18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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A "Real" Spider-Man Web-Shooter That Could Kill You

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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Using electromagnetics, lasers, and a sweet Spidey glove, German tech-head Patrick Priebe has made an actual web-shooter that can fire a barb on a line, and bring back whatever you hook. The potential uses for fishermen are limitless...perhaps less so for aspiring Spider-Men, who have to deal with the fact that "web fluid" is essentially magic and violates multiple laws of science.

Though if all you want to do is catch Mary Jane's lunch tray...well, this won't do that either. Really it's more like Scorpion's spear from Mortal Kombat, but that's just not as hot a property to tie into right now.

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Scarecrow - Creepiest Comic-Book Mego-Styled Figure Yet?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Figures Toy Company, which is making 8-inch, cloth-costumed figures in the Mego style of comic Batman and 1966 TV Batman (they're the ones finally doing Egghead), just revealed their Scarecrow headsculpt. And it's seriously scary-looking.

Maybe it's just that Robot Chicken conditioned me to expect something more Super-Friendsy, but this looks like something Cillian Murphy could have busted out. They're also doing Ra's al Ghul, but whatever...great character, with a head that just looks like a caricature of a caveman-browed rich dude with weird mustache bits. Sure, it's accurate enough, but it's not like something I'd be terrified to have on my nightstand lest I wake up and find it looking my direction.

Arrow SPOILER Thread: Under the Hood

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

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Does a Hollis Mason reference mean anything? Or is it merely a common enough phrase?

X-Men: Days of Future Past Tidbits: Cameos, Spider-Man Cross-Promotion

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

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Rogue - is she in, is she out? We heard early on that she had been completely cut, but then she kept showing up on magazine covers and in trailers. The latest, as reported by Vulture, is comforting both for rogue fans and folks like me who thought last night's trailer may have given away too damn much plot. It seems they couldn't cut her out completely, because she has one scene that's pivotal to the story. Also, three more mutants - which Vulture hints are characters/actors from previous films, though it doesn't specifically say that - have as-yet unannounced appearances, but it seems even revealing their names would be plot spoilers.

Meanwhile, Empire is reporting that even though press screenings of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the UK had no post-credits scene, one will be added...for X-Men: Days of Future Past, fueling unhealthy speculation of a cross-studio crossover that will most likely not happen.

So who do you think the mutant cameos will be, and why would even mentioning their names give away the plot? It's Doop, isn't it?

Better be Doop.

New X-Men Trailer Specifically Spells out the Plot, in Case You Missed It Before

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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If you already know what Days of Future Past is about - and reading this, it's a safe bet that you do - I gotta be honest: you might not want to watch this. This is a trailer for the average, casual, not-paying-attention moviegoer who's going "Who to the time travelly what now?" It gives you the specific plan that the main character has, some indication of how he executes it, and a slight sense of what degree of success he may experience.

Now...let's see how many of you can resist temptation.

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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - Who You Gonna Call?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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When you're all alone!
Pick up the phone!
And you call?

PATTON OSWALT!

...apparently.

[Note: new episode starts at 9. Rerun of last week at 8. New Guardians of the Galaxy footage to be shown somewhere in all that.]

Damian Wayne Is a Real S.O.B. (Son of Batman) in New Animated Movie Clip

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

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More will be revealed at WonderCon this weekend, but for now here's a brand new scene from DC's newest DTV animated movie, Son of Batman, starring Jason O'Mara as a surprisingly Clooney-sounding Batman. But don't hold that against him.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Opening Battle Clip Just Went Online

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

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It's future Sentinel against Colossus, Kitty, Iceman, Bishop et al in the future. Pretty sweet.

And apparently more is coming tomorrow...

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Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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