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Despite hitting theaters a year ago, Avengers: Endgame continues to dominate pop culture. The Russo Brothers meticulously crafted the massive blockbuster, which traveled through the MCU’s timeline and featured every single hero from the franchise. This includes Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, who was revived and teleported to the battlefield courtesy of those magical portals. But some fans were left wondering why he didn’t spend more time on Earth, given that it’s technically his home planet. Luckily, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has answered that very question.
Knives Out presents itself as a classic whodunit mystery, and in many ways it is, but rather than following the detective in the story, the film is really about Marta, the dead man’s nurse, who knows more than she is letting on about the events that led to her boss’ death. Marta is viewed by the rest of the film as “the help” which in another movie would make her role a stereotype, but in Knives Out, it’s so much more.
The story, like the first one, stars Clint Eastwood as the man with no name. But this time, he has a partner in Lee Van Cleef who plays Colonel Douglas Mortimer. They team up as bounty hunters and go after the ruthless bank robber, “El Indio.” What makes this my favorite in the trilogy is the fact that Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood make such a great team, and I love how they are constantly glaring and showing off to be the more badass of the two. Another unpopular opinion, but this is also my favorite theme by Ennio Morricone. Overall, a great western and one that even non-fans of the genre will likely appreciate. Plus, you can skip A Fistful of Dollars if you want to (Even though, I suggest you watch it since it’s very good) since the two stories aren’t really connected. Nice.
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Why Hustlers Fans Will Like It: Hustlers takes place during the 2007-2008 financial crisis, which is the catalyst for Destiny, Ramona, and others to start committing crimes to make enough money to survive. The Big Short does a great job of explaining the financial crisis to those completely unaware. The film helps contextualize the situation that was going on around the Hustlers’ characters, and why things seemed so dire. It also helps show why they targeted a certain type of rich men.
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The door is open to learn more about Hawkeye
When The Avengers first joined together, they were a disparate group of heroes united by crisis – but they weren’t all strangers to one another. While it’s true that Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk all met one another shortly after Loki stole the Tesseract, it was unveiled in the story that Black Widow and Hawkeye were associates with a long history together. Going back to an earlier point, this isn’t a relationship that we’ve seen explored a hell of a lot in Marvel movies, with only bits and pieces coming to light, but the Black Widow film could change that, and impact Phase 4 at the same time.
In Coming 2 America, Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem will return to America to find his long-lost son LaVelle, who is reported to be played by Sorry To Bother You’s Jermaine Fowler. Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones is expected to be playing LaVelle’s mother, who had a one night stand with Prince Akeem back in the day. Tracy Morgan will be playing Reem, who seems to be the brother of Jones’ character and perhaps LaVelle’s father figure.
The five Sonic the Hedgehog Easter eggs highlighted in this video are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, so remember to keep your eyes peeled when checking out the movie. With a cast that included Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Tika Sumpter, the eponymous character’s first big screen appearance saw him teaming up with Sheriff Tom Wachowski and clashing with the evil Dr. Robotnik, who, like his video game counterpart, is also called Eggman, albeit for the ship he drives rather than his appearance.
The story is certainly enough to get fans all in our feels again about the memory of Alan Rickman and the iconic Severus Snape. Alongside his role of Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the actor will always be remembered for playing the Hogwarts professor, with Harry Potter, who spent most of the series at odds with Snape, eventually realizing that he was “the bravest man he ever knew.”
All it would would take for Disney to make this canon is to say “Yeah, it happened,” but in reality, that’s a whole can of worms. Confirming Marek confirms a lot of other characters, and then people would want a movie, merchandise, expanded material, the whole nine yards. With Lucasfilm all in on The High Republic, I don’t see confirming Galen Marek as a priority anytime soon, but we can continue to hope this will change one day.
The X-Men were among the first superheroes that launched what we now know as the Marvel Comics universe in the early 1960s, with others including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and The Hulk. So as James Marsden noted, there definitely was plenty of source material to pull from, and it also helped that the X-Men had risen on the popularity spectrum from the animated series that aired from 1992 to 1997.