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Highlights from SDCC 2018

Monday Musing: Highlights from SDCC 2018We are in the full swing of comic con season. As always the headliner is San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Social Media can create awful Con Envy, but can also help us keep up to date with all the fun events happening at Comic-Con. Live blogging via Twitter, streaming in Facebook. Or seeing photos on Instagram can help us stay up to date with what is happening in SDCC. With that in mind here are my highlights from SDCC, from someone who wasn’t there!

Monday Musing: Highlights from SDCC 2018

First off, SDCC started with amazing news! Billed as the 10th Anniversary Star Wars: Clone Wars panel. The Star Wars panel ended with the exciting news that The Clone Wars would be back for the eighth season. Ahsoka is one of my favourite characters, so I loved this news, I can’t wait to see the Clones and Jedi back in action. Soon after the panel, #CloneWarsSaved was trending on Twitter, this was clearly, something the fans wanted.

The other major panel on Day One had to be Doctor Who. This was our first proper look at not only the Thirteenth Doctor but also her new companions. The trailer did give us a sneak peek of them all in action. But it looks like we will have to wait until later in the year to see the first female Doctor in action. I also adored that Jodie Whittaker was the surprise model at the Her Universe fashion show!

What about Marvel?

Marvel scaled back their presences at SDCC this year. There wasn’t a major panel for the MCU movies. Instead, they focused on the television shows, cartoons and comics. The big TV shows like Cloak and Dagger, Legion, and Iron Fist all had individual panels. I was sad to see there wasn’t an Agents of SHIELD panel. As this is one of favourite Marvel shows and I am interested to see which direction the show is heading for in season 6. But, they did share some interesting news, including a new head of SHIELD.

For me, the most interesting panel was the Marvel Animation Presents: Marvel Rising one. Announcing a new cartoon, Marvel Rising. With a new team that includes Quake and Ms Marvel. As well as bring fan favourite’s Ghost-Spider and Squirrel Girl to the small screen. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we see them on the big screen too!

The World of DC

With Marvel scaling back their panels, it was DC comics time to shine. Their big panels were to promoted all their television shows, movies and DC Universe streaming service. Whilst, there is no news if their new streaming service will be available in the UK. I am really excited about in the new Titans TV series. And Young Justice: Outsiders which will both set to be available in on the service.

Sticking with the DC television programmers, the Arrowverse universe added another hero to its team in the form of Batwoman! Who will feature in the major crossover as well as her own series. The Batwoman TV programme seems to be based on New 52 version of Kathy Kane. The Supergirl television programme, not only deals with topics other shows won’t handle but also deals with them well (I loved Alex’s coming out storyline). I was not surprised to hear, they were introducing the first transgender superhero. And as a result, I can’t wait to see the next season.

Putting the mess of Justice League behind them, the DCEU announced its official name “The Worlds of DC”. Then spoiled us with two amazing trailers for Aquaman and SHAZAM. The stars of Wonder Woman were also there with exclusive footage for the attendees, but nothing new available online. I guess we will have to wait for the official trailer.

Other Highlights

With SDCC lasting four days there were so many fun events happenings. Here are some of the other highlights I loved reading about online this weekend.

  • The Buffy reboot. I was a huge fan of the original Buffy: The Vampire Slayer programme. And I kind of wish this was a continuation rather than a reboot, but I am excited to see the slayer back on our screens.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald new trailer! As its a chance to go back to Hogwarts!
  • Mayans MC trailer. I loved Sons of Anarchy, and whilst I am a little apprehensive of a spin-off show, I am hoping this will not disappoint.
  • #RallyforRose

It is hard to ignore the toxicity online towards the character of Rose Tico and towards the actor Kelly Marie Tran, from people claiming to be Star Wars fans. So, it was amazing to see such support of the character with a rally at SDCC.

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It Is All Connected

Monday Musings: It Is All Connected

Monday Musing: It Is All Connected

During Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), S.H.I.E.L.D. featured in the storylines. Nick Fury appearing in several of the movies. Natasha Romanoff was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working undercover at Stark Industries. Phil Coulson dealt with Tony Stark in both Iron Man movies and S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to secure Mjolnir in Thor. It was it was the presence of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organisation that linked the movies.


During the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Marvel movies affect the storylines. They cleaned up the mess in Greenwich after Thor: Dark World. The whole organisation collapsed after Captain America: Winter Soldier. Also, Nick Fury saved Fitz and Simmons in the season finale. There is no denying there was an association between the television programme and the movies.

The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has linked to the Agent Carter TV show but had fewer links to the MCU movies. The movies never mention the characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At the start of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are working for S.H.I.E.L.D. hunting down HYDRA weapons. As Phil Coulson is still working for S.H.I.E.L.D. at the time, does that mean they know he is alive? Why do they not address this plot hole?

In the later seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the link is barely there. There is an appearance by Lady Sif. A newspaper headline mentioning Peggy Carter’s funeral in one episode. Later, several “Inhumans” signed the Sovokvia Accords. Now, the show operators almost separately from the movies.

I felt there were opportunities for crossovers. When writing the Sovokvia Accords, it must have included S.H.I.E.L.D. Why were they not mentioned? Likewise, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must have helped with the closing The Avengers Tower in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Why didn’t Coulson have a guest appearance then? It will be interesting to see what happens post-Infinity War. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet to be renewed for another series. Will the organisation end after this season and the events of Avenger: Infinity War? I can’t wait to find out.

The Defenders

As for Netflix/Marvel TV shows or The Defenders, there is a very loose link to the MCU movies (and other TV shows). It appears more as in passing in conversations, mentioning one of The Avengers or the “Battle of New York”. In the Daredevil, they manage to get reduced rent on their new office because of the incident. Or in Luke Cage, a man selling bootleg copies of the battle on DVD.

But I wonder why they haven’t linked the shows more. Whilst they don’t have to include the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents we know. They could have included someone from the organisation. From the end of the first Captain America movie, we know there is a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in New York. I am sure agents would have investigated a giant hole appearing in Midland Circle. Or at least wanted to question Jessica Jones or Luke Cage after their arrests. Why was this never explored?

In the Netflix/Marvel shows, they are hinting moving towards a Luke Cage and Iron Fist partnership. As seen in the Heroes for Hire comic books. How about a Punisher and Ghost Rider collaboration? This would be a great way to link the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. programme to Netflix programmes.

Similarly, I would love to see Avengers interact with The Defenders. Spider-Man is the obvious character to do the crossover from the movies to television shows. From the comics, he has ties most of The Defenders. Now personally, I like to think of Spider-Man as more a street-level hero. I loved the 1990’s cartoon, one of my favourite storylines was whilst he was working with Daredevil to take down Kingpin. How amazing would this be to see in live action?

Of course, I haven’t even mentioned The Runaways or Inhumans series (because I am not up to date with these programmes). As for the new upcoming shows link Cloak & Dagger. I have no idea if they have connections to the larger MCU, be it movies or television programmes.

The Future?

So what about the future? As I said Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might not be renewed for another series. Rumour has it Phil Coulson will be appearing in the new Captain Marvel film. As I understand, this film is set in the 1990’s, so a prequel to the stories we know. But will it relate to the programmes? As the movie will also include the Kree, who are in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Will the movie explain where the alien involved in the T.A.H.I.T.I. project came from?

There is no doubt everything is going to be shaken up by Avengers Infinity Wars. The future of the MCU will be very different to the universe we know and love. I am wondering if this shake-up will link the programmes to the movies more or less? Or if the future will be a blank slate to continue the programmes without referencing the movies.

What do you think? Do you like that the Marvel programmes are connected? Do you wish they were more connected? Or do you think they should be separated? Let me know in the comments below.

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Currently… November Edition

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Currently Knitting… Marie Curie Quest Socks
Sherlock Knits is undertaking an epic quest to knit a pair of socks for every patient in the 9 hospices that she works in. A total of 229 pairs! Over the last two months, I have been knitting a few pairs for this worthwhile quest. Sherlock Knits is still a few pairs short to complete the challenge, check out her Instagram for more details.

Currently Reading… Geekerella by Ashley Poston
I am extremely behind in my Goodreads Challenge for 2017, I think yet again I am going to fail. However, as I got some amazon vouchers for my birthday. I bought a lot of the books from my to read list, including Geekerella and am attempting to catch up before the end of the year.

Currently Loving… Avengers: Infinity War Trailer
I have spent the last few days watching and re-watching the new Avengers trailer. I did think about writing a reaction post, but to be honest it probably would just say. “Spidey-senses, Bearded Cap. The Battle of Wakanda, more Bearded Cap. Mantis’s cute little wave!”

Currently Watching… Netflix has really spoilt me this month. Due to my birthday at the end of October, I didn’t get, around to watching Stranger Things until the start of the month. then in the middle of the month, we watched The Punisher. On top of that were weekly episodes of The Good Place, Once Upon a Time, and Star Trek: Discovery.

Currently Playing… Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
I tried to convince myself, that I wasn’t going to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, as I didn’t have much free time. However, several hours of after the game was released and after seeing all the cute screenshots on Instagram. I downloaded the game and have been addicted ever since.

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Tsum Tsum Fantasy List

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The Five Tsum Tsum I Wish They Would Make

I have previously written about the Funko I Wish They Would Make or Fantasy Funko List. But seeing as my Tsum Tsum collection is larger than my Funko collection. I figured I would put together a fantasy Tsum Tsum list. I have tried to be true to Tsum Tsum and only include characters from franchises Disney own. Obviously, I would love it if they started making DC Comic Tsum Tsum or ones based on Game of Thrones characters. Imagine a Jon Snow or Ghost Tsum Tsum. But this list only includes Star Wars or Marvel characters.

  1. Agent Carter


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    Disney did release a Women of Marvel collection of Tsum Tsum last year. Oddly the set did include Sharon Carter, but not her aunt! I would love to see a Peggy Carter version. Especially if it included on her iconic outfit from the first season complete with red hat.

  2. Jessica Jones


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    Likewise, It was surprising that Jessica Jones wasn’t included in the Womem of Marvel collection. Other member of The Defenders like Luke Cage and Iron Fist are all missing from the collection. So hopefully, they will be a future collection.

  3. Bodhi Rook
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    The movies relating to the Skywalker Saga have all had the Tsum Tsum treatment including The Force Awakens. However, Star Wars: Rogue One never had a collection. I would love all the characters but especially, Bohdi Rook.
  4. Ahsoka Tano

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    Again The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, do not have Tsum Tsum collections. Some of the Clone Wars characters appeared in the Attack of the Clones collection, those that appeared in the film as well. However, as Ahsoka Tano didn’t appear in the movies she was not included.
  5. Porg



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    I know I am not the only person obsessed with Porgs? Seeing how popular all the Porg merchandise has been. I am assuming it’s only a matter of time before we get a cute Porg Tsum Tsum.

Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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A to Z Challenge

A to Z ChallengeI have seen this quick challenge on a few blogs, The Howling Wolfheart originally started the A to Z movie challenge. However Geeky Brunette expanded it to include television programmes. I have attempted to do both challenges!

A to Z Movies

The Avengers
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Captian America: The Winter Solider
Dazed and Confused
Empire Strikes Back
Finding Nemo
Guardians of the Galaxy
Heathers
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Juno
Kill Bill
Lion King
The Magnificent Seven
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Oceans Eleven
Pulp Fiction
The Quick and The Dead
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: A New Hope
Terminator
Unforgiven
Veronica Mars
Wonder Woman
X-Men
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Zack and Miri Make a P*rno

A to Z Television Programmes

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Breaking Bad
C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigates
Doctor Who
Elementary
Firefly
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
iZombie
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
K
Marvel’s Luke Cage???
Mad Men
The Night Of
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Lies
Quantum Leap
Ripper Street
Sherlock
Twin Peaks
Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt
Veronica Mars
The Wire
The X-Files
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Z

I was unable to think of any TV shows being with “K” or “Z,” can you think of any? The Killing (the orginial Danish version), has been on my to watch list for a while. Maybe it’s time I checked it out.

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Currently… March edition

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March was very much a month of two halves. I started the month with by celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary, in the miserable rainy weather. By the end of the month, I was stressing out about my course and finances. On the plus side we have had a few amazing days of sunshine here in London.

Currently Reading… Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb & Jim Lee

My reading this year seems to have an old school Bat-family theme. Which involves me re-reading a lot of my favourite trade paperbacks from pre-New 52. This month, I re-read Batman: Hush. This is definitely one of the storylines that cemented my love of Batman.

Currently Watching… Iron Fist

Despite all the controversy surrounding Iron Fist, I decided I would watch the show. I have loved all the previous Netflix/Marvel programmes, and whilst I could find fault in them, I was expecting something impressive with Iron Fist. The show wasn’t as bad as publicised, yes it was a little slow, it could have been 8 episodes instead of 13. I didn’t like or understand some of the characters, but did I loved Colleen Wing and Davos (Steel Serpent).

Currently Playing… Fun! Hospital
One of my all time favourite PC games was Theme Hospital (and it’s sister game Theme Park). I have found several time management games centred around a roller-coaster in the app store. Until now I hadn’t found one based around a hospital. Fun Hospital is very similar to Theme Hospital, you even have to try and cure “invisibility”

Currently Loving… Joss & Batgirl

Yesterday, the news broke that Joss Whedon would be writing and directing a standalone Batgirl movie. I have a lot to say about this and I will save it up for a future post, but for now I will say I am thrilled! I adored Buffy, Angel and Firefly and can’t wait to see his spin on my favourite hero.

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Monday Musings… DCEU

Monday Musings: DCEU

I thought I would start a new semi-regular series on my blog, My Monday Musings. That roughly translate to if something geeky has been on my mind lately I will blog about it! This week I want to talk about the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

I grew up loving DC Comics! In the 1980’s I watched repeats of Wonder Woman and Batman programmes on TV, and the Superman/Supergirl movies on VHS. A decade lately, and it would become all about Batman, the Tim Burton movies, The Animated Series and The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. (My love of Marvel did not start until this century). But in the last few years, my love for DC has waned.

The comics continue to interest me, I loved the Batgirl of Burnside storyline and adore all the extended Bat-family. However, after the Christopher Nolan films, the DC movies seems to be a mess. I’m not currently up to date with the animated series. But  stated before how disappointed I was with the The Killing Joke animated movie.

DC on TV

Of the DC Comics related TV programmes, my favourite was Smallville, but recently all DC Comic shows seem to be dominated by the programmes of the Arrowverse. I didn’t like the first few seasons of Arrow, however, I think the show has improved recently. I really like Supergirl and Flash. Supergirl has dealt with some interesting themes this season and handles them amazingly well, especially Alex’s coming out speech.

Legends of Tomorrow is a little more fun, but still enjoyable to watch. At the end of last year they had a crossover storyline for the four shows and I believe they are planning more. This shared universe seems to be successful and is working, to the extend that they are adding to the universe, as the Black Lightening series was announced last week.

The other DC related programme, Gotham is not part of the Arrowverse. The show is a little darker and serves as a great introduction to the major players in the Batman universe. I do not think Gotham will be ever crossover to the Arrowverse, but with the multiverse you never know.

The Extended Universe

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Which brings us back to the DCEU. I want to like the DCEU, I eagerly went to the cinema last year to watch both Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad and left the cinema disappointed both times. When they release the  Wonder Woman movie, I will go and see it, because it’s a female superhero movie! I really want this cinematic universe to work!

There is no denying there appears to be issues with the DCEU. Every week this year, there is a new rumour about the Batman standalone movie. First the was a completed script, then it is unfinished. Ben Affleck was directing the movie, then he left. After numerous rumours as to who was taking over. Last month they announced Matt Reeves will direct the Batman movie and Chris McKay will direct a Nightwing standalone movie afterwards. Which lead to rumours Affleck would step down after the Batman movie.

What I don’t understand is why, they need to make a Flash movie. I like Grant Gustin as Flash, he has made the role his own. I am sure Erza Miller will be great in the role, do we need another Flash? Likewise with the Justice League movie, the Arrowverse has already laid foundation of the Justice League on screen (it is even part of Legends of Tomorrow), do we need another Justice League?

It is easy to compare the DCEU to that of the more successful Marvel cinematic universe (MCU). But the MCU has existed for over a decade and it did have some hiccups in the early years (Hulk). The MCU has also linked their TV shows to the movies. Agents of Shield and Agent Carter have this done this very directly. Whereas the Netflix/Marvel shows have done it a little more indirectly. Having characters mention of the “Battle of New York” or individual Avengers, link these shows to the wider MCU. Why can the DCEU  not do the same.

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Five Fandom Friday

Five Fandom Friday

Five TV programmes I Can’t Wait To Watch in 2017

I missed last weeks Five Fandom Friday prompts, but I really wanted to talk about the TV programmes I can’t wait to watch this year, so I am posting this a week late. The Nerdy Girlie has posted prompts for February 2017, so you to can join in.

    1. Twin Peaks


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      One of my favourite show when I was at school was Twin Peaks – along with The X-Files. I am unsure if my teenage self and friends fully understood the programme or story-lines. But we all loved watching them and spend hours talking about them. I even began drinking coffee because of Agent Cooper, but could never understand his obsession with cherry pie. Years later I re-watched Twin Peaks and still loved it, I became more obsessed with the show, reading Laura Palmer Secret Diary, listening to Dale’s tapes. Obviously, I can’t wait to see what direction this show takes.

    2. The Defenders

      As a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I was extremely interested when they announced the Netflix collaboration to bring street level heroes together as a group. Since, then I have adored the first season of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. I might not have enjoyed the second season of Daredevil as much, but I did love The Punisher. So the idea of seeing these heroes (and Iron Fist) working together sounds amazing.

    3. Game of Thrones

      I know this season will be the next to the last season, I know it is a shorter season, and that we have to wait longer for this season to start. That hasn’t stopped me desperately waiting to find out who will win the “Game of Thrones”.

    4. Stranger Things


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      Without a doubt the surprise hit show of 2016 was Stranger Things. We binge-watched the first season in a weekend and they re-watched it several month later – just to see if missed anything the first time around.

    5. The Walking Dead

      I will be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the first half of season seven of The Walking Dead. The killing off of one of the favourite characters. Other characters changing their personality and the general direction of heroes story-lines all seemed frayed. However the last episode of the mid-season seemed to set them all back on the right path and return the show back to the programme I love.

 

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Currently… September Edition

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Currently Feeling… Lonely! Jason is working abroad for the next few weeks and I am not used to him being away from home. It does mean I got to spend the weekend in Gibraltar – hence why this post was late.

Currently Loving…  This month I seems to be a little obsessed with Riz Ahmed, we have loved his TV programme, I’m reading his book and we even re-watched Four Lions. Let’s not forget he is also going to be in Rogue One. He really is the breakout star of this year.

Currently Reading… The Good Immigrant edited Nikesh Shukla. This book is a collection of short stories by immigrants talking about their experiencing living in Great Britain. You can read an extract of Riz Ahmed’s story here.

Currently Watching… After watching the first episode of The Night Of on Sky. We then watched the entire box set in a weekend.

Currently Drinking… PSL! September means just one thing, Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

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Currently… March edition

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Currently Eating… After our trip to Barcelona I’m still craving tapas, I also discovered coldbrew matcha on the vacation and have been drinking that in the mornings. But honestly this week has been all about Easter Eggs (including my amazing chocolate R2-D2).


Currently Knitting… I’m not knitting anything currently, but I have a few planned projects planned.
Currently Playing… Professor Layton and the Lost Future, I’m not really a gamer, but I adore these games – Jason used to buy my the current version every Christmas, it’s been a long time since I played this one, and I don’t really remember it, so it was time to play it again.

Currently Reading…  The Iron King by Maurice Druon, This book has been on my list for a long time – George R.R. Martin cited it as inspiration for The Song of Ice and Fire series.
Currently Watching… Whereas I have watched a lot of shows at the moment (The Walking Dead, Night Manager & Agent Carter to name a few), the show I have adored this month has been season two of Daredevil!

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