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Krypton Turns A Superman Villain Into The Greatest Weapon Against Zod

Brainiac (Blake Ritson) just became Seg-El’s greatest weapon in season 2 of Syfy’s Krypton. Due to a surprising twist, the classic Superman villain and “big bad” of season 1 may actually be the key to defeating General Zod (Colin Salmon) and restoring Superman’s legacy.

After Seg (Cameron Cuffe) and Brainiac escaped from the Phantom Zone in the Krypton season 2 premiere, Seg seemingly killed Brainiac by bludgeoning him to death with a stick, but Brainiac somehow found a way to live on inside of Seg’s mind. While being hunted by Lobo (Emmett J. Scanlan), Seg and Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) found a way to get Brainiac out of his head. However, last week’s episode revealed that Brainiac isn’t completely gone: Seg discovered that Brainiac’s continued presence in his mind is what allowed him to withstand Zod’s brainwashing device.

Related: Krypton Teases A Threat Worse Than Zod

In Krypton season 2, episode 5, titled “A Better Yesterday”, Seg communicates directly with Brainiac who explains that only an “infinite decimal fragment” of him still exists within Seg. Brainiac tries to help Seg after he is captured by Zod, and Lyta (Georgina Campbell) becomes a hostage of Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham). Under Brainiac’s direction, Seg attempts to kill Zod. After this fails, Seg is able to escape. When Zod’s men intercept him, Brainiac warns him of their exact locations, making it possible for him to kill them all before they can attack.

While Brainiac’s advice doesn’t help Seg save Lyta, it is the reason he was able to save himself. If Brainiac continues to help Seg, he can be the rebels’ trump card in the war against Zod, since he plays an unexpected role that Zod never counted on. This was demonstrated earlier in the episode when Zod experiences a rare moment of confusion. Zod couldn’t understand how the “Somatic Reconditioning” program failed to work on Seg. As long as Brainiac being alive in Seg’s mind remains a secret, Zod will remain at a disadvantage.

It remains to be seen how Seg’s allies will respond when they learn the truth about Brainiac as Krypton season 2 progresses. No one will want to trust the alien who threatened their entire civilization. Of course, it’s true that despite Brainiac’s usefulness, he cannot be trusted. Brainiac may be an ally for now, but that will surely change if Brainiac acquires a new host. Until then, it will be interesting to see how Brainiac’s alliance with Seg plays out, now that Seg’s greatest enemy is suddenly the only person who can help him take down Zod.

More: Lobo’s Healing Factor Gave Krypton Its Most Insane Moment Yet

Krypton season 2 continues Wednesdays at 10pm on Syfy.


2019-07-10 08:07:12

Nicholas Raymond

WWE SmackDown: Kevin Owens Turns Heel, Destroys The New Day

On this week’s WWE SmackDown, Kevin Owens reminded fans he can’t be trusted, turning heel and beating down his alleged friends The New Day. Owens returned to WWE TV in late February, after being out since October due to recovering from knee surgery. To the surprise of most, Owens came back as a babyface, soaking up the cheers of the crowd and having seemingly renounced his old ways. Although he was quickly handed a WWE title shot by Vince McMahon, Owens insisted that he hadn’t requested the match, and wasn’t purposefully trying to cut Kofi Kingston in line for an opportunity.

Owens got his chance at the WWE Championship at March’s Fastlane pay-per-view, competing in a triple threat match with champion Daniel Bryan and fellow challenger Mustafa Ali. Owens came up short, and went on to sit out WrestleMania, while Kingston ended up defeating Bryan for the WWE Championship at WWE’s biggest show of the year. Owens didn’t seem too bothered by this, and last week, offered to serve as a temporary member of Kingston’s team The New Day while Big E was out with an injury.

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Dubbing himself “The Big O,” Owens seemed to happily take part in The New Day’s playful antics, but the union didn’t last long. On Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown, Owens once again hung out with New Day, accompanying Kingston for a main event match against Shinsuke Nakamura. The match ended in a disqualification after Nakamura’s partner Rusev attacked Kingston, but Owens quickly jumped in and defended his apparent friends. That was until he brutally attacked Kingston, beating him down, before doing the same to Xavier Woods. Owens then left Woods laying via his dreaded power bomb to the apron of the ring.

During the beating, Owens taunted Kingston with his own WWE Championship belt, so it doesn’t take a genius to realize what this heel turn was really about. As always, Owens is a prize-fighter, and the WWE Championship is SmackDown’s biggest prize. Getting close to The New Day was clearly just an effort to catch Kingston off guard, and sure enough, he did just that. One assumes Owens will now get a title shot against Kingston at May’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

With Big E injured and Woods seemingly taken out, this sets the stage for a truly one-on-one title encounter between Owens and Kingston. Storyline implications aside, there are few better first title challengers WWE could’ve picked for Kingston than Owens. The match between the two men at Money in the Bank will likely be terrific if given the proper time, but one hopes Kingston’s historic title reign doesn’t end up being cut short by an Owens victory.

More: Roman Reigns & More Stars Move to SmackDown in WWE’s Superstar Shakeup


2019-04-23 08:04:10

Michael Kennedy

Captain America Turns ‘Traitor’ In The Story Marvel WON’T Tell

WARNING: The following article contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Life Story #1 & #2.

One would think that an alternate-timeline in which Captain America betrays his country at the height of the Vietnam War would see such a drastic occurrence as its focal point. Yet this stunning event is only a part of the background of Life Story – a new Spider-Man mini-series that offers a decidedly different take on the heroes of Marvel Comics during the Silver Age of Comics.

The basic idea of Life Story is taken from the classic Marvel What If? series, which explored how the lives of various characters might be forever altered by one little change. In the case of Life Story, the series explores the life of Peter Parker if he had aged in real time after being created as a 15 year old high-school student in 1962. The first chapter of Life Story is set in 1966, where Peter Parker is 19, newly accepted into college and, like most young men of the time, worried about the growing conflict in Vietnam.

Related: Marvel Studios Reportedly Developing What If TV Show For Disney Plus

While Stan Lee wasn’t shy about confronting the issues raised by the Vietnam War and the student protests against it, he never explored how Peter’s sense of responsibility might leave him conflicted regarding the idea of military service. Ignoring the morality of the war itself, Peter did have the welfare of his elderly Aunt May to think of, but he probably would still wonder if the responsibility of his great power required him to serve society as a soldier.

Writer Chip Zdarksy explores this question masterfully, with Peter turning to Captain America for his own opinions on the war and his advice on what he should do. True to form, Steve Rogers says that he intends to see the conflict for himself before making a decision but that he has seen enough of Spider-Man in action to trust that he will make the right choice for himself.

Peter eventually decides that there is no dishonor in protecting his city from domestic threats while other superheroes support the war effort directly. As for Steve Rogers, the first issue of Life Story  dramatically reveals his decision in its final pages, as a group of American soldiers prepare to attack a seemingly unarmed rural village in the jungle of Vietnam. They are all disarmed by one throw of Captain America’s mighty shield, with Cap instructing them to tell Iron Man that “These people? They’re under my protection.”

This subplot continues into the second issue of Life Story, where the story jumps forward to 1977. For reasons that are not precisely explained, the Vietnam War is still going on in this reality, with Iron Man and Giant Man still leading the American troops. Captain America, for his part, is said to still be hiding out in the jungle, fighting a one-man war to prevent deaths on both sides of the conflict.

Again, this interesting idea is only background material. The focus of the story remains on Peter Parker, who has just turned 30, is happily married to Gwen Stacy and is working alongside Reed Richards at the Future Foundation. While Zdarksy spins an engaging tale around Spider-Man, and how an older Peter Parker might have addressed the problems he faced in the 1970s Spider-Man comics, the tale of Captain America changing in the face of the Vietnam War is worth examining in greater detail. It is unknown how this subplot will be developed in future issues but there is rich ground to be explored here and tremendous potential for a follow-up mini-series.

Spider-Man: Life Story #2 is now available from Marvel Comics.

More: Even Marvel Admits Spider-Man’s Worst Story Was a Mistake


2019-04-19 01:04:15

Matt Morrison

Zachary Levi Turns James Corden Into Shazam! In Late Late Show Video

Shazam! star Zachary Levi helped James Corden live out his superhero dream by turning him into a bad Shazam in a hilarious Late Late Show video. First appearing in Whiz Comics #2 under the name Captain Marvel, the superhero Shazam has lasted through multiple comic book, movie and TV iterations over the decades, and is now joining the DC movie universe with his own comedic superhero movie.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a tough-talking foster kid who’s transformed by a wizard into an adult with super powers (played by Zachary Levi). Because Shazam is a teenage kid in an adult’s body (with super powers to boot), things take a decidedly humorous turn in this particular DCEU entry. Critics have thus far been kind to Shazam!, which currently carries a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For once critics and regular fans seem to agree on a movie, as Shazam! also carries a 90 percent audience rating on RT.

Related: Shazam’s After-Credits Scenes Explained

With Shazam! set to hit theaters this weekend, hoping to drum up some good numbers in the few weeks before Avengers: Endgame arrives to stomp all the competition, star Levi hit up The Late Late Show with James Corden for some comedic hijinks. In a fun little bit starring Levi and Corden, the Shazam! star helps the late night host realize his dream of becoming a superhero by turning him into Shazam. Naturally, things do not go quite as Corden expected. See the clip below:

As the video teaches us, just having a superhero costume doesn’t automatically make you a superhero. Corden may look the part of Shazam but finds out he can’t even tear a thin paper script in half. As for super-speed, Corden can’t run any faster than he could before he allegedly became Shazam. Adding to the hilarity, when Corden tries calling on his powers by saying the magic word “Shazam!,” it only causes him to grow a long, comical beard. In a twist ending, the beard proves amazingly useful in helping Corden achieve true superhero cred by apprehending a criminal.

Levi’s natural comic gifts come in handy in the clip with Corden, as they do in Shazam! itself, which has been described as the Superbad of superhero movies. Of course, Shazam! continues the trend of the DCEU moving away from the darkness and grittiness of the Zack Snyder movies and toward a tone that’s much lighter and much less serious. As last year’s Aquaman proved, with its $1.1 billion box office haul, there’s absolutely a market for DC movies that dial back the seriousness and pile on the humor. Aquaman of course also brought spectacle, an element that looks to be in short supply in the relatively modest Shazam!.

It remains to be seen if audiences will further embrace the sillier side of DC with Shazam!, but if they don’t like it, there’s always the apparently horrifically dark Joaquin Phoenix Joker to bring them back to the darkness.

More: Everything We Know About Shazam 2

Source: The Late Late Show With James Corden


2019-04-05 11:04:21

Dan Zinski

Fan-Made Avengers: Endgame Animation Turns the Tables on the ‘Thanus Theory’

A new fan-made animation posits that Thanos won’t be so easily defeated by THAT popular Ant-Man meme, the “Thanus Theory” in Avengers: Endgame. Earth’s mightiest heroes experienced their first true loss in Avengers: Infinity Warwhen Thanos succeeded in his quest to acquire all of the Infinity Stones, using them to wipe out half of all life in the universe. Audience’s hearts were left broken as characters such as Spider-Man and Black Panther was reduced to dust in what has since come to be known as The Decimation. Since then, theories have abounded as to how the remaining heroes could avenge the fallen and undo Thanos’ actions.

As of now, the most popular theory suggests the Avengers will use time-travel to restore the universe to its natural order. The idea was bolstered by the increased significance of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which even had Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) mentioning time vortexes. Another theory suggests that past MCU villains will be the key to defeating Thanos.  By far the most popular and hilariously simplistic, however, is that Ant-Man will simply shrink down and enter Thanos via his anal cavity, all before enlarging again and destroying Thanos from within. That particular theory has since caught on, spawning numerous gifs and fan-made videos. The Russo Brothers, who directed both Infinity War and Endgame, have even commended fans’ dedication to the theory.

Related: Everything We Know About Ant-Man’s Role In Avengers: Endgame

The latest, however, turns the tables on the conceit. Produced and animated by Mightyraccoon!, the video features Scott Lang psyching himself up to go through with an idea he’s long been pondering. Waiting for the perfect opportunity and angle, Ant-Man lunges furiously at Thanos’ rear-end. Before he can make it, though, the shrunken hero finds himself frozen in mid-air. Having seen the threat coming, Thanos had his Infinity Gauntlet ready. Check out the full video below:

The video is not too dissimilar from recent artwork created by artist Bosslogic. The character of Ant-Man was last seen in a similarly dire fate in his last big-screen outing. With each member of the Pym/Van Dyne family also wiped out by Thanos’ infamous snap, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was left stranded in the Quantum Realm. Each of the Avengers: Endgame trailers have since revealed that Scott will successfully escape in time to aid the Avengers on their quest. Whether or not he lives through the highly anticipated battle, however, remains to be seen.

Though the Russo Brothers got their start in comedy, directing on such acclaimed shows as Arrested Development, it’s unlikely that they would actually utilize such a unconventional method to defeating Thanos. As funny and unique as it would no doubt be, it would ultimately take away all the dramatic weight garnered by the events of the previous team-up. According to recent reports, and a sterling early review from Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson, the film will build on the emotional rollercoaster that came before. It’s fun to imagine, but the defeat of Thanos will surely be a more bittersweet affair. Whatever the case, with the film set to include the final Stan Lee cameo and widely suspected to be Captain America and Iron Man’s final mission, Avengers: Endgame will be an end of an era in more ways than one. As such, like Thanos suggests in the video amid callous laughter, maybe it’s time to move on from the meme.

More: Avengers: Endgame May Show Infinity War’s Biggest Missing Scene

Source: Mightyraccoon!


2019-04-04 10:04:01

John Atkinson

WWE Fastlane: Shane McMahon Turns Heel, Destroys The Miz

To the shock of WWE fans around the world, Shane McMahon turned on The Miz after their tag team title loss, destroying him in front of his father. After a long tenure as SmackDown commissioner, McMahon has spent the last few months working as a tag team with The Miz. While McMahon has never been a full-time competitor, he’s impressed fans with many daredevil feats over the years, and it’s these feats that served as the catalyst for the formation of the McMiz team.

Miz convinced McMahon to team up after relaying a personal story about how despite all his accomplishments, Miz’s dad George had never told him he was proud of him. While that kind of makes George Mizanin look like a terrible father, it hit home with McMahon, whose father Vince – at least in character as Mr. McMahon – isn’t exactly a dad prone to displays of affection. Shane McMahon and Miz went to on to live the proverbial “Cinderella story,” capturing the SmackDown tag team titles in their first match as a team at the Royal Rumble, defeating The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro).

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Unfortunately, their reign didn’t last long, with McMahon and Miz dropping the titles to the Usos at February’s Elimination Chamber event. Tonight at the Fastlane pay-per-view, McMiz came up short in their rematch, once again losing to the Usos. Afterward, Shane surprised everyone by blindsiding his partner, then brutally beating him down and choking him out in front of his despondent father.

Outside the context of WWE storylines, this is a pretty clever writing touch, as many fans had naturally assumed that if a member of the team ultimately turned heel, it would be The Miz. The Miz has spent most of his career as a unrepentant bad guy, so going in that direction again would make sense. Instead, Miz is now cemented as a sympathetic babyface, especially after Shane roughed up Miz’s dad a bit at ringside.

Logically, this likely sets up a grudge match between Shane McMahon and The Miz at WrestleMania in April, possibly with some crazy stipulation that allows weapon usage and Shane to fly off tall things. What would really be funny is if Miz’s dad turned on him to join up with the McMahons, but since this isn’t the Attitude Era anymore, nothing that nonsensical will probably happen. Perhaps a victory by Miz over Shane at WrestleMania will finally set up the A-Lister for another run at the WWE world title.

More: The Room’s Tommy Wiseau Wants to Join the WWE


2019-03-10 05:03:15

Michael Kennedy

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.



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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Following his official debut in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJohnny Depp confirms that he’ll reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. With 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Warner Bros. launched a Harry Potter prequel spinoff series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who anchors the overall narrative. Since the saga is set decades before the main continuity, it also features some familiar key players like Nicholas Flamel and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) linking both timelines in the franchise together.

Backlash about Depp’s involvement began immediately after his reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, given controversies hounding the actor. Despite calls for a recast, Warner Bros. stood its ground with both director David Yates and J.K. Rowling defending their casting choice. However, following the actor’s disastrous San Diego Comic-Con appearance, it’s as if Warner Bros. has been trying to minimize his presence in The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s marketing – an odd move considering that he plays the headlining character in the film. While many took this as a sign that the studio is finally hearing people’s pleas, it turns out that it really isn’t the case with Depp already set for the franchise’s third film.

Related: Fantastic Beasts Is Stretching Harry Potter Continuity To Breaking Point

Speaking with Collider, Depp talked about his experience being part of the Wizarding World and confirmed that he will continue to be involved in it, at least until the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series wraps up.

“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”

It remains to be seen how The Crimes of Grindelwald will perform at the box office, with people already knowing that Depp will play a central figure in the film. Its predecessor made $814 million against a $180 million production budget, but the actor’s involvement wasn’t revealed until the very end of the movie. If the sequel’s haul turns out to be significantly lower than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and if there’s substantial proof that it’s linked to the backlash from Depp’s appearance, it’s still possible that Rowling and Warner Bros. might reconsider sticking with him throughout the next installment. Since the first movie established that Grindelwald can effectively disguise himself, perhaps they can bring Colin Farrell back to play the role permanently or any other actor that doesn’t pose a PR nightmare.

In the meantime, Depp is expected to be front and center in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters in a little over a month. The sequel follows the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Grindelwald successfully escaping and continuing his villainous schemes. Young Dumbledore teams up with Newt to take down Grindelwald once and for all, and it’ll also present a brand new threat to the underground Wizarding World.

More: New Fantastic Beasts 2 Poster Puts Grindelwald Front & Center

Source: Collider



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2018-10-10 05:10:12 – Ana Dumaraog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 Best: Logan (93%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

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

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

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

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

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

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

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

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

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

17 Best: Creed (95%)

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

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

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

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

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

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

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

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

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

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

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

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

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

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

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

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

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

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

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

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

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

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

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

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

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

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

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

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

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

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

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

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



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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

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

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

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

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

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

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

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

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

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

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

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

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

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

18 Visit Atlantis

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

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

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

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

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

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

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

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

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

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

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

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

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

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

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

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

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

13 Unlock Evie Frye

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

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

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

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

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

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

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

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

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

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

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

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

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

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

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

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

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

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

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

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

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

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

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

6 Home Town Pride

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

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

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

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

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

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

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

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

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

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

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

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

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

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

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

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

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

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

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

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

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



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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller