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The Week in Geek: Ants, wasps, cats, bats, and even humans!

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Jul 6, 2018

It's another relatively quiet week in the universe. Partly that's because Independence Day landed smack in the middle of the week, leaving most of us half-pretending we were kids on summer vacation. Partly it's also because San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is soon and so announcements and trailers and other nerdy things are in a temporary holding pattern.

But things did happen. Some big things even. So let's talk about them. Here they are, the five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP ARE BACK

In the wake of Avengers: Infinity War, you might have been wondering where Scott Lang, Hope, and Hank Pym were. They weren't in the big fight, right? So they must've also been up to something big, right?

Not exactly. Ant-Man and the Wasp, if nothing else, is very consistent with its cinematic predecessor in that it tells a smaller, less world-snapping story. And that, it can be easily argued, is perfectly all right. Both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, you know, EARTH AT PRESENT are full of stressful, potentially world-ending stories. Maybe what we need is a small, family film... with ants.

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BATMAN AND CATWOMAN'S WEDDING

After a very long wind-up (some would argue a wind-up that started 78 years ago), Tom King wrote Batman #50, the issue that was supposed to put Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle into a state of finally wedded bliss.

What actually happens in the over-sized issue is maybe not what people were expecting or hoping, but it is a poetic ode to the many incarnations of the Bat and the Cat. And it's also a setup to yet another battle between Gotham's greatest hero and one of her worst villains.

Also, the details of the issue slipped before the comic actually dropped. That was a stone bummer. But people are definitely talking about the issue, that's for sure.

CAPTAIN AMERICA IS 100 YEARS OLD (MAYBE)

Canonical comic book information be damned, according to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Steve Rogers was born on July 4, 1918, and that means this most recent Fourth of July was Captain America's 100th birthday.

Now maybe we're celebrating because Chris Evans is hot and maybe it's because we live in a world that desperately needs to see Nazis punched, but it's both and that's the end of that sentence. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

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Credit: Lucasfilm

I GUESS WE'RE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE LAST JEDI

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson recently tweeted that people should follow Christopher McQuarrie, director of Mission Impossible: Fallout.

McQuarrie had, in turn, been tweeting about Rod Serling upon the anniversary of his death, pointing out the socially progressive nature of The Twilight Zone.

These two events were not two great tastes that taste great together to people with bad taste, because McQuarrie was instantly inundated with the kind of hateful bile that is fast becoming synonymous with certain Star Wars fans.

The bottom line: McQuarrie admitted that, despite being a lifelong Star Wars lover, he would never be involved with one of the movies thanks to the toxic fandom.

And it should be mentioned that the toxic fandom isn't new. Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks, admitted that he considered suicide because of the decades-long negativity he faced from "fans" after he "ruined Star Wars."

Even James Gunn got into it, saying that people should "go to therapy" if they can't get over not liking a Star Wars movie.

Hating a movie is... fine. Hating that George Lucas replaced a lot of the groundbreaking effects from the original trilogy, effectively erasing the award-winning work of countless behind-the-scenes creators, is... super fine, in my opinion. Hate the hell out of that choice.

But hating people is weird? Don't be weird? Thank you.

STANLEY KUBRICK MAYBE EXPLAINS 2001

In 1980, Jun'ichi Yaoi, a Japanese filmmaker, worked on a documentary about paranormal experiences. During his work he visited the set of The Shining. And, so the story goes, Jun'ichi had a phone interview with Stanley Kubrick wherein the question was asked, "What was up with the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey?"

And, if you believe the video/audio evidence, Kubrick answered.

Is it real? Is it a clever trick? We don't know yet. But it's interesting to hear what may be Kubrick's authorial/directorial intent for one of the most talked-about endings in the history of science fiction.

That's it. Your Week in Geek is finished. If you're reading this on the Friday on which it was published, please remember that it is both National Fried Chicken Day and International Kissing Day. And, if you're in the UK and Ireland, the 7th of July is Small Press Day! So eat some chicken, buy some homegrown literature, and get consent before kissing someone. You should do that last thing every day.

Have a great weekend!

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