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The Week in Geek: Cavill's not super, Predators are real and Iron Fist changes everything

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Sep 14, 2018

There may not necessarily be an autumn bite in the air yet, but fall definitely fell all over itself this week. We're back to big movies, big news, and, maybe most importantly, big games.

Hurricane Florence is making landfall and there was a Democratic primary that may or may not have been a bummer for you, so, submitted for your distraction, here they are: the five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!

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LARA CROFT RAIDS AGAIN

Last week, Sony's PlayStation 4 saw the exclusive release of Marvel's Spider-Man open sandbox game. This week sees the cross-platform release of the third installment of the Lara Croft (now with less hyper-sexualization) reboot series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

It may not feel like fall, but the nice thing about the Tomb Raider games is that they give you a really great excuse not to leave the house. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, even more than its predecessors, is an amalgam of a number of other popular franchises: Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, and The Last of Us, plus it's got that whole "Raiding Tombs" thing that makes the series unique.

Like the previous two games, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is full of scenic vistas, interesting puzzles, and Lara Croft murdering basically everybody. I wouldn't call it a great character piece, but it's fun and, if you buy one of the more expensive editions of the game, you can play as a reskinned version of Lara that looks like she did circa 1997. So if you want to see how Eidos sexualized their female protag before the Y2K virus, you're in luck? Also, there's an option where she gets a bomber jacket!

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Courtesy of the BBC

DOCTOR WHO WILL BE EVEN MORE DIFFERENT THAN YOU THOUGHT

Steven Moffat bid farewell to Doctor Who last year after serving as showrunner since 2010. New boss Chris Chibnall seems increasingly bent on reminding people that he is not like the old boss.

Fans were already in their feelings about Jodie Whittaker, the first-ever woman in the role of the Doctor, but Chibnall also recently revealed that there will be no Daleks, Cybermen, or Weeping Angels in the 13th Doctor's first series.

Now we've got further confirmation of Doctor Who's clean slate for new fans (and old fans who are tired of Daleks appearing EVERY SEASON): There won't be any familiar friends in the series, either. That means no Missy, River Song, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, or Strax in the 10-episode run which begins Sunday, October 7.

So when Chibnall says "new," he means it. We also found out that many of the scripts for this season were written with an assumed man in the role of the Doctor and that Jodie Whittaker almost got cast in Doctor Who back in 2010. She wouldn't have been the first Doctor to play a different part on the show, though: Both Colin Baker and Peter Capaldi played different characters before taking on the title role.

THE PREDATOR DEBUTS AMID SCANDAL

It's been eight years since the last Predator movie, Predators. But if you were hoping that the big conversation this week would be how great it is to have those alien hunters back on the big screen, I'm sorry to report that it's 2018 and we just can't have nice things anymore. All things considered: Maybe we shouldn't.

The Predator director, Shane Black, hired his friend Steven Wilder Striegel to play a small part in the film. Striegel is a registered sex offender, a fact that had not been made clear to many others involved with the production, including Olivia Munn, the actor Striegel would be working with directly.

Munn, upon discovering Striegel's past, requested something be done, and Fox acquiesced by deleting Striegel's scene from the final cut of The Predator.

The fallout was swift. Munn was abandoned by many of her castmates, who refused to do joint interviews with her to promote The Predator. Only Sterling K. Brown and Keegan-Michael Key released statements of support online.

Black himself has addressed the controversy, first by defending the casting and then by apologizing.

Munn is still promoting the film due to contractual obligation. She has also stated that she thinks people will like the film now that the offending scene has been removed.

This is not the first time Olivia Munn has publicly spoken out about sexual assault. She (along with five other women) also revealed that producer and director Brett Ratner chose to force unwanted sexual attention onto people working for him.

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Credit: Warner Bros.

IS HENRY CAVILL STILL SUPER?

This week began with a world-shattering development — Henry Cavill is leaving the DCEU! Cavill is Superman NO MORE! Hasta la vista, Supey!

But then Cavill's agent denied it.

And Warner Bros basically said, "I mean... we don't hate Cavill, so???"

And Cavill posted an Instagram photo of him wearing a Krypton shirt and lifting a Superman figure while... dogs sing?

If you're unconvinced, you're not alone. Stories of why Cavill's departure has been inevitable are everywhere. Whether it's the rumored breakdown in negotiations over Cavill appearing in Shazam!, the supposed future of the DCEU focusing more on Supergirl than Superman, or the possibility that Michael B. Jordan might take on the role of Kal-El (because he had such a fun time last time racists got mad about him playing a white comic book character), it feels like Cavill's de-Superman-ization is inevitable.

IRON FIST'S SECOND SEASON ENDS WITH A MAJOR CHANGE

One of the biggest surprises in the last leg of 2018 has been the success of Netflix's adaptation of Iron Fist. The first season? Hated it! And I certainly was not alone. In fact, until Jessica Jones Season 2 came along, Iron Fist was the most criticized Marvel Netflix show so far.

But 2018, baby — she's a crazy year! New showrunner M. Raven Metzner leaned in heavily on acknowledging the weakness of protagonist Danny Rand, the titular Iron Fist, by focusing more on the ensemble cast, by giving Danny's power to his nemesis, Davos, and by... well, by doing a third thing that spoils the end of the season. So don't read any further if you're not caught up.

Iron Fist's biggest standout has been Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing. So it should be no surprise that she and Danny split up this season (because she is way too good for him) and also that she, as of season end, is the new Immortal Iron Fist.

Yes, there have been other Iron Fists before. In fact, Ward and Danny are in search of Orson Randall, Danny's predecessor at the close of Iron Fist Season 2. But Colleen Wing? She was never Iron Fist. And that marks a pretty major change.

Now, whether that means she will stay in the role for the show's third season or if she'll lose the power of the dragon sometime during a potential Daughters of the Dragon series, who knows? But right here, right now, we're breaking new ground. And people are decidedly mixed about the decision. At least people are talking about Iron Fist at all, though, right? I don't think most of us were expecting that a month ago!

And that's it! Your Week in Geek is concluded. Go in peace.