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...
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.More >>
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.
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.
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.More >>
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_morelloMore >>