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

Mortal Engines Footage Description: First 25 Minutes Debuts At NYCC

Following The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Peter Jackson returns as a producer on Mortal Engines, and at the movie’s New York Comic Con panel, the first 25 minutes of footage debuted; we offer a brief breakdown of what’s included.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s novel of the same name, Mortal Engines takes place in a futuristic world where cities are moving beasts that roam the world searching for fuel to keep moving. Meanwhile, smaller also mobile towns have become the prey of larger city-states like London. The film follows Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a fugitive with a deadly grudge against London’s Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving). Hester runs across historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) as she attempts to defeat Valentine and protect smaller cities and towns from the insatiable hunger that is London.

Related: Mortal Engines Trailer #2 Debuts At NYCC

Ahead of the film’s release in December, Jackson, Mortal Engines director Christian Rivers and members of the cast appeared on a panel at NYCC. Prior to a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers during the Mortal Engines NYCC panel, Andy Serkis presented the first 25 minutes of the movie. Much of the opening footage focused on building out the world of Mortal Engines. The film kicks off with an opening monologue setting the stage for the post-apocalyptic world (what Jackson refers to as a “post-post-apocalyptic” world) following the 60-Minute War that destroyed society as we know it.

After the voiceover, viewers get to meet Hester, who’s on a cliff and spots the approaching predator city of London. Once she sees the oncoming, mobile city, Hester runs back to a grouping of smaller, mobile towns that break apart and start running from London. Hester is stuck on one town that can’t seem to get its engines started and winds up being the “prey” pursued by London. The town flees across the open land, which Jackson referred to as “the great hunting ground” (essentially, where Europe used to be). The chase sequence continues for much of the opening, as the smaller town is chased by London and attempts to lose the larger city-state amid some foothills. While the sequence is filled with tension, the town is eventually caught by London and “ingested.”

On board London, Tom meets Katherine Valentine (Leila George) at the London Museum, where he shows her some of the artifacts he’s collected to help with her research into the 60-Minute War. Tom shows Katherine a video of a pre-war city being destroyed using some kind of quantum technology. Then, Tom reveals he’s been collecting similarly dangerous technology, some of which has been stolen. Once London ingests the smaller town, Tom is tasked with going down to sort through it for valuable artifacts, and he’s accompanied by Katherine. There, they meet Thaddeus, but Hester is lurking in the crowd of people moving from the town into London. When she has a moment, she attempts to assassinate Thaddeus, but she’s stopped by Tom and has to flee.

The final sequence of the footage screened includes a foot chase through the ingested mining town as Hester runs from Tom and Thaddeus (though the latter is following more slowly due to the injury Hester inflicted). Hester flees from Tom through the town as it’s being destroyed by massive saws and metal jaws. Eventually, she reaches a platform that overlooks a tunnel out of London and she jumps. Tom catches her and Hester tells him to ask Thaddeus about her mother, revealing that Thaddeus murdered her mother. Then she forces Tom to drop her and when Tom does mention to Thaddeus what Hester said, Thaddeus pushes Tom down the tunnel and out of London.

Altogether, the footage shown at NYCC for Mortal Engines introduced an expansive world akin to that of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with sweeping, beautiful visuals. It remains to be seen if Mortal Engines turns out to be a massive blockbuster success on par with the trilogies for which Jackson is most well known. But, with Jackson on board as a producer and Rivers at the helm, it’s clear Mortal Engines will provide some stunning sequences for moviegoers – which they’ll get to see when the film hits theaters in December.

Next: The Biggest Changes Mortal Engines Makes to the Book

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2018-10-05 12:10:02 – Molly Freeman

The Good Place Season 3 Review: Still One Of The Most Inventive Comedies On TV

One of the most appealing things about NBC’s stellar comedy The Good Place is how it makes the progression of its narrative from season to season look like reinvention. There’s always something new and surprising to see and experience, as made evident in the season 3 premiere, ‘Everything is Bonzer!’, which gives the series a whole new set of circumstances to deal with, while still moving the story forward in interesting and often very funny ways. 

Mike Schur’s show set partially in the afterlife took on a whole new identity when it revealed at the end of its first season that its characters were, in fact, not in the Good Place but rather the Bad Place, and that their charming, somewhat folksy tour guide Michael (Ted Danson) was not the beneficent being he claimed to be. That Michael was actually a demon and that Eleanor (Kristen Bel), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) were kinda crappy humans — not entirely bad, but pretty far from good — had a huge impact on the audience’s perception of the show, and in one of the biggest surprises following that game-changing reveal, The Good Place continued to deliver the goods.

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The series’ second season ended with another surprise: the gang was transported back to Earth for a moral do-over. The chance to prove they could learn to become better people and earn a place in, well, the Good Place, came with some pretty serious caveats, however. Caveats that allow The Good Place to continually change the rules of its sometimes-surreal world to better suit the needs of the narrative, as it humorously philosophizes about morality, the nature of humanity, and whether or not people can actually change. This time around, the degree of difficulty is made greater as Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason have essentially been reset to their factory settings, placed back on Earth with no memory of their experiences in the afterlife, yet unwittingly assigned to the task of becoming better people. 

There’s a lot to explore at the start of season 3, which is why it’s great that NBC gave the series an hour-long premiere. ‘Everything Is Bonzer!’ begins with a small recap told from various different perspectives, as Eleanor survives what would have been her death to become a more altruistic, empathetic person, only have the transformative elements of her new lifestyle wane over time, until she’s back to being the same old bitter Eleanor Shellstrop. This retelling of the end of season 2 may feel superfluous at first, but it soon proves necessary. Schur and his writers cleverly retrace their footsteps at the end of the previous season, while planting new information, like how Michael found his way to Earth to interfere with these humans’ progress, despite being forbidden by the Judge (Maya Rudolph) from doing so. 

Michael’s rule breaking is nothing new for the character — he’s been doing it in one form or another since the beginning — but here it not only manages to feel different, it also sets up interesting new circumstances that are bound to cause trouble for Michael, Janet (D’Arcy Carden), and the others as it opens a backdoor for Shawn (the reliably funny Marc Evan Jackson) to interfere with the big plan. 

Along the way, The Good Place finds time to introduce two new characters, one on Earth and one guarding the doorway there. The first is Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who is having one hell of year after already appearing in both Barry and Killing Eve, as Australian neuroscientist Simone, who is fascinated by and attracted to Chidi and his seemingly broken brain. The second is Mike O’Malley (Justified, Survivor’s Remorse) as, simply, Door Man, the guy who watches over the doorway to Earth. He also has a penchant for frogs, which is almost certainly going to play into the season’s story in some unexpected way or another. The new characters, like the season’s slightly altered circumstances, add to the series overall, and to the enjoyment of watching. There’s a hint of mystery in O’Malley’s Door Man and in his interactions with Michael, who is not exactly inconspicuous when it comes to the fact that he’s breaking some pretty strict rules to return to Earth with brilliant aliases like Gordon Indigo and Zach Pizzaz. 

There’s a clearer plot at this point season 3 than there was in the two previous seasons after their respective premieres. That seems to work in favor of The Good Place this time around, as it makes the effort put into reuniting the core cast and having them not remember one another at all seem not more significant. It also imbues the new season with a newfound sense of urgency. Michael’s shenanigans are bound to be discovered — by Shawn blowing his cover or through some other means — and back on Earth things seem to be progressing nicely until the series throws another surprise at the audience: the return of Adam Scott’s Trevor. 

It all adds up to a fascinating and entertaining premiere of what is certainly NBC’s best comedy, but also one of the most reliably inventive series on television period.

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The Good Place continues next Thursday with ‘The Brainy Bunch’ @8:30pm on NBC.

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2018-09-27 06:09:17 – Kevin Yeoman

Infinity War Fan Trailer Takes Place in the Stranger Things Universe

A new fan-trailer imagines what Avengers: Infinity War would be like if it was set in the Stranger Things universe. Infinity War, of course, is the beginning of the culmination of everything that transpired in the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last 10 years. It will be followed by next year’s Avengers 4, which will cap off the first three Phases of the famed cinematic universe.

Stranger Things, on the other hand, may be newer than the MCU, but it has a global fanbase that’s only growing by the day. Debuting in 2016, the sci-fi horror series is set in the 1980s and already two well-received seasons, with season 3 on the way for a 2019 premiere. Due to its immense popularity, many of the Netflix TV show’s young stars (Millie Bobby Brown, in particular) are already starting to become household names

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YouTube content creator TNovix has now unveiled an Infinity War mashup video inspired by the trailer for Stranger Things season 2. The two and a half minute trailer-style video uses clips from the MCU film and focuses on the characters who have a personal history with the villainous Thanos (such as Gamora, Drax and Tony Stark). Of course, the intergalactic baddie is also given his own time to shine here. Watch the full video below.

While Stranger Things and the Avengers franchise are quite different from each other in many ways, both have also reached a pivotal junction in their respective overarching stories. The Netflix series will include a significant time jump in season 3, which itself promised to be much darker and more action-packed. Not that the ’80s series has ever shied away from being creepy and freaky in the past, but the show’s creatives are striving to take things up yet another notch with this new season.

Meanwhile, considering how things ended in Infinity War (with Thanos handing the Avengers their first real defeat), Marvel fans have been trying to figure out what’s next for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Between leaked set photos and what is known about the much-anticipated Avengers 4, time travel and the Quantum Realm seem to be two key elements that factor in the Avengers’ efforts to defeat the Mad Titan and restore order to the larger MCU.

Unfortunately, for fans of both franchises, there’s still a bit of a wait until their next installments arrive. Strangers Things 3 will debut next summer, with Avengers 4 set to kickoff 2019’s blockbuster season around the same time. Even so, both projects are expected to enter a major phase of their marketing campaigns within the next couple of months. Netflix has already rolled out a cheeky Stranger Things 3 teaser focusing on Hawkins’ new Starcourt Mall to hype viewers up, with Marvel Studios gearing up to launch the trailer for Captain Marvel this week – after which, their attention will shift to getting the first wave of marketing for Avengers 4 off the ground and running.

More: Hi-Res Official Avengers 4 Art Revealed

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2018-09-16 08:09:35 – Ana Dumaraog

The Good Place Season 3 Promo Soothes With a Bunny in a Bucket

The Good Place season 3 is now less than a month away, and to keep fans from ending up in the Bad Place before then, NBC has released a soothing promo featuring a bunny in a bucket. The frequently absurd supernatural comedy series stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a thoughtless jerk who was killed in a shopping cart accident, and found herself mysteriously assigned a spot in the coveted and highly exclusive Good Place after her death.

The series follows Eleanor’s efforts to keep from ending up in the Bad Place, with the help of her friends Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto). Also joining in their exploits are Michael (Ted Danson), the architect of the Good Place neighborhood where Eleanor and the others reside, and Janet (D’Arcy Carden), a cheerful artificial intelligence who serves people in the afterlife. Both season 1 and season 2 of The Good Place ended with radical changes to the status quo, and fans are eager to see how things develop in season 3.

Related: The Good Place Season 3 Poster Trades Heaven For A Place On Earth

To help temper that excitement with a little peace, this Good Place promo invites audiences to look at a bunny in a bucket, without asking any awkward questions about how the bunny came to be in the bucket or whether he’s happy about being in the bucket. Check out the promo below, and let it carry you away to the Good Place.

While this promo doesn’t contain any footage from The Good Place season 3, we have caught a glimpse of what Eleanor and her friends are currently up to in a collection of stills. These images also revealed a new character called The Doorman, played by Mike O’Malley, who guards the door between Earth and the afterlife.

The ongoing theme of The Good Place is Eleanor and her friends trying to become better people, and exploring if such a thing is even possible, or whether they’re doomed to repeat the same old patterns. When we saw them last, they had been given a second chance at life on Earth, and Eleanor had managed to seek out Chidi in search of guidance in the messy topic of ethical philosophy. Whether Chidi will succeed at helping Eleanor become a better person, and whether they’ll find a way to link up with their old friends Tahani and Jason, remains to be seen.

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The Good Place season 3 will premiere September 27 on NBC at 8/7c.

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A Quiet Place Sequel Gets A 2020 Release Date

Paramount has officially dated A Quiet Place 2 for summer 2020. Released earlier this year, A Quiet Place became one of 2018’s biggest hits, receiving widespread acclaim and grossing $322.5 million at the worldwide box office. Critics and audiences alike were highly impressed with director John Krasinski’s suspenseful and emotional thriller, which utilized its memorable concept to great effect.

For Paramount, the film’s success was much-needed. With Transformers in a state of flux and questions about the future of Star Trek, they were in a position where they could use a new, reliable IP. Shortly after A Quiet Place opened in theaters, it was reported a followup was being developed, and now it’s taken a major step forward.

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Per The WrapA Quiet Place 2 will premiere on May 15, 2020. No details about the plot were available at the time of the announcement.

One thing that has been confirmed about the sequel is that Krasinski is “definitely” involved in some capacity. He will likely be staying behind the camera for this round, seeing that his character, Lee Abbott, died in a self-sacrifice at the end of the first film. There’s no telling what story A Quiet Place 2 will tell, but Krasinski has no shortage of ideas. He’s already said in the past that the sequel could focus on other survivors of the franchise’s mysterious alien apocalypse. The creative team may also opt for a continuation of the original movie’s narrative, which ended with the tease of Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) preparing for battle against the monsters that terrorize the world. Either route has potential, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do.

Paramount knows they had something special with A Quiet Place, so the filmmakers are going to work diligently to ensure the sequel lives up to the high bar set by its predecessor. Back in July, the studio started piecing together an early Oscar campaign for Quiet Place, hoping to compete in some major categories. Assuming the Academy moves forward with their controversial Best Popular Film award, A Quiet Place could be in the running for that category, and some have even named it as a possibility for Best Original Screenplay. It’s apparent it was able to transcend its genre by telling a powerful story of how far parents would go to protect their children, so hopefully the sequel can deliver another thrilling experience. It would be a shame if the inventive premise wore thin so soon.

MORE: A Quiet Place Could Save Paramount

A Quiet Place 2 opens May 15, 2020.

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The Good Place Season 3 Poster Trades Heaven For A Place On Earth

The Good Place is headed back to NBC for season 3, but as a new poster shows, the characters are headed someplace they haven’t been in quite a while — Earth. The comedy from Parks & Rec co-creator Mike Schur has been on an impressive upward trajectory after a solid first season delivered (well, Ted Danson’s Michael, really) one hell of a twist, revealing Eleanor (Kristin Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), and everyone’s favorite Florida-loving dimwit, Jason (Manny Jacinto), were, in fact, in the Bad Place all along. 

Since then, the show has become one of NBC’s most acclaimed comedies. and with its upcoming season 3 premiere just a few weeks away, the peacock network is beginning its promotion with a new poster that illustrates where the story will unfold. The news that The Good Place season 3 will take place on Earth isn’t too much of a surprise, the season 2 finale followed a suddenly alive Eleanor as she searched for Chidi, though she wasn’t entirely sure why. Since then, Schur has explained exactly what happened in ‘Somewhere Else,’ stating that, yes, the characters are actually alive on Earth with no knowledge of being in the good or bad place. 

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Schur said as much in a revealing interview with Alan Sepinwall at Rolling Stone, where he confirmed it was the beginning of a new timeline, with the purpose being the characters must apply what they’ve learned in a practical environment. While that curveball means The Good Place is pushing its characters forward in some surprising new directions, it also demonstrates just how un-sitcom-like this sitcom really is, making it not just one of NBC’s best shows, but also an interesting test case for how to buck the conventions of the format while still fitting nicely within it. 

Though viewers have already gotten a taste of what’s to come for Eleanor and the others, The Good Place faces some interesting challenges in not only not repeating certain elements in season 2, but in blazing a new trial outside of the afterlife. The show had done a remarkable job in balancing comedy with some philosophical and ethical questions, and a fun, slightly surreal element that gave the show a nice visual component. 

There’s no reason for any of that to be gone now just because Michael’s taken the group back to the beginning. But, if anything, The Good Place has demonstrated that it needn’t rely on old tricks in order to get a rise out of its audience. 

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The Good Place season 3 premieres Thursday, September 27 on NBC. 

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