The Geek Beat: Movie Monsters, A 'Spider-Man' Prelude, And More To Look For In April

The Geek Beat: Movie Monsters, A 'Spider-Man' Prelude, And More To Look For In April

Apr 05, 2017

Spring is in the air, and much like the world around us, the geeky media landscape is starting to perk up a bit, too. The summer movie season is approaching fast, and comic conventions are already kicking off in cities all over the U.S. and abroad.

And we're in luck, because April isn't looking too shabby, either.

There's a lot of cool stuff arriving in theaters and hitting shelves this month, so here are some of the highlights.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude #1-2

Everyone's favorite web-slinger returns to the big screen this July in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Marvel Comics has a two-issue miniseries that offers a brief recap of Spider-Man's debut in last year's Captain America: Civil War ahead of his solo adventure later this year. Sure, you could just as easily watch Civil War, but you'd be missing the comic's amazing art by one of the best Spider-artists in the business: the legendary Todd Nauck. The first issue is already out, and the second issue should arrive in comic shops and be available online this month.

 

The Fate of the Furious

It's the strongly held opinion of this column's author that the Fast and Furious series is one of the best superhero movie franchises out there right now, so the latest – and hopefully, greatest – installment of the series is a mark-your-calendar kind of event. Hitting theaters April 14, The Fate of the Furious makes use of a narrative device that should be all-too-familiar to superhero comic fans and positions the franchise's most prominent protagonist – in this case, Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto – as the villain, and tasks his fellow heroes with bringing him to justice. We're just guessing here, but it seems pretty safe to say that high-octane action will ensue.

 

The Mummy Pop! Vinyl Figure

Sofia Boutella won us over (and then some) with her performances in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond, so we're pretty enamored with just about anything connected to her right now – and that includes her upcoming, eponymous role in Universal Pictures' reboot of The Mummy. That's why we can't help fawning over her Pop! Vinyl collectible, which captures her terrifying, tattooed-and-bandaged look in the film with a surprising amount of cuteness. Sure, there are some figures based on Tom Cruise's character, too, but we only have eyes for The Mummy. The figures are available for pre-order now at Entertainment Earth for the low, low price of $11.

 

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

One of the most famous DC Comics story arcs of all time finally gets its own animated feature this month, and this one's shaping up to be one of the best – both in its cast and its creative team. Directed by veteran DC animated feature filmmaker Sam Liu, The Judas Contract adapts the award-winning 1984 story that saw the series' teenage heroes deal with a shocking betrayal form within their own ranks, and suffer the fallout – both physical and emotional – that comes with it. The voice cast includes Taissa Farmiga of The Final Girls and American Horror Story, Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow, Monster), Sean Maher (Serenity, Firefly), and Meg Foster (They Live, Masters of the Universe), as well as the final performance of Miguel Ferrer (RoboCop), who plays Deathstroke in the film. The movie will be available on-demand April 4, and on the home video market April 18.

 

Star Wars: Rogue One: Adaptation #1

Just in case you didn't get enough of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on the screen, Marvel Comics is serializing the entire film in comics form, too. The first issue of the six-part adaptation of the film arrives in shops and online this month, and the series will feature some cool variant covers – including a series of covers based on classic Star Wars action figure packaging.

 

Colossal

The first trailer for Colossal seemingly came out of nowhere, surprising everyone with its weird story of a woman played by Anne Hathaway who discovers that she has a bizarre connection with a giant monster that's terrorizing South Korea. Hathaway is one of several high-profile actors in this strange sci-fi film, which also stars Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses) as a friend of Hathaway's character and Dan Stevens (Legion) as her ex-boyfriend. The film received positive reviews after its premiere at Fantastic Fest last year, and it will have a limited release in theaters April 7, so it might be worth searching for in your neighborhood.

 

Marvel Comics Infinity Gauntlet Desk Monument

For a guy who wants to control the entire universe, Thanos is having a rough time collecting all the Infinity Stones necessary to do so in Marvel Studios' cinematic universe. After 14 films, he currently has, well... zero. Nevertheless, it's difficult not to feel like a power-hungry titan with a ridiculously detailed statue of the Infinity Gauntlet – the glove that houses the six stones capable of controlling various aspects of the universe. We're likely to see Thanos sport it in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, so it seems like a good time to get ahead of the action and stake your claim on the stones with a fancy desk decoration. The statue is available for pre-order now at Entertainment Earth for $18.

 

Sleight

It might seem strange to be calling out an upcoming drama about a street magician who uses his talents to rescue his sister from a kidnapper, but Sleight director and co-writer J.D. Dillard was recently announced as the filmmaker chosen by 20th Century Fox to helm a remake of sci-fi classic The Fly. That's a pretty big deal for a relatively unknown filmmaker (and a pretty iconic property to hand over to just anyone), so it might make sense to check out the movie that impressed the studio so much and earned him the gig. Sleight hits theaters April 28.

 

The Art of Ghost in the Shell

Paramount Pictures' adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is taking a beating in theaters, but one positive element that everyone seems to agree on about the film is that it looked very, very good. What the movie might have lacked in other areas, it more than made up for with some amazing visual elements – and it's those elements that are the focus of this hardcover book that pairs concept art and behind-the-scenes images with cast and crew interviews describing the visual side of bringing Ghost in the Shell to the big screen. The book is available now, and feels like must-have material for anyone who appreciate cyberpunk cinema and the craft that went into building the world of Ghost in the Shell.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The arrival of any new Star Wars movie in the home-video marketplace is always big news, and that is once again the case for Rogue One, which hits shelves April 4. The first standalone film in Disney's planned “anthology” series, Rogue One follows the ragtag group of rebels who stole the plans for the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star, and leads directly into the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. But you probably knew all of that already, so just go out and buy the movie like the rest of us. You know you want to.

 

This week's question: What are you looking forward to watching, reading, or collecting this month?


Rick Marshall is an award-winning writer and editor whose work can be found at Movies.com, as well as MTV News, Fandango, Digital Trends, and various other online, print, and on-air news outlets. He's been called a “Professional Geek” by ABC News and Spike TV. You can find him on Twitter as @RickMarshall.

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