Most Of Final Fantasy XV’s Planned DLC Has Been Canceled

There has been troubling and terrible news spread throughout the gaming community today, mainly due to the fact that director Hajime Tabata is no longer working on Final Fantasy XV content, and that a majority of the planned DLC has now been canceled.

Variety is reporting that the only DLC that will be released for the game will be the Ardyn DLC. This will chronicle Ardyn’s ascension to becoming the chosen one and his descent into turning into the main villain of the game. Originally, his DLC would have been followed by stories also diving into the female mercenary and fan-favorite, Aranea, who popped up infrequently throughout the story both as a foil and as a friend for Noctis and his buddies. There was going to be another DLC that chronicled the very burdensome journey of Lady Lunafreya, the deuteragonist of the game and the supposed love of Noctis’ life. And, the final DLC was going to feature Noctis, once more, in an alternate tale of what would have happened in the final showdown at the end.

However, all of those plans are now scrapped, save for the story involving Ardyn.

Director Hajime Tabata has decided to part ways from Square Enix. During a special livestream broadcast on Youtube, Tabata announced that he would be leaving the company and starting his own company in order to work on a new project away from Square Enix. Unlike the fallout between Hideo Kojima and Konami over Metal Gear Solid V, at least Tabata was allowed to make his intentions clear and step away from the game and franchise amicably.

It’s not really surprising that Tabata would choose to step away given that Final Fantasy XV is already two years old, and working on more of the DLC heading into 2019 would mean that he would be putting in three years of extra development, in addition to the years he spent working on the game with the team to get it shipped after multiple false starts. Keep in mind that the game was revamped several times following the original announcement back in 2006 when it was known as Versus XIII.

That’s a lot of time spent working on a single franchise before and after the game ships. We’ve seen many top-tier developers step away from a game to pursue other interests, after spending up to a decade working on one franchise. Cliffy B. did the same thing with Gears of War, taking all of his money and starting Boss Key Productions in collaboration with Nexon to make Lawbreakers and Radical Heights.

Tabata will likely stretch his creative legs to find something new to be passionate about within the world of interactive entertainment, much like how Kojima decided to start an all new IP in the form of Death Stranding while working with Sony and Guerrilla Games using the Decima Engine.

Now, this doesn’t mean that Square is giving up on Final Fantasy XV, it just means that the content leadership under Tabata will be no more. The company already has plans on re-releasing the Comrades content as a standalone multiplayer experience on December 12th for the PS4 and Xbox One as Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades, and will also update the PC version of the game with the new multiplayer content to keep the version parity in check. However, with Hajime Tabata out of Square Enix, it means that the remaining stories involving Luna, Noctis, and Aranea will go untold… for now.

New Titans Photos Reveal Jason Todd Suited Up As Robin

Titans has delivered a bunch of superheroes to live-action, some of them for the very first time. Although the main group is comprised of Dick Grayson as Robin, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy, the show has already featured other heroes. Now, one more is slated to appear, and he’ll be none other than the second Robin. Yes, Jason Todd will make his Titans debut in the not-too-distant future. Check him out in new photos from his first episode!

At first glance, one might actually think this is Dick Grayson as Robin, striking a pose in front of a window. Jason Todd’s Robin outfit looks quite similar to Dick’s, which may not go over too well with Robin 1.0. It seems that Batman didn’t exactly go a subtle route when replacing his original sidekick. Based on the costume alone, it’s probably safe to say that Titans did right by Jason Todd in his first live-action appearance!

When you look a bit closer at Jason, it’s clear that this Robin isn’t Dick. His hair is noticeably different, for one. Robin 2.0 also looks to be shorter than Dick as Robin, although it’s difficult to say without seeing the two next to each other on level ground. He certainly looks younger than Dick, even if his face is partially obscured by his mask.

Assuming Titans Jason holds some similarities to the Jason Todd of the comics, we can be confident that his personality will differ from Dick’s as well, and not in a way Dick may appreciate, especially if Jason takes after Batman. Dick left Batman for a reason. That said, in another photo from the “Together” episode of Titans, the Robins look like they’re getting along reasonably well. At least, neither is trying to attack the other. Take a look!

Do I spy the beginnings of some brotherly love? We do know from early Titans footage that Dick didn’t realize that Batman had replaced him (or that the new Robin got some driving privileges that he never had), so it should be interesting to see how the guys interact. Dick isn’t Batman’s biggest fan at the moment; will he hold that against Jason?

Dick does know what it’s like to be a young vigilante working closely with Batman, so perhaps he’ll be able to relate to Jason even if they have different ideas about how to fight crime. We can’t say what’s in store for their relationship based just on a photo or on the early footage that was no more than an entertaining tease. Since the seventh episode of Season 1 is actually called “Jason Todd,” we can likely count on the Robins interacting a fair amount.

Could Jason as Robin be what pushes Dick to go full Nightwing? Even if he and Jason aren’t based out of the same city, it might be kind of silly (and even embarrassing) for there to be two Robins running around, especially if one is still by Batman’s side when Dick has been working to separate himself from the Dark Knight.

It’s not clear at this point what brings Jason Todd into the fray on Titans. Another image from the next episode reveals Jason facing off against members of the Nuclear Family, so he’ll clearly wind up battling them. Whether the Nuclear Family is what brought Jason to meet Dick or it was something else remains to be seen. At this point, it’s really only safe to say that Jason will be ready for a fight (at a motel, by the looks of it) when he crosses paths with the villains:

Although Jason Todd won’t have been in the vigilante biz for nearly as long as Dick in Titans, he’s clearly a good guy to have in a bad fight. He probably won’t single-handedly take down the Nuclear Family before they’re able to get their hands on Raven; he still looks quite dangerous with his staff. Titans‘ Boy Wonders certainly are darker than other adaptations of Robins!

A big question now is how long Jason Todd will have a part to play on Titans. Jason is Batman’s sidekick, so he presumably won’t be hanging out with his Robin predecessor on a regular basis. He could be little more than a supporting player who drops in from time to time. Titans has already scored an order for Season 2. Why shouldn’t he stick around for the long term, even if he’s off-screen in Gotham most of the time?

Well, Jason Todd’s backstory on the pages of DC Comics is the biggest reason why he might not stick around for the long term. Although he played an important part in Batman’s development after Dick left his side and holds the distinction as the second Robin, Jason Todd is probably best known for his brutal death at the hands of the Joker.

Jason was later resurrected into the Red Hood in the comics (and the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated movie), but most versions of his character seem to be killed off. The Robin who was killed prior to the events of Batman v Superman in the DCU was confirmed to be Jason, and even Young Justice kinda sorta killed him off by revealing a Robin who died between Dick Grayson in Season 1 and Tim Drake in Season 2.

If Titans follows the grand tradition of killing Jason, he may not be among the living very long. The Joker hasn’t been introduced on Titans yet, however, and Jason’s death would presumably have more of an impact on Batman than the Titans en masse, so I’m not sure how Titans would handle it. His death would likely be hard on Dick; would such a twist fit into Titans when Dick is a member (albeit the leader) of an ensemble?

We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of Titans air Fridays on DC Universe. Titans is the only original DC Universe series that has premiered so far, but there are other DC superhero offerings on the small screen thanks to the four shows of the Arrow-verse as well as Black Lightning.

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When Jay And Silent Bob Get A Reboot Is Actually Happening

It has been a long road for director Kevin Smith to get back to the View Askewniverse established in films like Clerks and Mallrats that started his career. But despite the decade-plus hiatus since Clerks II, Kevin Smith is heading back to the View Askewniverse with Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot. As far as when that is going to happen, it sounds like it could be relatively soon according to Jay himself, Jason Mewes:

As far as Jason Mewes knows, the current plan is for Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot to go before cameras early next year. Given that such a movie in theory wouldn’t require a year’s worth of VFX, that would mean that we could actually see the return of Bluntman and Chronic in 2019. Snoogins.

While Jason Mewes indicated to TMZ that he’s pretty certain that that schedule is where the movie is at right now, it does sound as though there may be some major asterisks attached to that early 2019 production start. He mentioned that offers went out to some people, so it sounds like this movie may still be looking for a home and the requisite funding.

When Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot was first announced, Kevin Smith was hoping to start shooting in summer of 2017. Then production was supposed to happen that fall, but both of those times came and went without filming. Although director Kevin Smith has obviously went through a lot since then, suffering a heart attack earlier this year.

That heart attack precipitated a lifestyle change for the filmmaker that resulted in some impressive weight loss. That meant the fat jokes had to be taken out of the script that will see Jay and Silent Bob returning to Hollywood to stop the reboot-happy town from rebooting the first movie made about them.

Kevin Smith has tried to revisit his fan favorite properties in the past and faced insurmountable obstacles each time. With Clerks III, one of the film’s leads opted out so Kevin Smith turned to Mallrats 2, which then evolved into a Mallbrats TV series. No one picked up the series, so he then turned to the characters of Jay and Silent Bob, which unlike the latter two properties, he actually owns, so that he could play with his old toys again.

As a fan of the View Askewniverse, I’m hoping that Kevin Smith does get to make this film. He’s talked about wanting to return to his characters and it would be great to see him be able to revisit the world that built his career and gained him so many fans.

If Alanis Morissette blesses Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot and it actually does make it to theaters next year, it would join a positively jam-packed calendar. Check all of the movies schedule for next year in our 2019 release calendar. For all the latest on Jay and Silent Bob Get A Reboot, stay tuned to moviepoopshoot.com. I mean, CinemaBlend.

6 Questions The Breaking Bad Movie Needs To Answer

Vince Gilligan is making a Breaking Bad movie, and while other details are floating around the web about who might be its star, all we officially know is that it’s a sequel to the TV series. Going off that information alone, there are a handful of things we’re curious about that we’ve had to speculate on up until now. Here is our list of six questions that this Breaking Bad movie needs to answer, if only to put some long-standing questions to rest.

Did Jesse Escape?

Jesse Pinkman’s escape has been one of the biggest debates since the Breaking Bad finale. Jesse’s final scene showed him driving like a madman away from the compound and crying tears of joy now that he was finally free of his captors. Not long after, police cars were seen approaching the area, which may mean they crossed paths with Jesse. If they saw the way he was driving, they would’ve almost certainly pulled him over.

As heartbreaking as the answer may be, Breaking Bad fans need to know whether or not Jesse Pinkman escaped the scene of the crime, or if he was captured by authorities. We’re thinking this question will get answered, given a sequel involving Jesse would seemingly be what fans want and the most obvious subject to tackle. Then again, Vince Gilligan has proven with Better Call Saul he’s not always someone who chooses the obvious story to tell, so who knows?

Will Jesse Have A Happy Ending?

Another thing Breaking Bad fans need and, quite frankly, deserve to know is whether or not Jesse Pinkman got a happy ending. Vince Gilligan subjected the character to a lot of torture over the series and cut fans off just when his life had an opportunity to get better. After watching him lose his family, a lover and be forced into meth-making slavery, it would be nice to see Jesse have something good happen.

Unfortunately, Vince Gilligan has hinted in the past that a happy ending for Jesse at this point may be hard to find. Gilligan told EW after the series finale Jesse would likely be scarred from his experience as a prisoner, in addition to all the other stuff that happened to him on the show. Should the Breaking Bad movie pick up with Jesse’s life, one would imagine some of those emotional scars will make it hard to live normally.

Did Walt Actually Die?

It seems like a silly question, especially given the emotional final scene of Breaking Bad. Walt had a gunshot wound. cancer and a will to die as he attempted to encourage Jesse to kill him right before he dropped to the ground. Yet theories do exist he may not have actually died then and there. After all, as Walt laid there bleeding out, cop cars were speeding onto the scene and could’ve saved him.

That leaves a small chance that Walt, in whatever condition he may be, could’ve survived long enough to make it to a hospital. We don’t believe his story would go any further given his wanted status and the murder charges he would probably face, but it would be interesting to see if Walt was declared dead at the scene. Bryan Cranston, unfortunately, has no answers to give, so we’re left to wonder if he’ll even be in it.

How Will Walt Jr. And Skyler React To Walt’s Death?

If Walt is dead and is correctly identified as Heisenberg, news of his death would spread throughout the state. It makes sense that Walt Jr. and Skyler would eventually find out, whether it be through identifying his body or seeing it reported on the news. Should that happen, how will each respond to Walter’s death?

This was, after all, the man who turned their lives upside down. Conversely, he was also a man who got in the drug game hoping to make enough money for his family to live comfortably after his death. Walt Jr. may never fully understand his father’s intentions, but we’d like to think Skyler could see the gray in the situation over time. Whether that’s enough for her to shed a tear upon learning of his death is a different story.

Are There Any Bad Guys Left?

There were many high-profile drug lords in the New Mexico area that met their end thanks to Walter White, but the drug trafficking world is a vast operation. Maybe one of Uncle Jack’s crew called in sick that day and didn’t get shot up by Walt’s car gun. What about the suppliers Jack’s crew was servicing? Won’t they be curious what happened to the guys supplying their drugs?

It would stand to reason that while Walter White’s adventure is over, meth use in Albuquerque continued. There was almost certainly someone who noticed Uncle Jack’s outfit being taken out, and probably others who knew Jesse was their cook. Ambitious drug lords could stand to make a massive profit if they managed to capture him, which is obviously something Jesse doesn’t want. If this Breaking Bad film has a villain, it may be someone who fits one of those descriptions.

Will This Tie-In To Better Call Saul?

While it’s easy to understand why a Breaking Bad film would be made, one has to wonder why now? Why, five years after the series finale, is a film being made that picks up after the events of the original series? With Better Call Saul‘s past storyline marching closer and closer to Breaking Bad territory, we have to wonder if there’s a connection that ties to its present day.

For example, what if Better Call Saul wants to introduce Jesse Pinkman back into Gene’s life in a storyline for Better Call Saul? They could’ve just done it, but then there’d be folks wanting to know what happened with Jesse, and Vince Gilligan may not have wanted to spend time explaining what happened to a character whose name isn’t the show’s focus. A film would solve this problem, obviously, so perhaps that’s the answer to why this is happening now.

Breaking Bad fans will wait and see if these questions are answered as the film continues development at AMC. While we don’t know the release date of this project, we do know when to expect a bunch of other fall shows this season. Head over to our fall premiere guide and see what’s on the way.

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Spider-Man’s Next DLC, Has Been Dated

The very first piece of DLC for the trilogy of episodes within the expansion pack known as The City That Never Sleeps came out in October for Marvel’s Spider-Man. It introduced gamers to the Black Cat for the first time in Insomniac Games’ open-world super hero game, and now the studio is prepping to release the next big DLC for the game called Turf Wars.

In a screenshot taken of the in-game menu of Marvel’s Spider-Man there’s an advertisement at the bottom of the menu for the DLC that leads to the PlayStation Store page. The DLC is for Turf Wars, the next episode in the expansion pack for The City That Never Sleeps. It lists that the Turf Wars episode will be available starting November 20th exclusively for PlayStation 4 gamers over on the PlayStation Store.

The little ad pops up right at the very bottom of the menu where you can choose to continue the story, load your game, change the settings or view the credits. It appeared shortly after the update was made available on November 7th for Marvel’s Spider-Man, meaning that Insomniac is already prepping to get the DLC up and out at the end of the month.

We don’t know exactly what the details of the DLC are, but we do know that the general description says that Spider-Man will be butting heads with the criminal villain Hammerhead in the new DLC, which will be available on the PlayStation Store.

Now, if you already purchased the season pass for the game you don’t have to worry about paying extra for it. Everything within the expansion The City That Never Sleeps will be available to season pass holders. So think of it literally as gaining access to a season of episodes, and each new DLC is an episode within the season.

I don’t know how well gamers will take to having to purchase new season passes for each new season of content, as it can very quickly begin to get very expensive maintaining the DLC roll out for single-player games, and I’m sure completionist will find it difficult to ignore their compulsion to own all the DLC in order to unlock the full story, but so far gamers love Marvel’s Spider-Man so much that I tend to doubt that too many people will have a problem with it.

The Turf Wars DLC will likely pick up right where the last DLC, The Heist, left off. There are some spoilers ahead so if you haven’t played it it’s probably best to avoid the next section.

But in The Heist, which involved the Black Cat, Spider-Man and his old flame got into a tussle, which involved stealing from Hammerhead after Black Cat was originally working for the mob boss. The ending was an explosive finale that attempted to show Hammerhead having Black Cat blown up. This was a perfect segue into Turf Wars, because it made Hammerhead the main target of Spider-Man’s attention, which will likely conclude in the upcoming DLC… maybe.

Marvel’s Spider-Man released with a lot of positive feedback from gamers and critics alike, and it sold millions of copies right out of the gate, which helped Sony’s quarterly financials. The game also managed to become one of the few open-world games with the fastest and largest platinum achievements on the PlayStation 4. You can grab a physical or digital copy of the game right now or look for the Turf Wars episode to launch on November 20th.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Think

The Harry Potter film series may have concluded in 2011 with The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, but that didn’t mark the end of exploring J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World on the big screen. Five years later, we turned the clock back to 1926 for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of a five-movie spinoff series. Later this month, the second installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will work its magic in theaters, but reviews for the sequel are now coming in, and it doesn’t appear to measures up to its predecessor.

Starting off, CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg gave Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 3 out of 5 stars in his review, noting that while longtime fans of the Wizarding World franchise will get a lot out of the movie, those who are just casual fans/viewers of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies will have difficulty being “deep end of the pool.” Those of you who have been looking forward to seeing Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore and the first full appearance of Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald will also want to temper your expectations, as the former only has a “very minor part” in The Crimes of Grindelwald and Eric describe the latter as disappointing.

Solid and loaded with fun characters and sequences, but it’s also a ride that is designed specifically to be enjoyed by those who have long invested their hearts into the Wizarding World.

Germain Lussier from io9 was more critical towards Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, calling it “criminally underwhelming.” In his review, Germain stated that the sequel is less concerned with telling “a concise, satisfying story,” instead opting to weave in “broad strokes” that only serve to set up the next movie. There are some good moments in The Crimes of Grindelwald, but they don’t outweigh all the negative ones, from “long exposition dumps” about Credence Barebone (who is more important to the plot than you might have assumed) to “odd, annoying coincidences or unexplained links that feel unnecessarily lazy.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is chapter two in a longer story that may look better once we see the rest—but, on its own, it fails to live up to its Harry Potter roots.

IGN‘s David Griffin was much kinder towards Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, giving it an 8 out of 10 score in his review. In his opinion, The Crimes of Grindelwald was packed with “colorful new creatures, stunning visual effects, and enough intriguing storylines” for the next three installments, and characters like Gellert Grindelwald and Leta Lestrange, are enjoyable to watch, though David found Credence Barebone and Nagini “disappointing” and “unnecessary,” respectively.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is another strong entry in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World saga. Rowling has improved upon the first Fantastic Beasts film by fleshing out her characters in a way that’s engaging, though not everybody receives as much attention. Both Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne are – forgive the pun – fantastic in their respective roles.

Variety‘s Andrew Barker felt that while J.K. Rowling has done a great job with world building over the years, that’s only half of the equation, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald fails to deliver on the other half, namely “real characters” and a compelling story. Instead, this sequel is described as the “noisiest, most rhythmless, and least coherent entry” in the Wizarding World, lacking tension and causing worry about if the rest of the Fantastic Beasts franchise is heading in a similar direction.

Fantastic Beasts assumes a similar level of engagement with its swollen dramatis personae, without allowing the time or putting in the work to earn it.

Brian Truitt from USA Today, on the other hand, awarded Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 3 out of 4 stars, complementing the sequel for its solid cast and giving Wizarding World fans a “a darker and bolder film” that incorporates different eras of the mythology and provides a “more relevant cinematic villain” in Grindelwald than Voldemort was previously… (or will be, if we’re looking at this within the fictional universe’s timeline). That said, The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s ambition does threaten to derail the story at times.

Crimes is missing some of the goofy appeal of the original Beasts, where stopping lovable creatures from making a mess of the Big Apple comprised much of the conflict. But the world keeps turning and the threats get bigger for heroic wand-wavers, even the resident magizoologist.

Finally, Indiewire‘s Kate Erbland stamped a C+ on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, acknowledging that while the sequel “nudges” this franchise forward, there are too many storylines and characters taking away from what charms there are. New creatures and flashbacks to Newt Scamander’s time at Hogwarts are treats, but they don’t balance out those numerous issues.

The Crimes of Grindelwald is hampered by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films (some of them surely better than others).

Overall, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald sounds like quite the mixed affair. Longtime Harry Potter fans will probably have better luck enjoying the movie compared to those who don’t keep up with this magical mythology, but it’s doubtful this will go on to be one of the more cherished entries in the Wizarding World.

As mentioned earlier, this is also Part Two of a five-part saga, so it is concerning that there’s already a sense of exhaustion so early into the proceedings. As of this past June, J.K. Rowling was writing the Fantastic Beasts 3 script, and whether she’s finished with it or not, it will be interesting to learn if she makes any changes to that upcoming story based on the reception to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

You can judge Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald for yourself when it casts its spell in theaters on November 16. For those of you already looking even further into the future, Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for November 20, 2020. You can also find out what this year’s other remaining movies are by scanning through our 2018 release schedule, or feel free to get a head start on next year by checking out our 2019 release schedule.

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That Rumored Black Widow Movie Plot May Have Come From The Early 2000s

Over the past 11 years, Marvel has successfully expanded the franchise into a vast universe full of more comic-book character portrayals than one can count. There’s been a lot going on for the Avengers and friends, but for many fans, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow hasn’t had quite enough to do. Audiences have been rooting for a Marvel movie for Natasha Romanoff to call her own, and it certainly seems like those dreams are coming true.

Earlier this year, Marvel reportedly hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer and director Cate Shortland to team up with Scarlett Johansson for a Black Widow movie. Soon after, a rumored plot line made its way online, describing the film as a prequel/origin story for the hero that would be a period piece. But former Black Widow writer/director David Hayter, who worked on the scrapped project with Lionsgate, maintains the rumored plot is straight from his past project that never came to be. In his words:

The rumored plot details for Black Widow looked to walk a similar path to the first-female led Marvel film, Captain Marvel, which will take audiences back to the ’90s when it comes to theaters this March. Per David Hayter’s recent comments to DiscussingFilm (via HN Entertainment), the synopsis detailed Natasha Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union– putting it at around 2006. The given description does sounds a little dated if you look closely at it, since it says “the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative” in coincidence with the 12-year-old date.

As of yet, no official plot details have been released from Marvel about the upcoming Black Widow movie. The studio seems to be keeping just about everything under wraps until Avengers 4 makes its way to theaters, because its conclusion will likely have a large effect on where the MCU goes from here. Kevin Feige has expressed Marvel’s commitment “creatively and emotionally” to telling Black Widow’s story in Phase 4 though, so the project seems to be given upmost priority moving forward. Filming could begin as early as early 2019 and Black Widow might see a 2020 release if rumors ring true.

When Scarlett Johansson was asked about the solo project early this year, she showed an interest in telling the story of Natasha where she has room to finally have agency as a character after a long career of taking orders in her past. Johansson seems to want to look forward with the role, and that honestly may be the best way to go for the movie– with some unique exploration of her troubled past woven in as well. I personally think telling the story of a female hero already seasoned in her work and effected by it is much more intriguing than having Johansson pose as her character while she’s in her early ’20s. It would disconnect Natasha from all her work in the MCU, dating back to 2010’s Iron Man 2.

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly making bank on the solo project with a reported $15 million paycheck, comparable to Chris Evan’s for Captain America: Civil War and Chris Hemsworth’s in Thor: Ragnarok. It may be a while before we receive some solid intel about Black Widow, but until then the actress will reprise her iconic role in Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.

How Long Avengers 4 Currently Is, According To Joe Russo

This year’s Avengers: Infinity War was an event a decade in the making; the moment 18 films had been building towards and the beginning of the end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That film’s 2 hour and 40 minute runtime reflected that import, clocking in as the MCU’s longest film to date. Avengers 4 is set to be even more momentous and it sounds like it could be much longer too, according to co-director Joe Russo:

That is very, very long. A three-hour runtime would easily make Avengers 4 the longest MCU movie to date by a wide margin and probably the longest one that there would be for some time, at least until Avengers 5 or something similarly massive comes along. And as the final Phase 3 film and the culmination of the MCU’s first decade, Avengers 4 would certainly befit such an epic runtime.

Of course, as Joe Russo said, that runtime could change, it’s just that three hours is where Avengers 4 is at right now. Still though, that runtime does in a way confirm the obvious, that Avengers 4 has a lot of story to tell and it will be an epic film that completes this Phase of the MCU in a big way.

Avengers 4 is a long way off from picture lock, and while I wouldn’t expect that runtime to increase, it could definitely come down to something closer to Avengers: Infinity War‘s runtime. In the live-stream promoting his new bar Duello, Joe Russo also spoke about where he and brother Anthony are in the edit, saying:

So basically there is still a lot of work to be done on Avengers 4 before it is ready to play in theaters. The scoring has just begun, the bulk of the VFX is not finished and the cut itself is still being worked on. A lot of things can and probably will change between now and when the film is finished, but this at least gives us an idea of where this crazily anticipated movie is currently at. Joe Russo did not, however, provide any answers about the film’s title or when we’ll be seeing the first trailer.

It would be very interesting if Avengers 4 made it to theaters with a three-hour runtime. You don’t see three-hour movies very much in general, and definitely not for blockbusters. Studios tend to favor shorter runtimes (e.g. Justice League) to pack in more screenings per day and not discourage audiences from seeing a film because of a daunting length.

Three-hour runtimes are usually the dominion of prestige auteurist flicks as opposed to mass-market blockbusters. The only movie approaching an analog is the 3 hour and 21 minute Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. That movie did alright for itself, though even if it could have used an intermission for bathroom breaks.

I think a lot of MCU fans would be totally on board for a three-hour Avengers 4. One would think that this movie has a lot of ground to cover and a runtime that allows the film to do that while not feeling rushed or short-changed would be for the best. Whatever the runtime is, I just want it to be no shorter than what the Russo Brothers need to tell their story.

Avengers 4 opens in theaters on May 3, 2019. Check out our 2019 release schedule for that and all the other huge movies coming to theaters next year.

Star Wars’ Next Live-Action Series Will Be A Rogue One Prequel

Star Wars has brought the action from that galaxy far, far away to the small screen more and more in recent years, and we’ve known for a bit that a new live-action series set after the events of the original trilogy is in the works with Jon Favreau. Now, more exciting Star Wars TV news has broken. A second live-action series is happening, and this one will be a Rogue One prequel with a movie star reprising his role.

Yes, Diego Luna will be back as Cassian Andor in the new Star Wars series. Its nature as a prequel means that we’ll see Cassian in his days before his fateful final mission to Scarif. It will be a spy thriller and go into production next year.

Viewers can expect the show to tackle stories of daring missions and espionage that were only hinted at during Rogue One. The movie had enough time to establish Cassian as a spy for the Rebellion who’d had to cross a lot of lines for the greater good, but it wasn’t long enough to really delve into what made him the way he was. In the show, Cassian will attempt to restore hope to the galaxy as the Empire grows stronger than ever.

Details about when the show could be released are not yet available. The show is slated to go into production in 2019, with no release date announced just yet. Complicating matters is that fact that Diego Luna is slated to continue work on Narcos: Mexico for another season, according to Variety’s Justin Kroll on Twitter, so he has projects to finish before the new Star Wars show.

The Disney Streaming Service Finally Has A Name

We’ve known for quite some time that Disney was planning its own dedicated streaming service. Now we finally know what to call it. Speaking at The Walt Disney Company Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the name of the service launching in 2019 will be called Disney+

It’s not necessarily all that shocking a name. Disney’s current streaming service product for ESPN is called ESPN+ as well so it all fits into the existing branding., but it’s nice to be able to refer to the streaming platform as something other than “streaming platform.”

In addition to confirming the name of the service, Bob Iger also gave a bit of detail about some of the material that would be on it. Most excitingly, he announced an as yet unrevealed show that will be on the service. In addition to the Star Wars series that had been announced from Jon Favreau, The _Mandalorian,_ there will be a second series that will be a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which will star Diego Luna.

More to come…