Riverdale Season 3 Synopsis: Archie Might Be Going to Prison

The synopsis for the Riverdale season 3 premiere episode, “Labor Day”, reveals that Archie’s murder trial will reach its conclusion when The CW TV series returns. Meanwhile, it seems that trouble is once again brewing behind closed doors at the Cooper household.

Since it premiered early last year, The CW’s dark and soapy Archie Comics TV show has pitted it heroes against a pair of mysterious killers, a dangerous gang of drug-dealing bikers and more corrupt city officials than you can shake a stick at. However, all that took place over the course of a single year in the lives of Archie Andrews and his schoolmates, with nary a time jump to help cover more ground. That will change with season 3, when Riverdale picks up in real time – following a dramatic conclusion to season 2 that saw Betty’s dad Hal Cooper revealed as the Black Hood and Archie framed for murder by Veronica’s own father, Hiram Lodge.

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The Riverdale trailer that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in July confirmed that the season 3 premiere will take place around the titular holiday, at the beginning of the new school year. However, it didn’t really clarify whether or not Archie’s trial had already been concluded by the point in time. According to The CW’s official “Labor Day” synopsis (see below), Archie will – indeed – still be in danger of going to prison when the show resumes next month.

AND THE VERDICT IS… As the jury begins deliberations in his murder trial, Archie (KJ Apa) makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty (Lili Reinhart) is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice (Madchen Amick) and Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) brings up some dark secrets she’s kept hidden.

Veronica (Camila Mendes) pleads with Hiram (Mark Consuelos) to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.

Madelaine Petsch, Marisol Nichols, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray, Skeet Ulrich, Casey Cott, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan also star.

In a recent interview with EW, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa further confirmed that “the outcome of [Archie’s] trial will be revealed” by the end of the season 3 premiere episode. “Labor Day” will also include a special guest star appearance by Penelope Ann Miller as Ms. Wright, the attorney leading the town case against Archie.

However things work out for Archie, his friends will have problems of their own to worry about in the meantime. As the “Labor Day” synopsis notes, Jughead and the rest of the Southside Serpents will have their hands full dealing with their rivals the Ghoulies. At the same time, Betty and her mom Alice will learn the truth about The Farm – the place where Betty’s sister Polly went to take care of her twins in season 2. As it turns out, The Farm is actually run by a cult led by Edgar Evernever and his daughter, Evelyn Evernever, from the Archie Comics… and they’re all too eager to indoctrinate Betty and Alice to their ranks.

As though that wasn’t enough, the Riverdale season 3 trailer confirmed that The Town With Pep will soon be beset by a series of ritualistic crimes that – as Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed to EW – were inspired by True Detective season 1 and set the stage for a Breakfast Club-inspired flashback episode that explores what life was like when the adults of Riverdale were teenagers themselves… around the same time that identical ritualistic killings were taking place.

Suffice it to say: it sounds like Archie and his friends are in for yet another wild, wild year of high school.

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Riverdale season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 10 with “Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day” on The CW.

Source: The CW, EW

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2018-09-21 11:09:25 – Sandy Schaefer

Venom Is Going To Be Bigger Than Its Critics Are Expecting

Critics seem to be writing Venom off as a box office failure, but there’s a lot of evidence that it could perform well. Fans and critics alike have been skeptical about Venom since it was first announced. The very idea of a Spider-Man spinoff universe bereft of Peter Parker just seems odd, which is why a lot of discussion has revolved around whether or not Tom Holland will make a cameo.

Meanwhile, the recent revelation that Venom will be PG-13 has generated a lot of complaints. This is a character who famously threatens to eat people’s brains, but a PG-13 rating is generally viewed as the kiss of death to the bloody, violent concept many comic book readers had hoped for.

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All these issues, and more, mean that fans and critics alike are dismissing Venom as a failure long before its release. Some are even comparing it to 2004’s Catwoman, a film that grossed only $82 million in the global box office. However, these problems are overstated, and there’s growing evidence that Venom will perform well. Let’s take a look at what’s really going on.

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Venom’s Trailer Has Broken Records

After a lackluster beginning to Venom‘s marketing, in April Sony dropped the first full Venom trailer. It gave audiences their first glimpse of the tongue-slavering symbiote, and they were clearly captivated. The trailer was viewed a staggering 64.3 million times in its first 24 hours online, meaning it was watched more than trailers for Wonder Woman and Doctor Strange over the same metric. According to analysts, positive conversation went up by 46 percent, while negative conversation dropped by a stunning 63 percent. The degree of positivity on social media was compared to the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man. Within a month, the Venom trailer was the most viewed in the entire Spider-Man franchise.

Some critics and fans may have written Venom off, but all this suggests that general moviegoers haven’t done so. There’s clearly a significant level of interest in Venom, and Sony’s comic book-accurate recreation of the character has intrigued potential audiences. Now, it’s important to note that this won’t necessarily translate into a strong box office performance; researchers are still divided over whether or not it’s possible to make those kind of predictions based on trailer views and social media chatter. Still, Venom‘s second trailer was a marked success, and the conversation is heading in just the direction Sony want. That does indeed position the film to have a good box office run.

Venom is Still Riffing on Spider-Man

Spider-Man is the most valuable comic book brand of them all. In 2014, THR reported that the wall-crawler’s merchandise value was a whopping $1.3 billion, against just $325 million for the entire Avengers franchise. No doubt that figure has only increased over time. Spider-Man’s popularity is global, too, as demonstrated by the fact Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed over $500 million overseas. Given the significance of the Spider-Man brand, it’s no surprise Sony has been careful to stress Venom‘s connections to the franchise.

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Take the question of whether or not Tom Holland will make a cameo. The studio is pointedly refusing to comment about this, allowing the debate to rage, well aware it means there’s a conversation going on that links Spider-Man to Venom. That’s probably the same reason we’ve had such conflicting statements as to whether or not Venom should be considered part of the wider MCU. Even Sony’s decision to go for a PG-13 version of the film was spun as due to a hope for a future MCU crossover.

Cast a critical eye on the Venom trailer, and you’ll realize that it subtly stressed the character’s Spider-Man roots. Entire lines of dialogue were lifted straight from Spider-Man books. “Eyes, lungs, pancreas,” Venom snarled at a helpless thug. “So many snacks, so little time.” It didn’t take comic book fans long to recognize that as a line from Amazing Spider-Man #374. In a recent interview with Fandango, director Ruben Fleischer stressed that this is a film with a lot of these Easter eggs. “I’m excited for fans of the comics to see the movie and try to spot them,” he explained. “We literally lifted iconic frames from the Venom comic book and put them in the movie.

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Venom Only Needs to Be Better Than Spider-Man 3 To “Win”

This is the second time Sony has attempted to turn Venom into a big-screen star. Avi Arad famously pushed Sam Raimi into introducing the character in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, and it’s an understatement to say that it didn’t go well. Speaking to Nerdist in 2015, Raimi admitted that he made a mistake agreeing to add Venom into his film. “I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters,” he admitted, “so that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it… I should’ve just stuck with the characters and the relationships and progressed them to the next step and not tried to top the bar.

Ironically, Spider-Man 3‘s failure works in Venom‘s favor. There’s a sense in which it doesn’t matter whether or not Venom is a good film, whether the critics love or hate it, since there’s only one movie fans of the character will be comparing it to. All Venom has to do in order to be a success is be better than Spider-Man 3, and that seems highly likely. Using Raimi’s logic, it’s pretty evident that Fleischer is a Venom fan. He’s drawing upon the classic comics with a sense of delight, and his excitement to be making this film shines through in every single interview. That doesn’t necessarily mean Venom will indeed be a good movie; but it’s sure to be better than the overstuffed and ill-characterized Spider-Man 3.

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Venom’s Opening Weekend Prediction Is Climbing

Pulling all these strands together, it should really serve as no surprise that Venom looks set to perform well upon release. The film was originally predicted to have a domestic opening weekend of between $30 million and $50 million, but those figures are being revised upwards. Latest estimates actually suggest Venom will break Gravity‘s record for an October opening weekend, grossing between $60 and $85 million in the domestic box office. An opening weekend of $60 million would place Venom in the same ballpark as X-Men: ApocalypseThor, and Captain America: The First Avenger; if it achieves figures towards the higher end of that range, it will be within reach of Doctor StrangeX2, and Spider-Man 2.

Of course, box office predictions aren’t an exact science. The first tracking for Solo: A Star Wars Story, for example, predicted a Memorial Day weekend of $170 million; instead, the film grossed $103 million. But Sony won’t really mind if the estimates for Venom have erred on the positive side. Solo cost an estimated $275 million whereas Venom had a budget of just $100 million, and is associated with a franchise that typically performs well at the global box office. Frankly, if current tracking does prove right, Venom has the potential to recoup its costs within days of its release.

Venom‘s biggest advantage is its lack of competition. Mowgli‘s departure from the box office means that the only real competitor in October is Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Niel Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. Needless to say, these concepts are so different that they shouldn’t really affect one another. The next major horror release is Halloween, which hits theaters on October 19, but that has a higher age-rating, and so shouldn’t put too much of a dent in Venom‘s box office. Venom could almost be a box office success by default.

Sony is betting the house on Venom‘s success. The film is intended to be the launchpad for a new shared cinematic universe, one centered around the Spider-Man villains. Right now, the studio has good reason to be very optimistic indeed about Venom. The critics may be writing the movie off, but all the evidence suggests they’re making a mistake to do so.

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2018-09-16 02:09:11 – Thomas Bacon

Marvel’s Punisher is Going To War With HYDRA

Warning: SPOILERS for The Punisher #1

The Punisher is going to war with HYDRA in the first issue of his new solo comic series. Highly-decorated Marine turned violent vigilante Frank Castle is no stranger to war, but his activities as The Punisher are usually focused on organized crime and costumed criminals in his native New York City. The new series’ opening storyline, World War Frank, sees The Punisher starting to operate on a global scale, as he targets the terrorist organization HYDRA and its current leader, Baron Zemo.

The reason for Castle’s shift in focus lies in the recent Secret Empire event. Though Castle had left most of his old life behind him, he still considers himself a loyal American and was easily persuaded by the false Captain America to help him in the fight against “America’s enemies.” After learning that he’d been manipulated into killing the innocent, Castle attempted to take out the false Cap with a stolen set of War Machine armor. He failed in that mission, but his most recent experiences have driven home the point that he must target the architects of the evils he fights rather than just killing the workers.

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The Punisher #1 sees Castle taking his first steps towards these ends, attacking a convoy carrying materials for one of Baron Zemo’s secret projects and tracking the one surviving vehicle to a hidden HYDRA base in Staten Island. While he does this, Baron Zemo pursues his latest scheme – attempting to reestablish HYDRA on the island nation of Bagalia while simultaneously working to have the United Nations recognize Bagalia as a legitimate country. He is aided in this enterprise by a new partner – Tony Stark’s sworn enemy, The Mandarin!

To call this alliance uneasy would be an understatement. Mandarin’s rings grant him near limitless power and there is little Baron Zemo can do to wrangle him when he indulges the whim to persuade various diplomats to vote in favor of Bagalia’s admission into the United Nations by dangling them over a tank full of sharks. It is hinted that Baron Zemo’s secret project was meant to give him a means of dealing with The Mandarin but whatever plans Zemo had literally go up in smoke after The Punisher is done paying a visit to the secret HYDRA base and raiding their armory.

All of this leads to an explosive finale which promises big changes to the political landscape of the Marvel Universe. It also promises continuing problems for The Punisher, as Castle’s actions may bring down the wrath of Nick Fury as well as Baron Zemo. The commander of SHIELD may hate HYDRA, but he also hates loose cannons and whatever else may be said about Frank Castle he is not known for his sense of restraint.

The Punisher #1 is now available from Marvel Comics.

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