Wakanda Forever! We discuss Black Panther.

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We talk SPOILERS in this episode.

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

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Things are about to get weird when Tony, Casey, and Betty get together weekly to provide a “nerd’s eye view of pop culture.”  These only children geeks have somehow managed not to kill each other, as they do battle with movies, television, and all things pop culture. If you like podcasts similar to “Nerdist” and “ID10T”, more diverse than “2 Dope Queens”, and completely opposite of  “My Brother, My Brother, and Me,” you should check out “Geek Vs.”

 

Are There Too Many Superhero Films?

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During a recent interview Jodi Foster stated “Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.” Then in a final jab she said, “It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.” Is she on to something?  Is she off the rails?  We discuss in this episode.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Trailer #2 REACTION!!!

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Let’s be real, I was going to go see this movie regardless, but here’s my reaction to the trailer.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

 

The Avengers Aren’t Fond of the Justice League Trailer

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Marvel or DC, the age old question?

Fortunately we live in the future where we can have both, in the form of blockbuster movies at that.  That doesn’t mean the Avengers have to like it though.  Check out this hilarious video from Youtuber Dr.Machakil.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League heads to theaters on November 17.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events cover art for Geek Versus Week episode 116.

Netflix is at it again with original programming, this time, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, or simply A Series of Unfortunate Events, is an American drama television series from Netflix, and developed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, K. Todd Freeman, and Presley Smith and premiered on January 13, 2017.

The first season consists of eight episodes and adapts the first four books of the series. A Series of Unfortunate Events was renewed for a second season, which is planned to consist of ten episodes that adapt books five through nine of the novel series, and a third season is expected to adapt the remaining books.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is being replaced as Doctor Strange by another actor for the first part of Avengers Infinity War shooting, as he is too busy with another movie.

http://screencrush.com/avengers-doctor-strange-stand-in/

Nintendo Switch coming soon!

The Nintendo Switch is an upcoming video game console developed by Nintendo, and the company’s seventh major home console. Originally known in development as the NX, it was officially unveiled in October 2016 and is scheduled for release worldwide on March 3, 2017.

The Switch is a “hybrid” console, allowing different modes of play. Its main unit is shaped like a tablet computer which can be used portable as-is, or connected to a television display through a detachable docking station. In addition it can also be used in a tabletop form with its kickstand. Despite these characteristics, Nintendo markets the Switch primarily as a home console rather than as a portable.

http://www.nintendo.com/switch/home/

J.J. Abrams Says He’s Done With the Remake Business

Look at J.J. Abrams‘ filmography and you’ll find a guy with a talent for remaking, rebooting, and remixing. While he’s also spearheaded his fair share of wholly original work, he’s become a reliable source for any old franchise in need of an adrenaline injection to heart. Mission: Impossible IIIStar TrekStar Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s kind of his thing.

But Abrams himself seems ready to move on to other things, saying that he’s ready to spread his wings and fly away from the land of reboots and remakes.

http://www.slashfilm.com/j-j-abrams-says-hes-done-with-reboots/

All this and more on the latest episode of Geek Versus Week.

 

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A Quick Word From: Someone Whose Flight Was Delayed by the ‘Civil War’ Airport Fight

 

Originally posted on The Observer. This was too good not to share.

Hello, my name is Marcus Kelley, and I really don’t want to complain. I fly quite a bit for work, and I totally understand how fickle air travel can be. One time I had a three-day layover in Bangkok due to some sort of signal problem. Things happen. I get that. It’s just slightly frustrating to me that my flight out of the Leipzig/Halle airport has been delayed indefinitely due to an all-out superhero melee.

Don’t get me wrong; I love superheroes just as much as the next guy. I mean, really, thank you to any and all superheroes who may be reading this. You’re the real heroes, truly. It’s just that I had a two-hour window to make a connecting flight back to New York from Vienna so I could attend my son’s graduation from Columbia. There is absolutely no way I am making that connecting flight now, and James is only going to graduate med school once, you know?

When I heard the airport was getting evacuated, I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the Leipzig/Halle security team. When I found out we were being evacuated not because of a terrorist threat, but because a group of super powered friends were having an ideological tiff, I must admit, I became slightly upset. I really don’t want to get political here, and with all my travelling, I haven’t had time to develop an opinion on whatever it is the Sokova Accords are. Captain America and Iron Man both seem like stand-up guys, and I understand that friends fight. One time I didn’t talk to my brother for a year because of a minor squabble over our father’s estate (long story short, there was a condo in Fort Lauderdale that he wanted to sell, but I thought we should keep it in the family because of how much dad liked it when all the grandchildren were together). We talked it out, and now we rent it out except for the first two weeks in August, which we reserve for the kids. I honestly don’t think we’ve ever been closer. The point is we talked it out.

Now I’m sure Captain America and Iron Man tried to find a peaceful alternative, and I do appreciate them fighting in an abandoned airport instead of a crowded city. But when I heard they were fighting, I assumed it was aliens again or another evil robot man. No, this time it was a personal problem. And that’s where bar rules come into effect: if you need to fight, take it outside. We are in Germany. There’s lots of rolling hills perfect for fighting. They could knock each other into windmills and stuff. It’d be fun.

And that’s another thing. By all accounts, the airport brawl was a little too casual and fun. If you have to fight and ruin a lot of people’s travel plans, please don’t show off what a great time you are having doing it. Show some remorse, Spider-Man. Things between my son and I are already shaky, and I just know he will see this as yet another time dad prioritized work over family. From what I can tell, almost all of you superheroes have some sort of daddy issues, so you understand how important it is that I make this right.

I promised myself I wouldn’t get angry about this, because it’s like, “first world problems. Look at this guy complaining about his missed flight.” But Ant-Man, a superhero famous for shrinking, somehow became a giant and ripped the wing off my airplane. I didn’t even know he had that power. How’s that fair?

Also, to be perfectly honest, I’m concerned that Hertz is going to charge me for the rental car that Scarlet Witch threw on Iron Man. I had already returned it to the lot, even if I hadn’t formally checked out yet.

So now I’m stuck in East Germany because The Vision sliced an airport hanger in half with his forehead beam. I know there’s been a lot of talk in the news about the collateral damage of superhero fights, and relatively speaking, this seems like an almost purposefully safe response to that backlash. But it’s still annoying. Most of these guys can fly. Why do they need an airport? If I had Falcon’s wings, I would fly clear across the ocean to let my son know I’m proud of him and I support his relationship with Denise, even if I think she’s all sorts of wrong for him.

Now I’m stuck staring at this departures board, with every single flight delayed as they clean up a bunch of exploded trucks and a weird amount of webbing. I hope Captain America and Iron Man and whoever Black Panther is find peace. I really do, but there are only so many magazines I can browse through in this Hudson News. Son, if you are reading this, I will miss your graduation, but should make it home in time for your birthday on Thursday, assuming The Winter Soldier stops fluctuating between good and evil.

Who Was That Woman?

“Move or you will be moved” WHAT!?  Who is that?  She just straight up talked to Black Widow like a chump.  Black Widow is one of the most badass women ever to appear on screen, and this mysterious woman didn’t even care.  OMG!!!  Oh snap, they about to fight!  Whaaaaaaat?  That was me while watching Captain America: Civil War.  With six words and very little screen time, actress Florence Kasumba left many movie goers asking, “Who was that woman?”  And if you have limited Black Panther comic book knowledge like me, you immediately ran to research it.  As she was only credited as “Security Chief,” this leaves open some possibilities, but the context and appearance leave many to believe she is a member of the Dora Milaje.  The who what you say?The Dora Milaje (pronounced “dora-meh-LAH-shay”) are the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda. In addition with their protective function, they are also a pool of superior Wakandan women. An ancienttribal tradition, the Dora Milaje were assembled as potential queens for an unmarried king, maintaining the peace in Wakanda by ensuring that every tribe has the opportunity to put forward one of their daughters for the crown.Source: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Dora_Milaje_(Earth-616)Oh man, now I definitely can’t wait to see more. Unfortunately the Black Panther film isn’t set to release until 2018. What to hear our Captain America: Civil War discussion?  Check it out below, or subscribe to the Geek Versus Week podcast in your favorite podcast app. 

I’ve Seen That Before: Civil War Edition

If you haven’t yet seen Captain America: Civil War I suggest you stop what you’re doing and go check it out right now.  Yes, that even includes reading this article.  My feelings will not be hurt if you neglect my writings in favor of checking out Civil War.  Let me tell you, it’s THAT good.  Some would even argue the greatest superhero movie of all time. So imagine my surprise, while enjoying yet another amazing battle, this time between Spiderman, Falcon, and Bucky, when I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I had seen that airport before.  Not from earlier in the movie, not even from another movie, but SOMEWHERE. A little research on the shooting locations helped me realize numerous scenes were shot at the Berlin Schonefeld Airport.  This didn’t really have any significance to me, and although I lived in Germany at one time, I had never been to that airport.  Or have I?  I just couldn’t shake the feeling of dejavu.  Just as Spiderman swung between the rafters, I had this feeling that I had spent many hours there as well.  And then it hit me! I had grinded, kick flipped and ollied through those rafters before.  As it turns out the windows and rafters of this particular real life airport inspired a portion of the “Airport” level in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, which apparently has been ingrained into my subconscious. Maybe it’s time to break out this oldie but goodie. Want to hear our complete review of Captain America: Civil War.  Listen to the Geek Versus Week podcast below, and subscribe in your favorite podcast app.