Top Gun 2: Everything We Know About Tom Cruise’s Maverick

Tom Cruise is reprising as Maverick to Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. The return of Maverick means he’s serving as the film’s lead once more. With the details of other supporting characters in relation to Cruise already confirmed, we actually know more about Maverick’s role in Top Gun 2 than some may think.

Directed by Tony Scott, Top Gun followed a group of young Navy pilots recruited into the elite Top Gun program. The story focused on Peter “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise), a cocky young man who believed he was coming into the program already better than most pilots and ready to see action. Over the course of the film, Maverick has a rude awakening about what it means to be a pilot with the loss of best friend Goose and what it takes to be a good one. Top Gun 2 will evolve this story, returning to a Maverick who has served in the Navy for 30 years but risks becoming obsolete as the Navy continues to modernize amidst brutal wars and new recruits come in every year.

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When it comes to figuring out what Maverick’s role in Top Gun 2 really is, you have to look at who else has been cast: Val Kilmer as Iceman, Jennifer Connelly in a still-unnamed role, and Miles Teller as Goose’s son, Bradley Bradshaw. Here’s what we know about Maverick’s Top Gun 2 role, including his work in the Navy and relationships with those closest to him.

Thanks to the Top Gun: Maverick trailer that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, we know Maverick is still a Navy pilot. Of course, that much was clear right from the beginning of production on Maverick in 2018 when the first photo was released showing Maverick is still in uniform, holding his helmet and looking out onto an airfield.

In the trailer, Ed Harris’ character, Maverick’s ostensible boss, notes in a one-on-one meeting that Maverick has served for 30 years but has never risen up through the ranks as he was expected. His record is impeccable, he’s had success in combat, and yet despite a notable record, Maverick remains a pilot. Sure, he’s a captain now, too, but that’s far below is potential.

Based on the information shared in the trailer, Maverick will be a bit more hardened. Having lived through and maybe even seen active duty during the various US conflicts in the past three decades, it’s hard not to become a changed man. But the trailer also shows Maverick’s still got that spitfire spirit he had during his early days as a Top Gun recruit. He’s going to need it if he wants to keep up with the new class.

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Val Kilmer’s Iceman is the only returning Top Gun alum in addition to Cruise. This means Iceman and Maverick’s bond will be a very special, layered one as Top Gun 2 depicts how the pair’s friendship has progressed since 1986. In the first film, these two men antagonized one another and were trying to outdo each other in the air and on the ground at every possible turn. It wasn’t until the final act that they recognized themselves in one another: they gave each other the respect deserved for being good pilots and, as it was implied, went on to be friends.

Since it’s unclear if Iceman is still working as a fighter pilot, has moved up the ranks, or has moved on to something else, it’s hard to gauge just how close he has remained with Maverick since the end of Top Gun. Where these two men ended up will no doubt inform audiences how they feel about one another and if there is still any tension between then. Maverick will always have a bond with Iceman, though.

However, it may be short-lived. The Top Gun 2 trailer focused on a funeral where Maverick was in attendance. Considering all the characters shown in the trailer, it seems quite possible that this is Iceman’s burial, with the former pilot’s death motivating Maverick’s journey.

Jennifer Connelly’s was cast to play the female lead in Top Gun: Maverick (whose name has yet to be publicized). Connelly’s character owns and operates a nearby bar that’s a favorite of the new class of Top Gun recruits, making it likely Top Gun 2 will mimic Maverick and Charlie’s Top Gun meet-cute in a bar. If it worked for the hot-shot pilot the first time around, why not try it again?

Photos of Connelly and Cruise riding on Maverick’s motorcycle made their way online in November 2018 from the Maverick set. The photos show the two coupled up and looking happy. Again, this recalls Charlie riding on the back of Maverick’s bike back in Top Gun. The repetition of these key moments hints Maverick will probably graft more of the Charlie-Maverick relationship DNA onto this new couple’s journey together.

Hopefully Maverick is a much different, more mature man in the present day than he was back in the early ’80s. Back then, Maverick was interested in Charlie but focused on becoming a pilot; it was clear his work would always win out. In the present day, it will interesting to see if Maverick is able to balance a career with a relationship. If so, his approach to romancing Connelly’s character will flow differently to his relationship with Charlie and add some freshness to the dynamic.

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Miles Teller will play Goose’s son, Bradley Bradshaw, in Top Gun 2. Already, we know Maverick will have a bond with Bradley based on his past friendship with Goose, who died when Bradley was a baby. Chances are good Bradley will seek Maverick out for information about his father’s life as a fighter pilot and lean on Maverick in some capacity. Maverick will not only be able to give Bradley more information about his dad, but he’ll likely assume a mentor role as Bradley makes his way through the program.

What remains to be seen is the precise nature of their relationship in regards to their personalities. Will Bradley be the arrogant young pilot Maverick was, causing him to step in and keep Goose’s son on the right track? Will Bradley be more of rule-follower, a bit stiff in his approach and in need of a mentor to show him how to embrace the thrills of flying and life? There’s certainly more to Maverick’s relationship with Bradley and it will figure into the plot of Top Gun: Maverick.

Next: Everything We Know About Top Gun: Maverick

2019-07-24 08:07:23

Allie Gemmill

Krypton’s Jor-El Has Been In The Show All Along | ScreenRant

A twist in the latest episode of Krypton reveals that an iconic Superman character has been a part of the show from the beginning. Apparently, Seg’s son, Cor-Vex, is actually Jor-El, the father of Superman. Surprisingly, one of the most important moments in Superman lore, the birth of his father, has already taken place.

Seg’s main love interest on Krypton has always been General Zod’s mother, Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell). As Seg and Lyta have been involved in a long-term forbidden romance, it seemed like a strong possibility that Lyta would end up becoming Superman’s grandmother. In a recent episode, this theory was disproved when Lyta was publicly executed by the rebel leader, Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham).

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In Krypton season 2, episode 7, “Zods and Monsters”, Seg and Nyssa (Wallis Day) share a moment with their son, Cor-Vex, after making another attempt at getting Brainiac (Blake Ritson) out of Seg’s head. Nyssa explains to Seg that because of everything her father did, she no longer wants her son to carry the “Vex” name. Instead, she would rather him be an “El”. At the suggestion of Val’s AI counterpart, Seg decides to name him “Jor-El” after Val’s father.

The introduction of Jor-El on Krypton carries deep meaning, as it’s an important step toward the creation of Superman. The birth of Jor-El was something that fans have been expecting for quite a while now, but it was unclear when it would happen. Interestingly, though, Jor-El has been in the show all along, but hidden in the background. Jor-El was conceived in the series premiere when Seg and Nyssa went to the Genesis Chamber to have their genetic material combined. They were shown a simulation of their son’s life, and learned that he would grow up to be a good man. At the end of the season, Nyssa took her son from the Genesis Chamber and ever since has been focused on keeping him safe.

His safety continues to be a factor, as now Seg and Nyssa have a new problem. At the end of “Zods and Monsters”, Brainiac returns by taking over Val’s AI programming and kidnaps Jor-El. The reveal that Seg’s son is Jor-El serves as a reminder that Superman’s legacy remains integral to the show. Saving their child has been a top priority for Nyssa and Seg, and now there’s a new reason why the child must live. Restoring Superman to the timeline now depends on Jor-El’s survival.

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2019-07-24 08:07:20

Nicholas Raymond

Why Disney Doesn’t Make 2D Animated Movies Any More

Disney no longer makes hand-drawn 2D animated movies, but why is that the case? The Mouse House made its name using traditional animation techniques, including the first full-length animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but in recent years it’s instead turned to computer animation and even live-action remakes of old classics.

Disney’s only animated effort of 2019 is Frozen 2, which is computer-animated, while another of its biggest releases is the live-action The Lion King remake, based on their biggest and best hand-drawn animation. It’s a major reminder of just how far away Disney has come from making 2D animated films, which has been the case for most of the past decade, although the shift away from hand-drawn animation started much earlier.

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The most successful period in Disney animation was the late-80s and early-mid-90s, which brought about the Disney Renaissance, a boom period of creativity and quality after many years of drift following Walt Disney’s death. Starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989, Disney went on an incredible run that saw them produce some of their biggest ever hits – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King – and a few underrated gems too, such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The success was mostly sustained across the 90s, but by the turn of the century it’d started coming crashing down.

In the early 00s, Disney was already turning away from 2D animation, and despite some efforts at reviving the format, such as The Princess and the Frog or Whinnie the Pooh, the movies weren’t quite as successful and Disney closed their 2D animation studio in 2013. A big reason for this was the rise of computer-animation, led by Pixar, who are now owned by Disney. Pixar made a major splash with 1995’s Toy Story, which changed the game in terms of what an animated movie could be. Once they started perfecting that formula in the late-90s and early-00s, it wasn’t long before other studios were attempting to catch-up, including Disney.

Disney started to make their own push with computer-animation, such as 2008’s Bolt, and then finally started to reap the rewards with a four-year period that saw the releases of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen, all of which were big hits for the Mouse House. Since then they’ve released Big Hero 6, Moana, Zootopia, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, all of which utilized 3D computer-animation. Even in the early-00s, it’s clear to see the difference in box-office results between Pixar’s 3D efforts and Disney’s 2D movies: in 2003, Pixar’s Finding Nemo made $940 million, which was 10x its budget. Just a year later Disney released Home on the Range, which cost an estimated $110 million and didn’t even make that back.

It’s tempting to solely put all of this down to the success of Pixar (and later animated franchises such as Shrek as well), but that’s just one (admittedly large) part of the story. Disney themselves should take some blame: it’s not just that Pixar’s movies were making more money, but that they were better. That isn’t because of the animation style, but a change in focus at the top of Disney (including faster productions and more straight-to-DVD sequels) and it was a decline that 2D animation couldn’t pull them out of.

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Alongside Pixar’s rise was the advancement of technology, which has subsequently made it easier for studios to produce animated features. Hand-drawn 2D animation is known for being a painstaking process, often requiring huge teams of animators and a lot of the time meaning things cannot be flexible and decisions have to be locked in a lot earlier. Computer-animation too is still a major undertaking, but it’s generally considered easier to maintain quality control (especially for a big animation house like Disney) and to fix things if they do go wrong or the filmmakers want to do something differently.

Moving towards greater advancements in technology isn’t uncommon in Hollywood: just look at the shift from black-and-white to color. It’s a huge shame that Disney isn’t making 2D animated movies anymore, especially since they’ve yet to create anything on par with The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast in the 3D realm. But when the 3D movies are making more money, and are in a lot of ways easier to produce at a high quality, and they can also turn their old 2D classics into live-action remakes that make $1 billion, it’s clear why Disney has stopped making 2D animated movies.

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2019-07-24 07:07:36

James Hunt

The Lion King 2019 Restores (& Fixes) Animated Scar Deleted Scene

The Lion King 2019 includes – and improves – a Scar subplot that Disney removed from the original movie. In his incredibly detailed CGI remake, director Jon Favreau closely replicates the classic animated film, which famously follows the young lion prince Simba’s adventures (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) after he is exiled due to his evil uncle’s (Jeremy Irons) desire for the throne. Most of the remake’s characters stay true to their original counterparts – except for Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who gets something of a makeover.

Creepier, malevolent, and less theatrical than the animated usurper, Ejiofor’s Scar also features a newly embellished backstory. Indeed, Scar implies that his namesake injury resulted from challenging his brother and king, Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Furthermore, the villain hints that his lust for Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) played a part in this confrontation. This “courtship” is something that Scar resumes after his brother’s death in The Lion King 2019, where he threatens Sarabi with the Pride’s starvation if she refuses to submit to him.

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This might seem like a modern addition to an iconic story, yet Scar’s lechery actually has long been part of The Lion King‘s history. Disney removed similar scenes during production of the original movie, entitled “The Madness of King Scar,” where the increasingly deranged monarch sought to secure his own dynasty with a mate. But instead of Sarabi, the Disney classic initially saw Scar thirsting for Nala (Moira Kelly), which partly explains why she fled the Pride Lands in the first place. Since many rulers were/are focused on their own dynasties, Scar’s search for a wife and heir is a logical and compelling dimension to explore in any version of The Lion King. Indeed, the essence of this subplot was later reworked for the award-winning musical adaptation. Yet it’s clear that Jon Favreau and writer Jeff Nathanson have perfected the idea in their remake.

Certainly, the fact that Scar’s predatory nature was downplayed is an immediate improvement. As per the movie’s storyboards in the mid-1990s, Scar was set to try and force himself upon Nala, singing that his “cylinder’s firing with fervor” in a reprise of “Be Prepared”. Nala refuses him, but an amused Scar chillingly warns her that he always gets what he desires. Audiences – or more importantly, family audiences – understand how maniacal Scar is because he murdered his brother. As such, there’s no need for the film to demonstrate the further reaches of Scar’s depravity in this way.

But the most important choice made in The Lion King 2019 is the switching of Nala and Sarabi. It’s undoubtedly horrible to watch Sarabi being blackmailed by Scar in the new movie, but at least it is without the uncomfortable age gap that separates Nala and the evil king. Though such a dalliance might occur on the real African Savana, it would be distressing to watch a talking, hyper-real Scar try to take advantage of the much-younger Nala – especially after many recent revelations about predators in positions of power.

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Furthermore, the tension between Scar and Sarabi adds sense of history to their characters and helps illuminate a previously unknown backstory. Indeed, its rather fitting that the power-obsessed Scar covets a lion who already sat at the same throne that he is so desperate to secure for himself. If the new movie had paired Scar with Nala – as per the initial plan – these fresh dimensions would remain unexplored. Fans and critics are divided on whether Favreau’s version of The Lion King was all that necessary, given its closeness to the animated predecessor. Nevertheless, it’s pleasing that– with this reworked Scar subplot and several other flourishes – Disney have found new avenues to explore in their retelling of The Lion King, for audiences both new and old to enjoy.

Next: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

2019-07-24 07:07:23

Max Farrow

Marvel COULDN’T Have A Proper X-Men Announcement At SDCC 2019

Why didn’t Marvel make a proper X-Men movie Announcement at SDCC? At the end of the massive Marvel Studios Phase 4 Hall H panel, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made reference to mutants on the list of topics he didn’t have time to discuss. The audience in attendance and social media immediately lit up with excitement at the notion that we’ll finally be seeing Xavier’s School for Gifted Children in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The mutants joining the MCU has been something fans have wanted ever since 2012’s The Avengers proved the crossover power of the franchise. Fox’s X-Men movies, while initially beloved, have been mostly lackluster, the series fading away on a low with this summer’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, one of the year’s biggest flops. Disney buying Fox means the mutants are back in the Marvel Studios stable, removing all hurdles for a top-to-bottom reboot that puts Cyclops, Wolverine, and the rest of the lot in the same universe as Spider-Man and Black Panther.

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Feige’s brief, direct mention of the term “mutants” may be exciting in and of itself, seeing as it means the X-Men are coming to the MCU, but it’s also disappointingly vague given that Disney now own the rights. However, studio politics are complicated, and Disney, Marvel Studios, and Feige are playing coy for the sake of making the transition of Fox assets into Disney’s vault as simple as possible.

Part of the conditions surrounding Disney’s purchase of Fox’s IP was that there could no development of anything Fox-owned until the ink was dry and the deal had been finalized. An acquisition of this magnitude has so many moving parts, with so many different conditions surrounding each individual property, Disney have to wait until they have everything in-line before even considering production. This is largely inconsequential because most franchises are their own thing and will either become dormant or continue as normal, but the Marvel stuff is different because Disney will want to fold them into their juggernaut ongoing universe as soon as possible.

We all know it’s going to happen, but Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios need to be careful about when they make it definitive. They don’t want anyone to think they’ve been working on anything X-Men related before the Disney-Fox deal was completed. To suggest as much could raise suspicions and get Disney, Marvel, and Feige in trouble with legislators for over-stepping the bounds of the $71.3 billion agreement. The deal was only finished in March. Even if it was prioritized, getting a movie of this scale up-and-running to an announce-able degree, with a title, major filmmakers, and leads, takes longer than four months.

There are layers upon layers of design and concept work to get through. Even if Marvel just had a logo, they’d be cutting it very fine, and Feige has talked about wanting to avoid making those kind of thin announcements anyway. The MCU Phase 4 slate that was shown was plenty to begin with. Seven Marvel Cinematic Universe productions will release in 2021, across TV and film. Marvel Studios aren’t slowing down any time soon. The mutants are coming, and when they are it’ll be a great cause for celebration. In the meantime, we have plenty to look forward to, and none of it will get Feige and Marvel in legal hot water.

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2019-07-24 06:07:58

Anthony McGlynn

Fast & Furious Movie Timeline & Viewing Order | ScreenRant

Keeping track of the Fast and Furious franchise timeline and viewing order is a big task. With eight films made and a ninth on the way, the Fast and Furious franchise has spent the better part of 20 years evolving as an action franchise of serious scope. From the cast to the action setpieces to the plot developments — all of which have grown by leaps and bounds since the franchise began with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious — keeping track of how things have progressed can get confusing.

Fast and Furious 9 is currently in production, and will not only continue to advance the story arcs for main characters like Dominic Toretto and Letty Ortiz, but also introduce a new story that must (somewhat) seamlessly tie into previous films. One problem is the Fast and Furious timeline is already a bit fuzzy since it was confirmed that 2006’s The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift took place between 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 and 2015’s Furious 7 to account for Han’s (Sung Kang) timeline. The retconning of the Fast and Furious viewing order years after the release of Tokyo Drift to explain why Han was alive in the sixth film but died in a film released years earlier meant the timeline and the viewing order both had to be reassessed.

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With Tokyo Drift throwing a serious curveball into the franchise’s continuity, it’s probably best to clarify what the actual Fast and Furious viewing order is right now. Currently, the viewing order is as follows:

  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • Turbo-Charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • Los Bandoleros (2009)
  • Fast & Furious (2009)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Furious 7 (2015)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017)

For the most part, the viewing order is fairly straightforward, with the only real standout being Tokyo Drift, which comes in much further along than you’d expect. This viewing order, in combination with the timeline explained, will hopefully help in figuring out the chronology of this franchise.

The Fast and the Furious is the first film in the franchise. The film introduces the four key characters who figure prominently into the rest of the franchise: Dom, Letty, Mia Toretto, and Brian O’Conner. Eventual best friends Dom and Brian begin on opposite sides of the fence in this first film. Dom and his sister, Mia, run a garage and grocery store in Echo Park. Dom and Letty also work with a small team, using their driving skills to their advantage in aiding their getaways following their robberies. Brian is an undercover officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, trying to earn Dom’s trust so he can learn more about Dom and connect him to a string of robberies in the area.

Due to the issue of Han’s death and the event of Tokyo Drift, there’s a discrepancy with what year The Fast and the Furious takes place. When the film was first released, it was presumed to have taken place the same year it was released, 2001. But Tokyo Drift‘s timeline now potentially pushes that year up slightly to 2004. Of course, there’s was no way this was planned at the time.

Turbo-Charged Prelude helps explain why Brian goes from being an LAPD officer to a criminal, a status change already in effect when 2 Fast 2 Furious begins. The 6-minute short is focused on Brian’s being charged with aiding and abetting Dom during the events of The Fast and The Furious before moving to Miami. This is where 2 Fast picks up.

In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Brian is now a disgraced ex-cop living and working in Miami. There, he’s contacted by a former LAPD colleague, Bilkins, who needs his help in taking down local drug lord Carter Verone. Brian, having learned from Dom how to pull off an effective heist, puts together his own crew and brings in childhood friend Roman Pearce to help him lead it. The film also introduces Tej Parker, at the time a street racer who becomes a tech expert. Both Roman and Tej become part of the core Fast and Furious team.

Another short film in the Fast and Furious franchise, Los Bandoleros focuses on Dom for its 20-minute runtime. The short film helps connect a few films together and explain how Dom and Letty rekindled their romance, eventually going on to become the power couple of the franchise. In Los Bandoleros, Dom flees Los Angeles following the events of The Fast and the Furious. Moving through Mexico, he ends up in the Dominican Republic where he forms a new crew comprised of an old friend, Han, and locals Tego Leo (Tego Calderon) and Rico Santos (Don Omar). Dom and his team are given a job by a local politician, allowing them to put their skills as a team to good use. Letty arrives on the scene. Dom and Letty drive off towards the coast together once they complete the job.

Fast & Furious is the first film where timing becomes important to track, because of Han’s involvement. Despite the film being released after Tokyo Drift, the events within the film indicate it takes place a few years earlier because Han is still alive.

Brian and Dom have both become even better criminal masterminds during their time apart, making them all the more powerful as a team when they bring their respective crews together in Fast & Furious. Dom and his crew from the Dominican Republic split up, fearing their criminal activity will lead to reprisals, and Dom also leaves Letty. Mia tells Dom over the phone shortly afterward that Letty was killed, throwing Dom into an investigation into her murder. This leads Dom to cross paths once more with Brian, now working for the FBI and investigating a drug cartel led by Arturo Braga. Dom and Brian infiltrate Braga’s operation by becoming drivers for him. One of Braga’s men admits to killing Letty, who had infiltrated Braga’s operation shortly before Dom on behalf of Brian in an attempt to win a pardon for Dom’s criminal past. Brian and Dom manage to take Braga into custody, handing him over to the FBI. Dom hands himself over for his crimes and is en route to prison.

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Fast Five begins mere moments after the end of Fast & Furious, with Mia, Brian, and the crew working to spring Dom from a prison transport. Months later, Mia and Brian search for Dom in Rio de Janeiro but instead, The Fast and The Furious‘ Vince gets them involved in a heist stealing cars impounded by the DEA, which puts them both on the DEA’s radar. Dom surfaces during this heist, bringing Dom, Brian, and Mia back together. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs is sent to find the trio, enlisting local translator and fixer Elena Neves to help. Dom, Mia, and Brian learn from Vince that the getaway car Mia took belongs to Hernan Reyes and embedded in the car is a chip containing all of the information about Reyes’ operation. The trio evades Hobbs and his team, which includes members of Reyes’ crew, during a tense firefight. In the aftermath, decide to go after Reyes’ fortune. Dom and Brian assemble their crews from 2 Fast 2 Furious and Los Bandoleros to pull it off. The crew splits Reyes’ money and goes their separate ways.

One big thing to focus on here is the beginning on Dom and Elena’s relationship, forged under Dom’s belief Letty is dead (a post-credits scene involves Hobbs learning Letty is still alive, throwing a wrench into things for the next film). The timeline of Dom and Elena’s relationship is a bit odd they are rarely seen together in future films but they go on to have a child together, as revealed in The Fate of the Furious. The timing of when Elena could logically have been pregnant doesn’t match with any possible point in the timeline where she was with Dom and had alone time with him.

Owen Shaw is a mercenary working on behalf of the now-incarcerated Braga from Fast & Furious, who has been orchestrating a series of hijackings. Letty is revealed to be alive and working for Owen, having been kept alive by Braga’s team and handed off to Shaw. Hobbs asks for Dom’s help in tracking Owen down because he knows Letty is working for Shaw. Dom signs on and is joined by Han and Gisele (currently a couple) as well as Roman and Tej. Brian and Mia sit this one out as they raise their son in Spain following the events of Fast Five.

The team learns Shaw is building a device called Nightshade, meant to bring down entire military communications systems. As the team tracks Shaw, Dom tries to break through Letty’s amnesia, a side effect of her accident where she was presumed dead, and Brian manages to get information from Braga about how Letty came to work for Shaw. After Shaw kidnaps Mia when he feels the team is getting to close to taking him down, Dom and the crew go after him. Dom and the team corner Shaw during the film’s final fight sequence. Gisele sacrifices herself so the team can get Nightshade. Shaw is thrown from a plane and presumed dead while Dom retrieves Nightshade and gives it to Hobbs. Dom, Mia, and the team are given pardons for their work. The Torettos return to Los Angeles and Han goes to Tokyo.

The events of Fast & FuriousFast Five, and Fast & Furious 6 take place within a short timespan. Fast Five literally begins as Fast & Furious ends while Fast & Furious 6 takes place just a few months later. Knowing each film takes place not long after the previous film, Tokyo Drift likely takes place no more than one year after Fast & Furious 6.

Also, the Nightshade device Shaw is trying to build and sell to the highest bidder is later revealed to have gone to Cipher, the villain in Fate of the Furious. This connection isn’t made until Fate but it completely retcons Shaw’s motivations and relationship to Cipher (in the sense that he has a relationship to her, full stop).

Tokyo Drift originally bore no major connection to the overall Fast and Furious franchise aside from the cars and Han, still a supporting character in the franchise to this point, appearing as a mentor figure. The film centers around Sean Boswell, a juvenile delinquent shipped from the U.S. to live with his father in Tokyo. Sean quickly discovers the underground racing scene but loses to local champ Takashi, who is feared and respected because his uncle, Kamata, is a local crime boss. Sean meets Han, who mentors him in the art of drifting to help give him an advantage in racing. Han is later accused by his boss, Kamata, of skimming from the operation’s coffers. Han runs and Takashi is in pursuit, both racing through Tokyo with Sean trying to find them and stop it. During the chase, Han is T-boned and killed instantly.

From here on out, the timeline begins to fall back into order somewhat. A post-credits scene from Fast & Furious 6 introduces Deckard Shaw, brother of Owen, as the man who killed Han in order to get to Dom. Deckard is shown at the scene of Han’s crash, calling Dom to inform him Han is dead. This scene retcons the cause of Han’s death and sets in motion the events of Furious 7, whose timeline slightly overlaps with Tokyo Drift.

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The film begins with Deckard calling Dom to inform him about Han’s death. Deckard targets Dom and his crew after learning they are responsible for what happened to Owen (who is revealed to be alive but hospitalized in the film). Deckard sends bombs to Dom and Hobbs’ homes, putting the men and their loved ones in danger. Dom, Hobbs, and their crew — which is now Letty, Brian, Roman, and Tej — are approached by a Black Ops agent called “Mr. Nobody” who offers them the chance to get Deckard if they can first rescue the hacker Ramsey, who created a program called God’s Eye which allows a person to be located anywhere in the world through any technological device. Ramsey has been kidnapped by Mose Jakande, who wants God’s Eye for himself. The team rescues Ramsey, but Deckard shows up during the rescue and steals God’s Eye. This makes it tough to track Deckard down but Dom, Hobbs, and the team eventually corner him, fight him, defeat him, and hand him over to the CIA, where he’s put into a maximum-security prison.

The film accommodates for the untimely passing of Paul Walker, who plays Brian, by ending the film with Brian driving off into the sunset. Brian will no longer be seen in the Fast and Furious franchise and his absence will likely be explained by his work and family obligations.

Dom and Letty are living in Cuba when Dom is approached by Cipher. Cipher demands Dom work for her, blackmailing him with evidence she has kidnapped Elena and the son she had with Dom as motivation to make him work for her. Dom turns on the team — which now consists of Hobbs, Letty, Ramsey, Tej, and Roman — during a heist in Berlin to steal an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). Dom causes Hobbs’ car, which has the EMP, to crash and he takes it. Hobbs and the team are rounded up in the aftermath by Mr. Nobody and informed about Cipher. Ramsey recognizes Cipher as a serious threat. Mr. Nobody informs the team Deckard will join them and Deckard tells the team he’s involved because Cipher was working with Owen and betrayed him.

Hobbs, Letty, and the rest of the team take on Cipher and attempt to free Dom from her grasp as Cipher uses God’s Eye (acquired from Mose Jakande) to evade capture. Cipher plans on starting a nuclear war with the assistance of Nightshade (acquired from Owen) to bring down military communication systems. The team tracks Dom and Cipher to Russia, foiling Cipher and saving Dom and Elena’s son (Elena is killed earlier in the film when Dom isn’t following Cipher’s orders). The team reconvenes in New York once the mission is complete.

A big retcon from Fate of the Furious is Mose Jakande’s motivation to steal God’s Eye. In Furious 7, it’s implied he is working alone and for his own purposes. In Fate of the Furious, we learn he was working for Cipher and trying to steal it for her.

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2019-07-24 06:07:48

Allie Gemmill

Black Widow Movie Theory: [SPOILER] Is Villain Taskmaster

Taskmaster is set to be the villain of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, but there may be a surprise to who is behind the mask. Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff has long been a fan-favorite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, after supporting roles in a few different sequels and all four Avengers movies, Marvel Studios is finally giving her a solo film. Officially confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Black Widow hits theaters on May 1, 2020.

As expected following the events of Avengers: Endgame and Natasha’s heroic sacrifice, Black Widow is confirmed to be a prequel story – but not an origin one. The movie will take place after Captain America: Civil War, where Natasha went against the Sokovia Accords after signing them, and before Avengers: Infinity War, where she returned as a Secret Avenger. The placement of the film in the larger MCU timeline gives Marvel Studios a chance to show an unexplored portion of Black Widow’s story, but also introduce other characters who could be involved in future films.

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Joining Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow‘s cast will be Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. So far, only Pugh and Harbour have been confirmed to be playing characters from Marvel’s comics: Pugh is Yelena Belova, a sister figure to Natasha and a fellow graduate of the Red Room training program. Harbour will be Russia’s answer to Captain America as Red Guardian.

But, one of the other major Marvel characters who will get their MCU debut in Black Widow is Taskmaster. After speculation over his possible inclusion following the release of some set photos, official concept art for the movie showed Black Widow fighting Taskmaster. Despite this confirmation, Marvel has not yet said who is under the mask – and we have a theory that it could be Rachel Weisz’s character.

What We Know About Rachel Weisz’s Black Widow Role

When Marvel confirmed Rachel Weisz’s inclusion in Black Widow at SDCC, they did not reveal any information beyond her name, Melina. Once this was established, many Marvel fans started to point to her potentially playing Iron Maiden. The Marvel villain’s real name in the source material is Melina Vostokoff, a Russian assassin who lives in the shadow of Black Widow and grows to hate her as a result.

Following Marvel’s panel, Weisz and her fellow Black Widow cast members have started to open up about their roles in the film. While speaking to EW, Weisz teased a backstory that is incredibly similar to Iron Maiden. She revealed that Melina has been cycled through the Red Room program five times by the time we’ll meet her in Black Widow and describes her as “quite a seasoned spy and assassin.” Thos lines up almost perfectly with what comic fans know about Iron Maiden and has, rightfully so, brought many to believe that this is the character Weisz will play. But giving her an antagonistic role to play in the film surely ties her into Taskmaster’s mission as well.

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What We Know About Black Widow’s Taskmaster

As of now, Marvel has barely shared any information on Taskmaster’s role in Black Widow. We know that the character will be the film’s main villain and that the suit will be incredibly comic book accurate, but not who is under the costume. Footage shown exclusively at SDCC revealed that the MCU’s Taskmaster would also keep the same comic skillset. In the comics, Taskmaster is born with the ability to replicate any physical skill or fighting style just by seeing it. This makes Taskmaster, essentially, the ultimate fighter and opponent who can only be beaten by something he’s never seen before.

The Black Widow footage Marvel debuted included Taskmaster and Natasha fighting, with the villain using the same moves Black Widow is doing to fight back. There are few possible explanations for Taskmaster and Black Widow using the same movements: Black Widow and Taskmaster could have fought before; Taskmaster may have fought other Red Room trainees in the past and learned these moves through that experience. But, there’s also a third option that would put a completely different twist on Taskmaster: the person below the suit was also from the Red Room. If that’s the case, Weisz’s Melina is the best contender.

Theory: Rachel Weisz Is Playing Taskmaster In Black Widow

Rachel Weisz playing the MCU’s version of Taskmaster may seem like a reach, but the footage Marvel showed may have spelled this out all on its own. The video opened with Natasha finding Yelena and it breaking out into a fight, which shows them use the same move to disarm the other and all-around try the same moves. This is because they are both products of the Red Room and have gone through this training. Weisz has confirmed that Melina is no different, but she’s failed to complete the training at least four times.

This would explain how Taskmaster is using the same fighting style as Natasha: she could theoretically have even been in the Red Room at the same time. This would give the hero and villain of Black Widow pre-existing ties, with flashbacks to Natasha continuously besting Melina during training being used to explore the resentment Melina has for her. Melina’s repeated attempts to graduate from the Red Room could even mean she was around years later when Yelena went through the program as well. This could make Black Widow a story about Melina wanting to wipe out the entire Red Room program and everyone who came from it.

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Sure, Taskmaster’s mimicking abilities coming from the Red Room would be a significant departure from the comics and limit them, but Weisz may have also accidentally revealed a way for them to grow. During the previously mentioned EW interview, she said Melina is “deeply involved in a kind of scientific experiment which I cannot tell you about.” While Weisz tried to stop herself from revealing too much, just knowing that Marvel deems them spoilers is telling.

What Black Widow could do is have the reveal that Melina is from the Red Room, but her repeated entries indicate that she keeps failing in some form. It is possible that she takes part in some experimental procedure that increases her physical ability and mental capacity to remember several different moves. This experiment could even be tied to the same one that creates Red Guardian, and one Melina partakes in after suffering another defeat from Black Widow.

Alternatively, Could Rachel Weisz Create Taskmaster?

Even if Weisz doesn’t wind up playing Taskmaster, her character could be involved in the creation of Taskmaster in the MCU. While Taskmaster is born with these abilities in the comics, Weisz dancing around a top-secret scientific experiment could be what gives the character his powers here, even if they aren’t for Melina. For Black Widow‘s story, it is feasible that Melina’s hatred for Natasha is a driving force, but she uses this as motivation to create someone she, and no other Black Widow, can defeat.

Melina isn’t a scientist as far as we know, but it is confirmed that Black Widow includes Red Guardian, who is a product of experimentation himself. If Melina isn’t Taskmaster, then the two of them plus Red Guardian would give Black Widow three villains. In that case, it is difficult to imagine their stories not all being connected in some way. The movie could see Melina and Red Guardian unite their Russian forces and experiences to create the ultimate fighter in Taskmaster. What their plan could be beyond that is unclear, other than taking down one of Russia’s most legendary assassins for how she abandoned them and became a global hero. If this is the case though, then it would appear Marvel still has a major role left to cast or announce.

Whether it is making Melina Taskmaster or having her be tied to the creation of him, Weisz will likely wind up being the real villain of Black Widow. She would follow in the long line of top-tier Hollywood stars Marvel recruits to play their villains, and her Red Room experience could give her direct ties to Natasha, and even Yelena if the conflict continues beyond this movie. That said, this is still a theory at this point and one that, if it is a twist, may remain so for quite some time.

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2019-07-24 06:07:23

Cooper Hood

Quentin Tarantino Movie Shared Universe Explained | ScreenRant

Quentin Tarantino‘s movies all exist in a shared universe, but how exactly do they connect up? Although shared universes are more commonly associated with the likes of the MCU and DCEU, Tarantino fans long theorized that each of his films existed in one world, with a number of Easter eggs and references linking his movies.

This was eventually confirmed by Quentin Tarantino himself back in 2016, but even then it wasn’t quite so simple as there being just one Tarantino movie shared universe. That would likely be too easy for a director as involved in his filmography as Tarantino, so he instead has two strands to the movie universe, one existing inside the other.

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With Tarantino returning to cinemas thanks to the impending release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, we have not only his 9th film but the latest entry into an already complex shared universe. From the main movie universe to the movies-within-movies and the various characters were are actually related to each other, this is how the Tarantino movie shared universe connects up.

The first strand of Quentin Tarantino’s movie shared universe is the one in which most of his movies exist, about which Tarantino himself said: “There’s the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one.” So far, that’s straightforward enough: all of Tarantino’s movies inhabit one shared world, which includes alternate versions of history like the death of Adolf Hitler in Inglourious Basterds.

Tarantino’s main movie universe is the biggest, and features the majority of his films, including Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015), and it appears as though this is where 2019’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood will fit as well. On top of these, this universe also includes some films Tarantino wrote but didn’t direct, such as Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993).

In these movies, the world operates a lot like the real one, where fictional characters can interact with real ones (the presence of figures such as Sharon Tate, Charles Manson, and Bruce Lee in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, for example). In terms of timeline, it begins with Django Unchained and moves forward from there. Tarantino characters who exist in the “realer than real universe” can’t appear in the movie-in-a-movie universe.

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Within Tarantino’s shared movie universe, there is a subsection of movies-within-movies, which Tarantino describes as: “…There’s this movie universe. And so From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So basically when the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.” 

This is something fans had started seriously speculating on when Kill Bill was released, because the plot closely mirrors a TV pilot described by Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction. She tells Vincent Vega (John Travolta) about a pilot she was shooting, where she played “the deadliest woman in the world with a knife,” which fits with the Bride, while she also outlines Elle Driver, O-Ren Ishii, Vernita Green, and Sofia Fatale. Clearly, within the realer than real universe, the pilot failed but ended up becoming a movie instead.

Tarantino’s movie-in-a-movie universe contains some of his directorial efforts, including Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, and Death Proof, as well as other movies he’s been involved in as a writer/producer, including From Dusk Till Dawn and Planet Terror. Characters within this universe can appear in multiple movies, i.e. a character from Kill Bill could show up in Death Proof, but – with a couple of exceptions – can’t appear in the real universe.

With such a sprawling shared universe – or universes – it’s no surprise that a lot of characters are all connected in the great circle of Tarantino. This first became apparent with True Romance, which introduces us to the character Alabama Whitman. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White discusses working with a girl named Alabama, so True Romance establishes the first bridge between Tarantino’s movies (Alabama’s surname is even Whitman, i.e. White Mr, because Tarantino does not do subtlety). Alabama sells drugs to movie producer Lee Donowitz, who is the son of Sgt. Donny Donowitz, a.k.a. The Bear Jew, from Inglourious Basterds.

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Pulp Fiction then further expanded this through Vincent Vega, a surname that might’ve been familiar because it was already given to Reservoir Dog‘s Vic, better known as the ear-cutting Mr. Blonde (Michael Masden). Both characters are shown to have similar dancing styles, and while both end up dead, Tarantino considered making a Vega Brothers movie at one point, which would’ve been a Pulp Fiction prequel.

That’s not the only link between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Mr. White’s real name is Larry Dimmick, and later in Pulp Fiction we find Jimmy Dimmick, played by Quentin Tarantino himself, with it widely believed that they’re brothers. An added meta-touch to that is the fact Jimmy’s appears in Pulp Fiction with Winston Wolf, played by Harvey Keitel, who starred as Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs. There are still even more brothers in Tarantino’s shared universe. Seymour Scagnetti is introduced – but not seen – in Reservoir Dogs as Mr. Blonde’s parole officer. In Natural Born Killers, we then meet Jack Scagnetti, a police officer who seems to share Seymour’s ability to be utterly loathsome.

The original name for Seymour Scagnetti in Reservoir Dogs was Craig Koons, which Tarantino would later return to. In Pulp Fiction, Christopher Walken’s ex-POW is called Captain Koon, and that’s then referenced in Django Unchained where a wanted poster lists Crazy Craig Koons as part of the Smitty Bascall gang, with that Koons serving as the great-great-grandfather to Walken’s. Another member of the Smitty Bascall gang is Gerald Nash, a name that also appears in Natural Born Killers when his death is recreated for a TV report on mass murderers. That’s not the end of the Nash family though, as the man tortured by Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs is called Marvin Nash.

Staying with Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz’s character in that Tarantino movie is called Dr. King Schultz, whose wife is named Paula. In Kill Bill Vol. 2, the Bride is buried in a grave belonging to a certain Paula Schultz, dated 1823-1853, which puts it in the right timeframe to be Dr. Schultz’s wife, although the fact Kill Bill is in the movie-in-a-movie universe complicates this somewhat. Tarantino often blurs the lines between his two movie universes, however, with some characters who can supposedly move between them. These include the Wolf (although he’s only appeared in Pulp Fiction), Sheriff Earl McGraw (Michael Parks) and his son Edgar (James Parks), who appear in From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill Vol. 1, and the Grindhouse movies.

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In The Hateful Eight, meanwhile, we’re introduced to hangman Oswaldo Mobray, otherwise known as English Pete Hicox. That name was familiar to Tarantino fans, because it’s also used in Inglourious Basterds, where Michael Fassbender plays Lt. Archie Hicox, the great-great-grandson of English Pete. And going back to Django Unchained, there’s a character who suggests he is a Maynard while using a racist expletive, likely meaning the Maynard in Pulp Fiction is his descendent.

These connections between Quentin Tarantino’s movies aren’t simply limited to characters, however, with some brands also appearing in multiple Tarantino movies. Big Kahuna Burger, a Hawaiian-themed burger chain, it appeared in From Dusk Till Dawn, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and is mentioned in Death Proof, meaning it exists in both Tarantino shared universes. Red Apple cigarettes, meanwhile, appear in From Dusk Till Dawn, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Grindhouse’s Planet Terror, Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Finally, there’s G.O. Juice, which appears in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Death Proof.

The exception to the Tarantino shared movie universe is Jackie Brown, which doesn’t take place in either of these, but instead exists in the Elmore Leonard Universe alongside Steven Soderbergh’s Out Of Sight. Other than that, however, then there are two different universes and multiple films making up the Quentin Tarantino movie shared universe, which is only set to get bigger with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, but let’s not even begin to think of how Tarantino’s Star Trek movie might fit in.

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2019-07-24 05:07:53

James Hunt

Swamp Thing ALMOST Redeems Its Main Villain | ScreenRant

Avery Sunderland almost found a degree of absolution for his past crimes in episode 8 of Swamp Thing, “Long Walk Home.” While the series’ chief villain ultimately stumbled on the road to redemption, the episode effectively made it seem like the industrialist was trying to turn over a new leaf.

A robber baron of the old school of American industry, who runs the town of Marais, Louisiana as if it were his own kingdom, there are few nice things that can be said about Avery Sunderland. Over the course of the series, it has been revealed that Sunderland was responsible for introducing a biological accelerator into the wetlands around Marais, which began making some of the citizens sick. Sunderland also arranged for the murder of biologist Alec Holland after he discovered the cause of the plague and personally murdered banker Gordon Haas, who had been giving Sunderland off-the-books personal loans for years.

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The plot of episode 7, “Brilliant Disguise,” largely focused on Avery Sunderland and the two women in his life – his wife Maria,  and his mistress, Marais’ sheriff Lucilia Cable. Unbeknownst to Sunderland, both women had become sick of his manipulative ways and put aside their own personal distaste for one another to join forces and get revenge. With Maria prepared to deliver a fake story to account for Sunderland’s disappearance, Sheriff Cable lured Sunderland out into the swamp, shooting him and leaving him for dead. The end of the episode revealed, however, that Sunderland was still hanging on to life.

“Long Walk Home” sees Sunderland taking a spirit walk of sorts through the part of the swamp infected by The Rot, having visions of his father’s violent death, which inspired his fear of the swamp and desire to tame it. Swamp Thing discovers the crazed Sunderland and uses his powers to heal Sunderland’s wounds. The two go on to discuss Sunderland’s belief that the swamp hates him, having taken his father and his daughter from him. Swamp Thing also tells Sunderland about The Green and his belief that he was transformed to restore the balance that Sunderland’s taking from the swamp without giving back has caused.

Sunderland seems truly moved by the revelation of how much damage he has caused and the realization that those he cared about the most have turned on him. He also seems humbled that Swamp Thing would take care of him in spite of everything. This prompts Sunderland to promise Swamp Thing that he’ll talk to Dr. Jason Woodrue and see if they can find a way to change him back into Alec Holland.

Surprisingly, Sunderland is true to his word and upon returning to civilization the first thing he does is visit Woodrue and asks about the possibility of curing Alec Holland. Woodrue likens this to “curing the goose of laying golden eggs” and appeals to Sunderland’s greed, saying that the scientific miracles he could bring about by studying Holland in his current state would make them both rich and famous. Sunderland quietly says that Holland saved his life, but ultimately agrees with Woodrue’s argument that Holland could save millions of lives if brought into the lab. This leads to the two men laying a trap for Swamp Thing and a cliff-hanger conclusion that ends with Swamp Thing being flash-frozen by Sunderland’s henchmen.

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2019-07-24 05:07:53

Matt Morrison

Who Is Kate Bishop? Marvel’s New Hawkeye Explained | ScreenRant

Kate Bishop took over the Hawkeye codename from Clint Barton in Marvel Comics. The master marksman will officially pass on his superhero mantle to Kate in the Disney+ series, Hawkeye. But how did the young girl acquire the Hawkeye moniker in the comics?

Katherine Bishop, who went by “Kate” from a young age, was first introduced with Young Avengers #1 in 2005. She was the youngest in her family and often overcome with loneliness. Kate’s father was busy with his work and her mother was estranged from the family before she tragically passed away. Despite Kate’s feeling of isolation growing up, she always had an urge to help others.

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Kate’s prominence in Marvel Comics has grown in recent years. She became the third character to portray Hawkeye in the Marvel Universe, following Clint and Wyatt McDonald. Kate primarily worked alongside the Young Avengers but she also went on to spend a lot of time as Clint’s partner. Clint was the first one to show Kate that anyone had the potential to be a superhero. Kate also taught Clint quite a few life lessons during their time working together.

Kate Bishop came from a wealthy family in Manhattan. She didn’t have a great relationship with her father, Derek, especially after she found that he had been doing dangerous business dealings with a bad crowd. Kate was then kidnapped and held hostage by one of Derek’s enemies. The Avengers rescued the young girl and she was instantly drawn to Hawkeye. Kate was enamored by the fact that Hawkeye was a superhero who relied on his own skills to fight, not special abilities.

Sometime after, Kate Bishop was assaulted in Central Park, an event that left her traumatized. She turned to combat training and self-defense as a way to heal her mind. Kate also took up swordplay, and more importantly, archery. During her sister’s wedding, Kate put her new skills on display after the Young Avengers arrived to protect her guests during an ambush. The Young Avengers team got themselves trapped during the event and Kate was the one who ended up saving them.

Kate tracked down the Young Avengers to their headquarters and forced her way onto their team. During their battle against Kang the Conqueror, Kate took gear she found around the Avengers Mansion to create her own superhero look. She wore Mockingbird’s mask, Black Widow’s utility belt, and Hawkeye’s bow. Kate effectively assisted in the defeat of Kang the Conqueror but the Avengers had different feelings about their young counterparts.

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Captain America and Iron Man ordered that the Young Avengers disband, refusing to train them without the consent of their parents. Kate refused to break up the group so she led them to a new lair and acquired new equipment and weapons. When one of the Young Avengers got hurt, Kate blamed Captain America for not training them properly. Captain America then sent her Clint Barton’s bow and arrows with a note addressed to “Hawkeye.” Kate Bishop was the only person, besides Clint, to stand up to Captain America so she was urged to take over the Hawkeye codename and she accepted the new role.

During the Civil War story arc in Marvel Comics, Clint Barton sided with Captain America. After the death of Captain America, Clint was offered Cap’s suit and shield. Kate Bishop confronted him and claimed that he wasn’t honoring Captain America’s legacy by wearing the suit. This made Clint have a change of heart so he gave up the gear and forged his own path (Bucky, the former Winter Soldier, then became Captain America for a time).

During Young Avengers Presents #6, Clint continued testing Kate Bishop to see if she was truly capable of taking over the Hawkeye mantle. He kept popping up with surprise attacks under his disguise as Ronin but Kate never backed down from the fight. In Clint’s eyes, she was worthy enough to take over the bow and arrow. He shed his Ronin disguise and officially revealed himself as Clint. He tried to mentor her but she was intimidated enough to give up the bow for a bit. Later in the comic book series, Clint advocated for the Secret Avengers to act as mentors for the Young Avengers. Kate accepted her professional relationship with Clint and claimed the Hawkeye name as a legacy hero.

Kate Bishop took part in the Secret Invasion storyline when the Skrulls invaded Earth. When she was knocked out during the battle, Clint used her bow and arrows to fight on the frontline with the rest of the heroes. Kate also participated in stopping Norman Osborn’s siege of Asgard alongside the Young Avengers, New Avengers, and Secret Warriors. After the Siege, Clint proclaimed that there was enough room in the world for two Hawkeyes.

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Kate Bishop and Clint Barton partnered up in the more recent Hawkeye comic book series. The duo focused on street-level crime, rather than the more traditional superhero missions. The pair worked well together but Kate eventually needed space so she moved to Los Angeles. It was there that she got caught up with a future version of Old Man Logan. Kate and Clint later reteamed to go to a Hydra base for a secret mission to help SHIELD. During Civil War II, Kate sided with Iron Man and felt the fallout after Clint killed Hulk. Kate then moved back to Los Angeles to start her own detective agency, Hawkeye Investigations.

The upcoming Disney+ series, Hawkeye, will focus on Clint Barton passing on the Hawkeye mantle to Kate Bishop. The miniseries, expected to debut on the streaming service in the fall of 2021, features Jeremy Renner reprising his MCU role as Clint. The character identifies as a hero without superpowers and he will pass that mindset onto Kate. The introduction of Kate Bishop to the MCU has been teased for quite some time but her involvement in Hawkeye was confirmed during Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. So far, there’s no word yet on who will be portraying the character of Kate Bishop.

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2019-07-24 05:07:32

Kara Hedash