Big Names in Geeks in 2012

by |March 28, 2012
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In 2012, the geek shall inherit the Earth.

Remember when calling someone a geek was meant to be an insult? These days, with the city of San Diego approving an expansion of their convention center just for Comic Con and the consistently huge draw of comic book movies at the box office, if someone calls you a geek, you might as well thank them. In honor of our culture's changing views on all things nerd, let’s take a look at some standout geeks in pop culture for the year of 2012.

The Doctor, Doctor Who: Admittedly, The Doctor may not be the first person you might think of as a geek, but hear me out: he utilizes a technological device called the sonic screwdriver, knows infinite amounts of information about all manner of obscure sciences and species, and will forever defend the notion that “bow ties are cool.” By my estimation, this makes him one of the very best of the geeks. Currently portrayed by Matt Smith, fans of the longtime series are eagerly awaiting the seventh season of Doctor Who following this year’s Christmas special. With the news of Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) and Rory Williams’ (Arthur Darvill) impending departure at the end of this season, fans will surely be looking for a fitting exit for these much-beloved characters.


Doctor Who



Gwen Stacy, The Amazing Spider-Man: As with any comic book character, Gwen Stacy has had many incarnations and changes made to her character, but one thing that almost always remains is her studying or working in the scientific field. Played by Emma Stone in this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy works at Oscorp, the lab where Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider. As we can see from the new trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man marks the first time Gwen Stacy will fill her original role as Peter Parker’s first love on film, so this summer will certainly be a big one for her.


Gwen Stacy



Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk, The Avengers: It’s been a bit of a shaky road for Doctor Banner on film in recent years. With multiple origin films that did not go over so well, it now falls to Mark Ruffalo to portray genius scientist Bruce Banner, who grapples daily with conflicting emotions over his self-inflicted, accidental transformation into The Hulk. We can only hope that the iconic character will finally be given justice, with portrayals of both the conflicted genius Bruce Banner and the triggered-by-emotion Hulk, voiced by Lou Ferrigno.


Bruce Banner Avengers



Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: Okay, so perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch to call Lara Croft a geek, but I tend to think that the definition of geek has been expanded in recent years. We all know that she is a gorgeous, strong woman, but she is also an avid student of archaeology and explorer of the world. At the very least, I’d call her an archaeology geek. In this year’s Tomb Raider game, the series gets a reboot with a prequel story for Miss Croft. Judging by the previews so far, it took a lot of blood and sweat to turn Lara Croft into the woman she would become and getting there should make for the best Tomb Raider game we’ve seen in quite a while.


Lara Croft



Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein, American Reunion: That’s right, American Pie is returning one more time with the original cast, including self-professed band geek Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein, played by Alyson Hannigan. This time around, it’s the gang’s high school reunion and there are certain to be the requisite hijinks and shenanigans. Hopefully, despite marriage and children, Michelle will be the same geeky nymphomaniac she’s always been.


Michelle American Pie Reunion



Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory: Caltech theoretical physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper, as played by Jim Parsons, essentially personifies everything one might think of when they think geek. He’s socially awkward, speaks Klingon, loves comic books, sports vintage superhero graphic tees, and is more impressed by his own intellect than anything. Although considered by fans to have several personality disorders, up to and including asexuality, he began to platonically "date" Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Mayim Bialik, and fans will certainly be interested to see where that relationship goes when the series returns.


Sheldon Cooper



Joss Whedon, Everything Great: No, Mr. Whedon is not a character in an upcoming show or movie in 2012, but he is certainly going to have a truly amazing year and, as he could arguably be described as the king of the geeks, it wouldn’t feel right to leave him off of this list. With The Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods, and Much Ado About Nothing all coming out in 2012, it’s a great year to be Joss Whedon (or a Joss Whedon fan).


Joss Whedon



You: With so many fantastic films, TV shows, and video games coming up this year, I can say without a doubt that you, the geeky or geek-loving audience, are bound to be the biggest winner of all. Whether you're in line for the midnight showing of The Avengers wearing your brand new addition to your comic book t-shirt collection or watching your favorite episode of Big Bang for the 100th time wearing the same TV t-shirt as the day before, we know you will be happy with what you're watching. The real question is, what are you most excited for this year?


This article was written for by Anika Guldstrand. She promises she didn't write this article just to talk about Joss Whedon. Really.

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