Beyoncé‘s sixth studio album Lemonade was a TIDAL exclusive for three years. It makes sense because of both the singer and Jay-Z co-owning the streaming service; an exclusive Bey album is more valuable than gold. But now, the legendary singer is deciding to share the elusive LP with non-TIDAL subscribers by making it available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify. All hail the queen.
It’s been three years to the day since Lemonade came out and delivered a powerful sermon on marriage, infidelity, and forgiveness. The LP was endlessly consumed on TIDAL and fans who hadn’t been able to get a subscription longed for the days that it would be available elsewhere. Beyoncé’s heeded these calls and not only placed it elsewhere, but she’s also thrown in an extra incentive for those who waited – an original demo version of “Sorry.” That’s one hell of a compensation.
This slightly bigger version of Lemonade isn’t the only thing that Queen Bey has shared recently. Last week, she surprised released the HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUMLP,recorded from her headlining performances at last year’s Coachella festival (dubbed Beychella). A documentary film about Beychella named HOMECOMINGwas released on Netflix on April 17.
Endometriosis is a hormone driven condition. I saw five different doctors after my diagnosis who had access to my records from before and after donating; all agreed I likely had an underlying case of endometriosis all along, a mild and undetected form of the disease that had probably been kept in check by the birth control I’d been on since my teens. But donating my eggs—pumping my body full of the hormones needed to retrieve them—had likely caused the condition to spread out of control.
My fertility was no longer perfect. If I wanted to have kids someday—which I still very much did—I needed to make some decisions right away.
I had two choices: freeze my eggs or go through a complete IVF cycle with donor sperm to try for a baby immediately. Even though I was single, I decided to do IVF. Everything in my life suddenly felt uncertain but the one thing I knew for sure was that I would rather be a single mom, than never be a mom at all.
Despite the extent of disease progression, I had age on my side. I was young, my eggs hopefully still shining with the bloom of youth inside my mangled ovaries. The odds were good, doctors told me, as I signed away tens of thousands of dollars for the procedure. They seemed so confident I couldn’t help but embrace their positivity myself. I believed I would get pregnant. So much so, that I began telling strangers I was pregnant during the two-week wait of my first cycle. “Sorry, I just need water,” I’d whisper to the waitress at the restaurant I was dining at, “I’m pregnant,” I’d say with glee, fully believing the words to be true.
When I found I wasn’t, the devastation was overwhelming.
I went into my second round of IVF far less hopeful, but I still had two frozen embryos—I felt like I had to try. It also failed. My eggs had gone from being rated “excellent quality” when I donated them to other families, to “poor quality” just two years later when I wanted them for myself. My eggs, it turned out, weren’t as youthful as doctors hoped; after my two failed IVF cycles, I was told I had the eggs of a woman 10 to 15 years older. I had spent $30,000 on fertility treatments, and I still wasn’t pregnant. I likely never would be.
I was 27 years old. Broke. Heartbroken. And physically beaten down.
While undergoing IVF, the hormones I was injecting into my body seemed to be making my endometriosis worse—my OB-GYN said she’d never seen a case progress as fast as mine. I was incredibly sick, in so much pain I could hardly get out of bed at the end of my second cycle. At one point, I even considered filing for disability since making it to work often felt impossible.
Eventually, I found an endometriosis expert who helped me get the endometriosis under control. Five abdominal surgeries later, plus countless drugs and attempts at treatment, I was finally healthy. But it cost me—I racked up another $40,000 in medical debt. I was now officially drowning in debt ($70,000 in out of pocket expenses for fertility treatments and endometriosis procedures), and I couldn’t dig myself out. So, I joined the more than 500,000 Americans who file for bankruptcy every single year because of medical debt. It was humiliating, one more devastation on top of a pile of setbacks that had buried me over the preceding years. But it was also the only way I could possibly see to move forward.
Today, I am Mom to a beautiful little girl through adoption. The way we found each other—just a few years after my last surgery—made me believe this is exactly how my life was meant to turn out. I can’t imagine not being her mom, and I know now that I would go through it all again a thousand times over if it meant finding my way to her.
Here’s a pairing you probably never expected to see: veteran pop star/acrobatic queen P!nk, and R&B wunderkind/aspiring free spirit Khalid. On Monday (April 22), the two released “Hurts 2B Human,” a collab that’s as heartwarming as it is unexpected.
Co-written by Teddy Geiger, the strumming ballad is built on an EDM beat and opens with P!nk finding comfort in pure human connection (not unlike her other recent single, “Walk Me Home“). “God it hurts to be human / Without you, I’d be losin’ / Yeah, someday we’ll face the music / God it hurts to be human / But I’ve got you,” she sings, before Khalid joins in: “Now if we defeat all odds and it was us against the world / You can count on me / You know I’d have your back.”
Those sweet sentiments come alive in the track’s animated lyric video, which features the singers’ big-headed avatars serenading each other and taking a magic carpet ride through the stars.
As if that vid isn’t cute enough, Khalid gushed on Twitter, “such an honor to work with one of the most genuine souls ever. thank u soooo much @Pink.” P!nk responded, “Feeling is mutual my friend.”
“Hurts 2B Human” is the title track from P!nk’s upcoming eighth album, which arrives this Friday (April 26) and features additional collabs with Chris Stapleton, Wrabel, and Cash Cash. Khalid, meanwhile, is riding high off the recent release of his sophomore album, Free Spirit, which he spoke about in an enlightening interview with MTV News — check that out here.
Marvel Studios is on the cusp of kicking off Phase 4, and with a couple key films that will no doubt pave the way for new heroes to emerge in the next decade, now is as good a time as any to give a shout out to some of the Marvel superhero teams that haven’t gotten a movie yet. Let’s take a look at some of these groups that haven’t starred in their own feature, but definitely should in the future.
Ultimates (2015 Lineup)
The Ultimates were originally the Avengers of the Ultimate universe, but they were retooled as just a super group when the two universes merged in Marvel Comics. The lineup consists of heroes MCU fans are well familiar with like Captain Marvel and Black Panther, and also has a few fresh faces such as Spectrum (who filmgoers are actually also familiar with), Blue Marvel and Miss America.
Who better to introduce a slew of new characters than two of the MCU’s most commercially successful new heroes? The box office potential of a Captain Marvel/Black Panther film alone should have Marvel Studios salivating. Perhaps this could also serve as the new framework for the Avengers lineup, which will surely change as the years go on. The Ultimates were originally the Avengers of the Ultimate universe, so perhaps it’s fitting they be the inspiration for the new lineup?
Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos
Marvel has tackled a fair amount of genres in the MCU thus far, but there hasn’t been much or really any attempt to tap into the world of monster movies. That could change with Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos, an elite squadron of S.H.I.E.L.D. composed of paranormal, but highly skilled agents. This includes characters like a clone of Frankenstein’s monster “Frank”, The Living Mummy and a character who is literally named Zombie.
Granted, this series is one of those comic book runs that ended before it really even got off the ground. Marvel probably isn’t too keen to adapt characters that couldn’t last over six issues to the big screen, but I’ll argue this is a hilarious premise that adds an extra element of fun to S.H.I.E.L.D. that the MCU should explore. Have these guys locked away in some basement, have a hero stumble upon them and let’s see what happens.
With Marvel’s status quo set to change, now might be as good a time as any to establish a younger variant of the Avengers that fans have been waiting to see. I’m talking about some ensemble lineup of the Young Avengers, ideally led by Kate Bishop or Cassie Lang. With rumors of an older Cassie soon making a debut in the MCU and Kate confirmed to be in an upcoming Hawkeye series that’s headed to Disney+, why not?
The most exciting project about a Young Avengers movie is that it gives audiences the chance to be wowed again. It provides an opportunity to recapture the same magic of The Avengers, but also gives long-time Marvel fans characters they’ve waited to see while also giving a mainstream audiences fresh faces to love. The MCU’s Phase 4 doesn’t have to revolve around this hero team, but it feels like the next decade should feature them in some way.
Spider-Man And Deadpool
It’s the hero team up that fans have loved in Marvel comics for years, and one the average MCU fan would almost certainly love to see. Tom Holland and Ryan Reynolds together in a movie? The YouTube marketing alone on that would pull in truckloads of cash, provided Holland doesn’t spoil the plot details that Reynolds may or may not have already leaked to the web to get the project made.
In all seriousness, imagine Tom Holland’s goofy Peter Parker taken aback and floored by Ryan Reynolds’ excessively violent and hilarious Deadpool. If things with the X-Force fall flat, this is where the MCU should send Wade next. The collaboration probably wouldn’t be an R-rated adventure, although Marvel should totally roll the dice and see if they can’t make Spider-Man cross that barrier given Sony already made it work with Venom. Let’s get this movie made!
If ever there was a team Disney could max out its CGI budget with, this is it. The Annihilators is comprised of some of the world’s strongest warriors, with an emphasis on each member hailing from a different part of the galaxy. In the comics, the lineup consisted of The Human Quasar, Beta Ray Bill, Silver Surfer, Gladiator and Ronan The Accuser. Together they protected the universe from cosmic threats before the problems escalated too much.
Now Ronan’s death in Guardians of the Galaxy may prevent this superhero team from ever coming to fruition, not to mention all the heroes that would have to be established well before this team up happened. Perhaps this is a team for Marvel Studios to consider 20 years down the road, because it doesn’t feel like we’re gonna get Beta Ray Bill or Silver Surfer in the MCU anytime soon. That said, if these characters all appear sooner than later, we wouldn’t be mad.
X-Men (’92 Lineup)
The original X-Men was about the closest lineup the movies have gotten to the coveted 1992 lineup of X-Men that were made iconic through the animated series. Since then, fans have begged for an adaptation of that team for the big screen, but the franchise has been giving audiences everything but that. Now that Marvel has the rights again, could this finally be the time that plans are set in motion to make this team a reality?
If so, there has to be full commitment for it to count. We’re talking the full roster, the costumes and even Professor X’s incredibly bulky, metal hover-chair. We also need Gambit, which may be a tough sell for many Hollywood producers who are well-aware of the woes that productions have had trying to get that character in a movie. This pick feels like a pipe dream, although it shouldn’t be given the love of this team.
Be sure to stick with CinemaBlend as Marvel prepares for Phase 4 of the MCU, and possibly big screen features for a couple of these teams.
As many of you dear readers would know, the blitz to get tickets for Avengers: Endgame was so great it stopped the box office world for a beat. Ticket apps crashed, which eventually lead to some fans being unable to get tickets as early as others. The initial wave of tickets were eventually sold out, which lead to a healthy resellers’ market of overinflated pricing.
It looked like if you wanted to see this movie this weekend, much as the Russo Brothers intended, you were out of luck. But now, it seems like hope is on the horizon, as AMC Theatres is adding even more showings of Avengers: Endgame to its calendar for opening weekend, with some locations staying open round the clock for the entire weekend.
Before you get too excited though, you’re going to want to check your local showtimes really carefully. We say this, because that “round the clock” business isn’t applicable at all AMC locations. As a matter of fact, it looks like most of the round the clock operations will be during the Thursday/Friday timeframe, with 29 AMC theaters being open through those two specific days.
Meanwhile, 18 locations will be open between Thursday and Saturday or Friday through Sunday, again with around the clock service for Avengers: Endgame fans. Finally, 17 AMC Theaters locations will be open from Thursday through Sunday, in full 24 hour shifts.
What’s even more interesting about this influx of tickets to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s grand finale to its Infinity Saga is the fact that this is only applicable to the AMC Theatres chain. Now this could mean that other chains, both major and independent, would be forced to compete in a similar manner, leading to other businesses adding showtimes to their locations much like AMC did in this recent report from THR. This massive push to keep movie fans happy promises to make this massive record-breaking weekend for Avengers: Endgameeven more of an event, especially in the face of updated estimates for this weekend that have put the film within possible striking distance of a $300 million opening in the domestic marketplace alone.
So if you’re thinking of seeing Avengers: Endgame this weekend, and AMC isn’t an option due to locations and ticket availability, don’t lose hope just yet. Keep your eyes peeled for further updates, and again, be sure to check your local listings extra carefully. Good luck out there, True Believers, and may you see the Endgame in due time.
Avengers: Endgame starts its conquest of the box office market on Thursday night, and if you’re lucky, you might just get a ticket to see the movie that’ll be on everyone’s lips throughout the summer. But if you don’t find yourself with tickets, and want to see something anyway, head over to the 2019 release schedule to see some of the films already in theaters, ready for you to give them a shot.
Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008, each movie has included at least one extra scene either in the middle of or after the credits, many of which have teased events to come. Captain Marvel kept this tradition going last month, and with only a few days to go until the next MCU installment, Avengers: Endgame, arrives in theaters, now you can officially watch the mid-credits scene that was attached to Carol Danvers’ origin story.
Since we’re still a few months off from Captain Marvel being released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the only way one could have watched the movie’s mid and post-credits scenes is either see it in theaters again or find a bootlegged recording online. Fortunately, the Marvel Studios Twitter page included it in its rundown today of the MCU’s many (but not all) mid/post-credits scenes. Alas, if you’ve been wanting to watch a high definition version of Goose coughing up the Tesseract, you’ll need to keep waiting.
As the MCU’s second period piece, Captain Marvel’s main story took place in 1995, over a decade before the events of the modern MCU unfolded. However, in the middle of its credits, we jumped back to the present day, i.e. post-Avengers: Infinity War, when half of all life in the universe was snapped away by Thanos. Infinity War’s post-credits scene showed Nick Fury activating the spruced-up pager Carol Danvers gave him before he also turned to dust.
Somehow, the surviving Avengers found Nick Fury’s pager and brought it back to their base, unsure of what it is and who’s on the other end of the signal it’s broadcasting. Lucky for them, they won’t have to wait long after it shuts off to learn who’s getting the signal, as Carol Danvers has arrived at Avengers HQ wondering where Nick Fury is. Sit down, Carol, they have some bad news for you.
While I’m not 100% sure about this, I suspect that Captain Marvel’s mid-credits scene actually comes from Avengers: Endgame itself, similar to how Ant-Man showed a portion of Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange showed a position of Thor: Ragnarok. Perhaps Endgame will show how Captain America, Black Widow and the others feared about Nick Fury’s pager, and/or maybe we’ll see Carol Danvers receive the transmission from wherever she was in the universe.
Even if that’s not the case, now that Carol is back on Earth after all these years, she can ideally help turn the tide in the upcoming re-match against Thanos. While an earlier Avengers: Endgame clip revealed how she and the other heroes intend to take the Infinity Stones from Thanos and undo his genocide, we have no idea if they’ll accomplish that. Frankly, we’re still in the dark about a lot of this movie.
Captain Marvel is winding down its run in theaters, but you can watch Carol Danvers team up with all the other surviving MCU heroes in Avengers: Endgame starting this weekend. Don’t forget to also look through our Marvel movies guide to learn what else is on the horizon for this superhero franchise.
The Spider-Man mythology is currently being cinematically represented on three fronts. Tom Holland’s version of the Web-Slinger is still battling the forces of evil within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in December 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was marked the first entry in a new animated franchise that’s already given the green light to a sequel and spinoff. And then there’s Sony’s live action Marvel universe, which doesn’t actually feature Spider-Man, but instead highlights some of his villains and allies.
Venom kicked off this particular franchise in October 2018, and while it wasn’t a critical hit, it was a commercial heavy hitter. Next up is Morbius, starring Morbius the Living Vampire, who’s been a frequent Spider-Man foe and occasional ally in the comics since 1971. We’re still a ways off from Morbius hitting theaters, but a decent amount of information has already come out that put together a loose picture of what to expect. So, let’s go over what’s been revealed about Morbius so far.
When Is Morbius’ Release Date?
Following Venom’s successful theatrical run, Sony didn’t waste any time putting Morbius on the calendar. Originally, the studio scheduled the movie for July 10, 2020, the same day that the new Ghostbusters movie is opening. But in early January 2019, Sony moved Morbius down to July 31 of the same year, and for right now, it has that opening weekend all to itself. That’ll likely change at some point, but because Morbius is opening towards the end of the summer movie season rather than in the middle of it, presumably that means it stands a better chance of drawing in audiences, since various other blockbusters will already have had their time to shine.
That said, Morbius is sandwiched between Disney’s Jungle Cruise, opening on July 24, and a still-to-be-revealed Warner Bros. event film, so it’s not like it’ll be all smooth sailing for Morbius. Although, at least where Jungle Cruise is concerned, Sony also has a still-to-be-revealed animation movie coming out that same weekend, so it’ll still be able to divert some money from Disney’s coffers into its own.
What Will Morbius Be Rated?
If you study Morbius’ comic book history and the fact that Spider-Man won’t be showing up in the upcoming movie, you’d think it’d be a great fit for an R rating. After all, this is a character that can thrive in a more violent setting and has that horror vibe built into its bones. Well, that’s what people thought about Venom too, and look how that turned out. For right now, we don’t know what Morbius will be rated, and that information won’t be announced to the public until a couple of months before release.
Maybe Sony will go the distance and deliver a no-holds barred Morbius movie that warrants an R rating. However, because of how successful Venom was and the fact that these two movies are set in the same universe, I suspect Sony will play it safe and aim for Morbius to be classified as PG-13. While we’ve seen sometimes that R-rated comic book movies can still haul in a lot of money (Deadpool 2 holds the record), it’s logical to assume that Morbius will have a better chance at financial success by going the PG-13 route and drawing in both adults and older kids to see it in theaters.
Who’s Directing Morbius?
In June 2018, approximately seven months after it was announced to the public that a Morbius the Living Vampire movie was in the works, word came in, after Antoine Fuqua and F. Gary Gray turned down the opportunity, that Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa had been tapped to direct Morbius. After making a splash in Sweden with his 2010 movie Easy Money, he made the jump to the American film scene with Safe House and Child 44. Then his relationship with Sony began with Life, the movie that used Spider-Man 3 footage.
Life earned mixed reviews and only made a little over $100 million off a budget between $58-62 million, but it did show that Daniel Espinosa can work within the sci-fi horror realm, and that’s presumably how he ended up getting Morbius. Well, that and the fact that Jared Leto (more on him in a little bit) met with Espinosa about directing Morbius, which also convinced Leto that this was a movie worth starring in.
We’ll have to wait and see how Morbius turns out under Daniel Espinosa’s direction, but it definitely helps that he already has some horror experience under his belt rather than this being his first time working within the genre. While the chances of Morbius making Venom levels of money are slim, fingers crossed that Espinosa and his team can deliver a movie that will appeal to Marvel fans and general audiences alike.
What Will Morbius Be About?
As of right now, no specific Morbius plot details have been made available to the public yet. However, it’s expected to stick relatively closely to the source material and hit the same basic beats for his origin story, albeit without Spider-Man.
For those unfamiliar with Morbius the Living Vampire, he was originally a Nobel Prize-winning biologist named Michael Morbius who suffered from a rare blood condition. Desperate to cure his condition, Michael gave himself an experimental treatment involving electroshock therapy and vampire bat DNA. This treatment did successfully cure his blood condition, but the tradeoff was something much worse: being afflicted with “pseudo-vampirism,” requiring him to ingest blood in order to survive and becoming weakened by light. For all intents and purposes, he’d turned into a vampire
Although Morbius has definitely been a tragic character since the beginning, like Venom, he was initially depicted as a straightforward super villain for Spider-Man. However, he’s also followed in Venom’s footsteps by evolving into more of an anti-hero who fights monsters (including other vampires) and villains who are truly malevolent. When he’s on this path, he only drinks the blood of those he deems guilty.
Morbius’ powers include superhuman strength, durability and speed; hypnotism; and an accelerated healing factor. Aside from his aversion to light, he also doesn’t have the same weaknesses that a traditional vampire does, like garlic and silver. It’s also been shown that drinking Spider-Man’s irradiated blood causes Morbius’ condition to fade away for a while, though since the Web-Slinger isn’t appearing in this upcoming movie, the cinematic Morbius won’t have that to fall back on.
Outside of the comics, Morbius the Living Vampire has most notably appeared in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, where the character sucked “plasma” out of his victims using suckers on his palms. Morbius was also teased in an alternate ending for Blade, and while, originally, writer David S. Goyer intended for him to be the villain in a Blade sequel, the finalized Blade II ended up adapting the Reaper storyline instead.
Following his turn as The Joker in Suicide Squad (a role we’re still not sure he’s going to reprise in the DC Extended Universe), Jared Leto is now making the jump to Marvel by playing Michael Morbius. As mentioned earlier, Leto didn’t sign onto Morbius right away; it was only after he met with Daniel Espinosa in Germany while he was on tour with his band 30 Seconds to Mars that the actor finally decided to move from “loosely attached” to the project to fully committing to it.
We have yet to see how Jared Leto’s Morbius will look in vampire form, but the actor has posted a few looks of himself portraying the character on set. One picture has his face mostly obscured by a clapperboard, but there’s a sickly look to his eyes that could mean this is when Michael Morbius is still fully human and suffering from his blood condition. Then there was a gif of Morbius wearing a hooded jacket and standing in the middle of a crowded street; I’m guessing this takes place shortly after he’s stricken with vampirism as he still looks like a normal human.
Michael Morbius wasn’t alone when he created the treatment for his blood condition. He was working alongside his fiancée, [Martine Bancroft](https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/MartineBancroft(Earth-616), who Adria Arjona will be playing in the movie. She has built quite the resume in her relatively short acting career, appearing in movies like The Belko Experiment, Pacific Rim Uprising and Triple Frontier, as well as starring in TV shows like True Detective and Emerald City.
After he became a vampire, Morbius tried desperately to find a cure so that he could protect Martine, but he was unsuccessful and their relationship collapsed. Years later, Martine was killed by Doctor Langford after she discovered he was trying to kill Morbius, but her death was avenged when Morbius slew Langford. However, in typical comic book fashion, Martine would later be resurrected as a vampire, though she would eventually meet her second demise.
It’s hard to say just what kind of relationship Michael Morbius and Martine Bancroft will have in Morbius. There’s a good chance it’s still romantic, but they might not be engaged like they were in the comics. It’s also unclear if Martine will transform into a vampire, although given that Venom gave us a little bit of Michelle Williams’ Ann Weying as She-Venom, anything is possible.
He’ll arguably always be best known for playing the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who, but Matt Smith’s career hasn’t faltered since he left the TARDIS. On the big screen, he’s appeared in Terminator Genisys and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (he says he will NOT be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), and he’s kept his small screen run going with The Crown. For Morbius, he’ll be playing the role of Loxias Crown, the main villain.
Those of you familiar with the comics won’t recognize that name. That’s because Loxias Crown is a version of the baddie [Hunger](https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Hunger(Crown) (Earth-616), a.k.a. Crown, who was introduced in 1997’s _Spider-Man #76. Like Morbius, he was a vampire-like being who fought both our eponymous protagonist and Spider-Man, and was also a former HYDRA agent. However, the Morbius movie’s version will have a much different backstory, as Smith’s Loxias Crown is Michael Morbius’ friend who shares the same rare blood condition.
We don’t know anything beyond that, but one can infer that somehow, either through the same treatment Michael Morbius used or a different source, Loxias Crown will also become a vampiric being and use his powers to attack his former friend for some perceived slight.
Even if you don’t recognize his name, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Jared Harris in at least one thing, if not several. From Mr. Deeds and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to Fringe and Mad Men, Harris has an accomplished resume of movie and TV work. Like Matt Smith, he also recently appeared on The Crown, and nowadays he can be seen playing Francis Cozier on The Terror.
All we know so far about Jared Harris’ Morbius character is that he’s Michael Morbius’ mentor. Rumor has it that this could be Emil Nikos, which would be interesting, because in the comics, Nikos is Michael Morbius’ best friend, a position being occupied by Loxias Crown on the big screen. If Harris is indeed playing Nikos, that could mean we don’t spend that much time with him, because Nikos was also Morbius’ first victim when he became a vampire.
That said, since rumor has it Morbius’ Emil Nikos will be much different from his comic book counterpart, perhaps this means his fate won’t be the same either. And even if he is killed, Nikos was resurrected as a vampire in the comics, so Harris’ version could follow suit. If that were to happen, though, I suspect that by the time Morbius has concluded, Nikos would be dead again, this time permanently.
Tyrese Gibson is no stranger to blockbuster work, as he’s best known on the acting side of his career for playing Roman Pierce in the Fast & Furious movies and Robert Epps in the Transformers movies. For years, he’s expressed interest in playing Green Lantern in the DC Extended Universe, and while there’s still no indication that’s going to happen, he’s finally made the jump to the comic book realm with Morbius.
It was initially reported that Tyrese Gibson is playing an FBI agent hunting Michael Morbius, and Gibson later identified his character as “Agent Stroud.” That means that Gibson is portraying Simon Stroud, who, in the comics, was a CIA agent-turned-mercenary who hunted down Morbius and fellow monster Man-Wolf, the alter ego of J. Jonah Jameson’s son, John. Whether Stroud’s pursuit of Morbius is strictly business or a more personal mission remains to be seen, but one would imagine he’ll be a hindrance for most of the movie, though that doesn’t discount the possibility of him becoming an ally later down the line.
Gibson also reportedly signed a three-picture deal when he joined Morbius, so if the movie gets a sequel or two, expect Gibson’s Stroud to be back. On the other hand, since Morbius is part of a shared universe, maybe Stroud could return in Venom 2 or a different installment in the Sony Marvel Universe, thus having him fill a similar role to the one Phil Coulson had in Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That’s all we know for now about Morbius, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates about the project as they roll in. For now, you can keep track of what’s heading to theaters this year by looking through our 2019 release schedule.
Something unexpected—and unacceptable—happened during Ariana Grande‘s Coachella set Sunday night (April 21). For whatever reason, a person in the crowd decided to throw a full lemon at her as she walked across the stage.
Fans in the audience captured this moment on camera, and they were, of course, outraged. “What immature swine threw a fucking whole-ass lemon at Ariana? What were they trying to achieve?” one person tweeted. “If you throw a lemon at Ariana Grande, you’re a piece of shit,” wrote another.
Grande kept the show going—this was her second weekend at Coachella—but did comment on the incident. “What the fuck? That’s ’cause one of y’all threw a lemon at me. Shit,” she said.
To be clear, throwing something at any performer on stage is straight-up disrespectful and indefensible—no matter what the intention. There’s speculation a Beyoncé fan threw the fruit due to reports Grande was allegedly paid more for performing at Coachella than she was last year. That rumor hasn’t been confirmed, but regardless it’s still no excuse to resort to physical heckling.
Watch the moment and Grande’s reaction for yourself, below:
Reactions on Twitter are running the gamut. There are several memes circulating about the incident, which is no surprise:
But it should go without saying that no amount of joking on the Internet makes what happened to Ariana Grande OK. Even one of the people who turned this moment into a meme clarified this:
“I just wanna clear it up that I think that the lemon shouldn’t have been thrown at Ariana and this joke was meant to say that even the lemon thought it was unacceptable,” they wrote. “Sorry if y’all were perceiving it a different way. I didn’t mean any harm.”
Grande took a break from her Sweetener World Tour to perform at Coachella but is slated to resume it on April 25 with a stop in Edmonton, Canada.
Up until a little over a week ago, the biggest Star Wars alumnus who was set to return to a galaxy far far away through Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was Billy Dee Williams, playing Lando Calrissian for the third time on the big screen. Then the first Rise of Skywalker trailer capped off with Emperor Palpatine’s sinister laugh, and it was confirmed soon after that Ian McDiarmid is reprising the hooded Sith Lord.
You’d think that nothing could surpass the man also known as Darth Sidious somehow being thrown into the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker mix, but a new rumor is out claiming that there’s an even bigger character return on the horizon. Just to be safe, those of you who don’t want to be potentially spoiled heavily on Episode IX might want to turn back now. I’ll give you a moment…
Are the rest you settled in? Okay, supposedly Harrison Ford is back as Han Solo, who we last saw being killed by his own son, Ben Solo, a.k.a. Kylo Ren, in The Force Awakens.
Making Star Wars claims to have heard from multiple sources that Han Solo will have a role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, although it’s difficult to 100% piece together how he’ll be used. According to the outlet, Han will appear in a sequence with his Kylo Ren in what is described as a “surprise intervention of sorts.”
Remember in The Force Awakens when Kylo Ren was talking to the charred Darth Vader helmet? This sequence between Han Solo and Kylo Ren might take place when the latter is conversing with his grandfather’s helmet again. But here’s where things get extra weird. Luke Skywalker is said to be the “twist” of this encounter, and rather than being a traditional Force ghost, Han is part of a “vision” or “dream” type moment that Luke brings forth.
The report also notes that the sequence has a “tone of forgiveness and understanding to it,” with Han solo telling his son that “it isn’t too late.” Whether this is really Han speaking from the great beyond or just a simulation that the also-deceased Luke has conjured, it fits that he’d be wanting to draw his son back to the light since that’s what he died doing in The Force Awakens.
Needless to say that the above information is anything but official, so for now, take it with a grain of salt. However, assuming all of this is true, it also remains to be seen if Kylo Ren will cross back to the light side or if he’ll ignore Han and Luke, and continue being an agent of the dark side.
Before The Force Awakens came out, Harrison Ford hadn’t been shy taking about how he’d wanted Han Solo to die in Return of the Jedi, and over 30 years later, he got his wish and the beloved smuggler finally bit the dust. While Alden Ehrenreich did play a younger Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story, most have logically assumed that The Force Awakens would be the last time we’d ever see Ford in the role. But if this new rumor proves legitimate, then fingers crossed that Ford’s true last performance as Han is a worthy and emotional inclusion for the last chapter of the Skywalker Saga.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, so keep checking in with CinemaBlend for more coverage about it. For now, you can learn what this year’s other big movies are arriving by looking through our 2019 release schedule.
One of the biggest talking points from Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode was Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry’s (Jon Dempsie) sex scene. Some people were all for it, while others had mixed opinions. Regardless of your stance, though, I think all fans can appreciate Sophie Turner‘s commentary on the scene, which she delivered on Instagram Stories.
Turner, a.k.a Sansa Stark, was essentially all of us last night: drinking a glass of wine and freaking out over what was happening between Arya and Gendry. The only difference is she’s Williams’ IRL best friend—and the comment she made Arya’s big moment is, well, exactly what you would expect from a best friend. Fair warning: It’s slightly NSFW, but nonetheless hilarious.
“In honor of Easter, I guess Game of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hoppin’ into the pussay,” she said, tagging Williams in the post and then taking a sip of her red wine. Check out the LOL-worthy moment for yourself, below:
Twitter, naturally, can’t get enough of Sophie Turner‘s shenanigans. Here are just a few reactions:
Williams opened up about Arya’s sex scene with Gendry in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. “At first, I thought it was a prank,” she said. “I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And [the showrunners were] like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f–k!”
Interestingly, it was Turner who flagged the scene to Williams first. “Sophie said, ‘Whatever you do, you have to skip to this episode, this scene first.’ So I just read that and it was practically all I knew about the entire season,” Williams recalled to EW. “I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym. A whole list of things.”
Turner confirmed this sequence of events to EW. “I called Maisie and was like: ‘Have you read it yet?’” she said. “And she’s like, ‘I’m midway through episode one.’ And I’m like: This scene, this page, read it! This is awesome!”
Game of Thrones premieres Sunday nights at 9 P.M. ET on HBO.