To be clear, Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t the first Marvel movie since Iron Man 2 to set up superheroes after the main story concluded. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s mid-credits scene, we were introduced to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who were seen using their abilities at a Hydra facility. However, Iron Man 2 and Infinity War are the only MCU movies so far to lay the groundwork for a future superhero without actually showing that character. Of course, moviegoers who aren’t familiar with Marvel comics presumably were confused by the meaning of these post-credits scenes, but a quick search on the internet can rectify that. Plus, if your Infinity War screening was anything like mine, you might have heard a couple of fans quietly exclaim, “Captain Marvel!” (I was one of those people.) In any case, while Iron Man 2 isn’t one of the most beloved entries in this franchise, its post-credits was one of the more intriguing ones, so Infinity War did a solid job with putting its own spin on that approach.
On the road to stardom, Zoe Saldana turned down roles that she saw as typecasting, so you can see how the science fiction genre gave her an opportunity to do different things than plain dramas or comedies might afford her. Instead of being a down-on-her-luck Latina in every film, science fiction opens up a whole universe of possibilities to play with. As she told Variety, the science fiction genre allowed her to stretch her creative legs by playing characters who mattered, had agency and were heroes important to the story versus just being generic archetypes and forgettable supporting characters. She seems quite happy with the path her career has followed, and given the success of franchises she has been in, it is hard to argue with that. Plus, it has to be cool to play aliens, assassins and other characters who have been memorable, important and interesting in these imaginative and expansive worlds.
The Big Bang Theory Season 11 will come to an end with an epic finale that features Sheldon and Amy’s wedding, some guest stars playing long-awaited characters, and Mark Hamill himself dropping by. Yes, the man who brought Luke Skywalker to life will appear on the show filled with characters who adore Star Wars, and there will undoubtedly be plenty of laughs to go around. Given that Mark Hamill is kind of a big deal, fans may have been wondering ever since the news of his appearance broke how exactly a sitcom got him on board. Showrunner Steve Holland dished on how Hamill agreed to appear in the finale, saying this:
If there’s one thing that the Deadpool franchise is known for (other than smartass humor and gratuitous violence), it is the A+ marketing campaigns. We have seen Wade Wilson take over a wide variety of brands and lend his particular sense of humor to all sorts of formats, but the latest promotion for Deadpool 2 is simultaneously one of the grossest and one of the best. Specifically, we now know that Deadpool 2 has teamed up with the folks at Trolli Candy to allow consumers actually to eat Wade Wilson’s tiny hands. Check out the promo video, below.
Conan itself will also be going on a tour of sorts as part of the hour-long specials, Conan Without Borders. Unfortunately, TBS did not announce the locations for the upcoming installments of the series. Previous show locations have included Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, and Israel. Where will Conan O’Brien end up next? It is anyone’s guess at this point. Something tells us the wait will be worthwhile.
We can be pretty confident that Bruce isn’t going to turn into Jeremiah 2.0, especially given that Jeremiah recently claimed the gas only changed him aesthetically. Still, I have to wonder how much Gotham is going to draw on the infamous Killing Joke story for this upcoming episode. The episode is titled “One Bad Day,” which Killing Joke fans will recognize as a nod to Joker’s claim that all it takes is one bad day for a good man to go mad. In that story, Jim Gordon is captured, drugged, and forced to look at traumatizing images. Bruce will clearly be drugged in the episode, and the trailer features Bruce in what looks like a hallway with images projected on the walls. Could young Bruce take on the Jim Gordon role from The Killing Joke on Gotham?
To get everybody up to speed in case Avengers: Infinity War blew your mind so hard you don’t remember parts of it, or you’ve already had it spoiled for you, we learn in the film that Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has known the location of the Soul Stone for some time, but has kept it secret from Thanos (Josh Brolin). Unfortunately, he knows that she knows, and in order to prevent further torment to her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora gives up the location. When Gamora and Thanos arrive on the planet Vormir, they learn that in order to obtain the stone, one must sacrifice somebody they love. Gamora believes that Thanos has been beaten by this, because he loves nothing. But it turns out that, because he loves Gamora, he can, and does, sacrifice her to obtain the long-lost Soul Stone.
With three weeks left until Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story debuts on the big screen, all eyes are on the Star Wars spinoff to flesh out the mythology of the fan-favorite smuggler in a major way. One key element of that story is his affinity for gambling, which will ultimately bring him up against Lando Calrissian in a card game that many fans are dying to see. In fact, ahead of the film’s upcoming release, a 360-degree video has debuted online allowing viewers to actually get an in-depth look at the hand that may have seen the Millennium Falcon change hands. Check out the video, below!
If Star Wars fans want someone who truly appreciates and loves the property and has since the beginning helming Star Wars films, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified than Ron Howard. The Oscar winner brings an understanding to Solo that is undeniable, and he has been saying all the right things in advance of his first foray into the Star Wars universe with Solo. Of course, there is some question as to how much of the film is Howards and how much was the work of his predecessors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Ironically, Ron Howard was asked by Lucas to direct Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but passed due to it being too daunting a task. But it was seemingly meant to be that he would take a crack at the franchise, and now he comes in at a crucial time with perhaps an even more daunting task after behind the scenes shakeups and a divisive saga film.
Published in 1983, Pet Sematary follows Doctor Louis Creed moving to the small town of Ludlow with his wife, two children and their cat. After striking up a friendship with Jud Crandall, the old-timer shows Louis and his family the cemetery where the town buries its pets. However, later in the story, following the death of Church the cat, Jud shows Louis an area beyond the pet “sematary”: a burial ground used by Native Americans that brings whatever is buried there back to life. Unfortunately, the animals resurrected from this mystic ground remain “a little dead” once they’re back up and walking, and when Louis put his son Gage in there after the two-year-old is run over by a truck, needless to say it doesn’t go well.