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Avengers: Endgame $7 Million Away From Breaking Avatar’s BO Record

The ongoing battle for all-time box office supremacy between James Cameron’s Avatar and this year’s Avengers: Endgame is nearly at a close, as Avengers: Endgame is now just $7 million away from breaking Avatar‘s decade-old record as the highest-grossing film in history.

Projected to have already surpassed Avatar at the worldwide box office by this point back during its first couple of weeks in theaters, Avengers: Endgame has snaked its way towards its coveted goal a bit more slowly than anticipated. Though it beat James Cameron’s sci-fi epic in the domestic box office ring during its initial run earlier this summer, Avengers: Endgame has still yet to top Avatar in the worldwide market, despite getting a theatrical re-release late last month. Avengers: Endgame is by no means a disappointment for Disney by any means, however, as the thought of coming so close to Avatar’s incredible $2.787 billion figure – let alone exceeding it – likely seemed unthinkable prior to Avengers: Endgame’s premiere.

Related: Every Upcoming Avatar Movie (2021-2027)

According to VarietyAvengers: Endgame scored another $2.8 million at this weekend’s box office, inching it’s all-time gross revenue to $2.78 billion and putting the film just $7.2 million away from finally shattering Avatar’s long-time record. Reasonably, this most recent injection of moviegoer money can be traced to Spider-Man: Far From Home’s second weekend in theaters, especially when adding the weight of the deep, intrinsic plot connections between the films.

Because its not known how much longer Disney will keep the Avengers: Endgame re-release in theater, things have really come down to the wire in this battle of the ages of this and last decade’s biggest blockbusters. Avengers: Endgame co-director Anthony Russo has previously implied that it ultimately won’t matter to him whether or not the film surpasses Avatar’s previously untouchable success, but one has to wonder if he and the rest of Avengers: Endgame’s filmmakers will change their tune if the movie suddenly comes out on top in the coming days. Of course, even if Avengers: Endgame achieves this impressive milestone, the coming storm of Avatar 2 still looms on the horizon of 2021.

The odds of film history being made by Avengers: Endgame over the course of the next week or so are looking quite likely, and the newly set bar stands to potentially be near-unconquerable, with Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it having each only been able to climb past the $2 billion mark. Of course, the list of history’s highest grossing films is considerably top-heavy with newer films, so it’s likely only a matter of time before Avengers: Endgame’s likely throne is taken by another, even more wildly successful movie.

Next: Every Upcoming Marvel Movie (2019 – 2021)

Source: Variety


2019-07-14 03:07:35

Phillip Tinner

Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer Is Breaking Records & Still Going

Jeopardy! Champion, James Holzhauer, is breaking all records on the trivia game show – and he shows no sign of slowing down. Iconic and perdurable Jeopardy!, consisting of host Alex Trebek and blue box panels, has sported a fair share of champions over the years. However, Holzhauer’s current reign is game-changing.

Created by Merv Griffin, the show consists of presenting contestants with clues in the forms of answers, to which players must phrase their responses in the form of a question. A household staple and the most recognized game show of all time, the series has been in syndication for 35 seasons. Jeopardy! has become a Hollywood A-lister itself, being featured in a slew of films and TV shows, including, The Golden Girls, SNL, and Family Guy. A seemingly tame form of entertainment, Jeopardy! has made waves in the headlines over the years with a mid-game marriage proposal, a contestant winning with just $1, and the recent shock of Trebek’s cancer diagnosis. Now, a contestant’s winning streak is drawing in as much attention as his earnings.

Related: Jeopardy! Makes Streaming Debut On Hulu 

According to USA Today, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas James Holzhauer recently became the second person ever to surpass $1 million in non-tournament play. The contestant caused viewers to notice him early on by winning $131,127 in a single game. While there does appear to be strategy involved, Holzhauer also possesses encyclopedic trivia knowledge. Using his coined term, “All the chips,” while making bets, the contestant seems optimistic about taking risks. Perhaps the biggest question of Jeopardy! – not from a blue box – is what formula he is following to make his gameplay a dominant force. Eddie Timanus, a five-time winner on Jeopardy!, has analyzed his strategy:

“First and foremost, a successful Jeopardy! player has to have a broad trivia knowledge base. Of equal if not greater importance, however, is a contestant’s ability to master the buzzer, or, to use its proper name, the signaling device. According to statistics compiled by Andy Saunders at thejeopardyfan.com, Holzhauer successfully rang in first nearly 57 percent of the time through his first 14 wins. That’s a phenomenal percentage with two other competitors trying to do the same. But it’s his approach to the board that’s made him a true game-changer. While many players, myself included, prefer to play categories from top to bottom and try to stick to them, Holzhauer clears the big-dollar clues first. Thanks to his ability to ring in first consistently and rarely miss, he usually has a considerable total built up by the time he uncovers a daily double.”

As it stands, the reigning Jeopardy! champion is Ken Jennings, who tapped out at just over 2.5 million in 74 games. Jennings was dethroned after providing the wrong answer to a question about taxes. While Holzhauer is on track to surpass Jennings at this rate, there is no telling what question will stump the champion. Holzhauer has attributed his vast array of knowledge to children’s literature – claiming those books were easier to dive into than adult reference books. For those worried about Holzhauer’s winnings breaking the show’s bank, the streak is causing viewers to tune in more than ever, which has boosted advertising sales.

Jeopardy! is America’s favorite game show for numerous reasons. With beloved father-figure Trebek behind the podium, wholesome entertainment, and nuggets of knowledge, the program has become more than just a game show to its viewers. Jeopardy! has become part of the family during its syndication and welcomed into the homes of millions. Holzhauer’s current winning streak has breathed new excitement into the show, and amid a rocky season after Trebek’s cancer diagnosis, it is reminding viewers why they tune in in the first place. Holzhauer and Jeopardy! do not appear to be dwindling anytime soon.

Next: Jeopardy! Reportedly Searching For Alex Trebek’s Replacement

Source: USA Today


2019-04-25 02:04:46

Bethany Guerrero

LEGO Movie World is Breaking New Ground For LEGOLAND Florida

The days of the LEGO name being synonymous with toy bricks and coveted construction sets is over, as The LEGO Movie showcased the many worlds alive within LEGO. And with The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ensuring another generation of LEGO-loving families, the acclaimed movie series is being re-imagined into a physical space, thanks to The LEGO Movie World, now open for business at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

The attraction marks a new chapter for the LEGOLAND Resort, and a new ambition: to not only imagine a fully immersive world built from LEGO–an idea few could fathom before The LEGO Movie stunned audiences–but to now live up to the high bar set by the two Warner Bros. animated features. Now that children and families can take a walk into Bricksburg for themselves, the early results are in… and we doubt any LEGO fan will ever look back.

RELATED: LEGO Movie 2 Blu-ray Date & Special Features Revealed

Screen Rant had the chance to attend the site grand opening, as press, park management, and families got to see the first look at The LEGO Movie brought into the real world. That opening coming just weeks after the theatrical release of The LEGO Movie 2, a film heavily inspiring the attractions themselves, is practically unheard of. When speaking with Rex Jackson, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the chance to link The LEGO Movie to the LEGOLAND resort was revealed to be a years in the making. Today, the timing couldn’t be better:

“I started with LEGOLAND Florida in 2014, just after the first movie opened. And coming into the park I was surprised by how little we had activated this franchise in our resort. Through the years we’ve done some things, but it hasn’t been to this scale. So for me, bringing to life The LEGO Movie franchise in the way that we’ve done with The LEGO Movie World has always been the vision since I first joined and saw the potential of that movie franchise.

“We’ve been working with Warner Bros. for a few years now on the development of The LEGO Movie World. There was always a desire to have the opening of The LEGO Movie World be closely coordinated with The LEGO Movie 2: the Second Part… And then very quickly following, April 15th is the DVD and Digital release.”

Once families have taken their second trip into The LEGO Movie‘s universe, flying from the under-siege town of Bricksburg to the Systar System and everywhere in between, they’ll be primed for the rides and attractions featured in The LEGO Movie World. The most impressive, and sure to live up to its promised reputation as “the marquee ride” of the installation, if not the entire resort, is The LEGO Movie “Masters of Flight.” Featuring the only 180-degree turn on a flying theater in the world, guests are offered seats on Emmet’s (significantly expanded) Triple Decker Couch and taken on a suspended ride surrounded by a full-dome virtual screen. Simulating the feeling of flying through a world created completely from LEGO bricks, the ride employs sprayed water and scents to simulate pirate battles and some of the sweeter worlds of The LEGO Movie universe.

After taking in Benny the Spaceman’s on-site space shuttle play structure located in the center of The LEGO Movie World, there’s Unikitty’s Disco Drop, taking guests through a rainbow-filled journey based on Unikitty and her many moods. Once on the ride, guests will swoop to the tiptop of Cloud Cuckoo Land, then drop, spin and bounce back down to earth in sync with Unikitty’s wide range of emotions, creating a thrilling and frenzied experience. At Battle of Bricksburg, the only water ride at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, riders are challenged to stop DUPLOaliens from invading and stealing LEGO bricks by spraying water at targets from their boats. The riders aren’t the only ones who can enjoy playing in the water, as water cannons mounted along the exterior railings of the ride will allow guests to help the riders save the day.

The trio of rides is sure to cover the bases for LEGOLAND Florida’s target age range of families with kids 2-12, but the truly groundbreaking design is the land that connects them. While much of LEGOLAND Florida Resort is built to the standards of an amusement park its size, The LEGO Movie World is something new. According to Jackson that was also the ambition from the start, hoping to design the site so that the most invested and excited guests would feel like they were stepping into the world inhabited by Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Benny, on a level that could only be experienced if the location was designed for that very purpose, from the ground up:

“The vision from day one was always when you enter through the portal into LEGO Movie World, that you are walking into downtown Bricksburg. So there was a lot of thought that went into that entry experience. You can see the immersion. There’s a lot of height here, from the playground structure to the downtown area. That’s intentional so when you walk in it’s like walking into an urban environment where you feel immersed into it. Here you walk into downtown Bricksburg and all around you are the sights, the sounds–and the smells with tacos and Masters of Flight– that you would expect to see in The LEGO Movie universe.

The idea of LEGO Movie World meeting expectations runs through every installation and design detail, from areas for kids to construct LEGO while their families wait in queues, to lamp posts that look exactly like those of the LEGO variety. Right down to the dog constructed of LEGO bricks using that lamp post for… well, if you don’t know what a dog would use a lamp post for, ask your child.

It’s these details, which Jackson credits the Merlin Magic Making creative team with masterminding, that help elevate the entire experience. From a logistical standpoint, seeing a water-themed ride asking guests to defend Bricksburg from the DUPLO invasion that bridges the two LEGO Movies makes perfect sense. But consider that the ride was under construction long before The Second Part was even finalized, and the challenges come into view. Building an attraction of this size and scale isn’t easy, but making sure it pairs with a film still in development is another challenge entirely. Luckily, Jackson emphasizes the partnership with Warner Bros. helped to arrive at the finished product now being enjoyed by guests:

“Warner Bros. had a strong interest in making sure that we were bringing the movies to life. Part of the challenge with the opening of this world–going back to that theater to theme park timeline–was we were developing a land that needed to expand the universe of two movies, yet the second movie was still in development. So we were working very closely to make sure that the characters we were adding, like General Mayhem that we see over there or the video [shown in LEGO Masters of Flight], were elements that were actually going to be in the second movie as well. So in terms of staying true to the vision, a lot of that was developing ideas and attractions that are in line with what the movie is going to deliver.”

With doors now open, The LEGO Movie World represents the most heavily themed, immersive land to be found in LEGOLAND Florida Resort. And in no uncertain terms, the first step towards bringing the success and visibility of The LEGO Movie brand into physical LEGO parks. After experiencing the park for ourselves, we hope that it’s testament to the designers to say that it seems a no-brainer in hindsight. As impressive as it is to witness the seamless transition from theater to theme park–right down to the Taco Tuesday Everyday–the attractions themselves more than stand on their own. For those unfamiliar with the films, a trip into The LEGO Movie World is almost guaranteed to pique curiosity about the characters, locations, and storylines that inspired this physical space.

That might be the most unexpected and pleasant surprise to come out of our time in the park, and proves the difference between adapting a movie, and adapting that movie’s universe. As if delivering on expectations wasn’t enough, Jackson reiterates that The LEGO Movie World wouldn’t do its job if it catered only to the superfans:

“While the target is certainly those who have an affinity for The LEGO Movie universe, who have seen the movies, and know the characters, ultimately it was equally important for us to develop a land that if you’ve never seen the movies you can come in and ride the rides, enjoy the attractions, and walk away feeling like you still had an awesome experience. So the investment in the ride technology for Masters of Flight… The Battle of Bricksburg is our only water attraction in the park. On a hot summer day in Florida, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, you’re going to have an awesome time when you get on The Battle of Bricksburg.”

That’s not the kind of success that is arrived at by accident, nor is it likely to be a one-time affair. Jackson voiced his satisfaction with the project and those who helped make it a reality, and showed enthusiasm for the possibility of future expansions to the brand and resort. For now, though, the LEGOLAND team is enjoying a job well done.

“Our goal is to put a smile on every child who walks into LEGOLAND Florida Resort. By the looks of excitement on the faces of our guests, I know we accomplished that today.”

To book your stay at LEGOLAND Florida Resort today, be sure to visit the resort’s official website.

MORE: Every Easter Egg & Secret in The LEGO Movie 2


2019-04-15 06:04:28

Andrew Dyce

Aaron Paul Won’t Confirm He’s Starring in a Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul refuses to confirm that he’s starring in a Breaking Bad movie. The American actor famously portrayed Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series during its five-season run from 2008 to 2013. Last November, reports surfaced that series creator Vince Gilligan was developing a feature film, and it was reported in February that the secret Breaking Bad movie would be released on Netflix and AMC.

On Breaking Bad, Paul’s Jesse Pinkman teamed up with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to produce and distribute crystallized methamphetamine. Each had different motivations for earning money, and the power dynamics shifted as White gained more clout while Pinkman’s life fell apart. In 2015, AMC premiered a Breaking Bad spinoff series entitled Better Caul Saul, which stars Bob Odenkirk as morally compromised lawyer Saul Goodman. In November, Cranston stated that he’d “absolutely” return for a Breaking Bad movie, and we reported last January that the highly-anticipated film includes series regulars such as Krysten Ritter, Jonathan Banks, Jesse Plemons, Charles Baker, Matt Jones, and Robert Forster. The Breaking Bad movie was reportedly produced in New Mexico under the working title “Greenbrier.” 

Related: Ranked: Every Villain On Breaking Bad

Per Variety, Paul still wouldn’t confirm his involvement in the Breaking Bad movie while answering questions at the Sun Valley Film Festival. The actor shifted attention to fan speculation and rumors, and claimed that he hadn’t even heard about a Breaking Bad film. However, Paul did acknowledge who the most logical star of the film would be, stating that “it has to star Jesse.” Five years after Breaking Bad’s final episode, the fate of Walter White is no secret in pop culture, while Jesse Pinkman’s character arc hasn’t been resolved. In February, we discussed 10 questions about Jesse Pinkman that need to be answered in the new Breaking Bad movie. 

For Paul, a Breaking Bad movie would undoubtedly reignite his acting career. After the series ended in 2013, Paul starred in the 2014 films Need for Speed, A Long Way Down, Hellion, and Exodus: Gods and Kings, though he never evolved into a true A-list star. From 2016 to 2018, Paul starred as Eddie Lane on the Hulu series The Path, thus allowing him to display his full skill set as a performer, while maintaining hype for the much-rumored Breaking Bad film.

In April 2018, The Path was officially cancelled, and reports surfaced about “Greenbrier” months later. Given the secretive nature of the production, Paul may be legally obliged to deflect incoming questions about his involvement. At this point, Breaking Bad fans can still likely expect a movie in the near future. As for the Jesse Pinkman storyline’s resolution, anything is possible. 

More: Everything We Know About The Breaking Bad Movie

Source: Variety


2019-03-17 09:03:56

Q.V. Hough

Breaking Bad Movie: 10 Questions They Will Have To Answer From The Series

Breaking Bad has been hailed as one of the greatest television shows of all-time. The show went out on top with a satisfying end that still left fans wanting more. Luckily, now the story will continue with a movie focusing on Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman following the events of the show’s finale.

While the show wrapped up Walter White’s story quite nicely, there is still a lot left open about Jesse and where he goes from here. The exact details of the film are not known, but we’re hoping they address some of those burning questions we’ve had since 2013! Here are the biggest questions from the series we need the movie to answer.

10 Is Huell Still In That Room?

Huell Babineaux is one of Saul Goodman’s trusted hired-hands, carving out a number of unsavory tasks for him. He is a slow-moving man of few words, but is always a treat to see whenever he popped up. When Breaking Bad ended, many fans worried about what became of Huell.

RELATED: Every Breaking Bad Cameo in Better Call Saul

When last we saw him, Hank was tricking Huell into thinking Walt was going to kill him to tie up loose ends. Hank brings Huell to a cheap motel and advises him to stay there until it’s safe. Of course, Hank never came back, so is Huell still sitting on that bed waiting to be rescued?

9 How Did Jesse Get Away?

Though he started out as a somewhat obnoxious drug dealer, by the end of the series, everyone was cheering for Jesse to make it out alive. After Walt terminated all of his captors, Jesse is free to drive off into the distance and away from that horrible situation.

However, shortly after Jesse leaves the neo-Nazi compound, the police show up. Did Jesse really have enough time to get away without the cops seeing him flee? It would be a shame for him to go through all that only to be arrested. Maybe the movie will explain his escape.

8 What Happened To Skylar?

Though the new film is going to focus on Jesse’s future, there are several other characters we’d like to check in on. One of the characters we’re most worried about is Skylar. When we see her in the finale, Skyler is a shell of her former self.

RELATED: Bryan Cranston Is Unlikely To Cameo In Breaking Bad Movie

Walt threatened Elliott and Gretchen into giving some of their fortunes to Walt’s family, but it’s not clear if that worked. We hope to get some indication of how Skyler and the rest of the family are now coping with the consequences of Walt’s crimes.

7 Does Jesse Speak To His Parents?

In Breaking Bad, we are given some insight into Jesse’s difficult relationship with his parents. They, understandably, do not approve of Jesse’s lifestyle and that has caused them to keep him at a distance. However, they also have appeared somewhat unfair and unsympathetic to their own son’s struggles.

They weren’t seen in the series since the third season so it’s likely they’ve broken off communication with Jesse. However, it would be interesting to see if Jesse seeks them out for some sort of closure after everything he’s been through.

6 Where’s Walt’s Money?

Through his drug empire, Walt became a very rich man. Sadly, most of that money was taken by Jack Welker and his gang. However, Walt is left with one barrel of money which he still has after he goes on the run from the law.

RELATED: Myers-Briggs Personality Types Of Breaking Bad Characters

That is a lot of money that is still unaccounted for. It could be presumed that Ed, the man who helped Walt disappear, took the money, but it’s unconfirmed. It may be an unimportant question, but perhaps Jesse will go looking for the missing loot.

5 What Happened To Brock?

Despite the violent world he belongs to, Jesse is a kind-hearted person. We have seen many times in the series that he just wants to find people he loves and settle down with them, leaving the life of crime behind. It seemed like he found that with Andrea and her son Brock.

RELATED: Breaking Bad Movie Will Reportedly Be Released On Netflix & AMC

After trying to escape from Jack’s compound, Andrea is killed by Todd as punishment. This leaves the obvious question of what happens to poor Brock. Given how much Jesse cared for the boy, it’s likely he’d try to seek him out now that he’s on his own.

4 What Has Jesse Been Doing?

Jesse Pinkman has been through a lot throughout the series of Breaking Bad. When we see him riding off into the distance in the finale episode, we’re happy for him. But you can’t help but wonder where he goes from here.

After enduring so much misery, what has Jesse’s life been like since the events of Breaking Bad? Maybe he spent time in prison. Maybe he’s been on the run. There’s so much we want to know about how he’s been dealing with all of this and hopefully, the film takes the time to reveal it all.

3 What Does Jesse Think Of Walt?

The relationship between Jesse and Walt was at the center of Breaking Bad and has gone through a lot of changes. They have been both friends and enemies and everything in between. But now with Walt gone, we wonder what Jesse thinks of his former collaborator.

Their relationship had a complicated end to be sure. Jesse tried getting Walt locked away. Walt handed Jesse over to Jack Welker and confessed he let Jane die. However, Walt also helped save Jesse… Does Jesse still hate the man who caused him so much pain or has he forgiven him?

2 What Happened To Badger And Skinny Pete?

Badger and Skinny Peter were two of the most amusing side characters in Breaking Bad. Friends of Jesse’s, they were small players in the larger drug empire but often made their presence known. We last see them helping Walt threaten Elliott and Gretchen in the finale.

Given that they were some of the only people who were close to Jesse for much of the series, it’s not hard to imagine they might pop back up in his life. It would be fun to see how these two have been handling themselves in the subsequent years.

1 Will Jesse Find Saul?

Unlike many spin-off shows that came before, Better Call Saul is actually a worthy companion piece to its original series. It’s fun to see where Saul Goodman came from and to get hints at how his future panned out once it all came crashing down.

NEXT: How Better Call Saul Can Set Up The Breaking Bad Movie

It’s hard not to imagine the possibilities if that series were to somehow crossover with this Jesse Pinkman movie. Would Saul be aware Jesse is still out there? Would Jesse be looking for Saul? There are so many possibilities and we’re dying to see these two meet again.



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2019-02-27 01:02:25

10 Things Better Call Saul Did Better Than Breaking Bad

Question: is Better Call Saul really, truly, honest to goodness a better show than Breaking Bad, or are people who claim that just trying to be edgy? Well, it’s hard to say. Personally, we don’t like to take sides, especially on this matter since both shows are so great, but let’s expound on this issue.

Could it be that the spin-off of an iconic saga of a TV series is actually better than the legendary show that inspired it? We’re going to leave that to you guys to decide. But either way, you could totally argue that Better Call Saul is better than Breaking Bad — or, at least, that there are some things that the spin-off prequel did better than the original show. Nevertheless, here are 10 things to support that statement.

10. Mike Ehrmantraut

A big part of what sets Better Call Saul apart from Breaking Bad is that it’s all backstory. One of the many advantages of this is that it allows the writers to flesh out the original supporting characters in a way they couldn’t be done in Breaking Bad. Mike Ehrmantraut is the perfect example of that.

In Better Call Saul, we’re not just watching Mike, the hard-nosed retired cop, do damage control for egomaniacal criminals, or break his back trying to save money for his granddaughter. Instead, we’re seeing Mike’s history. We’re learning about his son, about where he was mentally and financially when he first turned to crime. We get more Mike, and we’re counting that as a definite check in the pros column.

RELATED: Every Breaking Bad Cameo In Better Call Saul

9. Heavy On The Anticipation, Easy On The Stress

Look, we’re hardcore, alright? We always give it 110%. We did our first marathon when we were just 5 years old — not the running kind of marathon… the TV show kind, obviously. We’re not very athletic. The point is, we can binge-watch TV shows like nobody’s business. But Breaking Bad? Man, that one really took it out of us.

Better Call Saul is a drama too, but its seriousness is undercut with lots of humor. This is a show that’s got us on the edge of our seat, desperate to find out what happens next. But when it’s over, we can get up and resume our normal lives without feeling like we need to go cry alone in the dark for a few hours. That’s another solid plus.

RELATED: Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Casts Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk

8. Hector Salamanca

Also known as Tio, Hector Salamanca is a drug runner who was left bound to a wheelchair after a stroke, that’s what we learn from Breaking Bad. We also learn that he and Gus Fring don’t get along, and that both of them have been butting heads for years. Better Call Saul does Hector so much better, and we’ve got some evidence to back that claim up.

When we first run into the Better Call Saul version of Hector, he’s not in a wheelchair. This is pre-stroke Hector we’re seeing (which shows us a whole, previously unknown side of him), and it proves that as bad as we all suspected he was, he’s actually worse. On top of that, we see what leads to his stroke, what causes his stroke, and his decline into the Hector we know in Breaking Bad.

7. Lack Of An Overarching Theme

In Breaking Bad, the theme was obvious almost from the beginning. Sure, each season had a handful of self-contained plotlines going on, but the whole show was about one thing and one thing only: Walter White making blue crystal, selling it for top dollar, and becoming the very best in a game where there are no winners.

But Jimmy’s overall scheme isn’t as clear-cut. We all know where this whole thing is headed, right? This leads to the events of Breaking Bad, which leads to Jimmy working at a Cinnabon with a fake identity. But even though we know where we’re going, we still don’t know how we’re getting there, and the lack of any real, overarching theme (aside from a few connected storylines between seasons) has been a blessing for Better Call Saul.

RELATED: Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul Would Appear On Better Call Saul If Asked

6. Gus Fring

Gus Fring is Walter White’s match. In Breaking Bad, we see those two go head-to-head numerous times, and they run themselves ragged trying to stay two steps ahead of each other. In the original series, Gus and Walter are constantly trying to best each other

Better Call Saul excludes (at least, it has thus far) Walter White. This has allowed Gus to come into his own, in a backstory kind of way. We see Gus stand in the ring by himself, with no rivals of similar mastermind-style intelligence. The spin-off follows Gus’s rise to power; it examines his methodical, long-term goal-oriented approach to the drug game. Dare we say it, Better Call Saul Gus is better than Breaking Bad Gus.

5. Lighter Tone

Breaking Bad told the tale of a science teacher—a smart, regular guy, really—whose cancer diagnosis and determination to provide for his family after his demise slowly turns him into a monster. In terms of the show, we loved that. Seeing Walter White go from stand-up fella to “The Danger” was a wild ride, but it wasn’t exactly relatable.

In Better Call Saul, on the other hand, we see Jimmy not only become Saul (a character whose development is far less sinister than Walter White’s, by the way), but we can relate to him more as a protagonist. He’s got these internal struggles, his desire to do right versus his desire to just wing his way through life and have a little fun, is so much easier to relate to than cooking drugs in an old, beat up RV.

RELATED: Better Call Saul: Bob Odenkirk Responds To Fan Theory About Chuck’s Letter

4. The Cousins

Better Call Saul is like one of those episodes of Oprah where each audience member gets something. In this case, however, each character wins their own personal history. It’s like, “You get a backstory! And you get a backstory!” Which is great, too, because if there’s one thing the writers of this show are good at, it’s creating interesting characters. Two such characters? The cousins.

Leonel and Marco Salamanca are the cowboy-booted, quietly intimidating twin nephews of Hector Salamanca, Mr. Incessant Bell-Ringer himself. Though these two hitmen stay pretty silent in Breaking Bad, they actually have lines in Better Call Saul, and the show also manages to explain their unbreakable bond.

3. The Female Lead

In terms of female leads, Skyler White is no Kim Wexler. Unlike Skyler, who adamantly opposed Walter until she just couldn’t anymore, Kim was never against Jimmy’s criminal behavior. Not only does she embrace it, but she’s also seemingly attracted to it. She even participates in cons with him sometimes.

At first glance, Kim is a competent lawyer and a fearsome competitor in the courtroom, but under the surface, she enjoys a good double-crossing scheme almost as much as Jimmy. Kim is just as unpredictable as the title guy. But in her own way, and the way these two play off each other totally works for the show in a way that Skyler and Walter’s dynamic never could.

2. The Criminal Aspect

The main characters in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are criminals, but their styles are poles apart. Walter White is a mastermind. He’s not just a bad guy, he’s a bad guy. Saul, however, isn’t bad—at least, not completely—and while it’s fair to argue that he’s a mastermind, he’s more of a con man than a supervillain.

Walter White, similar to Gus Fring, orchestrated every aspect of every crime he committed. Jimmy, on the other hand, simply swoops into events that are already unfolding, and tries to swing it so he comes out on top. Whenever he tries to coordinate a crime, he ends up in a bind, but watching him figure out how to get himself back out of it is half the fun.

RELATED: Breaking Bad Movie In Development; Starts Filming This Fall

1. The Protagonist

When it comes to comparing Walter White to Jimmy McGill in terms of likability, we think the winner is clear. But we’re not talking about likability alone, here. We’re talking about the role of the protagonist. In Breaking Bad, Walter’s descent into evil-dom is stark, steady, and plain to see. He goes from white to black, showing very few, if any shades of gray.

Jimmy as a protagonist does have shades of gray. Heck, he is shades of gray. The minute you think he has a heart of gold is exactly the minute he does something to prove you wrong. The second you think he’s a complete scumbag is the second he decides to listen to his moral compass again. Jimmy is far less predictable than Walter, which we think makes him the better protagonist.



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2018-12-23 02:12:03

Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Following his official debut in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJohnny Depp confirms that he’ll reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. With 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Warner Bros. launched a Harry Potter prequel spinoff series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who anchors the overall narrative. Since the saga is set decades before the main continuity, it also features some familiar key players like Nicholas Flamel and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) linking both timelines in the franchise together.

Backlash about Depp’s involvement began immediately after his reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, given controversies hounding the actor. Despite calls for a recast, Warner Bros. stood its ground with both director David Yates and J.K. Rowling defending their casting choice. However, following the actor’s disastrous San Diego Comic-Con appearance, it’s as if Warner Bros. has been trying to minimize his presence in The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s marketing – an odd move considering that he plays the headlining character in the film. While many took this as a sign that the studio is finally hearing people’s pleas, it turns out that it really isn’t the case with Depp already set for the franchise’s third film.

Related: Fantastic Beasts Is Stretching Harry Potter Continuity To Breaking Point

Speaking with Collider, Depp talked about his experience being part of the Wizarding World and confirmed that he will continue to be involved in it, at least until the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series wraps up.

“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”

It remains to be seen how The Crimes of Grindelwald will perform at the box office, with people already knowing that Depp will play a central figure in the film. Its predecessor made $814 million against a $180 million production budget, but the actor’s involvement wasn’t revealed until the very end of the movie. If the sequel’s haul turns out to be significantly lower than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and if there’s substantial proof that it’s linked to the backlash from Depp’s appearance, it’s still possible that Rowling and Warner Bros. might reconsider sticking with him throughout the next installment. Since the first movie established that Grindelwald can effectively disguise himself, perhaps they can bring Colin Farrell back to play the role permanently or any other actor that doesn’t pose a PR nightmare.

In the meantime, Depp is expected to be front and center in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters in a little over a month. The sequel follows the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Grindelwald successfully escaping and continuing his villainous schemes. Young Dumbledore teams up with Newt to take down Grindelwald once and for all, and it’ll also present a brand new threat to the underground Wizarding World.

More: New Fantastic Beasts 2 Poster Puts Grindelwald Front & Center

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2018-10-10 05:10:12 – Ana Dumaraog

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginners Gameplay Tips

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is here, and it offers up something of a different experience from the previous games in the series. Rather than the stealth-based gameplay of old, Odyssey doubles down on the RPG mechanics, becoming a huge, deep open world game for players to enjoy. In essence, it takes what worked from Assassin’s Creed Origins and makes it even better.

The end result is a fantastic take on the Greek myth, albeit one that sometimes struggles a little to bridge the gap between open world RPG and its roots in the larger Assassin’s Creed universe. Nonetheless, those changes could leave some players a bit confused as to where to start, and after working through the opening island of Kephallonia things could become a little bit daunting.

Related: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – How To Get The Best Ending

That said, there are some ways to make the most of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey from the get go. After all, there’s lot to get to grips with before taking on Medusa or hunting after all those legendary armor sets. Instead, here are some tips for how to take up what Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has to offer fast.

Choose Exploration Mode

The most important first choice to make comes before the player even starts the game. When given the option, it’s highly recommended to choose Exploration Mode as the method of play. This is the way that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was designed to be played, and for good reason; the additional level of emphasis on discovery is a delight to play, and much more fun than simply following map markers to reach objectives.

Effectively, Exploration Mode works by making the player find their own way through quests. NPCs will give hints towards locations to be discovered when talking about the mission in question, forcing players to use a little of their own intuition. This mode also makes map exploration much more fun, with the player finding random locations as they work their way around the regions hunting down quests.

Exploration Mode also means players will make the most out of eagle companion Ikaros. The eagle is not only able to scout out discovered locations, but also target enemies and notable items within specific locations, such as chests or hostages to release. Finally, remember to seek out Synchronization points to boost the power of Ikaros overall.

Think About Crafting Over Cash

Whether armor or weapons, it’s easy to find loot in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. As such, when players notice they have plenty of unused items sitting around in their inventory, it’s extremely tempting to drop them all off at a nearby blacksmith and make a bit of drachmae.

That said, it’s probably best to hold fire of cashing in. That’s because drachmae are not in short supply in the game, and can be picked up from completing quests, in explored locations, or from dead enemies. Instead, consider breaking down weaker weapons and armor into leather, wood, and metal, as these can be useful as crafting for upgrades to the player’s ship or even to beef up items at a blacksmith.

It’s worth bearing in mind that drachmae are needed in a couple of places in the game, and it’s always worth keeping some around in case of having to pay off a bounty to keep mercenaries off the player’s trail when it’s better to lay low. Nonetheless, put money on the back burner, and instead think about how best to boost the overall power of the misthios.

Choose Your Abilities Wisely

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a fairly comprehensive skill tree, but there are some abilities that are better to unlock than others. As explained in our guide to the best abilities to unlock first, There are a few essential abilities, with the Sparta Kick being useful from a warrior perspective alongside beef ups to the assassin skill tree such as Shadow Assassin.

Overall, though, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gives players the greatest level of flexibility in how they choose to play that the series has seen so far. It’s perhaps best to pick and choose skills based on what works for the player in question, providing they keep enough core skills in each area to make sure they can get out of trouble whatever the situation.

Remember you can always change your choices as well, albeit at a cost. A few drachmae allows the player to reset all of their abilities, so if some skills are found to be less useful than others, it’s easy to drop them and rebuild the character from scratch.

Take To The Waters With Style

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes the series back to the high seas, and it’s something that is long overdue. With gameplay reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the core way to travel between the different islands is to take to the Adrestia and hop from island to island seeking adventure.

Even though a lot of the gameplay takes place on land, it’s truly beneficial to upgrade the ship regularly. This could mean recruiting new lieutenants, which helps both with buffs to the ship’s power and when boarding enemy vessels, or improving things like rowing power or damage caused by ranged attacks. It comes at a cost in terms of drachmae and consumables, but it’s worth it in the long run.

This is because it’s all too easy to get into scraps with pirates, Spartan or Athenian vessels when out at sea. Naval combat is extremely good fun, but when outnumbered it’s much better to have more firepower onside, and it’s always satisfying to take out those Cult of Kosmos members who happen to captain a ship of their own.

Revel In The Game World

It may feel like an obvious rule to follow, but Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is much more fun if taken at the player’s own pace. The title’s story is a compelling, personal adventure that (generally) ties well into the larger plot of Assassin’s Creed, but the game perhaps works best with the player following their own path and doing what’s most fun to them.

As such, it’s important to stretch your legs in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Between the Conquest Battles, side quests and other additional smaller elements of the game at large, there’s no reason to purely stick to the main quest. This is something the game expects, too – there’s no real reason to grind in the game, providing players make good use of the enthralling, extra content available to them.

Perhaps the best examples of this are the game’s mercenary system, which leads to some excellent one-on-one fights with fearsome combatants, and hunting down the Cult of Kosmos. Although the cult ties into the larger plot as a whole, hunting down smaller members is a fantastic element of the game, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Those are just a few tips to help players make the most of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, with a game as expansive as this, players are best suited to decide how best they want to play the game. Regardless of how they choose to enjoy the title, there are bound to be some surprises along the way.

More: Every Assassin’s Creed Game Ranked



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2018-10-09 03:10:13 – Rob Gordon

James Gunn Is A Better Fit For Suicide Squad Than Guardians of the Galaxy

Controversial writer and director James Gunn is perfectly suited for Suicide Squad 2; in fact, it’s a far better fit for him than Guardians of the Galaxy ever was. Gunn certainly has form transforming a band of misfits into a superhero family/team, and Suicide Squad 2 should give him the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his skills yet again, although the story goes a little deeper than that.

Gunn’s career with Disney came to a shocking end back in July, when some of his old social media posts went viral. Gunn had fancied himself as something of a provocateur prior to working for Disney, and these posts included off-key jokes on everything from rape to pedophilia. Disney responded by swiftly firing him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Within a month, there were reports that Gunn had been approached by Disney’s rival Warner Bros. potentially with the option of producing a DC superhero movie.

Related: Why Rehiring James Gunn Was Harder For Disney Than Fans Realize

DC Films has expressed interest in Gunn before. Back in 2016, he admitted that he’d “had opportunities to make DC films,” but had turned them down; he reeled off a list of heroes he’d quite enjoy tackling, ranging from Swamp Thing to Jonah Hex, from the Metal Men to Shazam. Now, though, there have been reports that Gunn is on board to write, and possibly even direct, Suicide Squad 2.

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Why James Gunn Is Perfect For Suicide Squad 2

It’s not hard to see what Warner Bros. want James Gunn on board. He’s a writer and director with a proven history of turning even the most unlikely franchises into box office hits. Back when Marvel Studios announced the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, everybody assumed this would be their first misstep; the Guardians had a low profile even among comic book fans, and their members including a walking tree and a talking raccoon. A series of tremendously effective trailers immediately changed that, and the movie grossed $773 million worldwide. Not bad for a bunch of “a**-holes.

Ironically, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad suffered as a result of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s success. Warner Bros. attempted to make their dark movie fit Gunn’s tone, with the trailers showing a strong Guardians of the Galaxy vibe. Viewers responded well to the trailers, and as a result there are reports Warner Bros. lost faith in Ayer’s approach, attempting to make the franchise as Guardians-like as possible. The result was a strange hybrid of a finished production, critically panned, which nevertheless managed to gross $747 million worldwide off the back of its strong marketing campaign. A sequel was always on the cards, but nobody was quite sure who could make it work. So why not bring in the man who made Guardians of the Galaxy work in the first place?

Suicide Squad 2 Matches James Gunn’s Earlier Movies

It’s important not to assume Suicide Squad 2 would just be a rehash of Guardians of the Galaxy, though. In truth, the comic book franchise is tonally similar to some of Gunn’s earlier works, most notably Super. This was a black comedy-drama centered around the character of Frank Darbo, a cook who took up the identity of the “Crimson Bolt” in order to rescue his wife from a drug dealer. Although critics weren’t impressed by the movie, it built a strong fanbase and put Gunn on Disney’s radar. Super rejoices in its confusing characters, who are filled to the brim with flaws and conflicting character traits – and gore ready to be spilled. Frank, for example, was a religious pacifist who made the world a better place through merciless violence. It was only after he began hearing warped messages “from God” that he began to understand the real world at all.

Related: Disney’s Decision On James Gunn Will Define The MCU

This is just the kind of crazy, conflicted approach that would work so well for Suicide Squad 2. After all, this is a team who are defined by their contradiction. They’re a group of super-villains who are forced to save the world; they deeply resent the fact they’re being forced to work together, and yet somehow consider one another a family. The best Suicide Squad stories are a blend of light and dark, tinged with anger and joy, betrayal and redemption.

And the characters in Suicide Squad are so very three-dimensional. Take Harley Quinn; although it didn’t quite make it through to David Ayer’s film, at heart she’s an abuse victim who’s struggling to find herself, and the relationship between Harley and the Joker is most definitely not intended to be some sort of “relationship goal“. Killer Croc is a brutal murderer who eats his foes, and yet develops such a fondness for his team-mates that he becomes dangerously protective of them. Boomerang wants to live a life of crime, and yet vaguely enjoys the idea he’s achieving something when he saves the world. These “villains” are three-dimensional in a way few superheroes are, with aspects of their own natures in direct conflict, pulling them this way and that. They’re every bit as mercurial and inconsistent as real people. And they’re just the kind of characters James Gunn has a form for developing, back in his pre-Guardians of the Galaxy days.

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James Gunn Made Great Guardians of the Galaxy Movies – But He Changed Them To Do So

The truth is that, although James Gunn made tremendous Guardians of the Galaxy movies, he did so by taking major liberties with the comic canon. Gunn took the most basic concept underlying the franchise, and then made his own version of it. Gunn’s genius was that he saw the potential, he realized why it wouldn’t connect with audiences, and then he made it work. Even the tone and style of the Guardians movies was nothing like the original comics, which had typically gone for cosmic melodrama rather than ’80s nostalgia.

Characters, too, were completely rewritten in order to become the versions Gunn needed. Take Peter Quill as the classic example. Steve Englehart created the character back in 1976, and he described the original Star-Lord as “an unpleasant, introverted jerk.” Englehart planned to develop him into the most cosmic hero ever, but left Marvel before he’d even begun that character arc. As a result, the comic book version remained in that pattern, although he gradually transformed into a leader. James Gunn looked at the comic character, and decided to completely rework him. Star-Lord remained something of a jerk, but he was much more charismatic and extroverted; a revised origin explained that he was a child who’d run away from home after his mother’s death, and had never really grown up as a result. It made Quill a deeply empathetic character, viewed with affection in spite of his many flaws.

Related: Avengers Fans Are Being Too Hard On Star-Lord

Comic book readers traditionally complain when movies diverge from the comic book canon they grew up reading. In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, though, James Gunn made his changes work so well that precious few objected. Marvel Comics, inspired by the surprise box office success of a previously-third-tier superhero franchise, quickly redesigned their own characters to align with Gunn’s versions. In the case of Peter Quill, they even retconned some of his previous appearances to say they’d taken place in another reality. Gunn won’t need to go the same lengths to make Suicide Squad 2 his own. As we’ve already pointed out, the characters are tailor-made for Gunn’s kind of character-work, and the themes and concepts that run through the comics fit perfectly with the kind of ideas he likes to work with.

Meanwhile, Gunn’s looser approach to canon and continuity will flourish in the DCEU. Although most viewers hadn’t picked up on it, Gunn’s maverick attitude towards continuity was never perfectly suited to the tighter, more intensely-scrutinized MCU; occasionally there were signs Gunn felt the pressure of it, and indeed rebelled against it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rendered a tie-in comic non-canon, for example, and Gunn admitted he contemplated breaking his own personal canon for the third film. “Marvel Canon – MCU – is crazy,” Gunn admitted. “I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.” Given the complexity of the MCU and the degree to which fans take note of every detail, sooner or later that would have caused problems. Warner Bros., however, won’t particularly care; their view of continuity is very much that it should serve the director. That will give Gunn all the flexibility he needs to tell the best stories he can.

The latest reports confirm that James Gunn is on board as the writer of Suicide Squad 2, and he should breathe new life into the project. It remains to be seen whether or not Gunn will go on to become director as well; if he does, then he’d definitely be an effective choice, and the film would surely be guaranteed a success.

More: All 26 Upcoming & In-Development DC Films



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2018-10-09 03:10:13 – Thomas Bacon

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!



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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa