This Is Truly A Fantastic Time To Like Nerdy Things
We’re in a golden age of nerdy media. Every time I think we’ve hit the pinnacle of high-budget media adapting or embracing something once only for the nerdiest of the nerds, another trailer comes out. I’ve got three to review today, each opening yet more avenues for their respective franchises.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
I love the lighthearted tone and commitment to showing why D&D is so fun. It’s a bunch of powerful specialists solving problems with magic and might. It also helps that the number of references to the game is off the charts. We’ve got mimics, gelatinous cubes, owlbears, and even a dungeon and a dragon. What more could you ask for?
The thing about this trailer, though, is the implications. I’m amazed they took this long to make a D&D movie again. Now that they have, they’ve got a cinematic universe on a platter. The point of D&D is how flexible it is. They can—and likely will—make a ton of standalone films set in the universe. Have characters from this one show up in other D&D movies or set up some magic treasure Infinity Stones-style plot, and the thing writes itself. Keep an eye on the critical and financial success of this movie. It’s going to predict a lot of what happens next.
Speaking of an ever-expanding franchise, we’ve got more Star Wars. I know some people don’t like the war part of Star Wars as much as the Jedi stuff, but I’ve always had a fondness for it. The unique weapons and vehicles make for different big battle scenes than many other sci-fi/fantasy series, and it’s always fun seeing the tactics used. This trailer doesn’t tell us much about what’ll happen—beyond political machinations and laser battles—but that’s all you need to make a decent show.
I do wonder how many more of these series we’ll get after this. Unlike Marvel, it feels like Star Wars is running out of things to explore in the established timeline. It should branch out into the stranger side of its universe if it wants to remain fresh.
Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Instead of a trailer, this one’s a “first look,” and it’s excellent. The snappy and energetic animation pairs well with the irreverent, carefree tone. I wonder how heavily this series will be on comedy and how much on storytelling. Given a choice, I’d like more comedy. Marvel has drifted darker lately, and each more comical and fun entry into the universe keeps things stable. It’s also nice to see another kid superhero. Marvel isn’t just for us older fans; we need cartoons like Moon Girl for the next generation.
And those are three additions to the expanding multiverse of new nerdy projects. It’s nearly impossible to guess what we’ll get next—and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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