A major new threat is coming to the DC Extended Universe. In the latest trailer for Justice League that was released at San Diego Comic-Con, we are given a glimpse of a monstrous alien force powerful enough to compel the full Justice League to unite for the first time: Steppenwolf. And, in case you’re a curious classic rock fan, fighting him will be anything but a magic carpet ride.

In preparation for Justice League, here’s everything you need to know about the new bad guy on the block, who is played by Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy).

In the lore of this new movie from director Zack Snyder (with reshoots directed by Joss Whedon), Steppenwolf arrives from his home world of Apokolips to obtain three Mother Boxes, sentient supercomputers that are hidden on Earth. There’s one in Atlantis, the underwater kingdom ruled by Aquaman (Jason Mamoa); one is in Themyscria, home of the Amazon of Wonder Woman; and the last one is embedded in Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), a gifted collegiate athlete who is now a half-human, half-robot known as Cyborg.

It is not yet known why Steppenwolf wants Earth’s Mother Boxes, but given that he commands an army of Parademons — those flying things Bruce Wayne saw in nightmares depicted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — you can bet it’s not going to be pleasant.

Steppenwolf tears it up in 'Earth-2' #16 from 2013.

Created by the legendary Jack Kirby in the pages of New Gods #7 in 1972, Steppenwolf is a fierce warrior from a race known as the New Gods. Basically, New Gods are successors to the Norse gods in the DCU, and they’re split between two sides: those governed by the Highfather on the paradise New Genesis, and those on the nightmarish Apokolips ruled by Darkseid. Steppenwolf, who is also Darkseid’s uncle, fights on his side as the commander of Apokolips’s army and is a ranking member of Darkseid’s Elite.

But just because Steppenwolf isn’t the king of Apokolips doesn’t mean he’ll be a cakewalk either. Putting aside the fact that he’s a god and thus hard to kill, Steppenwolf is pretty heavy metal when he’s armed with his sick battle axe that can level entire lands in one swing.

Steppenwolf hasn’t always been a big deal in DC Comics. Darkseid is almost always THE big bad of the DCU, much like Thanos from Marvel, so it’s been interesting to see Justice League give Steppenwolf such a prominent position. Justice League also won’t feature his first appearance. A distinctly different-looking Steppenwolf appeared in a strange deleted scene from Batman v Superman which was included in the film’s Blu-ray as a bonus feature.

And it’s likely that Steppenwolf is just the opening act. Steppenwolf’s invasion of Earth may just be setting the red carpet for the true king, Darkseid. It’s a safe bet Darkseid will be the villain of whatever becomes a Justice League sequel, but for now, it’ll take the combined might of Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to cancel the apocalypse.

Justice League will be released on November 17.

Photos via DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment

It’s only Tuesday, but the latest batch of Fortnite: Battle Royale challenges have already leaked. We actually covered the initial news (and the mystery behind it) last week, but with Season 6 challenges quickly approaching here’s a quick guide on what you can do to prepare for the update (presumably version 5.3).

At the beginning of August, one data miner found a bit of code suggesting an event would happen on August 21 in Fortnite: Battle Royale. With Wednesday’s update, players saw something different in the sky, which could be tied to this upcoming event and maybe even Season 6.

Fortnite players who looked at the sky on Wednesday saw the infamous “crack in the sky” was now smaller by quite a lot. There’s no explanation on why it reduced in size, but it’s definitely noticeable.

When the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama does a fantasy series for Netflix, it inevitably feels a lot like Homer Simpson going to Westeros. But rather than being anything like the legitimate Game of Thrones spoof that happened with the The Simpsons Season 29 premiere, Matt Groening’s Disenchantment sometimes feels like a drunken smattering of fantasy themes and tropes, as if Homer was recapping Game of Thrones but kept getting it confused with other fantasy stories because he had one too many Duff beers.

Now that Fortnite: Battle Royale received its v5.20 patch, the next update for the week comes on Thursday when the Week 5 Challenges go live. Thanks to some data miners, those challenges showed up a bit early, and in the case of this week’s tasks, there’s even a treasure map to inspect.

Shotguns in Fortnite: Battle Royale are probably the most popular weapons in the game. They’re plentiful and do a lot of damage. For those reasons, the weapons are constantly rebalanced by Epic Games and it appears players are in store for another change coming.

Eric Williamson, design lead for Epic Games, tweeted Tuesday about a possible change to the Pump Shotgun. Next week, the developer will release its v5.30 Update for Fortnite: Battle Royale, and it appears this version of the weapon will get a faster equip time. This could make the Pump Shotgun a favorite for players once again.