Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has finally weighed in on the latest theory surrounding Captain America and Peter Quill. For those of you who don’t know, a Reddit thread recently floated around suggesting that Steve Rogers may actually be Peter Quill/Star Lord’s biological grandfather.
The thread goes into detail about how Laura Haddock, who plays Quill’s mother Meredith in the films, also makes an appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger in a crowd as an avid fan during some time in the 1940s. She noticeably catches Rogers’ attention, which the thread speculates may have resulted in a one night stand, pregnancy, and birth of Meredith. Following this logic, this would mean Meredith being born around the 1940s, just in time for her to meet Ego sometime in the 1970s and have Peter Quill.
Sounds kind of cool, right? Sadly, the theory has caught Gunn’s attention and he has officially shot it down via a tweet.
Sorry to bust this fun theory, but it doesn't work as Meredith Quill's father is a major character played by @GreggHenry88 in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and appears briefly in Vol 2. https://t.co/5Jgshez3Np
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 8, 2019
Sometimes Marvel fans just love finding these little connections to keep the universe even more intricately bound together, but hey, their attention to detail is just that good. Besides, wouldn’t Infinity War have been all the more entertaining had this little tidbit been true and somehow revealed?
Marvel is set to open a new phase on May 1, 2020 with Black Widow. Some of its other announced titles include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in the Fall of 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021.
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Awards season is just right around the corner and the Critics’ Choice Association has taken the liberty of announcing its official roster of nominees for its 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards to be held next year. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame is up for three awards, which makes it the second most nominated blockbuster next to the DCEU’s highly-acclaimed Joker.
The nominations were dominated by legendary director Martin Scorsese and his latest gangster epic The Irishman with 14 nods, followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which has 12 nominations.
The finale to the MCU’s Infinity Saga will compete in the Best Action Movie category against Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, 1917, and Ford v Ferrari. Its other nomination comes from the Best Visual Effects category, which it will be up against Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, 1917, Ad Astra, The Aeronauts, and Disney’s latest rendition of its classic The Lion King.
Its final nomination is for Best Sci-Fi or Horror movie, where it was nominated together with Ad Astra, Midsommar, and Jordan Peele’s sophomore film Us.
"This has been a truly great year for television and movies," Joey Berline, the CCA’s CEO, said in a statement. "In every genre, from every viewpoint and distribution platform, brilliant storytellers are challenging and delighting us. We are so excited to have the opportunity to celebrate them, and their work, on January 12 on The CW!" (via The Hollywood Reporter).
If you may recall, The Irishman director had started heated debates regarding superhero movies after a series of criticisms aimed against Marvel films. It will then be very interesting to see the director formally up against a superhero film in the coming weeks, especially with numerous actors and other filmmakers taking offering their own takes on the issue.
Marvel is set to begin its next phase with Black Widow to open on May 1, 2020.
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The Wonder Woman 1984 trailer finally dropped last Sunday and since then, Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, and the rest of the team have been doing their part to promote it nonstop. Prior to the huge drop, the team first had a panel sit down at CCXP19, where they shared a quick teaser, answered some questions, and possibly confirmed yet another movie featuring some of Wonder Woman’s best characters.
The movie, apparently, will focus on the Amazons of Themyscira, but will not have Jenkins on its directing chair. Rather, she will reportedly serve as its executive producer (via ComicBook.com).
Sim @PattyJenks confirmou que a WB desenvolve um filme focado nas Amazonas!
Ela não irá dirigir, mas trabalhará na produção executiva! Sem maiores detalhes. #MulherMaravilha1984 https://t.co/8Dv9be8llB
— @mpmorales (@mpmorales) December 8, 2019
The above tweet is from Brazilian journalist M.P. Morales and roughly translates to: “Yes @PattyJenks confirmed WB is developing a movie focused on the Amazons! She will not direct, but will work in executive production. More details have yet to surface.”
The first Wonder Woman film was a massive success both on the box office and for critics and with this sequel set in the ‘80s, it seems that we have more to look forward to.
The DCEU has several upcoming films on its roster. Wonder Woman 1984 will be out in theaters on Feb. 7, 2020.
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Gal Gadot has been busy round the clock promoting Wonder Woman 1984 and having just released the trailer last Sunday, the actress has been answering questions nonstop about the upcoming film together with some other matters involving the DCEU, particularly the Snyder Cut.
Speaking to Cinepop, the actress made a brief comment regarding the highly sought after cut while promoting her own character’s stand-alone sequel. Asked if whether or not she thought the film will ever be released, she said, “I don't know. I think that the movie suffered from very, you know very unfortunate and sad, you know circumstances. I would have loved to see the finished cut of Zack, and I hope that one day we'll get to see it, but I don't know.”
It has been two years since Justice League hit theaters and yet Zack Snyder’s, its original director prior to him bowing out due to a family tragedy, version of events is still seen as a ground for demands for thousands of fans. They are joined by several other cast members such as Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa who also happens to be the sole person from the ensemble who claims to have actually seen the now-famous cut.
The DCEU has several upcoming films on its roster. These include Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, The Batman on June 25, 2021, The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021, Black Adam on December 22, 2021, and Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022.
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The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars #75 by Greg Pak, Phil Noto, and VC's Clayton Cowles.
The Empire Strikes Back holds the distinction for containing some of Star Wars’ most iconic scenes, one of which is Princess Leia professing her love for Han Solo just before he is about to be lowered into a Carbonite mold and frozen alive. “I love you,” she says. To which he responds with the now famous and improvised line, “I know.”
The two would prove to be every nerd’s favorite couple and even with a seemingly strained relationship in The Force Awakens and of course, their son Kylo Ren, the pair always seemed to be destined to be together. Or so we thought.
In a final issue from Marvel Comics titled Star Wars #75, we discover that Leia’s first love was actually Dar Champion. Set in the early days of the Rebellion, just before the events of The Empire Strikes Back, the comic’s plotline involves Leia, Luke, and Han contacting Dar in order to capture Boss Carpo. Carpo had been betraying the Rebels and was secretly working for the Empire and now the three were tasked with making it appear to the Empire that Carpo was double-crossing them in order for them to take out Carpo on their own (via CBR.com).
In one of the scenes, Leia says the line, "He knows it," with the comic layout emphasizing on the "know," seemingly to remind us what it means in Leia's language.
One of the biggest problems Luke, Leia, and Han had, however, was Dar’s qualms in actually betraying his boss. This is where we see Leia forming a romance with him and although it initially seems that she is only doing this to persuade him to help them, she truly does end up falling for him and we see this throughout the entire issue.
Bad break for Han and Leia fans out there, but hey, they still technically did end up together and that’s all that counts.
Star Wars #75 is now out in your favorite comic stores.
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The end of the Skywalker Saga is drawing nearer with the coming of The Rise of Skywalker and with it comes the return of a familiar face: Lando Calrissian. Interestingly enough, however, the rebel hero was meant to appear much earlier in the sequel trilogy’s pilot film The Force Awakens.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, director J.J. Abrams opened up about wanting to include Billy Dee Williams’ character in the 2015 film but somehow could not find a way to fit him in. “Having Lando back in Star Wars is something that [co-writer] Larry Kasdan and I wanted to do in The Force Awakens, just as much as I wanted to have Luke training Rey,” he said in the interview. “I was so excited about things that we just realized we could never, ever get to.”
Williams had initially been unsure about the former Baron Administrator of Cloud City’s return because of the film’s initially pitched director Colin Trevorrow’s vision of the film, but once Abrams had been called back to helm the film instead, the actor was more than happy to reprise his role.
During an interview at The Rise of Skywalker global press conference yesterday, the actor said, “I didn’t think that it would happen. I just wrote it off, you know? And I said, ‘Well, I did what I had to do, and that was it.” He further went on to say that his comeback has made him “a very, very happy human being.” (via ScreenRant).
Lando Calrissian last made an appearance as a young man portrayed by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story, in addition to several other extended universe materials but this will be the first time Williams himself will be reprising the role and will finally show fans what the former hustler has been up to following the downfall of the Galactic Empire. And with the loss of Luke Skywalker and his dear friend Han Solo, we can only imagine how emotional this final film with Lando will be.
The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.
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Joker may not have been the first rendition of the Clown Prince on the big screen, but it surely has left its legacy having broken numerous records. Despite this whoever, its director Todd Phillips has debunked persisting rumors of sequels but has recently revealed his initial vision for an expanding universe for the villain.
Speaking to the IGN UK podcast, Phillips revealed his vision for what has been dubbed “DC Black,” a movie label that the director has previously described during the Toronto International Film Festival as a disconnected extension of the DCEU which primarily aims to explore a particular character. In the same interview with IGN, he shares how there are several DC characters he’d like to see explored, but is not particularly drawn to any of them as much as he has been with Arthur Fleck.
He further goes on to reveal that although Black Label has yet to fully take shape, he initially had a slate of directors in mind and a rough estimate of how long it would run. The director said, “I pitched it as three movies, Joker being the first with me, and then these two other movies, with two other directors. But I don't really want to name them, because then it'll become a thing and I'm pulling these directors into it when I've never even told them about it. It was just me telling Warner Bros. about it.”
You may listen to the full interview with Phillips on the IGN UK Podcast. The episode covers topics about the film’s early reception, its unique take on Gotham, and more. Some of DC’s latest upcoming movies, on the other hand, include Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, The Batman on June 25, 2021, The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021, and Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022.
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Birds of Prey is set to hit theaters in a few months and during a panel at CCXP, it released all-new footage and posters of characters like Black Canary, Huntress, and Black Mask, in addition to a glimpse into the film’s opening scene.
Just as the panel began, the Birds of Prey official Twitter account began posting a thread of each character poster with a vital role in the film. These also include its antagonists Black Mask and Victor Zsaz. Art enthusiasts may notice how the art of the posters seemingly drew inspiration from Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.
The aforementioned footage showcased at the panel involved Harley Quinn distancing herself from the Joker, moving into a new home, and blowing up a large building. Birds of Prey, of course, is only one out of the many panels that will be happening at CCXP. DC fans may also look forward to potential news about Wonder Woman 1984 in the next few days.
Birds of Prey is directed by Cathy Yan and will star Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. It is set to premiere on February 7, 2020 and its official synopsis reads as follows:
"You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down."
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The Rise of Skywalker premiere is just right around the corner and given the success of The Mandalorian it only makes sense to provide another exclusive look into the end of the Skywalker saga via the highly successful series. That said, Disney+ has announced the penultimate episode’s arrival on a special time on December 18, Wednesday instead of dropping it on the usual Friday for it to coincide with The Rise of Skywalker’s December 20 release (via Collider).
The streaming giant has yet to confirm the exact time of its release or the episode’s title, but it will be directed by Debrah Chow who served as director for episode three titled The Sin. Disney has also yet to confirm if the episode will coincide with the sneak peek, however, the chances are slim given that the series is set following the events of Return of the Jedi.
The official synopsis of the episode reads as follows: “An old rival extends an invitation for The Mandalorian to make peace.” Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon is also expected to make an appearance, according to the official press release (via TV Guide), as a former governor under the Empire.
The Mandalorian is expected to run for eight episodes and will have its finale on December 27, just a few days after The Rise of Skywalker premiere.
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Beginning 2021, guests from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will have the chance to experience the galaxy far, far away like no other through its latest Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. This all-new immersive vacation showcases a cruise-like itinerary which spans two nights. It allows guests to become a hero of their own and experience the Star Wars universe 24/7 via interactive storytelling.
In a press release through the Disney Parks Blog, the new concept art of the experience was released and features a large building lined with trees and shrubs. This serves as the Starcruiser terminal from which guests will enter an exclusive launch pod to travel up to the Halycon. While in these pods, it will feel as though you are traveling through space probably similar to that of being in the Millennium Falcon.
The itinerary also includes what it calls a “Black Spire Outpost” wherein guests may travel to Batuu, which also serves as the main destination for the Galaxy’s Edge attraction. Going to and from both attractions will be quite interesting seeing as that according to the release, guests full remain in full story with the help of the transport ships designed especially for these experiences. The Outpost will also ultimately allow guests to explore the 14-acre land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
According to a report from WDW News Today, a cabin at the attraction will be priced at $3,300 for one person for a two to three-night stay. These cabins can sleep up to five people, but are also available for maxing out.
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