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Ever since singer/actress Zendaya was cast for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-Man: Homecoming for a “key role,” there has been some speculation as to who she was going to be. Originally her character’s name was “Michelle” which obviously was a red herring. Fan speculated that she possibly could be Liz Allen, a racially recast Felicia Hardy (AKA Black Cat), or even a completely original character created for the upcoming film. Recently it was confirmed that the actress was to be Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s long-time love interest for the film. Traditionally Mary Jane was a white character and has been portrayed by so in the many incarnations of Spider-Man on film. First by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, and also by Shailene Woodley in the Marc Webb Spider-Man films, although she was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Needless to say, many fans online were not happy with the ethnicity changes for a character who has historically be white since 1965. With the many changes in diversity in both the comics and in the Marvel films, some fans have been quite vocal expressing their disappointment in Zendaya being Mary Jane.

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Legends of Tomorrow wrapped up its first season with what seemed like a resolution to its raison d’être; Vandal Savage was defeated, and the Time Lords were deposed. So that’s a wrap for the Legends, right? With all their enemies dead there was no more reason for them to time travel together. Hold on there because the show was renewed for a second season, which means we need a reason for the Legends to get the band back together, and executive producer Marc Guggenheim outlined some reasons in a recent interview.  (more…)

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When you think of comic book conventions, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the one and only Comic Con in San Diego California. After all, it is the biggest comic con of the year and you can find many big stars and major announcements there. But what about the smaller conventions? You know, the local ones that not nearly as many people go to. While these smaller comic conventions aren’t as popular as the ones that coast an entire savings account to go to, they are nonetheless worthy of checking out. A perfect example of a small con with a big heart is last weekend’s Terrificon Comicon at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)

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A bevy of new images has emerged from the set of ‘Thor: Ragnarok. The most striking of these photos are the ones that show Sir Anthony Hopkins in costume. The surprising part is, that instead of wearing the majestic garb of the King of Asgard, Hopkins appears to be slumming it in dirty rags. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston were also photographed and appear to be having a good time with each other.

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Avid Star Wars fans immediately recognized the significance of the title Rogue One when the movie was first announced. During the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker famously flew under the call-sign of “Rogue Leader”,  which has also been referred to as “Rogue One”. In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Gareth Edwards talks about several possible different meanings of the title.

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NPR‘s Too Hot For Radio podcast is worth checking out, it’s full of interesting things that couldn’t make the radio because of adult language, situations, and violence. One such item was actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova) reading Batman and Robin Have an Altercation, a short story found in Stephen King‘s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. This isn’t your typical Batman story, but a tale of a man and his father with Alzheimer’s on their weekly trip to Applebee’s.

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There’s a new animated Batman movie about to bring back the nostalgia of the 60’s television show as well as the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. Yes it’s campy, but it is campy FUN and it’s just the way we like it. There’s nothing wrong with a little light-hearted superhero action. Not everything has to be dark and foreboding… yeah, we’re looking at you Zach Snyder. So grab a bowl of cereal and watch this Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders trailer as you’re transported back to sitting way to close to the TV. You’ll ruin your eyes! (more…)

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It’s a Pokemon world, we’re just living in it! The debut of Pokemon Go on smart phones everywhere last month became a smash hit and cultural sensation, but the fact of the matter is that Pokemon has been part of kids’ pop culture diet for two decades now; it transverses generations. A big part of that is Veronica Taylor, who that first generation of Pokemon fans will recognize as the voice of Ash, and the voice of Ash’s mom, in the English dub of the Pokemon anime that ran for eight seasons and several movies in the late 90s/early 00s.

Taylor’s credits include a long list of animated shows from both sides of the Pacific Ocean. You can hear her in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as April O’Neal, or as Scarlett in the anime G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. Taylor’s credits also includes Slayers, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mobile Suit Gundam, and the latest dub of Sailor Moon. You can also hear her vocal talents reading books written by Judy Blume, Danielle Steel, and Mary Kay Andrews, and in video games like Ape Escape 2, Grand Adventure, and World of Warcraft. Today though, the topic of discussion was Pokemon, and the legacy that Taylor has helped sew as we countdown the days to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, where Taylor will reunite with many of the people that have made Pokemon, and continue to make it, the success that it is.  (more…)