Clark Gregg, now an 11-year veteran of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, vaguely remembers the first guidance he received from Iron Man director Jon Favreau on how to play SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson, who showed up after Tony Stark’s daring escape from the Ten Rings and never left. “I remember Jon just saying, ‘This guy knows a lot more than he’s letting on,’” Gregg tells Polygon. “‘And he doesn’t take any shit.’” Coulson, who returns to the MCU movies de-aged and prequel-ready in this week’s Captain Marvel, wasn’t an Easter egg plucked from Marvel lore that gave Iron Man a bit of fan-service flair. He could have been a stock government agent left in the dust of a fusion-powered super suit. Instead, Marvel’s crack team of screenwriters and comic gurus, led by Favreau and Kevin Feige, turned an easily anonymous member of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division into a lynchpin … [Read more...] about Is Coulson a Skrull? Clark Gregg is glad you asked.
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"Have you ever seen a little girl run so fast she falls down?" Asked Carol Danvers in Vol. 8, issue 1 of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s 2014 run of Captain Marvel comics. "There’s this instant, a fraction of a second, before the world catches hold of her again... a moment when she’s outrun every doubt and fear she’s ever had about herself, and she flies. In that one moment, every little girl flies."It’s a speech that seems to sum up the DNA of Marvel’s cinematic clapback to DC’s successful Wonder Woman movie adaptation; the story of US Air Force ace Danvers, who’s genetically modified by aliens and bridges two worlds as a human-Kree hybrid. A super-strong superhero who outclasses her Avenger predecessors (“She will now be the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” according to MCU maven Kevin Feige), can soar skyward shooting photon blasts, looks like the answer to Thanos’ world decimation... and yet is … [Read more...] about “She doesn’t have anything to prove”
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.The World War II hero, who also presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the final months of the Cold War, died late Friday night, said family spokesman Jim McGrath. His wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.The son of a senator and father of a president, Bush was the man with the golden resume who rose through the political ranks: from congressman to U.N. ambassador, Republican Party chairman to envoy to China, CIA director to two-term vice president under the hugely popular Ronald Reagan. The 1991 Gulf War stoked his popularity. But Bush would acknowledge that he had trouble articulating "the vision thing," and he was haunted by his decision to break a stern, solemn vow he made to … [Read more...] about Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94
The seemingly endless options afforded by Netflix are a blessing and a curse. Though you might find something to watch eventually, you might also just end up spending an hour scrolling through movies without settling on anything at all. To help minimize scrolling time — and maybe bring some underseen gems to your attention — we’ve put together a rolling list of the best movies on Netflix. We’ve got everything from Oscar-winners to recent hits to peak action movies and no-holds-barred comedies, so close your eyes and throw a dart (not literally), and give whatever you land on a shot. We promise it’ll be worth the watch. For more recommendations, read our list of The Best Movies of 2018 The Assassin (2015) If you like your wuxia artful, methodical and meditative-to-a-near-breaking-point, you must behold this low-key masterpiece by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times). The film centers on Nie (Shu Qui), who was kidnapped as a girl, trained by a … [Read more...] about The absolute best movies now on Netflix
Here in the United States, it was about 3 a.m. I had no idea what time it was in Sweden where my friend lived. He didn't care, either. He was drunk and sad and needed a shoulder to cry on, even though that shoulder was across the world. He wanted to die. I didn't want him to die. So, for three hours, I talked to him until he passed out and I could hear him snoring on our voice chat call. It wasn't the first time I'd talked a member of my guild down from the edge. In movies and cartoons, MMO guild masters, or GMs, are often depicted as a 30-year-old man with a neckbeard living in his mother's basement, living off Mountain Dew and Doritos. They're generally goofy and fit the outdated stereotype of a nerd—yelling at their computer screens, surrounded by two or three monitors and thousands of dollars of gaming equipment. I'm none of those things, but for the last five years I've run a 100-plus member guild in Ultima Online, an MMO I've now been playing for nearly two … [Read more...] about My life as the grandma guildmaster of Ultima Online Forever