Why Marvel Needs To Keep Making Avengers Movies, According To Samuel L. Jackson

How does Marvel Studios follow up Avengers: Endgame? It’s a daunting task. The immediate follow up will be a smaller scale, and individually focused, Spider-Man: Far From Home. And there are no plans in the immediate future for another Avengers team up movie, at least not in the buzzy rumors that are swirling around the ‘net while fans wait for Marvel to officially announce its upcoming slate.

Personally, it feels like Avengers movies should go on the shelf for a while, in favor of Marvel team-up movies like Spider-Man: Far From Home – which pairs Spider-Man (Tom Holland) with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) on a European mission. But Jackson disagrees, and his opinion as far as all things MCU carries far more weight. We spoke with Jackson at the Far From Home junket and asked if Marvel should press pause on Avengers films. Here’s what he told us:

Boy, from the sound of that answer, Samuel L. Jackson seems to know some big picture answers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He implies that Nick Fury understands that a greater threat is on the horizon. Then again, Fury is paid to be paranoid by the threat of the possible. This is why he assembled the Avengers in the first place.

In Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home, Fury and Hill are faced with a new threat in the form of The Elementals – creatures that pull their power from traditional natural elements like air, fire, sand and water. These enemies are inspired by classic Spider-Man comic villains such as Hydro-Man and Molten Man. But Fury has help.

He is assembling a smaller team than the traditional Avengers squad. He has Hill, and a new team member known as Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal). Beck is from a multiverse Earth, and claims to have battled the Elementals before. He shows up in Venice just in time to help Spider-Man (Tom Holland) stop the water Elemental. But he alerts Nick Fury that the fire Elemental is the most dangerous of them all.

How do you guys feel about Avengers movies? Will it be too hard to top Avengers: Endgame at the moment? Or should mega-team-up features like Endgame be crucial building blocks of the MCU’s phases?

Right now, all that we know about the future of the MCU are guesses. Scarlett Johansson is filming a Black Widow movie, which we think is going to go into the May 2020 release slot. Beyond that, nothing is set in stone. Future titles could include The Eternals, and sequels for The Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Black Panther.

Will those heroes make up the formation of the next Avengers team? We shall see.

Aquaman’s James Wan Talks Horror And Monsters In Spinoff The Trench

Before Aquaman director James Wan leapt into the DC Extended Universe, he famously kicked off the Conjuring universe, which has since inspired multiple sequels and spinoffs, including the Annabelle movies, The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona. Wan will now give his underwater epic the spinoff treatment too, as he’s developing The Trench.

In Aquaman, Arthur and Mera venture cross paths with The Trench during one of the most visually stunning and horrifying segments of their adventure. The Trench is the deepest part of the ocean that inhabits the same-named monsters, which was once one of the seven Atlantean kingdoms. They joined Aquaman’s fight against King Orm in the massive third act of the blockbuster.

Here’s what James Wan recently told ComicBook.com of his Aquaman spinoff:

This is exciting! James Wan will go back to his horror roots for The Trench, while also continuing the vision he beautifully brought to the big screen with Aquaman. The spinoff will likely go deeper into the mythos of the creatures introduced in the DCEU success, but the timeline remains unknown.

Aquaman producer Peter Safran also previously said they were interested in exploring The Trench since the early concept process of the superhero origin. Once fans embraced Aquaman with its $1.1 billion box office haul, they decided to move forward with this spinoff idea. Safran also expects The Trench will hit theaters before Aquaman 2, which is set for 2022.

The Trench movie is a great idea for James Wan to play in both his worlds: horror and Aquaman. The filmmaker has expressed that he loved crafting the segment of the film with the Trench monsters because he could go all out and treat it like a sea monster movie. It will be interesting to see where he takes the franchise with this developing installment.

We’re already especially curious to know if Julie Andrews will reprise her role as Karathan in the spinoff! The Mary Poppins actress was a pleasant surprise to hear in the film and brought a new texture to the frightening creature as well. The decision to spin-off The Trench certainly shows that the DCEU has a lot of surprises up their sleeve and is responding to what has proven successful, while also taking some risks.

Before James Wan’s involvement with Aquaman expands, you can catch his Conjuring universe expand with Annabelle Comes Home. The third Annabelle installment has been met with mixed to positive reviews, ahead of it hitting theaters tomorrow, June 26.

Severus Snape: The Major Clues He Wasn’t A Villain

Alan Rickman as Harry Potter's Severus Snape

This article will be filled to the Sorting Hat’s brim with SPOILERS.

Even with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling stating on record that Severus Snape was not a bad guy, some Harry Potter fans just cannot seem to warm to the potions master. While it sounds easy to dislike a Slytherin Death Eater who killed Albus Dumbledore, there is more to Professor Snape than many of the most devoted fans even realize.

Upon further analysis, Severus Snape, portrayed in the Harry Potter films by the late Alan Rickman, is clearly an unpleasant and often feared individual, but as we later discover in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, his character is relatively misconstrued throughout the series, thanks to focusing on Harry Potter’s viewpoint. Throughout the preceding films and original novels, however, there are blink-and-you-miss-it hints at Professor Snape’s true and admirable intentions.

So, if you are still confused as to why J.K. Rowling would later tweet an apology for killing Severus Snape at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, maybe this will help. These are clues throughout the Harry Potter movies that reveal Professor Snape was not the villain he was portrayed to be.

Alan Rickman's Severus Snape is suspicious in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Way Severus Snape Looked At Quirinus Quirrell As Harry Potter’s Scar Hurt

The first clue to Severus Snape’s true nature is actually in Alan Rickman’s very first appearance as the character during the Sorting Hat scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. When Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) sees Snape for the first time, his famous lightning-bolt shaped scar begins to act up, hinting that Harry senses the danger the Slytherin professor will be to him.

This is actually a red herring. Unbeknownst to him, Harry Potter’s scar is sensing the presence of Voldemort whom, as we learn in the film’s climax, is hiding inside the body of Quirinus Quirrell (Ian Hart), who is sitting next to Severus Snape with the back of his head (where Voldemort’s face lies) facing Harry.

If you watch closely, as Harry Potter begins to react to his scar’s pain, Severus Snape notices this and quickly shoots a suspicious glance toward Quirrell. That is just the first instance of this covert battle for Harry’s life between the two professors.

Severus Snape tries to save Harry Potter from a jinx

Severus Snape Tried To Stop Quirinus Quirrell’s Spell on Harry Potter’s Broom

Harry Potter’s first Quidditch match in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone saw Daniel Radcliffe’s young wizard in a fierce competition to retrieve the Golden Snitch. Yet, it was not the only competition taking place in the Quidditch Pitch that day.

When Harry Potter’s broom starts acting faulty putting him in danger, Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) sees through her binoculars Severus Snape speaking what appears to be a jinx on his broom. She puts a stop to it by setting Snape’s cloak on fire, ceasing the jinx and allowing Harry to continue with the game.

This is another red herring, as the (literally) two-faced Quirinus Quirrell later reveals to Harry Potter that it was he who was jinxing the broom and Professor Snape was attempting to save Harry Potter with a counter-spell. It was Hermione’s fire that threw Quirrell off-guard, distracting him from finishing the job on Harry.

Severus Snape shields Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger from Werewolf Lupin

Severus Snape Shielded Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione From Professor Lupin

This may be the one clue of Severus Snape’s nobility throughout the Harry Potter franchise with the most density. While it seems very simple and inconsequential to its preceding moment, it holds a lot of weight.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, from director Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Hermione Granger, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), and Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) are taking the freshly apprehended traitor Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall) to the Dementors. When a full moon is revealed, Lupin’s inner werewolf is awakened and, unable to control the transformation, he throws Sirius, attempting to counteract the awakening, out of his way.

Arriving on the scene at the peak of Lupin’s transformation is Severus Snape, appearing vengeful toward to Harry Potter for attacking him at the Shrieking Shack, until he notices what is at stake at the moment. He turns to face Lupin, acting as a shield for Harry, Ron, and Hermione before Sirius appears in his werewolf state to suppress Lupin.

It may seem typical for a Hogwarts professor who wants to keep his job to offer protection to his own students, but if Severus Snape was truly as wicked as he seemed, he would not have put himself directly in the line of danger for them. This was Professor Snape thoughtlessly engaging in his own protective instincts to ensure Harry Potter’s survival.

Severus Snape kills Albus Dumbledore

The Hesitation In Severus Snape’s Voice As He Killed Albus Dumbledore

One of the most tragic moments of the entire Harry Potter series is at the climax of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Severus Snape prevents Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) from killing Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) by killing him himself. It is a shocking, saddening scene that, at first glance, cements our suspicions of Snape’s villainous motivations.

Yet again, Severus Snape is the victim here of a perplexing red herring. It is revealed two movies later (or one extremely long book later) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 when Harry Potter views the slain Snape’s memories that the professor murdering Albus Dumbledore was a plan between the two of them all along.

Dumbledore was already dying as the result of a curse put on his ring when he learned that Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) had enlisted Draco Malfoy to kill him. Believing that it would help Snape earn Voldemort’s trust, Dumbledore instructs him to be the one to kill him.

Severus Snape’s own reluctance to take Dumbledore’s life is apparent in the moment itself. Dumbledore’s plea to Snape before his death is for him to finish the job. If you listen closely to Snape as he exclaims “Avada Kedavra” (a murderous spell), you can hear a quiver of hesitation in his voice as he knows this will be the last time he will see his friend.

Severus Snape holds his beloved, slain Lily Potter in front of an infant Harry Potter

Harry Potter’s Resemblance To His Parents Gives Severus Snape PTSD

The biggest argument fans use to prove Severus Snape’s villainy is his clear dislike of Harry Potter. The professor is feared by most non-Slytherin students due to his staunch disciplinary tactics and ominous aura, but throughout the series, he has shown a particular disdain toward the boy and everything he stands for.

Severus Snape’s unpleasant demeanor toward Harry Potter is not out of blind hatred. Truly, it is out of an inner conflict that rests within himself.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Severus Snape’s memories reveal that he fell in love with Harry’s mother Lily at a young age, even before they both attended Hogwarts. He grew bitter upon learning that Lily preferred James Potter, a man who publicly ridiculed and humiliated him as a student, over him.

It is said by many that Harry Potter shares a distinct resemblance to his father, but also has his mother’s eyes. Every time Severus Snape looked at Harry, he saw both a man he hated and the woman he loved. The burden this perfect storm of memories would conjure is unimaginable for most of us.

The late Alan Rickman was actually one of the few people other than J.K. Rowling to learn about Severus Snape’s secrets long before the seventh Harry Potter book had even been published. With his wicked snarl and menacing tone, he made it easy for one to assume he was an agent or treachery, all the while knowing the truth. It makes for a perfect portrayal.

Severus Snape made it his lifelong duty to protect Harry Potter out of his undying love for his late mother, but projected his hatred of James Potter onto Harry as a way of keeping it a secret. Rarely are heroic figures of literature or film this complex, which must be why his heroism so often goes tragically overlooked.

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Spider-Man’s Tom Holland Was A Real-Life Hero For A Fan During A Crowd Frenzy

In the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, actor Tom Holland reprises his role as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Peter Parker as he takes a post-Avengers: Endgame European vacation. That relaxation will prove short-lived as Peter Parker can’t stop being the hero and helping those in need. The same is true for actor Tom Holland, who proved to be a real-life hero for a fan in need during a crowd frenzy.

The incident took place in New York City, where Tom Holland was signing autographs for a large group of fans. People were rushing and pushing to get to the actor to get things signed and in the frenzy apparently a young female fan was getting pushed up against a barricade to the point where she felt like she couldn’t breathe and was going to have a panic attack. That’s when Tom Holland intervened.

In a video uploaded to Twitter by the fan @NamelessCass, Tom Holland is seen telling the pushing fans to back up and says “I’m gonna throw your shit on the floor if you keep pushing that girl.” Tom Holland was not having it from the aggressive crowd that was said to be full of “graphers,” people who get celebrity autographs just to resell them later on.

Tom Holland was apparently good for his word and did throw some of their stuff on the ground when the pushing didn’t stop. Ever the gentleman though, when the fan was saying she was going to have a panic attack, Tom Holland can be heard trying to comfort her by saying “It’s okay, I got you, I got you.” She says that Holland even risked his own safety by reaching through the crowd to help her.

It sounds like the whole thing was a rather unpleasant experience for the fans being crushed Battle of the Bastards style by a group not willing to wait in an orderly fashion to get autographs from the young actor. By the looks of things Tom Holland was not pleased with the situation either, but rather than just let it go on, he showed why he is Spider-Man by playing the hero as best he could.

Tom Holland plays the hero on the big screen next month in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the final film in the MCU’s Phase 3 and The Infinity Saga, which is looking to open big and help save the summer box office. Far From Home has already screened and the early reactions are overwhelmingly positive and intriguing, with people raving about the film’s hugely consequential post-credits scenes.

Now if only this real-life superhero can not fall prey to his own fatal flaw and keep the spoilers to a minimum.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 2. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all of this summer’s biggest movies and for the latest superhero heroics, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

All 4 Lethal Weapon Movies, Ranked

Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh and Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon

Director Richard Donner’s Lethal Weapon series are the quintessential buddy cop action movies across the ’80s and ’90s. The team of Mel Gibson as Detective Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh basically defined the trope of the old/new cop, by-the-book/wildcard partners that come together to solve the crime and take down the bad guys as they argue with each the whole time about the right way to do things.

Mel Gibson plays the standard “cop that plays by his own rules,” while Danny Glover is the tired, crusty old veteran that just wants to buy a boat and go fishing in retirement. Together, they make an unbeatable team on the streets and in our hearts.

Well, at least for two movies they do. Maybe three if you are being generous. The fourth was… well… not so good. So, assuming the 4th is the 4th in the series and the 4th in our hearts, where do the other three fit? Let’s go over that ranking of the Lethal Weapon movies now.

Chris Rock, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 4

4. Lethal Weapon 4

What makes the Lethal Weapon series so much better than your standard buddy cop action dramedy is its charm, but sadly, Lethal Weapon 4 lacks that almost completely. So much of the movie seems forced and most of the actors seem like there are there mostly for the paycheck. Director Richard Donner and his team had a formula that they knew worked and they followed, forgetting about the little details that made the earlier movies in the series great.

The action is still top-notch, make no mistake about that. Like they had done in the past, Lethal Weapon 4 introduces a couple of big name actors into the cast, one of whom is Jet Li in his American debut. He is the lone bright spot in the an otherwise lazy movie, and his fight choreography with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the climatic fight scene that is the high point (and only really great part) of the movie.

The rest of the movie is just a retelling of the same kind of story as the first, with Chris Rock as the other big named added, but wow, does he chew the scenery. It’s like Chris Rock doing an over-the-top SNL impression of Chris Rock. He has some funny moments, because it is Chris Rock after all, but the whole character is simply wedged in just to give Rock some room to essentially do a standup routine.

Basically, Lethal Weapon 4 takes everything that made the first three movies charming and sucks all the charm out, recycles the jokes, and forces new characters on audiences in an attempt to cover for the indifference towards everything else.

Rene Russo, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 3

3. Lethal Weapon 3

The third installment of the Lethal Weapon series immediately tried to capitalize on the hilarious performance by Joe Pesci as Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2. What audience “get” instead is way too much “Getz,” ok? When the character was introduced in Lethal Weapon 2, it was the perfect addition of a third voice to the banter between Riggs and Murtaugh, but the dynamic wears thin almost immediately in Lethal Weapon 3.

Just like wedging Chris Rock into Lethal Weapon 4, that’s how Joe Pesci’s Leo Getz feels in 3. The character was so popular Lethal Weapon 2, the creators of 3 tried to find way to write a story that involved way too much of him doing things that were unnatural for the character as audiences knew him from Lethal Weapon 2. Instead of being a major annoyance as a criminal that Riggs and Murtaugh are forced to babysit, now he’s now kind of their partner? Why in the world would they deal with this annoying character if they didn’t have to?

Like all the movies in the series, the action sequences are great; there are lots of explosions, chases and fight scenes. Mel Gibson acting crazy as a loon gets a little grating though. Gibson’s character, Riggs, changes from being a ­genuinely suicidal kind of crazy in the first two Lethal Weapon movies to cartoony “Cuckoo For Coco Puffs” kind of crazy in this one, and the movie suffers greatly for it.

This probably should have been the end of the series as it was clearly running on fumes, but the HUGE box office success ($350 million on $30 million budget) basically guaranteed a 4th one. Not even Rene Russo could save Lethal Weapon 3.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon

2. Lethal Weapon

The OG Lethal Weapon is a masterpiece of an 1980s action comedy. Any list of the best action flicks of the ’80s usually has it at or near the top, alongside other classics likes Die Hard and Predator.

Lethal Weapon has got the most realistic premise, with cops investigating the murder of a prostitute. Riggs’ suicidal behavior pretty terrifying, as Mel Gibson really puts in a great performance and his craziness is actual insanity, and not just a whacky version of insincere goofy craziness that the character would eventually evolve into.

Lethal Weapon still holds up too. It’s definitely an ’80s movie, but the plot is timeless, as is that classic combination of a tired old cop getting teamed with a younger loose cannon that come together in the end to become the perfect team. There really aren’t any flaws in the movie at all.

Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2 

Really, you can’t go wrong with picking the original Lethal Weapon or Lethal Weapon 2 as the best in the series. They are both awesome movies. 2 had a much bigger scope that was put to great use with really awesome action scenes, like the helicopter attacking Riggs’ beach trailer home, and the opening car (and foot) chase scene is a total classic.

It has all the classic tropes that make the series great. Murtaugh wants to retire, Riggs wants to be crazy, and for the first time we meet Leo Getz (Pesci), and he is truly hilarious in this one. The character is over the top and annoying, but in the perfect amount. Including his character makes sense in this one, and Pesci puts in one of the best performances of his career, right up there with My Cousin Vinny and Goodfellas.

Lethal Weapon 2‘s not perfect, as the plot is pretty out there for local cops to be going after international drug dealers trading in South African Krugerrands, which was illegal to do during Apartheid, but it doesn’t really matter. As much charm as the 4th movie lacked, this one has. It’s maybe the most fun you can have watching a movie from the era. The action is great, the acting is super, the dialog is snappy, and everyone seemed to be genuinely excited to be making the film. It’s as good as it gets in the series.

The Lethal Weapon franchise was one of those franchises that introduced the whole idea of making multiple sequels and building out a proper franchise. However, unlike many of the better franchises today that made have ups and downs throughout the various sequels or prequels, there is a clear downward trend after the first two.

While there was a clear monetary incentive by all the major players in the franchise to make the third and fourth installments, artistically, they just don’t hold a candle to the first to, so unless you REALLY like Mel Gibson act like a complete fool, Lethal Weapon 3 and Lethal Weapon 4 are not must-see movies, but the first two definitely are.

Which is the best Lethal Weapon movie?

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Wait, Is Swamp Thing Going To Become A Movie?

It’s been an interesting time for Swamp Thing over the last couple weeks. His new TV series premiered on DC Universe at the end of May and has received a lot of positive reception, but a week after that first episode dropped, the show was cancelled. However, word’s come in that now Warner Bros is considering making a Swamp Thing movie due to how well the character’s been received on screen of late.

While the Swamp Thing TV series will be a one-and-done affair, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed the rumor that Warner Bros and DC are thinking about bringing Swamp Thing to the big screen. Like the TV series, the movie would rest comfortably in the horror genre, but instead of following up on what happened on the show, it would be an unconnected, standalone story.

As a result, this Swamp Thing movie would feature an entirely new cast, though apparently James Wan, who produced the Swamp Thing TV series, would be involved. Keep in mind that unlike upcoming DC movies like The Batman and The Suicide Squad, a new Swamp Thing movie isn’t something that’s officially on the production slate right now. There’s just “internal chatter” about making it happen.

Of course, assuming such a project moves forward, it wouldn’t be the first time Swamp Thing has led his own movie. The vegetative protagonist made his theatrical debut in 1982, and returned seven years later for The Return of Swamp Thing. Dick Durock, who played Swamp Thing in the movies, reprised the role for the Swamp Thing TV series that aired on the USA Network from 1990 to 1993.

While he’s not one of the most well-known characters in the DC Comics mythos, Swamp Thing has certainly collected a sizable fanbase since being introduced in the early 1970s, whether he was being published by DC proper or under the Vertigo imprint. Within the last decade, he led his own series during the New 52, and Len Wein, who co-created Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson, wrote a six-issue miniseries centered on the character a year before his passing.

Outside of the comics, along with his DC Universe series, Swamp Thing’s other recent media appearances include the animated movies Justice League Dark and Batman and Harley Quinn, and the animated series Justice League Action.

There were also plans to feature Swamp Thing in the live action Justice League Dark movie that once had directors like Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman attached. That project definitely seems lower down on the DC movies to-do list, but if this new Swamp Thing movie were to get the green light, perhaps that could have the way for Swamp Thing teaming up with Constantine, Zatanna and others in the DCEU.

Having James Wan involved would also be a good call. Besides his connection to the Swamp Thing TV series, he has a lot of experience working in the horror realm and already has a foothold in the DCEU by directing Aquaman. While it’d be interesting to see him helm Swamp Thing too, just having him offer his two cents on the story as a producer would be incredibly valuable.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news on if/when a Swamp Thing movie will happen. In the meantime, Swamp Thing Season 1 will still air in its entirety, with the finale coming out on August 2. If you’re interested in learning what other DC movies are in development, look through our handy guide.

The New Current War Trailer With Benedict Cumberbatch Is Finally Here

Did you remember that there was supposed to be a movie a couple years ago that starred the likes of Bendict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult? You’d be forgiven for not remembering that The Current War was ever a thing, but it was, and after some significant delays, the movie is now ready to take another crack at release. Rescheduled for this October, The Current War is on its way back, and a brand new trailer is here to help remind people what it is. Check it out.

The Current War follows the battle for supremacy over the power of electricity that was waged between such big names as Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult). Considering the value of powering a nation, the battle was heated and those involved didn’t exactly play fair in order to take whatever advantage they could get.

Originally set for release in December of 2017, the film was hit by a one-two punch that knocked it out of release. First, the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to lackluster reviews, leading to word the movie was going to be retooled.

However, the bigger issue was that the film was being produced by The Weinstein Company. It was set to come out around the same time that allegations of sexual misconduct against co-head Harvey Weinstein began to surface. As the film was viewed as a potential awards contender, the movie was pulled from release fearing that the negative view of Weinstein would rub off on the film.

Then, The Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy. This put the film into a perpetual limbo where it sat until October of last year when Lantern Entertainment purchased the rights to the film as part of TWC’s bankruptcy proceedings. Now a deal has been reached to distribute the film and it’s back on the schedule.

The film has seen some significant changes, as the director has confirmed that new scenes have been added, and others have clearly been removed as the new cut is actually 10 minutes shorter than the one that screened at TIFF.

I have to say I was quite disappointed by the original reviews as I honestly thought The Current War looked pretty good. Based on this trailer, I still do. It’s not all that different from the original trailer that was released almost two years ago, and while the version we see this fall might be a different cut, it certainly doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a drastically different film.

The cast is still amazing and the story is certainly one that makes for natural drama. Hopefully, these changes to the film, however, minor will be enough to improve the movie overall.

We’ll find out when The Current War hits theaters this October.

James Gunn Shoots Down Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Title Rumor

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel Studios obviously has a ton of major franchises, but there are some properties that stand out as fan favorites. Chief among them is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which has a unique tone that really resonated with moviegoers. The titular group of heroes have since become beloved household names, and got to crossover with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Infinity War and Endgame.

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor had particular chemistry with the Guardians— particularly Rocket and Star-Lord. Endgame saw The God of Thunder leave Earth aboard The Benatar, dubbing the group the “Asgardians of the Galaxy.” Some thought that might be the title for Guardians 3, but James Gunn recently shot it down.

James Gunn has historically used social media to directly communicate with the fandom– although that slowed a bit after he was briefly fired by Disney from the Guardians franchise. He recently took to Instagram to field fan questions/concerns, where individual begged Gunn not to name the upcoming threequel Asgardians of the Galaxy. Gunn’s response was short and sweet, check it out:

And just like that, James Gunn has essentially ended a popular fan theory. While there’s still no indication of whether or not Chris Hemsworth’s OG Avenger would be joining the Guardians franchise, it’s clear that the developing sequel isn’t going to be named after the God of Thunder.

James Gunn’s Instagram story is sure to be a relief to many Guardians of the Galaxy fans, especially the one who slid into Gunn’s DMs to ask the question. While many moviegoers loved the chemistry shared between Thor and the Guardians, the Guardians 3 should still be a movie that is largely focused on the motley crew of heroes. And after the franchise was seemingly in jeopardy last year, Vol. 3 has even higher stakes attached.

But James Gunn instructed fans not to worry about the third movie’s title, which should help quell that specific fan concern. Smart money says the movie will end up titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, allowing it to be uniform with the first sequel. Although the franchise has been known to subvert expectations, so there’s no telling what Gunn will bring to the table.

Both Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War seemed to set up another team-up between Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord was clearly threatened by the muscle-clad hero, as the two argued over who was captain of the ship. The God of Thunder got his own adventure with Groot and Rocket throughout the first blockbuster, with the latter character being one of Thor’s closest friends in Endgame.

The final scenes between the Guardians and Thor in Avengers: Endgame was a strong comedic beats, and certainly teased that he might be joining the team on an adventure or two in the future. Chris Hemsworth previously admitted he’s interested in acting alongside the Guardians, although he also claimed to be taking a break now that Men In Black International and Endgame have finally arrived in theaters.

You can watch Thor and The Guardians in action in Avengers: Endgame, which is being re-released in theaters. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

See The Emotional Poster Avengers: Endgame Will Gift Fans For The Re-Release

It’s been a few days since we learned Avengers: Endgame would be getting a big re-release in theaters, complete with new stuff for fans. Although the latest Marvel flick hasn’t actually left theaters yet, the re-release is coming at a good time, just ahead of the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. In addition, presumably it will double as a way to inch Endgame closer to Avatar’s 2009 box office record.

In order to sweeten the pot and get butts in seats, Marvel has revealed the Bring Back event will include an introduction from co-director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene from the film, a Spider-man: Far From Home “sneak peek” and this heartbreaking poster that you will get to take home with you and should already be making you feel all the feels. Check it out.

Normally posters for movies can be cool or silly, but they often aren’t nearly as affecting as the poster above, which is only able to be so affecting because Marvel has thrown spoiler caution to the wind at this point. (And why not? The movie’s been out since the end of April and we’re quickly approaching July!)

Still, now I’ll mention there are spoilers in this paragraph, in case someone is still reading this article without knowing what’s up. Although, in that case, even Tom Holland believes you are “living under a rock.” With the loss of Tony Stark still fresh on our minds as we head into Spider-Man: Far From Home, this poster really knows how to tear into us a bit. It’s a reminder that Tony Stark won’t be forgotten in the future of the MCU and it’s an opportunity for fans to get to see the beloved character on the big screen one more time.

And, you know, for Marvel and Disney to make more money on a movie that had such an impact on both the MCU and pop culture.

In the meantime, although there is a re-release coming to theaters, Avengers: Endgame is also working its way toward a home release. So far, news has been mum about the traditional DVD + Digital release, although Blu-ray and other releases often come around three months after a theatrical run. Given this re-release, that’s more up in the air; however, Disney did announce that Avengers: Endgame will be heading to Disney+ at the tail end of 2019.

Meanwhile, Disney+ has still yet to launch, but if you aren’t caught up on Disney’s current deal with Netflix and what will be going on with the streaming service following 2019, we have you covered.

There’s plenty of additional Avengers: Endgame news that will likely come down the pipeline as the summer continues, but in the meantime, we love you 3000. No really, thanks for reading.

The New Child’s Play Had To Change Its Kills To Avoid Lawsuits From The Original Franchise

Whether you’re making a movie based on a popular book, television show, theme park attraction, or just a remake of a previously popular film, the key to it all is always about obtaining the legal rights to make the project in the first place. Usually this isn’t too much of a problem when it comes to remakes. Frequently, the studio that made the movie the first time around is the one remaking it, so rights aren’t an issue. However, in the case of the recent Child’s Play remake things are a bit more complicated.

MGM, the studio behind the Child’s Play remake, holds the rights to the original film, but only that one, the rest of the franchise, which is still ongoing, is owned by Universal. This led to some complications when it came to putting the new film together. As director Lars Klevberg explained to Bloody Disgusting, even the way the murderous doll kills people in the remake couldn’t be done if they too closely resembled anything from the sequels. According to Klevberg…

It’s understandable how this would get to be a little complicated. Since the movie is a remake of Child’s Play, anything that looks too similar to an element of a sequel could be construed by Universal’s lawyers as a “remake” of the sequel, and thus, could be the basis for legal action. MGM certainly doesn’t want to run the risk of having this issue, and so the studio is extra careful to be sure everything is on the up and up.

And this wasn’t simply a semantic issue. It sounds like at least one death scene in the new Child’s Play was changed from the way it was originally written in the script because the moment was deemed to be too close to something that happens in a Child’s Play sequel. As Lars Klevberg says…

It seems that these restrictions were more than a little frustrating for the director, though it’s certainly understandable why that would be. The longer a franchise is around, the more complex rights can potentially become.

The “original” Child’s Play franchise is actually still going strong. The last film was only a few years ago and creator Don Mancini is working on a new series. He’s also made it clear that he’s not a fan of the decision to remake the original.

The Child’s Play remake is in theaters now.