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As we approach the midway point of 2018, I suppose now’s as good a time as any to take a look back at what an unbelievable year it’s been at the box office. Thus far, we’ve witnessed a trio of motion pictures earn rank inside the top ten domestic debuts of all-time in the form of Incredibles 2 ($180M), Black Panther ($202M) and Avengers: Infinity War ($257M) – the latter having done so in unprecedented fashion.

Speaking of the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed blockbuster, you might’ve heard that, upon becoming the fastest film to reach the $1 billion plateau, it finally smashed through the $2 billion barrier last week, a feat only ever achieved thrice before: Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068B), Titanic ($2.187B) and Avatar ($2.788B). The third Avengers installment ($2.02B) also quickly joined the aforementioned Black Panther ($1.34B) inside the all-time worldwide gross top ten, the former sitting in the fourth position, with Ryan Coogler’s feature currently occupying the ninth spot.

Truth be told, however, most of the damage done at the ticket booth this year can be traced back to nfinity War and thankfully, review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes has compiled every box office record broken by the nineteenth MCU entry into a manageable laundry list, ideal for quick reference.

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Filming on Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to commence any day now, and don’t we know all about it.

Not only is the rumor mill operating at full tilt, we’ve also caught wind that Lucasfilm plans to announce the full ensemble cast for J.J. Abrams’ untitled sequel before shooting kicks off in July. That’s exciting in and of itself, particularly after previous reports claimed that Abrams and his team had been casting the net in search of a new female lead to share the screen with Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

Whether that turns out to be the case is another question entirely, but over on Fantha Tracks (h/t ComicBook.com), two unnamed sources are claiming that Star Wars: Episode IX will herald the return of a fan-favorite character from the original trilogy.

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We’ve paid a visit to the far-flung nation of Wakanda and watched as Thanos scoured the cosmic in search of all six Infinity Stones, but for its latest release, Marvel Studios is downsizing quite dramatically.

We are, of course, referring to Ant-Man and the Wasp, which looks set to have a marked impact on Avengers 4 and the future of Marvel’s cinematic universe…for better or worse.

Adding fuel to this assumption is a new theory from Redditor NickTwix95, who claims that Hope Van Dyne, not Scott Lang, will be the one to reach out to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes following the colossal dust-up of Civil War. Not only that, but Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp may well be spared from the Mad Titan’s snap of doom, as her survival will help pave the way for Hank Pym to join forces with the MCU’s brightest minds.

Via Reddit:

Everyone’s been waiting for the moment when Hank Pym, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner (and Shuri too!) are finally all on screen together making something to stop Thanos and reverse what he’s done. However, why would MCU Hank Pym want to do that? He’s very stubborn, and has a lot of mistrust for the Stark family after Howard Stark tried to replicate the Pym Particles.

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Arrow‘s sixth season finale promised that when the show returns it’ll ring in some changes for the long-running CW series. After years of narrowly avoiding his secret being revealed, Oliver Queen was finally outed once and for all as the Green Arrow, with the run ending with the former Mayor of Star City being carted off to jail for his vigilantism.

With Ollie locked up, it looks like some new heroes will take the archer’s place, as star Stephen Amell has teased that a few classic comic book characters from the DC universe will be introduced into Arrow for the first time in season 7. Here’s what he told The Music Australia in a recent interview:

“I think that you will see some very, very new and exciting characters in season seven. Characters that have a canon in DC.”

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If there’s one common complaint that’s often leveled against the DC Extended Universe, it’s that Warner Bros. has a habit of putting the cart before the horse. Which is to say that films like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel are too concerned with launching a shared cinematic universe that they struggle to tick the most basic boxes – pacing, character development…that kind of thing.

Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, screenwriters of Avengers: Infinity War and the so-far untitled Avengers 4, certainly think so, too, as the creative duo recently appeared on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man on Batman podcast (h/t TheWrap) to discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the state of its biggest competitor.

And so, when Smith asked straight-up about how McFeely and Markus would go about fixing the DC universe, the Marvel duo responded as so:

I might put Batman and Superman and everybody else, I mean Wonder Woman is doing fine, aside for a second. Go through the vast world and go, ‘That guy’ or ‘That girl,’ and go, ‘Let’s just make a really good movie and not a universe and see what happens.’ There’s a lot of spaghetti being thrown at the wall.

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Amid news that Wonder Woman 1984 had commenced production, last week brought word that Steve Trevor – yes, that Steve Trevor – was returning from the dead in order to reprise his role alongside Diana Prince of Themyscira.

It’s a comeback story that has fuelled all sorts of conspiracy theories online, as curious DC fans attempt to solve the riddle: just how is Steve Trevor alive and well during the events of Wonder Woman 1984? Or, in the more likely scenario, can we expect Chris Pine to play some form of doppelgänger come 2019?

The latter theory is out of the question, it seems, after Twitter user ‘DanielRPK’ (h/t Screen Rant) informed his followers that, yes, that was the ‘real’ Steve Trevor pictured in a cavernous shopping mall, as Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) and Pedro Pascal’s mystery character will be leveraging villain duties between them.

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It’s showtime for Incredibles 2, the latest Pixar film directed by Brad Bird. After 14 years of waiting, this is one sequel with quite a lot of hype to live up to, so listen to this week’s Cinemaholics to find out where we stand on it. Special guest Skyler Shuler of The DCast joins us as well for a super-detailed (and spoiler-free) breakdown of everyone’s favorite superhero family’s second big screen outing.

But before we get into the featured review, there’s some quick talk about the John Lasseter controversy at Pixar, followed by a spoiler-free discussion of Bao, the new Pixar short film that plays before Incredibles 2. Later in the show, meanwhile, we cover a ton of Mini Reviews, starting with Tag, the “inspired by a true story” action comedy about a group of friends (Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, and Jeremy Renner) who’ve been playing the same game of “tag” for 30 years.

Will also reviews the first season of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, a new Freeform show from one of the writers of Daredevil on Netflix, while Jon talks about one of his favorite movies of the year, First Reformed, an A24 drama starring Ethan Hawke directed by Paul Schrader. Finally, we dive into some quick thoughts about Hereditary and Ocean’s 8 (which was covered in more detail last week) and Jon shares his beating heart for Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons.

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As crushed as many of us were by the ending of Avengers: Infinity War, it was always pretty obvious that we haven’t seen the last of all the heroes who turned to dust before our eyes. Surely the MCU hasn’t dropped Black Panther after just one hugely successful solo outing. And doesn’t Tom Holland already have another Spider-Man film planned?

While time travel remains by far the most prominent theory on how Avengers 4 is going to dig some of the franchise’s most cherished characters out of the hole dug by Infinity Warone user on Reddit has an alternative idea that would see the Marvel universe branch into two – which is pretty intriguing.

Here’s how he explains it:

Everyone who got dusted in Infinity War is still alive…in a separate universe.

Everything we see after the snap is Universe A, as Cap, Iron Man, Thor and pals watch half the people in the universe disappear. Thanos has rid the world of half of all life and he retires to his little dairy farm or whatever.

For the most part, the folks who get dusted don’t seem to be in any pain — and that’s because they’re not dying, they’re shifting to Universe B. Like Thanos’ Universe A, this second reality is missing half of all life — it’s just the other half.

While we’ve undoubtedly become accustomed to Zack Snyder playing the role of spoiler regarding the purging of his DCEU, storyboard artist Jay Oliva has proven to be quite the veritable treasure trove of information himself as of late. Earlier this weekend, Oliva, who’s served in the art department on every single entry in the franchise up until this point, singlehandedly corroborated most of the lore apropos of a Justice League director’s cut.

For an encore, he then confirmed he was the man behind Superman and his lacklustre freeze breath, depicted in the climax of Justice League, and that Snyder did intend to utilize the ability in his version. Now, Oliva’s dropped another bombshell, this time regarding the moustache that sent the web into a tizzy.

Amongst the many, many detriments levelled against Justice League upon release, almost all reference the atrocious CGI used to remove the facial hair from Henry Cavill (Superman) digitally, which he had grown and was stipulated to keep throughout production on Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Seeing as the powers that be opted to wipe the moustache from Cavill’s face artificially, it’s led Twitter user @Aaron_Slightly to believe that Kal-El “wasn’t meant to be that involved with the final battle in the original cut.”

Well, according to Oliva, as you can see in his response below, that just isn’t true.

Rob Zombie is prepped and ready to close out his trilogy.

Following in the blood-stained footsteps of House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, the prolific filmmaker is now finished production on his sequel to the latter – titled 3 From Hell – and will begin editing it together at the end of the summer. There’s just one problem, though, and that’s that given what we saw the last time they were on screen, the three main characters shouldn’t still be amongst the living.

More than a decade ago, Rejects ended with its eponymous clan dead (or so it seemed), and fans have been furiously speculating about how exactly Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Otis (Bill Moseley), and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) are back in action for the threequel. The specifics surrounding how they got from where they were in the last film to where they are now are still a bit unclear, but a new photo – which you can see below – has been summoned online via Zombie’s Instagram page today and it came accompanied with the caption: Another Three From Hell exclusive! Baby is removed from court after yet another violent outburst. I think her t-shirt sums up her feelings on the subject. (Notice the bullet wounds on her arms).

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While Chris Pine’s return as the allegedly deceased Steve Trevor in next year’s Wonder Woman 1984 certainly raises a few questions, the upcoming DCEU pic has also created a little mystery around the casting of Pedro Pascal. The Chilean-American actor, known for Game of Thrones and Narcos, is set to play a prominent but currently undisclosed role in the much anticipated sequel, and naturally the fans have their theories.

Twitter user Daniel R – who has a history of releasing information on DC movies – now stokes the flames of speculation with his latest Tweet, which reads:

I hear Pedro Pascal’s character is a God in disguise.

Though impossible to confirm yet, this is hardly the most out-there of notions seeing how Sir Patrick Morgan turned out to be just that in the previous film.

Perhaps hoping to kill two birds with one stone, another user promptly responded with the suggestion that this god’s chosen disguise could be Steve Trevor, which would explain his unexpected reappearance. Daniel, however, was quick to shoot down this theory, stating:

Nope. That’s the real Steve Trevor.

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While we sift through the latest deluge of Snyder cut mythos, storyboard artist Jay Oliva – who’s been a veritable treasure trove of DCEU minutia, mind you – has taken to Twitter once again and confirmed that he was the man behind Superman and his lacklustre freeze breath depicted in the climax of Justice League.

During a lengthy, makeshift Q&A on the aforementioned social media platform, Oliva responded to user @vinaldo7 – who was willing to wager that the Snyder cut would’ve featured “mad shit in that final battle,” instead of “freeze breath that wouldn’t even make it onto the CW” – and revealed that he not only “liked the freeze breath,” but it was also “one of the shots” he drew.

Given that the CGI of Justice League is amongst the primary detriments the fandom took issue with upon its release, which is best exemplified by the moustache that almost sent the web into a tizzy, it’s pretty surprising that Kal-El’s iffy icy expiration was included in the concept art created for the Snyder cut.

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LEGO. When you’re not treading on it in the middle of the night, or missing meals so you can one day afford to buy that Millennium Falcon, it’s busy ruining your favorite movies. Well, what could eventually be your favorite movie: we’re talking Avengers 4.

During the run up to the release of Infinity War, there were spoilers aplenty to be found by simply scouring the stores for LEGO toys. For instance, after Thor lost his mighty hammer Mjolnir, courtesy of his sister Hela in Ragnarok, comic book fans were wondering which weapon he’d wield in the battle against Thanos. Luckily, a quick nip around Toys “R” Us (in happier times) revealed an action figure set that saw Thor with an axe to grind. Namely, Stormbreaker.

The Infinity War toys also gave away Bruce Banner piloting the Hulkbuster and the final battle taking place in Black Panther’s home of Wakanda. Interestingly though, there was one playset that bore no resemblance to the events seen in the film, and it might give away how the Mad Titan eventually goes down in Avengers 4.

Tellingly entitled Thanos: The Last Battle, the set itself contains an M-Ship as piloted by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos and an Iron Man figure featuring all those mod cons. Most intriguing, though, is that the set also suggests that both Star-Lord and Gamora are involved in the final battle. Not only that, but Thanos is seen...

You try and inconspicuously film a massive daylight riot in the USA’s capital city and before you know it, it’s all over the internet for everyone to see. Is nothing private these days? Certainly not when it comes to Wonder Woman 1984.

Apparently depicting a clash between the Navy Memorial and the National Archives in Washington, D.C., this footage captures what went down on set. We see the camera crew track Diana and Steve throughout the crowd, presumably as they try to steer clear of everything that’s kicking off. But don’t just take my word for it – have a look at the footage for yourself below:

What the cause of the riot is is unclear at the moment, although we can’t help but think of the back end of The Dark Knight Rises, where if you take your eyes off Batman and Bane et al., then you’ll see the extras, softly jostling for position and chanting half-heartedly. But we digress.

Although set photos are coming in thick and fast, there’s little to go on in regards the plot of the Wonder Woman sequel. Whereas the first film dealt with the otherwordly Ares causing chaos on earth, this movie has more of a realistic feel to...

If you’re an MCU fan, you might be familiar with the fact that Tom Hiddleston initially auditioned for the role of Thor. He wasn’t deemed a right fit for the God of Thunder, but someone had the bright idea to cast him as Loki, Thor’s mischievous brother, instead and the rest is Marvel history. But what if there’s a parallel universe out there where this was reversed, and Chris Hemsworth got to play Loki?

That’s what digital artist Boss Logic has imagined in his latest piece of Marvel fan art. Standing in front of the Avengers logo, the Hemsworth-Loki is based on the post-Ragnarok Thor and sports short hair but with a thicker, darker beard. His armor is fairly similar to Thor’s typical outfit but it’s given a few Loki-esque twists, including a black color scheme and the green cape over his left shoulder. Built into his right shoulder, meanwhile, is a kind of epaulet that resembles Loki’s helmet.

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Jason Momoa was an unlikely choice to play Aquaman in the DCEU. Beefy, dark-haired and of Polynesian descent, the former Game of Thrones star was not a perfect match for the blond Caucasian superhero from the pages of DC comics. What Momoa’s casting showed though was that Warner Bros. was trying to change the perception of Arthur Curry as the weakest member of the Justice League, whose powers mostly revolved around talking to fish.

Momoa himself was keen to get behind this notion to reinvent the King of Atlantis, too, which is why he was against one particular exchange in 2017’s Justice League. While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed that he lobbied to get a certain section of the movie cut from the theatrical release. Specifically, he didn’t take to the bit of comedy which sees Ben Affleck’s Batman attempt to press his super-friend for info on how he can interact with aquatic life.

For Momoa, this served as a unnecessary reminder of Aquaman’s less-than-stellar reputation and went against what he was trying to do with the character.

“I’m like, don’t put this line in there, because that’s all people are going to talk about… Do you want me to make him cool or not?”

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Practically every hero in the MCU took part in Avengers: Infinity War – every hero, that is, except for Hawkeye, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Focusing on the latter two, Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne were perhaps put on the bench because they’ll soon get their own starring roles in next month’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. That doesn’t mean Marvel isn’t playing up the connection between the two films though, as the new promo above actually features footage from the recent event movie, before segueing into Peyton Reed’s upcoming sequel.

Yes, as you can see, this trailer begins with shots of several of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, telling us that “everything you’ve experienced has all led to this.” In fact, it could even be the start of a preview for Avengers 4. But then the gears change rather abruptly and we’re thrown into Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the laughs start coming a mile a minute. There’s a bit of new material here, too, with Scott having a rather humorous exchange with his old crew.

From there, it’s more of the same, with the promo acting to outline the basic plot of the sequel, which sees Scott and Hope – Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, respectively – on an urgent mission to recover Janet Van Dyne (AKA the original Wasp) from the murky depths of the Quantum Realm.

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The Walking Dead looks to be losing two of its longest running stars in the upcoming ninth season. Namely, Lauren Cohan’s moving on as Maggie Rhee after seven and a bit years on the show and so is Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, who’s been the face of the hit AMC drama for the entirety of its run. But with these fan favorites on their way out, could a character we haven’t seen for a long while be coming back to soften the blow?

It looks possible, as Jon Bernthal was spotted near The Walking Dead set in Senoia, Georgia recently. A fan shared a snap they took of their family with Lincoln and Norman Reedus on social media and happened to capture Bernthal in the background. If you think it isn’t clear enough to make out The Punisher star, the user confirms it by name-checking his character in her caption, which reads: “Right after I took the food photo they walked in!!!!! (Shane,Rick,Daryl).”

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“Stop! Stop! He’s already dead!” If you needed a GIF from The Simpsons to sum up the current level of competition between comic book rivals Marvel and DC, then that one seems wholly appropriate. Especially since as of this weekend, Avengers: Infinity War has managed to drum up $664 million at the domestic box office.

Now, not that everything in life has to be a competition, but comparatively, DC’s Justice League only raked in $657.9 million…worldwide. Oh dear. Can we stop the beating now?

If we’re talking about the US box office alone, the DC superhero pic earned a mere $229 million there, which Avengers: Infinity War managed to trounce in its first three days in theaters. Perhaps we’re being too tough on Justice League though, as the aforementioned Marvel movie is a true box office phenomenon.

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Being the most powerful superhero in the MCU is as much a responsibility as it is a privilege. At least, that’s what we gather from recent statements by Brie Larson, star of the upcoming Captain Marvel.

A recent interview with Variety at the the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards saw the actress describe the tough physical demands of the role, which will likely keep her occupied for many years to come. At that same event, Larson also hinted at the effects that such a time-consuming, high profile gig could have on the people closest to her.

There’s a lot about it that felt like a big decision and it’s not just a big decision for myself, it’s a big decision for my family and my partner and for my friends. It’s a big change for everybody and I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for me.

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