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Week of Geek: First impressions of Fantastic Beasts sequel

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Happy March Break Geeklings!  Hope you’re having a ton of fun, but if not I’ve got something fun for you today; our first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

At barely 2 minutes, there is certainly a lot to unpack here.  But first… AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

OK, fangirling over, let’s discuss.

One of my favorite sites, Nerdist, does a great deep dive on this, but there’s a few things I’d like to point out.  First, how awesomely amazing was it to see Hogwarts again?  It’s like coming home!

Second, Newt as a sort of secret agent?  Certainly seems that way, as he’s working with Jude Law’s Dumbledore.  What could they be working on?

Third, a Wizarding World divided.  Again.  Or… before.  This was several decades before the whole mess with Voldemort divided the wizarding community, so this thing with Grindelwald came first.

Fourth, favorite characters are back.  Newt of course, and Tina (love Tina’s new look), Goldie and Jacob (LOVE Jacob <3).  Even Credence is back, and he’s apparently run off with the circus (it was the 1920s, you could do that back then).

Fifth, new characters.  Credence has a friend at the circus named Maledictus.  We got a look at Leta Lestrange, who with that last name and her complicated relationship with both Newt and his brother, you know is probably going to be trouble.  And the final scenes of the trailer feature Newt and his brother Theseus battling side by side (that last shot of them creating the fire wall together… beautiful.)

Sixth, beasts aplenty, including Thestrals and maybe a Hippocampus.

Seventh, two words: WIZARDING CIRCUS!  What is that even?  How amazing is that going to be?  They even have cotton candy!  And I bet it’s somehow magic!

Finally though, we’ve got to address the Erumphant in the room.  Two of them actually.

First, Johnny Depp, who plays our lead villain Gellert Grindelwald.  Many fans are not happy he’s still in this movie, considering how he’s been accused of domestic violence by his ex wife Amber Heard.  Though he hasn’t been officially charged or convicted of a crime there is still quite a bit of discomfort with this.  What makes this such a touchy subject for fans is that many, many people have seen the Wizarding World as a haven from abuse, considering how that was one of the big themes of Harry’s saga; an abused kid who finds his home at Hogwarts.  And the idea that the creators of these films would rally behind a potential abuser is not sitting well with people.  And as Nerdist pointed out, the fact that we only see Grindelwald twice in the first trailer of the film that bears his name, could be telling.  It could mean they’re saving it for later, or it could mean that the studio, though still on board with Depp being there, has heard the outcry and are trying to downplay it.

The other issue is that apparently we are not getting one solitary hint about Dumbledore’s sexuality in this new film, even though the entire story centers around him and Grindelwald, which Rowling has confirmed Dumbledore was in love with.  It’s a huge plot point, but we’re not going to get any mention of it.  This is a common problem for mainstream movies.  They cost so much to make that the studio wants to make a profit on them, and since in many places homosexuality is still very much taboo, a studio runs the risk of scaring off international markets if they show their characters as gay.

The thing is fans are getting tired of not having any representation in their favorite franchises.  They’re tired of everything being ‘implied’ and not outright stated.  One of the big plot points in the first Fantastic Beasts film was how destructive and awful it can be when you have to hide and suppress who you truly are.  The studios are undermining the messages of their own source materials by casting potentially abusive people and making sure a main character stays ambiguous.  Fans are not happy.

Anyway, there’s a lot of time between now and when the film comes out this December.  We’ll see what happens.  But what do you guys think?  Post away in the comments section below or write your thoughts over on WriteIt.

In the meantime, watch the first Fantastic Beasts film, or read the book, or check out the Harry Potter series if you haven’t yet.  Or again.  Have a great rest of the week Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: What’s Coming Up in 2018 Part 1

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HAPPY NEW YEAR GEEKLINGS!

Any big plans for 2018?  Stuff going on in school?  New things to try?  Maybe wrapping up high school?  Stuff?  Yeah, stuff.

One of the things I like best about a new year is the sheer amount of fandom and pop culture projects we now get to look forward to.  Shocking, I know.  From movie adaptations of favorite books to more from Marvel to more Szechuan Sauce and just so much else going down, it’s always fun to speculate when a new year comes around.  What will be great?  What will crash and burn?  For now, we can just get excited.

So let’s squee together at upcoming movies and TV shows.

Movies

Black Panther – We first met this iteration of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, but the character has had a long history in Marvel Comics.  This will be the first time he headlines his own film, and from what we’ve seen in the trailers it looks like we’re in for a visually stunning treat.

A Wrinkle in Time – A big screen adaptation of the classic book by Madeleine L’Engle.  Planets, dimensions, huge evil threats and tripiness abound.

Ready Player One: Another film adaptation of a popular book, I would watch this for the pop culture references alone.  But it looks like there’s a great sci fi story and a ton of amazing visual elements too.

New Mutants: One of three entries for Fox’s X-Men film universe coming out this year, this one features a group of mutant teens trapped in a research facility, and it looks like this one is going to amp up the horror element a little bit, not that I’m complaining. (Though now that Disney owns Fox, and by extension the film rights to the X-Men, we’ll have to see if this current status quo will change).

Avengers: Infinity War: I have many thoughts, and will have many thoughts as we get closer to May and beyond.  See current thoughts here and previous films here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Details on this are still slim, but come on!  It’s an origin story for Han Solo!  Of course we’re gonna watch it!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: More dinos!  More Chris Pratt!

Ant-Man and the Wasp:  Sequel to Ant-Man, and in this one, as the title suggests, we’ll finally see the Wasp in action.

Alita: Battle Angel: Apparently this one has been in the works for a long time, and we’ll finally see it come to fruition in 2018.  The big eyes on our main character are already causing a stir, but it is based on a manga series, so it seems to me that big eyes are par for the course.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix: The X-Men film series will take another crack at one of the franchises most famous and pivotal stories.  Here’s hoping it works out a little better.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldMore Newt!  And young Dumbledore!

Mortal Engines: Based on Phillip Reeve’s series of books, featuring mobile cities, social upheaval and steampunk.  Squeal!

There’s a sampling.  Other films to watch out for include Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Venom, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns, a live action version of Mulan and an Aquaman solo film.

TV

Quite a bit of new stuff on the anime front this year, including Attack on Titan Season 3…

… the final season of Fairy Tail, season 2 of One Punch Man and a continuation of the Tokyo Ghoul franchise with Tokyo Ghoul Re.

As for network TV it’s early to call, but a couple of things we can expect is a small screen adaptation of Black Lightning

… and a new series called Krypton, which takes place 200 years before Superman and features some of his ancestors.

There’s a lot right there, and honestly there was just too much good stuff to put in one post.  So… stay tuned tomorrow for part 2, when we discuss upcoming YA books.  YAY!

Get excited Geeklings, keep enjoying your time off, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: The title of the next Fantastic Beasts movie revealed!

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Rejoice Wizarding World fans!  The next film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series has a title and release date!  AND a cast photo!

Click here to learn more details about each character, and here for more about the movie.  And while The Crimes of Grindelwald won’t be out until next November, go ahead and sign out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to catch up (find the textbook here and the screenplay here).  Stay tuned for more, until next time, End of Line.