Welcome to Geekdom 075: 2017 in Film

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Mitchell McDonald returns to Welcome to Geekdom to chat about 2017 films. We discuss our top lists, what we didn’t enjoy, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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Monday Musings: Whatever A Spider Can

I started a new “job” today as editor of Whatever A Spider Can. I’m only putting that in quotations because it’s paid based on page views instead of an actual income and it’s fun, so it hasn’t felt like much of a job on day one. However, I’m still quite excited about it because now I get to do a ton of writing about Spider-Man and everything in that universe. Here are a couple of the articles I’ve posted today to kick off the relaunch of the site.

Brian Michael Bendis finished his run on Spider-Man

Brian Michael Bendis started writing Spider-Man comics back in 2000 with his long run on Ultimate Spider-Man. The series ran until 2009 and is a fantastic read. He’s also known for being the co-creator of Miles Morales, who has become quite the fan favorite. His work in the Spider-Verse didn’t end there, though. He also wrote Spider-Woman in 2009, which was a seven issue mini-series.

If you haven’t read any of his Spider-Man work, you’re definitely missing out.

Spider-Man’s next live action appearance and what to expect

In the trailer, Peter has the hair on his arm stand up when he senses trouble. Spider-sense is one of Peter’s abilities that gives him an advantage most heroes don’t have. In the comics, it’s been portrayed a variety of ways. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter wasn’t totally confident in his abilities and how to handle himself. Avengers: Infinity Warshows that he’ll continue to learn more about his powers.

Even though Homecoming came out in 2017, I’m already looking forward to what role Spider-Man will play in Avengers: Infinity War. 

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.

TCM Launches FilmStruck

TCM has launched a new film streaming service, FilmStruck. You can check out the list of films available here and watch the introduction video above. The Criterion Collection will migrate all of it’s movies over from Hulu to this new service. Right now there are already several hundred movies on the service consisting of all different genres.

‘Captain America: Civil War’: Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers reveal why no Avenger got killed off

The Russo brothers and Kevin Feige recently discussed the decision to not kill anyone off in Captain America: Civil War over at Hitfix.

Anthony Russo: We never talked about killing  Cap in this one, right? no.

Joe Russo: We did for a beat. We talk about everything.

Anthony Russo: I think the thing to remember is, we do talk about every possible scenario over and over and over again for months and months and months. We talked about it. But it never made its way into a realistic outline.

Feige: Well, the ending was always more about fracturing the team completely before getting into Infinity War.

Joe Russo: We talked about lots of potential characters dying at the end of the movie. And we thought that it would undercut what is really the rich tension of the movie, which is this is Kramer vs Kramer. It’s about a divorce. If somebody dies, it would create empathy, which would change and allow for repair, and we didn’t want to do that.

Feige: In the amazing comic book story, which certainly the conceit of this movie is based on and some of the specifics — during their big battle, which has a hundred times as many characters, a character dies. And we talked about that for a while. And, ultimately, we thought what happened to Rhodey would be enough of a downer.

Anthony Russo: The tragedy is the family falls apart. Not that the family falls apart and then somebody dies.

Thoughts on Fantastic Four

by Deanna Chapman

I just felt the need to get some quick thoughts down on the new Fantastic Four movie after seeing it this weekend and hearing or seeing negative reviews about it. Mind you, most of these reviews came from people who are enthralled with the comic universes, so of course they were bound to be more critical of the movie. However, I don’t think that’s the case for the majority of the people who go watch the super hero movies. And for those people I believe they’ll think the movie was fine.

I’ve become extremely invested in the Marvel Universe as of late thanks to my year-long subscription to Marvel Unlimited. While I have not read many issues involving the Fantastic Four and have not seen the first two movies (which seems to be a good thing), I do know about the team and how their powers function. The movie didn’t exactly do the characters or their powers any justice by letting the characters not have them for the majority of the movie. Do we really need to keep redoing the origin stories every time there’s a reboot? Most people won’t care how or why they got their powers, they prefer to see them use them. Do you think kids who go see this movie will understand traveling between dimensions or how any of the technology really works? Chances are they won’t. Give me a movie where they already have their powers and things could be so much better.

Speaking of their powers, they were also poorly displayed in the main fight scene of the movie. Let’s be honest, it’s not exciting watching Reed Richards shrink back down to his normal size. Nor is it thrilling to have all of the characters be disabled by dirt. Dirt. There has to be someone who could have come up with something a little more clever than that.

Let me move on to something I did like. The casting. I thought they did a pretty good job with getting some great actors involved in this movie. And I think had they given them some more time with their powers, the cast would have brought so much more in this movie. While the ending was a bit cheesy, it does imply there will be another movie. I just hope Fox can get it right next time. As I mentioned before, this movie was fine and not much more than that. After all, I still went to watch it didn’t I?