Outright Geekery’s Most Anticipated of 2020
A couple of us Geeks here at Outright Geekery have decided to share with you a list of some of our most anticipated Geek related things for the coming year. These can range from comics to games so sit back and see our most anticipated of 2020.
First up, from our very own Ryan Gaumer
I can’t help it: I’m a sucker for the Olympics. I’m more of a Winter Olympiad sort of guy, but any time the world gets together to do throwy, jumpy, runny, etc. stuff against each other (you know, instead of the usual yelling and shooting), I just get a warm fuzzy feeling. This year’s outing is even more special, as it’s not really about the athletes for me this go around. No, this year it’s all about the host nation, as Japan, for some reason, tries to recreate the events of Akira. Sounds awesome!
Picard: CBS All Access
For “real” TV though, I can’t be more excited about Picard. I’m a Trekkie from way back in the day, I cut my teeth on The Next Generation, so to be able to see these characters again and join them in another adventure in that universe is a dream come true. Everything I’ve seen about the series thus far points to an awesome ride through nostalgia, but I’m expecting a whole lot more.
As far as movies go, I couldn’t care less really. Another Bond, another set of Marvel movies, some DC stuff, remakes, reboots, sequels…I just don’t care whatsoever. They may be amazing movies, but I just can’t bring myself to want to go and see them. But Tenet? Oh, yes, I want to see Tenet! Nolan rarely disappoints me as a movie-goer, and this trailer looks like a mind-blowing mess of awesome!
Outlawed!: Marvel Comics
Getting into my bread and butter, Marvel has a series (hell, it may turn into an event) called OUTLAWED! coming out this year, it involves the younger heroes getting a spanking of sorts from their elders, and in this “Ok, Boomer” world we’re living in, this has me quite intrigued.
5G: DC Comics
DC Comics, on the other hand, has what may be the biggest thing in comics ever dropping this year. It’s all still mostly guesses, conjecture, and a whole lot of rumor, but DC’s 5G is supposed to replace all of the current DC heroes in an all-new Crisis. If the stories from Rebirth, Doomsday Clock, and the Justice/Doom War story from the Justice League title can all somehow merge together to give readers one great payoff, it’ll be the biggest thing to ever happen in comics. Despite the fact that it probably won’t happen, I’ll still be there every step of the way.
The Bloodshot Movie
Probably the thing I look forward to the most is the Bloodshot movie in March. The Vin Diesel-led movie looks great. I am a big fan of Valiant and this should be a huge opportunity for the publisher to have more exposure and (hopefully) to have more people seeking their books.
Doctor Who: BBC
Yeah, the previous series wasn’t very good, but I’m an optimist until the bitter end and the trailer for Series 12 looked better (This is being written before the premiere of Series 12 becomes available). It seemed more fun, more energetic and it looks like The Doctor actually has more stuff to do then just standing around making weak quips. Color me cautiously optimistic.
Emma by Autumn de Wilde
I love Jane Austen. I love Anya Taylor-Joy. That should probably suffice as an explanation, but this adaptation of Emma looks pretty fun either way. It’s by a first time director, but apparently she’s already an established photographer and, from the trailer, it looks at least visually interesting. Hopefully it turns out good, instead of a weird failed experiment like Marie Antoinette or something.
X-Men/ Fantastic Four: Marvel Comics
Chip Zdarsky mixing the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, drawn by Terry Dodson. What else do I need to say? “How is this even happening?” seems like the most appropriate question, honestly, considering how unusual it is for the comic book industry to actually make books that seem like they’re fun to read and combine the best writers with the best artists. It seems too good to be true, which is why I’m kind of afraid it’s going to be terrible. Usually these “can’t miss” propositions misfire hardcore, but it’s hard not to be hyped for this one.
5G: DC Comics
Ok, I am not actually excited for this one and I’m mostly sort of dreading it. DC hasn’t been making good decisions of late and, as a DC Universe guy, it really kinda hurts me to be more excited for Marvel books then for DC books. But, truth to tell, I am at least curious to see this train wreck. Who knows? Might even end up being good.
Lastly, from your’s truly, Thomas
James Bond “No Time to Die”
That’s right the sexist, misogynistic dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War is back in his 25th film and it looks great. While we only got a teaser trailer for this let’s be honest. Daniel Craig is the UberBond. Not since Sean Connery has MI6’s best agent been better and with this being the last Bond movie in Craig’s contract I hope he goes out with a bang. One thing’s for sure if “No Time to Die” follows the pattern of the last couple Bond Movies Craig may end up with the best set of Bond Films eclipsing Connery as the best Bond.
The Color out of Space (2020)
The Color out of Space is a new Lovecraft inspired Horror film starring Nic Cage and set to be released on January 24. The movie is director Richard Stanley’s first film in decades and if the reviews are to be trusted is a fairly faithful adaptation. The movie centers around a meteorite that crashes on the Gardner family farm. Over time the meteorite seems to begin to affect both the farm and the people around it. In the original story “the colour” is how Lovecraft describes the entity that has come to plague the “Gardeners” as the idea Lovecraft puts forth in the original story is that any such encounter with an alien presence would be so far removed from our understanding that there would be almost no way for us to describe it. Hopefully, this will land squarely in the cult classic realm and join other Lovecraft inspired classics like Re-Animator and The Unnamable.
Thor: Marvel Comics
Thor by Donny Cates and Nic Klein. Over the last couple of years Thor has been my go to book by Marvel. It honestly, had taken the place of the Incredible Hulk but that all changed with the Immortal Hulk. While Aaron was still doing good work on the King of Asgard you could tell he was winding down. With Cates taking over in 2019 and a new #1 on the horizon what does the hottest writer in comics have in store for the Son of Odin? Who knows but with Nic Klein on art duty it’s sure to be one beautiful ride. Here’s hoping for a return to the top of the reading plie and anther Epic run on one of Marvel’s best properties!
Strange Adventures: DC Comics
One of my favorite DC characters who seems to get no love is making a come back in 2020. That’s right Adam Strange is back this time from the creative team behind Mr Miracle Tom King and Evan “Doc” Shaner. I’m so hyped for this book. It seems the older I get the more I can’t get enough of Spaceman adventure books. Everything from Buck Rogers to Flash Gordon is prime reading material here and that’s where Adam Strange fits in. Adam Strange is an obvious homage to those classic characters of yesteryear and as such a lot of his early adventures are filled with wacky stuff from the silver-age. That being said King and Shaner are sure to update him in new and exciting ways while still remembering his rich history. This is sure to be one for anyone who loves a good adventure story.
Nioh 2 Team Ninja
The original Nioh told the fictional story of William Adams an English pilot who landed in Feudal Japan and went on to become the first foreign born Samurai. While the first Nioh was locked with only one character choice of William Adams Nioh 2 promises to have complete character customization. Word is that you can change everything about your character giving the player free reign to play any way that they choose. Weather changes such as if you play as a male or female will have lasting changes on the game remain to be scene. Yet with Nioh 2’s promise to remain loyal to the first game with it’s rock hard difficulty and stance based combat that switches up the traditional From Software format. Nioh 2 is sure to be one hell of a challenge for the Dark Souls veteran in your life.