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The fifth episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 confirmed that Baby Yoda was a youngling who was well on his way to becoming a Padawan before everything fell apart with the rise of the Empire. Nevertheless, the Star Wars series also offered hope on the possibility that someone will eventually come forward to train The Child. But what are the chances that it could be someone who has already been looking for children to train in Jedi: Fallen Order?
In The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5, Ahsoka Tano was the one who confirmed that Baby Yoda aka Grogu is a former youngling who had lost his connection to the Force as he suppressed his powers and let fear and anger grow in him.
Although she could have helped and trained The Child, Ahsoka refuses to do so, stating that Mando and Baby Yoda can find another Jedi through the Jedi Temple on the planet Tython.
So is it possible that the one who will hear Baby Yoda's call from the Jedi Temple will be someone who has been trying to find Force-sensitive children at around the same time Grogu went into hiding? Some believe that it could be time for Cal Kestis to cross over into live-action and fulfill his mission in Fallen Order.
In the game, Cal works with fellow Jedi Cere Junda in the plan to find children who are Force-sensitive and train them as Jedi. However, they would soon realize that it would be too dangerous for the children and abandoned the plan.
But is it time for Cal to do as promised now that the Empire has fallen? Although we like the idea of Cal showing up in The Mandalorian, it's important to point out that this has not yet been confirmed. With that in mind, it is best to take this with a grain of salt.
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There is little doubt that people had mixed reactions when it was confirmed that Wonder Woman 1984 would be given a digital release on HBO Max after several delays. However, it looks like Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo has the most interesting response to the decision. The filmmaker has just stated that the decision to release the DC Extended Universe sequel digitally is a "brave and bold" move.
Russo recently spoke to Collider where he addressed Warner Bros.' decision to make Wonder Woman 1984 available on HBO Max. Interestingly, the Russo stated that this move was best explained by what 1984 director Patty Jenkins said.
"I think Patty Jenkins said it best. She made something that she put an incredible amount of love and joy into, and now she's ready to share it with the world," Russo said. "I think it's incredibly brave and bold of her as a filmmaker."
Russo added that the move could be more common when other films need to be released.
"I do think that this is the future of the business. There can be room for both digital and theatrical, and in fact, both could perhaps enhance each other's business and experience," he said.
Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, Kristen Wiig as Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord, and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. The sequel is scheduled to be released theatrically on December 25. However, it will also stream digitally on HBO Max for a month starting on Christmas Day.
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We didn't get to see Moff Gideon in action this week but there is little doubt that the Star Wars villain has something big planned for the upcoming episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2. Interestingly, Giancarlo Esposito that his character's future has already been teased by his new suit that appears to be inspired by Darth Vader's classic armor.
Esposito recently spoke to IGN about his role in the previous episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 and the Breaking Bad actor was quick to point out that Gideon's suit is a clear reference to Vader.
"I think it's a throwback to this guy," Esposito said of the Vader-inspired look. He then continued by stating that the costume made him think about Gideon's characteristics.
"I mean, it really relates in a way to me, I like to think or imagine in my brain, that he has the kind of power that Darth Vader had. And so, seeing him in his armor and his cape and armed up tells me he's a warrior. That tells me he is a soldier and has the skills to back that up and hopefully, you'll see it soon in our [upcoming] episodes," Esposito concluded.
Well, that's an awesome tease at what to look forward to in the next chapters of The Mandalorian Season 2. Could Gideon actually have a lot more in common with Vader other than his armor? Hopefully, we'll find out next week.
The sixth episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 will air on Disney+ on December 4.
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If you tuned in to the latest episode of The Mandalorian Season 2, chances are you were blown away when it was finally confirmed that Rosario Dawson is playing the live-action version of Ahsoka Tano. However, it looks like the Daredevil star also has a lot of respect for the actress who originated the role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Dawson has just shown support for Ashley Eckstein and her business venture.
Eckstein, who provided the voice of Ahsoka in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, has long been working on her fangirl clothing line Her Universe. In her recent Instagram post, Eckstein promoted a new Ahsoka top along with a hopeful message.
"It’s #TanoTuesday and I’m thrilled to share that our Tano long sleeve shirt is back in stock on @heruniverse. I also wanted to share my gratitude to everyone during this week of Thanksgiving." Eckstein wrote. "A friend of mine taught me this year that 'The core of wisdom is to overcome self-deception.' Let that sink in... Our mind can make us believe that we are invisible. One of the worst feelings in the world is to feel invisible. We all just want to be visible and be needed. I feel like we can all relate to this, especially this year."
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"If you are feeling this way, please know that I see you. You ARE visible and you ARE needed. Ahsoka said, 'When you find people who need your help you help them, no matter what.' I am SO thankful for our incredible community and for all of your help and your support. You always make me feel visible and my heart is eternally grateful. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember #AhsokaLivesInAllOfUs," Eckstein concluded.
It's an awesome message and it looks like Dawson agrees with her fellow Ahsoka actress. The Defenders star immediately shared Eckstein's post in her Instagram stories so her own followers could support Her Universe.
We're loving the idea that the two Ahsoka actors have mutual respect for each other. Hopefully, we'll get to see them together soon.
Dawson debuted as Ahsoka in the fifth episode of The Mandalorian Season 2, which is now streaming on Disney+.
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We haven't seen any reviews about Cyberpunk 2077 just yet but it looks like we finally have a truly reliable source who has actually taken the game out for a spin. It has just been revealed that Keanu Reeves already played the highly anticipated CD Projekt Red title and had an exciting review on the gameplay.
Reeves, who provides the likeness and speaking voice of NPC Johnny Silverhand, was mentioned in a recent CD Projekt Red earnings call attended by the company's president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński (via Seeking Alpha). Interestingly, Kiciński confirmed that they had given Reeves a copy of the game and had reportedly enjoyed it.
“Yes. He played the game,” Kiciński said. He then added that Reeves may not have gone through the entire gameplay just yet.
“But as far as I know haven't finished yet. So -- but definitely, he played the game and he loves it,” Kiciński added.
Well, if Reeves loves it, there is little doubt that Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a fun game to play. Needless to say, we can't wait for the title to finally be released next month.
Reeves has previously spoken about being a part of Cyberpunk 2077 and he revealed that it wasn't a far stretch from playing Neo in the Matrix movies.
"I’ve done a fair bit of motion capture. I did it in the Matrix films. So, to start doing motion capture for Johnny, it was all very familiar to me," Reeves said.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on December 10.
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Fans have already accepted that Scott Derrickson will no longer helm Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that the project will now be directed by Sam Raimi. However, it looks like Derrickson is still going to be involved with the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel.
Derrickson recently posted on his official Twitter account to explain that although he is no longer "an MCU source", he still has some form of involvement with Doctor Strange 2. Take a look at his tweet below.
I’m not an MCU source anymore. I’m just a distant Executive Producer on (the great) Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange sequel— a choice I made and am hella happy with. I’m now making @joe_hill’s The Black Phone for @UniversalPics and @blumhouse, adapted by me & @Massawyrm. ?????— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) November 26, 2020
"I’m not an MCU source anymore. I’m just a distant Executive Producer on (the great) Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange sequel— a choice I made and am hella happy with," Derrickson wrote. He then added that he is already working on a new project that is just as exciting as the Marvel flick.
"I’m now making @joe_hill ’s The Black Phone for @UniversalPics and @blumhouse adapted by me & @Massawyrm," Derrickson pointed out.
This certainly sounds like an exciting new project for Derrickson. Nevertheless, some fans can't help but wonder what could have been if he remained with Doctor Strange 2. On the other hand, the idea of Raimi working on the sequel is also an amazing plan.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will bring back Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorceror Supreme and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch. The sequel has already begun production this November and is then scheduled for release on March 25, 2022.
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It's no secret that The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 was filled with awesome Star Wars Easter Eggs and references from start to finish. But did you spot a small cameo from a figure that has only appeared in the animated shows? As it turns out, Ahsoka Tano's regular companion also showed up in the Disney+ series.
In Chapter 13: The Jedi, Mando and Baby Yoda arrived on Corvus and immediately headed for the city of Calodan where they were met by the Magistrate who had an interesting proposal for the bounty hunter. She wanted Mando to get rid of the Jedi that had been bothering her in exchange for her Beskar steel spear.
When Mando wanders into the forest, he is attacked by Ahsoka but he manages to calm her down when he tells her that Bo-Katan Kryze sent him. But before all that, it is revealed that Ahsoka isn't alone.
That's right, the Morai that appeared in Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars has once again followed Ahsoka and has now made her live-action debut along with her constant companion. The cameo was a brief one but once you notice it, it's one of the best things about the latest episode of The Mandalorian Season 2.
The Morai has been bound to Ahsoka since the Daughter transferred her life essence to the young Padawan. Since then, the two have been inseparable and Ahsoka has even admitted that the convor saved her life. Needless to say, we're loving the idea that we could see more of the Morai in the future.
The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 is now streaming on Disney+.
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The latest episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 didn't waste any time in introducing Ahsoka Tano. However, it looks like the episode's title Chapter 13: The Jedi wasn't actually referring to Rosario Dawson's character.
In The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5, Ahsoka immediately springs into action, taking on several guards and showing off the fighting skills she acquired as a Jedi. There are several instances where she is referred to as a Jedi and she even mentions another popular Star Wars character who was strong in the Force. However, Ahsoka herself doesn't admit that she is a Jedi.
There's a good reason for that. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka decided to step away from the Jedi Order and no longer identifies herself as a Jedi. This could be one of the reasons why she refused to train Baby Yoda aka Grogu in the first place. However, it's understandable why everyone still thinks of her as a Jedi.
So who is the Jedi referred to in the title of The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5? Although it may have been a misnomer that stresses everyone's misconception of Ahsoka, it could have been a reference to Baby Yoda's true identity.
As a former youngling trained in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Grogu was well on his way to becoming a Jedi before the rise of the Empire. Hopefully, The Child will eventually get the training he needs so he can fulfill his destiny.
The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 is currently streaming on Disney+.
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Joss Whedon has just confirmed that he has stepped away from his HBO series The Nevers claiming that he is having difficulty getting the show made. However, Justice League star Ray Fisher says that the reason why the filmmaker is unable to finish the project is because of the investigations into his behavior during reshoots for the DC Extended Universe flick.
Fisher recently shared an article confirming Whedon's exit from The Nevers and added an interesting caption to the tweet..
“I have no intention of allowing Joss Whedon to use the old Hollywood tactic of 'exiting', 'stepping down', or 'walking away' to cover for his terrible behavior. WarnerMedia’s JL investigation has been in full swing for over 3 weeks now. This is undoubtedly a result of it,” Fisher wrote.
Back in July, Fisher stated that Whedon showed "gross" and "abusive" behavior on the set of the Justice League reshoots. Since then, Warner Bros. has launched an investigation into the matter.
Whedon revealed in a statement that he had chosen to walk away from the HBO show.
“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I realise that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer,” Whedon said.
“I am genuinely exhausted, and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world,” Whedon continued. “The Nevers is a true labor of love, but after two plus years of labour, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”
Zack Snyder's version of Justice League is expected to premiere on HBO Max next year.
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The Mandalorian Season 2 already has its own major villain in Moff Gideon. However, the latest episode may have teased the possibility that Gideon isn't the only Big Bad who will show up in the Disney+ series. Amazingly, Episode 5 has just dropped an update on one of the most terrifying Star Wars villains and hinted at his live-action debut.
In Chapter 13: The Jedi, we are immediately introduced to Ahsoka Tano, who is played by Rosario Dawson. Ahsoka is trying to get some information from the Magistrate of Calodan on the planet Corvus and it is later revealed to be a truly important detail.
When Ahsoka and Mando successfully infiltrate the city, Ahsoka faces off against the Magistrate, overcoming her and forcing the woman to reveal the location of her master Grand Admiral Thrawn.
This doesn't necessarily mean that the villain will actually show up in The Mandalorian but the name drop is still a big one. After all, there have been reports that a live-action Thrawn series is being planned by Disney and Lucasfilm along with an Ezra Bridger show. Nevertheless, fans are still hoping that The Mandalorian Season 2 will introduce these characters into live-action before they get their own shows.
Chapter 13 also hinted at another way that Ezra could show up in the Star Wars series. There are speculations that he will be the Jedi who could eventually train Baby Yoda later in the show. However, it is important to point out that this has not yet been confirmed so it's best to take it with a grain of salt.
The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 is currently streaming on Disney+.
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