Thor 4 Directed by Taika Waititi Has Been Pitched, Says Tessa Thompson

A Taika Waititi-directed Thor 4 has already been pitched, Tessa Thompson reveals. Jumping in on the MCU train via 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, the actress plays Valkyrie in the franchise – one of the last members of Odin’s elite Asgardian team who took on Hela (Cate Blanchett). The God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stumbled across her on the junk planet of Sakaar, and cajoled her to join them and save Asgard from the Goddess of Death. The film ended with her aboard the Asgardian refugee ship on their way to Earth, but they were hijacked by Thanos and his men as seen at the start of Avengers: Infinity War.

Breathing life into the Thor franchise, Ragnarok quickly became the general viewing public’s favorite out of the trilogy. Unlike previous movies from the Marvel sub-franchise, gone were the dark and gloomy palette and in its place were the trippy backgrounds reminiscent of Jack Kirby’s psychedelic comic book panels. The aesthetic and new brand of humor perfectly complemented the roller coaster adventure for Thor. By the end of it, fans get an overhauled character and a revitalized film series. But with Ragnarok already the third in his franchise, there’s an assumption that there’s no more solo adventures for the character, although that may not be the case.

Related: How Loki Could Return To a Bigger Role in THOR 4

According to Thompson during a recent LA Times interview, a fourth Thor film has already been pitched at Marvel Studios. While the actress claims that she doesn’t know specifics about it, she adds that Ragnarok director, Waititi is said to be returning to helm the film. “I heard that a pitch has happened for [another “Thor” film]. I don’t know how real that intel is, but I hear that the pitch has happened. I think the idea is Taika [Waititi, who directed ‘Ragnarok’] would come back,” she said.

Valkyrie’s whereabouts continue to be a mystery after skipping Infinity War, but after months of speculation, Avengers: Endgame character portraits and special emojis confirm her survival of Thanos’ decimation of half the life in the universe. The assumption now is she, alongside fan favorite characters Korg and Miek, escaped the refugee ship and possibly continued their voyage to Earth. Whether or not they landed on the planet is another conversation, but they’re expected to factor into the Phase 3 capper. Chances are that Thor will seek her out following their loss to the Mad Titan before he goes off to execute the fresh plan to take down the villain.

It’s curious if Marvel Studios will be willing to deviate from their three-film solo character adventures for Thor. Both Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America’s (Chris Evans) trilogies felt like it tied up their respective headlining hero’s arcs with many expecting their stories to end in Endgame. It’s quite different with Odinson, however. Between finally nailing the tone they want for the character and a potential future that doesn’t feel forced in the MCU, there’s still so much he can do in the franchise starting with Thor 4.

More: Mark Ruffalo Shot Hulk’s Death Scene In Infinity War

Source: LA Times

2019-04-17 08:04:55

Ana Dumaraog

Freddie Prinze Jr. Pitched A Kofi Kingston Gauntlet Match Over A Decade Ago

Actor and former WWE creative team member Freddie Prinze Jr. claims he pitched an idea for Kofi Kingston running the gauntlet over a decade ago. While many aren’t aware, Prinze did work in the company’s creative department for a while before being released. In fact, most of the writers that have been working with the promotion come from Hollywood, as the company reportedly started signing them several years ago.

Recently on SmackDown, WWE has been teasing a potential match taking place at WrestleMania XXXV between Kingston and WWE champion Daniel Bryan. The build-up for the match began at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Bryan and Kingston participated in the titular match for the championship and they were the final two participants. The two went back and forth until Bryan finally managed to put Kingston away to retain his championship. While the spot was earned, it wasn’t originally Kingston’s, as he replaced Mustafa Ali at the last minute after Ali suffered an injury. Despite that, fans got behind The New Day member after he put on a thrilling performance in a gauntlet match against the other competitors from the elimination chamber match. Now, with Kingston set to endure the gauntlet again, Prinze claims he pitched an idea for a Kingston gauntlet match over a decade ago.

Related: WWE Raw: Dave Bautista Officially Facing Triple H at WrestleMania

Kingston noted on his Twitter that he always knew his path to the WWE championship wouldn’t be an easy one, but that he will make it there after conquering the gauntlet one last time. Prinze chimed in to claim that he pitched a similar idea years ago, but no one wanted to listen to him. This isn’t surprising as most of what the current creative team pitches must first get approved by WWE CEO Vince McMahon, who usually feels his thoughts are the best way to go creatively. It’s possible that McMahon was the one who rejected the idea, but now wants to push the narrative on television. Check out Prinze’s tweet below:

Kingston has never captured world championship gold, but now it looks like the WWE is ready to let Kingston lead the company due to his recent performances, and fan reception. Despite his lack of world titles, Kingston is a decorated veteran in the company, as he has held the tag team championships for both Raw and SmackDown on numerous occasions. He has also had a successful singles career, with multiple Intercontinental and United States championship reigns to show for it. However, it is obvious the WWE didn’t plan on having Kingston in a major title match at WrestleMania this year and all of this is just due to unfortunate circumstances. McMahon himself recently stated the company would look to give the audience more of what they want and right now, Kingston is the fan favorite, so the company must deliver on their promises.

While Prinze’s claim could be false, it’s not surprising to hear that an idea for Kingston was pitched decades ago. Back in 2009, he was involved in a heated rivalry with Randy Orton, and it seemed like he would be the one going over in the feud. WWE has an opportunity to capture a historical moment at WrestleMania XXXV when Bryan and Kingston face off for the WWE championship.

More: Dave Bautista Slams Stephen Amell for Questioning His WrestleMania Match

Source: Freddie Prinze Jr.

2019-03-14 02:03:57

Eric Trigg

Better Call Saul Season 4 Finale Ending Explained

This post contains SPOILERS for Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul’s fourth season ended with “Winner,” an exciting finale that inches the spinoff closer to its Breaking Bad roots. This year, AMC’s acclaimed drama had to followup the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of season 3, where Chuck died in a horrifying fire. That tragedy is what truly spurred Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman as he dealt with the consequences and aftermath of not only his brother’s death, but also his bar suspension. Over the course of the fourth season, Jimmy became more involved with the criminal underworld of Albuquerque, launching his “get-rich-quick” scheme of selling prepaid cell phones to unsavory individuals.

Elsewhere in the Saul universe, Gus Fring looked to expand his cartel operations, commissioning the construction of the famous “super lab” Walter White and Jesse Pinkman cooked in during Breaking Bad. Entrusting Mike Ehrmantraut to oversee the operation, Gus hired a group of German nationals led by Werner Ziegler. While the project was taking longer than originally planned, the crew was working diligently and hoped to have it finished soon. Of course, things hit a snag at the end of last week’s “Wiedersehen” when Werner went AWOL, leaving only a note with detailed instructions for his team. These storylines (Werner’s disappearance and Jimmy’s bar reinstatement appeal) are the crux of the finale’s narrative, with both resolving in powerful ways.

The Tragedy of Werner Ziegler

Throughout the season, Werner’s team were recurring players, frequently interacting with Mike. Early on, it looked like Kai would be the troublemaker of the group, especially after his incident with the nightclub. However, Kai turned out to be a red herring, and Werner caused the biggest headaches for Gus and Mike. Werner, of course, is far from home and dearly misses his beloved wife. Wishing to see her again, Werner pitched Mike the idea of going home for a weekend, but was denied. Since he couldn’t get his superiors’ approval, Werner took matters into his own hands and hatched a plot for a loving reunion.

“Winner” reveals Werner ran off to a resort where he planned to spend time with his wife. He made travel arrangements that would see her fly over to America for a weekend and go back home. Sadly for Werner, he never gets to see her again. Mike tracks him down and after a discussion with Gus, realizes there’s only one resolution for this setback. Allowing Werner the opportunity to call his wife and tell her to return home before Gus’ people do anything to her, Mike then (reluctantly) kills Werner. Ehrmantraut says Werner’s death will be covered up as a tragic accident and his men will be sent back. As one might expect, Gus is angered by the lack of progress on the super lab (cutting a conversation with Gale short), which he thought would be completed by now.

Related: How Better Call Saul’s (Unseen) Breaking Bad Character Connects To Jimmy

Werner clearly had no ill intent (Mike knew he was jut homesick), but when he ran off, his fate was essentially sealed. This was the second transgression Werner committed against Gus – the first being his friendly chat about construction work with bar patrons. These two incidents back-to-back made it very difficult for Gus to trust Werner moving forward, and by now, fans are well aware of Fring’s ruthlessness. Mike mentions multiple times in the episode there are other ways to go about things, but he can’t convince Gus to spare Werner’s life. No amount of begging or pleading has any effect on Gus when he’s made up his mind about something. Unfortunately for Werner, he never completely understood what he got himself into and crossed the wrong people.

Lalo also factors into this storyline, with the mysterious member of the Salamanca clan tailing Mike and trying to locate Werner for his own reasons. Lalo does discover which resort Werner is staying at and briefly speaks to the Russian over the phone, posing as one of Gus’ employees. Not knowing any better, Werner begins to tell Lalo the first couple of basic instructions for the super lab construction, before Mike arrives in person and interrupts the call. Near the end of the episode, Mike tells Gus about what happened, and it’ll be fascinating to see how this continues in season 5. Of course, Fring does not get along with the Salamancas, and despite Lalo’s cheeky offer of a peace treaty in last week’s episode, the two warring sides will continue their power struggle. Lalo is clearly curious about what Gus is up to and wants to get an upper hand for himself.

Page 2: Jimmy McGill Becomes Saul Goodman

Jimmy McGill Is Finally Saul Goodman

Jimmy’s arc in season 4 is dealing with the fallout of his felony from season 2 (tampering with Chuck’s documents) as he tries to get by in life with his one-year suspension. Picking up lawful employment at CC Mobile, he does everything he’s supposed to do to work himself back in the graces of the committee. However, last week’s episode ended with the shocking twist that Jimmy was denied reinstatement – after he was found to be insincere in his comments. Kim, as she always does, stays by Jimmy’s side to help him win the appeal. In Kim’s mind, the sincerity issue stems from Chuck and Jimmy needs to show remorse for what’s transpired.

The two forge ahead with another one of their brilliant schemes. Jimmy spends the one-year anniversary of Chuck’s death mourning at his brother’s grave. An “anonymous” donation is made to HHM to name the legal library after Chuck, with members of Jimmy’s go-to video team telling people in attendance they heard the gift was from Jimmy. It all builds up to another hearing in front of the committee, where Jimmy uses the letter Chuck left him as a weapon in his favor. After (faking) being unable to read it in place of an opening statement, Jimmy launches into a nostalgic monologue where he reminisces about his brother, talks about wanting to make Chuck proud, and credits Chuck with influencing his interest in a law career. In their celebration afterwards, Kim feels some it was truthful, but Jimmy’s reaction makes it painfully apparent it was all a show for the committee so he could get his law license back. As he prepares to sign the necessary documents, Jimmy states he’ll no longer be practicing under his legal name. Turning to a clearly shocked Kim, he closes out the season by saying, “S’all good, man.”

Related: Bob Odenkirk Responds to Fan Theory About Chuck’s Letter

At a certain time in his life, Jimmy probably aspired to be an honest, hard-working lawyer like Chuck, but the events of Better Call Saul have rendered that impossible. During a key sequence of the episode, Jimmy (as part of his sincerity scheme) sits on the board awarding scholarships in Chuck’s memory. He vouches for a student named Kristy Esposito, who received only one vote (from Jimmy) because she was found guilty of shoplifting. In that moment, Jimmy realizes that the law community at large will never accept someone with a prior record, and clearly sees himself in the young Kristy. Because of his actions in season 2, the most prominent firms in the country will always consider Jimmy a liability, no matter how much he swears he’s changed. Chasing down Kristy after the scholarship meetings, Jimmy basically lays out the Saul Goodman playbook, telling his favorite student to cut corners and to not worry about what others think (because she’ll never “make it” the traditional way).

Instead of conforming to fit within the perceived standards of the field, Jimmy gamed the system to his own advantage. He told the reinstatement committee what they wanted to hear – even though he has no intention of following through on it – and is now set to play by his own rules. In his argument with Kim on the rooftop in “Wiedersehen,” Jimmy went on the defensive about how Kim views him as “the kind of lawyer guilty people hire” and is unworthy of sharing an office with her (while she thrives at a large firm in New Mexico). Jimmy is embracing his reputation. Saul Goodman, as Breaking Bad fans know, is exactly the type of lawyer criminals hire. Howard Hamlin wouldn’t touch Walter White and Jesse Pinkman with a 10-foot pole, but Saul went into business with them, doing whatever he could to protect his clients’ rights and help them avoid jail time.

The beauty of this is how it all traces back to Chuck and recontextualizes the character of Saul Goodman. When he was introduced in the second season of Breaking Bad, he was nothing more than an entertaining side player; a riff on the “sleazy lawyer” archetype who came up with elaborate schemes to win his cases. Now, the persona is revealed as a last resort for a man who once upon a time looked up to his brother, only to have his hopes and dreams destroyed by that very same sibling. Chuck went out of his way to block Jimmy from getting a position at HHM, fearful of what “Slippin’ Jimmy with a law degree” would be capable of. He wasn’t willing to give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt, and ended up unknowingly launching the career of Albuquerque’s shadiest criminal defense attorney. Maybe if he was more accepting and loving towards Jimmy, things would have turned out differently.

It’ll be exciting to see how the confirmed fifth season picks up on this. There were already hints the Jimmy/Kim relationship was fraying (the wonderfully constructed cold open of “Something Stupid”), and the former’s new career path might be the final straw. Kim is never mentioned in Breaking Bad, so obviously something happens there. Better Call Saul correctly took the long road to get to this point, and now the possibilities for its future are wide open.

More: Better Call Saul Fills In Breaking Bad Gaps

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2018-10-08 07:10:07 – Chris Agar

Robert Kirkman is Trying to Kill Off Walking Dead’s Judith

Robert Kirkman is actively trying to kill off Judith from AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show, but the writers and producers won’t accept his story ideas. Over the years, several people on the series – some mainstays, but mostly small, supporting characters – have perished either at the hand of the walkers or other survivors. Last year, the biggest name to bite the dust was Chandler Riggs’ Carl Grimes, who was bitten while trying to help out a fellow survivor.

And now, in The Walking Dead season 9, Carl’s father, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), will be exiting the show, which has sent shock waves through the fan base. Lincoln has been contemplating leaving Alexandria behind for quite some time now, but he was persuaded to remain on as lead until they dealt with the Saviors. Now that Negan has been defeated and the story is moving in a different direction, Lincoln felt it was time to retire from the series and spend some more time with his real-life family in England. It’s unclear if Rick will die in season 9, but even if he doesn’t, the only living Grimes family member that will still be on the show is Judith.

Related: Walking Dead’s Future Without Carl & Rick, According to Creator

Speaking during his personal panel at New York Comic Con 2018, Robert Kirkman: In Conversation, the comic book creator revealed that he’s been actively trying to kill off Judith on The Walking Dead series, saying, “I tried to kill that damn baby that’s not even a baby anymore – I have pitched the death of Judith so many times it’s not even funny.” Unfortunately, Kirkman didn’t elaborate on why he’s been so adamant about (baby) Judith dying.

What’s interesting is that Judith had already been killed off early on in The Walking Dead comics, so it’s understandable that Kirkman would want to see that reflected on the TV show – but both versions of the famed story have obviously drifted apart over the years. Even now, showrunner Angela Kang recently told Screen Rant that the show follows the general outline set forth by the comics, but they aren’t going out of their way to precisely match the storyline. There will be some notable differences, and it seems like Judith is simply one of them… for now.

Sometimes movie franchises and TV shows can get lost in their own stories, and The Walking Dead‘s timeline is as confounding as they come. It’s something that Riggs himself was even confused about. So, the fact that Judith has grown up so much in such a short amount of time (in-universe, that is) can technically break continuity. While that may not be an important reason for Kirkman to want Judith dead, it may play a part. But, with The Walking Dead returning this weekend, it’s certainly possible that Judith may meet her end at some point this season.

More: 25 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7 on AMC.

Source: Robert Kirkman (via ComicBook)

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2018-10-05 08:10:24 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Showrunner Pitched a Truly Bizarre Ending

Former Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr revealed a game-changing alternate ending to Star Trek’s third series. In the series finale that actually aired, the show concluded with Captain Benjamin Sisko achieving a different plane of existence as he fulfilled his destiny with the Prophets.

In the sixth season’s  “Far Beyond the Stars,” Sisko receives a vision from the Prophets that transports him back to 1950s America. The episode allowed the show to deal directly with racism in a way that the conceit of an idyllic Federation would not allow. Ben Sisko transformed into Benny Russell, a science fiction writer that worked on a serialized story called “Deep Space Nine.” The story never gets published due to the fact that it features a black captain, despite being well-received by everyone who reads it. Russell winds up in a sanitarium after suffering a breakdown, only to have his image used by the Pah-Wraiths in season 7 to trick Sisko into forgetting his original identity and get lost in the illusion permanently.

Related: Dr. Who’s Peter Capaldi Auditioned for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Ira Steven Behr spoke at a panel for his upcoming documentary What We Left Behind at the annual Star Trek Las Vegas convention in late August of this year, and he confirmed Deep Space Nine almost ended as a creation of Benny Russell who eventually would’ve gone on to create the show.

“I did pitch to Rick Berman that the final episode would end up with Benny Russell on Stage 17 at Paramount, wandering around the soundstages, realizing that this whole construct, this whole series, that we had done for seven years, was just in Benny’s head. That is how I wanted to end the series. And Rick said ‘Does this mean The Original Series was in Benny’s head? Does this mean Voyager was in Benny’s head?’ I said ‘Hey man, I don’t care who is dreaming those shows, I only care about Deep Space Nine and yes, Benny Russell is dreaming Deep Space Nine.’ He didn’t go for it.”

Fans had long-theorized the possibility that DS9 had been conceived as a figment of Russell’s imagination since the airing of “Far Beyond the Stars” and its follow-up, “Shadows and Symbols.” A similar manifestation of this trope occurred in Buffy during the episode “Normal Again”, which teased audiences into thinking that the entire series was a figment of Buffy’s delusion. In that case, producer Marti Noxon thought it would undermine the show’s empowered message to make the entire story a symptom of madness. It’s hard to say if Behr’s ending would’ve done the same thing or actually enhanced the resonance of the show as a whole.

The show, which served as a platform for Star Trek’s first black lead, not to mention its first black family, has found renewed popularity as its aged. The serialized storytelling and slightly darker tone (not compared to Discovery, but still) that made DS9 unpalatable to many Trekkies during its heyday are also the elements that have allowed it to hold up so well a quarter of a century later. Making its world the dream of a man who couldn’t deal with his reality is romantic to be sure, but definitely a little cynical and way too meta for the mid-90s. But it’s still a compelling idea. Who knows, maybe that’ll be how What You Left Behind ends?

More: 15 Secrets Behind Star Trek Deep Space Nine You Had No Idea About

Source: Trek Movie

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2018-09-10 02:09:48 – Alexandra August