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August 2019 Geek Radar [Updated]

What a time to be a geek! Sometimes it’s important to step back and really get excited about all of the upcoming media. So let’s get into it!

    1. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
      • This was announced a month or so back, somehow I missed this. This game was amazing and I’m glad it is finally getting the remaster that it deserves!
    2. Luigi’s Mansion 3
      • Similar to Ghostbusters, and also coming out in October, we have Luigi’s Mansion 3.
    3. Rambo: Last Blood
    4. Terminator: Dark Fate
    5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
      • Though I was not entirely happy with “The Last Jedi”, I’m excited to see how the final story of the Skywalker Saga is concluded. I’m hoping that it ties up the saga well. I know that will take an incredible effort on the writers’ part. But here’s to hoping!
    6. Apple TV+’s “For All Mankind” an alternate reality show about the Russians making it to the moon first.
    7. Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.
      • More Star Wars!
    8. CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”
      • 90’s Flash, Brandon Routh’s Superman from “Superman Returns” that has become “Kingdom Come Superman” (which is essentially the classic movie superman), maybe Tom Welling reprising his role as Smallville’s Superman?, Kevin Conroy (the cartoon voice of Batman in most iterations) as “Batman”, and all of the CW’s TV properties. I can’t believe how much is being brought to the table on this. This is DC’s Infinity War, and I’m super excited!
    9. All of the Marvel Shows coming to Disney+.
      • Loki
      • Wanda Vision
      • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
      • What If?
      • Hawkeye
    10. Far on the Radar is the PS5. I’m crossing my fingers for All Playstation Backwards Compatibility, but at least PS4 backwards compatibility has been announced.
    1. The Matrix 4 [Added] was announced!

 

Spider-Man leaving MCU

After the failure that was Spider-man 3 (aka finger guns and Topher Face), Sony brought us a movie that made Peter Parker a “skater dude” instead of “lovable nerd”. Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy we’re both good choices, but the writing suffered. Then after the total disaster that was “The Amazing Spider-turd 2”, Sony was even more desperate to make money on their prized cash cow. So then we got all the greatness that is the MCU Spider-Man.

Now that talks have broken down between Sony and Marvel for future films, where does that leave us? Sony can’t reference the MCU, and the MCU can’t reference Spider-man. Tom Holland has 2 more years left on his contract. Will Sony continue his story ignoring the established character’s major influences? Will they put Venom in the same universe as Spider-man? What would that mean to the viewer? Now Venom is in the same universe as the MCU but not really in the MCU? Disney should fight harder to keep Spider-Man. The 50/50 deal isn’t good enough to Sony and it causes all kinds of story problems. I don’t know if this version of Spider-Man can survive outside of the MCU. The real looser here is the fan. The house of mouse is rich enough and the MCU needs Spider-Man narratively. These juggernaut companies need to just get along! This is definitely a struggling time to be a geek.

End Game

There’s not much else to say about Marvel’s End Game that other people haven’t said already. It’s a masterpiece. It ties up a very great 10 year arc. It’s also available for digital download in 2 days. So if for whatever reason you were living under a rock and haven’t seen it, you can watch this masterpiece very shortly.

I’m looking forward to re-watching this and watching all of the fun extras.

Marvel has since released Spider-man Far From Home and have announced several new upcoming films and Disney+ shows. I think I’m most interested in the Black Widow and Doctor Strange films.

Which of these are you most interested in? Drop a comment and let’s have a fun discussion.

 

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Avengers: Infinity War – 10 Years in the Making

A movie 10 years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War brought some epic battles, great team ups, and death. The movie was satisfying, but yet the ending was a bit odd. Of course it’s because they are leading into the next Avengers movie.  I can’t wait to see how everything goes in the next movie. And I’m interested in seeing Captain Marvel. I don’t know much about her character, but Marvel keeps feeding me such great stories how could I not?

Since the inception of the MCU, Marvel has taught me a lot about characters I didn’t know existed.  From Netflix’s Defenders, to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (which I need to watch more of admittedly), to all of the MCU movies, there’s just a ton of connected Marvel material. All of this material has been great, well besides Iron ‘Crybaby’ Fist. Did you know he’s the protector of K’un Lun? 

I didn’t buy comics when I was a kid, and I don’t buy many now. It’s an expensive habit. But Marvel certainly has enriched my imagination as an adult. I don’t know what else to say besides go watch this movie. You won’t regret it.

Marvel, thank you for 10 years of excellence!

Gender and Race Swapping Part 2

In a previous post I talked about how gender and race swapping for characters sometimes bothers me. Upon further observation, I think it’s more of an OCD type of flaw in me. After seeing the new Fantastic Four trailer, I feel like all is right with the world. It’s awesomeness has trumped my OCD. And my OCD has subsided, I think it’s good that we are changing things up a bit. We can’t continue to have the same exact story brought to the screen with new reboots and reinterpretations.

But now the Ghostbusters will be women! For shame! I hope you detected the sarcasm there. From the sounds of it the Ghostbuster’s reboot will be similar only in name. Yes there will be four leads that are going to have comedic roles, but it sounds like the filmmakers are also going to try to be genuinely scary as well. I see no problems with this new version of Ghostbusters, I only wish I could have a true continuation of the original story. The best I have is a video game, which I must admit was pretty fantastic.

Now enjoy the Fantastic Four Teaser trailer.

The Mask You Live In

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a documentary coming to fruition that focuses on the detrimental effects caused by the world’s view of masculinity. We’ve seen many documentaries similar to this for women, but sometimes we forget to analyze these sort of things for men.

I can remember wanting to die when I was a child due to the pressure of my peers (seriously, there were thoughts of suicide). I was the awkward smart kid who needed a little work on his social skills. I can remember being lured into a fight once because I didn’t want to be seen as weak. I can remember being called ‘fag’, ‘goomer’, ‘pussy’ and ever other word you can think of that kills self esteem. I can definitely relate to the premise of this documentary and I cannot wait to watch it.

 

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First Batfleck Images

Yesterday the biggest thing I saw on the internet was images of Ben Afleck in the batsuit. I must say it looks awesome! More importantly, look how awesome the batmobile looks!

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Here’s a better look where the image is brightened.

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I’m withholding judgment until I see the film. I think everyone thinks this is an odd choice for Batman after the Daredevil flop.  But that is some good eye candy.

–Edit–

A good friend of mine (Joey in the comments) linked me to a bunch of images of “Sad Batfleck”. Personally this is my favorite.

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