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8 Most Important Iron Man Moments In The MCU (That Will Affect Him In Endgame)

As the grandfather of the MCU, Iron Man holds a special spot in the hearts of most Marvel fans. Since 2008, we’ve watched as he invented new suits, conquered villains and battled alien armies— all while sporting a perfectly-sculpted goatee. But on April 26, Phase 3 of the MCU will come to a close and it will be time for the original Avengers to step aside, allowing a new generation of heroes to take the spotlight.

There are several key moments from Tony Stark’s MCU journey that have been particularly important in shaping who he is today, and they will surely be on his mind during Avengers: Endgame, influencing the final chapter of his story. Here are Iron Man’s eight most important moments in the MCU.

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8 Escaping the cave and starting afresh in Iron Man

Iron Man’s journey as a superhero didn’t begin with a test tube or a magic stone, but in a dark cave in the Middle East. Captured by terrorists, Tony Stark was coerced into building a weapon— or at least, that’s what he wanted the terrorists to think. In reality, Tony was building the very first iteration of the Iron Man suit, which he would later use to blast his way out of captivity.

The Iron Man suit wasn’t the only thing Tony Stark took out of that cave with him, though. Having witnessed American soldiers die because of the very weapons he created to defend them, Tony was forced to reckon with the dark legacy of Stark Industries. He also became close friends with a fellow captor named Yinsen, who helped Tony to realize the importance of family and the hollowness of his playboy lifestyle. Forced into three months of self-reflection, Tony came back to America a different man, shutting down the weapons arm of his company, focusing on his close relationships and building a new prototype of the Iron Man suit. Tony will begin his Endgame journey isolated in the darkness of space with Nebula, so we have a feeling his time in that shadowy cave will be heavy on his mind.

7 Getting together with Pepper Potts in Iron Man 2

When we first meet Tony Stark, he’s the billionaire equivalent of a frat boy, flirting with anything that moves and eschewing serious relationships like they’re trying to hand him things. But over the course of his MCU journey, Tony comes to realize the importance of close relationships and starts to build something real with Pepper Potts. In Iron Man 2, the two finally get together in the final act of the film, and ever since, Pepper has played a central role in Tony’s story arc.

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For fear of losing his loved ones to the superior firepower of extraterrestrials, Tony has obsessed over building bigger and better Iron Man suits for the most part of the past seven years. But even his most advanced suit couldn’t defeat Thanos, and half of his friends faded to dust before his very eyes. Luckily, Pepper Potts survived the Snap, and she’ll likely play a central role in Tony’s Endgame journey.

6 Flying the nuke into the wormhole in The Avengers

One of the appeals of Tony Stark is that he isn’t your typical hero. Unlike Captain America, he’s not a walking, talking ethics textbook, preferring sassy one-liners to inspirational speeches. But despite his narcissistic nature, Tony still puts others first, showing the world that you don’t need to have a perfect moral compass to be a hero. In The Avengers, even if the first thought on Tony’s mind when that missile was heading for Manhattan was, “Screw this, I’m getting shawarma,” that’s not the thought he acted on, and it’s the action that defines the hero. Putting his life on the line, he directed the missile into the wormhole and saved millions of people in New York City.

This moment was a turning point in Tony’s story arc, showing that it wasn’t just the Iron Man suit that made him a hero, but also the man beneath the metal. In Avengers: Infinity War, Tony made a similar decision, flying off into the deep recesses of space to defend the Earth from Thanos. It’s because of this selfless decision that Tony is now stranded on the opposite side of the galaxy, but we know he’ll eventually find his way back to his fellow Avengers on Earth.

5 Reckoning with the constant threat of alien invasion in Iron Man 3

In Iron Man 3, we see Tony struggling to come to terms with his experience during the alien invasion of Manhattan. Having witnessed the might of alien forces, Tony fears the possibility of another attack from space and becomes obsessed with preparing for the next invasion, experiencing panic attacks whenever anyone mentions New York.

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Although he eventually overcomes his anxiety about the battle in Manhattan, Tony’s fear of an extraterrestrial war becomes a recurrent theme in his story arc, driving him to continuously work at his suits in preparation for future alien attacks. All of his fears came to fruition in Avengers: Infinity War, but despite seven years of preparations, he still couldn’t stop Thanos from getting his way. In Avengers: Endgame, it seems that Tony will start to realize that the key to defeating Thanos isn’t fancy technology, but the unity of the Avengers.

4 Seeing a vision of his fellow Avengers dead in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Although Scarlet Witch eventually sided with the Avengers, she began her MCU journey by planting a vision in Tony Stark’s head that would go on to haunt him for years. Playing on all of his greatest fears, she showed him a version of the future in which aliens return to Earth and kill all of the Avengers. As Tony recounts to Nick Fury later in the film, the worst part of the vision wasn’t that everyone else was dead— it was that he was the sole survivor. Seeing this version of the future leaves Tony feeling as if he hasn’t done enough to prepare for the possibility of extraterrestrial attacks, and as a result, he creates Ultron, which… well, we all know how that turns out.

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Even after the failure of Ultron, the image of his fellow Avengers dead at his feet influences Tony’s decision-making for years, leading to the creation of Vision and the reinstallation of the Arc Reactor in his chest. In Avengers: Infinity War, Scarlet Witch’s version of the future becomes a reality despite all of Tony’s preparations, and although the original Avengers are still alive, Tony will almost certainly struggle with survivor’s guilt in Endgame. 

3 Falling out with Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War

Although Tony clashed with Steve Rogers from the beginning, the two managed to maintain a close friendship despite their differences. But this all came to an end in Captain America: Civil War, when it was revealed that Steve had kept the truth about the death of Tony Stark’s parents a secret.

This led to an intense battle between Steve and Tony and a rift in the Avengers that persisted right up until Avengers: Infinity War. Even in the face of alien invasion, Tony still hesitated to contact Steve Rogers for help. But the Snap changed everything, and in Endgame, the two will be forced to resolve their differences and fight together one last time.

2 Becoming a mentor to Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Things were a lot different during the early days of the MCU. Few people discussed ants and superheroes in the same sentence. Talking raccoons had not yet taken over pop culture. And Tony Stark was about as far from a father figure as you can get.

But over the course of the past 11 years, Tony has slowly embraced a more family-centered lifestyle, and in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he became a mentor to Peter Parker, taking him under his wing and helping him adjust to his new heroic lifestyle. This made it particularly hard to watch as Peter faded to dust in Tony’s arms during the third act of Infinity War. Tony’s relationship with Spider-Man has changed him, and Peter’s death will certainly have a significant impact on Tony’s Endgame journey.

1 Watching his friends fade to dust in Avengers: Infinity War

It wasn’t just the death of Peter Parker that Tony bore witness to in Avengers: Infinity War. Every new ally he made during his time in space faded into nothingness before his very eyes.

Although losing Peter Parker will no doubt affect him the most in Endgame, the deaths of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange will also weigh heavy on his conscience, pushing him to get back to Earth and do whatever it takes to bring back the fallen.

NEXT: 8 Ways The MCU Has Forever Changed Cinema


2019-04-26 01:04:10

Leanne Louie

10 Most Important Scenes For Thor’s MCU Journey

The MCU has a set of characters known unofficially as the Big Three. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. While the first two have always had a pretty solid, well-constructed character arc, the God of Thunder underwent a few…technical difficulties. He was nobody’s favorite Avenger in the beginning, and Thor: The Dark World is regarded as one of the worst MCU movies.

Nevertheless, Ragnarok and Infinity War managed to give us another view of the Asgardian. Now, there is no doubt that Thor is definitely many people’s favorite Avenger. He has made many appearances and has had many critical scenes as he transformed from a greedy, reckless prince, to a wise, heroic king. With that said, here are the 10 most important scenes for Thor’s MCU journey.

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10 Life-Changing Banishment

By now, the world is so used to seeing the heroic, humble Thor that it’s easy to forget his dim-witted past self. His first major step towards his MCU future began amidst his disobedience towards Odin as a result of his attack on the Frost Giants and the breaking of the centuries-old peace treaty between Jotunheim and Asgard. Odin rescues him and his allies from the frozen planet and brings him back to Asgard where a screaming match ensues between father and son.

The all-father calls his son a “vain, greedy, cruel boy”, who replies with “you are an old man and a fool!”. Odin decides to punish his future heir to the throne, by… banishing him from the planet and stripping away his powers. It was this banishment that led him to Earth, to S.H.I.E.L.D, to the Avengers, and to become worthy. It was essentially Thor’s version of Tony Stark’s “captured by terrorists in Afghanistan” phase.

9 Worthy at last

After spending an entire movie trapped in New Mexico with no powers and no ability to wield his trusty Mjolnir, Thor is confronted by the Destroyer, Asgard’s giant deadly sentient suit of armor, controlled by Loki. At that moment, he finally proves his worth by sacrificing his life for his friends, as he encourages his brother to kill him instead of them.

Unfortunately, Loki does just that as the God of Thunder is put into an apparently lifeless form after he’s attacked by the Destroyer. However, by proving his worth, he managed to summon his mighty hammer, at last, retaining his life and his powers. This was the exact moment he became the hero we now know. From that point on, his worthiness has never been at stake.

8 The death of Phil Coulson

Yes, everyone knows Coulson’s death was so real that he’s spent the last five years leading a team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents all over the world. That is not an issue when it comes to The Avengers. Not only do the heroes not know of his survival, but his “death” was what first gave meaning to the word “Avengers”. However, only one of them actually witnessed him go down and only one was directly related to the killer. Both of these are Thor.

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Loki had just trapped his brother in the unbreakable cage when Coulson stepped in to save him. But he’s known as the trickster god for a reason. While Coulson aimed at Loki, the real Loki sneaked up behind and stabbed him, right in front of Thor’s helpless view. This act is what ultimately led Thor to the Battle of New York, where he officially became an Avenger.

7 Foreshadowing 101

Some of Age of Ultron‘s most interesting scenes were the heroes’ nightmarish visions, given to them by Wanda’s mind-meddling powers. Unfortunately for the Avengers, recent MCU movies have proven that these were more than mere dreams. This is especially true with Thor. Coincidence or not, the son of Odin experiences a strange encounter with a creepy-looking Heimdall, who says the following: “I see you leading us to Hell […] We are all dead, can you not see”.

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Thor then gets a split-second glimpse of the Infinity Stones and of a red-faced, Paul Bettany-looking image. A vision of Vision. Sure enough, future MCU events saw the Avengers create the heroic Android, Hela invading Asgard, and Thanos killing half of all Asgardians (three-quarters if you include the snap). Unfortunately for him, everything he saw came to a real-life tragic conclusion.

6 Loss, death, and destruction

Thor: Ragnarok saw a major shift in tone to the hero’s previous standalone outings, by turning a Shakespearean, brooding franchise, into a colorful, laugh-out-loud comedy. Nevertheless, there was still room for a lot of character development. One scene, in particular, turns Thor’s world upside down in a matter of minutes. With Doctor Strange’s help, the Asgardian brothers manage to find Odin. Much to their dismay, they don’t spend a lot of time with their century-old father, as he finally dies.

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Right before his death, he had warned his sons that his presence had kept a previously unknown evil daughter away. Sure enough, not a minute later, the Goddess of Death herself arrives and immediately destroys Thor’s “irreplaceable” hammer. And right after that, Thor and Loki are knocked out the Bifrost mid-travel and end up in Sakaar, where Thor encounters his avenging friend, Bruce Banner. That is a lot to process in just a few minutes.

5 Not the God of Hammers

Audiences were shocked when Hela effortlessly crushed Mjornir with her bare hands. Until that moment, it seemed as if both man and hammer were inseparable. But just because he lacks a flying mallet, doesn’t mean he stops bearing the title of  “God of Thunder”. The third act of Ragnarok sees Hela unleash her wrath on Asgard. A short fight between brother and sister sees Thor be bested by the Goddess of Death, at which point he slips into a dream of sorts and meets his dead father.

He proceeds to give him the advice that allowed him to prove his full potential and become the strongest Avenger (sorry Hulk). “Are you Thor, the God of Hammers?”, Odin asks. Thor wakes up, his body overloaded by lightning. He then throws Hela aside, and charges into her army as Led Zepplin blares in the background.

4 Homeless planet

Thor: Ragnarok‘s ending is particularly bittersweet. While the heroes manage to defeat Hela and save the Asgardian race, Thor is forced to summon Surtur to bring about the complete and utter destruction of his beloved homeworld, until nothing but dust remains. Besides all of this, the most important piece added to Thor’s ongoing story is something that had been teased since the very beginning of his first solo movie.

After Odin’s long-enduring reign, and a brief period where Loki poses as his father, the rightful heir to the throne finally becomes king of Asgard. Because, as Heimdall reminds him, “Asgard is not a place, it’s a people”. It’s best then not to think about what happened during his very first day as leader…

3 Attack on the Statesman

Thor has one of the most tragic stories out of all the MCU heroes. Loss is synonymous with him. As he evolves throughout the years, he also keeps losing family and friends. By the end of Ragnarok, he had lost his mother, father, Asgardian friends, hammer, right eye, and his home. Apparently, that was not enough for the mighty God, as shown by the sudden appearance of Thanos’ ship.

Infinity War starts with half the Asgardian people having been slain by the Mad Titan. Not long after, we see Thor watching helplessly as both his best friend and his brother are killed by Thanos, before the God of Thunder himself is left alone, crying on Loki’s corpse, as the Asgardian ship starts to crumble all around him.

2 Stormbreaker

We just wrote two entire paragraphs on the fact that Thor’s hammer wasn’t the source of his power, he just had to realize that to tap into his full potential. Then again, his full potential was never proven to be his full potential. Infinity War confirms this theory, as Thanos easily overpowers Thor in Infinity War’s opening scene. As powerful as he is, he did not expect to have to face an Infinity Stone-wielding titan so soon.

He clearly needs an extra boost for round two. He then travels to Nidevallir, the birthplace of Mjolnir, where he encounters Eitri, the only surviving member of the dwarf race, ever since Thanos wiped out the rest of the population after building him the Infinity Gauntlet. The dwarf builds Thor a weapon of the “Thanos-killing” kind. A Bifrost-summoning, Groot-handled axe. Stormbreaker.

1 He should have gone for the head

As Endgame approaches, we keep reminding ourselves of where we last left our heroes in the latest Avengers movie. Pretty much everyone was last seen in a state of great pain. However, besides maybe Tony Stark, Thor’s Infinity War journey ended the worst. Upon the destruction of the Mind Stone, Thanos’ mission appeared to have come to a fortunate end. Then he used the Time Stone to retrieve the stone, and all hope seemed lost.

But the God of Thunder arrived in the nick of time and thrust his super-axe through Thanos’ chest. The universe was saved and vengeance was served, thought Thor as he verbally provoked Thanos. Unfortunately, he didn’t go for the head, and a Stone-filled Gauntlet snapped, killing half the universe. This will have undoubtedly caused the hero to suffer from a serious case of survivor’s guilt. Here’s hoping he still has some willpower left to try and redeem himself.

NEXT: The 10 Most Important Scenes In Captain America’s MCU Journey


2019-04-21 03:04:14

Salvador Lavradio

Why Ant-Man Is Even More Important Than We Thought In Avengers: Endgame

With Avengers: Endgame drawing near, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Ant-Man is going to be more important to the film than we originally thought. The size-changing, wise-cracking superhero entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015, as Paul Rudd first played Scott Lang in the Ant-Man solo film. A scaled down budget lowered expectations and made the movie a hit, giving Marvel Studios the ability to push a sequel through development.

Once Ant-Man and the Wasp was released last summer, it was obvious that Ant-Man would have a big role to play in Avengers: Endgame. He was left stuck in the Quantum Realm after Thanos’ snap dusted Wasp, Hank Pym, and Janet van Dyne. But, the warning he received about time vortexes immediately sounded like a planted piece of information that could also be the key to bringing back everyone who was lost. The trailers for Avengers: Endgame have yet to show that this will be the case, but they’re not shying away from showing Ant-Man anymore.

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In the latest Screen Rant video, we take a look at Ant-Man’s role in Avengers: Endgame, and detail how he’ll likely be even more important than previously believed. His increased importance for the movie is not even a direct result of his own doing. As we explain in the video at the top of the post, he’s actually become even more important to the film after the release of Captain Marvel.

Scott had previously been part of the key to theories about how the Quantum Realm would play a role in Avengers: Endgame. The currently unclear amount of time he’ll spend in there will likely result in him having an even greater understanding of what the realm is capable of, such as time travel. However, it was also previously thought that the MCU’s version of Carol Danvers could receive her Captain Marvel powers from the Quantum Realm. This would make her and Scott the two most knowledgeable people about it, but then this was proven to be incorrect in Captain Marvel, as her powers actually come from the Tesseract aka the Space Stone.

The sudden increased importance of Ant-Man in Avengers: Endgame (at least in the minds of fans) is par for the course with him. He’s often one of the most overlooked characters in the MCU, despite having one of most unique power sets of them all. Any information he passes along about time vortexes makes him necessary to the larger story, if the time travel theories are true that is, but he could also be more powerful when he next appears. Janet had brand new powers after spending decades in the Quantum Realm, so if Scott is trapped down there for several months or even a few years, he could have the same. If not, then Ant-Man will still be incredibly important to the story of Avengers: Endgame – and without having to do anything remotely involving the Thanos butt theory too.

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2019-04-16 06:04:15

Cooper Hood

Game Of Thrones: 15 Most Important Moments Leading To The Final Season

It’s hard to believe the final season of Game of Thrones is here. It seems like just yesterday we were being introduced to the Starks and Lannisters. Now, after eight seasons the time has come to say goodbye in what promises to be an epic and bloody finale.

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There has been a lot of chaos leading up to this conclusion. There’s been nonstop war, a lot of death and more than a few weddings. But as we look to how it will all end, some moments standout as very important in the series. These are the moments that defined the key characters of the show and helped set the stage for the conclusion. So before it all comes to an end, check out the most important moments leading up to the final season.

15 Ned Stark’s Execution

Few moments have changed the show like the death of Ned Stark. The person on all the promotional materials was killed off, throwing everything into a place of uncertainty. In terms of the story, Ned’s death was the catalyst for a lot of bloodshed to follow as Westeros fell into a long war.

Most importantly, this is the moment that has defined the remaining Starks. They have all needed to adapt and respond to the death of Ned. Some made poor choices and died, others became stronger and survived. After all these years, Ned’s presence is still strongly felt.

14 The Return Of Dragons

Daenerys Targaryen went through some massive changes in the first season. She started the show as a timid and submissive girl and became a real threat for the iron throne. A big part of that change was the birth of her dragons.

We learn that dragons were used to conquer Westeros in the past. Therefore, we understand the significance of them returning after all these years. Indeed, as the characters get ready to face the army of the dead, dragons could be their path to victory. Or perhaps the greatest weapon used against them.

13 Theon Takes Winterfell

This was yet another blow to House Stark. As Robb Stark was winning the war in the South, they lost their home which further splintered their family. What’s worse, it was taken by someone they thought was their friend. Theon Greyjoy was torn between being a Stark or a Greyjoy and ultimately chose wrong.

This was a turning point for Theon Greyjoy and one he regretted from that moment forward. Since his downfall here, he has been seeking redemption and may find it in this final season.

12 The Red Wedding

If Ned Stark’s death didn’t convince you, the Red Wedding was the moment every viewer realized there weren’t going to be many happy endings in this show. Despite being the clear heroes of the show, all hope of a Stark victory was quickly extinguished as Robb, Catelyn and their army was wiped out.

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This moment ended Robb’s reign as King in the North, fractured the Northern houses and exposed terrible new enemies like the Boltons and Freys. However, this was also the moment that inspired the remaining Starks to fight back and have their revenge.

11 Tyrion’s Trial

Tyrion Lannister has gone through many highs and lows throughout the series, but when he was put on trial for the murder of Joffrey Baratheon, he found his lowest point. Having been mistreated his entire life by his family and ridiculed by everyone else, he finally cracked under the weight of it all.

His intense “confession” remains some of Peter Dinklage’s best acting on the show, but it is also the moment that put Tyrion on a new path. He was no longer going to be pushed around, even if it meant turning against his family.

10 Massacre At Hardhome

The White Walkers and their army had been a vague threat throughout the entire series. However, with the Lannisters, Boltons and other enemies in the forefront, they hardly seemed like a pressing concern. That is until Jon Snow took a trip to Hardhome and saw what they were capable of.

The massacre scene is one of the most brutal things the show has done and the White Walkers suddenly became the show’s biggest threat. A solid and proper introduction to the Night King and his powers made us all wonder how the hell our heroes were ever going to win.

9 Jon Snow’s Death And Resurrection

When Jon Snow was killed at the end of Season 5, it started a year-long speculation about where the death was permanent. Indeed, he was resurrected early into Season 6 in a moment that still doesn’t sit well with all fans. However, there is no denying that this was a pivotal moment for the character and cemented his place as the show’s hero.

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There have been so many theories about Jon Snow and his importance in the overall story. Coming back from the dead further inspired the notion that he was the person who was going to lead Westeros in battle in the Great War.

8 Bran Becomes The Three-Eyed Raven

Bran Stark’s storyline was not always the most interesting in the show. However, in the more recent seasons, it has become clear how important his journey has been towards this final conclusion. His transformation into the Three-Eyed Raven meant the end of Bran Stark as we know him. He had now taken a role that could help them win the final war.

The powers Bran now has are still unclear, but his ability to see into the past has already provided some of the show’s biggest reveals. And the fact that he can potentially interact with the past might reveal even more.

7 Starks Retake Winterfell

This was the moment fans had been waiting for since Season 2. It was hard seeing the Stark home in the hands of the Boltons, but Jon and Sansa finally came together to take Winterfell. Without Winterfell, the Starks were scattered and alone. This victory allowed them to begin reuniting after all these years.

The return of the Starks to Winterfell also meant the North was secure once again. After Robb’s death, the land was fractured but now they have all come together to face the greater threat heading their way.

6 Cersei’s Revenge

Cersei Lannister is a character who is used to having power. To see that power ripper away from her was jarring. However, she is also one of the strongest people in Westeros and it was only a matter of time when she regained that power.

It was hard to imagine that even Cersei was capable of such a thing, but when she blew up the Sept of Baelor and killed all her enemies in a single moment, she pretty much became the Mad Queen. And now that Cersei sits on the Iron Throne, you have to imagine what she’ll do to ensure it doesn’t go to anyone else.

5 Jon’s Parentage Revealed

This was something that was speculated about before the thought of a Game of Thrones television show was even suggested. Book fans had solved this mystery years ago, but the confirming reveal was still a truly powerful moment.

It remains to be seen what impact Jon Snow’s true parentage will have for the rest of the series. It could put him at odds with the North or even some of the other Starks. It might mean he’ll sit on the Iron Throne. It certainly will make his relationship with Daenerys more awkward.

4 Daenerys Arrives In Westeros

This could very well have been the most anticipated moment in the series. Ever since the show began, we have been waiting for Daenerys to return to Westeros to take back the Iron Throne with her dragons. It was a long road to get there, but the wait was worth it in the end.

As soon as she stepped foot on Dragonstone, the balance of power shifted in Westeros. The question then became would Daenerys be the savior of Westeros or just another conqueror? While that remains to be seen, having dragons in Westeros is going to come in handy.

3 The Night King Gets A Dragon

It was hard to imagine the Night King becoming any more dangerous but he certainly proved us wrong. Not only did he manage to kill a dragon with ease, something many have tried and failed to do, but he also resurrected it to serve him.

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Watching one of these magnificent creatures die was a terrible, heartbreaking moment. Then when its eye reopened, we realized how much trouble our heroes were in. What’s perhaps even more frightening is that this seems to have been the Night King’s plan all along.

2 Jaime Leaves Cersei

No relationship has caused more harm in the show than that of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. From the moment Bran came across their incestuous affair, these two have done some terrible things to keep their love a secret and to stay together. But the final breaking point came at the end of last season as Cersei refused to help fight the White Walkers.

Despite seeing the proof for herself that the army of dead exists, Cersei will not yield to anyone. This leads to a tense showdown between the Lannister siblings which leads Jaime to finally leave her. This could set up Jaime’s final redemption as well as make Cersei more dangerous than ever before.

1 The Wall Falls

We knew it was coming. It was inevitable. But when the Wall finally came down and the White Walkers entered Westeros, it was still a scary sight.

This is the beginning of the showdown we have known was coming for years. The Night King and his army are a seemingly unstoppable force and now they have a dragon. As almost every main character in the show converges on Winterfell to face them, there is no telling what the outcome will be. To borrow a phrase from another wildly popular series, “We’re in the endgame now”.

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2019-04-13 09:04:26

Colin McCormick

Into The Badlands Reminds Us That Sunny’s Sister Is Still Important

Monday’s episode of Into the Badlands reminds viewers that Sunny’s sister is still important to the show. It was revealed earlier in the season that Sunny (Daniel Wu) has a sister somewhere in the Badlands, but no one, including Sunny himself, has any knowledge of her whereabouts.

The latest episode of the AMC series, “Cobra Fang, Panther Claw,” sees the main characters become sidetracked from their mission to defeat Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay). The Widow (Emily Beecham) and Nix (Ella-Rae Smith) team up to rescue the Widow’s friends and finally put an end to the war with Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura). Meanwhile, the Black Lotus, led by Magnus (Francis Magee), finally catch up to Ankara (Clara Higgins). Despite being protected by both Sunny and Bajie (Nick Frost), Ankara was viciously murdered by Magnus, who also stabbed Bajie in the chest.

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Before her death, Ankara tells Sunny and Bajie the truth about the fall of Azra. Ankara confesses that it was her fault that the Black Lotus found the city. She also mentions that there were only a few survivors: Sunny, his sister, and Pilgrim. The mystery of Sunny’s sister hasn’t received much attention in recent episodes, but the brief reference to her in “Cobra, Fang, Panther Claw” serves as a reminder to viewers that answers are still coming. With only four episodes remaining in Into the Badlands‘ third and final season, fans won’t have to wait much longer for this storyline to reach a resolution. Synopses for upcoming episodes confirm that Sunny’s sister, Kannin, will arrive soon, played by Eugenia Yuan.

Earlier in the season, Sunny learned more details about his childhood from an encounter with the River King. He was on a boat that was attacked by the Black Lotus. Nearly everyone on board was massacred. One survivor, the boat captain, revealed to Sunny that he had a sister. He described her as Sunny’s “guardian angel,” who protected him from the Black Lotus.

Later, when Pilgrim was trying to convince Sunny to join forces with him, he explained that in their youth, they were both “chosen sons” of Azra. According to Pilgrim, it was Sunny and his sister, Kannin, who helped him escape Azra when the Black Lotus sacked the city and burned it to the ground. Pilgrim told Sunny that he didn’t know what became of her after Azra’s fall.

If the fight with the Black Lotus was the last time anyone saw Kannin, it could mean that the cult had something to do with her disappearance. Sunny’s best chance of finding out what happened to Kannin will come when he faces off against Magnus.

More: Why Into The Badlands Was Cancelled (Despite Being Amazing)


2019-04-11 04:04:42

Nicholas Raymond

Game Of Thrones: 8 Most Important Episodes To Watch Before Season 8

The final season of Game of Thrones is only days away, and while some fans have spent weeks rewatching the past seven seasons, others aren’t quite so prepared. However, with a gap of almost two years between season 7 and season 8, there’s a lot to try and remember. From court intrigue to house loyalty, big battles to solo deaths, the road to the final season is littered with bodies and broken promises.

For any fan not quite sure what’s going on in Westeros right now, we’ve got the perfect guide for a quick rewatch – the kind that anyone could still manage before the season premiere on Sunday. These are the episodes that will remind viewers of what’s going on, who is on whose side, and how far the war has come since the beginning.

Related: Game of Thrones Theory: Robin Arryn Is King At The End Of Season 8

Some major episodes are missing (Ned Stark’s death and the Purple Wedding, for example) because as shocking as they were, they aren’t necessarily the most relevant to the current storyline. Instead, these are the episodes that include vital plot points, major changes, or moments that are likely to come into play as the world watches to see who finally sits atop the Iron Throne.

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The very first episode of Game of Thrones is a surprisingly vital rewatch, and not just for the plot. From teasers and trailers, it’s clear that the season 8 premiere is going to mirror the very first episode in several ways – although this season, it’s Daenerys coming to Winterfell, not Robert Baratheon. “Winter Is Coming” sets up all kinds of vital plot points, from the ‘kidnapping’ of Lyanna Stark to the death of Jon Arryn and Ned Stark coming to King’s Landing. It covers the war to take the throne from the Targaryens, Cersei and Jaime’s relationship, Tyrion’s place in the family, Jon’s position as a bastard, and the return of the White Walkers. In addition to all the actual plot set-up, this is worth a rewatch to see just how far the show has come – and how the survivors have changed since the very beginning.

Having spent an episode on the Starks, now it’s time for a very Targaryen episode – and the first appearance of Daenerys’ dragons! “Fire and Blood” takes place immediately after the death of Ned Stark, and while that was a gloriously shocking episode, the fallout is actually a more important thing to rewatch than the actual beheading. This episode sees the War of the Five Kings begin in earnest, after the Starks learn of their father’s death. It also sets up the start of Sansa and Arya’s solo journeys to the final season – Sansa, as the betrothed of a man that she wants to kill, and Arya, hiding her identity and going on the run (with Gendry, who also makes this episode worth rewatching). On top of all of that, though, there’s the absolutely epic moment that Daenerys kills her “sun and stars” and walks into his funeral pyre… re-emerging with baby dragons on her shoulder.

We’re not including a lot of episodes here that are all about the shock value, but no Game of Thrones rewatch would be complete without “The Rains of Castamere” – or, as it is better known, The Red Wedding. The episode does also provide a little extra helpful plot for rewatchers, as it shows Tormund, Jon, and Ygritte South of the Wall, as well as Bran learning how to warg into Hodor. Daario Naharis appears, which may end up being important for the final season (if the series isn’t done with him), but this is also a big moment because it continues to chart Daenerys’ growth as she takes Yunkai.

Of course, while new character introductions and keeping tabs on Jon and Daenerys are important reasons to include “The Rains Of Castamere,” let’s not pretend that the main reason isn’t to see one of the most shocking moments of the entire series: the deaths of Robb, Catelyn, and their followers and family. The Red Wedding is brutal, bloody, and perfect for rewatching – even if the deaths of Robb and Catelyn don’t directly impact the final season.

Related: Will Lady Stoneheart Finally Appear In Game of Thrones Season 8?

Jumping forward to the end of another season, “The Children” is a pivotal episode for multiple characters, although it’s definitely more of a plot-heavy one than one for fans of the gory moments. The season 4 finale covers Daenerys attempting to actually rule Meereen – which is an interesting contrast to “The Rains of Castamere,” when she was focusing on conquering cities, not what to do after they have been conquered. “The Children” shows how Daenerys may struggle to rule Westeros, and struggle to control her dragons as they grow.

This episode also checks in with Jon, and shows a different kind of ruling style that may be relevant for the final season, as he risks his life to go negotiate with Mance Rayder. Bran Stark finally reaches the tree where he meets the Three-Eyed Raven, and Qyburn tells Cersei that he can ‘save’ the dying Mountain.

As if all that wasn’t enough (this is Game of Thrones, after all), “The Children” also includes Tyrion’s escape from the dungeons (aided by Jaime) and his murder of Tywin Lannister – giving him the title he uses later of the “greatest Lannister Killer of our time.” Finally, it includes the fight between the Hound and Brienne, one that ends with Arya leaving the Hound to die… something that will definitely come up in the final season, when Arya and the Hound are reunited for the first time since this episode.

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Skipping straight over the fifth season, the next most important episode to rewatch is “The Door” – and it’s a heartbreaker. It may seem excessive to jump a full season, but “The Door” is actually the perfect episode to serve as catch-up, covering all the most important characters and what they’ve been up to since “The Children.” Sansa, now at the Wall, has been taken from King’s Landing to the Vale, then married to Ramsay Bolton, then escaped to the Night’s Watch – and all of this is covered in a conversation with Petyr Baelish. Jorah reveals that he is in love with Daenerys but has Greyscale (a plot point that should have been far more important than it ended up being), and Yara and Theon make an appearance, in the Iron Islands, attempting to claim the throne.

Meanwhile, Tyrion and Varys are ruling Meereen in Daenerys’ stead, and Arya is training with the Faceless Men. In both cases, this episode sets up a lot of what can be expected in the final season; Arya’s training sets her up as the killer that she becomes, and in Meereen, we’re shown how Tyrion and Varys can become the reason and diplomacy behind Daenerys’ throne.

Related: The Longest Surviving Characters On Game Of Thrones

Of course, there’s one more vital scene in this episode, and it’s the one that gives “The Door” its name. Bran completes his training with the Three-Eyed Raven, but accidentally gives the White Walkers access to the cave under the tree – bringing them in. While he is having visions, the dead attack, and Bran wargs into Hodor to have him hold the door and keep the dead away so he can escape. Heartbreaking, true – but also revealing. This is the moment that Bran stops being Bran and becomes the Three-Eyed Raven. This is the moment that the audience learns that Bran can impact other times, and that his visions can affect the real world. And this is the moment that everyone cried at the death of one of the purest characters on the show.

From plot-heavy episode to one that is all about the battle, it’s time for “The Battle of the Bastards”. This episode does include one important scene in terms of plot, as Daenerys shows how she will deal with ‘negotiations’ (burn them all, essentially), and Yara and Theon arrive in Meereen to pledge their allegiance to her. However, this episode is all about the fight scene, as Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton battle it out.

This episode isn’t just included because it’s a truly epic fight scene, though. It reveals a whole lot about what’s happening with the Starks. Sansa has learned how to play the game and has summoned the Knights of the Vale, Jon Snow is still rushing off to do the right thing even though it will probably get him killed, and Sansa goes full-on Dark Sansa and feeds her abusive husband to his own hounds. In addition, this episode was directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who will be returning in the final season to direct the Battle of Winterfell, when the armies of the living and the dead finally come together.

Two episodes in a row – but for very good reason. After “The Battle of the Bastards” covers what is going on in the North, it’s time to take a look at what’s happening in the South at the end of the sixth season. “Winds of Winter” is another fairly plot-heavy episode, but it also includes the biggest non-battle death scene in the series, and shows just what Cersei is truly capable of.

Related: Every Game of Thrones Character Death Teased In The New Trailer

We’re referring, of course, to the explosion of the Sept of Baelor, which Cersei orchestrates rather than stand trial there. This kills off the Tyrells, the Faith Militant, and indirectly, Tommen, who steps out of a window in a beautifully quiet death scene. This is hugely important for the final season, not just because it wipes out the Tyrell threat to the throne and the last of Cersei’s children, but because it marks the moment that she truly becomes the darkest version of herself – nothing left to live for but to kill her enemies and sit on the throne.

In addition, there are a lot of other major plot points that come up in this episode. Sam arrives at the Citadel, Daenerys leaves Meereen for Westeros, Arya returns to Westeros and murders Walder Frey, Littlefinger reveals he wants the throne, Jon marshalls an army against the White Walkers, Bran gets back to the Wall, and Davos confronts Melisandre about burning a child at the stake.

This is also the episode that revealed the truth about a long-held fan theory; Jon Snow’s true parentage, which makes him the trueborn son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and the heir to the Iron Throne.

Finally, no rewatch would be complete without the season 7 finale – to catch up on where everyone is now. ‘The Dragon And The Wolf’ covers an impressive amount (unsurprising for a Game of Thrones season finale), starting with the meeting at King’s Landing, where all the major players for the Iron Throne come together for the first time. This episode covers the current state of alliances, pregnancies, and relationships. It sees the end of Littlefinger at the hand of the Starks at Winterfell, and Jon and Daenerys finally getting it on (which is a perfect way to follow up ‘Winds of Winter’, when it is revealed that they are actually related).

The most important moment, though? The Wall finally comes down, thanks to Ice Viserion, and the Battle for Westeros is about to begin.

More: Jon Snow Should Have Expected His Game Of Thrones Season 7 Plan To Fail


2019-04-09 03:04:45

Rose Moore

10 Most Important Moments In The MCU Leading To Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is almost here! As the pre-sale drama has indicated, people are pretty excited for this movie. After over ten years of this shared Marvel cinematic universe, it all culminates here in this battle against Thanos. This is a movie that will end several storylines and it will likely forever change the MCU going forward.

There have been a lot of important moments leading up to this film. From the very beginning of the franchise, Kevin Feige and the masterminds behind the scenes have been building to this. As we look back at the history of the MCU, it’s interesting to see those touchstone moments that brought us here. Revisit the most important moments in the MCU that led to Endgame.

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10 Nick Fury Meets Captain Marvel

If Nick Fury had not met Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, back in the ’90s, the Avengers might never have been formed. It was that encounter with a super-powered being that inspired Fury to seek out others who could help defend Earth. And thanks to that modified pager, he was able to bring her in to even the odds against Thanos.

With her immense power-set, Captain Marvel could be the key to defeating the Mad Titan. Even more significant, she is the character who will most likely lead the post-Endgame stage of the MCU.

9 Iron Man Escapes The Cave

When we met Tony Stark, he was far from what you would call a hero. The super-rich and super-smart weapons manufacturer was content with staying ignorant to what his weapons were being used for. It took him getting taken by the Ten Rings to understand his purpose.

Stark saw what damage could be done when his tech got in the wrong hands. So he built the first Iron Man suit and escaped captivity, showing himself that he could use his staggering knowledge for good. It put Stark on the path to do whatever it takes to keep the world safe.

8 The Avengers Initiative

Iron Man was a wildly entertaining superhero movie, but it wasn’t until the credits finished rolling that it revealed itself to be something much more exciting. It was, quite literally, part of a bigger universe.

As Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury stepped out of the shadows to introduce the Avengers Initiative, this world opened up. It helped set the idea of one day there being a threat so big that Earth would need its mightiest heroes to save the day. It’s funny to look back now and remember how crazy of an idea it sounded at the time.

7 Captain America Wakes Up

Captain America is the first Avenger. Long before Fury even had the idea of the team, Steve Rogers had become a true hero, fighting for what was right, and sacrificing everything to save the day. While he didn’t die, that sacrifice meant he had to pay a heavy price.

RELATED: Endgame Will Lead To The MCU Multiverse (Theory)

When Steve was revived after being frozen, he was in a new world. Everything he knew and loved was gone. He had no home to go back to. It was this struggle that has defined the hero and his journey in the MCU. A man out of time who will nonetheless give everything to the cause.

6 The Battle Of New York

Both within the universe and in the movie-making world, The Avengers was proof this concept could work. The day Fury planned for finally arrived as a threat arrived that has beyond anything Earth could handle and they needed the help of extraordinary individuals.

The Avengers coming together to stop the Chitauri invasion showed the rest of the universe that Earth had some big league defenders. It was also a moment that forever changed Tony Stark as he became convinced there was a bigger threat still out there.

5 Ant-Man Enters The Quantum Realm

Ant-Man may seem like one of the more insignificant heroes, but he likely has a key to help defeat Thanos and save all those who are gone. In Ant-Man, Scott is told by Hank Pym about the dangers of the Quantum Realm. Sure enough, Scott gets first-hand experience with this.

While there are still so many questions about the Quantum Realm, the fact that Ant-Man finds himself stuck there during the event of Infinity War, it probably means he’s uncovered something important. Many theorize that the Avengers will be heading into the Quantum Realm in Endgame in an attempt to reverse what happened.

4 The Avengers Disband

The Avengers were never the healthiest of teams to begin with. Pretty much every member of the squad has fought each other at one point or another, so perhaps it’s no surprise it came to this.

RELATED: Every Endgame Theory (Compilation)

After the revelation that a brainwashed Bucky killed Tony’s parents, Tony and Steve had a very serious falling out. It was this breaking apart of the team that set the stage for Thanos’ victory. Could the Mad Titan have succeeded if the team fought side-by-side? It appears as though they have learned from their mistakes and come together in Endgame.

3 Asgard Is Destroyed

Thor and the Asgardians have always been among Earth’s strongest defenders. Even though they might not travel to our planet too often, they keep a watchful eye on humans and anyone who might threaten their world. However, Thor: Ragnarok showed the Asgardians themselves are becoming an endangered species.

By the end of the movie, Odin is dead and Asgard is destroyed, leaving the remaining citizens as refugees. This was a turning point for Thor as a character. As king of his people and with so few of them left, Thor has become a more desperate hero than we have ever seen him before.

2 Doctor Strange Give Up The Time Stone

Doctor Strange proved to be one of the most interesting characters in Infinity War. Tasked with defending the Time Stone, Strange makes it known that he will let his fellow heroes die in order to keep the stone safe.

However, when Thanos is about to kill Tony Stark, Strange gives up the stone to save his life. While it might seem like a quick character turn, it’s likely he saw something in the multiple timelines that told him giving up the stone was the only path to victory. We’ll wait and see what path he put the remaining heroes on.

1 The Snap

There has not been a more impactful moment in the MCU than when Thanos fulfilled his promise and wiped out half the universe. It is a moment that shocked fans as they watched heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther and Star-Lord disappear into nothing.

For the first time ever, these heroes have failed and the consequences were catastrophic. It is a vulnerable place for the Avengers to begin, but it seems they were destined for this battle. They all lost someone, and Endgame is their opportunity to avenge them.

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


2019-04-05 01:04:31

Colin McCormick

The Best (And Most Important) X-Men Comics Ever

Marvel’s merry band of mutants have been the topic of much discussion lately, with the X-Men appearing in Fox’s upcoming Dark Phoenix franchise finale and the characters playing a big role in the Fox acquisition by Disney. Dark Phoenix may signal the end of a cinematic era for the X-Men, but fans probably won’t have to wait too long until the fan-favorite team is back on the big screen.

Disney’s ownership of the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights guarantee a reboot for the X-franchise, which means another chance at seeing a few fan-favorite storylines adapted, this time with Marvel Studios in creative control. So let’s take a look at best and the most important X-Men comics of all time to get ready for the new cinematic era that sits on the horizon.

10 Season One / First Class

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It obviously makes sense to start at the beginning when discussing important issues, but the original run of X-Men can, unfortunately, be a bit of a tough read to get through. There is a reason the series was canceled before it was rebooted to massive popularity. Thankfully there have been a few modern retellings of the early years of the X-Men, which focus on the original five mutants assembled by Professor Xavier; Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Bobby Drake, Hank McCoy, and Warren Worthington the III.

Dennis Hopeless and Jamie McKelvie’s X-Men: Season One retold the first year of the young X-Men’s lives, while Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz’s X-Men: First Class provides an alternate retelling of the team’s origins and carries on until their fateful mission to Krakoa.

9 Giant-Size X-Men

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After the cancelation of the original X-Men due to low sales in 1970, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum rebooted the team in 1975 with Giant-Size X-Men #1. The supersized issue introduced a new global team of mutants who were gathered by Professor X to help Cyclops rescue the original X-Men from the mutant island of Krakoa. The new team, which featured iconic members like Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine, would then head off on their own adventures in the relaunched X-Men title from legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont.

Giant-Size X-Men #1 kicked off the increasing popularity of Marvel’s mutants for years and remains a great introduction to the fan-favorite characters, but Ed Brubaker and Trevor Hairsine’s X-Men: Deadly Genesis offers a bit more depth to the team’s origins and the Krakoa mission.

8 God Loves, Man Kills

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Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson released God Loves, Man Kills in 1982 as a part of Marvel’s newest foray into publishing, graphic novels. The story featured the X-Men as they were attacked publicly by religious fanatic Reverend William Stryker, whose own son was born with an abnormal mutation that he considered an abomination against God. The graphic novel touched on some serious issues that add to its importance, and it also served as the inspiration for the film X2: X-Men United.

While God Loves, Man Kills was originally considered non-canon, Claremont officially brought in to continuity with a sequel storyline that took place during his X-Treme X-Men run and further launched the ongoing threat of Reverend Stryker.

7 X-Men

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We can’t talk about important issues of the X-Men without discussing Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s X-Men #1, which became the best-selling comic of the modern era after its launch in 1991. The issue debuted an updated team with new costumes and characters that kicked off the series’ highest levels of popularity and launched the X-Men into the mainstream. Unfortunately, the first run of the new adjectiveless X-Men also brought about the departure of Claremont, who had been writing the X-Men for over 15 years.

The characters and designs from X-Men #1 inspired the hit X-Men: The Animated Series and launched a number of spin-off titles that further expanded the huge line of X-Men-related comics during the industry’s boom in the 90s.

6 Fatal Attractions

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Every X-comic was brought together for the “Fatal Attractions” event, which showcased one of the most epic showdowns between Magneto and the X-Men. Loyalties were tested as Earth was threatened by Magneto and his Acolytes and Xavier and the X-Men were forced to face off against their old enemy once again. This series featured a number of iconic moments like the violent removal of adamantium from Wolverine by Magneto and Xavier’s fateful moment of retribution that would lead to the creation of Onslaught.

“Fatal Attractions” was just one of many classic crossovers seen in the 90s that would leave the X-world a little convoluted and without direction, leading to a much-needed retooling of the series.

5 New X-Men

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It’s hard to pick out a single run from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run, especially considered he was paired with amazing artists like Frank Quitely, Leinil Francis Yu, Phil Jimenez, Chris Bachalo, Marc Silvestri, and many more. Morrison and Co. revamped the X-Men, bringing the team into a new era while introducing a number of lasting changes to the mythology, including secondary mutations, the addition of Emma Frost to the team, and the longest-lasting death of Jean Grey.

The opening storyline “E is for Extinction” is a showcase of what you can expect from New X-Men, with “Here Comes Tomorrow” serving as one of the most imaginative finales to a series seen in the history of the X-Men.

4 Days of Future Past

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“Days of Future Past” is largely considered to be the most popular X-Men story ever written, and for good reason. Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s post-apocalyptic look at the X-Men highlighted an ugly end for the X-Men, in a future torn apart by the war between humans and mutants. While the actual storyline only lasted two issues, it left a lasting impression with fans and became a possible dark future that has haunted the team ever since.

There have been a few comic sequels to the original “Days of Future Past” storyline, which served as the inspiration for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past film.

3 Mutant Massacre

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Chris Claremont put the X-Men through some difficult times over the years, but for a time there was the hope that the X-Men would always prevail. However, during one of the first big X-Men crossover events, Claremont and John Romita, Jr. would unite for the “Mutant Massacre,” which saw the Marauders set out to exterminate the Morlocks living beneath the streets of Manhattan. Many lives were lost, and the X-Men suffered a number of injuries and personal losses that would shatter the team and set them on a dark path for many years.

The Mutant Massacre crossover also included other titles like DaredevilThor, and Power Pack and would continue to inspire new storylines for years to come. The storyline also marked the first matchup between Wolverine and Sabretooth, before their history was expanded on later.

2 Gifted

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Joss Whedon and John Cassaday had the difficult task of taking the X-Men in a new direction after Morrison’s New X-Men, but managed to blend the classic feel of the X-Men with Morrison’s bleaker run to produce the Astonishing X-Men. The new series kicked off a new superheroic era that saw the main Astonishing team lead the rest of the X-Men through other big events like Messiah Complex, Second Coming, and Avengers Vs. X-Men.

“Gifted” is the first arc of the series and features some of the best moments from Whedon and Cassaday’s run, though there were many more to follow as the series re-examined the characters in new and exciting ways that kicked off another wave of popular titles and events.

1 Dark Phoenix Saga

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It’s truly no surprise that the “Dark Phoenix Saga” would be counted among the best and most important X-Men comics of all time. After all, the legendary storyline now has two cinematic adaptations, not to mention the highly regarded version seen on X-Men: The Animated Series. The classic storyline from Chris Claremont and John Byrne lasted for a few years and featured some of the best and saddest moments the X-Men have ever dealt with over their storied past.

The corruption and eventual sacrifice of Jean Grey severely affected the X-Men and remains one of the most impactful moments in the history of the X-Men. With Dark Phoenix hitting theaters on June 7, “The Dark Phoenix Saga” is essential reading for any X-Men fan.

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2019-04-04 08:04:18

Scoot Allan

Avengers Theory: The Skrulls Will Have An Important Role In Endgame

WARNING! Spoilers for Captain Marvel.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally introduced the Skrulls thanks to Captain Marvel, but will they have a bigger role to play in Avengers: Endgame? The green shape-shifting aliens have long been among the most requested additions to the MCU, as they are some of the biggest foes in Marvel Comics. However, as far as Captain Marvel showed, the Skrulls are actually largely misunderstood.

In Captain Marvel, the Skrulls are originally positioned as the villains to Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and the Kree. However, Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) eventually revealed that he could be an ally to Carol and helped explain to her that the Kree have been lying to her for years. The movie ended with Carol and the Skrulls going off to find a new home for them, which has led many to wonder what their future will be in the MCU.

Related: Captain Marvel Makes MCU Skrulls Better Than The Comics

Screen Rant’s latest Marvel video takes a look at the shape-shifters to examine what role they could play in Avengers: Endgame. Thanks to their abilities, many are theorizing that they will be used to reveal that some longtime MCU characters are not actually who they appear to be. Check out the full breakdown in the video above.

If Avengers: Endgame does reveal that some of our favorite MCU heroes are actually Skrulls, one of the most theorized choices is Nick Fury. The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already had an encounter with the Skrulls in Captain Marvel, and how he eats his toast has strangely become the center of the theories. What has made these theories all the more popular is concept art from Captain Marvel of a Skrull transforming into Fury. This was not featured in the solo movie, but it does show that Marvel was thinking about such an idea.

Regardless of what switch may come, Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Skrulls do have a future in the MCU in some form. This could be in the past if Captain Marvel 2 is another prequel to the larger MCU, but it may also be done to help the shared universe build up to their take on the iconic comic storyline Secret Invasion. If other characters are revealed to be Skrulls along the way, there are several other logical choices for the Skrulls to target. As far as Avengers: Endgame is concerned, though, there is so far no concrete information that points to the Skrulls making an appearance. But, since we’ve seen so little from the movie overall, there is room for them to make a surprising addition to the cast.

More: Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Introduced Skrulls Before Captain Marvel


2019-03-28 05:03:30

Cooper Hood

The Best (And Most Important) Batman Comics Of All-Time

Fans are getting ready to see yet another cinematic version of Batman on the big screen, as Matt Reeves prepares his new, youthful take on the Dark Knight. The director revealed the film will focus more on the detective aspects of Bruce Wayne and feature multiple villains, though Reeves hasn’t revealed any specific storylines as inspiration for the tentatively-titled The Batman.

RELATED: Dark Knight Trilogy Screening In IMAX For Batman’s 80th Anniversary

Of course, there is no shortage of great Batman stories for Reeves to draw from, especially considering DC gets ready to celebrate the character’s 80th anniversary. We are going to take a look at a few of not only the best Batman comics but also the most important to the character of Bruce Wayne and the mythology built around him.

10 DETECTIVE COMICS #33

Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and first appeared in Detective Comics #27,  but it wasn’t until Detective Comics #33 that fans got the first glimpse at the origins of the character. The murder of young Bruce’s parents by a mugger was first shown in this issue, the first of many retellings of the dark but iconic beginnings of the Bat.

Bruce Wayne’s childhood candlelit vow to avenge his parents coupled with the epiphany for his costumed identity are two key moments in the Dark Knight’s origin that also make their first appearances in this issue.

9 YEAR ONE

Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Year One” storyline that began in Batman #404 took place in the first year of Bruce Wayne’s career as a crime fighter, which coincided with Jim Gordon’s first year in Gotham as a police officer.

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While Wayne formulated his identity of Batman (largely by trial an error), Gordon was forced to find his way on a corrupt police force that didn’t have his back. “Year One” developed Batman and Gordon’s ongoing partnership during the darkest days of Gotham City, two soldiers coming up in the trenches told wonderfully by Miller and Mazzucchelli.

8 THE LONG HALLOWEEN

Following the success of “Year One,” the superstar team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale followed in the same vein and told another year-long tale from the Dark Knight’s life. The limited series focused on the mystery behind the Holiday Killer, while also telling the story of Harvey Dent and his partnership with Batman and Commissioner Gordon before his fateful transformation into Two-Face.

Sales’ beautiful art featured a distinct take on Batman’s greatest villains and the series detailed the evolution of Gotham’s rogues into full-blown supervillains. The Long Halloween also spawned two sequel series from Loeb and Sale, Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome.

7 DETECTIVE COMICS #38

Any look at important stories from the storied history of Batman would be incomplete without the first appearance of his young partner Dick Grayson, who first appeared in “Robin the Boy Wonder” by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. The issue introduces young Dick, whose parents were murdered in front of Bruce Wayne and the rest of the circus by the Zucco Gang.

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Wayne adopts young Dick as his ward and trains the boy to be his partner, Robin. Together the pair take down Zucco and his gang, accomplishing something Batman was never able to do himself, as the Wayne murders went unsolved in most continuities.

6 A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

Unfortunately, Batman’s history with Robins isn’t always great. Following Dick Grayson’s decision to quit as Robin, Batman replaced his former partner with street tough Jason Todd. Fans were not happy that Grayson had been replaced by Todd, and DC Comics launched a phone-in voting campaign to decide the fate of Jason Todd.

Fans voted to kill the young hero, and “A Death in the Family” featured his violent death at the hands of the Joker, who beat Robin viciously with a crowbar before setting a bomb and blowing up the boy wonder in the unforgettable scene from Batman #427.

5 THE KILLING JOKE

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke took a close look at a few key players of Gotham City – Batman, the Joker, and the Gordons. This one-shot, which was originally considered a non-canon story, told a possible origin story for the Joker, whose origins as the criminal known as the Red Hood were largely still shrouded in mystery.

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The iconic graphic novel also featured the graphic paralyzing of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, which would later become a part of the mainstream continuity when the character would reappear as Oracle. The Killing Joke helps define the unique relationship between Batman and the Joker by revealing the extremes each character can reach when pushed to their limit.

4 KNIGHTFALL

Bane was a new villain that was introduced in the 90s who proved to both a physical and intellectual threat to the Batman. Arriving in Gotham City with the goal of defeating Batman, Bane easily uncovers Batman’s identity, then sets about wearing down the hero by releasing the inmates of Arkham Asylum onto the streets of Gotham City.

Bane watched Batman push himself to the limits over and over again to regain control of his city, and only when Bruce was at his weakest did Bane attack. Bruce Wayne suffered the single greatest defeat of his career at the hands of Bane, who famously broke the Batman’s back in Batman #497.

3 TOWER OF BABEL

To truly understand the extremes Batman is prepared to go one needs to step outside Gotham City and examine some of Batman’s adventures with the Justice League. In particular, “Tower of Babel” by Mark Waid, Howard Porter, and Steve Scott, which reveals that Batman had created plans to neutralize his fellow members of the League in the event they were to go rogue.

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Unfortunately, Batman’s plans were stolen by Ra’s Al Ghul and put to good use against the League, creating seeds of doubt and distrust between Batman and the rest of the DC superheroes. This storyline perfectly exemplified Bruce’s steadfast dedication to his mission to protect innocents, even if it meant having to take out his friends and allies.

2 HUSH

Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s 12-issue “Hush” storyline is basically the perfect snapshot of everything that makes the Dark Knight who he is, while also featuring every villain and supporting character that matters in Batman’s life. This series is also known for making Batman and Catwoman’s romantic relationship official for the first time in comic history.

While “Hush” tells a compelling story as the Batman struggles to solve a mystery revolving around a new villain known as Hush, it also features incredible art from Jim Lee that even includes one of the best Batman vs Superman fights ever seen in comics.

1 THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the best and most important Batman comics without talking about Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley’s epic The Dark Knight Returns. The 4-issue series was set in a future Gotham City with an aged Bruce Wayne long retired as the Batman as he is forced to return to the streets to save his city.

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The Dark Knight Returns ushered in a new age of Batman comics that couldn’t have been further from the 60s inspired camp that had made the character so popular among mainstream audiences. Miller dived back into the world twice with The Dark Knight Strikes Back and The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.

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2019-03-17 05:03:42

Scoot Allan