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10 Times Twilight Ignored Its Own Canon | ScreenRant

We’re talking about Twilight once again! Whether you’re a fan of the series, you love to hate it, or you just genuinely hate it, there are still plenty of things to investigate and look at when it comes to this franchise. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about the books and movies, they are an undeniable part of our pop culture.

Related: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

For better or for worse, Twilight is a permanent part of the lexicon and nearly everyone has some kind of experience with it. That said, there were several times when the series ignored its own established canon and we’re taking a look at them right in this list.

10 Jasper is somehow able to alter Bella’s emotions

One of the reasons Edward initially became attracted to Bella was because she was unaffected by his mind-reading powers. It soon became common knowledge in the Twilight canon that Bella was impervious to all the special gifts vampires have. So then, if that’s the case, then how is it Jasper was able to manipulate Bella’s emotions on one more than one occasion?

Are we to believe that Jasper’s emotional manipulation powers are more powerful than the Volturi vampires who couldn’t effect Bella Swann? It doesn’t seem realistic that Jasper is somehow more skilled than vampires much older and stronger than him.

9 Bella didn’t follow any of the newborn vampire rules

From the very first book, newborn vampires were a thing to be feared. They were supposedly more vicious, cruel, and had insane strength and speed. Newborns would take years to be able to control their bloodlust and decades to blend in with humans, if ever.

Related: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

This was one of the big reasons Edward feared turning Bella into a vampire. He knew if she ever accidentally hurt someone while in her frenzied state, she would never forgive herself. Yet when Bella becomes a vampire, she is able to adapt to the life of being an immortal being with a weird amount of finesse and hardly any side effects.

8 Were Alice’s vampire senses forgotten about?

In the first book and movie, there is a moment when Bella is coaxed into going to visit James alone. Obviously, he is after Bella and hopes to get her away from the Cullens so he can feed on her and ultimately kill her. He threatens to kill Bella’s mother if she doesn’t comply with his demands.

However, this entire conversation takes place on a phone while Alice is merely in the next room. You would think she could just use her super-heightened vampire hearing to listen in on Bella regularly, or in general, and make sure nothing happened to her or no one tried to get in touch with her from the outside beyond Edward.

7 Vampires are not supposed to be able to have children

It is stated in canon that vampires cannot procreate. Considering the fact they’re dead and have no running blood to speak of, it’s hard to figure out how they are even able to have relations, to begin with. But overlooking that, since romance has long since been a part of vampire lore, how was the canon so radically shifted to allow for Edward and Bella to conceive a child in the fourth book in the series?

It’s a pretty massive breaking of the rules instituted by this universe from the get-go. Did the author simply not care anymore? Not much was done to explain how this medical mystery happened, it just does.

6 How are vampires able to have any physical contact with humans?

Another big part of the vampire descriptions in the universe is a repeated phrasing that they are built hard as stone. Even Bella claims kissing Edward was a little like kissing a statue made of marble.

Related: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

If this is the case, then not only does it make it hard to imagine hugging or kissing someone like that, but how is Carlisle able to do anything as a doctor and have no one catch on to the fact there is something supernatural about him? Think about it, he deals with touching people and examining them on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be weird to have someone with hands hard as rocks probing your skin?

5 Werewolves don’t actually care about human lives

Part of the reason the werewolves considered themselves so superior to the Cullens, and all vampires for that matter, is due to their empathy and love for humans in the area. Except, the truth is, the werewolves don’t pay any more attention to human affairs or human deaths than the Cullens did.

The only humans they really care about were the ones immediately in their inner circle, those they loved or cared about. Otherwise, the greater Forks area at large was on their own when it came from outside threats. Sure, the supernatural creatures would try to stop it but they never stopped to show much empathy for the victims.

4 Jasper was able to control his bloodlust then suddenly he can’t

It’s not a surprise that Jasper has the most difficult time out of all the Cullens with controlling his bloodlust, he’s the youngest Cullen so it makes sense. However, his bloodlust has been written inconsistently multiple times in the Twilight universe.

Related: Kristen Stewart Most Iconic Movie Roles, Ranked

The tipping point comes when Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Jasper tries to attack her, which causes Edward and the Cullens to pick up and leave town because he’s afraid of her getting hurt. But before that, Jasper would go through regular school days with blood all around him and when James attacked Bella and she almost bled out, he didn’t react nearly as badly as he did to a minor paper cut.

3 Dmitri can’t track Bella but James could

In Breaking Dawn, the vampire Dmitri struggles to track Bella because of her ability where she can block people out of her mind. That’s not weird or out of the ordinary. We know Bella has a special gift that allows her to be immune to any and all vampire abilities (supposedly).

However, in the first book, James was able to track Bella because of her scent. Why would he have been able to track her and Dmitri cannot? Even if Dmitri was using a “gift” and James wasn’t, then theoretically he could use her scent. Something about these two events doesn’t match up.

2 Alice can’t see werewolves in her visions until she can

This was actually originally pointed out years ago by MTV, but in Breaking Dawn, one of the most climatic scenes in the film is the ending when Alice has a premonition of how the final battle will play out between the Cullens, their friends, and the Volturi.

The thing is, it was established far earlier in the series that Alice is not able to see werewolves in her visions. Prior to this point, werewolves always showed up as a blurry patch for her. Yet during the portrayal of this vision, suddenly all the werewolves are there in HD quality. So what gives?

1 The sparkling is inconsistent

The big famous thing about Twilight is that the vampires sparkle. Even people who may not have ever seen the films or read the books probably know that fact. If the vampires go in direct sunlight, they will be so blindingly luminescent, it is impossible for people to think they’re human any longer.

When the days are extra sunny, the Cullens would go on hunting trips and skip school. But even when they were in the sunlight, you would think they might sparkle at least a little bit, and they don’t. The only time we ever see them sparkle is when they deliberately try to show someone, like when Edward shows Bella, making it seem more like a choice than anything else.

Next: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies


2019-07-14 01:07:44

Madison Lennon

10 Times Twilight Ignored Its Own Canon | ScreenRant

We’re talking about Twilight once again! Whether you’re a fan of the series, you love to hate it, or you just genuinely hate it, there are still plenty of things to investigate and look at when it comes to this franchise. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about the books and movies, they are an undeniable part of our pop culture.

Related: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

For better or for worse, Twilight is a permanent part of the lexicon and nearly everyone has some kind of experience with it. That said, there were several times when the series ignored its own established canon and we’re taking a look at them right in this list.

10 Jasper is somehow able to alter Bella’s emotions

One of the reasons Edward initially became attracted to Bella was because she was unaffected by his mind-reading powers. It soon became common knowledge in the Twilight canon that Bella was impervious to all the special gifts vampires have. So then, if that’s the case, then how is it Jasper was able to manipulate Bella’s emotions on one more than one occasion?

Are we to believe that Jasper’s emotional manipulation powers are more powerful than the Volturi vampires who couldn’t effect Bella Swann? It doesn’t seem realistic that Jasper is somehow more skilled than vampires much older and stronger than him.

9 Bella didn’t follow any of the newborn vampire rules

From the very first book, newborn vampires were a thing to be feared. They were supposedly more vicious, cruel, and had insane strength and speed. Newborns would take years to be able to control their bloodlust and decades to blend in with humans, if ever.

Related: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

This was one of the big reasons Edward feared turning Bella into a vampire. He knew if she ever accidentally hurt someone while in her frenzied state, she would never forgive herself. Yet when Bella becomes a vampire, she is able to adapt to the life of being an immortal being with a weird amount of finesse and hardly any side effects.

8 Were Alice’s vampire senses forgotten about?

In the first book and movie, there is a moment when Bella is coaxed into going to visit James alone. Obviously, he is after Bella and hopes to get her away from the Cullens so he can feed on her and ultimately kill her. He threatens to kill Bella’s mother if she doesn’t comply with his demands.

However, this entire conversation takes place on a phone while Alice is merely in the next room. You would think she could just use her super-heightened vampire hearing to listen in on Bella regularly, or in general, and make sure nothing happened to her or no one tried to get in touch with her from the outside beyond Edward.

7 Vampires are not supposed to be able to have children

It is stated in canon that vampires cannot procreate. Considering the fact they’re dead and have no running blood to speak of, it’s hard to figure out how they are even able to have relations, to begin with. But overlooking that, since romance has long since been a part of vampire lore, how was the canon so radically shifted to allow for Edward and Bella to conceive a child in the fourth book in the series?

It’s a pretty massive breaking of the rules instituted by this universe from the get-go. Did the author simply not care anymore? Not much was done to explain how this medical mystery happened, it just does.

6 How are vampires able to have any physical contact with humans?

Another big part of the vampire descriptions in the universe is a repeated phrasing that they are built hard as stone. Even Bella claims kissing Edward was a little like kissing a statue made of marble.

Related: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

If this is the case, then not only does it make it hard to imagine hugging or kissing someone like that, but how is Carlisle able to do anything as a doctor and have no one catch on to the fact there is something supernatural about him? Think about it, he deals with touching people and examining them on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be weird to have someone with hands hard as rocks probing your skin?

5 Werewolves don’t actually care about human lives

Part of the reason the werewolves considered themselves so superior to the Cullens, and all vampires for that matter, is due to their empathy and love for humans in the area. Except, the truth is, the werewolves don’t pay any more attention to human affairs or human deaths than the Cullens did.

The only humans they really care about were the ones immediately in their inner circle, those they loved or cared about. Otherwise, the greater Forks area at large was on their own when it came from outside threats. Sure, the supernatural creatures would try to stop it but they never stopped to show much empathy for the victims.

4 Jasper was able to control his bloodlust then suddenly he can’t

It’s not a surprise that Jasper has the most difficult time out of all the Cullens with controlling his bloodlust, he’s the youngest Cullen so it makes sense. However, his bloodlust has been written inconsistently multiple times in the Twilight universe.

Related: Kristen Stewart Most Iconic Movie Roles, Ranked

The tipping point comes when Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Jasper tries to attack her, which causes Edward and the Cullens to pick up and leave town because he’s afraid of her getting hurt. But before that, Jasper would go through regular school days with blood all around him and when James attacked Bella and she almost bled out, he didn’t react nearly as badly as he did to a minor paper cut.

3 Dmitri can’t track Bella but James could

In Breaking Dawn, the vampire Dmitri struggles to track Bella because of her ability where she can block people out of her mind. That’s not weird or out of the ordinary. We know Bella has a special gift that allows her to be immune to any and all vampire abilities (supposedly).

However, in the first book, James was able to track Bella because of her scent. Why would he have been able to track her and Dmitri cannot? Even if Dmitri was using a “gift” and James wasn’t, then theoretically he could use her scent. Something about these two events doesn’t match up.

2 Alice can’t see werewolves in her visions until she can

This was actually originally pointed out years ago by MTV, but in Breaking Dawn, one of the most climatic scenes in the film is the ending when Alice has a premonition of how the final battle will play out between the Cullens, their friends, and the Volturi.

The thing is, it was established far earlier in the series that Alice is not able to see werewolves in her visions. Prior to this point, werewolves always showed up as a blurry patch for her. Yet during the portrayal of this vision, suddenly all the werewolves are there in HD quality. So what gives?

1 The sparkling is inconsistent

The big famous thing about Twilight is that the vampires sparkle. Even people who may not have ever seen the films or read the books probably know that fact. If the vampires go in direct sunlight, they will be so blindingly luminescent, it is impossible for people to think they’re human any longer.

When the days are extra sunny, the Cullens would go on hunting trips and skip school. But even when they were in the sunlight, you would think they might sparkle at least a little bit, and they don’t. The only time we ever see them sparkle is when they deliberately try to show someone, like when Edward shows Bella, making it seem more like a choice than anything else.

Next: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies


2019-07-14 01:07:44

Madison Lennon

Star Wars 9 Changes KOTOR’s Sith Troopers For New Canon

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is completely changing Knights of the Old Republic‘s Sith troopers for Disney/Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars canon. Although practically all of the Expanded Universe (now Legends) was removed from canon shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm way back in 2012, bits and pieces of various comics, novels, and video games have found their way back into canon, especially in some of the recent films. And now, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is introducing Sith troopers.

Interestingly, this is the first time that the term Sith will be used in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, aside from an off-hand remark from Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bringing the Sith back into the Star Wars saga, along with the return of Palpatine nonetheless, has certainly captured fans’ imaginations. However, while the Sith troopers may be the first of more Sith-related characters to join the fold in The Rise of Skywalker, they are decidedly different from their Legends’ counterparts.

Related: Star Wars Theory: How The JEDI Created The Sith

Sith troopers first appeared in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and they were soldiers of the Sith Empire who followed Darth Revan during the Jedi Civil War. Furthermore, there were different classes of Sith troopers, such as Sith commandos and Sith grenadiers, and sometimes, they had different colored armor. But overall, the Sith troopers weren’t elite soldiers but rather bantha fodder for the Jedi and the Republic to kill, similar to the Stormtroopers that fought for the Galactic Empire and later the First Order.

While the Sith troopers from Knights of the Old Republic followed Revan (and Darth Malak) because they believed that the Sith would better rule the galaxy than the failing Jedi and Republic, the Sith troopers in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are noticeably different, in that they are considered the next evolution of the Imperial and First Order Stormtroopers. Whereas the Sith troopers from the games got their name because they represented the Sith Empire, which was led by two Dark Lords of the Sith, the movie’s Sith troopers are merely taking the Sith name and color.

Sure, the Sith troopers from The Rise of Skywalker are red in color and appear to carry a modified version of the F-11D blaster rifle, they are still Stormtroopers either working for the First Order or simply under Kylo Ren. Even though both versions of Sith troopers fight for the “bad guys” and follow a leader who practices the dark side of the Force, they are different in every other way – from their design and beliefs to their purpose and origin. It seems unlikely that Kylo Ren’s Sith troopers are former members of the Resistance, as Revan’s Sith troopers came from the Republic. All of these changes, however, are being done to represent Lucasfilm’s new version of Star Wars canon, one that fits in line with the First Order’s existence.

Next: How Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker Can Make Kylo Ren A TRUE Sith


2019-07-14 01:07:07

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Star Wars 9 Changes KOTOR’s Sith Troopers For New Canon

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is completely changing Knights of the Old Republic‘s Sith troopers for Disney/Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars canon. Although practically all of the Expanded Universe (now Legends) was removed from canon shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm way back in 2012, bits and pieces of various comics, novels, and video games have found their way back into canon, especially in some of the recent films. And now, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is introducing Sith troopers.

Interestingly, this is the first time that the term Sith will be used in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, aside from an off-hand remark from Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bringing the Sith back into the Star Wars saga, along with the return of Palpatine nonetheless, has certainly captured fans’ imaginations. However, while the Sith troopers may be the first of more Sith-related characters to join the fold in The Rise of Skywalker, they are decidedly different from their Legends’ counterparts.

Related: Star Wars Theory: How The JEDI Created The Sith

Sith troopers first appeared in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and they were soldiers of the Sith Empire who followed Darth Revan during the Jedi Civil War. Furthermore, there were different classes of Sith troopers, such as Sith commandos and Sith grenadiers, and sometimes, they had different colored armor. But overall, the Sith troopers weren’t elite soldiers but rather bantha fodder for the Jedi and the Republic to kill, similar to the Stormtroopers that fought for the Galactic Empire and later the First Order.

While the Sith troopers from Knights of the Old Republic followed Revan (and Darth Malak) because they believed that the Sith would better rule the galaxy than the failing Jedi and Republic, the Sith troopers in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are noticeably different, in that they are considered the next evolution of the Imperial and First Order Stormtroopers. Whereas the Sith troopers from the games got their name because they represented the Sith Empire, which was led by two Dark Lords of the Sith, the movie’s Sith troopers are merely taking the Sith name and color.

Sure, the Sith troopers from The Rise of Skywalker are red in color and appear to carry a modified version of the F-11D blaster rifle, they are still Stormtroopers either working for the First Order or simply under Kylo Ren. Even though both versions of Sith troopers fight for the “bad guys” and follow a leader who practices the dark side of the Force, they are different in every other way – from their design and beliefs to their purpose and origin. It seems unlikely that Kylo Ren’s Sith troopers are former members of the Resistance, as Revan’s Sith troopers came from the Republic. All of these changes, however, are being done to represent Lucasfilm’s new version of Star Wars canon, one that fits in line with the First Order’s existence.

Next: How Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker Can Make Kylo Ren A TRUE Sith


2019-07-14 01:07:07

Mansoor Mithaiwala

10 Fascinating Facts About Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Lightsaber From Star Wars Canon

The lightsaber. This elegant weapon for a more civilized age has been the choice accessory for Jedi since their inception. Varying in size, shape, color, and style, the lightsaber is a versatile weapon for both non-force users, Jedi, and Sith. Each saber is specifically crafted for its user and holds an important personal connection to those who wield it. It is the ultimate symbol of Star Wars.

RELATED: Star Wars Hints At New Canon Origin Of Mace Windu’s Purple Lightsaber

Whether it is Darth Maul’s double-bladed preference or the simple elegance of the Skywalker blade, everyone puts their own spin on their Lightsaber. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fabled Jedi Master of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, has had a varied history in regards to his lightsabers. Here are ten facts about Obi-Wan’s blue-bladed lightsaber.

10 Ewan Got To Choose His Saber

When filming The Phantom Menace, the crew at Lucasfilm had a chance to play with Obi-Wan’s saber hilt. Though eventually, they needed to get to the iconic hilt Alec Guinness’ character uses in the 1977 original, the production could experiment with other styles before landing on the initial design. This provided a fun bit of wish fulfillment for Obi-Wan himself: Ewan McGregor.

In the excellent behind the scenes documentary The Begining: Making Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace, fans got to witness this momentous occasion for themselves. In the lead up to filming, the prop folks crafted multiple styles of saber hilt for Ewan to look over. Eventually, like a kid in a candy store, he lands on the definite look for Obi Wan’s very first lightsaber.

9 Obi-Wan Had Three Lightsabers

The life of a Jedi is one filled with peril. Their duty, to learn the teachings of the force and to serve as keepers of the peace, sounds a bit more laid back than the reality would lead you to believe. Jedi journey across the galaxy battling monsters, pirates, bounty hunters, and sith, just to name a few. The adversaries and obstacles are many, not to mention the risk.

RELATED: Star Wars: 10 Best Lightsaber Duels, Ranked

Because of this, their equipment suffers a lot of wear and tear. Obi-Wan’s lightsaber specifically has gone through three iterations because of this. The three distinct changes were not due to a want of new aesthetic. No, instead they were necessary replacements for the many missions and duels.

8 The First Was Inspired By Qui Gon Jinn

The first saber of this Jedi Master was inspired by none other than his own mentor Qui-Gon Jinn. This rebellious Jedi master had a different bladed saber than his padawan, choosing the green color as opposed to blue. That being said, Obi-Wan’s hilt was directly designed after that of Qui-Gon’s.

RELATED: Star Wars: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon’s hilt was a simple design, consisting of a ringed structure painted black, a simple silver frame, and a signature red igniting button near the upper middle. Obi-Wan’s had a similar black structure and red button, but with more flair in its silver framing. The base of the hilt though, bore a rounded end with silver edging, unlike Qui-Gon’s simple base.

7 How Was It Powered?

When it comes to lightsabers, they are not as mysteriously powered as one might think. Most of the structure of the hilt is nothing more than a conductor for the blade. Obi-Wan’s saber, a simple single blade, is not different than most in this regard.

The saber itself was powered with a Diatium power cell, which was the primary power source of the weapon. While the Kyber crystal itself was essential, to ignite its blade it needed a source of heat and power. This is where the power cell enters, fueling the Kyber enough to emit the classic blue blade of Obi-Wan’s signature weapon.

6 The First Was Lost On Naboo

Obi-Wan’s first lightsaber saw a decent amount of action. Battling Droids on Naboo, accompanying him to Tatooine, and on Coruscant, that saber experienced some mileage. Sadly, it wasn’t going to last forever. This first saber saw it’s end when Kenobi faced off against the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul.

RELATED: 10 Fascinating Facts About Darth Maul’s Lightsabers In Star Wars Canon

In their first duel, Kenobi, Qui-Gon, and Maul faced off in the Plasma Refinery Complex of Theed Palace. This duel of fates saw the end of Qui-Gon Jinn by the hands of the Sith, leaving Kenobi alone against this foe. Cornering Kenobi in an air shaft, Maul kicked his first saber down toward the pit. Luckily, Obi-Wan was able to force pull his fallen master’s weapon and defeat the Sith.

5 His Second Saber Was Just A Copy

Obi-Wan soon constructed a new weapon after this duel on Naboo. Fans got their first view of this saber in the second episode of the saga: Attack of the Clones. Once again though, this saber was a long call from the distinct design of the A New Hope model.

RELATED: Star Wars: 20 Things Only True Fans Know About Lightsabers

This second hilt was nearly an exact replica of his first saber from The Phantom Menace. Nearly identical, every aspect of this hilt is an exact copy of his first apart from the blade emitter. The top of the saber is slightly differing with a rounded and extended opening for the blade.

4 His Second Was Stolen By Geonosians

Out of all of his escapades before and during Episode II, this second saber was never lost. After surviving a Gundark and hunting a changeling, this saber stayed intact. Obi-Wan even had the gall to lecture Anakin for almost losing his saber during the pursuit of Zam Wesell. He should have followed his own directions.

While searching for Jango Fett, Obi-Wan followed the bounty hunter to the desert planet of Geonosis. Here, he discovered a battle droid factory and the home of the recently formed Separatists. It was here that Dooku and the Geonosians capture him and stole his saber, never to be seen again.

3 He Had A Fourth Temporary Saber

Though he soon lost his saber by the hands of the Geonosians, Obi-Wan wasn’t without a weapon during the first battle of the Clone Wars. Once Republic and Jedi forces arrived to aid Anakin, Padme, and Obi-wan, the Master and Apprentice were given temporary replacement sabers for the battle.

RELATED: The Best Lightsaber Fighters In Star Wars, Ranked

While Anakin was gifted a green blade, Obi-Wan’s temporary saber was once again blue. This lightsaber might not have served its owner long, but it assisted in two very crucial moments. The battle in the arena against Dooku’s forces was the genesis of the entire Clone War, a conflict that would last years. Soon after, Obi-Wan and his padawan would face off against Dooku himself.

2 His Final Saber Was The Most Important

At this point with the Clone Wars in full swing, Obi-Wan finally constructed his iconic saber hilt as seen in A New Hope. This final iteration was quite the departure from his first two designs. This hilt was far thinner is construction, with no bulky rounded end and a thinner middle section. This allowed for far lighter and quicker fighting ability.

RELATED: Fascinating Facts About Darth Vader’s Lightsaber From Star Wars Canon

This blade took part in some of the most important moments in Obi-Wan’s life. This weapon assisted in the Clone Wars, against his former padawan (twice), and struck down Darth Maul. It is second only to the Skywalker blade in reputation.

1 Luke Fashioned His Lightsaber After Obi-Wan’s

Though this saber fell with its wielder, it’s legacy continued far beyond. Luke Skywalker, the final apprentice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, constructed his second saber to highly resemble that of his former master’s. Like Obi-Wan before him, this sense of heritage was integral in construction.

Looking at the blades, they both have the singular round emitter, followed by a thin upper-middle and a stronger thicker base. Their ignite button is also a familiar rectangle shape. The reason for many of these similarities is obviously in homage, but also due to availability. When constructing, Luke made his lightsaber from lost pieces found in Obi-Wan’s hut on Tatooine, as seen in a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.

NEXT: 10 Fascinating Facts About Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber From Star Wars Canon


2019-07-13 03:07:21

Matt Berger

10 Star Wars Legends That We Want To Be Canon Again

After George Lucas concluded his original trilogy with Return of the Jedi, Star Wars fans didn’t know when they would ever get new stories from the Star Wars Universe. Before Lucas continued his epic saga with a trilogy of prequels, and before the latest trilogy was announced, the Star Wars Legends existed as a means to expand on the Star Wars Universe with novels, video games, and comic books. Dozens of science fiction authors created exciting narratives featuring all the saga’s beloved characters, as well as introducing a bunch of new ones.

When Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney in 2014, everything that had been written about the Star Wars Universe before was no longer considered canon. It didn’t align with the plans the Disney creative team had going forward, and when Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiered, the Expanded Universe was to be considered an “alternate timeline” to the main events of the Star Wars saga. But to many fans, those events and those people represented the true essence of Star Wars, and they have been patiently waiting for some to be reintroduced into the canon.

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10 MARA JADE – THE THRAWN TRILOGY

One of the most popular characters from the Star Wars Legends catalog, Mara Jade was the Emperor’s secret “Right Hand”, an ultra assassin that fulfilled secret missions not even known to Darth Vader. Featured prominently in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire novel and beyond, she had still not finished her final mission when the Emperor was killed; to destroy Luke Skywalker.

When she caught up to Luke, circumstances required them to work together to survive a cave in, and slowly the Jedi became transfixed by the outspoken, flame-haired beauty. They would later be married and have a son, Ben Skywalker.

9 PRINCE XIZOR/DASH RENDAR-SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE

In Steve Perry’s Shadows of the Empire, Han Solo is still the prized trophy of Jabba the Hutt, and while formulating his rescue plan, Luke and Leia must confront Prince Xizor, an alien crime lord that seeks to rival the authority of even Vader himself. Before there was Dryden Vos and the Crimson Dawn in Solo, there was Xizor and the Black Sun Syndicate, which first broached the subject DJ brought up in The Last Jedi – weapons dealing with both the Rebels and the Empire.

With Han Solo in carbonite, a new rogue needed to fill his place – enter Dash Rendar, leader of a swoop bike gang (think intergalactic motorcycles), gunslinger, and silver-tongued wordsmith. He was an instant fan favorite and would make a great character in his own series.

8 EXAR KUN/ULIC QEL-DROMA-TALES OF THE JEDI

Set during the Old Republic Era, Tales of the Jedi was a series of comic books by Dark Horse Comics that, with a particular focus put on the events surrounding the Great Sith War. With insight into the Golden Age of the Sith and the Fall of the Sith Empire 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope, these stories are a wealth of information for anyone curious about the galaxy during that time.

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Fans became drawn into the stories of Ulic-Qel-Droma (a Jedi Knight that became a famed Sith Lord), Nomi Sunrider (his lover), and the Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun who would go on to wage war against the Republic and the Jedi Order. Their exploits would become the inspiration for the Knights of the Old Republic.

7 DARTH REVAN-THE OLD REPUBLIC

The Knights of the Old Republic game introduced a Sith Lord who has become one of the most revered in the Star Wars Legends canon, Darth Revan. The novel The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn expands on the circumstances surrounding Revan’s departure from the Jedi Order and his eventual induction into the Sith.

He once served in the Old Republic Jedi Armies against the Mandalorians, but he soon found his true purpose as a Sith Acolyte. Revan was a complex character, similarly conflicted like the Dark Side user Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars trilogy, and his reasons for embracing the Sith path never had a simple explanation.

6 KYLE KATARN-DARK FORCES: JEDI KNIGHTS

Based on the Star Wars: Dark Forces and Jedi Knight video games, the series of graphic novels involving Kyle Katarn, decorated Imperial Military Academy graduate turned Jedi Knight was immensely popular due to its empathetic main character.  When he learns the Empire had something to do with the death of his father, he defects to the Rebel Alliance, becoming one of their most celebrated operatives.

Before Rogue One, Kyle Katarn was the one sneaking into the Imperial Research Facility on Danuta and stealing the Death Star plans. He also discovers the Valley of the Jedi, and has to protect its location from Dark Jedi, Imperial agents, and the Emperor himself.

5 STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO SERIES

To some, the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss is the definitive version of storytelling involving the clone troopers introduced in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. She deftly wove complex stories involving the tough-as-nails clone troopers that undertook some of the most dangerous missions in the galaxy, making you care deeply about the clones behind the helmets.

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That the gritty, tactical series isn’t canon and was retconned by The Clone Wars television show due to inconsistencies with how Traviss portrayed the troopers, is considered a creative crime to this day. Fans loved celebrating the wins and grieving the losses of the Republic’s finest soldiers, whom Traviss wrote about with such earnesty, and will mourn that the series was never finished.

4 KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

One of the most popular role-playing video games in recent memory, Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR for short) by LucasArts and Bioware transported Star Wars fans 4,000 years back in time before the Battle of Yavin. A powerful Sith Lord, Darth Malak (apprentice to Darth Revan), has launched an armada against the Republic and its armies, and a lone Jedi must traverse the galaxy on a mission to stop him.

Fans of the game series (it spawned a successful sequel, as well as comic books) enjoyed being able to find out more about Sith Society as a whole, from its culture to its weaponry and even its ideologies, as most had been shrouded in mystery and branded entirely “evil” by the Star Wars films.

3 GALEN MAREK – THE FORCE UNLEASHED

The concept of uber-powerful Force users like Rey didn’t come out of nowhere. Galen Marek, one of Darth Vader’s pupils, star of the Star Wars Force Unleashed video games, could give her a run for her credits (he can bring down a Star Destroyer with his mind). The son of two Jedi Knights, he was stupendously powerful in the Force, gaining the interest of Darth Vader who would later train him in the Dark Side.

Galen, posing as a Jedi, recruited senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa into a false-flag operation of the Rebel Alliance, which Vader planned on eliminating in one go. However, Galen eventually sympathized with the senators, sacrificing himself to Vader so they might go on to create the Rebel Alliance and use his family crest as their emblem.

2 DARTH PLAGUEIS

Technically, Darth Plagueis is canon, in the sense that he was mentioned by Senator Palpatine (Darth Sidious) as a Sith Lord who had discovered how to create life and cheat death. In the book Darth Plagueis, his backstory is fleshed out much more, and it is revealed how he came to take Palpatine as a younger man as his apprentice and teach him the ways of Sith Alchemy.

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It was at this time that both Master and apprentice were utilizing massive amounts of Dark Side energy, the effects of which created an opposing reaction in the Light Side creating Balance in the Force with the immaculate conception of Anakin Skywalker.

1 ROGUE SQUADRON

For fans of epic space dogfights and military battle strategies, the series of novels following Wedge Antilles as the leader of the famous Rogue Squadron first introduced in A New Hope is the ultimate payoff. The series takes place after Return of the Jedi, when Coruscant has been liberated, but there are still remnants of the Imperial Fleet spread far and wide throughout the galaxy.

Besides giving Wedge a lot of well-deserved backstory, the series also introduced Force-sensitive Corellian lieutenant Corran Horn, who became a fan favorite and the star of the first Star Wars Legends novel written in first-person  I, Jedi.

NEXT: Every Time Star Wars Merchandise And Marketing Had Important Spoilers In Them


2019-04-21 03:04:36

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

10 Storylines In Justice League Canon We’d Like To See In The DCEU

The DC Extended Universe is a baby compared to how long countless other DC universes have been around. Having started in 2013, the DCEU seems to now be very slowly picking up the pace with the well-received films of Shazam! and Aquaman. Due to this upturn in both critical and commercial success, it’s time the universe sees more stories from established universes.

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Since all these universes are set in separate canons, none of them can be considered as non-canon unless explicitly stated by DC themselves. Thus, all the storylines we saw in TV shows, comics and animated media apply. Let’s see 10 of these storylines and characters we’d like to see introduced in the DCEU.

10 AMAZO Vs The Justice League

AMAZO was an android who had the ability to duplicate any superhero’s attributes – it didn’t matter if those powers were intrinsic or a weapon of the hero. This made AMAZO impossible to beat since he replicated every hero’s abilities and held them all in tandem.

He was best seen in an episode of the DC Animated Universe, where he duplicated the powers of the entire Justice League. After being manipulated by Lex Luthor, AMAZO went on a vendetta against him, and despite every member of the entire Justice League Unlimited going against him, AMAZO wasn’t fazed. This would make for an awesome story in the DCEU since it would feature every hero in that universe, and provide more of the manipulative Lex Luthor as opposed to the clown Luthor we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

9 Tower Of Babel

Batman’s contingency plans mean he’s the most dangerous Justice League member. We saw in the 2017 Justice League film that his “Big Gun” plan was Lois Lane, but this contingency was nothing compared to the “Tower of Babel” from the comics.

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In this story, Ra’s Al Ghul got his hands on the contingency plans of Batman against every Justice League hero, and he used them to completely annihilate the faction. This storyline saw the League’s trust in Batman destroyed, before which they were all shown on their knees against Ra’s. The DCEU Justice League were handily defeated by a confused Superman, but imagine them all being beaten by someone as less powerful as Ra’s, especially all due to Batman.

8 Legion Of Doom

Unfortunately for us, since Justice League was far from a critical success, we won’t be seeing a Legion of Doom story in the DCEU. The end of the film obviously was indicating toward the Legion, as Lex Luthor called Deathstroke over and had plans for others, but it won’t be happening now.

What we could’ve seen in the proposed Justice League Part Two would be the Legion of Doom – a team generally comprising Lex, Joker, and all of the archenemies of the other superheroes. This would’ve blown away all disappointments from Justice League as the chance to see all these incredible supervillains going up against the Justice League would’ve been an instant sell.

7 Crisis On Infinite Earths

When the DCEU reaches that rich variety of characters the MCU has, then the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline will definitely need to be greenlit. In this comic issue, the DC Multiverse was turned upside down and the same characters interacted with different versions of themselves.

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The main universe heroes of the DC comics had to team up with different universe versions to save the complete Multiverse. By bringing this into the DCEU, we’ll have the opportunity to see multiple versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and everyone else. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to mix stories up and maybe keep different universe versions in the DCEU on a permanent basis.

6 Flashpoint

This storyline has had an enormous impact on the comics in that it completely changed the timeline established for decades and led into the “New 52” series for DC – basically, every story was rebooted.

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The plot had to do with The Flash traveling to an alternate timeline where every established status quo was in disarray. For instance, Thomas Wayne was Batman. With many critics calling the DCEU a mess, the “Flashpoint” story is the perfect way to fix everything up. There are hundreds of more possibilities with this story, and they can all be used to change the dynamic of the DCEU. Plus, we might get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman.

5 CADMUS

This was the most political storyline from the DCAU, and probably the best. The CADMUS arc had Amanda Waller and the government pitted against Justice League – mainly Superman – as they believed the League would go rogue and take over the world. Lex Luthor masterminded events that led to Superman being greatly discredited and even ostracized by his fellow superheroes.

With the DCEU set to be expanded in the coming years, an inevitable confrontation between the government and the League would be the perfect story to cap off every new superhero’s introduction. This would also give the DCEU a very quality plot.

4 President Luthor

Lex Luthor has been elected as president a number of times across various mediums, so there’s not one specific plot the DCEU can pick from. In the comics, Luthor looked to discredit Superman once more and pinned blame on him for a Kryptonite asteroid heading toward Earth, despite Superman not being responsible for it – leading to Superman and Batman opposing him.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex has never been taken seriously in the DCEU. A story that forces him to at least pretend to be a sane man will be welcomed by everyone who want the devious and clever Lex to be part of the films.

3 Evil Superman

This was where Zack Snyder was initially heading toward with his vision for the DCEU before he was fired from his role. To be fair, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was an awful film to sit through, so you can’t blame viewers for hating it. However, it was supposed to be part of a bigger picture and we saw the evil Superman in Bruce’s nightmare.

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If used right, this story could come back. In one canon from DC storylines, Superman became evil after Lois Lane was killed. Some stories have her being killed by the Joker, while some have Lex Luthor carry it out; whatever way, Superman being evil will open up many possibilities for the rest of the Justice League heroes to shine.

2 Darkseid’s Invasion

The endgame for the Justice League stories in the DCEU was meant to be the invasion of Earth by Darkseid. Steppenwolf was generic to the bone, but that was because they were saving up for the real big bad, Darkseid, to take over the reins.

There’s still potential for Darkseid to arrive as people still love Superman, and the rest of the League’s individual films have so far been well received to warrant more appearances from them. Darkseid has invaded Earth in so many different stories that it’s impossible to just choose one. But the best choice would be where the heroes’ backs are against the wall and for them to use their wits to outsmart Darkseid.

1 The Justice Lords

In this story from the DCAU, the Justice League were pushed too far by Lex Luthor and resulted in the death of Flash, prompting Superman to incinerate Luthor in revenge. This led to them beginning a totalitarian regime on Earth and they became both feared and hated. It turned out these “Justice Lords” were an alternate reality version, and they crossed over to the main universe; they defeated the Justice League, following which our heroes had to rally and figure out how to beat this evil “Justice Lords” faction.

The DCEU will benefit from this as it’ll give us a story where the league will need to put up a united front. This will bring out the best in the characterization of all heroes and convey the dangers of going in too deep with good intentions.

NEXT: DC Are Making A Mistake Leaving Superman Behind


2019-04-21 01:04:08

Saim Cheeda

Star Wars Canon Already Explained How The Emperor Survived Return Of The Jedi

The Star Wars canon has been setting up the possibility of Palpatine’s return for years – and nobody noticed. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ended with a shocking twist. Luke Skywalker’s words had seemed so very reassuring, as he reminded Rey – and, through her, viewers – that nobody is ever truly gone. But then things became a whole lot more sinister, as the screen went black and familiar laughter began to ring. It wasn’t hard to guess what this meant; Emperor Palpatine has returned from the dead. Confirming this, the trailer was aired at Star Wars Celebration; when the lights went up again afterwards, delighted fans found that Ian McDiarmid himself had taken to the stage.

Nobody expected Emperor Palpatine to return. And yet, it’s such a smart and satisfying way of concluding the Skywalker saga. It really does mean there’s a continuous narrative running through the prequels, the original trilogy, and now through the sequels. They are all the story of how the light side of the Force battled against the greatest Sith Lord of all time. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Palpatine had always been expected to return. In fact, there’s some evidence that George Lucas himself may have intended this to happen at some point; there have been comments from people involved with the original trilogy that he’d envisioned the Emperor to be in Episode IX.

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Palpatine’s laugh may have taken viewers by surprise, but in truth Lucasfilm has been setting the scene for this resurrection for quite some time, from recent in-canon comics and novels to the concluding chapter of Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy.

  • This Page: Palpatine Was Working To Prevent His Death Since The Star Wars Prequels
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The first, and unarguably the most important, clue is offered in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In one crucial scene, Palpatine attempts to lure Anakin to the dark side with information that he claims has the potential to save his beloved Padmé from death. He tells Anakin what he calls a “Sith legend,” the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. “Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith,” Palpatine explained to the fascinated Anakin, “so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.” According to Palpatine, Plagueis made the mistake of teaching his apprentice everything he knew, and his apprentice killed him in his sleep. “The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural,” Palpatine observed. It wasn’t long before Palpatine revealed that he was the apprentice, and that Darth Plagueis the Wise had been his master.

This quote establishes that the Sith can use the dark side of the Force to gain mastery of life and death – and that Palpatine was taught the method by Darth Plagueis. It gives no information as to the method, of course, beyond hinting that a Sith has to be conscious in order to use that ability; why else would Palpatine have chosen to kill Plagueis while his master slept? Viewed through this lens, the Emperor’s tale sets the precedent for his own resurrection.

Official tie-ins have strongly suggested that the Emperor continued to research ways of conquering death. Over in the comics, Charles Soule’s Darth Vader series culminated in a clash between Darth Vader and the spirit of Darth Momin, a Sith heretic who’d been dead for millennia. Momin had died in a powerful conflagration of Dark Side energy, and his essence had been trapped within the mask he had worn. To be in the presence of Momin’s mask was to fall under the influence of the dark side of the Force, driven to rage and bloodlust, while actually wearing the mask meant you were possessed by his spirit. Incredibly, Momin was able to tap into a reservoir of dark side power at Mustafar in order to resurrect himself. It didn’t last long; he’d crossed paths with Darth Vader, after all, and for all his power was frankly outclassed. Still, again, this confirms that a Sith’s spirit can survive death, and that a Sith can indeed return from the dead.

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And here’s the interesting thing; Palpatine had owned the mask of Lord Momin for years. Indeed, he freely admitted that he had learned many secrets of the Force from the mask, before giving it to Vader because he believed Momin would be helpful to his apprentice. While it’s impossible to say whether or not Palpatine used Momin’s technique, the fact remains that the Emperor was still learning lessons from those with the power to conquer death.

Curiously, Soule’s first Darth Vader run revealed that Palpatine didn’t just look into methods using the Force. Vader learned that the Emperor had sponsored a scientist named Cylo, who had created a personality map that could be stored and downloaded into clone bodies. “Add memory banks and plug-in calculations, and I am an immortal system,” Cylo explained. Cylo believed that the Force was limited, and could be surpassed by science; he was even responsible for simulating Force powers in order to create ceremonial apprentices who he thought could surpass Vader. Needless to say, Darth Vader was less than entertained by all this, and killed Cylo and destroyed his would-be apprentices.

Amusingly, the idea of a consciousness jumping into clone bodies is one that will be very familiar to Star Wars fans. In the old Expanded Universe, that was the very method Palpatine used to survive Return of the Jedi; he had clone bodies created, and his consciousness eventually found its way into one.

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That brings us to Chuck Wendig’s “Aftermath” trilogy, some of the most important novels in the new Star Wars canon. They number among the few stories set between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and they reveal the true story of how the Empire fell – as well as planting the seeds for the First Order. A key player in all this is Yupe Tashu, introduced as a Sith cultist who had been one of the Emperor’s closest advisers. Viewed by many as a fraud and a fantasist, Tashu was absolutely convinced that the Emperor would return from the dead. In one key scene in Aftermath: Empire’s End, Tashu and Gallius Rax – a close aide who planned to take over the Empire for himself – conducted a mystery ceremony. Whatever the purpose of this ceremony, which included a Sith mask and Holocron, the fact remains that both spoke of Palpatine’s return. Tashu believed in it; Rax did not, but viewed Tashu’s faith in Palpatine as a useful tool for manipulating him.

“Tashu gambols down in front of the artifacts, his fingertips dancing along their cases. He mutters to himself, and Rax sees that he’s chewed his own lips bloody. “Are you ready?” he asks Palpatine’s old adviser.

“I am,” Tashu says, turning. His cheeks are wet with tears. His teeth slick with red. “Palpatine lives on. We will find him again out there in the dark. Everything has arranged itself as our Master foretold. All things move toward the grand design. The sacrifices have all been made.”

Not all of them, Rax thinks.

“You must be clothed in the raiment of darkness,” Rax says. “The mantle of the dark side is yours to wear, at least for a time. At least until we can find Palpatine and revivify him, bringing his soul back to flesh anew.”

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It’s impossible to say what the purpose of the ceremony is, but the fact remains that one of Palpatine’s closest aides, a historian who had studied the Sith on his behalf, was convinced that the Emperor would return. He believed that the Emperor was dead, but that his soul had survived, and would take on flesh once again.

Whatever this ceremony may have been, it formed a part of what Palpatine referred to as the Contingency. The Contingency was a plan the Emperor had set up in the event his apprentice, Darth Vader, betrayed him. The first step was known as Operation Cinder, and it’s the focus of the campaign mode in Star Wars: Battlefront II as well. Operation Cinder involved Palpatine’s most loyal troops razing former Imperial strongholds; as far as the Emperor was concerned, he saw no reason Darth Vader should profit from the Empire that Palpatine had built. The idea was that the Galactic Civil War would turn into chaos, with a final battle over the skies of Jakku. The planet had been rigged to detonate, an explosion that would have destroyed the fleets warring above its surface.

Meanwhile, from a hidden base at Jakku the Emperor had created a map of vast portions of the Unknown Regions. According to the novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he had secured a secret power base out there, with vast tracts of war materiel secreted away. In the final moments of the Battle of Jakku, Palpatine’s most loyal assets were instructed to follow the maps from his observatory and jump out into the Unknown Regions. The planet would explode behind them, destroying everything they left behind them. It’s a stunning, vindictive strategy, but it’s rather odd; if the Emperor didn’t see why anyone else should be allowed to rule his Empire, why would he enable some of his closest, most trusted allies to escape? It only makes sense if Palpatine was assuming that he himself would return from the dead in order to claim the forces he had sent out to the Unknown Regions.

It’s unclear how the ceremony being conducted by Tashu and Rax fits into this, but it seems reasonable to assume that it was somehow tied to the Emperor’s resurrection. Certainly it involved both a Sith mask and a Sith Holocron, being used in an environment that sounds identical to the Emperor’s Throne-Room on the Second Death Star. Ironically, just as Darth Vader betrayed Palpatine on the Death Star, Rax betrayed Tashu on Jakku. He pushed Tashu down the chasm, where he fell to his death. Palpatine’s adviser died in the same kind of flare of blue light as his Master. This may simply be a narrative conceit, of course, with Tashu’s fate paralleling his beloved Master’s. Alternatively, it may be far more important; it may even explain why Palpatine was unable to take charge of the First Order straight away, with Snoke taking the power vacuum. Only time will tell.

It’s fascinating to see how carefully Lucasfilm has signposted the Emperor’s return. The Emperor has been shown to be consistently interested in resurrection, whether involving the Force or science. One of his closest advisers believed he was destined to return. And Palpatine’s Contingency included some sort of mystical ceremony that was surely intended to be tied to his resurrection. Lucasfilm has pulled off an amazing trick, setting the pieces in place without once revealing their strategy. Now, though, the cat’s out of the bag – and it means Star Wars fans will be revisiting every tie-in since Disney took over Lucasfilm, looking for any further clues.

Next: Star Wars Celebration 2019 Round-Up: The Biggest News & Reveals


2019-04-19 04:04:23

Thomas Bacon

10 Storylines In Avengers Canon We’d Like To See In The MCU

Avengers: Endgame is right around the corner. Right now fans everywhere are trying desperately to avoid being spoiled and preparing themselves for what is sure to be an emotional roller coaster of a film. The film is set to conclude the epic 10-year long saga of storytelling. But since we’re greedy and want more from our favorite superhero team, we have to wonder what’s next for the Avengers.

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The Avengers’ battle against Thanos over the course of these two films is epic and, although a lot was changed for the film, it was inspired by the comic book storyline. There is a long history of Avengers stories from the comics that the films could draw from. From epic cosmic clashes to Earth-bound battles, here are some of the best Avengers storylines we want to see in the MCU.

10 New Avengers: Breakout

While no one knows how Avengers: Endgame is going to shake out, there is a pretty good chance that the team will forever be altered and it may be the last time we see some heroes. That also means the next time we see the Avengers, it could be a brand new team. In other words, we’ll meet the New Avengers.

New Avengers: Breakout finds the team imprisoned on The Raft and planning a prison break together. This basically happened in Captain America: Civil War, except we didn’t get to see it. This could be a fun way to bring together new heroes and put them in a situation that forces them together.

9 Secret Invasion

Secret Invaision is a storyline that fans have been anticipating since the announcement of Captain Marvel. That film introduced the conflict between warring alien race, the Kree and the Skrull. The Skrull are especially exciting introductions to the MCU as their shape-shifting abilities led to them invading Earth in this classic storyline.

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Captain Marvel changed the Skrulls quite significantly from the comics, making them more sympathetic. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t war-minded Skrulls out there waiting to invade. The Skrulls have more to do in the MCU, so this paranoia-filled story could still happen.

8 Avengers/Defenders War

The MCU has had a lot of fun with pitting various heroes against each other. Of course, there was the big showdown in Captain America: Civil War, as well as smaller, more fun skirmishes in The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok. These kinds of conflicts can be very effective as it is difficult for audiences to take sides.

The Avengers/Defenders War storyline uses this concept to great effect as the separate teams of heroes find themselves at opposite ends of a conflict leading to some fun one-on-one fights. As a bonus, that could mean the Defenders finally join the film universe.

7 The Korvac Saga

As fun as it is to see the heroes battle one another, having a really great villain for them to go up against is even better. Though the MCU had a villain problem in their earlier years, they have made dramatic improvements, all leading to the epic showdown with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

The Korvac Saga could provide the Avengers with their next great nemesis. Michael Korvac is a man who was imbued with the Power Cosmic, turning him into a god-like being. The threat of Korvac leads to the Avengers to team with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him. That particular crossover in Infinity War was a highlight and it would be great to see them meet-up again.

6 Operation: Galactic Storm

It has been said that the cosmic universe will play a big role in the MCU going forward, so it makes sense that the Avengers would find themselves in some big cosmic stories. Operation: Galactic Storm is an acclaimed cosmic tale from the comics that could be a truly epic big-screen adventure.

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The story finds Earth caught up in an intergalactic war between two alien races and the Avengers being forced to intervene. While Captain Marvel tread on this same territory, to see a cosmic war on a massive scale would be a lot of fun.

5 The Kang Dynasty

One of the biggest questions about the Avengers film post-Endgame is how they will ever top Thanos as a villain. From the character design to Josh Brolin’s outstanding performance, to the fact that he killed half the universe, it’s not easy to follow that up. However, Kang the Conqueror might be the perfect villain to face the heroes next.

Kang is another brilliantly designed character who could look incredible brought to life on the big screen. He is also a big enough threat to warrant the entire roster of heroes to band together to fight him. It could certainly make for an epic showdown.

4 Under Siege

The Avengers are designed to fight against extraordinary threats. But what if there was a team designed to fight against the Avengers? In the comics, the Masters of Evil were a team founded by Baron Zemo and made up of some of their most deadly foes. This storyline found the dastardly team hitting the heroes and putting them on the ropes.

The Masters of Evil seem like the obvious villains to take on the team and give them some real trouble. Zemo is still alive in the MCU, and there are some fun villains who he could recruit.

3 Avengers vs. X-Men

As soon as the Disney/Fox deal closed, fans began speculating about how the X-Men would be brought into the MCU. As exciting as it is, integrating so many characters in the already crowded universe is a difficult task. However, to pit them against the Avengers, as in this popular storyline, might help to bring them in the fold.

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While the X-Men act as heroes, the emergence of mutants and their immense powers could potentially lead to some conflict between the groups. Although the X-Men apparently won’t be used for some time, this showdown feels inevitable.

2 Secret Wars

Avengers: Infinity War has been called the most ambitious crossover event ever. Again, it’s not easy to follow that up, but Secret Wars is the one storyline that could indeed be even bigger. The story finds the Beyonder, a cosmic entity, bringing together an all-star roster of heroes and villains to “Battleworld”, his own personal playground planet, where he forces them to battle each other.

The storyline has everything you could want for one of these movies. The amount of characters in the tale is astounding. There are plenty of hero-on-hero battles, and there is a fair bit of cosmic fun as well. The only thing that might prevent it is that it could be too ambitious.

1 Avengers Forever

As stated before, the Avengers team will likely go through some big changes in Endgame. We could very well see the end of the current iteration of the team which will be hard to take. However, when enough time passes this could be the story that brings back the original team.

Packed with plenty of time travel fun, the story finds Rick Jones jumping through history and assembling Avengers from the past, present, and future. How exciting would it be to see Captain America, Iron Man and Thor brought back after a long absence? The only problem is, we have to first say goodbye.

NEXT: The 5 Movies You Have To Watch To Understand Avengers: Endgame


2019-04-17 03:04:40

Colin McCormick

10 Craziest Things J.K. Rowling Has Made Canon About Harry Potter

Once upon a time, the Harry Potter fandom was rife with theories about the upcoming book releases. From shipping to Horcruxes, fans argued back and forth about what would be canon and what wouldn’t. Queen of these debates was the author herself, J.K. Rowling. Any sort of tidbit about lore or history from the books was eagerly devoured by the series fans.

However, as the books released and time went on, Rowling’s lore drops began to be more and more outlandish. Over time, J.K.’s status as Queen of Harry Potter has worn away, and some fans wish she would remain silent. She has now gained a reputation for doing more harm than good to the fandom that once venerated her, making her a bit of a ridiculous figure. To cut through that ridiculousness, let’s see what are some of the craziest things J.K. Rowling made canon since Harry Potter ended.

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10 Uncle Vernon Is Pro Brexit

Uncle Vernon’s distaste for anything outside of the ordinary is well documented throughout the book series. From his casual cruelty of Harry growing up to his desperate attempts to keep him from Hogwarts, Vernon’s antics bordered on laughable at times. So when the real-life Brexit referendum swept the U.K., one fan’s observation of how Uncle Vernon might vote was confirmed by Rowling herself on Twitter.

This is a true-to-character thing to make canon, but it also adds an uncomfortable level of politics to a book series that shied away from real-world political actions. Given as well that Vernon would be well into his 60’s or 70’s at this point in his life, it’s not something that fans necessarily care about one way or another.

9 Dumbledore Taught Multiple Subjects At Hogwarts

It was a known fact during the series that prior to his post as Headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore taught Transfiguration. So when Dumbledore was shown in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, fans became concerned.

No mention of this was ever made apparent in the book series and somewhat confuses the Harry Potter timeline. While it’s not the most egregious thing J.K. has made canon, it’s just one more brick in the wall J.K. has built between herself and the fans of her book series over the years.

8 McGonagall’s Bad Luck With Love

Stern Transfiguration professor and Deputy Head Mistress Minerve McGonagall is a fierce character in the Harry Potter series. As a mentor and ally to Harry, she becomes invaluable to his fight against Voldemort. But J.K. released on Pottermore a long backstory detailing McGonagall’s family history that managed to undercut her strength and resolve by making the key dilemmas of her life revolve around relationships instead of her accomplishments.

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From a whirlwind but ultimately doomed-to-fail romance with a Muggle man to a short-lived marriage with a much older man who used to be her boss, it undercut McGonagall’s tough and reserved exterior. While it’s not bad to develop side characters and to give them relationships, the focus of McGonagall’s entire backstory revolving around these lost loves changes how one views the character throughout the series.

7 Hogwarts Is Tuition Free

Rowling has made it clear in multiple interviews how fortunate she was for the British welfare system when writing the books. As a poor single mother, they allowed her to provide for her family until the books were published. Perhaps that’s why she announced that students at Hogwarts do not pay for tuition; the Ministry of Magic pays for all magical education expenses.

The issue with that though is that we see the Weasley family buying school essentials for their children throughout the series. Wouldn’t wands and school supplies be a part of the tuition that the Ministry is paying for? While a charitable notion, it contradicts with previously established scenes throughout the book series.

6 Dumbledore Has Another Sibling

One of the huge reveals of Fantastic Beasts 2 was the revelation that Credence Barebone might be someone else entirely. As revealed by Grindelwald, the young man is, in fact, Aurelius Dumbledore, long-lost brother to Albus and Aberforth.

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This is outlandish for multiple reasons. Chief among them is that a tell-all book about Dumbledore was published by Rita Skeeter to embarrass his family name. If anyone were to have dug up that family dirt, it would have been Rita. Second, the timeline for his birth makes no sense. He is clearly younger than Albus, and given his approximate age, his father would have been in Azkaban and his mother dead. While it may prove to be a misdirect, it’s still enormously canon-breaking on Rowling’s part to have it mentioned at all.

5 Voldemort’s Name Pronunciation

The main antagonist of the series goes by many names over the course of the book. Tom Riddle, You-Know-Who, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and of course, Voldemort. Apparently, though, fans have been pronouncing Voldemort wrong for years. Rowling tweeted that the “t” at the end of Voldemort is silent, to better equate with the French word for “death”.

The problem here is that Rowling herself has said “VoldemorT” multiple times over the years, and never corrected the studios’ pronunciation of the name in the films. It’s one thing to claim that the name was intended to have a silent “t” and you decided it sounded better with it. It’s another to claim that you’re the only one who pronounces it correctly when you yourself said it wrong for years.

4 Hermione And Ron’s Marriage Problems

Rowling once made waves when the books were still being published. In an exclusive interview, she was quoted as saying that Ron and Hermione should end up together. More importantly, Harry and Hermione fans missed “massive, anvil-sized hints” that it wouldn’t work between the two according to the author back in 2005. Which is why a more recent announcement that Ron and Hermione’s marriage was a troubled one rubbed fans the wrong way.

For one, fans who felt the pairing didn’t make sense were already upset about the definitive “delusional” statement. And for fans who shipped the two of them, it was a betrayal of trust that two wouldn’t get their happily ever after. By saying that the two fundamentally would have needed work to make things happy between them, Rowling managed to upset a large portion of her fanbase with one stroke of the (digital) quill.

3 Nagini Is A Person With A Blood Curse

There was enormous fan backlash when Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald revealed an unsettling truth about Voldemort’s pet snake, Nagini. Nagini was no pet at all; she was, in fact, a Maledictus, a human with a blood curse that allowed her to turn into a snake. Eventually, this transformation would one day become permanent, with no way of knowing when and where.

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For many fans, the casting of a female who would be little more than a dictator’s slave was a step too far. It created a troublesome relationship between the two, especially given that Voldemort somehow survived on Nagini’s milk. As disturbing as that concept might be, it was one Rowling felt was necessary to add into the Harry Potter canon for good.

2 Jewish Students At Hogwarts

Due to it being a product of its time, the core cast of the Harry Potter series is all fairly homogenous. While this would be troublesome today, it was far more frequent when the book was published in the 90’s and 2000’s. So when Jewish fans inquired about whether Jewish wizards existed in the world, her reveal that several of them attended Hogwarts felt like an attempt to be inclusive after the fact.

Specifically mentioning Anthony Goldstein (a Ravenclaw wizard who was among the 40 original names Rowling wrote for the series characters) is problematic on a few levels. The sole mention of a single Jewish character (especially one with the last name Goldstein) felt like a cheap way of adding inclusion into the series postmortem for many fans. This one factoid from J.K. (along with the infamous Dumbledore is gay fact) began Rowling’s slow descent into being seen as a fandom pariah.

1 Wizards Didn’t Use Bathrooms Until Recently

Perhaps the most notorious instance of Rowling’s canon interference in recent days was a Pottermore exclusive fact. According to them, wizards only adopted Muggle plumbing in the 18th century; prior to that, any waste was simply magicked away.

As you can imagine, this fact was not received well by fans. Mockery and outrage over the unnecessary information of the fact quickly blew up online. It quickly became the pinnacle moment of Rowling not knowing when to leave the Harry Potter canon alone. Since then, fans await not with bated breath as they once did for new facts and lore. Instead, they sit with an eye-roll ready for whatever else J.K. Rowling will deem necessary to add or change about Harry Potter canon. Where’s Gilderoy Lockhart when you need him?

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2019-03-28 01:03:51

Dan Houbrick