It’s Fun-Size Friday, which means it’s time for my weekly attempt to compress my scattered thoughts on various topics into a hundred words of less. It’s not much, but hey, it’s not like you’re paying for it. So, without further adieu…
Welcome back to Fun-Size Friday! I’ve got a lot of stuff I want to discuss this week and only a hundred words to cover each one, so let’s get to it!
Greetings and welcome to the very first edition of Fun-Size Friday! This is my chance to completely abandon any pretensions of theme, analysis, and critical thinking to basically talk about whatever I want! I also won’t be limited to a single topic here; it could be just one or as many as a dozen [Editor’s Note: Never, ever gonna happen]. The only provision is that I have to keep each topic to a hundred words or less. Even this introduction is under a hundred words!
Yeah that’s right, we’ve already started.
About a year ago today, I made a spontaneous, not entirely well thought out decision to purchase a domain address and spend a substantial part of my day writing about comic books online. Actually, comic books “and things”, which was just a way to cover myself if I started to get burnt out on comic books, which, based on the fact I haven’t posted anything for about a year now, didn’t really pan out.
You know I’ve covered a lot of geeky stuff these past couple months, including comic books, anime, the Academy Awards, and my unapologetic love for trashy pop music. Assuming you read the title, you won’t be surprised to learn my love of all things nerd also extends to the long-running British TV series, Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t have a clue what Doctor Who is, allow me to provide a brief overview.
How about a little music to set the mood?
In the vast reaches of the cosmos, there is an alien known as The Doctor; a Time Lord who ran away from their home planet in a stolen time machine called a TARDIS. This impossible machine is bigger on the inside, can take it’s passengers anywhere in time and space, and is perpetually stuck in the form of a blue police box from 1963. Often accompanied by one or more human “companions”, the Doctor travels from place to place righting wrongs, defeating monsters, and generally leaving things better than when they arrived.
Additionally, should The Doctor’s body ever sustain too much damage, the Time Lords have the unique ability to “regenerate”. This process can repair the damage and even save them from death, but at the cost of altering their entire body at the cellular level, and one never knows what kind of Doctor will emerge. Though their personality, gender, and fashion sense may change, one thing never will: The Doctor will always be there to save the day.
As someone who has followed the show since it’s “revival” back in 2005, I can wholeheartedly recommend Doctor Who to anyone who has even a passing interest in science fiction or fantasy. However, I understand that not everyone has the time or the interest to add yet another show to their pile of movies, TV shows, and other miscellaneous media. I’ve currently got a back-list of Marvel TV shows that’s about a mile high, so believe me, I get it. Fortunately, Doctor Who features a number of “standalone” episodes; one-hour tales that tell one complete story and aren’t too bogged down in continuity or a larger season long story arc. For those people who can only spare an hour or so, I present nine Doctor Who episodes that you can watch right now, without having to resort to Wikipedia.
So, with all the preamble out of the way, shall we?
You may not be entirely aware of this, or perhaps you just ignored it, but we have a Venom movie coming to theaters pretty soon. Oh cool, you might be thinking, another Marvel movie featuring a classic Spider-Man villain! So does this take place before Infinity War or what? Well interestingly enough, Venom actually takes place in it’s own isolated universe separate from the other Marvel heroes. That means no Infinity War, no Avengers, and no Spider-Man.
This is all part of the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters, a new “cinematic universe” that Sony has been trying to get off the ground since The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If Venom turns out to be the big hit Sony clearly wants it to be, the studio already has plans for movies featuring other characters like Silver Sable, Jackpot, and Morbius the Living Vampire, to name but a few. Whether or not this experiment succeeds, the idea of making movies based on these Spider-Man characters, without Spider-Man actually being in them, intrigued me.
It got me to thinking, as long as Sony is looking for ideas, perhaps I could pitch a few of my own. Full disclosure: I haven’t really put a ton of thought into these; I’m basically just pulling names out of a hat here and seeing what I can come up with. On that note, presented in no particular order are ten movie pitches for movies Sony could totally use for their cinematic universe, each in a hundred words or less!