This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Sony rebranding its Spider-Man universe, first look photos at Netflix's Cowboy Bebop, and Brandon Routh leading the cast of the Magic: The Gathering series.

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Sony rebrands their Marvel movies as Sony’s Spider-Man Universe

Plans have been in place for awhile to tie all of Sony’s comic book properties together, and in May of last year it was announced that the franchise would be known as the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, which isn’t really a catchy or efficient title. The studio has now announced an official rebrand for the effort titled Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.

Sony’s current deal with Marvel Studios only includes Spider-Man: No Way Home and one MCU film to be named later. Regardless, it’s possible that Sony’s MCU contract could still be renewed for additional movies. Holland’s contract with Sony and Marvel expires after No Way Home, so it’s likely that the next batch of negotiations will result in the actor jumping between the MCU and Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, given that his character’s name is right in the branding.

Sony’s Spider-Man Universe is currently only one movie old, with Venom the sole effort that’s managed to hit theaters so far. Venom: Let There Be Carnage will mark the second installment, while Jared Leto’s Morbius will premiere on January 28 next year, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kraven the Hunter coming on January 13, 2023.

Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop gets first look images and premiere date

Netflix has revealed the first look images of John Cho and the rest of the main cast for their upcoming adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, as well as announcing a premiere date of Friday, November 19th.

Based on Shinichir? Watanabe’s cult anime series, Cowboy Bebop follows a group of misfit bounty hunters, led by Spike Spiegel as they search for the galaxy’s most valuable criminals. Mustafa Shakir also stars as Spike’s trusted co-pilot Jet Black and Daniella Pineda as the highly-skilled bounty hunter Faye Valentine.

Netflix’s images also reveal the Bebop in its mechanical glory, as well as Ein, the experiment-turned-pet Corgi.

Brandon Routh will star in the Magic: The Gathering series

Netflix’s animated Magic: The Gathering series is running full-steam ahead. Set to premiere in late 2022, Brandon Routh has been announced to lead the voice cast.

Picked up straight to series in June 2019, the show unites familiar and well-loved Planeswalkers for Magic fans and introduces new characters to tell a new story. Routh will voice the role of Gideon, an unfalteringly heroic Planeswalker in the Magic: The Gathering multiverse.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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