X-Men Reveals The Secret Behind The Death of [SPOILER]

The mysteries of the X-Men reboot have just gotten even more complicated, revealing one secret mission carried out before readers’ very eyes without them ever knowing it. And not just any mission either, but the one which saw all the classic X-Men killed… to save the mutant race.

Fans will have to remember back to the very first twist in the X-Men relaunch, long before they even knew that the murder of Charles Xavier was a possibility. Back when the mysterious group called ORCHIS was preparing to bring Mother Mold online, a device built in orbit of the sun capable of building an entire army of mutant-hunting Sentinels. As the readers saw it, Mother Mold was successfully destroyed, and the killed X-Men were resurrected. Now in Marvel’s official preview of X-Men #6, it turns out one member of the team had her own mission, straight from Charles Xavier. And as can be expected by this point, it has the potential to change everything.

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The new preview actually travels back in time, showing how Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr recruited Mystique to their cause (when it was mainly an idea, and not the fully-realized nation it has since become). As a smaller surprise, Xavier seems to inform Mystique that the mission they require her to lead may well cost her everything. But the reveal fans will be talking about is the second, secret mission to be carried out by Mystique alone. The mission to disable the Mother Mold station may have officially been to prevent another Genosha-level mutant extinction. But while the other X-Men were doing their part, Mystique was planting an even bigger secret into the new X-Men story. Check out the preview pages below:

Yes, readers finally know why Mystique took longer than expected to execute her part of the mission — resulting in her death via airlock, and the other team members needing to compensate. As per Xavier’s request, she was planting a seed that would grow into the infamous Krakoa gates spread across the Earth, allowing travel to and from the island nation. But what is this “winter harvest” Xavier is planning for? And why is it being revealed now? Those questions will have to wait for the full issue. But for now, readers can check out the official plot synopsis and credits below:

  • X-MEN #6
  • Release Date: February 12th, 2020
  • Written by: Jonathan Hickman
  • Art by: Matteo Buffagni
  • Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
  • Mystique goes to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants…

X-Men #6 will be available from your local comic book shop on February 12th, 2020.

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2020-02-09 05:02:09

Andrew Dyce

Star Trek: Picard’s TNG Finale Callback Backs Up Jean-Luc Death Theory

WARNING: SPOILERS ahead for Star Trek: Picard season 1, episode 2, “Maps and Legends”

Star Trek: Picard is making a dark reference to the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with Jean-Luc’s medical prognosis seeming to confirm this will indeed be the good captain’s last adventure. In the show’s second episode “Maps and Legends,” Picard discovers that Soji Asha — the twin of the deceased android Dahj, who is somehow Data’s daughter — is not on Earth. Picard resolves to return to space to find Soji, and has his old friend from the Stargazer, Dr. Benayoun, do a medical workup to deem him fit to return to Starfleet.

However, Dr. Benayoun finds that Picard has a small defect in his parietal lobe, a diagnosis Picard had heard before from Dr. Crusher in the TNG finale “All Good Things,” though that diagnosis came in an alternate timeline accelerated by Q. In that timeline, Picard’s defect led to Irumodic Syndrome, a sort of advanced dementia, which resulted in mood swings and hallucinations.

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Benayoun confirms a similar fate now awaits Picard in the new Star Trek series — noting his outburst in the televised interview and his vivid dreams of Data as symptoms — though it does nothing to dim the former Admiral’s desire to return to space and find Soji. The newly amoral Starfleet, however, would go on to deny Jean-Luc’s request for reinstatement, leaving the good captain to find other means of completing his mission.

When it was revealed that Star Trek: Picard was set in approximately the same future era as “All Good Things,” fans immediately began to speculate about the Star Trek seres’ timeline similarities. Indeed, “All Good Things” saw a retired Picard tending to the grapes on his family vineyard, and saw a version of Starfleet that had somewhat lost its way, though not in quite as profound a way as it has in Picard. And while it seems at least somewhat amicable, Picard has also lost contact with his Enterprise crew, just like in “All Good Things.”

This also raises the unfortunate specter of Picard’s impending doom. It was always a possibility that the series would see Picard’s death — he is 94 years old in the series, after all. But the dire medical diagnosis adds a sense of urgency to Picard’s mission that wasn’t there before. If this is really the last thing he’s ever going to do, he’s going to be even more driven, certainly considering what this all means to Data’s legacy.

It’s also impossible to not wonder if Q has something to do with all this. The omnipotent being from the Q continuum who introduced the Federation to the Borg engineered the alternate future from “All Good Things” in an attempt to show Picard higher means of understanding. While their relationship started out antagonistic, Q eventually became a kind of smarmy tour guide to the universe by the end of TNG. It’s nearly unthinkable that Q wouldn’t pay Jean-Luc one more visit before his demise, either to save him or offer one last snide remark before the curtains close. Either way, Jean-Luc’s mortality now serves as something of a ticking time bomb at the heart of Star Trek: Picard.

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2020-02-01 01:02:05

Dusty Stowe

The Final Death of DEADPOOL Revealed By Marvel Comics

Warning: SPOILERS for Deadpool: The End

All must die, even those cursed with ever-lasting life… Deadpool included. While the odds might suggest Deadpool will end up killing himself, the truth is a little more twisted now that it’s been revealed in Deadpool: The End — and a lot more tragic.

Marvel Comics has been offering readers a glimpse into the future for many fan favorite heroes. Not the main 616 Universe’s future, but a possible final future for each hero. Fans have already witnessed the true heroics of Miles Morales’ final acts, and how Venom’s story will span millennia. As for Deadpool? He is determined to kill Death itself, his former lover, so no one will ever die. But Deadpool doesn’t want to end death for himself… he wants to save his aging daughter, Ellie. But in the end it’s the person Wade Wilson wishes to save who ends up killing him.

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Deadpool is cursed with living forever, after making a deal with the Devil that could only be undone if Wade Wilson first kills his only daughter Ellie. In The End, Deadpool describes Ellie as a plot contrivance, cooked up because someone (read: writers) got bored with the status quo. Meta-commentary aside, Deadpool loves his daughter, so much so that he once erased his own memory to protect her. But now, at the ripe old age of 97, Ellie will soon die. And Deadpool cannot bear to exist in a world without his daughter. So Deadpool sets out to kill Death, instead.

Of course, being Deadpool’s plan, it soon goes off the rails. Ellie arrives to stop Wade from killing Death, explaining to him that she has lived a full life, and wants to die. Stopping Wade with her Deadpool armor — cutting off his legs in the process — Ellie reveals her plan. Ellie knows it will destroy Deadpool to have to outlive her, so she plans for them both to go out… with a bang. Ellie brings a bomb (she is Deadpool’s daughter after all), but not just any bomb. Make that neutrino bombs tethered to a micro black hole by mobius chain.

Science talk aside, the bomb will incinerate them both before their brains even register the light of the blast. Then the black hole would swallow the explosion and collapse in on itself. There would be nothing left of Deadpool to regenerate from. The love of a daughter and her father ends with the mushroom cloud of the explosion. And with that, Deadpool finally dies.

But fear not true believers! Deadpool may be dead, but he is not gone. He awakes in the afterlife, and is finally united with his true love, Death. Eternity just got a whole lot more amusing as Death and Deadpool can now be together (sorry Thanos). Wade now resides as the new King of Hell, while Mephisto is chained to a Fing Fang Foom forefather’s *ahem* nether regions. Confused as to how Deadpool was able to die and gain control over Mephisto’s soul, despite his curse of having to kill his daughter? So is Mephisto.

As DP explains it, Ellie knew if she did not kill him, he was going to kill Death — which he was willing to do if she didn’t stop him. Since he left Ellie no choice, Deadpool forced Ellie’s hand. So, while Ellie was the gun, Deadpool pulled the trigger. A loophole that allowed Deadpool to technically kill his daughter, and himself, at the same time. And as per the contract with Mephisto, he also gained control of the Devil’s soul. A bloody, self-destructive solution that somehow still has Wade coming out ahead. If that isn’t the perfect ending to Deadpool’s story, we don’t know what is.

Deadpool: The End is available now at your local comic book store or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2020-01-29 01:01:30

Kirk Smith

Kobe Bryant’s Death Will Be Acknowledged At 2020 Oscars Ceremony

The 2020 Oscars ceremony will acknowledge Kobe Bryant’s death. The Los Angeles Lakers legend was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26. In the aftermath of the tragedy, people have spent time reflecting on Bryant’s legacy and the impact he had on the NBA. Everyone from Bryant’s celebrity fans and friends to NBA 2K20 players have paid their respects, offering their tributes as they mourn the lives lost in the accident.

Following his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season, Bryant looked to transition into a media career. Perhaps his most notable achievement in that field is winning an Oscar for his animated short film, Dear Basketball (based on a poem he wrote). Of course, Bryant is best known for his 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, but he undeniably left a mark on the entertainment industry as well. And at the upcoming Oscars, there will be an opportunity to remember Bryant.

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According to THR, the 92nd Academy Awards will acknowledge Bryant’s death in some capacity. The Oscars will be the second entertainment awards show to honor Bryant; the Grammys, which took place at the Staples Center (where the Lakers play their home games) on Sunday, featured multiple tributes from the various performers.

What’s unknown at this time is if Bryant will just be included in the In Memoriam segment or if something else is planned. His passing affected basketball fans around the world, but arguably hit those in Los Angeles (where the Oscars are held) the hardest. Bryant was an icon in the city, and in some respects was a bigger star than the Hollywood A-listers making the movies the Oscars recognize. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Academy put a special package together, looking back on what Bryant meant to Los Angeles. What happens, obviously, will be at the behest of the producers as they figure out the best course of action. The Oscars aren’t until February 9, so they have time to discuss their options.

Since the Oscars will not have a host for a second consecutive year (meaning no opening monologue), perhaps the evening could begin with a Bryant tribute before the first awards are handed out. Even if there isn’t anything bigger planned, it would be appropriate to make Bryant part of the In Memoriam, considering his connection to the Academy. He is the first professional athlete to be nominated for and win an Oscar, so he made history at the ceremony only a couple of years ago.

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Source: THR

2020-01-28 01:01:10

Chris Agar

Crisis On Infinite Earths Reverses An Arrow Season 8 Death

The backdoor pilot for Green Arrow and the Canaries reveals that Crisis on Infinite Earths reversed the death of a key Arrow character, Zoe Ramirez (Andrea Sixtos). In the present-day timeline, Zoe is the young daughter of Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), but the season 7 flash-forwards introduced an adult version of Zoe who was a member of Dinah Drake’s Canaries. In Arrow season 8, Zoe was killed by John Diggle’s son, JJ (Charlie Barnett), shortly before Mia’s group was teleported to the present as a “gift” from the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett).

Arrow season 8, episode 9, “Green Arrow and the Canaries”, functions as a backdoor pilot for a potential series that would be set in the future and center on Mia (Katherine McNamara), Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), and Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy). The episode, which apparently takes place after the Arrow series finale, shows Mia and the Canaries in a post-Crisis 2040. Like all the other non-Paragons, Mia doesn’t remember her life before the rebirth of the multiverse until technology that copies Martian Manhunter’s powers restores her memories.

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When Mia regains her memories, she sees how much has changed due to Crisis on Infinite Earths. One of the changes is that Zoe is now alive. Her resurrection needs no explanation, considering the circumstances behind her death. She was killed by JJ, but on Earth-Prime, JJ lives a completely different life and no longer appears to be Deathstroke. Also, the state of Star City is far different from what it was on Earth-1. Star City was a nearly post-apocalyptic world in the flash-forwards, but now it’s a supposedly crime-free city. Since nothing is as it was, it comes as no surprise that nearly all of the future characters are living totally different lives.

The first post-Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes of Supergirl and Arrow have given fans just a taste of how different the Arrowverse is now. Photos from the Arrow series finale hint that two more characters, Moira and Emiko Queen, may have been brought back as well, so there may be quite a few resurrections across all Arrowverse shows in the weeks to come.

It’s worth wondering how much the Crisis actually had to do with the new future. Earlier, Rene was devastated when he learned about the fate of Zoe, as was everyone else when they discovered what would befall their city. So did the rebirth of the multiverse really bring back Zoe, or did members of Team Arrow create this world through their own actions? They all vowed to make different decisions to ensure a better future, so it’s possible that this new direction may have played an integral role in helping Star City 2040 become a better place. If so, Team Arrow may have given Oliver (Stephen Amell) what he always wanted, and fulfilled his mission for him.

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2020-01-24 03:01:09

Nicholas Raymond

Star Trek: Picard – Data’s Daughters, Dahj’s Death & Synthetic Cloning Explained

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Star Trek: Picard.

The Star Trek: Picard premiere revolves around the big twist about a mysterious woman named Dahj (Isa Briones): She is a synthetic android and the ‘daughter’ of the late Commander Data (Brent Spiner). Furthermore, Dahj has an identical twin sister named Soji, so Data has two synthetic offspring who are far more advanced because they are indistinguishable from humans. This twist is a gigantic leap forward from what fans know about Data and his creation in Star Trek: The Next Generation and it reveals that Star Trek: Picard‘s story concerns the fate and future of artificial lifeforms in the Federation.

Data was a positronic android built by Dr. Noonien Soong; a decorated Starfleet Officer and a kind, intelligent person beloved by his crew mates, Data was the best of several flawed versions, which included his evil ‘older brother’ Lore, who menaced the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on a few occasions, and B-4, an imperfect copy of Data introduced in Star Trek: Nemesis. In that 2002 film, Data sacrificed his life to save the Enterprise-E from Shinzon (Tom Hardy) and the android’s death has haunted Picard for the 20 years leading to the start of Star Trek: Picard. However, the new CBS All-Access series is drawing back to Data’s classic TNG episodes and looking at the ramifications of several key events.

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In the TNG episode “Measure of a Man”, Captain Picard defended Data in court and secured his individual rights as an artificial lifeform when Dr. Bruce Maddox (Brian Brophy) of the Daystrom Institute wanted to dissect Data to create more androids like him. In the episode “The Offspring”, Data created an android daughter named Lal (Hallie Todd) and planned to raise her aboard the Enterprise, but Starfleet wanted to isolate Lal for research; however, Lal malfunctioned and had to be deactivated so Data placed her memory engrams into his own. Both of these classic Next Generation episodes have a huge impact on Star Trek: Picard; the premiere episode, “Remembrance”, revealed that the Federation had been using artificial life forms (dubbed ‘Synths’) as workers and a group of these androids went rogue and destroyed the Utopia Planitia Fleetyards on Mars, killing thousands of people and ending the Federation’s mission to rescue the Romulans from a supernova.

The Mars tragedy also had a sweeping political effect: the use and further creation of artificial lifeforms were banned by the Federation, ending the Daystrom Institute’s research into human-like synthetic androids. Bruce Maddox then disappeared, leaving his protege Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) to pick up the pieces. But the emergence of Dahj and her twin sister Soji Asha show that human-like synthetic humans do exist and have been hiding in plain sight. So, Data got the ‘daughters’ he always wanted – but what does this mean for Star Trek: Picard going forward?

Recalling Data’s experience with Lal, Picard told Dahj that Data “always wanted a daughter”. Unbeknownst to the late android, he had two more offspring (until Dahj was killed in the premiere episode). However, Dahj and Soji are far more advanced than their ‘father’, in all the ways Data always dreamed of being but could never achieve due to the limits of his programming. Dahj and Soji are convincingly human in every way, complete with the full range of emotions that Data could never imitate without his emotion chip. The twin girls are a huge leap forward for artificial life, but in the current political climate of the Federation, this is why their lives are at risk.

Since the tragedy on Mars prohibited synthetic life in the Federation, Dahj and Soji’s existence wouldn’t be tolerated, and indeed, Dahj was hunted by mystery armored soldiers and she was terminated in “Remembrance”, despite the fighting prowess she was programmed with. The zero-tolerance of Synths the Federation now practices flies in the face of Starfleet’s mission to “seek out new lifeforms”, which shows the Alpha Quadrant has taken a darker turn in recent years. In fact, if Data were still alive, it’s worth questioning whether the new laws would override the individual rights he won in “Measure of a Man” and whether he would have been deactivated despite being a Starfleet Officer.

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Dahj and Soji aren’t positronic androids like Data, they are sentient synthetics built from flesh and blood and appear human inside and out. This was theoretically impossible – except Maddox had a part of Data’s neural net to work from. The necklaces Dahj and Soji wear is the key to Maddox’s success: the twin circles is a symbol for fractal neuronic cloning. Maddox actually cloned Dahj and Soji as a pair from one of Data’s positronic neurons, so they were grown and not assembled from parts like Data was.

Star Trek: Picard implies that Bruce Maddox built Soji and Dahj in secret after he disappeared from the Daystrom Institute. After “Measure of a Man”, Data and Maddox remained friends and corresponded; Maddox clearly continued his life’s work to improve upon Dr. Noonien Soong’s creation and he had enough of Data’s essence to work from. When designing Dahj and Soji, Maddox was even inspired by “Daughter”, a piece of art Data painted in 2369.

The fact that Dahj and Soji were synthetics cloned from Data’s neurons – and they possess the essence of their ‘father’ – opens up the intriguing possibility that Data could indeed be resurrected since Soji is still alive, after all. Star Trek: Picard may be building to the resurrection of Data – but this time, he could be a cloned synthetic who might be human-like inside and out instead of the pallid-skinned, yellow-eyed android missing human emotions.

The potential return of Data would echo the resurrection of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in the original Star Trek movies. This would be fitting since Data’s death in Star Trek: Nemesis was a retread of how Spock sacrificed his life in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – but Spock left his katra (his Vulcan soul) with Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForrest Kelley) so that he could be brought back to life. Star Trek: Picard could be leading up to its own version of this story and bring Data back to life in a similar fashion since his ‘daughter’ Soji possesses his ‘soul’, i.e. his positronic neuron.

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Dahj was murdered in Star Trek: Picard‘s premiere episode, but could she also be resurrected? It’s possible; Maddox may have created more synths than just the twin daughters or another Dahj could likely be cloned from the same positronic neurons currently in Soji. However, the exact version of Dahj that Picard met – the one who lived in Boston, had an alien boyfriend, and was accepted as a fellow at the Daystrom Institute – is likely gone for good. A new cloned version of Dahj wouldn’t have the memories and experiences her predecessor accumulated while she was alive, although she could be implanted with the same memories Maddox gave to the original Dahj. It remains to be seen if Dahj does indeed have a future in Star Trek: Picard.

A huge question Star Trek: Picard must answer is what Data’s other daughter Soji is doing on the Borg Cube controlled by the Romulans. Dahj’s twin is posing as Dr. Soji Asha at the Romulan Reclamation Site and she has been there long enough where the Romulan named Narek (Harry Treadaway) has read and become fascinated by her work. The Romulans have secretly possessed a derelict Borg Cube for about 16 years and Soji’s work is “fixing broken people”, i.e. taking apart Borg technology grafted to assimilated lifeforms.

It’s possible Soji her own agenda separate from the Romulans’ plans and it might involve hidden secrets to Borg technology she is working to uncover. The fact that Soji was planted at the Romulan Reclamation Site and Dahj was going to work at the Daystrom Institute has to be linked. It’s safe to guess that the twins were laboring to learn more about artificial lifeforms, possibly to continue their own evolution or to continue Bruce Maddox’s work. But since the Alpha Quadrant is now a dangerous place for synthetic beings, there’s the possibility that Data’s remaining daughter could be working to start a revolution for artificial lifeforms in Star Trek: Picard.

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Star Trek: Picard streams Thursdays on CBS All-Access and Fridays internationally on Amazon Prime Video.

2020-01-23 01:01:03

John Orquiola

Star Wars: Why Leia Only Disappeared After Kylo Ren’s Death

Why did Leia disappear after Ben Solo’s death? The climactic ending to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker featured the deaths of Leia and of her son Kylo Ren, now redeemed as Ben Solo. As Ben Solo’s body disappeared, only then did Leia’s body also vanish.

Force ghosts have been a core part of Star Wars lore ever since Obi-Wan Kenobi vanished when Darth Vader delivered the killing blow in Star Wars: A New Hope. Other Jedi, like Yoda at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, became one with the force at the time of their natural death. Luke Skywalker was also shown disappearing at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi after using his remaining strength to give the Resistance a chance to survive. The Rise of Skywalker continues this trend with both Leia and Ben Solo’s deaths.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packed with moments of lore and fan service. Force ghosts were shown once again in the film, with the deaths of many key characters tying in. The death of Leia was an emotional moment for fans and audiences alike, it was also the most expected. With Carrie Fisher’s passing, only limited amounts of archive footage from prior films were available to use by J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio. Fulfilling Leia’s arc and providing closure for her character required her to redeem her son, Ben Solo.

As Rey and Kylo Ren battled on the remains of Death Star II, Leia reaches out to her son one last time, giving every ounce of force energy she has left to reach him. Her final word in the film is simply her son’s name as she passes away. Kylo Ren immediately drops his lightsaber, snapping out of years of psychological manipulation by Emperor Palpatine. Yet, as Leia dies, her body does not disappear like the other Jedi. It stays until the very final moments of the film, at the point of Ben Solo’s death.

Much like how Leia gave up her life to give Kylo Ren the chance to snap back into Ben Solo, he emulated that to give Rey a chance to survive. Using the last of his own force energy to heal Rey of her injuries, he dies in true Skywalker fashion, in sacrifice. The sacrificial death to save another has now become a Skywalker trait, with Anakin Skywalker, Luke, Leia and now Ben all giving up their respective lives to save another.

The question of why Leia’s body only disappears after Ben Solo’s death has a few potential answers, but it boils down to Leia’s own journey as a Jedi. Her character can be considered one of the most important of the sequel trilogy. Her arc has always been inherently tied with that of her son. Leia’s arc has also been one of tragedy. She loses Ben Solo to the dark side, then she loses Han Solo when he’s killed by their son. Her brother Luke sacrifices his life to save her and the rest of the Resistance. When she in turn offers her own life to save Ben Solo, her body does not leave as her journey is not complete. During her Jedi training with Luke, she experienced a vision of her son’s death coming at the end of her own path,  and Luke notes that Rey is the one who is destined to complete Leia’s journey. That path was always going to lead to the death of Ben Solo. Leia, knowing this, does not completely pass into the netherworld of the Force until she can guide Ben Solo to come with her.

As Ben Solo’s Jedi training was always incomplete, and his redemption came so late in his journey, the path to becoming a Force Ghost could have been beyond his knowledge. Maz Kanata’s smile as she sees Leia’s body pass into the Force only after Ben’s death seems to indicate Leia, a true Jedi, knew what her ultimate purpose was in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was to save and redeem her son, and in turn, redeem the Skywalker family.

NEXT: Star Wars: Why [SPOILER] Died In Rise of Skywalker

2020-01-21 01:01:40

Sheraz Farooqi

Harry Potter Movies Ruined Fred Weasley’s Death | Screen Rant

The Harry Potter movie series had to change a lot of details from the books, but one that fans won’t forgive (or forget) easily is Fred Weasley’s death, as it happens very differently in the source material. The Harry Potter book series began in 1997 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which introduced readers around the world to the Wizarding World and the characters that would quickly become very close (and important) to Harry: Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. The latter formed a strong bond with Harry, who was considered by Ron’s parents and siblings as one of them.

In the first book (and movie), the world met the Weasley twins, Fred and George. Ron’s older brothers were Hogwarts’ trouble-makers but in a fun and harmless way – they were pranksters and were known for their sense of humor, and even opened their own joke shop in Diagon Alley, called Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. The twins were pretty much inseparable, and very loyal to their friends, helping Harry any way they could, whenever he needed it. Unfortunately, they had a very sad ending.

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Fred was killed during the Battle of Hogwarts, and as confirmed by J.K. Rowling, George never fully got over his brother’s death, and named his first son after him. Fred’s death was one of the most heartbreaking moments from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but the movie adaptation changed it, and took away most of the scene’s emotional impact.

In the book, Fred and George were assigned to defend Hogwarts’ secret passages, and when the Death Eaters forced their way in, Fred fought next to his older brother Percy, who had just ended his affiliation with the Ministry of Magic and combated his former boss, Pius Thicknesse. Fred turned to his brother and was interrupted mid-sentence by an explosion, and the group (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, and Percy) flew through the air on different directions. After the initial shock, Harry realized he was half buried in the wreckage of a corridor, and that’s when he heard “a terrible cry that pulled at his insides”.

He saw “three redheaded men grouped on the ground”, and heard someone shouting in denial. Percy was shaking Fred’s body, and Ron was kneeling beside them. Rowling’s wording of the scene makes it even more heartbreaking, describing Fred’s eyes as staring without seeing. Percy didn’t leave Fred’s side until Harry helped him move the body somewhere safer, and he was later moved to the Great Hall, where his family and friends mourned over him. However, the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 completely changed Fred’s death.

One of the twins is briefly seen being disarmed by a Death Eater, and due to the scene literally being two seconds long, it’s believed it was Fred who was being attacked – but it was actually George (who was wearing a purple jacket. Fred wore a green one). Fred’s death is not shown, instead cutting directly to his family mourning over him at the Great Hall when Harry, Hermione, and Ron enter the room. Though Percy is there, he’s just standing in front of his brother’s body, and instead it’s their mom and Ron who kneel next to it, with George being comforted by their dad. It definitely is one of the saddest moments of the movie, but doesn’t compare to the source material.

Given that the Weasley twins had their rightful place in the movies (though their involvement in the stories decreased as the movie series progressed) and they became fan-favorites, it feels disrespectful that Fred’s death was changed (and kind of ignored) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, more so as it happened seconds after Percy rejoined his family, making it even more heartbreaking for the Weasleys. Although it’s understandable that some things have to be left out due to screen time or budget, Fred’s death is one of those that should have been addressed as it was, or at least closer to it.

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2020-01-07 01:01:50

Adrienne Tyler

DC’s New Suicide Squad Teases The Death of [SPOILER]

The latest Suicide Squad relaunch was promised to be a truly bloody, and completely unpredictable affair. While fans will have to decide for themselves if the list of casualties qualifies as “absolute carnage” in Suicide Squad #1, the danger is clear. And in just the second issue, it appears one classic Squad member may come closer to death than he expects. Eliminating all trust with the team’s new recruits in the process.

Since readers might assume that a new Suicide Squad series can only change so much, the Injustice team of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo have taken that presumed status quo as a challenge. Proudly proclaiming that the new series will make good on its name — and genuinely leave fans uncertain whether any hero will survive the mission — fans probably still assumed that some would be off the table. But that might be vital information to pass along to Deadshot, as he goes down in a fiery crash in DC’s official preview of Suicide Squad #2.

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After the first issue forced the Suicide Squad to accept new members of the freedom fighter Revolutionaries, the door was left open for some form of camaraderie to be formed. While the aquatic members may be forging a bond, the same can’t be said for the team members traveling by helicopter, who quickly decide which of their team is worth saving. Take a look below:

The first issue proved to be a bloodbath, which means the same can be expected of Issue #2. Whether or not Deadshot is included in the casualties is an unknown for now (the obvious money is on him narrowly escaping the crash by his own means). But judging by the Revolutionaries’ lack of hesitation in leaving their teammate to die, there will be a price to pay.

  • Writer: Tom Taylor
  • Art by: Bruno Redondo
  • Colors by: Adriano Lucas
  • Lettering by: Wes Abbott
  • Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
  • After the absolute carnage of Suicide Squad #1, a new Task Force X has been assembled-even before the bodies of teammates and friends have had a chance to cool! What’s left standing may be the most capable and uncompromising Suicide Squad ever brought together. But it’s also the most divided. Forced to fulfill the agenda of a cruel new taskmaster, this Squad might survive their next mission, but they may not survive each other.

Suicide Squad #2 arrives in your local comic book shop on January 8th, 2020.

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2020-01-05 01:01:51

Andrew Dyce

24 Debunked Nina Myers’ Death Theory In Live Another Day

24: Live Another Day quietly debunked a popular theory about 24 villain Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke). For years, fans believed that Nina Myers somehow survived being shot in 24’s season 3. Those hoping for her return will be disappointed, however, as 24: Live Another Day, the limited series event, confirmed this was never the case.

In season 1, Nina was a love interest to Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who was currently separated from his wife, Teri (Leslie Hope). For the majority of the season, Nina was Jack’s closest and most reliable ally at CTU. Late in the season, it was discovered that Nina was a mole. In a shocking twist, Nina murdered Teri and her unborn child. After her arrest, she returned in season 2 to provide valuable information to CTU. For this, she was granted immunity. In season 3, Nina resumed her role as a villain. In her final confrontation with Jack, Jack shot her in the shoulder, and though Nina claimed to have information that could help, Jack shot her several more times.

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Though it seemed clear that Nina Myers was dead, some fans of the series still believed that the character could return, and that 24 would find a way to write her back into the show. With all of the twists and turns that took place in each season, the theory persisted for years. Nearly every season, it was theorized that one of the secret villains involved in whatever terrorist plot Jack was up against was Nina. But, the season premiere of 24: Live Another Day showed a full list of Jack’s confirmed kills, and Nina’s name was among them, thus leaving no room for doubt that Nina died in season 3.

Why was it so strongly believed that Nina could come back in the first place? First of all, the theories surrounding Nina were strengthened by the return of another fan-favorite character, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernand). Tony died in season 5 after being injected with an overdose of hyoscine-pentothal. Jack tried to get him medical attention, but it was too late. Season 7 revealed that though Tony was clinically dead, he was revived minutes after his “death” by members of a mercenary group. He kept his survival a secret from Jack and everyone else.

To fans, it seemed plausible that if 24 could bring back Tony, it could do the same for Nina. As the person who cold-bloodedly murdered Jack’s wife and unborn child, Nina is widely regarded as one of his greatest enemies. Her complicated and violent history with Jack made her a character that fans wanted to spend at least one more season with as a villain. Reports that Fox wants to continue the 24 franchise indicate this may still be possible: just not in the present time line.

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2020-01-05 02:01:16

Nicholas Raymond