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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer Breakdown – 28 Story Reveals & Secrets

Lucasfilm has dropped the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and we’re going to explore it all in our breakdown. One of the most eagerly-anticipated films of the year, the pressure is on to bring the entire Star Wars Saga to a satisfying conclusion. The Last Jedi may have been a box office success, but it proved tremendously divisive among Star Wars fans. It’s up to writer-director J.J. Abrams to wrap things up and hopefully end the controversy.

Today, at Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm finally allowed viewers their first glimpse of the first trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. The studio’s actually been more secretive about The Rise of Skywalker than for any other Star Wars film since the franchise was relaunched in 2015; in fact, until Star Wars Celebration they hadn’t even confirmed the film’s title. Picking up a tip from Marvel Studios, they decided to leave the title announcement until the end of the trailer.

Related: What Trailers & Reveals To Expect At Star Wars Celebration 2019

Now the marketing campaign for Star Wars 9 is about to kick into gear. This, of course, is just the first teaser trailer, and it’s designed to raise a lot more questions than provide concrete answers. Further trailers and TV spots will be released as we get nearer to the official release date, hinting at solution to many of the film’s mysteries. But let’s take a look at what’s been revealed and implied by this initial teaser in our Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer breakdown (and don’t miss our teaser trailer breakdown for Regal).

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  • Page 4: The Resistance vs. the First Order
  • Page 5: The Return of Palpatine

27. Rey On The Desert Planet

The first scenes from the Star Wars 9 trailer are all set on a mysterious desert planet. There’s a sense of symmetry to this; the original trilogy began and ended on Tatooine, now the sequel trilogy begins with Jakku and ends with another desert world. The planet is as yet unidentified, but this footage was all shot in Jordan over a three-week period. It could be that the Resistance have established a base here, far away from civilization, and no doubt Rey would be entirely comfortable with the harsh, arid environment.

26. “We” Have Passed On All We Know

The end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw Rey alone, with Luke Skywalker having sacrificed himself to allow the Resistance a chance to escape. Of course, in true Star Wars style, death isn’t necessarily the end of a Jedi’s story. The voice-over clearly establishes that Luke’s Force Ghost has been mentoring Rey. It’s unclear how much time passes between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but it certainly looks as though it’s been enough for Rey to train as a Jedi. What’s more, the dialogue suggests that Luke isn’t the only Force Ghost who’s been mentoring her. Only a handful of Jedi have known the secret of preserving their consciousness after death; Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Anakin, and now Luke. It could be that any or all of these Jedi of old have been acting as Rey’s teachers.

According to Luke, “a thousand generations live in you now.” He believes that Rey knows everything the Jedi ever knew, all the way back to the founding of the Jedi Order. That’s a bold claim, but it’s worth remembering that Luke had traced the Jedi back to their first Temple at Ahch-To, where he’d learned the most ancient secrets of the Jedi. Between Luke and Yoda – who lived to 900 years old – that’s a lot of Force knowledge.

Related: Star Wars Rebels Explains What Force Ghosts Actually Are

25. The Remade Lightsaber

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer focuses in on Rey’s lightsaber, which she has repaired after it was torn apart in The Last Jedi. Building a lightsaber is an important step in the journey of any Jedi. It’s typically seen as a sort of “graduation ceremony,” proving that you’ve learned everything you need to know about the Force and are ready to serve the Light as a Jedi Knight. It isn’t just a matter of engineering; it takes mastery of the Force to attune a Kyber Crystal to the lightsaber. The experience creates a transcendent bond between the Jedi and their weapon.

In repairing the lightsaber so well, Rey has claimed it as her own. She has become the embodiment of Anakin Skywalker’s legacy as a Jedi Knight; oddly enough, she’s achieved this in a way that even Luke never did, as he was never bonded with this lightsaber.

24. Is The Desert Tatooine, Jedha or Even Jakku?

It’s a big galaxy, but Star Wars has always tended to spin back to the same planets. That raises the interesting question of whether these shots featuring Rey are set on a brand new desert planet – or whether they’re somewhere we’ve seen before in the Star Wars Saga. The most obvious possibilities are Tatooine, Jedha, or perhaps even Jakku. Jedha is impossible; tie-in comics have revealed that Jedha was pretty much destroyed by the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with the crust broken and the moon ultimately tearing itself apart. Jakku would be more appropriate, meaning the sequels begin and end with Rey’s homeworld just as the original trilogy began with Luke’s; but that particular desert world is littered with junk from the final battle between the Empire and the New Republic decades earlier, and there’s no hint of said junk in the Star Wars 9 trailer. So, if this is a planet that’s been visited before, it can surely only be Tatooine.

23. Rey Still Has Han’s Gun

It’s easy to miss, but look closely as Rey; she still has Han Solo’s gun in a holster strapped to her belt. Han Solo may be gone, killed by his own son in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but his presence is still felt throughout this film. It’s also a nice reminder that Rey is a slightly different kind of Jedi; while she carries a lightsaber, she doesn’t have the traditional Jedi disdain for guns. One of the black-and-white photos shared with fans at Star Wars Celebration showed Rey using this weapon.

Page 2 of 5: Rey Vs. Kylo Ren & More Of Our Star Wars 9 Trailer Breakdown

22. Rey Versus Kylo Ren

Assuming the Resistance has indeed established a base on this as-yet-unidentified world in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, the First Order have come calling. Rey is on the run, pursued by Kylo Ren. It’s possible that Rey has gone off on her own in order to draw Kylo Ren away from the rest of the Resistance; that would be a neat mirror of Return of the Jedi, where Luke surrendered himself to Darth Vader so the Rebels had a chance to attack the shield generator on Endor.

21. The Phantom Menace Tagline

Every generation has a legend,” the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tells viewers. If this tagline seems familiar, it’s because it was last used in the late ’90s, when it was associated with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The tagline reminds audiences that Star Wars is a generational saga, with each trilogy passing the torch to another wave of stars. The prequels were about Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé; the original trilogy was about Luke, Han, and Leia; and the sequel trilogy is about Rey, Finn, and Poe. And yet, for all they’re about three different generations of heroes, they’re all part of one overarching narrative.

Related: The Last Jedi Is A Reverse Phantom Menace

20. Kylo Ren’s New TIE Interceptor

The forces of the First Order have arrived on this mysterious desert world, presumably seeking the Resistance. Rey is alone, stranded in the desert, breathing heavily – and she is pursued. Kylo Ren himself has found her, and he’s flying a new version of his TIE Interceptor. It’s interesting to see Kylo Ren fly the TIE Interceptor so close to the ground, highlighting his pilot mastery. What’s more, notice that he doesn’t attempt to shoot Rey, instead trying to run her down; it could be that his weapons systems have been disabled. Alternatively, at this point in the film, Kylo could have fallen so far into the dark side that he simply wants the visceral thrill of such a brutal kill.

19. Rey’s Force Jump

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer shows Rey hatch a desperate plan, one that involves precision timing and demonstrates her mastery of the Force. She actually allows Kylo Ren to try to run her down – and then does an incredible Force leap over the TIE Interceptor. In that one second, it shows just how strong Rey has grown in the Force, particularly given she’s running away from the TIE Interceptor when she does the jump and isn’t looking towards it.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that Rey seems confident Kylo Ren won’t open fire. This suggests she either knows how angry he is, or is aware of the damage his TIE has sustained.

18. A-Wings

The Star Wars 9 trailer then moves to a shot of A-Wings flying across an unknown, rocky world. One of the amusing conceits of Star Wars is that the heroes and villains always tend to use the same vehicles; A-Wings were synonymous for the Rebels in the original trilogy, and now they’re associated with the Resistance.

17. Rock Communities

This location is a completely fresh one in the Star Wars galaxy, and looks pretty inhospitable. There are clear cities on different plateaus, and it’s safe to assume they have some sort of spaceports, given the A-Wings look to be heading to one of the cities.

Page 3 of 5: Kylo Ren On The Warpath & More Of Our Star Wars 9 Trailer Breakdown

16. Kylo Ren Fighting

The trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker moves to an action shot in which Kylo Ren leads a squad of Stormtroopers against what can be presumed to be members of the Resistance. It’s unclear where this location is, but the shot is characterized by a strange red light. Later scenes in the trailer confirm that Star Wars 9 will head to the site of the destruction of the Second Death Star, meaning the heroes go to the Forest Moon of Endor. If that’s the case, this could conceivably be Endor, ravaged by an environmental and ecological disaster due to impact of chunks of the Death Star.

15. Kylo Ren’s Mask Has Been Remade

Rey isn’t the only one to have been doing some repair work. The Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer shows Kylo Ren’s mask being welded back together. The mask was intended to symbolize his representing the legacy of Darth Vader, and. Kylo smashed it to pieces in a fit of rage in The Last Jedi. There’s no context for this shot – Kylo doesn’t even wear the mask elsewhere in the trailer – so it’s difficult to say what this means for the story.

Related: Star Wars Explains How Vader Can Return in Episode 9

There’s an odd sense in which this shot feels like a commentary on the sequel trilogy itself. Rian Johnson wasn’t as invested in all the links and connections between the different trilogies; he tossed aside a lot of J.J. Abrams’ “Mystery Box” plots in a careless, almost off-handed manner, and that was really why the mask was broken in the first place. Abrams is carefully piecing back together some of the plot elements he was most invested in.

14. Who Is Fixing Kylo’s Mask?

The really interesting question, though, is just who is fixing Kylo Ren’s helmet. Those clearly aren’t Ben Solo’s hands, after all. While it’s tempting to assume Kylo Ren has asked one of his aides – maybe even a member of the Knights of Ren – to do this for him, that doesn’t quite seem in-character. If Kylo wants the mask repaired, he must regret destroying it, and if that’s the case it suggests his reverence for the old ways has somehow been restored. He’d surely want to do this himself.

13. Finn and Poe on the Desert Planet

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer moves to a shot of Finn and Poe at the Resistance base on this mysterious desert world. It’s interesting to note how little time these two characters have on-screen in the trailer compared to Rey and Kylo Ren, who are clearly presented as the stars of this final film. Finn’s staff is reminiscent of the one Rey used on Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

12. BB-8 and D-0

The droids have always been an important part of Star Wars, and since the 2015 relaunch Lucasfilm has taken to introducing a new one in every film. In this case, BB-8 has a new friend; another droid created by Industrial Light and Magic called D-0 who made his debut at Star Wars Celebration. At this stage, there’s no way to know what D-0’s role will be in the film, but he’s sure to feature heavily in the merchandise given he was prominent on the stage at Star Wars Celebration’s Episode IX panel.

11. Lando Piloting the Falcon

Billy Dee Williams is returning to Star Wars as an older Lando Calrissian – and it seems he’s getting the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon once again. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer shows a shot of Lando piloting the Falcon. It takes on a new depth of meaning after Solo: A Star Wars Story, which revealed that the consciousness of Lando’s old droid L3-37 was uploaded into the Falcon after her body was destroyed. There was a strong bond between Lando and L3, and it’s fitting to see them reunited in a sense.

Page 4 of 5: The Resistance vs. the First Order & More Of Our Star Wars 9 Trailer Breakdown

11. Moisture Vaporators

Before getting to this action scene in question, it’s worth pointing out the moisture vaporators on the desert planet (which had been glimpsed in the background of J.J. Abrams’ set photo). There’s an amusing sense of symmetry to this, given back in 1977 Luke Skywalker was introduced as part of a family of farmers on Tatooine, with his Uncle Owen so very concerned about the moisture vaporators.

10. The Skiff Battle

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer then enters an action beat in which the Resistance flee from the First Order. There’s a distinct contrast between the technology level of the First Order and the Resistance; the Resistance’s skiffs seem ramshackle, barely kept together, while the First Order Stormtroopers are in the usual speeders. Poe, Finn, and Threepio are all on one skiff, and they’re taking heavy fire.

Related: Star Wars 9: The Big Lesson JJ Abrams Must Learn From The Force Awakens

9. Jetpack Stormtroopers

As well as the speeders chasing the Resistance forces, there’s also what appears to be jetpack-wearing Stormtroopers leaping out of sand explosions. This would mark a new form of First Order soldier, a more adept one that’s harder to escape than their canon-fodder counterparts. It also hearkens to the likes of Boba Fett and Mandalorians.

8. A Crashing A-Wing… And An Old Republic Ship?

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer moves on to show a crashing A-Wing. As with many shots in the trailer, there’s absolutely no context provided for this, so it’s difficult to understand the part this plays in the story. Oddly, there’s a larger ship in the background, which actually appears to be an Old Republic Jedi Cruiser from the Clone Wars era.

7. Han Solo’s Rebellion Medal

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer slows a little to show Leia Organa looking at Han Solo’s old Rebellion medal. It’s a powerful, emotional shot, given Leia herself presented this medal to Han after the Battle of Yavin. No doubt Leia is mourning the death of her husband, who was killed by Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s easy to forget that General Leia Organa has suffered great personal tragedies over the course of her life; she’s proved herself a hero because she has sacrificed so much for the sake of the Galaxy.

Page 5 of 5: The Return of Palpatine & The Finale Part Of Our Star Wars 9 Trailer Breakdown

6. Carrie Fisher As General Leia

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t just the end of the Skywalker Saga; it’s also an opportunity for fans to bid a heartfelt farewell to the late, great Carrie Fisher. Lucasfilm has used previously-unseen footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to incorporate General Leia Organa into this story, and at the Star Wars Celebration Episode IX panel they stressed just how much of a presence Fisher has in the film. The trailer shows an emotional shot in which Rey gives Leia an embrace, tears streaking down her face. Whatever this may mean in the story, to viewers it’s a beautiful moment that acknowledges the Star Wars franchise’s debt to Carrie Fisher.

5. “We’ll Always Be With You”

As if the farewell to Leia wasn’t emotional enough, Mark Hamill’s voice-over adds a whole new layer of meaning to it all. “We’ll always be with you,” he intones. For the fans, this is an almost cathartic moment, as it represents Carrie Fisher’s continued presence in their lives. In the film itself, it likely stands for the fact that those Rey has lost are still with her, even after death, with Luke and the Force Ghosts guiding and teaching her.

4. The Star Wars 9 Team Together

The Star Wars 9 trailer builds to a head with a shot of the movie’s team united. Rey has gathered her closest friends around her. In shot are Poe and Finn, Chewie, Threepio, BB-8, D-0, and Chewie. Artoo is conspicuous by his absence; in fact, he doesn’t appear in the entire trailer. That’s rather odd, given the droid was on the Falcon at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At first, this shot simply appears to show the team at yet another unknown location, but then the camera pans around to reveal just where they are – and it turns out to be a very familiar location.

Related: Why Star Wars 9 Needs To Include ANOTHER Death Star

3. The Death Star

In a surprising twist, the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker heads to what appears to be Endor, with the heroes of the Resistance looking at the wreckage of the second Death Star. The Death Star was destroyed over the Forest Moon of Endor, but it looks as though large chunks remained intact, and were drawn in by the Moon’s gravitational pull. Notice that this seems to be very different to the forested world of the Original Trilogy. Fans have long speculated that the chunks of Death Star debris would have caused an ecological and environmental disaster for Endor, and that may well be the case. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean the Ewoks have been rendered extinct.

2. The Emperor Returns

No one’s ever really gone,” Luke’s voice intones, clear guidance being offered to Rey by his Force Ghost. But those words take on an ominous tone in a sinister, evil laugh that will be immediately familiar to Star Wars viewers. It’s the trademark laugh of Palpatine, last of the Sith Lords, the greatest of all the dark side users. The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer dropped at the Star Wars Celebration Episode IX panel, and when the lights were turned back on, everyone in attendance was stunned to see that Ian McDiarmid himself had taken to the stage. His presence acted as confirmation; Palpatine is back.

It’s a smart move on Lucasfilm’s part, because the return of Palpatine means there’s a single narrative thread connecting the original trilogy, the prequels, and the sequels. Palpatine is restored to his rightful place as the great villain of the entire Star Wars Saga, and indeed the First Order potentially become his pawns in a bid to regain power across the galaxy. At this stage, there’s no way to say for sure how Palpatine has returned; dark siders can’t traditionally live on after death in Star Wars lore. The one exception, confirmed in the new canon, is through relics such as Sith masks. So the fact that Palpatine has been heard but not shown may indicate that he’s disembodied, possessing and influencing someone through a relic of some kind.

1. The Title Revealed – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Star Wars 9 trailer ends by confirming the much-awaited title – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It’s a surprising one, given The Last Jedi killed off Luke Skywalker, and at this stage it’s unclear who (or what) it refers to. It probably doesn’t mean that Rey is a Skywalker – while Abrams seems to be course-correcting the Sequel Trilogy, it’s unlikely he’d go that far. But it could potentially refer to Kylo Ren, the last living descendant of Anakin Skywalker. Alternatively, given Palpatine’s return, it could conceivably mean that Anakin and Luke must fulfill the Skywalker destiny of defeating the Emperor once and for all – even though they’ve already died.

More: Star Wars 9: Everything You Need To Know


2019-04-12 04:04:31

Thomas Bacon

Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Breakdown: 25 Secrets & Reveals

Stranger Things season 3 finally arrives on Netflix this summer, and the latest trailer is absolutely packed with tantalizing hints and reveals of what’s still to come in the story. The show follows a group of plucky kids and teens as they try to survive the freaky goings-on in their small town of Hawkins, Indiana, which is plagued by a connection to a monster-filled realm called the Upside-Down.

Set for release on July 4, Stranger Things season 2 is all about a summer of changes in Hawkins, as the young group of friends – Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Max, and Eleven – start to put their childhoods behind them and embrace adolescence. However, while Eleven may have temporarily banished the terrifying beast known as the Mind Flayer, the Upside-Down isn’t done with them yet. The upcoming season will bring new characters, new monsters, and new mysteries… as well as an impressive new shopping destination called the Starcourt Mall.

Related: Stranger Things Theory: Eleven Will See The “Future” In Season 3

Set to The Who’s classic song “Baba O’Riley,” the first full-length trailer for Stranger Things season 3 is full of exciting and intriguing shots, powerful character moments, and promises of terrors to come. Let’s break it down.

  • This Page: Dustin’s Welcome, Hawkins Pool’s Lifeguards, and More
  • Page 2: A Possible Farewell for Will, Danger at the Fair, and More
  • Page 3: Return of the Eggos, a Battle at Starcourt Mall, and More
  • Page 4: Eleven in the Void, The Missing Lifeguard, and More

The Stranger Things season 3 trailer kicks off with Dustin returning from a summer camp called Camp Know Where, and his T-shirt is a handy reminder that this season is set in the summer of 1985. Dustin at first seems dejected that only Yertle the Turtle is happy to have him back, but unbeknownst to him, his friends have actually planned a surprise welcome party. Eleven uses her powers to move Dustin’s toys (including a little R2-D2 action figure) and lure him out of his room so that they can sneak up on him… but it’s probably not a good idea to do that to someone who has been traumatized by monster attacks. This sequence ends with Lucas getting a face full of Farrah Fawcett hair spray.

After the slightly botched welcome party (you can tell it’s the same day because of the characters’ outfits), the gang head up to the top of a hill overlooking Hawkins to construct a radio aerial. This location looks like the same one that was featured on the poster for Stranger Things season 3, so it’s clearly important. The aerial could be designed to amplify the gang’s walkie-talkies so that they can communicate across a longer distance, or may be a way of attempting to eavesdrop on secret government agency messages related to the upside down. Later in the trailer, during Mike’s “We’re not kids any more” speech, Dustin is left standing by the aerial at night, looking melancholy, while Lucas and Max run down the hill.

Max’s handsome but creepy older brother Billy was introduced as a minor antagonist in Stranger Things season 2, and in season 3 he gets a job working as a lifeguard at Hawkins Pool – a decision that apparently proves very popular with women of all ages. In this trailer, we see Billy making eye contact with Heather, a new addition to the cast played by Francesca Reale, who is described as “a popular lifeguard at the Hawkins Community Pool who becomes the centerpiece of a dark mystery.” A previous teaser for Stranger Things season 3 revealed that episode 3 is titled, “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” so presumably Heather is the lifeguard who goes missing. Does Billy have something to do with her disappearance?

Related: Where You Recognize The Stranger Things Cast From

There’s a curious shot in the first half of the trailer that shows Chief Jim Hopper sitting alone at a table for two in a restaurant, lighting a cigarette. This is immediately followed by a shot of Joyce at home, also eating dinner by herself, possibly implying that she stood Jim up for a date. The two characters have had romantic tension since season 1, but have yet to do anything about it, and many fans are rooting for them to get together. It’s worth noting that Hopper is wearing the same shirt in this shot that he is later seen wearing at the fair with Joyce, so they do end up getting together (and getting into mortal danger) on this date night.

The unlikely friendship between Steve and Dustin was one of the best elements of Stranger Things season 2, and the dream team is back in season 3. Steve now has a job working at ice cream parlor Scoops Ahoy (the first teaser for this season showed him taking part in an awkward Starcourt Mall commercial), along with new cast addition Robin, played by Maya Hawke. Robin is described as, “an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful. Bored with her mundane day job, she just wants a little excitement in her life… and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins.” Robin isn’t impressed by Steve and Dustin’s greeting, which appears throughout the trailer and seems very elaborate.

An establishing shot in the trailer shows the offices of a local newspaper, The Hawkins Post, followed by a shot of a smartly-dressed Nancy and Jonathan waiting in the reception area. Since it’s summer, the two of them may well be there to apply for internships or part-time jobs. They may also be there to meet Jake Busey’s character, Bruce, who is a reporter at The Hawkins Post – or perhaps they’re even there on some kind of fact-finding mission. Whatever they’re there for, both of them look pretty nervous.

Page 2: A Possible Farewell for Will, Danger at the Fair, and More

Things don’t look good for Will Byers in this trailer. He’s been to hell and back, suffered through post-traumatic stress and the Upside-Down getting its claws into him, and now it looks as though he may have to leave Hawkins and his friends behind. The trailer shows him crying over photos of himself hanging out with his pals, and in one shot Mike can be seen looking back at the Byers house, which seems empty and dark. Later in the trailer, Hopper says, “I want you to feel like this can still be your home,” and then there’s an immediate cut to Joyce. It’s possible that after everything Joyce has gone through (including the death of her boyfriend, Bob), she’s considering moving far away and taking Will with her.

One thing is made clear by the Stranger Things season 3 trailer: “Mad” Max and Eleven seem to have become very close friends. We see Eleven hanging out in Max’s bedroom while Max dances around to music, the two of them arriving at Starcourt Mall together and taking everything in with wide eyes, and then taking dress-up photos in a glamor photo studio at the mall. One effect of the kids growing up may be that they end up fracturing somewhat along gender lines, with Max and Eleven choosing to hang out together more and drifting away from the boys as they grow older. It will certainly be interesting (and, it looks like, a lot of fun) to see the dynamic between Max and Eleven this season.

Related: Netflix Original TV Shows To Be Most Excited About In 2019

One of the classic events of a small town summer is the funfair, but it looks like Hawkins’ fair will descend into the town’s now-routine violence. In addition to a shot of a bloodied Jim Hopper at the fair, there’s also this striking shot of a gunman (seen again later in the trailer) stalking through the House of Mirrors. It’s possible that he works for the mysterious “Lynx Corporation” that has been referenced in previous marketing materials, and that he’s been sent to Hawkins to track down Eleven.

During a sequence of ominous shots, Eleven is shown standing on a beach while the red lightning associated with the Mind Flayer (which is expected to return this season) flashes through the clouds behind her. Indiana is not exactly known for its beaches, but it’s possible that this scene takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Alternatively, it may be part of a vision or dream. The color palette is particularly important here, since a previous teaser featured the phrase “When blue and yellow meet in the West” – note the yellow of Eleven’s shirt

It looks like in season 3, Billy will be getting his own taste of the Upside-Down. A shot of Billy in the shower reveals some kind of infected growth spreading on his arm from what may be a bite wound. We know from poor Barb’s capture and murder in season 1 that pools are dangerous places, and now that Billy is working at Hawkins Pool he is in the danger zone. Could Billy end up becoming a thrall of the Upside-Down – or even becoming a monster himself?

There’s always some kind of weird science going on in Hawkins, and in this trailer we see a group of people caught up in an explosion that unleashes brutal bolts of electricity. In a slow-motion shot, someone in a protective suit and mask is shown having their clothes and flesh burned away by the energy bolts, creating what are almost certainly lethal injuries. Let’s hope that no one we like is under that mask; it looks as though it could be a scientist similar to those who worked at Hawkins National Laboratory – perhaps something to do with the Lynx Corporation?

Page 3: Return of the Eggos, a Battle at Starcourt Mall, and More

This is the only shot we get of new character Bruce (played by Jake Busey), and he doesn’t look well. Bruce is, according to his character description, “a journalist for the The Hawkins Post, with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.” It seems likely that Bruce will end up being a minor antagonist who meets his comeuppance in season 3. In this shot he is bloodied and wearing a maniacal grin, and it looks like he may be in the same hospital location where we later see Jonathan with  new monster from the Upside-Down. Could Bruce end up transforming into the monster?

As you may recall from previous seasons of Stranger Things, Eleven is better able to control her powers when her eyes are covered. In this shot, we see her sitting in front of an open fridge/freezer unit lined with her favorite snack – Eggo waffles. The Eggos are likely only in this scene because they’ve become something of a staple of Stranger Things, but the fact that the door has been left open is intriguing. Perhaps it’s a way of keeping Eleven cool?

Related: Stranger Things Season 3 Viral Messages Tease Final Battle With Upside Down

Remember the gunman at the fair? Well, based on this shot, it looks like he ends up tangling directly with Jim Hopper, since in this shot Jim is wielding a silenced pistol that’s definitely not standard police issue in Hawkins, and looks exactly like the one used by the mystery gunman. In one of the trailer’s voiceovers, Hopper says (presumably either to Eleven or Joyce), “It is important to me that you feel safe. I want you to feel like this can still be your home.” We can expect to see Hopper go to the usual lengths to try and keep everyone safe in season 3.

The Stranger Things season 3 finale is titled “The Battle of Starcourt,” so it seems as though the newly-built Starcourt Mall will be the site of a climactic showdown. Here we see the whole gang of kids gathered together in one shot – including Robin). Jonathan and Steve are both injured and Eleven is bleeding from both nostrils – a clear sign that she has exerted her powers. Eleven is also wearing the same outfit that we saw her wearing earlier on the beach. The big question about this shot, of course, is what exactly everyone is looking at.

One of the major new additions to Stranger Things season 3’s cast is Cary Elwes as Mayor Larry Kline. Kline as described in the casting announcement as, “handsome, slick, and sleazy” and “your classic ’80s politician – more concerned with his own image than with the people of the small town he governs.” This is evident even in the little of him that we see in the trailer, with his name plastered on the sign for the town fair, as well as the above shot of him announcing the start of July 4th festivities with a marching band behind him. However, this slick image does not seem to be fooling everyone in Hawkins, as earlier in the trailer protesters are seen carrying signs complaining about the lack of care for downtown and labeling Kline a “swine.”

Remember Murray Bauman, the investigative reporter turned private investigator who originally tipped Hopper off to Eleven’s existence after investigating the mysteries surrounding Hawkins National Laboratory? Well, he’s back – as seen in this trailer during one of the fun fair scenes. It’s possible that the assassin at the fair is actually there to kill Murray, because he knows too much, and that Hopper will have to protect him.

Page 4: Eleven in the Void, The Missing Lifeguard, and More

There are numerous shots in the trailer that show Eleven in the void – a kind of psychic landscape that she is able to reach through sensory deprivation and concentration. We see a bathtub collapsing beneath her, Eleven seemingly drowning in the void, and this shot of her falling through darkness. Based on her clothing, it seems as though this takes place during the scene when Eleven is blindfolded in front of the Eggos in the Starcourt Mall. Interestingly, however, we also see the void in another shot…

Our best clue to the “Case of the Missing Lifeguard” in the trailer is this shot, which shows Heather falling down through the void while someone (Billy?) looks down at her. This could be something that Eleven sees while in the void, or it could be something else entirely, but one thing’s for sure: things don’t look good for our missing lifeguard.

Related: Stranger Things Was Almost Completely Different Before Netflix

Lucas’ bold little sister, Erica, was a fan-favorite character in Stranger Things season 2 (despite her limited screen time) and she’s been made a regular in season 3. This shot shows her crawling through an air vent wearing a helmet mounted with torches, and looking ready for action. Now that the other kids are hitting their teenage growth spurts, there’s no way any of them could fit into that vent, so it’s possible Lucas reluctantly invites her along for an adventure because they need someone younger. Co-showrunner Matt Duffer has explained that young actress Priah Ferguson, who plays Erica, was a local Atlanta hire and wasn’t even supposed to be in season 2 as much as she was, but they gave her a bigger role because she had such great screen presence.

We get what appears to be another look at Billy and his infection in this super close-up shot of an eye with black creeping into the blood vessels. Coupled with the shot of Bruce walking down the hall looking crazed and a glimpse of a mother and daughter walking in a brainwashed fashion, it looks like a major theme of Stranger Things season 3 may be the Upside-Down reaching out to control the citizens of Hawkins.

Blink and you’ll miss this shot of poor Steve – who once again has sustained serious face injuries – screaming as someone uses an injection gun to shoot something into his neck. Steve is wearing his Scoops Ahoy uniform and his injuries are the same as in the group shot in the battle-torn Starcourt Mall, so this scene may well be from the season 3 finale. Look closely and you can see someone behind him with light-colored hair, which could be either Robin or Nancy. As for who’s attacking him, though, and what the blue substance is that he’s being injected with… well, we’ll have to wait and see.

There have been romantic sparks flying between Mike and Eleven ever since they met in Stranger Things season 1, and puberty is sure to make their relationship both more intense and more awkward. The two shared a romantic kiss in season 2 at the Snow Ball dance, as did Max and Lucas (Dustin didn’t get a kiss, but he did get to dance with Nancy). Mike and Eleven’s romance is constantly interrupted by their dealings with the Upside-Down, however, and so the two of them are likely to hit some speed-bumps in Stranger Things season 3.

The Upside-Down has a habit of spitting out monsters – first the Demogorgon in Stranger Things season 1, and then Dustin’s not-so-adorable pet, Dart, in season 2. However, this might be the ugliest monster yet. Revealed gradually through the latter half of the trailer in what looks like a clear homage to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 horror film The Thing, this creature appears to grow and transform, and is eventually revealed to have a multitude of limbs of varying lengths and a mouth full of sharp teeth. In the trailer it reveals itself to Jonathan in a hospital corridor, gradually growing and mutating until it eventually charges. Gruesome!

More: What To Expect From Stranger Things Season 3


2019-03-20 03:03:21

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Star Wars: 10 Secrets Hidden At Darth Vader’s Castle

Did you know that Darth Vader has his own castle? It recently made an appearance during Rogue One, but later kept making appearances in his solo comic run. There are specific reasons why Vader chose to have a fortress for himself, and it’s only partially because he prefers to be left alone… when he isn’t killing people that is.

There are also reasons why he chose its location, and more disturbing, there’s a specific purpose to the castle itself. Many secrets have been hidden inside this castle, some more disturbing than others. Here is a list of ten of the secrets that Darth Vader’s Castle possesses.

RELATED: How Darth Vader’s Castle Changed From Empire Strikes Back Drafts to Rogue One

10 Mustafar

Vader had a choice of location for where to build. His master was even willing to give up his home planet to Vader, to give an idea of what was at stake. Instead, Darth Vader opted to go for the planet where he was bitterly wounded. But is there more to it than that?Mustafar is a planet of the Outer Rim. It’s not what one would consider habitable by most standards. It’s covered in lava and flame. The people that live here are tough and have adapted to the temperatures and volcanic nature of the planet.

9 The Mustafarians

As mentioned above, the Mustafarians are a hardy people. They’d have to be, in order to survive on this planet. They can literally sense the fluctuations in the planet, and even fight them in their own way. They begin actively resisting what Vader is doing, and for a while, he isn’t even aware of it.

Additionally, the Mustafarians are capable of summoning lava fire. This would be a phenomenal feat by any means. But then consider what the application would be against Vader. Darth Vader has very few weaknesses, but surely he remembers what it felt like to be eaten away by lava. It’s surprising that Vader would choose to live so near a people such as this. Perhaps he was hoping to exact revenge on them?

8 Where Vader Made His Kyber Crystal Bleed

It is a Sith tradition that they must take the lightsaber of a Jedi they have slain. There is a very specific reason for this. They remove the Kyber crystals inside – and they make them bleed. The process for making them bleed isn’t clearly defined, other than it requires immense power from the Dark Side.

RELATED: Darth Vader: All Your Questions About The Sith Lord Answered

When Vader had to collect his Kyber crystal and make it bleed, he opted to go to Mustafar to do it. Here he meditated and worked on the crystal until he succeeded. It was also here that he had a vision. If he chose to keep his Kyber crystal intact, he knew that he would eventually turn back to the light side and ultimately destroy himself. Or he could bleed the crystal and become even stronger. We all know which option he went with.

7 The Dark Side Is Strong Here

When Darth Vader was bleeding his crystal, he had a vision. We already discussed this. Vader realization the implications of the vision and the strength of his power here. The dark side is stronger on Mustafar. It’s even stronger at one specific location – the place he decided to eventually build his castle.

It is known that some locations are stronger in either the light side or the dark side. We’ve seen this in the movies, novels, and comics. That Darth Vader managed to find one isn’t all that surprising. It is however surprising that it was so close to the area where he was so badly wounded.

6 Home Of Lord Momin

The location was once the home and testing site of Lord Momin a Sith. It’s unclear if this was his birthplace, or if he was drawn to the location just as Darth Vader was. We do know that Momin was a genius when it came to inventions. He considered designing and creating weapons and buildings to be the highest form of his art.

Lord Momin was eventually brought down by the Jedi, but not before he managed to do quite a lot of damage. But more on that later. The important thing to note is that this is the location where Momin likely died.

5 Death Engine Testing

Lord Momin, as mentioned above, loved to test out new weapons and designs. One of these designs very well have been the precursor to the Death Star. He designed – and tested – a weapon he called the Death Engine. It took out cities at a time, while still allowing him to be close enough to see the pain and devastating that he caused.

RELATED: Star Wars Is Trying To Turn Darth Vader Into An Anti-Hero (And That’s Very Bad)

Mustafar is the very location where he tested this device. It’s ultimately the reason why the Jedi were forced to act against Momin. It’s also entirely possible that buried somewhere on this planet are the discarded remains of his Death Engine.

4 A Tuning Fork

The Castle of Vader is designed to be a tuning fork, of sorts. Lord Momin himself helped Darth Vader to design the castle. It took several iterations to get right, during which time Momin should consider himself lucky that he wasn’t mortal.

The goal was to use the castle as a tuning fork – a way to reach through the veil and connect Vader with whatever was on the other side. While he never admitted it, he desperately sought his lost wife, Queen Amidala. What he would have done had he found her is a completely different story.

3 Force Locus

The Castle wasn’t the only factor at play. They needed to design monoliths to help concentrate and direct the force being plied into it. It’s unlikely that this would have ever succeeded with a weaker Sith, but that was never a concern for Vader.

With the Castle and Locus properly aligned the door of the veil could be opened. What is on the other side is a different question. This whole process once again required the help of the spirit of Lord Momin. As Momin put it “The Door to the Dark Side is locked, this is the key” (Darth Vader #22).

2 Resurrection

Momin repeatedly stated that this was the location where the veil between life and death could be pierced. His motive should have been more obvious from the start, but there was so much going on. It’s no surprise that Vader missed the vital signs of what Momin was actually intending to do here.

This site soon became the location of Lord Momin’s resurrection. Here he opened the veil and got his body back. In full form once again, he was able to manipulate the force and once again be whole. All he wanted to do was continue his inventing and experimentation.

1 The Truth

Darth Vader had hoped to find Padme when he opened the door. Instead, he found the truth. The truth of who and what he is. The truth of Padme’s fate – how there is nothing he could have done, no choice he could have made, that would have prevented her death. There was nothing he could do now either, to bring her back.

Vader learned many truths on this day, and it certainly would have broken a lesser man. For all we know the truth did break Vader, at least a little bit. It’s not like we could easily tell. What we do know is that Darth Sidious was proud of Vader for learning the truth and surviving it.

Related: Star Wars Confirms: Vader ALWAYS Knew Luke Would Defeat Him


2019-03-08 11:03:09

Cat Wyatt

Avengers: Endgame Trailer Breakdown – 30 Story Reveals & Secrets You Missed

Find out the true secrets of the Endgame in our Avengers 4 trailer breakdown. After months of theories and speculation, the first trailer for Avengers 4 has finally dropped, officially confirming its title and revealing lots of secrets about the movie. This year’s Avengers: Infinity War ended on a cliffhanger, with Thanos succeeding in his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. The Avengers 4 trailer really focuses on the immediate aftermath of his triumph, with the world reeling as half the human race was killed in an instant. The Avengers initially seem broken and defeated, devastated at the losses they have suffered.

Avengers: Endgame is easily the most eagerly-anticipated Marvel trailer there’s ever been. There’s been an unprecedented degree of secrecy surrounding next year’s Avengers blockbuster, and up until now Marvel has even been keeping the film’s title under wraps. The trailer gives the first ever footage from the movie, confirming some popular theories, debunking others, while carefully avoiding revealing much of the plot. Details from merchandise leaks have teased that there will be “new threats” in this film, but notice that there’s no hint of them in the trailer.

Related: Avengers 4: All The Characters Missing From The Endgame Trailer

However, dig deeper and you’ll find a lot of secrets. Here we’ll explore the Avengers: Endgame trailer in detail, looking at everything from the fate of Tony Stark to Hawkeye’s shocking change in identity. Just what have the repercussions of Avengers: Infinity War been? And how can Earth’s surviving heroes put the world to rights?

  • Page 1: Tony Stark’s Endgame Arc (& How It Mirrors Iron Man 1)
  • Page 2: Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame
  • Page 3: What Happened To The Avengers After Infinity War
  • Page 4: How The Avengers (Including Hawkeye) Are Different In Endgame
  • Page 5:  The Avengers’ Plan In Endgame
  • Page 6: Ant-Man’s Role In Avengers: Endgame

30. The Iron Man Armor Is Destroyed

The opening shot of the Avengers: Endgame trailer is a stunning one, showing the badly-damaged Iron Man helmet. Iron Man is very much symbolic of the MCU as a whole; the entire shared universe began with the release of the first Iron Man movie in 2008, and Tony Stark remains the most prominent hero in the Marvel franchise. So kicking off with an image of the ravaged Iron Man helmet is just as much a symbol, reminding viewers that this film picks up with a universe that’s been torn apart by Thanos, the Mad Titan.

29. Tony Stark Is On The Guardians’ Ship

Avengers: Infinity War ended with Tony Stark and Nebula stranded on Titan, the last ones left alive after the Guardians of the Galaxy – and Spider-Man and Doctor Strange – crumbled to dust before their eyes. Titan, of course, was a barren world, and so they naturally had to leave at speed. According to the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Stark and Nebula took the Benatar, the Guardians’ ship, and presumably attempted to get back to Earth.

28. Tony Stark Is Trying To Send A Message To Pepper Potts

Naturally, Tony Stark is a tinkerer, so it’s hardly a surprise that he’s used the time on the Benatar playing with the technology there. He seems to have found a way to charge the Iron Man helmet independently, and has either adapted or installed a new recording system so he can record a message for Pepper Potts. Given the (literally) astronomical distance between Titan and Earth, it seems likely he intends to transmit this message in the hopes it will reach her. That may well mean he’s cracked some sort of intergalactic messaging system.

Related: Avengers Theory: Doctor Strange’s Plan Needs Tony Stark Alive to Work

27. The Benatar Is Adrift In Space

Assuming Nebula and Tony Stark were indeed attempting to head to Earth, it really hasn’t gone well. The Benatar is drifting through space, unable to move to faster-than-light, and hope of rescue is slim as resources begin running out; Stark and Nebula are already out of food and water, and Tony says he only has a day’s worth of oxygen left. He is essentially using this recording system to try to say goodbye to Pepper. The tragedy, of course, is he has no way of knowing whether or not Pepper survived the snap.

26. Tony Stark Accepts His Death

Ultimately, Tony Stark has become resigned to his fate. He’s convinced that there’s no way out of this – the chances of rescue are zero, in his view. It’s a tragic end for Earth’s greatest defender; he knew Thanos was coming all these years, and yet in the end he still failed. Still, Tony wants his last words to Pepper to offer her comfort. “Don’t feel bad about this,” he tells her. “Part of the journey is the end.” That’s as much as message to Avengers 4‘s audience as it is Pepper!

25. A New Beginning For Tony Stark

At first glance, the Avengers: Endgame trailer’s entire opening sequence is dark and foreboding. But even at this stage, there’s one very subtle, very deliberate reason for hope. Tony Stark’s superhero career began when he was captured by a terrorist group, who attempted to force him into forging weapons on their behalf. Instead, Stark created the first Iron Man armor. And here’s the interesting detail; in this scene, Stark is wearing identical clothes to the ones he wore while forging the Mark I armor in a cave in Afghanistan back in the first Iron Man movie. There’s absolutely no way this is an accident; it suggests that this experience in space will serve the same kind of function in Tony Stark’s personal journey, that he will both survive and use this to reinvent himself once again.

Related: Every New Iron Man Armor Rumored For Avengers 4 (So Far)

The parallels between Iron Man and Avengers: Endgame also highlight the character journey Stark has been on over the last decade. The Tony Stark of Iron Man was an egocentric whose only real focus was upon his own hedonistic pleasure. In contrast, ten years on, Tony Stark’s focus is on trying to send a last message to the woman he loves.

Page 2 of 6: Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame

24. There Is No Time Jump At The Start of Avengers: Endgame

There have been frequent rumors that Avengers: Endgame would kick off with a five-year time jump, although evidence has been sparse. That is apparently debunked by the trailer, which clearly kicks off shortly after the events of Avengers: Infinity War – after all, when the film begins, Tony and Nebula are still on the journey from Titan. Certainly, some time has passed; the world has been able to start numbering its dead, and in one scene Bruce Banner looks at the list of the lost and grieves. But there’s no evidence that the film will jump years into the future. Of course, that does raise a curious question; why did Marvel Studios reportedly cast Emma Fuhrmann as an older Cassie Lang?

Read More: Avengers 4 Trailer Debunks Time Jump Theory

23. The Dusted Logo

The Avengers: Endgame trailer features probably the most creative rendition of the Marvel Studios logo to date. First the familiar image forms across the screen; then it crumbles to dust, the same effect used in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos snapped his fingers. This fantastically creative logo sets the scene for the entire trailer, reminding viewers of what happened in the last film and promising that this is all about the aftermath.

22. The Thanos Scarecrow

Jim Starlin’s classic Infinity Gauntlet comic is largely the inspiration for this two-part Avengers saga. That story ended with a defeated Thanos settling down as a farmer on an unnamed planet, consigning his armor to serve as nothing but a scarecrow. The end of Avengers: Infinity War teased something similar, although in this it was a triumphant Thanos who sat down to watch the sunrise and contemplate the ungrateful universe he believed he had just saved. It’s certainly fitting that the Avengers: Endgame trailer confirms that Thanos turned his armor into a scarecrow, just as he did in the comics.

21. Thanos Is Triumphant… But Will Have To Return

The Infinity Gauntlet was forged by the dwarf Eitri to house all six Infinity Stones; but the act of combining the power of the ingots and wiping out half the life in the universe was too much for even this powerful device. In this brief shot from the Avengers: Endgame trailer, you can see that the Gauntlet is still seriously damaged. It’s interesting to note that Thanos hasn’t taken it off; perhaps the cosmic energy he wielded has fused it to his arm. Alternatively, it’s also possible that he doesn’t want to risk letting the Infinity Stones out of his sight; there’s a hint of blue, suggesting that the Stones are still in place.

Thanos’ “retirement” doesn’t seem to have gone well for him; his clothes are tattered. The fact he isn’t even looking after himself suggests that, having succeeded in his mission, he’s now uncertain just what his purpose should be for the rest of his life. The insane philosophy of rebalancing the universe was as much an excuse for his love of war as anything else – notice the glee with which he took down the Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War. Will he really be able to live as a farmer now?

Related: Infinity War’s Thanos Isn’t Really Marvel’s Thanos

Page 3 of 6: What Happened To The Avengers After Infinity War

20. The Avengers Compound

The defeated Avengers have returned to the Avengers Compound in upstate New York. Notice that the grounds are in a severe state of disrepair, with the lawns definitely needing some work. While there isn’t a significant time-jump between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, then, there’s enough time between them for the world to decay a little. No doubt lawn maintenance became far less of a priority when half the planet’s population vanished – and that’s assuming the gardeners weren’t killed too.

This scene is significant for another reason, though. It’s important to remember that Steve Rogers and his team of Avengers have been outlaws for the last two years, on the run from the United Nations, branded as illegal vigilantes after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Clearly, the chaos that ensued has made the Sokovia Accords far less of a priority, and the Avengers are now comfortable being based at the Compound once again.

19. Steve Rogers Crying (And Shaved)

Steve Rogers grew a beard in the two years he and his friends were on the run, an attempt to make himself harder to identify. In Avengers: Endgame, he’s now clean-shaven, which reinforces the sense that the Avengers are no longer wanted fugitives. That said, for all some time has passed since the snap, Captain America is still tremendously distraught. He’s a man who cares greatly about his friends, and he’s just watched Bucky and Falcon die before his eyes. Worse still, he’s also aware this has happened to the entire world – on his watch.

The Avengers 4 trailer seems to strongly suggest that Steve Rogers is a broken man. Black Widow seems to have stepped up as leader of the surviving Avengers, and she’s the one who runs this heartbreaking debriefing.

18. Black Widow Confirms The Full Extent Thanos’ Victory

Next in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Black Widow confirms the scale of Thanos’ victory. “Thanos did exactly what he said he was gonna do,” she observes. “He wiped out 50 percent of all living creatures.” Notice that she’s not saying only sentient beings were affected – Thanos eradicated half the life in the universe, including half the animals and even the plants. Marvel has always insisted that, but the trailer confirms it. Ironically, this detail means Thanos’ entire plan makes no sense in the first place. In the MCU, Thanos believed that explosive population growth across the cosmos would ultimately outstrip resources too. But by killing off half the plants and animals, he’s depleting the resources as well as the population. Thanos has truly earned his title of the “Mad Titan.”

17. Hulk Surveys The Dead

By the time Avengers: Endgame starts, the world has begun to grieve, and now Bruce Banner reviews the dead (or missing – those he’s looking at are all presumably unaccounted for). According to the recently-published tie-in novel Cosmic Quest Volume II: Aftermath, the world calls the snap “The Decimation” and developed countries have begun to do an audit of the missing, all of whom are presumed dead.

16. Shuri Died In The Snap

Surprisingly, it seems that Shuri – Black Panther’s genius younger sister – is among the missing. Shuri’s face directly contradicts comments from actress Angela Bassett, who said that both her character Ramonda and Shuri had survived the snap. It may be that this was deliberate disinformation; or perhaps Shuri isn’t relevant to the plot, so Bassett simply didn’t know she’d been killed. It could also be a hint at her actually being in hiding. Or, it may be another example of Marvel tricking fans. The House of Ideas has a history of using trailers to deceive, and it would be very easy to adjust this scene.

If Shuri has indeed died in the snap, then the African nation of Wakanda will be in a state of chaos. Wakanda is a monarchy, and Shuri is the Heir Presumptive. The deaths of both T’Challa and his sister could potentially mean the end of the line of succession.

15. Everybody Thinks Scott Lang Is Dead

This Avegners 4 moment also reveals that the world believes Scott Lang is among the dead. There’s a certain irony to the fact Bruce Banner is looking at that particular photo; he’s never met Scott Lang, and in Avengers: Infinity War even expressed surprise at the idea there’s now an Ant-Man and a Spider-Man. Of course, in reality Scott suffered a very different fate. As the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp revealed, he was investigating the Quantum Realm when Thanos snapped his fingers. He was left stranded there after everybody who knew where he was literally crumbled to dust.

Related: How Ant-Man & The Wasp Sets Up Avengers 4

Page 4 of 6: How The Avengers (Including Hawkeye) Are Different In Endgame

14. The Avengers Hangar From Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Endgame trailer lingers over the hangar of the Avengers compound, last seen in the final scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The focus appears to be on the fact that the base is absolutely deserted, which fits with the fact the grounds aren’t being maintained. At the same time, though, notice a subtle degree of symbolism here; the sun is rising over the Avengers Compound, another visual cue that there is still reason to hope.

13. Thor Grieves The Loss Of The Asgardians

Nobody suffered more in Avengers: Infinity War than Thor. When that film began, the God of Thunder had already been forced to destroy his homeworld; he believed he was leading his people into a bright new future, but instead he led them straight to Thanos. Thor was then forced to watch as half the Asgardian refugees – including his own brother Loki and his best friend Heimdall – were murdered before his eyes. As if that wasn’t bad enough, though, Thor had his chance to get revenge and stop Thanos into the bargain; but he chose to draw out the killing blow, and thus inadvertently allowed the Mad Titan to snap his fingers. It’s no surprise Thor is seated here, grief-stricken, another hero who has been broken by the horrific reality of the snap.

12. Nebula Is Working With Tony Stark In Avengers 4

The Avengers: Endgame trailer confirms that Nebula is aboard the Benatar, too, and suggests that she’s working with Tony Stark – the scene ends with her putting her hand on Tony’s shoulder. Like Stark, she’s shaken by everything she’s endured; after all, she lost her sister when Thanos sacrificed Gamora in order to acquire the Soul Stone. The Russo brothers have insisted that they chose the snap’s survivors for story purposes, meaning that Nebula’s knowledge and experience must somehow be relevant to the plot of Avengers: Endgame. Official art has shown that Nebula will work alongside the Avengers in the end.

11. Hawkeye Becomes Ronin

The Avengers: Endgame trailer gives a stunning shot of Hawkeye’s new identity – Ronin. In the Ultimate Comics, this was an identity Clint Barton assumed after the deaths of his family. The dialogue strongly suggests that the same will be true here as well; “We lost family,” Steve Rogers says in the voice-over, “We lost part of ourselves.” Presumably, Clint’s wife and children vanished before his eyes, leading him to embrace this new, darker identity.

10. The Avengers vs. Yakuza

This scene seems to indicate that Black Widow has tracked her old friend down to Japan, where he’s currently conducting a one-man war on the Japanese underworld – there were casting calls for Avengers 4 involving the Yakuza, with one of them played by Hiroyuki Sanada. Natasha looks on in horror; it’s implied that Barton has stopped pulling his punches, and has just killed a man before Natasha’s eyes. For Black Widow, who was pulled out of her old life as an assassin by Hawkeye’s faith in her, this must be a heart-wrenching moment.

Read More: Theory: Here’s Why Hawkeye May Become Ronin in Avengers 4

Page 5 of 6: The Avengers’ Plan In Endgame

9. The Avengers Have A Plan: Time Travel?

The focus of this entire scene is really the fact that the Avengers have a plan. Everything in the Avengers: Endgame trailer builds up to this moment, establishing that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are fighting to save half the life in the universe, to put the world to rights. “This is the fight of our lives,” Steve Rogers says. The trailer doesn’t reveal the nature of the plan at all, but there’s strong evidence that it involves time travel; it’s generally believed that the Avengers will attempt to rewrite history to prevent the snap from ever having happened in the first place.

This is going to work, Steve,” Black Widow reassures him. It looks as though Black Widow will have an exciting role in Avengers: Endgame; Steve Rogers is crumbling, devastated at what has just happened, and she’s the one offering strength and counsel. Whatever the Avengers’ plan may truly be, she believes it has a chance – even if Captain America isn’t so sure.

8. Steve Rogers Remembers Peggy

Steve Rogers has lost so much over the course of the years, and the weight of it is pressing down upon him more than ever. Given that’s the case, it’s unsurprising that he’s remembering the love of his life, Peggy Carter, who he left behind when he was frozen in the ice in 1945. Considering Avengers: Endgame‘s time travel, it’s entirely possible that Steve will do a lot more than think about his lost love; this is Chris Evans’s last film in the MCU, so many fans are hoping Captain America will get a happy ending and somehow go back to the 1940s to live happily ever after with his beloved Peggy.

7. The Winter Soldier Suit

Notice that Steve Rogers is wearing a very familiar costume at the end of the Avengers: Endgame trailer; this isn’t the suit Captain America has been wearing in the official Avengers 4 art. Instead, it’s the costume he wore back during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Set photos have already hinted that the Avengers are attempting to be very precise indeed with regard to the changes they make to the timeline. Perhaps this mysterious “plan” involves Steve Rogers going back to 2014 for some reason; he’s donned this costume so he can pretend to be the Captain America of that time.

6. Black Widow’s White Hair Remains

Black Widow’s white hair is one of the strangest details in the entire trailer. Where Steve Rogers grew a beard to hide his identity from the world, Natasha Romanoff chose to dye her hair. If the Avengers are no longer on the run, though, she has no reason to keep it white. Significantly, official promotional artwork has indeed suggested Black Widow will go back to her normal redhead look.

There are three possible explanations for this discrepancy. The first is that Black Widow could simply choose to go back to her normal look later on in the film; indeed, some viewers have suggested there’s a hint of red in her hair in the earlier scene in Japan. The second is that, for some reason, Marvel is trying to hide something about this scene, thus they’ve digitally altered Black Widow’s hair to make it look white. The final possibility, though, is that the artwork could well be wrong about this point; concept artists for Marvel never considered the idea of giving Black Widow white hair, with that change only coming later in production.

Page 6 of 6: Avengers 4’s Title Confirmed… & Ant-Man

5. The Official Title Is Avengers: Endgame

The Avengers 4 trailer confirms that the official title is Avengers: Endgame – complete with a stunning new logo. It’s lifted from a crucial line of dialogue from Avengers: Infinity War; after giving Thanos the Time Stone, Doctor Strange told Iron Man, “We’re in the endgame now.” Strange had used the power of the Time Stone to view 14 million possible futures, and only identified one in which the heroes emerged triumphant. It’s commonly assumed he was acting in accordance with that timeline, ensuring that everything was in place so the Avengers could ultimately win. If that’s the case, as sinister as the title Avengers: Endgame sounds, it actually carries a sense of hope to it.

Read More: Avengers 4 Title May Confirm Doctor Strange ‘End Game’ Theory

Notice the way the title forms. It’s reminiscent of an effect used in Doctor Strange, where the sorcerer used the Time Stone to draw rubble together. That may serve as a subtle hint that the time-travel theory is correct.

4. Ant-Man Escaped The Quantum Realm

The final scene in the Avengers: Endgame trailer shows Scott Lang arrive at the Avengers Compound. As previously noted, Lang was stranded in the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man & the Wasp. The world has assumed he’s among those killed in the Decimation; that’s why Steve Rogers and Black Widow are so shaken when they realize Ant-Man has pulled up at their front door.

So how did Scott escape the Quantum Realm? This is a plane of reality where the normal laws of time and space don’t apply, and Janet Van Dyne suggested it’s filled with what she called “time vortexes.” It’s been theorized that Scott will use one of these time vortexes to get out of the Quantum Realm, and then seek out of the Avengers. The placement of this scene really does make it seem important, and it’s worth noting that the music swells to create a sense of optimism at this point too. All this supports popular theories that the Quantum Realm will be key to the Avengers’ plan to defeat Thanos and put the universe to right.

Related: Avengers 4 Theory: How Ant-Man Escapes the Quantum Realm

3. The Civil War Callback

Scott Lang adds a much-needed note of humor to the Avengers: Endgame trailer, as he desperately attempts to remind the Avengers who he is. He casts back to the events of Captain America: Civil War, remembering the airport battle in Germany where he teamed up with Captain America and fought against Iron Man. “Ant-Man,” he tries, “I know – I know you know that!” Given the Ant-Man films aren’t among Marvel’s most popular, this may serve as a useful reminder to the average moviegoer.

2. The Quantum Realm Van

Attentive viewers will recognize the van Scott Lang is driving; it’s the same one from the post-credits scene of Ant-Man & the Wasp, and itcontains a portable Quantum Tunnel that can be used to access the Quantum Realm. It’s generally believed the Avengers will use the Quantum Realm to travel in time; if that’s the case, this van could be a very important part of the plot.

1. April 2019

Marvel normally do a staggered global release in order to align with holidays in different territories, but they chose to ditch that plan for Avengers: Infinity War. Instead, Marvel did a same-day release for every single territory. The trailer concludes with the exciting news that they plan to do the same thing here – it ends with the promise that Avengers: Endgame will release in April 2019, when all questions will finally be answered!

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know



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Arrowverse Elseworlds Trailer Breakdown: 12 Secrets & Reveals About The Crossover

The trailer for Arrowverse Elseworlds has some big reveals about the upcoming crossover event. With the mid-season finales of the three shows teaming up having aired, The CW has released one final trailer that is packed full of revelations. Some of them are simple character reveals, such as our first look at Kate Kane without the Batwoman costume. Others involve supervillains who had not previously been advertised as part of the event.

However, there was a lot of new information in the latest Elseworlds trailer. It reveals some substantial new information about the Arrowverse crossover story and hints at the ultimate identity of the mysterious Dr. John Deegan at the center of the plot, and the strange book he is given that has the power to rewrite reality.

Related: Arrowverse Elseworlds Tease Explained: 1990s Flash vs The Monitor

With three different shows colliding, a new superhero being introduced, and some very weird body-swapping going on, let’s see what we can figure out from the new Arrowverse Elseworlds trailer.

12. Oliver Queen & Barry Allen React To Swapping Bodies

One of the first big reveals regarding Elseworlds was that Oliver Queen and Barry Allen would be trading places for the duration of the event. The opening scenes of the trailer show that the two heroes have swapped bodies, a la Freaky Friday, rather than reality being rewritten so that Barry Allen was stranded on Lian Yu and Oliver Queen was struck by lightning. This point is further emphasized as Caitlin Snow asks a confused Oliver Queen if he’s sure he didn’t go back in time and accidentally change the timeline again. Barry Allen, in Oliver Queen’s body, insists that he is Barry Allen.

11. Elseworlds’ Villain Gets The Book of Souls

A new scene shows Dr. John Deegan being handed a large book by an alien being and being told to “reshape the world as you see fit.” Both the book and the alien being (previously identified as a Monitor) appeared in the Elseworlds prologue. The book has not been identified by any particular name yet, but it resembles The Book of Souls – an artifact in the DC Comics Universe that is capable of rewriting reality and is usually possessed by Destiny of The Endless, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

10. 1990s Flash Enters The Arrowverse Crossover

Another early revelation regarding Elseworlds was that it would feature the version of Barry Allen played by John Wesley Shipp on the 1990s The Flash television series. Now identified as The Flash of Earth-90, this Flash appears in a new scene in the new trailer, warning us that “… a Crisis is coming.” The classic DC Comics had several major events which were labeled with the word “Crisis” but the most famous of these – Crisis on Infinite Earths – has been hinted as a probable future event for the Arrowverse since the first episode of the 2014 Flash series.

9. Kate Kane Rains On The Your Parade

The trailer gives us another look at Batwoman in action, apparently fighting Cisco Ramon. When Cisco asks who she is, the action suddenly cuts to a clip of a Ruby Rose, not in the Batwoman costume, saying “The rain on your parade.” This is the first time that we have seen the actress in something relating to the crossover event where she wasn’t dressed up as Batwoman.

Related: Arrowverse May Be Teasing The Joker In Elseworlds Crossover

8. Team Flash Turn On Barry Allen

There is a rather lengthy sequence in the trailer where Oliver Queen yells at Barry Allen that he was betrayed by his team and that they weren’t there for him when he needed them. This begins with a scene of Barry Allen being knocked out by a clearly distraught Elongated Man. There’s no indication of why Team Flash might turn on Barry, but a safe bet is they may be afraid he’s lost his mind if he continues to insist that the real Barry Allen is Oliver Queen and vice versa.

7. Killer Frost Working With ARGUS?

During the sequence in which Oliver Queen shouts at Barry about being betrayed by Team Flash, we get another quick clip that seems to show Killer Frost and John Diggle together.  Killer Frost has her hair done in an intricate braided style and also seems to be wearing a black ARGUS uniform. This presents an interesting possibility: could Caitlin Snow’s disassociated personality have a separate physical presence in the world of Elseworlds, who is employed by ARGUS? Or is Killer Frost just temporarily working with ARGUS?

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6. The Scientists At Work

John Diggle and Caitlin Snow figure into another scene later in the Arrowverse Elseworlds trailer. The quick clip shows them, along with Curtis Holt and Felicity Smoak on a rooftop, in the middle of a storm that is sparking red lightning, while crowding around some kind of device. There is no indication what the device is or what the storm means but it is nice to know that Team Flash and Team Arrow’s tech-support will have a role to play in Elseworlds as well.

5. An Angry Superman In A Black Suit

As The Flash of Earth-90 declares that what happened to his Earth will not happen to this one, we see a quick clip of Tyler Hoechlin in a black Superman costume.  While it has been known for some time that Hoechlin would be appearing in the darker costume, we still don’t know precisely why. The clip shows that this Superman is clearly not happy, however, and he seems to be standing inside the STAR Labs building of Earth 1. There have been several theories as to the identity of this black-suited Superman, but the most horrifying possibility is that he is the Arrowverse version of Superboy Prime – a Clark Kent from the comics who went utterly mad after losing his Earth during a reality-altering battle.

Related: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

4. The Reverse Flash Returns

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the trailer was the brief scene showing that The Reverse Flash will be a part of Elseworlds as well. A quick clip reveals Tom Cavanagh wearing the Reverse Flash costume, taking a swing at Stephen Amell in The Flash costume. The inclusion of Eobard Thawne is particularly interesting given the revelations at the end of The Flash‘s mid-season finale.

3. Deathstroke Returns?

One quick shot reveals a man fighting a group of soldiers, with a sword in one hand and a gun in the other.  Though the man lacks a certain distinctive eye-patch and the actor doesn’t look like Manu Bennett, the orange and blue armor he’s wearing suggest that he’s an alternate-Earth version of Deathstroke or one of Slade Wilson’s sons, following in his footsteps. One big question to consider: if this man is Deathstroke, which side he will be fighting on?

2. A Frightened Killer Frost

Killer Frost is known for being cool under pressure (pun very much intended.) Whenever the composure of the infamous ice queen is broken, you know things are bad. While we know big things are bound to happen as a result of Elseworlds, this quick reaction shot of a clearly terrified Killer Frost speaks volumes as to just how world-shaking this event will be.

1. Doctor Destiny Revealed

The penultimate scene of the trailer reveals a figure clad in strange armor that lights up with a golden glow, as The Monitor says “Show them what a real god can do.” The mask of the armored suit has a distinctive skull design that is quite disturbing and horrifying. This would seem to confirm earlier speculations that Dr. John Deegan is meant to be the Arrowverse version of the classic Justice League villain Doctor Destiny, who wore a skull mask, possessed similar powers to alter reality and whose real name was Dr. John Dee.

More: Every Reveal From The Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover Set Photos



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Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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Assassin’s Creed: 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – the latest installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular video game franchise – has finally landed on shelves. Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey gives players the opportunity to assume the role of a mercenary from either Athens or Sparta, and to take part in a mythology-infused recreation of the Peloponnesian War.

The game features an even greater emphasis on the RPG elements first introduced in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and boasts multiple endings that are triggered by the player’s actions. Odyssey also sees the return of the controversial Hitbox combat engine which debuted in Origins – albeit in a significantly enhanced form. Thanks to these and other challenging core mechanics – not to mention the daunting size of the game’s virtual environment – Odyssey should prove suitably tough for more casual gamers. But for seasoned veterans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Not so much.

Indeed, gamers who have followed the series since the very first entry way back in 2007 aren’t likely to struggle. On the contrary, we expect them to flourish, putting to good use the skills and knowledge they’ve gleaned from the past 11 games in the series – not to mention the six spin-off entries – to finish the main quest in record time.  This will leave them free to start focusing on tracking down Odyssey’s hidden Easter eggs, secret areas, and other bonus content clueless rookies don’t have a chance of tracking down unaided.

Here’s a list of 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

Of all the many classic video game franchises, few are as unanimously beloved by both gamers and developers alike as The Legend of Zelda series. The team at Ubisoft clearly rank amongst this iconic Nintendo series’ admirers – as the easter egg they tucked away in Odyssey proves.

In a tip of the hat to the most recent Zelda instalment, Breath of the Wild, a Korok – a small humanoid figure made out of clay, flower petals and twigs – can be found on the Pandora’s Cove coastline. Although this hidden tribute is now the most well-known Easter egg in the game, experts had no trouble tracking it down on their own within mere days of Odyssey’s release!

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks a dramatic change in direction for the franchise – from purely action/adventure outings to something closer to an action/RPG hybrid. This is reflected in how important the player’s actions are to the game’s overall narrative, and in particular, how that narrative reaches its climax.

Indeed, what the player decides to do – or just as importantly, say – will determine how events unfold next, and ultimately determine which of the game’s multiple endings they achieve.

Most players should be able to reach at least one ending.

If you complete every side quest and make all of the right decisions to unlock the secret, ultra ending, ensuring the best possible finale for your mercenary.

18 Visit Atlantis

As soon as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting was announced, fans immediately began speculating over whether the fabled lost city of Atlantis would be part of its virtual environment. The good news is that Ubisoft hasn’t missed a trick, and Atlantis does indeed count among the many sunken locations scattered across the game’s humongous map. The bad news? It’s highly likely that only experts will be capable of uncovering the most eagerly anticipated (not to mention coolest) secret area in Odyssey.

The steps involved are extremely taxing, requiring players to traverse treacherous terrain, solve fiendish riddles posed by the Sphinx and dispatch a bevy of mythological horrors like Medusa, the Cyclops and the Minotaur!

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

Over the course of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players can enlist NPCs to serve as crew members aboard their ship, the Adrestia. Recruiting a high calibre crew is a great way to upgrade the Adrestia – so the trick is to bring legendary NPCs into the fold. Casual gamers will wait until they unlock these characters by completing quests, however experts are aware of a hidden mechanic that speeds up the whole process.

There’s a less publicized gameplay mechanic which enables you to recruit legendary NPCs by defeating them in combat using non-lethal takedowns.

Better yet, once your ship’s roster is made up entirely of legendary NPCs, you unlock the “Argonauts” trophy, too!

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

One of the most frustrating moments in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives early on, when you’re forced to give up the Cyclops’ Eye during Sequence 1. It’s not exactly the most classy of disposals, either: to put it bluntly, you squeeze it up the rear end of a poor, unsuspecting goat. If you’re scratching your head over this last revelation, then just trust us: it makes sense at the time!

Rookies will write off the Eye as a lost cause, but experts up to speed on the game’s secrets won’t give up so quickly. By engaging in an exhaustive goat-hunting expedition in Kephallonia, they’ll recover this valuable artifact, earning the dubious “Stink Eye” achievement, as well.

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

Long-time fans of the series will recall that in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you could easily customize your ship’s decorative figurehead as part of the normal upgrade process. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that carries over to Odyssey – and only expert players are likely to work out the secret method of doing this.

For starters, you need to defeat a boss – not exactly a walk in the park itself, by the way – and then behead them.

Once this has been take care of, if you scroll through the inventory of ship upgrade options, you’ll see your new souvenir listed. Select it, and voila! The Adrestia will have itself a brand new (and rather creepy) figurehead!

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

The underlying mythology of the Assassin’s Creed franchise incorporates several shadowy organisations – and Odyssey is no exception. The latest entry in the series introduces the nefarious Cult of Kosmos, and players aiming to get the most out of game’s story need to track down and eliminate key members of the group. In order to do so, they’ll have to swap their mercenary’s helmet for their detective’s cap, as the cultists’ whereabouts are only revealed by clues sprinkled through Odyssey’s sprawling Ancient Greece setting.

Some of these hints can be uncovered with little effort, whereas others will prove elusive to all but the most seasoned of gamers!

On the plus side, all of this running around pays off, as only players who chase down every single cultist will get to experience the game’s whole story.

13 Unlock Evie Frye

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the ninth video game in the main series – is headlined by twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Of the two siblings, Evie is arguably the more memorable – which is probably why she’s an unlockable character in Odyssey. Now, before you get too excited, bear in mind that Evie is a legendary NPC, so you won’t get to play as her directly.

Still, it’s incredibly cool to recruit her as a crew member on your ship, provided you’re an Ubisoft Club member with enough XP to afford her. See, unlocking Evie requires players to part with 7,500 XP in exchange for the “Master Assassin” badge, which only long-time fans of the franchise will have amassed!

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

Battle royale games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are currently the hottest thing on the block. Making the most of modern online multiplayer capabilities, games in this genre pit a pack of players against each other in thrilling, last-man-standing contests.

Obviously, this stands in stark contrast to the single-player, open world experience offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – until experts stumble across the “Call to Arms” sidequest. Found by scouring the island of Melos, this mission – which requires skilled players to wipe out 99 consecutive enemies – represents a thinly-veiled attempt by Ubisoft to acknowledge (or should that be “cash in on”?) the popularity of the battle royale genre!

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

Black Panther is currently the second highest grossing film of 2018, and with that success comes a considerable fanbase, too. At least some of the developers at Ubisoft fall within that category, if the Black Panther Easter egg included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything to go by. As experts will have no doubt already discovered, the game contains a fairly faithful recreation of Black Panther’s two most notable scenes: the duels that occur at the base of a waterfall.

This is staged at the Gortyn Waterfall, where players can first spectate on the melee using Eagle Vision.

That’s not all, though: it’s also possible to clamber up the cliff where the fight is going down, and actually confront the pair of brawlers yourself!

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

So far we’ve focused solely on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting – which disregards the fact that certain sections of the game are set in a present day safe house. Anyone unfamiliar with the franchise’s convoluted (some would say downright insane) science fiction elements, just trust us when we say that this does make sense.

Regardless of whether or not you buy into this more far-fetched aspect of the Assassin’s Creed mythology, there are multiple Easter eggs to dig up during these segments. Not all of these relate to the franchise either – just ask the experts who’ve unearthed the iconic, three-lensed night vision goggles worn by Sam Fisher, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games!

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

The team at Ubisoft has done a remarkable job of recreating an utterly convincing (albeit wildly fantastical) rendition of Ancient Greece in Odyssey. This awesome attention to detail is reflected in almost every aspect of the virtual environment, particularly the character and weapon design. We say “almost”, because at least one item experts will undoubtedly come across whilst roaming the game map definitely does not fit the time period depicted: the Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legend. Fortunately, this gag is an intentional mistake on the developer’s part.

Unfortunately, you can’t remove this legendary blade from its Lakonia resting place.

That’s a real shame: historical accuracy be damned – there’s always a place for Excalibur in our armory!

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

Another easter egg squirrelled away in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s modern era safe house setting, the Rabbid figure is hard to spot if players blitz through these sequences. However, experts tend to favor a more methodical approach – even when confronted by the franchise’s moments of less than engaging gameplay.

These long-time campaigners will cast their eyes over every inch of the safe house, which means snooping around each room, no matter how empty it appears to be. This will eventually lead them to the shelves of a particularly untidy room. Here, they’ll spy the Rabbid toy – a cute shout-out to Ubisoft’s all-ages Rayman franchise, accompanied by a line of dialogue (“Bwaah?”) associated with these bunny-like characters.

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

It doesn’t matter what mythology we’re talking about: unicorns are invariably treated as an incredibly rare species. Certainly, this carries over to the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where players can indeed transform their horse into one of these awe-inspiring creatures – provided they can get their hands on a unicorn pelt.

They sport an eye-watering 6,400 Drachmae price tag!

Rookies who are feeling flush will plump for either the Black Unicorn or undeniably amazing (though sadly, non-flying) Pegasus skins, purchased with real-world cash from the Ubisoft Store. On the other hand, genuine experts prefer to earn their keep, and will trawl merchant stalls for the appropriately named, randomly-spawing Epic Unicorn skin, which leaves rainbow hoof prints.

6 Home Town Pride

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hail from Ubisoft’s Montreal headquarters, based in Quebec. Like the citizens of any city or town, these guys and gals are proud of the place they call home – so much so that they managed to sneak a Quebec-related easter egg into the game!

It’s something that will almost certainly go unnoticed by less observant gamers, but experienced players – the type of people who scan the entire game environment for secret material – will discover a travel magazine whilst rifling through the safe house. The destination this mag is promoting? Why, Quebec, of course! True, it’s not exactly the most exciting bonus content in Odyssey, but it’s a nice touch all the same.

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

A key trait which separates veteran Assassin’s Creed players from newcomers is the willingness of the former to experiment with their surroundings. Take the spikes that dotted around the Arena in Odyssey.

Rookies will probably dismiss these as mere set dressing and completely ignore them once the fighting breaks out.

Don’t expect experts to make the same mistake, though. Already clued up on just how interactive the game worlds in the franchise can be, these gamers will immediately identify the potential for the spikes to deal damage to their opponents. The next thing you know, the edges of the Arena will begin to resemble a shish kebab vendor who trades in skewered would-be gladiatorial champions!

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

It turns out Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t the only instalment in the franchise to take place in London – Odyssey does, too. True, the vast majority of the game is set in Ancient Greece, but its modern era sections unfold in London, something that won’t come as a shock to more attentive players.

After all, just by gazing out of the safe house windows, you can take in a decent view of London’s famous skyline, with what tourists would recognize as Big Beg especially prominent. What’s more, if you allow yourself a moment to properly contemplate the sight before your eyes, you’ll even trigger a line of dialogue that references Jacob and Evie Frye, the lead characters in Syndicate!

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

As you might expect from a virtual environment that recreates the entire Aegean Sea, Atlantis isn’t the only submerged area on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map.

The ocean floor of Ubisoft’s vision of Ancient Greece is littered with dozens of hidden locations brimming with valuable treasure.

Anyone prepared to embrace their inner Jacques Cousteau will be in for a real treat. That said, given the sheer amount of exploration required to pinpoint all of these sunken locations – fun fact: at 130km², Odyssey’s map is 62% bigger than the already massive world of Origins – we’d wager only experts will visit all of them.

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

Sure, everybody wants to get the best possible Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ending – you know: the super secret, totally awesome one we mentioned earlier. Even so, part of being an expert is also having a completist streak, which is why we think they’ll figure out how to achieve Odyssey’s eight other possible endings, as well.

This might not sound like much, but it’s actually quite a feat, for two main reasons. First of all, this game is absurdly long – the main quest alone clocks in at 40 hours of gameplay – so repeating it again and again is no picnic. Secondly, they’ll need to ensure they get every single word and deed right, in order to arrive at their desired conclusion!

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

Full disclosure: this entry is unashamedly juvenile in nature, given it revolves around players scaling up a male statue and dangling from part of its anatomy (three guesses which part). Regardless, we’re positive that even the most mature expert will decide to do just that, when they pass by this landmark early on in Odyssey – honestly, it’s just too hard to resist.

You’ll be rewarded for your childish antics if you do.

Performing this act initiates a wry line of dialogue from the player’s mercenary, which just goes to show that Ubisoft definitely predicted this becoming a thing. Although to be honest, they hardly needed the talents of one of Ancient Greece’s oracles to foresee it!

Did we miss out any other things that only experts know how to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

Harry Potter: 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had a lot of ground to cover, as Harry had to destroy the remaining four Horcruxes that were hidden around Great Britain, while Voldemort was just beginning to take control of the wizarding world from the shadows.

The fact that there was so much content in The Deathly Hallows meant that the creators of the Harry Potter films decided to split the final book into two movies, which opened the door for the creators of the Twilight and The Hunger Games movies to do the same.

The process of creating the final two Harry Potter movies was an emotional one for everyone involved, as a series that took a decade to make was coming to an end. This wasn’t helped by the many beloved characters meeting their maker throughout the course of the story, meaning that there were a lot more emotional send-offs than in the previous movies.

We are here today to see what moments from behind-the-scenes of The Deathly Hallows movies were captured on film forever – from the last time that Remus Lupin & Severus Snape smiled, to the final day of the ten-year odyssey of the Harry Potter movie franchise.

Here are the 25 Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Completely Change Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2!

25 Lupin & Snape Getting Along

Alan Rickman so totally owned the role of Severus Snape that it’s hard to imagine any other actor playing the part. It’s also difficult not to hear Rickman’s voice whenever reading one of Snape’s scenes in the Harry Potter novels.

It’s also a surreal experience seeing Alan Rickman clowning around or smiling in any behind-the-scenes footage of the Harry Potter movies, as Snape never had anything close to a light-hearted moment or laughed at anything that was funny.

Remus Lupin and Severus Snape may have had a cold relationship in the movies, but that didn’t stop David Thewlis and Alan Rickman coming together for a photo on their last day of filming, which even resulted in a rare Snape smile.

24 Voldemort & His Tracking Dots

The Harry Potter movies decided to remove Voldemort’s nose in order to give him a more serpent-like appearance. This was only accomplishable due to advances in CGI and the fact that Voldemort generally didn’t appear that often compared to the other nose-bearing members of the cast.

In order to create the effect of Voldemort lacking a nose, Ralph Fiennes needed to have tracking dots applied to his face. These were necessary in order to tell the computers where all of the parts of Fiennes’ face where in relation to each other so that they could take away the nose and remove all traces of the dots on his face. Ralph Fiennes also had to wear other prosthetics, including a gross-looking set of fake teeth.

23 Talking Through The Nagini Chase

The scene where Neville slices Nagini in two with the Sword of Godric Gryffindor is one of the all-time greatest moments in the Harry Potter series. It is meant to reflect Harry defeating the basilisk in The Chamber of Secrets, with Neville finally becoming the hero that he was always meant to be and becoming worthy of drawing the sword from the Sorting Hat.

The movie version of The Deathly Hallows botched this scene somewhat by adding Hermione and Ron to the mix, as they attempt to deal with Nagini using spells. Neville had to rush in and save them, as they both suddenly developed the aiming skills of a Stormtrooper from Star Wars. 

22 The Dark Lord Of Clowning Around On Set

Ralph Fiennes has appeared in some of the greatest movies of all time, including the likes of Schindler’s List, The English Patient, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is known for his extensive theatre work and for taking on roles in serious and somber movies.

All of these serious roles may give you the impression that Ralph Fiennes lacks a sense of humor, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

He would never have taken on the part of Lord Voldemort if he was going to stick to roles that would win him Academy Award nominations. Ralph Fiennes must have known early on that the role of Lord Voldemort was going to become the one that he was most associated with, so he clearly leaned into it and had as much fun as possible with the part.

21 Hermione & Ariana

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left us with a lot of unanswered questions about Albus Dumbledore, especially where his sister is concerned.

Ariana Dumbledore was attacked by a group of Muggle boys as a child, which left her emotionally scarred and unable to control her magic. The release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the revelations concerning Credence Barebone have led some fans to suggest that Ariana Dumbledore was an Obscurial and that Grindelwald’s obsession with them was sparked by meeting her. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 neglected to reveal much about Ariana’s backstory, though we were at least given the chance to see her in the flesh.

20 Wandless Magic

Wands are an important aspect of the Harry Potter series, which means that they appeared all of the time in the movies. The props department always had to make sure that there were lots of spare wands ready at any moment, as they were pretty flimsy and easy to accidentally break during filming.

Daniel Radcliffe broke over eighty wands on the set of the Harry Potter movies, either through being too rough with them or for just wearing them down with overuse. This can be clearly seen in the behind-the-scenes footage where he has a tendency to use them as drumsticks when bored on set. Luckily for Daniel Radcliffe, there were times when wands were added in later with CGI, so he just had to pretend to hold one.

19 Draco’s Fear Of Flying

You might think that the flying broom sequences in the Harry Potter movies are accomplished using only green screen effects, but there is a practical element involved that is necessary in order to make the movement of the brooms seem more natural.

The flying broom is connected to a rig that looks like the mechanism used for a theme park ride, which is essentially what it is.

This flying machine can be moved in such a way as to make it look like the broom is tipping or changing direction, while the background can be added in using CGI in order to complete the illusion. Poor Tom Felton was stuck riding on a broom while looking like a wimp, as Daniel Radcliffe got to look like a super cool wizard.

18 Griphook’s Goggles

One of the most difficult aspects of wearing a prosthetic mask that covers your whole head is what it does for your sweat. Robert Llewellyn who played Kryten in Red Dwarf has talked about how his mask was so tight that the sweat was all squeezed down onto his back.

Warwick Davis is no stranger to prosthetics and masks, which is why he was well-prepared for the outdoor scenes involving Griphook in The Deathly Hallows movies. The Griphook outfit not only covers all of Warwick Davis’ head but also his hands. This is why he is seen wearing goggles during outdoor sequences, as they protect his eyes from the elements without risking him accidentally touching his eyes with his clawed hands.

17 Filming Helena Ravenclaw

In order to discover the truth about Ravenclaw’s diadem, Harry must seek out the Ghost of Ravenclaw House, who is revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw. She is the one who reveals to Harry that the diadem was stored within the Room of Requirement, as Voldemort was dense enough to believe that no future Hogwarts student would ever discover the existence of the room.

The meeting between Harry and Helena involved two separate sets, as she was a ghost and spent almost all of her scenes floating off the ground or passing through objects. This meant that Kelly Macdonald (the actress who portrayed Helena) and Daniel Radcliffe had to shoot their scenes separately, as Radcliffe wasn’t available during her shooting days.

16 Filch & Harry Make Up

David Bradley played Argus Filch in almost every Harry Potter movie, missing out on only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Filch’s role was greatly diminished from that of the books and he was mostly used as a comic relief character in the movies.

As one of the few actors who had remained with the franchise from the beginning, David Bradley made sure he was there for the final day of shooting, where he embraced Daniel Radcliffe.

On the surface, this image makes it seem like Harry and Filch finally made amends, which seems out of character for both of them, even though Filch did aid in the defense of Hogwarts during its hour of need. The other reason why Filch may be smiling so much is that he’s already planning his party for the Stark family.

15 Hagrid & The March Of The Death Eaters

The role of Rubeus Hagrid was mostly played by Robbie Coltrane throughout the eight Harry Potter movies. We say mostly because another actor also played Hagrid in many different scenes. Robbie Coltrane is slightly over six-feet tall, but that still isn’t tall enough to play the role of a half-giant. This meant that Hagrid was often played by Martin Bayfield for the purpose of being a body double and performing stunts, as Bayfield is almost seven-feet tall.

The version of Hagrid from the Harry Potter books was over eleven-feet tall, meaning that it would have been impossible to recreate him on film without using CGI. This meant that Robbie Coltrane and Martin Bayfield still had to wear bulky costumes in order to increase their size in order to make Hagrid look bigger than he was, as even carrying someone that is the same size as Daniel Radcliffe needs to look like an impressive feat of strength.

14 Luna Loves Harry Potter

Evanna Lynch had never acted professionally before auditioning for the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was a huge fan of the Harry Potter novels and won the role because, as producer, David Heyman said: “The others could play Luna; Evanna Lynch is Luna.”

The passing of Dobby and his subsequent burial was filmed outdoors, which meant that Evanna Lynch had to find some entertainment while she waited for the crew to finish setting up each scene. This would normally result in the smartphone or tablet being whipped out at this point, but Lynch decided to go old school and read her copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

13 Dobby Relaxing On Set

The actor who played Dobby was a notorious drama queen on-set. This was partly due to trouble that started early on in his career, brought on by the numerous fake news reports that stated he was being sued by the Russian government due to his resemblance to Vladamir Putin.

The passing of Dobby is one of the most emotional scenes in The Deathly Hallows films, which is why it took so long for his actor to get into the right frame of mind in order to expire in Harry Potter’s arms.

You may think that the Dobby guy is sneaking in a few moments of sleep while on the set, but he’s actually using an advanced method of the Meisner technique in order to get into character.

12 The Secret Of The Brooms

We mentioned earlier that the broom sequences required the use of a moveable rig and a green screen in order to make the flying sequences seem realistic, but not all of the broom scenes involved high-speed chases. There were times when the brooms sat in a static position while floating in mid-air, as they waited for their owner to climb on top of them.

In order to create these scenes, the special effects team developed a standing rig for the brooms that would suspend them above the ground. These rigs had to be strong enough to hold the weight of an adult person, while also being slender enough to be easily removed later by the special effects team. The scene shown above comes from the Seven Potters sequence, where everyone is preparing to leave Privet Drive on broomsticks, save for Hagrid, who is using Sirius Black’s bike.

11 Bellatrix & Warwick Davis

The Harry Potter franchise was very kind to Warwick Davis, as he played Professor Flitwick since the first movie and Griphook in both of The Deathly Hallows films. He also voiced Griphook in the first movie, but the physical role was played by Verne Troyer, making him one of the few American actors to appear in the Harry Potter movie series.

Warwick Davis spent much of his time in the makeup chair, as even the reworked version of Professor Flitwick still required a fancy new hairdo and mustache. The picture above gives us a glimpse of Davis out of costume, but Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t so lucky, as she was fully adorned in the Bellatrix gear.

10 Bellatrix Posing

Bellatrix Lestrange may be one of the most loathsome characters in the Harry Potter series, as she is Lord Voldemort’s most devoted follower and will gleefully commit atrocities in his name. Bellatrix is responsible for disposing of Sirius Black, which immediately earned her a significant hatedom among the Harry Potter fans.

The movie version of Bellatrix is much more difficult to hate, thanks to an incredible performance by Helena Bonham Carter, who managed to turn Bellatrix into the Harley Quinn of the Harry Potter franchise.

Helena Bonham Carter never let the fact that she was playing a crazed murderer affect her on a personal level, as she can be seen clowning around in many different behind-the-scenes photos from the Harry Potter movie series.

9 The Weasley’s Prepare For Battle

The Battle of Hogwarts is probably the most chaotic moment in the series, with seemingly every important character showing up for the final conflict between the forces of good and evil.

There were moments of the battle that were sectioned off, in order to make them easier to film. One of these involved the final duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley, which took place in the Great Hall as a battle raged on behind them. The duel scene was shot in such a way that you could only see directly behind Bellatrix & Molly, which meant that you only saw a small portion of the battle that was happening. This was likely done in order to make the scene easier to film.

8 Filming The Battle Of Hogwarts

The Battle of Hogwarts was incredibly difficult to film, which is true of all battle scenes that involve a lot of participants. The reason why the Battle of Hogwarts was even more difficult than normal was the fact that almost everyone involved was either using a supernatural weapon (usually a wand) or was some kind of magical creature.

There were parts of the Battle of Hogwarts which involved Harry running through a battlefield that was filled with dueling wizards, huge spiders, suits of animated armor, and giants, all of whom were fighting each other. The producers and special effects team that worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 rose to the challenge and created one of the greatest looking battles in movie history. They managed to capture the chaos of a large-scale conflict while also maintaining the fantastical elements that the Harry Potter series is known for.

7 The Burrow Set

One of the new scenes that were added to the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince involved the Death Eaters attacking and burning down the Burrow, which is the home of the Weasley family.

This scene wasn’t popular with the fans, as it ignored aspects of lore and was totally pointless, as the Burrow needed to return for the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.

Harry and his friends return to the Burrow at the start of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, after escaping from the Death Eaters at Privet Drive. This scene involved showing the lands around the Burrow, which was accomplished with the use of a green screen.

6 Dobby’s Funeral Is Hilarious

Dobby the house-elf was created almost entirely with CGI in the Harry Potter movies, which was a necessity due to his size and stature. Dobby helps Harry Potter and his friends escape from Malfoy Manor, but takes a knife to the chest for his troubles. This results in a scene where Harry cradles an injured Dobby and comforts him as he slowly passes away, in what is one of the saddest moments in the series.

The scene of Harry holding Dobby required the use of a physical Dobby puppet that Daniel Radcliffe could hold, which could be altered with CGI at a later date. The puppet that is seen in the picture above is clearly in an unfinished state, which may be why the cast is having such a laugh, as Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are certainly not in character.

5 Stylish & Wounded

Apparition is one of the most prized skills of any wizard, or at least it would be if it weren’t possible to block apparition within certain locations. Those who wish to apparate are required to pass a test, as those who do not perform the spell properly can screw it up and cause “splinching” which is the term used for leaving pieces of your body behind.

Ron manages to harm himself in The Deathly Hallows movies through splinching, which meant that Rupert Grint needed to have injury makeup applied. This didn’t stop Rupert from looking his best and pulling off his model pose while having holes added to his arms and shoulders.

4 The Real Father Of Delphini

Daniel Radcliffe is one of those people who is impossible to hate, except by the most bitter of people who despise the fact that he was given such an important and lucrative role at such a young age. He comes off brilliantly in interviews and seems like of the most genuine and nicest people you could ever meet.

It seems that the charms of the Harry Potter actor are even effective against Death Eaters, as Helena Bonham Carter was clearly fond of her on-screen mortal enemy.

The two of them can be seen clowning around together in various behind-the-scenes clips, which must have been a way to burn off some tension before they started chasing each other with wands again.

3 The Boring Wedding Of Bill & Fleur

The hardest part of any movie/television production on the part of the actors is the waiting around between shots. It can take a long time for the crew to set up each shot for even a simple production. When you have a movie series like Harry Potter which involves huge sets that need constructing and special effects work that needs preparing for, then it can take forever to set up even a few seconds worth of footage.

The wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour would have required a lot of setting up, due to the sheer amount of extras that are engaging each other in the background of each shot. It’s no wonder that the main trio doesn’t look as interested as they should be.

2 Bellatrix’s Sound Check

The reason why Helena Bonham Carter is sitting on a set of benches is that this is the location where she filmed her final duel of the series. The movie version of Bellatrix’s demise is actually way more violent than what happened in the books.

In the book version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the duel between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley ends when Molly fires a curse that strikes Bellatrix above the heart. We never find out what spell Molly cast, but it was enough to deal with Bellatrix for good. The movie version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shows Molly freezing Bellatrix in place and then shattering her body into pieces.

1 The Last Day

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson were cast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the age of eleven. They spent the next ten years of their lives working on the Harry Potter movie series, which meant that there formative years were spent in front of the cameras. An entire generation of Harry Potter fans grew up alongside them.

As Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 finished production, more and more of the actors were given a send-off for their final day of filming.

The most emotional of these last days was the one for the main trio, who had finally finished their decade-long odyssey and hugged on the set. These last moments can be seen on the home releases of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and it’s hard for any fan of the Harry Potter series to remain dry-eyed when seeing them say goodbye to each other and to the roles that defined their youth.

What do you think of these photos? Do they completely change Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 for you? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-08 02:10:12 – Scott Baird

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

It’s been almost forty years since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was first released, but this 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed gem is still going strong to this day with audiences of all ages. This wonderful film about a boy and his friend alien melted the hearts of all those who first watched it back in the early 1980s, and it still remains a most treasured family film. Its legacy is seen in every aspect of our pop culture, and it is regularly cited as people’s favorite film of all time. Only a director as visionary as Spielberg could take such a simple concept and transform it into a lasting cinematic treasure.

E.T. also helped transform the lives of those who participated in its making, sending a young Drew Barrymore into stratospheric fame and solidifying Henry Thomas as one of the most famous child actors of all time. There’s no doubt that E.T. will continue to leave its mark on future generations, and we can only hope that its perfection is respected without Hollywood grasping for a remake or an ill-advised, modern-day sequel.

If you’re a fan of this classic film or if you’re a Steven Spielberg aficionado wanting to know his tricks of the trade, you’ll be fascinated by the secrets that went on behind the scenes during the movie’s making. From the movie’s conception based on Spielberg’s life to the inspiration behind E.T.’s famous face, we have all the facts you’ll want to know about this iconic film.

With that in mind, here are 20 Crazy Details Behind the Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

20 Henry Thomas Brought Up His Tragic Past For His Audition

Landing the role of Elliott in E.T. unquestionably changed child actor Henry Thomas’ life. Having only previously done a couple of small movie parts in 1981, Thomas all of a sudden became the most famous kid in the world thanks to his on-screen adventures with his alien co-star.  

According to the Mirror, Thomas was only nine years old when he landed this role of a lifetime. In order to secure himself the part, during the audition the young actor drew upon the traumatic experience of seeing his pet dog attacked by his neighbor’s dog, which brought on real tears. Spielberg and the casting directors were immediately impressed. Being able to call upon real emotion showed the director that he could definitely act, and solidified Thomas as a genuine child talent.

19 Drew Barrymore’s Vivid Imagination Got Her Her Role

Drew Barrymore has been on the Hollywood scene for a long time, but her first big start on screen was in E.T. playing the part of Gertie. According to an interview on Ellen, Barrymore revealed that she wasn’t originally even going to audition for E.T. During her interview, Barrymore explained how she was actually trying to get a part in Poltergeist, but the director wasn’t there that day. Instead, Poltergeist’s producer, Steven Spielberg was there in his place.

She told Ellen: “I was six, and I lied my face off. I told him I was in a rock ‘n’ roll band, that I was a drummer, that I was a cook.”

After her audition, Spielberg said she wasn’t quite right for Poltergeist, but that he’d love to have her come in and audition for another project he was working on. Sure enough, he called her up soon after and gave her the part of Gertie in E.T.

18 It had a very boring title at first

When a movie becomes a huge hit, especially one that continues to garner success decades and generations after its first release, it’s hard to imagine it separately from its title. Indeed, the title of a movie becomes its first point of cultural consciousness, and there are those that last the test of time, and those that don’t.

Mention E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to anyone and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not only a memorable film title, it’s also become so deeply ingrained in our collective pop culture that we all know what it is even if we haven’t seen it. Well, E.T. might have faded away in the land of forgotten films, had they gone with the original title, A Boy’s Life, as noted by The New Yorker. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with A Boy’s Life, it’s not half as memorable as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

17 Harrison Ford Shot a Cameo

While Spielberg was working on getting things ready to begin filming E.T., he was still in the process of filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, which, of course, starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Ford dating Melissa Mathison, who was the scriptwriter for E.T., at the time.

Because of his friendship with Spielberg and his relationship with Mathison, Ford agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford’s bit part was supposed to be a kind of a joke as he was going to play against his usual type, here as an uptight school principal who would scold Elliott after the frog-releasing scene. In the final edit, the decision was made to cut the Ford scene as it didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie and it was thought Ford’s presence would be too distracting from the story line.

16 M&M’s Were Supposed To Be E.T.’s favorite candy

Reese’s Pieces surged in popularity after the release of E.T.. The candy was featured in the scene where Elliott tries lays a trail of candy to lure E.T. back to his house. Many people back then, and now for that matter, might have thought it strange that Elliott used Reese’s Pieces.

Well, according to Business Insider, the reason for the choice of sweet was down to the fact that M&Ms had refused the production permission to use its brand in the film. Culinary Lore also states that Mars Inc., which owned M&Ms, refused the filmmakers the right to use the candy because it didn’t want to be associated with aliens. This was clearly a bad call, as after the release of E.T., sales of Reese’s rose exponentially, topping the numbers sold of M&Ms for the first time ever.

15 E.T.’s Face Was Modeled On Some Famous People

E.T. is one of the most recognizable movie characters in history and one of the cutest, albeit weirdest, examples of an on-screen alien. No character had, or has since, looked like like this singular creature, and its aesthetic is all thanks to Spielberg and his incredible designer Carlo Rambaldi.

Rambaldi created the aliens for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and his talents were once again put to use in E.T.

In a special featurette called The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg reveals: “I remember saying to Carlo, here’s some pictures of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg. I love their eyes, can we make E.T.’s eyes as frivolous and also wizened and as sad as those three icons.” Based on these famous celebrities, we have the E.T. we all know and recognize.

14 E.T. Was Played by Three Different Actors

With today’s technology, it would be a fairly easy task creating a CGI alien to act as the main part in a blockbuster film. However, when E.T. was being made in 1982, things were not so simple According to The Vintage News, creating a believable, friendly alien back then took three mechanical puppets as well as three actors, one of whom was a young 12-year-old boy who had been born without legs.

There wasn’t always someone wearing the suit in every scene, as often E.T. was being controlled by a team of mechanical operators. However, when the alien was required to walk or move about, a small person was often behind the movements. Watching E.T. today, the alien might seem like quite a basic piece of engineering, but back then, Spielberg and his team were making technological strides.

13 Drew Barrymore Thought E.T. Was Real

Drew Barrymore was only six years old when she played the part of Gertie in E.T., and even though she was already developing into a bright, young, talented actress, she was still very much at an age where imagination and make-believe can cloud reality. Barrymore’s acting is fantastic in the film, especially for someone so young, but her great reactions to things on screen could be down to the fact that she believed E.T. was a real alien.

 The cast and crew encouraged her to believe E.T. was really alive, and she seems to have taken the bait completely.

In a behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie, Elliott actor Henry Thomas reveals: “Drew, she’s imaginative. She introduced E.T. to her mom and said ‘He’s just a little shy now. He doesn’t want to talk to you right now but he’s just a little shy.’”

12 E.T.’s Voice Comes From Raccoons, Otters, Horses, and Burps

E.T. is one of the most imitated movie characters, with people of all ages having tried at one time or another to impersonate the alien’s singular speech patterns. If you listen closely, you’ll hear that there are a lot of different elements and sounds to the alien’s voice. This wasn’t achieved by employing one spectacularly gifted voice recording artist. Instead, as we learn from the BBC, it was a talented sound designer, Ben Burtt, who collected noises from an entire array of sources and put them together to create E.T.’s voice.

As Burtt tells the BBC: “I created the voice for E.T. out of many different things, about 18 different people and animals and sound effects. There are raccoons in there, there are sea otters, there are some horses, there’s a burp from my old cinema professor from USC.” They also used the voice of a chain-smoking housewife.

11 Spielberg Dressed As A Woman On Set

Being around such a young cast, Spielberg had to ensure that there was enough fun and playfulness on set. In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from 1996, we learn that the director definitely didn’t take himself too seriously while on set. Apparently, around Halloween, Spielberg came to set dressed up as a lady school teacher.

As Henry Thomas remembers: “Halloween was great. He directed the whole day like that, as an old lady.”

Spielberg adds: “I didn’t have children back then in the early 1980s, and you know suddenly I was becoming a father every single day, I felt like a father and it felt good.” Spielberg certainly knew how to keep spirits high on his set, and his kind, playful personality has left wonderful lasting memories on his cast and crew.

10 A Mime Was Hired To Move E.T.’s Arms

In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, we learn that it took a lot of work to create the alien we all know and love. Aside from having a whole team of mechanics working to ensure the creature looked real, Spielberg also hired a mime to help out E.T.’s gestures.

The director reveals: “When I saw the mechanical arms, they were really great but they were very jerky when they worked. The fingers would move, but almost too thoughtfully. And I felt E.T.’s got to have almost balletic arms, almost like the hands of a mime. So I just put it out there, can we hire a mime and we’ll put the E.T. hand makeup on a mime’s hand so the artist can really be artistic about picking things up and touching themselves and reaching out. So this is where this wonderful mime artist came to work with us.”

9 The Original Ending Was Very Different

When a movie is as beloved as E.T. is, it’s hard to imagine it being any different. Grown men and women still weep when thinking about the emotionally-charged final scene, but we could have ended up an alternative ending had Spielberg gone with his original idea.

According to actor Michael MacNaughton’s interview in Express, “The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons & Dragons again, except this time, Elliott’s the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group. […] And then they would pan up to the roof and you’d see the communicator and it’s still working — in other words, Elliott is still in touch with E.T. But after they did the score and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything… How can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice.”

8 There Was A Dark Sequel Planned

Because E.T. did so unexpectedly well at the box-office, it’s a wonder why there was never a sequel released. Had the movie been made today, it’s almost certain that Hollywood would have tried to make it a franchise. Well, according to Syfy, there was actually a story treatment for an E.T. sequel, but it was so terrible that it never got made.

Apparently, its dark tone was done on purpose.

Spielberg was reportedly completely against the idea of a sequel to his 1982 film, saying: “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its [purity].” Who knows, maybe someday someone will dust off the draft and attempt to make it, but Spielberg will certainly be the first to veto the project.

7 They shot the movie in chronological order for the kids

It’s a well known fact that most large-scale film projects aren’t filmed in chronological order. Due to shooting schedules, location requirements, and budget factors, it’s usually not possible to film in script-order. Well, E.T. is one of the very few exceptions to this usual Hollywood practice, as Steven Spielberg insisted that the scenes be shot chronologically.

According to TIME, Spielberg made this unorthodox decision in order to help his younger cast. The director explained: “I insisted on shooting the film in complete continuity so the kids knew, emotionally, where they had been the day before, and they pretty much didn’t have any idea of where they were going the next day. So, like real life, every day was a surprise – Drew, Henry Thomas and Robert really believed that this was happening to their lives.”

6 Robert MacNaughton’s Dungeons & Dragons love got him his part

Robert MacNaughton played Elliott’s older brother Michael in the movie, and he revealed to Express that a childhood pastime of his helped land him the role. Apparently, E.T.’s screenwriter Melissa Mathison was a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons and she was always playing it with her then husband Harrison Ford at their house.

This explains the game at the start of the film, where we see Elliott trying to join in playing D&D with Michael and his friends.

MacNaughton revealed that he too was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, and when asked by Spielberg what his hobbies were, he told the director about his love of the game. Spielberg seemed pleased that MacNaughton’s hobbies fit with his character Michael’s pastimes, and the role became his shortly after.

5 The Film Was Shot From A Child’s Point-of-View

One of the things that you may not have noticed while watching E.T. is the fact that is is filmed from a child’s point of view. According to Filmsite, the movie was deliberately shot from a lower-angle in order to encourage younger audience members to identify more easily with the child characters on screen. It also helps adults put themselves back into the shoes of a child, encouraging them to remember how scary and threatening the taller, bigger world of adults can really be for a kid.

In fact, the only adult we ever see in full is the mother, Mary, who was played by Dee Wallace.

Otherwise, most of the other grown-ups in the movie are seen from the waist down, the way a child would see the world in front of them.

4 Real Doctors And Nurses Were Hired As Actors

E.T. is a very emotional movie. From the burgeoning friendship between Elliott and E.T. to the ending when we face the teary goodbyes between these unlikely friends, the movie is rife with sentiment. One of the most poignant, dramatic scenes is when E.T. and Elliott are lying side-by-side in the makeshift medical facility at their house, both fading away while doctors and nurses try to revive them.

According to People, the medical staff we see looking after these two friends were actually real-life medics. Spielberg contacted the UCLA Center for the Health Services in order to get information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and he was referred to a specialist. Wanting the scene to look as real as possible, Spielberg got real-life medical staff to play out the scene in order to simulate the chaos that really happens in emergencies.

3 E.T. was inspired by real children

E.T. is one of the most lovable incarnations of an alien to grace our screens.

Part of this androgynous creature’s charm is the fact that there’s so much goofiness and childlike innocence to it.

Well, this sweet naivete, as well as E.T.’s powers, were actually inspired by the screenwriter’s interactions with children. As Melissa Mathison tells us in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: “Many of the scenes from the movie come from my own experience being with children. For instance, what children would like [E.T.’s] powers to be. A lot of the children would mention the obvious of telepathy or telekinetic powers but I was struck by the fact that several of them mentioned that they would like this magic creature to be able to heal. And I thought it was such an incredibly poignant idea to come from a child.”

2 Spielberg Didn’t think E.T. Would Make A Lot of Money

According to Business Insider, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time– not too shabby for a low-budget film about a boy and his alien pal. While the movie became a immense success and has been hailed as the most successful film to come out of the 1980s, Steven Spielberg didn’t think it was going to be a hit with audiences.

Speaking in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the director said: “I think E.T.’s not going to make a lot of money, I think I’m making a movie that is only going to appeal to kids. I said I’m probably making a big mistake, I’m going to make an old-fashioned Walt Disney movie about an alien and a kid and that’s all it’s going to be.”

1 The Movie Was Inspired by Spielberg’s Lonely Childhood

It’s always interesting to find out how some of our favorite movies came about, but no one would ever expect that Spielberg’s tale of a boy and an alien would stem from his own childhood experiences. In an interview with director James Cameron for People, Spielberg admitted that E.T. was “never meant to be a movie about an extra-terrestrial,” but instead about something very personal.

“It was supposed to be a movie about my mom and dad getting a divorce,” he explains.

“So I started a story, not a script per say, but I started writing a story about what it was like when your parents divide the family up and they move to different states.” Eventually, the idea for a boy and an alien friend developed from this, and the rest is E.T. history.

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2018-10-06 04:10:51 – Steph Brandhuber

WB’s Extended Aquaman Trailer Puts the MCU to Shame, Says Mark Millar

Comic book writer and artist Mark Millar expresses an aggressive opinion about DC Films’ new Aquaman movie, saying that it puts the current Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to shame. James Wan’s upcoming solo movie is the only DC Comics-based feature to release this year, and it continues Arthur Curry’s story that left off with last year’s Justice League movie. Considering that it’s the first time the character has been adapted into live-action in his own standalone movie, there’s obviously quite a bit of hype surrounding it.

Jason Momoa reprises his Justice League role as Arthur, aka Aquaman, in the new movie, which sees him go on a quest with Mera (Amber Heard) to find King Atlan’s Trident. Doing so will grant him the powers he needs to not only control the seven seas but also dethrone his brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), as the King of Atlantis and save the surface world from invasion. It’s a lot to take in, which is why the studio started marketing the film back at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. And then at New York Comic Con 2018, they released an extended, five-minute Aquaman trailer (the same one which was shown to Hall H attendees at SDCC).

Related: How Will Aquaman Get His New, Comic-Inspired Costume?

Warner Bros. Pictures officially released the extended Aquaman trailer online today, and it got quite the reaction from Mark Millar, who is best known for writing comic book series like Kingsman, Wanted, Kick-Ass, and even Marvel’s Civil War (of which Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War movie is based on). In response to seeing the trailer, Millar decreed that the trailer makes the modern MCU movies look like they belong among 1970s Marvel TV shows, like The Incredible Hulk. Take a look:

It’s no secret that the studio has struggled with developing critically-acclaimed DC movies in recent years, despite the fact that the vast majority of those films have been financially successful. Still, with the exception of the third trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which infamously spoiled Doomsday’s involvement in the blockbuster team-up movie, the one area that DC has typically excelled in is making trailers. In fact, it’s the popularity of their trailers that convinced studio executives to completely recut David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

Regardless of what Millar’s point is, it’s clear that people – including Millar – are excited about Aquaman‘s standalone film. Whether it turns out to be the hit that fans (and the studio) are hoping it will be remains to be seen. But it’s on the right track with regards to its marketing campaign, which should kick into high gear sometime in November, leading up to its crowded December release.

More: Aquaman Extended Trailer Breakdown: 18 Story Reveals & Secrets You Missed

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2018-10-05 05:10:49 – Mansoor Mithaiwala