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Geek Bits: Star Trek Into Darkness Villain Revealed? World War Hulk and More [Links]

Welcome to "Geek Bits" where we share the geekiest bits of the Internet for you. Who might be leaving Doctor Who? What would Doctor Who's William Hartnell look like made out of Lego blocks? Where will we see the Hulk next? When will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 be released and what will it be about? How much does Thor's hammer weigh?

Above Image: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Benedict Cumberbatch

"If Thor's hammer is made of neutron-star matter, implied by legend, then it weighs as much as a herd of 300-billion elephants." - Neil deGrasse Tyson


Benedict Cumberbatch being guarded by Red Shirts is in safe hands. (via Screen Invasion)

Either Entertainment Weekly made a wild guess or they gave away a huge spoiler. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

(Via GeekTyrant)

Director Zach Snyder on his approach  to Superman in Man of Steel: "We're approaching Superman as if it weren't a comic book movie, as if it were real. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about contact. He's an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we'd be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history." (Via Empire)

Deborah Snyder, a producer on the film and wife of director Zack Snyder, said "[Superman] is looking for his place in the world. He is a little lost when we find him, trying to figure it out. That makes him very real. You can relate to the humanity in him." (via Digital Spy)
[via io9]

"If Thor's hammer is made of neutron-star matter, implied by legend, then it weighs as much as a herd of 300-billion elephants." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Marvel creative consultant Mark Millar says the Sentinels are "a big feature" of the new X-Men movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. (via Entertainmentwise)

X-Babies: Mystique! The various Mystique versions are original X-Men movie trilogy, classic comics, X-Men Evolution & X-Men First Class respectively from All Things X by njfer

Rumors are swirling that Matt Smith (The 11th Doctor) is planning to leave Doctor Who who may be planning to move from television to movies. After filming the 2013 season of Doctor Who He's begun working on How To Catch A Monster which is directed by Ryan Gosling and co-stars Eva Mendes and Christina Hendricks. The plot of the film is "centred around a dream-like landscape of a disappearing city, and follows a single mother named Billy who finds herself in a gloomy fantasy underworld. Her teenage son discovers a secret path leading to an underwater town, which they must investigate in order to save their family." He's said before that he won't play the character for long.  The filming schedule is grueling. He  works for 12 hour a day for 10 months of the year. It's "for a good cause", but tough. “I don’t think you can sustain it. Tom Baker did it in different circumstances." Smith said, “I couldn’t do this for seven years. I’d be run into the ground.” (via Mirror)

Someone recreated the first episode of Doctor Who (1963) "An Unearthly Child" using Lego blocks. Oddly enough, the special effects are better than the original...

Are these Marvel's movie plans for the Hulk? "Apparently, toward the end of Avengers 2, this group will launch the Hulk into space because they feel he is too dangerous to be left on Earth. This is where things get really interesting. The Hulk movie will be based on Greg Pak's story Planet Hulk, which saw the green guy go head to head with aliens. Spoiler alert -- he wins. But that's still not the end of it. Avengers 3, allegedly, will be loosely based on Hulk's return story, World War Hulk, wherein he systematically beats down the Avengers for betraying him." (via Blastr)


Master make-up artist and creator of the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Yoda puppet, Stewart Freeborn has died at 98. Director Irvin Kershner said Freeborn designed Yoda after his own face and personality with "more than a passing resemblance to Freeborn himself," Creator George Lucas said, "Stuart was already a makeup legend when he started on 'Star Wars'. He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy. His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His 'Star Wars' creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations, but at their heart, they continue to be what Stuart created for the original films." Among his most famous works for the films were the many creatures in the Cantina sequence of Star Wars, the Tauntaun and Wampa from Empire Strikes Back and the massive Jabba the Hutt puppet and teeny Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. He leaves behind a legacy of films like the apelike human ancestors in the "Dawn of Man" sequence in "2001: A Space Odyssey, makeup for Peter Sellers in Doctor Strangelove, Oliver Twist, The Bridge on the River Kwai, four "Superman" films and The Great Muppet Caper. He will be missed.

If you think your fights with your spouse are bad, then imagine if you had lightsabers? Check out the "Mr and Mrs Sith" light saber battle

Lando reminds us to "Stay Classy." (via Screen Rant)


Filming has started on Tom Cruise's next sci fi film, All You Need is Kill, about a time traveling soldier fighting against aliens. Kind of like Groundhog's Day meets Independence Day. Here's the synopsis:
"The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world's armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.

"Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped-untrained and ill-equipped-into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop-dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.

"But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth." (Via Metro)

Rumors from multiple sources are saying the Will Beal script for the Justice League movie featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash fighting Darkseid, has been scrapped. The studio is back to square one. (via Screen Rant)

The sequel to Spider-Man now officially The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been released.
"Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State. The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott. The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. (Via He Geek She Geek)

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  1. Oh wow! Thanks for mentioning my cover reveal. The other two rocked so I can't wait to see the third one.
    We are never going to see a Justice League movie at this rate...

  2. That Tom Cruise movie sounds awful. I like the approach they're taking with Superman, which is similar to what Grant Morrison's done recently with the Action Comics reboot. But I still can't see why DC can't get its crap together to make a Justice League movie. Who's running that place?

    1. Cruise seems to be trying to recreate the success of Minority Report and Snyder may be onto something Pat.

  3. Okay, I don't even know where to start on this post... but awesome post. thank you for sharing the sith video... we can only dream.

    1. The Sith video is awesome especially since it's a fan film.

  4. While I have had my issues with Moffat at the helm, I've enjoyed Matt Smith as the Doctor. Still I do think it's about time to move on. His incarnation is a little bipolar at times.

    Time to start playing the dream casting game again...

  5. Thanks for mentioning my anthology!

    Lando as Cloud City's Ron Burgundy is classic!

    1. I had no idea that was a Burgundy line Tony. I gotta watch that thing.

  6. . . . with all these "villain of Star Trek Into Darkness" ideas floating around the internet, I think I'm just going to wait for the movie. :P

    Love that quote from Neil DeGrasse Tyson!

    1. We'll probably never know till then Golden Eagle. Tyson has a great way of explaining complex topics very simply

  7. Thank God for Dr. Tyson, it's great to have someone that brilliant who also appreciates some geek culture.


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