Science-Fiction Weekly – Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Discovery, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This week’s column begins with an apparent feud between two of Star Trek’s captains. William Shatner, who has played captain Kirk forever, and newly anointed Star Trek Discovery captain, Jason Isaacs, are in the midst of a puzzling Twitter spat.

Isaacs recently wrote “I’ve been blocked by @WilliamShatner. The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive, Captain? Was it the end of sentence min-key uptick? The quizzical eyebrow (and blue eyeliner)? The just too-tight uniform? Forgive me my sins – it’s an homage, I swear.”

Shatner has not responded to this tweet yet, but Isaacs thinks someone else may be writing running his Twitter feed. In an interview with The Telegraph, Isaacs said “Bill Shatner started to troll me online. I was misquoted about Star Trek, and we got into this wild banter with each other. Then I met him and he seemed to have no knowledge of it at all. So I’m not sure he does his own Twitter feed.”

Isaac’s tweet implies Shatner may be jealous, thus the reason for the block, but internet sleuths think it may have to do with Isaac’s liberal-minded tweets. I’m curious where this goes next. Maybe Kate Mulgrew will have to step between these two to calm the waters.

If you haven’t been watching Discovery, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. This season has been fantastic so far, and I think it’s a much more interesting direction for Star Trek to go in than the rebooted J. J. Abrams films. Catch up on it if you have the free time.

James Gunn, the mastermind behind the successful Guardians of the Galaxy films, continues to be surprisingly open with fans, especially for a Disney production. He posted the entire script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 online for all to read, and is also answering fan questions pertaining to the script on his twitter feed.

He says he wrote nine drafts of the screenplay, and began working on this process on the day Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 hit theaters. He also shed some light on someone who will NOT be in Avengers 3 or 4. “I awoke with a vision of the Stakar Ravagers scene in my head and couldn’t stop thinking about it for days,” he wrote. “We almost didn’t include the Adam Warlock scene because he was definitely not in Avengers 3 or 4 and we had no plans for him in general. Despite so many people thinking Adam will show up in Vol. 3, that is something that we have never confirmed. Who knows how long it will take him to bake in that cocoon. That said, I love Adam. But the time must be right.”

We know Gunn is currently knee-deep in developing the final installment of this trilogy, but he may also be thinking about spin offs. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kevin Fiege, the president of Marvel Studios, said that Marvel is “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before – intentionally.” That means no Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Avengers, or Guardians of the Galaxy. Avengers 4 will supposedly bring a finale to Marvel’s sprawling superhero epic.

“There will be two distinct periods,” Feige added. “Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.” That’s quite the tease, but it probably means we’ll see more characters in the spotlight, and different actors (and characters) stepping into the roles of Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. Marvel has put a handful of characters into these suits in the comic books, so why not do it on the big screen?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters in just two weeks, and little has been spoiled up to this point. We really don’t know where this story is going. Fan theories are all over the place. Some people think Luke is turning to the dark side. Others peg the inexperienced Rey as a new recruit for Supreme Leader Snoke. Game Informer’s Matt Miller and I think Leia will be the one descending into the darkness (and even wearing a familiar outfit).

The latest TV spot for The Last Jedi reveals a fun little relationship that fans have been wondering about. Is Chewbacca friends with that Porg we’ve seen on the Millennium Falcon? As you’ll see in the footage, the answer is probably “no.” Now think about that shot we’ve seen of Chewbacca with a feather on his face. Did he eat this little guy? I’m guessing he does.

In Star Wars Battlefront II news, I have nothing of the negative variety to share today, just word that Finn and the battle of Crait are being added to the game free of charge on December 13. Actor John Boyega reprises his role of Finn in the game.

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