Tony Stark Misses Captain America’s Optimism in New Endgame Spot

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) misses Captain America’s (Steve Rogers) “giddy optimism” in a newly-released Avengers: Endgame TV Spot. It’s been a tumultuous last couple of years for the MCU heroes following their falling out in Captain America: Civil War. But after suffering a devastating loss to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the two seems to be ready to set aside their differences for the common good in the much-anticipated Joe and Anthony Russo-directed film. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the project will wrap up the 22-film arc that the franchise has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man collectively known as The Infinity Saga.

Plot details are still tightly under wraps with Disney’s marketing designed to not give anything away in terms of Endgame‘s narrative. Infinity War was one of the most secretive productions ever, and with its sequel supposedly having more spoilers, it makes sense that Marvel Studios is doubling down on security. Trailers have barely revealed anything about how things pan out for both the remaining heroes and Thanos. But the TV spots, which have been rolling out regularly for the past several days offering fans an idea on what to expect in the Phase 3 capper. The latest promo clip previews what kind of dynamic the two MCU founding heroes will have in the film.

Related: Tony Stark Doesn’t Want to Die in Avengers: Endgame TV Spot

Shared by Marvel Studios‘ official Twitter account is a new Endgame TV spot composed of old and new footage. The clip starts with an emotional narration from Black Widow explaining how she never had the family, but because of the Avengers, she somehow found people she can totally trust. The video continues with a flurry of scenes and ends with a new dialog from Tony, seemingly telling Steve that he misses Steve Rogers’ “giddy optimism.” Watch the clip below:

Fans have seen the particular exchange between Iron Man and Captan America in a couple of previously released clips, but Marvel Studios continues to change the lines in the scene. In an earlier video, Stark was asking Steve about getting the whole team together, while in another, he says it would be nice to not die trying to execute their plan to take down Thanos. With the Russos admitting footage manipulation for the sake of Endgame‘s marketing, it won’t be surprising if nothing in these spots are in the film – at least in the scene in question. Nonetheless, it’s a great promotional material considering people’s investment in these two characters – both in their separate and collective arcs. Infinity War kept them separate all throughout with just minor references to one another, and seeing them reunite for the Phase 3 capper will definitely be one of the most powerful scenes in the project. And if they retain the same vibe that these exchanges have, it’s safe to say that the heroes will be able to recover from their previous conflict and not have a problem operating as a unit.

Stark and Rogers are two heroes expected to exit the MCU via Avengers: Endgame. While most are convinced that they’ll both die fighting the good fight, there are several other ways to sideline them without the need to permanently write them out of the franchise. If anything, no one’s really gone in the world of comic books and if Marvel Studios wants to emulate that, they would also have to somehow follow the same format. Chances are that although fans won’t be seeing them as prominently as they are in the franchise in the coming years, they can easily be called back for another event film to evoke nostalgia from their long-time supporters.

More: Thanos Wants to Destroy Earth (Not Balance It) in Endgame TV Ad

Source: Marvel Studios

2019-04-22 05:04:58

Ana Dumaraog

Tony Stark Doesn’t Want to Die in Avengers: Endgame TV Spot

A brand new Avengers: Endgame TV spot features Tony Stark telling Steve Rogers that it would be nice to accomplish their upcoming mission without dying. In a week, Marvel Studios crowning jewel will finally hit theaters all over the globe. Preceded by 21 other movies all somehow connected to the upcoming narrative, the project will be the culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise for the last 10 years. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, plot specifics for the film is still tightly under wraps, but fans are expecting an emotional roller coaster ride with the movie supposedly being the last outing for some of the MCU’s founding heroes including its inaugural one, Iron Man.

Kicking off the the superhero franchise in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008, Stark remains the poster boy of the universe despite the influx of all other loveable characters. His first film set the overall tone for the MCU, and while he’s stepped back a bit to let new players take the center stage, it’s no secret that he’s still an integral part of the narrative, particularly this upcoming one. Stark has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the course of a decade, but Thanos winning in Avengers: Infinity War is arguably the lowest point of his life as a superhero as it forced him to live out his worst nightmare. With another chance to defeat the Mad Titan, fans can expect that he, alongside the rest of the remaining heroes, will stop at nothing to avenge the fallen. But, as he says in a new promo clip, it would be nice not dying doing it.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Poster Highlights Thor, Iron Man & Captain America’s Evolution

In the freshly-released Endgame TV spot, a gray-haired Stark meets Rogers in Avengers HQ and tells him that they’re “trying to pull off something damn near impossible and to not die trying would be nice.” Fans have already seen a snippet of the same shot in previous promo clips, but this is the first time that its dialogue is revealed. At another video, Tony makes sure that they’re getting the whole team together presumably for the same mission. Watch the clip shared on YouTube via Marvel Talk below:

The video overall is a mix of old and new footage and elsewhere in it, there’s a never-before-seen shot of Captain Marvel blasting to the skies with her helmet on and seemingly in her Binary form. Meanwhile, another interesting shot is still an older-looking Stark discreetly flicking a shrunken Ant-Man. This particular scene is more likely in connection to that famous  leaked set images for Avengers 4 where Stark, Captain America (in his old suit), a fully-transformed Hulk and Ant-Man convene in the middle of rubble. A different batch of photos hinted that Stark may be undercover as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative during Loki’s arrest after the Battle of New York.

Regardless of what Stark and his team’s plan is to take down Thanos and restore peace and order in the universe, what’s certain is that it won’t be easy. Judging by the existence of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s safe to assume that they will accomplish it in Avengers: Endgame. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t suffer any losses. Despite his cocky nature, Stark has almost always been willing to lay his life down the line to ensure a win for the good guys, and if he does bite the bullet with this one, at least fans know it’s for the greater good. That said, his death will still be very difficult to watch with the future of the MCU forever changed if he’s no longer around.

More: New Avengers: Endgame TV Spots Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage

Source: Marvel Studios (via Marvel Talk)

2019-04-19 03:04:37

Ana Dumaraog

Game Of Thrones: 10 Must-Own Gifts For Supporters Of House Stark

House Stark has had a tough go at it for the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones, a series that will be coming to an end after the upcoming eighth. First (spoiler alert), the patriarch Ned is not only murdered but beheaded in the most brutal fashion, with his noggin paraded on a stick for all the see. From there, it just goes downhill for the remaining Starks who are plagued with death, assault, kidnapping, ambushes, and more.

So it’s no surprise that many fans of the series are fully on Team Stark, cheering for Arya to morph into someone more badass than she already is, for Sansa to show House Stark how a true lady runs things, and for Jon (who is or isn’t an official Stark?) to claim his seemingly rightful seat on the Iron Throne.

Ready to proudly showcase which side you’re on, or to help another fan of the show do so? Check out these must-own gifts for supporters of House Stark.

10 Game of Thrones House Stark Tournament Banner


Proudly showcase that you’re behind Sansa, Arya, Bran, and want to honour their departed family members with this 18 x 60” banner that can be hung in your home (say, on the door to the man cave?) or even from your car (honk if you love Stark!)

There are grommets in each corner so you can easily hang it just about anywhere. Hopefully, no one else passes on in season 8, or else you might have to hang this flag at half mast for a few days.

9 Game of Thrones: House Stark Deluxe Stationary Set


Take notes in class or at a work meeting with this stationery set that includes a 192-page rules journal, wax stamp, two wax sticks, and a paperweight. If you want to go fully old-school and mail actual letters to friends and family instead of e-mails, whether it be handwritten notes or birthday greetings, use the letter-writing paper and envelopes that are also included.

Of course, everything is themed House Stark, with each item bearing the signature sigil of a grey direwolf. All of the items are stored neatly away in the convenient storage box that you can proudly display on a nightstand or desk, or in your reading nook.

8 Game of Thrones House Stark Tankard


There’s no better way to indulge in a beer (er, ale) than by pouring it into this artfully-designed mug, which features the official House of Stark sigil of the ferocious yet protective grey direwolf, along with frost icicles hanging off the top, indicating that there’s an ice cold one inside, or maybe just that winter is coming.

Even the handle is cleverly designed with intricate, hand-painted details featuring another direwolf. Fully licensed, the tankard can hold about 620mL of liquid, or just under the equivalent of two beers, and it has a removable stainless steel insert for easy cleaning.

7 Funko Pop! Deluxe: Game of Thrones Jon Snow Sitting On the Iron Throne


OK, so the jury is still out on if Jon Snow should be considered a Stark, a Targaryen, or something else altogether. Nonetheless, when it comes to allegiances, he’s indeed a loyal supporter of House Stark, so other fellow supporters would be glad to see him sit upon the Iron Throne.

And you can with this collectible, at least in miniature format. It features a mini version of the much-sought-after throne with a little bearded Jon comfortably parked on the seat, sword in hand ready to battle anyone who wishes to challenge him. Display it on its own, or keep it in the window display box.

6 Hyp Game of Thrones Stark Pattern Men’s Crew Socks


Socks have become fashion statements, with funky designs that show off someone’s signature style, favorite TV series, movie, saying, or character. While these crew socks don’t make as bold a statement as some others we’ve seen, they do quietly showcase support for House Stark. One pair is black with images of the grey direwolf sigil littered throughout from ankle to toe, while the other is grey with a black heel, toe, and top band.

Lift your pants up a smidge, or let them raise naturally when you cross your legs or sit down, and a prominent black direwolf will reveal itself, growling at anyone from the opposing side. The socks come in packs with two pairs and can fit shoe sizes 6-12.

5 Game of Thrones House Stark Insignia Scarf


Whether to keep warm because winter is coming, or just spruce up an outfit, this poly-cotton blend scarf displays the name “Stark” on either side, along with two grey direwolves. Officially licensed, it’s soft, comfortable, and warm.

Drape the 11.7 x 8.7 x 1.7” scarf tightly around your neck to keep warm during the chilly winter months, or wear it as a shawl to showcase your fandom for the show. The muted black and grey colors mean it goes with every outfit, from a little black dress to jeans and a T-shirt, or a three-piece suit.

4 Pyramid International A5 Game of Thrones Stark Notebook


Jot down your most precious thoughts and theories about the series and each new episode in this notebook, which contains 110 sheets of lined paper. Measuring about 21.5 x 15 x 2 cm, it’s compact enough to throw into a backpack, purse, or briefcase, and bring along to school or work.

Etched into the front of the black book are the words “Winter Coming” and “Stark” along with the image of a direwolf sneaking up from the left side. Fully licensed, you can use it to write other things, too, like your daily to-do lists (watch GoT), grocery lists (blackberry wine and pigeon pies, of course), or maybe even as a personal diary to house your most intimate thoughts that only the Three-Eyed Raven can see.

3 Game of Thrones Dinner is Coming Laser Engraved Bamboo Wood Cutting Board


Surprise and delight your family, or a fan of the series, with this hilarious cutting board that features the words “Game of Thrones” and “Dinner is Coming” along with the image of a direwolf.

As you chop away at vegetables and meats, you’ll have a hard time not thinking about how those swords slice just as easily through bodies and armor in the series. But don’t worry: the cutting board is durable enough to take even your strongest slices and dices. Yet it’s still also ultra-thin and light. Ned would be proud.

2 Wrebbit 3D Game of Thrones Winterfell 3D Jigsaw Puzzle


House Stark rules over Winterfell in the North, and you can create the beautiful castle with this 910-piece puzzle, with thick pieces made from unique foam backing technology. They fit snugly together so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart as you build. Plus, there’s no glue required.

Once assembled, it measures 17.75 x 12.25 x 10.25”, making it ideal to put on display on a shelf or piece of furniture in your living room, den, or home office. Rated for those aged 14+, it will keep you challenged but will be tons of fun to put together.

1 Eddard Game of Thrones Minifigure


Poor Ned met his end far too soon in the series. But you can honor his memory with this super-cute mini figure, which is made from high-quality interlocking building blocks and compatible parts.

The character comes with a cape, greatsword, and his very own iron throne. Because some of the weapons are sharp, this isn’t an appropriate gift for anyone under the age of 10. Complete with building instructions, it’s a limited edition piece that might be gone just as quickly as Ned was.

NEXT: The Ultimate Game Of Thrones Gift Guide

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2019-04-17 08:04:25

Christine Persaud

Key Tony Stark & Steve Rogers Endgame Trailer Moment May Not Be In The Film

Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo tease that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) key moment from the trailer may not be in the film. The Russos, alongside writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, had been hard at work crafting the satisfying ending the 22-film arc that the MCU has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man. But now that the Avengers: Infinity War sequel is finally finished, the two are finally focusing on doing press for the Phase 3 capper. And while they’re usually tightlipped about any detail regarding the blockbuster, they may have revealed that the iconic scene between the Avengers’ leaders as seen in the bonus promo clip may not be in final cut of Avengers 4.

Marvel Studios rolled out a special look for Endgame in conjunction with the release of the tickets. Despite its one minute runtime, the teaser was primarily composed of fresh footage mixed with several previously released scenes from the film as the heroes attempt to live through the aftermath of The Decimation. But one of the most talked about moment from the video featured a noticeably aged Tony asking Cap “do you trust me,” to which the super soldier said “I do.” Considering their rocky relationship since their falling out in Captain America: Civil War, it was emotional for MCU fans to see as both heroes are highly rumored to bite the dust by the end of Avengers 4. Sadly, the said scene may not even be in the film.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Fan Art Pits Iron Man, Captain America & Thor Against Thanos

Naming the aforementioned moment as his favorite from the Endgame trailer, FOX 5 DC‘s Kevin McCarthy asked the Russos what it was like filming the scene. As Anthony prefaced their answer by saying that they obviously can’t get into details, Joe intercut him revealing “that scene isn’t in the movie.” The younger Russo continued saying: “So you know that we tell people that we manipulate trailers in order to obfuscate what happens in these films? That actually is not in the movie.” At that point the host looked quite confused but the brothers didn’t give anything away with regard to whether they’re joking or not. In the end, Anthony wrapped up their answer emphasizing that Tony and Cap’s relationship “is a very special story arc.”

Since the Russos have been behind the majority of films that directly leads to Endgame, it makes sense that they’re also the one wrapping up this narrative arc. Tony and Steve were kept separate in Infinity War and the fractured Avengers team contributed to their loss. This is the reason why one of the most anticipated things in Avengers 4 is seeing MCU’s founding members banding back together, specifically Tony and Cap putting aside their differences for the common goal. Whether or not it’ll make a difference in outcome as they face Thanos (Josh Brolin) again remains to be seen, but they’ve promised that they’ll defeat the villain whatever it takes.

With fans already aware of the two Avengers leaders eventually patching things up, it doesn’t really mater how their reunion will play out on the big screen. The said Avengers: Endgame trailer shot is already believed to be digitally altered anyway and so while that scene may still be in the film as leaked set photos confirm that it was shot, it might not go down how it was framed in the promo. At this point, it really doesn’t matter. The Russos have proven themselves with regard to hitting necessary emotional beats in their Marvel films, and considering that they were the main driving force for both Stark and Cap’s respective races in the last few years, chances are that they will also deliver with their reunion.

More: RDJ Calls Avengers: Endgame the Most Unpredictable MCU Film Ever

Source: FOX 5 DC

2019-04-08 10:04:14

Ana Dumaraog

Game Of Thrones: 20 Fan Theories About The Stark Family That Make Way Too Much Sense

Game of Thrones is a very popular show that fans love to discuss. Many fans come up with theories about their favorite characters, including one of the families at the center of it all, the Starks. Some of these theories make sense while others….don’t. For now, let’s focus on the former rather than the latter.

Whether it’s suggesting that the Starks represent the seven aspects of Westeros’ Faith of the Seven, or that Sansa Stark will be Cersei’s true adversary, fans love to theorize about the Stark family. Like all of the characters on Game of Thrones, the Starks are very interesting. It’s not surprising that fans love to discuss them and make up theories about them. These fan theories range from heartbreaking–such as the theory that Sansa will betray Jon–to uplifting–such as the theory that Arya Stark will become Lord (or Lady?) of a holdfast.

No matter the theory, one thing is clear: the Starks, from Jon Snow to Sansa to Arya, and even including those characters who have passed away such as Robb Stark, fascinate fans. The Starks left standing at the moment are Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark. Though this could change quickly in the world of Game of Thrones, for now these characters remain. Jon Snow is noble to a fault. Bran Stark is a bit strange at the moment. Sansa Stark has learned to play the “game of thrones” from observing those around her. Arya Stark has trained to be a kind of assassin and can therefore protect herself from anyone who would wish to harm her.  No wonder these characters fascinate fans.

20 Bran Is The Night King

Now “hold on,” you may be thinking. These theories are supposed to make sense. Well, this one does according to a fan on Reddit.  Using evidence from the show to support this theory, including the fact that the original Three Eyed Raven told Bran that he wouldn’t walk but he would fly, the fan explains that Bran will travel back in time to try to stop the Night King and his army.

While doing so, he will warg into the person that the Children of the Forest end up transforming into the Night King. However, this will backfire and Bran will get stuck in the past and as the Night King. Bran will become the villain instead of the hero he wants to be. This is just the type of heartbreaking twist that Game of Thrones would try. So who knows, this fan theory may turn out to be correct.

19 The Starks Represent The Seven

Many fans believe in this theory, but one fan in particular goes into detail about it. This fan states that the Stark family represents each of the aspects of the seven-pointed star, the symbol of Westeros’ main religion, the Faith of the Seven.  The seven aspects are the Father, the Mother, the Warrior, the Maiden, the Smith, the Crone, and the Stranger. Some of these are easier than others to figure out.

According to this fan, though, Ned Stark is the Father, who represents justice.  Catelyn Stark is the Mother, who represents compassion. Robb Stark is the Warrior, who represents courage. Sansa Stark is the Maiden, who represents love. Rickon Stark is the Smith, who represents craftsmanship. Bran Stark is the Crone, who represents wisdom. Arya Stark is the Stranger, who represents the unknown. Jon Snow is also included. He represents all of the aspects of the seven-pointed star simultaneously.

18 Sansa Will Have One Final Confrontation With Cersei

This theory isn’t hard to believe. Cersei has disliked Sansa for a while. According to some fans, this will work out badly for Sansa in season eight, when she will be taken in by the older woman. The hints are in the show. Including the fact that Brienne has now left Sansa alone in Winterfell, with a warning that Sansa could be in danger of her guards plotting behind her back. Even Tyrion, Cersei’s brother, has given a hint at Sansa’s fate when he said that Cersei shouldn’t be trusted. Surely it wouldn’t be beyond her to try to snatch Sansa, especially since Sansa escaped from her during season four. Cersei most likely doesn’t like that at all and wishes she still had Sansa in her clutches.

17 The White Walker Uprising Is Caused By Starks Leaving Winterfell

Yes, that’s right. If the Starks had just stayed in Winterfell, none of this would have happened. At least according to some fans.  These fans believe that the saying “There must always be a Stark in Winterfell” means something more than it seems to mean. That if the Starks leave Winterfell, apocalyptic things will happen to everyone in Westeros.

Ned Stark must not have believed this because he took most of his family to King’s Landing with him in season one of Game of Thrones. The remainder of the family eventually left Winterfell and suddenly there was not a Stark left in the family home. This does more than leave the home open to invaders, it might just be the cause of the White Walkers coming back to life.

16 Sansa Will Be Cersei’s True Adversary

This theory doesn’t seem to go along with the last one, though it could if you think about it. If Sansa does get taken by Cersei, she would be in the perfect position to take her down. Cersei definitely wouldn’t expect it. How could Sansa harm her, after all?  Yet this pride could be Cersei’s undoing. Even if Sansa doesn’t get taken, she could still prove instrumental in taking Cersei down. Because she knows her. She’s observed her, and learned from her, and she knows the lengths that Cersei will go to to accomplish her goals. Therefore, Sansa is the character who is most likely to play a huge role in defeating Cersei for good.

15 Arya Will Take Cersei’s Face

This theory is also very possible. After all, she did it before with Walder Frey and Cersei is on her list. So it’s definitely plausible that Arya would go after Cersei as soon as she gets the chance. Will she get the chance, though? Well, that remains to be seen. But some fans think that she will.  This would be very satisfying to watch, though it would go against other fan theories about Cersei’s fate coming at the hands of one of her brothers. Still, Arya is a younger sibling and therefore could still fit into the prophecy that states Cersei’s fate. In the world of Game of Thrones, you never know. Anything is possible.

14 But Arya Will Have To Fight The Mountain

This theory kind of goes along with the last one and we think it’s definitely possible. According to one fan, Arya will go to King’s Landing and take Cersei down, then take her face. All will seem to be going according to plan until someone notices that the supposedly pregnant Cersei does not look very pregnant. This will lead to Arya– or possibly someone else– having to fight The Mountain, also known as Cersei’s personal bodyguard.

Now, this would be an epic fight with high stakes. It would put Arya against someone who is definitely stronger and bigger than her, making fans worry for her safety. Then again, if Arya did win this fight then she may just be one of the best fighters in Westeros. Which would make fans proud of how far she’s come.

13 Jon Might Have To Battle His Own Family

This would be heartbreaking. Which makes it likely for Game of Thrones. The writers love their heartbreaking plot twists. According to one fan, this would happen when the White Walkers get to Winterfell. They would raise those in the crypts and Jon would therefore have to fight the Starks turned into White Walkers. Can you imagine that? Jon fighting his own family?

It’s definitely a plausible theory. The Night King would have no problem doing such a thing and while it would be difficult for Jon to deal with, that’s exactly what makes it perfect. The stakes would be high, which makes it more exciting to watch. Fans would be heartbroken and that’s just what Game of Thrones likes.

12 Arya Will Become Lady Of Holdfast

Fans think they’ve worked out Arya’s endgame and surprisingly it doesn’t include anything heartbreaking. That’s different for Game of Thrones, but if anyone from the Stark family is likely to get through the events of season eight relatively unscathed, it’s Arya. She can defend herself, after all. According to fans, the foreshadowing is already in the show.

During season seven, Arya runs into her old direwolf, Nymeria. Nymeria is doing quite well for herself and is leading a pack of wolves. This foreshadows that Arya herself will become a leader, even though becoming a noble is not what Arya necessarily has in mind for her future. In the world of Westeros, one can’t exactly choose one’s future. And Arya might just be lucky to be relatively ok.

11 Jon And Sansa Will Get Married

Ok, before you all start saying “ew”, hear us out. This isn’t necessarily something fans want to happen. But in the world of Game of Thrones, you can’t choose your fate. According to this fan theory, Sansa’s suitors will be a Baratheon, a Tyrell, a Lannister, a Hardyng– though this suitor is in the books rather than the show– and a Targaryen. Since her suitors were Joffrey Baratheon, Loras Tyrell– though it’s Willas in the books– Tyrion Lannister and Harry Hardyng– in the books– all that remains is a Targaryen. And Jon fits the bill. It is pretty weird since they were raised as siblings and really are cousins, but it’s no weirder than dragons or White Walkers lurking around. Weird is normal in Westeros.

10 Jon Is Azor Ahai

This theory is probably more exciting for book readers than show watchers, but it’s still quite interesting even for those who haven’t read the books. Basically, Azor Ahai is a hero meant to lead the battle against the White Walkers and defeat them for good. This theory goes on to state that Jon’s sword will turn into Lightbringer after he executes Melisandre for returning North.

This is because her soul is full of the light of the “Lord of Light” and if her soul is combined with Jon’s sword, it will create a flaming sword that can be used to defeat the White Walkers. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Seems like just the kind of epic twist that only Game of Thrones can pull off.

9 Arya Will Become Lady Stoneheart

Fortunately– or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it– this does not mean we’re getting zombie Arya. For those of you who are unaware, in the books, Lady Stoneheart is a zombie version of Catelyn Stark who is consumed by a desire to avenge her family. This theory is suggesting that since Lady Stoneheart doesn’t exist in the show, Arya will take her place and avenge the Starks.

This seems like a plausible theory, especially since Arya has already started to take down those who harmed her family. The Freys are gone and according to some other fan theories, Cersei could follow them. So it’s not hard to believe that Arya is taking the place of her (zombie) mother in getting revenge for what happened to the Starks.

8 Bran Will Become The Original Three Eyed Raven

This theory is a bit complicated, but hear us out. The theory states that Bran will go back in time and become the original Three Eyed Raven, aka the old guy that taught him everything he knows about time travel. We all already know that Bran can witness past events and that he can change the past to affect the future as he once did with Hodor. So Bran going into the past to become the original Three Eyed Raven is actually possible. This theory goes on to state that Bran will also end up becoming the Bran Stark that built The Wall. You know, the Wall that the Night’s Watch guards in the beginning of the show.

7 Jon Warged Into Ghost While He Was Gone

Everyone probably remembers that ending, right? Jon getting stabbed by his Night’s Watch enemies at the end of season five. Well, this theory states that that was never going to be the end for Jon’s character. Though Jon is now back, the theory still works. It states that he warged into his direwolf, Ghost, post-stabbing, pre-returning.

Though it has not been officially confirmed by the show or anything, it is a definite possibility. In the books, Jon is capable of warging and that ability is probably present in the show as well. It makes sense that Jon would try his best to stick around, even if it is in the form of a direwolf. Stranger things have happened in Game of Thrones.

6 Robert Baratheon Predicted The Fate Of The Starks

This theory states that when greeting the Starks, Robert touches Ned, Catelyn, Robb, and Rickon. All of them end up passing away throughout the show. He calls Sansa pretty and for a while she is kept in King’s Landing as kind of a trophy for Joffrey and then is married off to Tyrion against her will. Robert has Bran show him his muscles, and Bran is crippled later on.

He asks Arya her name and she eventually becomes No One. While this theory does not suggest that Robert himself has any special abilities, it is interesting to think about and wonder if perhaps the writers were foreshadowing the character’s fates as early as season one. It’s definitely possible. Such foreshadowing is the kind of thing Game of Thrones would do, yet only the most dedicated fans would likely spot it.

5 Sansa Will Betray Jon

Boy would that be heartbreaking. Therefore it would be very likely to happen on Game of Thrones, the most heartbreaking show around. Though no fan likely wants Sansa to betray her half-brother/cousin, it is possible. Especially now that Jon has allied with Daenerys Targaryen. He and Sansa might disagree over that and that could lead to Sansa betraying him for the greater good.

Either that or perhaps a sibling rivalry over running Winterfell. Sansa may think she would do better than Jon at running the family home and may want to, therefore, take over the job from him. This could be another factor that could lead to the betrayal. Poor Jon. He deserves better.

4 Stark Civil War

Another heartbreaking theory. Sorry, everyone. Though it is definitely possible. The remaining Starks being of course, Jon, Sansa, Bran, and Arya. Though no fan wants to see their favorite characters battling, it could happen. According to this fan theory, it would lead to the end of the Starks entirely which would be just the type of heartbreaking plot twist that Game of Thrones would go for.  The theory also states that the fate of house Stark was foreshadowed by one of the Children of the Forest, Leaf. She stated that the direwolves–symbolizing the Starks–would “outlast us all” but “their time would come as well.” Now this is a bit vague, so it could mean something else. Yet it would be just like Game of Thrones to get rid of the remaining Starks in a twist no one saw coming.

3 More Starks Will Fall

Heartbreaking yet again. Well, that’s Game of Thrones for you. According to this fan theory, the remaining Starks are not safe. Jon, Sansa, Arya, and Bran are all in danger. Whether it’s one or more of them, some of them will likely go in season eight. Though no one wants any more Starks to fall, it is still possible. Jon is likely to fall because he has a knack for getting into dangerous situations.

Sansa is likely to fall because she is not trained to fight like her siblings and therefore if Winterfell falls, which some fans believe will happen, so does she. Arya is likely to fall because she will likely try to fight the White Walkers and Cersei as well. Bran is likely to fall because the Night King is actively seeking him out. If the Night King finds Bran, he is not likely to escape unscathed.

2 Bran Will Redeem Jaime Lannister

This one is a bit more uplifting than some of the other theories. Yay! Finally some happiness in the world of Game of Thrones theories! According to this theory,  Bran will tell others about what Aerys actually said and was going to do. This will show that Jaime was justified in assassinating him and will remove the stain of being the Kingslayer from his reputation.

This will redeem Jaime in the eyes of the people of Westeros, which will be good for Jaime and for the fans. As fans, we know why Jaime did what he did. Yet most of those in the world of Game of Thrones don’t. Except Bran. Bran can therefore help save Jaime’s reputation and make sure he is known as someone who can be trusted.

1 The First White Walker Was A Stark

According to this fan theory, the Children of the Forest didn’t choose just anyone to transform into their weapon against the First Men. They chose a Stark. The reason for this is that the Starks have powers beyond most of the other human characters. They are magical, just like the Children of the Forest, and therefore would have kept such magical abilities when transformed into a weapon created by the Children.

Of course, this weapon backfired, and instead of using the White Walkers against the First Men, the Children of the Forest and the First Men had to unite to defeat the White Walkers. Now, the White Walkers are back. Will the Children of the Forest have a part to play in the coming war? Who knows. But the Starks definitely will.

Know any more good fan theories about the Starks from Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments!

2019-03-09 04:03:31

Ann Darcy

Spider-Man: Far From Home First Teaser Poster Spotted At Licensing Expo

Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home gets a teaser poster as the promotional image is spotted at the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 event in London. Thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Since then, Holland’s wall-crawling superhero has headlined his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming and teamed up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. Next, Spidey will return for Avengers 4, then the beloved Marvel hero will kick off Phase 4 of the MCU with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Despite Peter Parker becoming the victim of Thanos’ snap as part of Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending, we know the web-head will return somehow – whether that means Avengers 4 will use time travel, though, remains to be seen. Holland and stars of Homecoming returned to work this summer as Spider-Man: Far From Home has been filming across Europe. Set photos from the Spider-Man sequel have offered looks at MCU characters joining the Sony movie, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. Now, a promo poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home has also surfaced.

Related: Every Villain Rumored For Spider-Man: Far From Home

Instagram user Dirtees posted a group of photos from the floor of the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 expo in London, United Kingdom this week. The fourth photo in the post (which can be located by clicking through the series of photos below) features a hanging promotion image for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It appears to be an image of Spider-Man from Homecoming that was repurposed with the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie logo. Take a look at the image below.

Of course, Sony can use images of Spider-Man from Homecoming for the Far From Home posters because Peter Parker is expected to be wearing the same superhero suit. Previously, Holland confirmed Spider-Man will wear the Homecoming suit in the sequel, despite upgrading to the Iron-Spider suit for Infinity War. However, based on Far From Home set photos, Spider-Man will also don a stealth suit that’s all black. Fans have theorized this suit is inspired by Spider-Man Noir, but how exactly Spidey gets the black suit for Far From Home remains to be seen. All we know for now is that Peter Parker will trade in his red and blue costume for something more covert (or, perhaps it’s a separate mode built into the old suit by Tony Stark).

Unfortunately, this Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional poster doesn’t reveal anything new from the movie – neither in terms of the web-head’s suit nor otherwise. That said, with Far From Home set to hit theaters in July 2019, we aren’t too far off from Sony kicking off marketing for the Spider-Man sequel. While there are two MCU movies due in theaters before Far From HomeCaptain Marvel and Avengers 4 – their close release dates mean the marketing pushes for each film will inevitably overlap. Plus, given how secretive Marvel Studios has been with Avengers 4, it’s entirely possible we’ll see some official artwork for Spider-Man: Far From Home even before the Phase 3 capper releases a trailer. For now, fans will have to wait and see – and make due with Holland’s occasional social media reveals and the Spider-Man: Far From Home set photos.

Next: 2019 Will Have The Most Superhero Movies Ever Released

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2018-10-10 02:10:45 – Molly Freeman

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

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

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

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

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

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

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

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

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

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

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

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

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

18 Visit Atlantis

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

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

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

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

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

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

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

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

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

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

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

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

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

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

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

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

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

13 Unlock Evie Frye

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

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

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

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

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

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

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

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

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

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

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

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

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

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

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

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

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

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

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

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

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

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

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

6 Home Town Pride

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

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

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

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

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

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

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

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

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

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

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

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

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

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

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

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

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

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

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

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

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

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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 Lupin & Snape Getting Along

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

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

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

24 Voldemort & His Tracking Dots

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

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

23 Talking Through The Nagini Chase

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

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

22 The Dark Lord Of Clowning Around On Set

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

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

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

21 Hermione & Ariana

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

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

20 Wandless Magic

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

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

19 Draco’s Fear Of Flying

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

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

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

18 Griphook’s Goggles

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

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

17 Filming Helena Ravenclaw

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

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

16 Filch & Harry Make Up

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

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

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

15 Hagrid & The March Of The Death Eaters

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

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

14 Luna Loves Harry Potter

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

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

13 Dobby Relaxing On Set

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

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

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

12 The Secret Of The Brooms

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

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

11 Bellatrix & Warwick Davis

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

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

10 Bellatrix Posing

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

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

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

9 The Weasley’s Prepare For Battle

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

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

8 Filming The Battle Of Hogwarts

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

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

7 The Burrow Set

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

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

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

6 Dobby’s Funeral Is Hilarious

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

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

5 Stylish & Wounded

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

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

4 The Real Father Of Delphini

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

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

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

3 The Boring Wedding Of Bill & Fleur

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

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

2 Bellatrix’s Sound Check

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

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

1 The Last Day

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

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

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

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

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2018-10-08 02:10:12 – Scott Baird

Avengers 4 Reshoots: Tom Holland Traveled to Atlanta Earlier This Week

Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) flew to Atlanta earlier this week, presumably to join the ongoing Avengers 4 reshoots. Starting last month, additional work for the Marvel Studios blockbuster has been going on for several weeks now, with some actors coming back to the set to finish their respective parts. The latest update from the set came from Chris Evans, who announced he had wrapped up with an emotional social media post.

Not much is known regarding the movie, especially since Marvel Studios has been actively trying to keep any kind of information about it tightly under wraps. The reshoots are mainly being done inside a sound stage, so no set photos have come out since the first batch last month. However, since news of actors coming and going in Atlanta tends to make its way online, fans at least know the characters (aside from those who survived Thanos’ snap) appearing in the film, like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis. The latest MCU cast member to apparently join the reshoots is Holland.

Related: Avengers 4 Reshoots Casting EMS Workers for Possible City Battle Scene

A Twitter user with the handle goldenclosetboy shared an image of Holland on a flight from Atlanta to New York on October 5, giving fans the impression that the actor was in town to participate in the ongoing reshoots for Avengers 4. Holland – who’s also in the middle of filming Spider-Man: Far From Home – had just come back in the U.S. to continue shooting the Phase 4 film, following months of production around Europe. And while Spider-Man: Homecoming filmed at Pinewood Atlanta back in 2016, its sequel isn’t scheduled to use the facility, further backing up the idea he was in town for Avengers 4. Check out the photo below.

It’s uncertain in what capacity the currently dead MCU heroes will be involved in Avengers 4. While Thanos claimed that the genocide would be random, Marvel Studios brilliantly picked out the original Avengers and several important supporting characters to survive the purge, giving them one last mission before some (or most of them) bid goodbye to the franchise. Heroes like Captain America and Black Widow who didn’t have much to do in Avengers: Infinity War are expected to play a pivotal part in the Phase 3 capper, and chances are that the focus of the film will be on the principal heroes.

Having said that, Avengers 4 is both the end to a 22-film arc, and the beginning of a new one, so fans can expect that there will be some sort of passing of the baton between the MCU’s old guard and new faces. Considering that Spider-Man is Iron Man’s protege – with Stark playing the role of Peter’s mentor since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War – a reunion between the two is a fitting way to end Iron Man’s arc should he die in the upcoming film, and a great setup for Peter’s future journey as a superhero.

More: Spider-Man & Nick Fury Go Boating in New Far From Home Set Photo

Source: goldenclosetboy

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2018-10-07 09:10:42 – Ana Dumaraog

Spider-Man & Nick Fury Go Boating in New Far From Home Set Photo

A brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home set photo features Tom Holland’s headlining hero and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury cruising on a speedboat. Directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming helmsman Jon Watts, the upcoming sequel will be the MCU’s first entry in its still-mysterious Phase 4. Set after the events of Avengers 4, plot details regarding the movie are still being tightly kept under wraps, considering that next year’s Phase 3 culmination will serve as its narrative launching pad. That said, the follow-up will be bigger in scale, with the young hero traveling around Europe with his high school friends for a vacation. But with several bad guys lurking around – like the returning Vulture, Hydro-Man, Chameleon, Molten Man, and the movie’s apparent primary antagonist, Mysterio – it doesn’t seem like he’ll have much downtime.

Both Peter and Fury suffered the same fate in Avengers: Infinity War – snuffed out from existence following Thanos’ deadly snap. But with Avengers 4 expected to bring back most, if not all the heroes who were affected by the galactic genocide, the two will be resurrected one way or another,  thanks to the upcoming efforts of the core Avengers and the help of Ant-Man and Captain Marvel. After the MCU’s crisis at hand is finally resolved, the two (alongside Cobie Smulder’s Maria Hill) will work together to contain a brand new threat in Far From Home.

Related: Vincent D’Onofrio Won’t Rule Out Kingpin In MCU Spider-Man Movies

This latest set photo featuring Spidey and Fury comes courtesy of Twitter user fangirlonloose_. Taken during one of the filming days in Venice, the image features Peter Parker (sporting his arachnid alter-ego’s suit) and the former head of S.H.I.E.LD. cruising on a river aboard a speedboat. Check out the image below:

Far From Home began production in the U.K. back in July, and Venice was the last stop on its European filming leg before returning back to the U.S. to shoot more in New York and Los Angeles. So far, most filming has been done on location, resulting in a slew of set photos that give fans a peek at what the sequel might look like, including a look at Mysterio – supposedly played by Jake Gyllenhaal. A previously leaked video revealed Fury with Maria Hill, but this is the first time that he’s been spotted on the set sharing a scene with Spider-Man.

Not much can be deciphered from the photo, but it appears like Fury came to Spider-Man’s rescue, with the boat functioning as a getaway vessel. It also backs up theories that Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the mysterious organization he’s currently working with) have taken in the young hero, with a separate set image revealing that Peter’s brand new stealth suit could be from the agency. Considering Fury’s now watching out for Peter’s well-being, many are speculating that Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) may bite the bullet in Avengers 4, since he seems to no longer be involved in Peter’s solo missions.  Otherwise, if he’s still alive, it’s odd that Stark wouldn’t have anything to do with his mentee, especially since both Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) are believed to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

More: Mysterio Costume Photo Reveals Closer Look & Comics Accurate Colors

Source:  fangirlonloose_

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2018-10-06 05:10:31 – Ana Dumaraog