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We Asked, You Answered: The Mary Sue Readers Sound Off The Summer Movies of 2014

It seems like it was winter just yesterday, but already summer movie season is starting in the US with today’s release of a little movie called Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A ton of movies are coming out over the next few months, some that we’re looking forward to here at The Mary Sue (Guardians of the Galaxy), some that we’re… not (Transformers: Age of Extinction). But we got curious: Which ones are you most looking forward to? So we asked. What follows is a roundup of the 2014 summer movie season, ranked from the flick you’re are least anticipating to the one you’re most chomping at the bit for. We’ve included our thoughts as well, plus a general sample of the responses we got to each film. (Are you in there? Step up and claim your wit!)

Does the breakdown surprise you, or is it just about what you thought it would be?  Do you differ from the majority? Sound off in the comments.

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6 Reasons To Fear The Return of Doctor Who’s Time Lords

If you haven’t seen the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, then you might want to stop reading because we’re going to get a bit spoilery.

Ok, still with us? As you know, “The Day of the Doctor” revealed Gallifrey and the Time Lords weren’t actually destroyed at the end of the Last Great Time War. It just looked that way. In fact, they were banished to a pocket dimension and have been there since. The Doctor now has the possibility of finding his people and bringing them back. Recently, Doctor Who writer/actor Mark Gatiss said this might not be a good idea. He’s not alone. Several creators and fans think the Time Lords bring a set of story problems that aren’t worth the trouble and that previous showrunner Russell T. Davies did a good thing by eliminating them in the modern Doctor Who show that began in 2005.

We’ll get to why the return of the Time Lords could be a good thing but first, here are some reasons why the heroic Doctor himself may not want to bring back the society he turned his back on so many centuries ago…

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10 Hardcore Female Military Leaders From History

300: Rise of An Empire came out on Friday, and its release should give Queen Artemisia of Caria some well-deserved public recognition. Played by Eva Green in the film, Artemisia was a real-life naval commander for Xerxes the Great‘s fearsome Persian military in the 5th century BCE. According to the writings of war historian Polyaenus, Xerxes declared that she was the finest officer in his fleet. But she’s far from the only amazing female military commander in history. Here are ten others, most (though not all) of whom have never had movies made about them… but definitely should someday soon.

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An Entirely Subjective List of My Favorite Video Game Romances

Ahh, do you feel it? Love is in the air today! Love, and gunpowder, and mana residue, and the metallic tang of medically improbable amounts of blood. Yes, we’ve entered the world of video games, where love is weird and sex is awkward. There are few topics more likely to bring friends to blows than this one, so rather than give you a “best of” list, I’m here to share my favorites. Six couples that have stuck with me over the years, each representing a different sort of love. If I leave out your favorite (as I undoubtedly will), by all means, let your ship sail in the comments.

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15 Female Athletes You Should Know At the Sochi Olympics

The opening ceremony doesn’t take place until tomorrow, but sporting events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics start today. And you know what that means for us nerds: The beginning of the only time when a lot of us, myself included, ever give a flip about anything sports-related. I will fully admit to being pretty damn sports-clueless. But I’ve bitten the bullet, taken advantage of my research skills, and compiled this list female athletes that you, my nerdy brethren, should keep an eye on at Sochi. We feel it’s important to acknowledge and appreciate the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sports, but while we cheer for their potential and their victories, we should remember that they stand in contrast to the many Russian citizens in crisis as their government turns a blind eye to widespread violent acts against he LGBTQ community there.

Here, then, are 15 ladies you should keep an eye on until the Olympics end on February 23rd. Then we can go back to only caring about games with the words “video” or “tabletop” in front of them.

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Ten Things We’re Most Looking Forward To From Game of Thrones‘ Season Four

Unless you live beyond the Wall you’ll have heard that the premiere date of season four of Game of Thrones has been announced: April 6th. To say we’re pumped is something of an understatement (types Rebecca, wearing her Stannis Baratheon shirt and necklace). Jill and I, being book readers, know what wonderful things we have to look forward to. And what horrible things, because Game of Thrones. But we’re choosing to focusing on the positive. To that end, here are the ten things we’re most excited to see in the upcoming season. Sprinkled throughout you’ll find some clips from the trailer that’s coming out this Sunday, because HBO’s jumped on that trailer-of-a-trailer trend.

Feel free to share your own most-anticipated moments in the comments. Needless to say, past this point you’ll find major spoilers.

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The Mary Sue’s Favorite Posts of 2013

We’ve shown you the posts that got you clicking and talking in 2013, but now it’s time to get biased. See, all of us here at The Mary Sue love writing for The Mary Sue in general, but there are some posts that we just love more than the others. Maybe something exciting happened. Maybe something disappointing happened and we relished the opportunity to write about it and discuss it with our readers. Maybe someone sent us superhero-themed sex toys. 2013 was a weird year.

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10 Geeky Halloween Costumes For Inveterate Procrastinators

It’s October 28th already, and you don’t have a Halloween costume. You could always go buy something at the last minute, but the high prices for poorly made, mass-produced costumes aren’t for you. But worry not, because we’ve got your back. Here are our picks for 10 geeky Halloween costumes for procrastinators, so named because they for the most part call for normal, everyday clothes. Minus assorted accessories, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have what you need for at least a few of these costumes in your closet already. Procrastinators and costume cheapskates unite!

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The Mary Sue’s 2013 Summer Movie Wrap-Up

This summer was a weird one. It felt, in a way, like were were still coming down from the high of The Avengers, the movie that ruled our hearts, minds, and wallets a single summer ago. On hand to catch us as we fell were some good movies, some bad movies, some movies that we weren’t angry at, just disappointed, and one shining example of Oh please God, no, why did this movie happen?!

We’re taking a fond (or, in some cases, not-so-fond) look back at the summer of 2013′s giant monsters, giant robots, giant stuffed rabbits, and the giant pile of wrongness that was a whole lot o’ whitewashing. Whew. With the summer over, let’s get ready for the end-of-year releases. More Hunger Games, Thor, and The Hobbit are right around the corner.

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40 Webcomics You Need to Read

Comics are wonderful, visual ways of getting a story across, and it goes without saying that we at The Mary Sue love them. But as wonderful as they are, grabbing issue after issue can add up. And yet the desire for more comics persists. Luckily there are plenty of creative, engaging, funny, complex—and free!—stories and gag strips out there for those of us who need our dose of sequential art. You just have to know where to look. Enter the Internet.

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