The Bumblebee Spinoff Could Bring Back Some Classic Transformers Designs @ io9

It seems like Aquaman will delve into Arthur Curry’s past. A surprising Handmaid’s Tale return is confirmed. There’s more to deaths in the aftermath of Arrow’s explosive season finale. Plus, new pictures from The Lego Ninjago Movie, and Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie on Doctor Who’s season finale. Spoilers now!

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Ranking the top 20 characters from the original Transformers animated series @ Syfy Wire

With Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight stampeding into movie theaters this week, it's time to collect every energon cube, activate the space bridge, and retreat…back to the 1980s! The original animated Transformers series remains fondly remembered for its colorful depictions of heroic Autobots, evil Decepticons, and their galaxy-spanning adventures. Ranking the top 20 characters from the original series is akin to picking your favorite kid.

Star Wars showings accompanied by NY Philharmonic orchestra coming this fall @ Syfy Wire

One of the greatest moments of Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida this year was a total surprise: when John Williams emerged from behind a curtain with a full symphony orchestra, and did a medley of his incredible and instantly recognizable themes from the film. This fall in New York City, fans can double down, hearing his iconic film scores live as played by the New York Philharmonic while watching the films that they so beautifully accompany. It's the latest event in this, the 40th Anniversary year of the famous franchise.

Watch comic book artist Tim Seeley sketch Nightwing @ Syfy Wire

To many starstruck fans, comic book artists wield as much magic and power as the supeheroes they draw. But in reality, it's not so much magic as hard work, grit, and determination.

He-Man and Barbie Star in a New Mattel Art Tribute Show @ io9

So many of us grew up with Mattel toys—and now, as adults, that nostalgia is still part of us. Enter Gallery 1988, which holds annual art shows featuring works in all mediums based on Mattel’s most popular brands. Time to bring that childhood back.

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Black-Market Brain Surgery Goes So Wrong (and Yet So Right) in Scifi Short Exchangers @ io9

Imagine if everyone came pre-programmed with one special talent. It would be amazingly awesome—unless, like the frustrated protagonist of scifi short Exchangers, your talent is totally useless. Next stop: the black market, where skill swaps can change lives, sometimes in very strange ways.

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Ron Howard taking over as director of Star Wars Han Solo film @ Sci-Fi Storm

Rumors hit last night hot on the heels of the ouster of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo anthology film that premiere director Ron Howard would return to the halls of Lucasfilm and take over the production. Today’s news confirms that it is true.

Ron Howard himself tweeted moments ago, “I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77…I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.”

Howard has worked with Lucasfilm before – on 1988’s Willow, and has won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, and is well known for many other films, such as Apollo 13, The DaVinci Code and sequels, Cocoon and more.

Ron Howard Is Classy and Optimistic In His First Public Han Solo Comments @ io9

It’s been a tumultuous few days in a galaxy far, far, away, but the man who has emerged to steer the Han Solo movie is already handling it like a champ.

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Report: Lord and Miller strayed too far, and too funny, from Han Solo script @ Syfy Wire

The story of what really happened behind the scenes of Disney’s Han Solo movie is starting to come out, and it sounds like ousted directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were a bit too free-wheeling for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars machine.

Objects in Space 6/22: No more smashing @ Syfy Wire

It's the day before Friday, and you know what that means: Happy Thorsday!

That's right, we've officially re-dubbed this particular day of the week in honor of one of our favorite Avengers (the best Avenger, in my opinion, with Cap a very close second). In honor of Thor himself, remember to drink lots of coffee (without the smashing of mugs), and if you have the chance to square off against one of your work friends in a gladiator-style fight to the death a la Thor: Ragnarok, TAKE IT.

Barring all that, check out some of our favorite links from the day!

The Thing at 35: Watch the cast and crew reflect on the film's wild special effects @ Syfy Wire

If you've seen John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), then you've obviously experienced the horror of what that shapeshifting alien does to the unsuspecting humans (and dogs) inside Outpost 31. If you're a horror nerd, you've most definitely appreciated what it took to bring those nightmare-inducing effects to life.

A Mysterious Mars-Sized Object Could Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System @ io9

It’s been about 11 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, leaving a 1,473 mile (2,370 kilometers)-size void in our hearts. Since then, the hunt for Planet X—aptly renamed Planet 9—has grown into an international movement to find such an object in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune’s orbit. Now, scientists

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The New Rocko's Modern Life Special Will Bring Back the Original Cast @ io9

It looks like even cartoon characters miss the ’90s. Rocko’s Modern Life, cancelled after four seasons in 1996, is set to return with an hour-long special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, and Nickelodeon has brought back the original cast for one more adventure in O-Town.

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First look at groovy new transporter room on Star Trek: Discovery @ Syfy Wire

Another day, another new Star Trek: Discovery goodie.

While yesterday gave us our first look at Jason Isaacs totally rocking that new Starfleet uniform as the Discovery’s Captain Lorca, today we have our first peek at one of the show’s new (old?) transporter rooms. Because yes, there will be more than one.

Next Spider-Man movie will feature another Marvel hero -- but who? @ Syfy Wire

Iron Man apparently won't be the only member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come visit Spider-Man in his own franchise.

One of the most exciting aspects of Spider-Man: Homecoming is that Robert Downey Jr. shows up in the movie as Tony Stark/Iron Man, acting as Peter Parker's mentor and collaborator while continuing to integrate Spidey's world into the MCU and vice versa.

Star Trek: Discovery Boldly Goes Where No Star Trek Show Has Gone Before by Giving Away Teams Armor @ io9

Another day, another new look at Star Trek: Discovery giving us some weird insight into all the things Starfleet did before the events of the past TV shows. Yesterday, we got to see that they’d begin a legacy of uncomfortable uniforms. Today, we’ve learned that they’re gonna forget about protecting away teams real

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Batman and Harley Quinn animated film getting theatrical release @ Syfy Wire

The next DC Universe Original Movie from DC Animation is following in the footsteps of last year's The Killing Joke and Return of the Caped Crusader and heading to theaters for a special one-night-only screening hosted by Fathom Events. Batman and Harley Quinn will head to movie theaters nationwide in the U.S. on August 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. local time.

If The Mist Can Pull Off Everything It Sets Up, It'll Be Amazing @ io9

We’ve seen the first episode of Spike’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist—and though it’s largely set-up, it reveals what the show is keeping from King’s original story, hints of how the novella’s being expanded for TV, and all the secrets and melodrama you’d expect from a King story.

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War Thor's identity revealed in the tragic Mighty Thor #20 @ Syfy Wire

Being Thor isn’t easy.

Dream Casting: Watchmen on HBO @ Syfy Wire

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood movies based on comics and other media. This isn't about the movies that are being made, this is about the movies that should be made, and who we think should star in them.

Avatar sequels add a Game of Thrones alum, production start revealed @ Syfy Wire

James Cameron’s Avatar sequels just added a Game of Thrones alum to the cast.

In Secret Empire, Women Are Leading the Resistance Against Hydra's Fascism @ io9

Now that Marvel’s Secret Empire is well underway, the crossover event’s larger story is finally beginning to take shape—and we’re learning which heroes are striking back against Hydra’s fascistic, Nazi-esque regime.

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2017 Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse @ Locus Online

The shortlist for the 2017 Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse has been announced.

  • Jungle Park, Philippe Arnaud (Sarbacane)
  • L’Effet Ricochet, Nadia Coste (Seuil jeunesse)
  • L’éveil, Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu (Gulf Stream)
  • Le jardin des épitaphes, tome 1: Celui qui reste debout, Taï-Marc Le Thanh (Didier jeunesse)
  • New Earth Project, David Moitet (Didier jeunesse)

The winner of the Utopiales “European Youth Prize” will be selected by a three-person jury and announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, to be held November 1-6, 2017. The Utopiales website is currently under construction. For more information, see their official Twitter account.

Cult hit Nicktoon Rocko's Modern Life getting TV movie revival @ Syfy Wire

Nickelodeon is digging into the vault for its next original project, reviving the beloved Nicktoon Rocko’s Modern Life with an hour-long TV movie.

Here's What We Want From the CW's DC Superhero Shows Next Season @ io9

Superhero TV season has come and gone, which means there’s yet another season under the belts of Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Over the last year of TV some of these shows defied expectations, and some lost their way—but there’s always room for the things we want to see them do next.

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Geeks OUT empowers LGBTQ+ geeks at Flame Con and beyond @ Syfy Wire

In 2010, Joey Stern and Josh Siegel attended the only gay panel at New York Comic Con. The panel was so packed there was standing room only. Seeing such enthusiasm to attend the panel made it clear to Stern that there was a desire for a way to connect with this kind of content.

Are aliens more likely “by design” than black holes? @ Syfy Wire

Cosmological natural selection is the new Darwinism.

Show Off Your 4K TV with The Martian UHD Blu-ray, Now Just $13 For Prime Members @ io9

If you own an Xbox One S or any other 4K Blu-ray player, and want to see just how nice your TV can look, The Martian is on sale for just $13 for Prime members. This movie looks gorgeous in any resolution, so I can’t even imagine how much it’ll pop in 4K.

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The eighth Saw installment scores a perfectly puzzling new title @ Syfy Wire

Previously titled Saw: Legacy, the new Saw flick headed to theaters this Halloween has been given a much better title by naming it Jigsaw, after the franchise's psychopathic orchestrator of twisted justice. Tobin Bell played the diabolical deliverer of death, but his character is now deceased, with his master plans still being enacted by misguided acolytes.

Incidentally, Jigsaw was the preferred first title of the debut film written by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. So if anything, the latest sequel is finally bringing things full circle.

A Beachcomber Makes an Apocalyptic Blunder in This Beautifully Animated Short @ io9

Sholto Crow’s Martin is an imaginatively animated tale that pays tribute to the coastal resort town where he grew up. The filmmaker notes that it’s only “semi-autobiographical”—so you can rest assured that the thing with the giant, laser-blasting robots probably didn’t happen.

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Watch: Cast and crew reunite to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Thing @ Syfy Wire

On June 25, 1982, John Carpenter's reimagining of Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World (which itself was actually an adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.'s novella Who Goes There?) hit theaters as The Thing. Terrifying, visceral and moody, Carpenter's pressure-cooker exploration of man's paranoia in a remote outpost in Antarctica was not exactly embraced by critics or mainstream audiences, who preferred to go in droves to see that nice alien, E.T.

Jurassic World sequel gets official title and a new poster @ Syfy Wire

We’re exactly a year away from the premiere of Jurassic World 2, and to whet our appetite for the upcoming blockbuster film, Universal Pictures has released a new poster revealing the movie’s official title.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, A Monster Calls) from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), the new dino-filled movie will be titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

A 1980s infomercial takes a terrifying turn in Blomkamp’s latest short Cooking With Bill @ Syfy Wire

While Neill Blomkamp takes a bit of a break from Hollywood, the filmmaker is getting back to his roots with some independent shorts — and the latest one is straight off the VHS cassette from the 1980s.

The Bad Batch: Ana Lily Amirpour and Suki Waterhouse on their dystopian cannibal Western @ Syfy Wire

The up-and-coming director of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has followed up that acclaimed horror-Western hybrid with something equally strange.

In The Bad Batch, filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour mixes one part Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and one part El Topo, shakes them up vigorously and creates a surreal, psychedelic and often nightmarish excursion into a near-future America that -- as weird as it is -- doesn't feel too far off from reality.

Of Course Jeff Goldblum Provides the Tagline for Jurassic World 2's Title Reveal @ io9

It’s official: Jurassic World 2 is now Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But that’s not the most interesting thing about the first poster for the film, which was released this morning. It’s that the film’s tagline is a Jeff Goldblum classic that you’ve probably already guessed before I even finished this sentence.

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Sofia Coppola's aborted Little Mermaid film would've been a dark fairytale @ Syfy Wire

Not everyone may know this, but Once Upon a Time (that'd be back in 2014), Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled) was working on Universal Pictures and Working Title’s live-action Little Mermaid movie, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

Wonder Woman and the Tasmanian Devil Make For an Epic Greek Myth @ io9

Long before Wonder Woman fought all manner of gods, aliens, and monsters in her adventures she faced a beast so vicious and cunning that it had to be locked away a secret dimension within a magical labyrinth. When Theseus entered, he found the minotaur. Wonder Woman, though? She found the Devil.

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It’s official: Ron Howard to take over Han Solo spinoff film at Disney @ Syfy Wire

Well, that didn't take long. After learning that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have left Disney’s standalone Han Solo film earlier this week, Lucasfilm and Disney have tapped veteran filmmaker Ron Howard to step in and take over the project.

Ron Howard Will Direct the Han Solo Movie @ io9

Just days after the shocking news of Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s departure from the Han Solo spinoff movie, it seems like a decision has been made on who’s coming in to replace them. And it’s pretty much the one director everyone thought it was going to be.

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Is Marvel Comics teasing the return of the Fantastic Four? @ Syfy Wire

After playing a key role in Marvel Comics’ universe-reshaping Secret Wars event, the Fantastic Four have largely been sidelined over the past year or so — but is Marvel’s First Family getting back together? Or at least a few of them?

Scientists Solve Ancient 'Bright Night' Mystery With Satellite Data @ io9

Humans are pretty jaded these days. We can write most of the strange phenomena we see off as science (or we honestly don’t care). But when Roman philosophers like Pliny the Elder witnessed moonless nights glow bright like the day, it definitely made an impression. Others since then have been awestruck by these “bright…

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What Are the Best and Worst Movie-Related Songs? @ io9

It’s been a while since a science fiction or fantasy movie had a hit single come off its soundtrack. So we’re asking: what movie singles are the best and worst?

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Chosen One of the Day: Spectra and friends @ Syfy Wire

Back in 1987, Mattel released the greatest dolls in their history and the coolest non-Barbie Barbies ever: Spectra Dolls.

Spectra, the leader of the Shimmerons of Planet Shimmeron, and her friends had "heard the buzz" about this Earth place and decided to travel here to find out what made it so cool, so NATURALLY they chose to do this in the '80s.

Today's Best Deals: Steam Summer Sale, TriggerPoint Grid, Nike Clearance, and More @ io9

An air mattress that never goes flat, the Steam Link and Steam Controller, and an ergonomic vertical mouse lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web.

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Glenn Close zombie comedy Sea Oak taps director and showrunner @ Syfy Wire

After brilliantly casting Glenn Close as the lead in the zombie comedy pilot Sea Oak, Amazon has now found its showrunner, the pilot’s director, and added two cast members.

NASA is suddenly interested in a Neptune or Uranus mission @ Syfy Wire

Because Mars has been having enough fun.

WD 1202 is a weird binary: One of the stars used to be inside the other one! @ Syfy Wire

Astronomers have just announced the discovery of a pretty unusual binary system: A white dwarf and a brown dwarf orbiting each other. That's pretty rare, so as cool as that is — and I'll explain why in a sec — even better is how ridiculously close together they orbit: They're separated by a mere 310,000 kilometers, closer than the Moon is to the Earth!

Why a Single Infinity War Set Picture Has Everyone Pondering Tony Stark's Future @ io9

Ridley Scott is already teasing the next Alien movie. Get another look at that absurd Tom & Jerry/Willy Wonka mashup film. A new Last Jedi trailer is on the way. Plus, even more Spider-Man: Homecoming footage, and new Game of Thrones posters. Spoilers, assemble!

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June 22 in Sci-Fi History: The Premiere of Alien @ Syfy Wire

Go with us aboard a journey on the Nostromo for it was on this day in 1979 that Alien premiered and pretty much changed everything.

Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver and almost literally everyone else you've ever loved on screen, let's start with the trailer ...

Spider-Man Cosplayers Fill Airplane @ io9

Budget carrier Jetstar unveiled a Spider-Man themed plane in Japan and filled it with Spider-Man cosplayers.

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Exclusive 4-page first look inside Image Comics' The Realm @ Syfy Wire

It was only announced a day ago, but we already have a look at some pages from Image Comics’ newest series, The Realm, by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. The comic book mashes up two unlikely genres—high fantasy and post-apocalypse—to bring readers a uniquely magical view of the end of the world, and beyond.

Here’s the official synopsis from the publisher:

Stuff We Love: The sweet Harley and Ivy comic in the Love is Love anthology @ Syfy Wire

There are many reasons you should pick up this book and one of them is this short story.

First Strike's creative team takes us inside IDW's Hasbro comic book universe @ Syfy Wire

If your childhood was squarely planted in the '80s or '90s, then there’s a good chance your bedroom was littered with a number of Hasbro toys like Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., ROM, or Micronauts. I don’t know about you, but Hasbro ruled everything around me -- get the money, dollar-dollar bill ya'll, right? Everyone I knew was having Toy Story-like adventures with their Hasbro toys (including me) and had a fleet of 3.75-inch G.I. Joes taking on ROM or a few choice Transformers.

With New Context, These Old Quotes About the Han Solo Movie Speak Volumes @ io9

Even before co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the Han Solo movie, they didn’t talk about the film in public a lot. One place they did was at last year’s Star Wars Celebration, and reading the quotes now is very weird.

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A Rookie Teacher Fights the Forces of Evil in Winning Comedy Horror Short The Sub @ io9

A substitute teacher who’s young enough to vividly remember the horrors of adolescence finds another reason to fear high school when she realizes there’s something very strange about her new gig. The teachers are secretive and weird—and the kids are oddly obsessed with “the curriculum.”

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See Andy Serkis become Caesar in new War for the Planet of the Apes featurette @ Syfy Wire

Mo-cap actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis has been breathing life into Caesar since 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After reprising the role three years later for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Serkis will once again play the iconic simian leader in War for the Planet of the Apes, slated for a July release.

This Groundbreaking Comics Shop Owner Wants To Help Writers and Artists Break Into the Industry @ io9

Ariell Johnson made history in 2015 with her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, becoming the first black woman to open a comics shop on the East Coast. Now, with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, Johnson has her sights set on changing the comics industry from the ground up.

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World Fantasy 2018 Guests of Honor @ Locus Online

The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of special guest Aliette de Bodard, joining Guests of Honor Michael J. Walsh and Tom Kidd.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, see the World Fantasy Convention 2018 website.

New Wonder Woman/Conan the Barbarian comic series is a battle of blades and bracelets @ Syfy Wire

Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman is a cross-generational hit and it seems the entire world is under Gal Gadot's spell as she hurtles across battlefields and braves the immortal evil of Ares.

Capitalizing on this fevered interest in the Amazonian princess, a new comic series from Dark Horse is pairing her with the Hyborian Age hunk, Conan the Barbarian, to determine the fate of these classic combat-tested warriors.

The Predator Set Was a Bug-Filled Hell for the Naked @ io9

The Hollywood Reporter just posted a great, in-depth oral history of Predator. But what stuck out the most was just how bad things got for Richard Chaves, who played Poncho. Specifically, he spoke about his run-ins with nature, which he shared using perhaps too much detail.

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Carnage will be the villain in Tom Hardy's Venom movie @ Syfy Wire

The 2018 Venom movie from Sony Pictures is shaping up. Now that Tom Hardy is ready to don the deadly symbiote suit, he's going to need someone to fight, and that villain will reportedly be Carnage.

Star Trek: Discovery beams up first look at Jason Isaacs @ Syfy Wire

The reveals about Star Trek: Discovery just keep coming fast and furious this week, and now we have our first look at Jason Isaacs on the new Star Trek series.

The Harry Potter alum will be playing Capt. Gabriel Lorca, who’s described as “a steely Federation Starship Captain who’s considered a brilliant military tactician.” The actor, who's shown his range in high-concept dramas like the short-lived Awake, is totally rocking that Starfleet uniform.

Objects in Space 6/21: Welcome to Mutant High @ Syfy Wire

Another week, another Hump Day hurdle. But if you're reading this: congratulations! You've officially made it halfway through.

Father and son sculpt scrap metal into life-size Transformers art @ Syfy Wire

Father's Day may have passed but there's never a bad time to hear touching stories about fathers and their kids building bonds, especially when it’s bonding over making giant metal robots. 

Chosen One of the Day: Troy from Out of This World @ Syfy Wire

The '80s are a bottomless treasure trove of pop culture gems, one of which was the fantasy sitcom, Out of This World.

Ultimates 2 Is Turning Galactus and Ego the Living Planet Into Cosmic Superheroes @ io9

There are certain comic book characters whose characterizations are so canonically static that it becomes difficult to imagine them ever changing in a significant way. Take Galactus for example. Since he was first introduced in Fantastic Four #48, he’s has done little else than threaten to devour planets.

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Is Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali joining the animated Spider-Man film? @ Syfy Wire

It looks like Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated Spider-Man has snagged more Grade A talent. Previously, it was announced that Shameik Moore (Netflix’s The Get Down) would voice Miles Morales, while X-Men Origins: Wolverine alum Liev Schreiber would play the main villain. According to The Tracking Board, two more actors have been brought into the fold.

Jason Isaacs Looks So Uncomfortable in His Star Trek: Discovery Uniform @ io9

We have our very first look at Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca on the bridge of the USS Discovery, and my god does nothing about this look comfortable. Not the chair, not the costume, not his posture. It feels oddly appropriate.

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Which Video Game Character Would Make The Best Roommate? @ io9

I love asking questions almost as much as I love listening to answers. Last week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (aka “E3", aka “Electronic Three”), I got to do both of those things.

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The Joker springs a surprise in new preview for DC's Dark Days: The Casting @ Syfy Wire

DC's Dark Nights: Metal is creeping into comic shops during the simmering heat of summer and to prep readers on this less-than-sunny event series by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, DC is dropping two solo prelude comics, Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting. We already gave you a peek of this month's The Forge and now we're offering up a fresh look at The Casting, which lands in comic shops on July 12.

Here's the official solicitation synopsis:

Warner Bros.' Twilight Zone movie finds its writer @ Syfy Wire

Warner Bros.’ long-gestating Twilight Zone movie is finally back on track, with the studio nabbing Christine Lavaf (Fringe, I’Human) to write the screenplay.

According to Variety, the movie is set up at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, with DiCaprio producing alongside his partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran.

Watch: Ashley A. Woods draws Ladycastle characters @ Syfy Wire

When we asked Ashley A. Woods to draw on camera for SYFY WIRE's ongoing sketch video series, she threw us a bit of a curveball. The emerging artist, whose stunning line work for books like Stranger Comics' Niobe: She Is Life and BOOM! Studios' hit fantasy adventure series Ladycastle is getting her an increasing amount of acclaim and attention, decided she wanted to focus on inking for her video. Using watercolors, no less.

Breaking Down All the Secrets and Surprises of the New Game of Thrones Trailer @ io9

It may be the first day of summer in the real world, but winter has come to Westeros in the form of a brand new trailer for Game of Thrones’ penultimate season. It’s jam-packed with footage that lines up with all the rumors we’ve been hearing about the show over the last year, so let’s break it all down to see what…

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Image of the Day: Never-used Ralph McQuarrie titles for The Empire Strikes Back @ Syfy Wire

Artist Ralph McQuarrie is one of the most important facets of the entire Star Wars universe, as it was his transporting concept art depicting a galaxy far, far away that helped George Lucas ultimately sell Star Wars to 20th Century Fox's Alan Ladd Jr.

How Does X-Men's Charles Xavier Leave His Own House? @ io9

It’s not a trick question. Based on various depictions of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Professor X—a paraplegic mutant telepath with a supposedly genius-level intellect—somehow forgot to add wheelchair ramps to his own home. So we asked artists who have worked on X-Men titles over the years how the…

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Lynda Carter almost showed up in Wonder Woman, up for role in sequel @ Syfy Wire

As Wonder Woman continues to stretch its legs at the box office, the original Diana has revealed she almost showed up in the DC blockbuster — and she remains game for a role in the sequel.

You Could Almost Live Inside Lego's Massive New Ninjago City Set @ io9

Lego’s third feature-length animated film, The Lego Ninjago Movie, doesn’t hit theaters until September. But the toymaker has already started to reveal a new series of sets based on the movie, which feature ninjas, giant robots, and... wait, do you really need anything else in a movie?

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