Celebrating the Unpopular Arts

Pointless Fanboy Speculation: The Inferior Five

So Greg raised this question the other day, “what’s your pitch for an ongoing series starring your favorite obscure character?” and while I was typing up the second paragraph of my reply, I realized that I should give it the space and attention it deserves, so I pulled it back and made it a post. And since we have the luxury of space, I’ll include some back-story about how this idea came to be.

Useless Stories: Legends of Tomorrow: Summer of Love

Every once in a while, I look through my old files to see if there’s anything I can dust off and use here. This time, I dug up what our much-missed friend Greg Hatcher called a “Useless Story”; an idea that can’t be developed or published without permission from the property owners, but something I wrote because I wanted to. A while back, because of friendships and passing acquaintance with people connected to the CW DC shows, I harbored a faint hope I might get a chance to pitch the idea, but the opportunity never arose, and this story sat there on the hard drive for years. If I had gotten a chance to pitch it, I might have taken it further, but writing more than a synopsis felt like verging into fanfic territory, and that’s just a little too self-indulgent for me. Since the show is now long gone, I thought I should get some use out of it by sharing it here.

Pointless Fanboy Speculation: Howard the Duck

After he got his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought that eventually Howard the Duck would get another shot at the movies. Hope burns eternal. Which brings us to Pointless Fanboy Speculation, in which I tell you how I would adapt this particular character to the MCU. Here’s the Elevator Pitch: Howard the Duck and Beverly take a “road trip” through weird middle America, which warps into a political satire when Howard is cajoled into running for President. It is, at heart, a Frank Capra movie.

Pointless Fanboy Speculation: MCU Fantastic Four

One area of perennial speculation in fandom revolves around how (or if or when) Marvel will integrate the characters whose rights were formerly held by other studios into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don’t have any inside knowledge on the subject, but there are a lot of things we can presume based on Marvel’s previous decisions. So with that in mind, let’s engage in Pointless Fanboy Speculation!