Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more. Today we have the latest on Assassin’s Creed, Daredevil, and Deadpool.
Ubisoft recently announced that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed released this year, and that the next instalment of the franchise will come in 2017. You may be wondering why this is news, since it’s essentially an announcement that something isn’t happening. However, this will be the first year that an Assassin’s Creed game hasn’t come out since the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 in 2009. I have personally been burnt out on the series for a while, having loved AC2 and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood but getting diminishing returns from then on. I still haven’t gotten around to finishing 2013’s game, and I’m not particularly eager to get to the ones from 2014 or 2015.
I think the series could really benefit from a longer development cycle and more time between releases, and it looks like Ubisoft agrees. Gamespot has some quotes on the matter from Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO. He said, “The goal is not automatically to come back on annual cycle but to come on a regular basis. We saw it was time to give it lots of time so [developers] could really work on the property and all the mechanics to make sure we could take [the series] to another level.” I want to be excited about these games again, so I’ll be hoping that this new strategy works well for them.
A sizeable trailer has been released for the second season of Daredevil, Marvel’s first Netflix-original series, and it looks incredible. It heavily features the character of Frank Castle, also known as the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. Charlie Cox does a great job as the Man Without Fear and I can’t wait to see the two men butt heads, both physically and ideologically, on March 18 of this year.
Following Deadpool’s tremendous success at the box office over the past week, Collider has a great interview with the movie’s screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. They are currently writing the sequel and have some interesting insights to give about their thought process for approaching it. For one thing, they actually don’t want a huge budget increase. Wernick said, “We don’t want $150 million to go make the next movie, that’s not Deadpool. Deadpool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth, that’s just not Deadpool. So we’re happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.” They also spoke about how to mix the R-rated Deadpool with the PG-13 X-Men that he shares a universe with. On the one hand, a potential X-Force movie seems like a good choice to me, since the source material features various X-Men characters doing things that might be well-suited for an R-rating. On the other hand, if they needed to fit Deadpool into a PG-13 movie, they would just use that angle to their advantage. Reese said, “You’d have to have him pushing the edge of that PG-13 harder than any character in it because he does need to feel out of place in a PG-13 movie, if that makes sense. But I could see Deadpool very easily commenting on the fact that, ‘Suddenly I’m trapped in a PG-13, there’s certain things I can’t do around here.’ That could be fun for us. We get to break rules like that. Deadpool knows he’s in a movie, if he knows he’s in an R-rated movie and now he’s in a PG-13-rated movie, he’s probably gonna be frustrated by that. We would play to that, actually.”
I already felt like Deadpool was in the right hands after seeing the movie, but these comments from the screenwriters give me even more confidence in the direction they are taking the character.
Are you disappointed that there won’t be a new Assassin’s Creed this year? Are you looking forward to the next season of Daredevil? How about more Deadpool movies? Let us know in the comments below!