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Mark Strong Finally Got To Be The DC Villain He Was Meant To Be In Shazam!

If you’re looking for an imposing villain with strong features and a voice like smooth oak, Mark Strong is one of the best people you can hire for the job. Hollywood is certainly not afraid to admit that fact, as he’s been cast as the baddie quite a few times in the comic book world, most notably in Kick-Ass, Green Lantern and now as the vicious Dr. Sivana in Warner Bros.’ Shazam. And it’s in that last film that Mark Strong finally got to be the baddie he was always meant to be in the DC Universe.

The story of how Green Lantern went wrong is basic comic book movie history, with a lot of factors leading to the failure of the Ryan Reynolds film in theaters back in 2011. But one of the best things to happen to that film was Strong’s casting as Sinestro, a high-ranking member of the Green Lantern Corps who tried to whip smart-assed rule-breaker Hal Jordan into shape. Of course, this was only a prelude to the eventual fate of his character, which was shown in the film’s post-credits sequence.

Sadly, the big heel turn left Mark Strong rather bummed out when it came to showing his antagonistic chops, as Green Lantern never got the sequel it was gearing up for. While that DC character is definitely getting a reboot and Strong has made his peace with that, there’s still some regret as to how Sinestro was handled overall. And when CinemaBlend recently got to sit down with the actor as part of Shazam’s big junket day, he compared his two very different DC experiences as follows:

Shazam’s Dr. Sivana is definitely the DC villain that Mark Strong was always meant to be, as right from his character’s origins, there’s an energy about him that’s just waiting to turn sinister. Only, instead of promising such an event in a post-credits sequence, director and recent guest on our ReelBlend podcast, David F. Sandberg’s film goes ahead and shows us Strong’s dark side in the first act, and continues to let it shine throughout.

Now that’s not to say that being a villain is Mark Strong’s only claim to fame, as the man has racked up quite a resume. Even in the comic world, Strong has been seen as the charming and lovable Merlin, tech guru to the Kingsman organization in the two Matthew Vaughan-directed films we’ve seen thus far. But when it comes to actors we’d trust in the role of the person we can sympathize with, while simultaneously hating their every move, Shazam! picked exactly the right person to portray that very kind of person.

Having Mark Strong playing Dr. Sivana only helps anchor down the film’s lighter treatment of the themes of super powers, who’s truly worthy to possess them and what people do with those powers once they’ve gained them. With his side of the bargain fulfilled, seeing the kids of Shazam! squaring off against the deadly doctor is only that much more rewarding and crowd pleasing. And when it comes to the DC Universe, those are two of the best adjectives to be associated with their recent output.

Dark Phoenix’s Alexandra Shipp Isn’t Sure About Joining The MCU

The superhero genre is in an interesting place right now, as there are a ton of moving parts coming from the myriad studios producing comic book adaptations. The Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it will end with Avengers: Endgame, while Dark Phoenix may be the swan song of the long running X-Men franchise. Because with Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is official, with the House of Mouse in control of all future X-Men projects.

Comic book fans are eager to see the X-Men join the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, although it’s unclear how/when that might happen. Will Disney utilize some of the current cast, or start totally fresh with the iconic mutants? Alexandra Shipp is the current Storm of the X-Men franchise, set to reprise her role in Dark Phoenix. But she’s not sure she’d want to join the MCU, believing it would push her character further into the background. As she recently put it:

Well, that’s one way of putting it. Sasquatch aside, Storm hasn’t typically been the protagonist of the X-Men movies. So Alexandra Shipp may have valid concerns about joining an even bigger pool of iconic heroes.

Alexandra Shipp’s comments come from a recent round table discussion at WonderCon (via LRM). While gearing up for her second appearance as Storm in the X-Men franchise, she also took the time to lament the character’s fate in the franchise overall. While the Weather Witch is an iconic character that has already appeared an impressive five times in live-action, Ororo Munroe has never really taken the spotlight onscreen. That isn’t expected to change in Dark Phoenix either, at least if Shipp’s statements are any indication.

The Love, Simon actress does have a point, and highlights the potential problem with bringing the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU has grown exponentially over the first decade of filmmaking, and there are a ton of heroes already in play. Just look as the massive ensemble cast of Avengers: Infinity War. And while some OG Avengers are set to depart the franchise after Endgame, there still doesn’t seem to be enough room to add a large group of heroes into the mix. Even ones as iconic as the X-Men.

Storm is a beloved X-Man, and one that has had a fascinating life in theaters. While she’s been more of a supporting character in the X-Men franchise, perhaps she could become a larger presence once the character is brought into the MCU. Although whether or not Alexandra Shipp will be offered the opportunity to stay on (and whether she’d take it) is another conversation entirely.

Alexandra Shipp will make her sophomore appearance as Storm in Dark Phoenix on June 7th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Mario Is On A Self-Care Journey — And He’s Using His Music To Express It

Sharing your personal evolution with other people can be daunting, especially for an artist like Mario, who’s already built a memorable legacy of gold- and platinum-certified albums with early-2000s R&B anthems that still resonate today. Thankfully, he saw fit to use his new song, “Care For You,” from 2018’s Dancing Shadows, as a vehicle to share parts of himself that had yet to be publicly explored with the world at large.

The Grammy Award-nominated R&B artist is breaking new ground with the song, as the sincere record finds him openly searching for self-acceptance and reflecting on how his life has shaped him. A somber piano sets the tone for Mario to counsel himself, as he croons, “You’re still here, but I know/ that your heart’s getting cold/ I’m holding tight, it’s getting real now.”

Mario initially made a name for himself with romantic singles such as “Let Me Love You” and “Just A Friend 2002.” Now, however, he’s using the Khufu Najee-directed “Care For You” video to focus on the power of self-love, healing, and encouragement. Throughout the video, we see him playing the role of a therapist reflecting on unforgettable moments from his childhood. The visual serves as a vulnerable, expressive form of encouragement to anyone navigating mental health issues stemming from their past.

The Baltimore native is also acting on the message that his art conveys by teaming up with The Equitas Project, a nonprofit organization that focuses on disentangling mental health and criminal justice. He’s particularly focused on serving minority communities that lack the access and resources necessary to take care of mental health-related issues. And he’s doing all of this while preparing for the season premiere of Fox’s Empire, in which he plays the role of rising star DeVon.

MTV News spoke with the R&B veteran about how he will work with Equitas Project to serve marginalized communities, what self-care means to him, as well as involvement on B2K’s Millennium Tour with fellow tourmates Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Bobby V, Ying Yang Twins, and Chingy.

MTV News: You’re currently in the middle of performing on The Millennium Tour with B2K, Pretty Ricky, and Lloyd. What has been your most treasured moment from the tour thus far?

Mario: I can’t pick one moment. Every night is incredible. I open up with a song from Dancing Shadows called “Gold Plates.” After that, I go into “Just A Friend” [and you can hear] the whole crowd sing the song in unison. Some girls are wearing jerseys that I wore in my first video. It’s a whole different vibe. I saw one girl who made a shirt with pictures of me from the beginning of my career up until now. I’ve met her two times before. Those types of moments can’t be replicated. You have to be there to experience the energy and understand the impact. I’ve spent countless hours in the studio, and pushed through countless sleepless nights creating music. Being able to see the people who feel the impact of my music and appreciate my new releases makes everything worth it.

MTV News: Dancing Shadows is your first album in just under a decade. Were there mental roadblocks to push past throughout the process of releasing it?

Mario: There are always mental blocks during an album’s creative process. Those blocks are necessary. Today, we’re in a different time and space. Fans want to know that your music comes from a real place. I believe that true art transcends time, culture, and generations. I’m a testament to that. [Some fans] come up to me and tell me that they love my first album, when they weren’t even old enough to listen when it first came out. The music lives on. It takes on a life of its own.

I perform my new single, “Care For You,” every night. The fans are very open and accepting. The whole arena is filled up with lights. It’s such an incredible moment for me. It’s the moment that you think about when you’re writing a song. When I’m in the studio writing, I imagine the fans singing along with me.

MTV News: One line from “Care For You” feels particularly climatic: You state, “and for once, I am drifting, but not on my own/ And now I’m right where I shoulda been, here with you all along.” Can you talk about what that lyric means to you, personally?

Mario: That lyric means that I’ve been here [physically] before, but now I’m actually able to be present in the moment. As a young man, you chase this idea of potential and not embracing the moment. This whole song is about living in the moment, embracing self-love, and expressing love for those around you. That line represents being present with your people like never before and feeling everything that they feel. That line is me saying, ‘I’m finally present with you, like I’ve never been before. I feel everything that you feel. I feel everything that I was hiding from within myself, and it’s because of you that I do. I care for you, and I don’t want to lose you.’

MTV News: How did you get to a point where you could be present with your people in the moment?

Mario: Losing people that I love made me realize how brief life is. I found myself less inclined to take things for granted, in comparison to when I was younger and thought that I knew everything. I think we all go through a phase in which we think we know everything, until life teaches you how much more you have to learn. I’m still a student. I don’t think I’ll ever figure it all out, but I’m learning how to express myself on a different level — as an artist, as a writer, and as a creative. That level of expression helps me as a person.

MTV News: Mental health is a central theme of the “Care For You” video. What inspired you to make this a focus of your art?

Mario: I believe that mental health deserves more of our focus. I’m still learning how to express how I feel about things that connect us all. As an artist, you learn to give people art and keep your personal life to yourself. Fans reacted to “Care For You” in an amazing way. I thought other songs would generate a stronger reaction, but that record’s vulnerability is what has stolen the show. Vulnerability, authenticity, and realness are powerful. I’ve learned that being open and honest is the way to free yourself.

MTV News: You’ve teamed up with The Equitas Project to spread awareness about underserved communities and the difficulties they face in regards to receiving assistance with mental health issues. Can you speak on the role that you play in this project?

Mario: I’m an ambassador. I’m helping to raise awareness on the issues. I’ll be visiting their facilities soon, and building more with them to figure everything out. It’s a new relationship, but it’s an important relationship. I wanted to make sure that it was included in the actual rollout of the single. I’m happy to start by using my platform to create awareness of the issues that they help with. A lot of times, people feel alone in their circumstances. That needs to change.

MTV News: Can you speak to how your work with the Equitas Project serves the residents of your hometown of Baltimore and other similarly marginalized communities?

Mario: I believe that we need to give children a bigger voice than what they already have. A lot of brilliant kids feel that their potential is overshadowed by the obstacles that they face. Oftentimes they don’t feel like their voice is important. That can stifle someone and suppress their potential. That in itself is suppressing the soul.

I would like to see a place where children can express themselves artistically, and be mentored by people who’ve been where they’ve been. They need to be able to see someone who’s still working on themselves. I think that art is a beautiful way to allow someone to emote. It doesn’t always have to happen through conversation. It can be through writing, music, or a number of different things.

MTV News: What does self-care mean to you? What do you do to ensure your own mental health, both while touring and in your everyday life?

Mario: I have a strict schedule that involves working out, meditating, intentionally taking time to be alone, gathering my thoughts, and reflecting on how I could have approached my day differently. I actively build community with my team. We have team meetings where I force conversations about the issues that may be affecting our chemistry. I don’t like to let things linger or remain unsaid. Things like that make a huge difference in my camp, how we communicate amongst each other, and the energy that we put out on stage. We are a vessel, and the energy that we hold affects other people. That’s a big part of leadership and growth. A lot of young leaders need to learn their power.

MTV News: Self-love and self-advocacy seem to be recurring themes throughout Dancing Shadows. How have your relationships with these concepts evolved since the release of your 2009 album, D.N.A.?

Mario: The difference between who I am now and who I was then has a lot to do with self-acceptance and taking the good with the bad. You need both in order to create contrast and subsequently maneuver within that contrast. Taking chances, making mistakes, trying new things, and going against the grain are all part of my growth.

MTV News: The “Care For You” video reenacts key moments from pivotal times throughout your childhood. What advice would you give to the younger version of yourself?

Mario: To have more fun, and to trust my intuition. I wouldn’t change anything else.

MTV News: If every person who listened to Dancing Shadows could walk away with only one thought, what would you want that thought to be?

Mario: I’d want everyone to walk away with an understanding of how art transcends culture and generations. Dancing Shadows shows that the art you put out is something to be proud of and happy about. Art shows growth and allows you to learn as well. It should be an all-inclusive experience. That’s what’s good for the culture.

The Black Widow Movie Has Added Stranger Things’ David Harbour

To say that the past couple years have been good for David Harbour’s career would be an understatement. Along with being one of the lead actors in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, Harbour also succeeded Ron Perlman as the next cinematic Hellboy, and we’ll see how he does as Big Red come next week. But just because Harbour is portraying a Dark Horse Comics character doesn’t mean he can’t jump to an adaptation from another comic book company, as word has come in that he’s been cast in the Black Widow movie.

With Black Widow reportedly gearing up to roll cameras in London this June, the Marvel movie is slowly assembling its cast. Naturally Scarlett Johansson will be reprising Natasha Romanoff, the KGB agent-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. operative-turned-Avenger, and last month it was reported that Fighting with my Family star Florence Pugh was in talks to join the cast. Now THR has dropped the news that David Harbour will be appearing in the movie as well, although no details about his character were provided.

Captain Marvel Officially Crosses $1 Billion Mark

While so many are already gearing up for Avengers: Endgame, the story isn’t quite over for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s previous entry just yet. Captain Marvel‘s box office totals have been slowly building, with its eyes on the $1 billion mark. Now, the movie has finally crossed that threshold, becoming the 38th movie ever, and the seventh MCU movie, to make $1 billion at the global box office.

The original Avengers film was the first Marvel movie to break the billion dollar mark. More recently, two of the Marvel films released last year, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War did so as well. This means Marvel will have two billion dollar films this year as well, as Avengers: Endgame is expected to not only break the billion dollar mark but break the $2 billion mark.

Expectations were high for Captain Marvel. The film was the first to be focused on a solo female hero, and coming in between the two big Avengers movies, one that has already become one of the highest grossing movies ever, and another that’s expected to be, Captain Marvel could have been very easily overshadowed. However, the story of Carol Danvers has clearly been able to hold its own, and succeed in a way that not every part of the MCU franchise has been able to.

It also has done better than other female led superhero movies. DC’s Wonder Woman finished it’s theatrical run with a perfectly respecatable $821 million. The Gal Gadot-led film actually did better than Captain Marvel domestically, but Brie Larson’s film more than made up the difference internationally.

The box office numbers, as reported by Variety, are, of course, good news for Marvel Studios and Disney. who have already got this year off to a great start. However, there’s potentially more to it than that. Many have speculated that Captain Marvel is likely to be a major part of the MCU going into Phase Four, since we’re expecting current top line characters, like Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, to be on their way out. The fact that the audience has voted with their wallets and approved of the character means that if this is in fact the plan, it’s going to go very well for Marvel.

We certainly expect Captain Marvel to be a difference maker when it comes to the events of Avengers: Endgame, and based on the fact that pre-sale records were broken when tickets went on sale for the movie yesterday, people are clearly ready for that.

The future of the MCU after Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out in July is still mostly a mystery. We know of a few projects in development, but nothing has a release date. Future Captain Marvel movies certainly seem likely following this result.

The Russo Brothers Suggest Watching Two MCU Movies Before Avengers: Endgame

We are T-minus 22 days until Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, and that gives fans just enough time to rewatch the 21 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date before The Infinity Saga comes to a close. You could do one movie a day, binge them, or you could take part in AMC’s epic 59-hour marathon. But if you don’t have time for that or you’re already committed to rewatching Game of Thrones (seriously, how awesome is April?) the Russo Brothers have suggested two MCU movies you should check out before Endgame. According to Anthony Russo:

Speaking to Fandango, Anthony Russo explains that he, his brother and Marvel endeavor to make sure that the MCU movies are accessible and can bring in new fans and they have been successful in that. The hope is that you could theoretically come in to watch Avengers: Endgame cold, why you would do that is a mystery but the idea is that you could.

Nevertheless, this is obviously a story many films in the making and if you wanted to only hit the bullet points to enter this world or refresh your memory before Endgame, you should watch Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. These picks make the most sense, as they are the last two MCU films the Russo Brothers directed. And that makes them natural primers for Avengers: Endgame.

That you should rewatch Avengers: Infinity War is obvious. These two films were originally conceived of as two parts of a giant film and Infinity War set up the cliffhanger that will need to be resolved in Endgame. You need to know or refresh your memory on Thanos, the Infinity Stones, how they Avengers fought and how and who they lost.

Anthony Russo also says that you should watch Captain America: Civil War because that was the movie that divided the Avengers. That was the first film out of the gate in Phase 3, and it set up the fractured nature of the heroes that continued through Avengers: Infinity War. When Bruce Banner came back to Earth in Infinity War he found out that the Avengers were no more.

The various teams in Infinity War weren’t the product of a divide and conquer strategy, they were the natural result of the heroes no longer communicating with one another and working together. Consider that they might have had more time to save Vision and destroy the Mind Stone if Cap and Co. weren’t in exile and knew about the threat sooner.

To defeat Thanos for good the Avengers must truly assemble and that means healing the deep wound suffered in Captain America: Civil War. We’ve already seen Cap and Tony reuniting in the trailers for Endgame, so that schism will clearly be addressed and if you don’t remember exactly how it happened in the first place, rewatching Civil War is a sound idea.

Which MCU Movies Are You Rewatching Before Avengers: Endgame?

8 Things You Might Have Missed In The Joker Trailer

This morning, Warner Bros and DC Comics released their first look at the Todd Phillips directed Joker film, set to be released this October. While the project has always sounded like a very experimental prospect, seeing it in action just made us all the more aware of how exciting this film could be. Not only is it a period piece, but it’s also a version of the Joker we’ve never seen before; a man who we literally get to see crumble before our eyes.

And along the way through the Cliff’s Notes version that the trailer presented us of said downfall, there were some interesting nods and clues that show a very interesting first look at what the world of Joker is going to look and feel like. Some are quick references to history, others are interesting points of interest that have us thinking what they’ll mean in the long run. All are present in the first trailer for Joker, which you can watch below before we start to dive into the deeper details:

Now let’s take a look at some of the little things scattered through Joker’s trailer that caught our eye.

Joker Debra Kane looking over Arthur from the other side of the desk

The Bob Kane Tribute

One of the legendary forces behind Batman’s creation, Bob Kane was one of the two men that made the Caped Crusader the man that he is. The same applies for his archnemesis, as The Joker was also one of Kane’s legendary creations. So throughout the Batman universe, it’s been a tradition to include his name among the various easter eggs that can be found through various mediums, and Joker gives up one pretty quickly. At the beginning of the trailer, if you look closely at the ID tag of the social worker that’s speaking with Arthur, you’ll see that her name is Debra Kane, undoubtedly a nod to the man who helped both Gotham’s greatest hero, and its biggest villain, come to living breathing life.

Joker Wayne Hall crowded by protesters

Wayne Hall

What would a movie taking place in Gotham be without having at least one reference to the richest, most visible family that lives in the city? Though judging by what we’ve read on Joker’s plot, as well as its cast of characters, it feels like the Waynes will make more than just cameo appearances in the film. Still, when the name “Wayne Hall” flashed up on the screen, it was something we’d totally have noticed without the gold letters and spotlights. Though judging by what we’ve heard about the incarnation of Thomas Wayne in this film, that was probably the only way to play this whole thing.

Joker Joaquin Phoenix looking like a Chaplinesque clown

Modern Times

During the split second of Wayne Hall’s exterior being shown, it’s revealed that Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times is playing at the grand opening of that very event space in the fall. This is doubly interesting, first because Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur has a bit of a Charlie Chaplin-esque look about him when he’s dancing as a sign spinner towards the beginning. So one of his comedic influences is, undoubtedly, The Tramp himself. But even more surprising is the fact that Modern Times was a satire that drew attention to the economic hardship of the Great Depression era worker, which looks like something the Wayne family didn’t take into account when deciding to use it as their self-named hall’s opening event.

Joker Arthur watching Thomas Wayne make a morning show appearance

Thomas Wayne Gets Political

As if on cue at the thought of his very name, Thomas Wayne appears in the trailer for Joker. First coming in as a voiceover, but then showing his face through actor Brett Cullen, Thomas is afraid for Gotham City. He thinks it’s lost its way, and that only a cold blooded coward in a mask could perpetrate the crime he’s lamenting in this clip. It very well may be a murder, probably Arthur’s first in a possible series. But even scarier is the fact that we’ve previously assumed that while Thomas isn’t the same man he’s portrayed to be in previous incarnations, his deadly fate might be just the same. In which case, this sort of taunting might not be wise in hindsight.

Joker Arthur walking up to decrepit Arkham State Hospital

A Very Different Arkham

Arkham Asylum is one of those locations that undeniably anchors the Batman series in the consciousness of its fans. Usually depicted as a high tech facility with all the bells and whistles and an extremely gothic flavored decorative style, it’s where all of the baddies that Batman catches tend to go to. Before they break out into the world again, that is. But in Joker’s version of Arkham, it’s not even labeled as an asylum, as it’s known in this world as Arkham State Hospital. And rather than look like somewhere you’d expect The Riddler to be hatching his next, post-escape plan, it looks like the sort of run down mental facility you’d expect from the 1980’s lowest of lows. Gritty realism has found a new way to infiltrate the world of Gotham, and it’s super effective.

Joker Arthur looking rather sinister up on the stand up stage

The Killing Joke

One of the plot aspects that’s been brought to mind with Joker is the fact that Arthur is trying to be a stand-up comedian during the course of the film. We see several shots of him going to Pogo’s Comedy Club, laughing it up, and eventually taking his own spot on the main stage. Which nails one particular Batman story right on it’s head: The Killing Joke. Part of The Joker’s origins in the Alan Moore penned story involved him being a frustrated wanna-be comedian, in the hopes of going pro and caring for his pregnant wife. While there’s no wife here, there is his mother. And as we see in some flashes of footage, it looks like he might make it to a certain point of stardom as a funnyman. Which leads us to one of the most surprising references in this entire trailer.

Joker Robert DeNiro doing some late night schtick

The King Of Comedy

Martin Scorsese’s underrated classic The King of Comedy told the story of, get this, a frustrated wanna-be comedian who would do anything to get his moment in the spotlight. That film’s protagonist was played by none other than Robert DeNiro, which was a fact that was not unseen when his casting in Joker was announced to be for the role of a TV host that drives Arthur mad. With Scorsese executive producing this film as well, it feels like Joker is a pseudo remake of that very film, with DeNiro playing a role similar to the one Jerry Lewis played against him in the original. Extra bonus points go towards the production designers for invoking the look of the 80’s era sets that Johnny Carson used during his tenure as the host of The Tonight Show.

Joker Bruce Wayne being physically taught to smile by Arthur

Bruce Wayne Behind Bars

Just as I discussed the inclusion of the Wayne family in Joker, there was one pretty big piece of that puzzle dropped into place during a scene where Arthur befriends a little boy. That young lad seen in the trailer just happens to be none other than Bruce Wayne, as played by Dante Pereira-Olson. Separated by a gate with iron bars, Arthur tries to get his young friend to smile, albeit in a creepy, hands on sort of way. How this budding friendship will turn out is yet to be seen, but if our hunch is correct, it’s not going to last for long, if it gets to start at all.

We’ve still got some time between now and Joker’s debut in theaters, and a whole bunch of surprises are probably still waiting to be thrust upon the public at the right time. In fact, I could still be totally wrong about what we think is going to happen in the film. But what’s been seen so far is promising, and definitely invoking the right spirit to become a socially subversive take on a classic comic villain. You could even say, it puts a smile right on our faces.

Joker takes the stage in theaters on October 4th. Though laughs aren’t that far off in the box office future, as you’ll see by consulting our 2019 release schedule. That’s no joke!

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Godzilla: King Of Monsters Clip Shows Him Throwing Down With Ghidora

We watch Godzilla movies for basically one reason, right? We want to see the giant monster break stuff. Also, punch other giant monsters in the face. Godzilla: King of the Monsters promises to give us lots of monsters fighting monsters action when it hits theaters later this year, and a new video is teasing us with what is sure to be one of the bigger battles of them all, Godzilla vs. Ghidora. Check it out.

While the video, posted by Bastizilla, titled simply “Run,” does give a brief glimpse at other creatures, most of what we see here is the three-headed beast that is King Ghidora. We get a shot of Ghidora and Godzilla charging each other, one that unfortunately cuts before the two actually collide. However, later we see what appears to be Godzilla with his claws wrapped around one of the heads of Ghidora and driving it straight into the ground. We also see Godzilla about to blast somebody with his breath weapon. The next shot in that sequence is probably awesome.

Ghidora looks absolutely amazing here. While Hollywood has tried to make Godzilla work in the west before, this is the first time that some of these other massive creatures have appeared in a western production. Ghidora looks like he’s going to give Godzilla a run for his money in the ass kicking department. Watching them throw down may be the highlight of the new movie.

One other interesting piece of information we get from the new clip is that the monsters that we have seen previously getting all the spotlight, Godzilla, Ghidora, Mothra, and Rodan, aren’t going to be the only creatures in the movie. Ken Watanabe’s character appears to say that 17 different creatures have been detected, and he clearly expects more. It doesn’t mean they’ll all be major kaiju we know from classic Godzilla movies, they may be largely generic creatures like the ones Godzilla fought in the previous film, but maybe there’s more going in Godzilla: King of the Monsters than we know.

Either way, since the entire premise of the new movie is that humanity and Godzilla team up to take down all the other monsters threatening the planet, Godzilla may be doing a lot more fighting than even we thought.

Of course, that assumes that by the end of the movie Godzilla has ended every threat. That may not actually be the case. Considering that the one thing we know about this franchise is that Godzilla Vs. Kong is happening, perhaps that won’t be the case. At the very least, one would expect a cliffhanger ending or a post-credits scene that teases that the fight isn’t quite over yet.

The battle with Ghidora looks great here, and the fact that we’re expecting a couple of other major kaiju battles in Godzilla: King of the Monsters is only making things more exciting. We’ll get to see all the monster smashing action in May.

Emilia Clarke Just Called Out Kit Harington for Complaining About His *Game of Thrones* Shoots

Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and the rest of the Game of Thrones cast are currently doing the press rounds for season eight, which premieres April 14 on HBO. Granted, the show doesn’t necessarily need promo at this point—it’s a full-blown phenomenon—but we’ll happily watch the new interviews and dissect them accordingly.

Take Clarke‘s latest one, which happened on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night. The Mother of Dragons hilariously teased her costar Kit Harington (Jon Snow) for complaining that his GoT shoots are intense. Colbert co-signed this, saying the last time Harington was on his show, he complained about the tough GoT shoots in Iceland, where he wore about “40 pounds of fur.”

“He’s got the worst, I know,” Clarke said jokingly. “He does really like to tell everyone that. ‘It’s really heavy, it’s really heavy.'”

The actress continued, “That’s cold weather in Iceland, but there’s short filming hours because there’s only, like, four hours of daylight. Whereas, I’m in a quarry in, you know, Malta, in 100-degree heat—passing out every single season because I have two sets of hair on my head. But yeah, so Kit’s always complaining that he’s got it worst, but he’s definitely got it better. He’s drinking by 2:00 P.M. because there’s only, like, two hours of daylight.”

Watch her explain this for yourself, below:

Clarke also revealed she told her mother about how Game of Thrones ends. “I’ve got to be honest, I did, I did, not just my dog, I told my—I wasn’t supposed…I told my mom, but the good thing about telling my mom these things is she’s a vault because she’s just done forgotten it—I told her,” Clarke said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to tell you twice, you missed your chance!'”

Luckily, we’ll all know who reigns on the Iron Throne soon enough.

Emilia Clarke Just Called Out Kit Harrington for Complaining About His *Game of Thrones* Shoots

Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and the rest of the Game of Thrones cast are currently doing the press rounds for season eight, which premieres April 14 on HBO. Granted, the show doesn’t necessarily need promo at this point—it’s a full-blown phenomenon—but we’ll happily watch the new interviews and dissect them accordingly.

Take Clarke‘s latest one, which happened on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night. The Mother of Dragons hilariously teased her co-star Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) for complaining that his GoT shoots are intense. Colbert co-signed this, saying the last time Harrington was on his show, he complained about the tough GoT shoots in Iceland, where he wore about “40 pounds of fur.”

“He’s got the worst, I know,” Clarke said jokingly. “He does really like to tell everyone that. ‘It’s really heavy, it’s really heavy.'”

The actress continued, “That’s cold weather in Iceland, but there’s short filming hours because there’s only, like, four hours of daylight. Whereas, I’m in a quarry in, you know, Malta, in 100-degree heat—passing out every single season because I have two sets of hair on my head. But yeah, so Kit’s always complaining that he’s got it worst, but he’s definitely got it better. He’s drinking by 2 P.M. because there’s only, like, two hours of daylight.”

Watch her explain this for yourself, below:

Emilia Clarke also revealed she told her mother about how Game of Thrones ends. “I’ve got to be honest, I did, I did, not just my dog, I told my—I wasn’t supposed…I told my mom, but the good thing about telling my mom these things is she’s a vault because she’s just done forgotten it—I told her,” Clarke said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to tell you twice, you missed your chance!'”

Luckily, we’ll all know who reigns on the Iron Throne soon enough.