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Week of Geek: For when you’re too young to see Deadpool 2…

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Hiya Geeklings!

So, let me guess what some of you may be thinking.  The big geek news this week is the release of Deadpool 2, which is obviously the sequel to the smash hit Deadpool, a film finally worthy of the Merc with the Mouth (the less said about X-Men Origins: Wolverine the better).  BUT, for anyone out there younger than 18, there be a problem; the movie, like it’s predecessor, is rated R.

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Yup, sorry guys, you gotta be 18 to see it unaccompanied by a guardian or parent.  And as a full-fledged adult who has seen the original, let me tell you, that R rating is well earned and the sequel is not going to be any more sanitized, so I have to agree.  And I also agree that to give the character anything less than an R rating would not do him any justice.

Quick history: Deadpool is actually a total ripoff of a DC character.  He was ‘inspired’ by Deathstroke (not to be confused with Deadshot, from the Suicide Squad), a villain from New Teen Titans, and at least in the beginning both of them were pretty interchangeable.  Same style of costume, same MO, same skills, same superpowers, just… same, same, same.  Even their alter-ego names are similar; Wade Wilson (Deadpool) and Slade Wilson (Deathstroke).  If you look at them side by side the comparisons become painfully clear.

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But as the character developed, we discover that Deadpool has one extra superpower over his predecessor; comedy.  Deathstroke is a pretty humorless guy, but Deadpool is not only hilarious but also completely off the wall, often speaking to the audience or having full on conversations with the voices in his head.  It’s these qualities that helped him become his own character, one that’s fairly divisive but to his fans he’s the bomb.

Though you may be too young for the films, fear not!  We have stuff for you to read that will tide you over until the day comes.  We have some YA graphic novels that, while still violent, don’t quite cross the line into ‘only for adults’ stuff.

Deadpool Deadpool Vol. 1: Dead Presidents – “Dead United States presidents, from George Washington to Gerald Ford, have been resurrected – and that’s bad. The Marvel heroes can’t be the ones to stop them… Someone is needed with the reputation, skills and plausible deniability to take out these com-monsters in chiefs. Be here as Deadpool de-un-deadifies ex-Presidents left and right…matching wits with Tricky Dick Nixon, fighting a grudge match against Honest Abe Lincoln, and battling Ronald Reagan – in space! COLLECTING: Deadpool 1-6.”  The first volume in the Marvel NOW! era of Deadpool is as wacky as that summary suggests.

Deadpool Deadpool Vol. 5: The Wedding of Deadpool – “The day of Deadpool’s wedding has arrived! It’s the biggest wedding since that one guy married that other guy as Deadpool and his mysterious bride tie the knot in a tale by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn & Mike Hawthorne. Featuring stories by every writer to ever pen Wade’s series to celebrate this magical occasion! Then, the Deadpool Annual answers the most asked question since Deadpool’s new series began. Whatever Happened to the White Caption Boxes?’ Collecting: Deadpool 26-27, Deadpool Annual.”  Who is the mystery bride?  Read to find out!

Deadpool Deadpool: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – From Goodreads; “It begins with a lost Deadpool adventure from the groovy seventies as DP hits the streets with Power Man and Iron Fist! But when the threat the Trio-For-Hire faced resurfaces in the modern day, Deadpool must track down his old pals for a rematch!
Then, when Deadpool’s past in the Weapon X Program returns to haunt him, he recruits fellow Weapon Plus alums — and reluctant allies — Wolverine and Captain America! In the heart of the enemy’s clutches, the three get sucked deeper into the mysteries they uncover — but when the heroes learn that Deadpool’s past has been weaponized, can they unite to take this new threat down in time?”  One of my favorite Deadpool storylines is when you throw his antics in with the other Marvel characters.  It makes for great dynamics.

Spider-Man/Deadpool - Kelly, Joe Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1: Isn’t it Bromantic? – “The Webbed Wonder and the Merc with a Mouth are teaming up for their first series EVER! It’s action, adventure and just a smattering of (b)romance in this episodic epic featuring the WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER HERO and the star of the WORLD’S GREATEST COMICS MAGAZINE. Talk about a REAL dynamic duo! COLLECTING: SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL 1-6”.  The first volume in a series where the two most quippy superheroes ever team up?  Count me in!

Hawkeye Vs Deadpool Hawkeye vs Deadpool – “Meet Hawkeye: ladies man (‘ladies man’ because the ladies love to hate this man), mighty marksman and, most importantly, Avenger. He’s the only guy on the team without any powers, though. Then there’s Deadpool. He can be shot, stabbed and punched in the face, but nothing can keep him down. What do they have in common? Halloween in Brooklyn, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. espionage mystery that has both heroes racing the clock! But will Deadpool and Hawkeye kill each other before they figure it out? Collecting: Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool 0-4”.  Another great dynamic to be had here.

Any books I missed?  Are you bummed about the rating for the Deadpool films?  Sound off in the comments or on WriteIt!

Have a great week Geeklings, whip up some chimichangas, and until next time End of Line!

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Week of Geek: How emotionally ready are we for Infinity War? (Me? Not very)

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Hiya Geeklings!  Enjoying the nice weather?  Finally?!  It’s actually starting to feel like spring right now, so go out and enjoy it!  (Even if it is a little rainy.)

Today I want to talk about what’s happening this Friday.  Something that has taken 10 years and almost 20 movies to come to fruition.  Something that we’ve been waiting for with simultaneous excitement and dread for a while now.  It’s all going down this weekend.

Avengers: Infinity War will finally drop.

And… well, is there a word for when you’re both hugely excited but also kinda terrified?  TrepidationApprehensionFrisson, maybe?  Yeah, I like frisson, let’s go with that, though this is definitely not a brief feeling.

So why the frisson?  Well, this is a big moment, not just for the franchise but culturally.  Over the last decade Marvel Studios has put out some of the most profitable and successful films ever.

There’s nary a person who hasn’t watched at least one of the MCU movies.  They’ve been so successful at the idea of a shared universe and interconnecting films that they’ve completely changed how Hollywood works now, with other studios rushing to catch up (some with more success than others).  It’s been a tremendous accomplishment on everyone’s part.

And it’s all been leading to this moment.  While Infinity War won’t be the last Avengers film as we know it (that’ll come in 2019) and there are still a few more movies to come out for Phase 3 (this summer’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and next year’s Captain Marvel) plus at least 2 more post phase 3, this is the first time we’ll see it all come together on this grand of a scope.  If the first Avengers film, with all the characters thrown together at once for the first time, was groundbreaking then Infinity War will be mind blowing.  We’ve got the Avengers & Spider-Man & Doctor Strange & Black Panther & the Guardians of the Galaxy & maybe Ant-Man & Hawkeye (they haven’t been in the promos, like at all).  All that time we’ve imagined Tony Stark and Star-Lord in the same room will now be a reality!

And that’s just one example!

But there is one big shadow looming over this whole celebration, and it’s not Thanos’ enormous ship (OK, it’s not just the enormous ship).  It’s one big question that the internet and fans alike have been abuzz about for a long time now; who will survive Infinity War?

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Darn it, it’s probably going to happen, isn’t it?  Someone’s not going to make it.  Maybe multiple characters.  And the suspense is killing me!  I love all of these guys so, so much!  Iron Man, Loki, Thor, Cap, Widow, Hulk, Black Panther, Shuri, Okoye, Nakia, Bucky, Spidey, Strange, Vision, the whole Guardians crew, just… WHY?!  Why are any of them in this kind of danger?  Darn it Marvel writers!

*deep breath*

So anyhoo, I guess we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens… which is excruciating, but them’s the breaks.  The early reviews and audience reactions have been pretty positive so far, so it looks like we’re in for a good movie regardless (*whew* How awful would it have been if everything built up to this and then it was a bad movie?  People would freak).  In the mean time, here’s the previous films we have in our system.

What do you guys think?  Will you see Infinity War opening weekend?  Later?  At all?  Any Marvel super fans or is anyone sick of it all by now?  Post away in the comments or on WriteIt.

Catch you later Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: New pint-sized trailer from Marvel, plus a history making addition…

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Hiya Geeklings!  Did you miss me?

So, coupla things for you today.  This week we got the first trailer for one of Marvel’s 2018 entries, this summer’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Check it out!

Lots to admire here.  I like how clever everyone gets with the shrinking and growing tech and what they use it on (including a Pez dispenser).  It looks like we’ll once again see Scott deal with the consequences of his actions, this time from his shenanigans in Captain America: Civil War.  But, and I love this the best, we finally see the Wasp in action, and she’s AWESOME!  As with the first Ant-Man film, I think we’re in for a fun ride.

Check out that first Ant-Man film, and Captain America: Civil War (the last time we saw Scott), plus the other MCU movies on this handy list…

BTW, how stoked is everyone for Black Panther?  I’m stoked!

Something else I have to share… You know how I’ve talked up the anime Yuri!!! on Ice like a billion times?  Well guess what?  They’re finally releasing it on blu ray in North America?  And guess what else?  We have it on order!  That’s right, you can now put your name down to sign it out, take it home and watch it once it comes in.  YAY!

And in case it hasn’t been painfully obvious up until now, I highly recommend this show.

Thanks Geeklings!  Have a great week, 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 Holiday Edition: 2017’s Big Moments

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’re your holidays going?  I hope they include lots of food and good times.

So 2017 is almost over.  The year of Fidget Spinners, of wrong films winning Best Picture, solar eclipses, Szechuan Sauce and Last Jedi.  It’s been quite a year for pop culture and nerdy stuff, and as we start looking towards 2018, let’s recap some of the big entertainment moments from the last 12 months…

Envelope mix up at the Oscars – Proof that even with the most careful planning anything can happen on live television, the wrong name was given as the winner of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards  Everyone from La La Land was already on the stage celebrating and thanking everyone when it was revealed that a mix up had occurred and that Moonlight had actually won.  Awkwardness on a worldwide scale.

Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial – Tone deaf and vain, this infamous attempt to merge protest marches with soft drinks quickly got shot down by social media and the public in general.  Lessons learned all around.

13 Reasons Why – This Netflix series based on the YA novel of the same name by Jay Asher raised a lot of questions and concerns with viewers and their parents, mainly asking if the show ended up glorifying suicide.  It sparked a lot of discussion, and became one of the most talked about YA shows of the year.

Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo – This last October Hollywood Big Wig Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, and it began an online movement and a complete overhaul of how we look at people in power, not just in Hollywood but in the world at large, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.

Wonder Woman – One of the most successful films of any genre this year, Wonder Woman’s first solo live action film was a hit with critics and fans alike, and had the box office numbers to prove it.  It was proof positive that a woman could helm a hero story, both in front of and behind the camera

Another Great Year for Superheroes – The superhero trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  With great films like Wonder Woman, Logan (gotta be 18 to see that one, head’s up), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, we had plenty of reasons to geek out this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Another series based on a book, this dystopian tale of women as 2nd class citizens became very timely in 2017 after #MeToo, the Women’s Marches and the election of Donald Trump.  Life imitating art or vice versa?

Royal Engagement and a 3rd Royal Baby – If you’re fans of the British Royal Family at all, there were two bits of good news this year.  Duchess Kate is expecting her and Prince William’s third child, and Prince Harry announced his engagement to Megan Markle.  Expect wedding bells this May and the new prince or princess this April.

Riverdale – One of the most talked about shows this year, Riverdale premiered back in January, and it’s 2nd season premiered just this last October.  A dramatic take on the classic Archie characters, this mystery has proven popular with teens and almost everyone else.

The Disney/Fox Merger – This only happened this last month, but it was still a HUGE game changer.  Now that Disney pretty much owns Fox it’s led to a ton of speculation from fans.  What does this mean?  How will everything look a few years from now?  Will the Avengers and the X-Men finally be in the same movie?  Not to mention a new reality we all have to embrace, like the fact that Disney now owns properties like The Simpsons or American Horror Story or even Rocky Horror.  WHAT?!

Babadook and Pennywise dating – What started as a mix-up on Netflix turned into a Twitter joke that was fully embraced by the LGBTQ community.  And after It became a hit this last fall it was time for the ultimate ship.

So there’s just a few in a very busy year.  Anything I left out?  Post away in the comments below or write up your own year-end reviews on the WriteIt site.

Have a happy new year Geeklings!  Hope it’s fun, safe and reflective.  See you in 2018 and until next time, End of Line.