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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Dark Elves Were Almost in Thanos’s Army; Howard the Duck Was in the Script From the Beginning [Interview]

Of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World holds the lowest percentage on Rotten Tomatoes (it’s currently at 66%). So it was surprising to see that film play such a significant role in Avengers: Endgame, and according to the visual effects supervisor who oversaw Endgame‘s final battle, there was almost another callback to The Dark World in the form of dark elves serving in Thanos’s army. That ended up not happening in the end, but read on for a break...
Tags: New York, Movies, Interviews, Features, Sequels, Army, Thanos, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Ilm, Howard, Kong, Aitken, Kevin Feige, Wakanda, Russo


‘Avengers: Endgame’ Final Battle Secrets Revealed: How the Biggest Shots Came Together, Captain Marvel, Cap Wielding Mjolnir, and More [Interview]

The final confrontation in Avengers: Endgame is one of the most scenes in comic book movie history. It’s as if a comic splash page came to life, grabbed a basketball, and windmill dunked on the airport fight in Captain America: Civil War. The Endgame battle is a fight between good and evil on a truly tremendous scale, full of the type of jaw-dropping, “holy shit” moments that make you wonder how any other film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will ever be able to top it. We’ll have to wait and ...
Tags: New York, Movies, Interviews, Marvel, America, Atlanta, Features, Iron Man, Sequels, Norway, Thor, Chris Pratt, Thanos, Valkyrie, Avengers, Visual Effects


Facebook is pivoting

“The future is private,” said Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook’s roadmap, after conceding “we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly.” But it’s easy to see why he would genuinely want that … now. Facebook’s seemingly endless series of privacy debacles have been disastrous for the company’s reputation. Not its revenue, mind you; but revenue is famously a lagging indicator in the tech industry. Companies which, like Facebook, effectively become utilities, te...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Craigslist, Opinion, Senate, Facebook Messenger, Zuckerberg, Wakanda, LiveJournal, Facebook One, Facebook Marketplace


‘Avengers: Endgame’: All the Shots Manipulated in Trailers and Cut from the Movie

Before Avengers: Endgame hit theaters, directors Anthony & Joe Russo confirmed that the trailers and TV spots were already misleading viewers with manipulated shots that wouldn’t appear in the final movie as they do in the marketing campaign. That wasn’t surprising since one of the cornerstone shots of Avengers: Infinity War marketing was one of The Avengers charging into battle in Wakanda that never actually appeared in the movie. We didn’t know just how many shots were manipulated or cut from...
Tags: Movies, Sequels, Thor, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Hawkeye, Hulk, Brie Larson, Upstate New York, Bruce Banner, Cap, Wakanda, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Scott Lang, Comic Book/Superhero


The Final Battle of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Puts ‘Infinity War’ to Shame – But Not Because It’s Bigger

It’s all been leading to this. Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the biggest superhero movie ever in terms of size and scale, taking that title from last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. But even after multiple viewings, Infinity War‘s gigantic Battle of Wakanda has never quite landed for me – and now that Endgame has arrived, its own colossal final battle sequence creates a stark comparison (ha!) between the two. Here’s why Endgame‘s climactic action scene put...
Tags: Movies, America, Features, Sequels, Thanos, Infinity Gauntlet, Avengers, Peter Jackson, Marvel Studios, Vision, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America, Wakanda, Tony Stark, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure


How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Affects ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

Avengers: Endgame seems to place a dramatic period at the end of the Infinity Saga, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently confirmed that Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will actually conclude with Spider-Man: Far From Home later this summer. How will the events of Endgame impact that movie? Join us for a spoiler-filled discussion below. Warning: this article contains massive spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. If you have not seen that film yet, turn back now. How Endg...
Tags: New York, Movies, Features, Iron Man, Sequels, Oakland, Thanos, Avengers, Amy Pascal, Marvel Studios, Thompson, Peter, Tony, Ned, Kevin Feige, Wakanda


The Status of Every Major MCU Character After ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Avengers: Endgame has been billed as a final chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, and, well, it is. Definitively. While there are still plenty of adventures to be had and sequels to be made, watching this film is like turning the final page of a large book. There’s a powerful sense of closure, even as you know a second volume is on the way. But this movie gives us a chance to regroup and find our bearings. It puts the remaining pieces of the Marvel universe together so we can...
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Let’s Talk About the Nerdy Logistical Paradoxes of ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Avengers: Endgame is an awesome movie. I want to put that up front because I don’t want this post to come off as me just complaining about logic or potential plot flaws. Well, I will nerdily complain about both of those things, but it’s all in fun. So, if you’ve seen the finale of Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga, let’s dive in. And here is your major spoiler warning. We’re going to be talking about plot elements that were kept out of every trailer. If you haven’t seen the movie, you shouldn’t be ...
Tags: New York, Movies, Disney, America, Earth, Features, Thor, Thanos, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Captain America, Hulk, Steve, Hydra, Loki, Tony


All of the Black Panther Easter Eggs

BEGIN SLIDESHOW All of the Black Panther Easter Eggs Our recaps of the Easter eggs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue with the king of Wakanda himself, Black Panther! The character made his debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War but quickly followed up with his own solo movie, breaking box office records around the world in the process! Check out the Black Panther Easter Eggs in the gallery below and see our other Easter Egg series here: PB = PB ||...
Tags: Movies, Andy Serkis, Avengers, Ryan Coogler, Easter Eggs, Chadwick Boseman, Wakanda, ComingSoon, Michael B Jordan Lupita Nyong, Iron Man MoviesAll, Thor MoviesAll, America MoviesAll, StrangeAll


Our 15 Favorite Moments From the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films (Before Avengers: Endgame)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken us all on quite a ride. From assembling the Avengers to going cosmic with the Guardians, or visiting Wakanda with Black Panther, these past 11 years and 21 movies have produced a lot of incredible moments. But what are your favorites? The moments that have stuck with you years…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers, Marvel Studios, The Avengers, Black Panther, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America Civil War, Wakanda, Captain Marvel, Thor Ragnarok, Captain America The Winter Soldier, Captain America The First Avenger, Spider Man Homecoming, Avengers Endgame


The Six Essential Marvel Movies You Must Rewatch Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Now that we’ve seen Avengers: Endgame (which is absolutely fantastic), we can tell you how to be fully prepared for this monumental pop culture event. Yes, there are 21 films in total that precede this movie, and Avengers: Endgame somehow offers an epic conclusion to each and every one of them. But you don’t need to remember every single one in order to fully enjoy this sequel. We’ve put together a list of the six most essential movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you should watch (or ...
Tags: Hope, Movies, New York City, America, Earth, Iron-Man, Queens, Bradley Cooper, Sequels, United Nations, Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Thor, Thanos, Avengers


Road to Endgame: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Puts Everything Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Stand For at Stake

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In part two of our look at  Avengers: Infinity War : confused action, and a cliffhanger that asks, “Who are the Avengers?” ) [Read part one of our giant look at Avengers: Infinity War here ] The first big action scene in Avengers: Infinity War unfolds when Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbat...
Tags: Movies, Earth, Features, Manhattan, Thor, Road, Thanos, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Vision, Avengers: Infinity War, Paul Bettany, Wakanda, Tom Holland, Ultron, WETA Digital


Road to Endgame: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a Gargantuan Unravelling of Marvel’s Strengths and Flaws

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In Part One of our two-part look at  Avengers: Infinity War : how Thanos and the Infinity Stones rewrite our favourite heroes.) Avengers: Infinity War stormed through the 2018 blockbuster landscape, one-upping the industry-wide shift in tone, scale and narrative priorities Marvel had ushered in over a decade. The film combined eight existing franchises to del...
Tags: Movies, America, Features, Pentagon, Thor, Road, Thanos, Avengers, Wanda, Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War, Paul Bettany, Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe, U S Department of Defense, Wakanda


Road to Endgame: ‘Black Panther’ is Afrofuturist Fantasy That Reveals the Best and Worst of America

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition:  Black Panther , a Marvel film that finally tries to be honest about American politics) Black Panther is a sprawling superhero epic, the likes of which American cinema has never seen — or heard, for that matter, given the prominence of its African accents, treated anywhere from average to heroic; a far cry from the usual villainous or deris...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Marvel, America, Features, Road, Avengers, Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios, Captain America, Lagos, Black-Panther, Erik, Tribe, Fruitvale Station, Wakanda


‘Coming to America’ Sequel Recruits Oscar-Winning ‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter

Coming to America is making a fashionable comeback. The endlessly quotable, deeply hilarious 1988 comedy classic starring Eddie Murphy was the essential clash of cultures story, following a crown prince of a fictional wealthy African nation who decides to find romance in America. So it’s appropriate that for the Coming 2 America costumes, the sequel is looking to the costume designer of yet another fictional wealthy African nation. Ruth E. Carter has been tapped to design the costumes for the C...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Instagram, America, Sequels, Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy, Black Panther, Carter, Murphy, Wakanda, Black America, Arsenio Hall, Coming to America, Coming to America 2, Ruth E. Carter


Thirteen Films That Highlight the Best in Humanity

With the Oscars coming up, it’s time once again to give out the Greater Goodies, which honor movies from the past year that exemplify the keys to our well-being, like curiosity, purpose, compassion, and love. There are some prominent themes in this year’s crop. The Pixar short film Bao, the Lebanese movie Capernaum, and the American indies Leave No Trace and Eighth Grade all explore the process of children becoming independent from their parents, with the pain and pride that entails. Blindspott...
Tags: Florida, Hollywood, London, Parenting, Yosemite, California, Singapore, Adele, Atlantic, Mexico City, Freddie Mercury, Nick Young, Oakland, Pixar, UC Berkeley, Lebanon


Chadwick Boseman Plugs Gritty ‘21 Bridges’ as ‘Black Panther’ Follow-Up

When you’re king of Wakanda, you get big applauses just for showing up. “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman didn’t come to CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show unfolding this week in Las Vegas, to plug another “Avengers” movie. He was here to promote “21 Bridges,” a gritty action thriller that finds Boseman playing a […]
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Breakdown: It All Comes Back to Thanos

This morning, tickets went on sale for Avengers: Endgame. And just in case there were some people out there who weren’t already sold on this movie, Marvel Studios released a short new trailer with tons of new footage. Even though the story is still very much under wraps, there’s a lot to pore over, including getting a better idea of the timeline of the movie. So without further adieu, let’s get into this latest Avengers Endgame trailer breakdown. The new trailer opens with a very ominous sco...
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Toys Reveal Final Team Line-Up, Thanos’ New Weapon

As the release date for Avengers: Endgame nears, we’re left to pore over the dozens of new toys released ahead of the Marvel Studios movie. But the Endgame toys give us more hints about the highly anticipated comic book movie than you’d think. New outfits, new weapons, and new Hulkbusters abound in the slew of Avengers: Endgame toy lines that have been announced, including LEGO sets, Funko Pops, action figures, and more. So let’s pick through the details and figure out what will make it into th...
Tags: Toys, Movies, New York City, Lego, Sequels, Black Widow, Thanos, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Mark Ruffalo, Hawkeye, Hulk, Grey, Bruce, Bruce Banner, Ruffalo


‘Avengers: Endgame’ 3D Trailer Reveals Villains Removed from Key Sequence

Directors Anthony & Joe Russo already admitted that we can’t entirely trust what we’re seeing in the trailers for Avengers: Endgame. The directing duo has confirmed that some shots in the film’s marketing either won’t be in the movie or have been manipulated with visual effects to include or remove certain elements to mislead audiences. And now we have evidence of one of those changes in the most recently released trailer for the movie. But beware of potential spoilers from here on out. In th...
Tags: New York, Movies, Lego, Sequels, Reddit, Thanos, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Anthony, Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye, Wakanda, Joe Russo, Comic Book/Superhero, Disney/Pixar, Anthony Joe Russo


(Not So) Famous Firsts – Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler has only directed three feature films, but he’s already attained the success very few filmmakers ever attain in their careers. Coogler not only revived a dead franchise for a new generation (Creed, which made people remember the Rocky series wasn’t always meant to be American Cold War propaganda) and has scored one of the biggest artistic successes of the most popular genre in the world (Black Panther, the first Marvel film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.) He’s made a star out o...
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AK Monthly Recap: February 2019

What’s the best thing that could have happened this month? I became an auntie again! My beautiful friend welcomed an adorable baby boy to the world and that, more than anything, made this month special. I’ve been an auntie for ten months now and it is one of my favorite roles I’ve ever had. I love having a few special kids in my life, watching them grow, and knowing that I’ll be a loving, supportive adult in their lives. Beyond that, this was a month of being a workhorse and not being super soc...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Japan, Hbo, Wtf, New York, London, Featured, Jennifer Lawrence, Maryland, Stephen Colbert, Washington, Mexico, Stanford, Boston, Massachusetts


The Gifted EP Breaks Down Season 2 Finales Final Twist, [Spoiler]s Death and the Current Renewal Outlook

It was the worst of times and then it was the best of times for The Gifted, as Fox’s Marvel mutant drama brought Season 2 to an explosive close. While still reeling from the loss of Clarice, Johnny and the ersatz Mutant Underground — now counting Lorna and Andy among its ranks again — aimed to thwart Reeva’s plan to literally topple government institutions. Along the way, Johnny let loose his inner Thunderbird in the name of taking a bullet or 100 for the team as they fled a Purifier militia, ...
Tags: China, Religion, Fox, John, Andy, Tca, Reed, Blair, Johnny, Lauren, Redford, Esme, Wakanda, Caitlin, Marcos, Lorna


Black Panther Makes History By Winning 3 Oscars

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Black Panther makes history by winning 3 Oscars As superhero movies continue to takeover the box office, they took the center stage last night at 91st Academy Awards with Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse taking home awards for Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Animation, respectively. Black Panther made history by winning three Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score, making it the most-awarded superhero movie in th...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Brooklyn, Sony, Oscars, Phil Lord, Ryan Coogler, Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures Animation, Black Panther, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Highland Center, Wakanda, Christopher Miller, Miles Morales, Movie News


Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter Makes History As First Black Person to Win Oscar for Best Costume Design

The 91st annual Academy Awards are being held tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and “Black Panther” took home the Oscar for Best Costume Design.And the #Oscars winner is… pic.twitter.com/HZg4AaRab6— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 25, 2019 The win is also a historic one for costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who made history as the FIRST black person to win at the Academy Awards, thanks to her work in making the Afro-futuristic outfits seen in “Black Panther.”The award also marks the ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, History, Pop Culture, Jazz, Spike Lee, Academy Awards, Ryan Coogler, The Oscars, Chadwick Boseman, Malcolm X, Carter, Mary Poppins, Wakanda, Black History, Mary Zophres


Oscars 2019: Melissa McCarthy, a cape and all your ‘Favourite’ rabbits

Melissa McCarthy presented the award for best costume design with Brian Tyree Henry, and if you hadn’t seen “The Favourite” you probably didn’t get the joke. McCarthy wore an old-fashioned ruffed collar and long, long train befitting Queen Anne, the character played by Oscar nominee Olivia Colman in “The Favourite,” and all of it was covered in plush rabbits, a nod to that character’s beloved pets. Related links Oscars 2019: See photos of the awards show, the winners and the behind the sce...
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Mondo ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Destroyer’ Posters Go On Sale Tomorrow

While a Best Picture win for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther seems unlikely at the Oscars this weekend, fans will be able to celebrate the character by snagging two new Mondo posters that will be available for purchase tomorrow. Plus, the fantastic Nicole Kidman cop drama Destroyer also gets the Mondo treatment in a piece that strikingly depicts downtown Los Angeles as a collection of loaded guns. Mondo Black Panther Posters Artist Martin Ansin created these posters for last year’s 10 Years...
Tags: Art, Movies, Drama, Los Angeles, Nicole Kidman, Marvel Studios, Mondo, Martin Ansin, Kidman, Wakanda, Olly Moss, Karyn Kusama, Paul Scheer, Annapurna Pictures, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure


Black Panther Dominated Trailer Views on YouTube for 91st Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees

It's Wakanda forever on YouTube, as the trailer for Black Panther tallied the most views on the Google-owned video site among Best Picture nominees for the 91st Academy Awards, which will be handed out Sunday night (Feb. 24). The Best Picture nominees by trailer views as of Feb. 15 follow (2018 box office sales in...
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Will Disney ever build a Wakanda theme park land?

If “Black Panther” wins the Academy Award for best picture this weekend, I wish the producers behind the Marvel super hero movie would celebrate their Oscar by shouting “I’m going to Disneyland!” Because there’s no film location out there right now that I’d rather see re-created as a theme park land than Wakanda. Sure, Disneyland is getting a new Star Wars land this summer. Then a Stark Industries-themed super hero land is coming to Disney California Adventure the year after that. No one would b...
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Will Disney ever build a ‘Black Panther’ Wakanda theme park land?

If “Black Panther” wins the Academy Award for best picture this weekend, I wish the producers behind the Marvel super hero movie would celebrate their Oscar by shouting “I’m going to Disneyland!” Because there’s no film location out there right now that I’d rather see re-created as a theme park land than Wakanda. Sure, Disneyland is getting a new Star Wars land this summer. Then a Stark Industries-themed super hero land is coming to Disney California Adventure the year after that. No one would b...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Soccer, Harry Potter, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Trump, Mickey Mouse, Anaheim, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, Hogwarts, Challa, Wakanda, Disney California Adventure, Stark Industries, Disney California