Nerd News Roundup

Star Wars

There is a rumor flying around that Benedict Cumberbatch (winner three years in a row of the coveted “Most British Name” award) has signed on to the cast for Episode VII.

So with that in mind, let the rumors begin of a shared Paramount and Disney sci-fi universe that will culminate with Joss Whedon directing a Star Trek/Star Wars/Firefly team up movie in 2021.

Until the eldritch horror that now resides within the frozen head of Walt utters in its gibbering, slavering dialect the dark command to its shambling be-suited minions to proclaim forth the casting decisions, none of this should be taken seriously.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Confirming the rumor I mentioned the other day, yes, Bradley Cooper is a talking space raccoon with a gun. There is nothing that is not completely absurd about that statement and yet, I really want to see this movie.

Thor: The Dark World

Here’s a good look at former Dr. Who (or if you’re feeling particularly vindictive, former Destro) Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.


In case you were wondering who Malekith the Accursed is, I’ll quote the Wikipedia article:

Malekith struck an alliance with Loki on behalf of the fire demon Surtur.[1] He took control of a number of Earth humans using special food of the faerie provided by Hela. Malekith then killed Eric Willis, guardian of the Casket of Ancient Winters, after learning its location.[2] As Master of the Hounds, Malekith hunted down Roger Willis, Eric’s son and new guardian of the Casket. Malekith battled Thor, and kidnapped Lorelei.[3] Using Lorelei as bait, Malekith forced Thor to battle Algrim the Strong, one of his Dark Elf followers, then attempted to destroy both combatants by plunging them into a pool of magma. He then captured the Casket of Ancient Winters from Roger Willis.[4] Malekith was ultimately defeated by Thor, but not before he destroyed the Casket of Ancient Winters, releasing magical frigid force all over the Earth.[5] Malekith was then brought as a captive by Thor to Asgard

Of course… it all makes sense now.

I don’t have a real world analogue for the leader of a band of evil elves who fights a thunder god, but with only 694 words in his wiki, I have to say that comic book fans just aren’t trying that hard these days. I expected at least 5,000 words on a minor character in a B-list superhero comic.


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