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When I heard Sony was creating a movie movie based on the on-again-off-again villain/antihero Venom, I was ecstatic. Venom is my favorite Marvel character, and I don’t want the less-than-spectacular Spider-Man 3 to be his/their (pronouns are so confusing when you talk about two symbiotic entities acting as one) only movie. While I am overjoyed that the character(s) is finally getting the recognition he/they deserve, assuming the movie is actually good, I am concerned about one specific creative decision: the lack of Spider-Man in the movie.

Yesterday, during the world premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Variety that Spider-Man will not appear in the upcoming Venom movie.

“No, I think the folks there are making a great ‘Venom’ movie,” explained Feige, “and I don’t know much about it, but I know they’re off to a good start with Tom Hardy.”

My problem is Venom is inextricably linked to Spider-Man, as he/they are a dark reflection of Spider-Man and what he could have been if he ever succumbed to evil. Furthermore, almost every one of Venom’s powers (such as web-slinging, super strength, and wall-crawling) is copied directly from Spider-Man. In fact, his/their most dangerous power is the ability to bypass Spider-Man’s iconic spider-sense, which works similarly to ESP.

Since the Venom movie will take place in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming (which takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is separate from the previous two Spider-Man movie franchises), it will act as an origin story. Since Spider-Man is literally Venom’s origin, the movie will likely run into a hurdle when it tries to explain why Venom has all of Spider-Man’s powers. The writers will probably have to use a clunky exposition dump instead of an organic “show, don’t tell” scene. Given Marvel’s track record with movies, I am confident the writers will provide an extremely plausible and convincing explanation, even though showing Spider-Man during the explanation would be more effective from a cinematography and storytelling standpoint. Still, Marvel’s downright addiction to having characters from one Marvel movie cameo in another makes Spider-Man’s absence, especially in a movie that centers around his arch-nemesis, feel like a bone-headed decision; it’s like making a movie about War Machine without a cameo by Iron Man/Tony Stark. Maybe I’m just being a nitpicky fanboy, because Spider-Man cameo or not, I still look forward to the Venom movie when it releases in 2018, and I wish the movie’s star Tom Hardy (Inception, Mad Max: Fury Road) the best of luck.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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The Twin-Linked Autocannon EXO-49 Emancipator Exosuit was teased for players of Helldivers 2

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Helldivers 2 players now have a new major order that, if completed, will bring the EXO-49 Emancipator Exosuit into action. This is something we’ve been looking forward to since March, when we first caught a grainy glimpse of the machine in action. We loved the older EXO-45 Patriot model, which has a Gatling gun and a bunch of powerful missiles, but we could see ourselves going in a different direction, especially when we were up against the Automatons.

They will have to put in some work, though, as is always the case. Helldivers need to free an Automaton “Petafactory” in order to start making these good horses for mass deployment. It’s time to teach the people of Varylia 5 how to run a managed democracy, if only for our own good.

Are you a fan of the EXO-45 Patriot mech, or are you having trouble fitting it into your tried-and-true plans? What do you think about the EXO-49 amnesty? Does it make you want to? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

 

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Hideo Kojima is George Miller’s first choice for a video game adaptation of Mad Max

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George Miller, who directed the Mad Max movies, thinks that people are ready for another adventure game. However, only a game made at “the highest level” by an auteur, like Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding fame, will do.

It’s been said that Kojima thinks of George Miller as a god, and the Mad Max series is his personal Bible. On paper, this seems like a perfect match. Miller said that he would “never ask” the famous game designer to make such a game because he is sure that Kojima already has “so much fantastic stuff in his own head.” The “will they/won’t they” moment was caught on camera on the red carpet at the premiere of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

The most recent Mad Max video game, which came out in 2015, “wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be,” says Miller. We hope Miller or at least one of his employees can get these two movie moguls to work on something together. We are sure Kojima would be very pleased.

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Forges of Corruption DLC adds an explosive twist to the action-packed shooter Warhammer 40000: Boltgun

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Warhammer 40000: Boltgun proved to be an impressively well-crafted shooter, immersing players in the bleak and foreboding world of Game Workshop’s captivating universe. Now, fans can look forward to an extensive expansion with the Forges of Corruption DLC. Get ready to unleash the Emperor’s justice starting on June 18th on both PS5 and PS4.

Auroch Digital’s latest first-person shooter takes players on an exciting new campaign across five distinct environments. Undoubtedly, these pits will be teeming with heretics, including the treacherous Black Legion, who have recently received reinforcements in the form of Terminators armed with Lightning Claws and imposing Helbrutes. The Multi-Melta and Missile Launcher are now available for requisition, providing an effective means of eliminating enemy forces.

In addition, all players can enjoy the new Horde Mode, which offers four levels of difficulty and a unique set of in-game achievements to pursue. An upcoming navigation guide will provide players with a more forgiving experience when navigating through the game’s levels.

Have you acquired Warhammer 40000: Boltgun? Are you interested in experiencing additional content with the Forges of Corruption DLC? Engage in fierce battles against the adversaries of the Imperium in the comments section below.

 

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