X-Men: Dark Phoenix Is Getting One Thing Extremely Right

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Is Getting One Thing Extremely Right

We have a cryptic look at Avengers: Infinity War. A Star Wars rumour is debunked. Daenerys explains one thing she won’t be doing in season seven of Game of Thrones. We know when a slew of Marvel movies will begin filming. Re-Animator may be returning but not in the US. Is there more? So much more! Spoilers, hiyah!

X-Men: Dark Phoneix

After yesterday’s announcement of the new (first-time) director and the returning cast, Omega Underground also reports the film will be set in 1991.

This makes oodles of sense. Besides the many rumours that placed the film in the ’90s and the fact the franchise has moved forward a decade every time since First Class, 1991 was a special year for the X-Men, which saw the comic relaunched with Jim Lee’s iconic suit designs:

And, of course, there was this moment at the end of Apocalypse:

So 1991 feels X-temely right. In related news, Bryan Singer has happily passed the keys to the X-Mansion over to incoming director, Simon Kinberg.

#torchpass @xmenmovies @simondavidkinberg #xmen #darkphoenix Epic story in great hands!

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Omega Underground reports that Sony’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy, begins shooting this September in New York City and Atlanta.

Duke Nukem & Borderlands

Jumping on the shared universe bandwagon, Gearbox Software has given an update on the interconnected film adaptations of two of their most popular game franchises.

We’ve been developing scripts and the strategy that we’re on right now is, that it’s obviously all in the Borderlands universe, but rather than retell the stories that were in the game, we’ll create new stories so the films will have their own film canon. We’ll use all the characters and scenarios, it’s similar to what Marvel is doing. You can’t read any particular film plot in a comic book but there’s a lot of the characters, themes, and, in fact, some of the situations are represented. […]

We’re working on [Duke Nukem]! I can’t announce it but it’s blown my mind, there’s been a lot of production companies that have come at us. We’re putting together a deal right now with a major motion picture studio; I’ll tell you off the record if you want to know. It’s the exact right people that should be doing a Duke Nukem film and we’ll see what happens. It’s unbelievable, I think that’s very likely to be a thing.

The Wishing Spell

Glee‘s Chris Coffer will write and direct an adaptation of his own YA novel, The Wishing Spell — the first book in his Land of Stories series — for 20th Century Fox.



Dwayne Johnson once again invites you to “a party in Hell” with his latest set pic. Looks like George, Lizzy and Ralph leapt through a Stargate into rural Illinois.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

CBM has a number of new stills from the film, but most importantly, this one of Aunt May bursting into Peter’s bedroom as if she were Lenny, Squiggy or Kramer. More at the link.

In related news, a tie-in app teases the presence of a curmudgeonly teacher named “Ms Warren”, potentially planting seeds for a gender-swapped incarnation of The Jackal in a later film.

Avengers: Infinity War

Those impetuous Russo brothers have once again delighted in the arcane by tweeting this mysterious photo which some believe may be the vault where Thanos keeps his gauntlet stored.

Han Solo

Two of movie’s working logos have been revealed on these crew shirts.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A programmer on Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has confirmed Rey’s familiar-looking lightsaber is merely a bug.


According to The Director’s Guild of America, Ant-Man & the Wasp will film between July 6 and 30 November 2017, under the name “Cherry Blue”; Captain Marvel films between January 8 and 11 May 2018, as “Warbird”; while Avengers 4 films between July 11 and 13 December 2017, under the production title “Mary Lou 2”. They will each be filmed primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.

Justice League

Set photos from the recent reshoots can be seen here.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Another TV spot transforms into spoiler material with a brief flash of new footage.


Daniel Radcliffe faces snakes, red ants, killer fungus and hallucinations deep in the Bolivian rainforest in the trailer for this survival horror film based on the life of Yossi Ghinsberg.

Cars 3

Pixar has released the first clip from their short film about a sentient lost & found box attached to all prints of Cars 3.

Resident Evil

Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi told Collider he will miss the current film franchise, but hopes to “see more action” in the reboot.

I personally like Paul W.S. Anderson’s [direction] on the live-action [films]. Stuff like that, I would like to see more action.

Kill Switch

Here’s a clip of Dan Stevens in the upcoming parallel universe thriller from Lionsgate and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers‘ Saban Entertainment.

They Remain

The first stills from They Remain, a film about scientists trying to suss out exactly what happened to a doomsday cult, have hit the web. For more — and an official synopsis — visit Bloody-Disgusting.

Parasitic Twin

Coming Soon has a few pictures from the upcoming transdimensional horror film, Parasitic Twin. Head over there to see the rest.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

Big Ben, the Great Wall of China and the Sphinx all face destruction at the fins of incoming great white sharks in this teaser for Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

The Man in the High Castle

Jason O’Mara has been cast as Wyatt Price, an Irish refugee and proprietor of black market goods in the Neutral Zone. O’Mara will be a series regular in season three.


Legends of Tomorrow

EW reports that Billy Zane has been cast as the legendary flim-flam man, P.T. Barnum, for one episode next season.


Annalise Basso and Sasha Frolova have joined the cast. Basso will play LJ Anderson, a quiet girl who lives with her parents in the Midwest and works in the greenhouse car. Frolova is Pixi Aariak, a mysterious ex-con described by Deadline as “a chameleon”.

Herbert West: Re-Animator

An Italian Re-Animator TV series is in development. Head over to Coming Soon, who received a personal letter from its producer, Ivan Zuccon, for the ambitious details.

Cloak & Dagger

A new set photo from star Aubrey Joseph reveals Cloak’s… cloak.

throwback on set looking like I'm bout to drop the most emotional r&b album of all time

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Star Trek: Discovery

Speaking with Collider, Alex Kurtzman stated the new series will “blur the line” between film and television.

Look, here’s the other thing that’s happening, and you know this to be true. The line between film and television is utterly blurred. Not just at a storytelling level, but visually now. What we’re doing on Star Trek right now, that’s not that different from what we’re doing in the movies. I think that’s what people expect when they pay for Netflix, or for HBO, or whatever they’re going to pay for. That actually makes, as a storyteller, it makes it, in the many ways, you’re not limited by oh, we could never really do that on television scope wise because now, take a look at Game of Thrones. That’s a movie.

The Originals

TV Line reports there’ll be “a significant time jump” between seasons four and five, setting the stage for a “much older” Hope in her “late teens”. TV Line also reports this new Hope could potentially “snag her own spinoff” if the character is well-received.

Game of Thrones

Don’t expect Daenarys to enjoy another burgeoning romantic subplot, according to Emilia Clarke in Style Magazine.

She is so engaged and wrapped up in leading and being the queen and ruling and fulfilling her birth right that the idea of someone coming in and sharing that title is probably something she’s not comfortable with.

The Handmaid’s Tale

In an interview with The Playlist, producer Warren Littlefield revealed that season two will be three episodes longer than season one, raising the episode count to 13.

The Mist

Showrunner Christian Torpe told Arrow in the Head The Mist television series won’t be a “full-blown monster show” like the movie.

I don’t want to reveal too much about what we see in there. What I can say is, it is more a show about how people react to what they see than what is actually there. It becomes boring if you know everything that’s in the show, so we were mindful of not going full-blown monster show like the movie did. I still hope we will deliver to the hardcore genre fans.


A new poster over at Coming Soon showcases the dragon from the “d-d-d-d-anger!” part of the opening titles.

Doctor Who

Finally, here’s Steven Moffat’s introduction for this week’s episode, “The Eaters of Light”.

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.