When To Take a Bathroom Break In Avengers: Endgame (No Spoilers)

Avengers: Endgame is a bladder-punishing three hours long – here’s when you should take that toilet break. As the culmination of a 22 movie arc, it’s inevitable that Avengers: Endgame‘s runtime would be Giant-Man sized. At just over three hours, it’s not the longest movie ever, but it’s a fairly extended time to sit in a theater without a bathroom break, especially if you’ve downed an extra large soda as well. Luckily, without giving away any spoilers, we’re on hand to tell you the best moment to go, if you desperately need to.

As a direct follow-up to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans know that Avengers: Endgame is going to be packed full of exciting, funny, fan-pleasing moments from start to finish. And, considering that 11 years and 21 movies have been building towards this, you want to miss as little as possible if you do need to dash to the little boys’ or girls’ room.

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If you absolutely have to pee during Avengers: Endgame (and let’s be realistic, if you’re taking kids they’re more likely to need it), then there are a couple of slower-paced moments in the film where you could dash in and out.

The first bathroom break opportunity in Avengers: Endgame comes about 45 minutes into the movie (timings are not scientifically accurate here, just a guide) when Pepper and Tony have a conversation. It’s not so integral to the overall plot of the movie that you’ll miss anything significant. So, if you have a squirming kid next to you, or you forgot to go before the movie started, that’s the time to go.

The second bathroom break opportunity in Avengers: Endgame is around 1 hour 40 minutes in (again, approximate timing). Tony and Steve are in a two-man set piece apart from the main group. This is a plot essential aspect but it’s slower paced than what’s preceded and you can easily go to the bathroom without missing anything.

After that point, though, you really don’t want to miss anything and should just hold it until the ending. As there is no post-credits to Avengers: Endgame, you can leave after the first round of wonderfully-animated names and know you’ve not missed anything.

It’s pretty easy to see why the Russo brothers need three hours to tell the story of Avengers: Endgame. As the climax of over 10 years of Marvel movies and a cinematic universe which has introduced countless characters and their own individual storylines, this is a process that can’t be rushed. Their diligence seems to have paid off, with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Related: Read Our Avengers: Endgame Review

Some audiences, though, have taken issue with the length of Avengers: Endgame, prompting some theaters to have an intermission during screenings. But, really, such a break shouldn’t be necessary; if viewers don’t want to have to take a pee break, then they shouldn’t drink too much, while those that do need to go should be able to sacrifice a minute or two for comfort.

Next: You Only Need To Rewatch ONE Marvel Movie To Understand Avengers: Endgame

2019-04-25 07:04:14

Becky Fuller

Avengers: Endgame’s 14 Biggest Spoilers

Warning! MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same, as there are some crazy moments comic book and movie fans will enjoy, which leads to even more spoilers. The final film in the Infinity Saga may not be the end of the MCU, but Avengers: Endgame includes major events that leave their mark on the shared Marvel universe.

Picking up almost directly after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame explores both the fallout from the Decimation as well as how the remaining Avengers intend to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin) once and for all. It’s the longest MCU movie to date, with a three hour and one minute runtime that leaves plenty of room for both epic battles and character-driven moments. Endgame‘s budget is equally massive, reportedly costing somewhere between $350-400 million to make, but of course, that’s a small price tag when compared to the $1 billion (or more) the film is almost guaranteed to gross at the box office.

Related: Screen Rant’s Avengers: Endgame Review

Endgame is not the end of the MCU, but it is likely to be the last time all six of the original Avengers – Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – will assemble together on screen. As their last hurrah, Endgame is a fittingly epic sendoff. Here are all the biggest spoilers from Avengers: Endgame.

14. Hawkeye’s Family Dies In The Opening Scene

Avengers: Endgame wastes no time reminding audiences of what’s at stake, beginning with a scene set during the final moments of Infinity War in where Clint Barton’s family turns to dust before his eyes. This scene is hinted at in the trailers when Clint is shown training his daughter in archery (the very same that also started those Kate Bishop rumors), but the full scene is a heartbreaking introduction to Endgame. Additionally, Clint experiencing such a traumatic moment is what sends him on his dark path to becoming Ronin, beginning what is arguably Hawkeye’s most important character arc to date.

13. Captain Marvel Saves Tony Stark

Another lingering plot that needs addressing before Avengers: Endgame can really get started is the rescue of Tony Stark. As seen in Avengers: Endgame trailers, Tony begins the film adrift in space with Nebula (Karen Gillen) in the barely functioning Benatar (the Guardian’s spaceship). They’ve managed to leave Titan, but they’ve run out of fuel and the oxygen is next. Just as it looks like Tony is a goner before Endgame even really begins, Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) comes to the rescue. Last seen leaving Earth for some cosmic adventures at the end of Captain Marvel, Carol returns just in the nick of time to save Tony and return him (as well as Nebula) to Earth, carrying the Benatar across the many light-years in record time.

12. The Avengers Kill Thanos At The Start (But He’s Destroyed The Stones)

As the remaining Avengers reconvene at their headquarters, the discussion inevitably turns to what to do next. Their plan involves traveling to the planet where Thanos has retired, killing him, and using the Infinity Stones to bring back everyone he dusted. Unfortunately, the Avengers manage to complete only two thirds of that plan. They ambush Thanos (now disfigured and weakened from the snap) and demand to know where the Infinity Stones are, only for Thanos to reveal he used the stones to destroy the stones. With all hope at resurrecting the dead gone, Thor does what he didn’t do in Infinity War – kills Thanos, going for the head and decapitating him with Stormbreaker.

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11. Tony Stark And Pepper Potts Have A Child, Morgan

After killing Thanos, Avengers: Endgame jumps forward in time five years. Quite a lot happens during the time jump – Banner fully merges with Hulk, becoming “Professor” Hulk; Thor really lets himself go, becoming a fat, drunken slob; while Cap leads an emotional support group for those still reeling from the Decimation – but the most pleasant surprise is discovering that Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are married and they have a young daughter, Morgan. The Stark family has also relocated, now residing in a quaint, little cabin on the edge of a lake (though, unsurprisingly, it’s still outfitted with the latest tech).

10. The Avengers’ Plan Is To Steal The Stones From The Past Using Time Travel

Avengers: Endgame also reveals that Ant-Man aka Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) – last seen lost in the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man and The Wasp – has spent these past five years in that strange, subatomic world. For Scott, however, it’s only been five hours, leading him to the conclusion that time travel is possible within the Quantum Realm (just as so many had speculated ahead of Endgame‘s release). Once reunited with the other Avengers, they come up with a new plan: travel back in time and steal the Infinity Stones before Thanos can collect them. It’s a time heist, as Scott coins it, and it leads to the Avengers revisiting events from previous films – The Avengers, Thor 2: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy – as they try to snatch the stones from their past selves without screwing up the timeline.

9. Black Widow Dies To Get The Soul Stone

The plan to steal the Infinity Stones from the past sends Iron Man, Cap, Ant-Man, and Hulk to the Battle of New York, Thor and Rocket to Asgard circa The Dark World, Nebula and War Machine to Morag where they wait to jump Peter Quill, while Black Widow and Hawkeye are tasked with traveling to Vormir and retrieving the Soul Stone. But retrieving the Soul Stone requires a trade – a soul for a soul. Both Black Widow and Hawkeye first argue over why it should be them who gives up their life, then they fight over it, with one tackling the other as they each try throwing themselves over the edge. In the end, though, Widow gets the better of Hawkeye, grappling and anchoring him to the cliff side and leaving herself to plummet to her death. After Black Widow’s sacrifice, Hawkeye awakens in the pools on Vormir with the Soul Stone in hand.

8. Thanos From 2014 Comes To The Future

While the Avengers take part in their time heist, Endgame sees a complication arise with Nebula. As it turns out, it doesn’t matter if she’s the Nebula from 2023 or the one in 2014, her cybernetic implants still operate on the same network. This allows for communications received by the Nebula of the present to also be seen by the Nebula of the past – the very Nebula who is still loyal to Thanos. Thanks to this connection between the two, Thanos learns of the Avengers’ plan to reverse the Decimation five years before he’s even collected all the Infinity Stones. He then sends his Nebula to kidnap the one from the future, stealing her batch of Pym particles and using them to send himself – as well as his entire army – forward in time to 2023’s Earth. That is where the final battle will take place, but first…

Related: Time Travel In The MCU & Avengers: Endgame Explained

7. Hulk Brings Back The Snap Victims

A few hiccups and time travel hijinks aside, the Avengers are successful in their mission to gather the Infinity Stones from the past. Tony then creates a gauntlet using the same nano-tech armor as his Iron Man suits and it’s decided that Hulk, the strongest and (given the state of Thor) most sensible of the Avengers, will attempt the snap. He puts on the the gauntlet and, at first, it appears too powerful even for him to control, but eventually, Hulk manages to bring together his fingers and snaps, wishing for all those who disappeared five years ago to reappear in the present. It works, and the first sign of their success is Hawkeye receiving a phone call from his wife just moments after Hulk’s snap.

6. Characters Stay Dead

Though Hulk’s snap is successful in Avengers: Endgame, he isn’t able to bring everyone back. (For his part, Hulk receives only some mild scarring on his arm and the right side of his body.) The Infinity Stones are powerful but they are are also specific, and Hulk is only able to bring back those who turned to dust thanks to Thanos’ original snap. He even tells Clint that he really tried using all that power to bring back Natasha, but it just doesn’t work. Along with Black Widow, the other characters who died in Infinity War before the snap – Loki, Heimdall, Gamora, and Vision – all stay dead.

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5. Past Actors Return

And yet, while a few key characters remain dead, that doesn’t mean they don’t appear in Avengers: Endgame. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, for example, isn’t resurrected but the actor does reprise the role for a short scene set during the Battle of New York. Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One, Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce, Rene Russo’s Frigga, and Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter all have small parts to play, as do Frank Grillo’s Brock Rumlow and Maximiliano Hernández’s Jasper Sitwell as the hidden H.Y.D.R.A. agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. Endgame also includes Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Taiki Waititi’s Korg (confirming they survived the Decimation), while Zoe Saldana returns to play Gamora – the 2014-version of Gamora, that is, before she meets the Guardians.

4. Captain America Wields Mjolnir

After Hulk successfully snaps half of the universe’s population back into existence, Thanos attacks the Avengers compound. He first levels the building, then sends in his Chitauri army to finish off any survivors, while past-Nebula goes to collect the Infinity Stones. As Thanos waits, he is confronted by Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, and the three core Avengers give him one hell of a fight. By far, though, the most exhilarating moment comes when Mjolnir – a past version, anyway, that Thor took while visiting Thor: The Dark World‘s Asgard – flies not to Thor’s hand, but into Captain America’s. Armed with both Mjolnir and his vibranium shield, Cap comes very close to defeating Thanos, but even when supercharged with the powers of a god, he isn’t strong enough to stop the Mad Titan.

Related: The 5 Movies You Have To Watch To Understand Avengers: Endgame

3. Iron Man Dies To Complete Doctor Strange’s Plan

Just when it appears that all hope is lost, with only Cap still on his feet staring down Thanos, the Black Order, and the rest of his army – the cavalry arrives. Every single resurrected hero along with the Sanctum Sorcerers, the armies of both Asgard and Wakanda, and even Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor join the fray, resulting in an epic superhero battle unlike anything ever seen before. Amid that chaos, Tony finds Doctor Strange and asks him if this is the one out of 14 million possible outcomes where they win, but Strange refuses to tell him. Frustrated, Tony returns to the fight, but when Thanos manages to get a hold of the Infinity Stones, he realizes what he must do. Tony attacks Thanos and rips the stones from his hand, attaching them to the glove of his armor and snapping. Thanos, the Black Order, and all of their forces disintegrate and fade to dust. Using the Infinity Stones, however, leaves Iron Man mortally wounded and dies on the battlefield surrounded by Pepper, Peter Parker, and all his friends.

2. Thor Joins The Guardians Of The Galaxy

Following Tony’s funeral, the remaining Avengers begin returning to their normal lives. For Thor, however, he’s come to realize that he just isn’t suited to rule the Asgardians, handing the job over to Valkyrie. Free of his kingly responsibilities but not wishing to (fully) return to his slovenly ways, Thor joins up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Unsurprisingly, there’s already a rivalry brewing between Thor and Star-Lord, with the latter trying his best to assert himself as captain. Still absent, though, is Gamora – the 2014-version of Gamora who, along with 2023’s Nebula, turned against Thanos and helped defeat 2014’s Nebula. Whether she eventually meets up with the Guardians remains to be seen, but it’s very likely this won’t be the last they see her.

1. Steve Rogers Gets His Dance

Finally, after Thanos is dead and Tony buried, someone must return all of the Infinity Stones (and Mjolnir) to the exact points in time from which they were taken. The man for this job is Captain America, again traveling back in time via the Quantum Realm. However, Steve chooses not to return to the present and instead stays in the past, reuniting with Peggy Carter and finally getting to enjoy that dance. Steve only later returns to the moment he left for the past once he’s an old man, having spent the last 70 years just living his life. Steve then passes on the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), handing him the shield as an approving Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) looks on.

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2019-04-25 03:04:27

Sarah Moran

How To Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers: A Guide

Here’s how you can avoid finding any spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios is just over a week away from the theatrical release of their most anticipated movie yet and one that will end the story of Marvel Cinematic Universe to this point. Due to the hype surrounding Avengers: Endgame, they’ve taken a very careful approach with their marketing in an effort to keep as much about the film under wraps as possible.

Since Marvel has done their part to keep all of Avengers: Endgame‘s secrets in tact, directors Anthony and Joe Russo have now put the call out to the general public to keep up the spoiler-free zone. They used #ThanosDemandsYourSilence to urge fans not to spoil Avengers: Infinity War online, and now they’re employing #DontSpoilTheEndgame to do the same. But that still means spoilers will be out there.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Doesn’t Have To Be A Good Film To Succeed

The most that anyone has seen of Avengers: Endgame is severely limited right now, but that will change very soon. The world premiere of the film is on April 22 and the review embargo will lift the following day on April 23. From there, several international markets will see the film drop in theaters on April 24, with more markets like the UK getting it on April 25, a day before the official opening day in the United States on April 26. This gives fans a few days where details of the film will inevitably surface online before they can actually see it.

Being careful of Google or YouTube searches will help, while avoiding social media altogether would go a long way in avoiding spoilers. Truth be told, most people do not want to learn about any possible spoilers, much less spread them around, but there is a growing danger of these details surfacing online. If you can’t completely stay off the internet during this time, here’s some safety tips to avoid any Avengers: Endgame spoilers.

How To Mute Avengers: Endgame Spoilers On Social Media

For social media, many of these platforms have introduced a mute feature that allows users to specifically hide any posts from certain accounts or ones that contain particular words or phrases. Here’s how to do so on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram:

  • Twitter: The social media platform gives complete control to users to protect themselves from spoilers. Entire accounts can be muted, but it also allows users to mute specific words. To do the latter, you need to open “Settings and privacy”, go to “Content Preferences”, open “Muted” under the Safety tab, select “Muted words,” click “Add” at the bottom right corner, and then type in the word or phrase that should be muted. Specifications on duration of the mute, who to mute, and where the muted world will not appear can then be added in sections below.
  • Facebook: Unfortunately, no true mute feature exists for Facebook so far. They do have a snooze option that can be used to hide posts from certain individuals or pages, so this can be used to hide any friends, family members, or pages that you are worried could share spoilers. To hide these posts, click on the three dots at the top right of a post and choose the option to snooze posts from this account for 30 days. Once this time has passed and Avengers: Endgame is out, the account will return to your timeline.
  • Instagram: Similarly to Facebook, Instagram does not have a mute function to hide specific word choices in posts. There is the mute option that allows users to hide certain accounts though. This can be done by clicking on the three dots at the top right of a post and choosing the mute option. This will mute the selected account until you go back and unmute them. This can be helpful if you follow any accounts that may share spoilery images from Avengers: Endgame.

How To Avoid Avengers: Endgame Spoilers In Reviews & Websites

Once people begin to see Avengers: Endgame, those who have not yet seen the film should avoid reading any posts that specifically have a spoiler warning at the top of the post or even in the headline. As tempting as it may be to see these details, there’s no need to check them out before seeing the film. On a larger online scale, it is best to proceed with caution with anything Avengers: Endgame related from this point forward. What one person considers a spoiler may not be one to another person, so unknown details could surface quickly and without any warning.

It is likely for the best to avoid reviews for the film too, as there are countless examples of reviews giving away plot points that were previously a mystery.

Staying spoiler free will hopefully be an easy task if these steps are taken, but, again, the best way to avoid any new details is just to stay off the internet, Reddit, YouTube, and social media until you’ve seen Avengers: EndgameScreen Rant will remain 100% spoiler-free until release, and all spoiler discussions afterwards will be clearly marked.

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2019-04-17 11:04:07

Cooper Hood

Kit Harington’s Game of Thrones Co-Stars Crash SNL Monologue, Demand Spoilers

Kit Harington’s Game of Thrones co-stars crashed his monologue looking for spoilers in a hilarious bit from last night’s SNL. Heading into its eighth and final season, Game of Thrones is arguably a bigger pop culture sensation than it’s ever been before. The hype is definitely sky high for the HBO fantasy series as the last six episodes get set to drop beginning on April 14th.

Among the many questions left over from the end of Game of Thrones season 7, none are bigger than those surrounding the fates of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his new queen, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Fans were of course stunned when the two became lovers last season, especially as it was previously revealed that Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, making Daenerys his aunt. It’s expected that, at some point in the new season, Jon and Daenerys’ family connection will be revealed to them (likely by the well-read Samwell Tarly), which will no doubt lead to some high drama.

Related: 15 Things That Make No Sense About Game Of Thrones (And 10 Fan Theories That Do)

Of course, no one in the outside world knows yet what actually happens in Game of Thrones season 8, as all spoilers are being kept under lock down. HBO’s obsession with secrecy is well known by now, and actually provided the fodder for a bit on last night’s SNL, which was hosted by none other than Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington. In the show’s monologue, Harington found himself being questioned by random people in the audience about Game of Thrones spoilers, which he is of course not at liberty to reveal. Things escalated however when Harington’s own Game of Thrones co-stars began standing up to grill him for spoilers. See the clip below:

Harington definitely does a good job playing the awkwardness of the situation as his co-stars begin appearing in the crowd, starting with his on-screen lover Emilia Clarke, who jokes about needing to be reminded what happens on the show because it’s been so long since last season. Clarke then jokes about the sex scene they filmed in season 7 (note, thought, that she commits a little gaffe by accidentally saying “season 6“). After a little joke about Harry Potter fans getting mixed up with Game of Thrones fans, Samwell Tarly actor John Bradley next stands up to pump Harington. He wants spoilers too because, even though he’s on the show, he only knows his own lines and has no idea what else happens. If the ensuing joke is accurate, Samwell will be eaten by a dragon (an unlikely result indeed).

An already weird bit then gets even weirder when none other than The Night King shows up, played by Pete Davidson in some very impressive makeup. The Night King doesn’t want spoilers, he just wants to know if people hate him. Sadly, Kit has to explain that yes, people hate him because everyone he touches turns into an ice zombie. For the grand finale, Kit then fields a question from his own former co-star and current wife Rose Leslie, who doesn’t care about spoilers but just wants to know what they’re going to do for money with his gig on the show ending and them wasting all their cash getting Uber Eats every night.

All-in-all, it’s a funny monologue with a fun premise and some great cameos. Kit Harington may not be known for comedy, having played the very dramatic Jon Snow on Game of Thrones for all these years, but by the evidence of this one appearance he may have a future in doing more comedic work.

More: Every Game of Thrones Character Death Teased In The New Trailer

Source: SNL

2019-04-07 10:04:12

Dan Zinski

Shazam Movie’s Biggest Spoilers

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Shazam

Shazam is now in theaters, and while the trailers have shown off some funny and epic moments, there are still plenty of surprises in store for audiences. Avoiding spoilers for upcoming movies isn’t always easy, and test screenings for Shazam led to one major cameo in particular being revealed early. However, from the secret villains of the movie to the reveal of the Shazam Family and their powers, the movie has managed to keep some of the coolest moments under wraps.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a troublesome foster kid who keeps running away from homes in search of his biological mother. He’s given another chance with a new foster family, and after a moment of bravery is whisked away to the Rock of Eternity, where a powerful wizard (Djimon Hounsou) gifts him with incredible powers. By saying the word “Shazam!” Billy is transformed into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi), complete with a snazzy costume, super-speed, lightning powers, near-invulnerability, and a host of other powers. With the help of his new foster brother, Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy tries to get to grips with his newfound ability and figure out what kind of superhero he’s going to be.

Related: Does Shazam Have A Post-Credits Scene (& How Many)?

Unfortunately, the evil Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong) has acquired some powers of his own, and will now stop at nothing to defeat the wizard’s champion and steal Shazam’s power for himself. Here’s our breakdown of the biggest spoilers, surprises, twists and turns in Shazam.

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While Billy Batson and the Shazam family are the heart of Shazam, we don’t actually meet Billy until after the movie’s opening title. The very first scene in Shazam isn’t Billy’s origin story, but Doctor Sivana’s. We see a young Sivana playing with a Magic 8 Ball in the back of a car, with his bullying father and brother in the front seats, when suddenly he’s transported to the Rock of Eternity. With incredible powers within his grasp, young Sivana fails a test to see whether he’s pure of heart – reaching out to try and steal the Eye of Sin when tempted by the Seven Deadly Sins. The wizard sends Sivana away again, and his ensuing freak-out results in a car crash that leaves his father paralyzed.

Shazam‘s trailers did a good job of concealing the movie’s real villains: the Seven Deadly Sins. These beings are trapped inside statues on the Rock of Eternity, and are held captive there by wizards – whose numbers have been whittled down until just one is left. When Sivana finally returns to the Rock of Eternity he puts the Eye of Sin – a glowing orb to which the Seven Deadly Sins are connected – into his own head. While Sivana thinks that he’s in control and has amassed great power, the reality is that he’s simply a pawn being used by the Seven Deadly Sins. Each of these monstrous beings can emerge from Sivana and take on either a solid or smoky form, making them difficult to fight. With each Sin that leaves, Sivana’s powers become weaker, but the hardest Sin of all to separate from him is Envy. It’s not until the end of the movie that Shazam is finally able to draw Envy out – and leave Sivana helpless.

It’s now been more than a decade since Dwayne Johnson’s name was first attached to the character Black Adam, and he’s set to star in his own Black Adam solo movie. However, while Black Adam was at one point going to be the main antagonist of Shazam, his role in the movie is limited to a cameo appearance (not performed by Johnson). The wizard explains that at many years ago the council chose a different champion, but that he abused his powers and used them for evil, unleashing the Seven Deadly Sins upon the world. He illustrates this story with a glowing hologram of a character that is surely Black Adam, setting the villain up for a potential sequel appearance.

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Billy’s main goal for much of Shazam is to track down his birth mother, from whom he was separated after he got lost at a carnival. Billy repeatedly runs away from foster homes in search of his mother, tracking down every Rachel Batson in the city, but he doesn’t actually find her until he gets help from his foster brother, Eugene. Billy finds out that his mother reverted to her maiden name, which is why he was unable to find her, but when he finally tracks her down he gets an unpleasant shock: his mother left him behind on purpose.

As a young single mother (Billy’s father was in prison), Rachel felt ill-equipped to raise young Billy, and though she searched for him frantically at first, when she saw him being taken care of by police officers at the carnival she realized he had a chance for a better future… and just walked away. Instead of welcoming him with open arms, Billy’s mother nervously keeps him out of sight of her angry boyfriend, and doesn’t even remember the compass she gave him. Though he is obviously upset that his dream of coming home to a loving, caring mother didn’t come true, Billy is able to make peace with being left behind. He gives her the compass as a parting gift, and returns to his foster family.

Doctor Sivana’s goal in Shazam is to force Billy to transfer his powers using the wizard’s staff, so that he can add the powers of the champion to his already formidable abilities as host of the Seven Deadly Sins. In the movie’s final battle scene, Sivana threatens to kill Billy’s foster siblings unless he hands over his powers – but this gives Billy an idea. Instead of giving his powers to Sivana, Billy gets his newfound family to place their hands on the wizard’s staff and say “Shazam!” – thereby distributing his powers among them and creating the Shazam Family (or “Shazamily,” to borrow the movie’s official hashtag). Each of Billy’s siblings specializes in one of his powers; for example, Freddy can fly, Darla gets super-speed, and Pedro gets super-strength. At the end of the movie, the Shazam Family adopt the Rock of Eternity as their superhero lair, with each taking up a seat at the Council of Wizards.

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Once the Shazam Family has drawn out and distracted six of the Seven Deadly Sins, Shazam and Sivana take part in a flying battle across the city and end up on a rooftop. There, Shazam figures out that the only Sin that never comes out is Envy, and taunts it to draw it out of Sivana, before hitting it with his transformative lightning bolt to stun it. Dragging Sivana back to the carnival, Shazam pulls out the Eye of Sin, sucking all of the Seven Deadly Sins back into it. He restores it to its original spot in the Rock of Eternity, and the statues of the Seven Deadly Sins rebuild themselves, locking the monsters up once more.

This spoiler unfortunately got out before Shazam‘s release, but if you managed to avoid it, it’s one of the best moments of the movie. After Billy forgets to show up at school in costume to prove that Shazam is friends with Freddy, leaving Freddy humiliated, Billy makes it up to him – and then some. Not only does Shazam show up to have lunch with Freddy and his foster family, he also brings along a friend: Superman! We don’t actually see Superman’s face, just his body from the neck down, but Freddy is naturally blown away to see one of his favorite superheroes in the flesh. The movie ends on this Superman cameo, then jumping into the animated credits sequence.

Related: Shazam! Review: A Charming, If Uninventive Superhero Origin Story

There are references to the Justice League members throughout Shazam, since Freddy is a superhero mega-fan. He owns a bullet that bounced off Superman’s body (until Billy accidentally drops it down a drain), has a replica batarang, and a wide selection of T-shirts with superhero logos on them. The Justice League themselves show up in animated form in the movie’s animated end-credits sequence, which feature a number of fun fantasy scenarios – from Billy using the Batmobile to take Wonder Woman to the prom, to Darla having a race with the Flash. But, as with many superhero movies, things aren’t over just because the credits are rolling.

Hyper-intelligent worm Mister Mind, a classic villain from Shazam’s early days as Captain Marvel, is first seen at the very start of the movie. As young Sivana enters the Rock of Eternity, Mister Mind is shown trapped inside a glass case, but when Sivana returns as an adult the case is empty. The devious worm returns in Shazam‘s mid-credits scene, where an imprisoned Sivana is maniacally scrawling symbols on the walls of his cell in the hope of opening a door to the Rock of Eternity again. As he gives up in frustration, Mister Mind arrives with an ominous cackle, making rude comments about “walking talking monkeys” with “cave drawings,” before teasing that “there are more ways than a mind can imagine” to access magic. He declares he and Sivana are going to team up, and that, “The Seven Realms are about to be ours” – clear set-up for a sequel with Mister Mind as a main antagonist.

If you stick around to the very end of Shazam‘s credits you’ll get a post-credits scene that was actually shown (in part) in the Chinese trailer for the movie. In another one of Freddy’s tests of Billy’s Shazam superpowers, Billy pretends to be speaking telepathically to a goldfish. After a while, though, he admits that he was just kidding, and questions what cool things they could possibly do with the superpower of talking to fish. Freddy, pointing out the Aquaman T-shirt he’s currently wearing, retorts, “Maybe command an army of billions in the ocean?” – and Billy concedes the point. Batman also mocked Aquaman for talking to fish in Justice League, and young Arthur Curry was mocked by his schoolmates in Aquaman for talking to fish as well. The poor guy just can’t catch a break.

More: Every DC Movie Confirmed For After Shazam

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Bumblebee Movie: The 10 Biggest Spoilers

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WARNING: Spoilers for Bumblebee.

Here are the biggest spoilers from new Bumblebee movie. The sixth movie in the Transformers franchise, Bumblebee is a prequel set in 1987, 20 years before the events of Michael Bay’s five explosive movies starring Shia LaBeouf and Mark Wahlberg.

This new take on the robots in disguise is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and centers on Optimus Prime’s most-trusted lieutenant, Bumblebee, who while in hiding on Earth befriends teenager Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). What follows is basically How To Train Your Iron Giant, as Bee and Charlie form a delightful friendship as they try to escape Decepticons and the US military.

Related: Transformers Complete Movie Timeline, From 4.5 Billion BC To 2018

Bumblebee is a genuinely fantastic film – not just the best entry in the Transformers franchise by a long margin, it’s one of the best films of 2018 full stop. As such, you should definitely go out to the theater and see it as soon as possible. But for those of you who like to be prepared ahead of time, or if you’re just curious as for what goes down and what it could mean for the future, we’ve still got you covered. Here are the biggest Bumblebee spoilers.

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10. The Autobots Are Evacuating Cybertron

Bumblebee opens on the Cybertron action sequence that’s been the focus of the later trailers. This is actually the Autobot evacuation of their homeworld; the Decepticons are on the march and forcing the good guys into escape pods. Naturally, it’s a fraught, tense action setpiece, and it frames the story of the film; B-127 is sent by Optimus Prime to scout out Earth to see if it’s a suitable home for the Autobots.

We return to the sequence later in Bumblebee, getting to see Optimus in proper, desperate action.

9. The Cybertron Opening Includes So Many Transformers

Shockwave and other Decepticons in Bumblebee

The Cybertron opening is a big, frantic battle that will thrill any fans of the franchise not just because of how it evokes the original cartoon, but the sheer number of iconic Transformers that appear.

Along with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, the Autobots feature Arcee, Wheeljack, Brawn, Ratchet and Ironhide, while the Decepticon attackers include Shockwave, Soundwave, Starscream and Ravage. Even though Bumblebee doesn’t have as many main Transformers in the story, this opening five minutes offers more than enough G1-bang for your buck.

Related: Bumblebee Reveals Full Optimus Prime G1 Movie Design

8. Bumblebee’s Voice Is Dylan O’Brien

This one was sadly openly spoiled well ahead of Bumblebee‘s release, but nevertheless is one of the film’s coolest aspects. During the Cybertron opening and initial arrival on Earth, Bumblebee has his voice, provided by The Maze Runner‘s Dylan O’Brien. This is lost when Blitzwing viciously rips out Bee’s voicebox.

Those who’ve seen all the Transformers films may notice something of a plot hole here. In 2017’s The Last Knight, Bumblebee also spoke with his original voice, but there it was provided by sound designer Erik Aadahl.

7. Shatter and Dropkick Kill Cliffjumper

Shatter and Dropkick in Bumblebee

The main two villains of Bumblebee are Decepticons Shatter and Dropkick, triple-changers who are on the hunt for B-127. The film makes clear that they mean business right away, with the duo introduced killing classic Autobot Cliffjumper. It’s not a pretty sight either; the pair are interrogating him on a moon by Saturn, then after getting Bumblebee’s distress beacon (and thus having found their prize) they mercilessly slice him in half vertically.

Related: How Much Did Bumblebee Cost To Make?

6. The Decepticon Plan Is To Trick Autobots Into A Trap On Earth

Dropkick and Shatter in Bumblebee

Shatter and Dropkick aren’t just looking for Bumblebee, they want to use B-127 as a means to create a trap for all escaped Autobots; the plan is to amass Decepticons on Earth and turn it into a trap for the survivors of Cybertron.

To achieve this, they form an alliance with Sector Seven (the Transformer-monitoring government agency from Michael Bay’s films), tricking the humans into thinking they’re the good guys so they can use their satellite network. It’s implied that this is also how Sector Seven learns about Transformers (and, although the base is under the Hoover Dam, no mention to Megatron or the AllSpark is made).

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John Cena in Bumblebee

5. Agent Burns Isn’t Anybody… Yet

One of the most discussed characters in Bumblebee before release was John Cena’s Agent Burns, with a range of fan theories about how he could play into the wider Hasbro mythology. Bumblebee is expected to be the start of a new era for Transformers, one that sees it begin to cross over with the likes of G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., and Cena would seem like an obvious fit – it’s been suggested he’s Calhoun Burns or Duke.

If Cena does have a bigger role in Hasbro’s movie future, however, Bumblebee doesn’t reveal it. Agent Burns is just Agent Burns, a military commander who hunts down B-127 but eventually sees the error of his ways and helps the Autobot escape.

Read More: Is John Cena A G.I. Joe in Bumblebee?

4. Bumblebee Becomes A Camaro At The End

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee

Bumblebee spends the majority of his solo movie in the form of a Volkswagen Beetle, a design he copies after his memory-wiping fight with Blitzwing. This is his classic G1 design that fans of the original toys will remember. However, don’t expect him to keep it in the sequel – at the end of the movie, Bee goes on the run and to do so switches up to a 1977 Chevy Camaro. This is the same vehicle design he had at the start of the Michael Bay Transformers films, a rare moment of direct connectivity.

3. Bumblebee Leaves Charlie… And She Fixes Her Father Car

The emotional core of Bumblebee is his and Charlie’s relationship, with each helping the other through a difficult time: he’s lost his home and is on the run; she’s grieving for her father. Together, they find a new lease of life, but after defeating Shatter and Dropkick, they must heartbreakingly part ways (although Bumblebee does play “Don’t You Forget About Me” from The Breakfast Club, one of his favorite films, to lighten the mood).

The lessons aren’t forgotten though. At the very end, as part of the credits sequence, Charlie fixes her father’s car, getting to keep part of him with her.

2. Optimus Prime & Other Transformers Arrive At The End

Optimus Prime in Bumblebee

Bumblebee doesn’t have a post-credits scene per se, but right after Travis Knight’s director credit, a couple of short scenes play. The first sees Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, who’s now on Earth, discussing humanity as seven more Autobots crash through the atmosphere. This teases many more adventures to come, although the identity of the newly arriving good guys is kept a mystery.

1. Bumblebee Doesn’t Reveal If It Connects To The Michael Bay Films

Michael Bay and Optimus Prime Transformers

One of the biggest questions about Bumblebee is how it connects to the Michael Bay Transformers films. Is it a prequel, a proper reboot, or something in the middle? The answer after the movie remains up in the air; for every attempt to connect to Bay’s films (Megatron was cut to maintain canon and Bee becomes a Camaro at the end), there’s a plot hole (the Transformers have never been to Earth before, and the final scene contradicts the 2007 film). It would seem to be a soft reboot, opening the door to a future that lightly avoids the earlier movies. Indeed, putting aside narrative, Bumblebee goes to great efforts to distance itself from the director’s typical Bayhem and has uniformly redesigned the robots in disguise.

Next: Every Transformers Movie Ranked (Including Bumblebee)

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14 Spoilers Fans Missed At The Start Of Superhero Movies (And 6 Way Too Obvious)

It looks like superhero movies are not slowing down anytime soon. With the release of Aquaman upon us and fans still drooling over the Avengers: Endgame trailer, we’ve still got a lot of ground to cover. Based on the past experience, we have to wonder if these upcoming films will have some spoilers hidden early on in the films’ run. Foreshadowing is definitely a smart part of the storytelling process. When done well, it’s clever enough that the fans applaud it later. When done poorly, however, audiences can see it a mile away and the film becomes more boring than interesting.

Foreshadowing can definitely spoil things early on in a film, but superhero movies usually have a lot of ground to cover in a limited amount of time. It makes sense that clever filmmakers would tease things that will occur at a film’s climax much earlier on. It’s a way of subliminally preparing the viewer, even if they don’t pick up on the hints.

There have been a lot of superhero movies over the years, though hiding spoilers early on in these movies does seem to be a more recent development. At the very least, most of these movies that will appear on this list were made in the past couple decades. With that in mind, we have a lot franchises to cover and a lot of hidden– and not-so-hidden superheroic spoilers to discover.

Here are 14 Spoilers Fans Missed At The Start Of Superhero Movies (And 6 Way Too Obvious).  

20 MISSED: Luthor’s Confirmation Handshake (Batman v Superman)

While it looks like we may never see Jesse Einsenberg shave his head again, there was one very clever spoilery moment in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When introducing himself to both Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), Luthor pointedly makes a comment on their grip. When he shakes Bruce Wayne’s hand, he simply says “Good,” while with Clark Kent, he comments on how strong it really is.

Given all the research he did into their identities, this was the moment that he confirmed to himself the true identities of Batman and Superman. He needed to see how strong both of their grips were in order to get a good read on them.

19 MISSED: Sebastian Shaw’s Fate (X-Men: First Class)

Anyone who knows Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) character in the slightest knew how things would turn out for Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Shaw would inevitably end the movie paying for his crimes at the hands of Erik. Well, so to speak. The manner of his passing, however, was spoiled pretty early on in the film.

Overcome with pain and anger, Erik destroys a picture of Shaw by driving a coin into the center of the photograph’s forehead. He would repeat this action with the man himself at the end of the film. Too bad Charles had to feel every painful moment of it.

18 OBVIOUS: Joker Was The Mugger (Batman 1989)

One of the movies that kickstarted the superhero craze of the ’90s, Batman (1989) remains one of Tim Burton’s best films. It was moody, atmospheric, and remains one of the best Batman movies of all time. As many people know, Burton is not a subtle director. This is definitely proven through Jack Nicholson’s Joker.

Joe Chill is the mugger who took the lives of the Wayne parents. In this movie, the crime was committed Nicholson’s Jack Napier, who would later become Batman’s greatest enemy. While it made sense narratively, it also just spoiled who Napier would later become. No one is that unhinged unless he’s the Joker.

17 MISSED: Thor’s Color Scheme On Earth (Thor: Ragnarok)

When Thor arrives in his street clothes on Earth, director Taika Waititi had him wearing purple and green. Those are the signature colors of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). While known for his comedy, Waititi is also famous for his sly little winks and nods.

The color scheme Thor wears on Earth foreshadows who Thor will meet the next time he is off world from Asgard: his friend from work.  To be fair, most fans knew going in that Hulk and Thor would face off against each other, but it’s a little nudge that foreshadows the events of the film.

16 MISSED: Star-Lord’s Alien Heritage (Guardians of the Galaxy) 

While Peter (Chris Pratt) and the majority of the audience learn toward the end of 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy that he’s not entirely human, some eagle-eyed viewers can catch it early on. When Peter is brought in by the Nova Corp, he is given a biological scan. What audiences miss is a flashing red light that detects a sort of anomaly in Peter’s blood. We would later learn this anomaly is the Nova Corp detecting Peter’s non-human DNA.

Why did it light up like that? As Nova Prime (Gleen Close) told Peter, it’s nothing they’d ever seen before. Of course, it would set off some major alarm bells, as Peter is a child of a Celestial.

15 OBVIOUS: Diana is the weapon (Wonder Woman)

You would think that a weapon called “Godkiller” would be given better protection, as the Amazons are meant to protect things that should fall into no mortal hand. The ease with which Diana (Gal Gadot) steals the sword is just a hint that spoils her identity as the actual weapon.

Hippolyta’s (Connie Nielson) own fear to let her daughter train as a warrior, in a culture of warriors, mixed with Diana’s own prodigious power further spoils the reveal that she is Zeus’ ultimate weapon. After all, what better way to guard a weapon than to make sure she never knows she is one. It’s definitely a clever move on the part of the Amazons, but obvious to audiences. 

14 MISSED: Loki’s Jotunn Connection (Thor)

A reveal that, while big in movie, never really lives up to expectations is that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is Jotunn born. In 2011’s Thor, Loki’s connection to Jotunheim is spoiled early on in the film. During Thor’s coronation two Jotunns are let into Asgard to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters. They were let in by Loki. Later on, when exposed to the Casket of Ancient Winters, Loki would learn of his true heritage as being a child of Jotunheim.

Without even realizing it, Loki has helped the kin that Odin (Anthony Hopkins) subjugated to get into Asgard. It’s definitely a clever spoiler, though one that lacks impact to Loki’s subsequent appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

13 MISSED: Maria Rushing Natasha’s Time With Fury (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

In comic books, character fake their demise and return all the time. It’s unsurprising that such events happen in movies as well. Still, faking a passing is a hard thing to accomplish, especially if you have to fool one of the best spies in the world. When Fury (Samuel L Jackson) allowed HYDRA to believe they were successful in taking him out, Natasha (Scarlett Johnasson) spends some time with his body.

Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Fury’s right hand, got her out of the room with a suspicious hurry. That definitely tipped fans off to Fury’s return later in the movie. Not many people can pull one over on the Black Widow.

12 OBVIOUS: Gwen Stacy’s Fate (Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Any fan of the Spider-Man mythos knew going into the The Amazing Spider-Man franchise that Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) was not long for this world. After losing her father (Denis Leary) at the end of the first film, the second has Peter (Andrew Garfield) seeing him all around as a reminder to the promise he gave the man to stay away from Gwen. It also references that Gwen’s own time is running out because, as Captain Stacy said, Gwen will come to harm if Peter is in her life.

He’s definitely not wrong, as Gwen perishes when Peter is fighting Harry Osborne (Dane DeHaan) due to a broken neck. It’s taken right out of comics, with some shoehorned in foreshadowing added.

11 MISSED: World’s Greatest Grandma (Ant-Man and the Wasp)

Both Ant-Man films are filled with little moments of bizarre humor, especially between Scott (Paul Rudd) and Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), who have a quirky sense of humor. Like the disfigured bunny in the first film, the World’s Greatest Grandma trophy seems like another visual. However, was actually a spoiler for Scott’s possession by Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) later on in the film.

While Hope (Evangeline Lily) doesn’t have any biological children, Scott does, which could make Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet Cassie’s step-grandparents. The mug, focusing on Grandma, spoils what happen when Janet takes possession of Scott’s body to help Hank and Hope with the last-minute adjustments to get into the Quantum Realm.

10 MISSED: Destruction of Wayne Manor (Batman Begins)

The first of the Christopher Nolan trilogy, Batman Begins hid a pretty big spoiler in the beginning of the film. While standing in his childhood home of Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) comments to Alfred (Michael Caine) that “This place is a mausoleum. When I have my way I’ll pull the damn thing down, brick by brick.”

This line foreshadows when the League of Shadows burns down the manor home later on. Unwittingly, he got his wish, though he clearly didn’t imagine it happening in this way. While not as flashy as its sequels, Batman Begins definitely knows how to deliver some payoff. 

9 OBVIOUS: The Opening Of Captain America: The First Avenger

This one is one of the most obvious spoilers ever in superhero movies. As Captain America: The First Avenger takes place in the 1940s, it’s unsurprising that we would end up in the present day MCU at some point. The beginning of the film sees the uncovering of the Valkyrie, Red Skull’s (Hugo Weaving) HYDRA plane. In it, the frozen body and shield of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is found, with SHIELD agents saying Fury needed to be called.

We then head back into the past where the story of Steve is told, though the audience all know that he will eventually end up back in the Arctic and the plane.

8 MISSED: No One Is Special (The Incredibles)

14 years before The Incredibles 2 made a splash at the box office, 2004’s The Incredibles featured some crafty light spoilers early in the film. When Helen (voiced by Helen Hunt) tells Dash (Spencer Fox) that “everyone is special,” Dash says that’s another way of saying that “no one is special.

This spoils the plan of supervillain Syndrome (Jason Lee) later on in the film. Embittered by his own lack of powers and feeling spurned by Bob (Craig T. Nelson), Syndrome monologues about how he plans on making everyone special so that no one is, which echoes Dash’s words earlier in the film.

7 MISSED: Pepper Saves The Day (Iron Man 3)

When Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) mansion is attacked in Iron Man 3, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) saves him with the use of the Iron Man armor. While this is a callback to Pepper’s role as Rescue in the comics and Iron Man Adventures television series, it also serves as a spoiler that Pepper would save the day later in the film as well.

Dosed with Extremis and pushed into a burning abyss, it looked like Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) got his revenge on Tony by using Pepper. Pepper, however, uses the Extremis in her body to take out Killian, saving Tony and the day all at once. No wonder Tony wants to marry her!

6 OBVIOUS: Joker’s Clown Mask (The Dark Knight)

Heath Ledger’s Joker remains the definitive performance of the character. While it’s a tragedy that we will never get to see what Ledger could do with more time, it is a perfect performance in almost every way. One thing that wasn’t so perfect was the spoiler in the opening scenes of The Dark Knight.

During the bank robbery, one of the bank robbers is wearing a blue and white rubber clown mask. This clown mask harkens back to Cesar Romero’s portrayal of the character in the Adam West Batman series. It also points out which one of the robbers is the notorious archenemy of Batman to the audience.

5 MISSED: Trouble With Kryptonian Powers (Man Of Steel)

One of the more interesting aspects of 2013’s Man of Steel is seeing the younger versions of Clark Kent cope with their growing powers. Clark (Cooper Timberline) gets a sensory overload from his newly emerging X-ray vision coupled with super-hearing. It sends the young boy hiding until Martha (Diane Lane) arrives to get him. Clearly, this experience stayed with Clark (Henry Cavill) well into adulthood.

While the newly-arrived Kryptonians use their suits to stop how the yellow sun radiation changes their bodies, Clark uses this to his advantage. Clark rips off their masks, thus disabling the filtration system. This allows the grown Kryptonians to experience what Clark learned to deal with growing up. It’s a great way to foreshadow how someone will take out their enemies.

4 MISSED: The Mutant-Suppressing Serum (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

In the beginning of X-Men: Days of Future Past, we see the worst possible future in the film franchise. The mutants are kept in internment camps guarded by Sentinels and are powerless thanks to collars with a strange orange serum. The serum keeps their powers suppressed for a time.

It also spoils how some of the other mutants can be out of commission in the past. The power-suppressing serum comes back later, as seen in the hands of Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult). Using the serum, the pair keep their own powers at bay, though they do it voluntarily.

3 OBVIOUS: Steve Trevor’s Sacrifice (Wonder Woman)

Though less obvious than Captain America: The First Avenger, Wonder Woman still spoils what will happen to Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) later on in the film. When Diana first sees Steve, it begins with a plane explosion in the bright sunshine of Themyscira. This foreshadows how she will later see Steve sacrifice himself: a plane explosion in the dark night sky.

It’s definitely a beautiful sort of bookend for the journey that the couple took over the course of the film. Even so, it’s one of the more obvious spoilers. While we suspected that Steve would not live to the present day with Diana, how he first appeared in Diana’s life made it a bit too obvious.

2 MISSED: May Finds Out (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

After two Spider-Man franchises came and went without Aunt May knowing about Peter’s identity, it was a relief that May Parker (Marisa Tomei) finally learned about her nephew’s heroics in the post-credit scene of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The sequence was spoiled early on in the film, however.

Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) finds out in a similar way to May. He barges into Peter’s bedroom while the other teen is still dressed in his Spider-Man costume. In the background, we can hear May talking to the boys off-screen. This perfectly sets up when May walks in on Peter during that post-credit scene. Honestly, you’d think Peter would have learned how to lock his door!

1 MISSED: Sir Patrick’s Permission (Wonder Woman)

With Armistice on the horizon in the World War I setting of Wonder Woman, it seems quite odd that Sir Patrick (David Thewlis) would sanction the mission that Steve and Diana propose. Part of why he does, however, is a spoiler about Patrick’s true identity as Ares, the god of War. Why would a man who truly strives for eace permit a mission that could put it in jeopardy?

Ares wants Diana to see humans at their absolute worst so she can join his side. More obviously, he doesn’t want peace. Instead, he would want the war to continue, as befits, well, Ares. This sly little hint that Patty Jenkins adds early in the film perfectly prepares us for the reveal later on.

What other spoilers are hidden in superhero movies? Let us know in the comments!

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Infinity War Directors Reveal Exclusive Details & Spoilers in 2 Hour Q&A

Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo have revealed details and spoilers from the making of Avengers: Infinity War in a recent Q&A. The epic Marvel Cinematic Universe team-up brings together the most important characters from the MCU to defeat Thanos, the Mad Titan who believes that half the universe should be eliminated for the sake of balance.

Prior to the film’s release, there was much speculation as to who would be involved in the battle, where the final Infinity Stone, the Soul Stone, was located, and much more. However, even though these questions have been answered, many more were created. Now, though these answers won’t come until May 2019, when the untitled Avengers 4 film lands in theaters, the Russo Brothers revealed some new information to fans at a recent screening and Q&A for Avengers: Infinity War. 

Related: Why We’ll Definitely Get The Avengers 4 Trailer Before The End Of 2018

Following the screening of Avengers: Infinity War at Hollywood’s ArcLight theater, Joe and Anthony Russo sat down with Collider to answer questions about the movie. Though they explicitly refused to answer any questions regarding Avengers 4, they did discuss the separation of the third and fourth Avengers movies, which were originally billed as Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. Anthony noted that the thought from the get-go was that these two films would obviously share a lot of elements, but they discovered prior to filming that it was hard to keep them together due to their complex nature. Getting into the overall tone of Avengers: Infinity War, Joe detailed how they cut the movie down in order to balance all of the characters involved. That said, he noted that very little was left on the cutting room floor in the end.

Continuity is a major thing in the Marvel Universe, and the Russo brothers were happy to address it. One audience member asked about Thor’s new weapon, Stormbreaker.  Joe noted that this weapon was an unknown surprise for Thanos, reminding the audience that Stormbreaker and the Gauntlet were by made by Eitri (Peter Dinklage), allowing it to counteract the Gauntlet’s abilities, despite it being powered by the Infinity Stones.

The Q&A also included discussion about the location of the Soul Stone, and how it was one of the greatest mysteries leading up to the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Joe explained that this was the last piece of the puzzle for them as well in the writing process, and when they decided that the film was to revolve around Thanos and his journey, they had to come up with a pivotal way to make it “the lowest point” for the Mad Titan. This led to some clarification surrounding Red Skull, how he learned the rules of Infinity Stones, and how the film’s screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – who also co-wrote Captain America: The First Avenger – pushed for his return.

At the end of the film, Thanos held off Hulk, which was a point of contention for some. Hulk is, arguably, the strongest of the Avengers, though he (and Bruce Banner) went through a bit of a difficult journey in the film. The moderator asked, “Was Thanos only able to beat Hulk because he had the power stone?” Joe debunked this, saying that despite his obvious brute strength, Hulk isn’t exactly the most tactical fighter, and Thanos’ intelligence gave him the leg up. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Marvel panel without a discussion about improvisation. The scene where Thor meets the Guardians is full of humor, especially when Peter Quill lowers his voice to try and match the God of Thunder’s. Joe thought that Pratt may have come up with the idea to do that, but Anthony was certain that it was in the script.

There is a lot more to take in from the Q&A, including a lot of good information. The Russos have clearly shown that they were up to the task of taking on the two films, perhaps indicating that in the future, these kinds of big team-ups may be best handled by a team rather than a solo director, the way Joss Whedon did. Regardless of what the future looks like for the Russos within the MCU, it looks like audiences are in for an exciting ride when Avengers 4 lands in theaters.

More: Russos Explain Why Infinity War & Avengers 4 Didn’t Film at the Same Time

Source: Collider

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12 Spoilers Fans Missed At The Start Of Marvel Movies (And 8 Way Too Obvious)

With hundreds of characters, dozens of timelines and several decades’ worth of content, Marvel Comics has shaped modern pop culture through its wealth of creativity. Like many other fruitful ventures, the comic books have been adapted into countless movies over the years. The movies don’t always enjoy the same box office or critical success, but they’re always among the most hyped and high-profile movies.

The creatives at Marvel have proven themselves to be masterful storytellers, weaving together disparate narratives to form the most complex stories. Sometimes they drop hints at the beginning that require multiple viewings to catch. Others times, though, their hints are more like hammers hitting you over your head with how obvious they are.

Some of those “hints” are so painfully obvious that even the most uninformed viewer could see the plot twist coming from miles away. Others are disguised a simple Easter eggs and fun references to geek out over, allowing ardent fans to be blindsided. Regardless of your familiarity with Marvel’s franchises, there are bound to be spoilers that you caught and others that slipped through your fingers. If the title hasn’t clued you in on it, the list below contains plenty of spoilers not just for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also for Marvel movies from Sony and Fox. There are also some references to the comics, so if you’re super sensitive to spoilers, here’s your chance to look away.

Here are 12 Spoilers Fans Missed At The Start Of Marvel Movies (And 8 Incredibly Obvious).

20 Missed: Thor’s Shirt In Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok made waves with its boldly comical take on Thor’s journey, complete with the vivid colors and wacky humor that director Taika Waititi is known for.

One brilliant use of color that you might’ve missed involves Thor’s wardrobe in the scene where Loki and Thor track down Odin. Thor is wearing a jacket layered over two shirts; one green and one purple. It’s a subtle way to foreshadow Thor’s encounter with the Hulk on Sakaar. Or perhaps it’s Thor’s way of paying homage to his buddy, even though the Hulk has yet to don his iconic purple shorts in the MCU.

19 Obvious: Star-Lord’s Real Daddy In GotG

Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, spends a whole lot of time wondering about his biological father. Star-Lord eventually finds out that his father is Ego, a Celestial who plans to complete the Expansion. They manage to bond for a little bit until Ego reveals that he planted the tumor in Meredith’s head. Peter then realizes that Yondu is his true father figure, and is stricken with grief when the latter passes. It’s a striking realization for Peter, but not so much for the audience.

Meredith tells a young Peter that his father was an angel, made out of light. As she’s about to pass, she tells him that his father would come pick him up later on. Yondu calls himself as pretty as an angel, and literally comes to pick Peter up.

18 Missed: Feige’s Famous Pizza In Deadpool

News of Disney buying Fox was all people could talk about for a good while, and with good reason. The entertainment giant has been slowly but surely building its empire, acquiring the rights to some of the most popular (and profitable) franchises.

In Deadpool, which was distributed by 20th Century Fox, Wade orders pizza to lure the pizza delivery guy Jeremy. As the mercenary threatens Jeremy, there’s a shot that reveals the pizza place is called Feige’s Famous, a clear reference to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The Disney/Fox deal hadn’t been put into motion when Deadpool came out, but the movie’s innocent little nod to Kevin Feige now seems just a tad bit ominous.

17 Obvious: Uncle Ben’s Spiel In Spider-Man

There are a few time-honored traditions in superhero stories: father figures will pass, and so will love interests and sidekicks, but these tragedies will always be foreshadowed by a heavy-handed speech. Perhaps the most famous instance of this is Uncle Ben’s spiel in Spider-Man.

Peter Parker’s going through a lot of changes— there’s high school, puberty, and his newfound spidey senses. Luckily, Uncle Ben’s got impeccable timing, delivering a memorable speech to his nephew in the car. Worried about Peter’s sudden changes in behavior, Uncle Ben tells Peter to be careful of the man he’s about to change into, and, of course, that with great power comes great responsibility. Sadly, Peter doesn’t heed his words until it’s too late.

16 Missed: Frozen Cap In The Incredible Hulk

It’s hard to imagine a time before Mark Ruffalo started playing Bruce Banner, but Edward Norton actually starred as the Hulk in the character’s first appearance in the MCU.

Despite the inconsistent casting, Marvel did already have a plan to weave together multiple storylines and was dropping hints everywhere. In the alternate opening of The Incredible Hulk, Bruce travels to the Arctic, having given up on finding a cure. Before Bruce can end his own life, the Hulk emerges and causes an avalanche. As the snow and ice come crashing down, you can catch a glimpse of a certain star-spangled vibranium shield in the bottom left of the frame.

15 15: Obvious: Surtur Trashing Asgard In Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok opens with Thor captured in chains as Surtur lounges on his fiery throne. It’s a quirky scene full of banter that sets the tone for the rest of Taika Waititi’s installment in Thor’s arc. Surtur waxes poetic about Asgard’s inevitable fall when he puts his crown into the Eternal Flame. Thor clearly doesn’t care, taunting him over and over as he spins around in his chains.

Surtur keeps going on and on about how Thor can’t stop Ragnarok, and since the word is literally in the movie’s title, it’s pretty obvious that the prophecy is going to come true. Sure enough, it does, although it comes with the added bonus of ending Hela’s ruthless reign over Asgard.

14 Missed: Project Pegasus And Project 42 In The Avengers

The Avengers is the culmination of years of planning, and fans were understandably excited to see our favorite heroes team up. Captain America: Civil War came out four years later, chronicling the team’s inevitable falling out over their opinions of the Sokovia Accords. As it turns out, Marvel had already dropped some small hints leading up to the Avengers’ major disagreement.

In the opening scene of The Avengers, there’s a sign that says “Project Pegasus” during the evacuation. Agent Coulson hands Tony a bunch of files, which include mentions of Project Pegasus and Project 42. Sure, Project Pegasus is the name of the Tesseract test site, but it’s also a reference to the Civil War arc in the comics.

13 Missed: Thanos’ snap survivors In Captain America: Civil War

Whether or not Ruffalo’s infamous slip about Infinity War was staged or not, it certainly got everyone talking. He was about to say something about half the characters, but quickly changed his quip. Only half of the Avengers get snapped away, so it seems like his last-minute change was sort of a save.

However, it wouldn’t have been a spoiler to the eagle-eyed few who caught this tiny hint in Civil War. The Avengers get together with Thaddeus Ross, and are informed that the UN is about to pass the Sokovia Accords. On one side of the table, there’s War Machine, Black Widow, Cap, and Iron Man, all of whom survive Thanos’s snap. Those on the other side— Wanda, Vision, and Falcon— all disintegrate.

12 Missed: “Immigrant Song” In Thor: Ragnarok

You might’ve seen Asgard’s destruction at the hands of Surtur coming from miles away— after all, it’s literally part of a prophecy– but the opening scene of Thor: Ragnarok has another hidden spoiler, specifically during the fight between Thor and Surtur.

Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant” Song underscores the scene, and it’s definitely matches the heated fight raging on. Plus, it’s inspired by Norse mythology. As it turns out, it also hints at the ending of the movie. The lyrics say “The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands.” Sure, by then Mjolnir’s been destroyed, but the Asgardians end up boarding a spaceship, transporting them away from the ruins of Asgard and toward Earth.

11 Obvious: Gwen’s fate In The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Toby Maguire might’ve been replaced by Andrew Garfield following Columbia Picture’s reboot of Spider-Man, but keeping with tradition, there was plenty of clunky foreshadowing to go around. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Gwen Stacy delivers a speech about how temporary and fleeting life is, and how despite feeling immortal, everyone has to pass sometime. In fact, she says what makes life so valuable is that it doesn’t last forever. Get it? Because she’s one of the many famous “women in refrigerators.”

Combined with Peter’s ominous visions of Captain Stacy haunting him and warning him to stay away from Gwen, the “hint” is right up there with Uncle Ben’s speech in terms of subtly.

10 Missed: Spider-Man: Homecoming release date In Civil War

Like many of his colleagues in the MCU, Bucky Barnes has a tragic past that keeps coming back to haunt him. One of the most heart-wrenching and powerful moments has got to be when Bucky tries to resist getting activated and turned into the Winter Solider once again.

In this scene in Civil War, Zemo traps Bucky and recites a list of words that send Bucky scrambling until he’s fully activated and under Zemo’s control. The internet is abuzz with the potential significance of each word, and as it turns out, among those words are “homecoming” and “seventeen.” Spider-Man: Homecoming came out in 2017.

9 Obvious: Hope Becoming The Wasp In Ant-Man

The mid-credits scene in Ant-Man is meant to be a teaser for what’s yet to come, signalling Hope van Dyne’s transformation into the Wasp, but honestly, did anyone not see that coming? First of all, Hope is clearly a version of Hope Pym, who is also known as Red Queen in the comics, so there’s already an inkling there that she is going to be some sort of superpowered human. Second, her last name is van Dyne, and the movie explicitly states her mother was the Wasp. Third, we see a silhouette of the Wasp when Scott is in the quantum realm.

While Hope taking up the mantle isn’t much of a surprise, it’s still a significant step for the Wasp to become Marvel’s first female title character.

8 Missed: The Sentinels In X-Men: The Last Stand

It’s easy to forget that the X-Men movies are technically Marvel movies even though they’re not a part of the MCU, especially since they definitely have the intricate storytelling to match Marvel’s sprawling universe. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine and Storm have students enter the Danger Room, where they fight some Sentinels. In The Wolverine, Xavier and Magneto, knowing the Sentinels are approaching, ask Logan for his help. In Days of Future Past, the Sentinels have already taken power and are wreaking havoc on the mutants.

What started as a little Easter egg for us to geek out over turned out to be a clue to one of the most significant events in the X-Men franchise.

7 Missed: Shaw’s future In X-Men: First Class

To say Erik Lehnsherr has a tough life is a giant understatement. He’s tormented by Sebastian Shaw from an early age, and even loses his mother to the evil man. Erik’s quest for vengeance leads him to hunt down Shaw, who eventually meets his end when Magneto pushes a coin into his head.

It’s a callback to the circumstances around a traumatic event of Erik’s childhood, but it’s also foreshadowed early on. When we first see the grown-up version of Erik, he hits a picture of Shaw with the coin, and it lands right in Shaw’s forehead. You might not have foreseen the way Shaw’s life ends, but Erik certainly has given it a lot of thought.

6 Obvious: The Infinity Gauntlet In Thor

The MCU is full of Easter eggs that don’t necessarily have deeper meanings or connections to the movies they’re in. That’s why so many of these seemingly obvious clues go largely unrecognized as anything other than fun little references. However, the appearance of the Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s vault in Thor stood out to fans.

Apart from being colorful and visually striking, it stood out compared to other Easter eggs due to its ties with Thanos, one of the biggest baddies the Avengers ever face in the comics. Plus, the fact that they had to retcon the gauntlet in Ragnarok, having Hela point out it’s a fake, just further underscores the significance of the prop going forward.

5 Missed: Iceman Comes Out In X2: X-Men United

In X2, Wolverine, Rogue, Pyro, and Iceman visit Iceman’s parents, who live in Boston. Bobby’s parents try to wrap their minds around Bobby’s mutant powers, with his mother awkwardly trying to ask him when he first found out about his mutations.

It’s a scene that had fans drawing parallels to LGBTQ experiences of coming out to family members, especially since there had been fan theories of Bobby being gay for a while. Plus, his love interest is Rogue, a girl he literally couldn’t touch at all. As it turns out, the scene foreshadowed the revelation in 2015 that Bobby is indeed gay. He joins the ranks of several other out and proud mutants in the franchise, like Northstar and Colossus.

4 Obvious: Cosmic Marvel In Iron Man

Vision came to life as an android in a synthetic body of Vibranium thanks to Tony, who used parts of J.A.R.V.I.S’s remaining data. Before J.A.R.V.I.S meets his untimely end-slash-rebirth, he’s primarily Tony’s assistant.

J.A.R.V.I.S plays a vital role for Tony when he’s in his Iron Man suit. When Tony is first testing out the suit, he tries to see how high he can fly safely. J.A.R.V.I.S is there to make sure he doesn’t mess up, of course, and he’s also there to spoil Tony’s eventual forage into space. J.A.R.V.I.S suggests that they improve the exosystems if Tony ever wants to visit other planets, and sure enough, Tony does.

3 Missed: Galaga In The Avengers

There have been a lot of parodies of and jabs at the repetitive nature of the foes the Avengers— and sci-fi heroes in general— face. The enemy is often some sort of alien creature who comes to Earth via a dimensional tunnel. The creature tries to conquer or destroy the planet with the help of mindless minions who heed their every command.

It’s a tried and tested sci-fi formula, and it’s even hinted at at the beginning of The Avengers. Tony catches a S.H.I.E.L.D technician slacking off and playing Galaga at work. The objective of the game is to protect the earth from alien invaders, much like the Avengers do at the climax of the movie.

2 Obvious: Logan Music Box In Deadpool 2

Logan made waves as not only one of the grittiest superhero movies ever scene, but also for depicting Wolverine’s final end. It’s a tearjerker of a scene with Logan holding his daughter/clone Laura’s hand.

Of course the Merc with a Mouth would make a reference to the icon’s passing in his sequel. Deadpool 2 opens with a music box with a morbid depiction of Logan’s passing. As it turns out, it’s not just an homage or irreverent poke at the mutant. It also hints at Deadpool’s own passing at the end of his movie. Deadpool’s fake demise even uses the same music that was played as Wolverine drew his last breath in Logan.

1 Missed: Super Soldier Serum In The Incredible Hulk

Cap’s cameo as a human popsicle in the alternate opening was ultimately cut from the final version of The Incredible Hulk, but the movie still has another hint to Cap’s appearance later on in the MCU. Like Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner, the main antagonist Emil Blonsky is injected with a serum designed to give him extraordinary abilities. Unlike the good guys, though, the experiment goes horribly awry for Blonsky, leaving him with a whole host of problems.

If you look closely, the serum is labelled with not only the words “Stark Industries,” but also the name of Dr. Reinstein. This is an alias of Dr. Abraham Erskine, who later shows up in Captain America to pioneer the development of the Super Soldier Serum.

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How Game of Thrones Prevented Set Photos From Spoiling the Series Finale

When it comes to avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones, filmmakers are taking no chances for season 8. The story of Game of Thrones started in 1996 when author George R.R. Martin published his book titled A Game Of Thrones, which stands as his first entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. His series of novels is what HBO decided to adapt into Game of Thrones which came on the air in 2011.

The show has been running for seven seasons, but Game of Thrones very quickly became one of HBO’s most popular TV shows. The series has a truly ensemble cast including actors like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. All of these characters survived the end of season 7, but it is up in the air whether they will survive the eighth and final season. Thankfully, spoilers for the upcoming season haven’t leaked yet, which is because HBO is taking special precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Related: Emilia Clarke Commemorates Game Of Thrones Ending With New Dragon Tattoos

According to EW, HBO is using new high-tech instruments to make sure drones cannot fly over filming locations called a “Drone Killer“. Previously, Game of Thrones has had leaks due to flying drones and even actual photographersAs explained by actress Sophie Turner at New York Comic Con, “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.” While this new development will no doubt help contain spoilers on the highly anticipated season, the show has still had trouble in the past keeping elements of the plot a secret.

Last August, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO which contained Game of Thrones scripts as well as the cast’s personal information. The leak was a big blow to HBO as people were less inclined to tune in if the episodes had been spoiled. The filmmakers behind the newest season seem to not be playing games when it comes to season 8. In addition to this, the Game of Thrones scripts now supposedly vanish after the scenes have been filmed. It was also rumored that the show would film multiple endings, but those rumors have since been debunked by the cast.

Even though Game of Thrones is still quite a ways away, the eighth season is looking to be the biggest one yet (despite being the shortest in number of episodes). After all, this season will feature the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. The series will also have to effectively tie up each of the characters storylines and finally reveal who will sit atop the Iron Throne. Regardless of what HBO has in store for fans, they are doing everything they can to ensure that this season doesn’t get spoiled early.

More: Game of Thrones’ Jamie Lannister Didn’t Think He Would Live to Season 8

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 05:10:42 – Christopher Fiduccia