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This is Captain Stone of the International League of Super-Transbeings. The date is May 16, 2003. We have just received the following message.
Series of text messages sent from Unknown on July 10, 2019
Unknown: It’s all a lie.
Unknown: Ten years ago extraterrestrial life invaded Earth. That part is true.
Unknown: It is also true that the battle was over in three days.
Unknown: But it wasn’t the aliens that were victorious. Earth won that day.
Unknown: The governments saw this as an opportunity. War, famine, crime, violence, hate, climate change, and terrorism were all on the rise.
Unknown: They saw a chance to change all that. The drones, the ships–those are controlled by the Earth Unity Federation pilots. The few aliens we see on patrol are really Earth Unity Federation military units.
Unknown: The EUF scavenged the technology left by the aliens. They pretended to be the aliens. They created the peace treaty in order to set up new restrictions and have the aliens as the scapegoats.
Unknown: The aliens haven’t been on the Earth since July 6, 2009. It’s all been a ruse to keep us in check.
Addendum: It is now July 10, 2009. The alien invaders did arrive as predicted by the message. We, however, were able to intercept them before reaching Earth.
The Citizens remain unaware of any supernatural presence.
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I’d just finished watching the IGN video going over some of the new franchises owned by Disney now that they have bought part of Fox. Among listing things like Predator, Aliens, Die Hard, and Avatar (not the Airbender), they said Disney owns the rights to the 1960s Batman with Adam West. I thought, “Now if they could only somehow add Mickey into the show then we could connect the Disney Universe with the DC Universe as a shared universe which would also connect the Marvel Universe because DC has crossed-over with Marvel many times.” But, I then thought of a more feasible approach: Aliens.
Batman and even Superman have fought the alien xenomorphs, so it is possible to link the universes that way. All Disney would need to do is have a xenomorph invasion of some of their new properties. And who wouldn’t want to see John McClane battle a xenomorph or have one chest-burst out of Mickey Mouse. Disney wouldn’t even have to do that big of an invasion. They now own The Simpsons and they’ve had crossovers with X-Files, South Park, Family Guy, and even Rick and Morty–according to a video done by the Nerdist.
The Nerdist video goes on to talk about how many cartoons are all connected, even connecting BoJack Horseman to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which the TMNT also connects to Batman via the Batman/TMNT comics. The TMNT also connects to DC through the Injustice 2 game (which also connects it to Hellboy and Mortal Kombat). TMNT also connects to the Power Rangers; the Power Rangers also connects to DC via a JLA/Power Rangers comic. There have also been many Looney Tunes and DC stories as well. Looney Tunes can be connected to the show Tiny Toon Adventures which had appearances by many real-life actors and other Warner Brother properties.
Mortal Kombat also has a connection to Jason Voorhees from Mortal Kombat X, which also connects him to Jason Vs. Freddy, and thus to Freddy Kruger.
Speaking of a real-life connection, videos by The Game Theorists connected many video games to real-life through Mike Tyson and some through Tony Hawk. This got me thinking about further “real world” connections. I thought, “How could you show a connection between a show–or game–and the real world?” One way is the real-life celebrities. So this would connect Scooby-Doo to the real world because he’s met many real-life people, such as the WWE, but he also has connections to Archie and Batman (man, Batman gets around).
Another way to connect the real world is using the same technique that scientists use to find dark matter: look for what isn’t there. This one is a bit of stretch because it basically asks for some faith. I started thinking about the show Captain N, where a teen from the real world is transported into the Nintendo game world. I started thinking, “How would you know for sure this never happened?”
Look at Toy Story, it is supposed to take place in the real world. How do we know that toys don’t come to life when we aren’t around? So, in theory we could add any show or game that takes place in a real world where the general public is unaware of the events of the plot. For example, the Harry Potter series, the general public doesn’t know that magic exists. Who’s to say that there isn’t a Hogwarts? It’s kind of like the discussion about alien life; there’s no proof that they exist but there is no proof they don’t. So as long as Harry Potter doesn’t get on the six o’clock news and say, “I’m a wizard,” it could share a universe with us. For clarity, Cloverfield wouldn’t count because everyone knew about the monster attack; and as far as I know, a monster did not attack New York in our world.
Another way to connect the real world to other worlds is when the characters travel to parallel worlds and they call our world “Earth Prime,” “Keystone Earth,” or “Land Without Magic.” So this could add things like Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
We could also potentially connect every LEGO game and movie because of The LEGO Movie. The movie connects the LEGO world to the real world when Emmett goes through the portal. The LEGO Dimensions game then connects The LEGO Movie to the other LEGO worlds. Since The LEGO Movie even mentions other toy sets and LEGO Dimensions also mentions other dimensions, we can add connections to all the LEGO toys, like Minecraft (at least the LEGO version). Also, Into the Spider-Verse and TMNT have also said, “every version of Spider-Man and the Turtles are part of a multiverse” LEGO TMNT and LEGO Spider-Man connect to the Marvel Universe and TMNT Universe. LEGO Michelangelo is in The LEGO Movie.
But all of that is just faith and theory…on to the facts and back to my main point. Another Game Theorists’ video connects the Kingdom Heart games to Doom which also connects to Fortnite and many other games, including ones discussed in their videos about a Ubisoft Universe and the Mike Tyson connection. So, the Disney Universe has many connections to video game universes as well as real-life.
The videos also connect Spider-Man to Star Wars and the Star Wars universe is all one universe. This would bring in any (non-fan made) Star Wars book, comic, and show. Spider-Man then connects us back to the DC Universe.
My main point is that if Disney connected their new properties (and it wouldn’t take much since many of the Fox shows they acquired were already connected through shows like The Simpsons) via xenomorphs, they would have connections through many show universes–thanks to Batman and Scooby-Doo–as well as many game universes. Almost every fictional universe could connect back to Disney. There would be one massive shared universe, including our own, with “one mouse to rule them all.” Disney would be the center of the fictional universe AND the real universe! BWA-HAHAHAHA!!!
Well, except for Five Nights At Freddy’s, like the Game Theorists, I couldn’t connect it either. Unless you want to count the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode “War and Pizza.” Donatello upgrades the pizzeria’s mascot, an animatronic bear (cough, cough), and it comes to life and attacks everyone. But…I doubt it because he used science and not the souls of murdered kids. Wait a minute…Donatello wears a purple bandana. Oh my gosh! Donatello is the Purple Guy!!! Hee, hee…LOL.
It’s not like the Turtles have a connection to anything else in the game, for example the infamous Bite of ’87. Wait, didn’t the original animated series came out in 1987?
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Thor: Ragnarok from Marvel Studios is set to release Nov. 3. In the meantime, I got to watch the trailer, thanks to the iTunes Trailers app.
The trailer starts out with Thor chained in a pit or cave. This seems pretty standard for superhero trailers anymore: the hero is chained or tortured or is climbing out of some dungeon. But I have to say the graphics and set design were impressive. I really felt like I was in some other world.
Speaking of other worlds, it was nice to see a Thor movie (or even show) with Thor on a more high-tech planet. Usually the places you see Thor are very…Norse (obviously). It was nice to see futuristic vehicles and weapons instead of dwarves and elves. It really showed that in this movie Thor is out of his element; he isn’t just visiting the 9 realms where he can beat up anything in his way. It’s going to be a challenge.
I also enjoyed the look of the aliens and other creatures. They looked alien. The makeup and costume work was amazing. They looked like they were alien creatures and not just some person in a suit or CGI. Just like with the sets, I felt like I was in another place. I really felt like I was there and not just watching.
I did get a very Guardians of the Galaxy vibe to the trailer. The soundtrack, the 70s/80s psychedelic/rainbow title transition, and the pacing of jokes and shots seemed a lot like trailers for the Guardians movies. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought it was a trailer for Guardians. But I can see why it was done like this. Thor: Ragnarok is a space adventure. It needs the craziness and wow of space. You should feel like it is this epic thing. And maybe this trailer format hints at the Guardians making a cameo or there is a reference to them.
My real big problem with the trailer was that when they showed the villain, it wasn’t clear who it was. I probably missed them saying her name, but I kind of felt like the trailer was saying, “If you were a true fan, you’d know who this was.” If they did mention Hela by name, I didn’t hear it over the loud music and action.
I have to admit that when Thor showed up in the gladiator ring with short hair, I did a double take. I liked that they cut his hair; it shows that he’s in trouble. He’s not a prince of Asgard—he’s a slave/gladiator. He’s also been there for a while, at least long enough for a haircut. This was no pit stop for Thor.
And of course, I loved the moment when Hulk arrives and Thor laughs and says that they’re friends from work.
This trailer made me want to see the movie. I was kind of iffy; I’m starting to get tired of all the superhero movies, and when I saw the opening with Thor in the cave, I thought, “Here we go again. It’s just like all the rest.” But by the end of the trailer, I was getting more and more interested. The ones who edited the trailer sure knew which scenes to stick at the end.
I have to say the trailer was well done. The movie, on the other hand…we’ll just have to wait till November.
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Jackson “Jack” Riggs
“Accessing ILOST Database,” said the base’s AI. “Accessing Brood file.”
The big “Open File” button stared at me. I glanced around checking to see if anyone was near. I took a breath and opened the file.
“Brood,” said the artificial intelligence. “Real name Vlad Drake. Hometown: Transylvania. Species: Reformed vampire.” I checked the area again. The volume seemed amazingly loud. “His race once were allies with the Xacians pitting them against the Sirian race. Though no longer allies, the blood feud between vampires and “werewolves” continues. Vlad comes from the upperclass of vampire society, a count, but he rejected the bloodthirsty ways of his kind and joined ILOST.”
That must have been tough.
“Powers include: strength, speed, immortality, flight, and the ability to transform into a bat, a swarm of bats, or mist. He can also hypnotize others and survive in extreme environments. Since he is reformed, crosses and sunlight have no effect on him. Garlic will drug him or keep him away. A stake through the heart will ‘kill’ him until it is removed. Dark sunlight, or darklight, can hurt him and unholy water will burn him. His costume includes a black duster jacket…”
“What do you think you are doing?!” a voice said from behind me. I turned to see the fanged face of Brood. “Is this why you are here? To learn about us.”
“D-D-Dogboy said to look around.”
“I sincerely doubt he meant for you to access our database. Even he’s not that stupid. How did you get access?”
Brood then picked me up. I could feel his nails digging into me. He then tossed me across the room. I slid to a stop. Brood leapt into the air and was suddenly on top of me. I felt that same pain behind my eyes I’d felt when I copied Dogboy. The beam shot from my eyes and passed over Brood.
“Get off!” I shouted. I threw Brood across the room. He smacked into a wall. Once he recovered, he transformed into a swarm of bats. I swatted at them as they attacked.
“That is ENOUGH!” a voice echoed. I felt some kind of shockwave hit me. It was strong enough to knock me to the ground. It was also strong enough to knock the bats out of the air and reform back into Brood.
Dogboy (aka Joe Rover)
Master Mantle stood there with his hands still pressed together. His thunderclap had stopped the fight. The senior member turned to look at me. “Dogboy, get control of your team. If you can’t, we’ll find someone who can.”
“Yes sir.” I lowered my head and tried not to look at him. The door slammed shut behind the older superhero. I turned to Brood and Jack. This I need. “What exactly is going on here?”
I could tell Brood was a little winded as he spoke, but he kept it secret. “I found him accessing our files.”
“What?” I said turning to Jack. Jack looked away.
“He can copy our powers and now he knows our weaknesses. What more do you need?” Brood’s pale color was actually starting to show some, well, color.
I glanced at Jack. Then I started looking around. “Where’s CyberCypher? I asked him to stay with you.”
Realization dawned on Brood and he slowly turned to Jack. “So that’s how you did it. You copied CyberCypher. That was how you could access the files without permission.”
Brood stepped closer to Jack as I tapped the comm-link in my sunglasses. “Cy, where are you?”
“At the library. I’ve been waiting for you for over an hour.”
“Why…?” I turned to Jack. “Did you tell him that I wanted to see him?”
Jack blushed, but not from embarrassment. “I’m sorry,” he said. “It’s just…uh…”
“You have to understand how bad this looks,” I said. “You’re not going to gain many allies by destroying our trust.”
“Those stupid enough to trust you in the first place,” Brood muttered. I shot him a warning glance.
“Why did you do it?” I asked Jack. “There’s not too many reasons for a stranger to access files on us.”
“I wasn’t trying to hurt you. I don’t want to hurt anyone.”
Brood huffed. “Lousy way to prove it, kid.”
I put my hands on my hips. “Why, Jack?”
“I-I-I…” He then collapsed.
“How’s that for timing,” Brood said.