Nerd Round-Up: Shazam, John Wick: Chapter Three, Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. 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 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 installment of Nerd Round-Up.

While it may be a picture of a picture, we now have our first official look at Zachary Levi in costume for Shazam. I've got to say, I really like the costume. Some set pictures leaked a few months back that showed Levi in costume, and it honestly looked terrible. The costume looked like it was made of foam padding, and it simply looked ridiculous. However, this image looks significantly better. It is very similar in texture and design to Henry Cavill's Superman suit, and I think that's a smart choice on Warner Bros.' part. I'm still hoping this movie is secretly the first installment in a reboot of the DC Cinematic Universe, and having Shazam's suit be similar to Cavill's suit doesn't help that. But it does make for a far better looking suit than we initially saw in the set pictures, so I'm at least happy about that. I haven't been stoked for Shazam thus far, but this image actually does get me a little bit more excited. The look of the suit means nothing for the quality of the actual film, but seeing it like this does get me thinking about how it will look in action, and it makes me curious to see what director David F. Sandberg will do with the movie. 

Coming out in just under a year, we know now the full cast for John Wick 3. Alongside the series' star Keanu Reeves, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, and Ian McShane will all reprise their roles in the third film. Making their debut in the franchise, however, will be Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, and Anjelica Huston. They have assembled quite a cast for this third installment. I love the first two movies. I do think the original is a tad bit better than John Wick: Chapter Two, but they are two incredibly entertaining and well done movies. Part of why these movies are so good is due to the cast behind them. John Wick had a great cast, and Chapter Two upped the ante. And now it seems the third movie is doing it again. I have all the faith in the world in this film. I was nervous about Chapter Two because it was solely being directed by Chad Stahelski, without his partner on the first film, David Leitch. But Stahelski absolutely delivered on Chapter Two, and showed us that he can handle these movies on his own. So having him back for Chapter Three, along with this incredible cast, increases my excitement all the more. May 17 cannot get here fast enough!

Just the other day, we learned that Jake Gyllenhaal is currently in talks to play Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. You can read the full report on that here. Now, we have also learned that Michael Keaton will be returning to the sequel reprise his role as the Vulture from the first film. This news really excites me. Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have a tendency to have one-and-done villains. The Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies did this as well, and it's frustrating when these movies introduce a really great villain, and then they either retire them permanently or kill them off at the end. Hearing that Keaton will be back shows that Sony and Marvel aren't getting rid of this great character, and I'm excited to see what kind of role he has in the sequel. Could he be teaming up with Gyllenhaal's Mysterio, or will he only have a cameo appearance in prison? Regardless, it seems like Keaton's return is also hinting towards an eventual Sinister Six team up, which, if done right, could be incredible. As long as it's warranted and Sony doesn't rush into it like they tried to do with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, seeing the Sinister Six on the big screen at some point down the line could make for one hell of a movie! We'll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

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

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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