Star Wars: Episode 9 Panel Officially Confirmed For Celebration 2019

Lucasfilm officially confirms there will be a Star Wars: Episode IX panel at Celebration Chicago next month. As difficult as it is to believe, this year sees the release of the franchise’s latest film, which serves as the culmination of the sequel trilogy and Skywalker saga as a whole. Director J.J. Abrams wrapped up principal photography in February, and as has become par for the course with Lucasfilm, official details about the project remain firmly under wraps. Disney shareholders have been treated to footage of the film, but the general public remains in the dark.

That’s expected to change in the very near future. Reports indicate the first Episode IX trailer will premiere in April, which not so coincidentally is the same month when Star Wars Celebration is held. The previous two installments of the sequel trilogy saw new previews debut at the convention, so it’s largely been presumed that would be the case for the grand finale. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the Episode IX floodgates will finally open soon.

Related: The Big Lesson J.J. Abrams Must Learn From The Force Awakens

The official Star Wars Celebration Twitter account posted confirmation of the Episode IX panel, which will take place on Friday, April 12. Of course, Abrams will be there to talk about the film, though it’s unknown if any other talent will be present. Star Oscar Isaac recently confirmed he’ll be at Celebration, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for a couple actors to join Abrams on the stage.

As for what fans can expect from the panel, one only has to look at the Last Jedi presentation from a couple years ago to get a general idea. Abrams and company will be on hand to reveal some minor details about the movie and then the long-awaited first marketing materials should be unveiled. Back in 2017, attendees were treated to first looks at the teaser poster and teaser trailer, kicking off an extensive promotional campaign that carried on until the film’s premiere in December. Seeing that The Force Awakens and Last Jedi grossed over $3 billion collectively at the worldwide box office, it would be very smart for Lucasfilm to replicate their earlier advertising strategies – particularly since the studio is looking to rebound from the commercial disappointment of Solo last summer.

There may be an extra bit of juice to give the Episode IX panel more buzz (as if it wasn’t hyped enough). Fans might have noticed Lucasfilm has yet to announce the official title, a deviation from their history that indicates something massive is in store. At this point, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if Star Wars pulled a page out of the Marvel playbook and saved the title for the trailer premiere a la Avengers: Endgame. That would be a way for the Episode IX panel to be extra memorable for those lucky enough to be there.

More: How Star Wars 9’s Trailers Can Avoid Repeating Last Jedi Backlash

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2019-03-13 01:03:10

Chris Agar

Sony Officially Brings PlayStation 4 Remote Play To iOS

When PlayStation 4 users updated their consoles to the latest 6.50 firmware this week, they received an update that now allows them to use the Remote Play feature on iOS devices. Remote play has previously been a feature in Sony’s handheld platforms such as the PlayStation Portable and the soon-to-be defunct PlayStation Vita, but bringing the feature iOS will give even more users the opportunity to try it out.

Sony’s Remote Play feature basically lets users activate and control the home console from a mobile device. This includes the ability to play games on-the-go. Remote Play wirelessly transmits a game’s audio and visual information is to the external device; the console still handles the actual processing work. Though a welcomed idea, the feature wasn’t wholly supported in the PS3 library. Sony corrected course by making it a mandatory feature for all PS4 games (excluding titles that heavily rely on non-DualShock peripherals like the Move or Eye). Over the years, Sony has brought Remote Play to other platforms such as its old Xperia Smartphones, Windows PC, and Mac.

Related: PlayStation 4 Exclusive Games Coming in 2019

After updating the console, Sony’s blog post explains that iPad and iPhone users will, of course, need to download the Remote Play app from the App Store. Players will also need a PSN account, though that probably goes without saying. further explains that iOS users can play their PS4 games and use other functions, such as sending messages and connecting to voice chat. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t support the use of a DualShock 4 controller. The PS4 button layout is instead overlaid onto the iOS screen for simplified navigation. This limitation could always change in future updates but there’s no indication of such at the moment.

Less touted features of update 6.50 include the ability to broadcast in 720p in Niconico Live, a Japanese streaming service. Players can also head to the Settings and change the “Enter” function from the X button to the circle button à la many Japanese games.

This timing of this update seems somewhat appropriate. With Microsoft allegedly planning to introduce Xbox functionality to other gaming platforms in the near future, it might behoove Sony to make similar expansions however small. The company has already been dragged kicking and screaming into the cross-play arena. It needs to continue showing that it won’t be as stubborn to cross-pollinate with other ecosystems its massive player base may engage with.

More: 20 Glaring Problems With The PlayStation 4 That Gamers Completely Ignore


2019-03-09 11:03:26

Marcus Stewart

Harry Potter: The 30 Most Powerful Hogwarts Students, Officially Ranked

There are seven wizarding schools revealed so far in the world of Harry Potter, but the one that stands above all the rest is easily Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Scotland. While there are other schools that believe themselves equal (Beauxbatons in France), others that fans know little about (Ilvermorny in North America) and others that have notorious former students (Durmstrang in Northern Europe enrolled Gellert Grindelwald), there are way too many distinguished alumni from Hogwarts to ever dismiss the school. The fact that the person who is considered the strongest wizard in history served as its headmaster should tell fans all they need to know about the prestige of the institute.

Throughout the years, there have been many amazing students at Hogwarts — from the aforementioned headmaster Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter, the chosen one, and the most legendary wizard of them all, Merlin. Mixed in are many students who were contemporaries of Harry Potter, others who taught Dumbledore, and many others who ended up turning to the dark side, including the most powerful practitioner of black magic in history.

From children with immense powers to teachers of considerable skill and the greatest wizards to ever walk the planet, here are The 30 Most Powerful Hogwarts Students, Officially Ranked.


If you ask Gilderoy Lockhart, there are few wizards in the world as powerful and accomplished as he is. Don’t believe him? Read his book. In it, he reveals all of the exploits and adventures that he set out on and all of the dark and magical creatures he encountered along the way.

The problem is that the book was all lies and exaggerations. It was revealed in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that Lockhart mastered a Memory Charm that forced people to forget what really happened so that he could take credit for various events. However, the former Ravenclaw student ended up on the receiving end of the Memory Charm and was later institutionalized.


Maybe one day, Albus Potter might rank higher on the list of the most powerful Hogwarts students, but at the moment, he is still young. As the son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, Albus was sorted into the Slytherin House when he enrolled at Hogwarts, much to everyone’s shock (especially his brother James’, who was was sorted into Gryffindor).

He spent his first three years at Hogwarts struggling at even the most basic spells and felt like he wasn’t living up to his dad’s legacy. As a result, his powers were nowhere near the level of his dad’s, although he did have basic skills of casting charms.


Hagrid could have been a formidable wizard. He proved over time that he was very powerful — especially when someone hurt someone whom he loved. However, he was not consistent in his spells, which was evident when he gave Dudley Dursley a pig’s tale when he meant to turn him into a pig completely.

Sadly, what hurt Hagrid the most was that he was expelled from Hogwarts in his third year for a crime that he did not commit. The Ministry of Magic then destroyed his wand and forbade Hagrid from practicing magic, although he secretly continued by using an umbrella.


Cho Chang was sorted into Ravenclaw and was a dedicated student and a member of their Quidditch team. While she started out as a minor character, it was the fate of her boyfriend that pushed her into a larger role. Cho was dating Cedric Diggory, and when he fell in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew, she decided to take a stand and joined Dumbledore’s Army.

She then began dating Harry Potter for a short time, but it ended after her friend betrayed Dumbledore’s Army. Despite this, Cho remained strong and stood with Hogwarts against Voldemort.


How powerful is Luna Lovegood? That is a hard question to answer. Though the Ravenclaw student was a great help to Harry Potter, she mostly kept to herself and zoned out when others were socializing. She usually kept to herself unless she was really needed.

However, Luna is extremely talented. She conjured a corporeal Patronus at the age of 14 and has competed in duels since the age of 15. She also took part in the Battle of Hogwarts and held her own against the Death Eaters. As a co-leader of Dumbledore’s Army, she often proved herself, though she preferred to keep to herself rather than fight.


Though Ron Weasley was one of the three main protagonists from the main Harry Potter franchise, he might have been the weakest member of his own family. Bill was a head boy, Percy a Prefect, and both Fred and George received great marks in school. This gave Ron a little too much to live up to when he arrived at Hogwarts.

By the time that Ron reached his seventh year at Hogwarts, he was excelling with seven O.W.L.s. He also proved himself in the final Battle of Hogwarts, standing by his friends. He was very insecure at the beginning of the series, but once he trusted in himself, he become a solid wizard.


At one point in the Harry Potter books, there was a question about who the chosen one really was. Since both Neville Longbottom and Harry Potter were born on the same day, it was unclear who would be the one to bring down Voldemort one day. However, since Voldemort chose to pursue Harry, the chosen one then became the son of the Potters. Regardless, Neville showed off his still, especially during the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

He had low self-esteem and needed a lot of help from others when he first arrived at Hogwarts. However, once he stood up to the bullying that he encountered and developed courage and a sense of worth, his standing up to Voldemort at the end of the series proved that he was a hero in his own right.


Fred and George Weasley are, in fact, two different people. However, both the books and the movies made them almost interchangeable and never really distinguished between them, so they get one spot in this list of the most powerful Hogwarts students. Though the twins received good grades in school, they preferred jokes and pranks and eventually opened up their own wizarding joke shop that instantly became a success.

Both Fred and George were very talented wizards. While they liked to have fun, they both were loyal to Harry and ended up going back to Hogwarts to take part in the Battle of Hogwarts, which unfortunately proved fatal for Fred in the end.


Though we see him in the U.S. in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Newt Scamander was a student at Hogwarts. He was into the Hufflepuff House, but he was expelled after taking responsibility for an incident with a magical creature. He was allowed to keep his wand and continued to practice magic. He proved over time to be a very capable wizard and soon got a job with the Ministry of Magic.

Newt was a Magiczoologist, someone who studies magical creatures, and wrote the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that students of future generations at Hogwarts studied. While his skills mostly deal with caring for creatures, he was also a strong duelist.


Draco Malfoy was one of the antagonists in the original Harry Potter series. However, while he was a bad guy, we soon realized by the end of the series that he was simply born into an pure blooded family that was dedicated to Voldemort and was not able to choose his own path. Despite this, he was a bully to Harry at Hogwarts before he was forced to become a Death Eater.

Though Draco was bad, he was also a very smart and skilled wizard. He was second to only Hermione as a student and was named a Prefect in the Slytherin House. He was also a member of the Inquisitorial Squad. Though he became a Death Eater, he defected during the Battle of Hogwarts.


Originally, Ginny Weasley was seen as purely the kid sister of Ron Weasley. However, unlike her brother, who felt the pressure of his older siblings weighing down on him, Ginny seemed much more independent and strong-willed — possibly taking after her mother, Mrs. Weasley, who proved herself during the Battle of Hogwarts.

At the age of 14, Ginny conjured a corporeal Patronus in the form of a horse. She was also a great duelist and stood by Luna and Hermione against Bellatrix Lestrange during the Battle of Hogwarts, holding off the much more powerful and skilled witch, which is no easy feat.


Padma Patil was the twin sister of Parvati. While Parvati was sorted into the Gryffindor House and seemed to care more for gossip and fashion, Padma was sorted into the Ravenclaw House and became a Prefect in her fifth year.

Padma took a role in Dumbledore’s Army and her intelligence and poise made her a powerful witch in her own right. She earned outstanding marks in both Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts classes. She also used her skills to help during the battle to overcome the rule of Dolores Umbridge.


Cedric Diggory was a tragic character in the Harry Potter series, as he perished during the final test in the Tri-Wizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. However, the fact that he made it to through to the final test of the tournament shows how talented he was.

As a member of the Hufflepuff House, he was kind and well-liked. Barty Crouch Jr. even referred to Diggory as a “talented wizard.” While he would fall to the Voldemort at the end of Goblet of Fire, his spirit would later return to help Harry escape from Voldemort along with other spirits of Voldemort’s victims.


James Potter was only seen in flashbacks and as a ghost, but his strength was obvious through the tales that his friends and enemies told about him. As the father of Harry Potter, James moved up through the ranks at Hogwarts and became the Head Boy of Gryffindor in his seventh year.

James, along with his wife Lily and best friend Sirius Black, fought in the First Wizarding War. The three of them were able to hold off Lord Voldemort three times. Sadly, a prophecy surrounding his son was created and the Potter family went into hiding… until their close friend Peter Pettigrew betrayed them.


Bill Weasley was the oldest of the Weasley children and possibly the smartest and most talented of the lot. Though younger brothers were practical jokers (the twins), insecure (Ron), and arrogant (Percy), Bill basically laid back and cool. However, don’t let his calm personality fool you — he was also extremely powerful.

He earned 12 O.W.L.s in his fifth year alone and was named the Head Boy. He returned years later to help Harry and the Order of the Pheonix fight Voldemort during the Second Wizarding War. He fought and survived numerous battles. He is a master at the Defence Against the Dark Arts and is a Curse-Breaker, someone who breaks curses on objects and places.


Throughout the Harry Potter series, Filius Flitwick never had much time to show off how powerful he really was. However, there are stories about his skills and he was, when needed, a powerful soldier. While he was a student at Hogwarts, Flitwick was sorted into Ravenclaw and eventually became the head of that house.

He is a Charms Master and stood by Hogwarts during the Second Wizarding War, during which he was able to defeat many Death Eaters. The half-goblin, half-wizard proved to be a powerful ally and is the most knowledgeable Charms Master in the world.


Because Lucius Malfoy was such an arrogant and evil antagonist throughout the series, it was a joy to watch his side fall during the Second Wizarding War. Lucius was a pureblood and a member of Voldemort’s Death Eaters. He was someone who hated all muggles and half-bloods. When he attended Hogwarts, he was sorted into Slytherin.

As a wealthy and powerful wizard, Lucius thought himself better than everyone else. With Voldemort backing him, he proved to be a very powerful and talented wizard. However, as Voldemort’s confidence in him waned, Lucius grew weak. During the Battle of Hogwarts, his family realized that their side had lost and defected.


Never make a mother angry. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that Bellatrix Lestrange learned the hard way. With Hogwarts under siege, the Weasley family appeared to protect its walls and its students, despite the fact that this put them all in danger. After Fred fell and her other children were in danger, Molly showed of her true power and proved that a mother’s love is always stronger than magic.

After the Battle of Hogwarts, Molly Weasley found her name listed in the annals of history as the woman who took down Bellatrix. Molly didn’t seem like the strongest witch, but when Ginny was in danger, she stepped up and took down one of the most powerful of Death Eaters.


To understand how strong and powerful Sirius Black truly is, one must be reminded of the fact that he spent years in Azkaban and was able to keep his sanity in the presence of Dementors. He did this because he knew that he was innocent and he knew that he had to stay strong for his godson Harry Potter, who he hoped to meet one day.

He spent 12 years locked away in Azkaban and was the first person to ever escape from it without help. He was sorted into Gryffindor when he was at Hogwarts and many considered him as one of the most brilliant Gryffindor students in the history of the school. Remis Lupin called him one of the most clever students and Professor McGonagall said that he was a very powerful wizard.


Lily Potter was a muggle-born witch who learned that she possessed magical powers when she met Severus Snape, who soon became a close friend. She enrolled at Hogwarts and was sorted into Gryffindor. She excelled and became Head Girl in her seventh year, and soon began dating James Potter.

She and James battled Voldemort during the First Wizarding War and were very successful in their battles against Death Eaters. However, when they went into hiding to protect their newborn son, Voldemort found them and took both of their lives. Lily proved in her final moment how powerful she really was when she cast a final spell to protect Harry from Voldemort and saved his life.


Since Harry Potter is the titular character of the entire Harry Potter franchise, it should be obvious that he is quite powerful. After all, he is the chosen one who finally destroyed Lord Voldemort. However, why is he ranked so low on the list? Harry had a lot of luck and help from his friends and allies during his journey. His best friends, Hermione and Ron, always had his back.

However, despite the immense help that he received, he was still very good at Defence Against the Dark Arts, which he proved when he and his friends formed DA and he started teaching other students how to defend themselves. Though he was a quick thinker, his temper often got in the way of his skills. He was very smart, but he wasn’t as skilled as someone like Hermione. Regardless, though, he was still able to get the job done when needed.


When Voldemort returned, Dumbledore knew that he needed to find out more about Tom Riddle’s time at Hogwarts so he sought out Horace Slughorn and forced him to come out of retirement. Slughorn had been a Potions teacher at Hogwarts, and Tom Riddle had been one of his favorite students. Slughorn “collected” promising students at Hogwarts and would often have events excessively for them.

Slughorn, who was a Slytherin during his time at Hogwarts, went back to teach at Hogwarts when Voldemort rose to power again, but when it came time for the Battle of Hogwarts, Slughorn took the side of the heroes and joined Professor McGonagall and Kingsley Shacklebolt to stand and face off against Voldemort and his followers in a massive duel. He survived the battle and retired once again.


Hermione is one of Harry Potter’s best friends and is the most powerful of the three characters. She is the smartest and most skilled student and easily the most competent magic user of the trio. While Harry is the lead character of the series, it is obvious that he doesn’t hold a candle to Hermione when it comes to true power.

Hermione is the one who keeps Harry and Ron alive more often than not. She is also the one who takes action in most cases. She knows just about everything there is to know about spells and magic. How powerful was she? She ended up as the Minister for Magic, which is a very impressive achievement for a muggle-born.


Remis Lupin was a half-blood wizard. When he was young, he was attacked by Fenrir Greyback and was infected with lycanthropy, which means that he would turn into werewolf whenever there was a full moon. He attended Hogwarts and was sorted into the Gryffindor House. At Hogwarts, he became best friends with James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew.

Remus was one of the first members of the Order of the Phoenix and battled against Voldemortduring the First Wizarding War. However, he ended up alone at the end, as James and (allegedly) Peter fell to Voldemort and Sirius ended up in Azkaban. He later became the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts for a year. In fact, he was of the best in Hogwart’s history… until the Wizarding World learned that he was a werewolf.


Bellatrix Lestrange was a pureblood witch and was the eldest child in the Black family. Sirius Black was her cousin. She was part of one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight, which are the remaining true pureblood families in Europe. After she attended at Hogwarts as a Slytherin, she became one of the most powerful Death Eaters in existence.

Bellatrix was completely insane when she escaped Azkaban in the 1996 mass break-out and ended up taking the life of Sirius Black, her neice Nymphadora Tonks, as well as the house elf Dobby. When she targeted Ginny Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts, it was Molly Weasley who finally ended her life.


Professor McGonagall was mostly known as a professor at Hogwarts — and one of the kindest there — but before that, she was also a student who was sorted into Gryffindor House. She proved to be a brilliant student and soon became Prefect and Head Girl. She also had top grades in both the O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s.

By the time she graduated, she was a perfect candidate to be a professor after she spent two years working for the Ministry of Magic. She is an extremely powerful witch who is a master of Transfiguration and is a very talented duelist.


Though many fans first believed that Severus Snape was an antagonist in the Harry Potter franchise, they soon discovered that he was actually a good guy and was working to help Dumbledore take Voldemort down. Though it was clear that Snape was a Death Eater, as he attended their meetings and aided Voldemort once he returned to power, it was soon revealed that Snape was actually a double-agent all along. Everything he did was to protect Harry Potter.

At Hogwarts, Snape was a Slytherin and later on he became a Death Eater who Voldemort relied upon, which proves his worth. However, at the same time, Snape was also a member of the Order of the Phoenix. He was the Potions professor at Hogwarts during Harry’s time there. Because of his dedication to Dumbledore, he was eventually forced to take the Headmaster’s life.


Though Tom Riddle was once a student at Hogwarts and was sorted into the Slytherin House, he went on to become one of the darkest and most powerful wizards in the world, taking on the name of Lord Voldemort. He was a half-blood wizard who never learned how to love others since his mother had given his father a love potion in order to make him love her. He was related to the Gaunts, one of the oldest pureblood families, and was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin.

Though Dumbledore tried to help the young wizard during his time at Hogwarts, Tom was always tempted by the dark arts. He learned how to create Horcruxes and made himself almost invincible. He eventually drew many dedicated followers, decimating the wizarding community and taking numerous lives during two different Wizarding Wars before Harry Potter finally fulfilled his destiny and stopped him.


Though he never appeared in the Harry Potter series, Merlin did come up from time to time. The legendary wizard was a student at Hogwarts. He was sorted into the Slytherin House during the medieval era. Merlin was one of the most powerful wizards in history and was a member of King Arthur’s court.

While it was never clarified one way or the other, there is a chance that Merlin was originally taught by Salazar Slytherin himself. He founded the Order of Merlin and believed that all wizards and muggles should live in peace. He is considered the greatest wizard of all-time when it comes to charms. He is known as the Prince of Enchanters.


While Merlin is considered one of the greatest wizards of all-time, his accolades only live in legend and, since then, other wizards have also risen in power. One such wizard is Albus Dumbledore, who eventually became the Headmaster of Hogwarts. He was the only wizard who was strong enough to defeat Gellert Grindelwald in what was considered the greatest duel in wizarding history.

He was sorted into the Gryffindor House as a student and later became the Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Transfiguration professor, and then Headmaster. He trained or oversaw most of the people on this list and was considered a wizard of unrivaled power.

Are there any other powerful Hogwarts students we forgot to mention? Who do you think is the most powerful student in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-21 02:12:04

Bumblebee Movie Is Officially Certified Fresh On Rotten Tomatoes

The latest entry in the live-action Transformers series, Bumblebee, has been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. This new film is the sixth entry in the franchise and is the only entry to receive this much critical acclaim. The film is an 80s-set prequel that focuses on the titular Autobot, Bumblebee, and will arrive in theaters worldwide this weekend.

Arriving only a year and a half after last summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight, which was poorly received by critics and moviegoers alike, Bumblebee looks to separate itself from the previous installments. Taking place in 1987, this film will serve as an origin story for the Autobots’ second in command, who has found refuge in a California junkyard. Recently, executive producer Steven Spielberg was revealed as the one responsible for this much-needed change of direction in the Transformers series. While the previous films managed to attract an audience at the box office, they failed to get the reception that Bumblebee is currently receiving.

Related: How Much Did Bumblebee Cost To Make?

Paramount’s newest addition in the Transformers universe has officially been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film currently sits at a 94 percent based on 107 reviews, making it the most well-received entry in the blockbuster franchise since its inception, and the only to be Certified Fresh. While Bumblebee may not be receiving the same box office opening as its predecessors, it will more than likely continue to hold the strongest critical reception for any Transformers film since Michael Bay’s original. Rotten Tomatoes broke the news on their Twitter account, and at the time the film was sitting at a 93 percent based on 83 reviews.

Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight, who is the first director at the helm since Bay decided to step away. In the film, Bumblebee, a battle-scarred Autobot, is found by a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). Upon discovery, the two develop a connection with each other, and Charlie assists the beloved alien in his ongoing battle against the Decepticons. The cast also includes Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Ricardo Hoyos, Gracie Dzienny, Rachel Crow, and WWE veteran John Cena.

This will be a refreshing moment for fans of the franchise who were let down by the previous Transformers entries, or any film that followed after Bay’s original 2007 movie. Many of those fans have grown frustrated with the series and its consistency to not deliver a quality movie. Knight taking over Bay’s role may have been the best course of action for the series’ livelihood moving forward. Bumblebee is looking to bring some much needed and welcomed “humor and heart” into this stagnant franchise.

More: Transformers Complete Movie Timeline, From 4.5 Billion BC To 2018

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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2018-12-20 01:12:02

Avengers 4 Title Officially Revealed

UPDATE: Read our Avengers: Endgame trailer breakdown.

The Avengers 4 title has finally been revealed. Years ago, Marvel Studios originally announced plans to release Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 in 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in 2019, but plans started to change as directors Anthony and Joe Russo ironed out the story for the concluding chapters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first saga with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Then, eventually, the studio revealed that the movies would no longer be two parts of one story but rather separate entities in their own rights.

While this year’s Avengers movie arguably felt like the first part of a two-part story, next year’s sequel is supposed to be very much different, according to the people involved with the project. But what the movie will exactly entail remains to be seen. It’s not only believed that Avengers 4 will include time travel but also that it will revisit past events in the MCU, such as the Battle of New York. And to avoid unnecessarily spoiling Infinity War, the movie’s title was withheld from the public… until now.

Related: Avengers 4 Probably Won’t Be The Only MCU Trailer in December

Avengers 4 has now been officially titled Avengers: Endgame. The official Avengers 4 trailer revealed the title at the end, thus confirming one of the longest held beliefs that the title of the final Avengers movie (at least in its current incarnation) would be Endgame, a word that was last spoken by Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War.

The only reason that theories moved on from Endgame is because it the Russos Brothers had previously said the title of Avengers 4 wouldn’t be something that was spoken in Infinity War, even though the title made the most sense. It represented the final arc for the core Avengers and their journey to defeat Thanos. Plus, it would confirm the popular Doctor Strange theory that says he saw the one reality in which they ultimately win against Thanos, and that it required him to give Thanos the Time Stone to wipe out half of all life in the universe. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange isn’t around (yet) to help out with defeating Thanos, so the remaining Avengers as well as other superheroes in the world will have to go it on their own.

It was previously rumored that Avengers 4 would be titled Annihilation, but that didn’t pan out. Endgame is a much better title that works into the very fabric of the overarching story, and it has a greater meaning, not to mention providing audiences with hope that the Avengers will defeat Thanos seeing as Doctor Strange knew this would happen all along.

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need to Know

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2018-12-07 05:12:32

25 Of The Strongest Anime Characters, Officially Ranked

Anime is pretty great by itself and talking with other anime fans in digital or physical spaces can greatly enhance the experience. Some of the longest running conversations in the anime fandom center on which characters are stronger than other characters, or who would win in a fight. Even with the upcoming Jump Force game and countless crossover specials, these debates are likely to go on for as long as new anime air every season.

While anime can tell a broad range of stories and the affordances of animation allow anime to tackle just about every genre of fiction, combat-focused anime usually in the shounen category tend to be some of the most popular and commercially successful anime around. With so much combat focused content in anime, it’s no surprise that debates about which character is stronger than another are a staple of the fandom. Of course, this conversation is always in flux since there’s currently more anime airing than ever before and everyone’s favorite protagonists are getting stronger all the time.

It may be impossible to say for sure who would win in a one on one fight, this list will attempt to definitively rank the strongest characters in anime when they are at their strongest and most capable. These 25 characters are by far some of the strongest in all of anime and while we may never actually see any of them duke it out, this list attempts to argue who is definitively the strongest of the bunch.

Here are 25 Of The Strongest Anime Characters, Officially Ranked.

25 Light Yagami – Death Note

Light Yagami, the protagonist of the dramatic and suspenseful Death Note anime, would get smoked in a heartbeat if he fought any of these other anime characters in a direct fight. However, he doesn’t really have to fight anyone directly.

His genius intellect and utilization of the lethal Death Note allow him to end anyone in any way he desires so long as he knows their full name. Light ends countless people effortlessly in Death Note and defeats nearly everyone who tries to uncover his diabolical plot. With these abilities, Light can defeat nearly any other anime character in existence.

24 Kenshiro – Fist of the North Star

Master of the Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro wonders a post-apocalyptic world and fights against those who abuse the weak and defenseless. He possesses incredible strength, a ridiculously honed battle sense, and the ability to end any opponent if he strikes the correct pressure points.

While he has quite a bit less of a character arc than the other entries and doesn’t get much stronger over the course of his series, Kenshiro is still a devastating opponent who can defeat any foe if they let their guard down for even a moment.

23 Guts – Berserk

The Black Swordsman, Guts is a powerful warrior who manages to end impossibly powerful demons with his massive Dragon Slayer sword, prosthetic arm containing a hidden cannon, and pain suppressing armor.

While his exploits are best viewed in the Berserk manga than in the anime, Guts slays demons like a man possessed and even manages to butcher gods during his quest to take down his former comrade Griffith. Although he has no mystical powers to speak of, he stands at the absolute peak of humanity and could emerge victorious from nearly any battle against even the most powerful foes.

22 Baki Hanma – Baki the Grappler

Baki Hanma is a ridiculously muscular teenage boy with the sole goal of defeating his father, and the world’s strongest living creature, Yujiro Hanma. Baki constantly trains his body by placing himself in dangerous situations.

He defeats countless masters of various fighting styles; including the prehistoric Pickle, a caveman who could take down any dinosaur and survived to the modern age while frozen in a glacier. Baki’s immense strength comes entirely from honing and disciplining both his body and fighting technique, making him one of the most formidable martial artists in all of anime.  

21 Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist

A young man who gained a natural command over alchemy after tragically losing his right arm and left leg while trying to bring his mother back to life, Edward Elric is extremely powerful. He can alter the terrain of any battlefield with his alchemy skills, and transform nearly any substance into a weapon to complement his versatile fighting style.

His abilities all him to go toe to toe against homunculi and even beat a god-like figure into oblivion. Although he relinquishes his powers at the end of Fullmetal Alchemist, at his peak Edward could best just about any other anime character.

20 Inuyasha – InuYasha

The half-demon Inuyasha is a warrior from feudal Japan who can slay any opponent who gets in his way, whether they are human or demon. The son of the most powerful demon in the world, Inuyasha is the most powerful half demon and his strength only grows over the course of the anime as he gains new mystical transformations and techniques for his shape-shifting sword.

His skill in battle is almost unrivaled and with the ability to absorb the energy of his opponent and turn it against them, he and his mystical blade are an almost unstoppable force.  

19 Akira Fudo – Devilman

Akira Fudo, the protagonist of numerous Devilman anime and other works by Go Nagai, gains the power to transform into the powerful Devilman after conquering a demon spirit that tries to possess his body.

Gaining the strength and speed to take on the fallen angel Satan and his apocalyptic forces, Akira is humanity’s last hope as long-hidden demons begin to rise up. Although his efforts proved futile in the end, Akira’s power is undeniable and he obliterates even the strongest of demons with ease as he tries to save the world.  

18 Natsu Dragneel – Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail mage and fire dragon slayer, Natsu Dragneel is a monstrously powerful wizard. He learned his versatile magic from his adoptive dragon father, Igneel, and is able to push his body past his natural limits by consuming material embedded with magic.

When he enters this ‘Dragon Slayer Mode’ he can defeat immortal and apocalyptic beings like the Black Mage Zeref. Fighting primarily with flame-enhanced melee attacks and the occasional blast of fire breath, Natsu is famous for destroying anyone who challenges him or his guild and destroying anything in the vicinity of his brawl.     

17 Yusuke Urameshi – Yu Yu Hakusho

Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi starts off as a delinquent who passes in a car accident and by the end of Yu Yu Hakusho becomes a nigh-unstoppable half-demon who is feared by demons all across the spirit world.

His spirit gun can destroy landscapes miles long and mortally wound even the highest class of demons. Furthermore, his mastery of the Spirit Shotgun and the Spirit Wave technique makes him a versatile fighter capable of dealing with any opponent, regardless of their fighting style. Growing both as a person and a fighter over the course of Yu Yu Hakusho, Yusuke is both a terrific character and combatant.    

16 Korosensei – Assassination Classroom

An experiment gone awry, Korosensei is a usually yellow squid man with nearly unmatched speed and destructive power. He can easily avoid gunfire, outfly a fighter jet, and is able to punch a hole through the moon.

He takes the entire world hostage and threatens to destroy it unless a group of troubled children are able to end him before the end of an academic year. With a keen intellect, inhuman abilities, and a body with more tricks than tentacles; Korosensei is able to obliterate nearly any opponent if he so chooses.   

15 Meliodas – The Seven Deadly Sins

The Dragon’s Sin of Wrath, Meliodas is the son of the Demon King and is as strong as he is durable. Possessing monstrous strength, command over the flames of hell, the ability to reflect any magic, and a cursed immortality; Meliodas is perhaps the strongest character in The Seven Deadly Sins and anime in general.

While his small stature and cute appearance might imply a lack of physical prowess, he actually holds an incredible demonic strength that’s yet to fully appear in either the anime or the manga version of the series.   

14 Ken Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul

Over the course of Tokyo Ghoul, Ken Kaneki goes from a timid bookworm to a figure of worship known as the One-Eyed King. After transforming into a half Ghoul and training his body, he’s able to destroy entire cities easily and command legions of monstrous beasts that can transform others into Ghouls.

In exchange for only being able to consume coffee and human flesh, Kaneki gained superhuman strength and the ability to regenerate limbs and even his entire body. This makes him a borderline undefeatable fighter who only grows stronger with each injury he sustains.

13 Ichigo Kurosaki – Bleach

This oranged haired Shinigami has a broad, and sometimes confusing, set of powers that allow him to defeat even the most overpowered of foes. His strength and swordsmanship allow him to take down all-powerful deities and reality-bending gods while he gains new powers from each set of foes he defeats.

His ability to adapt to new opponents is almost unrivaled and he best nearly any foe with a combination of his keen intellect and lethal energy slashes. Even if fans were never able to see the full extent of his abilities in Bleach, Ichigo is undoubtedly one of the strongest characters in anime.  

12 Naruto Uzumaki – Naruto

Everyone’s favorite loudmouth ninja, Naruto can go toe to toe with nearly any other character in anime. His ability to enter Sage Mode and his control over the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox grant him impossible strength and the ability to form massive monsters out of chakra.

Furthermore, his relationship to the other tailed beasts lets him wield every element of chakra and even combine them for greater devastation. Even without these abilities, he can still create an army of clones that allow him to overpower any foe that tries to fight him or do harm to his friends.

11 Alucard – Hellsing Ultimate

The mythic Dracula goes by the name Alucard in Hellsing Ultimate and he does the legendary figure justice. Functionally immortal at the beginning of the series due to the number of souls inside of him, and then literally immortal by the end of it, Alucard cannot be ended.

His dual pistols are also essentially cannons and he is able to summon the souls of those he’s eaten to form an army of servants. As if those aren’t enough, Alucard has an army of demon dogs at the ready that can tear nearly any enemy it shreds in an extremely painful instant.  

10 Isaac Netero – Hunter x Hunter

The former chairman of the Hunter Association, Isaac Netero is one of the strongest martial artists in anime. After subjecting himself to training that was supposed to end him, Netero gained incomprehensible speed and strength.

If those ever fail him, though, he is also able to summon a massive karate god that can destroy nearly anything and stop the most durable foes in their tracks. He will see victory even in his passing, though, as he has a small but lethal bomb implanted in his chest that will obliterate whoever manages to end him and poison anyone who manages to survive the blast.

9 Eren Yeager – Attack on Titan

The titan shifter Eren Yeager is a very powerful anime character who has the ability to transform into a 15 meter tall Titan with incredible regenerative abilities. However, the reason he’s so high up on this list is because of his ability command legions of Titans with the power of the Founding Titan inside of him.

Using this ability, he can bring entire nations to ruin with a simple command that brings thousands of 50 meter tall Titans to action. Entire armies could not stand against this ability, and that makes Eren one of the strongest characters in anime.

8 Mob – Mob Psycho 100

Kageyama Shigo, or more commonly known as Mob, is an ultra-powerful esper who can destroy anyone or thing with a simple thought. His powers are so intense that he has to shackle his emotions to keep them from running wild.

However, if he feels something too strongly or falls unconscious, his abilities come rushing to the surface and wields powers on par with large-scale natural disasters. Not only does the nature of his abilities make them impossible to guard against, but the strength behind them is also so great that even the strongest psychic buckle beneath them.  

7 Jotaro Kujo – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Jotaro Kujo is the main protagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, and one of the strongest characters in anime. He’s as smart as he is tough and able to discern and counter the abilities of anyone who tries to fight him.

His standability, Star Platinum, allows him to stop time and strike his enemies with impossibly powerful blows both within and outside of frozen time. There’s no way to defend against this technique and it’s powerful enough to mortally wound anyone who stands against him.

6 Simon – Gurren Lagann

Simon is a simple earthling who incorporates spiral power into the attacks of his giant mech for devastating results. Commanding a mech so large it spans galaxies, Simon can create a drill with the ability to rip reality apart and destroy literally anyone or thing that stands in his way.

With a nearly god-like command over life and the afterlife, as well as reality itself, this metaphysics bending warrior is nearly unstoppable and can obliterate the universe itself if he chose to. Only beings with the ability to destroy entire universes can hope to stand a chance against him.

5 Son Goku – Dragon Ball Super

The strongest martial artist in all of anime, Goku is the strongest fighter his own universe and all of the other universes in Dragon Ball.

With his newly acquired Ultra Instinct form, he can beat any fighter so long as he is able to tap into that power. Even outside of this form, though, if he clashes with strong enough foes for long enough he runs the risk of destroying an entire universe as collateral damage. With these impressive abilities, it’s hard to believe that his story started with him as a young, monkey-tailed boy living alone in the woods.  

4 Tetsuo Shima – Akira

Tetsuo Shima, the de facto antagonist of Akira, awakens his immeasurable psychic powers after a collision with another psychic. His powers quickly grow in strength and before long he runs the risk of obliterating the entire universe.

Thankfully, before that can happen, he warps himself to a place outside of reality and the force of his psychic explosion gives birth to a whole new universe. Few other anime characters possess the ability to both create and destroy reality, and that’s what makes Tetsuo one of the strongest characters in the medium.

3 Kyubey – Madoka Magica

Kyubey from Madoka Magica is the personification of entropy, or the heat ending of the universe. He is omnipotent, immortal, and lives only to bring all of existence to ruin. Although he is not particularly strong himself, he manipulates people and reality into continuing the cycle of destruction that inevitably leads to the erasure of all matter in existence.

If something exists, Kyubey will destroy it eventually and there is virtually no way to escape his destructive force. Quite simply, his power is oblivion and there are only a few anime characters that hope to stand a chance against this overwhelming power.  

2 Zeno – Dragon Ball Super

Zeno is the ruler of every reality in Dragon Ball Super and he can both create and destroy all of existence in a single instance. The child-like god possesses absolute power and can erase anyone and thing on a whim. He doesn’t have any techniques or special moves, he is simply an all-powerful god that commands space and time with youthful abandon.

He’s destroyed numerous realities for his own entertainment and plays with galaxies as though they were marbles. There is no way to stand against this god and only a single other anime character has a chance of beating this god in a fight.    

1 Saitama – One Punch Man

Saitama from One Punch Man is the strongest character in anime. One Punch Man is different from most other combat anime, in that the protagonist is already the strongest person around, rather than striving to reach that goal. After three years of rigorous training, he can withstand any blow and defeat any enemy with a single serious strike.

However, this unbeatable strength leaves Sitama depressed, and the series explores the emptiness that follows achieving a lifelong goal. Saitama is the most powerful character in anime because the entire point the character is that the pursuit of strength or one’s goal is more fulfilling than holding such a position.

Are there any other anime characters you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-07 05:12:22

Harry Potter: The 11 Most Powerful (And 10 Weakest) Magical Creatures, Officially Ranked

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the most popular fantasy franchise of modern times. So many elements of myths, legends, and folklore are represented in the series. The Harry Potter franchise is so popular that it heavily influences many peoples’ concept of magic, wizards, and hidden worlds when it comes to entertainment.

One of the most influential components of magical world that Harry Potter has shaped in fans’ minds is its magical creatures. Magical creatures are also one of the aspects of myths legends and folklore that Harry Potter borrows the most widely from. The series boasts everything from dragons, phoenixes, and unicorns, to werewolves, vampires, and merpeople. There are even magical creatures of J. K. Rowling’s own imagination. Their role in the Wizarding World is just as diverse as the creatures themselves. Some wizards keep many magical creatures as pets or objects of study, while others take advantage of the creatures’ magical powers and use them as potent weapons against their enemies.

Of all of the magical creatures in Harry Potter, some are definitely more powerful than others. Certain creatures have such fantastic properties that they can defy fate or seal it, if used correctly. Even the most knowledgable wizards should keep their distance from these entities. Other creatures, while certainly magical, don’t have such spectacular uses or powers.

If you’re looking for a handy guide about which beasts to befriend and which to avoid, Newt Scamander would surely approve of these 11 Most Powerful (And 10 Weakest) Magical Creatures In The Harry Potter Series, Officially Ranked!


Hippogriffs are magical creatures with the hind quarters of a horse, but the wings, head, and front appendages of an eagle. Hagrid brings Hippogriffs to Harry Potter’s first ever Care of Magical Creatures lesson at Hogwarts. They can make faithful friends to those who earn their trust. However, they are extremely proud beasts, prone to lashing out at any one who offends them.

Draco Malfoy learned this lesson the hard way. Hagrid warned the students that Hippogriffs may only be approached if a mutual bow is exchanged.  However, Draco ignored this and approached Buckbeak the Hippogriff head on. Buckbeak slashed Malfoy’s arm with his massive talons and Hagrid had to end the lesson prematurely to treat Malfoy.


Grindylows are water-dwelling creatures that lurk in the shadowy depths of the Black Lake at Hogwarts. Harry Potter first encountered them in his Defense Against the Dark Arts class during his third year. Professor Remus Lupin had captured a grindylow and displayed it in a tank in his office.

Harry didn’t have to contend with grindylows until his fourth year. In the second task of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry and the other champions had to dive into the Black Lake to retrieve something precious to each of them. A whole swarm of grindylows attacked Harry, latching onto him with their wiry fingers and sharp teeth. They almost caused Harry to drown and succeeded in forcing Fleur Delacour to retire from the task.


The Zouwu is a mysterious magical beast originating in China. Various mythological sources describe the creature as cat-like, but the actual creature is much larger than any cat found in the natural world. It can grow as large as an elephant and has multiple colors of feathers and fur. The Zouwu also has large saber teeth tusks that protrude above the corners of its mouth.

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Newt Scamander encountered a captive Zouwu at the Circus Arcanus. Skender, the owner and ringmaster of the circus, got severely mauled by the creature. When it escaped, only Newt was able to calm it down. To him, this fantastic beast was “just a big kitten.”


Pixies are diminutive humanoid creatures with wings and bulbous eyes. Harry Potter and his classmates encountered Cornish Pixies in their second year at Hogwarts. Gilderoy Lockhart brought a cage full of them to his Defense Against the Dark Arts class for a practical demonstration.

Lockhart warned the students that the Pixies were “devilishly tricky little blighters,” and then opened the cage. They wreaked havoc on the class room, ripping up books, breaking glass fixtures, and smashing a skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Lockhart himself decided to hide in his office, bidding Harry Ron and Hermione to round them up. Just two pixies were strong enough to lift Neville Longbottom up by his ears and hang him from a chandelier.


Lycanthropy is a terrible affliction in the Harry Potter series. Every month at the full moon, someone with lycanthropy will transform into a wolf-like creature with no awareness of their human character or relationships. Werewolves will attack any humans they encounter, whether they be friend or foe.

Harry and his classmates studied werewolves in their third year at Hogwarts without realizing that their Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher, Remus Lupin, was a werewolf. Lupin was able to contain his condition with the help of the Wolfsbane Potion. But on the night that Peter Pettigrew was revealed and escaped, Lupin had forgotten his potion. Lupin would have mauled Harry, Ron and Hermione if Sirius and Buckbeak had not intervened and driven him off.


Nifflers are small mole-like magical creatures with long snouts and fluffy coats of fur. They have a prodigious attraction to shiny objects. Nifflers can burrow into the tightest nooks and crannies looking for jewels, coins, or any kind of metal or shiny object. Witches and wizards often use Nifflers to search for lost treasures.

While their ability to unearth riches seems desirable, Nifflers are also capable of wrecking indoor environments. They also tend to hoard whatever they find in a magical, bottomless pouch in their bellies. Newt Scamander had a Niffler that got loose in a bank during his visit to New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The Niffler had stashed a pile of valuables many times its size in its pouch before Newt recaptured it.


Trolls are hulking magical creatures known for their immense strength. They dwell in mountainous regions and sometimes wear analogous human clothing. They are notoriously slow witted, but this can make them even more dangerous sometimes.

In Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts, the two-faced professor Quirrell helped a mountain troll break into the castle during the Halloween Feast. The troll wielded a club and wrecked all of the stalls and sinks in the girl’s bathroom. It could have easily crushed Hermione Granger if Harry Potter and Ron Weasley hadn’t gone to find her. Together, they distracted the troll long enough for Ron to enchant the troll’s club to fall onto its head and knock it out.


Boggarts are closer to spirits than physical entities. They take the form of whatever the person who encounters them fears the most. They can sense the deepest fears of people around them and immediately transform into a manifestation of it. Because of this, no one knows what a boggart really looks like.

In Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts, Professor Lupin made the students face a boggart in a Defense Against the Dark Arts class. As far as we’ve seen, boggarts have no way of inflicting physical harm onto people and don’t hunt or eat them. There was one exception, however, which happened when a boggart took the form of a Dementor in front of Harry Potter. Harry experienced mild versions of the weakness that real Dementors can induce.


Acromantulas are giant arachnid creatures that can grow as large as automobiles. Unlike many other magical creatures, they possess sentience and they can learn human speech. Some believe that Acromantulas might be a wizard-bred species.

During his time as a Hogwarts student, Hagrid kept a baby Acromantula named Aragog as a pet. When Tom Riddle opened the Chamber of Secrets the first time, he framed Hagrid and Aragog, who were expelled and banished to the Forbidden Forest, respectively. Aragog grew and started his own colony of Acromantulas. They are known to feast on human flesh. Despite their size, healthy Acromantulas have proportional strength and agility like any spider, making them fearsome creatures, especially in groups.


Crookshanks was Hermione Granger’s feline pet starting in her third year at Hogwarts. Crookshanks always seemed conveniently smart for an ordinary cat. He repeatedly tried to eat Scabbers because he knew that Scabbers wasn’t an ordinary rat. He also knew that Sirius Black’s dog form was an Animagus and he knew exactly how to disable the Whomping Willow by touching the knot in its roots.

Outside sources have revealed that Crookshanks’s keen senses are due to the fact that he is part Kneazle. Kneazles are magical feline creatures with acute perceptions of other people and strong senses of loyalty. Crookshanks has some of the visual characteristics of Kneazles, like a bottlebrush tail and yellow eyes. He is also larger than average cats.


These three-headed canines are gigantic. Having three heads is intimidating enough, but these magical creatures are many times the size of any ordinary dog. Harry, Ron, and Hermione encountered one such creature at Hogwarts in their first year.

The three of them got lost along the third floor corridor and came upon the three-headed dog named Fluffy. Fluffy belonged to Hagrid and was set to guard the entrance to the trap door that led to the room where the Sorcerer’s Stone was hidden. When Fluffy first caught sight of the students, he gave chase immediately, all three of its ferocious maws bearing and snapping and drooling. The only way to soothe Fluffy is by playing music.


Augureys are solemn looking birds that are occasionally called Irish Phoenixes. They have subdued white, grey, and green plumage and big, expressive eyes. In folklore and in many parts of the Wizarding World, witches and wizards go out of their way to avoid Augureys. Supposedly, the cries of an Augurey foretold the premature passing to whoever wields it.

However, in actuality, Augureys only give their distinctive cries when rain is approaching. Newt Scamander kept several Augureys in his apartment in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Jacob Kowalski encountered at least one of them. Almost a century later, Lord Voldemort’s daughter Delphi took a great liking to Augureys. Delphi’s caretaker kept an Augurey and she eventually adopted it as her symbol and as a tattoo.


Thunderbirds are spectacular avian creatures that are native to North America. They appear to have heads reminiscent of eagles. They also have three sets of wings with brilliant gold, blue, and white plumage. Thunderbirds can grow as large a human in height. One of the houses of the wizarding school Ilvermorny is named after the Thunderbird.

In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Newt Scamander travelled to the United States, ostensibly to release a Thunderbird back into its native habitat of Arizona. Newt rescued the Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt and named him Frank. Thunderbirds have a keen sense of approaching danger and they can conjure powerful rain and lightning storms in their wake. Newt ultimately decided to release Frank in New York City, taking advantage of its powers to obliviate the muggle inhabitants.


Bowtruckles are tree-dwelling creatures made of vines and branches. They only inhabit trees of sufficient quality to produce magical wands, so if you find a tree with Bowtruckles on it, you might want to collect a few samples. Bowtruckles protect whatever trees they decide to live in. They have sharp claws and can hurl bits of tree bark at any trespassers.

Newt Scamander kept a Bowtruckle with him during his visit to New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Named Pickett, Newt’s Bowtruckle might have been young since it seemed especially shy and wasn’t up to guarding much of anything. Newt kept Picket hidden under the collar of his jacket throughout his adventures. He was adamantly against giving Pickett to Gnarlack, the goblin gangster.


Dementors are spectral beings that bring darkness and despair wherever they go. They feed on the emotions of humans and, if they can get close enough, they will suck out a person’s soul. Those who suffer the so-called Dementor’s Kiss are left in a permanent vegetative state.

Traditionally, Dementors have served as the guards of the notorious wizard prison Azkaban. They sap the will of every prisoner by forcing them to continuously relive their worst memories. Anyone who comes close to a Dementor will endure this. Dementors can also attack anyone, innocent or guilty, who crosses their path, since they have a hard time differentiating between people with similar spirits, emotions, and fears. In his third year, Harry Potter learned that the only defense against Dementors was to summon a Patronus charm.


Mooncalves are shy, rare creatures that only emerge during the night of a full moon. They have stubby legs, webbed feet, and long necks like giraffes. However, they are not very large and are usually only as tall as an average human’s waist. Their eyes are huge and bulbous, with their pupils appearing larger than a human’s whole eye. Mooncalf dung is a powerful fertilizer for farmers and gardeners.

Newt Scamander hand a herd of mooncalves in his suitcase when he visited New York in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Jacob Kowalski even got to feed them when Newt showed him inside. They seem quite harmless and they even have a primary predator in Hodags.


A Basilisk is a colossal serpentine creature with many lethal properties and powers. It can grow more than fifty feet long and can bite its prey with teeth as long as swords. Direct eye contact with a Basilisk will snuff out its victim instantaneously. Basilisk venom is extremely dangerous, capable of ending a person’s life in minutes. Indirect eye contact with a Basilisk will petrify its victim.

The most famous Basilisk was the Serpent of Slytherin. After Salazar Slytherin left the other Hogwarts founders, he built the Chamber of Secrets and hid a Basilisk inside. Slytherin’s heir, Tom Riddle, commanded the Basilisk through Parseltongue to wake it from its slumber and attack the Muggle-born students of Hogwarts.


The Chupacabra is a small creature of reptilian or amphibious nature. They are known to suck blood from heedless victims. When the Magical Congress of the United States of America imprisoned Gellert Grindelwald in 1926, a Chupacabra found its way into his cell. Grindelwald managed to win the creature’s affections and urge it to attack the Aurors who guarded him.

Unfortunately for the Chupacabra, Grindelwald didn’t care to keep him around. As the dark wizard makes his escape, he holds the creature in his hands for a moment and then tosses him out of his carriage window. Even naming the Chupacabra Antonio wasn’t a sign that Grindelwald valued the creature after it served its purpose apparently.


Phoenixes are magical birds bearing stunning red and gold plumage. They have many powerful magical properties. At the end of their lives, their feathers wilt until they burst into flame. However, once they burn away, they are are reborn from their ashes.

Phoenixes can carry immensely heavy loads, including multiple fully grown humans. Their feathers are powerful enough on their own to make one of the most common wand core substances. The tears of a Phoenix also have powerful restorative properties. When Fawkes cried over Harry’s mortal wound from the Basilisk fang, his cut fully healed. Fawkes showed great loyalty to Dumbledore, and to those like Harry who were also loyal to Dumbledore. The battle against the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets would have been lost without Fawkes.


Fred and George Weasley concocted numerous original magical toys and tricks when they opened their own shop in Diagon Alley, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. One of their creations was actually a magical creature. Pygmy Puffs are miniature Puffskeins.

Just about everyone in the Wizarding World regarded them as adorable pets, so, of course, the Weasley twins bred them with thick soft fur coats of pink and purple shades that could grow many times the size of the creature itself. George even remarked that they couldn’t breed the Pygmy Puffs fast enough to meet demand. Pygmy Puffs are basically harmless, since they don’t have fangs like some of their non-domesticated counterparts. Ginny Weasley bought a purple Pygmy Puff and named it Arnold.


Dragons exist in myths and legends throughout the world in various forms. Almost every region of the magical world has a native species of dragons. However, they are all powerful, dangerous creatures with immense strength, fire breath, and great wingspans.

Despite their danger, the Wizarding World tries to keep up a working relationship with dragons. One dragon lurked in the depths of Gringotts’ vaults, protecting the gold stored there. Hagrid successfully hatched a Ridgeback in Harry, Ron and Hermione’s first year at Hogwarts. In Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts, he had to face a fully grown Horntail. The Tri-wizard Tournament procured four different dragons that were selected at random for the champions to face as part of their first task. Defeating a dragon is no easy feat for any wizard, regardless of their skill level.

Are there any other powerful (or weak) magical creatures from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that we forgot to mention? Sound off in the comment section!

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2018-12-06 04:12:35

Skyrim: The 10 Most Powerful (And 10 Completely Worthless) Bosses, Officially Ranked

It’s been seven years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released for the Xbox 360, the PS3 (thought that particular port was a bug-riddled mess), and PC. It was as janky as any other Bethesda-led title upon release. Yet, for all its faults, Skyrim is still enjoyed by millions over half a decade after it first hit store shelves. Part of that can be attributed to Bethesda’s relentless onslaught of special editions and re-releases over the years, but a huge aspect of the aging game’s recurring player count can be attributed to just how well fleshed-out the title actually is.

While games like Fallout 4 and the critically lambasted Fallout 76 seem to signify that Bethesda has grown less and less enthused with the prospect of in-house game development, Skyrim remains a reminder of what they can achieve when they aren’t busy simplifying RPG mechanics and shoehorning micro transactions into their games.

Skyrim isn’t really known for it’s bosses: there are a few high-level enemy encounters which stand out, particularly in the DLC, but, on the whole, the game is more about the joy of exploration than it is the thrill of combat. That said, there are still a fair few memorable boss encounters present in this section of Tamriel that ought to give even the most skilled players a run for their money… and a few worthless ones that everyone forgot.

Here are The 10 Most Powerful (And 10 Completely Worthless) Skyrim Bosses, Officially Ranked.

20 Powerful: Frost Giant Karstaag

Technically first encountered in The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon, the second expansion pack for 2003’s Morrowind, Frost Giant Karstaag can be encountered in spirit form in Skyrim’s unmarked “Summoning Karstaag” quest.

First, the player must uncover Karstaag’s skull, which can be found in Glacial Cave, a cavern just north of Saering’s Watch. From there, the skull must be taken to the ruins of Castle Karstaag and placed on the Frost Giant ruler’s old throne. At that point, he will be summoned in ethereal form and attack the player on sight. He is an incredibly formidable opponent, and players need to be prepared. Once defeated, Karstaag can be summoned to aid the player in combat.

19 Worthless: The Caller

The primary antagonist of a quest commissioned by the College of Winterhold titled “Hitting the Books”, The Caller, is an Altmer mage who leads a faction of mages residing in Fellglow keep, a ruined fort near Whiterun. She stole some ancient books the College of Whiterun wants for… well, who really knows. Regardless, it’s up to the Dragonborn to defeat her and retrieve them.

Though the boss is moderately difficult if the player plans on facing her head-on, her fight can easily be circumvented with an appropriately-leveled persuasion or sneak skill. Players can quite literally either talk her into relinquishing the books without a fight, or simply sneak around to her backside and one-shot her, looting the quest items from her body.

18 Powerful: The Ebony Warrior

The Ebony Warrior is a mysterious Redguard warrior who is only made accessible to the player in the Dragonborn DLC. Once the player reaches level 80 and enters any of a select few principalities, they will be able to interact with this enigmatic figure. He will announce that he has conquered every quest available to him, and that his final goal is to fall in battle against a worthy combatant so that he may enter the Nordic realm of Sovngarde in the afterlife.

The player may then find him at a campsite known as the Last Vigil in the Velothi Mountains. In combat, he is notorious for his ebony armor, which grants him a huge defensive boost, as well as his numerous health-recovering abilities and ebony boy, which causes paralysis.

17 Worthless: Krev the Skinner

Krev the Skinner is the leader of a band of werewolf hunters known as The Silver Hand and is encountered by the Dragonborn during a quest of the same name. Though some players have expressed their frustrations with the fight, this boss is a total pushover in certain circumstances. Given that this quest, as with many of the quests leading up to it, involves lycanthropy, it can be used here to provide a serious advantage over Kreb.

When in beast form, spam the Howl of Terror ability, and he’ll flee, leaving him open to attacks. This boss becomes significantly more difficult at higher levels, so this questline should be tackled as soon as possible for those interested in lycanthropic transformations in Skyrim.

16 Powerful: Harkon

Found in the Dawnguard DLC, Vampire Lord Harkon is one of the most interesting characters encountered at any point in the game. As the leader of a brood of vampires known as the Volkihar Clan, he claims to have been turned into a vampire after pledging himself to Molag Bal in exchange for eternal life. His master plan is to invoke a prophecy known as Tyranny of the Sun, which is said to have the power to extinguish the sun and allow vampires to rule in eternal night.

Regardless of allegiances, the Dragonborn will eventually have to stop him. Though extremely powerful, he is memorable more for his backstory than for the actual boss encounter.

15 Worthless: Jaree-Ra

Found in Solitude by approaching an Argonian marauder named Jaree-Ra, “Lights Out” is perhaps one of the most memorable non-essential quests in Skyrim. The basic premise involves the aforementioned rogue and his sister, Deeja, who lead a gang of bandits known as the Blackblood Marauders. They plan on running an Imperial icerunner aground and looting it with the help of the Dragonborn.

Once that’s done, the player is forced to dispatch a traitorous Deeja and must then hunt down her brother in the nearby Broken Oar Grotto. Though the premise is interesting, Jaree-Ra doesn’t put up much of a fight and should easily be eliminated by any sufficiently stealthy player.

14 Powerful: Arch-Curate Vyrthur

For those interested in Vampirism in Skyrim, Arch-Curate Vyrthur is, alongside Lord Harkon, one of the most important villains in the Elder Scrolls series. Vyrthur and his brother are said to be the last two living Snow Elves in the land of Tamriel. Infected at some point during the Merethic Era, Arch-Curate Vyrthur blames his condition on the deity Auri-El and created the aforementioned Tyranny of the Sun prophecy to spite him.

In combat, Arch-Curate Vyrthur is known for his unique Vampiric Drain ability, which drains the players stamina alongside his or her health. Arch-Curate Vyrthur serves as the final boss of “Touching the Sky”, the penultimate quest in Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC.

13 Worthless: Hagraven Petra

Hagraven Petra is the primary antagonist of a small ancillary quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim known as “The Affairs of Hagravens”. This quest is started upon encountering a conflicting pair of hagravens just outside of Blind Cliff Cave.

Once inside, the player will discover a caged hagraven named Melka begging for release. Once freed, she’ll attack Petra, her sister, and ultimately defeat her. The player can join in the fight against Petra should he or she choose to do so, though it isn’t totally necessary. Once the battle is over, Melka will reward the Dragonborn with the Eye of Melka weapon.

12 Powerful: Vulthuryol

Those obsessed with Skyrim’s dragons will want to thoroughly explore the city of Blackreach, as the hidden Ancient Dragon Vulthuryol can be found there. To bait him into revealing himself, gain access to the large yellow orb found hovering over the Hall of Rumination relatively close to the Great Lift of Mzinchaleft.

From there, use Unrelenting Force on the orb, which will prompt this mysterious dragon to appear. Vulthuryol will be much more difficult to take down than just about any other dragon in the game, and he can only ever be summoned once, so some quicksave trickery may be necessary.

11 Worthless: Drelas

Drelas is perhaps the most useless unique enemy in the entirety of the Elder Scrolls series. As a necromancer who resides in a small, unremarkable cottage near Whiterun Hold, he attacks the player on site as soon as they enter his dwelling. He is easily dispatched regardless of level, and there isn’t much worth taking in his home once he has been dealt with.

He does possess a non-unique staff and robes of extreme restoration, which can be somewhat useful. Not much is known about this strange, secluded sorcerer, and plenty of players have likely gone through the entire game without knowing that this NPC even existed.

10 Powerful: Krosis

The Dragon Priest Krosis can be found at Shearpoint, an area just west of Windhelm, and is an incredibly difficult fight for those looking to obtain the masks from all eight named Dragon Priests in Skyrim. Though Krosis would be relatively challenging on his own, his fight is made all the more difficult by the fact that he must be fought in tandem with a dragon.

Focusing down to powerful enemies will be a daring task for all but the most over-leveled players. Those looking for easy ways to skip the fight may be able to launch Krosis over a nearby cliff with the Unrelenting Force shout, but a majority of Dragonborn will have to repeat this fight several times before obtaining Krosis’ mask.

9 Worthless: Morokei

Though he certainly isn’t worthless in the same sense as some of the lesser-bosses in Skyrim, Morokei doesn’t really live up to his title. Another of the eight named Dragon Priests in the game, Morokei can be found deep within the Labyrinthian and is encountered as part of the College of Winterhold’s questline.

This zombie priest’s primary attack features the Staff of Magnus, which simply drains the Dragonborn’s magic without actually impacting the player’s total health. Assuming the player isn’t overly-reliant on certain abilities that require magic, Morokei is more or less a breeze depending on what level the player is when they fight him.

8 Powerful: The Forgemaster

“Lost to the Ages” is a long and epic quest found within Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC. It can be started by either speaking with Katria at Arkngthamz or reading a copy of the in-game book The Aetherium Wars. What follows is a drawn-out journey to capture four aetherium shards, which are said to allow entrance to a concealed aetherium forge.

Getting there and defeating all of the forge’s enemies is no small task, though, and it’s made even more difficult by The Forgemaster, a powerful Dwarven Centurion Master. He’s the last line of defense standing between the player and the aetherium forge, though he’s the most powerful enemy of his type present in the game. Defeating him will grant the Dragonborn access to one of three pieces of aetherium equipment.

7 Worthless: Emperor Titus Mede II

Emperor Titus Mede II is far from worthless, especially when it comes to Elder Scrolls lore However, as an actual boss encounter, he isn’t even close to difficult and, in some cases, seems relatively resigned to his fate. Emperor Titus Mede II has long been a target of the Dark Brotherhood, and the Dragonborn is tasked with finally bringing about his end by means of poisoning in a quest called “To Kill an Empire”.

If all goes according to plan, the Dragonborn infiltrates his targets kitchen by posing as a chef and adds a bit of Jerrin Root to his food. Failing this, the player must resort to other cloak-and-dagger means, though nobody with a high enough sneak skill should have a problem with this mission

6 Powerful: Ahzidal

Ahzidal is one of the eight named Dragon Priests found in Skyrim and is popularly considered to be the most formidable of all. An extremely skilled magic user, he serves as the final boss of the “Unearthed” quest. Residing in Kolbjorn barrow following his resurrection of sorts at the hands of a corrupted Ralis Sedarys, he is a fire-based Dragon Priest who also seemed to be an incredibly skilled necromancer.

During combat, Ahzidal will frequently use his Fire Stream spell, which is notorious thanks to its non-existent cast time and unreal damage output. He can also resurrect the bodies of nearby Draugr to aid him during the fight, which makes him a real challenge to bring down.

5 Worthless: Telrav

The primary antagonist of the incredibly brief side quest titled “Telrav’s Request”, Telrav is only counted as a boss because he’s a unique quest-specific NPC. Commonly encountered en route to Ivarstead, Telvar will pretend to be a wounded bandit in need of rescue.

After the Dragonborn escorts him back to his camp, he or she will promptly be attacked by Telrav’s bandit gang. The entire fight can be completed in all of ten seconds depending on the player’s level, and, aside from looting the gang’s encampment, there isn’t much of a reason to battle Telrav or take on the quest at all.

4 Powerful: Voslaarum and Naaslaarum

The twin dragons Voslaarum and Naaslaarum are about as challenging to fight as their names are to spell. Encountered on an icy lake in the Forgotten Vale in Skyrim’s Dawnguard expansion, these two are formidable opponents which serve as bosses near the end of “Touching the Sky” quest.

This quest is the second to last in the main questline for the DLC, and, as such, should not be underestimated. That said, if the player embarks on this quest before completing the Dragon Rising quest, Voslaarum and Naaslaarum will be replaced by a pair of ice wraiths and the player will have to return later to encounter these unique enemies.

3 Worthless: Alduin

This may sound ridiculous from a lore perspective, but Alduin — named “Word Eater” in Dovahzul — is likely the most underwhelming boss in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Apparently an incredibly powerful dragon, Alduin serves as the main questline’s final boss encounter. He certainly doesn’t live up to his lofty status, though, and most players should find themselves dispatching him without breaking a sweat.

In a way, this highlights one of Skyrim’s most glaring issues: while Alduin is a vastly intimidating and interesting creature based on what the player sees leading up to his fight, the final encounter ends up as little more than another simple dragon duel.

2 Powerful: Miraak, the First Dragonborn

Hailing from an era during which dragons ruled over mortals, Miraak was the first known human to master the Bend Will Dragon Shout, which allowed him to overthrow his masters and gain an immense amount of power. As the final boss of the Dragonborn DLC, he confronts the player at the Summit of Apocrypha with the intent of consuming the Soul of the last Dragonborn and re-entering Solstheim.

He is a particularly difficult boss because, in addition to being extremely powerful, he can replenish his health three times during the fight by consuming the soul of a dragon. The tension and epic setting make for one incredible final boss, and Miraak definitely makes up for the mediocre finale of the base game.

1 Worthless: Skeletal Dragon

The guardian of the Labyrinthian commonly encountered in the College of Winterhold’s “The Staff of Magnus” quest, the Skeletal Dragon is a necromantic dragon grounded thanks to its apparent lack of any sort of muscular structure.

Not only is this boss ridiculously easy, but it hardly counts as a dragon encounter due to the fact that the player can’t mount it with the Bend Will shout and won’t be able to collect a dragon soul once it is defeated. In fact, some Dragonborn take pity on this poor, flightless beast. With similar stats to the notoriously weak brown dragon, this so-called boss encounter will probably be over before it ever really gets going.

Are there any other powerful (or worthless) Skyrim bosses that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-04 01:12:08

Hobbs & Shaw Photo: Idris Elba’s Fast & Furious Villain Revealed

Dwayne Johnson has posted the first photo of Idris Elba as the villainous Brixton in the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock has arguably become as central to the illegal street racing series-turned international juggernaut that is Fast & Furious as Vin Diesel, following his debut as Luke Hobbs from 2011’s Fast Five… and he has the box office receipts to prove it. Hence, it’s not surprising that Universal has decided to prioritize a spinoff movie that centers around Johnson’s character and pairs him opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, especially after the two actors discovered they have crackling onscreen chemistry while filming last year’s Fate of the Furious.

Hobbs and Shaw officially began shooting last month, with David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) calling the shots from a script by Fast & Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan. Not much is known about the film’s actual narrative, admittedly, but it’s probably fair to assume that Elba’s character is a suave British mercenary of sorts (Is there any other kind of British mercenary in the movies?) who’s out to profit from his terrorist ways. And of course, the only ones who stand in his way are Hobbs, Shaw, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby as (reportedly) Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent.

Related: Vanessa Kirby’s Hobbs & Shaw Character is ‘Absolutely the Boss’

Johnson published the first photo of Elba in character for Hobbs and Shaw on his Instagram account and, in doing so, confirmed the mysterious baddie’s name. Take a look in the space below:

Hobbs and Shaw‘s Brixton will be but the latest villain role in a major franchise movie that Elba adds to his belt, to go along with his voice work as the tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book remake and his performance as the antagonist Krall in Star Trek Beyond. As compelling as the actor can be when he’s playing the nobler type onscreen (even an extremely flawed hero like the DCI John Luther on the TV series Luther), he generally makes for an equally charismatic and engaging threat to the good guys in his big screen appearances.

The Fast & Furious movies have stepped up their own villain game over the past five years by bringing in top-tier talent like Luke Evans, Charlize Theron and – once upon a time – even Statham to take on the franchise’s heroes. However, with Elba stepping into Brixton’s (fancy) shoes, there’s a pretty good chance that Hobbs and Shaw will end up delivering the most memorable bad guy that the series has seen to date.

MORE: First Look at The Rock’s Fast & Furious Spinoff

Source: Dwayne Johnson

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2018-10-11 03:10:10 – Sandy Schaefer

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Open to Black Panther 2 Return

THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

MORE: Letitia Wright Wants Shuri to Become Black Panther

Source: THR

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood