Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on January 3rd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
SCARLET WITCH & QUICKSILVER | 1964
In 1964, Scarlet Witch and her brother, Quicksilver, debuted as a part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in X-Men #4. They were reluctant villains who only wanted to protect themselves from persecution.
- They have a complicated family tree that has changed several times over the years. They were originally believed to be the children of Django and Marya Maximoff, a Romani couple from Eastern Europe. Later, they were revealed to be the offspring of WWII superheroes Miss America and The Whizzer. Then, they were retconned to be the biological children of Magneto and his wife Magda. However, in 2014, it was confirmed that they were not mutants at all, but experiments of the High Evolutionary, a mad scientist who manipulated their genes and gave them false memories.
- They have appeared in different media adaptations, such as animated shows, video games, and movies. However, due to the complicated rights issues between Marvel and Fox, they have been portrayed differently in the MCU and the X-Men franchise. In the MCU, they are known as Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, and they gained their powers from Hydra’s experiments with the Mind Stone. In the X-Men movies, they are known as Wanda and Peter Maximoff, and they are mutants with Magneto as their father. Interestingly, the actor who played Quicksilver in the X-Men movies, Evan Peters, also appeared as a version of Quicksilver in the MCU show WandaVision, where he was revealed to be a fake created by Agatha Harkness.
- Because some creators want to burn the world down, the two have been romantically involved in some alternate realities (where, yes, they are still brother and sister). And most of the Avengers were weirdly fine with it. I know you probably didn’t want to know this, but I found out when I was doing research, and I’ll be danged if I’m going to suffer alone.
CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS | 1985
In 1985, the DC Comics event Crisis on Infinite Earths began. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book series that eliminated the Multiverse and rebooted the DC Universe with a single continuity, bringing a chaotic mess of stories and timelines into an official order.
- The series killed off many iconic characters, such as Supergirl and the Flash, and rebooted the entire DC Universe with a single timeline.
- There were other “Crisis” events before this, but they were more simply crossovers between universes – typically the Justice League meeting the Justice Society – and did typically have long-lasting effects.
- The series was the first Crisis event that altered the reality of the main DC Universe, but it was not the last. In 1994, DC got a soft reboot with Zero Hour: Crisis in Time. In 2005, in Infinite Crisis, we saw heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths return to take back their place in the universe by force. In 2008, Darkseid obtained the anti-life equation in a particularly darker story, Final Crisis. Most recently, in 2022, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths resulted in the return of the infinite universe destroyed by the original crisis.
DEEP SPACE NINE | 1993
In 1993, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered in syndication. Deep Space Nine is a science fiction TV series set in the Star Trek universe, featuring a space station near a wormhole connecting the Alpha and Gamma Quadrants.
- The show was originally planned as a Western, with a frontier outpost on Bajor instead of a space station.
- The show was the first Star Trek series to be created without the direct involvement of Gene Roddenberry, the franchise creator.
- The show’s premise may have been inspired by another sci-fi show, Babylon 5, which also featured a space station near a wormhole.