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There’s something of a polite rivalry between fans of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Depending on which coast you’re on, or at least closest to, there’s a knee-jerk response to the question of which theme park is better. While it’s mostly impossible to compare Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the latter park is simply so much larger than the Disneyland Resort that any true comparison is near impossible, but on a per attraction basis, that comparison is a little easier to me.
Previously, we looked at 10 attractions that you can find at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World that are superior at the original Disney theme park. However, there are a lot more attractions that the two resorts share, and just as many, or technically slightly more, that are a much better experience at Walt Disney World. Here they are…
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Found in Disneyland’s Critter Country, the most fascinating thing about Splash Mountain is that the attraction is based on Song of the South, a Disney movie that the company actually wishes everybody would forget ever existed. However, while Uncle Remus is nowhere to be found, Splash Mountain does bring back the animated characters of the film, like Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear, in a classic log flume ride Guests float In single-seat logs through a story that sees Brer Rabbit decides to leave his home in the Brier Patch, though doing so causes him to run afoul of Brer Fox and Brer Bear. He is very nearly captured and eaten before he convinces them to throw him back in the Brier Patch as guests fall down a 50-foot drop.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: While the basic structure of Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World is the same, a lot of details are different. Splash Mountain can be found here in Frontierland as there is no Critter Country. In addition, the log ride vehicles are two-seaters as opposed to be single seaters found at Disneyland. The story that you go through here is pretty much the same as the Disneyland version. However, the ride itself is longer ,which means this version of the attraction simply gives you more of that story with more characters.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: Sometimes bigger is truly better. The Walt Disney World version of the attraction just has a lot more to offer than Disneyland. In addition to the one massive drop that each ride has, the Walt Disney World version has four smaller drops whereas Disneyland only has two. Disney World also has more, and better, animatronics. Many of the animatronics used at Disneyland were recycled from an earlier attraction called America Sings, while at Walt Disney World most of the animatronics were made for this ride so they are of a little bit newer vintage.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: if you find yourself in the hub of Disneyland’s Main Street USA and you head toward Tomorrowland, the first thing you see is Astro Orbiters. It’s right there at the entrance to the land. The ride itself is a simple one, very similar to Dumbo’s Flying Elephants. You simply board a ride vehicle get pulled up in the air and get to fly around in a circle. You have simple control to raise and lower the ride vehicle a little bit, and after a couple minutes, you are lowered back to the ground on the ride is over.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: Astro Orbiter is ultimately the exact same ride at Walt Disney World and nearly everything about it is the same. It’s located in Tomorrowland just like at Disneyland. However here, the ride is not found at the front of the land, but somewhere more towards the middle. In fact, you have to go up a small staircase to get to it because the ride is located on the roof of another building.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: Location makes all the difference. Because Astro Orbiter is just in the middle of Tomorrowland and because it’s on top of a building, you are flying through the air that much higher than you are at Disneyland. This makes the otherwise basic ride a bit more thrilling and also opens up the view. There’s simply a lot more to see. The entrance to Tomorrowland at Disneyland is currently undergoing renovations, which might open things up a bit and allow riders to see a bit more there, but currently the bottlenecked entrance to Tomorrowland limits how much you can see while you are flying through the air.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh can be found in Disneyland in Critter Country, alongside Splash Mountain. The attraction replaced the Country Bear Jamboree with a simple dark ride that takes you through familiar stories from Disney’s Winnie the Pooh movie. The queue is located entirely outdoors, which is nice on pleasant days, though certainly when it gets hot it can get a little uncomfortable. It’s a fairly simple ride as things go, but if you are somebody who was ever mildly disturbed by Winnie the Pooh’s Heffalumps and Woozles, then there is certainly excitement of this ride that might give you the creeps.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: The actual ride is essentially identical at Walt Disney World when compared to Disneyland. So, like many other attractions, the differences come before you actually get on the ride. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Walt Disney World is located in Fantasyland alongside many of the park’s other simple storybook dark rides. The queue here is also indoors as are many in Florida because it rains so much more often. However, this indoor situation gives the attraction the ability to theme itself a little more with pages from Winnie the Pooh story books on the walls and even some interactive screens that can keep people entertained while they’re waiting for the ride.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: The queue at Walt Disney World gets you in the mood for the ride a little bit better than it does at Disneyland. Also, the location can’t be overlooked. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh just makes more sense existing in Fantasyland than it does at Critter Country. Fantasyland is the place where you want rides like this, which makes the experience more enjoyable. Also, as an added bonus, the Walt Disney World version of the attraction includes a couple of easter eggs referencing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the much beloved attraction that it replaced.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Toy Story Mania is a combination of an attraction and game as it combines 3D screens with an interactive ride vehicles that are taken through a variety of different scenes where they can use pop gun-style devices attached to the ride vehicle to shoot darts at balloons or throw baseballs at plates or toss rings in Toy Story-themed carnival games. The ride can be found at the Pixar Pier area of Disney’s California Adventure in Disneyland Resort, the highlight of the queue is a massive Mr. Potato Head animatronic voiced by the late Don Rickles who is actually capable of interacting with the quests in line to some degree.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: Toy Story Mania can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The attraction saw a bit of a retrofit and overhaul to the show as part of the building of Toy Story Land. The entrance to the ride was actually shifted so that you can now enter it from the new land. The attraction itself is identical to the one at Disneyland. The biggest difference is in the mechanics whereas Disneyland attraction has only a single track, Walt Disney World has multiple tracks, so the attraction can handle a lot more people in a shorter amount of time.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: Once again, when the ride is the same, the queue makes a difference. Walt Disney World’s indoor queue has a lot more theming, which is a big deal. As you walk through the line, you are surrounded by giant sized versions of classic toys making you feel like you are the size of a toy which is kind of the idea, since the ride itself is supposed to be a “play set.” There’s a little bit of this at Disneyland, but because the queue is mostly outdoors, there just isn’t nearly as much on it. Toy Story Mania fits a lot better in the Paradise/Pixar Pier area in California than the ride did when it was simply located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but inside the new Toy Story Land where the entire land is designed to make you feel like you’re the size of a toy, even the location is superior at Walt Disney World.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Peter Pan’s flight is one of the single most popular attractions you will find at Disneyland. It’s the one part of Fantasyland that always has a significant line because the ride, while simple, significantly improves on the standard Fantasyland dark ride experience. Rather than sitting inside a car that is pulled around the floor on a track, the pirate ship design ride vehicles here are pulled on a track overhead so the pirate ship actually flies through the air. Much of the actual scenery to view while on the attraction is below you showing off some impressive miniature work. Beyond that, the ride takes you through the story of Disney’s Peter Pan we all know it pretty well.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: Structurally speaking, Peter Pan’s flight is identical at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. However there are a handful of minor differences. There is a cool element in queue here where you can watch Tinkerbell fly around the bedroom of the Darling children and there are other interactive elements as well. The ride itself is largely the same at both parks. Although, the Disney World version is a bit longer.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: This one is really close, as the rides are so similar. Many of the show scenes simply have a different art style between the two parks, and various people may feel differently about which is better. But the fact that Walt Disney World’s attraction is longer, and therefore can take a slower pace so you can soak in everything, makes it the better attraction.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: While Star Wars is now a huge part of Disney Parks thanks to the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, before any of that, we had Star Tours. The attraction is a motion simulator experience that sees guest take on the role of intergalactic tourists who are looking for a pleasant vacation experience checking out various points in the Star Wars galaxy. The queue takes you past C-3PO and R2-D2 working on ships, as well as various droids doing the Star Wars equivalent of standard airport security, like x-raying luggage as well as the passengers themselves. Once on board your craft, a confused and lost C-3PO becomes your pilot and you are taken through a variety of different Star Wars experiences from all three trilogies. The attraction is randomized so you will only get a few select pieces from a variety of options making the re-rideability of the attraction very high.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: Star Tours in Florida is found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While the exterior of the Disneyland version of the attraction simply looks like the rest of Tomorrowland, at Walt Disney World the entrance is located in a small forest resembling part of Endor, a holdover from when that was the location you were supposed to be visiting to in the earlier version of Star Tours. The space includes a small Ewok settlement and a massive AT-AT Walker as well.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: It seems almost silly to give Walt Disney World the win here based on the first part of the entrance queue, but it’s really the only significant difference between the two attractions, and there’s really no argument that the Hollywood Studios version isn’t better.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Dumbo the Flying Elephant wasn’t technically speaking a day one attraction in 1955, but that was only because the ride wasn’t quite ready. It opened shortly thereafter and has been a staple of Disney Parks ever since. Just board the flying elephants and the attraction pulls them up into the sky and you get a circle view of Fantasyland as you go around and around with some basic ability to move your ride vehicle up and down.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: For a long time the Walt Disney World version was literally identical to the Disneyland attraction. It was practically located in the exact same spot in Fantasyland. However, when Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland received a major renovation, things changed significantly for Dumbo the flying elephant. The ride was moved to to a new corner of Fantasyland called The Storybook Circus and the ride was also doubled, as there are two separate rides that guests can take.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: Considering that Dumbo the flying elephant in the movie was a circus performer, the circus environment for the attraction makes a lot of sense, and the fact that the iconic ride can handle twice as many guests as the Disneyland version make the Disney World one better overall.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: What used to be the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disneyland is now Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout. The structure of the ride is ultimately the same as it was, but of course the attraction itself is completely different. Guests find themselves visiting the collection of The Collector, Benicio del Toro’s character from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Upon entering to The Collector’s private office, they are met by, of all people, Rocket, who tells the guests he needs their help to break out the rest of the Guardians who have all been captured. Guests make their way to the gantry list where they assist Rocket in breaking the security of the Collector’s fortress, causing the ride vehicle to shoot up in the air and fall down and high-speed. In between the falls guests view video screens which show the Guardians of the Galaxy escaping, all to the ’70s pop soundtrack we associate with the characters.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: In Florida, the classic Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is still available. Upon entering the Hollywood Tower Hotel, guests view a short video clip where a Rod Serling sound-alike tells the story of the hotel and the maintenance service elevator that can transport you to another world. Upon boarding the elevator guests are taken through the hotel before experiencing the same drop ride experience as can be found at Disneyland.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: It’s a bit more difficult to compare these two rides now because they’re so different but, while the Guardians experience is the newer of two, there’s something to be said for the classic Twilight Zone experience. It fits the spooky hotel and drop ride experience a bit better. Even if we were still comparing the original Disneyland version of the attraction, Walt Disney World Is still the superior one, because all Disneyland’s has is the drop ride portion of the attraction, while Walt Disney World has a bit more story building up to the climax.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Jungle Cruise was an opening-day attraction at Disneyland in 1955 and it is still incredibly popular experience today. Upon boarding your boat, you are taken by your personal skipper on a tour of the rivers of the world. Specifically, you are taking down famous rivers in Africa and Asia. You float by various scenes where you are surrounded by different animatronic animals as humans, all while your boat skipper tells some of the best terrible jokes you ever heard.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: The Jungle Cruise made the leap to Walt Disney World as soon as it opened in 1971, though the ride did undergo a few changes. Like everything else at Walt Disney World, the attraction is much larger, and includes a significant sequence in a sunken temple that you won’t find in California.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: The addition of the temple in Jungle Cruise makes the Walt Disney World version ever so slightly better than what you can find at Disneyland. It’s a minor difference, to be sure, but when you’re dealing with a classic attraction any little bit helps. It will be interesting to see if the forthcoming movie results in any significant changes to either version of the ride that might change this opinion.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, as it is called at Disney California Adventure, is your standard storybook dark ride as found in many Disney parks. You board a seashell on an omni-mover track and you are taken through a telling of the Disney version of The Little Mermaid. There’s a very cool “Under the Sea sequence with dozens of dancing animatronic fish, and a huge Ursula as well.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: The ride called Journey of The Little Mermaid is the same ride at Walt Disney World,though it can be found as part of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. Once again, because we’re simply dealing with a ride that tells the story of the movie, the attraction is largely the same.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: Once again, it’s all about the queue and the theming. Disneyland’s queue is about as bare bones as you can get. It’s easy to walk past the attraction and not even notice it because little is done on the outside of the building to tell you there’s even anything there. Walt Disney World’s queue is incredibly elaborate. You’ll find waterfalls and castle walls and ships with Ariel figureheads built into the mast. Everything about this queue is designs take you to the world of The Little Mermaid the Disneyland version simply doesn’t do that.
What The Ride Is Like At Disneyland: Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is located in the part of the park known as New Orleans Square, so the house is designed to look like a southern mansion that has fallen on somewhat hard times. Upon entering the mansion, you find yourself in a room with no windows and no doors that appears to be stretching. You can walk down a narrow corridor where busts appear to be following you and you enter your “doom buggy” for a trip through the mansion and various spooky scenes, including a head that speaks to you from within a crystal ball and a party where ghosts are dancing. Even 50 years later, this is still one of the greatest attractions in the history of a Disney theme park.
What The Ride Is Like At Walt Disney World: Located in Liberty Square at Walt Disney World, Haunted Mansion is done in a more Gothic style to better fit its location. This version of the attraction forgoes the section where you must walk to your doom buggy and puts you on board the ride vehicle almost immediately. Therefore, many aspects you walk past at Disneyland you ride past at Walt Disney World. Most of the haunted scenes you see here are identical to the ones at Disneyland. However, there are a couple of scenes like an M.C. Escher-inspired staircase, and a shadowy figure playing the piano, that can only be found in the Florida version of the attraction.
Why Walt Disney World Is Ultimately Better: While I had previously stated that the Disneyland version of The Haunted Mansion was superior between Halloween and Christmas because it’s the only one to get The Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, for the rest of the year, the Walt Disney World version is is the one to experience. The additional rooms here give you a reason to seek out the Florida experience.
While Walt Disney World may do some of its attractions a little better than Disneyland, the fact is none of these attractions on either list are in any way bad. They’re all great, and while I think there are some clear reasons why one version of a given attraction might be superior to another, there’s enough variety in here that a lot of people may have very different opinion for very logical reasons.
In the end, whether you are visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland, there is plenty to keep you entertained and show you a good time. If anything, the fact that there are superior versions of some attractions at one park versus the other gives you a reason to visit both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and not keep your vacations focused on a single coast.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home came out at the beginning of July, so by now it’s close wrapping up its theatrical run… or at least, that’s what we thought. Fresh off becoming not just the highest-grossing Spider-Man movie, but also Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing movie of all time (surpassing 2012’s Skyfall), the studio has announced it’s bringing an extended cut of Far From Home to theaters.
This version of Spider-Man: Far From Home is four minutes longer than the original theatrical cut thanks to a “never-before-seen action sequence.” It’s hitting the silver screen in the United States and Canada on Thursday, August 27, and will be available in IMAX and large formats in select locations.
We saw many times throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe how hard it was for an individual to harness the power of one just Infinity Stone, so calling on the power of all six seems unimaginable. And yet, two characters were able to survive such a task: Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War and Hulk in the latter half of Avengers: Endgame. In the Green Goliath’s case, he walked away with a permanently damaged arm.
However, we’ve seen numerous times that The Hulk can take a lot of punishment because like his comic book counterpart, he has a regenerative healing factor. So why didn’t Hulk’s arm heal by the time Avengers: Endgame was over. That’s just what a fan asked directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and this was their response:
It’s one thing to get a beatdown from The Abomination or Surtur, but as Joe Russo laid out while he and his brother were answering fan questions about Avengers: Endgame for WIRED, the Infinity Stones are on a different level. These artifacts have been around since the beginning of the universe, and if you’re wielding that much power, there’s no way you’re going to come out of the experience unscathed.
Just look at Thanos. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, he was damaged on the left side of his body and appeared weakened after wiping out half of all life in the universe, and when the heroes tracked him down at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame after he used the Infinity Stones again to destroy the Stones, the left side of his face was noticeably scarred. We saw Thanos kick Hulk to the curb in Infinity War, so if even The Mad Titan was permanently damaged by the Infinity Stones, Hulk had to be as well.
Still, this was something Hulk needed to do. Five years after Thanos committed genocide, Ant-Man managed to break free from the Quantum Realm regrouped with the surviving Avengers, leading them to realize they could use the Quantum Realm to travel through time, retrieve the Infinity Stones from different points in history and bring them back to the present to undo The Decimation.
Ultimately they were successful, and not only did Hulk bring the dusted back to life in 2023, he ensured they were returned safely. By the end of Avengers: Endgame, Hulk’s arm was in a sling, and while one can imagine it’ll regain basic function eventually, if Hulk appears in the MCU again, he won’t be at his physical peak thanks to this heroic act.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and be sure to look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what this franchise has coming up.
What is a superhero without their costume? A nudist crime-stopper, perhaps, but no matter. It’s clear that one of the most impressionable aspects of a great superhero character is the outfit they wear in the midst of saving the day. And when it comes to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s obvious that Marvel has a treasure trove of characters, many of whom have some sharp costumes. But who of the Avengers and their allies is wearing the best compared to the rest?
It’s a tough matter to decide. Clearly, after so many movies and quite a few costume changes, many of the most beloved characters in the MCU have gone through a wardrobe update or two. If there is one big rule in fashion, after all, it’s that you can’t be seen in the same outfit all the time. Therefore, as we have already noted, it isn’t exactly easy to figure out who wore it best and which costumes we should choose from all the available options. But we did the best we could, tried to rank them accordingly and explain our rational in the process too.
You might agree or you might disagree, but here is our personal ranking for the 10 best costumes worn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s begin.
Tessa Thompson really rocked the role of Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. The actress, already on the rise through stand-out performances in Dear White People and Creed, made a big impression in her supporting role in the Thor threequel. But what also made a great impression were the outfits she wore as the character, which were created by costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo.
As we see in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie is perpetually drunken, disheartened and sarcastic, but also sullen. Valkyrie has lost the ones she loves and has learned that she needs to depend on herself (and often only herself) to make in a cruel world. Her first outfit, therefore, is modest and practical by design. She need something that is both comfortable and dependable, both for fighting and for getting around. But as Valkyrie becomes both more confident and depend in both herself and her peers, she has a beautiful outfit that show off her valor — literally — as she lays her opponents to waste. It’s both narratively fitting and visually stunning. It’s, in short, quite easily one of the best outfits we’ve seen from the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.
Similarly, but also from a different perspective, the costume seen on the antagonistic Hela, played by the wonderful Cate Blanchett, was also quite eye-catching and similarly appropriate for the character. As someone who was often prevented from getting her proper due in life, this character is both cloak in dark vengeance, but also someone who wants to make an entrance. She is going through heinous and criminal means to make a name for herself, but she’s doing it in style. Her costume, cloaked in dark colors but also completely fetching and eye-popping, provides that proper balance.
Hela gets what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to take everyone down in the process if they get in her way. This costume, once again by Mayes C. Rubeo, provides that balance of life-long alienation and that desire to be someone great — even if that means being evil in the process. It’s a tricky balance for a costume designer, but it’s also a delightful challenge. Thankfully, this costume captures those contradictions in a visually appealing style.
As a crime-fighter who needs to keep his identity a secret, not only for his own safety, but the safety of the people he loves, Spider-Man is cloaked head-to-toe in his costume, and he needs to stand out. Spider-Man’s costume is, by a large extension, his identity, and how he keeps his real identity masked — both literally and figuratively. Therefore, it’s apparent that the costume needs to only only be exceptional. It needs to practical and fitting.
Spider-Man’s costume has changed more than three times throughout the course of Tom Holland’s five-film appearances inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everyone has a personal favorite, but for me, I’m partial to his costume in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The outfit, made and designed by Tony Stark, is both humble and high tech. Designed in real-life by Louise Frogley, this costume is a nice balance of what we expect from Spider-Man of old and what we can expect from the new age of Spider-Man. The gadgetry, complete with a built-in voice system, allows Spider-Man to play with more tools than we’re used to seeing from the friendly neighborhood web guy. But there’s also a pretty severe learning curve as well.
Spider-Man embodies the trials of growing up and learning how to go from being a boy to a man. He’s a very human character, even if he is given the powers of a spider. Therefore, the best Spider-Man movies focus on the hard battles between your established identity and the man who wants to become. This costume, which is both practical but also filled with many wonderful surprises, is the costume that really captures the wonders of what Spider-Man can be inside the MCU. And it’s easily one of the best costumes in this universe.
The only reason I’m rating it a little lower is because, well, we have several other costumes from other movies to compare it to, and tech in the costume still feels decidedly not Spider-Man. But hey, maybe that’s just me. It’s an argument worth having. And goodness knows, it’s an argument I’ve had several times by now.
Of all the Marvel heroes, Thor is the one who hasn’t often gotten his due. The character, while a prominent Avenger, was often seen as a lesser one (unjustly, in my view), compared to some of his heroic peers. But for many folks, Thor stood out in a big way with Thor: Ragnarok, which allowed the character to have a bigger arc than we’re used to seeing from the often cocky and self-righteous character. He is taken down to his core essentials and stripped of his planet, his family, his hammer (temporarily) and even his eye and hair. It’s a lot for one demi-god to go through in a short span of time.
And the costume reflects that journey. Over the course of Thor: Ragnarok, his costume (once again designed by Mayes C. Rubeo) is also stripped down and more rugged, reflecting the hard-knocked journey that our titan of a character endures. In order to properly reflect his hardships, we need to see him become more diminished and distraught. His character is theatrical by design, but I appreciate that this process is more subtle when it comes to his costume. Little by little, it’s taken apart, until it’s basically its core that remains. That’s a good reflection of the character himself and endurance.
Similar to Spider-Man, Ant-Man’s costume needs to keep things covered and private. The costume has the power to shrink and grow its wearer, and it is one that needs to be practical in some respects, but it also visually appealing. Because of that, you need to make something that’s both not too clunky and not too impractical for the character. It’s a tricky combination, but it was accomplished thanks to costume designer Sammy Sheldon in Ant-Man and Louise Frogley in Ant-Man and the Wasp. While it’s hard to pick between the two films, it’s worth celebrating the great costumes found inside the newly-released sequel.
Ant-Man is a character who is often changing, both literally and figuratively. Through the costume, he is able to see the world in new lights, and the costume highlights his personal growth and how big the world can be when he’s just a tiny speck running around stopping crime. It is a costume that is both expendable, but also well-fitting, without becoming too bulky or visually uninteresting. It also helps that the costumes for The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly, and Ghost, played by Hannah John-Kamen, are also highly exceptional, particularly for Ghost’s costume.
There’s no doubt that in the comics, Doctor Strange has one of the coolest costumes. Complete with a cape that literally has a mind of its own and a nice medallion to compliment the ensemble, it’s a visually striking piece, and it’d definitely need to be down justify on the big screen. Thankfully, costume designer Alexandra Byrne knocked it out of the cosmic stratosphere with her great work in Doctor Strange’s introductory 2016 movie, Doctor Strange.
Wielding some mystic powers and cosmic capabilities, Doctor Strange has some extraordinary magic on his side, and he looks snazzy to boot. Byrne made sure the surgeon-turned-sorcerer lived up to his appearance in the comics, and the result is one of the best-looking costumes seen from the MCU to date.
The newest mainstay player for The Avengers, Captain Marvel is one of the most powerful and outstanding Marvel characters. Her name is Captain Marvel, after all. Therefore, it’s important that the costume reflections her awesome stance in the MCU. And thankfully, the costume did not disappoint.
Designed by Sanja Milkovic Hays, Captain Marvel’s costume is stunning, and one that grows with the character — like many other characters seen on this list. As Carol Danvers finds her identity, Captain Marvel’s costume becomes more vibrant and prominent. Thanks to the wide burst of colors used to make it stand out, the costume becomes a clear part of her identity, and why she becomes one of Marvel’s most triumphant heroes. It’s a newer addition to this ongoing list, but we like to think that Captain Marvel earns her rank through the exceptional costume that she sports in Captain Marvel.
He’s the one who started it all. The Robert Downey Jr.-led origin story that jumpstarted what we now know today as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a roaring triumph of a blockbuster; one that really stood out for a lesser-known character and provided the troubled actor with a buoyant, visually stylish and significant return to the public. Since he’s wearing a costume that he himself assembled, Tony Stark needs to ensure his suit is great. It’s the source of his powers, after all. Thankfully, this introductory film for the billionaire arms dealer-turned-heroic world saver equipped the guy with quite several really great suits.
As we’ve mentioned before with other characters, Tony Stark’s journey is chronicled through his super-suit. As the character grows into a more well-rounded person, so too does the tech suit grow more extravagant. As a result, we witness the progression of the character through the development of his suits. And as he gets better, so too does his metal suit. Costume designers Rebecca Gregg and Laura Jean Shannon did some extraordinary work.
Captain America is a character who, in the wrong hands, can seem kinda dorky and dweeby. He is the do-gooder in a team of world-savers, the guy who wants to preserve justice and order in a place where chaos is often persistent — even, sometimes, in his home base of S.H.I.E.L.D. The guy is someone who is always wanting to do the right thing, even under drastic measures. And he is all about the red, white and blue of America’s colors.
Therefore, the costume needs to reflect that. While Captain America’s costume hasn’t always been super (I’m looking at you, The Avengers), the transition has been unfolded surprisingly well throughout the films. And while I’m partial to his costume in The First Avenger, and there are quite a few fans of his costume in The Winter Soldier (which is very blue, to parallel the character’s disposition), the one worth recognizing here is found in 2016’s Civil War.
This costume, designed by Judianna Makovsky, is notably a very mid-point costume for our America-loving hero. Proudly displaying the red, the white and the blue of our conflicted character, who is caught in an internal battle with his own life-saving peers, Steve Rogers is morally at odds, but he’s clearly still about the values of his country (and the world). He wants what is best for the people, and that involves freedom. Even if some of the other Avengers do not agree or understand that, he sticks to his morals and he wears them proudly — both literally and figuratively. That’s seen quite prominently here.
It would be hard to pick anything else for the #1 spot on this list. Costume designer Ruth E. Carter won an Oscar for her stunning and extravagant costume work in the monumental blockbuster Black Panther, and her costume work was rightfully recognized. It’s an extravagant accomplishment for any genre and it is clearly the work of a seasoned designer working on a big budget and doing incredible stuff. That can prominent be seen with Black Panther’s outfit.
The work of an exceptionally talented designer, the costume given to Black Panther is a vibrant, extravagant work. It feels like an organic extension of the character, representing everything that’s significant about Wakanda, and Chadwick Boseman makes it look damn good to boot. It’s beautiful work only one of the dazzling costumes found in the film. It’d be hard to justify any other costume to select in its place; this deserves the top spot.
There are several other, highly exceptional costumes we could’ve picked, and we’re sure you have your personal favorites. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and we hope you give your reasons for why you think one costume should be picked over another. There are several to choose from.
As Rambo V: Last Blood inches closer to its release, the final marketing push behind the film has become a bit more forceful. The title tells moviegoers exactly what to expect: more badass action sequences, more blood and more Sylvester Stallone, all for the last time. We already know a bit about the film, but the sheer joy of watching Rambo utterly annihilate scores of one-dimensional baddies is a joy that even mild spoilers can’t ruin.
Now, Sylvester Stallone himself has shared a new image from the film and it’s all kinds of amazing. We’re betting that, like its preceding installments, the film is going to make an absolute killing at the box office. Why wouldn’t it?
As you can see, this Instagram photo Sylvester Stallone shared depicts his character sitting astride a horse with one blood-caked hand grasping the reins. It’s honestly not much, but at this point, we’ll take anything we can get as we wait for the film’s September release.
What did catch our attention was Sylvester Stallone’s short-but-sweet caption, which promised that a new teaser will drop Tuesday. He really didn’t need to say any more, honestly. And while this is exciting, it’s not the first footage we’ve seen. Nor is it the first trailer we’ve seen. Still, we’re chomping at the bit to see what else Stallone and company will show us.
Rambo: Last Blood will see John Rambo traveling to Mexico to save his friend’s daughter from the cartel. Adrian Grunberg directed the film and Stallone co-wrote it along with Matt Cirulnick. Before principal photography began in October 2018, the film had a fairly troubled production.
Its predecessor, Rambo IV, was released in 2008 to mixed reviews. Various versions were started and scrapped for months after that film’s release, and nothing was set in stone until Stallone announced in May 2018 that Last Blood would be released in fall 2019.
The franchise-starter Rambo: First Blood was released in 1982 and was a box office hit. It followed veteran John Rambo as he battled corruption in a small town in Washington. Despite the fact that the film suffered slightly from a mixed critical response, the film’s box office performance encouraged the studio to pursue a highly successful franchise, and it got one.
Now, decades later, we’ve arrived at Rambo’s final adventure, and it promises all the action, violence, and steely determination we’ve come to expect from the series and its muscle-bound protagonist. September can’t come soon enough!
Rambo V: Last Blood hits theaters on September 20. Are you excited? Are you indifferent? Are you a casual fan who may or may not catch it in the theater? What other 2019 movies are you excited for? Let us know in the comments below!
Sweet but psycho, long hair but a bob… Ava Max is the queen of contrasts, and that theme extends to her latest release, “Torn.”
The new single arrived on Monday (August 19) alongside a comic book-style lyric video that playfully dials up the drama. “I can’t get enough, can’t take anymore / Oh no, right now baby I’m torn,” the VMA Best New Artist nominee sings over disco-tinged production that interpolates ABBA’s classic “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Despite the conflicting relationship at the heart of it, “Torn” is dance-pop excellence, and further proof that she and producer Cirkut — the mastermind behind “Sweet But Psycho” and “So Am I” — are a match made in musical heaven.
Speaking of the inspiration behind “Torn,” Max said in a press release, “Love and hate are two of the strongest emotions we feel in relationships. ‘Torn’ explores the struggle between them that everyone can relate to. I’m so excited to share my new single with the world! Keep your eyes peeled for the video coming soon…”
“Torn” follows the dual release of Max’s “Freaking Me Out” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” which arrived last month. Next up, the 25-year-old is performing live on the VMA pre-show, alongside Megan Thee Stallion and CNCO. See her performance when the VMAs air live on Monday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET!
I’m not saying that I stayed all the way out of it. I wouldn’t say I’m not in any drama. I definitely wanted to stay out going into it. But I would say, being the man that my mom taught me to be—just being a good human being, a good person—helps to avoid a lot of conflict.
What’s your take, then, on the drama surrounding Hannah and Blake?
Hannah is such a sweet woman that I was kind of feeling bad for her because she’s growing and learning how to deal with, you know, letting someone down while on camera. You know, it’s not the easiest thing to do, but she handled herself well. You’ve got to continue to watch. With Dylan and Blake, I’m completely biased because Dylan’s my little brother. I love Dylan, and I tried to instill confidence in him and let him know that he has to speak things into existence and continue to go after Hannah.
I know you can’t share any spoilers, but what was your mindset leaving the show?
Great question. I’m happy that I went on Paradise. We’ll see in the near future what my Facebook relationship status is…
Speaking of relationship status, a lot of people would like to see you as the next Bachelor… What can you say about that?
I can say that it’s incredibly awesome and a great feeling that people even consider me or think I’ll be a great Bachelor. Quite honestly, that warms my spirit. Like, straight up.
Let’s just say for fun you’re single when you leave Paradise. What are you looking for in a partner?
I like core values. I like loyalty, ambition, and women who are feisty. I find that a feisty woman, I’m attracted to for some reason. Even if they get on my nerves, I’m attracted to it still. I look for sexiness. And I look for someone who can teach me something. Say you’re a dental hygienist or an astronaut, just teach me something.
Oh, deal-breakers. Yeah. I’m personally not into someone that smokes nicotine.
You talk a lot about how close you are to your mom and grandma. Who would they want to see you with?
I know this is cliché, but they just want me to be happy. I mean, they think they know what I like, but they just want me to be happy. You know how parents are. They’ll be like, “Oh, you’ll like this person!” And I’m like, “No, mom, I don’t like them.” [Laughs]
Have they given you good relationship advice?
Planned Parenthood has announced that it will withdraw from Title X, a federal program which helps make birth control, pregnancy tests, and screenings for sexual transmitted diseases accessible and affordable. The decision is due to the Trump administration’s new “gag rule,” which restricts what health providers can tell patients about abortion. Under this rule, if Planned Parenthood wanted to continue to receive funds through the program, it would no longer be able to offer abortion referrals or even suggest where a patient could get an abortion.
The Trump administration first introduced the new Title X rules in May, but it wasn’t until last week, when a federal court failed to halt them, that Planned Parenthood decided to pull out of the program.
Planned Parenthood has received Title X funds since the 1970s, but these federal dollars have never been used to fund abortions. And according to The New York Times, “Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million of the $286 million given annually by Title X to about 4,000 health centers providing reproductive health care, as well as screenings for breast cancer and cervical cancer, to about four million patients.” Without these resources, more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for pregnancy tests, birth control, STI screenings, and other services through Title X support could be affected. The organization has shared that one of their programs, a mobile health center in Cleveland, will have to close and that other clinics will feel similar pressure from the cuts.
“By forcing Planned Parenthood out of the Title X program, Trump is fulfilling his debt to the anti-choice movement—a vocal, extreme minority in this country—for their work to put him in the White House,” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue shared in a statement. “Millions of women and families who rely on Planned Parenthood for a full range of reproductive healthcare will be forced to pay the price for political payback by the Trump administration and their reckless Title X gag rule. The decision about when and with whom to have a family is one of the most personal and important decisions a person will ever make, and it’s definitely one that should be free from political interference.”
Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILY’s List, echoed Hogue’s sentiments. “Since day one, Trump and his Republican cronies have tried to defund Planned Parenthood and strip valuable reproductive care from millions of women. Today, those efforts have real and dangerous consequences for too many women in America. The Trump administration is using one of the largest and most valuable programs for providing affordable birth control and reproductive health care to bully providers, like Planned Parenthood, into withholding information on abortion. As the gag rule takes effect, millions of women will be left with nowhere to turn for essential health care like affordable birth control, cancer screenings, maternal care, and more,” she wrote in a statement.
Supporters of Planned Parenthood have also taken to Twitter to share their outrage. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke wrote, “Trump is taking tens of millions of dollars away from Planned Parenthood—jeopardizing the health of more than a million people across our country. Please donate to @PPFA today, so Trump can’t stop patients from receiving the care they need.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted, “Trump’s gag rule is forcing Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X. Last year alone 53,000 Minnesotans relied on Title X-funded clinics for cancer screenings, well person visits, birth control, and more. Losing access to this care puts lives at risk. Period.”
With James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seemingly now a part of Marvel’s Phase 5, pending an appearance in something like The Eternals or Thor: Love and Thunder, it could be a while before we see the Ravagers onscreen again. Fear not though, because the band of interstellar rogues won’t be entirely absent from the world during that time. In fact Sean Gunn is actually teasing an upcoming Ravager reunion. Take a look:
Yes, you can meet the Ravagers in person, and unlike Peter Quill, you don’t need to get abducted by Yondu’s Ravager Clan to do it. As Sean Gunn teased on his Instagram, a Ravager reunion, or as he dubbed it, a “Ravager Hoedown” will be happening at Bubba Fest! America’s Original Southern-Fried Comic Con, which takes place in Knoxville, Tennessee from August 23-25.
Sean Gunn, who plays the on-set Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy and the two most recent Avengers films, as well as the Ravager Kraglin, will reunite at the convention with actor and fellow Ravager, Chris Sullivan. Chris Sullivan played the hilariously-named and unfortunate-looking Taserface in the second Guardians movie. He was the Ravager who mutinied against Yondu, was ripped by Rocket and died. Chris Sullivan is also known for his roles in This Is Us and Stranger Things.
These two former cinematic allies will be reuniting after Sean Gunn’s Kraglin accidentally started Taserface’s mutiny in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This reunion will give fans an opportunity to meet two of the Ravagers in person and undoubtedly ask pressing questions about the beloved projects they are and have been in.
For Sean Gunn, that means Avengers: Endgame (yup, he was in there) questions and for Chris Sullivan, that means This Is Us, in addition to the Guardians questions of course. Chris Sullivan and Sean Gunn are also both slated to reprise their respective roles in voice form for Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series What If…?, so that represents a whole host of possibilities fans can ask futile questions about.
Although Sean Gunn and Chris Sullivan are the only two Ravagers that will be in attendance at Bubba Fest!, there are many other famous and familiar names from the worlds of film, television, wrestling and comics who will be in Knoxville. Among them are Chuck Norris, Michael Madsen, Lee Majors, Brian O’Halloran, David Fielding, Jamie fookin’ Lannister himself Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the creator/co-creator of Thanos, Drax, Gamora and Shang-Chi, Jim Starlin.
Other than the aforementioned What If…?, we’ll presumably next see the Ravagers and Sean Gunn’s Kraglin in his brother James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. With Yondu dead and Kraglin leading the Ravagers into battle in Avengers: Endgame, we’ll have to see if he plays an even bigger role in the third film.