The lovely and hilarious Cobie Smulders was on Letterman last night, along with a new Avengers clip that finally shows Smulders as SHIELD agent Maria Hill. Talking, even! Specifically, she’s talking to Nick Fury, who’s scolding her for pointing out how fucked everything is instead of doing something useful, although if everyone’s going to blow up anyways I wouldn’t want to waste my time trying to evacuate people either. Let ’em get incinerated in the comfort of their own homes, that’s what I say. FYI, I think we can assume the “tessaract” being discussed is the Cosmic Cube, so there’s a little more confirmation of what we already knew. Thanks to Michael E. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.