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Did Marvel Seriously Just Kill a Guardian of The Galaxy?

WARNING: The Following Contains SPOILERS For Guardians of the Galaxy #4.

Marvel Comics has already teased the upcoming death of one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but it seems like they just killed off another. In Guardians of the Galaxy #4, a rescue mission takes a drastic turn of events… leaving fans to say a goodbye that they were NOT expecting.

With readers already preparing themselves for the death of Rocket Raccoon, they now have to mourn for Star-Lord, too. Back in Infinity Wars #1, Gamora killed Star-Lord before he was brought back to life using the Infinity Stones. Considering his feelings for Gamora, Peter never quite got over the act (understandable), and it sent him down a slippery slope of drinking and depression. A battle he can apparently stop fighting–since he just got

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The new Guardians team held a mutiny to remove the drunken, depressed Quill from his captaincy, naming Groot the new Guardians leader so they could take The Ryder from him to go after Gamora, who is seeking Rocket Raccoon (there’s a lot of drama to go around). They hope to save her from the Dark Guardians led by Thanos’ brother, a cosmic hit squad that are hunting her down. But they get much more than they bargained for when they land on Rocket’s home planet to find an ambush fast approaching…

In the last few pages of Guardians of the Galaxy #4 the hit squad attacks and Nebula threatens Peter’s life. Gamora shoots at her adopted sister to save him, despite the fact that she killed him herself not long ago. What can we say? Old bonds die hard. But by entering the fight, Gamora makes herself an even bigger target to the heavy hitter of the Dark Guardians, Gladiator. Knocking Gamora down as Nebula prepares to give the finishing blow, the heroes’ efforts to save their friend’s life seems to have been a total failure.

But what nobody saw coming was Star-Lord jumping in the way to save her. Even after her betrayal, he lays down his life to save the woman he loves. Gamora asks him why, after all the drama of the past year (including Drax dying to save the universe from her mischief) he would take a killing blow for her, he fittingly answers “I don’t know anything anymore.” The same line he used earlier in the issue to demonstrate just how lost Star-Lord had become without his family.

If the cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is any indication, Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death, might have a hand in bringing Star-Lord back. But what will the Guardians have to offer up in order for this to happen? Will they simply sacrifice Peter for the good of the universe? Hela seems to be close to her goal of resurrecting Thanos… so is Peter’s life worth giving that to her? We are sure to get some of these answers in the next two books of the series, as “The Final Gauntlet” comes to an end.

Guardians of the Galaxy #4 is on sale now from Marvel online, and at your local comic shop.

RELATED: Marvel’s [SPOILER] is Becoming The New Thanos


2019-04-20 03:04:50

Tessa Smith

Here’s Why Thanos Used To Have A Thanos Copter (Seriously)

Long before Thanos became the most dangerous foe in the MCU he once flew around in a Thanos Copter – here’s where the infamous meme comes from. It’s almost difficult to imagine a time when Thanos wasn’t a major part of the MCU, but it was only when Joss Whedon suggested the character appear in a post-credit stinger for The Avengers did the Mad Titan become the puppet master villain of the entire cinematic universe.

Thanos is driven by the need to bring “balance” to the universe by wiping out half of all living things, and to do this he seeks to find all six Infinity Stones and unite them with his Infinity Gauntlet. This makes him the overarching villain of both Phase 2 and 3 but despite being properly introduced in Guardians Of The Galaxy, played by Josh Brolin, he doesn’t really make his presence felt until Avengers: Infinity War. That said, he quickly became the deadliest bad guy of the entire series, and the film ends with him succeeding in his goal to wipe out half the universe.

Related: MCU Infinity Stones: Complete Guide To Locations, Powers & Future

Avengers: Endgame will deal with the aftermath of Thanos’ now iconic snap, where the surviving heroes work together to find a way to undo his mass genocide. Infinity War established Thanos’ badass credentials early on when he easily defeats The Hulk in a fight, but it’s fair to say one of the more embarrassing moments from his comic book appearances came from 1979 comic Spidey Super Stories #39, where he used his Thanos Copter to try and steal the Cosmic Cube, aka The Tesseract.

This now infamous vehicle was piloted by the Mad Titan during the story “The Cat And The Cosmic Cube.” Thanos uses the bright yellow helicopter – which is also emblazoned with his name – in order to claim the cube, only for Hellcat to kick it out his hand. It falls into an alley, where a kid finds it and uses the cube’s awesome power to conjure an ice cream. Spider-Man also gets involved in the chase for the cube and the whole storyline ends on an even more embarrassing note for Thanos when he’s arrested by regular cops.

Needless to say, Josh Brolin’s Thanos probably won’t be getting a Thanos Copter in Avengers: Endgame – despite a passionate fan petition asking for its inclusion. The Thanos Copter also made an appearance in an issue of Deadpool and later received a Mattel Hot Wheels toy in 2018. The Thanos Copter has become a popular meme among fans too, because the sight of the Mad Titan flying around in a tiny little helicopter never fails to bring a small.

Next: Thanos’ Role In Guardians Of The Galaxy Explained


2019-04-17 05:04:47

Padraig Cotter

10 #HowStarWarsShouldEnd Tweets Disney Should Seriously Consider

The end of the franchise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, draws near with the recent announcement by J. J. Abrams. It is a sad time as we reminisce on the power of the movies which sparked a fandom like no other. Fans have become so invested in this film series they have created a hashtag to provide the world with their idea of how the narrative should come to a close.

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#HowStarWarsShouldEnd is the trending platform fans are using to share these suggestions which Disney should seriously contemplate. They are filled with a creative and unusual nature only Star Wars lovers would be able to think of. Keep reading to find out which ten #HowStarWarShouldEnd tweets Disney should consider using to end the series!

10 SOLVING DARTH VADER’S MEDICAL ISSUES

People have always been baffled by Darth Vader’s breathing machine and why it was the only option provided to him. One would assume after appearing in five movies someone would have come up with a better life-support system. Science advances every day and this Twitter user makes a good point when he recommends using a CPAP machine to stabilize the breathing sounds.

It is a wonder why no one in the Star Wars universe had thought of it before, but it would settle the long-standing issues we have faced throughout the years if the series was ended this way.

9 DANCING AWAY THE FEUD

Dancing is a Disney specialty and what better way to end the series than with a giant dance number. It will be a fantastic way to close by bringing everyone in to dance it out on a single stage.

Jedis and the Sith will swing their hips together for a final number, which will leave fans with a feeling of nostalgia. We could have them kill each other off, but the brutality has to stop eventually, and it should, at the end of the series.

8 SCOOBY-DOO TO THE RESCUE

Scooby has been coming to the rescue for decades, providing us with plentiful amounts of suspenseful excitement. The best way to end the entire compilation of Star Wars films would be to bring in this classic character and have him demask Darth Vader.

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Fans would be expecting Anakin’s face to appear, but instead, Old Man Jenkins would be revealed as the true perpetrator. It would be the twist to end all twists and it is something Disney would be foolish to pass up.

7 THE BAND CREATES A NEW HIT

This would be the greatest ending of all time as the band creates a new song for us to appreciate. This ending could even be combined with the dance number from a previous tweet, creating a masterful and heartfelt ending to the series.

Their special tunes and unique instruments would come together for a new number that would knock the rolls right off of Jabba the Hutt. We would be swaying right along with him as we listen and attempt to sing along with the nonsensical word combinations.

6 THE APPEARANCE OF A BABY WOOKIEE

Who doesn’t love Wookiees? Chewbacca stole our hearts time and time again, so the only plausible way to end the franchise would be to bring in a baby Wookiee. It would be cute and adorable, with a cry which would bring tears to anyone’s eyes.

People will be naming their children after the baby Wookiee because they hope their child will grow to be as awesome as it is in this final scene. There may not be a rhyme or reason behind the appearance of this creature, but rest assured, no one will be complaining.

5 JASON STRIKES AGAIN

There are other fans who desire the entire Star Wars entity to end for good, by killing every major and minor character involved. The creative mastermind behind this tweet recommends recruiting Jason to finish them off.

Jason’s methods are creative and contain a finality the series ender needs to be successful. He could rip them apart with his bare hands or use their own lightsabers against them. It may be a bit gorier than most fans are used to, but it would be another added bonus as to why Disney should use this as the ultimate ending.

4 STAR WARS VS STAR TREK

The Star Trek versus Star Wars debate has been going on for years and the ending to the Star Wars franchise could settle it once and for all. They could involve the fandoms and invite them to put their skills to the test on the big screen.

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The fans could wield their weapon of choice and don the appropriate costume to join the fight to the death. Disney could increase the revenue of their movie by creating an official betting pool on who will win the final showdown, as they pit these two groups against one another in the series ending scene.

3 DARTH VADER IS NOT THE FATHER

A new twist to Darth Vader could be to prove he is not actually Luke’s father. It would create mayhem as fans fret over who Luke’s father actually was, even though they will never have the chance to find out.

It would create the greatest mystery in any franchise history as the secret remains buried within the Star War’s vaults of hidden knowledge. Fans would be begging for a new movie to explain the madness of the ending scene, and it would drive people to the theaters to witness this game changer for themselves.

2 GAME OF THRONES SPINOFF

Disney could take a different route and actually take notes from the Game of Thrones by interrelating everyone in the movie series. We thought there was only one family incest drama happening, but in reality, everyone was a part of this interconnected genetic world.

It could explain why some of the characters looked funkier than others, as the mixed genes failed to form correctly due to incorrect mixing of the gene pool. It would be the disturbing ending fans never forget and give Disney the ratings they were hoping for.

1 PRINCESS LEIA TRIBUTE

The final tweet, and possibly the most realistic ending Disney should use, is to offer Princess Leia a tribute after Carrie Fischer’s unfortunate passing. No one can ever replace her as Leia, but they should create a memorial for her in the ending of the franchise, as she was a key part of the success of the series.

Everyone loved her presence within the films and not including her in the final film would do her character a disservice. They should not recreate her image, but rather, create a reel of her shining moments throughout the Star Wars movie series.

NEXT: STAR WARS FINALLY REVEALS WHAT THE CHOSEN ONE PROPHECY SAID


2019-04-17 01:04:32

Rebecca Knauss

Keanu Reeves Gave Stranded Plane Passengers A Tour Of Bakersfield – Seriously

Keanu Reeves gave stranded plane passengers a tour of Bakersfield – seriously. At age 54, Reeves arguably remains one of the most versatile and in-demand actors in his field, juggling action adventure roles in films such as the John Wick franchise, voicing a new animated character in the upcoming Toy Story 4, and returning to his beloved role of Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan in the third Bill and Ted film.

It was the latter role in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure that made the easy-going star a household name, however, and since the release of that time-traveling cult favorite, Reeves has watched his career explode – particularly throughout the 1990s with the release of the game-changing Matrix films. Like any star, Reeves has had his share of ups and downs throughout his career, but regardless of what he’s faced, he’s always managed to keep right on going and still come out on top. This never-say-die-attitude has been on display throughout the lengthy journey to get Bill and Ted Face the Music up and running, and most recently, Reeves took on another – albeit much smaller – challenge, and handled it like the consummate pro he is.

Related: Bill and Ted 3 Gets An Official Summer 2020 Release Date

Thanks to a report from Vulture, we’ve learned that during a domestic flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the plane Reeves was on was rerouted to Bakersfield, California, due to a mechanical issue. When Reeves and the other stranded passengers were told that their baggage would not be unloaded from the out-of-commission aircraft for another 3 hours, a van (which may or may not have been organized by Reeves) was procured to drive the remainder of the way to L.A. During the journey, Reeves took it upon himself to give a tour of sorts, reading out facts about Bakersfield from his phone as well as playing music by artists from the local area. Check out the video of some of the road trip below:

As previously mentioned, Reeves is on the verge of delivering a trio of highly anticipated titles. The third chapter of his successful action-thriller John Wick series will arrive in just under two months, followed by a summer release of one of the year’s most anticipated sequels – the fourth and final installment of Toy Story, in which Reeves voices the new character Duke Caboom. Last but certainly not least, Reeves will join longtime pal Alex Winter for a return to the Bill and Ted characters that played no small part in building their careers, with Bill and Ted Face the Music.

With a career that busy, it’s understandable why the internet has been set abuzz by Reeves’ calm behavior in the face of such an unexpected and inconvenient setback. At a time when some stars are criticized for their diva-esque public behavior, it’s indeed charming to see someone of Reeves’ stature not just roll with the punches, but also empathize with those around him. The situation wasn’t ideal for any of the passengers involved, and Reeves was able to use his celebrity status to entertain those affected, turning an otherwise frustrating situation into an event to remember.

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Source: Vulture


2019-03-27 03:03:42

Mike Jones

People Are Taking Donald Duck Very Seriously Now

Ducktales Donald Duck

A recent tweet showcases how seriously some people take the subject of Donald Duck’s military service. The beloved Disney icon, who can currently be seen as part of the cast of the DuckTales revamp, has a surprisingly long record of serving the United States as both a member of its army and navy. Astonishingly, that record does not exist entirely within the realm of fiction.

Originally introduced in a 1934 animated adaptation of the classic children’s story The Wise Little Hen, Donald Duck found his niche as a comic foil to Mickey Mouse in his second animated appearance, in the short Orphan’s Benefit. Donald went on to appear in over 150 theatrical shorts and various educational films produced by The Walt Disney Company. He also inspired one of the most complex universes in comic book history, with writers such as Carl Barks and Don Rosa developing a world around Donald Duck and his family that continues to be published today.

Related: Screen Rant’s DuckTales Series Premiere Review

Twitter user TRAFON made reference to this rich history in a tweet, which can be seen below. The tweet contains an image, taken from Tumblr, where several users discussed Donald Duck’s military record and how one comic suggested he suffered from PTSD. Readers should be advised that the full image contains adult language.

As silly as this may sound, all of the information conveyed in this conversation is accurate. Donald was officially enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, during which time he starred in a series of seven animated shorts that parodied the experiences of many a drafted soldier. Donald was later given an official promotion to Buck Sargent and dishonorably discharged from the United States Army in 1984, as part of the celebration of his 50th birthday.

Three years later, in the original DuckTales cartoon series, Donald’s nephews were sent to live with their great uncle Scrooge McDuck, due to Donald’s enlistment in the United States Navy. He was officially addressed as Seaman Duck during his later appearances on the show. It should be noted, however, that Donald has never officially been enlisted in the United States Navy, but he was given the rare honor of being declared an honorary member of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. He is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and an honorary graduate of the University of Oregon, where he served as the school mascot from 1943-2010.

Some may laugh at the passion with which Donald’s fans defend his military record, but the facts are on their side. It cannot be denied that Donald Duck holds a special place in animation history as the only Disney character to have officially served his country and been recognized for that service. As for Donald himself, he’d be sure to tell his critics, “Ah, phooey,” before letting loose with a mighty squawk of unintelligible grumbling.

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Source: TRAFON/Twitter




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2019-01-04 01:01:02

Daredevil is Marvel’s Next Heimdall (Yes, Seriously)

Daredevil may be blind, but he’s getting more than his sight back thanks to Thor. As the next replacement for Heimdall, the watchman of Asgard, Matt Murdock is about to see ALL of the Marvel Universe at once.

The news will be tough for fans of the recently-canceled Daredevil series to process, since the idea of seeing Daredevil and Thor actually join the same team has been a pipe dream. But as the Daredevil of TV falls, the version in Marvel Comics is getting a cosmic promotion. And as the next wielder of Heimdall’s sword and sight, Daredevil isn’t the only Defender getting an Asgardian upgrade.

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Marvel Comics has been teasing the WAR OF THE REALMS for months, even years, as the ultimate endgame for writer Jason Aaron’s run on the current Thor comics. And now that the first official artwork for the event has been released by Marvel, fans can see how epic the universe-wide war will become. Too big for Thor to tackle alone, apparently, since he’ll be calling in his Avengers friends to fight at his side. For all of the heroes, that will mean access to an Asgardian arsenal.

For Daredevil, it means more power than any hero with sight could probably handle. Take a look:

In case readers are only familiar with the Marvel movies’ version of Heimdall, portrayed by actor Idris Elba, we will have to point out that Daredevil’s depiction here – massive greatsword in hand, glowing eyes, and skin dappled with the fabric of the universe – is the exact same way the comic book Heimdall is drawn. Blessed with the ability to bear witness to all of the cosmos, at all times, the idea is conveyed by making the infinite expanse of the stars visible through his physical form.

A feature Daredevil will adopt in the event, along with what must be Heimdall’s iconic, Bifrost-operating sword. While the passing of the role from Asgardian to New Yorker may not make obvious sense, there is the one thing that the two heroes have in common. The Marvel movies have only vaguely alluded to the fact that Heimdall doesn’t actually have eyes, having forsaken biological sight for a different, more specialized version of visual awareness. That’s something Daredevil would understand more than most, having gained the ability to see his world better than any other hero only after losing his eyesight.

Unfortunately, fans will be quick to recall Heimdall’s death in a colossal war of a different sort in The Avengers 3. And therefore are likely to assume that the same heartbreak will be at work in the comics. We’ll leave that potentially tragic passing of Heimdall’s sight and sword to Matt Murdock for the comics to show, or surprise. For now, Daredevil getting a promotion as the new Heimdall, sentry of Asgard is just one more reason to get excited for the collision of Marvel’s heroes and the coming WAR OF THE REALMS.

Marvel’s WAR OF THE REALMS will begin in April of 2019.

MORE: Netflix’s Daredevil Shows How Wolverine Can Join MCU



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2018-12-05 06:12:26

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!



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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Stan Lee Addresses Elder Abuse Allegations Against His Daughter

Stan Lee has broken his silence regarding the allegations of elder abuse against his daughter that were made earlier this year. Though questions regarding the Marvel creator’s estate have circled for years, it wasn’t until an April report that that concern became public knowledge. Following the death of his wife, Joanie, in 2017, his only remaining immediate family is his daughter, J.C., who, along with former business manager Keya Morgan, former publicist Jerry Olivarez, and former road manager Max Anderson, were named in the report for taking advantage of Lee in his old age.

Not long after, Lee denied the claims against Morgan, calling them “hateful and harmful” and “totally based on slander.” However, things shifted, and, in the months that followed, Morgan was arrested for filing a false police report. Furthermore, Lee was granted a restraining order against Morgan. In addition to the accusations of fraud, abuse, and embezzlement against Morgan, the ex-business manager is also responsible for accusing J.C. of physically assaulting her father.

Related: Stan Lee Elder Abuse Concerns: A Timeline

When asked whether he was aware of the allegations made against J.C. – including potential future stories in the works – Lee joked to The Daily Beast, “I wish that everyone would be as abusive to me as JC.” He then changed his tone, responding seriously that she is “wonderful” and, though they have “occasional spats, that there’s nothing to the allegations.

J.C.’s lawyer, Kirk Schenck, further describes their relationship, describing it as “Kennedyesque.” He props her up, describing her as “the avenger…the person who protects that man.” J.C. vehemently denies any physical violence, but does recognize that she has raised her voice at him, blaming it mostly on the situation involving who she describes as “horrible people” who want to “divide and conquer.” She also insinuates that Morgan and possibly Anderson were involved with Scientology.

For Lee, the interview seemed to confuse him at times. He states that J.C. has been friends with Kirk for “30, 40 years,” but she maintains it’s only been a few years. On the tape in which Lee defended Morgan, he pointed fingers at Schenck, saying that he was responsible for supplying her with drugs. In response to being asked about this, Lee replied that he “must have been talking about someone else.” 

In addition to the heavy issues addressed in the interview, Lee has the opportunity to comment on a preferred subject: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lee states that his favorite superhero adaptation is Spider-Man, and comments on the increased diversity of the changing times, calling himself “Mr. Reboot” and noting that he wants to represent everyone, jokingly including “green people” (in a nod to Hulk). And, though he will no longer be making public appearances at conventions, Lee did express how much he misses the writing side of his former job. Hopefully, as long as he is able, his current support system will allow him to continue to be creative in whatever ways he can.

More: Fan Art Recasts Marvel Legend Stan Lee as the MCU’s Odin

Source: The Daily Beast



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2018-10-08 05:10:10 – Becca Bleznak

Marvel Killing Off a Guardians of the Galaxy Hero

Warning: SPOILERS for Marvel’s Infinity Wars

The Infinity War movie forced fans to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy die – now Marvel Comics is going to repeat the heartbreak by killing off one member of the team. And if you read the evidence right, it’s not hard to guess which Guardian will make ‘the ultimate sacrifice.’

It’s a strange time to break the news to fans that Marvel is going to be first killing, then replacing the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a full-scale reboot. With James Gunn being forced out of the series director’s chair, and at least one cast member saying he’ll quit Guardians 3 without Gunn, the future of the property stands in question. The comics have followed a different path, but find themselves in the same spot.

So, which Guardian of the Galaxy is Marvel going to kill… and will the comic reboot show how the MCU may follow suit?

  • This Page: Marvel’s Plan To Kill & Reboot The Guardians
  • Page 2: The Guardian Marvel is Hinting Will Be Killed

Yes, a Guardian of the Galaxy is Going To Die

These days even casual comic fans know that when it comes to superheroes, even death isn’t permanent – a major reason why fans didn’t riot when Avengers 3 killed off half the MCU. So even with Marvel announcing the launch of Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian coming in December, with a somber, de-saturated cover depicting the five core heroes (the same as the original movie team), there was some wiggle room on just how “fallen” was being used.

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With the Infinity Wars event building to its finale around the same time, even a Guardian leaving the team behind or turning to the villains’ side would be more believable than Marvel killing one off. Unfortunately, the synopsis leaves no doubt:

In the stunning climax of INFINITY WARS, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy makes the ultimate sacrifice. Look back at the life of a fallen Guardian and the empty space they leave behind in what’s left of the universe.

That tease means Guardians fans will need to pick up Infinity Wars #6 on the same day, December 19th, to see which Guardian dies for the sake of their friends and universe in the event’s big finale. On the very same day, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Andy McDonald will give that Fallen Guardian their own memorial issue… before the new Guardians of the Galaxy begins its total reboot just weeks later.

It All Leads To The New Guardians Reboot

The confirmation that an existing member of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, or Groot – won’t actually survive the Infinity Wars adds even more weight to the event. But it also helps explain the previous announcement of a new reboot for the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book. With the first image teasing that the new series, launching in January, will take just about every cosmic character into consideration, the tagline itself makes more sense than ever.

The inclusion of Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Thor, and even Galactus in the tease of a new roster grabbed the attention, but the tagline itself – “Who Are The Guardians?” – implies it’s the heroes themselves asking the question. In the wake of the coming death, the surviving team members may question everything. But how they recruit new heroes will change depending on who dies.

Especially if it’s the Guardian who Marvel seriously wants fans to expect… since they’re hinting that it’s another Guardian who actually kills the fallen hero.

Page 2 of 2: The Guardian Marvel is Hinting Will Be Killed

Star-Lord Will Die, Or So Marvel is Hinting

Surprisingly, the synopsis for Fallen Guardian revealing that a Guardian of the Galaxy dies in Infinity War‘s final issue makes perfect sense. Ever since the mysterious hooded figure referring to themselves as Requiem snuck up behind Thanos and cut off his head, then revealed themselves to actually be Gamora, Thanos’ daughter in disguise, the Guardians have been shattered. The sense of betrayal grew even deeper when Star-Lord tried to talk some sense into Gamora… who responded by murdering him, too.

RELATED: Thanos Finally DIES in His Final Comic Story

Luckily Doctor Strange was on hand with the Time Stone, and succeeded in reversing Peter Quill’s death. But it also demonstrated just how committed Gamora is to her current mission to kill Thanos and gather the Infinity Stones (a satisfying reversal of her death in Infinity War). She will seemingly stop at nothing to regain the piece of her soul trapped inside the Soul Stone – including murdering Star-Lord once again, which is exactly what’s shown on the cover of Infinity Wars #6. But then, comic fans know not to judge a book by its cover.

Gamora May Be The Guardian Dying, Not Killing

Not only would Star-Lord’s death be anticlimactic the second time around, it seems too big a moment to spoil on the cover. Frankly, it makes as much sense, if not more, that it’s Gamora who risks going too far and must be killed by a teammate. But judging by the synopsis of Fallen Guardian, it doesn’t sound like Gamora fans need to worry about her legacy. If she makes “the ultimate sacrifice” to bring the Wars to an end, Marvel likely has bigger plans in store than being put out of her desperation and misery.

It’s hard not to suspect that Thanos will be the one putting the doomed Guardian into their grave. Especially after Thanos Legacy #1 revealed that the villain’s death at his daughter’s hand may have been part of a larger plan. And with Duggan and Donny Cates writing that revelation together, Duggan scribing Fallen Guardian, before Cates launches the new Guardians reboot, it would make sense for Thanos to get his revenge as part of this narrative shifting of gears.

Pray For Groot & Rocket Raccoon

Of course, it must be considered that Marvel may wish to punch their readers and movie fans directly in the heart, and have either Groot or Rocket Raccoon sacrifice themselves in Infinity Wars. And with such a noble act expected least from Rocket, it’s hard to deny that such a twist would blindside readers and their emotions. Would the comic book Guardians ever continue without their furry, foul-mouthed mascot? And could Marvel fans endure one more Groot death scene after The Avengers: Infinity War?

The good news is that the tragic sacrifice and Fallen Guardian memorial issue will drop just months from now, and just in time for the holidays. Enjoy!

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 arrives on December 19th, available from Marvel Comics.

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2018-10-07 06:10:35 – Andrew Dyce

10 Best Disney Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes (And 10 With Almost 0%)

After all these years, Disney movies remain the gold standard in family entertainment. Starting from the back of a realty office in Hollywood back in 1928, Disney is now a brand worth billions of dollars. But it’s not just money—Disney’s cultural influence is worldwide and manages to stay relevant with each subsequent generation. There’s no underestimating the power of nostalgia; chances are if someone grew up liking Disney movies, they’re probably a fan for life. Walt Disney pioneered the idea of feature-length animated movies, an idea considered ridiculous at the time. They would be too expensive to make, and what self-respecting adult would pay money to see a full-length animated film? Turns out everyone wanted to, especially those with kids. At the time, there was no such thing as a full-production studio dedicated to animated films—so with the profits of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Walt Disney built one. From there, it was only a short period of time before Disney branched out into producing live-action films, and before anyone knew it, Disney dominated the family entertainment market.

Since then, Disney has expanded its intellectual properties to include Marvel, Star Wars, ABC, and 20th Century Fox. This makes Disney virtually unstoppable. Some meme artists have even depicted Mickey Mouse as Thanos, with its individual properties the different gems in the Infinity Gauntlet. But there were a few hiccups along the way. Disney has had tremendous success with its films, but people tend to forget that even the mighty occasionally fall. Here are the 10 best Disney movies according to the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, along with the 10 worst.

20 Best: Pinnochio (100%)

Pinnochio was Walt Disney’s second animated feature, released shortly after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Like its predecessor, it had gorgeous visuals with a painstaking attention to every element of the production. Unlike Snow White, it initially flopped at the box office. Luckily, Walt Disney had faith in the movie and gave it a second release to recover production costs. The plan worked, and Pinocchio eventually earned enough money to put it back into the black.

The iconic “When You Wish Upon A Star” theme from the film is still synonymous with the Disney brand.

The artists of Pinnochio helped pioneered advances in effects animation, which specialized on non-character elements that move, such as water or fire. The animated ocean effects during the Monstro sequence were the most ambitious water effects ever achieved for its time.

19 Worst: That Darn Cat (13%)

If nobody remembers this movie, it’s partially because it came in and of the theatre pretty fast. A remake of Disney’s moderately successful live-action That Darn Cat from 1965, the 1997 version was not nearly as successful. Starring Cristina Ricci as Patti, the plot features a cat that becomes “witness” to a kidnapping gone wrong. Patti eventually convinces the authorities to investigate and she becomes central in helping to solve the details of the crime and eventual rescue.

The reviews of the film were dismal. One critic described it as “…a desperate dip into utter conventionality: dull car chases, explosions, inept slapstick.” Another says it is a “…disappointing, rather warmed over Disney offering.” Despite this, Cristina Ricci was nominated for two awards for her performance in the film, a Kid’s Choice Awards, and a Young Artist’s Ward.

18 Best: Mary Poppins (100%)

The mostly live-action Mary Poppins was a smash-hit. It earned 13 Academy Award film nominations and won five, including Best Actress, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. It’s easy to see why. Julie Andrews brought her amazing charisma to the performance, dazzling audiences with her ability to sing, dance, and easily handle comedy intended for children. The songs are memorable, with several such as A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious becoming part of the American culture.

Disney had experimented with combining live action with animation before, but never in such an ambitious way. For many, their favorite part of the film is where Mary Poppins, Burt the Chimney Sweep, and the Banks children jump into the chalk drawing and have a little adventure in an animated world. Disney is releasing the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, in December of 2018.

17 Worst: My Favorite Martian (12%)

Based on the 1960’s television show of the same name, My Favorite Martian tells the story of a humanoid Martian (Christopher Lloyd) that crash lands on earth. He enlists the help of a reporter in a funk to put him up while he tries to repair his spaceship and get home.

Though reviews were generally kind to Christopher Lloyd, the movie as a whole was mostly disliked by critics.

Said one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, “An utterly pointless and unimaginative remake based on the classic ’60s sitcom…a meteoric misfire.” Another gets right to the point: “A terrible movie. Beware.” My Favorite Martian did earn three nominations…of The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. It was nominated for Worst Resurrection of a TV Show, Most Botched Comic Relief and Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy.

16 Best: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (100%)

Like most Disney movies, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was adapted from existing source material. It’s based on characters from short stories from the author A. A. Milne. The film focuses on young Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear, and a menagerie of other stuffed animals come to life. The movie is a collection of animated shorts edited together into a feature-length film.

Surprisingly, the Winnie the Pooh franchise is worth much more than one might imagine. Variety estimated the sales of merchandise related to Winnie the Pooh topped over $5 billion, which among Disney properties, is second only to Mickey Mouse. Disney released a live action movie, Christopher Robin, based on an adult Christopher Robin rediscovering Winnie the Pooh and his friends in August of 2018.

15 Worst: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (11%)

One would think that after one of the most stereotypical happy endings of all time, writers would have a hard time coming up with a good sequel for Cinderella. One would be right. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is actually an anthology movie that ties together three Cinderella short stories into one film. The first story describes her struggle to be herself as a new princess. The second follows Jaq the mouse feeling left out. And the third shows how Cinderella tries to teach one of her step-sisters how to smile. Seriously.

This direct-to-video sequel wasn’t liked by critics. One top critic says simply, “Do not see this film.” Another, quite dramatically, announces, “A screaming black vortex of total, irredeemable awfulness.” A quick glance through other remarks reveals similarly negative responses. Nevertheless, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True still made approximately $120 million in sales.

14 Best: Toy Story (100%)

Toy Story was ambitious in scope, it being the first animated Disney feature that was fully animated with CGI. Audiences had never seen this kind of animated film before and impressed audiences made the movie a runaway hit. Though CGI animated movies have come a long way since then, Toy Story still holds up. The interplay between Woody the Cowboy (played by Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is the highlight of the film. Though they have different perceptions of reality, they learn to work together to make sure they don’t get left behind in their boy Andy’s move.

Toy Story garnered three Academy Award nominations and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for being the first feature-length computer-animated film. It has two hit sequels, with a third in production.

13 Worst: Blank Check (11%)

What if a kid found a blank check that allowed him to spend a million dollars? That’s the intriguing premise behind Blank Check, a movie that didn’t really build a successful story out of this great idea. Through an implausible series of events, young Preston Waters is given a blank check to help pay for a bicycle accident involving a car. But he’s given the wrong check, and the person who gave it to him is a criminal. Preston spends the rest of the movie spending lavishly while trying to avoid the authorities and the criminal who is hot on his tail.

One top critic explains it’s “One of those smart-aleck kid adventures that manages to be entirely obnoxious with very little effort.” A Rotten Tomatoes super reviewer hilariously opined, “If you loved Home Alone, you’ll still gonna hate Blank Check!”

12 Best: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (100%)

Though many modern audiences have never heard of Darby O’Gill and the Little People, it probably remains the most successful movie ever made about Leprechauns. In the film, the aging laborer and caretaker Darby O’Gill has spent much of his life trying to catch the Leprechauns. One day, in his old age, he is actually caught by them. He spends the rest of the film strategizing how he will spend the three wishes granted upon him by Brian, the King of the Leprechauns.

The film also features a young and dashing Sean Connery as Michael McBride, the love interest to Darby O’Gill’s daughter.

Though it won no awards, it has been critically well-received over the years and had state-of-the-art special effects for its day.

11 Worst: Mr. Magoo (7%)

The character of Mr. Magoo was a successful cartoon character from the late 40’s through the 50’s. The running gag for each story was that millionaire Mr. Magoo was practically blind, which led him into comically dangerous situations. Mr. Magoo was also amazingly lucky, which seemed to save him every time.

The Disney adaptation starred Leslie Nielsen, an actor beloved for being able to handle silly comedy with a straight face. But it just wasn’t enough to save the film, which seemed to suffer from the repetitive and unfunny gags. Critics were beyond cruel to the film. One announced, “The movie is an insult to the intelligence of the entire human race.” Another agrees, “Mr. Magoo is transcendently bad. It soars above ordinary badness as the eagle outreaches the fly. There is not a laugh in it. Not one.”

10 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

After the runaway success of the first Toy Story, a sequel seemed inevitable. Somehow avoiding the curse of most sequels being inferior to the original, Toy Story 2 managed to be a moving story which many think is even better than the first. It also introduced a brand new character to the saga, Jesse the Cowgirl.

Toy Story 2 has one of the most heartbreaking songs in Disney’s collection, When She Loved Me, performed by Sarah McLachlan. The song describes being abandoned by the child she loved, a sequence that left hardly a dry eye in the house. It went on to become a smash hit, just like the first one. Though it won no academy awards, it won many independent awards and some argue it is the best Toy Story movie of the entire franchise.

9 Worst: A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (5%)

A Kid in King Arthur’s Court is very loosely based on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, a story that has been adapted into several other films. Modern ’90s kid Calvin Fuller is playing baseball for his team when an earthquake hits. A chasm opens up on the field and he falls in. Calvin is inexplicably transported to England in the age of King Arthur, where he quickly wows the locals with his modern knowledge. While there, he also falls in love with the local princess.

Critics seemed to be surprised this was a Disney film. One critic laments, “Rarely do the well-financed wizards at Walt Disney Pictures cook up a movie this badly written, acted, and directed.” Another says, “Sitting through it, I found myself shuddering at what Disney may have in store for next summer.”

8 Best: Old Yeller (100%)

Old Yeller was famous for ruining many a childhood with a depressing plot twist, the on-screen demise of its titular dog. After saving his family multiple times over the years from bears, wild hogs, and wolves, Old Yeller finally seals his fate when he fought off a rabid wolf to protect his people. Not only did the the dog pass away, but its owner and best friend Travis had to put him down himself because he had been infected with rabies. This scene has become one of the most famous tear-jerking live-action scenes in all of Disney’s films.

Despite the bummer plot development, the film was still a critical and commercial hit. And it still managed to leave on a high note—by the end, Travis adopts Old Yeller’s puppy and names him Young Yeller.

7 West: Meet the Deedles (4%)

As handsome as Paul Walker was, even he couldn’t have saved Meet the Deedles. The story describes the hapless Phil and Stew Deedle, brothers who are in high school and avid surfers. Their father becomes disgusted with their lazy behavior and sends them off to a boot camp where they can learn some discipline.

In an extremely unlikely series of events, the Deedle brothers assume false identities as park rangers and…hilarity is supposed to ensue.

As with most movies received this badly, the Rotten Tomatoes reviews are hilarious to read. One critic announces dryly, “If all of this sounds ridiculous, it is.” Another is much more cruel, saying, “Dumb is one thing, but this sorry attempt at action-comedy from stuntman turned director Steve Boyum is in an intelligence-deprived class all its own.”

6 Best: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (98%)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was Disney’s first animated film feature and the first animated film to gain massive success. It was actually the profits from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that allowed Disney to build its first full-fledged production studio in Burbank, California. From there, Disney was unleashed to produce dozens of huge hits.

Early forecasters predicted Snow White would be a huge flop, but Disney had the last laugh when the film was finally released. Critics, even the ones predicting its failure, absolutely loved it. Audiences flocked to it and children adored it. Walt Disney received a special Academy Honorary Award for making a “significant screen innovation.” The Honorary Oscar came with seven little miniature Oscars. As with Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, Disney is producing a live-action adaptation of the film.

5 Worst: Mulan 2 (0%)

Did we ever even need a Mulan 2? According to critics, the answer is a resounding “no.” The original Mulan was a hit in 1998, following the adventures of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who became a fearsome warrior against all odds. Mulan 2 features a convoluted plot wherein Mulan prepares to get married and go on an important mission at the same time, trying to prevent several kingdoms from collapsing against the Mongolian hordes.

The plot doesn’t sound terrible, but it didn’t deliver. Critics seemed to dislike it mainly for being bland. One explained, “If it were any more trivial, it’d be invisible. Mulan II is, rather, more conceptually offensive.” Another spoke bluntly, “It’s harmless, sure, but it’s also charmless.” Another sequel was planned but eventually shelved.

4 Best: 101 Dalmatians (98%)

With 101 Dalmatians, Disney opted to develop a somewhat obscure children’s story.  This was a bit different from the popular fairy-tale adaptations that Disney had been known for. After a bachelor and his new blushing bride get married, their respective male and female adult Dalmatians breed a large litter of puppies. An over the top villain, Cruella de Vil, steals them along with other Dalmatian puppies with plans to eventually turn them all into a fur coat. The adult Dalmatians and other animals lead efforts to rescue ALL the puppies and bring them back to safety.

101 Dalmatians cut costs by adopting a more minimal animation style but still was a critical and financial success.

The movie was adapted into two live-action movies in the ’90s and also had an animated sequel in 2003.

3 Worst: The Big Green (0%)

Not many Disney fans know this film even exists. The Big Green was released in 1995 and tells the story of a scrappy British teacher who introduces kids with low self-esteem in a small Texas town the game of soccer. Sort of a Bad News Bears for the soccer crowd, the movie follows these underdog kids as they go from losers to heroes.

However, according to critics, it’s derivative and not as good as either of those films. Perhaps the poster, which features a young kid getting hit in the groin by a soccer ball, is the first sign the “comedy” wasn’t up to par. One critic writes, “The Big Green is at its worst and most desperate when resorting to ridiculous hallucinations and silly sped-up photography to get laughs, and it’s at its best when… well, it’s over.” Yikes.

2 Best: Cinderella (97%)

It’s hard to believe, but Disney suffered a bit of a downturn during WWII and by the late 40s was financially doing poorly. Disney turned back to its classic roots and decided to produce Cinderella, an old story based on folklore and also told in a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. The movie not only brought Disney out of debt, but gave the studio enough capital to create its own film distribution company, begin production on other films, and start building Disneyland and Disney World.

The movie received critical praise not seen since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Pinnochio. Many noted its rich colors and backgrounds, realistic human animation, and memorable music. It was later nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for Bippity Boppity Boo.

1 Worst: Kronk’s New Groove (0%)

The Emperor’s New Groove was a unique and charming Disney film that has become somewhat of a cult classic over the years, featuring the voices of the hilarious David Spade and Patrick Warburton. Its sequel, Kronk’s New Groove was not received nearly as well. Part of the problem may be the thin plot, which has something to do with Kronk running a restaurant, falling in love with a camp counselor, and trying to impress his father. Yzma returns as a villain but doesn’t really have much to do.

Voice talents notwithstanding, the resulting film was a dud with critics.

Pointed out one, “Great voice talents, but weak storyline and frankly not much groove.” Another astutely observed, “It’s just too generic, and generic is not what we want from a sequel to a film that managed to escape the Disney mold.”

Which of these films did you love most? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-07 06:10:17 – Gary Gunter