Why You Can’t Change Clothes in Days Gone

In Days Gone, players won’t be able to change their clothes, but there are good reasons for that. Days Gone, the new PlayStation 4 exclusive from the developers at Sony Bend, is an open world, narrative-driven title about survivors of an undead apocalypse.

The lead character, Deacon St. John, was a member of a biker gang before the world collapsed into madness, and bikers are known for their particular fashion sense. In Days Gone, Deacon dresses in a character-appropriate attire of a biker in the Northwest United States, and there’s a good reason players can’t change his outfit, which includes his signature backwards cap.

Related: The Real Reason Days Gone Removed Player Choices

During our interview with John Garvin, the writer/creative director of Days Gone explained exactly why players can’t change Deacon’s clothes – nor remove his hat:

“The way Deacon looks has huge story implications. This is something the player may or may not notice, but in flashbacks, Deacon is pretty clean shaven. He doesn’t have his scruffy beard. I wanted there to be this really stark contrast between these periods in Deacon’s life. From flashbacks with Sarah to the prologue where you see him having to make this horrible choice between saving his wife and saving his best friend, and then the game itself, where you see things happening two years later. These different time periods all have a different version of this man. We had to make sure that the player couldn’t mess that up.”

As fun as it is in games like Saint’s Row, where players can dress their characters up in all sorts of wacky costumes, or even Grand Theft Auto V or Red Dead Redemption 2, which features a wide variety of clothing options, Garvin maintains that approach simply wouldn’t work in Days Gone. Deacon St. John has clothes he wears, and he wears them due to the game’s story. The game makes use of flashback sequences which are vital to understanding his character, and his clothing options at various points in time are all part of the tale being told. That includes the arguably infamous wedding sequence shown in trailers, which isn’t as far-fetched as internet commenters would have you believe:

“Let me tell you, I took a lot of s*** for that in the wedding trailer; a lot of comments were, “hey, why is he wearing a hat at his wedding?” And he’s wearing it the same way, backwards. But I can tell you, and I know from the research I had done, bikers do that! I got a lot of support from people who are actually in biker culture. They said, “yeah, we don’t dress differently just because of a special occasion; we are who we are.””

Biker culture can seem outlandish, especially since there are countless wannabe bikers, people who like to play with their hogs on the weekends and aren’t true “one-percenters,” like the members of Deacon’s old gang, the Mongrels MC. The real hardcore bikers, they’re an entirely different breed of human being from regular folks. They don’t wear a tuxedo just because they’re getting married. It’s part of their culture, Sony Bend wanted to reflect that in the way Deacon St. John dresses throughout the game. That being said, they did compromise in one area: bike customization.

“You can change how the bike looks. That was the compromise we made. There’s literally millions of combinations of colors and trim and all that, and it’s entirely possible to create a bike that looks like one Deacon St. John would never sit on. You can have a pink gas tank and green chrome and it can be garish and ugly. But if the player wants to do that, they are empowered to do whatever they want with the bike.”

It sounds like a fair compromise; Deacon St. John dresses how he wants, but the player can choose how his motorcycle looks. This can be explained in-game as being due to the end of the world; Deacon owns his own clothes, but he can’t be picky regarding the parts he scavenges for his bike. If it works, he’ll use it, even if it doesn’t exactly fit his traditional biker style.

More: What Days Gone Learned From Uncharted’s Amy Hennig

2019-04-24 09:04:38

Zak Wojnar

Rebel Wilson Explains How She Got MPAA To Change Rating Of New Film

Australian actress Rebel Wilson explains how she convinced the MPAA to change the rating of The Hustle. Directed by Chris Addison, the upcoming comedy is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The Hustle features Wilson in a starring role, and she also co-produced the film.

In The Hustle, Wilson stars alongside American actress Anne Hathaway. The two women portray two distinctly different types of scam artists, though they share a mutual goal in seeking vengeance against morally-challenged men. In the original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels film, Steve Martin and Michael Caine portray con men who manipulate rich women in the French Riviera. The late Glenne Headly stars as a wealthy American heiress in the main female role. Directed by Frank Oz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the 1964 comedy Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones. For The Hustle, Wilson co-produced with Spyglass Entertainment’s Roger Birnbaum, the former co-CEO of MGM. In February 2018, The Hustle received its official title, and the first trailer released last February.

Related: The 10 Most Anticipated Big Screen Comedies Of 2019

On YouTube, BBC America released a clip from Wilson’s recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, in which she explains the backstory for The Hustle’s MPAA rating. Appearing alongside co-star Anne Hathaway, along with actor Daniel Radcliffe and Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, Wilson discusses how she originally pitched The Hustle to MGM as “something like ‘Dirty Rotten Skanks.’” The film ultimately received an R-rating from the MPAA, prompting Wilson to utilize her law degree with hopes of receiving a PG-13 rating. During an MPAA arbitration hearing, Wilson defended The Hustle, and compared the film’s dialogue with male-centric comedies such as Anchorman. Wilson emphasized the industry’s double standards, most notably that PG films like Frozen, 101 Dalmations, and Muppet Treasure Island include sexualized comedy despite being “designed for children.” After five minutes of deliberation, Wilson was named the winner of her MPAA arbitration hearing. Watch the full clip from The Graham Norton Show below.

In 2008, Wilson co-produced the Australian musical comedy series Bogan Pride, in which she also served as a series regular. She had a supporting role in Paul Feig’s 2011 feature film hit Bridesmaids, and made her first appearance in the Pitch Perfect franchise the following year, portraying Fat Amy. Wilson created, co-produced, and starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Super Fun Night, of which aired during the 2013-2014 season. Most recently, Wilson co-produced and starred in the 2019 comedy Isn’t It Romantic, a satire of romantic comedy genre tropes. 

Like Jonah Hill, Rebel Wilson has quietly evolved from a supporting comedic actor into a legitimate A-list star. In addition, both performers have displayed their understanding of the Hollywood industry by working behind the scenes, and even behind the camera in Hill’s case. Given Wilson’s educational background and industry experience, it only seems natural that she’d produce and direct a film in the near future. First, however, we’ll have to see if The Hustle becomes a box office hit. 

More: Crowded Comic Book Getting a Movie Adaptation From Rebel Wilson

Source: BBC America

2019-04-20 08:04:04

Q.V. Hough

Disney Won’t Change Deadpool, Says Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the Deadpool movies won’t change, now that Disney owns the X-Men rights. The Mouse House finalized its purchase of Fox’s assets last month, giving it full control over their IPs like Avatar, Alien, and The Simpsons, to name but a few. It also gave Disney the rights to both the Fantastic Four and X-Men films, which includes the Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool and its sequel (not to mention, the PG-13 Once Upon a Deadpool cut). Of course, this begs the question: what comes next for The Merc With a Mouth and his pals?

In the past, Disney CEO Bob Iger has indicated that the studio will be pretty hands-off when it comes to the Deadpool franchise, given its current success. The Mouse House even plans to release more R-rated Deadpool movies in the future, though probably separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the time being (lest it lose its family-friendly, PG-13 brand). Feige, for his part, seems to be on the same page with Iger, as far as Marvel Studios’ plans for the Deadpool property and its potential spinoffs (like X-Force) are concerned.

Related: Here’s Everything That Disney Now Owns From Fox

Speaking to Variety, Feige touched briefly on Marvel Studios’ plans for the Deadpool franchise. As he put it:

“When we were purchased, Bob [Iger] said to us, ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”

Reading between the lines, it seems the tentative plan is for the Deadpool movies to carry on business as usual, post Disney-Fox deal. They might not be included in the MCU anytime soon (something Feige also hinted at during his Variety interview), but that could honestly be for the best. Arguably, a big part of the reason that Reynolds’ take on The Merc With a Mouth has worked is because he’s been free to play in his own version of the X-Men universe, untethered to the continuity of the mainline films. With the X-Men expected to be rebooted for the MCU after Dark Phoenix hit theaters in June, the Fox era of the franchise is about to come to an end anyway – so why start pretending that Deadpool is really all that connected to his mutant peers (and, in turn, due for a similar makeover for the MCU) now?

If there’s a downside to this, however, it’s that Deadpool is unlikely to share the screen with the superheroes of the MCU in the immediate future. As much as fans would want to see Wade Wilson hang out with Peter Parker in New York or show up at the Avengers’ headquarters, that’s not going to happen until his movies suddenly become PG-13 rated or Marvel Studios start making R-rated MCU films in general. Still, who knows: Once Upon a Deadpool suggested that Reynolds’ version of the character could ultimately work in a PG-13 world without completing sacrificing his “edgier” qualities, so a compromise might be in order to make an MCU crossover possible. If not, then at least Wade can still crack wise about Mickey Mouse keeping him on a long leash in Deadpool 3.

NEXT: Every Fox Movie Disney is Still Going to Release

Source: Variety

2019-04-17 10:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

Gearbox Boss Thinks Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store Exclusivity Will Change Gaming

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford thinks that the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity deal will be the start of a massive change in the gaming industry, according to a series of tweets the president of the company fired off into the void over the course of this past weekend. Pitchford is no stranger to lengthy speeches—anyone familiar with the Borderlands 3 reveal event at PAX East just under a month ago will know that the Gearbox boss has a penchant for saying what’s on his mind.

Borderlands 3 was the center of controversy when it was announced the game would be skipping Valve’s Steam platform for the first six months of its release, with publisher 2K Games deciding to enter into an exclusivity deal with the fledgling Epic Games Store. It’s a big get for Epic, a company with more than enough money to fund a successful digital distribution platform that simply needs major games to choose its service. For Borderlands 3, however, it was a decidedly more middling affair—while some people had no issue with the decision, some decided to review bomb Borderlands 2 while attempting to protest a move that was inexplicably being called unfair.

Related: Borderlands 3 Is An Epic Games Store Exclusive, Releases This September

Pitchford began his weekend tweetstorm by reminding fans that, while he apparently has “some influence” on the process, the choice of Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity ultimately fell to 2K Games. He also wasn’t shy in acknowledging that the Epic Games Store is lacking a number of the features that players find appealing about Steam, but Pitchford then suggested Epic’s roadmap for its online store, while already enticing, was likely not even the entirety of features that will be added over the coming months. With all the caveats out of the way, Pitchford began to illustrate why he believes Steam is no longer the future of gaming, and why Borderlands 3 could be the catalyst in changing the game industry as we know it:

To be fair, Pitchford was not attempting to assert that it was solely the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity deal that would bring about these changes. Rather, the Gearbox boss was insistent that having major releases like Borderlands 3 as early adopters of Epic’s platform would help bolster it during its most vulnerable periods after launch, helping to establish a legitimate competitor for Steam faster. Essentially, Pitchford is making the extremely compelling argument that competition in any business sector leads to a better environment for consumers, and as Valve scrambles to appeal to developers considering leaving the platform and Epic places a high priority on customer satisfaction, that assertion already seems to be coming true. Of course, in true Pitchford fashion, he couldn’t resist a little dig:

The “brigade” he’s discussing is likely the attempt at tearing down Borderlands on Steam, so it’s fair play to a man whose franchise, which is noted for its high quality and innovative approach to shooters, has been unfairly attacked by those upset with the digital distribution landscape.

As much as Pitchford’s thread can sometimes lose a bit of focus—it’s a lot of tweets all at once—it makes some excellent points about why the Borderlands 3 Epic Games Store exclusivity deal is probably a good thing for gaming overall. Creating competition will give digital distribution platforms incentive to pass savings on to consumers while constantly tweaking their features and, given what a toxic hellhole Steam has become when it comes to curation policy, it’s hard to imagine things getting worse as a result. We’ll wait and see, but for now, Pitchford’s impassioned speech has made yet another compelling case for the Epic Games Store, even if suggesting the inclusion of Borderlands 3 in its offerings will be a historic turning point in gaming is a pretty bold prediction.

Next: Borderlands 3 Revealed at PAX East 2019, Will Have One Billion Guns

Source: @DuvalMagic

2019-04-17 07:04:07

Cody Gravelle

PSN Name Change Issues Affecting Major Titles

PlayStation’s new PSN name change service has finally gone live after over a decade of fans requesting it, but the list of games it can potentially cause issues for is extensive and affects a number of major players on the platform. Users already knew there were going to be issues with the service, as Sony outlined in the blog post that revealed it that there were several problems with name changes that could cause players to lose trophy progress, saved game data, and even DLC that they had already paid for.

The PSN name change service might be a long-time coming, but it appears that PlayStation fans will have to exercise caution with the new feature as Sony tries to figure out how to retroactively prepare thousands of games for users changing their ID. While that might not seem like a big issue at first glance, depending on the way that the network is configured, a lot of data could be lost or corrupted as a result of the changes. It’s a sobering reminder to supporters of Sony’s platform that, for all the innovation and success that the PS4 has brought the company, some of Sony’s online offerings are archaic at best and the by-product of years of complacency.

Related: Sony is Killing DriveClub in 2020 and Players Will Only Be Able to Play Offline

Although the issues with the PSN name change service are frightening, at the very least, Sony has worked hard to establish a list of games that are known to have issues with the process. Players who own and are actively using these titles might want to think twice about whether or not to use the service, although some of the issues—unlinking user accounts, settings being reset to default, having previous ID remain visible for some time—can be fixed by just signing in and out. It’s the major ones like lost data or paid content no longer being accessible that should give fans pause. Here’s a list of games that might be affected, but are more likely to experience minor issues rather than the critical ones:

  • Absolver: Downfall
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
  • Big City Stories
  • Bloodborne
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Crossout
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • FIFA 17 Standard Edition
  • Gauntlet: Slayer Edition
  • God Eater 2 Rage Burst
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Gundam Versus
  • Guns Up!
  • Injustice 2 – Standard Edition
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MLB The Show 17
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Storm Trilogy
  • Naruto Storm: Road to Boruto Expansion
  • NBA 2K19
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Rock Band 4
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Remastered
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Titanfall 2
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Trove
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • UNO
  • Warframe
  • WipEout Omega Collection

There are a few games who have been tagged for having critical issues, too, but luckily it’s a toss-up between Just Dance 2017 and Worms Battlegrounds on which title can claim to be the most popular on the affected list—which means it’s unlikely to really cause issues for the majority of the population. Having minor issues with big titles like The Last of Us RemasteredWarframeUncharted 4: A Thief’s End and more is certainly less than ideal, though, and Sony will probably be working hard to shore those up, especially if its digital offerings are to remain stuck in this generation even while Google and Microsoft vie for control of the streaming platform market at its inception point.

While Sony users will finally get access to the PSN name change service they’ve been desperately pleading with the company for, it’s coming with a hefty price. Regardless, those of us unlucky enough to have names like xXx420SephirothFanxXx will probably still run the risk of changing ID tags. If loot boxes have taught us anything, it’s that sometimes in life, gamers have to gamble a little to get the result they want.

More: Free PlayStation Plus Games For April 2019 Announced

Source: PlayStation Network Change Online ID Games List

2019-04-12 08:04:21

Cody Gravelle

Ben Affleck ‘Excited’ For Batman Casting Change & Matt Reeves’ Vision

UPDATE: Here’s our picks to replace Ben Affleck as Batman.

Ben Affleck expresses his excitement for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will star a new actor as Bruce Wayne. Back in 2013, Affleck was cast as the Caped Crusader for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and many will remember he was a controversial pick for the role at the time. However, Affleck was able to prove the skeptics wrong by delivering a grizzled performance as a world-weary and older Bruce, depicting the character onscreen like never before. Though Batman V Superman received mixed reviews, Affleck was seen by many as a highlight and fans left wanting to see more of him.

Obviously, a lot has changed in the few years since Batman V Superman premiered, including Affleck’s involvement with the DC Extended Universe. When Justice League underperformed critically and commercially, it was all but guaranteed audiences had seen the last of Batfleck. By the time DC’s failed team-up debuted in theaters, Affleck had already passed writing and directing duties on a solo Batman movie to Reeves and there were countless rumors he was looking to leave the franchise. Now, it’s finally been confirmed The Batman will feature a different actor in the role of Bruce, but Affleck remains enthused for what’s to come.

Related: All 30 Upcoming and In-Development DC Films

Taking to Twitter to share news about The Batman receiving a summer 2021 release date, Affleck stated he was “excited” for the movie and to see what Reeves does with the material. You can check out his post in the space below:

For DC fans, this has to be a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it’s nice to have some clarity on The Batman at long last, after months of unverified reports and speculation. Reeves has already proven himself as an exceptional filmmaker on his two acclaimed Planet of the Apes entries, so it should be fascinating to see what he can do with a hard-hitting Batman story that taps into the character’s status as the world’s greatest detective. At the same time, several viewers were fond of Affleck’s interpretation and wished he could have stayed around longer, possibly headlining a memorable standalone film (or more). As thrilling it is to see Reeves take the controls with a younger star, a case can be made Affleck’s talents were wasted here and he deserved a better shot.

It’ll be hard to not think about what might have been regarding Affleck’s tenure as Batman, but hopefully this is the beginning of a fresh start for him. He’s already lined up multiple new projects, headlining Gavin O’Connor’s drama Torrance and possibly directing a movie about the McDonald’s Monopoly scam. It wasn’t that long ago Affleck reinvented his career with movies such as The Town, Argo (which won Best Picture), and Gone Girl. Freed from franchise obligations, Affleck should be able to do as he pleases now, and it’ll be exciting to see what he chooses to do in the immediate future.

More: The DCEU Ruined Batman & Superman (But It’s Not Zack Snyder’s Fault)

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2019-01-30 05:01:45

NXT Takeover Phoenix: Championships Change Hands & [Spoiler] Reunites

NXT Takeover Phoenix was a truly eventful show, seeing two titles change hands, some amazing matches take place, and a surprising reunion happen. Since its inception, NXT Takeover has held a deserved reputation for providing some of the best pro wrestling in the world. While ostensibly WWE’s developmental league, NXT regularly puts on shows that put the Raw and SmackDown rosters to shame. A lot of the credit for this has to go to Triple H, who produces NXT and guides it creatively, while father-in-law and WWE boss Vince McMahon still runs things on the main roster.

Despite NXT being in a near constant state of roster turnover as stars who’ve made it big there graduate to the bigger stages of Raw and SmackDown, just about every Takeover event has managed to knock things out of the park from a quality standpoint. The lead-in event to tomorrow’s annual Royal Rumble, NXT Takeover Phoenix was no different, playing host to five matches that were all terrific in their own ways.

Related: Ronda Rousey Possibly Leaving WWE After WrestleMania

Two of those matches also saw NXT’s prestigious championships won by first time title holders. In the opening match, the powerful duo known as the War Raiders were able to finally end the long tag team title reign of the Undisputed Era stable’s Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly. In the third bout of the night, Johnny Gargano finally managed to capture singles gold, albeit by questionable means. Gargano blasted the now former North American champion Ricochet with a vicious brainbuster on the concrete floor, followed by spiking him in the ring with a slingshot DDT for the pin.

Elsewhere on the card, Matt Riddle once again bested Kassius Ohno, and Shayna Baszler just barely retained her NXT women’s championship following a strong challenge from Bianca Belair. Then came the absolute beast of a main event between NXT champion Tomasso Ciampa and challenger Aleister Black. After a valiant effort by Black, the leg-focused assault on “The Dutch Destroyer” by the ruthless Ciampa proved too much, allowing Ciampa to hit a series of high impact moves and pick up the victory to retain.

Then, in a somewhat low-key but still memorable moment, as Ciampa celebrated with his NXT title on top of the ramp, new North American champion – and Ciampa’s recent bitter rival – Johnny Gargano came out to join in the festivities, holding his gold high. Ciampa then did the same, as former tag team champions DIY officially reunited for the first time since their break-up at NXT Takeover Chicago in 2017. DIY is back, and with both holding championships, they may now be unstoppable.

More: John Cena Reportedly Injured, Might Miss WWE Royal Rumble

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2019-01-26 07:01:41

The CW Sets Legends of Tomorrow Return Date, Arrow Timeslot Change

The CW has set DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to return Monday, April 1 and confirmed Arrow‘s new 9 pm timeslot on Monday evenings, starting April 15. In the years since Arrow began its run in 2012, Oliver Queen has been joined by superheroes like Barry Allen on The Flash and Kara Danvers on Supergirl, in addition to a whole team of time-travelers (many of which originated on either Arrow or The Flash) on Legends of Tomorrow. The Arrowverse (as it’s known) isn’t done expanding yet either and formally introduced Kate Kane in last year’s Elseworlds crossover, ahead of the potential Batwoman TV series premiering in the 2018-2019 season.

Of all the Arrowverse series, Legends of Tomorrow has typically had the lowest ratings, if also the most faithful followers in recent years. The show has increasingly danced to the idiosyncratic beat of its own drum along the way, most recently with a midseason finale that broke time itself and transformed the show’s characters into cats and puppets (among other things). Legends is going on a break for the next few months, but fans can take solace in knowing when, exactly, the Waverider crew’s wacky adventures will continue.

Related: All the DC Movies & TV Shows Coming in 2019

TVLine reports that Legends of Tomorrow will return on Monday, April 1, where it will open the night in the 8 pm timeslot. Arrow, which has been airing in The CW’s 8 pm spot this season, will take a two-week hiatus at that time, before it returns in the 9 pm timeslot on Monday, April 15. Oliver Queen fans need not fret, however, seeing as Arrow season 7 will pick back up well towards the end of this month, following the Arrowverse’s midseason break.

In some ways, it’s fitting that Legends won’t return with the rest of the Arrowverse. The show has almost taken on a life of its own these past two years, to the point that it has nearly as many characters (Zari Tomez, Ava Sharpe, Gary Green, etc.) who originated on the show as it does carryovers from Arrow and/or The Flash. Legends has also delved further into the magical realms of the Arrowverse than its peers, especially with the addition of John Constantine to the time-traveling Legends team in season 4. Between all that and the series’ uniquely zany tone, it feels somewhat appropriate that Legends completely ignored last year’s Elseworlds crossover (save for a throwaway line of dialogue) to continue focusing its attention on its own storylines, instead.

Of course, both Arrow and Legends‘ futures are somewhat up in the air right now, as is the fate of the Arrowverse at large. Last month’s Elseworlds event concluded with a teaser confirming 2019’s Arrowverse crossover will be Crisis on Infinite Earths, as inspired by the comic book event of the same name. This particular crossover has the potential to change the very fabric of The CW’s DC TV universe as we know it, and could even result in some major character deaths (maybe even Green Arrow and Superman’s) along the way. That’s all the more reason for Arrow and/or Legends‘ fans to keep tuning in to both (or either) series, as they begin to lay the groundwork for what’s to come by the end of the year.

MORE: Arrowverse 2019 Return Dates

Arrow returns Monday, January 21 on The CW, followed by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Monday, April 1.

Source: TVLine

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2019-01-10 01:01:27

Avengers: Endgame Poster Confirms Release Date Change To April 2019

UPDATE: Read our Avengers: Endgame trailer breakdown.

The first trailer for Avengers: Endgame has confirmed a new April release date. Marvel Studios finally let the secrets out when it comes to Avengers 4. The brand new Avengers: Endgame trailer just arrived, offering the first pieces of footage, the official title, and a brand new release date.

The trailer release has been highly anticipated for MCU fans waiting to learn some information about Avengers 4 and even what it would be called. However, one area that the upcoming blockbuster was still generating plenty of attention was its release date. Marvel previously dated the film for May 3, 2019, but after moving Avengers: Infinity War up to the end of April this year, it had been theorized, and even suggested, that Marvel should also move Avengers 4 up.

Related: Why Avengers 4’s Trailer Took So Long

The first trailer for Endgame came to a conclusion by confirming just this. Although no specific date has yet been announced, the trailer confirmed that the fourth Avengers movie will hit theaters in April. Marvel has now released the first teaser poster for the movie too, which confirms the exact release date for Endgame is April 26th.

Marvel went to great lengths to protect spoilers from Infinity War surfacing during the marketing campaign and that was one of the main reasons behind the release date change there. This is undoubtedly part of the reason behind Avengers 4 also getting moved up, as it would be impossible for Marvel to put the movie in international markets a week early and spoilers not immediately making their way online. The same release date nearly across the world should guarantee that all fans get to go in to Endgame as clean as possible.

Of course, the release date change may be the smallest announcement that came from the trailer as a whole and showcases a different marketing strategy for Endgame. With Infinity War, Marvel made waves at various points in the marketing campaign by rolling out unexpected news. There was no title reveal needed for Infinity War, but the first trailer was the only announcement that came that day, and the release date change was an event of its own.

With Marvel squeezing the title, first footage, and new release date reveals into a single moment, the implications of the decision could be big. On one hand, this could just be Marvel finally letting the rumor mill on Avengers 4 largely die down by making all these announcements simultaneously. But, it could also signal that additional surprises await. Now that the marketing for Avengers: Endgame has begun, fans will just have to wait and see how it all unfolds before next April.

MORE: Every Character That Survived Avengers: Infinity War

Source: Marvel Studios

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2018-12-07 07:12:38

20 Sons Of Anarchy Fan Theories (That Change Everything)

Sons of Anarchy may have ended four years ago, but that doesn’t mean that it has lost any of its popularity amongst fans. Kurt Sutter did an amazing job creating a series that was full of symbolism, expression, and most importantly, viewer interpretation. Forums like Reddit are full of different fan theories that pertain to the show and Sutter has said that he wants fans to make their own ideas about certain things. He loves the creative process of the mind and how different elements combine to mean different things to different people. Sons of Anarchy is a work of art, just like a piece hanging in the Louvre, and there have been a number of fan theories over the years since the series ended.

With the start of the spinoff series Mayans M.C., it has refreshed the fan theory machine, especially with the cameos of SOA cast members. In a way, these cameos allow SOA to live on for fans. Sutter has said that he plans to make two more spinoffs, one of which would focus on “The First 9” of SAMCRO. Some fan theories are way out in left field, while others are so intriguing that they actually make sense. Whether you like to come up with theories yourself, or just like reading them, we’ve compiled a list of some interesting Sons of Anarchy fan theories. These are theories that if true, would change everything about the fan-favorite series. We’re not saying that we believe these theories, but they are interesting nonetheless. Here are 20 Sons Of Anarchy Fan Theories (That Change Everything). Read on to see if any of them are thoughts you’ve had about the series.

20 Lincoln Potter is Actually John Teller

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lincoln Potter stepped into the world of Sons of Anarchy at the start of season four. He planned to take down SAMCRO and the cartels using the RICO act. The same thing that finally brought down the infamous Al Capone. Lincoln is an extremely intelligent, strategic, calm, and eccentric individual. Unlike the average U.S. Attorney, Lincoln has long hair, sports a leather jacket, and is a biker.

Potter’s out-of-the-ordinary manner and motorcycle ways led some fans to theorize that he was, in fact, John Teller. JT and Unser worked together to fake his passing, only for John to return years later after having facial reconstructive surgery and take Clay and Gemma down once and for all.

19 Wendy is Adriana From the Sopranos

A favorite amongst Sons of Anarchy fans is that the character Wendy, played by actress Drea de Matteo, is actually Adriana La Cerva from The Sopranos. The theory is that Adriana went into the witness protection program and fled New Jersey to California. Both Wendy and Adriana experienced problems and had the same accent.

At the end of the series, Wendy and Nero are riding together and he invites her to visit his farm. They engage in some banter before Nero says, “don’t [make me mad] or you’ll be riding in the trunk. Wendy replies with, “it won’t be the first time, which is a clear reference to her character Adriana’s exit on The Sopranos.

18 Clay Was Jax’s Father (Clay Didn’t Know)

There’s no question that Jax Teller had some daddy issues. Some fans have theories as to who Jax’s father really was, JT or Clay? One Reddit user wrote that Gemma and Clay were involved behind JT’s back and became pregnant. This was around the time that JT went to Belfast and had his own relationship and daughter with Maureen Ashby. Since Gemma and JT were married, he would be listed on Jax’s birth certificate and it could be kept hidden from everyone. Clay probably had suspicions over the years and was given an unspoken answer by Gemma.

Another Reddit usershandid, commented on Jax and Clay’s common features: “Both blonde hair and blue eyes are recessive genes, meaning if both the mother and father have one dominant brown hair/eyes allele, and one recessive blonde hair/blue eyes allele, they have a 1 in 4 chance in having a child with blonde hair or blue eyes.”

17  Chibs is a Rat

This one is a bit harder to swallow for most fans, as Chibs is a favorite. The surrogate father/brother to Jax, or as Chibs would say “Jackie boy,” had a past with the real IRA before coming to Charming. The theory is that Chibs never stopped working for the “True IRA.” Chibs pushed Jax towards war to eliminate Marks and the One-Niners, removing them from a deal.

If Chibs could get Jax to self-destruct while taking out all other parties, including the foreigners, this would leave the men free to run weapons through SAMCRO’s new leader, Filip “Chibs” Telford.

16 The Homeless Woman is the Grim Reaper

One character that fans loved to theorize about was the homeless woman. She had a knack for appearing at the most opportune moments, especially those of Jax. One Fandom user wrote: “I think she serves as a symbol for the goddess the Morrigan. The animal associated with the Morrigan was the crow. She was the goddess of battle, strife, and sovereigns…. She was known to choose whose time had come. In [ancient] myths, she appeared as an [old woman] before an omen of impending passing.”

As the series and its protagonist have ties to Ireland, this fan theory is quite interesting.

15 It Was All a Dream

On Conan, show creator Kurt Sutter may have accidentally set fan theory gears grinding when he said that his dream ending would be for Jax to wake up from a dream. Sutter said that Jax would wake up and drive his Vespa to Starbucks, where Wendy was a barista. This type of Dallas ending wasn’t right for Sons of Anarchy. Though, it would make for an interesting alternate ending.

There is also the theory that Jax awakens from his dream in Abel’s NICU room. He is holding JT’s manuscript and is shaken to the core by the events. Jax looks up at the sound of the door, only to see Tara stepping through it. Cue the tissues, right.

14 Gemma is Anarchy

Far from her days as Peg BundyKatey Sagal breathed life into matriarch Gemma Teller-Morrow, the mother you don’t want to mess with. Much of the chaos that Jax and the Son’s face on the show could be traced back to Gemma. She always seemed to be the root of all the loss and pain that Jax experienced. Reddit user Rodizzles1996 shared their theory that: Gemma is Anarchy and the sons are her sons.”

If Gemma was the embodiment of Anarchy, then she certainly had things turn on her in the end. Everything that she held dear and fought to protect was eliminated by the lies that Gemma wrought. One thing is for sure, this character was like a water drop, sending ripples of madness out from her that grew before fading.

13 Jax Isn’t Really Gone

Though it was tough to watch, there’s no question that Jax took a final ride towards an oncoming semi in the series finale. There are those that believe that the whole thing was a setup and that Jax is in fact still kicking.

A theory goes that Jax handed over crucial information to the law and then went into witness protection. The accident was set up by the police to look like he actually perished so that no one would question it. Jax was then able to join Wendy and the boys at Nero’s farm. Hunnam has discussed going through a period of mourning after putting the character of Jax Teller to rest, saying it took weeks to get passed it.

12 Tig and Kozik Dated

The character of Tig, though not the main character, often had the most memorable scenes and emotional moments. In season three, Tig consistently votes “no” when it comes to Kozik being voted into SAMCRO. Eventually, the reason for their tension and disagreement comes to light: a dog, and her name was Mandy.

With the pair both arguing over their individual love for Mandy, some fans proclaimed that there was more to Tig and Kozik’s past. Though we never learn more about what happened to Mandy, the theory is that Tig and Kozik were in a romantic relationship, and after a break-up, Kozik kept Mandy, or it was Kozik’s fault that Mandy passed, causing their break-up to occur.

11 Abel Will Make His Way Back to SAMCRO

Jax’s last wish was that his sons grow up disliking the very thought of him, which included the life of SAMCRO. A popular fan theory that may yet come to pass is that Abel will find his way back to Charming, despite Jax’s wishes. MTV’s Josh Wigler pointed out that Abel had a violent streak, and was shown holding the SON ring, which was given to him by Gemma.

This perhaps signified Gemma influencing Abel and leading him down the path of his father. Abel was old enough to remember things about his father, grandmother, and Charming. So, the theory that he one day returns to Charming and SAMCRO is not that much of a stretch.

10 JT Served In Vietnam With Mayan’s Felipe Reyes

This theory is something new that has surfaced with the spinoff series Mayans. There are two possible connections, one being that John Teller and Felipe “The Butcher” Reyes served in Vietnam together, and the other is that Felipe’s cousin was Chico Vellenueva, one of the First 9.

It was made evident in the first season of Mayans that Felipe has past military ties, which could include Vietnam based on his age. Prior to moving to the United States, Felipe worked for the Galindo Cartel: the same cartel that SAMCRO began working with during the shows fourth season.

9 Gemma Was The Puppet Master

There’s no question that Gemma Teller-Morrow was a powerful character on the series. Many would argue that it was Gemma all along that was controlling the actions of the club from behind the scenes. The character of Juice even said: “Gemma knows every truth, behind every lie, inside every secret. She’s the gatekeeper.” Perhaps one of the best lines of the whole show. Gemma often influenced Clay, Jax, and the moves of the club.

Gemma saw herself as an equal, a founding member of SAMCRO. She felt she knew what was best for the club and her family, which according to her, were one and the same. It’s not a far stretch to imagine Gemma as the marionette, pulling everyone’s strings.

8 The Homeless Woman is Brooke’s Late Mother

This character is one of the most popular amongst fan theories. Some believe that she is the Reaper, or Brooke’s mother, or both. Brooke was Rat’s girlfriend and the babysitter of Thomas and Abel. Her mother, Emily Putner, was an unfortunate recipient of a multi-car pile-up that was caused by JT’s accident.

Jax goes to Brooke’s house to speak with her father about how she has been acting and sees a wedding picture of Emily. Jax comments on how familiar she looks, and the homeless woman appears in episodes before key moments (while interacting only with Jax and Gemma). The Reaper taking the form of a woman who was lost in the same accident caused by JT’s end is a theory that fans still find themselves talking about.

7 Breaking Bad Is Part of the Same Universe

Fans of Sons of Anarchy have said for a long time that the series takes place in the same universe as a number of other shows, including Breaking Bad. In SOA, actor Danny Trejo plays the part of an undercover CIA agent cartel leader named Romeo Parrada in the Galinda Cartel. In Breaking Bad, Trejo plays a DEA informant for the Juarez Cartel named Tortuga; both characters have ties to federal law enforcement agencies.

Reddit user GaslightProphet posted a lengthy theory of the numerous SOA universe connections to other shows, including Breaking Bad. He discusses how Romeo leaves the Galinda Cartel and joins the Juarez Cartel as Tortuga. It’s always fun and interesting when fans find connections between television series.

6 Tara Represented Jax’s Humanity

Throughout the series, Tara is Jax’s anchor to what is pure, moral, and away from the darkness. Kurt Sutter has said that the series was a modern Hamlet. Symbolism was shown throughout the series in character names, episode titles, and of course, characters themselves. Some fans believe that Tara was Jax’s humanity, as she kept him from completely being lost to the chaos of the club.

Tara was the one pure thing in his life. Even when they were apart, his love for her did not waiver. Once she was lost forever, his grasp on the light, and on humanity, was gone. With her passing, it was the beginning of the end for Jax. His downward spiral started at that point.

5 Tara Really Was Working With the Feds

This fan theory is one that brings up much debate between fans of the series, and especially of Tara. The theory is that Tara was working for the fed’s the entire time. IGN user tantric_tornado commented: Many, MANY hints go in that direction of her being a federal agent. Let’s not forget her ex-boyfriend, Josh Kohn. He happens to have been a FED (ATF) and came to Charming for Tara. The way that he tries to blackmail her in the season kinda hints that Kohn knew something about Tara, [perhaps something she didn’t] want anybody to know, and if she didn’t comply with him, he would spill the beans.” 

Tara’s demeanor in the series is often a topic of discussion, but whether it is due to the actress’ portrayal or a hidden conspiracy, we’ll never know.

4 Abel is the Reincarnation of John Teller

This fan theory goes into a whole other realm of fantasy, but just goes to show the creativeness that Kurt Sutter evokes in viewers. Reddit user friendlygost said that they believed that Abel was the reincarnation of his late grandfather, John Teller. In the first episode of the series, Abel is born and his father Jax finds JT’s manuscript.

Throughout the series, Abel has moments where he does not act in the way that your average toddler would. He seems to be an old soul. In the final episode, Abel is seen holding the SON ring as his father, Jax, meets his end in the same way that JT did.

3 Gemma Wanted JT Gone Out of Anger

The circumstances surrounding John Teller’s passing have been, and continue to be, discussed by fans on various forums. One theory suggests that Gemma wanted him gone because she was angry with him. JT was in Belfast while Gemma was in Charming dealing with their son Thomas’ illness. She also had Jax to take care of, all while JT was involved with Maureen Ashby. Gemma, being the no non-sense and emotional powerhouse that she is, began to influence Clay into taking JT out of the picture.

Thomas passed away and Gemma was heartbroken. She would have blamed JT for not being there and an act of vengeance put a plan in motion to permanently make JT gone.

2 Jax Was the Cause of the Everyone’s Demise

This one may be a bit hard for fans to believe as Jax was, for the most part, their favorite character. He was, of course, not an innocent man, but with all of the bad things he did, fans still wanted to see him get a happy ending and place blame on others like Gemma.

In a Reddit thread, it was pointed out that Jax was very reactive to his emotions and, most often, acted in a violent manner. He was responsible for most losses of the series over any other character, especially in the series finale when he set on his mission to eliminate any and all of the bad he had created. Gemma was the match, but Jax was the accelerant that eliminated everything in its path.

1 Raising Hope Is Part of the Same Universe

So, this one is seemingly out of left field and is just funny. Viewers of the show, Raising Hope, saw the character Phil from Sons of Anarchy make a surprise appearance on the comedy show during season three. Unlike SOARaising Hope is nothing but comedy.

Characters Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Barney (Gregg Binkley) come face to face with a tough biker, wearing the SOA crew member vest during the episode “Squeak Means Squeak.” Jimmy and Lucas think they hear a domestic dispute happening and when the front door opens, they meet Liam, a rather large biker who is out of his element babysitting his sister’s kids. The scene is short, however, you can’t help but notice that Liam has a SAMCRO cut on and his Harley is parked on the front lawn.

Have you heard any SOA fan theories outside this list? Let us know what it is in the comments below!

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