That Big Traumatic Moment in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Was Originally Supposed to Happen in AVENGERS 4

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I'm sure most of you have already seen Avengers: Infinity War, but this article focuses on the ending of the film, so if you're one of the seven people that haven't seen it yet, you might not want to read any further. 

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Turns out that big traumatic moment at the end of Avengers: Infinity War where Thanos snapped his fingers and obliterated half the population of the universe was originally supposed to happen in Avengers 4. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained to the New York Times why they changed it up:

"What we realised is, it would feel more like a cliffhanger than we intended."

Markus went on to explain that the choice to push the snap through in Infinity War came out of the desire to make two distinct Avengers movies. Had the Snap been pushed to Part 2, "it would be a continuation of exactly what you were watching before." He went on to say that the culmination of 10 years of building the MCU movies should "be as big as it wants to be, and as sprawling."

So they decided to go "all the way to a tragic ending." That will lead into the next film where "mysterious things happen that I can’t tell you about." McFeely says that one of the other reasons they decided to end Infinity War with the snap is because "it’s really, I think, difficult to predict where we go next."

Now we just have to wait awhile before seeing how the next chapter of the story plays out! 

Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.

The Origin of Han Solo’s Name is What Sold Disney on Making SOLO

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a great movie but unfortunately the movie didn’t do as Lucasfilm and Disney expected. I really hoped that the film would blow up at the box office, but it just didn’t happen.

George Lucas was working on a standalone Han Solo movie with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan before Disney bought Lucasfilm, so it was only a matter of time before the movie got made. Before it did, though, Lucasfilm had to sell Disney on it. 

Thanks to Kasdan, we now know what it is exactly that sold Disney CEO Bob Iger on making the movie. That thing was the origin of Han Solo’s name. Kasdan says:

"Five years ago, when I came onto the thing -- and Disney wasn't on when I came on, then three weeks later, they owned the company -- and they came up to Marin [California] and Kathy [Kennedy] got the people who were already working on it to make a five-minute presentation to Bob Iger and Alan Horn and everyone. My presentation was, [Han] comes to an immigration spot and someone asks, 'What's your name?' It's not just that he doesn't have a name, which tells you a lot about his history. He says 'I have no people.' That to me is so forlorn and so isolating and rife, and the guy fills in his name. Bob Iger said 'Alright, I'm in.' That was it. That was the moment. He reacted to it the way I reacted to it, which was, it's very moving. This was a guy who has nothing. Someone plants a name on him. He doesn't even know the guy. It sticks for the rest of the saga."

I know that there are a lot of fans that don’t care for the origin of Han’s name in the film, but I loved that little scene in the film. I thought it made perfect sense for the character and that it was a credible way of going about it. 

Regardless, I imagine that Disney and Bob Iger might be regretting greenlighting that film as it’s not doing very well at the box office.

Source: CinemaBlend

Special GODZILLA 2 Promo Shown At 2018 Licensing Expo

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Next Year the follow up to the popular Godzilla, will hit theaters, and the world will get another giant monster movie courtesy of Warner Bros. Those who attended the 2018 Licensing Expo got a first look at clips from Godzilla: King of the Monsters in the form of a promo.

The Toho Company had a booth at the Las Vegas event and had on display a special promo reel for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The clip doesn’t show very much new footage but does highlight how much money the first Godzilla movie made worldwide. The promo also shared a reminder about who Godzilla will be romping around with in his sequel. After his first MUTO encounter, Godzilla will face off against iconic creatures like Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah in 2019.

With the string of giant monster movies like Pacific Rim and Rampage, are you still excited to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens March 22, 2019.

The Producer of The Hit Anime YOUR NAME Releases Trailer For His New Film FIREWORKS

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Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is one of the most successful and popular anime films of all time. If you've never seen it, you need to watch it. It's such a wonderfully made film with a fantastic story. If you have seen the film and you did enjoy it, we have a trailer here for a new anime called Fireworks from the producer of Your NameGenki Kawamura. As you might expect, the movie is gaining a lot of buzz from Your Name fans. Here's the synopsis:

Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist.
Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

I really like what I'm seeing in this trailer as well as the story the anime will tell. GKIDS is distributing the film in the United States and plan on bringing it to theaters as part of a special collaboration with Fathom Events. There will be a premiere event July 3, 5, and 7. If you like what you see, you can get your tickets here.

AGONY Celebrates Launch Day With A 5 Minute Gameplay Video

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Making horror games requires a balance of a few different aspects. Lighting, sounds, location, story, and confusion are some of the main aspects that keep gamers on the edge of their seats, or perhaps hiding as far from the screen as possible. Especially in an age of graphical importance, the art design plays a role as well.

Madmind Studios has been creating Agony, the horror game so gruesome that it was nearly banned by ESRB, but was saved by some censorship. As the game launches today for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, they provided an intriguing 5 minute gameplay video for those still on the fence about getting it. Check it out:

With the game looking as horrifically beautiful as it does in the trailers and cinematics while the player is in control, Agony has already set their mark to be a game with interesting visuals, to say the least. They have also guaranteed that there will be 7 different endings and new content only available after the game has been beaten at least once.

Bringing a mixture of defenseless and survival horror style gameplay, we really don't know what all to expect as we make our way out of hell. After watching the initial trailer and now this fractal gameplay video, I'm really excited to get a copy of the game myself. What platform will you get it on?

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Cool Little Detail on How The Droid in SOLO, L3-37, Connects With EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

One of the stand-out characters in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story was Lando's droid friend and co-pilot L3-37. Well, a cool bit of information has been pointed out regarding the droid and her connection to another scene in The Empire Strikes Back. If you haven't seen Solo yet, then you may want to pass.

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In the film, L3-37, who is a progressive, self-made droid who has upgraded and improved herself using spare parts of other droids, is blasted to death. Through a series of events, her consciousness and data are uploaded to the Millennium Falcon database so that Han and Chewy could use her navigational system to help them escape.

This means that L3-37's consciousness has been a part of the ship throughout the entire saga. It turns out that there is a little detail in The Empire Strikes Back that acknowledges that the ship does have some kind of a personality.

/Film points out that there's a scene in Empire where C-3PO is trying to interpret the Millennium Falcon for Han Solo and says "Sir, I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect."

While talking with Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan, the outlet asked about this and Jonathan explained:

"Yes. That was something that came out of a lot of conversations with Larry, Phil, Chris and I about how to make it, how to retcon a little bit and say, how could she not only be a great character that we wanted, but a part of the story we didn’t realize was there?  And giving the Falcon a personality that is fused with this amazing character played by Phoebe I think does actually enrich the other movies in a way that I’m excited about.

What do you all think about L3-37's connection to the Millennium Falcon and this fun little detail that connects it to Empire?

SOLO Underperforms at the Box Office and I Wonder What This Means For The STAR WARS Franchise

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Well, it looks like not everything that the Star Wars franchise touches turns to gold. Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up falling way below expectations over Memorial Day weekend. The movie only made $168 million worldwide! It made $103 million domestically and $65 million internationally, which isn't very much money at all considering the film's budget was over $250 million. This is actually one of the worst openings ever for a Star Wars movie ever. 

I'm actually really bummed out about this because I really loved the movie! I personally thought that is was the best film and most fun Star Wars film that has been made since Disney bought Lucasfilm. It's just crazy to me that audiences aren't rushing out to see this! Hell, I've even seen a lot of people online talking about how much they loved the movie as well, but even good word of mouth isn't helping.

Is there Star Wars fatigue? Are people just not interested in Han Solo's story? Is this the backlash for The Last Jedi? Maybe it's a little bit of everything. I don't know, but I wonder how this is going to affect the Star Wars films that Lucasfilm produces moving forward. Will we see a Solo sequel? Will we see that Obi-Wan Kenobi movie? Will that Boba Fett movie actually get made!? I imagine they are going to rethink a few things, and I wonder what that will lead to. 

Director Ron Howard shared his thoughts on Twitter regarding the film's soft opening and managed to find a silver lining. He says:

What do you all think about Solo: A Star Wars Story falling below expectations? Do you think this will heavily affect the kinds of films that Lucasfilm will make here on out?

BLACK BEAUTY Is Getting Another Remake

The classic Anna Sewell novel Black Beauty and its adaptations have served as a bible of sorts for horse lovers worldwide. Ok, maybe that's a bit strong, but I've met a fair few horse lovers in my life that have a huge obsession with this work, so they'll most likely be jazzed by the news the franchise is getting a modern retelling. 

Deadline reports a new Black Beauty film is in the works, and while it will mirror the events of the book set in 1877, it will also bring the story into the present day. The film will focus on a recently orphaned teenager named Jo Green, who goes to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. Jo Green will bond with Black Beauty, who has a somewhat similar incident happen when she is separated from her parents out West. 

It's not the gritty retelling I had hoped for, but I'm sure people will enjoy the film. No release date has been issued for the film at this time, but if I had to guess, this one will probably hit theaters sometime around a major holiday. 

SHAZAM! Director Creates His Own BATMAN V SUPERMAN Parody

Last week, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg shared a fun image of Shazam watching Batman and Superman facing off with each other. There are a lot of Shazam! and Batman v Superman memes like this going around, but the director decided to make his own crossover parody and it's probably the best one I've seen yet.

The video replaces Superman with Shazam! in one of the more emotional and visually stunning moments from Batman v Superman and the whole emotional impact of the scene hilariously breaks apart when Shazam sips his drink. Enjoy!

Entertaining New Trailer For OCEANS 8 Breaks Down The Cast of Characters

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I don't know about you, but I think that Oceans 8 looks like a lot of fun! Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) is directing the film and as you know, he managed to bring together a pretty impressive cast of talent to star in the film. This new trailer puts the focus on the characters in the story that will be involved with the big heist that they are planning to pull off and it runs through those characters one by one.

The story follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the sister of Danny, as she attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. To be able to pull this off she assembles the perfect crew, which consists of Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson). Their target is Daphne Kluger, who is played by Anne Hathaway.

Steven Soderbergh is a producer on the film and as you'd expect it's going to be filled with all kinds of cameos. We know that Matt Damon will have a cameo as Linus Caldwell from the original trilogy, James Corden will play an insurance investigator, and Dakota Fanning also has a role in the movie. Other cameos include Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Anna Wintour, Adriana Lima and Katie Holmes.

Ocean's 8 will be released in theaters on June 8th, 2018.