Spider-Man: Life Story Gives Venom A Brand New Origin Story

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Spider-Man: Life Story Gives Venom A Brand New Origin Story

The '80s were a strange time for superhero comics. The era of the "extreme" exploded onto the scene and brought with it no shortage of immediately recognizable trends and tropes--holofoil variant covers, grimacing gun-toting anti-heroes, way too many utility pouches--you name it. For better or worse, '80s comics had it all.

By and large, the weirdness and the turmoil of the '80s is something modern comics now deal with at arm's length. In Marvel, this is accomplished by the use of the sliding timeline. How it works is pretty simple: At any given point, it's understood that the stories themselves to only have existed for 10 years or so--which means the stories of the '80s are now readily cherry-picked for only the most pertinent details, rather than looked at as real-time artifacts. Those details are then reworked so that they fit into whatever modern setting they're needed, or stripped of major contextual clues to make him stick out a little less obviously. The stories may have happened, but they happened differently, in a different era, or a different universe altogether.

Tokyo Is Launching Gundam Models Into Space For The 2020 Olympic Games

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Tokyo Is Launching Gundam Models Into Space For The 2020 Olympic Games

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is partnering with the University of Tokyo to launch Gunpla models into space for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Yes, during the 2020 Olympic Games, Gundam models are going to be watching over the athletes, transmitting supportive messages to the competitors as they orbit Earth.

"One small step for man, one giant leap for [the Tokyo 2020 Olympics]!" the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games tweeted. "We've partnered with the [University of Tokyo] and JAXA to launch the 'G-SATELLITE Go to Space' project. Carrying Gundam, this is the first time a satellite commissioned for the [Olympic Games] will orbit the earth!"

According to Anime News Network, the satellite is scheduled to launch between March and April 2020 from the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module, and it will transmit messages back to Earth. The satellite will hold two models--an RX-78-2 Gundam and MS-06S Char's Zaku II. Both will be painted and made with special materials designed to withstand space, and their eyes will change between the five colors used in the rings symbolizing the Olympic Games. Cameras in the satellite will showcase the models' journey into orbit and continue to capture the two's space adventures.

What's Coming And Leaving Hulu In June 2019? Movies, TV, And Originals

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While you're still probably trying to get through all of Hulu's releases for May, the streaming service has already revealed it's upcoming offerings for June. So it's time to plan out your viewing schedule for next month, and by the looks of June's offerings, there is plenty of content to keep track of.

Kicking off the first of June is a landslide of excellent movies to watch. Did you know there was a Legends of the Hidden Temple movie? Neither did I. Nickelodeon--the network that originally produced the game show--goes the Jumanji route for the latest adventure, and while it's very apparent this movie is geared towards children--ones that weren't even born when the show aired--it looks like a lot of fun.

All of the original Friday the 13th movies hit the service that day--minus Jason X and Jason Goes To Hell. And if you're looking for more horror movies to check out, American Psycho hits Hulu that day, along with the 1989 Tom Hanks film The Burbs--which isn't a horror movie per se, but roll with me. If you can't find a movie to watch or rewatch on June 1, then you hate movies.

Pokemon Go Community Day (May 2019): Start Time, Shiny Torchic, Event Move, And More

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Pokemon Go Community Day (May 2019): Start Time, Shiny Torchic, Event Move, And More

Pokemon Go's Detective Pikachu event may be winding down, but the game's next Community Day is just around the corner. Niantic is bringing the monthly event back this Sunday, May 19, giving players around the world another chance to catch a rare Pokemon and even come away with a special event-exclusive move.

Pokemon Go Community Days typically only run for three hours, but the specifics of each event--such as what time it begins and what bonuses you'll be able to earn--tend to vary month by month. To help you get ready for the event, we've rounded up all of the most important details about May 2019's Community Day below.

Niantic designates one "featured" Pokemon ahead of every Community Day. During the event, this Pokemon will spawn much more frequently in the wild than it normally does, and you'll even have a chance of coming across its Shiny variant. Moreover, if you're able to evolve the featured Pokemon into its final form by the end of the Community Day, it'll automatically know a special, event-exclusive move that it wouldn't otherwise be able to learn in Pokemon Go.

Steam Summer Sale 2019 Dates Leaked

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In what can only be called tradition at this point, Steam's 2019 Summer Sale dates have leaked. The Steam Database Twitter account initially spotted the date on a Chinese Steam community page, SteamCN, and reportedly confirmed the date with multiple sources. If the leak is accurate, Steam's Summer Sale will go live on June 25 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 5 PM GMT (and June 26 at 3 AM AET) and last for about two weeks.

In the past few years, start dates for the Summer Sale fell between June 21 and 23, so the reported 2019 date doesn't stray far from precedent.

It's likely this year's sale will bring back the Steam trading cards and mini games of previous years. Last year's game was Summer Salien, a browser game where you traveled the galaxy to rescue games that had been abducted by aliens. You could earn XP and unlock new abilities, and defending certain planets gave you the chance to win the corresponding game for free.

Batman's Smartest Villain Getting His Own Mini-Series At DC Comics

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Batman's Smartest Villain Getting His Own Mini-Series At DC Comics

In terms of Batman villains, Ra's Al Ghul may not be as famous as someone like The Joker, but he's definitely no slouch. One of the few enemies to ever learn Bruce Wayne's identity, Ra's has been a near constant threat for decades, always toeing the precarious line between full-blown supervillain and deadly rival--a dynamic that makes him the perfect candidate for a featured role in DC's Year of The Villain event, which showcases some of the world's most iconic evildoers in a brand new light.

Starting this August, Ra's will star in a new six-issue miniseries written and drawn by his co-creator, comics legend Neal Adams. The story will focus on a Gotham City under siege by terrorists with Ra's apparently offering his "help" to the officers of the GCPD. Additionally, a mystery uncovered by Boston Brand, otherwise known as Deadman, leads Bruce straight into the sights of the Demon's Head himself.

To help celebrate the launch of the mini-series, DC will also be re-releasing a "facsimile edition" of Batman #232, which will reprint Ra's now-iconic first appearance in "The Daughter Of The Demon" in its original format.

The Division 2's First Raid Launches Tomorrow, But It Won't Have Matchmaking

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The Division 2's Title Update 3 is now live on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Not only has the patch brought new features, apparel, and other tweaks to the loot shooter, it'll kick off the game's first Raid, Operation Dark Hours, tomorrow, May 16. However, it appears you'll need to manually squad up with other players if you're hoping to tackle it.

During the latest State of the Game stream, Ubisoft confirmed that the Operation Dark Hours Raid will not feature matchmaking, contrary to what it has said in the past. Community developer Hamish Bode read a prepared statement about the topic: "We decided to not include matchmaking, as we don't think this would make a good gameplay experience for random groups. The Raid will test your ability to communicate well, have a good build set up, and will require great teamwork to beat encounters."

The publisher shared additional details about how Raid groups are formed on the official Division 2 website. The overall eight-player team is comprised of two traditional four-player parties. Moreover, the player who creates the Raid group will be the leader, which means that player is the only one who can initiate the Raid. You don't need to have a full eight-player team to begin the Raid, but Ubisoft notes the challenge will not scale to your team's size. All players will also need to be at least level 30 and have reached World Tier 5 to participate.

Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Will Complete Rocket's Story, James Gunn Says

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The third Guardians of the Galaxy movie isn't coming out anytime soon. It doesn't even have a release date. However, we know for sure that writer/director James Gunn is back on board after being fired and rehired by Disney's Marvel Studios. Before he heads back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, Gunn is making The Suicide Squad for DC Entertainment.

Still, that doesn't mean he's not thinking about what's to come of the Guardians. In an interview with Deadline that explores his firing, Gunn shares what sounds like the aspect of Guardians Vol. 3 he's most excited about, and that's Rocket's (Bradley Cooper) story.

"I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed," he explained. "He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3. That was a big loss to me—not being able to finish that story—-though I was comforted by the fact that they were still planning to use my script."

Rainbow Six Siege: New Operator Nokk Revealed In Phantom Sight Trailer

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Rainbow Six Siege: New Operator Nokk Revealed In Phantom Sight Trailer

Ubisoft has released a new trailer for one of its two new Operators coming to Rainbow Six Siege in Operation Phantom Sight. The new trailer (which can be watched above) showcases Danish Jægerkorpset Operator Nøkk and teases her unique gadget ability.

The trailer begins with identifying Nøkk as an Attacker before cutting to an underground location. Though the video occasionally glitches out, the shimmering outline of a person can be seen. It appears as if Nøkk has some form of cloaking technology, which makes her nearly invisible save for a Predator-like outline. Later on in the video, Nøkk stops moving and completely disappears, which may imply that she can go fully invisible while going prone or remaining motionless. The trailer ends with a close-up of Nøkk, but her hood shrouds her face from view.

In a blog post, Ubisoft revealed additional details surrounding Nøkk and announced Operation Phantom Sight's full reveal will occur May 19, during the Pro League Finals in Milan (which takes place May 18-19). "[Nøkk's] gadget is just the icing on the cake for an already dangerous operative," the post reads. "The HEL, which she worked on to improve with specialist Grace 'Dokkaebi' Nam, makes Nøkk nothing short of a ghost, and leaves her opponents looking over their shoulders."