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Criminal Minds Is Delivering Even More Romance In Season 14

Criminal Minds generally isn’t the show many of us think of when it comes to television romance, and the show has always focused more on catching criminals than sending its characters into the dating pool. Well, one big romance already began blooming (or re-blooming, in this case) in Season 14, and now another is in the works. Emily Prentiss is getting a love interest, and he should be able to keep up with her.

The new love interest for Emily Prentiss will be a Supervisory Special Agent by the name of Andrew Mendoza. Stephen Bishop of Imposters fame landed the role. You don’t have to worry that Mendoza will be introduced in one episode and then solely exist as an off-screen love interest for Prentiss. TVLine reports that Bishop is on board to recur in Season 14, so we should see a decent amount of him.

You also don’t have to worry that Prentiss and Mendoza will bond over something mundane. They’ll come together in an exceedingly Criminal Minds kind of way. She’ll meet him in an unexpected way, and showrunner Erica Messer (who recently weighed in on how long she thinks Criminal Minds should last) states that “they are able to kind of hit it off even though” the circumstances aren’t ideal for building a romance.

What are these circumstances? Well, unsurprisingly, they will be bloody. The episode will center on a situation in which someone is being killed every 27 minutes in Washington. The murder weapon? A machete. Erica Messer also teased that the episode “almost plays in real-time,” so it should be an intense hour of television.

For this case, Pretiss will be working closely with the field office in Washington, and she’ll have to collaborate with Mendoza, whose position is more or less equal to hers in her own office. Unless Mendoza is transferred to the BAU we all know and love, these two won’t be direct coworkers as they work out their feelings for each. That’s probably good news for the rest of the BAU!

Honestly, good for Prentiss that she’s getting some love in Season 14, along with Rossi. Given that Season 14 could be the final for the long-running series, perhaps the introduction of Mendoza could lead to a happily-ever-after for Prentiss. Of course, that wouldn’t be riding off into the sunset for somebody like her, but she deserves to be happy.

Three episodes of the 15 that were ordered for Season 14 have already aired, and one of those was the 300-episode milestone. If Criminal Minds does wind up cancelled at the end of Season 14, nobody can claim that it wasn’t a successful series for CBS. Ending at Season 14 would mean it falls short of someday matching the season count of fellow CBS show NCIS or NBC’s juggernaut Law & Order: SVU. We’ll have to wait and see.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see Stephen Bishop in action as SSA Andrew Mendoza. New episodes of Criminal Minds air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. For more viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future, swing by our fall TV premiere schedule.

The Hilarious Big Lebowski Scene John Goodman Was Nervous To Shoot

Jeff Bridges may have been the star of The Big Lebowski, but John Goodman was quite the scene stealer playing unstable Vietnam War vet/bowling enthusiast Walter Sobchak. One of Walter’s funniest moments in the 1998 movie was when he smashed up a sports car with a crowbar to show what happens when “you fuck a stranger in the ass.” But recently Goodman revealed that he was initially nervous about yelling out all those obscenities in what he thought was a crowded neighborhood. Goodman recalled:

I can’t blame John Goodman for feeling this way. It’s one thing to angrily yell and drop f-bombs on a movie set with only the cast and crew around, but to do it a residential area at night, when people are winding down or even asleep, is another matter entirely. Fortunately, as Goodman soon realized, those houses were empty, so he didn’t need to feel self conscious at all about letting out the rage.

In case you need a refresher on why John Goodman’s Walter decided to take a crowbar to a car in The Big Lebowski, you can watch the scene unfold in the clip below.

Of course, this is just one of Walter’s many hilarious moments in The Big Lebowski, with others including him pulling a gun on someone over a bowling game, declaring to The Dude that he can get ahold of a toe easily to repeatedly telling Donny to “shut the fuck up.” Walter is definitely unhinged, but if you’re looking to be entertained and don’t mind a little danger, he’s worth having around.

The Big Lebowski celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and remembering how the Corvette shoot went down was one of the many things John Goodman brought up when speaking to Today about the movie alongside Jeff Bridges and Steve Buscemi. Although The Big Lebowski initially earned mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment, its reputation improved significantly and is now considered to be one of the Coen brothers‘ best films, to the point that it was added to the National Film Registry in 2014.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest and greatest movie updates. The Coen brothers’ next movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, will hit Netflix on November 16. As for what’s heading to theaters over the next year, browse through our 2018 and 2019 release schedules for that information.

What The Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Delay Might Mean For Marvel’s Phase 4 Plans

After being indefinitely delayed, it appears that Marvel doesn’t expect to get around to making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for several years. On the face of it, this is only a problem if you’re a serious Guardians of the Galaxy fan and were looking forward to the third installment. However, in the broader scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is potentially a much bigger deal. While Marvel has said little about what Phase Four was going to be all about, the studio had said Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was going to set the stage for the entire next phase, so if the movie isn’t going to be out until 2022 or later, what does that say about Phase Four?

In short, it says that Phase Four probably isn’t going to be what we’ve expected it to be. We certainly don’t expect the MCU to go on a hiatus until 2022, so we’ll likely see several Marvel movies released in between Spider-Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Phase Four will be well underway before we see Star-Lord, Rocket and the rest again.

However, if that means Guardians Vol. 3 won’t be there to launch to the MCU into Phase Four, then the cosmic focus that we’ve been told the new phase will have may not become a reality at all. There hasn’t been any indication that we’ll get another Thor movie anytime soon and it’s equally unlikely we’ll be jumping that quickly into a Captain Marvel sequel. There just aren’t a lot of other cosmic heroes available to take the place of the Guardians.

The thing is, if Marvel wanted to, they could almost certainly get Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 off the ground at or near its original release date if they made that a priority. They have a script, written by James Gunn before his unceremonious dismissal, and all indications have been that the plan was to use that script. Finding a director shouldn’t actually be that hard. This is Marvel. There’s likely a line out the door of people interested in being part of the MCU.

Even if Marvel decided to go back to formula, get a new script, hire a new director, and recast an angry Dave Bautista, it still wouldn’t take them two and a half years to be ready to go into production. This extensive delay seems odd. Why would Marvel know, right now, that Guardians wasn’t going to begin shooting until 2021? It would seem this is an intentional decision the studio has made to wait. So why are they doing it?

Just today, it was announced that Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie was essentially taking over a release window where an Untitled Marvel movie had been set. That film has been taken off the calendar and not given a new date, so the current MCU schedule isn’t just being shifted around, it appears to be going through real change. Jungle Cruise is an untested property that has now been given a prime summer release date. It could be that Disney is just very high on Dwayne Johnson’s new movie and wanted to give it a bigger date than next October, or it could be that Disney needed to fill that hole with something because the Marvel movie needed to be pulled, and it was available.

The issue isn’t just that Phase Four may be changing because Guardians Vol. 3 has been delayed, It’s that Guardians Vol. 3 may be delayed because Phase Four is changing.

The fact that the Disney/Fox merger may be finalized by the first of the year can’t be ignored here. When James Gunn originally said he was hanging around after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 to make a third film and work on Phase Four as well, the idea of getting back the X-Men and the Fantastic Four was far from being a reality. However, when Marvel Studios had to sit down and figure out what to do after letting James Gunn go, it was a real thing that was happening. If there was a time to reconsider the way forward, this was it.

Perhaps, after looking at the situation, Kevin Feige and company decided that with the future of the Guardians franchise in question, they needed to just shift gears entirely. Keeping the MCU more Earth based, at least for a while, would be safer, but with new characters on the way, it could still be made to feel fresh and new, something distinct from the previous phase.

If the decision was made to include mutants or the Reed family in Phase Four, then at that point you actually want to move Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 further down the line. You want the first films of the new phase to set this stage and Guardians isn’t necessarily the franchise you want to do that.

While there’s a lot we don’t know regarding the films that Marvel is planning to put out in Phase Four, the ones that have been strongly rumored so far are a Black Widow movie and Black Panther 2. Neither is particularly cosmic.

There is another reason that you might want to move Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to as late as possible. If any of the rumors were true that there were some within Marvel who wanted to give James Gunn a second chance, the odds of that actually happening go up the longer we wait. After a few years, it could be announced that James Gunn has “learned his lesson” and he and Disney have reconciled. I don’t honestly believe that will happen, but it could happen.

Of course, all this is supposition that is based on a rumor, so it’s possible the premise is faulty. If it is true, however, that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is no longer going to be the launchpad it once was, then clearly something else will be, and it will likely send us someplace entirely different within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Murder On The Orient Express Sequel Has Been Delayed, Here’s Why

After the sneaky success of the 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, a sequel announcement soon followed. Kenneth Branagh is returning to direct and star as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, with an entirely new star-studded cast to accompany him on another mystery to solve. The sequel was originally set to brave Star Wars: Episode IX with the same release date on December 20, 2019, but in light of the Disney-Fox merger, Death on the Nile has just been moved to hit theaters on October 2, 2020 instead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has recently been discreetly rearranging its release calendar to coordinate with its new partner studio. In addition to the delay of Death on the Nile, Fox also pushed space thriller Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt from January to May 24, 2019 and action-comedy Stuber starring Dave Bautista from May to July 12, 2019. Ad Astra‘s shift to share an opening with Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake seems a bit counterproductive to the coordinating strategy, but with both the studios having packed schedules, releases were bound to face off at some point anyway.

While federal regulations prohibit Disney and Fox film executives from directly working together to complement the other’s schedules, here we are seeing the effects of the merger already taking flight. The new $70 billion marriage between the studio giant will officially be in place on January 1, 2019, so more shifts and strategies will likely continue to take place between the paired studios as they prepare their budding partnership.

While 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express received mixed critical reviews and never quite made it to No. 1 at the box office, the movie was among the quieter hits of the year. It stirred up $352 million worldwide on a budget of $55 million, making it quite the success. The film is based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel of the same name, and its star-studded cast, including Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad and Michelle Pfeiffer, likely drew in the big crowd.

Death on the Nile is aiming to replicate the success of its predecessor with an entirely new cast, except for Kenneth Branagh’s return as the main mustachioed Detective Poirot and Tom Bateman reprising Bouc. Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot was the first new actor to join the sequel, and she will play Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, a rich heiress who approaches Poirot to help her. Armie Hammer has also signed on to Death on the Nile. The project is reportedly set to begin production in mid-2019.

Considering the rocket-high anticipation for Star Wars: Episode IX, Fox’s decision to move Death on the Nile‘s release date isn’t a half bad one. If the sequel replicates or surpasses the success of Murder on the Orient Express, the studio could have an Agatha Christie franchise on their hands after it comes out on October 2, 2020.

Black Ops 4 Opens Black Market, Offers Double XP This Weekend

Treyarch Studios has announced that, not only is Black Ops 4 launching its first Double XP weekend, but also another update boasting the game’s Black Market, which is full of extra loot to unlock. If you’re looking for some extra reasons to play the latest Call of Duty through the weekend, faster leveling and swag aplenty should probably do the trick.

The above tweet rolled out through the Treyarch twitter feed heading into the weekend. In it, the developer announced that the next several days will offer additional reasons to pop into the Multiplayer, Zombies or Blackout modes in Black Ops 4, beginning with twice as many experience points as you’re used to earning. No matter what platform you’re playing on, you’ll earn double XP through Sunday evening or, if you’re playing Zombies, double “Nebulium Plasma,” which is used for upgrading your loadouts in that particular mode.

Also noted in the recent tweet was that an update is expected this weekend boasting stability fixes and additional improvements, with additional details to be revealed “soon.” Well, this morning we found out what a big portion of that update includes, so long as you’re playing on the PlayStation 4. If you’re gaming on that particular platform, the Black Market is officially up and running as of Friday, Oct. 19, with support rolling out to the Xbox One and PC starting seven days later. Yes, we agree that’s lame, but that’s how things are done these days.

The Black Market is being billed as the “one-stop shop for awesome gear,” where players can spend currency on things like new emotes, weapon skins and the like. There’s also a new feature called the “Contraband stream,” which pretty much operates like a Battle Pass in Fortnite. In short, you earn extra cosmetics simply by playing the game and leveling up. Also like in other games, the Contraband list will change by “seasonal Operations,” which are expected to last for a couple of months. During each of these operations, you can unlock even more weapon skins, character skins and the like.

The full announcement explains that each season of Operations will include brand new characters for Blackout, new Signature Weapons, new outfits for the Multiplayer mode’s Specialists, as well as new Tags, Stickers and Gestures to make your characters more unique. Given how successful this type of system has been in other games, it’s no surprise to see it pop up in Call of Duty and will likely serve as a solid tool to keep dedicated players coming back for more.

As if that’s not enough, Special Event streams are also coming to Black Ops 4, beginning Oct. 20 on PlayStation 4 and seven days later on other platforms. This stream includes even more gear based on a given them and, considering the season, it should come as no surprise that the first one is based on Halloween.

As if that’s not enough, Blackjack’s Shop is launching in November that will allow players to flat-out purchase additional cosmetic gear with the stock refreshing on a weekly basis.

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The First Happy Death Day 2U Poster Calls Back To Happy Death Day

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Happy Death Day!

We talk a lot about the massive horror hits in recent years like IT, Get Out and A Quiet Place, but there are other horror movie successes that flew under the radar. Among them was 2017’s Happy Death Day, a darkly comedic Groundhog Day-like tale which did well enough to warrant a sequel, the aptly titled Happy Death Day 2U. The first poster for the sequel has arrived and it calls back to the original film and a specific plot point. Take a look.

The poster for Happy Death Day featured a birthday cake with a kitchen knife stabbed into it, teasing the premise of the horror flick, while also cluing audiences in to a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This poster for Happy Death Day 2U is in much the same vein, maintaining the birthday theme with the ‘2’ candle, fitting perfectly with the obvious, but still appropriate title of the film.

The candle on the poster rests on a red velvet cupcake, and if you’ve seen the first film, you know that the cupcake has major significance. In Happy Death Day, Jessica Rothe’s Tree Gelbman is going about her birthday generally being a terrible person when she is killed on her way to a party. Over the course of the film, she dies and dies again, each time gathering information to try and discover the identity of her killer, stop him, survive and break the loop.

Eventually Tree discovers that the killer is in fact her roommate, Lori, played by Ruby Modine, who tries to kill her with a poisoned cupcake. At the end of the film, Tree stuffs the poisoned cupcake in her roommate’s mouth and kicks her out a window, delivering sweet justice, saving her life and breaking the loop.

The cupcake on this poster for Happy Death Day 2U is the perfect way to remind audiences of the danger lurking in the most unexpected of places in this film. We don’t know too much about the plot for Happy Death Day 2U, but it will again follow Jessica Rothe’s Tree Gelbman as she discovers that her countless deaths in the first film were easy compared to what she now faces.

The first Happy Death Day was a sneaky success at the box office, earning $122.6 million on a $4.8 million budget. The film also did fairly well critically, earning decent reviews for Jessica Rothe’s performance and the film’s dark humor despite its seemingly overdone premise. Happy Death Day 2U once again stars Jessica Rothe, and director Christopher Landon returns to write and direct the sequel.

Stats Show Jack Ryan Is The Huge Hit That Amazon Has Been Hoping For

Jack Ryan made its debut well over a month ago, and we already have a picture of its success. As turns out, numbers show the action drama is a huge hit for Amazon. It could be the success story the streaming platform has been waiting for.

The stats come to us by way of 7Park Data. The company has also tracked viewership metrics for both Hulu and Netflix. According to their data, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan garnered interest from nearly 40% of Prime Video users, per The Wrap.

To drill down a bit, 7Park reported that 37% of Amazon Video’s viewers watched the series in September. What makes those numbers all the more remarkable is that it puts Jack Ryan well-ahead of its peers. The average audience share is 9%. These numbers come as part of Jack Ryan‘s first month on the streamer. It debuted at the tail end of August.

In a masterful move, Amazon released it over Labor Day Weekend in a strategic decision that gave viewers an extra day out of their work week to binge the series. Netflix employed the same strategy with the second season premiere of its crime drama, Ozark. That start clearly worked its desired magic for Netflix’s rival service, with Amazon subscribers choosing to spend time with the television adaptation of Tom Clancy’s popular book character throughout September.

In a sign that Amazon was expecting this kind of result, the streamer got out in front of the show. Before Season 1 could even premiere, Amazon ordered a second season of the thriller. The series’ ratings success comes as good news for Amazon, which has struggled to find a trademark series.

While it boasts a lot of high-quality content, none have notably risen to pop culture prominence. Jack Ryan may be the show to change that. Led by The Office‘s John Krasinski, the series received a lot of favorable critical notice.

As for the Jack Ryan franchise, news of the series’ hit status is an overall positive sign for it. Before the television series, the last movie released featuring the character was 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The movie starred Star Trek‘s Chris Pine and Keira Knightley, as well as Yellowstone‘s Kevin Costner.

Despite the installment’s star power, it failed to dazzle enough to warrant a sequel. Fast forward four years and the character is back, this time with a considerable credit of success to the franchise’s name. Can this renewed interest in a character that has been adapted time and time again last?

Jack Ryan Season 1 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. A release date for the show’s second season has not been announced yet. Thankfully, there is a lot of new fall television to keep TV fans busy in the meantime.

Days Gone Has Been Delayed

Asad Quizilbash, VP of Marketing for Sony Interactive Entertainment America, dropped by the PlayStation Blog heading into the weekend to give a quick update on some launch dates for upcoming PlayStation 4 games. These are the types of announcements usually saved for the December PlayStation Experience but, since Sony has decided to can the event this year, it looks like blog posts will be serving as a substitute. And before you ask, games like Dreams, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us: Part II were not included in the update. Quizilbash explains this is because they are not yet ready to talk about launch windows for those games at this time, which only strengthens my suspicion that all of those will be very late in 2019 at the absolute earliest.

Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio

Hotel Emma's La Babia Margarita and Three Emma's cocktail.
Hotel Emma’s La Babia Margarita and Three Emma’s cocktail. Photo: Max Burkhalter for The Wall Street Journal

A mere 150 miles from Mexico, San Antonio has put its own stamp on the margarita. In its simplest form, the cocktail combines tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur, but the city’s bars and restaurants have introduced all sorts of iconoclastic margarita variations. Some add unexpected ingredients—avocado, for one. Others make daring substitutions, subbing in vodka for tequila, for instance. After scouring the city for some memorable margaritas, we settled on four cocktail joints that outmixed the rest:

The Hotel Margarita: Hotel Emma

A complimentary margarita welcomes every guest who checks into Hotel Emma, a boutique lodging that’s part of the rebirth of San Antonio’s decade-old Pearl Brewery complex. And guests can continue the party in any of the property’s 146 rooms, since the minibars (or “iceboxes,” as they’re known) are stocked with the necessary margarita ingredients. But you needn’t stay overnight to partake. Comers and goers can find the same margarita–a straightforward, sweet-meets-tart version, dubbed La Babia after the hotel owner’s ranch–in Hotel Emma’s Sternewirth bar. Seeking a more unusual take on the classic? Try the Three Emmas (made with a rose cordial, sherry and gin, among other ingredients) or the mezcal-based Bulls on Parade. Or toast the Pearl Brewery complex’s original raison d’etre with a local craft beer. At the Sternewirth, you can even grab a cozy spot inside what was once a beer tank. 136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8300, thehotelemma.com

Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio
The Crafty Margarita: The Esquire Tavern

A historic saloon situated along the city’s famed River Walk, the Esquire Tavern might be the last place you’d expect to find serious mixology. The space itself has been around in one form or another since 1933, and many of its details, such as the tin ceiling and 108-foot-long wooden bar, date back decades. But the drinks are very much in a contemporary vein. For a Mexican-inspired drink that might be considered a margarita alternative, go for the Texecutioner. Espadín mezcal stands in for tequila, backed up by bittersweet Cocchi Americano, grapefruit juice and the honey-anise liqueur xtabentún. The bar also turns out a fairly traditional margarita–the Nuestra Margarita (meaning “our margarita”) whose extra bit of tartness comes from substituting Key lime juice for the standard kind. The food is notable too, with all sorts of twisted versions of Mexican and homey American favorites. Go for the Pimento Grilled Cheese, a Southern spin on the classic sandwich. 155 E. Commerce St., esquiretavern-sa.com

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The Neighborhood Margarita: Tycoon Flats

In San Antonio’s up-and-coming Tobin Hill neighborhood, about 3 miles from downtown, Tycoon Flats comprises an indoor restaurant, an outdoor beer garden, even a children’s play yard. You’ll usually find more locals than tourists hanging about, many of them ordering up a Dos-A-Rita, a frozen margarita paired with a bottle of Dos Equis, the Mexican pilsner-style beer. The bottle is served upside-down within the cocktail, the two drinks becoming one. The margarita itself may not blow your mind–it’s from frozen lime concentrate boosted with a bit of orange juice. But the beer takes the drink to another level, imparting a subtle bitterness and pleasant fizz. If you prefer your cocktail sans beer, order one of the many other margaritas on offer, including a “skinny” version with agave nectar. For food, Tycoon Flats is known best for its burgers—meaty affairs topped with cheese, jalapeños or just about anything else. A special-of-the-day burger, for example, came with a fried egg, cheddar cheese and “chicken fried” bacon. 2926 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-0819, tycoonflats.net

The Infused Margarita: The Frutería

One of a clutch of restaurants opened by native son Johnny Hernandez, the Frutería in the close-to-downtown Southtown neighborhood draws inspiration from Mexico’s colorful fruit stands. But the emphasis at this urban-chic Frutería is squarely on the drinks—specifically, the “house infusions” that are Mr. Hernandez’s signature. Many of the concoctions feature tequila (or, in some cases, mezcal or even vodka) infused with everything from cantaloupe to spicy peppers. The infusions serve as a basis for a range of cocktails, such as the El Distrito (a version of a Manhattan) or, yes, a margarita (which combines any infusion with fresh lime, pineapple and orange juices plus Cointreau). And to pair with all those cocktails? The Frutería offers both day and nighttime menus, with an emphasis on small plates. Try one of the unusual takes on classics like chiles rellenos and gorditas. Or go for the spicy peanuts (cacahuates) with garlic and chile. 1401 S. Flores St., chefjohnnyhernandez.com/restaurants/fruteria-southtown

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What Sets Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot Apart From Other Superhero Movies

It’s no secret that Marvel (whether it’s from Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox or Sony) and DC have the superhero movie market cornered, but every now and then we’re treated to an offering in this genre that’s not from the Big Two. For 2020, that honor will belong to Bloodshot, with Vin Diesel playing the eponymous Valiant Comics character. It’s become more difficult for these superhero movies to stand out from one another, but producer Dinesh Shamdasani believes Bloodshot won’t have any difficulties in this area because Diesel emits an everyman quality with the character. Shamdasani explained:

Sometimes it’s difficult to make a character who’s been given/obtained special powers, technology or enhanced skills relatable, but evidently that’s not an issue with Bloodshot. Rather than start out exceptional and become even more so once he’s became a superhero, Bloodshot, real name Ray Garrison, was a normal guy before he was injected with nanites that gave him abilities like super strength, regeneration and shapeshifting. Throw in Vin Diesel being able to keep this character down to Earth even with all the craziness going on, and Dinesh Shamdasani thinks that audiences will have an easier time connecting with Bloodshot.

Ahead of Dinesh Shamdasani comments, Vin Diesel told Comicbook.com that among the reasons he signed on for Bloodshot was because the comic book of the same name was a New York Times bestseller and he was attracted to how the character “doesn’t abandon his humanity.” Diesel already has some superhero movie experience under his belt by voicing Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Bloodshot affords him the opportunity to finally contribute to the genre in front of the camera.

No official Bloodshot story details have been revealed yet, but along with Vin Diesel, the cast includes Toby Kebbell, Lamorne Morris, Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson. Bloodshot is intended to be the first installment of a Valiant cinematic universe, with Harbinger, Shadowman, Faith and Archer and Armstrong movies also in development.

Directed by Dave Wilson and written by Eric Heisserer, Bloodshot will be released in theaters on February 21, 2020. For movies arriving a little sooner, check out our 2018 and 2019 release schedules.