On four occasions, Invasion of the Body Snatchers has come along to use sci-fi/horror to comment on current times, and it should do so in the 2020s. One wonders if author Jack Finney had any idea when writing his 1954 novel The Body Snatchers that the paranoid themes of his story would resonate for many generations of readers and viewers since. The book was of course first adapted in 1956 by director Don Siegel, adding the now well-known prefix "Invasion of" to the title.
1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a critical and commercial hit, as was director Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake of the same name, which features a star-studded cast of contemporary and future favorites, including Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, and Leonard Nimoy. Another remake arrived in 1993, simply called Body Snatchers, which switched the protagonist from an adult man to a teenage girl, lending things more to a younger audience. Then there was 2007's mostly disliked The Invasion, which suffered from a troubled production, despite starring big names Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
In four different decades, Invasion of the Body Snatchers has tried its best to provide both an effective alien invasion sci-fi/horror story and an intelligent commentary on the societal issues of the day. Some of the films succeed at those goals more than others, but the current social climate is ripe for yet another remake of Finney's creepy classic.
In the same way that the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers utilized themes of anti-communist paranoia and McCarthyism, and the 1978 remake focused on the societal alienation often found in vast urban environments, a new Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake could shine a light on the intensely divided political culture in the America of the 2020s. The red vs. blue, us vs. them divide continues to get deeper and deeper, and looks unlikely to stop getting worse, no matter if Donald Trump wins re-election or Joe Biden unseats him. Political differences in America - and many other countries for that matter - have gotten so bad that many have come to see their rivals as the enemy, with prevailing over them sometimes being even more important than getting what one wants.
This divided landscape could dovetail perfectly into the setup of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as an insidious, infiltrating threat could be perceived by viewers as whatever school of political thought they don't belong to. Plus, the changes that come with being replaced by a pod could be compared to someone changing party alignment, with their friends and loved ones stunned by their suddenly different behavior and mood. Obviously, these parallels wouldn't be explicit, as viewers rarely like social commentary in movies that beats them over the head with its message. It would need to be done subtly, while never forgetting the sci-fi and horror aspects that drive the piece. In an era where Democrats and Republicans can often find it impossible to understand where the other is coming from intellectually though, extending that into their thinking being outright alien isn't that big of a stretch.
As players recruit or welcome new villagers to their islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it will become clear that they each have a different personality and favorite hobby. Some players will get along with villagers of certain personalities over others, and villagers may also experience conflict with one another as their personalities clash. This can help keep the game immersive and can lead to some interesting stories for players.
There are so many unique villager characters in the game, but they will all align with one of eight possible personality types, and each will have a favorite hobby out of the six possible varieties. This guide will explain all possible villager personality types and hobbies in the game and will discuss villager compatibility based on personality type.
Villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons align with one of eight possible personality types. These are:
Personalities are slightly more complicated than they seem. Each personality type has two sub-types that affect a villager's preferred hobby and vocal tone, allowing for even more unique combinations. For example, a Cranky villager who is sub-type A will like Nature as a hobby and have a normal vocal pitch, while a Cranky villager who is sub-type B will like Education or Music as their hobby and have a low voice.
Personality types affect how villagers interact with the player and with one another. It also affects other details, such as when a villager wakes up in the morning and goes to sleep at night. They also tend to be gender-specific.
Normal villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are typically female, have neutral opinions, and are kind to the player. They are sometimes considered motherly and sweet, though they are also self-deprecating and a little obsessive about hygiene and appearance. They tend to get along with most of the other villagers, even those with more difficult personalities. They are typically awake by 6 a.m. and in bed by midnight. Normal is the most common female villager personality in the game.
Lazy is the male villager equivalent to Normal. Lazy villagers are relaxed and easygoing, and they tend to be friendly to all villagers and the player, though they may feel insulted by comments from Jock villagers due to incompatible lifestyles and by comments from Snooty villagers who go against their easygoing attitude. They may spend a lot of time talking about food. They also like talking about their "bug friends." They are typically awake at 9 a.m. and sleep at 11 p.m., meaning they sleep longer than other villagers in the game. Lazy is the most common male villager personality in the game.
Peppy villagers love to be active. Only female villagers will be Peppy. They tend to be friendly and excitable but also have a tendency to frequently apologize for things they regret doing or saying. They may sometimes infuse their dialogue with typical "valley-girl" words and phrases or French terms. They are also a bit forgetful and change topics often. They are awake at 7 a.m. each day and go to bed at 11:30 p.m.
Jock is the male equivalent of Peppy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. They also tend to be friendly and excitable, and they love to be active and try new things. However, unlike Peppy villagers, their interests tend to revolve around sports. They tend to be a little less intellectual than other villagers, following the American stereotype for their personality. They get along with most other villagers and won't get angry easily unless provoked. They are awake from 6:30 a.m. to midnight each day.
Cranky tends to be one of the more difficult personalities in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Typically, only male villagers will have this personality type. Cranky villagers tend to be bitter, and, because they are not up-to-date on current social trends, they don't usually get along well with Peppy villagers. They have deep voices and are almost always depicted with frowns. They tend to disagree with other villagers, except other Cranky personalities. They will become highly protective of the player once befriended, however. They are normally awake at 9 a.m. and sleep at 3:30 a.m.
Snooty villagers are the female equivalent of Smug villagers and are also difficult to get along with. They tend to be self-centered and sometimes arrogant. They are typically eloquent, have an expensive-looking sense of style, and have ornate homes. They sometimes seem offensive and rude when speaking to or about other villagers and don't get along with most other personalities in the game. They are awake from 9:a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sisterly villagers are female villagers who care deeply for the player. There will always be a starting villager with this personality trait on a player's island. Sisterly villagers are a bit mischievous, very blunt, and sometimes rude. They are often less worried about their appearance than Snooty or Peppy villagers and don't tend to get along with Cranky or Snooty villagers. Some Public Works Projects can only come from Sisterly villagers. They stay up rather late; they are awake at 11 a.m. and don't sleep until 3 a.m. They are currently the least common villager personality type in the game.
Smug villagers are all male and tend to be very polite and gentlemanly, not unlike Snooty villagers. They are lively and kind, but they can often come across as conceited. They don't tend to get along well with cranky, jock, and sisterly villagers, though there are exceptions. They may occasionally flirt with the player as well.
Each villager in the game has a favorite hobby, which they will often be found doing. The six primary hobbies in the game are:
- Education: Villagers like to read and can often be found with their faces buried in a good book.
- Fashion: Villagers frequently visit the Able Sisters and make comments about what the player is wearing.
- Fitness: Villagers like to work out, play sports, or stretch at home and around the island. They may also talk about fitness to the player.
- Music: Villagers like to sing, either their favorite song or whatever is currently playing nearby.
- Nature: Villagers like to explore the outdoors, inspecting and watering flowers, trying to catch bugs, or fishing. They may also carry a picnic basket from time to time.
- Play: Villagers like to run around the island with their arms outstretched pretending to be airplanes and will sometimes set up treasure hunts.
Villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will keep the same hobby across all saves of the game, so they will never switch interests.
Because there are so many possible villagers and personalities in the game, it can be difficult to know which villagers will get along or be in conflict with one another. Most players wouldn't want to put a Jock villager's home next door to a Lazy villager's if they wanted to avoid arguments and fights.
Thankfully, Reddit user aEuonym in the Animal Crossing community created the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villager Compatibility Tool. This tool allows players to select their villagers from a dropdown list in Google Sheets and determine who will and will not get along based on personality. This can help players decide who to keep on the island and who to ask to move away in favor of recruiting new, more compatible villagers.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on the Nintendo Switch.
Godzilla did not lose to Mothra in their first fight in the 1964 film, Mothra vs. Godzilla. A common misconception about Toho's movies is this idea that in their first-ever encounter, Mothra actually defeated Godzilla, but that's not exactly what happened, considering Mothra died in that battle.
Mothra and Godzilla have decades of history. The two have appeared in several movies together, and the status of the relationship usually depends on Godzilla's role, especially since the benevolent Mothra is always the hero, but Godzilla is sometimes utilized as an antagonist. The two have fought on the same side in films like Destroy All Monsters, but have been foes in movies such as Mothra vs. Godzilla. Their latest meeting happened in Legendary's MonsterVerse, when Mothra helped Godzilla defeat Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Mothra, three years after her solo movie, battled Godzilla for the first time in 1964's Mothra vs. Godzilla (not to be confused with 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra). When Godzilla was terrorizing Japan, it was up to Mothra to oppose Godzilla. In their battle, Mothra gave the King of the Monsters a bit of trouble by dragging him by his tail and keeping him at bay with her silk, but Godzilla - as usual - was relentless in his assault. Mothra held out for a while, but couldn't stand up to Godzilla's atomic breath, which killed Mothra. After the fight, Mothra's eggs hatched, and two Mothra larvae went up against Godzilla. With their silk, the two were able to bind him up in a tight ball of silk, rendering him immobile.
Over the years, Godzilla's ultimate defeat has led to the notion that he lost to Mothra, but it's important to recognize that the fully-grown Mothra actually died to Godzilla. Despite her efforts to save Japan, Godzilla ultimately triumphed over the creature. It took, not one, but two Mothra larvae to tie up Godzilla, who was far too powerful to be stopped physically. In the end, Godzilla was indeed stopped, but this can hardly be called a fair fight.
This wasn't the last time Mothra was shown to be incapable of beating Godzilla without help. Another notable example occurred in the 1992 rematch, Godzilla was once again the villain, with his opponents being Mothra and her greatest enemy, Battra. Mothra and her dark counterpart had to make an alliance against Godzilla, as neither was able to beat him in one-on-one combat. Together, they dropped him in the ocean, but Godzilla managed to take Battra down with him. Mothra also died to Godzilla in both Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. and Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. This all goes back to the idea that Mothra was never supposed to be the great and powerful force that Godzilla is, as she has always been thought of as a peaceful, guardian monster. Mothra even had to be upgraded with a stinger in Godzilla: King of the Monsters in order to properly defend herself against predators like Rodan.
The end of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is right around the corner and clues are popping up all around the map that could depict what to expect in Season 3. There are plenty of fan theories online, and many leaks make it appear that Season 2 will end with Fortnite's map being flooded. As such, many of these theories tend to be water-themed with some very interesting takes on what could actually happen in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.
Fortnite Season 2 is set to end on June 4 with a doomsday event starting on Friday (May 29) and lasting until the end of the season. The event is speculated to be an all-out battle between Team Ghost and Team Shadow and will take place at The Agency. Fortnite lore depicts Midas as this season's villain who has possession of the Doomsday Device which could be used to flood the map at the end of this season.
Regardless of how it happens, there is some pretty convincing evidence that the map will indeed be flooded. If that happens there are a number of new gameplay mechanics and tricks which could be introduced into Fortnite's usual battle royale gameplay, not to mention the impact it would have on the game's overarching story.
With swimming mechanics being introduced in Fortnite at the start of Chapter 2 and being the main means of traversing the map, it will be interesting to see what Epic Games has in store for an entirely flooded arena. Some leaks have also uncovered new swimming mechanics which will allow players to dive, swim, and float in place while underwater. With building being the mechanic that sets Fortnite apart from every other battle royale, and water negating all fall damage, a flooded map would drastically change the way the game is played.
In addition to drastic changes to the map and game mechanics, players have also speculated what the theme of Season 3 could be and what crossovers Fortnite could see if it does take place underwater. A leaked skin named Cyclo loosely depicts a superhero (or villain) wearing a diver's outfit, and a leaked loading screen shows Midas looking at the suit behind a glass case. This could mean that Cyclo is Midas which could then lead into Season 3 continuing the story line of Fortnite's Season 2.
Fortnite has a history of spanning their plot lines over an entire season with it eventually leading up to a finale event that seamlessly transitions into the next season. While the map and overarching story line are usually obvious, the battle pass for each new season is drastically different than the last and is usually what introduces the newest themes and concepts into the game. This means that, while the map will be flooded due to Midas' Doomsday Device, and Midas could be Cyclo, the Battle Pass could potentially ditch Fortnite's spy theme. Fans of the game are also speculating Fortnite's new season's theme could be an underwater adventure which is a theme that Fortnite has not used in the past.
While Fortnite has recently been collaborating with artists like Travis Scott and Marvel Comics characters like Deadpool, players are speculating another "secret" battle pass skin. If the world does get flooded, players think there's no one better to represent an underwater season than the DC Comics king of the sea, Aquaman. Epic Games has collaborated with both DC and Marvel in the past, with Batman, Catwoman, and Gotham City being the last DC collaboration. Season 2's battle pass also included a not-so-hidden Deadpool skin, so this theory could hold more weight than it seems.
Probably the most interesting leak/theory is the new mode of transportation in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3. Some fans and data miners are claiming Season 3 will bring Fortnite's first rideable animal in the form of Sharks. For the most part, these are just rumors. However, if the swimming mechanics do change in such a way that large bodies of water become true 3D environments (and the map floods like it's supposed to) riding on a shark would be a great way to traverse the new world, and it would fit perfectly into the wacky themes of Fortnite.
While some of these theories have been corroborated by actual leaks, players won't really know what to expect until Season 3 arrives on June 4. Leakers and data miners will likely continue to spoil Season 3 as new updates come out, but if Epic Games continues to release new Fortnite season as they have in the past, players will likely have no idea what to expect.
Source: Fortnite Intel
Warning! Spoilers for Venom #25 below!
The Avengers have battled the biggest threats in the galaxy. They've fought everyone from Galactus, to Thanos, to the Dark Phoenix, to Annihilus, and come out victorious on more occasions than they haven't. However, their next threat might be their deadliest yet, as they just learned about Knull, the God of the Symbiotes.
Knull first appeared in Venom #3 by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. Knull is an ancient being who is responsible for creating symbiotes as a weapon for his own control - as Carnage is his servant. The villain' created the god-killing Necrosword and intends on enveloping the entire universe. With Knull (and his symbiote dragons) coming to Earth, Eddie Brock finally filled in the Avengers on the pending cosmic threat.
Venom #25 by Cates and Mark Bagley sees Brock in a confessional of sorts, where it's revealed he's actually filling in the Avengers on what he's been through with Knull, Carnage, and the symbiotes. Brock says "I need to tell you about Knull," which gets an "Odin's beard," response out of Thor since he went against a nameless Knull in Jason Aaron's Thor: God of Thunder series. Captain America asks what exactly Knull is, and Brock responds by telling him "It's bad cap." Brock explains that while Knull is the biggest threat, he feels other vibrations in the air of other symbiote-related villains coming as well. "I don't know if we'll survive in one piece... if we survive at all..." Brock warns the superteam.
It's about time Eddie filled in the Avengers on Knull and other potential symbiote-related villains to Earth. Taking on such a powerful force would be impossible by himself, even if he feels somewhat responsible. The Avengers might not be able to take him down quickly, but having Earth's Mightiest Heroes around ahead of Knull's arrival will certainly give Eddie a better chance at winning their upcoming battle.
Eddie Brock has been through a lot, so finally asking for a helping hand is the right move. Knull has universe-destroying power potential. Now, Eddie won't have to face that alone. Teaming-up with the Avengers might be a last resort move for him, but the upcoming battle is so much bigger than Venom. It's a matter of life or death for the entire planet. Cates and Stegman (with an assist from Bagley) have built an incredible, massive story for Eddie Brock - now it's time for him (and the Avengers) to face the music.