What is the future of the X-Men in the MCU? Little hints suggest a major revival
Plus: Are you feeling hot?
Do you know who your favorite Marvel hero (or villain) is? For me, it’s an ensemble cast: The X-Men. As a kid, I imagined my own life retold as a mutant in Professor Charles Xavier’s school for the gifted. In fact, the X-Men was the only Marvel comic storyline that really held onto my heart in the same way that the worlds of Batman and the Sandman continue to fascinate and thrill me.
It’s been a couple of years since the last X-Men offering from Marvel, but I might not need to wait much longer till I have some more mutants to whet my pop-culture appetite...
This is an adapted version of the Inverse Daily newsletter for Thursday, July 14, 2022. Subscribe for free and learn something new every day.
Welcome to Thursday! If you’re already in weekend mode, then know you are not alone. Today’s newsletter offers up some tasty morsels of television and film to keep you occupied, no matter if you are hiding from the heat in the A.C. at home or just looking for something to chill out with after hours. Bonus: There may be mutants. (And maybe a little Webb...)
Doctor Strange 2 costume designer confirms a major X-Men theory
Costume designer Graham Churchyard breaks down the newest looks in the MCU, including new details about heroes like Wanda, Professor X, and Captain Carter.
Since starting his Hollywood career on the set of the 1979 horror classic Alien, UK-based costume designer Graham Churchyard boasts a resume that resembles an action figure collector’s shelf.
For years Graham has been Marvel’s go-to costume guy for productions in the UK, spanning movies like Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Doctor Strange sequel “was a new hat,” he says, “[Multiverse of Madness] was tough for all the makers, people doing all the embroidery and printing and distressing and cutting, and [incorporating] changes that go along. I loved every moment of it.”
In an interview with Inverse, Churchyard breaks down some of the most memorable costumes in Multiverse of Madness, from changes to Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch to some surprising new heroes.
So what’s the X-Men got to do with it? Find out!
How the Webb Telescope team built those startling images
There’s a whole lot going on under the hood of the five images that dropped this week. A telescope isn’t like a smartphone camera where you can point at an object and press a button to capture it. The process of taking data off Webb’s four imaging instruments and adapting it into a color image is part science, part art form.
The data that comes from the telescope’s instruments is downloaded to Earth and sent to instrument specialists, who refine the data and pre-process it into a usable form before passing it on to the image processors.
The four images released this week were processed by just two people: Joe DePasquale and Alyssa Pagan of the Space Telescope Science Institute, and they told Inverse how they did it.
Is this the best job in the world?
Ms. Marvel X-Men ’97 Easter egg confirms a major mutant twist
The MCU just made a huge change to Ms. Marvel. You might as well call it a mutation. If there is any doubt about what the MCU is cooking up with the X-Men, one only needs to look deep in the credits for the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series. We don’t mean the post-credits scene either. We’re talking about the actual credits for Episode 6 of the series.
If you’ve forgotten, a new X-Men series is in production for Disney+. In 2020, Disney and Marvel Studios announced X-Men ‘97, a sequel series to X-Men: The Animated Series that, based on its title, picks up where The Animated Series left off. (The show ended its final season in September 1997.)
Beware! Spoilers ahead.
Want proof? It may be in a sonic Easter egg.
Summer heat waves are here — how to prepare and stay cool
An extreme heat event — also known as a heat wave— generally refers to a period when temperatures are much hotter or more humid than average. The federal government defines it as “a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days,” though that may vary depending on the specific region.
These hot temperatures aren’t going anywhere. As the planet warms, scientists predict they will become more severe and frequent. Inverse spoke with a wide range of experts from public health and disaster experts to HVAC specialists to help you prepare for extreme heat this summer.
What happens to your body in a heat wave?
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- On this day in history: On July 14, 1912, singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie entered the world! Happy birthday!
- Song of the day: “This Land is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie
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