We Adore These Color-Coded Pop Culture Portraits 

When you think of characters like Shrek, Thanos, Pikachu, or Hellboy, what’s the first thing you think of? How brightly colored they are, of course! So it’s almost a no-brainer for an artist to take various characters with matching colors and put them together in one work.

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Source: io9 – We Adore These Color-Coded Pop Culture Portraits 

io9 Halloween Costume Show Week 3: Snake, This Is a Sneaking Mission

The middle of October is upon us, which means that Halloween is inching ever closer—as is the annual io9 Halloween costume show! Have you been working on your spooky get-up for the season? Come share it, and have a look at some of your fellow commenters’ fancy work so far!

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Source: io9 – io9 Halloween Costume Show Week 3: Snake, This Is a Sneaking Mission

The Life of Captain Marvel Doesn't Offer Just One New Origin Story, But Two

The Life of Captain Marvel has been teasing major changes to Carol Danvers’ long and at times befuddling comic book origins. After bringing in a shocking twist last month, its new issue this week has lifted the lid on a huge new backstory for Carol—and she’s not the only one affected by it.

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Source: io9 – The Life of Captain Marvel Doesn’t Offer Just One New Origin Story, But Two

Jonesy From Alien Now Has His Own Illustrated Book, and We've Got Your First Look

Alien ends with two survivors: Ellen Ripley, of course, and the cat, Jonesy. We spend almost all of the movie with Ripley but don’t get too up close and personal with her furry co-star. Until now, that is.

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Source: io9 – Jonesy From Alien Now Has His Own Illustrated Book, and We’ve Got Your First Look

Behold The Amazing Malaise-Era Cars on the Set of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Movie 

Because we exist in an era when, by the year 2023, 100 percent of all new movies made will be comic book sequels, remakes and reboots, we are getting a possibly R-rated Batman spin-off starring The Joker that’s set in the 1980s, apparently doesn’t have Batman in it, is modeled after a Scorsese mob flick and is titled,…

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Source: io9 – Behold The Amazing Malaise-Era Cars on the Set of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Movie 

Elijah Wood Desires Another Ring on Star Wars Resistance

At first, this new clip from Sunday’s episode of Star Wars Resistance seems innocent enough. It’s Kaz and a new character, voiced by Elijah Wood, on speeder bikes racing toward a ring. Then, you read that sentence back. Elijah Wood is going after a ring! And he even tells Kaz that he can’t let him pass!

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Source: io9 – Elijah Wood Desires Another Ring on Star Wars Resistance

Dakota North Became a Marvel Comics Cult Classic Because It Put Style Above Everything Else

Back in 1986, I subconsciously decided I liked a new Marvel Comics heroine without actually reading any of her books. Her name was Dakota North and, 32 years later, I’ve finally read her series.

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Source: io9 – Dakota North Became a Marvel Comics Cult Classic Because It Put Style Above Everything Else

Go Behind the Scenes of the Original Planet of the Apes in This Glorious New Book

The recent Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy boasted some seriously sophisticated special effects. But as a new book marking the 50th anniversary of the original film reminds us, special effects have always been an important part of what makes Planet of the Apes such a compelling saga.

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Source: io9 – Go Behind the Scenes of the Original Planet of the Apes in This Glorious New Book

Sean Bean's Penchant for Dying on Film Has Him Starring as Hitman 2's First Elusive Target

Sean Bean is known for many things, thanks to his long career in film and TV—but mostly from that, he’s known for his characters often getting bumped off in dramatic fashion. So much, in fact, that the next Hitman game has hired him to be Agent 47’s next big target, in a very silly manner.

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Source: io9 – Sean Bean’s Penchant for Dying on Film Has Him Starring as Hitman 2’s First Elusive Target

Something Is Wrong in This House: How Bluebeard Became the Definitive Fairy Tale of Our Era

A door that locks without anyone touching it, rendering escape impossible. A large man who overpowers, beast-like. A man wears a mask of virtue that he removes behind closed doors. These striking and grotesque images could have sprung from fairy tales, but they didn’t—they’re from real testimonies by real women, over…

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Source: io9 – Something Is Wrong in This House: How Bluebeard Became the Definitive Fairy Tale of Our Era

I'm Totally Here for the Retro Camp in The Kid Who Would Be King's First Trailer

The first trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King, from the director of Attack the Block, looks to be your classic cheesy family fare, about a boy who finds the Sword of Excalibur and trains an army of tweens to fight fiery demons from hell. Wait, hold on a second.

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Source: io9 – I’m Totally Here for the Retro Camp in The Kid Who Would Be King’s First Trailer

Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

A United Nations report published last week said we have about a decade to get climate change under control, which—let’s be honest—isn’t likely to happen. So break out your goalie masks and harpoon guns, a Mad Max future awaits! Now, as new research points out, we even know where on Earth the inevitable water wars are…

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Source: io9 – Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

Someone Used a Deep Learning AI to Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Casting anyone other than Harrison Ford in the role of Han Solo just feels like sacrilege, but since Ford is now 76 years old, playing a younger version of himself would be all but impossible. Or at least impossible if you rely on the standard Hollywood de-aging tricks like makeup and CG. Artificial intelligence, it…

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Source: io9 – Someone Used a Deep Learning AI to Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel's Spider-Man

Next week, the excellent Spider-Man game for PS4 is getting its first piece of downloadable content. It’s a new mission that brings Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat herself, back into Peter Parker’s Spandex-clad life. But it’s bringing with it even more costumes, if you can believe it, including a pair right out of the…

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Source: io9 – The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel’s Spider-Man

Take an Up-Close Look at Doctor Who's Gorgeous New TARDIS Console Room

The second episode of the new season of Doctor Who finally, finally reunited the Doctor with her TARDIS, and for the first time, we got to see its latest desktop wallpaper. Now, we can get really up close and admire all the little details in Doctor Who’s latest TARDIS interior.

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Source: io9 – Take an Up-Close Look at Doctor Who’s Gorgeous New TARDIS Console Room

Anthony Bourdain and Hellboy's Spins on This Japanese Folktale Taste Great Together

Nukekubi are a variety of yōkai from Japanese ghost stories who, despite appearing like regular humans, are actually otherworldly beings capable of detaching their heads from their bodies, at which point their heads fly through the air terrifying unsuspecting people. They’re the sort of mystical apparitions that have…

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Source: io9 – Anthony Bourdain and Hellboy’s Spins on This Japanese Folktale Taste Great Together