Judy Trailer: Renée Zellweger Is Unrecognizable As Judy Garland

Wow! Renée Zellweger’s transformation for Judy has an uncanny resemblance to the showbiz icon. In the trailer, the actress emulates Judy Garland’s facial expressions and mannerisms to a T, while also singing her most well-known song, The Wizard of Oz’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Yes, that’s Zellweger really singing, not Garland. Anyone else hear Oscar?

The trailer shows a series of flashbacks of Judy Garland’s early years, with newcomer Darci Shaw playing a more youthful Garland during her time on the set of her most memorable role as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. The film will follow Garland in London for her five-week sold old run at The Talk of the Town in December 1968, before the accidental overdose that she died from six months later, at 47 years old.

The film from Roadside Attractions shows Judy Garland at a time when her voice has weakened, and she undergoes battles with her management and her drug addiction. It starts during her romance with her soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans, whom she weds during the London show run. Deans, who was a musician, will be played by American Horror Story’s Finn Wittrock. He found her dead in the bathroom of their home in June 1969.

Judy will also star Michael Gambon as Garland’s manager Bernard Delfontm and Rufus Sewell as her third husband Sidney Luft, with whom she had two kids. One of Garland’s daughters, Liza Minnelli, has been vocal about her disapproval with the biopic, previously posting the words “I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way” after rumors spread that she was meeting with Renée Zellweger to help her prep to play her mother.

Renée Zellweger nabbed the project helmed by True Story director Rupert Goold in October 2017. The screenplay for Judy was written by Lovesick creator Tom Edge, adapted from a stage play by Peter Quilter titled End of the Rainbow. A previous movie about Garland had Anne Hathaway attached.

The movie is an exciting role to see Renée Zellweger take on following her long break from moviemaking between 2010 and 2016. The actress made her comeback with a sequel to her famous rom-com role in Bridget Jones’s Baby in 2016. This looks to be a memorable role for Zellweger as she takes on the actress famous for her Hollywood legacy and roles such as in 1954’s A Star Is Born. The film hits theaters on September 27.

Rian Johnson Is Still Defending The Last Jedi As New Star Wars Trilogy Rumors Spread

It has been a year and a half since Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out, and writer/director Rian Johnson is still engaging with fans and critics on social media. In that respect, he is very different from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. And yet both Johnson and the tag team of D&D are working on their own Star Wars trilogies.

ABC (owned by Disney, like Lucasfilm) correspondent Clayton Sandell reiterated there’s no official confirmation on who is making the newly dated Star Wars films:

However, that hasn’t stopped another rumor from spreading that Rian Johnson’s trilogy was cancelled. That is not based on anything substantial, but it is feeding the hopes of non-fans. Just a few months ago, Johnson addressed a rumor that he was stepping away from his trilogy by saying it wasn’t true, he was still working on it.

Meanwhile, Rian Johnson recently had another debate with a Star Wars critic. It started with Johnson re-posting a Mary Sue joke, and a non-fan replied with “omg look at me, I ignore criticism of story and only point to ridiculous examples.” Johnson kept it light with jokes, but he did try to make a counter-point about The Last Jedi criticism over Snoke’s death vs. the lack of similar criticism over the Emperor’s death in the original trilogy:

Rian Johnson has no problem getting into debates with Star Wars: The Last Jedi fans, critics, haters, or people somewhere in between. He’s passionate about the stories and he’s a fan himself.

Over on the other side, the Game of Thrones showrunners don’t engage at all. That’s not a criticism, it might be the better way to go. Depends on your perspective. It’s not like Game of Thrones hasn’t seen its share of criticism, though, and the final season in particular has been met with many complaints. (And not just because that random coffee cup error distracted attention from other major events. They let Ed Sheeran do the same thing a couple of years ago.)

The Game of Thrones showrunners literally plan to go into hiding on finale night, turning off their phones. I can’t imagine Rian Johnson doing that. Again, that’s not a judgment on which trilogy should move forward first. It’s also not a zero sum game — that whoever gets this trio of release dates wins and the other team loses and their Star Wars project dies. I don’t have a clue what Lucasfilm has planned on that front.

I don’t have a favorite in this race either, since we don’t know enough about the proposed plots yet. It’s not clear what’s coming to the big screen after the Skywalker Saga ends this December with The Rise of Skywalker. We know some Star Wars stories will be told on Disney+, including The Mandalorian, but nothing has been said yet about either Rian Johnson or the GoT guys’ projects moving to the streaming service.

What about you? Would you rather the newly dated Star Wars trilogy be from Rian Johnson or the Game of Thrones showrunners? I don’t know that there’s a third option besides maybe a mix from both, but go ahead and suggest it anyway.

Joe Russo Is Interested In Directing A Batman Movie

By now, you are likely more than a little familiar with Avengers: Endgame, the massive comic book movie that is climbing its way to being the highest-grossing film of all time. In that case, you also might know Joe Russo, the co-director of Endgame and three other of Marvel’s best films. With Endgame out in theaters, Joe Russo and his partner/brother Anthony Russo are done with the MCU, but not necessarily with comic book movies. If given the chance to direct a DC movie, Joe Russo would like to take his shot at Batman.

Hot off of co-directing two massive and successful Avengers films, the Russo Brothers are taking a break from Marvel for the foreseeable future. The duos’ next project will reunite them with Tom Holland for the drama film Cherry. While the two talked about what projects would bring them back to the MCU, nothing is in the works at the moment.

However, that doesn’t mean that they are done with superheroes. There are plenty of non-Marvel options out there, with the biggest one being DC over at Warner Bros. While appearing in a live chat with ComicBook, Joe Russo was asked by a fan what DC Comics character he’d like to direct in a movie. The answer was one of the biggest superheroes of all time.

If Joe Russo wants to direct a Batman movie, he’ll have to get in line. Matt Reeves is currently working on the next Batman film. The project has been a little touch-and-go, with Ben Affleck leaving the role and a few behind-the-scenes changes before Reeves stepped in.

There haven’t been many updates about The Batman, but it’ll be a noir detective-style story. The script is still being worked on and there’s no shortage of casting rumors for Batman.

After tackling the Avengers franchise, there’s little doubt the Russos are more than up to the task of directing a Batman movie. After handling a cast of over, like, 20 characters, I’m sure it’d be refreshing for the brothers to turn their gaze to just one superhero.

Given the almost unprecedented success of the MCU and the Russo Bros.’ role in it, I would wager that Warner Bros. would offer them any superhero movie that struck their fancy. Much like with James Gunn taking over The Suicide Squad, I’m sure DC is willing to play ball with the Russos if they want. The door is wide open for the duo after Avengers: Endgame.

You can see the Russo Bros.’ latest film (as if you haven’t already) Avengers: Endgame in theaters right now. For everything else coming to theaters near you this year, check out our 2019 movie release guide.

John Wick 3 Filming Was Hijacked By A Thousand Ballsy Cats

So far, 2019 has been the year of the movie cat — between Captain Marvel’s Goose and Church in Pet Sematary. So while the John Wick franchise has always centered on dogs, including the upcoming third chapter, felines marked their territory.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum director Chad Stahelski recalled a particular cat invasion during the filming of the sequel in Essaouira, Morocco. The sequence features Keanu Reeves’ Wick and new character Sofia (played by Halle Berry) and her pair of Belgian Malinois hound protectors fighting off a small army of assassins. Here’s what happened, in Stahelski’s words:

The irony! The director told Entertainment Weekly that, as a result, the crew had to build massive cages to house the cat residents while they shot the scene. They also tasked themselves with feeding them, Chad Stahelski commenting that there were more felines to feed than cast and crew members put together.

Halle Berry’s hounds, who she trained herself, were to be a major component of the scene in Morocco. But, as you can imagine, thousands of cats are distracting. Chad Stahelski continued with these words:

Sounds like a bit of a mess… but it makes for a great story and hopefully some great content for the John Wick 3 bonus features. The crew did not expect to run into cats, of all problems on set — especially during a scene featuring dogs, no less.

In addition to working closely with the hounds — such as a sequence where one of the dogs jumps off her back, scales a wall and takes someone down from above — Halle Berry also trained hard to do her own badass stunts during the movie’s fight scenes. The actress has the bruises to show for it because she actually broke three ribs during rehearsal. She doesn’t know how it happened but considers it her “badge of honor.”

Unexpected cat setbacks aside, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is shaping up to be a highly-anticipated release. It’s already being highly praised by critics, with one reviewer deeming it an “action masterpiece.” The movie is expected to make $30 to $40 million during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for the franchise yet. John Wick hits theaters on May 17.

Was This Chris Evans’ ‘Stupid’ Final Line For Avengers: Endgame?

Spoiler Warning: I think we all know the drill by now. Enter at your own risk!

Avengers: Endgame is still sweeping its way through the world, and while it hasn’t quite taken the No. 1 spot from Avatar yet, it’s taken the No. 1 spot in our hearts (or mine at least). Now that the movie has finally been seen by, like, trillions of people, longtime mysteries about Endgame are getting solved — including one involving Chris Evans’ last “dumb” line as Captain America.

Way back in October of 2018, Chris Evans was asked about what his last day on set was like and what the last line he ever recorded was. While the day itself was emotional for the actor, the last line he delivered was totally unmemorable. In fact, he said it “was something really stupid, it was something really dumb.”

The line happened during reshoots, which are meant to give the film whatever it’s missing. The line wasn’t substantial at all, and the only other detail Chris Evans gave was that he thought it was in reaction to something that Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man said.

Now that Avengers: Endgame is finally out, it’s not too hard to see what’s the “stupid” line. It’s more than likely the now infamous “America’s ass” joke that got audiences laughing, but is pretty stupid on paper.

The scene happens about halfway through the film when Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Scott Lang have time-traveled to the Battle of New York in 2012. The group inevitably observe their past-selves, and Tony makes the comment that Captain America’s Avengers costume “didn’t do anything for your ass.”

Ant-Man replies that he thinks it looks fine and that it’s “America’s ass.” Later, 2023 Steve ends up fighting 2012 Captain America, and his younger self is left lying ass up on the ground. After a quick observation, 2023 Steve says, “That is America’s ass.” End scene.

So, you can see why that’s not a super memorable way to end an almost decade-long run as Captain America, especially when Robert Downey Jr.’s last line was so fitting.

The “America’s ass” joke is Marvel having a bit of meta fun. Endgame co-writer Stephen McFeely previously said that the line was a reference to the Avengers Cap costume being the worst one, and it was meant to be a fun wink at how far the costumes have come. Captain America definitely got better outfits in later movies.

Maybe Steve said some other stupid lines to Scott in Avengers: Endgame, but this seems like the strongest contender. Maybe we’ll all just have to see Endgame for the fourth time, out in theaters right now. For everything else hitting theaters for the rest of the year, be sure to check out our 2019 movie release guide.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Has Screened, Here Are The Early Reactions

The summer movie season is officially here! Avengers: Endgame set one hell of a precedent, but there’s no small amount of movies willing to rise up to take the crown for themselves. Working perfectly with my metaphor, one of those movies is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which will see a titanic showdown between Godzilla and his arch-nemesis, King Ghidorah. Fans have eagerly been awaiting some kaiju mayhem and it sounds like they are getting their wish.

It seems like most critics are in agreement over the sequel. If you are looking for non-stop, over-the-top, monster-fighting action, then King of the Monsters is exactly what you are looking for. With Godzilla, Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra, the movie has plenty of action to spare, according to Erik Davis from Fandango.

Those who were left disappointed by 2014’s Godzilla will find plenty to love in the sequel. Fans and critics weren’t too fond of Godzilla’s first outing as there wasn’t quite as much monster fighting as expected. The monsters are definitely the stars of the show here, says Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy.

Meadows went on to say that the movie is so full of easter eggs that it’s easy to tell the movie was made by people who love Godzilla.

King of the Monsters will have plenty of action, but the film also has a real respect for the Titans (what kaiju are called in the film). According to Paul Shirey from JoBlo, the sequel has a real passion for the Titans and there’s no question they are the stars of the show.

Based on the critical reaction, King of the Monsters is exactly what you want from a summer blockbuster. It’s loud, ambitious, and blows you away with action on an epic scale. Director Michael Dougherty brought his A-game for this one. With King of the Monsters currently projected to gross more than $50 million opening weekend, this could be one of the summer’s most memorable flicks.

Thankfully, we don’t have too much longer to wait until Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters. The epic sequel arrives on May 31. To learn as much as you can about Godzilla and all his frenemies before then, here’s what we know so far.

However, there’s a lot more to look forward to this summer. You might be catching Detective Pikachu this weekend, but here’s everything else that should be on your radar in our movie release guide. For more movie news, keep it right here at CinemaBlend.

How Spider-Man: Far From Home Can Wrap Up Marvel’s Phase Three

The conclusion of Avengers: Endgame really did feel like the end of an era. The Marvel epic provided fitting closure for two of its core characters, it featured a massive battle sequence with just about every MCU character yet (hell, even Howard the Duck showed up) and could quite possibly become the highest grossing movie of all time. But Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has stood his ground on the fact that Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in MCU Phase 3, not Avengers: Endgame.

It doesn’t make sense, does it? What’s our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man doing – coming in, swinging past the small ocean of nerd tears Avengers: Endgame poetically manifested in us with its ending and closing this chapter of MCU history with his own movie? But after a look at the new spoiler-y trailer for Far From Home that came out this week, it’s starting to become more clear. There are some loose ends that Endgame didn’t tie up that the next Spider-Man movie will address, thus closing out Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga. Here’s why it makes sense for the summer release to end this chapter:

The Impact of Endgame

Avengers: Endgame was so focused on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes undoing Thanos’ snap and bringing closure to the stories of Tony Stark and Captain America that it glazed over one important impact of the whole situation: what’s next after the giant upheaval that killed off half the population of the universe and then brought them back? While part of living creatures will be dealing with a world back at maximum population after mourning and picking up the pieces for five years, others will be coping with the time they’ve lost and the changes to the world since they were snapped out of existence.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will need to address the situation a bit before Phase 4 can begin and framing the last MCU film through the hero’s world is a clever way for the studio to do this. As Jon Watts recently explained to Fandango, Peter Parker has the “ground-level perspective” into daily life that other heroes such as Thor or Hawkeye would have. He may be rolling with the Avengers now, but under the suit he’s just a normal kid. He still needs to go to high school… which means his movie needs to deal with the shift in dynamic of that post-Endgame.

Spider-Man: Far From Home makes sense as a Phase 3 movie because it should answer a bit of our curiosities about a changed world after the Avengers’ fiercest battle yet. Although it seems like most of Peter’s immediate friends (Ned, MJ, Flash, Betty) and Aunt May are dealing with the side of being snapped and coming back, they will come in from that unique perspective of what it’s like to come back to a world you were dusted from, whereas Endgame dealt with the people who were left alive. As audiences, we need both of those sides for the storyline to find balance about the events.

The Death of Iron Man

Since the MCU started with Iron Man, the franchise has always been rooted in Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. Avengers: Endgame didn’t answer the question about how the franchise will move on sans Iron Man. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the perfect opportunity for the MCU to explore this, especially since Tony was established in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter’s mentor and Avengers father-figure. While as an audience we feel a bit lost about what’s next for the franchise without our favorite playboy, billionaire, philanthropist, so will Spidey.

In fact, it looks like the theme of the movie will revolve around Peter coming to terms with Tony’s great sacrifice and finding his place in the world without him being there to call up, bail him out or give him a pep talk. The trailer threw around “the new Iron Man” a couple times and will explore the hero as he tries to ignore his “great responsibility” to be a normal teenager. He can send him to voicemail, but he can’t run from Nick Fury’s call to a big mission involving the Elementals and the Multiverse.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will answer one question that Avengers: Endgame just didn’t have the time for: what’s next for the Avengers Initiative? How does it look like now? Nick Fury is calling on Spider-Man this time around, so does that mean he will be a prominent figure in the MCU now? Will he be the new Iron Man? Maybe a new dynamic all together will form within the confines of Far From Home that will wrap up and bring closure to what started with Iron Man in 2008 and give us a hint about how we move forward.

The Next MCU Saga

Another aspect of Avengers: Endgame that doesn’t make it feel like the definitive end to Phase 3 is there’s still a lot up in the air where exactly the MCU is going next. The team may have assembled and taken down their ultimate enemy when they stopped Thanos from using the Infinity Gauntlet the second time, but we don’t know enough about how that’s changed things enough to know how it will mold into the next saga. Spider-Man: Far From Home for example seems to already be giving us a hint about just why we need it to clue us in.

The latest trailer sets up the Multiverse when Nick Fury explains that the snap (although it’s unclear which one) tore a hole in our dimension and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is from one of the alternative worlds. This new detail made it especially clear to me why Spider-Man: Far From Home is an MCU bookend. The movie is building off the events of the MCU thus far, so it can be placed in the Infinity Saga category, but it’s also opening up a portal (quite literally) into the potential of what could be to come. Will the next phase revolve around the Multiverse? The set-up for Far From Home certainly seems to hint at it.

From here, Spider-Man: Far From Home looks to be a fitting last film in Phase 3. It does seem like a lot to cover in a Spider-Man sequel, but the new trailer seems to deliver on just about every front of touching on these unanswered questions that I didn’t think it was capable of doing before, so I’m confident it will fittingly be the end of the Infinity Saga and mark the impending beginning of a new one.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will spin its web in theaters on July 2, so be sure to keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more coverage.

Avengers: Endgame Is Adding A Post-Credits Scene, And It’s Not What You Think

It goes without saying, but SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame are ahead!

If you’ve already seen Avengers: Endgame in theaters, you know that unlike every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie before it, it does not have a mid/post-credits scene attached. Instead, the noise of a hammer hitting iron is played, reminding audiences of when Tony Stark escaped that cave all those years ago in Iron Man. However, for its third weekend in theaters, Endgame tacking on extra footage to play after the credits, and while it’s not a scene in the conventional sense, it does show what’s to come.

At the beginning of the week, the second Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer was released, and unlike the teaser, it was packed with Avengers: Endgame spoilers. Now Deadline is reporting that folks who see Endgame this weekend will see a pre-film message from Peter Parker himself, Tom Holland, telling moviegoers to stick around after the credits to watch the latest Far From Home trailer.

It’s not often that you see a movie trailer tagged onto a movie after it’s finished playing. However, it does remind me how back when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out, a teaser scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past was shown due to a deal between director Marc Webb and 20th Century Fox. This is a more synergetic move given that Marvel Studios and Sony have partnered up for Spider-Man’s MCU exploits, and it makes even more sense to tack the trailer onto Avengers: Endgame given that while that movie was the last installment of the Infinity Saga, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last movie of Phase 3.

The latest Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has been a tremendous success for Sony, as it collected over 135 million views in its first 24 hours online. It was also distinctive for leading with a spoiler warning from Tom Holland, which is ironic given how many sensitive plot details he’s accidentally let slip over the years.

Although Marvel was originally firm on not divulging any specific and juicy details about Avengers: Endgame ahead of time in marketing, starting this week, the studio has opened the proverbial floodgates and gone all in on spoilery content, thus allowing for Spider-Man: Far From Home to address the aftermath of Endgame. Along with Peter Parker getting back into the swing of things after being gone for five years like every other person who was snapped away by Thanos, he’s also mourning the loss of his mentor and father figure, Tony Stark.

However, the biggest revelation in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer is that a hole has been torn in reality, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, claims to be from a different Earth. Given Mysterio’s penchant for illusions and trickery in the comics, we shouldn’t discount the possibility that he’s lying, but given how Avengers: Endgame explored different timelines, the MCU could indeed be setting the stage for a proper multiverse to be brought into the equation.

Avengers: Endgame isn’t leaving theaters anytime soon, and Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 2, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more coverage about the sequel. For now, you can learn what else is coming down the MCU pipeline with our comprehensive guide.

The Secret Behind The Chemistry Of Tolkien’s On-Screen Friends

Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien and his friends after a Rugby match

The power of friendship is something that author J.R.R. Tolkien loved to explore in his writings, on par with his exploration of the power of love. One could say that the two were one in the same for him, as his heroes loved their romantic partners and their fellowship equally, as evidenced in various dissections of his worldwide phenomenon, The Lord of the Rings.

Those same powers are shown on grand display in Tolkien, this weekend’s new release that tells the story of how true love and fellowship influenced the writings that would change the world of fiction straight through to this very day. And it’s without question that the part Tolkien’s friends played in his life is a great plot point in director Dome Karukoski’s film, which shows the initial meeting and lifelong friendships built between the author and a trio of friends: Geoffrey Smith, Robert Gilson and Christopher Wiseman.

Playing the roles of J.R.R. Tolkien’s own fellowship are, respectively, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney. Judging by their time together in the film, you’d be forgiven for thinking they all knew each other beforehand, however that’s not quite the case.

As CinemaBlend sat down with the three gentlemen during the press day for Tolkien, the subject of friendship was an easy one to breach. Especially when wondering what the secret was to their special brand of chemistry. In their own words, the truth behind their previous connections, or lack thereof, may surprise you:

Tom Glynn-Carney: We knew of each other before. We’d sort of met on a few occasions through mutual friends, but we’d never worked with each other, or spent any sort of concentrated time with each other.
Patrick Gibson: We’d done our best not to.
Glynn-Carney: No, yeah, in fact, actively avoided each other.
Gibson: This was our last straw.

So while these three gentlemen knew of each other, as Tom Glynn-Carney noted in their interview, they really didn’t get to know each other until they started production on Tolkien. What’s also apparent is the playful chemistry that took hold in a short time, and still holds to this day, as co-star Patrick Gibson started a chain of good-hearted kidding that suggested these gentlemen never really wanted to meet. But of course they did, and the end result is an absolutely believable friendship that stretches through almost the entirety of Tolkien’s biopic story.

Of course, it didn’t stop with this trio of fun-loving mates, as Tolkien was definitely a group effort, and everyone fell into a sort of likeable family. Tom Glynn-Carney explained further, with some help from co-star Anthony Boyle, in the following remarks:

Glynn-Carney: But then being thrown into this sort of melting pot of this cast was a great thing, and it all happened very organically. There was no conscious effort made to up the camaraderie or any of that. It just all happened organically.
Anthony Boyle: It just fell into place, really. You know, I think we all just really enjoyed each other’s companies. And we just had a lovely time.
Glynn-Carney: Nick [Hoult], and Lily [Collins], and Dome [Karukoski,] and everyone included as well.

Bringing a story as heavy as J.R.R. Tolkien’s participation in World War I needs a fair amount of levity, and the inclusion of Geoffrey Smith, Robert Gilson and Christopher Wiseman’s stories more than does the job. With earlier portions of the film focusing on their social club, the “Tea Club and Barrovian Society,” or TCBS for short, there’s a sort of Dead Poets Society energy in the group’s time swearing an oath to changing the world through art.

Without those performances landing, there’s no believable friendship that gets J.R.R. Tolkien through his experiences in World War I. If there are two relationships that build the foundation of what makes Tolkien different from the average biopic, the fellowship of the TCBS is equally as important as Tolkien’s love affair with fellow orphan Edith Bratt.

Even in the footage from our time in the interview with Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney, it’s apparent that the three are so perfectly matched that it was an easy feat to bring that crucial friendship to life. And you can see it for yourself in the clip below:

Just as the Fellowship of The Ring bonded over the protection of Middle-Earth, the Tea Club and Barrovian Society bound themselves over the arts, and their effect on the world at large. It’s a relationship that’s key to the overall picture that Tolkien paints, and it’s one you can currently see in theaters this weekend.

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Jeremy Renner Shares Video With Stan Lee

In its two weeks in theaters, Avengers: Endgame has been aptly named as it is a film of endings; endings for characters, stories and an unprecedented cinematic arc that dates back to 2008. It also marks the last MCU cameo of Stan Lee, who passed away in November. That sad reality must have been on Jeremy Renner’s mind because the Hawkeye actor has shared a video of a moment he spent with the late comics legend. Check it out:

With the accuracy of an arrow loosed from Hawkeye’s bow, this video hits the bullseye of bittersweetness. It is incredibly heartwarming and puts a smile on your face to see Jeremy Renner and Stan Lee together. It also reminds us that a wonderful person, who personally and through his creations touched so many, is now gone from the world.

Part of what’s great about this video from Jeremy Renner’s Instagram is that the expression on his face is the same one that many of us would have if we got to meet and interact with Stan Lee. He can’t hold back his gleeful smile and he clearly has genuine affection for the man who, along with artist Don Heck, created his character Hawkeye all the way back in the 1960s.

The post itself is a tribute to Stan Lee and Jeremy Renner even offers a little bow of deference to him in the video. And if there was any doubt, Jeremy Renner makes it plain how he feels about Stan Lee with the video’s caption.

The other thing that comes across is how gracious Stan Lee always seemed to be. He always appeared thrilled just to be a part of everything and see how far comic book characters, some of whom, like Hawkeye, he had a direct hand in creating, have come in pop culture.

This video is also just another reminder that although he is most famous for what he did sitting behind a desk writing stories, Stan Lee was made for the spotlight, and he knew how to play to the camera and a crowd better than just about anybody. His comic book poses are just great and you can tell how much fun he was having.

It’s a shame that he never got to see Avengers: Endgame, but that’s both the tragedy and the beauty of it. Stan Lee created and helped create characters that people connected with and whose stories became a permanent part of pop culture. His characters would always outlast him and in that way he too lives on.

Jeremy Renner’s Instagram video remembering Stan Lee won’t be the last time the legend is honored. Marvel is making a supercut of Stan Lee’s famous cameos and Avengers: Endgame directors The Russo Brothers have hinted that they are working on something of a documentary about him.

You can see Stan Lee’s last MCU cameo in Avengers: Endgame, now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all the movies you can look forward to this year.