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The Week in Geek: Deadpool 2, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, and More

Welcome to another instalment of the Week in Geek, bringing you all the best geeky news you might have missed this week. We have rumours about Deadpool 2, word on the future of Wolverine, Simon Kinberg talking about the Fantastic Four sequel nobody else wants, and more.

Deadpool 2

Earlier this week, Collider reported that Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had ended their contributions to the upcoming sequel, with The Martian'sDrew Goddard being brought in to complete the script. That wouldn't bode well for a film that's already lost a director due to 'creative differences', but Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to clear up the air.

.@RhettReese and Paul Wernick are still very much writing the screenplay. They're the heartbeat of the whole operation. https://t.co/7XyZvUlUSi

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 23, 2017

It doesn't mean Goddard hasn't contributed to the script, but the original writers haven't gone anywhere and should still be playing a large part in the second film.

Wolverine

Logan hits cinemas next week, and is set to be Hugh Jackman's last outing as Wolverine, though it seems he'd be willing to don the claws once more. According to Screen Rant not even a Deadpool team-up will get him back on board, the only thing to make him return is if Wolverine can be on screen with the Avengers.

There's no indication that a deal between Fox and Marvel will happen anytime soon, even though Spider-Man has crossed studio boundaries to appear in the MCU. That hasn't stopped Jackman from talking about how much he wants it to happen, and this way would mean execs don't have to worry about casting a new Wolverine anytime soon.

In other news, director James Mangold has debunked rumours that Logan will have a post-credits scene. Some people noticed that the theatrical cut of the film has had an extra three minutes added to the runtime, which Collider confirmed to be a bonus scene. But Mangold has insisted there isn't a post-credits scene.

@borbs There is not a post credits scene.

— Mangold (@mang0ld) February 21, 2017

We'll just have to wait until next week to find out if he's lying or not.

Fantastic Four

In other news that's going to make you groan, Fox's Simon Kinberg still doesn't seem to want to let go of the possibility of a sequel to 2014's cinematic abortion that was Fant4stic. Collider's Steve Weintraub asked Kinberg if we would ever see an alternate cut of the film, given all the studio meddling and reshoots that occurred prior to release.

I don’t know the answer to that in terms of whether or not fans will ever see it. I think B-roll is probably the place where they will see it. And for us, it’s in the past in the sense of lessons learned and we would love to make another Fantastic Four movie. We really believe in that cast, and I think the lessons that we learned would help us make a more consistent movie than we did the first time.

Maybe it's a poor choice of wording, but it sounds an awful lot like he still wants to reunite the cast for another FF film. Kinberg then clarified his stance when asked about Fox making another film just to keep hold of the rights.

I have no idea. I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made. One of the lessons we learned on that movie is that we want to make sure we get it 100% right, because we will not get another chance with the fans.

You know what the first step would be? Ditch everyone involved in the last film. Nobody wanted to see it last time, and nobody wants to see it again.

The Walking Dead

Earlier this week Primark was in a small amount of trouble over the following t-shirt, because apparently it's racist.

Anyone who's seen The Walking Dead will know that it's a clear-cut reference to Negan's horrific killings at the very start of the still-ongoing season 7. One customer complained about the shirt for being racist, because of the full original version of the 'Eeny Meeny Miny Mo' rhyme. You know, that one that nobody ever talks about unless Jeremy Clarkson is involved. So Primark pulled the t-shirt, even though the only person who was offended was an old white man from Sheffield.

Now, though, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the actor who plays Negan, has had his say.

Holy crap people are stupid. 'Walking Dead’ Shirt Pulled From Stores After Complaint of Racism https://t.co/cpeIqcxTwJ

— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) February 22, 2017

The Wrap has the full story with all the details, and if you still believe petitions change anything you can sign one demanding the t-shirt be put back on sale.

Funko/IDW

Funko's Pop! Vinyl figures can be found pretty much everywhere, letting fans of even the most obscure characters get their hands on a mini plastic facsimile. Now the company has teamed up with IDW to release a selection of one-shot comics featuring characters in the Pop! Vinyl style.

The comics will be released during May, featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, Ghostbusters, Strawberry Shortcake, and The X-Files. Also coming in May are Pop! Vinyl variant covers for Back to the Future #20, Orphan Black: Deviations #3, Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #8, Star Trek: Boldly Go #8, The Powerpuff Girls: The Time Tie #1, Donald Duck #20, Mickey Mouse #20, and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #738.

American Gods

The Starz network has confirmed that Neil Gaiman's American Gods will debut in the US on April 11th. No UK broadcast has been revealed just yet, but given the HBO-like content Starz produces don't be surprised if it ends up on Sky Atlantic.

Oh, and there's a new poster to commemorate this run-of-the-mill news:

Aquaman Movie

A brand new synopsis for the upcoming Aquaman movie seems to have arrived online, via Acting-Audtions.org, confirming that Nicole Kidman is set to play the titular character's mother – Atlanna the Queen of Atlantis.

“Aquaman” will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface. Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jason Momoa will play Aquaman. Also starring is Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Hollywood Film Awards winner Amber Heard as Mera, two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, New Zealand Film and TV Awards winner Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta.

Two-time Hollywood Film Awards winner James Wan will direct “Aquaman” from a screenplay written by Will Beall based on a treatment by Wan and DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns. Albert Cho is 1st AD. Producers are Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, Peter Safran, Deborah Snyder, and Zack Snyder. Rob Cowan will serve as executive producer.

“Aquaman” is scheduled to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.

Batman

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to the world of comics, and recently revealed on Twitter that he's had a Batman story brewing for the past 28 years.

There is a Batman story I have wanted to tell for 28 years. And it is getting closer. I just need time… https://t.co/Bnaom4seWq

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 22, 2017

Let's just hope it doesn't turn out to be rubbish.

Youngblood

For what seems like the billionth time, Rob Liefeld's Youngblood is being resurrected at Image Comics. The only difference is that Liefeld himself is only contributing to the first issue's cover art. Writing duties will fall to Chad Bowers, with art by Jim Towes. The series will start on 3rd May, just in time for its 25th anniversary.

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