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The Week in Geek: Bucky and Falcon go streaming, Piranha Plant goes Smashing

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Nov 2, 2018

You did it! You made it to the end of another week. And not just another week, but another month, too. October is over. Halloween is over. But not so fast, Christmas, we've still got this whole month of November to pardon turkeys and fill our horns of plenty with various and sundry gourds.

And also, we've got a whole week's worth of news to talk about. Here they are: the five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!

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DISNEY PLAY GOES DOUBLE DUO (MAYBE)

Just a couple weeks ago we were still reeling from Netflix's cancellation of Marvel's Iron Fist and Luke Cage. This week we're getting pretty big rumors about not just one, but two series Marvel's reportedly making for the forthcoming Disney Play streaming service.

One series we already knew about, set to star Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, will apparently also feature none other than Paul Bettany as Vision. In the world of comics, that pairing is about as well established at this point as Lois and Clark, Peter and Mary Jane, and Sam and Diane on Cheers!

Of course, it's hard to confirm this news, since both Scarlet Witch and Vision died at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

And speaking of the dead, Bucky Barnes and Falcon are also now rumored to be getting a limited series on Disney Play. I know! So many new shows about characters who all must be zombies now! Well, The Walking Dead is very popular, so...

I kid, I kid. Obviously, there are plenty of ways we can see Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie team up, and the two have great chemistry together. The series is supposedly being written by Empire writer Malcolm Spellman.

HENRY CAVILL GOES FULL SILVER FOX

You may have heard that the popular series of The Witcher games is getting a series at Netflix. You may have also heard that Henry Cavill is playing the lead character, Geralt, in said series. But did you also know that we've now seen the very first teaser of Henry Cavill as Geralt?

We have! And Cavill has long, wispy gray hairs now! He looks kind of forlorn and hot! He drinks from a vial of some sort! Reactions have been very divided!

Anyway, I guess you could say that no longer being Superman has really aged Cavill... what with that hair and, uh... hair. I dunno. There's not a lot to say yet. It's a hair and makeup test. But gosh if y'all folks didn't react to it!

BATMAN IS ANIMATED AND IN HD (MOSTLY)

If you've been following the comic conventions (literally any of them) this year, you've probably noticed that a lot of the people who worked on the classic '90s Batman: The Animated Series have been out in force. And there's a very good reason for that: The series which locked DC in as the superior comic book company for animated adaptations was getting an HD facelift.

And this week, Batman: The Animated Series is now live and out in the world in HD. You can rewatch all your favorite episodes (even the dark horse ones that only you like) and see details you may have never noticed before.

There is, as often happens, some controversy, though. I know! There's no escaping controversy in 2018! In the case of Batman, the problem is that, if you bought the Blu-ray box set, the only way to see the animation in HD is with the physical media. Yes, there is a code for streaming, but the episodes kept online are currently still in standard definition.

There's also an issue of the box set being damaged through Amazon's shipping methods. Basically, if you want your collection to look perfectly pristine, you'd better find a way to get it from a brick-and-mortar shop for now. Who knew that being an early adopter on a series from over a quarter century ago could have such consequences? At least it's out and when you can actually watch it in HD, looks amazing!

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CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA DOESN'T HANDLE RACE GREAT

Well, here we are again! Chilling Adventures of Sabrina came out on Netflix last week, and though the early buzz was great and there's plenty to recommend the series, an issue has cropped up that we've seen in many other series (even other Netflix series) before.

(Mild spoilers from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

Right from the first episode, we are introduced to one of Sabrina's antagonists, Prudence Night, who is the head witch at the Academy of the Unseen Arts and also one of the three Weird Sisters who torment Sabrina.

Sabrina's sin? She's a "half-breed." And, as such, Prudence and her friends are the true racists, y'see.

In case you were unaware, Prudence is played by Tati Gabrielle, herself a person of color born from more than one cultural background. And, to be frank, we've seen this kind of thing before: where a brown woman is somehow the aggressor attacking a poor white woman who is somehow the oppressed minority.

We witnessed it relatively recently during Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 2, where Jessica was "profiled" by multiple black women for being one of those super-powered folks. It doesn't help that most of the people of color on that show were killed off by season's end.

The fact remains that this kind of misrepresentation of reality and this type of stereotyping of black and brown women as being somehow inherently violent against poor, defenseless white people is ugly and makes people pretty angry. I just visited a friend at my comic shop who told me they straight up won't watch the show because it clearly wasn't made for them. And that is a rotten feeling to have. So, as ever, it's important to consider character dynamics carefully before putting a show, especially one that wants to be inviting to all sorts of people, out into the world.

SMASH BROTHERS REVEALS ITS FINAL LINEUP (FOR NOW)

Nintendo (whose latest console, the Switch, just surpassed sales of its Gamecube system) shared a digital live event this week to reveal more information from the latest in its shared-universe fighting franchise, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. During the Nintendo Direct video, it was revealed that two more characters, Ken from Street Fighter 2 and Incineroar from Pokémon, would be added to the fighter's roster. Piranha Plant, a minor villain from the Mario games, will be added as DLC a few months after the game's release, which nobody expected.

That might sound exciting, and it is! But last week there was something called "the Grinch leak" which claimed that Shadow the Hedgehog and Banjoe-Kazooie would also be playable characters in Ultimate.

There were actually two factions, #teamreal and #teamfake, who argued over on Reddit about whether the Grinch leak was accurate. Short version: It wasn't!

So people are happy about Ken, but sad about everything else. And especially a bummer is the continued lack of Waluigi! Ultimately, though, most humans are just excited for more Smash Bros.

And that's it! Your Week in Geek is over! What were the biggest stories from your week? What did you think of these stories? Let us know in the comments, and we'll see you again next week!

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