Week in Geek #41: Marvel What If Series, James Gunn GOTG Vol 3 and More | Fanboys Anonymous

Week in Geek #41: Marvel What If Series, James Gunn GOTG Vol 3 and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Friday, March 15, 2019
Welcome to another edition of WEEK IN GEEK here at Fanboys Anonymous—a rundown of some of the events, news and stories that went down over the past few days in the geek culture spectrum.

This week in geek culture Fanboys Anonymous nerd recap

Here are some of the topics I felt like voicing my opinions about:

"What If" Series for Disney +

Supposedly, there will be an animated anthology series based on the "What If" line, discussing and showing events similar to the way the comics have worked.

This is AWESOME! This is exactly the type of content I would love to see them do. Having it be animated makes it significantly easier to create and cut down on the cost and do whatever the hell you want, and incorporate characters from all sorts of spectrums. You can even get the MCU folk to voice their characters if you want.

Major, major thumbs up on this.

Official Aladdin Trailer + Iago Casting

Well goddamn, this trailer did so much more for me than the previous one. I still don't like Jafar's voice, but I feel so much more confident about this movie now than I did before. No matter what, I was going to be seeing it opening night, but now I'm less worried. Awesome.

Also, Alan Tudyk is playing Iago. That's pretty neat.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

Childhood me is having a stroke from two of my favorite series at the time crossing over. I'm really hoping they didn't make Dick Grayson younger than Barbara Gordon.

Avengers: Endgame Trailer

Uuuuuuuuugh I want to see this movie so bad. Literally everything that comes out, even the stuff that makes me nervous, just gets me thinking "aaah!!!" in excitement.


James Gunn WILL Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

I'm happy about this. I maintain my previous arguments from before. If someone better were to come along, I'd be totally fine for it, but I feel like even though Vol 2 left me underwhelmed, nobody knows where this franchise is going better than Gunn, and he deserved to finish out his trilogy. Were his jokes in the past horrible? Absolutely. But they were attempts at jokes, not actual actions. Had he been convicted of something terrible, I would say cast him aside and never bring up his name again. But he tried to make jokes that didn't land well, YEARS ago, has apologized for them, and we need to be willing and able to forgive people for past indiscretions. Every single person on the planet has at one point in their life (or more) said or done something they regret because they know it was mean or cruel or gross or had questionable morality, and if you think you have a 100% perfect track record, you're fooling yourself. If you really think that nobody should ever be forgiven for anything and everybody has a permanent record that cannot be expunged no matter how light the crime, your opinion doesn't matter to me. Gunn had distasteful jokes. You don't have to laugh at them and you don't have to follow his Twitter account, and even then, it isn't like he continues to do that because this was years ago. Get over it.

Wonder Woman 1984 is a Standalone Non-Sequel

Further proof DC doesn't know what they're doing, they're referring to the Wonder Woman sequel as not a sequel, but more like a James Bond film in that it somehow continues the continuity without continuing the continuity. Mind you, all of the Daniel Craig films have followed the same path, so that negates that argument, but yes, the Bond films are more fluid and the reason behind that is because with each new actor, there's a bit of a reboot. But that isn't the case with this. It's still Gal Gadot and it's still Chris Pine.

They should just be honest and say the truth: "We really wanted to bring Chris Pine back and we felt like we thought it would be interesting to set the film in the 80s, because people love doing that shit nowadays. Just look at the X-Men and all their convoluted mess. But, then we realized that it wouldn't make any sense, so we're just saying 'fuck it' and hoping you all go along for the ride, because we have no actual plans for a shared universe since we fucked it all up a long time ago and can't commit to any sort of strategy that everyone can follow. We'd rather let each individual film be treated like you should totally see the other ones, but we can't be bothered to do our jobs and sort out how to fit everything together, so if there are plot holes and all, can you not point them out? Please? Aren't Chris Pine and Gal Gadot pretty?"


Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.