After Battlefront 2 Disaster, DICE Is Taking Battlefield 5 In A New Direction

With Battlefield 5‘s release being less than a week away (November 15th), it’s time to talk about game developer DICE’s newest game.

 

The Battlefield series is notorious for its large-scale war-based gameplay that often incorporates the use of vehicles, in-game objectives, and different soldier classes. It strays from the Call of Duty franchise by creating a more realistic, gritty feel behind the controls.

 

Fans of the series have waited quite a while for a new Battlefield title; the last game was Battlefield 1, which was released more than two years ago. However, they’ll be pleased to know that DICE is learning from previous mistakes made in its other titles.

 

Last year DICE released the remake of its classic game, Star Wars: Battlefront II, which sparked major controversy due to its in-game progression system. The game’s multiplayer was heavily based around upgrading each character’s attributes with ‘Star Cards’, which were acquired through random loot crates. They were practically Overwatch loot boxes that give you in-game advantages instead of cool skins.

 

 

When it was announced that these loot crates could be purchased with real-world money DICE received so much criticism that they decided to do away with the monetary prices and make them purchasable through in-game currency. Still, in order to compete, players were forced to pour hundreds of hours into the game and hope to find the Star Cards they were looking for in random crates.

 

It took months for DICE to see that this system was killing the game; not many people were willing to play the game enough to level up their characters. Finally in March, nearly five months after the game’s release, DICE issued a massive update that allowed players to use experience points earned in multiplayer to purchase Skill Points, which could then be used to buy the specific Star Cards needed for a specific hero, weapon, or class.

 

Battlefield 5 will continue to distance itself from a ‘pay-to-win’ style of in-game progression. All of the items that players can buy in-game are strictly cosmetic, which means that they will not alter anything about the gameplay itself. In fact, there is no form of a real-money microtransaction system in the game as of yet, so all items can only be unlocked through playing the game.

 

 

The items themselves can be purchased with an in-game currency called Company Coin or earned through Shipments. Company Coins are earned through leveling up and can be used to buy bits and pieces of an outfit or gun skin, or a whole set. Shipments are rewards that players obtain for achieving certain tasks in-game, such as leveling up a certain class or gun. These rewards can vary from a new outfit for a class to a new camo for the gun that a player has leveled up, but they are strictly cosmetic.

 

While the only purchasable items are cosmetic add-ons, don’t worry, there is a plethora of unlockable weapons and equipment earned through leveling up each class. Unfortunately for the pay-to-win players out there, you’re going to have to play this game to get an edge on the competition.

 

We’re looking forward to getting our hands on Battlefield 5, but it looks like we’ll have to wait for the 20th. DICE might be doing away with microtransactions, but they’re still charging an extra $20.00 to play the game on its official release date November 15. Thankfully no one can get an in-game edge in those five days.

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy: Gamespot, Wccftech, DICE

Star Wars: Rogue One Is Getting Its Own Live Action Series On Disney Plus

A couple of months into 2018 Disney announced that it would eventually be taking its movies off of popular streaming services such as Netflix in order to launch its own streaming service, Disney Plus. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger suggested that the streaming service will come in late 2019 and it will be significantly cheaper than the $10.99 monthly cost of a Netflix subscription.

 

 

Disney Plus will be headlined by its exclusive access to Marvel and Star Wars films, as well as a handful of television projects that include a live-action Star Wars series, a show based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc., a new Marvel show, and a series based on the High School Musical franchise.

 

 

It was previously thought that the Star Wars components of Disney Plus would essentially include the live-action series, The Mandalorian, written by Jon Favreau, and the final season of the animated series, The Clone WarsThe Mandalorian will be centered around a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It takes place after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi and before the formation of the First Order in Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

 

 

However, The Mandalorian won’t be the only live-action show available when Disney Plus debuts. Star Wars’ expanded-universe movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will also be getting an independent spin-off, Iger announced Thursday.

 

 

Star Wars fans will have to wait a while more to sink their teeth into the live-action series, which will begin production next year, but Iger mentioned that it would follow the adventures of the popular rebel spy, Cassian Andor. The show will take place during the early years of the Rebellion and before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, according to a news release about the show’s announcement.

 

 

Andor will be played by the same actor as in Rogue One, Diego Luna, who seems to be very excited about the opportunity to get back to fighting the Empire.

 

 

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply,” said Luna in the news release.

 

 

While the series doesn’t have an official title, it will most likely fill many of the gaps that were left between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope. Anakin Skywalker has just become Darth Vader and Darth Sidious is still celebrating his successful takeover of the galaxy. Andor will have to carefully avoid capture while executing thrilling missions against the Empire to restore hope and begin the Rebellion.

 

 

An official release date has not been announced. More information can be found at StarWars.com.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Star Wars & Lucasfilms

What To Expect From Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

The wait for J.K. Rowling’s second installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is nearly over. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will premiere next week on November 16th and boy are we excited.

 

 

For those of you who haven’t watched the first film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, it’s based in the same world of wizardry that Harry Potter is later born into but follows a different set of characters. The main protagonist in Fantastic Beasts is a Magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who is a competent wizard that loves, well, fantastic beasts.

 

 

At the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film the main villain is revealed to be the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Grindelwald is basically the original Lord Voldemort; he’s obsessed with dark magic and wants the world to be ruled by pure-blooded wizards. He was defeated and taken into custody by MACUSA, the Magical Congress of the United States of America, but we can safely assume that his stay behind bars was quite short. Do they even have Dementors in U.S. prisons?

 

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in 1927, just a year after the first film, but this time the story takes us away from America and back to England, Paris, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fans will be delighted to know that, “Going back to Hogwarts is a very important function to this story,” according to the film’s director, David Yates.

 

 

There have been numerous trailers for the film and they’ve given fans more and more to chew on the closer it gets to opening day. Most of the information pertaining to The Crimes of Grindelwald has been extracted from a combination of these trailers and interviews conducted with its actors, writers, and producers.

 

 

Of course, all details regarding the movie’s plot remain speculatory, but the general storyline will involve a young Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, acquiring Newt’s help to stop Grindelwald’s plans of exposing the wizarding world and enslaving all non-magical beings under the rule of pure-blooded wizards. This will be the first time we’re seeing a young version of Dumbledore and the movie’s producers assure us that he’s nothing like the ancient headmaster we are accustomed to in the Harry Potter films. The movie’s producers went out and hired a handful of young actors during the filming process so there’s a good chance we’ll get to see a teenage Grindelwald as well.

 

 

We can expect Grindelwald to escape from his magical prison by hijacking a Thestral chariot using the Elder Wand, which tells us that Dumbledore hasn’t won its ownership at this point. Dumbledore’s homosexuality and affection for Grindelwald are hinted at in the Harry Potter books, but it seems likely that it will be made blatant in this film. In one of the trailer scenes, Dumbledore is shown standing in front of the Mirror of Erised, which shows what your heart most desires and Grindelwald is seen staring back at him. Dumbledore’s feelings for Grindelwald may be the reason why he sends Newt after him instead of doing the job himself.

 

 

For one reason or another (Grindelwald was probably seen here) a large part of each trailer emphasizes a wizarding circus. One of the more surprising, exciting tidbits of information that the trailers gave us was that one of the women in the circus is actually Nagini, one of Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes. It has also been revealed that Nagini, who turns into her python form in the trailer, isn’t an Animagus, or someone who can transform into an animal by choice. Rather, Nagini is a Maledictus, or a person who has a magical blood curse that will eventually transform her into an animal for good.

 

 

It wouldn’t be a part of the Fantastic Beasts series if the film didn’t include a plethora of amazing magical animals. The trailers alone show off Thestrals, giant dragon-cat hybrids, a weird Groot looking creature that can only be revealed with magical dust of some sort, and a sea dragon made out of seaweed. Newt will also be accompanied by his returning friends, the Bowtruckle named Pickett, and his greedy little Niffler. There’s another scene in one of the trailers that reveal the leg of some kind of beast stomping into the ground and in the split second it looks like the claw of a hippogriff, but don’t quote me on that.

 

 

Along with Newt we can expect to see the No-Maj gentleman Jacob (Dan Fogler), sisters Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo), and supervisor Abernathy returning in the sequel. Ezra Miller’s character Credence will also be returning despite his apparent death at the end of the first movie. Credence lived in a household where magic wasn’t accepted so he repressed his power and eventually developed an Obscurus. An Obscurus is a dreadful, uncontrollable force, so we’ll have to wait and see what role he plays in the story.

 

 

A couple of new faces we can expect to see include Newt’s older brother Theseus (Callum Turner) who is the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic. Theseus is engaged to Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) who was introduced through one of Newt’s photographs in the first movie and has a familiar last name. Other new character names include Bunty, Spielman, Torquil Travers, Rosier, and Arnold Guzman, according to Pottermore.

 

 

Another interesting character addition that we haven’t seen before in the Harry Potter universe is that of Nicolas Flamel, the creator of the Philosopher’s Stone. Flamel will be played by Brontis Jodorowsky and it will be intriguing to see how he plays into things.

 

 

Rowling, the incredible writer of the Harry Potter books, wrote the script for The Crimes of Grindelwald herself, so we should be in for an absolute treat. If you haven’t already, go check out our social media feeds and enter into our Fantastic Beasts 2 early screening ticket give away.

 

What’s The Geekery? An Interview With One Of The Coolest Geek Stores Around

Sometimes the greatest places to shop online are smaller and independently run.

You’ll often find that the customer service of new up and coming online shops are amazing, the buying process is quick and easy and the items are chosen by popularity so you will almost always find something of interest. These characteristics perfectly describe The Geekery, an online nerd-culture inspired merchandise shop created and operated by Katrina Darwin.  

 

 

Darwin, 24, started The Geekery a little over a year ago with the goal of creating a “one-stop shop for all sorts of nerdy and geeky goodies.” The shop includes everything from jewelry to stuffed animals and everything is affordable.

 

She describes herself as an eccentric person who is passionate about all things geek related. I recently had the honor of interviewing her via Skype and we discussed everything from her current interests to her favorite fandoms.

 

Ever since Darwin was 14 years old she knew that she was going to work for herself; she just wasn’t sure of what that work would look like during the time. In high school, she stumbled upon a group of people discussing the video game World of Warcraft and she knew right then that she had an interest in nerd culture.

 

That interest would culminate while Darwin was in college. She explained that the idea of The Geekery first came from her passion for comics, anime, and video games, but she also knew that she wanted to love what she did for a living. Darwin put the two together and came up with the idea of an online geek merchandise shop.

 

She figured the first step towards opening The Geekery was earning a degree, which she did in 2016 when she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Vancouver Island University. Just a year later The Geekery was born.

 

Darwin’s company launched in January 2017, but the site became fully operational four months later in May, which is when she became fully self-employed.

 

When you visit The Geekery, the first thing you’ll notice is its products; they’re all related to anime, movies, and cartoon series’ that currently popular. The website is clean and professional and all of Darwin’s products are broken down into four main categories: wallets, keychains, plushies, and purses. There are currently six full pages worth of geek-inspired “gifts and goodies” including Adventure Time wallets, Batman plushies, and Charmander keychains.

 

 

 

Darwin admitted that the process hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine. After graduating, she quickly realized that it would take more than what she learned in school to make her business successful.

 

“It’s been a very interesting experience because I found that although the business school is wonderful, it teaches you how to go into a corporate job, not how to open your own business. So I made a lot of mistakes, and just all of the mistakes that you’re not supposed to make when starting your own business, I’ve done pretty much made all of them, so that was fun,” said Darwin.

 

One significant mistake she made in the opening days of The Geekery was not doing enough market research before investing money in a product. Darwin invested money into a certain item and it didn’t sell as much as she would have hoped, which set her back. However, she also explained that it’s all been a part of the learning process that has led her to her current success.

 

Some of Darwin’s current interests outside of running The Geekery are the shows Supernatural and Doctor Who. She attributes much of her success to having similar interests to the people that she sells to. However, she also notes that she has a great network of friends who she can rely on for advice in areas of nerd culture that she may not be as familiar with.

 

Darwin explained that she has one friend who helps point her towards the most popular video games, while another can list all of the anime characters that are the biggest fan favorites. As an independent business owner, there are only so many topics that Darwin can be up to date on, so her network of friends is a crucial part of keeping her up to date on what’s trending and what’s not.

 

 

Currently, her biggest sellers are the Sailor Moon purses, which have an adorable, yet simple design. These sell at such a competitive rate that The Geekery and Darwin have a hard time keeping enough of them in stock. The stores most recent additions include Deadpool keychains and plushies.

 

As for future plans, Darwin hopes to continue growing her business and for it to become a place for people to regularly visit to see what kinds of new items she has in stock. Darwin’s dream is to run a business and have fun doing it, which is exactly what she’s doing.

 

The Geekery is still a small yet growing entity, but it’s unique geek inspired products already make it a worthwhile stop during your next online shopping session.

 

Pick Up These Weapons To Win In Black Ops 4: Blackout

With Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in full swing, the game’s most popular game mode, Blackout, is stealing the spotlight.

 

The battle royale mode allows players to drop into a huge map alone or with up to three friends and battle it out with 100 other players. The general theme of a battle royale is to start the match with nothing but your fists and quickly find the weaponry that you need to be the last player alive.

 

There are over thirty different weapons to pick up across the map and there are obviously some that are better than others. After playing the game for a couple of days and getting a chance to use each of the weapons against the competition, we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are the best guns to use in Blackout.

 

Assault Rifles

Maddox RFB

The Maddox is your do-it-all, slightly overpowered assault rifle that any new player can pick up and do well with. It’s easy to control, does a ton of damage, and you’ll find it works best in short to midrange gunfights, which is where you’ll find most of your opponents. Pick up the Maddox and either a sniper rifle or a tactical rifle and you’ll have the advantage in almost any situation.

 

Rampart 17

Opinions of this weapon vary greatly because of its slow rate of fire and unforgiving recoil. However, the Rampart packs a punch and when it’s put in the hands of a player with decent aim it becomes one of the deadliest guns in the game.

 

KN -57

If you’ve played the previous Call of Duty titles you’ll feel very comfortable with the KN. It’s practically a futuristic version of the AK-47. That means a high rate of fire, lots of stopping power, and an easy recoil pattern. When you’re able to deck out the KN with a full range of attachments, you’ll find yourself winning most firefights.

 

 

Sniper Rifles

Koshka

As a player who finds the game most enjoyable while sniping, finding the Koshka is a dream come true. Every sniper in the game hits hard, which makes it possible to kill opposing players from across the map. The Koshka is the best sniper in the game because of its quick aim-down-site, decent fire rate, and good reload time.

 

Blackout is more fast-paced than other battle royale games and it’s important to have weapons that allow you to fire and relocate quickly. The Koshka is perfect for taking potshots at an opponent and then quickly moving to another area for another angle.

 

Paladin HB50

The Paladin is the opposite of the Koshka, but damn is it satisfying to use. The 50 .cal sniper rifle is extremely powerful and will down most enemies in a single shot, but it is balanced by a fire rate and ADS that is just as slow. This sniper rifle is the one to pick up if you plan on duck hunting players from miles away.

 

Light Machine Guns

Titan

Even if you’re not a fan of LMG’s, the Titan is worth picking up if you find it. It excels in any form of combat from short to long range and is ideal for taking out entire squads. It has a 75-round box magazine and its recoil is quite forgiving given its high damage output.

 

Hades

One of my go-to guns, the Hades is perfect for short to mid-range firefights and will shred up an enemy player’s armor before know what hit them. It doesn’t have the sluggish feel of an LMG and works great with all kinds of attachments.

 

Tactical Rifles

Auger DMR

Tactical rifles are right behind sniper rifles as far as gun superiority goes in Blackout. The Auger DMR leads the way in its class and is the perfect mid to long range weapon to pick up if you haven’t found a sniper. The DMR, along with a long range scope and silencer, creates a nightmarish situation for enemy players who literally won’t know where they’re being killed from.

ABR 223

The ABR struggles up close, so you better hope that it’s not the first weapon that you drop on. However, it excels in medium to short range engagements and is a forgiving burst-fire option to players who don’t have amazing aim.

 

Submachine Guns

 

GKS

If you pick up a GKS at the beginning of your Blackout run you’re in luck. It is easily the best SMG in the game and is good enough to keep until late game. It has the high rate of fire that comes with being an SMG, but has little recoil and dishes out damage like nobody’s business. Pair it with a long distance rifle and watch the victory’s flow in.

Cordite

The Cordite is a good enough option to pick up behind the GKS because of its loaded magazine capacity. It has low recoil and does enough damage to be used at medium range in certain situations, but when you’re fighting someone up close they rarely have a chance. Having a ton of bullets to chew through before needing to reload makes it great for unloading on multiple players as well.

 

Shotguns

 

MOG 12

The shotguns are garbage weapons in most situations so I won’t spend a lot of time on them. The Mog 12 is useful when you drop into small areas of the map and need to one shot enemies without armor, but it’s completely useless in every other scenario. Look for other options as soon as possible when dropping on this thing.

 

Pistols

RK 7 Garrison

The Garrison is a solid secondary pistol at the beginning of your Blackout run and by far the best of the three pistols in the game mode. Fire a couple of rounds into an enemy with your primary weapon and then quickly switch to the Garrison to finish them off for the most effective usage.

 

Launchers

War Machine

The War Machine was good enough to be a kill streak in other Black Ops titles and that hasn’t changed. You won’t find it every game, but when you do, the semi-automatic noob tube will get you plenty of kills. Rockets are hard to come by in Blackout so save those shots for when enemies are clumped together or hiding behind an annoying piece of cover.

 

Zombie Weapons

Galil

An awesome, unique part of Blackout is the introduction of “Zombies Mode” weaponry in a player versus player game mode. Certain portions of the Blackout map include full-fledged, lethal zombies that drop loot when killed. The Galil is one of the weapons that you’ll find in the zombie-infested areas of the map and it’s an excellent assault rifle. It does a ton of damage, has no recoil, but unfortunately can’t be used with attachments.

Ray Gun

Ah, the Ray Gun, such fond memories of hitting the mystery box over and over trying to obtain you. Treyarch finally decided to allow players to use the alien gun against other players! I’ll be honest, it has low ammo, no attachments, and each shot takes much too long to land. It does a heck of a lot of damage if you manage to hit something, but the odds are you won’t. Pick up the Ray Gun for nostalgia and fun, don’t if you’re looking to win fights.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Treyarch

Black Ops 4: PC & Console Requirements and Other Release Info

The latest Call of Duty title, Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is finally going live tonight, October 12, 2018.

 

For Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players, the game will be available at midnight based on their local time. The PC version of the game will be available to play at 12 AM Eastern Time. This means that different regions of the world are going to have access to the game at different times, varying by time zone.

 

Console players should note that when the clock strikes midnight they will have to download and install a “Day One Update” before they can start playing the game. The update, which is roughly 50 GB, will have to be completely installed in order to access the Multiplayer, Zombies, and Specialist Headquarters game modes.

 

However, the Blackout game mode will be fully playable once the update reaches approximately 30% completion. Treyarch also mentioned that PlayStation players should have at least 112 GB of free hard drive space for a smooth download, despite the game itself requiring only 55 GB.

 

Black Ops 4 is available through Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher for those playing the game on PC. Treyarch recently released the specifications required to play the PC version of the game and they’re quite demanding.

 

 

Minimum Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit or newer

CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300

RAM: 8GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Recommended Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K / Ryzen R5 1600X

RAM: 12GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Recommended Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements (high refresh rate monitors at 1080p)

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X

RAM: 16GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Vega 64

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Recommended Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Requirements (4K monitors with high frame rates)

Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X

RAM: 16GB

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

HDD: 55GB HD Space

DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent

Network: Broadband Internet connection

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

The game is currently available for pre-purchase on all platforms in Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Digital Deluxe Enhanced editions that are priced at $59.99, $99.99, and $129.99 respectively. The Digital Deluxe and Enhanced versions of the game will include the Black Ops Pass, bonus in-game currency or ‘COD Points’, and Digital Deluxe Bonus Items.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: TheNerdMag

Who Is The Guy In Venom’s Mid-Credits Scene?

Last week’s surprising box-office buster, Venom, previewed a new supervillain in its mid-credits scene and made it glaringly obvious that the sequel will be filled with Carnage.

 

In case you haven’t noticed we’re riding this symbiote popularity wave until it’s dry guys.

 

The scene depicts Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) entering a high-security prison to interview an inmate named Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson). When Eddie arrives at Kasady’s solitary cell he finds the man grinding his fingers against a piece of metal to spell out “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood.

 

Before the credits continue rolling Kasady asks Eddie to take a step closer and whispers, “When I get out of here, there’s going to be carnage.”

 

So, who is Cletus Kasady and why have I referenced the word carnage twice since you’ve started reading this article? Let’s jump right in.

 

 

Kasady is a psychopathic serial killer who started his murderous ways as a child when he killed his grandmother by pushing her down a set of stairs. He later watched his father kill his mother because she was trying to kill him. When his father went to court to stand trial for killing his wife, Kasady testified against him, which resulted in his execution.

 

After both of his parents were dead Kasady ended up in an orphanage, where he was subjected to regular mental and physical abuse. Kasady eventually murdered the orphanage’s staff members, pushed one of the girls who he had a crush on into a moving bus, and burned the orphanage to the ground.

 

Kasady continued his killing into adulthood but was eventually caught and thrown into Ryker’s Island to serve eleven consecutive life sentences. Unfortunately for the civilians of New York, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote accidentally gave Mr. Cletus a get out of jail free card.

 

 

In the comics, Eddie Brock is separated from Venom by Spider-Man and imprisoned with Kasady as his new cellmate. It doesn’t take long for Venom to set Brock free but during the breakout, the alien unknowingly leaves its offspring behind. The new symbiote latches itself on to Kasady and Carnage is born.

 

The symbiosis that occurs when the Carnage symbiote merges with Kasady isn’t a normal pairing; it’s the perfect fit. This is further explained when Carnage growls, “I was hollowed out inside…empty…just like my other. We were both sick…because we were incomplete…but not anymore. We healed each other…made each other whole. Neither one of us can survive without the other. Forget host. Forget symbiote. There is only Carnage.”

 

Accelerated by Kasady’s insanity and lust for violence, Carnage is simply way stronger than Venom and Spider-Man put together. Much like Venom, Carnage has super strength, agility, and speed. He can negate Spidey’s Spider-Sense and has enhanced senses himself. Carnage can fully control his symbiotic suit and often turns his extra limbs into weapons and lethal projectiles.

 

Kasady can still retain human form and when he does, he’s pretty much invulnerable to any kind of physical harm. However, he’s not very keen on hiding his super suit and whenever he is cut or injured the symbiote’s tendrils seep out of his skin instead of blood.

 

 

Unlike Venom, Carnage is unaffected by high-pitched sounds, but he is even more vulnerable to fire and heat. In the comics, it took Spider-Man, Venom, and the Fantastic Four to take down Carnage for the first time and that was only the start of the trouble that he would eventually whip up.

 

Carnage is such a ruthless, murderous supervillain that he pushes Spider-Man and Venom to put aside their differences and work together. That in itself is saying something.

 

Despite the violent nature of Carnage and the all-around dark theme of everything symbiote, Venom’s next film is said to be rated PG-13. The parental rating is lame, but I’m still excited for what Sony and Marvel come up with in the sequel. There’s no doubt that it’ll get a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but who cares?

 

 

Who Is The Guy In Venom’s Mid-Credits Scene?

Last week’s surprising box-office buster, Venom, previewed a new supervillain in its mid-credits scene and made it glaringly obvious that the sequel will be filled with Carnage.

 

In case you haven’t noticed we’re riding this symbiote popularity wave until it’s dry guys.

 

The scene depicts Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) entering a high-security prison to interview an inmate named Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson). When Eddie arrives at Kasady’s solitary cell he finds the man grinding his fingers against a piece of metal to spell out “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood.

 

Before the credits continue rolling Kasady asks Eddie to take a step closer and whispers, “When I get out of here, there’s going to be carnage.”

 

So, who is Cletus Kasady and why have I referenced the word carnage twice since you’ve started reading this article? Let’s jump right in.

 

 

Kasady is a psychopathic serial killer who started his murderous ways as a child when he killed his grandmother by pushing her down a set of stairs. He later watched his father kill his mother because she was trying to kill him. When his father went to court to stand trial for killing his wife, Kasady testified against him, which resulted in his execution.

 

After both of his parents were dead Kasady ended up in an orphanage, where he was subjected to regular mental and physical abuse. Kasady eventually murdered the orphanage’s staff members, pushed one of the girls who he had a crush on into a moving bus, and burned the orphanage to the ground.

 

Kasady continued his killing into adulthood but was eventually caught and thrown into Ryker’s Island to serve eleven consecutive life sentences. Unfortunately for the civilians of New York, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote accidentally gave Mr. Cletus a get out of jail free card.

 

 

In the comics, Eddie Brock is separated from Venom by Spider-Man and imprisoned with Kasady as his new cellmate. It doesn’t take long for Venom to set Brock free but during the breakout, the alien unknowingly leaves its offspring behind. The new symbiote latches itself on to Kasady and Carnage is born.

 

The symbiosis that occurs when the Carnage symbiote merges with Kasady isn’t a normal pairing; it’s the perfect fit. This is further explained when Carnage growls, “I was hollowed out inside…empty…just like my other. We were both sick…because we were incomplete…but not anymore. We healed each other…made each other whole. Neither one of us can survive without the other. Forget host. Forget symbiote. There is only Carnage.”

 

Accelerated by Kasady’s insanity and lust for violence, Carnage is simply way stronger than Venom and Spider-Man put together. Much like Venom, Carnage has super strength, agility, and speed. He can negate Spidey’s Spider-Sense and has enhanced senses himself. Carnage can fully control his symbiotic suit and often turns his extra limbs into weapons and lethal projectiles.

 

Kasady can still retain human form and when he does, he’s pretty much invulnerable to any kind of physical harm. However, he’s not very keen on hiding his super suit and whenever he is cut or injured the symbiote’s tendrils seep out of his skin instead of blood.

 

 

Unlike Venom, Carnage is unaffected by high-pitched sounds, but he is even more vulnerable to fire and heat. In the comics, it took Spider-Man, Venom, and the Fantastic Four to take down Carnage for the first time and that was only the start of the trouble that he would eventually whip up.

 

Carnage is such a ruthless, murderous supervillain that he pushes Spider-Man and Venom to put aside their differences and work together. That in itself is saying something.

 

Despite the violent nature of Carnage and the all-around dark theme of everything symbiote, Venom’s next film is said to be rated PG-13. The parental rating is lame, but I’m still excited for what Sony and Marvel come up with in the sequel. There’s no doubt that it’ll get a poor rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but who cares?

 

 

Who Is Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel/Shazam!?

In the era of comic book superheroes turned Hollywood sensations it seems like every year fans are left eagerly waiting for another blockbuster to hit the big screens.

 

Captain Marvel, the film that’s going to introduce the hero that many predict will save the Marvel Cinematic Universe from future Thanos finger snaps, will hit theatres on March 8, 2019.

 

 

The film will follow Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and is the first MCU film starring a woman hero. Captain Marvel is being co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and is the second-to-last film in Marvel’s “Phase Three.”

 

On the flip side of the ‘comic book turned movie’ universe DC Comics’ Shazam! will be released on April 5, 2019. The film will follow Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his superhero alter ego, Shazam (Zachary Levi).

 

Those who are familiar with DC Extended Universe movies know that they’re typically darker and more serious than Marvel films. They appeal to an older demographic and don’t waste time with the light-hearted humor that’s sprinkled into the likes of Ironman and Thor. It seems like Shazam! is going to break that mold.

 

 

These two superheroes have more in common than the release dates that separate them by a single month, however. Hear me out: Shazam used to be Captain Marvel until Marvel Comics copyrighted the name Captain Marvel for another superhero named Mar-Vell who would eventually die of cancer and give Carol Danvers the title of Captain Marvel, which left Batson’s hero with the name Shazam.

 

It’s not as crazy as it sounds, trust me.

 

Shazam!, Mar-Vell, Captain Marvel, & Ms. Marvel

The original creator of the superhero, Captain Marvel, now known as Shazam, was Fawcett Publications. Fawcett stopped publishing Captain Marvel comics in 1953 and DC Comics eventually licensed the Superman-like hero from Fawcett in 1972.

 

However, during the two decades that Fawcett had benched Captain Marvel, Marvel Comics copyrighted the name for another character named Mar-Vell. This meant that DC could use the Fawcett inspired character but needed to think of a new name. Hence, Shazam was born.

 

Mar-Vell is a Kree warrior who was sent to Earth as a member of a task force under Colonel Yon-Rogg. During his stint on Earth, Mar-Vell ended up saving a bunch of innocent humans from another member of the task force. Thankful for the help, the citizens began calling him Captain Marvel.

 

 

This takes us back to Carol Danvers, who was also saved by Mar-Vell. Yon-Rogg hated Mar-Vell and constantly tried to have him killed. In one of his plots to destroy his nemesis, Yon-Rogg kidnaps Danvers. During the fight that ensues Danvers is exposed to radiation from a Kree device called the Psyche-Magnitron, which turns her DNA half-Kree.

 

Danvers’ exposure to the Kree radiation gave her some pretty awesome superpowers and sparked the creation of Ms. Marvel. She didn’t adopt the mantle of Captain Marvel until seven years later when Mar-Vell, unfortunately, succumbed to cancer.

 

Shazam!

So how are you supposed to tell the two Captain Marvel characters hitting theatres apart? You can immediately recognize Shazam by his red and gold bodysuit, which brandishes a giant lightning bolt on its chest and is followed by a billowing white cape.

 

 

Billy Batson was bestowed with his powers after being sought out by an old but powerful wizard who tasks him with defending the Rock of Eternity. Every time Batson yells his alter ego’s name, he turns into a hero that has the ability to go toe-to-toe with Superman.

 

The word Shazam is actually an acronym made up of the six mythological Greek figures that give him his strength: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.

 

Shazam comes equipped with super-strength, invulnerability, and the ability to fly. He has control over lightning and can immediately solve complex riddles, codes, and puzzles. Much like Superman, Shazam is practically invincible outside of a single weakness. Nope, not Shazamonite; it’s his human alter-ego, Billy. Unless a villain can get Shazam to turn back into his child form, they’re in trouble.

 

Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers is, of course, a female, so that’s a good way to tell her apart from Shazam. She was already a total badass pilot before the Psyche-Magnitron turned her into a half-alien superhero, so you can set your expectations quite high.

 

 

Captain Marvel’s superpowers and abilities include increased strength, stamina, agility, and durability. She can fly and is completely invulnerable to toxins and poisons.

 

Danvers’ Kree DNA gave her the ability to control energy, which she uses to fire concussive blasts from each of her hands. She is immune to the effects of outer space and uses her ability to fly at super speeds to travel wherever she pleases.

 

The hidden strength that makes Captain Marvel one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe are her Binary powers. When Danvers goes Binary she is bestowed with the power of a white hole, which allows her to control and create any form of radiation or gravity.

 

MCU movies have never introduced a hero as powerful as Danvers, but it’s going to take everything she has to reverse what has already happened and ultimately defeat the Mad Titan, Thanos.

 

Comic history can be confusing, but hopefully, this made the Captain Marvel identity conundrum a little less confusing. Shazam may be the original, but it makes more sense for the MCU to be saved by a Captain with its namesake.

 

 

 

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Batman: Damned Shows Off Bruce Wayne’s Junk

Batman be damned. If you look up copies for Batman: Damned on eBay right now, you’ll find the lowest listing at $70.00. This thing retailed for only $6.99. Albeit pricier than the usual comic book price of $4.99, this book shot up to 10 times its original value within the first week it was released.

 

One noteworthy thing (SPOILERS AHEAD) about this limited run, is that it shows Bruce Wayne’s junk. You heard me. Weiner, eggplant emoji, schlong, banana, pick whatever word you want. But there has to be more to this crazy ROI than just some softcore nudity. Today I picked up my copy for the low sticker price because I ordered it in advance and will read it to see what all the hype is about. Is this thing really worth $70.00?

 

 

DC Black Label

First things first, there was some hype surrounding this release because it was under DC Black Label. This new imprint of DC aims to provide more original stories for mature readers and audiences. Because as we all know, the more mature you are, the more likely you want to see super hero wieners.

 

Really though, this would give premier writers and artists a shot at expanding on DC’s impressive roster of characters with stories that would take place outside of the standard DC continuity. What makes Batman: Damned so special in relation to this is that it’s the first title to be released under DC Black Label.

 

 

Prestige Format

The printing and stock of the book itself will be upgraded to Prestige Format under DC Black Label. Prestige Format, a term coined by DC back in the 1980’s, describes a comic book that is square bound with cardstock covers. These covers are thicker and more durable than standard printing paper.

 

The Prestige Format of 8 ½ by 11 (well 10 7/8) inch print dimensions are much larger than the standard 6 5/8 by 10 1/8 comic book. It’s pretty new for a limited run comic book series to be printed like this. Prestige Format is new territory for comic books and can set a precedent for standards going forward.

 

What is the in these pages?

 

By now, you must want to know what all the hype is about. Before I go ahead, spoiler alert again. The teaser on the back cover for Batman: Damned states in big letters

THE JOKER IS DEAD.

And the book implies that Batman could be the culprit. The problem is that Batman doesn’t remember. And he must dig deep into the mystery to find the answer. John Constantine is the only one who can set Batman straight. Constantine however, loves to mess with people. He narrates the story himself whilst starring alongside Batman.

 

And what you get in issue 1 of this 3-issue mini-series is… a whole lot of build up! Seriously, Batman wakes up feeling woozy then finds Constantine in the next room only to bail on him while he tries to explain what’s on the news. Once in Gotham, Batman comes across a… hooded guy that he chases only to wake up in the same run-down motel apartment with Constantine.

 

Oh yeah, and Batman shows his wiener while transitioning from Bat-Suit to Bat-Cave lounge clothes. It’s not even shown in a lewd or interesting context. It’s literally the same scene you’ve seen over and over again of Batman taking his Bat-Suit off but this time, with a wiener in passing. He’s also attacked by his Bat-Suit and hears voices in his head. But in the end, I got nothing out of it.

 

 

What’s to come

I eagerly await issue two of this series because it HAS to explain something. I mean there are only three issues. The second one would, therefore, have to give up something in order for it to make sense. C’mon, who killed the Joker? Why was his face painted onto a statue of a crucified Jesus Christ in the church? If you’re into the symbolism and deep meanings of Batman, or if you just really want to see Batman’s wiener, then this issue is worth your hard earned $70.00. Have fun deciphering who the homeless guy talking to commissioner Gordon was and then deciphering Batman’s wiener in the dark Bat-Cave in which it’s shown. Otherwise, wait for a second printing. But who wants that?

 

 

 

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