The Geekend Review | April 20th

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The Geekend Review | April 20th

The Geekend Review | Taking a look back and forward at cool geek news.


The Geekend Review, “the cool form of uncool before uncool became a thing”. We take a look at some of the more exciting news stories to have dropped over the last week and what’s coming soon.

Could Fox and Sony Pictures be gearing up for a crossover of Marvel characters as a surprising cut-scene appears mid-credit in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Apple maps might have trouble locating some of the world’s most notable landmarks but apparently it’s much better at finding mythical creatures of the deep, we take a look at some awesome, witty Stormtrooper photography and The Amazing Spider-Man hits UK cinemas this week whist the US enjoys Johnny Depp’s latest.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Cut Scene Shows X-Men Movie

Many comic book fans are familiar with the split of Marvel character licenses between movie studios. For example, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor are all Marvel licenses still owned and operated by Marvel Studios. The X-Men series is licensed to 20th Century Fox whilst Spider-Man falls under the ownership of Sony Pictures. What this means is that the characters owned by different studios can never feature alongside each other on screen. So, although Spidey is an Avenger in the comics universe, unless Sony Pictures don’t make a Spider-Man film for a certain period of time allowing the rights to the license to revert back to Marvel, there will never be an Avengers films featuring the web-slinger. This useful diagram explains things more simply.

We’re also very familiar with Marvel’s mid and post credit scenes that set up for the next movie in their cinematic universe. In an unusual move, Sony Pictures and Fox seem to have teamed up with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 featuring a mid-credit excerpt from X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The movies are not related, there is no continuity and both films are operated by rival studios. The scene itself is a straight cut of material we’ve already seen in trailers, but it still bodes well that the two studios may be working towards some kind of crossover in future. Fingers crossed, it could lead to future collaborations where all Marvel characters could co-exist in a cinematic universe.

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Apple Maps Spot The Loch-Ness Monster.

The derision of Apple Maps upon its launch was almost unanimous, even spawning the humorous poke at the service with a twist on an old slang term, “Up shit creek with Apple Maps”. But could the purveyors of  iTechnology have found the mythical beast of Loch-Ness?

This image is available to iPhone and iPad users of Apple Maps and shows what appears to be some kind of creature just below the surface of Scotland’s infamous home of the mythical monster. But is is a myth or have Apple unwittingly discovered proof that Nessy actually exists?

Have a look at the evidence and make up your own mind.

Quirky Stormtrooper Pictures.

Flikr user Stefan has found his wit and keen eye for detail being shared around the net this week as his quirky scenes made up of Star Wars Stormtrooper action figures in various scenes have caught the collective imagination. His blog titled Stormtroopers 365 offers a different image each day in which the figures are posed in fun and inventive ways. Check out Flikr for the full set.

Now Showing.

Transcendence hit US cinemas this week with the UK holding out another week until release. However, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 launched in the UK this week to catch the Easter break with the US waiting another week.


Will Harrison

About the author | Will Harrison

Founder of The Unheard Nerd. A husband and father of two girls, Will is a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, a comics fiend, a podcast host and champion of independent nerd culture. | Follow will on twitter: @TheUnheardNerd

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