Bucky Barnes might still be on ice during Black Panther this February, but a new prequel comic to Infinity War explains exactly what happens to him in Wakanda between the events of Captain America: Civil War and the next Avengers.

As it turns out, the smartest person in the MCU experiments on his brain.


Spoilers follow for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #1.

Released Wednesday, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #1 is the first of a two-part series that checks in with many of the MCU’s characters before Thanos assaults Earth this May. Hawkeye retires; Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow hunt down terrorists that buy Chitauri weapons; and Iron Man designs a new suit. But the most interesting plot thread pertains to Bucky’s brain reboot at the hands of T’Challa’s sister, Shuri.

In case you didn’t know yet, she’s the smartest person in the universe.

Here’s the last we saw of Bucky at the end of Captain America: Civil War in Wakanda, one arm down and going in for a deep cryo freeze:

Sebastian Stan, the actor behind Bucky Barnes, publicly confirmed that he wasn’t in Black Panther back in July of last year. But the new tie-in comic, Infinity War: Prelude, features a scene where a main character from Black Panther, Shuri, figures out how to de-program his extremely traumatic conditioning.

To start, Shuri fashions a “one-to-one digital representation” of Bucky’s brain, which is like cloning a human brain into a distinct A.I. construct.

Remember JARVIS, FRIDAY, and even Ultron, to an extent? Shuri made one of those, but she did it by copying Bucky’s fractured mind.

Shuri creates a digital representation of Bucky's brain — basically an A.I. clone.

In the months between Civil War and Infinity War, Shuri experiments on this digital brain and somehow creates an algorithm that erases the influence that the various triggers words had on Bucky, effectively rebooting a human brain.

Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU.

A convenient bi-product of her experiments leads to advancements in Wakanda’s own A.I. programs as a result. Maybe we’ll see the fruits of this labor as soon as Black Panther?

Even if we don’t, this makes us more excited than ever to see what Shuri is capable of in Black Panther.

Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018. It’s the last MCU film before Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.

The Fortnite Season 6 Hunting Party Challenge continues, and much like Week 2, this one’s all bout the new wolf character that’s stalking everyone else. Here’s how to solve the new loading screen puzzle and find that secret star.

Fortnite Season 6, Week 3 began Thursday morning at 9 a.m., and even though hardly anybody has had the time to blaze through all seven of the new challenges, the Hunting Party loading screen leaked days ago. Whenever a player completes all seven challenges in a given week, it unlocks a unique Hunting Party loading screen. In each, there’s a clue hinting at an in-game location where players can them claim a secret, usually either a Banner or Battle Star.

Get your running shoes on because Timed Trials have returned to Fortnite for this Season 6 Week 3 challenge.

Week 3 of Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 6 began at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Timed Trials are included as a Premium Battle Pass Challenge. The specific locations have changed completely from the Timed Trials from Season 5, so, unfortunately, previous maps won’t be worth anything these days.

The latest in the endless string of Avengers 4 fan theories could plug one of the most glaring MCU plot holes since Captain America: The Winter Soldier debuted in 2014.

In case you forgot, the big twist of Winter Soldier is that Hydra hijacked the entire system, and one of the names that’s deemed a threat to the evil organization is Stephen Strange — before he even becomes a sorcerer. So what gives and how does it connect to Avengers 4?

The bad guys are teaming up in the new trailer for Glass. The third movie in M. Night Shyamalan’s original superhero series will culminate as “The Horde” (James McAvoy) and “Mr. Glass” (Samuel L. Jackson) team up to break out of their confinement inside a mental institution.

On Thursday, Universal released the second trailer for Glass, set for release in theaters in January. Aside from the return of McAvoy, Jackson, and Bruce Willis as retired security guard David Dunn, the film introduces Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who treats patients who believe they are superhumans (and they’re kind of right).