12/30/2016

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)
Like the rest of the geek community, we're greatly saddened by the loss of Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia Organa on Star Wars. She died this week of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. It's been amazing to see the outpouring of love towards her death, and we'd like to add to it.

It's not just the fact that a geek icon has died. I mean, let's be honest, lots of geek icons die. And it's not just that she was hot, and a lot of nerds had crushes on her. What made Carrie Fisher special was that she was just as beloved off the screen as on it. She was outspoken, witty, and honest about her problems with Star Wars, and her struggles with addiction and rebuilding her career. It reminds me of the death of Leonard Nimoy, who also had a beloved off-screen persona. If Nimoy was every geek's grandfather, Carrie Fisher was our grandmother. We'll miss her.

To honor her, here's an overview of some of our articles on Leia and Fisher over the years.

Let's get this out of the way...we spent a lot of time talking about her Slave Leia outfit. We won't apologize for that, because it's what Fisher's best known for. Here's some of our Slave Leia bits.
15 Interesting Facts About the Slave Leia Outfit - One of our most popular articles has been our overview of the Slave Leia outfit. It's not just about drooling over pictures of her (really), because there was a lot of interesting stuff going on behind the scenes.
Is Slave Leia Sexy or Sexist? - There's a lot of debate right now about whether Slave Leia is demeaning to women, and back in 2010, we tackled that question.
Carrie Fisher Fact-checked Our Slave Leia Article - Probably one of our greatest honors here is that Carrie Fisher actually read our article and sent a message on Twitter to comment on its accuracy. Yup, we're officially a source in Star Wars! And her answers were quite surprising.
6 Best Slave Leia Group Appearances - What's better than one Slave Leia? A whole bunch of Slave Leias. Her costume is one of the most popular geek outfits in the world, and we looked at some memorable group shots.
See Princess Leia Frolicking on the Beach - Just some old promotional photos of Slave Leia on a beach. That is all.

Now on to the other stuff.
Women Geeks Love: Princess Carrie Fisher - Of course, she was a part of our "Women Geeks Love" series, and we did a brief overview of her.
Princess Leia's Best Quotes with Carrie Fisher's Funniest Pictures - Leia had some great lines in the movies, so here's some of her best quotes with the best pictures we could find.
The Disney Princesses Welcome Princess Leia - When Disney bought Star Wars, Leia officially became a Disney Princess. Here's a fan video on how the other princesses welcomed her.
Captain William Shatner vs. Princess Carrie Fisher vs. George Takei - There was a brief but memorable spat between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher, which basically became "Star Trek vs. Star Wars." We made an infographic to illustrate it.
Why Princess Leia Went Commando in "Star Wars" - Fisher was always great for behind the scenes anecdotes, but her explanation for why Leia didn't wear a bra in the original movie was epic.

UPDATE: Nigel has written an article on 15 Reasons Why Leia Was the Best Part of Star Wars on CBR.com.

While we're all sad to see her go, she already filmed all her scenes for the eighth Star Wars movie, so we'll get to see her one last time as Princess Leia.

Happy trails, Carrie Fisher. We already miss you.

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12/26/2016

"Captain America: Civil War" gave us a taste of the new Spider-Man, but Jimmy Kimmel Live was able to provide the first official trailer for the 2017 movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming." In the trailer, we get to see the conflict between Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Iron Man, our first glimpse of Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and Zendaya as his possible love interest.



"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is set to premiere on July 17, 2017.

What do you think of "Spider-Man: Homecoming?"

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12/19/2016

With "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" now in theaters, it's reminded us of some of the awesome Star Wars videogames we've played over the years. There have been some incredible games spanning the decades, delivering our dreams to be a part of the epic battles on the screen. So far, there is no "Rogue One" video game in stores (unless you count the DLC for Battlefront), but we have plenty of other games we've enjoyed. Here's our rundown of the fifteen greatest Star Wars games ever.


15. Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is considered one of the weakest of all the Star Wars movies, but it did produce one of the most iconic sequences, the podrace. Star Wars Episode I: Racer was a racing video game based on the pod race, and it was pretty awesome. As of 2011, the game holds the Guinness record as the best-selling sci-fi racing game, having worldwide sales of 3.12 million and beating other series like Wipeout and F-Zero. An arcade version of the game featuring many similar tracks and characters was released in 2000.


14. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

I think many Star Wars fans would admit that, when it comes to the Force, the Dark Side is where it's at. You got force lightning, force choking, and just being a terror. That why Force Unleashed was so popular. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action-adventure video game and part of The Force Unleashed project, released in North America on September 16, 2008. The project bridges the first two Star Wars trilogies, acting as an origin story for both the united Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Civil War depicted in the Original Trilogy. The game introduces a new protagonist, "Starkiller", as Darth Vader's secret apprentice, who is tasked with hunting down Jedi while killing rebels and Imperials alike in order to hide his existence from the Emperor, but soon starts to slowly redeem himself to the light side of the Force. The game was a bestseller in the United States and Australia, with over one million copies sold its debut month. As of February 2010, the game has sold over seven million copies, and it is the fastest-selling Star Wars video game. A sequel, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, was released in October 2010.


13. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

When it comes to lightsaber battles, the first to really give the player the real experience was this one. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is a 1997 first-person shooter video game developed and published by LucasArts for Microsoft Windows. The game is set in the Star Wars fictional universe and is a sequel to the 1995 game Star Wars: Dark Forces. The storyline follows Kyle Katarn, who first appeared in Dark Forces. Katarn's father had been murdered by a Dark Jedi over the location of "The Valley of the Jedi" and the game follows Katarn's attempts to find the Valley and confront his father's killers. Jedi Knight adds some technical and gameplay improvements over its predecessor. It uses a more powerful game engine that supports 3D acceleration using Direct3D 5.0. Jedi Knight also includes a multiplayer mode that allows players to compete over the internet or a local area network. The game was a huge success and as a result, the next game in the series followed in 2002, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.


12. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

The series continued with the oddly-named Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. It's oddly named because it's technically the fourth game in the "Jedi Knight" series, even though it's not numbered. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X in September 2003 and for Xbox in November 2003, and received positive reviews. In a new feature to the series, the player can modify the character's gender and species, and can construct a lightsaber by choosing the hilt style and blade color. In single-player mode, the player takes control of the character Jaden Korr, a student at the Jedi Academy under the tutelage of Kyle Katarn. The player must complete various missions assigned to them by Katarn and Luke Skywalker.


11. Super Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

If you were a fan of Star Wars and you had a Super Nintendo, you had this video game. Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was a 1993 run and gun game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the second game in the Super Star Wars trilogy and is based on the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. The original Super NES game was released on 1993, and had multiple playable characters, quasi-3D vehicle sequences and allowed each character the use of a primary and secondary weapon. Darth Vader appeared as the final boss in the video game.


10. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

In 1996, there hadn't been a new Star Wars movie in over a decade, and Lucasarts made a bold movie. They published a novel, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, and turned it into a multimedia property with a release similar to a movie. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of Jedi, the novel told how Luke and Leia tracked down Han Solo, and introduced a new character, the mercenary Dash Rendar. There was a soundtrack album, comic book, toys, and this video game. The 1996 Nintendo 64 title Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire put the player in control of mercenary Dash Rendar. It was one of the first games made available for the Nintendo 64, with more than 1 million copies sold as of 1997. Shadows of the Empire featured fan-favorite parts from the Super Star Wars line, such as another reenactment of the Battle of Hoth, piloting a snowspeeder and tying a cable around AT-ATs legs.


9. Star Wars Galaxies

Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided was a Star Wars themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Microsoft Windows, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. Released June 26, 2003 to much critical acclaim, it spawned three expansions through 2005. The game was completely overhauled in the last expansion, which frustrated many longtime subscribers. Star Wars Galaxies continued operation for six more years. The servers shut down on December 15, 2011. Notwithstanding the game's closure, there are several private emulator projects in various stages of development that intend to allow users to experience Star Wars Galaxies in different incarnations of the game's existence.


8. Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leader

Another fantasy of Star Wars fans is flying in some of the epic space battles, and that's where Rogue Leader delivered. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader was an exclusive launch game in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. Rogue Leader allowed players to fly rebel spacecraft that allowed the player to form up their squadron or set a target for their squadron such as laser turrets or enemy TIE fighters. The game also included unlockable levels of Beggar's Canyon is included in the tutorial, the Death Star Trench Run, and Battle of Hoth. The other major battle in the original movie trilogy, The Battle of Endor, was arguably the biggest and most challenging scenario in the entire game.


7. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

You probably wouldn't expect a kid's game to be on the list of greatest Star Wars video games, unless you actually played the Lego Star Wars series. Then you know that, even though it's for kids, it's fun for all ages. The complete saga (released in 2007) combined the first and second games in the Lego Star Wars series, which covered the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. The ability to control multiple characters, solve simple puzzles, use Force powers, and enjoy light-hearted parodies of the movies' key moments made this a classic.


6. Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront was launched in 2004, bringing together elements of all prior Star Wars games into an epic battle. It's a first- and third-person shooter where players take the role of soldiers in either of two opposing armies in different time periods of the Star Wars universe. The game is primarily played as a conquest game, however other modes such as Galactic Conquest bring strategy elements to the title. Battlefront features several locales from major Star Wars battles. You could even get into different vehicles and drive or fly through the battle.


5. Star Wars: Battlefront II

Star Wars: Battlefront II was released in 2005, improving on the original game. The game features new vehicles, characters, game mechanics, maps, and missions compared to the original Battlefront. Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront II features a more narrative-based campaign, retelling portions of the Star Wars story from the point of view of a veteran Imperial stormtrooper, reminiscing about his tour of duty in service of both the Galactic Republic and as part of the Galactic Empire. Gameplay additions over Battlefront include the use of Jedi, additional game modes such as hero assault, and objective-based space battles.


3. Star Wars: X-Wing

There had been other space combat games in the Star Wars series, but Star Wars: X-Wing in 1993 took it to a new level. Star Wars: X-Wing is a space simulation video game, the first of the X-Wing combat flight simulator game series. The player's character flies starfighters, including the eponymous X-wing, for the Rebel Alliance as part of a narrative that precedes and parallels the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. X-Wing was one of the first games to use 3D polygon graphics for spaceships and the first non-adventure game to use the iMUSE music system. The game was updated and re-released several times, and was followed by three sequels. X-Wing was a best-seller and received critical acclaim.

4. Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Once again, evil is better. Star Wars: TIE Fighter is a 1994 space flight simulator and space combat video game, the sequel to Star Wars: X-Wing. It places the player in the role of an Imperial starfighter pilot during events that occur between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Based on X-Wing's game engine, TIE Fighter supports Gouraud shading and adds gameplay features and craft not available in X-Wing. In addition to fighting Rebel Alliance forces, the player flies against pirates, combatants in a civil war, and traitorous Imperial forces. The original game ends with the player preventing a coup against Emperor Palpatine and being personally rewarded during a large ceremony. TIE Fighter was updated and re-released several times, and it was a critical success.


2. Star Wars: Dark Forces

The first game to put a player inside the Star Wars universe from a first-person perspective was Star Wars: Dark Forces. Star Wars: Dark Forces is a first-person shooter video game released in 1995 for DOS and Apple Macintosh, and in 1996 for the PlayStation. The storyline is set in the Star Wars fictional universe and follows the character Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working on behalf of the Rebel Alliance. He discovers the Empire's "Dark Trooper Project", which involves the development of a series of powerful new battle droids and power-armored stormtroopers. The engine adds gameplay features to the first-person shooter genre which were uncommon at the time of release, including level designs with multiple floors and the ability to look up and down. Even without lightsabers, it's still an epic game.


1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

When it comes to Star Wars games, this is the big daddy. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game set in the Star Wars universe. The game was released for the Xbox on July 15, 2003 and for Microsoft Windows on November 19, 2003. The game was later ported to Mac, iOS, and Android, and it's even playable on Xbox 360 via its Backward Compatibility feature. The story of Knights of the Old Republic takes place almost 4000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire, where Darth Malak, a Dark Lord of the Sith, has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. The player character, as a Jedi, must venture to different planets in the galaxy in order to destroy the Star Forge, Malak's military resources. Players choose from three character classes and customize their characters at the beginning of the game, and engage in round-based combat against enemies. Through interacting with other characters and making plot decisions, the alignment system will determine whether the player's character aligns with the light or dark side of the Force. The game received critical acclaim upon release, with critics applauding the game's characters, story, and sound. It was also nominated for numerous awards, and is considered one of the best games of all time.

Which was your favorite Star Wars game?

*Some text was adapted from Wikipedia.

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It's always fun to look at how a superhero's costume has evolved over the years. Characters change based on the writer's conception or an artist's ideas, sometimes radically. One of our favorite superheroes is Daredevil, and Shirts.com has put together a great infographic of his costumes. Click the link below to see the Man Without Fear go through his different duds.

The Evolution of Daredevil Infographic
Infographic Created by Shirts.com

Which is your favorite Daredevil costume?

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12/14/2016


Hello, what have we here?

Star Wars.com has announced that Donald Glover is going to be playing that double-crossing swindler Lando Calrissian in the new "Han Solo" standalone movie coming in 2018! In case you didn't know, Disney is planning to release another Star Wars anthology film that will be a prequel about a younger Han Solo, played by Hans Ehrenreich. This is big news for several reasons.

One is that we know Lando will be in the new movie, which will probably show how Han got the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a game of sabacc.

Two is that Donald Glover is a noted geek actor. He got a lot of attention for his nerd-tastic storylines in the Community TV series. He also famously championed playing Miles Morales as an African-American/Latino Spider-Man.

It's also big news because Lando is one of the most popular African-American characters in the Star Wars series. It's good to see the diversity will continue. Here's hoping he doesn't double-cross anybody, though.

What do you think of Glover as Lando?

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10/24/2016

Rhino in "The Amazing Spiderman" game
Every superhero video game needs supervillains, and Rhino is a villain who's shown up in many of them. In 1966, Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. created the supervillain with superhuman strength, speed, and bulletproof skin. Since then, Rhino has fought Spider-Man and the Hulk lots of times in the comics, and he's often used as a boss character in Marvel video games. We noticed that boss fights against the Rhino in video games tend to goes this way: Rhino charges at the hero, the hero jumps out of the way, and the Rhino bashes his head. It makes sense, since rhinos in real-life are known for charging at their enemies, but it does make his game mechanics pretty repetitive. Here's an overview of his twenty appearances in video games so far, and which ones just involved charging, jumping, and head-bashing.


1. Doctor Doom's Revenge

In 1989, Rhino made his first video game appearance in the PC game Spiderman and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge (Doctor Doom's Revenge for short). The side-scrolling beat-em-up game featured many classic Marvel villains such as Electro and Mysterio, as well as more obscure characters such as Eduardo Lobo and Machete. The gameplay was pretty rudimentary with either Spider-Man or Captain America limited to small jumps and punches. All the villains were pretty much the same, too, just moving back and forth and doing some animation that represented an attack. Rhino just poked his head out to indicate damage. Defeating him involved doing the same thing you did with every other villain - punch and kick. You could also jump over him, but that really wasn't necessary.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: No


2. The Amazing Spiderman

In 1990, Rhino returned again as a boss in the Nintendo Game Boy title, The Amazing Spider-Man. However, for some unknown reason, Rhino is called Neanderthal . . . even though it's clearly the Rhino. The game is another side-scroller, but with way more interaction. Spider-man jumped, kicked, and webbed his way through a gauntlet of villains. Amazing first introduced the charging mechanism Rhino would continue to use in future games. When Rhino - uh, I mean, Neanderthal - showed up at the end of an alley, he alternated between standing and getting ready to charge, and charging from one end of the screen to the other. Spider-man had to defeat him by jumping over him when he charged, and attacking when "the Neanderthal" got ready for the next charge.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: No


3. Arcade's Revenge

1992 brought a new game to the Super Nintendo system, Spiderman and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge. Let's call that one Arcade's Revenge for short. Arcade's Revenge was later ported to the Genesis and Game Boy systems, and it allowed the player to control Spider-man as well as X-Men members Storm, Wolverine, Gambit, and Cyclops. Spider-man fought across the rooftops to face a tag team of Rhino and Carnage. Once again, Rhino just ran left and right across the bottom of the level, slamming into walls. Spider-man didn't even really need to jump much here. He could just stand on a platform above Rhino, and web-swing into Rhino to defeat him. We're making progress.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: No
Head-Bashing: No


4. The Incredible Hulk

In 1994, the cross-platform title The Incredible Hulk was released for the SNES, Sega Genesis, SMS and Sega Game Gear. In this side-scrolling beat-em-up, you played as the Hulk, trying to stop the Leader. That basically boiled down to jumping on platforms and punching a variety of enemies. Rhino was one of five bosses that appeared in the game, along with the Absorbing Man, the Abomination, Tyrannus, and the Leader. In the Rhino boss fight, Rhino charged from one end of the level to the other endlessly while the Hulk had to do uppercuts to damage him. The Hulk didn't jump, so the battle only included one of the three cliches.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: No
Head-Bashing: No


5. Spider-Man Animated Series

The game Spider-Man Animated Series was released in 1995 for the SNES and Sega Genesis, based on the popular cartoon series of the 1990s. It was another side-scrolling platform game starring your friendly neighborhood Spider-man. The game wasn't that successful due to weak graphics and sound, and limited combat skills. Its only redeeming factor was that Rhino appeared as a boss in one level. It's in a funhouse, and Rhino did what we've come to expect from his games: run back and forth from one side of the screen to the other. Spider-man had to throw web grenades at him until he died. Spider-man didn't even need to jump over him, since he could stand on a gap in a roller coaster track that Rhino couldn't cross.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: No
Head-Bashing: No


6. Spiderman

In 2000, Rhino appeared in the PlayStation game simply titled Spiderman, which was later ported to Dreamcast and the Nintendo 64. The game differed from previous entries in going three-dimensional instead of 2-D. It was a smash hit, allowing players to jump, punch, and swing through rendered levels as the beloved web-head. The story involved Spider-Man beating up villains like Doctor Octopus and the Lizard. And of course, Rhino. In the game, Rhino attacked by (you guessed it) charging at the player. You couldn't punch or injure him at all. You could only stand in front of barrels and generators so he would charge into them and take damage. And so the template for almost all future Rhino combat began.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


7. Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace

Rhino appeared as a boss in the Game Boy Advance game Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace in 2001. In the game, Spider-man fought Hammerhead, Big Wheel, and Mysterio in a 2D side-scrolling beat-em-up. It was pretty standard stuff, but what do you expect for a handheld console? This game flashed back to 1990's Amazing Spiderman game with its Rhino boss fight. Rhino ran left and right across the screen. Spider-Man had to defeat him by jumping over him when he charged, and attacking when Rhino paused to get ready to charge again. At least there was no head-bashing.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: No


8. Spider-Man 2

In 2004, Rhino returned in the Spider-Man 2 game loosely based on the movie. In this game released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Spider-man was able to freely roam around a three-dimensional version of Manhattan. Sort of like Grand Theft Auto, except Spider-man would stop crime instead of starting it. The Rhino was the first boss Spider-man battled in the game. In the console versions, you damaged him by waiting until Spidey's Spider Sense went off. Then when you hit Rhino, he'd get dizzy, and you could hit him. In the PC Game, there was actually a double dose of Rhino. In the beginning, Rhino got caught in a cage made of lasers. The only way for Spider-Man to beat him was to wait for him to charge, jump out of the way, and get Rhino to smash into the cage until he wore down. Rhino returned later on when Spider-Man had to fight him in a generator room. Guess how? Yup, make him charge into generators until they wore him down. It was two charging battle cliches for the price of one!
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


9. Ultimate Spider-Man

In 2005, Ultimate Spider-Man brought the games into the Ultimate comic book universe. This was another three-dimensional combat game for the Nintendo DS, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Advance. Spider-man battled multiple enemies, including Venom, Electro, and Silver Sable. In this one, Rhino underwent another name change to R.H.I.N.O., a shrimpy guy in a rhino-shaped armored suit. In the boss battle, Spider-man had to chase him through city streets until R.H.I.N.O. was cornered in a parking lot. There, Spider-man had to jump onto R.H.I.N.O.'s back in order to damage him. This mechanic was a rare one for Rhino, an original concept! Except for the jumping.
Charging: No
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: No


10. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Rhino took on another boss role in the 2006 video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. In 2006, Ultimate Alliance was released as an action role-playing game for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Portable, Xbox and Xbox 360, Wii, and Microsoft Windows. In the game, Rhino was working with Doctor Doom, Shocker, and Arcade. But the gameplay in this game was pretty standard for RPGs with an overhead angle of the combat area, and all the characters just doing brief animations to symbolize attacks. It didn't vary much with Rhino. Attack, attack, attack, and you beat Rhino. He didn't even charge that much.
Charging: No
Jumping: No
Head-Bashing: No


11. Spider-Man: Friend or Foe

In 2007, Rhino returned in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. This beat 'em up game for XBox, Playstation, and Windows PC had Spider-Man teaming up with other heroes to beat various villains like the Lizard, Doctor Octopus, and the Green Goblin. The twist was that once a villain was defeated, that villain could become Spiderman's sidekick on future missions. In the battle with Rhino, we got a return to the old standard. Rhino charged, Spiderman jumped out of the way, and Rhino zapped himself on energy pillars around the level. But after that, Rhino joined Spiderman, so you could put his horns to good use.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


12. Spider-Man 3

In 2007, an action game based on the Spider-Man 3 movie was released. Since Rhino appeared in the Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 version, and not in the movie, it was a loose translation at best. But it was another sandbox-type of game where you roamed Manhattan. In this game, Spider-man teamed up with another supervillain named Scorpion (long story) in the boss battle against Rhino. Spider-Man couldn't beat him from the front, so he had to attack Rhino from the back. Rhino did charge in this battle, but mainly to smash up the room so he could grab huge pillars of debris to swat Spider-Man with. It was a more original take on the standard dynamic.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


13. Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

Rhino appeared in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows on a variety of platforms in 2008. The game had a unique dynamic of choosing between "good" (in the red-and-blue suit) and "evil" (in the black suit) paths of the story. In the game, Spider-man encountered Rhino on Ryker's Island. But in the PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360, and Wii version of the game, Rhino was not just a boss, but actually helpful. Spider-man could jump onto Rhino's back and ride him, making him launch attacks on enemies and break walls and obstacles in the level. So it was the same old thing, except you could actually benefit from it.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


14. Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem

Total Mayhem was the first mobile game to feature Rhino. Released in 2010, the game was another one set in the Ultimate universe, and had Spider-Man fighting Sandman, Electro, Venom, Dr. Octopus, Green Goblin, and (of course) Rhino. It was also another 3D game where you tapped to punch, swing, and shoot webs. Rhino appeared in a level where he robbed a bank. Rhino would charge Spider-man repeatedly, and the player had to jump over him. Once Rhino hit something, he had to pause to recover, and Spider-Man could inflict damage. In other words, we were back to that again.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


15. Spider-Man: Edge of Time

In 2011, Rhino appeared exclusively in the Nintendo DS version of Spider-Man: Edge of Time. In Edge of Time, Spider-man teamed up with the futuristic version of Spider-man from 2099, thanks to wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. The Nintendo DS version returned the series to a 2D side-scrolling game. That also meant a return of Rhino's old standard. Rhino charged, Spider-Man jumped out of the way, and Rhino had to recover when he bashed his head, allowing the player to punch and kick him into oblivion. Which begs the question: if Rhino knows hitting his head will hurt him, why does he keep doing it?
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


16. The Amazing Spider-Man

In 2012, another movie tie-in game arrived with The Amazing Spider-Man. The game followed the movie and featured an open-world game with a complex combat system. In this game, Rhino's origin changed from a guy in a suit to a genetic hybrid of a man and a rhino. Rhino was, of course, a boss fight, and followed the familiar formula: Rhino charged, Spider-man dodged, and you beat on him when he got his horn stuck into something. It's worth noting this game also featured a Rhino DLC, with an alternate mode where you could control Rhino and try to cause as much damage as possible throughout the city. Yes, you too could charge your head into walls and cars. Fun for all.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


17. Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2

Marvel: Avengers Alliance was a Facebook game until the sequel was released in 2012 as a mobile version for iOS and Android. It was a multiplayer RPG where Marvel superhero characters fight in a series of missions against supervillains. In Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2, Rhino was a boss villain. However, much like Marvel Heroes, the combat was about numbers, not movement. It was all turn-based combat with a variety of animations of characters attacking. Rhino's attack animation was the Rhino charging, but you couldn't jump out of the way, and Rhino didn't slam his head into anything. You basically just take turns attacking and watching him charge until he was defeated.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: No
Head-Bashing: No


18. Marvel Heroes

Marvel Heroes was a massively multiplayer online action role-playing game released in 2013. It's been rebranded as Marvel Heroes 2015 and Marvel Heroes 2016 in recent years. Since it's an RPG, most of the combat was the same - enemies had attack animations on your heroes while you performed attack animations on the enemies. Rhino was a boss character in this game, but he just went around punching like any other enemy. No charging, no jumping, no head-bashing. Whether that's good or bad depends on how much you love that sort of thing.
Charging: No
Jumping: No
Head-Bashing: No


19. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Rhino's always been pretty dumb. But in 2013, Rhino turned into a real blockhead in the popular game Lego Marvel Super Heroes for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In this 3-D action game, players got to use various Marvel superheroes to fight their way through a story involving the Red Skull, Magneto, and Loki. The whole time, they broke apart and assembled Lego pieces. Rhino appeared at the end of one level where Captain America, Storm, and Thing went to an island. In the boss battle, Rhino charged around the level, smashing things apart. Players jumped or moved out of the way until there were enough Lego pieces on the ground. The pieces could be assembled into a giant pumpkin that Thing knocked Rhino into, defeating him. Even in Lego form, Rhino fell for the same old tricks.
Charging: Yes
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: Yes


20. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

In 2014, a new Amazing Spider-Man 2 game was released, but the console version didn't include Rhino. Which is odd, considering Rhino was in the actual movie. However, the iOS and Android mobile game did include our favorite head-banger, Rhino. Just like the movie version, Rhino was a thug wearing an augmented power suit shaped like a Rhino. Also like the movie, Rhino relied more on rockets and machine guns to get the job done. Spiderman had to dodge a volley of attacks from Rhino, waiting until Rhino stopped and got within range. At that point, Spidey could punch Rhino until he won. This had to be one of the most original Rhino fights in all of videogame history.
Charging: No
Jumping: Yes
Head-Bashing: No

What do you think of Rhino? Which Rhino games have you played? Which are your favorites?

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10/23/2016

We recently talked about the new Iron Man, who will be a young black girl named Riri Williams (her name will be Ironheart, in case you're wondering how a female can be an "Iron Man"). While that brought the usual controversy over a female minority taking over a white male role, a new controversy has erupted over one of the variant covers for her first issue.

Marvel released this cover for "Invincible Iron Man" #1:



Just a day after its release, the flood of complaints caused Marvel to pull the cover. While many people in the comments underworld of the Internet are screaming about "another conspiracy by the Social Justice Warrior Feminazis argle bargle," we think they need to focus not on the fact that Marvel pulled a picture of a sexy woman, but that they pulled a picture of an UNDERAGE GIRL. This cover wouldn't really be that big a deal if she was twenty or even eighteen. But the fact that it's a fifteen year old girl makes it way more inappropriate.

For comparison, Riri Williams is apparently based on the actress Skai Jackson, who looks like this:

Quite a different body.

And yes, some people have been making the argument that fifteen year old girls in the real world wear way skimpier outfits than this. To which we say, "That's true. But this isn't a real girl." In real life, fifteen year old girls also drink, take drugs, smoke, and do all sorts of stuff. It's only when we get into the fictional world where everything is a creation of someone's own imagination that we get to cast judgement.

Personally, I think it's not just sexist, but bad art. The torso is way too long with an enormous stomach compared to the rest of her.

What do you think of Riri Williams' cover?

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10/11/2016

"Sweet Christmas. Did I do that?" That's what you'll be thinking when you see this hilarious mash-up of "Luke Cage" and "Family Matters."

Even if you haven't seen Netflix's "Luke Cage" (and you should), we think you'll appreciate this re-edited intro to the series. Created by Zach Ace, it's a shot-for-shot recreation of the original opening for "Family Matters," using clips from "Luke Cage" instead. On Reddit, Zach explained:
I edited this together over the course of a week really, but "over the weekend" sounds more effortless and cool and like I have better things to do than cut together 13 hours of a TV show into another TV show. 
Anyway, I'm uploading the comparison video right now and I'll edit it into this comment when it finishes [Link Here]. I matched every cut and a whole lot of scenes in tone and action, I really love editing.
If you're a child of the 90s, we think you'll love it. If you're a fan of Cage, you'll probably love it, too. If you're neither, well, it's still pretty good.



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9/26/2016

When the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot movie came out, fans had a lot of complaints. We want Shredder to be more of a villain. We wanted Bebop and Rocksteady. We wanted to get rid of the turtles' freaky nostrils. We wanted to get rid of the living mannequin Megan Fox as April O'Neill. Well, Michael Bay was listening, and he delivered in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Shadows. That is to say, he ignored everything we wanted, except he put in Bebop and Rocksteady. He also somehow managed to make a TMNT movie that had even more plot holes, ruining of beloved characters, and just plain annoying crap. Here's the latest Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies where they take on the heroes in a half-shell.



What did you think of TMNT: Out of the Shadows?

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9/24/2016

Black Lightning via FOX
Black Lightning is one of the first major African American superheroes in comic book history. Originally created in 1977, the electrically powered superhero has inspired numerous other minority heroes with electric powers. Now he's finally getting his own TV show.

Variety announced that Fox will be developing a Black Lightning TV series. The show will be about Jefferson Pierce, who has retired from his career as Black Lightning years ago. But "with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight." It will be produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who already helm the successful DC series "The Flash," "Arrow," "Supergirl," and "Legends of Tomorrow." Husband-and-wife duo Salim and Mara Brock Akil, who were producers on "Being Mary Jane" and "The Game," are writing and producing the adaptation of the comic.

We're looking forward to this series. It's great to have more original minority superheroes, and it sounds like an interesting twist on the usual superhero drama. This and Netflix's "Luke Cage" are pioneering a new wave of black heroes. Also, all that lightning will look totally cool. It's only got a pilot commitment right now, but here's hoping it goes to series.

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