Iron Fist Season 2 Introduces a Cavalcade of New Characters From Marvel's Comics

The way Netflix’s Marvel shows gradually introduce certain B and C-level supporting characters from the comic books into their universes has always been one of the most interesting things about them. Iron Fist’s second season continues in this tradition, but the specific characters introduced here could portend major…

Marvel's Spider-Man Has One of the Best Twists on a Classic Spidey Villain in Years

In the run-up to the release of Spider-Man’s excellent new video game, there were a lot of teases about a mysterious extra villain coming to crash into Peter Parker’s life, beyond Mister Negative and some of Spidey’s most iconic foes. While the identity of that villain might not come as a surprise to some, the way the…

This LEGO Hogwarts Express Set Was Hit By a Price Shrinking Spell

It’s a little late for back to school season (hey-ooo), but you can save about $16 on the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express LEGO set today, complete with Platform 9 3/4, plus Harry, Ron, Hermione, Remus Lupin, Trolley Witch, and Dementor minifigures. Plus Scabbers; we can’t forget about Scabbers. It usually retails for…

SETI's New Neural Network Detects Many More Fast Radio Bursts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen team have deployed new neural net technology to help analyze the reams of data they’ve collection—and they quickly discovered a set of mysterious, as-of-yet unexplained fast radio bursts from a distant galaxy, per…

Pandemic Infects Rome, Tales From The Loop Heads to the '90s, and More Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting crowdfunding campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy games... for the most part. It’s been quite an eventful couple of weeks, as game companies get ready for the holiday season. We had so many announcements and…

Celebrate Some Super Mario Milestones With a Slew of Trippy Artwork

Apparently 2018 is a big year for everyone’s favorite plumber, Mario. It marks the 35th anniversary of the first Mario Bros. game, the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. 3, and the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite, the Super Mario Bros. movie. So to celebrate, the Bottleneck Gallery in New York is going down…

Kids From the 1970s Had Some Adorable Ideas for the Year 1999

Did you ever imagine what the future would be like when you were a kid? We all did. Some of us were obsessed with jetpacks and robots, while others dreamed of videophones and space travel. It was “all of the above” for two kids in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, who imagined what the futuristic world of 1999 would look…

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