Avengers: Endgame Star Dave Bautista Wishes Drax Killed Thanos

The entire universe was gunning for Thanos in Avengers: Endgame and Dave Bautista reveals that Drax will be left unsatisfied by the fact that he did not finish off Thanos himself. Drax the Destroyer was introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy as someone who sought revenge on Ronan the Accuser for the death of his family. It’s revealed at the end of the movie that Drax’s real target is Thanos.

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Drax fought Thanos (and was originally going to have a one-on-one fight with him) but he was snapped away along with half of all living beings in the universe by the Infinity Gauntlet. The present-day version of Thanos was beheaded by Thor at the start of Avengers: Endgame and the time-traveling version of Thanos was destroyed by Tony Stark, who used the Infinity Gauntlet to erase him from reality.

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Thanos might be gone, but Drax is due to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The question of Drax’s future in the MCU was brought up in an interview with Bautista in GQ. The actor believes Drax will need a new foe to focus on in the next movie, as he will have been left unsatisfied by the fact that he wasn’t personally responsible for the demise of Thanos. Bautista said:

“I don’t know. I think he’s going to be a little unsatisfied he didn’t kill Thanos himself. I thought about that a long time ago. James [Gunn] is super creative, and he’s also a fan so he will dig through and come up with a new villain and something for Drax that I’m sure people will appreciate. He’s a genius.”

The role of Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is similar to that of his comic book counterpart, with the exception of the comic version of Drax originally hailing from Earth. The comic version of Drax has actually succeeded in his goal of killing Thanos in the past, as he tore Thanos’ heart out of his chest during the Annihilation crossover. Drax’s entire story arc has revolved around his mission to avenge his family, but the sacrifice of Tony Stark was too important to the story of the MCU going forward to allow Drax to finish off Thanos himself.

The question now is where the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie will take the character. Bautista believes that writer-director James Gunn might come up with a new villain for Drax to face in the future, but the drive for vengeance won’t be the same as it was when Thanos was the villain. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still in the early stages of development and isn’t expected to be released until 2021, but it’s possible that more information about the film will be revealed during the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. 

Next: Every MCU Reveal We Expect At Marvel’s Comic-Con 2019 Panel

Source: GQ

2019-07-15 01:07:30

Scott Baird

Rise Of Skywalker: 10 Characters Who Could Be Killed Off (And Why)

While the name of the ninth Star Wars movie is The Rise of Skywalker, it’s actually primed to be the final outing of the family who has been the focal point of the entire franchise since the very beginning in 1977. Ever since Disney took control of the series, they’ve not hesitated to kill off some big characters, from Han Solo in The Force Awakens to Luke Skywalker himself in The Last Jedi.

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With that in mind, some casualties may be expected when it hits screens this December. Finales usually mean exactly that. We now take a look at 10 individuals who could meet their end this holiday season.

10 Chewbacca

When Disney acquired Star Wars and announced that there would be a sequel to Return of the Jedi after all these years, fans couldn’t wait to see more of the heroes from the original trilogy. It was a case of getting the gang back together, with the actors all agreeing to reprise their roles as the original quartet.

But, two movies down, Fisher and Mayhew have sadly passed away while Ford and Hamill’s characters have died on the big screen. Joonas Suotamo is now the man charged with playing the Wookie, but, with Disney sacrificing the characters from the original trilogy first, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to meet a heroic end as well.

9 Leia Organa

Fisher’s death prompted rumors that director Rian Johnson would find a way to write her out of The Last Jedi. However, by the end of the eighth installment of the Skywalker saga, her iconic character was very much alive. The movie concluded with her sitting alongside the main trio in the Millenium Falcon.

It has been announced that JJ Abrams will use footage never seen before from The Force Awakens to ensure that Leia still plays a key part in The Rise of Skywalker. It seems hard from a narrative perspective to see her being given a fittingly emotional end, however, unless Leia passes on the mantle or even makes a huge sacrifice in battle.

8 Lando Calrissian

Speaking of sacrifices, Billy Dee Williams has admitted he would love the world to forgive Lando Calrissian’s treachery from The Empire Strikes Back, despite him making amends the following movie. And what better way for Lando to prove once and for all he’s a truly good guy at heart by sacrificing himself for the greater cause?

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As mentioned before, Disney has focused on killing off the heroes from the first three Star Wars outings, and Lando was certainly one of those. Just because he’s back for Rise of Skywalker doesn’t mean he’ll see it out to the end.

7 Kylo Ren

If Kylo Ren continues to take the path towards the dark side—and when we saw him at the end of The Last Jedi, he definitely looked like doing that—then it’s hard to see him surviving. He is the sequel trilogy’s version of Darth Vader, and we all know how that one played out.

Some fans want Star Wars to take the franchise is in a different direction, one where Kylo won’t be redeemed and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather. But, even if he does turn, it would likely be in the same sacrificial way. With Rey and the Resistance expected to win the ultimate battle, that would almost certainly mean Kylo ending up on the losing side. And, in Star Wars, that usually means death.

6 The Knights Of Ren

WhenThe Force Awakens trailer dropped years ago, introducing us to the mysterious Knights of Ren, their very appearance had fans excited. There was an aura of mystery about them and, when they only appeared in a fleeting cameo, people anticipated a moment featuring them in The Last Jedi. However, once again, they were omitted.

Thanks to set photos released by Vanity Fair, we know they’re in this movie. But the teaser trailer sees Kylo Ren appearing to bodyslam one and, if that’s the case, then they could go the same way as the Praetorian Guard, who were also slain by the First Order kingpin and Rey following the death of Supreme Leader Snoke.

5 Finn

It’s not just characters from the original trilogy and villains of the three sequels who may meet their end in The Rise of Skywalker. There’s also no guarantee that John Boyega’s Finn will still be alive by the blockbuster’s conclusion. With the character having come close to death on two occasions so far, he may not be lucky the third time.

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Finn was extremely fortunate to survive his showdown with Kylo Ren in the snowy woods of Starkiller Base, sustaining intense injuries. Had it not been for Rose Tico, he would have died on the planet of Crait and, with trailer footage showing the former Stormtrooper in the midst of the battle in JJ Abrams’ motion picture, fans can be forgiven for fearing for his safety.

4 General Hux

General Hux is rather lucky to still be alive at this point, given how he’s failed almost every task assigned to him. Seriously, since ordering the attack on the Hosnian system, he’s had Starkiller Base blow up on his watch, been outsmarted by Poe Dameron, been unable to protect Supreme Leader Snoke, and fallen well short in his attempts to wipe out the last of the Resistance fleet.

Snoke forgave him for his mistakes, but his strained relationship with Kylo Ren means there’s a good chance that the First Order leader will finally snap and murder his deputy. Ben Solo isn’t Snoke, after all, and their battle for power is only likely to end up with one winner.

3 C3PO

While Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca were the poster people of the original trilogy, C3PO and R2D2 are the only characters to appear in all eight chapters of the Skywalker saga. R2D2 doesn’t seem to do much these days, but rumors suggest C3PO may be prominent in this film.

And what better way to show that it really is the end of the Skywalker saga than have C3PO cease to exist? He had seen the Empire rise and fall and witnessed the First Order take its place. He’s had a good life and a good run, but, to quote Kylo Ren, it’s ‘time to let the past die.’ That may include everybody’s favorite protocol droid.

2 Palpatine

Pretty much every Star Wars fan was taken aback when, midway through The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke was sensationally killed by Kylo Ren. However, despite the fact the gold-wearing dark-side user is no longer around, The Rise of Skywalker will have an even bigger villain in the form of Palpatine.

But while Palpatine is coming back for one last laugh, it appears highly unlikely that he will be victorious. And then, it’s possible that Disney will just give Ian McDiarmid’s character a second on-screen death to go with the first. Don’t get us wrong, we’re excited for his return. The question is: will it be worth it?

1 Rey

Look, we’re not saying that we expect Rey to die. She’s the protagonist of the entire sequel trilogy, after all. But if Disney wants to show it was worth acquiring Star Wars and tinkering with the material of George Lucas, they need to find a way for the saga to close in a way it deserves. And, by killing off Daisy Ridley’s character, it would certainly set it apart from Return of the Jedi.

In that movie, the Rebels win without any casualties. But what if, this time, they win because Rey loses her life for the sake of the galaxy? It’s not inconceivable to think that the girl who Kylo Ren labeled a ‘nobody’ will save EVERYBODY at the end. With Palpatine back in the fold, and Kylo Ren stronger than the last time we saw him, Rey will have to produce something pretty special to keep the bad guys at bay.

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2019-07-13 11:07:34

Jack Otway

Marvel Just Killed One of X-MEN’s First Class Mutants

Warning: SPOILERS for Uncanny X-Men #21

The X-Men are going through dark times, as all of mutantkind is being hunted down by a new breed of Sentinels. The latest threat comes in the form of a vaccine that removes the X-gene and depowers mutants, but even worse, in Uncanny X-Men #21 the surviving number of first generation X-Men just dropped a little more… with Banshee killed in the line of duty.

He may not be as well known as some of his teammates, but Banshee is a longstanding member of the X-Men. He owes his modern popularity to the X-Men: First Class movie which made him a founding member of the cinematic team, as well. Born with the name Sean Cassidy, Banshee was recruited onto the team along with famous X-Men like Wolverine and Storm. His powers are based around his sonic scream, which is capable of harming hearing as well as causing physical vibrations. But after fighting in his fair share of memorable battles, his latest has proven to be his last.

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Banshee has been through a lot, including death once before. After he was killed back in 2006’s X-Men: Deadly Genesis event, he ended up being brought back to life (along with several other X-Men) by Apocalypse. Banshee became one of the Horsemen of Apocalypse as part of the bargain, but Beast helped reverse the damage done after he was taken in to custody. Banshee has never truly become his old self, and only recently returned to semi-active duty. Some might say it’s best for him to be put out of his misery… but nobody wanted to see it happen like this.

The X-Men have been battling for mutantkind in recent issues, with the latest finding them in the midst of a battle against their old-but-always-renewing villains, the mutant-exterminating Sentinels. While the mutant Majik gives Banshee his official goodbye, screaming for him to rise to his feet after one Sentinel crushes him in undignified fashion… but her fellow X-Men assure her he is gone, and their fight is not one with room for mourning. Majik does win something of a consolation prize by causing an unforgettable death of her own, cutting off Sabretooth’s head.

What will the loss of Banshee mean for the rest of the X-Men? Will the death be permanent, having already resurrected Banshee once before?And most importantly, if the world just had their memory of mutants erased… will Banshee’s sacrifice be forgotten, too? Uncanny X-Men #22 hits shelves July 17th, and hopefully answers will come sooner rather than later.

Uncanny X-Men #21 is on sale now from Marvel Comics, and at your local comic shop.

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2019-07-13 03:07:23

Tessa Smith

American Gods Killed [SPOILER] (But It Was More Epic Than The Books)

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS from American Gods episode “Treasure of the Sun”.

American Gods, season 2, episode 7, “Treasure of the Sun,” has given the character of Mad Sweeney a far more epic death than he received in the original book. This is somewhat strange given the care the series took in developing the leprechaun who preferred Southern Comfort to Guinness as a character. Indeed, many felt that Mad Sweeney was the break-out character of season 2.

In the original novel by Neil Gaiman, Mad Sweeney only appeared in two scenes. In the first, he got into a bar fight with protagonist Shadow Moon and taught him the trick of pulling true gold coins out of thin air, leaving him with one gold coin to keep. Later in the book, a bedraggled Mad Sweeney encounters Shadow and begs him for the return of his coin, which was a magic coin not meant to be given away. Unfortunately, for Mad Sweeny, Shadow had thrown the coin into the grave of his recently deceased wife, Laura, and when he passed by the bridge where he saw Mad Sweeney later, he saw that Mad Sweeney had apparently died of a combination of exposure and withdrawal.

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The American Gods TV series dramatically changed this story, turning Mad Sweeney (played by Pablo Schreiber) into a key member of the ensemble. The show paired Mad Sweeney with Laura Moon, who found herself unexpectedly resurrected by the magical golden coin Shadow tossed onto her grave. This led to an odd and oddly hilarious partnership, as Mad Sweeney reluctantly agreed to help Laura find her husband and a way to be resurrected in exchange for the eventual return of his coin.

“Treasure of the Sun” shifted Mad Sweeney’s story even further away from his character in the original novel, as it revealed something of his life and how he came to be a god, a legendary king, and then a leprechaun. The episode tells three conflicting stories, all tied to how the legends of the god Mad Sweeney had been, showing how he had changed over the years, becoming weaker and more confused as the core of who he was became forgotten. This seems to mirror what is happening to the Old Gods in modern day America, with the invaders of ancient Ireland taking the legends of the Celts and changing their gods into “faeries and saints and dead kings.”

The three tales also give three differing prophecies, two of which tell how Mad Sweeney would meet his end. In one, he is told he would be undone and abandoned west of the sunrise and that a dead woman’s bauble would seal his fate. In another, a Christian priest curses him to die on the end of a spear. The third prophecy has Mad Sweeney using a spear to save his people, the Tuatha Dé Danann, from the one-eyed mad god Balor.

By the end of the episode, all three prophecies come true. Mad Sweeney dies in America – west of where the sun sets relative to Ireland. His fate is sealed by the loss of his coin to Laura Moon, making it a dead woman’s bauble. Mad Sweeney dies on the end of a spear, after he tries to throw Odin’s spear Gungnir at Mr. Wednesday, only to have Shadow Moon catch it and turn the point upon him as he advances.

Things take an interesting turn as the third prophecy is fulfilled, with Mad Sweeney using his ability to access his extra-dimensional “horde” to store Gungnir where Mr. Wednesday can’t get it. In doing so, he believes he is saving his people from Balor, who he has come to associate with the one-eyed Wednesday. He may be mad to believe so, but Mad Sweeney certainly threw a monkey wrench into Mr. Wednesday’s plans for the coming conflict heading into American Gods‘ season 2 finale. It remains to be seen how Mr. Wednesday might recover his spear but the most likely bet seems to involve Shadow Moon having been taught the trick of accessing the horde for himself – a trick he seemingly forgot after his first encounter with Mad Sweeney.

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2019-04-22 05:04:59

Matt Morrison

Into The Badlands Killed Off [SPOILER] To Streamline The Final Season

Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura) and Ankara (Clare Higgins) are the latest characters to be killed off in the third and final season of Into the Badlands. The death of Baron Chau in particular will help streamline the season and allow the main characters to eventually come together for a common goal.

The dispute between Baron Chau and the Widow (Emily Beecham) has been a lingering plotline since season 2. At the meeting of the seven barons who control the Badlands, Quinn made a shocking entrance and slaughtered nearly everyone. Only two barons, Chau and the Widow, survived the massacre. Since at that point the only thing stopping them from ruling all the Badlands was each other, war erupted between them.

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The war came to a head in Monday’s episode, “Cobra Fang, Panther Claw”, when the Widow discovered that Tilda (Ally Ioannides) and Gaius (Lewis Tan) had been captured by Baron Chau. With the help of Nix (Ella-Rae Smith), the Widow decided to finally put an end to Baron Chau. The showdown ended with Chau being beheaded by the Widow. Chau’s death, which effectively wrapped up the Widow’s current story arc, needed to happen so that the show can move on, just in time for its final four episodes.

Season 3 of Into the Badlands has been split into three separate stories: the Widow’s war with Baron Chau, Sunny’s quest to save his son, and Pilgrim’s plan to bring salvation to the Badlands. Two of those storylines converged in the midseason finale when Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay) absorbed the Gift from Sunny’s son. After realizing what Pilgrim intended for the Badlands, Sunny betrayed him and escaped with Bajie (Nick Frost) and Nix. The three of them, together with the Widow and the Master (Chipo Chung), understand now that they’ll have to work together to keep Pilgrim from achieving his goal.

Of course, Pilgrim is no longer the only person they have to worry about. The emergence of the Black Lotus, the ancient cult that caused the fall of Azra, opens up a whole new problem for the people of the Badlands. At the end of the episode, Magnus and the Black Lotus killed Ankara and critically injured Bajie. With everything that happened in just the last two episodes, it’s no longer clear if Pilgrim or the Black Lotus are the real villains of the series.

Since a significant portion of the cast was so entangled in the war that they had little to no involvement with the main plot, Chau’s death makes it possible for more characters to join the fight. Next week’s episode could see Sunny and the others joined by Tilda, Gaius, Moon (Sherman Augustus), and Lydia (Orla Brady).

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

2019-04-13 08:04:40

Nicholas Raymond

Star Wars Explains How General Grievous Killed So Many Jedi

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous

General Grievous may not be a Sith Lord, but he’s as legendary for killing Jedi as any Star Wars villain. And now, the real reason he was able to slaughter Jedi so easily may have finally been revealed.

In hindsight, General Grievous may only be rivaled by Darth Maul as the best Star Wars villain to get only a few minutes of screen time (appearing only in Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith). But his reputation for killing Jedi, then using their lightsabers to kill even more made a lasting impression. The same will likely be true of his new story told in Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous, a comic book exploring his unique connection to The Force.

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While the movies and Star Wars: The Clone Wars showed General Grievous to be a victim of his own emotions, there is no denying his talent for murdering Jedi Knights, regardless of their experience. Until now, that killer instinct was explained by being trained in lightsaber combat by Count Dooku, not to mention the effectiveness of facing down one lightsaber with six. But there may be another reason…

In the pages of Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous by writer Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross, the Supreme commander of the Droid Army allows his ego and arrogance to challenge even The Force itself. First slaughtering two new Jedi Knights (leaving them in total shock as to how he vanquished them so swiftly) General Grievous communes with The Force locus point they sought. He intends only to merge with it so that he may destroy it through brute force–the type of fight his artificial, replaced body is designed for–but gets more than he bargained for.

Seeing General Grievous’ original face revealed by the strange voices or inhabitants of The Force is a historic moment of its own. But as Grievous dismisses the restoration of his body, boasting that he has ‘upgraded’ his physical form, the Force voices offer an alternative perspective. In seeking simple, physical, artificial power, he has sacrificed something greater. By cutting away parts of his living body, General Grievous has simultaneously “carved away” his connection to The Force.

The takeaway isn’t that General Grievous would have been a Force User, or even Force-sensitive had he remained in his natural, organic body. The point is that in reducing his true body until only eyes, a spine, and some organs remain (a haunting visual on its own) Grievous has made himself almost non-existent to The Force. And THAT is what may finally explain his legendary ability to take even the most skilled and experienced Jedi Knights by surprise in hand-to-hand lightsaber combat.

The lore surrounding the kyber crystals that power lightsabers has been changed in the new Star Wars canon, but most of the mythology remains the same: the gems are connected to The Force directly, channeling its energy, embodying an aspect of it, and even forming a sentient bond with both The Force and the Jedi whose lightsaber it calls home. In a lightsaber duel, it stands to reason that a Jedi or Sith senses both fighter and weapon through The Force. But with General Grievous essentially invisible to The Force, and using lightsabers as a tool that can’t share or emit any of their telltale bond or energy whatsoever, he’s the last opponent a Jedi Knight could ever prepare to battle.

You can’t call it cheating, per se, but it’s not exactly a fair fight either. No matter what, even General Grievous doesn’t grasp the cost of his tragic advantage, believing himself to simply be ‘a better fighter.’ Now the Star Wars fans know better.

Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous #1 is available now from your local comic book store, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-09 03:04:52

Andrew Dyce

Marvel Just Killed [SPOILER] To Start ‘War of The Realms’

Warning: MASSIVE SPOILERS for War of the Realms #1

The War of the Realms has officially begun in Marvel’s Universe. And to prove that nobody is safe from this all-out battle, not one, but TWO iconic Asgardians have been murdered in just the first issue. Thank goodness Infinity War helped fans say goodbye to Loki once already.

With all ten realms of the Marvel Universe now destroyed or conquered by the Dark Elves, and only Thor left to lead Earth’s heroes before all of Creation falls… perhaps it’s best his father Odin and brother Loki are killed. That way they won’t be forced to see him fail. And judging by War of the Realms #1, plenty more heroes are going to be challenged, defeated, and killed before this war is over.

  • This Page: War of The Realms Begins By Killing ODIN
  • Page 2: LOKI Dies in The Most Disgusting Way Possible

The cycle of birth, death, and rebirth is nothing new for the Asgardians, which means Odin is anything but worried about the grim and “terrible ending” he senses fast approaching. The past few issues of Jason Aaron’s Thor comic have shown Odin getting drunk and miserable, proving that his time is over, and Thor’s turn as the All-Father is nearing. It’s a pathetic way to go out, Ragnarok or not. But when he sits on the thrones of Asgard and contemplates the fall of his people, his empire, his powers, and his family… he soon learns he is not alone.

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It’s a testament to just how far Odin has fallen that Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves and the mastermind of this War of the Realms doesn’t even come to kill the All-Father personally. Instead, he sends a squad of Dark Elf assassins who get the job done with minimal casualties. Even if the story leaves Odin before his lifeless corpse can be confirmed, the slain ravens, and the flurry of assassin blades leave little doubt. And when the action shifts to Loki‘s own luck in evading the same assassins, Odin’s fate seems to be just the first in a chain of Malekith’s opening strikes against Earth’s defenders.

When Loki’s bloody and dagger-filled body crash lands in Thor’s backyard, the god of thunder recognizes that the time is up. No more adventures with his brother trying to rally the troops, or even becoming Thor, King of Hel to delay the inevitable. The War of the Realms is under way, and Malekith has murdered Loki for trying to trick him with false loyalty (trickery is kind of his thing, so you would expect better from a Dark Elf).

But things go from bad to worse for Thor when he is teleported to Malekith by Loki’s magic… only to learn that his traveling partner isn’t his brother at all. This ‘Loki’ is actually Malekith himself, masquerading as Thor’s brother in order to lure the Avenger away from Earth. So with Thor removed and Earth now vulnerable, Malekith abandons him to battle Frost Giants on Jotunheim and heads to New York City to lead his grand army.

Fortunately for Earth, there is still ONE son of Odin prepared to die for Earth, and his family. Sorry Loki fans, massive SPOILERS lie ahead.

Page 2 of 2: Loki Dies in Truly Disgusting Fashion

Odin may be completely out of the fight before it even begins, but the same can’t be said for his former wife, Freyja (step-mother to both Thor and Loki). The Queen of Asgard has followed her people to Earth in search of a new home. To date, she has received nothing but help from Thor and Jane Foster… and like everyone else, has been deceived by her son, Loki. So when the King of Jotunheim, the Frost Giant Laufey and Loki’s biological father comes to Times Square at the head of Malekith’s army, Freyja is there to meet him. Meet him, and be scooped up in his enormous fist within seconds.

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It’s not exactly a fair fight, but lucky for Freyja, Loki arrives just in time to save her from certain death–by slicing his father’s hand clean off, with Freyja still clutched inside. By this point King Laufey is used to betrayal and effrontery by his wayward son, but it’s a bit newer for Malekith. The Dark Elf confirms that he sent assassins to kill Loki as well–assassins now transformed into toads by the trickster god–before the Avengers break up the fight long enough for Loki to give his mother the message he came to deliver.

Obviously Freyja is more than a bit suspicious, having been betrayed and stabbed in the back by Loki once already. Yet Loki persists in telling her that Thor is in need of rescue from the home of the Frost Giants, and retrieving him is now the only thing that matters. To save Earth, and what remains of the other realms, the heroes will need Thor to make it the slightest bit possible. And in response to her disbelief and unwillingness to trust anything he says… Loki reassures her that what happens next will leave no doubt as to where his loyalties lie.

And with that, the trickster god takes his mother’s place in King Laufey’s oversized crosshairs. Staring down his Frost Giant father, Loki goads him into action by claiming he is completely unlovable to even his own son, and that fathering the great Loki of Asgard is “the only noteworthy thing you’ve ever done.” Laufey doesn’t waste time giving Loki the response he clearly desires.

It’s not going to be easy for Marvel fans to wipe the above image from their minds, as King Laufey decides to do what his honor demands, and eat Loki alive with a massive, bloody crunch. Only Freyja screams in horror at the sight, understanding that her son chose loyalty to her in his final moments knowing that his sacrifice would prove exactly that. The rest of the assembled heroes of Earth are less than distraught, but who can blame them? Loki has been a pest to Earth for almost all of his life. But the point is made: nobody is safe in the coming war.

Hopefully it’s a memorable enough death to earn him the same posthumous respect as the Marvel movie version. Either way, this first issue of War of the Realms shows that Loki being choked to death by Thanos was tragic… but could have been a LOT worse. Will the trickster pull one last illusion to come back to life? We don’t know if that’s possible when you’ve been chewed to death, even for an Asgardian. But if anybody can do it, it’s Loki.

War of the Realms #1 is available now at your local comic book store, and directly from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-04 02:04:15

Andrew Dyce

Eddie Brock’s Notebook Reveals Carnage Backstory for Venom 2

Cletus Kasady’s backstory for Venom 2 is revealed thanks to Eddie Brock’s notebook from Venom. Sony’s decision to try and launch a cinematic universe of their own appears to have paid off. The Tom Hardy-led Venom just set the October opening weekend record, making a sequel almost inevitable. Through the use of its post-credits scene, Venom already established seeds for the sequel to grow as Woody Harrelson made a cameo as Cletus Kasaday, the psychotic killer who becomes Carnage in the comics.

It was originally just before production began on Venom that reports surfaced that Carnage would make an appearance. It was later reported that Harrelson had joined the film with speculation pointing to this being his true role. This began to see some fans expect to see Carnage fully realized at some point in the movie, despite him having no presence in the marketing. That is because director Ruben Fleischer is saving Carnage for the sequel.

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The post-credits scene for Venom only teased Kasady’s eventual escape from prison and his transformation into Carnage. As it turns out, Eddie’s interview with Cletus lasted far beyond what audiences saw. ComicBook shared an image of Eddie’s notebook that was on display at New York Comic Con, which details Kasady’s backstory that will be used for Venom 2. Between a massacre in New York and killing his grandmother, the Disciplinarian Administrator at St. Estes Home for Boys, and a random girl who wouldn’t go on a date with him, the notebook clearly establishes Kasady’s bloodlust.

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These details are instantly terrifying for fans and just goes to show how insane Kasady is, even before he becomes bonded with the Carnage symbiote. These multiple murders are villainous enough, but his twisted psyche is further highlighted by additional details. Eddie believes he has Oedipus Complex (the feeling of desire for the parent of the opposite sex) and is possibly the reason why he dug up his mother’s grave. Before that, Cletus tortured and killed his mother’s dog with a drill.

Kasady is a worthy villain for Venom and Eddie to hunt down based on his prior record and what he would surely do upon being freed. But, it would be the pairing of Kasady’s personality and the power of Carnage that makes him a supervillain-level threat. Since this notebook page and these details aren’t explicitly states in Venom, a sequel will likely retell parts of this backstory and maybe even show it through flashbacks. It could be difficult to do just that with a PG-13 rating, but Venom 2 isn’t expected to be R-rated either. However it happens, Carnage will be the villain of Venom 2 and at least we now know some of his backstory that Fleischer and company worked out for him.

More: Every Update You Need to Know For Venom 2

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2018-10-08 09:10:59 – Cooper Hood

Marvel Killing Off a Guardians of the Galaxy Hero

Warning: SPOILERS for Marvel’s Infinity Wars

The Infinity War movie forced fans to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy die – now Marvel Comics is going to repeat the heartbreak by killing off one member of the team. And if you read the evidence right, it’s not hard to guess which Guardian will make ‘the ultimate sacrifice.’

It’s a strange time to break the news to fans that Marvel is going to be first killing, then replacing the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a full-scale reboot. With James Gunn being forced out of the series director’s chair, and at least one cast member saying he’ll quit Guardians 3 without Gunn, the future of the property stands in question. The comics have followed a different path, but find themselves in the same spot.

So, which Guardian of the Galaxy is Marvel going to kill… and will the comic reboot show how the MCU may follow suit?

  • This Page: Marvel’s Plan To Kill & Reboot The Guardians
  • Page 2: The Guardian Marvel is Hinting Will Be Killed

Yes, a Guardian of the Galaxy is Going To Die

These days even casual comic fans know that when it comes to superheroes, even death isn’t permanent – a major reason why fans didn’t riot when Avengers 3 killed off half the MCU. So even with Marvel announcing the launch of Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian coming in December, with a somber, de-saturated cover depicting the five core heroes (the same as the original movie team), there was some wiggle room on just how “fallen” was being used.

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With the Infinity Wars event building to its finale around the same time, even a Guardian leaving the team behind or turning to the villains’ side would be more believable than Marvel killing one off. Unfortunately, the synopsis leaves no doubt:

In the stunning climax of INFINITY WARS, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy makes the ultimate sacrifice. Look back at the life of a fallen Guardian and the empty space they leave behind in what’s left of the universe.

That tease means Guardians fans will need to pick up Infinity Wars #6 on the same day, December 19th, to see which Guardian dies for the sake of their friends and universe in the event’s big finale. On the very same day, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Andy McDonald will give that Fallen Guardian their own memorial issue… before the new Guardians of the Galaxy begins its total reboot just weeks later.

It All Leads To The New Guardians Reboot

The confirmation that an existing member of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, or Groot – won’t actually survive the Infinity Wars adds even more weight to the event. But it also helps explain the previous announcement of a new reboot for the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book. With the first image teasing that the new series, launching in January, will take just about every cosmic character into consideration, the tagline itself makes more sense than ever.

The inclusion of Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Thor, and even Galactus in the tease of a new roster grabbed the attention, but the tagline itself – “Who Are The Guardians?” – implies it’s the heroes themselves asking the question. In the wake of the coming death, the surviving team members may question everything. But how they recruit new heroes will change depending on who dies.

Especially if it’s the Guardian who Marvel seriously wants fans to expect… since they’re hinting that it’s another Guardian who actually kills the fallen hero.

Page 2 of 2: The Guardian Marvel is Hinting Will Be Killed

Star-Lord Will Die, Or So Marvel is Hinting

Surprisingly, the synopsis for Fallen Guardian revealing that a Guardian of the Galaxy dies in Infinity War‘s final issue makes perfect sense. Ever since the mysterious hooded figure referring to themselves as Requiem snuck up behind Thanos and cut off his head, then revealed themselves to actually be Gamora, Thanos’ daughter in disguise, the Guardians have been shattered. The sense of betrayal grew even deeper when Star-Lord tried to talk some sense into Gamora… who responded by murdering him, too.

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Luckily Doctor Strange was on hand with the Time Stone, and succeeded in reversing Peter Quill’s death. But it also demonstrated just how committed Gamora is to her current mission to kill Thanos and gather the Infinity Stones (a satisfying reversal of her death in Infinity War). She will seemingly stop at nothing to regain the piece of her soul trapped inside the Soul Stone – including murdering Star-Lord once again, which is exactly what’s shown on the cover of Infinity Wars #6. But then, comic fans know not to judge a book by its cover.

Gamora May Be The Guardian Dying, Not Killing

Not only would Star-Lord’s death be anticlimactic the second time around, it seems too big a moment to spoil on the cover. Frankly, it makes as much sense, if not more, that it’s Gamora who risks going too far and must be killed by a teammate. But judging by the synopsis of Fallen Guardian, it doesn’t sound like Gamora fans need to worry about her legacy. If she makes “the ultimate sacrifice” to bring the Wars to an end, Marvel likely has bigger plans in store than being put out of her desperation and misery.

It’s hard not to suspect that Thanos will be the one putting the doomed Guardian into their grave. Especially after Thanos Legacy #1 revealed that the villain’s death at his daughter’s hand may have been part of a larger plan. And with Duggan and Donny Cates writing that revelation together, Duggan scribing Fallen Guardian, before Cates launches the new Guardians reboot, it would make sense for Thanos to get his revenge as part of this narrative shifting of gears.

Pray For Groot & Rocket Raccoon

Of course, it must be considered that Marvel may wish to punch their readers and movie fans directly in the heart, and have either Groot or Rocket Raccoon sacrifice themselves in Infinity Wars. And with such a noble act expected least from Rocket, it’s hard to deny that such a twist would blindside readers and their emotions. Would the comic book Guardians ever continue without their furry, foul-mouthed mascot? And could Marvel fans endure one more Groot death scene after The Avengers: Infinity War?

The good news is that the tragic sacrifice and Fallen Guardian memorial issue will drop just months from now, and just in time for the holidays. Enjoy!

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 arrives on December 19th, available from Marvel Comics.

MORE: Marvel Reveals Wolverine Was Venom Before Eddie Brock

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2018-10-07 06:10:35 – Andrew Dyce

Walking Dead: Chris Hardwick, Chandler Riggs, & More Remember Scott Wilson

Less than a day after news broke that Scott Wilson had passed away, several cast and crew members from AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show – old, current, and new – are paying tribute to the late actor on social media. Prior to The Walking Dead season 9 premiere this weekend, the network brought several cast members (including Andrew Lincoln) and franchise producers, as well as new showrunner Angela Kang, to New York Comic Con 2018 to promote the upcoming new season.

It was during the series’ panel at The Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden that Kang announced Wilson and Sonequa Martin-Green would be reprising their roles as Hershel Greene and Sasha Williams, respectively, in season 9. While the details regarding their return were kept under wraps, the news itself was met with applause. Sadly, it was only a few hours later that word got out of Wilson’s passing. (According to his representative, he passed away from complications with leukemia.) And now, several people that knew him on the acclaimed series are paying their respects.

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In the time since Wilson’s passing yesterday, cast and crew members such as Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Tom Payne (Jesus), and more, including Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, have issued statements about the Wilson’s death online. Below is a small collection of those tributes, beginning with Hardwick’s:

Even though Wilson’s character was killed off way back in season 4, his legacy continues to live on, something that audiences will see throughout season 9. Furthermore, while the news regarding Wilson’s season 9 return only recently broke during New York Comic Con weekend, Wilson had reportedly already filmed his scenes for the production, thus meaning that he will still appear in the show, unless, of course, the producers decide to cut his scenes out. But that’s something that fans will just have to wait and see what happens.

At the moment, it’s unclear when Wilson will make his return, posthumously of course, in The Walking Dead season 9, but it’s safe to assume that it would be sometime in the first half of the season. The cast and crew are still in the midst of filming the season’s second half, and since Wilson’s Hershel was Maggie’s father, it makes sense that he would reappear in one of the episodes Lauren Cohan is in. After all, Cohan is slated to exit the series during the first half of season 9, though there is always the possibility that she could return in a future season.

Next: Walking Dead Gets New Opening Credits Sequence For Season 9

The Walking Dead premieres on October 7 on AMC.

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2018-10-07 02:10:06 – Mansoor Mithaiwala