You made it to the end of the week! Hooray! Did you catch all the nerdy stuff that was happening? There was a metric ton of teeny tiny little tidbits peppered throughout the week, but five of them really stand out.
For now, without the use of a time machine to predict the end of Friday, here they are: the 5 biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!
COWBOY BEBOP IS GOING LIVE ACTION (BUT REALLY, THIS TIME)
Oh, Bebop. Bebop, Bebop, Bebop. How long and storied is our love with you? Certainly equally as deep and profound as our uncertainty that a live-action series is a good idea for you.
It's been years since Keanu Reeves tried to get a Cowboy Bebop feature film off the ground. But it's only been about a year since Netflix mentioned its intentions to attempt something similar. And this week Netflix tweeted that, yes, a Cowboy Bebop live-action series is coming. Really.
Word on the street is we're looking at 10 episodes. The OG CB creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, is consulting. And the first episode is written by none other than Chris Yost, aka that nice dude who wrote Thor: Ragnarok. Pretty good fit for Cowboy Bebeop, that's for sure.
Tomorrow Studios is leading the project and original anime team Sunrise Inc. will be involved as well.
Does this mean that now everyone is excited for a live-action Cowboy Bebop? No, of course not. But at least we can all be nervous together, secure in the almost certainty that we'll actually see Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein in the flesh for real this time. Probably.
THE SPIDER-VERSE IS ALREADY EXPANDING
Even though Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still two weeks away, the reviews are already rolling in — and they are real good. In fact, as of this writing, the animated feature holds a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That doesn't mean you'll love it, but it does mean that the verse of spiders has good buzz.
The buzz is so good, in fact, that there's already talk of franchising that sucker out! Yes, considering the volume of Spider men, women, and piggy in this movie, that leaves open the possibility for any or all of them to get movies of their own.
The current rumor has money on a movie focusing on Spider-Women specifically. Three generations. So... May Parker's Spider-Girl, Jessica Drew's Spider-Woman, and Spider-Gwen? Or maybe Silk will show up in there?
The point is: We're in. But also, a Spider-Ham movie too, please and thank you.
DAREDEVIL IS CANCELED
"We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note." That's the Netflix company line. They feel it's best.
But with Defenders, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage already canceled, it's tough not to feel like the lobster who stayed in the pot because it was only heating up a little at a time. After all, Defenders was just a one-off, so was it really canceled per se? And Iron Fist? That show wasn't winning any fans, right? And Luke Cage? Well, there was some conflict between Netflix and the showrunner, so that's different.
But now that Daredevil has gotten the hatchet? We are fully cooked, and it's tough not to see this as anything other than Disney+ taking over and Netflix losing what little Marvel they had left. Supposedly we're still getting more Jessica Jones and Punisher, but I wouldn't hold your breath if I were you.
BLUE BEETLE IS GETTING A MOVIE
Hot off the heels of Aquaman's (surprisingly) positive buzz, it's looking like DC and Warner Bros. are taking the hint that more colorful movies with more diverse representation are the move.
And the reason we can say that's probably true is that Mexican-American superhero Jaime Reyes, aka the Blue Beetle, is getting his own movie. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who recently worked on the Scarface remake, has been tapped to script the Blue Beetle movie.
In addition to being a Latinx character, Jaime is also one of the best teenage superheroes out there, one whose influence you can see in Miles Morales.
Jaime has been around as the Blue Beetle since 2006, but he became someone folks were more immediately aware of thanks to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which began airing in 2008. With a crew of friends to back him up and a mentor in Ted Kord — the original Blue Beetle — Jaime Reyes is one of the more empathetic and relatable superheroes out there, even though he has an alien space suit.
It's exciting to see the DCEU take another crack at a film that blends the Earthly world with some intergalactic tech. Let's hope they do better with this than with Green Lantern.
SPONGEBOB CREATOR STEPHEN HILLENBURG HAS DIED
There aren't many of us who haven't connected with unlikely heroes. And there may be no unlikelier hero than the sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
SpongeBob SquarePants, which premiered in 1999, was the evolution in many ways of the Nicktoons brand. Creator Stephen Hillenburg had worked on previous animated series Rocko's Modern Life and Rugrats, but SpongeBob SquarePants, his own creation, has always stood out, even in the weird world that is Nicktoons.
SpongeBob is the voice of fandom in many ways: buoyant, emotive about the things he loves, and unafraid to look silly when expressing that love. His friendship with Patrick Star was magical. And Squidward's ability to teach through comedy what it means to be depressed to children of every age is nothing short of astonishing.
What Hillenburg gave us is a gift. His life is a gift. He passed away this week at the age of 57 due to ALS (sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease), but he and his work will never be forgotten.
And on that note, unless an Avengers 4 trailer drops, that's your week, fully wrapped. Let us know what the biggest stories were of your week and, heck, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, I recommend you rewatch some SpongeBob.
See ya next time.