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New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!



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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Chris Klein Revealed as Cicada in First Flash Season 5 Image

New images from The Flash season 5 reveal the first proper look at the villain known as Cicada. Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) was turned upside down at the end of season 4 when he learned another speedster was in Central City. The purple lightning came from none other than his daughter Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), who had traveled back in time to be with her parents. While they try to figure out why she has arrived and if she can return to her rightful place in the timeline, The Flash has to deal with his latest threat.

Chris Klein was cast as David Hersch, aka Cicada, for The Flash season 5 earlier this year. His addition was announced at San Diego Comic-Con following the release of a trailer that teased the inclusion of the DC villain. As the marketing has moved into the final stages before the season 5 premiere this week, he had yet to be completely revealed – until now.

Related: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

The CW released official photos from season 5 episode 2, “Blocked”, and included in them are the first looks at Chris Klein’s Cicada. The Flash season 5 character breakdowns that first confirmed Cicada’s involvement described him as a “semi-immortal metahuman who has the ability to disable other metahumans’ abilities and blames other super-powered individuals for his suffering.” After just getting to hear his breathing and seeing his Lightning Daggers, his full look is now revealed, along with a tease of him using one of the daggers against Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes).

DC Comics readers may be surprised to see how Cicada appears, as his look largely differs from the source material. In the comics, he’s an old, bald man with a long white beard when he battles Flash. He has potential immortality thanks to his ability to steal the souls of others to extend his own life. This could be partially changed for the show as it appears he’s been given the ability to take metahuman powers but not someone’s soul.

At this point in the lead up to The Flash‘s return, it’s simply nice to finally get a clear look at Cicada. Even the most recent Flash trailer just continued to tease his presence instead of actually showing him. Since these images are from the second episode of the series, it’s possible viewers may not get to see him in action during the season premiere. Thankfully, the wait is almost over to see whether or not he appears.

MORE: All 10 Superhero Shows Returning or Premiering In Fall 2018

The Flash season 5 premieres on October 9 on The CW.

Source: The CW



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2018-10-08 07:10:04 – Cooper Hood

Robert Kirkman is Trying to Kill Off Walking Dead’s Judith

Robert Kirkman is actively trying to kill off Judith from AMC’s The Walking Dead TV show, but the writers and producers won’t accept his story ideas. Over the years, several people on the series – some mainstays, but mostly small, supporting characters – have perished either at the hand of the walkers or other survivors. Last year, the biggest name to bite the dust was Chandler Riggs’ Carl Grimes, who was bitten while trying to help out a fellow survivor.

And now, in The Walking Dead season 9, Carl’s father, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), will be exiting the show, which has sent shock waves through the fan base. Lincoln has been contemplating leaving Alexandria behind for quite some time now, but he was persuaded to remain on as lead until they dealt with the Saviors. Now that Negan has been defeated and the story is moving in a different direction, Lincoln felt it was time to retire from the series and spend some more time with his real-life family in England. It’s unclear if Rick will die in season 9, but even if he doesn’t, the only living Grimes family member that will still be on the show is Judith.

Related: Walking Dead’s Future Without Carl & Rick, According to Creator

Speaking during his personal panel at New York Comic Con 2018, Robert Kirkman: In Conversation, the comic book creator revealed that he’s been actively trying to kill off Judith on The Walking Dead series, saying, “I tried to kill that damn baby that’s not even a baby anymore – I have pitched the death of Judith so many times it’s not even funny.” Unfortunately, Kirkman didn’t elaborate on why he’s been so adamant about (baby) Judith dying.

What’s interesting is that Judith had already been killed off early on in The Walking Dead comics, so it’s understandable that Kirkman would want to see that reflected on the TV show – but both versions of the famed story have obviously drifted apart over the years. Even now, showrunner Angela Kang recently told Screen Rant that the show follows the general outline set forth by the comics, but they aren’t going out of their way to precisely match the storyline. There will be some notable differences, and it seems like Judith is simply one of them… for now.

Sometimes movie franchises and TV shows can get lost in their own stories, and The Walking Dead‘s timeline is as confounding as they come. It’s something that Riggs himself was even confused about. So, the fact that Judith has grown up so much in such a short amount of time (in-universe, that is) can technically break continuity. While that may not be an important reason for Kirkman to want Judith dead, it may play a part. But, with The Walking Dead returning this weekend, it’s certainly possible that Judith may meet her end at some point this season.

More: 25 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7 on AMC.

Source: Robert Kirkman (via ComicBook)



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2018-10-05 08:10:24 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Dark Phoenix NYCC Footage Description: How Jean Grey Becomes Phoenix

Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, screens the first continuous footage at New York Comic Con 2018 – we offer a full description of the sequence that was shown. Dark Phoenix is ultimately the culmination of the rebooted X-Men franchise, which kicked off with X-Men: First Class. But, since X-Men: Days of Future Past united the timeline with that of the original trilogy, all of Fox’s Marvel movies exist within the same continuity.

Most recently within the mainline X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse introduced a younger team of heroes, who now return for Dark Phoenix. The movie adapts the fan-favorite Dark Phoenix Saga storyline from the comics, which was last brought to life in X-Men: The Last Stand – though the movie wasn’t well received by critics or fans. For this film, longtime X-Men movie producer Simon Kinberg takes the helm, directing Dark Phoenix. In order to promote the summer 2019 release of the latest X-Men installment, Kingberg appeared on a Fox NYCC panel along with producer Hutch Parker and stars Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan. During the panel, Kinberg and Parker debuted the first continuous footage from Dark Phoenix from early on in the film, though not the very beginning of the movie.

Related: How Old The X-Men Are Supposed To Be In Dark Phoenix

In the Dark Phoenix footage, the X-Men are an established team at this point in time and when the NASA space shuttle Endeavor gets knocked off course in space, the United States President calls Professor Charles Xavier – on an X-Men branded landline phone – in order to receive the team’s help. While Hank McCoy is doubtful the X-Jet will be able to get to space, and voices these concerns to Professor X, the team ultimately goes on the rescue mission, as lead by Raven (who has reservations of her own that Jean Grey asks her about).

Once in space, Raven directs the other members of the team on how to use their powers to save the NASA shuttle crew from where their ship is trapped spinning nearby a red-orange energy mass. Cyclops uses a weapon specially fitted on the X-Jet for his powers to blast the shuttle and make it stop spinning, then Nightcrawler transports Quicksilver inside the shuttle to rescue the crew (it’s reminiscent of the previous X-Men movies’ Quicksilver scenes but much shorter) all while Storm plugs holes in the shuttle’s hull with ice. Although, the X-Men are able to save the shuttle team, their captain gets left behind. Raven wants to cut their losses since the energy mass is about to emite deadly solar flares, but Professor X demands the team leave no one behind. So Nightcrawler transports Jean to the ship, where she holds it together while he retrieves the human captain.

However, Nightcrawler doesn’t make it back to Jean in time, and he’s only able to get the human to safety, leaving Jean behind in the shuttle when it’s hit by the solar flare. Jean absorbs the energy from what’s described as a solar flare. Then, another flare threatens the X-Jet, but Jean manages to redirect it, and absorbs the second flare as well. While Jean is absorbing the energy, the scene briefly cuts to Professor X in Cerebro feeling through Jean’s mind what’s happening. Once she’s absorbed all the energy, Nightcrawler recovers her and it’s clear the X-Men believe her to be dead, but Jean is still alive. The X-Men take her home, where she says she’s fine. After the mission, Raven and Professor X get into an argument about taking too many risks to save humans. He says mutants are “one bad day away” from being hunted again and that the X-Men being a beacon of good is important to keeping mutants safe. Raven ends the argument by dropping a few zingers about how the women on the team are always saving the men and maybe Professor X should change the team name to “X-Women.”

Altogether, the scenes showcase a fully realized X-Men team and how exactly Jean becomes the Phoenix, though none of the footage revealed what comes next for the group. Those on the panel discussed the “splintering” of both Jean Grey and the X-Men team as a whole, so viewers can expect the movie to play up the more dramatic elements of the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline. But, as evidenced by the footage that screened, Dark Phoenix will also include plenty of science fiction elements. Still, whether it’s ultimately a better adaptation of the comic story remains to be seen when Dark Phoenix hits theaters next summer and fans can see for themselves.

Next: Why Dark Phoenix Isn’t Being Made Into an MCU Film



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2018-10-05 05:10:59 – Molly Freeman

Halloween 2018 Sequel is Reportedly in Development at Blumhouse

Prior to the film’s release, speculation abounds that Blumhouse is already gearing up for a sequel to 2018’s Halloween movie. The movie, due out this month, completely resets the timeline. As fans of the series know, the original was quickly followed up by a sequel – and then things began to get complicated. So this time around, they’re mostly ignoring the other sequels and starting from where things left off in the original (with subtle references to the now non-canon flicks).

First announced in 2016, the “reinvention” was directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Danny McBride, who worked together on comedic films such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness. Green and McBride, along with producer Jason Blum, have spoken at length about the movie, discussing the choice to change up the continuity as well as the way they decided upon the title. The return of original star Jamie Lee Curtis to the project, coupled with the positive reactions out of TIFF, have sparked discussions of an immediate follow-up. Now, rumors are flying that the sequel is a go.

Related: Blumhouse Will Make A Sequel To Halloween 2018 If It Performs Well

Bloody Disgusting reports that things are already underway for another Halloween 3 (since this year’s installment is a sequel to the first movie). The outlet cites unnamed sources who believe that Green and McBride will not be on board this time around, despite previously hinting that they wanted to keep things going. What’s more, the outlet speculates that, if Blumhouse kicks things into gear, this sequel could hit theaters just a year after its predecessor – just in time for the 2019 Halloween season.

As the outlet notes, this wouldn’t be unusual for Blumhouse. The production company put out its first major hit, Paranormal Activity, in 2009, and a sequel, prequel, or spinoff was released nearly every year after that (save for 2013) from 2010–2015. If Halloween is successful (as the box office predictions indicate it will be), it would make sense to keep the ball rolling and churn out another hit as soon as possible.

Of course, that all depends on what happens in the still-to-be-released 2018 film. Laurie Strode is back, and she’s tougher than ever before. Having spent 40 years waiting for the day that Michael Myers returned, it seems unlikely that she’ll be taken down. John Carpenter, who wrote and directed the original, has given the 2018 movie his seal of approval and even composed the score. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of another Blumhouse hit, as long as they can get a solid writing and directing time solved.

More: Halloween Director Explains The Reason Behind 2018 Movie’s Title

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2018-10-05 03:10:53 – Becca Bleznak

The Flash Season 5 Trailer: Cicada Brings War to Central City

A new trailer for The CW’s The Flash brings a new threat to Central City and gives fans a taste of what Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will be up against when he takes on Cicada (Chris Klein) in season 5. Like season 4’s big bad, The Thinker, Cicada won’t need to be a speedster to pose a threat to Team Flash.

In the season 4 finale, Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) were hit with a shocking development when Jessica Parker Kennedy’s mystery girl arrived at Joe’s doorstep and revealed herself to be Nora, their daughter from the future. Due to Kennedy being a series regular for season 5, the character is expected to have a major role in the storyline for the upcoming season. Nora admitted in the finale that she made a “big mistake“. This “mistake” is most likely the setup for Cicada’s introduction.

Related: Elseworlds: Everything You Need To Know About The Arrowverse Crossover

The CW has released a new trailer for The Flash season 5, which premieres this Tuesday. The trailer highlights the relationship between Barry and Nora while touching on Barry’s fears about what will become of him in the future. Nora’s lack of a connection with Iris is also hinted at in the trailer. References are made to Cicada, but not by name. Cicada is played up as a mysterious and deadly enemy who wields a black lightning bolt-shaped dagger. Cicada’s methods threaten to cause a “war zone” in Central City, but his exact intentions aren’t revealed.

It appears that Cicada was defeated by the Flash in the original timeline, before it was inadvertently altered by Nora’s “big mistake“. Whatever Nora did seems to have impacted the timeline in a way that may shift the odds in Cicada’s favor. Team Flash may need Nora’s help to defeat him.

It was previously reported that Cicada will have a lot in common with his comic book counterpart, a semi-immortal villain who vows to kill those who have been saved by the Flash. Killing them gives him the life force he needs to stay alive. The show’s version of the character is a metahuman with the ability to disable the powers of others. He begins to target other metahumans because he blames them for his own suffering. It’s unclear what will prompt Cicada’s attacks on Central City, but it will be interesting to see how his battle with the Flash will play out over the course of the season.

More: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

The Flash season 5 premieres on October 9 on The CW.

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2018-10-05 02:10:38 – Nicholas Raymond

Star Wars Timeline: When Is SOLO Set & How Old Is Han?

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

So, when does Solo: A Star Wars Story take place in the original Star Wars movie timeline? And just what age is Han Solo supposed to be in this prequel origin story? You would think that the answers would be clear to even casual fans and general audiences by now. But you would be wrong, since the final scenes of Solo are likely to have fans wondering if their hero is now months, years, or decades away from beginning his part in the original Star Wars: A New Hope.

The reception to the film means that the odds of a Solo sequel or Boba Fett spinoff movie have never been worse, but that doesn’t change the impact of Qi’ra and Darth Maul’s new partnership on the overall movie storyline. No matter what the future holds, if you’re unclear on where Solo is set in the larger timeline, and how many years before Harrison Ford this story is meant to be, our explanation should clear up any confusion.

Han is Age 19-22 in Solo

It’s not easy to discern how old Han is actually supposed to be in his own origin movie, since it a) stretches across a span of three years, b) has the actual age of the actor to contend with, and c) the age of Han in the original movies is never stated outright. But according to the timeline established in Solo: The Official Guide, Han first falls in with the White Worm gang on Corellia at the age of just eight years old.

RELATED: How SOLO’s Card Games Change Star Wars Forever

When the movie begins, he is around the age of 19 years old as the drama breaks out leaving behind the White Worms and joining up with the Imperial Navy to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. The film itself makes a bit of a time jump, leaping forward three years to the point that Han has been booted out of the Navy and into the Army, and stationed on Mimban. He’s 22 years old for most of the movie from that point on.

As for actor Alden Ehrenreich, he’s currently 28 years old, just five years younger than Harrison Ford was when he filmed the original Star Wars. Which… is where things get a bit confusing.

Solo Ends 10 Years Before The First Star Wars

The actor playing Han Solo may only be a handful of years younger than Harrison Ford in A New Hope, but according to the official Star Wars timeline, the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story end exactly ten years prior to the first film in the saga. That might actually seem like longer than audiences expect, and not only because Ehrenreich appears (rightly so) just a few years away from being Han’s age in the original movie. Not only that, but Solo’s final act hints at him traveling to Tatooine to join up with Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire. But the years don’t lie, and in Solo’s final scene, there is still ten years to go before Han and Chewie are aproached by Luke and Obi-wan in the Mos Eisley cantina.

For reference, this all means that Han was being born around the same time that the planet Naboo was being invaded by the Trade Federation in Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Fast forward to Han as a 19 year old on Corellia, and the same year that he and Qi’ra escaped the White Worms, Rogue One‘s prologue was seeing Jyn Erso orphaned.

It also means that in the year that Solo teams up with Beckett’s gang on Mimban, the Death Star is being moved from its construction site at Geonosis to Scarif (explaining why the planet is no longer a workable spot for the crew to process their score). Going a little further back in time, this timeline makes a slight tweak to what fans had assumed before. Where Han’s birthdate was assumed to be somewhere around 29 BBY (before the Battle of Yavin in the first Star Wars), the new canon puts his birth year close to 32 BBY, and the actual age of Harrison Ford at the time of the movie.

Hopefully, that clears things up. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer.

NEXT: Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Ending Explained – How It Changes Han Forever



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2018-09-24 08:09:00 – Andrew Dyce

Walking Dead Continuity Makes Even Less Sense With Timeline Confirmed

AMC has finally confirmed the timeline for The Walking Dead, but instead of settling the timeline debate, AMC has made the issue even more complicated. Apparently, season 8 takes place almost two years into the zombie apocalypse, which isn’t nearly as long as some have expected.

Season 1 of The Walking Dead begins with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) waking up from a coma at least one month after civilization falls apart and the spread of the zombie virus. The following seasons chronicle Rick’s journey, as he gathers together a diverse group of survivors, leaves Atlanta, becomes an important part of a growing community, and goes to war with Negan and the Saviors. An exact timeframe for these events have been a subject of debate among fans, as many are confused as to how much time has passed.

Related: The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Will Be Extra Long

In a post on Twitter, AMC provided an answer to that question with a side-by-side photo comparison of Rick prior to the zombie apocalypse, and Rick after being captured by Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) in season 8. According to the caption, the photo from season 8 was from Day 632, which means that by the time the All-Out War storyline took shape, two years hadn’t quite passed yet.

For viewers who have watched The Walking Dead for eight years, it may be difficult to believe that the entire series has taken place within just a two-year timeframe. One reason for this confusion is the aging of the characters, particularly Carl (Chandler Riggs). Of all the characters on the series, no one has aged more noticeably than Carl. Chandler Riggs was 10-years-old after taking the role of Carl, and was 18 when he exited the series in season 8. Carl visibly went from a small child to a boy in his late teens, which makes it even more difficult to make sense of The Walking Dead‘s continuity.

However, The Walking Dead isn’t the first TV show or movie to have its timeline complicated by the aging of a child actor, and in some cases it’s an unavoidable continuity issue. It’s worth noting that the show’s timeline does match up perfectly with Fear the Walking Dead‘s, which is important since the two shows recently intersected with Morgan (Lennie James) crossing over to Fear.

The Walking Dead will receive its first major time jump in the season 9 premiere, which will take place 18 months after Negan’s defeat in the season 8 finale. At that point, over three years will have gone by since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

More: Walking Dead Season 9 Synopsis & Poster Focus on Rick’s Leadership

Season 9 of The Walking Dead premieres October 7th on AMC.

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2018-09-12 01:09:00 – Nicholas Raymond

Olivia Munn & The Predator: A Timeline Of The Cut Scene Controversy

The Predator star Olivia Munn brought to the attention of 20th Century Fox a scene featuring a registered sex offender, Steven Wilder Striegel, which prompted the studio to cut it from the final film; as the controversy continues to unfold, we breakdown the timeline of events. Set to theatrically release on Sept. 14, The Predator is a quasi-reboot of the franchise that kicked off with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator in 1987. The hit sci-fi action/thriller has become a staple of Hollywood and evolved into one of the longer-running sci-fi/horror franchises alongside fellow Fox property Alien.

Now, though there were two direct follow ups to Predator – 1990’s Predator 2 and 2010’s Predators – as well as two crossovers with Alien under the banner Alien vs. Predator, The Predator revives the franchise. Original Predator star-turned-director Shane Black took the helm of the new movie, co-writing it with Fred Dekker. The Predator features an impressive cast that includes Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan Michael-Key, Thomas Jane and Olivia Munn. The Predator held its world premiere at TIFF, but just prior to the screening, news broke that Fox cut a scene from the Predator film that originally included Steven Wilder Striegel, a registered sex offender.

Related: Biggest & Most Important Films Showing At TIFF 2018

Since then, Munn – who brought the criminal history of Striegel to the attention of Fox – has done a number of interviews on the topic while promoting The Predator at TIFF. As she’s sat for interviews, Munn has been brutally honest about how she’s felt throughout the process, including saying she’s felt “isolated” as many of her fellow cast members and director navigate the fallout from the report of The Predator’s cut scene. For those confused on the timeline of events, what’s happened since the news broke and/or why the case of The Predator matters so much to some, we break down the movie’s controversy.

  • This Page: Background Info & Fox Cuts Predator Scene
  • Page 2: Cut Scene Story Breaks, TIFF Premiere
  • Page 3: Olivia Munn & Cast Responses

Background Information About the Key Players

According to The LA Times, actor Steven Wilder Striegel and actor/director Shane Black became friends in 2004 when the former attended a get together at the latter’s home. Five years later in 2009, Striegel was arrested for attempting to start a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl online. In 2010, the actor plead guilty to two felonies, risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer, for which he served six months in jail. Due to the sexual nature of the crimes, he also became a registered sex offender.

Over the course of Striegel and Black’s friendship, the director has cast the actor in small roles in three of his movies: Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 in 2013, Warner Bros’ The Nice Guys in 2016 and Fox’s The Predator. For all three of these films, Black cast Striegel after the latter had plead guilty.

Olivia Munn, for her part, is a survivor of sexual harassment in Hollywood. In a November 2017 LA Times report, Munn was one of six women to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against director Brett Ratner. According to Munn, Ratner masturbated in front of her on the set of his 2004 movie After the Sunset. Munn also wrote about the incident in her 2010 autobiographical essay collection, Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek. Ratner disputed the claims Munn and the other women made against him. Munn has gone on to be an advocate for change in Hollywood, fighting against the environment and institutions that lead to the recent #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.

August 15, 2018 – Munn Reports Scene to Fox

According to the LA Times report, Munn shared Striegel’s criminal history with Fox on Aug. 15, and the studio quickly decided to cut the three-page scene he shared with Munn. The scene was filmed in February 2017, as evidenced by set photos published by Just Jared, at the start of The Predator’s principal photography, which continued through June 2017. Per the Times, Striegel’s bit role was that of a jogger and his scene consisted of him hitting on Munn’s character, scientist Dr. Casey Bracket.

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September 6, 2018 – Story Breaks, The Predator TIFF Premiere

The news that Fox cut The Predator scene featuring Striegel was initially reported by the LA Times‘ Amy Kaufman on Thursday, Sept. 6. For her report, Kaufman received statements from Fox, Munn and Black, but many of the film’s other cast members did not offer comments. A spokesperson for Fox said of the scene:

Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired. We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.

Meanwhile, Munn told the Times:

[I found it] both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production. However, I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film.

Black released an initial comment to the Times, in which he defended his friend Striegel and said he thought the actor was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.” Black said: “I personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.” Later that day, Black issued another statement as reported by THR, apologizing for his decision to cast Striegel in The Predator:

Having read this morning’s news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction. I believe strongly in giving people second chances – but sometimes you discover that chance is not as warranted as you may have hoped. After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel’s sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologize to all of those, past and present, I’ve let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision.

On the evening of Sept. 6, The Predator held its world premiere screening at TIFF as part of the Midnight Madness lineup. As reported by the LA Times, many members of the cast were in attendance at the red carpet prior to the screening, but Black opted to skip it. He also skipped the post-screening Q&A with the cast and co-writer Fred Dekker. However, according to the Times, Black was in Toronto, and introduced the movie to the assembled audience at the screening. As Munn later told Vanity Fair, a number of her castmates – including Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key and Trevante Rhodes – stood to give Black an ovation at the start of the screening. According to Munn, the rest of the audience stayed seated. She said:

I was just confused because I hadn’t heard from them during the day. Everybody else was sitting down—it wasn’t like this massive standing ovation for him. I felt it was still appropriate to clap and cheer, but to actually make that gesture to stand up, especially in this moment . . . and privately I knew that no one reached out to me to say, ‘Are you O.K.?’ It did feel bad.

Munn walked the red carpet at the premiere, doing press for The Predator. Earlier that day, Munn responded to a tweet asking why she was still doing press for the film, saying, “I’m contractually obligated. And from what I’m experiencing, I think they’d prefer I not show up.” See her full tweet below.

On the red carpet, Variety asked co-star Jake Busey about the cut Predator scene. The actor reiterated what Munn said, that none of the cast knew about Striegel’s past while filming The Predator. When asked if Fox made the right choice to cut the scene, Busey said, “I think politically they had to. There’s really no other choice. Morally? I don’t know. I don’t run a studio. I don’t make films. I don’t really know much about it all. So unfortunately, it’s a sad thing.”

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September 8, 2018 – Munn Does Press For The Predator

On Saturday Sept. 8, Munn and fellow The Predator cast members were scheduled to do interviews at TIFF to promote the film ahead of its wide release. However, Munn told Vanity Fair that a number of her castmates canceled interviews they were meant to do alongsider her, while one cast member walked out of an interview when the cut scene was brought up. Munn also said none of her fellow cast members had reached out to her when news broke of Fox cutting Striegel’s scene (though a source told VF at least one castmate had). Munn expanded on how she’s felt since the story broke:

I kind of feel like I’m the one going to jail. I didn’t go to jail, I didn’t put this guy on our set. I had this scene deleted. Thank God, honestly, that there is social media. It’s the fans and news outlets that’s confirming it to me that what I did was the right thing. If I didn’t have that feedback, I’d kind of go a little crazy thinking, Why am I being treated like this? That’s not O.K., to feel like the bad guy.

In a video interview with THR (the full video of which is below and worth a watch), Munn sat by herself because the rest of the cast canceled their appearance. She said, “It’s a very lonely feeling to be sitting here by myself when I should be sitting here with the rest of the cast.” Further, Munn said she hasn’t heard from Black directly since the news of the cut scene broke, though she “appreciates” his public apology.

As part of the LA Times‘ report on Fox cutting Striegel’s scene, the publication reached out to a number of the cast members for comment – including Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes and Keegan-Michael Key – but none responded. Munn told VF that she privately reached out to her castmates before the initial Times report and encouraged them to give statements. Though none did at the time, some have commented on the issue either at TIFF or in the following days.

Co-stars Munn, Rhodes and Augusto Aguilera sat for a video interview with LA Times Entertainment on Sept. 8 in which both actors responded to the situation of Fox cutting a scene. When asked if they were disappointed with Black, Rhodes said, “I wasn’t disappointed in Shane. I was disappointed in the situation and I’m happy that Liv spoke up and it was eradicated.” Aguilera went on to say:

It’s strange ’cause the first thing I thought of wasn’t about Shane at all … There’s a serious issue here that Liv was able to point out … More than anything, I didn’t think about Shane, I thought about the possibility of this continuing to happen and where it happens. And also to Liv for speaking up on such a subject because it takes a lot of courage to be able to say that.

Later in the interview with LA Times Entertainment, Munn went on to say, “I don’t accept Shane’s apology. It wasn’t given to me personally. … I think a real apology has to be done privately, not just read publicly, and I read it with the rest of the world. I didn’t get that call. I didn’t get any calls from any producers or anybody saying, ‘Thank you for letting us know,’ or, ‘Thank you for letting us know before the movie.’” She additionally reiterated she informed Fox of the scene two days before the movie was locked – meaning the cut of the film was finalized and couldn’t be changed before it was meant to hit theaters.

September 9, 2018 – Keegan-Michael Key & Sterling K. Brown Respond

The Predator actor Keegan-Michael Key issued a statement on Sunday Sept. 9, as reported by VF, concerning Munn sitting for the THR interview by herself and the claim that none of her co-stars reached out privately prior to the TIFF screening. A spokesperson for Key said:

Keegan was never booked to do an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. His last interview was scheduled after lunch, which he completed. He was always departing TIFF early so he could be home to spend the Jewish holiday with his wife. Furthermore, Keegan reached out to Olivia privately last week to let her know how proud he was of her and echoed that sentiment in many interviews since then.

The Predator star Sterling K. Brown issued a statement on Sunday Sept. 9 through his official Twitter. In a thread, Brown apologized to Munn for feeling isolated and for having to do interviews alone. The actor clarified that he was not at TIFF and turned the conversation back to an issue Munn has raised, which is that she and her fellow cast members were never given the opportunity to decide for themselves whether they felt comfortable working with a registered sex offender. That decision was made by Black when he cast Strigel and didn’t inform the studio or the cast of the actor’s past. See Brown’s full Twitter thread below.

September 10, 2018 – Boyd Holbrook Responds, Munn Clarifies ‘Isolated’ Comment

On Monday Sept. 10, The Predator star Boyd Holbrook responded to the conversation surrounding the movie’s cut scene and how it was handled by the cast with a statement on Instagram. In the statement, the actor apologized for issuing his response so late in the conversation, made clear he supports Munn and revealed why he felt it necessary to cancel press appearances. Read his statement in full below.

Further, Munn responded to a series of tweets by THR staff writer Chris Gardner about Key’s statement from the day before. Munn clarified that Key reached out to her a week prior, before the story broke in the Times, and that she felt “isolated” by the cast’s silence since the report was published and their standing ovation for Black at the premiere. See her tweet below.

This article will be updated with new information about the scene Fox cut from The Predator as it becomes available.

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2018-09-11 07:09:16 – Molly Freeman

Timeline: Kingdom Hearts

GameTrailers tackles the sometimes convoluted nature of the Kingdom Hearts series in this visually stunning feature length video. Learn the story behind Sora and his quest to stop the evil Xehanort from obtaining the power of Kingdom Hearts, as well as the threads weaving together the cast of magical Disney and Square Enix heroes and villains.

PRODUCER:
Michael Damiani

NARRATOR:
Brandon Jones

WRITERS:
Michael Damiani, Marco Rosado

VIDEO EDITOR:
Ian Hinck

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Dan Racusin, Marco Rosado, Leeland Russel

SCRIPT EDITOR:
Justin Speer

LORE CONSULANTS:
Arielle Haddad, Cecily Lam, Geir Finnsson, Katie O’Byrne, Sophearum Seng, Joey Healey, André Filippe Cardoso, Adam Vitale, Napalm_Frank, Paddington Bear

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE STAFF AND MEMBERS OF KINGDOM HEARTS INSIDER AND NEOGAF KINGDOM HEARTS COMMUNITY.


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