The Guardians of the Galaxy trailers have been a blast pretty much from the moment director James Gunn premiered the first footage at Comic-Con a few years ago, accompanied by the rousing strains of Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.” Recently YouTuber The Unusual Suspect delivered a particularly fun mash-up, combining the structure and soundtrack from one of Guardians’ latest trailers with footage from George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy — this time with Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” providing the tunes. Now somebody has riffed on that riff and given us a hybrid of Guardians of the Galaxy and the Mass Effect video game series…and it’s kind of perfect.
BioWare’s Mass Effect is, hands down, my favorite video game series of all time. Even with the controversial ending, it’s as if BioWare hacked into my brain, Inception-style, and designed a series specifically targeted at my joy centers. And it’s not just that I love the stories or the characters, the Mass Effect universe itself is one of my favorite fictional realities. As such, I love to see what sort of creations it inspires in talented and like-minded fans. And this art by a dude named Andrew Ryan is so damn good BioWare really ought to hire him.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the Mass Effect movie, which has been in development for a few years now from Legendary Pictures. Last September, producer Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) said that the Mass Effect adaptation was still a long way off, explaining that “some movies take five, six years before they’re ready.” But Universal and Legendary have slated an “Untitled Event Project” for release in 2016, and some are reading between the lines and speculating that it could in fact be the Mass Effect movie.
The news comes from THR, which has revealed that the untitled project has staked out the weekend of November 4, 2016. So far the anonymous project doesn’t have any serious competition for that date, but Universal and Legendary are playing it close to the vest when it comes to exactly what this project might be. The secret film is described as “new and not a sequel or remake, though it may be based on underlying intellectual property.” A Mass Effect movie certainly fits that description, but it’s hardly the only candidate.
Last September we featured some amazing Mass Effect cosplay by the talented people of Anatomic-Latex.com, specifically the below jaw-dropping recreation of the E.D.I.’s rather fetching robotic body from Mass Effect 3. It’s the sort of thing that, if I didn’t know it was actually a model, I could easily believe was just a character model or concept art from the game itself. Well, Anatomic-Latex.com may have changed its name to Andromeda-Latex.com in the intervening months, but they sure as hell haven’t been idle on the creative front, nor have they moved past their love of Mass Effect, Enkindlers bless ’em.
Futurama concluded its long, brilliant, but troubled run last September, after multiple deaths, multiple networks, and multiple resurrections. While it was sad to see the show take its final bow, it is cool to now have the entire run available in convenient, binge-friendly form. If you’ve always been meaning to add Futurama to your home-video collection, today is the day! Amazon has the complete series DVD box set on sale for only $85.49, marked down 57% off its normal $199.98 list price.
I’ll fully concede, “papercraft” was not even a thing that was anywhere on my radar, but if you’d asked me about it I would probably have assumed you meant origami or maybe some nice collage work. These papercraft creations by DeviantArtist TankBall are on a whole other level, one significantly above the little paper dude with the erection Gaff made in Blade Runner. Honestly, part of me doesn’t even want to know how these things were made; I’d rather treat it like a magic trick, just sit back and be impressed. It doesn’t hurt that TankBall has replicated two characters from my favorite game series of all time, and indeed one of my favorite science fictional things of all time, Mass Effect.