February dawns with a lot of intriguing little news bites about The Green Lantern, First Avenger: Captain America, and how your favorite characters may be mangled by odd story choices. Last year, I described this very same week as one where "everything is taking a breather before Watchmen, Wolverine, and all the madness that will follow the filming of Iron Man 2, Thor, Scott Pilgrim, and Captain America. In weeks, we're going to be bombarded with Terminator: Salvation, Star Trek, and Sherlock Holmes – and maybe, just maybe, a glimpse of Avatar. I can't wait for that stuff to hit the web so we have something to really tear into."
Ah, the innocence and excitement of February 2009!
In fact, seeing as there's so little to write about this week, I thought I'd go back to that very column and revisit its mawkish sentimentality. The Geek Beat has once again hovered very close to my Cinematical anniversary and my birthday (Wolverine style, we're going to avoid that topic), so I thought a retrospective was in order. I've been on this column and on this site for two years now, which is stunning and strange. I know it's corny, but it really seems like it was just yesterday that I was shyly talking to Erik Davis for the first time, and logging into our blogging software to write a Punisher: War Zone update. I now measure time by movie seasons and release dates, and it's a really surreal way to live. Two years goes by in a flash of casting news, rumor reporting, initial set images, and ranting.