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How WandaVision Is Setting Up Captain Marvel 2 | Screen Rant

Marvel Studios will introduce a variety of elements in WandaVision that may directly set up the story for Captain Marvel 2. When it was first announced that Scarlet Witch and Vision would star in a Disney+ series, it was not known just how important it could be in setting up the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel has already confirmed that the show will lead directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but that might not be the only future MCU film that WandaVision heavily sets up.

It was recently announced that Captain Marvel 2 is officially in development at Marvel Studios. Marvel is currently searching for a female director to helm the Brie Larson-led sequel ahead of a possible 2022 release date. But, they have already found a writer to tackle the script. Megan McDonnell is in negotiations to write Captain Marvel 2, and while she may not be a household name, her hiring comes on the heels of some experience in the MCU. McDonnell is one of the writers on WandaVision, and her work on the series must have impressed Marvel Studios to secure a highly anticipated tentpole film next.

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News that McDonnell will work on Captain Marvel 2 comes on the heels of WandaVision having multiple connections to the franchise already: Captain Marvel scribe Jac Schaeffer is the showrunner for the series. Her work alongside McDonnell gives WandaVision an extra piece of connectivity to the female-led MCU franchise. Now that McDonnell is set to work on the sequel, details for the show now could be viewed as intentional pieces of set up for a future Carol Danvers story that McDonnell is already familiar with. So, here are all the ways WandaVision could set up Captain Marvel 2.

One way that WandaVision could set up the events of Captain Marvel 2 is through the introduction of SWORD. The space-oriented organization is confirmed to be part of the show thanks to set photos. A building with the SWORD logo was featured on set with Monica Rambeau present, but more on her later. This appears to be paying off Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s credits scene that showed Nick Fury in a space station with Skrulls. The shape-shifting aliens were first introduced in Captain Marvel and became allies of Carol, but the movie also served as Fury beginning to understand that he needs to look beyond Earth for potential threats. It is unknown what role SWORD plays in WandaVision, but the formation of it could prove to be vital to Captain Marvel 2.

There is so far no confirmation that SWORD will be in Captain Marvel 2, but WandaVision establishing it a few years before the film makes it appear more likely. Carol has been reunited with Fury after Avengers: Endgame, so he could easily let her know what he’s been up to recently. After all, Carol cooperated with Fury and SHIELD in her last MCU adventure and could do the same now but with SWORD. It’s possible that Carol could be a member of the cosmic organization alongside her old friend and effectively serve as Fury’s newest superpowered Captain. SWORD could not only potentially provide backup for Carol or send her out on missions, but it could also become somewhat of a home for the former Air Force pilot. And, given the friendly relationship she has with the Skrulls, SWORD could serve as a home for them as well.

Speaking of SWORD, it appears that it could be the entry point for the adult Monica Rambeau to enter WandaVision‘s story. Audiences were previously introduced to Monica in Captain Marvel, but the film’s 1995 setting means that it’s been nearly 30 years in the MCU since she’s been seen. Marvel previously announced that her second MCU appearance would age her up quite a bit, as she is no longer a child in WandaVision. Teyonah Parris has been confirmed to play the adult version of Monica in WandaVision, and set photos have indicated that she might even be an agent for SWORD. What is not known is if Monica has already received her powers or if that transformation has yet to come.

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In any case, WandaVision will do some of the heavy lifting that can allow adult Monica to also appear in Captain Marvel 2. The sequel is confirmed to be in the present day of the MCU – which is roughly 2024 thanks to Spider-Man: Far From Home. This will allow Marvel Studios to bring the great comic friendship between Carol and Monica to the screen if they choose. That dynamic may be somewhat different in the MCU since Carol was best friends with Monica’s mom Maria, but they already have a friendly/familial relationship as a result. With WandaVision bringing Monica closer to her superhero days, it would be quite surprising for her not to be part of Captain Marvel 2 on some level. And if she is working with SWORD, then Monica could be someone who is either in charge of Carol or vice versa.

The final way that WandaVision could set up storylines for Captain Marvel 2 is through the rumored appearance of Hulkling. The Young Avengers member in the comics known as Teddy Altman is a half-Kree/half-Skrull. He will reportedly be seeking protection from SWORD in WandaVision, which is an intriguing detail on its own given his lineage in the comics; he’s the son of Mar-Vell and a Skrull princess. While Hulkling’s backstory is not confirmed to be the same in the MCU, his dual lineage has previously been at the center of some conflict between the Kree and Skrulls. WandaVision may not touch on the alien politics too much, but that is something perfect for Captain Marvel 2 to explore.

The first film already centered around the ongoing war between the Kree and Skrulls, but the emergence of Hulkling could potentially reignite such conflict. Although the Skrulls are mostly peaceful and the Kree empire defeated, the Skrulls are at least keeping an eye on the Kree. A prime example of this comes in Spider-Man: Far From Home when Talos – disguised as Nick Fury – mentions that there are Kree sleeper cells and that this is supposed to be top secret information. SWORD and their Skrull friends potentially housing a Kree could finally pay off Ronan’s threat from the end of Captain Marvel that the Kree would return to Earth. At the very least, Hulkling could serve as an entry point for Captain Marvel 2 to explore the fallout of the previous Kree/Skrull war, especially if he lived through it.

These are just the ways that WandaVision could set up Captain Marvel 2 that we know of now. If all of these elements are part of the set up for Carol Danvers’ sequel, then the Disney+ show will undoubtedly include additional pieces of information that add more context to these connections. With WandaVision now slated to begin streaming this year, it won’t be too long before these potential details are confirmed and Captain Marvel 2‘s story crystalizes.

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2020-01-24 05:01:26

Cooper Hood

YOU Season 2: 5 Reasons The L.A. Setting Is Awesome (5 Reasons NYC Was Better)

Crime drama YOU has been one of the most talked about TV shows in the past few months, and much of the focus is on how creepy Joe is. Penn Badgley does an incredible job portraying his character, and it’s safe to say that the setting of the show is almost a character in itself.

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In the first season, Joe is stalking and spying on Beck (Elizabeth Bail) in New York City, and in the second season, he moves to Los Angeles and sets his sights on Love (Victoria Pedretti). Both cities play a really important part in the storytelling. Here are five reasons that the L.A. setting is awesome on YOU and five reasons that NYC was better.

10 L.A.: The Show Explores Celebrity In A Smart And Funny Way

There’s something about L.A. that makes people think that they could be famous, and YOU explores that in a really intelligent way. From the moment that Joe arrives at the airport, he sees a man being mobbed by fans (and he later realizes that’s the stand-up comedian Henderson, played by Chris D’Elia). It’s clear that people are all desperate to find success and recognition.

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Whether he’s at a house party trying to find some intel or dealing with Love’s twin brother Forty, who swears he’ll be a great filmmaker soon, Joe is disgusted by the quest for fame, although he seems kind of fascinated by it at the same time. This aspect of the second season is amazing, and it’s a reason why the L.A. setting works so well.

9 NYC: The Bookstore Helps Establish Joe’s Character

At first, Joe seems like a handsome guy full of charm, and it’s easy to imagine how Beck (and Candace… and probably many others) could fall in love with him. Viewers are introduced to Joe in the NYC bookstore, and this is a huge part of his identity as he has always been a big reader.

Since Joe was truly in his element in the bookstore, that’s one point for the NYC setting. It really helps establish his character and it could be one reason why people are still drawn to him even though he does terrible things.

8 L.A.: Joe’s Apartment Complex Is Super Creepy

While Joe didn’t exactly live in luxury in New York, his L.A. apartment complex is pretty creepy. It has some Melrose Place vibes thanks to the courtyard (although there’s no pool) and it feels like although Joe always spies on people, others are watching him all the time.

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Since Delilah (Carmela Zumbado) doesn’t trust Joe from the moment that she first sees him, and since viewers are always on edge wondering who Joe is going to hurt next, this setting has a high creep factor.

7 NYC: The Glass Cage In The Bookstore Basement Is Scarier Than The Storage Locker

It’s terrifying when Will (Robin Lord Taylor) and Delilah end up in Joe’s glass cage in the L.A. storage locker, but there was something even worse about the structure that was set up in the NYC bookstore basement.

Because no one would suspect it to be there, and because it was leftover from when Joe’s boss at the bookstore, Mr. Mooney (Mark Blum) set it up, it was so horrifying. Watching Joe repeat the pattern that Mr. Mooney did to him by trapping people in there is just too eerie.

6 L.A.: Anavrin Is A Perfect Setting

From the moment that Joe gets hired in the “bookstore” at Anavrin, it’s clear that this is an amazing setting for the show. People wonder if the store is supposed to be Erewhon, which is a well-known natural food store in Los Angeles that sells similar healthy products. Anavrin is the backward spelling of “Nirvana” and since Love and Forty’s parents own it, it becomes both a way for Joe to get close to his new obsession and a bit of a trap.

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The scenes filmed in this store are dreamy as everything, from the produce to the baked goods to the bottled juice, looks delicious and healthy and like it could change someone’s life in an instant. It’s a powerful and interesting place.

5 NYC: Joe’s Relationship With Paco Was Interesting

One aspect of the first season that humanized Joe was his relationship with Paco (Luca Padovan), the kid who lives in his apartment building. He knows that Paco’s mother is in an abusive situation and he takes Paco under his wing, lending him books.

Fans wondered if Joe was actually a good guy… but only for a split second, of course, because then Joe murders Paco’s mother’s boyfriend and acts like it’s just what you have to do sometimes.

4 L.A.: Joe Can’t Control His Environment In The Same Way

When comparing the first and second seasons of YOU, it’s clear that there’s one major difference: when he’s in New York, Joe is in total control of his physical environment. He calls the shots and he knows what’s going on. But when he moves to L.A., that changes and he suddenly can’t control anything.

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Whether he’s getting his finger chopped off by Jasper (Steven W. Bailey) or he’s trying to blackmail Henderson, things keep going awry for Joe. He’s in a new place with people who are used to manipulating others to get what they want, and he can’t handle it.

3 NYC: Joe’s Coworker At The Bookstore Gave Some Comic Relief

Season two of YOU is much darker and can feel a bit tough to watch sometimes. While the first season does have a lot of sadness, there was a bit of comic relief, and it came in the form of Ethan, Joe’s coworker at the bookstore.

Ethan, played by Zach Cherry, is hilarious and any scene with him adds a bit of a lighter tone that is sorely needed with this type of story.

2 L.A.: Joe Hates It, Which Adds Another Layer To The Story

As soon as Joe lands in L.A., he explains to the audience that it’s not exactly his favorite city. He doesn’t feel comfortable among so many people who are obsessed with posting on social media and filming their daily lives, and instead of chasing fame, he wants to hide and keep his secrets close to his chest.

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The fact that Joe feels so strongly about his new home is fascinating and adds another layer to the already amazing story. Fans of the show are fine with watching Joe sweat a little since, of course, he’s such a bad person.

1 NYC: Joe Fit In Better With The Hipster, Literary New Yorkers

All Joe has to do is talk to his neighbors or anyone who works at the fancy grocery store and it becomes totally clear that he’s a New Yorker art heart. He fits in better with people who read actual books and spend time in cafes rather than people who talk about green juice and cassava chips.

Even though the second season of YOU is well-crafted and the Los Angeles location is great, there was something special about the NYC setting. The fact that he fit in with his peers honestly made his obsession with Beck even scarier (and even more compelling to watch) because it was like no one saw it coming. He just didn’t stick out as much as he does in L.A.

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2020-01-21 01:01:31

Aya Tsintziras

Critical Role Becomes Official Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Setting

The next sourcebook for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition will take players to Wildemount, the setting of the popular roleplaying show Critical Role. Recent crossovers have mashed up Dungeons and Dragons with Magic: The Gathering, the Acquisitions Incorporated actual play show, and even Rick and Morty.

Starting as an actual play show in 2015, Critical Role has grown over the years into a massively successful enterprise with a devoted legion of fans who call themselves Critters. Last year, Critical Role ran a Kickstarter to fund an animated adaptation of its first campaign called The Legend of Vox Machina, which reached its $750,000 funding goal on the first day. Critical Role’s success largely comes down to its cast, a crew of actors with dozens of credits across live action shows, cartoons, and video games including The Last of Us, Resident Evil, and Overwatch.

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With the release of the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, Critical Role will become an official part of D&D. The guidebook will include four adventures, each set in a different region of the new campaign setting, Wildemount. To help flesh out the setting, the book contains descriptions of the major factions and, according to Wizards of the Coast, secrets and details about Wildemount that have never been revealed in the Critical Role show. It will also introduce plenty of options usable even in campaigns not set in Wildemount, such as spells, magic items, and the Echo Knight subclass. The book is written by Critical Role’s dungeon master, Matthew Mercer, who previously developed the unofficial Blood Hunter subclass available on D&D Beyond.

In addition to the new tabletop sourcebook, Wizards of the Coast is invested in expanding the Dungeons & Dragons video game universe. Last year, the publisher acquired developer Tuque Games to work on a new Dark Alliance game set in the D&D universe, and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios is currently working on a follow-up to the beloved Baldur’s Gate cRPG series. According to Wizards of the Coast, “seven or eight” D&D video games are in the works, so even players who never want to roll a d20 in their life will soon have their fill of the franchise.

Along with podcasts like Friends at the Table and The Adventure Zone, Critical Role was one of the first actual play shows to gain wide attention, bringing tabletop RPGs to a wider audience. With the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, countless new Dungeons and Dragons players will be able to explore the setting of the show that got them into the hobby in the first place.

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Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount will be available March 17, 2020.

Source: Wizards of the Coast

2020-01-13 01:01:51

Bryan Lawver

Supernatural Season 15 Is Setting Up A Happy End For Sam, Not Dean

At least one Winchester brother could find happiness when Supernatural season 15 comes to an end, and right now that looks to be Sam. Over the course of 14-and-a-bit seasons, Sam and Dean Winchester have endured death, purgatory, lacking a soul, demonic possession and being locked in a cage with the devil himself. Consequently, one of the big questions Supernatural‘s final, fifteenth season has to answer is how this epic tale will end for Sam and Dean and, crucially, if they will still be alive when the concluding episode rolls its end credits.

Moving towards its endgame, Supernatural‘s big boss has been revealed as Chuck, the God of Supernatural‘s world. Faced with their own creator, the Winchesters and their allies are desperately fighting the odds to not only break free of Chuck’s cruel manipulation, but also to save the world from the whims of a pretentious writer that triggers the apocalypse when he’s having a bad afternoon. Watching Supernatural season 15, it’s clear where some of the pieces are being moved into their final positions. Old favorite characters such as Kevin Tran are given a sendoff and loose plot threads like the fate of the Darkness are tied up. More relevant, however, is how Supernatural is setting up the respective endings of the Winchester brothers.

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The Winchester brothers have always struggled when it comes to relationships, from Sam’s college girlfriend dying in episode one to Dean having to wipe the memory of his long-term partner, Lisa, after repeatedly putting her in danger. In season 15, however, Supernatural has spent multiple episodes building a romance story between Sam and fellow hunter, Eileen Leahy. When Eileen first appeared in season 11, she and Sam had a certain unspoken chemistry, but season 15 sees Sam actually bring Eileen back from the dead. Currently living with the Winchesters in their bunker, Sam and Eileen’s relationship has blossomed into something more substantial, and an especially touching scene reveals that Dean is fully supportive, pointing out that Eileen “gets” the Hunter lifestyle.

It would seem strange to not only resurrect Eileen but then retain her as a recurring character if Supernatural doesn’t have a major role for her further further down the line and, at present, that role looks likely to be settling down with Sam Winchester, giving the youngest of the brothers a happy ending. Unfortunately, there’s no such luck for Dean. Purely focused on gunning down God, Dean has performed vocals in a bar band and looks set to reunite with his old pal Benny in a future episode, but these moments feel more like bucket list check-offs than steps towards lasting happiness. Based on the landscape as it stands from the first half of season 15, it looks like Supernatural could have Dean go down in a blaze of glory, and Sam retire for a peaceful life with someone he loves.

This is arguably a fitting end for Supernatural. After all, it was Dean who dragged Sam back into “the life” in Supernatural‘s very first episode, and taking care of his younger brother has consistently been one of Dean’s main motivations throughout the series. Having said that, it’s also worth noting how season 15’s earlier episodes positioned Sam as a potential villain for Supernatural‘s finale. The flashes of evil Sam, the bullet-wound connection to Chuck, and God’s desire to have Sam and Dean fight each other to the death all point towards some kind of turn towards the dark side for Sam. Perhaps Eileen’s purpose isn’t actually as a love interest, but as a final episode sacrifice to show how far Sam falls when God’s plan finally takes hold.

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Supernatural season 15 continues in 2020 on The CW.

2019-12-20 05:12:27

Craig Elvy

Disney Earns Record-Setting $10 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

Disney has earned a record-setting $10 billion at the worldwide box office. With the recent success of numerous films including Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Toy Story 4, Disney has been growing at an astonishing rate. The recent growing success of Disney shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, given that the studio has always been a prominent player in the entertainment industry. But over the past few years particularly, Disney has begun to buy up and consume its competition at such a rate many have begun to question whether the day will come when all forms of multimedia are owned by Disney in some capacity.

What’s more, Disney’s most recent foray into the highly competitive world of video streaming via the Disney+ subscription service has created yet another avenue for the studio to potentially dominate. It seems like every other month a new blockbuster is arriving from Disney, and this summer alone brought some seriously major achievements to the studio, thanks in no small part to Avengers: Endgame’s box office dominance. The highly successful run of Avengers: Endgame culminated in the film knocking Avatar from the number one spot of the highest grossing films of all time list, and Disney’s worldwide recent success hasn’t ended there.

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According to Variety, Disney is now on the cusp of crossing the $10 billion mark at the worldwide box office. This feat has never before been accomplished, and Disney’s current worldwide box office tally after this weekend sits at $9.997 billion, shattering its own 2016 record for global box office takings of $7.6 billion. The landmark is expected to be clinched within the next day or so for Disney, but what’s perhaps even more remarkable about this latest achievement is only a matter of weeks remain until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to be released, as well as the fact that the current box office tally does not represent the number of movies acquired in Disney’s purchase of Fox. When those returns are included, the number grows to $11.9 billion worldwide.

It’s clear at this point the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy is going to be another huge draw for Disney, and its box office numbers could very well be record-breaking themselves, even with current warnings regarding Rise of Skywalker’s potentially seizure-inducing sequences. Disney’s past year has already seen five films reach the billion dollar mark: Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, The Lion King, Toy Story 4 and Captain Marvel. As the situation currently stands, Frozen 2 is also well on its way to becoming yet another billion dollar film for Disney.

For all the praise and excitement over Disney’s ongoing box office domination, the aforementioned concern by many that the studio is perhaps becoming too big does bear considering. Recent reports of Disney vaulting classic films such as Alien, The Princess Bride and The Omen and preventing theaters from screening them paints a grim future for cinema. At the same time, the possibility Marvel fans will be required to own a Disney+ subscription in order to keep up with the MCU comes off to many as more than a little manipulative. Yet, regardless of these questionable practices, the future remains bright for Disney, and 2020 will surely continue to illustrate that.

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Source: Variety

2019-12-08 03:12:55

Mike Jones

Andy Cohen Jokes About Setting Up His Son with Teresa Giudice’s​ Daughter

Andy Cohen of Watch What Happens Live joked about setting up his newborn son with Teresa Giudice’s​ daughter. The two reality stars have been close friends since Teresa manhandled Andy back on a reunion show. They even bumped into one another while on vacation.

Cohen has been great at keeping fans everywhere up to date with baby Benjamin’s every move. The famous tot just landed People’s Cutest Baby Alive, which was printed in the Sexiest Man Alive issue. Cohen has enjoyed fatherhood and is often quoted as saying that every day is a new adventure. The nine-month-old has already rubbed elbows with his dad’s famous friends, which include Jimmy Fallon, Vicki Gunvalson, and Mark Consuelos. The icing on the cake was when the baby made his first appearance in his father’s famous Bravo clubhouse.

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Cohen is known for his humor and wit when it comes to interacting with the housewives. Now, he is including his baby son, Benjamin Allen, in on the fun. The late-night host had some interesting ideas for the future of his young son and his far-off dating life. On an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the new father played one of his infamous games of housewives’ matchmaker with his guest Caitlin McGee. According to People, McGee asked Cohen who he may think would be a good match for his young son.

The king of Bravo was unable to answer at first as The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice was also a guess and laughed out loud, saying that it was a very good question. Cohen agreed that the question was creative and then asked the actress if his answer needed to be age-appropriate. McGee quickly replied that age wasn’t a factor. Giudice laughed once more, saying, “Who cares about age,” poking fun of the rumors of her younger man. Cohen eventually answered that he would choose Giudice’s youngest daughter, Audriana, who is ten years old. The panel decided his answer was cute and even joked that, since Giudice was in the studio, they could set up the arranged date now.

While the friends jokingly arranged marriage of their two children years down the road, it was still enjoyable for fans to imagine the Cohen and Giudice families uniting. Currently, on the newest season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Giudice is navigating through new struggles as her husband still sits in ICE custody. Both Cohen and Giudice have just returned from a successful BravoCon and look forward to what the New Year may bring.

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Source: People

2019-12-04 02:12:05

Jennifer O'Brien

Cyberpunk 2077’s Setting Designed To Shake Up Genre | Screen Rant

In a recent interview, Cyberpunk 2077 concept art coordinator Marthe Jonkers stated that the game’s setting is designed to be a “fresh take” on the cyberpunk genre. The upcoming RPG from CD Projekt Red takes place in the fictional Californian metropolis of Night City, and despite its name, the setting appears to be uncommonly sunny for a cyberpunk title.

The cyberpunk genre is generally known for its dark futuristic tropes: unbridled technology, corporate dystopia, cybernetic transhumanism and sociopolitical turmoil. These themes are usually packed into a sprawling-yet-claustrophobic city soaked in rain, neon, and darkness, creating the archetypal cyberpunk aesthetic. As CD Projekt Red has showed off more of Cyberpunk 2077 at various trade shows, some have reacted to the game’s aesthetic with surprise and even disappointment. Many of the events seen in the gameplay and cinematic trailers take place on a bright, sunny day, in contrast to the genre’s established look. But according to CDPR, that’s a fully intentional design decision.

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Marthe Jonkers, concept art coordinator on Cyberpunk 2077, discussed its aesthetic design in an interview with “When we showed the demo last year, people were surprised at first that it was so sunny,” she said. “They expected rainy, dark cyberpunk but you can make a cyberpunk city in California. Of course, it will rain there, because we have a weather system, and it will also be night, but we are really trying to get this fresh take on cyberpunk.” She stated that the CD Projekt Red team knows the whole canon of cyberpunk, from books to films and beyond. But despite internalizing everything the genre has done over the years, they wanted to take it in a more unique direction.

Cyberpunk 2077‘s aesthetic isn’t just about being visually brighter, though. Jonkers further explains that CDPR diversified Night City’s visual design by tapping into the lore of the original Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop game and thinking about the fashions and styles that came and went, from architecture and clothing to vehicle and weapon design. As a result, Night City is a melting pot of four distinct styles, each of which stems from a period of the world’s history between 2020 and 2077. “Entropism” is rooted in a time of mass poverty, with designs of necessity over style. “Kitsch” was a time of economic recovery, and designs emphasized colorful style over substance. “Neomilitarism” saw the rise of megacorporations and dark, sharp substance over style. “Neokitsch” is both style and substance, as the gap between rich and poor grows wider leading up to the events of the game.

With all of these styles overlapping each other in Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 sounds like it should have a wealth of visual variety. Though there’s been debate over the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a first-person game, that perspective should be the best way to see all the details that Jonkers and her team have put in. And given that there are plenty of other cyberpunk video games out there, an aesthetic shake-up could be just what Cyberpunk 2077 needs to stand out from the perpetually dark and rainy competition.

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2019-09-22 04:09:14

Connor Trinske

Elizabeth Olsen Teases 1950s Setting For WandaVision Disney+ Series

Actress Elizabeth Olsen revealed that WandaVision will be set in the ‘50s. Based on the Marvel characters Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) and Vision, the Disney+ limited series will begin filming in the fall and will reportedly be six hours long. Earlier this month, Disney and Marvel officially announced WandaVision.

In the MCU, Olsen made her franchise debut as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Olsen later reprised the superhero character in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. In the new MCU film Avengers: Endgame, Olsen will once again reprise her character, along with numerous others who were previously manipulated by the big baddie Thanos. For WandaVision, Olsen will co-star with her MCU love interest Paul Bettany, who will reprise his franchise role as the android Vision. On April 16, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that WandaVision will intersect with the MCU’s Phase 2 “in a very big way.”

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Per Variety, Olsen recently teased WandaVision by revealing that the Disney+ series will take place in ‘50s. This information is based on the streaming platform’s launch chat, with Olsen noting “There’s quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision… they showed a photo of us in the ’50s.” For WandaVision, Captain Marvel co-writer Jac Schaeffer will serve as the writer, producer, and showrunner. She also co-wrote the upcoming comedy The Hustle starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, along with the upcoming MCU film Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role. As for Olsen’s WandaVision co-star Bettany, he previously received a Saturn Award nomination for his supporting performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Most recently, he portrayed Dryden Vos in Ron Howard’s space western Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Olsen is the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, both of whom famously starred in the late ’80s/early ‘90s ABC sitcom Full House. After delivering an acclaimed performance in 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene – her feature film debut – Olsen has since appeared in films like Silent House, Godzilla, and I Saw the Light.

Based on Elizabeth Olsen’s MCU character arc, franchise fans will undoubtedly be curious to see how she’s incorporated into Avengers: Endgame. But, as the saying goes, the writing seems to be on the wall given the existence of WandaVision, and Marvel seemingly has plenty of surprises on the way. Disney+ will also produce a limited series focused on the MCU’s Loki, along with a separate series about Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

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Source: Variety

2019-04-25 10:04:46

Q.V. Hough