Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94% Well, it s finally here. After over a decade and 21 films, the great and wildly successful experiment that has been the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ready to bring its first volume to a close. We say first volume because, by all indications, the franchise is set to continue for the near future, even if we can t quite predict whether or not the upcoming slate of Marvel movies will be anywhere near as successful. Avengers: Endgame follows up on last year s Infinity War, which ended with half of all life being snapped into oblivion by big bad Thanos, by bringing together the remaining heroes to figure out if there s anything they can do to fix the situation. We ll refrain from spoilers here, but suffice it to say critics are largely quite pleased with how Endgame brings everything full circle, providing epic battles, poignant character moments, and suitably satisfying conclusions to some narrative threads. In other words, this is everything Marvel fans could hope for, and those who have been following along with the exploits of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the rest of the gang should leave the theater fully content, if maybe a little bit sad.
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5.71.0 1月喜迎The No. 1 films for the past five weeks going back to the opening of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil have grossed a total of million. This weekend, Disney’s Frozen II surpassed that number. Tracking services went on the defensive after a few weeks of high-end estimates crashed and burned. So they went with a safe 0 million projection for a sequel to the highest-grossing Disney animated film of all-time globally. Audiences responded, “Who are you kidding?”King of the Crop: Frozen II Scores Third-Best Animated Opening of All TimeThursday night, Frozen II had the fourth-best preview for an animated film ever behind Incredibles 2 (.5 million), Toy Story 4 ( million), and Finding Dory (.2 million). Take into account that those were all summer releases with no school Friday morning and Frozen II’s .5 million Thursday is even more impressive. No matter what the season its 7 million opening weekend is mightily impressive. That is the third-best animated opening of all time behind summer releases Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory. The previous best non-summer animated opening was Disney’s Zootopia with .1 million and the holiday season champion was the November release of The Incredibles (.5 million) back in 2004. Five of the eight animated films to open over 0 million went on to gross over 0 million, a feat 2013’s original Frozen managed to accomplish after starting with just .4 million (now the fourth-best November opening ever after last year’s The Grinch). Frozen II’s global haul for the weekend was 0 million as it begins its billion-dollar box office run.Rotten Returns: Cop Thriller 21 Bridges Opens with .2 MillionProfit may be well out of its reach for director Brian Kirk’s 21 Bridges. STX pushed the cop thriller with Chadwick Boseman out of the summer into September, and then moved it away from their big success, Hustlers, into the November slot where it opened with .2 million. Movies this month opening between .8 million–.8 million have averaged a final gross of .1 million and have never grossed higher than Set It Off’s .5 million. That is not good news for the million production. Only four STX films have grossed over million outside of the U.S. and Canada in its five-year history (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Foreigner, Bad Moms, and A Bad Moms Christmas). The studio boasted two 0 million grossers in Hustlers and The Upside this year, but no other film has reached million. Countdown reached million this weekend.The Top 10 and Beyond: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Opens Modestly, Primed for Holiday GrowthTom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was not quite the immediate audience grabber that some of us were thinking it would be, but many still hope it will be a slow burn, gaining audiences over the holiday. Though a .5 million start does not give it much chance to be the success many believed it could be. The average gross for a film opening between million– million in November is just .18 million with the high-end achieved by Three Men and a Little Lady (.6 million.) Only four other films this month in that range grossed over million: Jingle All the Way, Scrooged, Bad Santa, and My Girl. The sixth-highest grosser was Men of Honor with .8 million, and Arthur Christmas (3,376) was the only film of the 30 on this list to open in more theaters than Neighborhood (3,235).Last week’s No. 1, Ford v Ferrari dropped nearly 50 percent with million this week, bringing its total up to just under million after 10 days of release, roughly the same amount that Dumb and Dumber To reached in 2014, though it only made .1 million in its second go-round. Todd Phillips’ Due Date earned about .1 million more by this same point, made about 0,000 less than FvF in weekend two, and barely surpassed 0 million domestically. A 0 million goal means, however, that FvF will need an international haul of 0 million to break even between production and advertising costs. It currently stands at .8 million. Meanwhile, Phillips’ Joker continues to climb the all-time worldwide chart with almost 7 million domestic and 8 million international for a total of .036 billion, passing Despicable Me 3 for 36th place overall.A large group of disappointments and outright failures unfortunately make up the rest of the Top 10. At .2 million after 17 days, Roland Emmerich’s Midway has grossed less than last year’s Disney failure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which finished with just .8 million. Even with international assistance, Midway still has not reached 0 million, which is what its production alone cost and making it one of the biggest losers of 2019. Playing with Fire and Last Christmas are still on pace for what we reported last week around million and million, respectively. And if anyone on their holiday box office card had The Good Liar making a run to outgross Charlie’s Angels, you have an appointment in Vegas. The Helen Mirren–Ian McKellen thriller is not exactly lighting things up with .7 million total to date, but it did stay steady in 7th place, while the Angels dropped back to 9th place with just .9 million total and is unlikely to hit even million. Midway is still going to take a bigger hit on the books than Elizabeth Banks’ reboot or Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep, which fell out of the Top 10 in its third weekend with just million to date, so keep that in perspective.Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters made a decent splash with 0,000 in four theaters. That amounts to the 17th-best per-theater-average of the year and the 7th-best of launches in four theaters. Also in limited release, Amazon’s Honey Boy expanded into 44 theaters this weekend and grossed 9,000. That is a bit better than Whiplash moving into 46 theaters in its third week and grossing 8,313, but is less than Anamolisa grossed going from 17-to-37 theaters (5,364) and ultimately finished with .61 million. Honey Boy has made 9,677. Both Jojo Rabbit and Parasite lost screens for the first time in their runs. They have grossed .1 and .5 million, respectively. Lulu Wang’s The Farewell still leads all releases in 2019 that did not expand to over 1,000 theaters with .6 million. Both films are in position to pass it.This Time Last Year: Sequel Fever Took Hold with Ralph Breaks the Internet, Creed II, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldIt was the Thanksgiving holiday and three sequels led the five-day stretch starting with the one-two punch of Ralph Breaks the Internet (. 8 million) and Creed II ( million). Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald finished third with .4 million and crossed the 0 million mark to 6.6 million; though the film would go on to make only another million total. The Grinch was right behind in fourth with .1 million, and Bohemian Rhapsody may have fallen back to fifth with .5 million, but it also crossed the 0 million line. One of the biggest bombs of the year in Lions Gate’s Robin Hood grossed a paltry .3 million and would eventually squeeze out just over million. From Friday-to-Sunday the box office grossed a total of 3.8 million. Add in Wednesday and Turkey Day and the 5-day total rose to 8.6 million, the largest ever for the holiday. The Top 10 films also averaged 64.8% on the Tomatometer compared to this year’s Top 10, which averaged 60.5% with critics. This week’s pre-Thanksgiving total amounted to 7.52 Million.On the Vine: Knives Out for ThanksgivingRian Johnson introduces a little mystery into the holiday season with the critically acclaimed Knives Out. At 97% on the Tomatometer, the film is the best-reviewed title to date to come out of the fall festival circuit and is expected to become one of the big crowd-pleasers to close out 2019. It grossed million at 7 p.m. preview screenings on Friday and Saturday in 936 venues. Melina Matsoukas and Lena Waithe’s outlaw justice road movie Queen Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie-Turner Smith, is also doing well early with critics. Will critical support help influence its award chances more than its box office prospects for such a heavy drama during a more family-oriented time?The Full Top 10: November 22-24Frozen II (2019) 78% – 7 million (7 million total)Ford v Ferrari (2019) 92% – million (.98 million total)A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) 95% – .5 million (.5 million total)21 Bridges (2019) 54% – .3 million (.3 million total)Midway (2019) 42% – .7 million (.1 million total)Playing With Fire (2019) 24% – .61 million (.62 million total)The Good Liar (2019) 63% – .37 million (.76 million total)Charlie's Angels (2019) 52% – .17 million (.94 million total)Last Christmas (2019) 46% – .04 million (.79 million total)Joker (2019) 68% – .82 million (6.93 million total)
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(Photo by Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures)The SXSW Conference has announced its features lineup, adding to the previously announced opening night film US, Jordan Peele s follow up to his winning mega-hit Get Out. Film, interactive, episodic, and immersive media all converge during the 10-day film conference, known for Texas-sized crowds and raucous reactions, in March. Last year s opener, A Quiet Place, parlayed a glowing SXSW reaction into a 0 million juggernaut, and Us, we would assume, hopes for the same. This initial release of films is already stacked with a number of festival favorites like Seth Rogan and Matthew McConaughey and new offerings from first-time filmmakers Olivia Wilde and Logan-Marshall Green.In the documentary section, lookout for Stuffed, which chronicles the surprising world of taxidermy, and Running with Beto, a behind-the-scenes look at Beto O Rourke s 2018 breakaway campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the US Senate. Not to be overlooked is the impressive Episodic slate, which has become a premier stop for new and continuing series. A highlight this year is Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement s hotly anticipated What We Do in the Shadows series, an episodic continuation of their cult feature of the same name. Last year, HBO built an entire town to recreate Westworld in the Lone Star State, and with the final season of Game of Thrones premiering in April, don t be surprised if a larger-than-life installation pops up in the streets of Austin. The Headliners section and the Narrative Spotlight section include new films featuring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, Lupita Nyong o, and Winston Duke, and those titles are joined by SXSW regulars Jay Duplass, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Rodriguez.Films screening in Festival Favorites, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Episodic Pilot Competition, Title Design Competition, Music Videos, and late-breaking Features will be announced on February 6. Read up on the full of SXSW Film Slate below:NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITIONAliceDirector/Screenwriter: Josephine MackerrasCast: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloe BorehamShe did everything right until it all went wrong. (World Premiere)Extra OrdinaryDirectors/Screenwriters: Mike Ahern, Enda LoughmanCast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia DohertyRose, a mostly sweet and mostly lonely small-town driving instructor, must use her supernatural talent to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely), from a washed-up rockstar who is using her in a satanic pact that will reignite his fame. (World Premiere)Go Back to ChinaDirector/Screenwriter: Emily TingCast: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu, Kendy Cheung, Aviva WangAfter spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana) blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father (Richard Ng) and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. (World Premiere)Mickey and the BearDirector/Screenwriter: Annabelle AttanasioCast: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Ben Rosenfield, Rebecca HendersonFaced with the responsibility to take care of her addict, veteran father, headstrong teen Mickey Peck keeps her household afloat. When she has the opportunity to leave for good, she must choose between familial obligation and personal fulfillment. (World Premiere)Ms. White LightDirector/Screenwriter: Paul ShoulbergCast: Roberta Colindrez, John Ortiz, Judith Light, Carson Meyer, Zachary SpicerLex Cordova s business is dying. She has a unique ability to connect with her clients that are terminally ill. It s just everyone else that she has a problem with. Valerie is a no bullshit woman who loves living her life. Her only way out is thru Lex. (World Premiere)(Photo by Sam Probst)Pig HagDirectors: Sam Probst, Colby HoltScreenwriter: Colby HoltCast: Anna T Schlegel, Tony Jaksha, Pete Zias, Michael Henry, Nate Stoner, Maxwell Esposito, Amanda DeSimone, Alex Myerchin, Andrew KudlaJodie, a woman in her mid-thirties, struggles with the pressure to find a partner and have children. When she attends a Guns N Roses concert, she thinks she may have met a potential match — until he immediately ghosts on her. (World Premiere)PornoDirector: Keola RacelaScreenwriters: Matt Black, Laurence VannicelliCast: Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott, Robert Tann, Bill Phillips, Katelyn Pearce, Peter ReznikoffWhen a group of naive teens working at a movie theater in a small Christ
ast, except for Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (whose 1960s-style costume was revealed online this week). The same is true for the latest star to join Indiana Jones 5 (7/29/2022), which is Antonio Banderas, whose role in the film we also know pretty much nothing about. Nevertheless, the Indy 5 cast is shaping up to be an impressive one, so here s to hoping the end result is worth the wait.Other Top Headlines1. WANDAVISION DIRECTOR TO BOLDLY GO TO STAR TREK (Photo by Michael Germana/Everett Collection)The Disney+ mini-series WandaVision (Fresh at 91%) was many things, but it began as a decade-at-a-time love letter to the sitcoms of classic television. It should perhaps not come as a surprise then that WandaVision director Matt Shakman is moving on to a movie franchise that got its start as an adaptation of a classic 1960s TV show. Matt Shakman has signed with Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams Bad Robot to direct their next Star Trek feature film, working from a screenplay by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (co-writer of Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider), whose involvement makes this Star Trek the first of the franchise s films to be written by female screenwriters. The premise of this Star Trek film is still being kept secret, including whether it will feature previous Kelvin Timeline stars like Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, and Zachary Quinto. This project should also not be confused with the Star Trek to which Quentin Tarantino was once attached. In related news, Lindsey Beer is also currently filming her directorial debut, which will be a prequel to the 2019 remake of Stephen King s Pet Sematary (Rotten at 57%).2. BILL MURRAY JOINS WES ANDERSON S NEXT (Photo by ©Fox Searchlight Pictures)Although Bill Murray did not appear in director Wes Anderson s very first movie, Bottle Rocket (Certified Fresh at 85%), beginning with Rushmore, he has been in all of Anderson s films since. Two weeks ago, another of Anderson s frequent collaborators, Tilda Swinton, was the first to be announced for his untitled next film, which is described as some sort of love story possibly set in a desert landscape (which is filming in Spain). Naturally, Bill Murray has now also joined the project, although we don t know anything about his character (or, for that matter, Swinton s). Both Murray and Swinton co-star in Wes Anderson s next film, The French Dispatch (10/22/2021), which just held its world premiere at Cannes earlier this week.3. THIS WEEK IN JOHN WICK: IAN MCSHANE RETURNING FOR #4 (Photo by David Lee/©Summit Entertainment)Some movies quietly get made with relatively little hullabaloo about casting, while other publicity departments turn the casting process into an ongoing campaign. One movie currently filming that has been consistently making the news because of its casting is John Wick Chapter 4 , which has been covered here at least three times recently (for the castings of Rina Sawayama, Donnie Yen, and, just last week, Lance Reddick). This week, John Wick Chapter 4 made the news twice, first for Chilean stunt actor Marko Zaror (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), and then for Ian McShane, who will be reprising his franchise role as Winston, the proprietor of the Continental Hotel, a neutral zone where assassins can come to recuperate but must refrain from conducting any business. 4. HENRY CAVILL IS LATEST TO TAKE ON THE ROSIE PROJECT (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Plenty of movie projects take years and years to get made, but generally, these loops tend to affect certain types of films (remakes, sequels, etc.) the most. One genre that seems to be making a comeback, though, is the romantic comedy (partly because Hollywood doesn t make these as much anymore). The Rosie Project is a rom-com that has been bouncing around since 2014, with people like Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, and Jake Gyllenhaal potentially slated to star, and directors like Richard Linklater and the team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were once attached. Ultimately, it appears the film will be a vehicle for Henry Cavill, whose spy movie Argylle was just our Top Story last week, as The Witcher star signed on to The Rosie Project this week. Cavill will play an an unlucky-in-love university professor who creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife, but the woman he falls in love with doesn t match his criteria. The Rosie Project will now be the directorial debut of its screenwriter, Steve Falk.5. MICHAEL B. JORDAN S REMAKE OF THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR STILL IN DEVELOPMENT (Photo by JA/Everett Collection)For better or worse, some movies get seem to get remade for each new generation (A Star is Born, for example). Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway starred in the original 1968 art heist romantic thriller The Thomas Crown Affair (Fresh at 72%), which was then remade in 1999 (Fresh at 70%) with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Back in 2016, we first reported that MGM had started development of a third version with Michael B. Jordan attached to produce and star, but since it s been five years, it would have been reasonable to assume the project was shelved. Instead, remaking The Thomas Crown Affair is reportedly still very much a high priority for MGM, which this week hired screenwriter Wes Tooke (Midway, Rotten at 41%) to adapt the concept for Michael B. Jordan.6. ANNA KENDRICK AND LOKI STAR ANSWER ALICE, DARLING (Photo by Jason Mendez/Everett Collection)Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Certified Fresh at 90%) and Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15 from Loki) are now in Canada filming a psychological thriller for Lionsgate called Alice, Darling. Kendrick is playing the title character, who is behaving strangely, keeping secrets about her mercurial boyfriend (Charlie Carrick) from her two best friends (Wunmi Mosaku and Kaniehtiio Horn). Alice, Darling will be the directorial debut of Mary Nighy, the daughter of British actor Bill Nighy, Coincidentally, there is also an actress named Alice Darling, but she doesn t appear to be co-starring in Alice, Darling. Too bad.7. AMAZON S WHEEL OF TIME TO GET AGE OF LEGENDS TIE-IN TRILOGY (Photo by Tor Books)When fantasy author Robert Jordan died in 2007 at the age of 58, he left behind his popular Wheel of Time series yet unfinished, and another writer eventually finished it off. Wheel of Time is now being adapted as an Amazon Prime series to premiere later in 2021, but given exactly how big Jordan s series is, it might be unlikely that the Amazon show could ever adapt it all. With that in mind, Radar Pictures has hired screenwriter Zack Stentz (co-writer of Thor, X-Men: First Class) to adapt the screenplay of the first of a planned trilogy set during the Age of Legends as a prequel set thousands of years before Jordan s Wheel of Time series. The Age of Legends trilogy is being planned to compliment the Amazon Prime series.8. TOP GUN: MAVERICK DIRECTOR TO TAKE ON TALKING CAR CHARIOT (Photo by ©Universal Pictures)The Fast Furious franchise has obviously become a box office juggernaut ( billion and counting, worldwide), but other attempts at adapting super fast cars to the big screen have frequently stalled. Specifically, movie versions of the TV show Knight Rider, the video game series Spy Hunter, and the toy line Hot Wheels have all been in and out of development over the last 20 years, but none of them has been made yet. This week s news seems to promise another movie along those lines, as it s an adaptation of the indie comic book series Chariot, about a criminal who discovers a Cold War-era super spy s weaponized car, only to learn that the agent s consciousness now controls the car (hence our comparisons to Spy Hunter and Knight Rider). Warner Bros. won an auction for the rights to Chariot, with Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy) attached to direct. Kosinski s next films will be Top Gun: Maverick (11/19/2021) and the Netflix movie Escape from Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth.9. REVEALED THIS WEEK: CHADWICK BOSEMAN ALMOST STARRED IN L.A. CONFIDENTIAL SEQUEL (Photo by Marvel Studios)In addition to all of the stories that are officially announced each week, there are also things going on behind closed doors that we as the moviegoing public wouldn t normally hear about. The death last year of Chadwick Boseman has made the non-realization of one such project even more bittersweet. In an interview this week, screenwriter Brian Helgeland revealed that he and L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy had pitched Warner Bros. on a sequel that would have been set decades later in the 1970s. In addition to returning stars Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, the sequel would have introduced a young L.A.P.D. police officer played by Chadwick Boseman (who had previously worked with Helgeland on the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Certifed Fresh at 81%).On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s opening, expanding, and coming to the specialty box office. From promising releases from new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week in Fresh Indie Finds. This week at the specialty box office, we have new offerings from Alex Wolff, his brother Nat Wolff (with Alexander Skarsgård), and an impressive debut from a Tribeca Film Festival winner who wrote, shot, and cut a film starring Wendell Pierce while still in high school. In our spotlight section, we re-visit three Oscar hopefuls that earned the best per-screen average of last week and all of which will expand to more theaters this week. In our indie trailer section, we have a new film from Ethan Hawke, Logan Marshall-Green s directorial debut; a new Robert Pattinson-centric final trailer for The King; and a powerful doc about an East Los Angeles football rivalry.Opening This Weekend
皇冠体育网址 The 100th episode of The Flash, What s Past is Prologue, took viewers back to key moments in the lives of superhero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton), and the rest of Team Flash. Long-defeated villains had a chance to menace Barry once more, as the show indulged in one of its most delightfully self-referential hours. When Rotten Tomatoes caught up with executive producer Todd Helbing on the show s Vancouver set recently, he said assembling the ambitious story was “tricky.”Tom Cavanagh, who plays a number of characters on the show (Eobard Thawne, Harrison Wells, and many, many more), directed the episode as well — and told RT that he felt an obligation to pay tribute to both the series and its fans.“As someone who’s been put in charge of the one hundredth, one of the principles for me was ‘Let’s honor that,’” he explained. “Let’s try and get a really good story so that it can be exemplary of what we try to do [every week.]”The resulting episode includes plenty of amazing callbacks to its history that eagle-eyed fans no doubt appreciated. Here are some of our favorite Easter Eggs embedded in the episode.The Airdates(Photo by Jeff Weddell/The CW)As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) debate the best days for Barry and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) to visit on their trip through the past, the markerboard is filled with very specific dates. According to Helbing, each date on the board reflects the day the series episodes were originally aired, starting with Dec. 11, 2013 — the night of the particle accelerator explosion as it appeared in “Three Ghosts,” the second-season episode of Arrow that saw Barry struck by lightning.May 23, 2017 was the night of the season 3 finale, featuring Barry s victory over his angry time remnant self, Savitar. April 19, 2016 was the airdate of “Versus Zoom” and the day Zoom (Teddy Sears) stole Barry s speed.Although not part of their original plan, Barry and Nora flee from the time wraith to land on January 27, 2015. That was the airdate of “The Sound and the Fury,” a first-season episode now remarkable for the sheer number of times Barry’s gone back to it while seeking the counsel of Eobard Thawne (who was still masquerading as Harrison Wells). But more on that in a moment.Curiously, not all of the series airdates made it to the full board, which was seen when Cisco circled the season 2 target. Episodes aired on April 26 and May 10 in 2016, but were absent from the team s list.The Dagger-Dampener Naming SceneSince the beginning of the show, Cisco has been charged with naming the metahuman criminals and devices Team Flash encounters. But the scene in What s Past Is Prologue sees every member of the team debating what to call the counter-device to Cicada’s (Chris Klein) power-dampening dagger. The scene holds a special place in Valdes’s heart.“The No. 1 challenge doing this show is trying to make those naming moments feel organic and special,” the actor told RT. “The challenge for me is making it feel spontaneous and unique every time.”Cisco’s Hoodie(Photo by Katie Yu /The CW)While we’re talking about Cisco, Barry and Nora’s trip back to the accelerator explosion also takes us back to a time when he habitually wore a hoodie — even to the dedication ceremony. While that article of clothing was a staple in the first season, it hasn t really been seen since. We made a very specific decision at some point in the second season where we said ‘Cisco has officially graduated from hoodies, his wardrobe is changing, ” Valdes revealed. But in putting a hoodie on again to recreate the night of the explosion, the actor s feelings on the wardrobe staple have changed. “I was just thinking today that maybe it’s time to bring the hoodie back. The Accelerator ExplosionAnd since we’re back at the night of the accelerator explosion, the 100th episode features the most comprehensive version of that event with shots adding Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands), and his wife Marlize (Kim Englebrecht) to the sequence in a more naturalistic way. It also places the latter couple in a clear context during Wells’s dedication speech.Going back to that night still leaves one question, though: what happened to Iris’ dissertation? When we asked Patton about it, she just laughed and said, “I don’t know.” Maybe it was Flashpointed out of existence.The sequence places every subsequent character revealed to be at the explosion in context, but it could have been even more comprehensive.“We wanted to go back to more Thinker and Marlize,” Helbing explained. “It’s funny — when Tom Cavanagh handed over his cut, it was only five minutes over, which isn’t a lot, but it was a whole act and there was a lot of stuff we had to cut out unfortunately.”Liberty Belle, Dawn Allen, and Other Speedsters(Photo by Jeff Weddell/The CW)As mentioned above, Barry and Nora visit January 27, 2015, the day Barry previously invaded in the first season to get Thawne’s help in defeating Zoom. Realizing they appeared on that specific day, Barry wasted no time phasing into the Time Vault to confront Thawne-as-Wells, who already had the previous Barry sedated.Their discussion got heated, so it took a moment for Thawne to notice he did not recognize the speedster with Barry. He rattled off an interesting list of names: Jesse Chambers, someone with the last name of Lawrence, and Danica Williams before assuming Nora was Barry’s daughter Dawn Allen.First appearing in 1968 s Adventure Comics #373, Dawn Allen and her twin brother Don were known as the Lightning Twins in the Legion of Superheroes’ 30th Century. The occasional speedsters were revealed to be the children of Barry and Iris thanks to some time-travel shenanigans that saw them settling in that era. And it seems the twins were destined to be Barry’s children prior to Flashpoint, as Thawne even tells Barry “at least you still have one” when he realizes Nora is a new version of Dawn.Unless, of course, Thawne meant Barry still has one Nora. Curiously enough, Gideon subsequently mentions Nora is the fifth recruit of the “rebooted” Legion of Superheroes — a nod to her comic-book counterpart XS, Barry’s granddaughter Jenni Ognats, who would appear as part of Legion of Superheroes first continuity reboot in 1994.Jesse Chambers and Lawrence, meanwhile, both refer to Liberty Belle, a legacy character in the early 2000s Justice Society of America comic book. As the daughter of the Golden Age Liberty Belle — aka Libby Lawrence — and Johnny Quick, Jesse had both speed and strength on her side. She also honored her parents by alternating between her mother s Liberty Belle persona and helping the other speedsters as Jesse Quick — a name used on the show by Harry Wells’ daughter Jesse (Violett Beane).Danica Williams is the Flash of the 2040s who first appeared in Batman Beyond Unlimited #13. While not a member of the West-Allen family, she does have a connection to the Speed Force that allows her the ability to contact speedsters like Wally West and Jay Garrick. But for Flash viewers, the most interesting aspect is her place in future history. The 2040s are an important time in the Arrowverse with A.R.G.U.S. hunting metahumans, Star City in shambles, and a certain supervillain locked up in Iron Heights Prison.Wells, Wells, Wells, and WellsAnd speaking of Wells — or Thawne-as-Wells — Cavanagh told us the biggest logistical challenge of the episode was “playing four characters and also directing them.” In what might be a record for the show, Cavanagh appears as four takes on Wells: Sherloque Wells in the present day, Harry Wells in the season 2 sequence, Thawne-as-Wells in the season 1 moments, and an incarcerated Thawne-as-Wells in 2049.Trying to make sense of the two versions of Thawne-as-Wells may split your brain open, but we think we know the order of events: The Thawne who Nora talks to in 2049 is most likely the one Barry let escape at the end of last year s crossover event, “Crisis on Earth-X.” If that is the case, he is the most current version of Thawne, while the Thawne-as-Wells who Nora meets in the season 1 sequence is, essentially, his younger self. That suggests the one in Iron Heights has a memory of Barry and Nora’s visit to January 27, 2015, and their conversation in his past no doubt set up all the ways he’s manipulating her. At least, that’s our theory.Yeah, all the variations of Eobard Thawne — including the time remnant from DC s Legends of Tomorrow played by Matt Letscher — make us scratch our heads, too.For those of you who think Sherloque may also be Thawne, know that Helbing denied it, saying Sherloque s bow to Nora and the use of the phrase “clever girl” at the end of the episode does not mean as much as fans might be reading into it. Nonetheless, we’re still unsure about Sherloque. If he is another version of Thawne, what is his game?Blast from the Past(Photo by Jeff Weddell/The CW)As the newest member of the cast, Parker said the episode was “a way for me [as Nora], but also in my real life, to be a part of [the show s past] for a second.” Reliving some key moments of Flash history, sometimes with new angles, made it “really, really special” (although she also admitted she “read that script so many times” to understand the various time periods).And as for The Flash himself? “Grant remembered,” she said.Gustin was more modest when asked about returning to the scenes featured in the 100th episode.“I have the episodes as reference,” he said before adding, “I was pretty familiar with them.”The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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