5 Things Star Wars Fans Want Most!

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For our weekly poll this week we asked you what news would be the most exciting for you to hear as a Star Wars fan (beyond what we can reasonably expect from the next several years). We gave you 5 different options to play around with.

A) A new animated series set between episodes VI and VII.

B) A live-action series that explores the darker side of the galaxy.

C) A spin-off film based on an unexplored character or event.

D) A new or returning video game.

E) A novel and/or comics that incorporate previously Legends exclusive content.

By far the most chosen option, at around 44% of over 220 voters, the notion of a new Star Wars live-action series was the most appealing to voters. Some of them even left their comments. We had a lot of fun responding to those comments and sharing our thoughts. Check it out.

Doctor Who: Sci-Fi Show No Longer?

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News abounds on the Doctor Who front this week. We’ve discovered that there will be 3 new companions filling the TARDIS interior alongside or first female Doctor, along with the 10×50 minute episodes becoming the new norm.

But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes we aren’t being publically told about, and rightly so. Could we be in for a bigger surprise tonally than we’ve previously thought however? We dive into a survey BBC Worldwide asked fans about what makes the show appealing to them and how to make the show better. Depending on how fans react, the show could go in a completely divergent path. Check out our discussion and dissection of that survey in the video below, and be sure to comment your thoughts:

Marvel’s Unprecedented Growth: Can It Be Stopped?

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A year and a half ago I wrote an article just after the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached a worldwide gross of 10 Billion dollars in ticket sales. Captain America: Civil War was the film that pushed the franchise over that incredible milestone, making the MCU the very first series to ever reach $10 Billion dollars. It was also the first series to reach 8 and 9 Billion. And since Civil War, three more films have been released under the MCU umbrella bringing the total to over $12 Billion worldwide, and this number shows no signs of slowing. And this lead me to ask the question, can the MCU be stopped?

The answer I gave, based on the growth rate of rival franchises and series at the time was no. It cannot be stopped, and it won’t be topped for another 10-15 years EVEN IF the MCU stops producing films within the next 5 years. By this time next year alone the numbers will likely jump from $12 to around $17 billion at the box office. By averaging the gross of the current Phase 3 films, multiplying that by the number of non-Avenger films coming out, and adding the average of the previous Avengers films together, you’ll find that this next year will be Marvel’s biggest to date. It’s a mighty sum.

In that time Star Wars will overtake J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World films as the number two highest grossing film franchise of all time and it will most likely make it to that coveted $10 Billion box office milestone club. But can Star Wars EVER top what the MCU is amassing at an unprecedented rate? Until the MCU slows down, still no. Even if every Star Wars film rakes in $2 Billion dollars worldwide like The Force Awakens did, which they most certainly cannot, the fact that Marvel has bumped their output from 2 films per year to 3, ensures that their growth will exceed that on an annual basis. And as Star Wars is only putting out 1 film per year, that just won’t happen. But Star Wars just may take that spot some day, because it’s a franchise that’s willing to play the long game.

Now, as impressive as the box office figures are for the MCU, it must be tempered by other figures. If adjusted for the inflation of ticket prices today, the James Bond franchise would sit at the number 1 spot, albeit for only a brief period of time more, with $14 Billion. And as of 2012, Star Wars as a marketing brand was estimated at a worth of over $30 Billion, and I don’t doubt that since Disney has bought it, it’s sitting closer to $40 Billion.

But it is no surprise that since 2012 saw the release of Marvel’s first full team-up in The Avengers, many, many studios have been fast-tracking their own brand of a Cinematic Universe, to varying degrees of success. In our Sunday Geekly Poll we asked you guys whether or not Cinematic Universes were worth it. Over 240 of you voted in and here are your results:

The New Han Solo Film Title Is Dumb, and Here’s Why

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Yesterday we were gifted a bit of light news from the set of the Untitled Han Solo solo film from Ron Howard. In an Instagram video, he revealed to the world what very easily could have been revealed the moment the project was announced over a year ago: it’s title.

And it’s a very bland title: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Presuming they were waiting this long from telling the world about such a dull title because they hadn’t nailed one down yet is silly. Because we’ve all had to awkwardly fumble around saying and/or typing a variant of the phrase ‘currently untitled Han Solo solo film’ for over a year, when we could have just called it Solo from the get go, and we’d be none the wiser for it. Think about it. What was so hard about revealing this title to us, even if they had potential plans to change it in the future? Had they given us Solo as a placeholder and then ultimately kept the title, that’d be fine. But they didn’t. They essentially trolled us for no particular reason.

But since they didn’t use that as a placeholder, we grow to assume the unannounced title to be at least slightly substantial. Maybe not spoilery in nature, but certainly revealing about a pivotal plot point in the character’s history. Or maybe the title is simply too intriguing, and they don’t want it to detract from the marketing of The Last Jedi. There were a number of solid reasons why Disney and/or Lucasfilm chose to keep the title from us.

Maybe they weren’t sold on the ‘A Star Wars Story’ aspect of it. After all, it really made Rogue One’s full title a bit of a mess. And yet, they need to be able to market this as a Star Wars film for those not quick enough to make the leap on their own.

The Geekiest Mugs EVER

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The last day of New York Comic Con was great, albeit short. Still, one needs to stop by some of their favorite booths for the last time, and one booth we simply could not miss going back to was GinGee Girls Art. Sunshine, whom we had the privilege of interviewing, makes some of the geekiest mugs, steins, and shot glasses ever. From Star Wars to World of Warcraft to even more obscure content, like RWBY or Kingdom Hearts, each piece is handcrafted and the carvings are extremely intricate. Check out our interview with her, and then give her site a try and see if you find anything you’d like to drink out of!

Get a Good First Look at Annihilation, Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Bestselling Novel

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Here’s your first glimpse at the upcoming adaption of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, the first book in Area X: the Southern Reach Trilogy. Natalie Portman stars alongside Oscar Isaacs. It’s incredibly creepy.

And, for good measure, here’s our reaction to the trailer. It happens to be the first video of ours that Jenn has edited!

Yesterday James Cameron Began the Simultaneous Filming of 4 Avatar Sequels

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Not to be confused with a back-to-back filming schedule, the next four Avatar sequels will be shot side by side. A scene from the second film today perhaps, a scene from the fourth tomorrow, and then back to a scene from the third film the next day. The scenario I’ve just mentioned isn’t literally what the Avatar sequels’ filming schedule looks like, but that’s what James Cameron means by calling it a simultaneous shoot. Principle photography for the four films has begun just yesterday.

That said, how many people are actually excited about the prospect of at least four more Avatar films? If the results of our poll over at our YouTube channel are any indication, only about 20% are entirely on board. And while the sample size of the audience of moviegoers is relatively small (at just over 250 participants), our demographics are geared towards a more geek culture savvy audience, a culture that currently dominates the box office numbers. That means, of the people who are most willing to spend time and money on this kind of franchise, very few actually care.

And there are a number of reasons this news is garnering such a poor response. 1) The sequels are too late, having not struck while the iron was hot. 2) Nostalgia for the franchise hasn’t sunk in, and probably never will. 3) The moviegoing landscape has changed dramatically. And 4) the film was more of an impressive display of 3D technology than it actually was a solid film.

UPDATE: The four sequels have a combined budget of $1 BILLION, meaning the budget allotted to each is more or less $250 million.

What are your thoughts? Is 4 films too many? Because it’s the highest grossing film of all time, does that necessarily mean it needs to have a sequel? And is it too late to do so?