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December 22, 2014
What is it Like to be a Malfoy Post-Battle of Hogwarts? Rowling Reveals All on Pottermore
Stubby the Rocket
December 18, 2014
Mistborn Fans Will Get TWO New Novels Next Year!
Tor.com
December 15, 2014
Steven Erikson: On Completing Malazan
Tor.com
December 12, 2014
When My Wife Put Her Face in a Fireball for Epic Fantasy
Brian Staveley
December 10, 2014
Even More Standalone Fantasy Fiction!
Stubby the Rocket
Mon
Dec 22 2014 4:30pm

Mike Colter Cast as Marvel’s Luke Cage!

Mike Colter, Luke Cage, Marvel

It was rumored a while back, but now it’s been confirmed: Mike Colter has been cast as Luke Cage!

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Thu
Dec 11 2014 2:00pm

5 Times Stephen Colbert Was Declared the Ultimate Fanboy

Stephen Colbert Gandalf The Hobbit Entertainment Weekly

As Entertainment Weekly observed in their upcoming Stephen Colbert/The Hobbit cover story, the host of The Colbert Report plays a satire of a conservative windbag—but when he geeks out, that’s never an act.

Since the Report premiered on Comedy Central in 2005—and even before that, when he was a correspondent on The Daily Show—Colbert has unabashedly indulged his nerdy side, alternately poking at and showing off his own extensive knowledge of various properties. Getting his own series was a platform to lampoon right-wing pundits, but it also served to show America what a proud nerd looks like. Whether defending the new crossguard lightsaber or dominating at Tolkien trivia, Colbert taps into his endless knowledge and enthusiasm for all things geek in a way no one else can.

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Fri
Dec 5 2014 11:38am

Ryan Reynolds to Play Deadpool Again

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie Fox

Once we got confirmation that Fox was moving forward on a Deadpool solo movie based on the test footage that got leaked, we hoped that Ryan Reynolds would reprise his role as the Merc with the Mouth. Because even though everything about Deadpool’s cinematic introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was disappointing, he rocked it in the test footage.

Now, Deadline reports that Reynolds is closing a deal with 20th Century Fox to put on the red bodysuit again. Plus, the actor posted an almost-confirmation on Twitter...

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Thu
Dec 4 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Burn the Cookies, and Boil the Nog, You Can’t Take the Holidays From Me!

Blastr shared this poignant piece of holiday art: A gingerbread Serenity! The bakers managed an extraordinary amount of detailing in their chosen medium of icing, gumdrops, and delicious gingerbread. Now we just need a tiny Jayne made of Twizzlers!

Morning Roundup has facts about Suicide Squads and Masters of the Universe! Plus, news of Elsa and Anna’s latest adventures, and an argument about the state of Middle-earth.

[And, wait, a Frozen-loving dog?]

Mon
Dec 1 2014 3:00pm

Pull List: Batgirl and Thor

DC’s New 52 reboot in 2011 was much needed, somewhat successful, and totally controversial. Women creators dropped from 12% to a depressing 1% (as of August 2014, that number is under 10% between the Big Two). Catwoman, Starfire, Voodoo, and Harley Quinn were way oversexualized. And then there was Batgirl. Barbara Gordon was thankfully spared the worst aspects of the New 52, by which I mean she wasn’t tarted up in a black and yellow bikini with Liefeld-esque accent pouches. Three years later, a new writer and artist have taken over the title and breathed new life into Batgirl.

A week before Batgirl dropped, Marvel launched their newest series aimed at young women: Thor. Yes, in the 2014 Marvel comics universe, Captain Marvel is a woman, Ms. Marvel is Pakistani-American, Captain America and Ultimate Spider-Man are Black, and Thor is a woman (with really unfortunate boob-plate armor). Quite a few characters have taken over the mantle of Thor over the years, but this time it’s for real. For now, anyway.

So, we have two old titles with two new personalities. How do they stack up? And, more importantly, should you buy? Oh, hell yes.

[“Quick, say something badass.”]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Ghibli and Gravy for Thanksgiving!

It’s almost time for those of us in the US to stuff ourselves with turkey, and/or its vegetarian/vegan equivalent! Oh, and also display gratitude or something. In the spirit of this season, we present you with something we’re profoundly grateful for: an homage to My Neighbor Totoro, courtesy of Bob’s Burgers. And if you’re still unsure what Thanksgiving’s all about, go listen to this song. You’ll thank us.

Morning Roundup brings you news of the latest addition to the Potter-verse! We take a look at diversity in Marvel comics, and give you some easily digestible facts about the upcoming X-Men nemesis.

[Plus, more Ghibli, cause there’s never too much Ghibli.]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 9:30am

But How Do You Make Mjolnir Like You, Though? — Being Worthy of the Power of Thor

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Heroism is an interesting thing. What makes one person good can be drastically different than what makes another person good. There are a multitude of ways to embody goodness, just as there are many ways to embody evil. But we don’t often talk about the subtleties of goodness the way we do with villainy. You’re either good or you’re not.

Which brings me to a question: what specifically makes Thor good enough to hoist Mjolnir?

[What does being “worthy” entail exactly?]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 9:00am

Is Loki Canonically Genderfluid Now?

Loki, Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm, female lady Loki

Loki’s current exploits in the Marvel universe have been fun for sure, ranging from heists and cons to discovering that he and Thor have an extra sibling they never knew about. Writer Al Ewing made a splash even before his run with the character began by stating that Loki is bisexual, and that he would shift from male to female on occasion as well. The announcement was met with a flutter of interest and many questions—had Loki always been bisexual? What would the swapping mean for his gender identity? Would this add dimension to the character, or come off hollow?

It seems as though Ewing has done more than make Loki bisexual, however; with the Original Sin arc (by Ewing and Jason Aaron), it looks like Loki has been established as genderfluid as well. Which is awesome.

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Sun
Nov 2 2014 5:50pm

Brace Yourselves — Loki and Heimdall Will Appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Loki and Heimdal, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston

You know we wouldn’t lie to you, and neither would Idris Elba. (We’re pretty sure he’s incapable, on account of him being so entirely badass.) Turns out there are a few surprising cameos coming up in the Avengers sequel, and these two might be the most exciting so far.

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Wed
Oct 29 2014 9:00am

Bring Me a Cuddly Marshmallow Robot: Big Hero 6 Will Make You Cry, and That’s Okay

Big Hero 6

Another Disney-Marvel venture that comes from the pages of a comic book, Big Hero 6 was already set to combine our favorite sci-fi buzz words—superheroes, robots, alternate realities—and deliver something fun for the whole family. But the movie supersedes those expectations to ruminate on invention, family, and how grief transforms us all... for better or for worse.

Spoiler-light review below.

[I am satisfied with my care.]

Mon
Oct 13 2014 3:26pm

Spider-Gwen Was Such a Hit, She’s Getting Her Own Series!

Spider-Gwen #1 series announced NYCC

Although Marvel Comics had intended their “Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman” alternate-universe story to be a one-shot, it has proved to be so popular that now Spider-Gwen (yes, that’s the real title) will be an ongoing series starting February 2015! And before you ask, of course The Mary Janes rock group are coming back.

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Mon
Oct 13 2014 3:06pm

Watch the First Trailer for Brian Michael Bendis’ Superhero Police Procedural Powers

Powers trailer Brian Michael Bendis NYCC

At New York Comic-Con, Brian Michael Bendis unveiled the first footage for the TV adaptation of his comics series Powers, which is part superhero story, part police procedural. While the footage isn’t yet online, the first trailer is—and it looks like a pretty solidly faithful adaptation of the comic's tone. Also, it’s premiering on PlayStation, which means it’ll be less constrained than other upcoming superhero TV series.

[“There was a time when I could fly. I was a hero, above the law. Then I lost my powers, so they gave me a badge. The f—- am I supposed to do with that?”]

Thu
Oct 9 2014 12:40pm

Rocket & Groot Conquer all the Covers!

When Marvel tells us that We are Groot they mean it! We’re getting 20 homages of classic Marvel covers in November, all featuring Rocket Racoon and his incredibly endearing bodyguard. The image above (a variant for Superior Iron Man #1) is a gleefully subversive take on the classic Iron Man arc, “Demon in a Bottle,” while the one below is, well...

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Fri
Aug 29 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: Love Makes Superheroes of Us All!

Captain American and Iron Man Cake Topper

Last weekend, two members of the Tor.com extended family combined, Voltron style, to become Kemelsey Basher-Parrot. (At least, we think that’s how marriage works…) So we thought the best way to kick off a holiday weekend was by sharing their EPIC CAKE. Please note that the topper of said cake homages the EARTH 3490 Universe, in which Tony Stark was born female (and for some reason named Natasha Stark? What’s wrong with Antonia?) and Stark’s marriage to Steve Rogers averted the Civil War.

Morning Roundup gives you a definitive ranking of Firefly episodes that we’re sure everyone will agree with 100%! Plus a look at the history of Star Wars edits, and Ridley Scott’s answer to people quite reasonable questions about Exodus.

[And MICE IN SPAAAAAACE]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 11:00am

Who’s Your Daddy? (Star-Lord Edition)

Chris Pratt Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill

It’s the question that’s on everybody’s mind (at least after “How do I get my own Groot?”): who is the man that fathered Chris Pratt’s lovable half-human scoundrel in Guardians of the Galaxy?

The origin of 616-Comic-Book-Star-Lord is incredibly convoluted and full of retroactive changes, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe offers a new opportunity to streamline and reimagine his story. We’ll have to wait until July 28, 2017 for the definitive answer, but in the meantime, we can follow the breadcrumbs that were left behind in the film and subsequent publicity interviews around it, and they might lead us to a few rational theories about the identity of our mystery man...

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Thu
Aug 21 2014 2:30pm

Does Evangeline Lilly’s New Hairdo Mean She’s Playing Wasp in Ant-Man?

Evangeline Lilly Ant-Man haircut Wasp Hope Janet van Dyne Hank Pym backstory

When Marvel’s Ant-Man kicked off production earlier this week, they shared an official photo that was pretty snoozeville. Not so with the cast and crew’s Instagram shots, which give us a lot more to work with.

Take, for instance, this Instagram pic Evangeline Lilly shared yesterday. “How’s my new do?” she coyly asked fans, who immediately set to speculating that her blunt bob is looking very Wasp-ish.

[How the movie is tweaking Ant-Man’s backstory]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 7:00am

Morning Roundup: Every Guinea Pig Could Use Some Steampunk Swag

Is your guinea pig boring? Is being cute just not enough anymore? Transform your cavy into a mystical creature, capable of leaping between a fantasy Middle Ages and a fantasy Victorian London with but one flap of his mighty, clockwork wings. Skypirate Creations designed these wings because they hate boring pets!

Morning Roundup brings you links that even a fire-breathing guinea pig would love! Joss Whedon explains why he’s a Marvel, not a DC, girls play D&D cause it’s awesome, and Domhnall Gleeson says a few tiny sentences about Star Wars before he’s bundled into a burlap sack and tossed into the back of J.J. Abrams’ car.

[Plus, learn how you, too can become The Hulk!]

Thu
Aug 14 2014 12:37pm

If the Captain America 3 Screenwriter Had His Way, MODOK Would Be That Film’s Villain

Captain America 3 MODOK rumor screenwriters Christopher Markus Stephen McFeely Marvel

We know that we have our ridiculous fan theories about which comic book characters we’d like to see Marvel mine for future films, but it’s always fun to hear the folks with any deciding power talk about their dream crossovers and cameos. That’s why we were tickled when Captain America: Winter Soldier co-writer Christopher Markus revealed that he’s been gunning to put MODOK into a future Cap film. Because yes.

[MODOK commands it!]

Wed
Aug 13 2014 11:30am

James Gunn: Star-Lord’s Father Won’t Be Who It Is in the Comics

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Minor spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy, in case you haven’t seen it yet BUT WHY.

Even though we don’t find out who Peter Quill’s father is—only that Star-Lord actually does have some alien blood in him—in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn recently revealed that he’s been thinking about this particular character since even before they shot the movie.

However, now that he’s settling in to write the sequel, he can tell us who Star-Lord’s dad definitely isn’t.

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