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Iron Man Is Being Rebooted!

Marvel Comics is bringing Tony Stark back to his roots, in a brand new series aptly titled Iron Man. This reboot will see Tony Stark reprising his role as Iron Man in a brand new suit designed by legendary comic book artist Alex Ross. 

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For those of you who may not be aware, Tony Stark has had quite a different journey in the comics in recent years as compared to his cinematic counterpart, including but not limited to being killed, resurrected as an artificial intelligence, and the leader of a robotic revolution against his brother Arno Stark. However, this new series will once again put the “man” back in “Iron Man”, which will be written by Christopher Cantwell and illustrated by CAFU (or Carlos Alberto Fernandez Urbano, for those who are unaware).

Cantwell, who’s worked on the Eisner-nominated Doctor Doom miniseries as well as the excellent She Could Fly from Dark Horse Comics said that he wants to explore Stark’s identity and public perception, while Tony will be stripping the idea of Iron Man down to it’s “metal core.” 

I’m over the moon about getting a shot at writing the Golden Avenger. Since Bob Layton’s art in the 1980s captured my imagination as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by Iron Man, and in this new story run I’m aiming to explore the question: who should Iron Man be today? An angel? A god? Or just a humble man? Tony’s going to try and strip the idea of Iron Man all the way down to its metal core, something that will constantly be at odds with his giant ego. We’ll see if he can truly keep his arrogant self-image in check, even as others with god complexes set their sights on the entire universe.” 

Iron Man #1 will be coming to stores this September. While this is by far not the first time Tony Stark has been rebooted (He’s existed since 1963, after all), it is an opportunity for people who are only a fan of the character thanks to his cinematic portrayal by Robert Downey Junior to check out his trials and tribulations in the comics, and not have to read the last decade of material to follow. For those who have fallen in love with the MCU and now want to read the source material they were based on, this September you’ll be able to begin your journey with the classic tale of Tony Stark, billionaire, playboy, genius, philanthropist! 

Check out the trailer for the new series here, which showcases Ross’ design, while giving readers a closer look at what they might expect.

 

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7 Of Marvel’s Finest To Help You Celebrate National Superhero Day

Ever since Avengers premiered in May of 2012, Marvel fans all around the world have asked the age-old question: “who’s in your top 5?” and I myself have battled with it constantly. Always torn between two iconic characters; or constantly debating with my friends why some newcomers should be added to the list. However, I’ve decided to not to make a top five but a top seven and on National Superhero Day nonetheless! For decades Marvel’s heroes have charmed us with their wit, warmed us with their hearts and reminded us that being different is okay. Everyone on this list defines what is to be a hero in their own way. Not everyone has the gift of strength or flight, but they all keep pushing forward even when things look uncertain.

I hope you see a couple of familiar faces and maybe I can even introduce you, to some of my favorites. If anything, I hope this list reminds you that we all have the ability to be super.

1. Shuri

This might be controversial to many, but for me it’s a complete no brainer! Yes, I’m completely aware that Shuri’s older brother is the Black Panther, Marvel’s first black superhero. T’Challa is another one of my favorites, but when I saw Shuri in Black Panther she lit up the screen. Her intelligence places her amongst the best minds in the MCU; whether it be upgrading her brother’s suit, finding new uses for vibranium or using her inventions to aid in battle. No she doesn’t have super-human powers, but the princess of Wakanda has proven herself to be a valued member of the team. Insulting her brother’s shoes with beloved memes just solidified her place in my heart. Not only is she the voice for younger siblings everywhere (me Included!), Shuri shines a light on the lack of representation of WOC in the STEM field. Shuri showcases what the future can look like with equal representation. Shuri gets even more deserved attention in her first solo series, Shuri: The Search For The Black Panther written by Nnedi Okorafor. In Shuri, T’Challa has gone missing and it’s up to his determined sister to find him. Not to mention she’s expected to step up to the throne during his absence. Paired with beautiful illustrations this is an amazing way to follow up with Shuri’s story.

 

2. Black widow


It wasn’t until her heroic death in Avengers: Endgame was the general public finally giving Natasha Romanoff her much deserved flowers. However, I’ve been obsessed with Black Widow since I saw her in Iron Man 2. Trained as a master fighter in various forms of combat, hosting incredible levels of agility humanely possible and recognized as an amazing hacker Natasha is a formidable opponent. With her first solo movie slated for later this year, all I can say is finally!! Natasha is as resilient and determined as the boys on her team; so her solo movie will only show more of that. Her lack of super powers doesn’t make her less of a hero, not by a long shot.

What makes Black Widow special to me is her ability to rise above her checked pass and her willingness to turn over a new leaf. First introduced as a villain in Marvel’s Tales of Suspense #52, her rough past and complex history could’ve led her down a permanent dark path. However, after befriending the Avengers she switches sides. Not only does she show redemption is possible, but that all of us struggle to do what is right at times. Now that is extremely relatable.

3. Spider-Man (Miles Morales) 

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                                                                                                                                                                                           Were your Spidey senses tingling? Well they should’ve! You can’t have a superhero list without your neighborhood Spider-Man, but sorry Peter Parker, I’m talking about Miles Morales. I can go on and on about why I love Miles Morales, but to put it simply, when I came across his story I felt like I was hearing Spider-Man’s story for the first time. The simplicity, originality, and freshness in Miles’ story is enough to breathe some more life into the legacy of a fifty-seven year old super hero. His first solo movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is nothing short of captivating; the animation looks like a comic book coming to life. Miles is an Afro-Latino preteen who hails from Brooklyn, New York and like the Peter Parker before him, he hosts powers like agility, strength plus Spidey senses. As well as some new personal touches, Miles can channel electric energy that can paralyze his enemies by touching them.

Miles is extremely cool to say the least, but what’s remarkable about Miles to me is how much he wishes to stay normal. Even with his newly acquired powers (those pesky genetically engineered spiders!) Miles doesn’t rush into the role of the hero. Partly because in his universe Peter Parker is still alive, but it’s not until Peter’s death does Miles realize his new path. Even though he didn’t want this path at first, when New York needed him he showed up. Miles represent New York’s diverse melting pot and he should definitely be your favorite Spider-Man. Dive deeper in Miles’ origins in Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man: Volume 1 written by Brian Michael Bendis.

 

4. Scarlet Witch

Arguably one of the most powerful beings in the MCU (seriously top three material); Scarlet Witch has proven herself to be to be a formidable foe, but an even better ally. Similar to Black Widow, Wanda Maximoff started off on the wrong side of the tracks; her early years were spent in a life of crime. Powers such as telekinesis, mental manipulation and energy blasts were taken advantage of by evil influences (*cough* Ultron *cough* Magneto). However, Wanda found a better path and lifelong friends with the Avengers. She eventually fell in love with Vision and even tried her hand at married life.

Scarlet Witch’s arc is truly remarkable; to see her grow into her own woman, her own hero is nothing short of inspiring. Scarlet Witch’s upcoming show WandaVision, which is supposed to premiere later this year on Disney+, honestly looks like nothing Marvel has ever done. A Wanda and Vision sitcom, with a dash of nostalgia? Sign me up!

 

5. Doctor Strange

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Keeping up with the theme of magical power, Doctor Stephen Strange had to be on my list. I’m ashamed to say the first time I saw Doctor Strange was in Avengers: Infinity War, and he had me starstruck from the moment I saw him. Seeing his powers, intelligence, and amazing sarcasm I was sold instantly. Am I the only one who wants a sitcom with him and Ironman? I immediately went home to watch his solo movie and mentally kicked myself for not knowing him sooner. After making a successful career as a surgeon Stephen Strange got into an accident that injured his hands horribly. He attempts to save his hands by going to Nepal to find cures outside of modern medicine. It’s when he finds the Ancient One he learns the way of the Mystic Arts and eventually the Master of the Mystic Arts.               

Strange gave up his selfish and egotistical ways in order to become Earth’s protector. Plus, his cloak of levitation has to be one of the coolest accessories in the MCU. See Strange’s first appearance in Strange Tales #110 written by Stan Lee. 

 

6. Nebula

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Now I know this may be considered a wild card and even a deal breaker for some, but hear me out! I’m aware of Nebula’s turbulent past, but should that exclude her from being called a hero? If you’ve made it this far you should know I’m a sucker for a good redemption story and Nebula is no exception. When I saw her, I immediately thought ‘this girl means business’ and I wasn’t wrong. Adopted by Thanos, Nebula was trained by him and would be forced to battle her adopted sister Gamora. By being pitted against each other, Nebula craved a relationship with her sister.                                                                                                                                                                                                Even with the odds against her, Nebula persisted; ultimately becoming one of the best fighters in the galaxy, an expert pilot, and a fierce warrior. Eventually going after her abusive father Thanos, she even aids the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame.

 

7. Iron Man

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A Marvel list without Iron Man? Completely unheard of, unorthodox, and frankly not done! I had to wrap my list up with the man that kicked the MCU off twelve years ago. I remembering dragging my mom to see the first Iron Man in 2008 and I walked away completely in awe. Every hero I named earlier is able to grace your movie screens now because enough people loved and believed in Iron Man twelve years ago. He’s a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, genius, and heavy sarcasm user; what’s not to love? Whether he’s facing off Captain America (was totally on Iron Man’s side) or being a father figure to Peter Parker, his stamp on this universe can’t be erased. Iron Man’s death signaled the end of an era and that can be scary for some; for a decade we had a witty father figure, but now he’s gone (I’m still grieving).

Thanks Iron Man for giving me a childhood full of adventure, I love you 3000.

Ultimately this day isn’t defined by your favorite comic book heroes’ abilities. On National Superhero Day you should reflect on the lessons your favorite heroes have taught you. Everyday, but especially on this day, let us acknowledge the heroes that inspire and challenge us (Thanks Mom!).

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Hulu & Netflix ‘Sleigh’ With December Adaptations

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means—families coming together to bicker and brawl about politics, panicking about decorations and dinners, and gifts, gifts, and more gifts! So hide away from all the chaos in either these book adaptations or the original books themselves.

 

 

This month we have the long-awaited release of Netflix’s adapted series, The Witcher, to be released December 20th. Marvel fans can find entertainment on Hulu with the 2008 Iron Man film released, and, for those of you who dare to watch it, Spider-Man 3 is being released at the end of December as well.

December is also bringing a whole lot of intense action and drama. The award-winning adaptation of No Country for Old Men will be shooting its way onto Hulu at the very start of the year, and the legendary martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will also be released to start the month.

The Silence of the Lambs will be available to chill the already chilly season, on top of a new season of You.

 

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Experience this horrific sight all over again December 31st on Hulu | Image via tenor

 

There’s even more streaming to look forward to this December! Check-out the full adaptation list below.

Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

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The Witcher will make his entrance December 20th on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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You’d be crazy to not watch this new season of You on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Watch No Country For Old Men, it’ll blow your mind! | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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While Morgan Freedman is Driving Miss Daisy, you can  “drive youself” to Hulu to watch the film December 1st

 

 

 

Action

 

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While the holidays “dragon”, find peace in the action packed film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

 

 

 

ROMANCE

 

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 Tired of Holiday Shopping? Chill at home by watching A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Netflix

 

 

 

Comics

 

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Suit up for Iron Man, December 27th on Hulu

 

 

Who knew all these movies and shows were based on book? Granted, its obvious that the book will always be better, but we’re glad that these authors are receiving the recognition that they deserve!

 

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Don't Clean Your Room! Read About The Top 8 Books About Dust

Riddle me this: What is everywhere in your room but doesn’t clutter up any space?
DUST!
Dust is actually very important, as far as books go. They can set a scene, they can create a mood, they can be an important plot element. So before you go off and clean your room or procrastinate about cleaning your room, you might just want to read through this list about our top 8 books that feature dust as an important element in the story.
 

 

8-Amelia Bedelia

 
Amelia Bedelia

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Before we get dark, let’s start with a happy children’s book. Starting in 1963, Amelia Bedelia stars, well, Amelia Bedelia, which started this hit children’s series. Funny, brilliant, this stories often follow Amelia Bedelia, a maid in the Rodgers family, who often misunderstands various commands of her employer by always taking figures of speech and various terminology literally.
 
Dust The Strawberries

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Notably, she takes the command “dust the furniture” literally and, well, mayhem ensures.
Lucky, after a series of comic misunderstanding and general mayhem, Amelia Bedelia is usually able to the win the family over with a delicious pie or cake. After a while the Rodgers family becomes astute enough to realize that Amelia Bedelia takes everything they say literally so, instead of firing her, they give her more specific commands such as “undust the furniture”.
So remember: You shouldn’t ‘dust around the house’, you should ‘undust the house’. Or you can dust the house. I don’t care, you do you.
 

7-Cinderella

 
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With that out of the way, let’s get dark. Dust can set a scene, set a mood, and you know that things are dark when this story opens with a little girl dusting the house while her step-mother and step-sisters are lounge around the house.
 
Cinderella dusting

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Since her father’s death, Cinderella’s has been left in the dust, left in the squalor of her step-mother’s tyrannical rule. We all know where the story goes from here, either from the Disney movie or Grimm’s Fairy Tales, with her rising from the dust and into the arms of someone who loves her.

6-Infinity Gauntlet

 
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Before the monsters of movies, Infinity War and Endgame, hit theaters, comic readers knew since 1991 that there was a chance our favorite heroes might get dusted. Though we weren’t sure if Disney was going to go through with it, we sat back in awe as our favorite characters, including Spider-Man, bit the dust.
If you want to see where this plot point came from, we’ll buy this comic and listen to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” as you see characters you know and love and characters you don’t know but will love get dusted. Be warned:
 

 
It’s some heavy stuff.
 

 

5-Howl’s Moving Castle

 
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Published in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones. A runner-up for the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the book was adapted into in 2004 was adapted as an animated film of the same name in 2004 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
 
Young and Old Sophie Hatter

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The importance of dust cannot be understated. After her father dies, Sophie Hatter takes over her family’s hat shop but encounters some trouble when she meets a witch who believes Sophie is doing some magic in her territory. In the book Sophie’s guilty as charged, so the witch curses her into looking like an old woman.
She runs away and, cold alone, sneaks on board a moving castle. But she’s found out!
This is when dust comes into play. See, Sophie’s cover story is that, since the castle is old and dusty, she’s the new house keeper! A quick look around and everyone is satisfied with her story, and Sophie ends up actually cleaning the castle.
The story goes on from here, but the most important moral of the story is this: Dust is helpful.
 

4-The Help

 
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Published in 2009, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s.
A story about oppression, prejudiced, and hope, this story utilized dust to symbolize the hardships people go through and the impossibilities in cleaning away hatred.
 

3-Les Miserables

 
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You might know the film, the play, or Victor Hugo’s magnum opus, this story shines a lighter on the misery and the pain of poverty and finding redemption in a cruel world. From the grimy streets of Paris to the dirt of the taverns, this story is known best for this image:
 
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There’s a reason for that. A young girl cursed to poverty, to survive and not thrive in a dirty world, she’ll have to work hard and, with a little luck, she might be given a new start and a clean slate.
 

 

2-Series of Unfortunate Events

 
Three orphans cleaning with toothbrushes because life sucks and then you die

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In this series the Baudelaire orphans can’t catch a break. While they are bounced around to guardian after guardian, they are met with increasingly dire circumstances and squalor beyond repair. From a greedy man who just wants them for this vast fortune to a man engulfed in smoke who keeps them (including the baby!) working in a lumber mill, the orphans are no stranger to dust, grime, filth, and dusty things.
Thankfully, they never seem to catch a case of the sniffles, so I guess they’re lucky in that regard.
 
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Darkly funny and disturbingly horrific, this series is certainly something that’ll make you thankful because, even though dust seems to follow you everywhere you go, at least you’re not being chased by a villain.
If you are in fact being chased by an evil villain, considering calling 9-1-1.
 

1-His Dark Materials

 
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Does dust follow you everywhere you go? Well, that might be a good thing. In the His Dark Materials trilogy, dust are elementary particles associated with consciousness and are integral to the plot. Everyone is chasing dust.
In the first book, young Lyra is bombarded with adults who claim that dust is evil, a terrible particle that causes all the misery in the world. Even her father, Lord Asriel, tells her that

Somewhere out there is the origin of all the Dust, all the death, the sin, the misery, the destructiveness in the world. Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die.

In the first book, Lyra believes this wholeheartedly, but at the end of the novel her eyes are opened up to the wonders of dust when her daemon, Pantalaimon, asks her:
We’ve heard them all talk about Dust, and they’re so afraid of it, and you know what? We believed them, even though we could see what they were doing was wicked and evil and wrong…We thought Dust must be bad too, because they were grown up and they said so. But what if it isn’t?
From there, Lyra realizes:

If Dust were a good thing…If it were to be sought and welcomes and cherished..
‘We could look for it too, Pan!’ she said

The moral of the story? Don’t dust your house, because dust is magical.
 

 
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