Joe Russo Wanted to Surprise Audiences with Captain America’s Ending in AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Joe Russo recently talked to CB about Avengers: Endgame. There’s one specific part I want to address from the interview, but before we go on, this is your spoiler warning.

Now that we can talk about spoilers, the end of Endgame features Steve Rogers traveling through time again to return all of the Infinity Stones. The catch is that he doesn’t come back. Instead, Steve stays behind to live his own life.

This of course has made several fans wonder how that didn’t change anything, but that’s a discussion for another time. Russo was about that ending for Steve and their answer is, in short, they chose that path to surprise people.

It’s not about trying to subvert expectations all the time, even though that comes into it. Typically when you’re in a writers room and you’re working through storytelling, if somebody says something that feels obvious you go ‘well that’s the expectation’, and it’s not like we don’t always meet expectations but the job I think is to surprise people. But the reason you surprise them is because if you’re really tracking Cap’s arc, he starts off as a selfless character who has given over his identity to service, right? He is more than happy to serve the community.

The curvature, the arc that you’re creating, characters are always most compelling when they travel the greatest distance, so if Cap is Rocky and all he ever does is get into the ring and try to beat his opponent it’s going to get boring really quickly. There’s just not a lot of dimensions to the character, and so what we wanted to do was travel him on this incredible journey that took him from service to self-actualization to where he wanted to fully embrace the identity of Steve Rogers. That is what happens at the end of Endgame.

And I know it’s controversial for some people because they fell like he should always be that guy in service, but that just feels like an elliptical story that never ends. It feels like what you can do in the comic books because you can keep resetting it and recycling it, but it’s not something you can do over the lifespan of a movie. He has to travel some distance to go somewhere as a character.

I am one of those people who went into the film totally expecting Steve to die. I thought he was going to end up sacrificing himself to die. After all, he is a paragon of service. As long as he’s alive, he’s going to fight the good fight and they needed him to not be in any more movies. That being said, I was surprised by the Russo’s decisions and I was content with how they wrote him out of the story.

You can watch the full interview with CB below and the part about this question can be found at roughly 8:00.

David Fincher’s MINDHUNTER Season 2 Will Arrive on Netflix in August

The first season of David Fincher’s serial killer series Mindhunter was incredible. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch it now! If you have, you’ll be happy to learn that Season 2 is set to premiere on Netflix in August of 2019!

Charlize Theron is a producer on the show, and she announced the release date while a guest on the Howard Stern Show.

Mindhunter is based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, and it chronicles the beginning of serial killer profiling in the FBI.

The story is set in the year 1977, “in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who originate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.”

The first season put a lot of focus on the FBI agents interviewing Ed Kemper, who was fantastically played by Cameron Britton. We don’t know much about what Season 2 will entail, but I’ve heard rumors that it will involve the Atlanta Child Murders from the ’70s and ’80s. We also know that infamous killer and cult leader Charles Manson will fit into the story in some way. He will be played by Damon Herriman.

This is such a great show and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Season 2!

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3 to Feature Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel

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Game Informer has the latest scoop on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. They recently got to play the game for a few hours at Nintendo headquarters and the game is their cover story for the month of May meaning that there’s a lot of coverage including in-depth videos. Those are to come, but for now, fans will be excited to hear that the roster for the game is over two dozen names long and two of those names are Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan. Hawkeye is described as being pretty typical, using arrows to fight his foes, but Ms. Marvel will defeat enemies “[b]y stretching and enlarging her body parts… as she bashes the bad guys with oversized fists and feet.”

I’m still not the biggest fan of the art style, but I’m still excited for this game to release. You’ll be able to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 starting July 19 on Nintendo Switch.

DOWN UNDER COVER to Star Tiffany Haddish and Chris Hemsworth

Tiffany Haddish and Chris Hemsworth are teaming up for a film that is sure to be a hit with some. Down Under Cover is a buddy cop action comedy said to be in the spirit of films like 48 Hours and Rush Hour. The film will be shown at Cannes and has a fairly familiar premise:

In Down Under Cover, Hemsworth will play a detective who goes undercover to crack a series of baffling casino heists in which the prime suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers. He’s forced to take the partner no one else will — Haddish’s character, a lone wolf who does things only one way: hers. Together they have to work as an unlikely duo to solve the crime of their careers.

Yes, this isn’t the most original idea out there, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and good. I’m excited to see Hemsworth doing more comedic work. The script is being handled by Peter Hoare. I’m also interested as no director has been attached yet. Who would you like to see helm Down Under Cover?

Via: Deadline

D&D Fans Got a Hint at a New Product to Be Announced at D&D Live 2019

Next week is D&D Live 2019: The Descent. It is sure to be a crazy time for fans of the popular tabletop roleplaying game, but what’s exciting is that we got a hint at some new products to be announced during the event. During Nathan Stewart’s (D&D Senior Director) monthly Spoiler & Swag livestream last Friday, his guest Alex Kammer gave fans a hint as to a new product set to be announced.

Supposedly, fans can expect some kind of box set with cards and dice. That clue and the great sales on the Starter Set have me wondering if this is a new/revamped Starter Set. Maybe it’ll come with some of those cool spell and/or monster cards you can buy to help players and DMs be organized.

D&D is expected to announce its next adventure for 2019 as well as three new products, one of which would be this box set. In addition, Stewart said that The Descent will end with a major announcement. What are your best theories as to what it all could be?

The Descent will run from May 17-19 in Los Angeles, California.

Via: CB

I Love the POWER RANGERS Hoodie from Movie Star Jacket

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I am a big fan of Power Rangers, so I got excited when I saw these hoodies on Movie Star Jacket. Well, after sharing that post, MSJ was nice enough to send me one of those hoodies and I am ecstatic. Here’s a stock photo for reference:

I am loving this hoodie. It feels the best in my opinion, and it feels like it will be the warmest of the ones I’ve received recently. It does feature a polyester lining which feels soft against your skin. I think I would’ve actually preferred it to not have the lining, but that’s a personal preference. The hoodie fits me really well and I ordered the size suggested by their sizing guide, so they get big props for that. I also really enjoy the fact that there are two interior pockets in addition to the exterior pockets.

Overall, I love this hoodie and the wide variety of colors available mean that you can get your favorite color (as long as it’s one of six colors). The fleece feels nice and the polyester is okay. Overall, if you’re a Power Rangers fan, this is a great option for $49 (plus shipping) from Movie Star Jacket.


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Score: 9/10