Happy May the 4th Be With You! As any Star Wars fan knows, this is an important day on our calendar. This year, Disney and Lucasfilm released The Bad Batch, the latest animated offering in the Star Wars canon.
Being a spiritual successor of The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch starts off in typical Clone Wars fashion. A narrator brings everyone up to speed on the latest happenings in the galaxy. Then it’s time for our Batch to do what they do best.
After they save the day the galaxy descends into chaos when Order 66 is enacted. All the clones around them proceed to react and eliminate the Jedi master in their midst. They also attempt to kill a young Padawan who Star Wars Rebels fans might just recognize.
Hunter and most of the Batch are confused by this new order and what life in the empire will mean for them. Crosshair however is more on the order following side and disagrees with Hunter’s methods.
They meet a new clone named Omega who reveals Kamino is no longer safe for her or the Batch. After a daring escape, the crew sets course for a planet to visit an old friend. Unfortunately, one of their own has turned on them. The fact that he is now working steadfastly for the empire will make for some epic drama down the road.
Star Wars and Disney not only dropped an exciting 70-minute premiere for The Bad Batch but they also released episode 2, “Cut and Run” this morning. Now that the Batch are fugitives of the Empire, they must find a way to survive. The problem is the Empire is cracking down on its people and they have a curious child in tow.
Before we get into this Bad Batch episode 2 breakdown, this is your spoiler warning. The Bad Batch is now streaming on Disney+.
The Clone Wars intro is gone. Now the boys are fugitives from the empire and are responsible for a young clone – Omega. Clone Force 99 has made it to J-19 but unfortunately so has the empire.
They meet up with an old friend, someone you may recognize if you watched The Clone Wars. Cut also drops a hint that Rex has come and gone recently. Since Rex appeared briefly in the trailer, it is safe to say we may see him really soon.
With the increased presence of the empire, Cut and his family needs passage off the planet but the only way to do so is with chain codes. Unfortunately, he can’t get one since he is technically a deserter. That’s not an issue for the Bad Batch. Tech comes up with a great plan. But things never go as planned for our clones and they must fight their way out.
We are sharing our thoughts on episode 2 and where think the series is headed. Plus you can hear the full breakdown. Subscribe today so you don’t miss an episode!
Welcome back to the Geek Girls’ Universe for The Weekly Bugle Vol 27. This week we finally get to share our interview takeaways from the Bad Batch press junket and Marvel dropped a pretty sweet surprise.
The Bad Batch debuts tomorrow and we had the chance to interview the star, the man behind the Clones – Dee Bradley Baker. We also heard from Jennifer Corbett and Brad Rau who write and produce for the show. They shared some fun facts about the show as well as a look into what it took to bring the Batch to life.
Want to know who Dee’s favorite clone is? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Marvel Phase 4 Announcements
Marvel Studios dropped a new sizzle reel and after we got through our emotions hearing Stan Lee narrate we got super excited. Not only did we get a glimpse into the long awaiting Eternals, but Marvel also confirmed some titles for future MCU films.
Captain Marvel 2 will be The Marvels. With the emphasis on the S, we have some theories on what that means. Black Panther 2 is Wakanda Forever. Fitting, especially since we lost Chadwick Boseman last year. And finally, Fantastic 4 is confirmed.
And speaking of Marvel. Set photos revealed a first look at Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, and Echo. We are loving how the Phase 4 suits are on point! Comic book fans rejoice.
If you are unfamiliar with Echo, she is a superheroine who is skilled in martial arts, acrobatics, and has photographic reflexes. She is also one of the few Marvel characters who is deaf. In the comics, she has ties to Moon Knight, Daredevil, Secret Invasion, and more. She at one time used the mantle of Ronin (which Hawkeye was using in Avengers Endgame). She eventually passed that to Hawkeye.
What do you think of all the announcements? Let us know!
We have gushed before about how much we love Disney Cruise Line adventures. This week Disney unveiled in the most Disney way possible a look at their newest ship, the Disney Wish. There are so many new and exciting things coming we wanted to share with you all the Disney Wish details. Because hello Star Wars and Marvel we are here for you.
On June 9, 2022, the Disney Wish will set sail from Port Canaveral on its maiden voyage. It will stop in Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Mark your calendars because May 27, 2021, is the day the general public can begin booking on the new ship.
There are so many things to be excited about on the Wish, including all-new reimagined areas for families, kids, and adults. On the pool deck, the Mickey and Friends district will have more pools than ever plus the first-ever Disney attraction at sea the AquaMouse. This new take on the AquaDuck comes with a whole new short featuring Mickey and Minnie.
For the kids, the Oceaneer Club now comes with a secret entrance that will take kids straight into the fun. Inside the will find Marvel superheroes, Disney Imagineering, and Princesses. We only have one question- Can we be kids again?
The family dining restaurants include Frozen, the golden age of animation, and a first of its kind Marvel cinematic dining experience. If you need us you know where to find us.
It’s not just the kids who are getting one-of-a-kind themed experiences, adults can enjoy dining themed after Beauty and the Beast as well as the Star Wars. Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge will transport you from the ocean to space as you enjoy Star Wars-themed bites and drinks. So I guess if you don’t find us at the Marvel restaurant you could probably find us here.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier may have come to an end but Marvel released Assembled: The Making of the Falcon and Winter Soldier on Disney+ and it gave us an epic look at what it took to bring the latest Marvel Studios show to life. After talking Assembled we wanted to share some of our favorite Falcon and Winter Soldier moments.
Assembled: The Making Of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
One of the things we all really enjoy about the Assembled show on Disney+ is that it shows how much care and detail it takes to showcase the latest Marvel show. Falcon and Winter Soldier was especially intriguing as it really dove into the struggles and triumphs of filming during the pandemic.
The show also highlights each character and we got a chance to see Zemo’s cut commercial. Also, can we seriously get that jacket? Marvel, Her Universe, someone? Moving on from Zemo’s coat, we all loved hearing about Sam and Bucky’s arc and what it meant to the actors as well as the crew. The care for this show and the powerful storylines is evident when watching Assembled.
It was definitely hard to pick these Falcon and Winter Soldier moments but we attempted to narrow it down to three each. Or rather three-ish each. Fortunately, we had some overlapping choices, which meant we got to pick more. See how that works?
Do ours match yours? Let us know!
Oh, and we are still campaigning hard for a Dora Milaje series, workout program, the #DoraMilajeCut something.
If you don’t know Zeus in the comics is similar to his mythological counterpart. In this film, he is likely to be at war with the Asgardians, which happens in the comics. He and Odin eventually make peace, however, MCU Odin is dead. Zeus also has ties to the Eternals, which have their own upcoming film in the MCU. This connection could tie both films together.
We might be critics but we like to pride ourselves on the fact we aren’t like others. Basically, we don’t set out to hate (or love) a movie simply because we think it will get us clicks or points.
Will Mortal Kombat win an Oscar for Best Screenplay? Nope. Is that the point of this movie? Also nope. It’s a video game movie. If you’re looking for some carnage and flawless victories, this is your movie. The script isn’t the best, and no, there is no Mortal Kombat tournament, but they are trying to set up a series, so if you view it as one it makes more sense.
Shadow and Bone
One of us hasn’t watched it yet and the other has seen 2 episodes. But her daughter has binged the entire series twice. That takes dedication.
Shadow and Bone is hot right now on Netflix and for good reason. This best-selling book series has been brought to life. Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.
Captain America 4
Marvel Studios is bringing back The Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer Malcolm Spellman to write the screenplay for Captain America 4 which will feature Sam Wilson as Captain America.
We get into some other Dory moments.. or maybe Dug… Squirrel!! But we appreciate you going down those rabbit holes as always! Give a listen. You’ll never believe what Ben Barnes and Tim Rozon have in common.
It’s here the moment we have waited and dreaded, the finale of Falcon and Winter Soldier. Episode 6, “One World, One People” gave us a ton of action, Sam in his new suit, and a few surprises. That one reveal though left us going really? This is what you went with Marvel? Are you ready for this Falcon and Winter Soldier finale breakdown?
If you haven’t watched Episode 6 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier this is your spoiler warning.
Falcon and Winter Soldier Finale Breakdown
The finale begins with Karli making moves to stop the GRC vote. Sam and Bucky arrive on the scene where Bucky meets up with Sharon who snuck in using a little trick Black Widow loves. Karli planned to make the GRC flee the building so they could be kidnapped by the Flag Smashers. Sam figures it out and tries to keep it from happening. Unfortunately, he was stopped by Batroc’s interference. However, that gave us a chance to see his new suit and watch him kick some Leaper butt.
Episode 6 felt like the third act of any Marvel film, packed with enough action to satisfy every hardcore fan. Sam not only got a new suit but he has fully accepted his new role as Captain America. When he saves a truck full of GRC members even the crowd is finally putting respect on his name.
Bucky was finally thanked after he saved a group from burning up in a truck. It’s about time these two guys get the love they deserve. And I guess we do have to mention Walker decided to do the right thing…eventually. Of course, he is still a giant toddler and the proof of that is how he acts during his later meeting with Contessa Valentina. Speaking of our friend Val, we have some thoughts about her and Zemo.
In one of the most powerful scenes to date, Sam gives a speech while the world watches. In it he talks about how the governments need to change, they need to do better by the people they govern. And he knows what it’s like to struggle. He is aware of how people will hate him simply for being a Black man wearing the Stars and Stripes.
We cannot say enough about this scene. Seriously, just go back and watch it again.
Falcon and Winter Soldier Finale Post Credit Scene
Sharon revealed herself to be the Power Broker earlier in the episode. In the post-credit scene, she gets her pardon and decides to use her newly gained power for evil. What are your thoughts? We have a lot.
Welcome back to the Geek Girls’ Universe for The Weekly Bugle Vol 25. This week we are talking about Alfred Molina confirming the worst kept secret in the MCU, the Shang-Chi teaser trailer, Bad Batch, and more!
We joke about Spider-Man 3 news constantly. Oh look someone else is confirmed. Isn’t everyone in this movie at this point? Welcome back Happy! In Spider-Man news this week Alfred Molina spills the tea on Doc Ock’s return in No Way Home.
He even calls himself the worst kept secret on the internet, and he isn’t wrong. Maybe that is why Marvel decided it was okay to let him do this interview with Variety. His character’s story will pick up where it left off, you know with his death. But like Molina says, it’s Marvel, no one is ever really dead.
Happy Birthday to Simu (and a belated one to Ashley)! Marvel Studios not only dropped the new poster for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings but also a trailer. In it, we see the real Mandarin, the Ten Rings, Death Dealer, Shang-Chi in action, and more.
Filming has been underway for Lord of the Rings season one on Amazon but what is shocking is the price tag. We hope you are sitting down for this. The cost for season one ALONE is $465 million. MILLION.
Game of Thrones didn’t even cost that much. Did they buy Middle Earth?
Disneyland in California isn’t the only park to get the Avengers treatment. Disneyland Paris just revealed a look at their Avengers Campus. This will complement the Hotel New York, which already features Marvel artwork but is being upgraded for the Avengers Campus reveal.
Last week, we broke down episode 4 of Falcon and Winter Soldier, and episode 5, “Truth,” is now streaming on Disney+. This is an episode of WOW. Walker gets what’s coming to him, we continue to stan Sam and Bucky, and let’s talk about that cameo.
This is your spoiler warning if you haven’t watched Episode 5 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 5 Breakdown
The show begins with Walker fleeing the scene after he’s slain one of the Flag Smashers and leads to an altercation with Sam, and Bucky. Walker tries to convince Sam and Bucky that he murdered that Flag Smasher because he killed Lemar. Bruh, we all saw what happened, but keep telling yourself that. Sam tells Walker he needs to turn over the shield. I think we all know what’s coming next.
Unfortunately, Bucky and Sam don’t walk away completely unscathed. Bucky suffers some damage to his vibranium arm and Sam’s wings get completely ripped off. Sam takes the shield after Bucky drops it and walks away, much like Steve did in Captain America: Civil War.
We learn that Karli has friends in high places. Just how high? We have some thoughts especially when a leader of LAF sends Batroc with some goodies to help her out in the end. All of this seems to point to the fact that Sharon is not the Power Broker. But her dealings with Batroc? We have some thoughts.
Back in D.C., we get one of the most rewarding scenes of the show yet: Walker is stripped of his Captain America title, his rankings, receives an other-than-honorable discharge, is stripped of his benefits, and essentially only misses getting a court-martial because of his previous service.
Then it’s time for the cameo. Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) comes in with the same knowing swagger as Agatha Harkness. She knows Walker took the serum, she knows that his taking it makes him very valuable to certain people, and she knows he doesn’t have the shield, which doesn’t matter because the government doesn’t own it anyway (legal gray area and all).
So why is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine important? She has been around in the comic world for a long time. Contessa has also played for both the good guys and the bad guys. We get into her potential, how she relates to current characters, and where we might see her again. Hint: it’s likely soon.
Bucky catches up to Zemo, or rather Zemo was waiting for Bucky in Sokovia. After an exchange that includes Zemo sharing he crossed his own name off of Bucky’s list the Wakandans show up to take him to The Raft. You remember the Raft from Civil War. You should also remember it’s definitely not escape proof.
Despite Ayo’s warning to be scare in Wakanda she does a favor for Bucky that we see him deliver to Sam later on.
Sam heads to MD to visit Isaiah Bradley hoping to understand more about the shield’s complicated legacy. Isaiah recounts memories of his past in more detail than during the last visit. To say it’s a complicated legacy is an understatement.
After some quality bonding time fixing up the family boat, Sam and Bucky go their separate ways. One to give some much needed closure to a friend and the other to train to wield the shield. That Rocky training montage was awesome.
Falcon and Winter Soldier Post Credit Scene
After Sam teases us with the new suit, thanks for not showing us Sam, we get our first post credit scene. In it Walker is up to something and fans have missed reactions.
What did you think of the post credit scene?
Don’t forget about the end credit scene with this episode!
For the latest episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast, we sat down for an interview with Jon Levine your soon-to-be favorite friendly neighborhood TVA clerk. That’s right, Jon is part of the new series Loki.
Interview with Jon Levine
One of the standout moments in the new Loki trailer was when Loki ended up in the TVA’s version of the DMV. Only instead of waiting forever for your number to be called, you have to verify everything you’ve ever said. Absurd. Yikes.
In the room we see an adorable cat, that may or may not be a Flerken, and the paperwork clerk in charge of getting Loki to sign off on an inordinate amount of papers. That clerk is none other than Jon Levine.
We couldn’t wait to talk with Jon about his time on the Loki set. Naturally, we wanted all the details but we know how those pesky NDAs work. However, he shared what he could including what it was like working with the god of mischief himself. From what he told us, that scene is going to be awesome.
As with all our guests, we asked him about his favorite fandoms, characters, and movies, which included a little tangent about Taika Waititi because how can you not. Jon also talked about Cobra Kai, Flerkens, and a lot more.
About Jon Levine
Jon Levine is an actor and standup comedian who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Jon has appeared in several films, TV shows, and commercials throughout his career as an actor. He has had roles on shows such as Cobra Kai and the upcoming Marvel Studios’Loki.
As a stand-up comedian, Jon has performed in a multitude of standup shows across the country as the host, guest, and featured comedian, as well as numerous corporate and private events. Jon has been the emcee at Belushi’s Comedy Club in Fort Myers, the Comedy Zone Sunny Isles Beach, and the Improv in West Palm Beach.