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Geeky gifts for comic book geeks (including yourself)

Charmaine Blake



Geek on.

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Whether you love drowning in the pages of a graphic novel or just enjoy keeping up with your favorite universe on-screen, we all have heroes and villains that we just can’t get enough of. Indulge your geeky obsessions or those of your friends with some comic swag. We swear we won’t tell if you decide to treat yourself to a holiday gift. 


Codenames – Marvel Edition

Codenames is a card game where two teams have to try and make their partners guess what words they’re thinking of. In the Marvel Edition, you play on either Team Shield or Hydra and try to get people to guess heroes and villains based on clues like “tragic backstories” or “portrayed by white guys named Chris.” It’s the perfect gift for Marvel fans who want to spice up game night.

Batman Wallet with Money Clip

It isn’t exactly WayneTech, but this Batman wallet is a great geeky way to hold on to all of your cards and cash. It has three slots for cards and a money clip to keep your bills secure. Never leave the cave without it. There’s also a Wonder Woman version if your preferences are more Amazonian. 

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game

Based on the cult classic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, this game lets you come up with your own Scott Pilgrim storyline. You can beat down evil exes for points and unleash crazy card combos to pave your road to victory. It can’t be any crazier than a day at Honest Ed’s.

Groot Mini Fridge

Perfect for a Marvel marathon leading up to Infinity War, this mini-fridge with Baby Groot printed on the front can hold your snacks and drinks so they’re on standby when you’re blasting through movies. Bonus: It has both warm and cool settings.

Deadpool Sports Jacket

Who wouldn’t want to dress up as the merc with a mouth? This stylish sports jacket is waterproof and makes you look killer, pun sort of intended.

Wonder Woman headphones

After Wonder Woman’s spectacular cinematic debut this year, who wouldn’t want to show some love for Diana of Themyscira? These over-the-ear headphones have Wonder Woman’s signature logo and star-spangled designs that only true Amazons will appreciate.

Hela handbag

Hela is our new favorite (and unfortunately one of like, two) villainesses of the MCU that rocked the god of thunder’s world in Thor: Ragnarok. Honor your newfound love for the goddess of death with this handbag styled after her epic armor. 

Herocross DC Comics Metal Figures

You deserve cooler looking display toys than Funko Pops, and these Herocross DC Metal figures can do just the trick. The Superman and Batman figures are fully poseable and come with their own accessories.

Lady Deadpool Heat Changing Mug

Your morning coffee could definitely use more mouthy mercs. This Lady Deadpool mug changes when you add your hot beverage, revealing some awesome art of the deadly assassin strutting her stuff. The perfect geeky pick-me-up.

Sodium Batman shirt

If you don’t get this joke, then we sort of feel bad for you, but here’s the quick explainer. The symbol for sodium is Na — ring any bells? Like the Batman theme song, perhaps?

Thor Winter Hat

Let the god of thunder’s headgear keep you warm this winter as you strut around in the snow like a true Asgardian.

Wonder Woman Sword

Not unlike your average lightsaber toy, Diana’s epic God Killer sword makes sounds as you swing it. The blade is also made of foam so it’s relatively light, but you should still be careful not to hit anyone with it.

Captain America Canvas Crossbody Bag

This canvas bag is strong and brave, here to save the American way. It’s got plenty of pockets and patriotic patches to show your love for the Star-Spangled man in style.


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Ava DuVernay to direct DC’s ‘New Gods’



This is going to be EPIC.

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Ava DuVernay is confirmed to direct DC’s new superhero movie New Gods and fans of the comic are losing their damn minds.

Reported by Variety, A Wrinkle in Time director DuVernay has signed on to steer the ship for the new DC Extended Universe epic, based on the Jack Kirby-created comic.

It’ll be the second DC superhero film to be directed by a woman, following the Patty Jenkins-helmed box office smash Wonder Woman. 

While DuVernay’s current Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, underperformed at the U.S. box office, she’s smashed it elsewhere. Selma made her the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, she was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary 13th, and she took home the directing award at Sundance for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. Boom.

Cover of The New Gods #1, 1971

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New Gods was created in 1971 by Kirby. It centers on two planets: New Genesis, an arcadian planet ruled by Highfather, and Apokolips, an apocalyptic dystopia ruled by the formidable Darkseid. 

DuVernay paired the news with a sweet Twitter tribute to Kirby, who passed away in 1994.

Fans lost their minds over the announcement.

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‘Black Panther’ becomes #2 superhero movie of all time… and it’s not stopping

Charmaine Blake



Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER L to R: Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) Ph: Film Frame Marvel Studios 2018

Black Panther has officially hit $1 billion worldwide after just four weeks in theaters.

According to a release from Disney, Black Panther is the third-biggest superhero movie domestically, behind The Dark Knight ($534.9 million, and Panther is already at $530.9 as of March 10) and The Avengers ($623.4 million).

With those numbers, Black Panther will easily outstrip The Dark Knight, most likely by the end of Saturday, and it’s pacing ahead of The Avengers Panther has roughly the same domestic gross going into its fourth weekend that Avengers did after its fourth weekend. Panther also has the advantage of opening in February (Avengers and The Dark Knight were spring/summer releases) and enjoying months in theaters with little major competition.

Beyond that, here are a few more badges that Panther wears:

  • #1 February debut ($202M 3-day, $242.1M 4-day), and February release of all time

  • #5 all-time 3-day debut ($202M)

  • #1 Monday of all time ($40.1M)

  • #2 Sunday of all time ($60M)

  • #2 second weekend ($111.6M, one of only 4 films to surpass $100M mark in second weekend)

  • #1 non-holiday third weekend ($66.3M)

Black Panther is now in theaters. Based on these numbers, you probably knew that already.

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ casts its Cheetah



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It looks like Wonder Woman 2 is assembling its own cast of wonder women. Returning director Patty Jenkins announced Friday via Twitter that indie film actress and Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig will join the sequel.

The final word of that tweet (before Jenkins tags Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot), is crucial. Cheetah is a classic Wonder Woman villain, created by Doctor Psycho. She has multiple aliases which all sound like SNL characters: Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, Barbara Ann Minerva, and Sebastian Ballesteros (but that one’s a man).

Though known for her comedy, Wiig has been known to skew toward dark humor or muted drama in her film roles. as with Girl Most Likely, The Skeleton Twins (with fellow SNL alum Bill Hader), or Hateship, Loveship. An actress that versatile could make Cheetah extremely compelling – or at any rate, better than Ares.

Wonder Woman 2 is due in November 2019.

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