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Marvel At SDCC 2019: All MCU News We Expect From Comic-Con

Marvel Studios is returning to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and here is everything we expect will be announced. After skipping out on the convention last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s return to SDCC is a welcomed one. Marvel Studios has routinely gone all-in on their presentations when they do attend and are known for making some significant announcements. This is expected to be the case this year as, with Spider-Man: Far From Home out in theaters, they officially have more titles with confirmed release dates.

The attendance by Marvel Studios won’t just be good for the MCU and its fans, but also the convention itself. Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and many other major movie studios are bypassing SDCC this year. This has left Hall H more vacant than it has been in years past, but also means that Marvel Studios could dominate the news cycle if they deliver.

RELATED: Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: The Best Movie/TV Panels & What To Expect

Their plans for SDCC are not currently known, but it is expected that Marvel Studios will unveil the first pieces of information on Phase 4 of the MCU. The Marvel Studios panel is on Saturday, July 20, running from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm PT (1:15 am to 2:45 am GMT; 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm ET), with the description for what will be included as follows: “Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Thanks to numerous reports over the last year or so though, here is what will likely be announced during the panel.

Black Widow

The long-awaited solo movie for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow is expected to be the first Phase 4 MCU movie. With that in mind, it will likely be the first movie that Marvel Studios officially confirms is on the way, with the May 1, 2020 release date Marvel Studios previously claimed the clear landing spot. The confirmation of the movie and its release date should also come with plot details, namely in what part of the MCU’s past it is set.

Marvel is also expected to confirm Cate Shortland as the MCU’s first solo female director and the full cast list for the movie, which so far reportedly includes Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), David Harbour (Stranger Things), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Ray Winstone (The Departed). More actors could be announced, and character details for most of them should arrive as well. Any of this information will be public knowledge, while attendees of the panel may be treated to exclusive concept art and maybe an early sizzle reel for the film since production is already well underway.

The Eternals

After announcing the first film in 2020, Marvel Studios is expected to confirm The Eternals as their second film. Chloe Zhao (The Rider) should be confirmed to be the director of the movie, which will likely land a November 5, 2020 release date. Feige probably will offer up the first plot details for the film, which could span thousands of years, and explain how the little-known cosmic Jack Kirby-created characters will join the MCU.

Several cast members may also be confirmed during the panel with Angelina Jolie (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Ma Dong-seok (Train to Busan), and Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) all linked to the film. Rumors have also circulated that Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) could join the ensemble, so they and others could be surprise announcements. In any case, character confirmations on all are expected, with concept art of some of these actors in their new Marvel roles also in the realm of possibility.

Shang-Chi

Another new possible franchise coming to the MCU will be Shang-Chi, which is expected to be officially announced during Marvel’s Hall H panel. The film, initially planned as a part of what is now known as Phase 1, only recently had a resurgence when Dave Callaham was hired to write the script. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) has since been linked as the director and will likely be confirmed for that duty. Fans can also anticipate learning when the movie will hit theaters – our best guess is February 2021. If Marvel has worked quietly in the shadows, they could make the surprise announcement of who will play the Master of Kung-Fu during the presentation. Otherwise, just an official announcement and release date should come, with a chance of some plot details being revealed too.

Black Panther 2

The highly-anticipated sequel to Black Panther is also very likely to be confirmed to be on the way during Marvel Studios’ panel. Black Panther 2 has been inevitable ever since the original movie shattered box office expectations and reports surfaced that Ryan Coogler would return to write and direct. Along with the official confirmation of the film and an expected release date, Marvel could confirm that core cast members like Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will return. It may be too far out for actual plot details at this point, but if Black Panther 2 receives a subtitle, it could tease the story at hand.

Doctor Strange 2

We expect Marvel will also confirm another sequel in Doctor Strange 2. The possibilities of the sequel were left up in the air after the first film hit theaters, but it has since picked up some steam. Scott Derrickson is reportedly set to direct the sequel again, so Marvel will likely confirm that along with the film’s official release date. Cast members like Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and maybe Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton could be confirmed to return, but no new additions are expected to be announced here. We could get a sense of the plot if a new title is announced that isn’t Doctor Strange 2, as a subtitle could offer clues of what the story will be.

Other MCU Movies

Those five movies will likely run Marvel Studios through till the end of 2021 and are the most likely ones to be confirmed to be on the way during the panel. However, Marvel Studios is also developing many other new franchises and sequels that could be announced if they want to peel back the curtain even more. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is arguably the most likely film to be confirmed that we haven’t mentioned yet. James Gunn is back to write and direct after previously being fired, and that could be something Marvel wants to remind fans of here.

Other than Guardians 3 though, the other possible announcements are not as necessary to make at this time. Sequels in Captain Marvel 2 and Spider-Man 3 are certainly on the way, but it may be too far away for either to be announced – and Sony’s involvement in Spider-Man could make it so Marvel Studios won’t be the one to announce it. There have also been countless rumors about NovaDark Avengers, Young Avengers, and other properties being in the works, so Marvel could announce any of those if they reveal their plans beyond 2021. If they really wanted to surprise, any announcements on what their plans for the Fantastic Four and X-Men are would do just that.

Marvel’s Disney+ Shows

After eleven years of dominating the big screen though, Marvel Studios is now looking to make a splash on the small screen. They are developing multiple limited series’ for Disney+, Disney’s streaming service. They include a Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Falcon and Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner, and rumors have suggested Lady Sif and maybe even Rocket and Groot getting their shows. While only a few of these have been confirmed by Marvel Studios to this point, along with some other content like What If, none of this will likely be covered during their SDCC panel. Disney’s own convention D23 is only a month away and is expected to have a big Disney+ push there, which is why Marvel is likely to focus on their upcoming movies at SDCC and then move to TV for D23.

Even though this is everything we expect to learn about during Marvel’s SDCC Hall H panel, it is essential to remember that none of this is confirmed. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige love to surprise people, so that could mean there will be even more announced and discussed at the panel than mentioned here. While it is also possible that Marvel Studios could just as easily scale back on the announcements, that would be very unlike them. Their history at SDCC illustrates the significant impression they want to make, and they want attendees to get their time and money’s worth from the panel. As long as that attitude remains, then Marvel Studios has plenty that they will likely announce at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this coming weekend.

NEXT: Comic-Con 2019: All The Movie & TV Trailers To Expect


2019-07-14 05:07:55

Cooper Hood

Marvel At SDCC 2019: All MCU News We Expect From Comic-Con

Marvel Studios is returning to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and here is everything we expect will be announced. After skipping out on the convention last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s return to SDCC is a welcomed one. Marvel Studios has routinely gone all-in on their presentations when they do attend and are known for making some significant announcements. This is expected to be the case this year as, with Spider-Man: Far From Home out in theaters, they officially have more titles with confirmed release dates.

The attendance by Marvel Studios won’t just be good for the MCU and its fans, but also the convention itself. Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and many other major movie studios are bypassing SDCC this year. This has left Hall H more vacant than it has been in years past, but also means that Marvel Studios could dominate the news cycle if they deliver.

RELATED: Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: The Best Movie/TV Panels & What To Expect

Their plans for SDCC are not currently known, but it is expected that Marvel Studios will unveil the first pieces of information on Phase 4 of the MCU. The Marvel Studios panel is on Saturday, July 20, running from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm PT (1:15 am to 2:45 am GMT; 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm ET), with the description for what will be included as follows: “Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Thanks to numerous reports over the last year or so though, here is what will likely be announced during the panel.

Black Widow

The long-awaited solo movie for Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow is expected to be the first Phase 4 MCU movie. With that in mind, it will likely be the first movie that Marvel Studios officially confirms is on the way, with the May 1, 2020 release date Marvel Studios previously claimed the clear landing spot. The confirmation of the movie and its release date should also come with plot details, namely in what part of the MCU’s past it is set.

Marvel is also expected to confirm Cate Shortland as the MCU’s first solo female director and the full cast list for the movie, which so far reportedly includes Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite), David Harbour (Stranger Things), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Ray Winstone (The Departed). More actors could be announced, and character details for most of them should arrive as well. Any of this information will be public knowledge, while attendees of the panel may be treated to exclusive concept art and maybe an early sizzle reel for the film since production is already well underway.

The Eternals

After announcing the first film in 2020, Marvel Studios is expected to confirm The Eternals as their second film. Chloe Zhao (The Rider) should be confirmed to be the director of the movie, which will likely land a November 5, 2020 release date. Feige probably will offer up the first plot details for the film, which could span thousands of years, and explain how the little-known cosmic Jack Kirby-created characters will join the MCU.

Several cast members may also be confirmed during the panel with Angelina Jolie (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Ma Dong-seok (Train to Busan), and Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) all linked to the film. Rumors have also circulated that Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) could join the ensemble, so they and others could be surprise announcements. In any case, character confirmations on all are expected, with concept art of some of these actors in their new Marvel roles also in the realm of possibility.

Shang-Chi

Another new possible franchise coming to the MCU will be Shang-Chi, which is expected to be officially announced during Marvel’s Hall H panel. The film, initially planned as a part of what is now known as Phase 1, only recently had a resurgence when Dave Callaham was hired to write the script. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) has since been linked as the director and will likely be confirmed for that duty. Fans can also anticipate learning when the movie will hit theaters – our best guess is February 2021. If Marvel has worked quietly in the shadows, they could make the surprise announcement of who will play the Master of Kung-Fu during the presentation. Otherwise, just an official announcement and release date should come, with a chance of some plot details being revealed too.

Black Panther 2

The highly-anticipated sequel to Black Panther is also very likely to be confirmed to be on the way during Marvel Studios’ panel. Black Panther 2 has been inevitable ever since the original movie shattered box office expectations and reports surfaced that Ryan Coogler would return to write and direct. Along with the official confirmation of the film and an expected release date, Marvel could confirm that core cast members like Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will return. It may be too far out for actual plot details at this point, but if Black Panther 2 receives a subtitle, it could tease the story at hand.

Doctor Strange 2

We expect Marvel will also confirm another sequel in Doctor Strange 2. The possibilities of the sequel were left up in the air after the first film hit theaters, but it has since picked up some steam. Scott Derrickson is reportedly set to direct the sequel again, so Marvel will likely confirm that along with the film’s official release date. Cast members like Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and maybe Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton could be confirmed to return, but no new additions are expected to be announced here. We could get a sense of the plot if a new title is announced that isn’t Doctor Strange 2, as a subtitle could offer clues of what the story will be.

Other MCU Movies

Those five movies will likely run Marvel Studios through till the end of 2021 and are the most likely ones to be confirmed to be on the way during the panel. However, Marvel Studios is also developing many other new franchises and sequels that could be announced if they want to peel back the curtain even more. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is arguably the most likely film to be confirmed that we haven’t mentioned yet. James Gunn is back to write and direct after previously being fired, and that could be something Marvel wants to remind fans of here.

Other than Guardians 3 though, the other possible announcements are not as necessary to make at this time. Sequels in Captain Marvel 2 and Spider-Man 3 are certainly on the way, but it may be too far away for either to be announced – and Sony’s involvement in Spider-Man could make it so Marvel Studios won’t be the one to announce it. There have also been countless rumors about NovaDark Avengers, Young Avengers, and other properties being in the works, so Marvel could announce any of those if they reveal their plans beyond 2021. If they really wanted to surprise, any announcements on what their plans for the Fantastic Four and X-Men are would do just that.

Marvel’s Disney+ Shows

After eleven years of dominating the big screen though, Marvel Studios is now looking to make a splash on the small screen. They are developing multiple limited series’ for Disney+, Disney’s streaming service. They include a Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston, WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Falcon and Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner, and rumors have suggested Lady Sif and maybe even Rocket and Groot getting their shows. While only a few of these have been confirmed by Marvel Studios to this point, along with some other content like What If, none of this will likely be covered during their SDCC panel. Disney’s own convention D23 is only a month away and is expected to have a big Disney+ push there, which is why Marvel is likely to focus on their upcoming movies at SDCC and then move to TV for D23.

Even though this is everything we expect to learn about during Marvel’s SDCC Hall H panel, it is essential to remember that none of this is confirmed. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige love to surprise people, so that could mean there will be even more announced and discussed at the panel than mentioned here. While it is also possible that Marvel Studios could just as easily scale back on the announcements, that would be very unlike them. Their history at SDCC illustrates the significant impression they want to make, and they want attendees to get their time and money’s worth from the panel. As long as that attitude remains, then Marvel Studios has plenty that they will likely announce at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this coming weekend.

NEXT: Comic-Con 2019: All The Movie & TV Trailers To Expect


2019-07-14 05:07:55

Cooper Hood

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Fury & Captain Marvel Moment Makes No Sense

Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s shout-out to Captain Marvel is arguably the movie’s most confusing moment. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) barked at Peter Parker (Tom Holland) for even mentioning Carol Danvers but, in light of the revelation that Talos the Skrull (Ben Mendelsohn) was posing as Fury all along in Spider-Man: Far From Home, his reaction to Peter asking about Captain Marvel takes on an entirely different context – although it still doesn’t entirely make sense.

Picking up in 2o24, eight months after Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home spotlights how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dealing with the aftermath of The Blip, which is the new name for Thanos’ snap. For Peter, the summer after Avengers: Endgame was a chance to go on a European vacation with his friends and tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels about her – until Nick Fury sabotages Peter’s holiday and recruits Spider-Man to help Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) save the world. Of course, it turns out the global crisis of other-dimensional Elemental monsters was created by the real villain, Mysterio, to trick the world so he can become the new Iron Man, i.e. the world’s greatest superhero.

Related: Spider-Man: Far From Home’s 20 Biggest Unanswered Questions

But before Peter found out the truth about Beck, he was reluctantly tapped by Fury and brought to the spy’s operating base in Venice, Italy. Once he understood that fighting the Elementals would pull Peter away from what he really wanted – a vacation with his friends and his romantic chance with MJ – Spider-Man bowed out of the mission and suggested some alternate choices, like Thor, who is in outer space, and Doctor Strange, who is “unavailable”. But when Peter mentioned Captain Marvel, Fury/Talos snapped, “Don’t invoke her name!

The line plays as one of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s many jokes and MCU references, but is there a deeper reason for Fury/Talos’ curious response to invoking Captain Marvel’s name? One way to look at it is that Talos is intensely loyal to Captain Marvel and, given what Talos and the Skrulls owe her, it’s understandable why the affable shapeshifter would be protective of Carol Danvers. Indeed, Carol turned against the Kree Starforce (who were manipulating her and keeping her powers in check) and fought on the side of the Skrulls, who were being exterminated by the Kree. Captain Marvel ended with Carol escorting the Skrulls to find a new homeworld in another part of the universe. Essentially, Captain Marvel reunited Talos with his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn) and saved his people so it’s natural the Skrull would feel he owes her everything.

And perhaps, having knowledge of how busy Danvers is (as evidenced by Captain Marvel missing much of Avengers: Endgame so that she can police the galaxy), Talos simply felt she shouldn’t need to be bothered by coming back to Earth to deal with the Elementals, especially when the Terran homeworld has the Avengers and other superheroes to call upon – like Spider-Man.

However, there’s another potential way to look at Fury/ Talos getting angry at Peter mentioning Captain Marvel: what if the Skrull is actually angry at her for some unknown reason? After all, the events of Captain Marvel occurred in 1995, which was 29 years before Spider-Man: Far From Home. A lot of things could have transpired between Talos/the Skrulls and Carol Danvers during those three decades and we know Talos returned to Earth and became Nick Fury’s double for an unknown amount of time, along with Soren, who poses as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). The real Fury is, in fact, working with the Skrulls on a secret mission in outer space, possibly to establish S.W.O.R.D., the outer-space version of S.H.I.E.L.D., in order to counteract Kree sleeper cells on Earth.

Therefore, it’s possible that at some point between 1995 and 2024, Captain Marvel and Talos had a falling out or that whatever the Skrulls and the real Nick Fury are working on is something they don’t necessarily want to involve Carol Danvers. While there isn’t much info to go on, trying to understand the context of why Fury/Talos wanted Captain Marvel’s name kept off the table is the only way to make that moment in Spider-Man: Far From Home make sense.

Next: Spider-Man: Far From Home Ending Explained (In Detail)


2019-07-14 02:07:24

John Orquiola

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Fury & Captain Marvel Moment Makes No Sense

Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s shout-out to Captain Marvel is arguably the movie’s most confusing moment. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) barked at Peter Parker (Tom Holland) for even mentioning Carol Danvers but, in light of the revelation that Talos the Skrull (Ben Mendelsohn) was posing as Fury all along in Spider-Man: Far From Home, his reaction to Peter asking about Captain Marvel takes on an entirely different context – although it still doesn’t entirely make sense.

Picking up in 2o24, eight months after Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home spotlights how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dealing with the aftermath of The Blip, which is the new name for Thanos’ snap. For Peter, the summer after Avengers: Endgame was a chance to go on a European vacation with his friends and tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels about her – until Nick Fury sabotages Peter’s holiday and recruits Spider-Man to help Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) save the world. Of course, it turns out the global crisis of other-dimensional Elemental monsters was created by the real villain, Mysterio, to trick the world so he can become the new Iron Man, i.e. the world’s greatest superhero.

Related: Spider-Man: Far From Home’s 20 Biggest Unanswered Questions

But before Peter found out the truth about Beck, he was reluctantly tapped by Fury and brought to the spy’s operating base in Venice, Italy. Once he understood that fighting the Elementals would pull Peter away from what he really wanted – a vacation with his friends and his romantic chance with MJ – Spider-Man bowed out of the mission and suggested some alternate choices, like Thor, who is in outer space, and Doctor Strange, who is “unavailable”. But when Peter mentioned Captain Marvel, Fury/Talos snapped, “Don’t invoke her name!

The line plays as one of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s many jokes and MCU references, but is there a deeper reason for Fury/Talos’ curious response to invoking Captain Marvel’s name? One way to look at it is that Talos is intensely loyal to Captain Marvel and, given what Talos and the Skrulls owe her, it’s understandable why the affable shapeshifter would be protective of Carol Danvers. Indeed, Carol turned against the Kree Starforce (who were manipulating her and keeping her powers in check) and fought on the side of the Skrulls, who were being exterminated by the Kree. Captain Marvel ended with Carol escorting the Skrulls to find a new homeworld in another part of the universe. Essentially, Captain Marvel reunited Talos with his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn) and saved his people so it’s natural the Skrull would feel he owes her everything.

And perhaps, having knowledge of how busy Danvers is (as evidenced by Captain Marvel missing much of Avengers: Endgame so that she can police the galaxy), Talos simply felt she shouldn’t need to be bothered by coming back to Earth to deal with the Elementals, especially when the Terran homeworld has the Avengers and other superheroes to call upon – like Spider-Man.

However, there’s another potential way to look at Fury/ Talos getting angry at Peter mentioning Captain Marvel: what if the Skrull is actually angry at her for some unknown reason? After all, the events of Captain Marvel occurred in 1995, which was 29 years before Spider-Man: Far From Home. A lot of things could have transpired between Talos/the Skrulls and Carol Danvers during those three decades and we know Talos returned to Earth and became Nick Fury’s double for an unknown amount of time, along with Soren, who poses as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). The real Fury is, in fact, working with the Skrulls on a secret mission in outer space, possibly to establish S.W.O.R.D., the outer-space version of S.H.I.E.L.D., in order to counteract Kree sleeper cells on Earth.

Therefore, it’s possible that at some point between 1995 and 2024, Captain Marvel and Talos had a falling out or that whatever the Skrulls and the real Nick Fury are working on is something they don’t necessarily want to involve Carol Danvers. While there isn’t much info to go on, trying to understand the context of why Fury/Talos wanted Captain Marvel’s name kept off the table is the only way to make that moment in Spider-Man: Far From Home make sense.

Next: Spider-Man: Far From Home Ending Explained (In Detail)


2019-07-14 02:07:24

John Orquiola

Marvel: The 10 Best Phase Three Films, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Marvel Phase 3 — the final group of films in The Infinity Saga — just wrapped up with the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Today, we’re looking at all the Phase 3 Marvel films and seeing how they stack up against one another according to Rotten Tomatoes.

RELATED: MCU: Ten Villains Who Were Kind Of Right

There are eleven Phase 3 films in total, so before we kick off this top-ten list, we’re shouting it out to Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers, maybe your movie ranks last with a Tomatometer score of 78%, but we still think you’re great. So now that we have that covered, it’s time to see how the rest of Marvel’s Phase 3 scores based on critic reviews. Let’s get to it!

10 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (84%)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gave Chris Pratt another run as the quirky, retro Star-Lord, along with the rest of the unique Guardians. Critics found the film to be stocked with action, full of beautiful visuals, and loaded with spunky humor. However, they also found it to be not as exciting and original as its predecessor.

Even so, the film got itself an 84% and a certified-fresh rating. Audiences were also pleased with the film overall, giving it an 87%.

9 Avengers: Infinity War (85%)

Infinity War had the Marvel gang teaming up to defeat Thanos before he destroyed the universe. Combining an ensemble cast with scary-high stakes, the film came out with a certified-fresh Tomatometer rating of 85%. Additionally, it received a similarly impressive audience score of 91%.

The handful of critics who didn’t like the film found the CGI to be gimmicky and the story to be unoriginal. Hardcore Marvel fans, on the other hand, simply anticipated the next installment even more after this one came to a dramatic and tragic close.

8 Ant-Man And The Wasp (88%)

The exciting sequel to Ant-Man had Paul Rudd’s superhero teaming up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp for all the action. Critics loved it, earning the movie an 88% Tomatometer score.

RELATED: Ant-Man 3: 5 Reasons We Need It (And 5 We Don’t)

The leading duo’s chemistry combined with Rudd’s already charming on-screen presence allowed the film to feel fresh and engaging. Some thought it didn’t match the charisma and unique charm of the first Ant-Man, but most begged to differ. Viewers left it with a 76% audience score.

7 Doctor Strange (89%)

Doctor Strange gave Benedict Cumberbatch the chance to shape the time-travel superhero’s origin stories. He certainly did not disappoint.

While the narrative was original and compelling, it artfully stayed within the bounds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earning it an 89% Tomatometer rating. While a handful of critics found the titular character to be unconnectable and the film to be an unnecessary addition to an already-huge franchise, it still raked in the love. Its audience score stands at 86% based on over 109,000 ratings.

6 Spider-Man: Far From Home (90%)

The latest film to swoop into the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) taking on his next adventure. This time, it takes place during Peter Parker’s European vacation with his classmates instead of at home in New York.

Critics loved the film for blending young romance and superhero action. It’s more down-to-earth than some films in the MCU, coming off as both engaging and fun. Some called out the film for having messy character arcs, poor visual effects, and a complicated plot. But is it better to listen to those people, or is it better to hear out the others who gave it a 90% Tomatometer rating? Viewers liked it even more, with 96% of audience reviews coming in positive.

5 Captain America: Civil War (91%)

Captain America: Civil War saved theatergoers in 2016 with a blockbuster-worthy plot, courageous themes, and a ton of added depth. It followed Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s competing agendas, which ultimately led them to grow back together even stronger than before in the final few MCU installments.

RELATED: 10 Things The MCU’s Fantastic Four Reboot Needs

With some critics even calling it the best Marvel movie to ever be made, the film scored itself a 91% on the Tomatometer. The generally positive movie-goer consensus earned it an 89% audience score. Some found it to be over-the-top, but it is a Marvel movie. The thrill is just a part of the journey.

4 Spider-Man: Homecoming (92%)

This Spider-Man reboot had a lot at stake, with the classic hero being reimagined for a third time since Sam Raimi’s trilogy and Sony’s two films. Thankfully, it delivered. The action film earned a 92% Tomatometer score and an 88% audience score.

Homecoming was praised for — while being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — not getting weighed down by it. The film stood on its own just as much as it stayed a part of the franchise. A few critics found it to be “just another Marvel movie,” but we’re choosing to ignore that notion.

3 Thor: Ragnarok (93%)

Thor’s second sequel is funnier, more colorful, and more exciting than its predecessors. Everything about it is bright and original, and critics noticed. Sure, some found the jokes to be a bit overdone, but the film still pulled out a 93% Tomatometer score and a comparable 87% audience score.

The cast was charming and the chemistry was magnetic. The difference between this one and the previous Thor installment is very noticeable.

2 Avengers: Endgame (94%)

The grand finale to many Marvel characters’ story arcs was met with praise from critics and audiences. The certified-fresh Avengers: Endgame scored a high 94% percent from critics and 91% from audiences. While the epic conclusion was over three hours long, it managed to entertain and captivate viewers for all of them.

There were a handful of critics who found it to be filled with a lot of nothing, but there were even more critics who found it to be jam-packed with everything they’d been waiting for.

1 Black Panther (97%)

Stealing the show with a 97% Tomatometer rating is none other than Black Panther. Its immersive story full of complex characters, stunning aesthetics, and powerful themes have it topping not just our list, but the lists of critics everywhere.

While not every person loved the film, with some calling Black Panther “average,” they are in a pretty small minority. The audience rating came in at 79% with many believing it to be a thrilling and welcome big-budget blockbuster.

NEXT: 10 Reasons Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The MCU’s Best Solo Franchise


2019-07-13 11:07:59

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Shang-Chi Movie: Marvel Trying To Cast Chinese Lead Very Soon

For Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios is reportedly looking to cast its lead role soon, with only Chinese actors in contention – possibly for a reveal at San Diego Comic-Con. With all three of 2019’s Marvel Cinematic Universe installments officially released (the last being Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home), fans are looking ahead at the wide open landscape of Phase 4. Bob Iger, CEO of Marvel’s parent company Walt Disney Studios, promised fans that the upcoming MCU Phase 4 slate would be revealed this summer, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has assured reporters on multiple occasions that announcements would be made following the release of Far From Home.

Although no official announcements have been made, the Black Widow movie is filming, The Eternals is casting, and Shang-Chi has a director in Destin Daniel Cretton, if not a star – just yet. So fans know a little about what to expect from Phase 4. For its part, Shang-Chi will mark Marvel Studios’ first feature with an Asian-American lead, and it appears the studio and the film’s creatives are dedicated to making sure they do the superhero justice. Now, according to the latest reports, it seems Marvel Studios is moving quickly to cast the lead role of Shang-Chi, and they’re being particular in their search for the next MCU hero.

Related: Every Marvel Movie Coming After Spider-Man: Far From Home

Variety’s Justin Kroll reported on Twitter that Marvel is putting out test offers to a group of actors for the role of Shang-Chi. Per Kroll, Marvel is “adamant” the men are of Chinese descent specifically, not another Asian ancestry, to portray the Chinese superhero. As of yet, it’s unclear if Marvel Studios and an actor will reach a deal in time for San Diego Comic-Con, but the studio has roughly one week to do so. Marvel Studios is set to hold a SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20 in Hall H.

Given Shang-Chi will be the first major Chinese superhero in the MCU, the role is highly coveted. A number of actors in Hollywood have publicly put their names forward, including Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi and Inhumans‘ Mike Moh – though it’s unclear if they also reached out to Marvel Studios. Meanwhile, a recently rumored short-list for Shang-Chi included Ludi Lin (Power Rangers). Though it’s unclear how much truth was in that report, Lin was born in China so he may be in contention after all.

However, it’s not yet known who exactly Marvel Studios sent test offers to. At least fans can take heart in Marvel Studios being dedicated to having a Chinese actor play the Chinese Shang-Chi character. Fans will have to wait and see who eventually gets cast as Shang-Chi, but they may not need to wait too long. With Marvel Studios holding a Hall H panel at SDCC next weekend, there are sure to be plenty of Phase 4 announcements – including, perhaps, who will play the lead role in Shang-Chi.

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Source: Justin Kroll/Twitter



2019-07-13 07:07:17

Molly Freeman

Captain Marvel: 10 Things In The Movie That Only Make Sense If You Read The Comics

The first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut in 2019 was Captain Marvel, the origin movie for the titular superhero and (technically) a prequel to The Avengers. The movie tells how the defiant airforce pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) became Capt. Marvel – the strongest Avenger and possibly one of the most powerful beings in the whole universe.

But in her move from the pages of a comic book to the big screen, Capt. Marvel changed a lot and left a lot of interesting and important details in translation. While these changes aren’t detrimental to her presence in the MCU, their absences make certain events and abilities a bit hard to understand. Here are 10 things in Captain Marvel that only make sense if you read the comics.

RELATED: 10 Strongest Female Marvel Characters

10 The Kree-Skrull War

From the day that she started fighting for the Kree, Capt. Marvel was told that their duty was to exterminate the shapeshifting Skrulls. The Krees’ irrational hatred of the Skrulls is briefly mentioned in the movie – where it’s revealed that the Skrulls are war refugees being oppressed by the Kree – but the comics provide a different in-depth explanation.

The races have been at war for generations and their conflict hit a boiling point when the Kree attacked a Skrull solar system. Desperate, the Skrulls called the Avengers for help while the half-Kree Capt. Marvel begrudgingly sided with the Kree.

9 Goose’s Digestive Tract

Capt. Marvel’s cat Goose isn’t just an ordinary pet because it’s actually a Flerken: an alien that hides giant tentacles, fangs and hundreds of its eggs within its body. It also just so happens to look like a regular Earth cat.

Flerkens’ stomachs are also known to be pocket realities that can hold and digest pretty much anything, including objects and beings larger than it. This is how Goose can store her tentacles in her small frame and swallow the Tesseract before puking it out without suffering any major damage despite eating an Infinity Stone.

8 The Source Of Her Powers

In the movie, Carol Danvers becomes Capt. Marvel after an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract’s energies explodes in her face. Miraculously, she isn’t harmed and instead receives incredible superpowers.

Similarly, Capt. Marvel gets her powers from a Kree device in the comics but this time it’s from the Psyche-Magnitron – something designed to bestow superpowers to a designated target or user from the start. As a result, Capt. Marvel gained super strength, flight, enhanced senses, photonic blasts, and more following the life-threatening incident.

7 Her Inhibited Strength

Capt. Marvel is one of the most powerful superheroes in both the comics and the MCU. Her raw power surpasses even the cosmic scales, which is why a measly Kree inhibitor keeping her in check didn’t make much sense.

The only way this could be justified is if Capt. Marvel was brainwashed, which happened a lot in the early comics. To subdue her, villains like the Brood, MODOK, and Supreme Intelligence convinced Carol that she wasn’t that powerful. The Kree in the movie had it easy since Carol lost her memories in the blast, making her conditioning less troublesome.

6 Her Nigh-Invulnerability

Over the course of her movie. Capt. Marvel takes a lot of punishment from either Kree soldiers or ships and barely receives a scratch. This isn’t the result of luck, but her passive superhuman abilities in action.

Not only can she absorb energy and force before firing it back at its source, but she also has a quick-acting healing factor that allows her to recuperate in the heat of battle. This could help explain how she effortlessly wiped out a Kree war fleet while tanking Thanos’ Hulk-stopping punches and a Power Stone blast later in Endgame.

RELATED: Every Single Avengers Movie (In Chronological Order)

5 Her Photon Blasts

It’s unclear what exactly the Tesseract’s energies did to Capt. Marvel and how they gave her an assortment of powers, one of which is the ability to fire concentrated photon shots from her hands.

A possible explanation lies in the comics, specifically when the Brood experimented on her and gave her the ability to manipulate the stars’ energies into photon blasts. This is referred to as “The Binary,” since the ability allows Carol to wield the energies of a binary star as a blast of yellow energy. Canonically, there are few beings who can surpass Capt. Marvel’s Binary Form.

4 Her Military Background

Despite suffering from amnesia and being conditioned by the Kree, Capt. Marvel retains her combat prowess and even improves her skills with the addition of her newfound superpowers.

This is because Carol’s airforce training on Earth is heavily engrained in both her body and mind. While glimpses of her army days and some flight training are shown in the movie, her military background is a lot more grueling and extensive in the comics. This is also why she exudes leadership and commands respect wherever she goes – she’s military authority incarnate.

3 Capt. Marvel’s Network

By being born on Earth and being trained by the Kree, it’s established in the comics that Capt. Marvel networked around the universe. This may explain her expansive knowledge of the cosmos despite being a (temporarily) brainwashed Kree soldier with limited memories.

In her cinematic appearances, Capt. Marvel is familiar with the universe’s many planets and races, even guiding the Skrulls to their new homeworld. It’s implied that she knows exactly how to help different worlds affected by Thanos’ snap, though it’s never shown. Perhaps her many galactic connections proved useful during these off-world missions.

RELATED: Marvel: 5 Things We Hope The Endgame Re-Release Reveals (& 5 Things We Hope It Doesn’t)

2 Her Seventh Sense

Capt. Marvel always seemed to appear at the right moment, coming in the nick of time to save the day. This was best seen in her Avengers appearances when she lucked into Tony Stark and arrived at the last minute to turn the tides of war against Thanos.

If Carol retained her Seventh Sense from the comics, her conveniently great timing would make a lot more sense. Simply put, this instinct allows her to feel major changes anywhere in the universe. This could also be why she left Earth post-Infinity War, sensing trouble on a cosmic scale.

1 The Real Carol Danvers

Despite being different sides of the same person, the stoic Kree fighter Vers and the rebellious human pilot Carol have overlapping traits that made it hard for some to differentiate the two.

Carol had a similar dual identity in her earlier comics, but it’s better laid out. Previously, Ms. Marvel was an entirely new persona that Carol could switch to – not unlike Billy Batson and Shazam. The trade-off was that Carol lost her emotions whenever she became the hot-blooded Kree warrior. If not for Prof. Xavier’s help, Carol would never have been able to feel anything as Ms. Marvel.

NEXT: 10 Best Avengers Quotes


2019-07-13 07:07:11

Angelo Delos Trinos

Captain Marvel: 10 Things In The Movie That Only Make Sense If You Read The Comics

The first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut in 2019 was Captain Marvel, the origin movie for the titular superhero and (technically) a prequel to The Avengers. The movie tells how the defiant airforce pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) became Capt. Marvel – the strongest Avenger and possibly one of the most powerful beings in the whole universe.

But in her move from the pages of a comic book to the big screen, Capt. Marvel changed a lot and left a lot of interesting and important details in translation. While these changes aren’t detrimental to her presence in the MCU, their absences make certain events and abilities a bit hard to understand. Here are 10 things in Captain Marvel that only make sense if you read the comics.

RELATED: 10 Strongest Female Marvel Characters

10 The Kree-Skrull War

From the day that she started fighting for the Kree, Capt. Marvel was told that their duty was to exterminate the shapeshifting Skrulls. The Krees’ irrational hatred of the Skrulls is briefly mentioned in the movie – where it’s revealed that the Skrulls are war refugees being oppressed by the Kree – but the comics provide a different in-depth explanation.

The races have been at war for generations and their conflict hit a boiling point when the Kree attacked a Skrull solar system. Desperate, the Skrulls called the Avengers for help while the half-Kree Capt. Marvel begrudgingly sided with the Kree.

9 Goose’s Digestive Tract

Capt. Marvel’s cat Goose isn’t just an ordinary pet because it’s actually a Flerken: an alien that hides giant tentacles, fangs and hundreds of its eggs within its body. It also just so happens to look like a regular Earth cat.

Flerkens’ stomachs are also known to be pocket realities that can hold and digest pretty much anything, including objects and beings larger than it. This is how Goose can store her tentacles in her small frame and swallow the Tesseract before puking it out without suffering any major damage despite eating an Infinity Stone.

8 The Source Of Her Powers

In the movie, Carol Danvers becomes Capt. Marvel after an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract’s energies explodes in her face. Miraculously, she isn’t harmed and instead receives incredible superpowers.

Similarly, Capt. Marvel gets her powers from a Kree device in the comics but this time it’s from the Psyche-Magnitron – something designed to bestow superpowers to a designated target or user from the start. As a result, Capt. Marvel gained super strength, flight, enhanced senses, photonic blasts, and more following the life-threatening incident.

7 Her Inhibited Strength

Capt. Marvel is one of the most powerful superheroes in both the comics and the MCU. Her raw power surpasses even the cosmic scales, which is why a measly Kree inhibitor keeping her in check didn’t make much sense.

The only way this could be justified is if Capt. Marvel was brainwashed, which happened a lot in the early comics. To subdue her, villains like the Brood, MODOK, and Supreme Intelligence convinced Carol that she wasn’t that powerful. The Kree in the movie had it easy since Carol lost her memories in the blast, making her conditioning less troublesome.

6 Her Nigh-Invulnerability

Over the course of her movie. Capt. Marvel takes a lot of punishment from either Kree soldiers or ships and barely receives a scratch. This isn’t the result of luck, but her passive superhuman abilities in action.

Not only can she absorb energy and force before firing it back at its source, but she also has a quick-acting healing factor that allows her to recuperate in the heat of battle. This could help explain how she effortlessly wiped out a Kree war fleet while tanking Thanos’ Hulk-stopping punches and a Power Stone blast later in Endgame.

RELATED: Every Single Avengers Movie (In Chronological Order)

5 Her Photon Blasts

It’s unclear what exactly the Tesseract’s energies did to Capt. Marvel and how they gave her an assortment of powers, one of which is the ability to fire concentrated photon shots from her hands.

A possible explanation lies in the comics, specifically when the Brood experimented on her and gave her the ability to manipulate the stars’ energies into photon blasts. This is referred to as “The Binary,” since the ability allows Carol to wield the energies of a binary star as a blast of yellow energy. Canonically, there are few beings who can surpass Capt. Marvel’s Binary Form.

4 Her Military Background

Despite suffering from amnesia and being conditioned by the Kree, Capt. Marvel retains her combat prowess and even improves her skills with the addition of her newfound superpowers.

This is because Carol’s airforce training on Earth is heavily engrained in both her body and mind. While glimpses of her army days and some flight training are shown in the movie, her military background is a lot more grueling and extensive in the comics. This is also why she exudes leadership and commands respect wherever she goes – she’s military authority incarnate.

3 Capt. Marvel’s Network

By being born on Earth and being trained by the Kree, it’s established in the comics that Capt. Marvel networked around the universe. This may explain her expansive knowledge of the cosmos despite being a (temporarily) brainwashed Kree soldier with limited memories.

In her cinematic appearances, Capt. Marvel is familiar with the universe’s many planets and races, even guiding the Skrulls to their new homeworld. It’s implied that she knows exactly how to help different worlds affected by Thanos’ snap, though it’s never shown. Perhaps her many galactic connections proved useful during these off-world missions.

RELATED: Marvel: 5 Things We Hope The Endgame Re-Release Reveals (& 5 Things We Hope It Doesn’t)

2 Her Seventh Sense

Capt. Marvel always seemed to appear at the right moment, coming in the nick of time to save the day. This was best seen in her Avengers appearances when she lucked into Tony Stark and arrived at the last minute to turn the tides of war against Thanos.

If Carol retained her Seventh Sense from the comics, her conveniently great timing would make a lot more sense. Simply put, this instinct allows her to feel major changes anywhere in the universe. This could also be why she left Earth post-Infinity War, sensing trouble on a cosmic scale.

1 The Real Carol Danvers

Despite being different sides of the same person, the stoic Kree fighter Vers and the rebellious human pilot Carol have overlapping traits that made it hard for some to differentiate the two.

Carol had a similar dual identity in her earlier comics, but it’s better laid out. Previously, Ms. Marvel was an entirely new persona that Carol could switch to – not unlike Billy Batson and Shazam. The trade-off was that Carol lost her emotions whenever she became the hot-blooded Kree warrior. If not for Prof. Xavier’s help, Carol would never have been able to feel anything as Ms. Marvel.

NEXT: 10 Best Avengers Quotes


2019-07-13 07:07:11

Angelo Delos Trinos

10 Movies To Watch Featuring Your Favorite Marvel Superhero Actors

We all know Chris Hemsworth as the dreamy God of Thunder, or Chris Evans as American’s best posterior, but where else can you see these heroes on the big screen?

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These ten films include at least one of the best superheroes of our generation, and what’s even better, is that they are actually worth the watch. If you need another fill of these dream boats, look no further!

10 Sherlock Holmes (2009) – Robert Downey Jr. AKA Iron Man

Sherlock Holmes (2009) has a whopping 7.6/10 on IMDb, and tells the story of the infamous Detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Watson. If Robert Downey Jr. isn’t enough for you to watch this film, Watson is played by the brilliant (and also dreamy) Jude Law, also includes Rachel McAdams, and is directed by the artistic genius Guy Ritchie. Tune into this film for some classic RDJ jokes and some wicked detective brilliance. With action, humour, and some pretty impressive slow-mo scenes, you’ll finally have to ask yourself who Robert played better.

9 42 (2013) – Chadwick Boseman AKA Black Panther

42 (2013) ranks at a 7.5 on IMDb, and takes place in 1947 when MLB legend Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American baseball player when he is signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. While he tours the country, he is unable to separate himself from 1940s racism in America.

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Chadwick Boseman brilliantly tackles baseball, love, and racism in this riveting biography. He’s practically the King in this movie, too, with some pretty impressive athleticism and magnanimity. Oh, it also has Harrison Ford.

8 Her (2013) – Scarlett Johansson AKA Black Widow

This 2013 futuristic, artsy treat doesn’t have the face of the beautiful assassin, but her voice acts as an operating system that a lonely writer falls in love with. With Joaquin Phoenix taking the lead role, this movie tells an incredible (and arguably cringy) tale of our relationship with technology. This film also features none other than Starlord himself, as well as Amy Adams, Kristen Wiig, and Rooney Mara. Prepare for some pretty awkward phone sex and clever (yet tragic) proof that love has no bounds. I’d like to see you not fall in love with Scarlett’s voice, too.

7 Gifted (2017) – Chris Evans AKA Captain America

This 2017 drama tells the story of Frank (Evans AKA America’s best ass) who is left to raise his niece, Mary, after his sister passes away. Mary is no regular child, but is rather a child prodigy. Frank fights to give Mary a regular childhood all in the midst of letting her fulfill her potential and battling for custody with his own mother.

RELATED: 10 Cutest RDJ & Chris Evans Twitter Interactions That Show They’ll Be Friends For Life

This movie also features Octavia Spencer, and Mary is played by the brilliant (and most famous female child actor of today) McKenna Grace. Spoiler: Chris Evans rescues some adorable cats, and adorable McKenna Grace breaks the nose of a bully. Need we say more? This movie will definitely make you laugh, melt, and cry.

6 Room (2015) – Brie Larson AKA Captain Marvel

Although this superhero is new to the Marvel universe, Brie Larson certainly isn’t new to the big screen. Room (2015) has an 8.2 on IMDb, and was even nominated for three Oscars. Brie took home the big one, winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. As a warning, this film is not for the faint-hearted, but tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped and held captive for years. After giving birth to a son, the two work together to escape. This movie is brilliant, tragic, and doesn’t just stop at an intense escape – but rather depicts the woman’s struggle to cope. This movie might ruin you, but it won’t disappoint.

5 The Fundamentals Of Caring (2016) – Paul Rudd AKA Ant-Man

This hidden gem from 2016 received a 7.3 on IMDb, and definitely stole the hearts of all who watched it. The film follows a male teenager who is in a wheelchair after his mom hires a man (Rudd) to become his caregiver during the day. Paul Rudd, who is suffering from his own family loss, takes on the role and begins to work for the young man.

RELATED: Paul Rudd Explains How Filming Avengers Is Similar to Friends

The two form an unlikely bond and embark on a road trip that the shy boy has always dreamed of. This cringy, awkward treat has incredibly humor and tells a heartwarming story. It also includes Selena Gomez, and if that isn’t enough, we promise you won’t stop laughing the entire time. Brace yourself for teen innuendos and a surprisingly heartwarming scene where the young man urinates into the world’s largest pit.

4 The Greatest Showman (2017) – Zendaya AKA MJ/Michelle

While Zendaya may play a small role in the Marvel universe, she does play a large role as Peter Parker’s leading lady in the Spider-Man films. Zendaya is also a force on the big screen. The Greatest Showman (2017) landed a 7.6/10 on IMDb, and follows a businessman as he rises from nothing to creating the world’s first circus, becoming a worldwide sensation. The soundtrack in this film is spectacular, as are the beautiful visuals and the tragic and heartwarming story. This film stars Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron. As if we need to say anymore, prepare for some beautiful themes of race and individuality, and if that’s enough, a duet between Zendaya and Zac Efron that uses trapeze ropes. Yeah, that’s enough.

3 Kong: Skull Island (2017) – Tom Hiddleston AKA Loki

While this movie isn’t exactly the most spectacular piece of art, it is an incredible action flick with three of your all-time favorite heroes. This 2017 flick still managed to land a 6.6 on IMDb, and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, and John Ortiz.

RELATED: Tom Hiddleston Believes Loki Was Fully Redeemed In Infinity War

If that doesn’t grab your attention, maybe a giant gorilla on a gigantic island with action-goodness will. There will be chopper explosions, jungle hiking, and an eerily similar badassery of Larson to her superhero counterpart.

2 Spotlight (2015) – Mark Ruffalo AKA The Hulk

This 2015 Oscar Best Picture nominee tells the tragic tale of how the Boston Globe uncovers a huge scandal of child molestation, covered up by the Catholic Church. While this film will also tear you to your core and probably make you cry, its brilliance and truth is worth the watch. While Mark Ruffalo stars in this film, it also include Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci. This crime drama is definitely worth your time, if you have the strength to get through it. This brutal truth is one that needs to be told, and definitely one that needs to be seen.

1 Wind River (2017) – Jeremy Renner AKA Hawkeye

While Hawkeye is often the punchline of all Marvel hero jokes, this film definitely makes the top of the list in our opinion. While this crime mystery drama also pulls at your heart strings and definitely is not for viewers looking for a fun time, this tragic tale takes place on a Native reserve in the middle of a brutal winter in Wyoming. It follows a hunter (Renner) who helps an FBI agent (Kelsey Asbille) investigate the murder of a young Native woman who was found sexually assaulted in the woods. This film was somehow missed by the Academy, but it is absolutely brilliant in all senses of the word. The direction, story, and acting will rip out your heart in a tragic but beautiful way. It deserves your time if you care about women/Native rights, family loss, and even some badass gun fights and standoffs.

NEXT: Avengers 5: 5 Reasons It’ll Never Happen (& 5 Why It Definitely Will)


2019-07-13 07:07:08

Meah Peers

Avengers 5 Theory: Endgame Set Up Kang As Marvel Phase 4’s Villain

Avengers: Endgame might have set up the villain for Marvel’s Phase 4, with its time-travel plot paving the way for Kang the Conqueror to be the antagonist of Avengers 5. With Thanos and the Infinity Stones over with, the MCU is in need of a new Big Bad for whatever form the next Avengers movie takes, and Kang would fit the bill nicely.

There’s been a lot of talk about how Marvel will replace Thanos, who proved a major hit as a villain, especially in Avengers: Infinity War, with lots of talk about characters such as Galactus, Annihilus, or even Norman Osborn. There’s no shortage of villain options for the MCU, but since they like to tease things before they happen, it’s worth looking back at Avengers: Endgame and what it might be setting up.

Related: How Marvel Phase 4 Will Avoid Avengers Fatigue

Thanks to its use of time-travel, one of the biggest hints is to Kang the Conqueror, a villain who is all about traveling through time, and would be a big enough threat to take on the Avengers. Although his rights were with Fox, the Disney takeover means he’s very much in play, and there’s a chance he’s already shaping into the villain of MCU Phase 4 and Avengers 5.

In Kang the Conqueror’s first Marvel Comics appearance, he wasn’t called Kang at all. Debuting in Fantastic Four #19, he went by the name Rama-Tut. Real name Nathaniel Richards (he might be a descendant of Reed Richards), he traveled back in time to Ancient Egypt, becoming the Pharoh and taking the future-Apocalypse as his heir. It wasn’t until The Avengers #8 a year later that Kang the Conqueror would formally appear, fighting an Avengers line-up that included Thor, Wasp, and Spider-Man (all heroes who’ll be present in the MCU’s Phase 4), but then having various identities is kind of Kang’s thing.

Other iterations of the character include Immortus, a future version of Kang who resides in Limbo, and Iron Lad, who was an original part of the Young Avengers team. There’s also Victor Timely, the mayor of a small town Kang established as a place to go for some down time. The reason for having multiple alter-egos is that Kang the Conqueror is a time-traveler, and alongside these versions are multiple duplicates of Kang, with each journey through time creating a new one.

Although Richards doesn’t actually possess any typical superpowers, he is a genius who specializes in time-travel, and possesses a time-ship that allows him to visit any century, through which he’s able to collect an array of different weapons and armors to give himself enhanced abilities, utilizing incredibly advanced technology that no one else has access to or can match. He’s also able to recruit different armies, which leads to him conquering different time periods, and further enables him to go toe-to-toe with superheroes. That, combined with his ability to time-travel better than anyone else, makes him a compelling choice for The Avengers 5.

Related: Spider-Man: Far From Home Makes Black Widow’s Endgame Death Worse

Avengers: Endgame fully introduced time-travel to the MCU. Although this had already been shown with Doctor Strange and the Time Stone, it took on a much greater importance here, and by utilizing the Quantum Realm it established a means of time-travel existing without the use of an Infinity Stone (which is handy given they’ve been destroyed). However, along with establishing this new form of time-travel, it also meant creating multiple timelines.

As the Ancient One explained in Avengers: Endgame, every time the Avengers take an Infinity Stone from its place in the timeline, a new branch reality is created. In theory, these are closed by Captain America returning the Stones back to their correct place in time, but it’s not quite so simple. We see Loki take the Tesseract and disappear, while Cap decides to stay in the past of another reality (if you listen to the Russos’ explanation, at least), which leaves two of these branches very much in play. Add in the Thanos from 2014 making the leap to the present of 2023, and there are potentially three (and maybe even more) timelines created in Avengers: Endgame that still exist in the MCU.

That’s on top of the different dimensions that were already established by Doctor Strange (the Dark Dimension) and Ant-Man (the Quantum Realm), meaning that despite how Spider-Man: Far From Home treats it, the multiverse does indeed exist in the MCU, which means there’s scope for a villain like Kang the Conqueror to exploit that and emerge in Avengers 5.

With time-travel and multiple timelines now firmly established within the MCU, then the chances of Kang the Conqueror appearing in Phase 4 are greatly increased, because both of those elements allow for him to turn up at just about any point. Following on from Thanos and the Infinity Stones, then it’s unlikely Marvel will be setting up their next villain in such a direct, all-encompassing way, but since they already have everything needed to introduce Kang then he makes perfect sense as the next antagonist.

Related: Endgame’s Time Travel Doesn’t Make Sense Because Marvel Changed It

Phase 4 will be switching between expanding the cosmic arm of the MCU (The Eternals, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Doctor Strange 2) and telling smaller, more street-level stories (Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man 3). In Kang the Conqueror, Marvel would be getting themselves a villain who can do both: as a time-traveler, he fits in with the former, but since he’s also an Earth-origin character without real superpowers, he doesn’t feel too big for the latter.

The Eternals is a cosmic MCU prequel, so there’s a chance of them further developing ideas around time-travel and different dimensions, and likewise Doctor Strange 2. Loki, the Disney+ TV series, is another way Phase 4 can indirectly tease Kang. Looking at the planned Disney+ MCU series, they all have some sense of purpose: Falcon & Winter Soldier is about establishing the new Captain America; Hawkeye will be setting up Young Avengers. Loki is oddly separate from that because he’s just off on his own, but Kevin Feige has promised these shows will have an impact on the MCU. Since Loki will be in a different timeline, then by using that as one of the building blocks of Kang gives it a place in the grander scheme of things. It’s also worth noting that Kang has connections to the Fantastic Four, and with the Fox deal being completed things have fallen nicely into place for him to appear, although Marvel’s First Family showing up in the MCU still feels like it’s a long way off.

It’s unclear as yet just how the Avengers will be shaping up in Phase 4, but Avengers 5 will happen at some point. It’ll need to pull together a group of different heroes and disparate strands, and Kang being the villain can link Phase 4 and Avengers 5 all the way back to Avengers: Endgame, which is the kind of storytelling and world-building Marvel love to do. If he turns up in Avengers 5, then it connects things together, and most importantly gives the Avengers an all-new threat to face who’d be different to Thanos, but still worthy of the team-up.

More: The Multiverse In Spider-Man: Far From Home Explained


2019-07-13 04:07:30

James Hunt