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Harry Potter: 10 Fanfiction Headcanons That Became Widely Accepted By The Fandom

Fans have a way of taking what the canon of a novel, film, or television show presents them with and creating something of their own out of it. With seven books and eight films, it was only a matter of time before fans took what J.K. Rowling offered, and expanded upon it.

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The smallest of moments become the source for the most popular headcanons and fanfictions. The wizarding world of Harry Potter includes a vast list of characters, creatures, and settings. Not only were Harry and his friends the source of many fanfictions and theories, but so were the Marauders, Lily, and Snape.

10 DRACO WAS ATTRACTED TO HERMIONE

The romantic pairing of Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger is a reasonably popular one amongst fans. While J.K. Rowling had tried to explain to fans numerous times that Draco was not harvesting a secret heart of gold underneath his cold ways, fans chose not to listen. Draco and Hermione tend to fall under a particular category of romance. Often, they are both too intelligent to become romantically involved with the rest of their peers. However, they also fall under Draco having a redemption arc, or even Hermione going dark herself. The Starkid productions of “A Very Potter Musical,” “A Very Potter Sequel,” and “A Very Potter Senior Year” all support this headcanon as well.

9 DRACO WAS SECRETLY IN LOVE WITH HARRY

Draco would often go out of his way to get a rise out of Harry. Many took that as Draco just reaching for any excuse to talk to his Gryffindor rival. On the other side, Harry’s sudden obsession with knowing Draco’s whereabouts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was a cover for Harry’s newfound attraction to Draco.

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They had a Romeo and Juliet type romance consisting of not only opposing family values but antagonistic houses that stood on different sides of a war. In matters such as this one, Hermione and Ron would be aware of Harry’s crush before he was, or Harry and Draco’s relationship would amuse them.

8 REMUS AND SIRIUS WERE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER

Sirius and Remus belong together. The two acted like an old married couple already, and as two of Harry’s operating parental figures, they would only get together in no time. In canon, they never did and remained friends from their reunion to their deaths. Remus even married Nymphadora Tonks. However, as Sirius never had a serious love interest during the series, but his closest relationship was with Remus, fans quickly brought them together. Similarly to how in headcanons Hermione and Ron would be supportive of Harry and Draco, James Potter would be aware of the romantic feelings between Remus and Sirius.

7 SEVERUS SNAPE IS HARRY’S FATHER

Even though James and Lily were married, some fans suspected that Harry’s biology was not that simple. Given the amount of history between James, Lily, and Snape, many headcanons suggest that James is not Harry’s father, but Snape is due to an affair Lily and Snape had. The anger at Harry’s existence mixed with Snape’s jealousy would also come from the uncertainty of who was indeed the youngest Potter’s father. These fanfictions tended to follow Harry and Snape, either being not too thrilled about the development or Snape being curiously patient for Harry to come around to the idea.

6 LILY POTTER THANKS MOLLY WEASLEY

With so many emotional deaths in the series, who was considered family did not always mean blood relation. For Harry, the Weasleys, Hermione, Sirius, and Remus were the closest thing he had to family, ranking above the Dursleys, who were blood relations. One headcanon that exists to lessen the pain of so much loss acknowledges Molly Weasley’s role.

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The headcanon shows that after Molly dies, she is greeted in the afterlife by Lily Potter and given a hug as a thank you for watching after Harry. In return, Lily tells Molly that she had been looking after Fred.

5 DUMBLEDORE IS EVIL

Even though Albus Dumbledore was known to be one of the most powerful wizards on the light side, he still made some shady choices. Due to this, fans suggest the reason behind Dumbledore’s odd decisions was not because he was too trusting, but because he was a master manipulator. The backup to this headcanon comes directly from Dumbeldore’s behavior in the series. Dumbledore knowingly left Harry with an abusive family for eleven years even though McGonagall had warned him they were awful. In fanfictions, this was to ensure that Harry would attend Hogwarts weak and willing to trust and believe everything Dumbledore told him. Often, the reason behind this comes from Dumbledore’s ambition to be known for greatness. Some fanfictions take it a step further, suggesting that Dumbledore had gone as far as to watch Tom Riddle turn dark and do nothing to prevent it, then set up James and Lily’s deaths after hearing the prophecy.

4 …THE WEASLEYS ARE TOO

Whenever Dumbledore is the antagonist, the Weasleys are not far behind. Usually, Molly, Ron, and Ginny are Dumbeldore’s pawns in his plan to gain control of Harry’s life. He keeps the Weasley family under his thumb by paying them, often money from Harry’s vault. Frequently, they do this by feeding Harry and Hermione love potions, explaining his random attraction to Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Hermione’s emotional outbursts towards Ron.

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By doing this, they have both Harry and Hermione distracted and unaware that Dumbledore and the Weasleys are controlling their lives. For the most part, Fred and George are left out of it, oblivious to their family’s wrongdoings.

3 PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL’S RETIREMENT

After having taught the Marauders, the Golden Trio, and the Weasley siblings, Professor McGonagall had seen every prank and watched as the Potters and Weasleys would break all the rules Hogwarts had to offer. After the Battle of Hogwarts, she wanted to rebuild the school that had been a home to many and return to educating young witches and wizards. However, life would not allow her to have too many years of peace. McGonagall would be happy for Harry Potter to have a happy family of his own but would be wary of the children he would share with Ginny Weasley. As Harry and Ginny’s first child, James Sirius Potter, would not only have the Potter and Weasley blood running through him but was also the namesake of two of the best pranksters Hogwarts had ever seen. Knowing this, McGonagall would circle the child’s eleventh birthday in a calendar to warn her that is the day she retires.

2 POST-BATTLE OF HOGWARTS

Fans have a never-ending list of ideas as to what happens between the end of the Battle of Hogwarts and the epilogue taking place nineteen years later. Sometimes the epilogue is ignored altogether, the story changing directions with how much the characters would have changed during the war. One of the most popular topics follows a “Marriage Law,” featuring everyone to receive a letter informing them that if they are currently not married or in a committed relationship, then they would be set up by a system and given the name of their spouse. Often, this had to do with the number of casualties produced by the war and the desire for repopulation.

1 GINNY AND ASTORIA MOCKED HARRY AND DRACO

After the years Harry and Draco spent as enemies, in hindsight, some of the ways they went about their rivalry may not look intimidating when watching people interact the same way. One headcanon suggests that after Harry and Draco married Ginny and Astoria, respectively, that whenever they would all run into each other while out, Ginny and Astoria would mimic Harry and Draco’s youthful arguments. The two women, jokingly, would strut up to each other and refer to the other only by their last name. They would make large, over the top, gestures as Harry and Draco looked on humiliated.

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2019-10-28 01:10:31

Lindsay Press

How The X-MEN’s Emma Frost Became An A-List Superhero

How did Emma Frost become an A-list member of the X-Men? Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne back in 1980, Emma Frost was originally envisioned as a major X-Men villain. Claremont and Byrne had hit upon the idea of the Hellfire Club, partly inspired by a British TV series called The Avengers. The Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club were ruthless industrialists, mutants who used their wealth and powers to serve their own ends. Emma Frost was one of their greatest leaders, the White Queen.

It didn’t take long for Emma Frost to become one of the X-Men’s most notable enemies. She founded a rival institution for Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, becoming a mentor to a group of young mutants she called the Hellions; they clashed with the New Mutants many times. Meanwhile, Emma Frost plagued the X-Men time and again, even body-swapping with Storm in one memorable story. And yet, we’re now at the point where Emma Frost has actually been a superhero for far longer than she’s been a villain. In fact, for all her villainous history, Emma has stood at the forefront of several incarnations of the X-Men. How did she become one of the X-Men’s A-listers?

Emma Frost’s road to heroism began in tragedy. She hadn’t founded the Hellions just to annoy Charles Xavier; the truth is that she cared passionately about her students, and loved teaching them. Tragically, in Uncanny X-Men #281 a group of rogue Sentinels were teleported into the Hellfire Club, and they slaughtered the Hellions. Emma herself was critically wounded, and left comatose for years. When she eventually awoke from a coma, she was heartbroken to learn what had happened to the Hellions. She took up residence at Xavier’s school while she struggled to work out how to rebuild her life.

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The answer, strangely enough, came through an alien invasion. The techno-organic race known as the Phalanx successfully captured the X-Mansion and replaced most of the X-Men, and Emma Frost numbered among the few mutants to escape before they were taken. Working with Banshee and Sabretooth – who at the time was undergoing intensive therapy in an attempt to “cure” his violent nature – Emma learned that the Phalanx were using Xavier’s records to find the next generation of mutants. The three rescued these teenage mutants; once the invasion was over, and the Phalanx had been defeated, Emma and Banshee were placed in charge of a new Xavier Academy.

The story of this young superhero team was chronicled in the pages of Generation X, and Emma Frost was one of the starring characters. She was a remarkably conflicted character, still dealing with her grief, used to getting her own way and attempting to impose harsh training regimens on the kids. She proved willing to go to any lengths to keep her students safe – right down to killing her own sister. Generation X was a popular book, but it was one of many cancellations when the comic book bubble burst in the mid-’90s and Marvel desperately attempted to avoid bankruptcy. Emma Frost was consigned to the background again.

In 2001, writer Grant Morrison took over the X-Men franchise in a high-profile relaunch. He didn’t originally have plans for Emma Frost – in fact he’d never even heard of her. But all that changed when a follower asked him about the character on his website; Morrison looked into Emma, and fell in lover with the character. He made her integral to his New X-Men run, sending her to the mutant nation of Genosha as a teacher, and making her suffer once again when Sentinels destroyed the mutant population. Emma Frost was the sole survivor, courtesy of an unexpected secondary mutation.

Morrison had Xavier move to the X-Mansion, where she began to fall in love with Scott Summers. Cyclops’ relationship with Jean Grey was going through a rocky patch after he’d been corrupted by Apocalypse, and Cyclops unwisely chose to go to Emma for advice. The result was a psychic affair, and of course it was only a matter of time before Jean grey – also a telepath – discovered it. The love triangle was a smart piece of writing on Morrison’s part; he believed the X-Men had gone stale, and to Morrison Jean represented the past and Emma stood for the future. By the end of Morrison’s New X-Men, Jean was dead and Cyclops was making out with Emma in front of her grave.

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Grant Morrison had perfectly positioned Emma Frost for a major role in the X-books, but it was Joss Whedon who truly developed her as a character. Emma became one of the most important members of his Astonishing X-Men run, and Whedon – a master at characterization – carefully set up a phenomenal team dynamic. There was a particularly rewarding dynamic between Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde, a younger X-Man who couldn’t put Emma’s past villainy behind her. Emma’s sarcastic, haughty wit was perfectly suited to Whedon’s writing style, and by the end of his Astonishing X-Men, Emma’s place had been cemented in the team.

The 2000s were one of the darker periods in X-Men history, with the mutant race brought to the brink of extinction by the Scarlet Witch. Cyclops became leader of the surviving mutants, attempting to prevent them being wiped out. That meant the morally ambiguous Emma Frost – Cyclops’ lover – naturally became one of the key X-Men. Successive writers found creative uses for her telepathy, such as psychically downloading new languages into the minds of the X-Men ahead of a mission.

Emma had never really subscribed to Xavier’s Dream, and she was willing to cross lines that the other X-Men weren’t. That led her to make some pretty dubious decisions, even working with Norman Osborn as his Black Queen for a time. But the relationship between Cyclops and Emma became increasingly strained, coming to a head in 2012’s Avengers Vs. X-Men. Both Scott and Emma had become hosts of a portion of the Phoenix Force, and it began to corrupt them. Ironically, Emma’s own duplicitous nature meant she was extremely aware of the Phoenix’s influence, and resisted it; but Cyclops fell, and he tore the Phoenix Force from her in an act that seemed disturbingly evocative of rape.

The next few years weren’t kind to Emma Frost, who seemed to have been reduced to little more than Cyclops’ lovesick ex. Emma Frost literally became a villain again in Inhumans Vs. X-Men out of grief for Cyclops, and her entire arc in James Rosenberg’s recent Uncanny X-Men run was an attempt to save mutantkind in order to get back with her ex. Fortunately, superstar comic book writer Jonathan Hickman seems to intend to redeem Emma Frost again, making her a member of the council of the mutant nation of Krakoa. She’s set to play a major role in Gerry Duggan’s Marauders book, and it looks promising; he’s also brought Kitty Pryde into the team, bringing back one of Emma’s best dynamics. Emma Frost is back on the front lines of the X-Men, and that’s just where she belongs.

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2019-10-13 08:10:10

Thomas Bacon

RuPaul’s Drag Race: 10 Funniest Quotes From The Show That Became Mainstream

There is no denying that RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a pop culture phenomenon. Nowadays, this franchise is an Emmy-winning, social media-conquering, popular culture-shaping juggernaut for VH1 and its parent company Viacom as a whole.

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All in all, the Drag Race vernacular has entered mainstream consciousness and spilled all over the different parts of the entertainment industry. Many of the show’s iconic catchphrases and hilarious quotes are now part of everyday lingo, not only forwarding the Paris Is Burning language, but also creating its own Drag Race-specific references. Read below to find out some of the funniest quotes of the show that became mainstream.

10 “NO T, NO SHADE, NO PINK LEMONADE”

Jasmine Masters has conquered the internet with her short videos on social media. In 2019, for instance, Ms. Masters went viral with her “And I oop–” quote from a video posted online.

When it comes to RuPaul’s Drag Race quotes that went mainstream, we certainly have to mention Jasmine Masters’ “No T, no shade, no pink lemonade” quote on season 6, which has become something that a lot of people say in different contexts. Essentially, this quote means, “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but…”

Despite her short run on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, it is always a hoot to watch Jasmine Masters on TV. Thankfully, we can count on her online presence to laugh with this iconic queen.

9 “DON’T GET BITTER, JUST GET BETTER!”

Alyssa Edwards may not have done well during the “RuPaul Roast” episode of season 5, but her “Don’t get bitter, just get better” quote during that challenge was certainly one for the books. Over time, this quote also ended up entering mainstream consciousness, as it is something that people find both general enough and relatable enough to say.

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Another iconic thing about Alyssa Edwards on RuPaul’s Drag Race is her signature tongue pop, which is now widely recognizable and imitated by virtually every drag queen in the world.

8 “YOUR TONE SEEMS VERY POINTED RIGHT NOW”

Throughout Drag Race history, it is hard to find a bigger lovable rebel than Willam. All in all, Willam has an eerie calmness to her, as well as a hilarious and self-conscious narcissism that is hard to imitate.

During the Untucked episode of season 4’s “Frenemies,” Phi Phi O’Hara went off on Willam, assertively telling her that Drag Race was “a show for talented people” and saying that the queen should not be there at all. After Phi Phi’s succession of insults, Willam calmly replied, “Your tone seems very pointed right now.”

As a GIF, Willam’s quote has grown a life of its own, as it is understandably a very relatable response to just about any accusation or aggressive behavior that may be directed at you.

7 “BACK ROLLS!?”

At this point, the entire world knows that “Back rolls!?” is the best of saying “I have no idea what this person is talking about, and how dare they.”

This quote was delivered by Alyssa Edwards during an Untucked episode of season 5, as Jade Jolie was accused the queen of displaying back rolls on the runway. This quote is so mainstream that it even made its way to an episode of Jeopardy!.

6 “BECAUSE I AM WHAT? SICKENING.”

On season 3, Shangela was a returning contestant with a lot to prove. However, Mimi Imfurst was not very content with this queen’s return to the series, and decided to point out that she had heard rumors about Shangela having a ‘sugar daddy.’

What followed Mimi Imfurst’s accusation was a sickening response from Shangela, as she candidly delivered what has become one of the most widely-recognized quotes in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race. In response to Mimi, Shangela said: “I don’t have a sugar daddy. I’ve never had a sugar daddy. If I wanted a sugar daddy, yes, I probably can go out and get one, because I am what? Sickening.”

5 “THE SHADE… THE SHADE OF IT ALL.”

It is impossible to think about season 4 without remembered Latrice Royale, and her iconic first appearance on Drag Race was kicked off on the very first episode, when the queen delivered her “The shade… The shade of it all” quote.

“The shade of it all” has largely defined the Drag Race franchise. There are various song titles, podcast names, and an incredible variety of GIFs that all reference this one quote from Latrice Royale.

4 “FACTS ARE FACTS, AMERICA!”

There is no doubt that Monique Heart’s one-on-one interview segments on season 10 stood out from all of the other contestants. Despite the fact that this queen delivered several iconic quotes, the most iconic line of all was certainly “Facts are facts, America!”, which she said while breaking the fourth wall on Drag Race.

This line has become so popular and mainstream that politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even tweeted it out in January of 2019, in reference to the importance of fact-checking information in the age of the internet.

3 “YOU’RE PERFECT YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, YOU LOOK LIKE LINDA EVANGELISTA”

While this certainly did not start out as a ‘funny’ moment, Aja’s resentful “Linda Evangelista” speech to Valentina on season 9 has become one of the most hilarious and iconic quotes in the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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The full quote goes, “You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you’re a model. Everything about you is perfect. Did you stone those tights? Oh, you’re smiling!” This unforgettable moment has been remixed as a song quite a few times over the years, and it had been shared repeatedly as a GIF on social media.

2 “MISS VANJIE (3X)”

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo was sent home first on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but little did she know that her runway exit would become one of the most mainstream moments in the history of reality show competitions. Her “Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie” chant while walking backwards went on to be referenced countless times by celebrities everywhere.

To name a few, Rihanna has said “Miss Vanjie” during an Instagram story, RuPaul wore a Miss Vanjie necklace to the Time 100 Gala, and countless memes have been shared online using the phrase. This has not only solidified Vanessa Vanjie Mateo’s place in Drag Race history, but it has also catapulted the franchise itself to new mainstream heights.

1 “NOT TODAY, SATAN. NOT TODAY.”

On season 6, Bianca Del Rio was the queen of everything. This queen killed every challenge, delivered iconic one-liners during her one-on-one interviews, and ultimately became one of the most widely respected Drag Race winners of all time.

When ranking Bianca Del Rio’s quotes on the show, it is hard not to put “Not today, Satan. Not today.” at the very top. Over time, this quote has developed an entire life of its own, being worn as a t-shirt by celebrities, said by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and even referenced on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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2019-09-22 01:09:33

Bernardo Sim

Venom’s Kid Just Became Marvel’s GROSSEST Symbiote | Screen Rant

Warning: SPOILERS for Venom #18

Marvel’s symbiotes may spawn offspring at an alarming rate, but Venom may have just one TRUE child. Both Eddie Brock and his symbiote Other created, raised, and bid farewell to ‘Sleeper,’ hoping it would embody the best of them both. But it looks like Venom’s dreams for their child have turned into the stuff of nightmares.

With Carnage attacking every symbiote in the world, it might seem like Eddie Brock would welcome a friendly face into the fight. Especially one commanding the host that Sleeper has chosen to bond with. But now that Sleeper has returned in Absolute Carnage, the symbiote offspring fans thought they knew has a secret. When it left Earth in control of an ancient Kree, Venom’s child was Marvel’s most dangerous symbiote. Now, it’s the most disturbing.

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When Venom readers last saw Sleeper, it was in the pages of Mike Costa and Mark Bagley’s Venom: First Host #5. It was that limited series that, as the name implies, introduced Marvel fans to Tel-Kar, the Venom symbiote’s very first host. While he played it innocent to start, Tel-Kar’s malice eventually rose to the surface. As a Kree soldier who used the symbiote like a tool, his attempts to recapture and claim the Venom symbiote were ended by its offspring Sleeper–permanently.

In case the above panels from First Host #5 aren’t clear, Sleeper saved the life of Eddie Brock (and all of humanity) by merging with Tel-Kar. Only unlike most other times Venom fans have witnessed the act, Sleeper achieves the task by force. Since the Kree soldiers who used Klyntar as weapons effectively shut down their brain functions–making them not really ‘symbiotes’ at all–Sleeper decided to do the same. Once Tel-Kar stopped screaming Sleeper explained the answer to its father, Eddie:

I lobotomized him. He made my parent his mindless servant. Turnabout seemed like fair play… This body is strong. There are depths of knowledge and memories in this mind. Worlds. Galaxies. I’ve been kept in a cage my whole life. There’s so much to see out there. And I will see it. I know you did your best, father. But I don’t need a cage anymore.

If Sleeper seemed a bit cold, or vengeful, it might have been forgiven. Sure it lobotomized a host in just its first day outside of the laboratory, but what kid doesn’t make some mistakes? And considering how easy to hate Tel-Kar really was, the idea of Sleeper using him to travel the stars, ancient roles, reversed, seemed like justice. But Donny Cates and Iban Coello have a surprise for First Host fans. When Sleeper comes to the rescue of Eddie Brock’s son Dylan, it doesn’t hesitate to satisfy the boy’s curiosity by revealing its host.

It would seem that Sleeper made a grave miscalculation in its symbiosis, as Tel-Kar has become the husk-like corpse of the man he used to be. The level to which Venom fans will be disturbed knowing its symbiote offspring has piloted a dead body across space may vary. But the length of Tel-Kar’s hair may suggest the forced symbiosis worked for at least some time. Ghost-Spider readers have gotten a recent reminder that even Gwen Stacy’s symbiote needs to eat, meaning a host must supply the nourishment needed for themselves AND their Other. It’s possible Sleeper never learned that balance before departing, or that a completely unwilling symbiosis, or one between a symbiote and a lobotomized host can’t actually survive.

Whatever the scientific or fictional explanation behind it, Sleeper has distinguished itself as a symbiote willing to do what others would never think to attempt. We suppose there is something to be proud ofin that claim… although we’re hoping the rest of the Absolute Carnage event gives Sleeper a chance to redeem itself.

  • Venom #18
  • Written by: Donny Cates
  • Art by: Iban Coello
  • Cover by: Kyle Hotz
  • ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN! Carnage’s unlikely and symbiotic allies swarm Venom and his family! As all hell continues to break loose as Carnage’s army swarms the streets of New York, Eddie Brock has his hands full at Rex’s Warehouse!

Venom #18 is available now from your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-09-16 07:09:06

Andrew Dyce

Grey’s Anatomy Guest Stars That Later Became Famous In Their Own Right

For the past decade and a half ABC’s medical soap opera, Grey’s Anatomy, has been one of the most successful and beloved shows on television. And while the show made stars out of its cast of relatively unknown actors, the staggering longevity of the series, in addition to its constant rotation of many guest stars, means that a lot of actors who had guest spots on Grey’s Anatomy when they were still unknown have gone on to have some great success and recognition in the entertainment industry.

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Undoubtedly, any working actor who hasn’t gotten their big break yet would kill to have an appearance on a show like Grey’s Anatomy, and the fact that so many of GA‘s former guest stars have gone on to bigger and better things just goes to show how good of an eye they have for casting. So here are 10 of the most recognizable faces who had guest roles on Grey’s Anatomy before making it big.

10 Dean Norris

Actor Dean Norris has actually been working in television and film for quite a long time, his career began in the late 80s and he has been steadily working ever since. But this Yale-educated actor really hit it big when he scored the role of Hank Schrader on the incredible TV series Breaking Bad. And while Norris began acting on Breaking Bad in 2008, he actually had a guest appearance on two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy in the year 2007. He played the role of Vince, a mechanic who was a part of the ferry crash and who was pinned down by a rolling car when he was helping other passengers escape.

9 Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer is yet another actress who has built up a really solid resume of guest spots on TV shows and bit parts in feature films before finally hitting it big. Keke’s star seems to be continually on the rise, but her first really big break was probably when she scored the role of Zayday Williams on the short-lived Ryan Murphy series Scream Queens. She has gone on to have significant roles in TV shows like Star, Berlin Station, and Scream: The TV Series, but she also made an appearance on Grey’s Anatomy a couple of years before she started to hit it big.

8 Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman is an actress who is most recognizable for her role in the NBC series Good Girls as well as her leading role in the teen comedy The Duff, but she has been working in the entertainment industry since she was literally a child.

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By the time that Mae made her appearance on Grey’s Anatomy she had actually already been working in TV and film for more than a decade, however, she wasn’t the household name that she is today. She appeared in a two-episode arc as a character who was having dangerous spinal surgery to treat her severe scoliosis.

7 Leslie Odom Jr.

When it comes to a sudden burst of success in the entertainment industry, actor Leslie Odom Jr. had a pretty unusual meteoric rise. Odom was actually a working actor in TV and film, but the project that launched him into the national spotlight was a Broadway play of all things. By this point, everyone on earth has heard of Hamilton, and Odom’s role in the unique play made him a near household name. But before he was hitting it big in the most successful musical in decades, Odom had a single appearance on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy in the fifth episode of season 5.

6 Dylan Minnette

Dylan Minnette is most recognizable for his role as Clay Jensen in the hit Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why, but he was a relatively successful child actor who consistently booked work for years before finally making it to the big leagues in television. Minnette appeared in the Grey’s Anatomy episode titled “Haunt You Everyday”.

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The episode was a Halloween holiday episode, and Minnette played the role of Ryan. Ryan is a little boy who’s mother works in the cafeteria and who also happens to need some ear reconstruction surgery, and after “trick or treating” for everything the surgery requires he ultimately gets what he was looking for.

5 Jesse Plemons

Jesse Plemons has reached the highest peaks of his career (so far anyway) relatively recently with the success of his appearances in TV shows like Fargo and films like Game Night, but he first became a more recognized actor when he scored the gig of Landry Clarke on the TV series Friday Night Lights. And around the time that Jesse was first getting the ball rolling on Friday Night Lights, he also made an appearance on Grey’s Anatomy. Plemons was completely unrecognizable in the role though, he played the part of a boy named Jake Burton who suffered from lionitis, which required Plemons’ face to be completely covered by prosthetics.

4 Sarah Paulson

You do not want to mess with the Supreme. Sarah Paulson is most recognizable for her role in the horror anthology series American Horror Story, but apparently she just has a certain don’t mess with me vibe, because just prior to her debut in AHS Paulson appeared as a young Ellis Grey in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

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And if we may say so, that is some pretty brilliant casting. Paulson can easily and pretty perfectly encapsulate the intelligence, severity, and aggression that most Grey’s Anatomy fans and viewers would expect to see from the young medical superstar that is Ellis Grey.

3 Millie Bobby Brown

Before Millie Bobby Brown was throwing vans with her mind and possibly single-handedly taking down the USSR she made a guest appearance on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The Stranger Things star had a guest spot on the season 11 episode of Grey’s Anatomy titled “I Feel The Earth Move”, and she played a little girl named Ruby. Ruby finds herself in a cabin in the woods with her mom, and when a sudden earthquake hits Ruby’s mom falls and injures herself. When Ruby calls into the hospital, Dr. Owen Hunt talks her through a series of treatments to help her mom before real medical help can arrive.

2 Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss is a critically acclaimed actress who is most well known for her role as June Osborne in the Hulu smash hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, but her star has been consistently on the rise since she began playing the role of Peggy Olson on AMC’s Mad Men. And Moss actually made a single episode appearance on Grey’s Anatomy in the same year that she started on Mad Men. Elisabeth played a character named Nina Rogerson, the incredibly protective daughter of a woman who was consistently sick because of a rare bone disease and who sadly died in surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital.

1 Tessa Thompson

When Tessa Thompson made her debut on Grey’s Anatomy as Richard Webber’s niece and a survivor of ovarian cancer, she was undeniably charming and cute as a button, but it’s doubtful that anyone watching her realized how much her career was going to take off in a few years. There are few roles more sought out and coveted in Hollywood than the roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it seems that Tessa Thompson’s role in the MCU is only going to get bigger. Valkyrie was initially introduced into the MCU as one of Thor’s many sidekicks, but she was recently promoted to the King of Asgard.

NEXT: Grey’s Anatomy: The Best Episode In Every Season, Ranked


2019-09-16 03:09:03

Hilary Elizabeth

Preacher Finally Reveals How Cassidy Became A Vampire

Preacher season 4 has finally revealed how Cassidy was first turned into a vampire. Since his chaotic introduction in Preacher‘s first season, Joseph Gilgun’s anarchic, party-loving Cassidy has been somewhat of an enigma. Preacher never fully explores the existence of vampires on Earth, instead presenting them as just another hidden quirk of a mad and unholy world. Their mythology was somewhat expanded in Preacher season 3 with the addition of a vampire fan club that lured Cassidy in with the promise of camaraderie and willing blood donors, and it had already been revealed that the vampire had a son that had already lived past middle age.

For the most part, however, Cassidy’s history and motivations have remained a secret, with the character driven purely by his love for Tulip and a lack of any other attachments in life. In the early stages of Preacher season 4, it’s perhaps an understatement to say that Cassidy endures a tough time but, strangely, he appears resigned to his fate. Captured by The Grail back in Preacher season 3, Cassidy is rescued by Jesse and Tulip but ultimately refuses to escape, instead opting to return to an endless cycle of torture at the hands of foreskin-obsessed pain expert, Franky Toscani.

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In a break from the penile mutilation, Cassidy decides to open up to his angelic cellmate, who immediately senses a backstory coming. The ensuing flashback takes viewers to Ireland in 1916 – a period of great conflict for the country, when Republicans took part in the Easter Rising in an attempt to finally end rule by the British. Known then as Proinsias Cassidy, Gilgun’s character is a rebel trying to make his family proud by fighting for his country’s independence, but it’s painfully obvious that the young man is out of his depth on the battlefield.

Cassidy and his young, scared comrade, Billy, are caught in a bomb blast and the latter loses a foot in the attack. Approached by 2 British soldiers, Cassidy watches on, immobilized by fear, as Billy is brutally murdered. Horrified, separated and on the run, Cassidy is hiding from passing enemies when he finds himself stuck in a marshy swamp. A mysterious figure then rises from the waters, desperately trying to drag Cassidy down into the depths, and after the Irishman fights back, the creature lands a bite on Cassidy’s neck. Shamed by both his cowardice and his newfound status as a vampire, Cassidy refuses to return home to his family.

This is more or less the same as Cassidy’s origin in the Preacher comic books, with the key difference being that Billy survives the actual Easter Rising conflict and he and Cassidy are both attacked by the swamp creature. Instead of escaping, Cassidy is dragged away by the vampire and never sees Billy again. Why the vampire attacks from a swamp isn’t clear, and while bloodsuckers certainly have a place in Irish mythology, there are no direct links to the monster seen in Cassidy’s backstory.

Nevertheless, a great deal has been learned about Cassidy as a character, and a reason for his self-destructive behavior has perhaps been provided. After Cassidy chose not to escape from The Grail, Franky Toscani speculated that the vampire felt unworthy of freedom. Viewers might’ve assumed that this had something to do with his feelings for Tulip and keeping their affair a secret from Jesse, but it now seems that leaving Billy to die is the true source of Cassidy’s anguish. As well as explaining why Cassidy chose not to walk free in Preacher‘s season 4 premiere, this reveal might also account for the vampire’s generally carefree attitude and his clear difficulty in forming healthy bonds with others.

More: Amazon’s The Boys Learns From Preacher’s Season 1 Problems

Preacher season 4 continues with “Search & Rescue” August 18th on AMC and Amazon Prime.


2019-08-13 12:08:25

Craig Elvy

Forget Venom, CARNAGE Just Became Marvel’s Top Symbiote

Warning: SPOILERS for Absolute Carnage #1

Every fan of Spider-Man and Venom knows the maniac called Carnage, but Marvel’s newest event aims to redefine the villain as a singular symbiote super predator. If Cletus Kasady was a monster, then Absolute Carnage is making him into a living nightmare.

Fans have had months to prepare for the event, but now that the first issue of Absolute Carnage has released it’s clear no amount of lead-in could soften the sheer force of Carnage’s arrival. For once Cletus Kasady has a mission he’s sticking to, and has been biding his time silently picking off former symbiote hosts. Now, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote are the only ones standing on the front line to meet him. And if fans were hoping Carnage would prove himself as the greatest of Venom’s villains… that time has come. SPOILERS ahead.

As with any major comic event, there are sure to be plenty of readers who are eager to jump in, but haven’t been following the weeks, months, or in this case years of set-up. While the first issue of Absolute Carnage does spend a few pages summarizing the story so far, there’s no way to convey just how much of a horrific origin this incarnation of Carnage endured to come back to life. Which, in itself, may be a surprise to some fans: that’s right, Cletus Kasady died in a prior Marvel Comics event. Fans might accept that the Devil himself spat Cletus back out into the world, fearing what he might do in Hell. But in reality, the resurrection of Carnage is much, much cooler.

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Every comic event is described as ‘years in the making,’ but the Absolute Carnage event actually is firmly planted in the new Venom mythology Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have been building since taking over the series. Long story short: Eddie Brock faced a symbiote dragon that revealed the origin of the symbiotes, the ‘children’ of the ancient being known as Knull, God of Symbiotes. Venom defeated said symbiote, but when a cult saw their chance to commune with a God–even a symbiote one–they harvested a scrap of the dragon… and combined it with the corpse of Cletus Kasady. Needless to say, they paid dearly for that gamble.

It was the cultists’ intention to give Knull a new host body, but anyone who knows the mind and crazed spirit of Cletus can see why the plan went awry. Instead, it was Cletus who took control from Knull, shaping the symbiote into a new, stronger, godlike form of Carnage. With so little of his actual body remaining, that version of Carnage is able to take the infinitely more unsettling form readers can see above. But more importantly, his communion with Knull showed Carnage that each symbiote, and each host with which it ever bonded, contains a scrap of Knull’s essence. That was all Cletus needed to know to set Absolute Carnage into motion… hunting down and eating every Marvel character who ever bonded with a symbiote. That’s the plan, anyway.

If it’s frightening to think of Carnage given the powers of a symbiote deity, then it should be downright terrifying to see Venom realize they are not strong enough to face him, let alone defeat him. So as satisfying as it may be to see Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote reunite after their recent break-up, the happiness is short-lived. It’s the most panicked that the symbiote has ever seemed, and almost immediately, readers of Absolute Carnage #1 learn why. Carnage is here, and he wants Eddie first.

To truly double down on the absolute horror and grotesque nature of ‘Cletus Kasady, but a nightmare god,’ Cates and Stegman indulge in what can only be described as Freddy Krueger levels of stomach-turning body horror. A prelude one-shot showed a glimpse of Carnage’s ‘infection’ strategy–and it’s not for the squeamish. Plucking off a worm-like piece of his own symbiote and driving it into a subject’s brain, these Carnage-ized husks went off in search of former hosts (scouts, more or less). Or in the case of the horde of rats he infected, sent them to eat Captain Marvel’s beloved cat. We told you he was more monstrous than ever.

Credit to the storytellers though, as Absolute Carnage #1 sees Cletus pursue Venom into the infamous Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane, and take the chance to recruit an army in even more horrifying fashion. With the symbiote restoring Cletus to his human form, the serial killer struts down the halls of Ravencroft, singing a tune and tearing a hole into his own chest cavity–to the mad cheers and delight of the inmates watching. Until he comes out with handfuls of said symbiote worms, and begins flicking them into each cell as he passes. Even before the screams erupt, and the doors blow off their hinges, the reader knows what’s coming… even if Venom can’t possibly predict it.

The wave of Carnage-ized criminals that come storming into the book’s final pages demonstrate the true power and scale of Carnage’s new abilities. In fact, with just a single form of Carnage too much for Venom or any other superhero to likely tackle, the ability to puppeteer countless symbiote soldiers makes his victory seem inevitable. Of course, it wouldn’t be an event without an unexpected twist… so maybe there’s still hope after all? Fans who need to get an immediate fix of symbiote psychopathy can read our preview of Absolute Carnage now, before picking up a copy of their own. Read on below for the full solicitation details and plot synopsis for the event’s first issue:

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1

Written by: Donny Cates

Art by: Ryan Stegman

Inks by: JP Mayer

Colors by: Frank Martin

Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Featuring action-packed extras including a Cover Gallery, Script, Inked And Color Pages and more! After turning Venom’s world upside down a year ago, DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time CARNAGE has come calling, and everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! He’s skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but Cletus Kasady at last stands poised to make his grand return to New York in a blistering triple-sized story…and he wants to paint the town red!

Absolute Carnage #1 is available now at your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics. The story continues in Absolute Carnage #2 alongside Venom #17 on August 28th, 2019.

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2019-08-08 06:08:23

Andrew Dyce

How Thor Became Unworthy In Marvel Comics | Screen Rant

Thor has become unworthy of using the Mjolnir in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel Comics, but for very different reasons. The god of Thunder’s debut in the MCU centered around his exile to Earth as a mortal and his unworthiness to wield the Mjolnir. In the comics, this was explored deeper, even getting a limited series literally titled The Unworthy Thor.

Thor’s worthiness and ability to use the Mjolnir was a central theme in his introduction to the MCU, with audiences eventually learning that anyone worthy of it can lift the hammer, such as Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. This is pretty much the same in the comics: only those worthy of it will be able to lift it, but the reason behind Thor’s unworthiness had nothing to do with arrogance.

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During the events in the Original Sin storyline in 2014, Nick Fury, with the powers of the Watcher, whispered something to Thor that caused him to lose the ability to use the Mjolnir, making way for another worthy character that soon took the name (and powers) of Thor: Jane Foster. After this, Thor continued his journey under the name “Odinson”. Fury’s words weren’t revealed until the limited series The Unworthy Thor in 2016, and with them what truly made Thor not being able to lift the hammer anymore.

Fury’s words were “Gorr was right,” which connect with Thor, God of Thunder, where Gorr the God Butcher goes after the Gods as he believes they have forgotten to help those in need and, because of that, they should die. With this, Thor realized that he and the rest of the Gods are not worthy of admiration as they are “vain and vengeful creatures”, making it impossible for him to use the hammer. Prior to that revelation, Odinson had the chance to take the Ultimate Mjolnir but decided not to, instead channeling the power of it to return Asgard to its rightful place after the events in Secret Wars, with the help of Beta Ray Bill. After keeping the hammer away from the Collector and saving Asgard, Odinson would have most likely been worthy again, but these actions wouldn’t have changed his situation that much if he still found himself unworthy not only of the hammer but of the love and admiration of mortals and his overall role as a God.

With Thor: Love and Thunder officially part of the MCU’s Phase 4, and Natalie Portman coming back as Jane Foster and taking on the role of Thor along with Chris Hemsworth, it’s clear that Marvel Studios is taking some ideas from the events in Original Sin and The Unworthy Thor to make the change. What’s unclear, however, is whether they will make Thor Odinson unworthy, perhaps instead proving that Foster has the qualities that make a person worthy of using the hammer. After all (and as mentioned above), Vision and Captain America were able to use it while Thor was worthy.

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2019-07-26 01:07:04

Adrienne Tyler

Jane Foster Just Became Marvel’s NEW Queen of Asgard

Marvel Comics has just made Jane Foster Queen of Asgard in this week’s War of the Realms #2. Writer Jason Aaron took over the Thor franchise back in 2012, and for the last seven years his ongoing story has been building to a head. This year’s Marvel Comics event, “War of the Realms,” is the climax of everything Aaron has been doing all along.

Jane Foster has been a major part of Aaron’s run. Under Aaron’s pen, Jane was transformed from a secondary character into a series lead when she proved herself worthy to wield Mjolnir. Jane Foster understood that the cosmos needs a Thor, and she was willing to pay a heavy price in order to meet that need; Jane had been diagnosed with cancer, and unfortunately the transformation into Thor reversed any positive effects from her chemotherapy. But that didn’t stop her, not least when the Mangog attacked and destroyed Immortal Asgard. She transformed into Thor one final time in order to defeat the Mangog, a victory that led to the destruction of Mjolnir, and barely survived thanks to Odin’s intervention.

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Jane’s chemotherapy has been successful, and there’s no longer a trace of cancer in her system. As such, as War of the Realms #2 reveals, when Malekith and his forces invade Earth Jane is keen to take to the front lines. She strikes a crucial blow against the leader of the Dark Elves, striking down his War Witches and giving Doctor Strange a chance to teleport the Avengers to safety so they can regroup and launch a counter-attack. With Odin exhausted and in need of the Odinsleep, Freyja considers a desperate suicide mission in order to rescue Thor from Jotunheim. She cannot leave the Asgardian refugees without a leader – and so she names Jane Foster All-Mother of Asgard in her place.

It’s testimony to the sheer scale of the “War of the Realms” event that such a momentous act happens in just two panels, and that Jane is entirely distracted watching monitors showing Malekith’s forces overrunning New York. While Jane is by no means the star of this event, Aaron is ensuring she’s a constant presence in the background. Given Jane is no longer suffering from cancer, it may well be that she will once again wield one of Thor’s hammers and become a Goddess of Thunder; certainly Malekith appears to believe that she could prove to be a major threat to his plans, given his forces prioritized her as a target along with Odin and Freyja in War of the Realms #1.

Asgard has never been in a worse position, with the Realm Eternal ravaged by the Mangog, Heimdall blinded, and Odin bitter and broken. With Thor stranded on Jotunheim, the Asgardian refugees will need all Jane’s wisdom if they’re going to be of any use in the battle against Malekith.

War of the Realms #2 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

More: THOR’s Death Makes MCU Jane Foster Even Worse


2019-04-18 02:04:19

Thomas Bacon

25 Actors Who Became Unrecognizable For A Role

There’s plenty of examples of actors changing their looks for a specific movie role, but here’s 25 of the most impressive physical transformations ever put on screen. The job of an actor is to inhabit whatever role they are set to play, and the process of doing so can vary greatly depending on the project. It may be as simple as using makeup or changing their hair style, but accents, mannerisms, and the physical resemblance are often left up to the actor to pull off.

These types of physical transformations can be required for roles across all genres. They have resulted in major actors packing on pounds of muscle to play a superhero or athlete or even losing a significant amount weight. In many instances, an actor committing to changing their body can result in high praise and even an Oscar win.

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In Screen Rant’s latest video, we take a look at 25 actors who significantly changed their appearance for a role. Whether they gained weight, added muscle, or slimmed down, some of the biggest actors on the planet are included in this list. Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth’s superhero physiques as Star-Lord and Thor are particularly impressive. Check out the video featured at the top of this post for the full list of entries.

One of the clear through lines with this list is the prestigious nature of many with eight Oscar winning transformations included. Natalie Portman won for her slimmed down dancer role in Black Swan, as did Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables, Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. On the flip side, Hillary Swank’s turn for Million Dollar Baby, Robert De Niro’s in Raging Bull, and Charlize Theron in Monster are great examples of adding weight helping take home awards. Will Smith’s transformation in Ali, Tom Hanks losing 55 pounds for Cast Away, and Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t result in a win, but they all did get nominated.

However, the king of the physical transformations is Christian Bale. Even though Jake Gyllenhaal got two mentions on the list for his contrasting looks in Nightcrawler and Southpaw, Bale loses and gains weight regularly for his roles. His only Oscar win came from his skinny look in The Fighter, and he’s also received nominations for gaining a substantial amount of weight for American Hustle and Vice. Plus, he’s shown the ability to look the part of a superhero through the Dark Knight trilogy, proving there is no look that he can’t achieve. His next role in Ford v. Ferrari doesn’t require a dramatic change to his appearance though, but early buzz around footage that was recently shown indicates Bale will turn in another great performance regardless.

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2019-04-06 10:04:44

Cooper Hood