Marvel Stars And Filmmakers React To Stan Lee’s Death

Stan Lee may be gone, but his legacy will last forever. His full name, “Mr. Lee,” the hashtag “#Excelsior,” “Marvel,” “Spider-Man,” and “Rest In Peace” were all trending terms on Monday, November 12 as news of his death spread across the internet.

Fans are mourning worldwide for the 95-year-old Marvel Comics’ icon, but Stan Lee’s death is a particular blow for the stars who were lucky enough to work with him and bring Marvel characters to life. Many of those actors and filmmakers took to social media to share thanks, memories, and condolences. Let’s start with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Feige helped introduce many fans to Lee’s characters through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he was quick to honor the legend:

The MCU began 10 years ago with Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. brought the character to life, and he paid tribute to the real Marvel hero:

Chris Evans plays Captain America in the MCU, and he previously played the Human Torch in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie; Stan Lee had actually named Evans the Marvel star with whom he had bonded the most. Here’s Evans’ heartfelt reaction to the loss of his friend:

Stan Lee always has a fun cameo in Marvel movies. Joe and Anthony Russo have directed four Marvel Studios movies so far: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and next spring’s Avengers 4. The Russos also reacted to Lee’s passing:

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds aren’t currently part of the MCU, but they are part of Fox’s X-Men franchise, which also follows Marvel Comics characters. Reynolds (Deadpool) was one of the first stars to react to Stan Lee’s death:

Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) shared a photo with and praise for Stan Lee:

MCU Spider-Man Tom Holland also took time to honor the man who made all of this possible:

MCU Black Panther star Winston Duke (M’Baku) shared a great message on Stan Lee:

Black Panther star Letitia Wright (Shuri) also paid tribute to Stan Lee:

Evangeline Lilly, star of Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, joined her fellow MCU stars with this tribute:

Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes may have a long future in the MCU. The actor also shared thanks to Stan Lee for giving him this opportunity:

It’s not just Marvel film stars paying tribute to Stan Lee. The cast of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also honored the Marvel Comics maestro:

Joss Whedon directed the first two Avengers films for the MCU, and he also shared some beautiful words about Stan Lee:

Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana (Gamora) thanked Stan Lee for everything:

Stan Lee’s reach is everywhere, including the new Sony movie Venom, which is also based on Marvel Comics characters:

More tributes are continuing to pour in, from in and out of the Marvel Comics world. It would be impossible to post them all — Stan Lee’s impact was too great. You’d have to copy and paste the entire internet. He lived 95 years, but somehow that still wasn’t enough for millions of people. That’s a life well-lived. Here’s what’s ahead for the MCU he helped put into motion.

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How The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt Feels About Eugene’s New Hair

Spoilers below for The Walking Dead’s first episode after its big time jump.

While six years isn’t enough for the world to completely turn around again on The Walking Dead, it’s more than enough time for the characters themselves to embrace major changes. Some survivors have new family members and new lovers, and some are rocking completely different hairstyles. Eugene, for instance, was finally allowed to move beyond his signature mullet for a lengthier ‘do, and it’s safe to say star Josh McDermitt is a fan. In his words:

I like it, man. It’s allowed me to kind of have a normal haircut instead of just always having a mullet, and having to throw a hat on. I have the option of doing my hair so that I’m not at a restaurant and have people going like, ‘Does he know about his haircut or should we tell him?’ Like I have normal hair now, which is great, it’s just kind of long and shaggy as it is. It’s great, man.

If it wasn’t for the mullet, Josh McDermitt might be the kind of actor that someone wouldn’t immediately recognize in a crowd of people. As such, he’s almost always wearing a hat when he’s out and about. Not that his new style stands out any less from a visual standpoint, but just the fact that it isn’t a mullet presumably makes people less likely to come up and say hello, or something much weirder.

In speaking with EW, Josh McDermitt noted that Eugene’s evolved hairdo isn’t specific to the TV series.

Anytime we can kind of pull some things out of the comics and bring them into the show, I think it’s fun, and obviously, Eugene grows his hair out in the comics, and I was like, ‘Let’s go for it.’ I really wanted to grow his hair out. I could easily just cut it and look like everyone else but this man, it’s his hair! I was like, ‘Let’s just lean into it.’

Though Josh McDermitt isn’t the spitting image of the source material’s Eugene, whose facial hair was far more prevalent on the page, he did at least get to take on the character’s shift to longer and more unkempt hair. Now he’s celebrating a party in both the back AND the front, if you will.

After so many years of Eugene’s southern-fried locks, one might have expected the transition to be a little more difficult to get used to. But it wasn’t hard for Josh McDermitt to get used to it, and it definitely wasn’t hard on viewers’ eyes. It kind of helped make him look that much more badass when putting those walkers down in a most un-Eugene-like manner.

Speaking of concepts that aren’t readily applied to Eugene, his hair wasn’t the only thing that came down in “Who Are You Now?” The truth-hedging character finally started to share his true feelings for Rosita, and in doing so, he thankfully avoided bringing up the time he was a Savior and threw up on her to free himself from her captivity. Not that he handled things in a completely smooth manner.

It had already been revealed that Rosita and Father Gabriel are in the midst of their own relationship, as evidenced by a cozy smooch session. So Eugene’s overall timing is bad there. But also, he tried bringing it up as they were attempting to escape the walker herd that, unbeknownst to them at the time, contained several non-walkers hidden within. So his exact timing was also shit.

When Josh McDermitt was asked if he thought Eugene’s big admission to Rosita only happened because he knew of her closeness with Father Gabriel, here’s how he put it:

I’ve thought a lot about it. I wonder if Eugene would have professed his love to Rosita, had she not been with Gabriel? I do feel like he’s kind of using that. He’s a little jealous and he’s sad by that and if she wasn’t with him it would just be like the same old thing, but now… And he even says like, ‘I get it that machete-wielding man of the cloth with zero depth perception aren’t exactly a dime a dozen.’ He’s just trying to cut Gabriel so hard and just say, ‘Look, I’m the man you should be with.’ But I do think he wouldn’t be doing that had they not gotten together in the first place. But he is at that point in his confidence and who he is as a survivor that he’s like, “Okay, they should be having a family and settling down a little bit because this is what our life is now.” And that’s something I never really thought we’d see with Eugene. I never thought we’d see him in that place.

A self-sabotaging person like Eugene probably would choose to share his adoration for someone who is unable to reciprocate for one reason or another. He’d choose to go down a doomed path than to chance it on one with an uncertain outcome, in fear of having his feelings getting directly declined. Then again, maybe I’m just projecting my 15-year-old self onto Eugene.

Rosita has been an apple of Eugene’s eye for quite a while now, and the two have shared some unique memories in the past. Such as when he used to watch her and Abraham have sex. It stands to reason that he may not have distanced himself from that behavior in the years since.

When asked about that detail, Josh McDermitt stated he couldn’t actually confirm whether or not Rosita and Gabriel are sleeping together, and also isn’t sure of what Gabriel’s religious ties allow in that since. However, he did say that if the opportunity did arise, Eugene would indeed be peeping it out.

With Eugene now aware of The Whisperers’ existence in the world, there’s no telling what will happen next. Will he lose his confidence in trying to win over Rosita, or will the new threat cause him to step up and take charge like never before? Place your bets.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET, and there are only two episodes left in the first half of Season 9, so expect some major moments. Also expect a lot more great TV to come when the zombies are on hiatus, and it can all be found in our fall TV premiere schedule.

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Doctor Who Has Fans Worried About One Companion

Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Doctor Who episode “Demons of the Punjab**.**” Read at your own risk!

Doctor Who‘s “Demons of the Punjab” was a rather tragic tale, though perhaps not nearly as tragic as what some Doctor Who fans are thinking. The episode contained a certain pep talk by one of the Doctor’s companions that has many worried about the future. Specifically, it’s being theorized that Graham’s harboring a certain secret just as big as Yasmin’s nan’s hidden history: his cancer has returned.

Some fans’ ears perked up during Graham’s conversation with Yasmin, who was still reeling from the fact that her grandmother was set to wed a man who wasn’t the grandfather she knew. Her confusion and devastation led Graham to suggest there was a reason her grandmother kept her in the dark about it. He went on and essentially suggested the best thing for her to do was “live in the moment” and “figure the rest out later.”

Was the advice a product of Graham’s age-old wisdom, or because the hidden-information situation hit him a little close to home? Some Doctor Who viewers believed Graham was speaking to his own experiences, and that he may be hiding a saddening cancer re-diagnosis from Ryan and the rest of the TARDIS crew. It certainly fits within the context of the advice he gave, and his general attitude, but does that mean it’s correct?

To backpedal just a bit, in case some Doctor Who fans may have forgotten: Graham met Ryan’s grandma because she was a chemo nurse when he was undergoing treatment for cancer. The two formed a relationship, and when Graham’s cancer had entered remission, they were married, making him Ryan’s step-grandfather. Ryan and Graham haven’t gotten along so well, although they’ve obviously bonded some, thanks to the adventures with the Doctor and their shared grief over the grandmother’s recent passing.

Going back to the speculation about this potential shocker regarding Graham, cancer is certainly a nasty illness, and one can easily assume it wouldn’t have been incorporated in Graham’s backstory if it wasn’t going to be used in a future plot line. Plus, what ailing person with a limited timeline wouldn’t want to join the Doctor on the trip of a lifetime before meeting their maker?

Of course, it’s always easy to twist a fan theory and make it believable, even when there are other explanations for things. For example, Graham has already explained he’s joined the team because he doesn’t want to grieve at home alone with constant reminders to his wife all around. Additionally, we’ve been given no plainly stated reasons to suspect Graham’s cancer has returned. And if it has, he certainly isn’t showing signs of illness or fatigue so far.

Doctor Who will inevitably prove viewers and their theories right or wrong as Season 11 of the series rolls on at BBC America Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at other things headed to television in the coming weeks, be sure to visit and bookmark CinemaBlend’s fall premiere guide.

See How Unbelievable Gal Gadot Would Look Like As Kitana In Mortal Kombat

Fantasy casting is a fun exercise that often results actors being chosen for a role for only the most superficial aesthetic reasons. But sometimes fan casting hits upon such a perfect and obvious pairing of actor and part that anything less will seem like a disappointment (e.g. Nathan Fillion in Uncharted). That’s definitely the case for Mortal Kombat now that we’ve seen how unbelievable Gal Gadot would look as Kitana. Check it out:

Well, I’m sold. As always, BossLogic delivers a flawless victory, taking fantasy casting from our imaginations and realizing it in spectacular fashion, showing how perfect Gal Gadot would be as Princess Kitana in a Mortal Kombat movie. In addition to Gal Gadot looking like the traditional depiction of Kitana in the Mortal Kombat video games, BossLogic also notes how the actress looks similar to original Kitana actress Talisa Soto from the 1995 movie.

Kitana is one of the staples of the Mortal Kombat franchise and has been around since 1993’s Mortal Kombat II. She is the princess of the realm Edenia and the adopted daughter of franchise villain, Emperor Shao Kahn. Originally a villain and assassin for her stepfather, Kitana eventually turned on Shao Kahn to side with the Earthrealmers like Liu Kang to fight against him.

BossLogic’s image shows Kitana as beautiful and mysterious and everything we’ve seen from Gal Gadot indicates that she could nail such a role. In both the Fast and Furious franchise as Gisele and when we first meet her Diana Prince in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she has an air of mystery about her, with her beauty concealing the danger just beneath the surface. That sounds a lot like Kitana.

Gal Gadot obviously has the looks to play the gorgeous and deadly Kitana, but she has also proven to have the action chops as well. Some doubted her as Wonder Woman when she was cast, but she has since completely silenced those notions, proving to be a believable physical presence onscreen. So she could definitely pick up a pair of Japanese war fans and get her ninja on as Kitana in a Mortal Kombat movie.

First things first though, there needs to be a Mortal Kombat movie for her to be in, and the reboot seems to be stuck on the loading screen at the moment. When last we heard, commercial director Simon McQuoid was attached to helm the film with Aquaman director James Wan on board to produce the reboot through his Atomic Monster production company. Back in July, James Wan said that the film was still in early development so we may be waiting on casting for a while.

Yet, if this reboot gets off the Outworld ground, and if Kitana is a character in the movie, it doesn’t seem impossible this fantasy casting could become reality. After all, the Mortal Kombat reboot is happening at Warner Bros. and Gal Gadot is already part of the Warner Bros. family thanks to her role as Wonder Woman.

While you await the Mortal Kombat reboot, there are plenty of other movies worth seeing over the holiday season, check them out in our Holiday Movie Guide. For all the latest in fan casting and fatalities, keep it locked on CinemaBlend.

Alicia Silverstone Claims Her Son Doesn’t Need Medicine Thanks To Vegan Lifestyle

Alicia Silverstone is a proud vegan. She’s also a proud mother, and the Clueless actress feels the two go hand-in-hand in some ways. The film and television star believes that, thanks to the family’s vegan lifestyle, her son has never needed medicine. Here’s what the actress and PETA spokesperson said about the matter.

The surprising quote came from Alicia Silverstone’s conversation with Page Six. When talking about her 7-year-old son, Bear Blu Jarecki, she claims that because he has been raised on the vegan lifestyle, he has “never” needed to take medicine, with only the occasional cold ever making him sick from time-to-time. Since he’s being raised healthy and he’s eating healthy, Silverstone claims the green lifestyle does a whole lot of good for him.

Alicia Silverstone has been a very outspoken vegan throughout the past two decades. In fact, she claims she first became a vegan around the age of 21, and the 42-year-old actress has remained a vegan throughout that span of time. Alas, it has an uphill battle for her to make the conversation more socially accepted. She claims there were times where she had to explain what it meant to be a vegan, and how it brought her so many unique benefits.

Yeah, some people are still completely “As IF” about being vegan, but at least they have a better understanding of the concept. But Alicia Silverstone hasn’t backed down. She’s built a second lifestyle for herself based on her vegan beliefs. She’s written cookbooks for vegans, and she has spoken out in many public settings about what it means to be a vegan, and how abstaining from all animal products has served her and her son well throughout the years.

Still, this revelation is definitely a very surprising one. Even with the benefits that are often prescribed to vegans, one would think not needing medicine would be mentioned more regularly by others. But Alicia Silverstone was just speaking for herself and her son at this point. If the takeaway is that her son has had a pretty healthy life so far, good for him. We can only hope it stays that way.

For more updates on celebrities, pop culture and more, you can be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for all the latest scoop.

Nintendo’s New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Promo Is Way Better With A Soundtrack

Nintendo launched a new trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and, while it’s got plenty of action and fun, the internet has improved the ad tremendously by plugging in a soundtrack.

The above trailer is the official Nintendo offering. It begins with Joe Average Gamer looking at a massive mural of the cast of Smash Bros., which comes to life in painterly animations featuring folks like Mario, Kirby, Samus, Princess Zelda and more doing battle. Again, there’s nothing wrong with the trailer, it’s just missing a little extra pizazz. So, of course, the internet came to the rescue.

While the original trailer features battle cries, sound effects from various Nintendo games and the like, it turns out the action gets cranked all the way up to 11 if you drop in an appropriate song. This first example comes from Twitter user Brad Ward, who decided to match the action with a tune pulled straight from Kingdom Hearts III. The somber yet hopeful song fits the scene of Nintendo characters fighting rather nicely, especially now that we know the Smash Bros. campaign will begin with every character except for Kirby being wiped out of existence.

And then we have some custom creations done by Bob Chipman, who decided to be an overachiever and make a whole bunch of new trailers for Smash. First up is the super appropriate “Little Fighter,” by White Lion. And then, of course, a little something-something from Aerosmith.

And then there’s this one over on Zion Kraze’s YouTube page, which combines the trailer with the orchestral rock version of “Rain Maker.” This one, in particular, works so well that we wouldn’t fault anyone for thinking this song actually belongs with the trailer.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: What would the trailer look like if it was matched to the soundtrack from The Matrix Reloaded? Thankfully, Imanol Barriuso has got you covered.

There are quite a few more of these out there on the internet, which is pretty impressive considering the fact that the original trailer didn’t go live all that long ago. There were a few I saw last night that were fantastic but, regrettably, I can’t seem to track them down now. So if you’ve stumbled upon a classic, be sure to share it in the comments below so we can all applaud or groan at the most recent creations.

As for the actual game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch on Dec. 7, so we’re only a few weeks out from actually being able to play the game. The roster is finalized at this point, though Nintendo has announced that five DLC fighters are planned to roll out over the next year or so. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to see the game in action yet, maybe you can drop by one of Nintendo’s ongoing holiday events.

Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Is Dead At 95

There are a lot of people who have played a role in Marvel Comics becoming so successful, but arguably the most well-known of this large group is Stan Lee. From writer and producer to cameo extraordinaire, Lee wore a lot of hats in his decades contributing to Marvel, but unfortunately, word has come in that Lee has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, an ambulance rushed Stan Lee from his home early this morning and transported him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is where he died. No specific cause of death was disclosed, although Lee had suffered from several health problems over the last year, like pneumonia and vision issues.

Venom Just Passed Justice League At The Box Office

If you were to compile a list of the top ten most popular comic book characters, there’s a solid possibility that Venom wouldn’t make that list. Three characters who almost certainly would are Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, DC’s trinity of heroes who form the core of the Justice League. That’s part of what makes Venom‘s commercial performance so impressive, as Sony’s Spider-Verse flick has now passed Warner Bros.’ Justice League at the box office.

The symbiote felled Superman and Co. on the strength of its opening in China, where the film debuted this past Friday. After a $34.2 million opening day in China, Venom exceeded expectations and then some, raking in a $111 million opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. That, along with the money Venom made domestically and in other markets over the weekend, vaults Sony’s film to almost $675 million worldwide, well above Justice League‘s $657.9 million total, as noted by Cnet.

The $111 million Chinese opening is the best any Sony film has ever done in the country and it is the second best opening for a superhero movie there, behind Avengers: Infinity War‘s $191 million. Venom isn’t done either; it still has the rest of its run in China and other overseas markets to go, as well as what’s left of its domestic run, which pulled in $4.85 million this weekend.

Venom currently sits at $206.2 million at the domestic box office, which still trails Justice League‘s $229 million, but in terms of total dollars from all markets, Venom has easily surpassed Justice League. This fact might seem like a way to rub salt in Justice League‘s wounds, but it does tell us a lot about how remarkable Venom‘s performance has been.

Movie fans that follow comic book films and the box office closely approached both Venom and Justice League with trepidation, the former because of its lack of an R rating and the absence of Spider-Man, and the latter because of the track record of previous DCEU films. Yet it is hard to argue that the characters of Justice League don’t have more name recognition and brand awareness than Venom among the laymen.

Justice League also followed the financial successes, if not critical, of Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman, the latter two of which both crossed $800 million worldwide. So there was an established product to build upon. Justice League also fared better than Venom critically, but audiences seemed to connect with the parasite in a way they didn’t with DC’s finest.

Perhaps it is the appeal of an anti-hero or a superhero movie that appeared different than what audiences are used to, but either way, Venom‘s success is impressive and made all the more so by what it has surpassed, like Justice League.

So while Warner Bros. is seemingly reorganizing and taking things one step at a time following several missteps, Sony’s universe and a Venom sequel are likely full steam ahead. Sony’s Spider-Verse already had a bunch of films in the works, and now, given the audience reception and box office of the Tom Hardy movie, Sony is in a position to challenge for the #2 spot on the superhero cinematic universe leaderboard.

Check out our Holiday Movie Guide to see what you can look forward to at the theater in the coming months, and for all the latest in superhero cinematic universes and box office news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Why Doctor Who Season 11 Still Hasn’t Completely Won Me Over

There’s a lot I love about Doctor Who Season 11. Jodie Whittaker’s performances have been phenomenal, and Graham might be my favorite companion of all time. The visual effects have gotten a massive upgrade, and we’ve gotten some pretty entertaining new villains as well. Despite this, there’s one thing about the new season that’s kept me from praising it in the highest regard, and until it includes past characters and brings back some familiarity, I’m not sure I can.

It’s an issue that, prior to the start of Doctor Who Season 11, I didn’t think I would have. Hell, there was even a part of me twitching with excitement when Chris Chibnall announced at San Diego Comic-Con they had yet to use a familiar enemy to that point during filming. After all, new enemies mean new species, and a chance for the lore to expand even further. What’s not to love about that?

To that point, I think Doctor Who has done a rather solid job establishing some fascinating new creatures with promising futures in the show’s universe. The Stenza race are outright terrifying, the Vajarian’s are grotesquely beautiful, and who doesn’t want to unleash a Pting on a Dalek army just to see what happens?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine how that would even happen at the moment because the current world doesn’t even seem like one the Daleks are involved in. There’s been little mention of the Doctor’s past greatest foes, what they may be up to and why we haven’t seen them. As a fan, I find it highly unlikely a classic Doctor Who villain race has yet to cross paths with Whittaker’s Doctor, especially considering how frequent they’ve emerged in the past.

Chris Chibnall has done a really good job changing things up in Doctor Who, but he’s done a real disservice to the series thus far in his complete disregard of past seasons. It feels like I’m watching a new show with the same name, and while I enjoy it, there were bits of the old that he could and should use that would make it that much better.

For example, one of my greatest past joys of the Doctor’s regeneration was to see how it affects their personality. Seeing what the new Doctor was like was only half the fun, however, as there was the added joy of seeing that new Doctor interact with classic franchise characters and gauge their reactions to the Doctor’s new look. It’s something we haven’t had happen in Season 11 yet, which is a real shame.

An even greater shame is that we haven’t seen Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor face the same villains, as that’s where the true personality differences between Doctors can be seen. David Tennant’s Doctor would not face the Weeping Angels the same way Matt Smith’s Doctor would, at least mentally. The same goes for Eccleston’s Doctor as well as Capaldi’s, and while at their core they’re all still a brilliant time traveler, each one had a different method of facing a familiar problem.

For all their differences, none of those Doctors are as different from each other as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is to them. Whittaker’s Doctor is unsure of herself, a celebrity name dropper and someone who relies on her companions perhaps more than any Doctor since the reboot. One can draw lots of similarities between the four Doctors the preceded her, but it’s really hard to equate the current Doctor’s personality to any post-reboot Doctor.

It’s what makes the prospect of Whittaker’s Doctor taking on a classic villain so damn intriguing. Imagine her, right now, in a battle against the Weeping Angels. In my mind, it’s such a different encounter than any other Doctor’s previous adventures and a way of creating a measuring stick of Whittaker’s performance versus her colleagues.

This is another huge point against Doctor Who Season 11 because, without familiarity, there can be no true way to compare her performance to those that came before her. While that may have been intentional given the uphill battle Whittaker faced as the first female Doctor, it’s a necessary part of the fan experience. If it weren’t, every conversation between every Doctor Who fan ever wouldn’t begin with “Who’s your favorite Doctor?”

Granted, the argument has been made that the reason Season 11 is so different is so that brand new audiences could get involved in the series. It’s a noble and valid excuse, but on the same token, somewhat of a copout. If Chris Chibnall really wanted to include a classic Doctor Who villain in the very next episode, he absolutely could, and he’s got three characters capable of making the introduction of said villain seamless and organic.

All it would take is Yasmin, Ryan, or Graham saying “Hey what’s a X,” and the groundwork has been laid for The Doctor to explain to them and the new audience exactly what this “new” foe is all about. New Doctor Who fans don’t need to know the extended history of these aliens to enjoy them, just the base level explanation will do. Seriously, how hard would it be to explain a Dalek in three lines?

Let me state once again that I really enjoy Season 11 of Doctor Who. I also really enjoy the past 13 years of Doctor Who and don’t think it should be retconned simply for the sake of new viewers. It alienates classic fans who’ve stuck with the series for years, and again, robs them of an opportunity to see Jodie Whittaker tackle the same situations some of the most iconic Doctors to date have faced.

If Season 11 is devoid of classic foes, I’d really hope Chris Chibnall has a plan in place for slowly incorporating them into future storylines. I don’t doubt that he will given his past writing chops for Doctor Who, but I am a bit surprised we haven’t seen many connections now over halfway through the season. It’s worrisome to me as a longtime fan, and feels somewhat dishonest to act like it doesn’t bother me the further we go.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more on fall television and what’s coming up before the end of 2018, visit our fall premiere guide.

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Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Is Getting A Christmas Special, Watch The First Trailer

When Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t being sued by real-life Satanists, its characters apparently celebrate Christmas — just like many mortals who don’t practice dark magic and devil devotion. The all-purpose “holiday season” is actually a perfect time for a Chilling special on the Winter Solstice, which Sabrina Spellman is getting December 14. Netflix shared a sizzle reel teasing all of its upcoming holiday content, including clips from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale:

Love how Aunt Hilda (by far the best character on the show, don’t argue) even references hunkering down to watch Christmas movies. She seems like she’d be a big Hallmark fan, despite starring on Netflix.

Sabrina launched its 10-episode first season October 26 on Netflix. The official synopsis for Midwinter’s Tale suggests it will be a standalone episode, as well as something of a bridge between Season 1 and Season 2:

Good for them for finding the perfect angle to join the rest of Netflix’s Christmas content. Half-witch, half-human Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) lost both of her parents long ago, but it sounds like she’s going to try to contact her late human mother via a séance. That has potential to be a heartwarming and/or heartbreaking moment.

Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also shared this adorably Harry Potter-ish solstice card to tease the episode:

OK, but “Praise Satan! I mean, Praise Santa!” is pretty classic, no? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also the showrunner of The CW’s Riverdale, and even though the shows are very different and on different networks, they exist in the same universe.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 is now available for streaming on Netflix. It has already been renewed for Season 2, although no release date has been announced at this point. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale premieres Friday, Dec. 14 on the streamer. Here are more Christmas TV movies and episodes you might enjoy watching on Netflix. Check out what else is ahead in our fall 2018 TV premiere guide.