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December 9, 2014
The Eleventh Doctor’s Legacy Was Loss and Failure
Emily Asher-Perrin
December 9, 2014
Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2014
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December 8, 2014
How Fast is the Millennium Falcon? A Thought Experiment.
Chris Lough
December 8, 2014
Tiamat’s Terrain: Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange
Alex Mangles
December 4, 2014
Potential Spoiler Leak for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reveals Awesome Details
Emily Asher-Perrin
Wed
Nov 26 2014 3:00pm

Evil Couture, Inc. — The Best Fashionable Villains!

Villain Fashion, White Witch, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tilda Swinton

One of the perks of being evil—you can dress however you like. From fine couture to outrageous false eyelashes, many villains express their freedom from wholesome heroics by creating wardrobes that match their inner diabolical divas. Here are some of the best dressed baddies from across genre.

[If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.]

Fri
Nov 7 2014 12:13pm

Artist Hilariously Illustrates Movie Titles with One Letter Removed

illustrated movie titles one letter removed Lord of the Rigs

A recent Reddit thread asked users to pick a movie title, remove one letter, and write a brief description of the new movie. Redditor and artist Austin Light took the challenge a step further by illustrating these one-letter-removed titles and including synopses. For instance, Lord of the Rigs, about “one man’s unhealthy obsession with his truck.”

[Click through for more movies!]

Mon
Nov 3 2014 12:45pm

Channing Tatum Will Play Gambit in a Standalone X-Men Movie

Channing Tatum Gambit standalone movie X-Men

We’ve known for a while that Channing Tatum will eventually play cardslinging mutant Gambit in a future X-Men movie, but it was unclear if he would be an ensemble member in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse or if he would jump straight into a standalone movie. Now it’s looking like the latter.

Deadline reports that Fox has brought on Josh Zetumer—who wrote the screenplay for the RoboCop reboot—to pen Gambit’s solo film. What’s more interesting is that Zetumer will be working off a treatment written by Chris Claremont, who created the character with Jim Lee back in 1990.

[Read more]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: Jean Grey Knows We’re Miserable Now

Poor Cyclops

We know, we know. It’s serious.

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!

[Oh, and LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS.]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 11:06am

Witness the Alternate Reality Where We Got Deadpool Instead of Green Lantern

Deadpool movie test footage Ryan Reynolds break the fourth wall meta

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.

[Watch the footage before it gets yanked]

Tue
Jul 1 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: 21 Years Later, Stupid T-Rex is Still Distracted by Road Flares

Sam Neill Jurassic Park

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!

[Read more]

Thu
Jun 19 2014 12:30pm

Fan Art Fashion Spreads for the X-Men Make Us Want to Walk the Runway

Kevin Wada, X-Men fashion spreads, WolverineYour 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!

[Magneto, Kitty Pryde, Storm and more...]

Wed
May 28 2014 8:30am

X-Men: Days of Future Past Saves Mutantkind By Teaching Professor X to Respect Women

X-Men Days of Future Past, Charles Xavier, James McAvoy

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.

[Are you Charles’ Raven?]

Fri
May 23 2014 10:00am

“You’re afraid. I remember.” X-Men: Days of the Future Past

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.

[It was supposed to be you.]

Tue
May 20 2014 1:00pm

Top Ten Asian Pacific American Comics Characters

Asian American comics characters Cassandra Cain Batgirl

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.

[Check out the full list below!]

Wed
May 14 2014 9:00am

Why Mystique Should Have Her Own Movie

Mystique Jennifer Lawrence

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.

[Read More]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 8:40am

Mutants Galore in the New X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer

X-Men Days of Future Past Trailer 3

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!

[Watch the trailer]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 3:20pm

“How Frozen Should Have Ended” Shows Us a Better Way to Bring Up Elsa

How Frozen Should Have Ended

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.

[Who really gets kids like that?]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: Don’t You Forget About Beast...

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!

[Plus, there’s a cat at the end!]

Tue
Apr 1 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: We are the Future of Public Transportation, Charles, Not Them

We love customized trainsespecially 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!

[Plus Wil Wheaton shares some wisdom!]

Mon
Mar 24 2014 12:39pm

New X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer!

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.

[Watch below!]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 1:05pm

Here’s What 20th Century Fox’s “Mystery” 2018 Marvel Movie Should Be

Mystery Marvel movie Fox Galactus

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.

[More info]

Wed
Mar 12 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: I Find Your Lack of “Free Bird” Disturbing

Darth Vader guitar Tim Lee

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!

[Read more]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 3:10pm

Marvel Body Mass Index Study Reveals Nearly 1/3 of Female Characters Are Underweight

Captain America, Bob Hall, Kitty Pryde, Terry Dodson

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.

[An interesting study...]

Mon
Feb 3 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The U.K. Honors its Fallen Sci-Fi Heroes!

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!

[Oh, and some guy parachuted in space, so you could look at that, too.]