Episode 128: Geek Girl in the News: eSports Gyms, NFTs, and Marvel Excitement

Geek Girl in the News looks at the awesome or not so awesome news that will make you go either: “YAY” or “OMG I can’t believe that.”

The latest and greatest geek girl news from April 2021 covers the EFL’s first female referee, Japan’s first ever eSports gym, NFTs and the Disaster Girl meme, Sony’s partnership with Discord, Disney+ announcement of Ironheart, Marvel’s Phase 4 trailer drop (omg!), Ryan Reynolds demanding a bisexual Deadpool, and the revealed identity of Ratchet & Clank’s femme fatale!

We’re so excited to have a pretty upbeat month of news this month!

First, we’re diving into sports, thanks to Thom (of course) who sent us this article about Rebecca Welch, the first female referee for the English Football League. What a fab move for the EFL, a fab promotion for Welch, and a step forward for women in football. We love to see it!

Thom also sent us our next article about Japan’s first eSports gym opening up in Tokyo. Picture a regular gym: you go, train on all the machines, even have the opportunity for personal training. That’s EXACTLY what an eSports gym is – except you’re not working out your legs, you’re working out your ESPORTS muscles. And we’re HERE for this, how dang cool!?

What do you know about NFTs? Amanda knows nothing, even after Moni and Twitch chat tried to explain it. But she doesn’t have to understand what they’re about to know that the Disaster Meme just made Zoe Roth $500k. She’s paying off her college loans and donating the rest to charity. AMAZING!

We’re also super excited about Sony’s partnership with Discord. This is such a win-win! Discord needs some more financial backing, especially after the year it’s had, and Sony needs some voice cross-chat integration for the Playstation. Excited to see what happens here!

Geek Herring listener, FlameFlash, submitted the next story about the Disney+ announcement of Ironheart! This show sounds absolutely incredible and follows the story of 15 year old genius Black student RiRi Williams on her quest to rebuild IronMan armour for her. RiRi will be played by Dominique Thorne, and it’s being written by Chinaka Hodge, another Black woman. We quite literally cannot contain our excitement about this show and all the Black female talent getting pumped into it!

We’re also SO FUCKING EXCITED about the Marvel Phase 5 release trailer! Literally cannot WAIT for all these films to come out – and so many are this year! YES YES YES to ALL these damn movies! And, staying with Marvel, we are HERE for Ryan Reynolds absolutely begging Marvel to let him play Deadpool as bisexual – he is canon pansexual in the comics, so of course it makes sense! Come on, Marvel! It’s about time!

And finally, we talk about the new Ratchet & Clank femme fatale character reveal! Thanks to our friend, Ed Nightingale, reporting for Pink News for this article!

What do YOU think about these news stories? We’d love your take! Let us know in the comments of wherever you see this episode!

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