Vol. 5, Issue 10
Hi friends! Another week, another batch of news of the nerdy variety. What’s happened lately?
In movie news:
- Concept art for The Avengers: Age of Ultron was revealed during the Marvel special that aired Tuesday night.
- Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier) has signed a nine-picture deal with Marvel. Here are some thoughts on why his contract is so much bigger than any of the other Marvel stars.
- Steve’s to-do list from the beginning of Cap 2 (no spoilers) is cute. Also: Stark Tower will have a cameo in the movie; here’s 15 minutes of b-roll from the film; and here are some new posters (including those neat ones I posted about last week) and images.
- Related: Someone major could die in The Avengers 3. (This speculation is based on the comics.)
- Captain America 3 and Batman vs. Superman will both open May 6, 2016.
- Here’s an update on the solo Black Widow movie.
- Guardians of the Galaxy will be “shockingly emotional.”
- Here’s how magic might work in a Doctor Strange movie.
- Marvel has announced that they’d like to release 3–4 movies a year.
- Here are some new photos from X-Men Days of Future Past, and it's been announced that X-Men Apocalypse will be set in the ‘80s.
- Another Wolverine movie is definitely being planned.
- Mark Webb won't direct The Amazing Spider-Man 4.
- Star Wars VII will take place 30 years post-Return of the Jedi. Here’s a good round-up of all of what’s officially official so far.
- Also: Lupita Nyong’o might have spoken with J.J. Abrams about a role in the movie.
- Disney has announced The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
- Check out new images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
- Taken 3 will likely involve Maggie Grace getting taken again.
- Ghostbusters 3 will start filming this year, but will not be directed by Ivan Reitman.
- Fan favorite (?) Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) will return for Jurassic World.
- George R. R. Martin would like Game of Thrones to end with a movie.
- Relative newcomer Levi Miller will play Peter in Pan.
- Sofia Coppola will direct a live action version of The Little Mermaid.
- The Splinter Cell movie is moving forward, with Tom Hardy in the lead role.
- The Last of Us movie will follow the storyline of the game. (Thanks, Wes!)
- J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Growing Up Fisher) has joined Terminator: Genesis.
- Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) will be writing the script for an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Here are some trailers and clips:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
Someone on the Internet has turned it black and white, which looks so much better and is much more in-keeping with the book.
The Maze Runner
And here’s a short companion film to The Grand Budapest Hotel:
I believe I posted about the "connection" between Watchmen and Frozen (thanks, Wes) before, but here's a graphic to go along with it.
Mondo released this Tom Whalen Frozen poster earlier this week. (The Mister and I tried to get it for our niece, but, sadly, no dice.)
Mondo is also holding a gallery show of art by Martin Ansin and Kevin Tong.
Some days, I just can't with this guy. (Thanks, Amanda!)
In TV news:
- Doctor Who is getting a new villain, played by Keely Hawes (Death at a Funeral).
- SyFy is, amazingly, working on a new series that is actually set in space. Ascension is “part Battlestar and part Downton Abbey,” and “follows the 100-year-long space shuttle of colonists fleeing an Earth threatened by the early Cold War.”
- Some new information about the still-in-the-works Peggy Carter series has been revealed.
- Here’s a first look at Matt Ryan in Constantine costume, and he looks a whole lot like the character from the comic.
- Here are some set photos from Gotham.
- Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time) will play the lead in iZombie.
- John Cho and Karen Gillan will star together in a modern-day My Fair Lady.
- Someone snuck Gandalf’s sword into the Iron Throne.
- Looks like I’m going to have to start watching now: American Horror Story’s fourth season will be set in a carnival.
- A new animated Transformers series will begin next year.
- Here’s the first image from the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.
- New photos from Mad Men’s seventh season have been released.
Here are a couple of teasers:
Game of Thrones
And here is an amusing look back at how Game of Thrones came to be.
I hope these Game of Thrones "Beautiful Death" posters by Robert Ball aren't spoilery—I'm a bit lost as to who's died in what version (TV vs. book)—because they sure are pretty.
Don't we all?
In misc. news:
- New Harry Potter alert! J.K. Rowling has published History of the Quidditch World Cup online.
- Funko is releasing a new line of soft toys called Fabrikations.
- The Doctor Who LEGO line is one step closer to reality.
- McDonalds will soon be including Nintendo toys in Happy Meals.
- A three-foot-long Godzilla toy will be sold to go along with the release of the movie.
- These new TMNT toys give a better idea of what the reimagined characters will look like in the upcoming movie.
- Design your own superhero-inspired shoes with Shoes of Prey.
- Her Universe is bringing a nerdy fashion contest to SDCC.
I love Skottie Young's art so much, and this variant cover for the upcoming Hulk #1 is wonderful.
Here's a great illustration of various X-Men costumes throughout the years by Rogan Josh:
Amanda Visell's wooden action figures are the best.
In SCIENCE!, tech and anthropology news, from the Mister:
- The Milky Way is part of a “council” of giant galaxies.
- Astronomers have released information about the largest yellow star ever discovered.
- The likelihood of habitable planets relatively close to Earth is higher than expected.
- Scientists have discovered new, direct evidence of the Big Bang.
I found some items, too:
- The Earth’s crust possibly holds a whole lot of water.
- A fossil of a new species of pygmy T-Rex has been found in the Arctic Circle.
- Russian scientists think they’re going to be able to clone woolly mammoths.
- Three tiger cubs were born recently at the London Zoo.
- Dogs can remember their owners by smell.
- There is thing our brains do called “attentional blink” that causes half-second amnesia.
- Speaking of, our brains are wired to make us forget things in order to prevent insanity.
- The five-second rule is true!
- The belief that 10,000 hours of practice at something makes someone an expert, however, is not.
- This new “space tiara” has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of headaches.
- 700-year-old barrels full of human poo—that still smell—have been discovered in Denmark.
These Star Wars spray-can packages by Phil Postma are fun:
Skeletor just wants to help you get through the day.
Billy Dee Williams can get down.
So can Christopher Walken, apparently.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- David Tennant plays "the voice of God" in the new Kinect Sports Rivals.
- Around nine minutes of InFamous: Second Son gameplay featuring "smoke and neon powers" has been released.
- Here's a behind-the-scenes video about how developers created the AI for the Xenomorph in the upcoming Alien: Isolation. The developers are working hard to make everything about the game fit in the "future as it was in the 1970s" universe of the original Alien movie.
- The makers of Triple Town are working on a new puzzle game. Here's a preview and a gameplay trailer.
- Warner Bros. has announced a Gauntlet reboot for PC and Steam.
- And here’s a series of silly Japanese-style trailers for Chroma Squad, a game in which you manage your own Power Rangers-type TV series.
- Thelmic Labs, developers of the Oculus Rift device, has developed a software and accessory combo that will let you use your own arms and hands to control the environment without the use of motion detecting controllers. Here's a short video on how they developed it and what it's capable of so far. Also, the people behind the project are working with NASA to create a VR version of the surface of Mars using real rover data.
- Sony has announced a new VR headset for PlayStation codenamed “Project Morpheus.” Here are some more details.
- Rumors are also flying that Microsoft is also working on VR devices.
- In September, the Xbox One will start shipping to 26 new regions.
- Want to make an Xbox One controller work with a PC? Here’s how (unofficially).
- The feature-length documentary on DOTA 2 is currently available for free on YouTube.
P.S.—Teen TV Madness has entered the semi-final rounds, and we got featured in an article on mental_floss!