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

Does Stuber Have An End-Credits Scene? | ScreenRant

Action comedy Stuber stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista, but does it include an end-credits scene setting up a potential sequel? Directed by Michael Dowse (What IfGoon) from a script by Tripper Clancy (Hot DogFour Against the Bank), the movie follows an Uber driver desperate for a five-star rating and the LAPD detective that ropes him into tracking down a drug kingpin. As seen in the Stuber trailers, Nanjiani stars as Stu the anxious Uber driver – who receives the nickname Stuber from an obnoxious coworker – and Bautista as Vic the macho detective.

After holding its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year, Stuber is now finally hitting theaters. Though originally a 20th Century Fox movie, Stuber is now being released by Walt Disney Studios after it was acquired as part of the Disney-Fox deal that finalized in March. As such, it becomes the first R-rated movie Disney has released in a number of years. Now, those curious about the Nanjiani and Bautista buddy action comedy can check Stuber out for themselves in theaters.

Related: Disney Is Releasing Its First R-Rated Film In 6 Years

Some moviegoers may be wondering whether the movie has a post-credits scene. Unfortunately, Stuber does NOT have an end-credits scene or any other kind of final tease or joke. While a movie’s credits are always worth watching to see who was involved in making it, those checking out Stuber shouldn’t expect any kind of post-credits scene at the very end of the film.

We won’t spoil the ending of Stuber for those who haven’t seen it yet, but it does wrap up the movie’s main storyline sufficiently – meaning there isn’t any obvious setup for a potential sequel anyway. Of course, if Stuber were to become immensely successful among viewers and at the box office, it’s possible the studio would consider a followup. However, the Stuber reviews haven’t been overwhelmingly positive and it remains to be seen how well the movie connects with the public. But without a post-credits scene directly setting up a sequel, at least Stuber doesn’t fall into the trap of other films that did the same and ended up never following through on those sequel promises.

Certainly, a post-credits scene doesn’t necessarily have to be used to set up a sequel, it could simply showcase an extra funny scene between the characters. That would’ve made sense for Stuber, but it isn’t the case here. So as moviegoers check out Nanjiani and Bautista’s buddy comedy in theaters, all they need to know is that there’s no Stuber end-credits scene to look out for at the end of the film.

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2019-07-11 04:07:24

Molly Freeman

Avengers: Endgame Doesn’t Have A Post-Credits Scene (But DON’T Leave)

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame bucks Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition by not including ANY post-credits scenes, but there is something special in the credits. Post-credits scenes were around long before Marvel Studios released their very first installment in the MCU, 2008’s Iron Man. However, Marvel used post-credits scenes in an interesting way, to set up movies that weren’t necessarily direct sequels, but were interconnected within the larger framework of their shared cinematic universe. In fact, that very first Iron Man post-credits scene paved the way for The Avengers, a crossover movie event that paid off the first phase of the MCU’s grand experiment.

In 2019, Marvel Studios is releasing the fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame, which follows the events of the cliffhanger ending in Avengers: Infinity War. The latest MCU installment also attempts to wrap up the story of the MCU thus far, what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige calls the Infinity Saga. But while Endgame marks the end of stories being told from Phase 1 onward, it’s not the end of the MCU entirely. Marvel Studios has an entire Phase 4 planned out, though what exactly those plans are remain a bit of a mystery. Since MCU post-credits scenes have become part of the experience of the franchise, fans are no doubt wondering what to expect from Avengers: Endgame.

Related: Screen Rant’s Avengers: Endgame Review

Now that Avengers: Endgame is hitting theaters around the world, viewers checking out the Marvel Studios blockbuster may want to know whether it includes any credits scenes. Surprisingly, Avengers: Endgame does NOT have a post-credits scene – none at all. While a movie’s credits are always worth watching to get an idea of who was involved in the making of it, Avengers: Endgame doesn’t have any additional scenes for fans. There are, however, two special things included in the credits that fans may want to stick around for.

The first is a special credits sequence honoring the actors that portray the original six members of the Avengers team: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark aka. Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers aka. Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner aka. Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton aka. Hawkeye). Although some of these actors are expected to return in future Marvel Studios projects – either in films or Disney+ TV shows – Avengers: Endgame marks likely the last time they’ll appear on screen together. As such, the movie honors these six actors with a very special credits sequence.

The second credits surprise is an audio cue at the very end of the Avengers: Endgame credits. We won’t spoil it here, but longtime fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may want to stick around until the very end to hear it for themselves. (If not, we’ll be breaking down the Avengers: Endgame post-credits surprise here on Screen Rant.)

Since Avengers: Endgame is the end of the Infinity Saga, it makes sense for Marvel Studios to refrain from including a post-credits scene. Plus, considering how dedicated fans are to the MCU, they likely already know what’s coming. In addition to Spider-Man: Far From Home releasing in July, Marvel also has a number of other movies in development, including Black Widow, The Eternals and Shang-Chi – not to mention the Disney+ shows like Loki, Falcon & Winter Soldier and WandaVision. With Avengers: Endgame now finally in theaters, Marvel will no doubt announce their upcoming plans soon enough.

Next: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development

2019-04-24 04:04:55

Molly Freeman

Maisie Williams Jokes About Game of Thrones Love Scene

Fans who felt uncomfortable watching a now-grown Arya Stark have her first romantic encounter on Game of Thrones can rest assured that they’re not alone, as star Maisie Williams took to Twitter to inform everyone her family went through the same thing. Maybe that revelation will help put the unexpected love scene into perspective for fans.

In the latest episode of the HBO series, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Arya chose to spend what might be her last night on Earth with Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie). Not wanting to die without having had a sexual experience, she took charge with her childhood crush and left viewers shocked and divided afterwards. While the depiction of a healthy and consensual relationship is a rarity in Westeros, and thus something to be celebrated, many audience members had a hard time grappling with the fact that they’d watch Williams grow up before their very eyes.

Related: Why Arya and Gendry Should End Up Together on Game of Thrones

Which is exactly what Williams alluded to in her Tweet, seeing as no one would have more cognitive dissonance watching their little girl become a woman than Williams’ own family. It was a humorous way for her to handle the confusion and discomfort that the scene inspired in many audience members, and it furthermore allowed fans to have more nuanced discussions on the topic in response to her. Or to just post some great memes.

Secondhand embarrassment aside, the much-talked-about scene is surprising for its portrayal of female-driven sexuality just as much as for the discovery that Arya Stark is all grown up. After all, Game of Thrones is a series that has dabbled in rape and dubious consent more often than is strictly necessary, and most of its victims have been women. In fact, the majority of its main female cast members – Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei especially – have been on the receiving end of sexual violence at one point or another in the show’s run. So for Arya to be granted control over her romantic choices without any kind of coercion or fear is a beautiful thing in its own way, especially when the specter of death looms large in next week’s episode.

Of course, that doesn’t mean every viewer has to rejoice at the thought of Williams disrobing for the scene, especially as she does indeed feel like a little sister to many. But at least the actress was given a choice as to how much she wanted to show, according to her own account.  Furthermore, the focus was on the two characters holding onto life for perhaps the last time rather than on shock value or titillation. Finally, if her real-life family could handle her big scene, so can her extended family of fans around the globe.

More: Game of Thrones’ Latest Episode Was The Best In Years

Source: Maisie Williams/Twitter

2019-04-23 03:04:28

Tatiana Hullender

Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Thought Her Love Scene Was A Prank

WARNING: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead

HBO’s Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams initially thought that her recent love scene was a prank played on her by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The actress has portrayed Arya Stark since the show’s first season and remains a mainstay even as it moves into its last.

If you haven’t watched last night’s episode of Game of Thrones yet, we advise you to stop reading now, because there are spoilers ahead. Since the show’s return, there has been an obvious attraction between Arya and Gendry (Joe Dempsie), whom she met back in season 2. The two had grown quite close, but Arya was still very much a child at that point. They were recently reunited at Winterfell after not seeing one another for years. Well, it didn’t take too long for things to heat up, as the pair got together in last night’s episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” Knowing that it may well be their final night on Earth, thanks to an impending battle with the Night King and his vast army of the undead, Arya chose to spend what time she had left in Gendry’s arms.

Related: Game Of Thrones Made [SPOILER] Into The Show’s Lady Stoneheart (Sort Of)

Now, EW reports that when Williams first read the scene – at the urging of her close friend and onscreen sister, Sophie Turner, who’d gotten through the script first – she was sure that Benioff and Weiss were messing with her. Apparently, this is something that the duo have been known to do. Back in season 1, they sent Kit Harrington a phony scene in which Jon Snow’s face becomes incredibly disfigured. Williams stated, “At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f—k!” The actress didn’t truly process that the scene was legit until she was sitting down for the table read, at which point she found herself with a sudden desire to hit the gym. Williams also mentioned that how much or how little skin she showed was entirely up to her. However, it wasn’t the logistics or awkwardness of filming the actual scene that Williams felt should be the takeaway here. What mattered most to her was what this decision meant for Arya, who was finally reconnecting with a human part of her that she had largely forgotten.

The pairing of Arya and Gendry has already become a popular one, but with the inevitable bloodbath that’s to come, it’s unclear if either will manage to survive. Williams even shocked fans with an April Fool’s gag as to the youngest Stark daughter’s early demise. Viewers are flocking to their televisions in record numbers to see who lives, who dies and who (if anyone) will sit on the Iron Throne. Keeping the show’s secrets has been a constant struggle for both those on camera and behind-the-scenes, with the recent leaks only serving to make it more difficult for those hoping to remain spoiler-free.

Arya has had quite a journey across the past seven seasons, with the character losing more of her humanity with each passing year. Her desire to be intimate with Gendry is the most human reaction that she’s had to anything in quite some time. There are plenty of viewers who would choose to spend their final moments in the exact same way. Fans may not have been too surprised by this development, as the show’s hints about their feelings for each other had been less than subtle, but it was certainly a new emotional beat for Arya, adding even more depth to the fan favorite. Now let’s just hope that she makes it through the remaining episodes of Game of Thrones alive.

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

Game of Thrones season 8 continues Sunday April 28th at 9pm on HBO.

Source: EW

2019-04-22 01:04:25

Jamie Gerber

Every MCU Post-Credits Scene Released Ahead Of Avengers: Endgame

Marvel releases every post-credits scene from movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Post-credits scenes have become an MCU staple, the thing that keeps moviegoers in their seats long after the credits roll. Some post-credits scenes have led to significant reveals, while others have teased future movies.

Avengers: Endgame will see the end of the massive story that has been a large part of Phase 3 of the MCU. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers saw half of the universe’s population get decimated at the hands of the Mad Titan Thanos. In Endgame, the Avengers will deal with the aftermath of that destruction, as well as come together to figure out exactly how they can fix the world, or at least stop Thanos from doing more damage. Marvel recently released a series of posters highlighting those Avengers who were among the fallen, as well as champion the current team of Avengers moving forward into the new film. However, the plot for Endgame is so secretive that only one actor, Robert Downey Jr., was allowed to read the entire Endgame script.

Related: Is Captain Marvel’s Post-Credits Scene Really From Avengers: Endgame?

In anticipation of the release of Endgame on April 27, Marvel took to Twitter and released the post-credits scenes from each of its movies, from 2008’s Iron-Man through 2019’s Captain Marvel.

Although we’re less than a week away from Endgame, no one knows how the film will play out and how the Avengers will finally defeat Thanos. However, Downey recently promised that the last eight minutes of the movie are the best in the entire MCU. As the film helps wrap up the end of the MCU’s Phase 3, which ends with Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s likely that some Avengers will die, or at least retire, with new team members taking up the helm, including Captain Marvel. In an Audi short film, it was revealed how Captain Marvel learned about the Avengers; that short film also confirmed that Goose, the Flerken disguised as a cat, survived Thanos’ snap.

Marvel has pulled out all the stops in promoting Endgame, spending a record-breaking $200 million on marketing. In comparison, the company only spent $150 million on Infinity War. It’s betting big on the finale to the story set up in Infinity War. It’s also likely that Endgame will become one of the biggest movies in box office history since the film has already substantially outsold Infinity War in pre-purchased tickets.

More: Captain Marvel’s End-Credits Scenes Explained

Source: Marvel

2019-04-22 01:04:23

Robin Burks

Disney+ Won’t Have Song Of The South; Dumbo’s Crow Scene Will Be Cut

Disney+ won’t include Song of the South, and Dumbo’s crow scene will be cut. As the race to create the most in-demand subscription streaming service continues to heat up, Disney has quickly become a prominent source of interest for many. The Mouse House has been making some pretty big moves as of late, and their new streaming service (which launches this fall) isn’t immune to those changes.

Disney is currently busy with their acquisition of Fox, paying a whopping $71.3 billion for the privilege and reeling in a lengthy list of titles, franchises, and still in-development projects that may or may not now see the light of day. With the details of that acquisition still being sorted out, Disney then went and bought out AT&T/Warner from the previous four-way joint ownership of Hulu, making them and NBCUniversal its sole owners. The move now makes Disney the major stakeholder in Hulu, taking a 60 percent share of the popular streaming platform. And, as if all this weren’t enough, Disney has been offering glimpses of what potential subscribers can expect from their upcoming family-friendly streaming service.

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Disney+

The latest bit of news to be revealed about Disney+ comes to us courtesy of Boardwalk Times and deals specifically with the new service’s content. Though Disney+ will offer subscribers access to their extensive list of titles, one title Disney fans won’t be seeing on offer is the 1946 Oscar-winning film Song of the South. Disney+ will also cut the Jim Crow scene from the original version of Dumbo.

Song of the South, which takes place just after the American Civil War, has long been unavailable on home video due to its insensitive manner of dealing with America’s slave-owning past and the insinuation that life on a plantation was enjoyable for those forced to be there. The snappy, upbeat “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1947, despite its at-odds nature when played alongside inaccurate depictions of plantation life. Though the film introduced the characters of Br’er Rabbit, Fox, and Bear to the Disney family, who later became part of the beloved Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland and Disney World, it remains a relic of a bygone era. As far as Dumbo goes, the Jim Crow scene has already been cut from Tim Burton’s live-action remake. The original animated film sees the crows help Dumbo learn to fly, but due to their manner and name (Jim Crow refers to America’s period of segregation laws beginning in the mid 1960s), Disney has dropped it.

Some might bristle at Disney’s decision to erase aspects of its history and will instead cite the WB approach (via: @CLXcool) of warning viewers beforehand that what they are about to watch is from another era, but Disney is making the smart choice here. With its recent increase in content, plus its own already monstrous selection, Disney has plenty to offer without having to provide programming that has no relevance in 2019. Some might argue that to remove aspects of or deny these productions is to sanitize history, but the fact of the matter is that history can be found in a myriad of other, much more reputable sources. Family programming should first and foremost always be open and friendly to all.

More: 13 Shocking Times Disney Animated Movies Portrayed Racial Stereotypes

Source: Boardwalk Times, @CLWcool

2019-04-20 04:04:05

Mike Jones

Does The Curse of La Llorona Have a Post-Credits Scene?

The Curse of La Llorona takes place in The Conjuring universe, but does the film have a post-credits scene? The latest addition to Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s popular supernatural horror franchise, The Curse of La Llorona was marketed as a standalone thriller (one originally titled The Children) for a long time. It wasn’t until the movie’s premiere at SXSW that it was confirmed as being set in the same continuity as The Conjuring films, including Annabelle and The Nun. All the same, the connection made sense, especially with The Conjuring architects James Wan and Gary Dauberman onboard as producers.

Directed by Michael Chaves (making his feature debut) from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (Five Feet Apart), The Curse of La Llorona takes place in Los Angeles, 1973, and revolves around a social worker (Linda Cardellini) whose children (Roman Christou and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) are targeted by the infamous folklore specter La Llorona. The film is one of two Conjuring movies hitting theaters this year, with the other (Annabelle Comes Home) scheduled to arrive at the end of June. After that, the franchise is going to take a break until September 2020, when The Conjuring 3 (as directed by Chaves) releases.

Related: Annabelle Comes Home Set Visit Report

With The Curse of La Llorona opening in theaters this weekend, audiences might be wondering if the movie includes any teasers or late-minutes scares during its end credits. The Curse of La Llorona does NOT feature a post-credits scene… though it does include a small audial tease that hints at La Llorona’s return in a future movie. Of course, the credits are still worth sitting through to learn more about who worked on the film (and as a sign of respect to their efforts), but viewers shouldn’t expect there to be extra scene along the way.

As for that small tease: if you stick around, you may hear the faint sound of La Llorona weeping just before the credits finish rolling completely. Horror fans might recall that IT did something similar two years ago, when it featured the sound of Pennywise laughing over its end credits. While the latter tease will be paid off when IT: Chapter 2 open in theaters this September, it remains to be seen if The Curse of La Llorona gets a sequel or even a prequel-spinoff set in The Conjuring universe (a la Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation).

For the large part, The Curse of La Llorona functions as a standalone film. In fact, it’s hard to tell if the movie was always part of The Conjuring universe, or if it was simply retooled during its development to include an element that places it in the same continuity where demonic creatures like Valak exist. That might explain why WB didn’t play up the film’s Conjuring connection during its marketing, as well as the movie’s lack of a post-credits stinger or a conclusion that feeds directly into the events of another Conjuring movie (like the first two Annabelle spinoffs and The Nun had). Nevertheless, if the movie becomes a success, then there’s a good chance we’ll see La Llorona against, possibly in a followup that wears its Conjuring heritage on its sleeve.

NEXT: Read SR’s The Curse of La Llorona Review

2019-04-18 03:04:31

Sandy Schaefer

Rey Cosplayers Recreate Last Jedi Mirror Scene At Star Wars Celebration

At the annual Star Wars Celebration, Rey cosplayers got together to reenact the famous mirror scene from The Last Jedi. Over 20 Reys participated, and did the hand gesture in perfect sync.

The mirror scene is referring to a rather strange sequence in the The Last Jedi. Rey enters a cave on Luke Skywalker’s island to learn about her heritage. One of the biggest mysteries of the new movies was Rey’s parents, and this scene appeared to be leading to some kind of reveal. In the cave, we see mirror versions of Rey saying, “Let me see them, my parents, please.” Rey touches the cave wall, and we see a shadow do the same, seemingly her parent. But, the shadow reveals itself to be Rey, thus the mystery remained at the moment.

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The Star Wars Report posted an image on Twitter showing the Rey cosplayers posing for the scene. The image has quickly gained popularity, with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson himself tweeting, “So cool!” in response.

Although the mirror scene didn’t end up revealing who Rey’s parents were, a later scene seemingly did. Toward the climax of The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren tells Rey that her parents were nobody notable, and that she was abandoned for money. This was controversial with fans, as Rey’s heritage was a big talking point among the continuity. Interestingly, JJ Abrams recently said that there’s more to Rey’s parents than what Kylo Ren revealed.

Not only was there a lot of well done cosplaying at Star Wars Celebration, but new information regarding Episode IX was unveiled as well. Last week, LucasFilm premiered the movie’s first trailer, revealing interesting details and the official title. The Rise of Skywalker brings the saga to an end, according to the trailer. A mysterious laugh was heard at the end, with many theorizing the return of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Indeed, JJ Abrams confirmed that Palpatine was indeed returning.

The Last Jedi proved divisive among fans. However one feels about the decisions made regarding the story, one cannot deny that the series has gone into some unique directions. Interestingly, The Rise of Skywalker seems to be answering some fan complaints about the previous movie. Fans would argue that Luke’s legacy was tarnished in The Last Jedi, but this film is calling itself “Rise.” It sounds like Rey’s heritage will be expanded upon, and the Emperor is returning to close out the story. Everything so far is pointing to The Rise of Skywalker being a satisfying conclusion to the series that began with 1977’s A New Hope.

More: 10 Fan Theories About Emperor Palpatine’s Role In Episode IX

Source: StarWarsReport/Twitter

2019-04-17 07:04:39

Daniel Alvarez

Shazam! Editor Reveals Big Dr. Sivana Scene Was Majorly Changed in Reshoots

SPOILERS for Shazam! ahead.

Reshoots on Shazam! completely changed a key scene between Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) and his family. The latest DC film to come out of Warner Bros. is in many ways a movie about finding your family. This is obvious in the prominence of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) adjusting to his new life in another foster home, all while trying to track down his biological mother. The latter does not go as he hoped, but he eventually learns to accept his new family, and learns that they can be even more powerful together.

On the opposite side of this coin though, Sivana is a villain that’s driven by the hatred he received from his family as a child. He was constantly picked on by his brother and belittled by his father, which made the rejection by the Wizard known as Shazam impossible to accept. Once he gained his magical powers in Shazam!, a family reunion came not too long after. He crashed a company meeting that resulted in him throwing his brother out the window to his death and allowing Greed – one of the Seven Deadly Sins – to kill his father.

Related: Shazam Is The Best Film In The DCEU (And It’s Not Even Close)

During a recent interview by Cinema Blend, editor Michel Aller revealed that this sequence was actually a completely new version of the scene and was shot during reshoots. The plan was always for Sivana to confront his family, but the meeting setting was where the biggest change was made. So where was the reunion originally going to happen? A Christmas party. Here’s what Aller said:

It was a later addition. Originally the way Sivana confronts his family was completely different. It was at a Christmas party in his mansion. And so the whole idea of him confronting his family was re-conceived. So that was part of the additional photography.

It’s not clear if the original version of this scene was based around a family Christmas party or a business one, but the end result would still be the same. Shazam! is clearly set during the holiday season too, so this could’ve been just the latest reminder of the time of year. Aller did not reveal why the decision was made to make this change though, which would give everyone some additional context to the original plan. That said, she did say that there’s a chance this alternative scene will be included on Shazam!‘s home release as a deleted scene.

Now that Shazam! is out in theaters, it’ll be fun to see what other details about deleted or alternate scenes are revealed. Sandberg has not been shy at revealing behind-the-scenes looks at the film, such as his own cameo, so he could reveal more cut scenes eventually. We’re still several months away from Shazam! being made available on home video and less than two weeks removed from the film’s theatrical debut after all, leaving Sandberg and the rest of the team involved in Shazam! with plenty of time to reveal new information about what could’ve been.

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Source: Cinema Blend

2019-04-16 08:04:56

Cooper Hood