Nerd News Roundup


Dr. Strange

There have been rumors that Marvel wants to make a Dr. Strange movie and incorporate him into their larger cinematic universe. Latino Review starts another rumor today that Marvel would like Joseph Gordon Levitt to play the Sorcerer Supreme.

I don’t know.  I picture Doc Strange as more middle aged. He was a highly successful neurosurgeon which would mean he’d be 22 when he graduated pre-med, 26 when he graduated from medical school, 27 after internship, and then 6 or 7 years of residency, which would put him at 33-34 and he would just be starting his career. To become the top neurosurgeon and become that well-respected in his field, I’d imagine he’d have to put in at least another 5-10 years of work.

And while I think the 31 year-old Gordon-Levitt (holy crap, Tommy is 31?!?! I’m old) has the acting pedigree, he seems about 10 years too young for the role.

X-men: Days of Future Past

There are spoilers about the plot and some villains.

Alright, we already know that the plot involves time travel as the future X-men send someone to the past X-men to warn them and help them prevent the dystopian future in which giant Nazi death robots rule the world and enslave mankind huddling them into concentration camps. We didn’t know who. Now we do:

While it was Kitty Pryde’s consciousness that was sent back in time in the original comics, and it was Bishop who took the trip in the fantastic X-Men animated series adaptation from the ’90s, Vulture has learned from a source that it will be Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine who will best sent back in the new film.

The site says that Kitty Pryde, played by Ellen Page from X-Men: The Last Stand, will still be playing a pivotal role in the story.

There is also confirmation that Peter Dinklage will be playing Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the giant Nazi death robots, and Josh Helman will be playing a younger version of William Stryker, who you may remember from X2 or the first Wolverine movie that nobody wants to talk about because seriously that was just silly and gives us all sorts of continuity problems what with Cyclops being young enough to be his brother Havoc’s son, and Emma Frost turning from a telepathic woman in her 30’s into a helpless teenager who forgot she had telepathy. Also Deadpool… seriously… what was up with that?

Anyway, I continue to labor under the impression that this will either be completely and totally awesome or the worst cinematic train wreck ever filmed with no middle ground between. Either way, I can’t wait.

Godzilla

Hey, kids, are you, are you ready for a Godzilla movie?

Oh… well, here’s a poster.

Oh, no! It's Godzilla! (moves mouth out of sync with words)

Oh, no! It’s Godzilla! (moves mouth out of sync with words)

How about now?

Really? Yeah… me too.

Astronomy

Neptune has a new moon. Well, it’s not new to Neptune, but it’s new in the sense that we just discovered it. Which is still pretty awesome.

http://io9.com/hubble-has-spotted-a-previously-undiscovered-moon-orbit-798464307

Unless it’s not a moon, but a space station. Then we’re pretty much screwed.

Thanks, Obama.

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