This was a pretty fun weekend for Marvel and Star Wars reveals! Disney held their annual D23 event, which has become one of their chances to go hog wild with new trailers, shows and whatnot. We didn’t get a Fantastic Four cast reveal, but we got plenty of good news about upcoming stuff. And since trailers are easy to post on a weekend where I’m still recovering from a cold, let’s just go over the fun trailers!
This looks great! Samuel L. Jackson finally headlining his own Marvel project, and he gets to come in like a total badass and save the world from an invisible Skrull invasion. Cool premise, straight from the comics, and this trailer makes it look like a really awesome spy thriller. That’s perfect. One thing Marvel is definitely doing these days is trying out a bunch of different genres with their superhero umbrella. That’s great, and Secret Invasion looks to really amp up the cool spy stuff next year.
Werewolf by Night
Traditionally, comic book-wise, I don’t care about Werewolf by Night. He was before my time, and then being a simple werewolf, never captured my interest after that. But here we see that his Halloween special will be this awesome, black and white, classic grindhouse horror throwback! Brilliant idea, brilliant trailer; this one should be a done-in-one hoot in early October.
Season 3 of The Mandalorian will come out early next year, and of course I’m excited. Who wouldn’t be excited? This show has taken the world by storm, and it’s the one really good Star Wars property being made right now. Surely it’s gonna stay good. And it looks like The Mandalorian is about to encounter a bunch of Mandalorians. So that’s neat!
I think Andor is going to be really good. I think they’re going to lean hard into the grays of war and uprisings, and give us a really dark, hard look at what life would have been like in the early Rebellion. Should be a lot of fun, in that regard. Shows like Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book of Boba Fett dealt a bit too heavily on specific storylines; I think this is going to be more open and more badass.
Tales of the Jedi
This one was a surprise, and a welcome one. A bunch of new Star Wars shorts that tell a parallel story between Anakin training Ahsoka and Dooku training Qui-Gon? Hells yes! I’ve wanted for years now to see a story set in Qui-Gon’s early years. Let’s see more familiar Jedi faces when they were younger, when the world was different. This one is coming in October and should also be a lot of fun.
For the longest time, the Boba Fett movie seemed impossible. Star Wars was back, new movies were being made, and a Boba Fett feature film was always on the table. He’s one of the coolest, most instantly iconic characters in the history of science fiction. The world was clamoring for more of this dastardly, hot shot character. But a movie never happened. And instead we got seven episodes of a TV show: The Book of Boba Fett. It has come and gone and, unfortunately, did not live up to those decades of hype.
TV Show Rating: 6/10 – Pretty Good
I love The Mandalorian as much as the next person. It seemed like a silly Boba Fett knock-off at first, but then The Mandalorian came out swinging and has become a cultural touchstone the world over. And something about its success convinced those in power that the knock-off could bring back the original, and now Boba Fett has been re-established and is ready for action. Too bad that action turned out to be pretty perfunctory, with a lot more walking and standing around than badass bounty hunting. Still, at long last, we had our Boba Fett media project, and that in itself is pretty cool.
Join me after the jump for my review and thoughts on the first season of The Book of Boba Fett. Expect FULL SPOILERS for all the episodes, and what this means for The Mandalorian going forward.Read the rest of this entry
I am a longtime LEGO fan, and this pandemic has only helped to really push my need for something to do in quarantine. I’ve bought and built a couple different LEGO sets in lockdown so far, with a few more boxes to go whenever I’m in the mood. I even built a custom Wraith Squadron character!
But more than anything else in LEGO, I need some awesome Mandalorian sets! Like this Trouble on Tatooine set!
So here’s my thinking: that Trouble on Tatooine set is clearly modeled after the first episode of season 2. There’s also the set based on episode 4 of season 1. And then there’s the general Razor Crest set, which I built earlier this winter. This all means that LEGO is making Mandalorian sets based off individual episodes…but not yet the episodes I want. I really want that highly detailed, silver-armored Mando mini-figure, but I don’t want all of that Tusken Raider accoutrement. I’m a finicky fella.
Join me after the jump for six LEGO set suggestions based off episodes of The Mandalorian!Read the rest of this entry