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In Praise of the Difficult Female Friendship

There's a fine line between catfight tropes and real empowerment.

I love a good female friendship story. Whether it’s about sisters-in-arms going into glorious battle together or childhood besties who share a pair of traveling pants, I’m there, ready to gobble it all up like magically delicious yet empowering candy. But I’ll confess I have a special place in my heart for a certain kind of female friendship story—one that’s tricky to pull off, yet so very rewarding when done well. Call it the Difficult Female Friendship story.

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Famke Janssen Makes an Interesting Point About Older Female Characters in the X-Men Franchise

Earlier this week Famke Janssen, who originated the role of Jean Grey in 2000's X-Men, made an appearance on Entertainment Weekly Radio.

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See All Your Baby Mutants in New High-Definition X-Men: Apocalypse Stills

My kingdom for a Comic-Con trailer.

Fox has released some high-definition stills from X-Men: Apocalypse, and the gang sure looks good! What do you think of everyone's vibes so far?

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The Psychology of Inspirational Women: X-Men’s Jean Grey

"I'm always Jean. And I'm always the Phoenix. I died. I scattered in a trillion directions. And then started to pull together again, outside the White Hot Room. But I'm starting to see now. Parts of me... Parts of me never came home."

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Bryan Singer Releases Photo of Sophie Turner & Lana Condor As Jean Grey & Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse

It's a Jean Grey Jubilee!

I can't even handle how great they look as these characters! Bryan Singer posted this photo from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse on his Instagram (which is a much better look than we got the other day), featuring Lana Condor in costume as Jubilee, and Sophie Turner in costume as Jean Grey.

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Game of Thrones’ Dark Sansa May Have Helped Sophie Turner Land the X-Men Role

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner was as happily surprised as we were to find out she landed the role of young Jean Grey in X-Men Apocalypse. She has an inkling why that might have happened.

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Things We Saw Today: Sophie Turner as Jean Grey Fanart Is Coming

*Heavy breathing*

I didn't think it was possible for us to be more excited about Sansa Grey, but clearly I was wrong.

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Praise the Old Gods and the New! Sophie Turner is X-Men: Apocalypse’s Young Jean Grey

Storm and Cyclops have also been cast!

Telekinesis is coming.

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Rumor: Some Familiar Geeky Faces are Testing for Roles in X-Men: Apocalypse

'80s Sansa is coming.

We see what you're doing, X-Men: Apocalypse. Announcing that you're an '80s period piece and then teasing us with the possibility of Sophie Turner as Jean Grey? You might know how to get The Mary Sue editors reinvested in a franchise, but don't think we won't notice if you eventually punk out.

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Things We Saw Today: Debbie Harry is Jean Grey

Things We Saw Today

Badass. Someone sent this other rock star superhero series my way after we posted the Super Rockers yesterday. (art by James Zark via Bendis)

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The Mary Sue Giveaway: Enter to Win an X-Men Costume Tank Dress!

Mutatis Mutandis

Are you excited to see X-Men: Days of Future Past in all its sliding timeline glory, but worried that once the movie is over you'll have nothing but a cold, cruel, X-menless world to go back to? Fear not, because thanks to TVStore Online, you could win one of four tank dresses that just happen to be the uniforms of major female X-Men Jean Grey and Emma Frost. Here's how!

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Things We Saw Today: Storm Troopers Play Pranks, Too

Things We Saw Today

JD Hancock put his action figures to good use in these hilarious photos. (via Petapixel)

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The Wolverine Director Talks Jean Grey’s Role, Drops a BSG Reference

All this has happened before...

"[Jean Grey] pops up to mock, comfort and advise Logan, much as Number 6 tortured Gaius Baltar on Battlestar Galactica."The Wolverine director James Mangold, performing a bit of sci-fiception. BRRRRM. Everyone got their tickets for the Psychological Torture Express? (via: Digital Spy) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Hanie Mohd’s Marvel Ballgowns Are Now Official Marvel Merch on WeLoveFine!

Almost Totally Excellent

I looked at all of these and tried to figure out which one to put at the top, and immediately realized it had to be She-Hulk, holding up the world. Obviously. I mean, not because she's my favorite, or anything. It should be obvious to anyone. Hanie Mohd's gorgeous superheroine gowns in the art nouveau style are now being offered as prints and shirts at WeLoveFine. The prints are beautiful, but I know many of you will be disappointed to know that the shirts are currently only being sold in men's sizes. However, we at The Mary Sue know from experience that if WeLoveFine sees enough folks asking for ladies sizes, they get made. So I'll just leave their contact info and Mohd's artist page here. Each individual t-shirt page has a comments section in it, and that seems like the perfect place to let WeLoveFine that there are women out there who want these too.

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Hanie Mohd Draws the Superladies of Marvel in Ballgowns

Great Hera!

Artist Hanie Mohd first piqued everybody's attention by drawing lady superheroes in comfy sweaters, but there's also an extraspecial place in our hearts for the costumes of lady superheroes redesigned as stately ball gowns. Which one of her current batch of superladies is my favorite? Can you guess?

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Marvel To Relaunch… or Something This Fall, Bring Back New (Old) Young Jean Grey


Here's the funny thing about having two companies dominating 70% of the market share in an industry, is that when one does something, you can bet that the other one is going to try and get in on that action. On the flip side, when that isn't the case, regardless of the actual motivation for either company's move, you can bet that it will be compared to any similar contemporary move made by the other. Which is a roundabout way of introducing the fact that Marvel comics is going to put it's universe through a soft reboot or a relaunch this fall (right around the 1 year anniversary of DC's New 52), change artist teams, costumes, story focuses, and titles. And just like every other relaunch in the history of superhero comics, it's designed to lure new and lapsed readers by offering some titles that start fresh of continuity baggage.

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12 Things You'll See Before You Die [Infographic]

There's always buzz about when the next PlayStation or Xbox is going to come out, or who's going to win the next presidential election, but have you ever thought about how many more PlayStations, Xboxes or presidential elections you're going to see before you bite the dust? Well, whether or not you have, this original Geekosystem infographic will tell you. By doing a little research, a couple of maths and ignoring a massive number of potential variables like premature death, bankruptcy, game-changing inventions, and the end of the world, I came up with 12 things that you will see before you die. Get ready to get pumped for the PlayStation 11.

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