The Mandalorian Footage Description

Lucasfilm unveiled exclusive footage from The Mandalorian at Star Wars Celebration; it hasn’t been released online, but here’s a full description. The Mandalorian is one of the most exciting Star Wars projects in the works right now, the very first live-action TV series set in the galaxy far, far away.

Both Lucasilm and Disney clearly believe they’re onto a hit with The Mandalorian; it’s been confirmed that the eight-episode series will premiere on on November 12, with the launch of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Sadly, it seems that’s far too distant for Lucasfilm to drop a trailer just yet, but they did reveal some footage for the audience at Star Wars Celebration.

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Sadly, the footage wasn’t released online; anyone watching the panel via YouTube or the Star Wars website had to listen to some music instead. But Screen Rant has an exclusive description:

The footage begins with the Mandalorian talking to Greef Marga, head of a chapter of the Bounty Hunters Guild. The Mandalorian is looking for a mark, and initially attempts to take every single mission Greef has at the moment. He’s told to hold on; as Greef notes, there are other members of the Guild who have to make a living as well. Instead, Greef offers one unique jump, a face-to-face commission. Precious little information is provided about this job, but the Mandalorian accepts it regardless; he has to make ends meet, after all. After accepting the commission, the Mandalorian walks across a street market. In the background, a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard is being roasted while another watches from a cage. They’re both real puppets.

Another scene shows the Mandalorian meeting with an Imperial, who has been told he is “the best in the parsec” – even if he is expensive. Unwisely, the man seeking to hire the Mandalorian hasn’t come alone, and his associate – a doctor – nearly winds up gunned down when he interrupts the meeting. The Mandalorian is tasked with bringing someone in alive; if his target dies, he’ll need to provide proof of termination, but will be paid a lower fee. Curiously, the data and codes he’s provided in order to accomplish this mission are 50 years old.

The Imperial makes the case for the Empire being better than the chaotic status quo, arguing that the Empire brought safety, prosperity, and peace. It’s a brief digression, but it indicates there’s going to be a real-world political slant to The Mandalorian; that particular sentence structure has been used by Donald Trump on occasion.

The footage also included a range of action scenes, several featuring the Mandalorian and Gina Corano’s Kara Dune. Dune is an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s acclimatizing to life after the end of the war with the Empire, and she appears to be able to match the Mandalorian blow for blow in one fight scene. One crowd-pleasing moment saw the Mandalorian using a rope launcher to pull a Storm Trooper to him, then shocking someone close-range with a pulse rifle. Finally, Kara was shown using a Gatling gun on an unknown ship. No context was provided for any of these scenes.

It’s a shame none of this footage was made available online, but there are probably good reasons for it. First of all, Lucasfilm want there to be some advantages to having paid for a ticket to attend Star Wars Celebration. Secondly, given The Mandalorian won’t be released until November, it’s possible these scenes aren’t quite finished yet. Computer effects could well be added through post-production, meaning they aren’t ready for distribution online, where they’d be pored over by fans with HD screens.

It’s exciting to see the Bounty Hunters Guild become more prominent in the Star Wars canon again, with Greef managing a local branch. The Guild was an important part of the old Expanded Universe, prominently featured in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology, but has only had a background presence in the post-Disney canon. It seems the Mandalorian is registered with the Guild, and is eager to go for their highest-paying jobs. At this stage, it’s unclear whether this Imperial mission will be the focus of the full eight-episode series, or whether each episode will feature a different mission.

At The Mandalorian panel, Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau stressed that the series would tie into the original trilogy, the prequels, and the sequels. That perhaps explains why the Mandalorian has been hired for a mission that seems to run back decades, into the history of the Star Wars galaxy. He’s provided with codes that are 50 years old, possibly predating Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Given that the Empire is in retreat by the time of The Mandalorian, it’ll be fascinating to see why they’re even interested in somebody – or something – who was important before Palpatine rose to power in the first place.

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2019-04-14 11:04:04

Thomas Bacon

John Wick 3 CinemaCon Footage Description: Don’t Mess With Halle Berry’s Dogs

Lionsgate revealed brand-new footage from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum during its CinemaCon presentation. Keanu Reeves reprises his role as John Wick for the third time in the film, which could end up serving as a conclusion to the franchise at large. The movie picks up immediately after the conclusion to Chapter 2, with John excommunicated from the Continental and on the run with a $14 million bounty on his head. His back up against the wall, John must battle pretty much every other assassin in the world and even bring the fight to the High Table itself, if he’s to have any hope of making it out alive.

As a result, Parabellum will feature several newcomers to the John Wick series, including Angelica Huston as the Director of the High Table and Halle Berry as Sofia, an old “friend” of John’s who begrudgingly agrees to help him. Ian McShane is also back for the film as Winston, along with Lance Reddick as the Continental concierge Charon, and Laurence Fishburne as the Bowery King. However, for its CinemaCon panel, Lionsgate screened a sequence that specifically focuses on John and Sofia’s dynamic in the movie.

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During Lionsgate’s CinemaCon presentation, they screened a clip that showed John and Sofia preparing to infiltrate a castle. The clip featured footage from the original John Wick 3 trailer, as John tells Sofia they’re not going in “like the old days” and he just wants a “conversation” with their target (to which Sofia responds “Nothing’s ever just a conversation with you, John”). From there, the pair are shown taking on a whole lot of armed men in what looks like a bazaar, with Sofia’s trained German Shepherds providing some backup along the way.

The footage included a pretty elaborate sequence shot that follows John and the two dogs are they take out one guard after another, but on multiple levels of the building they’re in. At one point, Sofia even has her dogs bail John out when he gets delayed wrestling with one of the guards along the way. Finally, the clip concluded with a moment where John is fighting two other guys when they all run out of ammunition at the same time. John, of course, is the fastest to reload and takes them both out with headshots, before taking out a surprise third guard who suddenly shows up on the nearby stairs.

All in all, the CinemaCon footage delivered exactly what fans are expecting from this film – namely, lots of kinetic action, stylized filmmaking, and John Wick taking out bad guys via headshots. It also sounds like Sofia and her dogs will end up being scene-stealers in the film, as they work in tandem to help John kill a whole lot of people and make his way to the top of the High Table. If all goes according to plan, the movie will combine the world-building from the previous John Wick films with a storyline that offers some closure to John’s journey over the trilogy. Series director Chad Stahelski has already teased the possibility of more sequels after Parabellum but, for the time being, it seems like John Wick: Chapter 3 should work as a fittingly violent conclusion to the overall series.

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2019-04-05 08:04:36

Sandy Schaefer

Knives Out CinemaCon Footage Description – Is This CSI: KFC?

The Knives Out CinemaCon footage offers a taste of writer/director Rian Johnson’s upcoming mystery-thriller. Before he goes back to the galaxy far, far away to oversee an all-new Star Wars trilogy, Johnson is returning to his filmmaking roots with an Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit crime film. Knives Out quickly came into fruition late last year and almost immediately attracted cinephiles’ attention due to its star-studded ensemble. Headlining the cast is a who’s who of A-listers including Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and several others.

With all that talent on both sides of the camera, viewers are understandably intrigued by what Johnson has in store and distributor Lionsgate is excited by what they have. The studio scheduled it for a November 2019 release, placing it in the middle of a very competitive period at the box office that’ll see franchise blockbusters (Terminator: Dark Fate), animated family films (Frozen 2) and awards contenders (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) vying for ticket sales. An official Knives Out marketing campaign has yet to begin, but Lionsgate gave it some spotlight during CinemaCon.

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At the studio’s presentation yesterday, some Knives Out footage was screened. Set to the iconic song “Live and Let Die,” the trailer primarily takes place in a mansion, where detectives played by Craig and Stanfield are investigating the murder of an 85-year old man (Christopher Plummer). It began with Stanfield’s character talking with Ana de Armas (who plays Plummer’s daughter) and she jokes about how lovely Plummer’s birthday party was prior to his untimely demise. Craig’s character, noteworthy for his Southern accent, asks that everyone stays at the mansion until the case is closed. Evans was a definite standout in the footage, shedding his Captain America persona by telling people repeatedly to “eat s***” and cracking that Craig is “CSI: KFC.”

The Knives Out footage was a solid mix of thriller and comedy, and most attendees enjoyed what they saw. Throughout his career, Johnson has always been one to put fresh spins on familiar genres and setups (his first feature was a hard-boiled noir set in high school), so it’ll be interesting to see what he came up with here. From the sound of it, Johnson’s spun a fun and witty yarn that’ll fit right in place with his previous filmography. If nothing else, this should prove to be an amusingly entertaining palate cleanser for the director before he does another deep dive into Star Wars territory. Johnson clearly had a great time working with Lucasfilm on The Last Jedi, but it’s nice he got this little break in between.

Another thing that’ll be fascinating to watch is how Knives Out fares in theaters once it opens. Before Star Wars, Johnson’s films weren’t huge draws; Looper was his highest-grossing work with $66.4 million domestically, with Brothers Bloom and Brick combining to earn about $5.5 million. Of course, Johnson’s profile rose considerably after The Last Jedi, making his name more recognizable to the masses and Lionsgate will surely want to play up that connection during promotion. Hopefully Knives Out is able to find an audience and deliver on its promise of being a unique and captivating original film this fall.

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2019-04-05 07:04:43

Chris Agar

Aladdin CinemaCon Footage Description: Will Smith’s Genie Sings (And Raps)

Disney’s CinemaCon presentation included updates and teasers for many upcoming movies – including a five-minute clip from Aladdin in which our hero enters the Cave of Wonders and meets Will Smith’s Genie. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as young lovebirds Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, Aladdin is the latest live-action remake of Disney’s animated classics, with The Lion King also still to come this year.

The marketing for Aladdin has so far been troubled by controversy and skepticism, and perhaps no aspect of it has attracted more skepticism than the Genie. Smith has the unenviable task of stepping into the curly-toed shoes of the character originally voiced by the late Robin Williams – a role that includes recreating classic songs like the Genie’s introductory number, “Friend Like Me.” We saw a glimpse of this song in the full-length trailer for Aladdin, but CinemaCon audiences got to see exactly how it has been updated for the 2019 version of the movie.

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The CinemaCon footage opened with a shortened version of Aladdin’s introduction to, and exploration of, the Cave of Wonders. Jafar (played by Marwan Kenzari) promises to make Aladdin “wealthy beyond [his] wildest imagination” once he retrieves the lamp, but warns him not to touch any of the other treasures. As in the original movie, Aladdin’s pet monkey Abu doesn’t heed this morning, and lands them both in trouble. That’s when Aladdin rubs the magic lamp and the Genie bursts forth – at first putting on a deep and scary voice and addressing Aladdin as “great one who summons me,” before assuring Aladdin that he’s just kidding and launching into “Friend Like Me.”

Though not everyone who was in attendance was won over by the footage (one critic described it on Twitter as “pure nightmare fuel“) others praised it for its visual flair and creativity. “Friend Like Me” is more or less the same as in the original, except with a few extra lyrics, rap moments (the Genie even boasts about his rapping skills in the song), and a bit of Smith beatboxing. Like a lot of Disney’s “live-action” remakes, this was a very CGI-heavy sequence, but it may be lively enough to win the skeptics over.

Most of Disney’s live-action remakes have so far proven to be major hits, but this past weekend Dumbo proved that a movie cannot thrive on nostalgia alone. The Tim Burton-directed update of Disney’s 1941 classic scored a relatively meagre $45 million box office in its opening weekend (for comparison’s sake, Beauty and the Beast‘s opening weekend was $174 million). So, while all-out flops from Disney are rare these days, Aladdin is nonetheless one of the studio’s biggest box office risks of the year.

In addition to this clip from Aladdin, Disney’s CinemaCon presentation also included a brand new clip from the hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Endgame, and confirmation of the studio’s entire 2019 movie slate. This now includes Fox titles like Dark Phoenix and New Mutants. There are four live-action remakes in total releasing this year – Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – and many more still on the way.

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2019-04-03 06:04:32

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Endgame CinemaCon Footage Description: Avengers Plan Thanos Rematch

Disney and Marvel screen new Avengers: Endgame footage at CinemaCon 2019 – here are all the details of what the MCU movie footage includes. After the release of Captain Marvel last month, Marvel Studios is turning their focus to the upcoming blockbuster event, Avengers: Endgame. The 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s expected to wrap up the story of the franchise thus far, what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige calls the Infinity Saga. Endgame will pick up from the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War and feature the remaining heroes attempting to avenge those they could not save from Thanos’ decimating snap.

The Avengers: Endgame trailers have managed to hide quite a bit about the movie, instead focusing on the journey so far for the MCU heroes rather than what’s to come. Previously, Avengers: Endgame footage confirmed Captain Marvel on Earth, though only after that was revealed in her solo movie’s mid-credits scene. But even though fans are aware that the Avengers: Endgame trailers lie to some degree in an effort to avoid spoilers, they still analyze what footage has been released to learn what it reveals about the movie. Now, new Avengers: Endgame footage screened at CinemaCon 2019 further previews the MCU blockbuster (and it’s unlikely to have been altered).

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During Walt Disney Studios’ presentation at CinemaCon 2019, Chairman Alan Horn unveiled new footage from Avengers: Endgame ahead of its theatrical debut later this month. Based on what was screened, it appears to be the same or very similar footage to what screened for Disney shareholders last month. The scene features the remaining Avengers at Avengers HQ – including the newly arrived Captain Marvel – discussing how to defeat Thanos. The CinemaCon scene opens with Steve Rogers aka. Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka. War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) talking. But Carol walks away and Steve asks where she’s going; she says, “To kill Thanos.” The others insist they have to work as a team. Steve says to Carol, “We know up there is more your territory,” but this is “our fight, too.”

The camera cuts to Nebula, who’s leaning against the doorway and tells them not to bother, she knows where Thanos is. She goes into her past a bit and reveals Thanos’ “garden.” Rhodey quips, “That’s cute, Thanos has a retirement home.” Then, the scene shows Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) manipulating a hologram to brief the team about what planet Thanos is on, and they note the Mad Titan is using the Infinity Stones again. Thor is there, eating, but hasn’t said anything. Bruce Banner aka. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) says they’re going in short-handed, but Carol counters that they have her now. There’s more back and forth between Carol and the others. Rhodey says, “Hey. New girl. Everyone in this room is all about that superhero life. Where the hell have you been all this time?” Carol responds, “There are a lot of planets in the universe and unfortunately they don’t have you guys.” Thor gets up and faces off with Carol, finally saying, “I like this one.” Then Steve says, “Let’s go get this son of a bitch.”

In the final part of the CinemaCon footage, the Avengers sit in the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Benatar ship. Rocket asks who hasn’t been to space and half of them raise their hands. Rocket says they better not throw up on his ship. As they speed up, the camera cuts to a closeup on Steve’s eyes. Then, the scene ends with the ship jumping through hyperspace at one of the jump points like in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Captain Marvel.

Based on this description, fans can expect plenty of banter among the heroes, especially with Carol since she’s new to the team. It’s also clear Carol is fully confident in her ability to defeat Thanos single-handedly. And considering it’s been said Captain Marvel is the strongest hero in the MCU, perhaps she could take him down alone – but the rest of the Avengers seem dedicated to avenging their friends, family and loved ones. Still, this scene is only a small tidbit from the Avengers: Endgame film, which may have a runtime of around three hours. So there’s still plenty of surprises in store for Marvel fans once Avengers: Endgame hits theaters.

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2019-04-03 05:04:27

Molly Freeman

Lion King CinemaCon Footage Description: Life Lessons With Mufasa

Disney unveiled brand-new footage from its “live-action” remake of The Lion King at CinemaCon. The Mouse House has enjoyed great box office success with the live-action remakes of its animated features for the past nine years, and hopes to keep that trend going in 2019. So far, however, things haven’t gone entirely to plan, what with Tim Burton’s Dumbo remake struggling to recoup its budget at the box office. That said, the studio is expected to have better luck with Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin at the end of May, and especially Jon Favreau’s The Lion King in July.

Favreau, of course, has a strong track record in this department, and is coming off the massive success of Disney’s Oscar-winning The Jungle Book three years ago. The Lion King will follow in that movie’s footsteps and re-imagine its traditionally animated predecessor as a photorealistic CGI adventure, complete with celebrity actors lending their voices to the film’s animals. At the same time, The Lion King appears to be a pretty faithful re-imagining, more so than The Jungle Book was. That’s certainly the impression that the film’s trailers have left, and the CinemaCon footage did little to dispute the idea.

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The Lion King segment of Disney’s CinemaCon presentation featured a clip from pretty early in the film, when a young Simba (JD McCrary) badgers a sleeping Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his iconic role), reminding him of his promise to let Simba accompany him on his patrol of the Pride Lands. While there were slight differences in the dialogue between the footage and the same scene from the animated movie, the sequence mostly played out the same, with Mufasa imparting vital life lessons to Simba about how “A king’s time rises and falls like the sun”. However, he also has some fresh pieces of wisdom to pass onto his young son, like how the Pride Lands “[belong] to no one, but it will be yours to protect”.

There were other small, but noteworthy differences between this scene and the version in the animated Lion King. For example, Mufasa doesn’t say the shadowy realm of the Pride Lands (e.g. where the hyenas live) is beyond their borders, and indicates that the area is part of their kingdom… but Simba still shouldn’t go there. He also touches on a king’s responsibility as the pair walk among the fields of the Pride Lands, noting that “While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give”. Finally, the scene ends on a funnier note as the pair cross paths with Mufasa’s hornbill advisor Zazu, who proceeds to deliver his morning report… before Simba pounces on him, at Mufasa’s behest. Since Zazu is voiced by John Oliver in this movie, the character feels like a bit of a riff on his persona as the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. He even cracks a joke about the kingdom’s birds “tweeting” at 4 in the morning (wink wink, nudge nudge).

All in all, The Lion King continues to sound pretty identical to the animated version, as far as the plot and character dynamics are concerned. At the same time, the film appears to be making some revisions and tweaks to the original movie, in an effort to “update” it for 2019 (similar to what Dumbo and the other Disney live-action remakes have done before it). It’ll certainly be interesting to see just how similar the actual movie is to the 1994 iteration, and whether it’s more or less able to stand on its own, the way Favreau’s The Jungle Book did

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2019-04-03 05:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

Dark Phoenix Footage Description: X-Men & Mutant Brotherhood Fight Scene

New footage for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, was shown off during the movie’s panel at WonderCon 2019 this weekend, and while one clip was previously revealed at New York Comic-Con last year, the second clip was all-new for panel attendees to check out. Screen Rant was in attendance at the panel, and we have a full footage description for X-Men fans and moviegoers alike to read about below.

Just over one week after the Disney-Fox acquisition was finalized, 20th Century Fox (now a division of The Walt Disney Studios) unveiled new, never-before-seen footage of Dark Phoenix, much of which is a continuation of previously seen footage from the Dark Phoenix trailers. Taking place approximately midway through the film, with the X-Men fractured after the death of Mystique, Magneto’s new Brotherhood of Mutants are on their way to kill Jean Grey/Phoenix in New York City.

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Beginning inside Cerebro at the X-Mansion, Professor X says, “It’s time,” and tells what appears to be the remaining X-Men team members that Magneto has found Jean and means to kill her. So he asks Nightcrawler to teleport him and Cyclops to Jean’s location and then tells him to teleport back. Storm is there and wants to join them on their mission to save Jean, but Professor X won’t allow that, for he’s already lost too many people that he loves. But given what they’re going up against, Cyclops tells Storm that he needs her there. Storm agrees, so she says she’s going – end of discussion. Using his powers, Professor X shows Nightcrawler where to go by showing him a picture in his mind. They all teleport to Jean/Phoenix’s location. Given that she’s in New York City, they presumably teleport into Central Park, next to the X-Jet (aka the Blackbird).

Cut to Magneto and Beast (who’s apparently on Magento’s side at this point in the film, seeing as he wants revenge for Mystique/Raven’s death. Beast actor Nicholas Hoult also mentioned during the Dark Phoenix panel that Beast/Hank McCoy is separated from Professor X in this film.) – along with two new mutants to the X-Men franchise, Selene (Kota Eberhardt) and Red Lotus (Andrew Stehlin) – walking out of the park, at which point Professor X and his group shows up behind them.

Professor X: “Hello, old friend.”

Magneto: “Save the old friend sh*t, Charles. And stay out of my way.”

Professor X: “I’m sorry, for what she did. But I can’t let you go in there.”

Magneto: “You’re always sorry, Charles. And there’s always a speech. But nobody cares anymore.”

Professor X is afraid that if they fight each other, especially out in the open, the humans would see them as monsters, and they would lose any faith they had with the people and the government. (Earlier in Dark Phoenix, the X-Men were considered heroes to the world, and the United States president frequently calls upon them to aide in certain matters.) Magneto scoffs at Professor X’s remarks, at which point Cyclops drops the movie’s only F-bomb (that is, of course, if Dark Phoenix remains a PG-13 movie). Cyclops tells Magneto, “If you touch her, I will f***ing kill you.” After that, Professor X tries to talk sense into Beast, but Beast wants to see Phoenix dead just as much as Magneto. That’s when a fight ensues.

Splintering off, Cyclops goes after Beast and Magneto, but he doesn’t try to actually harm Beast using his blasts. Magneto, on the other hand, Cyclops appears to be okay with killing. Meanwhile, Storm and Red Lotus fight each other using their powers as much as possible, with Professor X trying to prevent Selene from killing Nightcrawler. Given that Selene is also a telepath, she uses her powers to force Nightcrawler to teleport near her so that she can stab him. In order to put an end to all this, Magneto kneels down and pulls a subway car out of the ground.

Magneto then walks inside the building and uses the subway car to block the entrance. (Director Simon Kinberg mentioned afterward that the subway car is a practical effect, and they really did have it stop just a foot or two behind Michael Fassbender on set. That scene is real, surprisingly.) Jean/Phoenix is waiting for Magneto in the building’s lobby, standing alongside Jessica Chastain’s new X-Men supervillain. Looking at Phoenix, Magneto says, “I know whose blood that was.” Phoenix responds, “You cast me out, now you’ve come here to kill me?” “That’s right,” Magneto answers.

Stripping a metal railing, Magneto tries to kill Phoenix, but she’s too strong for him and she stops the railing from penetrating her eye. “And you couldn’t even do that,” Phoenix retorts, adding, “Let me show you how.” She then uses her power to crush Magneto’s helmet, which viewers can see a tiny bit of in the latest Dark Phoenix trailer. The clip ends on that note, trying to imply that Phoenix doesn’t stop killing X-Men characters with Raven; she could keep going, and Magneto might be her next victim. However, judging by previously released trailers and photos, it’s clear that Magneto survives this encounter but is left scarred. He is then taken captive by the “MCU” and perhaps rescued at a later point. Magneto’s story won’t end so unceremoniously in Dark Phoenix.

All in all, Dark Phoenix is shaping up to be an even darker X-Men movie than before, but whether or not it the cast and crew can really pull it off remains to be seen. After all, it could very well be Fox’s final X-Men movie before being rebooted by Marvel Studios.

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2019-03-29 07:03:00

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Netflix Updates Infinity War Description After Fan Complaints

After releasing Avengers: Infinity War on Christmas Day, Netflix has changed the movie’s description following pushback from fans. After announcing that the movie would drop over a month ago, the release was heavily anticipated as one of the last MCU movies that will likely make it to the streaming service. It was reportedly an uneasy release, with many subscribers complaining that they were unable to find or access the film right away, and Netflix took to Twitter to help users find the movie. However, social media lit up once again with many fans taking issue with the synopsis’ reference to the movie’s central antagonist Thanos.

Netflix initially posted the following summation: “Superheroes amass to stop intergalactic sociopath Thanos from acquiring a full set of Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe.” A sociopath is characterized as someone who doesn’t experience guilt or emotional recoil, and is inclined to act primarily for their own interests, with little to no consideration for the well-being of others. Strong cases could be made for plenty of MCU villains falling into this camp, such as Red Skull and Thor’s sister Hela, but Thanos is a different story. He is, of course, the big bad of the MCU who enacts a massive genocide, but he does so for what he genuinely believes to be the sake of the continued survival of life across the universe. Moreover, his paternal role in Gamora’s life and obvious grief he experiences after sacrificing her in order to obtain the Soul Stone negates the notion that he’s a being who doesn’t experience complex emotion. Netflix was quick to react.

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Though some users may still see the original description on Netflix, the streaming service’s new Avengers: Infinity War description encapsulates the controversial nature of Thanos, without referring to him as a sociopath. By keeping the focus on Thanos, rather than removing him from it altogether, Netflix clearly went out of their way to respond directly to the criticism instead of bypassing it. Check out the description below:

Interestingly enough, the term “So-called savior,” as opposed to something like “Self-proclaimed savior,” leaves more room for audiences – especially first-time viewers – to interpret Thanos in a more sympathetic light, rather than pigeonholing him as a remorseless dictator figure. Not so surprising, references to his decimating snap don’t appear to be going away anytime soon, as per the tidbit of information regarding how well it performed at the global box office.

Considering instances like the tweet storm NASA received about saving Tony Stark, it’s not surprising that fan outcry would be so fortified. For many, the fragments of Thanos’ compassion and capacity to love are crucial to what drives the emotional impact of Avengers: Infinity War. Not making Thanos a literal sociopath is what keeps the audience hanging on for the hope of his redemption, which is ultimately more interesting than waiting for him to be defeated. For example, Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s main antagonist Kyubey similarly justifies sacrificing human lives for sake of all life across the universe. However, since his alien race doesn’t experience emotions of any kind, the character’s complexity as a villain decelerates following that reveal. As for what’s next for Thanos, fans are no doubt waiting with bated breath for Avengers: Endgame.

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2018-12-30 07:12:15

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer Description Teases Kaiju Mayhem

The new Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer debuted at CCXP, and a description of the footage is now online. The sequel is the third film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. The first trailer was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, and generated huge buzz for the monster-filled blockbuster.

King of the Monsters will continue to move the MonsterVerse forward, after it began in 2014 with director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. This sequel once again brings the giant lizard to the forefront, but it’ll feature a variety of other creatures that Godzilla will attempt to either defeat or make allies out of. We know that Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra will all be making appearances, with Rodan starring in the most recent viral video for the film. The marketing has yet to show any of the actual monster fights the movie is sure to hold, but that may change soon based on the description of the upcoming trailer.

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Collider‘s Steven Weintraub attended Warner Bros. CCXP panel this weekend, and got to see the new Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer before it arrives online. His description of the footage teases plenty of the monster battles that many have been waiting to see. It reportedly opens with Millie Bobby Brown calling for help, which has been seen before, and also includes Ken Watanabe discussing whether or not these monsters are here to save humanity.

The description overall is light on specifics, but that should be okay for many as the trailer will arrive very soon online. In the meantime, this at least teases everyone with what scenes we can expect to see. Brown calling for help was one of the earliest pieces of footage from King of the Monsters that arrived, so this particular moment won’t be new. But, it does feature the return of Watanabe, who delivered the memorable “Let them fight” line in the marketing for 2014’s Godzilla.

Interestingly enough, it would appear that the trailer only continues to tease the fights that will happen between the Titans instead of actually showing them though. Fans of this franchise will get the chance to see for themselves very soon, but this could be a surprising strategy to take. The first trailer didn’t provide many clear looks at the other monsters joining Godzilla in the film, and instead elected to largely tease their involvement. With a prime summer release date, selling this movie on the monster fights would seem to be the best bet, but maybe the studios are trying to save those moments in Godzilla: King of the Monsters for theaters.

MORE: Godzilla 2’s Monarch Website Hints at Loch Ness Monster

Source: Steven Weintraub

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2018-12-09 01:12:36

Captain Marvel CCXP Footage Description: Carol Battles the Skrulls

Captain Marvel‘s brand new clip reveals never-before-seen sequences from the Brie Larson-led project, including a look at Carol Danvers expertly fighting off Skrulls. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the next MCU film installment takes fans back to 1995 where they will reunite with a young, still two-eyed Fury alongside Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson who were both already working with S.H.I.E.L.D. at that time. The pair encounters Carol as she starts to retrace her past on Earth after spending her time with the extraterrestrial race, the Kree, even becoming a member of their elite squad, Starforce.

Marvel Studios’ rolled out the second official trailer for Captain Marvel earlier this week but with the film nearing its release, official marketing is beginning to pick up. This means that fans can expect more content with regards to the movie, and lo and behold, just a few days after the latest trailer debuted, a brand new look at the upcoming MCU project has been unveiled.

Related: Captain Marvel Trailer 2 Breakdown: 38 Story Reveals & Secrets You Missed

Larson made an appearance at Comic-Con Experience 2018 in Brazil and during the Captain Marvel panel, she debuted a brand clip from the film. Unlike the previously released trailers for the film, this one is a sequence directly from the movie. While it appears to be an event-exclusive release, description of the footage quickly emerged online, including an account from the Collider‘s Steven Weintraub who was at the venue. In his tweet (see below), he details how Carol is being probed by the Skrulls led by Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) before she breaks free and easily defeats them – even when her powers are restricted by a nullifying device.

Aside from the scene, fans were also shown a flurry of shots from the movie, including another look at Annette Bening’s still-unnamed character saying that Carol is reborn on the Kree homeworld of Hala, as reported by MCU Exchange. The hero is then seen training with Jude Law’s equally mysterious Kree warrior. However, arguably the main takeaway from the panel is the reveal of how the Skrulls shapeshift – something that wasn’t in any of the official trailers for Captain Marvel. In fact, this is probably the most Marvel Studios has shown of them.

Based on the description, the interrogation scene is likely to explain how Carol crashes to Earth as she flees the Skrull ship, riding an escape pod which could’ve been shot down. Fans have actually seen a snippet of the said sequence in both Captain Marvel trailers, where Carol hands upside down, strapped to some form of a torture device – almost as if the shape-shifting race is draining her brain of memories. It’s hard to gauge exactly what Talos wants from her, but considering that she’s a member of Starforce and the events of the film take place in the middle of the Kree-Skrull war, chances are that they want intel.

More: Brie Larson Interview: Captain Marvel Set Visit

Source: Steven Weintraub, MCU Exchange

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2018-12-08 11:12:08