This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Marvel's Hit-Monkey series, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake video game, and Netflix's nonlinear heist series Jigsaw.

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Marvel’s Hit-Monkey series will premiere in November

Over two years ago, Marvel TV announced a deal to bring Hit-Monkey, M.O.D.O.K., and two other animated series to Hulu. However, Howard the Duck, and the Tigra and Dazzler animated series were cancelled while in development. Hit-Monkey survived the axe however, and will soon join M.O.D.O.K. on Hulu, debuting on November 17th.

In the series, which takes some liberties with the character’s origin, the Japanese snow macaque destined to become Hit-Monkey lives peacefully until he encounters a wounded hitman named Bryce. After nursing Bryce back to health, Hit-Monkey is unable to prevent his demise. Therefore, Hit-Monkey decides to become an assassin, while Bryce’s ghost remains in this world to advise him.

THQ Nordic announces SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake video game

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star will stumble through a Rick and Morty-esque multiverse in an upcoming adventure game, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake. Announced by developer THQ Nordic, the game is coming soon to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

The game follows SpongeBob and Patrick after the two unintentionally open up portals to other universes. In the game, you’ll be able explore seven different worlds and dress your characters up with 30 skins.

Netflix’s nonlinear heist series Jigsaw casts Giancarlo Esposito in lead role

Netflix has officially given a series order to a brand-new heist drama series titled Jigsaw, which is being described as an innovative and suspenseful crime thriller. The series is developed to take a nonlinear approach to storytelling, allowing viewers to watch the first seven episodes in any order leading up to the finale.

Emmy-nominated actor Giancarlo Esposito has signed on for the leading role of Leo Pap. He joins a cast of Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, and Jai Courtney, among others. Esposito will play a veteran thief who can’t stay away from a life of crime.

Jigsaw is loosely based on a real story in which $70 billion in Wall Street bonds were at risk due to flood waters caused by Hurricane Sandy. The story spans 25 years, from decades before the heist to a year afterward.

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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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