The Lonely Skeptic

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You know what sucks? When you want cold water, so you put a water bottle in the freezer, but then you leave it in for too long and when you pull it out it’s completely frozen and then you have to wait for some of it to melt and you drink it and it’s thirst quenching, but it’s only, like, a few drops and then you have to wait for some more of it to melt and why don’t I just have fucking cold water? WHY?

thelonelyskeptic said: That image is actually from the comic book Injustice: Gods Among Us (based on a video game), which is an alternate universe. I've heard that it's quite good, but never read it.

cutewithoutthe:

Have you played the video game? I wonder if it’s worth getting into.

No, I don’t really play video games. The last game I played (that wasn’t the Fear Mythos game) was, um, Portal.

inkalypse:

In the first issue Clint gets shot in the arm while wearing a grey suit. The next time we see him in the suit, nineteen issues later, the sleeve is still torn in the place where he got shot. 

inkalypse:

In the first issue Clint gets shot in the arm while wearing a grey suit. The next time we see him in the suit, nineteen issues later, the sleeve is still torn in the place where he got shot. 

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thereallimegreenandloki:

durnesque-esque:

observingkatherine:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

I was totally down with the change over already, but not knowing the backstory, this just convinced me so hard that Captain America needs to be a minority right now. 
Before, Marvel said, “This is what you want? Well fuck you, he isn’t going to help you.” 
Now Marvel is saying, “This is who you’re throwing under the bus? Who you’re tossing into prison like he doesn’t mean anything? Who you demonize regularly? Well fuck you, he’s going to save you anyway.”
And as far as the Thor thing, that whole, “If he be worthy part,” yeah, they’re giving the finger to the patriarchy right there saying, “Hey, women are worthy too.”
If these two things were spaced out, I might believe that they were just marketing ploy, but they come so close together at a time where this message is necessary, I can’t help but think that there are people at Marvel who get it and are going with it. 
I mean, if they were willing to fight Hitler during WWII, why not be willing to fight some of the evils of today? 



ONE. FUCKING. MILLION. TIMES. THIS.

thereallimegreenandloki:

durnesque-esque:

observingkatherine:

giraffepoliceforce:

Still pretty proud of my response to this.

I was totally down with the change over already, but not knowing the backstory, this just convinced me so hard that Captain America needs to be a minority right now. 

Before, Marvel said, “This is what you want? Well fuck you, he isn’t going to help you.” 

Now Marvel is saying, “This is who you’re throwing under the bus? Who you’re tossing into prison like he doesn’t mean anything? Who you demonize regularly? Well fuck you, he’s going to save you anyway.”

And as far as the Thor thing, that whole, “If he be worthy part,” yeah, they’re giving the finger to the patriarchy right there saying, “Hey, women are worthy too.”

If these two things were spaced out, I might believe that they were just marketing ploy, but they come so close together at a time where this message is necessary, I can’t help but think that there are people at Marvel who get it and are going with it. 

I mean, if they were willing to fight Hitler during WWII, why not be willing to fight some of the evils of today? 

ONE. FUCKING. MILLION. TIMES. THIS.

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mr-egbutt:

the new X-men/Guardians of the Galaxy movie looks awesome

Wow, I totally forgot that Chris Pratt was in this movie.

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tonyabbot:

scary-monsters-and-davesprite:

lonelyinsomniac:

samsaranmusing:

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Orbital path of asteroid near miss in 2002. Yah, that’s how close we came to nuclear winter and possible total destruction.

A visitor.

It’s like it’s trying so hard to hit us and it just can’t do it

Go home, asteroid, you’re drunk.

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A Short History of Marvel at the Movies

Or: Why You Will Never See an Avengers vs. X-Men Movie

So, back in time, in the Golden Age of Comics, there were simply two rival comic companies: Marvel Comics (then called Timely Comics) and DC Comics (then called National Allied Publications/National Comics). Even though they both published similar things, there was one big different: ownership.

Marvel Comics was always thought of as the “underdog,” mainly because of the distribution problem: the only distributor Marvel could find was Independent News, which was owned by National Periodical Publications, which, you guessed it, was the parent company of DC Comics. So Marvel was paying DC in order to distribute their comics and there was some stringent rules - for instance, Marvel was limited in the number of books they could publish. DC was not. (Martin Goodman, owner of Marvel, later was able to change their distribution deal, so Marvel could publish as many books as they wanted.)

And then DC was purchased by the Kinney National Company, which later became Warner Communications. You know, a division of Warner Brothers.

And who owned Marvel? Well, Goodman sold the company to the Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation which became Cadence Industries. Unlike Warner Brothers, Cadence Industries didn’t do so well over the years and eventually liquidated its assets, selling what was then called the “Marvel Entertainment Group” to New World Entertainment (you remember them, right? no?) who then sold them to MacAndrews & Forbes, owned by Revlon executive Ronald Perelman.

And then the ’90s saw a huge rise in comic book stock and then, inevitably, a crash. And Marvel didn’t have a huge communications company to fall back upon, like DC. Marvel found itself bankrupt.

You see all those companies up there that owned Marvel? None of them were actually interested in making movies based on Marvel comics (aside from New World, which made The Punisher in 1989 and then vanished). Unlike Warner Brothers, who did the distribution on the Superman and Batman movies, the companies that owned Marvel tended to just sell the rights to whatever company asked them. A Howard the Duck movie was made by Universal in 1986 and bombed. Two direct-to-video Captain America movies were made by “21st Century Film Corporation.” A Fantastic Four movie was made by Roger Corman and New Horizons in 1994 solely to keep the rights.

When Marvel emerged from bankruptcy (now owned by Toy Biz president Isaac Perlmutter), they tried to change that. They created Marvel Studios and actively licensed their properties with other companies — and it worked. Starting in 1998, Blade came out and was a hit. And then the X-Men franchise and then Spider-Man. They sold the movie rights to New Line and Fox and Sony and in return, they got a cut of the profits and great publicity.

And then, in 2004, Marvel decided that it wanted to self-finance its own films. For a company that just a few years ago had been in bankruptcy, this was kind of crazy. They had to enter in a deal with Merrill-Lynch in order to receive financing, which, if it didn’t work out, would almost certainly result in them going bankrupt again. And even then, they had to work on retrieving a lot of their licenses back from studios who hadn’t used them (Iron Man had been licensed to New Line, Thor had been licensed to Sony).

And then, finally, they were able to make and release Iron Man in 2008 and it exploded.

But you see up there? Where Marvel Studios sold off their licenses? Yeah, there were some they couldn’t get back. By now, the X-Men and Spider-Man were huge box office winners and all Fox and Sony needed to do to keep the rights was keep making movies with the X-Men and Spider-Man. And even though the Fantastic Four movies hadn’t been that big of a hit, Fox kept them, too (although they gave Daredevil back to Marvel, opting not to make another Daredevil movie).

DC, on the other hand, only licensed its characters to its parent company of Warner Brothers. After all, if your company already makes films, why license it to any place else? So the WB had access to all of DC’s characters, while Marvel (now owned by Disney) only had access to the characters that were not licensed off.

Who owns what characters now?

  • 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to the X-Men and all related characters (including Deadpool and Wolverine), Fantastic Four and all related characters (including Silver Surfer and Galactus).
  • Sony Pictures owns the film rights to Spider-Man and all related characters (including Venom and the Sinister Six).
  • Universal Pictures owns the film rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner (why? I have no idea).
  • Lionsgate Entertainment owns the film rights to the Man-Thing (they made one crappy Sci-Fi original movie - the rights may have reverted by now to Marvel).
  • And Marvel Entertainment owns all the rest.

This resulted in some kind of weird things happening. In the comics, characters cross over regularly, so, for instance, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch may have first appeared in the X-Men comics, but they quickly became Avengers characters.

This became a problem when Marvel Entertainment then wanted to use Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. And Fox decided that they also wanted to use Quicksilver. So, in a strange twist, both are using two different versions — the Marvel Entertainment Quicksilver can’t mention he’s a mutant or son of Magneto (both owned by Fox) and the Fox Quicksilver can’t mention that he is an Avenger or married to Crystal, one of the Inhumans (both owned by Marvel).

There are also other things that become iffy. For instance, the Skrulls first appeared in a Fantastic Four comic and were mainly Fantastic Four villains. So instead of using the Skrulls, Joss Whedon used the Chitauri, the Ultimate Marvel version of Skrulls, in The Avengers. The same thing happened when they wanted to use the Badoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. They had to change them to Sakaarans.

So if you ever wonder if the Marvel Cinematic Universe can use a character or race…well, it depends.

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sickslickman:

Okay, somebody’s gotta help me here, ‘cause I’m confused. And this is a person who doesn’t read comics.

So…in the new X-Men, there’s a character called Quicksilver, played by the American Horror Story kid.

And at the end of the latest Captain America, there’s ANOTHER character named Quicksilver…but HE is played by the dude from the Godzilla movie.

(And ironically enough, his wife from that movie is playing Scarlet Witch in that end credits scene, and they’re siblings.)

And…both X-Men and Captain America are owned by Marvel.

So…does that mean there are two Quicksilvers? Or…are they supposed to be the same character? If so, why are there two…different actors…and I don’t fucking know somebody help me I don’t know what the rules are.

Sony (which controls the X-Men properties) has access to a limited portion of the Marvel Universe - X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four. As long as Sony continue producing films featuring these characters, those characters cannot be taken back under the umbrella of Marvel Studios, which has been making all other Marvel films since Iron Man.

The character of Quicksilver is a special case - he falls under the umbrella of both Marvel Studios and Sony, because Quicksilver is a mutant, the son of Magneto and has featured in several prominent X-Men storylines. However, both Quicksilver and his sister, the Scarlet Witch, are primarily Avengers-related characters. Therefore, due to a complicated technicality, both Sony and Marvel Studios are allowed to create their own versions of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in their own separate film franchises.

IIRC, the terms stipulate that in the X-Men films, neither Quicksilver nor the Witch can be referred to by their Avengers codenames, which is why the former is only referred to as Pietro Maximoff in Days of Future Past. (The Scarlet Witch, who appeared a very young child called “Wanda” in DOFP, was deleted from the final cut.) Meanwhile, in the Avengers films at Marvel Studios, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch cannot be called “mutants” or make any mention of their unknown father, Magneto.

tl;dr two different universes, two different Quicksilvers.

Actually, Sony only controls the movie rights to the Spider-Man corner of the Marvel Universe. Hence why they can make Spider-Man and Sinister Six (and probably Venom).

Fox is the one that controls X-Men and Fantastic Four. They were originally going to have the FF Reboot as part of the same universe as X-Men, but then realized that we would really confusing, so it’s going to be separate, too.

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sickslickman:

Okay, somebody’s gotta help me here, ‘cause I’m confused. And this is a person who doesn’t read comics.

So…in the new X-Men, there’s a character called Quicksilver, played by the American Horror Story kid.

And at the end of the latest Captain America, there’s ANOTHER character named Quicksilver…but HE is played by the dude from the Godzilla movie.

(And ironically enough, his wife from that movie is playing Scarlet Witch in that end credits scene, and they’re siblings.)

And…both X-Men and Captain America are owned by Marvel.

So…does that mean there are two Quicksilvers? Or…are they supposed to be the same character? If so, why are there two…different actors…and I don’t fucking know somebody help me I don’t know what the rules are.

Fox owns the movie rights to the X-Men and Quicksilver is a mutant, so he technically falls under that banner. However, Marvel owns all the rights to the Avengers, which also includes Quicksilver (and his sister the Scarlet Witch), so they can also use him (they just can’t mention that he is a mutant or related to Magneto).

So basically, it’s the same character, but in two separate movie-verses.

thedoctorsherlockedmyheart:

edwardian-time-machine:

Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain on the set of their new film, Crimson Peak
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This looks like Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter on the set of another Tim Burton movie

thedoctorsherlockedmyheart:

edwardian-time-machine:

Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain on the set of their new film, Crimson Peak

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This looks like Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter on the set of another Tim Burton movie

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blogwash:

thelonelyskeptic:

downeyy:


Iron Man 3: Maya Hansen dies, reallyThor 2: Frigga dies, reallyThe Amazing Spider-Man 2: Gwen Stacy dies, really98% of the females in X-Men:Days of Future Past: Dead, reallyAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Victoria Hand dies, really

Ant-Man: JANET VAN DYNE DIES, REALLY

What?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2is not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and considering all the above were part of the MCU, I don’t know why it’s there.
The same thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past except even worse because nobody dies for real. Yeah, that’s right: NOBODY DIES FOR REAL. Even Jean Grey gets resurrected! The movie has a negative body count!
And Agents of SHIELD? Yeah, Victoria Hand dies. As does Eric Koenig. And John Garrett. Characters die. Shit happens.
Also ANT-MAN hasn’t even started filming yet so YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! So what if it stars Hope Pym/Van Dyne! We already knew that Hank Pym was going to be played by Michael Douglas - it is a surprise that Janet Van Dyne is going not going to be a main character? Hell, we don’t even know if she’s dead in the movie!
This seriously nitpicking of the worst kind. It’s nitpicking that doesn’t even make sense.

Well, yes we do know that Janet Van Dyne is dead in Ant-Man. As part of Hank Pym’s manpain origin. It is known, Khaleesi.
http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/28/-ant-man-michael-douglas-teases-tragic-fate-of-janet-van-dyne/

Okay, this is what Michael Douglas said:
“But unfortunately during this process, a tragic personal accident happened with my wife, my daughter, Evangeline, Hope.”
So right there, it looks like Douglas was getting confused between his wife (Janet) and his daughter (Hope). Since we know Hope’s in the movie, this “tragic personal accident” may not be a character death - it may be something else entirely.
I’m not saying that Janet being dead in the movie isn’t possible. It’s certainly possible and even a bit likely, but I’m saying that the movie hasn’t even started filming yet, so unless you got a copy of the script, you don’t know what happens in it. And even if someone got a copy of the script, which version? It’s gone through a bunch of rewrites!
So please don’t judge something when it doesn’t even come out for over a year.

blogwash:

thelonelyskeptic:

downeyy:

Iron Man 3: Maya Hansen dies, really
Thor 2: Frigga dies, really
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Gwen Stacy dies, really
98% of the females in X-Men:Days of Future Past: Dead, really
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Victoria Hand dies, really

Ant-Man: JANET VAN DYNE DIES, REALLY

What?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2is not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and considering all the above were part of the MCU, I don’t know why it’s there.

The same thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past except even worse because nobody dies for real. Yeah, that’s right: NOBODY DIES FOR REAL. Even Jean Grey gets resurrected! The movie has a negative body count!

And Agents of SHIELD? Yeah, Victoria Hand dies. As does Eric Koenig. And John Garrett. Characters die. Shit happens.

Also ANT-MAN hasn’t even started filming yet so YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! So what if it stars Hope Pym/Van Dyne! We already knew that Hank Pym was going to be played by Michael Douglas - it is a surprise that Janet Van Dyne is going not going to be a main character? Hell, we don’t even know if she’s dead in the movie!

This seriously nitpicking of the worst kind. It’s nitpicking that doesn’t even make sense.

Well, yes we do know that Janet Van Dyne is dead in Ant-Man. As part of Hank Pym’s manpain origin. It is known, Khaleesi.

http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/07/28/-ant-man-michael-douglas-teases-tragic-fate-of-janet-van-dyne/

Okay, this is what Michael Douglas said:

But unfortunately during this process, a tragic personal accident happened with my wife, my daughter, Evangeline, Hope.”

So right there, it looks like Douglas was getting confused between his wife (Janet) and his daughter (Hope). Since we know Hope’s in the movie, this “tragic personal accident” may not be a character death - it may be something else entirely.

I’m not saying that Janet being dead in the movie isn’t possible. It’s certainly possible and even a bit likely, but I’m saying that the movie hasn’t even started filming yet, so unless you got a copy of the script, you don’t know what happens in it. And even if someone got a copy of the script, which version? It’s gone through a bunch of rewrites!

So please don’t judge something when it doesn’t even come out for over a year.

ubsnetworks:

I want to taste through your mouth.

Deleted sequence from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, newly restored for Blu-Ray set Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery.

Jesus Christ. The creepiest part is her smile as is imperceptibly gets wider and wider.

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