WandaVision has trained us to pore over secret, spoiler, and detail to an incredible degree. Everything from the opening credits to throwaway lines are hiding something worth talking about. That's true again in WandaVision episode 6 – with a fantastic tribute to some of Marvel's most unheralded names tasked with bringing your favorite shows and movies to life. Spoilers for WandaVision episode 6 follow. You have been warned. At the 25-minute mark of this week's episode, Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) attempts to hack into classified SWORD files – uncovering a top-secret 'Cataract' weapons program in the process. To do so, she uses Jimmy Woo's account details. If you look closely, each of the autocorrect options for when she types in the letter 'J' brings up a name. There are three in total: James Gadd, James Alexander, James X Seckler. Now, if you're anything like us – you went immediately to Google or started flipping through comics to try and match the names to some … [Read more...] about WandaVision has a secret on-screen tribute to its Marvel crew members
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How do you fit a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex into the barrel of a gun? Developer Insomniac Games doesn’t care about the logistics. In Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, they just want you to know they did it. And if you target the same baddie as your buddies, the infant terrible thunder lizards grow and become even more awesome at attacking. This emphasis on teamwork is the core of All 4 One. Nearly every facet of the gameplay has been focused on enticing and, more often than not, requiring players to work together. We had to cooperate to open valves and steer platforms over pits of poisonous gas, and it all felt like a natural extension of the series – not a tacked-on, ill-conceived afterthought. When we were lagging behind an ally through a tricky platforming area, all it took to catch up was a press of the grapple button to pull us toward our closest compatriot. This did wonders to alleviate the frustration stemming from our rusty platforming skills, and it kept the flow of the game … [Read more...] about E3 2011: Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One hands-on preview
An unusual setup, interesting characters and tongue-in-cheek writing make Astrologaster one of the most fun visual novels around. I've been shouting about Astrologaster since 2019, when a build appeared in my inbox one day, and yet I still don't know exactly how to classify it. I'm loathe to call it a visual novel even if, mechanically speaking, the shoe fits - you mostly listen to conversations between two people, and make a few decisions to move the story forward. But we often think about genres in certain terms, and to my mind a visual novel usually bestows its player with greater control, and a greater urgency to achieve a specific goal - "I have to catch the killer!" "I have to make this person like me!" By comparison, Astrologaster really doesn't care about you all that much. If I have to call it anything, I want to call it a play, set in 1592. It takes place on a stage, with characters in a scene standing on marks, the city background like something crafted from wood … [Read more...] about Astrologaster review – an Elizabethan comedy for the ages
One of Marvel's next big screen villains is also one of the most mysterious adversaries in Marvel Comics - the Taskmaster, a villain who uses his ability to mimic the moves and fighting styles of anyone he sees to train villains and henchman in combat. While there are still numerous questions about Taskmaster's place in the MCU when he's introduced in the upcoming Black Widow movie , his Marvel Comics origins are almost just as obscure, with even his secret identity in question. Still, there's a lot we do know about Taskmaster from comic books, including how he fits into the world of the Avengers, his uncanny powers and abilities, and his current comic whereabouts. We'll dig into it all right now, and get to know Marvel's Taskmaster. Who is Taskmaster? The man known almost exclusively as Taskmaster (and occasionally by the pseudonym Tony Masters) is one of Marvel's foremost mercenaries, henchmen, and soldiers of fortune. Though he's occasionally used his formidable … [Read more...] about Who is Taskmaster and what are his powers?
Following last year's limited series that focused on Marvel's Master of Kung Fu Shang-Chi and his family in the Five Weapons Society – a group of warriors with ties to special weapons – writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Dike Ruan will reunite for a new Shang-Chi ongoing series. The new series, simply titled Shang-Chi, focuses on the eponymous hero's quest to turn the sometimes villainous Five Weapons Society into heroes – and it will put him at odds with the larger Marvel Universe. "After the events of his latest series, Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society, but using an evil secret organization as a force for good won't be easy," reads Marvel's official description of the new Shang-Chi title. "And it's about to get a lot harder when Shang-Chi's fellow superheroes from Spider-Man to the X-Men to the Avengers, start to question his motives!" it continues. "Don't miss what happens when Shang-Chi and his newfound family of warriors … [Read more...] about Shang-Chi fights the Marvel Universe before his movie debut