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A Short, Uncomplicated Guide to Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson's Long, Complicated Love Life A Short, Uncomplicated Guide to Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson's Long, Complicated Love Life

Few couples in comic book history come close to the stature of Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker. Even though they haven’t actually been a couple in the comics for over a decade—something that could be about to change—Pete and MJ’s relationship has been one of the most dramatic and beloved in comics. Given that their…

A Guide to Avengers: Infinity War's Black Order, Thanos' Cosmic Cronies A Guide to Avengers: Infinity War's Black Order, Thanos' Cosmic Cronies

The Mad Titan is not the only villain finally arriving in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. He’s bringing with him a group of henchmen known in the comics but barely seen in the snippets of Infinity War we have so far: the Black Order. Here’s what you need to know going in.

Everything You Need to Know About the Fantastic Four's Disappearance From Marvel Comics Everything You Need to Know About the Fantastic Four's Disappearance From Marvel Comics

After a few years away, Marvel Comics triumphantly announced that the complete and original Fantastic Four team—Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm—would be reunited in their own ongoing comic series. Confused about how Marvel’s First Family actually went away in the first place? Here’s what you need…

Here's Everything We Used to Know About Han Solo's Early Years Here's Everything We Used to Know About Han Solo's Early Years

This week, we finally got our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story, an exploration of how a young smuggler became one of the galaxy’s finest pilots, and a future rebel hero. But it’s far from the first time Star Wars material has attempted to explore the past of Corellia’s most famous son. Here’s Solo: A Star Wars…

Here's the Comic Character Hunting Scott and Hope in Ant-Man and The Wasp Here's the Comic Character Hunting Scott and Hope in Ant-Man and The Wasp

Currently, we don’t really know a lot about Ant-Man and the Wasp. And even after the new trailer this morning, we don’t know much more about Hope and Scott’s new adventure other than more fun shrinking action. But at least we do get a look one of the film’s mysterious villains.

Your Guide to Steppenwolf, the Villain of Justice League, and DC's Other 'New Gods' Your Guide to Steppenwolf, the Villain of Justice League, and DC's Other 'New Gods'

Justice League finally hits theaters this week, and while its villain, Steppenwolf, is not the big bad many were expecting when the movie was first revealed, he opens up the gateway to a whole new corner of DC Comics canon: Jack Kirby’s legendary Fourth World and its New Gods. Here’s a spoiler-free guide to…

What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be? What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren’t much like the desktop PCs we’re all so familiar with—they’re a whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so…

So What the Hell Is Ragnarok, Anyway? So What the Hell Is Ragnarok, Anyway?

This week, Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters—but its titular apocalypse is more than a casual allusion to the Norse mythology that Marvel’s hero originates from. It’s a reference to an event in the comics that has hounded the God of Thunder since his adventures first began. Here’s everything you need to know about it…

Everything You Need to Know About the Klingons, Star Trek's Ever-Changing Space Warriors Everything You Need to Know About the Klingons, Star Trek's Ever-Changing Space Warriors

Klingons are one of the most iconic Star Trek alien races. In 51 years they’ve evolved from deceptive villains to honorable allies—and now, with the arrival of Star Trek: Discovery this week, they’re becoming spiritual warriors once again, at odds with our heroes. Here’s everything you need to know about the past,…

The Weird History of Marvel's Defenders, Most of Whom Are Not Appearing on the TV Show The Weird History of Marvel's Defenders, Most of Whom Are Not Appearing on the TV Show

This Friday, after years of build up, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the Iron Fist will team up on Netflix for The Defenders, bringing another storied Marvel superteam to live-action... but not really. See, the Defenders of TV and the Defenders of the comics may call themselves the same thing, but otherwise…

Everything You Need to Know About Phone and TV Display Tech Everything You Need to Know About Phone and TV Display Tech

The technology powering the display on your phone, or even your TV, is a lot different than it was even ten years ago. More colors, more pixels, and a whole lot more acronyms and complex terms that mean something—even if you have no idea what that something is. Display technology in 2017 is a complicated business, but…

What Makes a Nuclear Reactor 'Fail-Safe?'

When things go wrong at a nuclear power plant, they can go very wrong. The reality is that outside of some high-profile disasters, nuclear power is extremely safe. But what does it mean when people say that a nuclear reactor is “fail-safe?”

Everything You Need to Know About the Inhumans, Marvel's Latest TV Stars Everything You Need to Know About the Inhumans, Marvel's Latest TV Stars

So we finally have our first look at the Inhumans, the stars of Marvel and ABC’s new limited TV series that finally brings Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s outlandish superteam to live-action after years of groundwork being laid by Agents of SHIELD. Don’t know your Terrigenesis from your Tritons? We’re here to help.

The True Identity of Legion's Big Bad Has Been Revealed, and Here's What You Need to Know The True Identity of Legion's Big Bad Has Been Revealed, and Here's What You Need to Know

One of the many mysteries that sits at the heart of Legion’s first season is the real identity of the villain that’s been plaguing David Haller from the beginning. That identity has finally been revealed, and we’re here to help explain its big connections to the wider X-Men comic universe.

Everything You Need to Know About Marvel's Iron Fist Before His Netflix TV Debut Everything You Need to Know About Marvel's Iron Fist Before His Netflix TV Debut

In less than a month, martial arts superhero Danny Rand is heading to Netflix for his own TV show—and he’s being heralded as “the fourth Defender” as much as he is by his actual hero name, the immortal Iron Fist. He’s had a long history in Marvel Comics, both on his own and as a partner in crime-fighting. So here’s…

The Bizarre History of Legion, One of Marvel's Most Powerful Mutants The Bizarre History of Legion, One of Marvel's Most Powerful Mutants

Tomorrow, FX launches its first X-Men-inspired TV show: Legion, which follows the seemingly indescribable life of David Haller, a man who thinks he either has vast psychic powers or he’s going insane. But despite some major ties to equally major X-Men characters, Haller—a.k.a. Legion—is relatively unknown. Here’s what…

Your Guide to Cable, Marvel Comics' Living Embodiment of Time-Travel Nonsense Your Guide to Cable, Marvel Comics' Living Embodiment of Time-Travel Nonsense

Deadpool 2 is looking to finally bring Cable from the pages of Marvel comics to the big screen. But there’s one daunting aspect of that—how do you explain a comic book history as complex and as absurd as Cable has? For now, it sounds like the answer is to avoid as much of it as possible. Allow us to explain why that’s…

A Guide to the Epic Scifi Movie Valérian, and the Fantastic European Comics That Inspired It A Guide to the Epic Scifi Movie Valérian, and the Fantastic European Comics That Inspired It

Not many people in the U.S. will know that Luc Besson’s lavish new scifi epic, Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is actually yet another movie adaptation of a hit comic book. This is mainly because Valerian the comic was never a hit in the U.S., although it’s been one of Europe’s best-loved scifi series for…

What in God's Name Is Going on With the X-Men: A Comics Guide What in God's Name Is Going on With the X-Men: A Comics Guide

The X-Men are in a weird spot in the comics right now. So much crazy stuff has been going on with Marvel’s mutants—even moreso than usual—that anyone trying to make sense of what’s up with the various X-Men would be overwhelmed, confused, or even just irritated (especially since their current comics are kind of a mess…

Everything You Need to Know About X-23, and Why Her Appearance in Logan Is So Important Everything You Need to Know About X-23, and Why Her Appearance in Logan Is So Important

The first trailer for Logan dropped this morning, giving us confirmation of the long-standing rumor that comic book hero Laura Kinney—a.k.a. X-23—will be in the movie. If that name doesn’t ring a bell for you, we’re here to help: it’s because little Laura could end up being the key to the future of Wolverine on the…

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