Time To Build: Every LEGO April 2023 Release

Wondering all about the LEGO April 2023 release calendar? Let’s get in to it!

Spring brings all new things, and the same is true for the world of LEGO! Let’s check out every new LEGO set hitting store shelves in April. Of course, the best place to shop LEGO is on their official Shop@Home website, but these will all be available wherever LEGO is sold locally to you. 

Related: The 20 Best LEGO Sets of All-Time

LEGO Indiana Jones

After 15 years of dormancy, LEGO Indiana Jones has finally returned!

We’re getting three sets in this reintroduction wave, 77012 Fighter Plane Chase from The Last Crusade for $34.99, as well as 77013 Escape from the Lost Tomb for $39.99, and the immaculate 77015 Temple of the Golden Idol at $149.99 (which is now my favorite LEGO set of all-time.) These sets include brand new minifigures, very memorable builds, and most importantly, lots of “fortune and glory.”

LEGO Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is fast approaching, so it’s no surprise that tie-in LEGO sets are finally hitting shelves.

First up we have 76251, the Star-Lord Helmet, which unfortunately rolls in at a grossly overpriced $79.99 price tag. More affordably, the Guardians of the Galaxy Headquarters includes Groot and Star-Lord minifigs for a surprisingly low price of $9.99.

At the mid tier, 76254 Baby Rocket’s Ship comes with Baby and full-grown Rocket Raccoon for $34.99, while the behemoth 76255 The New Guardians’ Ship includes almost the entire team as minifigures and retails for $99.99. Having built and reviewed all of these early, I do think they’re worth the price (except the Helmet set) but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t an expensive month to be a LEGO Marvel fan!

LEGO Disney

Continuing the Disney 100th Anniversary celebration, we’re getting three new sets from the Magic Kingdom. The most exciting of which is set 43217 Carl Fredrickson’s house from “UP,” which will retail for $59.99. We’re also getting a 4+ set aimed at builders just starting out, set 43212 Disney Celebration Train, which will include some highly sought-after minifigures like Peter Pan, Moana, and more. For the youngsters, there’ll also be a $99.99 Duplo 3-in-1 Magical Castle set, so this Disney wave is offering something for the whole family. 

LEGO Minecraft Brickheadz

LEGO’s not-so-subtle answer to Funko Pops! are back for more, this time offering three new Minecraft characters at $9.99 each. These new figures include 40624 Alex, 40625 Llama, and 40626 Zombie. These follow-up from the 2018 release of 41612 Steve and Creeper, which I’m sure will be a welcome addition to Minecraft collectors’ shelves.

LEGO Icons

In a late reveal, fans have been excited for the Land Rover Classic Defender 90 (10317,) but be prepared for its staggered release. It’ll be in LEGO stores and LEGO online for VIPs only on April 1st, and will release everywhere else on April 4th. This set utilizes a unique sand green color scheme to offer builders the ultimate off-road LEGO build, if you can stomach the $239.99 price tag! 

That’s all for now, but feel free to reach out to me any time on IG to discuss your thoughts on the latest in LEGO news! 

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The 12 Most Underrated Marvel Characters

The Marvel Universe is one of the most robust and expansive comic-book universes to exist. First founded in 1939, Marvel Comics has over 70,000 characters throughout its history and multiverses, with somewhere around 8,000 staple lead characters. With such an overwhelming roster of caped crusaders to keep track of, there’s bound to be a bunch of lesser-known characters that are considered underrated Marvel characters.


From the MCU all the way to the first live-action Marvel movie with Captain America in 1944, we’ve seen some heroes significantly more than others on the big screen. Even when some of our favorite characters make it to the movies, they don’t always get the character arc they deserve. Here is our list of the most underrated Marvel characters we think deserve their roses.

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1.) She-Hulk

Although She-Hulk may have gotten her own show in the MCU, Jennifer Walters remains one of the most under-appreciated characters. Vastly popular among fans, She-Hulk first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 released in 1980. She-Hulk is known for constantly breaking the fourth wall and poking holes at the many superhero tropes.

Universal Television was banking off the major success of their Incredible Hulk and Bionic Woman T.V. series. Marvel became nervous that Universal Television might introduce a female version of the Hulk to their show, so they created their own version first so they’d own the rights. This explains the signature fourth-wall break that She-Hulk has become well-known for.

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2.) Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo is not an unknown marvel character, but most casual fans know nothing about him or his origin. Brother Voodoo first appeared in Strange Tales #169, released in 1973.

After becoming a psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm returns to his homeland of Haiti. He finds his brother, a male priest of voodoo, is dying from a spirit he possessed. Before he dies, Jericho vows to his brother that he will visit his mentor Loa Damballa, where he will eventually become Brother Voodoo.

In comics, Brother Voodoo will eventually become the sorcery supreme after Dr.Strange’s death and is renamed Doctor Voodoo. The first rumor of Brother Voodoo joining the MCU came in Dr.Strange when it was revealed one of the people Kaecilius kills was Daniel Drumm. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also teased some of the heroes claiming Haiti as their temporary home, the same location we know Brother Voodoo is from.

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3.) Silver Surfer

One of the most well-known Marvel characters in my mind remains one of the most underrated, the Silver Surfer. First appearing in Fantastic Four #48, released in 1966, Silver Surfer has remained one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe.

Norrin Konn was born on the planet Zenn-la, home to a long-lived technologically advanced humanoid race. When Galactus broke through the planet’s defense systems, he came with the intention to consume the planet. Konn comes to the rescue and offers to be Galactus’s personal herald and seek out planets for him to consume. Galactus agrees and turns him into the Silver Surfer.

Although this may seem like the Silver Surfer is a villain, he is actually one of the noblest characters in the Marvel Universe. He tried to only lead Galactus to planets that are void of sentient life, but after it became increasingly hard to find them, he would plot a way to end Galactus’s reign forever.

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4.) Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock may be underrated now, but with Will Poulter set to play the character in the upcoming third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, that may change soon. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #66-67, released in 1967.

Adam Warlock was created by researchers on earth known as the Enclave, whose goal was to create the perfect human being. He is most known for his role with the Infinity Gauntlet and for stopping Thanos. He was able to yield the Infinity Gauntlet before ultimately splitting up the gems so that no one person had control of all that power. It should be interesting to see what role he will exactly play in the MCU.

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5.) Monica Rambeau’s Captain Marvel

Monica Rambeau may have had her formal introduction into the MCU, but that rendition of the character does do justice to its comic-book counterpart. Monica Rambeau first appeared in The Amazing Spider-man Annual #16, released in 1982, and is introduced as the second Captain Marvel.

While trying to stop an extra-dimensional weapon, Rambeau is exposed to the special energy and thus became capable of turning her body into energy. Although her name was given to her by the media, it turned out that there was a Kree hero named Mar-Vell, who was the first Captain Marvel.

Rambeau then goes to the Avengers for help in mastering her newfound powers. After being taken under the wing of Captain America and the Wasp, Rambeau graduates as an Avengers member before ultimately becoming their leader. It’s very possible we one day see Monica Rambeau commanding the Avengers of the MCU.

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6.) Cosmo the SpaceDog

The adorable dog in a spacesuit we see in Guardians of the Galaxy may look like a device to add humor to the movie, but that is actually Cosmo the SpaceDog. Cosmo first appeared in Nova vol. 4 #8, released in 2008.

Cosmo was a space dog used by the soviets during the 1960s and was launched into Earth’s orbit. He would become lost in space before ending up in Knowhere. While the Guardians use Knowhere as their base for a short period Cosmo tags along for a number of adventures. We aren’t sure how much screen time Cosmos may get in the future but one thing remains, everyone loves a talking space dog.

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7.) Taskmaster

Taskmaster is another character who has been fully introduced to the MCU but wasn’t given the character arc they deserved. First appearing in The Avengers #195, released in 1980, Taskmaster is one of the most deadly hand-to-hand fighters in the Marvel universe.

We may now know the full backstory of Taskmaster, but we do know what he’s capable of. Taskmaster has what can be described as photographic reflexes. He can mimic and copy the exact physical movements of anyone he sees. This makes him one of the toughest foes in the Marvel universe because he is the equivalent of fighting yourself in hand-to-hand combat. Taskmaster’s amazing ability suite and endearing combative personality earn him all the love in the world on this collection of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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8.) Squirrel Girl

If you’ve never heard of the unbeatable Squirrel Girl then you’re in for a treat. Squirrel Girl First appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes vol.2 #8, released in 1991, and was created because Marvel wanted to branch off into lighter stories than the normally dramatic tales.

Doreen Allene Green, better known as Squirrel Girl, first discovered she could communicate with squirrels at the age of 10. It’s later revealed that she possesses squirrel-like abilities. She actually remains an incredibly tough hero defeating the likes of M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, and even taking down the Avengers at one point.

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9.) Nova

The Nova Corps in the MCU may seem like a rag-tag group of dim-witted police offers, but they are quite the opposite in the comics. Nova first appeared in The Man Called Nova #1, released in 1976.

As the last great Nova Corps member from Xandar is dying, he is tasked with selecting a replacement. At random he chose high school student Richard Rider, who would become Nova. He has powers such as superhuman strength, flight, and control the powerful suite of abilities tied to the Nova force.

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10.) Magik

Magik is undoubtedly one of the most complex and powerful heroes ever seen in the Marvel universe. She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1, released in 1975.

Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik, was a mutant born in Siberia, Russia. She is the sister to notable mutants Mikhail and Colossus. At a young age, she is brought into Limbo by the ancient evil sorcerer Belasco. She is raised there and develops several magical abilities. As her character continues to grow, she must battle the demons of her youth in Limbo while trying to be the hero she wants to be. Magik and her massive “Soulsword” also make her worthy of making this list of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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11.) Moon Knight

The Disney+ series Moon Knight was a great success and a wonderful addition to the MCU, but there is still so much about the character that went unseen. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32, released in 1975.

Although Moon Knight may not have super-human abilities 99% of the time, he is still an absolute badass. A Chicago native, Marc Spector, draws the attention of Khonshu, the moon god. He creates a psychic connection with Spector, turning him into Moon Knight. What ensues is a number of personalities that Moon Knight has to struggle with containing as he strays further and further away from who Marc Spector once was.

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12.) Ant-Man

It’s hard to claim Ant-Man as underrated when he is slated to have a third solo installment to the MCU, but I’m gonna try to make a case for him here the best I can! Ant-Man first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27, released in 1962.

Hank Pym may be the original Ant-Man, but we are going to focus on Scott Lang’s version of the hero. The former robber turned superhero, Scott Lang comes into possession of the Ant-Man suit after stealing it. He would fight alongside the Fantastic Four as well as the Avengers, becoming an integral part of the team. With how many of our favorite OG heroes have gotten the boot in the MCU I pray that we don’t see Scott Lang’s Ant-Man go anywhere anytime soon.

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LEGO Black Panther: Every Set Ranked!

With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hitting theaters, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane and revisit every Black Panther-related LEGO set and see how they ranked up. This list will size up every LEGO set released under the greater Black Panther umbrella, as well as LEGO sets from other movies/games that included the character.

Related: The 10 Best Marvel LEGO Sets to Add to Your Collection

With that said, let’s dive in! 

15: 30450 Royal Talon Fighter Polybag – 2018

Of course, the smallest Black Panther set had to come in last place. While this is a fun little build, it doesn’t hold a candle to what comes next on the list.

14: 76212 Shuri’s Lab – 2022

Released under LEGO’s “4+” banner, this set is aimed for builders graduating from Duplo bricks into the traditional brick system. Bearing that in mind, this set was never designed to wow the adult audience, but the inclusion of an exclusive Black Panther minifig make it a worthy purchase at just $9.99

13: 76211 Shuri’s Sunbird – 2022

Based off of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, this set included some unique design elements and good contouring, but overall it lacks play features and is pretty forgettable. Not much to say here, hence it’s relatively low ranking. 

12: 76186 Black Panther Dragon Flyer – 2021

Released in LEGO’s ever-growing Infinity Saga wave, this set offered a relatively cheap way to get T’challa and his sister Shuri. I found the build to be a little flimsy, but overall it was a pretty decent set for only $19.99. Nothing too memorable, but nothing awful either.

11: Avengers Speeder Bike Attack

Released in 2020 to coincide with the Avengers video game, this set had Black Panther and Thor team up to take down an arial A.I.M. trooper. It was a decent set for $19.99, but it was the only set on this list I had to look up that I couldn’t recall from memory, so where it gained points in playability it lacked in memorableness.   

10: 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor – 2022

LEGO has done a great job of offering price friendly mechs in the $10 range (soon to be $15, come 2023.) Earlier this year, we got a Black Panther mech which included a brand new minifigure of the character.

9: 76214 Black Panther: War on the Water – 2022

This list is being written before the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which means I don’t have the full context for what this boat vehicle is supposed to be. Regardless, there are very few play features on the boat, and it basically is just a large, black build with not much play value built in. While it has great minifigures, the $90 price point is a lot to ask for a model that is meant to be a playset, yet lacks any noteworthy play features. 

8: 76215 Black Panther Bust – 76215

By far the most controversial Black Panther set ever, the 2,961 piece tribute to the protector of Wakanda baffled fans upon its reveal. While it is a gargantuan build, the $350 price point turned off a lot of Lego builders considering the same price could get you the show stopping Daily Bugle, or the Sanctum Sanctorum for even less. Unfortunately, the model also shows some pink and purple elements from the internal construction of the set, which at the $350 price point turned a lot of collectors off from this set. While I’m not a fan of the set, and while I recognize that some readers may rank this as the worst Black Panther set, I do think that it deserves a mid-tier ranking due to its impressive size and nice display value (as long as you don’t look at it too closely.) 

7: 41493 Black Panther and Doctor Strange BrickHeadz – 2016

This is certainly the most rare Black Panther set, as it was distributed in very limited quantities at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. It cost $39.99 back then, but good luck finding a sealed copy for less than $800 these days! 

6: 76099 Rhino Face-Off by the Mine – 2018

The cheapest set offered from T’challa’s solo film, this set was fun due to the mine cart rails and robotic rhino builds. I wish I’d bought another one of these to keep sealed, because the box art was awesome, too! 

5: Avengers Endgame Final Battle – 2021

Ever since the release of Avengers: Endgame in 2019, fans have been clamoring for movie accurate sets. If you’ll remember, all of the sets we got at the time of the film’s release had the Avengers in their white Quantum Realm team suits, which made most of the sets from the wave pretty uninspired and forgettable. Thanks to LEGO’s Infinity Saga wave, we’ve finally dipped back into the MCU’s history to get sets we should’ve gotten years ago, and the Endgame Final Battle set delivered on that. It included a big fig Thanos (with a moveable head!) as well as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch, a Chitauri soldier, an Ant-Man micro fig, and of course, Black Panther. It retailed for $69.99, and while a lot of builders complained that it wasn’t a great build, I think the inclusion of Ant-Man’s van and the multiple minifigures made it to be a pretty memorable set. 

4: 76100 Royal Talon Fighter Attack – 2018

The most expensive set from the Black Panther movie tie-in sets, this one came with phenomenal minifigures and a surprisingly detailed build. It’s become popular over the years for its minifig selection, but I cannot praise the build enough. It’s really held up over the years! 

3: 76047 Black Panther Pursuit – 2016

This was the first-ever LEGO set to include Black Panther, and it remains unique in that it’s the only set to give T’challa printing on the black horn piece atop his head. That piece has become essential in the purist customizer community, and the inclusion of T’challa’s black and purple jet made for a fun play scene (even if the scenario wasn’t entirely movie accurate…) 

2: 76213 King Namor’s Throne Room – 2022

It’s hard to think of a better-valued LEGO Super Heroes set at the $29.99 price point than this one. Three minifigs, all main characters, a cool Wakandan mini-submersible and King Namor’s throne built out of the jaw of a shark. What’s not to love?! 

1: 76103 Corvus Glaive Thresher Attack – 2018

Crazy as it may seem, this $40 set from 2018 comes out on top for me, given its relatively low price point and high playability/display value. This set has more than doubled in value since its retirement due to its inclusion of the exclusive Corvus Glaive and Shuri minifigures, and of course the Black Panther and Vision minifigures make it that much more desirable. I love that the set was designed in a way that it could be combined with itself to build a giant wall barrier if you bought multiples – too cool!

I hope you enjoyed this LEGO Black Panther history lesson! Let me know your thoughts, and continue to build and stay inspired out there! 


Avengers Assemble: NBA Players as Marvel Characters

Although our world isn’t filled with the superheroes that occupy the Marvel universe, we have a different class of superhuman’s: the NBA. The NBA has some of the greatest athletes in the world who all carry themselves with a unique flare and style, the same way our heroes do the MCU.


The NBA and Marvel have partnered up on a number of occasions to promote new movies, and even broadcast a game that had special graphics. The league will be producing branded merchandise in accordance with the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie set to hit theaters this weekend. As we anticipate the newest addition to the MCU, we take a look at NBA players and their Marvel equivalent.

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Captain America: Steph Curry

What makes Captain America so great is his resiliency. He’s constantly leading the charge into battle and no matter who the foe in-front of him his, he doesn’t flinch. Steph Curry embodies Cap because of his leadership and determination. After years of ankle injuries, he never gave up. When Klay Thompson was hurt and the Warriors went through a two year rebuilding phase, Steph kept fighting like they were contenders.

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Bucky Barnes: Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson truly is the Bucky Barnes to Steph Curry’s Captain America. Whenever Curry needed a helping hand, Thompson was there to rain down three’s and keep them in contention. The brotherhood and friendship that the splash brothers have created is a beautiful one.

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Iron Man: Luka Doncic

Like Iron Man, Luka Doncic uses his untapped I.Q. to maneuver the battle field of the court to make his opponents look like pawns. Both Iron Man and Doncic have a bottomless bag in their arsenal of weapons. Luka must also go through the same lesson that Iron Man learned, you can’t win without playing as a team.

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Thor: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Like Thor the god of thunder, Giannis soars through every opponent to rip down dunks like it’s nothing. It is truly an understatement to say that Giannis looks like a demigod on the court. Thor also started off as a quiet stoic character in the MCU and has evolved to a hilarious figure, the same evolution we’ve seen from the Greek Freak.

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Hulk: Zion Williamson

If you are looking for a hulking figure that can physically dominant anyone while also jumping to incredible heights, look no further than Zion Williamson. Not only does Zion do the things that Hulk does, he even kind of looks like him with the newly added muscle this offseason.

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Thanos: LeBron James

Dread it, run from it, LeBron still arrives. The mad titan Thanos had one goal, collect all the infinity stones to eliminate half the universe. While LeBron may not be chasing rings to wipe out half the population, it’s evident that he is on a quest to pass the legacy of Michael Jordan. There have been stretches of James career where it legitimately looked like <a href=”http://<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>Thanos and Hulks first encounter.

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Loki: James Harden

Like the god of mischief, James Harden is exceptionally crafty with the ball, creating all types of action on offense. We’ve seen Loki go from trying to destroy the Avengers to virtually joining them, the same way James Harden has abandoned other teams for what seemed like greener pastures. I think the greatest similarity between these two is that i’m really not sure if I consider them a hero or a villain.

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Spiderman: Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell has been given the nickname ‘spida’ because of speedy ability to rise up and dunk on any defender. His ability to maneuver traffic and even hit shots from deep are the exact qualities of Spiderman. Mitchell also protrudes a sense of youthful giddiness the same way Peter Parker does.

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Black Panther: Ja Morant

Ja Morant has been a high-flying superstar since the second he stepped foot onto an NBA court. Like how Black Panther stands for Wakanda, Morant has been taken under the wing by the people of Memphis and sees it as his duty to bring a championship their way.

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Doctor Strange: Nikola Jokic

The way that Nikola Jokic is able to dominant an NBA court is truly magical. Whether it’s needling passes through impossible windows, or hitting the most unconventional fall-away jumper, Jokic can do it. These are both characters you don’t want to cross, because they will come back with a vengeance.

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Ultron: Kawhi Leonard

Like the machine Tony Stark created as a bodyguard for the world, Kawhi Leonard is cold, calculated, and robotic on the court. There are no mistakes, there are no second guesses, he knows what his next move is and he is going to take it. Not only did Ultron betray his creator Tony Stark, but Leonard ended up freezing out the Spurs and Greg Popovich, forcing a trade out of San Antonio.

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Black Widow: Kevin Durant

Black Widow is a character who has had a lot taken from her. From youth she was put into a world-class group of assassins and taken from her family. After teaming up with the Avengers, she would lose that to. Although it was Durant’s decision to leave the Warriors, it’s not far off to say he has had quite a bad string of teammates recently. Despite the outside noise surrounding him, Durant always goes out and gets the job done, the same way Natasha Romanoff did.

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Groot: Joel Embiid

Lengthy: check. Hilarious and immature: check. Kind of hard to understand: check. Groot and Joel Embiid have more things in common than maybe anyone on this list. Both come in extremely clutch for their squad when they need it most, and almost always deliver it with comedic undertones.

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Hawkeye: Damian Lillard

There is nothing like watching Damian Lillard rain down threes from thirty+ feet out. Like Hawkeye, both him and Lillard are scarily accurate with their shot, and have an intense sense of loyalty to those they consider family. Although Dame never tried to sacrifice himself instead of C.J. McCollum at last years trade deadline how Hawkeye did with Black Widow on Vormir, he still remains one of the best teammates anyone could ask for.

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Korg: Steven Adams

Korg is simply just Steven Adams in a costume, there is no other way around it.


Disney and Marvel Games Showcase 2022: Trailers and Highlights

If you’ve been paying attention these past couple of months, you realize that the powerhouse duo known as Disney and Marvel have a lot of dope gaming projects in the works. Let’s not waste any more time making small talk – let’s take a look at all the dope trailers and highlights from the 2022 Disney & Marvel Games Showcase!

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‘TRON: Identity’

The Disney and Marvel Games Showcase kicked off with a world premiere announcement for an all-new Tron game called Tron Identity. Currently in development by studio Bithell Games (Thomas Was Alone, John Wick Hex), this 2023 title is described as “a visual novel adventure that follows Query, a detective program that must solve ‘an unprecedented crime’ in The Grid.” This game will launch on PC via Steam.

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‘Disney Illusion Island’

We got a big surprise Nintendo Switch announcement that resulted in the debut of a platformer called Disney’s Illusion Island. This 2D romp looks to be a four-player experience where players get to hop around wonderfully animated stages as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Each character has their own special ability that can be relied upon to navigate certain obstacles on each level. The central objective for this new platformer is retrieving the legendary “Book of Knowledge.”

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‘Marvel’s Midnight Suns’

Marvel’s Midnight Suns has a new release date – December 2! This Fireaxis Games-developed tactical RPG game showed up with some new gameplay footage of the heroes pulling off their flashiest special moves in battle. This game will launch on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on December 2, while the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch versions will drop sometime later.

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You should also keep an eye out for the animated prequel shorts for this upcoming Marvel Comics superhero RPG. The first episode is set to premiere on Marvel’s official YouTube channel on October 31.

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‘Marvel Strike Force’

The all-powerful Red Hulk is set to come to this mobile squad-based RPG on September 13. This incoming powerhouse is also set to be a part of Apocalypse’s Horseman of War stable.

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‘Marvel Snap’

The upcoming Marvel Comics free-to-play collectible card game Marvel Snap got showcased during this live stream – we got to see a minute of new gameplay for this strategic card combat title that’s set to release on PC and mobile devices. Marvel Snap is developed by Nuverse and is being published by Second Dinner. It’s set for launch on October 18.

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‘LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’

The “Galactic Edition” of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is slated to release on November 1 and will come with thirteen playable character packs. Those packs include the original seven that came out up until this point and six new packs, which lift characters from the following Star Wars shows and films:

  • Star Wars: Andor
  • the LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation TV Special
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett
  • Star Wars: Rebels
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Both Character Collections can also be bought separately or purchased together as a bundle digitally.

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‘Return to Monkey Island’

Coming September 19 (Talk Like a Pirate Day), Return to Monkey Island showed up here to showcase some brand new gameplay and a look at a feature that lets newcomers and series veterans revisit the chronology of the series as a whole.

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‘Disney Mirrorverse’

The mobile free-to-play action RPG Disney Mirrorverse is set to get its own Halloween season update and add new “Guardians” such as Hades into the mix.

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‘Disney Speedstorm’

Disney Speedstorm is reportedly set to release soon. What we got to see here are newly added racers (Sulley, Mike Wazowski, Celia Mae, and Randall) and a track inspired by Monsters Inc. called “The Factory.”

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‘Disney Dreamlight Valley’

The whimsical life simulation game Disney Dreamlight Valley revealed a batch of new incoming content that’ll be amazing for Toy Story fans. An incoming Toy Story realm is set to make players as small as possible as they explore Andy’s bedroom and interact with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and more. Disney Dreamlight Valley is currently playable in Early Access form on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store.

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‘Avatar: Reckoning’

We got to check out some new gameplay footage for the upcoming mobile MMORPG shooter called Avatar: Reckoning.

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Skydance New Media’s Untitled Captain America and Black Panther Game

The leaks were real! This showcase event finally gave us our official first look at Amy Hennig (Uncharted series) Skydance New Media’s upcoming Marvel Comics team-up game. This ensemble adventure is set to WWII-era versions of Captain America and Black Panther (the suit will be donned by T’Challa’s grandfather, Azzuri). Both heroes will be joined by U.S. soldier Gabriel Jones and Wakandan Spy Network leader Nanali. Some of the destinations players can expect to venture to include Paris and Wakanda. This was definitely the biggest announcement of the first-ever Disney and Marvel Games Showcase.

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‘Marvel World of Heroes’

Developer Niantic (Pokémon GO) is working on a new AR game that lets fans create their very own superhero and join a team of fellow Marvel superheroes in the real world to beat back the forces of evil. Marvel World of Heroes is set for launch sometime in 2023.

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‘Gargoyles Remastered’

The classic 16-bit Sega Genesis game based on Disney’s Gargoyles animated series is set to receive a remaster that’ll launch on modern consoles and PC.


The 28 Best Superhero Games of All Time

It always feels so great to grab the latest issue of your favorite superhero’s exploits within the confines of the comic book medium. For decades, Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, etc. have provided a wide swath of creative characters that have become mainstream mainstays. So much so that those same icons have been plastered all over anything and everything – TV shows, lunch boxes, book bags, and of course, video games. With such a large collection of titles based on popular comics floating around, we chose to make the search for all the worthy ones by compiling a list of the very best superhero games.

Spider-Man, Batman, the X-Men, and a bunch more familiar faces that have originated on the pages of comics have starred in some quality video games. And thankfully, we’ve arrived just in the nick of time to mention 20 of those well-revered superhero epics in game form.

Best Superhero Games
Sony Interactive Entertainment

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1. ‘X-Men’ (Arcade)

Back in the days of foggy and extremely loud arcades, you could usually spot your favorite caped crusaders beating up evildoers in side-scrolling arcade games. The X-Men arcade beat ’em up that arrived in 1992 gets high marks from us for being one of the most exciting takes on the Marvel Comics’ mutant saviors. If you’re lucky enough to have five of your best friends in two and spot a six-player cabinet for this game in the wild, be sure to give it a go. The simple brawler action, attractive visual style, and random bits of voice acting make this one an unforgettable experience. It’d be downright criminal to not bring up X-Men on a list of the best superhero games, right?

Buy Now, $749.99
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2. ‘The Punisher’ (Arcade)

We’ll always have a ton of love for The Punisher’s penchant for dishing out all types of brutal vigilante pain. That likable trait of his got replicated surprisingly well in this Capcom-made arcade beat ’em up. Two players (with the second player taking on the role of a pre-Samuel Jackson Nick Fury) went ham on all sorts of underworld baddies in an attempt to take down Kingpin and his criminal empire. The comic-book style presentation, usage of firearms, and high level of brutality that stuck close to The Punisher’s source material are this game’s finest attributes.

Buy Now, Price Varies
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3. ‘The Adventures of Batman & Robin’ (Sega Genesis and SNES)

Here’s a rare case of two versions of a 16-bit game both being equally acceptable. The Adventures of Batman & Robin on Genesis was pretty much a side-scrolling shooter, while the SNES rendition was more of a traditional beat ’em up. Both games do right by the cartoon series as evidenced by their crisp 2D visuals, which still look impressive to this day. The opening cinematic and music in the Genesis version are much more preferred, while the SNES version comes with better visuals. In the end, both games are amazing as a combo deal and a respectable representation of a classic 90s cartoon.

Buy Now, $184.25
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4. ‘Spider-Man’ (2000)

While the icon Stan Lee narrated Peter Parker’s adventures in this game, players took control of Spidey as he fought to clear his name after being framed by a doppelgänger. And on top of all that, players also had to combat an incoming symbiote invasion. Webbing around this game was such a joy, plus webbing up foes and getting into some wild boss fights with familiar members of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery was equally engrossing. Clashing with a giant-sized Mysterio will always stick out in our minds regarding this awesome Spidey simulator. We gotta hand extra props to the Sega Dreamcast version, by the way!

Buy Now, $73.99
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5. ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes’

Once Capcom blew prepubescent gamers’ minds by having Cyclops and Ryu shake hands during the intro for X-Men vs. Street Fighter, the floodgates opened to even more mind-blowing crossovers. The ultimate battle between Marvel and Capcom’s fan-favorite representatives culminated in this beloved 2D fighter. The reason why it’s still being played in FGC circles is because of its god-tier roster and infinitely enjoyable 3v3 fighting game action. The Marvel side of this fighter features members of the X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and a whole host of characters that were at the height of their comic book popularity during the 90s. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a god-tier fighting game and well-deserving of being recognized as one of the best superhero games.

Buy Now, $319.99
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6. ‘Spider-Man 2’

Spider-Man 2 gave everyone so much to do as the hero everyone in the big city relied on to better their lives – you saved countless kids’ balloons, stopped plenty of speedy cars, rescued numerous construction workers while they were falling to their death, etc. And alongside all that was Spider-Man’s conflict with Doctor Octopus, which gave way to an intriguing storyline that everyone already adored from the movie itself. Spider-Man 2 is a goated comic book video game for another reason, by the way – it’s narrated by the great Bruce Campbell! Spider-Man 2 will forever be acknowledged as one of the best superhero games in the genre.

Buy Now, $39.99
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7. ‘The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction’

The one (AND WE MEAN ONE!) and only Hulk game you should dedicate your time and energy to is this one. As an open-world game, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction offers the most fully-realized dream scenario for the perfect Hulk simulator. Stomping around the city and the desert as the big green brute himself while doing tons of collateral damage to everyone and everything around you is so damn fun. Developer Radical Entertainment will forever be celebrated in our eyes for crafting one of the best superhero games and the bonafide best Hulk game we’ve ever played.

Buy Now, $43.32
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8. ‘X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse’

The first X-Men Legends is definitely fire, but we’re much bigger fans of its amazing follow-up. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse hits so much harder because it allowed gamers to beat back the forces of evil alongside their fellow mutants online. The newly added characters and their accompanying abilities provide tons more replayability since there are so many more dope team combinations to play with. Even being able to select members from the Brotherhood of Mutants is one of this game’s biggest attributes. As far as legit superhero action RPGs go, this one’s one of the best options to run with.

Buy Now, $37.45
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9. ‘The Punisher’ (2005)

Do you know what three Marvel products are super underrated in our eyes? The 2004 Punisher film, the soundtrack for that movie, and the 2005 video game that also starred the no-holds-barred vigilante. Frank Castle got to run wild with all types of firearms in hand in this blood-soaked third-person shooter. There’s so much to love about this wonderful ode to The Punisher – the one-liners, the interrogation sequences, and the wild shootouts are among those reasons worth mentioning here. It sure would be nice to get Remedy Entertainment (the devs behind Max Payne and Control) to make another Punisher-focused run and gunner like this one someday…

Buy Now, Price Varies
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10. ‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2’

The Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series kept the ball rolling with the caped crusader-filled action RPG template put forward by the X-Men: Legends series. The second MUA title raised the storyline stakes by adapting the events featured in “Secret War” and “Civil War,” which made the game’s whole experience that much more engrossing. Most of the fun we still derive from this heroic dungeon crawler comes from the “fusion” mechanic that lets two certain characters pull off signature team-up attacks. The beat ’em up gameplay in this game is still top-notch and the roster of playable heroes on both sides of the main conflict are fine representatives of the Marvel Universe.

Buy Now, $36.64
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11. ‘inFAMOUS’

Now let’s have a quick convo about one of the best superhero games that don’t feature a licensed character whatsoever. inFAMOUS is one of those PlayStation exclusives that fans want to see come back in a major way now that the PS5 is within their grasp. And that’s because the first game in the series is such a rewarding experience that lets players serve the city of Empire City as a force for good or evil. Choosing the earlier route is much preferred in our eyes – floating through the sky, picking off baddies with varied lightning-based superpowers, and kicking out all the gang members presiding over different city regions feels so dammed heroic. Cole MacGrath is one of our favorite super-powered saviors of all time.

Buy Now, $48.50
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12. ‘The Darkness’

Jackie Estacado’s not your prototypical “good guy,” per se. But after being targeted for assassination by his “Uncle,” everyone came to understand why he took the path of vengeance that exposed him to the destructive powers tied to an ancient demonic force. The Darkness is one of those underrated first-person shooters that ended up being way better than most people expected when it originally dropped. The gunplay is solid enough, but it’s the abilities of The Darkness itself that provides that guilty pleasure type of fun that makes taking down mobsters a pure joy.

Buy Now, $19.58
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13. ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’

The game’s cel-shaded visuals still look amazing to this very day (it’s awesome how games that stuck close to that animation style stand the test of time!). The main crux of the fun of this game came from being able to venture through Manhattan and parts of Queens as Spidey and his nemesis/ally Venom. In the case of Venom, his playstyle allowed for more destructive behavior that felt like a mix between Rampage and Grand Theft AutoUltimate Spider-Man is pretty much a prettier version of Spider-Man 2 that sticks close to its comic-book roots.

Buy Now, Price Varies
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14. ‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes’

We’re ready to crown Lego Marvel Super Heroes as one of the best superhero games simply because of how massive the game’s playable roster is. 180 characters (!) in total are available at players’ grasp in a game filled with familiar locales hailing from the Marvel Universe and famed superhero vs. supervillain struggles. The signature humor fans have come to expect from Traveller’s Tales’ Lego games goes so well with all the hilarious Easter Eggs Marvel fans get in this jolly platformer. That X-Mansion, though? It’s simply astonishing.

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15. ‘Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes’

Those Lego games always throw in an extra wrinkle for their sequels that always make them worth returning to. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes‘ big change is the fact that Batman and his allies can now fight alongside some of the most beloved members of the DC Comics superhero roster. All the fun of the first game is retained here, which makes the act of exploring a blocky Gotham City such a captivating experience. This celebration of DC all-stars does so much right and still holds up as one of the better Lego games ever released. Shout out to all the extra characters that came with this game’s Heroes Pack and Villains Pack, too!

Buy Now, $22.88
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16. ‘DC Universe Online’

Back in the day, we’re sure a lot of comic book fans dreamt of playing a game that allowed them to create their very own caped crusader. Clearly, the good people at DC Comics wanted this too and tapped development studio Dimensional Ink Games to make that dream game a reality. DC Universe Online (which is still going strong today!) is one of the better MMORPGs out there since it implements a more action-based combat system. Saving the world or damming it is so gratifying when you get to do it as your very own custom superpowered avatar. Shout out to the many online homies we ran alongside as a member of The Society!

Buy Now, Free-to-Play
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17. ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’

X-Men Origins: Wolverine presents a rare case of the video game adaptation of a movie being a million times better than the actual movie itself! Good old Wolvie got to thrive in his element here thanks to an action-packed hack and slasher that was clearly infused by the best parts of God of War and Devil May Cry. We’re still enamored by the high levels of gore and brutality it sports – Wolverine’s rage-induced brawls with anyone and everyone are so fun, plus watching his body repair itself after a grueling battle is such a great nod to his powers. If you’re seeking this one out, go for the “Uncaged Edition.”

Buy Now, $61.65
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18. ‘Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3’

We know we already mentioned Marvel vs. Capcom 2 as one of the best superhero games, but we wouldn’t feel complete without throwing its super refurbished sequel into the mix as well. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 did a great job of expanding the roster by adding in some names that started out as curious choices that eventually grew into recognizable names, such as Rocket Racoon and Nova. Pulling off TOD (Touch of Death) combos with teams bolstered by Ghost Rider, Iron, Fist, Hawkeye, and Doctor Strange still brings all the hype. The hype wars between Marvel and Capcom look and feel amazing here – you can always find us tuning into a tournament stream to watch the best FGC pros keep this fighter alive.

Buy Now, $189.99
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19. ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions shows just how good development studio Beenox could be when it came time to adopt the Spider-Man universe for a multiverse-fueled adventure. With four different Spider-Men in tow, this game introduced four different playstyles that kept a full playthrough of the game fresh throughout. Spider-Man Noir stuck out as the most unique thanks to his stealthy segments, while Ultimate Spider-Man’s bigger focus on chaotic combat added to the game’s fun factor. We hope Sony and Insomniac Games revisit the concept of Shattered Dimensions with a video game adaption of Into the Spider-Verse someday!

Buy Now, $89.99
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20. ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’

Yes, we’re shocked to be saying this out loud too – South Park: The Fractured But Whole is indeed one of the best superhero games we’ve ever played. South Park’s beloved brand of incredibly crass humor, penchant for spoofing pop culture as a whole, and implementing a simple yet likable art style came through so well in The Stick of Truth. And plenty of fans were overjoyed at the fact that all those concepts got thrown into a sequel that hopped into the whole comic book and superhero movies craze going on at the time. The New Kid’s cosplay adventures with the rest of South Park’s imaginative kids are gut-bustlingly funny here, plus the improved RPG mechanics make it such a pleasure to hop into.

Buy Now, $15.49
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21. ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’

Rocksteady Studios became a household name within the world of gaming once it created a true AAA experience that radically changed the sub-genre of superhero video games. Batman: Arkham Asylum came onto the scene with a combat system that’s been imitated by many due to just how well implemented it is. Landing finishing blows, pulling off cool counters, and utilizing gadgets in this game perfectly encapsulated Batman’s combat prowess. The non-combat portions of this game are equally amazing – exploring the island that Arkham Asylum calls home is just so fascinating. There are so many Riddler trophies, Easter Eggs, and unique ways to explore every nook & cranny this game cleverly hides. Arkham Asylum’s strong narrative also sticks out for being just as intriguing as the comic books that built up its many personalities.

Buy Now, $25.50
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22. ‘Batman: Arkham City’

Batman: Arkham City improved upon the grandeur of Arkham Asylum and then some. Players could finally deliver Batman’s brutal batch of justice and put his detective skills to work within a greatly expanded hub world that truly felt alive. The combat got some welcome upgrades, such as the utilization of additional tools for additional combat maneuvers. There are so many unforgettable moments to speak of with this quality Batman experience – the first time you get to fly around the city, the epic Dr. Freeze boss fight, the many side campaigns featuring Catwoman & other members of the Bat Family, etc. Arkham City may just be the very best Batman project Rocksteady has ever produced.

Buy Now, $25.50
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23. ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’

Batman: Arkham Origins got a lot of flack from fans at the time of its announcement. The fact that it was a prequel and not a full-fledged sequel disappointed some, plus the fact that a non-Rocksteady development studio worked on it gave those same fans reason to worry. However, the game ended up being another exciting foray into the tumultuous world of Gotham’s savior. This game holds a special place in many fans’ hearts due to its wealth of excellent boss battles – getting to square off with Deathstroke will forever be one of Arkham Origins’ main highlights. The snow-filled locales, the intriguing plot that put Black Mask & an early version of The Joker center stage, and the Shock Gloves accessory are just some of the many reasons why this prequel deserves way more acclaim.

Buy Now, $145.34
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24. ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’

The final installment within Batman’s Rocksteady-developed escapades came to a close with a triumphant bang. This was the ultimate conclusion to a series that built up tons of respect among gamers and comic book fans alike. Batman’s final crusade brought him into contact with a truly sinister version of the Scarecrow that looks to incapacitate the good people of Gotham City for good.

And during this battle against the sinister madman, players got to glide, drive and sneak through an even more expanded version of Gotham that was rife with baddies to beat up, secrets to uncover, and enemy tanks to wipe out with the Batmobile. Driving around in Batman’s trusty vehicle provides plenty of thrills (even though its combat encounters were a bit overdone). The reveal of who the Arkham Knight really is could be seen from a mile away, but it still felt awesome to come to blows with one of Batman’s earliest sidekicks. Batman: Arkham Knight is indeed one of the best superhero games hailing from the DC Comics catalog.

Buy Now, $25.50
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25. ‘Injustice 2’

The gory gurus behind the Mortal Kombat series did a bang-up job with their all-DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Injustice 2 arrived years later and turned out to be even better than what came before it. The single-player campaign hit players right in the feels with even more shocking reveals and revelations between the warring sides of the DC Universe. It feels so damn good to actually participate in the tumultuous clashes that feature a who’s who of DC’s finest, underrated, and even guest participants. The gameplay itself is fantastic – the combo strings look cool, plus the environmental moves and super special moves are simply stunning every time we see them. Injustice 2 also earns its spot here for all the dope alternate costumes each character comes with – The Flash sure has a lot of drip in this brawler!

Buy Now, $25.47
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26. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ (2018)

Your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler is the front-facing star of one of the PS4’s finest exclusives and best superhero games of all time. Everything is on-point here – the web-swinging, combat mechanics, alternate costume lineup, side missions, etc. all came together to produce the greatest Spider-Man game of all time. If you played through this game to the point of getting the platinum trophy and experienced all of its DLC, then you certainly got your money’s worth. Spider-Man for the PS4 encapsulates everything that makes him great and perfectly showcases his Rogues Gallery as one of the very best in the comics industry.

Buy Now, $19.99
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27. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’

Shout out to Insomniac once again for their quality work on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Miles stood apart through his signature special abilities that made zipping through the air and putting down a whole set of baddies even more lively. And with his very own struggle to get engaged in while Peter Parker is away, Miles came into contact with some lethal villains and even one that’s been close to him since childhood. And the mood was set just right by the proper representation of Afro Latino vibes in NYC and the original soundtrack. Miles Morales’ solo endeavor is definitely on equal footing with Peter Parker’s PS4 epic.

Buy Now, $46.90
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28. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

We hope way more people give Guardians of the Galaxy a chance. Due to the many failures of Marvel’s Avengers, a lot of people were scared off from this project due to its character designs and gameplay looking quite similar to that failed endeavor. But once most folks gave it chance, they walked away as true believers.

Guardians of the Galaxy must be considered royalty among the huge gamut of best superhero games due to its genuinely laugh-out-loud moments between the crew and an action-packed adventure that’s on par with the MCU’s interpretation of the ragtag space travelers. The light RPG battle elements also shine as they allow you to lead the group as Star-Lord and issue party commands while using elemental blasters to save the day. Major props to this game for presenting the best version of Drax the Destroyer we’ve ever encountered.

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Everything You Need to Know About Clea, Marvel Comics’ Multiversal Sorceress

If fans were promised anything when they headed into the theater to watch Dr. Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, it’s that it was going to shake up the foundations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

An adventure through the multiverse is guaranteed to have repercussions both big and small throughout the franchise, and if the post-credits scene is any indication, we may know what the next significant threat is.

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At the end of the film, Dr. Strange leaves his Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City at ease after helping defeat the Scarlet Witch.

Wanda Maximoff had embraced the power of the Darkhold on a quest to enter another universe where the sons she had created in Wandavision were still alive, and she’d be able to join them. The Darkhold had corrupted her, seemingly beyond redemption, and was only stopped when she encountered her children and one of her alternate selves.

Strange had been forced to use the Darkhold to stop her, leaving himself open to corruption, which the end of the film teases.

In the post-credits scene, he is met by Clea, Marvel Comics’ newest Sorcerer Supreme played by Charlize Theron, a sorceress from another dimension who tells him that an “incursion” is incoming and she needs his help to stop it.

As described by the film, an incursion is when one universe is thrown off track and collides with another universe, destroying one or both.

Who is Clea?
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Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Clea was first introduced in Strange Tales #126, released on August 11th, 1964.

Clea is the niece of the Dread One Dormammu, and she is an immensely powerful wielder of magic from the Dark Dimension. In the comics, she is a friend, ally, and the eventual wife of Dr. Strange.

For much of the time, she was an outside observer to Strange’s adventures within the Dark Dimension but eventually became a much more important character within the Marvel continuity.

She would help overthrow her mother, Umar, who, along with Doctor Strange’s long-time adversary Baron Mordo, had conquered the Dark Dimension. After seizing control, Clea was made the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension, and she would continue to appear on and off in various issues of Dr. Strange comics.

In the latest run of comics, Stephen Strange has been killed following a deal he had been forced to make with Mephisto. Before he dies, he gives her his most trusted tools like the Eye of Agamotto and the Cloak of Levitation, essentially passing down the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme of Earth to her.

Multiverse of Madness Post-Credits Scene, Explained
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Clea emerges from an interdimensional portal and warns Strange that his actions with the Darkhold, and crossing universes has thrown everything into chaos. Fresh off of growing his third eye (thanks to some nifty dark magic from the Darkhold,) Strange agrees and the scene ends with them entering the Dark Dimension.

Charlize Theron’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was rather unexpected, and even though Multiverse of Madness was a victim of spoiler leaks, her appearance remained a pretty big secret.

What the MCU has in store for Clea remains to be seen, but her inclusion into the franchise means that the multiversal shenanigans are only just beginning. Also, the fact that Clea is the niece of Dormammu, who was the villain of the first Dr. Strange film, means that his reintroduction is likely.

Clea showing up and getting right down to business shows us that time is of the essence. The Dark Dimension is her domain, so it seems like she has plenty to teach Stephen Strange about it and how he can fix what he’s done.

The only clue that we have about the future of the character is that the end credits state “Dr. Strange Will Return,” but a timetable has not been announced. Whenever they come back for more multiversal weirdness, we’ll be ready for it.

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Every LEGO Doctor Strange Set RANKED!

With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on everyone’s mind, I thought it’d be fun to revisit the Master of the Mystic Arts’ best LEGO sets from over the years! While there aren’t a ton of sets to choose from, every one of them has been outstanding in their own ways, so let’s use the Time Stone and revisit some classics from over the years! Here are my Doctor Strange LEGO set rankings:

6. SDCC BrickHeadz

While this set was fun (and remains expensive on the aftermarket!) this set unfortunately comes in last place on this list. BrickHeadz are always fun to build and display, but given the rarity of this set and it’s lack of playability, it’ll have to sit comfortably at the bottom of the list

5. Sanctum Sanctorum (Doctor Strange, 2017)

This set was the sold set from Doctor Strange’s first movie, and while it was cool at the time, the subsequent sets featuring Strange and his crew have vastly improved on its debut set. Still, this set contained three exclusive minifigs, some fun Easter eggs, and a neat tentacle monster build that made this set unique among all other LEGO Marvel offers up to that point. 

4. Gargantos Showdown (Multiverse if Madnesss, 2022)

Come to think of it, our latest Doctor Strange LEGO set has a lot in common with his first set: it’s the only set tied in with his second MCU film, it has three exclusive minifigs, and a tentacle monster to tie it off. I feel the minifigs in this set are better than the previously mentioned set, which put it slightly higher in this ranking.  

3. Spider-Man in the Sanctum Workshop (Spider-Man: No Way Home, 2021)

Doctor Strange sits in a unique corner of the MCU: the gap between his first film and its sequel has been five years. In that time, he’s appeared in Infinity War, Endgame, and most recently in Spider-Man: No Way Home. While the latter’s LEGO sets were intentionally spoiler-free, the sole set of the wave that was truly based on the film depicted a build of the Sanctum’s undercroft, complete with a cozy couch, four exclusive minifigs, and a fun location-based build that fans welcomed into their collections immediately.    

2. Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown (Infinity War, 2018)

Prior to 2021’s Daily Bugle set, most LEGO Marvel fans would’ve said this was the best set ever released from the theme. With a line up of almost entirely exclusive minifigs, two fantastic building designs and an unbelievably detailed interior, it’s hard to believe this set was only $99.99! Today the set runs about $160-200, but even at that price I feel this set is still worth every penny. 

1. 2022 UCS Sanctum Sanctorum

Though this set has not been revealed as of this writing, I can promise it’ll top the list of Doctor Strange LEGO sets. Rumor has it that this will be a Modular style LEGO building with similar detail to the LEGO Daily Bugle from 2021, which was many collectors’ favorite set of that year. If this set delivers anywhere near that level, it will be one of the best LEGO sets of 2022, let alone one of the best from the LEGO Marvel theme. 


6 Things to Know About MF DOOM: A Rap Legend Shrouded in Mystery

MF DOOM is lowkey one of the most influential and well-respected figures to emerge out of hip-hop’s underground scene. A master of rhyme and disguise, his unorthodox style and flow have been unmistakable for more than two decades. The undisputed underground legend never needed mainstream success. The supervillain-themed rapper instead left his mark on hip-hop culture as he carved out his own lane with his intricate rhyme schemes, humorous lyrics and a mastery of sampling. Despite his music being described as weird and dark by some listeners, he managed to satisfy fans and critics with his hard-hitting, boom bap raps and cult classics like Operation: Doomsday and Madvillainy.

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In a 2021 interview with Inked Magazine, Playboi Carti spoke on the subtle impact of DOOM. “I don’t have to sound like MF DOOM to be inspired by him,” said the rap star who referenced DOOM on his Whole Lotta Red cut, “Stop Breathing.” “Nobody can keep a leash on him. Nobody can keep a leash on me. That’s definitely his impact. Even if I didn’t know that at first, I had to look up and think about this shit right here—it had already been done.”

Although known for his unique aesthetics and critically acclaimed albums and mixtapes, DOOM remained one of hip-hop’s most mysterious MCs over the course of his 20+ year career. Everything from his birthdate to the release date of his debut album have been up for debate. Even in his afterlife, MF DOOM managed to keep us guessing. Here are 6 things to know about MF DOOM –a well-respected rap legend shrouded in mystery.

His mask was inspired by the ‘Gladiator’ film

It’s well known that some of MF DOOM’s music was inspired by Doctor Doom, the masked comic book villain. DOOM’s mask, however, took inspiration from somewhere else. In a 2010’s interview DOOM said, “You know the movie Gladiator? Well around that time, they started selling these ‘gladiator masks’ that were replicas from the movie. So what it was is that a friend of mine told me he saw this mask that would be perfect for the DOOM character.”

He was a producer
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MF DOOM crafted sounds for himself and others, including Joey Badass and Ghostface Killah. DOOM produced four tracks on Ghostface’s critically acclaimed 2006 album Fishscale.

He had several monikers

Active on the mic since the late 1980s, the rapper born Daniel Dumile began his rap career as Zev Love X, a member of the group KMD. He would go on to drop projects under several different aliases, including MF DOOM (Operation: Doomsday, Mm..Food & Born Like This), Viktor Vaughn (Vaudeville Villain & VV:2) and King Geedorah (Take Me to Your Leader).

He has a street named after him

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MF DOOM was further immortalized last summer when a New York street was named after him. Located in Long Beach, NY, where the enigmatic rap veteran once resided, the New York block is now known as KMD-MF DOOM Way.

He was once had a record deal with Adult Swim
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MF DOOM’s working relationship with Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim ran pretty deep. Not only did he voice characters for the network and feature his music in shows like The Boondocks, he also signed a recording contract with AS.

He was very particular about his name

MF DOOM stylized his name with all caps. ALL CAPS.

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8 ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Cameos That Would Blow Our Minds

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re now in the age of the cinematic superhero multiverse!

Marvel’s recent big-screen epics and exclusive Disney+ streaming shows have basked in the concept by introducing viewers to shocking appearances from outside entities. Spider-Man: No Way Home really took the multiverse concept to heart by throwing the different Spidey’s and their associated villains from Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s previous films. The best movie moments of 2021 can be attributed to witnessing Tom Holland fight alongside Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to save the world in unison from multiverse threats.

It’s clear that Marvel is going all-in on the multiverse going forward. And judging by the recent rumors surrounding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it sounds like we’re due for even more insane cameos from Marvel films that took place before the MCU’s boom period.

Join me and Conor as we nerd out over the eight cameos that would make us scream in our movie theatre seats while we watch the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel.

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1. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) from ‘X-Men’ – Elton Jones
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If you wanna talk about the greatest comic book movie castings of all time, Patrick Stewart as the beloved leader of the X-Men has to be top five. During his time spent in the original X-Men films, Patrick fully embodied the signature poise and high intelligence that comic book fans have come to associate with Professor X. I totally realize it’s gonna be a while before we see the MCU incorporate its own big-screen rendition of Marvel’s greatest mutants, but that doesn’t mean it can’t show some love to its 20th Century Fox predecessor. How cool would it be for Doctor Strange to interact with another comic book intellectual in an effort to get some advice on his current predicament? The simple image of Professor X’s signature wheelchair wheel coming into the frame would floor me, fam!

2. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) from ‘X-Men’ – Conor Sheeran
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One of the greatest superhero performances of all time, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine had the perfect sendoff in Logan. Jackman had played the character for 17 years when he hung up his claws (a world record for superhero castings!) and has declared that his performance is retired, at least as far as starring and supporting roles go.

Given that Evan Peters’ Quicksilver already made the jump to the MCU in Wandavision, whose to say Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine couldn’t do the same? Maybe it’s just us being greedy and wanting to see him in action again but it sure would be a fun cameo, bub.

3. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) from ‘Deadpool’ – Elton Jones
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This cameo would be purely for shits and giggles. And I’d love it to be an extra post-credits scene to send the crowd home even happier. I can just envision a scenario where some random portal opens in an unknown location within the MCU. And out of that portal walks Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, who I’m sure will make some sort of dirty joke that alludes to him “entering big holes.” It’d be even funnier if such a scene played right into the third Deadpool film as it follows the antihero feeling like a fish out of water within his new home within the MCU.

4. Johnny Storm/Human Torch (Chris Evans) from ‘Fantastic Four’ – Elton Jones
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The MCU Captain America we’ve grown to know and love is no more. America’s Super-Soldier and the big screen hero with the best butt in the game fought valiantly during “The Infinity Saga” and got the storybook ending everyone wanted him to receive. Even though that role for Chris Evans got its proper conclusion, there’s a pre-MCU character that I’d pay good money to see him reprise for this Doctor Strange sequel. It’d be super hype to see Chris don the signature Fantastic Four costume once again and yell out “FLAME ON!” to make everyone drop some tears of nostalgia. I’m sure the MCU’s insane CGI budget could make this moment happen.

5. Quicksilver (Evan Peters) from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Elton Jones
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So here’s the thing with me – I have a habit of watching the most iconic superhero movie sequences of all time once a month. I’m talkin’ the final fight scene from Avengers: Endgame, Joker’s meeting with Gotham City’s most powerful gangsters in The Dark Knight, and Spider-Man vs. Electro during the closing moments of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (yes, even that movie has some good in it!). Another incredible scene that I frequently go back to is Quicksilver’s saving everyone during X-Men: Apocalypse.

Evan Peters is my favorite version of Quicksilver and it was so trippy watching him pop up in WandaVision. Since the Scarlet Widow will be a central part of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I’m expecting her to run into her twin sons at some point during her journey alongside the “Sorcerer Supreme.” And I’m also expecting her to bump into her “brother” once again. But this time, I hope it’s the one that’s capable of breaking the speed limit with little to no effort.

6. Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) from ‘Doctor Strange’ – Conor Sheeran
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First things first: Just for Mads Mikkelsen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This isn’t to say that his role as Kaecilius was a bad one but he certainly felt very much like a generic Marvel villain.

“I’m going to destroy the world” type stuff.

Given that we’re talking about the sequel to the movie Kaecilius appeared in, Doctor Strange, this is a perfect chance for him to make an appearance and try to get his revenge on Dr. Strange.

7. Wesley Snipes (Blade) from ‘Blade’ – Elton Jones
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I want it. And I know damn well the world wants it! Wesley Snipes is always attributed for moving the superhero movie genre in the right direction and pushing it into the mainstream thanks to the Blade movies. The MCU is getting a rebooted version of the half-man, half-vampire with Mahershala Ali stepping into the lead role. And I’m totally fine with that.

But I still want to see Wesley come back for one more ride in his best action movie role (in my opinion). This cameo has to be an extended scene of some kind that lets him fight alongside Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch – I know Wesley still has the goods to whup some magical evildoer ass! That quick tease of the Midnight Sons team would be such an awesome moment to see happen onscreen.

8. Ben Affleck (Daredevil) from ‘Daredevil’ – Conor Sheeran
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Let me just get this out of the way real quick: the Ben Affleck Daredevil film was really bad. Truly one of the worst movies of all time.

However, much like Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Affleck deserves a redemption story with his Daredevil character. How would a cameo from him exactly work? No idea, but it would still be fun.

This appearance is probably the least likely to happen since Affleck is tied up as Batman and will be appearing in a similar multi-universal story in The Flash but fingers crossed Kevin Feige can work his magic nonetheless.