Every MCU Post-Credits Scene Released Ahead Of Avengers: Endgame

Marvel releases every post-credits scene from movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Post-credits scenes have become an MCU staple, the thing that keeps moviegoers in their seats long after the credits roll. Some post-credits scenes have led to significant reveals, while others have teased future movies.

Avengers: Endgame will see the end of the massive story that has been a large part of Phase 3 of the MCU. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers saw half of the universe’s population get decimated at the hands of the Mad Titan Thanos. In Endgame, the Avengers will deal with the aftermath of that destruction, as well as come together to figure out exactly how they can fix the world, or at least stop Thanos from doing more damage. Marvel recently released a series of posters highlighting those Avengers who were among the fallen, as well as champion the current team of Avengers moving forward into the new film. However, the plot for Endgame is so secretive that only one actor, Robert Downey Jr., was allowed to read the entire Endgame script.

Related: Is Captain Marvel’s Post-Credits Scene Really From Avengers: Endgame?

In anticipation of the release of Endgame on April 27, Marvel took to Twitter and released the post-credits scenes from each of its movies, from 2008’s Iron-Man through 2019’s Captain Marvel.

Although we’re less than a week away from Endgame, no one knows how the film will play out and how the Avengers will finally defeat Thanos. However, Downey recently promised that the last eight minutes of the movie are the best in the entire MCU. As the film helps wrap up the end of the MCU’s Phase 3, which ends with Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s likely that some Avengers will die, or at least retire, with new team members taking up the helm, including Captain Marvel. In an Audi short film, it was revealed how Captain Marvel learned about the Avengers; that short film also confirmed that Goose, the Flerken disguised as a cat, survived Thanos’ snap.

Marvel has pulled out all the stops in promoting Endgame, spending a record-breaking $200 million on marketing. In comparison, the company only spent $150 million on Infinity War. It’s betting big on the finale to the story set up in Infinity War. It’s also likely that Endgame will become one of the biggest movies in box office history since the film has already substantially outsold Infinity War in pre-purchased tickets.

More: Captain Marvel’s End-Credits Scenes Explained

Source: Marvel

2019-04-22 01:04:23

Robin Burks

Ric Flair Says Charlotte Has Eclipsed His WWE Legacy Ahead of Wrestlemania 35

WWE legend Ric Flair believes that his own legacy has been eclipsed by that of his daughter, Charlotte. With fans constantly debating their “Mount Rushmore” of wrestling icons, one name that continues to be an ever-present part of that conversation is Ric Flair. Best known for his work in promotions such as WWE, WCW and TNA, Flair is billed as a 16-time World Champion, and is tied with John Cena for the record of most world title reigns. Known for his dastardly heel antics, endless charisma and dazzling in-ring ability, Flair is cited as a major influence by the likes of Triple H and his “Woo!” catchphrase continues to live on today, any time a wrestler delivers a mean chop to the chest.

Following in her father’s footsteps over the past six years is Ric’s daughter, Charlotte. After beginning her wrestling education with WWE, Charlotte enjoyed a meteoric rise through the women’s division, picking up belts on NXT, Raw and Smackdown Live! and bulldozing a path for female wrestling with a series of “first-ever” moments in feuds with the likes of Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch. Earning herself a reputation for being one of the best wrestlers in the world, male or female, Charlotte broke another milestone at last night’s Wrestlemania 35, participating in the first ever women’s Wrestlemania main event alongside Lynch and former UFC star, Ronda Rousey.

Related: John Oliver Slams WWE For Not Caring About Its Wrestlers’ Health

Despite her relative youth, Ric Flair has now claimed in a heartfelt social media post that he believes Charlotte’s legacy has beaten his own. Speaking shortly prior to Wrestlemania 35, Ric writes:

Any wrestler with a parent in the business suffers the inevitable tag of being nothing more than that famous wrestler’s son or daughter, but as the offspring of the one-and-only Ric Flair, Charlotte has been forced to deal with this more than most. While this was perhaps to be expected when Charlotte was still a rookie, the record-breaking eight-time World Champion moved out from her father’s shadow long ago, but still frequently suffers the demeaning label of being just “Ric Flair’s daughter.” ESPN recently made this very mistake, incurring Charlotte’s wrath and likely inspiring Ric’s latest emotional tribute.

While very few wrestling fans would dare argue that Charlotte hasn’t done more than enough to be judged by her own merits, it’s still perhaps too early to truly claim that she has eclipsed the legacy of her father, purely because Charlotte may still have more than a decade as an active wrestler, and it’ll take some years before WWE fans see the true measure of her influence. However, given Charlotte’s current list of accomplishments and the ground she has broken for women’s wrestling, there seems little doubt that when she does eventually hang up her boots, Charlotte Flair’s impact on the business will be greater than that of her father.

More: Wrestlemania: Batista Officially Announces Retirement After Loss To Triple H

Source: Ric Flair/Twitter

2019-04-08 09:04:35

Craig Elvy

Krypton Season 1 Releases On DC Universe Next Week Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere

The first full season of Syfy’s live-action Superman prequel Krypton is coming to DC Universe next week. Although Netflix is currently the king of the streaming wars, there is more competition arriving all the time. One of the new streaming services to launch last year was Warner Bros.’ DC Universe.

The digital service provides a much larger variety of activities for subscribers than a traditional streaming service, as DC fans can read digital versions of old comics, buy merchandise, and chat with fellow DC fanatics. However, one of the primary selling points of the service is the near complete library of DC content that it has to offer. DC Universe is the home of original live-action series’ like Titans, continuations with Young Justice: Outsiders, and decades of old movies and TV shows. The library of content is always growing, such as the addition of the original Shazam TV show, and now another one is on the way.

Related: Every DC Movie & TV Show Coming In 2019

DC Universe announced today at WonderCon that season 1 of Krypton will be made available on the service starting next week. All 10 episodes of the first season will be streamable starting April 5 to all subscribers. The arrival of the David Goyer and Cameron Welsh executive produced show comes ahead of Krypton‘s season 2 debut, which will happen sometime this summer.

The first season of Krypton debuted last year on Syfy, telling the story of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). The show is taking its own approach to the DC mythology, as DC characters like Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) and Brainiac (Blake Ritson) have appeared, along with General Zod (Colin Salmon). The first season surprised many who have already checked it out, and it being made available on DC Universe will give those who missed it a chance to catch up before season 2 arrives.

Just like season 1, Krypton season 2 is set to further expand the universe and use more characters familiar to DC fans. The biggest new addition is Lobo, who will be played by Emmett J. Scanlan. The super villain has already been featured several times in promotional photos for the season, giving fans an early look at how Krypton plans to bring him to life. He is just the beginning of the new surprises the show has in store, as a recently revealed Krypton season 2 teaser trailer offered a look at another classic Superman villain who will appear. With plenty of excitement in store for season 2, Krypton‘s nearing availability on DC Universe is an easy way to check out the series or revisit it.

MORE: What To Expect From Krypton Season 2

Krypton season 1 makes its DC Universe debut on Friday April 5.

Source: DC Universe

2019-03-29 06:03:40

Cooper Hood

Fox Officially Completes Distribution of Shares Ahead of Disney Deal

Disney‘s acquisition of Fox is now effectively complete. Reports of Disney’s interest in buying Fox first emerged in late 2017 but the complex transaction has experienced over a year of twists, turns and tribulations, while onlookers continued to speculate as to the ramifications the deal may have on certain franchises. Disney had to contend with a number of rival offers from Comcast but the Mouse House always looked more likely to get the deal over the line and by Summer 2018, they were once again the only contender in the race to acquire Fox and its assets.

Since then, the Disney/Fox deal has undergone a tedious and detailed legal approval process. Shareholders from both companies overwhelmingly backed the acquisition and approval was granted from the EU, subject to certain terms, as well as Brazil and finally Mexico earlier this month. On March 12, it was officially announced that the deal would finally close at 12:02am Eastern Time on March 20, 2019.

Related: A Complete Timeline Of The Disney Fox Deal

One of the final steps in this long process is the distribution of Fox shares. A previous announcement already confirmed how many shareholders had elected to take cash and how many chose to receive shares in Disney instead, and a new press release from 21st Century Fox has confirmed that the process is finally complete. The announcement confirms that all “issued and outstanding shares” have been paid out and also states that “21CF” and “Fox” are now separately listed as standalone publicly traded companies.

With this announcement, Disney’s acquisition of Fox is all but complete and with only hours now remaining until the official handover time, there is little left to do but wait for the deal to formally close.

Naturally, there are both positive and negative arguments regarding this landmark movie industry shift. On one hand, many moviegoers are understandably excited about the prospect of the mighty Disney acquiring certain key properties. One of the most hotly debated of these is the return of the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises to Marvel Studios, with the rights having previously belonged to Fox. This paves the way for these iconic Marvel characters to finally make their appearance in the MCU and many believe that this anticipation is damaging the forthcoming release of Dark Phoenix.

On the other hand, some spectators are warning that having so many media properties collected under the umbrella of a single company, in this case Disney, will prove to be detrimental to the movie industry as a whole. The argument suggests that as major studios continue to be bought by other major studios, the competitiveness and diversity of the business begins to suffer and smaller studios struggle to make an impact against their far richer competitors.

More: The Really Bad Effects Of The Disney-Fox Deal, Explained

Source: 21CF

2019-03-19 01:03:29

Craig Elvy

Captain Marvel IMAX Presales Are Tracking Ahead Of Wonder Woman, Thor 3

Captain Marvel IMAX ticket pre-sales are outpacing similar titles like Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming off a highly-successful 2018 that saw the franchise collectively move past the $17 billion mark at the worldwide box office and score the first ever Best Picture nomination for a comic book movie. Kevin Feige and company are hoping their good fortune continues in 2019, and their first film out of the gate is Captain Marvel. A 1990s period piece, it introduces audiences to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, who is going to be an integral part of the MCU moving forward.

Marvel Studios is riding a rather unprecedented hot streak for the past handful of years; every installment since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World has been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and they’ve all been box office smashes. Unsurprisingly, that’s expected to continue when Captain Marvel opens in early March. Initial reactions to the film were quite positive, and the film is poised for an opening weekend haul of more than $100 million domestically. Audiences can’t wait to see it on the big screen, evidenced by the number of people pre-ordering their tickets.

Related: Captain Marvel Makes Nick Fury’s Phase 1 Backstory Canon

According to IMAX, Captain Marvel is tracking better in advanced ticket sales than the likes of Deadpool 2, Wonder Woman, and Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel’s latest will open on a record 1,360 IMAX screens next week, illustrating the demand there is to watch the film in the premium format.

Considering Captain Marvel is also outpacing recent superhero films on Fandango, it isn’t surprising to see it do this well with IMAX. Blockbusters like MCU entries are designed to be seen on the biggest screen possible, bolstered by action set pieces and state-of-the-art visual effects. Judging by the Captain Marvel trailers, the film will have plenty of spectacle. Additionally, the early part of 2019 has been rather slow at the box office, with offerings like Glass and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part not leaving much of an impression. Audiences are hungry for a new tentpole, and Captain Marvel is definitely the biggest release since Aquaman at the end of last December. The arrival of a fresh Marvel movie was always going to give the marketplace a massive shot in the arm.

It’ll be interesting to see how much Captain Marvel makes in its first three days. Back in January, it was pegged to earn as much as $160 million, but those estimates later went down to the current $100 million. The actuals will probably be somewhere in between those two figures, but fans will get a better idea once the review embargo lifts and word-of-mouth continues to spread. At this point, the MCU is critic-proof and will always do well commercially, but a slew of positive reviews will only help Captain Marvel’s prospects and perhaps boost it past the expectations. Regardless, Marvel can once again sit back and watch the money come pouring in.

More: Guardians of the Galaxy Introduced The Skrulls Before Captain Marvel

Source: IMAX

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2019-02-28 01:02:26

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Rated Ahead of Sony’s CCXP Panel

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially been rated ahead of Sony’s CCXP panel on Saturday, indicating an online release shortly after. While MCU fans are left waiting to find out if the Avengers 4 trailer will arrive this week or not, there’s finally evidence to support the impending drop of a full trailer for Tom Holland’s Spidey sequel.

Spider-Man: Homecoming made it clear that the interest in solo Spidey movies still exists after making close to $900 million worldwide. The critical and financial success of the film helped give Sony and Marvel confidence to move quickly on a sequel, and they’ll do just that with Far From Home hitting theaters almost exactly two years after Homecoming. However, the movie has become an even larger talking point thanks to it being the first MCU movie to come out after Avengers 4 and the fact that Peter Parker is technically still a victim of Thanos’ snap, the Decimation. Since the Avengers: Infinity War sequel is full of mystery, we are still in the dark on what the state of the MCU will be when Far From Home begins.

Related: Everything Revealed By Spider-Man: Far From Home Set Photos

The first clues for this should come rather quickly though. Consumer Protection BC (via Trailer-Track) has officially rated the first full trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. The trailer will run for two minutes and 30 seconds, indicating this will not be a short mysterious teaser. The rating comes days ahead of Sony’s CCXP panel which was previously rumored to be the debut spot of the trailer. This looks even more likely now that the trailer has been rated and should mean that fans around the world will be able to see the trailer online shortly after it debuts in Brazil on Saturday.

There’s already plenty of interest in Far From Home, but it will be fascinating to see what the first trailer does and does not show. Sony has both the stealth suit and new red and black design on display at CCXP, so fans shouldn’t be surprised if either make an appearance in the trailer. Jake Gyllenhaal also recently confirmed his involvement as Mysterio with a hilarious video, so he should be heavily featured as well.

The big question for many in regards to Far From Home‘s trailer is how it will or won’t address its post-Avengers 4 status. There’s plenty of theories that Peter will be working for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the movie, but the organization is still defunct in the films and Nick Fury and Maria Hill are also snap victims. But, if Avengers 4 does end with major Avengers dying (such as Peter’s mentor Iron Man), this will surely play a part in Far From Home‘s story thanks to it picking up “minutes after” the Phase 3 conclusion. This should lead to plenty of trailer analysis for Spider-Man: Far From Home after it debuts on Saturday – especially if the Avengers 4 trailer isn’t out by then.

MORE: Every Spider-Man: Far From Home Update You Need To Know

Source: Consumer Protection BC [via Trailer-Track]

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2018-12-06 01:12:57

20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

The Flash Premiere Had The Arrowverse’s First Batwoman Easter Egg

The fifth season premiere of The Flash surprised fans by making the first official reference to the existence of Batwoman, months ahead of her first scheduled appearance during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this winter. The episode also dropped a number of references to the classic comic book mini-series Crisis On Infinite Earths, which has been hinted as an eventual occurrence in the future of the Arrowverse.

Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse was first announced shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2018, when the news broke that The CW was considering developing a television series based around Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who unintentionally followed in his footsteps when she became a vigilante. It was later confirmed that not only was The CW developing the series, but they intended to introduce Kate Kane as part of Elseworlds – the next annual Arrowverse crossover event. Ruby Rose, of Orange Is The New Black fame, was ultimately cast in the role of Kate Kane.

Related: First Look At Ruby Rose In Costume As Batwoman In Arrowverse Crossover

The nod to Batwoman came near the end of the third segment of “Nora.” The action of the episode centered around Nora West-Allen, the future daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, accidentally traveling back in time to before she was born and meeting her parents shortly after they got married. Barry quickly realized something was up when Nora seemed more concerned about spending time with him than doing the same with Iris and asked Nora, point blank, if that had anything to do his disappearance during a crisis in 2024, which he had read about in a future newspaper. Nora responded by showing Barry a newspaper from her time – the year 2049 – and confirming that he never returned home and that she grew up without a father.

Published 25 years to the day after the original article from the future, which was first seen in the first episode of The Flash, the 2049 article discusses the same crisis, but with a bit more detail. The 2024 article mentioned The Flash disappearing while fighting alongside Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl. The 2049 article lists a larger number of heroes being involved in the battle, including Batwoman. The article says:

“But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse-Flash leading an army of ‘shadow demons’.”

It is interesting to note that Batwoman is mentioned in the same sentence as Green Arrow and Elongated Man – two heroes who frequently fight alongside The Flash on Earth-One. Until now, it had not been confirmed what Earth in the Arrowverse Kate Kane would be based on, though most assumed she would be from Earth 38 – the same Earth as Supergirl – as that would make it easier for the two to team-up in the future, in the same way that Batman and Superman frequently join forces in the comics. The wording of the article would suggest, however, that Kate Kane will be from Earth-One.

The mention of Reverse-Flash leading an army of shadow demons is another point of interest, given that shadow demons were the main mooks of The Anti-Monitor – the villain of the Crisis On Infinite Earths mini-series, where The Flash seemingly died saving the multiverse. The article also makes mention of The Psycho Pirate – another super-villain who had a major role in the events of The Crisis. It has long been suspected that the Arrowverse would eventually reenact Crisis On Infinite Earths in live-action and this latest bit of news about Batwoman from The Flash premiere seems to make that probability all the more certain.

More: The Flash Fixes Plot Hole By Secretly Changing Arrowverse History

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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison

The Flash Confirms [SPOILER] Still Happens In Barry’s Future

Warning! SPOILERS for The Flash season 5 premiere ahead!

The Flash season 5 premiere just revealed the full impact of the Crisis of 2024 – the future event from which comes the newspaper headline, “Flash Missing, Vanishes in Crisis” – and it’s not good.

As far back as season 1, we’ve known thanks to the future edition of The Central City Citizen stored in Gideon’s archive that come April 25th, 2024, The Flash would disappear. Some details have changed with the various timeline shake-ups, but that fact remains the same – during a battle with the Reverse-Flash, Barry disappears. We also know that when they disappear they actually travel back to March 18th, 2000, where the Reverse-Flash attempts to kill a young Barry but instead kills his mother. The Reverse-Flash then tries returning to his own time but can’t because he’s been disconnected from the Speed Force, and what follows leads to season 1 of the show.

Related: The Flash Fixes Plot Hole By Secretly Changing Arrowverse History

As for The Flash, it’s been assumed that after saving his past self, but not his mother, Barry returns to 2024 to face whatever new timeline awaits him. But as we learn in tonight’s season 5 premiere, that isn’t at all what happens. Nora, Barry’s daughter from the future, shares with 2018’s Barry a newspaper headline dated April 25th, 2049 which reads: “25 Years Later – Flash Still Missing.” So The Flash did not return home after chasing the Reverse-Flash to 2000, and by the time Nora travels to the past to spy on her parents, he has yet to return.

Nora’s behavior makes a lot of sense now that we know her father has been missing since she was a toddler. All throughout the premiere, she’s spouting off factoids she learned by studying every single one of his adventures, and when it comes time for their first attempt at sending her back to the future, she hugs Barry like she’s never going to see him again. Nora has clearly grown up not knowing her father so she’s spent a lot of time trying to learn everything she can about him. It’s why she travels back in time – to see her dad in action as The Flash. Of course, with traveling back in time comes the risk of changing the future – something Nora may have already done.

But the more distressing news is what happens to The Flash of the future? Why after following the Reverse-Flash to the year 2000 did he not return for at least another 25 years? The Flash season 5 is absolutely going to explore this, possibly even flashing-forward to that future date and showing what really went on – which, according to Iris’ original article, should see The Flash teaming up with Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl to fight the Reverse-Flash as well as the ominous red skies and the immense destruction of Central City.

What The Flash season 5 may also do is explore how it is the future Flash comes back. We know that he must return because in 2056, a future Barry sends a message to Rip Hunter in 2016 warning him of Savitar. So he isn’t gone forever, just a lot longer than we initially thought. Nora’s newspaper has Barry gone for 25 years, and that isn’t exact but it’s very close to how long Barry is gone in the comics after Crisis on Infinite Earths – possibly DC Comics’ most famous storyline and in where The Flash sacrifices himself to save the world. He returns 23 years later in Final Crisis, revealing he had been stuck in the Speed Force. The CW’s The Flash has already done the whole ‘stuck in the Speed Force’ thing, so hopefully it won’t repeat itself, but it does appear as if they are preparing for The Flash of the future to finally make his return after being gone for a quarter-century.

Next: The Flash Season 5: New Cast & Character Guide

The Flash season 5 continues next Tuesday with ‘Blocked’ at 8pm/7c on The CW.

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2018-10-09 07:10:13 – Sarah Moran

Sony’s Kraven Movie May Include Spider-Man, Will Adapt Last Hunt Story

Richard Wenk, writer of Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie, has revealed he’s currently working on the script – and that the film could even feature Spider-Man. It seems Sony intends to draw upon the famous Kraven’s Last Hunt comic book arc.

Venom was something of a gamble for Sony Pictures; could their Spider-Man spinoffs possibly work? Although the critics haven’t been kind, the film’s box office performance has been even better than anticipated. It shattered October’s box office record, grossing $80 million domestically and a staggering $205 million worldwide in its opening weekend. So it’s hardly a surprise that Sony is now pushing full steam ahead with further spinoffs.

Related: All The Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

The Discussing Film podcast posted an interview with Wenk, who’s dropped what may well be something of a bombshell for Marvel fans. Wenk has revealed that he’s playing around with the concept of Kraven’s Last Hunt – and that he’s currently envisioning a story in which Kraven “comes face-to-face with Spider-Man.

It’s an interesting world, a great character… it’s in the Spider-Man universe. I’m going to adhere very closely to the lore of Kraven the Hunter, and he’s going to come face-to-face with Spider-Man. I think that where we’re all circling is that this is Kraven’s Last Hunt, and whether this is the precursor to that movie, whether it will include it, we’re talking about those things. And even the idea that maybe Kraven could be like Kill Bill, basically a two-part movie. It’s all in the mix.

This is a pretty remarkable statement, as it suggests Spider-Man could yet be considered part of Sony’s Spider-villains universe. It’s important to stress that Wenk is pretty early on in the writing process; he’s at the stage where, as he puts it, “you just kind of throw everything at the wall” to see what sticks. And yet, not only does Wenk explain that he’s been enjoying a collaborative relationship with other Sony (and Marvel?) figures, but he also sounds very confident indeed when describing the plan to have Kraven face off against Spider-Man. Even his references to Kraven’s Last Hunt should be seen in that light; that arc focused on the relationship between Kraven and Spider-Man, and on Kraven’s desperate desire to prove himself the wall-crawler’s equal before he passed away. It’s very hard indeed to imagine a version of Kraven’s Last Hunt without Spider-Man in it.

Assuming Wenk is right, there are two possible ways this could play out. Venom was deliberately designed to be easily retconned into the MCU, and its director Ruben Fleischer has openly said he believes a crossover between Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is “inevitable.” Given that’s the case, Marvel and Sony could have agreed to incorporate the Sony films into the wider MCU, with Tom Holland serving as a bridge between the franchises. The other possibility is that Sony is looking to cast their own version of Spider-Man, so viewers would get two distinctive big screen Spider-Mans at the same time. That approach would surely cause some problems between Marvel and Sony, though. Only one thing is certain; right now, the writer of Kraven the Hunter believes that his film will feature Spider-Man. It’ll be fascinating to see if he’s right.

More: Venom Ignoring Spider-Man is MORE Faithful To Comics

Source: Discussing Film

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2018-10-09 04:10:30 – Thomas Bacon