Is Spider-Man Getting A New Suit In Far From Home?

When one thinks of Spider-Man, the first image that comes to mind is Peter Parker wearing the traditional red and blue, web pattern-adorned, wide-eyed costume that he’s chiefly worn in the comics and other media adaptations since his introduction in 1962. However, while Peter hasn’t worn nearly as many different types of Spider-suits as Tony Stark has Iron Man suits, the Web-Slinger has been through a fair amount of wardrobe changes over the decades. So far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Holland’s Spidey has donned three different costumes, and now it looks like a fourth one is on the way, as new peeks at Spider-Man: Far From Home show our intrepid hero wearing what looks like an all-black suit.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is smack dab in the middle of principal photography, and some set photos shows Spider-Man attached to the side of a ferris wheel at nighttime while wearing a black costume, with only those wide eyes and the web-shooters making him easily noticeable. You can look look at the pictures for yourself on Instagram, but this outfit resembles the symbiote suit he wore in the mid-to-late ’80s, which he later modeled a few non-living costumes after, as seen below.

However, before some of you get too excited, this black suit in Spider-Man: Far From Home does not mean Peter Parker is getting quality symbiote time. With Venom, like its fellow Spider-Man spinoffs, being separate from the MCU (for now), you can be sure that Far From Home is staying far away from that corner of the Spidey mythology. Besides, Peter will have enough to deal with this in the movie from Mysterio, and as we learned from Spider-Man 3, shoehorning in Venom is not a good idea.

Back in June, Spider-Man: Homecoming costume designer Louise Frogley said that while she isn’t working on Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel would show some costume changes to reflect Peter Parker becoming “more like man and not teenager.” So it was to be expected that Spidey would wear a different suit in Far From Home, although I hope we still get to see him in his classic duds. As for what the black suit’s purpose is, that’s unclear, but since it’s not at all flashy and blends into the night well, I’m guessing it’s meant to keep Peter incognito. After all, sometimes being a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man means maintaining a low profile during certain missions.

As mentioned earlier, this black suit in Spider-Man: Far From Home will be the fourth Spider-Man costume to be featured in the MCU. When Peter Parker was first starting out in the superhero game, he just scrounged together a homemade suit and a pair of goggles to help focus his enhanced senses, but upon meeting Tony Stark, he was given the Spider-suit we all know and love, which in this continuity is packed with all sorts of technological goodies. Peter briefly went back to his hoodie and long johns look in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Tony took away his classic suit, but by the end of the movie, he was back to looking like traditional Spider-Man. Then came Avengers: Infinity War, where Tony put Peter in the Iron Spider suit (as seen above) when they made a beeline for outer space trying to stop Ebony Maw. The Iron Spider is even more technologically impressive that the classic Spidey suit, so it will be interesting to see if the black suit comes close to matching Iron Spider’s capabilities or if it was designed to emphasize certain features over others.

When we last saw Spider-Man in the MCU, he had sadly been dusted by the Thanos snap, leading all of us to question why our eyes were suddenly leaking salty discharge. However he and the other heroes who faded away are brought back in Avengers 4, Peter Parker won’t be gone from the big screen for long, as he and his friends are heading to Europe for summer vacation in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Needless to say that plot details for the sequel are still being kept under wraps, but it will involve the Wall-Crawler battling special effects expert Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, a master of illusion.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 5, 2019, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. In the meantime, check out our Marvel movies guide to see what else the MCU has in development, as well as our 2019 release schedule to learn what non-Marvel Studios offerings are coming next year.

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How Lady Gaga’s Fame Affected Her A Star Is Born Performance

Just a decade ago, Lady Gaga was a rising pop star who dazzled people all over the world with her powerhouse vocals and flashy on-stage persona. And as she recently told CinemaBlend, she unquestionably believed in herself from the beginning, banging on doors all over New York City until she could get signed and unleash her remarkable talent to the public eye. In the upcoming A Star is Born, her first time as a film lead, Gaga plays a rising singer, but not anything like she’s know for in real life. She is nearly unrecognizable, as she dons a natural look and plays a timid artist who just needs someone to tell her she meant for something more. Despite their differences, Lady Gaga and her character do face some of the same situations, as she explained:

In the case of A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper‘s Jackson Maine is the 1 in 100 who believes in Lady Gaga’s Ally, propelling her into stardom far surpassing his own. For Gaga, who has had a short acting resume thus far, namely with her highly-praised performance on American Horror Story: Hotel, Cooper offered her the leading role of a lifetime. While Warner Bros. wasn’t originally convinced that Gaga could pull off the role, who Barbara Streisand and Judy Garland played in the past, Cooper entrusted his passion project with Gaga as his partner. As Gaga explained in a video from ET Canada, A Star is Born is clearly a passion project for her as well, as she soon unleashes her acting chops to theaters.

The film will focus on the relationship between Jackson Maine and Ally as he discovers her and believes in her vocals enough to bring her up on a major stage to duet with him. As they go on the road together, the pair fall in love, however Ally discovers Jackson’s struggle with alcoholism as she rises in popularity. Lady Gaga will show off her iconic voice though with a very different story than her own in A Star is Born, in theaters on October 5.

For those of you interested in learning what else is hitting theaters for the rest of the year, look through our 2018 release schedule.

Justin Theroux Breaks Silence On Painless Break-Up From Jennifer Aniston

Justin Theroux has kept a notably low profile in recent months since his famous break-up with his wife, Jennifer Aniston. The Leftovers actor dodged a good bit of controversy, keeping himself away from social media (for the most part) and seemingly kept himself focused on his work and his private life. But that changed in a recent interview. Promoting his buzzy Netflix series Maniac, Theroux finally opened up about the divorce, which he considers to be “gentle,” surprisingly– particularly in the scheme of things. Here’s how the TV actor described the heavily-discussed dissolve of his famous marriage.

The conversation came up during Justin Theroux’s recent personal and in-depth profile piece with The New York Times. While the focus is centered around Theroux’s latest role on his newest series, Netflix’s limited series Maniac with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, the topic was bound to come up. Sure enough, the actor was resistant to say too much about such a private matter, but he did admit it was “amicable.” Despite all the controversy that surrounded the surprising divorce news, Theroux claims that it’s “boring” overall and that it was overall a pretty “painless” process in their relationship.

It was back in February when the celebrity couple announced that their relationship was no more. Neither Justin Theroux nor Jennifer Aniston got into specifics about the separation, announcing in a statement that the decision was “mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,” but didn’t get into any nitty-gritty details about the reasons why they decided to call it quits. Aniston and Theroux were married for a little more than two years, becoming engaged since 2012. They shared an open-hearted relationship together ever since they met on the set of Tropic Thunder, which Theroux co-wrote. Their loving relationship then became stronger when they worked alongside each other on the otherwise-forgotten 2012 comedy Wanderlust.

There are a couple explanations floating around for why Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston split. A number of them center around Los Angeles and New York City, with Theroux preferring NYC while Aniston liked it better in Los Angeles. That’s where each actor currently presides, and they are still making the most of it away from each other, despite the circumstances of their divorce. We hope they stay good friends, especially if they’re amicable.

Maniac is currently streaming on Netflix. Beyond that, Justin Theroux was also recently seen in this summer’s The Spy Who Dumped Me. He also appeared in the Netflix film, Mute. He’ll next be seen in the upcoming biopic On the Basis of Sex, which is expected to hit theaters later this year.

Why Star Trek Alum Michael Dorn Is Happy Not Playing A Klingon On Discovery

Michael Dorn has played the Klingon Worf for several Star Trek films and series, although fans shouldn’t expect to see him reprising the role on Star Trek: Discovery. Beyond the fact that adult Worf appearing in a pre-OG Star Trek series would be problematic to canon, to say the least, Dorn doesn’t appear too willing to sit in the makeup chair for that long. The actor stated he’s fine with not playing a Klingon on the CBS All Access series, especially after watching what actress Mary Chieffo had to go through to become L’Rell in Season 1:

Michael Dorn hinted that the makeup process for Klingons on Star Trek: Discovery seemed far more labor-intensive than his makeup job to become Worf, and that he took pity on Mary Chieffo. Dorn chose his words carefully, undoubtedly well aware that the show’s radical change of Klingon appearance has been a touchy subject for fans and critics. Dorn didn’t tip his hand too far in revealing how he felt about the new look but did remind attendees at the Rose City Comic Con (via Trek Movie) that each series has changed the Klingons in some way.

That statement might lead some to believe that Michael Dorn is in favor of the new Klingons, although the actor followed up later with another comment that makes it appear his stance on the costumes is far more middling. Dorn got into a conversation with fellow co-star, actress Gates McFadden, about how little of a Klingon actor’s real face is actually visible during scenes, and how that could affect their acting ability:

Michael Dorn isn’t exaggerating there, as Star Trek: Discovery videos have shown the eyeballs are about the only visible facial feature on Mary Chieffo once she was fully suited up as L’Rell. In spite of that, there were few complaints about Chieffo’s portrayal of L’Rell in Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery and her facial expressions seemed far less limiting than Dorn’s statement would imply. It is fair to say her face is far more hidden by makeup than Dorn, who had his eyes, cheeks and mouth largely untouched by the Star Trek team when he played Worf. At the end of the day, Dorn doesn’t have to worry about it, especially considering nothing we’ve heard about Season 2 involves him making a cameo.

Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery is expected to air on CBS All Access in 2019. Keep track of all major television shows arriving before that by visiting our fall premiere guide.

Netflix Says Stranger Things Game Isn’t Dead Yet

With the news coming out that Telltale Games is soon to be no more, immediately reports began going out how the staff that was supposed to be working on games like The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us: Season 2, were all let go. What’s left is just a skeleton crew to keep things going long enough to wind down operations. One of the big projects Telltale was supposed to be working on was Stranger Things, a narrative adventure based on the popular sci-fi show on Netflix. With the news about the closure most assumed that the game based on Stranger Things was dead in the water, but Netflix says that the game isn’t dead yet.

According to Polygon, Netflix is still getting Minecraft: Story Mode, and the company is moving forward with the game based on Stranger Things by evaluating other options. In a statement sent to Polygon, Netflix explained…

In other words, it sounds like Netflix is looking for another development studio to pick up where Telltale may have left off with the project… assuming any work was done on the game at all.

The collaboration between the streaming company and interactive storytellers began back in June, when it was announced that Netflix and Telltale had joined forces. It’s unlikely that anything more than a basic design structure was in place, which might make it easier for Netflix to shop around the project to another studio following Telltale’s closure.

It’s a real shame, though, because Netflix and Telltale Games were an absolute perfect fit for one another. Even though Telltale’s graphics engine had become dated, it’s nothing that couldn’t have been remedied by teaming with another middleware company and making use of some higher-end tech to really help make a project like Stranger Things pop.

However, with Telltale closing up shop this means that a handful of other developers with the narrative chops will likely have to step up to the plate. Off the top of my head I can imagine Netflix looking to Dontnod Entertainment to bring the game to life. Dontnod is famous for the Life is Strange series, and the company recently had another narrative-heavy action-RPG on their hands in the form of Vampyr.

Dontnod also isn’t afraid to experiment with drastically different visual tones and aesthetics. For instance Remember Me looks nothing like the company’s upcoming Twin Peaks-inspired psychological thriller, Twin Mirror.

On the short list of other potential studios that could pick up the mantle is Big Bad Wolf of The Council fame. There are also a number of studios under THQ Nordic or Focus Home Interactive’s labels that would probably be more than willing to take a crack at Stranger Things.

For now, it appears as if gamers can rest easy knowing that the project isn’t dead yet and Netflix still has plans to bring the game to life.

Death Stranding TGS 2018 Trailer Looks Amazing, Still Makes No Sense

The latest Death Stranding trailer popped up over the weekend courtesy of Tokyo Game Show and, while it introduces a new character and a massive beast, it still doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense. And this being a Hideo Kojima game, we certainly wouldn’t have it any other way. A heck of a lot happens in just over a minute of footage and, rather than provide a single answer concerning the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, we’re instead left with about a dozen fresh questions.

This latest Death Stranding video begins with a masked stranger taunting Adam, Norman Reedus’ deliveryman protagonist. We see Adam is transporting a live body at this point in the game, with the mystery man stating he had a special surprise planned for the duo. He removes his masks and states he’s going to “tweak the rules a bit,” using his mask to seemingly draw power from a pool of ghostly oil monsters to summon a hulking beast that looks like it was ripped straight out of Bloodborne.

My general reaction after watching the clip was, “Well, yes, of course, this makes sense,” by which I mean it makes absolutely no sense at all. The good news is that this is typically how Kojima promotes his games. He’s a big fan of teasing out information and making fans work for their answers. While I’m sure the game will be a lot more coherent when it finally launches, I’m kind of digging all of the conspiracy theories that pop up alongside every fresh trailer, leaving the audience to try and piece things together before all is revealed.

Showing off this monster (it sounds like the masked man calls it “Biggie” at one point) is also potentially Kojima’s way of reassuring fans that Death Stranding isn’t going to be a walking simulator. The last major trailer for E3 2018 was meant to show off the game world and graphics, which meant we got to watch Adam walking around a lot. There’s a brief moment where we saw him whip out an actual gun, but no “action” has been shown off so far. With a monster like the one seen above showing up, it seems unlikely Adam is going to be able to simply walk his way out of a confrontation.

And in case that voice from the stranger wearing the golden skull mask sounds familiar, that’s because it’s none other than Troy Baker. Kojima is a loyal dude. When Silent Hills got canceled and he set out to make his own studio, he brought project collaborators Norman Reedus and Guillermo del Toro along for the ride. In Metal Gear Solid V, the part of Revolver Ocelot was played by Baker, who Kojima is a known fan of. So it makes sense that he would once again tap the actor to play a smooth-talking baddie with a bit of swagger.

It looks like that will have to tide fans over for the time being. Here’s hoping we get to see at least a bit more from Death Stranding before The Game Awards in December, which seems to be the next major event likely to play host to a new trailer.

12-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer Plays Fallout 76 Early Thanks To Bethesda

A lot of gamers wish that they could play certain games well ahead of release. This is despite the fact that unfinished games are riddled with bugs, are extremely glitchy, and before the games go gold (which means that development is finished and the gold master disc is compiled) there are a lot of hang-ups, lock-ups, and general performance issues to deal with. Nevertheless, sometimes playing a game early isn’t so much about experiencing it for its faults, but enjoying it for what it is because it’s a dream come true. That’s exactly what happened for a 12-year-old suffering from terminal cancer, who was granted the opportunity to play Fallout 76 months before its launch, thanks to Bethesda.

In a Facebook post, the parents of 12-year-old Wes — a young child suffering from neuroblastoma — explain that one of the things that Wes has been looking forward to is Fallout 76 from Bethesda. The game isn’t due out until November 14th, later this fall, but Wes got a special surprise when Martino Cartier from Bethesda Software dropped by to let him play the game early.

Originally the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76 was pre-ordered for the 12-year-old, but due to Wes’ rapidly declining health, the boy was afraid that he would likely never get to play the game. Throughout September the cancer has gone from bad to worse, spreading through his abdomen , chest, and bone marrow.

Due to Wes’ condition, it seemed unlikely that he would live long enough to play the game, but Bethesda decided to make a special exception and they brought Wes the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76 to the 12-year-old, letting him play an early build of the post-apocalyptic game before anyone else.

Now the version that he was allowed to play was unfinished and they only got to put in several hours worth of gaming thanks to Martino Cartier and Matt Grandstaff, the later of whom drove four hours from Maryland to their house to watch Wes play the game.

Even though the post acknowledges that Wes didn’t get to keep the game, his parents noted that having a few hours of enjoyment with one of this fall’s biggest releases was enough to make him happy.

The story has been spreading rapidly, and even made international headlines. A lot of commenters on the post offered their support and sent their well wishes to Wes, hoping that he can fight on for as long as possible.

On the upside, Wes is one of the very first people to ever get his hands on the Power Armor edition of the game, and — as indicated in the pictures available on Facebook — he was able to try the helmet on for himself. It’s a good fit, too.

While these sorts of stories usually don’t have happy endings, in this particular case Wes was able to get in some time with a game he really wanted to play, and in his current condition that speaks volumes to his own inner strength. Unlike Wes, you’ll have to wait until November to play the game on the Xbox One, PS4, or PC… but not on Steam.

Looks Like Godzilla 2 May Be Plotting A Connection To Kong: Skull Island

Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse is building towards an epic clash in 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong, but so far the films in this shared universe have largely stood on their own, with Kong: Skull Island taking place decades before Godzilla. The only major ties between them are Monarch and Skull Island‘s end credits scene. Yet Godzilla: King of the Monsters appears to be plotting an important connection to Kong: Skull Island; one that ties the universe together while explaining how the Titans remain hidden for so long. It all goes back to William Randa’s Hollow Earth theory.

As a refresher, in Kong: Skull Island, John Goodman’s character, the senior Monarch operative Bill Randa, postulated that beneath the surface of the Earth, there are gigantic underground caverns inhabited by M.U.T.Os: Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms, or Titans as they are also called. According to Randa, Skull Island was one of the places on the planet where these caverns exit above ground, thus explaining the island’s wildlife. Now, what does all of that have to do with Godzilla: King of the Monsters? Well, the film’s viral marketing site, MonarchSciences.com, seems to confirm Bill Randa’s Hollow Earth theory from Kong: Skull Island.

The viral site allows fans to assist Monarch in tracking Godzilla and any other Titans across the planet in real-time, as a means of preparedness after the events of the 2014 film. Godzilla appeared in San Diego back in July, just in time for Comic-Con where he had a hot new trailer to drop. After that he headed back out to sea, swimming west across the Pacific and passing Skull Island along the way, until he reached the Mariana Trench and vanished. How does something that big go missing and how did he stay hidden in the first place? Presumably he dove down into the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest known point on the planet. It would have been easy to think that his home was at the bottom of the trench and he went back into hibernation, if not for the fact that Godzilla eventually emerged thousands of miles away, west of Indonesia.

Unless Godzilla has added teleportation to his list of skills alongside atomic breath, the only explanation for him disappearing and reappearing like that is he entered one of Bill Randa’s hypothesized caverns at the bottom of the Mariana Trench and then moved through the caverns under Indonesia to an exit on another spot on the planet. This basically confirms the theory put forth by John Goodman’s character in Kong: Skull Island while expanding on the mythology, showing that the island from that film is not the only gateway into the Hollow Earth. This is exciting for the MonsterVerse mythology, as it establishes how the Titans have remained hidden for so long while also providing a new, dangerous element considering that we don’t know where all of the cavern entrances lie. Perhaps some could even be under cities.

Also of note is that after he popped up in the Indian Ocean, Godzilla hooked a left, and there’s only one thing in that direction: Antarctica. Judging from the trailer for Godzilla 2, King Ghidorah is hidden in a block of ice down there, so maybe Godzilla senses that his foe is about to be freed and he wants to be there to greet him.

We’ll hopefully learn more about the Hollow Earth and meet quite a few of its residents, when Godzilla: King of the Monsters emerges from the depths on May 31, 2019. For all of the biggest movies still to come this year, check out our release schedule.

Watch TV Themes For The Simpsons, The Office And More Performed By LSU’s Band

Usually, if there is a halftime show making headlines, it is the Super Bowl’s. Well, Louisiana State University’s band changed that this weekend. During its game against Louisiana Tech, LSU’s band enchanted the crowd with a medley of TV themes from some of television’s most beloved comedies. The performance includes the theme songs from The Simpsons, The Office, and two other much-loved NBC sitcoms. Check it out for yourself below:

What an entertaining halftime show! Thankfully, Louisiana sports writer Jerit Roser posted a clip of it on Twitter. As avid television fans will notice, it was not just the sounds of some outstanding comedies that took the field. The band rounded out their musical performance by creating visuals connected to the TV theme song they played. For The Simpsons, the band aligned to create Bart Simpson on the field. When it came time for The Office formation, they scrolled the series’ title.

For Parks and Recreation, the band decided to utilize the name of one of the show’s famous holidays to form on the field, selecting the timely “Treat Yo Self” day. The fictional holiday celebrated by Donna and Tom on the single camera comedy takes place on October 13. For those unaware, the point of the holiday is to indulge in purchases they usually would not make on an average day.

While Parks and Rec fans have a while longer to wait for the date to arrive, this LSU band performance is a great way to ramp up anticipation for those celebrating. This leads us to the final song played in the medley featured in the clip: I Dream of Jeannie‘s. For this performance, the band created a genie bottle on the field, which conjured yet another stunning visual.

Adding a poignant element to the performance is that actor Bill Daily, who played Major Healey on the 1960s sitcom, recently passed away. Another thing worth noting is that apart from The Simpsons, all of the TV themes played were from NBC shows. Is it home to the highest number of fan favorite sitcoms? While that is a debate for another day, this is certainly a terrific halftime show and one can only imagine all the effort that was made to put it together.

All of LSU band’s hard work definitely paid off in the form of a highly-entertaining halftime number that paid a sweet homage to popular television. It will be fun to learn if they decide to incorporate other TV themes in the future. Perhaps, a Game of Thrones performance? That would be cool too!

Of the show themes played by LSU’s band, only one series is still airing: The Simpsons. You can catch new episodes of the long-running animated comedy when Season 30 premieres September 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, along with many other shows, including those on Fox’s schedule.

How Video Games Can Help People Suffering From Chronic Back Pain

Oftentimes whenever video games enter into the discussion about research, reports, or talks about anything health related we almost always see studies talking about the connection between video game violence or sex and their relationship to the psychological health of the end-user. However, not every major study is all about demonizing video games. One recent study actually decided to delve deep into the physiological benefits of playing video games, and how putting in consistent amounts of game time each day can actually help, especially if you suffer from chronic back pain.

According to Scimex, recent studies have investigated how well games themed around physical fitness can actually help you with physical fitness. According to an investigative study, those who exercise with games using the Nintendo Wii Fit-U saw real improvements in dealing with lower back pain.

The study stated that those who began playing home-based video games and exercising saw a 27% reduction in lower back pain and a 23% increase in function.

The specific exercises consisted of practicing flexibility and aerobics for about an hour three times a week.

While some studies indicate that gamers should spend less time gaming, the results from this particular study suggested that using motion-based gaming could help reduce the reliance on the healthcare system.

Interestingly, the report suggests that a better way to improve lower back pain for some might be to spend a little bit of money on a game console with motion-based controls as opposed to investing in other, more expensive treatments.

This kind of report isn’t necessarily surprising, though. Way back in 2006, Nintendo hit it big with casual audiences when the Wii originally released. The console introduced a lot of gaming centered around motion controls, and it ended up becoming a big hit with senior citizens and non-gamers because it actively managed to get a lot of people up and moving about.

Nintendo didn’t quite manage the same success half a decade later when the Wii U released to lukewarm sales that quickly tapered off. The system had some motion-based games and mechanics, but the Wii U just didn’t have enough to make it the kind of success Nintendo was hoping for. Ironically, though, the report did use the Wii U version of the fitness app that was originally present with its predecessor in the form of Wii Fit.

With the Nintendo Switch also offering the kind of motion-controlled gaming that was famous with the Wii. Given the success of the Switch, it wouldn’t be surprising if the system — especially after a price cut — becomes popular among those with lower back pain, playing games like ARMS or Just Dance.

I imagine with more physical-fitness games joining the Switch’s library, it would make it a lot more appealing to those looking for a cost-effective way to get into shape while being entertained for an hour or so. If it helps with lower back pain, then we could be seeing gaming being used a lot more often as a form of physical therapy.