Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3: 10 Questions About The MCU’s Universe It Needs To Answer

Although it’ll be delayed while James Gunn finishes work on the sequel to Suicide Squad, which may or may not also function as a reboot, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on the way. A lot has happened to the Guardians between their second and third movies. Most of them have died and been resurrected while the rest have suffered the grief, and Gamora’s whereabouts are unknown.

A lot happened to the world of the MCU, too: the Snap, the Blip, the invention of time travel, the destruction of the Infinity Stones, the creation of a bunch of alternate timelines. So, here are 10 Questions About The MCU’s Universe Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Needs To Answer.

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10 How were other planets affected by the Snap?

The double whammy of Infinity War and Endgame had universe-wide ramifications, but since the Avengers are Earth’s mightiest heroes, we only really saw how Thanos’ destructive finger-snap affected life on terra firma.

The only other planet where we saw people turn to dust was Titan, and that was only because Iron Man and co were there. Spider-Man: Far From Home showed us how Earth has been coping after a very strange five years. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can show us how other planets have been coping, as well as how the Snap – which would have occurred to them spontaneously, with no build-up or explanation – affected other races.

9 What did the Sovereign do with Adam Warlock?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was set in 2014, just a couple of months after the first one, and Avengers: Infinity War caught up with the Guardians a few years later, in 2018 (ish – the timeline of the MCU is very confusing).

In the post-credits scene of Vol. 2, we saw Ayesha creating a powerful artificial being capable of destroying the Guardians, naming it “Adam.” Marvel fans got excited for the introduction of Adam Warlock, but it’s now been nine years (ish) in the story’s timeline and he has yet to make an appearance. Vol. 3 will have to explain the reason for this.

8 Is there really a multiverse?

Although all the trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home teased a multiverse that many fans thought would introduce the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it turned out Mysterio was lying the whole time. However, as confirmed by Doctor Strange and the Ancient One, there is still a multiverse in the MCU.

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The question remains, will we ever get to actually see these alternate realities? With the search for Gamora and the introduction of Adam Warlock, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might already be too overstuffed to get into this, but perhaps it could be the subject of a post-credits stinger.

7 What was the impact of Ego’s attack on the universe?

In the final battle of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ego begins his plan to remake the universe in his own image. Luckily, Quill manages to stop him before anybody is killed. But before then, we see a montage of glowing black sludge engulfing various planets, including Earth.

We see dozens of humans fleeing the sludge as it destroys a whole street full of cars. When Quill kills Ego, stopping his takeover of the universe, the sludge just grinds to a halt and cools down. And yet, no one on Earth – or any of the other planets, for that matter – has mentioned it since.

6 Where has Captain Marvel been for 20 years?

Avengers: Endgame hinted at why Carol Danvers didn’t show up to help the Avengers sooner when she said she’d been off helping planets that didn’t have their own superhero team to protect them. While no one is expecting Brie Larson to make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as the MCU’s only planet-hopping solo franchise, the Guardians threequel does have an opportunity to show the effects of some of her work.

Maybe the Guardians could stop off at a planet where there’s a shrine to Captain Marvel to commemorate her for fending off an alien invasion that once threatened them.

5 Will Xandar’s destruction lead to Nova’s MCU debut?

Fans have been excited for Nova to make his MCU debut ever since the Nova Corps was introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He was speculated to appear in Avengers: Endgame, but he didn’t.

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In the comics, Richard Rider takes on the superhero alter ego Nova when he becomes the final surviving member of the Nova Corps. It seems reasonable to assume the Nova Corps died during Thanos’ off-screen destruction of Xandar in Avengers: Infinity War, so it would be great to see Nova make his introduction into the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

4 Where is Red Skull?

The Russo brothers have said that once the Soul Stone has been relinquished, Red Skull is free to leave Vormir. He’s now given away the Soul Stone twice and still never left Vormir (at least not on-screen).

While it’s too late for him to have a rematch with Captain America, it would still be interesting to see where he ended up. The answer to this one could be saved for a mid-credits scene since Red Skull probably doesn’t have a place in the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The fact that he’s off in the depths of space means his inclusion in a Guardians tease makes sense.

3 What’s going on with the Watchers?

Stan Lee’s cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 offered a fun confirmation of a popular fan theory, that Lee manages to be in so many places in different bodies in the MCU because he’s a Watcher keeping an eye on the Avengers.

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However, this fun little scene also introduced the existence of the Watchers in the MCU. In the comics, the Watchers are an omniscient alien race, led by Uatu, whose job is to watch over the multiverse. If the Watchers return in Vol. 3, it could be a way of explaining the multiverse in the MCU.

2 Was there a different Guardians of the Galaxy team before Star-Lord came along?

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sylvester Stallone appeared as Stakar Ogord, who used to be in a team with Yondu and ostracized him for trafficking Ego’s kids. He later forgave Yondu and attended his funeral. In a mid-credits scene, Stakar rallies the rest of his and Yondu’s old team: Ving Rhames as Charlie-27, an uncredited Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe, Michael Rosenbaum as Martinex T’Naga, Michelle Yeoh as Aleta Ogord, and Krugarr.

In the comics, these are the original Guardians of the Galaxy who debuted in 1969. James Gunn has already said that Stakar is “very important to the Marvel universe,” and promised that “it’s our plan to see more of Stallone.”

1 Are Soul Stone deaths really permanent?

When Thanos first arrived on Vormir to collect the Soul Stone, Red Skull told him, “A soul for a soul.” In other words, you have to sacrifice the person you care about the most to attain the Soul Stone. Thanos decided to sacrifice Gamora, and despite Soul Stone deaths supposedly being permanent, she still returned in Endgame – albeit with all her character development undone – thanks to the wonders of time travel. At the end of that movie, she was nowhere to be seen.

She didn’t attend Tony Stark’s funeral and she didn’t board the Benatar with the other Guardians. But fans are still holding out hope that she’ll be back.

NEXT: Guardians Of The Galaxy: 10 Fan Theories About Where Gamora Is

2019-07-12 05:07:23

Ben Sherlock

Marvel’s New ‘Avengers: World’ is What The MCU Needs

Avengers: Endgame will be the culmination of the past 11 years of films, and will most certainly end the Avengers as we know them today. Many are wondering what will happen in the next phase of films, and which heroes may be a part of the new Avengers universe. Marvel Comics may have the answer.

The addition of Captain Marvel and confirmation that James Gunn’s Guardians 3 will be made confirms the future of the MCU will be galactic. But the history of the MCU has proven that there will always be threats on Earth, and the planet needs defenders that can protect her. With the MCU continuing to explore the expanding universe, the current set up of ONE team will not be enough to manage all threats, both cosmic and home grown. The solution? The Avengers: World.

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Having multiple Avengers teams is what the MCU needs to continue to expand its mythos, while keeping the franchise grounded and relatable. But who could make up this team to protect the world, while the other Avengers are among the stars? Look no further than the comics for inspiration, where the new Avengers: World team was just introduced in Avengers: No Road Home #10. But who makes up this team? Read on to find out.

Genius level super hero with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and theoretical physics. While working on Project: Perseus in an attempt to harness anti-matter, and explosion occurred turning him into a stable “antimatter reactor” and superhuman abilities: matter/anti-matter absorption and manipulation (read: shoot energy blasts from his hands), superhuman strength (on level with that of Hulk and Thor), flight, and super-level genius.

America Chavez was raised in the Utopian Parallel, a dimension out of time an space located close to the Demiurge (sentient life force that seeded the Earth, giving birth to the Elder Gods). When her world was going to be destroyed, her mothers sacrificed themselves to save Utopia. Wanting to become a hero in her own rite Miss America traveled across the dimensions helping those in need. America has superhuman strength and speed, with the ability to fly, powers of invulnerability, and can create star portals allowing her to travel the multiverse.

Nadia is the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife Maria Trovaya. While on their honeymoon, while pregnant Maria was kidnapped and later killed. Nadia was raised in the Red Room – the same as Black Widow – and was trained to be an agent. After learning who her parents were, she obtained pym particles off the black market and began studying them. She was later able to escape the Red Room using their size changing properties. After learning her father seemingly sacrificed himself to stop Ultron she decided to become the new Wasp, as a tribute to her father and to gain the approval of his former allies. Wasp has the ability to change her size, and generate bio-electric blasts from her hands. She has a genius level intellect, and is trained in martial arts.

Miguel is a reformed villain who received his powers from an extremist group called the Legion of Living Lightning. He has had brief memberships to multiple Avengers related teams in the past. Lightning is a sentient electrical plasma force in his true form. His abilities include: flight, invulnerability, electrokinesis, electronic manipulation, physical manipulation, and astral projection.

Toni’s father was killed while saving Tony Stark’s life in Afghanistan. She resented Stark for not doing more to save her father, and vowed to do better than the Iron Man. Toni is a genius, obtaining three doctorates by the age of twenty, and is an expert engineer. She has built her own suit of armor, and was the Iron Patriot for a time.

Gomi was the victim of scientific testing at the hands of two scientists that he worked for and idolized. In an attempt to create their own version of Jean Grey, they implanted Gomi with cybernetics. The experiments failed, where Gomi’s cybernetics can only produce destructive and uncontrollable bolts of kinetic energy.

The original POD, or Planetary Operational Defense System, was sent to earth to act as a self-defense mechanism for the planet. Upon arrival it bonded with Aikku Jokinen. POD eventually became a member of the New Avengers, where Toni Ho began studying POD. it was discovered that Aikku could not separate from POD without killing it. POD was later fatally damaged in an attack by the Maker (evil Reed Richards). The injuries were severe enough that POD and Aikku could not both survive, and POD ended up sacrificing itself to save its host. Aikku was able to retain a portion of the POD armor, which we can assume is POD-2.

The same scientists that experimented on Gomi also experimented on a pair of lobsters, which Gomi named Bill and Don. Their experiments resulted in giving the lobsters cybernetics, which granted the lobsters human-level intelligence and strength. They also have the ability to project illusions for communication. Tragedy struck when Don was stepped on and killed by Devil Dinosaur, but Bill the Lobster lives on.

A truly international Avengers team would allow the MCU to continue to grow its character roster, while exploring the intergalactic side of the MCU. This could be the beset way for audiences to accept planet hopping Avengers, knowing that there is always the Avengers: World looking after Earth.

Avengers: No Road Home #10 is available now from Marvel Comics.

Next: Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

2019-04-24 06:04:56

Kirk Smith

5 Reasons Why Transformers Needs A Reboot (5 Reasons It Doesn’t)

In 2007, Transformers made their leap from TV to the big screen and it’s been something of a cultural behemoth ever since. Despite lasting this long, there have been a few hiccups along the way. Transformers: The Last Knight severely underperformed previous expectations.

With this blockbuster failure, Paramount took a different approach to the spinoff/prequel Bumblebee. Slashing the budget and pushing release to Christmas of 2018, Bumblebee shifted gears from a major tentpole film to something vastly different. Instead, we have a character-driven story rooted in friendship and mutual healing.

Paramount has since announced that Bumblebee would set a soft reboot in motion. But what would really be better: going full-throttle on a reboot or keeping the old timeline?

Here’s 5 reasons why the Transformers movies should be rebooted and 5 reasons why they shouldn’t.

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10 NO REBOOT – Superhero Alternative

Transformers is focused way less on the concept of heroes and villains than many big action films. Intentional or not, Bay’s Optimus comes off as angry and violence-prone. Granted, he’s been through a lot given the fact he died, was forced to destroy Cybertron in order to save some very ungrateful humans, then those ungrateful humans started hunting down all Transformers, and then got brainwashed by Quintessa.

So in some roundabout way, we could make the argument that Transformers, as it is now, has blurred morality lines and makes us question the integrity of the Autobots to a degree. The main struggle starts shifting to Cybertronians vs Humans with Autobots vs Decepticons as an underlying theme.

9 REBOOT – Streamlined Designs

The Bayhem extends beyond the nonstop explosions and incoherent fight scenes. The Transformers’ designs suffered as well. The Bay designs can be really hard to look at and are difficult for the eye to track. More moving parts isn’t necessarily a good thing and as a result, the bots end up looking really muddled. Bumblebee’s designs take a step back, embrace the ’80s boxy-ness, and give us that visual coherency we were lacking.

For the most part, the bots really didn’t look out of place in the live action bits. They’re just complicated enough in design for our brains to understand that Bee’s chest is the hood of the VW Beetle. It was also just a treat to see Bee’s model change with his four vehicle modes: Cybertronian, the Jeep, the VW Beetle, and the Camaro.

8 NO REBOOT – The 2015 Writers’ Room

During pre-production for The Last Knight, Paramount announced a massive writers’ room effort to better coordinate later installments of the series. Led by Akiva Goldsman, Paramount established a room of 12 writers to help shape the future of the franchise. It gave a lot of us hope about The Last Knight actually being about Transformers.

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We still didn’t get that… but the work of that writers’ room hasn’t been erased. While Transformers 6 is being tossed around (don’t trust Lorenzo), what about the rest of that work? How tied is it to the current movie canon? We have questions we want possible answers to! The effort was already put in, so don’t toss it.

7 REBOOT – Transformers IN A Transformers Movie

Bay movies are notorious for having such little screen time devoted to Transformers. In The Last Knight, Bumblebee got a collective 10 minutes out of 148 minutes. Bumblebee. What even? And that’s not even considering that Optimus Freaking Prime maybe had about 5 minutes.

No, we came here to watch Transformers. Let us have Transformers.

We also get very clear fight scenes that have an overall purpose. Bumblebee definitely saves itself for that final battle of Bee and Charlie vs Shatter and Dropkick. But the way Bumblebee fights is perfect. As a smaller opponent, he constantly goes low, tries to get underfoot, did not skip leg day, and uses his environment to his advantage. Staging makes sense, characters are easy to track, and it doesn’t feel bloated with action. By the time we hit the marina fight, we’re super hype to see it.

6 NO REBOOT – Too Much Lore To Explore

Is it too much to ask for some sensible retconning? Why yes, yes it is.

All things considered, The Last Knight shouldn’t have shocked us that much. Since at least Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers have influenced Earth’s development for at least a few thousand years. Later movies play around with this to the point of retconning themselves, but at least it’s a concept being well-explored.

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And now we have Unicron. For anyone who doesn’t know, Unicron is the Biggest of Bads in the Transformers universe. Cybertron and any being’s continued existence are constantly threatened by Unicron’s ability to consume anything and everything in his path. More recently, he’s been designated as the “Chaos Bringer,” generally being associated with mass destruction and planet-wide panic.

So that sounds cool, but we haven’t even touched Quintessa yet. There’s a lot here and while we don’t have time to unpack all of that, we hope the movies have time to do it for us.

5 REBOOT – Losing Hypermasculinity

There’s no question that Transformers movies are teeming with testosterone. Look, there’s no shame in wanting to watch giant robots punch giant dinosaur robots. But yikes, there are some super cringe-worthy moments in the movies. Probably the most infamous examples are Bumblebee peeing on John Turturro (we’re sorry) and the five-minute explanation of incorrect Texas consent laws in Age of Extinction (we’re really, REALLY sorry).

Bumblebee turns it all upside-down. In no way is Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) shown or written the same way as really any other woman in the movie franchise. She’s just a person getting through a tough time, finding solace and comfort through someone else. And the whole relationship with Memo doesn’t get pushed at all and becomes a friendship you want to see grow. Charlie isn’t shamed for brushing off Memo’s interest and Memo’s totally cool with taking things slow.

4 NO REBOOT – The Overseas Market

Given Marvel’s success with more progressive storytelling and representation with the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, overseas marketing is becoming a bit muddled. But for the most part, the Transformers franchise relies heavily on success in China.

Maybe it’s not as much of a concern given how well Bumblebee did overseas, but there’s a big difference between $1.3 billion worldwide and $465 million. The Last Knight also managed to rake in more than Bumblebee and wasn’t really a loss to the studio, so if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

3 REBOOT – Give Us Cybertron

Enough said.

In all seriousness, even fans who didn’t enjoy Bumblebee got some joy out of seeing five minutes on Cybertron. The only real exploration of Cybertron, of its architecture and culture that we get, is through the IDW comic line, and that just rebooted. Transformers Cyberverse makes a huge effort to show us a pre-war Cybertron through the use of flashbacks, but no other television series has really done this.

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But even with how bleak the planet looked in Bumblebee, what we did see was beautiful and exactly what you’d expect out of an all-metal planet. So much of the audience responded well to that one scene and now, a film fully set on Cybertron is in the works. Yes, please!

2 NO REBOOT – Mass Appeal Factor

There’s no denying that there’s some sort of viscerally satisfying about watching a giant robot fight without thinking too hard about it. Let’s be real, these movies are fun for fans to switch off their brain and suspend that disbelief. Really, if you’re questioning the logistics of gravity but are totally cool with the whole vehicle mode scanning thing, then it’s not the right movie for you to begin with.

The mass appeal helped turn Transformers into the multi-billion franchise it is today. The 2007 movie made it a mainstream thing rather than that nerdy show from the ’80s. And because of the first live action movie, it spawned not only a renewed interest in a stagnant toyline, but gave rise to Transformers Prime and High Moon Studio’s War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron video games. Like, Fall of Cybertron was the Most Anticipated Game of 2012. That’s a big deal.

1 REBOOT – Made By Fans

During the lead up to the film’s release, Knight wrote a letter to the fans about his approach to Bumblebee. This letter was first included in the promotional Bumblebee Boom Box, containing different classes and quality of the movie toys. It was later made public. He explained how he’d grown up with the ’80s show, played with the toys and continued the never-ending battle of good vs. evil. More importantly, he showed that he understood that the robots are characters, that they feel and have motives, that they have heart. So he put that heart into the movie.

Now, we’re at a point where Hasbro is employing these longtime fans to create official works and we hope the trend continues. With the acclaim of the first IDW comics universe and continued success of the show holding the foundation, getting the right fans in the right projects seems like a good way to go.

NEXT: 8 Things Bumblebee Did Better Than Other Transformers Movies (& 2 The Others Did Better)

2019-04-19 09:04:30

Maddy Cohen

Arrow: 10 Things Every Fan Needs Before The Show Ends

It was recently announced that Arrow would be ending its run with the forthcoming eighth season, which will be a shortened series of 10 episodes. The show’s star Stephen Amell tweeted the news, saying that playing Oliver Queen had been the greatest experience of his professional life and that he wanted to thank the fans. Before Arrow leaves our television screens for good, now is a good a time as any to stock up on cool merchandise to help you through the loss.

Here are our 10 picks of things you need to own before the end of Arrow!



Arrow was the show that started it all for The CW’s contingent of interconnected DC shows. Hell, it’s why the universe is called the Arrowverse! Back in 2012 when Arrow first hit the air, no one could have known it would lead to a host of spin-off shows, would last seven seasons and would turn Green Arrow into a genuine A-list character in the eyes of the public.

This boxset is the most comprehensive one available thus far, featuring the first five seasons of the show. That’s over 100 episodes of Oliver Queen, Felicity Smoak and John Diggle doing what they do best!



Arrow – Oliver Queen’s Dossier is a companion book to the show that takes a nifty approach in its presentation. It collates the intelligence Oliver Queen has uncovered on nefarious business dealings and criminal activity in Starling City, with “top secret” records on his alter-ego Arrow since his return from Lian Yu.

There are brilliant hard copy pull-out duplicates of confidential government/business documents acquired by Oliver and Felicity Smoak, as well as schematics for the Arrow’s weaponry, and Queen family records. This one goes above and beyond to give fans a unique reading experience.



If you are in the market for a Green Arrow Funko Pop, there are a number of options. You can have a DC Comics-accurate Ollie Queen, or a Justin Hartley-in-Smallville Pop. There are also several different variants based on the Arrow show, including a shirtless Oliver from Lian Yu and a John Diggle where he is wearing Ollie’s costume.

There is also a Pop that features the costume redesign from when Ollie branded himself ‘Green Arrow’ in the show. But, if you want to go simple and classic, ‘The Hood’ Funko is the way to go, as it sees Ollie in his original costume from the first few seasons of the show.



This modernized Green Arrow origin story, which was originally published in 2007, was so influential on the creators of Arrow that they named the John Diggle character (and his brother Andy) after the comic’s writer Andy Diggle!

This wonderful miniseries reteamed Diggle with his longtime artistic collaborator Jock and it’s a brilliantly action-packed read. It really explored Oliver’s time marooned on the desert island for the first time in the comics, and this was clearly used as the inspiration for the Lian Yu flashbacks on Arrow.



There are a number of Arrow t-shirt designs on the market, many of which feature Oliver’s catchphrase ‘You have failed this city’.

However, we reckon this shirt is the best, as it combines an image of Stephen Amell from the show with one of Green Arrow’s trademark nicknames from the comics: The Emerald Archer! The shirt is green (naturally), made of 100% cotton and is an Officially Licensed product.



The DC Collectibles line of action figures has featured every major (and minor) character from the DC Universe at this point, and their figures (which always come with lots of changeable accessories) are great display items.

This Arrow figure is based on Stephen Amell’s season three look, and measures 6.75 inches tall. It comes with a bow and several arrows, as well as several changeable hands for giving the figure unique action poses.



This Arrow tie-in novel is set in the aftermath of Season Five and leads into the thrilling events of Season Six. Written by James R. Tuck, but based on a story by show producer (and comic book writer) Marc Guggenheim, Arrow: Fatal Legacies reveals for the first time what occurred as Team Arrow resumed its mission to protect Star City.

Those who survived Prometheus’s trap on Lian Yu discover that Chase’s revenge continues far beyond his death. Sara Lance returns, Dinah Drake accepts the mantle of Black Canary, and the entire team hits the streets again.



This Officially Licensed ceramic mug would be perfect for coffee-addicted fans or devotees who love settling down with a relaxing mug of tea in the evening. It features a cool image of Oliver Queen as the Arrow and the show’s iconic logo and comes in packaging with eye-catching artwork. The mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.



For our money, the best run of Green Arrow comics from the last decade is this stellar collection from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino. This was their first collaboration and was a resounding success with fans and critics, leading to them teaming again on Old Man Logan and Gideon Falls.

This story introduced John Diggle and a more TV-accurate Felicity Smoak to DC Comics continuity and saw Oliver Queen on the run, hunted by the greatest enemy he never knew he had—Komodo, a mysterious archer who is his better in every way. Komodo makes Oliver question the details of his time on the island—and his long-dead father’s involvement!



Diamond Select Toys make damn fine statues and this one brings the Arrow’s brand of justice to their DC Gallery line. This sculpture of Oliver Queen is amazingly accurate to Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the character on the show and the 9-inch PVC diorama shows him drawing an arrow from his quiver atop a Starling City rooftop.

It features detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella and comes packaged in a full-color window box. A must-have for fans with $45 to spare!

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2019-04-14 08:04:57

Michael Gordon

DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Less Like Titans

The success of Shazam! is proof that Warner Bros. needs to trust in the essential essence of DC Comics’ characters and not turn everything into a “grim and gritty” revision like Titans. While the DC Universe series has proven the most popular of the streaming service’s original shows so far, it would be foolish to credit the show’s success purely to its mature themes and dark storyline.

The question of how deeply DC Comics’ adaptations into live-action films and television should delve into darkness has been a matter of debate since the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the subsequent production of Man of Steel with Zack Snyder. While Snyder is a popular director with a rabid fan base, many comics fans and general audiences were unimpressed with his Dark Knight Returns influenced take on Superman and Batman. As a result, the DC Extended Universe is now diversifying its tone with movies like Shazam!, with directors tackling those projects they are passionate about rather than being beholden to a single aesthetic or strict continuity.

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The same issues dominated the Arrowverse – the shared universe made up of various DC Comics inspired series on the CW network. Many Arrowverse storylines were sidelined due to Warner Bros. efforts to prevent brand dilution, such as allowing two versions of the Suicide Squad to exist simultaneously. Warner Bros. also originally encouraged the series to maintain the same serious tone with little sense of individuality. Thankfully, it seems that Warner Bros. has learned from their mistakes and now the new series on DC Universe are being allowed to be their own thing, even deviating from their source material, as in the case of Titans.

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Shazam! Lightened-Up The DCEU

While Wonder Woman and Aquaman both took a lighter approach than Snyder’s vision, Shazam! shows the true tonal flexibility of DC Comics movies. Ignoring the strong visual metaphor of a hero whose chest emblem literally glows, Shazam has been considered an even more incorruptible champion of goodness and decency than Superman in the comic books and cartoons for decades.

While it isn’t impossible to do a “grim-and-gritty” take on Shazam (Alan Moore did a wonderful deconstruction of the concept with his revival of Miracleman, for instance), the character does not lend itself well to traditional reimaginings of how “modern” superheroes should act. Take for instance, the classic superhero ethic against killing an enemy and the argument this is unrealistic. While it is believable an Amazon warrior might kill or that Arthur Curry would use lethal force in defense of his kingdom, most audiences could never accept Shazam casually killing someone. Ignoring the distastefulness of a child killing, it just grinds too far against the grain of the established orthodoxy of the character from the comics. The Wisdom of Solomon can always find a better way.

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The creative team behind Shazam! understood this and stayed true to the character’s original concept as a children’s power fantasy – the twin dreams of being an adult and having superpowers. The child’s view of the world and the sheer joy of that wish coming true infuses every frame of Shazam’s run time. Attempting to ground that narrative in reality would only serve to kill the core concept of the character.

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How Levity Saved The Arrowverse

The same issues could be seen in the Arrowverse, which suffered from executive meddling on multiple fronts. Arrow, for instance, was forced to kill off their version of the Suicide Squad and plans for an intensive event involving them and the terrorist organization HIVE, as part of season 4. At the same time, all the series apart from Arrow suffered somewhat was they were encouraged to be more realistic, despite being founded entirely on unrealistic comic book concepts. This was generally met with audience disapproval, as in the case of the darker storyline of season 3 of The Flash, which saw Barry Allen fighting his evil alternate-future self for the love of his life.

Perhaps the best example of this conflict is Legends of Tomorrow. The series is generally agreed to have gotten off to a weak start, with its original storyline gathering characters from Arrow and The Flash to stand against the immortal world-conqueror Vandal Savage. Rather than trust in the original concept of Vandal Savage as a caveman made immortal after making contact with a glowing meteor, his name and concept were broadly applied to the Hawkman villain Hath-Set – an evil Egyptian priest whose revolution cursed himself and his rulers, Prince Khufu and Priestess Chay-Ara, to an endless cycle of reincarnation.

Somehow, the utter silliness of the name Vandal Savage and the overblown complexity of the Hawkman mythology were considered less problematic for general audiences than the idea of a super-powered caveman trying to take over the world. Unfortunately,this, coupled with a botched execution of the romantic subplot centering around the two Hawk-heroes, resulted in everything relating to their storyline being jettisoned from the show after season 1. After that, Legends of Tomorrow seemed to fully embrace the general weirdness of the DC Universe and played up the absurdity while still trusting in the core concepts of its characters to ring true.

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Perhaps no single episode better exemplifies this than “Beebo the God of War” – the season 3 mid-season finale, which saw the Legends having to restore the natural course of history after the first Vikings to colonize North America began worshiping a stuffed animal called Beebo. While the idea that an anachronistic toy could inspire the Vikings to conquer a continent is silly, it is no more absurd than a billionaire scientist building a super-suit that lets him shrink or any of the other character concepts behind the various Legends. Most feel the show has become even stronger in season 4, thanks to the addition of warlock John Constantine, who is as surly and sarcastic as he was in his own show but no less immune to the insanity that routinely comes up on Legends of Tomorrow. This is further proof that sticking to a concept that works will continue to work, regardless of the setting.

Why Doom Patrol Is Superior To Titans

When the first trailer for Titans was released, it grabbed immediate attention by having Robin drop the F-bomb in regards to his mentor. The show itself would present a more bloody, violent and all around gritty vision of the classic Teen Titans characters. It would pick up viewers as its first season continued, but also earned the scorn of comic-book purists and critics, who felt the show seemed desperate to distance itself from its youth-friendly origins. When this show was described as mature, it meant that it was full of blood, cursing, nudity and other things that result in small children being asked to leave the room.

Doom Patrol, by contrast, had not ever been intended to be a children’s property. Even when the characters were first created for a Comics Code Authority approved book in the 1960s, their adventures seemed to be aimed at teenagers who could appreciate that superpowers aren’t always a blessing. The Doom Patrol series that followed, even before they made the leap to DC Comics’ mature imprint Vertigo, were also decidedly meant for mature readers.  In this case, however, mature meant capable of handling more complex stories.

Both shows tackle disturbing ideas and adult subject matter, but Doom Patrol does so in a way that seems far less juvenile and forced than on Titans. While the character of Robotman unleashes a considerable amount of profanity, it is justified by his frequent astonishment at the unbelievable events around him. This is far more effective than the casual f-bombs dropped by Dick Grayson on Titans, which come off as a tween’s attempt to sound grown-up, with a similar effect. Again, we see how staying true to the core concept of the characters improves the quality of the adaptation.

DC Comics Can Have It Both Ways

Thankfully, those who enjoy their darker, more serious fare like Titans can live in co-existence with those who prefer the brighter, more idealistic and funnier side of DC Comics. The DC Universe is a big place and there is room for those who want more horrific content like the upcoming Swamp Thing series and the teens and tweens and teens and old-school superhero fans for whom Stargirl is intended. The key, as with the Shazam! movie, is to remain true to the spirit of the characters as they were created and trust that the right audience will discover what made them so beloved for so long.

NEXT: All 25 DC Movies & TV Shows Coming In 2019

2019-04-14 08:04:15

Matt Morrison

Star Trek: 10 Things Every Trekkie Fan Needs

After a bit of a raktajino break, the Star Trek franchise is now booming once again, with a bunch of new series in development. Resistance appears to be futile when it comes to the widespread reach of these space adventures. Trekkies can celebrate the resurgence of Star Trek content with these essential items to have tucked safely into a Starfleet uniform at all times.

While waiting for your next convention or planning your own mission to boldly go where no man has gone before, these books, toys, and games are sure to help you get your Klingon fix. You’ll be beaming up from ear to Spock ear faster than you can say, “Set phasers to stun”.

10 The Star Trek Book: Strange New Worlds Boldly Explained


This book covers everything Star Trek from 1966-2016, spanning 50 years of living long and prospering. The book covers The Next GenerationDeep Space NineVoyager, and Enterprise. It also explores how Star Trek‘s fictitious technology has influenced real-world tech inventions, such as flip phones.

Plenty of photos appear from the various series and details about the worlds, science and characters are heavily delved into. This makes a great coffee table book to flip through and be reminded of favorite moments or details – or maybe to pick up a few particles of Starfleet knowledge you missed in your travels.

9 The Encyclopedia of Starfleet Ships: 2294 to the Future


This is the second volume after the first book (which covered Star Trek starships from 2152-2293). This volume encompasses ships from 2294 and beyond, with highly detailed images and extensive information on the USS Enterprise, the NCC-1701-D, the USS Voyager and the USS Defiant.

Time-traveling ships from the distant future are also included at the end of the book. Original models that were created for the filming are inside, with CG images and a chronological presentation of the ships. This encyclopedia and its predecessor are collections from the Eaglemoss Official Starships Collection magazines, published in Great Britain.

8 Electronic Black Handle Phaser


This replica functions as an ornament, or a toy for all ages. It features lights and sounds accurate to the original phasers in Star Trek, with sculpted plastic in an identical shape to those that appeared on the show.  This replica has multiple settings and it can be displayed on a shelf or desk, showing your Starfleet loyalty to all who pass by.

Unlike higher-priced replicas, this phaser comes at an affordable price while maintaining its likeness to one that could have been snugly gripped onscreen, in Shatner’s trusty hand. Have this in your arsenal and set it to stun whenever the mood strikes.

7 Star Trek: Five Year Mission Board Game


This is a cooperative strategy game, based on Kirk’s deep space exploration mission from 2265-2270. This is for 3-7 players and gameplay lasts about 30-40 minutes. Players choose from 6 difficulty levels, solving alerts that come categorized as blue (easy), yellow (medium) and red (hard). Urgent events must be dealt within 3 minutes or less, and characters can incur injuries which impede gameplay by reducing the number of dice available.

Players take on the roles of characters from either the USS Enterprise or the USS Enterprise-D, and each crew member has their own skills and capabilities. Cooperative games are lower stress (though this game is still highly pressurized, you can’t let the Enterprise be destroyed!) and allow for group bonding and sharing.

6 Star Trek: The Complete Original Series -Seasons 1-3


This is where it all began. Fans who’ve recently hopped on board the Discovery and haven’t dipped into the original series will devour these three seasons. Set in the 23rd century, our planet has survived World War III and humanity is now devoted to space exploration.

This is a newly remastered edition, with unaired alternate versions of some episodes included, as well as commentary over some episodes. In this box, you also get the original episodes without the remastering, for nostalgia and a little bit of interesting history for fans. The newer versions are improved with CGI, but the originals are a lot of fun to watch and key viewing for any diehard Trekkies.

5 Star Trek: Discovery – Season One


This series takes place about 10 years prior to Captain Kirk’s 5-year mission that he took in the original 1960’s Star Trek series. The first series after a long break since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005, this show had fans eagerly anticipating their chance to hop onboard the USS Discovery.

The DVD set includes over 2 hours of special features, as well as exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, plus deleted scenes. This is a great way to get up to warp speed on the series – the show was only broadcast on CBS All Access, so since it was exclusive to the streaming service, buying the DVD is the way to go for a lot of fans.

4 Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter


If Kirk and Gillian’s restaurant scene in The Voyage Home is any indication, Star Trek and pizza are meant to mix. This laser-etched, stainless steel pizza cutter is in the shape of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, which first appeared in the original Star Trek series.

This is an officially licensed Star Trek collectible, functional for use and very cool on display. The metal construction on the handle is chrome-plated and it is hard to resist flying this ship into your cheesy pie for a crash-landing, complete with your own personal narration. The design isn’t the perfect cut for handling a pizza cutter, but of course, the magic of slicing through crust with the Enterprise in your fist makes it all worthwhile.

3 Original Series Uniform Crew Socks


These socks are an officially licensed Star Trek product, with the pack including 3 pairs of unisex Star Trek uniform socks sporting the Command, Science, and Engineering symbols.

They’re 98% polyester and 2% spandex, making them durable and high performance to fight wear and tear. These are a great small gift, available in adult sizing, and are also a great way to wear your loyal fandom in a discreet way. For those who live in Star Trek shirts, hats, and other apparel, but need a low-key version to wear under a suit, these socks get the job done while you’re on the job.

2 Monopoly Klingon Collector’s Edition


This version of everyone’s favorite capitalist game is bilingual – the board is in both English and Klingon, to please fans who’ve taken the time to learn the fictitious language. The game includes 6 collectible tokens: Bat’leth, Bird-of-Prey, Captain’s Chair, D’k Tahg, Disruptor, and High Court Gavel.

The classic Chance and Community Chest cards are replaced by Combat and Honor cards. Planets and territories from the Star Trek universe appear in place of the original property squares. This game also comes with a 60-minute speed play option, for those who don’t have all night to dedicate to Monopoly (though those can be pretty good nights).

1 Star Trek Cats


Illustrator Jenny Parks created this book, an homage to the Star Trek universe, with cats cast in all of the roles. Pages feature iconic scenes from the show, with cats replacing Kirk, Spock and other favorite characters. Parks is an illustrator of science and wildlife, who also spends a lot of time illustrating pop culture icons, in their cat versions.

This is a small book and makes a great little gift for a Star Trek fan, a cat fan, or both. A lot of merch can take itself pretty seriously, so this is a must-own for a funny, light-hearted fan who wants to have a laugh.

NEXT: Star Wars: 10 Gifts For Fans Of The Dark Side

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2019-04-08 08:04:10

Amanda McQueen

The Tick Season 2 Review: The Superhero Comedy The World Needs Right Now

Certain comedies get better as they go along, when the writers and the actors have all had a chance to gel and figure out what everyone’s strengths and weakness are. That’s certainly true of Amazon’s The Tick, as it feels almost like an entirely new show at the start of season 2. Some of that is certainly due to the show’s continued refinement of Tick’s (Peter Serafinowicz) suit (or is it his body?), which has entered its third iteration since the series began in August of 2017. The new suit is much more practical, and it allows for a greater range of motion for the man wearing it, which in turn lets The Tick worry less about how its title character looks and more about the level of self-awareness it wants to infuse into its ongoing story of hopelessly flawed superheroes fighting crime in a city called the City. 

At times it felt as though season 1 of The Tick was an attempt for the show to find how it fit with the current glut of superhero films and TV series as much as it was about the effort of Tick and his nascent sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman), to root out evil and discover their place among the alleged pantheon of heroes sworn to protecting the City. Tone and pacing were common issues throughout the first season, which were then exacerbated by a protracted midseason break (almost six months). And still, even upon the series’ return, the balance between humor and superhero action felt off and the serialized nature of the series couldn’t quite turn a plot involving the return of the Terror (Jackie Earle Haley) into the kind of energized storytelling previous incarnations of The Tick enjoyed. 

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That isn’t an issue for season 2, which returns a funnier, faster-paced, and far more confident series than it was in season 1. From the first episode on, The Tick feels very much like the buddy comedy it was meant to be. Serafinowicz and Newman enjoy an easy chemistry with one another, which along with the self-aware, super-heroic dialogue, becomes key to the season’s early success. It helps that Arthur is fully committed to his role as a superhero, and that his family is (for the most part) supportive of his decision to pursue a life of crimefighting while also being an accountant. Removing the will they or won’t they from Tick and Arthur’s relationship gets the series off on the right foot, allowing the show to lean into the absurdity of its premise and its characters by making it all seem perfectly normal for these two heroes. 

Season 2 has some help in the normalizing department, as the defeat of the Terror has brought a huge influx of extremely weird (and often ridiculous) heroes and villains to the City, thanks in large part to A.E.G.I.S (The Tick’s cheeky riff on S.H.I.E.L.D.) re-opening a branch in Tick and Arthur’s neck of the woods. That opens the door for the series to get precisely as weird as it need to, introducing characters like Steve Ogg’s semi-retired Flexon (a Tick analogue to Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic), John Hodgman’s Hobbes, and Marc Kudisch as the hyper masculine, tough-as-nails head of A.E.G.I.S., Tyrannosaurus ‘Ty’ Rathbone. 

Part of what has made The Tick an enduring character since the 1980s is the ever-changing community of oddballs he is surrounded by. While Arthur is and will always be the Watson to his dim-bulb Sherlock Holmes, the franchise has proven adept at introducing new characters who are inherently ridiculous but just serious enough to work, and to keep things fresh, interesting, and funny. 

Season 2 also introduces a new plot line for Arthur’s sister Dot (Valerie Curry), as she begins to wonder whether or not Arthur’s the only one in the family destined to spend their spare time seeking justice. This thread works to give Tick and Arthur some breathing room, but it also spares Curry from being primarily relegated to reacting to the danger her onscreen sibling finds himself in. In her expanded role, Dot manages to get into some trouble and forge a bond with Overkill (Scott Speiser), which, in turn, offers that character a chance to be something more than a spoof on hyper-violent vigilante characters who rose to prominence in the ‘90s. 

The biggest improvements in season 2, however, are in how the season is structured. Though the overarching narrative of the season is still serialized, each episode functions on its own as a complete episode of television. Having a distinct beginning, middle, and end focuses the story and the comedy on more specific elements integral to the episode at hand. As a result, the jokes are funnier, the action livelier, and the story threads more compelling.

All in all, The Tick returns with the terrific new season of television. More heroes, more villains — all of them ridiculous in their own way — means more opportunities for laughs and for superhero action. Much like the Tick’s costume, the series received the right kind of upgrade in between seasons, and in doing so has become a real contender in the world of superhero TV. 

Next: Our Planet Review: Netflix’s Stunning Nature Series Focuses On Humanity’s Impact

The Tick season 2 is available starting April 5 on Amazon Prime Video.

2019-04-04 04:04:15

Kevin Yeoman

Walking Dead: Norman Reedus Says Daryl Needs Closure on Rick’s Fate

The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus claims that Daryl needs closure on exactly what happened to Rick Grimes after his disappearance earlier this season. The midway point of The Walking Dead season 9 was punctuated by the dramatic departure of lead actor Andrew Lincoln, who had portrayed protagonist Rick Grimes since the show began in 2010. However, Rick’s exit was far from clear cut. Instead of succumbing to a zombie bite or being shot by ruthless villains, Rick blew up a bridge he was standing on in order to stop a horde of zombies reaching his fellow survivors. Having survived the initial blast, Rick washed up on the river bank with serious injuries and was secretly spirited away in a helicopter by the mysterious Jadis.

Many of the remaining characters assume Rick to be dead, despite having never found a body, but some refuse to give up hope. Rick’s partner Michonne has been seen in flashbacks scouring the river for any signs of her missing lover, but in the present timeline is more preoccupied with leading a community and raising two children. Daryl Dixon, on the other hand, is far more devoted to the idea that Rick may still be alive. Daryl has separated himself from the other survivors in order to focus on finding out what happened to Rick, swearing to never give up on finding his friend.

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Norman Reedus, the actor who has played the popular character since season 1, has now weighed in on Daryl’s ongoing hunt for Rick and his inability to move on like the others in his community have. Speaking on AMC’s The Walking Dead analysis and interview show Talking Dead (via Comicbook), Reedus stated:

“If he [Rick] died, where’s his body? And he’s [Daryl] a master tracker; he can get you from here to there no problem. He’s very intuitive and he’s very observant, and he just can’t find it. It makes no sense to him. Michonne’s doing it a little bit, and she kind of even says something to the effect of, ‘We have to go forward.’ I don’t know. I think it’s hard for him to swallow. I think he needs closure. There’s a piece of this puzzle missing.”

In recent episodes, Daryl has perhaps started to have put his search to one side, as he deals with the oncoming threat of the Whisperers and the task of protecting teenage sweethearts Henry and Lydia from the latter’s abusive mother. These responsibilities have arguably helped Daryl move away from his isolated mission to discover Rick’s fate and back towards the communities that his friends are trying to build a future for.

Having said that, Rick’s story would no doubt feel very incomplete if no one ever found out he survived the explosion. Michonne and Daryl are currently in a state a limbo, and since viewers know that Rick is still alive, they are willing Rick’s loved ones to discover the truth for themselves, rather than continue to wrongly assume he perished. While Andrew Lincoln’s time on The Walking Dead may be over, at least one Rick-centric movie has been confirmed by AMC. This project would provide a perfect opportunity for the show to tie off those loose emotional ends and give Daryl the closure he desperately needs.

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The Walking Dead continues tonight with “The Calm Before” on AMC.

Source: Talking Dead (via Comicbook)

2019-03-24 04:03:32

Craig Elvy

Harry Potter: 15 Things That Every Potterhead Needs (And 2 Only Voldemort Would Want)

With Harry Potter being one of the biggest franchises in fiction history, no one can turn a corner without running into a Potterhead. In daily life, anyone can find fans wearing applicable scarves, shirts, and necklaces. Whether some people like it or not, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world has become a vital aspect of our pop culture. And even for people who aren’t huge fans, they have to admit the world she built is pretty neat.

As time has gone on, though, the Harry Potter mania has decreased some, which can make it hard to find items to express one’s love for the saga. After all, even if the media isn’t constantly talking about it, it’s ingrained in a lot of people’s daily lives. Harry Potter helped shape who they are and they want to represent that. There are constantly new Harry Potter fans coming into the world — after all, there are plenty of new readers, or new movie-goers every day.

Fear not, though. Places on the internet like Amazon have stepped in to give a platform for neat, sometimes niche products to warm magic-loving hearts. Even muggles deserve to revel in the Hogwarts they loved. If you’re a fan yourself, or looking for a perfect gift for the Potterhead in your life, these will speak to any Harry Potter fan out there.

Along with our guide Harry Potter: 15 Things That Every Potterhead Needs (And 2 Only Voldemort Would Want)

17 For Potterheads: Hogwarts Starry Night Print

Get It Here: $20

Hogwarts is already beautiful and inspiring, a school that delighted fans in the books and the movies. Whenever a character describes it, the grandeur and wonder alone are captivating. However, fans can have a truly artistic view of Hogwarts with this print. An artist rendered the visage of Hogwarts in the style of Van Gogh, making a magical starry night every Potterhead would appreciate.

Though the wizarding school isn’t real, the combination of the classic painting and the fictional place are a real treat. A devoted fan could put this over their bed to encourage sweet dreams of their favorite magical place.

16 For Potterheads: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

Get It Here: $17

Not all the best Potter presents are a mix of muggle and wizard style. If there’s a fun gift that all Potterheads should have at least once, it’s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. These fun, trickster jelly beans delight wizards and fans alike. Even Dumbledore ate earwax and found it fascinating, albeit a bit gross.

This is the classic version of the jelly beans, with the iconic in-film box and everything. However, if a cheaper option is preferred, there are two-packs in a simpler package for about $5.

Whether it’s popcorn or rotten egg, these beans are always a perfect wizarding gamble.

15 For Potterheads: Hedwig Theme Music Box

Get It Here: $8

By far, Hedwig is one of the most beloved creatures in all Potter-dom. When Harry’s wizarding journey began, she was the one always by his side. However, in the seventh book, Hedwig tragically fell during a chase. Both Harry and the fans mourned losing her, a sweet bird that accompanied his childhood.

With the Hedwig music box, though, Potterheads can remember the lost owl. It plays Hedwig’s theme, sending the listener back to simpler times with the fluffy snow owl. As memorial items go, this one does a great job honoring her.

14 For Potterheads: Fantastic Beasts Hufflepuff Scarf

Get It Here: $20

While the Fantastic Beasts films haven’t had the best reception, fans do love its lead, Newt Scamander. Most heroes are brash and brave, but Newt is a friendly Hufflepuff that only wants to make the world a better place. He’s shy, awkward, and connects better to animals than people. That’s one unique protagonist on a hero’s journey.

For any Hufflepuffs proud of their representation, or just Newt fans in general, this Scamander specific scarf is just what they need. Not only can they wear the same monogrammed scarf, but they also can keep their neck warm and cozy, just like a Hufflepuff would.

13 For Potterheads: Elder Wand In An Ollivander’s Box

Get It Here: $37

As the series went on, the magical items that became the most important were the Deathly Hallows, a triage of artifacts that were said to be the most powerful in the world. While Harry inherited the Invisibility Cloak, Dumbledore held the Elder Wand for the entirety of his Headmaster tenancy. Eventually, the wand fell to Harry, who used it to end Voldemort’s reign of terror once and for all.

Amazon offers a unique version of this iconic wand. This replica comes also with the classic Ollivander’s box. Though it’s a relic of legend, it also gives that feeling of new school jitters and wonder. After all, the wand chooses the wizard.

12 For Potterheads: Harry Potter Plush

Get It Here: $20

When it comes to cute, few things are as adorable as plushes. Even better, Amazon has an abundance of them. For fans of all things soft and squishy, having a plush Harry Potter might be the perfect addition to the collection. Not only is he cute, but he’s also soft and small enough to fit anywhere.

Though Harry’s life eventually gets a lot darker and gloomier than it started, this plush reminds fans of the good ole’ days of being eleven. He just got accepted to Hogwarts, his eyes were saucers walking down Diagon Alley, and the entire wizarding world was his to explore. Gives those warm and fuzzy feels, doesn’t it?

11 For Potterheads: Lego Harry Potter Whomping Willow

Get It Here: $60

One of the most iconic and impressive scenes in the Harry Potter movies is when Ron and Harry crash into the Whomping Willow. Though they know by now the dangers of the castle, the tree is a stark reminder early on that there is still so much danger they don’t know yet.

While impressive enough on its own, Lego really did a great job encapsulating classic Hogwarts scenes with their creations. The Whomping Willow is one of the most innovative, using many oddly shaped pieces to put the scene together again. It even comes with its own flying car, perfect for any young Potterhead to enjoy.

10 For Voldemort: Tom Riddle’s Diary

Get It Here: $16

Any Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets super-fans reading? Well, then there is a piece of wizarding lore that can’t be missed. Like Ginny Weasley in the aforementioned story, Tom Riddle’s Diary can be an ominous new member of any library. With a black leather cover, gold trim, and the original name of the Dark Lord himself, it’s an impressive replica.

Be wary if it starts whispering, though. That might mean Voldemort is a little too attached to the diary and it might be best to get rid of it. After all, it’s supposed to be a cool present, not an insidious conduit for He Who Must Not Be Named.

9 For Potterheads: Harry Potter Throw

Get It Here: $22

One of the most beloved aspects of the Harry Potter world are its houses and aesthetic. The series, film or book, are dedicated to an older, more medieval look to its tapestries, maps, and crests. Thousands of fans are dedicated to their specific house and love picking up new gear.

Lucky for them, Amazon offers a wide arrange of Harry Potter throws. While they can pick classics like their preferred house, there are also versions for the Yule Ball or the Marauder’s Map. Each throw is intricate and decorative, adding some serious Hogwarts flair to any household. If the couch is looking pretty bare, this would be a perfect Potterhead solution.

8 For Potterheads: Funko Pop Dobby

Get It Here: $9

In the second book and film, fans met Dobby, a determined little house elf who didn’t always do what his master told him. At least, not perfectly. Though self-destructive, kind Dobby tried to protect Harry from the dangers of the Malfoy house. Dobby’s sacrifice broke hearts that appreciated his kindness, and bravery.

While Dobby is buried by the sea, fans can have their own little version to remind them to be strong and save the world. Equipped with his own tiny sock, Funko Pop sells a cute, wide-eyed Dobby perfect for shelves or desks. Whenever a Potterhead is in need of support, he’ll always be there.

7 For Potterheads: Marauder’s Map Dinnerware

Get It Here: $180

For the posh Potterheads who prefer clever home decor, a little bit more money might go a long way for them. This snazzy Marauder’s Map dinnerware set is trimmed with gold and looks just as classy as any other fancy plate-set.

These plates capture the essence and style of the map without losing any style points. While there are some people who love their rooms smattered in Funko-Pops and house scarves, others may prefer tasteful throws and dinnerware. Both are great and fans can find both through the internet.

Any Potterhead table will look elegant and nerdy with these plates on them.

6 For Potterheads: Hungarian Horntail Plush

Get It Here: $55

For many people, the fourth book is their favorite. After all, it’s easily one of the most diverse and fantastical of the series. Here, the wizarding world is expanded to include different schools, different species of dragons, and finally reveals Lord Voldemort in the full-born flesh.

While all of the book’s creatures and characters are great, the Hungarian Horntail dazzled fans. Vicious and intimidating, the creature doesn’t hold back when fighting Harry. Despite its aggressive ways, though, Potterheads still love it. They can adore the scaly beast in a safe environment with a Hungarian Horntail plush, just as dazzling but far less dangerous.

5 For Potterheads: Vinyl Record Clock

Get It Here: $36

There’s a bit of a rising artform on the internet that not everybody knows about, and that’s vinyl record clock making. With vinyl records relegated to hardcore music fans or dumpsters, they’ve been re-purposed for new cool products. Some artists have taken to carving the vinyl records into fictional homages and adding clock hands.

Of course, this Harry Potter item has some extra oomph to it. This version not only has several options of back-lighting, but also includes several staples of the universe, most importantly Hogwarts castle. Whether a Potterhead loves the light or not, they can’t deny that it’s a neat hybrid creation that makes any fans’ room better.

4 For Potterheads: Cauldron Mug

Get It Here: $18

If there’s one thing most book lovers also adore, it’s a good cup of coffee. That, or another favorite hot beverage. Either way, they enjoy cuddling up with their mug and a good story. Sometimes, it only makes it better if the cup reflects one of your favorite stories.

This mug not only has the Hogwarts insignia embossed on the front in gold, but also is in the shape of a cauldron. Perfect for any witch’s brew, all Potterheads can appreciate it’s aesthetic. In a cozy room full of books, it will fit right in. Something that represents the book and its audience so well is simply perfect for all Hogwarts fans.

3 For Potterheads: Time Turner

Get It Here: $49

When it comes to Harry Potter fandoms, replica items are always a huge draw. Whether it’s Hermione’s Yule Ball earrings, various wands, or personalized robes, Potterheads love immersing themselves in their favorite story. However, few replicas are as elegant and downright cool as the time turner. Vital to the plot of the third book, time turners have become a favorite of fanfiction and speculation.

When it comes down to Harry Potter jewelry, there’s nothing quite like the time turner. If a fan is into heavy necklaces, the time turner is a beautiful wizarding item to keep on them.

2 For Potterheads: Lego Hogwarts

Get It Here: $400

While all the different pieces of Lego’s Harry Potter series are fascinating apart, they are magnificent put together. At the hefty price of $400, the entire Hogwarts Lego set is one of the grandest building sets Lego has to offer. With all their film collaborations, it’s impressive how much detail and care they put into their constructions. Hogwarts is no different.

For any fan interested but not dedicated to the whole Lego set, getting one piece is a good idea. However, for the hardcore Potterheads ready to have an impressive 3D build, Lego’s Hogwarts is the best way to go.

1 For Voldemort: Death Eater Temporary Tattoos

Get It Here: $5

While Harry and friends won the war, that doesn’t stop some fans from being interested in the dark wizards of the world. After all, just from knowing the Malfoy family alone, they can be more complicated than simple, evil, people. Well, except maybe Lucius. He was pretty evil.

Whether it’s for a little fun or a dedicated cosplay, Potterheads flirting with the dark side can get these temporary Death Eater tattoos to try it out a little. However, considering they’re all probably muggles, they should be wary. Voldemort’s not exactly their biggest fan, even if his buddies have really cool tattoos.

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2019-03-20 06:03:28

Stephanie Marceau

8 Mistakes Netflix’s The Witcher Series Needs To Avoid

Netflix’s The Witcher is a series that has already been surrounded by several controversies, but there’s still plenty of time before its release for Netflix to pull the series together and produce something both the fans and Netflix themselves can be proud of. The Witcher is such an iconic series by this point that it will take a lot of effort if Netflix is to keep the already sizeable audience the series boasts. From the mythical beasts hunted down by the serious and stoic Geralt of Rivia, to the colorful cast of witches and non-human characters alike, and even the complex socio-economic politics of the time in which The Witcher takes place, there’s plenty Netflix will need keep up with in order to impress longtime fans.

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8 The Hair

While fans of The Witcher haven’t seen much from the new upcoming series, the brief teaser featuring the first look at Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Riveria. Let’s just say that fans were less than pleased at the state of Geralt, and his majestic white hair. The jury is still out on whether or not Cavill will be able to fill the role in a way that fans will agree with, but there’s certainly been an outcry as to whether or not Geralt’s hair is working, and it looks like he’ll have to take another trip to the nearest barber in Novigrad.

7 Poor Writing

A major mistake that Netflix’s The Witcher series needs to avoid is not having a script that is up to par. An important thing to remember is that The Witcher has already had two interpretations that were driven by excellent writing and world-building. The bar has already been set pretty high and with a character as beloved as Geralt, who many fans have spent hundreds of hours playing as it set the standard incredibly high for the series. However, Netflix has been pretty good about adapting source material and respecting the legacy of the properties they’ve worked with, as we’ve seen with the Marvel properties and the recent Umbrella Academy adaptation.

6 Poor Effects

A story about a magical platinum-haired monster is bound to be heavily dependent on the effects budget that it has been alotted. If we as an audience are to believe that Henry Cavill has become Geralt and is, in fact, hunting Archgriffins, Nightwraiths, or a good ol’ fashions Water Hag, then we’ll need to see some believable special effects. It’s not simply the magical creatures that Geralt will spend the series hunting, but also the elves, dwarves, and witches around him along with the magic they use. Netflix seems to have no issues dumping large amounts of cash in series that they believe will succeed, so we’ll have to hope they’re willing to do something similar for Geralt.

5 The Creatures & The Hunt

The last thing that fans of the books and games want for the series is for it to be reduced to a simple formulaic hunt for this episode’s monster with the occasional two-parter thrown in for good measure. The hunt, from Geralt’s perspective, is something that often takes a lot of time to prep for while gathering information from the locals. The monsters need to be larger than life, awe-inspiring, and majestic (or disgusting in some cases), so the hunt for them and any information that could bring them down should be treated with the same reverence.

4 Brutal & Beautiful

Whether Geralt will be traveling through the bustling ports of Novigrad or traversing the beautiful peaks of Skellige, it’s all but guaranteed that Geralt will be either chasing danger or not too far from danger finding him. It’s important that Netflix remember that Geralt’s world is expansive, astonishing, and incredibly frightening. One of the things that was so amazing about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just how vast it felt while somehow being filled to the brim with new and exciting things to do and discover. The Netflix series will be standing on the shoulders of a beloved book series filled with long-winded descriptions of The Continent, as well as the world Projekt CD Red built throughout the course of the games. Let’s just hope they can bring the complex world of The Witcher to life in a way that keeps it from Netflix’s all-too-active chopping block.

3 Henry Cavill’s Performance

One of the most important factors that will determine the fate of Netflix’s Witcher series will be the performance that Henry Cavill gives. What makes adapting a character that’s already been in both books and video games hard is that fact that some many people have already been Geralt in their own minds. It’s personal.

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Which means that any choice Cavill makes that might skew from the audience’s vision of Geralt may be met with at least some disdain. Cavill does, however, have many fans fuelled up to see what he’ll be bringing to the beloved character. At this point, all we can do is hope for the best. And maybe work on that hair.

2 Roach

It’d be pretty damn hard to have a Witcher series without Geralt trusty and faithful sidekick. No, not Vesemir. We’re referring to his trusty steed(s) Roach. Something that new fans of the most recent Witcher game may not know is that Roach is actually the name that Geralt gives all of his horses. And while nobody likes to see innocent horses getting hurt or killed (losing Artax in the swamp of sadness still hurts), there’s definitely the possibility of a running gag surrounding Geralt’s many horses all with the name Roach.

1 Socio-Economic Landscape

The Continent, the world that Geralt’s adventures take place in, is a complex world filled with warring kingdoms, magical creatures, mortals fighting for power, and non-humans fighting for basic rights in most kingdoms. Netflix’s The Witcher has the potential to become for them what Game Of Thrones became for HBO; A massively popular book series that exploded onto screens because of its complexities, a unique voice, and the willingness to take audiences to places they never expected to go. But all of that sprouts from the detail and passion George R. R. Martin put into his books, which made it possible to create such a vibrant and wide-reaching hit. Let’s hope that Netflix can learn from failures like Marco Polo and create something truly epic for fans across the globe.

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2019-03-09 09:03:01

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