Current Status of Furious Fanboys

Update: 1:30pm 7/25

I’ve heard an update, and it’s scary. Not going to post the details here, but right now it’s not looking good for the site. Hopefully the email I sent off will light a fire under them to fix this.


I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what’s going on with Furious Fanboys, so here’s the latest I know as of 7:45am on 7/25.

On Thursday, the first day of San Diego Comic Con, Furious Fanboys went down with the host not responding. I immediately fired off an email to my contact at the company that now owns the site, and that evening he said he’d let the server guys know about it and get back to me ASAP.

I didn’t hear anything all weekend. On Sunday Stephanie, who does all of the great CW articles on the site, wanted to post an article about coping with not being at SDCC and couldn’t; so she contacted me. I explained all that I knew and copied my contact at the company again for as a reminder.

Yesterday Jason, who founded the site, emailed me and copied the CEO when he saw all of the Google errors, and I gave him the rundown of what I knew. Not long after that I finally received an update asking for some information as they were working on a fix that didn’t quite make much sense (as in theory they could just restore a backup of Wednesday’s snapshot as long as they had it).

So that’s where we are now. I’ll keep this post updated as I learn more information. Updates will be posted above.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Why Lucasfilm May Not Delay Han Solo

Note: This article originally ran on Furious Fanboys on July 1, 2017. As that site is currently dead it’s being mirrored here.

With the firing of the Han Solo directors and the hiring of Ron Howard, you’re hearing a lot of people predicting that the movie will be delayed until December once again. There are actually a couple of reasons why this may not happen, beginning with Ron Howard himself.

Ron Howard has been making movies for more than thirty-five years and is one of the fastest and best in Hollywood at it. In the 90s it wasn’t uncommon to see him direct and release a movie yearly. That’s one of the reasons why Lucasfilm brought him on. With 75% of a movie filmed and with eleven months left, he has more than enough time to make the May release date.

The other reason has to do with money. While December has been good for Star Wars, moving the franchise to the end of May is better for the Walt Disney Company as a whole. With Star Wars ending a May that Marvel kicked off, Disney would potentially have the box office momentum to be the #1 movie at the box office all summer long from May through July in both 2018 and 2018 using new releases from all of their studios to maintain that. This is a huge bragging point to Disney’s shareholders and it’s also Iger’s last two years as CEO, so that’s a huge high to go out on.

When Disney announced that Episode IX would release in May of 2019, making it the second of their Star Wars movies releasing in the summer after Han Solo, many people became confused. Why would Disney release an Avengers movie and a Star Wars movie in the same month two years in a row? It’s actually pretty simple if people took the time to look at a calendar and researched the box office history of Marvel movies.

With the exception of the first Avengers in 2012, which stayed at #1 in its fourth week, most Marvel Studios films drop out of the #1 spot by their third week. Disney owns Marvel and they’re well aware of this. By releasing a Marvel film in their traditional first weekend of May they’ll be #1 for the first three weeks of the month. Then right at the end of the month, in the Memorial Day weekend, Disney unleashes a Star Wars movie securing both the #1 and #2 spots at the box office and potentially maintaining the #1 box office spot for nearly two months. That’s a huge thing for Disney to brag about.

Looking at both Decembers, it actually works against Disney to release Star Wars up against their big films due to the close release dates. In 2018 they have Mary Poppins Returns scheduled for Christmas Day. Thats less than two weeks after when they would have released a Star Wars movie. And Star Wars fans may be aghast at this revelation, but to the Walt Disney Company, the Mary Poppins sequel is one of their most important releases in the last couple of decades. It’s a sequel to Walt Disney’s 1964 crowning achievement. Walt would pass away two years after the original Mary Poppins, so that movie stands as one of his greatest achievements on the big screen. As it shares some crossover in the family audience of Star Wars, Disney wouldn’t want the two to cannibalize each other at the box office. The movie is such a big deal for Disney, as a 2018 release, they’re already beginning to hype up the movie with a recent Entertainment Weekly cover.

December 2019 is even worse for Star Wars. Frozen 2 has been set for the last weekend of November, and Disney has positioned it there so it can soar across the December box office and leave everything else in its wake. Like with Mary Poppins, they don’t want to release a Star Wars movie (especially a major one like Episode IX) two weeks after Frozen 2 just so the family audience wouldn’t be there for Star Wars.

Going back to Marvel, that is also why Disney has wanted Star Wars at the end of May since The Force Awakens. Before JJ Abrams needed more time to remake A New Hope, the movie was internally scheduled for May 22, 2015. Disney moved Tomorrowland into that date when they had to push Star Wars to December. Before they needed more time to polish up and finish the script for The Last Jedi, it was officially scheduled to release on May 26, 2017. Just one day after the actual 40th anniversary of Star Wars.

Ever since the Lucasfilm purchase Disney saw huge summer box office dollar signs for the company as a whole if they could kick off May with Marvel and then have Star Wars rekindle the momentum into June after Marvel fell out of #1. Aside from the tradition of having Star Wars in May, that’s the real reason they want to move the movies back and why they have absolutely no problem with Avengers and Star Wars in the same month.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

James Gunn Explains Groot’s Aging in the MCU

With Furious Fanboys still offline and without any sort of update on that situation, I decided to post this here because it’s pretty cool and answers a huge fan question about Infinity War.

In the Infinity War footage Marvel showed at D23 Expo and San Diego Comic Con, Groot appeared to be just a little older than the teenaged Groot in the post-credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Naturally people were wondering what that meant, so James Gunn explained on Facebook about Groot’s aging and why he appears how young he does in the Infinity War footage:

“In terms of how fast Groot grows overall, I can tell you this: Baby Groot appears two months after the Infant Groot we see at the end of Vol. 1. The post-credits scene with Adolescent Groot and Peter Quill is YEARS after the ending of Vol. 2. I won’t say exactly how many years at this time, but be clear that it took him a fair amount of time just to go from Baby Groot to Adolescent Groot. (As a side note, I’ll point out that Peter Quill can obviously understand what “I am Groot” means in the post-credits scene, so somehow he’s learned to understand him in the same way Rocket has).

Like dogs, who grow at a different rate than humans, and spend a different percentage of their lives in adolescence than humans do, Groot and Humans do not grow at some exact exchange rate. So, although two months seems to be about two years (as Baby Groot seems to behave roughly like a two year old), it is not fair to assume that every month is a year to Groot. He has an alien biology and ages in a completely different way than a human being. Different aspects of his growth may take longer or shorter than a human’s.”

This makes sense actually. We had adult Groot in Vol. 1, Baby Groot in Vol. 2, and now teenaged Groot in the Avengers two-parter. By the time Guardians Vol. 3 rolls around Groot will be an adult again and we may even get to see King Groot on the big screen (although I was kind of hoping to see that in Infinity War).

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

SDCC 2017: Nearing the Half-Way Point

I am writing this from the Hall H line at around 3:00pm. So we still have about five and a half hours until wristbands are handed out for Saturday’s panels and even longer than that until they get to our section of the line.

So far I’ve had a good SDCC. The highlight so far was the Walter & Louise Simonson panel yesterday, which should’ve been three hours long. So many great answers to fan questions and some cool stories about great Marvel storylines.

A close runner up to that would be the Classic Doctor Who panel with Peter Davidson and Colin Baker. I didn’t know about the BBC/ITV streaming service Britbox, but that panel made me sign up for a trial for the Classic Doctor Who they have on it.

The con itself is pretty packed this year and it keeps getting worse every year. The Hall H line is even worse than it was last year where my group was put into group B and this year it looks like we’ll lucky to get into group C.

Trying to conserve battery as much as possible before tomorrow but I plan to Tweet live from Hall H as much as I can. I have a 15,000 mAh battery for my phone and it should only be halfway done by the time I go back to the hotel in about 12 hours, and I’ll get it a little more charge then before coming back to the line.

In other news it looks like Furious Fanboys is down. I’ve emailed them about it, but haven’t heard any news yet. This is the worst time for the site to go down, and I think this final downtime may be its death.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Thanos’ Black Order Arrive in the MCU With Infinity War

Created by Hickman during his absolutely epic run on Avengers (and starring in the Infinity event), Thanos’ Black Order is making the jump to the MCU faster than almost any other comic character has.

Marvel revealed statues of the four at D23 Expo this weekend, and the designs are comic perfect. All have their correct names, although Black Dwarf has been renamed Cull Obsidian, and I can understand that change. Some people are really dumb and won’t bother to realize he’s named after a type of Black Hole (the whole team is) so there is bound to be someone who gets really offended at the name.

I took pics of each statue, and these have only been resized down due to being on a website. I’ll try to find a way to post the full 24MP pictures later, but here is the Black Order from D23 Expo, and yes that is what Thanos was wearing in the Infinity War footage (although with the Gauntlet):

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

My Tentative D23 Expo 2017 Schedule

It’s almost always futile to try to put together a schedule for a big convention (especially SDCC), but with how well Disney runs D23 Expo and the lines you can actually do that especially if you’ve been to the convention before. I’ve been to every D23 Expo, and Disney improves on their line handling every year, so this is basically what I have planned for the weekend:

Friday
Disney Legends Ceremony & Animation and Pixar presentation.

It IS possible to do both of those. I’ve done it every year. Once the Legends ceremony ends you run right over to get in line for the Animation presentation. You don’t get seats near the front, we were in the back last year, but you’re still able to get in line for Hall D23.

Saturday
Live Action presentation & Parks panel

Same thing as Friday. Camp out over night for the first panel of the day, and then immediately run over to get in line for the next one.

Sunday
This is the day I’ll hit the floor to check out the exhibits and then go to the Legends of Imagineering panel at 6:00.

The big Hall D23 presentations for Animation and Live Action don’t allow any sort of recording devices inside. Phones are sealed in thick static bags and all bags and cameras are confiscated. The Legends ceremony and other panels do allow cameras and such inside so I’ll be able to take pictures there, and I plan to take quite a lot.

SDCC next week is a little more open for me as the only thing I’m 100% planning to do is Hall H all day on Saturday.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The Difference Between D23 Expo And Other Conventions

D23 Expo kicks off this week and I’ll be headed over there Thursday night to camp out for the Legends Ceremony on Friday morning, but there’s one thing people don’t quite understand about what D23 Expo is. While lots of film bloggers are overhyping their readers with promises of what Marvel may show at SDCC, they fail to realize that on D23 Expo years they traditionally save their best stuff for that convention.

Disney only holds D23 Expo every two years and it’s basically their version of Comic Con or Star Wars Celebration, but for Disney fans. And that’s where it gets a bit different. Anyone who has an AP at Disneyland can tell you of the “Passhole” phenomenon of overly entitled Disney fans who believe they deserve the world on a silver platter, and at D23 Expo that is amplified. There are “Sorcerer” packages that cost into the thousands of dollars, and on top of that these people spend about $100 a year for their annual D23 Fan Club membership card.

Update: I’m not meaning to point fingers at the Sorcerers. I was using them to illustrate that people do pay a lot of money to be at D23 and Disney treats them the way they should be. Disney runs D23 better than ANY other convention, because they realize that people pay good money to be there and they’ll hear about it if they’re not treated right.

That’s why what Disney shows at D23 Expo remains exclusive. If anything wasn’t exclusive just for those people who spend a lot of money with Disney, they’d riot and scream at Disney for not treating them like special snowflakes. That’s one of the reasons why they seal phones in static bags before the big presentations and confiscate all cameras. Nothing from D23 Expo ever leaks. In 2015 they showed the first footage from Civil War, and that did leak online, but the leak didn’t come from the Expo floor. It was from some other source months after the convention.

Having said that, if anything were to be released online officially from the 2017 convention; it’ll be the Behind the Scenes sizzle reel for The Last Jedi. None of the Marvel stuff will likely make it online.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

D23 and SDCC Prep is Officially Under Way

With just over a week and a half until D23 Expo and two and a half weeks until SDCC, my prep for both conventions is officially underway. Oh, yea. You have to prepare for these things. People who don’t end up having a terrible time, especially when they find out about the Hall H line and the fact that you have to camp out over night for it.

So I’m getting ready for two weeks of conventions. My MacBook Pro’s battery died and swelled up, breaking the trackpad, so I’m replacing both of those now so I have a laptop for both conventions. I also wanted to take my PS Vita for the Hall H line, but lost my charger. Since it’s a 1000 model, and uses the dumb proprietary connection, I had to track down an aftermarket charger since finding a Sony one for a system that isn’t “officially” discontinued is nearly impossible. I also have a new backpack to carry all my gear, which is also very important.

By the time SDCC rolls around the only thing I’ll need to get is a trolley card, which I’ll either do when I get down there or just use the phone app since I’m not driving to the convention center every day and paying for parking.

I’ve done these conventions for more than 15 years (SDCC) and the key is being prepared for days away from civilization.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

One Month Until San Diego Comic Con

Today marks one month until the start of Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con. While I am still going to D23 Expo the week before, I’ll probably be doing a lot more streaming/sharing at SDCC especially since they don’t confiscate phones in Hall H like they do at D23.

So right now this is my tentative plan for that week.

I’ll be doing Facebook Live broadcasts on the Furious Fanboys Facebook page. These will hopefully be throughout the days and between panels in Hall H, all depending on cell signal of course as it can be hit and miss in the convention center and especially in Hall H.

I’m not taking my laptop (at least not at this time) but I want to try to post some longer updates here beyond what 140 characters on Twitter allows.

And when I’m not broadcasting to the Furious Fanboys Facebook, I’ll be using Periscope to Twitter.

I’ll be there for all four days and Preview Night, although I may leave early on Sunday depending on what’s going on.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Star Wars is For Everyone

Last week a Twitter friend of mine made a comment that “Star Wars Twitter” died on November 8th and hasn’t been the same since. I don’t know if that’s entirely true, although the last few months have shown why it isn’t wise to discuss certain things on social media as you’re likely to offend half the people who follow you. While Star Wars discussion has been interrupted with a lot of outside noise recently, the same is true with virtually everything else.

And someone posting personal opinions on social media isn’t anywhere as bad as what some other people use the “Star Wars” name to do. If you’re annoyed by someone retweeting something political on their Twitter feed, then someone exploiting Star Wars fans with a GoFundMe and a fake account promoting it should really enrage you. There’s more things to be upset about in regards to Star Wars than someone putting their personal opinion out there on Twitter.

Star Wars is for everyone, not just the people who share your politics or beliefs.

In other news, following all of that drama I actually considered relaunching the Star Wars site I did back in 2015. Instead I decided against it as it’s just another site to worry about between this blog and Furious Fanboys. That URL does redirect here though.

I’m counting down the days until D23 Expo and SDCC. Those two conventions are going to be huge. I wouldn’t be shocked if D23 Expo has Han Solo information while there’s a Last Jedi panel at SDCC focusing on the villains much like what they did for The Force Awakens. Back then the heroes were featured at Celebration, while Phasma and Hux were talked about at SDCC.

I’ll also try to be a bit more active here. I know I’ve said that in the past, but I’m going to make an effort at it now.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.