with Clayton Crain on art, issue 10 is an interlude with artist Ryan Bodenheim, and Mico Suayan will finish the year with issues 11-13 that makes up the Visigoth arc.

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Marvel finds their Inhumans showrunner

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When trying to figure out who will head up their brand new IMAX and ABC debuting Marvel’s The Inhumans series, Marvel & ABC did not have to look far. In fact, they just looked at Marvel’s Netflix line as it was announced that Iron Fist showrunner Scott Buck will make the leap over to the world of network TV for the new series.

Buck’s previous work outside of Iron Fist includes Dexter, Six Feet Under and Rome. 

Marvel’s The Inhumans is a drama series that will tell the story of Black Bolt and the rest of the Inhuman royal family. It is not a spin-off of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has been dealing with Inhumans for the last two seasons. The first two episodes of the series will debut on IMAX screens for two weeks starting on Labor Day weekend before all eight episodes of the series are set to run consecutively on ABC starting on September 26.


The Rock & Zac Efron butt heads in the first official trailer for Paramount’s Baywatch

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It’s like 21 Jump Street but on the beach is a good way to describe the direction taken for Paramount’s feature film reboot of Baywatch, a film whose trailer dropped this week. The Baywatch program is having funding issues so the bosses bring in the party-boy rule breaking hotshot Matt Brody (Zac Efron) who begins to butt heads with by the book leader Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and his creak team of lifeguards. All differences have to be put aside to save the bay from the evil oil tycoon played by Priyanka Chopra.

Directed by Seth Gordon, Baywatch stars Johnson, Efron, Chopra, Jon Bass as Ronnie, Alexandra Daddario as Summer, Kelly Rohrback as CJ Parker and Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Hannibal Buress, Belinda Preegrin, Izabel Goulart, Charlotte McKinney and features cameos by original series stars Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. The film opens on May 26, 2017.


Iron Fist gets a brand new ongoing comic book series in March 2017

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It will be the year of the Iron Fist in 2017 as the Marvel Universe character will appearing in multiple comic series as well as getting his own Netflix series. While he’s currently starring in the Power Man and Iron Fist series, Danny Rand will also be going out solo in a brand new Iron Fist series. 

Written by Ed Brisson (The Violent, Secret Avengers) with art by Mike Perkins (Captain America, Deathlok), the new series picks up from the events of Kaare Andrew’s 2014 series Iron Fist: The Living Weapon and finds Danny Rand travelling the world to find meaning after the near-destruction of the mystical city K’un Lun. That journey will take him to a mysterious island where the inhabitants appear to know all about the history of the Iron Fist and everyone that has carried that name over the years.


Fox’s New Mutants sets a May 2017 beginning for production in Montreal

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While the future of the overall X-Men line is in a bit of flux following this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and next year’s Logan, the future of mutants is clear as a start date has finally been set to move forward with the long-awaited New Mutants film. Written and directed by Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone, the film is set to pull a lot of inspiration from the 80’s Chris Claremont comic book series of the same name.

New Mutants focuses on a younger generation of mutants and reportedly will feature Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, Illyana Rasputin/Magik and Sam Guthrie/Cannonball as the team. Rumors have floated around that James McAvoy’s Professor Xavier or Alexandra Shipp’s Storm might factor in somehow but those accounts haven’t been proven.

The film is likely to gain a 2018 release date along with Deadpool 2.


R.L. Stine to write a Man-Thing miniseries for Marvel Comics starting in March

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Teased back in October, the famed writer of children’s horror series like Goosebumps and Fear Street is making his comic book debut in 2017 with a five-issue Man-Thing series with covers by Tyler Crook and art by German Peralta & Daniel Johnson. Inspired by horror comics of the 1950s like Tales From the Crypt, the miniseries will feature a short horror story by Stine with a guest artist alongside the main story.

The series and the character are a perfect fit for Stine, who is best known for his work on the Goosebumps series of children’s horror books. Marvel reportedly offered him various characters but Man-Thing stood out to him because of his fondness for swamp monsters, which have appeared in his books various times.

The first story will follow Man-Thing as he travels to Burbank, California because he’s wondering why he’s not starring in a major motion picture. This series will also come with a big change to the historically mute character will now talk and be very sarcastic.


Ben Affleck’s Batman film will take the place of Justice League 2 on schedule

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A lot has changed for the DC Extended Universe since Warner Bros. announced their shared universe plans a few years ago, especially since the mixed reactions for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad this year. Another of those changes was made clear this week when it was announced that the previously planned Justice League Part 2 that turned into the standalone Justice League 2 is being removed temporarily from the schedule to be replaced by Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film.

The move now opens up the schedule of Justice League director Zack Snyder, who was previously slated to begin work on Justice League 2 as soon as all post-production for Justice League wrapped. Now Snyder will be able to return to work on the thriller The Last Photograph, a film about a war correspondent in Afghanistan teaming up with a special ops soldier who is searching for his family which is a film that Snyder has been attempting to make since his success with 300.

There is no release date set for Batman and no indication for where Justice League 2 might end up on the schedule that currently stretches into 2020.


Fast 8 gets a new title, synopsis & trailer

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Known as Fast 8 since it was announced, the eighth Fast and Furious film finally got an official titleThe Fate of the Furious, and synopsis ahead of the first official trailer release.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

A brand new poster for the film also came out.

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The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell along with newcomers Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. The film opens on April 14, 2017.


War for the Planet of the Apes gets a trailer

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Humans and Apes are facing off in what could be the final battle for the fate of planet Earth in the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the rebooted franchise. This film takes place two years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when Caesar had to kill the traitor ape Koba, and the apes have retreated into the Muir Woods by San Francisco where they are under siege by a human army led by the vicious Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

War for the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller and Terry Notary and opens on July 14, 2017.

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