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Toy Story 4: 10 Characters We Would Have Wanted To See In a Cameo

Everybody thought the Toy Story series was over when the third movie released in 2010, giving an emotional albeit satisfying final outing for the franchise. But, nearly a whole decade on, the latest adventure starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear is taking the box office by storm, pulling in people from all ages and giving us one last chance to say goodbye to our favorite bunch of child play-things.

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However, while Toy Story 4 is yet another masterpiece from the folks over at Pixar, it was still missing some characters. We take a look at 10 who we’d of loved to have seen – especially as there appears to be no chance of a fifth movie in the franchise.

10 Ken

When Toy Story 3 came out nine years ago, the character of Ken, voiced by Batman and Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Michael Keaton, had audiences laughing aplenty. But director Josh Cooley revealed before the release of the latest installment in the series that, despite his relationship with Barbie, he wouldn’t be involved, explaining his absence by saying ‘he’s back on Sunnyside.’

Sunnyside was the name of the child daycare center where Woody, Buzz, and friends nearly found themselves trampled on by schoolchildren in the third movie. While we can understand Ken wanting to be crucial to a child at the daycare centre, it still would have been nice to see him and Barbie back together. Nobody likes it when famous couples split after all…

9 Wheezy

Toy Story 2 came out in 1999 and introduced us to the loveable penguin Wheezy, who becomes close to Woody when they end up as shelf buddies. The penguin appears destined to be sold before Tom Hanks’ character comes to his rescue – only to end up being kidnapped by the evil Al, owner of Al’s Toy Barn.

Wheezy had children cooing over him due to his cute and cuddly nature, while his closing song at the end of the movie lives long in the memory. Given how much Woody nearly sacrificed to rescue his friend, it was rather sad that he only had a short cameo in Toy Story 3. And the decision to overlook the character, voiced by Phil LaMarr, again for the sequel is a decision that has upset many of his fans who were hoping for one final sight of him.

8 Stinky Pete

Stinky Pete recently made the headlines when Toy Story made the decision to remove a deleted scene starring himself and two Barbie dolls in his cardboard box in the wake of the #metoo movement. But despite some appearing to take issue with that, it would have been most-welcome to learn what became of the old Prospector following his involvement in Toy Story 2.

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The last time we saw him he was wailing in fear at the thought of being played with by a young girl, who had covered her Barbie dolls in glitter and stickers – must to his dismay. But Stinky Pete was so conniving and ruthless it wouldn’t surprise us if he found a way to get out of the child’s clutches. So some more closure there would have been well-received and we can’t help but feel he should have made some sort of appearance in the antique shop.

7 Buster

Seriously Pixar, why didn’t we get at least a fleeting look at Buster? The adorable dog is first given to Andy at the end of the first Toy Story movie – prompting fear from Woody and Buzz – before making a brief cameo in the sequel and appearing again as an older, wiser dog in the third act of the franchise. But he’s missing from the flashback clip at Andy’s house.

The clip shows how Bo Peep loses touch with the rest of Andy’s collection, prompting tears in the process. We get one final glimpse of Andy, his Mom and his sister Molly but there’s no sign of Buster. Maybe he was too busy but it would have been nice to see the cuddly dog one last time. Who doesn’t like cuddly dogs?

6 Sid

If Toy Story 4 is actually the final installment of the series – you never know with movies this popular and universal – then it would have made sense to give another update as to what happened to Sid, the villain from the first entry of the franchise.

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The last we saw him, he was working as a garbage man, albeit not a very good one considering he seems to lose more rubbish than actually clean up. We know it’s him because of the skull t-shirt he wears and, given how prominent he was in the series’ debut, audiences would have loved a cameo of him working at the RV Park, perhaps throwing away some of the toys that members of the public would inevitably leave behind.

5 Etch A Sketch

We can’t help but feel the decision to leave Etch A Sketch out of Toy Story 4 altogether, including the flashback scene, might be a symbolic one. Like Wheezy and Bo Beep, he vanished at some point in between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. But, unlike Bo, he appears to already be gone by the time the fourth movie begins.

His absence could be put down to the fact that Etch A Sketch was a prominent toy back in the day but not so much anymore. Nowadays, children are able to use tablets to craft creations of their own without using a pen and paper, meaning Etch has become a victim of time and technology. Again, just like Stinky Pete, he’s the sort of relic who would end up at an old antique shop…

4 Lotso

Of all the villains in the Toy Story series, Lotso was arguably the most ruthless and evil. Sid likes to torture toys, Stinky Pete likes to keep them in line, while Gabby Gabby just likes their voice boxes. But despite smelling of strawberries and having a cuddly complexion that all children would love, Lotso spends Toy Story 3 showing us how ruthless he is towards toys that refuse to fall in line.

We last saw him stuck on the front of a truck, leaving audiences to speculate as to where he would end up a decade later. Well, we hate to sound like a broken record but an antique shop is one of them. While it’s also not inconceivable to picture him at the RV Park’s entertainment stalls, held up by a piece of plastic around his waist.

3 Andy’s Dad

Look, the reason we would have liked to get a glimpse of Andy’s Dad is to shut down the horrible fan theory about the young child. The theory goes that all the toys are merely a figment of his imagination, something he created to cope with the fact that he grew up without a father and to make it the ultimate toy-playing experience.

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Alas, it seems we will never know anything about Andy’s back story. It’s not needed – the main focus should always be on the toys rather than any child – but it still would have been a welcome inclusion just to help us sleep better at night…

2 Emperor Zurg

With the release of Toy Story 2, Pixar decided to throw a toy villain into the mix in the form of Zurg, who drew comparisons with Darth Vader. It’s revealed that he is actually Buzz’s father (we’re still not quite sure how that works, so don’t ask) and he spends some time trying to track down his son. They eventually decide to give the whole father-son thing a go and were last seen at the end of the movie playing a game of catch.

However, Zurg was so amusing – and so based on Vader – it’s a shame we didn’t get to see any much of him throughout the rest of the Toy Story movies. It would have been nice to see how his relationship with Buzz played out in the long run.

1 Green Army Men

When was last saw the Green Army Men in Toy Story 3 there were just three left: Sarge and the other two paratroopers. They were last spotted parachuting into the same daycare center where Ken and Barbie were, choosing to flee Andy’s house after coming to the conclusion that they’re normally the first to go when it comes to any mass-clearouts.

It would have been nice to get a cameo from the remaining trio, just to know that they’re still out there and haven’t come to harm. Given how wild some of the children appeared to be it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they were trampled on at some point. Maybe the bigwigs at Pixar just wanted to leave their fate ambiguous to spare us from any more heartbreak?

NEXT: Toy Story 4: 10 Callbacks To The Previous Toy Story Movies


2019-07-13 11:07:12

Jack Otway

Scientist Explains What Would Happen to Earth After Thanos’ Infinity War Snap

A scientist at UCLA has explained what would happen in real life if Thanos’ snap were to actually take place. Following the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, many fan theories have developed about a post-snap world. Some have questioned whether the Mad Titan’s snap would resemble the biblical rapture, while others have speculated about the remaining population’s ability to survive. Now, scientists and the writers of Infinity War and Endgame, have gotten involved in the discussion, and it doesn’t look good for Earthlings.

Infinity War ends with Thanos finally locating all six Infinity Stones, and loading them into his Infinity Gauntlet. In a literal snap, 3.8 billion people are erased from the Earth, reduced to ash, including some Avengers. Without the full Avengers team to protect the world, the remaining population is left vulnerable and defenseless. Despite big MCU consequences, much more would be at stake if this sort of thing were to really happen. True, there would be more food to go around, shelter and resources left for survivors, but an Earthly utopia like Thanos anticipates at the end of Infinity War is likely just the stuff of fantasy.

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Justin Christensen of the UCLA Physics Department recently explained to Fandom the likely aftermath that would ensue following a mass population reduction, like in Infinity War, and it isn’t pretty. If 50% of the world’s population were wiped out in an instant, this would take the population back down to where it was in the year 1970, which as it turns out, would not be as huge a cut as needed to make a big positive impact. People would likely repopulate the Earth back to its 2019 population rather quickly, and we would be back to where we started. Christensen also mentions that if pilots, bus drivers, air traffic controllers and the like were all instantly snapped away, the number of non-snap related fatalities to follow would be significant. Clean water and electricity would be luxuries of the past, as would other vital things needed for human survival, such as medical supplies.

But what if more than the human population were effected? Fans have speculated about whether or not all living organisms are included in the snap or not, and the answer would drastically alter the world as we know it. Writers of Infinity War and Endgame Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have somewhat answered this question. They have both claimed that the snap would only impact “sentient life“, or only intelligent and conscious life forms like humans and animals. Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has given conflicting statements about this topic, but his remark that the snap wiped out “All life!” is largely responsible for the confusion. Many have interpreted this utterance to mean that microbes, plants, and other lifeforms are included in the snap, and the internet has been buzzing with theories ever since. If this were to happen in reality, Christensen explains that the “complex and fragile relationships between many different species” would be effected, and “many ecosystems [would] change completely, and there could be species that never recover.

There would undoubtedly be a handful of unforeseen consequences, should a real life Infinity War-style snap ever happen. If 50% of all the Earth’s lifeforms were to disappear, there would not only be fatalities as a result of people vanishing out of thin air, but there would be notable changes to the Earth’s environment. If the ecosystem is changed, then the food chain is changed, and perhaps the entire landscape of the planet as well. The livability of the Earth for those left standing in the literal dust would decline significantly. Even if sentient life is the only life affected by the snap, the consequences far outweigh the potential good that would come out of it. So, although Thanos may have had an arguably somewhat noble idea in trying to save the Earth from the same fate as his home planet, the likelihood of things turning out as planned would be slim in the real world.

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Source: Fandom


2019-04-23 08:04:46

Taylor Charendoff

10 Bane Quotes That Would Strike Fear Even in Batman

Batman’s rogues’ gallery has generally been regarded as the best. While not many of them can bring Batman to submission, the most notable one is Bane who was one of the first villains that broke the Caped Crusader both physically and mentally. By “break” we mean broke his bones, his spirit, and his pride. That’s how menacing Bane can be depending on the writer.

To make Bane more intimidating, he just doesn’t seem to show any sign of weakness other than his reliance on a strength-enhancing drug called Venom, or for some, steroids on steroids. This gives Bane an enormous physical advantage over Batman. However, that doesn’t mean Bane is an oaf who is all brawn and no brains. In fact, he has plenty of brains to spare and can even match the Batman in wits. He has shown time and again that his mind can be as sharp as his fighting skills or as strong as his muscles. Sometimes, he does by a display of strategy, and sometimes by imparting some words that can shake Batman’s very foundations as a crime fighter.

Here are 10 of Bane’s quotes that ought to reduce the Batman back to an eight-year-old kid who lost his… oh, wait…

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10 “YOU MERELY ADOPTED THE DARK…”

“You merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me.”

By far one of the most popular quotes by Bane and you probably know where this came from. Christopher Nolan took a few liberties with his version of Bane for The Dark Knight Rises but in the end, he gave live-action Bane some sweet justice on-screen.

Bane’s words, which are probably being used by a lot of fitness buffs and bodybuilders as inspirational quotes, have established how better he is of a warrior than Batman. Even without his Venom drug, his strength was equal or better than Batman’s. The difference was, Bane’s more used to a hard life than a billionaire’s heir.

9 “PEACE HAS COST YOU STRENGTH!”

Batman prides himself as being the top costume wearer in Gotham and always wins… usually. Then Bane usually comes along to shake that comfy bat off his pedestal by breaking him. Because unlike Batman, Bane is a man who never stops or has never known peace.

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There’s no Batcave, mansion, or butler to cradle Bane after a hard days’ work (of crime). For that matter, Bane will always be more prepared and stronger than Batman when it comes to combat. Bane somehow felt the need to reiterate this in the quote above while beating Batman to a pulp in The Dark Knight Rises.

8 “DO YOU FEEL IN CHARGE?”

One of the most iconic moments of The Dark Knight Rises. Bane puts his hand on a noisy and bossy rich guy, asks this question, and immediately shuts him up and sends him trembling. You can feel the violence in his voice and gesture and the most threatening part was that he merely used words.

Even the Joker would not be able to do that to an unruly thug without having to hurt him physically. That goes to show Bane’s confidence and dominance; no need for loud tantrums or outright violence. If simple and calm words can’t do the trick, then you’re not scary or authoritative enough.

7 “WE WILL DESTROY GOTHAM… THEN YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO DIE”

Gotta hand it to Bane. Despite being juiced up and enraged to the core with his Venom, he often will not go for the kill. No, Bane prefers torture and a slow death for the grandest of his victims. That’s why he made Batman watch him and his henchmen rip Gotham apart piece-by-piece in The Dark Knight Rises. That’s also where this famous Bane quote came from.

It shows just how diabolical Bane can be, destroying what his enemy loves while he is watching. Of course, there’s no doubt that Batman loves Gotham more than anything, it’s his father’s legacy, after all.

6 “LET’S NOT STAND IN CEREMONY HERE, MR. WAYNE”

“Mr. Wayne.” Two words that would have made Batman urinate in his Batsuit, but he’s probably prepared for that scenario too. Bane uttering those words in The Dark Knight Rises, however, was something unexpected even by the World’s Best Detective.

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Why did he not just reveal to the world that Batman was Bruce Wayne and let the people ruin him? Because that’s cowardly, and Bane wants to defeat THE Batman, not let others do it for him. In the comics, he is kind of obsessed with him and also knew who he was just by carefully studying him. When you think about it, Bane not sharing Batman’s greatest secret to the world is quite a clever move. You wouldn’t want the world to know your leverage on your enemy, right?

5 “NO ONE CARED WHO I WAS UNTIL I PUT ON THE MASK”

A quote that’s probably more chilling for Batman than for us to hear. Bane said it on The Dark Knight Rises and it showed how similar he was to the Batman. They are both alike, both children who got the short end of the stick with Bane getting only splinters. Moreover, Bane was probably what Batman would have been if Bruce Wayne wasn’t Richie Rich.

For both damaged characters, the mask was everything. It was their true face, their ambition, and their reputation. The man behind it was merely the disguise, though Bane never really took his off, willingly.

4 “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHILDHOOD. It’s A Myth.”

Here we go, even more similarities between Bane and Batman. Bane first said this in the comic book series, Secret Six Vol. 3 #16. Had Bane said such words to Batman, the Dark Knight probably would have froze and contemplated his miserable childhood. Bane’s childhood is not much different. In his established origin story, Bane was imprisoned as a child after his insurgent and incarcerated father escaped prison. The corrupt government of the fictional Latin American country of Santa Prisca decreed Bane should serve his father’s prison sentence as a replacement despite his young age.

There, Bane learned the hard way to grow up. He spent most of his time in the prison gym and learning to defend himself. Still, he did not let prison dull his wisdom. He grabbed and read any book he could find and learned what he can. He also committed his first murder at the age of eight, the same age Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered. Both skipped childhood and had to learn to become a man. Regardless, Bane’s childhood makes Bruce’s billion-dollar support system look like paradise.

3 “I’D KILL FOR ANYTHING…”

“I’d kill for anything. I’d kill to silence a grating voice, to darken the light in the eyes that dared look at me.”

Beautiful and brutal, Bane’s smarts is as big as his muscles, so don’t be surprised at his rosy threats. Growing up in prison, Bane has learned to speak several languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin.

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Still, it doesn’t take much to rile Bane up. After all, he doesn’t really have much to fear, being one of the biggest villains in Batman’s rogues’ gallery. Bane has proven to be intolerant of failures or blunders, both from himself or his henchmen. At one point, Bane has even taken over Gotham’s underworld and became the supreme kingpin, defeating everyone– even the Joker.

2 “I AM NOT A JOKE. I AM NOT A RIDDLE!… I AM BANE!

“I am not a joke. I am not a riddle! I am not a bird or a cat or a penguin! I’m not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet! I am not your broken friend! I am not your regretful teacher! I am not a child’s fairy tale! I am not a circus act here to amuse and frighten you! I am not another one of your madmen howling at the moon! And I…I am not…I am not some rich boy playing dress-up! I AM BANE!”

A quote from Batman, Volume 3: I Am Bane. The Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, Two-Face, etc.– even the Dark Knight, all have one thing in common, they’re all coo-coo-kachoo. Their plans? Equally outrageous, and a billionaire dressed who dresses as a bat is no exception. Bane, however, well, he gets to the point.

Bane’s one of the few Batman villains who everyone can take seriously and who looks like he can actually do damage. Oh sure, sometimes he dresses up like a luchador every now and then (because of his origin), but his superhuman strength and genius-level intellect have made him more than a match for Batman.

1 “I AM BANE– AND I COULD KILL YOU… INSTEAD, I WILL SIMPLY… BREAK YOU!”

“I am Bane — and I could kill you… but death would only end your agony — and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply… BREAK YOU!”

Bane was perhaps one of the first supervillains to dominate Batman. He’s the one who “broke the bat” so to speak, by literally breaking Batman’s back and forcing him in a temporary retirement while he heals. Bane did this in Batman Vol 1 #497 which is the origin of that quote. Bane simply could have killed him, like he said, but he’s no simple criminal– he actually has his own rules and conviction. To this day, Batman’s easy and disgraceful defeat at the hands of Bane is one of the most notable disasters in the Dark Knight’s crime-fighting career. Of course, Batman got back up once he healed and owned Bane. Because he’s Batman.

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2019-04-23 05:04:56

Sid Natividad

This Is What Spider-Man: Far From Home Would Look Like As A Step Up Movie

Funny or Die releases a parody video in which Spider-Man has a secret weapon, and that weapon is the power of dance. The clip mashes together the Step Up movie franchise with characters from the upcoming MCU film Spider-Man: Far From Home. The result is a comedic imagining of a poppin’ and lockin’ Peter Parker. 

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home represents the 23rd MCU franchise film, and will be a direct sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland reprises his role as the titular superhero, while Samuel L. Jackson reprises his MCU franchise role as Nick Fury. Jackson recently portrayed a younger version of Nick Fury in Captain Marvel, and will appear in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal will star as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. As for Duane Adler’s Step Up franchise, the series features young dancers of different backgrounds. In the original franchise installment, Channing Tatum stars opposite Jenna Dewan. Produced for $12 million, Step Up earned over $114 million at the box office, and inspired four sequels, along with a YouTube Premium series that launched in 2018 and returned for a second season in 2019.

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On YouTube, Funny or Die released a Spider-Man/Step Up parody video entitled “Spider-Man Steps Up.” Early on, Spider-Man’s weekend vacation is interrupted by Nick Fury, who states: “You got gifts, Parker. But you have a job to do. Are you going to step up or not?” Of course, the various clips are taken from MCU films, and the parody plot thickens when Iron Man scratches on the turntables and sets off a lit street party. The clip introduces Mysterio through a street dancing shot of Gyllenhaal from Jean-Marc Vallée’s 2015 film Demolition, and Spidey then decides to slip into something more comfortable by replacing his normal superhero threads with a skin-tight, all-black get-up. For this portion, Funny or Die uses clips from Tom Holland’s 2017 performance of “Umbrella” on Lip Sync Battle. By the end, Spider-Man does indeed step up, and the clip then incorporates Tobey Maguire’s awkward Spidey street dance from Spider-Man 3. Watch “Spider-Man Steps Up” below.

Created in 2007, Funny or Die has been a popular destination for comedy fans over the years. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay originally co-founded the website, along with Chris Henry and Michael Kvamme. Over the years, Funny or Die has produced numerous original clips, with many of their most popular videos coming from Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” interview series. Ferrell and McKay recently announced a creative split, however they’ll continue to work together for existing projects under their company Gary Sanchez Productions.

Recently, Funny or Die released a Game of Thrones-themed video called “Wig Warging with Jonathan Van Ness: Evil Carol Brady.” Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live aired a Game of Thrones crossover sketch when Kit Harington hosted earlier this month. With Game of Thrones set to conclude before Spider-Man: Far From Home’s July release date, perhaps Funny or Die’s Step Up parody clip foreshadows what’s to come by late spring and early summer.

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Source: Funny or Die


2019-04-20 08:04:18

Q.V. Hough

David Harbour Details How Hellboy Would Approach a Fight With Thanos

New Hellboy star David Harbour has revealed how his demonic superhero character would be able to defeat Marvel’s Mad Titan Thanos. First created by Mike Mignola back in 1993, Hellboy has become a cult favorite character thanks to his many appearances in Dark Horse Comics as well as the two Hellboy movies made by Guillermo del Toro. Hellboy’s return to the screen in 2019 has not gone well however, as the Hellboy reboot was met with scathing reviews by critics and yawns of indifference from the movie going public.

While Hellboy has largely failed to cross over to mainstream success as a movie character, the same can’t be said for Marvel Comics villain Thanos. After his devastating appearance in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos has gone on to become an iconic movie villain on par with Darth Vader. Thanos is so popular in fact that many fans actually sympathize with him even though he wiped out half the people in the universe with his infamous snap. The Avengers of course have plans to bring down Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, and fans could not be more hyped to see how that final battle plays out.

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When it comes to defeating Thanos, Hellboy himself has some thoughts about how the Mad Titan could be tackled. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Hellboy actor David Harbour shared his ideas on how psychological tactics could be employed to undermine Thanos’ confidence and knock him off his game. Harbour said:

“I mean it’d be a good fight. That Thanos guy is pretty powerful, but I think Hellboy would win the emotional fight by just making fun of the very serious way he takes himself and the way he takes himself in his Malthusian philosophies. I think Hellboy would have a field day with that and cut him down to size with one-liners.”

Harbour certainly has a point about Hellboy being a much more humorous character than Thanos, who on the evidence provided in Infinity War has no sense of humor whatsoever. Harbour’s theory on how to beat Thanos now goes into the giant pile with all the other fan theories about how the Avengers will tackle the universe’s most powerful being in Endgame. The most popular recent Thanos fan theory, involving Ant-Man and a certain part of Thanos’ anatomy, seems only slightly less likely than the idea of beating the Mad Titan with cutting remarks. Somewhat more plausible is the theory that somehow the Avengers will get the Infinity Gauntlet away from Thanos and use it to defeat him. Another likely theory sees the Quantum Realm coming into play as the Avengers seek to gain an advantage on the all-powerful bad guy. Of course, coming off her debut in Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers is now on board as the Avengers’ secret weapon.

It remains to be seen how the Avengers will beat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. As for Hellboy, it seems the cult favorite character is down for the count after the reboot bombed at the box office.

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Source: Entertainment Tonight


2019-04-17 08:04:15

Dan Zinski

10 Things We Know About What Would Have Been Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 3

Neil Marshall’s Hellboy is finally coming to the big screen. For over a decade, Hellboy has been kept from big screen greatness to the point where the Big Red Guy has almost faded into obscurity. Regardless of the quality of the new film, however, fans will continue to pine for Guillermo del Toro and his interpretation of the saga. What could it have been like? What would’ve happened if the now Oscar-Winning Director managed to team up with Ron Perlman for one last Hellboy film?

Details are sparse as to what would’ve happened in the final film. However, for the sake of continuing to ask “What could’ve been?” it’s important to ask what Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 3 would’ve been like.

10 There Wasn’t a Script Written Yet

Guillermo del Toro talked often about his ideas, but, it turns out, never had a real script for Hellboy 3. He would speak of the ideas and plot details he intended on exploring, but never did he write a script for the film.

This is most obvious when del Toro announced 17 unused scripts he had written that never got turned into film. While many of them were projects he had spoken extensively over the years, such as At the Mountains of Madness, Hellboy 3 isn’t among them. That means that, while del Toro had plenty of ideas, he didn’t have a solid script.

9 The Original Actors — Especially Perlman — Would’ve Been Involved

One key element of this film was the return of the prior actors to finish their stories. While it’s unknown how many of the characters would need to return, it felt logical that Liz (played by Selma Blair) would’ve reprised her role, considering she was now the mother of Hellboy’s twins.

And, of course, Ron Perlman was scheduled to return — and, in fact, one of the biggest supporters of the project from start to its bitter end.

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8 Would’ve Involved Hell

It is uncertain if the film would’ve featured Hellboy going to Hell as he does in the original comics or if it would’ve involved Hell opening up on Earth. However, part of the film would’ve involved actual physical demons traversing the plane of man.

What makes this appealing is how little of Hell the films actually showed at this point. Rasputin summons Hellboy to summon eldritch Gods (more Lovecraft than Bible), while the second film features elves and fantasy entities. This final film would’ve brought the Hell to Hellboy.

7 No B.R.P.D.

At the end of Hellboy II, Hellboy and company quit the B.R.P.D. This ends a chapter in his life that would lead to him going off on his own to live his own life.

In the comics, after Hellboy quits the B.R.P.D., that’s it. It’s unknown if del Toro would’ve deviated from this (after all, there was no script written), but, at the trajectory the sequel was going, Hellboy would’ve left the B.R.P.D., and never gone back.

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6 Hellboy as a Dad

Another factor to consider, at the end of Hellboy II, Liz is pregnant with Hellboy’s twins. The final part of the trilogy would’ve brought the story full circle. At the start, Hellboy is the prodigal son of an experienced monster hunter. Now, he is the father with kids of his own.

The final part would’ve dealt with fatherhood, presumably in a way that was equal parts epic, funny, and tragic. Especially considering the constant reminder of Hellboy’s ultimate destiny.

5 Guillermo del Toro’s Schedule Kept it From Being Made

One huge reason the film was never made was Guillermo del Toro’s intense schedule. Hellboy 3 always took priority under his next project. Most of which didn’t get made. The Hobbit. At the Mountains of Madness. Both huge project took up years of del Toro’s life, yet never got made (or, at least, Guillermo del Toro’s Hobbit never got made).

Ironically, these unmade films ended up pushing Hellboy 3 back, which resulted in it, too, getting unmade. But at least he made Pacific Rim.

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4 It Would Be Very Tragic

Hellboy 3 was always intended to offer a tragic end to the trilogy, with Hellboy being confronted with his inevitable, depressing destiny. As a result, it would probably kill off characters, bring about some pretty unpleasant moments, and leave a few eyes quite soaked through with tears.

This is one constant throughout all of Perlman and del Toro’s talk of the film. This would not be a happy experience.

3 The World Would’ve Ended

Hellboy’s destiny is tied in with the end of the world. As such, the film would’ve ended with a huge bang. One word that continually comes up in descriptions of the unmade film is “apocalyptic.”

The film would’ve dealt with the end times. If the world itself didn’t fully end, it would, at the very least, result in a lot of death and destruction. Which leads to another reason the film never got made…

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2 It Would’ve Been Expensive

The estimated budget for Hellboy 3 always seemed to hover around $120 million dollars. For a film series that often underperformed at the box office, it was too expensive for investors to get behind the project.

In order to bring the apocalyptic saga to a close, it needed money. More money than anyone was willing to give the project.

1 We Would’ve Learned Why Hellboy Was Brought to Earth

In the original film, Rasputin brings Hellboy into Earth to open the doors to his elder Gods. However, that’s not really why Hellboy is there. After all, he was born and created for a purpose. Some insidious reason unbeknownst to all. And in Hellboy 3, audiences would’ve learned why Hellboy was there — and Hellboy would have to confront his nightmarish destiny.

The whole idea of the final film was to bring Hellboy face-to-face with his inevitable destiny, and for our heroes to deal with the crushing winds of fate. Given Hellboy’s attempts at being a hero, given his attempts to live a normal life as a family man, the crushing tragedy of fate would’ve offered audiences a finale that might’ve been operatic and disturbing.

It was just too good for this sinful Earth.

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2019-04-13 01:04:44

Anthony Gramuglia

Don Cheadle on What That War Machine Movie Would Have Explored

Don Cheadle almost starred in a solo War Machine movie, and here’s what it would’ve been about. James Rhodes has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the very beginning, but it wasn’t until 2010’s Iron Man 2 that Cheadle first played the part. He took over the role from Terrance Howard in the sequel, and has remained in the role ever since.

The superhero gig has seen Cheadle reprise the role four times since he made his debut, but none of them have seen him take on a leading role. Rhodey has still received a decent amount of character development in these supporting roles, as he became a true member of the Avengers, was paralyzed, and still found a way to be a hero. However, there was a point in time when Marvel Studios was considering giving him the starring treatment. A script was written by future Black Panther writer Joe Robert Cole, and now Cheadle is opening up about what could’ve happened.

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During an interview with EW, Cheadle was asked what a War Machine solo movie would look like and be about. The film would’ve taken place after Iron Man 2 establishes him as a hero, but likely before his eventual return in Iron Man 3. Now thanks to Cheadle, we now know that War Machine would explore the tension that rises between Rhodey’s two different lives.

There was definitely going to be a lot of tension between his job as a military man and his allegiances to the code that he swore an oath to uphold, versus the changing world. I think they probably would have run afoul of each other a little bit, but I don’t know if he would have been a straight fugitive, or if he would have become decommissioned. But there was definitely going to be some tension between those two worlds.

If this movie did come in Phase 2 of the MCU, it sounds like War Machine would’ve been the latest film to dive into politics. This was a successful direction for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to take, but the angle with War Machine would be very different than a collapsing system. The possibility of seeing the ramifications of an active member of the military operating outside of his jurisdiction just because he’s got an armored suit is an interesting one. It actually could’ve served as a great building point to Captain America: Civil War, to show exactly how the government and military feels about superheroes.

Unfortunately, this concept never made it further than the development phase thanks to how Iron Man 3 developed. Now that Cheadle has joined Cole in publicly talking about the concept, it’s not clear if there’s any interest by Marvel Studios to use this story moving forward. A solo War Machine movie feels unlikely at this point, but there is possibly an even better landing spot for a solo War Machine project in Disney+. The streaming service will be the home for limited series’ starring Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Falcon and Winter Soldier. We don’t know if War Machine will survive Avengers: Endgame or not, but Disney+ could give Cheadle and Marvel the opportunity to explore this story either way.

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Source: EW


2019-04-13 01:04:36

Cooper Hood

30 Marvel Live-Action Fan Castings That We Wish Would Come True

When Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this April, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as viewers know it will change dramatically as several beloved characters will be saying their final farewells to the massively-successful franchise. Outside of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel has kept quiet about which films they’ll be releasing in the next phase of films, so it’s impossible to know for sure who will be sticking around and who audiences will be saying goodbye to after Earth’s Mightiest Heroes join together once more to try to stop Thanos and save the universe.

With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox moving forward and granting Marvel with the rights to several characters they’ve previously been unable to use, even with several characters likely departing after Endgame, the future of the MCU has never looked brighter. For the first time ever on the big screen, fans can look forward to seeing iconic heroes like the X-Men’s Wolverine and Fantastic Four’s Mister Fantastic interacting with the Avengers. By incorporating the variety of great formerly-Fox characters into the MCU and introducing viewers to Marvel Comics’ bevy of other, lesser-known yet still amazing heroes and villains into the franchise as well to replace those we’ll lose after Endgame, Marvel will be able to provide viewers with box office smashes for decades to come.

There are countless Marvel characters who may soon find their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but figuring out which actors and actresses should portray certain fan-favorites is an incredibly difficult task. Fans are always eager to offer their opinions online, and some of their ideas may actually be worth considering. Here are 30 Marvel Live-Action Fan Castings That We Wish Would Come True.

30 WOLVERINE (SCOTT EASTWOOD)

After earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero” alongside Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman is finally done being Wolverine. Jackman portrayed Logan in 10 different appearances, from various entries in the X-Men franchise to several standalone solo movies.

Fans have been anticipating Jackman’s retirement from the role for years, and Scott Eastwood has been the primary option comic lovers have suggested for his replacement. He is definitely a bit tall, as Wolverine is meant to only be 5’3, but since Jackman was a foot too tall as well, that shouldn’t matter. Eastwood has Logan’s intensity and likability and would fit right in with the other dreamy, muscular leading men of the franchise.

29 KRAVEN THE HUNTER (JOE MANGANIELLO)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is supposedly going to feature a very large number of the web-slinger’s most popular villains, including Mysterio, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Molten Man and the return of the Vulture. One of the few antagonists fans shouldn’t expect to see will be Kraven the Hunter, even though Spidey lovers have been begging for him for over a decade.

Kraven is one of Spider-Man’s most interesting bad guys, and it’s easy to see why so many fans think Joe Manganiello would be the perfect star to portray Sergei Kravinoff. He looks exactly like the character! Manganiello has the right hair, the right build, the acting chops to provide Kraven with the right ferocity and would undoubtedly be able to give Tom Holland’s Peter Parker a run for his money.

28 MISTER FANTASTIC (JOHN KRASINSKI)

While it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone other than Chris Evans portraying Captain America, another actor was nearly cast as the Star-Spangled Avenger. The Office star John Krasinski actually auditioned for the role and was heavily considered before Evans came into the picture.

Some fans used to laugh at the idea of Jim Halpert playing an action star, but Krasinski’s successful portrayal of Jack Ryan has proven he has what it takes to be a Marvel leading man. He’s not quite muscular enough to replace Evans, but he has the build and intelligence to be a believable Mister Fantastic, and he actually looks a lot like Reed Richards.

27 INVISIBLE WOMAN (EMILY BLUNT)

Emily Blunt’s roles in intense films like Edge of Tomorrow and A Quiet Place and her leading role in Mary Poppins Returns already made several Marvel fans eye her as a potential candidate to portray the Invisible Woman now that Marvel finally has the rights to the Fantastic Four. But with the Internet now also considering Krasinski for the role of Reed Richards, it makes even more sense for Blunt to be his Sue Storm.

Krasinski and Blunt are married in real life, so they’d undoubtedly have great chemistry as the married leaders of Marvel’s first family. It also helps that Blunt looks startlingly similar to Sue.

26 MILES MORALES (CALEB MCLAUGHLIN)

Ever since Donald Glover first started campaigning to portray Spider-Man in a live-action film nearly a decade ago, fans have supported the idea of the Community star becoming the friendly-neighborhood wall-crawler. Glover helped inspire the creation of Miles Morales, and while it’d be amazing to finally see him as Miles, he’s a bit too old now. Also, Glover is already part of the MCU, having portrayed Miles’ uncle Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin would make a far better candidate, as he’s the right age for the role and would likely have great chemistry with Holland should Marvel choose to have their Spider-Man show Miles the ropes the way he did in the award-winning Enter the Spider-Verse.

25 NOVA (RYAN GOSLING)

Chris Evans has made his plans to leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame pretty clear, and it’s rumored that the film will also force viewers to say goodbye to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. If one or more of those MCU staples do in fact depart from the franchise, a new leading man will need to step up to lead the Avengers and capture the hearts of audiences worldwide.

Few actors have the charm and comic book good looks of Ryan Gosling, and several fans think he’d make the perfect Nova. With Infinity War, Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy films all exploring life beyond Earth, it seems like the MCU is on track to continue featuring cosmic heroes, so a Gosling-led Nova film would definitely be possible.

24 NORMAN OSBORN (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY)

Norman Osborn was featured in both the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield-led series of Spider-Man films, so it’s completely understandable why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has waited to incorporate him into their franchise. But since Norman has proven himself to be a serious threat to all of the Avengers in the comics, even when he’s not wearing the Green Goblin mask, he deserves to make another appearance.

Norman’s taken over S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s formed his own Dark Avengers, he’s fought alongside the Sinister Six and he recently bonded with the Carnage symbiote to become the Red Goblin. He’s ruthless and dangerously intelligent, but he’s able to get away with some seriously evil acts right in front of the public eye because he’s so charming and wealthy. Matthew McConaughey could definitely bring out all of those aspects of Stormin’ Norman’s personality.

23 SPIDER-WOMAN (EMMA STONE)

Spider-Man fans still can’t agree on their feelings towards Andrew Garfield’s two Amazing Spider-Man films, but everyone seems to believe that Emma Stone made for the perfect Gwen Stacy. Bryce Dallas Howard’s take on the role in Spider-Man 3 failed to show off Gwen’s intelligence or fun personality, but Stone showed why so many comic readers adore Peter Parker’s first love.

If the MCU ever explores the multiverse and brings Spider-Woman into the fray, it would be amazing to see Stone return and get to be the one saving the day and webbing up super-villains for a change.

22 CYCLOPS (JENSEN ACKLES)

Even though James Marsden is a typically well-liked actor, fans failed to ever really support his take on Cyclops in Fox’s original X-Men trilogy. No one cared about Scott Summers’ passing in X-Men 3, because Marsden lacked any real personality as the character. Fans have voiced their opinion for years that Supernatural star Jensen Ackles would have been a better Cyclops, and now that Marvel has the rights to the X-Men and will undoubtedly be working mutants into their films in the next few years, it’s actually possible for Ackles to take on the role.

Ackles’ portrayal of Dean Winchester in Supernatural proves he’s capable of Scott’s nobility and ability to lead a team, and Dean also shares Cyclops’ charm and occasionally rebellious nature.

21 JEAN GREY – AMY ADAMS

Amy Adams has already proven she has what it takes to star in a superhero film, as she portrayed Lois Lane in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The MCU will soon need a fierce redhead to portray their new Jean Grey, and Adams seems like she’d be a perfect candidate.

Jean has various different sides to her personality, and Adams’ diverse career résumé suggest she’d be able to portray all of them, from Jean’s occasional trepidation over her own power to her confidence, morality and willingness to lead. Adams has the acting skill to go from being a mild-mannered founding member of the X-Men to the all-powerful Dark Phoenix, and she also looks the part.

20 THE JACKAL – RAMI MALEK

Rami Malek’s award-winning portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody demonstrated his phenomenal acting chops, and he just looks like a comic book supervillain. It’s no big surprise that he’s being tapped to play an antagonist in an upcoming Bond film, and fans think Marvel should follow suit and find him a place in the MCU.

Malek would make for the perfect Miles Warren, otherwise known as The Jackal. Malek isn’t muscular enough to portray most Marvel villains, but Warren isn’t known for his strength or proficiency in battle. The Spider-Man antagonist’s power lies in his great intellect, as the mad professor has mastered cloning technology and managed to bring countless fallen Marvel characters back to life.

19 ROGUE – ANNA KENDRICK

Anna Kendrick once expressed a desire to portray Squirrel Girl, and while she’d likely be perfect for that hilarious character, it’s highly unlikely that Marvel plans to include Doreen Green in their Cinematic Universe any time soon. Squirrel Girl may be “unbeatable” (she even took down Thanos once all on her own in the comics), but there just isn’t much demand for a live-action superhero who can speak to squirrels.

Rogue, on the other hand, will likely find herself in the MCU in the near future, and Kendrick might be a good fit for the fan-favorite X-Men. Most fans disliked Anna Paquin’s timid, awkward take at the confident and sassy superhero, but Kendrick can bring out all of the personality traits that make Rogue such a beloved mutant.

18 SENTRY – ARMIE HAMMER

Armie Hammer was born to portray a comic book superhero, and since DC made the mistake of snubbing him for Superman, Marvel should tap the Call Me By Your Name star to bring Sentry to life on the big screen. Like the Man of Steel, Sentry has superhuman strength, speed and stamina, endhanced senses, invulnerability and the ability to fly. The only things that stop him from being Marvel’s top hero are his psychological issues and fear of his own great power.

Standing at a massive 6’5″ and having the frame of a real-life superhero, Hammer would be a convincing Sentry. His acting talent would allow him to show off the noble side of Robert Reynolds’ personality, as well as the character’s mental instability.

17 CARNAGE – CAMERON MONAGHAN

In the post-credits scene of Venom, Sony revealed that Woody Harrelson will be portraying Cletus Kassidy, the criminal who goes on to become Carnage, in the film’s sequel. Harrelson is great at playing crazy and will likely be fun to watch face-off against Tom Hardy, but he’s a bit old to be playing such a iconic and powerful supervillain.

Cameron Monaghan has expressed interest in playing Carnage, and his phenomenal portrayal of Jerome and Jeremiah Valeska in Gotham proves he’s very capable of being as delightfully insane as Kassidy. He looks a lot like the character as well, and would make for an age-appropriate adversary for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man should Holland ever actually crossover into the Venom films like fans hope he eventually will.

16 MISTER SINISTER – CHRISTOPH WALTZ

Fox’s X-Men films have been hinting at the arrival of iconic villain Mister Sinister for years. X-Men: Apocalypse‘s post-credits scene teased his Essex Corporation, Deadpool 2 featured the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation, and Jon Hamm was cast to portray the character in The New Mutants. Unfortunately, the role was reportedly cut due to an extensive reshoot schedule.

Now that Disney and Marvel have rights to the X-Men, it may finally be time for fans to see Mister Sinister on the big screen. Christoph Waltz would be the perfect fit. He’s often type-cast as a villain, because he exudes confidence and intelligence. Waltz’s age may seem like a concern, but Sinister is also very old and prefers to do most of his work behind-the-scenes rather than face-to-face with his enemies.

15 DOCTOR DOOM – CILLIAN MURPHY

Like Christoph Waltz, Cillian Murphy is often type-cast as a villain because he looks incredibly intelligent and slightly diabolical. Murphy did a great job portraying the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, and he’d potentially make a solid Victor Von Doom as well once Marvel finally works the Fantastic Four and their adversaries into the MCU.

Doctor Doom is one of the most intelligent supervillians in all of Marvel comics, and that intellect, moreso than his superhuman abilities and mastery of magic, is what makes him so dangerous. He’s supposed to be an equal and opposite of Reed Richards, and it’s easy to picture Cillian Murphy squaring off against John Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic in a battle of wits.

14 STORM – DEBORAH AYORINDE

Deborah Ayorinde is technically already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since she portrayed Candace Miller in Netflix’s Luke Cage series. However, Marvel’s Netflix series have all been canceled and the characters featured in them never actually crossed over with the characters of the MCU films, so no one would really notice or care if she was recast.

Ayorinde would be a far better Storm than Halle Berry was in the original X-Men trilogy, not only because she looks more like Ororo, but because she’d likely bring more maturity and emotion to the role.

13 HUMAN TORCH – DYLAN O’BRIEN

If Marvel wants to get more young viewers hooked on their films, all they have to do is cast Dylan O’Brien as the Human Torch. O’Brien was a fan-favorite on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and he starred in the successful Maze Runner series of films. He’s got the necessary comedic timing of Johnny Storm, and while his take on the character wouldn’t be as ruggedly handsome and flirtatious as Chris Evans’ portrayal in Fox’s first two Fantastic Four films, he’d still be a great fit for the role.

Casting someone as young as O’Brien would also allow for the Human Torch to be close friends with Spider-Man the way the character is in the comics. O’Brien and Tom Holland would likely have fantastic chemistry together on screen, and a team-up movie featuring the two of them together would be a surefire hit.

12 GAMBIT – GASPARD ULLIEL

Now that the rights to the X-Men are in Disney’s hands, fans shouldn’t expect Fox’s planned Channing Tatum-led Gambit film to ever see the light of day. It’s for the best, because while Tatum has proven himself a very capable and likable actor, he wouldn’t have looked anything like the Remy LeBeau of the comics.

Gaspard Ulliel, on the other hand, looks almost exactly like Gambit. The Hannibal Rising star has a natural French accent, so if he added just a hint of Louisiana Cajun to it, Ulliel could sound the part as well.

11 SQUIRREL GIRL – HAILEE STEINFELD

We already stated that it’s highly unlikely that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will throw Squirrel Girl into the mix anytime soon since there are so many well-known, powerful female superheroes to include first, but if the character continues to garner a positive fan response in the comics and on the New Warriors television series, anything is possible.

Anna Kendrick’s wish to portray Doreen has made her a top choice for fans, but Hailee Steinfeld would probably be a better fit. She has nailed a variety of comedic roles, strongly resembles Squirrel Girl physically, and since she’s only 22 years old, she’d be able to portray a young hero for longer.

10 NAMOR – IAN ANTHONY DALE

DC’s Aquaman was incredibly successful and well-liked by fans, so it’s time for Marvel to follow suit and give their own ocean master a solo film. Namor the Sub-Mariner is one of Marvel’s most powerful characters, and as a founding member of the Illuminati, he’s also one of their most intelligent and influential.

Ian Anthony Dale’s roles in Hawaii Five-O, Charmed and Tekken prove he has what it takes to be an action star, and it doesn’t hurt that he looks a lot like Marvel’s King of Atlantis. A Dale-led solo film would bring some much-needed diversity to the MCU.

9 J. JONAH JAMESON – JOHN C. MCGINLEY

J.K. Simmons did such a great job portraying J. Jonah Jameson in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy and voicing the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon that no fans would be disappointed if he returned as Jameson in the MCU. Simmons recently reprised the character in a Lights, Camera, Pod animated video so audiences could see what Jameson would be like in Avengers: Endgame, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll lead the Daily Bugle in live action ever again.

Jameson has to be in Tom Holland’s Peter Parker’s future, though, and if we can’t get Simmons back, Scrubs‘ John C. McGinley might be the next best thing. We know from his portrayal of Dr. Perry Cox that he’s great at playing a grumpy, overly-critical boss, and he looks a lot like Jameson.

8 KATE BISHOP – KATHERINE LANGFORD

If the Avengers’ defeat at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War taught us anything, it’s that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are nothing without Hawkeye. Clint Barton might not have superpowers, but he’s just as useful with a bow and arrow as Thor is with his mighty hammer Mjolnir. Unfortunately, it’s pretty unlikely that Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner will be around for too much longer, especially since his character just seems to want to stay retired so he can live in peace with his secret family.

A new Hawkeye may need to come forward, and in the comics, Kate Bishop took on that iconic mantle and fought alongside some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. The young sharpshooter needs to be mature and professional yet extremely likable, so 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford would be a solid choice.

7 SILK – LANA CONDOR

Silk is a fairly new addition to Marvel comics, but in just five years, she’s amassed a very large following of devoted fans. Cindy Moon was bitten by the same radioactive spider which turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man, and shares his superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, spider-sense, and ability to cling to most surfaces. She and Peter have incredible chemistry, and at first, she and Spidey couldn’t be in the same room with each other without acting on their attraction to each other.

Lana Condor’s role in the Netflix hit To All the Boys I Loved Before made her just as instantly-popular as Silk has been. Both individuals are Asian-American, and Condor’s Cindy Moon would be an age-appropriate match for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.

6 RIRI WILLIAMS – LOVIE SIMONE

If Robert Downey Jr. leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers will need a new resident genius to keep the group up-to-date with all the latest technological advances. It seems like Black Panther‘s princess of Wakanda, Shuri, will fill that void, but Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could still use another genius young woman.

In the comics, brilliant teenager Riri Williams designed a suit of armor similar to Iron Man’s and became a superhero known as Ironheart. She’s fought alongside several other young heroes in the Champions, and if Marvel keeps introducing young heroes into the MCU, a Champions film would be a wonderful possibility. Greenleaf star Lovie Simone looks practically identical to Riri, and has the talent to portray the incredibly intelligent young heroine.

5 DAREDEVIL – MATT BOMER

It’s incredibly unfortunate that the Netflix Defenders never actually crossed over into the real Marvel Cinematic Universe or interacted with any of the big screen heroes before each of their series were canceled. Charlie Cox’s portrayal of both Matt Murdock and his superhero alter-ego Daredevil was practically perfect, but Marvel will likely cast someone else if and when they want the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen to fight alongside some Avengers.

Many fans agree that Matt Bomer would be an excellent choice, because he can bring both Murdock’s intelligence and Daredevil’s athleticism to life. Bomer has the build of a superhero, and possesses real leading man potential.

4 AMADEUS CHO – ROSS BUTLER

If Marvel decides to bring their young superheroes together for a Champions film, they need to add Amadeus Cho, the brilliant teenager deemed one of the eight smartest people on Earth, to the MCU. Amadeus’ mother Dr. Helen Cho appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’d be great to see her return to introduce her son to Earth’s Mightiest.

Amadeus’ intellect made him useful to the Avengers, but when he used nanites to remove the Hulk from Bruce Banner and placed the green rage monster inside of himself, he finally became a genuine superhero. If Mark Ruffalo decides to leave the MCU, Amadeus could become the new Hulk, and 13 Reasons Why‘s Ross Butler would be a solid option for the Korean American genius. He looks the part and exudes confidence the same way Cho does in the comics.

3 RHINO – DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON

Spider-Man has a wide variety of frightening villains, but few of them are as brutally powerful as the Rhino. Aleksei Sytsevich was a minor criminal who was subjected to a scientific experiment which led to his body being covered with an artificial skin as durable as a rhinoceros’, and he was bombarded with gamma radiation which increased his strength to a nearly Hulk-like level.

The only live-action Rhino fans have seen thus far was Paul Giamatti’s ridiculous portrayal at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2, so it’s time someone did the villain justice. The Rock is as massive and strong as Aleksei, and his constant success in the box office proves he’d bolster the earnings of any Spider-Man film he’d be included in.

2 ICEMAN – TIMOTHEE CHALAMET

Timothée Chalamet is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most popular and successful young actors, thanks to his roles in award-winning films like Call Me By Your Name and Beautiful Boy. He’s received fantastic reviews in every project he’s been a part of in the past few years, and he’d undoubtedly be a great addition to the MCU if Marvel can figure out who to cast him as.

Now that the studio has the rights to the X-Men, they’ll soon need to find an Iceman who can fight alongside Charles Xavier’s team of mutants. Chalamet has Bobby Drake’s boyish charm, and since he’s almost the same age as Tom Holland, he could help make Iceman and Spider-Man’s comic book friendship finally appear on the big screen.

1 THE THING – VIN DIESEL

Vin Diesel is already a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but since he only ever provided the voice for Groot and did so without ever really sounding like himself, it’d be easy for him to actually step in front of the camera for a change. It’s also possible that no further Guardians of the Galaxy films are being planned, so when Marvel needs someone to portray The Thing in a future Fantastic Four film, Diesel may be available and eager to continue working with the studio.

Before Ben Grimm became a superhero, he was Reed Richard’s best friend and bodyguard. Diesel definitely looks like he could be the muscle of Marvel’s first family, and his proven voice acting skill would allow him to be a convincing Thing.


2019-04-07 08:04:25

Steve DiCarlo

Grey’s Anatomy: 15 Canceled Storylines That Would Have Saved The Show (And 10 That Would Have Hurt It)

After Grey’s Anatomy’s fifteenth season, it became the longest-running medical drama in television history. The show that had started out following Meredith Grey as an intern at Seattle Grace Hospital is currently unchallenged in this regard. Meredith is no longer an intern struggling with the romances and pitfalls of a surgeon-in-training’s life. She is head of general surgery now. Though, yes, we suppose she is still dealing with the romances and pitfalls of a surgeon’s life.

After fifteen seasons jam-packed with drama, Grey’s Anatomy has become an ocean of tragic storylines you have to navigate through. Initially, these moments drew you in, but after a series of serious events, the show’s realism has taken a nosedive. How many bad things can happen to one hospital? As you continue to watch the show, a part of you wonders where the show can go from here and if, perhaps, it should have done something different along the way.

Many canceled storylines and plot points exist for Grey’s Anatomy. These are ideas that the showrunner Shonda Rhimes had that were not used or were altered slightly to better fit in with things like the production schedule. After reading through these unused story bits, you might feel as if Grey’s Anatomy could have definitely used those storylines to improve the show. Conversely, you might also feel immensely relieved that some of those storylines never saw the light of day. Read on if you want to learn about forgotten storylines that would have either helped or hurt Grey’s Anatomy. 

25 Would Have Saved: Meredith And Derek Remaining Childless

By this latest season, Meredith is the proud mother of three children. However, this was not originally her intended future. When Meredith and Derek were first building the solid foundations of their relationship (not during that time period of will-they/won’t-they), the possibility of them having children was remote.

Instead, Rhimes believed Meredith should spend time focusing on her career.

Clearly, Meredith juggles having a successful career while being a caring mother in these current seasons. However, we believe having Meredith and Derek remain childless would have helped the show focus more on surgery and atypical marriages rather than taking the easy way forward.

24 Would Have Saved: Lexie Becoming The Main Character

Before you chew us out for even considering the notion of replacing Meredith, just hear us out. Lexie Grey was introduced to viewers of the show in the fourth season. She was Meredith’s half-sister. If, for some reason, Ellen Pompeo was unable to return to the show, Lexie would have been able to pick up the reins while still having the title of the show remain relevant.

Say what you will, but that would have been one daring move for the show to make. It would have taken the show in an entirely new direction, maybe even giving it a much-needed breath of fresh air.

23 Would Have Hurt: If The Doctors Were Smokers

It goes without saying that having a serious medical drama with doctors who frequently smoke would have hurt the show. Smoking and health care do not go hand in hand. But apparently, there were plans in the works for the doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital to be big smokers.

Most notably among them, Meredith Grey would have been puffing quite often. The cancellation of this bit of the story is a godsend. The show would have made itself a hypocritical mess, and viewers would have been left wondering how these doctors could call themselves “doctors.”

22 Would Have Saved: Preston Burke Having A Wife

Preston Burke was initially going to have a wife that Cristina Yang would have had to contend with. This definitely would have upped the ante when it came to the “forbidden” nature of their relationship. It would have been a more dire case than a superior having relations with a subordinate.

Plus, it would have tied into Burke being a less-than-estimable person later on. However, this storyline was ultimately never used. As a consolation, this plot shifted over to Meredith and Derek instead, so at least we got to see it in some way.

21 Would Have Saved: Arizona Seeing Callie Before Leaving

Actors come and go from shows. It’s not the show’s fault when that happens. However, it is absolutely hilarious when shows come up with reasons for why their characters have to suddenly stop showing up. Callie Torres was one of the lucky ones. She just decided to move to New York after breaking up with her wife, Arizona Robbins.

Arizona, on the other hand, left the show without rationality.

She decides to pack up everything and move back with Callie without having seen her at least once in person since they separated. A canceled storyline would have had the two reunite once before they both departed, but alas, that was not to be, and Arizona left Seattle without any physical reassurance from her former wife.

20 Would Have Hurt: The Show Being Set In Chicago

Granted, this is not exactly a canceled storyline, but this change would have altered the story drastically. Before settling on Seattle, Washington as the location for her show, Shonda Rhimes considered placing her story in Chicago.

Like Seattle, Chicago is a bustling city and would have seen the interns of the hospital living marginally the same lifestyles. However, not only would it have mimicked the setting from the show ER, Grey’s Anatomy would have been unable to include several important storylines down the road. The ferry incident, for example, would never have happened.

19 Would Have Saved: Izzie Returning To The Hospital

Conflicts with the actress who played her aside, Izzie Stevens was an important part of the Grey’s Anatomy series. She was one of the original interns that Meredith entered the hospital with, and her struggles with patient care and a bout of cancer made up a huge part of the story.

There were talks of her returning to the show, but these talks fell through and it never happened. At this point, after several seasons without her, Izzie’s return would feel odd. However, if it could have happened naturally, it would have been an in-character move.

18 Would Have Saved: Derek And Addison Having A Teenage Daughter

Think of the drama that would have occurred if Derek and Addison had had a teenage daughter. That would have placed Meredith in even more of a dilemma than she was in when she found out Derek was married. She would have to contend with dating someone who lied to her about an entire family.

And the poor daughter would have had to deal with her mother cheating on her father and her father cheating on her mother. Holy moly, there was so much missed potential from that canceled plot complication. Derek would have seemed like a jerk-wad at the end of it. Huh. Maybe that’s why the showrunners didn’t go for that storyline.

17 Would Have Hurt: Addison Leaving So Soon

Addison’s arrival on the show spelled doom for Meredith and Derek’s relationship. It seemed par for the course that fans of their relationship would loathe Addison. However, Addison became a beloved character in her own right. She earned her way into the hearts of viewers with her no-nonsense attitude and relatable sense of judgment.

We are truly thankful that her departure from the show was delayed. The original storyline would have seen her leave after a few episodes. But because she stayed, we got to know one of the best characters Grey’s Anatomy has to offer.

16 Would Have Saved: Cristina’s Father Becoming A Donor For The Hospital

One storyline Shonda Rhimes had planned for Grey’s Anatomy was a conflict regarding Cristina’s father. Cristina Yang’s dad was set up to be a major donor for Seattle Grace Hospital. That would have meant he would have had a lot of influence on what goes on in the hospital.

This sets up Cristina to potentially be loathed by her fellow interns. Unfortunately, this storyline never happened. It would have been interesting to see Cristina, a talented surgeon regardless of any favoritism, deal with the looming specter of her father hovering around her actions.

15 Would Have Saved: April Leaving After Being Fired

April Kepner was fired from the hospital after a pretty riveting episode regarding patient care gone wrong. This decision should have heralded the end of her time on the show. However, this choice was later reversed when Derek Shepherd, as the new Chief of Surgery, hired her back.

The original storyline would have worked better for Grey’s Anatomy. It would have shown real consequences for failing to address a patient properly. April’s mistake was fatal, but thanks to the storyline that eventually followed her firing, she never truly learned from it.

14 Would Have Hurt: Bailey Being Small And Blonde

We all know and love Miranda Bailey for the character she is. She is the strong mentor to Meredith and her fellow interns during the first few seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, and she is now the Chief of Surgery at the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. We can’t imagine her being any other way.

However, during her initial conception, Bailey was described as being small and blonde, which is the exact opposite of what she is. Thankfully, this image of Bailey was scrapped, and we have the Bailey that we have today.

13 Would Have Saved: Witnessing George’s Last Day

George O’Malley’s sacrifice that led to his passing sounded like a heart-wrenching moment. Unfortunately, we never got to see it. There was a potential storyline that would have followed George during his final moments, allowing viewers to see his last day in its entirety, but it was ultimately canceled.

If this storyline had been included, the impact of George’s demise would have hit fans that much harder. Instead, it’s as if the bus that wiped out George’s life also erased his presence on the show forever after.

12 Would Have Saved: Cristina Not Having Her Baby

Cristina learned she had an unwanted pregnancy very early on in the show. If Shonda Rhimes had had her way, she would have had our favorite and most ambitious intern deal with one of the most intense decisions of her life. This idea discomfited network executives, and instead, Cristina lost the baby due to an ectopic pregnancy.

Grey’s Anatomy would have benefited from Cristina taking matters into her own hands. The issue would have been divisive, yes, but it would have challenged viewers to consider their own perspectives. It would have furthered the discussion, and made for a fascinating piece of television history.

11 Would Have Hurt: George’s Romance With Bailey

If you have never seen Grey’s Anatomy, then seeing the words “George has a romance with Bailey” should have no effect on you whatsoever. If you have seen the show, then you are wincing at the mere utterance of those words. In no way, shape, or form, can any fan of the show picture a romance between George and Bailey. It runs counter to these two characters’ personalities.

However, this storyline was almost a reality. Thank the sun and the stars that this storyline did not see the light of day. It would have been a disaster of soap opera-ish proportions.

10 Would Have Hurt: Cristina Not Having Her Breakdown

Cristina Yang is not a typically emotional person. Her career defines who she is, and she won’t let pesky things like emotions get in the way. So when it came time for an emotional upheaval to occur in Cristina’s life, you can bet her nervous breakdown was spectacular.

This moment in the story almost did not happen. It occurred based on the inspiration of actress Sandra Oh. She suggested the scene take place. Without that scene, Cristina’s development as a character would not have been nearly so interesting afterward as it was.

9 Would Have Saved: Meredith Remaining Single After Derek

It took a while for Meredith to move on after Derek passed (well, “a while” by Grey’s Anatomy standards), but afterward, she moved on to pursue other men. Now, we’re not saying Meredith should have remained grieving over Derek for the rest of her life, but the concept that she stay single makes for a more interesting story.

For one thing, the show hyped up her and Derek’s relationship so much, it feels off for her to move on to another person. For another, Meredith’s storyline could have focused on other concerns aside from romance.

8 Would Have Saved: Alex Karev Missing From Pilot

Before getting lambasted for suggesting this, bear in mind that we are suggesting this storyline only for the pilot episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Initially, there were no plans to include Alex Karev as a character in the pilot episode. He was added in as an afterthought.

Since Karev is now one of the few remaining characters from the original cast, it feels as if he deserved more than simply being tacked onto the first episode. Imagine if, instead of being added to the pilot at the last minute, he was given a heartier introduction in a later episode.

7 Would Have Hurt: Meredith Dating Burke

Cristina and Meredith’s respective romances with Preston Burke and Derek Shepherd are integral parts of the show’s history. It is difficult to picture a world where those romances did not take place. It is even more difficult to picture a world where Meredith ended up with Burke instead of Shepherd.

Somewhere, in some alternate reality, there exists a world where that is the case. One of Shonda Rhimes’ initial storylines for Grey’s Anatomy would have seen Meredith dating Burke. We’re glad that adjustments were made.

6 Would Have Saved: Erica Hahn Staying With Callie

Callie’s first big relationship with another woman was when she started dating cardiologist Erica Hahn. Their relationship, despite outcries against it, was one of the highlights of the show.

However, it felt as if it had barely begun before Brooke Smith, the actress who plays Hahn, was let go. Any plans for storylines regarding her and Callie were nixed after that. If Hahn had stayed on, even if her relationship with Callie declined, the show would have benefited from having such a relationship on the screen.

5 Would Have Hurt: Cristine Falling In Love With Denny

Izzie’s romance with patient Denny Duquette was a turning point for her character. Despite all the drama that was going on with Meredith and her love life, Izzie and Denny managed to steal the show. This storyline would have been ruined if, instead of Izzie falling for Denny, it was Cristina Yang falling in love with Denny.

Just saying that sentence out loud sounds strange; we can’t even imagine what it would be like to actually see that storyline acted out. Knowing what we know about Cristina’s personality, a romance between her and Denny would be impossible.

4 Would Have Saved: Meredith Getting Pregnant In The Sixth Season

Once the decision was made to have Meredith be a mother, there was nothing for it but to plow straight through with this storyline. However, real-life actress Ellen Pompeo was pregnant during the time of filming for Grey’s Anatomy’s sixth season, before her character had her kids.

Instead of having her get pregnant then and there, the showrunners decided to conceal her pregnancy at that point in time instead of conveniently using it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking this route. It just would have been perfect timing if Meredith Grey had been ready for kids at the same time as the actress playing her.

3 Would Have Hurt: Mark Surviving The Plane Crash

McSteamy fans around the planet will hate us for saying so, but it was a good thing that Mark Sloan perished from his injuries shortly after escaping the plane crash. One of the loves of his life, Lexie Grey, had met her end during the crash. What was Mark supposed to do if he had survived?

One canceled storyline saw him leaving Seattle to go live with Addison. This move would have been so out of character, it is a good thing the showrunners abandoned it. It’s tragic, but it is an overall better outcome for the story that Mark Sloan passed away, too.

2 Would Have Saved: Meredith Leaving The Show

Meredith is the star of Grey’s Anatomy. The show would be a different beast without her. However, if Ellen Pompeo were to leave the show, as heartbreaking as that would be for all of us, it might revitalize the show’s story.

After spending more than fifteen seasons in this hospital, practically all narrative possibilities have been exhausted with Meredith. Some of the worst things in the world have happened to her, and some of the best have happened to her as well. If she were to leave, the show would alter drastically. However, change isn’t always a bad thing.

1 Would Have Hurt: Derek Walking Out On Meredith

Just as with Mark Sloan, the storyline the showrunners went with for Derek Shepherd’s passing was ultimately the best decision for the character. Now, some might moan and complain that the show should not have canceled Derek’s chances for survival.

However, if actor Patrick Dempsey was set on leaving the show, Derek needed a plausible reason for no longer being around. Quite frankly, any outcome that has Derek surviving yet remaining apart from his wife and children makes absolutely no sense. The showrunners did right on this with the hand they were dealt.


2019-04-07 06:04:55

Amanda Hurych

Mortal Kombat’s Ed Boon Would Love To Make A Marvel Fighting Game

There’s a chance that Capcom may not be making the next crossover title involving Marvel characters, as Ed Boon has revealed that he spoke to Marvel about making a fighting game. Ed Boon is one of the co-creators of the Mortal Kombat franchise along with John Tobias, with the two combining their names for the character of Noob Saibot.

Boon has worked on almost every game in the series, and is the director of the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. The Mortal Kombat franchise has been closely associated with the DC brand, with the two properties crossing over in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, and NetherRealm Studios (the developers of the Mortal Kombat series) also creating the Injustice games for Warner Bros.

Related: Mortal Kombat 11 Fans Are Split On Online Ranked Play Restrictions

It’s possible that NetherRealm Studios might be branching out into other superhero properties, as Ed Boon has revealed that he’s been in contact with Marvel. Boon was being interviewed by Game Informer when he was asked if he had ever had a conversation with Marvel about making a fighting game. Boon said that he had spoken to Marvel, and said that he probably shouldn’t talk about it.

Boon went on to say that he was excited about the idea and that “we” would love to make a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. DC fighting game, with the we presumably referring to NetherRealm Studios. Boon also revealed during the interview that the roster leak for Mortal Kombat 11 was legitimate. Marvel has been part of its own crossover fighting game property with Capcom for years, but the state of the series is currently in limbo following the disappointing Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, so it’s possible that Disney might be looking for a new partner when it comes to making the next Marvel fighting game. Ed Boon has previously denied rumors that a sequel to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is in the works, so it seems like there isn’t anything in the cards in relation to another DC crossover at the moment.

The chances of there being a DC or Mortal Kombat crossover game with Marvel are slim, due to the fact that NetherRealm Studios is owned by Warner Bros. and Marvel is owned by Disney, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. A DC vs. Marvel crossover fighting game would be a huge deal, to the point where it might even be one of the most anticipated video games of all time, and the prospect of making money has brought rival companies to the table in the past, so it may happen again.

More: Mortal Kombat 11’s Time Traveling Pits Fighters Against Themselves

Mortal Kombat 11 will be released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 23, 2019, except for Europe, where the Switch version will be released on May 10, 2019.

Source: Game Informer



2019-04-03 04:04:52

Scott Baird