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10 Weirdest Things That Became Harry Potter Canon Thanks To ‘The Cursed Child’

I’ve been in the Harry Potter fandom for a long time. I started reading the books when I was seven and I’m now… well, old. That means I was around when Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was first announced. Originally, there was a rumor that it was going to be about Harry’s days with the Dursleys, which I was excited for. Then it was announced it would take place after the epilogue, and I was a bit more wary, but still excited.

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I’ve since read the script and I, er—kind of wish it wasn’t a thing and I’d been left to my own devices and headcanons. Listen. I am or was a diehard Potter fan, but I would kind of like to pretend this doesn’t exist. There’s just too much to wrap my head around.

10. There Was A Rumor Scorpius Was The Son Of Lord Voldemort

Scorpius was described as looking like Draco, so I’m not sure why this rumor was a thing, but there we have it—it is canon that people genuinely believed Scorpius was the son of Lord Voldemort. The rumor alone seems like a reach to me. Scorpius has pretty clear Malfoy features and even if these had been magically altered why would Draco, of all people—who switched sides in the war eventually—be raising Voldemort’s son?

Of course, this wasn’t true, but even there being so much as a rumor seemed pretty baseless. I mean, how nuts would it for Voldemort to have a kid?! Oh wait…   

9. Lord Voldemort Does Have An Actual Child

Delphi was posing as Amos Diggory’s niece but, as it turns out, she was the love child of Bellatrix Lestrange and Lord Voldemort. It seems really weird to suddenly introduce a character that’s the child of the books’ major villain, and almost a bit cliche—was there not a better plot than a randomly evil child of the Dark Lord?

I didn’t like Delphi herself as a character either. I mean, aside from the fact she was evil, she just wasn’t as interesting as she could have been for the child of the two most evil people to ever grace the pages of the books.  

8. Which Means He Was Lovers With Bellatrix Lestrange

I can’t. I just can’t.

Lord Voldemort was painted as being heartless. He wasn’t capable of love. The circumstances of his birth were so tragic that he wasn’t capable of being a normal human and loving like a normal human would. I get that Bellatrix was pretty enamored with him, because she was obvious about it despite being married to someone else, but why did he entertain it? Even if he didn’t love her, he doesn’t seem the type to mess around with her either… let alone risk having a baby with her.

Yeah. This whole thing was a bit much for me. Sorry Delphi, not buying it.

7. Harry Told Albus He Wishes He Wasn’t His Son

Harry was born to loving parents but before he could even begin to form memories, he had to go and live with the Dursleys. With them, he was neglected and abused, and he grew up knowing exactly what it was to feel unloved. He grew up knowing what bad parenting was. So even in a snap moment, why would he say something like this?

A temper isn’t a good reason—Harry knows better than that. I’ve been in some pretty heated parents with my fight too and they’ve never once said they wished I wasn’t their child. A real ouch moment.

6. Albus Was Sorted Into Slytherin

This seems so weird and yet, it’s actually the most believable thing on the list.

Albus seemed really concerned about being sorted into Slytherin, as Harry was. Harry asked the hat to be put in Gryffindor and was, and he shared this knowledge with Albus, who was relieved to hear it. But in this play, Albus was sorted into Slytherin anyway, despite knowing he could ask for Gryffindor and being deeply insecure about the whole thing.

I don’t know. After the epilogue, I feel like Albus would have asked for Gryffindor, but I suppose I get him embracing Slytherin. Still. It is our choices who show what we truly are…

5. The Trolley Witch Was A Monster

Scorpius and Albus, at one point, discover that the trolley witch is actually a monster designed to keep students from escaping the Hogwarts Express. Er… What?

Seems a bit risky, but what else do we expect from the school who puts students in danger constantly?

This one just seemed bizarre. I haven’t seen the play on stage so I’m sure it looked visually great to have that scene, but coming from someone who just read it all written down… This was another small thing that just ended up being hard to buy. At least this was a pretty small scene that was over quickly. Onto the next weird thing.

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4. Hermione’s Whole Personality Was Dependent On Marrying Ron

Now, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child explored a lot of alternate timelines. It’s important to note before I go on that these were alternate timelines based on circumstances—all of them were considered possible. They weren’t fabrications, they were things that might have actually happened based on the butterfly effect of something small changing.

I really hate the implication that if Hermione hadn’t married Ron, she became a very mean professor, less successful and less happy than her married-to-Ron self. Hermione was great on her own. She didn’t need Ron to make her a good person. It seemed kind of insulting to give an unmarried version of her such an awful personality.

3. Draco Malfoy Would Have Become A Monster Had Voldemort Won

If Voldemort had won the war, apparently Draco Malfoy failing in his mission to kill Dumbledore and trying to switch sides wouldn’t have mattered, because he became an awful Ministry official who would encourage attacks on Muggles.

Errrr. What?

Listen. I know Draco Malfoy could be a jerk. I know he wasn’t a particularly nice person in school. But it was pretty firmly clarified in the books that he wasn’t evil, just spoiled and extremely misguided. It seems weird that circumstances could have pushed him to this.

If I knew there was this version of Draco that could have existed, I would have punched him if I were told this as Harry after I stuck up for him so much.

2. There Was A Possibility Of Cedric Joining The Death Eaters

Cedric Diggory, like all of the other characters in this play, deserved better.

Here was the thing about Cedric. He was a Hufflepuff so he was a good, loyal, hard-working person. He even seemed to feel bad when people were being mean to Harry because they thought Harry posed a threat to Cedric winning the Triwizard Tournament. And yet, we’re supposed to believe that because he was humiliated once, he went on to become a Death Eater?

Seems far-fetched, but okay…

There’s just so much about this play that is hard to believe. I get that it had to look good, but surely the characters could have stayed more loyal to themselves…

1. There Was Also A Possibility Of Dementors Patrolling Hogwarts

Another weird thing about that alternative timeline—Umbridge had dementors patrolling Hogwarts.

This seems bizarre for a bunch of reasons but mostly, how could students concentrate and do their best with dementors patrolling the school? Even the inquisitorial squad surely hated it there, because they would constantly feel awful. Even Umbridge.

I’m not trying to be a killjoy! Like I said, I’ve heard this play looked amazing on stage. But if you read it as a book, a lot of really, really weird things became canon.

As a collective fandom, can we just agree to pretend this doesn’t exist? Okay? Good!

RELATED: 20 Things That Make No Sense About The Cursed Child



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2018-12-12 03:12:02

Golden Globes 2019: The Biggest Snubs (& Weirdest Nominations)

The Golden Globe nominations are here, and as always, there are a few noteworthy snubs and oddities among the recognized films. As the end of 2018 fast approaches, various awards bodies are weighing in, listing what they feel is the best the year had to offer. On the heels of the National Board of Review and American Film Institute unveiling their respective top 10 lists, the Hollywood Foreign Press became the latest to name their selections. While there’s still plenty of time for things to change ahead of Oscar Sunday in February 2019, the race is starting to become clearer.

In these initial stages, there have been some pleasant surprises – including from the Globes. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther scored a huge nod when it was nominated for Best Picture – Drama, and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in the running for Best Animated Feature. After being shunned by NBR and AFI, Adam McKay’s Vice got a much-needed boost by earning six nominations (the most of any film), including Best Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Director. Looking over the full list, there’s a lot to celebrate – but there are some serious head scratchers as well. Here are the biggest Golden Globes snubs.

First Man

On-paper, Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic had all the makings of a serious awards contender, and following the raves it got at festival screenings, it felt like it’d be a legitimate contender. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone the way many initially expected, and First Man’s awards prospects continue to sink. Ignored entirely by NBR and AFI, First Man picked up just a pair of Golden Globe nominations. Claire Foy was among the five in Best Supporting Actress, and Justin Hurwitz received a nod for his memorable musical score. Those two are very much deserving of their accolades, but fans of First Man can’t help but feel it deserved more.

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While detractors felt First Man was too cold and emotionally distant to truly connect with viewers on an emotional level, the film was lauded for its impressive technical merits, with Chazelle continuing to evolve his craft. First Man features some of the young filmmaker’s strongest direction, particularly the awe-inspiring moon landing sequence that was done primarily in-camera with practical effects. The film itself, which told a touching story about grief and overcoming personal loss, had a case for Best Picture – Drama, and Gosling’s understated (but effective) performance as Armstrong could have been in competition for Best Actor – Drama. Maybe if First Man performed better at the box office, things would have turned out differently, but it turned out to be not much of a factor.

Widows Gets Shut Out

At least First Man has a couple of nominations to celebrate. Steve McQueen’s acclaimed heist movie was shut out entirely. Widows’ awards prospects were always an iffy proposition, but in the months leading up to its release, it was hard to argue against its pedigree. McQueen is an award-winning filmmaker for his work on 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, and the stacked cast was spearheaded by Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis. Once the reviews started to come in and Widows earned widespread praise for its technical and thematic mastery (the film goes deeper than your typical crime entry), it seemed like it could put together a campaign.

But now, Widows’ chances are essentially nonexistent. Like First Man, it didn’t appeal to NBR and AFI voters, and the Globes didn’t go for it at all, either. This despite McQueen’s sensibilities translating very well to a more mainstream realm (the standout tracking shot is intricately crafted and rich) and the cast delivered compelling performances across the board. Davis was typically excellent as the leader of the makeshift group, commanding the attention of viewers with her screen presence. Gillian Flynn’s screenplay also tackled heady and complex subject matter, striking a nice balance between genre thrills and substance. For many, Widows was one of the best films of the fall, but it isn’t awards voters’ cup of tea.

First Reformed Shut Out

One of the movies that’s gained much traction early in awards season is Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, a drama centering around New York minister Toller (Ethan Hawke) dealing with questions about faith and morality. Released by indie darling A24 as a counter-programming option over the summer, First Reformed managed to leave a sizable impression. It did very well at the Gotham Awards and New York Film Critics Circle, thrusting Hawke to the forefront of the Best Actor race. First Reformed was also noted by the NBR and AFI as one of the year’s best films, further solidifying its status as a legitimate contender as we build towards the Oscars.

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First Reformed hit its first speed bump of the season when it earned zero Golden Globes nominations. Hawke’s performance and Schrader’s screenplay had picked up multiple notices up until this point, so the drama’s omission is bound to raise a few eyebrows. It’s very much still in the thick of things (the various guilds have yet to name their nominations), but it will still be interesting to keep an eye on First Reformed and see if it misses out with other key organizations.

Sam Elliott’s A Star is Born Performance

Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born has been considered the one to beat ever since it premiered at the fall festivals. It has the positive reviews, it has the box office, and it has the undeniable star power of Cooper and Lady Gaga behind it. There are few things awards voters love more than films about the entertainment industry, which is another reason why it’s resonated so well. Remember, La La Land received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, so the expectation was A Star is Born would do quite well on the circuit. Indeed, it’s done just that, scoring four wins from the NBR (including Best Director and Best Actress), a spot on on the AFI list, and five Golden Globe nominations. There will certainly be more nominations to come in the next few weeks.

It’s hard to say with a serious face the juggernaut of the season has been snubbed, but the Golden Globes failed to mention Sam Elliott, who gave a poignant performance as Bobby in the film. The veteran actor has long been presumed as one of the favorites in the Best Supporting Actor category (an award he won from NBR), so it was fascinating to see the Globes bypass him. That isn’t to take anything away from the five thespians who were nominated in that field, but considering all the love A Star is Born has been getting so far, it was odd Elliott couldn’t come along for the ride. This doesn’t seal his Oscar fate, but this is still a situation to watch closely.

Page 2: Television Snubs and Weird Nominations

Better Call Saul Gets Shut Out

Breaking Bad is rightfully hailed as one of the finest television dramas of all-time, and spinoff Better Call Saul is certainly a worthy successor to that legacy. Now four seasons in, the show brilliantly expands its universe without relying on its parent program as a crutch. Even without the Breaking Bad connections fans enjoy, Better Call Saul stands on its own merits as a top-notch character drama fueled by masterful storytelling and terrific acting. The fourth season, which ran earlier this year, was just as acclaimed as its predecessors as Vince Gilligan and company set the stage for a highly entertaining and compelling fifth year. And yet, the Globes didn’t notice.

Related: What To Expect In Better Call Saul Season 5

This isn’t a matter of eligibility, either. Better Call Saul was in contention for this year’s Golden Globes, yet walked away with no nominations. To be fair, Saul never got much love from the Hollywood Foreign Press (its three career nominations are all for Bob Odenkirk’s performances), but it’s nevertheless surprising to see it be completely shut out. Better Call Saul continues to rank among the best programs on the air, and the cast has never been better. Odenkirk definitely deserved another nomination, as did Rhea Seehorn, who continues to impress as Kim Wexler. Perhaps one day, Saul will have a Globes breakthrough.

Atlanta Misses Best Comedy Series

Another critical darling that had a curious showing at the Golden Globes is Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which aired its second season earlier this year. Noted for its ambition and creativity, the show took home the award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy for its first season. Glover also won Best Actor for his performance, so it looked like Atlanta was set to be a permanent fixture at the awards show (as long as it maintained its level of quality, of course). The second season received widespread acclaim, but failed to leave much of an impact.

Glover was once again nominated for his acting, but Atlanta was snubbed in Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy this time around. To be fair, the field was stacked with deserving shows like newcomers Barry and Kidding, as well as returning stalwarts The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Good Place. Perhaps since Atlanta won the Globe before, the voters decided to give another program a shot this year, but it’s still strange it isn’t in the running this year. Glover remains at the top of his game artistically, and 2018 was a huge year for his already impressive career (see: “This is America” and Solo). Maybe Atlanta will be back at the Globes for its third season.

Bohemian Rhapsody Nominated For Best Drama

More on this exact category in a moment, but Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody stands out as one of the most surprising nominations of the entire list. This is namely because it does not have the best critical reception. Most everyone agrees Rami Malek’s transformative performance as Mercury is fantastic, but the movie surrounding him doesn’t match the actor’s talent. Bohemian Rhapsody earned negative and lukewarm reviews, particularly for its safe handling of some aspects of its subject’s interesting life. As transcendent and legendary Queen’s music was (and continues to be), the movie that told their story was seen as a letdown.

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Despite that, the Hollywood Foreign Press definitely enjoyed it, selecting it as one of the five films for Best Motion Picture – Drama. You could make an ultra competitive race out of all the movies Bohemian Rhapsody beat out to earn its spot: First Reformed, First Man, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and others could have been alternatives – and all of those have a better reputation amongst film critics. Since NBR and AFI skipped over Bohemian Rhapsody, it seems unlikely it’ll factor into the Oscar Best Picture race, so this will be one of the weirder moments of the entire season.

Is This A Drama or a Musical?

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes divide Best Picture into two separate categories: Drama and Musical or Comedy. Frequently, there’s a debate about where a specific title will fall, and oftentimes the results are highly confusing. While Ridley Scott’s The Martian has moments of levity, few would consider it an outright comedy. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is laced with the legendary director’s trademark dark humor, but it’s hardly a “comedy” in the traditional sense of the genre. Films like Mary Poppins Returns and Crazy Rich Asians read as sound examples for what should be nominated in Musical or Comedy.

Looking at the Drama field, there are two selections that don’t seem like the best fits. We speak of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody – movies that feel tailor-made for the Musical or Comedy category. They’re as defined by their catchy soundtracks as they are their dramatic narratives (if not more), and music is clearly an integral part of their DNA. Yes, musical set pieces are woven in a little more organically than something like La La Land (Jackson Maine and Ally’s concerts, Queen’s Live Aid set), but the films are still driven by their songs and would have fit as Musicals. There probably won’t be an explanation given for this, so viewers will have to try to figure it out for themselves.

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive, but these were some of the more noteworthy Golden Globes snubs we noticed after the nominations came out. What they mean for the rest of awards season remains to be seen, and debates will continue to rage on about what should and shouldn’t be nominated.

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2018-12-06 02:12:06

Doctor Who: 14 Big Questions After The Weirdest Episode Of Season 11

The latest episode of Doctor Who, “It Takes You Away,” was a poignant examination of the human experience of grief and loss. It saw the Doctor and her friends stumble upon a Norwegian cabin that had been boarded up, and attempt to help the stranded child who had been abandoned inside the cottage. They soon found themselves plunged into what may be the most confusing Doctor Who adventures in years, exploring a Mirror Dimension inhabited by a cosmic force that ultimately elected to manifest itself as a talking frog.

This was easily the strangest episode of Doctor Who season 11 to date, and many have criticized the plot for not entirely working. But, for all that’s the case, though, it proved effective by virtue of the quality performances from the main cast. Bradley Walsh in particular shone through in “It Takes You Away,” becoming quite possibly the most three-dimensional, carefully-crafted companion Doctor Who has ever had.

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Over on social media, the reaction to “It Takes You Away” was hilarious. For many, this was a powerful and effective episode that tugged at the heart-strings. At the same time, though, it was also the wackiest Doctor Who story since Douglas Adams wrote The Pirate Planet back in 1978. So let’s explore all the key questions raised by this unusual episode.

  • This Page: Doctor Who Questions About Norway & The Anti-Zone
  • Page 2: Doctor Who Questions About Ribbons & The Solitract
  • Page 3: Doctor Who Questions About The Episode’s Ending

14. What Happened In The Woolly Rebellion?

Let’s start with probably the most obscure question of all. When the Doctor sees a sheep, she has a brief surge of terror because she fears the TARDIS has materialized in the midst of the “Woolly Rebellion.” According to the Doctor, in 2211 there’s “a total renegotiation of the sheep-human relationship” – an event that she describes as an “utter bloodbath.” Amusingly, the Doctor’s friends are unfazed, with Graham more interested in the fact he’s in Norway. It looks as though they’ve all gotten used to the Doctor’s chatter.

13. How Did The Portal Get In The Cabin, And How Did Erik Discover It?

“It Takes You Away” leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The most obvious of all is just why a portal to another plane of reality happened to turn up in a random Norwegian cabin, and how Erik discovered it. Perhaps the answer lies in folklore; there are any number of legends suggesting people can get trapped within mirrors. This may not actually be the first time the Solitract has attempted to reach out through mirrors. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that the Doctor suggests the mirror portal is designed to tempt people into it – “It’s already tried to lure in Graham,” she observed, a first hint that she was sensing a consciousness at work behind all this. Presumably, Erik realized he didn’t have a reflection, reached out his hand, and was unwittingly drawn into the mirror.

12) How Were The Cabin’s “Protections” Supposed To Work?

Young blind actress Ellie Wallwork plays Hanne in the latest Doctor Who, the grieving daughter who’s been left behind, terrorized, in her father’s cabin. Her dad Erik launched an insane plan to keep her in the cabin, setting up loudspeakers to give out the roaring sound of a beast. What’s more, he boarded her in, ostensibly for her own protection – but really to keep her trapped inside. It’s an astonishingly harsh measure, and frankly it’s surprising the Doctor never calls Erik out on his treatment of Hanne. This is also, however, the biggest plot hole in the entire episode. When Erik tells his story to the Doctor, it’s a simple one; he entered the Mirror Dimension, found his wife miraculously resurrected, and never dared leave for fear she would vanish again. He couldn’t bear to lose her twice. But according to Erik’s telling, then, he never had the chance to return home and set up these faux “protections.”

Related: Doctor Who Highlights A Difference Between Jodie Whittaker & David Tennant

11. What Actually Is An Anti-Zone?

According to the Doctor, an Anti-Zone is a sort of buffer zone between two realities, existing to keep them apart for the safety of the universe. Everything in the Anti-Zone is designed to make it treacherous and difficult to traverse, with horrific Flesh Moths that essentially act as guards. When the Doctor and her friends first enter the Anti-Zone, it’s presented as a maze, with the Doctor attempting to use a piece of string to ensure they can return home. Unfortunately, she doesn’t notice when the string is cut.

10. Why Have We Never Seen An Anti Zone In Doctor Who Before?

The Anti-Zone feels evocative of the Upside-Down in Stranger Things, a beautifully sinister and atmospheric place. What’s unclear, though, is just why Doctor Who has never introduced the concept before – after all, this is hardly the first time the Doctor has hopped from one dimension or plane of reality to another. According to the Doctor, “Anti-Zones only exist when the fabric of the universe is under huge, terrible threat.” Presumably, no previous alternate-dimension story has involved the precise conditions where an Anti-Zone would be generated.

Page 2 of 3: Doctor Who Questions About Ribbons & The Solitract

9. Who Was Ribbons And Where Did He Come From?

The Anti-Zone is inhabited by the wonderfully sinister Ribbons of the seven stomachs, an alien being who claims he has always lived there. That may well mean he’s part of the Anti-Zone’s defenses, and that the Doctor and her friends were unwise to accept his guidance; notice that he wanders around the Anti-Zone with a lantern, a convenient lure for the Flesh Moths. When sentient beings stumble into the mirror, his obsession with bartering means he takes away their useful survival aids – Erik’s boots, or the Doctor’s “tubular” – and then takes them deeper into the Anti-Zone, where they’re at risk of the Flesh Moths. Unfortunately for Ribbons, his greed gets the better of him, and he moves at the wrong moment. Nobody mourns his passing.

8. What Is The Solitract?

To the Time Lords, the Solitract is a bedtime story, a fairy tale told to help their children get to sleep. It seems there’s truth in this myth. According to the Doctor, the Solitract was a consciousness that existed before the Big Bang, its mere presence was inimical to existence. “Our reality cannot work with the Solitract energy present,” the Doctor explained. “The most basic ideas of the universe just get ruined.” In a typically zany metaphor, the Doctor explains the Solitract is like a kid with “nuclear chicken pox,” who wants to get involved but always ends up infecting everybody else. At first, the Doctor suspects the Solitract may be malicious, but by the end of the episode it’s clear that the entity is simply lonely.

Related: Doctor Who Season 11 Is Rewriting The Doctor’s Time Lord Backstory

7. Who “Exiled” The Solitract To This Plane?

According to the Doctor, the Solitract was “exiled” to a separate plane of reality, the Solitract Plane, allowing the universe to come into being. Her word choice seems to suggest that something conscious was behind the Solitract’s banishing. It’s interesting to note that the story of the Solitract appears to be a Gallifreyan creation myth; notice that the Doctor’s story opens with the sentence, “In the beginning.” That’s surely a deliberate, formulaic parallel to the Biblical account of Creation in Genesis, which opens with the phrase, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” It seems that this episode dropped a hint as to Gallifreyan religion – and, indeed, suggested that the Time Lord deity may well exist.

6) How Does The Doctor Have So Many Grandparents, And Was One A Zygon Spy?

Of course, this is Doctor Who, so the most obscure cosmic revelations happen side-by-side with obscure, random observations from the Doctor. She explains that she was told the story of the Solitract by her favorite grandmother, Granny Five. Apparently, the Doctor had seven grandparents, which raises odd questions about just how Time Lord families work. While the Doctor is happy to learn that one of Granny Five’s fairy stories was true, she still remembers her as an unreliable narrator – after all, she used to claim Nanna Seven was a Zygon spy.

Related: Who Are The Doctor’s Family (And Are They Important In Doctor Who Season 11)?

Page 3 of 3: Doctor Who Questions About The Episode’s Ending

5. Did You Spot The “Mirror Effect?”

It’s easy to miss that, when the Doctor and her friends enter the Mirror Dimension, their images are actually flipped on the screen. Graham and the Doctor’s haircuts are now parted on the other side, Yaz and the Doctor’s earrings have moved around, their clothes have flipped. Even their actions are slightly altered, with the normally right-handed Thirteenth Doctor holding the sonic screwdriver in her left hand. The most easy-to-spot clue to this is Erik’s T-shirt, where the band logo is the wrong way round.

4. Was That A Jon Pertwee Reference?

In one scene, the Doctor is desperately attempting to use the sonic screwdriver to control the portal. “What if you do something it hasn’t dealt with before,” Yaz suggests. “Like you reverse the polarity or something?” It’s a reference sure to delight old-school Doctor Who fans, who would recognize a catchphrase typically associated with Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor. The phrase was created at Pertwee’s request, so he didn’t have to deal with memorizing new technobabble in every episode. “Yasmin Khan, you speak my language,” Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor tells Yaz – and she’s right.

3) Why Did The Solitract Appear As A Frog?

The end of “It Takes You Away” is undeniably one of the weirdest scenes in Doctor Who history. The Doctor walks through a dazzling white light to come face-to-face with the Solitract. “The Solitract is a frog,” she observes, reeling, “who talks like Grace?” As strange as this may be, it makes an odd kind of sense. Grace used to quite like frogs, and the Solitract thus associated the form of a frog with something that brought joy and pleasure. It’s important to remember that the Solitract isn’t really used to interacting with people, so it probably thinks this is a good attempt to get the Doctor to relax in its presence. “There’s me thinking the day had no more surprises left,” the Doctor comments, speaking for pretty much every viewer.

2. How Did The Doctor And Her Friends Get Out Of The Anti Zone So Easily?

Tragically, the mere presence of people from our reality on the Solitract Plane led to its beginning to break down. No longer needed, the Anti-Zone began to shrink and crumble. Given the Anti-Zone was originally presented as a pretty large maze, how did the Doctor and her friends escape before the walls crushed them? The only possible solution to this problem is to presume that the rate of collapse wasn’t standard across the entire Anti-Zone. Instead, it could be that the main passage – which seems to be the center of the Anti-Zone – was the last thing to go.

Related: Why Doctor Who Has Completely Divided Fans This Season

1) Is Bradley Walsh The Real Star Of Doctor Who Season 11?

The real star of “It Takes You Away” is undoubtedly Bradley Walsh. It’s important to remember that, for Graham, traveling in the TARDIS is itself an escape from his grief and loss; he simply can’t bear pottering around the house he used to share with Grace. This episode tugs on Graham’s heart-strings from the start, as he remembers that he and Grace always wanted to go to Norway. Then he’s exposed to the Solitract Plane, and is left reeling by the apparently-resurrected Grace. Walsh pulls off a remarkably nuanced portrayal, demonstrating an impressive emotional depth. The end scene is touching, with Ryan finally accepting that Graham is his grandfather.

More: Doctor Who’s New Villains Are Weak – Because They’re Not The Real Villain

Doctor Who season 11 concludes next Sunday.



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2018-12-03 05:12:15

Harry Potter: 20 Weirdest Details About Nagini’s Anatomy

Even if you’re just a casual fan of Harry Potter, you’re more than likely to have strong impressions of the core characters in the franchise. In fact, J.K. Rowling has spun a world so full of magic that even those unacquainted with the Boy Who Lived are bound to remember key images and associations. There’s Harry and his lightning-shaped scar, Ron with his bright orange hair, and Hermione with her bushy brown mane. Of course, the heroes need a formidable antagonist to go up against to make an engaging story, and Voldemort is nothing short of memorable with his serpentine features and faithful snake companion, Nagini.

Not much was known about Nagini when she first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Our introduction to Voldemort’s slithering serpent was when she, Voldemort, and Peter Pettigrew returned to the Riddle House in Little Hangleton. Frank Bryce, the Riddles’ Muggle gardener, eavesdropped on the Dark Lord and was about to report him to the police when Nagini caught him. Eventually Voldemort ended his life, and Nagini ate his body. It was a pretty bold introduction to one of the most enigmatic figures in the Harry Potter universe.

With Nagini making a surprise appearance in the Fantastic Beasts film series, it’s time to revisit her past and dig into her secrets, some of which are sure to blow your mind. The list below contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as well as the main book and movie series.

Here are 20 Weird Details About Nagini’s Anatomy.

20 She’s A Witch

Let’s just get this giant revelation out right off the bat: in a baffling turn of events, it turns out Nagini was originally a human witch! We first learn about her true identity in the trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2. She’s a Maledictus, to be exact: someone who carries a blood curse that makes her turn into a snake. The blood curse made her a target for the wizarding circus, Circus Arcanus, who captured her.

Like many of Rowling’s surprise reveals, this one was also stirred up a lot of controversy. Having Claudia Kim portray the human version of Nagini means that an Asian woman is literally the pet of an evil wizard.

19 Her Blood Curse Is Hereditary

According to Rowling, Maledictuses are always women, and the curse is passed down from mother to daughter. We don’t know if Nagini ever has a secret daughter, but if she does, her child would’ve been doomed to turn into a snake as well.

At this point, Nagini is probably the most famous example of a blood curse carrier, but she’s far from the first introduced in the franchise. Astoria Greengrass— who eventually marries Draco Malfoy— also carries a blood curse that causes members of her family to perish at an early age. She’s not a Maledictus, but luckily, Scorpius doesn’t seem to have inherited his mother’s misfortune.

18 She Gets Stuck In Snake Form

Being a Maledictus might sound pretty rad at first. Who doesn’t want to be able to turn into an animal? While it might sound a tad like being an Animagus, it’s not nearly as benign as turning into your favorite animal at will.

First of all, you can’t pick and choose what your Maledictus animal is; it depends on the curse. Plus, even if you could control your transformations at first, you eventually lose control and get stuck as an animal permanently. Nagini eventually meets this fate, and it’s not clear whether or not she retains her human mind while in snake form, or if she loses her humanity as time passes. Either way, we’d much rather be an Animagus.

17 She Possessed Bathilda Bagshot

Harry doesn’t have a ton of enthusiasm for A History of Magic, one of the required texts for Hogwarts students. He got the name “Hedwig” from the book, and that’s pretty much it. Little did he know that the author Bathilda Bagshot would play a pivotal role in his quest to defeat Voldemort.

After Bathilda’s passing, Voldemort puts Nagini inside of the late historian’s body in order to lure Harry into a trap. It’s unknown how exactly Nagini is able to possess a deceased body, but she seems to be literally, physically inside of her. Nagini reveals herself by slithering out from Bathilda’s neck, and manages to bite Harry on the forearm before Hermione saves the day.

16 She Speaks Parseltongue

Not much is known about Nagini’s early life. We don’t even know if she received a formal education at a wizarding school. The witch’s animal form has led many Potterheads to strongly associate her with Slytherin House at Hogwarts. On top of that, she technically does speak Parseltongue, at least as a snake, which further bolsters her association with Slytherin.

Once Nagini permanently becomes a snake, Parseltongue is the only way in which she can communicate with humans. We see Voldemort giving her orders in the serpentine language, and it seems to be the only language she can speak even when inside of a human body, like when she communicates with Harry as she’s disguised as Bathilda.

15 She Gets Caught In Indonesia

Given the loaded and complicated history of travelling circuses and freak shows in our own universe, it’s probably not a surprise that the wizarding equivalent is hardly the most humanizing or ethical place. Nagini was captured in Indonesia and becomes an “attraction” in the wizarding circus Circus Arcanus, owned by Skender. This suggests that Nagini could be from Indonesia, but considering actor Claudia Kim is from South Korea, Nagini could’ve been simply travelling there when she got hunted down by Skender’s people.

Since Nagini has to attack Skender to escape with Credence, it’s safe to say that Skender is far from the most tolerant and understanding boss, keeping a tight leash on each of his “human oddities,” as he so charmingly calls them.

14 Her Body and Mind both change

Nagini joins Obscurial Gredence Barebone on his quest to find out his real identity, and it’s clear that the two are close friends. They are both present when Grindelwald holds rally at the Lestrange family’s mausoleum, where Nagini tries to convince Credence not to join the dark wizard. Credence doesn’t listen, and Nagini eventually joins Newt and Tina as the crew meet up with Dumbledore.

However, when we see Nagini in her permanent snake form, she’s no longer vehemently anti-Dark Arts. It’s unclear whether or not Nagini is under Voldemort’s control as she does his bidding or if she willingly chooses to do so, but her change in allegiance is just as mysterious as her physical transformation.

13 She Eats Humans

Frank Bryce is far from the only human that Nagini eats; in fact, her feeding on people seems like a rather common occurrence.

Charity Burbage is a professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts, and is adamant that Muggles are equals to witches and wizards. Her tolerant and progressive worldview leads her to be abducted by Voldemort’s Death Eaters. The official explanation for her disappearance is that she resigned, but she’s actually brought to Malfoy Manor. She’s suspended over a table as Voldemort holds a meeting, and eventually he takes her life and feeds her body to Nagini. Later on, Voldemort allows Rowle and Dolohov to choose between being eaten by Nagini or having Draco use the Cruciatus curse on them.

12 Voldemort never hurts her

As we quickly learn, Voldemort isn’t the most loving or understanding boss one could have. He regularly punishes his servants without mercy when they fail him. Even when he rewards Pettigrew for his loyalty and grants him a new hand, he plants a failsafe that makes the silver hand end Pettigrew’s life when he hesitates to follow Voldemort’s orders.

However, there’s one follower that seems to always escape unscathed: Nagini. Dumbledore even notes that Voldemort is unusually fond of her, and Nagini regularly coils around the Dark Lord. As a result, even when Nagini fails her crucial mission to capture Harry at Godric’s Hollow, we never see her receive any sort of punishment from Voldemort.

11 She’s Huge

Nagini’s proven herself to be stealthy and sneaky, slithering into nooks and crannies (and human bodies) without being detected. However, your appreciation for her slyness would no doubt multiply tenfold when you remember that Nagini is absolutely ginormous.

Claudia Kim is almost 5 feet 10 inches, but as a snake, Nagini is a whopping twelve-feet behemoth and is apparently as thick as a man’s thigh. Sure, she’s far from the world’s longest snake, but coupled with her ferocious loyalty to Voldemort and dangerous venom, Nagini never fails to strike fear into the hearts of those who behold her. Now imagine her slithering about at Voldemort’s side— a spooky sight indeed.

10 Her Venom Prevents Wounds From Closing

Nagini has proven herself to be dangerous in combat. She’s extremely fast and has been able to hold her own against witches and wizards, coiling her giant body around Harry and trapping him in Godric’s Hollow. But her tremendous strength and dizzying speed aren’t the only formidable skills she has.

Her venom has the ability to slow the healing of a wound, as shown when Arthur Weasley struggles to recover from her bite. At St. Mungo’s Hospital, Arthur has to be injected with a Blood-Replenishing Potion every hour to compensate for his blood loss. The venom even dissolves Muggle stitches, making complete recuperation virtually impossible until Arthur finds an antidote. Other victims aren’t nearly as lucky, and end up passing away from blood loss.

9 She’s Portrayed As A Reticulated Python

In the Harry Potter universe, Nagini is a venomous snake, but according to Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book, the design team actually wanted to model her after the Burmese python. In the final two movies, Nagini is largely portrayed as a reticulated python like Medusa, the world’s longest snake.

Neither species of python are venomous, instead hunting their prey by literally squeezing the life out of them, but they can definitely end a human’s life and swallow them whole like Nagini. We don’t know what species of snake Nagini is— magical or otherwise— but we’re glad she doesn’t exist in real life. Her massive strength combined with her venom would be way too much to handle.

8 Her Venom Feeds Voldemort

Nagini’s venom is potentially lethal, but it also has the power to restore one’s energy when used with unicorn blood as part of a dark potion. After Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life, the Dark Lord is struck by his own curse when it rebounds, reducing him to vulnerable spirit state. However, he has Pettigrew prepare a concoction that allows him to gain a crude, skeletal physical form the size of an infant. The body is very fragile, but Voldemort can still hold a wand and perform magic.

Since Voldemort needs to drink the potion every few hours to maintain his body, Pettigrew has to milk Nagini’s venom until Voldemort regains a full body through a different ritual.

7 She Can Sense People Under Invisibility Cloaks

The Cloak of Invisibility is nothing short of astonishing. It’s resistant to most spells, including the Summoning Charm, and has retained it magic over seven centuries. However, the cloak doesn’t always ensure that the user can sneak around undetected. Users can still be sensed by Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody’s magical eye, the Marauder’s Map, and Nagini.

Nagini senses Harry and Hermione when the two go visit Bathilda in Godric’s Hollow under the Cloak, literally staring at the two. In Order of the Phoenix, she’s also able to detect Arthur, who’d been guarding the prophecy at the Department of Mysteries underneath an invisibility cloak.

Based on Harry’s “dream”, Nagini sees the outline of whoever is underneath the cloak and can taste their scent in the air.

6 She’s A Horcrux

One of the reasons why Voldemort is able to survive his rebounded curse is because he had several Horcruxes. A Horcrux is created by splitting one’s soul and hiding it in another object or being, so that one can never truly perish. It’s an invention so evil that not even the book Magick Moste Evile would describe it.

According to Dumbledore, Nagini’s special bond and physical proximity to Voldemort could also be a result of her being one of his Horcruxes after Voldemort ends Bertha Jorkins’ life. Once Voldemort finds out that Harry and his allies are hunting down his Horcruxes, he puts Nagini into a magical protective orb to prevent her from getting hurt.

5 Voldemort Can Possess Her

Harry first finds out about Nagini’s attack on Arthur when he has a dream from Nagini’s perspective. He doesn’t just see what she sees either— he feels the same impulse to bite Arthur and seems to follow Nagini’s consciousness entirely. The assumption is that Voldemort can possess Nagini, and that Harry is able to see through Nagini’s eyes because of his direct connection to Voldemort. After all, Nagini and Voldemort have been shown to communicate over long distances, like when Harry hears Voldemort tell Nagini to hold him during the attack at Godric’s Hollow.

Another possible explanation is that Harry and Nagini share a direct link themselves, since they both contain fragments of Voldemort’s soul.

4 She Explodes In The Movie

Harry may be the star of the show, but who could ever forget Neville’s stunning character arc, as he learns that bravery doesn’t equal bravado? The painfully shy boy grows up to boldly defy Voldemort himself during the Battle of Hogwarts. He pulls out the Sword of Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat, and destroys the Dark Lord’s last Horcrux, Nagini, thus bringing Voldemort’s rein to an end.

In the movie, Neville aims for Nagini’s head, and as soon as the sword hits her, Nagini straight-up explodes in a spray. There’s also a little black wisp of smoke, signifying the demise of Voldemort’s last soul fragment. It makes for a stunning shot as Neville slices through Nagini, but we don’t know why she’d explode on contact.

3 She Collapses In Two Parts In The Book

In the book, on the other hand, there’s a more realistic portrayal of Nagini’s demise. Both she and Voldemort simply collapse onto the ground when they meet their respective ends. Nagini specifically falls lifelessly into two parts thanks to Neville’s sword-wielding skills. Having Nagini drop to the ground probably would’ve come off as anticlimactic, but the way she goes in the movie is a bit odd and inconsistent, since none of the other Horcruxes disappear into thin air after being destroyed.

One possible in-movie explanation could be that her status as a Maledictus means her snake form is different from a typical snake. Or perhaps her life ends differently because she is a living Horcrux, as opposed to an inanimate object holding Voldemort’s soul.

2 She Stills Answers To “Nagini”

Throughout the main series, Voldemort calls his serpent companion “Nagini,” which is later revealed to be the name she used as a human as well. This suggests that the two either met before she got turned into a snake permanently, or they met afterwards and Nagini told him her name in Parseltongue. The latter suggests that she retains her human mind even in permanent snake form.

One popular theory is that the two met while Voldemort was in exile in Albania after having his body destroyed when his curse on Harry backfired. Only snakes could tolerate having him in their bodies, so perhaps Nagini was one of his first hosts before he eventually settled in Quirrell’s body.

1 Kim Worked With A Contortionist

While Nagini technically switches between human and snake forms until she gets permanently transformed, Claudia Kim incorporated serpentine qualities in her performance as the human version of Nagini, with director David Yates giving directions like “2% more snake.”

While special effects were definitely used to bring Nagini’s transformations to life, Yates also wanted to make sure Kim’s performance conveyed the character’s struggle to keep her snake half inside. She eventually worked with a contortionist to better embody a woman who is effectively part-snake. Kim has shot to fame by playing one of the most recognizable serpents in pop culture, and even works with a live snake on set, but funnily enough, she admits she’s scared of them.

What are some other odd facts about Nagini’s anatomy in Harry Potter? Share them in the comments!




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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

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

It’s been almost forty years since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was first released, but this 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed gem is still going strong to this day with audiences of all ages. This wonderful film about a boy and his friend alien melted the hearts of all those who first watched it back in the early 1980s, and it still remains a most treasured family film. Its legacy is seen in every aspect of our pop culture, and it is regularly cited as people’s favorite film of all time. Only a director as visionary as Spielberg could take such a simple concept and transform it into a lasting cinematic treasure.

E.T. also helped transform the lives of those who participated in its making, sending a young Drew Barrymore into stratospheric fame and solidifying Henry Thomas as one of the most famous child actors of all time. There’s no doubt that E.T. will continue to leave its mark on future generations, and we can only hope that its perfection is respected without Hollywood grasping for a remake or an ill-advised, modern-day sequel.

If you’re a fan of this classic film or if you’re a Steven Spielberg aficionado wanting to know his tricks of the trade, you’ll be fascinated by the secrets that went on behind the scenes during the movie’s making. From the movie’s conception based on Spielberg’s life to the inspiration behind E.T.’s famous face, we have all the facts you’ll want to know about this iconic film.

With that in mind, here are 20 Crazy Details Behind the Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

20 Henry Thomas Brought Up His Tragic Past For His Audition

Landing the role of Elliott in E.T. unquestionably changed child actor Henry Thomas’ life. Having only previously done a couple of small movie parts in 1981, Thomas all of a sudden became the most famous kid in the world thanks to his on-screen adventures with his alien co-star.  

According to the Mirror, Thomas was only nine years old when he landed this role of a lifetime. In order to secure himself the part, during the audition the young actor drew upon the traumatic experience of seeing his pet dog attacked by his neighbor’s dog, which brought on real tears. Spielberg and the casting directors were immediately impressed. Being able to call upon real emotion showed the director that he could definitely act, and solidified Thomas as a genuine child talent.

19 Drew Barrymore’s Vivid Imagination Got Her Her Role

Drew Barrymore has been on the Hollywood scene for a long time, but her first big start on screen was in E.T. playing the part of Gertie. According to an interview on Ellen, Barrymore revealed that she wasn’t originally even going to audition for E.T. During her interview, Barrymore explained how she was actually trying to get a part in Poltergeist, but the director wasn’t there that day. Instead, Poltergeist’s producer, Steven Spielberg was there in his place.

She told Ellen: “I was six, and I lied my face off. I told him I was in a rock ‘n’ roll band, that I was a drummer, that I was a cook.”

After her audition, Spielberg said she wasn’t quite right for Poltergeist, but that he’d love to have her come in and audition for another project he was working on. Sure enough, he called her up soon after and gave her the part of Gertie in E.T.

18 It had a very boring title at first

When a movie becomes a huge hit, especially one that continues to garner success decades and generations after its first release, it’s hard to imagine it separately from its title. Indeed, the title of a movie becomes its first point of cultural consciousness, and there are those that last the test of time, and those that don’t.

Mention E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to anyone and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not only a memorable film title, it’s also become so deeply ingrained in our collective pop culture that we all know what it is even if we haven’t seen it. Well, E.T. might have faded away in the land of forgotten films, had they gone with the original title, A Boy’s Life, as noted by The New Yorker. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with A Boy’s Life, it’s not half as memorable as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

17 Harrison Ford Shot a Cameo

While Spielberg was working on getting things ready to begin filming E.T., he was still in the process of filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, which, of course, starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Ford dating Melissa Mathison, who was the scriptwriter for E.T., at the time.

Because of his friendship with Spielberg and his relationship with Mathison, Ford agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford’s bit part was supposed to be a kind of a joke as he was going to play against his usual type, here as an uptight school principal who would scold Elliott after the frog-releasing scene. In the final edit, the decision was made to cut the Ford scene as it didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie and it was thought Ford’s presence would be too distracting from the story line.

16 M&M’s Were Supposed To Be E.T.’s favorite candy

Reese’s Pieces surged in popularity after the release of E.T.. The candy was featured in the scene where Elliott tries lays a trail of candy to lure E.T. back to his house. Many people back then, and now for that matter, might have thought it strange that Elliott used Reese’s Pieces.

Well, according to Business Insider, the reason for the choice of sweet was down to the fact that M&Ms had refused the production permission to use its brand in the film. Culinary Lore also states that Mars Inc., which owned M&Ms, refused the filmmakers the right to use the candy because it didn’t want to be associated with aliens. This was clearly a bad call, as after the release of E.T., sales of Reese’s rose exponentially, topping the numbers sold of M&Ms for the first time ever.

15 E.T.’s Face Was Modeled On Some Famous People

E.T. is one of the most recognizable movie characters in history and one of the cutest, albeit weirdest, examples of an on-screen alien. No character had, or has since, looked like like this singular creature, and its aesthetic is all thanks to Spielberg and his incredible designer Carlo Rambaldi.

Rambaldi created the aliens for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and his talents were once again put to use in E.T.

In a special featurette called The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg reveals: “I remember saying to Carlo, here’s some pictures of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg. I love their eyes, can we make E.T.’s eyes as frivolous and also wizened and as sad as those three icons.” Based on these famous celebrities, we have the E.T. we all know and recognize.

14 E.T. Was Played by Three Different Actors

With today’s technology, it would be a fairly easy task creating a CGI alien to act as the main part in a blockbuster film. However, when E.T. was being made in 1982, things were not so simple According to The Vintage News, creating a believable, friendly alien back then took three mechanical puppets as well as three actors, one of whom was a young 12-year-old boy who had been born without legs.

There wasn’t always someone wearing the suit in every scene, as often E.T. was being controlled by a team of mechanical operators. However, when the alien was required to walk or move about, a small person was often behind the movements. Watching E.T. today, the alien might seem like quite a basic piece of engineering, but back then, Spielberg and his team were making technological strides.

13 Drew Barrymore Thought E.T. Was Real

Drew Barrymore was only six years old when she played the part of Gertie in E.T., and even though she was already developing into a bright, young, talented actress, she was still very much at an age where imagination and make-believe can cloud reality. Barrymore’s acting is fantastic in the film, especially for someone so young, but her great reactions to things on screen could be down to the fact that she believed E.T. was a real alien.

 The cast and crew encouraged her to believe E.T. was really alive, and she seems to have taken the bait completely.

In a behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie, Elliott actor Henry Thomas reveals: “Drew, she’s imaginative. She introduced E.T. to her mom and said ‘He’s just a little shy now. He doesn’t want to talk to you right now but he’s just a little shy.’”

12 E.T.’s Voice Comes From Raccoons, Otters, Horses, and Burps

E.T. is one of the most imitated movie characters, with people of all ages having tried at one time or another to impersonate the alien’s singular speech patterns. If you listen closely, you’ll hear that there are a lot of different elements and sounds to the alien’s voice. This wasn’t achieved by employing one spectacularly gifted voice recording artist. Instead, as we learn from the BBC, it was a talented sound designer, Ben Burtt, who collected noises from an entire array of sources and put them together to create E.T.’s voice.

As Burtt tells the BBC: “I created the voice for E.T. out of many different things, about 18 different people and animals and sound effects. There are raccoons in there, there are sea otters, there are some horses, there’s a burp from my old cinema professor from USC.” They also used the voice of a chain-smoking housewife.

11 Spielberg Dressed As A Woman On Set

Being around such a young cast, Spielberg had to ensure that there was enough fun and playfulness on set. In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from 1996, we learn that the director definitely didn’t take himself too seriously while on set. Apparently, around Halloween, Spielberg came to set dressed up as a lady school teacher.

As Henry Thomas remembers: “Halloween was great. He directed the whole day like that, as an old lady.”

Spielberg adds: “I didn’t have children back then in the early 1980s, and you know suddenly I was becoming a father every single day, I felt like a father and it felt good.” Spielberg certainly knew how to keep spirits high on his set, and his kind, playful personality has left wonderful lasting memories on his cast and crew.

10 A Mime Was Hired To Move E.T.’s Arms

In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, we learn that it took a lot of work to create the alien we all know and love. Aside from having a whole team of mechanics working to ensure the creature looked real, Spielberg also hired a mime to help out E.T.’s gestures.

The director reveals: “When I saw the mechanical arms, they were really great but they were very jerky when they worked. The fingers would move, but almost too thoughtfully. And I felt E.T.’s got to have almost balletic arms, almost like the hands of a mime. So I just put it out there, can we hire a mime and we’ll put the E.T. hand makeup on a mime’s hand so the artist can really be artistic about picking things up and touching themselves and reaching out. So this is where this wonderful mime artist came to work with us.”

9 The Original Ending Was Very Different

When a movie is as beloved as E.T. is, it’s hard to imagine it being any different. Grown men and women still weep when thinking about the emotionally-charged final scene, but we could have ended up an alternative ending had Spielberg gone with his original idea.

According to actor Michael MacNaughton’s interview in Express, “The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons & Dragons again, except this time, Elliott’s the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group. […] And then they would pan up to the roof and you’d see the communicator and it’s still working — in other words, Elliott is still in touch with E.T. But after they did the score and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything… How can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice.”

8 There Was A Dark Sequel Planned

Because E.T. did so unexpectedly well at the box-office, it’s a wonder why there was never a sequel released. Had the movie been made today, it’s almost certain that Hollywood would have tried to make it a franchise. Well, according to Syfy, there was actually a story treatment for an E.T. sequel, but it was so terrible that it never got made.

Apparently, its dark tone was done on purpose.

Spielberg was reportedly completely against the idea of a sequel to his 1982 film, saying: “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its [purity].” Who knows, maybe someday someone will dust off the draft and attempt to make it, but Spielberg will certainly be the first to veto the project.

7 They shot the movie in chronological order for the kids

It’s a well known fact that most large-scale film projects aren’t filmed in chronological order. Due to shooting schedules, location requirements, and budget factors, it’s usually not possible to film in script-order. Well, E.T. is one of the very few exceptions to this usual Hollywood practice, as Steven Spielberg insisted that the scenes be shot chronologically.

According to TIME, Spielberg made this unorthodox decision in order to help his younger cast. The director explained: “I insisted on shooting the film in complete continuity so the kids knew, emotionally, where they had been the day before, and they pretty much didn’t have any idea of where they were going the next day. So, like real life, every day was a surprise – Drew, Henry Thomas and Robert really believed that this was happening to their lives.”

6 Robert MacNaughton’s Dungeons & Dragons love got him his part

Robert MacNaughton played Elliott’s older brother Michael in the movie, and he revealed to Express that a childhood pastime of his helped land him the role. Apparently, E.T.’s screenwriter Melissa Mathison was a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons and she was always playing it with her then husband Harrison Ford at their house.

This explains the game at the start of the film, where we see Elliott trying to join in playing D&D with Michael and his friends.

MacNaughton revealed that he too was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, and when asked by Spielberg what his hobbies were, he told the director about his love of the game. Spielberg seemed pleased that MacNaughton’s hobbies fit with his character Michael’s pastimes, and the role became his shortly after.

5 The Film Was Shot From A Child’s Point-of-View

One of the things that you may not have noticed while watching E.T. is the fact that is is filmed from a child’s point of view. According to Filmsite, the movie was deliberately shot from a lower-angle in order to encourage younger audience members to identify more easily with the child characters on screen. It also helps adults put themselves back into the shoes of a child, encouraging them to remember how scary and threatening the taller, bigger world of adults can really be for a kid.

In fact, the only adult we ever see in full is the mother, Mary, who was played by Dee Wallace.

Otherwise, most of the other grown-ups in the movie are seen from the waist down, the way a child would see the world in front of them.

4 Real Doctors And Nurses Were Hired As Actors

E.T. is a very emotional movie. From the burgeoning friendship between Elliott and E.T. to the ending when we face the teary goodbyes between these unlikely friends, the movie is rife with sentiment. One of the most poignant, dramatic scenes is when E.T. and Elliott are lying side-by-side in the makeshift medical facility at their house, both fading away while doctors and nurses try to revive them.

According to People, the medical staff we see looking after these two friends were actually real-life medics. Spielberg contacted the UCLA Center for the Health Services in order to get information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and he was referred to a specialist. Wanting the scene to look as real as possible, Spielberg got real-life medical staff to play out the scene in order to simulate the chaos that really happens in emergencies.

3 E.T. was inspired by real children

E.T. is one of the most lovable incarnations of an alien to grace our screens.

Part of this androgynous creature’s charm is the fact that there’s so much goofiness and childlike innocence to it.

Well, this sweet naivete, as well as E.T.’s powers, were actually inspired by the screenwriter’s interactions with children. As Melissa Mathison tells us in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: “Many of the scenes from the movie come from my own experience being with children. For instance, what children would like [E.T.’s] powers to be. A lot of the children would mention the obvious of telepathy or telekinetic powers but I was struck by the fact that several of them mentioned that they would like this magic creature to be able to heal. And I thought it was such an incredibly poignant idea to come from a child.”

2 Spielberg Didn’t think E.T. Would Make A Lot of Money

According to Business Insider, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time– not too shabby for a low-budget film about a boy and his alien pal. While the movie became a immense success and has been hailed as the most successful film to come out of the 1980s, Steven Spielberg didn’t think it was going to be a hit with audiences.

Speaking in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the director said: “I think E.T.’s not going to make a lot of money, I think I’m making a movie that is only going to appeal to kids. I said I’m probably making a big mistake, I’m going to make an old-fashioned Walt Disney movie about an alien and a kid and that’s all it’s going to be.”

1 The Movie Was Inspired by Spielberg’s Lonely Childhood

It’s always interesting to find out how some of our favorite movies came about, but no one would ever expect that Spielberg’s tale of a boy and an alien would stem from his own childhood experiences. In an interview with director James Cameron for People, Spielberg admitted that E.T. was “never meant to be a movie about an extra-terrestrial,” but instead about something very personal.

“It was supposed to be a movie about my mom and dad getting a divorce,” he explains.

“So I started a story, not a script per say, but I started writing a story about what it was like when your parents divide the family up and they move to different states.” Eventually, the idea for a boy and an alien friend developed from this, and the rest is E.T. history.

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2018-10-06 04:10:51 – Steph Brandhuber

Guardians Of The Galaxy: 20 Weirdest Things About Star-Lord’s Body

The first time you hear his name in Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord immediately sounds like a character that was built from the name first, then the details filled in later.

Peter Quill is simultaneously a space cowboy and the galaxy’s noblest defender. He’s an orphan, isolated from everyone, but he’s an amazing leader and gifted communicator. He was pulled to the stars his whole life to find his father, but once he gets there he and his father become enemies. Meanwhile he’s the nexus of a superteam at the center of Marvel’s cosmic universe.

When he was created in 1976 by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan, he was meant to be an astrology-based hero, born of an immaculate conception from his mother and the Master of the Sun. That idea was for him to become Earth’s mightiest space champion and earn the moniker “Star-Lord” after completing some astrological rite of passage. From there he would channel the entire astrological table to correct imbalance in the universe.

Creating a Superman to defend Earth at least gives things a place to start, but an Earthling going out to face the universe on his own takes a special character. Of everything listed below about Star-Lord, the one thing most overlooked is his durability. Since 1976, he’s been subject to a dozen different pivots and retcons, and the concept of Peter Quill still inspires readers who hope their destiny lies among the stars also.

For more on this topsy-turvy space hero, here are the 20 Weirdest Things About Star-Lord’s Body.

20 He Hasn’t Always Been Half-Celestial

The most recent iteration of Peter Quill in the MCU has made him a half celestial. He’s the son of Ego, the living planet, but the original conception of the character gave him even more family drama.

The story of how his father met his mother is the same, a crash landing on Earth, but it was an alien by the name of J’Son, from planet Spartax, that Quill hunts for in the comics. Abandoned at birth, all Quill knows is that his father is an extra terrestrial and his place is among the stars.

Eventually Peter learns that his father is even more of a rogue than he is. J’Son was exiled from his own planet in the middle of a war and became a villain known as Mister Knife.

19 Peter Quill Comes From A Royal Bloodline

The reason J’Son was exiled from Spartax was a rebellion from his people against his leadership. J’Son was prince when he first met Peter’s mother, Meredith, but by the time Star-Lord grows up, the war on Spartax is still raging and J’Son has become Emperor.

Peter Quill’s relationship to this throne has gotten him into trouble before.

As a child, it summoned some Baddoon to come after him and destroy his mother in the process.

Peter grows to place some blame on his father for her passing. He also realizes that J’Son wages a really brutal version of war, which Peter is now related to.

Later, when he takes a hiatus from the adventures of Star-Lord, Quill goes on to take the throne for himself, becoming Emperor of Spartax.

18 He Has An Extended Natural Lifespan

Since Peter Quill is half Spartoi, he’s got some increased abilities courtesy of the alien species. It’s been noted that inhabitants of Spartax have lifespans three times longer than humans, so Quill might have something like 1.5 times the normal human life. A full two times, even.

If the average human lifespan is something like 70 years old, this means that Peter Quill could live anywhere from 115-140 years.

In comic book reality, this can be extrapolated to near two hundred years, if they round up a few times. So far, the comics and the movies have dealt with Star-Lord’s age pretty linearly, but, should that change, the slow aging factor is a blessing for an adventurer and traveler, but a curse for a friend and family member.

17 He Had Cybernetic Implants

Despite being a Lord of the Stars, Guardian of the Galaxy, and half-super powered alien, Peter Quill is still vulnerable to injury, especially due to his tendency to rush into dangerous situations half prepared. The largest battle scar he’s ever received was in a confrontation with the Fallen One, a spurned herald of Galactus.

The powerful cosmic being was on a tear through space, attacking entire planets in a blind rage. As a result of that battle, Peter suffered injuries to his face and limbs which required extensive augmentation with robotics.

His entire left eye was replaced with an artificial version.

This granted him some increased point of view capabilities, but the emotional toll of that battle was even more scarring.

16 He’s Stronger and More Agile Than The Average Human

Spartax, a planet of the Shi’Ar empire, is more advanced than Earth in several key ways. This is a similar civilization to the home of Lilandra, alien beaux to Professor Xavier, who even lived on Shi’Ar for a while.

This advanced evolution made its way to Peter Quill in the form of increased strength and reaction time, compared to most humans.

After he was orphaned at a young age, Peter Quill worked himself to the bone, joined NASA, and stole a rocket to space. All of that makes far more sense with the knowledge that half of his DNA has alien origin.

Being able to sense that power, he was drawn to use his talents jetting around in rocket boots and firing blasters at moving targets– saving the universe and getting some revenge on it at the same time.

15 He Had The Gifts of the Power Stone

Parallel to the MCU saga, the stones of limitless power are also being assembled by another cosmic super team that involves Peter Quill. During the Infinity Countdown comic event, Gamora spearheads a search for the Infinity Stones as Adam Warlock and Kang the Conqueror are brought in as a third party with their own interest in the stones’ safe keeping.

In both the comic event and the first Guardians movie, Quill is called upon to hold on to the Power Stone.

His alien biology allows him to handle the stone in a way that no other mortal could.

Superheroes, villains, and fans alike eventually realize that the version of Star-Lord we know now might not be ready for that much strength, but it sets him apart, and justifies his exorbitant title at least a little bit.

14 He Heals Quickly and Tires Slowly

Another benefit of being half Spartoi, Peter Quill has increased healing and stamina, but it’s almost as though he doesn’t realize it most of the time. Peter Quill’s heroism is so much tied up in his blind ambition that he’s still tragically unaware of some of his abilities.

It’s clear from his personality, his background, and his actions that Star-Lord is blessed with the greatness to be a hero. The demons inside of him always prevent that acceptance, though.

The irony and agony of Peter Quill is, of all the heroes with healing and stamina powers, he may make the worst use of his, with his reckless treatment of himself. Despite his healing factor, Quill may be one of the heroes who suffers the most from a broken heart.  

13 His DNA Is Linked To His Element Guns

When he was around ten years old, the Badoon landed on his home in Missouri and came after his DNA signature. They tracked it to his mother somehow, even though they were looking for alien life signs, and they nearly got him too.

His house burned down in the battle between ten year old Star-Lord and some Badoon assassins, and the only thing left was the Element blaster that his father had left him.

Over the years, one has become two.

These weapons, which only work for Spartaxian royalty, conjure manipulations of the four elements: Fire, Air, Water, and Earth.

For a touch of heart, on top of all those powers, Quill has made it known that the guns names are Clarice and Terry.

12 He’s A Master Tactician and Strategist

His battle savvy has been watered down a little bit for film audiences, but in the Marvel universe, it’s Star-Lord against almost everyone else. Over the years, he’s cultivated a shrewd eye for self -preservation, leading to exceptional combat skills.

His biology doesn’t hurt here, either. Being raised a head above other humans, he was probably always looking for impossible solutions, knowing the same rules didn’t apply to him.

Then, being orphaned really young, he likely enters every situation with some distrust, immediately scanning for an escape just in case he needs one.

Add that to decades of travel and nearly seeing it all, and it’s logical that Star-Lord has delivered the grand plan to save the day on more than one occasion.

11 He Survived An Interrogation From Ultron

After the Annihilation comic event, Peter Quill and the rest of the current team of Guardians of the Galaxy were recuperating in Kree territory when the techno-organic Phalanx launched a full-scale attack.

The Phalanx are a species that coexist as one massive organism, connected by their shared programming. This made them the perfect target for rule by the once-defeated Ultron.

Star-Lord and the Guardians took the lead on defensive strategy of the attack for the Kree empire, but in the process, Quill was captured by Ultron.

Despite prolonged aggressive questioning, under horrible conditions, Star-Lord stayed strong.

The defensive line held off the Phalanx’s progress just long enough for Adam Warlock and Quasar to take down Ultron.

10 He Became Stevie Rogers

The MCU has capitalized on Peter Quill’s fondness for late ’70s pop music. His favorite songs have lifted many scenes to more humorous, and human results. Juxtaposing a walkman against a space suit says all the film needs to about its tone.

It’s surprising that more superheroes don’t have a hidden musical side.

Peter Quill’s love of music was written into the comics as well. During the Secret Wars event, Star-Lord was thrust into a strange parallel universe called Battleworld, and took refuge under an assumed alias for a period of time. His adopted cover was as a lounge singer, by the name of “Swingin’ Stevie Rogers,” working in a New York City bar.

Doctor Doom was the villain of that world; fortunately he doesn’t hang out in jazz clubs.

9 He Had A Telepathic Connection With His Spaceship

The Guardians have had many ships over the years. They frequently keep getting blown up or sacrificed to save the team somehow. Perhaps most notable among these vessels was the one with a developed sentience, AI, and even a name for herself.

Ship, as she was known, was a very close friend of Star-Lord’s for a period of time, even sharing a telepathic link.

The two met via their mutual acquaintance, the Master of the Sun.

Aurora was a defunct star that the Master of the Sun turned into a spaceship to bestow on Peter Quill when he earned the title Star-Lord. Ship was unfortunately blown up in a battle with the Fallen One.

No craft since has had her knack for both common courtesy and triple barrel rolls.

8 He Once Wielded The Cosmic Cube

When a rift is torn in space by the War of Kings, Peter Quill and his new team of Guardians fly head first into it and begin to fall through various timelines of the future, each of them looking pretty bleak.

Between the Inhumans, the Kree, Skrull, Badoon, and Adam Warlock’s alter ego, Magus, the battle has raged to tie the space time continuum into knots. Star-Lord has to use the Cosmic Cube to set everything right.

Some of it may be continuity false starts, but Peter Quill is constantly walking this line of being in too deep over his head, and being born for the task in front of him.

In this particular instance, the Cosmic Cube forces him down a path he’s not sure he’s ready for.

7 He Was Enhanced by the Mandalay Gem

In his ongoing quest to steal them all, Star-Lord laid his hands on one more immensely powerful object, perhaps the most mysterious ever: the Mandalay Gem.

Cut from an unknown cosmic element, the Mandalay Gem was created by the Celestials and has passed from possession among the Badoon, Spartoi, and for a time, Star-Lord.

It came in handy for a battle against Thanos, but other than that, Quill remained remarkably untempted by this universal power force. Star-Lord leaves the gem on the moon, where it will presumably be found by some lucky hero or villain, but readers get a more valuable insight into Quill’s character.

For all of his torment and the size of the chip on his shoulder, he’s never much tempted by objects of great power, and he’s surprisingly rarely inhabited by the dark side.

6 He Used To Wear A Suit Of Armor

These days, Star-Lord is more outlaw than man of the people, so the extra-long, space-leather jacket totally works, but in past designs, he’s had a much more classic spaceman look.

Full body suits of blue, white, and yellow armor, with varying degrees of metallic bulk made their appearances in the early days of the character.

The overall impression was much more one of a space knight than an outcast, but the increased armor provided more protection and greater ability to travel through space as well.

Thanks to Iron Man, huge suits of armor feel a bit redundant in other characters, but this was a classic suit that gave Star-Lord his own logo and an elevated look. 

It’s great alternative for fans who think the current jacket is a little too reminiscent of Firefly‘s Browncoats.

5 He Has a Gift For Languages

Either due to a biological advantage or maybe just another benefit of flying everywhere, doing it all, and seeing it all with a good attitude, Star-Lord is amazingly adept at deciphering alien cultures and languages.

This gets lost in the translation from comics to big screen, but dozens of Star-Lord comic book scenes take place with him in the corner of some space tavern on an outer rim of a new solar system.

Quill feels like a drifter, like an outcast, and he’s managed to leverage that into an ability to talk to almost anyone and strike up a conversation, either to negotiate a deal, find some information, or to get some help from a new friend.

It’s also been mentioned that his helmet has a universal translator, so that helps too.

4 His Space Helmet is Custom Built

For whatever reason, Peter Quill’s helmet has held on longer than any other other piece of his equipment.

The two red eyes and the blunted snout present an unsettling robot effect, putting an opposing party off balance instantly.

Not much has been disclosed about this new helmet, but it plays into the space cowboy theme better than ever now, with automatic retraction, pressurization capabilities and advanced visual displays. At times it showcases Quill’s quaff of blond hair, other times, it fully surrounds his head for space travel.

Two more notable things about the helmet that fans keep seeing with Quill’s character these days: it bears a striking resemblance to the Ant-Man helmet, and it appears to use a similar shrinking effect. Coincidence?

3 His Wore A Kree Battle Suit 

In between the knight-in-shining-spacesuit version, and the leather jacket-cool version of Star-Lord, he was running around in a very traditional looking battle suit of Kree origin.

They were able to keep the blue and yellow, along with Star-Lord’s trademark starburst logo, but it mimicked a Kree military design with a wide double breasted jacket, red piping, and matching combat pants. With a trilobite shaped helmet in the same color scheme, Peter Quill made quite the incognito mercenary.

This was during a time in his career when he was looking for a change, maybe settling down somewhere. His team had gone through so much turnover and he was contracting with the Kree army more and more frequently.

He remained in this suit until after he battled the Mad Titan in Thanos Imperative.

2 The MCU Star-Lord Almost Looked Completely Different

Peter Quill has always been blond, and between Tony Stark, and Doctor Strange, adding a third white, dark haired, egotistical snark machine, may have just pushed the movies over their limi. 

Chris Pratt was originally way down on the list of actors in consideration for the role.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess, Glenn Howerton, and Jenson Ackles were all reportedly considered for the role. Of all those actors, Chris Pratt is probably the one who looks most like he’s from the midwest, and that goes a fair distance toward balancing out the poster.

Still, there’s an alternate universe somewhere where Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is pressing the button that activates his space helmet and knocking the heels of his jet-boots together three times. 

1 He Wore Kree Nega-Bands

If there’s one thing the Guardians of the Galaxy have gotten really good at, it’s stumbling onto really valuable cosmic artifacts. One of their biggest scores was a set of Nega-Bands, originally invented by the Kree.

After stumbling upon this weapon in a wrecked ship, drifting in space, Quill was tracked down for its return. It turned out that once Captain Marvel had made the bands famous, using them to teleport around the universe and defeat supremely powerful foes.

They attracted several bounty hunters and mad scientists. Claiming to be experimenting with Negative Energy, Star-Lord’s former teammate Nova’s unsettled brother came after him for the weapon.

He didn’t wear them long, since they brought so much trouble.

Still, Star-Lord can count himself among one of the lucky few to hold one of the most powerful objects there is.

What else is unusual about Star-Lord’s body in Guardians of the Galaxy? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-11 08:09:44 – Andrew Craig

Jessica Jones: 20 Weirdest Things About Kilgrave’s Body

One of the most impressive thing about Netflix’s Jessica Jones is its casting. Not only does Krysten Ritter absolutely nail it as the titular character, but she’s backed up by Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, and Eka Darville. Then you have heavy-hitters such as Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix adding in a level of remarkable pathos as well as the legendary David Tennant playing one of the best baddies out there.

That baddie would be Zebediah Kilgrave, otherwise known as  “Killgrave, “The Purple Man”, and “Kevin Thompson” in Jessica Jones; a villain with such remarkably powerful gifts that he doesn’t need to raise a fist to anyone in order to get what he wants.

Some villains just don’t need to use brute force to accomplish their goals. They use their intellect matched with their ability to manipulate. In Kilgrave’s case, his manipulation skill is actually a superhuman ability that’s pretty much unmatched by any other character in the Marvel or DC universes.

Though the Kilgrave in the show differs slightly from the one in the comics, one thing remains the same; he is truly the ultimate tormentor to Jessica Jones. In fact, in many ways, he’s actually an allegory for the kind of physical and psychological abuse many women experience from the men in their lives.

Though he’s quickly become one of the MCU’s most iconic villains, even the most hardcore fans are bound to be surprised by some of the most unique and downright strange qualities that Kilgrave has.

Without further ado, here are the 20 Weirdest Things About Kilgrave’s Body.

20 He Gained His Powers In An Accident

Killgrave’s original comic book origin story differs from the one seen in Netflix’s Jessica Jones. In the comics, Kilgrave was originally a spy on a mission to infiltrate the US army. He was soon discovered by a guard who shot at him but missed and hit a container of chemicals.

The container shattered and covered Killgrave in a liquid that not only changed the color of his hair and skin but also gave him the unique manipulation power. To be more specific, the chemical he was exposed to caused him to secrete a pheromone that, when smelt, allowed him to have complete control over the victim.

In Jessica Jones, however, Kilgrave (spelled with one “L”) explained that he was born with a rare life-threatening disease. He was then experimented upon, which ended up giving him his gift.

19 He Had Purple Skin

There’s a reason why Kilgrave is often referred to as The Purple Man. It’s because he’s almost always portrayed as having purple skin in the comics, due to the origins of his powers.

In the accident that gifted Kilgrave his supernatural abilities, his skin and hair were turned purple due to the chemical that he was exposed to. This gave him a look that pretty much makes him unmissable, a quality that the creators of Netflix’s Jessica Jones clearly didn’t want to go for.

Part of what makes Kilgrave so dangerous in Jessica Jones is the fact that he can infiltrate any place he chooses.

If he were bright purple, he’d be pretty easy to spot coming.

Instead, the filmmakers gave him a mostly purple wardrobe as well as using violet lighting cues and motifs.

18 He Was Originally A Daredevil Villian

Although The Purple Man is primarily portrayed as Jessica Jones’ arch-nemesis, as well as having multiple run-ins with Captain Marvel, he was first seen in 1964 as Matt Murdoch’s opponent in Daredevil #4.

In his first outing as a supervillain, Kilgrave (originally Killgrave) walks up to a bank teller and asks him for the money from the vault. It takes a while for the teller to realize that he’s just been robbed due to The Purple Man’s unique ability to manipulate people into doing exactly what he wants.

Daredevil soon tracks him down and captures him, although Purple Man quickly uses his powers to walk-out of the jail free. He then orders civilians to attack Daredevil but is bested by the blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen.

17 He Was Abducted by Doctor Doom

In 1987’s graphic novel Emperor Doom, The Fantastic Four villain captured Killgrave and encased him in a device that amplified his powers against his will.

Doctor Doom used Killgrave’s remarkable manipulation powers to enslave the entire planet, which he decided to rule.

Though Doctor Doom thought he had created world peace, it was slowly revealed that his utopia wasn’t nearly a positive as he thought. In fact, Doctor Doom pretty much ruled the world with an iron fist, making him equivalent to the worst dictators in history. This was something that angered the Avengers.

Eventually, the Avengers managed to thwart Doctor Doom’s plan which allowed Killgrave to escape.

16 He’s A Weak Fighter

Certain villains rely on their brute strength to intimidate and subdue their opponents. Characters such as Killer Croc or Solomon Grundy don’t have much in the way of intellect, but they certainly have the ability to cause some damage. Then there are the brilliant antagonists who also have the physical prowess to be able to outsmart and overpower. These characters would be ones like Thanos, Bane, or Catwoman. Kilgrave is another thing entirely.

Kilgrave, AKA The Purple Man, has practically no fighting ability whatsoever. Whether it’s the version of him from the comics, animated shows, or Netflix’s Jessica Jones, he’s pretty much exclusively portrayed as physically weak.

That’s because he can be. His intellect, charm, and most of all his superhuman ability to manipulate make him one of the most dangerous villains of all time.

15 How he controls people like puppets

Kilgrave has a superpower that’s barely rivaled by any other character in the Marvel Universe. He has the ability to control people’s minds and therefore their actions. Most of the time, he uses this ability to make a boatload of money.

An example of how he’d commonly use this power is the poker scene from the first season of Jessica Jones. By simply telling the other players to fold, he’s able to win hundreds of thousands of dollars with a terrible pair of cards.

Kilgrave can also use his powers to manipulate others into doing far more terrible things, such as end or hurt themselves, as well as encourage their addictions. He has left long-lasting mental scars on many characters, especially Jessica Jones.

14 He Has Purple Kids

There comes a time where nearly all major comic characters are given a kid– or three.<

These kids, who inherited their father’s unique skin tone and power, are the product of his manipulation of random women.

Killgrave often uses his powers to immorally brainwash women into spending the night with him. He then leaves these women to pick up the pieces once he’s done with them– which may include unwanted babies.

Killgrave’s purple children debuted in 2014 when Killgrave tracked them down in order to win their love and create a personal army. However, this backfires on him as these children turn on him. Ultimately, Daredevil is the one who has to bring them down.

13 Certain Characters Can Resist His Powers

A character like Killgrave, who seemingly can control everyone, may appear to be one of those outlandishly strong characters that audiences just can’t relate to. But even Killgrave has his weaknesses.

These weaknesses mostly surround the fact that he cannot control everyone. Some character’s mindsets are just too strong to manipulate. In other words, they have the will to resist his pheromones. Such characters include Kingpin and Doctor Doom as well as Jessica Jones in the Netflix series.

Daredevil is also harder for Killgrave to manipulate due to the fact that his senses are heightened.

Telepaths such as Jean Grey and Emma Frost are almost impossible for him to control.

Then there are characters that are made with a different fabric, so to speak. His powers don’t work on aliens and those who have a different biology to humans.

12 His Powers Are Useless On Robots

In addition to those with incredibly strong wills and beings with a different biological make-up to humans, Killgrave is unable to effectively use his powers on robots.

This means that when up against characters like Ultron, he’s pretty much useless unless he’s in the vicinity of someone who he can use to fight for him.

In the episode “Emperor Stark” from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Killgrave manipulated Iron Man into building a satellite that enhanced his powers and projects it across the globe.

This made it virtually impossible for any of the Avengers to stop his nefarious plot. The only one who could was Vision, who was, of course, is an android and therefore impervious to Killgrave’s powers.

11 He Has Similar Regenerative Powers To Wolverine

Although both the comics and Netflix’s Jessica Jones spend a great deal of time on Killgrave’s unique manipulation powers, they often skip over the fact that he has similar regenerative powers to Wolverine.

Sure, Killgrave can’t heal himself to the extent that Logan can, nor is he hundreds of years old because of it.

The mutation that occurred in his body during the accident allows him to rapidly recover from injury.

In one storyline in the comics, Killgrave entered a coma state so his body could heal from being nearly destroyed.

This power added to his ability to manipulate, make Killgrave one of the most powerful and frightening villains in Marvel history.

10 He’s Powerful Enough To Control Captain Marvel

Though Killgrave may not appear to be one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel comics, he almost certainly is. He’s so talented, in fact, that he was able to control one of Marvel’s mightiest heroes, Captain Marvel.

As mainstream audience members will soon discover, when Captain Marvel hits the big screen in March 2019, Carol Danvers is able to absorb and project various forms of energy, fly, and has superhuman strength. This makes her an insanely powerful member of the Avengers. She will very likely help defeat Thanos on the big screen.

But in the comics, Killgrave escaped custody and controls Captain Marvel with his ability in order to help lure her best friend, Jessica Jones, into his grasp.

9 He Was Voiced By Data

In 2012’s The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Killgrave as voiced by Brent Spiner who, of course, famously played Lieutenant Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Spiner has had quite the voice-acting career outside of his iconic turn as Data.

In addition to Killgrave, Brent Spiner voiced two of DC’s most famous Rogues, The Joker and The Riddler, in Young Justice and Justice League Action respectively.

Clearly, Spiner has an affinity for playing highly intelligent, dastardly villains who enjoy nothing more than tormenting our favorite heroes. He allows himself the freedom to bring something new and different to each one of these monsters.

8 Captain Marvel Threw Him Into The Sun

In one of the most recent comic threads, Jessica Jones #17, Killgrave met his untimely end at the hands of Captain Marvel, a character who he’s tormented before. After decades of evil deeds and tormenting Jessica Jones, it seems like the writers have finally found a way to end his story.

However, it should be noted that Killgrave has perished before and therefore could very well return. Although, it should be harder to explain how he could have survived being tossed into the sun, which is exactly how Captain Marvel disposes of him.

She does this after Killgrave tries to get to her mother and her best friend, Jessica.

Hopefully, this will bring some peace to a character that’s been plagued by him since the beginning.

7 David Tennant Wasn’t Sure About Playing Him

In an interview with Indiewire, Doctor Who and Broadchurch actor David Tennant claimed that taking the role of Kilgrave in Netflix’s Jessica Jones was “a gamble worth taking.”

The talented thespian claims that he was totally unsure about the role due to the fact that he was hardly in the first couple episodes of the first season, even though his presence loomed largely. This type of slow build-up to his character’s reveal was a little frightening to him as he didn’t know exactly where the show would go.

However, Tennant was convinced after taking meetings with the show-runner of the first season, Melissa Rosenberg, as well as Jeph Loeb, who is in charge of these Marvel properties on Netflix.

6 He Lost His Powers In The House of M

The House of M storyline changed everything for practically every single character in the Marvel universe, making it one of the most memorable and impactful superhero series to have ever been written.

In the story, The Avengers and X-Men are forced to attempt to bring down a common foe, Scarlet Witch, who had been slowly losing her mind for many years. Knowing that losing her mind meant losing control over her unparalleled powers, the two teams plan an assassination attempt.

However, Quicksilver rushes to his sister’s aide and informs her of the plot before the teams can strike. Scarlet Witch completely loses it and uses her powers to completely change reality for every single character in the Marvel Universe.

In this new reality, Killgrave is without any of his superhuman powers and works as a lobbyist for the government, with secret affiliations with the Human Resistance.

5 He Was Tormented By Baron Zemo

In the comics, Baron Zemo, the villain from the movie Captain America: Civil War, viciously manipulated Killgrave in order to test The Thunderbolts, a team of reformed supervillains.

At the time, Zemo was in possession of the moonstones which allowed him to manipulate the master of manipulation himself. They also allowed him to enhance Killgrave’s powers so that he could enslave all of New York City.

This plan was thwarted by a member of the Thunderbolts, Genis-Vell. In response to this, Zemo tormented Killgrave.  After he had his way with him, Zemo sent Killgrave back to prison where he found him in the first place.

4 His Daughter Inherited His Powers

Although Killgrave fathered a bunch of purple children with an assortment of women, his most famous offspring is Kara.

She inherited her father’s powers but decided to use them for good; the ultimate form of rebellion against her father.

Kara’s mother, Melanie, was a woman Killgrave manipulated for years and eventually married. Killgrave shows a glimmer of humanity when he decides to remove his influence over Melanie when she became pregnant with their child. Horrified at what he had done to her, Melanie left him to raise Kara on her own.

Kara developed her father’s powers and purple skin tone when she went through puberty. This change made her decide to become a superhero in order to sway from her father’s villainous path.

3 He Was Portrayed As A Mutant In X-Men: The Animated Series

Aside from Batman: The Animated Series, one of the most iconic superhero shows of the 1990’s was X-Men: The Animated Series. The show introduced the X-Men audience to characters they may not have heard of, including Zebediah Killgrave. In the episode “No Mutant is an Island”, Killgrave wasn’t portrayed as a man who got his powers by accident, as in the Daredevil and Jessica Jones comics.

The writers decided to change Killgrave into a telepathic mutant along the lines of a Charles Xavier.

This is how they explained his ability to manipulate others. He did, however, retain his trademark purple skin and even used cosmetics to hide it in order to pose as a philanthropist who wanted to take over the government.

2 Jean Grey Stops Him From Controlling Jessica Jones

Few characters have been able to go toe-to-toe with Jean Grey before, after, and obviously during her Dark Phoenix transformation. This is due to her unbelievably powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers that just set her above and beyond what other characters can handle.

As mentioned earlier, Killgrave is unable to manipulate a few characters in the Marvel Universe and Jean, undoubtedly, is one of them.

Although the two have rarely been pitted against one another in the comics, Jean actually used her telepathic powers to enter Jessica Jones’ mind. The goal and the result were to make Jessica impervious to the sick and terrible hold that Killgrave had over her.

1 He’s Immoral

One trait that Killgrave almost certainly lacks is the ability to be moral. Although he very well could have been a good human being before he gained his powers, he was easily corrupted.

His manipulation power made him a greedy and unbelievably materialistic person who feels like he is entitled to everything and everyone. The latter makes him particularly immoral, as he uses his powers to strip individuals, especially women, of their free will. Essentially, he has a “God Complex.”

In other words, Killgrave is utterly unethical, immoral, and is a downright sociopath. He is without empathy for others, which makes him a particularly dangerous foe since it’s hard to get to him emotionally. This is, however, with one major exception; his unhealthy obsession with Jessica Jones.

What do you think is the weirdest thing about Kilgrave’s body? Let us know in the comments below!



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2018-09-07 02:09:33 – Dylan Parker

The Incredibles: 25 Weirdest Things About Elastigirl’s Body

While over a decade passed without any of The Incredibles aging, the family has never been more popular with fans. Bob, Helen, and the Parr children: Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, may magically meet us from 1962 but their stories and battles are as relevant today as our own. Mrs. Incredible is the epitome of the working mother, giving her all to maintain a healthy, happy family while she maintains a demanding career.

Elastigirl once said, “I‘m at the top of my game! I’m right up there with the big dogs! Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.” She then married Mr. Incredible without ever dreaming of the legal woes Supers would experience. Helen adapted to normality better than Bob, perhaps because she didn’t have time to mourn her lost fame while she was the primary caregiver for three children.

Let’s not make Elastigirl’s life a myth of balance. Each day weighs to one side when managing a home, family, job and other roles. It’s all about the big picture, and Elastigirl’s abilities, particularly those she wields due to her own body, have proven useful both off and on the field as she manages home and a returns to crime-fighting in The Incredibles 2.

Seeing the mom take center stage as an independent hero was an unexpected delight in the long-awaited sequel. We wanted to learn more about her awesome powers.

From her obvious capabilities to the nuances only superfans notice, here are the 25 Weirdest Things About Elastigirl’s Body.

25 Charisma Is One Of Her Powers

It’s a weird power to have, but everyone from Gambit to Purple Man to Magneto has had it listed as their power at some point.

Charisma is a pretty fluid power,ranging from simple suggestive power to full-blown coercion, and we’re pretty sure Elastigirl doesn’t have the latter, even if you haven’t cleaned your room or finished your homework.

Still, there’s no denying that she’s a pretty charismatic character, and she has other cool powers gamers can tap into as well, including martial arts, acrobatics, medicine, stealth and military science.

24 She Has Super Strength

“Super strength” may not be listed among Elastigirl’s official abilities, but her mightiness is pretty obvious, whether she’s clinging to the side of a moving vehicle, carrying her entire family (plus cargo), or hurling around heavy machinery like it’s free weights.

While her husband may be the one known for his amazing strength, it’s pretty obvious that Elastigirl has some pretty incredible power of her own.

The very act of carrying her family in an RV during the first film, something that Mr. Incredible wasn’t be able to do, proves that.

23 She Can Stretch Up To 300 Feet

“She can stretch” is a complete underestimation of Elastigirl’s powers. We have seen Elastigirl stretch far enough to stretch far enough to stop moving vehicles, double-punch two villains while kicking another and move through buildings with a single step or two just by stretching her body.

While we don’t know her level of discomfort during a stretch she definitely makes it look easy.

The woman can stretch up to 300 feet, which is no small feat. No, it’s not the 1,500 feet that Mr. Fantastic can pull off, but given enough time, scientific development, and practice, who knows how far Helen could stretch?

22 Sometimes She’s Too Flexible

As with any superhero character, Elastigirl sometimes finds that her powers are as much of a hindrance as they are a boon in her career. The most obvious example is when she is too flexible and gets stuck in sticky situations, such in as a closing door.

One of her best scenes in the first film features a moment like this as she rescues her husband.

This scenario would be incredibly painful and even life-threatening to most of us, but for Helen Parr it seems to be mostly annoying as she contemplates the situation and quickly remedies her position using her abilities and wits.

21 She Can Pretty Much Fly

Who else do you know who, upon witnessing their baby hurling down from the sky, might request that you throw them up to catch said infant?

Elastigirl didn’t even hesitate when Jack-Jack was in need. She’s demonstrated her flight capabilities on several occasions.

Not only can she launch up to 80 feet in the air, but she can create a parachute out of her own flesh.

Those who argue that she can’t technically fly are the same people who argue that Storm and Jessica Jones can’t fly.

20 She’s Invulnerable (To An Extent)

Obviously, Elastigirl is mortal, but she’s largely invulnerable when it comes to physical peril. She takes the hits and keeps on giving them, whether that means dodging a kick or bullet, carrying an RV with her family in it with her own body, or being knocked from a plane in mid-air.

It would be interesting to test the limits of Elastigirl’s powers and see how invulnerable she truly is– without permanent damage, of course. After all, it’s still a Disney-Pixar movie, not Deadpool.

19 She Towers Over (And Out-Shouts) Her Husband

The original The Incredibles film is rife with 1960s references, making it easy to pinpoint where the film takes place. The arguments between Helen and Bob over Bob’s secret hero work, complete with a fuzzy bathrobe and the flicking of a table lamp on in the dark, are a part of that.

A big difference, however, is that Helen not only out-shouts her husband but towers over him in an argument, proving that no matter how big and powerful Mr. Incredible may be, Elastigirl can always be bigger.

That doesn’t mean better; there’s nothing big or great about their arguments. But the two are on more even footing than their initial appearances might seem.

18 She May Be Impervious To Bullets

While it’s not completely proven, many fans theorize that Helen Parr is impervious to bullets. It makes sense given her stretching capabilities.

We have seen many a bullet fired at her with no consequence.

That said, the same can be argued for her husband and children, but with Violet’s force field protecting the family it’s difficult to truly pinpoint who has bulletproof powers.

Given that Edna’s intuitive designs included bulletproof properties, it stands to reason that at least some of the Parrs could use some assistance in that department.

17 She’s Vulnerable To Mind Control

While we could list Elastigirl’s abilities all day, there are several powers that she obviously doesn’t have, and protection from telepathy is one of them. In the events of the second film, Helen is taken by a surprise attack when one of her supposed benefactors, Evelyn Deavor, turns out to be a pretty bitter villain with an anti-technology and pretty much anarchist agenda.

Although it was perhaps the most predictable moment of the film, Evelyn’s deception did reveal that despite Elastigirl’s quick thinking skills, she’s still susceptible to mind control.

16 She’s A Shapeshifter

While Elastigirl’s elasticity is obvious due to her name and just about any scene she stars in, it may not be so apparent that she is indeed a shapeshifter.

While she may not shift into a wolf or bear or any other creature, Elastigirl certainly has the ability to shapeshift into practical things that assist in her day-to-day work, whether it’s a parachute or a boat.

We don’t know the full extent of Elastigirl’s abilities, either, so it’s quite possible that she could stretch herself into a werewolf form if she so desired.

15 She Heals Fast

Although it’s not one of her more obvious powers, nor is it as impressive as the healing factors that characters like Wolverine and Deadpool are known for, Elastigirl has a pretty speedy recovery period.

Elastigirl is able to quickly bounce back after being knocked unconscious.

Any normal person who faced the battles that she, or any of her Super family members, went up against would definitely need a breather before heading back into the game, if not a mini vacation or a hospital stay.

14 She’s Not The Only Elastigirl

Pixar fans may not know it, but Helen Parr isn’t the only incarnation of Elastigirl. The DC character Elasti-Girl, a member of the Doom Patrol, first appeared in 1963’s My Greatest Adventure #80, right around the same time that Pixar’s Elastigirl was fighting crime.

Rita Farr Dayton had the ability to control her body shape and size, shrinking and stretching at will, very much like Helen.

Originally a film star, Rita was exposed to volcanic gas that gave her the abilities that made her into a superhero.

13 She May Have Superhuman Vision

Can you see a stray hair from several feet away? How about a tiny speck of rubble on the shoulder of your lying husband who was supposed to be bowling instead of getting an adrenaline rush from saving people from drama? Elastigirl can, which prompts many fans to believe that the superhero indeed has superhuman vision.

It’s not as much as a stretch as some other fan theories, but it’s also one that doesn’t have as much concrete support as her obvious powers. Still, it’s fairly obvious that Elastigirl has better sight than the average Jane, and Jack-Jack has to get his vision gene from somewhere.

12 Her many different Voices

The different incarnations of Elastigirl have all featured different voices. While Holly Hunter has lent her talents to both films as well as the Disney Infinity video game, Elizabeth Daily voiced the character in the 2004 video game, The Incredibles. Elastigirl had another voice still in Lego: The Incredibles, where Ally Johnson could be heard as Helen Parr.

While all of Mrs. Incredible’s voice actresses portrayed her in their own way, we think her Hunter voice is the most spot-on for her character’s personality.

11 She Does Most Of What Her Husband Does… In Heels

It’s an old but true trope: anything Mr. Incredible can do, his wife can do– in heels.

Why on earth does Elastigirl wear heels into battle?

It’s definitely something that most heroes should want to avoid. Those things would be a hindrance in battle and make zero sense as a part of her costume– likely posing as much risk as the dreaded cape that Edna so heartily despises, yet there they are.

The heels could be overlooked as a part of the 1960s motif or as a nod to the Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire dynamic, but in all honestly it detracts from her scenes a bit. Give the woman some sensible footwear, animators.

10 She’s Skilled At Hand-To-Hand Combat

While we believe that Elastigirl is more of a lover than a fighter in her post-hero days, when she has to fight, she certainly does it well.

It’s mesmerizing to watch her whoop some bad guy booty.

With her agility and graceful moves, it’s a cross between ninja mom and superhero dancer. She does everything with grace and skill, which likely come naturally with a power like elasticity.

While her fighting skills might best be described as improvisational, she certainly can handle herself in a fight.

9 She’s An Accomplished Pilot And Motorcyclist

Helen has some pretty cool non-fighting, non-superpower skills that are frequently utilized in the films.

Rather than gifts, these are talents that she obviously took time to develop.

Between the lingo (which Holly Hunter also studied in order to portray it accurately) and her actions, Mrs. Incredible has proven her mettle as an accomplished pilot.

We had no idea that she was also a skilled motorcyclist until we witnessed her handle a bike so effortlessly in the sequel. What other unseens skills does Elastigirl have?

8 She Doesn’t Get Rusty

Remember when Mr. Incredible returned to superherodom and had that Rocky-esque training montage? Despite the fact that he was the one who continue to save people in secret, he was also proved to be pretty out of shape.

His wife is another story. Helen’s had at least a dozen years of chasing babies, cleaning house, and caring for a family of five. That all likely helped to keep her more nimble than her husband, who did work at an office job.

In all fairness, most chores come so easily to Bob that he probably requires heftier training than Helen to truly stay in shape.

7 She’s Incredibly Resourceful

While other Supers often turn to brute force when grappling with an unexpected situation, Elastigirl is a true artist, using found objects in her work and making them work to her own advantage. Maybe it’s the mother in her, but she is used to working with what she’s got, whether it’s the very weapons poised against her, the vehicles in her near vicinity, or the machinery she’s known to wield so well.

Elastigirl is also the most resourceful in terms of networking. She seems to know the most helpful people, from Frozone, Edna, and Snug, to her new buddies in the second film.

6 She’s Produced Three Kids With Superpowers

Unlike most superheroes who have children, Elastigirl’s body actually shows the reality of family life and three pregnancies. She’s still pretty darn fit for a woman in her thirties. but it’s nice to see a hero with a somewhat more realistic body, particularly after producing three children with superhero powers of their own.

We have to wonder if the elasticity came in handy during pregnancy and delivery.

Regardless, the fact that she managed to give birth to an invisible baby, a speedster baby, and a baby with seemingly ever power is incredibly impressive.

5 She Is The Least Destructive Super

It’s a common complaint among normal people that supers leave too much destruction in their wake. It’s the very reason we’ve had a Civil War between the Avengers, a Batman v Superman fight. It’s also one reason why the Supers had to go into hiding in The Incredibles universe in the first place.

Partly due to the nature of her abilities, but also due to her own quick thinking and graceful moves, Elastigirl is one of the least destructive supers we’ve seen.

In most cases the damage she causes is far less than the damage and loss of life that she prevents in action.

4 She Uses Her Powers For Convenience

What superhero is going to deny themselves the perk of using their own powers in daily life? We’ve seen everyone from Scarlet Witch to Ant-Man utilize their skills under the dome of parenthood, not only to protect their children but as a simple matter of convenience.

Need to separate fighting children? Stretch your arms and keep them apart!

Hear the telltale signs of silence down the hall? We’re pretty sure Elastigirl extended her ears, if not her whole neck, in order to check on playing toddlers during Violet and Dash’s younger years.

3 She Has A Sharp Wit And Is A Quick-Thinker

Holly Hunter proved to be the perfect casting choice as Elastigirl’s voice. Her wry, gently sardonic tone and maternal concern is perfectly conveyed through Hunter’s intonation.

Helen’s sharp wit and quick critical thinking power is often accompanied by some pretty quick speech.

Elastigirl is handed a dangerous situation and forms a plan in minutes, booking a plane, taking care of her family and rescuing her husband as if it’s all a matter of managing a spreadsheet and carpool.

Even as curve balls, like stowaway children, are thrown her way, she takes it all in stride with her quick thinking.

2 She’ll throw a punch

Why did this plot exist at all? The overused suspicious wife plot was a common staple among 1960s entertainment. While people might laugh over Elastigirl punching Mirage in the face in The Incredibles for participating in supposed infidelity with Bob, it does more harm than good.

Pixar could have easily written a more female-friendly story instead of the bitter old rivals angle, which is may be Elastigirl got such a prominent and empowered role in The Incredibles 2 as a response.

1 She Is The Ultimate Supermom And Uses Her Body To Protect Those She Loves

Almost any mother can attest to using her body as a shield, cushioning device, or other instrument in order to protect her child, forfeiting comfort and safety to the point of surpassing logic. Elastigirl goes above and beyond that, scooping up her children and using her own body to deflect explosions, sheltering her kids from dangers they should never have to face.

While adrenaline kicks in to help many parents overcome obstacles, Elastigirl’s very body provides her with the means of protecting her family.

Do you have any info to add about Elastigirl’s body from The Incredibles? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-06 03:09:58 – Sara Schmidt