The geek world mourns today, as we say goodbye to a legend, Mr. Stan Lee. Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he used the name Stan Lee on his first comics, so that he could write “real” stories under his given name later in life. Turned out, he had such a unique take on his superheroes at the time– making them flawed and diverse– that he became the biggest name in the industry. He is best known for creating iconic Marvel characters like Spiderman and the X-Men, and for his cameo appearances in all of the modern films (currently as the Watcher in the Avengers series).
In July of 2017, Stan lost his wife of 70 years to complications with a stroke. He is survived by his daughter Joan, who is named after her.
September 2017, I had the great pleasure of meeting Stan at Dragon Con. I remember feeling super intimidated that I was about to meet a legend, and the moment he spoke in that familiar voice, I knew I was doing something incredibly rare and special. But despite my fears, he was such a nice guy and one of the kindest celebrities I’ve met to date.
Stan, you will be deeply missed by myself and the rest of the geek community.
Two weeks ago, I flashed back to a few badass ladies from some old Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows. The first lady on the list was the incomparable Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Joss Whedon’s 90s-00s show on the WB/CW network. The show and character, which both premiered more than 20 years ago, still have a loyal following. Earlier this month, news hit the net that Joss Whedon is attached to a reboot of the show which is currently in the works. This time, however, the lead is to played by an African-American actress.
Of course, this news sent the interwebs reeling with mixed feelings, for various reasons. But then came a bit of clarification. With this additional info, I gotta say I’m totally on board for what’s supposed to be coming…
Our first look at the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok has arrived! Thor’s hammer is destroyed, his hair is gone (crying on the inside right now), Hulk is in armor, and there are some serious Guardians of the Galaxy vibes happening. Honestly, what more could we ask for from a teaser trailer? Continue reading →
Potterheads, it just keeps getting better. It was just announced that we can expect to have three more Harry Potter stories releasing next month! The 3 short stories will be available as eBooks and are a part of a new series called “Pottermore Presents…” The stories do not focus on Harry and friends but will instead focus on Hogwarts and all of the secrets the magical school holds. J.K. Rowling said after the release of the Cursed Child that Harry’s story is done. Sad face. But alas, the world of Harry Potter is not done! Continue reading →
There is some potentially disappointing, and possibly embarrassing, news about the final installment of the Divergent series, Ascendant. Due to the lackluster performance of Allegiant, the third theatrical release in the franchise, it looks like there will be a ‘Straight-to-TV’ release for Ascendant. Nothing has been confirmed yet but the likelihood of a small-screen debut is looking very strong. Continue reading →
Marvel Comics has been working hard to diversify their cast of characters in recent years. They have focused efforts on making more of their superheroes women as well as people of color. The results have been positive: Miles Morales as Spiderman, Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Jane Foster as female Thor. Now the company is taking things to another level. And I, for one, absolutely love it! Though, to be fair, I may be biased. Continue reading →