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Dune Movie Reboot Confirmed to Have at Least One Sequel

Legendary’s CEO says the plan is to make at least one sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune movie reboot. One of the touchstone sci-fi novels of the 20th century, Frank Herbert’s first Dune book was published in 1965 and has since given rise to multiple sequels and prequels that flesh out the property’s mythology. The original novel takes place in the future on the desert planet Arrakis, where a pair of royal families (Houses Atreides and Harkonnen) battle one another for control of the planet and its valuable resource melange (aka. spice).

As far as adaptations go, Dune is known for being notoriously difficult to translate into other mediums. David Lynch’s 1984 Dune movie was a critical and commercial bomb, while John Harrison’s 2000 Dune miniseries earned high viewership, but was limited by its budget and content restrictions. Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky infamously tried and failed to get a Dune film made during the ’70s (as chronicled in the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune), as did Paramount when it announced plans to make a Dune movie in 2008… only to abandon the project three years later.

Related: Dune Movie Reboot is Being Scored By Hans Zimmer

Finally, in 2016, Legendary landed the Dune movie rights and quickly set Villeneuve (then fresh off his success with Arrival) to work on the adaptation. However, it was previously revealed that Villeneuve’s film will only adapt the first half of Herbert’s book, with the second half being saved for the sequel. Legendary CEO Joshua Grode reaffirmed the studio’s Dune plans in a recent interview with THR, explaining that “There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books [that we expanded]. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over”.

According to its official synopsis, Villeneuve’s first Dune movie – which is currently filming for a 2020 theatrical release – will follow Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the “brilliant and gifted” son of House Atreides head Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), as he travels to Arrakis to ensure his family’s future. The reboot is ever referred to as a hero’s journey story in its synopsis, which aligns with Villeneuve ‘s description of the movie as “Star Wars for adults”; that is, a grand space epic that follows a young man as he comes of age, but with more political intrigue that Luke Skywalker’s own big adventure in A New Hope.

Needles to say, Paul’s greater journey (much like Luke’s) will have barely begun when he sets out to Arrakis in Villeneuve’s movie. It’s probably for the best that the filmmaker isn’t trying to cover too much at once then, especially since Herbert’s original Dune novel is practically two stories in one itself (like Grode indicated). Of course, the danger is that audiences might never get to see the second half of the narrative here if the initial Dune under-performs at the box office (a la Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049). For now, though, it sounds like Legendary is pretty determined to make at least two films, save for the unlikely event that the first one is a complete flop.

NEXT: Everything You Need to Know About the Dune Reboot

Source: THR


2019-04-25 10:04:57

Sandy Schaefer

20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Following the Wii U, which, despite strong sales of a few of its titles, was ultimately a commercial flop by most standards, a lot of people were ready to write Nintendo’s eulogy as a hardware manufacturer. However, as anyone who has been around for awhile is well aware, Nintendo should never be underestimated and is always ready to bounce back from the brink of failure in spectacular fashion.

The Switch just celebrated its two-year anniversary and is showing no signs of slowing down, breaking sales records left and right and is in striking distance of the Xbox One to become the second best-selling console of the current generation. Much of that success has to do with the Switch’s software library, which not only contains the usual greatness from Nintendo itself but stronger third-party support than a Nintendo console has had in quite some time. The Switch also just has a large number of titles period for this point in its lifespan… and unlike the Wii, it isn’t padded out by an excessive amount of party game shovelware and lazy license-based garbage (yet.)

As we go into the Switch’s third year, the console continues to have a bright outlook in terms of both the quantity and quality of its upcoming lineup. Here, we highlight some of the most noteworthy titles that have been confirmed to be releasing sometime in 2019, though of course release dates are always subject to change. And just for fun, we’ve sprinkled in a few titles that don’t yet have a concrete release window but just might surprise us by showing up for the Switch before the end of the year.

25 Possibly Coming: Doom Eternal

The Switch port of the 2016 Doom reboot surprised a lot of people, not only because it existed at all but because it was a technically proficient version of the game— and playable on a portable system, no less. Best of all, the Switch version of Doom actually sold well, which meant that Nintendo console owners were finally wising up and learning to support third-party games to help ensure that they get more of them.

And getting more of them they did, first in the form of a Switch port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, followed by the announcement that the upcoming sequel Doom Eternal would be coming to Switch alongside the PS4, XB1, and PC versions. It’s unclear if the Switch version— or any versions— will be out this year, but here’s hoping.

24 Confirmed: Yoshi’s Crafted World

While Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a bonafide classic that some people even call their favorite “Mario game,” subsequent attempts to keep Yoshi’s Island going as its own separate franchise have largely fallen short. It wasn’t until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U that the usually-green dinosaur finally got to star in a decent platform game that wasn’t just another disappointing Yoshi’s Island remake/sequel.

Sticking with Woolly World‘s basic gameplay formula but going with an aesthetic that is more cardboard than yarn, Yoshi’s Crafted World looks like it’ll be another fun, visually-arresting platformer for kids and families when it hits the Switch later this month. We appreciate all these Switch ports of Wii U games and all, but we like it even more when a Wii U game gets an actual sequel on the Switch instead.

23 Confirmed: Mortal Kombat 11

A lot of people like to still retroactively rag on Nintendo for censoring the original Mortal Kombat when it came to the SNES, but that’s a pretty silly complaint given that every single subsequent MK that has come to a Nintendo platform has made the transition with all the mature content intact. In fact, the Wii U is the first Nintendo console to ever lack a Mortal Kombat game, something that won’t be repeated with the Switch.

Furthermore, unlike what often happens with MK games coming to a Nintendo system, Switch owners won’t even have to wait that long to get their hands on Mortal Kombat 11— the game is slated to hit Switch in May, only a month after the other versions. Just don’t hold your breath for any Nintendo-exclusive characters in the game!

22 Confirmed: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

One surefire way to know that a console is doing well is when third parties start bringing out AAA games exclusively for the platform. It’s easy enough for cynical people to say they don’t need a Switch because they don’t care about Mario or Zelda, but when games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 start showing up, it takes a lot more effort to objectively dismiss the Switch’s lineup.

The long-awaited sequel to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series— which itself was the follow-up to the X-Men Legends games—  Ultimate Alliance 3 brings back classic characters from the franchise while also introducing ones that have gained popularity since the release of the last game thanks to the MCU. See the Guardians of the Galaxy mixing it up with the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more sometime in the summer/fall 2019 range.

21 Confirmed: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age

When Squaresoft and Enix merged into Square Enix in 2003, it effectively brought an end to one of the biggest rivalries in gaming history: Final Fantasy vs Dragon Quest. Of course, Western territories had long since chosen Final Fantasy as the preferred franchise, while in Japan, Dragon Quest was and continues to be the bigger series. But one thing that can’t be disputed is that the DQ franchise has been far more consistent, and that tradition continues through the 11th installment, finally being released outside of Japan last September for PS4 and PC.

An enhanced version of DQXI is now coming to the Switch, and will be out in the U.S. by the end of the year. It features new orchestral music and the option to play in a special 16-bit graphics mode carried over from the Japan-only 3DS version.

20 Possibly Coming: Shin Megami Tensei V

As one of the games first shown alongside the public reveal of the Switch itself, Shin Megami Tensei V has been one of the most-anticipated titles for the system. Two years on, Atlus still hasn’t committed to anything resembling an official release date, though they did at least finally confirm a North American version this past fall.

Part of the larger Megami Tensei brand that also includes the Persona and Devil Summoner offshoots, Shin Megami Tensei is technically the main series and goes all the way back to the 1980s. But in that time, there have only been four core numbered installments, making a new one a huge deal— and an even bigger one for Switch fans as it is exclusive to that platform. Maybe a 2019 release, especially in the West, is a long shot… but it’s not impossible.

19 Confirmed: Super Mario Maker 2

The original Super Mario Maker was one of the killer apps for the Wii U as well as perhaps the best example of a game that wouldn’t have been nearly as effective without a tablet controller. A sequel seemed like a foregone conclusion, but it was still exciting when Nintendo officially unveiled one in February— especially since it was also revealed that Super Mario Maker 2 was coming as early as June.

Among the confirmed additions to the game this time around are the ability to make sloped terrain, and the inclusion of assets and mechanics from Super Mario 3D World. Luigi is heavily featured in the promo art, hinting at a multiplayer component, but that has yet to be confirmed. Our fingers are definitely crossed that we’ll be able to create co-op levels.

18 Confirmed: Team Sonic Racing

There’s no denying that Mario is king of video game kart racing, but that’s not to say that his former rival, Sonic, doesn’t also know his way around a track. After a rough start with the Sonic Drift series, Sonic and company became legitimate contenders in the genre with the two Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing games— even if their titles are an awkward mouthful.

Abandoning the Sega fan service and focusing on just the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Team Sonic Racing is going to be a more story-driven affair but is still expected to have the same level of polish and fun on the track. While this means less character and level variety, that doesn’t mean the game itself won’t still be a blast. But we’ll all find out for sure when it hits the Switch this May.

17 Confirmed: Super Meat Boy Forever

One of the early success stories of the big indie gaming movement of the late-2000s, Super Meat Boy hearkened back to a time when games were easy to learn but difficult to master, humbling a generation of gamers who had gotten lazy with the the comparative easiness of modern gaming.

Original programmer Tommy Refenes is once again the sole credited programmer on Super Meat Boy Forever, which began life as a merely a mobile version of the original game but eventually evolved into a full-on sequel. Among the major differences this time around are randomly-generated levels said to be based on how the game is reading the player’s skill, and the ability to kick and punch. Nintendo proudly showcased the Switch version back in the summer of 2017, and it’s finally set to release this April.

16 Confirmed: Animal Crossing

It’s hard to believe, but the last traditional Animal Crossing game was New Leaf, released all the way back in 2012 for the 3DS. If you need proof that Nintendo had quickly lost faith in the Wii U, look no further than the company not even bothering to put a core AC game on the system.

Hopefully, that extra time has meant that the company has been working hard to finally reinvent the formula that they have essentially been recycling since the original installment when the AC series finally gets a new mainline entry for the Switch later this year. Though, after the insult that was Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U, we’ll just be happy to play a good AC game again even if it is just more of the same ol’ Tom Nook servitude.

15 Confirmed: Astral Chain

While they sometimes have to take on ill-fated licensed fare to help keep the lights on, Platinum Games has largely developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent and reliable game developers of the last decade, especially in the realm of action games. And while they are also hard at work on the third installment of a certain trilogy starring a certain curvy witch— more on that later— for Switch, the always-busy team recently unveiled yet another Switch game that have in the pipeline that is slated for release this summer.

Little is known about Astral Chain beyond what can be culled from the debut trailer, but so far it looks like the typical stylish, over-the-top action that Platinum is best known for. We can’t wait to learn more about this promising title in the coming months.

14 Possibly Coming: Bayonetta 3

Nintendo did a lot wrong with the Wii U, but there are also some things they at least tried to do right— one of which was snatching up the sequel for cult hit Bayonetta and announcing it as a Wii U exclusive. From that point on, Bayonetta has essentially become a Nintendo-exclusive franchise, and we’re going to see more of her on the Switch beyond the ports of the first two games and her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

All we’ve seen so far of Bayonetta 3 is a very brief teaser, but there are few game characters that we’re content to be teased by. The lack of new footage means it’s likely still a ways off, but Bayo likes to keep us on our toes, so we wouldn’t count her out for a surprise return sometime this year.

13 Confirmed: Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

With the launch of Kickstarter, Keiji Inafune and Koji Igrashi— key figures behind Mega Man and Castlevania, respectively— saw an avenue with which to leave behind companies they felt stifled by and create true spiritual successors to the franchises that were being mishandled by their parent companies. Inafune’s attempt, Mighty No. 9, fell far short of that goal. We can only remain optimistic that IGA’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night fares much better.

The much, much delayed game was originally supposed to have a Wii U port— that’s how long ago Bloodstained was meant to be released. But its Nintendo representation moved to the Switch, and all signs point to Bloodstained finally being released sometime in the next few months. Don’t let us down, IGA. Castlevania fans have been put through enough heartbreak already.

12 Confirmed: Dragon Quest Builders 2

It might seem like a really short lead time between Dragon Quest Builders 2 and the original game, the latter of which only just hit the Switch last February. So how can the sequel be promising a July release of this year already? Well, Dragon Quest Builders was actually first released for the PS4 and Vita in Japan way back in January of 2016, so the developers have already had three years to work on part two even though Switch owners only just got the first game.

If anything, Square Enix are probably taking a risk releasing the sequel while so many people are probably still enjoying the original, but we’ll never complain about too many DQ games getting localized for the West— sometimes, we don’t see one for years at a time.

11 Confirmed: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

One of the most unfairly overlooked games of Nintendo’s jam-packed February Direct was the Switch port of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, originally released for PS4 and PC in 2017. Considering that developer Ninja Theory took a year bringing it to Xbox One and then another year on the Switch port, it’s obvious that they want each version to be the best that it can be. And if any version has a lot to prove in terms of what it can accomplish from a technical standpoint, it’s the Switch version.

Like most Ninja Theory games, Hellblade is a fast-paced action game at its core, but the story also explores complicated themes of psychosis, the depiction of which earned the game praise from neuroscience experts. If you missed the other versions, give it a try on the Switch when it releases this spring.

10 Confirmed: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Even though Switch owners still haven’t been told for sure that they’re getting their own version of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy— though we have to imagine it’s a matter of “when” instead of “if”— Activision has at least confirmed a Switch version of their next PlayStation-era remaster coming this June.

Though they cheaped out a bit this time by only remastering one game instead of a collection of them, the original Crash Team Racing is the one that’s most worth having anyway. And as people are no doubt finally starting to get a little tired of Mario Kart 8 DeluxeCrash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a great way to keep busy until the Switch finally gets its first truly new Mario Kart installment. Still, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing, while not amazing, would’ve been a nice inclusion…

9 Confirmed: Dead By Daylight

While the words “online shooter” in terms of a Nintendo Switch game typically conjures images of cute octopuses spraying ink and characters popping llama piñatas while dabbing, there are actually more hardcore shooters on the Switch already and even more on the way. And one of the most interesting upcoming games that hopes to change the way people think about online shooters on the Switch is Dead by Daylight.

Due out in the fall, the Switch port of the PS4, XB1, and PC game is an online-only multiplayer game where five people play asymmetrically in teams of one versus four, with the four having to hide from and escape the one. Reviews for the other versions have been somewhat mixed, but most agree it’s an intriguing concept and it might find a nice home on the Switch.

8 Possibly Coming: Digimon Survive

While Digimon fans take offense when the franchise is dismissed as a Pokémon rip-off, there’s no disputing that it has failed to maintain the popularity of Nintendo’s monster battling brand. But Digimon has never really gone away, at least not in Japan— it just hasn’t had as much of a presence anywhere else in recent years. Bandai Namco is hoping to turn that around, however, with the upcoming Digimon Survive.

Looking to reinvent the brand a bit with a different gameplay style and a darker tone, Digimon Survive, true to its title, is about trying to keep your creatures alive under harsh conditions rather than capturing and battling them. Not much else is known about the game, including when it is actually going to come out, but a 2019 release isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.

7 Confirmed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series actually dates all the way back to 1990, but the franchise stayed mostly in Japan until Marth and Roy showed up in 2001’s Super Smash Bros. Melee and got non-Japanese gamers curious. Nintendo then decided to test the waters by localizing the next entry in the Fire Emblem series in the West, and the franchise has been a worldwide property ever since.

Unfortunately, that also began a period where the number of new Fire Emblem games began to slow significantly, with only three core entries released since 2012. This makes the upcoming Three Houses— due this summer— a really big deal, especially since it’ll be the first mainline game not released for a strictly handheld system since 2007’s Radiant Dawn for Wii.

6 Confirmed: Luigi’s Mansion 3

The GameCube marked the first time a new Nintendo console didn’t have a Super Mario game ready to go on the first day of its release in the U.S. The shock and disappointment of this revelation put an unfair amount of pressure on launch game Luigi’s Mansion, which people were too hard on because it wasn’t a sufficient replacement for a Super Mario game— even though it was never trying to be.

Luckily, most people have come around on Luigi’s Mansion since, and the game eventually earned enough retrospective love that Nintendo finally gave the game both a sequel and a remake on the 3DS. Now, after nearly 20 years, the series returns to consoles with the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which doesn’t have a firm release date yet but Nintendo assures us will be sometime this year.

5 Confirmed: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Nintendo likes to save the biggest surprises for the end of its Nintendo Directs, and they certainly had a big one ready to cap off their February one— a full-on remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch. And coming by the end of this year, no less!

A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time get most of the love in terms of retro Zelda games, but everyone who has played Link’s Awakening—  which also saw a colorized re-release on Game Boy Color— knows that it deserves its place among the best and most unique Zelda adventures. It’s definitely a great candidate for a remake, especially since it essentially marks the return of classic 2D-style Zelda on a Nintendo home console for the first time since the series went 3D.

4 Confirmed: Oninaki

In between the latest new installment of Final FantasyDragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix have been releasing a bunch of smaller-scale RPGs that hearken back to their 90s heyday. Following in that tradition of games like Bravely Degault for 3DS and Octopath Traveler for Switch comes the upcoming Oninaki, which feels like something of a bridge between those two halves of Square Enix’s portfolio and is headed up by one of the directors of none other than Chrono Trigger.

Another of the more mysterious games on this list, all we really know about Oninaki at this point is that its an action/RPG with gorgeous visuals, and impressive pedigree, and is due to hit the Switch sometime in 2019. And, really, what else is there to know in order to be excited for this game?

3 Confirmed: Daemon X Machina

Not sure what to make of this game’s weird title that reminds us of what bounced-back emails used to say? Hop on Switch right now and download the free demo for yourself, as that’ll certainly tell you far more about the game and whether you should care about it than we possibly could.

That aside, it’s a third-person mech action game that is playable by up to four people at once and comes courtesy of the developers of the Senran Kagura games. Whether or not Dameon X Machina will have any “bounce” remains to be seen, but it thus far seems unlikely. Snarkiness aside, it’s a really cool-looking games that should scratch a lot of itches when it comes out later this year.

2 Confirmed: Pokémon Sword/Shield

For all of Pokémon‘s history up to this point, there has been a clear division between the console games and the handheld games. Most importantly, only handhelds ever got the real, core installments in the series, with consoles just seeing spin-offs and such. Well, with the Switch blurring the lines between what is a console and what is a handheld, a new mainline Pokémon game will finally technically come to a console this year with the release of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. And, no, don’t believe the rumors of a third game, Pokémon Gun— that was simply a joke that got taken too far.

Three brand new starters have already been shown for Sword and Shield, and we’re sure that’s just the start of the reveals that Nintendo will slowly dole out in the coming months.

1 Possibly Coming: Metroid Prime Trilogy

We wanted to mostly stick to games that have at least been officially announced for this list, but for the final spot, we couldn’t resist jumping on the speculation bandwagon for Metroid Prime Trilogy HD/Remaster/whatever it’s going to be called if and when Nintendo finally just confirms it.

Following the heartbreaking announcement that Metroid Prime 4 is likely still years away, Nintendo needs to do something to keep Metroid fans happy and the franchise in people’s good graces. What better way to do that then to release a remaster of the Wii’s Metroid Prime Trilogy, only in HD? The many supposed leaks of the game seem to point to there being a pretty good chance it’s in development, and maybe even coming fairly soon. Just make it official already, Nintendo— and for a 2019 release, preferably.


2019-04-20 08:04:24

Chris Hodges

10 Things Confirmed About Hawkeye In Avengers: Endgame

After being noticeably absent in the previous Avengers movie, Hawkeye is returning in Avengers: Endgame with some noticeable changes. Like the rest of the film’s cast, Jeremy Renner has been cryptic regarding the film, not only withholding any possible spoilers or confirming or denying rumors but even going as far as creating a fake film with his costar, Paul Rudd, AKA Ant-Man, in order to deflect attention from possible Endgame leaks.

Based on the trailers, the few clues Renner has confirmed in his interviews and casting decisions, there are several things we can still confirm about Hawkeye in Avengers: Endgame.

RELATED: Hawkeye TV Show Starring Jeremy Renner In The Works For Disney+

10 He Has A “Parakeet-Esque” Hairdo

Jeremy Renner hasn’t been shy about describing Hawkeye’s new ‘do that we’ve all seen in the trailers for Avengers: Endgame. Nicknamed the “Mohawkeye,” it features shaved sides and a long, floppy center fluff of hair. When Jimmy Kimmel asked him about it, Renner said, “It’s kind of like a Paul Mitchell prison cut. The costumes change always, and the haircuts change. Thor used to have these Goldilocks, surfer hair. It just changes. You gotta change it up once in a while.”

Fans are pretty split on the hair, with some pondering thoughts like, “Just why?” while others say that they wish all of the Avengers would sport more punk or retro styles.

9 He’ll Be Ronin

Even if Entertainment Weekly didn’t just out him as Ronin, we all knew it was coming, and with the Disney series in the works, the new ‘do AND the trailers teasing Bishop’s training, it was already evident. When Jimmy Kimmel brought up the transformation into Ronin on his show, Renner deadpanned, “Oh. Wow,” and completely deflected the conversation onto a fake movie that he and Avengers costar Paul Rudd are “starring” in called The 50-Year-Old Virgins.

RELATED: Hawkeye Just Got Even Weaker in Comics Than The MCU

Renner’s complete refusal to discuss this plot line, particularly in the manner he goes about it, all but confirmed the truth of the fan theory, and we could also guess that we’ll be losing the Avengers who’ve confirmed this to be their last film, so the body counts have to stay reasonable. Recently Kevin Feige confirmed that Clint is Ronin and said it wasn’t a theory but a little treat explaining where he’s been to the fans, so now it’s been verified.

8 He’s Got A Sword

The most defining characteristic of Hawkeye is his bow and arrow, so when he’s seen with a sword in the new Endgame trailer it may look weird to many fans. For those who are familiar with the New Avengers comics, however, swords are probably very familiar. Ronin, the new persona that Clint will adopt in the upcoming Marvel movie (and the Disney series afterward), fights with blades rather than arrows.

For those who are skeptical about the change, keep in mind that Hawkeye’s original mentor in the comics went by the name of the Swordsman, so he’s likely had some training with the weapons. Also keep in mind that a sword is a much more personal weapon to use, meaning that something may have changed in Hawkeye’s life to cause him to desire fighting up close.

7 He’s A Vigilante

The Entertainment Weekly cover confirmed that Hawkeye will be transforming into the vigilante Ronin, which means very different things for his character. The word Ronin refers to a Japanese samurai who has no master, a vigilante warrior who works on his own, which Hawkeye is known to do. To adopt this persona, something radical had to have happened to Hawkeye during Infinity War.

RELATED: 10 Major Differences Between Marvel’s Hawkeye And Ronin

Clint Barton isn’t the first or last person to be known as Ronin; the suit was first worn by Maya Lopez and most recently Eric Brooks, who found the costume in “a big box of Clint Barton’s old stuff” in Mighty Avengers #4.

6 He’s Got A Costume Update

Naturally, as Ronin, Hawkeye will be wearing a totally different costume. Many heroes get new costume updates routinely even when they don’t shift personas so this comes as no surprise, but many fans are enjoying his new look immensely. Ronin is the alias that superheroes adopt when they become more ruthless and dark, and the costume matches. Black, gold and hooded, Clint’s new look definitely shows that he means business, particularly when he’s seen standing over a body in the trailer.

Some speculate that the reason Clint decided to use the Ronin look is to simply avoid breaking the Superhero Registration Act, but given how much he’s altered his own hair and skin something far more drastic has likely happened.

5 He’s Returning From A Journey

Back when directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo gave us the scoop on where Hawkeye was during Infinity War last year, they told us that he had been on his own journey during the events of the movie. They also said that “he has a unique reaction to the Civil War situation that puts him on a special spot in this film.”

Naturally this refers to his transformation into Ronan but what else will it mean for the character? While we’ll have to wait and see the details in Endgame in a few days, we know that it was something big enough to keep him from helping the team with Thanos, so it’s likely a life-changing event.

4 He Wields Ninja Skills

If Hawkeye’s new costume seems like it belongs to a ninja, know that it pretty much does. In Endgame his skill set will encompass that of the ninja variety, which will incorporate not only his costume and two swords but a set of throwing stars. This has been confirmed by his Hasboro action figure, which comes with all of these weapons and calls the hero Ronin instead of Hawkeye.

RELATED: 10 Most Important Scenes For Iron Man’s MCU Journey

For those interested in the action figures, there is also a Titan Hero series from the same company that will feature “hero-specific sounds.” A total of three different Hawkeye-as-Ronin figures will be released.

3 He’s Got A Bunch Of Tattoos

Anyone who’s seen the trailers for Endgame already knows that Hawkeye is sporting some major ink in his new look. Whatever journey that Hawkeye found himself on, fans are speculating that it took him to Asia based not only on the glimpse of Japan we caught in the trailer but also the samurai skeletal figure Clint has tattooed along with several other images in a full-length sleeve.

Fans are demanding when he had time to get a whole sleeve while Thanos was out snapping his fingers, and many speculate that the loss of his family may have triggered this new style, tattoos and persona, especially since he’s decided to join in the fight rather than remain home in semi-retirement for the safety of his family. We don’t know any of those details yet for sure, but we do know that he’s gone under the needle.

2 He Has A Relationship With A Girl

A young woman in the trailer has sparked a bit of controversy among fans. While it’s clear that Hawkeye will have a relationship of some sort with the young woman, we’re not sure about its nature. Many fans think the character is Kate Bishop, given the fact that Hawkeye seems to be instructing her in archery during the scene.

Others think that it’s his daughter. Some speculate that the two could be one and the same, given that this is the MCU and the writers often stray from the canon of the comic books. Discovering the identity of this young woman is one of the many things we look forward to doing as we see the film later this month.

1 He’ll Likely Survive

Jeremy Renner has signed on with Disney for a new Hawkeye series in which the character will pass on the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop after he becomes the assassin known as Ronin. This transformation is heavily teased in the trailers and most fans believe it will at least be mentioned in the film.

While it’s possible that the Hawkeye spin-off will take place prior to the events of Endgame, it’s more probable that Disney will focus on the future, which means that Clint will have to survive Endgame in order to carry on with the new series that’s been announced.

NEXT: 10 Key MCU Moments To Remember For Avengers: Endgame


2019-04-17 07:04:36

Sara Schmidt

Star Wars: 8 Theories Confirmed (And 2 Denied) By The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer

Fans finally have a title for the concluding film of the Skywalker saga–Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In addition to the title, fans were also treated to the thrilling first teaser trailer for the film.

Naturally, fans have been creating and sharing theories for this movie ever since The Last Jedi hit theaters in December of 2017. While the validity of many theories won’t be known until The Rise of Skywalker is released, certain theories were confirmed or denied by the teaser trailer. This list will steer clear of things that were already known before the trailer like that Carrie Fisher would would reprise the role of Leia via unused footage from The Force Awakens or that Mark Hamill would be returning as well–though it’s still heartwarming to see Leia hugging Rey and hearing Luke Skywalker’s voice narrating the trailer.

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10 Confirmed: Rey Will Rebuild The Skywalker Lightsaber

It is the most iconic lightsaber in Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker’s blue lightsaber that Obi-Wan passed down to Luke, and many years later it would be passed down to Rey. The weapon was broken in The Last Jedi, though Rey recovered the two halves. The trailer revealed early on that Rey won’t be constructing an entirely new lightsaber and instead will reforge the legendary lightsaber she wielded in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. It is fitting to take this route in a story that will bring the entire Skywalker saga to a conclusion.

9 Confirmed: Unused Concepts From The Force Awakens

In the years since The Force Awakens was released, fans have been treated to a variety of stunning concept art for the film. Some of the concept art is close to what the actual movie was like while other images are drastically different. With J.J. Abrams returning to direct and co-write The Rise of Skywalker, there was speculation that he could use unused concept art from The Force Awakens. This is absolutely the case as the trailer shows Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8 and his new droid D-O friend on a mission related to the underwater remains of the Death Star. The Force Awakens concept art included underwater remains of the second Death Star, a concept unused for that movie that Abrams is now utilizing in a huge way for The Rise of Skywalker.

8 Confirmed: Major Connections To The Prequel Trilogy

With this film wrapping up not just the sequel trilogy but also the entire Skywalker saga, many fans have hoped for significant connections to the prequel trilogy. Between its characters and themes, the sequel trilogy has had plenty of connections to the original trilogy, but not as much with the prequels.

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Emperor Palpatine’s chilling and instantly recognizable laugh at the end of the trailer assures that he will play some kind of important role in The Rise of Skywalker. Palpatine was not only a crucial figure in the original movies, but also in the prequels, meaning his role will help tie all three trilogies together.

7 Denied: Replacing All The Stormtroopers With Clones

After Finn ditched the First Order in The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren criticized General Hux’s First Order Stormtrooper program, asserting that a clone army would be much more effective. With Kylo Ren in control of the First Order by the end of The Last Jedi, a theory arose that Kylo would entirely replace the First Order’s Stormtroopers with clones. The theory is denied by the sighting of a Stormtrooper fighting in the woods alongside Kylo Ren. This one shot doesn’t mean clones are entirely out of the question, but clones definitely haven’t replaced the entire Stormtrooper army.

6 Confirmed: A Search For A MacGuffin

There’s been a lot of rumors that the film’s plot would largely revolve around a hunt for a MacGuffin. Rey and a small group of some of her closest allies on a mission to the ruins of the Death Star appears to confirm those rumors. If it is the remains of the second Death Star, perhaps the MacGuffin is somehow related to Emperor Palpatine, which could provide further insight into his mysterious role for the film. The MacGuffin might also be related to kyber crystals. They were used to power the Death Star’s superlaser, but they also power lightsabers and could prove useful to Rey and the Resistance in a number of ways.

5 Confirmed: Kylo Ren’s Helmet Will Be Rebuilt

It seemed like the end of Kylo Ren’s helmet when he smashed it in The Last Jedi, but it’s clearly making a comeback for The Rise of Skywalker. Part of what makes the shot of reforging the helmet so intriguing is the hands repairing it are definitely not Kylo’s hands. In fact, the hands look more alien than human. This brings into question who is piecing the helmet back together. It’s also worth noting that while the helmet is making a comeback, Kylo won’t be wearing it the entire movie, as he is not wearing it in the shot where he’s fighting in a forest.

4 Confirmed: Lando Will Pilot The Millennium Falcon Again

This one’s not exactly a shocker, but it’s still nice to receive confirmation in the trailer. Ever since it was announced that Billy Dee Williams would be returning to reprise the role of Lando Calrissian, fans have clamored for him to fly the Millennium Falcon again.

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Fortunately, the trailer features a shot of him doing exactly that, with Chewbacca as his co-pilot, and Lando having the time of his life back in his old ship. Hopefully, there will also be an opportunity for him to communicate with L3-37 aboard the Falcon.

3 Denied: Rey Will Build A Double-Sided Lightsaber

After the iconic lightsaber broke in two during The Last Jedi, many fans theorized that Rey would rebuild it as a double-sided lightsaber. Given that her weapon of choice was a staff long before she ever wielded a lightsaber, it made sense to think that a double-sided lightsaber would be more fitting for her fighting style. The trailer clearly shows that the lightsaber has been rebuilt, but not as the double-bladed weapon many fans wanted to see her use. For now, Darth Maul will remain the only character to fight with a double-sided lightsaber in the live-action films.

2 Confirmed: C-3PO Will Have A Larger Role

C-3PO is one of the only characters to appear in all nine films within the Skywalker saga, and Anthony Daniels is the only actor to appear in all the canon Star Wars films. This made some fans disappointed that everyone’s favorite protocol droid played a relatively small role in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. As some fans speculated, that is set to change as The Rise of Skywalker looks to be C-3PO’s largest role yet in the sequel trilogy. He can be spotted twice in the trailer on two completely different planets. Most importantly, he is at the heart of the action, first in a chase scene with Finn and Poe, and later on with the mission involving the ruins of the Death Star.

1 Confirmed: Rey Will Be More Powerful Than Ever Before

Just as Luke Skywalker was much more powerful in Return of the Jedi than he was in The Empire Strikes Back, Rey looks to be even more powerful in The Rise of Skywalker than she was in The Last Jedi. Her abilities with the Force were certainly impressive in the previous sequel trilogy films, yet she appears to be on a whole new level as she backflips over an oncoming TIE Fighter. It’ll be intriguing to see how else Rey’s powers have developed since The Last Jedi, and if she’s been teaching herself through the ancient Jedi texts. It’s also possible she’s been receiving teaching from Force ghosts, which would add further meaning to Luke’s narration that “We’ve passed on all we know.”

Are there any other theories that were confirmed by the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer? Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: Every Upcoming Star Wars Movie


2019-04-14 03:04:35

Matthew Rudoy

Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Basically Confirmed by Voice Talent

Actor Janina Gavankar all but confirmed the existence of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 at Star Wars Celebration. One of the biggest hits of 2017 was Horizon: Zero Dawn, a post-apocalyptic open-world survival game with awe-inspiring combat against robotic dinosaurs. The game was a critical and commercial hit, leading to an expansion later that year, The Frozen Wilds.

It’s been two years since Aloy’s debut adventure, and hype for a sequel is high. While nothing has been officially announced yet, it’s hard to imagine Sony refusing to move forward with a sequel to a game which sold over ten million copies; an impressive number, especially for a console exclusive.

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At Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, actor Janina Gavankar allegedly leaked the existence of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2. Best known for her role as the lead character, Iden Versio, in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Gavankar also played a key role in The Frozen Wilds. In a (now deleted) Twitch clip from Star Wars Celebration, Gavankar chats with a fan who praises her work on Horizon: Zero Dawn, to which Gavankar replies, “Wait until you see the sequel! You’re gonna die.”

Now, it’s one thing for an actor to build hype for any project by teasing a sequel, but Gavankar goes one step further by teasing details. This certainly sounds less like empty hype and more like a genuine – if accidental – reveal of a project currently in development. Horizon: Zero Dawn made waves with its robo-dino action and provocative “futuristic cave man” storytelling, to say nothing of Aloy herself being one of 2017’s breakout characters. Despite releasing the same week as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn still held its own against one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the decade, and both titles went on to be tremendous successes.

What does the future hold for Horizon: Zero Dawn? Unless Janina Gavankar is wildly misinformed or flat-out lying (and there’s no reason to believe this to be the case), it’s looking likely that it’s only a matter of time before Horizon 2 makes its presence known to the gaming community. But when? In the past, E3 would have been an obvious contender, but with Sony making the unprecedented move to skip E3 2019, perhaps they’re saving it for one of their upcoming “State of Play” videos. It’s also possible that Sony is planning a big PlayStation Experience for 2019 (after skipping it in 2018), which would be a fitting venue to reveal a game as important as Horizon 2.

Perhaps the biggest question regarding Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 is whether the title is being planned for PlayStation 4 or the as-yet-unannounced PlayStation 5. If Janina Gavankar’s comments are anything to go by, we’ll find out for sure soon enough.

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Source: Streamable


2019-04-13 03:04:07

Zak Wojnar

Avengers: 12 Villains Rumored To Appear In Endgame (And 8 Who Are Confirmed)

Even though Marvel Studios has released numerous trailers and teasers for Avengers: Endgame, they’ve kept several important details about the highly-anticipated film a secret to keep fans at the edge of their seats upon its release. We know that the first four phases of Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been building up to this epic showdown against Thanos and his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet, but viewers are still in the dark about how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be able to defeat the Mad Titan and which formidable adversaries or difficulties they’ll face during their mission to save the countless lives Thanos took away with a snap of his fingers in Infinity War. 

Marvel is so serious about avoiding spoilers and plot leaks for Endgame that they even denied Spider-Man actor Tom Holland access to the film’s full script, and he wasn’t even told who he’d be acting opposite of in advance. The studio isn’t taking any chances this time around, but by scouring the Internet for casting information, pictures from the set of the film, and interviews with MCU stars, and by looking really closely at the film’s promotional material, it’s still possible to piece together some important details about Endgame. 

Viewers who just can’t wait until the film’s April 26 release to know who the Avengers will be facing off against in this year’s ultimate high-stakes battle are in luck, because we’ve pieced together all of Endgame‘s potential antagonists. Here are 12 Villains Rumored To Appear In Endgame (And 8 Who Are Confirmed).

20 RUMORED: HELA

The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Thanos had a misguided yet fairly noble reason for assembling the Infinity Gauntlet and wiping out half of all life across the galaxy. He stood by as his home planet of Titan collapsed due to overpopulation and a lack of adequate resources and wanted to ensure other planets wouldn’t suffer in a similar fashion. Thanos decided that the only way to bring balance was to snap his fingers and eliminate fifty percent of existence.

In the comics, his motivation was much different. There, Thanos wanted to snap away countless innocent lives simply to impress his crush, Mistress Demise. Ever since Hela was introduced in Thor: Ragnarok, fans have assumed that the Goddess of Demise will act as the film replacement for Thanos’ beloved lady, and think she may reappear in Endgame. 

19 CONFIRMED: THANOS

The first several trailers and teasers for Endgame made it clear that the remaining Avengers plan on mounting a counter-attack against Thanos to avenge their fallen teammates, loved ones, and the rest of the innocent lives taken away by the Mad Titan’s snap. But for some reason, the promotional material didn’t actually offer glimpses of Thanos himself.

That changed with the release of the film’s final trailer, which came out on April 2, the day fans finally became capable of buying their Endgame movie tickets. In the “first look” trailer, Thanos appears before Earth’s Mightiest wearing his battle armor from Infinity War, taunting them for not being able to deal with their failure.

18 RUMORED: THE SKRULLS

The MCU is starting to take serious strides in exploring life outside of Earth, and this year’s Captain Marvel introduced viewers to the Skrulls, the shape-shifting aliens who have created all sorts of problems in the Marvel comics. The film initially depicted the Skrulls as villains but went on to explain that their primary focus was simply on finding a home for their race.

It’s definitely possible that there’ll be truth to the rumors that Carol Danvers will bring a shape-shifter or two along with her in the Avengers’ fight against Thanos, in an attempt to trick the Mad Titan. He may wipe out Captain America or Iron Man and think he’s won, only to discover that he simply eliminated Skrulls who were willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the universe. Or, they could work for Thanos disguised as the Avengers’ fallen friends to mess with their emotions.

17 RUMORED: THUNDERBOLT ROSS

Those who were wise enough to stick around after the credits of Avengers: Endgame know that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were both among the casualties of Thanos’ snap. We don’t, however, know the fate of another one of the Avengers’ supervisors, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.

Ross was a villain in The Incredible Hulk, and his strict enforcement of the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War created a divide among Earth’s Mightiest. He doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with several of the remaining Avengers, but they may need his and the government’s help if they want to take down Thanos.

16 CONFIRMED: LOKI

Loki lost his life at the very start of Infinity War while trying to defy and eliminate Thanos, but that likely won’t be the last we’ll see of the beloved trickster. It’s highly unlikely he figured out a way to survive his termination, but leaked images from the set of Endgame make it pretty clear that he’ll pop up in time travel or flashback sequences.

Set images show the heroes who fought in the Battle of New York from Avengers all together and wearing the costumes they wore during that iconic moment in MCU history. We’re not sure what will make these characters relive that war against Loki and his Chitauri army, but if Endgame explores that epic fight, it’s likely a villainous past version of Loki will reappear as well.

15 RUMORED: THE GRANDMASTER

It hasn’t been made clear yet in the MCU whether or not The Grandmaster from Ragnarok and The Collector have any sort of connection with each other, but in the comics, the two powerful cosmic beings are brothers. Thanos ended The Collector’s life off-camera in Infinity War to procure the Reality Stone he was given by the Asgardians in the end credits of Thor: The Dark World, and some fans think the Grandmaster will try to avenge his sibling in the next film.

Jeff Goldblum’s wacky character was an instant fan-favorite, and since he has an assortment of battle-ready warriors from his Contest of Champions at his disposal, he could actually be a big help to the Avengers… as long as he doesn’t try to capture all of them once they’re tired from fighting Thanos.

14 RUMORED: THE COLLECTOR

The Collector has yet to truly establish himself as a fearsome villain in the films in quite the same way as he’s done in the comics, but the MCU version of the character has always made it clear that he’s clever, crafty, and willing to do whatever it takes to survive and succeed. Since he had the Reality Stone at his disposal before Thanos added it to his Gauntlet, it’s possible that The Collector found some way to alter reality and survive Thanos’ attack, and that he’s simply waiting for the Avengers and Thanos to take each other out so he can reemerge and reign supreme.

As one of the powerful Elders of the Universe, it seemed strange that he was simply and seemingly easily eliminated off-screen.  Fans shouldn’t be surprised at all if the rumors of his return turn out to be true.

13 CONFIRMED: NEBULA

Before Nebula and Gamora finally just stood face-to-face and acknowledged that their childhood rivalry was entirely Thanos’ fault, Nebula was a major villain the MCU. Luckily, the two “sisters” forgave each other in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Nebula made it her mission to eliminate the man who ruined her life and pinned Gamora against her.

She joined some of the heroes on Titan in battling Thanos in an attempt to avenge Gamora and was the only person other than Tony Stark on that planet to survive Thanos’ snap. The trailers have shown that Nebula will join the Avengers in trying to take her adopted father out, but that doesn’t mean she’ll solely be a protagonist in the film. In the comic book version of Infinity War, she donned the Gauntlet and became just as big of a threat as Thanos had been while wearing it.

12 RUMORED: RONAN THE ACCUSER

With the leaked set photos of the Avengers in their old costumes making fans speculate that the heroes will be traveling through time via the Quantum Realm to change the fates of the Infinity Stones, it’s definitely possible that they’ll visit the Battle of Xandar in an attempt to claim the Power Stone from Ronan the Accuser.

Viewers loved Ronan’s surprise appearance in Captain Marvel, and they’d probably enjoy another look at Star-Lord’s infamous Guardians of the Galaxy dance battle against him

11 CONFIRMED: CHITAURI

Since set photos reveal that Ant-Man will supply Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor with some sort of device which will let them go back to the Battle of New York, we know we will also see the return of the Chitauri. These menacing alien warriors came dangerously close to helping Loki take over the planet in Avengers, and even though our heroes have matured and grown stronger since then, they still shouldn’t take the Chitauri lightly.

The Chitauri are an incredibly powerful alien race, and unlike most villains, they are entirely impossible to reason with or talk to. If they join forces with Thanos, he’ll be even more unstoppable.

10 RUMORED: EBONY MAW

Now that Thanos has all of the Infinity Stones inside of his Gauntlet, he is capable of doing pretty much anything and everything imaginable. Thanks to the Time Stone and the Reality Stone, he could easily bring back any of the other villains from the MCU’s decade-long history to aid him in his fight against the remaining Avengers, but there’s one antagonist fans suspect he’ll revive for sure.

Ebony Maw didn’t survive for much of Infinity War, but in the short time he appeared in the film, he established himself as an incredibly formidable foe. The Maw had magic on the same level as the Sorcerer Supreme’s and seemed to be the Mad Titan’s most trusted ally. It’d be surprising if Thanos didn’t enable his return.

9 RUMORED: JUSTIN HAMMER

Several of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most memorable villains were eliminated in the same film they were introduced and will likely never be seen again. Justin Hammer, however, managed to survive Iron Man 2 and has simply been sitting in a prison ever since, waiting for his chance to return and try to best his rival Tony Stark.

Hammer wasn’t nearly as skilled or intelligent as Tony, but he was still a capable weapons manufacturer and helped build War Machine’s armor. With Tony still stranded on Titan, some fans are speculating that the Avengers may have to turn to Hammer for help in creating weapons powerful enough to take down Thanos.

8 CONFIRMED: CROSSBONES

Fans assumed they’d seen the last of Crossbones after the HYDRA soldier sacrificed himself in an attempt to take out Captain America in Civil War, but actor Frank Grillo recently revealed that the villain will be making one more appearance in Endgame. 

During a UFC Unfiltered podcast interview, Grillo shocked listeners by stating, “He makes an appearance in the next Avengers movie but it’s a flashback.” Brock Rumlow never interacted with any of the Infinity Stones, so his addition to the film is a definite surprise, but it’s possible that by stopping his Civil War explosion, the Avengers could prevent the creation of the Sokovia Accords and be more united in their battle against Thanos should they return to the war in Wakanda from Infinity War and try to stop the snap from ever happening.

7 RUMORED: HYDRA

The biggest fan theory circulating the Internet about Endgame is that the Avengers will be using the Quantum Realm to go back in time to moments where they encountered Infinity Stones, in an attempt to create their own time-displaced Gauntlet or to prevent Thanos from ever assembling his. This mission could potentially force them to cross paths once more with HYDRA, as the villainous organization briefly possessed Loki’s staff and the Mind Stone which was secured inside of it.

With HYDRA loyalist Crossbones confirmed to appear in the film, it’s definitely likely that at least a few HYDRA agents will pop up to complicate our heroes’ journey, even if this fan theory turns out to be inaccurate.

6 CONFIRMED: RED SKULL

The Avengers’ failure in stopping Thanos from wiping out half of all life across the universe was definitely the biggest shock of Infinity War, but the reveal that the Red Skull has been living on Vormir and acting as the guardian of the Soul Stone ever since he was launched into space in Captain America: The First Avenger was still exceptionally surprising.

The Red Skull was stranded on the deserted planet for what felt like a millennia and bound to protect Vormir’s Infinity Stone, but when Thanos took the Stone, he apparently earned his freedom. In a Q&A on Twitter, the Russo brothers stated, “Red Skull is free to leave Vormir, and he is also free to pursue his desire for an Infinity Stone.”

5 RUMORED: PROXIMA MIDNIGHT

Ebony Maw should definitely be the first Black Order member Thanos brings back to life with his Infinity Gauntlet should he decide to call in some reinforcements in Avengers: Endgame, but Proxima Midnight wouldn’t be a bad second option. She held her own while fighting Okoye, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch all at once, and her leadership in Wakanda was instrumental in helping Thanos and his forces win the day.

With so much power at his disposal now, Thanos technically doesn’t need any help defeating the remaining heroes, but it’d be entertaining to see the Avengers have to contend with Proxima again.

4 CONFIRMED: OUTRIDERS

The Avengers and warriors of Wakanda successfully took out countless Outriders in Infinity War, but some of Thanos’ spooky alien soldiers survived the conflict. It seems like those Outriders are still loyal to the Mad Titan, because, in one of the recent Endgame trailers, Clint Barton can be seen running from some sort of monster with multiple limbs.

The shadow of this mystery creature appears inside of a burst of flames, and it looks identical to the shape of the Outriders from the last Avengers film. So even if Thanos doesn’t bring back his Black Order, he definitely won’t be alone in Endgame. 

3 RUMORED: ABOMINATION

Some fans pretend that The Incredible Hulk never even happened because it featured a different actor as Bruce Banner and didn’t really contribute anything significant story-wise to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it’s possible that the film’s final villain may end up playing a major role in Endgame, especially if the Hulk refuses to help the Avengers fight Thanos the way he did in Infinity War. 

The Abomination is nearly as strong as the giant green monster, and he’s far more ruthless. Emil Blonsky has been locked up ever since he disobeyed orders and tried to eliminate the Hulk, but if Thunderbolt Ross survived Thanos’ snap, he could potentially release the Abomination and point him in the Mad Titan’s direction.

2 RUMORED: ULTRON

One of the biggest complaints viewers seem to have about Avengers: Age of Ultron was that the “age” only turned out to be a matter of days. Ultron’s reign lasts for a significant amount of time in the comic version of the storyline, but in the MCU, he was taken out before fans could truly feel like he was a significant threat.

Some viewers believe that we haven’t seen the last of Ultron, though, and think that he’ll return in Endgame. Thanos could bring him back to life with the Infinity Gauntlet, or one of the Avengers’ trips to the past could prompt him to upload some part of his consciousness to a secret section of the Internet so he can reappear in the future.

1 CONFIRMED: “GREATER THREAT THAN THANOS”

Marvel’s trailers for Avengers: Endgame have done a good job building up anticipation for the film without giving away too much of its plot, but their Endgame toys may have revealed a major spoiler. An action figure set featuring Thor and Rocket states, “The Asgardian Thor wields the mighty Stormbreaker in his battle against new foes. Rocket teams up with a new crew to guard the galaxy from an even greater threat,” suggesting that Thanos won’t actually be the ultimate villain of the film.

It’s definitely hard to imagine that there can be a greater threat out there than an Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos, but the Marvel Universe is filled with powerful antagonists. So count on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ fight continuing after the Mad Titan is vanquished.


2019-04-11 07:04:43

Steve DiCarlo

The Mandalorian Release Date Confirmed: Will Stream On Disney+ At Launch

The Mandalorian will be available on Disney + from launch. The first ever live-action TV series, The Mandalorian is directed by Jon Favreau, and is set to be a highlight of the new streaming service. Its plot remains a closely-guarded secret, although it’s known to take place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The Mandalorian is set on the outer reaches of the Star Wars galaxy, far from the influence of the New Republic. It’s confirmed to star a “lone gunfighter” in Mandalorian armor, and fans have eagerly speculated that he could be tied to Boba Fett or Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels. One of the tie-in Star Wars novels, set between the Original and Sequel Trilogies, has already introduced a new character who wears Mandalorian armor, Cobb Vanth, so he’s another potential candidate.

Related: Star Wars Theory: The Mandalorian Already Exists In Canon – And Has A Fett Connection

Today, Disney held an investor meeting focused on the upcoming launch of Disney +, and they revealed audiences won’t have long to wait before they can check out The Mandalorian. The series will be available when the new streaming service launches, on November 12 2019. It was also confirmed that it will be an eight-episode run.

This indicates just how confident Disney is in the overall quality of The Mandalorian. It’s essentially the House of Cards to Disney’s Netflix equivalent, proving just how powerful they believe the Star Wars brand truly is. The release date also means that Star Wars fans will find the tail-end of the year to be absolutely thrilling; first they get The Mandalorian, and then on December 20 Lucasfilm release Star Wars 9.

The timing of this announcement alone means this won’t be the last news about The Mandalorian this weekend. Starting today, Star Wars fans flood to Chicago for Star Wars Celebration, with Lucasfilm aiming to further build hype about their upcoming films and TV shows. The Mandalorian panel takes place on Sunday, April 13 from 11 am – 12 pm CDT, and it was already assumed that Lucasfilm would confirm the release date there. Now that particular cat is out of the bag, it’s even more likely the studio will take advantage of this opportunity to drop a first full-length trailer.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that Disney seems to be keeping careful control over the length of their various shows. The Marvel Studios TV series are all confirmed to run between six to eight episodes in length, and now The Mandalorian is confirmed to have an eight-episode first season as well. This may well become the typical or average length for a Disney + digital original.

More: What Trailers & Reveals To Expect At Star Wars Celebration 2019

Source: Disney


2019-04-11 05:04:42

Thomas Bacon

Disney+ Streaming Service’s Fall 2019 Launch Date Confirmed

Disney has officially announced the launch date for its Disney+ streaming service. The ongoing success of subscription-based streaming services like Netflix and Amazon has encouraged other companies to move quickly and get streamers of their own up and running. CBS did just that when it launched CBS All Access in late 2014, and has since attempted to gain more members by producing original content like Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone revival. Similarly, Apple is in the middle of developing several original series for its upcoming streaming service, which will kick-off this fall.

Of course, it’s been known for some time now that Disney’s also planning to launch a new streaming service this fall. The streamer, known as Disney+, will supposedly include everything from the Mouse House’s library, in addition to original content and the IPs it gained from its recently-completed purchase of Fox’s assets (which was done specifically to help the company transition into the modern digital era). Now, the service has gained a concrete launch date to boot.

Related: 47% of Consumers Think There Are Too Many Streaming Services

As part of Walt Disney Studios’  Investors Day 2019 webcast, the Mouse House announced that Disney+ will go live in the U.S. on November 12, 2019. The service will cost subscribers $6.99 a month or $69.99 for the entire year, if they decide to take out an annual subscription. Both options will give users full access to the entire Disney + catalog, including its original series, movies, and projects developed by Disney-owned affiliates like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation.

Among the original films and TV series that are now confirmed for Disney+ are the Marvel Cinematic Universe series WandaVision (featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision) and Falcon & Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, on the Disney side of things, the service will launch with the live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, as well as the live-action Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian. Other projects that were previously reported on, but have now been formally announced for Disney+ are an animated What If…? series from Marvel, new Toy Story shorts, and an animated Phineas and Ferb movie. Altogether, the company intends to release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries, and specials on Disney+ in its first year.

As far as competition for Netflix and Amazon goes, Disney+ is in pretty good shape, right off the bat. Its low pricing alone will make it easier to convince people to sign up for yet another streaming service, on top of everything else that’s already out there. Of course, your average consumer only has so much money they can afford to spend on monthly entertainment, so that will have some impact on how many people actually sign-up for Disney+ when it first launches. Suffice it to say, it will be interesting to see how the streaming wars play out from here, now that the Mouse House has planted its flag in the sand.

MORE: Monsters, Inc. Disney + Show: Billy Crystal, John Goodman to Return

Source: Disney


2019-04-11 05:04:02

Sandy Schaefer

Scarlet Witch & Vision TV Series Confirmed, Titled WandaVision

Marvel and Disney have officially confirmed a television series surrounding the characters of Scarlet Witch and Vision, to air on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service under the title of WandaVision. This news comes a day after it was reported that a Hawkeye series would also air on Disney+, and a few months after a series surrounding the two Avengers characters was rumored to be in development. This all seems to be part of Marvel’s strategy to utilize the upcoming streaming service to tell more intimate stories about characters who haven’t necessarily had the screen time to shine in the big Avengers team-up movies.

While Disney+ has yet to launch, the company behind the streaming platform is working on a plethora of shows centered in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars canon, seemingly in an attempt to draw more subscriptions in what is already a crowded streaming market. A Falcon & Winter Soldier series was also announced alongside WandaVision, which will focus on yet more supporting characters in the MCU, hopefully in an effort to flesh out its underutilized characters in a long-form environment like television.

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At the Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting, which focused on the Disney+ streaming service and its upcoming launch, WandaVision was confirmed by the company. The series will focus on both Scarlet Witch and Vision, and will bring back actors Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in starring roles.

While it’s not surprising that WandaVision was confirmed by Disney, the title itself definitely is. It was previously rumored that the show would be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch, which certainly has more of a comic book feel to it (in fact, there was a comic story with the same name released in the 1980s). WandaVision is certainly easier for fans to remember, however, and definitely has a nice ring to it. There’s no word yet on when to expect the show or how many episodes it’ll have, but that will surely come in due time.

Captain Marvel and Black Widow scribe Jac Schaeffer will write and produce WandaVision for Disney+, though there’s no information available on when the story will take place in the MCU continuity or what that story will be. Presumably, it will focus somewhat on the romantic relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision and how it develops. Whether that includes drawing from their complex relationship in the comics remains to be seen. Either way, fans can be assured that WandaVision is on the way.

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Source: Disney


2019-04-11 04:04:05

Corey Hoffmeyer

Falcon & Winter Soldier TV Series Confirmed, Logo Revealed

Disney has officially confirmed a Falcon & Winter Soldier series is in the works for Disney+ and revealed the first logo. Marvel Studios has dominated the big screen over the last eleven years, but now that they’re moving into Phase 4, they’re also expanding their reach to the small screen. Thanks to Disney’s own streaming service, Marvel Studios is set to make TV shows based around characters who haven’t received enough spotlight already.

One of these series has long been rumored to be a team up series between Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). It was previously reported that a showrunner had been found for the series, but Disney and Marvel had yet to confirm that the series was happening. They have previously only confirmed that a Tom Hiddleston led Loki series is on the way.

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During Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting today focused on the upcoming launch of their streaming service, Disney+, the Falcon & Winter Soldier series was finally confirmed. The news came as Disney showed off a version of the service, which featured the first logo for Falcon & Winter Soldier on the platform. Check out the logo below:

Now that Falcon & Winter Soldier is confirmed to be on the way, fans will be patiently waiting to get more details on what it will contain and when it could take place. Both characters are currently victims of Thanos’ snap in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is expected that both will be brought back to life by the end of Avengers: Endgame. It has previously been theorized that the series could potentially serve as them figuring out who can take on the Captain America mantle next. That’s not confirmed at this point, but Feige has indicated that these shows will have a lasting impact on the future of the MCU – so picking the next Cap would do just that.

With Disney already highlighting Falcon & Winter Soldier, it could potentially be one of the first live-action shows from Marvel Studios to arrive on Disney+. There has yet to be any news on production gearing up, much less beginning, and there has been no promise so far that it will be available when Disney+ launches. With an additional series focused on Scarlet Witch and Vision also in development, this will likely be just one of many new pieces of MCU content to arrive on the streaming service.

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Source: Disney


2019-04-11 03:04:31

Cooper Hood