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Falcon And Winter Soldier: 5 Reasons Why U.S. Agent Could Be The Villain (& 5 Why He’s Actually A Good Guy)

With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier footage revealing a tiny bit more about the USAgent, John Walker, it makes sense that fans are speculating whether the character will actually serve as a new MCU hero or perhaps as a villain.

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It’s obvious that this is a federally funded approach to the superheroes of the next decade, as the U.S. government looks to find their own suitable replacement for Captain America. Here’s 5 reasons why that replacement is the next enemy and 5 why he could be an ally.

10 VILLAIN: ZEMO PROJECT

Zemo is a known manipulator. He’s already turned the Avengers against one another and in his last appearance he seemed pretty chuffed with his placement in prison. It was almost as if it was all part of the plan. There’s no telling how deep his roots go into the government.

There’s every chance that Walker is actually one of Zemo’s projects. Perhaps he had a hand in creating the new super soldier so that when the time came he could turn the symbol of Captain America into something corrupt and villainous.

9 GOOD GUY: PATRIOTIC

John Walker does seem like he’s incredibly patriotic and actually wants to represent the United States. We don’t currently know the background of the character in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it’s easy to guess.

The probability is that Walker’s background is just as patriotic as his current gig. He likely served in the U.S. military and came back as a war hero, much like Steve Rogers before him. Perhaps all he wants to do is simply represent and serve his country.

8 VILLAIN: CORRUPT GOVERNMENT

The government has had some mixed representation throughout the MCU. There have been high up White House officials that have been members of Hydra, and there are military generals like Thunderbolt Ross that have ulterior motives when it comes to super heroes.

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There could be a corrupt part of the government that is responsible for the creation of the new Captain America and wants to use him to further their own causes. Perhaps his creation helps the government financially, helping to lobby more for firearms. Or maybe it’s a PR stunt.

7 GOOD GUY: HEROIC SYMBOL

No matter who wears the star and stripes, they stand as a heroic symbol. It’s exactly what Falcon is trying to achieve when he dons the suit and it may also be what John Walker wants to do. He could be very happy as a symbol of hope and justice.

There’s potentially a naivety to Walker, since in his career even Captain America had to make morally dubious decisions. However, Cap’s character could never truly be questioned. Walker might mean well and want to represent the same things, but might not have what it takes.

6 VILLAIN: SERUM SIDE EFFECTS

It’s previously been shown to us that other versions of the super soldier serum can actually have severe mental consequences on the users. There’s been so many variations of the serum and their various side effects.

From extremis experimentation, even to Bruce Banner trying to replicate the process with gamma rays. Past patients from the Soviet Union were shown to be incredibly violent and unstable. Maybe U.S. Agent will suffer from one or many of these consequences.

5 GOOD GUY: ALLY IN FACE OF DANGER

Even the most questionable of characters can be good backup in a fight; especially when the old enemy of my enemy adage is relevant. John Walker might separate himself from the alternative Captain America but could serve as an ally when the time is right.

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They may have different ideals and relationships with the government, but when it comes down to it, Falcon, Winter Soldier and U.S. Agent could stand side by side to face whatever threat is terrorizing the country they love.

4 VILLAIN: JEALOUSY

There’s an emotional aspect to this story that is yet to be considered. If John Walker looks up to Cap and wants to aspire to be him, he may feel jealous that Rogers has chosen his own successor. Especially if Falcon is better at it.

U.S. Agent could feel jealous about the public perception to him compared to that of the new flying Captain America. If this is linked to the mental instability caused by some kind of serum, then these emotions may just flow over into physical conflict.

3 GOOD GUY: COMIC PARALLELS

There are plenty of comic parallels already to be made between the MCU version of the character and the one from the page. With government sponsorship launching them into the hero game, there may be many similarities to the source material.

If this is the case and that the on screen version of the character mimics that of the comics then it’s safe to say that after a tumultuous journey, John Walker will find himself genuinely fighting on the side of good.

2 VILLAIN: POLITICAL BACKGROUND

The political background of John Walker might be quite controversial. As of yet it’s not completely clear what he could stand for. It’s likely that Marvel Studios wants to tell a politically charged story, paralleling perhaps real world scenarios.

It may be that both Walker and the government cannot get behind the new Captain America being of an African American background. Or perhaps some of the causes he has fought for in the past may not have been as heroic as the public would expect.

1 GOOD GUY: FUTURE AVENGER

It’s happened in the comics though and maybe it’s where the MCU is heading. The U.S. Agent has served as a key player in the Avengers on a number of occasions. Perhaps the new take on Captain America really is a future Avenger.

What would be even more exciting is if he played a part in creating a new team of Avengers to help combat other threats. Something like the West Coast Avengers could be created just from this character being introduced to audiences.

NEXT: The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: 5 Things That Have Been Confirmed (& 5 Fan Theories)


2020-02-12 01:02:32

George Chrysostomou

Breaking Bad Line Could Hint At Nacho’s Fate On Better Call Saul

Could a single, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it line from an early episode of Breaking Bad hold the key to Nacho’s fate on Better Call Saul? The Better Call Saul season 5 premiere is just around the corner, and it was recently confirmed that the show would have an additional sixth and final season. Now that there’s a confirmed end date, there seems to be less and less time for the characters of Better Call Saul to catch up with their futures on Breaking Bad – although not every main cast member is present on Breaking Bad.

While Breaking Bad has already confirmed the fates of characters like Mike Ehrmentraut, Tuco Salamanca, Gus Fring, and Hank Schrader (who is a recent addition to season 5), some key characters from Better Call Saul don’t show up at all on Breaking Bad, which leaves their futures up in the air. One of those is Michael Mando’s Nacho Varga, a lieutenant in the Salamanca family’s drug business. While Nacho’s death is certainly possible, considering how many narrow scrapes he’s had in the past, there’s one significant piece of evidence that suggests Nacho might make it through Better Call Saul alive, and it’s a line dating all the way back to Breaking Bad season 2.

Related: When Better Call Saul Season 5 Is Set In Breaking Bad Timeline

Saul Goodman is first introduced as a criminal lawyer in Breaking Bad season 2, episode 8, “Better Call Saul”, and over the course of the episode, he agrees to represent Jesse Pinkman and help Walter White build his criminal empire. During the pivotal scene in which he decides to help the two, he’s kidnapped and starts pleading for his life, yelling out excuses which he thinks may be able to save him. One of the excuses Saul shouts when he thinks Jesse and Walt are going to kill him is “Just tell me what you want!… It wasn’t me, it was Ignacio!

As fans of Better Call Saul will know, Nacho’s first name is, in fact, Ignacio – and if Saul is blaming him for criminal activity all the way through the events of Breaking Bad season 2, then that would simply Nacho makes it out of Better Call Saul alive, given that the latter is a prequel and hasn’t extended to as far as season 2 of the flagship series – at least not yet.

Of course, Saul could be referring to a different Ignacio, but given the showrunners’ attention to detail, it seems unlikely they would choose the name “Ignacio” for a new character on Better Call Saul without having plans for him. So, with season 5 quickly approaching and season 6 on the horizon, fans of Nacho may be able to rest easy – if Breaking Bad is any indication, Nacho Varga will live to see another day. But then again, Better Call Saul could retcon Breaking Bad by killing off Nacho.

Read more: Better Call Saul Season 5 Could Finally Pay Off A Famous Breaking Bad Scene


2020-02-11 02:02:10

Lauren Coates

Dragon Ball Super Could Continue The Tournament Of Power: Here’s How

The Tournament of Power seemingly left little for Goku and his allies to accomplish in the world of Dragon Ball, but there still different roads the anime could take to continue the story. Dragon Ball Super: Broly already proved that are still other powerful foes out there for Goku and Vegeta to face. In the recent movie, Goku and Vegeta fused and became Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta in an effort to defeat the Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly.

After 131 episodes, Dragon Ball Super came to an end, despite being a big success for Toei Animation. The final storyline in Dragon Ball Super was the Universal Survival Saga, a large-scale event that pitted teams of the ten strongest fighters across eight universes in the Tournament of Power, a contest that was expected to determine the fate of the multiverse. Each eliminated universe was subsequently erased from existence. After Android 17 of Universe 7 emerged as the victor, he used the Super Dragon Balls to wish back the erased universes.

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At the time of the show’s ending, fans wondered where Dragon Ball could go next. Dragon Ball Super is over, but a new anime series (or movie) could be on the horizon. The question is, who would Goku fight? If Goku has already battled nearly every threat in Universe 7, and gone up against the strongest fighters in the other universes, what could the next Dragon Ball anime or movie possibly throw at Goku next? Here are three different directions the franchise could take as it moves forward.

The TV version of Dragon Ball Super may have ended, but it’s still continuing as a manga. The next chapter in the manga is a story called the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga. The Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga brings Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and Piccolo into conflict with a new enemy called Moro, a wizard who battled the Kais of Universe 7 ten millions years ago and was sealed away. After escaping from the Galactic Prison, Moro renewed his reign of terror, forcing Goku and Vegeta to oppose him alongside the Galactic Patrol. Moro’s dark magic makes him a formidable opponent for the heroes, and his efforts to free all the prisoners from the Galactic Prison made him even more dangerous. The Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga is still ongoing, so it’s not clear how Moro’s crusade against Universe 7 will ultimately end.

Moro has been shown to be one of Dragon Ball‘s most ruthless and evil villains, making him a popular choice to be brought to life in the anime. His backstory has also allowed for an interesting look at the rich history of Universe 7 and some of its oldest characters. The story – which notably brought Yamcha back into the fold and introduced a new hero in the form of Merus – has been regarded as a solid installment in the Dragon Ball universe, and may be the most obvious path for Dragon Ball to take as it looks to the future.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly became the fourth movie to feature fan-favorite villain Broly as the main antagonist — but only the first Broly movie to be in-canon, which means that the previous version of Broly, and all the other villains from the Dragon Ball Z movies aren’t part of Dragon Ball‘s continuity. Dragon Ball Super reimagined Broly with a new origin story and turned him into one of the anime’s most compelling — and sympathetic — characters. It’s possible that a future installment in the Dragon Ball franchise could follow a similar approach by adapting another of the non-canon movies. Other popular villains featured in non-canon Dragon Ball Z movies include Janemba, Cooler, Turles, and Bojack, and though none are powerful enough to challenge Goku at his current level, like Broly, they could be updated for their introduction into Dragon Ball canon.

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Perhaps the best candidate for this particular pathway is Frieza’s brother, Cooler, the only villain outside of Broly to appear in more than one movie. Cooler battled Goku in Cooler’s Revenge and The Return of Cooler. Originally, Cooler was depicted as a character whose strength was even more impressive than Frieza. In his prior appearances, he wanted to avenge Frieza’s death, but since Frieza is no longer dead, a reimagined Cooler would be in need of a new reason to go against Goku. Cooler would presumably benefit from Frieza’s ability to drastically increase his power through a short period of training, making it relatively easy for him to be a viable opponent for Goku.

In the lead-up to the Tournament of Power, it’s established that 12 universes exist in the multiverse, and that four were excluded from the fighting. The exclusions were made on the basis of each universe’s “mortal levels“, a number that averages the power levels of their inhabitants. Universe 7 was one of the lowest, so they were forced to compete, but the four universes with the highest mortal levels were left out completely.

The Tournament of Power provided representation for seven other universes, and allowed fans to meet the most powerful warriors from multiple universes, including Universe 11’s Jiren, Universe 2’s Ribrianne, Universe 9’s Bergamo, and more. Due to the rules established by the Grand Priest, the Universal Survival Saga doesn’t give any representation to Universes 1, 5, 8, and 12, leaving nearly everything about them a mystery. Fans got to meet their respective Gods of Destruction, such as Universe 1’s Iwan, Universe 5’s Arak, Universe 8’s Liquiir, and Universe 12’s Giin, the only God among the four who curiously never demonstrated his power, but that’s as far the Universal Survival went when it came to these four universes.

Having them not participate may have served a very important purpose. Their exclusion leaves room for multiple stories in the Dragon Ball universe, since any and all of them could be explored in the future. So though Goku and company may have already defeated the best that the seven other competing universes had to offer, an adventure involving one of the exempt universes could introduce new and even more powerful characters for Goku to fight.

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2020-02-11 01:02:57

Nicholas Raymond

Fast & Furious: 5 Movie Cars That Dom & Family Could Beat In A Race (& 5 They’d Lose To)

The Fast & Furious franchise has some great cars and plenty of experienced drivers too. Even though not all the main characters have participated in a race, most of them have unique driving skills that would make them overcome any challenger easily.

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Dominic Toretto even won a race by driving in reverse. And to make it even better, the engine of his car was on fire. With feats like this, it’s hard to think of any movie cars that would prove to be a challenge for Dom and family. But there are a couple that would stand chance. There are those that would be left in the dust too.

10 Beat: The Koenigsegg Agera In Need For Speed

It’s surprising that the 2014 Need For Speed movie didn’t end up being a good movie, considering how popular the game is. It also had race scenes that were not that impressive, including the ones involving the villainous Dino. He was driving a Koenigsegg Agera supercar.

In a heartbreaking moment, Dino realizes he won’t beat his competitor while driving this car in a race so he rams into the competitor’s car, causing him to have a fatal accident. Dom and his crew would have a field day against an opponent like Dino in his Koenigsegg Agera. He’ll probably end up rolling while trying to ram into one of them.

9 Lose: The Ford GT40 In Ford V Ferrari

In Ford v Ferrari, automotive engineer Caroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and racing expert Ken Miles (Christian Bale) were hired by Henry Ford II to build a racing car that would defeat Ferrari at the popular Le Mans competition. And they did just that by building the Ford GT40.

It was a vehicle that was way too good. The GT40 had a unique brake system that made it safer and easier for the pit crew to change rotors and pads. The engine was also perfected for longevity by running it through dynamometers (instruments used to test how long the engine can keep going before stopping). It would be impossible for Dominic Toretto and his crew to win a race against this perfect car, especially with phenomenal Ken Miles on the wheel.

8 Beat: Alpha Romeo Guilia In 6 Underground

This car doesn’t even make it past the first 30 minutes of the movie. How unfortunate. In one of the first scenes of the Michael Bay film, the billionaire known as One (Ryan Reynolds) is fleeing with his crew after killing the lawyer of a middle-Eastern general. A chase ensues in the streets of Florence, Italy.

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Dom and family have been through these kinds of chases many times. But for One and his crew, it appears to be more challenging. The car is being driven by Six. Even though he’s a skilled driver, the car ends up in an accident that leaves him dead. The inability to come out of high-pressure situations like this in one piece means that this car won’t be much of a contest.

7 Lose: The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback In Bullit

The San Francisco chase scene in Bullit isn’t considered one of the best ever for no reason. The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback driven by the iconic actor moves at almost 150 mph. No wonder it was sold at an auction back in January for a whopping $3.4 million.

In the movie, McQueen plays Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. The badass lawman drives the Mustang while chasing two bad guys in a Dodge Charger. Bullit emerges victorious of course. The Charger is actually a popular car in the Fast & Furious franchise, having appeared in five films. You can place your bet on what its chances are against Bullit’s Mustang.

6 Beat: Chevrolet Lumina In Days Of Thunder

Maybe it was the era, but for a movie about racing, the cars looked really slow. Tom Cruise’s Chevrolet Lumina simply was the biggest culprit. Obviously the cars were moving quite slowly during filming, but they should have been made to appear faster uring editing.

While Cruise’s character Cole Trickle looks like a true NASCAR champion in this movie, he isn’t quite convincing as a driver. He even admits that his car is bad at one point, saying, “To win in Indy I’d need a great car, but stock cars are all the same.” Han from Fast & Furious would run circles around Cole (literally).

5 Lose: The Ferrari 312T2 In Rush

In the movie Rush, the two top racing drivers in the 70s face off against each other to determine who is the greatest. Nikki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is the calm, disciplined racer while James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is the bad boy who takes all the risks.

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Hunt wins a battle but Lauda eventually wins the war. Lauda’s Ferrari 312T2 can also be considered safer because even though he crashes with it, he only gets burns as injuries and no major broken bones. And he manages to recover and compete again. The fact that he won three championships with this vehicle makes it hard to beat. Dom and his team would have to get something similar to stand a chance.

4 Beat: Modified Dodge Charger In Death Proof

In Death Proof, a psychopathic stuntman called Mike (Kurt Russel) enjoys using his car to ram into other vehicles. Since his car has been modified to withstand heavy impacts, he remains uninjured while causing death to the occupants of the other cars.

Cars with too many modifications tend to be heavy, hence Mike would have a speed disadvantage. Trying to ram Dom and family won’t work either since they are used to men like him, And the biggest hint that Mike’s Dodge Charger would lose is that in a tight race at the end of Death Proof, a group of friends in a Dodge Challenger managed to catch up with him and bump him off the road before beating him to death.

3 Lose: Lotus Espirit S1 In The Spy Who Loved Me

The Lotus Espirit S1 is so fast that Bond manages to successfully dodge three phases of attackers with it. First, Bond is chased by a man in a motorcycle with a missile-equipped sidecar on the curvy roads of the Bahamas. He manages to dodge a missile just in time and squeeze himself through two trucks.

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Stromberg’s henchmen—including the popular Jaws—then follow him in a car. His quick maneuvers confuse them and force them to crash into a wooden house. Stromberg’s pilot Naomi then follows him while spraying bullets at his vehicle but she also fails to catch him. Outracing a motorcycle, a car, and a chopper in quick succession is a feat worthy of a standing ovation. This car would definitely outrace all of Dom’s men too.

2  Beat: Ford Taurus In RoboCop

First, there’s the issue of RoboCop’s weight. This will have a major effect on speed. The Taurus is used in the first three RoboCop films and if it wasn’t for the equally bad cars of the villains, the super cop would have no chance. And against Toretto’s fast buddies, he’d look like a total loser.

If it wasn’t for behind-the-scenes inconveniences, RoboCop could have had a better ride. The steel cop was originally supposed to have a special Robo-Mobile with unique features like the Bat-mobile. One was actually made but the producers concluded that its appearance was too ridiculous. So they settled on the Tauras. Bad move. Or rather, slow move!

1 Lose: The Mini Cooper In The Italian Job

What? That’s such a small car! And it’s not even that fast. That’s absolutely right. But winning a race isn’t all about speed. As seen in The Italian Job, the Mini Cooper’s advantage is that it can literally go anywhere and do things that bigger cars cant do.

Narrow alleys? No problem. It’s so small that it can easily squeeze through. That makes it perfect for shortcuts. As Roman Pearce will be busy taking his Lamborghini Gallardo through the streets, the Mini Cooper will be driving through alleys, sidewalks and dashing down a couple of city stairs.

NEXT: Fast & Furious 9: 5 Reasons We’re Excited (& 5 We’re Nervous)


2020-02-11 01:02:37

Philip Etemesi

BBC Had A Streaming Plan In The 2000s That Could Have Beaten Netflix

The BBC was ready to take on Netflix at its own game but regulation got in the way. In recent years, the BBC has been accused of falling behind the times with some arguing that in spite of being funded by what many consider a tax, the service missed out on the early streaming wave. The broadcasting company sees things very differently.

The BBC recently came under direct attack when the British politician, Nicola Morgan, suggested it could go the way of Blockbuster Video if it does not become more like Netflix. The BBC responded by not only pointing out it was ready to launch “a Netflix service” when Netflix was “still sending DVDs in the post,” but also how it was regulators who got in the way and stopped it all from happening in the first place.

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In a recent article by Wired, much of that journey has been detailed highlighting how close the BBC came to launching a true Netflix rival. The sum of what was then known as “Project Kangaroo,” consisted of the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 (the three biggest channels in the UK at the time) joining forces on a combined video on demand platform. However, the Competition Commission (the UK’s equivalent to the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S.) brought an end to Project Kangaroo before it even got its first subscriber. The reasoning given was the new streaming platform would be “too much of a threat to competition.”

What the reports on Project Kangaroo neatly highlight is one of the pivotal moments in the TV streaming industry. The ruling by the Commission came through in 2009 and by this time the BBC was already making moves with its online video software, iPlayer. While Netflix was already an established name (considering it launched in 1997), it was far from being the behemoth it is today. At the close of 2009, Netflix had a little over 12 million subscribers and this compares to the almost 170 million it has now. What’s more, less than half of those 2009 subscribers were consuming Netflix content via the internet.

This just goes to show how open the market was at the turn of the last decade and how if Project Kangaroo had been given the go-ahead, it too may have evolved along a similar path to Netflix. Whether it would have ended up being an actual ‘Netflix killer’ is something that will always remain an unknown now. However, the BBC, along with ITV and Channel 4, were ready to take the leap into streaming and offer an alternative to Netflix – something that’s been greatly missed up until now. For example, even by mid-2011 when Hulu was closing in on the one million subscriber mark, Netflix had already almost doubled its count to nearly 24 million subscribers. Since then, the subscription service has just continually accumulated customers, undaunted by the fear of direct competition. That might not have been the case if the Competition Commission had realized the BBC’s Project Kangaroo was not a threat to competition, but an answer to Netflix and its actual threat.

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Source: Wired


2020-02-11 01:02:21

John Finn

Harry Potter: 5 Deaths That Could Have Been Avoided (& 5 That Couldn’t)

The Harry Potter series, despite initially being created for young children across the globe, contained quite the body count. The first three movies and books pass relatively nicely, with just Professor Quirrell meeting his demise in the Sorcerer’s Stone. But, when Lord Voldemort returns in the Goblet of Fire, that spells the end for many characters within JK Rowling’s franchise.

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Some deaths, however, could have been avoided had the characters made better decisions – or not been subject to trickery. We now take a look at five that could have been – as well as five that simply couldn’t.

10 Avoidable: Professor Quirrell

Professor Quirrel was Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher for Harry’s first year at Hogwarts. It emerges right at the end of the Sorcerer’s Stone that, despite his nervous persona, he’s actually a villain working on the orders of Lord Voldemort who, rather horrifically, is stuck in the back of his head.

The movie doesn’t shed too much light on how this came about but the book does. The Dark Lord met Quirrell when the latter was in Albania and, in the end, the Hogwarts teacher’s greed costs him dearly. Quirrell was enchanted by the idea of power and, had he not been so obsessed with it, then he’d have likely remained safe.

9 Not Avoidable: Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore knew that, in order for Voldemort to be stopped, he had to embark on a mission to destroy as many as the Dark Lord’s Horcruxes as possible. That means that, when he attempts to destroy the villain’s old family ring, he isn’t too fazed at the lethal hex the object contains.

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That means that Dumbledore was never destined to see the end of Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts. And, knowing Draco Malfoy has been given the job of killing him, the Hogwarts headmaster strikes an agreement with Severus Snape. Snape then puts Dumbledore out of his misery – and saves Draco’s soul from being shattered in the process.

8 Avoidable: Cedric Diggory

Cedric Diggory is a nice chap, someone whose likeability makes his death in the Goblet of Fire that bit more painful and heart-wrenching. And, to make things worse, the Hufflepuff student could easily have lived had Harry Potter not been so darn nice.

Harry and Cedric both touch the Triwizard Cup at the exact same time, with the Boy Who Lived pitching the idea in order to ensure Hogwarts wins the prize. Had Potter not been so thoughtful, Cedric would have lived. Instead, they both travel to the Little Hangleton graveyard where Peter Pettigrew then slaughters Diggory in cold blood.

7 Not Avoidable: Peter Pettigrew

Do you ever get told to do something and, almost without thinking, you just think nope? I don’t want to do that? But then a split second later you realize you’d be doing someone a favor and do it anyway?

Well, Peter Pettigrew doesn’t get that split second. He pauses, just briefly, in the Deathly Hallows book when Harry reminds him he’s indebted to him during a tense scene in Malfoy Manor. Wormtail’s own silver hand, given to him by Lord Voldemort years before, then proceeds to turn and choke him to his death despite Harry and Ron doing all they can to save him. This means that Pettigrew, at some point, was always expected to hesitate and, consequently, die.

6 Avoidable: Sirius Black

It’s been years since Sirius Black died – but it still hurts us every time. In the Order of the Phoenix, Lord Voldemort tricks Harry into traveling to the Ministry of Magic, making the Boy Who Lived believe his godfather to be in grave danger.

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But when Harry gets there, he finds out he’s been tricked. Sirius then comes to his rescue but, amid a huge fight in the Department of Mysteries, is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange. Had Harry tried harder at Occlumency, Voldemort wouldn’t have been able to get into his head. And this makes Potter feel guilty and responsible for Sirius’ passing in the immediate aftermath.

5 Not Avoidable: Fred Weasley

Fred Weasley is another popular Harry Potter character who perishes, going out with a heroic bang amid the Battle of Hogwarts. Given how high the stakes were, literally every magical good guy takes to the battlefield in order to keep evil at bay.

That, in itself, means Fred’s death was unavoidable. And the circumstances make that the case as well. In the book it’s established he dies as a result of an explosion, simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Perhaps that’s why we still find it hard to talk about after all these years…

4 Avoidable: Dobby

Dobby is probably the cutest creature in the Potterverse and, rather, unfortunately, is killed off in the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 blockbuster. The House Elf loyally travels to Malfoy Manor to save Harry, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Ollivander from certain death at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange and her fellow Death Eater cronies.

But, just before they’re set to escape, Dobby can’t resist one final taunt. This proves to be his undoing, giving Bellatrix time to propel a knife at him – which devastatingly lands in the middle of his little chest.

3 Not Avoidable: Severus Snape

Severus Snape must have known he signed his own death warrant when he agreed to a deal with Albus Dumbledore to take the Hogwarts professor’s life. He also must have realized that the Elder Wand actually belonged to Draco Malfoy, rather than himself.

He makes his sacrifice in Deathly Hallows; Part 2, dying for the cause after Lord Voldemort wrongly believes him to be the true master of the prized possession. Snape isn’t stupid, he knew Voldemort would murder anybody who was in his path to the thing he wanted the most. And that’s why his death was unavoidable.

2 Avoidable: James and Lily Potter

Everybody has a secret they’re willing to share with their very closest friends. Everybody has that ONE person who is that bit more trustworthy than the rest, who they believe would never breathe a word of it to anybody else.

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James and Lily Potter thought they were getting that through Peter Pettigrew but, having fallen into Lord Voldemort’s crowd, Wormtail lets them down by betraying their location. Had they chosen Sirius Black to be their Secret Keeper then they would have lived. And that makes Harry’s decision not to allow Sirius and Remus Lupin to murder their old friend that bit more admirable.

1 Not Avoidable: Lord Voldemort

‘Neither can live while the other survives.’ Those are the words from Professor Trelawney’s prophecy, long before Lord Voldemort returned to power and waged war on the entire wizarding world.

Voldemort was destined to die because, if he didn’t, it would be Harry Potter. The fact he made so many mistakes on his quest to kill the Boy Who Lived – from failing to check Harry’s body himself to underestimating the power of love – meant he was never going to reign supreme. Harry was smarter, and of far more noble heart, to fail.

NEXT: Harry Potter: 10 Most Hated Supporting Characters


2020-02-09 01:02:51

Jack Otway

PS5 and Xbox Series X Could Also Be Delayed By Coronavirus

It’s beginning to look as if the deadly coronavirus may impact the development and release of both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Proven to be a virulent and occasionally fatal disease, the coronavirus outbreak has already caused a number of delays and concerns in both international transport and video game development, as it was recently reported that the upcoming Nintendo Switch port of The Outer Worlds would be delayed due to impacts from the disease.

First originating in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has quickly spread throughout the globe and sparked fears among many, especially those who travel to China on a regular basis for business or personal reasons. Symptoms of the coronavirus have included fever, coughing, and breathing issues, and although the virus has been known to cause death in cases this has (so far) only occurred roughly two percent of the time. Fears of the coronavirus have prompted a number of factories and other companies in China to temporarily close, and even Nintendo has apologized for Switch delays due to the virus.

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As reported by Business Insider, both the upcoming PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are being manufactured in China, where over 28,000 people have been reported as being infected with the coronavirus as of yesterday. In fact, many of the world’s consumer and electronic goods are produced by Chinese manufacturers, and if the coronavirus outbreak spreads it could affect not only the gaming industry but many, many others.

The above report notes that over 500 people have died from the coronavirus so far, and some companies are taking steps to help ensure the safety of their employees. Foxconn, a manufacturing company which is responsible for the production of Apple’s iPhone, has begun quarantining workers, and Blizzard has cancelled all Overwatch League matches in China until further notice as both companies hope to minimize the spread of the deadly contagion.

While there are steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, one of the most important things companies can do to protect their employees is to make sure the people who currently are infected stay both well-rested and away from the general populace, lest they risk making the virus more widespread than it already is. Although a delay in the production of the much-anticipated PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X may be disappointing to eager fans, the health and well-being of the people who bring such consoles to life should always be taken into consideration first.

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Source: Business Insider


2020-02-06 05:02:42

Christopher Teuton

Better Call Saul Season 5 Could Finally Pay Off A Famous Breaking Bad Scene

Breaking Bad never delves into what kind of trouble Saul and Ignacio were in with Lalo, but fans hoped those questions would be on the agenda after the Better Call Saul spinoff was announced, and that wish is finally set to come true. Saul’s spinoff already introduced Ignacio (the real name of Michael Mando’s Nacho) and season 4 saw the long-awaited introduction of Lalo himself, played by Tony Dalton. Despite the intimidating cartel enforcer’s arrival, the audience is yet to see exactly how Saul might come to attract the ire of Lalo, and what the lawyer and Nacho might pull to warrant being abducted by the cartel.

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Those answers are likely to arrive in Better Call Saul‘s upcoming fifth season, with all the necessary pieces now finally settled in place. For the first time, Jimmy McGill is openly operating as Saul Goodman, the criminal lawyer, helping wrongdoers off the legal hook. Better Call Saul‘s season 5 trailer even showed Jimmy riding nervously with some shady-looking thugs, hinting towards an association with the cartel. This would explain why Saul argues he’s always been a friend to the gang when he thinks they’ve captured him in Breaking Bad.

As for ticking off Lalo, Better Call Saul‘s season 4 finale ended with Mike Ehrmantraut and Lalo on a direct collision course. Mike is neck-deep in helping Gus Fring tighten his grip on the New Mexico drug business, but the Salamanca family are looking to strike back by sending in Lalo to quell the usurper. The final moments of “Winner” reveal that Lalo is finally onto Gus and Mike’s plan to build a giant meth lab, and season 5 will likely see the two sides go head-to-head for territorial dominance. Mike, of course, is a long-time associate of Jimmy’s; probably even more so now that he’s more accepting to dirty money. Mike has done a few favors for Jimmy in the past and might look to call one in to help deal with Lalo, so the most pressing questions are how will Mike decide to act, and what role will Jimmy play in that?

Jimmy believing that Lalo might’ve “sent” Walt and Jesse proves that the scheme won’t be a simple assassination, and Saul’s not the type of guy to recruit for that job anyway. Perhaps Mike will ask Saul to help implicate Lalo in a crime in order to have him incarcerated. This would certainly anger the Salamanca contingent, and would account for why Saul expects Lalo to send people, rather than kidnap him personally. Then there’s Nacho’s future role in proceedings. If Saul tries to slide the blame onto Ignacio, whatever they did to Lalo couldn’t have been done directly, otherwise they’d recognize his face, so did Saul merely grease the wheels for Nacho to swing in and do the dirty work?

However the Lalo story plays out, it’s highly likely that all will be revealed this season, with confirmation that season 5 will be Better Call Saul‘s penultimate run and Tony Dalton will be upgraded to a season regular. These developments also signify how close the spinoff has moved towards the Breaking Bad era, with issues from one series now directly bleeding over into the next.

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Better Call Saul season 5 premieres with “Magic Man” February 23rd on Netflix.


2020-02-06 02:02:44

Craig Elvy

How Final Fantasy 7’s Cross-Dressing Scene Could Change In The Remake

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake will bring the original game’s dated graphics and storytelling into the modern age, but one of the biggest questions still unanswered is whether the developer can do the same for its notorious cross-dressing scene. While Square Enix has revealed more “modern” scenes will be included for Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s cross-dressing sequence, it’s hard to tell how successfully it has been reworked.

In the original Final Fantasy 7, protagonist Cloud wants to help his friend Tifa, who is inside crime boss Don Corneo’s manor. To get around the manor’s “employed men only” rule, Cloud needs to disguise himself as a woman. The actual cross-dressing itself is handled fairly well: no one points out any “mannish” features that might keep Cloud from passing as a woman, and Cloud acts reluctant but mostly OK with the whole affair. Still, one could argue that – on a meta level – the Final Fantasy 7 cross-dressing scene is played for laughs. The sequence’s ideal outcome is that Don picks “tough guy” Cloud to accompany him to bed, possibly to imply he’s foolish for believing Cloud is a woman. But Aerith doesn’t seem to be poking fun at Cloud when she calls him cute, and other characters seem totally open to the idea of a man wanting to wear a dress. Rather than having Don pick Cloud because Don is stupid, it’s more likely the developers let Don pick him because Cloud is genuinely pretty.

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The more clear-cut problems with the sequence lie in the events leading up to Don’s mansion. In the original game, Cloud needs to collect various traditionally feminine clothing and accessories from locations in Midgar’s Wall Market. The sequence features some transphobic and homophobic undertones, but the latter become overtones at Final Fantasy 7′s infamous Honey Bee Inn. The search for makeup and underwear brings Cloud to this dilapidated brothel, where he can receive lingerie from the “&$#% Room.” He passes out after a strange hallucination, waking up to the suggestively onomatopoeic massaging of a muscular man named Mukki, who calls Cloud “bubby” and stands over him on a bed. After Mukki leaves, Cloud breaks the fourth wall and gives the camera an exaggerated shrug. Alternatively, Cloud can enter the “Group Room,” where it’s implied that Mukki and several other muscular men strip Cloud of his clothes, exclaiming, “Wow! Would ya look at that!” Cloud then reluctantly counts down from ten as they all squeeze into a bathtub, and Mukki asks if Cloud wants to join his “young bubby’s group.”

These blatantly homophobic scenes and implications of sexual assault have all likely been removed by the same ethics department that advised Square Enix devs to “restrict” Tifa’s chest in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. In a recent new Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer, Square Enix revealed the extravagant Honey Bee Inn cabaret bar that will offer a replacement for them. It looks like Cloud will go through his entire disguise transformation there, via a musical number performed in front of the bar-goers. The sequence has a much more inclusive tone, highlighted by a message from the man (perhaps Remake’s version of Mukki) running the show.

“True beauty is an expression of heart, a thing without shame, to which notions of gender don’t apply.”

At the musical number’s end, the man gets close to Cloud’s face and says, “Perfection.” This all points to a sincere celebration of beauty, regardless of gender, but there is still potential for problems. Cloud seems to only participate in the transformation for its practical use. He just goes along with the show, expressionless, and then demands Aerith say “not a word” once she finally sees him. Square Enix has the perfect opportunity to show one of gaming’s most iconic protagonists embracing non-standard gender expression, but it doesn’t seem to be taking that extra step. Sure, even a Final Fantasy 7 Remake version of Cloud likely wouldn’t show outward excitement about anything at this point in the game, but just a momentary hint of reluctant enjoyment would make all the difference.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released for PS4 on April 10, 2020.


2020-02-05 02:02:39

Camden Jones

The X-Men Fear Mutants Could Be Losing Their Powers | Screen Rant

This article contains spoilers for X-Men/Fantastic Four #1.

The X-Men believe mutants may be in danger of losing their powers – and the Fantastic Four’s Franklin Richards may be the key to figuring out why. Charles Xavier has accomplished the impossible, uniting the entire mutant race on the living island of Krakoa. Mutant heroes and villains alike have set aside their differences in order to live in peace and harmony.

Krakoa’s most precious resource is the so-called Omega mutants, who have been defined as mutants whose dominant power is deemed to register, or to reach, an undefinable upper limit. Omega mutants include the likes of the telekinetic Exodus, the telepath Jean Grey, and the reality manipulator Jamie Braddock. But, the most powerful Omega mutant is actually Franklin Richards, son of the Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. The only problem is that Franklin appears to be losing his powers, for an unknown reason. Every time he uses his powers, they are depleted.

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X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Terry Dodson reveals this is the real reason the X-Men are so desperate to get Franklin to Krakoa; they fear the depletion of his powers may point to something that will happen for all mutants. “His powers are depleting,” a concerned Xavier notes. “Something is wrong, and we need to help him before they’re gone. And also determine if this is something that could happen to other mutants.

Xavier is right to be concerned; if the most powerful mutant can lose his powers, then this does have the potential to happen to others. It may well be that the way Franklin has used his abilities – specifically in recreating the entire Multiverse – has been on such a scale he has exhausted them. If that is the case, then it suggests there may well be a definable upper limit to all Omegas after all; it’s just that the limit is so far beyond conception that no other mutant has ever reached it. This has the potential to redefine how the X-Men understand mutants, because it could mean mutant powers need to be conserved. It’s worth remembering the mutant approach to conquering death – which stands at the center of Krakoa’s society – involves a synergy of mutants, including two Omegas.

Of course, Xavier’s solution – to take Franklin to Krakoa, cutting him off from his family – is absurd. While he rightly recognizes the foremost experts on genetic mutation are all living on the island of Krakoa, he never once considers working with Mr. Fantastic – and doesn’t even admit his true motives to the Fantastic Four. This kind of casual prejudice is unworthy of Charles Xavier, and is also ignorant of the fact Reed Richards is one of the smartest men in the entire universe, who has been studying Franklin’s powers for years and thus has real expertise on the matter. It will be fascinating to see whether Franklin’s power loss is finally explained in the X-Men/Fantastic Four miniseries, or whether it goes unresolved, leaving the X-Men worried other mutants may share Franklin’s fate.

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

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2020-02-05 05:02:05

Thomas Bacon