Posts

Big Bang Theory: 10 Hidden Details About The Main Characters Everyone Missed

The Big Bang Theory ended its 12th and final season this year. But the show still lives on within our hearts, and through re-runs, of course. For diehard fans, there aren’t may days that go by when we don’t wonder what our favorite gang of nerds is up to. What would they be doing now?

Now that the show is done, though, there is plenty of time to dig through old episodes and take a look at things we may have missed. Like many long-running shows, there are tons of Easter Eggs and small references that make sense in retrospect. As a result, we’ve found plenty of hidden details throughout the show that takes a true, hardcore fan to truly notice. Take a look at these interesting hidden details about all of the main characters.

RELATED: Big Bang Theory: 10 Times The Show Broke Our Hearts

10 BERNADETTE’S VOICE CHANGES

Bernadette is known for her high-pitched, squeaky voice. In an interview on The Rubin Report, Melissa Rauch stated that she chose to model her signature squeaky voice after her mother’s voice. But it wasn’t always like that. When Bernadette first appears on the show, her voice is different. We first meet her in season three, episode five, “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary” when Penny sets her up with Howard. At this point, she does not have her signature voice and is speaking in Rauch’s regular voice. This goes on for a few episodes until she suddenly develops the squeakier tone. According to some interviews with Rauch over the years, she developed it to give her character a more fun edge. There’s just no real explanation why it just suddenly starts like this when she originally spoke normally.

9 PENNY’S FULL NAME IS PENELOPE

This was a very small reveal that they mentioned just once, and if you didn’t catch it you may have never realized it. In season two, episode three, “The Barbarian Sublimation,” Penny becomes addicted to the online game Age of Conan. As with many addictive online role-playing games, her obsession consumes her life. Sheldon relentlessly tries to get her to stop bothering him. When Leonard heads across the hall to talk to her, Penny is clearly very annoyed and states, “Queen Penelope AFK.” This reveals not only that her screen name is Queen Penelope, but that Penny is short for Penelope. However, it’s only ever used this one time throughout the entire series.

8 ALL OF THE BLOSSOM REFERENCES

In season six, episode five, “The Holographic Excitation,” Sheldon and Amy are trying to decide what couple’s costume to go as for Halloween. They are arguing in front of a Venn diagram on Sheldon’s whiteboard, and under Amy’s column if you look closely you can see “Blossom and Joey” written down. Mayim Bialik, the actress who plays Amy, actually played Blossom Russo on the ’90s sitcom. Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, was also part of the main cast of Blossom back in the day.

RELATED: Big Bang Theory: 10 Most Underrated Supporting Characters

This isn’t the first time someone mentions Blossom, either. In season one, episode three, “The Bat Jar Conjecture,” the gang is trying to find a replacement for Sheldon on their Physics Bowl team, and Raj suggests getting “TV’s Blossom” because he heard that she is a real-life neuroscientist and is actually really smart (she is). Leonard calls him out and tells him, “We’re not getting TV’s Blossom to join our Physics Bowl team.” This takes place long before Bialik joins the cast, so it’s either a super pre-planned joke, or a happy coincidence.

7 THE GANG IS ALWAYS WEARING DC COSTUMES

Every time the guys are shown dressed up in costumes, it’s always a DC character. You’ve got Sheldon in his Flash costume, which shows up repeatedly over the years. During the first season, in episode six, “The Middle-Earth Paradigm,” Penny invites the guys to a Halloween party. When they’re getting ready to head over, they all realize they chose Flash costumes and argue over who has to change. In season four, episode 11, “The Justice League Recombination,” the guys enter a contest at the comic book store dressed as the Justice League of America. Raj is dressed as Aquaman, which isn’t the only time he wears that costume, either. Later on, when trying to earn money for Comic-Con tickets, Raj wears it to promote the comic book store.

All of this DC fandom isn’t an accident. The Big Bang Theory is owned by CBS, which is part of Warner Bros., who also own DC Comics.

6 LEONARD’S GLASSES DON’T HAVE LENSES

If you look very closely, you may notice that Leonard’s glasses never actually have lenses in them. That’s because Johnny Galecki doesn’t actually wear glasses in real life, but Leonard does wear them. Galecki told The Huffington Post that he originally wanted Leonard to wear glasses, and began showing up at rehearsals with fake glasses. The producers had originally thought he was just wearing them for rehearsals, but he insisted Leonard should have glasses. Perhaps it was to cement his nerdy stereotype. Either way, this was a character-defining accessory. However, Galecki soon realized that since Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, is so much taller than him. So, there was a glare on the lenses every time he had to look up at him. He decided to pop the lenses out. From that point on, no lenses existed. And that’s that.

5 PENNY’S FRIDGE HAS PICTURES OF KALEY CUOCO WITH ACTORS ON THE BIG BANG THEORY SET

Next time you watch a scene in Penny’s kitchen, take a look at the fridge. You can see pictures of her with Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch. There are also a ton of the behind-the-scenes crew members. This works, since many of those people are characters on the show and it’s realistic that Penny would want to have pictures with them on her fridge. The behind-the-scenes folks pass as Penny’s friends. Once Amy and Sheldon moved into that apartment and Penny moved across the hall, the fridge became noticeably bare. However, those pictures did end up on Penny and Leonard’s fridge and you can still see them in certain scenes.

4 ALL OF THE ACTION FIGURES IN HOWARD’S ROOM ARE FEMALES

This one shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Howard’s childhood bedroom is full of female action figures. There is a strong lack of male figures. Noticeable figures include Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl. Look closely at the side table on the right side of the bed, and you’ll see tons of female heads sticking up. This is also on top of the posters of various women, from Marilyn Monroe to Betty Boop (and the infamous Halle Berry poster on the ceiling). For a guy known for being girl-crazy, this just fits the bill.

RELATED: The Big Bang Theory: 5 Best Friendships (And 5 Worst)

3 SHELDON AND LEONARD’S APARTMENT FLAG IS ON THE FRIDGE

Okay, so we all know Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment flag. It’s a blue background with a gold lion. They have it in a real flag form, but it’s also on the fridge in magnet form. During tense moments, like when two characters are fighting, the flag magnet is actually shown upside down. In the flashback episode to the day Leonard moved in, Sheldon explains to him that the flag should never be upside down unless in times of distress. In season ten, episode ten, “The Property Division Collision,” Leonard and Sheldon are arguing over their divided property and Leonard ends up draping himself in the flag naked to anger Sheldon.

2 PENNY BECAME A BARTENDER BECAUSE KALEY CUOCO BROKE HER LEG

Most people know that Kaley Cuoco is a huge horseback riding enthusiast and owns several horses. In 2010, she broke her leg in a horseback riding accident. According to Cuoco, she fell off her horse and was fine, until the horse stepped on her leg and broke it. Instead of writing it in the script, the producers chose to have her take on some bartending shifts at the Cheesecake Factory so they could shoot her from the waist up. So, if you’re wondering why the sudden jump to bartending in season four, that’s why. Seems like a pretty simple fix. We’re glad she was okay – that could have been a lot worse.

1 AMY’S MOM WAS RECAST

For those who have watched the show all the way through, you know that the marvelous Kathy Bates played Amy’s over-the-top mother. However, the first time we meet Amy’s mom, it’s a different actress. It seems as though the personalities changed as well, because the first time Amy’s mom shows up, she’s very quiet and timid. And we know that Kathy Bates’ version was anything but that. This isn’t something that a lot of people noticed, but it definitely happened.

NEXT: 10 Highest-Grossing Disney Animated Movies Ever


2019-07-14 03:07:48

Lesley Cornelius

10 Hidden Jokes You Missed In Office Space | ScreenRant

The ‘90s were a relatively mundane time of peace and stability, as the world quickly transitioned from the analog-reliant Cold War days to the digital age. It was during this time that movies showing just how boring things became popular, with one of the best-known examples being Mike Judge’s Office Space – the relatable story of three employees who get so fed up with their inane jobs, they embezzle the company they work for.

RELATED: The 10 Best Comedy Movies Of All Time, According To IMDB

The satirical jab at corporate life is known for its low-key hilarity, where the laughs are derived from the most overlooked aspects of working a dead-end 9-to-5 job at a software company. This nuanced approach makes it easy to miss some jokes, some of which were intentionally buried under Mr. Lumbergh’s droning. Here are 10 hidden jokes in Office Space you may have missed.

10 The Y2K Switch

When Peter explains his job to Joanna, he mentions that his primary task is to help Initech prepare for what he calls the “2000 switch.” This was in reference to the real-life headache caused by the approach of the New Millennium since companies had to update their software to accommodate the year 2000.

While the joke doesn’t make much sense today, this was something a lot of programmers could relate to back in the day since the update was equal parts tedious and annoying.

9 TPS Actually Means Something

A running gag in the movie is Mr. Lumbergh’s obsession with TPS reports, which he constantly bugs Peter for in the most passive-aggressive way possible. For the longest time, TPS was assumed to be just another part of the software company’s incomprehensible jargon.

In reality, TPS means “Test Program Set” – something Judge took from his days as an engineer and most probably loathed as much as Peter. Simply put, it’s a collection of important data and programs that an operator needs to run a diagnostics test.

8 Initech’s Statue Is A Contradiction

Sitting right outside the Initech office is a statue depicting a square peg inside a round hole. The most commonly accepted interpretation of the monument is that it represents outsiders and the non-conformists who don’t belong – both favorite themes of Judge.

Thing is, Initech is anything but individualist. It’s just one of many unremarkable software companies in a sea of software companies. Its employees struggle to work enthusiastically while superiors promote conformity. The statue is a good fit for Initech’s parking lot since many similar companies imagine themselves to be trailblazers even if the opposite is true.

7 Chotchkie’s Is A Knock-Off T.G.I. Friday’s

The restaurant where Joanna works in is a bland joint where she never has enough buttons while she serves some of the most forgettable named dishes imaginable (Pizza Shooters, anyone?). If Chotchkie’s somehow reminded you of T.G.I. Friday’s, that’s because it was intentional.

For the longest time, T.G.I. Friday’s staff was known for wearing lots of flair on their outfits but they phased out the practice in 2005. Mike Judge confirmed that Office Space was at fault, as the restaurant chain only realized how tacky the flair looked after getting mocked on the big screen.

6 Lawrence Is An Allman Brothers Band Fan

Peter’s chill and nosy neighbor Lawrence has a very specific look that sets him apart from the desk-jockeys that populate the Office Space cast. Long story short, he looks like a fan of old-school rock music who hails from the South.

RELATED: 10 Quirky Comedies To Watch If You Like The Big Lebowski

Diedrich Bader revealed that this was all part of his plan, as the actor pitched his character’s look to Judge. Bader wanted Lawrence to look like somebody who “loved the Allman Brothers,” and Judge loved the idea so much it made it into the final cut. Judge, however, suggested the mustache.

5 Mr. Lumbergh’s Vanity Plate

To show how unlikeable yet completely unremarkable Mr. Lumbergh is, his Porsche is shown to have a custom plate that reads “MY PRSHE.” Though it’s only seen briefly, the license plate is difficult to forget due to how hard it tries to look cool.

The license plate actually has a lot more meaning to it than just showing off Lumbergh’s generic vanity. According to Judge, the plate – which has no specific state listed on it – emphasizes that Office Space was meant to be set anywhere in the USA, making its characters’ soulless lives more relatable.

4 Mr. Lumbergh Is An EarthForce Academy Graduate

Every now and then, Mr. Lumbergh’s right hand can be seen with a ring on it. The ring may not look memorable at first glance, but hardcore sci-fi fans will know that it actually the EarthForce Academy’s standard issue ring.

Prior to Office Space, Gary Cole starred in the Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, where he portrayed Capt. Matthew Gideon of the starship Excalibur. Gideon also graduated from EarthForce Academy, and Cole brought this memento along when he started micromanaging the people at Initech.

3 Mike Judge Has A Cameo

Joanna’s main source of frustration is her boss at Chotchkie’s, who constantly bugs her about not having enough or too little flair on her apron. The bespectacled and mustache-donning manager is none other than Mike Judge in a cameo.

The role was credited to a “William King,” which is why it took a while before people realized that the guy behind HBO’s Silicon Valley was the reason for Joanna’s annoyance. Helping Judge keep his cameo a secret was a curly wig, glasses, a mustache, and a vest laden with too much flair.

2 Milton Foreshadowed The Ending

At the end of the movie, Milton finally loses his cool and burns down Initech after being stepped over too often. This could’ve been avoided if his co-workers and superiors took the time to listen to him and maybe take him seriously.

Over the course of the movie, Milton mutters about burning the office to the ground – which is exactly what he does. What is only seen in a deleted scene is that Milton actually kills Mr. Lumbergh when he’s caught making his arson preparations, emphasizing that constantly relocating Milton’s work desk was a terrible idea.

1 The Red Stapler’s Legacy

The most iconic punchline of Office Space is Milton’s beloved red Swingline office stapler, which when taken by Mr. Lumbergh snaps something in the meek man’s brain. As Office Space quickly became a cult classic, Swingline was faced with a growing demand for Milton’s signature item.

There was just one problem: Swingline didn’t sell red staplers. A prop designer just painted one of their staplers red to make it stand out in scenes, not realizing the impact it would have on audiences. Swingline finally started selling red staplers in 2002 – three years after Office Space showed in cinemas.

NEXT: The 10 Best Quotes From Office Space


2019-07-13 01:07:59

Angelo Delos Trinos

Stranger Things: 10 Obscure Pop Culture References Everyone Missed In Season 3

Last week, Netflix finally released the highly anticipated third season of the retro sci-fi fantasy horror series known as Stranger Things.  The show is well-known for its stunning cinematography and nostalgia-inducing aesthetic, as well as mysterious storylines that constantly have viewers either jumping with fear, weeping in shock, or crying out in joy.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Most Heartbreaking Moments, Ranked

With its skyrocketed popularity, it comes as no surprise that the creators threw in plenty of Easter eggs and hidden references scattered throughout the episodes. As the lates seasons takes place in 1985, many references come from that very same era. In fact, there’s a reason certain storylines might seem so familiar to many fans…

10 Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5

One of the many summer romances that blossoms in Hawkins is that of Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers. As both parties work at the town’s newspaper, they (against the wishes of their boss) follow a lead about rabid rats related to the Mind Flayer’s return. In the end, they end up killing their mind-flayed superiors (whose flesh then ends up being part of the monster anyway).

This whole subplot is actually a reference 9 to 5, the 1980 comedy starring Dolly Parton alongside Lily Tomlin. They play secretaries who kidnap their boss and run things themselves. Both this film and Stranger Things seem to reference gender equality and the male-dominated work culture of the era.

9 Fast Times at Ridgemont High

If we take out the monsters, Russian scientists, and mind control, this whole season is essentially one big reference to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The most blatant is in episode 1 when Billy walks by a group of moms checking him out. Later, Karen Wheeler emerges from the pool ogled by Billy from the lifeguard stand. The scene is reminiscent of the dream scene in the film, where Phoebe Cates’ character Linda emerges from the pool in an interestingly similar bathing suit.

The references continue when Dustin talks about his girlfriend Suzie whom he met at camp. His exact words are “Think Phoebe Cates, only hotter.” At the end of the series when Steve is trying to get a job at the video store, he knocks over a cardboard cutout of Phoebe Cates (in the same bathing suit). And his uniform at Scoops Ahoy reminds us of Brad Hamiltons similarly sailor-themed uniform at his own place of work, Captain Hook Fish and Chips.

8 Will They, Won’t They?

While the kids were busy with their own fast flings (except Mike who was apparently in love), the adults took things a little more slowly. It slowly becomes apparent that Hopper has feelings for Joyce, who tragically lost her husband Bob to a Demodog at the end of season 2. However, Hopper is careful about showing his affection, and Joyce is too distracted by magnets for anything to really happen.

Their tiptoe-y relationship is cleverly referenced in a scene when both are in their respective homes watching Cheers. One of the main romantic themes in the show is that between Sam and Diane, who – between all their fighting, frustration, and misadventures – still have mutual respect and love for one another. It’s the same dynamic between Hopper and Joyce in the latest season, which tragically never comes to fruition but the small hope remains that they might if you’ve seen the post-credits scene.

7 Hopper Channeling His Inner Magnum P.I.

Hopper’s whole look this season was a bit of a ride, the most interesting being the iconic floral shirt that he apparently had to have specially bought for him for his “date” with Joyce (and ends up keeping for basically the rest of the season). This wardrobe upgrade, 2 seasons of character development, and his well-maintained mustache have led to a look that mirrors Tom Selleck from the hit show Magnum P.I., which was wildly popular in 1985.

Hopper is still a cop but goes off book for a lot of the season, making his own rules to get to the bottom of the weird stuff going on in Hawkins. We even see Hopper watching the detective series, all while yelling at Eleven to keep the door open 3 inches.

6 Product Placement Or New Coke?

An interesting thing happened in the ’80s regarding the way we look at branding in corporate America. An experiment was done in which blindfolded subjects would drink Coke and Pepsi and decide which tasted better. As the results were in favor of Pepsi, in 1985, Coke changed its formula and unveiled New Coke. However, they found people (in general and not blindfolded) didn’t like it simply because it wasn’t Coke.

There’s even a point when Lucas drinks some New Coke and complains that it doesn’t taste right (Alexi didn’t seem to mind). The rest of the season is littered with product placement of Coke and New Coke. Sadly, the fad didn’t last and the world was left with the same delicious (?) Coca-cola.

5 Steve’s Advice To Dustin

When the gang finally goes to meet Dustin (having just returned from camp), they surprise him by having Eleven use her powers to make his toys move on their own. Dustin, always being prepared for danger, arms himself with a can of Farrah Fawcett branded hairspray, which he then misfires on Lucas when he’s surprised by his friends.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Times Steve And Dustin Were BFF Goals

Aside from being a funny reunion scene, it’s also a reference to season 2 when Steve recommends that Dustin acquire some Farrah Fawcett hair products to upgrade his look. Turns out he followed his mentor’s advice after all.

4 Mayors & Monsters

If you’ve seen Jaws, then the character of Mayor Larry Kline (played by Cary Elwes from the ’80s classic The Princess Bride) might seem familiar to you. His aesthetic and motivations are paralleled by Mayor Larry Vaughn from the shark-themed horror flick.

While Vaughn fights against the bad publicity of shark attacks, Kline wants to downplay the bad publicity from the unemployment caused by the new Starcourt mall (and ironically enough, not the supernatural phenomenon occurring in Hawkins). Both of their careers somehow depend on the Fourth of July event when they try to appease the people.

3 The Terminator

Hopper seems to find himself a nemesis in this latest season in the form of a grim, sleek, combat-ready motorcycle-riding hitman by the name of Grigori. His entire aesthetic is an interesting throwback to The Terminator, as Grigori bears a striking resemblance to the titular character. Emotionless expressions and running after vehicles also seems to be a theme.

When Hopper interrogates the mayor to find out the Russian’s identity, Kline sarcastically responds, “it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger,” who played the role of the iconic robot in the 1984 film.

2 The Thing

Aside from the mind control, the monster design behind the Mind-Flayer is similar to the creature from John Carpenter’s horror movie The Thing. This monster can also take on the appearance of its victims and is composed of the flesh of those it absorbs, like the scene with the sled dogs.

In the hospital scene after Jonathan and Nancy kill the possessed newsmen, they turn to fleshy masses that combine together to create the Mind Flayer’s physical form. As it possesses more people, it absorbs them all to become bigger and stronger, entirely composed of human flesh.

1 Who Says You Need Two People To Turn Keys

Many of us are familiar with the mechanism where some super-powerful computer or machine requires two keys to be turned at the same time to be activated and/or shut down. Usually, it works out; however, sometimes there’s only one person and two keys, like in the final episode of Stranger Things and also in the 1983 film Superman III.

In the latter, Richard Pryor’s character ties some string to a passed-out security guard. In the Netflix show, Joyce uses a belt to turn the other key, since Hopper is otherwise occupied.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 6 Best (& 4 Worst) Friendships


2019-07-12 01:07:26

Talha Ehtasham

Avengers Endgame: 30 Things You Completely Missed

Warning: SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame

It’s finally upon us. The launch of Avengers: Endgame brings the first age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close – and a brand new batch of Easter eggs and franchise callbacks and comic references. The world’s love for Marvel’s heroes only continues to grow, which means the cast and crew of Endgame now have the chance to bury not only comic book secrets into their films, but layer after layer of MCU connections, too. That means twice as many moments of fan service with Marvel Comic nods, character cameos, shared universe connections and references even the biggest of fans might miss.

The Russo Brothers made sure to make the Avengers’ ultimate mission and ‘last hurrah’ an all-out celebration of Marvel’s Cosmic history for fans. The Infinity War may have crushed the Avengers’ hopes of saving the day, but their mission to ‘avenge the fallen’ is fantastic news for the audience. We’ve collected the very best Endgame Easter eggs, secret backstories, inside jokes, and huge Marvel Cinematic Universe hints that fans could have overlooked – and are breaking them all down here.

So with one final SPOILER warning, let’s get started. Here are the 30 Things You  Missed in Avengers: Endgame.

30 Hawkeye’s Daughter

There’s no question that the opening scene of Endgame will give Hawkeye fans a special treat. Until the pre-snap sequence breaks their heart, Clint is helping his daughter Lila Barton train up in her archery skills (and she shows some talent, hitting a bullseye before being turned to dust along with her brother and mother). While passing on the “Hawkeye” name will give fans a taste of the upcoming TV series, in which Clint passes on the Hawkeye name and hero moniker to Kate Bishop (his successor in the comics), the actress playing the part is also a bit of an inside joke.

The part of Lila Barton is played by Ava Russo, daughter to director Joe Russo, whose other daughter Sophia previously played a teenage girl in Captain America: Civil War.

29 Director Joe Russo’s Cameo

Sticking with director Joe Russo for a moment, the support group scene which introduces audiences to the world post-snap should be watched closely for a few reasons, as well. On the one hand, fans can have their hearts warmed when they realize that with Sam vanished in Infinity War, Steve Rogers has apparently taken over his job of helping others (as Sam suggested might be helpful when the pair spoke about combat overseas in Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

But one of the attendees will stand out from the others, since he’s director Joe Russo in a cameo. Russo had previously appeared as Nick Fury’s surgeon in Winter Soldier as well, so fans can decide whether they are intended to be the same character, or merely another chance for the director to get in front of the camera.

28 The Creator of Thanos Finally Gets a Cameo

While most of the attendees of Steve Rogers’ support group (struggling to deal with the task of moving on despite half of the world having turned to dust) all blend together, except of course director Joe Russo’s extended dialogue, one character does stand out. While cutting between the members responding to Cap’s input, one older man in the group is held in frame for longer than the others. He may look familiar to some, but his creations are now known to the entire world.

The man is Jim Starlin, writer of the original Infinity Gauntlet comic book, and the man largely responsible for turning Thanos into the cosmic Titan that the movie version is based on. His influence is felt throughout the cosmic side of the MCU, so it’s only right he should officially join it himself.

27 Ant-Man Lives in The ‘616’

After being stranded in the Quantum Realm since the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp, fans didn’t know how long Scott Lang would truly be lost. Thankfully, Endgame reveals that what felt like years was actually just a matter of hours. The passage of time is a mystery, just like the possible intervention of a heroic rat bringing Scott back into the normal world. But that’s not what fans should be watching for.

The abandoned van in long term storage will need to be searched in future viewings, but one thing audiences can spot is that it’s stored in the lock-up labeled “616” – an impossible to miss reference to Earth-616, the version of our planet that the heroes of Marvel Comics occupy in the larger Multiverse.

26 Yes, That’s Ken Jeong in a Cameo

The directors Anthony and Joe Russo have made plenty of room for cameo roles, calling on cast members from Community to round out the background characters of the MCU (a TV series which had the brothers behind the camera for many acclaimed episodes). And when Scott Lang returns to his van in a basically abandoned storage locker, they drop one of their most well-known collaborators… but fans probably won’t recognize him.

Even if they think that the security officer hidden behind a crude disguise actually is Ken Jeong, the fact that he never speaks may make it seem like a long shot, since he is arguably the most recognizable Community cast member to claim an MCU role. But his appearance is all viewers will have to go on, making it one of the best such Easter Eggs for Russo fans.

25 Another Type of ‘End Game’

There’s one other secret detail worth noting when the camera cuts to Ken Jeong’s security guard character, but it’s a bit of a deeper cut than even devoted Marvel fans will care to research. Yet every MCU fans knows that when a character is shown reading a book, the question of which book is the first one they should be asking. In this case, it’s The Terminal Beach, a collection of short stories by British author J. G. Ballard.

While most well-known for his novel Empire of the Sun, along with Crash and High-Rise – all of which have been adapted into films or TV series – Ballard is acclaimed for his variety of short stories. And, no surprise, The Terminal Beach includes one in which a condemned man lies out his life comfortably, completely unaware of when his execution will arrive. The title? “End-Game.”

24 Pepper & Tony’s Daughter Morgan

Despite running into some relationship troubles thanks to Tony’s PTSD in Iron Man 3, both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War showed that Tony and Pepper Potts were well on their way towards a happy ending. A happy ending that included a child (a biological one, not a surrogate son like Peter Parker). When Tony and Pepper enter the story of Infinity War, Tony shares a dream in which Pepper and he already had a son. Not only that, but the child was named after Pepper’s eccentric uncle, ‘Morgan’ – a name officially bestowed upon the pair’s daughter in Endgame.

The name holds special meaning for fans of Iron Man comics. Morgan Stark wasn’t Tony’s son, but his cousin, at least in the classic comics. Originally introduced as the scheming son of Howard Stark’s brother, later comics would see Morgan’s jealousy towards Tony transform him into the supervillain Ultimo, operating a massive mechanical monster. Hopefully this female version of Morgan will, ironically, face a brighter future (even if it’s one in which half the universe died and was brought back five years later).

23 Pepper’s RESCUE Armor

When Tony Stark first introduces his daughter Morgan into the MCU, the bombshell idea of seeing his and Pepper’s child may distract some fans from the setup of another armored warrior in the MCU. The helmet that Morgan appears doesn’t belong to her, but a special present that Tony is working on for Pepper. A suit of armor that Marvel fans know will turn her into RESCUE, her own superhero alter ego from the comics (a surprise somewhat spoiled when Gwyneth Paltrow took a photo of herself in the armor).

Fans had hoped to see Pepper Potts don her own suit and identity for years, and came close when Pepper wielded part of the Iron Man suit in Iron Man 3. But in the final battle she makes her debut, fittingly, coming to the rescue of the Avengers. The color scheme is a perfect match for the version made popular in Marvel’s Iron Man Armored Adventures animated series.

22 Tonsberg, The New Asgard

The Norwegian city of Tønsberg truly owes the Marvel cinematic Universe some tourism money at this point, now that Avengers: Endgame reveals the seaside town to be not only Thor’s new home on Earth, but what remains of Asgard. The sign welcoming Banner and Rocket Raccoon into the town proclaims it has also been designated “New Asgard.” Which is fitting, if fans remember the movie history of the location.

Not only was Tønsberg the site where Odin led his war against the Frost Giants on Earth in the prologue of the first Thor movie, it was also the place where Johann Schmidt a.k.a. Red Skull discovered the Tesseract. Fans didn’t know that the ‘Cosmic Cube’ was actually an Infinity Stone back then, but at this point we’re just assuming the residents of Tønsberg (in reality a city of over 40,000) know every bit of the MCU’s history.

21 Hulk-A-Hulk-A-Burning-Fudge Ice Cream

After missing two full years of Earth time fighting in the gladiator pits of Sakaar, Dr. Bruce Banner had plenty to catch up on when he returned to the planet at the beginning of The Avengers: Infinity War. Aside from the breakup of the Avengers, Banner also discovered that he had a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream named after him. Well, technically, named after his green half.

We can’t begin to imagine what Hulk-A-Hulk-A-Burning-Fudge would taste like, although it’s apparently better than Tony Stark’s “Raving” tribute. Thankfully the scene of the remaining Avengers sharing meals includes a shot of Hulk diving into a massive tub of the dessert, meaning he too is a fan of the Hulk-inspired creation. We hope… otherwise that’s just a bit tacky.

20 ‘Professor Hulk’ Joins The MCU… With a Twist

Marvel fans have guessed for some time that the movies were building Bruce Banner and the Hulk towards some form of a shared identity. In the comics, the two managed to find common ground in the formation of a new, third form, dubbed ‘Professor Hulk.’ As Bruce explains in Avengers: Endgame, it’s a version of themselves that combines Hulk’s brute strength and invulnerability with Bruce Banner’s intellect and self-control.

In the comics that Professor Hulk was actually a distinct character, while the movie casts aside most of the idea of Banner and Hulk as separate beings. Instead, Bruce found a way to sort of… half-transform into Hulk. Possessing more of his natural appearance, voice, and mind. While still being green and almost impossible to kill, obviously.

19 Hawkeye Becomes Ronin

As the only true ‘family man’ of the Avengers film franchise, Clint Barton’s wife and children were revealed as part of Avengers: Age of Ultron, helping to raise the stakes for his character, in particular. That makes it all the more heartbreaking to consider what he lost in the snap of Thanos’ fingers. When the first whispers of Hawkeye becoming an avenging angel began to surface, fans knew exactly what would cause his fall…

In the opening scene of Avengers: Endgame the worst comes true, as fans watch while Clint’s family is erased. He responds by donning a black and yellow costume, a mask and hood, and a samurai sword to kill killers around the globe. A not so subtle transformation into Ronin, the masked moniker he took on following the comic book Civil War, but a faithful adaptation all the same.

18 Captain Marvel’s Modern Haircut

For a regular movie, the fan base coming out of the theater wanting to talk about the height of characters’ hair might be a bad thing. For Captain Marvel Carol Danvers, it’s actually called out on screen by Rocket Raccoon. But for fan of Marvel Comics, the change from Carol’s ‘90s hair to a short up-do is perfectly in keeping with her modern character re-design.

While neither her origin movie nor Endgame explain why she’s able to breathe in space, it’s obvious that she no longer needs a full face mask or partial helmet to pull off space flight. As a result, she no longer needs to worry about a hairstyle that would be beaten down by a helmet. The answer? A short, seriously coiffed cut that might deserve a supporting cast nod all on its own.

17 There Might Be a Hint of Namor & Atlantis

With the world more broken than ever before and only half of the heroes left alive to keep the pieces together, Black Widow has taken it upon herself to organize what’s left into an overseeing task force. But in the scene where her teammates communicate via holographic projection (first seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) the movie may also drop a hint of another, aquatic superhero in the MCU’s future.

When it’s revealed that a massive seismic incident has occurred along the ocean floor, the action plan offered by Okoye is… well, to do nothing. As it stands, the Avengers aren’t really built to handle “earthquakes at the bottom of the ocean.” But it seems odd to mention the home of Marvel’s Atlantis in potential crisis, and a disaster that only Namor the Sub-Mariner could address. It might be a stretch, but so was the Wakanda Easter Egg in Iron Man 2, and look where that ended up.

16 “Hail Hydra”

The Avengers traveling back to the events of their previous movies is a premise filled with small gags and callbacks (like audiences first enjoyed in Back to the Future). For Steve Rogers, it means the opportunity to fight himself during the events of The Avengers. But it also means the chance to homage one of Cap’s greatest fight scenes to date: the elevator ambush in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Only this time around, it’s to give Steve the upper hand. Since he knows everyone present in Agent Sitwell’s team are Hydra sleeper agents, he whispers “Hail Hydra” to fool them into thinking he’s on their side. While it serves the movie’s plot first, it’s worth mentioning the comic book version that stirred up controversy when Captain America revealed he was Hydra all along by uttering the same phrase (the Hydra mantra).

15 The Shawarma Scene is Avengers Canon

What began as an offhand joke by Ton Stark in the first Avengers movie eventually became a delight to fans after the movie’s credits. We’re referring, of course, to the Avengers’ group meal of shawarma, after they managed to defeat Loki and the invading Chitauri army in New York City. The audience was treated to a short clip of the Avengers cast silently enjoying shawarma… and now Avengers: Endgame has worked the scene into the MCU timeline. When the Avengers descend their tower, fans may be too focused on Tony’s attempts to hijack the Tesseract to listen to the past version.

If they do, they will hear Tony and Thor explain to S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Pierce that “where they’re headed” is to take in some lunch, and then on to Asgard. This puts the shawarma scene into the timeline between Loki’s defeat and their gathering to send him home in shackles. Which begs the question… where was Loki while they were filling their stomachs?

14 The Stan Lee Cameo

The Marvel movies have ranged from obvious to subtle and poetic when it comes to Stan Lee cameos, and Endgame’s means of paying tribute to the comic icon definitely falls into the ‘fans will notice it’ variety. As the first Avengers film to include a glimpse of Lee after his passing, audiences may be pleased to see one of the most outrageous cameos yet. After Doctor Strange got trippy, and Ant-Man and The Wasp basically alluded to acid flashbacks for the elderly Lee, Avengers: Endgame once again waves the ‘hippie’ flag proudly.

Lee appears driving past Camp Lehigh with a female friend, proclaiming to the military base that they should “make love, not war” with a bumper sticker shouting his ‘Nuff Said!’ slogan. The license plate also includes the number “420” because… well, it was 1970.

13 The Last Community Cameo?

Tony and Steve’s plan to travel back to 1970 and steal the Tesseract from government custody (before accidentally allowing Loki to steal it just after The Avengers) is a solid one, as plans go. Unfortunately they don’t realize until they are actually on site that to the employees of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, the face of Captain America might be a little familiar. However, it ends up being Tony Stark’s facial hair that is the real tipoff for one suspicious woman.

The woman is perhaps better known to audiences as ‘Shirley,’ yet another cameo from a Community alum. This time being played by actress Yvette Nicole Brown, in what might end up being the last of its kind now that Anthony and Joe Russo have decided to step away from Marvel Studios.

12 Cap’s Secret Identity: ‘Roscoe (Simons?)’

Fans can debate the effectiveness of any disguise worn by Captain America, but in army uniform, it’s not impossible to believe that another soldier could have the body or looks of Steve Rogers. But make no mistake, Marvel fans: Steve’s choice of disguise is no coincidence. According to the name on his dress shirt as he’s picking his way through camp Lehigh with Tony, he’s undercover as “Roscoe” – which is a key name in the Captain America legacy.

It refers back to Steve’s time out of the Captain America identity. While Infinity War paid homage to Steve’ Nomad persona, the name her refers to the man who stepped up to replace Steve as Cap (one of them, anyway). The man was Roscoe Simons… who is perhaps best known for being tortured, killed, and put on display by Red Skull. Not a happy story for Roscoe, but a fitting tribute all the same.

11 Ant-Man’s Vintage Helmet

As part of the Ant-Man movie’s story, it was required that Hank Pym’s original Ant-Man suit and technology be more or less identical to the one that Scott Lang stumbles across. The version of Scott in Endgame has the newer model, but because the film never dove into Hank’s prototype phase in the 1960s, there was never a chance to see how his designs actually began. Until now.

Well, fans at least get a good look at his first attempt at a helmet. The shiny chrome helmet can be seen on Hank’s workbench before Steve Rogers calls him to get him out of his laboratory. It’s a dead ringer for his first comic book version of the Ant-Man helmet (and a seriously far cry from where he eventually took the technology).

10 Tony Stark Gets His Last Words With His Father

While the movie is a team-up film in every sense of the word, the story, like the entire Marvel movie universe, begins with Tony Stark. And thankfully, his visit to Camp Lehigh in 1970 ends up letting him meet his father before he ever came into his life as a son. Fans are sure to have their favorite moments of their entire scenes together, but one key detail shouldn’t be missed. Back in Captain America: Civil War, fans got to see Tony’s last conversation with his mother and father, before leaving young Tony for what would be their deaths at the hands of the Winter Soldier.

As they leave, Tony’s mother tells him to say something nice to his father, and he does. But the sentiment, “I love you Dad. And I know you did the best you could,” is revealed to be a fantasy. As the real Tony says, “that’s how I wish it happened.” When saying goodbye to his father this time around, Tony gets to tell him in person.

9 Thanos Breaks Captain America’s Shield

The image of Captain America’s shield broken into pieces first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as part of a nightmare vision shown to Tony Stark by Scarlet Witch. It was used as a symbol for total defeat, but in Avengers: Endgame, it becomes something more. For Cap, even a shattered shield can’t stop him from fighting. The real Easter Egg is how it gets broken. We won’t dive into the feasibility of Thanos hacking his way through a vibranium shield with his own weapon, and simply point to the comics.

It’s a rare moment from Infinity Gauntlet recreated almost perfectly, where Thanos also reduced the shield to splinters just by slashing away at Steve. The movie version still ends up with a cool half-shield, but the imagery is as powerful as ever.

8 Captain America is Worthy of Mjolnir

Back in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seemed downright impossible that anybody but Thor would ever be able to lift the hammer Mjolnir. In fact, that assumption was used for a laugh when Vision passed it to the god of thunder, beginning the debate of whether or not the idea of “being worthy” extended to artificial beings. But nobody, least of all Thor, forgot how the hammer slightly shifted when Steve Rogers tried to lift it after a cocktail party in Avengers Tower.

In Avengers: Endgame that tease is made good on, with Steve Rogers lifting it overhead and wielding the powers of lightning. Captain America has used the hammer a number of times over Marvel history, but rarely in as pure a fashion as in Endgame. Nobody should be surprised… Thor sure isn’t.

7 Captain America Stands Against Thanos Alone

Every single member of the audience will remember the first moment that the deceased heroes realized Cap was in need of their help, and began to filter into the New York battlefield from Wakanda and Titan. But the moment leading up to that assembly is one of the most long awaited reference to the original Infinity Gauntlet comic. When all the heroes have fallen… and only Captain America remains to stand on his feet.

The image of Cap confidently striding up to Thanos, and telling him that so long as one man stands opposing him, Thanos can never claim he has won. The movie cuts the dialogue and puts an army behind Thanos, but the power and meaning of Cap marching to the front line all by himself remains completely intact.

6 You Got It, Cap

The Wasp may only play a small role in Avengers: Endgame, but a small moment between her, Scott, and Steve Rogers should be enough to delight fans of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s MCU franchise. After Wasp and Ant-Man have been pulled in for a mission of their own – to get the van-sized quantum tunnel back online and send the Infinity Stones back to their original times – Steve sends the team into action. It’s then that Wasp shoots out a supportive, determined, “We’re on it, Cap.” She and Scott share a meaningful look followed by a smile.

It’s a moment that will be lost on fans who don’t remember the pair’s exchange in Ant-Man and The Wasp, when Scott apologized for not inviting Hope along to fight in Captain America: Civil War. Referring to him as “Cap,” Hope points it out with a smirk. Scott tells her (flustered) that “Cap” is what is what his friends call him.

5 Iron Man 3’s Kid Sidekick Harley

Given how iconic a hero and leader Tony Stark turned out to be among the Marvel community (whether he ever intended to be or not) it’s no surprise that so many of the MCU’s heroes turn out for his funeral. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, S.H.I.E.L.D., and even General “Thunderbolt” Ross. But one teenager standing by himself is sure to puzzle a few viewers.

It’s a reminder that a long time has passed between Endgame and Iron Man 3, but the then-young Harley Keener clearly never forgot the generosity of Tony Stark. Played by actor Ty Simpkins, Harley remains one of the best characters to ever deflect Tony’s trademark snark and sarcasm right back at him.

4 The Asgardians of The Galaxy

After Thor leaves the remainder of Asgard under the protection of their new Queen… well, whatever name Valkyrie chooses to take, we suppose, he finds a new home aboard the Benatar with Rocket, Star-Lord, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew. At least, until he finds a new mission of his own. Slapping Star-Lord on the shoulder and noting they have now become the “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” their slow wrestle for control of the team begins almost immediately.

Marvel Comic fans know that the Asgardians of the Galaxy are actually another standalone team of heroes. The name is likely just a nod for comic fans, since that team’s roster includes Thor’s sister Angela, another Valkyrie, the Frog Thor, Skurge (killed in Ragnarok) and more. But don’t count on seeing them in the MCU just yet.

3 Old Captain America Passes The Torch

It’s a fitting end to Steve Rogers’ role in the MCU, and Chris Evans’ time as Captain America that the closing scenes of the movie should focus on the love of his life Peggy Carter, and the life that they finally got to share together. The technology is jaw-dropping to turn the youthful Evans into a century-old man, but the means of making a comic book story so much more emotional is the real wonder. In the comics, natural aging eventually came for Steve Rogers as well.

In that version of the story Steve had the super soldier serum removed from his blood by a villain, allowing time to wither away his strength into the age he actually should be. It was then that he passed on the shield to his replacement, Sam Wilson. The movie manages the same, while giving Steve the happy ending he always deserved.

2 Steve & Peggy’s Song

After Captain America: The First Avenger ended with Steve waking up in the modern world and lamenting that he “had a date,” it only seems right to conclude the story of these Avengers by making sure that he made it after all. But if the scene of Steve and Peggy slow dancing and sharing a kiss in their home isn’t heartwarming enough, the song they’re dancing too is too perfect for words. “It’s Been a Long Long Time” may mean more to Steve than Peggy, but the lyrics alone are practically written for these reunited lovers.

Kiss me once, then kiss me twice/Then kiss me once again/It’s been a long, long time/Haven’t felt like this, my dear/Since I can’t remember when/It’s been a long, long time/You’ll never know how many dreams/I’ve dreamed about you/ Or just how empty they all seemed without you…

1 The Iron Man Clang in The Credits

There may be no better way to tell fans that the Marvel Universe they watched develop has truly come to its conclusion than to have a post-credits scene teasing… nothing at all. There is no Avengers: Endgame post-credits scene awaiting fans, but there is a small Easter Egg. As the music fades and the last credits roll, the audio fades in of a hammer clanking against an anvil. That’s the sound effect of Tony Stark hammering together his first suit of armor and the arc reactor to keep him alive, as a reminder of how this all began. One man, in a cave, with nothing but a box of scraps.

Those are all the Easter Eggs, Marvel Comic references, inside jokes, and secret details that we could find in Avengers: Endgame, but there are sure to be more as the days, weeks, and months ahead reveal more and more. If we’ve missed any, be sure to let us know in the comments!

MORE: Every Marvel Movie Confirmed For After Avengers: Endgame


2019-04-26 01:04:12

Andrew Dyce

Star Wars Already Made Rey a TRUE Skywalker (You Just Missed It)

When the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker title was finally revealed, fans didn’t hesitate to assume what it meant. For some, it was a confirmation that Luke would return as a Force Ghost. For others, it proved the longstanding theory that Rey is secretly a Skywalker descendant. But believe it or not, Rey may have already proven herself to be the first true Skywalker in the Star Wars story… the name just doesn’t mean what fans think it does.

Genetically, the mystery of the true meaning or origin behind the ‘Skywalker’ name can only go as far back as Anakin’s mother on the planet Tatooine. Sticking with that exclusive bloodline theory, The Rise of Skywalker title can only refer to the salvation of Luke, Anakin, or maybe Kylo Ren. But the Star Wars universe has offered a new, deeper explanation that suggests Rey may be the sky-walker that neither Anakin nor Luke ever managed to become. And Star Wars 9 can finally make it canon.

  • This Page: The Skywalker Name Isn’t Just One Family
  • Page 2: Rey May Be The First TRUE Skywalker

The family tree belonging to Anakin and Luke is, sadly, a short one to trace back to the roots. The birth and selection of Anakin as ‘The Chosen one’ makes up the plot of Star Wars: Episode 1. And while Mark Hamill may not consider Luke a virgin, his grandmother Shmi Skywalker maintained that Anakin had no father when she spontaneously conceived the baby. The Star Wars comics have offered some explicit explanation on that front, showing Emperor Palpatine creating baby Anakin inside of his mother’s womb through the Dark Side of the Force. But believe us, the mystery of where her surname comes from is only scratching the surface of the new ‘sky-walker’ lore.

RELATED: The Jedi’s Full ‘Chosen One’ Propecy Finally Explained

To appreciate what makes Rey the first Skywalker to actually live up to the name–without any caveats, shortcomings, or outright failings–fans will be surprised to learn that the name has been given a potential origin from beyond the known galaxy of the main Star Wars story. Either that, or it’s another case of a galaxy-wide, shared heritage never touched on (and it just being accepted that ‘The Force’ is the name everyone arrived at on their own). The explanation may not literally describe how Shmi Skywalker was given her name, but thematically, directly links her with Rey as women tossed aside into servitude, who did the unthinkable when the Force willed it.

The Star Wars novels have offered plenty of changes to the existing fiction, but have also worked some beloved elements back into canon–the fearsome Admiral Thrawn chief among those demanded by fans. Surprisingly, it’s Thrawn who helps to explain the origins of the name Skywalker. Or if not the origins then at least another meaning of the term found elsewhere in the galaxy far, far away.

The ‘Skywalker’ explanation comes in the novel Thrawn: Alliances by author Timothy Zahn, in a story that covers the first time the blue-skinned military genius encountered Anakin Skywalker, instantly recognizing the name as one of great significance. But among his own people, not those of the Republic… and used as a title to signify much, much more than just a family. SPOILER warning!

Page 2: Rey May Be The First TRUE Skywalker

Now for those who don’t know everything about Admiral Thrawn, we’ll skip the details (and recommend watching Star Wars: Rebels to know why he’s a fantastic villain). What’s important for the understanding of the ‘Skywalker’ name is that in Alliances, Thrawn explains why his people–known as The Chiss Ascendancy–aren’t known by the rest of the Republic. They reside within the expanse of space known as the Unknown Regions, so named because according to Thrawn “a chain of supernovas” has turned the area beyond the Outer Rim into an ever-changing minefield of debris and cosmic phenomena. Which is where The Force comes in handy.

RELATED: Star Wars’ Live-Action Thrawn Looks Just Like Pierce Brosnan

Thrawn explains that the strategy developed by his people to navigate this natural death trap is “the most closely guarded secret of the Chiss Ascendancy.” When he is paired with Darth Vader by Emperor Palpatine directly, he is forced to reveal why a batch of kidnapped Chiss children represent a massive threat to their entire civilization:

We do not have nav computers able to plot safe paths through the chaos of the Unknown Regions hyperspace… Nor do the Chiss produce appreciable numbers of Force-sensitives, though we call their gift Third Sight. But when such rare individuals are born, they come to us with but one ability, that of precognition… Only children have enough precognitive power to safely guide our ships at the speeds the Aristocras demand. As to their gender… Those with the gift are nearly always female. There are exceptions, but that is the general rule. No one knows why.

In the novel, Darth Vader is stunned to learn that the Chiss employ children to pilot their most important ships through hyperspace, relying only on Force sensitivity that will eventually fade as the children grow. Vader is also stunned because the idea of navigating long distance hyperspace jumps manually never occurred to him. He attempts the feat personally during their mission, and performs perfectly–drifting this way and that when sensing the Force guiding him, or warning of approaching threats. It is then that Thrawn reveals (with a smirk) the full truth about these Force-guided child pilots:

There was a flicker in Thrawn’s sense. Vader looked up, to see a small smile on his face. “I was simply recalling a memory. I told you the Chiss call this talent Third Sight. What I hadn’t yet spoken of is the title these navigators are given once they take their posts… The Cheunh word is ozyly-esehembo. In Basic, it translates to ‘sky-walker.’ You can imagine my momentary confusion when I first encountered General Anakin Skywalker.

The novel plays with the impression that Thrawn recognizes Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are the same man, separated by years. Hence his observation of the ‘sky-walker’ name given to Anakin finally being fulfilled under his own guidance. And it is a powerful image he conjures, of the noble and vital role played by The Sky-Walkers: to accept an immense burden as a child, subject oneself to training in the Force, so that you may lead an entire people safely behind you. For only the sky-walkers can see both present and future, and react to shape the reality of dozens, hundreds, thousands of others as they wish.

It is a sacrifice made willingly in almost all cases, and the parallels between Anakin, Luke, and Rey are so clear… they could only bear the name Skywalker. But where Anakin and Luke failed in their mission to lead an entire galaxy towards a safer tomorrow, the early looks at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker appears to make Rey the one who will get the job done for good. In the new understanding of the term, that alone makes her the truest hero to ever bear the title of Sky-walker… whether she carries the name or not.

MORE: Star Wars Finally Reveals What The ‘Chosen One’ Prophecy Says


2019-04-20 05:04:35

Andrew Dyce

10 Things That Pointed To Jon Snow Being A Targaryen (That Most Fans Missed)

Warning: Spoilers for Season 8 episode 1 ahead

In the recently aired first episode of the last season of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow (finally) finds out his true lineage, after living his entire life under the shame and judgment of being a bastard. He is not the son of Ned Stark and a mistress, but rather, the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Not only is he not the bastard son of Ned Stark, but he is not a bastard at all, having been conceived within wedlock following a secret marriage between Rhaegar and Lyanna.

RELATED: Game of Thrones: 14 Unanswered Questions After The Season 8 Premiere

Show watchers have known, in confirmation, of this secret since the conclusion of Bran’s trips to the past to witness the Tower of Joy sequence, back in season 6. Fans have also known that Jon was not Rhaegar’s bastard, either, since last season. But before these events were played out on screen, A Song of Ice and Fire readers were already theorizing that Jon could be a “secret” Targaryen. One of the first hints of this is a thread in a discussion forum from back in 2006, five years before Game of Thrones made its HBO debut – some of the first rumblings of R+L=J. Those early book readers found clues within George RR Martin’s series that led them down this path, but show-only fans had plenty of breadcrumbs to pick up on, as well. Here are some of the biggest hints that the television show gave us that Jon Snow was a Targaryen.

10 The Name: Jon Snow

We know now that the name Jon Snow was given to him by Ned Stark, who is actually his uncle. The name that Jon’s true parents chose for him was Aegon Targaryen. We know that the surname “Snow” is a default for bastards conceived in the north, but why did Ned pick the first name Jon? The answer may have been our first clue.

When breaking down the sons of Ned Stark, their name choices all appear significant. Robb is named after Robert Baratheon, Bran after Brandon Stark,  Rickon after Rickard Stark. That means his sons were named after his best friend, brother, and father. A theory that has gained significant traction since pointed out by Reddit user /u/duh_metrius back in 2017, is that Jon was named after Jon Arryn. As a refresher, Ned and Robert served as wards to Jon Arryn during their teenage years, and Jon Arryn treated Ned as if he was his own son, even though he was not. Sound familiar?

9 “My Blood”

Back in season one, before Ned and Jon say what will ultimately be their final farewells, Ned says a couple of really important things to Jon. One of those is a “promise” that the next time they meet, Ned will tell Jon about his mother. The other is a nice little easter egg for us to spot on re-watches, as we shame ourselves for not picking up on it then.

RELATED: Game Of Thrones Theory: Jon Snow Isn’t The Only Secret Targaryen

“You may not have my name, but you have my blood,” Ned tells Jon. Why the vague wording here? If Ned were the actual father of Jon, he surely would have said “…but you are my son.”

8 Wood Carved Easter Egg

In episode four of season one, Jon is at Castle Black discussing how anonymous his mother is in his mind.

“I never met my mother,” Jon says. “My father wouldn’t even tell me her name. I don’t know if she’s living or dead. I don’t know if she’s a noblewoman, or a fisherman’s wife, or a whore.”

Behind him is a wooden beam, that looks like it has two letters distinctly carved into it: R and L. R+L=J. It was right there before our eyes.

7 Oberyn Martell’s Words To Tyrion Lannister

Season four presented us with a new character in the show, Oberyn Martell, whose sister, Elia, was married to the late Rhaegar Targaryen. Up to this point, the only narrative that we had been presented with was that Rhaegar left Elia, and took Lyanna against her will. Even though he is Elia’s brother, Oberyn gives us our first taste that this story may not be as we have heard.

RELATED: Game of Thrones: 16 Things You Need To Know About Rhaegar Targaryen

“Another wedding – my sister Elia and Rhaegar Targaryen, the last dragon,” Oberyn said to Tyrion Lannister. “My sister loved him…and beautiful, noble Rhaegar Targaryen left her for another woman.”

It is fleeting, but this description of Oberyn’s sounds much more like an affair than an abduction.

6 Littlefinger Knew Something

In season five, Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark had an interesting conversation with each other in the Crypt of Winterfell, right in front of Lyanna Stark’s grave. Petyr told Sansa of what he witnessed from Rhaegar at the tourney at Harrenhaal.

“…[Rhaegar] rode right past his wife, Elia Martell, and all the smiles died,” Baelish divulged. “He rode past his wife and lay a crown of winter roses in Lyanna’s lap, blue with frost. How many tens of thousands had to die because Rhaegar chose your aunt?”

RELATED: Game of Thrones: 16 Things You Need To Know About Rhaegar Targaryen

When Sansa quipped back at him with what she believed to be true, that Rhaegar took her aunt Lyanna against her will, Baelish gave the sliest of smirks, insinuating that he knew this not to be true.

Both the remarks of Oberyn and Littlefinger do not necessarily show that they knew of Jon’s lineage, per se, but they were definitely signs for us to pick up the scent.

5 Stannis Baratheon’s Doubts

In the same episode of Littlefinger and Sansa’s exchange, Stannis Baratheon has a pivotal one of his own, with his wife Selyse.

The two are discussing each other’s opinions on Jon Snow, who had just become Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Selyse senses that Stannis has grown to feel fond respect for Jon, and attempts to discredit him as merely an illegitimate bastard. When she says this, Stannis retorts with, “perhaps, but that wasn’t Ned Stark’s way.

4 Maester Aemon’s Words To Samwell Tarly

Just one episode later, in episode five of the fifth season, Maester Aemon has some conveniently timed words of “prophecy.”

RELATED: Every Season Of Game Of Thrones Ranked

When speaking with Samwell Tarly about a letter they received about Daenerys Targaryen, Maester Aemon, her uncle, says “A Targaryen alone in the world. It’s a terrible thing.”

Immediately after these words leave Maester Aemon’s mouth, Jon Snow walks though the doorway, a tool of cinematic foreshadowing.

3 Blood Stain

After the assassination of Jon Snow by the coward Alliser Thorne, Jon’s body is left in the snow for some time. When his body is moved at the beginning of season six, a large puddle of blood-soaked snow is left behind. Glancing down at the ground, Davos Seaworth pauses, eyes fixated on the blood, and holds them there for some time. Why the longing stare? Some theorists took aim at the shape the blood seemed to make to explain it: a dragon.

2 The Kingsguard At The Tower Of Joy

Season six brings us our first glimpses at history, as Bran and the three-eyed raven use their sight to peer back to the happenings at the Tower of Joy. Before the ultimate reveal of baby Jon being delivered by Lyanna in the tower later in the season, there were plenty of hints to let us know what was soon to come.

“Our prince wanted us here.” – Arthur Dayne

Perhaps the biggest tip was the fact that the Targaryen Kingsguard were even there, at all. Most notable of which, Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning and greatest swordsman of Westeros. With a literal war for the kingdom going down, Rhaegar would have only stationed these two Kingsguard elsewhere for something extremely important; guarding his new wife and son.

1 Jon’s First Interactions With A Dragon

In season seven, episode three, Jon has his first real-life experience with a dragon. Technically, at this point we have had the big reveal at the end of season six, but as far as we know the only thing that changed was his last name: from Snow to Sand (Sand is the last name given to bastards of Dorne). When walking up the steps of Dragonstone, Jon asserts to Tyrion that he is not a Stark, and immediately Drogon swoops by over their heads, causing Jon to duck out of the way.

Later on in season seven, Jon has an intimate moment with Drogon, where the dragon of Daenerys looks into Jon’s eyes, and allows him to rub his hand against his head. Both of this were nice subtleties to show us that Jon was more than Snow and Sand, but a Targaryen.

NEXT: What HBO Will Do After Game of Thrones Ends


2019-04-19 07:04:46

Dustin Jayroe

10 Clues You Missed In The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer

The trailer for season three of Netflix’s Stranger Things has been released and between its humor and horror, it couldn’t have teased us enough. We can’t wait for the next season to air this summer, or to see what’s in store for Will, Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Eleven, Max and the rest of our favorite faces as well as the newcomers to the show.

In addition to both laugh and scream-worthy moments, the trailer delivered several key clues to help pinpoint just what we can expect in this next season of the show. Some of the clues, like Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie Sink) dancing around in a bedroom to music together, obviously point toward the kids exhibiting normal teen behaviors as they grow up (and perhaps, in some ways, apart from one another), but many clues also gave us specific details about what season three has in store.

RELATED: Stranger Things Characters Sorted Into Their Hogwarts Houses

10 Only Six Months Have Passed

Back in season two, nearly a full year passed following the events of season one, which ended in December of 1983. Season two began on October 29 of 1984 and ended at the Snow Ball on December 15 of that same year. The trailer reveals that the next season begins after only six months have passed on July 4, 1985.

We know the year because Dustin’s “Camp Nowhere” hat has 1985 on it and the song playing, Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home,” is from the same year. This means a number of different things for us, liking getting to see our favorite characters in the summertime for a change as well as following the events of last season much more closely, which could mean some wounds are still fresh. This is also evident when we see Joyce, who is still likely mourning the loss of Bob.

9 The Fun Fair Looks Anything But Fun

Summertime means carnivals, so it’s exciting to picture our favorite characters at the Fun Fair depicted in the trailer. Will Hopper win a stuffed bear for Joyce, starting the ‘ship we’ve all been waiting for? The romance may have to wait, given how the trailer also shows a menacing man with a gun wandering around the hall of mirrors and Hopper, standing with his mouth agape, with a cut on his forehead. Note that Joyce is standing behind him, though!

RELATED: Stranger Things: The 10 Best Supporting Characters, Ranked

Speaking of this shot, Hopper is also seen waiting in a restaurant for someone while wearing the same shirt he’s wearing at the fair, and the shot is followed by one of Joyce eating at home, alone. Could she have stood Hop up on a date?

8 80s Nods Galore

Stranger Things gives us fabulous 80s references and Easter eggs in a more clever way than any other modern nostalgic book or series has been able to do, and it looks like we’ll keep getting those delightful treats in season three. Did you catch Dustin’s vintage Tommy Atomic robot, R2-D2 or his transformer (Ultra Magnus)? The Farrah Fawcett hairspray that Steve gave Dustin to manage his hair in season two makes an appearance as well as Dustin uses it to attack his poor friends.

Seeing Eleven use her powers for fun is also a nice change in this scene, although she still gets nosebleeds in the process. Other nostalgic nods include The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” better known as “Teenage Wasteland,” and a classic 80s carnival ride known as the Gravitron.

7 Erica Sinclair’s Bigger Role

Many of us loved watching Lucas’s little sister Erica give her big brother some sass in season two, and it looks like we’re going to get much more Erica in season three based on the trailer. We see her featured in several spots, from staring at something apprehensively with other cast mates to crawling around in what look like a bunch of air vents with a pair of headlamps strapped to her helmet.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 10 Projects Cara Buono Did Before The Hit Show

With her helmet, knee pads and what appears to be a backpack strapped to her back, Erica looks like she means business while she’s going all John McClane in this shot. Could she have joined up with her brother and his buddies in monster fighting?

6 Cary Elwes Is The Mayor

What, you needed more iconic 80s characters to satiate your nostalgic needs after Sean Astin was offed last season? As Cary Elwes, the mayor of Hawkins in season three, might say, “As you wish!” Mayor Larry Kline looks like he’s not very popular with his constituents and he’s appearing in five of the eight announced chapters of the season to show us why.

You might have missed that his campaign signs are very much like the current U.S President’s and Mike Pence’s signs, from the lettering down to the design and color scheme. We wonder if the Duffer brothers are making a statement here.

5 80s Icon Babies

Speaking of more characters from favorite 1980s movies, the next season of Stranger Things will feature children of 1980s stars. Remember the girl who chastises Steve Harrington for having kids for friends? Steve’s coworker, Robin, is played by Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke’s daughter, Maya Hawke. It’s supposed to be a main role and it’s practically tying Stranger Things with Explorers.

RELATED: 10 Shows To Binge-Watch This Summer

Gary Busey’s son, Jake Busey, is playing a new character named Bruce, who will appear in five of the announced eight episodes. Like Elwes, Busey is listed as a guest character. Another new character, Heather, will be played by actress Francesca Luisa Reale of Blue Bloods and Haters Back Off. The character is supposed to be a lifeguard. There’s an episode dubbed “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” and we do see a lifeguard waving for help from the depths of water at one point in the trailer.

4 Disease May Be Spreading In Hawkins

From hoards of rats scurrying around town to Billy breaking out in a weird rash to Steve being injected, the trailer strongly suggests that disease may be a component in season three. This would still work well with the shows Dungeons & Dragons theme, as adventurers often find themselves in search of medicine or a cure for the plague.

That’s not the only thing threatening Hawkins, of course: don’t forget the monster that Jonathan watches grow right before his eyes. Many have speculated about what this creature might be, from the Gibbering Mouther to the Otyugh to the Xorn. It could be anyone’s guess but given that the show has been utilizing D&D monsters up until this point these seem like decent guesses so far.

3 Saying Goodbye To Will Byers?

Will Will and his family leave Hawkins forever? This theme is also suggested in the trailer, from Will appearing upset to Mike looking behind him at the Byers’ empty house. Hopper tells Joyce that he wants her “to feel like this can still be your home,” which insinuates that she isn’t happy living in a place with so many terrible memories. Maybe she feels like she needs to get her kids out of Dodge before something else horrific happens to them.

The Duffer brothers have previously discussed leaving Hawkins in the future after so much horror has occurred there. Whether they simply mean expanding into the mall and the surrounding area or characters actually fleeing their town remains to be seen.

2 Eleven’s Wearing Sara’s Hair Tie

Watching Chief Hopper become Eleven’s dad was one of the most rewarding experiences in Stranger Things so far, and it looks like he is still taking this role seriously. There wasn’t anything obvious in the trailer to serve as any indication, but if you look closely you can see Eleven wearing his daughter Sara’s blue hair tie. We’ve seen it before when the seven-year-old was in the hospital, and now it’s on Eleven’s wrist.

We also see images of Eleven back in the Upside Down, but the reason why isn’t evident. Eleven also still has a love of Eggo waffles in this season per the trailer and we bet the Duffer brothers will ensure that those particular treats will be in every season until the show ends with its film following the final fourth season.

1 The Final Battle May Have Been Teased

Remember the shot of all the teens in the floor at the Starcourt Mall, where there’s glass in the floor, Eleven’s nose is bleeding and Steven and Jonathan both sport visible injuries? That may be a preview of the last episode of the season, which is titled “The Battle of Starcourt.” Many other shots in the trailer take place at this mall, including scenes in an ice cream shop where Steve and Robin work called Scoops Ahoy.

There are some fun-looking scenes that also take place in the mall, such as a shot of Eleven and Max shopping together, which was not only a favorite past time of the 80s but also further demonstrates how the young women are now getting along after their initial tense relationship in season two. Who knows, maybe they’ll get to see Tiffany perform there.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Facts From The Book, Suspicious Minds


2019-04-15 01:04:35

Sara Schmidt

20 Hidden Things Fans Completely Missed In The Lost Boys

Joel Schumacher’s 1987 film inspired many bands and even had influences on iconic vampire shows, such as Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Now the CW is putting together a new series re-telling the story of the Frog Brothers, Michael and Star, and the leather-clad vampires. With the Lost Boys remake on the way, it’s time to reminisce about one of the most memorable vampire movies of the eighties.

Lost Boys came from the Peter Pan legend, but when Schumacher joined the project he aged up the characters to their teen years. It’s hard to believe that Michael and the other Lost Boys are eighteen years old in this movie. The film was the first of its kind; the network “sincerely believed the two genres [horror and comedy] couldn’t work together.”

Ironically, Schumacher says “Gotta’ have the beautiful blonde with the great [form] screaming in horror movie. Tradition.” Once again sparking Whedon’s revolt against said tradition with Buffy. Now a “tradition” that will hopefully never appear in the Lost Boys remake, especially given the rumor that the Frog Brothers will instead be the Frog Sisters.

Whether your part of the cult following or interested to see what the modern adaptation will do with a story that fits squarely into eighties tradition, the Lost Boys is a reboot to watch.

“Sleep all day. Party all night. It’s fun to be a vampire.”

Here are 20 Hidden Things Fans Completely Missed In Lost Boys.

20 A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Horror has its legends throughout history that have championed the genre in the literary and now into the media of today. Among such names as Mary Shelley and H.P. Lovecraft is the legendary poet and storyteller Edgar Allen Poe. With the groundbreaking Lost Boys come the two junior hunters: the Frog brothers, Edgar and Allen. Their names pay homage to the legendary horror writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe. He is also accredited to being a part of, if not the creator of the detective genre, which is the brother’s primary function in the movie.

19 EASTER EGGS AND BUNNYMEN

The movie leaves Easter eggs of the soundtrack throughout the movie: there’s a poster of Jim Morrison who recorded the original People are Strange with The Doors. And when Star and Laddie are being carried to Sam’s room there’s a poster of Echo and the Bunnymen who recorded the version used in the movie. Schumacher says he “felt that the Lost Boys would be big Doors fans… To me, had the perfect combination of nihilism – and poetry.” One of the reasons the movie became such a success is because of its soundtrack, many high profile bands, such as INXS, contributed to the music for a movie that the studio wasn’t sure would work at all.

18 A MERRY GO ROUND OF FORESHADOWING

Like many movies of the era, Lost Boys loves foreshadowing. It is used constantly throughout the film, the most significant instance being the merry-go-round. The merry-go-round scene is a foreshadowing of the Lost Boy’s ends: first Marko, then Paul, Dwayne, and David. However, David was not destroyed in any vampire-specific way and likely survived his supposed ‘demise,’ meant to reprise his role in the never-made sequel, The Lost Girls. It was also suggested in the comic mini-series that he made the vampire Shane from Lost Boys: The Tribe. This is also the most subtle of all foreshadowing used in the film, which is usually so direct it’s a little on the nose.

17 NOT MUCH TO EAT IN THE DESERT

The merry-go-round sequence, aside from being extremely spooky, is the most pivotal of all foreshadowing that occurs throughout the movie. All the characters with the Lost Boys on the merry-go-round are the ones the vampires picked off throughout the film. First, the security guard that broke up the fight, then the blonde and her boyfriend in the car and finally the rest of gang that tussled with the vampires (not the smartest move). The last scene, set to a dusty, desert backdrop and an orange haze (the same as their eyes), involved the iconic biting of person and it was the first time we actually see the Lost Boys as vampires.

16 THE SOUNDS OF THE END

Edgar also foreshadows the particulars of the downfalls of the vampires. “No two vamps [perish] the same way, some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode.” Marko is staked while sleeping and screams, and Paul dissolves in a holy water bathtub causing the plumbing to implode. Both Dwayne and Max blow up, one in an electric “demise by stereo,” the other after a sizeable stake to the heart straight into the fireplace. David is quiet. He lies, skewered by antlers, seemingly deceased. It never occurs to our young hunters that antlers are never mentioned to be a method of vampire destruction.

15 SANTA WHERE?

Santa Carla doesn’t actually exist. For Americans it’s probably easier to tell the “[crime] capital of the world” in the movie is actually Santa Cruz, but for others who might not recognize the landmarks, it’s a bit of a surprise. At the time the town, being a family tourist location wanted to avoid being associated with the crime, already reeling from the history of a few serial criminals in the seventies. Specifically, given the “interesting and unusual people” that were part of “Boardwalk life,” Santa Cruz “Didn’t want to be known for teenage [crime].” These days they embrace their vampiric horror history and are proud to be the location of the new horror flick, Us.

14 MICHAEL MICHAEL MICHAEL!

There are certain things that only happen in eighties movies and one of them is a constant, almost nauseating bout of name repetition. Egging someone on by repeating their name occasionally occurs in modern movies during drinking games, but is never found in the same frequency as Lost Boys. “Michael” or “Mike” is said over one hundred times in the movie. Most of these occur in the cave scene where Michael begins his transition into being a vampire. He is roused by his name being chanted after being told to drink “som,e,” which turned out to be David’s blood. Somehow he didn’t notice and shortly after he dropped from a cliff in a strange slow-motion moment, waking up disheveled in his bed.

13 I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE

Schumacher pays tribute to his 1985 success in the movie St. Elmo’s Fire with a “shameless” poster of Rob Lowe. The movie was a coming of age film about some recent graduates of Georgetown University (Washington D.C.). Lowe starred next to other actors, such as Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy and Judd Nelson. He included the poster in Sam’s room, who was meant to be someone a little too into the current fads; a “fashion reject.” Schumacher enjoyed leaving Easter eggs in Lost Boys from his other movies. The poster was another provocative teenage male symbol.

12 AHHH… BUDGETING AT ITS FINEST

The film was small so they “didn’t have a lot of time and money to make the movie so one of the choices made was to really not show the vampires as vampires or that they could fly till the very end of the film.” The budget meant they “couldn’t afford those visual effects.” To save finances they “did everything in the film in camera so it’s really happening as you see it…” This worked out to be quite effective, making the vampire reveal later in the film and with eighties visual effects, using just the camera made it far more believable and effective. “Many times what you don’t see is scarier than what you do see and we were banking on that to sort of get you through this and create a mystery.”

11 JUST A COUPLE GREEN SCREENS

There are only two green screen shots in the movie. With the budget so low these only last a couple seconds each and both occur in the climactic final fight scene. The first is when Sam is pulled into the air by vampire Dwayne. This only occurs for a moment and the reveal after constant camera-only flight shots would have played well for the audience in theatres. The second is the long-awaited moment when David and Michael fly at each other to do battle. The green screen is only used briefly, but it’s a moment fans have been waiting for since the beach bike race. In a modern context, these effects look silly but were quite the accomplishment at the time. It’ll be worth seeing how the CW’s reboot handles the flight scenes.

10 WAIT, IS THAT ME?!

After the drive-in scene with Michael, his mother (Lucy) and brother (Sam), we move to the Boardwalk. This is filmed in Santa Cruz and features many shots showing the people who live there, especially the teenagers. Instead of actors or extras, Lost Boys features real, average kids on the street. Movies now rarely feature shots like these, usually blocking off entire city blocks to fill with their extras so they get the shots they want. It’s hard to imagine walking into a cinema in Santa Cruz and watching the opening shots on the supposed “Santa Carla” Boardwalk, only to see yourself clad in punk boots and black lipstick, taking a stroll in the sun.

9 CHAINS AND SAWS

A subtle case of foreshadowing to the final vampire battle is when the two boys arrive at their grandfather’s home. Michael says, “This is a pretty cool place.” To which Sam replies, “For the Chain Saw Massacre.” They mention the film again upon finding their grandfather’s taxidermy room. The inspiration for the referenced movie has a similar feel to the Lost Boys. The villains taking young men and digging up bodies, the deceased ‘rising up.’

This 1974 movie was inspired by two criminals: Elmer Wayne Henley, and “the Butcher of Plainfield,” Ed Gein. In Lost Boys, it turns out that the entire plot only happened because the head vampire was ‘crushing’ on the mother, Lucy.

8 POPULATION PROBLEMS

It isn’t until the final scene where the audience realizes that all along the Grandfather knew about Santa Carla’s vampires. In fact, at the time of the film’s initial release, many audience members had the grandfather pegged for the “head vamp.” He suggests, “If all the [bodies] buried around here were to stand up all at once we’d have one [heck] of a population problem.” At the time, vampires (in an era not crazed with the vampire mythology) hadn’t been revealed as the monsters, but this gives the audience a little clue. Some vampire mythology suggests that humans need to have vampire blood in their system, be buried and resurrected, then drink human blood, to complete the transition.

7 JUST LIKE PETER PAN

Sam and Michael’s mother, Lucy, turned out to be the pivotal point of the entire story. The head vampire, Max, takes an interest in her and seeks to establish a romantic relationship, creating a happy little vampire family. The audience gets a small clue as to this plot point when Lucy meets Max. Right beforehand she finds a little boy calling for his “mom” right before the vampire David and Max appear on screen at the video store. She asks the boy, “Are you lost?” Right afterward she meets Max, the ‘father’ of the Lost Boys. He begins courting her, much like Michael’s attempt to woo Star. The leader (Pan) loses his mortal love (Wendy), who favors her human family over the “Lost Boys.”

6 THANK YOU MTV!

A lot of the images in Lost Boys were combined and are very hallucinogenic and substance-induced in their effect, particularly in the ‘Michael drinking blood’ scene in the lair. According to Schumacher, MTV “music videos educated a whole new generation to surreal images and non-sequitur storytelling. A lot of things we did in this movie would have seemed too odd to people before MTV… and that gave us a lot of license to play with things.” The effects of Michael’s transition from human to “half-vampire” play out as if he’d taken something or had a rather rowdy night out with the boys, instead of a transformation into one of the children of the night.

5 HUNTERS ON FOUR LEGS

Sam and Michael’s dog is named “Nanook.” Nanook of the North is a feature-length documentary from 1922 about a family living in harsh environments. They have husky puppies and are “always seen with smiles on their faces, even when they’re eating raw meat and their cheeks are caked in blood.” The smiles and bloodied cheeks act as another allusion to vampirism, similar to the gang-feeding scene.

Nanook is also in Inuit mythology as “the master of bears,” deciding if “hunters deserved success in finding and hunting bears and punished violations of taboos.” The dog Nanook is the first of his family to realize Michael is a vampire and is particularly close to Sam, who later joins the Frog Brothers as a vampire hunter.

4 EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN

Max is meant to be a surprise bad-guy at the end; he is presented as seemingly at risk and in danger as the normal guy before that. Like Sam, he also has a dog, named Thorn. Max appears to be the ‘rose.’ He’s a nice guy, potential love interest and, likely, a delicate, red-blooded victim. However, he has fangs of his own (the ‘thorn’). The dog’s name acts as a clue to his identity. He’s also revealed to be a “Hound of [The Underworld]” that protects its vampire master during the daytime. This was the last puzzle piece for Sam, who figured out the entire plot halfway through the movie.

3 THOSE OCEAN EYES

In the same scene, Michael shows his new vampire presence for the first time, almost attacking Sam, his eyes are glazed over. He looks like a man possessed. His irises, usually a famous piercing blue, have dulled to a stormy grey and his pupils have faded to mimicking that same effect. Whether this was a costume decision or an effect achieved through lighting, the end result works to show Michael’s change, even without the full vampire make-up. It isn’t until he is taken to a hunt with the Lost Boys that he actually has real vampire eyes, which appear orange.

2 THE NEW STOKER

A bat-styled kite is aimed at Max, further framing him to be a victim, which acts as a little kudos to the fact that the myth of vampires flying originally came from bats. The myth is associated with the legend Vlad (Dracula) The Impaler (ruler of Walachia who would impale his victims) who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s most famous work (Dracula, 1897). Vampirism and bats actually became associated around the European settlement of the Americas when explorers discovered Desmodus Rotundus, a bat that actually drank blood and was given the official term ‘Vampire Bat’ in 1810. It’s a traditional vampire trait, but one that’s fading out in the era of the vampire craze.

1 I DIDN’T FILM WHAT?

Small budgets are hard. It’s one thing to film with fewer resources than you’d like, it’s another to realize you forgot to film an entire scene. The vampires leaving their lair to attack Michael, Sam, and the Frog brothers in the film was never shot; it’s re-used footage.

Schumacher took a shot of some prosthetic feet that he came up with during editing. Then he re-used footage from the sleeping vampire scene, the Boardwalk and then rewound the fly-in scene. While it doesn’t make any sense that the vampires would fly out in reverse, along with the tides and waves, it strangely works and fans were none the wiser.


2019-04-14 04:04:20

Annabelle Eirth

Danganronpa 3: 10 Things Fans Missed In The Series

Danganronpa 3 was the anime season conclusion to tie off the game series. In the conclusion, the last of the Remnants of Despair are defeated, a new principle is picked for Hopes Peak Academy, and we get to meet other students and staff of the academy.

RELATED: Horror Anime Series To Watch If You Like Tokyo Ghoul

Unlike the rest of the series, Danganronpa 3 did not have any trials because it was never meant to be a game. Instead, the characters are in a final fight for their lives as a Remnant of Despair seeks to complete Junk Enoshima’s dream. By the end, the characters from the first and second game meet and conclude the epic story of Danganronpa. Of course, that is until Danganronpa V3. So here is a list of some details you might have missed from the season and it’s two arcs.

10 Opening Changes In Despair Arc

Danganronpa is far more famous and popular for its games than the anime, so a lot of fans were amazed at the beautiful and symbolic opening of Danganronpa 3’s Despair Arc. Unlike the Future Arc which goes right into the murder game, the Despair one starts off on a lighthearted school life where everyone is having a good time. The opening reflects that in their pastel colors and airy song.

However, if you keep watching the opening as you go further into the Despair Arc, you may notice that the eyes of the students and their teacher are eventually red and the once pastel colors are darker. There is also Hajime, who switches places in the opening with his Ultimate Despair self.

9 Pink Versus Red Blood

Fans were surprised to see that Danganronpa 3’s Future Arc actually had crimson blood. All Danganronpa content is typically recognizable from the bright pink blood. So what was the reason that the blood color suddenly changed? Originally, the reason for pink blood was to chill out some of the more intense imagery. It also made sense from a style standpoint, since a lot of black comedy and overall strangeness was a part of the series.

RELATED: 20 Stunning Video Game Cosplayers Who Look Just Like Their Characters

We only have theories from fans as to why the blood color changed. Some fans believe it’s because the characters are no longer students, so they have to face a more brutal reality.

8 Pokemon Reference

This series loves references, especially when it comes to anime and video games. So, of course, there is a Pokemon reference in the Despair Arc. It’s when Chisa is rushing around looking for her missing students.

Like a trainer, she calls on Nekomaru to capture Akane. They lure her with meat and she ends up fainting. Then Chisa completes the video game/anime reference by saying, “We caught a classmate.”

7 We See Saionji Grow Up In The Outro

The Ultimate Dancer Saionji is known to be the smallest in her class. However, in Dangonronpa 2, you learn that she had a growth spurt by finding a picture of her in a newspaper.

RELATED: The 10 Craziest Anime Hairstyles

Her growth spurt happens in the Despair Arc. However, if you watch the outro at the end of the Despair Arc episodes then you will see her growth spurt happen in the artistic drawings as well. There is even one of the class running on the same track-field as one pictured from the first game.

6 Chiaki Holds Friendship Shards At End Of Outro

While there are trials and murder in the Danganronpa games, another big aspect of the gameplay is making friends with the characters. In the games, you get free time to pick who to hang out with and learn more about. You could max out friendship points in Danganronpa 2 by getting one of six shards for each time you hang out with them.

If you watch the Despair Arc outro to the end, you will see a picture of Chiaki holding what appears to be a star. However, upon closer inspection, it’s the six shards you get through hanging out with friends from the 2nd game!

5 Kodaka Easter Egg

Besides following an entire class of ultimate students in the Despair Arc, we also get to learn how Hajime was transformed into the Ultimate Despair.

At the end of the first episode of the arc, it shows Hajime’s student file. We learn his blood is type A, that he was born on January 1st, and we see what high school he went to. The high school is listed as “Kodaka High School.” This is an easily missed Easter egg, as the creator of Danganronpa’s name is  Kazutaka Kodaka. So Hajime’s high school was named after him.

4 Nagito Art Book Detail Easter Egg

According to the Danganronpa art-book, Nagito loves Go stones. For those that do not know, Go stones are black and white stones used for a Chinese game called “Go.”

According to Nagito’s page in the art-book, he likes the stones because they remind him of the fight between hope and despair. The book reads, “White and black, that is, hope and despair, are in conflict, betting over their survival, which makes Komaeda’s heart beat fast.” This was a detail put into the Despair Arc of Danganronpa 3. In episode 4, you can see two Go stone jars inside his bag along with the bomb switch.

3 Nagito’s Voice Actor Is The Singer For  The Ending Theme In The Despair Arc

Nagito’s Japanese voice is played by Megumi Ogata. She has actually sung songs in-character as Nagito since he is one of the most popular characters in the Danganronpa series.

RELATED: The 9 Best Gambling Anime Of All Time

One of her songs, “Zettai Kibō Birthday,” actually serves as the Despair Arc’s ending theme song. If you did not know this was actually Nagito’s voice singing, the ending theme is definitely worth re-listening to. You can definitely recognize Nagito’s Japanese voice.

2 Mahiru’s Memory Inconsistency

A big part of the Despair Arc is actually a callback to a trial in Danganronpa 2, where Mahiru is the victim and Peko is the killer. This was due to a tragedy during their school life, where Mahiru and her friend Sato were bullied by Fuyuhiko’s younger sister, Natsumi. Sato eventually murders Natsumi which leads to Fuyuhiko killing her for revenge.

However, a small detail we learn in Danganronpa 3 is that Sato and Mahiru were friends in middle school. This is inconsistent with the second game since only their high school memories were wiped and Mahiru had no memory of Sato. This could be framed as a big deal since it’s that lacking memory that was one of the details that lead to Mahiru’s murder and one of the game’s trials.

1 Hajime’s Parents Permitted Him Being Changed

The Despair Arc got fans insight as to why Hajime agreed to change into an Ultimate student. He was insecure and envious of the ultimate students.

However, if you looked at the computer screen information in episode six then you may have been horrified to learn that the school somehow got his parents’ permission for the Izuru project. The text shows that the parents agreed that the school would not be liable for any of the consequences of the project.

That’s crazy, isn’t it? While there is not evidence, it’s very likely that the parents did not know the full extent of the Izuru project. In fact, the school might have openly lied. After all, Izuru was corrupted in an ironic twist for the school’s sins of experimenting on a student.

NEXT: 10 Anime That Should Be Made into Live-Action Films (After Alita: Battle Angel)


2019-04-13 05:04:52

Allison Stalberg

25 Hidden Things Fans Completely Missed In Fight Club

It’s hard to believe that it was twenty years that director David Fincher’s all-out attack on Generation X, Fight Club, debuted. Thanks to studios not knowing how exactly to market the black comedy, it quickly became a big cult movie. Had they known to market it as such, it might have gone down in the public eye as the best movie of the nineties, even with all of the bleak undertones.

For those that haven’t seen the movie, first – where have you been for twenty years?! Secondly, it’s the story of two friends who start a secret club as one of them descends into madness, attempting to use the club to introduce a little anarchy into the population. That doesn’t sound like a dark comedy, but after watching the movie, you’ll be able to see how absurd the whole situation is.

Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham-Carter, Fight Club finds its way to stick with you, even years after seeing it. Like a chemical burn. On subsequent rewatches, you’re going to find all sorts of fun things that you might not have caught the first go around. There’s something unique and oddly “off” in just about every frame of the movie. Here are just a few of those instances. Here are 25 Hidden Things Fans Completely Missed In Fight Club.

25 The Opening Warning

There are hidden breadcrumbs for the movie even before the opening credits pump through. If you have a really quick eye, you’ll be able to catch a warning pop up on-screen right before the movie starts.

But unless you’re a speed-reader, there’s no way in any world you’d be able to read this zany disclaimer pictured here, right before the DVD version plays. But upon reading it now, it’s apparent that the film you’re about to see has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek.

24 Tyler, Tyler Everywhere

When we meet the Narrator, played by Edward Norton, he’s a mundane office drone. The guy can’t sleep and isn’t too fond of his job. He’s a just a guy who fills the bottomless void of young adulthood with whatever he feels like buying from an Ikea catalog. Until he meets Tyler for the first time.

Only, is it the first time? If you have an eagle eye and are paying attention you’ve seen Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden several times before these two ever meet. He’s a blip in four different frames. There is also an advertisement for Bridgeworth Suites that the Narrator is watching, and Tyler is right there in front of him.

23 How To Get Your Line In

One of the key aspects of the second part of the film is the love triangle, or lack thereof between Tyler, Marla, and the Narrator. The Narrator meets Marla Singer first and then Tyler. Here is where the fun begins – after these two end up together, Marla is spent and says “I want to have your [removal].”

The producer of the movie, Laura Ziskin, begged for the line to be taken out. Fincher agreed but, on the condition that the new line cannot be changed. Hence the reason we have the even funnier and more offensive “grade school” line.

22 Meat Loaf Had Lost The Weight

One of the many cameos in the movie is from rock god, Meat Loaf Aday. He played Club member, Robert Paulson. He meets the Narrator at a support group meeting and the two strike up a little bit of a friendship.

The mammoth of a man was very overweight for a time in his career and actually had lost a lot of the weight before being cast as Bob. The crew fit him with a suit that was filled with bird seed. One was anatomically correct, one was not.

21 30 Seconds To Mars

Jared Leto is another cameo character in the film. As Angel Face, the kid not only appears to be 100% devoted to Tyler’s message, but Tyler also appears to be taking a liking to him. The beautiful boy eventually has his face roughed up by the Narrator because he “wanted to destroy something beautiful.”

A year prior to the film, Leto had started the experimental rock band, 30 Seconds To Mars. There’s an in-joke to this during one of Tyler’s speeches. He speaks about how we all grew up dreaming to be rock stars and we won’t be. When he says this, he’s staring right at the newly-minted rock star, Leto.

20 Watch Closely

The film’s big twist, like many twist endings, relies on someone having never seen the movie before. Once you’ve experienced the mind attack that Fight Club has laid on you, go back and watch the movie. There is seldom a scene between Tyler and the Narrator that doesn’t give the twist away.

When the pair board the bus, Tyler walks by and the Narrator dumps the change in. When they’re bumped into, the stranger walks past Tyler and bumps into the Narrator. Those bits can be construed as the Narrator paying for both or the guy just not bumping into Tyler. But then explain why the Narrator, even when the passenger is always getting out of the driver side of the car.

19 Starbucks, Starbucks Everywhere

One of the big themes of the film is the downfall of Generation X and the values of nonstop advertising. To showcase this, director David Fincher had put a Starbucks cup into just about every scene in the movie.

Like playing Where’s Waldo, you can play a game of find the cup using this handy-dandy website. Strangely enough, the company had no trouble with their cup everywhere but didn’t want their name attached to the coffee shop that Tyler blows up.

18 Pitt’s Jacked – Norton, Not So Much

From the moment we meet both Tyler and the Narrator, it’s as clear as the driven snow that their two very different people with very different physiques. While Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were gearing up their roles, they made the conscious decision for Tyler to look chiseled out of granite.

Norton had to drop a bunch of weight and muscle to play the humdrum Narrator. He had just finished filming the drama, American History X; where the actor was as big as a house.

17 Crime, Mischief, Soap

The strange tag line was on all of the posters for Fight Club – [Crime]. Mischief. Soap. Until you’ve seen the movie, you have little to no idea what that means or how it plays into the movie’s various satires.

There are only a handful, if that much, scenes of Pitt and Norton making soap in the movie. But that didn’t stop them from taking soap-making classes to get in the mood for their roles. They learned from a California Boutique, Auntie Godmother.

16 DiCaprio Cameo

Did you know that three of the biggest heart-throbs of the nineties are in Fight Club? Two of the three are easy to spot. Obviously, Brad Pitt and then known only for My So Called Life, Jared Leto. But there’s one more and he’s about to co-star with Pitt again in the new Quentin Tarantino movie.

Leonardo DiCaprio is in the movie too. Or at least his frozen breath is. During one of the “go into your cave” bits, the editing team used the actor’s frozen breath from Titanic.

15 Bob Breaks The No Shirts Rule

Besides every member of this secret society breaking the Club’s first two rules; Bob doesn’t adhere to the sixth rule either. “Sixth Rule: No shirts, no shoes,” Tyler says. Bob is never seen without his shirt on. Meat Loaf’s always breaking the rules, that rock rebel.

Considering he had a chest, according to the Narrator, there was no way the MPAA would have allowed Bob to fight without it. It would have, however, made for one more twisted joke the movie threw at us.

14 Narrator Never Named

For those who didn’t know, the movie is based on a book of the same name by author Chuck Palahniuk. The main character who tells the story of both he and Tyler does not have a name. The character reads old Reader’s Digest articles ending referring to himself as “Joe”.

For the movie, the “name” of the Narrator is Jack instead. But despite the name, he is actually never given a name in the film at all, until the climactic third chapter when Marla finally refers to him by his name.

13 The Narrator Moves When Tyler’s Being Attacked

In one of the movie’s great scenes, Tyler gets the tar beat out of him by Lou, the owner of the bar. He doesn’t fight back, he lets Lou take out all of his aggression and frustration. By the end, Tyler leaps at the guy with a bruised face begging to be able to continue using the parking lot.

Pitt’s performance is so good, and the camera rarely pans away to anyone else. But when it does pan towards Norton, take a quick peek at him, he’s bobbing his head the same way Tyler’s head or stomach is getting knocked.

12 Norton Hits As Hard As He Can

As the Narrator and Tyler enjoy a night of drinks getting to know one another, he and Tyler head outside and Tyler demands that his new friend hits him as hard as he can. Besides hitting him in the ear, Edward Norton did in fact really lay into Brad Pitt.

In order to get the scene right and the actor’s reactions what he wanted them to be, Director David Fincher pulled Norton aside without telling Pitt. He told Norton to do exactly what Tyler asked for.

11 DeNiro, DeNiro Everywhere

For any fan of cinema, including the actors themselves, have such an affinity for Robert DeNiro. He’s been in some of the greatest films ever made for the past forty years or so, so it’s easy to see why. Fight Club pays homage to the man in another blink and you’ll miss it sort of way.

When the Narrator is going from support meeting to meeting, he uses a bunch of fake names. Depending on how well you know your DeNiro movies, you’ll realize that all of his aliases are the names of DeNiro characters.

10 Rosie O’Donnell Spoilers

In the late nineties, Rosie O’Donnell had a tremendous following. She even had a morning talk show that was a mix of the usual morning shows with a twinge of some night time talk shows as well. Usually safe, occasionally edgy.

She did a huge no-no the morning that Fight Club was released. She told her audience how she already saw the movie and couldn’t sleep for a week because of it. Rather than stop there, she proceeded to tell viewers the ending to the movie and suggested not seeing it. The equivalent of telling someone you’ll understand The Sixth Sense a lot better if you know Bruce Willis is deceased!

9 Elaine As Marla?!?!

Like a lot of movies, casting choices get switched up several times before filming. Fight Club was no different. Before cameras started rolling, Julie Louis-Dreyfus was in consideration for Marla. When she came in to read, she had no idea who Fincher was, which made the director feel like a loser.

Other casting options that the studio wanted was Russell Crowe as Tyler Durden and Sean Penn or Matt Damon as the Narrator. Other Marlas considered were Janeane Garafalo, Reese Witherspoon, Winona Ryder, or Courtney Love.

8 3/4 Mil For A Minute-Thirty

When scripting the film, David Fincher had conceived of a credit sequence very similar to the one in the movie. The viewer would be taken on a tour of the brain and all of its synapses straight to the Narrator’s forehead to the gun in his mouth.

Put together by Digital Domain VFX House, the minute and a half of footage was put together by a team of storyboard and digital artists. For all that effort, Fox spent almost a million bucks on the sequence.

7 Members, Members Everywhere

As Fight Club progresses, more and more disenfranchised young to middle-aged males join Tyler’s little revolution. What’s cool about many of the members of Fight Club were in prior scenes either interacting with Tyler or watching him.

It’s subtle at first, but once you notice scenes where someone picks a fight with a priest and then a few scenes later, you see the same guy with some extra bruises, participating in the antics of Project Mayhem, it’s completely absurd, and hilarious.

6 That Intense Insomnia

One of the reasons Tyler Durden was allowed to come to exist was because the Narrator suffers from insomnia. The author of the original novel, Chuck Palahniuk had also suffered from the disease and wrote it into the story.

Several aspects of how he really tried combat insomnia made its way into the book and the movie. Most notably, locating your cave and power animal to induce a cooling, sleepy chill. Tyler’s iconic shades are used to protect melatonin production, which helps sleep cycles.

5 A Real Fight

With each subsequent viewing, Fight Club continues to be a cult classic. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale of a generation lost, and while that is bleak, there are a huge amount of people that identify with this movie.

The inspiration Palahniuk had for the novel was what happened to him after a real fight that he gotten into. Palahniuk once said about the incident – “People didn’t ask me what happened. I think they were afraid of the answer. I realized that if you looked bad enough, people would not want to know what you did in your spare time.”

4 Smokey, Smokey Everywhere

Much has been said about the dedication that Pitt and Norton put into their roles. But there is a ton of praise that needs to be given to Helena Bonham Carter and her dedication to creating Marla. One thing she did was ask the makeup artist to use her left hand, so that it would be a little messy – something that Marla wouldn’t care about.

It was her dedication to be the person that Marla was supposed to be. But it also made her very ill. She wound up with bronchitis during the six-month shoot.

3 Support Groups

In the beginning of the movie, both the Narrator and Marla find solace going to various support groups. They both comically decide which ones that they’d like to attend. The Narrator comes to the conclusion that for the most part, when people think that you’re going to be dying soon, they listen pretty intently on what you’re going to say.

At the end of the film, the Narrator says to Tyler “I want you to listen to me very carefully, Tyler.” It’s more or less the first time, Tyler shuts up and pays attention to the lesser half of his personality.

2 This Scene

Around the midway part of the movie, Tyler allows himself to get the heck knocked out of him. He gives all of his devotees a homework assignment – start a fight with a stranger and lose.

That proves to be a little harder than it looks for one of the Space Monkeys, played by Holt McCallany. The guy tries to pick a fight with a priest by dousing him with a hose. If you think this scene is funny, you don’t think it’s as funny as the cameraman. He’s laughing so much that you can see the camera shake during the scene.

1 Bashing Baby Boomer Beetle

In one scene, Tyler and the Narrator beat the heck out of the new VW Beetle. Both actors shared a disdain for it. But it also became a symbol that fits right into all of themes of the movie.

According to Norton, “We smash it…because it seemed like the classic example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing plan that sold culture back to us.” The entire crux of the movie is rebelling against the parents of Generation X, which be the yuppies and hippies that birthed the Beetle.


2019-04-08 05:04:37

Eric Rhodes