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When the Star Wars prequel trilogy came out, the films weren’t initially beloved by all the fans. With the movies targeted towards a younger audience than those who have grown up along with the original trilogy, the entries that followed the saga weren’t received entirely positively. Ewan McGregor, who plays the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, reflects the prequel trilogy’s disappointing reception in a recent interview.
"Our films weren't much liked when they came out, by my generation who loved the first ones,” the actor told Empire. “I think people of our generation wanted to feel the way they'd felt when they saw those first three movies when they were kids, and George [Lucas] wanted to take our ones in a different direction, he had a different idea.”
“It was tricky at the time, I remember,” McGregor added. “But now, all these years later, I'm really aware of what our films meant to the generation they were made for, the children of that time.” The actor pointed out that they “really” liked them. In fact, he has met fans who say that the prequel films meant a lot to them more so than the original trilogy.
McGregor admitted in the same interview that he struggled with the filming process for the films and that he is even more excited to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the new Disney+ series more so than he did for the prequel trilogy. It’s been a “long time coming” after all, with the series set to start shooting in spring.
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Production for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has resumed in Atlanta, Georgia! Eagle-eyed fans have spotted some actors that play members of a new organization on the set of the Disney+ series which could hint provide more details on what’s to come on the show.
The fan shared the information on Reddit, saying that a few actors were spotted wearing “World Repatriation Council” badges on their outfits. There were also a bunch of NYPD vehicles and SWAT teams, some actors were in secret service outfits as well.
The fan also noted that there was a motorcycle chase in a parking garage. “Lots of suits looking like being evacuated in flashing lights,” the Redditor wrote. “Flashing red lights as f*ck, all over the place.”
There was once an organization called the World Security Council. Though with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the new group’s name suggests that they will, well, “repatriate.” Given that this is a term normally used during or after the warfare, it’s possible that the World Repatriation Council will be helping those who have returned after the 5-year blip as they adjust and go back to their normal life.
There’s also the possibility that the villainous Baron Zemo is behind this group or even has bigger plans for this newly established organization, he may attempt to take control over them as he takes down our heroes.
What are your thoughts on the so-called World Repatriation Council in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier? Tell us in the comments below!
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Ewan McGregor made his debut in the Star Wars franchise with The Phantom Menace, he eventually reprised his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in two more prequel films. Set to return as the Jedi Master in an upcoming Disney+ series, the actor admits he’s pumped for the show, even more than he was for the prequel films.
“I'm more excited about doing this one than I was doing the second and third one that we did before,” McGregor told Empire. “I'm just excited about working with Deborah Chow, and the storylines are going to be really good I think.”
McGregor says it’s been “long enough” since he last portrayed Obi-Wan, so he’s excited to “play” the character again for the Disney+ show.
At the time the prequel films were released, the studio was at the “very beginning” of digital photography. “We had a camera with an umbilical cord to a tent, it was like back to the beginning of movies where the camera didn't move very much because there was so much hardware attached to it,” the actor added. “Now we're going to be able to really create stuff without swathes of green-screen and blue-screen, which becomes very tedious for the actor.”
After having last played Obi-Wan in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, we’re excited to see McGregor take his character into new heights, to see and learn more about his adventures to come in the series.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series is yet to have an official release date, but McGregor revealed earlier this week that the show is expected to start production in the spring.
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Cameras have finally started rolling again for Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Atlanta, Georgia, with new footage that shows Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent in action.
After months of production being put on hold, a new set video from the upcoming Disney+ series has surfaced that further confirms filming has continued. The clip shows John Walker fighting an unknown individual in the streets. You can check out the set video here!
The scene seems to be similar to the clip released from earlier this year. Unfortunately, it isn’t clear who the U.S. Agent was fighting in the clip, but it looks like the pair are evenly matched. That said, it seems like Walker is having quite a hard time in using Captain America’s shield during the fight.
While it may be a short clip and doesn’t reveal much of what’s to come in the show, seeing the U.S. Agent in action along with the shield should be enough for fans to get excited for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Alongside Russell, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Daniel Bruhl, and Emily VanCamp. The show is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, it’ll follow Sam Wilson as he takes on the Captain America mantle. He teams up with Bucky Barnes and will take on adventures that’ll test their abilities and patience, seeing how well the two work together without Steve Rogers.
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Wonder Woman 1984 gets delayed yet again, and this time, it’s set to debut around the holidays!
The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that the Gal Gadot-led film will make its way to theaters later this year. Now, Variety just confirmed the delay, adding that Wonder Woman 1984 will now be released on December 25, 2020.
It comes to no surprise that the movie will abandon its October release date, given the lukewarm ticket sales of Warner Bros.’ Tenet. Initially set for release in November 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 was pushed back to June 5, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic then further delayed the film to August 14, before landing its October 2 release. This Christmas Day release marks its 4th delay so far.
“Patty is an exceptional filmmaker and with Wonder Woman 1984 she has delivered an incredibly dynamic film that moviegoers of all ages around the world will absolutely love,” Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group chairman, told Variety. “We’re very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to audiences for the holidays.”
Director Patty Jenkins expressed her gratitude for the fans as they await WW84’s release. “Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer,” she adds. “With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!”
Warner Bros. has seen massive success in releasing DC projects over the holidays, take 2018’s Aquaman for example. Hopefully, Wonder Woman 1984’s Christmas release proves to be a success as well.
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Thor: Love and Thunder is shaping up to be even crazier and bigger than its predecessor. With the film set to follow Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as she becomes the female Thor, is Chris Hemsworth set to pass on the mantle after Love and Thunder?
In a recent interview with Elle Man, Hemsworth was asked on the possibility of retiring from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to pass on the hammer to another actor. (Note: This interview was transcribed in Polish, the quotes translated using Google Translate may not be entirely accurate).
“Are you crazy?! I'm not going into any retirement period (laughs),” the actor said. “Thor is way too young for that. It is only 1500 years old!”
“It is definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand,” Hemsworth added. “At least I hope so.” While the actor isn’t entirely certain about Thor’s future in the MCU, it’s clear that the God of Thunder won’t be written out by the end of Love and Thunder or maybe anytime soon.
As for the upcoming film itself, Hemsworth says he had a “lot more fun” reading the script for Love and Thunder than he did in Ragnarok, which tells us that this fourth movie will certainly be something to look forward to.
With the production delay, director Taika Waititi saw this as an opportunity to refine the movie script. Filming is set to take place next year, with Love and Thunder set to use The Volume, a production technology used for Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theaters on March 25, 2022.
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The Batman trailer released during the DC FanDome event gave us our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight, Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman, Colin Farrell's Penguin, Jeffrey Wright’s Jim Gordon, and Paul Dano’s The Riddler. However, there was one character that didn’t seem to be featured in the clips... or so we thought.
The first of Riddler’s victims is a man covered with duct tape, as seen in the trailer. This is likely Gotham’s mayor, the first kill in the villain’s anti-corruption campaign. Now, a theory from Screen Rant suggests that Riddler’s second victim was actually in the trailer as well, the man who was bound in duct tape and a phone, along with a note addressed to Batman.
It looks like that man could end up getting blown up as Batman can’t control the situation and that person seems to be the Gotham D.A. played by Peter Sarsgaard. Gil Colson is an original character created by Matt Reeves for the film, who appears to be missing from the trailer, or that’s how it appeared.
The outlet listed some evidence that could point to Sarsgaard’s Gil Colson being Riddler’s second victim in the trailer. Prior to The Batman trailer’s release, the actor has already completed around 80 percent of his part for the movie before production shutdown. The character was just seemingly hiding in plain sight in the funeral scene with the black car, with the letters “DA” and “DOA” scrawled on the side, which could stand for District Attorney, Dead On Arrival, likely referring to Gil Colson as he’s strapped to an explosive device and a phone.
Not to mention, the person in the trailer has a shaved head, which Sarsgaard was also sporting in a December 2019 post from his wife, a month before The Batman started filming. All this evidence seems back up that this could be Sarsgaard’s Gil Colson, who’s set to have a grisly fate in the upcoming movie.
The Batman is currently set for release on October 1, 2021.
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Set around 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The High Republic will explore the golden age of the Jedi, introducing new characters and fresh new stories.
Fans finally get their first look into the opulent era with a preview of the debut issue in Marvel’s new Star Wars: The High Republic comic series.
The pages see the fierce young Padawan named Keeve as she tries to prove herself to her teacher, Sskeer. The Jedi Master seemingly has the same problem various Star Wars characters have experienced, Sskeer is also missing an arm.
The preview also sees Keeve encounter a Ximpi, a species that was created by Charles Soule for his Lando Calrissian mini-series back in 2016. You can check out the first few pages below!
“You’ll see things you never expected in a Star Wars story,” says writer Cavan Scott. The author came up with the character Keeve in their first Project Luminous summit. Scott says she turned out exactly how he imagined the character would be and “a lot more.” As Keeve begins her Jedi trial under his master, Scott teases that not everything will go according to plan.
Star Wars: The High Republic is certainly adding an exciting and interesting new layer to the beloved universe, and we can’t wait to see the publishing series expand the history of the Jedi and offer fans some new insight. The Marvel comic is set to arrive in January 2021.
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While Cate Blanchett’s Hela was introduced as the power-hungry villain in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, the Goddess of Death actually had an opportunity to debut all the way back to the first Thor movie.
Zack Stentz, one of the screenwriters for Thor, revealed in a Marvel Twitter confessions thread that an early version of the script for the MCU film included an appearance from Hela. The scene saw a cameo of the character, where Volstagg reacts to Thor’s coronation, prompting Hela to turn around and glare at him, with the Asgardian warrior giving an apology.
Stentz noted that writing partner Ashley Miller made him “take out the joke,” which he finds “fortunate” given that Hela was set to debut in Taika Waititi’s Ragnarok. You can check out the tweet below!
In the 1st draft of the script, during Thor's coronation at one point I had Volstagg blurt out "What the hell!" and Hela turn around & glare at him until he said "Sorry; figure of speech." Ash made me take out the joke, which is fortunate given the events of Ragnarok...
— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) September 8, 2020
Taking the scene out was probably for the best. That being said, it’s unclear whether Marvel Studios has been saving the Goddess of Death from the very beginning for future films in the franchise. It’s possible that if Kevin Feige didn’t decide on introducing Hela in Ragnarok, the character would have been used for a humorous brief cameo in Thor, but it could be seen as a waste of a great villain.
Given Hela’s fate in Ragnarok, Blanchett won’t likely return anytime soon, but there’s always a way to make this happen. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor for Waititi’s Love and Thunder, set for release on February 11, 2022.
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When Rey was introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, her parentage has been a heavy point of discussion amongst the fans. Eventually, the truth was revealed in The Rise of Skywalker, making it known that Rey was actually Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter.
However, debates have sparked again when Daisy Ridley recently revealed that her character was almost a Kenobi, with The Clone Wars voice actor Anna Graves showing her support for the idea.
Taking to Twitter, Graves, who voiced Duchess Satine Kryze, recently shared her thoughts on Rey being related to Obi-Wan. "I was always hoping that Duchess Satine had Obi's child in secret and then... well, more Star Wars Jedi lineage mysteries unfold,” she wrote. “Would love to have had Rey as my grandchild #reykenobi” You can check out her post below.
I’ll be honest, I was always hoping that Duchess Satine had Obi’s child in secret and then... well, more Star Wars Jedi lineage mysteries unfold. Would love to have had Rey as my grandchild #reykenobi https://t.co/rw4mcEjRC6
— Anna Graves (@gravyvoice) September 9, 2020
As fans may well know, Obi-Wan had secret romantic ties with Duchess Satine. With the two romantically involved, there was even a popular theory on the heels of The Force Awakens’ release where fans assumed Rey could be the daughter of the Jedi Master and the leader of Mandalore.
Of course, fans have mixed opinions on both Rey being a Kenobi and Rey actually being a Palpatine. Some think it was a missed opportunity for her to be related to Obi-Wan, but there are others who think Rey fits being a descendant of the Sith Lord.
While she’s officially known to be Palpatine’s granddaughter, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Rey was Kenobi's daughter.
The Skywalker Saga is currently available to stream on Disney+.
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