Stranger Things Season 3’s Credits Scene Reveals How The Story Continues

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Stranger Things season 3.

For the first time in its history, Stranger Things has a post-credits scene – and it reveals how the story will continue. Stranger Things season 3 ended with many of its loose ends tied up but it seemed ready to tease what is coming in the next season with this informative yet mysterious final scene.

There were two big threats presented to the town of Hawkins during Stranger Things season 3. The return of the Mind Flayer was confirmed before the season even began. Additionally, it was believed a new Russian threat would also figure into season 3 and that ended up coming to fruition, too. As season 3 made clear, these threats were not as separate as they initially seemed. The season 3 finale dealt with both the Mind Flayer and the Russians in Hawkins and it seemed like any questions about these threats had been answered.

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The Stranger Things season 3 post-credits scene manages to raise even more questions about these threats and how they will become even more connected in season 4. Furthermore, what is shown during the post-credits scene has the ability to forever change the Stranger Things main characters. It may be a brief scene but with at least two big storylines being teased, Stranger Things season 4 will have to address it when it returns to Netflix.

Shortly after the credits roll on Stranger Things season 3, there is a post-credits scene. The scene opens on an exterior shot of what looks like a Russian military laboratory or prison (or a combination of both) located in Kamchatka, Russia. The camera cuts to two Russian guards walking into a secured area where a row of prison cells are. One guard pauses in front of a door before the second tells him, “No. Not the American,” and points to the next door. The guards pull out a Russian prisoner, clearly afraid of what is about to happen. The guards take the prisoner deep underground into a caged room. The prisoner begs to be released. One guard opens a steel door inside the room and as it opens, a pale, full-sized Demogorgon emerges. The Demogorgon crawls out, stands up, opens its mouth, and attacks the frightened prisoner.

It’s played like a throwaway line, but make no mistake: the Russian guard revealing they have an American in their custody is important and will play an important role in Stranger Things season 4; mentioning “the American” wouldn’t have been included otherwise. So, who is the American?

The most logical answer is that the American is Jim Hopper, who died in the Stranger Things season 3 finale. It may be hard to believe considering the season 3 finale showed Hopper on the wrong side of the Russian’s machine working to open the Upside Down gate. When the machine exploded, we saw a group of people in hazmat suits who rushed into the room just moments before getting obliterated in the blast. Wouldn’t Hopper have been killed instantly, too? Season 3 made it clear Stranger Things is not afraid of showing people dying or bodies being destroyed in particularly gruesome ways (see: the Mind-Flayer killing Billy with its clawed legs in the Starcourt Mall food court or the Mind-Flayer’s human drones turning into piles of goo before merging with their host’s true form). It doesn’t make sense that Hopper’s body would be the only one not shown because clear visual confirmation of a character’s death is the established pattern.

Stranger Things will likely reveal in season 4 that the Russians have accidentally created a machine that is capable of teleportation as well as opening the Upside Down gate. Admittedly, there is no precedent for teleportation in the world of Stranger Things. However, introducing a new sci-fi element into a story where alternate dimensions exist and a young girl can make Coke cans crush with her mind wouldn’t be weird.

Consider this: season 4 will probably take place in 1986 or 1987. Also, Stranger Things loves pop culture references and frequently includes story beats based on ’80s movies of the time or showing them during an episode. David Cronenberg’s The Fly, released in August 1986, hinges on protagonist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) conducting experiments involving teleportation. With all of this in mind, it is entirely possible this plot point from The Fly would serve as inspiration or be referenced as a means of justifying teleportation in season 4. Cronenberg has already served as story inspiration in season 3, so why not use his work as a reference again?

Related: Stranger Things Phoneline Suggests Hopper Is Still Alive

It’s not explicitly stated in Stranger Things season 3, but it seems the Russians wanted to re-open the gate to the Upside Down because when they had done it before, a Demogorgon made its way through. It wouldn’t take long for the Demogorgon to show off its abilities as a predator, making it a very useful tool for the military.

The makes for further confirmation of what the Russians were doing in Hawkins in season 3. In episode 6, “E Pluribus Unum,” Russian scientist Alexei reveals the military’s intention to open the Upside Down for their own uses. They came to Hawkins because the gate had been opened once before and “was still healing,” thus making it easy to re-open. Opening the gate means gathering more Demogorgons like the one in the post-credits scene. Erica also mentions during this episode that there could be yet another Demogorgon in the Russians possession, as evidenced by the steel cell.

All of this means that in season 4 there will be a continued Russian presence and the story will likely focus even more on the Upside Down’s gate reopening. If season 4 does return to the Russians and their plans for the Upside Down, it will have to go even deeper into the Russians’ intentions aside from just getting back into the alternate dimension. Answering how the Russians discovered the Upside Down existed in the first place, how the Russians located Hawkins as the location of another gate, and how exactly the Russians intend to use the Demogorgons in the future will all have to be addressed.

Next: What To Expect From Stranger Things Season 4

2019-07-12 01:07:21

Allie Gemmill

Avengers: Endgame’s Josh Brolin Reveals Details of His MCU Contract

Thanos actor Josh Brolin talks about the status of his MCU contract with the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios had been teasing Thanos as early as the first Thor, with his first on-screen appearance in 2012’s The Avengers. But it wasn’t until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy that the Mad Titan first got a part in a film that’s basically not a glorified cameo. Even after that, the public had to wait four more years before he properly debuted in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Fortunately, between the actor’s acting and the impressive CG-work on the giant purple villain, he was an instant hit.

Infinity War ended with Thanos accomplishing his goal – successfully wiping out half of life in the universe with the use of the completed Infinity Gauntlet with the hopes of bringing balance to it. It was the first time that the MCU heroes suffer real defeat and they intend to make an epic comeback in Endgame. With that, the upcoming Joe and Anthony Russo-directed and Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus-written intends to put the heroes on offense and Thanos on defense. But regardless of what happens in the film, will fans still see the Mad Titan around in the franchise? Brolin offers some information with regard to that matter in a new interview.

Related: Thanos Taunts the Avengers in New Endgame TV Spot

Speaking with Variety during the Endgame Hollywood premiere, Brolin was asked about how many more MCU films he’s signed up for. The actor was initially playful with his answer, but he eventually revealed that he’s on a per-film status which means that after Avengers 4, it’s up in the air whether or not he’ll return in future movies. “10. For the next 10 years, doing one a year. Kevin Feige, by the way, you hear that? No, I’m good. I’m on a one movie to one movie basis so we’ll see what happens after this movie,” he revealed. That said, the actor seemed eager to continue playing the role based on how gratifying and pleasant his experience was on portraying the character. “It’s a character that turned out to be sympathetic that nobody thought would be sympathetic and that was really nice. It turned into a multi-dimensional character and nobody thought it was supposed to be,” he explained.

Whether or not fans will see Thanos in the MCU past Endgame remains to be seen, but for Brolin, he’s not going anywhere just yet. With Disney’s successful acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets, the rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four and all their tie-in characters are back with Marvel – that includes Deadpool. Brolin also plays Nathan Summers aka Cable in the Ryan Reynolds-spearheaded franchise and with Marvel Studios head honcho going on the record to say that they have no plans of changing the course of the series, chances are that the time-traveling mutant will continue to appear in future films like the in-development spin-off, X-Force and maybe even Deadpool 3 depending on its story.

Considering the nature of the MCU, it’s not outside the realm of possibility to see Brolin as Thanos again moving forward. It would be such a waste to not bring him back after years of build up to the character and eventually nailing his introduction. While Infinity War devoted much of its time fleshing out the character and Avengers: Endgame potentially continuing it, there’s still so much that’s unknown about the Mad Titan. With his origins tied to the upcoming film The Eternals, one would think that it won’t be difficult to integrate him in future storytelling in whatever way possible.

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Source: Variety

2019-04-25 11:04:11

Ana Dumaraog

Men in Black: International Trailer #2 Reveals a New Alien Threat

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are saving the world (and looking good) in the new trailer for Men in Black: International. In the years since Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith finished their run on the Men in Black trilogy, Sony has toyed with various ideas for continuing the franchise. The studio came shockingly close to crossing the property over with their Jump Street movies at one point, but ultimately abandoned the concept in favor of a more traditional continuation with International.

International is set in the same continuity as the first Men in Black trilogy, but takes place at the MIB organization’s UK branch (rather than the U.S.) Emma Thompson is reprising her Men in Black 3 role as Agent O here, with F. Gary Gray (The Italian JobFate of the Furious) directing, and Thor: Ragnarok duo Hemsworth and Thompson filling the hole left by Jones and Smith. With less than two months to go before the movie hits theaters, its marketing machine is revving up again.

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The previous Men in Black: International trailer introduced Thompson as M, a new MIB recruit who gets partnered with the more experienced and laid-back Agent H (Hemsworth). Overall, the trailer focused less on the film’s plot and more on the sci-fi gizmos and gadgets that M and H used to fight all manner of law-breaking aliens on their adventures. Sony has now unveiled a new promo that shines the spotlight on the actual narrative, as you can see below.

As mentioned, the new trailer delves a little deeper into the plot-line here, including M’s backstory and how she comes to join the Men in Black in the first place. The preview further highlights Liam Neeson as High T, the head of MIB’s UK branch, and Kumail Nanjiani as the voice of the tiny alien Pawny, along with a fresh threat in the form of shape-shifting extraterrestrials that are capable of impersonating MIB agents. And as you might expect, there are jokes that play on the cultural differences between the UK and U.S. (see: the steering wheel bit), as well as the fact that it’s called the “Men in Black”, yet features several women among its ranks.

On the whole, Sony appears to have taken an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to continuing the Men in Black franchise here. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy, either; there’s still plenty of fun to be had with this universe – from its zany aliens to its equally over the top sci-fi technology – and the addition of new actors (especially Hemsworth and Thompson, who continue to have great onscreen chemistry) should help to liven up the formula in International. That being said, the film is clearly aiming to kick off a new series of movies following M and H, so we’ll just have to wait and see if that’s really something audiences are interested in.

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Source: Sony

2019-04-25 03:04:08

Sandy Schaefer

Deadwood Creator David Milch Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Creator of HBO’s Deadwood, David Milch, has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The somber announcement comes just ahead of the premiere of Deadwood: The Movie, set to air next month.

Hailed as one of the most exceptional TV dramas of all time, the western series set in the 1800s follows the townsfolk of Deadwood, South Dakota – a town riddled with crime, corruption, and commotion. Imbued with historical truths and fictional elements, Deadwood was conceptualized by Milch, who also produced and primarily wrote the show. The raw and powerful HBO original series was mainly noted for the cast’s powerhouse performances. Starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, Deadwood’s ensemble also included, Molly Parker, W. Earl Brown, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, Anna Gunn, John Hawkes, and Kim Dickens. After three compelling and award-winning seasons, HBO canceled Deadwood in 2006 due to budgetary issues. Milch – along with fervent fans – kept faith in a Deadwood resurrection to give the show a proper conclusion. After a decade of negotiations with HBO and aligning the stars of the series’ schedules, Deadwood: The Movie is bringing fans back to the Old West. Penned by Milch, stars of the project have raved about the script – calling it Milch’s best work ever. However, due to his diagnosis, the film’s premiere will be bittersweet. 

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Milch revealed in an interview with Vulture what it’s been like to live with his diagnosis. Once pegged as a micromanager during Deadwood’s original run, Milch has eased up on the reigns of the production process for the film. Notorious for demanding reshoots and last-minute script changes, Milch often found difficulty sharing creative control. For the film, Milch invited series veterans David Minahan and Regina Corrado to assist in the daily operations and creative duties. Milch first noticed trouble was amiss five years ago. Family and friends began to notice his “imperfect recall and tardy recall and short temper”. A brain scan last year confirmed that Milch has Alzheimer’s disease. He spoke of his diagnosis:

As best I understand it, which is minimally, I have a deterioration in the organization of my brain. And it’s progressive. And in some ways discouraging. In more than some ways – in every way I can think of.

Milch has also opened up about how he believes his father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease near the end of his life. He said of the realization, “That was a while ago, and the diagnosis was not as sophisticated or specific, but in retrospect, he exhibited all the symptoms of the illness.” Despite his prognosis, Milch has remained passionate for the course of Deadwood: The Movie. He also plans to continue writing. Milch’s wife has declared he shows no signs of slowing down and expressed, “I compare it to a musician who can still play and has access to the memory of how to do that and is still able to exercise his talent. The brain is David’s most exercised muscle.”

As the sun sets on Deadwood, Milch is shedding light on a tragic disease. Milch joins other celebrities coming forward with health issues, including Jeopardy!’s Alex Trebek’s cancer diagnosis and Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke suffering from near-fatal aneurysms. While they join numerous others suffering from the same diagnosis, representation is important. Celebrities help bring awareness, and opening up about their experiences can provide hope, and perhaps funding, towards fighting back. HBO has declared their support for the creator of one of their most iconic shows, and fans eagerly await the reveal of Milch’s brilliant work in the film version of Deadwood.

More: Deadwood: The Movie Teaser Trailer Confirms HBO Premiere Date 

Source: Vulture

2019-04-23 07:04:34

Bethany Guerrero

Batman Beyond Reveals Alfred’s Role (After His Death)

Fans of the Batman Beyond universe have finally had a great mystery solved in heartwarming fashion, now that the comic books have revealed Alfred Pennyworth still has a role to play in the elderly Bruce Wayne’s life.

At least, that sure seems to be the case in the first pages of Batman Beyond #31 releasing this week. Until now, Bruce had no Alfred to rely upon in the far off future of Neo-Gotham, instead shifting to the mentor/Guardian role to his replacement, Terry McGinnis. But in our exclusive preview of Batman Beyond #31, a familiar voice returns to suggest Bruce was never able to part with his trusted butler, father figure, and mother hen. Not without finding an artificial replacement, anyway.

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There are too many unsolved mysteries in Batman Beyond‘s future to answer in a single comic book, but fortunately the absence of Alfred Pennyworth was never one to confound audiences. Considering the story is based on Bruce Wayne in his twilight years, nobody ever had to confirm that Alfred had passed away (as likely from natural causes as any other end). The series and comic books have made passing references to Alfred, but the new comic book from Dan Jurgens and Rick Leonardi may tease a truly satisfying fate guaranteed to bring a smile to every Batman fan’s face.

The issue begins with Bruce Wayne alive and well after Joker’s return, taking a stroll through the new vision of Arkham Asylum he is paying to create. When a mysterious power outage lets Bruce know that it’s time to get home and investigate the cause, he doesn’t have to worry about driving himself home. His new car features a robotic A.I. chauffeur… whose vocabulary and style sure feels familiar to fans of Bruce’s trusted butler. Take a look at the preview pages below:

It’s impossible to confirm that the A.I. voice and intelligence playfully commenting on Bruce’s drinking habits and coordinating his schedule is literally Alfred’s, since… well, you can’t hear a comic book. But the script used in the dialogue boxes, like the diction and tone, are all a perfect fit for Alfred Pennyworth. Considering how many memories Batman fans will be able to picture of Bruce Wayne sharing confidential insights with Alfred while driving through Gotham City, this single scene may have be worth the wait. DC has come up with plenty of ways to kill Alfred Pennyworth, and even shown how an artificial Alfred can kill to protect Bruce.

So fans can feel warm and fuzzy, knowing that in the future of Batman Beyond, Alfred was copied for no other purpose than to keep Bruce Wayne company. What else are old friends for? Pick up the full issue this Wednesday, and check out the full details and synopsis below:

  • BATMAN BEYOND (2019) #31
  • Published: April 24th, 2019
  • Writer: Dan Jurgens
  • Art: Wade Von Grawbadger, Rick Leonardi
  • Cover: Chris Samnee
  • Variant Cover: Ben Oliver
  • With a series of spectacular high-tech heists, a mysterious new villain known as the Splitt is preying on Neo-Gotham. Only Batman is capable of stopping him, yet Terry McGinnis wants nothing more than to get his life back to normal after his destructive battle with The Joker. Making this even more difficult is the strange, enigmatic fate of Bruce Wayne!

Batman Beyond #31 will be available from your local comic book store on April 24th, or direct from DC Comics.

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2019-04-22 05:04:56

Andrew Dyce

Game Of Thrones Reveals the Night King’s Plan… So Where Is He?

The army of the dead has arrived at Winterfell and Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 has revealed the Night King’s plan to kill Brandon Stark – but where is the Night King? The episode ended with the chilling sight of the White Walkers gathering at the front of a devastatingly enormous army of wights, but the original White Walker and the leader of the army was conspicuous in his absence.

As Jon Snow laid out grimly, the living do not have the sheer numbers required to defeat the White Walkers’ army, and face a hopeless battle even with Daenerys’ dragons on their side. However, it’s believed that since the Night King made the wights and controls them, killing him will stop them in their tracks, as they’re basically just drones to his queen bee. The challenge is one of drawing the Night King out in the first place, so Bran suggested that he be used as bait, waiting in Winterfell’s godswood.

Related: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Reveals New Meaning Of “A Song Of Ice & Fire”

The leader of the undead army is an enigmatic villain whose motivations aren’t always entirely clear, but this episode laid them out in as much detail as we need. The Night King plans to bring about an eternal night, wiping out mankind altogether, and in order to accomplish that he needs to kill Bran – the Three-Eyed Raven. As Sam points out, true death is only achieved when people are completely forgotten by the living, and the Three-Eyed Raven has access to all of human history, making him a crucial target for the Night King. But if the Night King’s plan is to kill Bran during the Battle of Winterfell… where is he?

The Night King cuts a particularly conspicuous figure now that his mount is none other than the resurrected Viserion, an enormous ice dragon powerful enough to take down the Wall. But while the end of the episode showed a lineup of White Walkers on undead horses, none of them was the distinctive Night King, who has spikes on his head forming a crown. There’s also no sign yet of Viserion. In a show where the leaders of armies commonly ride in the vanguard (except for Joffrey, who preferred to run back to his room and hide during the Battle of the Blackwater), it’s unusual for an army’s leader to be nowhere in sight as the start of a battle nears.

One obvious explanation for this is that the Night King is deliberately hanging back, knowing that he’s the queen bee and that his death would be the undoing of the entire wight army. It may take effort on Bran’s part to draw the ancient creature out and bring him to the heart of Winterfell so that he can be killed. If that’s the case, then the Night King could be lurking at the rear of the army that we see at the end of the episode.

There is another, more ominous possibility, however: that the Night King isn’t at Winterfell at all. Some fans have speculated that he might plan to use the Battle of Winterfell as a diversion while he launches an attack elsewhere in Westeros, since the Night King now has a dragon and can fly anywhere relatively quickly. He may even have gone ahead to attack King’s Landing while its defenses are down. That would certainly give Queen Cersei a bit of a shock.

More: Game of Thrones Theory: Daenerys Is The Final Villain Of Season 8

2019-04-21 07:04:48

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Harry Potter Ride Reveals Fantastic Creature the Movies Left Out

Universal Orlando Resort revealed a first look at another creature featured in the upcoming Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. The new ride opens on June 13 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is described as a combination of coaster and story. The ride takes passengers deep into the Forbidden Forest and travels at more than 50 mph. The coaster will also send visitors backward at points and features twists and turns as well. Riders will also be able to choose between traveling in Hagrid’s motorbike or sidecar, just as Harry did in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Earlier this week, we got a first look at Fluffy, Hagrid’s beloved three-headed dog. He’s known for guarding the Sorcerer’s Stone in the first Harry Potter book, though readers and fans of the movie know that he doesn’t do a great job of it. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, he’ll be spotted in the Forbidden Forest as one of the many magical creatures riders will encounter. At over 8,000 pounds, he’ll likely be one of the more intimidating parts of the ride.

Related: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Movie Updates: Will It Happen?

According to Polygon, the ride will include a 8-foot-long Blast-Ended Skrewts, dangerous creatures featured in the Harry Potter novels, but not the films. Universal also showed off a Centaur, Cornish Pixies, and Devil’s Snare; all of which will be featured alongside Fluffy and the Skrewts. Check out the creatures below:

First shown in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Blast-Ended Skrewts are an illegal cross between a Fire Crab and a Manticore.  They can both sting and suck blood, making for a potent combination. Plus, as the name implies, they have a dangerous blasting end that shoots fire. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their Care of Magical Creatures classmates are no fans of the Skrewts, though Hagrid maintains that they, like all magical creatures, are useful. The students spend most of their fourth year caring for the Skrewts, even as they grow increasingly larger and more deadly. In the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a Skrewt is placed in the maze for the final Triwizard Tournament task. However, they aren’t seen at all in the movie.

The Skrewts are one of Hagrid’s favorites of his many magical creatures, so it’s exciting that fans will finally be able to see them brought to life. Since they didn’t appear in any of the movies, there wasn’t a clear idea of what they looked like, leaving fans to come up with their own interpretations. This Blast-Ended Skrewt certainly looks capable of the destruction described in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, especially with that pointed blasting end and hard, spell-proof shell. Despite the Skrewt’s intimidating presence, fans should still be excited to see this creature finally revealed.

More: Fantastic Beasts Theory: Albus Dumbledore Has An Obscurus As Well

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Source: Polygon

2019-04-20 02:04:37

Rebecca VanAcker

Titans Season 2 Set Video Reveals First Look At Bruce Wayne – & He’s Blonde

The first look at Bruce Wayne in season 2 of Titans has arrived thanks to a new set video. The first season of Titans debuted last fall on DC’s digital service DC Universe and introduced subscribers to the young group of heroes. Their lineup consisted of Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Rachel Roth/Raven (Teagan Croft), Kory Anders/Starfire (Anna Diop), and Gar Logan/Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), but they also met some other super-powered individuals during their time together. One of these characters was Bruce Wayne (aka Batman), although he never received a proper introduction.

This will change during season 2 after it was announced that Game of Thrones‘ Iain Glen was cast as Batman. The addition of Batman is a big one for Titans, which is also seeing major DC antihero and longtime Titans foe Deathstroke (Esai Morales) join the story. However, this has also made fans eager to see what exactly Titans’ take on Robin’s mentor will be like, as they had a falling out heading into the first season.

Related: Titans’ Bruce Wayne Casting Can Fix Season 1’s Batman Problem

Filming is currently underway on season 2 of Titans and, thanks to a video posted on Twitter by Titans Brasil, we now have our first look at Glen playing Bruce Wayne. Fans have been expecting an older and grizzled version of Batman in Titans based on the casting of Glen, but what many may not have anticipated is that he would keep his natural blonde hair. As seen in this video, which features Bruce and Dick walking together (likely through Wayne Manor), the usual black hair of Bruce Wayne has been ditched.

The blonde look for Bruce Wayne may be somewhat unexpected, but it shouldn’t really make a difference in Glen’s portrayal. His ability to bring his personality and presence to life is much more important than the hair color. This set video may not give us much of any context as to whether or not Glen is pulling this off so far, but his past roles thankfully leave little reason to believe he won’t be able to. Now that this video has surfaced, though, hopefully it won’t be too long before an official image of Glen is released, with or without the Batsuit on, that is just as great as fans have imagined.

Beyond Bruce’s look, the video is our first glimpse of him and Dick back together for season 2. According to the official description of Bruce for the new season, he is the one who seeks out his former sidekick and his new team to try helping them out. The conversation they are having could be them mending fences in order to work together once again, or this scene could already be past that stage and this is them actually figuring out what their first or next move is going to be. Either way, it is just great to see Thwaites and Glen filming together and is hopefully something that season 2 of Titans will have plenty of.

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Titans season 2 premieres Fall 2019 on DC Universe.

Source: Titans Brasil

2019-04-19 06:04:43

Cooper Hood

Swamp Thing Teaser Reveals First Look At Live-Action Swamp Thing

DC Universe releases a live-action Swamp Thing TV show teaser that reveals a first look at the titular creature. Swamp Thing is one of a handful of live-action original TV shows planned for the DC Universe streaming service. It will follow the debuts of Titans in Fall 2018 and Doom Patrol in February. But while Doom Patrol is a spinoff from Titans, and therefore set in the same world, Swamp Thing will be completely separate. Swamp Thing is set to premiere on DC Universe May 31, with that being announced at WonderCon 2019.

Swamp Thing is produced by James Wan (Aquaman), with Underworld’s Len Wiseman directing the pilot episode and Mark Verheiden serving as showrunner. The series is a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland, with Derek Mears portraying his Swamp Thing alter-ego, and Crystal Reed as co-lead Abby Arcane. Earlier today it was reported that Swamp Thing was shutting down production on season 1 early, shortening the series order from 13 episodes to 10. Now, fans have their first look at the series’ titular character.

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DC Universe released a Swamp Thing teaser video that unveils the first look at the live-action Swamp Thing, brought to life by Mears. Watch the short video below:

Previously, Swamp Thing set photos offered teases of what to expect from the DC Universe TV show, and a Swamp Thing set video released by Wiseman previewed the creepy tone of the series. The show is described as having a “strange but alluring Shape of Water romance” between Abby Arcane and the Swamp Thing. While those early set photos from the series featured Reed’s Abby and Bean’s Alec, though, this is the first look at the actual Swamp Thing himself.

Superhero TV shows have been hit-and-miss with their live-action takes on comic book characters, and the same can be said for DC Universe’s originals. Although Doom Patrol’s Robotman is a fairly solid take on the odd character, the TV show’s Cyborg costume and design hasn’t been as well received – especially with a big screen Cyborg to live up to. It remains to be seen how fans will react to the DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, another character that’s particularly tough to bring to live-action. Further, this brief teaser only reveals a portion of the costume, and not much action, so a better look is still to come. A trailer for Swamp Thing will surely be released in the next month or so and fans will get a better idea of what to expect from the series when it debuts in late May.

More: DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Less Like Titans

Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31st on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

2019-04-17 12:04:32

Molly Freeman

Star Wars Reveals Why Qui-Gon Jinn Wasn’t On The Jedi Council

Star Wars has explained why Qui-Gon Jinn never served on the Jedi Council. In The Phantom Menace, dialogue establishes Qui-Gon was a bit of a maverick, having a long history of defying the Council’s wishes. During the movie, of course, this pertains to Anakin Skywalker’s training. Yoda and the other Council members felt the boy was too old to become an apprentice, while Qui-Gon firmly believed Anakin was the Chosen One mentioned in an ancient Jedi prophecy. Even in his dealings outside of the Council, Qui-Gon didn’t have any qualms about bending certain rules to get his way. When wagering on Anakin’s freedom before the podrace, he used the Force to manipulate Watto’s chance cube.

What’s interesting about the Jedi Council’s portrayal in the prequels is that it essentially deconstructs their heroic, mythical status. While it’s true the Jedi served dutifully in the Clone Wars and fought to preserve democracy in the galaxy, the prequels also pointed out plenty of flaws in their approach. The Jedi were seen to be very dogmatic and even arrogant at times, allowing the rise of the Empire to happen right under their noses. It’s easy to see why the Council never saw eye-to-eye with Qui-Gon, which makes it all the more surprising they once offered him a seat.

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In Claudia Gray’s new novel, Master & Apprentice, one primary subplot involves Yoda inviting Qui-Gon to become a member of the Jedi Council. In a rare moment of self-awareness, the others admit they could benefit from fresh perspectives and are interested in seeing what Qui-Gon could offer. Before Qui-Gon can make his decision, he and Obi-Wan are assigned a new mission, and readers have to wait until the end to learn his answer. Of course, Qui-Gon passes, citing his changing relationship with the Force as the reason why. He felt joining the Council would “take me far away from that goal,” but a passage in the novel digs deeper into his mentality:

“Qui-Gon knew the Council to be wrong about many things. He felt they’d allowed the Jedi Order to become a sort of chancellor’s police, rather than concentrating on knowing the Force. Yes, they were wise to refuse to rule – but unwise to simply accept the status quo. Short-sighted, to lose touch with the living Force by spending so much of their time and energy on enforcing laws that could as easily be left to civilian authorities. Immoral, to refuse to act against evils such as slavery.”

Qui-Gon’s disconnect with the Council pops up periodically throughout the book. A noteworthy instance is when he contacts the Council to push for the revision of a treaty that would in essence legalize slavery on the planet Pijal. Qui-Gon believes this would be morally wrong, but Yoda feels it’s better for the Republic to just oversee the signing of the treaty without causing any major disruptions. Perhaps in this moment, Qui-Gon realized he would forever be an outsider on the Council, never having enough influence to change their mentality. His conversation with Yoda regarding slavery was particularly enlightening from a certain point of view, illustrating to Qui-Gon that the Council was very much stuck in its old ways.

Instead, Qui-Gon felt it would be a more productive use of his time to simply surrender to the Force and see where it took him. In hindsight, that was a wise decision. Following his own path, Qui-Gon not only discovered Anakin and successfully vouched for his training (which might not have happened if a different Jedi went on that mission in Episode I), he also learned the secrets to achieving immortality and becoming one with the Force, passing knowledge down to Obi-Wan and Yoda. Perhaps it’s fitting the Jedi who was never a stickler for the Code was able to accomplish all this.

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Chris Agar