Too busy to keep up on all things geeky this week? We’ve got you covered with the trailers, merch, and news coming out of the week that was!
Finding out what the new Doctor is going to be wearing is almost as fun as finding out who the new Doctor is going to be in the first place! Well, maybe that’s not the case this time — don’t think any fashion choices can top how excited we were to learn that Doctor Who was finally getting its first female lead in Jodie Whittaker!
Nonetheless, let’s dig in. After a stretch of pretty tame getups (bow ties aside), it looks like Doctor Who is digging deep into its history and going for zany again. The new Doc is rocking suspenders with super blue (that’s a real shade as far as we’re concerned) pants and brown boots. Add a navy tee with some colorful stripes and a grey coat of a fashion we’ve never seen before, and you’ve got something that will be instantly recognizable in the Doctor Who canon.
Also, it’s only a matter of time before all of that stuff can/will end up in your closet, so we have that to look forward to, too.
Next page: Is Disney just going to own everything?
Last week it was T-Mobile/Sprint and Broadcom/Qualcomm dominating merger headlines, and this week it was Disney/Fox. As we saw earlier in the week, Disney wouldn’t be buying all of Fox — it wouldn’t be possible for them to acquire the Fox network or Fox Sports — but they would nab Fox’s production studios, which would give them the rights to the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and a bunch of other goodies.
Early in the week, it sounded like talks had died down as soon as they had started, but things got interesting again on Friday when CNBC reported that talks had slowed down, but were most certainly not dead. It’s safe to say we’re going to hear plenty more about this as we head into the new year.
Next page: The Millennium Falcon does not have cloaking
Has to be our favorite story of the week. Disney has been doing some filming for The Last Jedi at Longcross Studios, a major production studio near London. Naturally, Disney takes great pains to hide anything and everything they can about their movies, so that when we do learn something, it’s only because we heard it from them.
Well, they’ve still got a tight lid on things all in all, but Google did get one over on them. You can check it out for yourself, too! Look up Longcross Studios on Google Maps, then switch over to satellite view. Move a little to the east, and you’ll find a special surprise — the Millennium Falcon surrounded by shipping containers to hide it from passersby. As always, Google sees all.
Next page: More Star Wars? More Star Wars.
I don’t think very many of you were under this impression, but just in case, we’ll make it clear — Disney has no intention of ending Star Wars, ever. We heard Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy talk a little bit about Disney’s plans for Star Wars after the new trilogy last week, but we didn’t think we’d hear concrete plans so soon.
That’s what we got this week, with the announcement that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has been tasked with creating the next Star Wars trilogy (looks like with Star Wars, Disney either keeps you around forever or shows you the door ASAP). That doesn’t mean he’s doing episode X through XII, though — the numbered episodes are reserved for the Skywalker saga, and Johnson’s trilogy is said to take place in a whole other part of the galaxy with all-new characters.
Next page: Pokémon Go, but for Harry Potter
You didn’t think they were done, right? Now that they’ve got some big league experience with Pokémon Go, developers Niantic are ready for their third augmented reality game. We’re super excited about it, and we’re super excited about what Niantic might do even further down the line!
But, for now, there’s not too much to report. We know Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use augmented reality like Pokémon Go and that you’ll be able to work together with other players to defeat magical beasts. We’re sure Niantic has plenty more in store, hopefully while carefully considering all the lessons they’ve learned from Pokémon Go!