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Star Trek: 10 Wrath Of Khan Storylines That Were Never Resolved

When we’re talking about iconic movies that defined a whole franchise, we have to talk about Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. The second movie to feature the cast from Star Trek: The Original Series, this film redeemed a series that got off to a rocky start. It’s got ample fanservice for fans of the show to connect with while providing enough backstory to welcome new viewers.

The famous scenes of Spock’s death and the infamous scream of Kirk into the communication link are moments that will last forever, and thanks to the internet will provide endless fodder for a million more memes. However, as with all complex stories with a long history, there are several storylines related to Wrath of Khan that were never resolved. Here are ten of them, and luckily they don’t make much of a difference in a stellar film.

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10 Lieutenant Marla MacGuyvers

In the Star Trek: The Original Series, “Space Seed” the historian that joins the away team to the USS Botany Bay grows rather fond of Khan despite his aggressive nature. There’s even some hint of a love triangle here. Kirk seems to be trying too hard to forget her name and patronizes her constantly about her position and her interest in the crew of the SS Botany Bay.

In fact, Kirk seems really preoccupied with her attraction to Khan but we never really find out what’s going on there. At the end of the episode, she joins Khan on the doomed planet, but we never find out what happens to her. Khan makes a reference to “my beloved wife” in Wrath of Khan but never says her name so we can’t be sure.

9 Carol Marcus

Carol is a big part of the plot and storyline in Wrath of Khan. She built and designed the Genesis project, which is no mean feat. In the next film, The Search for Spock, she disappears entirely. Not just from the screen, but entirely. The way David talks about building Genesis, it’s almost as if Carol had nothing to do with it. She must have known he used unstable protomatter to fill in some pesky gaps.

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How could she not know that? And what was her opinion of it? She seemed pretty ethical as a scientist, and she was stubborn and determined enough to hide the original experiment underground on an abandoned planet, so that’s not likely given her character. We also never find out how or when she found out about David’s murder. Considering how important she was it’s disappointing not to know her fate.

8 The SS Botany Bay

When Chekov sees the name “Botany Bay” while he’s exploring what’s left of Ceti Alpha V, he finally puts two and two together. However, he finds the name on cargo carriers, not the actual ship. Chekov’s companion, Captain Terell, asks what happened to the ship that the carriers came from, but the question just hangs in the air and is never answered.

Why were only the containers left? Was that a convenient way of taking away their communication devices and seeing to it they were stranded? It’s hinted at that the SS Botany Bay crashed, but there was no indication that there was any crash in the “Space Seed,” and why would they have crashed? And if they had, wouldn’t the Enterprise have noticed?

7 Ceti Alpha VI

According to the plot of Wrath of Khan, the orbit of the planets changed only a few months after Khan and his crew were left there because Ceti Alpha VI, a neighboring planet, exploded. Just exploded, deal with it. How would that even happen? It could have been a meteorite, a cataclysmic geological event or a weapon being used by a malevolent alien race, but we never find out.

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And how could the USS Enterprise, with all of its modern technology and brilliant scientific minds, not have been able to predict this cataclysmic event in “Space Seed?” To make this even more confusing, when Chekov returns to the system, he gets the planets mixed up and thinks they’re on Ceti Alpha VI, the planet that blew up as if he wasn’t on the Enterprise when Khan was there.

6 Marooned

Considering who Khan and his crew are, why didn’t Kirk tell anyone that they had been found and where they were? There were records of Khan being sent into exile in space, so why was that information not updated, especially in light of the chaos Khan caused on the USS Enterprise? If Khan and his crew are so brilliant, how come they never figured out a way to contact passing ships from Ceti Alpha V?

This leads back to the other dropped storyline of what happened to the SS Botany Bay. In “Space Seed,” Captain Kirk enters the incident into his log, so how come Starfleet didn’t know they were there? Or maybe they did and deliberately left them, which seems against Starfleet protocols. Then again, the Federation has done some nefarious things. If we were Khan, we would think Kirk marooned me on a doomed planet on purpose, too.

5 Khan’s Children

There is a son in this scenario. Well, sort of. He’s really quiet, has virtually no lines and isn’t even named. Is this really Khan’s son, or a younger crew member that he took under his wing? Since his mother is left out of the picture, and we don’t know exactly when she died so we never find out for sure. His age is hard to pin down and that’s never clarified either.

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Apparently, it’s only been 15 years since Kirk left Khan on Ceti Alpha V and the young man in question looks to be older than that. Khan has aged considerably but is surrounded by young crew members. Who are they? He didn’t have any children with him in the “Space Seed” episode, and the boy dies on the doomed USS Reliant. We never find out any more about him or his siblings, including if they ever even existed.

4 The Genesis Cave

“Can I cook, or what?” Carol Marcus

We get some hint of the power of Genesis to destroy at the end of Wrath of Khan and it’s an essential part of the plot in The Search for Spock. We get a hint that protomatter might be responsible, whatever the heck that is, but wouldn’t that also have been present in the experimental Genesis cave that Carol and David built in the heart of a dead planet?

That seemed to be progressing along just fine, and we never find out what happened to it. Was this experiment different, conducted without the addition of protomatter? The cave was simply forgotten and we never find out if it suffered the same fate as the planet in The Search for Spock. 

3 Eel Mind Control

Isn’t it convenient that these vicious little eels were the only living thing left on Ceti Alpha V, and that they can be used to control minds? How did they survive and why didn’t the USS Reliant find them? We could also ask why a ship would send two of its most important officers, with all the pertinent security codes and Starfleet access, to personally inspect a harsh environment on what seems like a dead planet.

To be fair, that’s a problem a lot of Star Trek stories seem to have, but moving on, an explanation of where these things came from and how they survived the planet’s change in orbit would have been nice. It’s also convenient that they left Chekov’s brain totally intact afterward.

2 The Genesis Bomb

How did a benevolent device intended to create life be made into an interstellar bomb just because Khan decides he needs one? And how could Carol Marcus be unaware of this capability? It’s never explained as to how this happened. Khan might have modified it, or it might have had an internal flaw.

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It’s not explained why they can’t beam it aboard the USS Enterprise and stop it, David simply says that they can’t but doesn’t say why. This is hinted at in The Search for Spock when David mentioned protomatter but scientific technobabble can’t pick up a dropped storyline.

1 The Journey of the USS Reliant

This is connected to how the USS Enterprise couldn’t see the destruction of Ceti Alpha V coming, but it also has several of its own dropped threads. Chekov was part of the crew during the “Space Seed” episode. How can he not remember that Khan is on Ceti Alpha V? How come his Captain doesn’t know?

He has access to all the Enterprise records, doesn’t he? Or was something classified? If so, why? How come the USS Reliant couldn’t detect life on the planet, even those weird little eels? It’s too bad this story remained unfinished, as it seems like something significant happened between the USS Enterprise leaving the planet and the USS Reliant returning 15 years later.

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2019-07-12 05:07:35

Kristy Ambrose

Trailer Park Boys: 10 Things You Never Knew About Julian

He’s rough and tough and acts as protector of the trailer park where he lives. This is Julian, one of the main protagonists of Trailer Park Boys. The well-loved character is played by John Paul Tremblay, and he is best known for his close friendships with Bubbles and Ricky.

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As tough as he is, he is also the ‘brains’ of the park and this makes him a force to be reckoned with. He is able to problem solve, and there are many problems to be solved where he and his friends live! Here are 10 things ardent fans might not know about Julian from Trailer Park Boys:

10 The Initiator Of The Mockumentary

Unless viewers have watched the whole series from episode 1, they might not be aware that Julian is the character who began the whole mockumentary, or from his perception, ‘documentary’, of his life in the trailer park. What happened was he received a premonition from a seedy fortune teller forecasting he was going to die soon. Thereafter, he became a little paranoid, wanting the film crew to follow him around, documentary-style. Needless to say, nothing happened but the camera and crew remained… and the mockumentary continues…

9 A New Years Baby

Julian arrived with all the bells and whistles of the dawn of the new year in 1968. He was born on 1 January as the oldest of three boys.

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The date of his birthday is a bit like his character – upfront and front of the line. Julian is arguably the protector of the trailer park where he lives and among his friends, could be considered the ‘alpha’ male. For this reason, a birthday on 1 January is suitable for the unconventional leader.

8 A Tough Upbringing

How did Julian come to be in the trailer park and what made him as tough and edgy as he is? He had a difficult start to life, having been brought up by an abusive father, who was often drunk and was somewhat of an alcoholic. At five years of age, he forced Julian to shoot his own dog for having an accident on the family’s carpet. He abandoned Julian when he was just six years old. This makes for a story as unglamorous as the trailer park which Julian calls home.

7 Dance Like No-One Is Watching

Not every man warms to the idea of being compared to screen legend Patrick Swayze, and Julian is one of these men. His pet peeve is being compared to the slick-moved ’80s actor, who is known for his brilliant steps in Dirty Dancing, a movie best-loved by the ladies.

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Julian’s friend Bubbles likes to remind him of how he loved Dirty Dancing as a kid, and how he would imitate the actor’s slick dance moves as a child, when he thought no-one was watching.

6 Hobbies And Interests

If Julian had to list his hobbies and interests, drinking would more than likely appear as a list-topper. Viewers might have noticed that he is never without a drink in his hand. Still, the strong, muscular character would argue – quite convincingly – that he doesn’t have a drinking problem. Not like his father. In his opinion, he is far from being an alcoholic. Rather, he is more of a professional drinker; and when asked which drink he’d prefer, it’s usually rum and coke which feature top of his list.

5 Single But Not Ignorant

While he has been seen with numerous ladies and seems to attract them, despite his personal flaws, Julian is still single.

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He does, however, have lots of experience with the fairer sex, having had his fair share of flings. Viewers might be interested to learn that during high school, Julian had a relationship with Ricky’s girlfriend, Lucy. The brawny character seems to have had quite a history and it’s always interesting to learn what a colorful history his has been!

4 Criminal Tendencies

Much as Julian is in denial about his drinking problem, he seems to excuse away his criminal tendencies. He sees himself as the responsible one of his crew, and in many ways, he is looked up to by the other characters in the series, especially Bubbles. Still, he is what one could call ‘a career criminal’. He has been arrested as many times as his friend Ricky, and fans of the show would have realized that you won’t see Ricky commit a crime without Julian by his side.

3 A Big Heart

Many people think of Julian as being the toughest in the trailer park in Sunnyvale where he lives. It takes a true fan of his to know that really he is a softie with probably the biggest heart in the trailer park. As a child, he became a father figure to Bubbles, who was left without a family, and he continues this fatherly role towards the character. He also looks out for the others in the park. They look up to him because while he has big muscles, he also has a big heart.

2 A Checkered History

Julian has dated all kinds of women: the good, the bad, and the ugly. He has dated both a con artist and a policewoman – opposite extremes. Ironically, the said con artist lured him in by pretending to be a Christian missionary. She influenced him to help her steal dope plants and to this day, Julian berates himself for his ‘poor judgment’. He met the policewoman while she was inspecting the park and through their relationship, Julian’s friends were pardoned for some of their offenses. The relationship with her was ended when she arrested him! Definitely a dating history worth writing about.

1 Moral Fiber

Despite his controversial story, his criminal history, and his shady dealings, Julian does appear to have some kind of moral fiber. He clearly knows right from wrong, which is why others often seek him for advice and regard him as a father or authority figure. To give an example, in one episode where the trailer park residents were in trouble, he was the one who bought back the repossessed trailers of residents and organized for them to be fixed up. This was at no personal gain to himself and purely out of a sense of moral responsibility.

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2019-07-11 05:07:20

Heather Djunga

Family Matters: 10 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

The mid-’90s was something of a golden period for family-centered sitcoms, with programs like Full House, Home Improvement, and Step by Step focusing on the trials and tribulations of large, rowdy broods with hapless fathers, angsty teens, and wacky neighbors. Family Matters, which aired on ABC from 1989 until 1997 (and then on CBS from ’97-’98) was centered nicely into the niche left by The Cosby Show, and just to the right of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

It focused on policeman Carl Winslow, his wife Harriette (a character from Perfect Strangers), their three children, her mother, and the irrepressible Steve Urkel. “Urkel” and his many zany catchphrases and geeky oddness became the focus of the series as time went on, allowing for more bizarre storylines like cloning and possessed puppets. Over the course of nine seasons, many of the plot points introduced were never touched on again, to varying degrees of absurdity (like completely forgetting about the third Winslow child). Perhaps certain storylines might have been resolved in Season 10, but we never got it.

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10 WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JUDY WINSLOW?

In the first season of Family Matters, Carl and Harriette Winslow are shown to have three children; Eddie (the eldest), Laura (the middle child), and Judy (the youngest daughter). Halfway through the first season, Steve Urkel appears, and while he wasn’t supposed to be a main character, takes over much more screen time, relegating Judy to being a background character.

By season four, she’s seen walking upstairs, but we never hear her speak. By season five she’s gone altogether, with no explanation, at age 13. Harriette and Carl act as though she never existed and they only had two children, with Urkel taking her place in the household since he almost never seems to leave.

9 STEVE URKEL’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FAMILY

Amidst all the antics and hijinks that Urkel gets up to bothering the Winslows, it’s sometimes easy to forget why he’s over at their house so much in the first place. In later seasons it’s hinted at that he doesn’t have the best relationship with his family, who he indicates actively dislike him. His parents are never seen, and we’re introduced to his cousin Myrtle Urkel who doesn’t live in the state.

At one point during the series, Steve’s parents up and move to Russia, causing the Winslows to take pity on him and move him into their household. We can imagine that was beyond difficult for Carl and Laura, but what about Steve? His feelings and reactions to being abandoned are never really explored.

8 URKEL’S ABILITY TO BE “COOL”

One of the most blatant running gags in Family Matters is that Steve Urkel isn’t considered “cool”. With his dorky clothes, annoyingly high pitched voice, and ability to make a bad situation ten times worse, it’s reasonable to see why Eddie, Carl, and Laura wouldn’t want him around. But there’s a few members of the Winslow Family that like Steve, and these members happen to be people unconcerned with Steve’s popularity status.

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In the episode “Higher Anxiety”, while consoling Eddie about his two-timing girlfriend, Steve actually gets invited to a cool kid’s party, and later in the series, he saves his high school’s basketball team from losing by busting out some insane Michael Jordan type moves. You’d think instances like that would remind people that Steve wasn’t just a dorky loser.

7 HARRIETTE WINSLOW’S POLICE EXPERIENCE

An interesting fact about Family Matters is that it was actually a spin-off of Perfect Strangers, and based around the character of Harriette Winslow, an elevator operator at The Chicago Chronicle. She operated the elevator for the third and fourth seasons of the show before becoming the matriarch on its spin-off Family Matters and being fired from her job at the Chronicle.

A graduate from the Chicago Police Academy, Harriette had extensive police experience, having only quit the force because she became pregnant with Eddie. Yet soon after she was fired from the position of elevator operator, she becomes the director of security for the Chronicle. The series never explains why, with all her qualification, she didn’t get that position to begin with, rather than a much less lucrative one.

6 STEVE’S OTHER COUSIN

Few may remember that ’90s television was the Avengers of sit-coms, with characters regularly engaging in crossover episodes. Sabrina the Teenage Witch had a crossover with Boy Meets World, and Family Matters had a crossover with both Step by Step and Full House. In the Full House case, Steve is bothering his cousin while attending a science fair in San Francisco.

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It’s not really explained how Steve is in San Francisco from Chicago, as no episode of Family Members aired that night to set it up. This cousin of his is also never mentioned again, but the only cousin that ever appears in Family Matters is the Southern belle Mrytle Urkel (also played by Jaleel White) who falls in love with Eddie.

5 URKEL’S ISETTA

Steve Urkel’s car is as quirky as he is, and the little Isetta is called everything from a “hunk of junk” by Eddie to a toy car that Laura would crush if Steve ever asked her to get in it. For all its mechanical faults, however, the show couldn’t seem to decide whether it was going to operate like a perilous bucket of bolts or actually drive like a smooth cruising dream machine.

For instance, in one episode he explains he paid four dollars for a sunroof he purchased used, but in another, it’s his uncle that paid him fifty dollars to take it away. In one episode it has a speedometer that only goes up to 30 mph, in another 60mph, while in another it simply has…a chalkboard. It also drove just fine in “Driving Carl Crazy” and “Hot Rods To Heck”.

4 STEVE AND LAURA’S WEDDING

Throughout Family Matters, Steve Urkel’s unrequited love for Laura Winslow provided some of its most comedic and heartfelt moments. Laura viewed Steve as a complete geek, and he viewed her as a goddess, who no matter what he did (even transforming himself into the epitome of “cool” to take her on a date) she would never feel the same way about him.

That is, until the last few seasons of the show, which resulted in them dating and eventually getting engaged. While this may have seemed odd to some viewers, it was a nightmare for Carl Winslow. He must have been the happiest that their storyline wasn’t taken to its eventual conclusion; marriage in Season 10. The show ended with nine seasons before this travesty could ever happen.

3 LAURA GETTING PREGNANT

Season 10 of Family Matters was going to be full of a lot of surprises; some expected, some definitely not. While it was clear that with the engagement of Steve and Laura in Season 9 wedding bells weren’t far off, it would have been certainly a surprise to fans to find out Laura was also pregnant soon after her nuptials. But that was definitely the plan for Season 10’s grand finale.

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Perhaps it makes sense – the conclusion of one of America’s favorite sitcoms about the bonds of family ends with another little family being started. Just imagine a baby crying with the same annoying pitch of Steve Urkel’s laugh and be happy that this storyline never made it to airing.

2 CARL’S MYSTERIOUS BROTHER

Carl often talked about his brothers, which viewers knew as Frank, Calvin, and Daryl. He actually had four brothers, but the fourth brother mysteriously never received a name and never received a backstory. Only one brother actually appeared on the show (Frank), and only in one episode, leaving viewers to speculate as to the identities of the others.

It’s been said by producers that they weren’t that interested in exploring Carl’s family, preferring instead to keep the focus of Family Matters on his role as the breadwinner of the family, his wife (who took some umbrage with his position as lofty patriarch), and his children. Some speculate his other brother was named Walter.

1 THE TROUBLE WITH STEVIL

In the infamous Halloween episode “Stevil”, Steve purchases a dummy to practice ventriloquism. Two tragedies occur in the episode; Steve annoys everyone with his dummy routine, and the dummy tries to kill the entire Winslow family. Based on the Chucky franchise, the dummy comes to life and brutally murders Steve’s neighbors, though it’s later revealed this is all a dream.

A second episode, “Stevil II” included Stevil and a Carl dummy, Carlsbad, coming to life and trying to steal the souls of Steve and Carl Winslow in their dreams. A third installment, in which Stevil would try one last time for Steve’s soul was planned for Season 10, with his wife Laurotten wanting to go after Laura’s soul but it never aired.

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2019-07-10 05:07:47

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

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2019-06-26 10:28:03

Avengers: Endgame Review – Marvel Delivers A Superhero Epic Like Never Before

Avengers: Endgame wraps up the story of the MCU so far, delivering an epic superhero adventure while honoring the past in a satisfying finale.

Marvel Studios kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe nearly 11 years ago with 2008’s Iron Man. Back then, they had a relatively modest vision of building to The Avengers by assembling a team of heroes from their respective origin movies into a single unit. In the decade since Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Iron Man, the MCU has grown to include superheroes from all across the universe, from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, Avengers: Endgame marks the 22nd film in the MCU and sets out to achieve a feat Hollywood has never seen attempted before by ending the story that first began in Iron Man. And it does, in a spectacular accomplishment. Avengers: Endgame wraps up the story of the MCU so far, delivering an epic superhero adventure while honoring the past in a satisfying finale.

Avengers: Endgame picks up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, which saw the Avengers divided and defeated. Thanos won the day and used the Infinity Stones to snap away half of all life in the universe. Only the original Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – remain, along with some key allies in the forms of War Machine (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Each of the survivors deal with the fallout from Thanos’ Decimation in different ways, but when an opportunity presents itself to potentially save those who vanished, they all come together and set out to defeat Thanos, once and for all.

For Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios assembles its veterans behind the scenes as well, re-teaming directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who joined the MCU with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who’ve penned a total of six MCU movies since Captain America: The First Avenger. All that’s to say, Avengers: Endgame fits perfectly within the larger MCU in terms of direction and screenwriting because it was created by those who had a prominent hand in crafting the sprawling cinematic universe. And with so much experience under their belts, the Russos excel at balancing the superhero spectacle with human drama, while the more focused story of Endgame allows for the characters to truly shine. There are moments when the story gets a little unwieldy, suffering from similar problems to Infinity War in maintaining a consistent pace throughout the entire film. But Avengers: Endgame is meant to be a culminating epic and it’s clear that the Russos, Markus and McFeely took the care to make sure they got it right.

At the heart of Avengers: Endgame are the heroes we’ve been following since the very beginning. At this point in the franchise, there’re too many heroes for one movie – even a three-hour movie – to focus on all of them. Avengers: Infinity War undoubtedly struggled under the weight of balancing so many characters. With half the universe gone, Endgame is able to focus on the original six Avengers, who are the true center of the MCU (at least, so far). The film remarkably balances its character arcs so well it’s as if each hero gets a solo movie in Avengers: Endgame. There are certain character beats that may not work for all viewers, and even within the original six, certain heroes get more focus than others, unfortunately. To their credit, though, the actors give some of their best performances in the MCU, especially the original six: Downey, Evans, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Johansson and Renner. Even with future movies or TV shows already planned for some characters, this is the original Avengers team’s swan song, and the actors put their hearts and souls into Avengers: Endgame.

In addition to the character drama, Avengers: Endgame delivers superhero spectacle like nothing seen in the MCU – or any other superhero movie – ever before. With Endgame acting as the conclusion of the MCU thus far, it goes all in on action. There are times when Endgame falls back into Marvel’s old problems (hordes of unimportant villains, too much CGI and muted coloring), but they’re tempered with character-focused moments. While most of these are in service of the core six, each Marvel hero in Avengers: Endgame gets a moment to truly shine and join in on the superhero fun. Some of these moments are unashamedly fan service and, in fact, there’s a great deal of fan service in Avengers: Endgame overall. But after 11 years and 21 movies, Marvel has earned some fan service, and it all adds to the epic, event nature of Avengers: Endgame.

Ultimately, Avengers: Endgame is a whole lotta movie, but the filmmakers put every single second of its three-hour runtime to good use. Since Endgame concludes the Infinity Saga (the official title of the story thus far), Marvel and the filmmakers have the unenviable task of delivering a movie that satisfies all MCU fans. While there are bound to be aspects of Avengers: Endgame that don’t work for all viewers, for the most part the movie actually, truly offers a satisfying ending to the Infinity Saga. As a result, Avengers: Endgame is a must-see for Marvel fans, even those who have only a casual interest in the MCU. Because of the spectacle, it’s worth seeing Avengers: Endgame in IMAX, though it isn’t necessary to enjoy the movie. Marvel Studios’ latest faces the highest expectations of any Marvel Studios movie thus far and manages to exceed them, which is nothing short of extraordinary. Simply speaking, Avengers: Endgame is one of the best Marvel movies ever.

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Avengers: Endgame starts playing in U.S. theaters Thursday evening April 25th. It is 181 minutes long and rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-23 03:04:53

Molly Freeman

New Avengers: Endgame TV Spots Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage

There’s a slew of new Avengers: Endgame TV spots with never-before-released footage from the film. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the upcoming film is the 22nd entry to the MCU, which started in 2008 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise for the last decade, it’ll pick up after the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War that left the remaining heroes at their lowest point after Thanos successfully wiped out half of life in the universe using the completed Infinity Gauntlet.

Anticipation for Endgame continues to build as the release nears. The film’s global press tour is in full swing with the cast and crew’s latest stop being Seoul, South Korea. Back in North America, Marvel Studios continues to roll out several marketing material for the movie. While fans already got their fill of trailers, posters and TV spots still come out for the final film in The Infinity Saga. The latest batch of the latter provide some scenes that were never-before-seen, giving a bit more context to the narrative, which up until now is still tightly under wraps.

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The trio of TV spots may only be running for less than 30 seconds each, but it includes new several scenes from the movie. Released by Marvel Studios and collated by YouTube channel FilmArtsy, the first spot features Hawkeye and Black Widow’s moment aboard the Benatar; Ronin fighting in Japan; Pepper Potts joining the team in welcoming Tony Stark and Nebula from space, a hilarious moment between Rhodey and Scott Lang. The second clip opens with Stark and Steve Rogers talking about getting the whole team; Rhodey firing his updated War Machine suit, Widow training; and Rocket seemingly doing some ship maintenance. Finally, the third video plays a bit different from its predecessors. It includes a chunk of an actual scene from the film where Captain Marvel lays out a simple plan of getting back the stones “to bring everyone back;” a team-up of Hawkeye and Iron Man sporting and using his new armor. Watch all promo spots below:

Aside from never-before-seen footage, fans can also hear new dialogue from Stark delivering his own motivational speech, presumably telling his comrades: “it’s time to live up to our name.” For years, the MCU’s premier league of superheroes have been called the Avengers, but they barely have anything to avenge for. Despite having initial minor losses, they always come out on top. The first time they were defeated was in Infinity War, with Thanos proving his commitment to his goal, not letting anything get on the way between him and achieving it. But with so much riding on this next mission, particularly for the original Avengers, fans can expect them to avenge the fallen whatever it takes – as emphasized in Endgame‘s marketing materials.

While majority of the viewing public is eager to know what goes down in Avengers: Endgame, some might feel like Marvel Studios are revealing too much in these new TV spots. They’ve been really good at crafting non-spoiler but still engaging trailers and for the most part, they’ve worked for the fans. It’ll be a shame if they undo all that by rolling out too much new footage in these short clips. That being said, it’s important to note that the Russos’ admitted to footage manipulation in marketing clips to throw off people’s theories about the movies, so maybe some of these shots are either different or not even in the film.

More: Avengers: Endgame TV Spot Show’s Off Captain Marvel’s Binary Form

Source: Marvel Studios (via FilmArtsy)


2019-04-17 06:04:33

Ana Dumaraog

Joss Whedon’s Avengers Films Never Understood Captain America

Steve Rogers aka. Captain America (Chris Evans) has the best solo movies, but Joss Whedon’s Avengers films – 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – never truly understood his character. The Star-Spangled Man has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since his solo origin movie, 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, which directly preceded the first Avengers movie. Outside the team-up films, Captain America’s story continued in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and his solo trilogy concluded in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America most recently returned in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes finally came face to face with the Mad Titan Thanos, a villain the MCU has been setting up since the very first Avengers movie. And after the cliffhanger ending of Infinity War, in which Thanos won and wiped out half of all life in the universe, Captain America was one of the heroes left standing, having watched his best friend Bucky Barnes aka. Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) die. Next, Captain America will return in Avengers: Endgame as the remaining heroes team up to take on Thanos again and try to reverse the snap.

Related: Marvel Movie Timeline: A Complete History Of The MCU

Avengers: Endgame is set to conclude the story of the MCU so far, what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige calls the Infinity Saga and, as such, we’re looking back at the franchise as a whole. In particular, Captain America has had an interesting arc throughout his solo movies, but has been underutilized in the first three Avengers movies (Cap has more lines in his Spider-Man: Homecoming cameo than Infinity War). Further, Whedon’s characterization of Captain America in his two Avengers movies gets certain key aspects of the hero wrong, revealing the writer-director doesn’t understand the Star-Spangled Man. Now, we dive into how Whedon’s characterization of Captain America is different and what it gets wrong.

  • This Page: Captain America Is The Best MCU Character
  • Next Page: Joss Whedon Rewrote Captain America & Got It Wrong

Captain America Is The Best MCU Character – In His Solo Movies

One of the lines of dialogue most associated with Captain America comes from his second solo movie, The Winter Soldier: “The price of freedom is high, it always has been. But it’s a price I’m willing to pay.” However, this dialogue is actually a callback to a scene early on in The First Avenger when pre-super soldier serum Steve picks a fight with a man in a movie theater who was being disrespectful of a newsreel about the United States Army’s involvement in World War II. In that newsreel, the voiceover says, “Our brave boys are showing the Axis Powers that the price of freedom is never too high.” These lines are important because they represent Captain America’s core beliefs in the MCU. He believes in freedom and he believes in paying the price to earn that freedom, even if that price is giving his own life – and even, as seen in The Winter Soldier, if no one else is willing to give their lives for freedom.

Steve also demonstrates a stubborn fighting spirit, particularly in The First Avenger: “I can do this all day.” In the first act of the movie, Steve picks a fight with a man much bigger than him, and it becomes clear from his conversation with Bucky that this is a regular occurrence. Then, it’s revealed Steve has tried to enlist in the army and join the war five times – five times – before he’s taken in by Dr. Erskine for the super soldier program. It’s Steve’s time fighting on the streets of Brooklyn in the 1930s and 40s, then his time in WWII where he proves he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. That mentality carries through the rest of his solo films as he takes on an entire branch of the United States government in order to defeat the MCU’s Nazi organization, Hydra, and again when he fights his own friends in Civil War in order to protect the Avengers’ freedom from government oversight.

Related: Every Captain America Movie, Ranked

Captain America’s relationship to the U.S. government is another key aspect of his characterization, and one that doesn’t get explored much, if at all outside of his solo movies. Over the course of his three movies, Steve goes from putting all of his faith in the U.S. government’s mission in WWII, to questioning an institution that can allow an evil like Hydra to foster within its ranks. And, having learned that even a government in which he placed so much faith can be fallible and corrupt, Civil War sees Steve fight to make sure no government has the power of the Avengers under their control. Since the Avengers movies tend to feature more extraterrestrial threats – with the exception of Ultron – Captain America doesn’t have as strong a showing as he does against the villains of his solo movies.

Still, though Captain America may not be the most important Avenger in the team-up movies, his solo movies and his solo trilogy are arguably the best of the MCU. The Captain America films have a very specific trajectory and Steve Rogers is a fully realized, well-developed character through all three movies. He’s a hero who fights for freedom, always, and one who appreciates his abilities after having grown up getting beat up in the back alleys of Brooklyn. Marvel Studios created one of its best heroes in Captain America – but he hasn’t gotten to shine properly in the Avengers movies, and part of that is due to Whedon not truly understanding the character of Steve Rogers.

Next Page: Joss Whedon Rewrote Captain America & Got It Wrong

Joss Whedon Rewrote Captain America For Avengers 1 & 2

Contrast to Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, Joss Whedon’s version of the character in The Avengers – which he wrote and directed – is a boy scout who butts heads with Tony Stark aka. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Some of this comes from Steve’s faith in S.H.I.E.L.D. and, by extension the U.S. government, which is true to the character as established in The First Avenger. Steve hasn’t yet been forced to face the truth of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s corruption and so he trusts Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Then Steve and Tony butt heads again in Avengers: Age of Ultron over Tony’s desire to protect Earth with Ultron, seeing it as a preventative measure similarly problematic to Fury’s Project Insight. But while the basic points of Steve’s character are the same, Whedon changes certain aspects of Captain America’s characterization for both Avengers movies.

Though Whedon did some script work on The First Avenger, there’s a notable change in Steve’s tone from his first solo film to The Avengers, then again from The Winter Soldier to Age of Ultron. Whedon’s characterization of Steve emphasizes the man out of time nature to his character in the Avengers movies. Steve was born in the 1910s, grew up in the 1920s/1930s and went into the ice in the 1940s, then wakes up in 2011. In The Avengers, he wears clothes more reminiscent of the 40s, and calls Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) “ma’am” on more than one occasion. To be clear, no other character in the The Avengers refers to a female character as “ma’am,” and Cap only uses the term of respect once in The First Avenger, directed at Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) – in a scene that may have been rewritten by Whedon. In all other instances in The First Avenger, he refers to Peggy by her title, Agent Carter. While it’s a small change in Cap’s character, it gives him more of an old-fashioned tone in The Avengers.

Related: Marvel Movie Timeline: A Complete History Of The MCU

That tone carries into Age of Ultron, particularly in Whedon’s “Language” bit. Despite having lived in the modern era for a few years at that point, Steve warns Tony away from using the word “shit” in the opening sequence of Age of Ultron, and the other characters refuse to let it go, teasing Steve about it throughout the rest of the film. It’s another instance of Whedon using Steve being a man out of time to comedic effect, carrying that theme over from The Avengers, but it doesn’t account for the character growth Steve saw in The Winter Soldier. Essentially, Whedon’s Captain America can be boiled down to two character beats: a man out of time and a hero who believes in “truth, justice and the American way.” But, that’s not who the MCU’s Captain America actually is.

Why Whedon’s Interpretation Of Captain America Is Wrong

Captain America, as introduced in the MCU and developed through his solo movies, is a much more complex character than Whedon’s interpretation. Whedon’s characterization simplifies or outright changes Steve’s core beliefs to deliver punchlines or create tension among the Avengers team, particularly in Steve’s conflict with Tony. Steve is a man that grew up likely as an Irish Catholic (though that’s not confirmed in the MCU) in 30s/40s Brooklyn and went to war, where he spent time fighting Nazis alongside fellow soldiers, but Whedon ignores that background in order to portray Steve as an uptight, god-fearing idealized man from the 40s. Whedon conflates Steve being a “good man from the 40s” with Steve using overly formal language, being religious to the point of refusing to accept the reality of gods like Thor and Loki, and reprimanding Tony about swearing. But that’s an overly simplistic view of Captain America that erases everything about him that makes him so interesting.

This is never more obvious than at the end of Age of Ultron when Steve is giving one of his trademark speeches, and it’s a stark contrast to the one he delivers in The Winter Soldier. In his second solo movie, Cap says, “The price of freedom is high,” and refers gravely to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents potentially giving their lives to win the organization’s freedom from Hydra’s grasp. In Age of Ultron, Cap tries to rally his teammates by saying, in part, “If you get killed, walk it off.” The line is delivered as a punchline, one Whedon no doubt included to bring some levity to the moment, but it flouts Steve’s belief in the preciousness of life. Dying in battle is the highest price someone can pay. Steve Rogers wouldn’t joke about it.

Related: The 5 Movies You Have To Watch To Understand Avengers: Endgame

But therein lies the problem with Whedon’s Captain America: it uses Steve’s beliefs and ideals, and the era from which they come, to deliver punchlines, but to the detriment of the already established character. Whedon tends to write characters with snarky, quippy banter – it’s one of the aspects of his writing that won him a massive fan-following. While that works for certain Avengers characters like Iron Man, Hawkeye and, to an extent, Black Widow, it doesn’t necessarily fit Captain America. Steve isn’t an overly serious character who never cracks a joke, but he’s also not the type to blithely quip about his friends dying – particularly after losing his best friend in battle. Whedon ignores the aspects of Captain America that don’t fit his particular style and tone of writing, rewriting Steve to fit his own sense of humor.

Ultimately, Whedon’s tweaks to the characterization of Steve Rogers have a snowball effect to the point where the character comes off less like a three-dimensional person and more like an idea. Whedon’s Captain America is “truth, justice and the American way” personified when the actual truth of Steve Rogers is more complex. He’s a normal man with a good heart who was chosen to become a superhero because of his ideals – but that doesn’t mean all he is is his ideals. He’s faced loss and hardship, shouldered responsibility others would crumble under, and still stands strong in his beliefs. He’s a good man in a way that isn’t relegated to his original time, but transcends the era in which he was born. In Whedon’s Avengers movies, these aspects of Captain America’s character are fodder for jokes, not the foundation upon which the character is built. It emphasizes a lack of awareness on Whedon’s part about what makes Steve Rogers a superhero and proves he never truly understood Captain America.

Next: Everything We Know About Captain America’s Role In Avengers: Endgame


2019-04-13 11:04:20

Molly Freeman

Star Wars 9 Theory: Palpatine Never Existed, It Was Always Darth Plagueis

Sheeve Palpatine, AKA Darth Sidious is back as the main villain of Star Wars after a shocking reveal at the end of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Darth Plagueis may hold the key to why he’s still alive. As the ninth and final episode of a three trilogy arc, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sets to bring a definitive conclusion to the Skywalker saga, so it only makes sense for Palpatine, the Skywalkers’ chief nemesis, to be the ultimate evil they need to defeat.

The only problem is the last time audiences saw Palpatine, he was falling down the reactor shaft of the second Death Star, where he burst into blue electric energy. However, as he eluded to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, he learned mastery over life and death from Darth Plagueis before killing him.

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This story is relayed to Anakin in the now oft-memed Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. But something never quite lined up about that story, especially coming from the mouth of Sheev Palpatine. If Plagueis had power over life and death, wouldn’t it make more sense for him to live on? Maybe that’s exactly what happened and he took his apprentice Palpatine’s identity. Not only does this explain why Palpatine is back in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but also his obsession with the Skywalkers and the Sith Rule of Two.

  • This Page: What We ACTUALLY Know About Plagueis
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Darth Plagueis was a big part of Expanded Universe canon before it was designated as “Legends” after Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars and cleaned up canon. The novel Darth Plagueis gave a much more detailed backstory to the Dark Lord of the Sith and Palpatine, threading him into the events of the Star Wars saga as we knew them.

While Plagueis has been referenced a few times in newer canon, he’s received much less development, and we might finally know why. If Palpatine is actually a resurrected Plagueis, then it’s all part of a twist Lucasfilm has been preserving since before The Force Awakens.

Coincidentally, most of the information we know about Plagueis comes from the mouth of Palpatine, meaning it’s all suspect due to the dishonest narrator.

“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?… I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural. He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It’s ironic he could save others from death, but not himself.”

The implication here is that Palpatine, Darth Sidious, was Plagueis’ apprentice, learned how to defeat death and create life from his master, then killed him in his sleep. This means Palpatine would now know how to do what Plagueis did and was using it to tempt Anakin to seek out that power, with plans to reveal himself to Anakin as a Sith Lord later.

The only other references in canon are in the novel Tarkin, where the same lore we already know is restated, but we also learn that Palpatine inherited Plagueis’ protocol droid. In the Expanded Universe, Plagueis was part of a species known as the Muun, but modern canon has avoided confirming his species. The most we know about his origins is revealed in the comics by Ferren Barr, a Jedi who survived Order 66 who discovers some information on Plaguis’ existence when seeking answers to how the Jedi fell. Interesting enough, that information is located alongside other files for Padme Amidala and Jar Jar Binks, both natives of Naboo like Palpatine.

Clearly, Plagueis is a major part of Star Wars canon, despite the vague information about him. There’s a reason fans are obsessed with the scene and why it’s widely regarded as one of the best scenes in the prequels. As it turns out, it’s probably the most important scene in the whole franchise.

Page 2 of 2: Everything Palatine Told Anakin Was a Half-Truth

One of the most fascinating parts about the prequel trilogy and Anakin’s fall to the dark side is that, while the Jedi are supposed to be his friends, they consistently lie or conceal the truth from him. At the same time, his friend Chancellor Sheev Palpatine always tells the truth – or at least most of the truth – right up to the point where he trusts Anakin with his true identity as Darth Sidious.

The apparent honesty and use of half-truths is especially interesting to pick apart as we look back at Palpatine’s story about Darth Plagueis the Wise. First, it’s important to remember why Palpatine tells Anakin the story at all. He knows Anakin is devastated over the loss of his mother and fears the loss of Padme. The story is meant to pique Anakin’s curiosity over the power of the dark side and prime him for the eventual reveal that, as a Sith Lord, Palpatine can help Anakin achieve that same power so he can save Padme.

But is the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise the whole truth, or one of Palpatine’s half-truths? Looking at the story as, told, it doesn’t all quite line-up. How could Plagueis be so powerful that he can stop people from dying, yet foolish enough to let his apprentice kill him in his sleep – especially when he knows killing your master is the path of ascension used by all Sith apprentices?

RELATED: Palpatine Created Anakin Skywalker

Taking a step back to look at dark side powers and how they could be used to master immortality, the most logical explanation is that it involves a form of possession or transference of consciousness into a new host body. The Sith had a similar power in the Expanded Universe known as “essence transfer,” and Palpatine even used it to live-on in the body of a number of clones in some post-Return of the Jedi stories.

Becoming a Force ghost is an inherently selfless act, so it’s not something the Sith can achieve, but it does seem like dominating a new host body is a way Plagueis could prevent his spirit and consciousness from dying out, living forever by hopping from body to body.

So, if The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise is a half-truth maybe the apprentice did kill the master, but it was Plagueis taking over the body of the apprentice to kill his own aging self, assuming the identity of Palpatine before the events of Stars Wars: The Phantom Menace. And the whole thing could be possible because of a rigid adherence to the Rule of Two.

One of the most fascinating aspects about Palpatine is just how complex and long-term his plan for galactic domination was. He was the ultimate chess master, but some of the essential moves to make his plan work must have been executed long before he entered the scene. Chief among these things is the decision to relocate the main Jedi Temple to Coruscant, where it was built on-top of the site of an old Sith Shrine, whose powers ultimately ended up helping Sidious cloud the minds of the Jedi so they couldn’t sense his growing power on the same planet.

The Sith are selfish and only seek to preserve their own power, so its hard to believe the plan was established by a long-dead Sith and executed by his successors, who have no loyalty to his dreams. The only way this plan makes sense is if it was being executed by its own architect, and the Rule of Two would play a fundamental role in seeing that play out.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Death of the Empire Explained

As Star Wars lore would have it, the Rule of Two was established by Darth Bane after infighting nearly decimated the Sith Order. The Rule of Two ensured that this kind of self-destruction wouldn’t happen again by maintaining that there should only ever be two Sith in the galaxy – a master and an apprentice. No more, no less.

The Rule of Two seems like a reliable system, until you consider Plaguis’s power over life-and-death could have enabled him to manipulate the Rule of Two to ensure his own survival without any real Sith competition. Instead of training an apprentice who would eventually kill him, he instead could have trained apprentices who he would eventually possess, killing his old body and continuing to live in the body and identity of his former apprentice. It’s basically Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige but a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Looking at the Rule of Two and Plagueis in this new context, Palpatine’s (or, Plagueis’) plans in the prequels makes a lot more sense. He was constantly seeking newer and more powerful apprentices and even seeking out Force-sensitive younglings for his inquisitor program. While it would seem to make sense for him to try to wipe out all other Force users, that’s not what he did. He actually continually sought out more and more powerful Force users and tried to bring them under his wing.

He may have finally found his next host in the body of Anakin Skywalker – the Chosen One, but thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi and a little help from the high ground, that body was summarily ruined. Fortunately, it turned out Anakin Skywalker had a son, so it only makes sense that Palpatine would try to have Luke Skywalker replace his father at Palpatine’s side, especially as the Plagueis’ Palatine body seemed to be beyond aging at that point and he surely needed a new host. He may have even wanted to replace Vader with Ezra Bridger before he knew Luke existed.

Anakin and Luke thought they defeated the Sith Lord, but as we now know from the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine is alive and well, and with a new super powerful descendant of Anakin Skywalker set loose on the galaxy, he may have found his next host to live on and once again bring Sith Rule upon the galaxy.

NEXT: Theory: Snoke IS Darth Plagueis (And Star Wars 9’s Real Villain)


2019-04-13 03:04:23

Stephen M. Colbert

20 Wild Superpowers MCU Heroes Have But Have Never Used

For over a decade, viewers have watched with amazement as some of the most popular and powerful characters in comic book history came to life within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans have cheered the Avengers on as they fought against some of their greatest foes both separately and as a unit, and when Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch finally joined their ranks in recent years, it seemed like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were absolutely unstoppable.

Then Thanos assembled all of the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War and erased half of all life across the universe with a mere snap of his fingers. We were forced to watch as several beloved characters dissolved into ash, and those that survived were left defeated and utterly hopeless. The remaining Avengers will undoubtedly mount some sort of attack on Thanos in Endgame and may undo his attempt to “bring balance to the universe,” but it’s possible they could have prevented his victory in the first place if all of the Avengers lived up to their full potential.

The countless heroes of Infinity War appeared to be trying their hardest to foil the Mad Titan’s plan, but comic book fans know that several Avengers have yet to use certain powers they have in the comics. We’ve never seen our favorite heroes utilize these gifts in the MCU yet, but they may have to use them soon if they want to beat Thanos. Here are 20 Wild Superpowers MCU Heroes Have But Have Never Used.

20 CAPTAIN AMERICA CAN WIELD MJOLNIR

When the Avengers gathered to celebrate their retrieval of Loki’s staff, several heroes tried their hand at lifting Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Some characters joked that Thor’s control of the hammer was a mere parlor trick, but that didn’t stop them from attempting to discover whether or not they were “worthy.”

Tony Stark and Rhodey worked together to try to lift Mjolnir, but even their armored gloves weren’t enough to make it budge. Bruce Banner similarly failed to move the hammer. When Steve Rogers gave it a shot, however, Mjolnir wobbled the slightest bit. In the comics, Cap has been able to wield the hammer by proving himself worthy. Comic fans have been begging for this to happen in the MCU, and with time travel being a potential factor in Endgame, it’s possible Mjolnir will return and Cap will temporarily use it to fight Thanos.

19 SCARLET WITCH CAN ALTER REALITY

Before Scarlet Witch became one of the casualties of Thanos’ snap, she proved herself to be one of the MCU’s most powerful characters. She had the ability to fly, to control minds, to show people visions of their fears, and to shoot blasts of red energy at enemies. In the comics, she’s actually even more powerful and her superhuman abilities are practically limitless.

The comic book version of Wanda Maximoff can magically alter all of reality in a manner similar to that of the Reality Stone. In fact, just by uttering the words “No More Mutants,” she once caused the number of mutants in the world to drop from millions to a few hundred. If only she used this ability in Infinity War, she might have been able to eliminate Thanos’ army in a matter of seconds and freed the Avengers to focus all of their efforts on stopping the Mad Titan.

18 ANT-MAN CAN CAUSE ENEMIES TO EXPLODE

When trailers for Avengers: Endgame revealed that Scott Lang will join Earth’s Mightiest in their battle to take down Thanos and restore life to half the universe, fans joked that Ant-Man could single-handedly stop the all-powerful Titan by simply crawling into Thanos’ body while in his microscopic form and expanding to his regular size.

Believe it or not, this is an actual possibility and something Ant-Man is perfectly capable of. Heroes don’t typically choose to cause their enemies to explode in this manner so Ant-Man doesn’t utilize this gift, but if things get dicey against Thanos and billions of lives are at stake, it may be the Avengers’ best option.

17 HAWKEYE IS A SKILLED FENCER AND FIGHTER

Some MCU viewers believe that Hawkeye is nothing but a highly-skilled archer, but Clint Barton’s skills go far beyond his ability to shoot arrows. He’s also an expert fencer and gymnast, and while he doesn’t have superhuman strength, speed, or stamina to back him up the way Captain America and Black Panther do, he’s still very gifted at hand-to-hand combat and can hold his own against some of Marvel’s best fighters.

In the comics, Hawkeye was trained in fencing, acrobatics and marksmanship by the criminals Trick Shot and Swordsman, and he was taught tactics, martial arts, and combat skills by Captain America. It looks like Clint will appear in Endgame as Ronin, a re-branded Hawkeye who became known for his proficiency with a katana and ability to turn any object into a weapon.

16 SPIDER-MAN CAN TALK TO SPIDERS

Not all superhuman powers are created equal, and it’s not entirely surprising that none of the various live-action films featuring Spider-Man over the past two decades have showcased the hero’s ability to speak to spiders. It’s certainly not as useful of a gift as Peter’s spider-sense, enhanced strength, or ability to cling to walls, but Ant-Man’s connection with ants has helped him a few times in the MCU and it’s definitely possible that communication with spiders could have its uses as well.

After Marvel Comics’ “The Other” storyline, Spider-Man emerged from a cocoon with extra powers, one of which was this ability to talk to spiders. In Doctor Strange #390, the Sorcerer Supreme also used magic to let Peter talk to his eight-legged friends.

15 QUICKSILVER CAN RUN INTO THE FUTURE

When Scarlet Witch removed most of Quicksilver’s mutant powers in the comics, he gained new gifts courtesy of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mist. Suddenly, the speedster became more of an equal to DC’s Flash, as he showcased an ability to run through time and summon time-displaced duplicates of himself.

This power definitely would have come in handy in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which Pietro lost his own life while trying to protect his friendly rival Hawkeye. He joked “bet you didn’t see that coming” one last time as he passed away, but if Quicksilver had used his ability to run into the future, he would have seen it coming and could have prevented his termination.

14 HULK CAN SEE THE ASTRAL PLANE

We’ve seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hulk hold his own in battles against Thanos and Thor, so it’s clear that he is one of Earth’s most formidable brawlers. The green giant is more than just muscle, though, and he has a special power that few fans know about and that could actually come in handy in Endgame. 

Hulk is capable of seeing astral projections and ghosts, and can see characters who are using magic to project their presence. It’s possible he could use this unusual gift to communicate with the fallen Doctor Strange, and since the Sorcerer Supreme has seen millions of resolutions to the Avengers’ fight against Thanos and knows the only route which will bring them success, Hulk may be able to provide his teammates with the knowledge they need to achieve victory.

13 BLACK PANTHER CAN CONTROL ZOMBIES

Recently in Marvel Comics, T’Challa was anointed “King of the Deceased” and was granted the power and knowledge of all past Black Panthers, as well as the ability to control the Undead. On a few occasions, he’s proven capable of actually reanimating fallen warriors and summoning departed spirits into the physical world with tangible forms.

It’s not very likely the MCU will ever explore this fairly new addition to the Black Panther’s skill set, but it would certainly come in handy. Countless Wakandan soldiers perished in the civilization’s battle between Killmonger and T’Challa and the war against Thanos’ Outrider army, and if the young king could bring them back to life, Wakanda would be able to mount quite a formidable offense against any threat.

12 THOR CAN SPEAK EVERY LANGUAGE

Thor mentioned in Infinity War that he was actually able to understand Groot because they taught Groot as an elective in schools on Asgard, but the God of Thunder shouldn’t have actually had to learn the talking tree’s language from a textbook. In the comics, he uses a gift called the All-Tongue to be able to instantly communicate with anyone in the universe, no matter which language they’re speaking.

Thor can use the All-Tongue to understand every form of language, and when he responds, this power allows whoever he’s speaking to, to automatically hear him in their native tongue. The MCU has made it seem like nearly everyone in the galaxy speaks English, but that just may be the All-Tongue making things easier for us to understand.

11 GAMORA IS CAPABLE OF RAPID HEALING

One of the most surprising moments of Infinity War was when Thanos revealed his genuine love for his forcefully-adopted daughter Gamora and ended her life to obtain ownership of the Soul Stone. Fans weren’t expecting a major Guardians of the Galaxy character to meet such a tragic end, and Gamora’s passing was a big part of why Star-Lord ruined the plan to strip Thanos of his Infinity Gauntlet.

Peter Quill may have overreacted to Gamora’s apparent elimination, though, because in the comics, she has an accelerated healing factor. Her ability to rapidly heal might have saved her from the fall off that cliff on Vormir. The films haven’t ever shown any signs of this ability, though, so it’s possible that the MCU’s Gamora sadly doesn’t share the same gifts as her comic book counterpart.

10 VISION CAN MATERIALIZE INSIDE OF SOMEONE

Doctor Strange’s poor use of the Time Stone in Infinity War upset a lot of fans, because he was able to trap Dormammu in an unstoppable time loop in his solo film but barely mounted any considerable offense against the likes of Ebony Maw or Thanos. Viewers should be similarly disappointed in Vision for being so weak in the film, though, because one of the Avengers’ best weapons was eliminated without doing much of anything.

So far in the MCU, Vision’s ability to phase through solid objects has been used as a defensive tactic to keep his enemies from being able to touch him. That power can be used offensively, though, as Vision can phase inside of foes and then materialize. It’s a very intense gift, but it’s one that he should have used against Thanos to keep him from eliminating countless innocent lives.

9 FALCON CAN COMMUNICATE WITH BIRDS

In Captain America: Civil War, viewers were introduced to Redwing, the reconnaissance drone Falcon used to spy on his enemies during his missions with the Avengers. The MCU Redwing is a Stark Tech prototype, but in the comics, he’s an actual falcon that Sam Wilson has a telepathic link with.

Red Skull used the Cosmic Cube to create a mental connection between Falcon and Redwing, and Falcon later revealed he could extend this empathic link to see into the minds of other birds as well, giving him “over six billion pairs of eyes in the United States alone.” Clearly Marvel decided that was a bit too far-fetched for their live-action universe, but it definitely could make Falcon a much better spy and asset for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

8 VALKYRIE HAS A HEALING FACTOR

At the start of Infinity War, viewers discovered Thanos and his Black Order had already attacked Thor’s spacecraft filled with powerful Asgardians. The Mad Titan’s forces proved to be too much for the God of Thunder and his friends, but since Thanos claims he’s all about bringing balance to the universe and only ever tries to eliminate half of all existence, it’s possible that half of the Asgardians on the ship were allowed to leave the attack unscathed.

Valkyrie’s fate in the MCU is still up in the air because we don’t know who Thanos took out and who he showed mercy to, but if Ragnarok‘s Valkyrie shares her comic counterpart’s abilities, she should be perfectly fine. After all, the powerful female warrior possesses a heightened healing factor which allows her to recover from serious injuries in just a few hours.

7 BLACK WIDOW CAN ALSO LIFT THOR’S HAMMER

Fans have been clamoring for Steve Rogers to wield Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir ever since he caused it to budge in Age of Ultron, but he’s not the only Avenger to prove themselves worthy in the comics. In an alternate universe, the Black Widow also actually briefly held the iconic weapon.

Natasha turned down the opportunity to try her hand at lifting Mjolnir in the film because it was a question she didn’t need answering, but if Thor’s original weapon returns in Endgame, it’s better in her hands than in Captain America’s because he has powers of his own and has already shown that he can hold his own against Thanos in hand-to-hand combat without it.

6 GROOT CAN CONTROL TREES AND PLANTS

Between the Avengers, warriors of Wakanda, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, Infinity War‘s final battle against Thanos’ alien Outrider army already had enough soldiers fighting in it to captivate audiences. It probably would have been a bit much if the intense conflict also featured gigantic fighting trees like the ones seen in the Lord of the Rings films, but Groot’s unique powers could have made that a possibility.

Groot has the ability to control plant life, so he could have actually weaponized the environment surrounding Wakanda to help fight Thanos’ forces. His ability to expand his branches and use them to attack foes has definitely been useful in the films thus far, but he’s barely touched on the full extent of his powers.

5 CAPTAIN AMERICA HAS ENHANCED EYESIGHT

By now, even casual Marvel fans know that Captain America has superhuman strength, speed, and stamina and that he’s one of the Avengers’ top tacticians. His ability to throw and instantly recover his vibranium shield is similarly well-known, but even the biggest Steve Rogers-enthusiasts don’t know about one of his most useful powers from the comics.

Steve also has enhanced eyesight, which allows him to process incoming visual stimuli faster than any other information and pick out information that may be useful. Iron Man’s technology helped him determine Cap’s fighting patterns and mount a counter-offense in Civil War, but Steve’s heightened sight helps him do that all on his own, even if the films haven’t explained how.

4 IRON MAN IS A TECHNOPATH

When Tony Stark nearly perished during a fight against the villainous Mallen in the comics, he injected his nervous system with modified techno-organic virus-like body restructuring machines which rewrote his own biology. This allowed him to partially merge with his Iron Man armor and gave him the gift of technopathy.

Tony became capable of communicating with and controlling every piece of technology, and thanks to his ability to interface with communication satellites and wireless connections to increase the range of his power, his technopathy is practically limitless and effortless. This would definitely come in handy in the MCU, as Tony is currently stranded on Titan with nothing but a spacecraft he has no idea how to operate.

3 DOCTOR STRANGE HAS MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING

Doctor Strange is a master of the mystic arts and the most skilled sorcerer on the planet, but he doesn’t always have to rely on magic in battle. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange hasn’t ever demonstrated any real hand-to-hand combat prowess, but the character he’s inspired by has been trained in several martial arts disciplines and can hold his own in a fight without uttering a single incantation.

Doctor Strange is extremely proficient at Judo and is good at wielding a wide variety of weapons, including swords and axes. He’s used the Axe of Angarruumus on numerous occasions in the comics, and the Doctor Strange film featured a brief Easter egg where Strange tried to grab it to battle Kaecilius before his mystical cape dragged him towards an alternate weapon.

2 CAPTAIN MARVEL CAN SEE THE FUTURE

It’s hard to believe that Captain Marvel failed to show off the full extent of Carol Danvers’ powers, because she was so ridiculously overpowered in the film. Some fans are having a hard time believing that Thanos will even be able to give Captain Marvel a fight in Endgame after witnessing how powerful she is, without even knowing that Carol also has the gift of precognition and hasn’t bothered to use it yet.

Carol’s ability to see glimpses of the future is strong enough that it’s been deemed a “seventh sense.” She hasn’t demonstrated that power in the MCU, and since she didn’t seem to know what Thanos was up to until Nick Fury contacted her, it’s possible she isn’t even aware she has precognition in her back pocket yet. If she ever does develop it, Captain Marvel will become even more unstoppable.

1 HULK CAN RESIST PSYCHIC CONTROL

When Scarlet Witch was working with Ultron, she used her superhuman abilities to mess with the Avengers’ minds. Wanda caused Thor, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Captain America to relive their worst memories or see their fears come to life, but it seems she did something even worse to the Hulk. She increased his rage so dramatically that the hero nearly destroyed an entire city and caused the entire world to fear him.

This wouldn’t have been quite so easy in the comics, as Hulk is supposed to be capable of resisting psychic control. His unparalleled rage makes even the most powerful psychics struggle to reign him in, so he may be the Avengers’ best hope if Thanos tries using the power of the Mind Stone to force Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to turn on each other


2019-04-12 04:04:54

Steve DiCarlo

Google Will Absolutely NEVER Release A Game Console

Google Stadia is the future of the company’s gaming endeavors, but according to vice president and general manager Phil Harrison, the notion of a gaming console is firmly in the tech giant’s past. According to Harrison, a Google console will never see the light of day, as the company simply has no interest in pursuing that particular corner of the video game market.

Stadia is Google’s streaming device, the long-awaited successor to the Project Stream tests the company conducted last year that allowed users to access and play Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey through the Google Chrome web browser. There are still a lot of unknowns about Stadia, including a price point and the burden the technology may have on users data caps in practice, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that it will never be a Google console.

Related: Stadia Will Fully Support Cross-Platform Play

In fact, according to Harrison, a Google console simply won’t be happening, period. The long-time veteran of the gaming industry has been an executive at both Sony and Microsoft and has extensive experience with the console market as a result. That’s why it was so shocking that, during an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, the face of the Stadia platform was so candid about Google’s opinion on console gaming:

“We are absolutely firm that we are not, will not, and will never release a console.”

When executives discuss the future initiatives of their tech companies, they’re typically a lot more coy about what’s on the horizon. Even if there are no plans, teasing it is often safer than outright confirming or denying interest, since it can backfire later. Harrison’s vehement assurance that the company will “absolutely” never release a Google console is a strong statement not only about Google’s future plans, but about how the company views the future of console gaming as a whole. Of course, Harrison was quick to point out that it’s just Google’s stance, and that other companies will have to decide for themselves what gaming post-Stadia might look like. Here’s what he said when asked about whether the time of consoles is coming to an end:

“That’s a question for the console companies. That is not our business. Our business is a streaming platform where the data centre is your platform. What that means for the future of games – and this is not just our point of view, there are others who see streaming as the future – it means that, yes, you democratize any screen and we see being screen-agnostic as the way to play games.”

It’s interesting to note that Harrison made a point of stating that “others” see streaming as the future. Google has obviously been in talks with a slew of publishers and developers over the course of preparing Stadia for its reveal, and it has obviously integrated a lot of their concerns or feedback into the platform model we see today. It’s possible Harrison knows many developers are excited by this prospect and want to work on games built for Stadia specifically – or, perhaps, Harrison still has a decent idea of what’s going on at Microsoft, and is merely referring to the fact that the company is gearing up for its own streaming-related E3 announcement later this year.

Whatever the truth may be, there’s at least one burning question about Google that we no longer need to ask – there will never be a Google console. The company is all in on Stadia, and that means attempting to carve out its own spot in the gaming industry rather than competing for someone else’s.

More: Google Stadia Gaming Platform’s First Competitor Might Be Walmart

Source: GamesIndustry.biz


2019-03-22 06:03:36

Cody Gravelle