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Black Panther 2: Us Actor Evan Alex Wants to Play T’Challa’s Son Azari

Evan Alex, the young actor from Us, wants to play Black Panther’s son Azari in the upcoming sequel. Though there’s no confirmation as to whether or not Black Panther 2 will include – or even hint at – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) having a son, Alex has still shown some serious interest.

Assuming Black Panther 2 were to consider including Azari, the film would certainly have to deviate from the source material. In the comics, the prince of Wakanda is the son of Black Panther and Storm, and seeing as Storm, nor any members of the X-Men, are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the creative team behind Black Panther 2 would have to take some creative liberties. And, if Azari was to be included in the sequel, audiences would see that T’Challa’s son has inherited all of his special abilities derived from the Heart-Shaped Herb. Now, considering that Jordan Peele’s horror film Us includes two of Black Panther’s most prominent characters – Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia, and Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku – Alex wants to tag along with his co-stars.

Related: Every MCU Movie Coming After Captain Marvel

In an interview with Vulture, Alex was asked if he’d ever be interested in starring in a superhero movie, and he flat out stated that he wants to go further and play an actual superhero. He then elaborated, saying that he wants to be cast in Black Panther 2 as T’Challa’s super-powered son Azari. Finally, when asked if he’d be up for the challenge of challenging Black Panther for the throne, he said, “No! Why I gotta challenge for the throne when I’m the prince of Wakanda?!”

Now, even though Storm isn’t officially part of the MCU just yet, Marvel Studios is certainly making moves to make it happen. Now that the Disney/Fox deal has officially finalized, Disney owns Fox, which also means Disney owns X-Men. So, it’s only a matter of time before the X-Men enter the MCU; and once that happens, the door is wide open for T’Challa and Ororo Munroe to meet, thus opening the door even wider for Azari.

Assuming this plays out the way Alex hopes, his performance in Us more than proved that he has what it takes to carry the weight in a mainstream movie – even one as massive as an entry in the MCU. Though a role like Azari would no doubt require more physicality, his abilities paired with his passion should give him the edge in casting – assuming the MCU ever introduces Azari in the first place. It’d also make for a nice family reunion with Nyong’o and Duke.

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

Source: Vulture


2019-03-24 10:03:44

Danny Salemme

Playing Black Panther’s M’Baku Almost Cost Winston Duke His Us Role

Winston Duke’s Marvel character nearly cost him a role in Jordan Peele’s upcoming psychological horror film Us. In the MCU, Duke portrays M’Baku in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. For his Black Panther performance, the American actor won a Screen Actors Guild Award, and was also nominated by the MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight, alongside Chadwick Boseman. 

Born in Tobago, the 32-year-old Duke moved to the United States at age nine. He later attended Yale University, where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree alongside future Us co-star Lupita Nyong’o. From 2014 to 2016, Duke appeared on the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Person of Interest, The Messengers, Major Crimes, and Modern Family, before landing his feature film debut role in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. In the MCU, Duke’s character is the leader of the Jabari tribe who initially opposes T’Challa in Wakanda, but ultimately chooses to fight alongside him against Erik Killmonger. In Avengers: Infinity War, M’Baku manages to survive the genocidal wrath of Thanos. 

Related: How M’Baku the Man-Ape Became Black Panther’s Best Character

Per THR, Us director Peele initially believed that Duke might’ve been too tough to portray the family man Gabe Wilson. After all, the actor was primarily known for his overwhelming MCU character, a trait that doesn’t align with the narrative premise for Peele’s second feature. According to the director, the presence of a notable MCU star could’ve affected the viewing experience: “It would take away from our ability to feel afraid [for the family] if they have M’Baku on their side. [On the other hand] Winston had this charisma that just stole scenes and really left an impression.” In other words, a world of MCU fans, or those familiar with Black Panther, could subconsciously connect M’Baku to Duke’s Us character, one who’s fighting an entirely different battle.

On March 8, Us premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Critics praised Peele’s follow-up to the 2017 modern classic Get Out, for which the filmmaker earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. As for Duke, both fans and critics alike are buzzing about his Us performance, in which he plays a man whose family comes face-to-face with horrifying versions of themselves – “The Tethered” – during a California vacation. In the Blumhouse film, Duke’s role seems to require a more subdued acting approach, at least in comparison to M’Baku’s imposing bravado. 

Nyong’o has already won an Academy Award for her 2013 performance in 12 Years a Slave, and Duke similarly has major potential for further awards success in the years to come. After Us, the actor will next appear in Peter Berg’s novel adaption Wonderland.

More: Us Early Reactions: A Bizarre & Horrifying Must-See

Source: Cinema Blend


2019-03-17 10:03:33

Q.V. Hough

Black Panther: 10 Most Memorable Quotes

10 “You Are A Good Man…”

“You are a good man with a good heart, and it is hard for a good man to be king.”

RELATED: Black Panther: 10 Things Every Fan Should Have In Their Home

This quote is spoken by T’Chaka to T’Challa. This is a beautiful quote that speaks to the close relationship between the father and son and also says a lot about T’Challa as a character. Black Panther is about T’Challa’s journey to figure out the kind of king he wants to be, and, at his core, he is a good person with a good heart who wants to do the right thing. While he has his struggles, he is able to figure out how to be a good king as well as a good man.

9 “The Real Question…”

“The real question is, what are those?!” or “I never freeze.”

While Black Panther is full of insightful and wise quotes that illuminate something about the human condition, it’s also full of some amazing one-liners. The characters are all pretty funny in a relatable way that’s not overdone, and one of the most fun characters is definitely Shruti. The relationship between Shuri and T’Challa is probably the best sibling relationship in the MCU. Seeing the different characters joke together and make fun of each other is one of the most enjoyable parts of this movie.

8 “Just Because Something Works…”

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

RELATED: Avengers 4: How Shuri May NOT Be Dead After Infinity War

This wise line from Shruti speaks to her need to always be learning and improving things. As a genius and the smartest character in the MCU, Shuri is always creating new inventions and technology to help make the world a better place. In many ways, Shuri’s attitude is part of what inspires T’Challa to consider opening Wakanda up to the rest of the world.

7 “I Would Make A Great Queen…”

“I would make a great queen because I am stubborn — if that’s what I wanted.”

RELATED: Black Panther Deleted Script Scene Introduced Nakia’s Family

One of the best things about Black Panther is the cast of female characters. Unlike in many MCU films, this movie doesn’t just feature one or two minor or token women. The women of Wakanda are each unique and important to the story in their own ways. Nakia is an experienced, independent spy and fighter, and her independent attitude makes for a refreshing romance and relationship in the MCU.

6 “When You Said You Would Take Me…”

“When you said you would take me to California for the first time, I thought you meant Coachella.”

This is another line from Shuri that is said towards the end of the movie. This line definitely is one that gets a good laugh. While funny, this quote does highlight that Wakanda opening up their existence to the world is an act of altruism. They are an advanced society with technology and healing that can benefit the rest of the world. T’Challa and Shuri are already trying to make the world a better place.

5 “In Times Of Crisis…”

“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”

T’Challa says this line to the U.N. Assembly in the first post-credit scene of the movie. This quote is clearly a nod to real-life political and social issues happening. This is an inspiring quote that reminds us all of the importance of working together and the beauty of equality. The quote is also a good example of T’Challa’s governing style and what he stands for.

4 “You Get To Decide…”

“You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.”

RELATED: 10 Inspiring Quotes From Tony Stark

This is another quote from Nakia that highlights one of the central themes of Black Panther. T’Challa has to figure out what kind of ruler he will become and if he will do things like his father who he admires or forge his own path. Nakia is the person in Black Panther who really understands the responsibility Wakanda has to help underprivileged people in the world. While Killmonger might bring these ideas up, his approach is all wrong where Nakia’s is not.

3 “Guns, So Primitive.”

This line is hilarious and also an important one. Okoye says this line with her signature disdain and disgust, and it definitely makes fans laugh. It’s also a quote that illustrates how Wakanda is the most advanced nation in the world. These afro-futurist elements are part of what makes Black Panther such a pioneering movie for representation in blockbuster films.

2 “Bury Me In The Ocean…”

“Bury me in the ocean, with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.”

Killmonger says this line near the end of the film before he dies (or most likely dies). This quote might be the most powerful from the film as it’s extremely resonant and historical. Unlike the characters who lived in Wakanda, Killmonger grew up in our world and has lived with the impacts of racism and colonization. This is a powerful and emotional quote that highlights the importance of this movie and its relevance to our world.

1 “Wakanda Forever!”

This short line will always be the most quoted from the movie. While some people might argue that this quote and the motion that goes along with it are already overdone, they were important for many people who watched the film. Actors as well as fans were and still are doing the Wakanda Forever salute as a way to express pride in their heritage and show how Black Panther inspired them.


2019-03-09 11:03:45

Amanda Steele

7 Reasons Why Black Panther Should Win Best Picture (& 3 Why It Should Not)

For the first time in Academy Award history, a superhero film has been nominated for Best Picture. It is not uncommon for superhero films to be nominated for awards — or even to win them. After all, Heath Ledger famously won an Oscar for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Numerous superhero films have been nominated for technical awards in effects and sound design, which are instrumental and important aspects of film making.

But Black Panther is the first to have a real shot at winning Best Picture of the Year. There are numerous arguments as to why it ought to win and why it shouldn’t. Without taking a side, here are a few reasons why Black Panther ought to win Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards (as well as why it shouldn’t).

10 (Should) An Incredibly Well-Made Film

It is not a radical statement to say it takes an incredible amount of hard work to make a superhero film. Black Panther is the product of experts working their best. Sound design. Editing. Special effects. Make-up. Set design. Music. Thousands of people working tirelessly crafted one of the best looking, sounding, and paced superhero films ever made.

Yes, Black Panther is nominated for several technical awards that it most likely will win, but its technical achievements set it apart from its competition.

RELATED: Black Panther’s Composer on How He Made the Film’s Complex Oscar-Nominated Score

9 (Shouldn’t) The Academy Seldom Rewards Representation

Black Panther is an achievement for representing a vast amount of people. Historically, however, the Academy has not issued Best Picture Awards to films that push representation in new, incredible directions.

Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple featured a cast full of people of color. 11 Nominations. No win. Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, a mainstream hit portraying a same-sex couple? It lost to Crash. And Spike Lee has only just gotten a film nominated after a decades-long career of culturally resonant films.

There are, of course, obvious exceptions. 12 Years a Slave. Moonlight. Midnight Cowboy. But these are exceptions. Not a trend.

RELATED: Brie Larson Clarifies Her Inclusivity Comments in Captain Marvel

8 (Should) Superhero Films Deserve Recognition

For many years, mafia and horror films were considered genre affairs that never gained cultural recognition from the Academy Awards. Then, around the early 70s, The Exorcist nabbed a nomination for Best Picture, while The Godfather I and II won the Oscars for Best Picture. Silence of the Lambs winning Best Picture changed the critical dialog about the horror genre. As did Get Out winning an Oscar last year.

While Black Panther is a great and important film in and of itself, it winning the Best Picture Award will validate superhero films as a genre worthy of critical merit (in the eyes of the Academy, since audiences have known this for decades already).

RELATED: Black Panther’s Best Picture Nomination Is ‘Immensely Gratifying’, Says Kevin Feige

7 (Should) It Avoids the Tropes of Good vs Evil

Very often, the films that win Best Picture do not fall back on typical conflicts of good and evil. They feature very existential conflicts. They feature family plots or the protagonist combating the conflicts of the self.

Black Panther’s core conflict circles around dealing with legacy and history. It focuses on changing a system that has failed the world. But at the same time, never at any point are any obvious answers presented. Yes, the film emphasizes a specific moral that T’Challa internalizes and uses to grow as a king, but the conflict is presented as real and political and multi-faceted. You understand why the old kings of Wakanda followed their isolationist policies, but the film demonstrates why that needs to change, too, and the consequences of those actions.

That moral ambiguity earns it brownie points in the Academy.

RELATED: Patty Jenkins ‘Happy’ Black Panther Got Nominated For Best Picture

6 (Should) It Offers Relevant Social Commentary

While the Academy tends not to reward diversity, it does reward social commentary.

Many films have text and subtext. There is no doubt that Black Panther has a rich plot, as well as a rich subtext. Consider for a moment winners from the 70s, such as The Godfather and Rocky. Both films belong to popular genres, yet were rewarded by the Academy for featuring rich subtext (the immigrant experience in the former and the underdog go-the-distance message of the latter). This continues to the present day. Films like Shakespeare in Love featured significant subtextual commentary on storytelling, as did last year’s The Shape of Water. Black Panther‘s subtextual commentaries on race and culture in the 21st Century might help it get Best Picture.

5 (Shouldn’t) The Academy’s Tastes

Typically speaking, the Academy loves two types of films: historical fiction and contemporary realism. They regularly win Best Picture.

There are exceptions, but even those exceptions often feature elements of those two in them. Last year’s The Shape of Water is a fantasy film, yes, but it also takes place in the historical context of the 50s, featuring issues relevant to that era, such as prejudice and Cold War paranoia (as well as old Hollywood imagery, another favorite of the Academy).

Black Panther is the only film in the running for Best Picture that does not fit this category. This makes it an outlier for what the Academy usually rewards.

RELATED: 12 Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

4 (Should) The Academy Likes Epics

Black Panther is an epic film, taking place across the whole world, featuring various periods of time, revolving around numerous characters and cultures intermingling (even within Wakanda).

The Academy may like their realistic dramas, but they love epics as well. The Godfather is an epic mafia story, telling a story that spans a decade. Ben-Hur. Dances with Wolves. Braveheart. Gladiator. Stories that tell epic, grand dramas do have an edge. With the exception of Dances with Wolves, audiences to this day regard these films as entertaining epics.

If the Academy sees Black Panther as the newest epic, rather than as one of the genre films it dismisses so often, it can win.

3 (Should) The Performances are Powerful

The fact that Michael B Jordan isn’t nominated for his role as Killmonger is either a testament to the numerous terrific performances this year or the Academy isn’t giving the actors in Black Panther enough credit.

Every performance in Black Panther is immediately memorable. It is hard to single out performances, but Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright — all of them? Fantastic performances. Even though he plays a relatively small role, this is also yet another role where Andy Serkis is ignored by the Academy. Again.

The cast elevated what was already a great film into something so much more.

Oh yeah, and the actors involved was the biggest ensemble cast of people of color in any mainstream film. And they ALL were incredible.

2 (Shouldn’t) The “Star Wars” Excuse

This is the excuse that is most frustrating to write, but inevitable. Every so often, there is a film that revolutionizes cinema, becomes cultural short-hand for movies, and changes the medium of storytelling forever. And the Academy just doesn’t care, because the films that lost were “genre films.”

There are of course genre films that do win Best Picture. Silence of the Lambs is a good example of this. But most often, the films that break the mold are relegated to their category. Beauty and the Beast gets nominated for Best Picture? A new category is made so animated films can be nominated without hurting “real cinema.” Consider how the Academy tried to make a “Popular Film” Award as if trying to justify giving Black Panther recognition.

The best example of this is with Star Wars. The film revolutionized cinema. It helped codify the Summer Blockbuster, like Jaws (also didn’t win). Star Wars lost to Annie Hall, because Annie Hall is what the Academy likes. Black Panther revolutionized cinema by pushing diversity to new heights. But to the Academy, it might just be another Star Wars.

RELATED: Oscars 2019 Best Picture Nominees, Ranked Worst to Best

1 (Should) It Forced Hollywood to Re-evaluate Itself

In the last few years, the Academy Awards have been the subject of controversy. 2015 saw the “Why So White?” controversy, which criticized the Academy’s pattern of excluding racially diverse directors and works from their awards. Since then, films like Moonlight, Get Out, and, yes, Black Panther have gotten critical recognition. They even finally nominated Spike Lee, who has been snubbed for since Do the Right Thing.

Black Panther is a cultural landmark. It has forced the Academy to see there are stories to be told that have yet to be seen done in cinema. They clearly tried to make a category (“Best Popular Film”) just to justify giving Black Panther some credit.

Do the right thing, Academy. Black Panther deserves the Oscar for Best Picture.

RELATED: Black Panther Earns Best Picture Nomination At 2019 Oscars



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2019-02-22 03:02:12

Watch: How Black Panther Brought Wakanda To Life

In a new Black Panther featurette that’s been released ahead of the film’s awards season push, fans are treated to additional behind-the-scenes insights from the cast and crew about how Wakanda was created and brought to life. As the highest-grossing MCU film to date domestically, the video provides further context for audiences, and content that continues to build out the universe.

Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther offered viewers a modern African hero, and a glimpse at what an un-colonized Africa might look like. Starring Chadwick Boseman as Prince T’Challa, heir to the secretly advanced kingdom of Wakanda, the film follows his journey as he attempts to lead his nation toward a new future while confronting the challenges created by the country’s past mistakes – including fan-favorite adversary Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan. Earning more than $700 million in the U.S. and nearly $1.35 billion worldwide, Black Panther was a historic success that has created steep expectations and pressure for Coogler to deliver a fantastic sequel.

Related: Black Panther & A Quiet Place Among AFI’s Best Films of the Year

The Marvel Entertainment featurette, entitled “Welcome to Wakanda,” takes another look at the world the film created, and includes fresh interviews with the cast and crew of Black Panther discussing what making it meant to them. In the video, Angela Bassett, who plays T’Challa’s mother Ramonda, touches on the way in which the film “reaches to the heart of the histories we’ve read about our people,” and Coogler is given an opportunity to drive his vision home with this quote:

Wakanda represents for us…Africa. Like a fantasy of what could be if African people had control over their own resources. And the idea was that it was more technologically advanced than anybody could imagine. Going to Africa was extremely important for us because we took direct inspiration from places on the continent.

In addition to commercial success, Black Panther’s ability to highlight socially relevant themes and topics helped it become a cultural movement beyond what is usually seen from a comic book adaptation. The film created a rich narrative and world that was appreciated by fans and critics alike, which continues to receive recognition as awards season rolls around. Already, the film has received nominations from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, and an Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture bid from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. The film’s success has also allegedly altered the composition of future MCU entries, with reports suggesting that there were Avengers: Endgame reshoots that specifically added more of Black Panther and Wakanda.

With all the hype surrounding Black Panther, it could be difficult for Coogler and the cast to meet fans’ absurd expectations for the sequel. That being said, winning a few awards – and potentially an Oscar – might make it a bit easier for them to take on the challenge.

Next: What Black Panther Needs To Do To Win An Oscar

Source: Marvel Entertainment



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2018-12-12 03:12:12

2019 Golden Globe Nominations: Black Panther, Sharp Objects & More

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has revealed its movie, TV show, and limited series nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony. The nominees were announced by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater on Thursday morning, December 6.

While there’s still a ways to go until next year’s Academy Awards ceremony, several films have already emerged as front-runners in this year’s awards season derby. Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite are among the movies near the front of the pack, as are critical darlings like Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. At the same time, acclaimed films that opened in theaters earlier this year (namely, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman) will remain in the race to the Oscars, however things play out at the Golden Globes.

Related: Andy Samberg & Sandra Oh to Host 2019 Golden Globes

Meanwhile, on the TV front, HBO’s Sharp Objects and AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl limited series adaptations are expected to earn their fair share of recognition from the awards shows to come, starting with the Golden Globes. Brand-new TV shows likes HBO’s Barry and BBC America’s Killing Eve have already been widely celebrated and recognized by awards bodies this year, and should only continue to rack up more nominations from here. The same goes for the celebrated sophomore seasons of returning comedies like FX’s Atlanta (aka. Atlanta: Robbin’ Season) and Netflix’s GLOW – though, the muted response to HBO’s Westworld season 2 may hurt its own awards season prospects.

With all that in mind, here are the nominees for this year’s Golden Globes ceremony:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Streat Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
  • Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • A Quiet Place
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “All the Stars”, Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies”, Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for a Private War”, A Private War
  • “Revelation”, Boy Erased
  • “Shallow”, A Star Is Born

Best Television Series – Drama

  • The Americans
  • Bodyguard
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • Pose

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • Kidding
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Sharp Objects
  • A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Connie Britton, Dirty John
  • Laura Dern, The Tale
  • Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picaso
  • Darren Criss, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
  • Daniel Brühl, The Alienist
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Julia Roberts, Homecoming
  • Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Stephan James, Homecoming
  • Richard Madden, Bodyguard
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Kristen Bell, The Good Place
  • Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
  • Alison Brie, GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Sasha Baron Cohen, Who is America?
  • Jim Carrey, Kidding
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld
  • Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

MORE: Oscars 2019 Best Picture Predictions

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards airs live on January 6 @8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.

Source: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association



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2018-12-06 05:12:26

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

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

Godzilla Vs Kong Movie Casts Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry is set to join the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. Legendary is getting into the cinematic universe game with the MonsterVerse and are building towards their big crossover in style. Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla launched the universe in 2014 and was followed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ’70s-set Kong: Skull Island. They’ve now established the two monsters, but are giving Godzilla a sequel next year to further set up their upcoming confrontation. That will happen in the appropriately titled Godzilla Vs Kong, directed by Adam Wingard.

The crossover movie has been getting itself into position to start filming, which was previously reported to start at the beginning of this month. There’s so far been no indication that this has actually happened and it would be difficult to do so without the entire cast set. The biggest star so far is Millie Bobby Brown reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Variety now reports that Emmy-nominated Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry is joining the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. There’s no details about who he will be playing, only that it is described as a “significant” role. This could make him either a hero or a villain in the larger story, both of which Henry’s shown the ability to succeed in.

Henry is best known and recognized for his work in FX’s Donald Glover comedy/drama, and has only continued to line up future projects. He was already seen this year in smaller roles in Hotel Artemis and White Boy Rick, but has three more movies coming out by the end of the year. Supporting roles in Widow and If Beale Street Could Talk have already put him on the receiving end of great critical praise, while he’s also providing the voice of Miles Morales’ dad in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He still has a third season of Atlanta, Amy Adams’ drama The Woman in the Window, Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Superintelligence, and the Child’s Play reboot in his future as well. Now that we can add Godzilla Vs Kong to his upcoming filmography, Henry will continue be someone audiences become very familiar with.

The cast of Godzilla Vs Kong extends beyond just Henry and Brown, though. The movie also brought Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison on board earlier this year. There were even rumors that Black Panther‘s Danai Gurira was being eyed for a major role in the movie, but that has yet to be confirmed. Even if that doesn’t pan out, the movie is off to a great start with its casting. None of the stars may be certifiable box office draws just yet, but that’s why a battle between Godzilla and King Kong is at the center of the film. And, who knows, by the time Godzilla Vs Kong arrives in theaters, the constant exposure Henry is getting could make him a major selling point.

MORE: Godzilla Vs Kong: Every Update You Need to Know

Source: Variety



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2018-10-10 05:10:45 – Cooper Hood

Assassin’s Creed: 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – the latest installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular video game franchise – has finally landed on shelves. Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey gives players the opportunity to assume the role of a mercenary from either Athens or Sparta, and to take part in a mythology-infused recreation of the Peloponnesian War.

The game features an even greater emphasis on the RPG elements first introduced in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and boasts multiple endings that are triggered by the player’s actions. Odyssey also sees the return of the controversial Hitbox combat engine which debuted in Origins – albeit in a significantly enhanced form. Thanks to these and other challenging core mechanics – not to mention the daunting size of the game’s virtual environment – Odyssey should prove suitably tough for more casual gamers. But for seasoned veterans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Not so much.

Indeed, gamers who have followed the series since the very first entry way back in 2007 aren’t likely to struggle. On the contrary, we expect them to flourish, putting to good use the skills and knowledge they’ve gleaned from the past 11 games in the series – not to mention the six spin-off entries – to finish the main quest in record time.  This will leave them free to start focusing on tracking down Odyssey’s hidden Easter eggs, secret areas, and other bonus content clueless rookies don’t have a chance of tracking down unaided.

Here’s a list of 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

Of all the many classic video game franchises, few are as unanimously beloved by both gamers and developers alike as The Legend of Zelda series. The team at Ubisoft clearly rank amongst this iconic Nintendo series’ admirers – as the easter egg they tucked away in Odyssey proves.

In a tip of the hat to the most recent Zelda instalment, Breath of the Wild, a Korok – a small humanoid figure made out of clay, flower petals and twigs – can be found on the Pandora’s Cove coastline. Although this hidden tribute is now the most well-known Easter egg in the game, experts had no trouble tracking it down on their own within mere days of Odyssey’s release!

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks a dramatic change in direction for the franchise – from purely action/adventure outings to something closer to an action/RPG hybrid. This is reflected in how important the player’s actions are to the game’s overall narrative, and in particular, how that narrative reaches its climax.

Indeed, what the player decides to do – or just as importantly, say – will determine how events unfold next, and ultimately determine which of the game’s multiple endings they achieve.

Most players should be able to reach at least one ending.

If you complete every side quest and make all of the right decisions to unlock the secret, ultra ending, ensuring the best possible finale for your mercenary.

18 Visit Atlantis

As soon as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting was announced, fans immediately began speculating over whether the fabled lost city of Atlantis would be part of its virtual environment. The good news is that Ubisoft hasn’t missed a trick, and Atlantis does indeed count among the many sunken locations scattered across the game’s humongous map. The bad news? It’s highly likely that only experts will be capable of uncovering the most eagerly anticipated (not to mention coolest) secret area in Odyssey.

The steps involved are extremely taxing, requiring players to traverse treacherous terrain, solve fiendish riddles posed by the Sphinx and dispatch a bevy of mythological horrors like Medusa, the Cyclops and the Minotaur!

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

Over the course of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players can enlist NPCs to serve as crew members aboard their ship, the Adrestia. Recruiting a high calibre crew is a great way to upgrade the Adrestia – so the trick is to bring legendary NPCs into the fold. Casual gamers will wait until they unlock these characters by completing quests, however experts are aware of a hidden mechanic that speeds up the whole process.

There’s a less publicized gameplay mechanic which enables you to recruit legendary NPCs by defeating them in combat using non-lethal takedowns.

Better yet, once your ship’s roster is made up entirely of legendary NPCs, you unlock the “Argonauts” trophy, too!

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

One of the most frustrating moments in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives early on, when you’re forced to give up the Cyclops’ Eye during Sequence 1. It’s not exactly the most classy of disposals, either: to put it bluntly, you squeeze it up the rear end of a poor, unsuspecting goat. If you’re scratching your head over this last revelation, then just trust us: it makes sense at the time!

Rookies will write off the Eye as a lost cause, but experts up to speed on the game’s secrets won’t give up so quickly. By engaging in an exhaustive goat-hunting expedition in Kephallonia, they’ll recover this valuable artifact, earning the dubious “Stink Eye” achievement, as well.

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

Long-time fans of the series will recall that in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you could easily customize your ship’s decorative figurehead as part of the normal upgrade process. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that carries over to Odyssey – and only expert players are likely to work out the secret method of doing this.

For starters, you need to defeat a boss – not exactly a walk in the park itself, by the way – and then behead them.

Once this has been take care of, if you scroll through the inventory of ship upgrade options, you’ll see your new souvenir listed. Select it, and voila! The Adrestia will have itself a brand new (and rather creepy) figurehead!

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

The underlying mythology of the Assassin’s Creed franchise incorporates several shadowy organisations – and Odyssey is no exception. The latest entry in the series introduces the nefarious Cult of Kosmos, and players aiming to get the most out of game’s story need to track down and eliminate key members of the group. In order to do so, they’ll have to swap their mercenary’s helmet for their detective’s cap, as the cultists’ whereabouts are only revealed by clues sprinkled through Odyssey’s sprawling Ancient Greece setting.

Some of these hints can be uncovered with little effort, whereas others will prove elusive to all but the most seasoned of gamers!

On the plus side, all of this running around pays off, as only players who chase down every single cultist will get to experience the game’s whole story.

13 Unlock Evie Frye

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the ninth video game in the main series – is headlined by twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Of the two siblings, Evie is arguably the more memorable – which is probably why she’s an unlockable character in Odyssey. Now, before you get too excited, bear in mind that Evie is a legendary NPC, so you won’t get to play as her directly.

Still, it’s incredibly cool to recruit her as a crew member on your ship, provided you’re an Ubisoft Club member with enough XP to afford her. See, unlocking Evie requires players to part with 7,500 XP in exchange for the “Master Assassin” badge, which only long-time fans of the franchise will have amassed!

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

Battle royale games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are currently the hottest thing on the block. Making the most of modern online multiplayer capabilities, games in this genre pit a pack of players against each other in thrilling, last-man-standing contests.

Obviously, this stands in stark contrast to the single-player, open world experience offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – until experts stumble across the “Call to Arms” sidequest. Found by scouring the island of Melos, this mission – which requires skilled players to wipe out 99 consecutive enemies – represents a thinly-veiled attempt by Ubisoft to acknowledge (or should that be “cash in on”?) the popularity of the battle royale genre!

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

Black Panther is currently the second highest grossing film of 2018, and with that success comes a considerable fanbase, too. At least some of the developers at Ubisoft fall within that category, if the Black Panther Easter egg included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything to go by. As experts will have no doubt already discovered, the game contains a fairly faithful recreation of Black Panther’s two most notable scenes: the duels that occur at the base of a waterfall.

This is staged at the Gortyn Waterfall, where players can first spectate on the melee using Eagle Vision.

That’s not all, though: it’s also possible to clamber up the cliff where the fight is going down, and actually confront the pair of brawlers yourself!

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

So far we’ve focused solely on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting – which disregards the fact that certain sections of the game are set in a present day safe house. Anyone unfamiliar with the franchise’s convoluted (some would say downright insane) science fiction elements, just trust us when we say that this does make sense.

Regardless of whether or not you buy into this more far-fetched aspect of the Assassin’s Creed mythology, there are multiple Easter eggs to dig up during these segments. Not all of these relate to the franchise either – just ask the experts who’ve unearthed the iconic, three-lensed night vision goggles worn by Sam Fisher, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games!

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

The team at Ubisoft has done a remarkable job of recreating an utterly convincing (albeit wildly fantastical) rendition of Ancient Greece in Odyssey. This awesome attention to detail is reflected in almost every aspect of the virtual environment, particularly the character and weapon design. We say “almost”, because at least one item experts will undoubtedly come across whilst roaming the game map definitely does not fit the time period depicted: the Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legend. Fortunately, this gag is an intentional mistake on the developer’s part.

Unfortunately, you can’t remove this legendary blade from its Lakonia resting place.

That’s a real shame: historical accuracy be damned – there’s always a place for Excalibur in our armory!

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

Another easter egg squirrelled away in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s modern era safe house setting, the Rabbid figure is hard to spot if players blitz through these sequences. However, experts tend to favor a more methodical approach – even when confronted by the franchise’s moments of less than engaging gameplay.

These long-time campaigners will cast their eyes over every inch of the safe house, which means snooping around each room, no matter how empty it appears to be. This will eventually lead them to the shelves of a particularly untidy room. Here, they’ll spy the Rabbid toy – a cute shout-out to Ubisoft’s all-ages Rayman franchise, accompanied by a line of dialogue (“Bwaah?”) associated with these bunny-like characters.

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

It doesn’t matter what mythology we’re talking about: unicorns are invariably treated as an incredibly rare species. Certainly, this carries over to the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where players can indeed transform their horse into one of these awe-inspiring creatures – provided they can get their hands on a unicorn pelt.

They sport an eye-watering 6,400 Drachmae price tag!

Rookies who are feeling flush will plump for either the Black Unicorn or undeniably amazing (though sadly, non-flying) Pegasus skins, purchased with real-world cash from the Ubisoft Store. On the other hand, genuine experts prefer to earn their keep, and will trawl merchant stalls for the appropriately named, randomly-spawing Epic Unicorn skin, which leaves rainbow hoof prints.

6 Home Town Pride

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hail from Ubisoft’s Montreal headquarters, based in Quebec. Like the citizens of any city or town, these guys and gals are proud of the place they call home – so much so that they managed to sneak a Quebec-related easter egg into the game!

It’s something that will almost certainly go unnoticed by less observant gamers, but experienced players – the type of people who scan the entire game environment for secret material – will discover a travel magazine whilst rifling through the safe house. The destination this mag is promoting? Why, Quebec, of course! True, it’s not exactly the most exciting bonus content in Odyssey, but it’s a nice touch all the same.

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

A key trait which separates veteran Assassin’s Creed players from newcomers is the willingness of the former to experiment with their surroundings. Take the spikes that dotted around the Arena in Odyssey.

Rookies will probably dismiss these as mere set dressing and completely ignore them once the fighting breaks out.

Don’t expect experts to make the same mistake, though. Already clued up on just how interactive the game worlds in the franchise can be, these gamers will immediately identify the potential for the spikes to deal damage to their opponents. The next thing you know, the edges of the Arena will begin to resemble a shish kebab vendor who trades in skewered would-be gladiatorial champions!

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

It turns out Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t the only instalment in the franchise to take place in London – Odyssey does, too. True, the vast majority of the game is set in Ancient Greece, but its modern era sections unfold in London, something that won’t come as a shock to more attentive players.

After all, just by gazing out of the safe house windows, you can take in a decent view of London’s famous skyline, with what tourists would recognize as Big Beg especially prominent. What’s more, if you allow yourself a moment to properly contemplate the sight before your eyes, you’ll even trigger a line of dialogue that references Jacob and Evie Frye, the lead characters in Syndicate!

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

As you might expect from a virtual environment that recreates the entire Aegean Sea, Atlantis isn’t the only submerged area on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map.

The ocean floor of Ubisoft’s vision of Ancient Greece is littered with dozens of hidden locations brimming with valuable treasure.

Anyone prepared to embrace their inner Jacques Cousteau will be in for a real treat. That said, given the sheer amount of exploration required to pinpoint all of these sunken locations – fun fact: at 130km², Odyssey’s map is 62% bigger than the already massive world of Origins – we’d wager only experts will visit all of them.

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

Sure, everybody wants to get the best possible Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ending – you know: the super secret, totally awesome one we mentioned earlier. Even so, part of being an expert is also having a completist streak, which is why we think they’ll figure out how to achieve Odyssey’s eight other possible endings, as well.

This might not sound like much, but it’s actually quite a feat, for two main reasons. First of all, this game is absurdly long – the main quest alone clocks in at 40 hours of gameplay – so repeating it again and again is no picnic. Secondly, they’ll need to ensure they get every single word and deed right, in order to arrive at their desired conclusion!

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

Full disclosure: this entry is unashamedly juvenile in nature, given it revolves around players scaling up a male statue and dangling from part of its anatomy (three guesses which part). Regardless, we’re positive that even the most mature expert will decide to do just that, when they pass by this landmark early on in Odyssey – honestly, it’s just too hard to resist.

You’ll be rewarded for your childish antics if you do.

Performing this act initiates a wry line of dialogue from the player’s mercenary, which just goes to show that Ubisoft definitely predicted this becoming a thing. Although to be honest, they hardly needed the talents of one of Ancient Greece’s oracles to foresee it!

Did we miss out any other things that only experts know how to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

Robert Downey Jr. Responds to Chris Evans’ Emotional Captain America Thank You Letter

Robert Downey Jr. has responded to Chris Evans’ Captain America thank you letter, in which the latter reflected on wrapping Avengers 4. The two actors are currently in Atlanta, where reshoots for the upcoming Marvel film are taking place. Besides Downey and Evans, other actors – including Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson, and Elizabeth Olsen and Pom Klementieff – have all been spotted on set. Reshoots began in September. According to Mark Ruffalo, these reshoots will “finish the movie,” rather than just fixing scenes or adding additional lines.

These last days on set are sure to be an emotional period for the cast. Many of them have been playing these characters since MCU Phase 1, and have worked together onscreen almost as long. The original Avengers are so close they even got matching tattoos. Saying goodbye at the end of filming is sure to be bittersweet, as for some, it’ll be for the last time. Evans posted a tweet commemorating his wrap on Avengers 4, and saying what an honor playing Steven Rogers had been. Of course, this caused the MCU fandom to break down as well, believing that this seals Cap’s Avengers 4 fate. Regardless of if the character lives or dies, the film will most likely be the end of the line for Evans, whose contract is up.

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Robert Downey Jr. subsequently responded to Evans’ emotional tweet with one of his own. He posted: “We all know who the real sheriff in town is“, with an image of Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. Buzz is dressed in Iron Man armor, while Woody is decked out in red, white, and blue Captain America regalia. The poster reads, “To Infinity War and Beyond” a cute nod to both the Avengers: Infinity War title and the saying from the animated Pixar film. Check out the tweet and image below.

Update: Chris Evans has since responded to RDJ’s response. Check it out below.

Iron Man and Captain America have been mainstays of the MCU since 2008 and 2011, respectively. The actors have become as iconic as the characters they play, and oftentimes it’s hard to draw a line between the two. It’s almost impossible to imagine the movies without either of these characters, but it’s a reality Marvel fans are slowly realizing they’re going to have to face very soon.

Avengers 4 will mark both a beginning and an end of sorts. While it’s likely time to say goodbye to actors like Evans and Downey Jr., the next round of MCU movies will also usher in a new era of characters. Heroes like Captain Marvel, Shuri, Black Panther, and Valkyrie will step up to take the place of the fallen or retired. The future of Marvel Studios is in good hands.

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2018-10-06 03:10:58 – Brittany Rivera