The Week in Fandom for March 11

Brian Linder

We got our first look at Spider-Man in the MCU, Tom Clancy’s The Division drops to rave reviews, a new Game of Thrones trailer gets fans speculating, a fan-favorite actor switches comics teams, and the mystery of 10 Cloverfield Lane unravels in theaters.

Here’s “The Week in Fandom” for March 11:

Here’s Spidey!

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The new, epic trailer for Captain America: Civil War hit on Thursday and fans are still reeling from all of the awesome.

All of the heroes-at-odds hype is in there, of course. But the Avengers conflict is upstaged by the MCU debut of Spider-Man. Fans have waited (not so) patiently for their first look at the new Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland in Civil War. Holland will reprise the role in Marvel/Sony’s 2017 Spider-Man, and subsequent movies in the series. Here’s what we thought.

There’s more great stuff in the trailer besides Spidey. Did you catch it all? Check out our GIFtastic recap here.

The Division Sets Sales Records

Tom Clancy’s The Division has just arrived, and it’s already breaking sales records. Ubisoft announced Thursday that its third-person action-RPG has sold more copies in its first 24 hours than any game in Ubisoft’s history. Total digital full game sales of The Division also set new, single-day company records across PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

“The launch of The Division is a tremendous achievement for Ubisoft, and demonstrates our unrivaled capacity to create fantastic new game brands and transform them into entertainment blockbusters,” said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft. “This is a momentous day for Ubisoft, but more importantly it marks the start of millions of players’ enduring engagement in The Division’s game world, which we are confident they will love.”

The Division is the latest new series in the Clancyverse, the fictional backdrop for countless novels, movies, TV shows, and games written or inspired by the works of the late Tom Clancy.

Game of Thrones Trailer Surprises 

HBO released a brand new, extensive Game of Thrones trailer for Season 6 this week, and it’s chock full of goodness. The trailer begins where we left off last season, panning over the frozen edifice of The Wall, down to the body of Jon Snow.  But is he really gone for good? Sharp-eyed fans will note possible hints to his fate in the trailer’s final scene.

Among other surprises in the trailer, is a possible glimpse at a location from the books which has great significance. Around the 1:15 mark in the trailer, there is a battle between soldiers in House Stark regalia and soldiers from House Targaryen. In the show’s current timeline, the Starks are scattered to the wind and Daenerys is the only surviving Targaryen, so this has to be a flashback to the battle at what book fans know as the Tower of Joy. More here about why fans are freaking out.

J.K. Simmons Joins Justice League

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J.K. Simmons became a fan-favorite with his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. Just last week a petition surfaced in which fans begged Marvel/Sony to consider inviting Simmons to reprise the role in their upcoming MCU Spidey movies. But it was not to be…

On Tuesday, fans learned that Simmons is switching to Team DC. He’ll play Commissioner Gordon in the DCEU, making his debut in Justice League: Part One which is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017, while Justice League: Part Two is slated for release on June 14, 2019.

10 Cloverfield Lane Hits Theaters

10 Cloverfield Lane, the surprise sequel from producer J.J. Abrams that was only unveiled a couple of months ago, is now in theaters.

For audiences craving a return to the world showcased in Cloverfield, the film may not be what they hoped for. The film is as far tonally from 2008’s surprise hit as possible without leaving the genre. The original film to bear the “Cloverfield” name was a frenetic first-person sleight-of-hand that descended into a ground-level monster movie. The new film is a tense, expertly made thriller with a few tricks up its sleeve. Suffice it to say that 10 Cloverfield Lane is every bit as thrilling, scary, and effective as the first but it’s a much more structured piece.

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Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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