Today in Nerd News – New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Trailer, Free Daft Punk, and a Robocop Sculpture for Detroit


A Bigger, Badder Promo for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Debuts

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I guess somebody over at ABC has been peeking at my Christmas list. Just a couple of days after the first 30-second promo for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made its way onto the web, a 3 minute long trailer has found it’s way into our hearts. Joss Whedon, you scamp!

I’ve got to admit, this show looks visually awesome. What we are witnessing is the beginning of a new era. As if the whole Marvel movie-verse wasn’t insanely connected as it is, it has now branched out into television. Just the talk about the Battle of New York means that this show will be directly effected by the Marvel films of the future. And, that crossover potential is ridiculously exciting to me.

And, as for the unnamed hero saving the woman from the building, who do you think that could be? I had a friend of mine say that he thought it was Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, and that could be completely true (and awesome). But, do you think that Marvel will introduce more minor characters like Cage throughout the series, or will they create characters that are unique to the show? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories Is Available For Streaming

Random Access Memories

Daft Punk fans, rejoice! First, all we had to listen to on loop was the radio edit of Get LuckyNow, we can sit down and jam out to the entirety of Random Access Memories right now… FOR FREE!

Perhaps in a ploy to thwart pirates or just out of good nature, Daft Punk decided to make their album available for streaming on iTunes until the album drops on May 21st. But, I must warn you, it isn’t like some of their earlier albums. In fact, it’s something completely different. I’d suspect fans of their music could respect their musical shift.

But, please give it the Two-Listen Test before pitching it to the curb. That’s the Let Us Nerd way, and it should be your way, too. Please?

Detroit Gets The Robocop (Statue) It Deserves

Robocop Statue

It seems like every time I turn on NPR that they are talking about how Detroit, the once great car producing city of the world, is no longer what it used to be. They talk about how the city is deteriorating and dying. Property there isn’t worth what it was a few years ago. The automotive industry is dead, and no businesses want to locate there. And, all I can think about is all the people there and how it must hurt to hear those things about their city.

Now, through a Kickstarter campaign that ended back in March, Detroit will get something that will let them know that there is someone out there who still cares about them, and that someone is Robocop, the cybernetic crime-fighter that helped free Detroit from the throngs of a hostile, evil corporate takeover in the film of the same name. Now, despite the fact that he isn’t real, Robocop will stand as a symbol of rebirth in Detroit.

What has fallen and died can be rebuilt into something bigger, stronger, and better.

The 10-foot-tall sculpture, created by artist Fred Barton and rendered by Across The Board Creation, has already been approved by Detroit, and is waiting to be bronzed. And, the best part about all of this is that this statue is being planned, sculpted, and cast in Detroit, just like the “real” Robocop was all those years ago.

As if that weren’t enough to make your hearts melt, this movement to fund a Robocop statue also helped spark a movement called RoboCharity, which has partnered with an organization called Forgotten Harvest to help feed those who are hungry in Detroit. If you are interested, check out their website and donate. But, if you need a little more convincing, check out this video from Robocop himself, Peter Weller. I bet he can set you straight.

And, that’s about all you need to know to start your day. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and nerd news articles. Also, be sure to check out our podcast, Let Us Podcast, now on iTunes.


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