Nerd News Roundup


Ant-Man

One of Marvel’s Phase 3 movies, Ant-Man, has had its release date moved from November 6, 2015 up to July 31, 2015, just two months after the Avengers sequel.

If you’re not familiar with Ant-Man, here’s a primer from his Wikipedia article:

Biochemist Henry Pym, discovering an unusual set of subatomic particles he labels “Pym particles”, creates a size-altering formula and tests it on himself. Reduced to the size of an insect, Pym has a dangerous encounter with ants in a nearby anthill. Shortly afterward, he constructs a cybernetic helmet that allows him to communicate with and control ants. Pym designs a costume and reinvents himself as the superhero Ant-Man, and defeats several KGB agents attempting to steal the formula for an anti-radiation gas.

Accidentally involved in a plan by the Asgardian god Loki to draw out his sibling Thor, Ant-Man and the Wasp join the superhero team the Avengers, the Wasp unintentionally thinks up the name of the Avengers, with Pym becoming Giant-Man after the first mission. It is revealed in flashback that Pym adopted the identity of Giant-Man out of feelings of inadequacy when compared to team mates Iron Man and Thor.

You can read the rest there. His backstory is a particularly good example of “Because comics, that’s why!” that you’ll find.

For the record, word count on fictional Dr. Henry Pym’s Wikipedia page: 4,965

Word count for the article on real world physicist Pierre Curie: 1,175

Arrow

Latino Review reportedly has the list of actors being considered to play Barry Allen (The Flash) down to three which will be screen testing today.

Don’t worry, ladies. They all look appropriately CW, which means they’ll probably be spending more time with their shirts off than they will with their costumes on.

General

Ian McKellan married Patrick Stewart and his girlfriend Sunny Ozell this past weekend. Which is to say that Ian McKellan officiated the ceremony and not that the three opted for polygamy.  Though, this being the internet, I’m sure there is already fan fic somewhere involving Magneto, Professor X, and Wolverine (or Jean Gray) all getting married. Don’t look for it. Don’t tell me about it. Let’s just quietly move on and not go around seeing anything we can’t unsee.

GTA5

Rockstar Games continues to promote its upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5, and has posted new content on their visitor’s travelogue about the TV and radio stations you’ll be able to listen to in between bouts of carjacking people, shooting mobsters in the face, and just running around gleefully shooting up their Los Angeles stand-in with a flamethrower or rocket propelled grenade launcher.

Because if there is one thing I want to do when I play a video game it’s put the controller down and watch TV in the video game.

But hell, what do I know, these things have made billions.

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