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Collecting the Collector’s Greatest Hits

In ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2 on May 24, our heroes find themselves caught in a war between The Collector and The Grandmaster!

With the collection-obsessed Elder of the Universe causing trouble for Star-Lord and company, we take a look back at the character’s history. Although some may consider him just an interstellar hoarder, ALL-NEW GUARDIANS writer Gerry Duggan emphasizes the danger he poses to the team:

“His mind is operating on a plane far above our characters, and it makes ‘defeating’ a cosmic elder almost impossible, so I jumped at the chance to put our heroes between Taneleer and another cosmic entity, his brother The Grandmaster,” the writer relates.

The Collector debuted way back in 1966 with AVENGERS #28 by Stan Lee and Don Heck. That issue brought The Wasp and Hank Pym, in his Goliath identity, back to the team to join up with Captain America’s “kooky quartet.” Hank reached out to them after The Collector along with The Beetle—an oddball team-up for sure—kidnapped Wasp for his collection. Pym and the Avengers stopped the devious duo, and they escaped via a time machine.

His obsession with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes didn’t end there. He attempted to “collect ‘em all” in the years after that, running up against Iron Man, Hulk and the team as a whole. In AVENGERS #172–174, we learn The Collector has once again kidnapped members of the group, past and present, in an effort to protect them from Korvac, a powerful being from the 31st century. His efforts in that story appeared altruistic, despite his devious methods.

“Well, it’s hard for us to apply our morals to a cosmic elder,” Duggan shares. “It’s not his immense collection that gives him power; it’s the knowledge he’s acquired—and that strength can be a weakness, too.”

In his upcoming GUARDIANS appearance, Duggan explains that The Collector may be willing to help the team in return for more knowledge: “Early in our first story, Gamora makes a gesture to The Collector that has unintended consequences for their relationship. It’s one of my favorite scenes that [artist] Aaron [Kuder] has drawn. I’m so grateful to have Aaron and [colorist] Ive [Svorcina] on this journey. Their work has been spectacular.”

Whatever his motives in corralling the Avengers, the Collector’s plan didn’t work as intended. His own daughter, Carina, posed as Korvac’s wife to spy on him for her father, and as The Collector tells the heroes about the threat, Korvac uses his cosmic powers to reduce him to ashes.

But that would not be the end of his story.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2 cover by Aaron Kuder

In 1982, Marvel’s very first limited series, the original CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, saw Earth’s heroes “collected” by another Elder of the Universe—The Grandmaster! The master gamesman had challenged Death herself to a competition, with the life of his Elder “brother” as his prize. Each contestant chose a team of heroes who fought three-on-three, with Grandmaster ultimately winning—and losing his own life in the process. Well, not really. Later we learned Grandmaster tricked Death in order to steal her power, resulting in the lady banishing all Elders from her realm.

The Grandmaster and The Collector would appear together over the years, sometimes as allies, sometimes at odds, like any good family.

“Family strife is the key to a lot of wonderful stories,” Duggan explains about why he chose to use both Elders in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2. “What do your characters want? What are they willing to do to get it? I’m speaking about both the antagonists and protagonists in this first story. The Grandmaster does seem to be the more aggressive entity. He’s also leaning on the Guardians a bit more than they would like—all in good fun, if you’re a cosmic Elder. It’s less fun to be a Guardian marching to someone else’s beat.”

The Silver Surfer and Galactus may know something about that. In the third volume of the former’s title, circa 1987, writer Steve Englehart and artist Marshall Rogers introduced several more Elders of the Universe, with Contemplator, Astronomer, and Obliterator joining the likes of The Gardener, Champion and, of course, Grandmaster and Collector. The Elders wanted to kill Galactus and recreate the universe, but the big guy doesn’t die easily. With help from Silver Surfer and the Frankie Raye version of Nova, the World Devourer consumes several Elders, including The Collector and Grandmaster. Instead of dying, though, they give him a case of cosmic indigestion and eventually escape his wrath.

The Collector would go on to run afoul of the Avengers, Silver Surfer, and Galactus again, and continued to play games with The Grandmaster. One competition saw Collector gather the original Defenders—Hulk, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, and Namor—and pit them against the Grandmaster’s “Offenders,” villainous counterparts to the heroes: Red Hulk, Baron Mordo, Tiger Shark, and Terrax. Following the 2015 Secret Wars event, the two Elders took over a leftover portion of Doctor Doom’s Battleworld, once again using it to collect heroes and villains, and make them fight in a new CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS.

In his most recent appearance, The Collector showed up in the pages of UNWORTHY THOR, wanting to collect the hammer of Ultimate Thor. He had already claimed Asgard itself, so why not? Odinson, Beta Ray Bill, and their allies managed to defeat him, restoring Asgard and destroying the Collector’s army.

While ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2 will likely add another “greatest hit” to the collection, Duggan shares that another appearance by the character could possibly top the list:

“Not to redirect the conversation back to my own work, but The Collector has a pretty interesting appearance in DEADPOOL #30. That issue is an [original graphic novel] essentially—and it has very important threads coming out of it for the next year. The Collector has an important part to play. Wait until you see what [artists Mike] Hawthorne, [Terry] Pallot, and [Jordie] Bellaire have cooked up.”

ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2, from Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder, reveals the Collector’s latest move on May 24!

Brett Dalton Returns to This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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In the latest episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” we chat with actor Brett Dalton about his return in the Framework. Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at 10:00 PM ET on ABC.

Download episode #60 of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” from Marvel.com! Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at 10:00 PM ET on ABC.

Go behind-the-scenes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with a new podcast series for the hit show on ABC! Every week we’ll talk with a different member of the cast and production crew as well as Executive Producers examining the twists and turns of the most recent episode, as well as taking a look at the creation process behind this exciting series! Don’t miss “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at its new time, 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC, and catch a new episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” right here every Wednesday!

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How to Prevent Knee Pain While Running

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Avoid the aches before they even start.

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Every runner fears the day their knees might start to ache. But, in truth, your fate isn't sealed: In a study published in Arthritis Care & Research, older folks who had been runners in their youth were not at any greater risk of knee pain later in life than those who never laced up their sneakers. What's more, those who had logged the most miles throughout their life actually had the least knee pain, regardless of age.

The secret: You have to protect your knees from the start. "While it is a common fallacy that running is bad for your knees, running is still a repetitive motion, so many injuries stem from muscle imbalances that add up over time," says Ian Sharman, USA Track & Field Certified Coach and head coach at Sharman Ultra Endurance Coaching. Avoid knee pain before it starts with these eight tips. (Related: 6 Reasons You Get Knee Pain When Running)

1. Get fitted for the right shoes.

"The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments, and these take the brunt of the pounding with each step of the day," explains Pamela Kopfensteiner, D.P.T., physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy in New Jersey. You need running shoes that support your natural construction—high arches, pronation, supination—and diffuse the impact shooting up the rest of your leg. Hit your local running store and ask for a gait analysis, which will tell you exactly what support you need, Kopfensteiner suggests.

2. Strengthen your hips and core.

You've probably heard by now that even if you're a runner, you should be strength training (after all, it can take you one step closer to a PR). But there are certain areas to pay special attention to when it comes to preventing knee pain. A study of 400 healthy female runners published in Medicine & Science in Exercise & Sports found that, over two years, women who developed runner's knee had much greater pelvic instability—that is, weakness in their hips—compared to runners who didn't experience knee issues. Meanwhile, a study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that almost 80 percent of aching runners who strength trained with a focus on their hips and core or knees and thighs reported significantly less knee pain after just three or four weeks of lifting.

Women should focus on hips and core strength most, Williams says. Kopfensteiner agrees: "Running is unique in that there is a 'flight' stage—a point in time when neither foot is on the ground," she explains. "While in midair, it's your core's job to control the rate at which your extremities return to the ground. When the control is increased, the force shooting through your joints when landing decreases and prevents injury to the knee joints."

Strength train once or twice a week. Start with planks, side planks, medicine ball core rotations, clamshells, fire hydrants, and open chain hip abduction. Then move up to jump squats, jumping lunges, and single leg landings. Once you conquer this, add uphill sprints to your training routine, Williams adds.

3. Don't rush training.

If you signed up for a start-of-summer race, your instinct is probably to ramp up your mileage ASAP—but that's actually one of the worst things you can do. "It takes time for the body to adapt to training, and your ligaments and tendons improve slower than the muscles since they get less blood flow," explain Sharman. "Even if your muscles feel ready to take on more and more, it's important to allow enough time for the support around the joints to catch up." A good rule of thumb: Don't increase mileage more than 10 percent each week. (Psst: Here are five beginner running injuries—and how to avoid each.)

4. Train off-road.

"Running on trails and hills can increase the variety of movement and build up a more even level of strength and stability through the legs and joints," Sharman says. D. S. Blaise Williams III, Ph.D., director of the Run Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, adds that while there isn't a big difference among pavement, track, gravel, or trails as far as knee torque and impact are concerned, there are variables for how unstable the surface is or how much you need to pay attention (think: roots, curbs, cars). "All of these conditions result in the muscles contracting for stability, which results in shorter, more controlled steps—which is why many runners report more comfortable runs on trails or grass," Williams explains.

Aim to veer onto different terrain at least once a week. (The closer you get to the event, though, the more you should train on that terrain, Sharman adds—so pavement for a road race, trails for a trail race.) The one terrain to stay away from? Sand. "A run on the beach sounds romantic but it results in a huge load on the calf muscles that you may not be ready for," Williams adds.

5. Lean forward.

"The way the foot hits the ground when running contributes to forces which impact the knee joint," says Kopfensteiner. Leaning slightly forward while running can decrease these forces. And in fact, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that leaning slightly forward during a run transfers your weight from your knees to your hips, thereby reducing pain. Try it: Flex more at the hip and allow your torso to come forward seven to 10 degrees, the study author suggests. (Related: Simple Form Tweaks to Make Running Feel a Thousand Times Easier)

6. Increase your stride rate.

"Stride rate is likely the most important factor we know of right now that is easily changeable and reduces both acute and cumulative load on the knee," says Williams. Shorter steps that propel you to a faster pace decrease the force the quadriceps place on the knee cap, he explains. And in fact, a small study in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy found that when runners go slow, they do decrease the load on their knee per stride, but they actually increase the load over their entire run since every stride adds up. When the study participants ran faster, they reduced the overall stress on their knees by 30 percent compared to their easy pace. There is no single optimal number, Williams says, but if you are below 160 steps per minute, you should try and increase that by 5 to 10 percent.

And that's way easier to do than it sounds: Determine your steps per minute by getting on a treadmill and having your friend track how many times your right (or left) foot strikes the ground in 60 seconds. Double that number. If it's above 160, you're in the clear; if it's under, calculate a 5 percent increase, then turn to Spotify's running playlists and enter your goal BPM. Your brain and legs will automatically try and match the new cadence, though it'll take about four to six weeks of practice to make it habitual, Williams adds.

7. Stay in control downhill.

"The tendency when running downhill is to overstride or reach out," Williams points out. Remember, you want shorter steps to decrease the force on your knees, so maintain your stride rate when going downhill, he suggests. Plus, it's a quad killer if you launch down the hill too fast—so stay in control.

8. Replace your running shoes.

Running shoes are specifically designed to absorb the shock each time your foot pounds the pavement. But the more you wear them, the more worn down the shock absorption becomes, increasing the forces shooting up your joints—a recipe for knee pain, Kopfensteiner says.

While it's true that shoes break down over time, it's not clear how many miles or months sends them into the graveyard, Williams adds. Expert opinions range between advising you toss your shoes every 300 miles to every 600 miles—which is a massive difference. "Some runners are tough on their equipment while others are not, but most runners will feel when they need new shoes," he adds. If you start to feel pain anywhere in your lower half—especially your knees—check out the bottom of your shoe. If the tread is significantly worn, if there are creases in the midsole, or if you can more easily bend the shoe, it's probably time for new kicks.

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The Force is With This Official Star Wars TIE-Fighter Propane Grill

The Force is With This Official Star Wars TIE-Fighter Propane Grill

Can’t get a table at the Mos Eisely Cantina? No worries! Pour yourself a tall glass of blue milk and catch some rays underneath Tatooine’s two suns while you whip up a feast fit for a Hutt with this “Star Wars” TIE Fighter Gas Grill from Broilchef.

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The officially licensed “Star Wars” grill sports fold-out TIE fighter wings for easy meal prep, a Cast Iron cooking grid that sears the “Star Wars” logo right onto your food, and a lightweight Cast Aluminum body that makes bringing your grill from Jakku to Jedha a piece of cake. And although 220 square inches of cooking space means this isn’t the biggest grill in the galaxy, it packs quite a punch thanks to its 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner.

With a whopping $399.99 price tag, this grill is clearly intended for serious collectors. However, it does come with a 25 year limited warranty, meaning you’ll be able to use it from the time you’re a padawan until you’re a full-fledged Jedi Knight without fear of losing it to the Dark Side.

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While this grill might be enough to satisfy your “Star Wars” cravings all summer, don’t forget about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which hits theaters December 15.

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Sorcerers Supreme Sketchbook

In the future only one thing stands in the way of the invading Brood: Wiccan and a band of X-Men! That’s the story presented in the pages of DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #10 on July 12 by Robbie Thompson and guest artist Nathan Stockman.

Stockman, who also drew the first meeting between Doctor Strange and Isaac Newton in the pages of issue #5, hops on board to tell a tomorrow-set story featuring the adult Wiccan and his group of X-Men fighting an evolved version of the Brood.

We talked with Stockman and Thompson about conjuring up fantastical futures, re-designing X-Men, and collaborating with one another.

Marvel.com: Nathan, how is it for you as an artist jumping in on a book like this that has so much going on from issue to issue?

Nathan Stockman: It’s exciting. You never know what you’re going to get to draw next. With the magic corner of the Marvel Universe there’s literally nothing that’s off the table. I just do my best to try and keep up with all the crazy shenanigans that have gone on before and add to the madness. It’s nerve-wracking following on from the work [regular artists] Javier [Rodriguez], Alvaro [Lopez], and Jordie [Bellaire] have done previously but that really lights a fire under me to try my best to not make a mess of things!

The editorial team on the book is superb too. Darren [Shan] and Allison [Stock] help me keep track of things story-wise and point me in the right directions artistically. Editors are the unsung heroes of comics. They do so much work behind the scenes that rarely gets the praise it deserves so I want to make sure that readers know that they have as big a part to play in putting the books together as any artists or writers.

Marvel.com: Robbie, along similar lines, do you tailor your scripts a bit differently for Javier and Nathan?

Robbie Thompson: For sure! Collaboration is my favorite part of working in comics. I hash out the story with our amazing editors, and once we’re all on the same page, I do the same thing with Javier and Nathan. They’re both dynamic storytellers, so I format the scripts to give them as much room as possible to play with, and that way they can really make the stories we’re telling their own. Getting pages from them is pure joy—it’s what we’ve all talked about, but there’s always so many moments that have been added or expanded upon. I’m really lucky. On this particular issue, it was fun trading e-mails with Nate about the future X-Team and what we could do with each character. It was very clear from the layouts that Nate was having the time of his life designing these characters and bringing this story to life.

Marvel.com: This future-set story revolves around Wiccan fighting the Brood. In what ways have the nasty alien race changed both in motive and appearance?

Nathan Stockman: Appearance-wise I have to say I was selfish in wanting to keep the Brood classic looking. So they look the same as they ever did! I think they’re really cool looking, scary wee yokes so I didn’t want to mess with perfection! They do pack more of a bite than previously though.

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Marvel.com: The future Wiccan also leads a different team, this one a group of X-Men. What can you tell us about this crew and how was it figuring out who would appear and what they’d look like?

Nathan Stockman: Robbie knows the way to my heart. When I read the lineup, it’s like he reached directly into my soul and crafted the perfect team for me.

I finally get to draw Banshee! Ireland’s own! As an Irishman this is such a big deal for me. We don’t have anyone! There [are] five billion super heroes in New York and like three from Ireland! I grew up reading GENERATION X so to have Sean, Jono, and Paige on the team is just a dream come true. Old man wizard Iceman is in the mix too and he’s a lot of fun! Colossus has long been one of my favorite X-Men too so getting to draw him as well is just super cool. I loved this old man Piotr version from the moment I set eyes on his glistening metallic lip liner a few years ago. I think most super heroes should have mustaches.

I have to say I completely fell in love with drawing Laura though. She’s such a cool character and a total badass. And you know what you get when you mix Colossus and Wolverine? Fastball Special! Another bucket list image scratched off the list! Seriously, the only thing that could make Laura any cooler would be a mustache—hmm, emailing my editors now.

With Iceman and Colossus there were pre-established looks, but I got to design some new costumes for the rest of the team which was really cool. I tried to make sure they were all recognizable so I stuck to familiar color schemes and design elements. Hopefully I didn’t shame their legacies!

Marvel.com: When it comes to actually getting big, supernatural effects on the page, how much of it is in the script and how much comes from the artist?

Nathan Stockman: It’s a mix of both, I think. It’s never just one or the other. Not just in term of effects but in pretty much all aspects of the process. Robbie’s scripts are fantastic and everything is there in them but what I love is that he’ll let me know that if I can think of something to add or a better way of getting something across to go for it. I really appreciate that as it gets me so invested and it’s a true collaboration rather than an assembly line production. We have had some great back-and-forth working together that I think has produced some really fun moments.

Robbie is my personal Sorcerer Supreme. He understands how to get the best out of me as an artist. By giving me exactly what I want all the time. He knows I’ll sulk and huff if I don’t get my way. That’s why I think we work well together: he just gives in and panders to me.

Basically what I’m saying is: everyone stay the hell away from my Robbie. He’s mine and you can’t have him!

See what the future holds for mutants and magic in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #10 by Robbie Thompson and Nathan Stockman on July 12!

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Riverdale: Why Betty & Jughead Are Surprising Kindred Spirits

Riverdale: Why Betty & Jughead Are Surprising Kindred Spirits

When “Riverdale” debuted on The CW, it was understandable for viewers to expect the main focus of the show to be Archie’s famous love triangle with his best gal pals Betty and Veronica. And this triangle did play out in the first episode, with Betty asking Archie if he loved her and Archie sharing a kiss with Veronica at Cheryl’s party. That was all put to bed surprisingly quickly, though, as Archie went from Betty to Veronica to Miss Grundy to Val in quick succession, while Betty ended up falling for the surprise boyfriend of the season, Jughead.

Catching up with the press at WonderCon earlier this month, both Cole Spouse and Lili Reinhart had a lot to say about Betty and Jughead’s relationship, how they’re both struggling to hold onto some kind of nostalgia for the better days of Riverdale and how that has brought them together, despite their differences.

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Asked if Reinhart thought Betty was with Jughead because she was seeking comfort from everything going on in the town, she said, “I think they’re both romantics and being put in a situation where they’re solving a murder kind of brings you close to someone. I think they have a deep appreciation for each other, I think it’s real and it’s there.”

Betty and Jughead shared their first kiss together in episode six after Betty learned that Polly had been sent away not because she was crazy, but because she was pregnant. Archie was dealing with the talent show that week, so Jughead was more than willing to step into Archie’s shoes and comfort Betty.

“They both have this love of a purified state of Riverdale that drives them to seek and discover what happened in this critical event that made it [Riverdale] something dark and ominous,” Sprouse said. “That kind of romanticism lives within both of them and their shared investigation is the right petri dish for that to bloom.”

Their shared investigation began during the second episode of “Riverdale,” after the body of a murdered Jason Blossom washed up at Sweetwater River. They have since spent every episode together, following leads, investigating the Blossoms, rescuing Polly, and even staying in touch with Sherrif Keller. This Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy adventure has definitely brought them closer.

So far, Archie hasn’t expressed jealousy or concern over Jughead and Betty’s relationship. Of course, his own love life has been pretty messy since Miss Grundy, A.K.A. Jennifer Gibson, left town in episode four. Asked how Jughead is going to feel when Archie re-enters the mix, Sprouse replied, “That’s going to be one of the questions of the narrative. That’s something that the audience is going to have to react to as well. I think in the following episodes, Jughead stops being some sort of perfect, joyous, thing and the two of them start to investigate ‘can these personalities actually be compatible?’ Jughead is kind of the loner of Riverdale, intimidated by intimacy, and that gets explored. Betty is this perfect person who’s outwardly striving for perfection and that also gets explored, so it gets complicated but understandable and real and hopefully, it seems organic and not something forced.” These complications were most evident in last week’s episode 10, where Betty’s attempt to throw Jughead a birthday party turned into a disaster.

RELATED: Riverdale Casts Veronica Lodge’s Father — With a Twist 

Many of Jughead’s insecurities stem from his relationship with his father. We know Jughead’s mother took his little sister Jelly Bean and left Riverdale, but we don’t yet know why. Did Jughead suffer some kind of trauma at the hands of his father?

Sprouse explained some of Jughead’s motivations, including why he’s willing to give his father a chance, despite being hurt by him in the past. “The goal as an actor in playing a character like that is always empathy and understanding, and to following a logical pathway of a kid who has experienced trauma of a very specific kind. “How does that inform these decisions,” Sprouse said. “How do I inform my actions in a way that takes into account people who have truly lived these experiences? It’s a challenging thing and it’s risky and you have the opportunity to do it a disservice, but ultimately the challenge and the risk is what makes it rewarding and something that sort of demands it’s presence, especially in this kind of representation, and for an audience as young as ours typically, it’s good to have an audience like that.”

Sprouse continued to highlight Jughead’s troubled relationship with his father, F.P. Jones, “Skeet [Ulrich] is an amazing actor, to work across from someone like that who is also so severely talented, it falls into place. Jughead has a fondness and truly his weakness is a yearning for the goodness in people that allows him to put his faith, even in liars and heart breakers and people who do the town wrong, just because he wants to give them the benefit of the doubt.”

Lastly, Sprouse and Reinhart were asked about their reactions to Jason’s killer, who will be revealed next week in episode 12, “It was also one of those things where our time up in Vancouver was us exercising theories about everyone who made an appearance. One of them had to stick and one of them did,” Sprouse said. “It could have gone any way,” Reinhart added. “We didn’t know where the writers were going to take it, it was truly a surprise.” Reinhart continued, “We all read the script at the same time at our table read when we got it, so we all were experiencing it together and that was really kind of amazing. I remember when we were done, we were like, ‘this room’s really hot,’ there was a lot of energy.”

The heat she may be referring to is that one of “Riverdale’s” couples will go all the way by the end of the series. Perhaps it will be Betty and Jughead, perhaps Archie and one of his many Riverdale girlfriends? Whatever the case, the fate of Betty and Jughead will be revealed, along with Jason’s killer, in the coming weeks.

Airing on the CW network weekly on Thursdays at 9 p.m., “Riverdale” is a modern take on the Archie Comics universe starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom.

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Dermatologist Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, strikes again with one majorly gross—but mesmerizing—cyst-popping video.

Wonder Woman-Themed Car to Debut at NASCAR Event

Wonder Woman-Themed Car to Debut at NASCAR Event

What is it with the new “Wonder Woman” movie and cars? Hot on the heels of the recent news that Hot Wheels’ line of vehicles tying into the film may have given away the villain Ares’ secret look, it’s been revealed that the movie will be getting some on-car promotion at a couple of NASCAR events as well.

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According to NASCAR.COM, Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Ford Fusion, driven by Danica Patrick, will be sporting a paint scheme promoting the film at an upcoming race in Kansas and at the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and based on a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, “Wonder Woman” follows the Amazon princess who — after discovering fighter pilot Steve Trevor on Themyscira — sets out to bring an early end to World War I. The film takes place long before the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” where the character made her theatrical debut.

RELATED: “Wonder Woman” Star Gal Gadot Completed Reshoots While Pregnant

Opening June 2, “Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, and David Thewlis.

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United Airlines Settles With Passenger Who Was Dragged From Plane

United Airlines announced Thursday it hasreached a settlement with a passenger who was injured and bloodied after officers dragged him from his seat on a flight earlier in April.

Dr. David Dao’s lawyer said he reached an agreement for undisclosed terms over the incident in which his nose was broken and several teeth were knocked out after he refused to give up his seat for a United employee on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky.

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The Heroes (and Villains) DC’s Live-Action Titans Has To Include

The Heroes (and Villains) DC’s Live-Action Titans Has To Include

This week brought with it the surprise announcement that the thought dead live-action “Titans” TV show had been picked up for DC’s newly-announced upcoming digital platform, joining the previously announced third season of the animated “Young Justice” series. Of course, the news is exciting as it is stressful for longtime Teen Titans fans. Though they’ve never been given a live action incarnation, the Titans continue to be one of DC’s most frequently revisited teams in other media like cartoons, all-ages comics, and direct-to-video animated features, each incarnation presenting its own distinct idea of just who the Titans are and what the team represents.

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With only four confirmed team members — Dick Grayson, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy — and an as of yet completely undefined connection to the rest of DC’s cinematic properties, live action or otherwise, there’s certainly plenty of room for speculation. With that in mind, we decided to break down some of the characters, both heroic and villainous, we absolutely need to see in a Titans TV show.

Cyborg

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Vic Stone finds himself in an interesting position for this particular scenario. As one of the featured characters in the upcoming “Justice League” movie and currently an active JL member over on the comics side of DC, the Cyborg “brand” appears to be being pushed away from being associated with anything Titans related. However, with decades of pre-New 52 comics and years’ worth of much beloved Titans related cartoons under his belt, the cultural association of Cyborg with the Titans as a team is as set in stone as you could possibly imagine.

The question then becomes, could he be a part of this series? Vic’s presence on the Titans roster fills some much needed gaps in terms of not just surface level diversity but also in — counter intuitively enough — caretaking and mentoring. Over the years, Vic’s cartoon and comic book incarnations have positioned him as an almost paternal force in the Titans framework, allowing him to be the voice of reason and emotional maturity in a group that desperately needs it.

Also, let’s be honest — his heartfelt and often hilarious friendship with Beast Boy would be more than welcome.

Wally West

With complications that run similar to Vic’s, Wally is a character that already has a live-action counterpart over on CW’s “The Flash,” meaning his appearance in a different, possibly totally unrelated show, runs some pretty big risks as far as clarity is concerned.

However, as both a founding member of the Titans, and a speedster whose abilities round out the power roster, it’s hard to feel like omitting him from the team makes any kind of sense. There’s also the issue of Dick Grayson’s network of friends — one of the most obvious segments of the Titans’ spine — and the fact that Wally is, traditionally, a character at the heart of that web.

Is Wally West the key to building the team’s social network? Maybe, maybe not, but including him certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Donna Troy

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s Donna Troy, who could actually prove to be a massive cross-promotional gain. With the “Wonder Woman” feature film just over the horizon, we’re standing on the verge of Amazonian super heroics being placed front and center in the mainstream media. And while Donna (as far as we know) won’t actually have a role in the movie, there’s an undeniable level of cross-promotional potential inherent in placing her on the TV Titans’s team.

Her inclusion would also provide some vital narrative avenues for Starfire who, once upon a time in the New Teen Titans era, was one of Donna’s best friends. While Starfire’s obviously had her own evolution independent of Donna thanks to the various cartoons she’s been a part of, a live-action rebirth of sorts for Donna and Kori’s relationship would be a fresh field to sow, and a chance to show a new side of both Amazonian and Tamaranian culture.

Jaime Reyes

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A relatively new addition to DC’s roster of teen heroes, Jaime’s been being pushed as a Titan in the animated movies and cartoons like “Young Justice” for the past few years. His power set is malleable enough, and his name recognition is high enough that he seems like an obvious choice for a totally new take on the “original” New Teen Titans roster.

Jaime also opens a potential door to cross into the more cosmic mythology revolving around the Scarab that grants him his powers — but in a way that doesn’t really demand close examination until it’s necessary. The Scarab could be the driving force behind an entire season, or a gimmick for comic relief depending on the tone of the show, either of which makes him not just an obvious choice but an extremely useful one.

The Wilson Family

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Deahstroke is perhaps the Titans single greatest and most recognizable villain — but he’s not the only member of the Wilson clan to make an impact on the team. All three of the Wilson kids — Joey, Grant and Rose — have had an impact on various iterations of the Titans, be it as a villain, a hero, or both.

Though it’s probably not completely necessary for someone like Joey Wilson, aka Jericho, to be a permanent or founding member of the team, the addition of the Wilsons even as a concept would provide a pretty massive unifying enemy for the group with a set of stakes that cross beyond the standard “good vs. evil” fair. Also, in terms of sheer brand recognition, the inclusion of Slade and his iconic Deathstroke mask would be a quick way to fuel the fires of fandom.

Trigon

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However, if the standard “good vs. evil” fair is what the tone of the show is looking for, diving into Raven’s history with her father Trigon is a safe and timeless bet. Despite the fact it’s one of the most commonly rehashed elements of the Titans in any form of media, there’s always new and interesting takes to be had when it comes to the introduction of nightmarish Hell worlds or mystical dark arts into a story.

Raven’s Trigon-related plight provided the catalyst for the reformation of the New Teen Titans during the Marvel Wolfman and George Perez era of the team in “The Terror of Trigon” arc. Though adapting the plot directly from the 1984 classic would probably be too on the nose, seeing the show take some cues and inserting some quotes from the source material would be more than welcome.

A Superhero Mentor

One of the Titans-related elements that the “Young Justice” cartoon was able to capitalize on with extreme effect was the idea of the team needing a sort of mentor, outside of just their own superheroic mantle holders. “Young Justice” used characters like Red Tornado and Black Canary to fill that niche — adults who were outsiders to the team’s personal histories, but close enough to the heart of the matter to provide insight and direction when needed.

Licensing and budget limitations will most likely prevent characters like Bruce Wayne or Batman from showing up on the Titans show, while Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy are all the first generation heroes of their respective lineages, meaning there is a definitive opening for an adult character somewhere in this mix.

Red Tornado seems like an obvious choice, and would dovetail nicely with the animated “Young Justice” also airing on the network, but characters like Ted Kord (specifically if Jaime Reyes is brought in), or even Justice Society staples like Dr. Mid-Nite or Alan Scott could be unexpected and fun choices to fit the bill. Besides, Geoff Johns is one of the show runners this time around and his connection to the JSA’s line of Golden Age heroes-turned-mentors runs deep as it is.

“Titans” will be executive produced by Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). The series will air on a new DC Comics-branded digital platform that will launch in 2018. No official release date has been announced.

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Captain Marvel Makes an ‘Appearance’ in USA Winter Olympics Photoshoot

Captain Marvel Makes an ‘Appearance’ in USA Winter Olympics Photoshoot

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Captain Marvel. Not only will the character make her first big-screen appearance in “Avengers: Infinity War,”  it looks like her iconic design will be featured on some American gear at the Pyeongchang Olympics that same year. The NBC Olympics’ Twitter account has released an image teasing American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s new Captain Marvel-inspired look for the global event.

The image, which captures Shiffrin holding her skies in a winter environment, shows the 22-year-old dressed in gear based on Captain Marvel’s current look. NBC captioned the photo “Game. Face. ON. @MikaelaShiffrin is working it at the #WinterOlympics promo shoot.”

Game. Face. ON. @MikaelaShiffrin is working it at the #WinterOlympics promo shoot. pic.twitter.com/YsSlGGfmx2

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) April 27, 2017

Shiffrin won a gold medal in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. That win made her the youngest slalom champion in the event’s storied history. She’s also not the only American athlete who has been caught sporting a superhero-styled look lately. Fellow athletes Julia Mancuso and Jared Goldberg have new gear inspired by Marvel characters, which they debuted at the FIS Alpine World Cup Championships in February. The gear is a result of a new two-year collaboration between ski apparel maker Spyder and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

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The design is inspired by Carol Danvers iteration of the character. Danvers, who has been a member of the Marvel Universe since 1968, took up the mantle of Captain Marvel in 2012’s “Avenging Spider-Man” #9. This version of the hero will become the first female character to get her own solo movie on March 8, 2019.

“Captain Marvel” will start filming in February. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are slated to direct the movie, which was written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve. The film stars Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and may feature an appearance from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

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Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

BioWare’s best-selling fantasy franchise lives on in these canonical comics from Dark Horse!

Elven squire Vaea and her knight arrive in Kirkwall for Varric Tethras’s appointment as viscount. A talented thief, Vaea takes on an easy job . . . but when she chooses to change the terms of the deal midheist, she is entangled in a dangerous mission that is surely above her pay grade.

An essential addition to the Dragon Age canon! Covers by Sachin Teng!

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New Sci-Fi Novel Is Set In A World Where Hillary Clinton Actually Won

In the aftermath of last year’s presidential election ― which turned out differently than most media outlets predicted ― the questions on a lot of minds seemed to be “How?” and “Why?”

Today, William Gibson ― the American-Canadian science fiction novelist behind the 1984 cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, in which he coined the term “cyberspace”― is exploring another question in his forthcoming novel: What if?

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Let’s Reconsider That Rachel Maddow Segment On Trump’s Taxes That Everyone Hated

On March 14 MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took to the airwaves and presented an hour-long segment on two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. Those documents, obtained by journalist David Cay Johnston, revealed that Trump made $150 million in personal income that year, on which he paid $38 million in taxes.

It was one of the most hyped segments to air on cable news this year, with Maddow tweeting ahead of time, “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously).” It was also widely felt to be one of the most disappointing cable news segments of the year. The National Review’s Jim Geraghty opined that it was a “waste [of] everyone’s time.” Slate’s Willa Paskin called it “a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.” The Observer’s Ashe Schow summed it up as an “epic fail.”

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Facebook steps up fight on state-led propaganda

Facebook said Thursday it is stepping up its security to counter efforts by governments and others to spread misinformation or manipulate discussions for political reasons.

Gotham Photo May Tease Harley Quinn Transformation for Barbara Kean

Gotham Photo May Tease Harley Quinn Transformation for Barbara Kean

“Gotham” fans have wondered for months whether there are costumed high jinks in the cards for Erin Richard’s character, Barbara Kean.

Although she debuted on Fox’s Batman prequel as the fiancée of Detective Jim Gordon,”Gotham” quickly sent Barbara down her own twisted path. Following a stay in Arkham Asylum, Barbara returned with a vengeance in Season Three, becoming one of Gotham City’s premier villains as co-leader of a crime syndicate. She’s also become increasingly unhinged since the pilot episode, leading many fans to wonder whether there’s a red-and-black color scheme in her future.

RELATED: Gotham EP Teases Barbara Kean’s Evolution – Is She Harley Quinn?

It’s long been known that “Gotham” has plans to introduce Harley Quinn, be it at the end of this season or the start of Season Four, but the producers have remained relatively silent on whether the popular DC Comics antihero/villain will be played by a new actor, or if the identity will be taken up by an existing character. Again, fans’ fingers tend to point toward Barbara Kean as the most likely cast member to assume that mantle. Now there’s another potential piece to the puzzle suggesting that may well be what happens.

A recent photo, released to promote the upcoming episode titled “Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle,” features Barbara, clad in a fur coat and dress. While that description may not sound very Harley Quinn-esque, the color choices and lighting give the otherwise-unexciting image some potential subtext.

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GOTHAM: Erin Richards in the “Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, May 8 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX

In the photo, the light casts across Barbara’s face, turning it a pale blueish-white hue not dissimilar to Harleen Quinzel’s own skin tone. The same lighting gives Barbara’s fur coat a number of bluish-white highlights. The resulting effect plays with the red and black of Barbara’s dress and coat in such a way it creates an image that calls out to Harley Quinn’s iconic color choice. The patchwork aspect of the coat further plays into the imagery, bringing to mind the mirrored patterns typically worn by the iconic DC villain-turned-hero.

Of course, there may well be nothing to this. However, the work put into lighting a television show is done with deliberate intent, and the decision about which photos to release to the public also tends to be made with specific goals in mind. Even if this does end up being a red herring, its likely Fox’s “Gotham” public relations team at least wants us to continue to look down the road towards Barbara’s potential future as Harley in our minds.

Starring Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, “Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox. The series also stars David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

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The He-Man Movie Just Got a New Writer, a New Release Date, and a New Chance

Hollywood has been trying to channel the power of Grayskull for years now. Several filmmakers have attempted to bring He-Man and the Masters of the Universe back to the big screen, but nothing has stuck. Now, the latest incarnation has prolific superhero movie screenwriter David S. Goyer on board and a 2019 release…

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Newly-discovered ice planet is ‘much colder than Hoth’

Researchers have discovered a new planet that has about the same mass as Earth and orbits its star at about the same distance separating our home planet from its sun – but that doesn’t mean that the conditions are suitable for life, as the planet is far too cold to be habitable.

In fact, as the study authors explained in this week in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, when covered in ice, the planet reaches temperatures of minus-400 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it even colder than the mythical world of Hoth from the Star Wars universe, according to CNN.

Fans of the popular sci-fi movie franchise will recall that Hoth was a frozen wasteland, and as the lead author said Yossi Shvartzvald, a postdoctoral from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, explained, that’s a pretty apt description for the newly discovered planet, which has been named OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb.

OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, Shvartzvald told CNN, is “actually much, much colder than Hoth. It’s hard to imagine any life surviving in such an environment, not humans or tauntauns anyway. … The ice is not just scattered on the surface; it goes hundreds of miles deep,” and the world is even colder than Pluto, which itself is colder than liquid nitrogen, added co-author Jennifer Yee from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

While the cold surface conditions and the lack of illumination and heat from the dim host star eliminate the possibility of the new planet being home to life as we know it, the researchers said in a press release that it will improve their understanding of planetary systems beyond our own.

Strange world discovered thanks to gravitational microlensing

According to Shvartzvald, Yee and their colleagues, OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb is the lowest mass world ever discovered through microlensing, a technique in which light from a star that passes in front of a bright background object causes the latter to appear brighter, thus allowing scientists to detect anomalies created by a planet orbiting in the foreground.

In the case of OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, the spike in brightness lasted only a few hours, but Shvartzvald and Yee were able to detect it using the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) survey at the University of Warsaw and track it using both the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Korea Microlensing Telescope Network (KMTNet).

Despite the similarities between Earth and the newly-discovered planet in terms of mass and distance from their host star, the two worlds are very different in many other ways, the authors explained. OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb is approximately 13,000 light-years away and orbits an object so small that the researchers are not fully convinced that it’s even a star.

There is a shot the object is a brown dwarf (a star-like object which is incapable of generating energy through nuclear fusion at its core) or an ultra-cool dwarf similar to TRAPPIST-1. The star’s mass is less than 8 percent that of our sun, placing it right on the edge of qualifying for star status. Currently, they have no way of confirming for certain whether it is a star or not.

Nonetheless, Shvartzvald told CNN that the discovery “provides more evidence that planets are not only very common but also very diverse. They are able to form in strange environments very different from what we’re accustomed to on Earth.”

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Image credit: NASA

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After their daughter became fussy on a flight, a couple flying earlier this month was pleasantly surprised with a flight attendant’s kind offer.

On April 19, Whitney Poyntz was on a WestJet flight with her husband and 4-month-old daughter heading to Calgary, Canada from Palm Springs, California. The couple became stressed when their daughter began to cry on the flight and could not be calmed. That’s when a flight attendant named Ashley stepped in.

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Scientists Solve Mystery Behind Antarctica’s Blood Falls – Condé Nast Traveler

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Death Note Producer Addresses Whitewashing Criticisms

Death Note Producer Addresses Whitewashing Criticisms

When it was announced that “Paper Towns” star Nat Wolff would play Light Turner/Light Yagami in Netflix’s adaptation of the popular Japanese anime and manga “Death Note,” the film immediately faced accusations of whitewashing. Now, producer Roy Lee has responded to those whitewashing criticisms surrounding the film, noting that he didn’t anticipate such a backlash.

“I’ve been involved in many adaptations of content from all over the world, and this is the first time that I’ve been seeing negative press,” Lee told BuzzFeed.

Lee asserts “Death Note” is not an example of whitewashing, because it adapts the story for a different culture. “I can understand the criticism… if our version of ‘Death Note’ was set in Japan and [featured] characters that were Japanese-named or of Japanese ancestry,” Lee said. “It is an interpretation of that story in a different culture, so there are going to be some obvious changes. Some people will like them, some people may not.”

“One of [the cast] is Asian, one’s African-American, and three are Caucasian. Saying ‘whitewashing’ is also somewhat offensive,” he explained, saying, “one of our three leads is African-American.” Lee also said that the changes were made to “make [‘Death Note’] more appealing to the US or to the English-language market.”

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“Death Note” isn’t the first Japanese property Lee has been involved in adapting. He produced the 2002 film “The Ring,” which also came from Japanese source material. The lead character, Reiko Asakawa, became a white woman named Rachel Keller in the American adaptation. “No one criticized it then,” he said. “Maybe they should’ve or maybe they could’ve, [and] I just didn’t know about it.”

“People can criticize it, but I’d say that they should see the movie first,” Lee concluded. “Then they could accuse us of not having a diverse enough cast… just judge the movie after it comes out.”

“Death Note” is among one of many series that has faced accusations of whitewashing recently. Last year, Marvel was accused of whitewashing when the Ancient One was changed from an elderly Asian man into a white woman in Doctor Strange. More recently, the live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” came under fire for casting Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi. Paramount blamed the film’s failure on that controversy.

RELATED: Netflix’s Death Note Drops First Trailer, Reveals Release Date

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, “Death Note” tells the story of a high school student who stumbles across a supernatural notebook that allows the owner to kill anyone simply by writing their name in its pages.

The Netflix version of the story is directed by Adam Winged and stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield as “L,” Paul Nakauchi as Watari, Shea Whigham as James Turner and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk. It debuts exclusively on Netflix on August 25, 2017.

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NASA sees vertical wind shear affecting Tropical Storm Muifa

Vertical wind shear can weaken a tropical cyclone and that's what's happening to the now weaker Tropical Depression Muifa in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA gathered rainfall information about the storm as wind shear continued to weaken it.

No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt – New York Times

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No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt
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Riverdale EPs Tease Homecoming, Season Finale Twists & More

Riverdale EPs Tease Homecoming, Season Finale Twists & More

“Riverdale” is racing towards the finish line of its freshman season as the entire town searches for the truth behind the mysterious death of Jason Blossom. As the season winds down, “Riverdale’s” executive producers are beginning to look ahead to Season 2 at which characters they want to introduce, what mysteries they want to hold back and what traditions they want to create in their second season. They’re also excited about tonight’s episode, “To Riverdale and Back Again,” which will bring past and present Riverdale students together.

During WonderCon, “Riverdale” executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater discussed the conclusion of the current season and what’s in the works for “Riverdale’s” forthcoming second season. When asked if the show’s renewal caused them to change or rewrite the Season 1 finale, Aguirre-Sacasa said, “No, we’d written and shot the finale and then two or three weeks later heard about the renewal. No, no, no, we wrote and shot most of the season before we even started airing.”

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“I think in that way it’s almost good we didn’t know, ” Schechter added. “We love the show so much, we really wanted it to be satisfying no matter what.”

RELATED: Why ’80s Queen Molly Ringwald is Riverdale’s Perfect Mary Andrews 

So far, “Riverdale” Season 1 has only spanned the fall semester of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead’s sophomore year, a season that Schecter calls, “A book in a series of books. We wanted the season to be cohesive, we really wanted it to stand on its own.” While there will be many stories to tell on “Riverdale” in the season(s) to come, there will be a finality to this season that will bring certain storylines to a close.

When asked if the Hiram Lodge would make an appearance in the season finale, Aguirre-Sacasa said, “We want to keep as many surprises in the finale as possible.” So far in Season 1, the mysterious Hiram Lodge has only been mentioned by name. Nevertheless, he’s been able to pull strings from within prison, which has put the Lodge family at odds with both the Blossoms and the Andrews. This sets the stage for even greater family showdowns in Season 2.

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Unfortunately, the series EPs weren’t able to incorporate a Halloween episode in Season 1, even though that would have aligned with Archie Comics’ darker brand series like “Afterlife with Archie,” “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Jughead: The Hunger” — but don’t count a Halloween episode out just yet. “We want to see what Riverdale is like on Halloween. That’s just so much fun! We just have to figure out the timing for it,” Schechter said.

RELATED: Riverdale Casts Veronica Lodge’s Father – With a Twist

She followed up by calling attention to another teen show that was famous for incorporating Halloween into its seasons. “We’re big fans of the ‘Buffy’ Halloween episodes,” she shared. Aguirre-Sacasa added, “We’d all love to do one — it would be a nice tradition.” That could be a way to introduce some more mystical elements to “Riverdale” without completely shifting the tone to become a supernatural thriller — a bit like “Scooby Do,” a bit like “Buffy.”

While “Riverdale” won’t be featuring a Halloween episode this season, it will showcase a Homecoming episode, which will air tonight. According to Aguirre-Sacasa, “Archie and a surprise partner are going to sing a cover of an ‘80s song for a retro Homecoming episode.” Will this retro Homecoming episode pay homage to eighties queen Molly Ringwald, Archie’s estranged mother who returned home last week? According to the episode synopsis “Chapter 11: To Riverdale and Back Again,” it will be both Homecoming and a High School reunion:

SUSPICIONS CONTINUE TO GROW — Betty (Lili Reinhart) is slammed overseeing Homecoming and Reunion weekend, but Alice (Madchen Amick) wants her to help with the Jason Blossom investigation. Alice turns to Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) for help, but when Betty discovers they are working with her mom, she is not happy. After seeing his father FP (guest star Skeet Ulrich) start to clean up his act, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) wonders if it’s the right time to give him another chance. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) have both decided to go to Homecoming in Jason’s honor, until a revelation waylays their plans. Meanwhile, Fred (Luke Perry) and Mary (guest star Molly Ringwald) attend the Homecoming dance, leaving Fred to possibly reconsider the divorce. Ashleigh Murray and Marisol Nichols also star. Kevin Sullivan directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Original airdate 4/27/2017.

RELATED: Riverdale Will Recast Reggie Mantle for Season 2

The “Riverdale” executive producers were also asked about the show’s connectedness to the comics that are being produced right now and specifically if “Riverdale” is influencing “Archie Comics” or vice versa. “We have a brand new ‘Riverdale’ comic book out, that’s written by Roberto and the team, which is a companion piece to the show,” Goldwater explained. “The comic books are maintaining their same storyline. They’re lighter, they’re fun, they’re the same.”

Aguirre-Sacasa followed up with, “It’s a little fun, though. We’ll be talking in the writer’s room and we’ll say, ‘Oh, by the way, in the comic book, this is going to happen’ and I was like, ‘Wow, we’re all tapping into some creative subconscious that’s there.’ I think in taking the new ‘Archie’ book that [Mark] Waid is writing, that is more slice-of-life than coming of age. There are very weird echoes and I think, ‘Did Mark read that script?’ So they are speaking to each other.”

Airing on the CW network weekly on Thursdays at 9 p.m., “Riverdale” is a modern take on the Archie Comics universe starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom.

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Resource availability drives person-to-person variations in microbes living in the body

The collection of microbial species found in the human body varies from person to person, and new research published in PLOS Computational Biology suggests that a significant part of this variation can be explained by variability in shared resources available to the microbes.

For first time, researchers measure forces that align crystals and help them snap together

Like two magnets being pulled toward each other, tiny crystals twist, align and slam into each other, but due to an altogether different force. For the first time, researchers have measured the force that draws them together and visualized how they swivel and align.

Scythian horse breeding unveiled: Lessons for animal domestication

Nomad Scythian herders roamed vast areas spanning the Central Asian steppes during the Iron Age, approximately from the 9th to the 1st century BCE (Before Common Era). These livestock pastoralists, who lived on wagons covered by tents, left their mark in the history of warfare for their exceptional equestrian skills. They were among the first to master mounted riding and to make use of composite bows while riding. A new study published in Science led by Professor Ludovic Orlando and involving 33 international researchers from 16 universities, now reveals the suite of traits that Scythian breeders selected to engineer the type of horse that best fit their purpose.

DNA from extinct humans discovered in cave sediments

Researchers have developed a new method to retrieve hominin DNA from cave sediments—even in the absence of skeletal remains.

Astronomers made first measurements of small-scale ripples in primeval hydrogen gas using rare double quasars

The most barren regions known are the far-flung corners of intergalactic space. In these vast expanses between the galaxies there is just one solitary atom per cubic meter—a diffuse haze of hydrogen gas left over from the Big Bang. On the largest scales, this material is arranged in a vast network of filamentary structures known as the "cosmic web," its tangled strands spanning billions of light years and accounting for the majority of atoms in the universe.

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Summer Movie Preview: 37 Movies to Watch Out For

The summer movie season is usually very predictable. We all get super excited about all the big movies coming out. Expectations go through the roof. Then you see the movies, most of them are bad, and that’s it. For some reason, though, 2017 feels like it’s going to be an exception.

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Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region’s past

Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe's winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period.

Netrunner’s New Murder Mystery Campaign Messes With A Good Thing

Today, cyberpunk card game Netrunner released a murder mystery expansion, Terminal Directive. It’s a novel twist on an already-fantastic game, and its first story-based campaign. The obvious question: How does a narrative of cyberwarfare unravel through a card game that requires shuffling decks? The answer is, slowly,…

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Stallone’s Marvel Character Will Have a Future Beyond GotG 2

Stallone’s Marvel Character Will Have a Future Beyond GotG 2

SPOILER WARNING: Minor Spoilers for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is set to hit theaters in a week, bringing with it a whole host of new characters — some as minor cameos, and some as first appearances for what will later become larger roles. It’s been confirmed that Sylvester Stallone will be playing Stakar aka Starhawk, a Ravager who once banished Yondu for secretly selling child slaves alongside his normal space-pirating duties. And, according to director James Gunn, Stallone is apparently one of the newbies that’s here to stay.

RELATED: James Gunn in ‘Involved’ with Avengers: Infinity War

“My plan is to see more of him,” the director recently told the Toronto Sun. “I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”

“Them,” in this context refers to an original Guardians of the Galaxy team drawn from the comics that also included Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Krugarr (a CGI character), Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus) and Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum). While it’s unknown whether these characters will become mainstays in any of the future MCU outings, Stallone will almost certainly be showing up more frequently.

RELATED:Early “GotG” Concept Art Featured a Very Different Look for Gamora

“I will be helping to plant the seeds that will lead to the next decade,” said Gunn. “I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3… and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on… It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe.”

Written and directed by Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will also star Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Stallone’s fellow 80’s icon Kurt Russell as Ego. It’s set to blast into theaters on May 5.

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Michael Mantenuto, Star Of Disney’s ‘Miracle,’ Dead At 35

Actor and hockey player Michael Mantenuto, best known for his role in Disney’s 2004 sports drama “Miracle,” has died. He was 35.

Mantenuto was found in his car by police after reportedly sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday afternoon in Des Moines, Washington, according to TMZ. Seattle’s King County medical examiner’s office told Peoplethat Mantenuto took his own life.

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US Postal service announces solar eclipse stamp – USA TODAY

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The Buy Pile: (Avenging) Rebels Without A Pause

The Buy Pile: (Avenging) Rebels Without A Pause

WHAT IS THE BUY PILE?

Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) grabs a whole lotta comics. These periodicals are quickly sorted (how) into two piles — the “buy” pile (a small pile most weeks, comprised of planned purchases) and the “read” pile (often huge, often including comics that are really crappy but have some value to stay abreast of). Thursday afternoons you’ll be able to get his thoughts (and they’re just the opinions of one guy, so calm down, and here’s some common definitions used in the column) about all of that … which goes something like this …

THE BUY PILE FOR APRIL 26, 2017

Occupy Avengers” #6 (Marvel Comics)

This issue was very entertaining, as Hawkeye ponders how he ended up in another fine mess. His cohorts Red Wolf and Tilda Johnson make star turns, with the former being a flurry of fists and kicks and the latter being the wicked voice inside your head. The issue unfolded like a flower, each petal revealing another detail of character or circumstance. Perhaps the only possible complaint is that at the end of the issue, the reader isn’t very far from where they started. Nevertheless, David F. Walker, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles have put together a book that’s engaging from cover to cover.

Night Owl Society #1 (IDW Publishing)

Stick around for the last page of “Night Owl Society” #1.

Jump from the Read Pile. Mix “The Breakfast Club” with “Runaways,” then add a dash of modern “Archie” comics and you get this clever, inventive Young Adult mash-up of genres. A high school nobody organizes a team of talented misfits into striking back at a ruthless local crime lord called the Viceroy. Everything else is either endearing or brilliant. Writer James Venhaus has the patience and skill to balance the needs of the plot against revealing the characters while the subtle artwork from Pius Bak and Marshall Dillon bring you into these lives with care and grace. This is great work all around.

WHAT’S THE PROGNOSIS?

Inexpensive and entertaining, there’s nothing wrong with that.

THIS WEEK’S READ PILE

Honorable Mentions: Stuff worth noting, even if it’s not good enough to buy

“Black Monday Murders” #5 is like visiting a really interesting neighborhood with quaint shops and musty but fascinating libraries where everyone you meet is a quirky character if sone sort. When it is finally collected and all the disparate threads are tied, it will likely be a revelation. In this small an installment, it lacks impetus and wallows in a kind of Chris Carter malaise that’s less than rewarding. Gorgeous looking book, though.

“Detective Comics” #955 had a decent emotional core and an acceptable (if not exactly fresh) threat towards Gotham City. The plot was kind of paint by numbers, most of the characters were left standing around like the eleventh man on a basketball team, but there were a couple of moments that connected. Unbalanced but ambitious.

“Big Moose” #1 had three stories, showing different sides of the massive man mountain from Riverdale High. First, he struggles with a vending machine, a jam-packed schedule and his own aggression. They’re all good, with the center one being the most nuanced and effective of the lot, but all together they’re not enough to make this a purchase.

“Old Guard” #3 makes some good points about how tedious immortality can become but does about two actual thongs plot wise in its sea of savvy characterization.

“24 Legacy Rules Of Engagement” #1 was close to making it work, being effective in showcasing the sardonic wit and martial effectiveness of the new protagonist Eric Carter and telling a fairly complete, if somewhat predictable, story. The issue was not served well by the color palette and art style, but it wasn’t bad.

“Magdalena” #2 did well characterizing its new protagonist and had a clever bit with demonic possession. Unfortunately, most of the other characters didn’t do much to distinguish themselves and the action was merely okay. If the antagonist can develop into something new, this could be something.

“Deadpool Vs The Punisher” #2 is cute, a well-drawn romp with some very strange moments that had Frank Castle using the vagaries of Wade Wilson’s powers to excellent effect. If you love either character, you’ll jump at this.

“Batgirl” #10 had the seed of something amazing — a jumped up Mark Zuckerberg as a super villain — but failed to bring it past Barbara Gordon’s introspection. Not a bad book, but falling inches before greatness.

“Satellite Falling” #4 was a solidly told sci fi adventure story (“I told you I was good at this”) that didn’t have enough time to establish the stakes for its cast of characters. Great art and probably solid appeal in a collected edition.

“Suicide Squad” #16 makes a kind of macabre sense while performing quite an elegant dance of deception and intrigue. This issue is smarter than it seems at first glance, but lacks a little oomph to push it over the line into excellence.

“B***h Planet” #10 had some great moments that really seized the moment but the whole plot didn’t connect appropriately. This is a great case for the trade, because with the momentum of binge-reading and no interruptions would help these moments hit their marks more effectively.

The “Meh” Pile Not good enough to praise, not bad enough to insult, they just kind of happened …

“Joyride” #12, “Unfollow” #18, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency The Salmon Of Doubt” #7, “Infamous Iron Man” #7, “Real Science Adventures” #1, “Black Panther” #13, “Blue Beetle” #8, “Orphan Black Deviations” #2, “Rocket Raccoon” #5, “Optimus Prime” #6, “Kamandi Challenge” #4, “X-Men Blue” #2, “Micronauts Wrath Of Karza” #1, “Elektra” #3, “Hook Jaw” #5, “Doc Savage Ring Of Fire” #2, “Wonder Woman” #21, “Star Wars Darth Maul” #3, “Kill Shakespeare Past Is Prologue Juliet” #2, “Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat” #17, “Flash” #21, “Jem And The Misfits” #4, “Supergirl Being Super” #3, “Great Lakes Avengers” #7, “Doom Patrol” #6, “Britannia We Who Are About To Die” #1, “Weapon X” #2, “Batman Beyond” #7, “WWE” #4, “Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider” #1, “Judge Dredd The Blessed Earth” #1, “Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps” #19, “Old Man Logan” #22, “Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Year 3” #2, “Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur” #18, “Batman The Shadow” #1, “Hadrian’s Wall” #6, “Justice League Of America” #5, “Thanos” #6, “X-O Manowar” #2, “Ultimates 2” #6, “Kill Or Be Killed” #8, “Mighty Thor” #18, “Action Comics” #978, “Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor” #12, “X-Men Gold” #2, “D4VEocracy” #3, “Savage Dragon” #223, “Hellblazer” #9, “Mighty Captain Marvel” #4, “G.I. JOE A Real American Hero” #239, “Teen Titans” #7, “Ladycastle” #3.

No, just … no … These comics? Not so much …

“Hulk” #5 is slow. S-L-O-W. Well drawn, not bad dialogue, but spirit, is it ponderous.

SO, HOW BAD WAS IT?

The worst book could have been mediocre with better pacing, which is a great sign.

WINNERS AND LOSERS

This week is a winner due to nothing truly being terrible and solid entertainment from the purchases.

THE BUSINESS

Today’s the last day to sign up for the Operative Network monthly newsletter, The Briefing, which hits Friday morning with sneak previews, news, con appearances and more.

The writer of this column writes two weekly web superhero comics: “Menthu: The Anger of Angels” and “Project Wildfire: Street Justice” — free every week. Can’t beat “free.”

The writer of this column isn’t just a jerk who spews his opinions — he writes stuff too. A lot. Like what? You can get “Project Wildfire: Enter Project Torrent” (a collected superhero web comic), “The Crown: Ascension” and “Faraway,” five bucks a piece, or spend a few more dollars and get “New Money” #1 from Canon Comics, the rambunctious tale of four multimillionaires running wild in Los Angeles, a story in “Watson and Holmes Volume 2” co-plotted by “2 Guns” creator Steven Grant, two books from Stranger Comics — “Waso: Will To Power” and the sequel “Waso: Gathering Wind” (the tale of a young man who had leadership thrust upon him after a tragedy), or “Fathom Sourcebook” #1, “Soulfire Sourcebook” #1, “Executive Assistant Iris Sourcebook” #1 and “Aspen Universe Sourcebook,” the official guides to those Aspen Comics franchises. Love these reviews? It’d be great if you picked up a copy. Hate these reviews? Find out what this guy thinks is so freakin’ great. There’s free sample chapters too, and all proceeds to towards the care and maintenance of his kids … oh, and to buy comic books, of course. There’s also a bunch of great stuff — fantasy, superhero stuff, magical realism and more — available from this writer on Amazon. What are you waiting for? Go buy a freakin’ book already!

Got a comic you think should be reviewed in The Buy Pile? If we get a PDF of a fairly normal length comic (i.e. “less than 64 pages”) by no later than 24 hours before the actual issue arrives in stores (and sorry, we can only review comics people can go to stores and buy), we guarantee the work will get reviewed, if remembered. Physical comics? Geddouttahere. Too much drama to store with diminishing resources. If you send it in more than two days before comics come out, the possibility of it being forgotten increases exponentially. Oh, you should use the contact form as the CBR email address hasn’t been regularly checked since George W. Bush was in office. Sorry!

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Apparently, Jason Segel Is Writing YA Science Fiction Books Now

Jason Segel—star of sitcoms, maker of R-rated comedies, and friend to Muppets—has branched out yet again. Segel and his co-writer Kirsten Miller have announced that later this year they’ll be releasing a YA novel called Otherworld, the first in a proposed YA scifi trilogy about an all encompassing futuristic video…

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