Stan Lee Should Still Have A Cameo In Avengers 4

Celebrity deaths are a tricky thing. Fans often feel like they know the public figure, and so their passing is felt by a huge number of people. Marvel Comics visionary Stan Lee is certainly no exception, as his creations have touched generations of dreamers. Lee passed away yesterday at the age of 95, and plenty have spoken up about what his work meant to them. But there is also the question of his future cameo appearances.

Stan Lee has appeared in almost every movie starring a Marvel character, and including the massive MCU. All eyes are on what will happen when Phase Three concludes with Avengers 4, which includes Lee’s planned cameo. Luckily, co-director Joe Russo implicated that it was already in the can, previously saying:

Well, this is certainly hopeful. While Avengers 4 won’t hit theaters until May and had been doing some reshoots, it appears that Stan Lee’s appearance was filmed alongside other Marvel cameos. As such, fans can likely expect to see Lee when Thanos returns in Avengers 4.

Joe Russo’s comments come from a past interview with BBC Radio, where the director/writer spoke to the process of filming Stan Lee’s myriad iconic cameos. Moviegoers have always looked forward to seeing the Marvel icon’s small role in each blockbuster, and his acting credits never disappoint. So as Avengers 4 will end the MCU as we know it, it’s fitting that Stan Lee’s role will reportedly be present.

Of course, Marvel has not come out with a public statement in the wake of Stan Lee’s death, so this is far from an actual confirmation. Still, The Russo Brothers and Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole often think ahead, and the bulk of Avengers 4‘s filming was done as Infinity War was also filmed in Atlanta. So it’s conceivable that the last few Stan Lee cameos were all filmed at once.

Unfortunately, not every Marvel movie will be lucky enough to have Stan Lee in a cameo role. A report by EW indicates that Lee was unable to film his role in Dark Phoenix before his death. This will break new ground for the X-Men franchise, as Lee’s cameos went back to the original 2000 film.

CinemaBlend salutes Stan Lee in the wake of his death, and the countless fans he inspired in his long life.

The next MCU movie will be Captain Marvel on March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Kaley Cuoco Reveals She’s Totally Going To Take A Big Bang Theory Prop From TheSet

The Big Bang Theory is currently pushing through a few more months of production before the cast and crew on set will say their final goodbyes. Kaley Cuoco has big plans for her life after The Big Bang Theory, and she revealed in a recent interview that those plans include taking an item from the set of the long-running comedy for her own home when she leaves. Per Cuoco:

If you’ve ever paid attention to sets on The Big Bang Theory, you probably already realize there is a lot going on in the background, including various pieces of artwork, toys and books. However, a lot of scenes on the long-running comedy film in the same locations, including the living room set that Kaley Cuoco mentioned in the interview. The artwork in question is on the left of the set if you are facing the TV, hanging above the bookshelf laden with books.

The robot and the donut aren’t the only things in the image, but they are pretty striking and you can take a look, below.

Kaley Cuoco says she plans to rehome the image and put it in her living room, where she can look on it fondly and likely with sentiment. The actress has been open in the past about how sad she is that the series will be wrapping with the Season 12 finale. She previously thanked the cast and crew, calling the gig “a dream.”

Kaley Cuoco also told ET that she does have plans for life after The Big Bang Theory. She tied the knot with fellow animal lover Karl Cook earlier this year. The two plan to add more bunnies to their repertoire and Cuoco has some work projects in the pipeline.

The Big Bang Theory still has a few more months of production, however and will wrap up for fans at the end of the season, likely on a memorable note. If you’d like to read more about Jim Parsons decision to leave the series, we have you covered. If not, you can catch the final season of The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights at 8 pm. ET, only on CBS.

Check Out Key And Peele’s New Toy Story 4 Characters

Yesterday was a big day with the release of the first trailer for Toy Story 4 and all of YouTube exploded with reactions to the film, the new character and Forky, and whatever else came to mind. However, the best trailer reaction may have come in a new video that introduces a pair of new characters to the film itself. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will be in the new movie as the new characters Ducky and Bunny, and the comedy duo introduces themselves by bringing one of their classic comedy sketches to life in animated form. Check it out.

The clip opens with a pair of kewpie dolls at a carnival in mid-conversation. Then Bunny, in a sort of fourth wall breaking moment, brings up the fact that yesterday saw the release of the new Toy Story 4 trailer, at which point Ducky goes a little nuts. The pair starts to talk about how much they love the Toy Story franchise. They quote lines back and forth at each other. They get Buzz Lightyear‘s catchphrase wrong over and over. Eventually Buzz and Woody show up to correct them, and Ducky and Bunny laugh at the mere idea of going “beyond infinity.”

Yesterday the first teaser trailer introduced us to our first new character, Forky, a craft project with an identity disorder, who has become a toy, but seems to believe that he wasn’t ever supposed to actually be one. As a spork wrapped in pipe cleaners he may be on to something. This morning we get two more new characters, and they are hilarious.

Key and Peele made their name as a comedy duo and seeing them together again performing in much the same way, via their new animated characters, is hilarious. If you’re a fan of Toy Story, adding Key and Peele is a great move. If you’re a fan of Key and Peele, this trailer is extra special.

This is is the Pixar version of a pair of characters that Key and Peele played on their Comedy Central sketch show multiple times. They were valets who spent their downtime talking about all the movies and TV shows they loved and getting incredibly animated about it. If you somehow have made it through life not having seen these sketches, check out a few in the video below.

One wonders if, in addition to introducing the characters, we’re also being introduced to a set. This carnival could play a part in the movie, especially if that’s how Ducky and Bunny become part of the story. Also, Pixar fans should check out the available prizes in the background, as among them you’ll see a guitar shaped like the one from Coco, and rocket ships with Luxo Ball stickers on them.

Between the addition of Tony Hale as the voice of Forky, and now Key and Peele, Toy Story 4 is putting together a remarkable voice cast that’s only in addition to the great cast the film already had. Many have wondered why we’re getting a Toy Story 4 in the first place. Honestly, Key and Peele is a pretty good reason in my opinion.

First Arrow-verse Crossover Footage Features A Very Uncomfortable Kiss

The first footage for the Arrow-verse’s “Elseworlds” crossover has been released, and it featured a very uncomfortable kiss between two characters. At least, that seems to be the case for one of them, as Stephen Amell’s Barry Allen appears very confused and surprised that Iris is locking lips with him.

For Iris, it appears to be business as usual as she’s still hopelessly in love with her best friend and meta dream man Barry Allen. For Barry, it appears to be a different story as Stephen Amell’s version of the character seems shocked by his current life and his surroundings. It gives off the vibe that while he is Barry Allen to everyone else, this Barry knows there’s something wrong with the situation.

It’s possible this isn’t Stephen Amell portraying an alternate Earth’s Barry Allen, but rather Amell’s Oliver Queen in a world where everyone else believes he’s Barry Allen. If that’s the case, somehow Oliver has retained enough of his memory to know this isn’t right, but it’s not clear from the footage how similar to Barry Allen he is. For example, Amell’s Barry may be aware he’s not the Barry Allen of Earth-1, but does he still have his speedster friend’s powers?

The various photos Stephen Amell has posted on social media appear to indicate he will portray a speedster at some point during the “Elseworlds” crossover. There are no guarantees that the Barry Allen in this clip is the same as the one who suited up, however, and it could be one of those scenarios where Oliver Queen ends up standing in for some other Earth’s doppelganger for reasons we can only guess at right now. Apparently, it’s not for the free kisses, as Amell’s Barry Allen looked taken aback by Iris’ affection.

So, if this Barry Allen is confused by what’s happening when he wakes up that morning, will the same be true for that Earth’s Oliver Queen? It’s possible Grant Gustin’s Oliver Queen (provided he’s Oliver on the same Earth where we see Stephen Amell’s Barry) is also incredibly confused by what’s happening. Conversely, there’s a chance that nothing has changed for him, and he’ll be confused by his friend’s identity crisis and insistence that he is actually someone else.

Of course, this is all speculation and it’s really hard to determine what’s happening for sure in this “Elseworlds” footage. The only thing we seem to know for sure is that something crazy is going on, as the crossover’s tagline “Destiny will be rewritten” flashed across the screen and confirmed something is not right in this scene. Hopefully, “Barry’s” supposed identity crisis is only temporary and not “infinite,” as one can never know what’s coming with The Monitor in the mix.

The Arrow-verse’s “Elseworlds” crossover begins on The CW Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more on upcoming fall shows before and after the big three-night event, head on over to our handy fall premiere guide.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s NukeTown Map Looks Better Than Ever

We knew that PlayStation 4 gamers would receive NukeTown ahead of PC and Xbox One gamers (but thankfully the delay is only by a week, so there’s no need to fret), but what we didn’t know was exactly how the new iteration of the map would look in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Well, now we know and it looks better than ever.

The minute and a half long trailer starts with a bunch of clips centering around the NukeTown map, but this time it has Russian commentary. We learn that the the whole Russian theme that Treyarch teased in the tweet that announced the map actually plays into the map itself, which is set during the Cold War.

We see that the entire thing is completely overhauled with a brand new set of buildings to accommodate both long-range and close-quarters combat.

For instance, instead of it being houses setup within a cul-de-sac where there are a few suburban houses designed around the 1950s American neighborhoods, the new version of NukeTown sports Russian-themed civilian quarters along with a missile command control center complete with maps, data centers, and electronic modules to operate the whole thing.

The map is still setup like a cul-de-sac, complete with a bus in the center of the outdoor area of the map. Only this time it’s all in Russian. Also the road leading into the test site is blocked off via a gated entryway, which gives you access to the small but high-impact map.

The end of the trailer also reveals something special: the ability to launch a nuke from the center of the map.

We don’t get to see if NukeTown in Black Ops 4 will allow players to completely blow the whole area sky high, which would fit in quite well with the Battle Royale mode known as Blackout, but the trailer definitely hints at the possibility.

Also, the dolphin diving has been replaced with open windows that allow players to grapple up and utilize the game’s verticality to get the jump on opponents.

The upside here is that the NukeTown map update is free and it goes live on November 13th first for PlayStation 4 gamers. So you don’t have to pay for a season pass, you don’t have to pay extra to access the map, and you don’t have to buy any bundle packs to play on the new and improved map.

After a week of being on the PlayStation 4 you’ll be able to get your hands on the map on the Xbox One and on the service on PC. Sorry, no Steam version this time around.

The map will go live starting tomorrow on November 13th, so be sure to have your client ready, your systems turned on, and your bandwidth free for when Black Ops 4 receives the new version of NukeTown. If you don’t have the game you can get a physical or digital copy from over on the Call of Duty store page.

How Arrow Finally Brought Back A Long Lost Character

Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Arrow episode “The Demon.” Read at your own risk!

Oliver’s prison stint got even more interesting in “The Demon,” as the incarcerated Green Arrow finally came face to face with the prison’s mysterious character known as The Demon. As it turns out, the character was actually someone from Oliver’s past, and a character Arrow viewers haven’t seen since Season 5. The series finally brought back the long-lost character, Talia Al Ghul, as she re-emerged to ask Oliver for his help.

Talia made her presence known not long after Oliver made his way into Level 2, and the hero was understandably shaken by her appearance. After all, his mentor turned enemy was one of the folks unaccounted for following Lian Yu’s destruction, so it wasn’t known whether or not she’d re-emerge. Talia revealed she’d used Diaz’s drug to restore herself afterward, which appears to have been effective minus the scarring on her face.

Unfortunately, Talia didn’t have any details on Diaz. It was all a ruse to get Oliver to Level 2, so that she could ask him a favor. It turns out Oliver wasn’t the only high profile criminal hanging out at Slabside, as the Daughter of Ra’s al Ghul was stuck in Level 2 as a prisoner. As Oliver soon learned, the area was a far tougher section of the prison compared to where he’d been prior.

Talia needed help escaping Level 2, which she revealed that Dr. Parker used to conduct twisted psychological experiments on inmates. Oliver eventually agreed, but requested something of his own in exchange. Oliver didn’t wish to put his family at risk by escaping and instead instructed Talia to pass on a flash drive to Felicity that would reveal what was happening at Level 2. Talia escaped, and her flash drive helped Felicity, Dinah and Black Siren bring the experiments to an end.

Talia’s work wasn’t quite done after that, as she still had a score to settle before disappearing back into the shadows. Talia ended up confronting Dr. Jay Parker and murdered the physician for his role in her torture and that of the rest of the inmates. If Felicity and the gang’s exposure of Level 2 wasn’t going to completely end the experiments, Talia Al-Ghul’s murder of the psychiatrist almost certainly did.

We’re not sure what’s next for Talia Al Ghul now that she’s back out in the world, but we can guess that the story between she and Oliver isn’t quite over. This collaboration showed the two are capable of working together, but would the same be true out in the real world? It’ll probably depend on the circumstance, but after the break out, it appeared Talia had gained some additional respect for her former pupil and who he had become.

Arrow also brought another character back towards the end of the Season 7 episode, as Anatoly Knyazev was seen in Ricardo Diaz’s clutches at the episode’s end. It was a position Anatoly did not appear to be enjoying, as Diaz had him hoisted into the air and scared. Anatoly may be back, but judging from the amount of bodies strewn around him, his return may be short-lived.

Arrow Season 7 airs on The CW Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more on other television shows airing in the coming months, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide.

Fallout: New Vegas Developer Purchased By Microsoft

Microsoft continues to add some major developers to its in-house stable, most recently picking up inXile Entertainment and the team behind Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian.

As you might have noticed, both of these studios are big on roleplaying games, which has been something of a weak point for Microsoft consoles. Their games are also typically big hits with critics and fans alike, making them a pretty sound investment for Microsoft.

If you had any doubts that Microsoft is gearing up for a big push on the next generation of gaming, this should just about seal the deal. Microsoft has been gobbling up studios left and right this year, including the likes of Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion and Ninja Theory. These latest acquisitions put them at about 10 new studios in 2018 alone and, since the Xbox One is entering its twilight years, it seems reasonable to believe that Microsoft has brought these teams onboard in order to start the next generation off with a bang.

From the Xbox 360 years until today, one of Microsoft’s biggest weak points in gaming was a lack of exclusive games. Outside of Halo, Forza and Gears of War, the Xbox platform doesn’t have many major exclusives to its name. Picking up all of these studios will change that in the coming years, which is perfect timing for the Xbox Two, or whatever Microsoft is planning on calling their next home console.

Perhaps the best news concerning these most recent acquisitions, though, is that it doesn’t sound like Microsoft is planning on having a heavy hand with its new studios. In a statement concerning the acquisitions, Microsoft said that both inXile and Obsidian will “continue to operate autonomously,” meaning they can keep making whatever games float their fancy. The uptick, obviously, is that those games will now come out exclusively on Microsoft platforms. Given the studios at play here, it’s likely that will include PC.

It’s also worth pointing out how forward thinking this is of Microsoft. It’s not uncommon for one of the “Big Three” to sign a promising or proven studio to their ranks, but it usually doesn’t happen with the speed or volume that Microsoft has been achieving this past year. The Xbox One has done fine this generation, but I think it’s fair to say they’ve fallen behind the competition by a sound margin at this point. With the next generation expected to kick off within the next couple of years, all of these studio acquisitions show that Microsoft has learned from its mistakes and aims to correct them moving forward. We’ll just have to wait to see if all of this foundation building pays off in the end.

Valve’s VR Headset May Include Half-Life

VR gaming may have faded from view in recent times, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. In fact, Valve still has plans on luring in gamers to the VR market by attempting to use software to help sell the hardware. There are now rumors floating about that a new Half-Life game could be bundled in with new VR hardware.

According to a report from UploadVR, there are rumors circling around some new images that popped up on social media sharing service, Imgur. The images showcase what look like prototypes of a new VR headset that Valve could be working on. The images showcase the inside workings of a series of prototypes, and there’s literally a Valve logo on the main HMD board.

Now, this could mean that Valve is working with its partner company, HTC, to develop certain hardware components for the VR headset while HTC handles the rest, or it could mean that this is literally a hardware prototype that Valve is working on internally that the company plans to release.

UploadVR is reporting that a source close to the project informed them that this new hardware is expected to release at some point in 2019, and that it will come bundled with Half-Life. The current rumor is that the game will be a prequel to where the game last left off, which was a cliffhanger after the Combine attacked the resistance’s base and attempted to kill certain key figures. Gamers have been dearly waiting for a Half-Life 3 to finally complete the story, but the entire threequel concept has become more of a meme than anything else.

However, a Half-Life prequel might make sense, and typically the Half-Life games have released alongside new technological advancements made by Valve. For the first game it was accompanied by the new GoldSrc engine, while the second game launched with the first version of Steam and Valve’s own Source Engine. A third game launching with a revolutionary VR headset isn’t completely out of the question.

UploadVR also notes that the headset will come with the VR Knuckles, Valve’s highly anticipated VR wands that have been in development for the last couple of years. The company has been improving developer support for the Knuckles, but there still hasn’t been a release date for a consumer version. It would definitely make sense that the Knuckles would arrive with a new iteration of headset.

But, what makes this new headset any different from the Vive Pro or the Oculus Rift? Well, according to the report, it will feature a wider field of vision at 135 degrees. The resolution will also reportedly be 1440 x 1600 progressively scanned pixels per eye. That would mean that it would run games at the same resolution as the HTC Vive Pro.

Much like the Pro, we also see that the prototype headset also features two front-facing cameras, but we still don’t know exactly what those are for.

Obviously the headset would be compatible with SteamVR, and if the Knuckles do come bundled with it then the price tag would obviously start at above $699. However, details are still scant, and technically the prototype headsets could be for anything, including a new VR amusement park. If it is a new consumer headset that comes with a new Half-Life game made specifically for VR, would that be enough to convince you to take the plunge into virtual reality?

Supergirl Will Introduce More Of One Character’s Family In Season 4

If you don’t recognize Kate Burton’s face from the photo above, then you must not be among the millions of people who obsess over Grey’s Anatomy on a weekly basis. The actress has played Meredith’s mom, Ellis, on a recurring basis since the series began in 2005 and has helped bring one of the show’s most complex characters (and relationships) to life with her fierce portrayal. The three time Emmy nominee has also been seen in Big Trouble in Little China, The Practice, Rescue Me, Law & Order, 127 Hours, Grimm, The Good Wife, Veep, This Is Us, Scandal and Mr. Mercedes among her 90 film and TV credits.

How J.J. Abrams Can Get Star Wars Back On Track

As we approach our first holiday season without a new Star Wars movie since the franchise returned in 2015, all eyes are on Star Wars: Episode IX. The film is still shrouded in the standard mystery, but a recent report has indicated that Episode IX is intended to be a course correction for the franchise, with director J.J. Abrams seemingly tasked with fixing Star Wars‘ issues with his Episode IX.

What such a course correction could entail is worthy of speculation, but in order to theorize about how to get Star Wars back on track, we must first operate under the assumption that it is off track. Opinions will vary, but it should be obvious that the franchise doesn’t look quite like the unstoppable juggernaut it once did. Following the lackluster box office of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the divisiveness of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the franchise has been left reeling from a fan backlash, and perhaps worse, apathy. So Star Wars: Episode IX has to unite a fractured fanbase and get people excited about Star Wars again.

For some, Star Wars may not need fixing, but it is clear that Lucasfilm and Disney think it does and they’ve tasked J.J. Abrams with doing so. J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX now only has to close out a trilogy, provide a satisfying end to the Skywalker Saga and fix the franchise’s issues, all in one film. No pressure. With all that said, it’s time to muse about how J.J. Abrams might try to get Star Wars back on track.

Give Luke Skywalker More To Do

Whether you liked the approach Rian Johnson took with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi or hated it, there is no question that it was surprising and not at all what we expected from the hero of this franchise in the sequel trilogy. The disillusioned Luke espoused the failings of the Jedi, and then, in an awesome display of power, he offered the galaxy a new hope once again before perishing.

Needless to say that only one movie’s worth of Luke is not what most fans were imagining. However, we know that Mark Hamill is returning for Star Wars: Episode IX and I fully expect J.J. Abrams to give the Jedi Master much more to do. Although he will presumably stay dead, his Force Ghost could play an important role in the film. Yoda showed the very real world powers Force Ghosts have and Luke could do the same. Rumors have also claimed that Luke Skywalker will be ridiculously powerful in Episode IX, powerful enough to bring down a Star Destroyer.

In addition to whatever he does as a Force Ghost, flashbacks could show Luke Skywalker, the Jedi Master, forming his academy, bringing down Empire ships single-handed and igniting his green lightsaber in battle. This method would allow all of these wished for things to happen without undoing Luke’s death. By giving audiences some of the Luke Skywalker that we’ve been imagining for 30+ years, J.J. Abrams can satisfy fans who wanted to see this version of Luke without taking away from his arc in The Last Jedi.

Deliver Fan Service

Fan service carries a somewhat negative connotation to it, like a band simply playing the hits instead of trying to invent new, creative music. But Star Wars is as fan driven as any franchise, and there’s nothing wrong with giving the fans what they want, just so long as its done in a way that still delivers a great film. J.J. Abrams is a dyed in the wool Star Wars fan. We saw that with The Force Awakens and I think we’ll see that with Star Wars: Episode IX.

By just bringing back Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and, thanks to unused footage, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia, J.J. Abrams is giving the fans more of the characters they have loved for decades in this final installment in the episodic series. We’ve also heard that Episode IX could tie into the Prequels, thus uniting all three trilogies. We may not be getting an Obi-Wan standalone film for the time being, but having Ewan McGregor’s character show up, as well as Hayden Christensen’s Anakin, would be a great bit of fan service that can bring some full circle closure to this Saga.

Star Wars has a high nostalgia quotient, and fan service such as this could bring back those warm fuzzy feelings for the series and get audiences to show up and embrace Episode IX in a way that Solo: A Star Wars Story could not.

Modify The Last Jedi’s Most Controversial Answers

J.J. Abrams set up a few big questions at the start of this trilogy that Rian Johnson answered in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It is those answers that are one of the biggest reasons for the backlash to that middle chapter. Snoke was killed before his history could be explained, and Rey’s parentage, the subject of infinite theorizing, proved anticlimactic.

Since we are speculating about how J.J. could fix Star Wars‘ issues, and if Lucasfilm identifies The Last Jedi‘s answers as issues, then altering them could be an option. It seems like J.J. Abrams had someone different in mind for Rey’s parents when he posed the question in The Force Awakens (the problem with this franchise not having a rough story arc planned out ahead of time). Therefore, I think J.J. Abrams is going to change that answer, making what Kylo Ren told Rey about her parents a lie, as well as maybe give us some Snoke backstory.

Personally, I don’t need Rey’s parents to be changed to important figures. That said, I also don’t mind it if it’s done well, and I think such a change could appease fans who invested so much in that question. This is a tight rope to walk, but hopefully revising The Last Jedi‘s answers in a careful way will appease fans that felt burned, while also honoring that film’s arc and the fans that loved it.

Find A Balance Between Rehash And Originality

Although this is an oversimplification, the prevailing complaint about Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it was a rehash of Star Wars: A New Hope, while Star Wars: The Last Jedi was criticized as not feeling like Star Wars at all. If J.J. Abrams is to fix the franchise’s issues, he needs to channel his inner Jedi and find balance between these two extremes.

It is an abstract thing to quantify, but Star Wars: Episode IX must feel like Star Wars. That means it should feel like a natural progression of the stories told by George Lucas, capturing some of the intangible magic that made those films so memorable. At the same time, too great a deference to the style of the Original Trilogy will again produce complaints about a lack of originality; this shouldn’t be a remake of Return of the Jedi. Audiences want to see something new from Star Wars, the lack of enthusiasm for Solo is evidence of that, but originality can’t extend to the point where it is unrecognizable.

This is perhaps the most difficult course correction to make and the perfect balance might not be the same for everyone, but with the right story, J.J. Abrams and writer Chris Terrio can deliver a movie that fits with the Original Trilogy, while also breaking new ground and ending this Saga on a high note.

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