Olivia Munn as Psylocke in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse”

 

Get ready for the first appearance of the Olivia Munn Psylocke.

Check out a new image of the Olivia Munn Psylocke and read on for the actress’ thoughts on getting the character right

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This summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is set to mark the first major appearance of the mutant known as Psylocke on the big screen. As you can see from a newly-released image, 20th Century Fox is committed to making the Olivia Munn Psylocke true to the character in the comic book and, in a new interview with CNET, the actress explains why she’s proud of her take on the psionic mutant.

“I’ve loved Psylocke for so long,” Munn tells the outlet. “She’s a really, really strong badass female character in this comic book world where a lot of times the women don’t get to be strong and badass. You see a lot of superheroes [who] don’t always want to kill, and they’ll avoid it if they can. She’s never had a problem killing, and I like that she was the bad guy that had no problem being the bad guy. She’s telekinetic and telepathic so she can read your mind. She can create anything with her mind. To win any, she can just create a mountain and have it fall down on you, but she chooses to create a sword so she can kill up close and personal. I always thought that was really cool and badass.”

Like quite a few Marvel mutants, Psylocke’s comic book history is a bit strange. Elizabeth Braddock first appeared in 1976’s “Captain Britain” #8 as the twin sister of the UK book’s title hero. It wasn’t until a decade later in the pages of “New Mutants Annual” #2 that Braddock, a telepath, took over the body and abilities of a Japanese ninja, Kwannon, becoming the X-Men member known as Psylocke.

Whether Olivia Munn’s Pyslocke will have such a convoluted origin story remains to be seen.

Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.

French-Cambodian actress Élodie Yung as Elektra, revealed in the new ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 trailer

Elektra Revealed in ‘Daredevil’ Season 2

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Marvel’s Daredevil is set to introduce the violent sexy mercenary (The Girl with the Dragon tattoo actress Élodie Yung) in season 2. She’ll complicate Matt Murdoch’s life while he struggles to handle new threats in Hell’s Kitchen, including Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal).

Above is a first photo of the actress in the show — albeit without her double-sai-dagger-wielding costume on.

Elektra and Punisher will be joined in Daredevil Season 2 by returning stars Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, a.k.a. Night Nurse, and Scott Glenn as Stick. We also reported in November that Sonia Braga has signed on to star in Marvel’s Luke Cage as Claire Temple’s mother, but it isn’t known if this character will also surface in Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil.

Netflix hasn’t announced when the new season will debut quite yet, but hopefully we’ll find out more soon.

Entertainment Weekly also spoke to Daredevil showrunner Douglas Petrie, who reveals that Elektra will become Matt Murdock’s girlfriend. “Matt’s a deeply moral complicated guy and she’s just the best bad girlfriend you can possibly have. She does everything wrong and attractive, she’s his id, the wild side. Matt is always taming his wild side. Elektra just lets it out. He’s both repulsed and deeply drawn to that.

Custom leather armors inspired by iconic characters make for some unique cosplay

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Cosplay that looks exactly like the source material is so yesterday’s news. Nowadays plenty of people take a character and use their basic look and color scheme to design a whole new costume never seen before.

People who are looking to go a little medieval with their costumes and aren’t leatherworking experts should probably look to Prince Armory, who design and create uniquely amazing sets of leather armor. Their finished pieces look so gorgeous you’ll probably want to refer to them as art. Art that could probably stop a knife, that is.

Prince Armory has been creating custom hand crafted armor, costumes and leather products since 2007. What began as a business that was almost exclusively custom one-off items has blossomed into full sets of leather armor commissioned by their patrons.

While much of their work is inspired by fantasy and medieval settings, a few of their pieces have dipped into modern-day geekery.

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Besides Iron Man, their customers have commissioned medieval inspired costumes based on characters such as Darth Vader, Marvel’s Loki, DC’s Batman and the Joker and even the Warrior of Light from Final Fantasy.

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Medieval Joker Leather Armor by Prince Armory

Functional hardened leather full body armor including:

Jester’s Helmet with Joker Mask, Breastplate, Drama Face Pauldrons, Breastplate, Jester’s War Skirt, Cuisses/Knees/Greaves, Articulated Jester Shoe Sabatons

Updated Medieval Loki Helmet (horns carved and painted gold)

Leather Helmet with water buffalo horns

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Part of a custom armor order based off a final fantasy character. Made from leather, horse hair and horn

Warrior of Light (from Final Fantasy)

Prince Armory’s impressive work has also been used in a Samsung TV commercial. Take a close look at the rider at the beginning on the white horse.

To see more of their outstanding work, be sure to take a look at their websiteFacebook or DeviantArt page to see all the amazing pieces they’ve crafted. What’s great about their work is that every commission is an original, and they will never do the same exact set twice.

Prince Armory’s impressive work has also been used in a Samsung TV commercial. Take a close look at the rider at the beginning on the white horse.

To see more of their outstanding work, be sure to take a look at their website,Facebook or DeviantArt page to see all the amazing pieces they’ve crafted. What’s great about their work is that every commission is an original, and they will never do the same exact set twice. If you want a suit of armor made by them, you can be assured that no one else will be riding into battle with the same fearsome leather as you will!

Pre-order the sleek new Batman figure envisioned by prolific video game designer Tetsuya Nomura

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Tetsuya Nomura is the mastermind behind this upcoming Batman figure, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. The 44-year-old video game artist/designer/director of Square Enix fame (he’s a veteran of both the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts) personally designed this version of the Dark Knight, and if you’re a fan of both his work and DC Comics, you’d better ready your wallet now!

Even by Batman standards, this new figure is a relatively dark interpretation of everybody’s favorite brooding superhero. One look at its design and Nomura’s stylistic flourishes are evident in every little detail, from the incredibly intricate bladed arm gauntlets to the flowing, jagged cape. A pair of mobile arms sprouting from the figure’s back, which can be “deactivated” at your pleasure, add a nice personal touch.

This definitely seems like the Final Fantasy X Batman crossover that we’ve all been waiting for.

Check out these promotional images:

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The glossy black coloration accented by a rich red does wonders to further stylize the Dark Knight. Just watch out for those claws!

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At approximately 306 millimeters (12 inches) tall and weighing 670 grams (1.5 pounds), the figure has quite the threatening presence.

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Nomura’s figure is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Japan’s site for 19,786 yen (US$166.01), which is also listed as being 26% (6,998 yen/$58.72) off the list price. The actual release date is slated for July 31.

Samsung is releasing an “Iron Man” edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge

For all the Iron Man fans out there, you can now have a piece of the superhero with you at all times as Samsung has released an image of the much-rumored Iron Man edition of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S6 Edge. However, we only get a view of the box which features the iconic character’s mask in a red and gold box. If we were to guess, the phone itself will likely sport the same color scheme.

Stay tuned for more information from the tech giant.

A first look at Lana Condor as Jubilee in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse”

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We couldn’t contain our excitement last month when X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer revealed that newcomer Lana Condor would be playing the teenage mutant, Jubilee. Although Jubilee was a popular character in the 90’s X-Men comics as well as the animated television show, she barely made an appearance in the previous X-Men films. It seems the tides are turning and we definitely have high hopes for a bigger Jubilee presence in the films with Condor now on board.

And even more exciting is to actually see it all come together. Filming for X-Men: Apocalypse officially began last week and thanks to social media, we were lucky enough to get a look at Condor dolled up in Jubilee’s trademark yellow jacket and the bright colors of 80’s fashion.

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Condor also seems to have picked up a familiar face as a friend. Sophie Turner, most known for her role as Sansa Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been casted in X-Men: Apocalypse as Jean Grey. It’s truly hard not to be excited seeing the two of them interact.

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Cindy Moon goes solo as ‘Silk,’ Marvel’s new comic heroine

Marvel's new comic book, "Silk," tells the story of Cindy Moon and her crime-fighting alter ego.

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One afternoon in late January, Howard Flysher, an avuncular 67-year-old with a neatly trimmed white short-boxed beard, walked the length of the towering bookcase in the back of a popular Manhattan comic book store called Forbidden Planet. He paused every now and again, peering out from his black wire-framed glasses to scrutinize a title or two, the way an art critic might appraise a painting.

The first installment of “Silk,” a new Marvel comic book derived from the Spider-Man series, was not yet on shelves. But Flysher, who buys and sells comic books for a living, said he plans to purchase “Silk” when it appears in stores February 18.

After all, he acknowledged, it’s not everyday that a superhero from Queens becomes the first, female, Asian American to get her own series.”Isn’t it about time?” Flysher quipped.

The first installment of “Silk,” a new Marvel comic book derived from the Spider-Man series, appears in stores February 18.
The first installment of “Silk,” a new Marvel comic book derived from the Spider-Man series, appears in stores February 18.

 

The series, which tells the story of Cindy Moon and her crime-fighting, alter-ego named Silk, comes a year after another superhero, Kamala Khan, became the first Muslim character to headline one of Marvel’s comic books. Like Kahn, a character created by writer G. Willow Wilson and Marvel editor Sana Amanat, Moon possesses certain powers that allow her to fight evil in the Marvel universe – powers she gained after being bitten by the same irradiated spider that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man.

It’s funny that this is 2015, and these are still firsts,” said Jeff Ayres, who has been the manager of Forbidden Planet for 20 years.

If you go to any comic book convention, the entire audience is so diverse, almost 50-50 men women…It’s everybody from different ethnic backgrounds.”

Not so long ago, it used to be that males dominated the ranks of American comic book superheroes. But by the 1970s, comic book publishers began featuring more female and ethnic characters in supporting roles, said Joseph Taraborrelli Sr., a Marvel spokesman.

For its part, Marvel has introduced such characters as Kahn, a superhero from New Jersey known as Ms. Marvel, and Anya Corazon, a Latina teenager from Brooklyn who made her debut in 2004. The creation of these female leads, as well as the hundreds of Asian superheroes in comic books today, collectively mirrors a shift in the demographics of comic book enthusiasts across the United States.

If you go to any comic book convention, the entire audience is so diverse, almost 50-50 men women,” Taraborrelli said. “There are all walks of life. It’s everybody from different ethnic backgrounds.”

"Silk" is the latest in a series of more diverse characters Marvel has been introducing over the last several years.

“Silk” is the latest in a series of more diverse characters Marvel has been introducing over the last several years.

Bringing more Asian-American characters into the Spider-Man series was one of Dan Slott’s goals when he signed on as its writer in 2008.

In 50 plus years of Spider-Man comics, one of the things that stood out to me was that there had only really been one prominent Asian-American character in the cast, Flash Thompson’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Sha Shan Nguyen,” Slott told NBC News. “Being six degrees away from Peter Parker, that meant she didn’t even really show up that often.”

As a result, Slott said he introduced two new Asian-American characters: Martin Li, a philanthropist who turns into a crime lord at night, and Yuri Watanabe, a New York Police Department captain who doubles as a vigilante and helps Spider-Man fight crime. He also created Moon, who, after gaining her superpowers, had been locked away in a bunker for a decade, separated from her family, to be kept safe from Spider-Man’s deadliest foes, the Inheritors.

For someone originally part of a tight knit Asian-American family, knowing that they’re all right, searching for them, and being together with them again is the most important thing in Cindy’s life,” Slott said.

People have to be able to identify with the character, even if they are not like the character.”

Moon’s character now has a new writer — Robbie Thompson, a self-described “huge comic book nerd” and a writer for the CW’s television series “Supernatural.” The key to further developing her character, Thompson explained, was to make Moon universally appealing to all readers, regardless of their gender or ethnicity.

“I think the thing that inspired me about her character was her inner strength, the unwillingness to ever give up,” Thompson told NBC News in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, California.

Thompson, who was born and raised in suburban Detroit, said he consulted his wife, originally from Manhattan’s Washington Heights, to help capture the nuances of what it was like for Moon to grow up in a New York City borough. But, he added, what was most important for him was gaining an understanding of how it feels to be locked away from civilization.

I read about isolation, what it’s like to be separated from people for so long, and how it affects her psychologically,” said Thompson, referring to the research he did before he wrote the series.

Marvel's new series tells the story of Cindy Moon and her crime-fighting, alter-ego named Silk.
Marvel’s new comic book series tells the story of Cindy Moon and her crime-fighting, alter-ego named Silk.

It is, of course, too early to tell whether Silk will enjoy the same popularity as Ms. Marvel, whose story centers on a Muslim-American teenager born in Jersey City. That series has already garnered a sizeable fan base over the past year, said Ayres, the manager of Forbidden Planet. For “Silk,” Ayres’ store has received positive feedback from a subscription program that asks readers which books they would like to see on their shelves, he said. Forbidden Planet, he added, also plans to offer coupons for Silk on the day it debuts.

But the key to being as successful as Ms. Marvel, Ayres said, ultimately rests on the book’s content.

Ms. Marvel is successful because the quality is good and it’s a fun, fun book,” he said. “It has a lot of fresh ideas, and it’s written by someone who is close to the character.”

And just as Thompson pointed out, Ayres explained that there also has to be something in the series for everyone.

Once you get a character like this who is outside the framework of the Marvel universe, or superhero comics in general, it has to be written and drawn close to home to a certain extent,” Ayres said. “People have to be able to identify with the character, even if they are not like the character.”

Flysher, a lifelong comic book reader who rattles off superheroes’ names as if talking about extended family, said he plans to return to Forbidden Planet the day Silk goes on sale. For a comic book seller, he said, it’s always worth buying the first issue of a series. But he was equally excited about delving into the story.

She’ll do really well — I think so,” Flysher said. “I mean, why not.”

Marvel's new comic "Silk" is available in stores February 18, 2015.

Marvel’s new comic “Silk” is available in stores February 18, 2015.

Resort in Philippines has literally giant Gundam rip-off, plus Disney and Marvel knockoffs galore

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Although the Philippines have plenty of seaside travel destinations, Jed’s Island Resort isn’t one of them. Being located in the landlocked municipality of Calumpit means that while Jed’s isn’t far from Manila Bay, it doesn’t have any coastline to call its own.

That’s OK, though, because you can still relax in one of the resort’s nine advertised swimming pools. And while you may not be able to enjoy listening to the sound of the waves, you will be able to look up at Jed’s gigantic Gundam statue that’s as tall as the one in Tokyo yet far, far skinnier. Not into anime? Not a problem! Jed’s is also home to beloved characters from Disney, Marvel, and DC…or at least their disturbingly off-model, knockoff doppelgangers.

The facility’s grounds used to be a private estate, but were opened to guests as Jed’s Island Resort in 1995. The resort’s website boasts that “During its five summers of existence, Jed’s has welcomed actors and actresses, singers, and band members from showbiz as its guest.” Ordinarily, we’d write the use of “guest” off as a typo, but considering that the reference to Jed’s five summers of existence is on a web page updated in 2014, nearly 20 years after the resort’s opening, it’s possible the management simply isn’t very good at math.

But hey, who needs statistical accuracy when you’ve got the most iconic giant robot in the history of Japanese animation, the RX-78-2 Gundam!

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Wow…looks like Gundam needs a sandwich. Or, seeing as how he’s in the Philippines, maybe a plate of lechon, the local variety of suckling pig. The robot is looking so skinny that we’re surprised it can still stand, and also so anemic that there’s no way it could survive an attack by the bellicose Zeon forces.

Gundam is so gaunt that at first glance it seems like the photo is the product of a weird camera lens, but the proportions of the woman standing between his feet aren’t warped at all.

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As further proof, here’s the anorexic mobile suit from a different angle that reveals more of its narrow dimensions.

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Still, this is a pretty gutsy move by Jed’s designers. Non-official wonky physique and large letter J on its crotch, that’s clearly and literally a huge Gundam rip-off. We’re sure executives at Bandai, the company which holds the licensing rights to all things Gundam, aren’t happy about it. If it’s any consolation, though, Bandai’s lawyers should bear in mind that Jed’s Island Resort isn’t just ripping off Gundam, they’re ripping off everybody!

Well, maybe not everybody, but that only seems to be because there’s not enough space for a project of that magnitude. Still, Jed’s has done an impressive job of filling its property with as many unlicensed likenesses as it can hold. The resort isn’t shy about this, either, at least in the case of these two photos from its Facebook page, which are excitedly touted as “New attraction-One Piece at Jed’s! and Big Hero 6 Robot Baymax!”

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Among Frozen’s many crowd-pleasing aspects, some fans were thrilled to see a Disney movie with two princesses. But apparently the special Jed’s edition of the film features no less than three royal ladies.

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Elsewhere, Jed’s gets the number of siblings just right. Can’t say the same about their facial features, though.

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▼ Elsa must be hitting the gym regularly to have added that much muscle definition to her shoulders. She’s apparently become so addicted to the pump from lifting weights that she’s curling half a head of cabbage.

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Going from Disney’s newest hit characters to their oldest, here’s Mickey and pals Goofy, Donald, and Mickey Clones 1 through 3, plus rival Bugs Bunny, all posing in front of a brachiosaur.

 

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We’re guessing some older, hand-drawn cartoon characters must look down on their nouveau rich CG counterparts. How else could you explain why the heroes of Avatar were left out of the Disney/Warner Bros. group photo?

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Of course, not all classic animated characters are so set in their ways. For example, Snow White has expanded her social circle beyond her seven stout housemates, and is seen here in the company of 1977 anime mecha Voltes V.

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As a matter of fact, Jed’s Island Resort seems to be all about crossovers, like this snapshot of the Sesame Street gang hanging out with Mother Goose.

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Awesome as it is to see Superman and Captain America in the same place, it’d still be cooler if they were fighting.

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Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Wonder Woman seem to have climbed all the way to the top of the water slide tower before losing their nerve to actually go down it.

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Legalities aside, we can at least see why the management of Jed’s Island Resort would want to decorate their pools with these instantly recognizable and hugely popular characters. They may have been a little too zealous in their efforts to copy as much as possible, though. For example, can you imagine any travelers picking where to stay according to which resort has the cast of free mobile game Clash of Clans?

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But even then, Jed’s “creative” team wasn’t done scraping the bottom of the barrel, because you haven’t exhausted every option until you’ve made a knock-off based on the cover 1980’s flight disaster satire Airplane!

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