S2E27: The Weekly Bugle Vol 26 Mortal Kombat, Shadow & Bone, & More

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Welcome back to the Geek Girls’ Universe for The Weekly Bugle Vol 26. This week we are talking about Russell Crowe as Zeus, Mortal Kombat, Shadow and Bone, and more.

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The Weekly Bugle Vol 26

The Weekly Bugle Vol 26

Russell Crowe in Thor Love and Thunder

Not to be upstaged by Alfred Molina spilling secrets, Russell Crowe seemed to confirm he would be playing Zeus in the upcoming Thor Love and Thunder Movie. This shouldn’t be too big of a shock if you have been looking at fan theories but to have him share it was surprising.

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.

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Mortal Kombat Review

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.

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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.

After that ending of Falcon and Winter Soldier (we break the finale down right here) we cannot wait to see more of Sam as Cap and hopefully Bucky too.

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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.

S2E18: The Weekly Bugle Vol 22 Jeff Goldblum returns to the MCU & more

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Welcome back to the Geek Girls’ Universe for The Weekly Bugle Vol 22. This week we are talking about the latest Marvel Phase 4 news including a fan favorite’s possible return,  a stupid expensive nerd watch, Spidey set leaks, and more.

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The Weekly Bugle Vol 22

The Weekly Bugle Vol 22

It’s another week so that means more Spider-Man No Way Home rumors right? Right! Marvel Studios also released new dates for their upcoming films and shows. Plus someone was spotted with the stars of Love and Thunder. Click here for our Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 2 Breakdown!

Jeff Goldblum Returning For Thor Love and Thunder?

Now it’s not unusual to take in a Rugby game with your friends, we do find it a little suspicious that he is in Australia right now. And with Taika and Chris Hemsworth who are filming Thor Love and Thunder.

The last time we saw the Grandmaster, he was alive. And unless Marvel shows us someone is dead dead, they can always return.

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Updated Marvel Phase 4 Release Dates

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Black Widow in theaters and Disney+ – July 9

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – September 3

Eternals – Nov 5

Spider-Man No Way Home – December 17

Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness – March 2022

Thor Love and Thunder – May 2022

Black Panther 2 – July 7, 2022

Captain Marvel 2 – Nov 2022

GOTG Holiday Special – Late 2022

Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantamonium and Captain Marvel 2 are slated to start filming in May. We are looking forward to both of these. Especially with the introduction of Kang the Conqueror.

Related: Updated Marvel Phase 4 Timeline

Spider-Man No Way Home Set Leaks

Spider-Man No Way Home officially wrapped on filming so we though the leaks might stop. However, two new leaks/rumors have surfaced. The first is more evidence that Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man is in this film. Last week we talked about his stunt double posting a picture allegedly from the set. This week the wrap gifts for the crew supposedly included a shirt with Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man on it. You can see it in the link below.

Also Elizabeth Henstridge aka Simmons from Agents of Shield was spotted leaving Atlanta the day after No Way Home wrapped. Could Simmons have been called in to consult on the multiverse? Maybe Fury decided she needed to come help.

Kross Studios Deathstar Watch

If you have 150,000 you too could own the most ridiculous yet awesome watch on the planet. Kross Studios created a Deathstar watch that is more of an experience than just a watch. You can see it in all its glory here.

The Suicide Squad Trailer

The Suicide Squad dropped its first trailer and we have some thoughts. It actually doesn’t look bad. However, we are afraid they may have shown all the best parts in the trailer. What did you think?

Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2

Henry Cavill is rumored to return, while Armie Hammer needs to be replaced obviously. Some fans think Oliver Jackson Cohen would be perfect for that role. We had another suggestion, which if you know us at all is not a surprise in the least.

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S2E13: The Weekly Bugle Vol 19 WandaVision Finale Breakdown and more!

The Weekly Bugle Vol 19 WandaVision Finale Breakdown

Welcome back to the Geek Girls’ Universe for The Weekly Bugle Vol 19. This week we are breaking down both figuratively (and maybe literally) as we discuss the WandaVision finale. Episode 9 was wow! Plus we are talking about the Thor 4 set photos, Spider-Man No Way Home, and more!

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The Weekly Bugle Vol 19

The Weekly Bugle Vol 19

WandaVision Episode 9 made us run the gamut of emotions and ended with several teases about what could be coming in future phase 4 offerings. While a lot of theories weren’t proven, they weren’t necessarily disproven either. We are betting that after other MCU series and shows have been released we will be able to look back on WandaVision and see where the seeds were laid. And of course, we get to say we told you so.

WandaVision Finale Breakdown

The Weekly Bugle Vol 19 WandaVision Finale Breakdown

We knew we would have to say goodbye to Vision and the boys but we think it would’ve been easier if Marvel had indeed let Mephisto take them. That family scene was beautifully devastating. It made us cry, for proof of that watch our reaction video, but in the end, we felt like it ended just right.

Related: WandaVision Episode 9 Breakdown and Easter Eggs

Now we know some fans felt a little let down by what did or rather what didn’t happen. However, viewed through the lens of the MCU as a whole it was perfect. Would we have liked some loose ends tied up? Sure. Were we rooting for a Reed Richard’s text or Loki showing up? 100%. But not getting those things didn’t detract from what WandaVision did give us- a new era of MCU greatness.

Related: WandaVision Cocktail The Darcy

Now the future looks bright and intense because the first credit scene tied into Secret Invasion with a side of Captain Marvel 2. We think the Skrull was referring to Nick Fury and we cannot wait to see SLJ again.

The second one not only implies Darkhold/Chthon ties but also proved that Tommy and Billy will be back in the future. Wanda in her new bad *ss Scarlet Witch outfit just needs to find them. And lord help whoever has taken them captive because that omega-level mutant mama is not playing games.

The Weekly Bugle Vol 19 WandaVision Finale Breakdown

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Thor 4 Set Photos

This past week we also got a glimpse into Thor Love and Thunder by some fan set pictures. Melissa McCarthy, Matt Damon, and Luke Hemsworth were on stage acting out another Asgardian play. McCarthy will be playing the role of Hela. This should be amazing. And what would be even better is if a certain god of mischief somehow came back to see the play for himself. Just saying.

Meeks was also spotted as well as Thor’s goats- Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. It will be interesting, to say the least to see these two in the MCU. There were also some pics of a certain character but we won’t share them here because see: Friend, Marry, Kill Marvel Edition.

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S2E7 The Weekly Bugle Vol 14 WandaVision Episode 4 Breakdown and More!

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Hey friends! Welcome back for The Weekly Bugle Vol 14. This week we are discussing Episode 4 “We Interrupt This Program” of WandaVision, new film releases like Malcolm and Marie, Coda, and more!

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Another week of WandaVision means we have more theories, questions, and favorite moments. It seems like the main question of who is behind the fake reality was answered but we know that with Marvel the obvious answer might not always be 100% reality.

Spoiler warning if you have not watched WandaVision episode 4.

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WandaVision Episode 4 “We Interrupt This Program” Breakdown

This week’s episode of WandaVision took audiences outside the bubble and into the real world of the MCU. Monica’s mother, Maria Rambeau founded SWORD and died of cancer. Heartbreaking.

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Monica heads to New Jersey to help everyone’s favorite FBI agent Jimmy Woo to track down not only his missing person but the missing town of Westview. We find out how Monica gets inside the bubble and Dr. Darcy Lewis from the Thor movies returns. Darcy figures out it is a broadcast and that they can watch what is happening in Westview on TV. She and Woo have the best scenes and fans are wanting to see more of them, us included.

The show ends with a very jarring look at DEAD Vision, dead dead Vision not sorta dead Vision before returning back to its happy-go-lucky sitcom format.

Related: Wandavision Episode 4 Breakdown and Easter Eggs

It seemed that a major question was answered: Who is controlling the sitcom reality? Wanda. Monica and Wanda both make it clear Wanda is in control, but since when is anything THAT easy to figure out in the MCU? Sure, Wanda maybe in control but she’s not the only one in control. And more proof of Mephisto could be hiding right within that hexagonal shape.

Related: WandaVision Heaxagons- What Do They All Mean?

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Related: Best WandaVision Memes

We don’t know about you but figuring out all these theories can make a geek thirsty. Good thing Jana is all about making specialty drinks. This Agnes/Mephisto inspired cocktail is divine devilishly tasty. We recommend you enjoy it responsibly asap.

Related: WandaVision Cocktail – The Devil’s In The Details

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What We Are Watching

We could go on forever about WandaVision and our theories, but we also wanted to highlight some of the recent indie films, Sundance festival offerings, and other movies we have watched in the past week.

Coda premiered at Sundance last week and was picked up by Apple TV for $25M! The film centers around a hearing child in a deaf family who finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her family’s reliance on her to be their connection to the outside world.

Palmer starring Justin Timberlake is now available on Apple TV. Finding ‘Ohana is now streaming on Netflix. This is a family-friendly film that follows two siblings from Brooklyn who return to Hawaii to connect with their Hawaiian heritage. They end up on a daring quest that has some definite Goonies vibes.

The Night, available to rent on Amazon, is about an Iranian couple living in the US who become trapped inside a hotel when insidious events force them to face the secrets that have come between them, in a night that never ends.

Related: The Night Film Review | Intense Psychological Thriller

We both screened this one and found it to be brilliant. The story-telling takes nods from The Shining but manages not to fall back on the classic or try and copy it. It uses Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece as a starting-off point and then makes something truly unique.

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Malcom & Marie coming to Netflix Feb. 5 is one of Jana’s favorite films from the last several months. It stars John David Washington and Zendaya as the title characters, a director and his girlfriend, whose relationship is tested on the night of his latest film’s premiere. It masterfully shows the chaos of their relationship, the volatility, and the love.

Thor Love and Thunder Set Photos

Recently shared images from the Thor Love and Thunder set to show the Guardians of the Galaxy in their newest uniforms. We also see Bro Thor is gone and godly Thor is back, also sporting a Ravenger-style suit. We have to wonder if Star-Lord’s beard has anything to do with his ongoing rivalry with the god of thunder.

See more images here.

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S2E5 The Weekly Bugle Vol 13 WandaVision Episode 3, Godzilla vs Kong, & more!

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Hey friends! Welcome back for The Weekly Bugle Vol 13. This week we are discussing Episode 3 “Now In Color” of WandaVision, the new Godzilla vs Kong trailer, and more!

The Weekly Bugle Vol 13

Another week of WandaVision means we have more theories. Sure some questions were possibly answered, but the show offered up even more to take their place. It’s like Hydra right? Pun intended.

Spoiler warning if you have not watched WandaVision episode 3.

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WandaVision Episode 3 “Now In Color”

Episode 3 of WandaVision as we promised last week definitely kicked the story up a few notches. The last 10 mins or so are what some fans have been waiting for–the “Marvel feel.”

But lets back up. Before Monica was abruptly booted from Westview, there was a lot going on. Twins being born, a rogue stork, and more. Mephisto? It’s possible, and we talk about those theories this week.

Related: WandaVision Episode 3 Easter Eggs and Breakdown

The big discussion this week is not about the layers of the Hydra Soak commercial but rather what do we think about Monica? Did Monica know what was going on in Westview or did she “snap out of it” no pun intended when Wanda began singing the lullaby?

We are hoping for a concrete answer in Episode 4. However, knowing Marvel, we might not get one.

Related: Best Quotes From WandaVision

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Thor Love and Thunder Set Photos

It has been confirmed that all the Guardians of the Galaxy (minus Zoe Saldana’s Gamora) are in Australia to film Thor Love and Thunder. Another interesting leak this week showed off set photos with what appears to be Gorr The God Butcher’s homeworld.

See the set pics here on Twitter.

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Shang-Chi Trailer With Black Widow?

Simu tweeted that a Shang-Chi trailer WILL COME, but when is the question everyone wants to know. Likely, this trailer will accompany Black Widow. But with the rumors of another delay for Widow, we have no idea of knowing when this trailer will make its debut.

Speaking of Black Widow, I guess the time has come for us to suck it up and accept that we might not get a theatre release for this one. What do you think about premiere access with no more delays?

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Godzilla Vs Kong Trailer

The long-awaited Godzilla vs Kong trailer dropped Sunday, and it has fans hyped. It looks like your typical monsterverse movie, but we wonder did they show the whole film in the trailer?

Who do you think will win this time? Based on the trailer it appears Kong will emerge victorious.

Godzilla Vs Kong Trailer

S2E3 The Weekly Bugle Vol 12 WandaVision Premiere, Ayer Cut, & More!

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Hey friends! Welcome back for The Weekly Bugle Vol 12. WandaVision has officially debuted on Disney+ and we have a lot to talk about. Oh and another fake Loki, The Ayer Cut, and more!

The Weekly Bugle Vol 12

We spent the bulk of our time chatting about WandaVision, how could we not? But we couldn’t leave you without talking about The Ayer Cut and what in the world is going on over at the DCEU.

Spoiler warning if you have not watched the WandaVision premiere.

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WandaVision Premiere

We don’t know about you but we loved every minute of the premiere of WandaVision. The sitcom vibes and the looming presence of something sinister made for the perfect combination and welcome back to the MCU.

Related: WandaVision is Mind-Bending Fun

Each episode offered up a lot in terms of Easter eggs and clues as to what could be coming in future episodes. If you missed anything don’t worry we got you. Basically, we watched each episode a ton of times so you don’t have to unless you want to. After all, Marvel, like Star Wars, aims to pack in a lot into each episode so multiple viewings are a must if you want to catch everything.

Related: WandaVision Premiere Breakdown and Easter Eggs

Episode one was mostly feel good-sitcomy, but then dinner happened and things start to look a bit off. Do you think Mr. Hart was choking because of Wanda or was another outside force choking him to end his train of questioning?

Related: Best Quotes From WandaVision

One of our favorite moments in episode 2 that happened was the ill-fated meeting of the women that included a massive tease to a certain devil of Marvel. Mephisto was referenced in the show and not only that he is a key component of Wanda’s story, her twins, and her eventual breakdown.

Related: WandaVision May Have Dropped A Major Tease For Its Big Bad

While the commercials at first appear to be just callbacks to previous MCU films and characters we have a feeling they mean something more. The layers of these commercials might not be 100% clear until the last episode airs. But we have some theories.

Related: Best Quotes From WandaVision

Agnes might be the best character, at least she has the best lines. I’m using that line about being sober at the next parent night at school. No shame.

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Moon Knight

Rumors have been going around that Ethan Hawke has reportedly joined the MCU as the villain in Moon Knight.

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Another big rumor is that Matt Damon was seen in Sydney where they are filming Thor Love and Thunder. Previously Matt played Loki in “The Tragedy of the Loki of Asgard” in Thor Ragnarok. Is he back as stage Loki or will he play a different role this time?

The Justice League and The Ayer Cut

Another week, another change to the Snyder Cut release. This time, Zack Snyder’s Justice League will now be 4 hours long and not a mini-series on HBO Max. It will also get a theatrical release. FOUR hours…in a theater? No thank you.

In other DCEU news, fans are once again calling for a director’s cut of a movie. This time it is the Suicide Squad. Director David Ayer released a scene with a burned Joker that was cut (like so many other scenes) from the final film. Given the time and effort it took to get The Snyder Cut released, we wonder if DC will listen sooner on this Ayer cut.

But we have to wonder, doesn’t all this make the studio look bad? What do you think DC fans?

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Ep: 18 The Weekly Bugle Vol 1

The Weekly Bugle Vol 1

Hey friends! For several years now we have hosted a weekly Twitter Chat called #MarvelMondays. We decided to take all the awesome news we share there and bring it here to the podcast.

The Weekly Bugle Vol 1

Unlike Marvel Mondays, The Weekly Bugle will feature the latest and greatest in all fandom news, not just Marvel. Without further ado, here is The Weekly Bugle Vol 1.

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Thor’s Phase 4 Arc

According to an opinion piece from Screenrant and chatter online, fans have been debating what Thor’s phase 4 arc should be. Some argue that Thor should become the leader of The Avengers while others are leaning towards Captain Marvel.

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There are pros and cons to Thor taking the lead and while it makes sense in his story, it also doesn’t. The man, er God, has spent a lot of time and dialogue not being a ruler. But as long as it doesn’t mean Natalie Portman’s Jane takes over we are okay with whatever direction Taika and the MCU is taking Thor.

related: Friend, Marry, Kill Marvel Edition

Shang-Chi Filming Wrapped 

Shang-Chi and The Eternals are two films we heard announced, got little tidbits for, and then thanks to 2020 it has been radio silence ever since. However, Shang-Chi has wrapped on filming which has everyone speculating when we could see Simu make his debut in costume.

Our theory:

Shang-Chi Teaser in January with a full trailer to come with Black Widow. That of course is if everything stays the course and we have no further derailments to our precious timeline.

WandaVision

Although we have been wandering the desert of no Marvel, there is an oasis on the horizon. WandaVision is coming this December and the trailer offered so many clues as to what maybe coming down the line for Phase 4.

Including a possible hint at the future of a character in Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

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Falcon and The Winter Soldier: US Agent will be called Captain America 

Minor spoiler for those who have no read the comics or watched any interviews, US Agent will be using the title Captain America at the start of Falcon and The Winter Soldier. In the comics Wyatt takes the mantle when the government deemed Fury to old and Sam Wilson not the right color. Wyatt was already a government agent and begrudgingly took over as Cap for awhile.

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Photo from: Marvel Disney Plus Trailer Breakdown

US Agent eventually joins up with other superhero teams including the Thunderbolts and the Dark Avengers. Which is interesting due to the Dark Avengers Easter egg in the WandaVision trailer.

“LITTLE BABY JUNE’S FIRST WORD TICKLES MOTHER”

This is the headline on the newspaper Vision is holding. In the comic books  June Covington is a part of the Dark Avengers, using the alias Scarlet Witch. 

If you’re curious to see more of Ashley’s trailer breakdown go here:

Uncharted

Finally, the Uncharted film is being made and Tom Holland shared a photo of him as Drake on set. We haven’t played the game before but all video game adaptations make us nervous.

The problem with video game adaptations is they are either excellent or garbage. We are hoping for the former for Tom. One thing that is never garbage? Tom Holland.

Tom Holland Uncharted

Speaking of our favorite Spider-Man, Tom Holland has been spotted in Georgia and posted that he has received the script for Spider-Man 3. He says he won’t spill anything because he has learned his lesson but it’s Tom so we think we will get a little something.

Breaking News: Moon Knight

Rumor has it that Oscar Issac is in talks to play Marc Spector in Moon Knight! Major outlets are reporting this news and although he will most likely deny it, we know how those denials usually go. *cough* Paul Rudd *cough*

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Thank you for tuning into this episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast. Join us next week as we share all the breaking and exciting fandom news. As always if you see anything you want to share with us tag us on Twitter @WhiskynSunshine and @ThatAshleyErin. Until next time geeks! 

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