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The Week in Geek: Spider-Verses, crises on Earths infinite, and Sonic's legs

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Dec 14, 2018

We made it! It's the end of another week. We're barreling towards the end of the year and everyone is vying for your attention for Christmas. What to buy, where to go, which things to watch, play, and read: it's a lot to deal with!

But if you wanted to know what the big events of the week are to make things a little easier, you are in luck. Here they are: The five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!

INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE WE GO

There's a little movie coming out this week. It's called Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. There have been a lot of screenings already so you may have heard from several sources that this may be the best Spider-Man movie ever!

For a little while, the movie's marketing machine was boasting a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You know what that means: Three grinches wrote negative reviews. C'est la vie!

I've had people tell me they cried watching this new take on Spidey, and I've seen people say they're frustrated that Miles Morales was co-written by a white man who placed a focus on the criminals within Miles' life. But, the point is, people are talking about this movie. A lot.

Will the first big-budget CGI movie in a long time to completely eschew the Pixar look make enough money to usher in a new era for mainstream, cinematic animation? Will we get a Spider-Gwen movie as fast as humanly possible? Who knows! For now, it's just exciting that the rest of the world gets to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse this weekend.

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DOCTOR WHO IS OVER/WILL RETURN (EVENTUALLY)

"The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos" isn't exactly a title that rolls off the tongue, but it was the final episode of Doctor Who Season 10. And it's lack of everything-and-the-kitchen-sink style had people more aware than ever just how different this season of Doctor Who has been.

We also got some news. The good news is that Jodie Whittaker is confirmed for Season 12! The bad news is Season 12 won't be coming until 2020. Chances are if you were big mad about Chris Chibnall's take on the Doctor this news did not help.

To recap: The rumors have been that Chris Chibnall doesn't believe a full season of Doctor Who every year is viable, that the BBC disagrees, and that Chibnall was considering leaving with Whittaker in tow. The rumors also stated that the BBC would try to find replacements for both but, if they couldn't then we'd, well... we'd get a delay until 2020. Which is where we are now.

So will this mean only one more season for Chibnall and Whittaker? When will we actually get it? It's a long wait, but, thankfully, we do have a New Year's special to look forward to and, one more rumor, there might be some Daleks.

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ELSEWORLDS INTRODUCES THE BATWOMAN

This week marked the latest of the Arrowverse crossover events. And while the Legends of Tomorrow were nowhere to be found (they were too busy being turned into Charlie's Angels/puppets/cats to get involved), we did see Oliver be the Flash, Barry be the Green Arrow, and Ruby Rose be Batwoman.

Yes, as we gear up for the final season of Gotham, the CW has pre-emptively decided not to let the body get cold because Barry, Oliver, and Kara made their way to Gotham City this week where there was no Bruce Wayne or Batman to be found. What a coincidence!

But, in addition to a building top with some styrofoam gargoyles and an alleyway with two tags-worth of street art (guess we were going light on the Gotham budget), we did get our first glimpse at Batwoman.

But the biggest things coming out of this Elseworlds crossover event were the reveal that, yes, we could get a Batwoman series, that, yes, there's a desire to do a Batwoman/Supergirl World's Finest story arc, but also all this Elseworlds stuff was a set-up for a Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline.

Yes, the story best known for, y'know, killing Supergirl is headed to a network for whom one of its biggest stars is Supergirl. How's that gonna shake out? Guess we'll find out next year!

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG HAS WEIRD FUR/LEGS/EVERYTHING

If there is one story that has somehow managed to dominate literally every corner of social media it is the release of some posters for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. The first showed Sonic in the shadows (but not Shadow the Hedgehog), and the other showed Sonic's legs.

People are divided? But, mostly, people are unhappy. They are unhappy that Sonic is furry, they are unhappy that his legs don't make sense, and they are unhappy that the character they are getting thus far does not feel anything like the character they've come to love over the decades.

But also these are literally just posters designed to tease. Who knows what movie Sonic will look like? I mean I think we've all got our suspicions, hopes, and dreams, but the reality remains a mystery.

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THE MANDALORIAN SOUNDS LEGIT

There has been no shortage of weird rumors over the who, the what, the where, and the why of the upcoming Star Wars TV series built around the concept of the Mandalorian. And it turns out most of what you've heard is actually going down.

Yes, Pedro Pascal is the show's lead. Yes, Nick Nolte will also be there. And, yes, Werner Herzog has also been cast. Plus: Carl Weathers? Apollo Creed/the guy who helps Adam Sandler be a good golfer! That's a crazy cast!

Jon Favreau, who will executive produce, said, "We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to."

The series will be coming to Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, sometime in late 2019.

And that's it! The week is over. Done. What did you think of these stories and what were the biggest ones of your week?


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