Fear The Walking Dead: Is Alicia Going To Die? | ScreenRant

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 9.

Is Alicia going to die on Fear the Walking Dead? With Morgan crossing over from The Walking Dead and the companion series getting a host of new characters along the way, Fear the Walking Dead completely transformed in season 4, and that transformation has continued throughout season 5. Unfortunately, part of the show’s changes included trimming the original cast (who’ve been around since the very first season and the start of the outbreak), whether or not the decision was the actors or the producers’.

While Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) returned in Fear the Walking Dead season 5, the only two cast members who have been around the entire time since season 1 are Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). However, Debnam-Carey is the only person who’s been a series regular since it all started. Sure, Morgan (Lennie James) may have taken over what appears to be the leading role of the series, but Alicia is still there at the top. The question is, how much longer does she have to live?

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In Fear the Walking Dead season 5, episode 7, “Still Standing”, Alicia fends off dozens of walkers while the children escape from their hideout. Unfortunately, she comes into direct contact with a walker that came from the nuclear power plant. Earlier this season, Grace (Karen David) made it abundantly clear that everyone avoid walkers with dosimeters on them, because those walkers may be irradiated, and killing them could risk exposure to fatal doses of radiation. Sadly, Alicia killed one of those walkers, and the zombie’s blood splattered all over her.

Given that Alicia finds the dosimeter after she kills the walker and is then provided a moment of realization of what just happened, Fear the Walking Dead is clearly setting her up for death – or, at least, the perception of her impending death. Of course, this could simply be another example in which either The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead has attempted to trick audiences into thinking a major character is going to be killed off, only for everything to be okay in the end. Perhaps the most infamous example of this from either show is how Glenn miraculously survived a horde of walkers by crawling underneath a dumpster.

At this point, it’s unclear if Alicia will survive her encounter with the seemingly irradiated walker, but if she does, viewers may once again feel cheated, as they have before. But if she dies, then it’s possible that many viewers may jump ship, seeing as this will mark yet another instance of Fear the Walking Dead killing off an original character only to replace them either with someone completely new or a known character from The Walking Dead. In this case, Dwight.

Next: Fear The Walking Dead’s Latest Episode Was Its Most Ridiculous One Yet


2019-07-14 07:07:54

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Lion King Is Disney’s 6th Rotten Live-Action Remake (Out Of 9 Movies)

Disney is having trouble cracking the magic formula that makes a live-action remake, successful because The Lion King is the latest release to receive a “rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. The score of 59% arrives just one week before the film is released nationwide on July 19, with 123 reviews counted. It may fluctuate after its release, but for now, this is not a good sign.

The Lion King is the sixth live-action remake out of the ten live-action remakes made in since 2010 to score a negative Rotten Tomatoes score. Those other five films? In chronological order, they are: Alice in Wonderland at 51%; Maleficent at 54%; Alice Through the Looking Glass at 29%; Dumbo with 46%; and last but not least, Aladdin, which earned a 57%. The four live-action remakes that have achieved overall positive scores are The Jungle Book (95%), Beauty and the Beast (71%), Cinderella (84%), and Christopher Robin (72%).

Related: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

A poor Rotten Tomatoes score is by no means definitive, in that it doesn’t take into account how the audiences feel about the movies, instead only considering the opinions of a critics. What these numbers do indicate, however, is there may be something wrong with Disney throwing itself wholeheartedly into live-action remakes without a clear new vision to ensure that they’re worthwhile. The Lion King‘s lacklustre reviews are just more proof of this.

The 59% score on Rotten Tomatoes could potentially affect The Lion King’s success in the coming weeks when it comes to assuring audiences it’s a film worth seeing. While the score is by no means completely damning, it’s probably not Disney was hoping for when the studio spend a quarter of a billion dollars remaking The Lion King. Given the pedigree of the cast (including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, and Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the director (Jon Favreau), the success of its 1994 animated predecessor, and the technological achievements through photorealistic creation of the animals in the film, The Lion King should have been aiming considerably higher.

Looking ahead to the next few years of Disney live-action films, there will be a high bar to clear with Rotten Tomatoes scores if there is going to be any faith restored in the live-action plan. Up next is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to Maleficent, and Lady & the Tramp will close out Disney’s live-action slate in 2019 (though that movie is releasing on Disney+ rather than in theaters). Then, Mulan arrives in March 2020, followed by Cruella in December 2020 and The Little Mermaid in 2021. Being united by a common bond as a mostly female-led slate of films with complex, intelligent protagonists at their respective centers could help get those Rotten Tomatoes scores where they need to be – but only time will tell.

There is clearly no intention on Disney’s part to stop making these live-action remakes anytime soon, since mediocre reviews don’t seem to affect the box office too badly. Aladdin, which has a similar score to The Lion King, has grossed $929 million. Still, if these movies continue to build a reputation for being disappointing, Disney may have to find a way to justify live-action remakes beyond simply wanting to make money off nostalgia.

Next: Read Screen Rant’s Review of The Lion King


2019-07-14 06:07:06

Allie Gemmill

Marvel At SDCC 2019: All MCU News We Expect From Comic-Con

Marvel Studios is returning to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and here is everything we expect will be announced. After skipping out on the convention last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s return to SDCC is a welcomed one. Marvel Studios has routinely gone all-in on their presentations when they do attend and are known for making some significant announcements. This is expected to be the case this year as, with Spider-Man: Far From Home out in theaters, they officially have more titles with confirmed release dates.

The attendance by Marvel Studios won’t just be good for the MCU and its fans, but also the convention itself. Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and many other major movie studios are bypassing SDCC this year. This has left Hall H more vacant than it has been in years past, but also means that Marvel Studios could dominate the news cycle if they deliver.

RELATED: Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: The Best Movie/TV Panels & What To Expect

Their plans for SDCC are not currently known, but it is expected that Marvel Studios will unveil the first pieces of information on Phase 4 of the MCU. The Marvel Studios panel is on Saturday, July 20, running from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm PT (1:15 am to 2:45 am GMT; 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm ET), with the description for what will be included as follows: “Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Thanks to numerous reports over the last year or so though, here is what will likely be announced during the panel.

Black Widow

The long-awaited solo movie for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow is expected to be the first Phase 4 MCU movie. With that in mind, it will likely be the first movie that Marvel Studios officially confirms is on the way, with the May 1, 2020 release date Marvel Studios previously claimed the clear landing spot. The confirmation of the movie and its release date should also come with plot details, namely in what part of the MCU’s past it is set.

Marvel is also expected to confirm Cate Shortland as the MCU’s first solo female director and the full cast list for the movie, which so far reportedly includes Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), David Harbour (Stranger Things), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Ray Winstone (The Departed). More actors could be announced, and character details for most of them should arrive as well. Any of this information will be public knowledge, while attendees of the panel may be treated to exclusive concept art and maybe an early sizzle reel for the film since production is already well underway.

The Eternals

After announcing the first film in 2020, Marvel Studios is expected to confirm The Eternals as their second film. Chloe Zhao (The Rider) should be confirmed to be the director of the movie, which will likely land a November 5, 2020 release date. Feige probably will offer up the first plot details for the film, which could span thousands of years, and explain how the little-known cosmic Jack Kirby-created characters will join the MCU.

Several cast members may also be confirmed during the panel with Angelina Jolie (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Ma Dong-seok (Train to Busan), and Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) all linked to the film. Rumors have also circulated that Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) could join the ensemble, so they and others could be surprise announcements. In any case, character confirmations on all are expected, with concept art of some of these actors in their new Marvel roles also in the realm of possibility.

Shang-Chi

Another new possible franchise coming to the MCU will be Shang-Chi, which is expected to be officially announced during Marvel’s Hall H panel. The film, initially planned as a part of what is now known as Phase 1, only recently had a resurgence when Dave Callaham was hired to write the script. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) has since been linked as the director and will likely be confirmed for that duty. Fans can also anticipate learning when the movie will hit theaters – our best guess is February 2021. If Marvel has worked quietly in the shadows, they could make the surprise announcement of who will play the Master of Kung-Fu during the presentation. Otherwise, just an official announcement and release date should come, with a chance of some plot details being revealed too.

Black Panther 2

The highly-anticipated sequel to Black Panther is also very likely to be confirmed to be on the way during Marvel Studios’ panel. Black Panther 2 has been inevitable ever since the original movie shattered box office expectations and reports surfaced that Ryan Coogler would return to write and direct. Along with the official confirmation of the film and an expected release date, Marvel could confirm that core cast members like Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will return. It may be too far out for actual plot details at this point, but if Black Panther 2 receives a subtitle, it could tease the story at hand.

Doctor Strange 2

We expect Marvel will also confirm another sequel in Doctor Strange 2. The possibilities of the sequel were left up in the air after the first film hit theaters, but it has since picked up some steam. Scott Derrickson is reportedly set to direct the sequel again, so Marvel will likely confirm that along with the film’s official release date. Cast members like Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and maybe Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton could be confirmed to return, but no new additions are expected to be announced here. We could get a sense of the plot if a new title is announced that isn’t Doctor Strange 2, as a subtitle could offer clues of what the story will be.

Other MCU Movies

Those five movies will likely run Marvel Studios through till the end of 2021 and are the most likely ones to be confirmed to be on the way during the panel. However, Marvel Studios is also developing many other new franchises and sequels that could be announced if they want to peel back the curtain even more. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is arguably the most likely film to be confirmed that we haven’t mentioned yet. James Gunn is back to write and direct after previously being fired, and that could be something Marvel wants to remind fans of here.

Other than Guardians 3 though, the other possible announcements are not as necessary to make at this time. Sequels in Captain Marvel 2 and Spider-Man 3 are certainly on the way, but it may be too far away for either to be announced – and Sony’s involvement in Spider-Man could make it so Marvel Studios won’t be the one to announce it. There have also been countless rumors about NovaDark Avengers, Young Avengers, and other properties being in the works, so Marvel could announce any of those if they reveal their plans beyond 2021. If they really wanted to surprise, any announcements on what their plans for the Fantastic Four and X-Men are would do just that.

Marvel’s Disney+ Shows

After eleven years of dominating the big screen though, Marvel Studios is now looking to make a splash on the small screen. They are developing multiple limited series’ for Disney+, Disney’s streaming service. They include a Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Falcon and Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner, and rumors have suggested Lady Sif and maybe even Rocket and Groot getting their shows. While only a few of these have been confirmed by Marvel Studios to this point, along with some other content like What If, none of this will likely be covered during their SDCC panel. Disney’s own convention D23 is only a month away and is expected to have a big Disney+ push there, which is why Marvel is likely to focus on their upcoming movies at SDCC and then move to TV for D23.

Even though this is everything we expect to learn about during Marvel’s SDCC Hall H panel, it is essential to remember that none of this is confirmed. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige love to surprise people, so that could mean there will be even more announced and discussed at the panel than mentioned here. While it is also possible that Marvel Studios could just as easily scale back on the announcements, that would be very unlike them. Their history at SDCC illustrates the significant impression they want to make, and they want attendees to get their time and money’s worth from the panel. As long as that attitude remains, then Marvel Studios has plenty that they will likely announce at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this coming weekend.

NEXT: Comic-Con 2019: All The Movie & TV Trailers To Expect


2019-07-14 05:07:55

Cooper Hood

Marvel At SDCC 2019: All MCU News We Expect From Comic-Con

Marvel Studios is returning to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and here is everything we expect will be announced. After skipping out on the convention last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s return to SDCC is a welcomed one. Marvel Studios has routinely gone all-in on their presentations when they do attend and are known for making some significant announcements. This is expected to be the case this year as, with Spider-Man: Far From Home out in theaters, they officially have more titles with confirmed release dates.

The attendance by Marvel Studios won’t just be good for the MCU and its fans, but also the convention itself. Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and many other major movie studios are bypassing SDCC this year. This has left Hall H more vacant than it has been in years past, but also means that Marvel Studios could dominate the news cycle if they deliver.

RELATED: Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: The Best Movie/TV Panels & What To Expect

Their plans for SDCC are not currently known, but it is expected that Marvel Studios will unveil the first pieces of information on Phase 4 of the MCU. The Marvel Studios panel is on Saturday, July 20, running from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm PT (1:15 am to 2:45 am GMT; 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm ET), with the description for what will be included as follows: “Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Thanks to numerous reports over the last year or so though, here is what will likely be announced during the panel.

Black Widow

The long-awaited solo movie for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow is expected to be the first Phase 4 MCU movie. With that in mind, it will likely be the first movie that Marvel Studios officially confirms is on the way, with the May 1, 2020 release date Marvel Studios previously claimed the clear landing spot. The confirmation of the movie and its release date should also come with plot details, namely in what part of the MCU’s past it is set.

Marvel is also expected to confirm Cate Shortland as the MCU’s first solo female director and the full cast list for the movie, which so far reportedly includes Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), David Harbour (Stranger Things), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Ray Winstone (The Departed). More actors could be announced, and character details for most of them should arrive as well. Any of this information will be public knowledge, while attendees of the panel may be treated to exclusive concept art and maybe an early sizzle reel for the film since production is already well underway.

The Eternals

After announcing the first film in 2020, Marvel Studios is expected to confirm The Eternals as their second film. Chloe Zhao (The Rider) should be confirmed to be the director of the movie, which will likely land a November 5, 2020 release date. Feige probably will offer up the first plot details for the film, which could span thousands of years, and explain how the little-known cosmic Jack Kirby-created characters will join the MCU.

Several cast members may also be confirmed during the panel with Angelina Jolie (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Ma Dong-seok (Train to Busan), and Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) all linked to the film. Rumors have also circulated that Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) could join the ensemble, so they and others could be surprise announcements. In any case, character confirmations on all are expected, with concept art of some of these actors in their new Marvel roles also in the realm of possibility.

Shang-Chi

Another new possible franchise coming to the MCU will be Shang-Chi, which is expected to be officially announced during Marvel’s Hall H panel. The film, initially planned as a part of what is now known as Phase 1, only recently had a resurgence when Dave Callaham was hired to write the script. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) has since been linked as the director and will likely be confirmed for that duty. Fans can also anticipate learning when the movie will hit theaters – our best guess is February 2021. If Marvel has worked quietly in the shadows, they could make the surprise announcement of who will play the Master of Kung-Fu during the presentation. Otherwise, just an official announcement and release date should come, with a chance of some plot details being revealed too.

Black Panther 2

The highly-anticipated sequel to Black Panther is also very likely to be confirmed to be on the way during Marvel Studios’ panel. Black Panther 2 has been inevitable ever since the original movie shattered box office expectations and reports surfaced that Ryan Coogler would return to write and direct. Along with the official confirmation of the film and an expected release date, Marvel could confirm that core cast members like Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will return. It may be too far out for actual plot details at this point, but if Black Panther 2 receives a subtitle, it could tease the story at hand.

Doctor Strange 2

We expect Marvel will also confirm another sequel in Doctor Strange 2. The possibilities of the sequel were left up in the air after the first film hit theaters, but it has since picked up some steam. Scott Derrickson is reportedly set to direct the sequel again, so Marvel will likely confirm that along with the film’s official release date. Cast members like Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and maybe Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton could be confirmed to return, but no new additions are expected to be announced here. We could get a sense of the plot if a new title is announced that isn’t Doctor Strange 2, as a subtitle could offer clues of what the story will be.

Other MCU Movies

Those five movies will likely run Marvel Studios through till the end of 2021 and are the most likely ones to be confirmed to be on the way during the panel. However, Marvel Studios is also developing many other new franchises and sequels that could be announced if they want to peel back the curtain even more. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is arguably the most likely film to be confirmed that we haven’t mentioned yet. James Gunn is back to write and direct after previously being fired, and that could be something Marvel wants to remind fans of here.

Other than Guardians 3 though, the other possible announcements are not as necessary to make at this time. Sequels in Captain Marvel 2 and Spider-Man 3 are certainly on the way, but it may be too far away for either to be announced – and Sony’s involvement in Spider-Man could make it so Marvel Studios won’t be the one to announce it. There have also been countless rumors about NovaDark Avengers, Young Avengers, and other properties being in the works, so Marvel could announce any of those if they reveal their plans beyond 2021. If they really wanted to surprise, any announcements on what their plans for the Fantastic Four and X-Men are would do just that.

Marvel’s Disney+ Shows

After eleven years of dominating the big screen though, Marvel Studios is now looking to make a splash on the small screen. They are developing multiple limited series’ for Disney+, Disney’s streaming service. They include a Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Falcon and Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner, and rumors have suggested Lady Sif and maybe even Rocket and Groot getting their shows. While only a few of these have been confirmed by Marvel Studios to this point, along with some other content like What If, none of this will likely be covered during their SDCC panel. Disney’s own convention D23 is only a month away and is expected to have a big Disney+ push there, which is why Marvel is likely to focus on their upcoming movies at SDCC and then move to TV for D23.

Even though this is everything we expect to learn about during Marvel’s SDCC Hall H panel, it is essential to remember that none of this is confirmed. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige love to surprise people, so that could mean there will be even more announced and discussed at the panel than mentioned here. While it is also possible that Marvel Studios could just as easily scale back on the announcements, that would be very unlike them. Their history at SDCC illustrates the significant impression they want to make, and they want attendees to get their time and money’s worth from the panel. As long as that attitude remains, then Marvel Studios has plenty that they will likely announce at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this coming weekend.

NEXT: Comic-Con 2019: All The Movie & TV Trailers To Expect


2019-07-14 05:07:55

Cooper Hood

How Stranger Things Books Made Season 3 Way Better | ScreenRant

Spoilers ahead for Stranger Things season 3.

The finale of Stranger Things season 3 was already emotional, but if one went into the latest batch of episodes having read all of the tie-in books, it’s made all the sadder – and more satisfactory.

The so-called Stranger Things Expanded Universe – which includes comic books and video games as well as the novels – has been quickly growing and includes a lot of background material on characters like Police Chief Jim Hopper and plot elements like Project MKUltra, the initiative that ultimately produced the superpowered Eleven. While some of these stories may seem like nothing more than filler on first blush, the Netflix show’s third installment really pays off on their developments in some perhaps-surprising ways, making them must-reads.

RELATED: Stranger Things Season 3’s Ending Irreversibly Changes The Show

There are two ways in particular this dramatic heightening occurs, and they both revolve around figures who perish by the season’s end (or, at least, who appear to be killed off): Billy Hargrove and Hopper. The most recent of the Stranger Things releases, Runaway Max, retells the events of season 2 from the perspective of Max Mayfield, dropping in a slew of flashbacks to how she first met her step-dad and -brother – providing a better understanding of how the deranged Billy came to be so psychologically damaged. Along the way, audiences learn about Billy’s special relationship with his car – the only one he truly cares about – and realize that he may very well physically brutalize Lucas Sinclair, Max’s newfound Midwest love interest, since the last time one of his step-sister’s friends defied him, he ended up breaking the adolescent’s arm.

The revelation at the end of season 3 that Billy was a good-hearted boy with a loving mom who was chased away by a sadistic dad doesn’t come as a shocker in the slightest. What does prove to be shocking, however, is the way in which the teenager both verbally and physically accosts his car, easily his most valuable possession and the thing that might best be described as his closest companion – meaning that the beginning of his character arc this season is weighted with a lot more emotion, thereby helping it better parallel his heartbreaking climax. (Speaking of which, readers might be forgiven for weeping alongside Max once he is slaughtered by the Mind Flayer.)

RELATED: Stranger Things Learned The Wrong Lessons From Season 2’s Backlash

Then there is Darkness on the Edge of Town, a novel that ostensibly is about Jim Hopper tracking down a (slightly-telepathic) serial killer in New York City six years before Stranger Things begins but which is really a meditation on his recovery from the Vietnam War and his relationship with his family, both in the past (with Sara, his late daughter, and his ex-wife) and the present (his newly-adopted daughter of Eleven). The book opens on Christmas 1984, just a few weeks after season 2 has ended, with the police chief actually enjoying his formerly-favorite holiday for the first time since his first little girl died, and it closes with Christmas 1977, the last one he would ever spend with Sara – a beautiful and yet haunting bookend that perfectly manages to get into the psyche of, arguably, the TV show’s main lead.

It’s easy to see how this makes Hopper’s apparent sacrifice in the third season finale all the more tragic, and how it would render it all the more devastating still for book readers. The scant pages both Jim and Eleven manage to share together in their little cabin, in the midst of a snowstorm with nothing else to do but keep each other company, suddenly becomes, in retrospect, one of the highlights of Stranger Things’ entire run to date.

It’s harder to think of a better compliment – or a better way to appreciate season 3.

NEXT: Predicting How Stranger Things Season 4 Can End the Show


2019-07-14 05:07:31

Marc N. Kleinhenz

How Stranger Things Books Made Season 3 Way Better | ScreenRant

Spoilers ahead for Stranger Things season 3.

The finale of Stranger Things season 3 was already emotional, but if one went into the latest batch of episodes having read all of the tie-in books, it’s made all the sadder – and more satisfactory.

The so-called Stranger Things Expanded Universe – which includes comic books and video games as well as the novels – has been quickly growing and includes a lot of background material on characters like Police Chief Jim Hopper and plot elements like Project MKUltra, the initiative that ultimately produced the superpowered Eleven. While some of these stories may seem like nothing more than filler on first blush, the Netflix show’s third installment really pays off on their developments in some perhaps-surprising ways, making them must-reads.

RELATED: Stranger Things Season 3’s Ending Irreversibly Changes The Show

There are two ways in particular this dramatic heightening occurs, and they both revolve around figures who perish by the season’s end (or, at least, who appear to be killed off): Billy Hargrove and Hopper. The most recent of the Stranger Things releases, Runaway Max, retells the events of season 2 from the perspective of Max Mayfield, dropping in a slew of flashbacks to how she first met her step-dad and -brother – providing a better understanding of how the deranged Billy came to be so psychologically damaged. Along the way, audiences learn about Billy’s special relationship with his car – the only one he truly cares about – and realize that he may very well physically brutalize Lucas Sinclair, Max’s newfound Midwest love interest, since the last time one of his step-sister’s friends defied him, he ended up breaking the adolescent’s arm.

The revelation at the end of season 3 that Billy was a good-hearted boy with a loving mom who was chased away by a sadistic dad doesn’t come as a shocker in the slightest. What does prove to be shocking, however, is the way in which the teenager both verbally and physically accosts his car, easily his most valuable possession and the thing that might best be described as his closest companion – meaning that the beginning of his character arc this season is weighted with a lot more emotion, thereby helping it better parallel his heartbreaking climax. (Speaking of which, readers might be forgiven for weeping alongside Max once he is slaughtered by the Mind Flayer.)

RELATED: Stranger Things Learned The Wrong Lessons From Season 2’s Backlash

Then there is Darkness on the Edge of Town, a novel that ostensibly is about Jim Hopper tracking down a (slightly-telepathic) serial killer in New York City six years before Stranger Things begins but which is really a meditation on his recovery from the Vietnam War and his relationship with his family, both in the past (with Sara, his late daughter, and his ex-wife) and the present (his newly-adopted daughter of Eleven). The book opens on Christmas 1984, just a few weeks after season 2 has ended, with the police chief actually enjoying his formerly-favorite holiday for the first time since his first little girl died, and it closes with Christmas 1977, the last one he would ever spend with Sara – a beautiful and yet haunting bookend that perfectly manages to get into the psyche of, arguably, the TV show’s main lead.

It’s easy to see how this makes Hopper’s apparent sacrifice in the third season finale all the more tragic, and how it would render it all the more devastating still for book readers. The scant pages both Jim and Eleven manage to share together in their little cabin, in the midst of a snowstorm with nothing else to do but keep each other company, suddenly becomes, in retrospect, one of the highlights of Stranger Things’ entire run to date.

It’s harder to think of a better compliment – or a better way to appreciate season 3.

NEXT: Predicting How Stranger Things Season 4 Can End the Show


2019-07-14 05:07:31

Marc N. Kleinhenz

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

Related: Will There Be A 3Below Season 3? Here’s What’s Next For Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia

Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

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2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date, Story Details & Cast

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia season 2.

The next installment in Netflix’s Tales of Arcadia is Wizards – here’s everything we know about the upcoming series. The first two series in the animated anthology from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, Trollhunters and 3Below, establish the town of Arcadia and the strange happenings that take place there. With Wizards, the anthology series will come to a close, bringing together characters from both prior shows for a grand finale.

Trollhunters introduces Jim Lake, the first human Trollhunter who along with his friends must protect both the humans and trolls of Arcadia from an ancient evil. In 3Below, two alien royals, Aja and Krel, crash land in Arcadia and must work alongside their human (and one troll) friends to protect their new home from invasion. Now in Wizards, the characters of these two shows will come together in order to defeat some as-of-yet unknown enemy that is threatening to destroy not just Arcadia, but the whole world!

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Here’s everything we know and expect for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.

Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Release Date

Neither Netflix nor DreamWorks Animation has announced a premiere date for Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, but the series is expected to debut on the streaming service in Fall 2019. As the concluding chapter in Tales of Arcadia, it isn’t yet known whether the series will have more than one season. However, given that Trollhunters ran for three seasons, 3Below for two, and with Wizards being the culmination of the entire anthology, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Wizards is just a one season show.

The Wizards: Tales of Arcadia Cast

As the final chapter in Tales of Arcadia, Wizards is expected to reunite most if not all the characters introduced on 3Below and Trollhunters. This would include Aja (Tatiana Maslany), Krel (Diego Luna), and Varvatos Vex (Nick Offerman) as well as Jim (Emile Hirsch), Claire (Lexi Medrano), Toby (Charlie Saxton), Blinky (Kelsey Grammer), and AAARRRGGHH!!! (Fred Tatasciore). Additionally, the many residents of Arcadia who have had minor roles on both series will likely also appear in Wizards.

As for cast members we know will return for Wizards, only Steve Palchuk (Steven Yeun) and Eli Pepperjack (Cole Sand) are confirmed to appear – making them the only characters to have been in all three Tales of Arcadia series. Also expected to return is Merlin (David Bradley), which makes perfect sense seeing as he’s the only actual wizard to have been so far introduced.

The Story of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

Specific details about Wizards: Tales of Arcadia‘s story have not been released, but the final scene in 3Below season 2 does hint at what’s to come. In that scene, Toby, Steve, and AAARRRGGHH!!! run into a talking black cat who warns them that the world as they know it is about to end. By now, a world-ending threat in Arcadia is nothing new, but being forewarned about it by a wizard’s familiar doesn’t bode well. Also, the only known wizard is Merlin, and he didn’t have a familiar in Trollhunters let alone a black cat familiar. So who is the cat working for? That’s a question Wizards is sure to answer, possibly even revealing more magic-users in the process.

In addition to that teasing final scene, an earlier moment in 3Below season 2 may provide more clues about what will happen in Wizards. During season 2, episode 11, “Race to Trollmarket”, Toby reaches out to Jim and Blinky for help, and during their conversation (relayed over video) Jim is seen fighting a mysterious figure clad head to toe in white armor. There’s no character who fits that description, but the armor looks reminiscent of the armor worn by both Merlin and Morgana – the evil enchantress and primary villain of Trollhunters. If Morgana has returned, this white knight might be working for her, and it may be she who is threatening to (again) end the world.

Along with these more overt hints at what may be in store on Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, another scene in 3Below season 2 reveals that the Akiridians and trolls actually first met hundreds of years ago. With Del Toro suggesting that Wizards will tie together the mythology of both Trollhunters and 3Below, it seems likely that there are some bigger secrets to still be revealed.

More: 3Below Season 2’s Ending Sets Up New Arcadia Show Wizards


2019-07-14 05:07:15

Sarah Moran

Mindhunter Season 2: Release Date & Story Details | ScreenRant

Netflix’s serial killer drama series Mindhunter season 2 releases this summer, and here’s everything we know. Written by Joe Penhall (The Road) and Jennifer Haley (Hemlock Grove), and directed by David Fincher (Zodiac), Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, an ambitious young FBI agent with a hunger to get to the heart of what makes serial killers tick.

In season 1, Holden gave his colleagues in the Behavioral Science Unit, Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) increasing cause for concern as he went to great lengths to put serial killers at ease in order to earn their trust. Mindhunter is based on a book of the same name by former FBI agent John Douglas, who interviewed some of America’s most notorious serial killers, including Edmund Kemper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy.

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Mindhunter season 1 dug into the chilling psychology of some of these killers, and it was popular enough with audiences and critics alike to garner a second season. While Netflix confirmed Mindhunter season 2 way back in November 2017 – with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Robert Ford by the Coward Jesse James) and Carl Franklin (House of Cards) joining Fincher in directing – getting it in front of audiences has been quite the journey. So what should fans expect from Mindhunter season 2?

Last updated: July 14, 2019

Filming for Mindhunter season 2 began in summer 2018 and wrapped in early December. Even though production wrapped late last year, Netflix has been waiting for the opportune moment to release the new season. After producer Charlize Theron let it slip that Mindhunter season 2 would release sometime in August, Fincher later confirmed August 16 as the official release date.

David Fincher has confirmed that Mindhunter season 2 will look at the Atlanta child murders, a series of killings between 1979 and 1981, in which 28 African-American children, teens, and young adults were murdered. Chillingly, while Wayne Williams was convicted for two of the murders, John Douglas believes that there were other offenders and Williams himself maintains his innocence to this day.

As in season 1, Mindhunter season 2 will deal with multiple different serial killers – including Charles Manson, who will be played by Damon Herriman. Herriman is also playing Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. According to casting breakdowns, the second season of the show will also feature David Berkowitz a.k.a. The Son of Sam, Tex Watson, Elmer Wayne Hanley, William Pierce Jr., William Henry Henry, and Paul Bateson.

Mindhunter season 2 will also continue the series’ over-arching storyline related to Dennis Rader a.k.a. the BTK Killer (Sonny Valicenti). The goal of the Behavioral Science Unit’s work is to figure out how captured serial killers’ minds work in order to more efficiently track down at-large serial killers and put a stop to their murder sprees. However, since Rader wasn’t apprehended until 2005, viewers probably shouldn’t expect that particular storyline to be resolved in season 2.

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2019-07-14 05:07:12

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Loki TV Show: Release Date Info, Story Details, & Cast

Thor’s brother Loki, the god of mischief, is getting his own TV show on Disney+, so here’s everything we know about it so far. Tim Hiddleston has so far played Loki in six Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, starting with 2011’s Thor and most recently appearing in Avengers: Endgame during a “time heist” that revisited the events of The Avengers. Loki has been everything from an untrustworthy ally to an outright villain in the Marvel movies, but now he’ll be the star of his very own series.

Loki‘s showrunner is Michael Waldron, who previously worked on Community and Rick and Morty, so we can probably expect him to bring some comedy elements to the show. Currently Loki is being planned as a miniseries, but there’s always the possibility of a continuation into multiple seasons if it proves successful.

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He may be a rascal, but Loki is as well-loved as any of the Avengers (perhaps even more), and fans are eager to see him back on the screen. From release date information to plot details, here’s everything we know about Loki so far.

Disney+ is set to launch in the United States on November 12, 2019, but Loki won’t be available on the streaming service immediately. In fact, the show is still quite a long way off. Along with WandaVision, Loki is being planned for Year 2 – meaning that it will release some time between November 2020 and November 2021. There are two scripted Marvel series being planned for Year 1 of Disney+: team-up show Falcon & Winter Soldier, and animated series What If…?

Fans who watched Loki die (admittedly not for the first time) in Avengers: Infinity War may be confused by him returning in a TV show – but it’s easily explained. According to the official synopsis, Loki follows Thor’s unruly (adopted) brother as he “pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events.” It’s possible that the version of Loki we’ll see in the show is one from the timeline where he escaped Avengers custody with the Tesseract, and that he interferes with human history via his own means of time travel. Alternatively, this may be a prequel series set prior to the events of Thor, with Loki dropping by Earth to meddle whenever he gets bored. Whichever is the case, the first image from the show confirmed that one episode will see Loki popping up in the 1975 – based on Jaws playing in theaters.

It’s still early days for Loki, which may not start filming for a year or more, so there hasn’t been any news regarding supporting cast members. Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki as the series’ lead, and it would be surprising if Chris Hemsworth didn’t at least drop in for a cameo, given his love of side projects like Team Thor.

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2019-07-14 04:07:41

Hannah Shaw-Williams