Could The Avengers: Endgame VR Experience Reveal A Potential Spoiler?

Since Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters last April, the conversation the discussion around the Russo Brothers’ massive ensemble piece hasn’t slowed down. This is mostly due to the film’s twist ending, where Josh Brolin’s Thanos succeeded in his even quest, and wiped out half the galaxy with the snap of his finger. As such, fans have been searching for any idea of what is coming next in Avengers: Endgame.

The marketing for Endgame has been slowly amping up, with the film’s official title and first brief trailer recently revealed. Now a VR experience is being debuted ahead of the film’s release, with some fans believing a potential spoiler could be hidden. As Variety reports, the experience is titled Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run, a VR system that is being debut by Audi for CES 2019. And considering the precarious position of the surviving heroes in the MCU, could this hint at Rocket rescuing Iron Man and Nebula in Endgame?

When the Avengers: Endgame trailer debuted, one thing was clear: Tony Stark was in serious danger. The trailer opens up with Robert Downey Jr.’s signature character recording a goodbye message to his wife Pepper Potts, revealing he’d soon run out of oxygen. He and Nebula were left stranded on Titan in Infinity War, after failing to separate Thanos from the Infinity Gauntlet. But could Rocket Raccoon be the one to rescue him?

Its a narrative that would track, given Rocket’s position at the end of Infinity War. He is the only surviving member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, after Gamora was murdered by Thanos and the rest of the team faded to dust in The Decimation. Given his emotional issues, it makes sense that he wouldn’t stay on Earth, and would perhaps travel back through the galaxy, and stumble upon Tony and Nebula on the way to Titan. Nebula was also seen communicating with Mantis during Infinity War, so she and Rocket may be able to get in touch in order to schedule a rescue mission.

Of course, Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run could also just be a fun gaming experience, and something for Marvel fans to enjoy safely from the backseat of a new Audi. But moviegoers are eager for any and all information about Avengers: Endgame, given the world-changing affects of Thanos. The trailer was purposefully vague, only showing a few shots of the surviving Avengers to set the tone of the movie. But the marketing material will reportedly only feature footage from the first 15 minutes of the movie, meaning that anything could happen once Endgame finally arrives in theaters.

Luckily, audiences are finally going to get some answers, and sooner than anticipated. Avengers: Endgame was recently moved up to April 26th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.

See What The Bird Box Monster Could Have Looked Like

Yep, it’s a big fat baby. Bird Box has been a huge hit for Netflix, despite — or maybe because of — the fact that it never shows the deadly monsters in question. Sandra Bullock already said the creature they made for her pregnant lead character Malorie was a green snake-like man with a horrific baby face, and it was more funny than frightening. Since the objective wasn’t to make people laugh, they cut the monster out of the horror movie. But special effects artist Andy Bergholtz recently shared some photos of what Malorie’s creature could’ve looked like:

Andy Bergholtz shared those photos with some behind-the-scenes notes, then the images were deleted from Instagram. But The Brag salvaged the images, and TheWrap shared what Bergholtz had revealed about them.

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer had previously said he was basically forced to write a scene where Malorie has a kind of nightmare sequence seeing her own monster. One of the producers had insisted they show something, he said. Director Susanne Bier said they spent a lot of energy filming the scene, but insisted they cut it because she realized it was going to be more funny than tense. Sandra Bullock herself said the “long fat baby” just made her laugh.

Creature designer Andy Bergholtz said the monsters would look different for each person, based on their fears, leading them to take their own lives. He also said that Malorie’s particular monster wouldn’t really have looked like a snake-like green man, an actor in a spandex green-screen suit was supposed to portray a giant CGI creature with a monstrous body to be added later.

Either way, it sounds like everything turned out much better to just have the monsters be hinted to through things like crazy Gary’s (Tom Hollander) drawings.

Samuel L. Jackson Teases The Origin Of Nick Fury’s Eye Injury In Captain Marvel

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a fascinating place right now, with just two movies left before Phase Three concludes. While all eyes are on what will happen after Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Endgame, there is a new origin story arriving first: Captain Marvel. Starring Brie Larson as the ultra-powerful title character, Captain Marvel will bring something new to the universe as a period piece set in 1995. And it’ll bring back MCU favorites Nick Fury and Phil Coulson in the process.

The magic of CGI will de-age actors Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson, with Marvel audiences privy to S.H.I.E.L.D. long before Tony Stark changed the world in Iron Man. Fury will also have both good eyes in the movie, and now Jackson revealed that the upcoming blockbuster will show how that injury came about. As he said,

Well, this is exciting. With Nick Fury getting his first exposure to superpowered individuals and aliens with Captain Marvel, the iconic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is going to be scarred from the incident– both physically and emotionally. Are you pumped yet?

Samuel L. Jackson’s comments teases how integral Nick Fury will likely be throughout the course of Captain Marvel. Focused on the fractured psyche and history of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s movie will also feature plenty of MCU favorites– while also fleshing out the cosmic side of the shared universe.

When audiences met Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury at the tail end of 2007’s Iron Man, he was already a hardened S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, who revealed that the universe was much bigger than Tony Stark imagined. In his same conversation with ET, Samuel L. Jackson hinted at the long and storied past of his character, saying:

Despite being the connective tissue of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the person that gathered the original Avengers, Nick Fury’s backstory is still largely a mystery. And since he’s been noticeably absent throughout Phase Three, news of his expanded role in Captain Marvel is extra exciting.

Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters on March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

New Glass Video Features David Dunn’s Son From Unbreakable

It’s been almost 20 years since M. Night Shyamalan released Unbreakable and while we thought that story was over, with the release of Split, we learned that it was far from done. In the new movie Glass, we’ll learn what Bruce Willis‘ hero David Dunn has been up to for the last couple of decades, but we’ll also be reintroduced to a character we haven’t seen since he was a kid, David’s son Joseph. Check him out all grown up in the video below.

The clip posted to Twitter shows us a pair of scenes. One comes from the original Unbreakable. It’s the moment where young Joseph Dunn realizes that his father has become a superhero. His father shows him a newspaper story of the anonymous act of heroism he has committed. The awe in the child’s eyes is clear. We then fast forward to a scene from Glass and see Joseph has grown up. He appears to be working with his father and reveals that David Dunn now has his own superhero name, The Overseer.

Exactly what David Dunn has been up to for the last 19 years, we don’t really know yet. One assumes he has continued to play the hero, but if he’s only being named 19 years after the events of Unbreakable, then it would seem he has done a solid job keeping out of the spotlight up until now. Of course, based on the trailers we know that David finds himself inside an asylum at some point, so it appears that not only will David Dunn be seen by the public, he’ll actually be apprehended at some point.

Actor Joseph Treat Clark portrayed Joseph Dunn in the original Unbreakable. The actor is back, 19 years later, to play the role again. In addition to the actor returning for the role, the new film will also reportedly contain unused footage of him from Unbreakable.

It’s still more than a little surreal that we’re standing here on the edge of the final film in an Unbreakable trilogy. The first movie is one of M. Night Shyamalan’s early hits. His follow-up to The Sixth Sense is a great movie without question, and Split was largely viewed as a return to form even before the post-credits scene that revealed it was all taking place in the same universe as Unbreakable.

Glass will see the return of Samuel L. Jackson‘s nemesis to David Dunn as well as the characters from Split. For some, it’s going to be one of the most anticipated movies of the new year and the first of many superhero movies that 2019 will bring.

Glass arrives in theaters on January 18.

Kevin Hart Will Not Come Back To Host The Oscars, So Stop Asking

Kevin Hart will not be hosting the Oscars. He’s previously said he will not be hosting the Oscars after actually stepping away from hosting the Oscars a few weeks ago. Now, on Good Morning America, Kevin Hart spoke to Michael Strahan, once again explaining he won’t be taking the main stage at the big movie awards event. He said:

Previously, Kevin Hart stepped down after some homophobic tweets resurfaced online. The tweets were jokes made he had previously apologized about in the past. After they resurfaced, Hart made the rounds to explain he was a changed person and to re-apologize on social media.

This time around on Good Morning America, he reiterated more than once comments along the lines of “for the last time I’m addressing this.” He said he was leaving the conversation as it was and if people aren’t willing to accept his previous apologies, he feels there’s really nothing else he can say on the subject. In addition, if anyone had hopes Kevin Hart might change his mind about hosting the Oscars, those hopes should die now.

In addition, her says he will not longer continue to apologize for the comments he had previously tweeted and apologized for years ago.

Part of the confusion around the Oscars may stem from another interview Kevin Hart did on Ellen a few days ago. At the time, the daytime TV host said she believed in Kevin Hart and had even called up the Academy to tell them she personally felt Kevin Hart had changed in the time since he tweeted almost a decade ago.

It almost seemed to be a part of a comeback for the actor or a bid to take the awards back. However, apparently that’s not so.

Meanwhile, the Academy Awards still don’t have a host this year, and not a lot of people seem excited about stepping up to the plate. Seasoned hosts like Steve Harvey have even come out to explain why they wouldn’t put their name in the ring for the gig. Thus, the search continues.

In the meantime, Kevin Hart’s new movie The Upside, about a struggling former criminal who ends up taking care of a paraplegic (played by Bryan Cranston in the movie), will open on January 11. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22. With a little luck and some fairy dust, hopefully we’ll have a plan for the event by then.

The Oscars Are Reportedly Going Without A Host This Year

Awards Season is in full swing, as the 2019 Golden Globes awarded the first trophies of the year. And after all the other ceremonies have decided on winners, the biggest honor is the annual Academy Awards. Aside from the winners and nominees, much of the conversation around the Oscars comes down to its host, with plenty of legends keeping the show moving over the years.

Unfortunately, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is having a rough go ahead of this year’s ceremony. Just one month ago, comedian/actor Kevin Hart announced he would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards. But he was recently moved from the position, after homophobic tweets from years ago resurfaced. It’s a controversy that has dominated the entertainment world for several days, and now it looks like the Oscars aren’t seeking a replacement, but going host-less this year.

This report comes to us from Variety, and is another unexpected twist in the still unfolding story of Kevin Hart’s departure. After Hart revealed he wouldn’t be hosting the evening, many assumed that another comedian or actor would be asked to be the MC of the iconic evening. But now it seems that the Oscars are forgoing hosting at all. Instead, the ceremony will utilized a myriad of actors, who will reportedly introduce segments of the show.

The 2019 Oscars going without a host makes history, as it’s the first time the ceremony has done this in nearly three decades. But with the ceremony a matter of weeks away, trying to find someone to host the evening isn’t an easy task. And given the ongoing controversy surrounding Kevin Hart’s departure, endless comparisons to the comedian would likely plague whoever took the job. Instead, the Academy is shifting the narrative and going a new route for the 91st Oscars.

Kevin Hart’s departure from his hosting duties has been one of the hottest issues in the entertainment world, and it’s a story that continues to evolve with every passing day. The issue began when old tweets of Hart’s resurfaced, which people found homophobic. He was then reportedly asked to apologize for the jokes by The Academy, but originally refused– stating he’d already addressed his past missteps. But the questions have kept coming, with Hart making new statements as the situation continues to get more complicated.

The lack of a host isn’t the first controversy that has surrounded this year’s Oscars. The Academy previously revealed its plans to introduce a popular film category, a decision that was met with both umbrage and joy from certain moviegoers. That category has been tabled for another year, but it’s clear that his year’s Oscars won’t be the most seamless. Let’s just hope there’s not another envelope debacle.

The Academy Awards will air February 24th. In the meantime, make sure you check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The Big Way Hamilton Helped Lin-Manuel Miranda Land Mary Poppins Returns

A few years ago, everyone couldn’t stop buzzing about the hit rap musical Hamilton about one of America’s Founding Fathers — and honestly has much changed since? Fans are still struggling to get Hamilton tickets and Lin-Manuel Miranda popularity has only soared higher.

The Hamilton creator’s life has certainly turned around thanks to his original musical, but it also was one the key reasons he nabbed the role of Jack the Lamplighter in Mary Poppins Returns. Here’s how Lin-Manuel Miranda was picked to be in the Disney musical, according to director Rob Marshall:

There ya go, just create a history-making blockbuster musical and you’re set! Back in 2015, the musical-theater-loving community couldn’t get Hamilton out of their heads. So when Rob Marshall and John DeLuca, who was producer, choreographer and screen story writer along with Marshall and screenwriter David Magee on Mary Poppins Returns were looking for a Jack, Lin-Manuel Miranda was a no-brainer.

Looks like Lin-Manuel Miranda was on the filmmakers’ minds right as they were trying to figure out casting. Once they met with him, it sealed the deal as he fit the bill for the sunshine-y character they were looking for in Mary Poppins Returns‘ Jack.

In his interview with Deadline, Rob Marshall also said that he was following Hamilton from the beginning, before it made its debut on Broadway. While Lin-Manuel Miranda was getting a lot of credit at the time for creating the musical, Marshall saw it for himself, also saw his skill as a performer.

Rob Marshall thinks part of why Mary Poppins Returns was an attractive project for Miranda was that it allowed him to hone in on just being an actor, and not also being involved in writing the project. His past projects like Moana and In the Heights have seen him primarily writing before lending his acting and singing chops.

Lin-Manuel Miranda took his shot at being a part of the Mary Poppins sequel alongside Emily Blunt, and it certainly has paid off. The movie has been positively received by critics and audiences alike for its blend of nostalgia, new material and delightful message.

Aquaman’s Trident Could Have Looked Very Different

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Aquaman!

In the final trailer for Aquaman, Arthur Curry tells Vulko that he already has a trident (technically a quindent), to which Willem Dafoe’s Vulko responds “Not like this one you don’t.” King Atlan’s trident serves as the MacGuffin in the film, driving the plot and Arthur Curry’s journey, so it has to look cool. And while the legendary weapon does not disappoint, it actually could have looked very different. Check it out:

By the looks of things, Aquaman could have gone in a drastically different direction for the titular hero’s weapon. As you can see from Mikhail Villareal’s Twitter account, Aquaman conceptual designer Christian Scheurer was going for a trident with much longer points than the one that ultimately appears in the film. It also has more of a jagged look to it, like it was carved from diamond, with hard edges and sharp angles.

There are a couple of different designs in this tweet and it looks like they even considered going with a five-pointed weapon that almost has a medieval look to it, almost like something you would find in a fantasy video game. That one looks less like a standard weapon and more like a torture device.

The other obvious thing is that all of these designs show a weapon that is silver or dark grey in color. They’re not dissimilar to Aquaman’s mother’s quindent, which he used in Justice League and in part of this film before it is broken in a battle with his brother.

Overall, these designs seem like very gritty-looking versions of King Atlan’s trident, with a less flashy color and more of a dangerous and imposing aesthetic. Frankly, they look like they would have fit perfectly in a Zack Snyder-directed version of Aquaman.

These trident designs are all in stark contrast to King Atlan’s trident in the final film, which is smooth, gold and gleaming, with shorter points and a more traditional look. Personally, I think the one used in the film works better for the story James Wan was telling. These concept designs show a trident that looks more for waging war than uniting the seven kingdoms as is its purpose.

The golden trident of King Atlan also has more of a regal look to it, befitting a king and being more of a match for the fun tone of Aquaman and the classic Aquaman costume Jason Momoa’s character gets in the third act. The only bummer is that the costume and King Atlan’s trident were shown in the trailer and thus they weren’t a pleasant surprise we could geek out over in theaters.

I don’t think it was the trident design, but whatever it was, audiences have been booking quite a few tickets to Atlantis since Aquaman splashed into theaters. James Wan’s film is a smash success, the DCEU’s biggest, and could very well be joining the $1 billion club at the box office.

Aquaman is now playing. Check out our 2019 release schedule for all of the biggest movies you can look forward to in this new year.

Original Exorcist Director Says The Sequel Was The Worst Movie He’s Ever Seen

The Exorcist is viewed as one of the great horror movies of all-time. The film was a commercial hit as well, and the 1970s were no different than today in that regard. A popular film was bound to get a sequel. And thus came 1977’s Exorcist II: The Heretic. Recently, William Friedkin, the director of the original Exorcist admitted to having seen a chunk of the sequel film back then, and not only did he dislike it, he called it the worst movie he’d ever seen. According to the director…

To be fair, William Friedkin‘s response to Exorcist II is about on par with most people who have seen it. It’s regarded by many to be one of the worst films ever made. Friedkin tells The Movies that Made Me podcast that the movie tries to “reverse” the work of William Blatty, the author of the original Exorcist novel which the first film was based on. Friedkin clearly has a lot of respect for Blatty, and thus has little respect for a movie that he feels has no respect for the source material.

Beyond that, however, William Friedkin doesn’t pull punches when it comes to the craft of moviemaking either. He calls the film “talentless.”

The movie was written by William Goodhart, who had only written one movie prior to Exorcist II and would only write one after, so there may be something there, but it was helmed by John Boorman, a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Director, so it’s difficult to say there was no talent involved. Friedkin also comments about the, frankly remarkable, talent that was in front of the camera as well…

There was clearly talent involved in making Exorcist II, but sometimes great people still make bad movies, and that’s clearly what happened in this case. While horror movies are frequently not given the respect they deserve, few would argue that this particular endeavor deserves much respect at all.

Although, as is pointed out in the podcast, every movie that’s ever been made is somebody’s favorite, so there are probably some that love Exorcist II. If you’re one of those people, make your case in the comments.

The Wild Way Samuel L. Jackson Got The Role Of Marvel’s Nick Fury

Although Iron Man was the first installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it functioned as a standalone superhero movie for the most part. It wasn’t until the post-credits scene that Tony Stark learned from Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury that he was part of a much bigger universe, and the reason Jackson was able to score that role was because he learned that he’d been the model for a version of Fury in the comics.

The original Nick Fury, i.e. the one from the main Marvel Comics universe, Earth 616, is a white man, but in the Ultimate universe continuity, which launched in 2000, he’s a black man who looks just like Samuel L. Jackson. That wasn’t initially the case, but when writer Mark Millar began penning The Ultimates limited series in 2002, he decided to model Fury after Jackson, who was his favorite actor. As Millar told THR, he had no idea that Jackson was a comic book fan, and after seeing his likeness alongside these Marvel heroes, the actor called up his agents, who got in touch with Marvel. The company apologized and promised to include Jackson in future movie adaptations, should they even be made.

The rest, as they say, is history. Three years after Ultimate Nick Fury got his Samuel L. Jackson look, Marvel began planning to independently produce its own movies, thus allowing for more creative control. Thus Marvel Studios was born, and three years after that, Iron Man came out as its first movie. In the final minute of Tony Stark’s origin story, there Samuel L. Jackson was wearing the eye patch and looking like Ultimate Nick Fury had jumped straight from the printed page into real life.

Now Nick Fury, like every other character in the MCU, is more famous than ever. In fact, as a result of the general public knowing Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, this journey has now gone full circle and affected the comics. A few years back, the original Nick Fury in the Earth 616 continuity became a cosmic figure called The Unseen. His son, Nick Fury Jr. (originally known as Marcus Johnson) was brought in to fill in his dad’s place at S.H.I.E.L.D., and he also bears a strong resemblance to Jackson. Of course, this is just one of the many ways how the MCU’s success has impacted how the Marvel Comics mythology over the last decade, from other characters’ looks/backgrounds being altered to the Infinity Gems now being called Infinity Stones.

Although we now know Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury as one of the MCU’s main connective threads, that wasn’t always the plan for his character. Iron Man director Jon Favreau noted how the movie’s post-credits scene was conceived as a fun Easter egg that wasn’t originally in the script, and since Jackson and Marvel already had that prior arrangement, this was a good opportunity to bring him in. As many of you reading can likely recall by heart, Fury broke into Stark’s mansion to inform him that he wasn’t the only superhero in the world and chat with him about the Avengers Initiative.

But Nick Fury became much more than a simple Easter egg. Both he and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson were the glue that tied together the Phase 1 MCU movies, which culminated with 2012’s The Avengers. Fury later had a prominent role in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which saw S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsing (on the big screen at least) and Nick Fury having to fake his death to resume his covert spy operations. He then returned for Avengers: Age of Ultron to offer some words of wisdom for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and help them evacuate Sokovian citizens during Ultron’s attack.

That was the last we heard of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury until last year, when he and his second-in-command, Maria Hill, appeared in Avengers: Infinity War’s post-credits scene. Unfortunately for those two, they were among the half of the universe that was wiped out by Thanos’ Decimation, but before he turned to dust, Fury successfully transmitted a signal from a spruced-up pager displaying the Captain Marvel insignia.

This was a tease to the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, which will take place in 1995 and see Nick Fury crossing paths with Carol Danvers, i.e. his first interaction with a superhero. MCU fans are used to Fury as being a badass spy with a lot of secrets, the younger Fury is a low-level bureaucrat at S.H.I.E.L.D. who believes the best days of his career are behind him, but upon meeting Carol and seeing aliens, he’ll take his first steps down the path that will lead to him forming the Avengers. It’s also been confirmed that Captain Marvel will indeed show how Fury lost his eye, which, as he told Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, happened because of misplaced trust in someone.

While it remains to be seen if the present day Nick Fury will appear inAvengers: Endgame, those worried about his fate needn’t worry any longer, as both he and Maria Hill are confirmed to show up in Spider-Man: Far From Home this summer, with Fury tasking Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, to help the Web-Slinger battle the Elementals.

As for the future, while Samuel L. Jackson’s current nine-picture deal with Marvel is now finished, he doesn’t want to retire from playing Nick Fury anytime soon, even saying that he could be “the Alec Guinness of Marvel movies.” Jackson fetches a heavier price than he did when he cameoed in Iron Man more than a decade ago, but if Marvel Studios can think of other ways to use Fury, perhaps plopping down that extra cash will be worth it.

You can see a two-eyed Nick Fury aid Carol Danvers when Captain Marvel is released in theaters on March 8, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage on that movie and the rest of the MCU. If you’re curious about what this superhero franchise has coming down the pipeline, browse through our handy guide.

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