Captain Marvel’s iconic red, blue and gold costume is on full display in the new trailer for her upcoming stand-alone Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, which finds Carol Danvers searching for her origins, fighting intergalactic battles against the Skrulls, and preparing the universe for whatever the heck is happening in Avengers 4. But we also get a glimpse of her pre-hero threads: a green suit that with a blink-on/blink-off mohawk helmet.
The flight-suit inspired look, and the accompanying mohawk that has the internet buzzing over Brie Larson’s on-screen translation, might not exist at all if not for a dumb bet that writer Kelly Sue DeConnick made with artist Jamie McKelvie.
You see, when Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel in the comics, it wasn’t her first time as a superhero. She’d already been doing the saving the world gig for years, under a few different names — but mostly as Ms. Marvel. Her Ms. Marvel outfit was basically a swimsuit, thigh-high boots and a sash, not really the look the new series was going for.
DeConnick is the writer who forged Carol’s relaunch as Captain Marvel, which drove the character to a new prominence among Marvel fans and likely inspired a lot of the movie. She told Polygon that getting the right costume design was not an easy process, because Carol and…
Yes, it was. Bening, the four-time Oscar-nominated star of American Beauty, The American President and The Kids are Alright, is in Captain Marvel. Who is she playing? That remains very much to be determined, despite the trailer finally revealing her character. But here’s what we know.
Bening’s addition to the cast was announced relatively late, in May of 2018, and at the time the only thing we knew about her was one cryptic piece of information from The Hollywood Reporter: That “scientist” was “said to be in her job description.”
In September, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bening adamantly refused to offer more details. “It was so much fun,” she told Kimmel, “and I can’t tell you why, because then it would give something away.”
All we do know is that her role required some stunts, since she was reminded of it while talking about how she didn’t have to do stunts on the set of Life Itself.
Now, with the second Captain Marvel trailer, we don’t know much more about who Bening’s character is — but we do know a lot about what she is, and what she does. Making it extra tricky, there isn’t really a comic book parallel for her role, either.
“Your life began the day it nearly ended,” Bening’s character tells…
The final trailer for Black Armory — the first of the Destiny 2: Annual Pass’ three expansion offerings — hit today ahead of the expansion’s Dec. 4 release date. The trailer shows off a variety of weapons that players will be able to collect during the expansion, including five new exotic guns.
The rest of the trailer features various Black Armory weapons, including a legendary heavy machine gun and a shotgun that has Trenched Barrel — the same perk that makes the Ikelos shotgun so good. Otherwise, there is more gameplay of Jötunn, Le Monarch, Anarchy and Izanagi’s Burden, the expansion’s four new exotic guns.
Black Armory will go live for all Annual Pass owners tomorrow on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
Unpretentious, unpolished and unhinged, Just Cause 4 is a mad old goat of a game, dancing on a windswept hillside to the tunes in its own head.
Like all the other Just Cause games, it delights in chaos, its eyes shining in the glare of explosions. It rampages across the meadows of its own fancy, turning itself inside out in a frenzy of disorder.
And yet, despite its sense of abandon, there’s something not quite right about this game. I’ve played about 30 hours so far, and I’m undecided if my state of mind is admiration, boredom or confusion. Just Cause 4 inspires all three, sometimes at the same time. It’s a fun game, occasionally, but it’s also a dull game. It’s tumultuous, but vapid. It’s funny, but it’s also annoying.
I play as macho action-man Rico Rodriguez, visiting the South American island of Solis, homeland of my father. The people are ruled by a bad man and his army of thugs. I must destroy the infrastructure of oppression.
I’m aided by a fantastical array of weapons and tools, but my greatest power is a wrist-tether. This allows me to zoom across the landscape, scale buildings and crash into enemies, a la Spider-Man. My tethers are also range weapons, including remote control jets, balloons and ties that pull objects together, usually with catastrophic consequences.
Three old favorites, clad in new designs, round out the season 2 roster for Tekken 7, Bandai Namco revealed today. Armor King and Craig Marduk renew their rivalry tomorrow, Dec. 3, with Julia Chang joining the game later.
The reveals came before the quarterfinals began in today’s Tekken World Tour Finals. Without further ado, here are Armor King and Marduk:
These two are right at home in a rasslin’ arena, with back-drops, suplexes, piledrivers and even some mist-spitting thrown in.
Julia does not yet have a launch date, nor does Negan, who was teased at EVO 2018 back in August and got a fuller reveal in a longer cinematic today, which VideoGamers.eu is hosting below: (via Eventhubs)
This completes the lineup of six fighters originally announced back at EVO 2018; mainstay combatants Anna Williams and Lei Wulong are the other two; they arrived when the season 2 pass launched on September 6. Tekken 7 is available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
“Project Nova,” a first-person shooter in the Eve Onlineuniverse, is going back to the drawing board, CCP told its community in a blog post on Friday. That means the closed alpha planned for this game is not happening.
“Over the course of Project Nova’s development, we conducted a number of player research sessions with external partners, tirelessly playtested the game internally and brought community stalwarts in to help us evaluate the project,” the publisher wrote. “Now, after taking all this research and feedback into account, we see that the gameplay experience in its current form does not live up to our original vision and would not achieve our ambitious goals for this project.”
CCP didn’t give further detail as to what state the project itself is in, only that “Project Nova continues to evolve,” and the studio remains “committed to delivering a high-quality team-based shooter experience.” Also: “CCP is in no rush to release Project Nova until we’re satisfied it provides a rock-solid gameplay experience and visuals to match.”
Project Nova is CCP’s second try at integrating an FPS experience with Eve’s larger world of space combat, trade and political intrigue. The first was the PlayStation 3 exclusive Dust 514, which launched in 2013 and lasted three years before CCP shut it down. Project Nova was announced in the spring of 2016, right as 514 was being sunset. Most players found…
Watching Sisters, Brian De Palma’s 1973 psychological horror film, is like meeting your best friend’s parents for the first time and suddenly understanding something about you friend that couldn’t have known otherwise — where they came from, and how far they’ve come. A relatively early entry in de Palma’s long and storied career, Sisters features plenty of the style he would become known for, with eyes firmly on Alfred Hitchcock.
Model-actress Danielle (Margot Kidder) brings home her date Phillip (Lisle Wilson) to celebrate her birthday. The day is cut short when her previously-conjoined twin Dominique murders him, leaving Danielle and her estranged husband (William Finley) to clean up the mess. Having witnessing the crime from her window, journalist Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) reports the crime to the police, but a sweep of the apartment reveals only charming, doe-eyed Danielle. The police dismiss Collier, leaving her to dig up proof of Danielle’s lies on her own.
Sisters features de Palma at his most Hitchcockian. It’s full of homages, with cheeky nods to the repercussions of voyeurism and the instability of sanity. It even features a piercing score by frequent Hitchcock-composer Bernard Herrmann.
But more than that, the technical skill inherited from Hitchcock can be seen in de Palma’s ability to make even mundane events sinister and captivating. Before the stabbing, when Danielle and Phillip are…
Netflix announced the premiere date for the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina today. It’s April 5, 2018. Much like year one, which just premiered around Halloween, the second season will continue Sabrina’s embrace of all things dark and edgy.
Kiernan Shipka’s portrayal doesn’t have much in common with Melissa Joan Hart ‘s TGIF take for ABC 20 years ago. But Salem the cat guest-stars in the official season two trailer that went out today. No speaking role or wisecracks for the cat, though.
Our review of season one of Chiling Adventures of Sabrinafound a series that took about four episodes to get good, but get good it did. Sabrina is “stubborn and headstrong, with a major hero complex, but she makes disastrous mistakes because of it, and is forced to grow.” There are 10 episodes in season one available right now, with a holiday special coming up on Dec. 14.
Battlefield 5’s fast-paced combat is perhaps a bit too fast-paced. Developers at EA DICE yesterday acknowledged the hottest topic facing the game since its Nov. 20 launch — that the time to kill (TTK) and time to death (TTD) are too damn low.
That will be fixed, adjusted, rebalanced or whatever you want to call it, but not immediately — even if it is “one of our high priorities right now,” according to core gameplay designer Florian Le Bihan. That’s because there’s a bunch of stuff tied up in the systems that are currently getting folks killed way too often or too quickly in online multiplayer.
Le Bihan says developers are looking at an experiment (coming “soon”) in hopes of increasing the TTK. New changes will be rolled out globally to everyone, with a new playlist created using the old parameters, so that players and developers alike can compare the two. No word on when that will take place, but it’s on the table.
“The TTD experience is one of our high priorities right now and there are a lot of important and complex pieces that are being investigated to identify any issues in that area, including netcode,” Le Bihan wrote. “We are also expanding the scope of our investigation and improvements to other components that are directly related to the player experience when it comes to getting shot, receiving damage, etc.”
He added that DICE wants to “improve consistency of the gameplay across all…
Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar. Netflix’s own “new releases” category is an info dump. Consider us a picture-in-picture talking head, screaming recommendations at the screen.
Available Dec. 1
8 Mile Astro Boy
Battle (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: The right steps. The wrong attitude. But then she shares the dance floor with a new partner, and the rhythm of love takes over.
Bride of Chucky Christine Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: Immigrant laborers and corrupt police. In a world of desperation, doing the right thing isn’t just hard. It’s dangerous.
Friday Friday After Next
The Guillermo Del Toro directed Hellboy features Ron Perlman as the demonic superhero and Selma Blair as the pyrokinetic Liz Sherman. If you’ve never seen this comic adaptation, check it out before the David Harbour-led reboot in April.
Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1
Meet Joe Black
The eerie paranormal romance stars a young Brad Pitt as the personification of Death and asks…
Multiple Fallout 76gamers have received lifetime bans from the game, following a harassment incident littered with homophobic slurs that went viral over social media.
As reported by Eurogamer, Bethesda Softworks originally handed out a three-day suspension to at least one player, shown in the Twitter video, a day after Fallout 76’s Nov. 14 launch. As the ringleader of a group of harassers, he peppered the target with things like, “We have come to eliminate all gays,” and anti-gay epithets. Later on in the game, the group tracked down the three players, ambushed and killed them — even though in Fallout 76’s PvP, another player’s attacks only do minor damage if fire is not returned.
One of the players attacked posted these two videos on the night of Nov. 15, calling Bethesda Softworks’ attention to them. Warning: Offensive language in the audio.
The person identified as the primary instigator told Eurogamer that he was a high school senior, and that Bethesda initially gave him only a three-day ban. (He also uploaded video capture from his perspective to his YouTube, entitled “Cleansing of the queers.”) He expressed no remorse for his behavior but insisted, “I don’t hate gay people.”
“It was just a late night of having fun and after the first encounter (seen on my channel) we felt it would be fun to offend them somehow,” he said. “You can call that evil, but I think it’s just playful…
Red Dead Redemption 2 players started exploring the Wild West together with the launch of Red Dead Online’s beta earlier this week, and they were soon met with the cold, harsh reality of the game’s economy. Missions and multiplayer modes pay out a pittance, and many of Red Dead Online’s purchasable items, upgrades and customizations cost considerable amounts of money.
Some of the more egregious examples, players say, are customizations for simple items like your character’s starter pistol. As noted in a popular thread on Reddit, customizing the basic revolver to be all black costs a whopping 12 gold bars. By some estimates, it takes roughly eight hours of play in Red Dead Online to earn a single gold bar, which would make a simple-looking upgrade a huge time investment. Upgrading a rifle costs nearly twice the number of gold bars, and a fully decked-out tent can cost 112 gold bars.
And while buying horse insurance for your first horse is cheap (and essential), insurance for another horse will cost you multiple gold bars (the amount depends on the quality of said horse).
Gold bars are Red Dead Online’s premium and rarer currency. You can earn gold nuggets through gameplay, and earning 100 gold nuggets will net you one gold bar. Rockstar also plans to sell gold bars for real money at some point for “cosmetic items like Camp décor, or a special style for your weapons,” though the company hasn’t announced…
The Pokémon Go Twitter account is going teaser-happy this morning, and it looks like it has a good reason to be: PvP battles are coming to Pokémon Go.
Starting at 8 a.m. ET, mysterious tweets have hinted at something exclamation point-worthy — and the latest of these suggests that the big news is multiplayer battles. The most recent tweet (at original time of publish) includes only an image of a female Pokémon Go trainer standing on a standard Pokémon battlefield. There’s an empty mound for, presumably, our own player character to face off against the other trainer in a Pokémon battle.
Mamoru Hosoda has made a name for himself as the director of fantastical anime, though as weird as his films become, they remain centered on the emotional journey, and providing catharsis that the real world rarely offers.
His latest work Mirai, and one of his earliest, the 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, both ground high concept sci-fi in coming-of-age tales. Mirai follows four-year-old Kun who, after the birth of his baby sister, is visited by versions of his family members from the past and the future. Through these impossible interactions, he begins to reassess his relationships with his new sister, as well as the rest of his family. While The Girl Who Leapt Through Time explores how your actions affect the people around you. These films have their characters learn of greater worlds beyond themselves, and each frame of this process is immensely detailed and textured, every scene brimming with imagination.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a breakthrough for the director; while not his first feature, having worked on Digimon: The Movie and the sixth installment of the One Piece films before that, this was the real beginning of the styles and themes that he’s carried throughout his work ever since. A loose sequel to Yasutaka Tsutsui’s novel of the same name, the film follows Makoto Konno, the niece of the book’s protagonist, as she discovers her ability to literally leap through time.
After an impressive showing at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Bethesda has hit a very rough patch. The release of Fallout 76 has been rocky, to say the least, and now the next title in The Elder Scrolls series has been delayed into 2019.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades will release in Early 2019 for iOS and Android devices. We are incredibly excited for you to play Blades and you can still sign up for Early Access at https://t.co/uuFPob6YWJ.
Polygon was able to experience a demo in June, calling it “the most expensive mobile game that plays best vertically ever made.”
It’s more linear, claustrophobic and limited. In widescreen, the limitations are obvious; but when played in one hand, I can imagine how this game will fit into the daily routine of commuters and folks who like to fiddle with a mobile game while watching TV.
Input is handled with gestures, with taps causing your character to walk autonomously and swipes controlling where they look. Pressing and…
If the sartorial stylings of Red Dead Redemption 2 have you feeling inspired to update your real-life wardrobe, a new clothing line inspired by Rockstar Games’ Wild West adventure is now available from New York-based label Barking Irons.
Barking Irons’ Red Dead Redemption 2 line consists of a handful of clothing staples that draw inspiration from protagonist Arthur Morgan. For example, there’s a waxed cotton Gunslinger’s Jacket ($250, pictured above) that’s printed with Arthur’s name in the collar and “Van Der Linde Gang” on the interior. The collection also includes three button-up shirt: a denim chore shirt in indigo ($150), a blue striped shirt ($120) and a navy striped shirt ($120). The shirts include a mix of accents, including “A. Morgan” collar prints, embroidery featuring the Rockstar logo and a printed Rockstar insignia. A bone-white henley shirt ($92) rounds out the apparel collection.
The brand also has three bags on offer as part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 collection: a field tan saddle bag ($180) made of the same waxed cotton as the jacket, a canvas tote bag ($75) and a twill cotton duffel bag ($320).
Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungleis stuffed to the gills with life. Each encountered beast, from a world-weary Indian wolf to a vengeful elephant, could easily ground their own theoretical chapter. Ultimately, it’s for the best, and to director Andy Serkis’ credit, that the film doesn’t linger. It’s titled Mowgli for a reason.
The film, based on Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories, puts the young boy (played by Rohan Chand) front and center. Raised by wolves, as well as a well-meaning bear and black panther, Mowgli is wild as can be, but struggles to gain the acceptance of the pack; no amount of training can obscure the fact that he’s still human. Then there’s the matter of Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), who killed Mowgli’s mother and has it out for the kid, too, endangering the pack by association.
Though, as in Disney’s adaptations of The Jungle Book, the animals speak and cooperate with each other, the tone of Mowgli hews a little starker. That isn’t to say that this is a “dark and gritty” read on the material; rather, it’s still a fairytale, but one clearly conscious of its roots in British Imperialism in India. The root of the conflict between man and beast has as much to do with the inherent divide between walking on two legs and four as much as the way that the spread of civilization (at least as defined by the British Empire) threatens to erode and irrevocably change…
Nintendo has announced an end to its controversial Creators Program. The company announced the news via Twitter, along with a brief statement explaining the program will come to a close by the end of December. Nintendo is ending the program to “make it easier for content creators to make and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content.”
The system is no longer accepting new videos and channels, nor will Nintendo review any remaining in the queue. Creators can continue “showing their passion for Nintendo” by following the company’s guidelines, which were updated along with today’s announcement.
The program, which launched in 2015, granted registered users 60 percent of the advertising revenue for videos containing content from Nintendo games. The system worked in parallel with a second agreement with YouTube, where videos with a certain amount of Nintendo content would be flagged; creators could keep their video live by adding Nintendo advertisements to their videos, with proceeds from those videos being split between Nintendo and YouTube.
The Nintendo Creators Program drew criticism from content creators and community figures, with the rules surrounding monetization being seen as overly restrictive and harsh. In 2017, the release of Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild reignited the conversation around streaming Nintendo games. YouTubers were hit with copyright claims on their videos, which led to…
The first adjective that comes to mind regarding Artifactis “dense.” A new, digital card game from Magic The Gathering and Android Netrunner designer Richard Garfield and game developer-slash-monolithic PC platform holder Valve, Artifact does not restrain from layering numerous mechanics and variables onto the board at any given time.
It is intimidating, yet rewarding and compelling. If deckbuilding and ruminating on potential moves is your cup of tea, Artifact can provide all that and more, given you don’t mind its real-world-money-centric economy.
Artifact is essentially a tabletop version of Dota 2. The board is divvied up into three lanes, each with its own pool of mana to spend on cards and a tower, which represents a player’s life points. A singular hand carries across all three lanes, and the goal is to either destroy two towers or the opponent’s ancient, which carries twice the health of the towers, but is only exposed after one falls.
The board of Artifact makes use of its digital freedoms by filling it with lively animations and effects for each card played. Two imps carry the decks between lanes and react to different plays: they’ll laugh at an opponent’s tower falling, but tremble when the ancient is in danger. Artifact’s interface is simple and easy to navigate, though spectating is a bit difficult; there’s…
One of the most highly regarded anime of all time, Cowboy Bebop, is the next series to get the Netflix live-action treatment, the streaming giant announced late Tuesday night.
Netflix seems to be hoping that the name value of Cowboy Bebop alone will be enough to excite fans, as the Twitter announcement offers little more than the anime’s logo and a brief tease of the iconic theme song and opening titles. However, in a news release the company revealed a few more details about the upcoming show.
The live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will run for 10 episodes and will be produced jointly by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, the production company behind television series such as NBC’s Aquarius and MTV’s Teen Wolf. Showrunners and executive producers include the team at Midnight Radio (Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg), as well as Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok), who will write the first episode. While original series director Shinichiro Watanabe won’t be in charge of the live-action version, he will act as a consultant on the series. Netflix did not give a premiere window for the show.
Cowboy Bebop follows a crew of space bounty hunters in the year 2071 led by Spike Spiegel, along with his friends Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed. The anime, which premiered in 1998 on Japanese television, follows the gang on various missions and misadventures around the solar system. It blurs the…