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The Guardians of the Galaxy Look A Bit Different After Avengers: Endgame

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame might be the end of a decade-long story, but it also results in a new beginning, especially for the Guardians of the Galaxy who now have Thor on their team. After a seemingly never-ending emotional roller coaster, the original Avengers came together to form a plan to beat Thanos and get back those that he took away. For that to happen, a few characters had to pay with their lives. Those losses will now affect the surviving Avengers and their allies among the galaxy.

Each character dealt with PTSD following the Mad Titan’s snap. Some handled it more harshly than others. Clint, for example, shed his Hawkeye identity to turn into a deadly assassin known as Ronin. Thor’s grief took him a different route. He lost most of his Asgardian people at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. After failing to take out Thanos the first time, the Norse god became overcome with even more guilt. He constructed New Asgard but let go of his muscular, god-like appearance, transforming into an unkempt, overweight shell of his previous self. Without a sense of purpose, Thor preferred drowning himself with beer and self-loathing.

Related: Avengers: Endgame’s Ending & Marvel Movie Future Explained In Detail

Thankfully, the Hulk and Rocket convinced Thor to assist in their new mission. The quest re-teamed Thor and Rocket to go back to Asgard in the hopes of retrieving the reality stone. The journey served as a wake-up call for the God of Thunder. Not only did he realize his importance to the Avengers team, but also that there’s more than one way to be a hero.

Avengers: Endgame set up a number of storylines that could be investigated in future MCU installments. It also provides gaps in the timeline that can be explored through the various projects in development through Disney+. The Avengers have been through a lot since they were first introduced as an official team in 2012. It’s time for a new chapter for the Avengers and the fellow heroes present in the MCU. By the looks of it, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be getting their own changes with the addition of a new member.

The Avengers successfully defeated Thanos using time travel and undid his galactic destruction, but it was a costly feat. Now down a few members, the original heroic squad will never be the same. But that doesn’t mean the MCU won’t feature epic team-ups in the future. Endgame closed out with Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy in what could be a perfect setup for an upcoming movie.

The God of Thunder went through a very emotional realization throughout Endgame. In the end, he took his mother’s message to heart, forgetting who he is supposed to be. Instead, Thor must succeed as the person he already is, even if that means taking more time to find himself again. To follow that path, Thor handed off the reins as the leader of New Asgard to Valkyrie and jumped aboard the Guardians’ ship.

Related: Every Marvel Movie Releasing After Avengers: Endgame

Thor clearly felt a bond with members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, specifically his “rabbit” and tree friends, Rocket and Groot. Thor spent much of Endgame as a lost soul overcome with grief and failure. Rocket was a major factor in helping the hero snap out of his self-loathing behavior. It makes sense why Thor would feel a kinship to Rocket. Now that he regained feeling worthy enough, it’s no surprise that Thor would want to assist on new quests.

Even though Thor’s addition would greatly help the Guardians on their missions, some members seemed more welcoming than others. Peter Quill and Thor quipped at one another regarding the leadership of the group. Drax and Mantis hilariously suggested that the two should solve their disagreements with a knife fight. As fun as it is to see the two powerful egos to banter back in forth, it’s obvious that they would have each other’s back when necessary. So could this be the official introduction to the Asgardians of the Galaxy in the MCU?

While Thor joined his new group on the ship, he referred to them as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy.” At first, it seemed like Thor was just having a laugh at the pun he came up with, combining the Guardians’ title and his own Asgardian identity. The line was probably added in there as a joke, but there’s actually a team known as the Asgardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics.

The team first debuted in September 2018 in Asgardians of the Galaxy #1. The series, which is still in publication, was created by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli. The band of Asgardians includes some very interesting characters. Here’s a breakdown of the Asgardians of the Galaxy team:

  • Angela – The long lost sister of Thor who brings together the team that goes on to call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy. She was also a previous member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Valkyrie – The warrior is also known by her Asgardian name, Brunnhilde. In the comics, Valkyrie was a part of the Defenders and a founding member of the Secret Avengers.
  • Annabelle Riggs – A scientist on Earth that shares a connection with Valkyrie allowing them to switch places through a host body.
  • Throg – Also known as Puddlegulp, Throg comes from a community of frogs living in Central Park. It’s later revealed that he’s actually a human named Simon Walterson who was turned into a frog by a witch. He eventually finds a shard of Mjolnir and becomes the Frog of Thunder. And yes, he wears a Thor costume.
  • Thunderstrike – Kevin Masterson is the son of Eric Masterson, a man who served as a host body for Thor. Kevin gets his powers from a mace left by his father.
  • Kid Loki – A reincarnation of Loki who encompasses all the traits as the God of Mischief.
  • Destroyer – A magical suit of Asgardian armor that is remotely controlled by Kid Loki.
  • Skurge the Executioner – The former villain is tricked by Kid Loki into leaving the afterlife to join the misfits who call themselves the Asgardians of the Galaxy.

Related: Every Returning Character In Avengers: Endgame

It’s safe to assume that Throg, Kid Loki, and their friends won’t be featured in the MCU, but what does Avengers: Endgame mean for the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy? With Thor 4 still up in the air, it now remains possible that Marvel Studios intends to combine a Thor sequel with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Director James Gunn has been reinstated after his controversial firing following his Twitter debacle. Even though adding Thor to the Guardians might not be Gunn’s decision, it could have been something Marvel Studios planned all along.

When looking back, Thor: Ragnarok matches the tone of both Guardians of the Galaxy installments. The character of Thor had a notable amount of chemistry with the Guardians and Chris Hemsworth’s comedic persona as the God of Thunder fits perfectly with Star-Lord and his crew. Considering Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been delayed for quite some time, this gives the creative team plenty of time to add Thor to the Guardians’ equation.

This also gives the MCU an opportunity to feature one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes without having to delve into another solo story. The Gamora from Infinity War is still dead but there is now a past version of Gamora lurking around in the present timeline. Since she has no memories of the Guardians, she felt no allegiance to joining them after taking out Thanos. Quill clearly wants to search for her which provides evidence to the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whatever option they decide, it’s safe to say that Thor will be a part of that new mission.

Next: Everything We Know About Avengers 5


2019-04-26 01:04:10

Kara Hedash

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Now Much Different From Its E3 2018 Showcase

The next time fans see Cyberpunk 2077, it will look a lot different than the game that wowed onlookers at CD Projekt Red’s E3 2018 presentation just under a year ago. In a recent interview, Cyberpunk 2077 quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz revealed that the game has evolved significantly since the last time fans were given a lengthy look at its progress.

Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest effort from Poland-based studio CD Projekt Red, the developer most famous for its trilogy of Witcher games that culminated in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a title that many still consider to be one of the best RPGs ever created. Although the studio has since released a few different games based on Gwent, the card-playing minigame that originated in The Witcher 3Cyberpunk 2077 will be the first open-world RPG effort from the developer since the success of Wild Hunt in 2015. Fans got a glimpse of the upcoming sci-fi adventure at E3 2018 and the reaction was largely a positive one despite such a drastic shift in tone from the studio’s prior efforts, but apparently things have changed in the interim.

Related: CD Projekt Red’s E3 2019 Will Be Most Important In Company History

In an interview with Area Jugones translated by WCCF Tech, Tomaszkiewicz indicated that the game is noticeably different from what was shown last year at E3 2018. He states that the changes occurred because the team didn’t have a clear picture on how everything it wanted to include would fit into an open world—as such, there were a number of elements that have undergone redesigns and innovations, as well as many new things that have yet to be shown.

Tomaszkiewicz also indicated that the combat in Cyberpunk 2077 would have an emphasis placed on allowing players to succeed with a wide range of weapons. That would be a similar balancing act to the way CD Projekt Red successfully implemented several different viable builds in The Witcher 3, although it could be even more difficult should there be more weapons paths and styles of combat, like the previously indicated stealth- and hacking-based skill trees from previous presentations would imply the existence of.

Tomaszkiewicz’s comments aren’t uncommon for members of development teams while a game is still being worked on. Things change a lot during development and if the Cyberpunk 2077 that was shown at E3 2018 was still before the team didn’t know how all of its ideas would fit into it, then it makes sense that elements would evolve or outright transform from what we previously expected. From the sounds of it, though, Cyberpunk 2077 is still very much in the development stages, and any rumors about it releasing later this year can probably be firmly put to bed with the revelation that the title has changed so much over the span of less than one year. According to the developer itself, CD Projekt Red’s E3 2019 will be the most important in company history, so if nothing else, we’ll likely get a release date in a few months, and if we’re lucky, a lot more on top of it.

Next: The Witcher 4 Is Never Going To Happen

Source: Area Jugones (via WCCF Tech)


2019-04-22 01:04:34

Cody Gravelle

Marvel’s Original MCU Phase 1 Plan Ended With A Very Different Avengers

Marvel Studios original plan for its shared universe culminated with a very different version of The Avengers. Now Avengers: Endgame brings the storylines of those original heroes to fitting conclusions, it’s easy to view the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe as a masterclass in planning. What it actually is, though, is testament to how often the best stories come from freewheeling.

Indeed, while it may now feel like the MCU was always on a road that ended in Thanos, it really wasn’t always the plan. The Avengers‘ mid-credits tease of the Mad Titan was a last minute decision by Joss Whedon, who had no idea where it would eventually lead, and the firmament of the story wasn’t laid down until years later. Eventually, a variety of random aspects – the Tesseract being the Space Stone, Loki’s scepter being the distinct Mind Stone, the Infinity Gauntlet Easter egg in Odin’s vault – had to be retconned.

Related: Marvel Had Been Teasing Thanos In The MCU Since Thor

But to even get to that point, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige had been through various iterations of their Avengers Initiative. Make no mistake, the endgame of the MCU’s Phase 1 always was The Avengers – it was part of the original funding for Marvel Studios in 2005 and had a release date set for 2011 before being pushed back a year – but what Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could have looked like was almost very different.

  • This Page: Iron Man Promised A Different Avengers Movie
  • Page 2: How Joss Whedon Entirely Rewrote The Original Avengers Script
  • Page 3: How The Avengers Changes Shaped The Entire MCU

Iron Man & The Incredible Hulk Were Setting Up A Different Avengers

The first proper inkling of The Avengers plan in the MCU comes during the post-credits scene for Iron Man. The movie itself is deceptively standalone, with only a running gag about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s pre-acronym name (that really is more send-up rather than set-up) to hint at a wider universe. Then, tucked away at the end of the credits in a time where, X-Men: The Last Stand aside, stingers were typically gags, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury emerged from the shadows and offered Tony Stark a place in his Avengers Initiative.

The tease was just that, a tease, and like Thanos four years later a rather last-minute addition without any firm plans. But any doubt this was just a comic wink were tossed aside a couple of months later when, in The Incredible Hulk‘s credits tease (moved to the start, likely out of fear of it being missed) Tony Stark approached General Ross about the team he was putting together.

It’s scraps, but a clear skeleton of The Avengers can be seen. Tony Stark is brought in to lead the team, possibly to track down the awol Hulk in a story akin to The Avengers #1 from 1963. In that simple story, Loki attempted to escape exile by manipulating the Hulk into accidentally destroying a bridge, but inadvertently unites Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and the Green Goliath, who following the God of Mischief’s defeat form a superteam.

Related: Iron Man’s Most Important Moment Wasn’t Nick Fury

Of course, what’s teased in these early movies is not quite The Avengers we got; Tony would be shuffled away from the team and only brought back in at peak desperation, while the Hulk was incredibly different come 2012. What these two 2008 movies imagined doesn’t match up with what was to come, serving as untarnished proof of how things changed.

The Originally Envisioned Avengers Cast Was Different Too

Not only is the early Avengers roadmap leading to a different story, it’s got different people in the driving seat. This is more well-known given how recasting, even when downplayed, is hard to miss. Due to pay disputes, Terrence Howard was replaced as James Rhodes in Iron Man 2 onwards by Don Cheadle, explained away with a simple “Look, it’s me, I’m here. Deal with it. Let’s move on.” Then, in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo took on the role of Bruce Banner and Hulk following creative differences between Marvel and Edward Norton (as well as being part of a noticeable attempt to distance the MCU from The Incredible Hulk in general).

But the changes don’t end there. Emily Blunt was originally set to play Black Widow – she was Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau’s first choice – but had to step down when Fox exercised a contract clause from The Devil Wears Prada to have her star in Gulliver’s Travels. Scarlett Johannson, who did have a screentest previously, then stepped up.

None of these situations would have had as direct an impact on the story as the writers or directors we’ll see (at least not until later, when characters like Hulk and Stark were more tailored to the performance), but all these adjustments did have an impact in development and play a part in reshaping how the burgeoning MCU could have looked.

How Iron Man 2 Started A Pivot

It’s at Iron Man 2 in 2010 when you can see a distinct change in the MCU Phase 1 plan. The movie’s wider-universe arc changes course for Tony Stark, with Black Widow assessing his performance and deciding he was unfit as a team member. This undoes both credits scenes in the previous movies, which due to the non-linear timeline of MCU Phase 1 (Iron Man 2, Thor and The Incredible Hulk all happen around the same time, dubbed Fury’s Big Week) created something of a plot hole. This was plugged by Marvel One-Shot The Consultant, which showed Stark’s approach to Ross was actually a ploy by S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick the General into keeping Abomination locked up (these post-movie retcons were a thing until the early days of Phase 2).

Related: Only One Of MCU Phase 1’s Post-Credits Scenes Make Sense

By the time of Thor in May 2011, key aspects of The Avengers are being introduced that fit with genuine setup, although there are still several confusing aspects. That movie’s post-credits scene features Selvig being approached by Nick Fury deep in Project Pegasus about working on the Tesseract (which had already been teased via drawings in Iron Man 2), only for a presumed-dead Loki to emerge in a reflection in control of the physicist. This is closer to The Avengers – Loki does mind control Selvig and the Tesseract is the core MacGuffin – but for the God to already be on Earth directly contradicts his later introduction. Whatever the confusion there, when Captain America: The First Avenger released in July 2011, everything seemed cohesive; Asgard namedrops, Stark supporting roles and Tesseract teases all slot neatly in the narrative.

The reasoning behind this rather convoluted switch-up – especially considering how Tony would be called upon again in The Avengers‘ first twenty minutes – is down to the bigger production picture. Zak Penn had been working on a script for The Avengers since 2006 and been adjusting the plan constantly over the next half-decade as directors enacted influence and characters began to fully form. This is where the fluctuations, especially regarding Tony Stark, appear to have come from; Penn’s first draft was submitted in early 2010, a few months before Iron Man 2‘s release and almost four years after he stated. But things fundamentally changed shortly after once the movie found a director.

Page 2 of 3: How Joss Whedon Entirely Rewrote The Original Avengers Script

Why The Original Avengers Script Changed

We don’t know much about Zak Penn’s script for The Avengers, especially not its various iterations that reportedly included Red Skull and were open to failures of Phase 1 standalones. But we can safely say it’s rather different – at least tonally – from what was released. While it’s commonly said that Whedon “rewrote” Penn’s original draft, that phase makes his now-infamous changes to Justice League look minor. By the director’s own admission (via GQ), “There was a script. There just wasn’t a script I was going to film a word of.” When he signed on officially in April 2010, it was as writer-director, and he set about the former aspect of that immediately, dismissing Penn’s screenplay entirely.

Per Whedon, the narrative brief for his script was simple: the Avengers are fighting Loki, they fight amongst themselves in the middle, and there’s a big battle against the villains at the end. Presumably – and, considering that isn’t an insufficient summary of The Avengers #1 – this will have been a similar brief to what Penn was working on. This means that, while the narrative drive was different, the core building blocks were surely there from the start (give or take a Johann Schmidt).

Related: Joss Whedon’s Avengers Films Never Understood Captain America

The big problem Whedon had with the initial script wasn’t story, however, but character. He found Penn’s version lacked a proper spark between the various heroes, something that the ensemble-favored writer knew would be the film’s make-or-break aspect. Had an earlier draft been used, it’s quite likely that The Avengers would have been a more conventional affair; the finished movie was a refreshing success because it was full of Whedon-ism and was opposite to what blockbuster filmmaking was at the time (it released just three months before Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises).

How Joss Whedon’s Avengers Could Have Been Different

Joss Whedon didn’t just come on and write The Avengers as released, of course. He went through countless different ideas in the year between joining up and camera’s rolled, many of which he discussed openly when the film released.

At one point, when it looked like Scarlett Johannson may not return due to the terms of her hasty Iron Man 2 contract (hence why casting is an important concern), he wrote a key role in for Wasp, a founding member in the comics. This never went further than the iterative process, but could have had major ramifications; it would not only have introduced Janet van Dyne (presumably) three years ahead of Ant-Man and six before her actual debut, it would have altered the story those movies – at this point the first was still going to be Edgar Wright – could tell regarding the Hank Pym-Hope van Dyne-Scott Lang relationship.

Another draft paired Loki with Ezekiel Stane, son of Iron Man‘s Obadiah, after Whedon worried whether Tom Hiddleston could convince as a singular primary villain. While not much more is known, a connection to Tony Stark’s original antagonist would have surely shifted the scales towards this being something of an Iron Man 3 With Pals. Indeed, this attests to a general uncertainty about Thor – Penn had previously tried to downplay the God of Thunder – and his place in the team, somewhat ironic given his position as the most popular Avenger by the time of Infinity War.

Related: Joss Whedon Wanted Captain Marvel In Avengers: Age of Ultron

One hero whose role was – subtly – adjusted rather late in the day was Captain America’s. He’s the undoubted leader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come the end of The Avengers, but several key scenes from the start highlighting him as a man out of time (including context for Ashley Johnson’s waitress and a Stan Lee cameo) were cut, backloading his role. While it’s never been directly commented on, this may be a result of The First Avenger being the second-lowest grossing film in the MCU both domestically and worldwide (behind The Incredible Hulk) and thus representing a careful play with the character until he had the likes of Iron Man to spar with.

Page 3 of 3: How The Avengers Changes Shaped The Entire MCU

How These Changes Shaped The Entire MCU

It’s easy to look back on a time when industry professionals questioned whether bringing multiple characters from different franchises together could work and feel like it’s all the production tribulations of an era with no relevance to the modern day. But it’s all these choices that have led to the more synergized shared universe and comic book focus that defines current movies in the first place.

Of course, different actors would have led to different stories. Terrence Howard’s continuation would have likely pushed War Machine into a more focal position given his initial Iron Man deal had him as the star. It’s harder to gauge with Edward Norton given how his single credit is now a black sheep, although given his drive for creative control, it’s unlikely he’d have been as good a fit in the Marvel machine as Mark Ruffalo (and there’s no denying that Ruffalo made Bruce Banner a true star and gave Hulk some greater personality, opening up new story opportunities).

The most pervasive impact of these changes is, ironic given how blatantly turbulent the story process was, how Whedon altered the tone. Kevin Feige ensured the Phase 1 Marvel movies had a comic book feel, but it was only with Whedon’s snappy dialogue where the interactions between the heroes, and what would come to be known as “Marvel humor“, was truly popularized. We know this from the director’s complaints about the original Avengers script, and can see it in the movies that followed. After Iron Man 3 had Shane Black comedy, the movie’s hewed considerably more Whedon, with self-deprecation the order of the day; by the time James Gunn, who perhaps best defined the balance, delivered Guardians of the Galaxy, the rule held.

Related: It’s Not Enough For The Marvel Cinematic Universe To Be “Fun”

But don’t let that distract from how Whedon marked a bigger seismic change. He pushed out Penn who had been with the MCU since the very beginning, and with it removed the bastillion of narrative consistency. Penn had been attempted to tie the universe together into a coherent way with The Avengers, and while a lot was already wrong with continuity early on, it’s possible him continuing forward could have seen Marvel put greater stock on the true interconnectivity: today, while movies exist in the same world, the micro-continuity is full of errors.

And without Whedon coming in, there may not have been any Thanos. While Infinity Gauntlet was certainly a prime story ripe for plundering in a shared universe of movies based on Marvel Comics, it didn’t become the endgame until The Avengers and the unplanned decision to put the Mad Titan in the mid-credits scene. Before then, Thanos was a relative unknown (it was years later when the correct pronunciation of his name was roundly accepted) and the subsequent retcons in the Infinity Saga make the road to the Avengers look positively planned.

Marvel may have come out of the gate swinging with Iron Man and by the time came to actually assemble The Avengers had built up enough audience positivity the endeavor actually had a shot at making it work, but that exponential rise of Phase 1 was far from an orchestrated masterplan or even an intended acceleration. Every step along the way was into unknown territory, and for all the formula, those distinctions are right there in the movies.

Next: The Original Marvel Studios Plan Would Have Led To A Very Different Infinity War


2019-04-19 10:04:16

Alex Leadbeater

How Game Of Thrones Opening Titles Are Different In Season 8

The final season of Game of Thrones is finally here, and that means one more season of the iconic opening sequence. Since the beginning, fans have joked about the length of the opening sequence, with one even working out that fans who watch the entire thing each episode have spent over an hour and a half watching that map of Westeros and listening to the theme music. The credits do more than just take up an incredible amount of time, though – they also change from episode to episode, revealing a little bit about what is going to happen in the episode.

Each episode, the credits begin with an astrolabe decorated with the symbols of the major houses of Westeros, wrapping around the sun, before the camera pans down to a three-dimensional map of Westeros and Essos. From here, the shot zooms in, skimming over the map and stopping on labeled locations (like Winterfell or Dragonstone) that rise from the map using clockwork. As well as showing the locations that are going to be relevant in each episode, the Game of Thrones map changes depending on what has been happening in Westeros; when Winterfell burned, smoke rose from it on the map. When a castle is taken by a different house, their sigil appears on it. All these details add up, orienting the viewer at the start of the show.

Related: Game Of Thrones Season 8: Returning Cast & New Character Guide

While the opening credits are different for each episode, there are some major differences when it comes to the opening credits for Game of Thrones season 8. Immediately, the visual effects are much more dynamic; the shot doesn’t just look over the various locations from above – when the camera comes to Winterfell and King’s Landing, it actually goes into the locations, exploring the Stark crypts and dragon skull basement respectively.

A new location also appears, as the shot of the Wall shows the massive breach that was made by Ice-Viserion in the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, as well as a shot of the castle nearby, and a sheet of ice spreading outward from the wall (charting the path of the Night King’s army).

In additon to the new design and perspective of the Westeros map Game of Thrones opening, the season 8 titles also feature different tableaux on the rings. Instead of Robert’s rebellion, they now depict the War of the Five Kings, with images of the Red Wedding and the birth of Daenerys’ dragons.

It’s fantastic to see that for the final Game of Thrones season, HBO is really pushing the boat out to create something new and exciting for fans, and leaves everyone wondering what else we might see appearing in the opening credits over the next five episodes – and if another major change may happen for the series finale itself.

Next: Every Season Of Game Of Thrones Ranked


2019-04-14 06:04:01

Rose Moore

The 5 Best Wireless Headphones For Watching Movies (At 5 Different Price Points)

The ability to watch your favorite television shows and movies -or listen to your favorite music- without bothering anyone has never been easier thanks to the wonders of wireless technology. With a pair of wireless headphones, you’ll never struggle to cohabitate again while enjoying perfect surround sound and incredible comfort. But with so many choices in design as well as price point, it can be daunting to pick the right pair.

It’s best to know what you’re looking for when you make your selection. Most wireless headphones have Bluetooth technology, allowing you to pair up with your Smart TV, Smartphone, or other Bluetooth capable device and start your binge session. All the controls are on the side so with the press of a button you can easily shift between devices without missing anything. And if want to make or receive phone calls, switch into phone mode and chat away with complete clarity. Most of them come with 15 hours of battery life, and chargers are included with your purchase. With all that in mind, here are 10 of the best wireless headphones you can get for your home theatre. At five different price points.

5 UNDER $100: AVANTREE AUDITION PRO WIRELESS HEADPHONES

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For the price point and functionality, look no further than the Avantree Audition Pro Foldable Wireless Headphones. Perfect for music lovers as well as musicians, the low-latency Bluetooth transmitter ensures that there won’t be any of that pesky “lag time” while you’re enjoying your favorite tunes, or even while there are other devices on around you. Superior High-Resolution Sound means crystal clear sound clarity, as well as a dynamic boost to your bass. Enjoy your music or media for a whopping 40 hours between charges, nearly triple the playing time of even more expensive headsets. With the provided 3.5mm cable, you can also easily switch to wired mode without draining your battery.

Designed with the binge-watcher and the long haul music lover in mind, these over-ear foldable headphones come with extra padding as well as an adjustable headband, to ensure optimal comfort around even the largest heads. NFC components allow for an easy one-tap connection to various devices and use the integrated audio technology to send and receive phone calls with clarity and efficiency. Easily pair your headphones with Bluetooth enabled devices around you, but be mindful of obstacles that may obstruct your audio experience. Also a note to all purchasers, these are not noise canceling headphones.

4 UNDER $200: SENNHEISER RS-175 WIRELESS HEADPHONES

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With a utilitarian aesthetic and durable design that harkens back to a simpler time in the evolution of around-ear headphones, the Sennheiser RS 175 Wireless Headphone System present the best in wireless sound technology at an accessible price point. Enjoy boost to the bass in your music and movies as two virtual surround modes provide you with an enveloping surround sound experience. Bose’s wireless technology ensures that as you move from one room to the next, indoors to outside, your signal will remain clear and accurate.

Never bother your friends or loved ones again by being able to enjoy your favorite programs and media in complete silence to them. Only you will be experiencing the impressive audio with dynamic bass and virtual surround sound, with a range over 350 ft, and plugs that support digital and analog inputs.  With comfortable padding and an ear cup design that never bothers your ears, the only other more convenient aspect could be the controls efficiently placed on the side of the headset. Recharge them upright by placing your Sennheiser RS 175 headphone system over the Sennheiser standing charger, sold separately.

3 UNDER $300: BOSE SOUNDLINK WIRELESS HEADPHONES

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Bose, one of the leaders in sound innovation sets the standard with these mid-range around-ear wireless headphones that deliver on both functionality, design, and price point. The Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II provide a rich, immersive soundscape experience with their best-in-class wireless technology. But they aren’t just great for bolstering your music and media; their advanced microphone system and HD calling system allows you to make and receive crystal clear calls even in the most tumultuous environments. Windy areas or the noise from being inside a moving vehicle are no match for this headset.

Enjoy 15 hours of media time before having to recharge the lithium-ion batteries, and switch seamlessly between two Bluetooth paired devices so that you never have to miss a moment of your entertainment. Comfortable padding and an ear cupping design mean no pressure on your ears while you’re binging your favorite shows, and they even come in a sleek carrying case to protect them from the wear and tear of daily life. They are compatible with Android, Apple, and Samsung devices, and come with a convenient detachable audio cable.

2 UNDER $400: SONY WH-1000XM3 WIRELESS HEADPHONES

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Sony has always been a pioneer in mixing the latest in technological advances with the gold standard in music and sound excellence, and the Sony WH-1000XM3 Stereo Headset offers the best of both. With their built-in HD Noise Canceling Processor and QN1 Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control Hi-Resolution Drivers, you get up to 40kHz frequency, and with Sony’s patented Sense Engine technology, you can expect to enjoy blissful stereo surround sound. As perfect as they are for listening to your favorite music or amplifying your favorite movies, switch them into Quick Attention Mode to make crystal clear phone calls and easily carry on a conversation without having to take your headset off.

Sparing no expense when it comes to design aesthetic and functionality, foam urethane ear pads provide extra comfort while providing noise cancellation optimization. They have been carefully crafted to prevent pressure on your ears, allowing you hours of entertainment enjoyment or music listening without having to constantly re-adjust them. Their Bluetooth 4.1 LDAC Connection allows you to connect seamlessly to the Sony Headphones Connect App, as well as pair perfectly with all your favorite Sony devices, from Smart TVs to your Sony Smartphone.

1 OVER $500: DOLBY DIMENSION WIRELESS HEADPHONES

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2019-04-12 08:04:43

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

JJ Abrams Admits Rian Johnson Took Star Wars 8 In A Different Direction

Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams admits his original ideas for the film that would eventually become The Last Jedi were different than what Rian Johnson ended up doing with the project. Johnson was hired for the Episode VIII job way back in June 2014, tasked with continuing the story Abrams began with 2015’s The Force Awakens. Few would have predicted it at the time, but The Last Jedi infamously went on to be one of the most divisive blockbusters in recent memory, with Johnson’s bold and risky creative choices acting as a lightning rod for countless debates.

During the build-up to The Last Jedi, Johnson stated that he had a tremendous amount of leeway while working on the movie, having only to use The Force Awakens as a jumping off point (obviously). While Lucasfilm didn’t mandate Johnson follow any preconceived plot points, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any brainstorming going on in regards to where the sequel trilogy could go next. Daisy Ridley once revealed that Abrams mapped out drafts for the remaining two chapters, but popular belief is that Johnson went in his own direction. Abrams has now said that’s the case.

Related: Rian Johnson Doesn’t Care If Star Wars 9 Retcons The Last Jedi

In an interview with Fast Company that in part touched on Abrams’ return to Star Wars, the director talked about having to follow Johnson’s film in order to serve up a satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga:

“I had some gut instincts about where the story would have gone. But without getting in the weeds on episode eight, that was a story that Rian wrote and was telling based on seven before we met. So he was taking the thing in another direction. So we also had to respond to Episode VIII. So our movie was not just following what we had started, it was following what we had started and then had been advanced by someone else.”

It is vital to understand that Abrams is not bemoaning or criticizing Johnson for doing his own thing on The Last Jedi. He liked Johnson’s Episode VIII pitch and went on record to state the polarizing Last Jedi reactions did not influence his approach to Episode IX. He’s merely explaining that a film changed story directions while it was in development, which isn’t anything new for the film industry. Arguably, it’s for the best Lucasfilm gave Johnson the freedom to break away from Abrams’ “gut instincts” and make the Star Wars movie he wanted to make. The whole point of bringing in a unique voice like Johnson is to give him a chance to flex his storytelling muscles and craft something he could proudly call his own. It’d be counterintuitive to box him in and limit what The Last Jedi was capable of.

Last year, Simon Pegg hinted that Abrams had a different idea for Rey’s parentage, but fans will likely never know the full extent of the variances between the two visions. And, frankly, at this point, it’s all moot. Regardless of what Abrams had in mind, The Last Jedi happened exactly the way it did, and now it’s up to Abrams and Chris Terrio to honor that while moving the trilogy towards its conclusion. It’ll be interesting to see what they came up with, and hopefully it ends the Skywalker saga on the highest of notes.

More: Star Wars 9 Can Finally Finish The Prequel Trilogy Story

Source: Fast Company


2019-04-09 04:04:54

Chris Agar

Captain Marvel’s Different Look in Avengers: Endgame Was Brie Larson’s Choice

Captain Marvel’s new look in Avengers: Endgame was Brie Larson’s choice. Even though Marvel Studios is currently in the final few weeks of building hype for the end of Phase 3, it has already been a massively successful year with the release of Captain Marvel. It is their first female led movie and crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office in less than a month.

The movie served as the true introduction to Brie Larson’s version of Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel, and it has quickly been teased how she’ll play a larger role in the immediate future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Larson will reprise the role later this month in Avengers: Endgame in an expected major role, but it wasn’t until recently that the marketing showed her with the other surviving heroes. When she did arrive though, there was some who criticized her new look. This wasn’t about the updated costume, but rather her the noticeable addition of more makeup.

Related: Here’s Why Captain Marvel Didn’t Help The Avengers Sooner

The outrage online stemmed from people believing Carol’s look was the product of her being put under the “male gaze.” When Slashfilm had the chance to interview Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently, they asked them about this topic. Thankfully, Joe Russo cleared the air to reveal that this was Larson’s decision and not theirs, and that the more natural look Carol has in Captain Marvel is the result of Larson further growing with the character:

She [filmed Avengers: Endgame] before she filmed Captain Marvel, and I think she was experimenting with what the character was. And those were the choices that she and her hair and makeup team had made. And I think as she started to gain a deeper understanding of the character, especially as she approached her own movie. She started to make different choices and as an artist she should be afforded that right to make whatever choice that she wants to make.

Since Marvel shot Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame back-to-back (and originally concurrently), this was the first time that Larson was playing the character, even though Captain Marvel hit theaters first. There was no completed script for her solo film at the time either, so Carol’s evolution as a character was happening backwards. It will still be somewhat strange to see Carol with lipstick and other makeup on, but we’ve also only seen her in one dialogue-only scene. Since Larson ultimately went for the more natural look in Captain Marvel, it is possible she first experimented with this look during Avengers: Endgame and fans will see this expected look for Carol later on in the film.

Even though the main focus from her look has been the added makeup, it will be fascinating to see if the strange shooting schedule results in any other differences in how Larson plays Carol. She still clearly has confidence in her powers and ability to be a leader, and still isn’t afraid to speak her mind. As long as Larson, the Russos, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely get the core and personality of Captain Marvel right in Avengers: Endgame, then hopefully how much makeup she’s wearing or what hairstyle she has will be less focused on.

MORE: Avengers: Endgame Doesn’t Have To Be A Good Film To Succeed

Source: Slashfilm


2019-04-09 04:04:26

Cooper Hood

Shazam’s Secret Cameo Was Almost a Different DCEU Actor

SPOILERS for Shazam! ahead.

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg says Henry Cavill was originally meant to reprise his role as Superman in the film, but things didn’t work out. The latest addition to the DC Extended Universe, Shazam! is already a critical success on its way to turning a tidy profit at the box office. It’s all the more impressive an accomplishment when you consider that, just a year or so ago, the titular superhero was a relatively obscure character compared to the DCEU’s other solo headliners up to this point (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman),

Speaking of the Man of Steel – he and Shazam! have a long and sometimes tumultuous history in the world of comic books, going back to Shazam!’s time as Fawcett Publications’ answer to Superman (then the mascot of National Comics) in the late 1930s and early ’40s. That connection only helped to fuel the longstanding rumors about Superman having a cameo in the Shazam! movie, with either Cavill or someone else playing the role. While the character was ultimately brought to life by Shazam! star Zachary Levi’s stunt double in the film, that wasn’t always the plan.

Related: Every DCEU Connection in Shazam!

Sandberg confirmed that Superman’s cameo was alway part of Shazam!‘s screenplay during our interview with him, adding that the Man of Steel “was definitely something we wanted to have in there”. In a separate interview with Inverse, the director added that Cavill was originally supposed to reprise his DCEU role as the character, but was “unavailable” when the crew was filming the scene in question at a real school in Toronto (which was on-holiday at the time).

As a refresher: Shazam! concludes with Billy Batson (Asher Angel) showing up transformed into Shazam! and finally making good on his promise to sit next to his foster brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) at school during lunch. However, when he does, he’s accompanied by another “friend” in the form of Superman, who’s only shown from the neck down to hide the fact that he isn’t Cavill. Speaking to Inverse, Sandberg explained that Cavill’s Superman was originally going to sit down and talk to Freddy, but that portion of the sequence was dropped when Cavill couldn’t make the shoot. And while he admitted he was worried at first that the cameo would feel “cheap” and leave people feeling “cheated” without Cavill, he felt much better once he saw the scene all cut together during post-production:

“It just made us laugh. You see Freddy’s reaction, and a hard cut to credits, and it’s just funny. It turned out better than what it was originally where he sat down and had a little chat.”

While a number of DCEU fans would’ve no doubt loved to see Cavill back in his blue-and-red Kryptonian suit, Superman’s Shazam! cameo arguably plays better the way it’s presented in the final movie. Like Sandberg pointed out, Freddy’s reaction to seeing Superman is a great punchline to cut to the credits from, and that wouldn’t have been the case had the scene carried on beyond that. Moreover, the final shot really encapsulates the movie’s theme about the awe and wonder that superheroes inspire for kids in the DCEU (and, by proxy, that these characters have for people in the real world). It’s a good example of how, sometimes, less really can be more effective, and serves to illustrate how the DCEU can continue to use Superman in the future, whether Cavill returns to play him again or not.

MORE: Shazam!’s Ending Sets Up a Very Different DCEU Future

Source: Inverse


2019-04-08 06:04:21

Sandy Schaefer

Shazam’s Ending Sets Up A Very Different DCEU Future

Shazam! set the DCEU on a whole different path. Starring Asher Angel and Zachary Levi, Shazam! is probably the most entertaining film in the DCEU to date. It effortlessly blends light and dark, with a coming-of-age narrative that’s sure to touch viewers’ hearts. While the movie is releasing in a year packed with superhero blockbusters – it comes shortly after Captain Marvel, and will swiftly be followed by Hellboy and Avengers: Endgame – positive word-of-mouth means box office predictions are improving. It’s not expected to reach Aquaman levels, but it certainly looks as though Shazam! is another win for Warner Bros.

For years, the DCEU struggled with a narrative that it was in a perpetual state of crisis. In part that was a result of a longstanding PR problem, with a constant stream of leaks and few proper official announcements. Directors James Wan and David F. Sandberg corrected this with Aquaman and Shazam!, carefully controlling the release of information so their films didn’t get that fatal negative buzz. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is clearly confident in the new trajectory of the DCEU; they have a packed slate running through to 2022, with no less than seven films in various stages of development – some still gestating, others filming now or in post-production.

Related: Every DC Movie Confirmed For After Shazam

So what does Shazam! tell viewers about the future shape of the DCEU? The DCEU has changed significantly ever since the release of 2017’s Justice League, but in a good way. The shared universe, along with separate DC movies, are growing rapidly. But where does it all go from here? It’s time to explore the story beats, and see just what Shazam! sets up.

  • This Page: Shazam! Introduces Magic To The DCEU
  • Page 2: Shazam! And The Justice League
  • Page 3: The DCEU Stories After Shazam!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a strong basis in science, to the extent that Marvel consulted with quantum physicists when they were planning to integrate magic in Doctor Strange. In contrast, the DCEU has no such pretensions. Previous films had already established the existence of magic and gods – the Enchantress is a mystical villain in Suicide Squad, and the gods are an important part of Wonder Woman – but Shazam! decides it’s time to give magic a proper introduction. Billy Batson is whisked away to the Rock of Eternity, an other-dimensional plane that is said to be the source of magic. By the end of Shazam!, the Rock of Eternity – with all its attendant risks and hazards – has officially become the Shazam Family’s lair.

It looks as though, in the DCEU, anyone has the potential to do magic. Doctor Sivana deduced that the Rock of Eternity could be reached through seven uses of seven symbols, although granted at great risk. These runes seem to have tremendous power, and they’re presumably only the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile, at the end of the film, Sivana is offered further secrets of magic by Mister Mind, a mysterious yet powerful caterpillar/worm creature. “You walking, talking monkeys with your cave drawings,” Mister Mind mocked. “You assume there’s only one way to gain magic. No, no, no.” He spoke ominously of the Seven Realms – a reference to the Seven Magiclands from the comics, each of which has their own brand of magic. All of these Realms are naturally linked to the Rock of Eternity, meaning the Shazam Family will surely be at the center of Mister Mind’s plans, and magic will continue to be developed in the DCEU.

Related: Shazam’s After-Credits Scenes Explained

Early DCEU films were famed for their troubled productions, with directors reportedly in a state of constant conflict with studio execs. That came to a head in Justice League, where the studio pushed for a very different version of the film to the one Zack Snyder had planned. When Snyder departed after a family tragedy, he was replaced by Joss Whedon, and the result was something of a Frankenstein’s Monster that had barely been stitched together into a coherent story.

Warner Bros. learned from their mistakes. They’re now allowing each director to make their own kind of film, one that perfectly suits their vision of the character and their world. Aquaman was so very characteristic of Wan – the horror director’s imprint is most notable during the thrilling scene featuring the Trench – while Shazam! is exactly what Sandberg wanted it to be. It doesn’t compromise its identity in order to fit into a shared universe; it’s allowed to be its own thing. This is so much the case that Shazam! doesn’t even feature the typical DCEU intro sequence; when questioned about this on Twitter, Sandberg noted that he wanted custom logos in the movie instead, and then admitted, “Also I forgot about that one.

Related: There Are THREE Versions Of Justice League (Including The Snyder Cut): We Explain

It’s an approach lifted straight from the comics, where the best comic books allow a creative team to do their own thing. Some comics are aimed at young adults, others deal with more mature themes; some are dark and gritty, others are light and optimistic. Just as all these different styles coexist in the same comic book world, there’s no reason they can’t coexist in the same cinematic universe as well. As Shazam! producer Peter Safran explained, “every movie… should have the right tone for that particular character.” Looking forward, that explains why Warner Bros. is building a shared universe where Shazam! is as much part of the DCEU as Cathy Yan’s low-budget, R-rated Birds of Prey.

Page 2 of 3: Shazam! and the Justice League

Meanwhile, Shazam! shows a far more fun side to the Justice League. The early DCEU lifted themes from Alan Moore’s Watchmen, imagining a world where people reacted to superhumans with hate and fear. It all culminated in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where half the world saw the Man of Steel as a Messiah and the other half envisioned him as a dangerous power that needed to be restrained. “We got lucky with Superman,” Amanda Waller reflected in Suicide Squad. “He shared our values. The next Superman might not.” Justifying the creation of the Suicide Squad, David Harbour’s Dexter Tolliver imagined a scenario where Superman ripped the roof off the White House and grabbed the President of the United States right out of the Oval Office. “Who would’ve stopped him,” he asked.

While these reactions are probably more realistic, they make for a world that’s frankly a lot darker and potentially a lot less fun. Shazam! marks the point where the DCEU has finally put that behind them; in Shazam!, superheroes are celebrities. Freddy dreams of being special and combs over superhero news clippings like a fan poring over the comics; he buys commemorative bullets that have bounced off Superman’s chest with a certificate of authenticity, just like a real-world fan managing to procure a rare piece of superhero memorabilia; and superhero merchandise is seen throughout the film. In one brilliant scene, Billy rushes through a toy shop, and tosses a Batman at Doctor Sivana. In the post-credits scene, Freddy points at his Aquaman T-shirt as evidence that talking to fish can be a useful superpower. To Freddy’s delight, when Billy joins him at school lunch “in costume,” he brings a friend with him – Superman.

Related: Shazam: Superman’s Cameo Explained

The world has embraced the Justice League, reacting to the superheroes in pretty much the same way we do in the real world. As Sandberg has previously said, the people in Shazam! (and the DCEU in general) have toys because that’s what real people do in the real world. It would only make sense to put that in Shazam! as well. In an amusingly meta touch, all the merchandise shown in the toy shop really exists; Warner Bros. put in tremendous effort to make sure they only showed action figures of characters already confirmed to be part of the DCEU.

On the subject of Superman, Shazam! uses the Man of Steel in a very different way – one that means his presence continually informs the film. Superman is essentially viewed as the ultimate superhero, an ideal for Billy to strive towards. Tellingly, when Freddy puts Billy through his paces in order to identify his powers, he first tries out all the abilities traditionally associated with Superman (even if he does substitute laser eyes for heat vision). There’s a sense of irony to this, of course; in the real world, superhero comics really began in 1938, when Superman appeared in Action Comics #1. Shazam! was originally created by DC’s rival Fawcett Comics as a sort of knock-off version of Superman; circulation editor Roscoe K. Fawcett famously commissioned his staff to”give me a Superman, only have his other identity be a 10-or 12-year-old boy rather than a man.” So it’s quite fitting for Billy to aspire to be like him.

For the DCEU, this is a brand new way in which to use the Man of Steel, and yet it seems so very appropriate. Superman barely needs to appear in a film in order to be important to it, simply because every other superhero is aware of him and vaguely wants to be him. It’s a combination of the nobility of his character, the extremity of his powers, and of course the fact that in the DCEU superheroes are now celebrities. The great thing is, in the short term, the DCEU can continue using Superman even if they don’t get Henry Cavill back; they just have to keep using that logo. It’s not a long-term solution, but it will work for now.

Page 3 of 3: The DCEU’s Future Stories After Shazam!

Shazam! isn’t expected to gross anywhere near Aquaman‘s $1 billion – it faces far too much competition for that – but frankly it doesn’t need to do so, given the film had a budget of just $90 million. That means Warner Bros. will almost certainly sign up to a sequel, and the villain has already been set up: Mister Mind. A mysterious, ruthlessly intelligent being who’s variously described as a caterpillar or a worm, Mister Mind has the power to manipulate others telepathically. He’s been described as having the body of a lowly worm, the conscience of a Hitler, and the brain of a genius. Because he’s hardly a physical powerhouse, Mister Mind prefers to find others to do his will, and is particularly associated with the Monster Society of Evil.

In a plot lifted straight from the New 52 Shazam! run in the comics, Mister Mind was introduced in Shazam!‘s opening sequence, which showed a brief glimpse of a worm-like creature in a glass jar. The jar was broken open when Sivana broke into the Rock of Eternity and freed the Seven Sins, and the creature within was finally seen approaching the defeated Sivana in his cell. Mister Mind clearly intends to use Sivana as his pawn in the sequel.

Related: Everything We Know About Shazam 2

Mister Mind also dropped a reference to the Seven Realms. In the comics, these are the Seven Magiclands, all of which are accessible through the Rock of Eternity. Interestingly, one of these Magiclands is the Wildlands, a realm inhabited by sentient creatures; recent comics have hinted that Mister Mind himself originates from the Wildlands, rather than Venus as suggested by previous comics.

Meanwhile, it has to be noted that DC has stopped killing off their villains. Traditionally, superhero films have tended to end with the villains dying; sometimes because the hero chose to kill them, sometimes due to their own mistakes, and sometimes because the hero simply didn’t choose to save them. But, while that approach works for standalone movies, it doesn’t really help establish a firm foundation for a shared universe. The best villains leave a good impression, but then are gone for good, never to be used again. Recent DCEU movies have stopped doing that, though, and a growing number of key supervillains are now at large in the DCEU; Lex Luthor, the Joker, Black Manta, Orm, and now Sivana.

Warner Bros. had originally planned to build towards a Legion of Doom plot, with various villains teaming together in order to take down the heroes. When Walter Hamada was placed in charge of the DCEU last year, there were reports that these plans had been pushed back; Hamada is focused on making each movie/franchise successful and will then start to think about a crossover once that happens. But that means the Legion of Doom is potentially only delayed, rather than cancelled altogether. Keeping key villains alive is a key step towards making that Legion a reality in a potential Justice League 2, several years down the line.

On the subject of villains, Shazam! explicitly references Black Adam, the historic Champion who went bad. Dwayne Johnson has long been signed up to play Black Adam in a future DC movie, although there’s been no news about this project for over a year. Hopefully Shazam! will perform well enough for Warner Bros. to green-light a spinoff as well as a sequel.

More: Shazam! Every Easter Egg & Secret DC Reference



2019-04-06 12:04:54

Thomas Bacon

Avengers: Endgame’s Tone Is Very Different From Infinity War, Says Joe Russo

Co-director Joe Russo says that Avengers: Endgame‘s tone is very different from Avengers: Infinity War. In less than a month, Marvel Studios will wrap up the 22-film arc that they have been unspooling since 2008’s Iron Man. A direct sequel to last year’s Avengers 3, the Phase 3 capper will be the fourth MCU project for the Russo Brothers and writers Stephen Markus and Christopher McFeely. Having the privilege and burden to follow-up such a well-received film, the pressure to deliver is not lost on the foursome, but at this point, they seem to know how exactly they’re going to wrap-up this massive narrative.

Disney is running an extremely measured marketing campaign for Endgame, so as not to reveal any significant plot points that might give the public the slightest inkling about what’s going to happen in the film. In fact, there was even a point where they considered not doing any traditional promotion at all. But based on the footage released thus far, Avengers 4 veers away from the light and humorous vibe that the MCU is known for. The tone is dark and gritty, and the heroes are either brooding or mad – which makes sense considering that they were dealt with their first loss against Thanos (Josh Brolin). In comparison to last year’s Infinity War, Russo says that the upcoming Marvel film will be different, explaining why they were adamant about splitting the twin Avengers sequels.

Related: All The Avengers: Endgame Quantum Realm Clues (So Far)

Speaking with BoxOfficePro, Russo explained (without giving any narrative details away) how Endgame is unlike anything fans have seen before in the MCU, and is certainly different from Infinity War, which means that it’ll be an entirely different experience for viewers. Aside from the tone, fans can also expect a shift in perspective – from Thanos to the heroes out to get him.

“That’s a tricky one to answer without giving anything away, but I will say that the movie is definitely unique in tone. It has its own spirit that’s different than Infinity War, which is why I was keen for us to separate the movies. Of course, we’re handing off narratives and it’s been serialized over 22 movies. But, it’s different tonally than Infinity War and it is told from a different point of view. It was important for us in our minds as film directors to separate those two because we do not want to make the same movie twice, and ways that you can differentiate films are through tone and point of view.”

Whereas Infinity War was a Thanos-centric film, Endgame will put the remaining heroes, particularly the six original Avengers front and center. It’s been a while since fans saw the line-up complete, as they went on their separate journeys in the last several years. But considering what went down in Avengers 3, the squad needs to get back together, this time, to avenge the whole galaxy. Sadly, this could also be the final outing for some, if not most of the original team.

In terms of tone, Infinity War did a great job infusing humor even in the midst of Thanos’ onslaught. Heroes, and by extension the viewers, were optimistic most of the film despite the Mad Titan defeating them at every turn. It wasn’t until the snap that the vibe quickly became dreary (it didn’t help that Thor almost had him beat with Stormbreaker). In Avengers: Endgame, the arc will more likely be opposite – starting with the heroes hopeless and at their lowest. But as they slowly regain their confidence and cook up a plan to defeat Thanos, they build up their morale to finish the mission. Of course, that’s not to say that it’ll purely be a happy ending, since winning will also mean sacrifices from the characters.

More: Fan Made Endgame Posters Reveal The Fate of Other Marvel Characters

Source: BoxOfficePro


2019-03-27 09:03:35

Ana Dumaraog