Week in Geek #144: TI Gone from Ant-Man 3, Movie Release Date Changes 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:

San Diego Comic-Con

Due to COVID still being a raging problem, SDCC is going to be a virtual event again this year, taking place July 23-25.

Look. That sucks. But it's not only the safest thing to do, it's also the most cost-efficient. Less and less big companies were doing things at SDCC and these events are becoming more about just autograph signings, merch stands and a hub for people to cosplay. While that's great for people who want to go specifically for those reasons (and doing a virtual thing is, of course, bad for those people/vendors), these types of shows are sadly dying out. It's not as feasible anymore to rent out such a huge space unless you're going to make your money back and with COVID being the way it is, that's just not possible, so why risk everyone's health in the process, too?

T.I. Gone from Ant-Man 3

The Hollywood Reporter claims Marvel's cutting dies with T.I. and not having him return for Ant-Man 3 due to apparently 11 alleged victims claiming sexual abuse and other things.

The allegations are another discussion, but in the context of the film itself (since this is a site about movies and such, rather than legal issues), I don't think this is a big deal. Sure, I'd always rather keep as many characters as possible, but I honestly couldn't even tell you his character's name. Luis is the real standout in that group with David Dastmalchian's character (can't tell you his name, either) as the #2. I don't think anyone will really feel like T.I.'s absence from the film will hinder it much.

Hera Syndulla for Rangers of the New Republic

Since Cara Dune isn't going to be a thing anymore (because instead of just recasting the part and keeping the plans, they're just going to kill off Gina Carano's character...shame to sacrifice the story for that), that rules out the potential main character of the Rangers of the New Republic series.

But if one rumor is true, it seems like they might replace her with Hera Syndulla. If that's the case, talk about an upgrade!

Zack Snyder's Justice League Chapters

There will be six chapters for the film, which are:

  1. Don't Count on it, Batman
  2. The Age of Heroes
  3. Beloved Mother, Beloved Son
  4. Change Machine
  5. All the King's Horses
  6. Something Darker

Neat. I like it. I'm really loving the idea that this will feel like more of an event than just a recut.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is Totally Going to Move Dates

The next Fast and Furious movie changed its date to the same day as Venom 2, which hasn't released a trailer yet. I think the next stage of this is pretty obvious. Venom will be announced to move to another date further down the line, likely closer to October. It'll want to stay away from battling a box office juggernaut during a pandemic time frame where theaters might still just not be open at all.

And so, everything else gets pushed even further back to 2022...2023...2024....

At least A Quiet Place Part II moved up from September to Memorial Day. That's something. I just want to watch these movies and I get that everyone is hoping theaters will open up the way they were before and billions of dollars will just flood in, but I don't think that's happening for another whole year, if not just because people like myself will still be cautious even if the option is there.

Lola Bunny

Lola Bunny has been redesigned for Space Jam: A New Legacy, and people on both sides of chiming in about this make no sense to me.

If you're wickedly upset...why are you so into a cartoon bunny needing to be super sexualized? You're weird.

But if you're so upset that Lola Bunny was drawn like that, to the point that you felt like you needed to undo that, you're also weird and you need to get your priorities in line if that's a big deal that you think you're fixing the world by changing.

It's a cartoon rabbit, people. There's a pandemic going on. Jeez.




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.