Our favorite obscure Marvel characters

first_img Crossfire1/10This Not-Deadshot character exists primarily as a counterpoint villain for Hawkeye, the Avenger with perfect aim that basically limits himself to arrows. William Cross was a C.I.A. agent who was one of the top “brainwashers” at the agency by virtue of the comic being written in 1979. It wasn’t enough for Cross who decided to split from the C.I.A. to form his own group of private mercenaries. Since supervillainy doesn’t pay if you’re just any old guy, one of Cross’ enemies tried to kill him by blowing up his office, but only blew up part of his face. Cross got some bionic implants to replace his left eye and left ear and went on to torment people and is absolutely not just a lesser Deadshot for Marvel. Nope. That never happens in comics.<><> The Marvel Universe is ever-expanding these days, with a slew of successful blockbuster films from Marvel Studios over the next few years serving as the base for television and Netflix shows like Luke Cage or Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.In the comics, semi-regular events that change the status quo across the entire Marvel Comics line have given us a new Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) while keeping the originals around.The inter-connected nature of Marvel comics means all their hero stories and space stories populate multiple planets as well as most time periods of the history of the Earth: fictional-past, fictional present, and fictional future. That’s a lot of stories and a lot of heroes, villains, and things in-between.It’s easy to lose some gems of Marvel comic book history amongst the sheer number of characters and story. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favorite obscure Marvel characters into this quick refresher.Beware the Nazi bees!last_img read more

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Runaway Hypervelocity Stars Might Be Galactic Orphans

first_imgStay on target Stars are weird things. They’re huge, awesome, powerful, make life possible — all that good stuff. But that good stuff only really happens when they’re stable. You don’t want a finicky star anywhere near you. Nuh-uh. Those things can burp and destroy planets or even explode and wreak havoc for lightyears. But all that stuff is normal star stuff. Stars have life cycles, and sometimes they get all wild. It’s just kinda what they do, right?Yes, but, a select few stars, known as “hypervelocity” stars go through all of that stuff AND are whizzing around at a million kilometers an hour. Which… what the fuck? Yeah. These things really exist. And they are kinda terrifying. We all know what happens when something gets hit by a small chunk of rock moving really fast (hint: it helped a bunch of lizard lookalikes grow into chickens), and these things are fucking STARS moving THOUSANDS OF TIMES FASTER. There aren’t too many of these things around, thank fuck, but it is pretty important to know where these death-monsters come from and what causes them lest we be ripped asunder by one of these hell-demons sometime down the line.A new paper suggests that these special stars might come from our galactic neighbors. “We conclude that hypervelocity runaway stars from the Large Magellanic Cloud, as a consequence of star-formation, are unavoidable,” the study reads.You might hear a lot about Andromeda, our closest proper counterpart, but the Magellanic Clouds are far closer (and smaller). There are a few around, and each hovers pretty close to the Milky Way — some closer than our own galactic core.The scientists analyzed a bunch of data detailing the 20 known hypervelocity stars, and then found with a computer simulation that the Large Magellanic Cloud would spit out one every few hundred thousand years. And that lines up rather neatly with a star we found in 2005. It was zipping along at more than 2.5 million kilometers an hour. Given that the star isn’t the type that lives long enough to get from the galactic core — where many stars are born — to where it was, scientists concluded then that it probably came from the LMC.It seems likely, at least, that the LMC is the source of at least some of these stars. Researchers suspect there may be up to 10,000 flitting about the Milky Way, and if that’s true, some of them may suggest an alternate origin, or perhaps another possible source. Only time (and more science, of course) will tell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

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ESPN Deemed Cammys Thong Inappropriate for Broadcast TV

first_img A funny thing happened during this past weekend’s EVO fighting game tournament. Cammy player Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue was asked by ESPN to change his character’s costume halfway through a match. Why did this happen? Apparently, Cammy’s world-famous butt cheeks were unfit for live TV.As described on Kotaku, an EVO staffer stopped Kazunoko’s match after the first round and had him, and opponent Nuckledu go back to the character selection screen. Kazunoko switched to a costume that had Cammy wearing a dress instead of her signature thong. Kazunoko’s wasn’t sure why he was asked to change his costume, but ESPN confirmed to Compete that the “request was made per broadcast standards.”A similar incident happened at last year’s EVO, where Keita “Fuudo” Ai was asked to change the costume of his character, R. Mika. As you may know, this wrestling protege also wears a revealing thong. As with Kazunoko, Fuudo was allowed to resume his finals match after he switched to a more conservative costume.Fun fact: Fuudo was required to use the “Story 1” costume after his first match because the default was deemed too revealing by ESPN.— Ryan Harvey (@fubarduck) July 18, 2016What’s amusing about this story is how these strict broadcast standards apply to characters that aren’t even real. Sure, the current incarnations of Cammy and R. Mika are rendered more realistically than they were in the 90’s. At the end of the day, however, their booties aren’t flesh and blood. It’s also interesting how ESPN is perfectly fine showing volleyball (a sport where competitors show a ton of skin) but is afraid to show digital derrieres?With all that said, having competitors use less offensive costumes isn’t too much to ask for. After all, Cammy could be dressed up like a nun still play exactly the same way. Don’t be surprised if this ends up happening again at next year’s EVO.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX West last_img read more

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