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The Legends of Tomorrow Cheat Sheet You Absolutely Need

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As a huge Arrow fan, I’m freaking out just a little over the latest spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow, premiering January 21 on The CW. Well, OK, maybe I’m freaking out A LOT. But can you blame me?   Time travel! Romance! Hot guys in leather! I can’t wait. If you are new to The Flarrow universe (that’s Arrow and its spinoff, The Flash) don’t worry, I’ve got you covered —especially as these TV characters vary a bit from their comic book counterparts. Here’s a complete Flarrow guide to the many, many superheroes that make up the Legends team: Ray Palmer as The Atom Flarrow Backstory: Ray Palmer first showed up on Arrow last year as the brilliant billionaire who stole…

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Ant-Man: Do You Know the Huge Origins of this Tiny Hero?

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OK everybody—let’s get small. If you recognize that as an obscure reference to a Steve Martin comedy album recorded nearly 40 years ago—POINTS! But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about Friday’s release of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, the comic-book behemoth’s latest offering and the 12th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.   Does Ant-Man arrive with the goofiest concept of any comic-book movie we’ve ever seen? Possibly. An ex-con is recruited to fight bad guys by stealing a suit that gives its wearer the power to shrink down to insect size and communicate with ants. Yeah, that’s pretty weird. But it’s only the latest in a long, long line of literary and cinematic tales with teeny-tiny protagonists.…

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