When I heard about Marvel’s newest movie-verse short for the Avengers Blu-ray– one starring Lizzy Caplan finding a Chitauri rifle and making bad decisions — the first thing I said to myself was, “Boy, I hope the first clip contains no Lizzy Caplan, no rifle, and is less than 10 seconds long! That would be the best!” Okay, not really, but I wanted to introduce this clip in a pretty condescending way. Honestly, if Titus “The (Non-Johnny Cash) Man in Black” Welliver weren’t playing a SHIELD agent, I probably wouldn’t even bothered. I love Titus in anything, but he’s a pretty poor substitute for Lizzy Caplan.
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.