The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: October 21st

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

It is being reported that X-Force will be filming at some point next year. We've been hearing about this movie for a while now, and the last thing to come out was that The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard would be helming it. Since then, we haven't heard anything about release date. Maybe Fox was waiting to hear the reception to Deadpool 2, which we knew was helping to set up X-Force, with the introduction of Josh Brolin as Cable. But with the knowledge that X-Force will be filming next year, I think it's safe to say we could be looking at a 2019 release date. And that makes all the sense in the world. We know that Fox is trying to release Gambit in early 2019, so a summer or a late fall release for X-Force would make sense. The question then is whether they'll try to crank out a third movie in 2019. They're already doing three movies next year, with The New Mutants (you can watch the first trailer here), Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. So with Gambit confirmed and X-Force seemingly set, there's room for another one to come out as well. So what could it be? I'm not exactly sure, but I do have to say that I'm glad that X-Force is finally coming together. 

With the past decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies culminating in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 in 2018 and 2019, the question has now turned to what will happen to the MCU after this? These next two Avengers films will end Phase Three, but what then becomes of Phase Four? Everything has been building to Thanos (Josh Brolin), and we know that whole storyline will be resolved in some capacity after those two movies. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has said that Phase Four will be an entirely new story arc for the MCU. This is exactly what they need to do with Phase Four. Bring it back to the first Iron Man. Bring it back to the simpler stories, the more personal ones. We've been building for dozens of films now towards this giant, cosmic event. Now we can bring it back to the much smaller scale film, and build towards something new this time. This is not saying that future MCU movies won't acknowledge what came before; that would be ridiculous. Rather, I don't think the Phase Four arc (or Phase Five or Six or so on) will continue to build on Thanos. I think it will find a new story to tell and build towards, and it sounds like that is what Gunn is saying as well. 

With Colin Trevorrow out of Star Wars Episode IX, and J.J. Abrams returning to direct it, there's been a lot of questions as to Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's involvement in the sequel. There were rumors awhile back that Johnson had written the story for Episode IX, but Johnson later denied them. Then, there was a lot of speculation that Johnson would have a hand in Abrams' script, or act as a producer on the movie. However, Johnson has now confirmed that he will not be involved in Episode IX at all. I think this is both a good and a bad thing. If The Last Jedi turns out to be incredible and is the best Star Wars movie ever made, then I think we're all going to wish that Johnson had had a hand in Episode IX. But I think there is an emphasis being put on this franchise by LucasFilm that each director tells their own story. J.J. Abrams' story is inherently different than Rian Johnson's story. Yes, they all fit within the same aesthetic and the same world of Star Wars, but they are their own, personal stories. And to have Johnson's fingerprints all over Abrams' movie would run contrary to that. So while I think many fans will wish Johnson had been involved in Episode IX, I think it's actually for the best that Abrams makes his own film. 

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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