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Thu
Apr 23 2015 9:00am

Iceman Already Kinda Sorta Tried to Come Out as Gay in the 1990s

Bobby Drake Iceman gay

I imagine that all the recent hubbub about Iceman coming out as gay in this week’s #40 issue of All New X-Men (and by hubbub I mean “Oh, Facebook Trending updated itself again”) is interesting to comic book fans who grew up reading X-Men comics. Perhaps not because it’s astonishing or new or uncanny, but maybe because it represents the return of a plotline that cropped up in a little-remembered Almost Very Special Issue of Uncanny X-Men published in 1994, more than 20 years ago.

[“Bobby... ...is there anything you want to say?”]

Wed
Apr 22 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Code That Launched at Least One Ship!

Boing Boing shared this shot of Margaret Hamilton standing next to her Apollo 11 code! Her handwritten Apollo 11 code. The code that got us to the moon. The code that opened the universe to humanity. We might cry… but we’re too busy being awe-inspired by this woman’s patience. We get frustrated when we forget the little slashy thing in our html and accidentally italicize too many words…

Morning Roundup brings you the parenting styles of Westeros, a definitive list of the wishes that have been made by the hearts of Disney princesses, and a comparison between different versions of the X-Men!

[Plus, a scepter fit for a Trickster God!]

Thu
Mar 5 2015 3:45pm

Women SFF Artists Redesign Female Characters and the Results Are Fantastic

women SFF artists redesign female characters Red Sonja Melissa Gay

Orbit Books Creative Director Lauren Panepinto regularly blogs about art on the Muddy Colors blog, but in her latest post, “What Women Want in Women Characters,” she’s given us a special treat. Panepinto called upon members of the hundreds-strong Women in Fantasy Illustration group to redesign famous sci-fi/fantasy, comic book, and video game characters in ways that honor their narratives and keep them properly clothed.

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Wed
Mar 4 2015 2:45pm

Afternoon Roundup: Kraken Just Wants to Give You a Hug

Monster Issues Teo Zirinis kraken hug ships too hard

When your boat is being capsized by a mighty kraken from beneath the roiling waves, have you ever stopped to wonder about how the poor li’l guy just wanted to show how much he loves you guys? Artist Teo Zirinis has: In his series Monster Issues, he reminds us that Nessie can never find a good photo of herself, Cthulhu always has to correct people on spelling, and Godzilla prefers classic architecture.

Afternoon Roundup brings you news of a Heinlein movie, fairy doors in danger, and more Jeff Goldblum!

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 2:15pm

Afternoon Roundup: Valentines for the People Worth Melting For

Disney valentines Olaf grab my butt

BuzzFeed has come up with a way to ruin your childhood with these suggestive Disney valentines. But hey, at least you’ll have hilarious cards to hand out to your friends and loved ones!

Afternoon Roundup would watch Patrick Stewart ride around the world in Wolverine’s motorcycle; resists the urge to kick Spot the four-legged robot; and wants MODOK here, now, in this elevator.

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Tue
Jan 6 2015 12:25pm

The Gambit Movie Gets a 2016 Release Date

Gambit movie release date 2016

When 20th Century Fox confirmed its Gambit standalone film starring Channing Tatum a few months ago, we wondered where it would fit within the X-Men film slate. Now that the release date has been announced, we have a better idea of how all three of 2016’s X-Men movies will link into one another. That’s right, all three.

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 4:00pm

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 1:13pm

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 1:45pm

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 8:00am

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 12:06pm

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 8:00am

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!

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Thu
Jun 19 2014 1:30pm

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 9:30am

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 11:00am

“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 2:00pm

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 10:00am

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.

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Wed
Apr 16 2014 9:40am

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 4:20pm

“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 8:00am

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!]