ys. “Whenever I take on any character, I go through hours and hours of research before I even hit a rehearsal or a set. I can show you notebooks of every decision I ve made about William s backstory: What he likes to eat, how he sleeps, what s his sign, how does he like sex, how often does he have it, does he have it? I make every decision for every single character.” Cabrini-Green itself was also crucial to his performance. The film was shot largely on location, and seeing the boarded-up windows, the patchwork of weeds and broken fences, you can almost feel the living memory of police brutality, trauma, and death. “From the moment I stepped on that soil, there s something about abandoned buildings, and filming in these abandoned spaces – there are ghosts there,” he explains. “Especially if you know the history of the Cabrini-Green projects and the people who inhabited it. You know this land is now being gentrified because it s actually the most auspicious land in the city. It was once redlined to be just for disenfranchised people of color. You re looking at America when you re standing there.”With experience as a playwright (penning SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Lights Out: Nat King Cole, and more), Domingo has plans to adapt his plays into shorts and feature-length films. “I have one piece that I ve been quietly working on in animation that hopefully I ll talk about soon,” he reveals, along with plans for directing. “I’ve just agreed to be a part of an experience playing a legend. I won t tell you who, but he s a musical legend. That is one of my greatest inspirations.” For now, he hopes Candyman, which taps the chords of gentrification, Black Lives Matter, and the valuation of Black-made art, becomes a driver for important and urgent conversations. “After all, [the movie] is entertainment, but it s not the entertainment where you can just walk out, go get your car keys, and head home. You want to unpack so many things. It s going to be like a great album. You may not understand every song, but some songs are going to hit hard, and you won t be able to get them out of your mind.”Candyman is in theaters from Friday, August 28, 2021. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Captain America 4, Cruella 2, Dune 2, and Free Guy 2.This WEEK S TOP STORYIRONHEART TO DEBUT IN BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER BEFORE DISNEY+(Photo by ©2021 MARVEL)Disney s investor day last December was jam-packed with announcements, and one of them was that the Marvel Comics armored superhero Ironheart would be getting her own show on Disney+, and that she will be played by Dominique Thorne, who previously co-starred in the Academy Award nominated films If Beale Street Could Talk (Certified Fresh at 95%) and Judas and the Black Messiah (Certified Fresh at 96%). Ironheart does not yet have a Disney+ release date, but given how many shows are already filming before Ironheart, it probably won t be until 2023 or so. As it turns out, however, we won t have to wait that long to see the character make her debut, as Thorne will first portray Ironheart in next summer s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (7/8/2022). It s unclear how Ironheart will tie into Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, except one possibility is that in the comics, some young engineers have gone to Wakanda to continue their studies, which seems like a logical way to introduce Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, a 15-year-old M.I.T. student and engineering genius.Other Top Headlines1. ANTHONY MACKIE HAS OFFICIALLY SIGNED FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 (Photo by Marvel Studios)Sometimes, the big news of the week isn t particularly news to anyone paying attention. For example, the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ended with Anthony Mackie s Falcon character officially taking on the role of Captain America, after a fair number of twists and turns along the way. So it was immediately obvious that Marvel and Disney planned on casting Mackie as the new Captain America in future projects, including Captain America 4, which the series showrunner was confirmed to be writing in April. Even so, Mackie wasn t officially signed to star in the hypothetical Captain America 4 until this week, but the deal is now signed. We still don t know when Captain America 4 might be released (except it likely will not be before 2024, because both 2022 and 2023 are already pretty well scheduled), or what it might specifically be about.2. SCARLETT JOHANSSON LEADS EPIC A-LIST ADDITIONS TO WES ANDERSON S NEXT FILM(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)Wes Anderson is well-known for his star-studded ensemble comedies, such as this year s The French Dispatch, and his next film, which is currently filming in Spain, seems like more of the same. Just last week, Margot Robbie signed on for Anderson s new project, and Jason Schwartzman and Rupert Friend joined soon after. This week gave us two similar casting announcements, starting with Scarlett Johansson, who was then followed by Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Liev Schreiber, and Jeffrey Wright. Other previously announced stars include Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, and Tilda Swinton. One interesting thing about Johansson signing on is that Wes Anderson s films are usually distributed by Searchlight Pictures, which, as of 2019, is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures, with whom Johansson is currently in the midst of a lawsuit over Black Widow profit participation.3. DENIS VILLENEUVE CONFIRMS ZENDAYA WILL BE PROTAGONIST IN DUNE SEQUEL (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)When David Lynch directed the first film adaptation of Dune (Rotten at 50%) in 1984, there were edits that were over three hours long, and the director s cut of the 2000 TV mini-series was almost five hours long. The reason is that Frank Herbert s original novel (and its sequels) is particularly dense, with dozens of characters and any number of related subplots. Director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) apparently knew this would be an issue all along, because the Dune movie we re getting this year only adapts half the novel. Villeneuve confirmed this week that he is currently writing the sequel (if Warner Bros. decides to greenlight it), and that the running time will be 155 minutes. Villeneuve also clarified that the protagonist role in the Dune sequel will shift from Timothée Chalamet s Paul Atreides to Zendaya s Fremen character Chani. Dune is currently scheduled for release on October 9, 2021, pushed back from its original December, 2020 release because of the COVID-19 pandemic.4. EMMA STONE IS INDEED SIGNING ON FOR DISNEY s CRUELLA SEQUEL (Photo by Laurie Sparham/©Disney+)Following the news of Scarlett Johansson s lawsuit against Disney over her Black Widow compensation, there was some speculation that other recent Disney stars like Emma Stone (Cruella, Certified Fresh at 75%) might follow suit. That is now extremely unlikely to happen, as Stone has officially closed a deal with Disney to star in a Cruella sequel. Although many details of the deal haven t been disclosed (which isn t unusual at all), Stone is expected to be earning a sum in the low eight figures, which is more than the million she earned for Cruella. It s also unclear how profit participation (a key dispute in the Black Widow lawsuit) and streaming figure into Stone s new deal. The Cruella sequel will be directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay by Tony McNamara, both of whom also worked on the first Cruella.5. RYAN REYNOLDS SAYS DISNEY ALREADY WANTS A FREE GUY SEQUEL (Photo by ©20th Century Studios)Whether blamed on the Delta variant or on streaming options, the movies of the summer of 2021 have regularly opened to disappointing box office. One of the exceptions to this trend was last week s Free Guy (Certified Fresh at 82%), which exceeded predictions of a - million domestic opening with a haul in the million range. Ryan Reynolds took to his Twitter account on Saturday, the day after Free Guy opened, to post that Disney confirmed today they officially want a sequel. Woo hoo!! #irony. It s worth mentioning that Free Guy actually didn t get its start as a Disney movie, as it was one of the final productions of the former 21st Century Fox before Disney acquired Fox in 2019 (which is why Free Guy isn t on Disney+ yet).6. JOHN M. CHU IS PLANNING THE GREAT CHINESE ART HEIST (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, whose latest film was the big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda s Broadway musical In the Heights (Certified Fresh at 95%), has a very busy slate of upcoming projects in development, including the two planned Crazy Rich Asians sequels, the Wicked movie, and Disney s live action Lilo Stitch remake. Chu added another project to his schedule this week, as he is attached to direct an adaptation of the 2018 GQ article The Great Chinese Art Heist (which you can read right here), about how great works of Chinese art kept getting stolen from museums around the world. Silicon Valley co-star Jimmy O. Yang will co-write and co-produce along with his Crab Club production company partners.7. BIOPIC OF STAR TREK CREATOR GENE RODDENBERRY IN THE WORKS (Photo by ©Paramount courtesy Everett Collection)Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, and director Aaron Sorkin recently wrapped production on the Amazon Studios biopic Being the Ricardos, about the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and one has to imagine that the film will address their contribution to science fiction as the co-producers of the original Star Trek. If that whets audiences appetites for more back story about the creation of the seminal television series, then the newly announced Gene Roddenberry biopic should go a long way to filling in those details. The film was announced on August 19, 2021, which would have been Gene Roddenberry s 100th birthday. The as-yet-untitled biopic already has a screenplay by Adam Mazer, who wrote the Jack Kevorkian movie You Don t Know Jack (Certified Fresh at 83%) and co-wrote the espionage drama Breach (Certified Fresh at 84%).8. ANIME HIT MY HERO ACADEMIA GETTING LIVE-ACTION HOLLYWOOD REMAKE (Photo by ©FUNimation)My Hero Academia, a Japanese superhero franchise set in a reality where most people have superpowers, got its start as a manga series in 2014 that was then adapted as an anime series starting in 2016 in the US, you can catch it on Adult Swim. Legendary Entertainment, which is the same company that gave us both Pacific Rim and the recent Godzilla franchise, is now developing an English-language live-action My Hero Academia feature film, and the directing job is going to Japan s Shinsuke Sato, who also adapted the manga-based movies Bleach (Fresh at 71%) and Inuyashiki (Fresh at 100%). My Hero Academia will also be Shinsuke Sato s first English-language feature film.9. THE FAST AND FURIOUS FAMILY WILL RETURN FOR #10 IN 2023 (Photo by Universal Pictures)Not counting any future spinoffs that might still happen someday, the main Fast and Furious franchise is set to have just two more movies, and now we have an idea about when the penultimate movie will come out. Fast and Furious 10 will start filming in January, 2022 for a release on April 7, 2023. There is no release date for the final film, Fast and Furious 11, yet, but it will be filmed back-to-back with F10, so a release date in 2023 is probably most likely. Franchise mainstays like Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, and Michelle Rodriguez are all expected to return for the last two films, but it s not yet known if more recent additions like John Cena and Charlize Theron will also return. Other movies currently scheduled for around the same time include Dungeons Dragons (3/3/2023) (which recently wrapped filming), the prequel Wonka (3/17/2023) starring Timothée Chalamet, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (5/5/2023).On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Experiencing the first few glimpses of the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian was an overwhelming experience for fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago on Sunday. But it also proved their faith in series creator Jon Favreau and the contributions of Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni was rewarded. And as both reiterated throughout the presentation, they are both giant fans of Star Wars.“I was born in 1975, so I’m a product of this,” added star Pedro Pascal, who recalled meeting with Favreau and Filoni before he was cast. Describing a room filled with storyboards and illustrations of the proposed series, he said his immediate reaction was “What do you want me to do? Play that bug or that robot?” only to be overwhelmed when they said they wanted him to play the Mandalorian. Pascal mimed fainting to describe the sensation of being offered the lead role.But that was just one of the surprises unveiled during the presentation, complete with a Mandalorian sizzle reel exclusive for those inside the Celebration Stage in Chicago. Luckily, we were there and can offer you some of the things we learned about the show.1. Pascal Is the Mandalorian With No Name(Photo by Lucasfilm)Filoni and Favreau are fans of Star Wars, but they’re also found of the series antecedents in Western movies and samurai films. Maintaining a tradition from those genres, Pascal’s Mandalorian has no name. It is unclear if his identity will be revealed later, but Filoni, Favreau, and Pascal referred to him only as “The Mandalorian.” He’s a mysterious, lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy,” Pascal explained. “Some would say he has questionable moral character.”In one of the exclusive clips shown, the Mandalorian takes a meeting with Greef Carga (Carl Weathers), the leader of a bounty hunters guild in that section of space. During the meeting, the Mandalorian tries to take all of the bounties Carga has on offer, which the guild leader finds excessive. But it echoes back to the gunslingers from the Westerns Pascal said Favreau assigned him to watch as part of the preparation for the series.“He’s a badass,” Pascal added. “[Jon and Dave] have created an incredible, iconic character.”In an extended clip shown only at the Celebration Stage, fans heard the Mandalorian speak for the first time. In a detail which will thrill long-time fans, his cadence matches the one Boba Fett spoke with back in The Star Wars Holiday Special and the original versions of The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Of course, that cadence is inspired from another iconic film persona. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” Pascal said.2. Carl Weathers Plays a Bounty Hunter Guild Leader(Photo by Lucasfilm)For an added surprise, Favreau revealed Weathers’ involvement in the series and introduced him to the stage. After a spontaneous outpouring of love from the crowd — who started cheering for the Apollo Creed actor by that character’s name — Weather’s found himself overwhelmed.“Nothing comes close to this,” he said after the roar died down.Weather’s Greef Carga is “looking for someone to bring back a product for a client which is very valuable,” Weathers explained. “He finds the Mandalorian, and that guy gets done what needs to be done.”In the clip, Carga refers the Mandalorian to a “sensitive client” who demands face-to-face contact with the bounty hunter. Despite the tense situation, their interaction seemed friendly enough. Or at least as friendly as one can be when talking to a masked man with no name.3. Werner Herzog and Giancarlo Esposito Are Imperials(Photo by Lucasfilm)The client turns out to be the character played by Werner Herzog. The legendary director, who recently turned to acting in things like The Mandalorian, recently said he plays a “small part” as a villain, but in the clip, it turns out he represents a faction of the deposed Empire.“It was really compelling to me what happens after the celebration of the Empire falling,” Favreau explained before the clip. “The revolution was successful, but then what happens?”As it turns out, the answer is at least partially inspired from the Expanded Universe interpretation of the post-Empire era. Factions known as the Imperial Remnant continue to flex their might in sectors not as tied to the Rebellion or the emerging New Republic. In the clip, the Mandalorian finds Herzog’s character guarded by stormtroopers. The gleam may be off their white armor, but they still appear battle ready when another Imperial agent (played by Omid Abtahi) enters the room. Guns are drawn, but Herzog defused the situation.He also offers the Mandalorian a few details about his quarry; offering him a locator and the last four digits of the bounty’s gene marker. The preference is to bring the bounty in alive, but Herzog tells the Mandalorian he will accept proof of the mark’s death for a reduced fee. The other Imperial is not impressed by this change in their plan.In the subsequent sizzle reel, Herzog can be heard asking “are things better since the revolution?” Amid scenes of violence and fire (all narrated by Herzog stating his belief in the Empire), Giancarlo Esposito’s character appears. While also unnamed, his uniform also identifies him as part of the Imperial Remnant. He orders a stormtrooper to ignite his flamethrower and flush out someone from a dwelling. A subsequent shot also reveals Esposito in a TIE fighter.4. The Show Will Feel Gritty(Photo by Lucasfilm) While Favreau and Filoni kept name-checking the campy Holiday Special as an inspiration — indeed, the Mandalorian s rifle is a direct lift from the Special s Boba Fett cartoon — Filoni mentioned the show will have a gritty feel to it. This came through in the sizzle reel, which included dusty village streets, old stations covered in snow, and plenty of run-down technology abandoned and weathering.The overall look evokes the original Star Wars — right down to one shot which may or may not be the original film’s Mos Eisley cantina — which was very much the thing Favreau said he wanted to accomplish with The Mandalorian. But he added that Filoni is making him more of a fan of the Prequel aesthetic as well.5. Gina Carrano Plays Ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Doone(Photo by Lucasfilm)The sizzle reel also offered the first clear look at Gina Carano’s Cara Dune.“She’s an ex-Rebel shock trooper,” Carano explained. “[She’s] a bit of a loner — which is a stretch — and [she] is having a bit of trouble reintegrating into society.”In the preview, the Mandalorian spots her in a cantina, much to his displeasure. The two end up fighting in an alley and eventually draw blasters on one another. It is unclear if this is the beginning of a partnership or a rivalry, but her Mando-inspired shoulder guards suggest there may be some sort of bond.Well, provided the Mandalorian really is what he claims. In his scene, Herzog s character infers the person under than armor may not be a true Mandalorian.6. The Mandalorian’s Ship, the Razorcrest, Is a Practical Effect(Photo by Lucasfilm)Glimpsed briefly in the clip shown early in the presentation, Favreau offered a few details about the Mandalorian’s ship, the Razorcrest. Details he said “most people won’t even know, but we knew you’d appreciate it.”The twin-engine ship will be the title character’s key vehicle, but making it was a labor of love between Favreau, Filoni, and the group at ILM when the executive producer made one request: “Can we shoot a model?”Stymied in using old-school techniques on movies like Iron Man, he was thrilled when Lucasfilm let it happen and the ILM crew became obsessed with creating the ship as a miniature. Parts were kit-bashed from other model kits, just as they did back in the 1970s, while other elements used cutting edge techniques and 3D printing. Members of the ILM team manufactures long-retired motion-control camera rigs in their garages while higher-ups like John Knoll sat in on planning meetings to bring the Razor Crest to life.That dedication to detail was one of the key things Favreau wanted to pull off with The Mandalorian. On screen, it means little throwbacks to the film series. In the extended clip, a food vendor can be seen roasting Kowakian monkey-lizard — Salacious Crumb’s species — and in the sizzle reel, a droid who may or may not be legendary bounty hunter IG-88 gets in on the action as he swivels his torso to take on attackers in a 360-degree arc of fire. Additionally, plenty of familiar aliens are realized with creature effect make-up. There s even a gonk droid hanging out with the Imperials.“We used a lot of tech from Iron Man, The Jungle Book, and even The Lion King,” Favreau said. “But Star Wars, at its core, has to feel handmade. So there are animatronics and puppetry.”“All that passion trickled down,” Carano added. “Jon would well up with tears explaining how much a scene meant [to him], and you felt like you were part of something special. Everybody in every department would be there for 17-hour days. And you wanted to be there because it was worth it. It had this magic. I always want to work with is people passionate about what they’re doing.”That sense of passion was clear from the material Favreau brought to stage. With the film series taking a pause after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian will be the key live-action Star Wars product and it looks like it will be a worthy torchbearer.The Mandalorian will launch on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.ag九游会登陆Originally planned for one 24-hour period in August, DC FanDome wisely split into two events. August s Hall of Heroes focused on DC film efforts (with a few video game and TV presentations mixed in), while this past weekend s Explore The Multiverse centered on television, cosplay, fan interaction, and even a comic book or two. Despite switching to an on-demand system to deliver videos to the DC faithful, the September FanDome still offered an overwhelming amount of content.Luckily, we re here to parse through all of the television presentations as DC and Warner Bros. Television offered a surprising number of videos to watch. A few shows, like Black Lightning and Titans, mainly celebrated their existing seasons while other programs, like Batwoman and the upcoming Superman Lois, were better positioned to tease their 2021 seasons. So let s take a look at a few of the key takeaways from the weekend to get a sense of how we ll be spending next year in the DC Multiverse.1. Superman Lois Will Be A Family Drama With SuperheroicsFulfilling the idea Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman teased just before it was cancelled, The CW s upcoming Superman Lois will be something no other Superman TV could be: a family drama. Clark and Lois are married. They re not only married, they have two teenage boys, executive producer and showrunner Todd Helbing explained. The mission is, in part, to tell a story that is as grounded as it can be and still have Superman. The show will explore what it means to have children when the parents have demanding jobs like an investigative journalist and the world s most famous superhero.The show will also explore the sort of children people like Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) and Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) would produce. Thanks to last year s Crisis on Infinite Earths, the couple now have a teenage son Jonathan (who appeared as an infant at the start of Crisis ) and his fraternal twin brother. According to Helbing, the writers used the universe-altering effects of the Crisis to age the kids up (and bring Jon s brother into existence) because teenagers create more conflict on family shows. Additionally, we wanted to present two kids with wildly different skill sets. Their skills, and the Kent family bond, will be tested in a somewhat familiar backdrop: Smallville. For reasons that will become clear, the family moves back to Clark s hometown —not that it s the idyllic place Clark remembers. I came from a small town in the Midwest. Helbing said. We had a business leave and the town started to dry up. Despite Smallville s upcoming economic trouble, Helbing said Clark and Lois will still find it easier to raise children [there] than it is in Metropolis. The storyline with the sons is really compelling, Tulloch said, also noting that though Lois s dedication to her work remains, the reporter wonders how much it alienates her children.Hoechlin suggested Clark will also face a similar internal conflict: When is it OK to turn off the world? he asked in regards to Superman making family time. The actor s father was a doctor and he recalled all the times he was called away to attend to his practice. It s a perspective shift for me to look back on how he accomplished that and wore both hats.
Warner Bros. Pictures new trailer for their upcoming Shazam! doubles down on the lighter tone of the first trailer, released back during Comic-Con in July, and continues to offer potential audiences a look at one of the more whimsical superheroes in his seemingly natural habitat – a coming-of-age story set in the DC Comics world of powers, magic and the Batman. But the trailer also offers a few clues into some interesting ideas layered into the story. So let’s take a look at five things we learned from the Shazam! trailer.The Speed of Mercury(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)In both trailers, Billy (Asher Angel as a boy and Zachary Levi as the hero) reaches out to his friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) to help him with all this superhero stuff. In the earlier trailer, we learned Freddy is all about the heroes. He even tries to get Billy to admit to the superpower he wants most. And now that Billy has powers – thanks to the Wizard Shazam (Djimon Honsou) – the two explore the limits of his abilities.In the comic books, the Shazam powers include the Wisdom of Solomon, the Strength of Hercules, the Stamina of Atlas, the Power of Zeus, the Courage of Achilles, and the Speed of Mercury. The Power of Zeus (as electricity manipulation), the Courage of Achilles (as “bullet immunity”), and the Strength of Hercules (conventional super-strength) were highlighted in the earlier trailer and a few television ads, but the new trailer finally showcases the Speed of Mercury in its purest form – Flash-like superspeed, which he uses to save Mary (Grace Fulton) about halfway through the trailer. As it happens, the Speed of Mercury is also the source of his ability to fly, although, as we see late in the trailer, it is first the means to leap great distances – just like Superman in his early days – and requires Billy’s concentration to master. We also expect the Wisdom of Solomon will be the last of the powers Billy will acquire, considering how often the trailers remind you he is just a boy.Philadelphia Born and Raised(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)The opening shot of the new trailer reveals Shazam! s specific geographic location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is, of course, a departure from the comics, where Billy, Freddy, and the rest of the Shazam family live in Fawcett City – itself a nod to the character’s original publisher, Fawcett Comics. But in lieu of putting another DC Superhero in another fictional city, relocating Shazam! to Detroit offers the hero a certain grounding. Which is a good thing considering just how fantastical Shazam! really is, with its mix of magic, caped superheroes, and super-genius villains. Building up a new DC city would take too much time and energy away from making Billy’s journey to a dependable hero believable and fun.That said, we’d still love to see Hub City or Opal City featured in a DC film or television series some day.Commercial Heroes(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)One of the most interesting and recurring details across both trailers is the commercialization of the Justice League. Entering the realm of meta-commentary, we see Freddy already owns items like a Batarang replica – but then, who doesn’t at this point? – and an Aquaman logo T-shirt which looks like it came directly from a promotional event for that film.But in the new trailer, the commercialization of the League becomes a point of comedy, as the hero uses a 1/2 scale Batman toy to hinder his opponent, Sivana (Mark Strong). The toy even says the Dark Knight’s signature line “I’m Batman!” before Billy launches it at his foe. It is doubtful a bit of plastic can stop the villain, but Billy has plenty of other products to pelt him with, including toy utility belts, plastic busts, fashion dolls, child-sized costumes, and even branded skateboards.And at this point, there is plenty to poke fun at in regards to the Justice League as a toy brand. For decades, Warner Bros. has been licensing the characters and their logos for products as expensive as a recent Batman: The Animated Series Batcave playset and as cheap as paper birthday party supplies. It s something that comics and television shows have touched upon, but it is new material for a live-action film based on the DC Comics characters.The Powers Of Sivana(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)And where would Shazam! be without a proper antagonist? With the character’s traditional archenemy, Black Adam, held in reserve for either the sequel or his own solo film starring Dwayne Johnson, the first film focuses on the hero’s oldest foe, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. This version of the character, though, may not be the one comic book fans would naturally expect to see.For most of his existence, Sivana has been a character of science, using his intellect and inventions to battle the hero and conquer the world. His attempts always, eventually, fail. In more recent years, he was revised into a scientist desperate to quantify magic, with a raid on Black Adam’s tomb giving him the ability to “see” magic in one eye a visual cue definitely present in the trailer.But for the purposes of the film, Sivana is a former pupil of the Wizard Shazam. And as seen in the trailer, he appears to have some of Billy’s powers as well – the Powers of Zeus, Hercules, and Achilles being the most obvious. He also deduces that Billy is much younger than his hero self, though you wouldn t need the Wisdom of Solomon to guess that. Nevertheless, that knowledge will come in handy as Sivana and Billy become mortal enemies.He Doesn’t Have A Name… Yet(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)And if you’ve noticed we’ve avoided referring to Billy as “Shazam” whenever possible, that s because of the key moment in the second trailer when Freddy refers to him as “Captain Sparklefingers.” It feels important. There is also a subsequent moment, after Billy saves Mary with the Speed of Mercury, in which she awkwardly says, “you are the hero. ” It tells us that for most the film, Billy will be in search of a name. It is a thematically interesting idea that corresponds to Shazam’s publishing history in a very unique way.The character debuted in 1940 as Captain Marvel. His comics – published by Fawcett – soon began to outsell Superman and Action Comics. As impossible as it seems now, he was the most popular superhero of the decade. Noting the similarities to their character, DC tried to sue Captain Marvel out of existence, and after 8 years of litigation, Fawcett settled and ceased publishing Captain Marvel comics in 1953. This would lead to the creation of Marvelman in the UK comics scene – a story for another time – and eventually, Marvel Comics debuted their own Captain Marvel, making sure to file a trademark on the name in 1967. When DC finally bought Captain Marvel and the associated characters, they were forced to refer to him as “Shazam” on comic book covers while still calling him Captain Marvel in the interior pages. This practice finally ceased in 2011, when the company declared he only had one name: Shazam.Nonetheless, people still enjoy pointing out this curious bit of comic book history, made all the more curious by the fact that Marvel s Captain Marvel feature film and DC s Shazam! open in theaters a month apart. It seems the destinies of all Captain Marvel characters are inexorably linked.Either way, all signs point to Billy embracing the Shazam name by the end of the film. If that turns out to be the case, the issue of Billy’s superhero name will parallel his journey to control his powers and save the day. It s suitably whimsical, even if the film downplays some of the character’s more whimsical elements (like a verbal tiger man called Tawky Tawny). But it leaves us wondering if Freddy and Mary – who became the heroes Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel in the comics – will go on similar journeys, should they receive powers in a sequel.Shazam! opens everywhere on April 5.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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6.50.6 2月喜迎Will The Irishman Bring Oscar Glory to Netflix?Can a de-aged De Niro bring home an Oscar for The Irishman ? We explore what brought Scorsese s passion project to Netflix.Posted by The Rotten Tomatoes Channel on Thursday, August 1, 2019Martin Scorsese’s latest feature film, The Irishman, has been talked about for years, enduring financial, developmental, and technological bumps along the way, but with the release of the teaser trailer this morning, we finally get our first look at what it ll look like, when it ll come out (sort of), and who s involved, but let s be honest, this trailer had you at hello. So, let’s break down what we know and don’t know about Martin Scorsese’s Netflix-produced film The Irishman. [Updated on 7/31/19.]The PremiseJimmy Hoffa in 1961 Based on I Heard You Paint Houses, the biography of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran by Charles Brandt, The Irishman tells the story of mafia hitman Sheeran and his relationship to, and possible murder of, Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. The disappearance (but let’s just call it murder) of Jimmy Hoffa is one of the most notorious organized crime stories of the 20th century, and more than 40 years later, the case still remains un
The cast of Disney’s Jungle Cruise let their hair down – and then some – when they sat with Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Nikki Novak to discuss the new adventure film based on the beloved theme park ride. Want to know what doodles Emily Blunt left on a board after she used Dwayne Johnson’s personal gym (which he calls the “iron paradise”)? Brace yourself!As well as answering a handful of questions just as delicious cheesy as Johnson’s skipper’s dad jokes in the movie, the cast – which includes Jack Whitehall and Edgar Ramírez – also spoke about the magic of Disney, the epic scope and scale of the new movie’s sets and action sequences, and the instantaneous chemistry Johnson and Blunt discovered from the very first moment they met. White hot chemistry, according to Blunt.Jungle Cruise is in theaters and available on Disney+ via Premier Access from Friday July 30, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
(Photo by Marvel Studios)After so much speculation, actor-endorsed blind alleys, and examinations of the kitchen sets, WandaVision drew to a close the only way it could. And while that may leave some hoping for certain cameos disappointed, the lingering questions will continue to fuel our speculation about the overall Phase 4 story for sometime. WandaVision may have seen its series finale, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues. Let s take a look at the program s contributions to the MCU s ongoing tale.Spoiler Alert: This article reveals details from WandaVision episode 9 “The Series Finale.” Stop here if you have not watched the episode.The Scarlet Witch Was Foretold in The Darkhold — or Was The Darkhold Waiting for a Victim?(Photo by Suzanne Tenner/Marvel Studios)Suggesting the book in Agatha s (Kathryn Hahn) basement was The Darkhold may be our only correct guess during the series, but we ll take it. The book is an immensely powerful tome, as we previously discussed, and a key object for any of Marvel s magic users to obtain. But Agatha added an interesting wrinkle by telling Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) the Scarlet Witch has a whole page devoted to her. It declares she will end the world.The series seems to agree with The Darkhold as Wanda s powers grew exponentially this week and looked quite destructive. Then there s Wanda s style as the Scarlet Witch. While we re sure fans are happy to finally see her with a costume inspired by the late, great Jack Kirby — seriously, we love Kirby s penchant for thrilling headgear — it looks far more like a villain s get-up than that of an Avenger.But, perhaps, that is the point. If Wanda s abilities are as dangerous as The Darkhold suggests, then Wanda still has quite a struggle ahead of her to combat the more impulsive and destructive aspects of her soul. Look at the way she initially strangled the Westview residents when they confronted her. That was instinct. And though Wanda released them and removed the Hex, the final shot of her reading The Darkhold sure feels like a clear indication that she will be Doctor Strange s (Benedict Cumberbatch) opponent in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Or, at least, he ll have to battle the Scarlet Witch even as Wanda fights against her from inside.Maybe we ll even get a recreation of The Patty Duke Show during the film.Now that The Darkhold is an artifact in the MCU, it still leaves us wondering about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its role in that series. Considering that series firmly established the book corrupts all who read it, will it be the true source of the Scarlet Witch s desire to end all things?Was It Ralph All Along?(Photo by Marvel Studios - episode 105)Though WandaVision s plot, and Wanda s powerset, always seemed like a great opportunity to introduce the Mutants into the MCU — Wanda s ties to the X-Men are almost as strong as her association with the Avengers — the hoped for moment was dispelled once Monica (Teyonah Parris) looked at a Water and Power statement addressed to one Ralph Boehner (Evan Peters) and one of his headshots. The fake Pietro was an actor all along! He was also Agnes s never-seen husband Ralph. Honestly, it s a nice tying of the bow as any other explanation for the guy (short of another reality s Pietro Maximoff) would require a lot of screentime.But, of course, it means no X-Men related revelations occurred in the series as a whole. And in the last month, speculation about certain cameos ran rampant. We participated, of course, and until we saw Wanda s father, Olek (Daniyar), last week we started to wonder if, perhaps, Ian McKellan would appear as Magneto at the last second just for Wanda to ask Papa? as the screen turned to black.Such a scene is still possible in some other project, of course.Unfortunately, much of the cameo game turned out to be a joke on the part of Paul Bettany, who admitted earlier this week that he was referring to himself as The Vision (more on that in moment) and not some truly earth-shattering special appearance.(Photo by Marvel Studios)Which leads to a question: Is WandaVision lesser for not having that shocking cameo? We ve striven to let the show s text guide us in our ponderings — even when it led us away from the Agatha Harkness fan theory. And while we always suggested Wanda s powers could give us the X-Men — and used the Kick-Ass joke as evidence — we re not exactly sad they didn t appear. The one thing we ve definitely held onto was Wanda s grief as the reason for the Westview Anomaly. And though the show ended on a more melancholy note than we expected, we re satisfied with the resolution to the mystery presented in the first three episodes.Those expecting Mephisto may not be so satisfied. But hope for the Devil springs eternal and Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) shouts in the last moments of the end-credit stinger should fuel the further possibility of his eventual arrival. With The Darkhold, the Dark Dimension, and a Mutliverse of madness in play, he is — like Thanos — inevitable. But he may, ultimately, have nothing to do with the twins continued existence.Vision vs. The Vision: Which Is Which?(Photo by Marvel Studios)As in the comics, the use of the definite article in regard to Vision (Bettany) is inconsistent. To be sure, he is often addressed as The Vision on comic book covers and in stories, but characters just as often drop the as he becomes more than a title — an interchangeability he shares with the Batman, oddly enough. But in the program s final cast list, it credits Bettany as both both Vision and The Vision, using that grammatical option as a way to differentiate the Vis we grew to love over the course of the series and the reanimated corpse of the original synthezoid.And we re here for it because it also speaks to the underlying conflict in their battle: the authenticity of Visions.Indeed, after their thrilling fight, they have an equally thrilling conversation about who is The Vision really is — leading to, we suspect, the proper resurrection of the true Vision. The Vision s mention of having been J.A.R.V.I.S., the AI in Tony Stark s early Iron Man suits, seems to indicate his memories, self-awareness, and autonomy are again intact. But the fact their argument ends with them both truly being Vision and not The Vision (or is that vice versa?) also indicates The Vision will need to continue soul-searching before he can obtain his true colors.Or, perhaps, that piece of the Mind Stone residing in Wanda will someday lead to The Vision becoming whole. In the meantime, we definitely love the elegant wordplay in differentiating Vision from The Vision. It s definitely better than our pitch from last week: New Vision and Vision s Corpse.All that said, we love for both versions of the character to merge some day. Well, presuming Vis didn t download his memories into The Vision already.Will Monica Rambeau Become Director of S.W.O.R.D. or Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?(Photo by Suzanne Tenner/Marvel Studios - episode 105)While it may have been the briefest resolution in the series, we were glad to see Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) trap S.W.O.R.D. director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) so he could be taken into FBI custody. Although, we admit it would ve been nice to see him get a more just dessert — a la Agatha becoming Agnes again.Nevertheless, it puts Monica in a prime position to become director of S.W.O.R.D. But considering all that she s learned about the organization in the last week, would she want the job? The fact she s still wearing a S.W.O.R.D. shirt is a visual clue that it is indeed possible and, clearly, she could do good work there. But there is another tempting offer on the table.(Photo by Marvel Studios - Captain Marvel)In what has to be our first glimpse of Secret Invasion, a Skrull operative spirits Monica away from the scene of Hayward s crime to tell her an old friend of her mother wants to talk. In space. Now, there are two people who could be Maria Rambeau s old friend: Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) and Nicholas J. Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). In terms of Marvel Studios production chronology, we ll next see Monica in the Captain Marvel sequel, but we re going to assume Fury has invited Monica to the orbital staging platform glimpsed at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Which, of course, only leads to more questions about Fury.For one thing: How long has that platform been there? Considering he was erased during the Blip, he could not have put this thing together in just a few weeks. That suggests it s been there for a while and, perhaps, what he was working on before he turned to dust in 2019. But the Skrull operative leads to a new possibility — is the outpost even his? Perhaps the Skrulls put it there as part of their decades-long secret invasion.Or, possibly, the platform is a next generation S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier capable of trans-atmospheric travel. Although Fury seemingly washed his hands of the agency at the end of Captain America: The Winter Solider — or left it in Agent Coulson s (Clark Gregg) capable hands if you accept Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as canon — we doubt he d truly let it wither away no matter how disgraced Hydra left it or how many of its secrets Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) exposed.If that is the case, it leaves Monica with an intriguing choice: lead S.W.O.R.D or join S.H.I.E.L.D. Granted, we re presuming a lot about both organizations — like Fury having no stake in S.W.O.R.D. — and Monica s interest in them. One thing is clear though from what we know of her so far: an invitation into space is something she cannot refuse. And while her powers are still mysterious — is she a being of pure light now? — we have no doubt the next time we see her, it will be out among the stars.What s Next? Will Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Provide Answers?(Photo by Marvel Studios)The 20th century television sitcoms Wanda loved and emulated within the Hex took great pains to restore the status quo at the end of any given episode. On Bewtiched, Sam s magic remained hidden and Darren stayed employed. The Bradys always found family unity and their housekeeper, Alice, always found the right quip. But WandaVision eschews that tendency — and, perhaps, Wanda s greatest wish — for such tidy resolutions.Although we now know Agatha s main objective was to steal Wanda s powers because she was undeserving, she is now imprisoned as nosey neighbor Agnes. It is unclear if she will continue to live in Westview with poor Ralph or in some sort of stasis near Wanda s Sokovian cabin. And though it feels like a fitting punishment, is it really Wanda s to dole out? She evaded any accounting for her own transgressions, after all. And while she did apologize to Monica, it feels incomplete without one of the townspeople offering some sort of absolution.Then consider what Westview becomes without the Hex: dilapidated houses and a nearly abandoned downtown. It was on the brink of economic collapse before Wanda got there. And yet, the obvious pain its citizens were in, compounded by Wanda inadvertently forcing them to experience her own, means her cosmetic enhancements came at a terrible cost and further cement her as a villain. Nevertheless, Wanda is also the protagonist and by the grammar of the shows she idolized, she should be able to at least restore Westview to some prosperity as reparation. The fact she cannot is an interesting counter to the world she tried to make for herself. And in removing the Hex, she sacrificed the handful of things which brought her some joy in the weeks since the battle with Thanos.(Photo by Marvel Studios)Of course, trying to weigh that out leads back to the question of authenticity Vision and The Vision confronted. Does the pain she unleashed to create a false reality negate the grief she was in? Whose pain is the pain?That ambiguity, and the haunting foreshadowing of the Scarlet Witch as an extinction-level event, is something we ll have to live with until Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness picks up the thread. But as we were always sympathetic to Wanda s grief, we hope the character finds the help she needs and comes back from the brink.In the meantime, we ll congratulate WandaVision for using the grammar of television and the language of sitcoms to present these ideas to us. Also, we ll thank them for eight weeks of wild theories, endless possibility, and one of Marvel Studios most emotionally resonant stories.Read Also: How WandaVision Recreated the Sitcoms of the Scarlet Witch’s Childhood On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
OK, commenters: Fire up your engines because we re tackling a big one in our latest edition of Vs., pitting the Star Wars Prequels against the Star Wars Sequels and declaring definitively which galactic triptych is the superior set of films. We re looking at box office data and Tomatometer scores for Episodes 1-3 and 7-9, as well as which trilogy delivered the best moments and gave us the most memorable characters. Are you a Darth Maul vs. Qui-Gon vs. Obi-Wan person? Or do you prefer your lightsaber battles more of the Throne Room variety? Does a Jar Jar Binks outweigh the awesomeness of Ewan McGregor s young Obi-Wan? And how do they compare to Babu Frik? Watch above as Rotten Tomatoes Contributing Editor Mark Ellis lays out the case for both trilogies and – bravely – declares a winner.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available digitally on March 17, 2020.
ag九游会登陆 The King of Staten Island, the latest directorial effort from Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) arrives exclusively on VOD on June 12th. The movie was co-written by and stars Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, whose life story serves loosely as the basis for the film. Initial reviews are calling it one of the filmmaker’s best in years for its dramatic maturity — apparently this isn’t exactly another laugh-out-loud comedy — and for the winning supporting cast more than for its central star. Of course, this is an Apatow movie, so criticisms about its length are to be expected.Here’s what critics are saying about The King of State Island:How does it compare to Judd Apatow s other films?His best film since 2009’s Funny People. David Ehrlich, IndieWireIt’s surely the best Apatow movie since Funny People, and maybe even since Knocked Up. Kyle Pinion, The BeatNever has Apatow been so on point collaborating with another creative to make a fully-formed vision that isn’t just a hilarious experience. The King of Staten Island is the most technically proficient work of his entire career. James Clay, Fresh FictionThe movie deserves credit for skewing a little darker than the usual Apatow conclusion. Brett Arnold, Consequence of SoundIt’s the director’s most emotionally attuned and narrowly focused work. Jordan Raup, The Film StageIf The King of Staten Island is the director s least overtly comedic effort, it’s also probably his least sentimental. Jon Frosch, Hollywood ReporterIt’s an arrested development story, but it also shows that Apatow is growing up. Matt Goldberg, Collider(Photo by Kevin Mazur/©Universal Pictures)How is Pete Davidson s Performance?Davidson is a triumph in The King of Staten Island. Molly Freeman, ScreenRantOn the basis of The King of Staten Island, I couldn’t tell you if he could carry a whole movie that wasn’t about his own life – but he definitely carries this one. Matt Singer, ScreenCrushHe certainly has comic timing and screen presence, and yet I don’t know if he has the range to play characters that don’t mirror his own life and experiences. Matt Goldberg, ColliderHis range as an actor may not turn out to be as wide as his wingspan, but the numb vulnerability he shares here makes for a performance that might as well be seeping out of his skin. David Ehrlich, IndieWireWhile no one will confuse him for Laurence Olivier anytime soon, Davidson does have a breezy charm that affixes his personal connection to the material and engages throughout. Kyle Pinion, The BeatDavidson, it turns out, is a fine leading man. Loose and expressive, he strikes a balance of droll loutishness and sensitivity that never tips over into Sandler-esque clowning or cloying. Jon Frosch, Hollywood ReporterThe ensemble allows Davidson to play off of other actors in different ways to ideally give the young comic a chance to shine. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentWhile he sparks with an irreverent punch line here or there, there s not enough liveliness in this maudlin role for Davidson to dazzle in. Kristy Puchko, IGN(Photo by Mary Cybulski/©Universal Pictures)And the rest of the cast?Even though this is supposed to be Davidson’s big coming-out party, it’s the cast around him who gets to truly shine. [Marisa] Tomei, an always-welcomed presence, is phenomenal. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmOne of the best things about The King of Staten Island is the supporting cast and their performances apart from Davidson, especially Bill Burr. Rendy Jones, Rendy ReviewsBill Burr steals the movie. Roger Moore, Movie NationA better [movie] whenever Burr is on screen, especially when he’s with Tomei. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesWhile it s too early to imagine what this year s awards season is going to be like, [Burr] deserves some serious recognition for his performance. Chris Bumbray, JoBloMoises Arias puts in a brilliant turn as Scott’s eternally bewildered friend. Linda Marric, HeyUGuysOne wishes [Bel Powley’s] character was more fully-formed, particularly considering how heavily she figures into the film’s final moments. Jordan Raup, The Film StageIs the movie funny?It goes without saying that the movie is pretty funny. Rendy Jones, Rendy ReviewsThere are a handful of laugh-out-loud moments throughout Staten Island and one screamingly-funny extended sequence that winds up influencing a great deal of the plot. Brett Arnold, Consequence of SoundThere are few out-and-out comedic set pieces; the humor appears out of honest and sometimes intense conversations. Matt Singer, ScreenCrushThe King of Staten Island is more of an indie drama that happens to have some really sharp jokes. Matt Goldberg, ColliderThere’s nothing here that’s going to stick with you – the next great quotable comedy this is not. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmIf you go in expecting Apatow s usual comedic flair you may be disappointed as the laughs aren t as numerous as his previous films. However…it is nonetheless entertaining. Allison Rose, FlickDirect(Photo by Mary Cybulski/©Universal Pictures)Is the running time a problem?The King of Staten Island is inexcusably overlong. Brett Arnold, Consequence of SoundThere is no reason for this movie to be this long, especially when it’s telling a story that has been told ample times before. Rendy Jones, Rendy ReviewsThe movie, juggling too many narrative priorities over an overlong 137 minutes, seems to succumb to Scott’s own sense of aimlessness as much as it depicts it. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesThe real issue is not the running time, but that you feel it. Kristy Puchko, IGNI never got bored or wanted Apatow to wrap things up. If anything I wanted to spend more time with some of the supporting characters. Matt Singer, ScreenCrushThe editing by Jay Cassidy keeps the plotting from going off the skids while staying true to Apatow’s signature improvisational style. James Clay, Fresh FictionDoes it get better as it goes?The movie s second half is more compelling than it s first. Chris Bumbray, JoBloWhile certainly Apatow hoped the overlong first half would match the fecklessness of Scott’s life, it’s a hard slog… Without a sense of direction in the dark comedy’s first half, the heartfelt second half nearly arrives unnoticed. Robert Daniels, 812 Film Reviews(Photo by Mary Cybulski/©Universal Pictures)Will it make for a good rental at home?It’s the kind of soul-bearing filmmaking that’s at least worthy of a weekend view in your own home. Kyle Pinion, The BeatHaving this story exist on streaming exclusively seems oddly appropriate. Davidson is the comedian for this generation, and most of his die-hard fans would rather catch up with him at home anyways. James Clay, Fresh FictionA pretty apt film for home viewing; something to dip in and out of, perhaps, while you’re gaming, ordering pizza to your mother’s basement, or having a lazy lockdown. Fionnuala Halligan, Screen InternationalViewers stuck at home won t go wrong with The King of Staten Island a dramedy that delivers both laugh-out-loud comedy and entertaining drama. Molly Freeman, ScreenRantThe King of Staten Island premieres on VOD on Friday, June 12.
小小萌宠店游戏是一款以萌宠玩法为主题的休闲类手游。其中的一些冒险玩法超级的丰富哟，萌宠玩法的竞技体验超好玩，萌宠的战斗力量超级的强悍，并且还能与其他好友一同来到其中开始冒险下去，获取到最终的胜利感哟。 Sibling directing partners Joe and Anthony Russo made a huge impression on fans when they entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with their ’70s thriller–style Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Still considered the best of the MCU by many, it marked the duo as risk-takers with big ideas – and the directing chops to pull them off. No wonder then that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige asked them to helm three more movies. For their follow-up MCU film, the brothers broke up the family in Civil War; then, last year, they broke our hearts – and global box office records – with Infinity War. Ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame, the Russo Brothers sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to break Infinity War down piece by piece, character by character, dust fleck by dust fleck. They reveal storylines that might have been, the creation of Thanos, and why fans shouldn’t be so hard on Star-Lord. Then, the duo go into Endgame – as much as they could – sharing the reasoning behind their storytelling decisions and the lengths they’ve gone to in order keep the details of that story secret.“Infinity War was Thanos’s movie, he was the lead of the film, and we gave him a proper ending.” Joe Russo: Anth and I through our entire experience at Marvel always tried to make very disruptive choices with each film. The end of Winter Solider: good guys and the bad guys, we flip everything on its head. Civil War we divorce the Avengers. Infinity War we knew we wanted to make a strong narrative choice. There s an adage where you write yourself into a corner, [you have to] try to figure out how to get out. That usually creates really dramatic moments for the audience. There s no bigger way to write ourselves into a corner than killing half the characters.Anthony Russo: We actually never thought of it as a cliffhanger. In our own brains, for us, we were telling a complete story: This was Thanos s movie, he was the lead of the film, and we gave him a complete arc – a proper ending.(Photo by ©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“We can only do that if we pulled off the most realistic-feeling performance that you could possibly imagine in a movie.”Joe: He s a profoundly interesting villain who is equal parts empathetic and loathsome. He s also frightening and intimidating and nearly invincible. He s driven, philosophically driven. I think a lot of people respect his monastic dedication to his task. He ll die for it, so he s an acolyte in that regard. And what s interesting about the end of that movie is he shuns all materialism. He s got this amazingly powerful gauntlet that can alter the very fabric of the universe, and he retires to a shack you know, clearly on some desolate planet.Anthony: We knew we wanted to center the movie on [Thanos], and we knew that we can only do that if we pulled off the most realistic-feeling performance that you could possibly imagine in a movie. So we started very early on with our visual effects team, specifically our visual effects supervisor, Dan DeLeeuw, and trying to figure out how the technology can work and how we can actually achieve this. We did a lot of tests. We did tests with Josh Brolin where he would come in, perform, and we would work on it for several months and try to figure out the best version of it. That character was built methodically over the entire span of the development of the film.(Photo by ©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“That’s why the Avengers lost in Infinity War: they were divided.”Anthony: [Captain America and Tony Stark] are the heart and soul of the Avengers, you know. Tony is sorta like [the’ extroverted leader and Cap is like the heart and soul, the moral core of them.] For the two of them to have a falling out and have an irreconcilable problem was really devastating to the team as a whole. You know in our minds that s why the Avengers lost in Infinity War – the fact that they were divided. They weren t functioning as a team in that movie any longer, so they weren t prepared for the universe’s greatest threat. The journey they re on is very much at the heart of the entire story.“At one point we had Thor going to Titan instead of Wakanda.” Joe: [Choosing who went to Titan and who went to Wakanda in Infinity War] was all story-driven, it was who was where and which character dynamics we wanted to exploit. I think even at one point we had Thor going to Titan instead of Wakanda and then made the decision that we wanted the climax to happen on earth and not on Titan, and so we moved Thor to earth. Again, it s just about storytelling. Where are we gonna create the most interesting story? Which personalities are gonna be the most dynamic together?Anthony: Also, I should say, we don t simply think about who, what do we want the teams to be at the end of the movie. A lot of us figuring that out is, how do we get there? The small little choices that we make along the way that end up pushing somebody one place or the other, ends up dictating where they go.Joe: We knew we wanted Peter with Tony. We knew that we wanted Strange and Tony together because we wanted to see that, two egotistical characters going at each other. We knew Cap was in hiding on earth, so [we] always felt like that would stay that way. Pairing Cap with T Challa was gonna be a really… after that final scene in Civil War to see those two characters reunite, we knew that would be a powerful moment. And where would you run to on earth to be the most protected? Clearly Wakanda. Everything sort of logically starts to answer itself as you move through the story.(Photo by ©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“We wanted to commit very fully to the idea that Thor was gonna be the hero of the movie.”Anthony: I think one thing Joe and I love about ensemble storytelling is you have so many different places to go in the story at any given moment, the point of view can shift from character to character. We wanted to commit very fully to the idea that Thor was gonna be the hero of the movie. Thor was going off on this very individual quest to find a way after suffering this horrible opening scene defeat, to Thanos, where Thanos kills his brother and Heimdall and wipes out many of his people. So he is on journey through the entire film of revenge. How does he stop Thanos? So the audience is on that ride with Thor the whole way. And it s a difficult road for him, but he finds a way to figure it out.Joe: Almost kills himself doing it.Anthony: Yeah, and so when he shows up in Wakanda, we have gone through all the storytelling beats to tell you: Thor is going to do this. That was one of our great thrills of the movie – not only him arriving [in Wakanda], but then what happens once he does arrive.Joe: [That moment was] based on one of our childhood cinematic inspirations. There s a sequence at the end of Excalibur where Lancelot shows up in the battle. I always remember how rousing that was when I would watch it as a kid, and just trying to replicate a similar experience. Your heroes are on the edge of defeat and one of them, having gone through great pain, shows up to save them. It just felt like the right moment.(Photo by ©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“Star-Lord made a very emotional choice…He paid for it with his life.”Joe: Part of telling stories is learning empathy. I don t know if people can empathize with Thanos, but they can empathize with Star-Lord – the love of his life was murdered by the guy in front of him, and he made a very emotional choice. I think that s the human choice, and that s the truthful choice that you would make in those circumstances. He paid for it with his life.Anthony: Exactly. As storytellers, we find [the moment when Star-Lord hits Thanos] one of the most empathetic moments in the story. Also, the other thing to focus on his choice; I mean all of these characters make flawed choices. If Thor had not been so angry, and so revenge-driven, he may have killed Thanos faster than he did.Joe: Gone for the head.Anthony: He would have gone for the head, exactly. The fact that he wanted revenge, he wanted to see in Thanos s eyes that he was killing him, that gave Thanos a window to reverse things on him. All these characters have emotional vulnerabilities that complicate their ability to do what needs to be done. Us sort of watching them fight through that is part of the fun.(Photo by ©Marvel/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“Tony Stark and Peter Parker developed a father-son relationship…We felt Spider-Man’s death would be hard to watch. Joe: Spider-Man was my favorite character growing up, and it was this notion of a child who had been burdened with this incredible responsibility and through very tragic circumstances with the death of his uncle. Tony Stark and Peter Parker developed a father-son relationship over the course of two films. We felt like [Spider-Man’s death in Tony’s arms] would be hard to watch – and it was. It was hard to watch on set, and it was hard to watch for the audience I think.Anthony: All [through] the premiere and many of the early screenings that we attended, we anticipated the ending being complicated for people because it was complicated for ourselves – but we didn t anticipate the depth of emotion that people would experience from that ending.“Mark Ruffalo turned around in the theater and he thought, Alright, I gotta get out of here before someone hurts me. ”Joe: Ruffalo was in a theater in New York, and he was in a cap and glasses and he was there with his son and his son s friend, and he said when it got to the end of [Infinity War], literally people just sat in the audience for 10 minutes and a guy ripped his shirt off and started screaming, Why? at the screen. Mark turned around in the theater and he thought, Alright, I gotta get out of here before someone hurts me. And he snuck out the side door. So we didn t expect that level of emotional response to it.(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick /© Marvel/ © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“We ll just say that there s a reason the original six Avengers are left.”Anthony: Our process is to spend many, many, many months in that room with [co-writer Christopher] Markus, [co-writer Stephen] McFeely, with Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios President], talking through different story ideas, different possibilities. We very thoroughly explore a lot of different ideas before we lock into what s exciting us most. So, at some point, yeah, sure there are many variations [on who died at the end of Infinity War], but once the story starts to take shape it really forms in a muscular way around a single idea. And then we spend months working on that.Joe: The visualization [of the dust] was purely just about the elemental aspect of your body and what happens to it. And that s sort of accelerating the decomposing process in a way, right? As far as who went to dust, everything s always built upon story. We ll just say that there s a reason the original six Avengers are left.(Photo by © Marvel/ © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)“The are more secrets in Endgame than there are in Infinity War.”Joe: RDJ was probably the only one to actually read the entire script. I think Benedict [Cumberbatch] got the script that included his scenes only. Maybe [Chris] Evans might have read the script.Anthony: Part of our motivation to do that is it just takes a lot of pressure off of people. It is hard to constantly censor yourself about what you re saying, how you talk. These movies are your whole life, it s everything you re doing all day long. The inclination is to talk about it. So we take a lot of pressure off of people by just saying, OK, the less you know the less you have to mind yourself.Joe: [Chris] Hemsworth’s character, Thor, doesn t need to know what Captain America s doing for most of Infinity War. Hemsworth reads his scenes and Evans reads his scenes. If they don t read the rest of the movie, they don t know what s going on with it, then it makes them easier to have conversations with people. [We] kept it going, even more so in Endgame. [There are] more secrets in Endgame than there are in Infinity War.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)J.J. Abrams and Stephen King didn t actually work together until 2016, when Abrams signed on to executive produce the Hulu adaptation of the author s alternate history time travel novel 11.22.63. But it was a partnership that was clearly meant to be: the literary captain of the supernatural and horror joining forces with TV and film s leading purveyor of grounded sci-fi was a match made if not in heaven, then in some parallel universe or dream world.After collaborating again on the King anthology series Castle Rock, the duo have set up shop at a different stre