Today In Nerd News – A New Xbox, A New Marvel Character, and A New Hope for ‘Scream’

Microsoft Announces an Announcement 

Xbox Announcement

Microsoft, after letting fans wait for many many moons, has finally announced that it will announce it’s predecessor to the Xbox 360 on May 21st. Yeah, that’s right, nerds, Microsoft just announced an announcement. No specs, no console name. No nothing. Just announcing an announcement.

However, this shouldn’t deter the avid Xbox fan any. The Xbox 360 has had one of the longest production lives of any console, lasting almost eight years. In the grand scheme of gaming systems, that’s about the average lifespan for a system (according to my calculations, it’s about 8.45 years). But, in this modern culture of fast-paced everything, eight years is too long a wait for some.

Although no official plans for the yet-to-be-named system has leaked, except for the recent slip by former Microsoft Studios’ creative director Adam Orth that seemed to confirm that the new Xbox will be an “always on” system. We have no system details beyond speculation. There’s talk of the new Xbox having the ability to take over your cable box (which seems kind of creepy to me), a better processor, and a Blu-ray drive. It also goes without saying that there will be major upgrades to the often infuriating Kinect system.

But, we’ll just have to wait and find out on May 21st. If you’d like to watch the announcement, you can tune into it on Spike TV, Xbox Live, or on xbox.com. The announcement will begin 1 pm EST / 10 am PST. Or, if you are too against the mainstream for that, I’ll give a rundown on the announcement on the 22nd.

New Characters in Avengers 2?

Mystery Man

Marvel has been hard at work fleshing out their Phase 2 concepts and characters. In the near future, we’ll be seeing a film about the Guardians of the GalaxyAnt-Man, a Captain America and Thor sequel, and a new Avengers film. So, it goes without saying that there will be a whole host of new characters introduced over the next few years.

Before I get into the news, I must admit that this may turn into more of a love letter than a news report. You see, when I started into comics, the first series I started to read was the Avengers vs. X-men series. In that series, there was a certain female character that caught my eye. She possessed such power and beauty. As the series went on, she proved invaluable, despite all of the many challenges she faced from outside and inside her group. And, according to some early speculation, that character may be showing up in the new Avengers film.

Scarlet Witch & QuicksilverIn a recent red carpet interview with Joss Whedon, it was hinted that there could be a brother / sister duo joining the superhero super-group. And, that brother / sister duo might be none other than the beautiful Scarlet Witch and her villain turned hero brother, Quicksilver. Here’s the very vague quote from Whedon that sparked the internet rumor mill:

I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie.

Now, if it is really the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, we’ll have to wait a while to find out. But, it would be cool for me none-the-less. The Scarlet Witch would be an awesome power to reckon with, though. She has the ability to destroy everything if she wants, so perhaps that’s part of my attraction to her. Will great power comes great you’d-better-kiss-her-ass-ility.

But, if you’re a comic book fan like me, you may be asking how, with Fox owning the X-men film rights and Marvel owning The Avengers, both of the characters (the children of Magneto) can be portrayed in a Marvel film? Well, according to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, there is a cleaver loophole that would allow either side access to the characters:

We both have them. There’s a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with Avengers, but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto’s relatives, but cannot have anything to do with The Avengers.

With that being said, it would seem to me that if Marvel decides to use the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in a film, it’s nothing more than a power play. But, I suppose I need to ask myself is that even matters? And, if the Scarlet Witch were in The Avengers, I’d suspect she’d have to lose the scarlet helmet-mask, because it looks too much like Magneto’s helmet. But, I’d suppose that doesn’t matter either, does it? (HINT: It really doesn’t.)

Do you think that the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver would have a place in an Avengers film?

Scream On the Small Screen

Ghostface Monster

The Wes Craven film saga, Scream, started the modern era of the slasher flick by making fun of slasher flicks, many of which Craven had directed himself.  But, it would seem that after 17 years, some $600,000 in total box office earnings, and four films, the story of Scream has already been told enough.

Well, not to MTV.

It was announced on Thursday that Scream will be MTV’s latest attempt at rebooting a movie into a weekly TV series. There is no word on who will play the film character, or if the cast will be totally fresh and new characters. But, we do know that MTV is shooting for a summer 2014 premiere and a one hour pilot episode. Also, MTV is attempting to get Wes Craven on board to direct the pilot.

And, that’s all we know for now. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this actually takes wings, much like the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake they had announced, but never pursued (mainly from fan outrage, I suspect). But, seeing that they’ve had success with their Teen Wolf reboot, they may have something here in the way of salvaging a mediocre story.

Do you think Sydney Prescott and the gang has one more story to tell?

And, that’s about all you need to know to start your day. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and nerd news articles. Also, be sure to check out our podcast, Let Us Podcast, now on iTunes

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