World War Z Game Trailer: A Former SAS Soldier Does Whatever It Takes To Survive

It only takes a single bite for a person to be turned into a zombie, which will give their allies enough reason to put them down before they turn into a member of the undead. The truly practical individual wouldn’t waste a precious bullet on a former friend and would rely on other means of dealing with them, such as tossing them out of a helicopter while it’s still in the air, which is exactly what happens in the latest trailer for the World War Z video game.

The World War Z franchise is best-known for the 2013 movie and the novel that it’s based on, but the series is entering the realm of video games later this month with a new four-player co-operative shooter title that follows several different groups of survivors in locations across the world, such as Moscow, New York, Jerusalem, and Tokyo, as they complete varied missions while facing off against massive hordes of zombies. World War Z uses the proprietary Swarm Engine to allow the players to face off against hundreds of zombies at once in desperate pitched battles, where they will need to use the environment to their advantage in order to survive.

Related: World War Z Horde Gameplay Trailer Recreates Movie’s Zombie Tsunami

The latest character to be featured in a reveal trailer for World War Z is Ethan Wolfe, who spent sixteen years as a British SAS soldier before being hired by the Mossad as an advisor. Ethan was in Jerusalem when the zombie uprising happened and he had to rely on his training in order to survive, which required him to make some sacrifices along the way.

Ethan’s trailer begins with him being punished at school for his misbehavior, which transitions into showing a much older Ethan as a soldier, who has learned to suppress his instincts until the moment when they are needed. The moment arrives when one of his fellow soldiers is bitten by a zombie, which prompts Ethan to toss him out of the helicopter door to his doom.

There have been several character trailers released for World War Z and the playable cast members have to use their unconventional skills in order to survive, such as a former weapons dealer who returns to his homeland in order to defend it, an ex-gangster whose criminal career is cut short by the arrival of zombies, and a computer hacker who used her knowledge of the upcoming undead horde to prepare for the war to come. Ethan’s military background might make him the most suitable character to deal with zombies in combat, but his practicality might make him even more efficient at dealing with his allies, should the situation arise.

World War Z is due to be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16, 2019. For more information, visit the official website:

Source: YouTube

2019-04-15 09:04:19

Scott Baird

Falcon & Winter Soldier TV Series Confirmed, Logo Revealed

Disney has officially confirmed a Falcon & Winter Soldier series is in the works for Disney+ and revealed the first logo. Marvel Studios has dominated the big screen over the last eleven years, but now that they’re moving into Phase 4, they’re also expanding their reach to the small screen. Thanks to Disney’s own streaming service, Marvel Studios is set to make TV shows based around characters who haven’t received enough spotlight already.

One of these series has long been rumored to be a team up series between Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). It was previously reported that a showrunner had been found for the series, but Disney and Marvel had yet to confirm that the series was happening. They have previously only confirmed that a Tom Hiddleston led Loki series is on the way.

Related: Everything We Know About Marvel’s Disney Plus Shows

During Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting today focused on the upcoming launch of their streaming service, Disney+, the Falcon & Winter Soldier series was finally confirmed. The news came as Disney showed off a version of the service, which featured the first logo for Falcon & Winter Soldier on the platform. Check out the logo below:

Now that Falcon & Winter Soldier is confirmed to be on the way, fans will be patiently waiting to get more details on what it will contain and when it could take place. Both characters are currently victims of Thanos’ snap in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is expected that both will be brought back to life by the end of Avengers: Endgame. It has previously been theorized that the series could potentially serve as them figuring out who can take on the Captain America mantle next. That’s not confirmed at this point, but Feige has indicated that these shows will have a lasting impact on the future of the MCU – so picking the next Cap would do just that.

With Disney already highlighting Falcon & Winter Soldier, it could potentially be one of the first live-action shows from Marvel Studios to arrive on Disney+. There has yet to be any news on production gearing up, much less beginning, and there has been no promise so far that it will be available when Disney+ launches. With an additional series focused on Scarlet Witch and Vision also in development, this will likely be just one of many new pieces of MCU content to arrive on the streaming service.

More: Every Exclusive TV Show & Movie Coming To Disney Plus

Source: Disney

2019-04-11 03:04:31

Cooper Hood

The Avengers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Captain America And The Winter Soldier’s Relationship

With Avengers: Endgame on the rise, fans are speculating the safety of their favorite characters. Creators and trailers have hinted at the serious sacrifice the surviving Avengers will have to make to save everyone. One of the characters most in danger, according to the internet, is Captain America. Not only has the character lost his closest friend and is more motivated that ever, but in the real world Chris Evans’ contract is up after the film. This might be the last film fans will ever see Steve Rogers in.

While heroism helps motivate Cap to commit to fatal sacrifices, there’s another piece in play: Bucky Barnes. Right after Thanos’ fateful snap, The Winter Soldier disintegrated before his best friend’s eyes. Throughout the Captain America films, Steve has shown the lengths he’s willing to go to in order to protect Bucky. They’re friends, family, and the most important person in each others’ lives. Losing Bucky (again) is something Steve doesn’t want to do.

It’s not every day people get to have a best friend for over a hundred years, after all.

This bond has spanned decades of comics, several movies, and animated stories, so it’s a pretty deep-seeded part of the Marvel universe. But unless a fan’s looked at it all, there are important parts of their relationship that could pass right on by.

Here are 25 Things You Don’t Know About Captain America And The Winter Soldier’s Relationship.

25 Bucky Started Out As A Kid Sidekick

Most people know Bucky Barnes as The Winter Soldier, the hunky childhood friend of Captain America. While both men were lost to time, Barnes was the tortured soul used by Hydra to further their evil machinations.

However, in the comics, Bucky started out a young ward to Steve Rogers, a kid who helped him in his superhero adventures. The teen idolized the american man with a shield and they became a team. Unfortunately for him, though, the partnership ended with Bucky’s abrupt passing during Avengers #56, in 1968.

It wasn’t until 2005 that Hydra warped the young Barnes and turned him into The Winter Soldier fans know and love today.

24 Both Men Flirt With The Black Widow

Whether it’s the movies or comics, Black Widow has had a large variety of relationships. Two men that seem to pop up in her life over and over again, though, are Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Early on in the MCU, it seemed like they were setting up a Natasha/Steve pairing but never followed through. And elsewhere? In Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow, Cap and Widow even have a son named James Rogers.

Bucky and Natasha have quite the history, though, too. While under Hydra control, Black Widow was not only a fellow agent, but his trainer at times. Canonically, during their brainwashed time together, they fell in love. It’s unknown if the MCU is keeping that part of its canon, though.

23 Bucky Ended The Lives Of  Avengers’ Family Members

During his time as Hydra’s Winter Soldier, Hydra coerced him into doing a lot of things his former self would never agree to. Once a war hero, they changed him into the perfect assassin, the kind that could expertly pull off a hit and disappear at a moment’s notice. His assassin career included taking out high-profile targets like dignitaries, scientists, and even JFK himself.

Captain America: Civil War started because of Bucky’s nefarious past, when he was blamed for the bombing of Wakandan King T’Chaka. While that was discovered to be a lie, another horrible target of The Winter Soldier was revealed: Tony Stark’s parents. On Hydra’s orders he eliminated them, leaving their son alone in the world at only 21.

22 Without Steve, The Winter Soldier Wouldn’t Be Alive

Regardless of who the real Bucky is, as The Winter Soldier, he committed a lot of terrible crimes for Hydra. When he regained control of his mind, of course James Buchanen Barnes despised what he’d done.

However, that didn’t stop people from wanting to bring The Winter Soldier to justice. If it wasn’t for Captain America’s fierce loyalty, Bucky likely would have been destroyed by Natasha in her initial investigation with Nick Fury. Or if Barnes in any way came to his senses, the Sakovia Accords would have outed him and put him in danger. Steve’s protection the only reason he ever made it to Avengers: Infinity War.

21 Young Bucky Stays Gone

In the current comic climate, it’s rare for lost characters to stay in their graves. In the ’60s, though, Marvel comics did something wild and revolutionary by ending young Bucky Barnes’ life and keeping it that way. Over the decades, losing him has been a constant source of anguish for Captain America. Furthermore, some creators thought it was important to show the danger of including children in heroics.

Though Barnes has returned as the Winter Soldier, the younger version of him has stayed gone. Marvel comics have only included him as an adult since his resurrection in 2005. Out with eager child, in with brooding, troubled ex-Hydra agent.

20 In Some Comic Runs, Bucky Is Captain America

Throughout comics’ run, artists have always played with passing down the mantle of certain titles to different characters. Bruce Wayne isn’t the only Batman. “Thor” has now passed onto several new Gods. Even the Avengers have evolved into the West Coast Avengers or the Young Avengers. Captain America is no different. While Falcon (AKA Sam Wilson) is a common candidate, he isn’t the only friend of Steve’s to take over the mantle. Bucky Barnes himself has become Captain America when Steve has stepped down. Steve even recommended him for the job.

Barnes’ version of Captain America has a bulletproof suit and pistols. While effective and dedicated to heroism, his past still leaves a dark stain on his reputation and his mind.

19 The Captain America Creator Named Bucky After His Childhood Friend

When it comes to character creation, it’s not uncommon to name characters after people. Captain America creator Joe Simon gave his good childhood friend, Bucky Pierson, that honor when concocting Steve Rogers’ sidekick. Though he was Cap’s young protege, his bond with Bucky meant a lot to him. Losing the young boy haunted Steve for decades.

In the MCU, Bucky’s identity is a bit more meta to its origin. This Barnes is a golden boy athlete and best friend of Steve, instead of a younger kid. That fits Simon’s old friend’s description. After all, the real Bucky was captain of the high school basketball team.

18 Both Men Are Over 100 Years Old, Chronologically

Of all the Avengers (excluding Thor,) Steve and Bucky are by far the oldest members. Hailing from the 1940’s, these WWII soldiers are brave, heroic men. With time, though, they’ve gained a lot of scars and pain. Steve has lost too many people to time. Bucky lost himself to Hydra. However, both men can bond over the people they used to be  and the past they once had.

No matter the hard times between them and the enemies they’ve faced, they can get through all of it together. After all, Steve remembers when Bucky was a hero and Bucky remembers when Steve was just a man.

17 Bucky Started Out As The Perfect Golden Boy

Whether fans are talking sidekick boy Bucky Barnes or the man who became The Winter Soldier, either one of them started out a golden boy. Strong, athletic, and good-hearted, Bucky has always been a pinnacle of pride and heroics. His best friend Steve admired that in him, and so did the original Captain America that took young Barnes in as his sidekick.

Hydra may have done a lot of things to the war hero, but that can’t take away who he was. There is a part of The Winter Soldier that will always want to be a good hero. It’s why Steve and him became so close.

16 They’re Both Fugitives

After the Sakovia Accords, life changed irreparably for both WWII soldiers frozen in time. Wakanda had to re-freeze and heal The Winter Soldier. Captain America had to go on the run with Black Widow and others because of his Accords opposition. Under the eyes of the American government, both men are fugitives and criminals. If they were caught (pre-Infinity War,) the U.S. government would have sent both of them  to the terrible meta-human prison, The Raft.

The past few years have been spent in hiding from the very people they spent decades wanting to protect.

With the world in chaos after Thanos, though, there likely will be exceptions made for Cap and others.

15 In An Alternate Universe, Bucky Commands Steve’s Unit And Becomes White Skull

Most Marvel storylines follow similar origins, but sometimes creators get, well, creative. In an alternate timeline story, Bucky and Steve’s relationship is completely altered. Instead of mentor/mentee or childhood friends, they meet as grown men in the army. Barnes in Steve’s commanding officer in the American Civil War and leads him through battle. Another big change is that “Buck” doesn’t become The Winter Soldier or simply lose his life. Instead, he becomes The White Skull, fighting against Captain America.

Also, in this timeline, Lincoln never was assassinated and Native American culture is revered by the whole country, wildly different from the real events of the time period.

14 Marvel’s Changing Timeline Protects Their Origin Story

Other than a few, off-hand stories, Captain America and The Winter Soldier are always tied to WWII. Their origins are rooted in the world-wide conflict, building them into the men they are today. Because of this, Marvel’s sliding timeline rarely effects their origins.

This means that, while Peter Parker’s teen style may evolve with the changing decades, the core of Steve and Bucky’s past remains unmoved. After all, their origins aren’t just the 40’s because that was an arbitrary choice. That time was when these good, young men became the heroes they are today. It’s very similar to the Wonder Woman’s involvement with WWII and Steve Trevor in the DC comics.

13 The U.S. Government Honors Their WWII Service

Both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, officially, lost their lives in the line of duty. They helped protect the Allied forces against Hydra during WWII and were heroes for it.

Between WWII and current day, the U.S. government found ways to honor the lost heroes that day. Captain America was commemorated and Bucky Barnes had his own memorial. Though it was a morbid sight, seeing America honorably display his history helped remind The Winter Soldier of who he once was.

While they both ultimately didn’t perish in WWII, it was still impressive to both receive such high honors for their service. They even got to see the results of those actions in the future, for better or worse.

12 Captain America Replaced Bucky With A Doppleganger

While Bucky Barnes was dear to Cap’s heart, he wasn’t the guy’s only sidekick. Most notably he also teamed up with Rick Jones, the spitting image of his old companion. Though his hair was a little longer and he was a lot more annoying, the strong face, brown hair, and intense eyes were all there.

However, looking like Bucky wasn’t what made Cap team up with Rick. Rick inserted himself by Steve’s side and the hero agreed because of his soft spot for Bucky. No matter how similar they looked, Rick simply just wasn’t the same. He took Bucky’s costume and name without Cap’s permission and was a jerk about the whole sensitive situation.

11 They Have A Complicated Relationship With Wakanda

When The Winter Soldier and Captain America first encountered Wakanda, the Black Panther was hot on their heels, wanting to make Bucky suffer for his supposed crimes. After all, he was wanted for the loss of The Black Panther’s father, King T’Chaka. The pair had to evade Wakanda at every turn.

However, when Investigations revealed Bucky didn’t cause T’Chaka’s passing, Wakanda grew softer to the duo. They understood Steve’s desire to protect the tortured Winter Soldier. They even helped him keep Barnes away from American forces and heal him. Wakanda is the only reason he was able to fight by Steve’s side ever again.

10 Pre-Captain America Transformation, Steve Only Trusted Bucky

When MCU Steve Rogers was a kid, he was treated poorly. He wasn’t always the big, powerful, beefy man people know Cap for. The hero used to be skinny, weak, and heroic, despite his physical deficiencies.

Between losing his parents and the copious bullies he fought off, the only person he had anymore was his best friend, Bucky Barnes. Barnes not only supported Steve, but he protected him against the darker parts of the world. Despite his friend’s good heart, Bucky was vehemently against Rogers joining the army. After all, he didn’t want to lose Steve just because he wanted to be a hero. Even though he trusted Barnes, he defied his friend.

Lucky for Bucky, Steve became the hero he always dreamed of being.

9 They Both Liked Peggy Carter

From the second Steve met Peggy Carter, he was enamored with her brilliance and indomitable spirit. Over their time working together, the two began to foster feelings for one another. Steve became Captain America, this shining and true hero that Peggy admired. And Peggy? She encouraged Steve to be the man he was always meant to be.

When Bucky finally met Steve again, the scrawny kid he once knew was very different. The second Peggy joined them, he was also charmed by her good looks and strength. However, he was startled to realize he wasn’t the one catching all the girls’ attention anymore. She only had eyes for Steve.

8 Both Men Rely On Metal, Advanced Tech Attachments

At their core, both Captain America and The Winter Soldier are super-serumed warriors with advanced tech. While Bucky relies on his robotic arm, Steve relies on his powerful, bulletproof shield. Not only are they staples of their fighting styles, but also signature tools that define their hero personas.

When either men got their metal attachments, it changed them as people. With Hydra, Bucky’s robotic arm marked his assimilation into their ranks. Meanwhile, Cap’s shield became his symbol of protection and strength.

Though these items don’t define them, they do represent their past, who they are as heroes, and who they are as people.

7 They Will Sacrifice Their Lives For One Another

Despite their initial physical differences, Bucky and Steve always remained fiercely dedicated to one another. They would do anything to keep each other safe. With this in mind, it’s why Bucky was cruel about the army to try to protect Steve and sacrificed himself during WWII. Furthermore, it’s the reason Cap risked life and limb to save Barnes from Hydra facilities, the Red Skull, and eventually the U.S. government itself.

Time and time again, they chose each other over anyone else. After all, they were best friends in the 40’s, and now the only family they have in modern day. Without each other, they’d lose a part of themselves that both men cherish: the friendship that encouraged them both to become heroes.

6 Steve And Bucky Met As Children

As a little kid, other kids his age bullied and attacked Steve. Despite being popular and unaffected, Bucky stepped in to protect the young Rogers. Just because he had it all didn’t stop him from believing in protecting others. From this moment on, the pair became fast friends and stuck by each other’s side all the time.

When Steve’s mom passed away, Bucky was there to support, comfort, and protect the young Rogers. Though they disagreed on Steve’s abilities, they became family. Between hard times and good ones (like sneaking to Coney Island to buy hot dogs or gifts for Dolores,) their friendship became the most important thing in both men’s lives.

5 At One Time Or Another, Hydra Brainwashed Both Of Them

Throughout all Marvel storylines, it’s safe to say that Hydra causes a lot of long-term havoc. They brainwash good people, they create monsters, and apparently the Red Skull guards the soul stone, as one does.

While Bucky’s adult storyline has always revolved around Hydra indoctrination, he’s not the only victim. For a little while in recent comics, Captain America also was warped by Hydra to play a part in their machinations.

His horrible past with Hydra defines to The Winter Soldier’s identity. However, others like Black Widow and even Cap himself can bond, share, and support him after those experiences.

4 Captain America Had Other Sidekicks

When Captain America was first created, Bucky Barnes, kid hero, was his only sidekick. They were inseparable and adventured the world together. However, after losing Bucky, Cap went solo for awhile.

Things didn’t stay that way, though, and eventually the American hero picked up new companions. Some of the most famous include Golden Girl and Falcon. Currently in the MCU, Falcon (Sam Wilson) also is around to help Steve in his heroic ventures. Like Bucky sometimes does, Sam has taken up the mantle of Captain America at various times.

Whether fans liked it or not, Cap has had more than his fair share of heroic friends. No one quite replaced Bucky, though.

3 The Winter Soldier Is Steve’s Only Good Reason For Starting Civil War

Civil War is one of the most impactful events in Avengers history, pitting some of the closest friends and allies against one another. With such a aggressive stance on personal freedoms and protecting those he cares about, it makes sense why Captain America would oppose the Sakovia Accords’ rules. However, without Bucky around, that’s likely all Cap would have done: oppose. Someone very dear to him wouldn’t have been in such serious danger.

With the Accords in place, though, The Winter Soldier would have been exposed and threatened by powers across the world. While Steve wants to protect the people of the world, he couldn’t stand by and let his oldest friend get shoved into the line of fire.

2 In The Comics, Steve Keeps A Picture Of Bucky With Him

When young Bucky was slain by villains, it had a horrible impact on Captain America. Over the next few decades, he mourned the event. At times, others swayed him to make questionable decisions because of his guilt and how much he missed him (see: Rick Jones.)

Throughout all of this time, Cap kept a picture of Bucky in his most important belongings, even through his many time jumps. After all, the boy meant the world to him.

This only makes the surfacing of The Winter Soldier all the harder on Cap. Of course, it also explains why he was desperate to get his old friend back.

1 Captain America Will Be Desperate To Get Bucky Back In Avengers: Endgame

Throughout the years, Bucky and Steve has always managed to find each other. In the ’40s, they were best friends that fell apart because of war. During WWII, they were loyal comrades who sacrificed themselves. By the time they reached modern day, Cap was a hero and Bucky was being used as a monstrous tool, but Steve saved him. In Civil War, the American hero risked everything to protect his wounded friend.

When it comes to Avengers: Infinity War,  Bucky evaporated right through Steve’s fingertips. If not for the world, Captain America will bring everyone back to save his best friend one last time. For all they’ve been through, their friendship can’t end like that. Steve won’t let it.

Were there any important details we missed about The Avengers‘ Captain America and Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments below!

2019-04-08 09:04:08

Stephanie Marceau

Captain Marvel Already Passed Winter Soldier at the Box Office

After just two weeks in theaters, Captain Marvel has already passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office. Last weekend, the latest installment in the MCU gave the marketplace a much-needed shot in the arm by posting the sixth-highest debut of all-time with $455 million worldwide. Riding waves of positive buzz from audiences and critics, Captain Marvel quickly became the first bona fide blockbuster of 2019, setting the stage for an extremely lucrative commercial run.

Many expected Captain Marvel to have strong legs, particularly because none of this weekend’s wide releases were all that appealing. Among the newcomers were panned offerings like Captive State and Wonder Park, neither of which posed much of a threat to the latest Marvel juggernaut. Unsurprisingly, the road was clear for Captain Marvel to add a significant amount to its totals, and it’s already leapfrogged some notable fellow MCU entries.

Related: Captain Marvel’s Trolls Completely Missed What The Movie’s About

According to Box Office Mojo, Captain Marvel’s worldwide total now stands at $760.2 million. That surpasses the global haul of 2014’s The Winter Soldier ($714.3 million) and moves Captain Marvel up to 11th on the all-time MCU chart. The Carol Danvers origin story also passed The Winter Soldier at the domestic box office ($266.2 million over $259.7 million).

Captain Marvel was never in any real danger of bombing, but even the rosiest optimists may not have seen this coming. The film most definitely shattered projections and is well on its way to joining the $1 billion club. Only two other MCU standalone movies, Black Panther and Iron Man 3, grossed that much (Civil War, while part of the Captain America series, was essentially a major crossover film), putting Captain Marvel in rather exclusive company. Certainly, the lack of meaningful competition played a role in this development, but Captain Marvel’s success speaks to how excited viewers are to welcome Carol to the MCU. It’s no coincidence that one week after Captain Marvel opened, Marvel released a new Avengers: Endgame trailer that ended with a moment between Thor and Carol that’s already become a fan-favorite.

Though Captain Marvel should continue to do very well at the box office over the next few weeks, its time at the top of the charts may be coming to an end soon. This week sees the release of Jordan Peele’s Us, a critically-acclaimed horror film that’s estimated to earn as much as $40 million in its first three days. That said, seeing that the target audiences for Captain Marvel and Us are fairly different, there should be enough money to go around for both movies to thrive. Business for Captain Marvel probably won’t truly begin to decline until Shazam! opens in April.

More: Captain Marvel’s Biggest MCU Retcons (and Plot Holes)

Source: Box Office Mojo

2019-03-17 11:03:26

Chris Agar

Mortal Engines Video Reveals Stephen Lang as the Undead Soldier Shrike

A new video offers a closer look at Stephen Lang as the undead soldier Shrike in Mortal Engines. The last member of an undead group of soldiers known as the Stalkers, Shrike was once a human who was killed in combat and subsequently brought back to life via machinery. He also shares a personal history with the film’s co-protagonist, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar).

Adapted from the book series by Philip Reeve and co-written by Peter Jackson (who once planned to direct the film), Mortal Engines is set in a post-apocalyptic future where giant cities on wheels (or traction cities) prey on smaller mobile towns for the earth’s remaining resources. Robbie Sheehan costars in the movie as Tom Natsworthy, a lower-class resident of London (which is one of the biggest and most dangerous traction cities) whose life is forever changed when he learns about the connection between London’s Head of the Guild of Historians, Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving), and the fugitive assassin Hester.

Related: Why Peter Jackson Isn’t Directing the Mortal Engines Movie

After nearly being killed by Hester, Valentine and the Mayor of London, Magnus Crome (Patrick Malahide), recruit Shrike – who helped raise Hester when she was a child – to hunt her down. For more on that, watch the Mortal Engines video in the space below.

Lang spoke more about his Mortal Engines character when we interviewed him on the film’s set, and explained why the character’s contradictory nature made him interesting to the actor in the first place:

I was interested in him from the first line from the first description of him. Ultimately, what got me was that he fulfills all the requirements of tragedy to me. And also, I would say the contradictions in the character. Character’s just rife with contradiction because… for a character that’s been emptied out, he’s really full. For a character who detests memory or has no use for memory, he’s completely obsessed with memory. For a character who is absolutely heartless, he’s got the biggest heart, you know, in the world. So… how do you play that? How do you justify, you know? What does all that mean? And to just sort of, you know, fuck around with that is really – it’s intriguing.

The actor went on to discuss Shrike’s deep connection with Hester, noting that she creates “a gaping kind of hole in [Shrike’s] existence” after she leaves and reminds him of “another gaping hole in his existence, even though he can’t quite recall what that might be”, which is why he’s driven to pursue her. While Shrike functions as an antagonist in Mortal Engines for these reasons, he’s also the sort of dangerous yet tragic character that Lang has played in the past in films like the horror-thriller Don’t Breathe (where he portrayed the nameless Blind Man). He’s also a lifelong military type in the vein of Lang’s character Colonel Miles Quaritch from James Cameron’s Avatar… that whole “undead soldier resurrected” element aside.

Speaking of which: unlike on Avatar, Lang worked on the motion-capture side of things during his time filming Mortal Engines. Describing his mo-cap gear as “very un-Shrike-like”, Lang told us that that he sometimes had to hold a box that contains a physical model of Shrike’s head during his scenes (as a point of reference for the film’s visual effects team to work from), and joked that “So, occasionally, I’ll be in a scene where I’m holding Shrike’s head and I’m thinking, well, they don’t really need me at all.” Based on this new Mortal Engines footage, however, the final onscreen result should be worth all the effort that Lang and the movie’s creatives poured into it.

MORE: Mortal Engines: First 25 Minutes Description

Source: Universal Pictures

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2018-12-05 01:12:39

18 Best Sequels, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%)

We live in an age where sequels are all the rage. Every major studio is chasing those franchises that can keep their cash flow healthy for years to come. Sometimes, they’re exhausting. Other times, they can be our most anticipated movies. Maybe we could do without more Transformers movies, but Marvel and Mission: Impossible sequels are event movies that drive us to the theater in droves.

Sequels are tricky and unpredictable, though. On one hand, they’re often necessary for expanding stories and the good ones continue sagas we want to see progress. On the other, some are soulless cash grabs that shouldn’t exist. In the worst cases, some of them completely derail promising franchises by failing to deliver the goods. Then again, in some instances, sequels can get a series back up and running after they’ve experienced setbacks.

This list will look at those rare sequels that are considered worthy — and even superior — follow-ups. Those rare beasts that make us grateful for multiple movies in a series. Furthermore, we’ll also be discussing the most maligned sequels that brought no critical good will to their respective franchises whatsoever. It’s more fun this way. In order to fully appreciate the best of the best, we also must acknowledge the worst of the worst. Without evil, we wouldn’t be able to understand all that’s good and pure. Without terrible movies, we wouldn’t be grateful for the good ones.

With this in mind, here are 18 Best Sequels According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%).

26 Best: Captain America: Civil War (91%)

The decision to keep the same team of writers for all three Captain America films paid off in the end. The trilogy just went from strength to strength with each passing entry, though some would argue that The Winter Soldier is equally as good — if not better — than Civil War. Either way, they’re both prime examples of how to do sequels right.

Civil War tackles the same themes you’d expect from a movie about a do-gooder like Cap, but where the film truly soars is during its wild third act. The airport showdown is the best action showdown in the MCU, and that’s saying something.

25 Worst: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (0%)

If you didn’t know that sequels to The Bad News Bears exist then no one would think any less of you. While the first movie is a cult classic about an underdog baseball team, the sequels have faded from the collective memory with the passing of time, lost like tears in the rain. That’s for good reason.

None of the sequels are good, but The Bad News Bears Go To Japan is especially bad.

While the idea to relocate to Japan for a big game is good on paper, the sequel is just bland, forgettable, and was made to cash in on the brand name.

24 Best: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (93%)

Some fans argue that The Force Awakens is essentially a retread of A New Hope in many ways. However, clearly the critics and audiences didn’t necessarily agree, given its stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and its audience score of 87%, not to mention its impressive box office haul.

As far as Star Wars movies go, it hits the spot. The new characters are great, the return of some old faces is a trip down memory lane, and the story still made significant effort to push the franchise forward. In those regards, the film definitely succeeded.

23 Best: War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)

Anyone who has a problem with classics being rebooted needs to watch the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.  The finale pits the apes in a brutal battle against the humans, which leads to an epic confrontation between the Caesar the Ape and humanity’s ruthless colonel (played by an utterly wicked Woody Harrelson). As far as concluding trilogies goes, War for the Planet of the Apes has everything.

By no means is this a pleasant movie, but it is rewarding. And not only does it wrap up an epic story, but the film boasts some of the great CGI wizardry out there. The action is also ridiculously impressive and compelling, which is crazy considering it’s a movie about people versus monkeys.

22 Best: Logan (93%)

James Mangold’s Logan, the gloriously violent and heartbreaking farewell to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is an all-timer. Taking cues from the Old Man Logan comics, the movie has just as much in common with neo-westerns as it does with superhero yarns, which makes for a gritty, character-driven elegy to characters many of us grew up with.

Logan deserves praise for going R-rated and taking some stylistic risks.

The movie is proof that audiences will still flock to see superhero movies with some edge. If you’re going to send off some icons, this is the way to do it.

21 Worst: Return to the Blue Lagoon (0%)

Considering that no one liked The Blue Lagoon (it currently holds a 9% rating on RT), why anyone would want to return to the franchise is beyond comprehension. Of course, every sequel is a perfect opportunity to right some old wrongs if handled with care. Unfortunately, this was not. The story follows two children who are marooned on a tropical island as the grow up and fall in love, etc. The characters don’t wear enough clothes either, which makes for some weird, uncomfortable viewing.

There are some unintentional laughs to be had at the poor script and performances.

Otherwise the Blue Lagoon isn’t a scenic cinematic paradise worth spending time in unless you want to punish yourself for some reason.

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

Few superhero movies are ever regarded as anything more than popcorn fare. However, if there were ever a superhero movie that proved the genre could be prestige cinema, it would be The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman is an exploration of chaos and just how far people are willing to go to achieve their goal.

The Dark Knight — for better or worse when you consider how devoid of fun some DC movies have been since — also brought a gritty, realistic touch to the genre. The movie feels more like a Michael Mann crime saga than it does a story about superheroes versus their outlandishly evil counterparts.

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

In recent times, Pixar has been criticized for relying too heavily on sequels, but if it ain’t broke… Finding Dory was released 13 years after Finding Nemo, and it was a smash with critics and audiences alike.

Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by an 84% audience score.

Upon release Finding Dory was praised for being as funny and thought-provoking as the first movie, while also adding a new dimension to the story. As with any Pixar movie, Finding Dory can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. 

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

No other actor on the planet has experienced a career of ups and downs like John Travolta has. When he broke out he had the world at his dancing feet. After that, his career experienced a downturn until it was resurrected briefly following Pulp Fiction until it ultimately plummeted when he started starring in movies like Battlefield Earth. Staying Alive was released in 1983 when Travolta was experiencing his first fall from grace. Following up a classic like Saturday Night Fever was never going to be easy, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult, either.

The sequel lacks the gritty realism of its predecessor, and instead tries to get by on dance sequences. What’s the point in dancing when we don’t care about who’s doing it?

17 Best: Creed (95%)

No franchise tends to remain compelling seven sequels in, but Creed is proof that the Rocky franchise is the rare exception. Granted, some Rocky movies aren’t exactly knockouts, but Creed got things back on track and showed that it’s game for a few more rounds.

By serving as both a sequel and a spin-off/soft reboot, Creed gave the franchise a breath of new life.

It passed the gloves on to Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous character.  Creed 2 is right around the corner. Let’s see if it can do what the original saga failed to do and deliver a second outing that’s as good as the inaugural entry.

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

The first Leprechaun movie doesn’t come close to being certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should come as no surprise that the sequels didn’t receive any critical acclaim. Especially not the second movie, which no critic seemed to enjoy at all.

Here, the infamous critter resurfaces in Los Angeles to find a bride, which leads to him abducting a young woman and trying to claim her as his own. This isn’t high art by any means, nor does it try to be.

15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (96%)

The Harry Potter books were an emotional roller coaster that affected millions of readers worldwide. Reliving those adventures on the big screen was also a great time to be alive, and the grand finale lived up to expectations. In the final installment of the saga about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the forces of darkness, the ultimate showdown finally happens as our hero and his pals face off against Voldemort in Hogwarts castle.

It’s a true epic in every sense of the word.

As far as wrapping up the story goes, Death Hallows: Part 2 delivered the goods and gave us cinematic closure in style.

14 Worst: Looking Who’s Talking Now (0%)

Look Who’s Talking is a perfectly serviceable comedy that should never have received any sequels. In a bid to end to the trilogy on a high following the disappointing previous sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce talking dogs to the mix for the series’ swan song. 

Needless to say, Look Who’s Talking Now wasn’t the glorious goodbye the series was looking for, but at least the film did cast some cute dogs.

13 Best: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (97%)

The third installment of Sergio Leone’s influential Dollars trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is the creme de la creme of spaghetti westerns. 

The story centers around two men who form an uneasy alliance following a scam.

This leads them on a quest as it turns out there’s money buried in the desert and they want to find it. However, they have to compete against another who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in them to claim the prize. On top of being one of the most acclaimed movies out there, the film has been hailed as a major influence on directors like Quentin Tarantino.

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

The continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture-winning 1972 crime saga, The Godfather: Part II chronicles Michael Corleone’s further ascendency in organized crime while simultaneously taking us back to the past to explore his dad’s humble beginnings.

Like its predecessor, the sequel also won Best Picture and is hailed by many a critic and film buff as one of the best movies ever made. Whether it’s better than the original is up for debate, but they’re like two sides of the same coin. These movies set the bar for mob pictures, and to this day, other directors are still trying to recreate the formula.

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

Director George Miller was in his seventies when he unleashed Mad Max: Fury Road, but the energy and madness imbued in every frame of this extravaganza suggest a man half his age.

Maybe we’ll never see another Mad Max movie, but the world needs a Furiosa spin-off eventually.

Fury Road is essentially one non-stop chase that barely lets up from the get-go all the way to the climactic ending. Furthermore, it’s a movie that defied expectation by taking the focus away from the titular character and making Charlize Theron’s Furiosa the real hero of the adventure. 

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

Is Jaws: the Revenge a good movie? Definitely not. Is it an entertaining movie, though? Definitely yes.

How many other movies have sharks that make a conscious decision to get revenge on the humans that wronged them? Not only that, but the shark here followed its target to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. And why would someone who wants to avoid sharks go to an island surrounded by ocean? The movie is illogical, silly, nonsense, but it does offer sheer entertainment value for bad movie buffs.

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

Alien and Aliens are quite different in some regards, but they complement each other perfectly. The first is an exercise in pure suspense and terror. The sequel, on the other hand, retains the horror elements but adds a lot more action to proceedings.

Aliens shows how to make a successful sequel: acknowledge what came before but don’t be afraid to bring some fresh ideas to the table.

James Cameron was on fire in the ’80s and he wasn’t afraid to make Ridley Scott’s baby his own.

8 Best: Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (98%)

While George Miller’s inaugural Mad Max caper is a cult classic, most film buffs would agree that a couple of the sequels are slightly superior. Taking nothing away from the first movie, Road Warrior is a vast improvement when it comes to world building and sheer action spectacle. The story follows the eponymous character as he helps a group of people steal oil from a tyrannical madman and his band of goons.

As far as cinematic thrill rides go, few movies are on par with Road Warrior. Here, Miller turned up the volume significantly by making the post-apocalyptic terrains feel more dangerous and the action sequences more gung-ho and grander in scale.

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead movie was a huge achievement for independent filmmaking when it was released back in 1981. The movie still holds up to this day with its innovative camera work, effective scares, and excellent cast as well.

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

While the first movie contained moments of dark comedy, the sequel amps up the zaniness to become what is essentially the splatter flick equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy flick. For 90 minutes, Bruce Campbell is tormented by laughing ornaments and his own severed hand. As silly as that sounds, Evil Dead 2 still manages to pack more punch than your average MMA fighter.

6 Worst: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (0%)

In the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, the cops are understaffed and in need of some help. Naturally, the force turns to America’s civilians to help aid in their mission. Things don’t go smoothly, for the characters in the film and the movie itself.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as “Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny” and  a movie which sent “a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.” That sounds about right.

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

Few franchises manage to strike three home runs in a row. Even The Godfather stuttered when it came to the third outing. Toy Story, on the other hand, never ceases to replicate the magic time and time again.

This emotional installment sees Andy get ready to leave for college and neglect his old toys.

He’s all grown up and has no use for them anymore, and what ensues is what is by far the most heartfelt movie in the series.

4 Worst: Highlander II: The Quickening (0%)

As far as pure entertaining action-fantasy goes, the first Highlander movie is a fun slice of popcorn entertainment that aficionados of cult cinema lose their head over. The sequel, meanwhile, is an incomprehensible mess.

Highlander II is too overplotted to explain, but the cusp of the story revolves around the hero from the first movie taking on a corporation after being led to believe that they don’t have the world’s best interests in mind. In this one, our hero is a defender of the ozone as well. What makes Highlander II so awful is that it completely retcons everything good about the original film and the mythology it introduced.

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

We all desire to be loved by someone special– even bolt-head monsters made up of the remains of other people. But to find them a mate, one must dig up some more corpses and create a suitable partner that’s similar in genetic make-up. This is also the storyline behind James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein.

There are too many Frankenstein movies to keep track of at this point, but this sequel remains the pinnacle of the original series.

The movie is a masterpiece that successfully blends campy fun with Gothic beauty and genuine chills that’s stood the test of time as a result.

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

No one expected the the first Paddington to be as good as it is. That movie is a bona fide classic in the making in its own right, but the sequel is some next-next level brilliance.

Paddington 2 sees the lovable bear go to prison and, unsurprisingly, all the mean criminals fall in love with him as well. Critics, like the fictional convicts, were also full of praise for the titular bear and his second big onscreen adventure as well. At one point, Paddington 2 was even the best reviewed movie in history.

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

Following up a movie like Toy Story was never going to be easy, but that didn’t stop Pixar from trying and succeeding. In this one, we find out that Woody is a collectible when he’s discovered and stolen by a greedy museum owner. Naturally this prompts Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato, and the rest of the gang into action and they set out to save their friend.

General consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that Toy Story 2 is that rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor.

The sequel raises the stakes and ups the element of adventure while retaining the humor and heart that made audiences fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

What’s your favorite sequel? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

Rambo 5 Officially Titled Last Blood

The fifth movie in the Rambo franchise is officially titled Rambo 5: Last Blood. Back when Sylvester Stallone was solidifying himself as a major movie star on the back of the Rocky franchise, Stallone boarded another project that would ultimately take up years of his life. He first played John Rambo in 1982’s First Blood. He returned for two sequels by 1988, then wasn’t seen again as the highly-skilled soldier for a decade. Another decade has since passed Rambo by, but Stallone is finally ready to return to his roots.

The last few months have been filled with updates on the next Rambo movie, one that will see Rambo return to American soil. Stallone shared some first look images from the movie recently that tease his new rancher lifestyle, but it’ll be a conflict with human traffickers which bring him back into action – possibly for the final time.

Related: Rambo 5 Welcomes Stallone Back to Jungle in Workout Video

THR confirmed that the fifth movie in the franchise is officially titled Rambo 5: Last Blood. The title alludes to Rambo’s story coming full circle after the first film was simply titled First Blood. The direct sequel continued this trend in a way by calling it Rambo: First Blood Part II. There was hardly consistency from that point on, with the third film titled Rambo III before the fourth entry was simply called Rambo.

The confirmed subtitle for Rambo 5 has a finality to it that could make fans of the character nervous. Stallone’s been revisiting several iconic roles as of late, and is putting his familiar characters through the ringer. Rocky Balboa got cancer in Creed and could die as soon as this November in Creed II. Rambo could have a similarly short life expectancy. Even if he manages to make it out of the fifth movie alive, titling the movie Last Blood indicates that it will be the final installment of the franchise. Now, crazy success critically or financially could eventually change that, but this appears to be the direction Rambo 5 is heading.

Filming on Last Blood is currently underway as Stallone has confirmed, but not much else is set for the movie officially. Paz Vega just joined the cast as a reporter who works with Rambo following the kidnapping of her half-sister. Casting for the sister and her kidnappers hasn’t yet been announced. Get the Gringo‘s Adrian Grunberg is set to direct the film, which is expected to hit theaters in fall 2019. As long as production continues to move along smoothly and the casting process doesn’t have any hiccups, Rambo 5: Last Blood will be here before fans know it.

MORE: Rambo 5 Character & Plot Details Revealed

Source: THR

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2018-10-09 04:10:17 – Cooper Hood

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

7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It)

It’s been over twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s groundbreaking pilot hit TV screens and it remains one the most beloved and influential shows of all time. The series subverted expectations, in the process shattering illusions of what people thought television was capable of. It forever altered the pop culture landscape, introducing audiences to a feminist icon they could truly identify with. The show popularized serialized storytelling at a time when TV programs were largely episodic and even changed the way that viewers talked by introducing them to “Buffy speak.”

By taking the idea that high school is Hell quite literally, Joss Whedon was able to use werewolves, witches, and vampires to explore themes of desire, female empowerment, and addiction. The writers personified feelings such as isolation, alienation and humiliation, using them to ground fantastical situations in those very real emotions.

Buffy was praised for a great many things, from snappy dialogue to clever plotting. However, one of the most vital elements of Whedon’s magnum opus was undoubtedly the amazing characters with which he chose to populate this world. These players were as lovable as they were relatable and the series continues to resonate with viewers of all ages. However, not all characters introduced to the series could be as awesome as Buffy, Willow, or Xander. While certain new additions had an undeniably positive effect on the series as a whole, there were also a few that BtVS would’ve been better off without.

Here are 7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It).

20 Saved – Spike and Dru

Sunnydale got its very own Sid and Nancy when Spike and Drusilla showed up in season 2 episode “School Hard”, quickly establishing themselves as the new Big Bads in town. They were never meant to last as long as they did, but stellar performances from James Marsters and Juliet Landau gave both characters a stay of execution. These two didn’t just shake up Sunnydale, but the show’s entire mythology. They were living proof that vampires were capable of genuine emotion. Their intense bond and amazing chemistry made fans fall hard for the couple. 

Spike, of course, went on to play a much larger role in the series as a whole. Writers kept finding new ways to justify his continued existence and fans never complained, because no one wanted the vampire gone.

19 Hurt – Riley

Buffy needed to move on from Angel, but did she really have to take up with “Captain Cardboard”? Riley Finn (Mark Blucas) first appeared in the season 4 premiere, “The Freshman”, and went on to hurt the show in ways almost too numerous to list.

With him came the Initiative, which remains the storyline that most BtVS fans would rather forget.

Even after the organization was no longer part of the narrative, Riley continued to overstay his welcome. Viewers were forced to deal with his constant whining and eventually, his infidelity. These were all plot points that the show could’ve done without. It was sad when Riley helicoptered out of Buffy’s life, but only because we care about her feelings. Ultimately, no one really missed him.

18 Saved – Tara

Now this is how you create a new love interest. Oz and Willow had become one of the show’s most beloved couples and fans were as heartbroken as she was over his sudden departure. Replacing the werewolf was going to be just as difficult as finding a way for Buffy to get over Angel. However, the show chose to go in a new direction entirely with Tara Maclay, who debuted in season 4 episode “Hush”. Not only was she a woman, but she also complemented Willow in very different ways than Oz had.

Not all viewers embraced this storyline initially, but Amber Benson’s performance quickly won most of them over. Before long, fans became incredibly invested in Willow and Tara’s relationship. In many ways, they became the show’s central couple, as well as its emotional anchor.

17 Saved – Anya

Much like James Marsters, Emma Caulfield earned more time on the show through her impressive performance. Her arc wasn’t meant to last much past her first appearance in season 3 episode “The Wish”.  Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins went from human to vengeance demon and back again. She was over 1100 old, but had completely lost touch with her humanity before meeting the Scoobies.

It was more than Anya’s evolution that made her special, though. She was the character who posed the questions that most people want to ask but think that they shouldn’t. Whether ruminating on love, loss, or the simple cold truth of mortality, Anya always said exactly what she meant. Even her lack of tact was charming. The former demon brought a different perspective to the group, as well as some undeniable humor.

16 Hurt – Dawn

This is kind of a tough one, because the storyline surrounding Dawn’s existence was one of the show’s best. Her introduction in the season 5 premiere, “Buffy vs. Dracula”, was particularly genius. Dawn was dropped into the series as if she had always been there, leaving viewers wondering if they had missed earlier clues of Buffy having a sister.

Dawn herself was always little more than an annoyance to most fans.

It didn’t help that Michelle Trachtenberg played the character as younger than she was. This wasn’t all her fault, as Dawn was initially meant to be portrayed by a younger actress. The main problem wasn’t season 5 Dawn anyway. In later years, writers clearly weren’t sure what to do with her, giving Buffy’s sister one ludicrous plot line after another: “Dawn’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

15 Saved – Glory/Ben

Glory is one of the greatest Big Bads ever to appear on BtVS. Debuting in season 5 installment “There’s No Place Like Home”, she brought the season-long threat to a whole new level. Glory wasn’t just another demon. She was a literal god, just trying to get back to her home sweet Hell. However, it was more than just sheer power that made Glory such a great villain. Clare Kramer’s manic performance is what really set her apart.

Introduced an episode before Glory, Ben (Charlie Weber) was serviceable enough.

What really brought depth to the kind doctor was the revelation that he and Glorificus were sharing a body.

This was one of the show’s most successful twists. Seriously, no one saw it coming.

14 Saved – Wesley

While it can be argued that the character of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was utilized far better on Angel, there’s no denying that the stuffy new Watcher was another great addition to the cast of BtVS. Debuting in season 3 installment “Bad Girls”, Alexis Denisof imbued Wesley with undeniable heart and humor, despite the character’s uptight personality.

Aside from Wesley himself, it was the dynamic between him and Giles that helped to elevate the series during season 3. We got to explore a whole new side Buffy’s Watcher. It was one thing to know about his “Ripper” past, but it was the juxtaposition of Rupert and Wesley that truly proved how awesome Giles actually was – not that we didn’t love him already.

13 Hurt – Warren

The Trio is kind of everyone’s least favorite Big Bad. However, while Jonathan and Andrew were both worthy additions to the series, Warren never had any redeeming qualities. He first appeared in season 5 episode “I Was Made to Love You” and proved himself a total creep immediately.

Although Warren started out as a punchline, he turned out to be a misogynistic monster.

Adam Busch did an excellent job of making the character incredibly unlikable, but it was Warren’s cruelty that brought season 6 to the lowest of places. “Dead Things” was one of the most brutal episodes of BtVS, and not in a good way. Plus, no Buffy fan will ever forgive him for firing the gun that took Tara’s life. Warren did a lot of damage and his character was never compelling or likable enough to outweigh that fact.

12 Saved – Oz

Fans fell in love with Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green) around the same time that Willow did. From the moment he appeared in season 2 episode “Inca Mummy Girl”, he was pretty much smitten with her – even in her Hallowe’en costume. Unlike Xander, Oz actually realized how awesome Willow was and fans were overjoyed to see her finally properly appreciated.

Oz was so beloved, in fact, that even though he left under truly awful circumstances, many viewers were still torn when he came back for Willow. A lesser character could never have remained in fans’ hearts after such indiscretions. In the end, the writers found someone even better for Willow, but it speaks volumes that so many viewers were willing to forgive Oz after he locked himself in a cage with Veruca.

11 Hurt – Veruca

Veruca (Paige Moss) made her first appearance in season 4 episode “Living Conditions”. Oz may have thought that she was pretty cool, but viewers noticed that something was off about her.

Most Buffy fans are pretty protective of Willow and no one liked seeing her relationship with Oz threatened.

It’s not that it makes no sense that something would break up Willow and Oz. They dated in high school and many such relationships do not survive the transition to college. The main issue was the werewolf herself. Veruca was kind of over the top, from her musical performances to her evil machinations. Perhaps she was meant to be a two-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. Regardless, no one mourned Veruca after Oz ended her life.

10 Saved – Mayor Wilkins

Fans were introduced to Mayor Richard Wilkins in season 3 episode “Homecoming”. Sure, he was a major Big Bad whose ascension plans would’ve left the world in ruins, but he was also incredibly polite. BtVS has often excelled at creating villains that fans still kind of rooted for. The Mayor was one of the best, and not just because he was such a formidable opponent.

Richard’s relationship with Faith gave his character real depth. Much like the love that Spike and Dru shared with one another, the Mayor’s affections for his protégée made him much more human, which in turn made viewers care more about him. Plus, Harry Groener’s pitch-perfect performance made it impossible not to enjoy Mayor Wilkins.

9 Hurt – Kennedy

Kennedy was as much of an epic fail as Riley. The writers proved that they could craft more than one great love interest for Willow, so what happened with her? Introduced in season 7 episode “Bring on the Night”, Kennedy (Iyari Limon) was spoiled, argumentative and honestly, kind of bland. The key to a great TV relationship is making both characters compelling in their own right.

While fans came to love both Oz and Tara rather quickly, you’d be hard pressed to find many Kennedy fans out there.

There was nothing about Willow’s new girlfriend to even distinguish her from the other Potential Slayers, save her bad attitude. Willow deserved better and so did fans.

8 Saved – Faith

Shaking up things from the moment she arrived in season 3 installment “Faith, Hope and Trick”, Faith Lehane was Buffy’s dark reflection. The Slayers were incredibly different from one another and yet, undeniably two sides of the same coin. Eliza Dushku’s magnetic performance brought so much passion and energy to the role, and she had no trouble fitting in with the rest of the cast.

Faith provided new depth not only for the slayer line, but also to the idea of what it actually means to be Slayer. Before Faith’s arrival, fans had never seen a Slayer go rogue. However, it didn’t matter how far Faith went. Viewers were always hoping that she could somehow redeem herself. Thanks to her time on Angel, she was given that chance.

7 Saved – Robin

Robin Wood’s (D.B. Woodside) debut in season 7 premiere “Lessons” initially painted the new school principal as another villain lurking in the shadows. However, much like the rest of the characters on BtVS, appearances are often deceiving. Not only was Robin one of the good guys, but he was also the son of New York-based slayer, Nikki. The series teased this out slowly until fans realized the truth shortly before it was revealed.

It was a pretty genius move.

Although it’s easy to hate on Robin for his sneak attack on Spike, the vampire did off his mother, so his frustration can be understood. In the end, Robin turned out to be a great addition to the Scoobies, bringing both new perspective and an actual bag of tricks to the mix.

6 Hurt – Adam

Buffy almost always managed to deliver the goods when it came to the season-long Big Bad: compelling characters, with humor and even a bit of heart. The series excelled in that moral grey area, making viewers sympathize with villainous even as they committed unforgivable acts. Sadly, Adam (George Hertzberg) was a giant exception to this success.

The ersatz Frankenstein’s monster – or Walsh’s monster, as the case may have been – first appeared in season 4 episode “A New Man”. The only cool thing he ever really did was skewer his creator, Maggie, who was also not a great addition to the series. All in all, Adam was very powerful, but a boring villain. Defeating him required a major deus ex machina, which would’ve been fine if he had been a better character in the first place.

5 Saved – Andrew

Andrew Wells, aka Tucker’s brother, initially seemed as irredeemable as Warren Mears. When we met him in season 6 episode “Flooded”, he was a whiny coward with nothing even resembling a moral compass. After Andrew returned the following year, the first thing he did was take his best friend’s life.

Most fans weren’t happy to see him again, but somewhere over the course of season 7, this changed.

Like BtVS has done with the best of its characters – most of whom, let’s be real, have done some terrible things – the show found a way to endear him to viewers. Andrew may not have exactly been instrumental in Buffy’s battle with the First, but the former villain definitely brought some levity to a fairly dark season. He also provided an excellent example of the power of compassion.

4 Saved – Kendra

Interestingly, Bianca Lawson was originally cast in the role of Cordelia Chase. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the actress was forced to take a smaller part in BtVSIf we can all just put aside her painfully awful accent, everyone can probably admit that Kendra herself was a pretty cool addition to the series.

Fans were introduced to the other slayer in season 2 installment “What’s My Line Part 1”. She appeared initially to be another enemy, but instead proved vital in saving Angel’s life. Kendra’s existence answered important questions about the slayers and it was this new line, beginning with her, that later allowed for the introduction of Faith. The juxtaposition of Kendra and Buffy was also quite interesting, as they each approached their calling so differently. She also helped Buffy see that slaying was more than just a job.

3 Hurt – Forrest

Another irritating and useless season 4 addition, Forrest Gates (Leonard Roberts) was introduced in “The Initiative”.

He was little more than a foil for Riley and Buffy’s relationship.

Forrest’s feelings for his fellow soldier bordered on obsession and there was nothing interesting about him in his own right.Riley’s other pal Graham may have been boring, but at least he wasn’t so annoying. Forrest was self-righteous and obviously had very little going on in the way of an actual life. No one mourned him after he his passing. The worst part about Forrest’s demise was that it wasn’t even the last we saw of him, because Adam chose to reanimate his husk. Even then, he was still a total drag.

2 Saved – Jonathan

Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong) had a continuing presence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years after his first appearance in season 2 installment “Inca Mummy Girl”. He was always on the periphery, being picked on, rescued or taken advantage of. Prior to joining the Trio, Jonathan was at the center of season 3 episode “Earshot” and season 4 installment “Superstar”. The former was incredibly poignant and the latter, a hilarious change of pace.

Many fans were surprised to see Jonathan pulled by the dark side, but he never fully committed like his cohorts did. Less obviously evil than Warren and not as easily manipulated as Andrew, he eventually saw the error of his ways. Sadly, by the time Jonathan made an effort to redeem himself, it was too late. That opportunity was stolen from him by his best friend.

1 Saved – Angelus

None of Buffy’s greatest Big Bads were quite as personal or painful to witness as Angelus. Aside from the unfortunate implications of essentially punishing Buffy for being intimate with her boyfriend, there is no denying that the second half of season 2 was the show at its best. This was due in large part to David Boreanaz’s villainous turn.

Two people who were so in love destroying each other was utterly brutal and completely gut-wrenching. It also led to some of BtVS’s most empowering moments. Buffy was just a teenage girl shouldering the weight of the entire world. Feeling as though she had lost everything led to the epiphany that she still possessed what mattered most. Much of the series is about surviving life on life’s terms. More than just enduring this pain, Buffy managed to recover from it.

What new characters do you feel hurt or saved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-06 04:10:54 – Jamie Gerber

Meet Marvel’s FIRST Venom, a Kree Super-Soldier

Warning: SPOILERS For Venom: First Host #1

Long before Eddie Brock became Venom, the symbiote had a first host: a member of the alien Kree race and a spy, who wielded the suit as a weapon, and a partner in the Kree’s war against their mortal enemies, The Skrulls.

Most Marvel Comics fans are familiar with how Venom was created, after Spider-Man rejected the living black costume he had acquired during the Secret Wars storyline. The symbiote then attached itself to Eddie Brock, a disgraced reporter who blamed his poor fortunes on Spider-Man, after he captured a serial killer Brock had misidentified in one of his stories. More recently Marvel has retconned the story to claim Deadpool bonded with the symbiote before Peter Parker ever found it.

Yet little has been said about the symbiote’s life before Secret Wars – an oversight that the new mini-series Venom: First Host aims to rectify.

Related: Venom’s New Origin Has a Captain Marvel Connection

The opening pages of First Host #1 reveal that the symbiote was originally taken by a group of Kree scientists from the planet Klyntar – aka The Planet of The Symbiotes. We then flash-forward to the midst of The Kree-Skull War, where a group of Skrull soldiers are about to start slaughtering a ship full of helpless refugees. Suddenly, one of the Skrulls turns against his own squad, confusing the refugees (and the reader).

Until the Skrull’s form shifts to reveal the familiar uniform of The Kree Army rendered in black… and his helmet fades away as he introduces himself as a Kree spy, implanted in deep cover among the Skrulls.

One of the refugees recognizes the spy as Tel-Kar – a soldier who was said to have deserted his unit during the early days of The Kree-Skull War. Tel-Kar reveals that was all a cover story to explain his absence, as he was embedded within a Skrull unit. He does not explain how his “uniform” enables him to disguise himself so flawlessly, but entrusts it (after explaining the need for them to temporarily separate) with escorting the refugee leaders off the ship to safety when it becomes clear that someone must stay behind to cover their escape.

The idea of The Kree tapping the natural camouflage powers of the symbiotes to counter the natural shape-shifting powers of The Skrulls is a brilliant one. Not only does this add an extra level of interest to the noble character of Tel-Kar, but it further establishes the Venom symbiote as something unique and important in the history of the Marvel Universe.

It remains to be seen what else may be revealed about the symbiote’s history before Spider-Man discovered it, but it cannot be denied that Venom: First Host has opened its story with some seriously intriguing hooks.

Venom: First Host #1 is now available from Marvel Comics.

More: Captain Marvel:’s Kree-Skrull War Explained

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