Friday, July 10

5 Fandom Friday - Dream Spin-Offs!

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly geeky posting party hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. You can see the upcoming prompts here at the master post. This week's topic is Five Spin-Offs I'd Like to See Get Made. Spinoffs can be fabulous (The Colbert Report, Master Chef Jr., Girl Meets World) and super successful (Frasier, NCIS), but they can also be a hot mess (Joey, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland). Here are 5 ideas I think would work. I would also like to state that this post took forever to write because there was so much brainstorming involved.

Star Wars: Han Solo

This one is actually happening, and it seems too good to be true that the Lego Movie team is on board to direct - they obviously love the character and know how to use the monomyth to tell a story. A young Han story will be interesting because depending on when exactly the story is set, he could potentially be a really crappy person (remember, in A New Hope he wanted to let Princess Leia die rather than get involved). A good Han Solo prequel should keep in mind that Han is an antihero, show how he got that mercenary attitude and swagger, how he teamed up with Chewbacca and became captain of the Millenium Falcon, and what the heck the Kessel Run actually is. I'll be honest, what I really want is a young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian scoundrel buddies action movie.

Harry Potter: Marauders

J.K. Rowling has already given readers a lot of backstory here and there about Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, but I would read a whole novel or watch a whole movie about these guys (as well as young Lily, Snape, and Frank and Alice Longbottom) - set during their Hogwarts years, the First Wizarding War, or both.

Marvel: Black Widow

I don't really need to explain why this needs to happen, do I? You may have already seen this James Bond style fake opening title sequence created by a digital effects student - I would so watch anything centered on Natasha Romanov. As ScreenRant points out, her backstory would probably be best suited to a Netflix series (spy drama kind of like Alias, maybe?) because the "red in her ledger" = seriously terrible things. Perhaps it's best to leave what she did to Drakov's daughter and what happened in Budapest up to the imagination. At this point, it might be weird to have an origin story for a character who is an established part of the MCU storyline, so a Black Widow movie could be based on a new, post-HYDRA conflict that is ideal for Natasha to tackle without a lot of help from the other Avengers (although by all means throw in Tony Stark, Cap, or Hawkeye if needed and definitely include Maria Hill).

Inception: the Architect

Remember when Inception came out, and afterward you were like, "I have questions and I don't even know what they are?!" I was really hooked on the idea of Ariadne continuing to work as a dream Architect after the job she did for Dom. Mostly just because I love Ellen Page.

That 70's Show: That 90's Show

FOX tried to spin-off my favorite sitcom by making The 80's Show, which was absolutely terrible and had no heart. An actual good spin-off could still be set in Point Place, Wisconsin, and feature the original characters' kids (with cameos from Grandma Kitty and Grandpa Red). The 90's are super trendy right now so advertisers would love it. Like a funny, fluffier version of My So-Called Life - Donna's kids would be right at home in flannel and Doc Martin's, but I think we all know Jackie's daughter would be a major New Kids on the Block fan and wear jelly shoes.

Your turn! Which spin-offs would you love to see?

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