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Morning Roundup barrels toward you in a double-decker bus full of links! Every day is Arbor Day if you’re Groot, the burly Rocket is just kinda weird, and Margaret Atwood talks about Maddaddam!
Ever since Deadpool had a bit part in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there have been rumors of the “Merc with a Mouth” getting his own film. The movie has languished in development hell for years, likely due in part to fans’ negative reaction to X-Men’s portrayal of Deadpool as very different from the comics, then how much X-Men Origins and Green Lantern kind of stunk...
Some test footage from the Deadpool film has leaked, and we’re here to tell you—this is the Deadpool you fell in love with oh those many years ago. The character’s personality, and especially his propensity to break the fourth wall, come through loud and clear.
For their upcoming 20th anniversary issue, Empire Magazine has created a bunch of new photos of stars revisiting their iconic movie roles. Our favorite is this one of Sam Neill leading a shadowy T-rex away from the kids, 21 years after Jurassic Park first stomped into our hearts and told us that we had Dodgson here. (Spoiler alert: Nobody cared.)
Your Morning Roundup is staying overnight at Luke Skywalker’s house and found a cave full of trampolines!
Your eyes do not deceive you. That is Wolverine... in Dolce & Gabana underthings. He seems to be very pleased with this turn of events, going by his absolutely fierce pose. We know, Logan, we know. We’re impressed too.
Artist Kevin Wada has created an entire set of fan art that features the X-Men (and a few other Marvel characters for fun) in high fashion magazine spreads. They’re mesmerizing. They make us wish we currently had a closet to raid, so we could do our own fabulous photoshoot.
As David Bowie would rightly say: Turn to the left! Turn to the right!
At the end of X-Men: First Class, Charles Xavier lies paralyzed on a beach while Magneto makes a stirring speech about mutants and their need to separate themselves from humanity. Erik is trying to win others over to his cause, and he succeeds—half of the youngsters take his hand and vanish from sight. It’s hard not to notice that Magneto has taken with him all the female mutants and mutants of color… while Charles is left there with three white male mutants and a human.
It’s impossible to leave unnoted because X-Men Days of Future Past is concerned with precisely this dialogue, and how it might have impacted the future of mutants and humans alike. Because despite Charles Xavier’s experience and affability, he is far from infallible. And it turns out he had one more essential lesson to learn.
Spoilers ahead for X-Men Days of Future Past.
When X-Men Days of Future Past was announced at San Diego Comic Con, and every single X-Man was brought out on stage to take a bow, it was hard not to be excited at the prospect of such an ambitious film. But it was also a little frightening to conceive; could this melding of generations possibly work? Could this many X-Men on screen at the same time even make sense? What is a day of future past anyhow?
Springboarding off of 2011’s First Class and the aftershocks of the contemporary movies, DoFP brings together a decade and a half of X-films without breaking a sweat. And not just by putting all the actors in the same film, but by unifying these stories on the same front to teach a powerful lesson about how history might be righted in the face of an untenable future.
Minor spoilers for the film below.
Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Er... did you know that May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?Well, now you do. And I hope you have a happy one.
All over cyberspace, folks are celebrating in all sorts of ways. Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang (no relation) kicked things off with an article that asks if the APA community is one or many (and graphically compares it to Voltron). CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) launched a campaign of YouTube videos with several prominent APA entertainers talking about their career paths.
I’m doing my part by sharing with you my Top Ten Favorite APA characters in comics. They aren’t listed in any specific order, but they all meet these requirements: They’re in comics, they’re of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, they’re American, and they make my heart happy.
Move over, Black Widow. Take a break, Maria Hill. There is another Marvel movie woman who has changed the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since she was introduced in the X-Men films: Mystique.
Sure, she’s not in a licensed Marvel movie (hear that Fox, could you give them back now please?) but the First Class films have revitalized the X-Men franchise after the awful crash that was X3. Now, with the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, mutant fans have to wonder: is there a place for a Mystique solo film.
A plethora of mutants make appearances in the third trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Logan tries his best to explain the plot of the movie to past-Charles: essentially it boils down to “the Sentinels are bad,” but we all knew that already, right? We’re still not convinced that Logan is the best choice for this mission, but it sure is fun watching him interact with—and occasionally punch—the old (young?) gang!
Frozen fandom has pretty much universally decided that Princess Elsa would have been much better off in childhood had her parents... been better at the whole parenting thing? Nothing like having your elders convince you to bottle up your emotions.
But how could they have done better? How It Should Have Ended has the answer.
Deviant artist Rahzzah makes detention fun again with The Xavier Club! We can just imagine the wacky shenanigans these mutants will get up to as they overcome their social differences and bond over the trauma of spending Saturday in a library. Actually, The Breakfast Club kind of found the best way to spend a Saturday...
Morning Roundup has some serious thinkings on superhero ethics, the birth of a new meme, and insight into George R.R. Martin’s literary influences!
We love customized trains—especially when the dreamy eyes of Charles Xavier are gazing out at us... Virgin partnered with Fox to premiere these X-Men: Days of Future Past trains, which will be criss-crossing the UK for the next three months. Comicbook.com provides some more shots of James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman at the train’s unveiling, as well as highlighting a Virgin exec who... meditates on the nature of speed?
Morning Roundup has a recap of the last decade of mutant-related drama, details on how the Lannisters spent their summer vacation, and new videos from Transcendence!
Holy crap new Days of Future Past trailer! Even more cuts, even more dramatic line-readings, and tension so thick you’d need an adamantium claw to slice it! We are stating for the record right now that if Charles Xavier needs us to go into the past on a special mission, he will not need to ask twice.
20th Century Fox just announced their Marvel film slate up to 2018 and it ping-pongs between the X-Men and Fantastic Four right up until July 13, 2018, where an untitled Marvel movie blockbuster sits, waiting for us to throw speculation at it.
Tim Lee creates art in many media, including wood, canvas, paper, and banjo. But we particularly love his portrait of Darth Vader rockin’ out beneath a full Death Star.
Your morning roundup is making everything out of origami. Microscopes out of origami. Trailers for Noah out of origami! Werner Herzog out of origami!
In the world of comics art there are plenty of fans who take exception to the way most women are depicted artistically on the page. This is not difficult to understand: breasts are defying all forms of gravity, waist-to-hip ratios clock in at Barbie levels of discomfort, and everyone is usually fighting in heels.
The return argument is that the men in comics are depicted in an equally unrealistic capacity, though any good feminist will tell you that there’s a difference between female objectification and male power fantasies. But it goes well beyond that realm, too. In fact, it might just be plain unhealthy. Literally.
Holly-littlemonster posted this touching memorial on Tumblr, noting that “In Britain we take the death of our characters very seriously.” (Although we think she means the U.K.?) We think that’s the only proper response to Children of Earth, and we can only salute you for it, though we’d rather not remember...
Morning Roundup chooses to focus on more cheerful topics! Like rumors about Star Wars, hopes about Gambit, and further adventures in the Winchester’s universe!
People are telling us that Batman is hiding in this photograph by Rémi Noel but we don’t know...we’re just not seeing it. He is a master of concealment, after all.
Your Morning Roundup is sending your cat into battle and getting writing tips from George R. R. Martin.
The legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee turns 91 years old today, and in his honor we present a compilation of his cameos in the various Marvel films, from 1989’s The Trial of the Incredible Hulk through 2013’s Iron Man 3, plus a poignant meeting with the animated Spider-Man. ’Nuff Said!
Happy Holidays, everybody! We were pretty excited when we found this image, because it finally explained some things we’ve been wondering about for a long time: where are the Peanuts kids’ parents? Sure, there are schoolteachers, and ostensibly the whole gang goes to Grandma’s condominium in the Thanksgiving special, but we never really see any adult supervision. Could it be that the kids live in an entirely parent-free world, and those weird waah-waah sounds we hear are just other children, throwing their voices to create an illusion of stability? Could it be that this season of joy and goodwill brings out an opposing sense of darkness in us? Is this our own way of bringing balance to The Force?
No matter. Today’s Morning Roundup will attempt to be all lightness going forth! Behold Will Ferrell drawing a Christmassy line in the sand, Paul Rudd thrusting his thorax out with pride, and a loving tribute to the greatest tech of the last two decades!