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10 Great Movies To Watch After Binging Stranger Things

So, you’ve consumed Stranger Things entirely too quickly. And now you have no idea how you’re going to wait until season 4 comes out. Well, fortunately, the show was inspired by countless movies that can help quench your thirst a bit. If you’ve seen them already, then you know perfectly well they’re just what you need. If you haven’t, then it’s absolutely time to soak in the real deal, and not just settle for a reverent homage! These selections were alluded to, or influential to, Stranger Things. However, all references aside, they actually capture the essence of their decade and setting.

10 It (2017)

It, oddly enough, is actually a result of the tremendous success of Stranger Things. The story was updated to take place in 1989, opposing the source material to incorporate the current trend. It even borrowed Finn Wolfhard himself! This is one of many stories about suburban kids uncovering the mystery of an evil, invading force. Also, the kids have to deal with growing up, all the while. The film’s horror is tastefully executed, with the dreaded Pennywise being driven by a terrifying Bill Skarsgård. In fact, the performances are impressive all around. But if a supernatural clown wasn’t enough, every single adult in the film is icky or terrible. This movie also has modern production values, which doesn’t hurt.

RELATED: It: Pennywise’s 10 Creepiest Moments From The 2017 Reboot, Ranked

9 Carrie (1976)

One of the most effective Stephen King adaptations ever put to film, director Brian De Palma spent a lot of his career paying homage to Alfred Hitchcock. As such, the movie develops its tension slowly and effectively, and is filled with the paranormal. It may not be from the 80’s, but it’s a Stephen King classic about a young girl with telekinetic powers. She has a troubled home life, and deals with a lot of high school drama, which eventually pushes her over the edge. There’s a lot of growing pains in this story, especially emphasized by that agonizing opening about Carrie’s first period. A bullied outcast, with an oppressive mother, it’s hard not to be sympathetic for her. As such, it’s both rewarding and difficult to watch her snap.

8 The Monster Squad

This movie is an absolute breeze to watch, with a runtime that’s fitting for an homage to the Universal Monsters. One of the co-writers is Shane Black, who has developed a number of famously successful movies. Then there’s the director, Fred Dekker, who only has two other movies to his name. And yet, he once again blends comedy and horror into a children’s tale. A group of witty kids have to save their small town from the forces of Dracula and his cohorts. It sounds silly, and yes, it absolutely is. However, although the tone is cheesy, the monsters themselves are presented as genuinely scary things. This selection is perfect for Halloween, and certainly for Stranger Things fans.

7 The Terminator

This is a movie that wasn’t actually popular when it came out, but has garnered complete reverence since. In Stranger Things, it was referenced at a theater before season 3, but now it couldn’t be more blatant. The Russian villain that’s after Hopper and Joyce not only has a similar build and appearance, but is even depicted like Arnold’s T-800. There’s always a reason to revisit the original Terminator film, which has great performances and Stan Winston’s fantastic special effects. The movie is full of 80’s culture like neon, big hair, and terribly dated synth music. The evil Model 101 is actually treated as a serial killer throughout the film, and the relationship between Reese and Sarah is genuinely touching. So, the combination of horror, action and romance makes it a great selection after viewing Stranger Things.

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6 Back to the Future

Another reference from season 3, it just doesn’t get more 80’s than this movie. It’s steeped in dated vernacular, hilarious attire, and nostalgia for the 50’s. Easily one of the best films ever made, it starts off rather slow, before you realize that so much of what you’ve just seen is crucial because of time travel. With the incredible Michael J. Fox, then known for Family Ties, an everyday kid ends up threatening his entire family’s existence after going back in time. All thanks to an odd, unexplained friendship with an old, manic scientist. Who makes a time machine out of a DeLorean, by stealing plutonium from Libyans. Does any of this sound plausible? No. Is it entertaining? Beyond compare.

5 Poltergeist

If you go into this movie expecting to be scared, you probably won’t leave satisfied these days. Even at the time of Poltergeist’s release, there had already been films like The Exorcist and The Changeling that took paranormal oppression more seriously. This movie leans more towards fantasy, and involves a suburban family that discovers a portal between realms in their house. This doorway between dimensions causes a number of disturbing occurrences, namely the vision of a melting face. So, there’s no denying that the premise had a large effect on Stranger Things. It’s been contested that Spielberg may have directed it himself, rather than Tobe Hooper. That says a lot about how perfect this movie is for you Hawkins fans.

4 Gremlins

This is a unique story all around, mixing in elements of horror, comedy and even Christmas. Although, it was written by Chris Columbus himself, who would go on to helm Home Alone. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this strange movie fills one more small town with an unnatural, invasive force. A teenage kid gets a weird little creature for a Christmas present, who later spawns a group of vicious counterparts. Gizmo is very much like Dustin’s pet, in season 2. This movie is over-the-top, cheesy, and bizarre—all the necessary staples of the decade. At times, it’s genuinely endearing, needlessly sad, and a lot of fun. Keep coming back for the mom’s initial showdown with those pesky gremlins.

3 Firestarter

This is the first of two movies that comes immediately to mind when watching Stranger Things for the first time. And it took them three seasons to finally directly reference it, as a poster outside the video store. Firestarter is the story of a little girl who can cause fires with her mind. Also, a clandestine laboratory is chasing her down because of those abilities, for nefarious reasons. Drew Barrymore is fun, and it has T.J. Hooker’s Heather Locklear. The effects could use some work, and the cinematography is literally nonexistent. However, it’s conceptually robust, keeping you intrigued about the end. And the villain has a questionable, disturbing interest in Barrymore’s protagonist. It really makes you want to see him get his comeuppance.

2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This is probably one of the most famous movies of all time, although Spielberg is known for making movies like that. It’s very likely that he’s made something definitive for all of our childhoods, at one point or another. But in a time when he pumped out an entire trilogy of Indiana Jones classics, there’s no omitting this obvious selection. A broken family discovers a supernatural presence, with the government hot on its heels. E.T. helps to heal a damaged home life, as the kids alone uncover the mystery of his powers and goals. Yet again set in suburbia, the movie is filled with that playful Spielberg charm which Stranger Things has borrowed often. This is essential viewing for any human being, let alone a Stranger Things fan.

RELATED: 10 Movies Written (But Not Directed) By Famous Filmmakers

1 Stand By Me

It’s time to reference Stephen King again. Truly, what is Stranger Things without his influence? Stand By Me is one of the most engaging, emotional coming-of-age stories ever told. It boasts an all-star cast, who play another set of kids in a small town. This time, the savvy group discovers a murdered corpse, and they go about investigating the truth. It’s an incredible adventure, and they frequently have to contend with a frightening bully. That may seem like a trope, but we all know that’s just reality. There’s always a bully. The framing device is also very touching, with Richard Dreyfuss reflecting on his childhood. This movie has pure nostalgia for a different era—but it’s still a perfect fit because of its themes and tone.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Best Episodes, Ranked


2019-07-14 07:07:25

Anthony Fertino

The 100: Our Two Biggest Questions After Season 6, Episode 9

The 100 season 6, episode 9, “What You Take With You” featured the exit of a longtime cast member and character, and it also raised some questions going into the final stretch of the season. After a short break for Fourth of July, The 100 returned with an episode that focused on redemption as well as the past, bringing back and showing off characters who have died and actors who are no longer with the show.

In The 100‘s “What You Take With You” episode, Octavia struggles with coming to terms with what she’s done and how she can move forward even though everyone hates her, including her brother and herself. And on the other end, there’s Kane who doesn’t know if he can live with himself knowing what has been done to him. It’s interesting to see this theme play out in this way, especially since it’s something Clarke had to go through on her own earlier this season.

Related: The 5 Best Episodes Of The 100 (& The 5 Worst)

Just as Gabriel says towards the end of “What You Take With You”, things are about to get weird leading into The 100 season 6’s final episodes. And while not too much has been left off the table for fans to wonder about, there are still some questions regarding what happened in The 100 season 6, episode 9, “What You Take With You”, as well as what it means for the show’s future, including the forthcoming season finale.

After taking Gabriel’s drug/concoction, Octavia started to see similar things that she saw approaching the Anomaly. And as Pike expressly mentions, Octavia chose the red box, so she has to suffer the consequences of that decision – at least in this hallucination. So with that in mind, what was in the green box? Could those memories or experiences have been tamer in comparison to seeing Pike and Lincoln die, and seeing herself as Bloodreina? It’s possible, but we may never find out.

Kane took all of the nightblood with him when he floated himself, so what does that mean for the Primes? Now that Kane is gone, Abby may not have a willingness to help the Primes, especially once she finds out what happened to Clarke. It’s actually astonishing that Raven hasn’t told her yet, considering what Raven is trying to avoid is what exactly happened to Abby’s daughter. Without the nightblood, the ability to make more Primes goes out the door (or the airlock?). That should mean the Primes are now on their way to actual extinction.

Next: The 100 Interview: Creator Jason Rothenberg & Cast


2019-07-11 02:07:16

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Lion King 2019 Rotten Tomatoes Score Is Low After Early Reviews

The Lion King debuts to a Rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes after the first reviews are published. In the last handful of years, Disney has had great success producing re-imaginings of some of their most beloved animated classics. Most recently, Aladdin became a major box office smash, surprisingly moving past the $900 million mark worldwide. Others, like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, proved to be sizable draws themselves and demonstrated there was an audience for these retellings. To the shock of no one, Disney has plenty more on the way.

Up next is a new rendition of The Lion King, a remake of the 1994 animated classic that remains a beloved and treasured installment in the Disney canon. Directed by The Jungle Book’s Jon Favreau, there’s been plenty of hype and anticipation surrounding the project, particularly after the all-star cast was announced. The Lion King is poised to be one of the biggest box office hits of the year, evidenced by the trailer breaking viewership records and marketing continuing to drum up excitement. And while The Lion King is sure to be a commercial success, it’s not going to go down as a critical darling.

Related: Every Major Movie Releasing In July 2019

Today, the Lion King review embargo lifted, and after the first wave was published, the film has a Rotten score on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. As of this writing, it stands at 58% with 87 reviews counted. A critics consensus has already emerged:

Though it can take pride in its visual achievements, this reimagined The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved-though for some fans that may just be enough.

This development is a little surprising, since Lion King social media reactions released earlier this week painted a more positive picture. On social media, most appeared to be in agreement that The Lion King was an astounding technical achievement and praised the efforts of the actors involved (most notably Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa). One common critique of those bite-sized reviews was that the photorealistic animals (obviously) couldn’t emote like they do in the original animated movie, but overall people seemed to enjoy it. The full reviews are more mixed, however. Everyone is quick to acknowledge the incredible visual effects that were used to bring the story to life, but for some that wasn’t enough to make up for the film’s shortcomings. An argument can be made that The Lion King is an exercise of style over substance.

That’s been the fate of many of these Disney remakes; even the ones that go down as being financially successful are largely seen as hollow retellings that lack the magic and imagination of their animated counterparts. The business incentive behind this endeavor was always clear, but from a creative standpoint, Disney’s in a tough spot. It’s always difficult to remake an acclaimed film, since there’s little (if anything) to improve upon. The best movie remakes are the ones that take an intriguing premise with potential and make the most of it after the initial attempt was underwhelming (Ocean’s Eleven, etc.). The Lion King will make money this summer, but it sounds like rewatching the original would be a more rewarding experience.

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Source: Rotten Tomatoes


2019-07-11 01:07:23

Chris Agar

The Guardians of the Galaxy Look A Bit Different After Avengers: Endgame

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame might be the end of a decade-long story, but it also results in a new beginning, especially for the Guardians of the Galaxy who now have Thor on their team. After a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster, the original Avengers came together to form a plan to beat Thanos and get back those that he took away. For that to happen, a few characters had to pay with their lives. Those losses will now affect the surviving Avengers and their allies among the galaxy.

Each character dealt with PTSD following the Mad Titan’s snap. Some handled it more harshly than others. Clint, for example, shed his Hawkeye identity to turn into a deadly assassin known as Ronin. Thor’s grief took him a different route. He lost most of his Asgardian people at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. After failing to take out Thanos the first time, the Norse god became overcome with even more guilt. He constructed New Asgard but let go of his muscular, god-like appearance, transforming into an unkempt, overweight shell of his previous self. Without a sense of purpose, Thor preferred drowning himself with beer and self-loathing.

Related: Avengers: Endgame’s Ending & Marvel Movie Future Explained In Detail

Thankfully, the Hulk and Rocket convinced Thor to assist in their new mission. The quest re-teamed Thor and Rocket to go back to Asgard in the hopes of retrieving the reality stone. The journey served as a wake-up call for the God of Thunder. Not only did he realize his importance to the Avengers team, but also that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

Avengers: Endgame set up a number of storylines that could be investigated in future MCU installments. It also provides gaps in the timeline that can be explored through the various projects in development through Disney+. The Avengers have been through a lot since they were first introduced as an official team in 2012. It’s time for a new chapter for the Avengers and the fellow heroes present in the MCU. By the looks of it, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be getting their own changes with the addition of a new member.

The Avengers successfully defeated Thanos using time travel and undid his galactic destruction, but it was a costly feat. Now down a few members, the original heroic squad will never be the same. But that doesn’t mean the MCU won’t feature epic team-ups in the future. Endgame closed out with Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy in what could be a perfect setup for an upcoming movie.

The God of Thunder went through a very emotional realization throughout Endgame. In the end, he took his mother’s message to heart, forgetting who he is supposed to be. Instead, Thor must succeed as the person he already is, even if that means taking more time to find himself again. To follow that path, Thor handed off the reins as the leader of New Asgard to Valkyrie and jumped aboard the Guardians’ ship.

Related: Every Marvel Movie Releasing After Avengers: Endgame

Thor clearly felt a bond with members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, specifically his “rabbit” and tree friends, Rocket and Groot. Thor spent much of Endgame as a lost soul overcome with grief and failure. Rocket was a major factor in helping the hero snap out of his self-loathing behavior. It makes sense why Thor would feel a kinship to Rocket. Now that he regained feeling worthy enough, it’s no surprise that Thor would want to assist on new quests.

Even though Thor’s addition would greatly help the Guardians on their missions, some members seemed more welcoming than others. Peter Quill and Thor quipped at one another regarding the leadership of the group. Drax and Mantis hilariously suggested that the two should solve their disagreements with a knife fight. As fun as it is to see the two powerful egos to banter back in forth, it’s obvious that they would have each other’s back when necessary. So could this be the official introduction to the Asgardians of the Galaxy in the MCU?

While Thor joined his new group on the ship, he referred to them as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy.” At first, it seemed like Thor was just having a laugh at the pun he came up with, combining the Guardians’ title and his own Asgardian identity. The line was probably added in there as a joke, but there’s actually a team known as the Asgardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics.

The team first debuted in September 2018 in Asgardians of the Galaxy #1. The series, which is still in publication, was created by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli. The band of Asgardians includes some very interesting characters. Here’s a breakdown of the Asgardians of the Galaxy team:

  • Angela – The long lost sister of Thor who brings together the team that goes on to call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy. She was also a previous member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Valkyrie – The warrior is also known by her Asgardian name, Brunnhilde. In the comics, Valkyrie was a part of the Defenders and a founding member of the Secret Avengers.
  • Annabelle Riggs – A scientist on Earth that shares a connection with Valkyrie allowing them to switch places through a host body.
  • Throg – Also known as Puddlegulp, Throg comes from a community of frogs living in Central Park. It’s later revealed that he’s actually a human named Simon Walterson who was turned into a frog by a witch. He eventually finds a shard of Mjolnir and becomes the Frog of Thunder. And yes, he wears a Thor costume.
  • Thunderstrike – Kevin Masterson is the son of Eric Masterson, a man who served as a host body for Thor. Kevin gets his powers from a mace left by his father.
  • Kid Loki – A reincarnation of Loki who encompasses all the traits as the God of Mischief.
  • Destroyer – A magical suit of Asgardian armor that is remotely controlled by Kid Loki.
  • Skurge the Executioner – The former villain is tricked by Kid Loki into leaving the afterlife to join the misfits who call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy.

Related: Every Returning Character In Avengers: Endgame

It’s safe to assume that Throg, Kid Loki, and their friends won’t be featured in the MCU, but what does Avengers: Endgame mean for the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy? With Thor 4 still up in the air, it now remains possible that Marvel Studios intends to combine a Thor sequel with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Director James Gunn has been reinstated after his controversial firing following his Twitter debacle. Even though adding Thor to the Guardians might not be Gunn’s decision, it could have been something Marvel Studios planned all along.

When looking back, Thor: Ragnarok matches the tone of both Guardians of the Galaxy installments. The character of Thor had a notable amount of chemistry with the Guardians and Chris Hemsworth’s comedic persona as the God of Thunder fits perfectly with Star-Lord and his crew. Considering Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been delayed for quite some time, this gives the creative team plenty of time to add Thor to the Guardians’ equation.

This also gives the MCU an opportunity to feature one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes without having to delve into another solo story. The Gamora from Infinity War is still dead but there is now a past version of Gamora lurking around in the present timeline. Since she has no memories of the Guardians, she felt no allegiance to joining them after taking out Thanos. Quill clearly wants to search for her which provides evidence to the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whatever option they decide, it’s safe to say that Thor will be a part of that new mission.

Next: Everything We Know About Avengers 5


2019-04-26 01:04:10

Kara Hedash

Every Marvel Movie Releasing After Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame may be the culmination of the MCU so far, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of upcoming Marvel movies on the way. Marvel Studios is currently keeping their long-term plans under wraps, with Marvel visionary Kevin Feige confirming no Phase 4 announcements would be made until after Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Avengers: Endgame is the swan song for the OG Avengers, but the future is bright for the MCU, with a range of new and diverse heroes – including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel – ready to take center-stage. What’s more, now the Disney/Fox acquisition is complete, it’s only a matter of time before the Fantastic Four and the X-Men join the shared cinematic universe.

Related: Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

All that said, we still know a fair bit about the future MCU slate. Avengers: Endgame is the second of three Marvel blockbusters to drop in 2019, and a number of other projects are in development, expected to release between now and 2021. Sequels to the likes of Captain Marvel, as well as another outing for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, are certainly expected, but these are the ones that are confirmed.

Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 2, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in Phase 3 and first after Avengers: Endgame, and will serve as an extended epilogue to Avengers: Endgame. “So much happens in [Avengers: Endgame], as you can imagine,” Kevin Feige explained, “and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?” The plot will see Spider-Man head to Europe on a summer vacation with some of his classmates, and he’ll team up with Nick Fury in order to take on the threat of Mysterio and the monstrous Elementals who are tearing through the continent.

Read More: Spider-Man: Far From Home – Every Update You Need To Know

Black Widow – Likely May 2020

There’s been clamor for a Black Widow movie since Scarlett Johansson was introduced playing the character in 2010’s Iron Man 2. The film is finally becoming a reality after Avengers: Endgame in Phase 4, however, with filming due to start in June. Johansson is rumored to be netting a $15 million paycheck for the movie, with Florence Pugh, David Harbour and O-T Fagbenle recently joining the cast.

Read More: Black Widow Movie – Every Update You Need To Know

The Eternals – Likely 2020

Marvel has always liked to toss in a curveball now and then, and The Eternals is definitely one of their most unexpected projects after Avengers: Endgame. Created by the legendary Jack Kirby, in the comics the Eternals are an evolutionary offshoot of the human race created by ancient, powerful aliens known as the Celestials. Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani are reportedly in talks to star, and there are rumors the film will introduce the MCU’s version of Hercules.

Read More: Marvel’s Eternals: Every Update You Need To Know

Black Panther 2 – Likely 2021

Black Panther 2 is a natural priority for Marvel Studios after Avengers: Endgame, given the first film was the highest grossing domestic film of 2018 and earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Ryan Coogler is set to return as both writer and director, but so far he hasn’t dropped any hints about the plot.

Read More: Black Panther 2 Movie – Every Update You Need To Know

Doctor Strange 2 – Likely 2021

Doctor Strange played a major role in Avengers: Infinity War, and seems to have been set up as a major player in the future of the MCU after Avengers: Endgame. After years of rumors, at last Marvel is pressing ahead with Doctor Strange 2. C. Robert Cargill will reportedly return as writer, while Scott Derickson is on board as director. Benedict Wong has suggested filming could begin later this year, essentially confirming this for a 2021 release.

Read More: Doctor Strange 2: Every Update You Need To Know

Shang-Chi – Unknown

Another unexpected priority for Marvel after Avengers: EndgameShang-Chi will be a martial arts movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. No details have yet emerged about this project, but there are rumors it could be heading to Sydney’s Fox Studios to shoot in Australia.

Read More: Casting Shang-Chi In The MCU

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Likely 2023

One of Marvel’s most troubled productions, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 looked like it may never happen after writer-director James Gunn was fired over social media messages he posted back before he worked for Disney. Convinced he was truly repentant, Disney rehired Gunn, but the result is a significant delay; Gunn has committed to shooting Warner’s The Suicide Squad before returning to Marvel. Production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to begin in 2021, which essentially confirms this for a 2023 release.

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2019-04-25 12:04:12

Thomas Bacon

The Flash Season 5: 11 Biggest Questions After Episode 19, “Snow Pack”

The Flash season 5, episode 19, “Snow Pack,” picks up the pace and raises a whole host of questions. The Flash season 5 has been a strange one, carefully attempting to balance multiple overarching plots at once. In theory, the threat of Cicada should be the A-plot; in reality, the more intriguing mystery has always been Nora Allen and her partnership with Eobard Thawne.

The various plots are building to a climax at last. The truth about Nora has finally been revealed, and last week her father decided to take her back to her own time. Given Barry knows he’s destined to disappear, he’s basically told his daughter that he doesn’t ever want to see her again, and that she can never have a relationship with the father she’s always longed for. In “Snow Pack,” the Flash’s actions push Nora straight back to Thawne. It looks as though Barry has played right into Thawne’s hands. Meanwhile, back in the present, Future Cicada is hatching plans of her own – which presumably involve the deaths of a lot of metas.

Related: The Flash Reveals Barry’s Last Moments From Crisis On Infinite Earths

“Snow Pack” is an odd episode, only because both of these major stories are relegated to secondary status in an episode that focuses in on the relationship between Caitlin and her father. The show uses Caitlin’s tortured family background to hold up a mirror to Barry, and make him realize just what a mess he’s made of his own family. Still, it seems rather an odd decision, in that viewers will be far more invested in the episode’s sub-plots than in the main story.

The Negative Speed Force is lifted straight from the comics, a twisted version of Flash’s Speed Force created to be the yin to the Speed Force’s yang. It’s an extradimensional field of negative energy that eats away at the Speed Force like a cancer. Thawne himself was the source of the Negative Speed Force, which was composed of every negative emotion; his jealousy, his pain, his rage, and his greed. The Flash‘s version of the Negative Speed Force appears to be identical to this in almost every respect; Thawne claims he created it, and Nora accesses it by tapping into all her most painful emotions. It’s clear that a speedster who accesses the Negative Speed Force can use it to do everything a normal speedster does with the Speed Force. Nora is able to use it to travel through time – without her father even being aware she was doing so.

The experience of tapping into the Negative Speed Force appears to have had a profound effect on Nora. When she returns to 2019, her eyes are blazing with a crimson light, and her usual lightning colors have been replaced with deadly red. It’s reminiscent of Geoff Johns’ The Flash: Rebirth, which saw Barry Allen himself corrupted by the Negative Speed Force. He became a host of its energies, and through him the Negative Speed Force attempted to consume all sources of Speed Force energy around him. In The Flash: Rebirth, this was Thawne’s masterplan; to turn Barry into the ultimate weapon against his friends and family, to transform him into the one who killed everyone he loves.

It’s possible that this was Thawne’s plan for Nora all along in The Flash season 5; to manipulate her into a place where she would choose to tap into the Negative Speed Force, and where she would become host to its powers. What more fitting weapon could Thawne find to use against Barry Allen than his own daughter?

Related: The Future Origins Of DC’s New Reverse Flash Revealed

Surprisingly, Thawne appeared to actually care about Nora – to the extent that he gave Iris tips that should help Team Flash bring Nora back from the Negative Speed Force. This is certainly an unexpected twist, a reminder that even the Reverse-Flash isn’t completely irredeemable. It does make a strange kind of sense, though; Thawne is on death row, and Nora is one of only two people who’ve visited him in the last 15 years. There’s a sense in which she’s seemed to become almost like a daughter to him, and he really does appear to value the fact she keeps coming back to him for advice. This emotion could potentially compromise all of Thawne’s plans – whatever they may be.

The last episode of The Flash, “Godspeed,” revealed that Nora had always been obsessed with Cicada – the one case her father never solved. Now she’s closer to cracking the case than ever before, but it’s all gone horribly wrong. Future Cicada has traveled back to 2019 and is wreaking havoc. Nora considers herself responsible, and her obsession has led her to believe she’s the only one who can put things right. Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible that the Negative Speed Force has now given Nora another mission; one of wrath, of rage, and of vengeance upon the father who cast her aside and told her she could never be a part of his life.

All this flows from Barry’s spontaneous decision to return Nora to her own time, and tell her to stay there. It’s easy to understand his logic; he’s already come to care so much about Nora, only to discover that she’s been working with Thawne the whole time. In the Flash’s view, Nora is primed as a weapon to be used against Barry and his family. He has no idea how to handle this, he believes he’s already been outmaneuvered by Thawne, and the very fact his daughter trusts the man who killed his mother is tearing him apart. In truth, Barry’s decision wasn’t a strategic one; it represented the fact that he was in too much pain, and simply wanted to run away from it.

Iris, meanwhile, is entirely correct when she argues that Barry doesn’t have the right to make unilateral decisions that affect the whole family. The Flash tends to act first and think later, and however heroic his decisions usually are, they don’t allow his loved ones the time to process them and work through them with him. In this case, not only did Barry not consult with Iris, but he didn’t even give her a chance to say goodbye to her own daughter. Iris is fearful of the future, aware that she’s destined to have a strained relationship with Nora, and this could be the one time in their lives when they truly bond. Barry most certainly didn’t have the right to make this decision without talking it through with Iris first, and he showed a blatant disregard for his wife’s emotions.

Related: The Flash: Barry & Iris Need Couples Therapy

Meanwhile, Future Cicada is continuing to enact her own plan – and it apparently involves her past self. Cicada has kidnapped the comatose young Grace from hospital, and at this stage it’s impossible to know the reason. Still, this serves as a salutary reminder that Cicada is still a threat, and that she isn’t just stranded in the past; she has a purpose, one that Team Flash need to work out as quickly as possible.

Page 2 of 2: Even More Questions From The Flash Episode “Snow Pack”

Cicada’s purposes for Grace appear to involve a mysterious piece of technology she’s stolen, the Cryo-Atomizer. Again, it’s unclear why; the Cryo-Atomizer appears to be able to create metahumans (of the Killer Frost variety), while Cicada is dedicated to killing all superhumans. Presumably the Cryo-Atomizer has other properties that have yet to be explained.

Disturbingly, in “Snow Pack” Team Flash reach out to all manner of government agencies for help in hunting down Cicada – and nobody is willing to step up. Given Cicada is an active serial killer who has no qualms about murdering anyone who gets in her way, this is pretty startling; it suggests that, in the Arrowverse, the United States Government doesn’t see why it should help metahumans. It’s possible the chaos of the last few years has made the Government hostile to superhumans, and they don’t mind Cicada thinning the herd a little. Indeed, if that hostility remains over the decades, it may well explain why Cicada is able to continue killing even in Nora’s time; because the Government doesn’t care about metahumans being murdered, and consider other deaths to be collateral damage.

Related: Why Grace Is A Better Cicada

The main villain of “Snow Pack” was Icicle, Caitlin’s father, who had long believed to be lost beneath his monstrous alternate personality. In the end, though, when Icicle was about to kill Caitlin it gave Thomas Snow the strength of will to break through in order to save his daughter. It was a beautiful inversion of the Flash/Nora plotline, with a father’s love overcoming the barriers and reuniting the Snow family – even if only for a time.

The tragedy of Thomas Snow’s death at last reunites Caitlin and her mom, but it’s clearly setting up another crisis for the Snow family. Icicle subjected Carla to the power of the Cryo-Atomizer in order to give her a dangerous alternate ice-personality as well. Team Flash believe they interrupted the experiment before it got too far, but the end scenes suggest they were too late. Caitlin conducts tests on her mom, but walks away before the results become visible – indicating Carla Tannhauser is now a meta. This presumably means that Carla will develop an alternate personality as well, and if so she could be a very dangerous opponent for Team Flash further down the line. Icicle was an isolated figure, a rogue scientist who longed to cause chaos; Carla is a world-renowned bio-engineer, and head of a multinational corporation. She has the potential to be a major threat.

One final sub-plot saw Sherloque wrestle with the question of whether he should return to his own dimension. Sherloque still doesn’t truly understand why Team Flash are upset at him over Nora; he doesn’t quite get that the Flash family view his secrecy as a kind of betrayal. But he still does care about Team Flash, and he won’t let them down in their hour of need. It’s that love that ultimately leads him to choose to stay.

More: The Flash Just Gave Nora An Origin Story (& It’s Sort Of Like Barry’s)

The Flash season 5 airs Tuesdays on The CW.


2019-04-25 05:04:43

Thomas Bacon

Scientist Explains What Would Happen to Earth After Thanos’ Infinity War Snap

A scientist at UCLA has explained what would happen in real life if Thanos’ snap were to actually take place. Following the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, many fan theories have developed about a post-snap world. Some have questioned whether the Mad Titan’s snap would resemble the biblical rapture, while others have speculated about the remaining population’s ability to survive. Now, scientists and the writers of Infinity War and Endgame, have gotten involved in the discussion, and it doesn’t look good for Earthlings.

Infinity War ends with Thanos finally locating all six Infinity Stones, and loading them into his Infinity Gauntlet. In a literal snap, 3.8 billion people are erased from the Earth, reduced to ash, including some Avengers. Without the full Avengers team to protect the world, the remaining population is left vulnerable and defenseless. Despite big MCU consequences, much more would be at stake if this sort of thing were to really happen. True, there would be more food to go around, shelter and resources left for survivors, but an Earthly utopia like Thanos anticipates at the end of Infinity War is likely just the stuff of fantasy.

Related: MCU Infinity Stones: Complete Guide To Locations, Powers & Future

Justin Christensen of the UCLA Physics Department recently explained to Fandom the likely aftermath that would ensue following a mass population reduction, like in Infinity War, and it isn’t pretty. If 50% of the world’s population were wiped out in an instant, this would take the population back down to where it was in the year 1970, which as it turns out, would not be as huge a cut as needed to make a big positive impact. People would likely repopulate the Earth back to its 2019 population rather quickly, and we would be back to where we started. Christensen also mentions that if pilots, bus drivers, air traffic controllers and the like were all instantly snapped away, the number of non-snap related fatalities to follow would be significant. Clean water and electricity would be luxuries of the past, as would other vital things needed for human survival, such as medical supplies.

But what if more than the human population were effected? Fans have speculated about whether or not all living organisms are included in the snap or not, and the answer would drastically alter the world as we know it. Writers of Infinity War and Endgame Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have somewhat answered this question. They have both claimed that the snap would only impact “sentient life“, or only intelligent and conscious life forms like humans and animals. Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has given conflicting statements about this topic, but his remark that the snap wiped out “All life!” is largely responsible for the confusion. Many have interpreted this utterance to mean that microbes, plants, and other lifeforms are included in the snap, and the internet has been buzzing with theories ever since. If this were to happen in reality, Christensen explains that the “complex and fragile relationships between many different species” would be effected, and “many ecosystems [would] change completely, and there could be species that never recover.

There would undoubtedly be a handful of unforeseen consequences, should a real life Infinity War-style snap ever happen. If 50% of all the Earth’s lifeforms were to disappear, there would not only be fatalities as a result of people vanishing out of thin air, but there would be notable changes to the Earth’s environment. If the ecosystem is changed, then the food chain is changed, and perhaps the entire landscape of the planet as well. The livability of the Earth for those left standing in the literal dust would decline significantly. Even if sentient life is the only life affected by the snap, the consequences far outweigh the potential good that would come out of it. So, although Thanos may have had an arguably somewhat noble idea in trying to save the Earth from the same fate as his home planet, the likelihood of things turning out as planned would be slim in the real world.

More: Paul Rudd Wonders Why Ant-Man/Thanos Endgame Theory Has to Involve the Butt

Source: Fandom


2019-04-23 08:04:46

Taylor Charendoff

Star Trek: Discovery: 8 Biggest Questions After The Season 2 Finale

Star Trek: Discovery‘s season 2 finale featured an epic space battle and a radical shift in the status quo that leaves many questions to be answered in season 3. The sophomore season of the sci-fi series focused on the Discovery’s investigation of seven mysterious red signals, the appearance of a being called the Red Angel, and an AI called Control that threatened to wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy.

The only thing standing between Control and its apocalyptic plans was a massive amount of data acquired from an ancient and enigmatic sphere shortly before its destruction. The sphere was hundreds of thousands of years old and had witnessed the rise and fall of many civilizations, making its gathered data enormously valuable – and capable of providing Control with the key to becoming unstoppable. The sphere data protected itself from either being deleted or destroyed along with Discovery, meaning that the only way to keep it away from Control was to send the ship far into the future.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Ending Explained

After obtaining a Time Crystal and building a new Red Angel suit, Michael Burnham went back in time to leave the signals that the Discovery had been following, and then opened a wormhole to the future. With the help of the Klingons and the Kelpiens, Starfleet is able to hold off Control’s drones long enough to allow the Discovery to escape… and that’s the last we see of it. Needless to say, there are some lingering questions about the episode, and about Discovery’s fate.

  • This Page: Discovery’s New Future and the Kelpiens
  • Page 2: Pike, Spock, and Discovery’s Potential Return

In order to fully infiltrate Section 31, Control took over the body of Captain Leland, who was the only living person on any of Control’s ships in the battle. During a window of time when Discovery’s shields were down, Leland managed to beam onto the ship and started searching for the sphere data. Georgiou eventually defeated him by locking him in the spore chamber and ripping the electrical components out of Leland’s body with magnetism – and Leland’s death left the rest of Control’s ships and drones dead in the water. There’s no mention of Control restarting the battle later, which has led some fans to question whether or not Discovery really had to leave after Control was neutralized.

Discovery is now in completely unknown territory, since the version of the future that Gabrielle Burnham came from was one where Control had committed mass genocide across the galaxy. Without that cataclysmic event, there’s no telling what a thousand years of history have done to the future. Are the people of Terralysium (who had managed to survive Control’s attack in the previous timeline) still the same, or was their planet discovered by another race? Does the new future have the same version of Gabrielle Burnham, who still remembers the previous timeline? If so, how did she experience the change in the timeline? Or if not, is she now lost in a timeline that will never come to pass? With the sticky matter of time travel, nothing is certain.

Related to the above question is the uncertainty of whether Discovery is even still a Starfleet ship, since Starfleet and the Federation may not even exist 950 years into the future. Back in the 23rd century, Discovery has been effectively wiped from memory thanks to Pike, Spock, and others who knew about it swearing to stay silent or risk a charge of treason. If Starfleet does still exist in the future that Discovery ended, it may have no records of the ship ever existing. If Starfleet and the Federation are gone, or changed beyond all recognition, then there’s the question of whether Discovery is still subject to Starfleet’s general orders and regulations, or whether it is now a completely independent spaceship, free to create its own rules and missions.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Solves Its Biggest Michael Burnham Plot Hole

On the road to figuring out what the Red Angel was and what it wanted, Discovery was led to Saru’s home planet of Kaminar, where the Kelpiens were subject to shortened lives at the hands of reigning species, the Ba’ul. After debate about the ethics of intervening with the planet’s society, the Kelpiens were ultimately liberated – at the risk of repeating history and having them potentially hunt the Ba’ul to near-extinction again. With that in mind, it’s somewhat unsettling to see Saru’s sister, Siranna, arrive at the battle in a Ba’ul fighter ship, with no real discussion of how she came to fly it. Have the Kelpiens and the Ba’ul found a way to co-exist peacefully, or do we need to consider the grim possibility that the Kelpiens returned to preying on the weaker species?

Page 2: Pike, Spock, and Discovery’s Potential Return

Fans have been clamoring for a spinoff series with Anson Mount’s Captain Pike, and those who watched Star Trek: Discovery‘s season finale could be mistaken for thinking that season 3 will be the adventures of Pike, Spock, and the Enterprise. The season ended with a clean-shaven Spock arriving on the Enterprise’s bridge, and Pike preparing to set off on a mission to check out a newly discovered moon. There’s already a Section 31 spinoff in the works, led by Michelle Yeoh’s Mirror Georgiou, so Pike and Spock could guest star in that… or perhaps CBS really will give Pike his own Star Trek show.

The Red Angel suit’s time crystal was burned out by the trip to the future, so in theory that should put an end to Burnham’s ability to time travel and destroy any hope of the Discovery crew’s return. However, since they already have the technology, Jett Reno has the know-how to make it work, and they know where time crystals can be found (assuming that Boreth hasn’t been destroyed in the interim years), it certainly seems feasible that the Discovery crew could find a way to time travel again. They left behind friends and family in the 23rd century and would no doubt love to return, even if it means leaving Discovery behind. And speaking of leaving Discovery behind…

Related: What To Expect From Star Trek: Discovery Season 3

There’s some confusion over when exactly the Short Trek episode “Calypso” is set. The trailer claimed that it was set “1000 years after Discovery,” and indeed Zora tells Craft that she was abandoned by her crew a thousand years ago, which led many to assume that it was set in the 33rd century. However, now that the Discovery itself has been transported almost a thousand years into the future, it’s possible that “Calypso” was actually set in the 43rd century – 2000 years after the events of season 2. While “The Brightest Star” and “The Runaway” have both tied into the events of the main show, “Calypso” remains a mystery. Why did the crew abandon Discovery, and at what point did the ship gain sentience? And does the V’draysh, the twisted version of the Federation, already exist in the future that Discovery has gone to?

Why would you ever have a blast door with a manual lever on only side? Also, why couldn’t Admiral Cornwell simply have been teleported to the other side of the blast door after pulling the lever? It seems like there are a lot of ways that this dramatic sacrifice could have been avoided.

Still, whoever designed that blast door does deserve some credit. Pike was able to casually stand a few feet away from an exploding photon torpedo that ripped a huge chunk out of Enterprise’s saucer section, and he barely flinched. That’s some solid engineering.

More: About That Star Trek: Discovery Borg Theory


2019-04-22 08:04:17

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Batman Beyond Reveals Alfred’s Role (After His Death)

Fans of the Batman Beyond universe have finally had a great mystery solved in heartwarming fashion, now that the comic books have revealed Alfred Pennyworth still has a role to play in the elderly Bruce Wayne’s life.

At least, that sure seems to be the case in the first pages of Batman Beyond #31 releasing this week. Until now, Bruce had no Alfred to rely upon in the far off future of Neo-Gotham, instead shifting to the mentor/Guardian role to his replacement, Terry McGinnis. But in our exclusive preview of Batman Beyond #31, a familiar voice returns to suggest Bruce was never able to part with his trusted butler, father figure, and mother hen. Not without finding an artificial replacement, anyway.

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There are too many unsolved mysteries in Batman Beyond‘s future to answer in a single comic book, but fortunately the absence of Alfred Pennyworth was never one to confound audiences. Considering the story is based on Bruce Wayne in his twilight years, nobody ever had to confirm that Alfred had passed away (as likely from natural causes as any other end). The series and comic books have made passing references to Alfred, but the new comic book from Dan Jurgens and Rick Leonardi may tease a truly satisfying fate guaranteed to bring a smile to every Batman fan’s face.

The issue begins with Bruce Wayne alive and well after Joker’s return, taking a stroll through the new vision of Arkham Asylum he is paying to create. When a mysterious power outage lets Bruce know that it’s time to get home and investigate the cause, he doesn’t have to worry about driving himself home. His new car features a robotic A.I. chauffeur… whose vocabulary and style sure feels familiar to fans of Bruce’s trusted butler. Take a look at the preview pages below:

It’s impossible to confirm that the A.I. voice and intelligence playfully commenting on Bruce’s drinking habits and coordinating his schedule is literally Alfred’s, since… well, you can’t hear a comic book. But the script used in the dialogue boxes, like the diction and tone, are all a perfect fit for Alfred Pennyworth. Considering how many memories Batman fans will be able to picture of Bruce Wayne sharing confidential insights with Alfred while driving through Gotham City, this single scene may have be worth the wait. DC has come up with plenty of ways to kill Alfred Pennyworth, and even shown how an artificial Alfred can kill to protect Bruce.

So fans can feel warm and fuzzy, knowing that in the future of Batman Beyond, Alfred was copied for no other purpose than to keep Bruce Wayne company. What else are old friends for? Pick up the full issue this Wednesday, and check out the full details and synopsis below:

  • BATMAN BEYOND (2019) #31
  • Published: April 24th, 2019
  • Writer: Dan Jurgens
  • Art: Wade Von Grawbadger, Rick Leonardi
  • Cover: Chris Samnee
  • Variant Cover: Ben Oliver
  • With a series of spectacular high-tech heists, a mysterious new villain known as the Splitt is preying on Neo-Gotham. Only Batman is capable of stopping him, yet Terry McGinnis wants nothing more than to get his life back to normal after his destructive battle with The Joker. Making this even more difficult is the strange, enigmatic fate of Bruce Wayne!

Batman Beyond #31 will be available from your local comic book store on April 24th, or direct from DC Comics.

MORE: 15 Things You Never Knew About Batman Beyond


2019-04-22 05:04:56

Andrew Dyce

Boyz n the Hood Director John Singleton Hospitalized After Stroke

Boyz n the Hood director was John Singleton hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The acclaimed filmmaker made history when he became the first black American to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the wake of Boyz n the Hood’s 1991 release, as well as being the youngest ever recipient of the honor, at age 24.

Though Singleton’s post-Boyz n the Hood output hasn’t reached the same status as that of his zeitgeist-defining 1990s inner-city drama, he has maintained a consistent output throughout the years, shifting more recently into TV. In fact, Singleton hasn’t made a feature film since 2011’s Taylor Lautner-led Abduction, which received a rather cold reception at the US box office, faring only slightly better internationally. That being said, Singleton’s work on the popular series Snowfall – about the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic and its effect on 1980s era Los Angeles – has been of particular note, as has his work on the Emmy-nominated documentary L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.

Related: 10 Best Performances By Rappers Turned Actors

Regardless of his cinematic or television output, the most recent news regarding Singleton is health related. According to Variety, the 51-year-old filmmaker has been hospitalized as the result of a stroke. Singleton’s family has released a statement, which states that the Boyz n the Hood director is “currently in the ICU and under great medical care.” The attending doctors have already characterized the stroke as “mild” and Singleton’s family is asking that the media and public now respect their privacy. The full statement reads as follows:

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”

Aside from the genuine quality of Boyz n the Hood, one of the reasons why the film found its mark so resolutely is that it focused on the realities that were occurring in America at that time. The tale of a group of friends dealing with the often-chaotic realities of life in 1990s South Central Los Angeles gave voice to a generation ravaged by poverty, gangs, and gun crime. Its unflinching ability to build empathy and awareness in its audiences broke down numerous social barriers of the time and helped give rise to a new era of black filmmaking in Hollywood.

With eight years having passed since he last released a feature film, fans of Singleton have been united in the opinion that it’s high time for something new. And while today, Hollywood continues to work toward more diverse and inclusive content, it’s definitely worth remembering that it was filmmakers like John Singleton who took those initial steps years earlier, putting issues faced by many marginalized people and communities directly in the spotlight.

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Source: Variety


2019-04-20 08:04:50

Mike Jones