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Disney’s Mulan: 10 Best Scenes From The Animated Classic, Ranked

Disney’s live-action Mulan trailer has arrived, and fans are greeting it with mixed reactions. While many are loving the film’s exciting aesthetics and shift toward reality, others are worried by the trailer’s apparent lack of Mushu. While only time will tell how the new movie measures up, there is one thing we can rely on right now: Disney’s 1998 animated original.

Mulan was one of the many incredible stories which the Mouse House shared with us during the Disney Renaissance. While it was very loosely based on the actual legend of Hua Mulan, it does happen to be filled with some of the funniest, touching, and epic scenes to be put into a Disney film. Let’s get down to business and take a look at Mulan’s greatest moments.

RELATED: Mulan Teaser Trailer Reveals First Look At Disney’s Live-Action Remake

10 Mulan Returns Home

It feels good to see Mulan present the Crest of the Emperor and Sword of Shan Yu to her father. It’s a touching moment that only gets better when her granny complains about Mulan bringing home a weapon instead of a man. That’s when Shang shows up, and her fiery dear Grandma proclaims, “Woo! Sign me up for the next war!”

Shang gets tongue-tied—which he rightly deserves for blowing off Mulan when she tried to warn him about the Huns, by the way—and Mulan invites him to stay for dinner. Grandmother Fa, on the other hand, invites him to stay forever. We won’t argue with it.

RELATED: Mulan Trailer Breakdown: Live-Action To Animation Comparison

9 Mulan Saves China

The entirety of Mulan’s epic quest to save her country is worth talking about, but it really picks up after her army friends decide to dress as women to trick a few guards.

Meanwhile, Shang’s fighting it out with the Hun’s leader, Shan Yu—and, unfortunately, he gets knocked out. Shan Yu starts chasing after Mulan once she intercedes, and eventually they find themselves battling it out on the roof of the palace. With some expert fan work and a little help from Mushu, Mulan ends up exploding Shan Yu with fireworks. He also manages to throw in one heck of a Batman reference.

8 Mushu Wakes Up Mulan

The world seemed to think Frozen was hilarious and revolutionary for showing what it looked like when a Disney gal woke up with tired eyes and messy hair—but we all know this idea was actually first played up for laughs in Mulan.

Mushu makes Mulan a breakfast that is happy to see her. He also manages to stuff half of it into her mouth while coaching her on her war face. When Mulan learns the troops have left without her, she races to get her gear on and ties up her hair in a matter of seconds. That means this chick knows how to use a sword and go through a quick fashion change. How much more badass can you get?

7 Mulan Meets The Matchmaker

Before Mulan joins the army in her father’s place, she finds herself attempting to stay composed and act properly in order to be married off. The problem for Mulan is that she doesn’t fit the mold that’s been made for her. She’s awkward and a little clumsy, and, while this doesn’t allow for her meeting with the matchmaker to end well, it does produce a memorable movie scene.

The woman interviewing Mulan ends up giving herself an ink mustache, catching on fire, and getting doused in hot tea. Although this downward spiral was not a good look for Mulan or her family, if it hadn’t had happened, she might not have saved China, which—let’s be honest—is a thousand times cooler than finding a husband.

6 Reflection

Soon after Mulan realizes how much she’s disappointed her family by creating an absolute scene at the matchmaker’s, she heads back home and sings.

The song “Reflection” stands on its own. The melody is beautiful, the lyrics are real, and the vocals are pure—but her emotional garden walk makes it even better. The drama heightens when Mulan goes into the family temple and wipes her makeup off with a couple of swipes of her sleeve. Is anything more iconic? As the music fades out, Mulan’s father sits next to her and reminds her to be hopeful via flower metaphor. What a way to finish!

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5 Mulan Cuts Her Hair

The makeover trope has appeared in many, many, many movies. But being real, are any of these copycats even half as good as Mulan’s original transformation? This girl legit slices off her hair with a sword. How cool is that?

This scene isn’t in Mulan to show that she can pretty up. Rather, it’s there for her to declare she can take control; it shows the audience her commitment. The music during this minute is absolutely epic, and our starring heroine takes one last meaningful look toward home before she rushes away with her horse. Cue the adventure.

4 Mulan Meets Mushu

Mulan’s sassy dragon sidekick first encounters her on the edge of camp, right before she first tries to pass herself off as a man. He couldn’t have made it subtle, though, now could he?

After scaring Mulan with his loud and fiery antics, Mushu shocks her by stepping out into the light and revealing himself to be tiny and lizard-like. Mulan is skeptical, but Mushu defends himself. In doing such, he tells Mulan his eyes can see straight through her armor, which gets him a slap and causes him to mouth off on his famous dishonor rant. Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow!

3 I’ll Make A Man Out Of You

One of Disney’s most memorable songs of all time comes straight out of Mulan, and the montage it’s featured in is just as exciting. “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” is definitely as swift as the coursing river, and it additionally allows the audience to see Mulan come into herself.

While at first she is uncoordinated and lacks strength, she ends up scaling the incredibly tall pole with weight on her arms—a task which none of her male comrades were able to complete. Of course, there’s that whole segment in the middle where Shang sends Mulan home for falling behind, but it’s all part of her character development and makes her victory at the end even sweeter.

2 The Mountain Fight

There is nothing quite so epic in all of animation history as the scene in which the Huns reveal their true numbers and start charging down the snowy slope. Shang plays the role of the fearless leader, but Mulan takes charge as the determined independent thinker.  First, she destroys most of the enemy army by causing a massive avalanche. And next, she saves Shang from being buried in the snow.

You’re welcome.

Shang tells Mulan how crazy she is but then proceeds to thank her for it. This dude better be thankful, because, if it weren’t for her quick thinking, he’d be dead.

1 Mulan Takes A Bath

It’s pretty hard to forget a scene in a G-rated film in which the main heroine’s bath time gets crashed by a bunch of dudes who don’t realize she needs a little privacy. The scenario leaves Mulan hilariously uncomfortable, and it definitely doesn’t help when Yao stands nude over the lake and declares himself “king of the rock.”

Mulan only escapes the guys with a little help from Mushu, who ends up biting Yao underwater. As she’s walking away, she declares that she never wants to see another naked man again. That’s when a herd runs right by her. Thank goodness that water wasn’t see-through.

NEXT: Mulan Trailer Reveals How Songs Will Be Worked Into The Remake


2019-07-14 03:07:51

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Lucifer: The 10 Most Brutal Fight Scenes, Ranked | ScreenRant

Known for its clever humor and biblical lore mixed up in a police procedural, Lucifer offers a little bit for everyone. As the former (or current, depending on how you see it) King of Hell, Lucifer knows his way around inflicting pain and punishing the guilty. So while few and far between, the show offers a good amount of fight scenes that leave us in awe of celestial power and maybe fearful of Lucifer’s power.

Here are the 10 most brutal fight scenes of Lucifer, ranked.

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10 Lucifer vs. Mazikeen – “Sympathy for the Goddess” (Season 2, Episode 17)

What happens when the two most emotionally constipated characters are pitted against each other? Absolute destruction.

Between Lucifer’s self-centeredness and Maze’s inability to express herself through words instead of fists, this fight among friends was a long time coming. The two brawl it out in the courtyard outside of Linda’s office. Unfortunately, this one’s intentionally interrupted by a commercial break and we just see the two bloodied up with an impressive wake of destruction around them. Seriously, they ruined a stone bench.

9 Mazikeen and Dan vs. Los X Gang – “O, Ye of Little Faith, Father” (Season 4, Episode 3)

Going off the books yet again, Dan recruits Maze’s help in going after the Los X Gang for intel. It takes some encouragement on Maze’s part, but the dynamic, deadly duo is quickly back in action. Last time, they set up the kidnapping of Perry Smith by the Russian gang. So naturally, they up the ante.

This time around, Dan takes his frustrations and grief out on Los X and we finally get to see our favorite Douche kick some butt. Yep, those muscles we saw in Season 2 come in handy. Maze also gives her seal of approval.

8 Amenadiel & Lucifer vs. Another Gang – “Take Me Back to Hell” (Season 1, Episode 13)

When the brothers work together, nothing can stop them. This is the first time we see the brothers on the same side and it is a sight to behold.

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We get a nice glimpse of the brothers’ distinct fighting styles too. Lucifer is all flourish, but every action he makes is efficient and meant to cause the most damage with the minimal amount of effort. Amenadiel barges through like a tank, happily flaunting that celestial strength of his.

7 Maze vs. The Latin Kings – “Sweet Kicks” (Season 1, Episode 5)

We’re given more about Mazikeen’s backstory and purpose in this episode, that she was created as an assistant and bodyguard for Lucifer. Apparently, she can sense whenever Lucifer is in danger, track him, and then ward off anyone who wishes to cause him harm.

In the first major situation of Lucifer being in over his head, Mazikeen makes one Hell of an entrance. Once he realizes who’s causing all the maiming and destruction, Lucifer gleefully watches along and marvels at Maze’s cruelty. You can’t help but sympathetically wince along with Chloe.

6 Maze’s Escape – “A Devil of My Word”  (Season 3, Episode 24)

Waking up after being drugged and chained to a pipe would be tough for any human. Even Mazikeen seems to have met her match against what Cain can cook up. So really, it’s the more human part of Maze that shines through. In her desire to protect Linda, Maze fights her guard and stumbles out… only to come across a room full of Cain’s lackeys.

Though we don’t see the action for ourselves, Cain catches sight of the carnage later. Seeing as how Maze stumbles into Linda’s office half-dead but still ready to challenge any stragglers, she fought her little demon heart out.

5 Karaoke Bar Showdown – “‘Til Death Do Us Part” (Season 3, Episode 13)

Hello, drug dealers!

Tipped off on where to find the head of the Korean gang, Lucifer barges in ready to strike a deal and maybe bash in some skulls on the way down.

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And the music that goes along with this scene is just perfect. The song, “Lucifer,” by K-pop group SHINee was actually released back in 2010. So either someone got really bored one day or the Lucifer crew does indeed have a K-pop nerd on it. Whatever the case, it made for a memorable and absolutely brutal one-man gang takedown.

4 LUX Throwdown – “Everything’s Okay” (Season 4, Episode 1)

After one of the best Tom Ellis covers to grace our screens, rife with fluid jump cuts to show the passage of time, we’re treated to our first Netflix battle to get the season started right. Good luck getting Creep by Radiohead out of your head.

Spurred by Lucifer’s inner turmoil, we’re treated to a very quick takedown. Like seriously, this maybe takes up the first five minutes of the episode, less if we take out the dialogue. That poor guy from the Season 2 premiere, he really needs to stop trying to go after Lucifer. Nothing good comes with holding a grudge against the Devil.

3 Lucifer vs. Cain – “A Devil of My Word” (Season 4, Episode 24)

The love triangle finally comes to a bloody end. Also because Amenadiel planted the seeds of doubt a little too far into Cain’s head. Now unwilling to give up his immortality, Cain is driven to desperate measures to reclaim his title as the original sinner. But shooting Chloe Decker is a big no-no in Lucifer’s books.

After bringing the detective to a safe place, Lucifer lets loose his wrath in a way we haven’t seen before. The wings. He fights with his wings and it’s awesome. And of course, we end with Lucifer’s first on-screen kill.

2 Lucifer vs. Amenadiel – “City of Angels” (Season 3, Episode 10)

This one’s more emotionally brutal than anything. Lucifer would’ve sat by and gone along with the original plan, but knowing even Amenadiel viewed him as the source of all evil? That’s a step too far. The fight is also an interesting character moment for the brothers. 

It can be read as Lucifer lashing out at Amenadiel, with Amenadiel ultimately taking the high road instead of stooping to the same level of pettiness. But it could also be Lucifer subconsciously trying to punish himself, knowing that he wouldn’t win. Either way, the blood goes flying in brutal slow-motion that leaves us all wincing in sympathy.

1 The Demons vs. Team Lucifer – “Who’s Da New King of Hell?” (Season 4, Episode 10)

Maze definitely wins as the most brutal fighter, period. When you’re trying to stop some demons from crowning a baby as their king, you have to fight fire with hellfire. Lucifer, Mazikeen, Eve, Amenadiel, and Chloe team up to take on a horde of demons and rescue baby Charlie from becoming the new King of Hell.

This sequence shows the most brutal takedowns the show has ever seen. Surprisingly, Lucifer doesn’t really get his hands dirty. But Mazikeen, the only sensible one (besides Chloe) who brought a knife to a fistfight, displays her full moveset. Slashing up someone’s face, throwing a knife into someone’s chest, breaking bones…the list goes on. And Eve and Chloe get some points too. After Chloe unloads a clip into a demon’s chest, she whacks them in the head with a pole. When they still don’t die, Eve slams her heel through their right eye. Yikes.

NEXT: Lucifer: 10 Essential Episodes To Watch Before The Final Season Premieres


2019-07-11 05:07:00

Maddy Cohen

25 Futurama Deleted Scenes That Were Too Much For TV

Not every scene animated for Futurama made it to TV, so here are 25 deleted scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. The series came from Matt Groening in the late 1990s and quickly became one of the more popular cartoons around. Following a pizza delivery man Phillip J. Fry (Billy West) who is accidentally frozen and wakes up almost one thousand years in the future, Futurama explores the adventures he would go on with a band of characters: Leela, Hermes, Bender, Amy, and Zoidberg.

Throughout the course of Futurama’s four seasons on Fox, the show was not afraid to try new things. Unfortunately, those four seasons were all that would come at Fox, but Futurama did find new life at Cartoon Network. Three additional seasons were made to further the wild adventures of Fry and his friends, as well as wrap them up. Both eras of the series have their fans, and not too much changed under the different networks.

Related: 10 Dark Futurama Fan Theories That Change Everything

In Screen Rant’s newest video, we take a look back at the seven-year run of Futurama, but not to focus on what was actually shown. Instead, we discuss 25 deleted scenes from the series that never made it onto TV, even though the reason for their removal is not known. Check out all of these scenes in the video featured at the top of the post.

These deleted scenes still maintain the tone of Futurama and can be enjoyed by fans of the show, but were likely viewed as being inconsequential to the larger story of the episode or season and cut as a result. That said, they do still give fans some further insight into what may have happened in certain moments. After all, what fans don’t want to learn about Bender’s interest in adult entertainment, or hear a joke about Robot Hell freezing over, or even learn that whales developed a taste for humans?

Over the course of seven seasons and 140 episodes, though, there are bound to be more scenes left on the cutting room floor than just these 25. Scenes are removed from episodes all the time, and it can even happen more than once per episode. We’ve only just scratched the surface of deleted scenes that never were included in the episodes, but that doesn’t mean that every scene removed from an episode will be discovered or revealed. Thankfully, fans can at least enjoy these Futurama deleted scenes in the meantime.

MORE: All 4 Futurama Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best


2019-04-25 09:04:14

Cooper Hood

10 Most Important Scenes For Thor’s MCU Journey

The MCU has a set of characters known unofficially as the Big Three. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. While the first two have always had a pretty solid, well-constructed character arc, the God of Thunder underwent a few…technical difficulties. He was nobody’s favorite Avenger in the beginning, and Thor: The Dark World is regarded as one of the worst MCU movies.

Nevertheless, Ragnarok and Infinity War managed to give us another view of the Asgardian. Now, there is no doubt that Thor is definitely many people’s favorite Avenger. He has made many appearances and has had many critical scenes as he transformed from a greedy, reckless prince, to a wise, heroic king. With that said, here are the 10 most important scenes for Thor’s MCU journey.

RELATED: 10 Best Thor Quotes from the MCU

10 Life-Changing Banishment

By now, the world is so used to seeing the heroic, humble Thor that it’s easy to forget his dim-witted past self. His first major step towards his MCU future began amidst his disobedience towards Odin as a result of his attack on the Frost Giants and the breaking of the centuries-old peace treaty between Jotunheim and Asgard. Odin rescues him and his allies from the frozen planet and brings him back to Asgard where a screaming match ensues between father and son.

The all-father calls his son a “vain, greedy, cruel boy”, who replies with “you are an old man and a fool!”. Odin decides to punish his future heir to the throne, by… banishing him from the planet and stripping away his powers. It was this banishment that led him to Earth, to S.H.I.E.L.D, to the Avengers, and to become worthy. It was essentially Thor’s version of Tony Stark’s “captured by terrorists in Afghanistan” phase.

9 Worthy at last

After spending an entire movie trapped in New Mexico with no powers and no ability to wield his trusty Mjolnir, Thor is confronted by the Destroyer, Asgard’s giant deadly sentient suit of armor, controlled by Loki. At that moment, he finally proves his worth by sacrificing his life for his friends, as he encourages his brother to kill him instead of them.

Unfortunately, Loki does just that as the God of Thunder is put into an apparently lifeless form after he’s attacked by the Destroyer. However, by proving his worth, he managed to summon his mighty hammer, at last, retaining his life and his powers. This was the exact moment he became the hero we now know. From that point on, his worthiness has never been at stake.

8 The death of Phil Coulson

Yes, everyone knows Coulson’s death was so real that he’s spent the last five years leading a team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents all over the world. That is not an issue when it comes to The Avengers. Not only do the heroes not know of his survival, but his “death” was what first gave meaning to the word “Avengers”. However, only one of them actually witnessed him go down and only one was directly related to the killer. Both of these are Thor.

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Loki had just trapped his brother in the unbreakable cage when Coulson stepped in to save him. But he’s known as the trickster god for a reason. While Coulson aimed at Loki, the real Loki sneaked up behind and stabbed him, right in front of Thor’s helpless view. This act is what ultimately led Thor to the Battle of New York, where he officially became an Avenger.

7 Foreshadowing 101

Some of Age of Ultron‘s most interesting scenes were the heroes’ nightmarish visions, given to them by Wanda’s mind-meddling powers. Unfortunately for the Avengers, recent MCU movies have proven that these were more than mere dreams. This is especially true with Thor. Coincidence or not, the son of Odin experiences a strange encounter with a creepy-looking Heimdall, who says the following: “I see you leading us to Hell […] We are all dead, can you not see”.

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Thor then gets a split-second glimpse of the Infinity Stones and of a red-faced, Paul Bettany-looking image. A vision of Vision. Sure enough, future MCU events saw the Avengers create the heroic Android, Hela invading Asgard, and Thanos killing half of all Asgardians (three-quarters if you include the snap). Unfortunately for him, everything he saw came to a real-life tragic conclusion.

6 Loss, death, and destruction

Thor: Ragnarok saw a major shift in tone to the hero’s previous standalone outings, by turning a Shakespearean, brooding franchise, into a colorful, laugh-out-loud comedy. Nevertheless, there was still room for a lot of character development. One scene, in particular, turns Thor’s world upside down in a matter of minutes. With Doctor Strange’s help, the Asgardian brothers manage to find Odin. Much to their dismay, they don’t spend a lot of time with their century-old father, as he finally dies.

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Right before his death, he had warned his sons that his presence had kept a previously unknown evil daughter away. Sure enough, not a minute later, the Goddess of Death herself arrives and immediately destroys Thor’s “irreplaceable” hammer. And right after that, Thor and Loki are knocked out the Bifrost mid-travel and end up in Sakaar, where Thor encounters his avenging friend, Bruce Banner. That is a lot to process in just a few minutes.

5 Not the God of Hammers

Audiences were shocked when Hela effortlessly crushed Mjornir with her bare hands. Until that moment, it seemed as if both man and hammer were inseparable. But just because he lacks a flying mallet, doesn’t mean he stops bearing the title of  “God of Thunder”. The third act of Ragnarok sees Hela unleash her wrath on Asgard. A short fight between brother and sister sees Thor be bested by the Goddess of Death, at which point he slips into a dream of sorts and meets his dead father.

He proceeds to give him the advice that allowed him to prove his full potential and become the strongest Avenger (sorry Hulk). “Are you Thor, the God of Hammers?”, Odin asks. Thor wakes up, his body overloaded by lightning. He then throws Hela aside, and charges into her army as Led Zepplin blares in the background.

4 Homeless planet

Thor: Ragnarok‘s ending is particularly bittersweet. While the heroes manage to defeat Hela and save the Asgardian race, Thor is forced to summon Surtur to bring about the complete and utter destruction of his beloved homeworld, until nothing but dust remains. Besides all of this, the most important piece added to Thor’s ongoing story is something that had been teased since the very beginning of his first solo movie.

After Odin’s long-enduring reign, and a brief period where Loki poses as his father, the rightful heir to the throne finally becomes king of Asgard. Because, as Heimdall reminds him, “Asgard is not a place, it’s a people”. It’s best then not to think about what happened during his very first day as leader…

3 Attack on the Statesman

Thor has one of the most tragic stories out of all the MCU heroes. Loss is synonymous with him. As he evolves throughout the years, he also keeps losing family and friends. By the end of Ragnarok, he had lost his mother, father, Asgardian friends, hammer, right eye, and his home. Apparently, that was not enough for the mighty God, as shown by the sudden appearance of Thanos’ ship.

Infinity War starts with half the Asgardian people having been slain by the Mad Titan. Not long after, we see Thor watching helplessly as both his best friend and his brother are killed by Thanos, before the God of Thunder himself is left alone, crying on Loki’s corpse, as the Asgardian ship starts to crumble all around him.

2 Stormbreaker

We just wrote two entire paragraphs on the fact that Thor’s hammer wasn’t the source of his power, he just had to realize that to tap into his full potential. Then again, his full potential was never proven to be his full potential. Infinity War confirms this theory, as Thanos easily overpowers Thor in Infinity War’s opening scene. As powerful as he is, he did not expect to have to face an Infinity Stone-wielding titan so soon.

He clearly needs an extra boost for round two. He then travels to Nidevallir, the birthplace of Mjolnir, where he encounters Eitri, the only surviving member of the dwarf race, ever since Thanos wiped out the rest of the population after building him the Infinity Gauntlet. The dwarf builds Thor a weapon of the “Thanos-killing” kind. A Bifrost-summoning, Groot-handled axe. Stormbreaker.

1 He should have gone for the head

As Endgame approaches, we keep reminding ourselves of where we last left our heroes in the latest Avengers movie. Pretty much everyone was last seen in a state of great pain. However, besides maybe Tony Stark, Thor’s Infinity War journey ended the worst. Upon the destruction of the Mind Stone, Thanos’ mission appeared to have come to a fortunate end. Then he used the Time Stone to retrieve the stone, and all hope seemed lost.

But the God of Thunder arrived in the nick of time and thrust his super-axe through Thanos’ chest. The universe was saved and vengeance was served, thought Thor as he verbally provoked Thanos. Unfortunately, he didn’t go for the head, and a Stone-filled Gauntlet snapped, killing half the universe. This will have undoubtedly caused the hero to suffer from a serious case of survivor’s guilt. Here’s hoping he still has some willpower left to try and redeem himself.

NEXT: The 10 Most Important Scenes In Captain America’s MCU Journey


2019-04-21 03:04:14

Salvador Lavradio

Shazam! Director Offers Behind the Scenes Look At His [SPOILER] Cameo

SPOILERS for Shazam ahead.

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has offered a behind the scenes look at his cameo as one of the Crocodile Men. The DC Extended Universe film has quickly become a success, earning strong reviews and more than doubling its budget at the global box office so far. Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. has already gotten the ball rolling on the sequel, which will build on the first movie’s mid-credits introduction to the villainous caterpillar, Mister Mind. Shazam! writer Henry Gayden is currently working on the followup, with Sandberg expected to officially sign on as director any day now.

In the meantime, Sandberg is keeping busy entertaining fans with more Shazam!-related trivia. It had already been revealed that the director appears in the movie as one of the Crocodile Men, who are shown playing cards behind one of the doors that Billy Batson and his foster siblings open in the Rock of Eternity (while they’re being chased by Sivana and the Seven Sins). Now, Sandberg has provided a glimpse at the process that he went through to become one of those reptilian men.

Related: Shazam 2: Mister Mind’s Origin & Powers Explained

Sandberg posted a series of images to his Instagram account, showing him being fitted for a mold for his Crocodile Man mask. The post also includes a pair of clips where the filmmaker tries out the mask’s animatronics, along with a short video that offers an up-close look at one of the mask’s motorized eyes. You can check the whole thing out in the space below.

Funnily enough, Sandberg’s cameo could payoff in a big way in Shazam! 2 or another future DCEU film. In the New 52 comics (which Shazam! draws from), the Crocodile Men hale from a region of the Seven Magical Realms known as the Wildlands, where animals walk around talking and wearing clothing just like humans from our world. Of course, there’s no guarantee that magical land will show up in the Shazam! sequel, given how expensive it would be to bring to life on the big screen. Part of the reason the first movie’s a success is because Sandberg was able to keep its budget down to a manageable $100 million, so WB might prefer to continue that approach with the followup. If so, it’s unlikely Billy and his family will be exploring The Magiclands anytime soon in the DCEU.

Either way, this is a fun glimpse behind the scenes at Sandberg’s cameo and one of many playful DC easter eggs in Shazam!. It’s also a testament to just much Sandberg clearly enjoyed making the movie, and all but assures that he’ll be back for more on Shazam! 2.  Whether he shows up dressed as an anthropomorphic reptile again or tries his hand at playing another fantastical creature in the sequel, of course, remains to be seen.

NEXT: Every Shazam! Easter Egg & Secret DC Reference

Source: David F. Sandberg



2019-04-15 09:04:52

Sandy Schaefer

Hellboy’s After-Credits Scenes Explained

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Hellboy.

There are two post-credits scenes for Hellboy 2019 that hint at the series’ future. Both scenes are quite different yet both draw upon the rich history of the original comic books to open up avenues for storylines that might be pursued in future Hellboy movies.

It cannot be denied that the new Hellboy borrows more heavily from its source material than the two movies directed by Guillermo del Toro. Certainly, there is ample material from the original comics to draw upon. The first Hellboy comic was published in March 1994, almost exactly 25 years before the release of the new movie. Since that time, Dark Horse Comics has produced over two-dozen graphic novels collecting over 100 individual Hellboy comics, not including all the series that are set in the same universe that do not star Hellboy himself.

Related: Read Our Hellboy Review 

The ending of Hellboy conclusion leaves ample avenues for a follow-up film, as do the post-credits scenes. Yet despite this preparation, it is looking increasingly unlikely that director Neil Marshall’s revamp of Hellboy will lead to a sequel, much less a lengthy franchise. The early reviews have been anything but positive and the film is projected to make less money than the del Toro films during its opening weekend. But, assuming this will lead somewhere, here are the characters teased in Hellboy 2019’s post-credits scenes.

  • This Page: Hellboy’s Mid-Credits Scene Explained – Lobster Johnson
  • Page 2: Hellboy’s Post-Credits Scene Explained – Koshchei the Deathless

What Happens In Hellboy’s Mid-Credits Scene

Hellboy‘s mid-credits scene opens in a cemetery, with Hellboy holding a one-man wake at his father’s grave. Even before we see the bottles placed on Professor Broom’s crypt, it is clear that Hellboy is drunk, as we hear him singing “Danny Boy” off-key. He is joined by Lobster Johnson – a masked mystery man from the 1930s, whom we saw earlier in the film during a flashback showing how Professor Broom came to adopt Hellboy.

Lobster Johnson abides Hellboy’s gushing praise for a moment (Hellboy is a huge fan of his work) and even offers to show him his famous Claw. The vigilante is quick to return to the matter at hand, however, and tells Hellboy that he has unfinished business to attend to and that he needs to sober up and get serious. Evil is coming, Lobster says, and while Hellboy won a major battle by bringing down the Queen of Blood, there is still a greater war to fight in the near future.

Lobster ends the conversation and just walks off. As he does this, he passes through Professor Broom’s crypt, revealing himself to be a ghost. The drunken Hellboy thinks this is even cooler than meeting his childhood hero, and the scene ends as he shouts that he loves Lobster Johnson.

Lobster Johnson Explained

Played by Thomas Hayden Church in Hellboy 2019, Lobster Johnson was crafted as a tribute to the pulp action heroes of the 1930s and 1940s by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Originally just known as “The Lobster,” he first appeared in Hellboy: Box Of Evil #1, in a back-up story titled “The Killer In My Skull.” This story established the character as a detective and vigilante, who frequently faced magical monsters.

Cut from the same cloth as adventurers like Indiana Jones and The Rocketeer, Lobster Johnson is perhaps most closely inspired by The Phantom, who marked his enemies with an embossed skull ring similar to the Claw that Johnson uses to brand his foes. Precisely how the Claw works has yet to be explained, but it is assumed to be magical in nature. Johnson’s backstory also emulates that of Captain America, with Johnson having had a sidekick similar to Bucky Barnes and eventually coming to work for the government as a special agent.

In the comics, Lobster’s career began in 1932, where he worked out of a secret base in the sewers of Manhattan. Though originally focused on fighting organized crime, Lobster soon began to battle against supernatural evils as well. By the end of the 1930s, he had been recruited by the US Government to focus his attention on Nazi spies and saboteurs. After his death, the US Government worked to hide Lobster’s existence by creating fictionalized accounts of his exploits disguised as comic books, pulp novels, movie serials and Mexican luchador movies. It was here that he began to be referred to as “Lobster Johnson,” as the stories gave him the secret identity of millionaire William Johnson.

Hellboy and Lobster Johnson would eventually team up in the graphic novel Conqueror Worm. It was here that Lobster Johnson’s ghost appeared to Hellboy, seeking help in completing the mission that led to his death. It was a task that Hellboy, a devoted fan of Lobster Johnson from the pulps, enthusiastically accepted. Lobster Johnson would continue to work with the BPRD for some time after that, lending his aid to bring down several other villains from his time who had escaped justice.

What Happens In Hellboy’s Post-Credits Scene

The post-credits scene of Hellboy is a more intimate one than the mid-credits scene. Filmed as a continuous point-of-view shot, we once again see Baba Yaga, seated across the table from the camera. An infamous witch from Russian folklore, Baba Yaga offered Hellboy the knowledge he needed to stop Nimue in exchange for one of his eyes. It was a bargain Hellboy agreed to but then backed out of, claiming that he didn’t need to give the eye to Baba Yaga at that moment since she didn’t specify an exact time of delivery when they made their bargain.

An angered Baba Yaga explains all of this to an unseen character, through whose eyes the audience sees this scene. We hear this character respond to Baba Yaga’s story with a deep male voice with a Russian accent. The scene ends with the witch promising the unseen man that if he can defeat Hellboy and bring her his one of his eyes that she will give him that which he wants most – death.

Koshchei the Deathless Explained

Though the character to whom Baba Yaga speaks is not identified by name or seen, he is easily identified by fans of the Hellboy comics as Koshchei the Deathless. Like Baba Yaga, Koshchei is a character from Russian folklore. And like the comic book version of Baba Yaga, Koshchei has a long and sordid history with Hellboy.

In the original Russian folk tales, Koshchei is described as a tall and bony man as well as a powerful sorcerer and shapeshifter. What makes him truly dangerous, however, is that he cannot die, having removed his own soul before hiding it inside a duck’s egg. This egg was then placed inside a duck, which was placed inside a number of other animals and objects and locked away in a remote location at the ends of the Earth. This made Koshchei effectively immortal, as his body could eventually heal any injury so long as his soul was safe somewhere else, like Voldemort in the Harry Potter books.

In the reality of the Hellboy comics, Koshchei was originally an unusually skilled soldier who was betrayed by his fellow warriors and beaten near to death. Saved by a dragon and adopted as his son, Koshchei would face betrayal again after his great deeds won him the hand of a treacherous princess, who arranged his death rather than be married to a common soldier. The dragon resurrected Koshchei and sought to ensure his son would not die again by taking his soul and hiding it away in a duck’s egg at the end of the world.

Unfortunately, Baba Yaga was able to learn where the egg holding Koshchei’s soul had been hidden. With the egg in her possession, she was able to force him to do her bidding and turned him into the most powerful of her slaves. He would go on to face Hellboy in battle at her bidding, promised that she would finally allow him to die if he could successfully deliver one of Hellboy’s eyes.

It seems likely that the Hellboy sequel will present this same battle, though Baba Yaga in the comics wanted Hellboy’s eye because he had taken hers in an earlier conflict – not because he cheated her in a bargain as in the movie.

More: Hellboy Reportedly A Mess Behind The Scenes With Rewrites & Walkouts


2019-04-12 01:04:57

Matt Morrison

10 Behind The Scenes Facts About The Making of Us

Jordan Peele’s Us has received over $100 million at the box office, making it a huge hit. The director already had a brilliant level of success for his movie, Get Out in 2017. Us kept the theme of socio-political lessons and symbolism, but Peele still managed to surprise and wow his audience by making the takeaway more broad and challenging to unpack.

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So what kind of work went behind this movie anyway? What inspired such a wonderfully unsettling thriller? While many movie-goers are looking up what to make of the ending, some of you should definitely be curious as to how the movie was made in the first place. So here is a list of behind-the-scenes facts.

10 Peele Had A List Of Movies For Nyong’o To Watch Before Shooting The Film

According to actress Lupita Nyong’o, Jordan Peele gave her a list of horror movies to watch before they began filming. These horror films included famous classics such as Stephen King’s The Shining and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. 

It is easy to see why those movies were in a list for Nyong’o to see before filming. Us did feature creepy twins similar to the ones in The Shining.  The ending of Us also had a similar mood to the ending of Hitchcok’s The Birds, where the main characters drive away with a sense of dread in the wake of a massive attack.

9 Red’s Voice Was Inspired By Spasmodic Dysphonia

The character simply known as Red was a mysterious figure in Us. A trait that set her apart from all else was her voice. In an interview with NME, Lupita Nyong’o said that Red’s voice was inspired by a disorder called spasmodic dysphonia.

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“It’s a condition that is brought about by a trauma, sometimes emotional, sometimes physical, sometimes just inexplicable where your vocal chord folds start to spasm and they create this kind of irregular pattern of air,” explained Nyong’o. “It’s an interesting modulation of the voice. I built off of that from something in the script that said that she hadn’t used her voice for a long time. I worked very diligently to be able to do it without hurting myself.

8 Jordan Peele Finds Rabbits Scary

Rabbits played a certain role in the film, primarily as a source of food for the tethered in the underpass. When questioned about the rabbits role, Jordan Peele admitted that he found rabbits to be unsettling.

“I’m not afraid of them but I do find them scary,” he said. “They’re very cuddly but they also have a sociopathic expression, and they kind of look past you in a creepy kind of way.”

In a way, Peele shared his unsettling feeling of rabbits at the beginning of the movie when the camera slowly zoom out from a rabbits face in a cage. You don’t know what happening at that moment, but whatever it is, it’s definitely ominous. Is it also a coincidence that the movie came out near Easter?

7 The Ballet Scene Was Originally To Traditional Classical Music

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is definitely the duality between Red and Adelaide’s ballet dances as children. One was wide and out in the open with the freedom to move while the other was deep underground and crashing into walls as she tried to match the other.

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The dancing was to an orchestral arrangement of Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It,” however that wasn’t always the plan in the film. In fact, it was originally going to be to Tchaikovsky’s “Pas De Deux” from The Nutcracker. When Peele tried it with the first cut, he changed his mind. He said he found the piece to be too “old-school” for the movie.

6 The Thriller T-Shirt Was Significant

There was more than one piece of imagery that was Michael Jackson related in Us. The most recognizable one is the thriller t-shirt from the 1980s flashback scenes. However, some fans may have also noticed an eerie resemblance to the red jumpsuits the doppelgängers wear and the “Thriller” red jumpsuits. Also like Michael Jackson, the doppelgangers wear a single glove.

“Michael Jackson is probably the patron saint of duality,” said Jordan Peele. “The movie starts in the ’80s — the duality with which I experienced him [Jackson] in that time was both as the guy that presented this outward positivity, but also the ‘Thriller’ video which scared me to death.”

5 Was Inspired By The Twilight Zone Episode “Mirror Image”

Jordan Peele has connections with the Twilight Zone, and it’s not just about him being in charge of the show’s reboot. He has said that a certain episode from season one of the show strongly inspired Us. The episode was called “Mirror Image.” In it, a woman finds a doppelgänger of herself at a bus station and becomes convinced that the double intends on replacing her.

“It’s beautiful, really elegant storytelling,” Jordan Peele said, “and it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination.”

4 Peele Wanted “Us” To Not Be Like “Get Out” In Terms Of Genre And Meaning

Get Out was a major hit in 2017, being a horror comedy about a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family. However with Us, Peele wanted to be able to have black characters without the message being about black identity and racism. Get Out also had genre confusion since comedy and horror are a unique mix, so Peele wanted Us to be purely horror.

“As much as the point of [Us] is setting out to make a movie where it’s not about race, America is about race,” said Peele. “It’s always about race. So you can’t really get away from that and people’s experience of the film. I think it only highlights how important it is that we try and forge into the territory where a black family is just a black family and that’s it.”

3 The Costumes Were All Symbolic

Besides the “Thriller” t-shirt and red jumpsuits, many other outfit choices in the film were made to hint at character identity.  Kym Barrett was the costume designer and she decided it was important for the protagonist to wear white through the film. “I wanted her to be the lantern that led her family,” Barrett said. “Along the way, that light is continually flickering … She’s getting more and more and more covered in blood. The idea was that [by the film’s end], she’s almost as red as Red.”

The husband on the other hand, Gabe, picks outfits to communicate where he belongs and who he is. The son, Jason, has clothes that reflect he’s a trickster from his white-tuxedo t-shirt to his JAWS shirt. Zora wears a lot of rabbit-themed shirts. As for the shade of red the tethered wear, Barrett said, “It’s half the color of wet blood; it’s half the color of dried blood. It’s like an old wound.”

2 Peele Was A Stand-In For The Actors

In a movie about doppelgängers, the actors had the challenge of acting with key characters missing. Nyong’o had to act as Red without Adelaide and act as Adelaide without Red. However, Jordan Peele decided to help the actors by making himself a stand-in for the missing character. Actor Winston Duke even said that Peele had a talent for mimicking their lines and mannerisms from the day before.

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This way, the actors had another character to bounce off of and communicate with. So many could not picture the movie until they saw it for themselves since they played two individual parts that had to interact with each other!

1 Nyong’o’s Acting Scared Her Co-Stars

Actress Shahadi Wright Joseph shared with Buzzfeed that Nyong’o’s portrayal of Red on film set was a scary experience. She said that Nyong’o was so dedicated, that she would often stay in character even when they were not filming.

“She really kinda spooked me out a little bit,” Joseph said. “She would really get into character and wouldn’t talk. It was kind of creepy.”

This does tie in to Red’s special voice, which the actress said she had to practice and find a way to use it without hurting her vocal chords.

NEXT: 10 Movies To Watch If You Liked Us


2019-04-08 09:04:16

Allison Stalberg

Shazam’s After-Credits Scenes Explained

WARNING: Spoilers For Shazam!

There are two Shazam! end-credits scenes that have big implications for the future of the DECU. The final film produced for the original slate of movies meant to start DC Comics’ shared cinematic universe, Shazam! seems poised to produce a paradigm shift away from completely serious superhero stories. This is exemplified by its post-credits sequences, which suggest a more light-hearted tone for future DC Comics’ films.

This spirit of fun and joy lies at the very core of Shazam’s character. While the hero once known as Captain Marvel has fought the very spirit of sin itself and literal Nazi supermen, one of his most frequent foes in the comics was a Venusian space worm with severe myopia who had to wear glasses. While many classic comics had similarly silly ideas in the Golden Age, none have embraced such concepts in the modern era and made them a core part of their lore like Shazam! has.

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It’s unclear exactly what might be next for the Shazam! movie franchise. While the film will see a follow-up of sorts in the Black Adam solo movie (starring Dwayne Johnson as a former champion of the wizard Shazam reborn in the modern world), a direct sequel Shazam 2 has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. Despite this, Shazam‘s mid-credits scene suggests an avenue for a sequel taken from the current comic run.

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What Happens In Shazam’s Mid-Credits Scene

Shazam‘s mid-credits scene opens on Dr. Thaddeus Sivana in jail. The would-be wizard is seen scribbling on the walls of his cell, frantically trying to recall the symbols that allowed him to open a portal to the Rock of Eternity earlier in the film. As Sivana fails once again and howls in frustration, a metallic chuckle comes from behind Sivana. He turns to see what appears to be some manner of caterpillar or worm with a strange speaker secured around its neck. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize this creature as having been contained in a glass bottle when a young Thaddeus Sivana first visited the Rock of Eternity – and the bottle being shown as shattered when Billy Batson first went there.

The insect laughs at Sivana, making an insulting remark about “talking monkeys with your cave drawings.” The creature goes on to say that Sivana’s understanding of magic is limited and that there is more than one way to acquire magical power. Indeed, the creature notes there are “more ways than a mind can imagine.” A disbelieving Sivana asks, “What in God’s name…?” before being cut off:

“I named the gods, doctor, not the other way around. Oh, what fun we’re going to have together! The Seven Realms are about to be ours!”

It is worth noting that a similar scene concluded the 2013 Shazam! comic book mini-series, which acted as the primary inspiration for the movie. This scene took place in the foyer to the Rock of Eternity, with Dr. Sivana having evaded arrest but still being denied entrance to the wizard Shazam’s inner domain. It is here that he is approached by the same worm-like being, who is still trapped in its bottle prison, about a mutually beneficial alliance.

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Mister Mind Explained

While not introduced by name in Shazam!, the strange worm that approaches Dr. Sivana promising magical power is instantly recognizable to fans of the classic comics as the villain Mister Mind. First appearing in Captain Marvel Adventures #26 in 1943 (though his voice was heard in Captain Marvel Adventures #22), Mister Mind would go on to become one of Billy Batson’s most dangerous and persistent foes. He did this both as a solo act and as the leader of the Monster Society of Evil – one of the first super-villain teams in comic book history.

Mister Mind’s origins have changed several times over the years. In the Golden Age Captain Marvel comics, he claimed to be a mutant worm from an alien world who possessed a genius’ intelligence and limited telepathy. When he wasn’t plotting world domination with the Monster Society of Evil, Mister Mind’s plans largely centered around taking possession of Captain Marvel’s body so that he could have a physical form as powerful as his intellect. When the Captain Marvel characters were fully integrated into the DC Comics universe in 1986, Mister Mind had his powers increased to include full telepathy and mind-control, and he was said to be the sole survivor of his species, which originally came to Earth from the planet Venus.

Mister Mind’s origins and powers in the current DC Comics’ Rebirth universe are still being explored in the monthly Shazam! comic. As in the movie, he was imprisoned in the Rock of Eternity and freed by Dr. Sivana. This revamped Mister Mind seems to be magical in nature rather than alien, having an entry in the Encyclopedia Of Magical Monsters. His entry says that the wizards on the Council of Eternity were uncertain as to Mister Mind’s origins, but they believe that he’s a native of the Wildlands, a bookworm who acquired arcane powers by eating magic scrolls and books.

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Mister Mind & The Seven Realms In Shazam 2

It seems likely that Shazam 2 will center upon a fight between the Shazam Family and Mister Mind over the fate of The Seven Realms, which Mister Mind mentions in his parting remarks to Dr. Sivana in the mid-credits scene. The opening story arc of the current Shazam! comic has centered upon Billy and his foster siblings exploring these realms – magical kingdoms sealed off from the world of humans by the Council of Eternity. These realms include the Wildlands (which are full of anthropomorphic animals, similar to the society of Zootopia), the Gamelands (which vaguely resemble the world inside the arcade games in Wreck-It Ralph) and the Funlands, which are a children’s utopia featuring a giant amusement park and 22 candy factories.

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Shazam Joins The Justice League In The Credits (Sort Of)

While not really a scene as such, the first stretch of Shazam‘s closing credits are rendered in an animated style that showcases the Shazam Family interacting with members of the Justice League. These brief snippets include Darla (the fastest of the six young heroes) easily outrunning a clearly exhausted The Flash and Billy stealing the Batmobile to drive Wonder Woman to his prom, with a frantic Batman being dragged behind them as he desperately clings to his Bat-Grappling Gun. Perhaps the funniest of these clips shows Billy setting up a line to take pictures with his fans, only for his line to be eclipsed by the people waiting to get a selfie with Aquaman.

What Happens In Shazam’s Post-Credits Scene

Shazam‘s post-credits scene seems to be a leftover clip from earlier in the movie when Billy and Freddy were trying to figure out what superpowers Shazam has and their limits. The scene shows Billy and Freddy in their room, with Freddy holding a video camera and Billy holding a bowl full of goldfish. Billy talks to the goldfish and asks them a few questions, looking to them expectantly as if waiting for an answer.

A quick glance at Freddy’s log-book confirms that the two boys were testing to see if Billy had Aqua-Telepathy or some other power to command sea life. Clearly frustrated with Freddy’s commitment to testing for every possible superpower he can think of, Billy asks Freddy when talking to fish has ever been useful. Freddy’s wordless response is to gesture to his chest and the T-shirt with the logo for the Aquaman movie that he is wearing.

Aquaman Is Now A Legend In The DCEU

While Shazam‘s post-credits scene is a funny riff on how the general public used to respond to Aquaman before his live-action movie revealed Arthur Curry as the badass he is, it’s also the first indication we have of how the surface world responded to the events of the Aquaman movie in the DCEU. With Atlantis revealed to the world and Aquaman acknowledged as their king after leading the effort to stop his brother’s warmongering, Arthur Curry is apparently a major hero in the eyes of the world at large and popular enough to have his own logo t-shirts like Superman.

It’s a surprisingly subtle method of conveying the point, given how over the top Shazam! is in most regards, but it does help to further expand the DCEU in a new direction.

More: DCEU Complete Movie Timeline


2019-04-04 02:04:11

Matt Morrison

10 Scenes From Captain Marvel That Spoke To All Women

Captain Marvel is the first female-led Marvel movie. A fact that makes some people mad but makes many more people really, really happy. It was definitely about time that Marvel featured a woman as the lead of one of their films and hopefully they will continue to feature many other women in central and lead roles.

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One great thing about Captain Marvel is how many inspiring and powerful moments there were that women can relate to. We’ve collected a list of 10 of the scenes from Captain Marvel that inspired and spoke to women.

10 WHEN THE MAN ON THE MOTORBIKE TOLD CAROL TO SMILE

Early on when Carol gets to Earth, she encounters a man on a motorcycle who tries to hit on her and tells her to smile. Many women can relate to being told by random men to do this. Seeing Captain Marvel respond by stealing the man’s motorcycle was definitely a hilarious moment that many women enjoyed seeing.

While stealing probably isn’t something most of us can or should do, it was great to see her not take any crap. Plus, given the online reaction by trolls saying Captain Marvel should smile more, it was a great meta moment, too.

9 MARIA RAMBEAU TELLS TALOS TO STOP INFANTILIZING HER

Maria Rambeau might be Captain Marvel’s best friend, but she is a hero in her own right. While she didn’t end up with superpowers, she definitely deserves to have them.

When Talos calls her “young lady,” Maria is not all right with that. She reminds him to show her more respect than that and says she will kick his ass if he doesn’t. This was a funny moment that also reminds women of how they deserve to be seen and treated as equals.

8 WHEN MAR-VELL WAS A POWERFUL LEADER AND SCIENTIST

While we don’t see too much of Mar-Vell in the movie except in a few flashback shots, it’s clear she was a driving force in Captain Marvel’s life and someone who will continue to inspire and shape her.

Mar-Vell was a powerful Kree warrior and talented scientist, and she was also wise and committed to stopping wars instead of continuing to fight them. Her willingness to do the right thing against powerful odds is definitely something that many women can relate to.

7 WHEN CAROL SHOWED OFF HER HUMOROUS SIDE

Captain Marvel might be an extremely powerful superhero, but she also has a humorous side. Even when she’s up against a tough fight, she knows how to crack a joke and enjoy herself.

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This is a coping skill that many women utilize in their everyday lives. Sometimes, you have to laugh through things. Captain Marvel jokes around with Nick Fury, Maria, and many others, showing that she doesn’t always take herself too seriously.

6 WHEN MARIA RISKED HER LIFE TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD.

In some ways, Maria has even more at stake when she decides to leave earth to help Carol save the Skrulls. As Monica’s only parent, she has her daughter to think about. But, Maria knew that her presence could likely tip the scales to helping Carol be a hero. Maria is definitely a heroic and badass character and an inspiration to many women.

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As a mom and a career woman and a hero, Maria is an example of how women often take on many different roles and do so with a lot of talent and skill.

5 WHEN CAPTAIN MARVEL DISPLAYED ALL OF HER POWER

One of the most cheer-worthy and powerful moments in the film was when Captain Marvel ripped the inhibitor off of her neck and fought against the Supreme Intelligence and then against Star Force.

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Her powers are immense, and she is able to show everyone just how strong she is. Many women can relate to this feeling of being inhibited by society or others around him and realizing just how powerful they really are is an exciting and thrilling moment. Seeing this represented on screen was definitely empowering.

4 HOW CAROL DID THE RIGHT THING AND HELPED THE SKRULLS

One of the things that makes Captain Marvel a hero is her willingness to use her powers and abilities to help others. She isn’t selfish, and she wants to save other people.

Instead of staying on earth and being with the people she cared about, Carol knew she needed to finish Mar-Vell’s mission and help the Skrulls find a home, otherwise, they would likely continue to be hunted and killed by the Kree. Her willingness to help and fight for other people who are vulnerable is a trait that many women understand and relate to.

3 WHEN CAROL AND MARIA HAD TO WORK HARDER

While not a huge focus of the movie, it is pointed out that Carol and Maria weren’t able to fly combat missions in the Air Force. This is why they would train and fly for Mar-Vell as it gave them a chance to do something that mattered.

These two women are clearly willing to work extremely hard to be given a chance. Most women can relate to the feeling of being underestimated and not seen as equal to men in the workplace, although hopefully, things have gotten somewhat better on that front since 1995.

2 WHEN CAROL SHOWED SHE WAS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANYONE IMAGINED

Captain Marvel is really powerful, like extremely strong with amazing superpowers. We see in the movie that she’s easily able to dispose of warheads and even take down spaceships like it’s no big deal.

Her abilities will likely make her a huge asset to the Avengers in Endgame, and she will likely play a key role in helping to defeat Thanos. Seeing Captain Marvel be one of the most powerful superheroes ever was definitely an inciting moment for women everywhere.

1 WHEN CAPTAIN MARVEL HAD NOTHING TO PROVE TO YON-ROGG

Probably the most obvious scene with a feminist element to it was near the end of the movie when Captain Marvel kick’s Yon Rogg ass easily and then sends him back to Hala.

Yon Rogg tries to tell her she’s too emotional and needs to control her emotions, something many women in our world have heard before, too. She responds by showing that she has nothing to prove to him and that he has no power over her anymore.

NEXT: Our Biggest Unanswered Questions After Captain Marvel


2019-03-18 01:03:30

Amanda Steele

Captain Marvel Cut Ronan & Starforce Scenes – Why?

Captain Marvel clearly cut some scenes featuring Ronan the Accuser and the Kree Starforce – but why did Marvel choose to do that? Both the promotional photos and the trailers for Captain Marvel attempted to persuade viewers that the Kree were a race of noble warrior heroes, defending the cosmos against the ruthless Skrulls. Carol Danvers was to be introduced as a member of the Starforce, an elite Kree task-force who were fighting on the front lines of the Kree-Skrull War.

Of course, anyone familiar with the comics saw through the deception quite quickly. Marvel had openly admitted that their script was based on “The Kree-Skrull War,” a comic book arc where neither race were really the good guys. All of Captain Marvel’s teammates were villains in the comics, and Marvel’s refusal to confirm the identity of the Starforce Commander led most to deduce that Jude Law was playing Yon-Rogg, one of Captain Marvel’s greatest foes. It wasn’t hard to work out that the Kree weren’t the heroes Carol thought they were.

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Surprisingly, there’s some evidence that the Kree Starforce were originally a bigger part of Captain Marvel‘s plot – and so was Ronan the Accuser. In September 2018, a series of story details about Captain Marvel were revealed to kickoff the film’s marketing campaign. Crucially, first look images showed Yon-Rogg and Ronan standing side by side in what can now be recognized as Starforce’s tower on Hala; another image showed the two Kree military leaders greeting the assembled Starforce members for a briefing of some kind. It’s clear that Ronan originally worked more closely with Starforce, perhaps even joint-commanding the mission to Torfa.

Over on Reddit, now-deleted comments from user BrandonAUS – who claims to have worked on Captain Marvel as a visual effects artist – confirmed that scenes had been cut:

“An entire sequence I worked on the VFX for was cut where Yon-Rogg has a chat with the Supreme Intelligence before he gets sent to go find Carol and the Tesseract. As well as the current ones with Vers and the [Supreme Intelligence] being trimmed a lot. It is very common for things to be cut in movies. I am waiting for my art book from the movie to show up to see if they have any of the original Supreme Intelligence concepts in there.”

Amusingly enough, according to BrandonAUS, the person Yon-Rogg most admired – the form the Supreme Intelligence took while conversing with him – was Yon-Rogg himself. Meanwhile, Steve Behling’s tie-in novel Starforce on the Rise fleshed out the relationship between the different members of Starforce and contained a number of gags that fit perfectly within the film itself. They, frankly, seem to have been tailor-made for the big screen.

So why were these scenes cut? There are usually three reasons for cuts like this. The first is to tighten up the narrative; the focus in the Starforce scenes is really on the relationship between Captain Marvel and Yon-Rogg, meaning the other relationships are largely secondary and Ronan would have been unnecessary. The second is to improve the overall flow of the film; extended scenes on Hala would have meant Captain Marvel took longer to get to Earth, slowing the main plot down. Finally, some of those scenes were probably superfluous; Behling’s gags all tease Vers’ humanity, but that was pretty clear by the time of the Mindfrack device anyway. Hopefully, the Captain Marvel home release will include some deleted scenes showing the Starforce in action, and exploring the relationship between the unit’s different members.

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2019-03-14 01:03:16

Thomas Bacon