Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 – production starts this fall. pic.twitter.com/OZQqDEvoum— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) May 19, 2017That’s not a terrible choice at all. Hardy is a great actor who, as we saw in his TV series Taboo earlier this year, plays the antihero very well. Over the years, Venom grew from one of Spider-Man’s scariest adversaries to a conflicted hero, who doesn’t always have the same moral obligations that Spider-Man does. Eddie Brock isn’t a particularly good person naturally, but he does try to become better and help those around him. Sometimes. That inner conflict is sure to give Hardy a lot to work with, and it’ll be interesting to see his take on the character.Sony is trying to launch their own universe separate from the MCU with the Spider-Man characters they own the rights to. Even though Tom Holland’s Spider-Man exists in the MCU, Tom Hardy’s Venom will not. Presumably, the Spider-Man movies will exist in both universes. That does make Venom’s origin a little tricky. If the symbiote won’t make an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, how does it find Brock? Does it still have Spider abilities? Does it still block Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense if Holland’s Parker never dons the black suit? We’ll have to see how this movie addresses the character’s origin when it comes out on October 5, 2018.Kevin Feige speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore)Sony creating their own separate Marvel universe may not sit well with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. Screen Rant reports that Feige’s goal is to get all of Marvel’s superheroes back under Marvel Entertainment’s control. That includes the X-Men, who are owned by Fox and the Spider-Man characters Sony has the rights to. His ultimate goal, he said, is to recreate the experience comic book readers have for the movies. That means every Marvel character under the same umbrella, interacting with each other just like they do in the comics.“We’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last ten years,” Feige said. “And certainly, including Spidey in Civil War, in the upcoming Infinity War, is yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that for the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU but never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”For now, it seems unlikely that Fox will willingly part with the X-Men or even the Fantastic Four, regardless of how that last movie turned out. That’s why it’s so interesting that Marvel is partnering with the studios that own the rights its characters. If you can’t get the characters back, might as well make sure you have some control over their stories. In addition to partnering with Sony to get Spidey in the MCU, Marvel Studios has worked with Fox to create X-Men TV shows like Legion and The Gifted. If we’re ever going to get every Marvel character in the same universe (or on the same screen), it’ll likely happen through partnerships like this.Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)As for the rest of the MCU, we’re starting to see exactly what the studio is building towards for the end of Phase Three. New official synopses have been released for both Black Panther and Infinity War that give us an idea of where these movies are headed, Inverse reports. Black Panther‘s plot is probably very close to what you guessed it would be. T’Challa assumes the Wakandan throne after the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War. Of course, not everyone in his country is happy with their new king. He fights a rebel faction that aims to draw Wakanda into a world war. This is pretty well-trodden territory for the Black Panther comics, and it’ll be fun to see some of T’Challa’s greatest moments play out on the big screen.Meanwhile, for Avengers: Infinity War, the synopsis confirms that it will feature the Avengers fighting Thanos. Duh. The synopsis reveals that his goal has changed since his debut in the post-credits scene of The Avengers. He no longer wants to court death. Now, he wants to collect the six Infinity Stones so he can control all of reality. What he wants to do with all of reality remains to be seen. At this point, anticipation for both these movies has been built up about as high as it could possibly go. It’s getting to the point where we’d just wish they’d come out already. We still have aways to wait, though. Black Panther is due for release on February 18, 2016. Avengers: Infinity War will be out on May 4, 2018. At least Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was good enough to tide us over.Speaking of which, our final story from the MCU concerns Nathan Fillion’s mysterious role in it. James Gunn tweeted out this fake movie poster from a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The poster features Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams, an actor who is also the superhero Wonder Man. The poster has him playing Tony Stark in a Jobson his Facebook page-like biopic. Gunn recently explained the reason these posters exist. One of the @NathanFillion /Simon Williams /Wonder Man posters cut from #GotGVol2. Read all about it at https://t.co/pSztEXVASv pic.twitter.com/qAKvFXufJX— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 17, 2017Basically, the poster was created as an Easter egg to be visible in the background during a certain scene. Unfortunately, the scene slowed the pacing of the movie to a crawl and had to be cut. Gunn is best friends with Fillion, and the actor has appeared in every one of his movies. (He had a voice-over role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.) Gunn wants Fillion to have a significant role in the MCU going forward. That’s why he made this poster implying that he would play Wonder Man.“I didn’t have a good cameo for him in Vol. 2 – and I wanted to bring him more fully into the MCU at some point, so I didn’t want to make him Aakon Guard #2, narrowing his chance of a more substantial role in the future,” Gunn wrote.Gunn says he’s always liked the character of Wonder Man, and could easily see Fillion in the part of the “douchey actor/superhero.” Gunn clarified that Fillion is not a douche, but just very good at playing one. Anyone who’s seen him on Alan Tudyk’s Con Man can certainly attest to that. We’ve known for a while that a Venom movie was on the way, but until today, nobody knew who would play him. Sony Pictures announced on Twitter today that Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock in the upcoming movie. The studio tweeted out the news along with a picture of Hardy wearing a Venom T-Shirt.
Like we mentioned last time we saw some impressive, fan-made BioShock art, even though the original game is seven years old, it was so impactful that it still sticks fresh in our minds. Sure, we all still remember the story, the twist, and the repeatable meme, but what left the deepest imprint is the game’s vibe, aesthetics, and the underwater dystopia of Rapture.Now, instead of BioShock reimagined as an isometric RPG, we have it reimagined as a class project you haven’t seen since elementary school.For a living, Andy Jarosz makes camera and lighting equipment used by the film industry, but he makes dioramas for fun. Building models was a hobby of his when he was younger, and the practice has certainly showed here in his BioShock creation.His model of a (pretty recognizable) location in Rapture took 25 hours to create, but Andy says a good chunk of that time was spent planning and designing. The model is 1/26 in scale, and built out of a variety of parts. The Little Sister models are 3D-printed, the floor is made of laser-etched plywood, and the plasmid posters were printed onto sticker paper and drybrushed. Some lighting is used to help create the iconic moody atmosphere of Rapture.This isn’t the only BioShock diorama in existence, as a fan of the game purchased the old Neca figures and set them into a scene, which you can check out here. As for Andy, he said he’s planning on making a diorama of a Bethesda game next, and states that fans have been asking for a Fallout piece, though hasn’t made a commitment just yet.You can check out some more images of the diorama in the gallery above. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY bs_dio2bs_dio2With the moody lighting.bs_dio1Rapture without the moody lighting is still moody.bs_dio3A close-up.bs_dio4Without the full atmosphere.With the moody lighting.
During last year’s Gamescom event, Microsoft announced that it would be adding TV DVR to the Xbox One. This feature would allow users to record free-to-air TV programs remotely, and stream or download them to Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. This was meant to be an alternative to Windows Media Center for Windows 10, which the company killed off.It looks like the Xbox One will now have no TV DVR functionality at all as Microsoft is abandoning the feature. In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft said: “After careful consideration, we’ve decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10.”One of the biggest criticisms Microsoft received when it announced the Xbox One was that the system seemed to focus more on media playback and Kinect features than on actual gaming. We’ve already seen the company all but abandon the Kinect, so this move to drop TV DVR can be seen as another step toward making the Xbox One console a core gaming system.It should be noted that while TV DVR won’t be coming to the Xbox One, the system does still have TV playback functionality. I know that whenever I log into my Xbox One (mostly to watch Netflix, ironically enough) I see a good deal of my friends using the Xbox TV app. This tells you that people do in fact use video game consoles for things other than gaming. However, the vast majority of folks buy consoles to play games. Abandoning non-gaming features in order to focus on what the system is supposed to be about is a wise move on Microsoft’s part.
Protecting your privacy isn’t the only perk of deleting a Facebook account: It could help reduce anxiety.A University of Queensland research team, led by psychology lecturer Eric Vanman, investigated the effects of breaking up with social media.“Take a Facebook break for just five days reduced a person’s level of the stress hormone cortisol,” Vanman revealed.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, myriad Facebookers are opting out of more than just data collection—they are dropping the platform altogether.But it’s not all rainbows and lollipops for retirees.“While participants in our study showed an improvement in physiological stress by giving up Facebook, they also reported lower feelings of well-being,” Vanman admitted. “People said they felt more unsatisfied with their life, and were looking forward to resuming their Facebook activity.”Researchers have a number of theories for their mixed results, including the idea that because folks are unaware of the physical benefits, they don’t reap the mental benefits.There is also the notion that people who are disconnected from their friends feel isolated and “less content with their lives,” according to Vanman.The study comprised two groups of active Facebook users—one instructed to refrain from the platform for five days, the other to continue using the site as normal. All 138 participants provided saliva samples to measure changes in cortisol levels.Plenty of folks take a temporary hiatus from social media from time to time—what Vanman calls “Facebook vacations.” The professor’s own experience of quitting the network inspired this study.“Others [colleagues] admitted that they took similar breaks from Facebook when they found it too stressful or overwhelming,” he explained.Some people take drastic measures to keep themselves from posting baby photos and checking messages: “One of my students kept herself off Facebook by having her friend change her password so she wouldn’t be tempted to come back on,” Vanman said.Two months later, she broke down, retrieved the code, and signed back in.Facebook, for many, is an essential social tool, a way to keep in touch with old friends, share events, and stay abreast of the fake news.“Facebook has become an essential social tool for millions of users and it obviously provides many benefits. Yet, because it conveys so much social information about a large network of people, it can also be taxing,” Vanman revealed.“It seems that people take a break because they’re too stressed, but return to Facebook whenever they feel unhappy because they have been cut off from their friends,” he continued. “It then becomes stressful again after a while, so they take another break. And so on.”Mark Zuckerberg’s catch-22, if you will. Stay on target ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event
The revolution of smart devices marches on as researchers have made printable tags that mirror some functionality of standard smart gadgets.While that might sound like a major leap at first, it obviously comes with some important caveats. You can’t just slap these on a TV and get Hulu, but they do allow you to use them for some basic home programming.The tags work by reflecting WiFi signals to a device that’s configured to look for them. By slapping the reflectors on whatever, you can turn them and your phone into a WiFi radar system. When it moves, then, you can trigger other devices on your network to respond accordingly. They can also be configured as keyboards for home speakers systems or other devices that you might have configured to brew your coffee or rub your back or whatever.“Our vision is to expand the Internet of Things to go beyond just connecting smartphones, smartwatches and other high-end devices,” senior author Xinyu Zhang said. Zhang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UC San Diego and a member of the Center for Wireless Communications was excited about the possibilities. “We’re developing low-cost, battery-free, chip-less, printable sensors that can include everyday objects as part of the Internet of Things.”Indeed, while their functionality may be pretty limited, their utility comes with ease of manufacture. By printing different patterns, researchers have made all kinds of tags that can reflect everything from WiFi to LTE signals. They also use zero power and need virtually nothing for upkeep.As one of the more practical applications, Zhang imagined using these systems to help track the recovery of stroke victims.“When patients return home, they could use this technology to provide data on their motor activity based on how they interact with everyday objects at home—whether they are opening or closing doors in a normal way, or if they are able to pick up bottles of water, for example. The amount, intensity and frequency of their activities could be logged and sent to their doctors to evaluate their recovery,” Zhang Said.Standard motor activity testing takes one of two forms currently — extensive monitoring in a facility or in the home. And both can be pretty intrusive and time-consuming. This would be a natural, simple, easy way to make steps in that direction saving patients time and money.Unlike most of the things we write about, this doesn’t actually have a long way to go to finish development and could be implemented soon.Nanotech is a weird and fascinating subsect of tech, even if Elon Musk thinks it’s BS. But you can deny advancements for good have been made like figuring out how to kill harmful bacteria. Be sure to follow all the latest in nanotechnology here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.