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Super Fly: 10 Blaxploitation Movies That Kick Some Serious Butt

Blaxploitation films have a complicated legacy. This lurid genre that focuses on black lives and black stories reached its height in the 1970s, a time of great change for race relations. What had once been a Civil Rights movement based on non-violent protest and assimilation fractured due to violent backlashes perpetuated by many white communities. Instead, black protest movements started to focus on self-preservation, protection at any cost, and identity politics.

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While blaxploitation films feature all-black casts, they are often criticized for their stereotyped portrayals of pimps, drug dealers, and hypersexualized women. The genre is also criticized for profiting from the plights of black people in poor urban areas, people who never had access to the movies documenting their trials and tribulations. While some of the films on this list contain questionable characterizations, they have all had profound impacts on black and white filmmakers into the present. They helped to forge a new, yet at times problematic, path for cinema’s diverse potential.

10 Friday Foster (1975)

Wham! Bam! Here comes Pam!” Pam Grier starred in numerous blaxploitation films, and this one stands out thanks to its star-studded cast, its dynamic leading lady, and its thrilling storyline that involves a conspiracy to kill wealthy and well-known black people.

Grier plays a model turned professional photojournalist attempting to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. When she gets a job photographing the arrival of the elusive millionaire Blake Tarr on New Year’s Eve, she ends up in the middle of a murder investigation after Tarr is assassinated. Grier is joined on screen by the likes of Yaphet Kotto, Eartha Kitt, Scatman Crothers, and Carl Weathers.

9 Blacula (1972)

Blacula was an important film when it was released, subverting the white-dominated trend in horror movies by casting a black man as the leading villain. William Marshall stars as an African prince who is transformed into a vampire after visiting Transylvania in the 18th Century.

In the film, Blacula rises from his coffin 200 years later, cruising the streets of Los Angeles’s Watts neighborhood in search of food and fun. The movie maintains the basic structure of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, including casting Thalmus Rasulala as Van Helsing and Vonetta McGee as the young woman who reminds the fanged man of his long-lost love.

8 Sugar Hill (1974)

Sugar Hill is a stylish black zombie movie. After her boyfriend is killed by gangsters, Diana “Sugar” Hill, played by Marki Bey, seeks the assistance of a local voodoo queen in Houston to enact revenge. Mama Maitresse summons the lord of the dead, Baron Samedi, who uses his powers to create an army of zombies to take out those responsible for the death of Sugar’s beau.

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The movie’s plot contains layers of social relevancy and potent racial history. The bodies resurrected by Baron Samedi belong to former slaves brought to America from Guinea, and the revenge plot makes Sugar a formidable female hero.

7 Shaft (1971)

One of the most famous blaxploitation films, this feature from Gordon Parks stars Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, a private detective with an office near Times Square. Shaft is hired by a mobster in Harlem, Bumpy Jonas, to help track down his kidnapped daughter. Jonas believes the Italian mob is responsible for the deed.

With Shaft, Parks made an action film out of all the racial tension and urban decline that defined 1970s life in big cities like New York. Well-known actors Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, and Lawrence Pressman star alongside Roundtree, and the film’s iconic soundtrack was recorded by Isaac Hayes. Shaft inspired numerous spin-offs and sequels.

6 Super Fly (1972)

Another archetypal blaxploitation film, Super Fly is directed by the son of Gordon Parks, Gordon Parks Jr. It stars Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, a drug dealer, and pimp who is trying to leave behind his life of crime and start fresh. Priest plans to purchase a large quantity of cocaine and retire with the profits.

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Priest is eventually cornered by police who, instead of arresting him, want to be part of the drug-selling scheme. While Super Fly did well in theatres, these days, its legacy is more attached to Curtis Mayfield’s stellar soundtrack than to the film itself.

5 Ganja & Hess (1973)

Ganja & Hess is the type of film that defies labels, yet it’s often looped in with blaxploitation films due to its themes, its casting, and it’s director, Bill Gunn. Gunn is a playwright and filmmaker known for his intellectual and atmospheric features. Ganja & Hess is, on the surface, a vampire film about an anthropologist addicted to blood. It’s also a film about black existence, love, and the creative process.

Duane Jones and Marlene Clark play the title roles. Vampirism is treated as a disease in the movie, and it’s referred to as the Myrthian curse. As the characters fall in love, Jones’s Dr. Hess infects Clark’s Ganja with the same affliction that gives him both eternal life and endless hunger.

4 Cleopatra Jones (1973)

Another film with a strong female lead, Cleopatra Jones stars Tamara Dobson in the title role. Cleopatra Jones is an undercover special agent who drives a 1973 Corvette Stingray, knows martial arts, and does whatever she can to look out for folks in her hometown, which has been ravaged by drug addition.

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Famed Hollywood actress Shelley Winters, known for movies like Night of the Hunter and Lolita, plays Cleopatra’s nemesis, a drug lord known as Mommy. Mommy oversees a large poppy field in Turkey. The poppies are used to make opiates like heroin, and Cleopatra seeks to eradicate all signs of the poppies to save her community.

3 Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

Considered the movie that really set the blaxploitation genre ablaze, Melvin Von Peebles wrote, directed, and stars in Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’s, a harrowing tale about a poor black man raised by sex workers who must flee from white authorities after being framed from a crime he didn’t commit.

This sensational film doesn’t hold back from depicting sex and violence, which contributed to its X-rating. Van Peebles’s movie is revered for pinpointing the tone of the burgeoning black power movement, one unafraid to seek retribution for decades and decades of subjugation.

2 Bucktown (1975)

This Arthur Marks film tackles white Southern racism head-on. Fred Williamson plays Duke Johnson, who returns to his hometown, Bucktown, to bury his brother after he is killed by white cops for refusing to pay them for “protection.” Duke asks his friend Roy and his gang to come down and help him take out the crooked cops.

When Roy arrives, he decides to take over the town himself. Duke is left to figure out how to protect Bucktown from both Roy’s cronies and the racist police force.

1 Three The Hard Way (1974)

Gordon Parks Jr. is at the helm of this gem, a conspiracy theory thriller that pitches three tough heroes against an underground clan of white supremacists and Neo-Fascists who plan to “cleanse” the country of black people by poisoning water supplies in Los Angeles, Detroit and Washington D.C.

Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly play the trio, who must race against the clock to save black Americans from this evil plot.

NEXT: 10 Most Culturally Influential Movies Of The 1970s

2020-01-31 01:01:56

Megan Summers

Bill & Ted 3: First Look At Old Bill In Walmart Super Bowl Commercial

Alex Winter makes his first appearance as Old Bill from Bill & Ted Face the Music in a new Walmart Super Bowl ad. Released in 1989, the original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure sent Winter’s Bill S. Preston, Esq and his fellow rock and roller Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) on a quest through time in order to fulfill their destiny as epic rock stars and the saviors of the world.

Only a modest hit when it was released, the first Bill & Ted adventure nevertheless spawned the sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which pitted the titular slacker guitar heroes against Death himself. Now, as part of a spate of long-awaited sequels, Bill & Ted Face the Music will bring back Winter and Reeves as their beloved characters, now older but perhaps not wiser, and bringing their daughters Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving) along on yet another time traveling adventure with nothing less than the fate of humanity at stake.

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Early looks at Bill & Ted Face the Music have featured the middle aged versions of Winter and Reeves’ characters along with their young daughters, and have also teased the return of William Sadler as Death (who of course remains Bill and Ted’s slave forever after they defeated him). Now, fans can get their first look at Winter’s Old Bill in action thanks to a new Walmart Super Bowl ad that is absolutely stuffed to the gills with figures from pop culture of the ’80s and ’90s. See the clip in the space below:

The world’s busiest and most action packed Walmart grocery pick-up area is already being visited by Flash Gordon, LEGO men and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story when “Future Bill” beams in via the iconic time traveling phone booth from the original movies. Future Bill is greeted by his past self, also played by Winter, who indeed informs him that he’s now in the present. The Bills then get their order, which includes a case of Bud Light, from an awe-struck Walmart worker and celebrate with an “Excellent!” and a little air guitar. Reeves’ Ted is unfortunately absent from the spot (no doubt Reeves’ asking price is a little higher right now than Winter’s.).

After the Bills make their excellent cameo, the chaotic spot goes on to feature appearances by a whole array of cinematic aliens, including the Martians from Mars Attacks!, several characters from Men in Black, the aliens from Arrival and finally even C-3PO and R2-D2. The ad indeed ups the ante on last year’s Walmart Super Bowl spot which featured famous movie vehicles including the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the family truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation and Ghostbusters‘ Ecto-1.

It’s dizzyingly fun keeping up with all the movie cameos in the new ad, but Future Bill’s appearance is undoubtedly the highlight, and should only add to fans’ excitement leading up to the release of the highly anticipated and sure to be excellent Bill & Ted Face the Music.

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Source: Walmart

2020-01-29 01:01:33

Dan Zinski

Super Bowl 2020 Movie & TV Trailers Prediction: What To Expect

This year, Super Bowl LIV will offer film & TV fans a fresh look at some of 2020’s most anticipated projects, but which movies and TV shows will get new trailers during the big game?

The NFL’s Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year – and this year will likely only pale in comparison to the 2020 Summer Olympics. Still, viewers tune in not just for the game itself, but for all the creative commercials and the Super Bowl halftime show, which is an event unto itself each year. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are performing the halftime show, and the Super Bowl pregame will have entertainment from DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato. In addition to these performances and other commercials, the Super Bowl is a prime opportunity for studios and networks to debut new teasers for the year’s high-profile film and TV releases.

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This year, Super Bowl LIV will see the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 2 on NBC. With kickoff scheduled for 6:30 pm ET, viewers watching the big game can expect an exciting matchup, and even more exciting commercials and trailers during the show. Though we don’t know every movie and TV series expected to be previewed during the game, some will have been confirmed ahead of time. Now, we break down which movies and TV shows are expected to get new trailers or TV spots during the Super Bowl, and which will be sitting out the game. We’ll keep this article updated as news comes in about Super Bowl LIV trailers.

Considering the massive viewership of the Super Bowl each year, it’s the perfect time for studios to preview their big upcoming releases – but not all studios take part. Disney, Paramount and Universal tend to take the most advantage of the Super Bowl while Sony sometimes sits it out and Warner Bros. hasn’t bought ad time in a few years. As such, don’t expect new trailers or TV spots for upcoming Warner Bros. movies like Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Wonder Woman 1984 or Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

In Sony’s case, if the studio purchases ad time during Super Bowl LIV, they’ll likely be promoting their latest comic book adaptation, Bloodshot. Based on the Valiant Comics character, Bloodshot opens mid March, so the final push will be just about to start when the Super Bowl kicks off. Plus, with Vin Diesel playing the lead character, the big game will be a chance for Sony to reach a large swath of the actor’s fans. As for Sony’s other big comic book movies, the first Morbius movie trailer only just released so it may be too soon for another look; it’s also a little early in the year for a Venom 2 teaser trailer, with that movie not expected to hit theaters until October.

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For Disney, the most likely projects they’re going to preview at Super Bowl LIV are Pixar’s Onward and their live-action retelling of Mulan, both of which hit theaters in March. Disney tends to do a strong push at the Super Bowl, so since Onward and Mulan are their most immediate big releases, they’ll likely have most of the focus. That said, depending on how much ad time Disney buys, they have plenty of other big movies to potentially showcase during the game. After using Super Bowl LIII last year to preview both Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, Disney may tease another Marvel Cinematic Universe film this year and if that’s the case, it’ll be Black Widow. Although Disney screened Eternals footage at CCXP in December, it’s a little too early for a full teaser trailer to be released. It’s also unlikely Disney will promote The New Mutants during the game, since ad time is extremely expensive and the movie is leftover from the Mouse House’s acquisition of Fox’s film studio.

Paramount has some big movies to promote as well, including the Sonic the Hedgehog film that’s out in mid-February, and A Quiet Place 2 out in late March. Though Paramount has released two Sonic the Hedgehog trailers already, one was before the Sonic redesign, so the studio may choose to release a new teaser or TV spot during the Super Bowl in order to market the movie to the football game’s massive audience. Additionally, after debuting the A Quiet Place 2 trailer on Jan. 1, enough time has passed for Paramount to release new footage. Considering the studio unveiled A Quiet Place Super Bowl trailer in 2018 ahead of that film’s release, it’s likely the studio will give the sequel a similar push.

Universal also usually has a big presence at the Super Bowl. Last year, the studio released the first trailer for the Fast & Furious spinoff movie Hobbs & Shaw around the Super Bowl. With the Fast & Furious 9 trailer release and live concert planned for two days before the Super Bowl, the studio will likely continue to promote that trailer at Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. Additionally, Universal may put its weight behind No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond. With that film out in April, Universal could use a TV spot during the Super Bowl to preview the upcoming Bond film, perhaps using Billie Eilish’s title song.

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On the TV side, the major streaming services will likely use the Super Bowl to tease some of their biggest upcoming releases. This will be the first Super Bowl since the launch of Disney+ in November 2019 and it’s likely the Mouse House will take the opportunity to preview what the streaming service has planned for 2020. Instead of promoting any one release, though, Disney+ may release a trailer that includes new footage for many of their upcoming originals. Both Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision have started filming, though the latter might be too early on in production. Star Wars series The Mandalorian season 2 has also been filming, but again, there may not be any footage ready. Other originals that could be included are Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7, the Lizzie McGuire revival, the Monsters Inc. spinoff Monsters at Work, as well as the films Stargirl and Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

As for other streamers, CBS All Access may secure ad time at the Super Bowl to promote Star Trek: Picard, their new series following Patrick Stewart’s character from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Last year, CBS’s streaming service previewed The Twilight Zone. Since Picard is their big title this winter, it’s likely that’s what the streamer may promote. What’s more difficult to discern is what Netflix will push at the Super Bowl, if anything. Their biggest upcoming release is, arguably, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to 2018 hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Given P.S. I Still Love You has a pre-Valentine’s Day release, the Super Bowl may be the perfect opportunity to promote the followup.

Hulu and Amazon have also typically promoted some of their bigger releases during the Super Bowl. Last year, Amazon debuted their original series Hanna immediately after the game, giving it a big push during the broadcast as well. If Amazon is looking to push one of its 2020 originals, it’s likely to be Hunters, the Nazi-hunting drama starring Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and more. As for Hulu, which released a trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 last year, their big upcoming releases are Devs, from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, and Little Fires Everywhere. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere is an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name. Both shows are expected to premiere in March, making the Super Bowl a prime time to release new footage.

Premium cable networks may also have a presence at the Super Bowl, with HBO possibly unveiling the Westworld season 3 trailer and/or a teaser for Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country. Showtime may reveal new footage from their upcoming Penny Dreadful spinoff, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, and Starz may choose to promote Outlander season 5, which premieres mid-February. Last, since the Super Bowl is airing on NBC, there are also sure to be commercials for upcoming NBC shows as well as its streaming service, Peacock, which launches this spring.

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Super Bowl LIV kicks off Sunday February 2 at 6:30pm ET on NBC.

2020-01-27 02:01:57

Molly Freeman

Dragon Ball Super Finally Reunites The Z-Warriors… Even Yamcha

The latest installment of Dragon Ball Super featured a rousing reunion of the original Z Warriors, and even found time to give a big moment to a forgotten hero. Although not a patch on Akira Toriyama’s original story, Dragon Ball Super has proved to be a worthy continuation of the franchise and has been responsible for some exciting new additions, such as the Gods of Destruction, the Super Saiyan God transformation and a canon version of Broly. However. Dragon Ball Super has very much been the Goku and Vegeta show. Popular fighters such as Piccolo, Gohan and Tien have been largely sidelined in the sequel series, and even when these supporting characters do get some spotlight, it’s never as a full group.

In Dragon Ball Super‘s current arc, the Earth is under attack from an evil ancient wizard known as Moro, who eats the energy of the planets he conquers. The new villain has already soundly beaten Goku and Vegeta by robbing them of their ability to transform and the Saiyan duo are currently undergoing vigorous training in order to level up. Meanwhile, Moro’s troops headed to Earth and did battle with the likes of Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin, ultimately retreating under the promise to return with reinforcements.

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In the latest chapter of Dragon Ball Super, Moro’s gang launch a renewed attack on Earth and they are met by the collective might of the entire Z Warrior team, including some rarely-seen characters that many fans thought would never fight again. The full team consists of Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien, Master Roshi, Chiaotzu and Yamcha. They are later backed up by Androids 17 & 18 to round out the Dragon Ball Z squad. Even more shockingly, Yamcha gets to lead a unit of Galactic Patrol officers and single-handedly mops up a bunch of Moro’s goons with a swagger the character hasn’t displayed in years.

Both the reformation of the entire Z Warrior team and the fact that Yamcha is afforded a few scenes to look strong are landmark moments for Dragon Ball Super. There’s an element of nostalgia in seeing these characters back together saving the Earth once again, but also a sense of eventual justice after absent from the series for so long. The whole gang hasn’t come together to fight like this since the classic era. Yamcha’s sporadic appearances in Dragon Ball Super even became somewhat of a running joke, with Goku even forgetting to ask him about entering the Tournament of Power. A reunion almost took place when Frieza invaded Earth in the Resurrection F movie, but Yamcha and Chiaotzu were deemed too weak for the battle. Thankfully, the latest Dragon Ball Super puts a little more faith in the duo and recaptures the glory days of Dragon Ball Z.

It goes without saying that Goku and Vegeta will still be the ones to finally defeat Moro and save the Earth, and fans have come to expect nothing less. But previous arcs, even the Tournament of Power, have downplayed the usefulness of the other Z Warriors in the face of the two Saiyans’ rapid growth in power. With the reunion against Moro’s fighters, Dragon Ball Super goes some way to rectifying this mistake and allows fans to spend time with some of their other favorite characters. Whether or not this moment will ever be translated into anime form is currently unknown, but if the return of the full Z Warriors team ever does make it to the big or small screen, the nostalgia level will be well over 9000.

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2020-01-25 02:01:34

Craig Elvy

Does Captain America Have Super-Healing, Too? | Screen Rant

When Marvel fans think of a character with super-healing, the first that comes to mind nowadays is Wolverine or Deadpool. Not many think about Captain America (Steve Rogers), who also has this amazing ability. Like the mutants mentioned above, this healing factor helps Cap to survive his fair share of bad injuries, too.  But unlike the mutants, he gained the ability from a scientific serum.

Developed by a German scientist during World War II, Abraham Erskine created a Super Soldier Serum to enhance the human body and mind. Rogers’ super-healing is due to the Super Soldier Serum which grants him the ability to heal from broken bones in merely days and cuts in just hours. Although there have been other characters who have taken this serum, Steve Rogers was the only successful attempt at creating the perfect soldier fans have come to know as Captain America.

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America’s healing power was immediately put to the test when an assassin attempted to steal the serum in The First Avenger. As he was chasing down the assassin, the American boy scout was hit by a bullet on his ribs that seemed to heal with no visible scars ever shown. The comics explain the reason, clarifying that when Rogers took to the serum, it increased his cellular fiber density on a molecular level, meaning it enhanced the proteins in his body (and the function thereof, as well).

This healing power means Cap’s body goes far beyond regenerating burned skin, broken bones, lost limbs, and organs, right down to the level of damaged cells. Effectively accelerating the cellular performance grants Steve a super-fast metabolism, as well, granting his body immunity to almost any earthly illness or disease. Unfortunately, this also means his healing power keeps him from getting drunk. On the bright side, his constantly-regenerating body means it is very difficult to take him down with a simple toxin or drug.

Captain America represents the perfect human being, so one can assume that his healing-factor is not on the level of Wolverine, who can regenerate within seconds. As fans of the MCU witnessed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap is shot through the midsection by his friend Bucky Barnes, leading to some serious blood loss. If it was Wolverine being shot, the bullets would have been pushed out by his mutant healing. But for Captain America, those bullet wounds — and the blood loss instantly caused because of them — don’t go away so easily. And that is the detail which matters more than the question of whether or not Steve Rogers could eventually heal.

Can Captain America heal at a greater level and speed than a normal human? Most definitely. But if an enemy inflicts enough damage faster than his body can repair itself… he’s as dead as any other crimefighter.

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2019-12-24 06:12:42

Kevin Irizarry

Marvel’s Disney+ Shows Are Super Important To Captain Marvel 2

Disney+’s Marvel TV shows will play an important role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they will be especially important to Captain Marvel 2. The MCU is preparing for a new era of films and TV shows now that the Infinity Saga officially came to an end with Spider-Man: Far From Home and most of the original Avengers have either retired or died. Because of that, the upcoming phases will introduce new characters, such as Shang-Chi, and carry on with the stories of superheroes that have already had their debuts in the MCU.

Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Thor, and Black Panther are all confirmed to have at least one more adventure in the MCU, and others like Captain Marvel are expected to come back at some point, though there’s no projected release date yet. But perhaps the most exciting part of the MCU’s upcoming phases are their connection to Disney+’s Marvel shows, which will be an active part of this universe (unlike Netflix’s Marvel shows). Characters like Falcon, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Loki, and Hawkeye will continue their stories on Disney+, and the platform will also be in charge of introducing new characters.

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Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel are also confirmed to be getting their own TV shows in a near future, and just like the rest, they will impact the films in the MCU and vice versa – and one of the future films that will have a strong connection with Disney+’s shows is Captain Marvel 2.

There’s a lot of conversation over the importance of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and WandaVision, as the two are connected by Scarlet Witch and whatever happens in the series will have an effect in Strange’s second solo film, but WandaVision also holds an important link to another Marvel hero: Captain Marvel. Aside from Scarlet Witch and Vision, the series is also bringing back Thor’s Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), and Captain Marvel’s Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris).

Monica Rambeau was introduced in Captain Marvel as the nine year-old daughter of Carol’s friend, Maria (Lashana Lynch). In the comics, Monica Rambeau is the second Captain Marvel and even becomes leader of the Avengers for a time. As Captain Marvel was set in the 1990s and WandaVision will alternate between a 1950s setting and the modern MCU, the series will feature an adult Monica Rambeau. What role she will have in the series is unknown, but judging by some set photos, Rambeau looks to be linked to SWORD (Sentient World of Observation and Response Department), which is the space-based equivalent of SHIELD.

In addition to that, the arrival of Kamala Khan through the Ms. Marvel series will obviously have an impact in future Captain Marvel films. Kamala is a Pakistani American teenager who discovers she has Inhuman genes, which grant her shapeshifting abilities. Kamala takes the mantle of Ms. Marvel from her idol, Carol Danvers, after Carol becomes Captain Marvel. Though Ms. Marvel is still in early development, to the point where it doesn’t have a projected release date yet, it’s very easy to see why it will be important to Captain Marvel 2 and the other way around, depending on which one comes first. Everything will truly be connected this time.

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2019-12-21 04:12:18

Adrienne Tyler

Dragon Ball Super: The Grand Priest Could Be The Sequel’s True Villain

Dragon Ball Super‘s Grand Priest may just be the true villain of the entire series, and could eventually come to blows with Goku and Vegeta. At the time of writing, the Dragon Ball Super story is playing out via two mediums; a sequel to the mega-successful Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie has been confirmed, but story details remain unknown, and the Dragon Ball Super manga is still in publication, currently unraveling a brand new story starring previously unseen villain, Moro. While the anime series is officially on hiatus, rumors persist that Dragon Ball Super‘s TV presence will resume in the near future.

Arguably the biggest addition Dragon Ball Super has made to franchise canon are the angels. These celestial beings directly serve the Omni-King and are the most powerful species glimpsed in the entire series so far. An angel is assigned to serve and train a universe’s God of Destruction, with Whis performing that role alongside Beerus in Goku’s universe, while the father of the angels, otherwise known as the Grand Priest, works for Zen-Oh himself. The angels generally have a policy of non-interference in the everyday perils and goings-on of the universe, but they all helped execute the Tournament of Power at Zen-Oh’s request and Whis has occasionally aided Goku in protecting Earth. However, Dragon Ball Super‘s angels could be hiding far darker intentions, and the Grand Priest in particular.

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Dragon Ball Super has established the Grand Priest as the strongest character ever shown, and among the top 5 strongest in existence. While Zen-Oh can destroy anything he pleases, the chief of the angels has displayed speed and power far surpassing even the Gods of Destruction. When such a formidable figure is introduced in Dragon Ball, their purpose is to provide a new level for Goku to strive towards and ultimately attain. Inevitably, this involves Goku fighting the character he’s looking to surpass. As such, Goku and the Grand Priest will have to throw down at some point. As demonstrated by his bouts against Beerus, this can be within the context of a friendly rivalry, rather than a proper fight but, fortunately, there is evidence to suggest the Grand Priest could be a genuine villain.

The Dragon Ball Super manga has introduced Merus, an angel posing as a member of the Galactic Patrol in Universe 8, and the Grand Priest acknowledges this character is a problem to the angels. Though the relationship between Merus and the other angels remains a mystery at present, it’s clear that the character is a stand-up guy, since he not only helps fight space criminals, he’s training Goku to use Ultra Instinct at will. If Mereus isn’t a villain, but has left or been exiled from the other angels, could this hint towards the angels being a less-than-moral species in Dragon Ball Super?

There is also a clear possible motivation for the angels to potentially turn against their leader. The Grand Priest proudly champions balance within the universe, while being sure not to interfere too heavily in the fates of each world. The Omni-King, however, is whimsical, immature and easily swayed. A logical mind such as that of the Grand Priest might one day decide that the best thing for the universe is to remove Zen-Oh from the equation and take that position for himself, especially with Goku’s increasing influence on the current ruler. While most other angels would likely go along with this plan, Whis could prove to be Goku and Vegeta’s sole angelic ally. Perhaps foresight of these events is the very reason Whis has been training the Saiyan duo since the end of Battle of Gods.

Theoretically, other major villains in Dragon Ball Super could link back to the Grand Priest. Most baddies in the series emerge due to an element of chance which might have been orchestrated (Beerus waking up, Frieza’s goons finding Broly, Zamasu getting hired despite clearly hating every other species). But the manga’s latest antagonist, Moro, is rampaging because after millions of years imprisoned, he finally restored enough power to break his seal. With no real explanation as to how that power was generated, could the Grand Priest have been behind the genocidal wizard’s escape?

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2019-12-18 02:12:39

Craig Elvy

Super Smash Bros. ZeRo Facebook Gaming | Screen Rant

Super Smash Bros. professional player Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios has decided to join Facebook Gaming, effectively ending his time streaming on Twitch. Although ZeRo spent several years with Twitch, the decision to change partnership is rooted in a desire for new opportunities, which has been a consistent theme for several high profile content creators. ZeRo is far from the first streamer to leave Twitch, as Ninja left Twitch to join Microsoft’s Mixer in August and began a trend of other creators doing the same.

The competitive scene for Super Smash Bros. is one of the most storied in gaming history. The fervor for the series really began with the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee; a game that is still widely popular and competitive to this day. For nearly two decades, the Smash Bros. community was widely regarded as a grass-roots, secular community; opposite that of more current e-sports like Fortnite or Overwatch. But everything changed when streaming took off, and the person at the forefront of streaming Smash was ZeRo. Since then, competitive gaming has only grown in popularity. There’s a possibility that e-sports may be an Olympic event in 2022. As for Smash Bros., just this year, Evo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament was the largest in franchise history.

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The news of ZeRo joining Facebook Gaming comes by way of the man himself on Facebook. In a near four-minute video, ZeRo details his decision to leave Twitch for Facebook Gaming. The most significant reason he attributes for the change is the opportunities that working with Facebook will bring. He says;

“I actually have a lot of plans with Facebook and there’s actually a lot of things that I want to get done. More collaborations with celebrities, more collaborations with other gamers, and just cool projects that I’m going to be able to do because of that Facebook support.”

ZeRo also explains that working with Facebook will allow him to pursue passions he previously wouldn’t have been able to. One way he will be able to do so is through charity; the first time ZeRo streams on Facebook gaming, he will be raising money for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness.) In addition, all subscribers of ZeRo’s previous channel for over one year will receive a free t-shirt as a way of saying thanks for supporting the transition.

Facebook Gaming is going after talent first, recognizing that many viewers are likely to follow their streamers regardless of platform. Just recently, Hearthstone streamer DisguisedToast left Twitch for Facebook Gaming. With such rapid change happening in the space of streaming, it makes complete sense that the most popular streamers seek a partnership with more concrete support. Many streamers and viewers have been upset with Twitch’s consistent shortcomings, which has caused some to say that the internet is turning against Twitch.

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Source: ZeRo/Facebook

2019-12-02 03:12:18

Chris Heckmann

Shazam’s Zachary Levi Sheepishly Admits His Super Suit Was Padded

Shazam! star Zachary Levi sheepishly admitted to fans on Twitter his super suit in the film was padded in order to accentuate his muscles, but he encouraged them to eat healthy anyway. Released in April of this year to a number of positive reviews, Shazam was considered by many fans to be one of the more fun entries in the DC comics cinematic universe, thanks in no small part to the performances of Levi and his co-stars.

For one reason or another, the debate over whether Shazam’s super suit is padded or not has been ongoing ever since the first trailers for the movie released. Although both the film’s costume designers (and Screen Rant’s own in-depth look at Shazam’s suit) have confirmed this to be the case, either the news hasn’t yet reached some fans or they refuse to believe it to be true.

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Now, fans have a definitive answer from the actor himself, so perhaps the question can finally be brought to rest. Recently, Zachary Levi responded to a fan’s question on Twittersaying, “Better eat yer Wheaties” as answer to them asking, “How can I become a Shazam?” When another user brings up the past discourse surrounding the suit, stating, “I’m still salty people thought it was padding,” Levi replied honestly.

Although every superhero besides Christopher Reeve as Superman has required some sort of padding on film, Shazam’s team did confirm Levi helped them immensely by getting into shape before shooting began. With a sequel to Shazam set to begin filming mid-2020, such preparations are probably well underway yet again, and hopefully with the truth now being out in the open for everyone to see fans will stop debating as to whether or not the actor on screen really has the proportions of a super hero.

After all of the discourse surrounding Shazam’s slightlypadded suit, it will be interesting to see how fans react to The Rock’s Black Adam when it releases. Although Shazam won’t be featured in that film, as a former (and sometimes current) professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson already has the real-life physique most super suits in films try to convey, and to add extra padding on top of what’s already there feels somewhat like overkill. Although cloth sometimes masks definition, which is something these movie-grade suits thrive on, perhaps a more skintight, less padded look would work better in this one particular case. Not to say anything poorly about Shazam‘s body, but after all, there is only one The Rock.

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Source: Twitter

2019-11-30 08:11:02

Christopher Teuton