Everything You Need to Know About Apocalypse Before His X-Men Movie Debut

Apocalypse is weird. He’s arguably the X-Men’s most powerful foe, but he’s not the most famous; he has a generic name, hard-to-defined powers, and his motives change a lot. And now he’s also going to be the big bad of the next X-Men film! Here’s a helpful primer before Apocalypse (the movie and the character) arrive…


Eight Things We Want From Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII

The stars are hyping it. The director has been teasing it. It’s really not that far off. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII will be going into production very soon, and as that date approaches, we’ve already started thinking about what we’d really love to see in the movie come December 2017.

5 Live-Action Star Wars Shows Disney Should Be Making Right Now

Last week, we learned that Disney wasn’t making a live-action Star Wars television series anytime soon. That’s a shame, because if there is one benefit to sweeping away the old Expanded Universe, it’s that there is now so much of the new galaxy to explore, and TV would be a perfect way to do it. Here are five Star Wars

11 Ways to Write a Character-Focused Story That Still Feels Action-Packed

Everyone loves a story that races forward. There’s a reason we love books that are “page-turners.” But does a fast-paced story full of thrills and excitement mean you can’t also make room for character? Hell no. Here are 11 ways to create a story about characters and emotion that’s also a seat-of-your-pants ride.

10 Things That Star Trek Got Right (That Have Never Been Copied)

This year is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and even after five decades there has never been another series like Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild. We’ve had plenty of spaceship shows since 1966, but some things about Trek remained unique. Here are 10 Star Trek achievements that nobody else managed to pull off.

29 Most Random Ways That Major Characters Got Written out of Movie Sequels

It sucks that Will Smith won’t be in the Independence Day sequel—but wait ‘til you hear the random explanation for his character being gone. Alas, this is standard practice. When stars decide not to come back, movies come up with rationales for writing them out, that go beyond “dog ate my homework.”

10 Brand New Characters Who Joined Our Favorite Series, And We Didn’t Hate Them

The biggest challenge for the new Star Wars was to make us love Rey and Finn as much as Luke and Han. Mission accomplished! But most of the time, when a venerable franchise introduces new characters, it’s a horrendous failure. Here are 10 long-running series that actually made us care about new characters.