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‘Everyday X-Men’ reveals Marvel’s mutants in their off-hours


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.

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For Catneto, peace was never an option


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.

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How ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ should’ve ended


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.

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‘Doctor Who’ LEGO official, X-Mansion and Wayne Manor aren’t happening


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.

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Impressive video timeline documents ‘every X-Man ever’


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.

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A cappella group tackles ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’ theme


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?

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Ian McKellen is downright magnetic on ‘Sesame Street’


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.”

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The ‘X-Men Epic Cosplay Video’ is, well, pretty epic


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 …

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Wolverine’s claws from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ are for sale


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.

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Kyle Baker’s forgotten Marvel comic strips lampoon the X-Men


Years before his breakthrough works such as Why I Hate Saturn, Kyle Baker was an intern at Marvel. And although he was admittedly a poor fit for superhero comics, his editors saw something in the artist and gave him an outlet in It’s Genetic, a series of one-panel comics for the company’s promotional magazine Marvel Age.

Although Baker would go on to do different things, these early illustrations demonstrate how Baker — to say nothing of Marvel — wasn’t afraid to poke fun at one of the company’s biggest properties. Take this for instance:

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You can now launch magnificent balls of fire from your hands


Tear up your holiday wishlist, because the chances are that whatever was on it is nowhere cool as this device from Ellusionist, which allows you to launch actual fireballs — “magnificent balls of fire,” as the manufacturer calls them — from the palms of your hands, as if you’re X-Men foe Pyro or Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. Seriously.

As the website cautions, the Pyro Fireshooter by Adam Wilber is not a toy. Definitely not. It’s a pyrotechnic gadget for adults who … want to look badass, and possibly set things on fire. Magnificent balls of fire!

The website contains all the details — four individually triggered barrels, flash cotton or paper packs, etc. — along with a pretty cool video (which, alas, isn’t embeddable) and the price: $174 each, which seems pretty reasonable. Not that I’ve bought a lot of handheld fireball launchers, mind you …

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How to buy Cyclops’ sunglasses (or, ‘shades like Summers’)

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Ruby quartz doesn’t sound that unattainable, but finding sunglasses similar to what X-Men leader Cyclops wears is harder than you might think. Freelance editor/journalist Rachel Edidin has written an excellent buying guide for Cyclops fans who want to look like the cinematic Scott Summers.

“I own a lot of red sunglasses – in fact, for a long time, all the sunglasses I owned were red,” Edidin admits. “It’s part homage, part aesthetic preference (red sunglasses are cool, okay?), and part security blanket: Cyclops is a character I identify pretty closely with for a lot of reasons, and the sunglasses have become a pretty central touchstone for that metaphor. (Plus, everyone needs at least one ridiculous visual affectation, right?)”

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Kia wheels out special Wolverine-themed ‘X-Car’


Kia Motors, which previously partnered with DC Entertainment for a line of Justice League-themed Optimas, is now sinking its claws into Wolverine. Or rather, Wolverine is sinking his claws into a Kia.

The Korean automaker has produced a one-off Sorento that brandishes the popular antihero’s signature claws — and claw marks — to help promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in Australia. The car also will be displayed in January at Melbourne Park for the duration of the Australian Open, which is sponsored by Kia.

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Marvel titles now include Jack Kirby creator credit

kirby-marvelEagle-eyed readers may have noticed a new entry to the credits pages of several Marvel comics released this week: a line acknowledging the contribution of Jack Kirby.

All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 include the phrase “Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby,” while Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 states, “Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.” The credits pages can be found below.

Added with no fanfare, the credits follow a settlement agreement announced last month, ending the five-year-old fight between Marvel and Kirby’s children over the copyrights to 45 characters created or co-created by their father — among them, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

Neither side has commented publicly on their agreement beyond the joint statement, issued even as the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to decide whether it would consider an appeal by the Kirby heirs: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

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Funko flashes back to ’90s with classic X-Men bobble-heads


For X-Men fans nostalgic for the 1990s — those halcyon days when Storm was clad in white and yellow, Cyclops was fitted with unnecessary straps, and Colossus still sported pointy shoulder-thingies — Funko is releasing a line of Marvel Classic X-Men Pop! Vinyl bobble-heads.

Available in November, the set features 3.75-inch figures of the aforementioned Cyclops, Storm and Colossus, plus Professor X, Magneto and Mystique, all in their ’90s finest. You can check them all out below.

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