The idea of a Sonic the Hedgehog movie once seemed impossible. That's not to say the universally popular video game franchise isn't adaptable to film, but rather that movies based on video games have, in general, never really been that good. And if we go back to 1993, when Super Mario Bros. hit theaters, a movie based on Sonic's Nintendo rival if you will, the chances of Sonic following suit seemed slim at best. But the future is now, and a Sonic movie has already been and gone, like the titular blue hedgehog himself, breaking the sound barrier along a deserted highway.
To say that the Sonic movie took its sweet time, though, is a bit of an understatement, but after enduring the likes of Yogi Bear, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Woody Woodpecker over the years, we were silently grateful. In short, movies that feature animated characters based on retro properties, whether a cartoon or video game, are also pretty bad. So it came as a real surprise when 2020's Sonic the Hedgehog, a video game/animated character hybrid, turned out to be pretty good. And let's not forget the controversy surrounding the original trailer, which included a pretty terrible design for Sonic.
Not that Sonic has ever really included human side characters, but naturally, fans and cinemagoers alike scoffed at the thought of the 'Blue Blur' featuring in a movie alongside humans. Nevertheless, the movie was infinitely better than people expected, and really made the most out of an otherwise rather exhausted formula - alien creature arrives in a small backwater town and teams up with a local family to defeat a common foe. It also went on to become the highest-grossing video game adaptation ever. Not a stretch, you might say, but an accolade to be proud of nonetheless. But will there be another Sonic movie?
Will there be another Sonic movie?
If you loved the first movie, you'll be running in circles when we tell you that Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a sequel. Currently titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the film will be a direct sequel to the 2020 film and will see the return of James Marsden and Jim Carrey, who played Tom Wachowski and Dr. Robotnik in the first movie. Jim Carrey's performance landed well with fans, as he evoked his former '90s 'cartoon' self, and really seemed to have fun playing the egocentric and inhumane scientist.
Other returning actors include Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, Natasha Rothwell, and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic. Newcomers include Shemar Moore in an undisclosed role, while the voice actor for Sonic's best friend Tails, who appears at the end of the first movie (and whose design is as perfect as Sonic's), is yet to be confirmed. The film involved shoots in Hawaii, which is expected to double for 'Green Hill' - as seen at the beginning of the first movie in animated form. And while the film has undergone delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it's now set for release on April 8, 2022.
Will Knuckles be in the next Sonic movie?
It's a question on the minds of many fans - but likely on those who haven't been keeping up to date with the upcoming movie (and we can't blame you, because these days the Internet can be an incredibly spoiler-rific place). So, will Knuckles be in the next Sonic movie? We won't beat around the bush here - the short answer is yes! And a slightly longer answer is that he'll be voiced by none other than Idris Elba! The hot-headed 'echidna' has been a fan favorite since his arrival in 1994's Sonic the Hedgehog 3, in which he portrays a villain after being manipulated by Dr. Robotnik.
It's likely the new film will take a page out of that game's book, as Knuckles is generally considered something of an anti-hero. And with Tails now also in the mix, fans can expect Sonic and his best friend to team up against Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles (Jim Carrey and Idris Elba - what an unlikely duo!). Knuckles is also known as the 'guardian of the Master Emerald', and it's expected that in the new movie, Robotnik will be searching for the infamous 'Chaos Emeralds'. Let's hope he doesn't plan on wiping out half of all life in the universe!
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Will there be a third Sonic movie?
Given the success of the first movie, and that the second will likely follow in its footsteps (more like burning trails), a Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is probably on the table. While there have been no talks about such a project, the Sonic game franchise is rich with all sorts of characters, which include the likes of Shadow and Amy, and not to mention decades' worth of storytelling. And it doesn't just stop with the games, either. There are also a wealth of comic books, courtesy of Archie Comics and IDW Publishing, as well as numerous animated shows and short movies.
If Sonic the Hedgehog 2 makes efforts to build upon the world introduced at the beginning of the first movie, then it will lay the groundwork for future installments. And let's face it - what movie ever stops at two nowadays? Ultimately, it's all about money, and with Sonic the Hedgehog being as lucrative as he is, we can't imagine Paramount Pictures pulling the plug on the video game-inspired movie franchise anytime soon. And after our first impressions of the 2020 film, we don't really want them to.
There's no trailer for the new movie just yet, but there is an official logo, which got its own 'title announcement'. The logo captures both Sonic and Tails, so it's pretty obvious that the film will feature heavily on the beloved duo (let's just hope James Marsden's Tom Wachowski doesn't get jealous). As for Robotnik, we last saw him stuck on a 'mushroom planet', however, by the time the credits rolled, he had already started to don the iconic Robotnik look, with a wild mustache and a shiny bald head.
Jim Carrey has since expressed his desire to wear a 'fatsuit' for the upcoming film so that he can appear more like the games' versions of his character, but whether or not this is the case remains to be seen (we think he does a good enough job without one). Exactly how the rest of the cast will join the fold this time around, though, is unknown. However, with production having included shoots in Hawaii, it's possible we'll be revisiting Sonic's homeworld of Green Hill. While it was animated in its entirety in the first movie, perhaps this time around we'll get to see the human characters there.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 rolls into theaters on April 8, 2022.
Planet of the Apes is one of many franchises that has endured over the decades, dating as far back as 1968 when the original film was released. And like many other franchises, it has also gone through a hiatus or two in its time, with the first being 1975 to 2001, and the second, 2001 to 2011. Now, four years after the latest entry, it seems like we're in another one, but rest assured that this isn't the end for the Planet of the Apes franchise. In fact, it might just be the beginning. Or new dawn, you might say.
As we know, trilogies don't really mean the end for film franchises anymore. There was a time when the likes of Scream, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and Lord of the Rings seemed untouchable once their third entries had been and gone, but as is the case in Hollywood, a good franchise can't be kept in a cage forever. So, will there be another Planet of the Apes movie? And if so, will it be an entirely fresh reboot or a follow-up to the ground-breaking and critically-acclaimed 2011-2017 Apes trilogy? Join us as we enter the Forbidden Zone to find the answer...
How many new Planet of the Apes movies are there?
The original 1968 film, which was based on the book La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle, got four sequels: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes. There was also a live-action series and an animated series, but all of that had come to an end by 1975. Following the end of the original film franchise, we wouldn't see those damn dirty apes again until 2001, when Tim Burton decided to reboot the original movie. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Roth, the film took the basic plot points of the original film and threw in some apes politics. There's plenty of action, and the set pieces and make-up prosthetics are astounding, but beyond that, the film is a pretty mediocre affair.
Ten years later, Rise of the Planet of the Apes hit theaters. Rise stars James Franco as Will Rodman, a scientist who adopts a pet chimpanzee acquired from the research facility where he works, which is using primates as guinea pigs for a new drug that may cure to Alzheimer's. Under Will's care, 'Caesar' grows into a remarkably intelligent ape, a result of the revolutionary new drug. But soon, chaos ensues on the streets of San Francisco, as an army of apes 'rise' to their oppressors. The 2014 sequel, Dawn for the Planet of the Apes, which stars Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, follows Caesar as he leads an ape community in Muir forest, while humanity faces eradication from the Simian Flu. The computer effects really get an upgrade here, and we spend as much time with the apes as we do with the humans.
The third movie, War for the Planet of the Apes, can only really be described as a masterpiece. On first viewing, it's the kind of film that will floor you, and for many reasons. Its computer-animated, motion-capture special effects are truly seamless, and never before has this kind of technology tricked you into thinking that it's in front of the camera since 1993's Jurassic Park, which even this film gives a run for its money. Its storytelling is also razor-sharp; a character-driven piece that turns its human viewer against their own species, all the while offering up a brilliant and fitting conclusion to Caesar's long and arduous three-film arc, and with a finale that leaves the film in a place that doesn't necessarily call for a future installment, but at the same time isn't unwelcoming of one.
Is there a sequel to War of the Planet of the Apes?
Like its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves and is the final entry in the rebooted Apes trilogy. Set two years after the second film, War sees Caesar and his community of apes continuing to live in San Francisco's Muir Forest, however, we join them right in the middle of a war that has been provoked by Woody Harrelson's aptly named Colonel, the leader of the last bastion of human soldiers that resides at a military stronghold in the north. Caesar's patience and his value for his fellow man is being tested, and not only do we get to see the conflict between ape and man, but also the internal struggle our leader faces as he battles an increasing hatred towards humans.
As it stands, there is no follow-up to War for the Planet of the Apes, however, there are a few tie-in novels that fill in some of the gaps in this trilogy, which are definitely worth checking out. Firestorm takes place between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and really fleshes out exactly what happens to the world after we learn that Simian Flu has started to spread. Undoubtedly, this has now become a highly sensitive topic, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it's this that makes it all the more chilling and frighteningly realistic. Revelations find itself between Dawn and War and explore what happens in the years between those two movies, and how the war between Caesar and the Colonel begins.
There's also a book called Caesar's Story, which is told by his closest friend Maurice, following his death at the end of War for the Planet of the Apes. After his tribe finds a new home in the wilderness, Caesar dies from a fatal wound given to him in battle at the military outpost. This book is told by Maurice, who is able to both sign and speak, and is given to Caesar's son Cornelius when he's older, so that his father's legacy can live on and inspire other apes to be strong, resilient, and fearless, in the face of overwhelming odds. The book details the life of Caesar all the way from his years as a young ape in San Francisco, to his final days in conflict. Like the two novels, it also explains what happens between each of the three films.
Will there be another Planet of the Apes movie?
A fourth movie is indeed in the works, as Disney confirmed this back in 2019, and a director has already been assigned. In an interview with Discussing Film last year, director Wes Ball said: “We have a way of staying in the universe that was created before us, but we’re also opening ourselves up in being able to do some really cool new stuff." On the other hand, you might be disappointed that it's yet another trilogy that isn't being left alone, however, Ball has also addressed this, saying: "I’ll say this, for fans of the original three don’t worry – you’re in good hands. The original writers and producers that came up with Rise and Dawn, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, they’re also on board with this. Josh Friedman is writing this thing, a lot of the same crew is kind of involved."
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Ball also confirmed that the fourth film will be mostly CG, which suggests that there may be no humans at all, perhaps with the exception of the character Nova from War for the Planet of the Apes. As for anything in the way of a plot, this remains to be confirmed. But there are some clues throughout the three films that point towards the fourth entry being more Planet of the Apes in nature. It's all too easy to describe the trilogy as a 'reboot', but the truth is that they're anything but, which is where the word 'reimagining' comes into play. Strangely enough, it's exactly how Tim Burton described his 2001 remake, despite the end result being a carbon copy of the original. But with the Apes trilogy being set before the idea of a Planet of Apes, we're yet to see this franchise actually utilize the premise of the original film.
In Rise, there's a clever nod to the 1968 classic, in the form of a news report that discusses the spaceship 'Icarus' being missing. Screenwriter Rick Jaffar has since confirmed that this was planted to make way for a future sequel. And with the planet becoming overrun by apes in Dawn and War, and with humans on the brink of extinction, it would be interesting to see the astronauts of Icarus return to earth and find out that a lot has changed since they left for space exploration. As for the apes, it's likely we'll catch up with Caesar's son Cornelius, as he navigates a new world without his father, and how he might shoulder the responsibility of caring for an entire community of apes. Or perhaps he's doomed to hate humans, after what they did to his father and his people.
Planet of the Apes 4 is yet to receive any more news, but we'll bring it to you as it unfolds.
It feels like it’s been a long time since there was something strange in theaters, even if Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot only did come out in 2016. But thankfully that movie isn’t canon, and now, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is right around the corner, the long-awaited threequel to the original two films. A third movie almost became a reality several times since Ghostbusters II in 1989, but sadly, Bill Murray was never satisfied with any script. So call it luck, call it fate, call it karma – everything happens for a reason. But will the new movie live up to all the hype, or is it doomed to be as disastrous as 2016’s Ghostbusters: Answer the Call? Well, we’ll find out in November. In the meantime, though, here’s everything you need to know about Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
Ghostbusters Afterlife Trailer
There have now been four trailers for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, with the first being the epitome of teasers (though great nonetheless), treating us to glimpses of a rusty Ecto-1 hidden beneath some tarp in an old barn during a thunderstorm (or perhaps a paranormal one). And then some months later, the official trailer (above) entered our realm, and it looks sweeter than melted marshmallows.
Speaking of marshmallow, another teaser recently surfaced, in which Paul Rudd’s character is innocently shopping for junk food when he discovers sticky little ‘miniPufts’ wreaking havoc in a supermarket (which would be a lot harder to clean up than fried eggs on the kitchen counter). And now, there's a brand-new trailer, which treats us to lots more new footage.
Ghostbusters Afterlife Cast
Headlining the movie are actors McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Logan Kim, Celeste O'Conner, Paul Rudd, and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, who play Phoebe, Callie, 'Podcast', Lucky, Mr. Grooberson, and Trevor, respectively.
Will the Original Ghostbusters be in Afterlife?
It has also been confirmed that the original Ghostbusters actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson and supporting actors Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts are returning to the fold.
As you will know, Harold Ramis sadly passed away in 2014, though it’s clear from the trailer that the film echoes this tragic turn of events, with his character Egon Spengler’s passing catalyzing the film’s plot and serving as a foundation for its characters. As for Louis Tully, it’s not yet confirmed that Rick Moranis will be returning to fill his shoes, but let’s keep everything but the streams crossed.
Whether or not the OG characters will have fleeting cameos (just like in the 2016 reboot), or actually be integral to the plot, remains to be seen, though our gut tells us it will be the latter, largely because of all the references to Gozer in both of the main trailers (and because it looks great).
What is Ghostbusters Afterlife about?
While plot details are naturally being kept under wraps, we can surmise a lot from the first official trailer alone. For starters, the film is set in a backwater town named Summerville in Oklahoma, where unexplained earthquakes are taking place. We also know that the family in focus are descendants of the late Egon Spengler (with Carrie Coon’s character being the daughter or daughter-in-law, and McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard the grandchildren).
But how do we know this? Well, Wolfhard talks of the “creepy old farmhouse” left to his family by their "grandfather", while Grace is later seen discovering a secret room somewhere beneath the property the family has inherited, filled with, yes, you guessed it – spores, molds and fungus, and other familiar pieces of equipment. But perhaps the biggest giveaway is the unveiling of ‘Spengler’ on the name badge of an old Ghostbusters outfit (though the Ghostbusters themselves appear to have devolved into something of an urban myth).
As for the supernatural side of things, it looks like plot elements are set to tie into the events of the first movie (while also borrowing plenty from Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which serves as a canonical sequel to the first two films). The words 'Shandor Mining Co.' can be seen above the spooky mineshaft (Ivo Shandor being the long-dead architect of the original film’s haunted apartment building), the StayPuft makes a return (though much smaller and multiplied), there’s a towering stack of books in the background during the earthquake scene, and is that a Terror Dog we see land on the hood of Paul Rudd’s car...?
With familiar spooks and specters making a comeback, it’s possible that, along with all the other equipment, Egon Spengler also moved the Ecto-Containment Unit to his country house, which may have over the years broken down and ‘leaked’ its inmates into the mines of Summerville. As for the new trailer that was released in July this year, much more is revealed. For starters, Egon moved to Summerville for a "reason", there's some kind of Gozer temple beneath the town, the Terror Dogs are indeed set to make a return, with one seen chasing Paul Rudd's Mr Grooberson out of a Walmart, and we're also teased with cameos of Janine and Ray.
Director Jason Reitman has also confirmed that the movie will be a "passing of the proton packs" story, which certainly looks to be the case.
Ghostbusters Afterlife Release Date
Like countless other movies, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was delayed due to the pandemic, and was originally intended to hit theaters last year in July. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife release date is set for November 19, 2021.
Where to Watch Ghostbusters Afterlife
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available in theaters on November 19, 2021. It has not yet been confirmed that the film will be available to stream at the same time it’s out in theaters, like many other films during the pandemic.
Ghostbusters Afterlife Streaming
Given the fact that other movies are now being released exclusively at movie theaters, it's unlikely we'll be able to watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife at home before it's officially released for rental and purchase.
Ghostbusters Afterlife Toys
Hasbro has released a few Ghostbusters lines over the past year, including reproductions of the classic Kenner action figures from the ‘80s cartoon The Real Ghostbusters, as well as life-size proton packs and ghost traps also inspired by the show.
As for merchandise based solely on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, to no surprise, the mischievous mini StayPuft Marshmallow Man figures have emerged, each of which is hidden inside a marshmallowy goo within a container, and Muncher, a four-limbed Slimer-like ghost who can be seen in the new trailer.
For the rest of the characters, HasbroPulse has released new action figures, which include Trevor, Lucky, Podcast and Phoebe, as well as the original Ghostbusters in the form of Ray, Peter and Winston, who are older in appearance. A 'Sentinel Terror Dog' is also part of the line-up, which is the astral-version of the iconic beast and 'Plasma Series Mini Pufts', both seen in the second official trailer. A 'Fright Features' line has also been released, which includes both new and old Ghostbusters, as well as an Ecto-1 with a 'gunnerseat', as seen in the trailer.
LEGO has also announced a brand-new Ecto-1 based off the new movie, which will be released on November 15.
We’ll be surprised if Playmobil doesn't also release its own sets based on the new movie, especially given their track record with the originals.
Ghostbusters Afterlife News
Yesterday (June 8) was officially ‘Ghostbusters Day’. To celebrate, the cast and creators of the new movie – Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Logan Kim, and Celeste O’Conner – did a live Q&A on Twitter Spaces hosted by IGN.
There was certainly a lot of talk around Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but it was clear that plot details are being as carefully contained as a ghost in the Ecto-Containment Unit. When asked to talk about the new movie, director Jason Reitman explained that it "captures the spirit, comedy, scares and emotionality of the first movie". He also went on to say that the film is "a continuation of the storyline set up by the first two films, but that it's the first real Ghostbusters film that focuses on a family, and though the second film did have the Oscar storyline, this one is more family-centric". When talking about what inspired him to make Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Reitman explained, "I saw a young girl with a proton pack in the middle of a wheatfield", before adding that the idea behind the movie is about "finding something in your grandparents' attic or basement that helps you discover who you are."
He also clarified the setting of the movie, confirming that "it's not set at all in New York; we wanted to go somewhere new and we wanted this to feel like we were discovering all this Ghostbusters equipment for the first time. It made sense to get out of New York." Along with his father Ivan, director of the first two movies and producer of Afterlife, Reitman was joined by McKenna Grace, who said that her experience in making Ghostbusters: Afterlife was "a dream come true" and "absolutely magical", while Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard said, "It didn't feel like we were making a big movie, in the best possible way".
Carrie Coon later discussed her character, describing her as a "strong-willed mom who is just trying to make ends meet". But when asked to talk about her relationship with Paul Rudd's science teacher Mr Grooberson, though a possible love interest storyline between the two was hinted at, it was clear that Rudd's character is being kept low-key, and at this stage we know nothing about him other than that he's a mentor to McKenna Grace's Phoebe. Logan Kim and Celeste O'Conner also joined the podcast, who play 'Podcast' and 'Lucky' in the new film.
Shortly after Ghostbusters Day, Sony also released a new featurette for the film, Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Passing the Proton Pack. The new three-minute video features Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman talking about their journey in making the new film, as well as Jason Reitman's experience on the sets of the original films. Reitman goes on to talk about how the new film focuses on family and the 'passing of the torch', The featurette includes some new clips and behind-the-scenes footage from the new movie.
Check it out below:
On July 27, Sony confirmed via their Twitter account that a new trailer would be launching on July 28.
The new trailer was released on July 28, revealing new plot details, returning characters and more.
Check it out below:
A new featurette was released on August 3, which shows behind-the-scenes footage of the film, courtesty of special effects artist Adam Savage.
In September, a short teaser was released called 'Moments Worth Paying For', in which Jason Reitman, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Logan Kim, Celeste O'Conner and Paul Rudd, encourager moviegoers to experience Ghostbusters: Afterlife in theaters.
An early screening of the film was shown at August's CinemaCon, which has been met with positive reactions.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is was originally set for release on November 12, 2021, but has been pushed back by a week, and will now release on November 19.
On September 22, Sony Pictures released two official new posters for the movie.
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When there's something strange in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Well, you call director Jason Reitman, who is bringing us the third Ghostbusters movie in the form of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which hits theaters on November 19 this year.
The second official trailer was released just a few months ago and looks to be a promising follow-up to the first two movies released in 1984 and 1989, while revealing plenty (but not too much) about the new movie. Fans have been waiting a long time for a third movie, and while a third Ghostbusters movie did arrive in 2016, it was a reboot and one that was met with some very harsh criticism (rightly so). Now, that movie has become nothing more than a bad memory for fans (though it did do wonders for the franchise from a merchandising perspective).
With Ghostbusters: Afterlife just around the corner, fans are salivating at the mouths like Slimer at a hotdog stand. Well, if you need your appetite quenching, then you'll be thrilled to know that Sony Pictures has released two official posters for the upcoming film, which may have escaped from the studio's Ecto-containment Unit for all we know. And these two posters alone suggest that the movie is set to be far superior to the reboot. Check them out below:
While set for a November release, the first poster captures the 'spirit' of summer, which makes sense considering it's set in a town called Summerville. And as you can see, we get our first look at the new team of Ghostbusters - Phoebe Spengler, Trevor Spengler, Lucky, and Podcast, who are played by McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Celeste O'Conner, and Logan Kim, respectively. Paul Rudd's Mr. Grooberson also features and is holding a ghost trap, although it remains to be seen whether he'll cross the streams with the others, or if he's doomed to be turned into the Keymaster, as suggested in the latest trailer.
Hasbro has also released a number of toys that depict all four children characters in Ghostbusters costumes, as well as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore. No other characters have been released in toy form as yet, but you can buy a number of ghosts, including the new Slimer-like spook Muncher, who appears in both of the main trailers. As for whether he will become a part of the gang, just like Slimer did in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, it remains to be seen. But as we get glimpses of the kids chasing him through town in the Ecto-1, it's unlikely.
As the second poster suggests, we can also expect skybeams and ethereal ghostly tendrils. It's the same gang again, except this time they're joined by Carrie Coon's Cally, mother to Phoebe and Trevor, and daughter to Egon Spengler. The Ecto-1 might be looking a little rusty, but this is nothing new, as there's plenty of footage of it in the two trailers, and we also know it's been sitting under a tarp in an old barn for Gozer-knows-how-long. Nevertheless, it looks ready for action all the same, and its lights really give this poster as much energy that's needed to keep the Ecto-Containment Unit functioning.
Both of these posters also confirm that the movie will have a 'family' appeal, as it's one of the core themes of the movie, which director Jason Reitman has previously confirmed. And it's fair to say that we can also expect a perfect blend of comedy and horror, something the first two movies balanced incredibly well. But these two posters aren't the first ones we've had - the original one teased the return of the Ecto-1, as it tore through the crops of a cornfield against a dark green sky.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife abandons the traditional New York setting in exchange for more rural surroundings in the form of Summerville, Oklahoma, where, needless to say, something strange is going on. The late Egon Spengler (played by the late Harold Ramis) has left behind a creepy old farmhouse to his daughter and grandchildren, but just like the town of Summerville, the house has some secrets of its own. In its basement and barn are the original Ghostbusters' equipment: the proton packs, PKE meters, ecto-goggles, the Ecto-1, and, of course, spores, molds, and fungus.
Meanwhile, the backwater town is plagued by mysterious earthquakes and ghostly apparitions, and the answer to these supernatural occurrences appears to be underground in the town's mines, in the form of a Gozer temple. And if that's not enough to convince you that the Sumerian demigod with the flat-top is due to make a comeback, check out the trailer again, which is bursting at the seams with references to the original movie, and includes returning villains such as the StayPuft Marshmallow Man and the Terror Dogs (there's even an Astral Terror Dog known as the Sentinel!).
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But it's not just the villains who are making a comeback - the film will also see the return of original characters such as Ghostbusters, as well as equally beloved characters Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) and Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver). Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Janine are teased in the trailer, while we also get a voiceover from Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) in the second trailer and Egon Spengler in the latest. As for Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), we do see a black-and-white picture of him with the rest of the team in the new trailer, but so far, there has been no official cameo.
With the film now just several weeks away from release, it's unlikely we'll get another trailer - which isn't a bad thing, considering trailers often spoil the films they're designed to sell. Besides, we've now had four trailers so far, and now three official posters. What more could we possibly want? If November is still too long a wait, though, you can always kill time playing the critically acclaimed Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which has been touted as an official Ghostbusters 3, and is also canon to the first two movies.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will release in theaters on November 19. Even after delays due to COVID-19, the film was recently postponed again from its November 11 release.
The first entry in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was both a critical and financial success and more importantly, was instantly loved by fans, having captured the magic that made the original series so warm and fuzzy, while expanding on the insanely rich universe that is the Wizarding World.
The second film was released in 2018, many saw it as the Squib-like cousin to its magical predecessor - it had plenty of magic to wield, but didn’t possess the ability to do so. While a financial hit, it was panned by critics and fans alike and considered something of a convoluted mess that made little sense in terms of storytelling.
Now, with the third film having undergone delays, along with a whirlwind of controversy that would give Hogwarts a run for its money, it’s hard to see if filmmakers will be able to perform a simple Mending Charm on the franchise, or whether nearly all of its Horcruxes have already been destroyed.
But there’s hope yet. Fans have been salivating for a new installment in the Wizarding World franchise, and the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series does at least seem to be picking up some traction. Whether or not it will be any good remains to be seen, but here’s everything you need to know about Fantastic Beasts 3, and, ahem, where to find all the latest news.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Title
The eleventh entry in the Wizarding World franchise was recently confirmed as The Secrets of Dumbledore via the official Fantastic Beasts Instagram account, and up until now has been dubbed ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3’, or ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ for those who don’t have quite as much time on their hands.
The film looks to be following suit with its predecessor, The Crimes of Grindelwald, along with every single Harry Potter movie. Hopefully, this time the subtitle will make a little more sense, considering we never actually got to see any crimes of Grindelwald in the last installment.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Plot
Like the first two installments, the third entry in the series will be set decades before the Boy Who Lived (or the Boy Who Could Not Be Killed) ever sets foot inside Hogwarts. It's said to take place several years after the events of the previous film, while spanning locations that include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Berlin, Germany, although it’s not known where the majority of the film will take place.
It has also been confirmed that there will be an emphasis on the Wizarding World’s role in World War II, which was teased in the third act of The Crimes of Grindelwald, when the titular villain held a rally to promote his cause, showing visions of the coming war among the No-Maj.
In the last movie, our team of heroes has also split down the middle, when Queenie Goldstein became a Grindelwald follower, leaving Magizoologist Newt Scamander, Auror Tina Goldstein, and No-Maj Jacob Kowalski to pick up the pieces, and prepare for an inevitable battle with the dark wizard and his growing army. We also learned that Credence Barebone is actually a Dumbledore, yet another shady notch in the Dumbledore family tree.
And now that we know the title for the new movie - The Secrets of Dumbledore - the film will obviously focus a lot more on the Hogwarts Headmaster than the previous installment.
Though it’s not yet been confirmed if this will be the final film in the series, the Fantastic Beasts franchise was originally touted to be “at least three films”. But the number five has also been thrown around a few times since.
While Harry Potter gave us eight movies, three is likely the magic number here – especially considering Fantastic Beasts isn’t actually based on any robust source material. Not only that, but the films so far seem to be lacking in any real overarching plot, despite desperately reaching for one, not unlike The Hobbit Trilogy.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Book
Like every single entry in the Wizarding World franchise since Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix inclusive, Fantastic Beasts 3 is being helmed by director David Yates. In fact, even though The Crimes of Grindelwald was a bit of a hot mess – which many believe is largely down to Rowling’s screenplay - we can’t quite imagine this franchise surviving without Yates in the high chair.
Unlike the first Fantastic Beasts, though – which was adapted from an A-to-Z listing of the Wizarding World’s magical creatures - the third film will not be based on a book of any kind. The same can be said about the second film, though a screenplay version has been released for each film so far, so you can expect the same thing for the latest entry.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Trailer
Given all the delays and controversies, there is sadly no trailer as yet. But for fans wishing to get their teeth into anything Wizarding World-related, check out the brand-new trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, an upcoming open-world video game from Portkey Games that takes place in the late 1800s, just a few decades before the Fantastic Beasts series begins.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Cast
Returning cast members are Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Ezra Miller, and Jude Law, who will all be reprising their roles as Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, Theseus Scamander, Credence Barebone, and Albus Dumbledore.
Mads Mikkelsen will be replacing Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Johnny Depp played the character in the first two Fantastic Beasts installments but was asked to leave by Warner Bros., following his court case with ex-partner Amber Heard.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Richard Coyle is also said to have joined the cast, and will be playing the younger version of Dumbledore's older brother Aberforth.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Johnny Depp
If you’ve been following the news over the past year, you’ll likely know that Johnny Depp and ex-partner Amber Heard were involved in a lawsuit battle against one another regarding defamation of character. On November 6, 2020, Depp announced that he would not be returning to play the character of Gellert Grindelwald in the third film and beyond after Warner Bros. asked him to resign following his loss in the trial. Less than two weeks later, Mads Mikkelsen was confirmed as his replacement.
The Rogue One and Hannibal actor has been quite gracious in his stepping up to fill the role, admitting that he’s been a fan of Depp throughout his career and that a “bridge” is needed between Depp’s performance and his own, adding that it would be “creative suicide” to try and replicate Depp’s portrayal of the dark wizard. With Mikkelsen’s track record in film and television, perhaps more notably as the cunning and downright evil Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal, fans are excited to see him fill the boots of the dark wizard.
As for how they’ll explain why he suddenly looks so different, perhaps they won’t, seeing as recastings happen all the time – after all, let’s not forget the same thing happened with Dumbledore following the death of Richard Harris after Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (and not to mention Dumbledore apparently looked like Jude Law in his earlier years). But should the filmmakers choose to explain the change, they do at least have a plethora of magical plot devices at their disposal, from Polyjuice Potion to Self-Transfiguration.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Grindelwald
The character of Gellert Grindelwald was controversial long before the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard fiasco. In fact, he was quite controversial even before his heinous actions in the most recent installment, which sees him claiming some truly innocent lives on his rise to power. Grindelwald was mentioned in the Harry Potter series – both books and films alike - having once owned the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows that would ultimately help to defeat Lord Voldemort.
Like Voldemort, Grindelwald was a powerful dark wizard, intent on emphasizing the lines of separation between the Wizarding World and the No-Maj (Muggle) World, due to his belief that wizards, witches, and other magical beings are superior to humankind, and in an earlier life was even close friends with Dumbledore. In the first film, Grindelwald uses Polyjuice Potion so that he can pose as an Auror, in an attempt to locate Credence Barebone. At the end of the second film, Grindelwald reveals Credence’s real identity to him – that he is a Dumbledore.
Fantastic Beasts 3 News
Production for the film wrapped in late February this year, following delays due to COVID-19 and the Johnny Depp controversy and recasting.
Fantastic Beasts 3 Release Date
It won’t surprise you to learn that Fantastic Beasts 3 is yet another film that has suffered delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Johnny Depp’s recasting. It was originally scheduled to be released on November 12, 2021 but has been recently announced for April 15, 2022. It might seem like a bit of a wait, but along with the open-world game Hogwarts Legacy, as well as a planned Harry Potter tv series - yes, you read that right - the future looks bright for the Wizarding World.
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Star Wars: Visions has finally arrived on Disney+, with all nine episodes available to stream. The anime series has been highly anticipated since the teaser trailer a couple of months ago, and now fans can immerse themselves into a collection of unique tales from the faraway galaxy.
We've already binge-watched the series and we're here to bring you a review of each episode. Is Star Wars: Visions canon, though? Is it part of the wider Star Wars universe? If you're unfamiliar, it's actually an anthology series, but we'll let you discover exactly how it utilizes the timeline yourself. The real question that needs answering is: Is Star Wars: Visions worth watching? Let's find out...
This episode opens with a soulful orchestral theme, however, it instantly feels like Star Wars. We’re dropped in the countryside on an undisclosed planet, and while everything is black and white, it feels very alive. We meet a wandering stranger who arrives at a village with his droid. But soon, bandits appear, each of whom are wearing First Order Trooper costumes, and are described as the “last remnants of the war willing to take whatever they need”, which pits this episode after The Rise of Skywalker.
When the bandits demand everything the villagers have, village fighters open fire, which includes Trandoshans and Tuskan Raiders. But the real battle takes place between the stranger and an Inquisitor, both of whom brandish a red saber. There are some really thrilling action sequences in this episode, including a river battle and a droid with gunfire not unlike the “whistling birds” in The Mandalorian. It's also worth noting that the wanderer is referred to as “Master Ronin”, who we'll learn more about in an upcoming spin-off novel.
The creators of this episode weren't lying when they described it as a "rock opera". We follow a band called 'Star Raver', which is made up of some very colorful characters. They're performing at a venue when none other than Boba Fett shows up (voiced of course by Temuera Morrison, who will also be reprising his role in The Book of Boba Fett). He's looking a little short in this episode, but then so is everyone else. At first glance, you'll think he's a young Boba, but it's just the style of animation.
He's after one of the band members, so a fight ensues, and the band flees in their ship, only to be followed by Boba. Again, we're not interested in spoiling the entire episode for you, but we will say that the 'arena' scene - which is the same arena as seen in The Phantom Menace for the Pod Race - is awesome. Other honorable mentions include a cameo from Jabba the Hutt and the song performed by Star Raver in the arena - it might start off a little cheesy, but you'll be rocking your head by the end (a little like Boba Fett does!).
Before you get excited, "Twins" doesn't follow Luke and Leia - although the ones it does focus on are undoubtedly inspired by the pair. The brother, who is very much a Luke Skywalker in his own right, opposes their lifelong purpose of ruling the galaxy with their planet-destroying double-Star Destroyer, two ships 'twinned' together with a joint canon. It is said that both siblings were created through the power of the dark side and that their armor's energy can be channeled through the canon's Kyber crystal to destroy worlds.
However, the brother takes the crystal and ends up fighting against his own sister, who is determined to fulfill her purpose. The battle here, however, is a little back and forth, which feels quite monotonous. And both the characters and plot are perhaps a little too derivative than we might have expected from a Star Wars: Visions episode. Nevertheless, this is high-energy Star Wars stuff with some truly unforgettable scenery on display - especially just before the credits roll. It's also the first time we ever hear a Star Wars character actually say the words, "To a galaxy far, far away..."
"Village Bride" is perhaps the most spiritual of episodes, and finds itself on a mountainside, following a community of people who are surviving an army of raiders with reprogrammed Battle droids at their disposal - left behind by Separatists after they stripped the mountain of its resources. As such, it seems that this story is set during the height of the Galactic Empire.
This episode definitely captures the traditional Japanese culture of mountains, as described by its creators. It also gives off Princess Mononoke vibes, which was possibly the intention, or perhaps simply because it shares many similar themes. It also has a few neat tricks up its sleeve, including an incredibly powerful Jedi who is rocking some pretty interesting footwear... The beauty of "Village Bride" is also enhanced by some truly haunting music which will stay with you long after viewing.
The Ninth Jedi
"The Ninth Jedi" is the first episode (if you choose to watch them in the order they're laid out on Disney+ that is) to have opening narration, and it's also not the last, with "Lop and Ocho" following suit. We learn that "many generations have passed since the light of the Jedi protected the galaxy", and that since then "an era of war has arisen". From the narration alone, it's fair to say that we're likely on the wrong side of the Empire's fateful Order 66.
This is easily one of the strangest and most 'futuristic' episodes, as we're pitted on what appears to be a floating hunk of rock in space, where its characters are mining for Kyber crystals to help restore the Jedi Order by forging new lightsabers. But meanwhile, a new era of Sith is also on the rise. While it's definitely one of the strangest, there's no denying that it's also one of the more epic.
"TB-01" is the strangest episode - but that's not a bad thing. If you haven't already noticed, the name is a play-on of 'Obi-Wan', which is a neat reference perhaps not obvious to the average viewer. What you will pick up on immediately, though, is that this episode is basically Pinocchio, as it follows the newly made titular droid and an inventor who simply screams Jepetto. There are even countless references to the droid becoming real, though it seems that his dreams are to become a Jedi, whether that involves becoming real or not.
The droid is very retro in appearance, which really separates him from other droids we've seen over the decades. The episode also has a certain whimsical charm, and it's fascinating to watch TB-01 connect with the Force and battle an agent of the Sith. Like many of the other episodes, this one continues with the focus on Kyber crystals. "TB-01" is easily the quirkiest episode of all nine, and we doubt very much that this is the last time we'll be seeing the retro droid.
"The Elder" focuses on two characters - a Jedi Master and his Padawan, who must battle an "Elder" from an unknown tribe, who is very Sith-like in nature. In fact, it's fair to say that this old man is the polar opposite of Jedi Master Yoda. Wise he is, but also incredibly creepy and unsettling. He somehow makes Supreme Leader Snoke look quite warm and welcoming. Even Palpatine, for that matter.
The episode boasts some excellent choreography with its lightsaber duels, as well as some really incredible animation. It also does a great job at truly highlighting the blood-red of its lightsabers, much like "The Duel" does, which is an otherwise entirely black-and-white affair. A fight in the rain also lends to some atmosphere, however, beyond its fight sequences, the episode is pretty forgettable and feels a little too much like style over substance. And by this point, the Jedi and the Sith elements have become a little tiring.
Lop and Ocho
"Lop and Ocho" is the one we've really been looking forward to, and we're thrilled to say it definitely delivers. When Tao, a planet rich with natural resources, is seized by the Empire, a father and his daughter end up adopting a young Lepi slave named Lop, removing her neck collar and welcoming her as their own. As the years pass, Lop has truly bonded with her father and sister Ocho. However, Ocho believes that the Empire's presence on Tao is important for the planet's technological advancements, despite the oppression it poses to the people.
With excellent cinematography, animation, and music, "Lop and Ocho" is easily the best episode of the nine. And we'd very surprised if Lop doesn't go on to become an iconic character in the Star Wars franchise, just like Ahsoka Tano. With her flying umbrella, a single-lens visor (with a discreet carrot logo), a green lightsaber whose blade is adorned with ancient symbols, an accompanying hover droid, and her ability to 'hop' from rooftop to rooftop, this character is begging to be merchandised like crazy.
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On the surface, "Akakiri" blends samurai and western themes, as a lone Jedi returns to an old love so that he can defend her world from a Sith-like enemy, and has to cross dangerous territory to achieve this, all the while haunted by strange visions. While one of the least memorable episodes, there are some beautiful scenes throughout nonetheless, including a vibrant parade, and a sweeping shot of a neon-lit city. It's also the only episode out of the nine to feature a Force Ghost.
Star Wars: Visions is now streaming all nine episodes on Disney+.
The DCEU often gets a bad rap from critics and fans alike. While some of it is completely justified, whether it’s 2017’s Justice League, Wonder Woman 1984, or any of the Suicide Squad entries (Birds of Prey also falls under this umbrella), Zack Snyder’s efforts are arguably among the under-appreciated. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and his 2020 version of Justice League, form a trilogy in their own right.
Wonder Woman and Aquaman are strong contenders too, serving Snyder’s installments more than any of the others (Shazam’s fourth-wall jokes keep it closer in relation to the likes of Birds of Prey). But it’s really those three ‘core’ films that have been the backbone of the DCEU. Of course, that’s no real compliment when most films outside of these ones have been wishy-washy at best, but each of those three entries is definitely worth revisiting, especially if Batman and Superman are among your favorite superheroes.
Nevertheless, while the Snyderverse, despite a continuation being teased in the Justice League: Snydercut's epilogue, seems to be closed to any future films, with the rest of the DCEU ongoing (Flashpoint, Aquaman 2, Shazam 2, and so on), it’s still possible that we’ll see a sequel to the vastly underrated Man of Steel. Superman has always been, and always will be, an immensely lucrative property, ever since the late great Christopher Reeve donned the red, yellow and blue spandex way back in 1980, which saw its own three official sequels.
Since then, Superman has been no stranger to film or television. The former saw a fifth-of-sorts entry to Reeves’ Superman series in the form of Superman Returns, with Brandon Routh as the titular Kryptonian, with the likes of Clark and Lois: The New Adventures of Superman, Smallville and now, Superman and Lois, dominating our terrestrial screens over the decades. But is there another Superman movie on the horizon, or was Henry Cavill’s departure the final kryptonite nail in the coffin for the DCEU version at least? Somehow, we don't think so.
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Is there a follow-up to Man of Steel?
As it stands, there are already a number of follow-ups to 2013's Man of Steel. These are Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League (2017), and Justice League: Snydercut. But if we’re talking direct sequels, then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice serves as the most honest sequel to Man of Steel, while also carrying a solo Batman movie on its shoulders at the same time (adding to that, it even piggybacks much foreshadowing in the way of future Justice League installments, whether individual superhero movies or the main crossover movie).
As for the rest of the DCEU – Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Shazam, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984, and The Suicide Squad – none of them offer anything in the way of a sequel to Man of Steel, as he doesn’t even appear in any, with the exception of Shazam. However, as Henry Cavill had already left the DCEU at that point, we simply get a ‘neck-down’ version of him, which really isn’t all that funny or clever, and is a joke best left suited to the likes of Marvel’s Deadpool, especially given the serious tone of Snyder’s DCEU movies.
But if you're after a sequel, then look no further than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which does very much feel like a true sequel to Man of Steel, while at the same time building up the Snyderverse. We follow Clark as he continues to navigate the world as Superman, with his fellow humans divided on whether he is to be revered or feared. Meanwhile, following the deaths of thousands during Superman's battle with Zod in Metropolis, a disenfranchised Bruce Wayne has become fixated on the Kryptonian, convinced he poses a threat to the planet.
Is Man of Steel 2 canceled?
A Man of Steel 2 has been back and forth over the last few years, with the script almost stepping out into the sun, only to slink back into the shadows again. The film was originally rumored to be set mostly on Krypton (though we're not sure how that would have worked, considering it was completely obliterated so very long ago), and a script was allegedly passed to James Gunn at one point. However, apparently, he turned it down in favor of The Suicide Squad (we can't quite imagine the director tackling a Superman movie anyway, to tell you the truth).
While many do feel that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is Man of Steel 2 (we highly recommend the Ultimate Edition) - including director Zack Snyder himself, Superman, on the other hand, doesn't. Henry Cavill actually went on record to state that he doesn't view it as an actual sequel to the 2013 movie. In many ways, he's right, but so is Zack Snyder. After all, while Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a great follow-up, it still isn't a solo Superman movie (even if one exists in there somewhere, as there does a Batman movie).
Nevertheless, for all intents and purposes, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is both a sequel and a spin-off. As for a Man of Steel 2, though, at this point its future is uncertain but never say never. While the DCEU entries as of late have been far more insular and independent, as opposed to feeling like building blocks towards a grander purpose (which is just how the franchise started), that still hasn't stopped sequels from happening, such as Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, and now, Aquaman 2 and Shazam 2.
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Will Henry Cavill still play Superman?
The real question is whether or not Henry Cavill will return to play Superman. In recent interviews, the actor has said, "I've not given up the role. There's a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That's important to me. There's a lot of justice to be done for Superman." He has also said, "It's such a wonderful character, it's actually a responsibility I'm happy to have, and I hope that I get to play more of Superman in years to come."
It's fair to say that Cavill fitted into the red, yellow, and blue spandex incredibly well (in more ways than one), and to date remains among the favorites to have portrayed the iconic character. So the jury isn't out on whether he'll return, but let's just hope that he'll dodge any future 'mustache fiascos' (courtesy of scheduling conflicts between Mission Impossible: Fallout and Justice League in 2017) as quickly as his onscreen counterpart can dodge bullets.
The DCEU is also set to open its own version of the Multiverse, not unlike MCU's plans as seen in the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which reveals characters from other non-MCU Spider-Man franchises. In the DCEU, this will arrive in the form of Flashpoint, which will see Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman. As for whether we'll see a 'past' version of Clark Kent appear down the line, such as Brandon Routh, Tom Welling, or Dean Cain, or a fresh recasting entirely, we'll just have to wait and see.
The character is currently being played by Tyler Hoechlin in HBO Max's Superman and Lois. But if you're after some Henry Cavill, don't worry - he will be returning to the smaller screens in The Witcher Season 2 this December. As for who really wins between Batman and Superman, with 11 movies under the Bat's utility belt (including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, either version of Justice League and the upcoming Robert Pattinson installment), and only seven under the Son of Krypton's cape, it's plain to see who's winning in that department.
With so much going on in the world of Star Wars, from upcoming TV shows, whether live-action or animated, and a whole bunch of video games on the horizon, it’s a little too easy to forget about what brought the faraway galaxy to life in the first place – the movies (even if The Mandalorian did save the franchise following the sequel trilogy). For a long time, fans waited for the prequel trilogy, and when that series ended in 2004, speculation on a sequel trilogy began. But it would take a long 11 years before that dream ever came to fruition.
Before it did, Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney in 2012, so by the time the first episode hit theaters, Star Wars was under new ownership. Nevertheless, The Force Awakens was the spark that lit the fire of hope and optimism for the future of Star Wars. Another seven years later, however, and those dreams were lost. What became of the sequel trilogy was not what fans had expected, as Disney had squandered a lifelong opportunity by allowing the directors of each film to make it all up as they went along, demonstrating some serious studio malpractice.
Now, the fanbase is divided, with half having turned to the dark side where the sequels are concerned – and who can blame them? Let’s not beat around the bush – those last two films are a mess. But that doesn’t mean Disney intends to stop making Star Wars movies. So, will there be a Star Wars Episode 10? Let’s find out…
What is the next Star Wars film?
Just because The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were critically slaughtered, though, that doesn’t mean they didn’t turn in hundreds of millions of galactic credits at the global box office, and even went on to inspire themed land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland California and Disney World. All in all, the films were a success, so it won’t surprise you to learn that there are a number of Star Wars films in the pipeline – and this isn’t speculation, it’s solid fact. But do any of these projects include an Episode 10? Let’s take a look.
We’ll start with the most concrete project there is Rogue Squadron. The movie is being directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins, into which the director is pouring her love for fighter pilot movies, with her father having died while in service. The movie is scheduled for release in December 2022, and there’s even a teaser online already, in which we learn all about Jenkins’ love for the craft (pun intended). The movie will focus on a new team of starfighters, so it’s obvious that this isn’t Star Wars Episode 10, and will more likely be Star Wars' answer to Top Gun.
Next up, we have Taika Waititi’s Star Wars movie project. However, so far, very little is known about it, other than that the script is still in the “EXT. SPACE” stage, according to the director, though he did also confirm that there is a story there and that it’s very “him”. Marvel President Kevin Feige is also working on his own Star Wars movie, alongside Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Even less is known about this movie, and all Feige has shared is that it won’t feature Han Solo – although we’re not entirely sure why he chose to confirm what it won’t be about.
But is it possible that either the Waititi project or Feige project will be Star Wars Episode 10? It is possible, but given Taika Waititi’s track record in bringing his own unique comic flavor to big franchise movies like Thor: Ragnarok, it’s unlikely his style would be the best way to start a new trilogy. As for Feige, it is a huge possibility, as he has overseen the MCU, which now stands at 25-films-strong, and has demonstrated that, since the very beginning, has worked off a roadmap, the complete opposite approach Disney and Lucasfilm took with the sequel trilogy.
Will there be a Star Wars Episode 10?
Rogue Squadron clearly isn’t the next 'Episode', but it’s possible that Kevin Feige’s project could be a chronological follow-up to the sequel trilogy, or perhaps even the rumored trilogy that will allegedly feature Kylo Ren – unless it’s a prequel, of course (if any of it is even true). But let’s also not forget about the long-rumored Rian Johnson-directed trilogy, which, a few years ago, had actually been confirmed by Kathleen Kennedy. However, following the enormous backlash to The Last Jedi, things likely changed in an instant.
There are many things the sequel trilogy could benefit from in the meantime, though, to help pave the way for a future 'Episode', such as an animated show like The Clone Wars, which could, at the very least, glue together some of the broken pieces left behind by the last two movies. With that said, it’s possible that spin-off movies are the best course, for two reasons: they would mirror the success of Star Wars on TV, which recently has been varied, and secondly, they would finally allow the franchise ‘move on’ from the Skywalkers (which The Mandalorian was doing quite well until the Season 2 finale).
And who really wants another movie in The Skywalker Saga anyway? Well, perhaps a new film – or trilogy – doesn’t need to focus on the Skywalkers. So then, what could a Star Wars Episode 10 be about? Well, if it is an Episode 10, it can’t be a prequel trilogy. A so-numbered entry would at least need to follow up the sequel trilogy, even if it wasn’t connected from a narrative perspective. Either way, our minds keep drifting towards the now heavily-established show The Mandalorian. It might take place between the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy, but we'd be happy with a significant time jump. Old Mando, anyone?
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What is Star Wars Episode 10 going to be about?
There are already separate rumors of a new Star Wars movie trilogy, with Kylo Ren at the heart of them, which is odd seeing as he dies at the end of The Rise of Skywalker. Or perhaps it will be set before the sequel trilogy, serving as the sequel’s very own prequel trilogy. In fact, the sequel trilogy could indeed benefit from its own set of prequels, and it’s something that would also be symmetrical with the original trilogy and its prequel trilogy. After all, being dumped into the faraway galaxy when the First Order was already at large was quite jarring. And how exactly did Ben Solo become evil anyway?
The Rise of Skywalker, however, creates even more questions that are never answered (is Finn Force-sensitive or not?), while also inexplicably introducing new characters, instead of focusing on the existing ones, of which there are plenty. For starters, there's Jannah, Zorii, and Babu Frik, all of whom were presumably created be appear in future movies, perhaps even an Episode 10. But what about a story? The First Order is now gone, and the Emperor is actually dead this time (apparently). Is there anything left that could justify an Episode 10, or does Star Wars have nothing left other than spin-off movies?
We don’t think that’s true. It all hinges on good storytelling, and if Disney and Lucasfilm can come up with a smart story, not unlike the MCU’s Infinity Stones Saga, that can span a number of new movies, perhaps even more than three, they might be onto a winner. What else could threaten the galaxy, though, if not the Empire or the First Order or the Sith? An incredibly powerful Jedi? The Multiverse? Either way, it’s not up to us to come up with a great new story – this is Disney and Lucasfilm’s job, and next time, they need to deliver.
Whether any of the upcoming Star Wars movies are Episode 10 or not, it’s fair to say that one day it will happen. For now, though, with the widely hated sequel trilogy still fresh in people’s minds, it could be a “long time” until we move any further along the Star Wars timeline.
Like James Bond, Batman and Spider-Man, Godzilla is one of those characters that cinema can’t ever let rest in peace – and to be perfectly honest, we don’t want it to. Over the decades, the gargantuan lizard has probably wreaked more havoc than the Death Star on a good day. He first smashed through theater screens way back in 1954, a movie that to this day continues to spawn more sequels than 1998’s Godzilla laid eggs in the ruins of Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
Now, Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse is the only really mainstream film series that features the King himself, which includes 2014’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, 2018’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and 2021’s Godzilla V Kong. Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot – which got the ball rolling on the shared monster universe – was very much a grounded reboot of that original 1954 film, continuing its anti-nuclear themes. In fact, it even acknowledges the 1954 film, through both an opening montage and when Monarch reveals that Godzilla was a problem back then too.
Kong: Skull Island, on the other hand, didn’t feel like a reboot of any previous Kong movies at all, instead of forging its own path by foregoing the traditional idea of King Kong, in exchange for one that would better serve the inevitable showdown – while also being slightly pretentious in the process. Where Gareth Edwards’ film lacked in screentime for the titular lizard, Godzilla: King of the Monsters took this feedback a little too far, offering up more Titans than perhaps our eyeballs could process, by recalling all of Godzilla’s enemies – and allies – of old.
Then we arrive at the fourth movie in the franchise – Godzilla vs. Kong. While the rematch of the century certainly justified the existence of popcorn, it was, without question, unforgivably low on the IQ scale. Nevertheless, courtside seat tickets for the royal rumble sold like hotcakes and were even a hit on streaming services too. So does that mean we’ll be getting another installment in the MonsterVerse? Or has this series burned out, having prematurely reached the highly anticipated crossover event at just four films? Well, that all depends on what we define as a sequel.
If it’s a Godzilla movie you’re after, then let’s use some echolocation technology and find out where the prehistoric god is headed next…
Will there be a sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong?
Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth installment in the MonsterVerse, and as you can guess from the title, requires very little in the way of an explanation. Nevertheless, monster-hunting organization Monarch has built a giant dome around Skull Island so that they can protect Kong from Godzilla, who, now seemingly rogue, can ‘sense’ other Titans and hunt them down. Building upon the ‘Hollow Earth Theory’ set up in Kong: Skull Island, Monarch decides to take Kong into the center of the earth aboard a ‘Hollow Earth Aviation Vehicle’, so that he can lead them to a power source, with which they hope to defeat Godzilla.
The film was originally delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was eventually released in both theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. Surprisingly, critics were generally impressed by the film, as it does deliver exactly what it says on the tin. However, they were also quick to point out its paper-thin characters - a problem that tends to plague big monster movies in general, with no film in this series being an exception to the rule. Godzilla vs. Kong grossed over $467.8 million worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing film of that year. So, is there a sequel on the cards?
The producers have made no mystery about the fact that the success of each film in the MonsterVerse will determine whether a subsequent one will happen. “Each piece has to be as good as it can be,” Legendary Pictures producer Alex Garcia said. Kong: Skull Island director Adam Wingard also said, “I know where we could go potentially with future films,” but later added, “It’s really at the point where audiences have to kind of step forward and vote for more of these things. If this movie is a success, obviously they will continue forward.” Well, we vote Godzilla.
Writer Max Borenstein has also said that there are “interesting installments” on the horizon, following the success of Godzilla vs. Kong. He alluded to the possibility of future projects having no human characters, which would involve the complete anthropomorphizing of the Titans. They may as well go the distance, though, seeing as Godzilla actually laughs in the latest installment. So, the writing might be on the wall, but the only confirmed future MonsterVerse project is a canonical anime series that will focus on Skull Island, while Son of Kong is the rumored live-action Kong: Skull Island follow-up.
Will there be another Godzilla movie?
Will there be another Godzilla movie, though? Whether it’s a MonsterVerse installment or an entirely fresh reboot, will the beloved – but mostly feared – prehistoric Titan comes smashing through our theater screens once again (but not literally, like he does in Jamiroquai's "Deeper Underground" music video)? Well, it’s hard to tell at this stage, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some movement happening in the background. After all, given the fact the films are heavy with VFX, if one is in production, then we likely won’t hear about it for a while, as it takes time to create those incredible computer-animated special effects we so often accuse of being “easy”, “lazy” and “cheap”.
What about the original Toho franchise? Believe it or not, but those films are actually ongoing, with the latest installment, Shin Godzilla, having only been released in 2016. Even after that live-action film, Toho released a trilogy of Godzilla anime movies: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle, and Godzilla: The Planet Eater. As for a sequel to Shin Godzilla, this has been ruled out by Toho, as they’re now focusing on creating their own version of the MonsterVerse.
With all this Godzilla talk, it just wouldn't feel right not talking about Godzilla (1998). Roland Emmerich’s New York-set disaster flick gets a really bad rap from critics and fans alike, largely because the titular beastie is not the 'traditional' Godzilla (as it’s a radioactively enhanced marine iguana and not a prehistoric remnant). But one can’t deny that Godzilla’s tyrannosaur-like design in the movie rocks, and its ability to lay hundreds of offspring at a hidden location in the city, each of which will, like Godzilla, will be born pregnant, really lends to the film's time-critical plot.
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The film also continues those anti-nuclear themes, while delivering plenty of action and wielding that lightning-in-a-bottle '90s charm, even if it is very cheesy at times. So what happened to any sequels? Well, it was revealed way back that a whole trilogy was planned, but once the numbers were crunched on the 1998 flick, it never came to be. Instead, a canonical animated series continued the story, picking up where the film left off - the 'last egg' beneath Madison Square Garden. However, this new Godzilla went on to become a hero, defending New York against iconic - and some entirely original - radioactive monsters.
With all of that said, it’s obvious that the entire MonsterVerse was set up primarily to build towards the climactic Godzilla vs. Kong – and it definitely delivered, even if it does neglect all logic in doing so. But then is there any other way you can pull off such a crossover event? Probably not. However, looking back at Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film, while full of its own problems – largely characterization and pacing – it’s a shame to see that the franchise has already turned into Fast & Furious by the fourth film. Come to think of it, that would make a pretty good crossover movie itself.
When it comes to LEGO Star Wars, the last few weeks haven't exactly been short on pieces of news, with trailers for the likes of upcoming video game LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Disney+ Halloween special LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales. Now, there's even more, in the form of LEGO Star Wars Halloween Shorts, which have already arrived on the official LEGO YouTube channel.
There are five shorts in total, each of which focuses on a different set of characters, and they're available to watch for free in a single video compilation, which clocks in at just under eight minutes. Check it out below:
We've also taken the compilation apart for you, piece by piece...
Mando, Boba, and Fennec
The first short features the Din Jarin, Boba Fett, and Fennec Shand, as they try to decorate Boba Fett's newly-named 'Starship' for Halloween. Its pyrotechnics, ghostly white sheets, pumpkin heads, spiderweb, and TP rolls galore, in this first of five micro movies. The scene looks to be a parody of The Mandalorian Season 2's "Chapter 6: Things Fall Apart", which sees the three characters team up to battle the Empire, while Moff Gideon's Death troopers make an attempt for Grogu in the Jedi Temple ruins.
Mando, Moff, and Grogu
Mando soon finds himself in Imperial settings, where he discovers a Stormtrooper Halloween party (one even kindly offers him some candy) before discovering Grogu in Moff Gideon's captivity. The two fight, clashing Darksaber with Beskar's spear - just as they do in The Mandalorian Season 2's finale "Chapter 16: The Rescue". However, on this occasion, when Mando rescues Grogu, the child seems far more interested in the candy than he does in his surrogate father figure.
The Bad Batch and a Battle droid
The third short sees a Battle droid spooked out in a creepy forest which is seemingly haunted. Before long, the droid encounters Clone Force 99 - yes, the Bad Batch! The team gathers pumpkins and piles them onto the Marauder when the Battle droid tries to join them, only to be spat back out onto a pumpkin patch. The team then delivers the pumpkins to a nearby village, ready for the festivities. This one doesn't appear to be based on anything specifically, but it's still pretty neat seeing Hunter, Echo, Tech, and Wrecker in LEGO form.
Ahsoka and Darth Maul
The penultimate short see Ahsoka Tano arrive on Mandalore, ready to duel with Darth Maul. But despite a very convincing montage, it turns out the two are actually just carving pumpkins with their lightsabers! Cheering spectators include Bo-Katan, other Mandalorians, and Clone troopers. Ahsoka and Maul compete with their intricately carved pumpkins, which include iconic ships and characters that span Star Wars lore. This scene is based on The Clone Wars episode "Phantom Apprentice", one of four films that make up the show's epic finale.
Moff and Grogu
Moff is playing a card game with Stormtroopers when they discover things floating around on their ship, sending them into a state of panic (although the chances are that, if you see things floating around in the faraway galaxy, a Jedi is probably behind it). Moff and his Stormtroopers investigate and discover Mando. However, they're soon confronted by a cloaked figure. But nope, it's not Luke Skywalker - it's Grogu, who then uses his Force powers to subdue his enemies. This short also parodies The Mandalorian Season 2 finale, replacing the fearsome Jedi with an adorable one.
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It's unlikely this new content has any relation to LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, and is likely just a few extra tricks and treats in the lead up to Halloween, although it's possible they will also end up on Disney+ at some point in the next few weeks.
And that's just LEGO - there's a lot going on on the live-action and animated side of things in the faraway galaxy too, whether it's other video game trailers such as Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Hunters, or news on brand-new shows like Star Wars: Visions, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian Season 3. But in the midst of all this major news, these new LEGO Star Wars shorts might be just the sort of inconsequential fun you're looking for.