Ponyo 2 Updates: Why A Sequel Probably Won’t Happen

The original was another enchanting animated classic from Studio Ghibli but Ponyo 2 probably isn’t going to happen. Hayao Miyazaki is the co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio responsible for films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki also directed those entries and is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest living filmmakers.

Ponyo from 2008 was Miyazaki’s tenth film and tells the story of a boy who discovers a goldfish who turns out to be an underwater princess. Ponyo was another Ghibli film about the wonder of childhood and while it contains darker moments, it’s also just a joyful adventure. The movie’s English language dub also contained an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok).

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While Ponyo was a critical and commercial success, a sequel looks highly doubtful. Here’s why Ponyo 2 probably won’t happen.

Hayao Miyazaki Wanted To Make Ponyo 2 – But Was Overruled

Surprisingly, Hayao Miyazaki was actually interested in making Ponyo 2 but he was talked out of it. Miyazaki initially wanted to follow up Ponyo with a sequel, but producer Toshio Suzuki convinced him to adapt his own manga The Wind Rises instead. Miyazaki was reluctant at first since the subject matter, a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi who designed fighter planes during World War 2, wasn’t typical Studio Ghibli fare.

His staff convinced him to press ahead with the project, which was released in 2013 to great acclaim. The film was also intended to be Miyazaki’s final feature film, but it was later announced he was working on a new project dubbed How Do You Live?

Studio Ghibli Don’t Really Make Sequels

Another barrier in the way of Ponyo 2 is that Studio Ghibli has never made a feature-length sequel to one of their projects. Miyazaki’s interest in making Ponyo 2 is one of the rare times the animation studio has even flirted with making a follow-up. In 2002 they released The Cat Returns, a spinoff of their 1995 movie Whisper Of The Heart, and in 2003 Miyazaki also directed Mei And The Kittenbus, a short film sequel to My Neighbor Totoro.

Miyazaki will be busy for at least a couple more years with How Do You Live? and it’s doubtful any other filmmaker at Studio Ghibli would be brave enough to tackle Ponyo 2. It’s possible once the legendary director is finished with his next project he could revisit the sequel but realistically he will likely make good on his threat of retirement. Ghibli has historically chosen not to make sequels either, so the odds of Ponyo 2 happening aren’t great.

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2019-04-15 03:04:54

Padraig Cotter

Yes, That’s The Death Star II (& Probably Endor) In The Star Wars 9 Trailer

UPDATE: Read our full Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer breakdown.

The Death Star makes a surprising return in the Star Wars 9, with the wreckage of the Empire’s second superweapon seen in what has to be the seas of Endor. After much anticipation, the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has released, and along with the laugh of the Emperor, it also sees his pet project make an unexpected appearance.

One of the biggest criticisms of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it relied too heavily on repeating the story beats of the original Star Wars, right down to the presence of First Order superweapon Starkiller Base – literally described as the Death Star but even bigger. Many feared this could happen again with Star Wars 9 given J.J. Abrams’ return, especially as the repurposed footage from Episode VII that will be used to bring Carrie Fisher back as Princess Leia is likely from a cut subplot about Resistance weapons.

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The trailer for Star Wars 9 confirmed that superweapons will have a role to play in The Rise Of Skywalker, although not in the way anybody predicted. The end of the trailer shows Rey, Finn, Poe, C-3PO, BB-8, D-O and Chewbacca on a cliff overlooking a sea and some familiar wreckage. That’s the second Death Star and this planet is either the forest moon of Endor from Return of the Jedi or Endor itself (although we’re inclined to say the former).

The second Death Star was destroyed by Lando Calrissian flying the Millennium Falcon in Return of the Jedi, marking the beginning of the end for the Galactic Empire: it coincided with the deaths of The Emperor and Darth Vader, and just a year later in canon, the Battle of Jakku saw the Rebels emerge victorious.

This isn’t the first time that Disney-era Star Wars has flirted returning to the Death Star II’s wreckage. Early concept art for Star Wars Episode VII has the character Kira (who eventually became Rey) swimming through the space station looking for scrap. This idea was eventually transitioned to Rey scavenging Star Destroyers on the desert planet Jakku, and now it looks like Star Wars 9 is using the other side of it, with the character Kira became taking a team to the superweapon. That concept is also why it seems safe to say that the planet is Endor – the concept art made very clear this was the Death Star submerged in a sea of the forest moon.

If we are returning to Endor, that would still only make Rey and co. the second group of sequel characters to visit the Ewok planet – Kylo Ren must have come here before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to retrieve Darth Vader’s mask (which is rumored to return in Star Wars 9).

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2019-04-12 11:04:40

Alex Leadbeater

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazkowicz

As the series protagonist, across most releases, William “BJ” Blazkowicz has a long and storied history in the Wolfenstein franchise. In recent years, the character has experienced a resurgence with regards to popularity, courtesy of the rebooted series developed by Swedish studio MachineGames.


The reboot, which begins with 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, masterfully evolves BJ’s characterization, previously crafted by id Software. He’s much more than a stoic soldier fighting the good fight in an alternate history World War II. However, there exists a few things that fans new to Wolfenstein may not yet be privy to. The list below examines 10 such details.


Blazkowicz’ name may be synonymous with Wolfenstein’s brand, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, neither of the franchise’s first two entries features the blue-eyed hero. BJ entered the fray when id Software got its hand on the series with 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D.

Since Wolfenstein 3D warrants praise as the pioneer of first-person shooters, Blazkowicz has long been integral to the evolution of gaming. Thus, he should be celebrated as such. Thankfully, MachineGames’ reboot series has gracefully succeeded in doing just that. With a few more Wolfenstein titles set to launch from the studio, hopes are high such success continues.


Upon his Wolfenstein 3D debut in 1992, BJ Blazkowicz donned a red head of hair. This isn’t what id Software intended, however. According to MachineGames’ Jen Matthies, the team at id told The New Order studio that Blazkowicz was originally meant to have dirty blonde hair. Yet, due to “color palette” limitations, red is all the developers could muster.


With id Software’s original plans in mind, the team at MachineGames decided to return Blazkowicz to his dirty blonde look for its recently rebooted Wolfenstein series. It’s worked wonders, too. He certainly wears blonde better than the black hair featured in 2009’s Wolfenstein installment.


As far as the celebrated MachineGames Wolfenstein series is concerned, whether or not BJ Blazkowicz fathers a son remains to be seen. However, prior to the reboot with 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, Blazkowicz has a son named Arthur. Rather than follow in his old man’s footsteps, Arthur joins show business and eventually becomes a talk show host.

When making the transition to the life of showbiz, Arthur changes his last name from Blazkowicz to Blaze. Fans of other id Software titles may recognize this particular surname as the one belonging to Commander Keen’s star, Billy Blaze.


The Blazkowicz family tree is quite intriguing. In fact, the lineage of this particular family has managed to make its way into other id Software titles, such as the side-scrolling series Commander Keen. This franchise’s protagonist, many may be surprised to find, is actually grandson to BJ Blazkowicz.


Commander Keen was even named after his paternal grandfather. While the Commander’s birth certificate reads, William Joseph Blazkowicz II, he most commonly goes by the name of Billy Blaze. It is an interesting play on the family name, which certainly helps to set him apart from the rest of the clan.


Doomguy, the player character in id Software’s DOOM series, has never received a proper identity. This is most notably due to first-person protagonists not requiring details of this nature in the genre’s nascent stage, as the player was meant to envision themselves in such roles.

Recently, however, information concerning Doomguy’s heritage has surfaced online, which works to bridge the gap between a number of id Software’s beloved games. According to id Software co-founders John Romero and Tom Hall, BJ Blazkowicz is Doomguy’s great-grandfather. Interestingly, it appears this particular tidbit is not relayed in either DOOM or Wolfenstein franchises.


2005 saw the release of the German film, Der Goldene Nazivampir von Absam 2. In the film, actor Daniel Krauss plays BJ Blazkowicz, who must sneak into the Austrian Alps and infiltrate Kottlitz Castle. Blazkowicz’ mission is to uncover intelligence concerning a wide variety of conspiracies.

One conspiracy is with regards to “miracle weapons.” Meanwhile, others center on secret movies and underground experiments by mad scientists. The most bizarre bit of information BJ has to find, though? Evidence as to who could be responsible for the theft of Count Dracula’s remains. The film didn’t review well, but some fans may find it worth a watch.


The prolific Brian Bloom serves as the man behind BJ Blazkowicz in MachineGames’ rebooted Wolfenstein franchise. Many may remember Bloom as the winner of an Emmy in 1985 for As the World Turns and as Pike in 2010’s The A-Team. He’s been tapped for an inconceivable amount of voice-over work, as well, including the voice of Captain America.

Most notably, Bloom has provided the voice for Cap throughout much of the Marvel vs Capcom fighting series. Additionally, Bloom’s lent his voice to the Marvel character for The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes TV series, Marvel Heroes, and a few other projects.


The launch of Wolfenstein: The New Order does not represent the stole reboot in the series for BJ Blazkowicz. On the contrary, it marks the second time Blazkowicz’ character has been rebooted. Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which hit store shelves in 2001, serves as the first example.

This entry is set in 1943, and sees Blazkowicz venture into Egypt, as well as other parts of the world, to investigate paranormal activity spearheaded by the Nazi Regime. Interestingly, Return to Castle Wolfenstein’s sequel, simply titled Wolfenstein, did not release until August 2009. The 2009 title was the final one released prior to MachineGames’ launching its 2014 effort.


Wolfenstein: The New Order’s final showdown between General Deathshead and Blazkowicz features a couple of nods to the boss fight between Hitler and Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein 3D. Both Hitler and Deathshead yell the following insult at the protagonist, “Die, Allied Schweinehund.” Additionally, there exists a visual parallel between the two boss fights.

In Wolfenstein 3D, Hitler dons a massive mech suit to take on the American soldier. General Deathshead wears something similar in his battle against Blazkowicz. Even the designs of the two mech suits appear to bear several similarities, though the difference in graphical fidelity leaves plenty to be desired where Wolfenstein 3D is concerned.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ incredible opening segment is inspired by wheelchair skateboarding. At the start of the sequel, Blazkowicz’ paralyzation hinders his movement from the waist down. Yet, when it’s time to start shooting, stabbing, and killing Nazis, he doesn’t let his disability totally immobilize him.

Instead, Blazkowicz grabs a wheelchair, allowing the player to traverse Wolf 2’s first level in a mind-boggling way. According to Game Designer Jacob Eriksson, the idea came from watching videos of people in wheelchairs performing tricks at skateparks. Apparently, MachineGames thought it would be a cool gameplay segment to implement in a game.

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2019-04-12 05:04:43

Brianna Reeves

Splinter Cell Will Return At Some Point But Probably Not Soon

Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot gave Splinter Cell fans everywhere a tantalizing confirmation that the series is still very much on the publisher’s mind, before following up with the implication that it’s a rather distant thought when compared to other franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Beyond Good and Evil. The latter game will be getting a release hopefully in the next few years, while Assassin’s Creed continues to churn out well-received titles near-annually.

Fans of the Splinter Cell series will remember that Ubisoft apparently had a new Splinter Cell title ready to start development just prior to Jade Raymond, one of the talented creative minds behind Assassin’s Creed and now working on Google Stadia, departed the company in 2014. Raymond reportedly had an idea for how to continue the series, but left before that could come to fruition, and Splinter Cell has remained in stasis ever since then, excepting small shout outs like the one that was present in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands add-on mission that allowed players to hang out with Sam Fisher.

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Guillemot appeared on IGN‘s Unfiltered podcast, and the Ubisoft boss talked broadly about the many projects the company is working on. Guillemot then notes that Splinter Cell was a major risk for Ubisoft, having skipped the PlayStation 2 entirely in favor of the original Xbox, before host Ryan McCaffrey prompts Guillemot about why the series has remained dormant for as long as it currently has. Here’s Guillemot’s reply:

When you create a game, you have to make sure you come with something different enough from what you did before.

Now, there are some people looking at, ah, the brand, taking care of the brand. So at some point, you will see something. I can’t say more than that.

Obviously, Guillemot was very careful not to outright confirm that a Splinter Cell game is currently in development. He very cautiously refers to the series as a brand rather than a game, which seems to indicate that things might only be in the planning stages at the moment. Splinter Cell: Blacklist was a controversial title that proved the series’ fans are very specific about which features they actively enjoy, so it makes sense that Ubisoft has been extraordinarily deliberate in treatment of the franchise ever since, even if its absence has been concerning.

It’s a double-edged reveal for fans of Sam Fisher’s adventures in espionage. On the one hand, we’ve finally got confirmation that Ubisoft hasn’t outright abandoned the series, and that people have been placed in charge of its direction. On the other, the quote is so deliberately vague and obtuse that it’s abundantly clear we’re not getting a new Splinter Cell anytime soon. We’ll have to wait and see where this quote—and IP—go in the future, but fans shouldn’t hold their breath. It’s probably a few years out at the very least, and Ubisoft’s got some major games to launch in the mean time.

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Source: IGN

2019-04-11 09:04:15

Cody Gravelle

Disney Can Now Release The Unaltered Star Wars (But They Probably Won’t)

Disney now has the ability to release the unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy, but it probably won’t happen. Undoubtedly, the biggest entertainment story in the early part of 2019 was the completion of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, which closed earlier this week. Ever since talk of a Disney/Fox deal started, fans have spent plenty of time theorizing what it could mean for various franchises (including X-Men), and the merger actually makes a bit of an impact on everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away.

When the Mouse House bought Lucasfilm back in 2012, they didn’t get all of Star Wars. Under the terms of the initial agreement, the rights to The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and the prequel trilogy would revert to Disney in 2020. A New Hope, on the other hand, was to stay at Fox in perpetuity. Because George Lucas and Fox were partners on the original film (the other five were Lucas’ independent productions), the studio staked a claim to it forever. But now, of course, the whole franchise is under one roof, and that may have some wondering if there’s finally going to be a Blu-ray release for the theatrical cuts of the classic trilogy.

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This is a topic that’s been heavily rumored for years, with even filmmaker John Landis claiming it was happening back in 2015. But for all the speculation, nothing’s ever come to fruition. That’s unlikely to change now, even with the Disney/Fox merger finally going through.

Frankly, there was nothing stopping Lucasfilm from doing a theatrical cut Blu-ray set before, they just opted not to go in that direction. In the years following Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, there have been Star Wars Blu-ray re-releases (most notably the 2015 Steelbooks of the first six movies), and each one included the versions that first appeared on the 2011 saga collection. Kathleen Kennedy has made a point to not touch Lucas’ films, and the latest re-edits are what’s considered official franchise canon. This may anger those who prefer Han shooting first and Sebastian Shaw’s Anakin Skywalker, but Kennedy’s made it pretty clear a restoration of the unaltered cuts is not a priority for her. At least the Despecialized Editions exist for those so inclined.

There remains an outside chance someone changes their mind and decides to move forward with a studio-sanctioned, HD re-release of the unaltered original trilogy (maybe with the Skywalker Saga ultimate box set after Episode IX comes out?). This theoretical collection would certainly make a lot of money, and there’s nothing companies love more than padding the bottom line. But a case can be made that if this was ever going to happen, it probably would have transpired by now. After all, Star Wars’ 40th anniversary came and went without such a development. The ball’s always been in Lucasfilm’s court and if nothing enticed them to do it before the Disney/Fox deal, the odds of it taking place in a post-merger world are low.

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2019-03-22 01:03:42

Chris Agar

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

Disney has officially rehired James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but the movie likely won’t be ready to hit theaters until 2023. Gunn first joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2012 when he signed on to bring the first Guardians of the Galaxy film to life. Thanks to his vision, style, and music choices, the film became a massive hit, with the Guardians quickly becoming prominent figures in the MCU and Gunn taking some ownership of the larger cosmic side of the shared universe.

Despite the success of the first two films and Gunn gearing up to start pre-production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Disney decided to fire him last year after some resurfaced tweets became the center of controversy. His firing effectively shelved the third installment in the wildly successful franchise with the cast backing their director and other members of the MCU family like Taika Waititi (and even some non-MCU directors) offering their support of him being rehired.

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That appeared to be unlikely after he signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., and yet, here we are. Gunn is now slated to do both of the comic book films as his next two projects, but The Suicide Squad will still come first. WB and DC have already given his soft-reboot of the film an August 2021 release date and Gunn is planning to start production on it this fall. He won’t begin work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 until after his DC film is completed though, which has many wondering when the highly-anticipated MCU film will hit theaters. Unfortunately, it likely won’t be until 2023.

If The Suicide Squad sticks to its current release date, Gunn will not be able to turn his full focus towards Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 until the fall of 2021. Even if the release moves up a few months, there is still the long press tour he’ll need to go on for the Suicide Squad sequel. Gunn should be able to perfect his Guardians 3 script in the meantime, but cameras likely won’t be able to start rolling until late 2021 at the earliest.

Marvel’s normal production schedule gives directors roughly a year to complete their vision from the time production begins until the movie hits theaters. This could make Guardians 3 ready to hit theaters by late 2022, but that is also unlikely. Marvel Studios does not currently have any later 2022 release dates set, with all three of their mystery films slated for the first half of the year. Even if they did have a November slot available, Marvel will likely want to put the final installment of this trilogy back in May, just like with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Additionally, this expected timeline for Guardians 3 puts it behind several other expected Phase 4 films. We already know that Black Widow and The Eternals are on track for 2020 releases, while 2021 is shaping up to be Black Panther 2Doctor Strange 2, and Shang-Chi. 2022 is less clear right now, but Captain Marvel 2 and Spider-Man 3 will likely end up there, while Marvel’s normal operating schedule would indicate one new property will also be released – and could even be when the X-Men or Fantastic Four begin to be introduced. With the development of these other projects and the likely wanted May release slot, May 2023 is the next available landing spot for the film. This will be three years later than the original release plan for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 prior to Gunn being fired, but at least now it will hit theaters with his full uncompromised vision.

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2019-03-16 09:03:44

Cooper Hood

M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales from the Crypt Reboot Probably Won’t Happen

It’s a sad day for horror fans, as M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales from the Crypt reboot looks like it won’t be happening after all. The original Tales from the Crypt TV series ran on HBO for seven seasons, and even got a few feature-length films as well. The show was based on the comic book series of the same name, which started in the 1950s. Much like the comics, HBO’s Tales from the Crypt functioned as an anthology series, with each episode being introduced and concluded by the Crypt Keeper; a decaying corpse with a dark sense of humor.

In 2016, it was revealed that Shyamalan was producing a reboot of Tales from the Crypt, which would air on TNT. The show was going to be part of a new two-hour horror programming block on the network, but in that same year, TNT announced that Tales from the Crypt was in jeopardy of being canceled due to rights issues. Eventually, the reboot of Tales from the Crypt was indefinitely stalled due to this same issue, but TNT reassured fans that they would revisit the property after the rights to the show were sorted out. Now that even more time has passed, the project looks like it definitely won’t be happening.

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While being interviewed by Digital Spy, Shyamalan explained that he thought Tales from the Crypt was officially dead. When asked what happened with his Tales from the Crypt reboot, Shyamalan stated, “We tried everything that we could. That was so mired in people that had rights to it, constantly mired from the original comic books to the people that did the original show and that was a very contentious era for that show and who was involved and all the stuff that had nothing to do with me, a generation before me”, which again reiterates the legal issues TNT has faced when it came to the series.

While Shyamalan has created some duds during his career like The Last Airbender and After Earth, many people still consider him a master of the horror and sci-fi genres. Recently, the director made a secret sequel to his 2000 film Unbreakable called Split, which starred James McAvoy as a man diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities. The third film in the trilogy, Glass, has set a release date for January 2019.

Since the comic books and HBO’s TV show were so beloved by horror fans, the fact that Shyamalan’s reboot won’t come to fruition will be disappointing to a lot of people. Shyamalan seemed to have a genuine passion for the project when the Tales from the Crypt promo video was released online, but he’s seemingly moved onto other projects in his career. Given the success of other anthology series like American Horror Story and Black Mirror, TNT would likely benefit from creating a new version of Tales from the Crypt, but unfortunately, Hollywood legalities have gotten in the way once again.

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Source: Digital Spy

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2018-12-03 07:12:38

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

Avengers 4‘s trailer is confirmed to arrive before the end of 2018, but the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home might not be far behind. Featuring the largest gathering of superheroes ever onscreen, Avengers: Infinity War wowed fans and critics alike, and it went on to make over $2 billion at the worldwide box office. It also boasted one of the most jaw-dropping endings in superhero movie history, as iconic hero after iconic hero turned to dust as a result of Thanos’ fateful snap. With an ending like that, it’s understandable that fans all over the world have been absolutely rabid for more information about what’s to come in Infinity War’s follow-up, Avengers 4.

Unfortunately, Marvel Studios has protected Avengers 4’s secrets as if the fate of the universe itself was at stake. Just over five months out from the release date, Marvel has yet to release a trailer, unveil any imagery, or officially confirm which characters will be participating in the film, not to mention what Avengers 4‘s title actually is. Naturally, this has started to frustrate fans who don’t understand the fundamental process of movie marketing, especially for a movie on this scale. It’s worth pointing out, though, that no “delays” have ever actually occurred, as no date for the trailer’s arrival was ever announced. Eager fans seem to be arbitrarily picking dates, and expecting the trailer to appear. That said, it’s known for sure that Avengers 4’s trailer will arrive before the end of 2018, as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed that fact in October.

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However, there may well be two (or more) MCU trailers that debut in December, as the stars appear to be aligned for fans to possibly get Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s first trailer as well. For starters, Sony Pictures is set to release Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse on December 14, and there’s no more natural a choice to pair Far From Home’s trailer with in theaters than another Spider-Man film. Outside of the obvious logic of Sony – who fronts the money (and handles the marketing) for MCU’s Spider-Man solo movies – wanting to pair Far From Home’s trailer with Into the Spider-Verse, doing so would also be following precedent when it comes to time of release, as the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted in December 2016 before its summer 2017 theatrical arrival. That would line up perfectly again for Far From Home.

Of course, there’s a glaring issue involved with releasing any kind of footage for Far From Home, that being Spider-Man’s being dead in the MCU. Fans last saw Peter Parker as a pile of dust, and it’s still entirely unclear how he gets resurrected in Avengers 4. With Marvel’s pattern of intense secrecy around everything Avengers 4, it’s quite possible none of the currently dead heroes are seen in trailers or other pre-release promotional materials, in order to preserve the mysteriousness of the plot. That means that Far From Home’s trailer will just have Peter alive again, and also won’t be able to explain how he got that way. Sony’s marketing department is, therefore, trapped within a web of convoluted MCU continuity.

Finally, in addition to the likely December release of trailers for both Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home, there’s a smaller – but still possible – chance that the full trailer for Captain Marvel shows up soon too. There’s a much lower level of certainty around that one, though, as no December movies really stick out as a logical pairing with Carol Danvers’ solo debut. However, it’s possible Captain Marvel appears prominently in the Avengers 4 trailer, which would make Marvel want to promote her further via her own trailer not too long before or after the Avengers 4 trailer hits.

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

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I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.

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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Marvel Has Time To Add X-Men Into Avengers 4 (But Probably Won’t)

With the Disney/Fox deal moving at unprecedented speed, Marvel Studios does technically have the time to add the X-Men into Avengers 4; but they probably still won’t. It had previously been believed that the Disney/Fox merger wouldn’t be complete until mid-2019 at the earliest, but we now know that won’t be the case. 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice has told Fox employees that the merger will be “ready to close” on January 1, 2019.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has already confirmed that the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises will be becoming part of the MCU. Marvel lovers are eager to see Marvel’s First Family stand side-by-side with the Avengers, and to get characters like Wolverine and the Hulk coexisting in the same universe. With Avengers 4 expected to be the biggest film in Marvel Studios history to date, many have theorized that Marvel could add mutants into the mix in that movie. Until now, legality was the biggest block. The merger was expected to be finished after Avengers 4‘s release, and Marvel can’t touch any X-related properties until afterward. But this accelerated timescale has raised speculation that Marvel could indeed make edits to their film; after all, Avengers: Infinity War‘s post-credits scene was only shot in January 2018, a few months before its release.

Related: X-Men Theory: How Galactus And Phoenix Force Can Be Easily Retconned Into The MCU

Nobody is reasonably suggesting that the X-Men will make an appearance in the film’s main story, or even that Avengers 4 could be rewritten as an inciting incident for the emergence of mutants. It’s too late in the day for any narrative change; for one thing, Avengers 4‘s reshoots are already nearly finished. What is possible, though, is that Marvel could choose to film an after-credits scene of some sort teasing that the X-Men will soon be added into the franchise. That idea has fans seriously excited.

Unfortunately, it’s still highly unlikely for the X-Men to have even a glancing presence in Avengers 4. The first problem is that Disney reportedly plan to release all completed Fox movies after the merger, most importantly Dark Phoenix in June next year. Marvel Studios won’t want to confuse the issue by teasing their own version of the X-Men until after that film has left the box office – and probably not until well after the movie’s home release, too.

Meanwhile, the truth is that the addition of the X-Men is far too important a matter for the future of the MCU to be hurried into a post-credits scene at short notice. It’s true there have been recent hints that Marvel may already be setting up the addition of mutants into their shared universe; the recent Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary hinted at a retcon for Scarlet Witch, suggesting the Mind Stone triggered something “latent” within her. But Kevin Feige is well known for playing the long game, and rushing into an Avengers 4 X-Men tease before he had immediate plans to build on it would be too much effort for minimal payoff.

It’s also important to remember that production of a blockbuster movie isn’t a quick and easy thing, even for so experienced a studio as Marvel. Scripts are already being written for the 2020 releases, with production of one mystery film due to start in summer next year. The Disney/Fox deal may be proceeding far quicker than anyone expected, but it still probably isn’t quite fast enough for an MCU X-Men movie to drop in the near future. Feige’s public comments on the subject have clearly been all about managing fan expectations; he’s continually insisted that he has no plans to adjust the current slate in light of the Fox deal, and that incorporating the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the MCU “would be years away.” So, with years before the X-Men star in their own MCU film, would Feige really want to start building up the hype at the first possible opportunity?

Related: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know

In practical terms, then, we’re probably not going to get hints of the X-Men in the MCU before the 2020 releases. We’ve previously argued that there won’t be a fully-fledged MCU X-Men film until 2021 at the earliest, and the speed of the Disney/Fox deal gives us no reason to revise that prediction. But, it’s now a little more possible.

More: How To Introduce Mutants To The MCU (Without Breaking The Continuity)

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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Thomas Bacon