You may remember our news recap show Week in Geek from our YouTube channel, where we broke down the all the happenings in the nerd world throughout the week. This time around, we’re keeping things sleek, streamlined, and simple, delivering you the juiciest stories from the Monday to Friday week and dishing up our raw, unfiltered thoughts on what Hollywood and the geek sphere got up to.
Let’s dive into the biggest things that happened this week, January 29 to February 2.
Monday, January 29
Mark Millar, the author of Kick-Ass himself, came forward to say that he’d want to see Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson as the new Kick-Ass, Patience Lee.
Mickey: Okay, yes! All kinds of YES. Tessa Thompson absolutely owned her role in Thor: Ragnarok and stole my eye on the screen even when sharing shots with the likes of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. She’s strong — like, physically strong — and has already proven her ability to kick ass, so why not actually make her Kick-Ass? I think Mark Millar has the right idea.
Julia: Tessa Thompson has already proved her badass self in Thor, so yes please! Kick-Ass is a super intense action series, so Thompson would totally fit.
Brad: Tessa Thompson caught my eye when I first saw Creed. She’s got some serious acting chops and clearly has the talents for a more physical role. It might be a risky role for her, however, as she’s already portraying a “hero” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ceilidh: I am here for Tessa Thompson playing any role in any movie from now on. I’ve been a fan of Thompson since she played Veronica’s frenemy Jackie on Veronica Mars. She’s tough and dynamic enough to play Patience Lee.
Tuesday, January 30
The first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, dropped on Tuesday. We had a squizz and dished up our true thoughts on it. Starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp, Michael Peña as Luis, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Ant-Man and the Wasp will premiere on July 6.
Julia: I firmly believe that Ant-Man is one of the most underrated Marvel films. Admittedly, I’ve been in Paul Rudd’s corner since his performance as Mike in Friends, but even then, his comedic timing and humor is just so entertaining to watch unfold! Also, Evangeline Lilly is such a good, witty counterpart to him as the Wasp, all while holding her own.
Brad: It totally appears that they’ve decided to go all in with the crazy whacky tech that surrounds Ant-Man, so I’m all in, too. Like, I mean, there’s even a building that turns into a travel bag in the trailer. However, it does seem that this movie might suffer from the same issue many Marvel movies have, and that’s the distinct lack of an interesting villain.
Ryan: Since LOST, Evangeline Lilly has been one of my favorite actresses. I’m so glad the movie is focusing on the two characters equally! I thought the trailer illustrated a pretty fun movie to watch. Now that Ant-Man has been introduced into the MCU, we get to see so much more fun with the capabilities of his suit. I’m very excited to see this insect duo fighting side by side!
Marvel unveiled a batch of worrying snaps from Jessica Jones season two, showing Krysten Ritter’s roughed-up hero in chains! If we weren’t already excited to binge the new episodes when the show returned to Netflix on March 8, these pics pushed us over the edge.
Julia: Since I have no self control, I always end up binging the Marvel Netflix shows, even the ones that were painful to sit through (*cough* Iron Fist *cough*). I loved the first season of Jessica Jones, although I did notice that her very gradual character development might’ve rubbed people the wrong way, since she’s very abrasive most of the time. Hopefully, her character has more growth this season. I’d really love to see that!
Wednesday, January 31
The director of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald confirmed that the film will avoid Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality, and won’t explicitly mention that he’s gay.
Mickey: This is a touchy one because I can somewhat understand both points of view. On one hand, J.K. Rowling has publicly revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality and inserted it into Harry Potter canon, despite never directly addressing it in the books. But these films (especially this one) are her first opportunity to actually show his sexuality. Why would they hide it now?
On the other hand, I feel that all they mean by their statement is that they aren’t sexualizing Dumbledore as a character in the film. Which is problematic anyway considering the whole point of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship is context as to why Dumbledore is so horrified when he turns evil. They are in love with each other’s ideas and ideology, and then they are in love with each other. It would be a different argument entirely if Dumbledore’s sexuality was irrelevant to this particular story as it has been to most other stories/films in the Harry Potter canon, but it actually is relevant to this one.
Regardless of whether you can justify this decision as right or wrong, it makes me feel icky and uncomfortable and I can’t help feeling just a little bit disappointed.
Julia: It wasn’t something that was said in the books even if it is canon, so I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal if it’s left out of the script. Although, with that being said, I feel that it’d be interesting to be able to incorporate it into the story and seeing if there’s a motivation or if his attraction to Grindelwald would affect his decision-making process. Again, it’s in no means necessary, but having such a strong, popular character embrace that on-screen in a non-forced way would be pretty relatable to a lot of people.
The long-rumored Super Mario movie is actually happening! Nintendo confirmed the news late Wednesday night.
Mickey: There are two different sets of thoughts regarding this announcement, and they rely entirely on whether this will be animated or another live-action. Personally, I would prefer to see an animated movie, just because those characters (in my eyes) have always been in animated form. I don’t particularly want to see anyone try to prance around in overalls and fake moustaches, or be forced to enjoy watching a human person dressed in a small blue vest and huge mushroom hat. Please, please make it an animated movie. Editor’s note: It’s an animated movie! Thank the stars.
Julia: I literally can’t take this news seriously because of how terribly the last Super Mario film went. (We all know the one.) But seriously, the bar is set so low at this point that if it’s at least decently entertaining, I’d have an enjoyable experience.
Ryan: Being that I was a kid when the first movie came out, I really enjoyed it, and have missed seeing Mario in movie form. I’ll eat up anything Super Mario that’s thrown at me. I believe we’re long overdue for another Mario movie, and I can’t wait to see where they go with it.
Thursday, February 1
Nintendo confirmed that its long-promised online service for the Switch, the “Nintendo Switch Online,” is arriving this year. The service is expected to launch in September and will cost $3.99 a month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 per year.
Mickey: I love and always will love Nintendo, through its ups and downs, through it’s 64s and Gamecubes. The Switch is a fun console — like, really fun. I think it will only benefit from adding an online service; I’ll be first in line!
Brad: I’m hoping that this means Nintendo gets better servers and more quality-of-life changes to online services once it institutes the pricing. I’ll gladly pay to pay online if this is the case. And remember, there’s a Pokemon RPG planned in the Switch, so I’ll throw my money at my TV to play with my mates in that!
Ryan: The Switch might be my new favorite console. I’m 100 percent behind the design and technology of it, and anything that expands the capabilities of the device, I am all about! Nintendo makes some of the best, most enjoyable multiplayer games, and to be able to play them online with other people just takes it to the next level. It’s a natural and necessary progression, IMO.
FX released a collective teaser for its upcoming slate of TV shows, which included the first look at Legion season two. We couldn’t be more pumped! Bring on more twists and turns.
Julia: Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! Legion was easily one of my favorite content that I watched last year, so I can’t wait for season two. Seeing a character and a superhero series tackle mental stability in such a relatable way is such a refreshing, amazing thing to witness. Also, more Aubrey Plaza, please, because she absolutely killed it in season one.
Rockstar Games announced the release date for Red Dead Redemption 2, and released some gorgeous screenshots of the upcoming game, which arrives on October 26.
Mickey: I’ve never played this game, but HOLY SHIT, do the screenshots look stunning. Maybe I’ll be participating
Ryan: I never had a chance to play the first game, but have ONLY heard great things about it. I would definitely be interested in giving this release a try. Just even from these early screenshots, the game looks absolutely stunning.
Ceilidh: Through my excited giggling and squeals, all I can say is I’ll be taking a couple of days off in October to devote to this game. Seriously, it’s about time!
Friday, February 2
Ubisoft revealed the chilling story trailer for Far Cry 5, which sees you face a powerful cult and attempt to take down its wicked leader. Lead the resistance when Far Cry 5 launches on March 27.
AJ: I was really into Far Cry Primal a few years back, and my past work in hardcore games journalism kept my fingers on the pulse of all things relating to Far Cry 5. From teasers to stills to character introduction videos, Ubisoft has been covering the bases for months now, but this story trailer is probably the coolest piece of promo for the game that I’ve seen. I SO need to get a new console before March so I can snatch this up.
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