Did Chris Evans Just Confirm Interdimensional Travel in Avengers: Endgame?

Interdimensional travel may have just been confirmed for Avengers: Endgame thanks to Chris Evans. The final film of Phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only a week away from hitting theaters, and so far Marvel Studios has done all they can to keep plot details under wraps. This has not made it easy on fans to know what they can expect to see, but there have been some subtle clues along the way, including during filming.

Even before we found out that half of the universe’s population vanished at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, set photos from Avengers: Endgame appeared to be teasing both a time jump and time travel. The photos showed a blonde and older Tony Stark along with Chris Evans back in his Captain America costume from The Avengers. Time travel was later teased during the mid-credits scene for Ant-Man and the Wasp with the mention of time vortexes in the Quantum Realm. This has since been used as a basis for many theories, while others have wondered if other dimensions or realities could be involved.

Related: Endgame Theory: Blonde Tony Stark Is From A Different Timeline

During a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the cast members of Avengers: Endgame were asked a series of questions. When they were asked what their biggest enemy was, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, and Jeremy Renner all used Thanos for their answer. However, Chris Evans’ response – while partially in jest – may have also confirmed that interdimensional travel is part of Avengers: Endgame. Here’s what he said:

“Honestly, I’d say chafing. If you’ve ever run through an interdimensional portal wearing a skin tight body suit, you know what I mean.”

It is important to once again mention that Evans is clearly having fun with this answer, so his tone does make this answer more difficult to decipher. That said, specifically mentioning an interdimensional portal is what makes it more likely to be a true slip up. He could’ve simply said “If you’ve ever run wearing a skin tight body suit” and still have gotten the joke across. Additionally, we’ve never seen Captain America run through any type of portal, much less an interdimensional one.

If we do take Evans’ response as confirmation that interdimensional travel is part of Avengers: Endgame, then it gives the movie another element that many were not previously considering. This could potentially open up the door for a true multiverse to be born, which is something Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson teased a few years ago as the future of the MCU. That said, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have previously said that alternate realities were not part of their plans for these two Avengers films. They did previously lie about the title in the press though, so they could’ve done the same here to try and protect elements of the film. Thankfully, Avengers: Endgame will be in theaters shortly and everyone will get to see how the movie plays out.

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Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

2019-04-19 08:04:37

Cooper Hood

Star Wars 9 Trailer May Confirm Snoke DIDN’T Turn Kylo Ren Theory

This article contains potential SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reveals the return of Emperor Palpatine, but it also confirms our suspicions about the birth of Kylo Ren–and exactly who seduced Ben Solo to the dark side of the Force.

Our theory isn’t as outlandish or even as speculative as others being made among the Star Wars fandom, especially considering the question of just what form of the Emperor is laughing at the end of the trailer. Instead, we’re focusing on the evidence seemingly offered in the trailer itself. There was always something that didn’t add up about the idea of Supreme Leader Snoke somehow playing a more convincing mentor than Luke Skywalker.

Luke played a role in chasing his nephew Ben into the arms of the First Order, without question. But with Star Wars 9 revealing what still lives on Endor’s moon… Kylo Ren’s fall suddenly makes perfect sense.

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Any strength in the argument that “Ben Solo was seduced to the Dark Side by Supreme Leader Snoke” completely evaporated when Snoke made his first appearance. A great pupil is a reflection of a great mentor, so Kylo Ren’s status when the audience meets him–emotionally out of control, overcome with rage, internally torn, and unable to master his Force power with any finesse, just raw anger–is all the proof needed to say Snoke is a Terrible master. A gifted manipulator, and wields verbal, emotional, and physical violence as good as any tyrant. But compared to even the worst Sith Lords, the idea of him “persuading” Ben Solo to do anything always felt… well, like part of the story was missing.

RELATED: Star Wars 9 Theory: Palpatine Was Darth Plagueis

The films themselves offered more than one explanation, both in the movie and offered in expanded universe fiction (comics, novels, and TV shows). The fact that Kylo Ren had Darth Vader’s helmet in his possession was a more convincing notion on its own–suggesting that just like in the comics, the Sith helmet was possessed by Dark Side energy, which would hold Kylo back from the light better than Snoke’s barked orders ever could. And with The Last Jedi revealing Luke’s betrayal, perhaps Ben was simply running for his life to the nearest Force sensitive who would oppose him. Thankfully, the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has ended the questions.

The true significance of the moment may be lost in the overall rush of new Star Wars footage, but fans will want to absorb it. We’re referring to the final shot of the trailer revealing Rey, Finn, and Poe approaching the grassy cliffs overlooking a roiling sea. And marking that sea from the waves to the clouds is the unmistakable dish of the second Death Star, destroyed in the orbit of Endor’s forest moon. Which means the sea, like the heroes, are all but certainly located on the surface of that very moon.

Just as the tomb of Emperor Palpatine comes into view–the final resting place of whatever remained following his explosive death at Darth Vader’s hands–the screen cuts to black, with only the Emperor’s disembodied laughter echoing. In the process, giving the final clue we needed to understand what had REALLY caused the fall of Ben Solo… and Kylo Ren’s true master, even if he doesn’t realize it himself.

Page 2 of 2: How We Know The Emperor Seduced Ben Solo

Assuming that the facts are what they appear to be, the reveals or suppositions seem clear enough: the heroes return to Endor in search of some final objective, locate the remains of the second Death Star where Palpatine died, and encounter (in some form) what remains of his spirit or Force Ghost. The specifics can’t and shouldn’t be guessed at for fear of spoilers, but those steps alone help Kylo Ren’s story come into focus. After all, the heroes are retracing the steps he would have to have taken to recover the partially melted helmet of Darth Vader, burned along with his body on a funeral pyre by Luke in Episode VI‘s final scenes.

So if the heroes encounter what remains of Emperor Palpatine… it’s a safe bet that Ben Solo would have, as well. And if he did, there was no way the Emperor would let an opportunity like that pass him by

RELATED: Star Wars 9 Can Address Return of the Jedi’s Dumbest Moment

From here fans can use their imagination to add color and drama to the seduction and fall that soon followed. Just as Sheev Palpatine had identified Anakin Skywalker’s need for a father, a friend, a confidant, and a tempting voice inside his head, Ben Solo would have embodied the same (made all the more tragic by the fact that Luke effectively chased him into Palpatine’s arms). And even if Snoke soon filled the role as the commander pointing Kylo Ren’s anger, hate, and aggression towards enemies to kill, it was Palpatine urging his heart and mind to descend further into the Dark Side.

If true, then Kylo Ren became more like his grandfather than anyone expected. And just as sadly, Luke Skywalker followed in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s footsteps… all the way to ruin and betrayal for another generation.

This is still all speculation on our part, at least until Star Wars 9 finally ends the Skywalker story and hopefully confirms or disproves our reading of the evidence. Even so, we hope fans will see that our connecting of the dots seems the simplest, based on the confirmed movements of Palpatine, Vader, Ben Solo, and now the movie’s Resistance heroes. If our theory proves accurate, then Emperor Palpatine’s seduction and corruption of a second generation if Skywalker will have finally been achieved. However, Luke was able to resist his hate and anger… and even if he’s become one with the Force, he’s not out of the picture yet.

Will it be too late for Kylo Ren to be saved, and Ben Solo return to the light, just as his grandfather managed before his own death in Return of the Jedi? Only time will tell if The Rise of Skywalker will include the last of the family line, or be a symbolic tribute to all of the Fallen Skywalkers–Ben Solo included.

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2019-04-17 08:04:51

Andrew Dyce

Shazam May Confirm Bruce Wayne’s ‘Retirement’ from Batman

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Shazam!

The Superman cameo in Shazam! may be the most obvious DCEU connection fans will be talking about, but it’s not the biggest. Thanks to one tiny Easter Egg, Shazam! seems to confirm that Bruce Wayne has retired as Batman once already. AND the identity of his replacement.

In hindsight it’s a shame that BOTH connections to the DCEU’s Batman and Superman are bittersweet, since neither Henry Cavill nor Ben Affleck are likely to ever appear in the roles post-Shazam. But as Warner Bros. pumps the brakes on fleshing out their shared movie universe, it’s up to the fans to start filling in the gaps. So even if Justice League gave Bruce Wayne a brand new mission to save the world, Shazam! gives a terrific nod to the story that saw him abandon the role in DC’s New 52–and to the fan-favorite, shredded Gotham cop who took over as Batman in his place.

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There are honestly too many DCEU Easter Eggs and references in Shazam! to count so far, and that’s mostly thanks to Freddy Freeman’s obsession with Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest of DC’s heroes. Whether it’s the t-shirts worn by Freddy, the souvenir Batarang he has in his bedroom, or the newspapers referencing the Man of Steel attack and Superman’s subsequent headlines, it’s clear that these are directly connected to the movie versions of the heroes. And in a world where the Justice League are celebrities and not just fictional characters, they are used to sell merchandise all the same. A point made perfectly clear when Shazam! shows what a toy store looks like in the DCEU post-Justice League.

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The audience may have some difficulty taking in all of the merchandise contained inside the toy store, since Billy Batson is running through it in terror, pursued by Dr. Sivana. A large toy version of Batman is used to draw attention to the pop culture status of the world’s actual heroes, but one other item is likely to be missed. The Batman figure? That just acknowledges Batman’s existence. But this toy… acknowledges so much more.

After Billy tosses aside the Batman figure, and immediately before he is tackled off of the Big-esque floor piano, one toy can be seen in the lower right corner of the frame. The yellow-accented Bat symbol will be easy to spot, but the blue armor (complete with shoulder-mounted, yellow-tipped rockets) surrounding that symbol may be harder to place. After conducting some research, we can confidently say that the toy in question is the Fisher-Price Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme.

So why should DC fans care? Because the toy wouldn’t exist without the comic book Bat Armor that it’s based on… and that armor wouldn’t exist if Bruce Wayne hadn’t retired from Batman. The presence of the Batbot toy in the DCEU is all the encouragement we need to connect the dots, and also consider the Batman story it’s based on as fair game. Not only confirmation of Bruce Wayne’s retirement, but his replacement by Detective Jim Gordon, too.

Page 2: When Bruce Retired, Jim Gordon Became Batman (Yes, Really)

On the off chance that moviegoers never witnessed the completely unexpected “Superheavy” arc of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run, we’re more than happy to explain (even now, it’s hard to believe it’s truly DC canon). We’ll spare the details that got Bruce Wayne to a near-death defeat in fighting The Joker, and simply say that with Batman missing in action Gotham City needed a replacement. The answer came from Geri Powers, a billionaire mogul who absorbed Wayne’s operations and immediately initiated “Project Batman.” The centerpiece of which was the Batman Exo-Suit, a “graphene armor exoskeleton” that could be piloted by anyone. But a job that only Jim Gordon–a smoke-free, buzzcutted, physically fit Jim Gordon–was right for.

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It’s this blue and yellow, horned, rocket-firing Batsuit that the DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme is modeled after, turning an incredible piece of Batman technology into a children’s toy. But after director David F. Sandberg confirmed that every DC toy in the store was approved of for continuity purposes, the presence of the Batbot is an Easter Egg fans should get excited about:

I mean, everything exists that we had in there. It’s all these DC toys–they’re all real DC toys that are in there. I mean, for some [the studio/producers] were like, “Hey, you can’t have that character, because that character’s not in the universe yet. You have to stick to these characters.”

So if the “Superheavy” Batman story is being referenced in the DCEU by including a toy based directly on Bruce’s retirement and Jim Gordon’s substitution, at least somebody on the studio side of things knew fans would notice its inclusion, and come to the the most obvious conclusion. But the main reason we’re accepting these clues as the new DCEU head canon? It finally explains why Zack Snyder cast the ridiculously muscular J.K. Simmons to play his version of Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon.

Few will ever forget the first time they got a glimpse of J.K. Simmons flexing his absurd muscles while training ahead of Justice League. While impressive, the actor eventually explained that his physique and his role were unrelated… but it always seemed like a missed opportunity. After all, Simmons’ part in Justice League was a minor one to begin with, even before the infamous reshoots sliced several characters out of the film completely. So if fans were left wishing they could have had more of Jim Gordon in the DCEU, Shazam! is the movie to deliver. Not in actually getting to see a larger role for Jim in the Batman legacy, but at least a playful suggestion that he already did years in the past.

To be clear, we’re not suggesting that Snyder or then-Batman director Ben Affleck ever intended to make “Gym” Gordon a physical threat in the Justice League continuity. That said, Simmons himself admitted he hoped to portray a “badass” version of Jim Gordon, and “a guy that can take care of himself, a guy that’s a real partner to Batman, not just a guy that turns on the bat signal and goes ‘Help! Help, Batman!’”

Does Shazam! prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jim Gordon got to play exactly that, stepping into his own Batsuit during Bruce Wayne’s temporary retirement–a Batsuit that would be adapted into toy form along with every other DCEU superhero? Maybe not. But now that all the pieces are there for fans who wish to believe it… just try and tell us it never happened.

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2019-04-14 04:04:57

Andrew Dyce

Agents of SHIELD Season 6 Photos Confirm Clark Gregg’s New Character Name

ABC has released a set of promotional images ahead of Agents of SHIELD season 6, and seemingly confirmed the name of the character Clark Gregg will be playing. It’s probably fair to say that Marvel Studios’ television output is going through a transitional phase at present, with Netflix culling its MCU-related content on one hand, and the Disney+ streaming service announcing exciting new ventures on the other. Remaining steadfast throughout all the upheaval is ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, which is currently gearing up to premiere its sixth season, with a seventh, and possibly final, run already confirmed to be in the works.

Viewers will remember that SHIELD season 5 concluded in highly dramatic fashion. Fresh from escaping a post-apocalyptic future and defeating the twisted villain known as Graviton, the time comes for Gregg’s wisecracking father figure, Phil Coulson, to keep his end of the Ghost Rider deal made in season 4. Essentially, Coulson was allowed to borrow Ghost Rider’s powers but, in return, the Spirit of Vengeance demanded Coulson die as nature intended from the wound inflicted by Loki in The Avengers. The final moments of season 5 saw Coulson resigned to his fate, spending his last days on a beach paradise with Melinda May.

Related: Captain America Should Know Coulson Is Alive In The MCU

Despite this, Gregg will be back in SHIELD season 6, but the actor has confirmed that he’ll be playing a different character who’s supposedly a mixture of several influences from the Marvel comics. ABC (via TV Line) have now unveiled some stylish promo shots featuring the main cast: Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson/Quake, Henry Simmons as Director Mackenzie, Natalie Cordova-Buckley as Yo-Yo, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, and Jeff Ward as Deke. Finally, there’s also an image of Clark Gregg, listed as “Sarge.”

Despite the confirmation of Gregg’s new character, the name predictably doesn’t provide too many clues as to his role in season 6. There’s no immediately obvious direct character connection to the Marvel comic books that could reveal exactly who Sarge is, and the title itself is deliberately vague. However, there’s a clear military connection to Gregg’s new character, which might imply that he belongs to some kind of outside special ops division, the likes of which have cropped up in SHIELD on various occasions. In considerably less intriguing news, the photos also reaffirm that Mack has taken over as Director of SHIELD.

The key question regarding Sarge’s role in SHIELD season 6 is why he bears such an uncanny resemblance to Phil Coulson. Is Sarge a Life Model Decoy with a Coulson-shaped shell, or was Coulson’s dead body recovered by a group of shady bad guys and implanted with a new persona? And of course, the question most fans will be desperately asking: will the real Phil Coulson ever return? Considering the success of Captain Marvel, in which Gregg reprises his SHIELD role, it would seem logical to capitalize on the character’s big screen exposure and have him return to the show properly before too long.

More: Agents Of SHIELD: Quake’s New Costume Inspired By Marvel Rising

Agents of SHIELD season 6 premieres with “Missing Pieces” May 10th on ABC.

Source: TV Line

2019-04-11 04:04:39

Craig Elvy

Avengers: Endgame Directors Confirm Official Runtime

The directors of Avengers: Endgame have officially confirmed the final runtime, and it is over 3 hours, as many expected. The lead up to the end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe technically began all the way back in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, but it was really the devastating ending of Avengers: Infinity War that left audiences eager to find out what happens next, as made clear by the mayhem over the ticket presales.

Thanos wiped out half of the universe’s population with the snap of his fingers, leaving the original six Avengers and a few friends to try and put the universe back together. Marvel Studios has been especially protective over any and all details pertaining to Avengers: Endgame, and even what they have shown still has left fans just guessing what it could mean (or if any of the footage is real). With so much secrecy over the conclusion of an eleven-year story, one of the burning questions has been the runtime of Avengers: Endgame. Co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo have long been teasing that a 3 hour runtime was possible, but now it is official.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Special Look Trailer Breakdown

The Russo brothers recently spoke to Comicbook and confirmed that the final runtime for Avengers: Endgame is 3 hours and 58 seconds. This news comes after tickets went on sale that listed the movie at 3 hours and 2 minutes long. So what changed? Well, there was no scene cut at the last second, with Joe revealing that they “just sped up the credits” to result in the slightly shorter length. This confirmation officially makes Avengers: Endgame the longest MCU movie yet.

It is hardly surprising that the Russos hit the 3-hour mark on Avengers: Endgame as that is the length they’ve been teasing for months. With only 5-7 minutes of footage actually shown so far, there is a lot of the movie that we’ve yet to even catch a glimpse of. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige did previously mention that it is “somewhat accurate” that the marketing wouldn’t show any footage beyond the first 20 minutes of the film, which further highlights just how many spoilers they’re keeping under wraps.

With no intermission included or ever considered, this runtime guarantees that audiences will need to be prepared for a long moviegoing experience when they do check out Avengers: Endgame. What makes this runtime all the more impressive though, is that it doesn’t appear to be reducing interest or the film’s box office potential. Avengers: Endgame is still projected to have the highest opening weekend in history domestically and may shatter the worldwide opening record too.

Marvel and the Russos aren’t making a 3-hour film just for the sake of it either. This is likely the direct result of dealing with a dozen main characters and eleven years of history, all while trying to properly wrap up the Infinity Saga and set the stage for the future of the MCU as well. This will be no easy task to achieve, but the Russos believe Avengers: Endgame is their best work ever with Marvel, which is quite impressive if true.

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Source: Comicbook

2019-04-05 05:04:01

Cooper Hood

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

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

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

Related: Ranked: Every Villain On Breaking Bad

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

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

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

More: Everything We Know About The Breaking Bad Movie

Source: Variety

2019-03-17 09:03:56

Q.V. Hough

Avengers: Endgame Directors Confirm Movie Edit Is Locked

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have officially completed their cut of Avengers: Endgame, nearly two months before the film will hit theaters. Marvel Studios has been building the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the last 10 years to lead to this point, and the Russos have played a strong part in shaping it. They truly brought Thanos (Josh Brolin) to life in Avengers: Infinity War and showed why he was a villain worth waiting for. He wiped out half of all life across the universe with the snap of his fingers, leaving only a few heroes left who can try to stop him.

With so much built-in excitement for Endgame, Marvel has barely scratched the surface of the film in the marketing. The limited amount of footage shown has helped this cause, but the often-discussed three-hour runtime has also guaranteed there is still a lot we’ve yet to see. The Russo brothers have said that Disney and Marvel are prepared to release Endgame at whatever runtime is necessary, even if the extended length can limit showtimes and possibly decrease the film’s immediate box office potential.

Related: How Captain Marvel Connects To Avengers: Endgame

Whatever runtime was needed for Endgame has now been agreed upon, as the Russo brothers took to social media to confirm they’ve finished editing the Phase 3 capper. It is the latest example of Marvel Studios’ well-oiled machine at work, as this comes the day Captain Marvel hits theaters. To celebrate the accomplishment, the Russos shared a photo of their sundae bar that is being used by them and their crew.

Even though the edit is now complete on Avengers: Endgame, the Russos and other departments still have some work left to do. For instance, the VFX teams will still spend the remainder of their time completing and perfecting the thousands of VFX shots Endgame has to offer. But, the story being locked guarantees that no more work will be done on scenes that won’t make it into the film, allowing them to focus completely on delivering the best looking movie possible, while other departments will worry about locking in the sound.

It is currently not known when Avengers: Endgame needs to be 100 percent done so Marvel Studios can begin showing it to critics, but the crews should have at least till the end of March or early April. Marvel is surely going to be very protective of the film to try and prevent any spoilers from making their way online, and one of the best ways to do that will be holding back press screenings. This is what they did with Infinity War to keep Thanos’ snap and other key moments from leaking, and with Endgame expected to shake up the MCU once again, it will be quite surprising if Marvel doesn’t follow this same approach.

Either way, this is just the latest step for the Russo brothers towards their possible exit from the MCU as a whole. Avengers: Endgame is their fourth film in the shared universe, and they believe it is their best work yet. Hopefully this now locked cut can make good on their tease, and will receive similarly great reactions that the test screenings got.

MORE: Unused Infinity War Concept Art May Actually Be For Avengers: Endgame

Source: Russo Brothers

2019-03-08 12:03:23

Cooper Hood

She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Video & Poster Confirm May Premiere Date

She’s Gotta Have It’s season 2 video and poster have confirmed a May premiere date. After getting its start all the way back in 1986 as director Spike Lee’s first feature-length film, She’s Gotta Have It has had a lengthy road to mainstream recognition. Originally shot for just under $200,000, the Brooklyn-based dramedy has since gone on to gross over $7 million in the US.

The film played a major role in establishing Lee as the highly regarded, Oscar-winning filmmaker that he is today and is viewed by many as a key component in the ongoing transformation of black American representation in cinema. Launched in 2017, the She’s Gotta Have It TV series brought back the film’s main characters and follows Nola, a Brooklyn-based struggling artist who maintains her independence and freedom in relationships (and her work) while forging love affairs with three different men – Greer, Jamie, and Mars. The first season was met with positive reviews and marked one of the few times that Lee has worked in television, directing all 10 episodes for Netflix.

Related: Netflix Renews She’s Gotta Have It For Season 2

With the first season having elicited such an encouraging response, Netflix has been keen on getting a second season secured. News of the second season of She’s Gotta Have It has arrived via a date announcement on Netflix’s YouTube channel, as well as a new promotional poster. The official release date for season 2’s nine episodes is May 24, 2019 on Netflix. Check out the announcement video and poster below:

Although Lee directed every episode of She’s Gotta Have It’s first season, Netflix has not confirmed his involvement as director for season 2. Lee will, however, remain attached to the series as a producer. After finding substantial success with last year’s Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman, it’s understandable that Lee has other projects that require his attention, particularly his newly announced adaptation of the 1988 film The Wrong Guys, which he’s retitled Da 5 Bloods and set in Vietnam. The film is rumored to be entering into production soon, making it the first feature length Spike Lee Joint for Netflix.

It’s perhaps arguable that Spike Lee’s recent best-adapted screenplay Oscar for BlacKkKlansman has rekindled mainstream interest in what he has to offer. Netflix seems to be wisely investing resources that will continue to help build that interest, further underscoring Alfonso Cuarón’s recent point on the value of cinema allowing for a diverse range of distribution models. With new generations now being exposed to Spike Lee’s work, a series such as She’s Gotta Have It could very well end up redefining minority representation once again – this time in television.

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Season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It debuts on May 24, 2019 on Netflix.

Source: Netflix

2019-03-07 04:03:01

Mike Jones

First Shaft Movie Teaser & Poster Confirm Trailer Arrives Tomorrow

A new poster and teaser for Shaft promise “More Shaft Than You Can Handle,� just one day ahead of the first trailer for the action movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. The original John Shaft, Richard Roundtree, is also back for this multi-generational reboot co-starring Jesse T. Usher and Regina Hall, together with Alexandra Shipp.

Originally titled Son of Shaft, the newest entry in the Shaft line stars Usher as J.J., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT and an FBI analyst’s badge in his pocket. The youngest Shaft may be the smartest Shaft ever in terms of book learning, but he still finds himself needing to enlist his streetwise father (Jackson) to help him solve the mystery of his friend’s death. Of course, the elder Shaft has an agenda of his own that involves settling some personal and professional scores.

Related: Samuel L Jackson Insists Marvel Fans Watch Other Movies

With New Line and Warner Bros’ Shaft set to hit North American theaters this summer, as well as Netflix for world-wide streaming distribution, a first-look teaser has been released as well as a first poster. In addition, the first proper trailer for Shaft is set to be released tomorrow, Feb. 6. The newest Shaft movie may focus largely on Usher’s young character, but the poster makes it clear who still rules things. Hall also gets prominent placement after scoring multiple critics awards nominations for her performance in last year’s Support the Girls. See the brief teaser and below:

Jackson of course first stepped into the leather jacket of John Shaft in the 2000 action hit directed by John Singleton. And that film was itself a long-delayed continuation of the first line of Shaft films that began with the Richard Roundtree original in 1971, and continued with the seminal Blaxploitation movies Shaft’s Big Score! and Shaft in Africa. The newest Shaft, directed by Tim Story from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, will seek to put an up-to-date spin on the old Shaft formula with its story incorporating cyber security and a meeting of generations between all three of the Shaft men.

Of course, Shaft isn’t the only big movie Jackson has coming out in 2019. The actor has already appeared opposite Bruce Willis and James McAvoy in Glass, and will soon star as Nick Fury alongside Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. With so many huge films on the docket, Jackson has a chance to put Harrison Ford and Robert Downey Jr. firmly in his rearview mirror in the race for the title of all-time most bankable star in the world.

More: Captain Marvel Will Reveal Exactly How Nick Fury Lost His Eye

Source: Shaft Movie, New Line Cinema

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2019-02-05 01:02:49

Star Trek: Discovery Photos Confirm Georgiou & Klingons Return

Star Trek Discovery - Mirror Universe Georgiou

Fresh images from Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episode 3 highlight the return of the Mirror Universe’s Philippa Georgiou and the Klingon Empire. Since Discovery premiered its second season earlier this month, the narrative has been firmly focused on establishing the overarching plot of this run: the mysterious red angel signals that are popping up all over the galaxy. Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike has been introduced and installed as the temporary captain of the Discovery and while he is yet to fully appear, Spock has been set up as a character currently in crisis.

One absentee so far this season is Mirror Georgiou, the former leader of the Terran Empire. Accidentally plucked from her own universe, Mirror Georgiou helped the Federation defeat the Klingons at the end of season 1 and was consequently set free under strict instructions not to cause too much trouble. Also taking their leave in Discovery‘s season 1 finale were Ash Tyler and L’Rell, who departed on a mission to restore order to the Klingon Empire. This duo are also yet to feature in Discovery‘s sophomore season.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery May Be Explaining Spock’s Original Series Mutiny

Newly released images from CBS now confirm that Georgiou, Tyler and L’Rell will all feature in the forthcoming episode “Point Of Light.” The stills show L’Rell and Tyler among other Klingons, while also revealing a renewed romantic relationship between the two. Georgiou, meanwhile, is seen in a snazzy black uniform with a new character, Alan Van Sprang’s Leland. The collection also includes a picture of Sonequa Martin-Green’s Burnham with her adoptive mother, Amanda.

Mary Chieffo as L'Rell and Shazaf Latif as Ash Tyler in Star Trek Discovery

Mary Chieffo as L'Rell in Star Trek Discovery

Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou and Alan Van Sprang as Leland in Star Trek Discovery

Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek Discovery

Shazaf Latif as Ash Tyler in Star Trek Discovery

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and Mia Kirshner as Amanda Grayson in Star Trek Discovery

L’Rell’s new long hair Klingon look was revealed prior to the season 2 premiere and will evidently be on full display in this week’s episode. Interestingly, Ash Tyler has also grown out his locks into some kind of mini ponytail that The Walking Dead‘s Jesus would be proud of. L’Rell was romantically involved with Tyler when he was still known as the Klingon Voq, and it’s interesting to see that spark rekindled, since Ash and Burnham previously developed feelings for each other during their time on the Discovery. These images perhaps suggest that Ash is over his relationship with Starfleet’s first mutineer.

It’s also fascinating to see Georgiou return to the Discovery fold, as CBS have already announced that the character will be getting her own spinoff series in the near future. The Georgiou solo series is confirmed to focus on the former Emperor’s recruitment into the Section 31 clandestine squad, but it appears that the nucleus of that story will first be explored in Star Trek: Discovery.

More: Star Trek Theory: Discovery Is Why The Original Series Klingons Look Different

Star Trek: Discovery continues with “Point of Light” January 31st on CBS All Access and February 1st on Netflix internationally.

Source: CBS

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2019-01-30 01:01:04