Why James Gunn Is Right About Shared Universes

We're living in the age of the Shared Universe - more and more studios want a snifter of Marvel's money, and we're due for even more Cinematic Universes in our moviegoing future. But over the weekend James Gunn raised an excellent point on Facebook that really highlights the potentially ruinous flaw in this new boom. » 11/24/14 4:50pm Monday 4:50pm

7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction and Fantasy needs to Stop using

Last week our own Charlie Jane Anders gave us some excellent advice on the difference between good Worldbuilding and great Worldbuilding - but sometimes creators of some of our favourite worlds run afoul of a few tiresome Worldbuilding tropes. Here's seven clichés that need to stop cropping up in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. » 11/24/14 12:56am Monday 12:56am

How World of Warcraft has evolved from videogame to Pop Culture icon

This Sunday, November 23rd, is the 10th Anniversary of the release of World of Warcraft. Its impact on video games cannot be understated - but its impact on wider popular culture itself can't be either. So how did a fledgling MMORPG from 2004 become still relevant to the pop culture world of today? » 11/21/14 5:44pm Friday 5:44pm

Comic Book Movies should be anything but 'Lo-fi' and 'Ultra-Real'

The internet was busy this week ripping it out of the news that the Fantastic Four reboot will feature a radical reinvention of Doctor Doom. But it was Toby Kebbell's other comments that bothered me: Why is he bandying about buzzwords like 'Lo-fi' and 'Ultra-Real' like they're good things for Comic book movies? » 11/13/14 3:10am 11/13/14 3:10am

The Blessing and Curse of Nostalgia

I ruffled a few feathers earlier this week with a post on how Doctor Who needs to stop mining its past so much - and there were a lot of great counter arguments. One repeated point of defense was that we all love the warmth of nostalgia, and it interested me. Can our Nostalgia be too much of a good thing sometimes? » 11/07/14 3:47pm 11/07/14 3:47pm

10 Wacky, Must-watch Stories from Batman '66

Batman '66 is a divisive phenomenon. Die hard Bat-Fans tend to either embrace it as an alternative, quaint and comical adaptation, or lambaste it as the damaging of an Icon's reputation. If you've never seen it before, here's 10 of the most absurd stories to check out with the series' first ever home release next week. » 11/06/14 2:58am 11/06/14 2:58am

Your Guide to the next wave of Marvel's Cinematic Heroes

Marvel's Cinematic Universe is getting a hell of a lot bigger in the next 5 years, with new heroes joining the likes of Captain America and Iron Man in Cinemas. Don't know your Doctor Strange from your Doctor Who? Who the heck is Blackagar Boltagon? Here's your handy guide to Marvel's latest Silver Screen Superheroes. » 10/31/14 3:16pm 10/31/14 3:16pm

Five Fear Mongering Stories That Are True (But Overblown)

The media loves blowing little things up into huge stories. Whether it's something in your refrigerator that's out to kill you or a the filthiness of a jacuzzi, most of this stuff is meant to grab your attention long enough to scare you without actually explaining anything. But some of this stuff is worth paying… » 10/31/14 2:05am 10/31/14 2:05am

12 Games from Science Fiction and Fantasy we'd love Real versions of

Over the weekend there was news that Tall Card, the fictional poker-esque card game played by the Serenity Crew in Firefly was becoming a real-word product. Here's 12 awesome card and board games from across Sci-Fi and Fantasy that we'd love to get real versions of too. » 10/28/14 1:01am 10/28/14 1:01am

8 Alternate 'Buster' Iron Man Suits that are cooler than the Hulkbuster

It might be the most famous, but the Hulkbuster - which made its awesome movie début in this week's fabulous Age of Ultron trailer - isn't the only suit Tony Stark has made to combat a specific super-foe. Here's 8 of Iron Man's 'buster'-style suits that are just as good, if not better. » 10/24/14 4:07pm 10/24/14 4:07pm

Why Adaptations changing things up can be a good thing

Game of Thrones' book reading fans were given a bit of a shock yesterday when set pictures from the TV show's upcoming season revealed another huge change from the source material - but amid the concern, there was some hope. Sometimes, change can do us all some good when it comes to adapting our favourite works. » 10/22/14 3:04pm 10/22/14 3:04pm

7 Things DC should do with its new Cinematic Universe

Warner Bros dropped a huge bit of news this week, confirming releases and casting for a slew of DC Comics movies between now and 2020. It's cool to see DC's movie plans finally coming together - but here's 7 things WB and the Comics giant should do with it's fledgling Cinematic Universe. » 10/17/14 5:07pm 10/17/14 5:07pm

How New York Comic Con has shown us a wonderful future for Comics

You hear it about Comic Cons every year - "It's not about the comics any more". Sure, the rise of alternate media at Comic Cons is a big thing, and NYCC 2014 was no exception - but this year more than ever recently, it also feels like it was about looking ahead to the bright future for the Comics industry and its fans. » 10/13/14 3:38pm 10/13/14 3:38pm

I don't want Spider-Man in the MCU just yet

There were rumours abound yesterday with talk that Sony were potentially considering 'loaning out' Spider-Man to Marvel for appearances in their films. Not only does the rumour require a hefty dose of salt, it got me thinking - I don't really want to see Spidey show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time soon. » 10/08/14 4:06pm 10/08/14 4:06pm

Why does DC Comics keep insulting its fans?

Another week, another DC comics scandal highlighting their portrayal of Women - this time, particularly egregious T-Shirts asking women to declare themselves the future Mrs. Batman, or 'celebrate' Superman scoring with Wonder Woman. How many more times is it going to take DC screwing up to stop with this bullshit? » 10/01/14 3:25pm 10/01/14 3:25pm

The 8 strangest fast food movie tie-ins

It was a bit of an odd week for weird tie-in food products - what with The Walking Dead's burger made to taste like Human Flesh, and Batman's Bat-Burger at Hong Kong Mcdonalds. So what better time to take a look at some of the unholiest abominations born of alliances between the movie and fast food industries? » 9/29/14 6:41pm 9/29/14 6:41pm