Falcon & Winter Soldier TV Series Confirmed, Logo Revealed

Disney has officially confirmed a Falcon & Winter Soldier series is in the works for Disney+ and revealed the first logo. Marvel Studios has dominated the big screen over the last eleven years, but now that they’re moving into Phase 4, they’re also expanding their reach to the small screen. Thanks to Disney’s own streaming service, Marvel Studios is set to make TV shows based around characters who haven’t received enough spotlight already.

One of these series has long been rumored to be a team up series between Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). It was previously reported that a showrunner had been found for the series, but Disney and Marvel had yet to confirm that the series was happening. They have previously only confirmed that a Tom Hiddleston led Loki series is on the way.

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During Walt Disney Studios’ investor meeting today focused on the upcoming launch of their streaming service, Disney+, the Falcon & Winter Soldier series was finally confirmed. The news came as Disney showed off a version of the service, which featured the first logo for Falcon & Winter Soldier on the platform. Check out the logo below:

Now that Falcon & Winter Soldier is confirmed to be on the way, fans will be patiently waiting to get more details on what it will contain and when it could take place. Both characters are currently victims of Thanos’ snap in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is expected that both will be brought back to life by the end of Avengers: Endgame. It has previously been theorized that the series could potentially serve as them figuring out who can take on the Captain America mantle next. That’s not confirmed at this point, but Feige has indicated that these shows will have a lasting impact on the future of the MCU – so picking the next Cap would do just that.

With Disney already highlighting Falcon & Winter Soldier, it could potentially be one of the first live-action shows from Marvel Studios to arrive on Disney+. There has yet to be any news on production gearing up, much less beginning, and there has been no promise so far that it will be available when Disney+ launches. With an additional series focused on Scarlet Witch and Vision also in development, this will likely be just one of many new pieces of MCU content to arrive on the streaming service.

More: Every Exclusive TV Show & Movie Coming To Disney Plus

Source: Disney

2019-04-11 03:04:31

Cooper Hood

The Avengers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Captain America And The Winter Soldier’s Relationship

With Avengers: Endgame on the rise, fans are speculating the safety of their favorite characters. Creators and trailers have hinted at the serious sacrifice the surviving Avengers will have to make to save everyone. One of the characters most in danger, according to the internet, is Captain America. Not only has the character lost his closest friend and is more motivated that ever, but in the real world Chris Evans’ contract is up after the film. This might be the last film fans will ever see Steve Rogers in.

While heroism helps motivate Cap to commit to fatal sacrifices, there’s another piece in play: Bucky Barnes. Right after Thanos’ fateful snap, The Winter Soldier disintegrated before his best friend’s eyes. Throughout the Captain America films, Steve has shown the lengths he’s willing to go to in order to protect Bucky. They’re friends, family, and the most important person in each others’ lives. Losing Bucky (again) is something Steve doesn’t want to do.

It’s not every day people get to have a best friend for over a hundred years, after all.

This bond has spanned decades of comics, several movies, and animated stories, so it’s a pretty deep-seeded part of the Marvel universe. But unless a fan’s looked at it all, there are important parts of their relationship that could pass right on by.

Here are 25 Things You Don’t Know About Captain America And The Winter Soldier’s Relationship.

25 Bucky Started Out As A Kid Sidekick

Most people know Bucky Barnes as The Winter Soldier, the hunky childhood friend of Captain America. While both men were lost to time, Barnes was the tortured soul used by Hydra to further their evil machinations.

However, in the comics, Bucky started out a young ward to Steve Rogers, a kid who helped him in his superhero adventures. The teen idolized the american man with a shield and they became a team. Unfortunately for him, though, the partnership ended with Bucky’s abrupt passing during Avengers #56, in 1968.

It wasn’t until 2005 that Hydra warped the young Barnes and turned him into The Winter Soldier fans know and love today.

24 Both Men Flirt With The Black Widow

Whether it’s the movies or comics, Black Widow has had a large variety of relationships. Two men that seem to pop up in her life over and over again, though, are Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Early on in the MCU, it seemed like they were setting up a Natasha/Steve pairing but never followed through. And elsewhere? In Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow, Cap and Widow even have a son named James Rogers.

Bucky and Natasha have quite the history, though, too. While under Hydra control, Black Widow was not only a fellow agent, but his trainer at times. Canonically, during their brainwashed time together, they fell in love. It’s unknown if the MCU is keeping that part of its canon, though.

23 Bucky Ended The Lives Of  Avengers’ Family Members

During his time as Hydra’s Winter Soldier, Hydra coerced him into doing a lot of things his former self would never agree to. Once a war hero, they changed him into the perfect assassin, the kind that could expertly pull off a hit and disappear at a moment’s notice. His assassin career included taking out high-profile targets like dignitaries, scientists, and even JFK himself.

Captain America: Civil War started because of Bucky’s nefarious past, when he was blamed for the bombing of Wakandan King T’Chaka. While that was discovered to be a lie, another horrible target of The Winter Soldier was revealed: Tony Stark’s parents. On Hydra’s orders he eliminated them, leaving their son alone in the world at only 21.

22 Without Steve, The Winter Soldier Wouldn’t Be Alive

Regardless of who the real Bucky is, as The Winter Soldier, he committed a lot of terrible crimes for Hydra. When he regained control of his mind, of course James Buchanen Barnes despised what he’d done.

However, that didn’t stop people from wanting to bring The Winter Soldier to justice. If it wasn’t for Captain America’s fierce loyalty, Bucky likely would have been destroyed by Natasha in her initial investigation with Nick Fury. Or if Barnes in any way came to his senses, the Sakovia Accords would have outed him and put him in danger. Steve’s protection the only reason he ever made it to Avengers: Infinity War.

21 Young Bucky Stays Gone

In the current comic climate, it’s rare for lost characters to stay in their graves. In the ’60s, though, Marvel comics did something wild and revolutionary by ending young Bucky Barnes’ life and keeping it that way. Over the decades, losing him has been a constant source of anguish for Captain America. Furthermore, some creators thought it was important to show the danger of including children in heroics.

Though Barnes has returned as the Winter Soldier, the younger version of him has stayed gone. Marvel comics have only included him as an adult since his resurrection in 2005. Out with eager child, in with brooding, troubled ex-Hydra agent.

20 In Some Comic Runs, Bucky Is Captain America

Throughout comics’ run, artists have always played with passing down the mantle of certain titles to different characters. Bruce Wayne isn’t the only Batman. “Thor” has now passed onto several new Gods. Even the Avengers have evolved into the West Coast Avengers or the Young Avengers. Captain America is no different. While Falcon (AKA Sam Wilson) is a common candidate, he isn’t the only friend of Steve’s to take over the mantle. Bucky Barnes himself has become Captain America when Steve has stepped down. Steve even recommended him for the job.

Barnes’ version of Captain America has a bulletproof suit and pistols. While effective and dedicated to heroism, his past still leaves a dark stain on his reputation and his mind.

19 The Captain America Creator Named Bucky After His Childhood Friend

When it comes to character creation, it’s not uncommon to name characters after people. Captain America creator Joe Simon gave his good childhood friend, Bucky Pierson, that honor when concocting Steve Rogers’ sidekick. Though he was Cap’s young protege, his bond with Bucky meant a lot to him. Losing the young boy haunted Steve for decades.

In the MCU, Bucky’s identity is a bit more meta to its origin. This Barnes is a golden boy athlete and best friend of Steve, instead of a younger kid. That fits Simon’s old friend’s description. After all, the real Bucky was captain of the high school basketball team.

18 Both Men Are Over 100 Years Old, Chronologically

Of all the Avengers (excluding Thor,) Steve and Bucky are by far the oldest members. Hailing from the 1940’s, these WWII soldiers are brave, heroic men. With time, though, they’ve gained a lot of scars and pain. Steve has lost too many people to time. Bucky lost himself to Hydra. However, both men can bond over the people they used to be  and the past they once had.

No matter the hard times between them and the enemies they’ve faced, they can get through all of it together. After all, Steve remembers when Bucky was a hero and Bucky remembers when Steve was just a man.

17 Bucky Started Out As The Perfect Golden Boy

Whether fans are talking sidekick boy Bucky Barnes or the man who became The Winter Soldier, either one of them started out a golden boy. Strong, athletic, and good-hearted, Bucky has always been a pinnacle of pride and heroics. His best friend Steve admired that in him, and so did the original Captain America that took young Barnes in as his sidekick.

Hydra may have done a lot of things to the war hero, but that can’t take away who he was. There is a part of The Winter Soldier that will always want to be a good hero. It’s why Steve and him became so close.

16 They’re Both Fugitives

After the Sakovia Accords, life changed irreparably for both WWII soldiers frozen in time. Wakanda had to re-freeze and heal The Winter Soldier. Captain America had to go on the run with Black Widow and others because of his Accords opposition. Under the eyes of the American government, both men are fugitives and criminals. If they were caught (pre-Infinity War,) the U.S. government would have sent both of them  to the terrible meta-human prison, The Raft.

The past few years have been spent in hiding from the very people they spent decades wanting to protect.

With the world in chaos after Thanos, though, there likely will be exceptions made for Cap and others.

15 In An Alternate Universe, Bucky Commands Steve’s Unit And Becomes White Skull

Most Marvel storylines follow similar origins, but sometimes creators get, well, creative. In an alternate timeline story, Bucky and Steve’s relationship is completely altered. Instead of mentor/mentee or childhood friends, they meet as grown men in the army. Barnes in Steve’s commanding officer in the American Civil War and leads him through battle. Another big change is that “Buck” doesn’t become The Winter Soldier or simply lose his life. Instead, he becomes The White Skull, fighting against Captain America.

Also, in this timeline, Lincoln never was assassinated and Native American culture is revered by the whole country, wildly different from the real events of the time period.

14 Marvel’s Changing Timeline Protects Their Origin Story

Other than a few, off-hand stories, Captain America and The Winter Soldier are always tied to WWII. Their origins are rooted in the world-wide conflict, building them into the men they are today. Because of this, Marvel’s sliding timeline rarely effects their origins.

This means that, while Peter Parker’s teen style may evolve with the changing decades, the core of Steve and Bucky’s past remains unmoved. After all, their origins aren’t just the 40’s because that was an arbitrary choice. That time was when these good, young men became the heroes they are today. It’s very similar to the Wonder Woman’s involvement with WWII and Steve Trevor in the DC comics.

13 The U.S. Government Honors Their WWII Service

Both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, officially, lost their lives in the line of duty. They helped protect the Allied forces against Hydra during WWII and were heroes for it.

Between WWII and current day, the U.S. government found ways to honor the lost heroes that day. Captain America was commemorated and Bucky Barnes had his own memorial. Though it was a morbid sight, seeing America honorably display his history helped remind The Winter Soldier of who he once was.

While they both ultimately didn’t perish in WWII, it was still impressive to both receive such high honors for their service. They even got to see the results of those actions in the future, for better or worse.

12 Captain America Replaced Bucky With A Doppleganger

While Bucky Barnes was dear to Cap’s heart, he wasn’t the guy’s only sidekick. Most notably he also teamed up with Rick Jones, the spitting image of his old companion. Though his hair was a little longer and he was a lot more annoying, the strong face, brown hair, and intense eyes were all there.

However, looking like Bucky wasn’t what made Cap team up with Rick. Rick inserted himself by Steve’s side and the hero agreed because of his soft spot for Bucky. No matter how similar they looked, Rick simply just wasn’t the same. He took Bucky’s costume and name without Cap’s permission and was a jerk about the whole sensitive situation.

11 They Have A Complicated Relationship With Wakanda

When The Winter Soldier and Captain America first encountered Wakanda, the Black Panther was hot on their heels, wanting to make Bucky suffer for his supposed crimes. After all, he was wanted for the loss of The Black Panther’s father, King T’Chaka. The pair had to evade Wakanda at every turn.

However, when Investigations revealed Bucky didn’t cause T’Chaka’s passing, Wakanda grew softer to the duo. They understood Steve’s desire to protect the tortured Winter Soldier. They even helped him keep Barnes away from American forces and heal him. Wakanda is the only reason he was able to fight by Steve’s side ever again.

10 Pre-Captain America Transformation, Steve Only Trusted Bucky

When MCU Steve Rogers was a kid, he was treated poorly. He wasn’t always the big, powerful, beefy man people know Cap for. The hero used to be skinny, weak, and heroic, despite his physical deficiencies.

Between losing his parents and the copious bullies he fought off, the only person he had anymore was his best friend, Bucky Barnes. Barnes not only supported Steve, but he protected him against the darker parts of the world. Despite his friend’s good heart, Bucky was vehemently against Rogers joining the army. After all, he didn’t want to lose Steve just because he wanted to be a hero. Even though he trusted Barnes, he defied his friend.

Lucky for Bucky, Steve became the hero he always dreamed of being.

9 They Both Liked Peggy Carter

From the second Steve met Peggy Carter, he was enamored with her brilliance and indomitable spirit. Over their time working together, the two began to foster feelings for one another. Steve became Captain America, this shining and true hero that Peggy admired. And Peggy? She encouraged Steve to be the man he was always meant to be.

When Bucky finally met Steve again, the scrawny kid he once knew was very different. The second Peggy joined them, he was also charmed by her good looks and strength. However, he was startled to realize he wasn’t the one catching all the girls’ attention anymore. She only had eyes for Steve.

8 Both Men Rely On Metal, Advanced Tech Attachments

At their core, both Captain America and The Winter Soldier are super-serumed warriors with advanced tech. While Bucky relies on his robotic arm, Steve relies on his powerful, bulletproof shield. Not only are they staples of their fighting styles, but also signature tools that define their hero personas.

When either men got their metal attachments, it changed them as people. With Hydra, Bucky’s robotic arm marked his assimilation into their ranks. Meanwhile, Cap’s shield became his symbol of protection and strength.

Though these items don’t define them, they do represent their past, who they are as heroes, and who they are as people.

7 They Will Sacrifice Their Lives For One Another

Despite their initial physical differences, Bucky and Steve always remained fiercely dedicated to one another. They would do anything to keep each other safe. With this in mind, it’s why Bucky was cruel about the army to try to protect Steve and sacrificed himself during WWII. Furthermore, it’s the reason Cap risked life and limb to save Barnes from Hydra facilities, the Red Skull, and eventually the U.S. government itself.

Time and time again, they chose each other over anyone else. After all, they were best friends in the 40’s, and now the only family they have in modern day. Without each other, they’d lose a part of themselves that both men cherish: the friendship that encouraged them both to become heroes.

6 Steve And Bucky Met As Children

As a little kid, other kids his age bullied and attacked Steve. Despite being popular and unaffected, Bucky stepped in to protect the young Rogers. Just because he had it all didn’t stop him from believing in protecting others. From this moment on, the pair became fast friends and stuck by each other’s side all the time.

When Steve’s mom passed away, Bucky was there to support, comfort, and protect the young Rogers. Though they disagreed on Steve’s abilities, they became family. Between hard times and good ones (like sneaking to Coney Island to buy hot dogs or gifts for Dolores,) their friendship became the most important thing in both men’s lives.

5 At One Time Or Another, Hydra Brainwashed Both Of Them

Throughout all Marvel storylines, it’s safe to say that Hydra causes a lot of long-term havoc. They brainwash good people, they create monsters, and apparently the Red Skull guards the soul stone, as one does.

While Bucky’s adult storyline has always revolved around Hydra indoctrination, he’s not the only victim. For a little while in recent comics, Captain America also was warped by Hydra to play a part in their machinations.

His horrible past with Hydra defines to The Winter Soldier’s identity. However, others like Black Widow and even Cap himself can bond, share, and support him after those experiences.

4 Captain America Had Other Sidekicks

When Captain America was first created, Bucky Barnes, kid hero, was his only sidekick. They were inseparable and adventured the world together. However, after losing Bucky, Cap went solo for awhile.

Things didn’t stay that way, though, and eventually the American hero picked up new companions. Some of the most famous include Golden Girl and Falcon. Currently in the MCU, Falcon (Sam Wilson) also is around to help Steve in his heroic ventures. Like Bucky sometimes does, Sam has taken up the mantle of Captain America at various times.

Whether fans liked it or not, Cap has had more than his fair share of heroic friends. No one quite replaced Bucky, though.

3 The Winter Soldier Is Steve’s Only Good Reason For Starting Civil War

Civil War is one of the most impactful events in Avengers history, pitting some of the closest friends and allies against one another. With such a aggressive stance on personal freedoms and protecting those he cares about, it makes sense why Captain America would oppose the Sakovia Accords’ rules. However, without Bucky around, that’s likely all Cap would have done: oppose. Someone very dear to him wouldn’t have been in such serious danger.

With the Accords in place, though, The Winter Soldier would have been exposed and threatened by powers across the world. While Steve wants to protect the people of the world, he couldn’t stand by and let his oldest friend get shoved into the line of fire.

2 In The Comics, Steve Keeps A Picture Of Bucky With Him

When young Bucky was slain by villains, it had a horrible impact on Captain America. Over the next few decades, he mourned the event. At times, others swayed him to make questionable decisions because of his guilt and how much he missed him (see: Rick Jones.)

Throughout all of this time, Cap kept a picture of Bucky in his most important belongings, even through his many time jumps. After all, the boy meant the world to him.

This only makes the surfacing of The Winter Soldier all the harder on Cap. Of course, it also explains why he was desperate to get his old friend back.

1 Captain America Will Be Desperate To Get Bucky Back In Avengers: Endgame

Throughout the years, Bucky and Steve has always managed to find each other. In the ’40s, they were best friends that fell apart because of war. During WWII, they were loyal comrades who sacrificed themselves. By the time they reached modern day, Cap was a hero and Bucky was being used as a monstrous tool, but Steve saved him. In Civil War, the American hero risked everything to protect his wounded friend.

When it comes to Avengers: Infinity War,  Bucky evaporated right through Steve’s fingertips. If not for the world, Captain America will bring everyone back to save his best friend one last time. For all they’ve been through, their friendship can’t end like that. Steve won’t let it.

Were there any important details we missed about The Avengers‘ Captain America and Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments below!

2019-04-08 09:04:08

Stephanie Marceau

Captain Marvel Already Passed Winter Soldier at the Box Office

After just two weeks in theaters, Captain Marvel has already passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office. Last weekend, the latest installment in the MCU gave the marketplace a much-needed shot in the arm by posting the sixth-highest debut of all-time with $455 million worldwide. Riding waves of positive buzz from audiences and critics, Captain Marvel quickly became the first bona fide blockbuster of 2019, setting the stage for an extremely lucrative commercial run.

Many expected Captain Marvel to have strong legs, particularly because none of this weekend’s wide releases were all that appealing. Among the newcomers were panned offerings like Captive State and Wonder Park, neither of which posed much of a threat to the latest Marvel juggernaut. Unsurprisingly, the road was clear for Captain Marvel to add a significant amount to its totals, and it’s already leapfrogged some notable fellow MCU entries.

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According to Box Office Mojo, Captain Marvel’s worldwide total now stands at $760.2 million. That surpasses the global haul of 2014’s The Winter Soldier ($714.3 million) and moves Captain Marvel up to 11th on the all-time MCU chart. The Carol Danvers origin story also passed The Winter Soldier at the domestic box office ($266.2 million over $259.7 million).

Captain Marvel was never in any real danger of bombing, but even the rosiest optimists may not have seen this coming. The film most definitely shattered projections and is well on its way to joining the $1 billion club. Only two other MCU standalone movies, Black Panther and Iron Man 3, grossed that much (Civil War, while part of the Captain America series, was essentially a major crossover film), putting Captain Marvel in rather exclusive company. Certainly, the lack of meaningful competition played a role in this development, but Captain Marvel’s success speaks to how excited viewers are to welcome Carol to the MCU. It’s no coincidence that one week after Captain Marvel opened, Marvel released a new Avengers: Endgame trailer that ended with a moment between Thor and Carol that’s already become a fan-favorite.

Though Captain Marvel should continue to do very well at the box office over the next few weeks, its time at the top of the charts may be coming to an end soon. This week sees the release of Jordan Peele’s Us, a critically-acclaimed horror film that’s estimated to earn as much as $40 million in its first three days. That said, seeing that the target audiences for Captain Marvel and Us are fairly different, there should be enough money to go around for both movies to thrive. Business for Captain Marvel probably won’t truly begin to decline until Shazam! opens in April.

More: Captain Marvel’s Biggest MCU Retcons (and Plot Holes)

Source: Box Office Mojo

2019-03-17 11:03:26

Chris Agar

PUBG’s New Winter Map Vikendi Playable Tonight on PC Test Server

While Fortnite may have dominated the conversation in 2018, the original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG for short) has continued to chug along as one of the best destinations for gamers looking to get their fix of competitive battle royale gameplay. PUBG was essentially the creator of the battle royale genre, but now that the space has become incredibly competitive with the likes of H1Z1, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Blackout, the pressure is on PUBG to raise the stakes or get lost in the shuffle.

At The Game Awards 2018, the latest expansion for the blockbuster online game (not including that Joker and Harley Quinn nonsense) was announced, and it’s available now for players on the PC test server, with an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release scheduled for January 2019.

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The new map, Vikendi, is introduced via a cinematic trailer which follows an inquisitive little bird who comes across a slain fighter and nearly blows itself up with a grenade. It’s a jolly little piece with a fun dose of dark humor, but hardcore fans would surely prefer a more in-depth look at the new map, or at least a little bit of gameplay footage. Nevertheless, the teaser confirms the map’s location to be a snowy tundra.

This snow-covered setting offers a visually distinct look from other maps, but also opens up new tactical strategies. The snow in the map isn’t just for show, since players will leave footprints in the cold powder, allowing for observant hunters to track their prey, and for quick-witted prey to turn the tables on their would-be predators.

In terms of size, Vikendi is a six-by-six map, making it bigger than Sanhok, but smaller than Erangel, and this balance in scale should draw fans of both maps to this new locale. Vikendi releases alongside a new weapon, the G36 assault rifle, and a new vehicle; considering the setting, a snowmobile is a natural fit, and should have distinct handling compared to the other vehicles present in the game.

Best of all, Vikendi is available now for users on the PC test servers, and will receive a proper launch later in December. Console players will have to wait a bit longer, but not too long: Vikendi is coming to Xbox and PlayStation 4 in January.

The Xbox One port of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was initially criticized for its numerous technical issues, including server instability, frame-rate issues, and glitches, but the experience is somewhat smoother after months of patches. The PlayStation 4 version of the game is finally due out on December 7, and will hopefully be more stable at launch.

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2018-12-06 10:12:06

Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

Related: Black Ops 4 Blackout Guide: Pro Tips For Battle Royale Beginners

Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

The Flash Premiere Had The Arrowverse’s First Batwoman Easter Egg

The fifth season premiere of The Flash surprised fans by making the first official reference to the existence of Batwoman, months ahead of her first scheduled appearance during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this winter. The episode also dropped a number of references to the classic comic book mini-series Crisis On Infinite Earths, which has been hinted as an eventual occurrence in the future of the Arrowverse.

Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse was first announced shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2018, when the news broke that The CW was considering developing a television series based around Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who unintentionally followed in his footsteps when she became a vigilante. It was later confirmed that not only was The CW developing the series, but they intended to introduce Kate Kane as part of Elseworlds – the next annual Arrowverse crossover event. Ruby Rose, of Orange Is The New Black fame, was ultimately cast in the role of Kate Kane.

Related: First Look At Ruby Rose In Costume As Batwoman In Arrowverse Crossover

The nod to Batwoman came near the end of the third segment of “Nora.” The action of the episode centered around Nora West-Allen, the future daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, accidentally traveling back in time to before she was born and meeting her parents shortly after they got married. Barry quickly realized something was up when Nora seemed more concerned about spending time with him than doing the same with Iris and asked Nora, point blank, if that had anything to do his disappearance during a crisis in 2024, which he had read about in a future newspaper. Nora responded by showing Barry a newspaper from her time – the year 2049 – and confirming that he never returned home and that she grew up without a father.

Published 25 years to the day after the original article from the future, which was first seen in the first episode of The Flash, the 2049 article discusses the same crisis, but with a bit more detail. The 2024 article mentioned The Flash disappearing while fighting alongside Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl. The 2049 article lists a larger number of heroes being involved in the battle, including Batwoman. The article says:

“But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse-Flash leading an army of ‘shadow demons’.”

It is interesting to note that Batwoman is mentioned in the same sentence as Green Arrow and Elongated Man – two heroes who frequently fight alongside The Flash on Earth-One. Until now, it had not been confirmed what Earth in the Arrowverse Kate Kane would be based on, though most assumed she would be from Earth 38 – the same Earth as Supergirl – as that would make it easier for the two to team-up in the future, in the same way that Batman and Superman frequently join forces in the comics. The wording of the article would suggest, however, that Kate Kane will be from Earth-One.

The mention of Reverse-Flash leading an army of shadow demons is another point of interest, given that shadow demons were the main mooks of The Anti-Monitor – the villain of the Crisis On Infinite Earths mini-series, where The Flash seemingly died saving the multiverse. The article also makes mention of The Psycho Pirate – another super-villain who had a major role in the events of The Crisis. It has long been suspected that the Arrowverse would eventually reenact Crisis On Infinite Earths in live-action and this latest bit of news about Batwoman from The Flash premiere seems to make that probability all the more certain.

More: The Flash Fixes Plot Hole By Secretly Changing Arrowverse History

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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 Best: Logan (93%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

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

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

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

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

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

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

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

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

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

17 Best: Creed (95%)

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

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

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

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

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

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

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

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

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

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

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

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

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

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

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

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

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

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

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

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

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

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

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

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

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

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

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

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

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

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

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

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

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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

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

Tyrion Lannister Will Get a Beautiful GoT Ending, According to Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage promises that Tyrion Lannister will get a beautiful ending on Game of Thrones. Viewers will just have to wait to find out if it’s a happy one. Dinklage has been portraying the fan favorite character for the show’s entire run, beginning in 2011.

Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Game of Thrones is set to conclude when the show returns for its 8th season next year. The show originally hewed closely to the source material, but diverged in later seasons as it began to outpace Martin’s novels. With his sixth installment no closer to release, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have decided that the upcoming six-episode season will also be the show’s last. Martin, certain Thrones could continue on for many years, was stunned by this revelation.

Related: Game of Thrones: Jon Snow’s Direwolf Is Returning For Final Season

According to ET, Peter Dinklage had only positive things to say about next year’s finale. He stated, “There are no better writers in television than Dan Weiss and David Benioff. They ended it brilliantly. Better than I could have imagined and you people are in for it. It ends beautifully for my character whether it be tragic or not.”

Martin wasn’t the only one surprised and saddened by the news that Thrones would be ending its run so soon. Fans are already going through withdrawal, counting the days until the show returns. Season 7 ended in August 2017 and all viewers know for certain is that “winter is coming” sometime in 2019.

Dinklage’s statement may not be entirely comforting, but it’s not exactly shocking either. Both the series and Martin’s novels have never been shy about killing off major characters, regardless of how beloved they may be. This is not to say that Tyrion won’t survive the finale, but Dinklage’s comments certainly leave room for that to be the case. Without Martin’s novels as a blueprint, little is known about how the series will wrap up. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, feels that the ending may prove divisive among fans.

The show’s final details have been shrouded in secrecy, with the scripts disappearing as soon as the episodes are shot. Fans have been scouring the internet for clues and some feel that Turner’s direwolf tattoo and Maisie Williams’s cryptic Instagram post both point to the survival of at least some of the Starks. The rampant speculation is to be expected. Game of Thrones has become a worldwide phenomenon and most viewers will be sad to see it go, regardless of whether the ending is satisfying or not. At least a prequel series was ordered earlier this year, so audiences won’t have to completely bid farewell to Westeros just yet.

More: Emilia Clarke Commemorates Game Of Thrones Ending With New Dragon Tattoos

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

Source: ET

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2018-10-05 07:10:24 – Jamie Gerber

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In 2014 Marvel Studios broke the mold with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While the studio had achieved much financial success and acclaim beforehand, this film – which was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo – was the first one that blew everyone’s mind. It was much more than a comic book movie, and shared more in common with spy thrillers of the past. Speaking to Hero Complex, Anthony Russo explained what attracted him to the project: “The relationship between Cap and Winter Soldier’s fascinating to me. The idea of a friend who’s been lost and can that friend ever be regained? I always think about movies like The Searchers, the stories of kidnappings where settlers were taken by Indians, lived with Indians for a long time and lost their relationship to the original families they were with and had this identity crisis… Where they would belong. For me, Winter Soldier very much lives in that world.”

Since then, their work has become the centerpiece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). They helmed Captain America: Civil War and the record-shattering Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, it’s safe to say that they’re steering the MCU ship right now. Nonetheless, it’s important to acknowledge and revisit the impact that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had on all of this. It’s the first movie that showed us that Marvel films can be more than one-liners, inflated team-ups, and fan service.

With that said, let’s take a look at 20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

20 Anthony Mackie Begged Marvel For A Role

It’s hard to imagine anyone else besides Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, but that wasn’t the role that he campaigned for. After appearing in 2009’s The Hurt Locker, Mackie wrote to Marvel Studios. “I was initially writing them because I wanted to be Black Panther,” Mackie said at the 2015 Emerald City Comicon (via CBR). The studio eventually got back to him, but it didn’t specify for which part.

Though he didn’t get the T’Challa gig, Mackie still pushed for the character’s introduction in the MCU. “When we were shooting [Captain America: The Winter Solider] I would always have conversations with them about Black Panther because I wanted to stress the importance of that character to the movie-going populous,” he said to I Am Rogue.

19 Samuel L. Jackson’s Grandfather Was Really An Elevator Operator

There’s a part in the film where Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury recalls a story about his grandfather being an elevator operator to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. For many, it sounded like a clever piece of dialogue for Fury to get across his message – but it’s also true. “He actually ran an elevator in a hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. That was his job. I used to go down there and sit in the elevator with him while he took people up and down. He got tipped that way and had money in his pocket or in a bag,” Jackson told Hero Complex. Jackson doesn’t know if the writers read about him talking about his grandfather, because he never improvised his lines.

18 Hawkeye Was Supposed To Appear

Hawkeye is often the forgotten Avenger and it seems like he was discarded in Captain America: The Winter Soldier too. As it turns out, that isn’t the truth as the Russos mentioned in the film commentary. Speaking to SR in 2014, Joe Russo elaborated: “If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with [Jeremy] Renner’s schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C.”

So, in this case, Hawkeye only has himself to blame for this absence.

17 The Winter Soldier Wasn’t In The Original Title

It’s difficult to film a blockbuster nowadays, as there are spies everywhere, tracking down your every move. While the movie was filming in Cleveland, it operated under the name of Freezerburn, to deter roaming eyes and snooping journalists. Perhaps even more interesting is how ‘The Winter Soldier’ part was almost omitted from the final title. The fear was that it gave away too much of what was about to happen in the film. “At first ‘The Winter Soldier’ wasn’t in the title of the film and we were really passionate about calling it Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There was concern at the time, but you just have to rip that band-aid off,” Anthony Russo told Hero Complex.

16 The Russos’ Work On Community And Arrested Development Convinced Kevin Feige

When the Russo brothers were confirmed for the film, there were a few eyebrows raised. Why would Marvel Studios hire the guys who did comedy shows like Community and Arrested Development for an action flick? “It’s always fun to be a fan of something. As I am a fan of many movies and TV shows and all sorts of things. And you start to go, ‘Who did that? That was amazing. Who did that episode of Arrested Development. Oh, Joe and Anthony Russo. That’s interesting.’ Cut to years later and I’m watching a show called Community and I’m thinking [this show is better than any sitcom should be],” Kevin Feige revealed to Uproxx. Now, the Russos are entrusted with all of Marvel Studios’ biggest films.

15 The Film Used Minimal CGI

One of the reasons for the film’s success and appeal was how it didn’t rely too heavily on special effects. The Russos chose to go old school and show off some good ol’ fashioned action sequences. “The Russos, what they did that was so great was, they wanted to stay with live action, which is a dying art form,” Anthony Mackie said to MTV. “If they can build it, they built it. If we could do it, we did it. They wanted to do as little CGI as possible. That’s why the movie looks so great.” That isn’t to say that the movie is absent of all visual effects, because that would be a straight-up lie.

14 Zola’s Characterization Changed Numerous Times

We first met the biochemist villain Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger, as portrayed by Toby Jones. Longtime fans of Captain America will know that he ended up as a ‘ghost in a machine’, but he was in his physical form for that movie. So, when we saw him in the computer in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, many people were surprised Marvel Studios went in this direction. “That scene was a big problem actually. That final draft of what Zola said… It maybe changed 30 or 40 times. You’re in this grounded espionage paranoid thriller and then suddenly the movie screeches to a halt and you switch gears really quickly with this ghost in the machine,” Joe Russo told Empire.

13 The Pulp Fiction Tribute

Everyone remembers Samuel L. Jackson as the unmistakable Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction – how can you not?! It’s such a memorable and recognizable role that it would be criminal not to acknowledge its importance. Well, the Russos did one better in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is bursting with a plethora of movie references and cheeky throwbacks. They actually included Winnfield’s famous line in the film, but you need to have sharp eyes to spot it. If you look carefully at Nick Fury’s grave, it features the epitaph: “The path of the righteous man. Ezekiel 25:17.” Who says that Avengers: Infinity War was the most ambitious crossover in cinematic history? Forget Star Trek; Quentin Tarantino needs to join the MCU, pronto!

12 Frank Grillo Was Rumored For The Punisher

Frank Grillo has become known for his tough guy roles. Heck, you only need to watch Kingdom to see the kind of aggression that he brings to the table. As such, fans began to eye him as the ideal candidate to bring Frank Castle/Punisher to life in the MCU. Grillo took notice and admitted that it got him a bit of attention – whether this means there was actual consideration from Marvel Studios is another story. “It’s funny – this started when Cap came out. I heard a few mentions, it was very grassroots. I actually tweeted something about it the other day and so many people responded!” Grillo told HeyUGuys. “It started out as fun, but now I hear it and I raise an eyebrow.”

11 Black Widow’s Arrow Necklace

Fans of Captain America: The Winter Soldier would’ve spotted that the Black Widow wore an arrow necklace in the film. Of course, this led many to think it had something to do with Hawkeye – which Joe Russo confirmed in an interview with Empire. “Honestly, [the arrow necklace] was a choice that Scarlett [Johansson] herself made as her character. Her relationship with Hawkeye will become very clear in [Avengers: Age of Ultron],” Russo explained. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Black Widow and Hawkeye’s relationship develop much in that film. Possibly because Marvel Studios hacked and chopped that movie to pieces and it resulted in Joss Whedon packing his bags and leaving the MCU behind in his rearview mirror.

10 Emilia Clarke And Felicity Jones Were Rumored For Sharon Carter

One of the major talking points about Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the introduction of Sharon Carter, a character that plays a huge part in Steve Rogers’ life in the comic books. In this iteration, Emily VanCamp portrayed the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. It was a coveted role that numerous actresses were in talks for. Some of the names attached to it, as per our report, were Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Alison Brie (Community). The castings of Clarke or Jones would’ve been interesting in retrospect. Naturally, both actresses aren’t crying over spilled milk and have gone on to secure their own fame since then.

9 Joss Whedon’s Cameo

It’s crazy to think about how Joss Whedon was a messianic figure of the MCU and now no one mentions him. He brought together Phase One of this ambitious project with 2012’s The Avengers and subsequently changed the landscape of comic book movies forever. When Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released, Whedon was still working on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Showing respect for the godfather of the MCU, the Russos included Whedon in their film as a cameo. Whedon appears just before Steve Rogers enters the Smithsonian, as the camera pans over the Captain America exhibit. When the escalators are shown, you can make out Whedon, wearing a Captain America shirt, making his way down the stairs with a child by his side.

8 Influenced By Three Days Of The Condor And The French Connection

There were numerous influences for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, the one constant was how it was labeled as a non-traditional comic book movie. Speaking to Hero Complex, Joe Russo said, “It’s a political thriller.” He emphasized how it addressed real-world problems in much the same way that Three Days of the Condor predicted the war for oil that plagued America for decades after. Russo added that they’d seen The French Connection countless times and studied the epic car chase scene, noting how the director would piece sound, camerawork, and the performance together to represent the struggles of the character. This assisted the brothers to showcase their characters’ own turmoil in the MCU film.

7 Michael B. Jordan Auditioned For Falcon

Right now, Michael B. Jordan is on top of the world. His performance as Eric Killmonger in Black Panther won him many fans and accolades. Subsequently, he’s been blessed with the luxury of cherry-picking his next roles. It wasn’t always so easy for him, though. In an interview with The Daily Beast, he revealed that he’d read for the part of Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as for Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In hindsight, it’s a good thing that he didn’t get those gigs, especially the Falcon one. If he had been cast, it’s unlikely that we would’ve ever seen his formidable – and unforgettable – Killmonger in the MCU.

6 F. Gary Gray Almost Directed The Movie

Marvel Studios needed a specific director to make Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Feige and his people knew it was a different superhero film and would require a specialized vision to bring it to life, with the tone and character they envisioned. According to Deadline, F. Gary Gray was on the shortlist of directors, which also featured the Russos and George Nolfi. However, Gray pulled himself out of the race when he decided to direct Straight Outta Compton instead. The film might’ve not made as much money as Captain America: The Winter Soldier did, but it racked up an impressive list of accolades and nominations. Maybe Gray will still get the chance to helm an MCU film in the near future.

5 Ed Brubaker’s Cameo

If Ed Brubaker hadn’t written “The Winter Solider” arc, we would’ve never seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was the writer who gave Bucky Barnes a new lease on life and reinvented him for a new generation of fans. Marvel Studios acknowledged Brubaker’s influence by giving him a cameo in the film. If you carefully look at the scene where Bucky is being “reprogrammed”, you should spot Brubaker there. Unlike Alan Moore’s attitude towards adaptations of his material, Brubaker praised the work done on the film. “I read the script and I was really blown away by it. The tone of it and the Bucky stuff is so perfect and the way I’d want it to be,” he said to USA Today.

4 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Was Rumored For A Villain

As with most superhero projects, when a part is up for grabs, everyone and their mom is considered for it. In the case of Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones, it was an all-action role that would require a believable tough guy. Before Frank Grillo was cast, Kevin Durand and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were considered for a villainous role that we presume was Rumlow. Both Durand and Coster-Waldau are well-versed in action, so they would’ve been right at home had they secured the part. Looking back now, Durand and Coster-Waldau would’ve been excellent choices for Baron Zemo as well. Unfortunately, that role went to Daniel Brühl and we’ve yet to see these actors in the MCU. Still, there’s another phase coming, right?

3 The Russos’ Sister Played Garcia

There’s a scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where we meet Garcia, a former member of the United States Army. She is recovering from PTSD and is part of Sam Wilson’s group. It was a minor role, but fans of the film should know the scene we’re talking about. Well, the actress who portrayed Garcia is Angela Russo-Otstot – the directors’ sister. This wasn’t the first time she’d worked with her brothers, either. Russo-Otstot doesn’t really focus on the acting side of things and spends more time as a story editor and writer for TV. She’s worked on the likes of The Shield, LAX, and V. Guess entertainment runs in the blood of the Russo family.

2 The WarGames Reference

The Russos have made no secret about the fact that they’re entrenched in geek culture. References to other movies and franchises are embedded in nearly all their works. So, it should come as no surprise that they’re fans of 1983’s WarGames, which starred Matthew Broderick, and threw a reference into Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When Black Widow booted up a supercomputer, she asked Cap, “Shall we play a game?” He replied, “Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War?” Joe Russo revealed to Empire it was, indeed, a WarGames reference. “I think we wrote that joke five minutes before we shot it. Sometimes you’re shooting a scene and you get the sense that it’s playing a little dry or a little straight,” he said.

1 The Russos Compared It To Star Wars

Look, to compare any film to Star Wars is a low hanging fruit. It’s undoubtedly one of the greatest movie franchises of all time, and is an excellent springboard for anyone looking to market their own film. “It’s one of the first things we said to Kevin [Feige] when we met with him. We said, ‘You know this is Star Wars.’ It’s an operatic conflict between two family members. This is his best friend who is essentially his brother. They’re both equally matched and they have equal power sets. And they’re fighting for opposite principles,” Joe Russo said to Hero Complex. It’s a bit of a stretch to compare Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Star Wars, but you can see the similar themes.

Do you know any other details behind the making of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-09-24 01:09:43 – Sergio Pereira