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Wouldn’t it be nice to reinvent yourself every year? Just toss out all your old clothes, get a new job, take a new direction in life? It’s fun to think about, but really difficult to put into practice; there’s a lot of security in knowing who you are and working a job (you hopefully love) for year after year. We crave consistency but yearn for change. It’s why fiction is so important as an escape, from what comforts us. Heroes can risk it all in these huge, life-changing decisions, and we can watch from the bleachers, cheering them on or judging them harshly.
Let’s get to doing that with the latest all-new, all-different titles at Marvel, arriving in October.
Oh, man. The toughest part of these announcements is the sheer weight of information we get at once. Marvel could reveal these one at a time, but I think that would take away some of the spotlight, as one new title would be forgotten as the next new was announced. Instead, we get this 45-title avalanche showcasing a variety of new books and looks for our favorite heroes and villains, leaving people like Yours Truly to sort it all into manageable chunks. How do we parse all of this?
Although some companies have had to abandon plans for licensed X-Men collectibles, Kotobukiya pushes on with the unveiling of its Emma Frost ARTFX+ statue, the second in a series inspired by the mutants of Marvel Now! (Cyclops was announced last year at New York Comic Con, and will be released later this summer.)
Based on concept art by Adi Granov, the black-clad White Queen stands a little more than 7.5 inches tall on a magnetic display stand. Kotobukiya promises the rest of the Uncanny X-Men team are “coming soon,” which should provide more fodder for message board discussions.
Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Travis in Seattle, who shares not only his love for Batman and the X-Men, but also the love his son has inherited for comics.
If you’d like to share your collection, you can find details on submitting it at the end of this post.
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Today’s collection comes from Marshall in Washington, D.C., whose wife encouraged him to share his X-Men collection with us. He said his love for Marvel’s mutants inspired him to start a nonprofit.
“I really love to come home to this collection because it inspired my life’s work so far which was to create an international development nonprofit called Leadership Initiatives (originally called X-C.O.R.E.),” Marshall said. “Essentially we go to developing countries find a communities’ best local leaders and train them how to open and design businesses that will solve a community need. The businesses are then funded by local investors ensuring that the community is building up it’s own infrastructure instead of becoming more dependent upon foreign assistance.”
If you’d like to see your collection featured here, you can find details on how to do that at the end of this post.
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Beating Spider-Man and Captain America to the punch, Wolverine and Thor staged their own epic crossover last night in a brewing Civil War over … musical beers and dueling mullets.
Donning wigs, actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan for a game that’s exactly what it sounds like: musical chairs, only using cups of beer.
Patrick Willems isn’t the first to wonder what a Wes Anderson-directed X-Men movie might be like, but he may be the first to use that as the premise for his own short film.
While you can quibble with some of the acting, Willems has Anderson’s visual style down pat, from the symmetrical compositions and the use of miniatures to the font choice (Futura) and slow-motion shots.
Being an X-Men is a busy job. Between the fighting, the schooling and the baseball games, there’s not much time for anything else — or is there?
Vreeland cartoonist Chad Sells has begun depicting Marvel’s mutants during their off-time in a new series of illustrations dubbed “Everyday X-Men.” The 16 images so far show various X-Men (and even a few enemies) in their leisure pursuits … and interestingly enough, many of them are in their ’90s-era duds, if they’re wearing anything at all.
Cats already control virtually ever aspect of their owners’ lives, from what time they get up in the morning to how long they can be away at night. But if you add manipulation of magnetic fields to their long list of abilities, then all is lost.
Kaipo Jones, whose “X-Cats” video saga includes “Wolverine Cat” and “Cyclops Cat,” returns with possibly the greatest feline threat to date: Magneto Cat. Let’s just hope he never teams up with BaneCat.
For a film whose plot relies so heavily on time travel and Quicksilver’s super-speed, the 2014 blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past may not have exploited either element to its full (or wholly logical) potential, as the folks at How It Should Have Ended note in their latest video.
And while Superman enthusiastically endorses moving really fast and reversing time — “Sounds groovy! I’m going to have to try that some day!” — a coffee-swilling Batman is all too happy to point out the inherent flaws in the mutants’ approach.
The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.
Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.
The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.
Much like DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, Marvel’s X-Men can seem a bit impenetrable. Readers have to contend not only with the team’s nearly 52-year history — minus that five-year period when no new stories were published — but also multiple titles, alternate universes and recons. Y’know, the usual stuff.
Luckily, IGN has produced “Every X-Man Ever,” a nearly 11-and-a-half-minute video infographic that is billed as “detailing everyone who ever joined Professor Xavier’s team of X-Men.” Naturally, that’s your cue to interject with, “But they forgot …”
If you prefer a text version, IGN has that too.
I’d apologize for ingraining the theme to the ’90s X-Men cartoon in your head, but 1.) I’m not actually sorry; 2.) it was probably rattling around in there anyway; and 3.) this a cappella rendition is pretty entertaining.
The video comes from The Warp Zone, the nerdy sketch-comedy group that previously released a cappella versions of the themes to Darkwing Duck, Captain Planet and Game of Thrones, among other shows. So, if you’ve seen any of those, you know what you’re getting here — namely, a fun take on a tune that most of us know by heart, delivered in an earnest fashion. Heck, they even do appropriate costumes (well, T-shirts, in any case), slash claws, toss playing cards and … make a microphone tremble?
In the past year, both Loki and Superman have dropped by Sesame Street to teach the beloved characters valuable (and not at all sinister) lessons, and this week it’s Magneto’s turn. Or is that Gandalf’s?
Appearing alongside Sir Cookie Monster, Ian McKellen is tasked with telling young viewers what the word resist means. But considering that Cookie Monster doesn’t even know, it’s up to the actor to explain, using a couple of vaguely familiar examples.
“Say there was something you really loved, and it pulled you towards it like some sort of powerful magnet,” says the Master of Magnetism. “If you were able to control yourself and not go near it, you would resist it.”
Distractotron has released the appropriately titled “X-Men Epic Cosplay Video,” featuring a wide range of Marvel’s mutant — and mutant-adjacent characters — from Archangel and Scarlet Witch to Omega Red and Apocalypse. There are even anti-mutant protestors, and I’m pretty sure I spotted Doug Ramsey.
Shot at DragonCon by Blake Faucette, Justin Reich and Micah Moore, it includes animation by Reich, and a lot of slow-motion effects. Fair warning: The confrontation between the Beast and Toad is the stuff of nightmares. Don’t believe me? Just look below …
Although 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand is likely nobody’s favorite installment of the franchise, there are plenty of fans who’d like to get their hands on at least one piece of memorabilia from the Fox film: Wolverine’s adamantium claws. And on Tuesday they’ll get their chance.
The 10.5-inche resin blades used by star Hugh Jackman are expected to go for as much as $23,550 (£15,000) at the biannual pop culture sale held in London by Christie’s auction house.