Two New Star Trek Films Officially In Development | Screen Rant

While speaking to investors at the UBS Global Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Conference, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said that two new Star Trek movies are officially in development. This news may come as a bit surprising to Star Trek fans, especially after the series’ history of diminishing returns at the box office. Earlier this year, it seemed as though Star Trek 4 was still far away from production and had some big hurdles to overcome.

In 2009, a full reboot of the original story was released under the direction of J.J. Abrams. 2009’s Star Trek movie went on to enjoy wide critical appeal and global box office success. Although the film’s two sequels, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, were admired in their own right, they simply didn’t cast as wide of a net at the box office. After the release of Beyond, CBS put the Star Trek films on the back burner, instead opting to focus on their upcoming TV show Star Trek: Discovery. For the last several years Star Trek has been unable to move forward with a cinematic production because of three reasons. The first is that CBS prioritized Star Trek TV projects over films, the second is due to complicated ownership rights between CBS and Viacom, and the third is because of contract stalemates between the studio and the films stars. However, many of these problems were solved when CBS and Viacom merged earlier this year, allowing Star Trek to have new productions with more money and less restrictions.

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The CEO of the newly-merged ViacomCBS Bob Bakish had much to say to investors at the UBS Global Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Conference, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. In talking about the potential for corporate synergy across studios, Bakish says:

“Through the combination of CBS’ and Viacom’s complementary assets, capabilities and talented teams, ViacomCBS will create and deliver premium content for its own platforms and for others, while providing innovative solutions for advertisers and distributors globally.”

One example of such premium content is Star Trek, now wholly owned by ViacomCBS. Bakish suggests that the merger will allow ViacomCBS to broaden their horizons, so to speak, and build brand synergy across markets. Instead of having two isolated Star Trek properties between TV and film, they can now coalesce. Importantly, The Hollywood Reporter also announced “Bakish said there are currently two new Star Trek films in development,” leaving many fans to wonder just exactly how new Star Trek movies could interact with currently-running Star Trek shows.

It’s only been three years since the release of Star Trek Beyond, but they have been a long three years. There has been constant speculation as to what the future of Star Trek on the big screen will look like, but now it seems to finally be clear: ViacomCBS is developing two new Star Trek movies and planning to synergize them with their television projects. How the company begins to do so is entirely unknown, but it could be said they aim to boldly go where few mega-merger studios have gone before.

More: Star Trek 4: What New Director Noah Hawley’s Previous Movies and Shows Reveal 

Source: THR

2019-12-15 03:12:17

Chris Heckmann

Santa Confirms Batman Has Officially Been a Good Boy

Santa will soon be handing out presents across the globe in the DC Universe as Christmas slowly approaches and one hero who’s made his nice list is Batman. The two iconic characters crossed paths in a recent image by Jim Lee celebrating 80 years of Batman. Santa’s present for Batman is pretty dang sweet.

Santa has a longer history of appearing in DC Comics than most casual fans might think. Most famously, he appeared in DCU Holiday Bash #2, where he snuck onto the planet Apokolips to give Darkseid a lump of coal. In Superman’s Christmas Adventure, Doctor Grouch and Mister Meany try to stop Santa before Superman saves Christmas. In JLA #60, Santa has heat vision and super strength in Plastic Man’s bedtime story. Earlier in DC lore, Santa is murdered by Key in Justice League of America #10. But you can’t keep a man like him down, and he’s got one heck of a gift for the Dark Knight.

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In the new Jim Lee image, Batman just misses Santa Claus, but still gets to enjoy the present he’s left behind: a Tumbler Batmobile with a big red ribbon. While Batman has celebrated Christmas before, there are serious questions about whether or not he is Jewish or Christan in DC Comics Cannon. It seems he’s a Christian with Jewish heritage. So, the gift is appropriate. Regardless, there are so many questions that need answering based on this image. First and foremost, did Santa have his elves build a tactical weaponized vehicle for Batman? Do the elves have the required skills to build something so advanced and dangerous? Is it up to code? Should Batman have Lucius Fox take a look at it before he decides to ride it? Does Santa have ulterior motives? Couldn’t they have wrapped it better to not give away exactly what it is? It’s a gift with more questions than answers.

It seems Santa just wanted to give Batman a gift for all the good he’s done over the past year. Batman is a selfless hero who’s brought in a collection of people into his bat-family. He’s a good dude who absolutely deserves a big Christmas present from Santa. Giving him a Batmobile proves Santa truly gets what drives the bat. Now, does Santa know he’s Bruce Wayne and if not, did he end up on the naughty or nice list? DC needs to clear that up. What do you get the (Bat)man who has everything?

NEXT: Batman: Three Jokers Ending is Going To Blow Fans’ Minds

2019-12-11 04:12:28

Liam McGuire

Matrix 4 Officially Gets May 2021 Release Date | Screen Rant

Warner Bros. has officially scheduled a 2021 release date for its as-yet untitled The Matrix 4.The original Matrix trilogy concluded with 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions, seemingly bringing the story of Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and their battle to free humanity from the machines to an end with it. In more recent years, however, WB has been working on various ways to resurrect the popular sci-fi property on the big screen, be it with a continuation or reboot.

The studio ultimately settled on a fourth Matrix movie and made the news official a few months ago. Both Reeves and Moss will reprise their respective roles in this new chapter (in spite of Neo and Trinity’s deaths during Revolutions), with The Matrix co-creator Lana Wachowski directing solo from a screenplay she co-wrote. There’ve been several casting updates since then ahead of the start of production in early 2020, but now the film has a release date set in stone.

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Today, WB announced The Matrix 4 will hit theaters on May 21, 2021. The studio had been holding onto that date for Taika Waititi’s live-action Akira adaptation, but with the project on indefinite hold for the time being (while Waititi goes off to direct Thor: Love & Thunder first), they’ve decided to hand its spot over to the new Matrix sequel instead. It’s also the same day Reeves is set to make his return as the “Baba Yaga” in Lionsgate’s John Wick 4, as it happens.

It stands to reason either The Matrix 4 or John Wick 4 will change release dates at some point in the next couple years, if only because pitting two Keanu Reeves action movie sequels (both of which are expected to be Rated R, no less) seems like a bad idea that would hurt both films. Between Lionsgate and WB, the latter already has a fairly packed slate for the rest of Summer 2021, with The Batman, Space Jam 2, and The Suicide Squad scheduled to open in June, July, and August. By comparison, John Wick 4 is the only major Summer 2021 title Lionsgate has scheduled right now, so it would be far easier for them to shift it around. They could even delay it by as little as two weeks to June 4, where it would serve as counter-programming to WB’s Sesame Street musical and Paramount’s Micronauts (both of which will gear younger than the John Wick sequel).

Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how The Matrix 4 performs in theaters. The film has assembled a great cast around Reeves and Moss that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, and Toby Onwumere, in addition to Jada Pinkett-Smith (who’s back as Niobe), Aquaman and Watchmen‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (who may or may not be playing younger Morpheus), and Iron Fist‘s Jessica Henwick – who, rumor has it, is playing a new incarnation of “The One”. And with Wachowski having come out as transgender and continued to refine her examination of themes about evolution and transformation with visually-dazzling work like Sense8 and, yes, Jupiter Ascending since Revolutions was released, it will be fascinating to see what fresh ideas she’s come up with for The Matrix 4 at this point. Fingers crossed, the sequel will live up to its potential and deliver an experience that really resonates with audiences in 2021.

NEXT: Everything We Know About The Matrix 4

Source: Warner Bros.

2019-12-11 01:12:24

Sandy Schaefer

Shazam 2 Is NOT Officially Announced | Screen Rant

Despite rumors circulating on the internet, Shazam 2 has not officially been announced by Warner Bros. The DC comic book Captain Marvel aka Shazam, about a teenage boy who acquires the power to transform into an adult superhero, first made its way to the small screen in 1974 as a live-action TV series. In 2019, Shazam! arrived in the DCEU with Zachary Levi as the grown-up superhero form of kid Billy Batson, and went on to perform well at the box office with $364 million in worldwide grosses.

In many ways a departure from earlier heavy and epic DCEU movies like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel, Shazam! put a comedic spin on the title character, and the more light-hearted approach was obviously successful with audiences given the film’s healthy box office tally. Considering that box office performance, it seems inevitable that Shazam! will get a sequel, and indeed it was recently reported that Warner Bros. was going ahead with Shazam 2. According to various sources, WB made the official announcement about the Shazam! sequel during the same CCXP panel where the studio unveiled their new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer.

Related: DCEU Theory: Who Shazam’s Seventh Champion Is

However, it’s now been revealed by reliable sources that in fact the Shazam 2 announcement was never made. Collider reporter Steven Weintraub took to Twitter to assure everyone that he was present at the CCXP panel in Brazil and heard nothing about Warner Bros. officially going ahead with the sequel. See his tweet in the space below:

As Weintraub points out, WB is going ahead with a movie about Black Adam, a character who is referenced in Shazam! but does not appear, with Dwayne Johnson in the title role. It seems likely that when Shazam 2 does happen, it will come after Black Adam (though at least according to Levi, his character and Black Adam would not actually meet until Shazam 3). At any rate, there is high confidence of a Shazam! sequel happening but as of now it has not officially been added to the DC slate, which of course is already filled with titles like The Batman, Birds of Prey, the aforementioned Wonder Woman sequel and Aquaman 2.

As to how the false story about Shazam 2’s confirmation got started in the first place, it appears the rumor was cranked up on Twitter and then picked up by various websites. However, as Weintraub notes in his tweet, none of the major outlets that normally convey breaking movie news picked up the story, which should have cast doubt on its veracity. This appears to be a case of a few sites choosing to go ahead with a bad piece of Twitter information rather than waiting for official confirmation (which certainly would have arrived via Warner Bros. themselves very soon after their CCXP panel).

Shazam! fans may be disappointed to learn that the sequel is not yet officially in the works, but of course it’s surely only a matter of time before Shazam 2 is indeed added to the upcoming DC slate. Shazam may not be one of the biggest DC characters, but the first movie’s tone definitely delighted audiences, and Levi’s take on the character was one of the more enjoyable superhero performances in recent years, so another Shazam! movie would be very welcome (especially if he faces off against Black Adam).

More: 10 Villains We Could See In Shazam 2

Source: Steven Weintraub/Twitter

2019-12-09 01:12:36

Dan Zinski

Conjuring 3 Officially Titled The Devil Made Me Do It

The Conjuring 3 has officially been subtitled The Devil Made Me Do It. The Conjuring universe started back in 2013 when the first film was released. The franchise has proven to be incredibly lucrative for Warner Bros., which has resulted in several movies set in The Conjuring universe. So far, the series has gotten one sequel, three Annabelle spin-offs, a film centered on the Nun character from The Conjuring 2, and another spin-off called The Curse of La Llorona. Now, Warner Bros. is in the middle of post-production on The Conjuring 3.

Despite the film being released in less than a year, there have been very few announcements on The Conjuring 3. Early on in the film’s development, it was announced that the film wouldn’t have another haunted house setting, but rather focus on a murder trial. The Conjuring 3 will see the return of Ed and Lorraine Warren, again played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, and will be directed by The Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves. The last big update fans got was when Chaves released a logo for The Conjuring 3, but now the official title of the movie has been revealed.

Related: The Conjuring Universe Complete Timeline

Warner Bros. officially announced today that The Conjuring 3 will be titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Along with the film’s official title, Warner. Bros also released the first official summary of the movie which can be read below:

“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.  One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.”

While The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will be the next film in the Conjuring universe, Warner Bros. is also developing other films to supplement the franchise. About a year after the Crooked Man appeared in The Conjuring 2 hit theaters, Warner Bros. announced that a movie revolving around the Crooked Man was in development. However, not much has been heard about this project since then. More recently, the studio announced that The Nun was getting a sequel with Luke Cage writer Akela Cooper penning the script.

While the man’s name hasn’t been mentioned by Warner Bros. yet, the title The Devil Made Me Do It confirms that the film will revolve around the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson. Johnson stabbed his landlord to death back in 1981 and claimed during his trial that he only killed the man because he was possessed. The trial is credited as the first time trial where the accused used demonic possession as an excuse. Johnson’s case became known as the “Devil Made Me Do It” trial. With this recent announcement from Warner Bros., it’s only a matter of time before someone is cast as Johnson in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

More: The Nun 2 is Being Developed, Has a ‘Really Fun’ Story

Source: Warner Bros.

2019-12-08 02:12:30

Christopher Fiduccia

Daniel Brühl Finally Officially BARON Zemo In Falcon & Winter Soldier

Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor Daniel Brühl starts filming scenes, confirming he’ll finally officially be called Baron Zemo. Brühl originated the Marvel Cinematic Universe character of Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War. A Sokovian Armed Forces colonel, Zemo was the catalyst for the rift between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Fans were disappointed that Zemo never fully became the Marvel Comics villain Baron Zemo, who dons a purple mask in the antagonist’s classic costume. But Civil War won’t be the last MCU fans see of the Marvel villain.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show will premiere on Disney+ in Fall 2020. In addition to returning characters Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Feige also confirmed Baron Zemo would be back. During the panel, Marvel showed a video to announce Brühl’s return and featured the actor in a comics-accurate Baron Zemo costume. More information about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier arrived at D23, where the series further confirmed Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and new character John Walker aka U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell). The Marvel show started filming a month ago, but now Brühl officially joins the production.

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On Instagram, Brühl revealed he’s now filming on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show by posting a photo of his set chair, which confirms his character will finally adopt the comics-accurate name of Baron Zemo. In Civil War, Brühl’s character was never referred to as Baron Zemo, only Helmut Zemo since the character’s origin was altered. Check out Brühl’s post below.

This confirmation means The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will officially introduce a more comic book accurate version of Baron Zemo. That was widely assumed, based on the fact that the Baron Zemo mask and costume for the Disney+ series had previously been revealed and was much more comics-accurate. But the Baron Zemo moniker is now officially confirmed – and indicates Zemo has been busy since fans last saw him. It’s unclear how Baron Zemo will factor into the story of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will see Sam Wilson become Captain America after Steve Rogers left the shield to him. No doubt, there’s bad blood between Winter Soldier and Zemo considering Bucky Barnes was a pawn in the villain’s plot to drive a wedge between Captain America and Iron Man.

No matter what role Baron Zemo plays in the plot of the series, the comics-accurate mask, costume and name confirm Marvel Studios will address complaints fans had about the Zemo character in Civil War. Zemo stands out as one of the MCU’s villains that got the most short-changed by the character’s live-action adaptation, so fans are likely excited to see a more well-developed and comic book accurate version in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Still, they’ll have to wait a little longer for the show to premiere next fall.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres Fall 2020 on Disney+.

Source: Daniel Brühl/Instagram

2019-12-04 01:12:59

Molly Freeman

The Oldest Marvel Superhero is Officially [SPOILER] | Screen Rant

Warning: SPOILERS for Silver Surfer: Black

When it comes to determining the oldest Marvel superhero, the list of potential candidates is surprisingly long. After all, when you have gods like Thor who live for millennia, cosmic entities like Thor’s mother Gaia (one of the first goddesses born on Earth), and heroes like Doctor Strange living millions of alternate futures… it’s a close race.

Recent events, however, reveal that at least ONE Marvel superhero’s lifespan outstrips all of these beings, earning him the title of Marvel’s oldest superhero. In the miniseries Silver Surfer: Black, the former Herald of Galactus finds himself billions of years in the past after being caught in a black hole. The only answer is to wait out the history of the universe as the immortal Silver Surfer, surviving for eons until catching up with his own time. But what makes this feat more impressive is that this isn’t the first time the Surfer has lived for billions of years. Just a few years ago, in Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer (2016), the Surfer traveled past the beginning of time and waited billions of additional years for history to catch up with him. While these events undoubtedly make the Silver Surfer Marvel’s oldest superhero, the question inevitably arises… what the heck did the Surfer do during all those years?

Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer series shows a different side of Norrin Radd (aka the Silver Surfer). Where other stories depict the Silver Surfer as a lonely, solitary being, Slott based his Silver Surfer off the more lighthearted BBC series Doctor Who. The series shows the Surfer traveling the stars and falling in love with a human woman, Dawn Greenwood. When Dawn’s father dies back on Earth, the Surfer tries giving Dawn a chance to say goodbye by traveling back in time. Instead, the attempt throws them back to a point before the Big Bang into the universe that existed prior to theirs. Realizing they can’t get back to their own universe, Dawn and the Silver Surfer spend the next sixty years exploring the new universe, eventually marrying and settling down. Dawn ultimately dies, leaving the Surfer heartbroken. A few months later, however, the doomed universe collapses and the Surfer transmutes Dawn’s remains into energy, vowing to take them both home as his Power Cosmic allows him to survive the Big Bang and enter the new universe.

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Here, the Surfer offers the newborn Marvel Universe two significant things. First, he releases his wife’s energy into the black void, making her light the first “dawn” of our universe. Next, as the first wielder of the Power Cosmic, he chooses the look of its energy signature – and decides to make it red with black polka dots (after Dawn’s favorite dress design) to always remind him of their love. Other than this, however, Norrin vows to take no significant action as the universe evolves. He disguises himself as an invisible phantom named “Nor-Vill” and waits patiently for billions of years, watching as planets and cosmic beings, including his future master Galactus, arise and fulfill their roles.

Here, the comic deviates from the official rules of time travel in the Marvel Universe, which dictate time travelers move sideways into alternate universes resembling a past or future time period. The Surfer lives through the history of the mainstream 616 universe (possibly due to the Power Cosmic), and 13.7 billion years later, arrives at the events of the Galactus Trilogy where his past self turns against his master and gets trapped behind an invisible barrier on Earth for years. “Nor-Vill” takes advantage of this by intentionally trapping himself on Earth and taking on the human identity of “Norville Rappaport.” Under this guise, he stays at Dawn Greenwood’s New England inn, becomes a friend of the family, and watches his future wife grow up until she flies off with the Silver Surfer of her time. Once the pair travel to the past, “Nor-Vill” reverts back to the Silver Surfer, free to live out his life as himself once more.    

The Silver Surfer was careful to remain mostly passive during his first trip to the beginning of the universe. But he might have felt differently if he knew what he was destined to do the second time he found himself at the dawn of time. In Donny Cates and Tradd Moore’s Silver Surfer: Black, the Surfer again travels back billions of years to a point where planets and some early civilizations have already formed. He finds himself in conflict with Knull, the God of the Symbiotes, who seeks to infect him with one of the parasitic organisms destined to evolve into the Venom symbiotes. To survive, the Silver Surfer once again introduces light into the dark universe, using his waning Power Cosmic to birth a new star.

Wounded, the Surfer finds aid and counsel from a young Ego the Living Planet (who’s surprisingly less egotistical than his older MCU counterpart), Uatu the Watcher, and even a still-gestating Galactus. While the Surfer considers killing Galactus and saving countless future worlds, both the Watcher and Galactus convince him otherwise. Nevertheless, the Surfer takes a more active role to defeat Knull, sacrificing his waning Power Cosmic and his body to birth new stars and empower “galactic seeds” that go on to give life to new planets, including Zenn-La. Over the millennia, the Surfer’s body reconstitutes and he re-emerges, his silver sheath now replaced with black.

Remarkably, the Silver Surfer’s actions this time around redeem his past genocidal deeds as a Herald of Galactus. Where before he felt great guilt about leading Galactus to planets the Devourer of Worlds destroyed, he now realizes he created those same worlds (including his home planet), which balances the scales of his conscious greatly. More importantly, however, as someone who has made multiple marks on the universe and lived an unimaginable long life (roughly over 27.4 billion years) the Silver Surfer is no longer just a Marvel superhero with god-like abilities. He is, effectively, the god who brought the first light and life into the Marvel Universe.

While the Silver Surfer’s future from this point on is still unrevealed, his status as Marvel’s oldest (and now likely greatest) superhero will likely play a big part in stories to come.

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2019-11-21 09:11:58

Michael Jung

New Half-Life Game Officially Announced By Valve | Screen Rant

The Half-Life series is finally returning, but it won’t involve Gordan Freeman being awoken by the G-Man for another adventure, as Valve has officially announced that the next entry in the series will be a VR title called Half-Life: Alyx. The Half-Life series has been dormant since 2007 with the release of Half-Life: Episode Two, even though Gabe Newell loves to tease Half-Life 3 despite the fact that there has never been any real indication that the game is in development.

Valve’s main concern has shifted to running Steam and it seems that there was little interest in continuing the Half-Life series, as a real third entry could never live up to the myth that had built up around it. This isn’t to say that the series has been totally forgotten, as Half-Life 2 is still receiving updates on Steam, but the notion of there being a new Half-Life game seemed unlikely for a long time.

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There have been rumors circulating over the past few months about a VR Half-Life game that is being developed by Valve and it seems that they were on the money, as Valve’s Twitter account has revealed the existence of Half-Life: Alyx, which is an upcoming VR game set in the Half-Life universe. Valve has only revealed the name of Half-Life: Alyx, but more information about the game will be revealed on Thursday at 10:00 am Pacific Time.

Valve revealed in 2018 that it was developing games again and it was speculated that a new Half-Life game was on the agenda. The failure of Artifact to gather an audience may have helped to hasten this process along and prompted the company to go back to its familiar roots, even if the series will be going in a new direction. Virtual reality gaming has badly needed a flagship game to help sell the concept to the mainstream audience and a new Half-Life game developed by Valve has the potential to do just that.

Half-Life: Alyx might not be the true sequel that fans have been asking for, but it could lead to a revival of the series and a real version of Half-Life 3. We live in a world where Shenmue 3 has been announced and is coming soon. Shenmue III is being released in 2019 and there is a good chance that the mythical third Half-Life game won’t be far behind, which means that the dreams of yesteryear’s gamers are finally being made a reality.

Next: Wait, What? Half-Life and Portal Writer Erik Wolpaw Returns to Valve

Half-Life: Alyx will be presented in greater detail on November 21 at 10:00 am Pacific Time.

Source: Valve

2019-11-18 04:11:00

Scott Baird

The FIRST Marvel Superhero Was Officially [SPOILER] | Screen Rant

Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Avengers #26

The history of the Marvel Universe is almost too old to record, but that’s no longer the case when it comes to the first Earthling chosen to become a superhero. A defender of the planet, a guardian of its lifeforms, and master of a true ‘superpower.’ And in a surprise twist, that Earthling was just revealed to be a Tyrannosaurus rex. Yes, you read that right: Marvel’s first superhero was a dinosaur.

As outstanding a revelation as this might be, it’s not the only massive change to Marvel history dropped in Avengers #26. Previous issues of Avengers saw writer Jason Aaron introduce readers to the ancient Avengers of One Million B.C., tying their ages-old storyline to that of the modern day heroes. That ancient roster included what seemed to be the first Starbrand, a primitive man gifted with the planetary power known as the Starbrand. But now the truth of that power has been revealed, with the first Starbrand born–sorry, chosen more than sixty-five million years ago.

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That date should stand out, since Avengers #26 reveals the asteroid that struck Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and transforming the planet… was not coincidence. And so begins Jason Aaron’s latest cosmic insight into Marvel history, making the Starbrand not only a pivotal part of the Marvel Universe (and Earth’s place within it), but a ludicrously fun and satisfying tale at the same time. In this case, clarifying the asteroid was “drawn” by the Earth itself to crack open its connection to a larger, cosmic energy. Earth may not be truly sentient, but eons before even Marvel’s so-called Eternals were born, the planet was able to harness its power… and direct it into a single host. A single T-Rex, actually. And readers can witness this incredible new chapter of Marvel Comics canon from Jason Aaron and Dale Keown in the preview pages below:

With this unnamed dinosaur “Earth’s first cosmically empowered protector,” it’s a safe bet the coming Avengers story focused on the new Starbrand will build directly out of this mythology. What victories did this dinosaur Starbrand win for Earth? From whom did it protect the planet? And for what reason did it finally fall, passing the power on to the modern wielders? We can’t wait to see where this story goes next, so stay tuned for when the entire issue arrives on November 20th. Until then, readers can check out the official plot synopsis and issue details below:

  • AVENGERS #26
  • Release Date: November 20th, 2019
  • Written by: Jason Aaron
  • Art by: Dale Keown
  • Cover Art by: Dale Keown, Jason Keith
  • A PREHISTORIC SAVAGE… WITH THE POWER OF THE STARS! Legendary artist Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk) is here to unleash the secret, savage origin of the biggest, nastiest, most cosmically-powered caveman who ever lived: the original Starbrand, one of the mighty Avengers of One Million B.C.

Avengers #26 will be available from your local comic book shop on November 20th, 2019.

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2019-11-18 03:11:12

Andrew Dyce

Star Wars Officially Spoils Mandalorian TV Show’s Baby Yoda Twist

The Twitter account for Star Wars and The Mandalorian have officially confirmed the “Baby Yoda” spoiler. As the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series, anticipation was always high for The Mandalorian. Hoping to tap into that demand, Disney and Lucasfilm set the show to premiere at the domestic launch of the Disney+ streaming service last Tuesday. What they weren’t counting on, however, was that people would start spoiling The Mandalorian‘s first episode on Twitter within a few hours of its early morning debut.

It was actually reported The Mandalorian‘s first episode contains a major reveal ahead of time, but Disney and Lucasfilm were able to keep a lid on the specific details before its release. After it went live, fans were naturally eager to discuss the spoiler, even though the majority of people hadn’t even watched the episode. For that reason, there’s been a lot of debating over these last few days about whether said reveal should still be treated as a spoiler or not. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have officially let the cat out of the bag.

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Both The Mandalorian and Star Wars Twitter accounts posted photos of the big spoiler, aka. a character popularly known as “Baby Yoda”. You can see for yourselves in the space below.

“Baby Yoda”, as The Mandalorian‘s unnamed asset is being called online, is easily the most talked-about aspect of the show after two episodes. Many fans have already come up with their own ideas about the character, particularly where it concerns their origins. Popular theories so far include the asset being a clone of Yoda or possibly even the late Jedi Master’s child. However, the Star Wars timeline rules out the possibility of “Baby Yoda” actually being Yoda reincarnated. The character is said to be fifty years old at the beginning of The Mandalorian, which picks up five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. That means they were born when Yoda was still alive, even before the events of the prequel trilogy.

“Baby Yoda” aside, the response to The Mandalorian has been positive, if mixed so far. Critics have taken issue with the show’s filler plot elements and recycling of classic Star Wars iconography, but appreciate its sense of style and relatable portrayal of bounty hunting as the Star Wars equivalent of a gig economy. They’re particularly enjoying the dynamic between The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and “Baby Yoda”, with many likening it to the landmark manga series Lone Wolf and Cub. Whatever flaws the show has, most people seem intent on sticking with it for the time being, if only to learn more about the asset and their role to play in a galaxy far, far away.

NEXT: The Mandalorian: Every Star Wars Easter Egg in Episode 2

The Mandalorian episode 3 streams Friday, November 22 on Disney+.

Source: Star Wars, The Mandalorian/Twitter

2019-11-18 02:11:53

Sandy Schaefer