Did Chris Evans Just Say Goodbye To Marvel For Good?

Ever since he was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers has been one of the franchise’s anchoring characters. Whether by himself or with his superhero allies, Steve has kept humanity safe time and time again, but over the last couple years, there’s been the sense that his time is drawing to a close. The latest example of that is Evans announcing that he’s wrapped filming Avengers 4, and he appears to be saying goodbye to both Captain America and Marvel for good.

Had Chris Evans stuck to his initial, six movie contract (excluding cameos) with Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War would have served as his final appearance in the MCU, but Evans agreed to also return for Avengers 4 because the movie was “going to wrap everything up.” As for post-Phase 4, while neither Marvel or Chris Evans have provided official confirmation, there’s been no indication that Steve Rogers will be around, and Evans’ above tweet implies that whatever happens to Steve at the end of Avengers 4, the actor won’t be around for the next stage of this continuously-expanding franchise.

Gareth Edwards Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Edwards recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Edwards praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Edwards’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Edwards’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards made history by directing the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, and therefore seems like a great choice to helm a DC project. Rogue One was set in a fantastic world, but still managed to be grounded and character driven. That seems like just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Daredevil Season 3 Trailer: The 5 Most Exciting Moments

There’s A New Daredevil

A bulk of footage seen so far for Daredevil Season 3 has featured Matt taking the fight to others in his traditional black costume, and sometimes with no costume at all. It appears the true Devil of Hell’s Kitchen left his red costume behind, and it unfortunately got snagged by someone else pretending to be the fearless vigilante. The rest of the world doesn’t realize the change of the guard, of course, so Daredevil’s good name is being besmirched by this new guy, who seems incredibly violent and merciless and incredibly accurate. This smells like one of Fisk’s schemes to exact revenge on Matt, but the big question we have concerns the person behind that mask. We have our guesses for who it is, but we won’t know for sure until Matt kicks this imposter to the curb.

Why Criminal Minds Won’t Keep Garcia’s Dark Side Up In Season 14

Garcia faced a different challenge in the 300th episode of Criminal Minds, and it is going to leave a mark. Having been kidnapped by a cult of serial killers and forced to do something unfortunate to help in the larger scheme of things, Garcia will have a lot of dark feelings to sift through in Season 14. So, how long will Garcia’s darker side, show? Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer shed some light on that and why it will not last too long, saying:

With Garcia’s upbeat nature having been impacted by the events of the Season 14 premiere, what may be a short time, relatively speaking, might feel longer. Criminal Minds‘ showrunner revealing to TV Insider that Garcia’s mood will be overcast for around four episodes does not sound that lengthy. However, the show’s fourteenth season is currently slated to run for fifteen episodes, meaning that this is almost a third of the season. So, Garcia’s return to her upbeat nature will not be a blink-and-you-missed-it event.

That said, the crime drama will not be lingering on it for a great deal of time for the reasons the showrunner mentioned. So, there is light at the end of the tunnel as fans settle in for Criminal Minds to contribute a significant block of the season to explore this side of the usually upbeat character.

As showrunner Erica Messer points out, Garcia is the show’s source of sunshine, and when the sun is eclipsed, it tends to get noticed. Garcia will not be alone in facing darker times ahead. Messer also teased that Season 14 will find Reid pausing to reflect after being tortured in the premiere.

Maybe he and Garcia can help each other? With her facing a challenging time in her life, fans should prepare for an arc that will take them through some ups and downs. It is sad but realistic for her not rebound from a trauma overnight, or in the span of a single episode. While Criminal Minds‘ showrunner revealed how long Garcia’s dark side would last, she did not reveal the mechanism that will eventually help Garcia overcome the darkness so that she can shine again.

While time heals, fans will have to tune in to see if anything else plays a role in helping her. Given how Garcia’s personality helps stave off the show’s own dark side, that development will be a significant game changer for the crime drama. Stepping in to provide some light in the meantime, will be Rossi’s reignited romance with his ex-wife, and he is not the only one whose personal life will be explored in the current season.

In that vein, there will be lots to look forward to as the latest installment in the crime procedural moves forward. The fourteenth season of Criminal Minds continues Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime procedural is joined by a ton of new programming arriving on CBS, along with other series coming this fall.

Rising Football Player CJ Fuller Has Died At 22

In tragic news, C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back who served on their 2016 National Championship team, has passed away. He was only 22. The death of the rising young athlete comes as a surprise and a shock to his fellow teammates, who express their remorse at this difficult time. There’s no denying that it’s hard to come to terms with the unpredictability of this loss, especially at this point in time, particularly with a talented and recognized young athlete taken from this Earth at a very young age. Here’s what we know about the sudden and unexpected passing of C.J. Fuller.

C.J. Fuller’s passing was confirmed by the school. The details about his death are left vague at this time, although it’s understandably a sudden shock for everyone who knew the promising young athlete. As the school notes, the athlete played in 43 games and he showcased himself as a talented and dependable athlete when he was playing the game. The cause of death is currently unknown, although TMZ reports that the Picking Country coroner claims the death investigation is currently underway. By the coroner’s estimations, though, there’s “nothing suspicious” about the way in which he died.

Dabo Swinney, the coach of the belated athlete, issued the following response since C.J. Fuller’s passing.

There was also a statement released on social media by Shaq Lawson, C.J. Fuller’s former teammate at Clemon who is now playing with the Buffalo Bills. Online, Lawson remembered the late C.J. Fuller by saying the following words about his former teammate and fellow football player.

Since the news is so sudden — and notably with so few details about the cause of death and how C.J. Fuller passed away — it’s hard to come to terms with this unexpected loss, particularly for those who knew him and appreciated his athletic skills. As such, the school and fans of the team are left in mourning today as they grieve and mourn the loss of this former college football player. When more details come to pass about the passing, we’ll be sure to provide some further updates about the loss of this young player. Until then, however, we’ll continue to keep you posted about the latest celebrity news and updates as they arrive right here at CinemaBlend.

How Venom’s Director Made Sure His Symbiote Stood Apart From Spider-Man 3

Superhero movies are everywhere, and now Sony is trying a new strategy by crafting a cinematic universe around the supporting characters of Spider-Man lore. With the web crawler being apart of the behemoth MCU, the first of these movies is finally hitting theaters with Venom. Ruben Fleischer’s blockbuster will be an origin story for Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy. Hardy is also voicing the antihero title character– sharing scenes with himself in the process. Venom was previously adapted into live-action with Sam Raimi’s less than stellar Spider-Man 3, although he’s looking decidedly different in the new movie. CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell recently spoke with director Venom Ruben Fleischer, where he explained the effort to make the character look as different from Topher Grace’s version as possible.

It looks like Venom’s fundamental appearance change is mostly a sign of the times. The capabilities of CGI and visual affects have improved greatly since Spider-Man 3 arrived in 2007. The Raimi movies relied heavily on practical affects, resulting in a Venom that was far more human in appearance. But the big guy is a hulking monster in Venom, which should make comic book fans very happy.

Ruben Fleischer spoke with CinemaBlend editor Sean O’Connell at the recent Venom press junket. The character’s appearance and physical presence is being praised from early critics, and has already been shown off in the brief scenes released ahead of time. When fully transformed, Venom is a giant creature, with a bulky physique ripped directly from the beloved comic book pages. His symbiote abilities can also be far more creative and unpredictable, as modern visual affects create the impossible onscreen.

Ruben Fleischer’s comments also show how methodically he tried to separate Venom from previous web swinging movies. Tom Hardy’s dual Venom characters seem nothing like that of Topher Grace’s in Spider-Man 3, with audiences able to accept a new onscreen version of the iconic character, possibly crafting a new shared universe in the process.

You can catch Venom in theaters October 5th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

First Look At Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham In Hobbs And Shaw

The Fast and the Furious franchise has had an absolutely fascinating tenure in theaters. Starting off as a basic racing flick with some mediocre sequels, the property eventually turned into a beloved action franchise that is considered a new classic. Each installment has made a ton of money at the box office, including the recent blockbuster The Fate of the Furious. While the franchise shows no signs of slowing down (see what I did there?), it’s also expanding to spinoff films– the first of which being Hobbs & Shaw. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the title characters, the film will follow as the two badasses team up on an adventure separate from the rest of The Family. The first image from Hobbs & Shaw has just arrived, showing the dynamic duo in action.

Uh oh. While Shaw and Hobbs seem to finally come to an agreement by the end of The Fate and The Furious, it’s unclear how well they’ll function as a team throughout the course of their own spinoff movie. It wouldn’t be fun to see the two fan favorites being all buddy buddy, and the first image certainly teases a rocky road for them to walk together.

This first Shaw & Hobbs image comes to us from The Rock himself, Dwayne Johnson. Johnson is one of the busiest men in show business, and is constantly filming, producing, acting in, or promoting one of his movies. Shaw & Hobbs seems like a passion project for Johnson, so it should be interesting to see if his support of the project is more enthusiastic than others. If that’s even possible.

While Dwayne Luke Hobbs made his franchise debut in Fast Five, Jason Statham’s character Shaw is more of a newcomer. After having a brief cameo in Fast & Furious 6, Deckard Shaw was an antagonist who eventually switches side and joins Dom’s crew in The Fate of the Furious. But before a new movie is filmed for the main story, he’ll team up with The Rock for Shaw & Hobbs.

As a reminder, check out the duo’s iconic prison scene in The Fate of the Furious.

I mean, how can you not give those two their own movie? There’s just too much badassery to pass up.

While fans of the Fast and the Furious franchise are psyched for Hobbs and Shaw to get their own movie, there’s been some contention from other members of The Family. Specifically, actor Tyrese Gibson took umbrage with the spinoff, as it essentially delayed the next main installment. And since Gibson’s character Roman Pearce won’t have a role in Hobbs & Shaw, he felt The Rock was taking money from his family by exploring a new project. It was a celebrity feud that lasted months, although it seems to have died down as of late.

You can see Hobbs & Shaw yourself when it arrives in theaters on August 2, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

DC Universe’s Titans Renewed For Season 2 Before Season 1 Can Even Premiere

Live TV viewership used to dictated whether or not a series lived to see another season, although streaming has always been a different ratings beast, with official viewership numbers often hidden from the public eye. DC Universe hasn’t even premiered Titans yet, but the superhero drama was renewed for Season 2 before the first season even had a chance to debut and score any ratings stats. The confidence-oozing announcement was made at this year’s New York Comic-Con, which CinemaBlend was present for.

Titans‘ Season 2 renewal came right after New York Comic Con attendees saw the DC Universe staple’s world premiere, although it’s likely the next season commitment was cemented before audiences ever got a chance to see the heroes in action. Season 2’s announcement came on the heels of DC Universe locking down an international distribution deal with Netflix, who will be streaming Titans in every supported country that isn’t the United States or China. That deal will ensure audiences worldwide get to see this edgier, grown-up version of the Titans in action, to decide for themselves whether or not Robin’s mega-diss on Batman was justified.

Titans‘ early renewal isn’t too surprising from a business perspective, especially now that studio execs have had a chance to look at the early subscription numbers for DC Universe. (Plus, cancelling a flagship series ahead of its premiere probably isn’t the best look for a competitive new streaming service.) Barring any major controversies or incidents, it would be very hard to imagine a scenario where Titans wasn’t going to get a Season 2, even if the audience’s response to the new series wasn’t as super as the heroes, since comic book TV is all the rage. But the early buzz seems to be more positive, as a good number of viewers and critics at New York Comic Con appear to have been impressed,

That said, there are a few outliers who aren’t fans of DC Universes’ new hero squad. Some have taken issue with the gritty adaptation of the Teen Titans characters, which has been one of the big talking points leading up to the show’s premiere. Many fans were probably hoping for an adaptation closer to the original Teen Titans animated series by Glen Murakami, which could actually be coming back to television in the future anyway. Another issue some have taken with the series is its portrayal of characters like Starfire, whose live-action look differs from past adaptations of the character.

Starfire can be seen alongside her ass-kicking teammates in the show’s latest trailer, which shows the team linking up for and getting ready for a fight.

Season 1 of Titans is due to arrive on DC Universe on Friday, October 12. It’s one of the many television shows making its debut in the coming months, so be sure to check out our fall premiere guide and see what else is headed to television.

X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg Understands Gambit Worries

The X-Men franchise has had a long life in the theaters, but it hasn’t been without missteps. And while R-rated movies like Deadpool and Logan have found massive success, Fox’s next three releases have each been pushed back a few times. No blockbuster is quite as guilty of this as Channing Tatum’s Gambit, which has been delayed more times than you can shake a kinetically charged stick at. Many hardcore cinephiles and Marvel fans have all but given up on the Gambit movie at this point, and producer Simon Kinberg seems to understand that experience. In fact, he shared the cynicism– despite knowing the inner workings of the franchise. As he tells it,

While making a joke about his own insecurities and personal background, Simon Kinberg does seem to level with the fans here. Gambit has had an extremely rocky road to development, with no end in sight. So fans who don’t think the project will ever happen certainly have cause.

Simon Kinberg’s comments to Collider show how in flux the X-Men franchise as a whole is, and how the folks at 20th Century Fox are a bit more flexible than one would think. While running the X-Men franchise for nearly two decades is a massive undertaking, the studio seems to be flying by the seat of their pants in some ways. Just look at the most recent set of delays, as Dark Phoenix takes Gambit‘s release date, The New Mutants was delayed, and Channing Tatum’s movie was left in development hell.

The fans’ trepidation toward Gambit show one way that the superhero genre has changed in the past few years. Because until a blockbuster is actually shot and in the can, there’s no guarantee that previously announced projects will come to fruition. Gambit is a great example of this, as are a variety of DC’s previously announced movies that have no release date or production schedule. There’s still no guarantee the Gambit movie will ever actually make it to theaters, although Simon Kinberg makes it clear that the studio is very much keeping it in mind.

Of course, Simon Kinberg also addresses the possibility that Gambit might never make it to theaters, as he’d just as cynical as the rest of us. And with Disney and Fox’s merger looming in the background, the clock seems to be ticking.

Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut Dark Phoenix will arrive in theaters on June 7th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse Has Lots Of Great Crossover Moments With Coven And Hotel

Major spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet watched American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s latest episode.

After taking three episodes to set up its uncomfortable post-disaster narrative, American Horror Story: Apocalypse pulled the curtain down to show viewers what happened in the years before Ms. Venable poisoned the entirety of Outpost 3’s residents. Not only did the episode fully bring the bulk of Coven‘s betwitching ensemble into the fold, but “Could It Be…Satan?” also took a surprise trip back to another former American Horror Story season, with Hotel‘s haunted lodge and characters reappearing. Let’s go over the various connections seen (and unseen) in Episode 4.

Michael Is An Alpha Warlock

Looping everything together in American Horror Story: Apocalypse‘s latest episode was antichrist Michael Langdon’s backstory, which was not set next door to the Murder House under Constance’s care, but partially with an elite academy for burgeoning warlocks, similar to Miss Robichaux’s Academy. (It also happened to be the building presently known as Outpost 3, where Cheyenne Jackson made his seasonal debut.) Though Michael wasn’t necessarily always aware of the powers festering inside him, he strengthened them under the care of Kathy Bates’ Satan-worshipping guardian, whom Mrs. Mead was modeled after. Michael’s mastery caused his superiors to believe him to be the most powerful supernatural entity in existence. Even more powerful than Coven‘s Supreme, perhaps, which is how viewers arrived at the biggest surprise of the episode…

Queenie At The Hotel Cortez

Powerful as Sarah Paulson’s current Supreme Cordelia may be, she copped to the Hawthorne school’s upper echelon that she wasn’t able to rescue Queenie’s soul from eternally playing board games with Evan Peters’ Mr. March within the possessive Hotel Cortez. What a joy it was to see both Gabourey Sidibe’s Queenie and Mr. March again, and I was so hopeful for Liz Taylor or Ramona Royale would pop up, too. That didn’t happen, though Queenie did get to escape back to the land of the living, but only after Michael and his ever-growing ego showed up to whisk her away. Which meant that Mr. March didn’t have a game buddy anymore, the poor guy.

Madison’s Hell

Just as Queenie was temporarily trapped in an eternal tug-of-war with another hellacious entity, so was Emma Roberts’ Madison Montgomery. Only, she was stuck in her own personal hell, which wasn’t all THAT far off from Queenie’s stressful fast food afterlife in Coven. Madison was being forced to work as a cashier in a retail department store, which is about as spot-on a character reflection as any in this show. Alas, she didn’t actually have to spend all of eternity checking out angst-ridden demons, because she was also saved by Michael, who brought both Madison and Queenie back to Hawthorne. The sight of them made Cordelia literally pass out, which means Michael’s powers are more impressive than she thought, which possibly doesn’t bode well for her allies.

Outpost 3’s Survivors Are All Coven Witches

As we learned early on, and then later witnessed in part, Miss Robichaux’s Academy was also attended by Leslie Grossman’s Coco, Adina Porter’s Dinah, and Billie Lourd’s Mallory. Each of them had an “identity spell” put on them, though, so that they wouldn’t be aware of their true selves while cavorting with others. (Coco had to have been the “new Madison” of the Academy when she got there.) What’s more, when the episode went back in time to show us just how magical Mallory was in her early days, Apocalypse dropped another big crossover cameo in the form of Taissa Farmiga’s Zoe Benson. We’ve yet to see how Coco, Dinah and Mallory will use their powers for either good or evil, but it’s interesting to now know they have them.

But Where Are Jessica Lange And Lily Rabe?

“Could It Be…Satan?” featured a handful of moments when it seemed inevitable for Jessica Lange’s Constance Langdon (or even Fiona Goode) to bark at someone from a nearby chair, a cigarette dangling from her lips. Similarly, I would have bet some hard cash on Michael’s hell visits also incorporating a rescue for Lily Rabe’s Fleetwood Mac-obsessed witch Misty Day, whose resurrection has previously been teased. Both actresses are confirmed to be returning to the franchise this season in limited capacities, and I guess it makes sense to spread these crossover cameos out more. But if we don’t get Misty Day back by next week, we riot! Unless Michael says we shouldn’t, of course.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs every Wednesday night on FX at 10:00 p.m. ET, and you can bet that Ryan Murphy & Co. have a lot more weird tricks and twists up their sleeves. While waiting for more showstoppers, our fall TV premiere schedule will assist in finding all the great new and returning shows hitting primetime soon.

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