Week in Geek #131: Discovery+, HBO Max May Have Just Killed Movie Theaters and More | Fanboys Anonymous

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:

Hailee Steinfeld is FINALLY Confirmed as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye

After all this time of denying it, they've finally flat out confirmed that Steinfeld has been cast as Kate Bishop for the Hawkeye series on Disney+.

About time.


Disney announced it will be launching a "discovery+" (lowercase on purpose) streaming service starting January 4, 2021.

It's set to feature 55,000 episodes of content from networks like HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Basically, it's lumped together all the stuff like Ancient Aliens and Pawn Stars along with Planet Earth, the reality shows about awful people you find on TLC like the parents who try to live vicariously through their kids and the ones who think their wacky families are interesting, so on and so forth.

I'm not signing up for it, but I like the idea. This is the future of this cable/streaming battle. ISPs are going to just basically be telecommunications services providing the internet connections (eventually, probably merging with the phone companies, too) and televisions are just going to be even more so computers which stream things. Cable packages will be converted over to lumped platforms like this.

Disney owns a ton of assets. Not everyone is going to sign up for Disney+ itself because they don't want to see The Little Mermaid and the MCU films and whatnot. But there's ESPN for sports and there's these "learning" shows (if you can call them that) which a lot of people have lots of crossover for. Chances are, if you watch Pawn Stars, you watch Storage Wars. My fiance watches 90 Day Fiance and its surrounding shows, for another example.

This just makes sense.


Warner Bros is going to do the Wonder Woman 1984 release method (in theaters at the same time as HBO Max) for ALL their movies for 2021.

This is huge. This is basically WB saying "You know what? Screw it. Let's get as many people as possible to subscribe and if it fails, it fails, but at least we'll have tried. The onus is on us to test this out."

Credit to them for not rolling over anymore and just hoping things go back to normal. However, it's understandable why theater chains are pissed about this. The less need to go to a theater, the less people will go. It's just a fact. However, if people aren't going to begin with, what's better? Doing that and having some people go, or continuing to have NO no releases and hoping people see garbage films that no one would have seen to begin with on a non-pandemic schedule?

Mandalorian: The Tragedy

Boba Fett is cool again! He's been restored! They managed to rewrite part of Star Wars history that was pretty bleak, as he looked awful in Return of the Jedi and it seemed like he never amounted to jack shit. Now, we see that even years after this, he's a total bad ass.

I didn't expect Mando's ship to be blown up. I figured Grogu would be captured just to up the stakes, but I never imagined the Razor Crest would be completely eviscerated like that. Maybe the reason why is because they want to give him a bigger ship with a bigger cockpit so he can have more characters inside to interact with?




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