I was lucky enough to attend the Pacific Rim: Uprising NYCC panel at Madison Square Garden (and sat in the first row ayyy~~) and took a bunch of notes lol. The panel included the director Steven S. DeKnight, and a few members of the main cast including John Boyega, Cailee Spaeny, Scott Eastwood, and Burn Gorman. Here’s my recap:

General Worldbuilding Tidbits

  • Pacific Rim: Uprising is set 10 years in the future after the last film. DeKnight said that they wanted to show a “new generation of Jaeger pilots who have known nothing but chaos.”
  • Previous characters slated to return, as seen by the trailer, include Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), Dr. Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman), and Dr. Newt Geiszler (Charlie Day).
  • The new main “trio” seems to consists of the main lead, Jake Pentecost, and the late son of Stacker Pentecost (John Boyega), Jake’s best friend and Jaeger pilot Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood), and tech-savvy Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny). 
  • 10 years later, the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) has come together to work as an international fighting force, with all of humanity working together - i.e. Jaegers are no longer coded by specific country, like the Russian Jaegers, Australian Jaegers, etc. 
  • This also allowed the opportunity to build Jaegers from the ground up, since they were all previously destroyed in the first film. It was jokingly claimed, “we cancelled the apocalypse and then un-cancelled it to make this movie.”
  • DeKnight discussed how  Del Toro originally set the table with Pacific Rim as a “fantastic visual feast,” so the goal with the sequel was to honor the original, but also expand the universe at the same time. 
  • John Boyega claimed that they weren’t trying to “rewrite what Guillermo Del Toro did, but rather to build upon and expand this universe, and where the humans are at now.”
  • Boyega also talked about how he came onto work behind-the-scenes creatively on the film as a producer. He described Pacific Rim as one of the only franchises he’s come across where the fans are hopeful and “sacred science fiction ground." 
  • Going in, Boyega felt like he had the same creative passion as DeKnight. When they met in LA for the first time, they went over the specific Jaegers and basically what Boyega wanted to see after Pacific Rim. He claimed that "I believe this is everything you want Pacific Rim to be." 
  • One of the goals of Pacific Rim: Uprising is to explain exactly what happened 10 years after the first film, but not necessarily be a complete detachment to the origin story. It was highlighted that there are a lot of young teenage characters in the cast and hopefully that’ll be something that new viewers can relate to. 
  • According to DeKnight, one of the overarching themes of Pacific Rim is: "It doesn’t matter who your parents are, the color of your skin, your religion, or sexual orientation, you can make a difference and be a hero. It’s the human inside the Jaegers that makes you super." 
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising was filmed both in Australia and China. The cast pretty much agreed that as a director, DeKnight runs a "relaxed” and “creative” set - it was a tough schedule, but the actors all felt that they could still have creative input.

New Jaegers

  • DeKnight called them all “badass,” with Gipysy Avenger leading the charge.
  1. Gipsy Avenger: Has a lot of upgrades, including a Gravity Sling which allows the Jaeger to reach out and grab buildings, cars, etc. and hurl them directly at the Kaiju.
  2. Bracer Phoenix: This is the brute force Jaeger. One of its special abilities, above many, is the fact that it’s a three-pilot machine. Therefore, the third pilot can drop into the chamber and operate a pair of massive guns called the Vortex Cannon.
  3. Saber Athena: This is the most advanced Jaeger in the fleet that uses Plasma swords. Also described as a “little experimental,”  and “incredibly swift.”
  4. Titan Redeemer: Has a special weapon called the “ball of death,” which is attached to the end of his arm. According to DeKnight, this was “pretty damn cool." 
  5. Guardian Bravo: Is another brute force Jaeger that has a special weapon called the "graphine arc whip." 
  6. Scrapper: Described as a "little guy,” that’s been slapped together. Since in the future, there are a lot of people pilfering and stealing PPCD technology to make their own Jaegers. 
  • During the Q&A, an audience member asked if all the new Jeagers run on analog. DeKnight claimed one Jaeger is built on sticks (lmao), but the general idea is that no EM-powered Kaijus will be able to take down the Jaegers in this film.

Jake Pentecost (John Boyega)

  • Boyega stated that he “loved the first movie and one of the reasons was Idris Elba.” So, he understood the big shoes that he had to fill. Boyega claimed he understood this responsibility, but  "we [the cast] all worked as a unit, and Jake Pentecost doesn’t exist without the other characters. This is also a great ensemble piece.“
  • When the moderator asked if Jake is trying to live up to Sacker’s legacy, Boyega jokingly claimed: "Hell no!” He went to explain that “the greatest heroes don’t accept legendary status. It takes a tussle and a turn and for Jake’s position. Where we find Jake in the beginning of the film is in very different circumstances from his Dad.”
  • Boyega described Jake as a “stealer, a hustler, and lives in half a mansion. He’s really a guy that doesn’t want to live up to the Pentecost name.”
  • Jake is bought back into the PPCD in a very unique way through his connection to Cailee Spaeny’s character Amara. So, Jake is bought into this adventure and decides that he’s gotta “step up,” after realizing that the “Pentecost name still means something to people." 
  • During the Q&A, an audience member asked Boyega what’s the most rewarding part of being a sci-fi icon. He claimed that he doesn’t feel like one, but working on both Pacific: Rim Uprising has been exciting, since it’s allowed him to jump into various elements of sci-fi that he loved growing up.

Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood)

  • Eastwood described him as a Jaeger pilot who’s one of the best out there. Yet, he’s still "the tip of the spear,” and really nothing without his best friend Jake.
  • Jake and Nate still have issues in this movie to work out from the past, so Eastwood felt that coming back around and dealing with a lost time with these characters was something cool to explore as an actor. 
  • Eastwood also emphasized that while yes, there is plenty of action in the film, it “has a great story first and foremost.”

Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny)

  • This was Spaeny’s first film that she was ever cast for. So, she was definitely intimidated and a bit terrified, but knew that fans were so supportive of the first film. 
  • Spaeny didn’t actually watch Pacific Rim until she got the audition for the sequel, and really took it upon herself to dive into the universe in order to understand and respect the original film.  
  • In terms of Spaeny’s film experience, there was also diving into tons of stunts and action and lots of skills that she to catch onto , since she was participating in a whole world that’s already been created. 
  • But Spaeny felt that both DeKnight and the cast were very supportive and helpful, whenever she had questions, so it was really easy for her to dive into Cailee’s character. She also bonded with DeKnight since this was the first feature-length, theatrical film that he ever directed. 
  • Spaeny described Amara as very “independent,” and super “badass.” She’s also a tech-savvy person. 
  • For Amara’s backstory, her entire family was killed in the first wave of Kaiju attacks. So, Amara really “takes it upon herself to dive into Jaeger tech and make sure that when Kaiju do come back, she’ll be ready to fight and protect herself." 
  • While Amara’s past is very different from Jake’s, Spaeny claimed that both of them still see a lot of things in similar ways.  

Dr. Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman)

  • Gorman said he was very excited to be back in the sequel, which felt like "being back in the playground.” He also joked, "I’ve been lucky enough with this face that God gave me to play a few jerks on screen,” when an audience member briefly highlighted his past roles on Torchwood, Revenge, Game of Thrones, and The Dark Knight Rises. 
  • Gottlieb still has problems with personal hygiene. Gorman claimed, “let’s just say that he hasn’t changed his socks since the last film." 
  • In comparison to Charlie Day’s character (Dr. Newt Geiszler) who has moved onto the private sector, Gottlieb chose to stay behind with the PPCD and arguably their most important scientist at the highest level at this point. So, Gorman joked that Gottlieb now, in effect, has a "really great budget,” to work with now. 
  • However, DeKnight makes it clear that where we find Gottlieb is: “as a man still very much affected in what happened in the previous film in terms of his drift and communication with the Kaiju.

There was a brief Q&A and the last question really stuck out to me, where an audience member asked each cast member to sum up their Pacific: Rim Uprising experience in one word:

  • John Boyega: Unity
  • Cailee Spaeny: Life-Changing
  • Scott Eastwood: International
  • Steve S. DeKnight: Mind-blowing
Pacific Rim: A Summary

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Gipsy, NO!
Raleigh and Yancy: Gipsy YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Wall, NO!
UN: Wall YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Mako, NO!
Raleigh and Mako: Mako YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Newton, NO!
Newton: Newton YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Mako, NO!
Raleigh: Mako YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Mako, NO!
Raleigh: MAKO YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: MAKO, NO!
Raleigh: -Defiant stare-
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Gipsy, NO!
Raleigh and Mako: -Defiant/hopeful stare-
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Marshal Stacker Pentecost: Striker, NO!
Herc and Chuck: Striker YES!
Raleigh and Mako: GIPSY YES!
Marshal Stacker Pentecost: -Heavy sigh-

Mako: Stacker, NO!
Stacker: Stacker YES!
Mako: -Teary eyed-

Chuck: Ah, Stacker?
Stacker: STACKER YES!  :  D
Chuck: O_o

Chuck: Striker, YES!
Stacker: Striker NO!
Marshal Hercules Hansen: Striker, YES!
Stacker: Striker NO!
Newton and Hermann: Striker, NO!
Marshal Hercules Hansen: STRIKER, YES!
Stacker: STRIKER NO!
Marshal Hercules Hansen: O_o

Stacker: Gipsy, NO!
Raleigh and Mako: Gipsy, YES!
Stacker: Gipsy, NO!
Raleigh and Mako: -Much, much sad, resigned, and reluctant sigh- Gipsy No.

The Pan Pacific Defense Corps, where Rangers don’t listen to the Marshal’s orders until the Marshal is a Ranger that doesn’t listen to the Marshal’s orders.

Pacific Rim!AU where Park Jimin used to be a Jaeger pilot but ends up being ripped from the cockpit after a surprise attack from a category 4 Kaiju, leaving his partner still stuck in their Jaeger while Jimin got washed away in to the ocean.

Jimin wakes up at a shore somewhere in the countryside, where he’s found by Kim Taehyung with no memory of who he is, where he came from and what he used to do. Taehyng helps him recover and the only thing they both know about him is that he’s a Jaeger pilot and that his name is Jimin from where it’s written on his helmet (Jimin always writes his names on his stuff because his partner always takes his stuff and they always ended up bickering playfully). 

Taehyung suggests that Jimin contact the PPDC (Pan Pacific Defense Corps) again but the thought of Kaijus make Jimin panic and thinking about being in a confined space of a Jaeger cockpit has him hyperventilating (even if Jimin doesn’t remember, his body and subconsciousness clearly does. As a result from the incident, Jimin has PTSD).

Jimin and Taehyung works at a wall construction site for a few years before Jimin notices himself on TV, where PPDC “pays tribute” to one of their best Jaeger pilots they’ve ever had (because Jimin is supposedly dead) and it makes a weird feeling grow in him.

Jimin hadn’t known that he was that great. He’d entertained becoming a pilot “again”, he wanted to help but because he can’t remember anything, the thought of being a Jaeger frightens him, seeing as it’s all “foreign” to Jimin. Which was why he was working at a wall construction site, because at least he was helping with protection that way. 

But when he saw and heard about himself on TV, Jimin felt some kind of hope.

Had he really been that great? 

Jimin decides that he wants to become a Jaeger and Taehyung helps him contact the PPDC, who readily welcomes him back because they already knows that he has amazing combat skills (he just needs to train a bit to become good again) and that he already has a compatible drift partner.

When Jimin arrives at the Shatterdome (with Taehyung), they’re greeted by various officials and the Head of the Shatterdome.

The ones who stands out the most among them, though, is Jeon Jungkook.

Jungkook’s dark gaze on Jimin has him curious about the quiet and mysterious pilot, who is harsh and mean to Jimin. He seems to have made it his personal mission to make Jimin quit and Jimin doesn’t know what the other’s problem is. Despite that, Jimin can’t help but feel some something warm in him when he looks at Jungkook.

Turns out, Jungkook had been Jimin’s partner and lover and when Jimin had been ripped off of the cockpit and fallen into the dark water, Jungkook had felt it all- the pain and the fear that Jimin had felt. All these years, Jungkook had thought that Jimin was dead but when he found out that the other was alive and safe, he’d cried for days, until Jimin arrived at the Shatterdome. 

When Jimin just looks at Jungkook without any reaction other than a kind smile which he always gave to strangers, Jungkook realized that Jimin couldn’t remember him and his heart broke.

The reason Jungkook is acting the way he is towards Jimin is because he wants the other to quit, so Jimin wouldn’t have to go through an attack like that again- what if Jungkook lost Jimin for real next time it happens?

So Jungkook is brutal against Jimin, pushing him to exhaustion but he should’ve known that his ex-partner wasn’t one to give up easily. 

Despite their clashing at the “start”, they find themselves falling in love again and little by little, Jimin starts to remember things, even if they only feel like deja vu’s.

Pacific Rim / Young Avengers fusion ‘verse

This seems as good a time as any to drop in links to my old Young Avengers / Pacific Rim fusion story, He Dreams in Kaiju Blue 

(Three years since the launch of the world’s first Jaeger, five years since K Day, few piloting teams in the world had as many kills as the Maximoff twins.)

And the currently-updating sequel, And the Sky Bleeds Red.

(Six months after the fight with the Category 3 Kaiju dubbed Honne-Onna, Pan Pacific Defense Corps Ranger Will Maximoff woke from his coma to find the world had moved on without him.)

Both are Billy/Teddy, Kaiju Blue is rated T, and Sky Bleeds Red is rated E. 

58. Operatives are reminded to minimize contact with journalists, reporters and other civilian media unless lives are on the line. While we have yet to have an incident involving the mention of X-COM, Operatives are reminded that they are to avoid answering that you are part of any organization, group or unit, be it real or fictional. This includes (but is not restricted to):
the Ghostbusters
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division
the Men In Black
the Beatles comeback tour
Space Marines
Space Nazis
Space Soviets
Space Hippies
EXALT (Really?)
Scooby Doo’s Gang
the SCP Foundation
the Brady Bunch
the Power Rangers
Kamen Rider
Magical Girls
Justice League
the League of Legends
the Illuminati
the Priory of Sion
World Police
Thunderbirds/International Rescue
3rd Street Saints
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Pan Pacific Defense Corps
Raczak Roughnecks / Rico’s Roughnecks
the UNSC / ONI Section III / the 105th Orbital Drop Shock Trooper Division
Stargate Command
the Parahuman Response Team
the Adeptus Mechanicus
Megacity One Department of Justice
Raynor’s Raiders
the Colonial Marines
the Grand Army of the Republic
the Rebel Alliance
the Galactic Empire
the Royal Manticoran Navy/Marine Corps
Wolf’s Dragoons
Section 9
the Mane 6
Mobile Infantry
Diamond Dogs
Ghost Recon
Voltron Force
the Planeteers
Jedi Knights
Black Knights
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts (even if you bring back cookies)
Zombie Emergency Response Operations
I.R.S. back-taxes retrieval committee
Society for Creative Anachronism
the plumbers
Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
The Church of Scientology
Robin Hood’s Band of Merry Men
Team Dai-Gurren
House Lannister
House Stark
House Baratheon
House Targaryen
The Night Watch
Team Four Star
Krusty Crab Crew
Team Rocket, Aqua, Magma, Plasma or Galactic
The Aristocrats
Santa’s Elves
Brotherhood of Nod
Global Defense Initiative
—  Things XCOM Operatives Are Not Allowed To Do

A detail I haven’t seen discussed yet. In the scene that shows Gipsy Avenger dodging this missile, the trio of buildings behind her are marked with the Pan Pacific Defense Corps logo. In other words, the PPDC has this crazy HQ now, and whoever’s firing that missile (Obsidian Fury?) appears to be after it.

Just another piece of the puzzle along with the Kaiju-Jaeger Series guys attacking that one base.

Monsters of Our Own [Yoongi]

Pairing: Yoongi x Reader
Genre: Angst
Word Count: 10522
Description: It’s funny living in a world that’s about to end at any moment. You learn to appreciate every moment you can, even if there really isn’t many of them.
Author’s Note: So this was supposed to be a yoongi fic and it is still a yoongi fic I SWEAR ON MY LIFE but like somewehre along the way it became very hoseok centric and i apolOgise okay! also this got so much longer than it was supposed to wtf

2015 — Seoul, South Korea

You trail your index finger slowly along the shelf of the supermarket, frowning at the thick layer of dust that collects on your fingertip. The shelves of the supermarket are sparsely decorated, more shelves empty than there are full. Supplies are dwindling in the city. It’s been this way since the first attack. Since Daegu, Busan, Tongyeong, Gwangju, and Jeonju. Seoul was supposed to be safe. Seoul hadn’t been attacked yet. Flocks of people ran to Seoul, seeking shelter that they were given with sympathy and pity, but with more people consuming the food, water, and resources of the city, there wasn’t much left. Trade had all but stopped, with the ruins of cities left smoking in piles of rubble, and other countries left too terrified to agree to ship goods across the monstrous ocean home of the Kaijus.

You turn at the sharp voice of the cashier, telling a woman that all prices were fixed, and bargaining was not accepted. Your left hand stays in your pocket, fingering the bills that your mother had passed to you that morning. Prices of everything had skyrocketed once people knew that there was a limited supply of food and whatnot; you’d never seen Seoul in such a state, with gaunt-looking beggars filling the streets, and screaming children running from bakeries, burnt hunks of bread clutched in their hands. You supposed that was what the impending doom of the apocalypse tended to do to a place.

Keep reading
And the Sky Bleeds Red - Chapter 2
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Fandom: Young Avengers (Comics), Pacific Rim (Movies), New Avengers (Comics), Hawkeye (Comics)
Rating: Explicit

Relationships: Teddy Altman/Billy Kaplan, Billy Kaplan & Tommy Shepherd, Teddy Altman & Tommy Shepherd

Six months after the fight with the Category 3 Kaiju dubbed Honne-Onna, Pan Pacific Defense Corps Ranger Will Maximoff woke from his coma to find the world had moved on without him.

A sequel to He Dreams in Kaiju Blue, a Pacific Rim / Young Avengers fusion universe. 

Military family AU: Mako is a genius aircraft/rotorcraft engineer, Yancy is a retired Marine, then a consultant at Pan Pacific Defense Centre, they recently moved in together. Chuck is an Air Force/RAAF pilot extraordinaire, Raleigh is a Marine, they don’t know each other. Mako and Yancy are living peacefully in Hong Kong, until their pesky little brothers get leave and decide to visit them.  


Gipsy Danger - Mark-3 American Jaeger

Gipsy Danger has served the Pan Pacific Defense Corps with a record of nine confirmed Kaiju kills. It is a Mark-3 class, standing at 79 meters tall and weighing 1,980 tons.

Gipsy’s 08FS/Oceanic Cooling vents maintain temperature and channel seawater through the circulatory coolant system; 98BD/Hyper-Torque Drives allow Gipsy Danger’s muscle strands increased locomotion. Gipsy’s Nuclear Vortex Turbine maintains health checks and returned radio chemical readings in excess of safety parameters. The turbine can also be utilized to fire a directed heat weapon powerful enough to puncture completely through a grappling Kaiju when fired at point blank range.

Equalizing the Jaeger’s movement are 10KT/Gyro-Stabilizers, which allow for smooth bipedal motion and stabilize aggressor feud. Gipsy Danger also features two rear jets which allows for an increase in forward movement for a limited amount of time. They can be used to aid in the the Jaeger’s ability to leap into the air, quickly decreasing the distance between it and a kaiju to land a melee attack.

© Pan Pacific Defense Corps