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Week of Geek Breaking News (Kind Of): First Last Jedi Trailer!

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Welcome back Geeklings!  How was the long weekend?

OK, full disclosure, this isn’t exactly ‘Breaking News’.  What I’m about to post here came online last Friday from last week’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, and as of this writing this vid has had almost 28 million views since then.  Old news by now, but still worth freaking out about, so I’m posting it.

Behold, our first look at Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi!

Aaaaaaaaaand freaking out now!

(BTW, there’ll be some slight spoilers from this point on, so if you haven’t seen the last film, The Force Awakens, and want to remain unspoiled, you have been warned.)

So yes, truly a tease, but there’s still a lot to unpack here.  Since Episode VII there’s been speculation on what Rey‘s next move is, and it seems like it’s been somewhat confirmed here that she’ll be doing some training with Luke Skywalker (we finally get to hear him speak!).  I squealed when I saw Poe and BB-8 again, as they were two of my favorite characters from last time, and Finn and Kylo Ren are back as well.  And what’s with that new planet with all the red?  What’s Finn doing in that pod?  What are Poe and BB running from?  What is Kylo up to now?  So many questions!

One of the biggest things to wonder is what Luke means when he says the Jedi must come to an end?  Now some people have interpreted this as Luke being bitter and disillusioned when his attempt to revive the Jedi proved to be a disaster (we assume; all we know for sure is that his force-strong nephew is now firmly on the Dark Side, so that’s bound to sting for someone like Luke, who was looked at as the Jedi’s last hope).  But I wonder if it could mean something else.

You see, and this might be a tad blasphemous, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the Jedi (surprise surprise).  I’ve always been a little more into the Sith, which are the Dark Side practitioners.  And this is not just because of my love of villains (see link above), but because I’ve never really jived with the Jedi philosophy; all the cold, emotionless dedication they expect and insist from their pupils.  They’re a little too set in their ways and not fans of gray areas, and I think that’s one of the reasons why they didn’t last.

This is why I would be a GREY JEDI and not a member of the Corruscant Jedi Order. There MUST be different orders of Jedi aside from the one seen in the prequels. Or at least once would have been other orders with slightly different philosophies.:

So if the Jedi ended but not necessarily the Force or those who wield it, I would not have such an issue with that.  Rey mentions in the clip that whole thing about balance, which is something the Force has apparently needed for a long time.  That means Light Side AND Dark Side, not just one or the other as Jedi and Sith have been trying to insist on for millennia.  Maybe the Jedi will fall, but something new and perhaps better will rise?  Food for thought.

What do you think Geeklings?  Excited or need to see more?  Post away!

In the meantime, be sure to check out our Star Wars movies so you’re all caught up…

…and then read our many Star Wars books.  I have handy lists of what order you should read the novel tie-ins…

 

… and the Marvel graphic novels, ya know, just in case.

Keep the force flowing you guys, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: First trailer for Thor: Ragnarok! Break out the Zeppelin!

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Brace yourselves Geeklings!  Not too far behind our first look ever, we’ve got a first trailer!  Commence screaming with all your fangirl/fanboy might in 3, 2…

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

So many questions!  What happened to Mjolnir?  What happened to Asgard?  As Thor himself asks; “How did this happen?”  What’s the deal with Hela?  How does Loki fit in?  What’s with the Gladiator-type stuff?  How about the Hulk?  How did that happen?

Seriously though, when the Hulk showed up!  *SQUEAL*  “He’s a friend from work!”  Classic!

How about the fonts, with the neon colors and zooming across the screen?  Makes me think of those Sci Fi movies from a few decades ago (yeah, I know, I’m old)… which is probably totally on purpose, given they used a song from a huge 70s band.  Trying to go for a Guardians feel here?

And speaking of which, they FINALLY made use of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.  That song has references to Norse mythology all through it.  I’m surprised they only brought it out now for something Thor-related.

What do we think Marvel Fans?  Awesome?  Meh?  Are we liking where this is going?  Post away!

Check out my last post on Thor to put holds on his movies (and to read more of my fangirling).  Keep your eyes peeled for more updates, and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek Breaking News (Again): Trailers for Spider-Man Homecoming and Valerian!

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Hi again Geeklings!

Hot on the heels of this past weekend’s big trailer release for DC, Marvel/Sony has decided it won’t be outdone and posted a new trailer for this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is Spidey’s first solo movie under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner (coming after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and before Thor: Ragnarok this year).  Check it out!

EEEEEEP!

We first saw this version of Peter Parker in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, and it looks like Peter’s got the being-a-hero bug (is that a thing?  I think that’s a thing.)  But he’ll have his work cut out for him with villain The Vulture, family/school life and a trying-to-be-protective Tony Stark.  Nothing your average teen with spider powers can’t handle, right?  Right?

And speaking of comic books being turned into films, here’s one you may not have heard of.  Just today we got a trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.  This is based on a French Graphic Novel series called Valerion and Laureline (see their French site here).  These two teens are Spatio-Temporal Service agents, and they protect the worlds of the Terran Empire against rogue time travelers and other threats.  Why only Valerian got top billing in this film adaptation I don’t know, but the movie does look pretty cool.  Take a look.

Right?  It’s super pretty.  I’d give it a shot, but what do you guys think?  Any interest at all?  And how stoked (or not) are you for Spider-Man?  Post away.

And, just for fun, one last thing; fan-favorite animated show Gravity Falls had a bit of a reunion this week.  Kristen Schaal, who voices Mabel Pines (and also Louise on Bob’s Burgers), and Jason Ritter, who voices Dipper Pines, came together for an ‘infomercial’ to promote the show’s new book.  And, as any fan would expect, there are plenty of sweaters and conspiracy theories to go around.

You can put a hold on Journal 3 here, sans sweaters or lock boxes.

Thanks guys.  Stay tuned and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: New Justice League Trailer! And Death Note!

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Hiya Geeklings!  How we all doing this gray but double-digit temperature day?  (It’s still March, we take warm weather when we can get it).

Some exciting news this last weekend.  DC’s culmination of their own cinematic universe, Justice League, will be out this November.  The first footage we saw was from last summer’s San Diego Comic Con.  Here it is if you need a refresher (plus Ezra Miller‘s Barry Allen is just fun to watch).

Well, this weekend we got a full-on trailer!  Check it out!

Whaaaaaaa?  *excited noises*

Now, DC’s had some bumps in the road trying to establish the DC Extended Universe, which is what they’re calling their intertwined films.  Man of Steel was alright, but nothing to write home about.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice broke my darn heart (and a lot of other people’s).  And while I disagree with a lot of the reviews that suggest Suicide Squad was worse than BvS, it still was not great.  *Sigh*  I love these characters, and I want better for them.

But what do we think from the footage of Justice League so far?  Though it still looks dark and dreary (Zack Snyder is still directing it, after all) there at least appears to be some humor and lightheartedness, which BvS was sorely missing and that Suicide Squad tried to clunkily throw in at the last minute.  Hopefully it’ll be more organic this time around, with great chemistry among the teammates and with plenty of high stakes and action.  That’s not too much to ask, right?  (And while Aquaman is often mocked in pop culture, this version doesn’t look like someone you could make fun of and get away with it.  I like!)

On June 2 Wonder Woman arrives in theaters, and there’s a lot riding on it.  It’s the film just before Justice League, so we’ll see if DC can get one good film in before bringing everyone together.  Also, it’s the first film from any company to feature a top-tier female superhero.  How it does could set the standard for how other films featuring female heroes are made.  Seriously DC/Warner Bros, don’t mess this up!

Shifting gears for a moment, let’s talk about manga adaptations.  One of the most popular manga series out there right now is Death Noteit’s about a high school student named Light Yagami, who discovers a notebook from the Shinigami, which are Japanese spirits that invite humans to their death.  This notebook will kill anyone who’s name is written into it.  Light takes the opportunity to play God and cleanse the world of evil, but he then has to contend with a detective on his case and the Shinigami Ryuk, who owns the notebook.

Well, there’s a live-action film version coming in August on Netflix.  And we got a trailer!

What do we think?  Any Death Note fans out there who want to sound off?  Any novices who think they’ll give the series a shot?  Post away.

That’s all for now Geeklings.  Stay tuned for more news, find more on the Justice League here, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: First look at Thor Ragnarok

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Hi again Geeklings!

Some exciting news!  Entertainment Weekly, which is one of the flagships of pop culture magazines, is doing a cover story this week with a first look at the next Thor movie, November 3rd’s (day before my birthday!) Thor: Ragnarok (which, I must point out, is the THIRD Marvel movie we’re getting this year, when usually we only get two; Ragnarok comes after May 5th’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and July 7th’s Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Now, brace yourself, because Thor’s… had a bit of a makeover.

WHAT THE HEEEEEEY?  HE CUT HIS HAIR!  WHAT?!  HE!  WHAT?!

Seriously, what?  His long hair has been a part of his look since the beginning!  It’s so viking!  What?!

Another serious point to ponder; where’s Mjolnir?  His hammer?  He’s got two awesome-looking swords, and that’s awesome, but where’s his hammer?  *GASP*  Has Thor at some point since we last saw him become… unworthy?  Say it ain’t so!  Don’t make me post the screaming-robot-in-the-rain pic again!

OK, moving on.  We’ve got 2 newbies in the cover; Cate Blanchett as Hela and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.  So cool!

And over the last 24 hours we’ve had more pics posted online.  Let’s look!

That’s Jeff Goldblum on the left as the Grandmaster.  Another pic of Thor on the right, looking ready to throw down.

Mark Ruffalo is back as Bruce Banner/The Hulk!  Benedict Cumberbatch will also be back as Doctor Strange (HEE HEE!)

But here’s my big question… what of my beloved Loki?  One of my most favorite of villains?  The one who forced the Avengers together in the first place?  One we haven’t seen in far too long?  OH NO, DID HE CUT HIS HAIR TOO?!

HE’S BACK!  HAIR INTACT!  HAPPY DAY!

I know he’s murderous and evil, but look at that face!  He looks happy!  It melts my fangirl heart!

So what do we think Geeklings?  We excited?  Do we like Thor’s new look?  Do we like the colorful look of the film in general?  Who are we excited to see again?  Who are we excited to meet?  Post away!

In the meantime, we have previous Marvel Movies and Marvel Shows for your enjoyment.  For Thor’s arc, you’ll want this, this, this and this (in that order).  And put a hold on Doctor Strange if you haven’t yet (keep an eye out for the end-credits scenes, *wink wink nudge nudge*)

Stay tuned for more Marvel news.  Let’s end off with this vid.  Yes, it’s from all the way back in 2013, but it’s still AWESOME and it’ll tide us over until we get a Ragnarok trailer.  Until next time, End of Line.