All posts by Quentin Neff

The Four are Fantastic Again!!!!

After 2 years on hiatus, Marvel has announced the return of the Fantastic Four in a brand new series coming this August, written by Dan Slott with art by Sara Pichelli. The series comes after several teases over the past few monthes, including an appearance by the children of Sue and Reed Richards, Franklin and Valeria, in last year’s Marvel Legacy

as well as the comic book Marvel 2-in-1 featuring The Human Torch, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm, The Ever-Loving Blue Eyed Thing.

Many credited the original demise of the Four to the new film that was coming out, the critically panned Fant4stic, saying that Marvel was trying to lower the competition to their own cinematic universe. Others blamed it on lowering interest and book sales.

Either way, we here at the Nerd of Godcast are glad to see Marvel’s first family come back to life for a whole new generation. What do you think about this comeback? Do you think this can have implications beyond the Marvel comic book universe? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.

Nintendo Drops Cool Cardboard Add-ons

Last night, Nintendo showed one of the most innovative, fun, creative, and cost-effective toys ever made for video games. The Nintendo Labo is a series of Do-It-Yourself cardboard creations that can be used with the Nintendo Switch for a whole new experience, and is set to release April 20, 2018. Some of these cool, interactive “Toy-Cons” include a 13 key piano

A fishing rod

A motorbike

A house

And whatever this thing is

The starting Variety Kit includes “two Toy-Con RC cars, a Toy-Con fishing rod, a Toy-Con house, a Toy-Con motorbike, and a Toy-Con piano.” And will be priced at about $70.

The Robot Kit is an entirely different beast. It includes parts that you can use to “build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack, and straps for your hands and feet,which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot.”

The Robot Kit is set to be a little more expensive than the Variety Kit, at $80.

Each Kit comes with game cartridges for the Nintendo Switch.

Is this the future of Nintendo? Is this the future of gaming? Inexpensive-to-manufacture add-ons. Will you buy these Toy-Con Kits when they come out? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below and on all of our social media.

Bendis’ Marvelous Move To DC

It was reported today the flagship writer for Marvel Comics Brian Michael Bendis has signed to DC Comics. This is a huge acquisition for DC Comics and president/CCO Geoff Johns. Bendis is known for writing beloved storylines for Ultimate Spiderman, Daredevil, X-Men(including the well known House of M story), Secret War, New Avengers, Secret Invasion, Old Man Logan, The Age of Ultron series, and many more.

This brings an extra level of excitement for DC fans, as we await his assigned comic series, while Marvel fans are anxious for someone to fill the huge hole in the roster left by Bendis.

What do you think of the transfer? Are you happy to see Brian Michael Bendis try his hands at DC characters or are you sad to see him leave Marvel? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Familiar Face Back to Direct Final Film in New Star Wars Trilogy

After a very public break up with director Colin Trevorrow, of Jurassic World fame, Star Wars Episode IX has found a new director. And he’s someone we’re very happy to see back.

JJ Abrams has been brought on to direct and write the third film in the “New Trilogy” of Star Wars films. This will make him the first director, outside of George Lucas, to have directed more than one episodic Star Wars film adventure. 

It makes us emphatically happy to see Abrams back at the helm of this series, especially after his successful outing directing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which made over $2 billion at the box office. Many enjoyed his flavour of directing that was injected into the series, reinvigorating it after the mostly dissapointing Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III) had supposedly ended the series set in a galaxy far far away back in 2005. 

With the much anticipated follow-up to The Force Awakens, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, looming in December of this year, and the Han Solo film set to come out in 2018, there should be plenty of time for JJ to come in smoothly and finish this trilogy off right: with twists, turns, fun, and adventure (and probably a setup for the next trilogy of Star Wars films). With Star Wars Episode IX set to release May 24, 2019, time will tell if force lightning can strike twice. “Do or do not, there is no try.”

What do you think about JJ’s return to the Star Wars universe? Are there any other directors you wouldve have chosen instead? Who do you think should take the reins going beyond Episode IX? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

New “Who” Companion Communicates Confirmation He’s Changing Channels From “The Chase”

Ever since we found out that the new Doctor Who will be played by actress Jodie Whittaker, and after the parting of ways with loveable 10th series companion Bill Potts, one question was still hanging in our heads: Who will be the new companion? Would they be younger or older? Would they be human or alien? Would they put a female companion with a female Doctor? Or would they keep the male/female dynamic that has worked fantastically, with the roles reversed between the two. This morning, we got our answer.

According to numerous sources, the new Doctor Who companion will be played by Bradley Walsh, known best for hosting the British version of the game show “The Chase”, as well as his role as Danny Baldwin in the long-running British soap opera “Corronation Street”, and as Ronnie Brooks in “Law & Order: UK” (alongside former Doctor Who companion Freema Agyeman, aka Martha Jones).

Walsh brings both an ability to be a humorous character or a serious character, or both. It will be exciting and interesting to see the dynamic between him and Whittaker (who is 22 years younger than him in real life).

With all these questions, we are extremely ready to tune in and watch the answer unfold when Doctor Who series 11 premieres in Fall 2018.

So what do YOU think about this casting choice? Who would you have liked to see as the new Doctor’s companion? Do you think Walsh can play a companion as beloved as Rose Tyler or the Ponds? Let us know on social media and/or the commenta below.

Pre-Pubescent Peter Parker Present in Previous Paramount Picture?

Just a week before the release of his new film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, titular star Tom Holland revealed a crazy development in the MCU.

In the 2010 film Iron Man 2, during the attack at the Stark Expo in Queens, NY (Peter Parker’s home town) Tony Stark saves a young boy who is wearing an Iron Man mask.

Well Holland revealed today that that little boy was none other than a young Peter Parker. That’s right, a full 6 years before Marvel Studios made the deal with Sony to add Spidey to the MCU, he was already in one of the films. Holland said in an interview,  “I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.” This settles a long running fan theory that means that the heroes in this image:

are the same as the ones in this:

What do you think about this new development? Are there more theories you hope become canon? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Tom Hardy Cast as Another Supervillain, This Time With Marvel

Tom Hardy has been cast to star as the titular character in the upcoming Spiderman spinoff spotlight, Venom. We dont yet know which Venom he will play. Maybe Eddie Brock or Mac Gargan. Though with his physique, we cant rule out Flash Thompson as a viable option as Agent Venom. Hardy previously played Bane in the DC film The Dark Knight Rises, so his jump to Marvel is a surprise, but another forray into supervillainy is not. What do you think about this casting? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.