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Avengers 4 Title Possibly Revealed by Zoe Saldana

SPOILER WARNING: The following article may contain spoilers for the outcome of “Avengers:
Infinity War,” in theaters May 4, 2018.

Just a few hours after Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said he couldn’t reveal the title of the fourth Avengers movie as it would spoil the outcome of “Avengers: Infinity War,” it appears that Zoe Saldana may have revealed the title to reporters in a promotional interview for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

When asked if her Gamora character was in “Infinity War,” she responded, “I think that the Guardians just shot their parts when it comes to ‘Infinity War’ — the first part — and we all have to go back for ‘Gauntlet’ later this year.”

RELATED: Why Marvel’s Avengers 4 Doesn’t Have a Title Yet

This may suggest that the movie could be titled “Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet” or simply, “Avengers: The Gauntlet,” playing off the classic comic book storyline where Thanos acquired all of the Infinity Gems (or Stones as they’re called in the MCU) and went on a rampage in the Marvel Universe. With production of “Infinity War” underway, Marvel confirmed the film and its 2019 follow-up are shooting back to back but not simultaneously, as initially planned.

RELATED: Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Teases Rivalry with Avengers in Infinity War

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.

(via ComicBookMovie)

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Posted by Lisa Granshaw

The Riddler Arrives in Gotham’s Return – Is Harley Quinn Next?

Ahead of “Gotham” returning tonight from midseason hiatus, members of the cast gathered at an event in New York City, attended by CBR, to screen the “How the Riddler Got His Name” episode and answer questions from press. Cast members in attendances included Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, Drew Powell, Chris Chalk and Maggie Geha.

The Q&A started with a question about whether or not anyone was still waiting for answers about their characters’ past — and if they are, if they might be answered soon. Cory Michael Smith jokingly responded by saying, “all questions are answered, I’m done” when it comes to his character Edward Nygma before expanding on the new answers the character is looking for in this part of the season.

“Now that he’s finally claimed an identity, it doesn’t necessarily answer any deep questions about his identity,” Smith said. “He’s called himself something, but now begins the journey of finding out what that actually means to him. Who is this new person? This is someone who constantly struggles with identity.”

Smith continued by stating this struggle was manifested literally in season two when Ed started to see two of himself.

“He’s constantly searching for himself, but now it’s like, well he has this outfit, what does that mean? How does he behave now? How does he walk into a room or interact with people? How does he expect people to respond to him? So now begins a whole new journey of a new identity for him so I feel like it’s kind of a new beginning,” he said.

David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne in “Gotham.”

For these characters that we know so much about, are there any surprises for the audience, or a lot more that we haven’t seen yet? Camren Bicondova, who plays Selina Kyle, replied that Selina “always packs a good surprise.” For her, she always sees Selina going one way — and then she goes the complete opposite.

“I’ve gotten used to just letting her be and just go with the flow,” Bicondova said. “The way that she lives is survival and that’s how she lives her life is just doing what she needs to do to survive and throughout the rest of the season we’re going to see how she’s struggling to survive for the first time in a really long time because she’s dealing with teenage girl issues that she’s never dealt with before… by the end of the season she’s going to figure out that she wants something else and I’m excited for everyone to see that.”

While viewers may know the ultimate fates of many of the characters on the show based on the classic Batman stories, others aren’t quite as clear — such as Erin Richards’ character, Barbara Kean. There’s been quite a bit of speculation about whether or not Barbara might be Gotham’s version of Harley Quinn. Richards was asked if those comparisons to Harley are frustrating to her, and she said no, because she can understand it.

“I’ve sort of seen and been playing a little bit of that,” Richards replied. “Not as Harley Quinn, but in her own right the kind of madness. The thing about Harley Quinn I feel is that her madness, her crazy, is kind of joyous which Barbara has but Barbara is a lot more focused, especially in this part of the season. We’re going to see her really getting her teeth into kind of being the queen of Gotham which is what she wants and using the characters around her to get there and I think that she maybe has left behind that part of her that was the Harley Quinn type where it was just kind of madness for madness sake. Crazy and outlandish because that’s fabulous.”

“Now she’s got her mind set on this thing,” Richards continued. “The thing about Barbara is she’s always looking for her place in the world and she’s certainly found it. She’s like, ‘Oh my god I can run this thing!’ But then there might be a kind of very interesting thing happening at the end of the season.”

Barbara’s rise to the top may put her in the crosshairs of some characters, but maybe not Ed. When asked about everyone having a grudge against Ed and if they might align against him, Smith pointed out that Ed is not interested in running the underworld.

Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas and Cory Michael Smith on tonight’s “Gotham.”

“He’s interested in finding his own identity,” Smith explained. “He’s on a journey of self so in terms of being in charge of things, he never wanted to be the mayor. He has no interest in taking the role which he easily could have done if he really wanted a power structure that way so it’s interesting.”

Smith did say alliances will be made though, and that Ed will run into Barbara, which will cause problems since he tortured Tabitha and Butch. Jessica Lucas, who plays Tabitha Galavan, added that it all brings her character and Butch much closer together and “stirs up a lot of trouble between Barbara and Tabitha.”

“That will get more and more intense as the season goes on,” Lucas said.

Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Penguin, agreed when Smith said Ed is not interested in running the world or being powerful.

“He’s interested in finding himself and weirdly that makes him all the more terrifying because that is unpredictable,” Taylor said. “He doesn’t even know who he is. We don’t even know the depravity where this character can go and that’s what’s motivating him. Whereas someone like the Penguin [is about] order, structure, king of Gotham, and let’s go. But that makes the Riddler all the more dangerous.”

When the cast was asked about potentially taking on Batman or a Gotham version of the hero one day, Bicondova said she loves the journey.

“Everybody knows Nygma becomes the Riddler. Everyone knows Oswald becomes Penguin. Everybody knows Selina Kyle becomes Catwoman and I think that’s what makes Gotham so fun and interesting is that nobody’s seen the journey so I feel like that cheesy saying ‘it’s the journey not the destination’ but really it is for me at least,” she explained.

Ben McKenzie, the actor behind Det. Jim Gordon, thinks that “as Bruce evolves the people around him are obviously evolving as well.” Smith later on added that there are a lot of stories to tell before Batman becomes Batman.

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma on “Gotham.”

As for the cast’s favorite scene or storyline from this season, when asked the answers varied, though Taylor and Smith agreed the relationship between Riddler and Penguin was a highlight.

“I have to say the fact that we introduced a queer element to a traditional villain storyline, something that’s been around for a very long time, I thought that was very brave,” Taylor said. “I thought that even though it’s not the traditional trajectory that things tend to go I thought that really what we brought to it both Cory and I was a place of emotional honesty and the fact that that was embraced by both Warner Bros. and Fox I think is something that should be applauded and I’m really happy about that.”

Smith saw this season as an “embarrassment of riches” and that in addition to loving the queer storyline, he liked the fact that Chelsea Spack, who had played Kristin Kringle, returned to play Isabella. For Chris Chalk, who plays Lucius Fox, his favorite part was how fun it was working with McKenzie and Donal Logue who plays Det. Harvey Bullock while for Drew Powell, who portrays Butch Gilzean, it was the scene where Ed was torturing Butch and Tabitha.

“Getting my hand cut off was definitely a highlight, and reattached” Lucas added. “And working with the lovely Erin Richards all season long has been a treat I have to say.”

Richards revealed that one of her favorite scenes was one they shot the day before the Q&A and said it was “pretty epic,” taking about six hours and breaking a wall.

“Gotham” airs at 8 tonight on Fox.

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

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While we’ve loved the fun of the sometimes funny, sometimes frightening one-shots that Archie Comics puts out (like their adventures with the Ramones or, you know, Sharknado), writer Mark Waid and artist Pete Woods are going to be delivering an actual, multi-issue story that will greatly affect Riverdale’s status quo (hopefully more than their Archie Marries Veronica/Archie Marries Betty “event”). Get ready for Over the Edge!

Here’s the official solicit information for the three upcoming issues, courtesy of Archie Comics:

  • ARCHIE #20
    It’s the BIGGEST comic event in ARCHIE HISTORY! Archie and Reggie’s ongoing feud reaches a fever pitch that pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the deadly Dead Man’s Curve! Script: Mark Waid, Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli, Cover: Pete Woods, Variant Covers: Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez, Greg Smallwood; On Sale Date: 5/17; 32-page, full color comic; $3.99 U.S.
  • ARCHIE #21
    A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair! Script: Mark Waid; Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli; Cover: Pete Woods; Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Greg Smallwood; On Sale Date: 6/21; 32-page, full color comic; $3.99 U.S.
  • ARCHIE #22
    The end has come for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents. This is one you’re going to want to buy, keep, and re-read over the years, because we promise it will never leave you. Script: Mark Waid; Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli; Cover: Pete Woods; Variant Cover: Thomas Pitilli, Greg Smallwood; On Sale Date: 7/19; 32-page, full color comic; $3.99 U.S.

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I had the chance to chat with Waid about the Over the Edge. Here’s what he has to say:

TMS (Teresa Jusino): Sum up the overall story arc of Over the Edge in your own words.

Mark Waid: Reggie digs so deeply under Archie’s skin this time that, as teenagers (and I) often do, Archie does something stupid. Reggie goads Archie into a drag race –and as a consequence, someone in the cast, someone we love, pays a horrible, horrible price and fades to black. As a result, the kids (and half the adults) of Riverdale go through some heartbreaking emotions, parents are at war with one another, and the whole town changes for the worse. And that’s just the start.

TMS: So, is this just toxic machismo run amok, or is there more to it than that? What is it about Archie and Reggie that brings them to this seemingly fever pitch? Why can’t they just get along, or alternately, why don’t they just stay away from each other?

Waid: In Archie and Reggie’s case, Reggie is a bully, full stop. And if I learned anything my first eighteen years on this earth, it’s that it’s impossible to “stay away” from a bully because they will happily track you down. In this specific relationship, Archie’s generally pretty good about letting Reggie’s bullying roll off his back, but this time, as we’ll see, he strikes a very sensitive nerve right here and right now in Archie.

TMS: In addition to those two, whose storyline do you think fans should keep an especially close eye on, and why?

Waid: Cheryl Blossom and her brother have just learned something devastating about their parents, something ugly that tends to happen a little too frequently in the real world when adults try to keep secrets from their kids. I’m especially fond of how the unlikely pairing of Dilton and Betty is shaping up. Veronica learns to be a CEO. And what Mr. Weatherbee and Ms. Grundy get up to in their private time is their business. I am joking about one of these.

TMS: Why now? Why does Archie Comics need an event that will apparently change things so fundamentally?

Waid: Because as much fun as the book has been to write, and it has been massive fun, I came to realize that –comedy or not –it was time to have the kids experience some genuine consequences for their antics. “Why now” because it felt like the right time and because editor Mike Pellerito and I, in conversation, came up with what I think is a really good story that plays to my strengths as a writer. With few exceptions, the kids haven’t “changed” very much since their inception. Give them this.


Now, check out all the covers, and variants, that you can expect to get your grubby little hands on for the next three months in the gallery below! Aren’t they purdy?

Wanna make sure you can snag yourself a copy? Call up your LCS and order you a copy of Archie #20 today, as today’s the day for comics shops to get in their final orders. Once you’re done doing that? Feel free to speculate about any and all possible Archie Universe changes in the comments below!


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  7. Archie 22 - Main Cover Archie 22 - Main Cover Art: Pete Woods
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Rucka, Young, Bellaire & More Reveal Their Storytelling Process

At 2017’s C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo), Image Comics brought together some of its top creators to discuss the creative process during the “Image Comics Presents: Storytelling Essentials” panel. Featuring Jordie Bellaire (“Injection,” “Autumnlands,” “Pretty Deadly,” “The Manhattan Projects,” and more), Donny Cates (“God Country” and “Redneck”), Jamie McKelvie (“The Wicked + The Divine”), Greg Rucka (“Lazarus,” “The Old Guard,” and “Black Magic”), Declan Shalvey (“Injection”), and Skottie Young (“I Hate Fairyland”), the panel was moderated by Image Comics’ branding manager, David Brothers.

The panel opened with each panelist briefly describing their Image books. Brothers asked McKelvie what “The Wicked + The Divine” is about, to which McKelvie jokingly replied, “Kieron [Gillen]’s emotional journey,” before explaining the series’ gods-as-pop stars concept.

Bellaire joked that she works on everything, but that she loved coloring them all. Brothers asked her how she got onto so many great series, to which she replied, “A lot of trickery and deceit.” Bellaire then discussed her upcoming series “Redlands” with Vanesa Del Rey, which she described as “a Satanic love letter to all things witches and a hatred of the patriarchy.”

Brothers then turned to Rucka, who said “Lazarus,” co-created with artist Michael Lark, was “about the blood red rage that leads to a Trump administration,” before joking, “You guys weren’t reading it apparently! I tried to warn you three years ago!”

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Rucka then described the immortal protagonists of “The Old Guard,” co-created by Leandro Fernandez. According to Rucka, the series is “really just a Looney Tunes cartoon, but with people,” and with a lead character who was based entirely on Slappy Squirrel from “Animaniacs.”

Finally, Rucka mentioned “Black Magic,” praising Nicola Scott’s art on the book. Rucka noted that like “The Old Guard,” it explored questions of mortality, and joked that there was a lot of witchcraft on the panel.

Asked about the “I Hate Fairyland,” Young said it’s what happens when you spend five years working on a fairytale (his “Oz” books for Marvel) and then have kids and have to watch the same episode of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” five hundred times. “I will murder people over ‘Caillou,’” Young declared. He then explained that he thought that the series came out of the idea that a real person would not want to put up with any of the insanity of Oz. Young then gave a shout out to his frequent colorist, Jean-Francois Beaulieu.

Brothers asked the panel about the coloring process, and Shalvey noted the color-driven covers for “Injection,” where he said he tried “to give as much space as possible for Jordie [Bellaire] to make decisions.” Shalvey specifically mentioned the cover for issue #11, where he put in a few background lines for colors, and Bellaire “came back with something way more interesting than what I would have done.” Bellaire said she saw the cover and decided, “I’m just gonna glitch this thing way the fuck out.”

Bellaire then described how she has to make incredibly fast decisions as a colorist, because there is very little time to get the work done. She and Shalvey then commiserated about how there was not time to get together and walk over every inch of the comic; there was simply too much work to be done.

McKelvie discussed his work with colorist Matt Wilson on “The Wicked + The Divine,” saying, “He takes my kernel of an idea and comes up with something way better than I could have come up with.” McKelvie gave the example of a flashback sequence where Wilson used a color palette associated with the character narrating the story.

That McKelvie draws digitally increases what Wilson can do, because he can use Photoshop layers and multiple colored lines in his drawing. He noted where Wilson had used dropped shadows on blue specs in an panel, which would have been much more difficult with traditional inks.

The artists on the panel then got into a discussion of how some things that look like they would be difficult are often easy, while things that look easy are often hard. Shalvey gave the example of repeated panel images, where he doesn’t like to simply copy and paste because it takes the sense of life and movement from the image, but where it can be very hard to recreate the original image.

Rucka talked about the way that Fernandez worked with colorist Daniela Miwa to play with light in “The Old Guard”. According to Rucka, “I’ve never worked with an artist like Leo who is so religiously dedicated” to his light sources and the way that they influence the color palette.

Rucka noted that while “Black Magic” is technically a black and white book, there is very little actual black — rather, the book is mostly shades of grey. When he first imagined the book, he thought it would be in color and could not envision it in black and white. But, “as a writer, one of the things I learned early in comics is that it doesn’t matter what I see in my head. What’s important is to get the hell out and trust the artist.”

There are, of course, inevitable misunderstandings between writers and artists, and Rucka noted there are times he gives an artist something and they come back saying they couldn’t draw it. As a result, Rucka said, he has learned to instead focus on the feelings he wants to get across than specific imagery.

Asked about his process on “I Hate Fairyland,” Young stated that 100% of it was his imagining something and then figuring out how to make it work in the book. He was inspired by “Groo,” which was nominally a barbarian book, but really just told whatever story Sergio Aragonés wanted to tell that month. “All the books I want to do, I will do inside of this book. Do I have a forty issue samurai story in me? No, but that can be one issue.” He then talked about watching “Pacific Rim” and being inspired to do a kaiju issue of “I Hate Fairyland.”

Shalvey then asked Young if he had separate writing and drawing days for the book. Young responded that he had separate writing days, and that he writes full scripts for “I Hate Fairyland,” because the book is a comedy and so much of comedy depends on timing. When he tried to write and draw at the same time, he couldn’t get the timing right, as what should have been a three-panel gag would spread out over three pages. Writing a full script has helped him with that.

The panel then discussed how working for Image meant there was some greater flexibility in story length, but that you still couldn’t add just one page, since comics are printed in 8-page signatures, so adding two pages could mean significantly higher costs. Plus, McKelvie added, adding a single page in the middle could ruin page turns later in the book.

At this point, panelist Donny Cates arrived and discussed his two recent Texas-set books, “God Country” and “Redneck,” both of which are supernatural stories taking place in Texas, where he grew up. He noted “Redneck,” which is illustrated by Lisandro Estherren, was something of an inverse of “The Walking Dead,” as it focused on a group of vampires trying to be a family “in a world surrounded by us.”

The design decisions in “Redneck” are intended to throw the reader off balance. The first issue opens immediately on a double-page spread that begins on the inside cover. He also described a character who is telepathic and at one point in the story starts responding to another character’s captions.

Cates also talked up Dee Cunniffe, colorist for “Redneck,” who he said created a color scheme designed to look like the world through vampire eyes.

McKelvie interjected, saying Cunniffe also worked as flatter for Matt Wilson, which led him to ask how many people in the room even knew what a flatter was. McKelvie was impressed by the number of hands (approximately 1/4 of the audience), and stated that five years ago no hands would have gone up. McKelvie then described for the rest of the audience how flatters separate out color layers for colorists, and that many flatters are aspiring colorists themselves.

An audience member then asked about what made comics different from film and why the panelists who chosen to make comics. McKelvie joked, “That’s a whole other panel.” Cates added, “The chief thing is when you make a comic, it actually comes out,” and added that with a comic, you have creative control.

When the issue of comics having an “unlimited” budget came up, McKelvie said this was both true and not true, as the budget was really the artist’s time. So while you can draw an alien invasion, you would have to make up for the time spent on it in other panels.

Young then mentioned that there’s a sense of ownership with comics, and that with even the most auteur of films there was still a crew of about 200 people. Bellaire added that she had worked with animators in Ireland who had said they wanted to get into comics because of the desire to have something that was theirs, with their name on the cover.

Brothers then returned to the audience member’s question, asking what else they found appealing about comics. Cates mentioned how once you get past the early part of your career, you can create whatever you want, and that if the panelists wanted to, they could just decide to make a book.

Young interjected, jokingly, “I love the sweet, sweet money,” to which McKelvie replied, “Well, that’s ’cause you don’t have to divide it in two since you write your own book.” He then joked that comic writers were worried Young would give other artists ideas.

Rucka closes things out by describing his scripting process. While he writes in full script, his scripts are effectively written as letters to his collaborators — effectively, they’re epistolary scripts. He noted that he had learned a lot about the importance of collaboration since his early career, and that he did not try to control artists like a marionette.

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Posted by Albert Ching

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Stelfreeze’s Destroyer #1 Variant Cover

Horror novelist Victor LaValle is set to launch his first comic book series next month from BOOM! Studios, titled “Victor LaValle’s Destroyer” and illustrated by Dietrich Smith. The series provocative premise combines the real-life Black Lives Matters movement with a modern-day take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” when, as the official description reads, “the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting.”

Along with a main cover by artist Micaela Dawn, the first issue will also include a variant by acclaimed comics veteran Brian Stelfreeze, artist of Marvel’s Ta-Nehisi Coates-written “Black Panther” series. CBR has the first look at the cover, which is scheduled for release on May 24.

“All of us seem to be teetering somewhere between annihilation and hope,” LaValle said in BOOM! Studios’ press release. “‘Destroyer’ is the story of a woman, a mad scientist, facing the same dilemma. And her choice might mean the death of every human being on the planet. I’m so excited to be telling this story, and at this exact moment in time. It will be a hell of a lot fun and thought-provoking, too.”

Here’s the main cover illustrated by Micaela Dawn, along with solicitation text:

Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1

Writer: Victor LaValle

Artist: Dietrich Smith

Cover Artists: Main: Micaela Dawn; FOC: Brian Stelfreeze

Format: 32 pages, full color

Price: $3.99

On sale: 5/24/17

Synopsis:

When the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity.

An intense, unflinching story exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.

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Arrow Producer Teases Possible Deaths in Season 5 Finale

Season 5 of “Arrow” has been all about Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) coming to terms with his legacy as the Green Arrow and specifically his early days under the hood. When the season finale arrives on May 24th, the series will come full circle and return Ollie and Team Arrow to where it all started: the island of Lian Yu… and not everyone is guaranteed to make it out alive.

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With the season finale, “Arrow” will bring one of its core, and most divisive, aspects to a close. The trademark “Arrow” flashbacks will finally catch up with the pilot episode and show fans never-before-seen moments leading up to Ollie’s rescue from Lian Yu and provide some deeper background on his return to Star (then Starling) City.

More importantly, Team Arrow will return to Lian Yu in the present for Prometheus’s final assault on Oliver, one that promises to leave Team Arrow in shock. Speaking recently with EW, executive producer Wendy Mericle had this to say, “Chase has been trying to prove to the world and to Oliver that he’s not a hero, he’s a killer, and he’s going to pull out one final, big whamo at the end that’s going to leave Oliver reeling. We might lose some people.”

“Arrow” looks to be pulling out all the stops for its Season 5 finale from bringing Oliver’s seasons-long origin to a close to bringing back a trio of key characters from years past with Black Siren (Katie Kassidy), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), and fan-favorite Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett).

Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.

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Seemingly everyone has asked, “How could Sean Spicer not have gotten fired yet?” on a near-daily basis ever since he gave his first press briefing as White House press secretary.

Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live impression of him (pictured above) has eclipsed even their regular Donald Trump sketches, which is impressive when you consider that man is essentially a walking caricature in real life. He caught a bunch of (deserved) backlash for not only saying that Adolf Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons, but also for trying to mitigate that statement by seemingly differentiating between “innocent” people, one’s “own people,” and Holocaust victims. (Breaking character a bit, Spicer actually apologized for those remarks, so I hope no one’s come here to defend him on it—not even Sean Spicer is defending Sean Spicer on that one.)

It has not been a smooth ride for Spicer so far, but the reason we’re going to be stuck with him for the foreseeable future is even sadder than watching the subtle, dawning realization on his face that he’s just written an SNL sketch every time he says something stupid. It’s also impressively, on-the-nose Trumpian, as Trump himself told The Washington Post, ““I’m not firing Sean Spicer. That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.”

… Yeah, that fits. With everything we know about Trump and how the election went down, it’s incredibly unsurprising that he’s more than happy to keep a joke of a press secretary on board because we all keep watching. After all, Trump wouldn’t say or do 90% of the things he does if he were worried about being caught in a lie or looking foolish, so why would he care when Spicer puts them both in those very situations?

On the contrary, Trump’s clearly enjoying the whole thing while Spicer sweats and stammers and scolds his way through his press briefings. Trump says a bunch of nonsense things, and Spicer floundering helplessly in front of the media about it gives Trump all the attention he craves. He doesn’t care who Spicer’s comments offend—just that people heard those comments. Trump would probably set him on fire at the podium as long as people would keep watching. Spicer’s practically his court jester, and we’re all stuck watching along, forcing out a few laughs at his expense as the only way to keep our spirits up.

(via Newsweek, image: NBC)

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Target, a family-friendly store reliable for all your household needs, is about to turn into a chaotic wasteland thanks to a makeover celebrating Mario Kart 8 Deluxe‘s launch on April 28th for the Nintendo Switch. More than 650 stores are going to go into “Mario-mode,” in Target’s words, bringing some “extra-special fun” to the aisle.

Senior vice president of merchandising Scott Nygaard says the decorations will give “generations of Mario fans a shopping trip they won’t soon forget.” When you enter a Target, the motion sensors will “fire up flashing lights and play Mario’s catchy theme song” and instead of regular ol’ carts you’ll get a “Super Target Kart” based on Mario, Luigi, or Princess Peach. These changes are actually pretty cute, but visitors should prepare for children and adults alike to start racing through the aisles jumping on their carts and tossing bananas.

Target has way too much trust in its visitors to not make something dangerous out of this promotion. Heck, I’m not even sure I trust myself. All I can tell you is that if I were still in high school I would walk straight to the Target Greatland at our local town center, grab myself a Princess Peach cart, and start jousting with my friends in the aisles. Once that starting bells plays at the store entrance, it’s all over.

Changes also include Mario-themed bollards outside the store which are reminiscent of the way the southern gatehouse of the London Bridge displayed the severed heads of traitors impaled on pikes. If you get run over by some 13-year-old in the stationery aisle, they warned you.
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What do you think about the promotion?

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Discrimination, transphobia in particular, is a fiscal toilet. The emotional expenses and morally taxing aspects of it are just mere side-effects to policymakers, concerns in the political margins.

The Texas legislative is deliberating over House Bill 2899, which will disarm cities from adopting protective practices for transgender people, with the intent of shutting out transgender Texans from using bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. HB 2899 was intended to be a “business friendly” version of the stricter Texas Senate Bill, which explicitly requires transgender Texans to use the public restroom facilities that match their birth gender. By essentially implying that you’re not allowed to be tolerant and accommodating, the House Bill declares discrimination mandatory.

Should HB 2899 come to pass, the Texas economy is expected to endure a blow of $3 billion and the loss of 35,600 full-time jobs related to the travel industry, according to the San Antonio Area Council’s case study.

The study further notes, “Social policy can have a detrimental effect on tourism by decreasing the attractiveness of an area to event planners and potential visitors.” In the war against trans-inclusivity, why proponents believe $3.3 billion is worth absorbing falls back on the false perpetrator-in-the-bathroom myth to protect the women and children from predators in the bathroom.

A proponent of HB 2899, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has uttered this: “The question that must be asked to the tourism council who put out this report is why they believe tourists will want to visit a place where any man can lurk and loiter in the ladies room?”

The race to broaden the bill into a more “tolerable” document has led to a concern that it might potentially erase anti-discrimination measures against veterans, the elderly, and pregnant women by not allowing certain people, not just transgender people, into the bathroom of their choice and leaves openings for lawsuits.

The identical HB2 bathroom bill in North Carolina lived through its economic fall-outs, due to boycotters. PayPal withdrew its expansion plans in North Carolina, depriving the state of the availability of job opportunities. Organizations, like the NCAA, withdrew the profitable proceedings that would have raked in North Carolina state revenue through tourism attractions. An estimate range of $450-630 million was lost.

When discrimination is sanctioned by law, the economy pays—and the LGBT community do, too.

I can only hope that the numbers of the financial forecast would persuade Texas legislative against the House Bill so transgender Texans could lead more free and open lives. However, the emphasis on the concern over state finances is taxing in itself. By dodging debate with the “perpetrator in the bathroom” myth, the Texas legislative has downplayed the psychological and societal damage on American citizens, such as links to suicide and mental health issues due to the wanton alienation of transgender people.

It isn’t about the money, but rather the lives it will cost.

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Caroline Cao is a Houstonian Earthling surviving under the fickle weather of Texas. When not angsting over her first poetry manuscript or a pilot screenplay about space samurais, she enjoys acting cheesy improv for BETA Theater and experimenting with ramen noodles. Her columns and poems have popped up on The Cougar, Mosaics: The Independent Women Anthology, and Glass Mountain. She has her own blog and lends her voice to Birth. Movies. Death. She’s also lurking in the shadows waiting for you to follow her on Twitter.

On a less remarkable note,  she engages in Star Wars fanfiction.

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Eliza Dushku, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse fame, is developing a TV adaptation of Glen Cook’s Black Company fantasy series. She’ll be co-developing with Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer and the production company IM Global Television. Dushku will play The Lady, described as “a dark sorceress who rules over the Northern Empire and uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers.” Hell, yes.

The Black Company is a 10-book series, with the eleventh installment due from Tor Books in 2018. It centers on a band of elite, hard-scrabble mercenaries who farm their skills out to the highest bidder. However, when they discover a prophecy that the embodiment of all goodness has been born, they must reevaluate their choices.

The planned TV adaptation will take place over the events of the first and second books – The Black Company (1984) and Shadows Linger (1984) – as well as the events of Port of Shadows (2018). Though Port of Shadows is the most recently released book, it takes place chronologically between The Black Company and Shadows Linger. In all of these books, the Black Company find themselves in The Lady’s Northern Empire.

Dushku said the show will deliver “poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.” She also described the source series as “vast in scope, yet … fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn.”

Mark Stern, the president of IM Global Television (one of the production companies behind the project), added, “Glen Cook’s books turn the traditional fantasy adventure tropes on their ear with wry, dimensional characters and a modern sensibility.”

No network is attached to the series yet, but I’m sure someone will want to see Dushku rocking a power-hungry sorceress role.

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When I unwrapped a mysterious package from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, I (along with TMS staffers Keisha, Charline, and Daniella) wasn’t expecting to find 10 small bottles with intricately illustrated labels and evocative titles like “Fuck You, Said The Raven.”

The Alchemists are collaborating with Neil Gaiman (and Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon for the labels) on a whopping 60 separate fragrances inspired by the bestselling novel and soon-to-be TV series. Even better? Proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. So if you’re in the market for perfume styled after Bast or the Buffalo Man, you’ve come to the right place.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab “specializes in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone.” They’ve created scents that evoke everything from Crimson Peak to Sherlock Holmes, often pairing with creators like Guillermo Del Toro, the Henson Company, and Gaiman. In the last six months, they’ve “raised thousands of dollars for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List with topical fragrances such as “Nasty Woman” and “Fake News.” I never knew that perfumes could be topical or political, but this is Good Company Goals.

The American Gods fragrances benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a fantastic group that fights censorship and is dedicated to protecting the first Amendment Rights of comics professionals.

Just how, you may ask, do you make a perfume that evokes the characters and concepts of American Gods? According to the Lab, “By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences.”

That’s a tall order! But we think these perfumes are a nifty idea and they’ll help out a good cause. So your Mary Sue New York Coven put them to the smell test. Each scent came with a passage from the book that inspired it and a description from the perfumers.

My first favorite is “Coin Trick,” which is described thus: “Glittering gold and silver, rolling over knuckles – concealed in palms – and pulled from the sun, the moon, and the stars.” Since that doesn’t exactly tell you how it might smell, we decided on light and citrus-y. Keisha called it “deceptively light … that’s the Loki scent.”

Secondly, I love “Zorya Polunochnaya,” which I’ve been wearing for a few days now. “Pale amber and ambergris, gossamer vanilla, moonflower, and white tobacco petals.” Yum.

Charline’s favorite was “The Blood Must Flow,” which BLAP describes as “Three days on the tree, three days in the underworld, three days to find your way back: ash, oak, and elm; vetiver, dragon’s blood resin, and cypress; frankincense, copal, and chamomile.”

“I would douse my body in it,” said Charlene. “That’s how you stay young,” said Daniella. “It takes you back to the Roman Empire,” said Keisha.

“The Black Hats” smelled “masculine” to us, since strong musks are usually assigned to male colognes (yes, it is a kind of wild that even perfumes have weird gendered associations that are hard to shake). “Gunpowder, patent leather, pomade, aftershave.” Well, at least we were right about the traditionally “male” products that were combined to make this scent. A similar one was, well, “The Buffalo Man.”

“Eostre of the Dawn” is on the reverse of that—traditionally “feminine,” that we identified as “super flowery,” which fits with the personification of Easter and fertility.

As for “Bast,” this was our take: “Like licorice.” “Dense.” “An aphrodisiac.” “It smells like feminism—intimidating.” It’s billed as, “A desert wind alight with myrrh and golden amber, cardamom and honey, bourbon vanilla and cacao.”

“Glass Eye” and “Becoming Thunder” were “herby,” which I like quite a bit. Kudos to whoever writes up the perfume descriptions: “This is the scent of the absolute: this is the perfected manifestation of the absolute essence of not who you are, but what you represent to others. This is You as Symbol, your spirit separated and combined, distilled and condensed into one archetype. Skin musk and 20-year aged frankincense, a sprig of asphodel, a splash of soma, a lightning-streak of sharp ozone, a stream of ambrosia.”

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs is releasing a bunch of new scents on May 30th beyond those that already available, as well as nail polishes and atmosphere sprays to invoke the Gods into your living room. Keep in mind if you’re shopping that scent is a highly personal choice, so chances are you might adore a bottle that’s not to my taste. (But our #1s seemed to be Zorya and Coin Trick.)

It’s fun to scroll through the BLAB American Gods product page and check out the thoughtful descriptions and lovely art. Plus, it’s cool to see fandom-y products combine with charitable ventures.

I must admit I’m curious to try out “Media’s” fragrance: “A news anchor’s cologne, a soap star’s perfume: perfect, pixelated, and glamorous; aglow with cathodes and anodes, coated with phosphor. ‘I offered you the world,’ she said. ‘When you’re dying in a gutter, you remember that.'”

Just try saying “fake news” to the Media that you’ll soon meet on Starz’ American Gods. Gillian Anderson was already a goddess, so the role isn’t much of a leap for her. In the meantime, I’ll be clinging to my favorite tiny bottles, waiting for someone to ask “What’s are you wearing?” to which I’ll respond, “The blood must flow.”

[Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab American Gods]

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Best Look at Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Iron Man Armor To Date

It’s no secret that Iron Man plays a significant role in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie, and to mark the hero’s involvement in launching Spidey’s solo Marvel Cinematic Universe career, Hot Toys is releasing a special 1/6th scale Iron Man figure featuring the new Mark XLVII armor that will make its debut in the film.

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Like all Hot Toys products, the Movie Promo Edition figure hews closely to the designs seen on the screen. As such, it gives fans their best look to date at the Mark XLVII armor’s color scheme, with red and gold dominating the upper body, hand and boot area, and the mid-body section featuring a more metallic silver or chrome.

The figure features a base/stand, fully articulated head and arms and a selection of interchangeable fists and repulser palms. It also comes equipped with 28 LED lights located throughout the body, including in the trapezoid-shaped chest-mounted arc reactor.

RELATED: Sony Will Work with Marvel Studios on Scheduling “Spider-Man” Films

According to Hot Toys’ Facebook page, the figure will only available in “selected markets,” although it doesn’t state which ones. Interested collectors are advised to “stay tuned [to] your local official Hot Toys distributor for details.”

Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”), and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7.

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Asgardians Of The Galaxy: The Coolest Asgardians (Not Related to Odin)

Who’s the first character you think of when somebody brings up Asgard? Probably Thor or Loki or even Odin? However, they are going to have to move over and share the spotlight with some of their fellow Asgardian warriors, many of whom are as cool or much cooler than clan Odin. Plenty of their allies have pulled incredibly awesome stunts over the years in comics, and it’s about darn time someone sings the songs of their adventures.

RELATED: Beyond Mjolnir: The 15 Greatest Asgardian Weapons

Therefore, this list has already ruled out any Asgardians who are descended from (at the time of writing) Odin the All-Father, even if they are pretty cool in their own right. So sit down and get ready to hear the tales of the 15 coolest Asgardians who have kept the galaxy safe for the rest of us!

HOGUN THE GRIM

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Hogun (not the Grim quite yet) has been one of Thor’s oldest friends. He makes up one third of the Warriors Three, a group of Asgardian warriors and adventurers who made quite the name for themselves fighting alongside Asgard’s favorite prince. Hogun first met Thor, Fandral and Volstagg when they began a quest to restore the Odinsword when it became cracked. He became known as Hogun the Grim after he was injured and forced to retreat from a battle in Hel.

However, Hogun is different from his friends because he is not an Aesir, the accepted name for the race of gods who were worshipped by the Vikings. He actually hails from a land that was conquered generations ago by Mogul of the Mystic Mountain. For most of his life, Hogun walked a line between being a quiet man and a man with sudden flares of anger. During Ragnarok, Hogun was the first warrior to die, but was resurrected by Thor.

ENCHANTRESS

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Amora, or Enchantress as she’s better known, has spent much of her publication history being one of Thor’s greatest enemies. She was born to the Asgardian gods and uses her considerable magical abilities for charm and mind-control. However, after her most loyal henchman sacrificed himself to ensure the success of a rescue mission, Amora mourns him with a genuine grief that surprised everyone.

In recent years, she’s fought more on the side of good than evil. When Surtur, a fiery Asgardian demon, was set on conquering Asgard itself, Amora defended the city with her numerous magical tricks. She was granted a royal pardon after the battle for these efforts, and pursued an on-and-off again romantic relationship with Thor. Amora’s abilities come from her knowledge of mystic lore, and this makes her one of the most powerful mystics in Asgard or on Earth. She can project energy blasts, teleport and control the minds of her victims.

EXECUTIONER

Skurge earned the name Executioner after he made his name in battles against the Storm giants. However, it became a signal of evil once he crossed path with Amora, also known as Enchantress. He was madly in love with her for most of his life, and she returned just enough affection to keep him strung along. Skurge was Amora’s righthand man for years, assisting in most of her supervillain schemes.

RELATED: Final Fight: The 15 Greatest Last Stands In Comics

Eventually, Amora set her sights on Heimdall as a potential lover and a heartbroken Skurge decided to join Thor and his allies on a mission to rescue a group of souls trapped in Hel. At the climax of the battle, Skurge takes Thor’s place in order to hold the bridge Gjallerbru so the souls can pass into safe territory. He died in order to redeem his wasted life, and as result was able to pass into Valhalla. He is still remembered as a hero, and has one of the most badass death scenes in all of comics.

ORORO MUNROE

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Yep, everyone’s favorite weather-manipulator X-Man once did double-duty as Queen of Asgard. First appearing in 1985’s “Uncanny X-Men Annual” #9, Ororo Munroe was given the hammer Stormcaster by Loki. This gave her the powers of a goddess, and she soon became akin to a Queen of Asgard in place of any of Odin’s family members. She was able to regain all of her old powers from when she was a mutant, but as an Asgardian she was given a link the same kind of divine power as Thor through Stormcaster.

However, Ororo ended up giving up the hammer when she realized it was a tool for Loki to manipulate her. After the Multiverse was destroyed and Battleworld was made in its place, Ororo gave up the throne. She ended up joining the Thor Corps, a group of warriors all across Battleworld as God Emperor Doom’s police force.

SIGURD

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Sigurd was an incredibly famous warrior in Asgard during the reign of Bor (Odin’s father and former king). One of his most famous quests is the one which won him his sword, Gram, from Regin Hriedmarson, a shapeshifter. Regin told Sigurd that if he can defeat his brother, the dragon Fafnir, he will get this magical sword. When Sigurd defeats Fafnir and drinks his blood to see all hidden things, Sigurd learns that Regin plans to kill him in order to cook the dragon’s heart. With the help of a time-travelling Loki, Sigurd eats the dragon’s heart and gains immortality.

As an Asgardian, Sigurd has superhuman strength, senses and enough stamina to keep him at top strength for at least 24 hours before he begins to get tired. Sigurd also has a very powerful regenerative factor which can heal even broken bones after a single day. On top of all that, Sigurd’s immortality also makes him invulnerable to any threat other than certain magical attacks.

HILDEGARDE

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The first badass female warrior on this list, Hildegarde is an Asgardian Valkyrie who fought alongside Lady Sif in several battles. Created by Gerry Conway and John Buscema, Hildegarde first appeared in 1972 in “Thor” #195 with super strength and incredible skill with a sword. In their first adventure, Odin sent Lady Sif and Hildegarde to Blackworld, an extra-dimensional world that appears like Earth but the history that took centuries on Earth takes hours on Blackworld.

They save the world from the monster Ego-Prime which was created accidentally by Tana Mile, one of the Colonizers of Rigel. Hildegarde helps Tana escape to Earth, but Ego-Prime follows them and Hildegarde joins the other Asgardians in order to save the world. They end up being victorious, but Hildegarde is banished to Earth with Thor and Sif for questioning Odin during the battle. She becomes Thor’s ally during her time on Earth before eventually returning to Asgard, most recently appearing to replace Volstagg as one of The Warriors Three.

TARENE

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Tarene is what you might call a self-made Asgardian. Her original home world was destroyed Thanos in an attempt to get to the Designate, prophesied by the alien sorceress X’Hoss to help sentient beings into the next level of evolution. Tarene partnered with Thor and Orikal to defeat him, and went on to become Thor Girl. She had phenomenal cosmic powers (rivalling only Odin) as the Designate, but she gave them up in order to defeat the demon Surtur in battle.

However, she was able to retain her Thor Girl powers like super strength, super senses, immortality and Allspeak, the ability to speak in any language. After she lost her powers, Tarene adopted the identity of Tarene Olson to try and live a normal life, but she kept up her identity as a superhero. But after she was attacked again and again by the people she tried to protect, Tarene’s Designate powers returned and she left Earth to travel among the stars.

BURI

Buri was the first-born Aesir to ever be worshipped by the Vikings, and is rumored to be the third deity to arise into creation after the giant Ymir and the cow Audumla. It’s unclear what his origin story actually is. Some versions say he was licked out of the ice by Audumla, others say he licked himself out of the ice. Sometimes, there was no licking, and he’s just seen as the son of Ymir, as noted by Doctor Strange.

In any case, he was allowed to live by the Giants, married a Frost Giantess, and had three sons who would make up the rest of the Asgardian pantheon of gods. When his son Bor established Asgard, Buri went to live as the recluse Tiwaz in the northern reaches of Asgard and was eventually forgotten by the rest of Asgard. He has come out of hiding a few times since then, usually to witness a birth or nurse Thor back to health after Odin’s death.

LADY SIF

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Lady Sif grew up as the playmate of both Thor and Loki, and was even betrothed to Thor for a time. However, they had a falling out and Lady Sif became a shieldmaiden while Thor started his superhero career on Earth alongside a long-lasting relationship with Jane Foster. Years later, the two reunited and fell in love, but Thor’s love for Earth kept them apart. Eventually, Sif came to understand Thor’s feelings of responsibility for the blue planet and defended from demons and Dark Elves while Thor and Loki defended Asgard from Surtur.

Sif teamed up with Beta Ray Bill, another alien protector, on Earth where they battled disgruntled American war veterans and the Russian villain Titanium Man. When she returned to Asgard, she and Thor reunited but kept postponing marriage. She even acted as her own champion, defeating her unwanted suitor Leir, the Celtic god of lightning. However, her story came to an end when she died during Ragnarok. Luckily, this is comics (and gods) and she has sine returned to defend Asgard.

VOLSTAGG

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Nobody really knows much about Volstagg beyond his exploits with Thor and the Warriors Three, but it is known that he’s much older than his companions and was rumored to be a fierce warrior in his prime. After his first battle in Hel with the Warriors three and 80 days without food, Volstagg started shoving everything he could find into his face and hasn’t stopped since. Since that initial battle, Volstagg has lapsed into oafishness and boasting. His bumbling actions usually cause more problems than they solve and can sometimes lapse into cowardice.

Sometimes he’s gets into heroism despite himself. He’s faced off against the Hulk, rushed into a tunnel to defeat the demon Mangog, and offered to battle the Arch-Fiend Mephisto in return for Thor’s soul that was trapped in Hades. He also rescued a little girl from Ego-Prime despite his terror. Later it was revealed that Volstagg had children of his own and can’t bear to see children in danger. He has since taken a role as the representative of Asgard in the so-called “Congress of Worlds,” a forum to debate the goings-on in the Nine Realms.

KARNILLA

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Karnilla the Norn Queen is a rival ruler to Odin and is a powerful sorceress. She often works counter to Odin and Thor, but she is deeply in love with Odin’s son (Thor’s half-brother, and is, as such, exempt from this list), Balder the Brave. Whenever he travels with Thor and the Warriors Three, you can bet that Karnilla will do whatever she can to keep him safe. Because of this love, Karnilla has done a lot to save Asgard and its people.

Once she cast a spell to wake Odin in time to defeat Infinity, and allied with Thor and Loki against Mangog and Igron. She’s also allied with Lady Sif in order to find Balder, who had gone missing. Together, they were held by Xorr the God-Jewel, before escaping. What makes Karnilla so tragic is that Balder has never returned her feelings, despite her best (and often villainous) efforts. Nonetheless, her unrequited love is often her saving grace.

BETA RAY BILL

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Technically, Beta Ray Bill is more of an adopted Asgardian than anything else, but wielding Mjolnir should get him on this list. Bill is actually a Korbonite whose home was destroyed by Surtur. Bill was transformed by his people into a cybernetic being in order to protect them as his champion. The Korbonites followed Bill’s spaceship the Skuttlebutt until they came across Thor investigating their presence. Thor and Bill battle each other and when Thor is separated from Mjolnir, Bill was able to pick it up.

After an initial conflict, a long relationship began, where Beta Ray Bill regularly assisted Asgardians in battle against evil, even getting his own hammer Stormbreaker in the process. He is often caught between his responsibilities among the stars and his Asgardian family, but eventually he’s able to settle his people on a new planet. As Ragnarok loomed, Beta Ray Bill was willing to die on Asgardian soil but Thor sent him away to keep the memory of Asgard alive. He remains a firm presence as an adopted son of Asgard and brother-in-arms to the Odinson.

HEIMDALL

Heimdall (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Even though Asgardians are considered gods by human standards, Heimdall has superpowers even among Asgardians. He was born with senses even more acute than the average Asgardian and so was given the responsibility of guarding the Bifrost, a bridge between the universe’s dimensions. He is Lady Sif’s brother, friend of Thor and loyal warrior to Odin. He even served as regent of Asgard when Odin required a rest.

In more recent times, Heimdall is the first Asgardian that Thor finds alive in the wake of Ragnarok. Thor found his spirit hiding in the body of a man on Earth furious at the destruction of New Orleans and his inability to stop it, as well as protecting a young girl and guarding a bridge. When Heimdall is resurrected, he joins Thor in his quest to bring back the rest of the Asgardian population. However, he would fail Asgard once again when he was unable to foresee Norman Osborn’s siege, but has since returned to his post as guardian and protector, most recently battling the Shi’ar Empire to defend the Golden Realm.

FANDRAL

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Fandral is the last of the Warriors Three to make an appearance on this list, but that’s not from lack of importance. Fandral the Dashing got his nickname after the Warriors Three’s first battle in Hel, and has a reputation for being one the best-looking men in Asgard. However, his looks are only surpassed by his skill with a sword and his courage in battle.

Fandral’s first brush with life on Earth was in the 13th century when he fell through a portal and landed in Nottingham, England. He ended up meeting a woman named Marion, gathering a band of Merry Men and stealing from the rich before giving it to the poor. Fandral married Marion and lived with her until she died of old age, after which he returned to Asgard. So yes, he’s basically Robin Hood. However, the rest of Fandral’s exploits are matched with Thor’s, since he followed him into nearly every battle and continues to do so to this day!

BRUNNHILDE

Brunnhilde (Marvel Comics) Brunnhilde started her life as a princess and lover of the warrior Sigmund. However, when Sigmund died, Odin decided that he needed to create a paradise for humans upon their death. Therefore, he chose Brunnhilde to be his Valkyrie, a being who take the souls of warriors who die in battle to paradise in Valhalla. She became the leader of the Valkyior, goddesses who appeared over battlefields to choose which among the fallen are worthy to enter Valhalla.

However, in punishment for defying Odin’s orders, Brunnhilde was kept from her sacred duty and forced to roam Asgard for something to do. Eventually, she adopted the moniker of the Valkyrie and became a long-standing member of the Defenders. She is occasionally called back to Asgard to help Odin’s family, but she still spends a considerable amount of time on Earth working with its legions of superheroes. Brunnhilde also becomes the leader of a new faction of shieldmaidens at the suggestion of Freyja the All-Mother.

Who is your favorite non-Odin-affiliated Asgardian? Let us know in the comments!

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We’re seeing so many biopics about people in science now, which is an exciting time not only for the average movie-goer but also the scientific community. With the rise of stories like Hidden Figures, which told the story of the black women who helped us win the space race, I was curious to ask scientists on the National Geographic yellow carpet what woman in science they felt deserved to have her story told to the world.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, who also talked to me about space travel, talked about his enthusiasm for the rise in scientific biopics. “Isn’t that great? I love it!” he said. “Somebody figured out you can make money off of the life of a scientist.” The astrophysicist described how he saw the evolution of the scientist character, saying, “You know why I think it was delayed? Because previously, for decade after decade after decade, the scientist in a movie was the person in the lab coat behind the slab.” He acted out the following scene:

“Professor, is the asteroid going to hit?”

“Well, it may hit, but you have to take precau-”

“THANK YOU.”

That’s the extent in most films, he explains, “And then they move on and you move on to other characters you’re supposed to care more about, and you don’t know if the person is married, you don’t know if they have kids, is this a good day for them? Are they sad? Are they happy? They were tropes, they were never fleshed out and no one imagined maybe a scientist who is a human being like everybody else may have had an interesting life story to tell. So I’m delighted, and the list goes on! This goes on and on and let it continue into the forever future.”

Many of us have curiosities and interests in scientific figures, but were completely oblivious to the stories of women like Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Asking different scientists, engineers, oceanographers, and other National Geographic guests what women we should know about, I got a huge range of answers. Some were familiar, with Marie Curie being by far the most popular answer, and some introduced me to women I never knew about.

Here are their answers.

Jane Root (Executive producer, One Strange Rock): No one’s ever made a really great film about Marie Curie, so she has to be someone, and incredible woman. She won two Nobel prizes, and if she was a guy many more films would have been made about her.

Sylvia Earle (Oceanographer, Explorer-in-Residence): [After I suggested she deserves one] Mission Blue, basically did look at it, it was a Netflix film and a film that was just released by National Geographic in January, Sea of Hope, where I went with photographer Brian Skerry, National Geographic, and a number of teenagers around the country looking at places, blue parks for the sea to be the equivalent of national parks on the land. Hope spots, if you will.

So, I think people such as Kathryn Sullivan, who was the former chief scientist and later the administrator of NOAA, astronaut–I mean she’s a perfect model for telling her story.

I think of Rita Colwell, who was head of the National Science Foundation for eight years. She’s a microbiologist, she’s a rock star in science and she ought to be celebrated the way sports heroes are and musicians are, because she’s really documenting the music of life. And a great communicator.

Garrett Oliver (Brewmaster, National Geographic Atlas of Beer): “I would love to see a biopic about Marie Curie, in particular. Not only did she discover all these thing surrounding radiation, she knew that it was killing her. And she kept going for it anyway, I mean she had the fire and that’s what you see in every great scientist.”

Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin (National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Engineer): “There’s the standard bearers like Jane Goodall and others, but the one that I’ve been really interested in really is Marie Tharp. She’s the one who really discovered the mid-Atlantic ridge. But at the time, she’s proposing all these ideas and her bosses were like, “Oh, that’s just girl talk. That’s not real.” Then she started mapping the thing, and she was right and they left her off of all the papers, all the scientific publications. And they were so discriminatory to her ideas because she was a woman, but if you look back at it she actually identified some of the most fundamental of our understandings of the planet by having curiosity and intuition on her side.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist): “I was delighted to see Agora, which was on the woman Hypatia. That’s going back. We’re overdue for Marie Curie. She had a complicated social life, so you could run with that if producers need that. There’s Marie Curie, the first person to win two Nobel prizes. We’re overdue on that.

“There’s another woman who was on the heels of discovering DNA, Rosalind Franklin, so she’s somebody we’re a little overdue on.

“There’s a book that Dava Sobel just came out with which has a similar spiritual presence as the Hidden Figures book. This is on the woman at the Harvard College Observatory who decoded the nature of stars in the universe. Why? Because that activity was deemed below the work of men. So they were women calculating the properties of stars, and they made all the cool discoveries in the first half of the twentieth century. So Dava Sobel just wrote a book on that called The Glass Universe and that, I’d be delighted to see that become a movie.”


That’s a lot of amazing women. Hollywood, are you taking notes? Earle, who’s spent more than 7000 hours underwater, also hit on the importance of representing science in popular culture. She told us, “There’s a nice long list of not just women, but also guys who are under-sung heroes that are making a difference.”

“We need to look around and think, ‘What is making a difference of humankind?'” says Earle, “It isn’t just–I love the music and I love the sports, I love all the things that humans excel at–but excellence in science ought to be as popular and worthy of celebration and getting kids to want to be a botanist! Be an engineer, like in The Martian!”

What women in science do you think deserves a biopic?

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You know what disappoints me? Artists who mistakenly believe that, in order to tell a “universal” story, you must remove uniqueness or a specific point of view.

Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, and the cast and creative team did a panel in support of the show.

Actually, they didn’t seem to be there in support of the show they actually madethe one where there are protests, women having their children ripped from their arms, and the entire plot being set into motion because of the actions of an oppressive government. They were there in support of a show. One that isn’t in any way feminist or political, apparently.

Both the show’s writer, Bruce Miller, and star, Elizabeth Moss, seem to be doing a lot of hemming and hawing about the show’s (obvious, no really, obvious) political messages and feminism, saying, as reported by Reuters, that “they were initially drawn to the complex characters and script rather than the wider cultural issues.”

Says Moss, “For me, it’s not a feminist story. It is a human story because women’s rights are human rights. I never approach anything with any sort of political agenda. I approach it from a very human place.”

And to think, this gif used to be my everything:

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And she isn’t the only one who’s deathly afraid of being thought to have a controversial opinion hesitant about politics. Co-star Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Waterford, said “For me, it was the writing, not politics.”

One can’t separate “the writing” from the politics in a piece like this, because the craft that Atwood used in the original novel, and the craft of Miller’s script is only as effective as it is because of the ideas with which the story is wrestling. The political, feminist ideas.

Fiennes’ comment is probably speaking to his own relationship to politics in that he’s saying that, while he’s not denying the story’s politics, that’s not specifically what drew him. That a political story, in and of itself, is not the thing that will make him choose a role. I can understand that. After all, there are plenty of horribly-written political stories out there. Something being political doesn’t guarantee that it’ll be good. Quality is important. I get it.

However, it’s the insistence that he wasn’t attracted to the politics of the piece, an insistence that seems to come from several members of the cast, that’s troubling. As if it couldn’t be both. As if it couldn’t have been the writing and the politics.

Let’s go back to what Moss said about The Handmaid’s Tale being a “human story.” Atwood responded brilliantly at the panel:

And that’s it right there. The only reason why one would hesitate to say women’s rights instead of human rights is if they consider women to be other. I mean, we talk about “mankind” all the time. We don’t bat an eyelash when textbooks or museums talk about “Man” accomplishing something as a species, but there’s not an insignificant amount of eye-rolling whenever anyone tries to correct that by asking for “people” or “personhood.”

When someone is talking about women’s rights, they are talking about human rights. No correction needed.

It’s interesting then that, after Atwood’s comment, Moss says “Exactly,” as if she and Atwood were talking about the same thing. Moss seemed to be under the impression that Atwood was agreeing with her, but Atwood was saying that her novel was about human rights by being about women’s rights. That the “human rights” part should be understood without needing to be explicitly stated. Because women are human.

It’s exactly the reverse of Moss’ argument, which seems to be that you do need to explicitly state that a story is about human rights, because otherwise people will think it’s just about women. And who can relate to that? (I mean, besides half the population and anyone who’s ever had a mom.) The idea of women being human is so not-universal, that we need to clarify it. Or so she and Miller seem to think.

This hesitance to label the story political or feminist is exactly why we need those words (and the fights they represent) now more than ever. What we also need is braver artists; artists who aren’t afraid to acknowledge the politics of the stories they’re telling.

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Thankfully, not everyone is as cowardly hesitant about speaking to the politics of The Handmaid’s Tale. Our very own Charline and Keisha attended an event in New York this weekend hosted by renowned women’s social club The Wing and Hulu in honor of the upcoming series premiere. Jenny Wall, Head of Marketing at Hulu, said:

“This story’s been around for 30 years and people say it’s timeless and timely, and we have to look back and realize it’s been timely many many times, whether that’s in the mid ’80s when it was actually written, in the late 90s, and even today. So I think they ring true of human rights. and I know we talk about that it’s a feminist book, a feminist story, and it is. But it’s also so much bigger in the sense in that the things that are ringing true about human rights–jumping right into it what’s happening in Chechnya with the gay men being rounded up and executed, it’s just another form that we need to look at. As Margaret says, We need to keep remembering that every time we get rights somebody wants to take them away.”

At least Hulu acknowledges the story’s feminism.

Series co-star Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia, hopes the show will inspire political action in people. She says, “I hope it has a massive effect on people. I hope they picket the White House … I think we should never underestimate the power of morons.”

Way to not pull any punches, Ms. Dowd!

There is no need to dilute and make bland a story speaking to the specific experience of women, or people of color, or the LGBTQIA community, or disabled people, because their experiences are human experiences, and we are all mentally and emotionally capable (I hope) of seeing ourselves in stories that might not, on the surface, have anything to do with us.

  • Just because someone is male and doesn’t experience the specific injustices of sexism, doesn’t mean they’re incapable of understanding being dismissed or abused thanks to factors outside of their control.
  • Just because someone isn’t black and doesn’t experience the specific injustices of racism doesn’t mean they’re incapable of understanding the pain of parents needing to bury their son way too early.
  • Just because someone is straight or cis and doesn’t experience the specific injustices of homophobia and transphobia doesn’t mean they’re incapable of understanding being kept from expressing their love for someone, or what it’s like to fear violence or unemployment.
  • Just because someone is able-bodied and neurotypical and doesn’t experience the specific injustices of ableism doesn’t mean they’re incapable of understanding what it feels like to be taunted, or bullied, or not taken seriously (when you’re taken into account at all).

Most people are capable of making those connections if they are given a story that doesn’t give them protagonists or a political message with which they can directly identify. Do you know how I know? Because people in marginalized groups are forced to make those connections every single day when experiencing most of the stories told in mainstream media. And if they can do it, I’m sure white, straight, cis, able-bodied men can do it, too.

Artists need to understand that telling a “universal” story doesn’t mean you can’t speak to a very specific experience. And if you’re worried that some people might get upset if you “lean too hard into” a specific cause (like gender equality, which is all feminism is), that’s all the more reason why you need to do it. We don’t need your milquetoast hedging. We need your bravery.

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson on National Geographic’s “yellow carpet” for their FURTHER Front presentation about upcoming specials and seriesConsidering it was just days before the March for Science, it felt right to talk about why the average person should care about things like space exploration, oceanography, and the work of the scientific community.

Tyson, who is every bit as energetic and delightful as you’d expect, told me he had a “slightly unorthodox outlook” on that question. “I think it’s important,” he told me, “but I will not require that of you. Instead, what I will say is, here is the cost of you not exploring and the benefits of you exploring.” Essentially, you’re within your rights to not care, but don’t pretend that the consequences aren’t real. The astrophysicist has been very outspoken about the dangers of science denial, something he’s actively working against as a science personality.

One argument against space exploration, the StarTalk host points out, is the question of “Why explore in space when we have problems here on Earth?” In response, Tyson paints for us an image that we jokingly referred to as his Allegory of the Cave.

“Let’s imagine we’re all back in the cave, so go back into the cave. We’re sitting around the fire and somebody’s injured or has problems and someone says, ‘I want to go across the meadow to that mountain.’ Other people in the cave say, “No leaving the cave until we solve the cave problems first. We have to solve these first before anybody leaves the cave.”

Tyson pauses for a second, and says, “That is clearly an embarrassingly short-sighted view for any community to have.” He points out that as “we are clamoring for resources on this speck we call Earth” or “fighting over a line in the sand where the buried energy sources are or access to resources that are dwindling,” people overlook how space can be a solution.

“I look out in space with its limitless energy. And everything that’s rare on Earth—common in space,” says Tyson. “You know rare earth elements, you might’ve heard of them? There are asteroids where they are not rare. They’re common.”

Space science and exploration can feel like something very removed or distant from the regular lives a lot of us live, but that’s truly not the case. Addressing the “stay in the cave” crowd, Tyson concludes, “If our conduct on earth is driven by access to resources that are unlimited in space, for you to say, ‘Let’s not explore’ means you have not thought about the problem as broadly as you can and should.”

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Posted by Vivian Kane

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Variety’s Women of Power event honors prominent women “who are using their clout and influence to bring attention to worthy causes.” This year celebrated Jessica Chastain for Planned Parenthood, Chelsea Clinton taking on childhood obesity, Audra McDonald for Covenant House, Gayle King for equal education opportunities, media mogul Shari Redstone for legal aid, and Blake Lively bringing awareness to the issue of child pornography. Those are some weighty issues. But of course, there’s still going to be someone asking the women about their clothes.

As Vanity Fair recounts it, the exhange came when a Today Show rep asked Lively what her “power outfit” is. Errr, I suppose that can be considered an attempt to celebrate the “Power of Women” theme. A horrible attempt, but sure.

Lively responded, “Come on, you want to talk about an outfit here, today? No way. Come on. Come on, we’re about building women up. Come on, outfits? Would you ask a man that?” The interviewer tried to clarify, and Blake insisted, “But you wouldn’t ask a man what his power outfit is, I’m sorry. Like see, this is the moment that we become more aware and that we change.”

It’s not surprising she had such a strong reaction. The speech she was there to give was a harrowing, detailed account of the child pornography epidemic. You can watch her full speech here, but be aware of major content warnings for child abuse and sexual assault.

That is a thorough, articulate, emotional, and ultimately horrifying lesson in what this plague of exploitation and abuse really looks like. Lively ended with an impassioned plea to the “very important and well-connected people” in that room, to give not just donations, but needed introductions to the Child Rescue Coalition with whom she works. She was there to make a difference. So no one should fault her for not wanting to talk about her outfit in this moment.

And yet, I’m sure people will. No doubt, there are trolls all across the internet storing this exchange in their “See, feminism is hypocrisy!” mental banks for the next time Lively, a known fashion and lifestyle blogging enthusiast, does want to talk about clothing.

So, just a quick reminder for those folks: women are humans, not symbols, and are allowed to adapt to their circumstances. Blake Lively is allowed to talk about both clothing and child abuse, at the same time or decidedly not, at her discretion. One does not preclude the other. (Personally, I hope this newfound dedication to eradicating child abuse would preclude her from working with and publicly praising alleged child abuser Woody Allen ever again, but I suppose I have to stand by my own “at her discretion” statement, don’t I?)

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A few days ago, Twitter user @1800SADGAL handed Hollywood a gold-wrapped gift of a movie pitch. Looking at a super-cool photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o, she imagined this amazing backstory for the shot.

Both Rihanna and Nyong’o then tweeted their enthusiasm for the imaginary project.

Then, a second Twitter genius tried to pull Issa Rae into the mix – and based on her response, Rae is 200% ready to write it (and maybe even star).

I’ll admit: Rae wasn’t my first thought for the writer. I initially imagined a slicker, heist-ier sort of movie, like Ocean’s Elevenand that isn’t her usual wheelhouse. But now that the idea’s been floated, I’m getting really into it.

As seen on HBO’s Insecure, Rae can write complex, life-giving female friendships, and friendship would have to be the core of this movie. Scam movies, with their less-than-perfectly-moral protagonists, also work best with some humor at their heart – and we know Rae can nail that. Plus, the pitch is so ready for a little awkwardness. Lupita’s character, scheming behind her computer, could be terribly shy and awkward, while Rihanna’s character is her deadly confident, glamorous friend. Or maybe they can play against type, with awkward Rihanna having to pretend she’s confident to snare their marks, and bold Lupita stuck behind the computer due to her skill set?

Either way, this would be wickedly funny. Plus, Rae manages to make comedy gold out of the most unexpected details in everyday life, from walking down the hallway at work to choosing a dress for a night out. Can you imagine what she’d do with the minutiae of planning a heist? Of picking out a disguise or an alias?

I know that creatives often emphasize how art shouldn’t be crowd-sourced, and that the audience shouldn’t always get what they want in a story. But … like … just this once?

Plus, Hollywood: if you can somehow believe that we want a trilogy of Tetris movies, you’ve gotta be able to believe we want this masterpiece.

Make it happen.

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson has officially spent more time in outer space than any other American. Her total time spent off-Earth is about 534 days, a record previously set by astronaut Jeff Williams. By the time she heads back planetside in September, she will have spent over 650 days in space.

Whitson has previously commanded the ISS twice, and her feat is nothing short of heroic. For context, Gennady Padalka has spent over 879 days in space over five missions. In addition to leading the board for Americans in space, Whitson also holds the record for longest time spent in space by a woman. Second to her is Sunita Williams, who boasts 321 days. It’s also worth noting that Whitson is also the oldest woman in space, as she was 56 when she left for her mission aboard the ISS last November.

That being said, it’s kind of… off (Odd? Weird?) that Whitson received a call from Trump to congratulate her on her achievement. It’s true that the Trump administration is pushing for a Mars mission, but they do so while also attacking science and fact at every other conceivable angle. Whatever, it’s not like Trump is any stranger to glad handing people.

During his call with Whitson, he spoke about the hopeful Mars mission, asking her when she thinks they’ll make it up there. She answered by repeating an earlier answer she gave, saying it might be sometime in the 2030s. Trump replied, “Well, we want to try and do it during my first term or, at worst, during my second term. So we’ll have to speed that up a little bit, okay?” Cue eyeroll.

The conversation then turned to Trump asking about what they’re learning by being up in space. Whitson spoke about the scarcity of resources and how that’ll play into a Mars mission. She explained how they’re filtering and cleaning their urine to make it drinkable (and thus, to an extent, a renewable resource). Trump said, “Well, that’s good. I’m glad to hear that. Better you than me.”

Okay. Right. Uh-huh. (What?)

It’s pretty great to know that two American women are leading the charge for women in time spent out beyond our atmosphere.

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What Does Fox’s X-Men Movie Slate Reveal About its Post-Jackman Plans?

21st Century Fox announced over the weekend its plans to charge full-steam ahead in 2018, revealing a packed superhero film calendar for the year. Director Josh Boone’s “New Mutants” is slated to arrive April 2018, followed by David Leitch’s “Deadpool 2” in June, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” in November.

By any metric, this is a big move, but perhaps nearly as big is the casting Josh Brolin as the time-traveling mutant Cable, a character who not only played a key role in developing the New Mutants in the Marvel Comics source material, but also in transforming much of the young heroes into the military mutant response team known as X-Force. (Ironically, Fox’s planned “X-Force” film has seen its production pushed back.) With all these new properties in development, and without Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the mix, is Fox truly taking the approach of out with the old and in with the new?

New Leaders

With Jackman and Patrick Stewart both bidding farewell in “Logan” to the roles that not only helped to define their careers but also the X-Men movie franchise, the door closes on the Bryan Singer era. Stewart joked that he’d consider playing Charles Xavier again if he were to share the screen with Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, but it’s difficult to take him seriously, considering the ending director James Mangold’s acclaimed film provided. So, in many ways Fox’s announced 2018 slate feels like the next step for the X-Men (or phase, if you prefer Marvel Studios parlance), and it also opens the door for new leaders to step up to the fore.

This is where Brolin’s Cable comes in, not just as a mentor to the New Mutants, but in a role allowing us to move beyond the complicated relationship between Xavier and Magneto, portrayed first by Stewart and Ian McKellen, and then by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. As longtime producer Lauren Shuler Donner acknowledged last month, that future — at least for the X-Men films — simply can’t rely on on the Xavier/Magneto dynamic. While the two characters remain “essential” to the world of the X-Men, “there are other stories to tell.”

Those could very well involve Mystique, who emerges in “Apocalypse” as team leader, training a new generation of X-Men: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Storm and Quicksilver. If this fresh roster provides a road map for the franchise, then additional house-cleaning may be required. While Magneto and Mystique aren’t necessarily needed anymore, Xavier is. As in the comic books, he and Cable can be the leaders, representing two paths toward the same future. (It should be noted that Jennifer Lawrence has expressed little interest in returning, but considering Mystique’s shape-shifting power, this is a problem that’s could be easily solved with a solid re-casting.)

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New Teams

After training the New Mutants in the comics, Cable kickstarted “X-Force,” a much more aggressive and relentless team of mutants. This film has been pushed back from next year’s slate, but seeds have already been sown in the lead up to “Deadpool 2.” This sequel will feature Domino (to be played by Zazie Beetz), who was one of the early members of Cable’s X-Force squad in the comics. She was also his on-again/off-again girlfriend, although it’s yet to be seen if Fox will go that route on film. That the team will supposedly be introduced on some level in “Deadpool 2” points toward Rick Remender’s highly-popular “Uncanny X-Force” run as possible source material for the eventual “X-Force film.” The series had Wade Wilson as a core member of the team, and built on the partnership he has developed with Cable over the years.

But it isn’t just these two Cable-oriented teams that Fox could be looking to carve a path for. In addition to X-23, Rictor, a seismic-powered mutant, debuted in “Logan.” Though he was a founding member of X-Force, he was a key member of “X-Factor,” which featured Jamie Madrox a.k.a. Multiple Man and his team as a detective agency trying to safeguard the future of mutants.

To be more accurate, Mangold’s “Logan” introduced an entire team’s worth of genetically engineered mutants, young characters who sought haven in the fictitious Eden. While Fox could harbor plans to explore the post-apocalyptic future of the X-verse, remember – Cable is a time-traveler, so what’s to stop the studio form introducing a fully trained X-Force team from the future into the franchise’s modern day stories?

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New Heroes

With “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” writer (and possibly director) Simon Kinberg has a chance to make up for the mistakes of 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” in which elements of the seminal “Dark Phoenix Saga” were shoe-horned in as a subplot, and Cyclops and Xavier were killed off for no apparent reason. Singer delighted in undoing those decisions in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a crowd-pleaser that nevertheless failed to capture the magic of its predecessor, director Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” which took the aging franchise — and its key characters — back to the very beginning: the 1960s. This redo now provides a chance to not only have Jean Grey endure and overcome, but also reposition her alongside Cyclops as the heroic duo we’ve read about for decades, and whom we haven’t seen on-screen since “X2.”

More obviously, there’s the idea of Dafne Keen’s Laura/X-23 as the new Wolverine. Her X-23 stunned fans because she didn’t merely hinge on thrilling them with brutal violence, but on the emotion the young star conveyed, mostly through stares and grunts. Much like our previous X-Force theory, the fact that Cable can time-travel opens doors for her to be brought in to fill the Wolverine-sized hole Jackman’s departure left — with a little retcon or minor continuity tweaking of course.

The Gambit solo film also remains in the pipeline, and we recently saw Colossus (who was sparingly used in the old movies) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead received with praise in “Deadpool,” which means that Fox could be ready to risk bringing new faces to the forefront of the franchise. If that happens, perhaps villains like Mister Sinister, hinted at in “Apocalypse,” will finally make his anticipated movie debut, truly breathing fresh life into Fox’s movies.

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Exclusive First Look at Valerian Free Comic Book Day Issue

Arriving ahead of the July premiere of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” an exclusive comic will be released for Free Comic Book Day featuring one the stories that inspired Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure. CBR has been provided with a sneak peek at the cover, and a letter from the filmmaker.

RELATED: New “Valerian” Trailer Welcomes You to Alpha

Announced by STXfilms, EuropaCorp and Cinebook, the 32-page free issue will contain a preview of “Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of the Shadows,” the 1975 comic by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that inspired the film, along with behind-the-scenes content. The comic will be available Saturday, May 6, at participating retailers.

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Debuting in 1967, the French sci-fi series follows the adventures of spatio-temporal agents Valerian and Laureline, who traverse the universe through space and time, protecting the planets of the Terran Empire from temporal paradoxes created by rogue time travelers. Running for 43 years, the comic influenced generations of artists, writers and filmmakers, with aspects of “Valerian and Laureline” evident in works ranging from George Lucas’ “Star Wars” to Besson’s “The Fifth Element.”

Besson, who appeared alongside Mézières in July at Comic-Con International, where he recalled reading “Valerian and Laureline” as a child. “At the time it was two pages every Wednesday in a magazine,” he told media outlets, including CBR. “You basically had to wait six months to read the entire album, and that’s it. In France at the time there were two channels, one in black and white, the other in color. The only way to escape between 10 and 12 years old was this kind of comic.” He credited “Valerian” with helping to develop his imagination and sense of beauty, saying, “It’s almost your main food when you’re 10 years old.”

RELATED: Luc Besson Blasts Into Space With “Valerian” Teaser Trailer

Opening July 21, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Valerian and Laureline, who embark on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of species from every corner of the universe. While most of the city’s 17 million inhabitants unite their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all, not everyone shares that objective: There are unseen forces at work, placing our race in danger.

Besson and DeHaan will appear for a Free Comic Book Day signing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 6, from noon to 2 p.m.

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

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Zack Snyder Shares Henry Cavill Man of Steel Costume Test

Earlier this month, “Justice League” director Zack Snyder excited fans when he shared a behind-the-scenes photo of Henry Cavill donning Christopher Reeve’s iconic Superman suit in a screen test for the director’s first DCEU film, “Man of Steel.” Now, Snyder has revealed another test photo from the 2013 film, this time showing Cavill ready to face some choppy waters.

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The photo, which Snyder shared on his Vero account, shows Cavill dressed as the pre-Superman Clark Kent, sporting his fishing attire from the crab boat scene during the first act of the film. “Early days,” is how Snyder captioned the photo.

This isn’t the first time Snyder has taken to nascent social media app Vero to share some intriguing photos from behind the scenes of his DCEU films. Last month, Snyder used his Vero account to share a photo of “Justice League’s” upgraded Batmobile, while back in January he posted a look at Batman’s updated cowl.

RELATED: Superman Returns in New Justice League Promo Art

Arriving Nov. 17, the Man of Steel will fly onto the big screen in “Justice League,” which stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen Queen Hippolyta, and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

(via Batman-News.com)

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Superstars: 15 Star-Themed Superheroes In Comics

The star is a motif that has been used by superheroes and space heroes alike; there’s Captain America’s chest insignia, same with Booster Gold and Marvel has used cosmic forces in a lot of their space-faring titles. Some of these heroes have the power of a star, cosmic forces granting them superhuman abilities, while others simply have the word “star” as part of their names. We’re gonna find a middle ground here and showcase some of the greatest star-themed superheroes in comics.

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A few rules we found ourselves following was that the hero had to have “star” in their name, of course, and they had to have some connection to space or cosmic forces, be it in how their got their powers or what type of powers they have. So let’s take a look at some of these superstars and determine the coolest, most powerful and most recognizable of them all.

RED STAR

Red Star

Perhaps best known by younger fans for his appearance in the “Teen Titans” cartoon, Red Star is a Russian superhero and former member of the Teen Titans. In the comics, Red Star actually predated Starfire and was the first to go by the name, a codename given to him by the Russian Military. Red Star’s real name is Leonid Kovar, and he got his powers as a teenager when he and his father, an archeologist, investigated an alien ship that exploded and gave Leonid extraordinary powers including strength, speed, flight, radiation generation and pyrokinesis. Being a communist patriot, Leonid joined the military, becoming the first Russian superhero within the DC universe. Red Star’s radiation powers even allow him to take on Superman due to its similarity to red sun radiation.

In his “Teen Titans” appearance, he was voiced by Jason Marsden and had an origin similar to Captain America. In this version, Red Star was a small and weak soldier who was enhanced to have super strength, stamina, and the ability to generate radiation. Unfortunately, the power within him was unstable, so Red Star forced himself into exile where his excess radiation couldn’t hurt anyone.

STARHAWK

Starhawk in space

Originally from a different Earth of the Marvel multiverse, Starhawk’s origin is a little convoluted and hard to follow. He was born as the son of two Earth-691 superheroes (Kismet and Quasar), but was kidnapped after birth and left on Arcturus. He was taken in by Ogord, who named him Stakar and raised him as his own. At some point, Stakar had his mind sent back in time to possess his infant self, a process that repeated many times.

If that wasn’t confusing enough, an accident merged him with Aleta Ogord, the original Starhawk and Stakar’s wife. The merging gave Stakar all of Aleta’s powers, strength, speed, immortality, flight, light manipulation, darkness manipulation, precognition and enhances senses. Stakar and Aleta were separated thanks to the help of a hawk god, and were able to have kids during this time before remerging. To make matters even harder to understand, there is also a Starhawk of the Earth-616 universe, a hero of the 30th century of the main Marvel universe’s timeline. If you got lost in all that, we don’t blame you.

STARBOY (LEGION OF SUPERHEROES)

Starboy

As it tends to be with the strange cast of characters that make up the Legion of Super-Heroes, Thom Kallor, A.K.A. Starboy (and eventually Starman), had some strange and very Silver-age-y first appearances in comics. Thom was born to astronomer parents on a satellite orbiting planet Xanthu. He was a metahuman with the ability to increase the mass, density, or gravity of an object. At some point when he was still a legionnaire, Starboy went back in time to meet the 20th century’s Superboy, where Clark Kent’s teenage sweetheart Lana Lang forces him to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to make Clark jealous. Kallor is eventually expelled from the Legion of Super-Heroes after breaking their no-killing rule, having killed his girlfriend’s ex in self-defense.

Later, in 2005, Mark Waid rebooted the Legion and cast Thom Kallor as black, and the hero eventually goes by Starman. This Starboy is schizophrenic and after leaving the medical technology of the 31st century behind to live in the timeline of Waid’s “Kingdom Come,” so he voluntarily commit himself to a sanitarium. Though he may have a confusing timeline, it’s hard to deny the matter-controlling star-power of this legionnaire.

DARKSTAR

Darkstar Marvel Comics

That name is a bit of an oxymoron isn’t it? Since, you know, stars give off light. Regardless of the naming semantics, Darkstar, A.K.A. Laynia Petrovna, is a mutant of the Marvel Universe who hails from Belarus, a country that was once part of the Soviet Union. Laynia and her brother Nikolai were originally part of a superhuman team designed to take down Black Widow and return her to the U.S.S.R. Laynia eventually changed her views and allied with the side of good, joining the Champions until their disbandment. Laynia has had a short but eventful run in the Marvel universe, even garnering her own death and resurrection stories — a veritable right of passage for superheroes.

Darkstar’s mutant abilities are as strange as they are powerful. She has access to the Darkforce dimension, which is a cosmic, extra-dimensional dark energy that is also used by Nightcrawler for his teleportation. The energy gives her flight, teleportation and the ability to create cosmic Darkforce constructs of energy and matter. Laynia is also incredibly intelligent and has K.G.B. training in hand-to-hand combat.

STAR SAPPHIRE

Star Sapphire

Carol Ferris was first introduced to the “Green Lantern” comics as the head of Ferris Aircrafts and an on and off love interest for Hal Jordan, constantly rejecting him as she said she didn’t date employees. Carol later became Star Sapphire after being chosen by the Zamarons, female members of the same race as the Oans, originally known as Maltusians. The Zamarons were out to prove that men were inferior and commanded Carol to attack Green Lantern, giving her a crystal containing psionic energy that gave her powers similar to a Green Lantern ring.

Star Sapphire and Green Lantern have had a long history of fighting, usually prompted by the Zamarons to destroy Hal because of her attraction to him. This would change when the other Star Sapphires created what was essentially a Violet Lantern Corps and eventually become a force for good. The Star Sapphires are now powered by love on the emotional power spectrum and are depicted with only female members.

STARBOLT

Starbolt

A member of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard, Starbolt — sometimes known as Bolt — first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #107 and was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. This star-like alien acts as law enforcement for the Shi’ar through his position as a royal guard. Some might have never heard of this hero, but he’s definitely one of the cooler star-heroes out there. As a member of the Shi’ar Empire, Starbolt is one of many different alien species who have come to live together in harmony. Starbolt’s individual race is unknown, but he is depicted as a being of living fire-like energy, which gives him pyro-kinesis, supersonic flight and immunity to fire and heat.

Starbolt has had a long history as somewhat of a side/background character within the cosmic corners of the Marvel universe. The imperial guard was even recruited to battle the X-Men over the Phoenix Force in a trial by combat and he would see the rise of a rebellion against the head of the Shi’ar empire, staying loyal to his Empress at the time. Starbolt was eventually killed by an extra-dimensional creature and hasn’t been in comics since.

NIGHTSTAR

Nightstar

The daughter of Nightwing and Starfire, Mar’i Grayson, A.K.A. Nightstar, made her first appearance in the alternate universe Mark Waid creation, “Kingdom Come,” and later as part of “The Kingdom” miniseries. Her superhero name very obviously comes from a combination of Starfire and Nightwing, and she inherited her mother’s superpowers and even trained in hand-to-hand combat with her father. As a half-Tamaranian, Nightsar has superhuman strength, energy absorption and projection, and can fly.

In “Kingdom Come,” Nightstar joins Batman’s Outsiders team, defying her father whom she had had a strained relationship with after Starfire’s death from a circulatory disease. After the events of “Kingdom Come,” Nighstar works to build a meta-human community on Green Lantern Alan Scott’s New Oa satellite. In “The Kingdom: Nightstar” it is shown that Mar’i likes botany and has a fear of death, and in “Justice Society of America” she is seen being romantically involved with Damian Wayne.

STARFOX

Starfox Marvel Comics

Not to be confused with the anthropomorphic fox who pilots a ship in space, Star Fox McCloud, Marvel’s Starfox is the brother of cosmic supervillain Thanos. Also know as Eros of Titan, Starfox is a superhero who has a healing factor, halted aging, super strength, flight and the ability to psychically control others’ emotions. He and Thanos were the two sons of Eternals A’Lars and Sui-San, the latter of which was killed by Thanos’ attack against Titan, the first of many attacks to come by the evil-inclined of the two brothers. Eros had been taking life easy before Thanos’ attack, but became a more serious force for good after his brother’s rise to power.

Starfox is depicted as a womanizer, using his powers to make women fall in love him and the like, even being put on trial for sexual harassment, with She-Hulk serving as his lawyer as he continued to use his powers to make the Jury sympathize with him. Though he is a womanizing hedonist, Starfox continues to fight for good against Thanos and and has assisted the likes of the Avengers and Spider-Man.

DAWNSTAR

Dawnstar Legion

The Legion of Super-Heroes has a member of each super-powered alien race within their ranks, so it makes sense that a lot of the alien/space-faring members have star-related names, motifs and/or powers. We already covered Starboy, so lets take a look at Dawnstar, a meta-human from Starhaven. Starhaven is a planet colonized by Native Americans who were left there after being abducted by an alien race in the 13th century. The Starhavenites were modified by the aliens to activate their metagenes, which gave them feathered wings on their backs, which may appear bird-like, but allow them to fly at faster-than-light speeds. Dawnstar has these wings as well as the ability to survive in space by generating a forcefield.

Dawnstar also has long-range tracking skills that allowed her to rescue far-away colleagues and investigate mysteries that the Legion encountered. This super-star hero has had a long career in the Legion of Super-Heroes and even found herself in a romance with fellow teenage superhero Wildfire.

FIRESTAR

Firestar

Similar to DC’s Harley Quinn, though not quite as popular or anywhere near as insane, Marvel’s Firestar originated in animation and eventually found her way into the mainstream comics only afterward. Angelica “Angel” Jones made her first appearance on NBC’s “Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends” alongside Iceman and, of course, Spidey himself. The character was created to replace The Human Torch, since the show couldn’t use the character due to rights issues. Like Iceman, Firestar is also a mutant and was approached by the X-Men soon after her powers manifested.

As her name implies, Firestar has heat-related powers, specifically the power to manipulate microwave radiation, which gives her the ability to generate fire and heat, as well as allow her to fly. Outside of her original animated appearance, this super-star has had a long history as both a solo hero and as a member of the Hellions, the New Warriors (as a founding member), the Avengers and, of course, the X-Men.

STARMAN (JACK KNIGHT)

Starman Jack Knight

There are a lot of superheroes in the DC universe who have gone by the name Starman, about 10 or so, including the aforementioned Starboy, Thom Kallor. Though there are many to choose from, we’re gonna focus on the immensely popular Jack Knight version. This iteration of Starman was created by Hames Robinson and Tony Harris and had a massively successful 80-issue run from 1994 to 2001.

This version is also the son of the original Starman, Ted Knight, a golden age-superhero. Jack grew rebellious in his adolescence and rejected taking up the Starman moniker, his brother David taking it up instead. But when David was murdered by the son of his father’s old nemesis The Mist, Jack reluctantly takes up the Starman Moniker — though he ditches the green and red costume for a simple jacket and goggles look — to stop the new Mist from wreaking havoc. Jack wields the Cosmic Staff, an invention created by his father that is powered by stellar energy, giving the user rapid flight, telekinesis and energy manipulation.

STARGIRL

Stargirl JSA

After a long career of being Starman, Jack Knight eventually passed the Cosmic Staff down to Courtney Whitmore, formerly known as the second Star-Spangled Kid. After receiving the Cosmic Staff, Courtney started going by Stargirl. The character was created by Geoff Johns and her name and personality are based on his sister who died in the TWA Flight 800 explosion in 1996. The character originally appeared alongside her step-father Pat Dugan, who built S.T.R.I.P.E., a robotic suit he used to protect Courtney.

As Stargirl, Courtney appeared in most issues of “JSA” and dealt with the likes of Solomon Grundy and Klarion the Witch Boy. Stargirl was known for dating Shazam (then known as Captain Marvel) who, as Billy Batson, was the same age as her, but as his superhero persona was a fully-grown adult, it resulted in controversy and criticism from fellow JSA members. This leads Billy to leave the team rather than reveal his secret identity. Courtney herself has not been as secretive with her identity, as several of her classmates have learned of her super-heroic exploits. Courtney’s use of the Cosmic staff gives her all the same powers as her predecessors.

NORTHSTAR

Northstar Alpha Flight

Many know Northstar for being one of the first openly gay superheroes in American comics, his marriage to Kyle Jinadu in “Astonishing X-Men #51” even being the first depiction of same-sex marriage in mainstream comics. Northstar, known as Jean-Paul Beaubier, was born along with his twin sister Jeanne-Marie to a French-Canadian family in Montreal. After their parents died in a car accident, they were separated and taken in by new adoptive families.

Jean was a rebellious teenager after developing his mutant abilities and joined a terrorist group before leaving and joining the Canadian-government-funded superhero group known as Alpha Flight, where he would reunite with his sister who had also developed powers and took on the name Aurora. Northstar has worked on and off with the X-Men, both as a temporary team up and as a full-fledged member. Jean and Jeanne both have the ability to fly, manipulate and project light, are superhumanly durable and have super speed.

STARFIRE

Starfire New 52

Planet Tamaran is full of lush forestry, advanced technology, and a highly passionate and powerful race known as Tamaraneans. These beings are descended from cat-like creatures and are gifted with the ability to absorb energy and radiation, as well as  convert it into super strength, speed, durability and energy projection. The most famous of the Tamaraneans is of course the “Teen Titans” bombshell Koriand’r A.K.A. Starfire. As we mentioned before, she wasn’t the first character to go by the name Starfire, but she is definitely the most popular.

Starfire’s natural Tamaranean abilities allow her to survive in space for extended periods of time and cause her hair to brightly burst into flames at the ends while flying and using her powers. These aspects of her powers as well as her signature “star-bolts” (her energy projection) essentially turn Kori into a living star, living up to her name. Starfire was created by Mark Wolfman and George Pérez and has had an on and off relationship with fellow Titan Dick Grayson throughout her comics history.

STAR-LORD

Star-Lord

With the upcoming release of “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2,” the success of its predecessor, and the “Star-Lord” solo comic series, it seems like Marvel’s space-faring hero has found his way to the top of the super-star charts. Star-Lord is also knows as Peter Quill, a human/alien hybrid who was raised by the space pirates known as the Ravagers after losing his mother. The character is famously portrayed by Chris Pratt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though he has no superpowers, Quill is a master strategist, skilled marksman, a skilled fencer and wields elemental guns.

In the comics, Star-Lord’s father was J’son, a Spartoi who crash landed on Earth where Peter’s mother met and fell and love with him. After his mother was killed, Quill joined N.A.S.A. and was marooned in space before the Ravagers took him in. Eventually, Quill took up the name Star-Lord and started acting as an interplanetary policeman along with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Film version of Star-Lord paints him as an interplanetary outlaw with a heart of gold, saving the galaxy with a bit more reluctance than his comic counterpart.

Which star-themed hero do you think is the best? Be sure to tell us your opinion in the comments!

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WATCH: Learn Why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is All About Family

It seems like the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is set to follow the lead of the “Fast and Furious” movies in at least one specific sense: the new film is all about showing the Guardians as one big, awkward extended family, as shown in the latest featurette for the anticipated Marvel Studios sequel.

As Director James Gunn says, “the first movie was about becoming a family, this movie is about being a family.”

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While the first film established Gamora and Nebula as adoptive sisters, this time round the family drama is about to get a lot more biological with the revelation that the ancient intergalactic being known as Ego is actually Star-Lord’s father. While that piece of paternity information is not really much of a spoiler for the new movie, it is probably safe to say that when your Dad has some history as a living planet, it’s fairly likely that the resultant family dynamic is going to get messed up pretty quickly.

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Opening May 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.

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Thanos’ Avengers 3 Motivation Will Resemble Infinity Gauntlet Storyline

We’re almost exactly one year away from the release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first half of a two-part conclusion to the massive undertaking that has been the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from every Marvel hero supposedly making an appearance as they all attempt to bring down Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, not much is known about the movie’s overall plot. What’s more, Thanos’ reason for wanting the Infinity Stones so badly hasn’t yet been elaborated on in any of the films. But while the Mad Titan’s motivations still remain largely a secret, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige may have just dropped a major hint about why Thanos is he who he is during “Infinity War.”

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“[His motives] will be similar to what they were in the ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ in various ways. I guess that’s all I can say about that,” Feige told Collider in a recent interview.

While seemingly concise and vague, Feige actually may have nodded to a huge plot point for the movie. In “Infinity Gauntlet,” the massive crossover comic book event from 1991, Thanos seeks to obtain the Infinity Stones (called Gems at this point) to amass enough power to wipe out huge swaths of life in the universe, thereby hoping to win the love of the personification of Death. If his motives are “similar” in any way, then it stands to reason that we’ll be seeing Thanos looking to off a whole bunch of people…and probably some Avengers, to boot.

Whether or not this is to impress Death herself remains to be seen — no one has officially been cast as the character, although it’s totally plausible that Marvel is keeping that news under wraps, and Collider points out that Death may be introduced in the untitled “Avengers 4” film that’s set to debut the following year. In any case, Thanos obtaining the Infinity Gauntlet will coincide with some Marvel actors’ contracts expiring, and when he had control of the artifact in the comics, not everyone survived his initial onslaught.

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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.

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Sometimes chopping just isn't an option. Maybe like me this week you can't use your dominant hand. Maybe you're sick or just really tired and don't have it in you to stand in the kitchen for long enough to do all of the things.
 
 

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Fandom: 12 Monkeys (TV)

Pairing: Cassandra Reilly/James Cole

Title: Just in case

Author: ferggirl

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3510380

Rating/Warning(s): Teen and up, mild violence

Word Count/WIP?: 999/No

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Special Rec:  25 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: I recently binged both seasons of this show and I’m hooked. This fic takes place sometime in season one and is so very them. I wish we’d had more moments like this on the show where Cole and Cassie are on that verge of being comfortable and teasing with one another. Their affection just shines in this fic and is a great set-up for everything that happens later in the show.

Fandom: 12 Monkeys (TV)

Pairing: Cassandra Reilly/James Cole

Title: you’re ripped at every edge (but you’re a masterpiece)

Author: biochemprincess

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9811019

Rating/Warning(s): Teen and up

Word Count/WIP?: 1519/No

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Special Rec:  26 of ?

Why This Must Be Read: Because every fandom needs a tattoo!AU and this fic does not disappoint. It has all the underlying angst of the show and the genuine connection between Cassie and Cole is spot on. It’s a lovely, understated fic that stayed with me when I finished reading it.

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INTERVIEW: Rahul Kohli Brings Tech, Romance & iZombie to Supergirl

Tonight, “iZombie” will crossover with “Supergirl” — sort of. In “Ace Reporter,” the next episode of “Supergirl,” “iZombie” star Rahul Kohli will guest star as Lena Luthor’s old flame Jack Spheer and his arrival in National City will certainly heat things up for the Girl of Steel. As it were, Spheer is in town to debut his miraculous new nanotech, but his invention — and Lena’s involvement with him — pulls Kara into an investigation she never expected.

Speaking with CBR, Kohli introduced his version of Spheer, who may look a little different than his comic book counterpart when he shows up on “Supergirl.” Kohli also filled us in on how his character differs from the comics, why he wants to steal Katie McGrath for “iZombie,” what caught him off guard when he arrived on set and more.

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CBR: As I’m sure you know, Jack Spheer is also a character in the comics. Did you do any research to prepare for the role?

Rahul Kohli: I did! And I saw that he was a giant gas, and I wasn’t sure how to prepare for that and what I would need to do, but then I found out very quickly that we are actually doing a different spin on that character, which is not necessarily what the fans may have read in the comic books. This is a new take on the character for the “Supergirl” universe.

Because this is a new version of Spheer, did you have the flexibility to add your own spin to the character?

Oh yeah! Absolutely! I mean, there was a lot of freedom with that. Initially, I thought I would have to do an America accent, but that wasn’t required. They were happy to have a British accent. In terms of his look, they had the idea that they wanted not a Steve Jobs-type, but the tech genius guys that do the keynotes and pep talks; they wanted that kind of energy from him. The only thing I kind of clung onto was I insisted that he should have a beard, which is my acting clutch. I need half my face covered with hair, it seems, to feel comfortable on camera.

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Can you describe Spheer’s personality in three words?

He’s a charismatic tech genius back in National City to debut this new technology that he’s been working on called Biomax, and it’s microscopic nanobots that are able to heal injuries and cure diseases. He’s also an old flame of Lena’s.

If you could tease only one thing about Lena and Spheer’s relationship, what would be?

Things move very quickly for them. There’s no real messing around with those two characters. There isn’t a lot of procrastinating about how they feel towards one another. They’re like a charged couple.

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What was it like to work with Katie McGrath?

Oh, she was awesome! I think Katie kind of set the tone for the rest of the episode… Our first scene was actually quite an intense relationship scene to do at 7 or 6 in the morning. That was my first day meeting Katie, and then we had to do certain things that are not necessarily comfortable for new people to do, but she was incredible and I tried desperately to steal her for “iZombie” but I think “Supergirl” beat me to it with the old “making her a season regular.” Now we can’t steal her!

There’s a lot of anti-alien prejudice going on in Supergirl’s world right now. Will we see what side of that line Spheer falls on?

No, we don’t. No, the world and the universe that they’ve created within “Supergirl” is kind of suspended for this storyline. It’s a highly contained story within that arc, if that makes sense. It’s all about him sliding into that world. It’s more about how he affects everyone else’s day-to-day routine.

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So would you say the episode is more of a character piece?

Yeah! It’s just its own special kind of Jack episode, where he comes and messes everything up and has Lena in a tizzy and Kara investigating him. Yeah, you don’t get to see Jack interacting with many of the characters or giving any of his opinions of the goings-on in National City.

On “iZombie,” you play a character with a heart of gold. What was it like for you to take on Spheer, who seems to be a bit shadier?

It’s great! I mean, Jack… I think he’s been pitched — and rightly so — as some sort of villain of the week, in that format, but that actually is kind of misinformation. He’s not as mustache-twirly as people would think he’s going to be. It’s a lot more layered. [Ravi and Jack] are actually still quite good people, and both charming in their own way. I think the biggest difference between the two is Jack’s not funny. I don’t think I had a single joke, whereas Ravi is much more of this comedic ball of energy in “iZombie,” so it was interesting… because that’s what I do on “iZombie.” If I get nervous or if don’t know what to do in a scene, I resort to a stupid face. That seems to have worked the last three years, but with “Supergirl,” I have to do something different to feel comfortable.

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As a big comic book fan, what was it like for you to step onto the set and become part of Supergirl’s world?

It was awesome! I mean, it’s not like they had a Batmobile that I could sit in. Much of the scenes that I was in were just real-world type locations, like restaurants and offices, but I did, like on my first say, cross paths with Melissa [Benoist] when she was dressed as Supergirl and honestly I reacted like a five-year-old. She just stopped me in my tracks. It’s so iconic — you know, the symbol and the cape. Melissa just looks phenomenal as Supergirl. It was an unexpected hit! I wasn’t expecting it to be a freak out. Like if I was cast in “Star Wars,” I know in ten seconds I’m going to scream about a Stormtrooper or the Millennium Falcon, whereas on “Supergirl” I was just excited to try a new character, but it caught me off guard. I really did freak out when I saw Melissa dressed as Supergirl.

“Supergirl” has a pretty big ensemble cast. Do you have a favorite moment or experience on set?

Yeah! I’ll tell you what caught me off guard was Chris Wood. He and [“iZombie” star Robert] Buckley are like the same person on different shows. They have the same sense of humor and joke delivery. He just had me in stitches. They have a lot more freedom. Us, being a comedy, we don’t realize improvise it. [Co-creator] Rob Thomas and the writers do such a great job of the jokes. We don’t chip in with improv at all. We pretty much stick to what’s been written on “iZombie.” What caught me off guard on “Supergirl” was that there’s a lot more freedom to experiment, and Chris definitely takes advantage of that. We did a scene where every time Chris came up with something funnier than the last line, and it was unexpected. I wasn’t expecting it to be that kind of gig, but it was. It was hilarious.

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Though the odds of this happening are slim, what would you like to see in a “Supergirl”/”iZombie” crossover?

I’d want Ravi and Lena to start dating! [laughs] I had such a great time working with Katie. She was fantastic, and — like I said before — I tried to steal her. So if I can’t steal her, then, have my character and her character come out across worlds, that’d be awesome.

Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter and Chris Wood as Mon-El.

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Posted by Rob Cave

Sectaurs Action Figures Returning From ’80s Obscurity

Even if you grew up in the 1980s, you still may not remember the short-lived Sectaurs toy line of action figures that sat atop a variety of giant insect creatures. Launched in 1985 by Coleco, the toys were supported by a five-episode animated series and an eight-issue tie-in comic published by Marvel, but failed to achieve widespread success.

Nevertheless, Sectaurs did develop a small, yet passionate, fanbase. Now Zica Toys is looking to revive the brand, releasing its own versions of the original eight Coleco action figures with a further two “army builders,” based on characters from the comic books.

To that end, Zica plans to launch a Sectaurs Kickstarter campaign in early July, and roll out details of each of the 10 characters in the proposed “first wave” over the next 10 weeks on its Facebook page, beginning with Dargon, a “heroic Sectaur of the shining realm.”

Due to budgetary constraints, Zica won’t be reissuing the Sectaur’s insectoid mounts just yet. However, if the Kickstarter is sufficiently successful, the mounts will be part of the follow-up waves, alongside a possible Hyve playset and the never-released second wave of Coleco Sectaurs.

So, if you are a Sectaurs fan, and want to ensure secure the rebirth of this semi-forgotten toy range, keep an eye out for the Kickstarter campaign in 10 weeks’ time. And while you wait, you can check out this classic TV spot for the original Sectaurs toy launch.

(via Nerdist)

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Posted by Mathew Stevens

He’s A Friend From Work: 15 Superhero Buddy Movies We Want To See

Later this year, “Thor: Ragnarok” will be partnering up Thor and The Hulk, while “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will team up Spider-Man and Iron Man. Next year, from Fox, we’ll be seeing Deadpool team-up with Cable for “Deadpool 2,” making it look like the future of superhero movies might be in buddy films. It would make sense, as focusing on two characters allows a movie to explore character development and interaction, while drawing in audiences from fans of both heroes, and it doesn’t have the budget-busting issue that movies like “The Avengers” have with six or more A-listers teaming up at a time.

RELATED: Krypton: 15 Things We Want To See In The Man Of Steel Prequel Series

In the comics, team-ups have become kind of a tradition, with the pairings sometimes being so popular with fans that team-up series routinely outsell the individual characters’ solo titles. With superhero buddy films on the rise, here are the 15 team-ups we want to see next!

HAWKEYES (CLINT BARTON AND KATE BISHOP)

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MCU fans have been wondering when Hawkeye was going to get his own movie pretty much since his brief cameo appearance in 2011’s “Thor.” The number one story people talk about being adapted for the character is Matt Fraction’s 2012-2015 run, because it’s simply the best Hawkeye story we’ve ever gotten. Clint Barton’s co-star in that series is young Kate Bishop, a member of the Young Avengers and fellow archer.

Not only would a “Hawkeyes” movie be a great way to bring an incredible story to the screen, but also it has the added advantage of bringing a new young character into the MCU to fill the role when Jeremy Renner eventually bows down from the part. On one hand, fans hope his departure is still a long way off, but on the other hand, Kate Bishop quickly became a fan favorite character for her quick snarky wit and competence in combat.

HUNTRESS AND POWER GIRL

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Though the characters have had various origin stories throughout the years, in the New 52, Huntress and Power Girl start off as Earth-2’s Supergirl and Robin. Power Girl is Kara Zor-El, the Earth-2 cousin of Superman, and Huntress is the Earth-2 daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Wayne (Catwoman). They became best friends in the New 52 series, “World’s Finest” written by Paul Levitz and originally illustrated by George Perez, after Huntress sees her mother die and Kara swoops in to help her fight the high-tech thugs who attacked their world.

When they were transported over to Earth-1, finding that this world already had a Supergirl and Robin, they took on the identities of Huntress and Power Girl. The DCEU still has a long way to go before they start going into alternate universe territory, but with no Supergirl or Huntress yet to have been established in the films, they could easily bring both characters in and slightly alter the origin stories to give us a female-led team-up film with two of the best female heroes in the DC universe.

BEAST AND WONDER MAN

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For decades now, Beast and Wonder Man have had one of the best bromances in Marvel comics. Especially with Hugh Jackman leaving the role of Wolverine, Fox’s flagship X-Men character, after “Logan,” Fox is going to be looking for new ways to endear their franchise to fans. One way to do that would be to put the focus on characters who play well off of each other and have an intriguing relationship that audiences can relate to.

Beast and Wonder Man first became friends shortly after Beast joined the Avengers, when it was discovered that Wonder Man, long thought dead, was still alive in “Avengers” #152 by writers Gery Conway and Steve Englehart and penciler John Buscema. They even headlined their own comic series “Avengers Two: Beast and Wonderman” by writer Roger Stern and artist Mark Bagley, that could be easily adapted to the screen as long as they didn’t use the words “Avengers.”

HAWKMAN AND ATOM

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Sometimes, the only reason two characters initially get paired up is because their individual ongoing titles start to drop in sales. It famously revived the nearly dead superhero careers of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and the same thing happened over at DC with two of their characters in 1968. “The Atom and Hawkman” from writer Robert Kanigher and penciler Murphy Anderson took over the numbering from “The Atom” and ran for another seven issues. In 2010, DC revived the title for a single issue written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ryan Sook as part of the “Blackest Night” crossover storyline.

In “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” the writers had opted to substitute this relationship for an Atom and Hawkgirl romance, but long-time DC fans have been hoping to see the characters’ relationship handled faithfully to the source material in some way. The DCEU hasn’t even hinted at Hawkman or The Atom joining the cinematic universe, so it could still be a long way off, but why not introduce both characters at the same time in their own buddy flick?

IRON MAN AND THE HULK

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Tony Stark and Bruce Banner have, by far, the most interesting friendship of any of the Avengers. They’re both genius men of science, which draws them together, but their personalities are so different that if they weren’t both scientists, they probably wouldn’t get along at all. Bruce Banner is quiet, timid and reserved (for good reason), while Tony Stark is brash, arrogant and outgoing. Even their combat styles mesh well together, with Hulk being the big bruiser and Iron Man making more precise tactical strikes.

The characters did appear as a duo in 2013’s animated movie, “Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United,” but neither character was portrayed very well, the dialogue was bland and Tony Stark and Bruce Banner don’t even appear to be friends in this version. Their MCU counterparts, on the other hand, have an entire internet subculture devoted to celebrating the friendship of the two characters, referring to them as “Science Bros” after their collaboration on Ultron and Tony’s therapy session in the post-credits scene of “Iron Man 3.”

GREEN ARROW AND GREEN LANTERN

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“Green Arrow/Green Lantern” by writer Dennis O’Neal and illustrator Neal Adams was one of the most popular team-up books of the early ’70s. It was a hilarious pairing of Oliver Queen, who was one of the DC universe’s funniest characters, and Hal Jordan, who was more straight-laced and serious at the time, and readers couldn’t get enough. Green Arrow joined Green Lantern’s solo book in issue vol. 2 #76, and continued as part of the book until issue #123 when it reverted back to just “Green Lantern.”

Neither of the “Hard Travelling Heroes” has appeared yet in the DC cinematic universe, and the CW’s take on Oliver Queen is much more stark and serious version, so the bromance from the comics isn’t likely to show up on-screen anytime soon, but as the DCEU continues to grow, WB is going to need to have fun friendships from the comics like this to explore to give audiences something new and fun to enjoy.

HAWK AND DOVE

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Hawk and Dove have gone through several incarnations since they debuted in 1968 in “Showcase” #75, but the most well-known versions are the original Hawk and Dove, brothers Hank and Don Hall, and the current teaming of Hank Hall and Dawn Granger, who joined the team in “Hawk and Dove” vol. 2 #1 by writers Karl and Barbara Kesel and penciler Rob Liefeld, after Don was killed in “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez.

Hawk and Dove have to physically be in danger and speak the words “Hawk” and “Dove” respectively in order to transform into their superhuman personas and gain their powers of strength, speed and durability. Hawk and Dove following the modern version would make an interesting buddy film because the main characters never form a romantic relationship despite having a male and female lead. This isn’t a dynamic often explored in film or television.

IRON MAN AND DOCTOR STRANGE

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Iron Man and Doctor Strange are very different characters. Tony Stark is a man of science and technology, while Stephen Strange is a practitioner of magic and the mystical arts. However, they also have a lot in common, especially in the MCU. They both have genius-level intellect, they both have a tendency toward arrogance, they’ve both gone through traumatic changes in their lives that changed them as human beings and they both have the most stylish facial hair of anyone in the Marvel universe.

Putting them together for a buddy film would almost certainly be a slam dunk for Marvel Studios for several reasons. Both are portrayed by actors who are highly respected as great performers, both characters have been tremendously well-received by the fans and the blending of science and technology to take down a foe would be incredible to see. Also, if they ever high-five over being awesome facial hair bros, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be able to top it.

HARLEY QUINN AND POISON IVY

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Though 2016’s “Suicide Squad” got mixed reactions from critics and audiences, most people can agree that Margot Robbie’s take on Harley Quinn was one of the highlights of the film, and people are excited to see more of DC’s femme fatales show up on-screen. A “solo” movie for Harley Quinn has already been announced, but some rumors are suggesting that the film will be an adaptation of the “Gotham City Sirens” series created by writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March.

The book wasn’t so much a Harley Quinn solo series as it was a team-up of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman wreaking havoc on Gotham City. It marked Harley Quinn’s step away from her abusive relationship with the Joker, which definitely remains abusive and unhealthy in “Suicide Squad,” but also elevates Quinn and Ivy’s relationship from friendship to something distinctly romantic. The DCEU needs its incarnation of Harley Quinn to get herself out of her unhealthy relationship with Leto’s Joker, if for no other reason than to not glamorize the mental and emotional abuse of the on-screen couple’s romance.

SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN

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Superman and Wonder Woman have a long history in the comics together as allies, adversaries and even romantic interests. They headlined a series together as part of the New 52, but they’ve been working together as part of the Justice League since 1960 as founding members. In the DCEU, they shared a brief amount of screentime in the final battle of “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but they didn’t have any interaction other than Superman’s “Is she with you?” comment to Batman.

Superman isn’t likely to have a big role in “Justice League,” but he is returning, so audiences might have to wait until 2019’s “Justice League Part 2” for any substantial interaction between the characters. Some fans don’t like the shipping of the characters together, but they’re two of the most powerful beings in the DC universe, so giving them a film together would promise for a truly epic adventure.

CAPTAIN MARVEL AND MS. MARVEL

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Brie Larson will be bringing Captain Marvel to life next year in “Avengers: Infinity War,” with a solo outing scheduled for the year after. Recently in the comics though, a new character bearing the name of “Marvel” became an instant hit with fans and critics alike: Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. Captain Marvel was Ms. Marvel’s own personal hero, and Carol actually gave Kamala her blessing to use the name.

The two characters haven’t spent that much time fighting side by side, or even interacting in the comics, but giving the two characters a team-up film, with Kamala as Carol’s protege, would be a good way to introduce Ms. Marvel to the universe, get her fighting crime right away and explain the name without resorting to a short, wasted cameo toward the end of the film where Carol swoops in, says it’s cool if she uses the name and leaves. Since the MCU’s version of Carol Danvers will be called “Captain Marvel” from the beginning, it would be far less confusing for fans to just make “Ms. Marvel” the protege’s name.

THE FLASH AND GREEN LANTERN

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Neither the Flash nor Green Lantern has been formally introduced to the DCEU yet, so there’s no telling how the characters will be interpreted for the big screen just yet, but with the Flash debuting in “Justice League” this year and “Green Lantern Corps” set for 2020, it’s a good bet that at some point, we’ll get to see both characters on screen together. It’s not clear how their personalities will mesh in the film universe, but in the comics, they have one of the most interesting friendships within the Justice League.

Both Barry Allen and Hal Jordan are kind of the wisecrackers of the group with Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman all being more grim and serious characters, which of course means that Hal and Barry are constantly trolling each other. Early previews of “Justice League” suggest that Barry Allen will be the most lighthearted character of the group so far, but at this point, there’s no telling where they’ll go with Green Lantern. Still, they’d be missing out on a golden opportunity to not give these characters the kind of friendship they have in the comics.

ROCKET AND GROOT

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Rocket Racoon and Groot are very rarely seen without each other in the comics, and in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” they quickly became fan favorites. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies will always be ensemble films, but with each character being so beloved by the fans, it would be a huge disservice by Marvel Studios not to give any of the Guardians solo (or duo) features. The Guardians are kind of like the cosmic version of the Avengers, so while fans love seeing the whole team together, they might start to wonder what hijinks Rocket and Groot get up to when Peter Quill’s not around.

While the Guardians are all morally questionable outlaws to an extent, it’s hard to picture the team agreeing to rob a place just for the fortune and glory, but if a film were to just follow Rocket and Groot, there’s almost nothing that would be off the table, especially with Rocket calling the shots.

BOOSTER GOLD AND BLUE BEETLE

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Booster Gold and Blue Beetle each have a separate history from each other in the comics, but like many characters, they didn’t really hit their stride until the writers decided to team them up. Booster Gold was a disgraced football star from the future who steals a super suit and goes back in time to become a hero. He revels in his celebrity status, and he’s well-known for his arrogant demeanor. Blue Beetle has gone through several incarnations, but the version that was Booster’s best friend was Ted Kord, a genius-level inventor seeking his fortune.

The characters became a fan-favorite duo because Booster was in the superhero business for fame, and Blue Beetle was in it for fortune, so they had a lot of adventures that were somewhat morally ambiguous because both characters were ultimately driven by selfish reasons. While other members of the Justice League saw them as kind of outcasts for this, fans loved having a break from the selfless altruism that drives characters like Superman. Firefly stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk have expressed an interest in taking the characters to the big screen, which might just be the best casting of all time.

BLACK WIDOW AND HAWKEYE

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Black Widow and Hawkeye have been the non-powered duo of the Avengers since they first started out. We got references to their black ops history together in 2012’s “The Avengers” and then in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” we learn that they’re friends outside of work as Natalie is the only Avenger who knows about Clint’s family. Their close friendship has been established as a key relationship in the MCU, and more importantly, they’re the only two members of the original Avengers who have yet to get their own solo films.

One reason that we have yet to see them in their own solo outing is because Marvel Studios is still hesitant to devote an entire film to characters without superpowers (or at least a super-powered suit of iron). It’s a fair concern as the characters wouldn’t be able to take on any world-ending evil by themselves, but Kevin Feige has promised that the future of the MCU after “Avengers: Infinity War” and its sequel would focus on smaller, more character-driven films, which might be the perfect time to focus on two non-powered heroes, and teaming them up would be a great way to overcome the lack of superpowers.

What superhero team-ups are you hoping to see in a buddy film? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted by Octavio Karbank

What If Guardians of the Galaxy Were a DC Film?

For better or worse, both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.’ fledgling DC Extended Universe have established specific tones with their respective films. Marvel takes a more lighthearted approach, with an emphasis on fun action and humor, while the DCEU leans a bit darker.

RELATED: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: What the Critics Are Saying

Director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” laid a foundation in 2013 with its muted palette and somber mood, which, despite criticisms, carried over into 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The third film in the superhero line, “Suicide Squad,” injected a little humor into that environment, with mixed results. Marvel’s formula, which dates back to 2008’s “Iron Man,” has carried the studio to success for nearly a decade, inspiring imitators along the way.

But what if Marvel had gone the Warner Bros. route? That’s the question this fan-made trailer attempts to address. Someone cleverly took Marvel’s most colorful release to date, 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and gave it the DCEU treatment. Replacing the rock songs with an ominous score while highlighting the film’s darker moments, the trailer delivers a decidedly different “Guardians.”

RELATED: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Has Multiple Post-Credit Scenes

Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. The film opens May 5.

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I’m excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—the first movie was a fun intergalactic romp, comedy meets space meets superpowered creatures, all bound together by a nostalgia-fueled soundtrack. This brilliant trailer, which shows how the first movie would have been made in the DC/Warner Bros. factory of dark cinema, has me laughing more than the genuine Guardians trailers.

Everything about the first Guardians played like a wink at the audience, tongue firmly in cheek as both superhero and space travel movies were riffed on. Even when they’re fighting the big bads, our intergalactic heroes still have time to crack jokes and engage in dance-offs. I mean, the breakout stars were a talking raccoon and a very mobile tree. By all initial review accounts, the second movie is even better and a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to see it.

The fan-made trailer “If Guardians of the Galaxy was DC” is clearly made by someone with a deep appreciation for the films from both comics houses. It mashes up scenes from Vol. 1 into the bleaker DC landscape beloved by Zack Snyder et al. Welcome to a universe where there’s lots of brooding, lots of screaming, lots of fighting, lots of dwelling on angst, dying parents, anguished children, and nary an errant chord of Blue Suede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” to provide relief.

Instead, we get the ominous drumbeats of looming doom (“Drums, drums in the deep,” my brain kept repeating), a lot of darkness, and a lot of snarling villains and brutal battles. The trailer is so well-cut that I kept laughing even as the scenes were rendered highly dramatic, knowing the much lighter way they were intended. Of course, as in most Things Internet, the YouTube commenters have the last laugh:

“I donno. Still too much color,” wrote Dogsport1.
“This is fake, there are no Batman characters awkwardly shoehorned into this movie,” said Ujjwal Mohindra2.
“Instead of an epic dance off challenge, it would have been “Really, your mother’s name is Meredith too?” from Aaron Morris.

This is a good bit of fun at the stylistic differences that tend to pop up between Marvel and DC cinematic universes. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to listen to something awesome.

(via Moviepilot, image: screengrab)

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