New Stranger Things Comic Book Will Glow in the Dark

Kyle Lambert for Dark Horse Comics
Kyle Lambert for Dark Horse Comics

In case you’re keeping score, the Stranger Things franchise has given us two (and soon to be three) seasons of television, one prequel novel (and a second one coming this summer), a comic book series, and a ton of merch and board games.

Now, a glow-in-the-dark version of one of the previously released comic books will be debuting at Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con, a four-day event that will kick off on March 14. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dark Horse Comics will be selling copies of the first issue, featuring a glow-in-the-dark cover by illustrator Kyle Lambert, at the event. Lambert is known for his Stranger Things poster art, but he has also created posters for other popular franchises, including Jurassic Park, Jumanji, and Star Trek.

Unfortunately, these special edition comics will be sold exclusively at comic book conventions throughout 2019—which is all the more reason to snag a ticket and dress up like your favorite Hawkins, Indiana resident (bonus points if you can create a truly terrifying Demogorgon costume).

Dark Horse’s first Stranger Things comic series was released last year. Its four issues retold the events of the first season from the perspective of Will Byers, and a new prequel series will be launched this May. Titled Stranger Things: Six, the series will introduce readers to a new test subject named Six (a.k.a. Francine).

Separate from the comics, a prequel novel centering around Chief Jim Hopper, titled Darkness on the Edge of Town, is also scheduled to launch on June 4—one month before the show’s third season debut. In short, there’s a lot of Stranger Things content to look forward to, and it seems we won't escape the Upside Down anytime soon.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

LEGO Brought a Life-Sized Iron Man Statue to Comic-Con

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.*

San Diego Comic-Con is now in full swing with exclusive panels, sneak peek footage, collectors’ items, and epic installations of fan-favorite movies, comics, and characters. But this year, it's LEGO that's stealing the show with its life-size Iron Man statue.

The mind-blowing structure stands 6.5 feet tall, weighs 188 pounds, and consists of 35,119 bricks. It took LEGO Master Builders 225 hours to design and build the beloved superhero, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The statue couldn’t come at a more perfect time. With the death of Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Endgame, fans have been nostalgic for Iron Man, clamoring for any reminder of the iconic character’s journey.

If you are one of the lucky fans at Comic-Con this year, be sure to check out the larger-than-life LEGO statue. If you can’t attend, you can always re-watch Avengers: Endgame to get your Tony Stark fix. The film will be available for digital download on July 30, but you can preorder it now.

The Difference Between a Snap and a Blip in the Marvel Cinematic Universe 

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Every Marvel fan remembers that traumatic moment in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos finally gathered all of the Infinity Stones and, with a simple snap of his fingers, wiped out half of the universe's population. That climactic moment needed a name, which ended up being (appropriately, albeit simplistically) referred to as the Snap.

Then came Spider-Man: Far From Home, which referred to the deadly moment as the Blip, leaving fans confused. In order to head off any confusion, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stepped in to clarify the distinct different between a Snap and a Blip in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with Fandango, Feige explained: 

"It came pretty fast. We always referred to it as the Blip, and then the public started referring to it as the Snap. We think it's funny when high school kids just call this horrific, universe-changing event the Blip. We've narrowed it down to—the Snap is when everybody disappeared at the end of Infinity War. The Blip is when everybody returned at the end of Endgame … and that is how we have narrowed in on the definitions." 

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first MCU movie to come after Endgame, so it has the hefty task of showing what the world is like after the Blip, as people return after five years. The people who survived aged normally, but those in the Blip didn’t age at all. It’s a whole exciting world of complexity, but at least we know how to speak about it properly.

[h/t Fandango]

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