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Spoiler warning! If you haven’t watched The Walking Dead’s “Stradivarius,” do so before reading on.
As The Walking Dead‘s resident alpha badass, Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon hasn’t commanded a lot of the show’s central storylines in recent years, at least beyond his imprisonment in the Sanctuary and his one-off tiffs with Rick. Sure, part of Daryl’s strength is that he can add additional muscle and more to everyone else’s stories, but he deserves more solo focus, especially now that Rick is gone.
Thankfully, the second time jump has added some depth to Daryl’s narrative, and “Stradivarius” shined a bigger light on where the character’s headspace is at these days. Let’s shine our own light on how things are getting more interesting.
Daryl has been out on his own for quite a while, apparently. Daryl became one with nature in the previous episode, though the circumstances behind that weren’t made clear. We still have no hard answers about why he struck out on his own, but Carol made it clear he’s been roughing it for longer than he’s letting on. Hopefully all the peace and quiet centered him a bit from his previous states of perma-rage.
He still believes Rick is alive. This is a very interesting new wrinkle for The Walking Dead to throw at fans, given how ever-expansive the franchise is getting in the near future. Daryl does have a point in saying Rick’s body was never recovered in any capacity, and if he continues to beat the drum for Rick being out there somewhere, that would be an easy way to bridge the TV show with Andrew Lincoln’s standalone Rick Grimes movies. Daryl spinoffs or we riot!
Daryl now has a dog named Dog. It can easily be argued that all Daryl has needed is a best friend to brood alongside. His literal brotherhood with Merle and figurative brotherhood with Rick didn’t scratch that itch, and Carol and Beth had too much romantic chemistry. Now, though, The Walking Dead found an absolutely perfect new addition in a dog that Daryl named Dog. For years, Norman Reedus has been calling for Daryl to get a dog, and a single episode proved how simply genius that choice was. And it’s named Dog.
Daryl serving as Henry’s mentor could be bizarrely amazing. Few Walking Dead moments make me hoot as loud as I did when Ezekiel put Henry in his place for backtalk. However, I now find myself surprisingly intrigued by Carol’s attempts to get Daryl to provide Henry with a different set of influences. Henry’s already got a father figure, so what he really needs is a fucked up uncle to teach him all the things a father wouldn’t. Daryl could indeed be that hard-nosed, zombie-squashing uncle, and Henry could turn into something awesome one day.
Those knives are working out well for him. It was previously revealed that Daryl wouldn’t be relying on his crossbow as much in Season 9, for one reason or another. He’s got a pair of knives now that he can use a lot more smoothly for close-quarters combat. Not that Daryl has left his signature piece behind or anything; he’s just showing new weapons some love now, and he looks quite natural doing it.
For now, Daryl is joining in on the hunt to find Eugene, which could mean he’ll be on the front lines when The Whisperers make their existence more widely known. Find out what happens next when The Walking Dead‘s midseason finale airs on AMC on Sunday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows will be starting up during its midseason hiatus, hit up our fall TV schedule and our midseason premiere guide.
Spoilers below for The Walking Dead’s latest episode, so be sure to watch before reading on.
The Walking Dead has many questions left to answer about this post-Rick world, but one has quickly risen above the rest, to a little over waist-high height. Of course, I’m talking about those big “X” scars that have popped up in the two most recent episodes. The first one we saw was on Michonne’s back, and we now know that Daryl has two of them (at least), along with a host of other non-X scars.
Showrunner Angela Kang has offered up some vague crumbs for fans to chew on, saying that an explanation is coming later. Here, we’re going to break down some questions we now have about the “X” scars and more.
Let’s get something out of the way immediately. Nobody gets a giant X-shaped scar on their back because they tripped and fell on some tree roots, so those wounds were nothing but intentionally delivered. The first thought would be that the communities ended up fighting another villainous community, such as the non-reformed Savior squad that Carol put a quick end to recently.
Carol’s vengeance in that situation was most certainly swift and deadly, connoting something else lurking beneath the surface. However, if someone else was responsible for giving the protagonists those injuries, I can’t imagine Michonne & Co. would have let them live long enough to attack anyone else. So who else could it be?
The comics didn’t really specify any major villain groups between Negan and the new-to-television Whisperers, so it’s hard to use the source material to guess what’s happening. Still, it’s pretty easy to conceive at least one more sizable survivor group serving as a big threat in the six years between the Then and the Now.
Because the X-shaped scars have been seen on both Michonne and Daryl, it’s easy to think that multiple people would be responsible. However, those scars presumably came from up close and personal conflict, as opposed to a projectile like a bullet or an arrow. So perhaps a trusted someone who gained access to these characters’ inner sanctums is to blame.
We know that Alexandria now has official council meetings to accept or reject new survivors, and Michonne has been extremely sensitive about the arrival of the new group. Magna has gained the most suspicion, while everyone took a shine to Luke for geeking out over artsy things. That’s just the character dichotomy needed to fuck a community over — the innocent distraction and the unseemly threat.
Will we hear legends of someone who brought a new kind of havoc into Alexandria? Could that reveal possibly tie into the long-theorized-upon Alexander Davidson, who’d been exiled from Alexandria by Deanna at one point. He was thrown out for his chaotic actions, and it wouldn’t stretch the timeline too much to buy into him (and possibly his cohorts) to lie in wait until a point when they could return with new identities. Then again, maybe Dwight came back and did it, because where is Dwight these days?
Two episodes into the time jump, two characters revealed themselves to have suffered such X-shaped injuries. There’s only one more episode left before the winter hiatus, so should we expect to see at least one more character’s marked-up back in the midseason finale? I certainly hope so, not that I want a ton of characters to have lived through the potentially horrifying situation that led to all that.
I’m most curious to learn whether or not Maggie has such an X-shaped scar on her back, since viewers are still in the dark about what specifically made her leave the Hilltop to join Georgie’s crew wherever they are. Her rage against Negan’s survival seemed to dissipate when she saw how broken and miserable he was in his cell, so could she have been driven out by whatever caused the specific scarring? Or was it just limited among those in Alexandria?
Since Michonne and Daryl have them, one might easily assume that all the major characters have them, such as the aforementioned Maggie, Jesus, Aaron, Tara, Rosita, Gabriel and the rest. That’s not necessarily the case, though, and discovering who else has those scars could be a big clue about where they came from. I doubt Judith and new arrival R.J. have them, for instance, although I can’t even be sure of that.
It was pretty surprising to see that Daryl had two different X-shaped scars on his back, along with others slashes that made me wonder if he had a side gig fighting bears during the time gap. We only got to see the lower part of Michonne’s back in the previous episode, so it’s unclear if she only had the one, or if her upper back was similarly covered in past injuries.
It’s not very feasible for Michonne to share the exact same scars as Daryl, but even the one X-shaped similarity already throws general logic into the wind. The exactness of the lower back as the main location could be as much of a clue about what happened as the identities of the other characters who share them.
Could it be that whoever was responsible actually did the whole “stolen organ” urban legend? Probably not, since that would be silly. But what if Michonne, Daryl and others didn’t have something taken away, but had something implanted inside them. This is about the time the arguments start up about the government being responsible for the walker outbreak, so let’s drop that one.
Once again, because Michonne and Daryl’s scars share such a specific shape and location, it opens up the realm of possibilities about their origins. It’s vaguely possible that the protagonists themselves were responsible for the X marks.
The back scar sort of matches up to where Rick had gotten impaled on that rebar. In lieu of colored ribbons or easily accessible tattoo guns, perhaps everyone decided in solidarity to get matching scars or brandings to remember Rick’s bridge-exploding sacrifice. Seems a bit more extreme than hanging handprints on the wall, but it’s possible.
It’s also possible that Daryl and Michonne are the only two people with those scars, and that they were the result of voluntary organ donation. (As opposed to the urban legend angle.) Could it be that someone needed some kind of a transplant at one point, and Michonne and Daryl offered up their organs to save someone’s life? Somebody interrogate Siddiq and Enid!
Let’s hope we learn more about these scars sooner rather than later. The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET, with just one episode left to go in the first half of Season 9. To see what shows you can get invested in once the walkers are hibernating, head to our fall premiere schedule and our midseason TV guide.
Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Doctor Who Season 11 episode “Kerblam!” Read at your own discretion.
Doctor Who Season 11 hasn’t exuded a ton of expected familiarity in its first leg of episodes, but the second half could be a different story. The episode “Kerblam!” just managed to reference four different Doctors’ plights across three moments, which may mean some classic elements are slowly but surely working their way back into the franchise. Here are the incidents in question, as well as the Doctors that were referenced.
Doctor Who‘s most obvious nod to yesteryear was in the package the Doctor received from Kerblam! industries at the start of the episode. The Doctor forgot she’d ordered anything, and indicated it may have been because she made the order a long time ago. Her instincts appeared to be correct, as the package contained a brand new Fez, which was a trademark of Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor.
This is the first mention of Kerblam! within the Doctor Who franchise, so there was no past episode where Matt Smith’s Doctor popped online and ordered a fez. The nod was appreciated all the same, and it was quite marvelous when Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor popped the hat on her head and asked if it still suited her. Let’s now hope Matt Smith saw the episode and contacts Chris Chibnall to be in a future episode that’ll bring more than just his “cool” hat into the picture.
Season 11 viewers should know by now that Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is a celebrity name-dropper. When the mention of wasps made her think of Agatha Christie, though, Doctor Who fans’ reference radars should’ve gone berserk. The Doctor had a full-on adventure with the mystery novelist that took place during David Tennant’s run as the Tenth Doctor. Specifically, it was for the episode titled “The Unicorn and the Wasp.”
In the memorable Doctor Who installment, The Doctor and Donna teamed up with Agatha Christie to defeat an extraterrestrial wasp from the Silfrax Galaxy. They eventually defeated the creature, but the event gave Christie amnesia. The Doctor and Donna drop her off at a hotel and go on their way. The acknowledgment of the episode in “Kerblam!’ was a great easter egg, and perhaps also a reminder of how odd and great David Tennant’s run as the Doctor truly was.
The Doctor has used Venusian Aikido for the second time in Season 11, ranking her with two other incarnations of the Doctor who used the defensive techniques frequently. The fighting style was first revealed by Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor in the original run of Doctor Who, and he used it quite often throughout his five seasons. While Venusian Akido has been used by post-Pertwee Doctors in books and audio plays, its next television appearance didn’t happen until Number Twelve.
Peter Capaldi’s Doctor also used Venusian Aikido a couple of times during his run, so Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor now has that connection with her immediate predecessor. Both times she’s used it, some type of gun was involved, so perhaps Doctor Who audiences should expect Thirteen to utilize those skills any time a weapon like that is drawn. Let’s just hope she’s still practicing precaution, since an extended pressure point hold can result in permanent paralysis to the recipient!
Two sequels and a remake don’t necessarily sound like the best recipe for a big slate of movies, but there are plenty of reasons to get excited for this week’s lineup of films. A young boxer returns to the ring. A former video game bad guy hits the interwebs. And a dude robs from the rich and gives to the poor. Get ready for Creed II, Ralph Breaks the Internet and _Robin Hood. _
Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
When we last left Adonis “Creed” Johnson, he’d become light heavyweight champion of the world, he gained a surrogate father figure in Rocky Balboa, he got the girl, and he avenged some of his past demons concerning his father’s death. Creed _(95%) was excellent, and a sharp return to critical glory for the _Rocky franchise, resetting the films with Sylvester Stallone still maintaining a dramatic presence. I loved it.
Now we catch up with Adonis years later, coming to grips with the fame and fortune that follows overnight success. The sequel finds him still aiming to put the past behind him, this time with a chance to fight the son of Ivan Drago, the man who ended Apollo’s life in the ring years before. Critics are generally positive on the followup, though not as over the moon as the original. The Tomatometer sits at 73% through 33 reviews, with critics agreeing it’s not as strong as Creed, but fits well within the Rocky-verse.
Video game wrecker-of-it Ralph got his redemption in Wreck-It Ralph when he saved Sugar Rush and earned some love among his arcade peers. It was an awesome movie, hitting 87% on the Tomatometer and telling a rather redemptive story about a misunderstood character and his quest to break out of certain video game stereotypes. This is something of a theme of Walt Disney Animation Studios movies that just crush with critics. Their last four (after the original Wreck-It Ralph) are:
That’s some kind of critical run, and Ralph Breaks the Internet looks like it will fall right in line. It’s sitting at 92% after around 60 reviews have come in. I can’t imagine it’ll slip on the bricks much as this studio continues to churn out hits.
If nothing else, at least this remake’s filmmakers thought enough to get a U.K. actor to play Robin Hood, which is more than can be said of Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe’s incarnations of the outlaw. Here, Robin of Loxley operates in a plain sight as a wealthy nobleman by day, and as a leader of (merry?) men at night, in an open revolt of the crown. He’s got Jamie Foxx by his side as Little John. This flick looks like mostly like someone pitched it “Arrow set in the 15th century.”
Robin Hood seems like it’ll pull off as many kung-fu moves and explosions as possible while also trying to keep the film rooted in the middle ages. The film looks entertaining but silly, a chance to plaster the Robin Hood name on something new after Ridley Scott’s film failed to kickstart interest in 2010. I can’t imagine it wins over critics in any meaningful way with that tricky balance, though I suspect it’s at least a fun watch.
Last week was decent for the Rotten Watch, with two out of the three movies falling within the range of the predicted score. The issue was that the one miss was off by a country mile. Let’s start with that one first. From the trailer, Instant Family (Predicted: 20% Actual: 81%) looked like a pandering, joke-less, mess of a movie about a family taking in three siblings from the foster system. It just seemed rather-off in all the wrong ways so I went super low with the score.
Man, was I ever wrong. It is going to finish as one of the top-reviewed comedies of the year, and critics thought it was a heartwarming story about family and caring. Frankly, I’m shocked. Maybe I misread how they’d handle the foster-system, or maybe I just missed on the jokes. But this will go down as one of my worst misses ever.
Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Predicted: 50% Actual: 40%) landed within range. As I predicted, the score did drop over the course of the week, dipping even more than I suspected. I just made it within ten percent. Some critics seemed to give it a pass because it stuck close enough to the Harry Potter world. But they were in the minority with many critics panning the disconnected story and meandering plot. This is a big miss and a hit to the franchise as a whole.
And finally, Widows (Predicted: 94% Actual: 91%) was nearly on the mark, though I admittedly did have something of a head start with a lot of reviews already in at the time of post. Director Steve McQueen follows up _12 Years a Slave _(95%) with another critical darling. His first four movies have an average Tomatometer score of 89%. It’s tough to find a director with this kind of success this early in a career.
Robert Downey Jr. may be an icon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean he’s against playing a part in helping other comics organizations make a splash. In fact, RDJ and his wife Susan’s company Team Downey just got some good news about a comic book superhero project they’re involved in. Hulu has agreed to give the aforementioned project Sweet Tooth a pilot order, as the Iron Man actor is a driving force behind a DC Vertigo adaptation.
Sweet Tooth is planned to be a drama adapted from the DC Vertigo publication of the same name. The story, created by Jeff Lemire, is centered around a boy/deer hybrid named Gus, who embarks on an adventure with humans and other animal hybrids following a “cataclysmic” event. Deadline reported this coming-of-age adventure will ultimately unearth a vast conspiracy, which will cause Gus to question his hybrid existence.
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s production company Team Downey will produce the drama in association with Warner Bros. association. Sweet Tooth will be written and directed by Jim Mickle, who co-created and wrote for the Sundance TV series Hap and Leonard. Other executive producers for the project include fellow Hap and Leonard collaborator Linda Moran, and Amanda Burrell.
The pilot order from Hulu for Sweet Tooth is promising for Team Downey, although there’s seemingly still a road to travel before a series order gets handed its direction. Hulu has other pilots in the mix it could approve ahead of it, although Sweet Tooth does have a potential advantage in being a comic book adaptation series. It’s a genre Hulu’s original programming is somewhat lacking in, with Marvel’s Runaways being its sole offering.
Vertigo comics adaptations are not rare on television. Provided Sweet Tooth has a future on Hulu, it would join iZombie, Lucifer, Preacher, and Constantine as past stories from the outlet that made it to television. One of those four, of course, is no longer on the air, and it would’ve been two had Lucifer not been saved by Netflix. Even so, Vertigo’s adapted television shows tend to draw a rather dedicated crowd of followers, which could be advantageous for Hulu.
Sweet Tooth is one of the latest attempts by Team Downey to break into television. Robert Downey Jr. made headlines two years prior with a project called Singularity, which was said to be the actor’s directorial debut and would star Anthony Michael Hall. Few updates have surfaced on the project since, and its status is unknown. Team Downey is also developing a pilot called Constance at TNT and a series for HBO.
Lawsuits and big name properties seem to go hand-in-hand these days. It’s almost impossible to have a huge brand without someone attempting to sue over something. In the case of Epic Games, the lawsuits just keep piling up — this time from a rapper who may sue the company for a reason that you probably didn’t think was possible.
CBS News is reporting that rapper 2 Milly is claiming that Epic Games has stolen one of his dance moves and used it in Fortnite. According to the article, the rapper created a move called the “Milly Rock,” and it has supposedly become popular enough that the dance has been recognized by other entertainers and sports stars, and it even managed to make its way into the game Fortnite.
The issue is that the move has supposedly been changed from the “Milly Rock” and turned into the emote called “Swipe It.”
Now, unlike other lawsuits aimed at games like Fortnite or Grand Theft Auto V, where people sue for infringing on likenesses — or, in PUBG Corporation’s case, infringing on ideas — 2 Milly could have a slightly more reasonable case on his hands. His main issue isn’t that the move is featured in the game, nor that the name has changed. 2 Milly’s objection comes from the fact that the “Swipe It” emote, allegedly based on the “Milly Rock,” is being sold in the cash shop for $5.
2 Milly explained that it wasn’t necessarily about the money, but more the fact that it was his move that’s being sold for money in a game that’s making Epic Games billions of dollars. So that’s why he might pursue legal action…
The CBS report points out that while copyright law is designed to protect a lot of material made by artists when it comes to actual paintings, drawings, music, beats, and lyrics, there isn’t a lot of precedent set for actual dance moves.
Then again, copyright law has yet to actually catch up to the rapid evolution of electronic and interactive entertainment. Entertainment lawyer Merlyne Jean-Louis mentioned to CBS that, since choreographic work case law doesn’t really exist, it may be difficult for 2 Milly to sue Epic Games.
However, Epic already seems aware of the brouhaha brewing across social media and media entertainment regarding 2 Milly and the “Milly Rock” being featured in Fortnite. Previously, the company was able to wave off other lawsuits against it — such as when it was sued for a likeness in Gears of War, and for compatibility issues that Silicon Knights suffered with the development of Too Human on the Unreal Engine. However, this time around Epic did not comment on the issue and actually opted to remove the “Swipe It” from the cash shop for the time being.
If you already have the “Swipe It” emote for your character, you can continue to use it, but new players won’t be able to purchase it for the time being.
Video games are big business. We all know this. But for some reason the awards shows for the industry haven’t always been of the highest quality or highest caliber — until Geoff Keighley rebooted The Game Awards as a more prestigious celebration of video game culture. However, this year there’s going to be more than just one game awards show, and the new one is coming to a major television network.
Game Informer is reporting that the awards show will be slightly different from what Geoff Keighley has in store starting in early December. The show will be the Gamers’ Choice Awards, and it’s expected to air a few days after The Game Awards. You can expect to tune in starting Sunday, December 9th on CBS and the CBS Sports Network. It will air during the late afternoon between 5-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The show will be hosted by Carrie Keagan, who has appeared in a few movies such as Superbad and The Hangover, as well as hosted shows such as the Critics Choice Awards’ and a few VH1 programs. Co-hosting alongside Keagan will be Twitch’s own director of the production studio, Marcus “Djwheat” Graham. The show will only run for an hour, so there won’t be a lot of opportunities to goof off or waste air-time.
The show will also have a similar categorical format as Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards, with various genres of games appearing on the show to receive the honor of being labeled as the best by gamers.
Voting will take place via the GamersChoice.tv website, where you register for an account, sign in, and then vote for the categories most important to you. There are a lot of categories, by the way. In fact, there are 50 different categories, each with their own nominees.
Many big-name games and big-name players within the gaming realm are on the list, including but not limited to Ninja, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Pokemon, to name but a few.
As pointed out by Game Informer, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 was surprisingly absent from the list. The outlet suspects that the game released a little too far after the required deadline. It appears as if the cut-off was mid-October — given that both Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 made the cut across various categories, and both of those games released in the first half of October, whereas Red Dead Redemption 2 launched at the end of October.
This also means that other November releases such as Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Battlefield V were also a little too late to the party to make the cut. It’s also interesting that games from several years ago are also on the list, including Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege, so it’s not necessarily including games that have come out in 2018 alone.
On the upside, there’s still an opportunity to vote for some of the big upcoming games from next year, including Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II and Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding. Voting is open right now, and you can expect to see the results when the show airs next month in December.
Roger and Brianna are set to reunite in Outlander Season 4, but the actors who play the characters are hinting they may have some struggles on the way. Roger actor Richard Rankin teased some potential trouble for the couple looking ahead and shared his opinion on how they’ll handle it.
Richard Rankin teased some choppy waters for Roger and Brianna’s relationship, but he thinks their sea of love will navigate through well enough. After all, one would imagine that daughter of a woman who literally travels through time to reconnect with her lover would be pretty flexible in making long-distance relationships work out well enough. Even so, Rankin said things have been somewhat difficult for the two as of late, as their contact has been limited.
The contact is a result of Roger and Brianna’s increasingly busy lives. They’re still in love, but that love is hampered by the ocean that separates them a majority of the time. Rankin shared how the two have made the relationship work despite Brianna being in Boston and Roger in Oxford, England, and detailed just how frequently the two are touching base.
On top of that, Sophie Skelton shared with EW there’s a fundamental problem in Brianna and Roger’s dynamic at the moment. While the Outlander couple has bonded on their shared experiences, there’s a part of Roger that triggers painful memories for Brianna. Skelton said Brianna seeing Roger rustles up memories of Frank’s death, as well as Claire’s leaving to be with Jamie.
Sophie Skelton added in a behind-the-scenes featurette for Outlander another potentially telling quote, which may hint Brianna isn’t quite ready to fully commit to a life with Roger. Skelton mentioned the fear of connecting with someone, only to learn there may be a deeper love they’re missing out on elsewhere. What that means for Brianna and Roger is up in the air, but it could hint the long-distance relationship has her wondering if this is a commitment she truly wants.
SPOILER ALERT: Roger helped Brianna travel back in time to reunite with Claire and meet Jamie in the books, which could be what Outlander is laying the groundwork for. This would mean a much longer distance relationship for her and Roger, where not even a phone call a week could happen.
When you think Fortnite, the one thing you probably don’t think about is Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt taunting a bunch of South Korean gamers at the behest of Epic Games. However, that’s exactly what’s going down, now that the Hollywood heavyweight has been brought in to promote the Battle Royale title.
ComicBook.com is reporting that Chris Pratt has been appearing in multiple short ads to promote Epic Games’ third-person shooter … in Korea. The Jurassic World star has been lending his time, and a little bit of his charm, to the promotion of the game to apparently help it grow even bigger than it already is. The ads aren’t heavy-hitters when it comes to the smack talk being laid down by Pratt; they’re pretty safe for work and, well, safe for everybody.
The first ad features Chris Pratt in a luxury house, explaining that if you aren’t good enough to win any of the tournaments you’ll go home with $0. This is in relation to the Epic Games’ eSports initiative that the company took with Fortnite, which saw millions of dollars up for grabs for those who play competitively in Fortnite.
It’s not really that much trash talking, but you can see how it might encourage some gamers to finally step up their game and get good. The ad would have been even funnier if Epic could have used Thanos in there, given that Chris Pratt played opposite of Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War, and Thanos was featured in Fortnite earlier in the year when the movie was in theaters.
Nevertheless, there’s a second ad that’s also only 19-seconds-long, but it features Chris Pratt by the poolside with the computer on and a pie on the table. In this one he gets a little more feisty by saying that taking on Korean gamers was “easy!” There’s a long text across the screen about how easy it is to take on gamers in South Korea.
It’s a short clip that was uploaded by Twitter user kristofir, who got a laugh out of how Chris Pratt was portrayed as a typical hardcore gamer who pwned everybody.
This isn’t quite as random as you might think, though. Epic Games only just recently launched the official version of Fortnite in South Korea. So while the game has already garnered more than a hundred million registered users since launching last year, it’s still slowly rolling out and expanding into other territories.
Epic Games needed a big star to lure in gamers within the region to play Fortnite because the main presence for the game is actually at the PC bangs, also known as PC cafes. According to Dotesports, the game is appearing at the PC bangs and that’s where Epic is expected to make most of their money from the game. That’s similar to how Blizzard has it set up, where it makes most of its money from having games like Diablo and World of Warcraft at the cafes.