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Avengers: Endgame Doesn’t Have A Post-Credits Scene (But DON’T Leave)

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame bucks Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition by not including ANY post-credits scenes, but there is something special in the credits. Post-credits scenes were around long before Marvel Studios released their very first installment in the MCU, 2008’s Iron Man. However, Marvel used post-credits scenes in an interesting way, to set up movies that weren’t necessarily direct sequels, but were interconnected within the larger framework of their shared cinematic universe. In fact, that very first Iron Man post-credits scene paved the way for The Avengers, a crossover movie event that paid off the first phase of the MCU’s grand experiment.

In 2019, Marvel Studios is releasing the fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame, which follows the events of the cliffhanger ending in Avengers: Infinity War. The latest MCU installment also attempts to wrap up the story of the MCU thus far, what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige calls the Infinity Saga. But while Endgame marks the end of stories being told from Phase 1 onward, it’s not the end of the MCU entirely. Marvel Studios has an entire Phase 4 planned out, though what exactly those plans are remain a bit of a mystery. Since MCU post-credits scenes have become part of the experience of the franchise, fans are no doubt wondering what to expect from Avengers: Endgame.

Related: Screen Rant’s Avengers: Endgame Review

Now that Avengers: Endgame is hitting theaters around the world, viewers checking out the Marvel Studios blockbuster may want to know whether it includes any credits scenes. Surprisingly, Avengers: Endgame does NOT have a post-credits scene – none at all. While a movie’s credits are always worth watching to get an idea of who was involved in the making of it, Avengers: Endgame doesn’t have any additional scenes for fans. There are, however, two special things included in the credits that fans may want to stick around for.

The first is a special credits sequence honoring the actors that portray the original six members of the Avengers team: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark aka. Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers aka. Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner aka. Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton aka. Hawkeye). Although some of these actors are expected to return in future Marvel Studios projects – either in films or Disney+ TV shows – Avengers: Endgame marks likely the last time they’ll appear on screen together. As such, the movie honors these six actors with a very special credits sequence.

The second credits surprise is an audio cue at the very end of the Avengers: Endgame credits. We won’t spoil it here, but longtime fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may want to stick around until the very end to hear it for themselves. (If not, we’ll be breaking down the Avengers: Endgame post-credits surprise here on Screen Rant.)

Since Avengers: Endgame is the end of the Infinity Saga, it makes sense for Marvel Studios to refrain from including a post-credits scene. Plus, considering how dedicated fans are to the MCU, they likely already know what’s coming. In addition to Spider-Man: Far From Home releasing in July, Marvel also has a number of other movies in development, including Black Widow, The Eternals and Shang-Chi – not to mention the Disney+ shows like Loki, Falcon & Winter Soldier and WandaVision. With Avengers: Endgame now finally in theaters, Marvel will no doubt announce their upcoming plans soon enough.

Next: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development


2019-04-24 04:04:55

Molly Freeman

5 Things The What We Do In The Shadows Show Does Better Than The Film (& 5 Things It Doesn’t)

When a foreign indie film or television series becomes a worldwide darling, more often than not it gets the Americanized treatment. When the property makes the switch it often loses the quintessential aspects that audiences loved in the first place. Luckily, FX’s What We Do in the Shadows reboot continues in its predecessor’s footsteps, delivering much of the same oddball weirdness audiences came to expect.

The FX series succeeds due in part to its behind the scenes team, recruiting both Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. But as with any reboot, there are pros and cons to nearly every aspect. Here are 5 reasons FX’ s What We Do In The Shadows is better than Taika Waititi’s original film, and 5 ways it doesn’t even come close.

RELATED: What We Do In The Shadows Review: Maybe The Funniest Show On TV Right Now

10 Better – The TV Format

What We Do In The Shadows is full of instantly likable characters that could entertain audiences in any number of situations. The film presented this clearly. That being said, there is only so much that can be covered in 90 minutes. Film’s smaller scope simply limits the ability to tell stories in comparison to television.

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The television format fits this premise better than a film ever could. With the expanded runtime that comes with a full series, writers can craft so many more situations and character beats which would only be sidelined in a feature film. The side story with Nadja and Jenna would have been cut if this was a film reboot, and it was some of the strongest and funniest character moments so far in the series. Because of the transfer to television, audiences are treated to even more laughs and more nuanced storytelling.

9 Worse – It Lacks The Indie Charm

Although the new TV format might offer more time with these new characters, there is a bit of that indie charm missing that made the original film so loveable. What We Do in the Shadows, the film, felt like a homemade project through and through. Granted, much of that had to do with its mockumentary style, which is far more common in TV than it is in movies. At the same time though, there was a sense of comradery and collaboration that is somewhat lacking in the new series.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Mandalorian Photo Teases Taika Waititi’s Role

For those familiar, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi have been filmmaking and comedic partners for many years. The two have an electric chemistry that bleeds through (no pun intended) both on and off the screen. Their energy and personal touch on the original film is its greatest strength. Although both have been heavily involved in the series, the film has a rebellious anti-establishment personality that was lost the minute a major network like FX took over.

8 Better – More Gender Diversity

There is no denying that the original What We Do in the Shadows was a bit of a boys club. Vampire or werewolf, both sides of this supernatural spectrum lacked in female representation. Sure there was Jackie the familiar and Vladislav’s former lover The Beast, but neither had top billing in the feature.

RELATED: 10 Best Vampire Movies Of All Time

In FX’s series, there is now a lady vampire front and center. Instead of focusing on a trio of male bloodsuckers, the dynamic switched to two men and a woman. Nadja, played hilariously by Natasia Demetriou, brings different motivations and dynamics to this undead trio as compared to the original movie. This choice not only allows for a more diverse cast but enabled the series to stand on its own as well.

7 Worse – The Main Trio

There is no denying that FX’s reboot gathered some of the best comedic talents around. All three of this new trio bring fresh, and hilarious takes to their vampire counterparts and certainly stand on their own in comparison to the original. Unfortunately, at this point in the series, this trio’s chemistry is nowhere near as strong as the original’s.

Part of this is due to the real-life relationships between the original cast. That was a filmmaking and acting partnership between best friends and longstanding professional relationships. Much of this group has not worked together in the past, and it’s not something easily replicated. Also, the actual character dynamics are not laid out for success. Pairing off two of the characters in a romantic relationship instantly isolates the other, building an emotional barrier among this new trifecta.

6 Better – The Supporting Cast

One thing this series has in loads is an incredible supporting cast. So much of the original film focused on the iconic comedic chops of its main cast with a few highlighted moments with supporting characters. The series, on the other hand, has so much more playing room to explore side characters. More often than not, the supporting players seem to have more fun than the actual leads do.

RELATED: 25 Wild Things About The Making Of The Office

Mark Proksch, who plays the energy vampire Colin Robinson, is an excellent addition. Possibly his best performance to date, Proksch has often been sidelined to minimal supporting parts. Since his appearance on The Office, a featured role such as this has been a long time coming. Harvey Guillén, who plays Nandor’s familiar Guillermo, is another stand-out. A relevantly unknown performer, he is slowly becoming the shining star of the show. Serving as a semi-audience surrogate, his reactions earn the biggest laughs thus far.

5 Worse – Not As Stylistically Innovative

Mockumentaries, specifically great ones, are few and far between as far as film is concerned. There are standouts, from This is Spinal Tap to Popstar, but great ones are rarities. What We Do in the Shadows was so unique for its blend of the mockumentary style with horror and comedy. There was no other film like it. Television is a different story.

RELATED: 15 Funniest Mockumentaries Of All Time

So many TV comedies have adapted the mockumentary style that it has become the status quo. The Office, Parks and Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and many, many more have used this style. Mockumentary is anything but innovative anymore, and although it doesn’t necessarily hurt this series, it doesn’t help it stand on its own either.

4 Better – Expansion of the World

When turning a film into a television series, far more storytelling devices and world building opportunities arise. The What We Do in the Shadows series is no exception. The original film barely touched upon the greater dynamics of this underground vampire society, let alone the other supernatural beings who existed among them.

RELATED: What We Do In The Shadows Teaser: Get To Know Your Vampire History

As stated before, the series introduced Collin Robinson, the energy vampire. This concept was never present in the original film and now offers a whole new set of narrative and comedy roads to explore. The same can be said for the hierarchy with the Baron Afanas. There is a worldwide community of Vampires bent on world domination. That was never touched upon in the original film whatsoever. There are so many more avenues to be explored through a long-form comedic series.

3 Worse – The Visual Effects

Possibly a point of contention, but the series’ visual effects seem fairly standard if not bland. Much of the charm of the original film was the restrictions of a low budget. Whether its the shaky cam werewolf attack or the insanity of Vladislav’s feline form, the original film pulled off as much as they could with little financial backing. In the series, the visual effects are far less hidden. The budget seems to have been increased from the film, but not enough to earn their new spotlight. The new CGI bat transformations are far less believable than they hope, and the werewolf transformation is just ridiculous. That being said, the show’s job is less to make audiences believe in vampires, and more to get them to laugh at their mishaps. They deserve a bit of a pass for this one.

2 Better – Character Pairings

Where the first film was more of an ensemble piece which relied on interactions as a group, the series chooses instead to pair off characters for individual A and B stories. This offers a better glimpse into these characters as individuals than the original film allowed. The pairing of Nandor and Guillermo is undoubtedly a favorite, as their power imbalance offers some incredibly funny beats. Having Nadja and Laszlo paired off as a couple also provides a great exploration into relationship dynamics for romantic couples (particularly undead ones). Although the fraternal dynamic might be missing from the group, it is nice to have so many other pairs and stories to be invested in.

1 Worse – The Werewolves

The most significant discretion the series has made thus far has been its version of werewolves. In the original film, the werewolves almost stole the show. Perhaps the most quotable line from the entire movie was “Werewolves not Swearwolves”. Their whole dynamic and relationship with the vampires was instantly iconic. Their series counterparts are a substantial step-down. They are nowhere near as funny or memorable as the original pack, choosing to riff off pop culture references alone. The series definitely has a long way to go to improve on them, but so far they have been the biggest disappointment.

NEXT: Taika Waititi Developing Time Bandits TV Series For Apple


2019-04-20 09:04:32

Matt Berger

5 Reasons Why Transformers Needs A Reboot (5 Reasons It Doesn’t)

In 2007, Transformers made their leap from TV to the big screen and it’s been something of a cultural behemoth ever since. Despite lasting this long, there have been a few hiccups along the way. Transformers: The Last Knight severely underperformed previous expectations.

With this blockbuster failure, Paramount took a different approach to the spinoff/prequel Bumblebee. Slashing the budget and pushing release to Christmas of 2018, Bumblebee shifted gears from a major tentpole film to something vastly different. Instead, we have a character-driven story rooted in friendship and mutual healing.

Paramount has since announced that Bumblebee would set a soft reboot in motion. But what would really be better: going full-throttle on a reboot or keeping the old timeline?

Here’s 5 reasons why the Transformers movies should be rebooted and 5 reasons why they shouldn’t.

RELATED: Bumblebee Sequel Will Have More of Michael Bay’s Transformers Action

10 NO REBOOT – Superhero Alternative

Transformers is focused way less on the concept of heroes and villains than many big action films. Intentional or not, Bay’s Optimus comes off as angry and violence-prone. Granted, he’s been through a lot given the fact he died, was forced to destroy Cybertron in order to save some very ungrateful humans, then those ungrateful humans started hunting down all Transformers, and then got brainwashed by Quintessa.

So in some roundabout way, we could make the argument that Transformers, as it is now, has blurred morality lines and makes us question the integrity of the Autobots to a degree. The main struggle starts shifting to Cybertronians vs Humans with Autobots vs Decepticons as an underlying theme.

9 REBOOT – Streamlined Designs

The Bayhem extends beyond the nonstop explosions and incoherent fight scenes. The Transformers’ designs suffered as well. The Bay designs can be really hard to look at and are difficult for the eye to track. More moving parts isn’t necessarily a good thing and as a result, the bots end up looking really muddled. Bumblebee’s designs take a step back, embrace the ’80s boxy-ness, and give us that visual coherency we were lacking.

For the most part, the bots really didn’t look out of place in the live action bits. They’re just complicated enough in design for our brains to understand that Bee’s chest is the hood of the VW Beetle. It was also just a treat to see Bee’s model change with his four vehicle modes: Cybertronian, the Jeep, the VW Beetle, and the Camaro.

8 NO REBOOT – The 2015 Writers’ Room

During pre-production for The Last Knight, Paramount announced a massive writers’ room effort to better coordinate later installments of the series. Led by Akiva Goldsman, Paramount established a room of 12 writers to help shape the future of the franchise. It gave a lot of us hope about The Last Knight actually being about Transformers.

RELATED: Christina Hodson Interview: Bumblebee Blu-Ray

We still didn’t get that… but the work of that writers’ room hasn’t been erased. While Transformers 6 is being tossed around (don’t trust Lorenzo), what about the rest of that work? How tied is it to the current movie canon? We have questions we want possible answers to! The effort was already put in, so don’t toss it.

7 REBOOT – Transformers IN A Transformers Movie

Bay movies are notorious for having such little screen time devoted to Transformers. In The Last Knight, Bumblebee got a collective 10 minutes out of 148 minutes. Bumblebee. What even? And that’s not even considering that Optimus Freaking Prime maybe had about 5 minutes.

No, we came here to watch Transformers. Let us have Transformers.

We also get very clear fight scenes that have an overall purpose. Bumblebee definitely saves itself for that final battle of Bee and Charlie vs Shatter and Dropkick. But the way Bumblebee fights is perfect. As a smaller opponent, he constantly goes low, tries to get underfoot, did not skip leg day, and uses his environment to his advantage. Staging makes sense, characters are easy to track, and it doesn’t feel bloated with action. By the time we hit the marina fight, we’re super hype to see it.

6 NO REBOOT – Too Much Lore To Explore

Is it too much to ask for some sensible retconning? Why yes, yes it is.

All things considered, The Last Knight shouldn’t have shocked us that much. Since at least Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers have influenced Earth’s development for at least a few thousand years. Later movies play around with this to the point of retconning themselves, but at least it’s a concept being well-explored.

RELATED: Transformers Producer Says The Last Knight Sequel is Being Developed

And now we have Unicron. For anyone who doesn’t know, Unicron is the Biggest of Bads in the Transformers universe. Cybertron and any being’s continued existence are constantly threatened by Unicron’s ability to consume anything and everything in his path. More recently, he’s been designated as the “Chaos Bringer,” generally being associated with mass destruction and planet-wide panic.

So that sounds cool, but we haven’t even touched Quintessa yet. There’s a lot here and while we don’t have time to unpack all of that, we hope the movies have time to do it for us.

5 REBOOT – Losing Hypermasculinity

There’s no question that Transformers movies are teeming with testosterone. Look, there’s no shame in wanting to watch giant robots punch giant dinosaur robots. But yikes, there are some super cringe-worthy moments in the movies. Probably the most infamous examples are Bumblebee peeing on John Turturro (we’re sorry) and the five-minute explanation of incorrect Texas consent laws in Age of Extinction (we’re really, REALLY sorry).

Bumblebee turns it all upside-down. In no way is Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) shown or written the same way as really any other woman in the movie franchise. She’s just a person getting through a tough time, finding solace and comfort through someone else. And the whole relationship with Memo doesn’t get pushed at all and becomes a friendship you want to see grow. Charlie isn’t shamed for brushing off Memo’s interest and Memo’s totally cool with taking things slow.

4 NO REBOOT – The Overseas Market

Given Marvel’s success with more progressive storytelling and representation with the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, overseas marketing is becoming a bit muddled. But for the most part, the Transformers franchise relies heavily on success in China.

Maybe it’s not as much of a concern given how well Bumblebee did overseas, but there’s a big difference between $1.3 billion worldwide and $465 million. The Last Knight also managed to rake in more than Bumblebee and wasn’t really a loss to the studio, so if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

3 REBOOT – Give Us Cybertron

Enough said.

In all seriousness, even fans who didn’t enjoy Bumblebee got some joy out of seeing five minutes on Cybertron. The only real exploration of Cybertron, of its architecture and culture that we get, is through the IDW comic line, and that just rebooted. Transformers Cyberverse makes a huge effort to show us a pre-war Cybertron through the use of flashbacks, but no other television series has really done this.

RELATED: Animated Transformers Movie to Explore the History of Cybertron

But even with how bleak the planet looked in Bumblebee, what we did see was beautiful and exactly what you’d expect out of an all-metal planet. So much of the audience responded well to that one scene and now, a film fully set on Cybertron is in the works. Yes, please!

2 NO REBOOT – Mass Appeal Factor

There’s no denying that there’s some sort of viscerally satisfying about watching a giant robot fight without thinking too hard about it. Let’s be real, these movies are fun for fans to switch off their brain and suspend that disbelief. Really, if you’re questioning the logistics of gravity but are totally cool with the whole vehicle mode scanning thing, then it’s not the right movie for you to begin with.

The mass appeal helped turn Transformers into the multi-billion franchise it is today. The 2007 movie made it a mainstream thing rather than that nerdy show from the ’80s. And because of the first live action movie, it spawned not only a renewed interest in a stagnant toyline, but gave rise to Transformers Prime and High Moon Studio’s War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron video games. Like, Fall of Cybertron was the Most Anticipated Game of 2012. That’s a big deal.

1 REBOOT – Made By Fans

During the lead up to the film’s release, Knight wrote a letter to the fans about his approach to Bumblebee. This letter was first included in the promotional Bumblebee Boom Box, containing different classes and quality of the movie toys. It was later made public. He explained how he’d grown up with the ’80s show, played with the toys and continued the never-ending battle of good vs. evil. More importantly, he showed that he understood that the robots are characters, that they feel and have motives, that they have heart. So he put that heart into the movie.

Now, we’re at a point where Hasbro is employing these longtime fans to create official works and we hope the trend continues. With the acclaim of the first IDW comics universe and continued success of the show holding the foundation, getting the right fans in the right projects seems like a good way to go.

NEXT: 8 Things Bumblebee Did Better Than Other Transformers Movies (& 2 The Others Did Better)


2019-04-19 09:04:30

Maddy Cohen

Shazam’s Big Cameo Proves The DCEU Doesn’t Need [SPOILER]

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Shazam!

Superman’s big cameo at the end of Shazam! proves that the DCEU doesn’t need Henry Cavill as its Man of Steel. Kal-El, Last Son of Krypton, has had some bad press in the past few years, but it looks like things may be finally turning around.

Superman has always been one of the most paradoxical mainstream superheroes. He is one of the biggest names in comic books – only Spider-Man and Batman vie for the title – and as the first spandex do-gooder undoubtedly the archetype from which all others riff (indeed, Captain Marvel aka Shazam was initially canceled after DC sued alleging plagiarism). And yet making his stories translate to the big screen has proven difficult. Superman: The Movie remains a highlight of the genre thanks to Christopher Reeve’s captivating double performance, but that series went off the deep-end into killer computers and nuclear peace messages.

Related: DC Would Make A Mistake Leaving Superman Behind

Zack Snyder attempted to reboot the character in 2013’s Man of Steel was a stripped back take in the vein of The Dark Knight (David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan conceived the story), but this new iteration of hope was a tough Kryptionian pill to swallow. This was compounded with the ambitious Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before a brash course correction of the character with major reshoots (and CG upper lips) in Justice League finally wore out interest.

In the wake of that box office disaster, it would be easy to conclude that audiences were tired of Superman, at least the iteration first brought to life by Henry Cavill. The DCEU is moving into a new, more interesting future that puts focus on breakout stars Wonder Woman and Aquaman, but with The Batman likely a prequel and Idris Elba not, as initially reported, replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in The Suicide Squad, some continuity concerns remain. And so what can DC do other than bench the Man of Steel? Well, Shazam! has the answer.

  • This Page: Henry Cavill’s Superman Future & Shazam Absence
  • Page 2: How Superman’s Shazam Cameo Moves Past Cavill

Is Henry Cavill Out As Superman?

Before getting into what Shazam! introduces, it’s worth establishing what exactly is going on with Henry Cavill as Superman. His more grounded, haunted iteration was at the center of criticisms for Man of Steel and most certainly Batman v Superman, to the point many question what his selfless sacrifice at the end of Dawn of Justice really meant. As a result, Justice League‘s reshoots were heavily focused on lightening him up (Danny Elfman even used the John Williams score), but that wasn’t enough to correct the damage.

Last year, it was reported that, after lengthy contract negotiations, Cavill was no longer going to be Superman. The specifics were unclear, but it was alleged that his party and Warner Bros. disagreed about the actor and character’s importance to the franchise going forward. Both sides refuted the rumblings while not out-right denying them; WB said that no Superman projects were in development but the relationship was strong, and Cavill and his agent shared cryptic social media posts.

Related: The DCEU Is Dead, Long Live The DCEU

Already we’ve seen Ben Affleck step down as Batman, while Ezra Miller is reportedly making one last effort to get The Flash movie off the ground, so it looks like Cavill is just one of many casualties from Snyder’s Justice League.

Instead, the future of Kryptonians in the DCEU looks to have shifted, with a Supergirl script taking priority over Man of Steel 2. While there’s not been much word on that recently, that the upcoming DC Films slate is now pretty full up to 2022 shows how low a priority the Superman presently appears to be, at least with the current Cavill status quo.

Shazam’s Superman Cameo Is A Result Of The Cavill Issues

Which brings us to Superman’s cameo in Shazam, something that had been rumored as early as January 2018. The moment itself is a pretty big deal built up through the story. Freddy wants to play up his friendship with Shazam, so promises he’ll visit school for lunch, to which his bullies jokily ask if Superman will join too. So, of course, when Billy comes through for his friend at the end, he brings with him his Justice League pal.

In the film, Superman is only shown from the neck down, with Zachary Levi’s stunt double, and not Henry Cavill in the suit. But rather than cutting around the actor, this decision actually comes from the lack of Cavill: Shazam! director David F. Sandberg told Screen Rant that the scene came out of that restriction, with a more humorous way to include the character needed to get around the lack of recognizable star power.

Read More: Shazam’s Superman Cameo Could Have Been Henry Cavill

While that is on its own a rather nice example of improvisational filmmaking, it evidences a planned handling of Superman that sees him evolve beyond Henry Cavill.

Page 2 of 2: How Superman’s Shazam Cameo Moves Past Cavill

Shazam’s Superman Cameo Finally Makes The Man of Steel An Icon

In one joke scene at the end of the movie, Shazam! does more to cement Superman as a beacon of hope than the three movies that actually starred him (and a fourth in Suicide Squad framing the formation of Task Force X as a result of his death). There’s no confusion of what he means to people, what that “S” stands for. Superman is an icon and people love him. By removing the unclear conflict – which wasn’t a bad approach per se but its execution got in the way of the character – suddenly Superman is fully formed.

This reframing of the DC heroes has been running throughout Shazam!, with Freddy’s unabashed enthusiasm for Supes, Bats, Aquaman and the rest literally the same as real-life fans of the characters. Shazam becomes a hero modeled after the preexisting ones, who have now so permeated popular culture they’re merchandised. Rather than bridging the real world and the fantastical as in Zack Snyder’s DC films, Shazam! just accepts and runs with it.

But these aren’t the DCEU heroes explicitly. The Batman toys look and sound more like Kevin Conroy’s animated version than Ben Affleck’s brutalizer. And while Easter eggs reference the Kryptonian World Engine, the Superman who eventually appears sports a brighter suit with a more obvious red belt and, noticeably, doesn’t show his head on camera. These move us from the person in the suit to the hero they truly represent.

Related: Shazam! Every Easter Egg & Secret DC Reference

The DCEU’s Superman Is Bigger Than Henry Cavill

If you can have a moment like this where Superman can exist and capture what the hero instills in people without the actor, then why does the DCEU need to wait for contract issues to be sorted? Henry Cavill no longer represents this Superman, and that it can work without him is proven in Shazam! Superman is a beacon to the world because he’s Superman.

And while this is just a careful side-stepping for complications well beyond the Shazam! filmmakers’ control, it moves us closer to a recast. While there were certainly laughs at the overt avoidance and questions over what it means, the pervasive message is that audiences can and have divorced Superman from Henry Cavill. If he and DC can make it work, then great, but there’s no need to shelve such a high-potential, flat-out icon character just for these reasons.

Even if there’s no Man of Steel 2 (or The Superman, following DC’s recent change in nomenclature), a continuation through cameos akin to Iron Man in Phase 3 Marvel movies would be a perfect way to continue Superman’s image rehabilitation. It’s just a shame D.J. Cotrona is already tied up…

Next: Shazam Makes Up For George Miller’s Failed Justice League Movie


2019-04-19 06:04:27

Alex Leadbeater

Tony Stark Doesn’t Want to Die in Avengers: Endgame TV Spot

A brand new Avengers: Endgame TV spot features Tony Stark telling Steve Rogers that it would be nice to accomplish their upcoming mission without dying. In a week, Marvel Studios crowning jewel will finally hit theaters all over the globe. Preceded by 21 other movies all somehow connected to the upcoming narrative, the project will be the culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise for the last 10 years. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, plot specifics for the film is still tightly under wraps, but fans are expecting an emotional roller coaster ride with the movie supposedly being the last outing for some of the MCU’s founding heroes including its inaugural one, Iron Man.

Kicking off the the superhero franchise in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008, Stark remains the poster boy of the universe despite the influx of all other loveable characters. His first film set the overall tone for the MCU, and while he’s stepped back a bit to let new players take the center stage, it’s no secret that he’s still an integral part of the narrative, particularly this upcoming one. Stark has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the course of a decade, but Thanos winning in Avengers: Infinity War is arguably the lowest point of his life as a superhero as it forced him to live out his worst nightmare. With another chance to defeat the Mad Titan, fans can expect that he, alongside the rest of the remaining heroes, will stop at nothing to avenge the fallen. But, as he says in a new promo clip, it would be nice not dying doing it.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Poster Highlights Thor, Iron Man & Captain America’s Evolution

In the freshly-released Endgame TV spot, a gray-haired Stark meets Rogers in Avengers HQ and tells him that they’re “trying to pull off something damn near impossible and to not die trying would be nice.” Fans have already seen a snippet of the same shot in previous promo clips, but this is the first time that its dialogue is revealed. At another video, Tony makes sure that they’re getting the whole team together presumably for the same mission. Watch the clip shared on YouTube via Marvel Talk below:

The video overall is a mix of old and new footage and elsewhere in it, there’s a never-before-seen shot of Captain Marvel blasting to the skies with her helmet on and seemingly in her Binary form. Meanwhile, another interesting shot is still an older-looking Stark discreetly flicking a shrunken Ant-Man. This particular scene is more likely in connection to that famous  leaked set images for Avengers 4 where Stark, Captain America (in his old suit), a fully-transformed Hulk and Ant-Man convene in the middle of rubble. A different batch of photos hinted that Stark may be undercover as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative during Loki’s arrest after the Battle of New York.

Regardless of what Stark and his team’s plan is to take down Thanos and restore peace and order in the universe, what’s certain is that it won’t be easy. Judging by the existence of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s safe to assume that they will accomplish it in Avengers: Endgame. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t suffer any losses. Despite his cocky nature, Stark has almost always been willing to lay his life down the line to ensure a win for the good guys, and if he does bite the bullet with this one, at least fans know it’s for the greater good. That said, his death will still be very difficult to watch with the future of the MCU forever changed if he’s no longer around.

More: New Avengers: Endgame TV Spots Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage

Source: Marvel Studios (via Marvel Talk)


2019-04-19 03:04:37

Ana Dumaraog

The Star Wars 9 Title Doesn’t Mean Rey Is A Skywalker

UPDATE: Read our full Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer breakdown.

Star Wars 9 is officially titled The Rise Of Skywalker – does this mean that Kylo Ren was lying and that Rey actually is a Skywalker? The title of Episode IX has been a major mystery over the past few months, and now it’s been revealed, the questions just keep coming.

Rey’s parentage has been one of the most hotly debated aspects of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Introduced as a mysterious orphan with an intriguing connection to the Force in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, speculation was that she could be related to anybody, from Luke Skywalker to Han Solo to Obi-Wan Kenobi. But then, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was stated in no uncertain terms by Kylo Ren that she was, in fact, no one: her parents were junkers who sold her for drinking money.

Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Handling of Rey’s Parents is Great

Of course, that proved divisive, and many wondered if J.J. Abrams would change course with Star Wars 9. Now the title is revealed as The Rise Of Skywalker, hinting a member of the family will, well, rise, many will surely be wondering if this implies Rey Skywalker is the truth after all.

While we don’t know any more than the title at this time – the Star Wars 9 Celebration panel was a highly secretive affair – we’re inclined to say no, the Star Wars 9: The Rise Of Skywalker title doesn’t mean Rey is a Skywalker. While it certainly means the family – or their name – will be important in the concluding chapter, there’s nothing to say it retcons the previous twist.

While it’s popularly accepted that Rian Johnson went against J.J. Abrams plans for Rey (as well as Luke and Snoke) with The Last JediThe Force Awakens is absolutely full of allusions to the fact Rey isn’t related to any of the Skywalkers. Han clearly doesn’t recognize her, so she can’t be related to Leia, while Luke’s exile attests to traditional Jedi values and thus celibacy. Maz Kanata even states that her parents are in the past, while Luke is in the future: it’s not important where she came from, but where she’s going.

Nevertheless, the Rey parentage reveal proved divisive so it’s only understandable a leaning on the Skywalker name for the end of a trilogy that only has one Skywalker who’s the villain would bring up the questions that have plagued the character pretty much since Daisy Ridley was cast way back in 2014. But, for now, she remains “Rey from nowhere” in Star Wars 9 and beyond.

Next: Who Is Laughing At The End Of The Star Wars 9 Trailer? (It’s Not Snoke)


2019-04-12 11:04:57

Alex Leadbeater

Epic Games Store Doesn’t Want To Be A Steam Clone

Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney has once again shared his thoughts regarding the Epic Games Store using Twitter, this time to discuss the future of the platform while also using Valve’s Steam digital distribution service as a point of comparison. Although the Epic Games Store is still relatively new, the burgeoning platform has been a major point of discussion in recent weeks as Epic continues to lure major developers away from Steam with timed exclusivity deals.

Sweeney previously made headlines for defending the need for the Epic Games Store’s exclusivity deals, which gamers had criticized as greedy or exploitative. Sweeney argued that launching a brand new digital distribution service into Steam’s monopolized market dictated the need to create incentives try it; he also later suggested that, should the time come where Epic feels secure in its platform’s place in the industry, he hoped they could do away with exclusive deals altogether. The Epic Games boss has attempted to maintain a clear dialogue with those who have concerns over the direction of the company’s storefront, and to his credit, it has helped clarify potential misunderstandings before they’ve occurred.

Related: Valve Keeps Getting It Wrong, And It Doesn’t Care

Sweeney’s latest post isn’t nearly as controversial as defending the largest point of contention for his new service. Instead, Sweeney took to Twitter to discuss how he envisions the Epic Games Store developing in the future. There were quite a few tweets discussing it, but the most important ones seemed to be those that were obviously using Steam as a point of comparison, something that’s likely unavoidable for Epic at the moment. Take a look:

Sweeney also discussed how the company will host other people’s content, particularly forums:

Clearly, the Epic Games Store is working hard to differentiate itself from its competitor, and Sweeney handles it with class. In discussing the roadmap of what Epic is planning, Sweeney simply dismisses the ideas that won’t be at play, like Steam’s trading card system, while also highlighting what’s coming, like gifting and achievements. One of the recurring themes that Sweeney mentions in these tweets is also the distinction that developers will be given a lot of tools and options that they can either choose to implement or ignore; forum integration and online support ticketing aren’t mandatory, but could provide helpful support to developers who need it. Sweeney also stated that PC & Mac versions of games would be distributed together with one purchase, and that the storefront would support M-rated games.

The Epic Games Store still needs some work. It’s a glitchy service sometimes, and its presentation is bare bones. But the priority on making developers feel comfortable and giving them a bigger cut of profits is a worthy one that Sweeney is more than happy to lean into, and as more AAA games begin to jump ship onto the fledgling digital distribution platform, it’s fair to wonder if the Epic Games Store will soon make like Fortnite and completely dominate its area of interest.

Next: Ex-Valve Employee Says Steam Was Killing Gaming Before Epic Games Store

Source: @TimSweeneyEpic



2019-04-12 01:04:55

Cody Gravelle

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

What if Avengers: Endgame is bad? The hype for Avengers 4, direct sequel to Infinity War and swansong to the original roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, is presently reaching to Titan and back. In fact, it’s so anticipated and well-established by the past 11 years of Marvel Studios, that the film may even be able to weather being a disappointment.

2019 sees the “end” of many major franchises. Game of Thrones season 8 airs its finale in May, Toy Story 4 closes off Woody’s journey in June and Star Wars 9 ends the Skywalker Saga in December. But before all them, the MCU’s 22-movie Infinity Saga wraps up with Avengers: Endgame. Now, technically none of these are the true final entry of their series – the MCU will move into Phaes 4, Star Wars has multiple spinoff series in development, Game of Thrones has a prequel coming next year and Toy Story Toons will undoubtedly continue – but each of these stories still has a real sense of finality.

Related: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development

Nevertheless, with finality a key marketing tactic, the pressure is on to get it right. Most of these series have a fair few skeptics – Star Wars‘ sequel trilogy has proven divisive, Game of Thrones had a rocky penultimate season, and skepticism over another Toy Story is high – but one that feels untouchable is Avengers: Endgame. The movie’s intense excitement has only begotten extreme confidence, to the point that it seems impossible to will disappoint. And that may because it marks the point where the MCU experiment has transcended traditional elements: if Avengers: Endgame is bad, it wouldn’t even matter.

  • This Page: Why Avengers: Endgame Can Be “Bad” And Still Succeed
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Real Talk: How Could Avengers: Endgame Be “Bad”?

Avengers: Endgame isn’t going to be a standard film by any measure. A three-hour epic (the longest tentpole in over a decade), it’s the second part to Infinity War, which was certainly a different movie to what most blockbusters deliver. It can be read as following a three-act structure but the canvas is so wide that the flow is alien. What holds everything together is Thanos and his twisted “hero’s journey“. This has led many to describe him as the film’s protagonist, but while he fits that role on paper, there’s no hiding his villainy. None of this hurts the film (unconventional structure is certainly no bad thing), which has so much tied together. What it does, though, is put a lot of weight on emotional connection and character; Infinity War‘s critics tend to hone in on the impenetrable onslaught of quickly-defined ideas and open ending, with what appeals to its fans being the various heroes.

Being a glorified Part 2, Avengers: Endgame will undoubtedly repeat these aspects, with the extended runtime (it will clock in over 20 minutes longer) putting it at the risk of bloat and disparate meaning.

Specific concerns come from Avengers: Endgame‘s likely use of time travel. Ever since set photos from the back-to-back shoot of Avengers 3 & 4 showed Ant-Man and a blond Tony Stark in The Battle of New York, the presiding theory for Endgame is that the heroes will attempt to undo Thanos’ snap by going back to the previous movies. An onslaught of evidence ties the film to the Quantum Realm and its time vortexes, while footage from the set photo sequence appeared in the latest trailer digitally altered. The fear with this is that time travel is inherently illogical and nigh-on impossible to keep within the confines of its own rules; a problem exacerbated by the MCU’s already confused timeline. As Back to the Future proves, making sense can be secondary to entertainment, but it’s nevertheless a concern for a culminating film.

Related: Marvel Movie Timeline: A Complete History Of The MCU

None of this are to say that Avengers: Endgame will be bad, merely to show how something of this scale certainly runs the risk of missteps. You need only look to the second Avengers film, Age of Ultron, to see how a multitude of intriguing elements can come unsatisfyingly; Joss Whedon’s second MCU film was the product of immense production debate (it led to the disbanding of Marvel’s Creative Committee) and that push and pull is at the forefront of the confused movie regularly cited in the bottom strata of the MCU.

Avengers: Endgame Will Satisfy Even If It’s Not “Good”

The positivity that Marvel has built up around the MCU over the past decade is incredible. At the core is the basic fact that the movies are uniformly good, with even the more disappointing entries still maintaining a basic level of “fun” quality. This, coupled with the interconnected world despite narratively-singular films that rewards deeper exploration, keeps the entire franchise bolstered. While low-end films like Ant-Man and the Wasp are rightly criticized and bold entries like Thor: Ragnarok prove divisive, there’s evident goodwill towards the MCU from the majority.

And Avengers: Endgame is the pinnacle of this. It’s got direct connections back to every previous movie – whether that’s directly continuing Avengers: Infinity War‘s cliffhanger or rounding off character arcs begun last decade – and, given the Russos previous three Marvel movies, competency of production isn’t treated as a question. But what really nullifies the quality concerns raised above, at least from a general audience perspective, is how so much of what Endgame is trying to do has already been done.

When the movie kills whoever it’s going to kill – Iron Man and Captain America are obvious favorites given how Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans’ Marvel contracts are up – or the snap victims are brought back to life, Avengers: Endgame will be providing moments so impactful from a plot perspective that how they’re delivered almost won’t matter. We’ve had 21 movies of setup, this is just the final step, meaning so much of the excitement the Russos want to cultivate is already inferred. Barring something truly contradictory, audience satisfaction feels almost guaranteed.

Page 2 of 2: What Avengers: Endgame Disappointing Would Mean To The MCU’s Future

Avengers: Endgame Is Truly Critic-Proof At The Box Office

As if to prove Avengers: Endgame‘s indestructibility, the film is already showing legs that make financial failure impossible. It smashed pre-sale records, beating previous holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ first day in six hours, and the trailers (when they arrived) have likewise become the most viewed in the first 24 hours. As it stands, the film could be tracking as high as a $800 million opening weekend (a $200 million increase on Avengers: Infinity War last year, although a big portion of the leap comes from a concurrent opening with China).

Related: Every Record Avengers: Endgame Has Already Broken

This alone highlights how “critic-proofEndgame will be. It’s a smash hit before anybody’s seen it, pretty much for certain, and it’s not a bold claim to say that opening won’t be impacted too much by reviews even if they’re bad because everybody will still want to see for themselves. The size of this event insures against a drop comparable to Batman v Superman, where scathing reviews and just-as-bad word-of-mouth saw a stunning 58.6% drop Friday-to-Sunday.

Long term it would be possible for Avengers: Endgame‘s box office to taper off; weaker word of mouth and fewer rewatches could have an impact (especially considering Marvel has direct competition in the form of Detective Pikachu just two weeks into release). However, comparing to other so-called “disappointments” such as The Dark Knight Rises show that scale of the movie doesn’t just shield problems, it helps keep it moving; that followup made $82 million more than The Dark Knight.

Whether Endgame can match Avengers: Infinity War‘s $2 billion is in question even with that redefining opening, and some negative responses are likely to leave a dent.

What Would Avengers: Endgame Being Bad Means For The MCU’s Future

The one area of concern when it comes to Avengers: Endgame being underwhelming isn’t to the excitement of the release or how well it does at the box office – it’s what it means for the MCU’s future.

Related: Every MCU Movie Coming After Captain Marvel

Looking back to Avengers: Age of Ultron, this may not seem to be much of a problem. While for some it highlighted issues baked into the MCU both in terms of storytelling and corporate structure, few of those complaints stuck. The Creative Committee, who are credited with many of Phase 2’s controversial decisions (as well as holding back more diverse heroes), disbanded around this time and Joss Whedon stepped away from the franchise, giving Avengers reins to the Russo Brothers. Captain America: Civil War marked a whole new era and gave everything a necessary reinvigoration.

The situation is a little different this time around. Marvel has been very smart with their post-Endgame plans, only confirming Spider-Man: Far From Home as a result of the Sony deal. While it’s known that Black Widow, The Eternals, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, Shang-Chi and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are all on the way (with the former two set to enter production soon for a 2020 release), the lack of any official confirmation funnels all excitement into the self-proclaimed finality of Avengers: Endgame.

This raises an interesting question about a shared universe at supposed critical mass: does the constant evolution of the MCU, with a new movie every few months and fresh characters always entering the fray, avoid dwelling on mistakes until it’s too late? And, directly applied to Endgame, could the culmination – and all the retrospection brought with it, be the point of damaging? If the entire Infinity Saga ends on a bum note, there’s going to be considerably less faith that whatever’s next is going to satisfy either, hurting both big events and the more random elements that make up the whole.

Hopefully, the Russos deliver.

Next: Every Avengers: Endgame Update You Need To Know


2019-04-08 03:04:46

Alex Leadbeater

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

Rian Johnson reveals he doesn’t care if Star Wars: Episode IX retcons any plot points he established in The Last Jedi. As anyone who follows the galaxy far, far away knows, Johnson’s entry into the Skywalker saga was one of the most polarizing blockbusters in recent memory. Some people felt the film was the refreshing change-of-pace the series needed in order to thrive for the longterm, while others thought Johnson’s bold creative choices were a bit too much and ruined the franchise entirely. The heated debates continue to this day, nearly a year and a half since the film hit theaters.

J.J. Abrams, director of The Force Awakens, took the baton back from Johnson for this December’s trilogy finale. Over the course of his career, Abrams has built up a filmography of fast-paced, entertaining genre pictures, but even his biggest fans would admit he has a habit of playing things safe in his movies, leaning more on nostalgia than innovation. Force Awakens, for example, intentionally borrowed story beats from A New Hope in order to ease viewers into a new era for Star Wars. With Abrams calling the shots on Episode IX, some are wondering if he’ll look to undo portions of Johnson’s movie with bits of fan service or reverting back to the status quo. If that were to pass, Johnson wouldn’t mind as long as he’s entertained.

Related: Theory – Rey & Kylo Ren’s Connection Will Bring Balance to the Force

While at CinemaCon (where he was showcasing his new mystery-thriller Knives Out), Johnson caught up with MTV News to chat about Star Wars. When asked about Episode IX, Johnson stated he’s only had “a couple of conversations” with Abrams and is excited to see where the story goes – even if it means some of his Last Jedi twists get retconned.

“Like I said, man. I want to let go of all my expectations, I want to sit back, I want to be entertained. I want to be surprised. I want to be thrilled. I want him to do stuff that I wasn’t expecting him to do and just go along for the ride. For me, that’s why I go to the movies, you know?”

The Last Jedi generated backlash for the answers Johnson gave to some of The Force Awakens’ biggest questions, such as Rey’s parentage, Supreme Leader Snoke’s role, and why Luke Skywalker fled to Ahch-To. These revelations didn’t line up with expectations or numerous fan theories, which upset some viewers. Though some of the negative reactions were quite toxic, nobody should expect Episode IX to be a giant course correction that reveals Rey is a Kenobi and Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis reincarnated. Abrams pitched his story to Disney the day The Last Jedi debuted in theaters and went on record saying the response would not influence what he did with the film. In all likelihood, Abrams will honor Johnson’s decisions and keep them canon. There’s always an outside chance of a retcon (Luke and Leia weren’t brother and sister until Return of the Jedi), but Episode IX seemingly has greater things to worry about than rehashing Rey’s lineage.

Thankfully, it’s only a matter of time before Johnson and the rest of Star Wars fandom get their first real taste of what Abrams has up his sleeve. This coming week is Celebration Chicago, where there will be an Episode IX panel. It’s widely thought the teaser trailer will premiere at the convention, finally peeling back the curtain on what’s arguably been Lucasfilm’s most secretive production in the Disney era. No matter what Abrams does for Episode IX, hopefully it delivers the rousing and epic conclusion the Skywalker saga deserves.

More: Star Wars 9 Can Finish the Prequel Story

Source: MTV News



2019-04-06 09:04:48

Chris Agar

10 Things About Ego That Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Doesn’t Cover

For a long time, the MCU’s biggest flaw was its introduction of “meh” one-time villains. Fortunately, the quality of evil has improved significantly over the last few years. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2‘s Ego is just one example. Ego “The Living Planet” Quill proved to be a worthy inclusion. It could even be said that Star-Lord’s planet father resembled a weirder, less scary Darth Vader. Both ambitious rulers, and father to non-evil sons.

RELATED: Marvel Theory: Past MCU Villains Will Be The Heroes Of Endgame

But, despite everything we witnessed from Kurt Russell portrayal, one movie is not nearly enough to show off all of Ego’s…ego. Especially when compared to his comic book counterpart. So, without further ado, here are 10 things about Ego that Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 doesn’t cover.

10 ORIGIN STORY

GoTG Vol.2 does have a sort of origin story for Ego. He quickly explains that he is a Celestial and that he has searched his entire life for company. This is massively different from what’s in the comics. Here Ego started out as just a normal scientist named Ergos. How he went from man to planet has to do with the super-powerful being known as the Stranger. When the Stranger arrived, he did so to conduct an experiment that would cause the planet’s sun to go nova.

Basically, everything would explode and everyone on the planet would die. Egros tried to save his people by hiding them in an underground bunker, but the sun erupted before he himself had time to hide. Egros was hit by the shock wave but did not die. Instead, his body was merged with that of every single living thing destroyed by the sun and he became the Living Planet.

9 HYPERSPACE TRAVEL

The vast immensity of space holds many, many planets. This holds as much truth in the Marvel Universe as it does in real life. Planets float in space. The ones in our solar system orbit the sun. Now imagine a planet was a person, and space was just a place it could move around. Now imagine that planet-person could move around really, really fast. That’s Ego. One we haven’t seen on screen.

At one point in the comics, Galactus (more on him later) attached a propulsion system to Ego’s…body and sent him hurtling through space. It didn’t take long for Ego to figure out how to control it, though, and he then started using it to travel anywhere he wanted through hypertravel. That is, at a speed faster than the speed of light.

8 POPULATED HOME

If there’s one thing Kurt Russell’s Ego establishes in the movie, it’s how utterly alone he is (if you forget Mantis, that is). This theme is also explored on paper, but it does show us a little more. During Ego’s comic book history, there have been a few times where there were actual civilizations living on him. Usually, they don’t last very long.

RELATED: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Reportedly Begins Production in February 2021

They’re either beings that Ego tricks so he can them consume them, or in a few cases, people who have helped Ego, and are then gifted with the possibility of living on his surface. Unfortunately, he has very little tolerance and is easily angered, so these usually end up being devoured as well. The literal consumption of people is something else we didn’t see Mr. Russell do.

7 ALTER-EGO

The title isn’t an attempt at being funny. Marvel Comics really did introduce a character named Alter-Ego. Just like Ego, he/she/it is a planet. One created by the Stranger, when he gave the planet consciousness. The Stranger designed Alter-Ego to hate Ego, as his plan was always to have both planets battle each other to see who was the superior one.

After tricking Ego into searching for his “brother”, he finds him but is taken aback when Alter-Ego attacks him. They both fight, and Alter-Ego is close to killing Ego when Thor steps in to stop them. Alter-Ego is then destroyed and his remains become Ego’s moon, and they now both travel together throughout the cosmos. Very weird indeed.

6 AVENGERS OVER GUARDIANS

Speaking of Thor, one awesome battle that is now pretty much impossible to replicate on screen (you know, because he’s dead) is Avengers vs Ego. In the comics, Star-Lord has no connection to Ego at all. To think of it, with the exception of Mantis, the Guardians never even bumped into the planet at all. But Earth’s Mightiest Heroes did take him on…once. That is, he’s only been faced by a full Avengers roster once.

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

However, the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and (especially) Thor have dealt with Ego on many separate occasions. And he was bested every single time. His first appearance actually took place in a Thor comic book, where the God of Thunder was forced to stop Ego’s plans of conquering other planets.

5 EGO-PRIME

The cosmic Marvel stories really can get a little bit crazy. The name Ego-Prime has been used for two very similar, yet different beings. On one occasion, a sample of Ego’s DNA gave birth to something new. This new creation was basically Ego…with limbs. Not just a planet, but a giant body. Both the Living Planet and the planet-headed man existed simultaneously.

Years later, when Galactus landed on Ego, he discovered that the planet’s origin story was very similar to his own. He felt sympathy for him and so decided to give Ego a pair of arms and legs to become the second incarnation of Ego-Prime. A giant body with a planet-sized head is definitely something audiences have yet to see in the movie theater.

4 GALACTUS

I’ve mentioned Galactus quite a few times, and that is a part of Ego’s story that cannot be overlooked. With the Disney-Fox merger, there is now a possibility of seeing one of Marvel’s greatest villains on screen. However, it will be harder to witness a battle between the Devourer of Worlds and the Living Planet. These two have always been arch-enemies, which makes sense, seeing as one is a planet-eater and the other…is a planet.

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These two have been at each other’s throats since the beginning. The was even a time when Galactus successfully killed Ego, by throwing him into the sun (yikes!), but being a planet and all, he managed to “walk it off” and continue their decades-long struggle. If there’s one thing missing from, not just Guardians 2, but the MCU in general, it’s a giant space battle between two huge, immensely powerful ancient beings.

3 ANTIBODIES AND OTHER POWERS

When the Guardians all banded together to fight Star-Lord’s father in the third act of the movie, we finally got to see Ego’s planet-shaping powers. He demonstrated his ability to control the world’s environment by making tentacles appear from every corner of the planet to keep the heroes at bay. He also molded his world to trap the Guardians under rocks, roots, and dirt. However, this was far as he went when it came to showing off his powers.

Comic book Ego has a few more tricks under his sleeve. Firstly, he has the ability to create an infinite amount of humanoid-like creatures to ward off anyone who sets foot on the surface. In addition to that, Ego can also sprout out giant tendrils into space, read people’s minds, blast laser-beams from his eyes and even give consciousness to other planets. Now that would be fun to see.

2 ID

Yes. For all you with a degree in psychology, you can marvel at Marvel’s sense of humor as they produced both an Ego and an Id. There was also a Super-Ego at one time, but he was pretty irrelevant. Id, the Selfish Moon was originally just a moon that orbited Ego’s planet but ended up also gaining consciousness. From then on, he left Ego, wishing to live a life of fun and joy with new-found friends.

Unfortunately, there were no other living moons in sight, and so, like every single powerful being, he sought to destroy every joyous being he could find. He ended up destroying a few planets but then was killed by the most unlikely of heroes. Deadpool was sent to kill Id, and he succeeded. Just when you thought Ego’s story couldn’t get any stranger…

1 FULL PLANET FORM

As has been stressed throughout this post, Ego. Is. A. Planet. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 definitely showed us something different. Yes, Ego created his entire planet. Yes, he can manipulate anything on its surface for creative, defensive, or offensive means. But Kurt Russell’s character is Ego, the Celestial, not the Living Planet. As such, we did not get to witness what would have been an incredible sight.

For a few seconds, Ego’s planet is shown with a giant face plastered on to the surface. But the face was barely visible and remained motionless. What we will never see is a giant planet opening its mouth to talk, blinking its giant eyes, and basically just moving around as a giant planet. If there was one crucial difference to both iterations of the character, this is it.

NEXT: Everything We Know About Black Widow’s Role In Avengers: Endgame


2019-03-29 05:03:19

Salvador Lavradio