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Stranger Things is a hit American science fiction horror thriller streaming television series on Netflix that are created by Matt and Ross Duffer, who are known as the Duffer Brothers. The two brothers are the showrunners. They worked as executive producers along with Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy. The series’ first episode aired on July 15, 2016. The series was set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger Things Season 4 was announced last September 2019.
The first season focused on the investigation of the disappearance of a girl with psychokinetic abilities. Stranger Things Season 2 was about Will’s side effects from entering the Upside Down with the entities crawling into the real world. The third season is about Eleven and Mike’s relationship as they continue their battle against the entities from Upside Down. Stranger Things Season 4 will continue being produced by the same creators along with Iain Paterson.
Stranger Things Season 4 Release Date
Stranger Things Season 4 does not have any official release date as of yet. However, it is expected to be released sometime in 2021. Some of the cast members have revealed and admitted that the show may not be back for a while. The good news is that the series has resumed its filming and production after the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed its schedule.
The production originally started in March, with the post-production intended to begin in August. However, the pandemic has thrown the schedule into a loop. The best possible estimate is a release date of 2021. Despite the fact that Season 4 isn’t completely done yet, there are some new faces that are headed to Hawkins. There are reports that there are new characters that may be introduced, as well as new settings.
Stranger Things Season 4 Cast
The cast of Season 4 includes Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, the mother of Jonathan and Will Byers. She was divorced from Lonnie Byers. In Season 2, she dated her old high school classmate, Bob, until he died later in the season. Another cast member is David Harbour as Jim Hopper, the chief of Hawkins Police Department. After the young daughter died due to cancer, Hopper divorced and lapsed into alcoholism. He eventually became more responsible. It was later revealed that he and Joyce have feelings for each other.
Another cast member is Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, who is the middle child of Ted and Karen Wheeler, the brother of Nancy and Holly, as well as one of the three friends of Will Byers. He is a very intelligent and conscientious student, committed to his friends. He was able to develop romantic feelings for Eleven. Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven or Jane Hopper. She is a young girl who was gifted with telepathic and psychokinetic abilities and a limited vocabulary. Her real name is Jane, the biological daughter of Terry Ives. After escaping the Hawkins Laboratory, where she was experimented on.
Other cast members are Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Shannon Purser as Barbara Holland, Matthew Modine as Martin Brenner.
There are reports that there will be eight new cast members, which are confirmed by Stranger Things Season 4. The new cast members include Robert Englund, Eduardo Franco, and Jamie Campbel Bower. There would also likely be an added creepy psychiatric hospital as a setting. Fans will also see more of The Hellfire Club, Hawkins High’s D&D club. There will also be some new Russian characters with Tom Wlaschiha playing a Russian prison guard befriending Hopper and Nikola Dijuricko playing Yuri, a Russian smuggler.
David Harbour will be returning as Hopper despite the seemingly tragic end in Season 3. Harbour said that his character will resurrect in some way. The actor stated that his character will be the same guy but in a different vein.
Stranger Things Season 4 Plot
There is not much revealed about the plot of Season 4 although, it was revealed that Hopper will return. He is imprisoned in a snowy, wasteland of Kamchatka, Russia. He will be facing dangers from both human and otherworldly beings. Meanwhile, in the States, there is a new horror surfacing, something that has been buried and something that connects everything.
Stranger Things fans can rejoice as Ross Duffer confirmed that the series will go past Season four
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Black Widow recently arrived in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access on July 9, 2021. Theater owners weren’t pleased with the hybrid model that the film had but Disney and Marvel pushed through with it. Now, the film is apparently going to Blu-Ray and DVD sooner than fans think.
Marvel Studios stated that Black Widow will be going to non-Disney digital platforms on August 10. These digital platforms include Blu-Ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD. The announcement also includes the fact that the home release will also include some bonus materials.
Black Widow debuted with impressive numbers, both on Disney+ Premier Access and box office. However, the second week of the film set the record for Marvel’s biggest drop which was at 67%. Many theater owners blamed this big drop on the hybrid release model of the film.
Aside from the film, people who buy the home release versions will enjoy additional content. It includes the bloopers which will include the fun mistakes on the set of the film. It will also include multiple deleted scenes.
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Some of the deleted scenes included the bike chase where Natasha and Yelena speed through the city to escape their assailants. Another deleted scene was Natasha going on a grocery shopping spree to prepare for her trip to Norway. After arriving, Natasha sees a mysterious trailer.
Other deleted scenes include the Gulag fight with Alexei fighting against several enemies but were overpowered. Natasha came in to help out. In a deleted scene called a smile, the Taskmaster’s protocol was activated, unveiling an iconic helmet.
Black Widow is currently available in theaters and Disney+ Premier Access.
New leaked photos and videos were coming from the set of Warner Brothers and DC Film’s The Flash. The leak seemingly confirms that the film will feature Ben Affleck back as the caped crusader, Batman.
In the newly leaked photos, it featured a possible stunt double wearing Batman’s cowl and belt. The Batman in the leaked images was riding a Batcycle. As for the costume, it is unclear whether it is an entirely new look or if it was only utilized by the stunt performer.
The bike looks like Batflecks Batmobile pic.twitter.com/shyWLBDVm5
— AjepArt (@AjepArts) July 26, 2021
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— AjepArt (@AjepArts) July 26, 2021
Aside from the new set images, a video also showed another Batman appearing in the film. Although the Batman seen in the video could be just a stunt performer, the size and the body shape seemed to be similar to Affleck’s build.
Meanwhile, #TheFlash movie’s filming is at full steam in #Glasgow, and many locals are registering what seems to be #BatAffleck’s #Batman going for a ride in #GothamCity in #TheFlashMovie - while real #BenAffleck’s in a ride with #JLo somewhere else haha. pic.twitter.com/gzSOWN6PRb
— Luiz Fernando (@Luiz_Fernando_J) July 26, 2021
The DCEU was first established back in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which introduced Henry Cavill as Superman aka Clark Kent. The follow-up film had the debut of Ben Affleck’s Batman with Batman v. Superman.
Affleck’s Batman was previously confirmed to join The Flash in August 2020. Back then, The Flash Director Andy Muschietti said that Affleck’s Batman has a substantial emotional impact on the movie. He said that the relationship and interaction between Ezra Miller’s Barry and Affleck’s Wayne bring an emotional level that fans haven’t seen before.
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The film is Barry’s movie, Barry’s story, but the characters are more related than what fans previously thought. The two lost their mothers to murder which serves as one of the emotional vessels of the movie, which is where Affleck’s Batman comes in.
Affleck will not be the only Batman in the film. Michael Keaton will also reprise the Caped Crusader. He previously played the role in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Sasha Calle is also part of the cast as Supergirl.
The Flash will be released in theaters on November 4, 2022.
Disney+’s original series are dominating the upcoming 2021 Emmy Awards’ dominations. Star Wars The Mandalorian and Marvel’s WandaVision are leading the nominations. The Mandalorian has 24 nominations while WandaVision has 23 nominations respectively. The nominations of the 73rd annual Emmy Awards were announced on July 13. The streaming channels are taking some major lead against traditional cable shows.
Netflix’s The Crowd and The Mandalorian are tied with 24 each, making both streaming shows having the most nominations. Meanwhile, WandaVision’s Agatha All Along is also nominated for an award.
The Mandalorian is nominated for two award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series with Timothy Olyphant and Carl Weathers. The series also has two nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Chapter 13: The Jedi and Chapter 16: The Rescue.
Other nominations are for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Giancarlo Esposito, and one nomination for Outstanding Directing for A Drama Series for Chapter 9: The Marshall. The series is also nominated in other Creative Arts nominations.
Meanwhile, Marvel’s WandaVision is nominated for Best Limited or Anthology Series, with nominations for Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, and Kathryn Hahn. Matt Shakman is also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.
The other series that are nominated include Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys and HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
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Another Marvel series that is nominated for the award is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier with five nominations. One of its nominations included Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Don Cheadle.
The Mandalorian, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are available on Disney+.
A Quiet Place Part II had a successful tenure in theaters and even became the very first movie in the pandemic era to cross the $100 million mark in the domestic box office. After a successful run in the theaters, A Quiet Place Part II is now available to stream on Paramount+ for US subscribers.
The sequel to the 2018 monster film which starred Emily Blunt and John Krasinski was released on May 28. After the sequel was released more than a month in theaters, Paramount will bring the film to its streaming service. The studio may have done this move to draw more people to its streaming service. They can either sign up for a free trial. Fans can also sign up for the basic plan of $4.99 per month or the ad-free subscription price of $9.99 per month.
The other upcoming films from Paramount will also have a theatrical release of between 30-45 days before the films make their debut on Paramount+. Some of the original films which premiered on Paramount+ include the film titled Infinite starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mark Wahlberg. Other movies include Jerry and Marge Go Large, the reboot of the Paranormal franchise, Joey King’s The In Between, and the Pet Sematary prequel.
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A Quiet Place Part II follows the Abbott family who set out to travel the world in silence. As the family fights for survival, they also discover that the monsters are not the only threat they need to be careful of. The movie already crossed the $150 million at the domestic box office.
Fans can still watch the film in theaters or stream it on Paramount+.
The 20th anniversary of the original Harry Potter film will be coming up soon. To celebrate the film’s two-decade anniversary, WarnerMedia will partner with the Wizarding World with the aim of producing two unscripted specials to celebrate the anniversary. Warner Brothers Unscripted Television will produce the two limited series projects together with Warner Horizon.
Deadline reported that one of these limited series will be a Harry Potter fan quiz competition series. It will have some of the biggest self-proclaimed fans to compete and celebrate their knowledge of the Wizarding World. The series will have four-hour-long quiz challenges. The other project will have a dedicated retrospective special. The casting for the special series is currently ongoing in the US.
Warner Brothers Global Kids, Young Adults, and Classics President Tom Ascheim said that they are celebrating the dedicated fans, both old and new alike. They are the fans who have kept the Wizarding World magic alive through their passion for decades.
The exciting limited series specials will celebrate the fandom in a must-see multiplatform TV event. Harry Potter can gear up for the celebration by embracing their inner Hermione Granger, as well as their Wizarding World Knowledge. The fans who wanted to discover what it feels like to take the O.W.L. exams will experience it as close as they can get.
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As Ascheim noted, fans will truly enjoy the new specials. Both old and new fans will be able to appreciate the upcoming celebration. They will also be able to exercise their knowledge with their fellow Potter fans.
The limited series will be released on Cartoon Network, HBO Max, and TBS in the US in the latter part of 2021.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League has continued to make serious buzz among fans. Ever since the movie was released on HBO Max, fans want to see more of what is in store in Snyder’s vision. Some fans theorized that the events in the Knightmare scene were from an alternative timeline which Ezra Miller’s Flash may try to avoid by going back to the past. There are many theories floating around on how Snyder’s vision will affect some fan-favorite characters, just like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the favorite of many fans ever since the promotions for the Suicide Squad in 2016 were released. The actress has an interesting reaction upon learning the fate of her character in Snyder’s cut of the Justice League.
SPOILER ALERT! The following details contain spoilers from Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Robbie was asked questions about her character in the DC world. The actress was asked if she is aware of her character’s fate in Snyder’s Justice League. As it turns out, she wasn’t aware of the demise of her character which was detailed in the last sequence of Snyder’s Justice League.
As fans know, in the last part of the film, Ben Affleck’s Joker and Jared Leto’s Joker were having a conversation. Leto’s Joker was mocking Affleck’s Batman for letting Lois Lane die. Joker mocks Batman, saying he needs the Joker to undo the world that Batman created. Batman responded with a threat. He mentioned that as Harley Quinn was dying in his arms, her request was for him to kill the Joker. This statement from Batman seemed to have an effect on Joker.
This sequence showed the fate that Harley Quinn went through. When Robbie was told the details, the actress was shocked. She immediately said, “Whaaat?” She also added that this is why DC is different in how Marvel approaches their films.
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The actress continued to say:
"I didn't know that. Thank you for telling me! I guess it's kind of like the comics. The film version of the DC universe, I actually think they're a lot like the comics. You pick up one comic and something's happening and then you pick up the next comic and maybe that character's not alive, maybe that character's not with that person, maybe that character looks completely different.
Each movie is its own sort of thing, and I think that works in the comic book world, and I think that works in the DC film world as well. It's not like Marvel where everything is more obviously linked in a more linear way. It feels like there's so many adjacent stories, worlds, and films happening at the same time, just like there are in the comics.
So, yeah, I didn't know that, but it doesn't necessarily change what other people are able to do with this universe, I don't think. What one director decides I don't think dictates what another director might be able to pick up and do with the world and the characters, which is fun. I think that's an appealing aspect for directors in the DC world, they can make it their own, the way James did. He didn't have to be beholden to the version that David Ayer set up. He could pick it up and make it his own, which I'm sure was more appealing for him."
Harley Quinn will once again make her appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The film will be released in the US on August 5, 2021.
Charlie Cox’s Daredevil may reportedly appear in the first season of the upcoming She-Hulk series on Disney+. Daredevil, also known as Matt Murdock, is reportedly making his jump from Netflix to the Disney+ platform. If the report is true, Murdock will reprise his role as Daredevil and may mean that he is already a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The report that Cox’s Daredevil may be on She-Hulk was reported by YouTuber Grace Randolph. Her report was later corroborated by Brandon Davis on the Phase Zero podcast. Most importantly, their reports claimed that Cox’s appearance on the Disney+ series would be just Matt Murdock as the lawyer but the alter-ego as Daredevil himself.
This is not the first time that Cox’s Daredevil will appear in another Marvel film. In December 2020, Cox was going to be on Spider-Man: No Way Home, which may presumably be Peter Parker’s lawyer. This is in relation to the events from Far From Home. The actor finished filming his scenes the following month.
The actor played Daredevil or Matt Murdock in the three seasons it aired on Netflix. It marked the character’s first dive into the live-action series since 2003 when it starred Ben Affleck. The series was the starting point that helped launch Netflix’s universe of Marvel superhero shows. However, the show and other Marvel series on Netflix were canceled.
Despite the cancelation on Netflix, there are fans who still want to see the character come to life again. Some fans even have the #SaveDaredevil campaign. Daredevil was apparently not allowed to be used by Marvel Studios two years after the show was canceled due to Marvel Television’s deal with Netflix.
She-Hulk will be released on Disney+ in 2022.
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The COVID-19 has truly impacted multiple film and television productions. This resulted in some productions being changed, modified, or even removed. One of the biggest movie franchises in the world, Marvel, has to establish continuity in its universe. This makes it intriguing as to how the pandemic impacted Marvel’s plans in its entirety.
According to Marvel President Kevin Feige, the pandemic only twisted one element of their Phase Four plans. In an interview with On The Red Carpet, Feige revealed some Easter eggs in Black Widow which is Marvel Studios’ first theatrical release in two years.
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An Easter egg included in the film was to appear first in Black Widow before showing up in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, the pandemic didn’t allow this Easter egg to take its original plan. Feige stated that this is the only thing that was twisted in Marvel’s Phase 4 due to the pandemic. He added that fans who saw The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will see the Easter egg in Black Widow.
Feige didn’t reveal the Easter egg but it may probably be related to the character Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Valentina debuted in the MCU through The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. After Valentina showed up in the Disney+ series, it was revealed that the character was supposed to come out first in Black Widow. Her first outing in the MCU was changed after the film was delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.
Black Widow will be released on July 7, 2021.
My Hero Academia season 5 is heating things with My Villain Academia Arc ending and entering the Endeavor Agency Storyline. The new storyline brought back a major hero who has been missing in the anime series for quite some time.
The number two hero Hawks is currently working undercover. Hawks is doing the mission to reveal the secrets of the League of Villains and Meta Liberation Army. It seems that the winged-hero might be willing to do anything to get back in their good graces, which may cause trouble for the top hero coming back.
Best Jeanest was previously last seen injured due to the insane power of the All For One. It injured the top-ranking crime fighter. As Jeanest told Hawks, the top hero lost a lung after battling the All For One. Jeanest didn’t let instance injury stop him from returning to the hero game, as he claims his spot as the number three hero, just behind the winged number two and Endeavor. However, Jeanist thinks that Hawks might have taken his undercover mission too seriously as he may have attacked number three just to get a good role within the villains’ organizations.
The years of Jeanest patrolling and training the streets helped him to rise to the ranks. It was also clear that All For One was out of his league, which took him out of the crime-fighting game for some time.
Bakugo is working under Endeavor in the new work-study. He also learned more about crime-fighting under Best Jeanist’s agency. It would be interesting to witness to see how the young hero will react when he sees his former mentor return to the hero game.
As for the manga of My Hero Academia, it is currently ongoing but will be reaching its conclusion soon.
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