Team Iron Man and Team Cap finally face-off on the big screen, fans celebrate Star Wars Day, [SPOILER] is back on Game of Thrones, esports champs compete in Shanghai, and Titanfall‘s developer plots a course to that galaxy far, far away.
Here’s “The Week in Fandom” for May 6:
Marvel’s Civil War Hits Theaters
It’s all over, but the crying. Captain America: Civil War, the epic superhero showdown between Team Cap and Team Iron Man is finally here.
So, how is it? Believe the hype. Captain America: Civil War is an astonishing piece of work. It’s not easy to juggle so many characters and find new ways to make exciting action sequences in a world where we get three or four superhero movies a year, but Joe and Anthony Russo have done it. If there were ever a concern that these people weren’t the right choice to carry the Avengers franchise, fear not.
Fans Celebrate Star Wars Day
Star Wars fans everywhere celebrated one of the greatest puns of all time this week, “May the Fourth be with you,” on Star Wars Day. And while there were no big movie-related reveals, there was a big announcement.
We learned that next year’s Star Wars Celebration, the annual official fan convention, is coming to Orlando in 2017. After a 2015 reboot in Anaheim, the show moves to London this July, and now we know it will return to the U.S. East Coast on April 13-16 next year at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams also treated fans to the release of the full version of “Jabba Flow,” their reggae-inspired tune written for the introductory Maz’s castle sequence in The Force Awakens.
Fans React to Jon Snow’s Return
Game of Thrones fans finally got what they’ve been waiting for on Sunday as Jon Snow was brought back to life by the Red Woman. Social media was on fire for days with reaction and debate about what might happen next. While some fans were surprised by the revelation, the fact of that matter is that almost everyone saw it coming — but that doesn’t change how fun it was to watch.
Jon is resurrected after Davos pleads with Melisandre to give the Lord of Light’s hoodoo CPR a try. In the dramatic final scene, just when all parties have left thinking the attempt was a failure, Ghost perks up as Jon gasps back to life, his scarred body heaving with the frightening promise that his strife in this stark world is not yet ended. Welcome back, Jonny boy. We’ve missed you.
Esports Champs Compete in Shanghai
This week in Shanghai, China, Riot Games kicked off the Mid-Season Invitational. The six major competitive regions from around the world have finished their regular spring esports season and have crowned their champions. Now the best team from each region will compete, head-to-head, to see who reigns supreme.
Korea’s SKTelecom T1 are expected to win the entire tournament. The Korean teams have achieved mythological status among esports competitors, and the much-hyped Faker remains a god-like star player on the team.
Titanfall Developer Making Star Wars Game
The big gaming announcement of the week comes courtesy of EA who have hooked up with Respawn Entertainment, the developer behind 2014’s Titanfall, to work on an as-yet-untitled Star Wars video game. Running the show on development will be Stig Asmussen, the team’s recently-instated Director, best known for his work on the God of War franchise.
Respawn’s upcoming game — a third-person action-adventure — is the latest Star Wars title to be announced by EA. Visceral Games, Capital Games, Motive, BioWare, and DICE are also all developing games that take place in the Star Wars universe as part of EA’s deal with Disney.