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Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

Related: Bond 25 Theory: Lashana Lynch Is Playing The NEW 007 Replacement

A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail


2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

Related: Bond 25 Theory: Lashana Lynch Is Playing The NEW 007 Replacement

A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail


2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

20 Female Marvel Heroes Who Should Join The MCU After Endgame

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be more female-driven and here are twenty that need to be introduced after Avengers: Endgame. Over the course of the first eleven years of the MCU, there’s only been a handful of female of characters who have received prominent roles. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is the most notable of the bunch and will soon be getting a solo movie of her own, but it was Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers who saw Captain Marvel become the first female led MCU film.

Now, Captain Marvel may have been the first, but it will not be the last. A Black Widow film is currently in development, and there is potential for other female characters to get solo films of their own, or just take on an even larger role moving forward. Scarlet Witch may be one of these characters, thanks to WandaVision, while Angelina Jolie could help lead The Eternals in Phase 4. Female characters like Gamora, Nebula, and Mantis have been important to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise – but what about the future?

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All eyes are on Avengers: Endgame to see how it will end the 22-film Infinity Saga, but many are also wondering how it will set the stage for Phase 4 and beyond. This could see new female heroes rise up – like an older version of Cassie Lang or Pepper Potts suiting up as Rescue – but fans are also eager to see brand new female heroes debut. In the latest Screen Rant video (featured at the top of this post), we turn the spotlight on 20 female Marvel characters who should be brought into the MCU after Avengers: Endgame.

While all of these characters are worthy of making it to the big screen, some appear to be closer to doing so than others. One of the prime candidates is Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel). Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and many others have teased that her MCU introduction may not be that far away now that her idol Captain Marvel has been introduced. We also know that Sersi is going to be in The Eternals, so she should be be the one who is introduced the soonest.

Marvel Studios already had access to a handful of these characters before, but they also have even more characters at their disposal after the Disney-Fox deal closed. Sue Storm is a major one that they can now use and likely will before too long, while they are expected to reboot X-Men characters too. With the mixture of mutants like X-23, long-awaited introductions like Jessica Drew, and newcomers like Ironheart, these are plenty of female heroes that can join the MCU after Avengers: Endgame, and we just hope the wait isn’t too long.

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2019-04-20 05:04:27

Cooper Hood

AMC Announces Female-Led Walking Dead Spinoff Show

AMC reveal plans for a third The Walking Dead TV show. Based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead first began airing on AMC in October 2010 and rapidly went on to become a worldwide sensation. Now confirmed for season 10 expected later this year, TWD has suffered ups-and-downs in terms of viewership but continues to be AMC’s biggest draw and recently survived the loss of lead actor, Andrew Lincoln. Unsurprisingly given its success, a spinoff called Fear The Walking Dead dropped in 2005. Originally recounting the early days of the zombie apocalypse, FTWD has since caught up with the main show and several characters have crossed over between the two series.

Despite already juggling two projects concurrently, AMC have made no secret of their desire to expand the universe of TWD further, and around the time of the season 9 premiere, reports began to emerge that revealed several different undead ideas were lurking in AMC’s pipeline. Following Lincoln’s on-screen departure, the first of these was confirmed to be a series of Walking Dead movies starring the show’s former protagonist, however rumors continued to suggest that AMC had more up their sleeve than just a feature length adventure for Rick Grimes.

Related: Walking Dead Season 9 Made Some Shocking Choices – But They Fixed The Show

Those suspicions have now been confirmed, as AMC have announced (via EW) that a third scripted TWD series is in the works. The new show has been created by franchise veteran Scott M. Gimple and TWD writer and producer Matt Negrete, who will act as showrunner on the new venture. The series will reportedly start production on a 10-episode run this summer in Virginia ahead of a 2020 premiere. A synopsis for the currently untitled new show reads:

“[The series]will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

Financially, it’s not hard to see why AMC are investing more time and money into TWD. Even with the recent drop in ratings, both TWD and FTWD continue to do very well for the network, bringing in plenty of cash, and Kirkman’s comic series is also still going strong, providing the main show with plenty of source material to draw from and leaving other titles room to tackle original stories.

With that said, this latest addition to the franchise surely risks burnout from even the most ardent of TWD fans. While many viewers would be willing to invest their time into watching both the main series and its spinoff – which helpfully run at different times of the year – is their interest strong enough to watch three separate shows set within the same universe? The Marvel Studios TV output perhaps demonstrates a precedent for such dedication but did have the success of the hugely successful Hollywood movies to fall back on. Each Marvel show also featured a distinctly different feel, whereas one of the biggest criticisms of FTWD is that it has become very similar to the main show in plot, themes and tone.

More: What To Expect From The Walking Dead Season 10

The untitled Walking Dead spinoff is expected to premiere in 2020 on AMC. More news as it arrives.

Source: EW


2019-04-08 08:04:17

Craig Elvy

Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 Adds Female Characters, New Planet & More

Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 will release this weekend for all backers, and the update will finally add playable female characters alongside a new city-planet named ArcCorp and other features. Star Citizen has released several patches since its inception, but remains in a purely Alpha build currently, one that is accessible to those who have backed the game via crowdfunding.

Star Citizen is one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever. Developer Cloud Imperium celebrated hitting $200 million in crowdfunding late last year by giving everyone a glimpse of how the game is progressing, and despite the incredible amount of time that it has taken to get the game playable even into Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 stage, it continues to impress those who have interacted with it. One of the most consistent elements of the game is that it opens the door for many different possibilities at any given time, with popular videos like the Star Citizen player catching someone falling through a planet’s atmosphere providing evidence of just how intense the game’s sandbox features can get.

Related: Squadron 42 Won’t Be in Beta Until Mid-2020 At The Earliest

Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 will continue to add more content to the game, including a heavily requested feature: it took years, but players will finally be given access to playable female character models. On top of that strangely absent element finally getting addressed, the game will also introduce a new city-planet called ArcCorp alongside its two moon, while an entirely re-worked flight model that differs planetary and space flight will be introduced as well. Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 will also introduce new missions, ships, and weapons for players, as well as “dozens” of quality of life and performance improvements. Chris Roberts, the CEO of Cloud Imperium, shared his feelings on the game’s newest update:

3.5 is one of our biggest updates so far…we’re adding the dense urban planet ArcCorp, which we showed a prototype of at CitizenCon 2017, as well as delivering the revolutionary Gene Splicing system we developed with 3Lateral…but for me, the headline feature we’re adding is playable female characters. This has been a long time coming, and it was a huge undertaking.

Star Citizen Alpha 3.5 will also be adding CIG Character Customization Technology, an updated system that will allow players access to new customization options that will create permutations that increase the amount of player possibilities drastically. Cloud Imperium is also placing a bit of a larger focus on communication technology, with updates that will allow players to participate in video comms calls “no matter how far away they are in the Persistent Universe”. Essentially, players can now stay in contact while further away from each other, which is a huge boon to those who want to team up and use the game’s in-game comm tech for the full Star Citizen experience.

There are a lot of updates coming in Star Citizen Alpha 3.5, and all of them appear to be increasing the quality of an already deep, satisfying game. The issue comes with the fact that Star Citizen is somehow still in Alpha despite having so much financial backing and time behind it. While Cloud Imperium clearly cares about the game a great deal, and its fans continue to report successful implemented content that improves the gameplay experience, at a certain point there needs to be meaningful progress toward whatever the actual finished product of this game is. Until then, though, Star Citizen continues to become one of the most fascinating evolutionary projects in the games industry, and Alpha 3.5 will do more of the same in that regard.

More: Star Citizen Called Out For Copying EVE Online Ship Design and Charging $140 For It


2019-03-29 01:03:33

Cody Gravelle

8 Fiercest Female Quotes From Game Of Thrones

From the dragons to the White Walkers to the full-frontal nudity, Game of Thrones has a lot going for it. But one of the best things about this epic fantasy series is the strength of its female characters. In many medieval-style stories, women are confined to the sidelines, and if a female character does happen to take center stage, it’s usually as a love interest or a damsel in distress. But the women of Game of Thrones are much more than romantic side characters, and if Arya or Daenerys ever need to be rescued, we’ll know that all hope for Westeros is lost. Whether they’re soaring through the sky on dragons, leading armies into battle or learning the art of assassination, the female characters in Game of Thrones are as fierce as they come, and they’ve delivered some of the most memorable lines in the series.

Here are 8 fierce quotes from the women of Game of Thrones:

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8 You are small men…

Daenerys: You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am. So I will.

Most people surrounded by a group of Dothraki Khals with more collective muscle mass than a giant from Beyond the Wall probably wouldn’t call them a bunch of small men unfit to lead their people. But Daenerys would, and that’s what makes her the Mother of Dragons.

She is unfazed by the posturing of strong men, and puts more weight on the strength of a person’s mind than the size of their biceps. It’s these qualities that make her a strong leader — one fit to lead not just the Dothraki, but all of Westeros.

7 I’m sure cutting off heads is very satisfying…

Sansa: I’m sure cutting off heads is very satisfying, but that’s not the way you get people to work together.

Few characters have grown as much as Sansa Stark throughout the series. At the beginning of the show, she was but a child, dreaming of a future filled with princes, gowns, and ladies-in-waiting. But as the world darkened around her, her idealistic view of the world crumbled and she was forced to learn the wily ways of King’s Landing. Since then, she’s become a seasoned player in the game of thrones, leading armies and making big decisions for her people.

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Despite some of the darker deeds she’s had a hand in (like the whole “feeding her husband to a group of starving dogs” thing), Sansa knows that barbarism isn’t the best way to create a sense of community, and when she delivers this line, she proves that she’s become as wise a political mind as any.

6 The next time you raise a hand to me…

Daenerys: The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.

Daenerys is loathe to let an army of the dead push her around, let alone her own brother. When Viserys strikes Daenerys in the first season of Game of Thrones, she unleashes the dragon within and threatens him with her newfound power as the Khaleesi of the Dothraki. Eventually, her threats come to fruition and Viserys ends up with the golden crown he always asked for –  but it’s poured over his head as liquid metal. Be careful what you wish for.

5 Fear cuts deeper than swords

Arya: Fear cuts deeper than swords.

A sword can cut your skin but it can’t infiltrate your mind in the same way as fear. At its worst, fear keeps us from being who we truly are – from being the best versions of ourselves. Arya realizes this at a young age and constantly pushes herself beyond her comfort zone, sailing across the Narrow Sea, learning the ways of the Faceless Men and returning to Westeros a changed girl – all before the age of 18. So, if Arya can master her fears and become a fierce assassin, can’t we all? (Minus the assassin part.)

4 Woman? Is that meant to insult me?

Daenerys: Woman? Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap if I took you for a man.

In Westeros, women are expected to stay at home and take care of the children. The place they’re definitely not expected to be? On top of a dragon, claiming their right to the throne. Daenerys knows what people expect of women in her world, and she cares not one bit.

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She is as ambitious as she is fierce, and although many try to force her into a feminine mold, she lives her life exactly the way she wants, whether that means freeing slaves, taking lovers, or fighting White Walkers. Dealing out the insults as quickly as she receives them, she lets no man boss her around. If they do, they’ve got dragons to contend with.

3 You’re mine and I’m yours

Ygritte: You’re mine and I’m yours. And if we die, we die. But first, we’ll live.

All men must die. But not all live before they die. Ygritte was determined not to be one of these people, squeezing every bit of passion and excitement that she could from her life. With her spirit as fiery as the color of her hair, she lived for the moment and eschewed any expectations placed upon her. Although she did end up dying in the end (like most Game of Thrones characters we come to love), she accomplished her goal and lived one of the most adventurous lives in the series before succumbing to an arrow wound.

2 I’ve known a great many clever men

Olenna: I’ve known a great many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know why? I ignored them.

Olenna Tyrell may be an old lady, but she doesn’t pull her punches. Delivering some of the sassiest one-liners in the series, she uses her thorn-sharp wit to critique those around her, from King Joffrey to her own granddaughter. No one is safe from her shrewd judgement, and she especially loves to target those in power.

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Having outlived most everyone else in her generation, she decides to let Daenerys in on her secret to longevity: don’t listen to clever men. She then goes on to call the Lords of Westeros a bunch of sheep. The Queen of Thorns indeed.

1 All men must die, but we are not men

Daenerys: All men must die, but we are not men.

Throughout the ages, women have been told to follow a different set of rules than men. Instead of being encouraged to study the nuances of political discourse, they were told that needlework was a more suitable pastime. Rather than training with a sword, they were taught to hone their housekeeping skills in preparation for married life. But Daenerys took this idea of dual roles and turned it around on its head. If different rules apply to women, then surely that must extend to all aspects of society – including the most often quoted line in the series. If all men must die, then what does that mean for women? There are worse ways for the series to end than an immortal dragon queen ruling all of Westeros.

NEXT: Game of Thrones: 10 Outside The Box Possibilities To Win The Iron Throne


2019-03-24 11:03:10

Leanne Louie

Star Wars: The 10 Most Powerful Female Jedi

There are hundreds upon hundreds of characters within the universe of Star Wars. We have characters from the movies, the games, the books (many of which have had their canon status removed, sadly), and the comics. It can be a little overwhelming to keep them all straight sometimes! Except for our favorites, of course.

We’re going to narrow that major list down a bit, and just focus on the female Jedi for a minute. Even then that is still a rather large list, thanks again to all of the mediums that Star Wars has made appearances in. Then there are the different timelines to consider, and remember, Star Wars covers an alarmingly large amount of time.

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What if we just focused on ten of the most powerful female Jedi? They certainly have some of the most interesting stories to tell. They’re also more likely to be on our list of favorites, so it’s a win/win.

The female Jedi of Star Wars are sometimes overlooked, but that doesn’t make them any less than their male (or non-binary) counterparts.

10 Yaddle

While Yaddle is probably the most famous for her species – being the same as Yoda – there is a lot more to know about her. She was a member of the Jedi High Council got a time, but became less active by the time the Clone Wars came around.Yaddle was present on the council during the Invasion of Naboo, as well as the tumultuous time when young Anakin Skywalker was presented to the council. Yaddle isn’t known for any showy displays of the force; instead she seemed to prefer listening to what the force had to say.

Yaddle was better known for her healing abilities. The most intriguing power of hers was known as morichro; the ability to show a person’s heart rate and breathing to a point of near death. All of her healing abilities allowed her to join the Medical Council, where she eventually became president for a time.

9 Aayla Secura

Aayla Secura was a Jedi General during the time of the Clone Wars. Unfortunately she lost her life during the wars – being one of the first Jedi to fall due to Order 66. During her time in battle though, she was formidable and did everything in her power to make a difference.

Aayla was one of the Jedi involved in the rescue attempt that resulted in everyone being put in a Geonosian arena. Here she famously kicked a super battle droid in the face. She survived that battle and was able to join countless others, including the attack at Quell. Secura and Yoda famously teamed up to distract the Zillo Beast in one episode of the Clone Wars.Before her untimely death, Secura was considered to be one of the Jedi Masters. If she hadn’t been shot in the back by somebody she trusted, it’s likely that she would have taken a significant number of clones with her.

8 Shaak Ti

Shaak Ti was another Jedi active during the time of the Clone Wars. She was there for the first official battle of the wars – the Battle of Geonosis. From there Ti took charge of training the new clone troops, making sure they were up for the battles ahead.

During her time training the troops, she became aware of a conspiracy that later was likely the direct result of her death. She started to uncover the truths about the clones and what they were potentially designed for.

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Ti was on the Jedi Council, had been at the Battle of Naboo, the Battle on Coruscant, and countless others. She earned her title as General during the times of the Clone Wars, and did what she could to pass her knowledge on.

While meditating in an attempt to help Yoda hear a message, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker killed her. Even her death wasn’t enough to stop her from spreading the message of the Jedi. Ti is the one that left the recording that Luke Skywalker one day finds and listens to. The recording was full of her hope and greatly inspired the young Jedi.

7 Depa Billaba

Depa Billaba was part of the last Jedi High Council, before it all fell down. Billaba was a stable presence on the council, staying on during the Clone Wars and right up until the end. She was mentored by none other than Mace Windu.One of her padawans is worth mentioning here, since he became rather well known in the Rebels series – Caleb Dume, whom we known as Kanan. When Order 66 occurred, Billaba gave her life in order to save Caleb/Kanan.

Billaba was exceptionally talented with her lightsaber, a fact that was noted in all of her records. Additionally her sensitivity to the force allowed her to sense the death of her fellow Jedi in time to get her padawan to safety at the end of the Clone Wars.

6 Adi Gallia

Adi Gallia is another Jedi that was active during the times of the Clone Wars. She was on the Jedi High Council before the end, as well as a Jedi General. Gallia fell during her battle against Savage Opress (brother of Darth Maul).Gallia was part of the team that saved Eeth Koth from General Grievous (other party members included Obi-Wan and Anakin). She was also present during the iconic Battle on Geonosis with some of the other Jedi mentioned already in this list.

Along with planning and defense, Gallia was able to help identify the cause of death of some of her fellow Jedi. Gallia was known for backing up other Jedi during dangerous battles, which is why we so often hear of Obi-Wan and other famous Jedi in the same breath. She lent support to those that needed it, and knew to prioritize saving the others over her personal grudges.

5 Luminara Unduli

Luminara Unduli was a Jedi Master active during the Clone Wars. Unlike many of her time, she survived Order 66. Unfortunately it was not by much, as she was captured and executed for her crimes of being a Jedi.Luminara lent her lightsaber to the infamous Battle of Geonosis. She was part of the rescue mission led by Mace Windu. Before Yoda’s arrival, Unduli had made is more than clear that she was willing to go down fighting, rather than even consider surrendering.

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Luminara is somewhat famous for her face off against Ventress. She came upon Ventress battling Ahsoka just in time to save the young Jedi and force Ventress into a corner (naturally Ventress was able to escape). Ahsoka and Luminara put up a strong fight against the assassin before her escape at least.

One of Unduli’s legacies will always be the number of droid factories she was able to assist in taking down. Without her persistence it’s difficult to say how worse off the war would have been, but at least we’ll never have to question it.

4 Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano first made her appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. Yes, you read that correctly. She makes more appearances later in Rebels, and eventually gets her own novel as well.

Ahsoka is a Togruta and she’s incredibly stubborn and willful. She’s passionate and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a Jedi. She didn’t let Anakin’s lack of enthusiasm drive her off – if anything she saw it as a challenge.Ahsoka is one of the few Jedi who survived Order 66. Her survival was one part luck, thanks to her not being an official member of the Jedi by that point. She learned from what happened from these events though, and changed her tactics, instead focusing on Intel and coordination as a means of fighting the Empire.

She’s also one of the few Jedi that wields white lightsabers. Her lightsabers are that distinctive color for a reason. That’s the color of a blade that had been red, but then healed. It’s quite the statement.

3 Mara Jade

Mara Jade is proof that it’s never too late to do the right thing. She was Emperor Palpatine’s servant and assassin, committing all the murders and crimes he asked of her without a second thought. After the death of her master, she began to question everything he raised her to believe.

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She willingly opted not to try to follow through on the last orders she was given: kill Luke Skywalker. Instead, over time, she and Luke began to work together. With even more time they began to trust each other, and even grow to like one another. From there, it was only a matter of time before they fell in love.

Mara Jade had a series of adventures in between all of this, of course. She used her training to get her jobs with smugglers and the likes. Once she married Skywalker she changed her name and joined the New Jedi Order.

Jade Skywalker, as she preferred to be known from that point forward, continued fighting for the Jedi, even when she was seriously ill. She eventually defeated the illness, and once she did she took on her niece, Jaina Solo Fell, as her apprentice.

2 Jaina Solo Fel

Jaina Solo Fel is not a character we’re likely to see in the Star Wars movies anytime soon, but lucky for us, one fan has provided some amazing artwork of her.

Nomi Sunrider. In the books, she is daughter to Han and Leia, along with a couple of other children. She became a member of the Jedi High Council for the New Jedi Order.

Solo helped prevent many disasters in her own time, proving that she truly is her parent’s daughter. She stood up against the Yuuzhan Vong, joined the Battle of Tralus, and so much more. Though at times she wavered, she remained loyal to the cause when others because to lose sight.

When her uncle was exiled in order for the council to change their intents and goals, Solo resisted by forming her own subgroup. She dubbed this subgroup the Darkmeld. They undermined the new efforts at every opportunity.

1 Rey

Rey is one of the most recent additions to the Star Wars characters, with her first appearance being in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hers is also arguably one of the most controversial, with fans either loving or hating her character.Regardless of how you feel about her character, you’ve got to admit that she is extremely powerful, especially despite her relatively untrained status.

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In her short time as Jedi, Rey has managed to accomplish some incredible feats. Though she shares a lot of the credit with her friends as well, as is true Star Wars fashion.


2019-03-16 05:03:29

Cat Wyatt

Dragon Ball: Every Major Female Character From Weakest To Most Powerful, Officially Ranked

When anyone, from the most dedicated devotee to the most casual of onlooker, thinks of Dragon Ball, it’s likely that the first image that comes to mind is of either the spiky-haired Goku or Vegeta (along with gigantic beams of energy erupting from their palms, obviously).

They are, of course, the main characters, and their extreme, earth-shaking battles are the bread and butter of the entire franchise.

While the majority of the spotlight might be hogged by the hordes of burly men (and wimpy ones… sorry not sorry, Yamcha), the Dragon Ball franchise has a fantastic female cast, as well, and quite a few of them could, can, and did give the boys a run for their money, including the ultra-powerful Saiyans.

With our list of Dragon Ball: All Female Characters From Weakest To Most Powerful, Officially Ranked Selection, we’re ranking all the main female players, and letting the world know once and for all that Chi-Chi isn’t just a joke character who complains about Gohan becoming a delinquent.

We’re pulling our entrants from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Super, and even GT, making sure we’ve covered our bases. And yes, while the headline might read “ALL female characters,” we obviously don’t mean literally every female. Instead, we’re sticking with all of the main ladies, of which there are more than enough to fill out both ends of the spectrum.

Let’s get started!

22 Marron

The child of a legitimately intense femme fatale —and Earth’s strongest human— seems like it might be the chosen one, but if Marron is any indication, that prophecy is flawed at best.

To be fair, Marron has absolutely no interest in being a fighter of any kind, but to think of her genes and the kind of battles her parents went through, it’s kind of sad to see her at the bottom of this list.

Marron displays no extraordinary potential or natural strength advantages of any kind, making her the weakest of the weak.

21 Mai

Mai, specifically the one from Trunk’s broken future, is no stranger to brutal conflict.

Along with being a survivalist and trusted leader, she’s a master of hand-to-hand combat and an expert in various firearms. Despite being only one rank above the pathetic Marron, Mai is exponentially more powerful and dangerous than her blonde-haired predecessor.

Still, with seemingly no ki control, Mai is far less effective than she should be.

20 Baba

Alright, so Fortuneteller Baba is an old hag who physically poses no threat to anyone whatsoever, but brawn doesn’t always determine who is or isn’t powerful.

Baba is an exceptionally gifted magic user, and she isn’t afraid to demonstrate this multiple times. In fact, her power is so great that she’s able to bring the deceased back to life, complete with their physical bodies, even if only temporarily.

While that’s just one example of her potent abilities, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think she’s got a few more tricks up her sleeve, especially ones that would make Mai’s weapons or martial arts useless.

19 Launch

Dragon Ball character that more-or-less disappeared (despite a few “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos here and there), Launch was once a intense main figure in both Goku’s and Master Roshi’s lives.

Most of the time, Launch was a cheerful lady, but once she sneezed, it all went out the window.

She’s become explosively angry and ready to take anyone on. She also had a selection of high-caliber weapons at her disposal. While her battle skills might seem similar to Mai’s at a distance, the reason Launch beats out the freedom fighter is due to the sheer unpredictability tied to her rages.

She’s like a constantly cornered tiger, and one that definitely shouldn’t be provoked.

18 Chi-Chi

You might be wondering why Chi-Chi outranks freedom fighters and powerful witches. It’s a worthy question, for sure. We know that Chi-Chi is a martial artist, but her trying alone doesn’t automatically make her rank higher than those below her.

No, her higher rank stems from one particular strength: it looks like she knows the Kaio-ken.

While it was most likely done for comedic effect, the fact that it’s happened multiple times and used the iconic red aura that only the Kaio-ken has, we’re going to have to take it seriously.

Coupled with other examples of her using ki-based techniques, Chi-Chi is immediately leagues beyond battle-hardened humans.

17 Bulla

As the second child of Bulma and Vegeta, it’s no surprise that she harbors exceptional power, due to not only her parentage but also her status as a half-Saiyan.

While those facts alone might make it seem that Bulla should be ranked at least a little higher on this list, Bulla isn’t a fighter, and, despite her potential, she has much to actually prove.

In GT, Bulla much prefers shopping to anything regarding fighting and, although the “Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files” state that she could become a Super Saiyan under the right circumstances, we don’t see it happen.

Despite that, her natural power, and the strong possibility that she knows at least something about fighting, Bulla can’t rank up without actual experience.

16 Gine

Finally making her animated appearance, Gine, the mother of Goku, is a pure Saiyan and easily makes the list.

We know from Dragon Ball Super: Broly that, despite being a warrior race, not every Saiyan is suited for combat.

We can assume that all of them are trained in how to fight, though, so Gine already has that going for her.

According to the manga, she actually does have battle experience as a low-class warrior, and that, along with an “almost mastery” of ki-based techniques, general power, Oozaru-transformation capabilities, and Saiyan blood, Gine would wipe the floor with those below her on the list.

15 Fasha

Similar to Gine, Fasha, the first female Saiyan we ever saw on screen, is a low-class warrior.

Despite her less-than-impressive ranking, Fasha is a fearsome, relentless, and ruthless fighter, relishing in carnage and destruction like a true Saiyan.

She’s proven to be a proficient ki-user and brawler, plus, when transformed into a Great Ape, she’s an extremely dangerous and destructive force.

While Gine and Fasha are extremely similar is skillsets and probably also in power level, Fasha is able to edge out Goku’s mother due to the battle spirit and savagery that Gine simply doesn’t possess.

It’s because of that detail alone that Fasha takes the fourteenth slot.

14 Bulma

How could Bulma, a mere human, rank above battle-hardened Saiyans?

In truth, her strength lies in her immense intellect, which opens the door for some wild possibilities.

Bulma’s brains are second to none, and she could create an all-powerful arsenal of weapons if she really needed to.

In fact, we’ve seen her develop a bullet that potentially had the power to wipe out Goku Black (which is insanely impressive when you think about it).

Because of her Goku-slaying capabilities (despite not panning out) Bulma is far more potentially powerful than she might seem and poses an immediate challenge to everyone below her.

That said, because we don’t know for certain if the bullet would have worked, we didn’t dare rank her any higher.

13 Videl

So maybe Videl isn’t capable of designing a weapon that could potentially terminate Goku Black. It doesn’t matter, because after being trained by Gohan, we’re sure that she could beat even a low-class Saiyan warrior like Gine or Fasha.

Videl, like Gohan, would eventually lose her edge, but at her height, she was indistinguishable from a superhero (which she was sure to take advantage of in her role as Great Saiyaman 2).

So while she’d never reach the powered up heights of those operating beyond human constraints, she’s certainly no pushover, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that she’ll jump back into the fray in some future saga.

12 Pan

While Pan is only a baby in Dragon Ball Super, it’s already apparent just how powerful she is, performing advanced techniques despite the fact that she’s not even potty-trained.

Fast forward to Dragon Ball GT, and the older Pan is quick to demonstrate that powerful Saiyan blood most assuredly flows through her veins.

Quite the powerful little fighter, she’s able to go on incredibly dangerous adventures with Goku and Trunks without worrying too much about her safety.

Better yet, she has the potential of becoming a Super Saiyan (and even further beyond), so she’s leagues beyond those ranked below her.

11 Zangya

The one and only movie character to make it onto our list, Zangya hails from Bojack Unbound, and was an impressively gifted fighter.

The only female member of Bojack’s group, she was easily able to hold her own against the Z Fighters and posed a sizable threat, even against someone like Future Trunks.

In fact, it took the might of Super Saiyan 2 Gohan to outmatch her.

So while it’s possible that Pan could one day achieve SSJ2 and defeat Zangya, it’s still only theoretical at the moment, and that keeps Zangya safe in our rankings. Still, she should be proud that she’s the strongest female if we’re only counting the movies.

10 Ribrianne

Despite being something of a joke character at first glance, Ribrianne is a unique fighter that poses a considerable challenge to Universe 7, including Goku and Vegeta.

With multiple transformations, unique techniques, and the ability to channel the adoration of her Universe into a force of energy capable of expanding her strength to previously unobtainable levels, Ribrianne’s convention-breaking appearance proves that looks aren’t everything.

Android 18 would eventually get the upper hand against Ribrianne, despite being “Super” and gigantic, but we can’t help but admit that we’re curious about the actual limits of Ribrianne’s power… there still seems to be some room for growth.

9 Android 18

In truth, we know that Android 18 couldn’t stand a chance against the powered-up Super Saiyans who emerged from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which was demonstrably proven when Future Trunks cleaned up his own timeline.

Logically, that would mean that Zangya should have Android 18 beaten, but she doesn’t.

Our reasoning is that, as seen by Android 17 in the Tournament of Power, if 18 were to undergo some extreme training, even someone like Zangya would be no match.

The potential is provably there, now we just need to see it in practice. Perhaps some time spent training with her brother out in the wilderness would do her some good!

8 Cocotte

As a member of the Pride Troopers, Cocotte is leagues beyond many participants in the Tournament of Power, and although she isn’t at the peak of power in the series or on this list, she’s still a formidable force that shouldn’t be underestimated.

She seems to be equal in strength to Android 18’s level of power during the tournament but had the unmatched advantage of being able to manipulate space.

Despite the fact that it would be Android 18 who would eliminate Cocotte, the Pride Trooper still edges her out in power, as her “Cocotte Zone” was seemingly impenetrable, even by Android 17 and Goku standards.

7 Caulifla

Caulifla, with her tough attitude and eagerness to brawl, was already a someone that shouldn’t be messed with, but once she learned how to tap into the potential of the Super Saiyan state, it was a game changer.

Proving to be incredibly adept at learning new skills, Caulifla soared through the ranks of Super Saiyan transformations, seemingly mastering forms that normally took years to achieve in mere seconds.

Her attitude, tactical mind, and quickly-mastered powers easily earn her a high spot on this list.

We’re excited to see where this character goes next, and whether or not she’ll end up becoming something more of a threat than the reasonably friendly position she’s in now.

6 Android 21

Hailing from FighterZ, Android 21 is a little hard to gauge, due to the plotline of the game involving equalizing and/or reducing all the major players’ power levels. Even when considering that caveat, though, there’s no question that Android 21 belongs amongst the highest echelons of powerful female fighters.

Much like Cell, Android 21 is comprised of the cells of the most powerful fighters available (including Majin Buu), and she can increase her power by absorbing others.

Critically, though, Android 21’s greatest strength comes from her razor-sharp intellect and her ability to manipulate her enemies.

With her virtually unrivaled intelligence and sheer power, Android 21 is a tremendous threat.

5 Kale

At first, Kale seemed like nothing more than a measly and rather wimpy pushover. Timid, soft-spoken, and generally averse to any kind of combat, any hopes of her being a fighter, let alone a formidable one, seemed to be a pipe dream.

… until she snapped, that is.

Very clearly based on the original Broly, Kale’s explosive rage triggered a new transformation.

Giant, muscular, and seething with uncontrollable fury, the powered up Kale proved to not only be a threat to Goku, but to everyone at the Tournament of Power.

If she wasn’t contained, there’s no telling what would have happened.

4 Kefla

Mixing Caulifla’s savage battle spirit (and potent power) along with Kale’s seemingly limitless pools of berserker-rage-fueled potential, we get Kefla, the scariest, fastest, and most dangerous female Saiyan in the series.

While both of the Universe 6’s main Saiyan ladies were formidable in their own rights (especially the berserk Kale), having both of their strengths combined while simultaneously shaving off the majority of their weaknesses, Kefla was a nearly indestructible warrior and puts everyone preceding her on this list to shame, including her two halves.

What exactly are the limits of Kefla’s might? Unfortunately, it seems that we might never know the answer, but we’re hoping that Caulifla and Kale will do the Fusion Dance, so we can at least see what that cooks up.

3 Arale

Honestly, we debated for quite a while about putting Arale on this list, considering she’s not exactly a native to the Dragon Ball franchise, and her only major appearance was a self-admitted gag episode (sorry, Vegeta)!

Even so, her display of raw power was worth noting.

Despite her cute, childlike appearance, Arale was able to quickly and irrefutably prove her superior might, even against Goku and Vegeta, who stood no chance of stopping her.

These two men are the series’ main characters and have literally attained the powers of gods, and they still couldn’t do a thing to Arale.

That speaks for itself.

2 Helles

As a God of Destruction, Helles is imbued with the power of… you guessed it… destruction, which makes her EXTREMELY dangerous.

While there is a lot of hearsay about how strong the Gods of Destruction are, with people like Jiren and Frieza apparently surpassing them, we’ve yet to see a God of Destruction go all out.

Until we actually see the limits of a God of Destruction (not including Toppo, who wasn’t fully-fledged), we think it’s fair to say that Helles belongs as the runner-up to the most powerful female character in Dragon Ball.

If it’s any consolation for her, we’re certain that the Gods of Destruction will have a much larger role to play in whatever is next for the series.

1 Vados (And The Rest Of The Female Angels)

Was there any question that Vados, and the rest of the female Angels, would be at the top of this list?

Truthfully, we haven’t witnessed any major examples of any Angel wiping the floor with anyone, but it’s no secret that these heavenly entities are VASTLY powerful and apparently stronger than even the Gods of Destruction that they casually tend to.

So while we’ve yet to personally see Vados decimate someone like Champa (at least not yet…) we’re certain that she is, by far, the strongest female in the series so far.

On the off-chance that theory regarding the Angels attempting to overthrow Zen-Oh pans out, here’s to hoping that Vados gets to demonstrate her incomprehensible strength.


2019-03-16 04:03:12

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Disney Plus Orders Gina Rodriguez’s Diary of a Female President

New streaming service Disney Plus has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Diary of a Female President, a TV show about a 12 year-old Cuban-American girl with ambitions to become the President of the United States. The series will be written by Ilana Peña, one of the writers for The CW’s comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Disney may be dominating the movie market (and set it dominate it even further once its acquisition of 21st Century Fox closes), but entering the field of on-demand entertainment streaming is a challenge. While Disney is set to have a majority stake in Hulu, there’s still Netflix and Amazon Prime to contend with, both of which have an extensive library of original and exclusive content. So, when Disney+ launches this year, it will need to have some great shows lined up.

Related: Disney Estimated To Spend $500 Million On Disney Plus Programming

Now, Deadline reports that Disney+ has added another show to the slate. Diary of a Female President is about an ambitious and precocious 12 year-old, told from the point of view of her diary “as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.” The series was created by Peña, who will also be the main writer, and produced by I Can and I Will, the production company founded by Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, as well as CBS TV Studios. Robin Shorr (The Carmichael Show) is also onboard as showrunner.

The timing of this deal works out well for Peña, as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is currently airing its fourth and final season. That show is about a successful lawyer with unaddressed mental health issues, who spontaneously decides to move from New York City to West Covina, California, in pursuit of an old boyfriend she had as a teenager. Created by and starring Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend achieves a delicate balance between making the audience root for its protagonist while also acknowledging how horrifying and selfish some of her actions are, so Peña clearly has a talent for writing complex and flawed characters.

Rodriguez will also have more time to devote to Diary of a Female President soon, as Jane the Virgin is gearing up for its fifth and final season. That show stars Rodriguez as a romantic and virginal twenty-something who becomes pregnant after accidentally being artificially inseminated by her doctor.

Among the other shows coming to Disney+ are several set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a series about Scarlet Witch and Vision, another about Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and a show about Thor’s mischievous brother, Loki. There’s also The Mandalorian, a series set in the Star Wars universe, which will star Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. We’ll bring you more news about Diary of a Female President and these other shows as it becomes available.

More: Disney Plus Streaming Service: Everything We Know About The International Release



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2019-01-31 08:01:41

Overwatch Team Loses Only Female Player Due to “Unforeseen Reactions”

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Overwatch esports team Second Wind began the new year with the disappointing news that its sole female player, Ellie, would be stepping down from the team due to “unforeseen reactions.” Ellie was, briefly, one of the few female players in Overwatch esports and was signed on the back of her ascension as one of the best online DPS players without a team.

Second Wind signed Ellie despite a lack of public information regarding the player, which had aroused suspicion in the online Overwatch community. Ellie attempted to verify her identity by then appearing on Overwatch streams for Second Wind. Unsatisfied with her appearances, some members of the Overwatch esports community suggested she was talking on the mic while letting someone else play for her.

Related: Overwatch Developer Update Aims to Tackle In-Game Toxicity

The backlash over Ellie’s signing reached a boiling point when the player began receiving threats to her safety, alongside attempts to doxx her and leak her personal information online. Second Wind announced that Ellie “opted” to step down from the team while also asking people to support her continued ventures in Overwatch on Twitter:

The “unforeseen reactions” that the team refers to are likely the many negative events that swirled around Ellie when she attempted to step into the public eye to prove herself to a community that had taken it upon itself to erase her accomplishment. The team’s response to the situation has been widely criticized on the competitive Overwatch subreddit, which has lambasted the organization’s decision to shift the blame entirely onto the community. While toxicity is a part of many esports communities, posters have argued that the organization has some responsibility to insulate and support its player from the negativity that surrounded her signing. It doesn’t help that Justin Hughes, the owner of Second Wind, released a questionable statement regarding Ellie’s status:

In particular, Hughes’ notion that his team “wanted a player” is troubling because it implies that a good player doesn’t bring this sort of reaction from the community, which is obviously outside of a player’s control. It’s worth wondering just how much support Second Wind offered Ellie during this situation, as it reads like the support from her team might not have been there when it mattered most.

It’s unclear if Ellie’s departure from the team is entirely because of the backlash she faced or if other factors were at play. What remains is an unsettling look into an esports community that did its best to drive out a female presence in its game. With so little female representation in competitive Overwatch leagues already, members of the community chose to run a smear campaign on Ellie rather than accept that she had earned her position as a talented, rising star. It’s a sobering reminder that, even with a prospectively exciting 2019 for esports as a whole, there remains a lot of work to be done before the scene finally begins to mature.

More: Blizzard Is Changing And We’re Not Sure What It Means

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2019-01-04 01:01:45