The holidays are drawing ever closer, and for some of you today is already smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Worry not, the perfect geek gift for your guy or gal is out there, and we’ll help you find it!

Arkham Asylum/Arkham City

This is a great go-to gift this holiday season since most dedicated Batman fans have the hardware to run these critically acclaimed games, but they simply haven’t gotten the money together to actually buy the game yet. Well, it’s been a few years since the release of Arkham Asylum, so we were able to find it for just under twenty dollars, but the sequel, Arkham City just came out, so the price averaged at about $59.99 to buy it new. Luckily, we were able to find it for ten dollars less.

Captain America: The First Avenger or Thor

Although many will argue about which Marvel feature they prefer over the other, it’s pretty safe to assume that fans of the original heroes were pleased by these adaptations and are gearing up for next May’s Avengers. Anyone shopping for a nerd can’t go wrong with a copy of one of these, unless of course they already have it. If you have a girl between the age of 16-25 on your list, Thor might make a good gift for late night sleepovers spent ogling Chris Hemsworth’s biceps.

Here are the Blu-Ray’s for Thor and Captain America on sale for $24.99 each! For those that haven’t upgraded systems, the DVD versions of Captain America and Thor are only $14.99 each at those links!

Superhero Pajamas

For those sleepovers that we mentioned above, this pajama set is more than just a blatant over-sexualization of classic comic book characters. The rave reviews from customers have convinced us that they are still incredibly comfortable nightwear alternatives. Even if you don’t plan on buying them yourself, the reviews on the page of sale are pretty hysterical. An example: “Bought it for my wife and she is kind enough to wear it.”

A pair of pseudo-sexy superhero pajamas will cost you $24.99 and they come in the Captain America, She-Hulk and Spider-Girl varieties.

Superhero Socks

Although they were a dreaded Christmas present when we were younger, a good set of socks, (particularly a pair with our favorite superhero’s insignia on them) are always useful and well appreciated. If you prefer to not give into the over-sexualization of female comic hero garb (and there’s an excellent article about it here, but be sure to read through the arguments as well for a compelling counter-argument), this is an excellent alternative to a skin-tight catwoman leotard.

A pair of knee-high Wonder-Woman socks will run you $10.99, and although this particular line pictured above is sold out, many vendors have similar pairs here and here.

Superman/Batman bookends

Although the set is pretty spendy, if your secret santa is an uber comic collectible snob and you happen to have the $498.88 to fork out for the collectible bookend set this might just end up holding the ultimate collection of comics in between the two heroes.

Superman Snuggie


Okay, so this may be a little too expensive ($69.95) for a gag gift, but for the true Superfan that has trouble utilizing useless sleeveless blankets, the Man of Steel will keep any helpless citizen comfy and warm.

The Green Lantern or X-Men:First Class

One was really really good, the other one was terrible. Can you guess which one is which? We’ll give you a hint, if you’re looking for a DVD for a young kid, you’re probably willing to sacrifice award-winning writing for a boatload of flashy special effects; so The Green Lantern (on DVD for $9.96 and Blu-Ray for $14.96) will be just fine.

If your gift buying subject is a little older and more intelligent, then the critically acclaimed X-Men:First Class (on DVD for $9.96 and Blu-Ray for $14.99) might work out better.

Superhero Cakelet Pan

Who wouldn’t want to dine on the faces of Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Wolverine? For only $39.95, you can bake your own likeness of each superhero and conquer them in your own delicious way.

The Art of Marvel Studios

This collection of concept and production art from the major Marvel motion pictures of the past few years would look perfect on any comic nerds bookshelf (right by their Superman/Batman bookends). It might be prudent to wait for next year’s Avengers artwork to join the book, but for those who simply can’t wait, the book of art runs just a little south of a hundred dollars.

Iron Man Hoodie

It’s an official piece of Marvel gear, but it is not guaranteed to work like Tony Stark’s flight suit does. Unfortunately, it’s from an independent retailer so the going price of $59.99 is nearly non-negotiable.

You have to admit, the way it is positioned to be completely puffed out without anyone inside of it is pretty outstanding. Maybe it’s not actually made out of the 60% cotton 40% polyester blend that it claims. Maybe it’s made out of Iron that can withstand temperatures up to 3000 degrees fahrenheit!

We wouldn’t try that though.

For those who want to pretend that they’re Iron Man without dropping sixty bucks can check out this neat light up Tony Stark shirt for only $29.99!

 

 

Superhero Earbuds

These earbuds aren’t just for any nerdy Peter Parker. Wear them to proudly display the colors of your favorite hero. It may be a tiny accessory, but it’s the one part of your life that you still need a Batman version of!

Right now, a pair of super-earbuds will cost $21.99 each, but they come in many varieties including Hulk, Superman, Batman, Flash, The Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. A Transformers pair is also available, y’know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Batman Wallet

Oh my goodness, there are just so many different styles of Batman wallets out there. The symbol of the caped crusader could drive away any mugger* who fears the vengeance of the Dark Knight, and with so many of them out there, finding the perfect Bat-money receptacle for your loved one might prove to be the perfect challenge.

*Note: A Batman wallet will not protect you from muggings.

The rebooted “New 52” DC comic series

Recently, the entirety of Detective Comics underwent an overhaul of their material. Although not every continuity has been completely rebooted (Green Lantern and Batman have some backstory covered in earlier comics). This overhaul makes the new 52 line of DC comics way more accessible to the “new fan” who probably just discovered Batman or the Green Lantern from their recent films. We have not provided a link for you to buy them at since the modern comic book shop is in dire need of some assistance, and if you could look up your nearest independent comic retailer and ask them about the “New 52” DC relaunch, they will be able to help you find the perfect gift for your nerdy counterpart.

If you have any good ideas for gifts that any comic fan would love, please leave them in the comments below with a link and description!

Happy Holidays from Hypable!

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30

Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

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Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

Bringing back characters is one of the major reasons why characters on this show can never have closure. In the aftermath of season 5’s most remarkable death, Once Upon a Time took the necessary steps to give Regina closure. In Neal’s apartment (once again, reviving Neal’s presence for Emma), Regina began to process the reality of her life through a letter from Robin.

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Kitsis makes note that Regina’s course of action this season will deal with processing her grief. “I can tell you that a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on, because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that’s what makes her Regina,” says Kitsis.

We already caught some of that in the season 6 opener where Regina talks with Snow White about her character’s story and its various interpretations. If the feather floating away from Regina on the bench was a nod to her finding the strength to let go even a little bit, what will Robin’s return mean for her mentally? Regina needs all her faculties to face the most terrifying adversary this season– herself.

What will Robin’s return look like?

Maybe he will appear Jiminy Cricket style and remind her of her best qualities as she faces the Evil Queen. Or perhaps he will appear to save his daughter through some kind of intrinsic bond that exists between them? Maybe that feather actually means a bit more than we give it credit for!

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Kitsis and Horowitz note that Sean Maguire will have “an arc” meaning it is likely that he will appear in more than one episode.

What are some of your theories for Robin’s involvement in season 6? Let us know in comments!

Once Upon a Time season 6, episode 2, “A Bitter Draught,” airs Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Netflix’s The Crown chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the queen and consort. Watch a new trailer now!

We’ve already got Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman playing Queen Victoria on ITV, and now the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is playing her great-great graddaughter’s husband. Wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey.

Netflix’s original drama series The Crown stars Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II, and tells the inside story of her early years as monarch. Watch the new trailer below:

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Netflix’s The Crown chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the queen and consort. Watch a new trailer now!

We’ve already got Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman playing Queen Victoria on ITV, and now the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is playing her great-great graddaughter’s husband. Wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey.

Netflix’s original drama series The Crown stars Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II, and tells the inside story of her early years as monarch. Watch the new trailer below:

The trailer offers an overview of the story we know — Elizabeth’s coronation, her wedding, her celebratory rides through joyous crowds — and reveals glimpses of the story we don’t.

The Crown claims to tell the inside story of Queen Elizabeth’s early reign, offering an intimate look into the fraught relationship between Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Showrunner Peter Morgan previously wrote the script for The Queen, which starred Helen Mirren and explored the events surrounding Princess Diana’s death.

The series is based on the award-winning play The Audience, and also stars John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.

The official Netflix synopsis reads:

“A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.”

‘The Crown’ lands on Netflix on Friday, November 4

Here are the poster and promotional images released for the series:

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