The MCU

Armor Wars leak reveals a surprising new Avengers team-up

If the rumors are true, then Armor Wars may be the start of something new in the MCU.

Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a behemoth multimedia empire, the comic book Avengers characters led the franchise charge themselves. In 1984, the New York-based cadre of superheroes licensed out the business of saving the world on the West Coast to a California off-shoot known, fittingly, as the West Coast Avengers.

In 2021, the West Coast Avengers storyline could offer up a fresh batch of films from the MCU — if you believe the latest rumors. But based on their comic book history, this probably won’t be the Avengers 5 team-up you might expect. Instead, the advent of a spinoff superhero team could give the MCU a chance to replicate one of the smartest moves the comics ever pulled off.

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Feature

Spielberg’s raptor

How Jurassic Park led to (and then ruined) the director’s chance to have a dinosaur named after him.

Part Two

Shang-Chi: Why Marvel’s most influential comic disappeared.

'Master of Kung Fu' was once a red hot Marvel comic created by writers inspired by the coming martial arts craze. So why haven't you heard of Shang-Chi before?

Feature

In Shakespeare, veterans find a “tower of strength”

“Shakespeare’s meter of iambic pentameter mimics the human heartbeat.”

Feature

The oral history of Idiocracy, Mike Judge's time travel triumph

“At a certain point, it went from a good vibe to thinking that this movie was cursed from the beginning.”

Essay

It's time for men to start talking about male infertility. I'll go first.

The more I thought about my experience, the more I reflected on how there’s no lexicon to discuss the emotional fallout of male infertility.

The Inverse Interview

Henry Golding has main character energy

Ahoy

Why NASA is shipping the $10 billion Webb telescope down the Panama Canal

In a few weeks, NASA will be shipping the James Webb Space Telescope to its launch site in French Guinana.

Vikings

The team was scared that we would fail: A NASA mission 45 years ago changed everything

The Viking missions set the gold standard for landing on Mars, but they couldn't resolve the big question — are we alone?

Mental Health

Prince Harry's therapy on Apple TV+ reveals a hard truth about trauma

The brain is really very good at quickly adapting to critical stress. Unlearning it? Well, that can take years .

Part One

How Marvel's Shang-Chi had to "destroy" its own racist origins

The first in a series about Shang-Chi’s origins, rise, fall, and rebirth.

The Inverse Interview

Anthony Mackie is the leading man we need

The New Orleans actor talks Netflix, Marvel, and finding his new partner in crime.

Feature

Delta-8-THC: The rise and fall of a cannabis "Wild West"

Delta-8 exploded in popularity in 2020, but much of what's on the market could be unregulated or unsafe.

“That’s not how the Force works!”

When Han Solo died in December of 2015, people freaked out. Even though countless Star Wars fans were oddly expecting Solo to die in The Force Awakens, watching it happen was something else. Not only did Han die, he seemingly died for no reason, and then, his dead body was dropped into a pit, and, just to make it clear, the whole planet was destroyed.

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Gaming

You need to play the weirdest retro sports game on Nintendo Switch ASAP

Take me out to the ballgame.

You know him well

Donkey Kong 40th anniversary: 8 best games ranked

What's Next?

Epic Games v. Apple verdict: Appeal is "terribly dumb," analysts say

"Epic needs either a new legal team or senior leadership that listens more closely to their existing legal team. "

Sophisicated Gamer

CLX Horus is the perfect gateway to PC gaming

Building your rig feels like a game.

Game Recs

Deathloop is 2021’s most intoxicatingly frustrating game

Inverse score: 8/10

Inverse Game Reviews

Chivalry II is rowdy, ridiculous, and impossible to put down

Inverse Score: 9/10

Gaming

Look: 'GTA 5' on PS5 in 8 explosive images

PlayStation Showcase

Look: Gran Turismo 7 in 9 gorgeous images

As expected, this game looks absolutely beautiful.

Gaming

Boy! It’s 'God of War Ragnarok' in 8 glorious images

Inverse Game Reviews

Tales of Arise is the most swoonworthy RPG of 2021

Inverse Score: 8/10

Exclusive

NBA Live goes free-to-play? One major force is stopping EA

EA and Jeff Grubb comment on whether or not the next NBA Live game will be free-to-play.

Preview

Life is Strange: True Colors uses the DualSense for hugs and it's amazing

Its subtle use of the DualSense’s haptic feedback conveys genuine emotion.

Your choices don’t matter — or do they? When Deltarune Chapter 1 came out back in 2018, creator Toby Fox affirmed it only had a single ending. Some assumed Deltarune Chapter 2 would adopt the same linear storytelling approach. That’s not the case. Players have discovered an optional “Weird Route” which marries exclusive character developments with a brutal challenge for seasoned players. It seems to be the spiritual successor to Undertale’s Genocide Route.

Science
Making tracks

VIPER: Why the Moon rover’s mission is vital for future space exploration

NASA has selected the landing site for its VIPER rover.

Codex

Covid-19 vaccine booster shot: Schedule, side-effects, concerns, and effectiveness

Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 booster shots are set to be released to the U.S. public. Here's everything you need to know.

Mask up

This psychological trick could get people to follow Covid-19 rules

“The advocacy-mindfulness combination is so powerful because it makes people think about their own behavior.”

Third dose?

Covid-19 booster shots: 9 questions and science-backed answers

Your questions about the third dose, answered.

bummer

Was Mars ever habitable? A new study sheds light on the planet's past

Despite ongoing efforts to find ancient life on Mars, Martian meteorites tell a different story.

Innovation

Inspiration4: History’s first all-civilian space mission in 20 images

know yourself

Male infertility is on the rise, experts say. Here’s what you need to know.

Male infertility is more complex and common than you might think.

Unidentified

Congress quietly wants to create a new UFO office

Two bills in Congress could expand the UAP task force, or set up a permanent office to study sightings of these unknown objects.

Longevity Hacks

Does gut health affect weight? A new study reveals critical new data

Healthy weight loss may have less to do with limiting what you eat, and more to do with what you eat.

Space monkey

Human space travel owes everything to one forgotten creature

The Aerobee-19 rocket launch proved it was possible to send animals to space and bring them back alive.

Mind and Body

Aiming for 10,000 steps? It turns out 7,000 could be enough to cut your risk of early death

Slow your roll, FitBit.

Science

Why a small Pacific country could solve a worldwide issue

New Zealand could be a hotbed of medical breakthroughs.

Making tracks

VIPER: Why the Moon rover’s mission is vital for future space exploration

NASA has selected the landing site for its VIPER rover.

SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

NASA has finally decided where VIPER will land on the Moon.

Transport
Car Review

The Genesis GV80 is executing one Lexus strategy perfectly

The Genesis GV80 might be best known as the car that saved Tiger Woods, but it might be the best luxury SUV on the market. Here's everything you need to know.

Car Review

One type of driver is going to love the 2021 Cadillac XT5

The luxury crossover market is stuffed with competition, but the Cadillac XT5 is a fair choice for anyone.

Innovation

Tesla: Elon Musk-shared video reveals Model S Plaid's record-breaking speed

The Tesla Model S Plaid has already set an impressive record on a famous racetrack.

Truck Stuff

Whoa! The new Silverado ZR2 looks like an off-road beast

Chevrolet hasn’t had an answer to the Ford Raptor for a decade, but now it does: the Silverado ZR2 is the company’s new flagship off-road pickup.

Car Review

One type of driver will call the 2021 Volvo XC60 T8 the perfect car

The XC60 is the ideal luxury car for a whole lot of buyers, thanks to its sharp design, excellent safety and tech features, and some of the most comfortable seats you can find.

supercharge me

The 4 EVs with the longest range (and they’re all made by Tesla)

Car Review

One old-fashioned reason makes the 2021 Toyota Tacoma iconic

The Tacoma has been around for a half-decade and is showing its age in a few spots — but it is a cult icon for a reason.

Take My Money

One ride in the new Ford F-150 Lightning told me everything I needed to know

The Ford F-150 is the country’s best-selling vehicle, and there’s an electric version coming out next year. We got a ride and have a full report.

Car Review

One type of person is going to love the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

The Raptor's dominance has been challenged, but the boys in Dearborn prove more than up to the challenge.

The Cadillac of EVs

Look: The Cadillac Lyriq is the best looking new EV on the market

It’s the first electric car from the storied American luxury brand, and it’ll make you rethink what a Cadillac is.

Innovation

Tesla: Impressive A.I. Day photo shows a key element of full self-driving

Tesla unveiled its artificial intelligence training tile at a special company event.

Yee haa!

Watch: A virtual tour of the Ford Bronco Sport, one clever little SUV

The Ford Bronco Sport (which isn't the same as the Ford Bronco!) is a terrific lifestyle SUV aimed at young, outdoorsy types.

Science

Check, Please!

An Inverse series that uses biology, chemistry, and physics to debunk the biggest food myths and assumptions.

Lost Judgment features a dizzying array of Side Cases split between Yokohama and Kamurocho, and most of them have quite a few steps to complete. Hunt for the Truth might be one of the first cases you find, especially if you’ve taken advantage of the new Buzz Researcher feature. But some of its triggers may be a bit confusing. If you’re struggling to figure this one out, we’re here to answer all your questions as they come up. Need to know where and how to take pictures of UFOs in Lost Judgment? Then you’ve come to the right place.