Wolverine & Blade Will FIGHT To Decide Who’s Deadliest

Wolverine and Blade the vampire hunter just might be the two deadliest killers in Marvel Comics history. So it’s about time they finally fight to decide the winner.

On the surface, there’s no actual sales pitch needed for the recently announced Wolverine vs. Blade Special #1, a one-shot comic book that will pit the antiheroes against eachother in what looks to be a truly brutal battle of blades, blood, and superhuman healing factors. That’s judging by the cover art for the issue, which is almost all the information Marvel has let slip. But let’s be honest: hardly any fans will need more convincing, since the winner is going to have bragging rights unparalleled in the world of Marvel Comics.

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The single issue (for obvious reasons) story will be penned by former Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim, who has experience writing the comic adventures of both Blade and Wolverine in the past. Dave Wilkins supplies the art for both cover and interiors (with a variant cover by Matteo Scalera) which Guggenheim is already hyping as the real reason fans should pick up the issue when it arrives in July. And no offense to the story Guggenheim has crafted to bring this fight to life, but if a prospective buyer isn’t interested in seeing page after page of Logan vs. Daywalker bloodsport alone… this story probably isn’t for you.

While Guggenheim isn’t giving up any details about the actual storyline, or why Wolverine is wearing his decade-old X-Force uniform in the cover art, he did explain to Monkeys Fighting Robots that the Special “is a book that’s been — not kidding — ten years in the making. I couldn’t possibly be more excited for it to finally see publication. I think it’s worth the wait.”

The synopsis for this Wolverine vs Blade Special only promises “two of the deadliest hunters ever to have stalked the night face off! Wolverine vs. Blade — ’nuff said!” But the uniform choice we mentioned before may frame this Special as a trip down memory lane–to a fight that absolutely happened, but which Marvel readers never got the chance to see for themselves. The anticipation would have been worse had fans even known what they had missed, but the suggestion of a flashback helps keep this fight from interfering with the recent rise to the heights of the Marvel Universe enjoyed by both Wolverine and Blade.

After Wolverine returned from the dead and had his memories fully restored, he was thrown immediately into a cosmic adventure, taking a role as the next master of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet in Wolverine: Infinity Watch. The only thing less predictable than Logan teaming up with Loki to form a one man Infinity Watch… is for Blade to become an Avenger, leading the team into battle against a global vampire civil war.

But as entertaining as both heroes have been to follow in recent months, the appeal of seeing them cross blades to decide what’s harder to kill–a half-vampire with all their strengths and none of their weaknesses, or a wild man with unbreakable bones, unrend-able flesh, and a bad temper–is impossible to deny. Now the only question is: who ya got?

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2019-04-14 10:04:43

Andrew Dyce

10 Easter Eggs You Missed In Blade Runner 2049

35 years ago, Ridley Scott gave us a whole new way of looking at science fiction. The original Blade Runner depicted a dystopian future when most science fiction was more optimistic. The future was only scary in the 1980s if you were in outer space. Blade Runner seemed to combine all of our worst fears about the future, shoving a toxic Earth with a rancid climate and hyper-consumerist economy right in our faces.

The movie became a cult classic. Director Ridley Scott continued experimenting with the complex storyline and characters by releasing different versions. Fans enjoyed analyzing the sophisticated clues and symbols placed throughout both films to unlock certain mysteries. Was Deckard a replicant? How do you tell a replicant from a regular human? Who builds fake memories, and how? Was Rachel Tyrell’s blueprint for the perfect model, so complex that even Wallace couldn’t understand it?

For more than 20 years, fans agonized over these secrets and the release of Blade Runner 2049 raises a few more questions but also provides some answers. Big spoiler alert, for those of you still hunting for clues!

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10 The Twins

“A dangerous coincidence.” K, Blade Runner 2049

Except that it’s not a coincidence at all. June 14th falls under the astrological sign of Gemini. Only minutes after Joi points out K has the same date in his head connected to a memory, he finds a record of two children with an exact DNA match.

Except that such a thing is impossible. One is fake and one is real. Which one of the twins is fake, the boy or the girl?

This is also a hint of how the film ends. K, the boy, comes to understand that he is the fake. Ana, the girl, is the real thing.

9 Japanese References

Several different languages are used in the film. K uses Japanese is to communicate with the record machine at the police station and there are various signs in hiragana and katakana in the streets.

It seems this is a trend in the LAPD of the future.  The chief of police has a Japanese name, Joshi. It means “Boss.” K’s name also contains a Japanese reference. Some fan theories speculate that the “K” is a reference to “K-9” the police force’s dog unit, a likely name for an obedient replicant. The name is actually from a wacky anime series Puni Puni Poemy.

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Anime superhero Shinichiro Watanabe brought us incredible animated shows like Samurai Champloo, Macross Plus and Cowboy Beebop. He directed Bladerunner Black Out 2022, one of the short films that preceded Bladerunner 2049. His name is quite similar to another anime director, Shinichi Watanabe. His body of work is mostly comedy and parody which includes Puni Puni Poemy. Prince K begins the series as a normal boy. By the end of Season 2, he discovers that he’s actually the prince of an alien race. It could just be an incredible coincidence that K of the movie goes through a similar realization.

8 Korean Connections

Is this really Las Vegas?

When K walks into the old hotel, the characters on the high windows behind him have words written in Korean letters. The language is called Hangul and the symbols read haengun, (행운) which means “good luck.”

When they’re in the casino, Deckard says to K, “There’s millions of bottles of whiskey.” Soju, alcohol that comes from Korea, is a type of whiskey. Beyond the casino, the sets and costumes look like they came from the Seoul cyberpunk art scene.

7 Joi And The Wolf

Joi’s startup and shutdown themes are the first few notes of the narrative musical Peter and the Wolf. There’s a deeper meaning here beyond the pleasant tune. The story starts with a duck and a bird having an argument. The bird mocks the duck, declaring it’s not a real bird if it can’t fly. The duck replies that swimming, not flying, is what makes a bird.

What makes a bird a bird, and what makes a human, well, human? This follows the theme of the movie and the Tyrell corporation’s motto, “More human than human.” This line is spoken by Tyrell in the first film and is echoed by Mariette in the sequel.

6 The Art Of Gaff

The character of Gaff only appears once in Blade Runner 2049. He is on-screen long enough to remind the audience of his trademark; symbolic origami figurines.

The first paper animal we see him make in the original film was a chicken. Deckard was reluctant to return to the force and Gaff was teasing him. While K is interviewing him, Gaff makes a sheep and puts it on the table. This could mean a few different things. The first and most obvious is a reference to the story on which the movies are based. Gaff’s most famous origami figurine appeared at the end of the original Bladerunner. The mysterious unicorn that has spawned a million fan theories.

5 One Or Two Of A Kind

“It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again who does?”  Gaff, Blade Runner (1984).

Gaff was at Deckard’s apartment back in 1984, but for some reason he let them go. He left his calling card, this time in the shape of a unicorn.

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Unicorns are hard to find. Even when they do exist there’s usually only one. Speculation abounded about this symbol. The replicants of the original film were Nexus 6. Was Rachel the “unicorn,” the sole prototype of the Nexus 7 series?

Bladerunner 2049 supports this theory. During a forensic study of Rachel’s bones, K finds her serial number. It starts with a letter and number, N7. Another theory, connected to a dream sequence, argue that Deckard is the unicorn. He is a replicant and doesn’t even know it. Wallace teases Deckard about this but the question is never answered.

4 Windows To The Soul

“If only you could see what I’ve seen through your eyes.” Roy Batty, Blade Runner (1984)

The symbolism of the eyes is a recurring one throughout both films. The light in your eyes indicates the presence of a soul, or so the belief goes. This is particularly true of the creators of replicants, Wallace and Tyrell. Both are portrayed in ways that seem strangely flat or soulless.

In the first film, we never see Tyrell’s eyes. They are covered in thick glasses when he appears onscreen. Roy makes a few chilling Biblical references before killing Tyrell by putting his thumbs through his eyes. It’s not pretty but it is highly symbolic. Wallace is blind, and his irises seem vacant. His god complex is off the scale, even in comparison to Tyrell. He claims he makes “angels” and talks like a preacher. When Joi appears at the end without her irises, she has lost her personality and is simply the programmed angel, ethereal and godlike.

3 Canadian Connections

Ryan Gosling (K) and Mackenzie Davis (Mariette), are both from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Denis Villeneuve is also Canadian and comes from the French-speaking province of Quebec. The French accent is used by two characters in the film. Freysa, the leader of the replicant rebellion and Ana, the memory doctor.

2 Marvel Connections

Luke Scott directed two short films that give some extra backstory for Blade Runner 2049. Yes, that’s Ridley’s son.

2036: Nexus Dawn explains how Wallace convinced Earth’s law enforcement agencies to lift the prohibition on building replicants after a 14-year ban. The location of the serial number and the total removal of any kind of rebellious spirit are the key features of the new models. Benedict Wong, who plays the sanctum guardian Wong in Dr. Strange, also appears in this film.

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Bladerunner 2048: Nowhere to Run is the story of how the LAPD found Sapper, and takes place only days before the sequel begins. Sapper is played by Dave Bautista, also known as Drax from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

1 Roy’s Story

And so we come to the end.

The end of both the original and the sequel have something in common. The music and certain distinctive lines of dialogue are used to bring the story full circle. As K lies dying, Roy’s death scene music from the first movie starts playing. It’s hard not to hear Roy say that famous line, “All those moments will be lost in time.”  When Deckard steps into Ana’s lobby, the first thing she says to him is, “Just a moment.”

So, if you were someone that was always upset that the first movie was about Deckard instead of Roy, it looks like you got the movie you wanted after all.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

In a world of bad sequels, Blade Runner 2049 was a welcome change. Like its predecessor, it was considered a box office failure but was critically acclaimed as both an art and action film.

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2019-04-06 11:04:54

Kristy Ambrose

Aquaman Score Was Inspired by Blade Runner

Aquaman director James Wan revealed that the film’s score was inspired by Ridley Scott’s neo-noir sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Having already touched on the ’80s tone in the latest DC Comics adaptation, Wan revealed that the ’80s era wasn’t just presented as physical inspiration, but audible as well.

From the film’s over-the-top action set pieces to flamboyant portrayals of characters like King Orm (Patrick Wilson) or even Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) himself, Aquaman is hardly running short on outside influences that feel very much aligned with films that were released in the 1980s. In a decade where Arnold Schwarzenegger reigned supreme as an action movie star and science fiction films were either objectively cheesy (Flash Gordon) or universally beloved (Blade Runner), it’s no wonder that a modern director would feel compelled to seek inspiration from that era. And, when it came to finding a tone for Aquaman’s score, that’s exactly what Wan did.

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During an Aquaman junket interview with Screen Rant, Wan spoke about the inspiration behind the film – even touching on the score, which has as much of a fleshed out identity as Aquaman’s unique characters and locations. And, even though some of the ocean world visuals have been compared to Pandora’s bioluminescence in Avatar, and even though the film itself shares similarities with the Indiana Jones franchise, Wan revealed that Blade Runner was the biggest inspiration for Aquaman’s score. While touching on various influences in the movie, he said:

“Down to the musical score, I wanted to- my inspiration was Jean-Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder. So, very sort of ’80s sort of electronica. And Vangelis, of course, with what they did on Blade Runner. So, I really wanted that kind of flavor.”

Aside from Blade Runner, the other two composers that Wan cites were both very influential in the ’80s. Jean-Michel Jarre has played a big role in the rise of electronica in mainstream culture (in fact, there was even a documentary in 2015 aptly titled Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music), while Giorgio Moroder’s music can be heard in everything from Metropolis to The NeverEnding Story to Top Gun (he wrote the musical backing for Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”). And, aside from Blade Runner, Vangelis’ music can also be heard in films like Oliver Stone’s Alexander and yet another Ridley Scott film, 1492: Conquest for Paradise.

Aquaman isn’t afraid to play around with multiple tones, wearing quite a few personalities on its sleeve. So, as jarring as it might seem to pair Blade Runner, Avatar, Indiana Jones, and even the earlier films of Tim Burton together in one film, it actually works. As well-versed in horror as Wan may be, he seems very comfortable with major studio tentpoles. And, seeing as Warner Bros. has run into some trouble in the past few years in terms of keeping the DCEU afloat, it’s especially rewarding to see a director willing to make such bold moves. A safer, more traditional approach may have seemed more suitable to a major studio, but judging by Aquaman’s mostly positive reviews, his willingness to take chances seems to have paid off.

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2018-12-13 02:12:37

Blade Runner Animated Series Coming To Adult Swim

Adult Swim is headed back to the future in the all-new animated series Blade Runner – Black Lotus, which will continue to explore the world created by Ridley Scott and expanded upon by Denis Villeneuve. The world of Blade Runner has proven itself a deep one worth returning to again and again, and an animated project may well be one of the best ways to do so. And considering it will air on the network’s Toonami block of anime, it stands a chance of attracting an entirely new and much larger audience. 

The blend of sci-fi and film noir made the first Blade Runner film a cult classic, and the influence of the film’s visual aesthetic is still seen today. Viewers would be hard-pressed to see a film or television series set in the near future that didn’t showcase a digital cityscape reminiscent of Scott’s dystopian vision of Los Angeles. Everything from Netflix’s Altered Carbon to YouTube Premium’s recently released Origin have hints of Blade Runner in their DNA, and considering Villeneuve’s gorgeous sequel, Blade Runner 2049, netted cinematographer Roger Deakins his long overdue Academy Award, it’s safe to say the series’ influence will be around for a while longer. 

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Translating the look and feel of Blade Runner to an animated project has already been done remarkably well, as demonstrated by Shinichiro Watanabe’s animated Blade Runner prologue, 2022: Black Out. Not surprisingly, then, Watanabe is on board to help bring Black Lotus to life. Adult Swim made the announcement official in the statement below:  

BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS will feature thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman). Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, which will follow their current directorial work on the upcoming Ghost in the Shell series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is a creative producer. While the series plot is being kept under wraps, producers have confirmed the story will take place in 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the BLADE RUNNER universe.”

The timeframe of the series is intriguing as it will fit nicely between the first and second movies, and offer a better look at the world that was hinted at in Watanabe’s anime short and the other prologues that were part of the sequel’s marketing. There’s a rich world there and a lot of story to be unearthed, especially as it pertains to the plot details of the second film and how certain characters came to be. As more details break, it will be interesting to see how the series will be positioned in the franchise’s canon and which characters will be featured in this upcoming story. 

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Assassin’s Creed: 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – the latest installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular video game franchise – has finally landed on shelves. Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey gives players the opportunity to assume the role of a mercenary from either Athens or Sparta, and to take part in a mythology-infused recreation of the Peloponnesian War.

The game features an even greater emphasis on the RPG elements first introduced in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and boasts multiple endings that are triggered by the player’s actions. Odyssey also sees the return of the controversial Hitbox combat engine which debuted in Origins – albeit in a significantly enhanced form. Thanks to these and other challenging core mechanics – not to mention the daunting size of the game’s virtual environment – Odyssey should prove suitably tough for more casual gamers. But for seasoned veterans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Not so much.

Indeed, gamers who have followed the series since the very first entry way back in 2007 aren’t likely to struggle. On the contrary, we expect them to flourish, putting to good use the skills and knowledge they’ve gleaned from the past 11 games in the series – not to mention the six spin-off entries – to finish the main quest in record time.  This will leave them free to start focusing on tracking down Odyssey’s hidden Easter eggs, secret areas, and other bonus content clueless rookies don’t have a chance of tracking down unaided.

Here’s a list of 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

Of all the many classic video game franchises, few are as unanimously beloved by both gamers and developers alike as The Legend of Zelda series. The team at Ubisoft clearly rank amongst this iconic Nintendo series’ admirers – as the easter egg they tucked away in Odyssey proves.

In a tip of the hat to the most recent Zelda instalment, Breath of the Wild, a Korok – a small humanoid figure made out of clay, flower petals and twigs – can be found on the Pandora’s Cove coastline. Although this hidden tribute is now the most well-known Easter egg in the game, experts had no trouble tracking it down on their own within mere days of Odyssey’s release!

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks a dramatic change in direction for the franchise – from purely action/adventure outings to something closer to an action/RPG hybrid. This is reflected in how important the player’s actions are to the game’s overall narrative, and in particular, how that narrative reaches its climax.

Indeed, what the player decides to do – or just as importantly, say – will determine how events unfold next, and ultimately determine which of the game’s multiple endings they achieve.

Most players should be able to reach at least one ending.

If you complete every side quest and make all of the right decisions to unlock the secret, ultra ending, ensuring the best possible finale for your mercenary.

18 Visit Atlantis

As soon as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting was announced, fans immediately began speculating over whether the fabled lost city of Atlantis would be part of its virtual environment. The good news is that Ubisoft hasn’t missed a trick, and Atlantis does indeed count among the many sunken locations scattered across the game’s humongous map. The bad news? It’s highly likely that only experts will be capable of uncovering the most eagerly anticipated (not to mention coolest) secret area in Odyssey.

The steps involved are extremely taxing, requiring players to traverse treacherous terrain, solve fiendish riddles posed by the Sphinx and dispatch a bevy of mythological horrors like Medusa, the Cyclops and the Minotaur!

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

Over the course of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players can enlist NPCs to serve as crew members aboard their ship, the Adrestia. Recruiting a high calibre crew is a great way to upgrade the Adrestia – so the trick is to bring legendary NPCs into the fold. Casual gamers will wait until they unlock these characters by completing quests, however experts are aware of a hidden mechanic that speeds up the whole process.

There’s a less publicized gameplay mechanic which enables you to recruit legendary NPCs by defeating them in combat using non-lethal takedowns.

Better yet, once your ship’s roster is made up entirely of legendary NPCs, you unlock the “Argonauts” trophy, too!

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

One of the most frustrating moments in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives early on, when you’re forced to give up the Cyclops’ Eye during Sequence 1. It’s not exactly the most classy of disposals, either: to put it bluntly, you squeeze it up the rear end of a poor, unsuspecting goat. If you’re scratching your head over this last revelation, then just trust us: it makes sense at the time!

Rookies will write off the Eye as a lost cause, but experts up to speed on the game’s secrets won’t give up so quickly. By engaging in an exhaustive goat-hunting expedition in Kephallonia, they’ll recover this valuable artifact, earning the dubious “Stink Eye” achievement, as well.

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

Long-time fans of the series will recall that in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you could easily customize your ship’s decorative figurehead as part of the normal upgrade process. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that carries over to Odyssey – and only expert players are likely to work out the secret method of doing this.

For starters, you need to defeat a boss – not exactly a walk in the park itself, by the way – and then behead them.

Once this has been take care of, if you scroll through the inventory of ship upgrade options, you’ll see your new souvenir listed. Select it, and voila! The Adrestia will have itself a brand new (and rather creepy) figurehead!

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

The underlying mythology of the Assassin’s Creed franchise incorporates several shadowy organisations – and Odyssey is no exception. The latest entry in the series introduces the nefarious Cult of Kosmos, and players aiming to get the most out of game’s story need to track down and eliminate key members of the group. In order to do so, they’ll have to swap their mercenary’s helmet for their detective’s cap, as the cultists’ whereabouts are only revealed by clues sprinkled through Odyssey’s sprawling Ancient Greece setting.

Some of these hints can be uncovered with little effort, whereas others will prove elusive to all but the most seasoned of gamers!

On the plus side, all of this running around pays off, as only players who chase down every single cultist will get to experience the game’s whole story.

13 Unlock Evie Frye

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the ninth video game in the main series – is headlined by twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Of the two siblings, Evie is arguably the more memorable – which is probably why she’s an unlockable character in Odyssey. Now, before you get too excited, bear in mind that Evie is a legendary NPC, so you won’t get to play as her directly.

Still, it’s incredibly cool to recruit her as a crew member on your ship, provided you’re an Ubisoft Club member with enough XP to afford her. See, unlocking Evie requires players to part with 7,500 XP in exchange for the “Master Assassin” badge, which only long-time fans of the franchise will have amassed!

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

Battle royale games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are currently the hottest thing on the block. Making the most of modern online multiplayer capabilities, games in this genre pit a pack of players against each other in thrilling, last-man-standing contests.

Obviously, this stands in stark contrast to the single-player, open world experience offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – until experts stumble across the “Call to Arms” sidequest. Found by scouring the island of Melos, this mission – which requires skilled players to wipe out 99 consecutive enemies – represents a thinly-veiled attempt by Ubisoft to acknowledge (or should that be “cash in on”?) the popularity of the battle royale genre!

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

Black Panther is currently the second highest grossing film of 2018, and with that success comes a considerable fanbase, too. At least some of the developers at Ubisoft fall within that category, if the Black Panther Easter egg included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything to go by. As experts will have no doubt already discovered, the game contains a fairly faithful recreation of Black Panther’s two most notable scenes: the duels that occur at the base of a waterfall.

This is staged at the Gortyn Waterfall, where players can first spectate on the melee using Eagle Vision.

That’s not all, though: it’s also possible to clamber up the cliff where the fight is going down, and actually confront the pair of brawlers yourself!

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

So far we’ve focused solely on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting – which disregards the fact that certain sections of the game are set in a present day safe house. Anyone unfamiliar with the franchise’s convoluted (some would say downright insane) science fiction elements, just trust us when we say that this does make sense.

Regardless of whether or not you buy into this more far-fetched aspect of the Assassin’s Creed mythology, there are multiple Easter eggs to dig up during these segments. Not all of these relate to the franchise either – just ask the experts who’ve unearthed the iconic, three-lensed night vision goggles worn by Sam Fisher, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games!

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

The team at Ubisoft has done a remarkable job of recreating an utterly convincing (albeit wildly fantastical) rendition of Ancient Greece in Odyssey. This awesome attention to detail is reflected in almost every aspect of the virtual environment, particularly the character and weapon design. We say “almost”, because at least one item experts will undoubtedly come across whilst roaming the game map definitely does not fit the time period depicted: the Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legend. Fortunately, this gag is an intentional mistake on the developer’s part.

Unfortunately, you can’t remove this legendary blade from its Lakonia resting place.

That’s a real shame: historical accuracy be damned – there’s always a place for Excalibur in our armory!

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

Another easter egg squirrelled away in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s modern era safe house setting, the Rabbid figure is hard to spot if players blitz through these sequences. However, experts tend to favor a more methodical approach – even when confronted by the franchise’s moments of less than engaging gameplay.

These long-time campaigners will cast their eyes over every inch of the safe house, which means snooping around each room, no matter how empty it appears to be. This will eventually lead them to the shelves of a particularly untidy room. Here, they’ll spy the Rabbid toy – a cute shout-out to Ubisoft’s all-ages Rayman franchise, accompanied by a line of dialogue (“Bwaah?”) associated with these bunny-like characters.

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

It doesn’t matter what mythology we’re talking about: unicorns are invariably treated as an incredibly rare species. Certainly, this carries over to the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where players can indeed transform their horse into one of these awe-inspiring creatures – provided they can get their hands on a unicorn pelt.

They sport an eye-watering 6,400 Drachmae price tag!

Rookies who are feeling flush will plump for either the Black Unicorn or undeniably amazing (though sadly, non-flying) Pegasus skins, purchased with real-world cash from the Ubisoft Store. On the other hand, genuine experts prefer to earn their keep, and will trawl merchant stalls for the appropriately named, randomly-spawing Epic Unicorn skin, which leaves rainbow hoof prints.

6 Home Town Pride

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hail from Ubisoft’s Montreal headquarters, based in Quebec. Like the citizens of any city or town, these guys and gals are proud of the place they call home – so much so that they managed to sneak a Quebec-related easter egg into the game!

It’s something that will almost certainly go unnoticed by less observant gamers, but experienced players – the type of people who scan the entire game environment for secret material – will discover a travel magazine whilst rifling through the safe house. The destination this mag is promoting? Why, Quebec, of course! True, it’s not exactly the most exciting bonus content in Odyssey, but it’s a nice touch all the same.

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

A key trait which separates veteran Assassin’s Creed players from newcomers is the willingness of the former to experiment with their surroundings. Take the spikes that dotted around the Arena in Odyssey.

Rookies will probably dismiss these as mere set dressing and completely ignore them once the fighting breaks out.

Don’t expect experts to make the same mistake, though. Already clued up on just how interactive the game worlds in the franchise can be, these gamers will immediately identify the potential for the spikes to deal damage to their opponents. The next thing you know, the edges of the Arena will begin to resemble a shish kebab vendor who trades in skewered would-be gladiatorial champions!

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

It turns out Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t the only instalment in the franchise to take place in London – Odyssey does, too. True, the vast majority of the game is set in Ancient Greece, but its modern era sections unfold in London, something that won’t come as a shock to more attentive players.

After all, just by gazing out of the safe house windows, you can take in a decent view of London’s famous skyline, with what tourists would recognize as Big Beg especially prominent. What’s more, if you allow yourself a moment to properly contemplate the sight before your eyes, you’ll even trigger a line of dialogue that references Jacob and Evie Frye, the lead characters in Syndicate!

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

As you might expect from a virtual environment that recreates the entire Aegean Sea, Atlantis isn’t the only submerged area on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map.

The ocean floor of Ubisoft’s vision of Ancient Greece is littered with dozens of hidden locations brimming with valuable treasure.

Anyone prepared to embrace their inner Jacques Cousteau will be in for a real treat. That said, given the sheer amount of exploration required to pinpoint all of these sunken locations – fun fact: at 130km², Odyssey’s map is 62% bigger than the already massive world of Origins – we’d wager only experts will visit all of them.

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

Sure, everybody wants to get the best possible Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ending – you know: the super secret, totally awesome one we mentioned earlier. Even so, part of being an expert is also having a completist streak, which is why we think they’ll figure out how to achieve Odyssey’s eight other possible endings, as well.

This might not sound like much, but it’s actually quite a feat, for two main reasons. First of all, this game is absurdly long – the main quest alone clocks in at 40 hours of gameplay – so repeating it again and again is no picnic. Secondly, they’ll need to ensure they get every single word and deed right, in order to arrive at their desired conclusion!

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

Full disclosure: this entry is unashamedly juvenile in nature, given it revolves around players scaling up a male statue and dangling from part of its anatomy (three guesses which part). Regardless, we’re positive that even the most mature expert will decide to do just that, when they pass by this landmark early on in Odyssey – honestly, it’s just too hard to resist.

You’ll be rewarded for your childish antics if you do.

Performing this act initiates a wry line of dialogue from the player’s mercenary, which just goes to show that Ubisoft definitely predicted this becoming a thing. Although to be honest, they hardly needed the talents of one of Ancient Greece’s oracles to foresee it!

Did we miss out any other things that only experts know how to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

Is Blade’s Daughter One Of Marvel Studios’ Vampire Projects?

According to Wesley Snipes, there are conversations at Marvel Studios right now about breathing new life into the Blade franchise. If Marvel really want to reinvent Blade for the modern MCU, their best route is to look to a comic book run that would have introduced Blade’s daughter, Fallon Grey – a comic that ironically never saw print.

Marvel has always acknowledged the debt they owe to the Blade trilogy. The Batman franchise seemed to have killed off the entire superhero genre back in 1997, when Batman and Robin released to critical scorn and box office failure. Then came Blade, an unexpected triumph that persuaded studios to give comic book adaptations another chance. For Kevin Feige, the success of Blade taught him an important lesson; “It doesn’t matter how well known the character is, it matters how cool the movie is.” That was why he would go on to green-light films like Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy.

Related: All the Black Superhero Movies That Came Before Black Panther

Wesley Snipes has revealed that insiders at Marvel Studios have been discussing ideas for Blade for the past two years.” Apparently, there are two specific projects in the works, and he feels they truly honor the legacy of his character. We don’t yet know what those projects may be, but the most interesting take would surely be rooted in a comic that was never actually published in the first place; Tim Seeley and Logan Faerber’s Blade the Hunter.

What Was Blade the Hunter?

In July 2015, Marvel Comics was preparing the ground for their next relaunch, the “All-New All-Different” Marvel Universe. They began to tease a range of books that would release over the course of the year, with one of the most exciting being Seeley and Faerber’s Blade the Hunter. The publisher released a few teaser images and a solicit, which read:

“Fallon Grey is a sixteen year old girl from rural Oregon. Nominated for Prom Queen, Captain of the debate team, most popular girl in her class. But there is another side to Fallon. A feeling like there’s something more inside of her. When terror strikes her small town, she’ll find out just how right she was. As fearsome supernatural forces hunt Fallon, she’ll come face to face with something even more shocking than the monsters on her tail. Eric Brooks…Blade…her father?! And in each other, they’ll discover the purpose they’ve each been struggling to find.”

Seeley insisted that any comparisons between Blade the Hunter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be incidental, telling CBR that he’d never even seen the series. His idea was to do something with Blade that had never been done before, using the relationship between Blade and his daughter to force the Vampire Hunter to re-examine his life. “He’s a half-vampire who can “walk in the day,”” Seeley noted, “but hasn’t spent much time actually enjoying the sunshine.” Grey, for her part, would be envisioned as a sort of “anti-Peter-Parker,” a popular girl who fell unwillingly into a life of superheroism.

Related: Avengers 5 Predictions: New Characters Marvel Can Add To The MCU

Unfortunately, Blade the Hunter‘s announcement received a mixed reception. The main problem was that, yet again, Marvel had chosen a white comic book writer for a young black female character. Seeley accepted the point, realizing there was an opportunity here for a fresh and more diverse creative voice, and quit. The book was canceled outright – but rumors began to swirl that there was another reason for that. According to Bleeding Cool, the idea had captured imaginations at Marvel Studios, and they wanted to be the ones to create the definitive Fallon Grey.

It’s not hard to see why this would be a perfect take for a new Blade film. This idea offers an excellent way to incorporate Wesley Snipes’s Blade into the MCU; it acknowledges the character’s legacy in the superhero genre, creating a “passing-of-the-torch” arc that has the potential to launch a whole new supernatural franchise. Even the fact that Snipes has aged becomes part of the plot; this is an older, more world-weary portrayal of the Vampire Hunter than seen in the Blade trilogy.

Given Snipes’ claims of long-standing discussions with Marvel about Blade that began two years ago, those conversations began just months after there were rumors Marvel Studios was interested in Blade the Hunter. Here’s hoping that indicates Marvel fans will finally get the chance to meet Fallon Grey – on the big screen rather than in the printed page.

More: Marvel After Avengers 4: Everything We Know About MCU Phase 4

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Wesley Snipes Addresses Bad Behavior Rumors On Blade Trinity

Wesley Snipes has finally addressed reports of his almost legendary bad behaviour on the set of Blade: Trinity. The original Blade is credited with kicking off the modern comic book movie trend and featured Snipes as the titular vampire slayer. The movie had great action, a rich mythology, and perfect casting in Snipes, and the film’s unexpected success led to movies like the original X-Men getting the greenlight.

Snipes returned for Blade II, which was directed by Guillermo del Toro, and some fans would argue the sequel is even better than the original. Sadly, Blade: Trinity would prove a disappointing end to the trilogy; Snipes was visibly bored, the action was lackluster and the addition of new sidekicks – including Ryan Reynolds’ Hannibal King – felt like a transparent attempt to launch a spinoff. The movie was a modest success, but its weak reception essentially killed the series. Blade: Trinity would soon become the stuff of myths with reports of Snipes behavior during filming, including staying in his trailer all the time, ignoring his co-stars and clashing so often with director David Goyer that he’d only communicate with post-it notes – which he’d sign ‘Blade.’

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Snipes himself has never really addressed these reports, but in a new Vice interview, he finally opened up on the subject. Comedian Patton Oswalt – who had a small role in Blade: Trinity – has claimed Snipes stayed in character the entire shoot, which Snipes refutes, stating ‘Once again, I’ll say to you, sir, look at the source of information. I didn’t know Patton Oswalt was a method actor. Would he know the difference?‘ The actor also denied he mostly stayed in his trailer with a succinct ‘False.’ Snipes doesn’t quite refute the infamous post-it note rumors, however.

“That may have happened. I wouldn’t say it was frequent. Because our whole crew was banished to another side of the island of production. The only way we could sometimes get messages since we didn’t have the radio, was to get it there by courier or pigeon sometimes [laughs].”

According to other comments from the interview, Snipes was reluctant to commit to a third Blade and feels the blame for the final product was laid at his feet. Apparently, the original idea for Blade: Trinity was a Mad Max-style adventure where Blade would have to fight for mankind in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with vampires. Snipes was said to be on board with this concept, but once the story was changed to Blade vs Dracula, he turned against the project.

While Blade: Trinity isn’t quite as awful as its reputation would suggest, it was a major letdown following the first two movies. The movie is somewhat notable for Reynolds’ quippy performance, which feels like a dry run for Deadpool in some ways. While Trinity ended the series on something of a sour note, Snipes mentioned some potential upcoming Blade projects, so hopefully, he’ll get to redeem the series in the near future.

Next: Wesley Snipes Teases Two Upcoming Projects In Blade Universe

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Wesley Snipes Teases Two Upcoming Projects In Blade Universe

Wesley Snipes continues to tease a future appearance as Blade, either as a continuation or even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Marvel Studios receives plenty of credit for kicking off this current age of superhero movies, they were hardly the first. The success of the original X-Men trilogy and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy both made it possible, but neither of those would’ve happened without the success of Blade in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Snipes made three appearances as the vampire hero, but fans of his portrayal continue to want more.

As a result of the fan-favorite status of Snipes’ Blade, his hypothetical future arises on a yearly basis. For many years Snipes has remained open to the idea of returning, but the decision is squarely in Marvel’s hands. And, with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios crafting a cinematic universe, they haven’t done a one-off film or something outside of the MCU in a decade. Whether it comes in the MCU or as a continuation of the Blade trilogy, Snipes is now teasing a few projects are in the works.

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VICE interviewed Wesley Snipes as part of a profile on it being 20 years since he first played the character of Blade, and they couldn’t help but ask about a possible future. Their question was specifically in regards to Blade 4, and while Snipes didn’t get specific on what is being discussed, multiple projects are in the works according to him. He specifically mentions Marvel needing to square things away on their end before Blade makes his return.

There are a lot of conversations going around right now and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again. We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world and, when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.

All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta square the things that they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do so…

But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now.

Unlike previous comments from Snipes about a willingness to return, these quotes specifically mention two ideas that they’re developing. It isn’t clear what exactly these projects are. These could be two separate ideas they can pitch Marvel and then do whichever one they prefer. There’s also a chance that they’re tied together, effectively making them Blade 4 and Blade 5. However, he does mention projects, and not specifically movies, so maybe one of their ideas takes Blade to the small screen, as many have long hoped he’d find his way to Netflix.

Even though Snipes is directly referring to something in the Blade universe, could one of their projects actually be part of the MCU? If Marvel and Snipes’ team have been discussing something for two years, it at least shows an interest from the company. He doesn’t specifically say Marvel Studios, but if you’re Snipes or part of his team, why wouldn’t you want to work with the biggest running franchise? A new Blade movie that takes place in the MCU that also brings Snipes back would instantly make countless fans ecstatic. But, there’s been no real movement on a Blade film from Marvel Studios in years, so only time will tell if Snipes gets a chance to play Blade again.

MORE: Kevin Feige Says Blade Should Join the MCU One Day

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