Monopoly for the Mouse

The Mouse Problem

For a while now we have known Disney has been on a mad dash to buy up as many ips and rights to things as it can. They already took over Fox and all its subsidiaries. Back when Disney bought Fox it was reported that Disney would also buy up Fox’s share of Hulu. This was already going to give Disney a large stake in the streaming service.

Apparently that wasn’t enough.

The great Mouse has now fully bought out the other share holders like Comcast for complete control of Hulu. This means one thing.

Disney wants to destroy Netflix.

It’s pretty clear what the agenda at Disney HQ is. Disney aggressively wants to be part of the streaming war and will do whatever it takes to win. When Disney started dropping hints at its own streaming service late last year no one was really surprised. It seems like the perfect market for Disney to drop all its old shows and movies. Then earlier this year Disney did the unthinkable. They undercut the streaming price of Netflix by several dollars. For just $70 a year or $7 a month one can get crazy amounts of Disney shows and movies all at home. Not to mention the announcement of new Disney programs for only Disney+.

Now that Disney owns all of Hulu one of two things could happen.

First Disney could dissolve Hulu completely. In a lot of ways that would drive those Hulu customers into the open arms of the great mouse. With so many programs ranging from children’s shows to Star Wars it seems like a solid move. Disney would have one less competitor and boost its viewers.

The second option for Disney and Hulu is far more sinister. Disney could keep Hulu and use it to keep a strangle hold on the other studios. Currently a fair number of companies put their shows and programs on Hulu. Channels like NBC, Comedy Central, and others. Disney can effectively charge whatever they want to stream on Hulu, holding many companies hostage because unless they want to try to start their own like DC or CBS they are left with very few options.

Disney’s monopoly is growing quite dangerously and we should all take note.

-RytheGeek

#disney #hulu #streaming #netflix #streamingwars #mickeymouse #monopoly #wethegeek #wethegeekry

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Phase 4 and Beyond: A Mini Series (Disney+ Shows)

Phase 4 and Beyond: A mini series

Part-2

Phase 4 continues with a slew of shows coming to Disney+ this year. Let’s look at what these shows mean for the larger MCU.

Disney+:

With the announcement of the Disney streaming’s service going live in November of 2019 we also have had a bunch of MCU shows that are coming to the small screen.

Loki: It appears that besides stealing the tesseract in Endgame, Loki has also managed to avoid character death, for now. Tom will reprise his role in the live action show as the god of mischief. The show is rumored to take place throughout history, so this may be the Endgame tie in we all wanted.

Lady Sif: Speaking of Asgardians, it appears the character from the Thor series no one asked about is back. Rumor has it she is getting her own show. Nothing I can find is 100% confirmed but maybe we will get to see more of New Asgard and Queen Valkyrie.

Wanda/Vision: It appears no one can stay dead in the MCU. This creepy couple will be getting their own show with a very 50s vibe (I’m not saying it’s in the 50s). It would make sense this is after Civil War and before Infinity War but other than that we don’t know a whole lot other than it should drop when Disney+ does. I’m still convinced this is just a grown up version of Wanda and Cosmo from Fairly Odd Parents.

Falcon and Winter Solider: It seems Captain America’s sidekicks will be teaming up and making their own show. This show seems to be after Endgame since it’s the only time they are both alive or not frozen. Maybe we could see Bucky teaching Falcon to be the new Captain America. My hopes are high for this show.

“What If” series:

Just like the comics it appears that Disney+ will be doing a live action “what if” series. The first story they are telling is what if Peggy Carter was Captain America. This series looks to be set in the past and won’t affect the main continuity of the MCU. But it is a fun idea I’m excited for.

This has been the new shows coming out over the next few years. Stay tuned for Part 3 of our Phase 4 and Beyond mini series!

-RytheGeek

#disneyplus #loki #wandavision #falcoln #wintersolider #whatif #peggycarter #disney #wethegeek #wethegeekry

Phase 4 and Beyond: A Mini Series (All the future movies)

Phase 4 and Beyond: A mini series

Part-1

The MCU is far from slowing down, even without its fearless leaders from phases 1-3. With the fallout of Endgame, the future is what’s up in the air. So let’s take a look at what we know and what could be.

Phase 3 Ending:

Even though many of us assumed Phase 3 would end with Endgame, we were all wrong. According to the boss himself, Kevin Feige, Spider-Man Far From Home is the final movie. With Tony Starks death, we know Peter doesn’t have a mentor anymore. It appears Nick Fury will fill those shoes. Maybe with the help of Peter, Fury will issue in a new SHIELD. Details are sketchy so far, so I guess we will have to wait till July.

Phase 4:

Black Widow:

Even though she sacrificed herself in Endgame, we already know a solo movie for her is in the works. The rumor is Taskmaster will be the main villain. Personally I’m hoping this takes place between Infinity War and Endgame but there are no official reports as of yet.

Doctor Strange:

A sequel for the title character was rumored and subsequently confirmed a while back. The first Doctor Strange movie left us on a bit of a cliff hanger. It seems Mordo is a serial killer, who only kills magicians, and is still on the loose. Strange and Wong also appear to be the only two characters left who would rather use reason and logic before punching people, the only adults in the room, so we will see how it plays out.

Black Panther:

We last see the Panther clan happy and all together after Endgame in a new and thriving Wakanda. There isn’t much on the sequel other than we know it’s happening.

Guardians of the Galaxy:

This movie thankfully has its original director back and Disney has calmed down about James Gunn. Sadly we know this movie won’t be ready till after Suicide Squad 2, so like 2021-2022. Also our rogue group of heroes have changed since we saw them last. At the end of Endgame Thor, the fat god of washed up frat boys, has joined the team. We have much of the original Guardians with a few exceptions. The Gamora we know is dead. The current one we have was plucked out of the past and has zero, absolutely no feelings for Starlord. Endgame makes that very clear. Nebula is also somehow still alive, even though she shot her past self, so there may be repercussions for that. Otherwise the rest of the team was as it was before Infinity War.

The Eternals:

All we know currently is that Angelina Jolie wants to torment the MCU with her presence. Not a lot is know about this movie, but with the MCU taking on a more cosmic side, we definitely know these characters fit.

Captain Marvel:

With only the box office intake to base anything off of, a sequel wouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Since Captain Marvel makes a like 10 minute appearance in Endgame, she can literally be saving the universe anywhere else.

This has been the main movies coming out over the next few years. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Phase 4 and Beyond mini series!

-RytheGeek

#marvel #avengers #endgame #spiderman #blackwidow #doctorstrange #blackpanther #guardiansofthegalaxy #captainmarvel #wethegeek #wethegeekry

Let’s do the Time Warp again

Spider-Man Far From Home

Apparently Marvel is here to make me go crazy. I had all my articles written and then they drop a new Spider-Man 2 trailer I wasn’t expecting.

So here we go.

I’m going to ignore all the new things for the movie itself. I’m going to ignore Fury and Peter and Happy and Mysterio. It can all wait. The most important part of the entire trailer is Fury saying a multiverse exists.

Endgame ruined time and space.

Great job Avengers, you screwed it up again.

But this multiverse isn’t a bad thing. It opens the MCU up to a whole bunch of new options.

Since the first rumors of Fox selling out to Disney leaked a few years back, fans have been demanding the Fantastic Four and the X-men join the MCU. In many ways it seemed improbable until Fox gave up on life. With that merger came the rights to the above mentioned characters. But once again the biggest problem was that the MCU has no excuse or reason or way to include the new heroes.

Until now.

With this simple plot device the X-men and Fantastic Four can now easily join the MCU.

And now finally the smartest Marvel character can join the MCU. All hail Reed Richards.

-RytheGeek

#spiderman #farfromhome #xmen #fantasticfour #wethegeek #wethegeekry

Endgame Spoiled?

Theory and Spoiler City

I’ve seen Captain Marvel and I’m ready to spin some theories about Avengers Endgame! So potential spoilers for every part of the MCU. You have been warned.

While my Captain Marvel Theory was a bit outlandish and far fetched I think my Endgame Theory is much more grounded in what we know and have seen so far. Not to mention LEGO “leaking” the sets, Pepper Potts not returning, the IMDb cast page, and the contracts ending for some major MCU stars combined with the few trailers we have tell us a lot.

So without further ado let’s get down to it.

Endgame will focus on two things, avenging the fallen and trying to get them back. For those who have watched infinity war that seems pretty obvious. They are the Avengers after all.

As we last saw them Tony and Nebula are the only survivors on Titan. They have extremely limited resources being so far from earth. The ship Tony got to Titan on was destroyed. The only ship left is probably what’s left of a battle damaged Benatar. Nebula would be the obvious choice as pilot since this is Tony’s first time being in space (not counting the missile in Avengers 1). In the trailers it appears that the duo get stranded. From loose reports online all the footage we have seen is from the first half hour of a three hour movie.

While the duo is stuck the rest of the Avengers (Captain America, War Machine, Black Widow, Thor, and Hulk) have returned to Avengers compound in Upstate New York. Rocket is strangely missing from the cast. Having only met Thor before I’m not surprised if he goes off on his own to try to find Groot. We see at the end of Captain Marvel that the remaining Avengers have managed to get their hands on Fury’s PDA. Black Widow seems to have become the de facto leader since the dusting of Fury and Tony’s disappearance. Captain Marvel arrives in search of Fury and probably learns of the dusting. She has been off stopping the Kree/Skrull War for the past 30 years and helping other planets. The Earth team gets word from Tony and help save him and Nebula. Specifically Black Widow, Rocket, Thor, and a very depressed Hawkeye. This information is curtsey of the new LEGO sets. Hawkeye probably loses his entire family to “the snap” and has since become a very dark vigilante in search of revenge and answers.

After the entire team is finally on earth, Antman escapes the Quantum Realm and meets up with the team. Rocket, Tony, Scott, and Bruce come up with a way to use the Quantum Realm to time travel. The team wants to put together an infinity gauntlet before Thanos does or at the very least try to destroy the infinity stones before they are completely assembled. Captain America, Tony, Scott, and Rocket travel into the past to try to prevent the future.

Why these four? First I think Rocket because of the suit we see him in, in the trailers. It looks very reminiscent of his comic suit which could be before he joined the Guardians. The other three we have seen in early set photos wearing a small device on their hands that could be related to time travel. IMDb further confirms my suspicion of at least Tony and Steve time traveling in having casted Ty Simpkins again as Harley Keener, the kid from Iron Man 3 and Frank Grillo as Crossbones from Civil War and Winter Solider. LEGO goes on to solidify Tony going back to Iron Man 3 with the “Hall or Armors”. We see one specific suit we haven’t seen before or since that movie, the blue heavy lifting suit, Mark 38, (or as I call it HulkBuster Jr). We know Tony goes back in his current suit (Mark 50) because once again LEGO told us.

The time travel goes on because Tilda is set to reprise her role as the Ancient One. We can guess this is sometime in the 70s because of the extras on IMDb. This is well before Doctor Strange but presumably she still has the time stone to make this time travel easier.

We also have rumors of Katherine Langford casted as Scott Lang’s teenage daughter. There is some possibility that Katherine and Ty become heroes in the future and that’s why Antman is part of the time traveling team. We get to go to the past and the future in attempts to stop the snap from ever happening.

That’s about where my theory ends. I’m not really sure what act 3 will be. From the LEGOs I surmise that the final battle will be at Avengers compound. We haven’t seen much about it and that makes sense. The Russo Brothers are being very quiet about it.

With Spider-Man 2 coming out in July we also know everyone who was dusted comes back. We see Peter and Fury alive and well post Infinity War. Sadly it appears Tony doesn’t make it out of Endgame. We don’t see him mentoring Peter at all and that is depressing.

I’m about out of ideas on what happens in Endgame. But thanks for reading.

-RytheGeek

#infinitywar #endgame #avengers #marvel #fantheory #wethegeek #wethegeekry

Maleficent was trash. Change my mind.

In search of answers…

Can someone please explain to me why Disney is making a Maleficent 2? Like what’s the point? I usually don’t go on tirades, especially against Disney the all powerful, but this one needs to happen.

Maleficent was a rotten garbage film that’s had not only crappy acting and special effects but a shoddy plot. It’s was a waste of an hour and a half of my life. I don’t usually hate movies with such a burning passion but this ranks up there with RIPD, Cars 2, and All is Lost. It was just a trashy waste of talent (or lack there of for the main character), money, and the viewers time.

I guess besides it being a rotting corpse of a hair brained plot I really just hate that Disney took a really well done classic villain and made them a wimp. I love villains that are bad and own it. Look at Captain Hook or Scar or Hades. All classic Disney villains who were evil through and through. They didn’t have to have redemption arcs. You knew they were evil and that was okay. But Disney mistakenly attempted to redeem Maleficent and it stunk of a freshly run over skunk. She doesn’t need to be redeemed. She is evil. Deal with it.

I’m not excited for this movie. If you can’t tell.

-RytheGeek

#maleficent #maleficent2 #disney #garbage #trash #badidea #wethegeek #wethegeekry

The Bricks Spoil All

LEGO

Without showing you the pictures LEGO has done it again. They have leaked what Avengers Endgame will look like.

From here on out *SPOILERS*

The Russo Brothers have been pretty tight lipped about Endgame and with it only two months away the anticipation is mounting.

They have announced five sets in total that are from the new film. With each of these we understand LEGO is taking some creative liberties but the sets are usually pretty close to the films.

I do have every single set from Infinity War, I will admit. I wanted Thanos with a full infinity gauntlet. So you could say I’m excited for the new sets.

But what do these sets mean for Endgame?

The biggest point I want to mention is we don’t see another villain. The only bad guy we see is Thanos. Even with rumors of a Fantastic Four villain or Kang we don’t see a trace of them in the sets. So who knows.

After seeing Captain Marvel this weekend I will revisit my Endgame theory. I want to hold off until I know everything I can. But I do have some speculation on what the white suits mean, why some characters are with others, and why we see the hall of Iron Man suits again. So gear up for Theory and spoiler central this weekend. Because I think I have the time stone and I’ve seen into the future thanks to LEGO.

-RytheGeek

#legos #avengers #avengersendgame #endgame #wethegeek #wethegeekry