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Black Widow’s Big Avengers: Endgame Scene Originally Went Down Differently

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame may have already been in theaters for weeks, but the public hasn’t recovered from from the film’s wild events. The Russo Brothers masterfully brought the blockbuster to theaters, in a story that balanced character-driven story with epic action. But Endgame went through quite a few changes before finally arriving theaters, including Black Widow’s story.

Black Widow has been the soul of The Avengers since early in the group’s formation, sharing an intimate bond with all of the OG members. So her sacrifice to procure the Soul Stone was fitting and emotional, as was the tension between she and Hawkeye as they tried to stop each other. But it turns out that the Soul Stone sequence in Endgame could have contained even more action, with Thanos and his forces arriving to stop the Avengers. Endgame editor Matthew Schmidt recently revealed this, saying:

Well, that’s a different type of heartbreaking. Because while Natasha was always meant to sacrifice herself for the Soul Stone, the journey toward her death changed throughout the course of Endgame‘s development. In the theatrical cut, Hawkeye and Black Widow were left to ponder Red Skull’s comments, and decide who should end up jumping in order to complete the Time Heist. But it originally included the duo being attacked by Thanos’ forces, adding in an extra level of drama and action to the scene.

It may have been thrilling to see Black Widow and Hawkeye team-up in battle one more time in the scene described to Business Insider, but I think that the correct version of Endgame‘s Soul Stone scene was ultimately in the theatrical cut. Cutting out the threat of Thanos and his outriders allowed the scene to breathe, and for Clint and Natasha to have one last tender moment with each other. What’s more, the two Avengers scuffling in order to try and sacrifice themselves was unique type of action for the blockbuster.

Black Widow’s death was the first big one in Avengers: Endgame, and showed what a massive arc the character had gone through within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She refers to the Avengers as her family to War Machine, and helped to regulate superheroic efforts in the wake of Thanos’ snap. She was also the most determined to fight back and reverse the snap– whatever it takes.

It should be interesting to see what comes next for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. While Hulk wasn’t able to bring her back with his snap, the character will finally get her own solo movie in Phase Four. Smart money says it’ll come in the form of a prequel, finally revealing Natasha’s sordid past. ScarJo’s contract with Marvel is also up with Endgame, so the actress should get a serious pay bump for another appearance.

You can watch Black Widow’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Lizzo, Martin Garrix, Macklemore, And Patrick Stump Will Perform At The 2019 MTV TV & Movie Awards

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards are still a month away, but the party has already started. In addition to the full list of nominees (announced earlier this week), we officially have a host in Shazam!‘s Zachary Levi. But no party — or awards show for that matter — is complete without a soundtrack.

This year, the MTV Movie & TV Awards are bringing the heat: Lizzo will perform along with Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

Lizzo, this month’s MTV PUSH artist, is having quite the 2019. In addition to releasing her new album, Cuz I Love You, in April, the singer/rapper/flute-playing diva just popped up on a summery collab track with Charli XCX. It’s a great time to be Lizzo — it’s an even better time to tune in to find out what she’ll do onstage.

Superstar Dutch DJ Garrix recently teamed up with Macklemore and Stump for the slippery, funky anthem “Summer Days,” and the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards stage will be the first place the trio ever assemble to perform it. You won’t want to miss this debut.

This year’s crop of nominees is a field full of faves. Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG lead the nominations with four each, but that’s only the beginning. (See the full list right here.)

Wanna support your faves? Then you better get voting at vote.mtv.com and by direct messaging @MTVAwards on Twitter and Facebook Messenger. Don’t forget to tune into MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Kelly Ripa Is Feuding With the Bachelor Franchise—and Ellen Pompeo Just Chimed In

Here’s a feud I didn’t see coming: Kelly Ripa vs. The Bachelor vs. Ellen Pompeo. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Haven’t read the Internet today? No worries. Here’s a full breakdown of this drama, which doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

It all started on Tuesday’s episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan, when Ripa made a few disparaging comments about the Bachelor franchise. “You know how I feel about this show. It disgusts me,” she said. “And I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how we feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.” Her words were prompted by news that Hannah Brown, the current Bachelorette, would be appearing on Live With Kelly and Ryan that Thursday (meaning today, May 16).

Ripa’s diss sparked responses from some key players in Bachelor Nation, including its creator, Mike Fleiss, long-running host Chris Harrison, and Colton Underwood, the most recent Bachelor.

“Look out #BachelorNation ⁦@KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit,” Harrison tweeted, while Underwood posted, “How mad is Kelly Ripa going to be when The Bachelor wins an Emmy this year?”

Fleiss’ comment, however, is receiving the most attention. “Easy, @KellyRipa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary,” he tweeted on Tuesday, shortly after Live With Kelly and Ryan. (Both Ripa’s show and The Bachelor are on the same network, ABC.)

According to a source who spoke to People magazine, Harrison, Underwood, and Fleiss’ petty tweets aren’t deterring Ripa in any way. “It seems the fear of rejection runs deep over there,” the source said. “Do these guys really want to bring attention to the fact that people should stop and look more closely at the completely outdated misogynistic nature of this show and its offensive premise of demeaning its participants?”

The insider continued, “[Harrison and Fleiss] can’t handle lighthearted criticism from a successful woman who has been on TV longer than their contestants have been alive. Kelly’s time at Live predates these shows by years, so if anything, her success in syndication and promotion of these shows pays their salaries.”

This all came to a head on Thursday, when Brown appeared on Live and jumped to the Bachelor franchise’s defense. When Ripa reiterated that she isn’t a fan of “women fighting over a guy,” the Alabama beauty queen responded with, “I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan. But, being a part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there’s going to be people who don’t like each other. That’s simple facts.”

Brown added, “Ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things that I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual. And I did. And I think that’s why I decided that I wanted to be the Bachelorette and wanted that so bad.”

Interestingly, the person who has the last word in this situation (for now) is Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, who jumped to Ripa’s defense on Twitter.

“Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary,” she wrote. “Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite.”

Kelly Ripa hasn’t directly responded to Fleiss, Harrison, or Underwood’s comments, but we’ll update this post if she does.

ReelBlend #68: Our Interview With John Wick: Chapter 3 Director Chad Stahelski

Very few directors currently are doing action as well as Chad Stahelski. He learned from the best. The kickboxer turned stunt performer turned coordinator turned director has been reinventing the stunt/fight wheel with the John Wick franchise, which is continuing this week with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Before the movie opens in theaters, Stahelski was kind enough to join the ReelBlend podcast for a candid discussion on his extensive approach to action-set constructions, the insane amount of time it takes to do action scenes with trained dogs, the way they broke story for the John Wick saga, and the influence that The Matrix continues to have on action movies to this day.

(In case you were unaware, Chad Stahelski first met Keanu Reeves when we worked as the actor’s stunt double on all three Matrix movies. Theirs is a legendary partnership that stretches back decades.)

It was an honor to have Chad Stahelski on our show, and we know the Blenders are going to love his incredible stories about the John Wick films, and moviemaking in general.

Before we got into our conversation with Chad Stahelski, we discussed the news that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be the ones to get their Star Wars movie in theaters in 2022. There hasn’t been confirmation that their trilogy will continue in 2024 and 2026 (or if Rian Johnson will get one of those slots to begin HIS trilogy), but those guys are slated into the 2022 slot, and we discuss how that impacts Star Wars going forward.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, Kevin, Sean and Jake weigh in with their opinions of the next-to-last episode of Game of Thrones. Their largely split on how things played out, but they talk about how the season is concluding, and how they think the finale will play out.

Finally, this week’s #Blend Game focused on the films of Sofia Coppola. How many of the guys chose Lost in Translation?

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Watch Robert Downey Jr. Wrap On Avengers: Endgame

If the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame had us all kinds of emotional, imagine how the cast felt experiencing these scenes firsthand and saying their goodbyes to an end of an era. That’s especially the case with Robert Downey Jr. He kicked off this whole saga eleven years ago with Iron Man and was able to explore Tony Stark in nine other appearances in Marvel films right up to the end.

Though he doesn’t find the words to express it, RDJ took to Instagram to be a bit sentimental and share the day he wrapped his Iron Man role for Endgame. Check it out below:

I love this 3000. While Robert Downey Jr. admits he’s “got a lot of feelings” about the milestone while at the set at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, instead of going into a speech about it, he took a note from his co-star Chris Evans and said he’d save it for social media. The massive crew cheered as Downey reached for hugs for some of them, including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Marvel producer Trinh Tran and directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

Katherine Langford and Tom Holland were also among the crowd in the wrap video. Langford was cast in the film as an older version of Tony’s daughter Morgan in a cut Endgame scene. When the hero snaps using the Infinity Gauntlet at the end of the film, he was originally going to enter the metaphysical way station that Thanos enters in Infinity War to reunite with Gamora, only Tony would see the older version of Morgan.

The scene didn’t make it into the film because test audiences didn’t resonate with it as much as the Russos had envisioned. Considering Katherine Langford’s attendance, perhaps it was one of the last scenes Robert Downey Jr shot? Tom Holland’s presence also could mean the Iron Man actor shared a scene or two with Spider-Man before wrapping the role. Perhaps it was of this emotional hug he also released on his social media a few days ago.

While this is the wrap video, this moment probably wasn’t Robert Downey Jr’s official last hurrah as the hero. The actor returned for reshoots, which included adding his big line in the film “I am Iron Man.” The memorable scene almost didn’t happen because Downey originally didn’t want to say it. He was thankfully talked into it and it rounded out his storyline nicely.

Since the spoiler ban was lifted by the Russos last week, many of the Avengers: Endgame actors have also taken to social media to share their “illegal videos” on the set of the movie during its most iconic moments. It brought just about everyone in the cast together in a culmination that won’t happen the same way again.

Avengers: Endgame is currently in theaters, approaching its fourth weekend at the box office and has yet to be dethroned for the top weekend spot.

Megan Thee Stallion Keeps It All The Way One Hundred On ‘Realer’

Megan Thee Stallion season is upon us, and with it, there’s a dangerous fever going around. That sickness, of course, is her new project, Fever, set to come out tomorrow (May 17). But on the eve of the body of work’s release, Megan has decided to graciously gift us, her adoring and obsessed fans, with “Realer.” It’s the kind of wretched, hard-hitting anthem that’s the exact opposite of “Big Ole Freak” and is an indicator that Fever is going to be all over the place. We can’t wait to get sick.

Megan Thee Stallion’s latest is a simple, straightforward, romp through trap Candyland. The beat couldn’t be more venomous. Giant, alien trap drums boom and crash with such ferocity that it’ll throw your equilibrium off. It sounds enormous, but Megan manages to carve her way through the dense shrubbery, forging her own path in this wasteland. Her voice is loud and shrill and she booms out the kind of boss talk that would make Don Corleone bow to her every whim. It’s a tight and precise piece of the pie that is Fever. 

Earlier this week, Megan Thee Stallion shared the tracklist and cover art for Fever. Its blaxploitation-like aesthetic draws to mind the work of actress Pam Grier in the 1970s and the steamy cover hints at an epic project. It will feature the previously released “Sex Talk” as well as features from DaBaby and Juicy J.

Listen to “Realer” up above.

James Gunn Had A Really Good Time Writing The Suicide Squad

Within the span of eight months, James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and then rehired onto the threeequel. During that span of time, he was selected by Warner Bros to write and direct The Suicide Squad, and even now that he’s back on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gun will still be overseeing Task Force X’s next cinematic adventure.

While we’re still a ways from seeing James Gunn’s take on the Suicide Squad in the DC Extended Universe, apparently he didn’t suffer from writer’s block when penning the story, calling it one of his best writing experiences in a while. In Gunn’s words:

Just so we’re all on the same page, the Dawn of the Dead remake came out in 2004, and James Gunn wrote the script the year prior. So The Suicide Squad marks the most fun he’s had writing a script in over a decade and a half! That ideally bodes well for The Suicide Squad’s quality, though understandably, Gunn did not provide any specifics on what to expect from the movie while speaking with Deadline.

While 2016’s Suicide Squad, which was written and directed by Fury’s David Ayer, was unquestionably a commercial success, making nearly $747 million worldwide, it didn’t fare well on the critical side of the spectrum. With Ayer initially stepping away from directing Suicide Squad 2 to helm Gotham City Sirens (he’s since kept busy with Bright, its upcoming sequel and The Tax Collector), that opened the door for a new creative mind to put their own stamp on the Suicide Squad mythology, a doorway which James Gunn stepped through once his time at Marvel Studios looked like it was done for good.

Although it was initially described as a g The Suicide Squad will have ties to its predecessor, as evidenced by the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. That said, rather than being a traditional sequel, The Suicide Squad is being framed as more of a ‘relaunch,’ which undoubtedly allowed James Gunn more creative freedom.

One of the ways The Suicide Squad will distinguish itself is by featuring a lot of new faces. Idris Elba will play someone who’s not Deadshot, David Dastamalchian will play Polka-Dot Man and Daniela Melchior will play Ratcatcher, while John Cena is in talks to play Peacemaker. King Shark will also reportedly be a member of this new Suicide Squad, although Michael Rooker has denied that he will voice the character.

The Suicide Squad charges into theaters on August 5, 2021, and production is slated to begin this fall. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on its progression, and don’t forget to look through our DC movies guide to learn what else the DCEU has coming up.

Jumanji’s Karen Gillan Says She’s Been In ‘Actual Pain’ From Laughing On Set

Anecdotally, I don’t think expectations were that high for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a reboot-quel of the nostalgic 1995 Robin Williams film. The 2017 movie went on to become a major critical and commercial success, surprising everyone and ensuring that no one will be sleeping on Jumanji 3. Expectations will be high this time around. Fortunately, if Karen Gillan’s experience on set is any indication, we’re in for another hilarious adventure. Check it out:

If laughter-induced pain isn’t the perfect endorsement for the comedic adventure of Jumanji 3 (or is it Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2?), I don’t know what is. We’ve all been there, where you laugh to the point you can barely breathe, your stomach hurts and you have tears in your eyes, and it’s completely worth it. I have no doubt that working with The Rock, Kevin Hart and Jack Black on a daily basis could have that effect.

The actress clearly had a great time filming this movie, which involved shooting in lots of different environments and watching the performances of her very funny co-stars. Just hearing about her experience makes us want to be in on the joke and know what had the actress who plays the Killer of Men, Ruby Roundhouse, and the stoic Nebula in Avengers: Endgame, in such hysterics.

In the past, we’ve seen behind-the-scenes looks at the ridiculous back and forth between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart on the set of the Jumanji movies and I’m sure there was more of that here. The blooper reel on the eventual home video release is bound to be a must-see.

But beyond the pranks, Karen Gillan is talking about the performances and that is part of the novelty of the Jumanji conceit. Because the actors are playing video game avatars, they can both play to their strengths and against type in delightful fashion.

As she commemorated wrapping filming on Jumanji 3, Karen Gillan also proved what a savvy saleswoman she is, perhaps taking some social media mastery classes from co-star Dwayne Johnson. She makes sure to let everyone know that the next Jumanji movie is out this Christmas and delivers a quote in her Instagram post that should be blurbed on every poster and in every trailer for the movie “A pain you’ll want to pay for.”

That is simply brilliant, and if this movie is even half as funny as her set experience made it out to be, we’re in for a great, gut-busting theatrical experience this December.

Jumanji 3, for which we’re still waiting for the official title and first trailer, opens in theaters on December 13. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see everything coming to the big screen this year and for all the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Really Isn’t Worried About Superhero Fatigue

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

It’s a very good time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Endgame arrived weeks ago, the true cumulation of 22 massive blockbusters. But the future of the MCU is largely a mystery, and it’s unclear exactly what is coming next now that the Infinity Saga has wrapped up. There are also concerns of superhero fatigue, where the genre will become too saturated and ultimately cannibalize itself.

But Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige doesn’t seem concerned about superhero fatigue at all. The MCU only continues to get bigger and more interconnected with each new release, and the studio is showing no signs of slowing down. Feige described his confidence in the franchise’s continued storytelling, saying:

Touche, Mr. Feige. He seems to think the team behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe would get exhausted with the genre far before the general public, as they’re living in it every single day. What’s more, he teased some big risks being taken in the mysterious Phase Four.

Kevin Feige’s comments come from his recent Reddit AMA, where he fielded all sorts of questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fandom is able to get a peek into the inner workings of the behemoth franchise, and it’s clear that Feige and company have big plans for us after Spider-Man: Far From Home completes Phase Three.

The last two Avengers movies broke all the rules, and introduced some big concepts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Quite a few characters deaths occurred, which will no doubt shake those who survived the battle(s) with Thanos. And with time travel and the multiverse also in play, it seems Kevin Feige and company can take the story anywhere.

Superhero fatigue has become a concern over the past few years, and tons of studios are trying to get in on the action, and create cinematic universes. The X-Men franchise has been going on since 2000, Sony has the growing Spider-Verse, and Warner Bros. has the DC Extended Universe. There’s a ton of comic book movies in theaters, potentially having the power to give each new release less power at the box office.

Regardless of the competition, the MCU has continued to make more and more money in Phase Three, and Avengers: Endgame is the second biggest movie in film history. The blockbuster also did some set up for the franchise’s future. But we’ll likely have to wait until Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out for any answers.

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now, and Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on July 2, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

John Wick Director Reveals How Brandon Lee’s Death From The Crow Impacted The Franchise

There are few stories in Hollywood as tragic as the death of Brandon Lee. The young actor was filming the movie The Crow in 1993 when a problem with a prop gun caused him to be shot by a squib load. Lee would die from his wound. Most of the production on The Crow had been completed and so what filming remained had Lee’s stunt double stand in for him. That stunt double was named Chad Stahelski, and he would go on to direct movies of his own, like the John Wick franchise.

Chad Stahelski had been friends with Brandon Lee before making The Crow, and so the death certainly had an impact on him. He doesn’t blame anybody specifically for the accident, saying that it was a combination of several small mistakes, rather than an individual screw up. According to Stahelski…

There’s an interesting irony in the fact that both The Crow and the first John Wick movie are about characters who act as avenging angels punishing those that did them wrong.

While it’s been 25 years since Brandon Lee’s death, the event still has had reverberations through Hollywood. Stahelski’s own John Wick movies use a lot of guns, and thus safety is a major concern in order to be sure nothing like what happened to Lee happens again. According to the director’s comments to Yahoo, a lot of the safety protocols that are in use today exist because of the accident.

Brandon Lee clearly had talent and a lot of promise and a wonderful career in front of him when this terrible random act took all that away. The Crow was evidence of that if nothing else.

There’s been an ongoing attempt to remake The Crow in recent years but the project has been perpetually stalled for one reason or another. The original film’s tragic history is clearly part of the reason many fans are against the concept of a remake. Whatever actor tries to take on that role has huge shoes to fill.

I can’t help but notice that if Brandon Lee were still with us he’d be the same age as Keanu Reeves. Someplace there’s an alternate universe where Chad Stahelski is directing his friend Brandon Lee in the John Wick franchise, and the third entry is about to hit theaters.