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Toys, toys, toys! You want em’, we got em’! Well… we don’t actually have them but we know some folks that do. For your inner collector, for your affinity for plastic play things, and for your love pop culture treasures, Nerd Bastards.com is here with your weekly dose of brand spankin’ new toys/collectibles rounded up in this here feature we like to call “From The Toy Vault”. Head on through and get your fill of latest offerings from today’s hottest suppliers. It’s the stuff you want, the things you need, and all the things you really can’t afford to have.

ABOVE: Entertainment Earth unleashed what is sure to be one of their very best exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con. This “Joker in the Box” made specifically to look like Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. Clowns poppin’ outta musical boxes, not so good if you have a fear of clowns. But it beats that dick in the box you got last Christmas.  Entertainment Earth (more…)

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Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.

Above: Johannesburg artist Prince Mahlangu has the ultimate meet up between Batman, Superman and Frank Underwood of House of Cards. No telling who will come out alive after that meeting. (more…)

Avengers and X-men

With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.

For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.

In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.

“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”

Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!

Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.

Source: ComicBook Movie

Netflix

In the past, the streaming giant Netflix has stated that they would not have an “offline” option for their service. Amazon Prime and Comcast gave their customers the option to download shows/movies from their apps to their smartphones/tablets/PCs for offline viewing at later times. Those worries about maxing out on their bandwidth (or just wanted to watch service in an area without Wi-Fi or 3G) had the option to download and view later for their own convenience. However, Netflix was firmly against such an action in the past. Statements like “It’s never going to happen” came from their director of communications Cliff Edwards in 2014 and “I’m just not sure people are actually that compelled to do that, and that it’s worth providing that level of complexity,” came from their chief product officer Neil Hunt last year. It looks like Netflix has had a change of heart.

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Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a Frey at the Red Wedding? Well, now there is a texting service that can help you be a more terrible person than you already are. For just $0.99 you can anonymously send Game of Thrones spoiler filled text messages to the person of your choosing immediately after the end of the episode. (more…)

Abraham-Attah

Boy this cast keep getting bigger and bigger! We already know Tom Holland’s returning from his breakout Captain America: Civil War debut along with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. We already know that Michael Keaton will be the villain (possibly The Vulture), but the casting for Spider-Man: Homecoming has continued to grow in recent days including additions like Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Logan Marshall-Green, and Hannibal Buress are already joining a cast that’s including Tony Revolori and Zendaya. Needless to say, this is going to be a big film. (more…)

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Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the most recognized bad-girls (turned good) of comics and also one of the most under appreciated. Most eyes see her as a pair of boobs in a skin tight leather suit with a penchant for stealing things, as well as having a weird affinity for cats, perhaps taking the term “Cat Burglar” too literally.  Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, is those things, but she is also so much more, she’s a femme fatale. Like all tempting, but dangerous women, they’re not born that way, they’re made. The formula is simple: take a young female, the “daddies little girl” type, and put them through a stressor; either one or a series of traumatic life altering events. Pain and despair take root and define a life of sorrow and pitiful existence, or the damage forges something different. Something where innocence and naivety no longer exist and are instead replaced by toughness and self-reliance. Where there is no good and bad, there is just thyself.

Her origin is that of tragedy. Felicia grew up as as a product of criminal father, incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious thief. Later she became victim to a loss of innocence of the worst kind, being raped by her college boyfriend. She turned her grief and shame into rage, focusing her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as her assaulter was killed in a drunk driving accident. What’s a angst ridden trained fighter with a genetic predisposition for crime to do? Become a thief, with a whole lot of sass and sexiness to spare.

Black Cat is and has been a reformed burglar, else she wouldn’t be a hero, but she continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She’s the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.

To celebrate this superhero, known for being as sly as she is sexy with an itch for shiny treasures, comes Sideshow Collectibles and J. Scott Campbell  with a treasure all their own.   (more…)

Flash

Ever since the season two finale of The Flash ended, many fans were left wondering where specifically the show would be headed. Barry made the decision to go back in time and stop Eobard Thawne from killing his mother. Doing this would pretty much wipe the slate clean. With his mother alive, his father would never end up going to jail, he would never be adopted by the West family and probably never fall in love with Iris. Was the CW going to do some version of the famous comic storyline: The FlashPoint Paradox? In the famous story, Barry went back in time and saved his mother, pretty much creating an alternate reality where not only did Barry not have his powers, but things were drastically different. Looks like we have a definitive answer for where season three of The Flash is heading.

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Fan Art Friday #82 – Leia, Catwoman, and More as Mermaids

Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.
ABOVE: Artist Ashley Taylor interprets pop culture icons as mermaids, starting with Princess Leia and an adorable R2-D2 octopus. Check out a few of her other works below. (more…)

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Toys, toys, toys! You want em’, we got em’! Well… we don’t actually have them but we know some folks that do. For your inner collector, for your affinity for plastic play things, and for your love pop culture treasures, Nerd Bastards.com is here with your weekly dose of brand spankin’ new toys/collectibles rounded up in this here feature we like to call “From The Toy Vault”. Head on through and get your fill of latest offerings from today’s hottest suppliers. It’s the stuff you want, the things you need, and all the things you really can’t afford to have.

ABOVE:  Negan has made is debut in AMC’s Walking Dead TV show, leaving series 6th on a cliffhanger. Rick and the group were circled together on their knees while Negan played a game of eeny meeny miny moe with his baseball bat. Someone got their head smashed in, but who? Dunno, season 6th went black right before the victim was shown. Fans of the comic will tell you who got got but that might not case here, as the show is much different than the comic.  Until all is revealed when The Walking Dead returns to television, there is always the comics. And what better way to relish in the arrival of Negan (from The Walking Dead Issue #100 where Negan extracts revenge on Rick’s group) than with this Walking Dead SDCC 16 Negan and Glenn set from McFarlane toys. Both characters bloodied; with bat, axe, and knife accessories. There’s also a squashed head with a popped out eye of a certain someone… the same someone who may find himself dead by the hands of Negan when Walking Dead comes back to the airwaves. [ToyArk] (more…)