io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011

Welcome to Comic-Con

Today the annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con begins, bringing with it a new year of fantastic movies, TV, books, comics and games. Though this convention began as a humble gathering of comic book fans in the early 1970s, it has grown to attract over 100 thousand attendees as well as major Hollywood studios, producers sniffing for their next lucrative IP deal, and celebrities from movie stars to bestselling authors. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011First trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man shows off Spidey's new web-cam!

The first ever trailer for Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot is officially out! See how Peter Parker has mutated from the wide-eyed Sam Raimi superhero to this lanky gloom cloud incarnation played by Andrew Garfield. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011Explorers find bizarre, spaceship-like object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea

Several days ago, we reported that a Swedish team of shipwreck hunters discovered a strange, circular object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea that looks sort of like the Millennium Falcon. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011It's tough to be a good Communist revolutionary if you can remember your past life 1000 years ago

China's Cultural Revolution would have been a terrible time to be a child - but just imagine growing up during the Cultural Revolution and remembering your past life in Imperial China. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011A report from the front line of cancer treatment

Want to know about cutting-edge cancer research that could impact you this year, instead of twenty years from now? Physician Michael Soble, a cancer specialist, recently attended the American Society of Oncology's annual conference. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011Alex Ross' Green Lantern concept art shows how to make Hal Jordan look heroic

Prolific comic-book cover artist Alex Ross has revealed some early concept art that he did for the Green Lantern movie - which looks just like his other comic-book art. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011Knights in shining armor were the worst idea in military history

To determine how much energy knights in the Middle Ages burnt merely strolling around, British researchers recruited volunteers to dress up in mock-ups of real knightly armor and - in a hilarious twist - gallivant on treadmills. Sure enough, the study found that shielding the entire body was a heavy proposition. Watch the volunteers get medieval on sedentary lifestyles. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011Video captures the reality behind Disney's infamous Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost!

Have you ever heard the strange story of Disney's legendary haunting, the Hatbox Ghost? The creature made his first appearance in the Haunted Mansion ride, and then disappeared - forever! Until now... someone has recorded his existence, many moons ago! More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011Exclusive: The Captain America writers tell us about the conflict between Cap and Iron Man

We recently spoke with Captain America co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. They explained Cap's relationship with the Starks, how war vet experiences inform the movie, and whether Steve will get to really fight Nazis in the sequels. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 201110 sexy facts you didn't know about Spider-Man

Peter Parker may come across as a wrist-wringing caitiff, but when he puts on that Spider-Man mask, boy howdy! The wall-crawler and his amazing friends become bodice-rippers extraordinaire. More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011The craziest experimental weapons of the 19th century

With weird western Cowboys & Aliens coming out next week, we couldn't help but wonder: were there any real 19th century weapons that could compare to Daniel Craig's alien energy weapon? More »


io9 Roundup: July 20, 2011Meet Vin Diesel's vicious space hound, in new Riddick 3 concept art

Looks like the new Riddick movie is still a go. Vin Diesel has released this stark piece of concept art for his next collaboration with The Chronicles of Riddick director David Twohy. More »