Everything You Need To Remember About The Rambo Franchise Before Last Blood

Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: Last Blood

Sylvester Stallone will always be best known for his role as Rocky Balboa. However, through the 1980s and beyond, there was another popular character that Stallone has played numerous times: John Rambo. Stallone first played Rambo in 1982’s First Blood, and now it appears the character will finally bid his own farewell in the aptly named Rambo: Last Blood.

While the name Rambo by itself has become a recognized term for macho combat, considering it’s been nearly 40 years since First Blood, and over 10 years since the last entry in this franchise, there’s a good chance most people don’t even remember everything John Rambo has been through in his life, so here’s everything you need to remember before Last Blood hits screens on Friday.

Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo in First Blood

Rambo Fought In Vietnam And Was A POW

John Rambo fought in the Vietnam War, where he earned multiple commendations, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. However, he, like many unfortunate souls, has many scars as a result of his time there. Some are physical, some are not.

When we meet Rambo in the first film, he discovers that the last living member of his unit has died of cancer as a result of Agent Orange exposure. He drifts into the sleepy town of Hope, Washington, where he runs afoul of a sheriff who sees him as nothing more than a vagrant. After being arrested, Rambo’s body is shown to be covered in scars, and in brief flashback moments, we learn that he was captured and tortured while a prisoner of war. It’s mentioned in the sequel that he was able to escape from the camp.

First Blood

Rambo Suffers From PTSD

While, even in the early 80s, post traumatic stress disorder wasn’t as well understood as it is now, the fact that people coming back from Vietnam were dealing with psychological and emotional difficulties was certainly known. John Rambo is one of these people. It’s never said outright, but it’s clear.

In First Blood, Rambo is abused by some bad cops, and we see him making mental connections between this abuse and what he suffered while at war. It causes him to lash out and attack, leading to the conflict in the first film, and by association, the entire franchise.

At the end of First Blood Rambo breaks down completely in front of his former commander, talking about the flashbacks that he has and the horrors he witnessed, and it’s clear the man needs help. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that he ever really gets it..

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rambo Went Back To Vietnam

The closest thing to therapy that John Rambo seems to get is being placed back into a situation where he feels more comfortable. Unfortunately, for him, that means fighting in the jungle. 1985’s Rambo: First Blood – Part II sees Rambo in prison following the events of the first movie, but he’s offered a pardon in exchange for going back to the camp where he was a prisoner in order to determine if there are any soldiers left behind who are still there.

Rambo gets captured and tortured again. It turns out there are some POWs who have been held in Vietnam for a decade. Rambo ends up escaping again, but this time he’s able to bring some of the missing soldiers home with him. He also blows up a small chunk of Vietnam on the way out the door.

Rambo III

He Fought in Afghanistan

There are a lot of elements of the Rambo franchise that haven’t necessarily aged well, but the plot of Rambo III may have aged worst of all. The movie, released in 1988, sees Rambo go into Afghanistan in an attempt to rescue his former commander Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna). Trautman was there to help support Afghani freedom fighters against the invading Russian army.

This fits with the politics of the day, as the U.S. military did exactly this. However, with a modern eye, the whole thing is a little unfortunate when you realize just who some of those freedom fighters actually were. Only three years after Rambo III came out, the U.S. would be invading Afghanistan itself and battling some of those same rebels.

Richard Crenna as Sam Trautman

Rambo’s Only Friend Is Gone

The only recurring character throughout the Rambo franchise, beyond Rambo himself, is Colonel Sam Trautman. He was played by Richard Crenna in the first three Rambo films. However, Crenna had died before the fourth film went into production. It was dedicated in his memory.

Trautman’s fate isn’t specifically dealt with in Rambo, but with another 20 years having passed since that movie, it seems clear that the colonel, the man who trained Rambo, is canonically dead as well. With Rambo’s unit having all died before the events of First Blood, this makes Rambo truly alone. Nobody alive knows what he has been through.

Rambo 4

Rambo Came Home

Throughout the entire Rambo film franchise, Rambo is a drifter. We don’t know where he’s coming from when we first meet him in First Blood, but there’s no indication he has a home at all. Throughout the movies, he holds various jobs and spends most of his life living in Thailand, but it’s clear he never really makes it home.

It’s mentioned more than once that he’s from Arizona, and at the end of the fourth movie, simply titled Rambo, we see him arrive at a ranch belonging to an R. Rambo. He mentions earlier in the movie that his father may or may not still be alive, so this is likely the family homestead. The wandering soldier has decided to stop wandering.

This is where the new movie, Rambo: Last Blood, will pick up. We know that Rambo is still on the family ranch in Arizona. This time he won’t be fighting Russians or traveling to Asia. Instead, we’ll watch Rambo face his final challenge in the form of a Mexican drug cartel.

Rambo has had an awfully long road to Last Blood. While the majority of the films have focused on him being an unstoppable super soldier, he’s also a tragic figure. He went through war and then had to deal with the fact that said war was unpopular. All this left scars. Scars,which, through the four movies we have seen, clearly have not yet healed.

Rambo: Last Blood opens in theaters this Friday, September 20.

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Star Wars Rumor: Are Characters Being De-Aged?

Until Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Star Wars movies were firmly rooted in present day narratives (so to speak), but then the 2017 installment changed the game by winding back the clock to show audiences the reason why Kylo Ren turned to the dark side. Now a new rumor has surfaced for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, claiming that movie could open with a flashback, specifically showing Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa in Original Trilogy times.

According to Making Star Wars, the opening scene of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker takes place on planet covered with trees, where two Jedi are dueling with lightsaber, one blade blue, the other blade green. White helmets with visors are obscuring their faces so we can’t initially make out who they are, but eventually the individuals stop their duel and take off their helmets. They’re revealed to be Luke and Leia looking just like they did in Return of the Jedi.

Again, this is just a rumor, and even if this scene does exists, it’s possible it could be moved to a different part of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Regardless, it would be cool to see younger versions of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa again, with this scene giving us some insight into Leia’s early Force training under the tutelage of her brother.

It’s worth noting this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a young Leia modern Star Wars film era. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended with a cameo appearance from her looking like her A New Hope self, with Carrie Fisher’s 1970s likeness being digitally superimposed over actress Ingvild Delia. It’s previously been reported that Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is serving as her mother’s stand-in on The Rise of Skywalker, in addition to reprising Lieutenant Connix.

It’s unclear if these young versions of Luke and Leia will speak in the scene. If they do, then obviously archived audio or a new actress would need to be used for Leia’s vocals, but it’d be interesting to hear if Mark Hamill recorded new material.

Although Carrie Fisher passed away in late 2016, thanks to unused footage of her from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Leia Organa will get to have a prominent role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And with this movie marking the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, it’d also be fitting if we did indeed get a peek back at the time period where we first visited a galaxy far, far away.

Even with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a little over three months away from release, no specific plot details have been revealed yet other than it will take place one year after The Last Jedi and bring an end to both The Resistance and The First Order’s war, as well as the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith. Along with including plenty of familiar faces, including Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine, the movie will introduce characters like Naomi Ackie’s Jannah, Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde and Keri Russell’s Zorro Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. If you’re curious about what other movies coming out before the year is over, head to our 2019 release schedule.

Hustlers: There’s One Pole Dancing Move Jennifer Lopez Had To Master

At this point, it looks like Jennifer Lopez can do just about anything she puts her mind to. The newly 50-year-old pop sensation, actress, producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur was tasked with adding pole dancing to her skill set for Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers. In the film, J.Lo stars as Ramona, a seasoned stripper who is supposed to really know her moves.

When Hustlers pole dance choreographer, Johanna Sapakie trained Jennifer Lopez for her big opening dance number to Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, she had the actress master one particularly advanced move that would have her bottoms up on the pole with only her arms to hold her up. Here’s what Sapakie said:

And it was no easy feat. Johanna Sapakie worked with J. Lo for almost three months on the sequence ahead of the day-long shoot during the last week of Hustler’s filming. Jennifer Lopez had poles installed in her homes in Los Angeles, New York and Miami during the period so she could practice the choreography in her downtime up to the shoot and racked up bruises and a torn shoulder from learning about the athletic art form.

The signature scene was filmed in an actual strip club in Long Island City. However, a rotating pole was placed instead to help the filmmakers for editing purposes. Johanna Sapakie, who has over 20 years of pole dancing experience under her belt, acted as her stand-in for the benefit of the director and cinematographer, before the cameras started rolling and J. Lo performed her big “Criminal” number.

Jennifer Lopez filmed the sequence in one day after performing the 4-minute sequence six to seven times. Sapakie remembers the moment on set with these words to THR:

Check out Hustlers in theaters now!

Church Official Embezzled Millions To Buy A Membership At Disneyland’s Club 33

There’s been a lot of talk, especially recently, about just how expensive Disneyland is. Hotels are expensive, theme park tickets are expensive, food is expensive. Serious Disneyland fans save their money to make sure they have the cash for that all important annual passport every year, but for some with bigger bank accounts, there’s a goal out there with a significantly higher price tag that the rest of us can only dream of, Club 33.

The exclusive establishment is only open to a select few, and membership is not cheap. Nearly every serious Disneyland fan likely dreams of visiting Club 33 — unless you’re part of the comparatively small list of people who actually have — and imagines that if they ever had enough money, a Club 33 membership is what they would spend it on. One Southern California church official apparently did just that. Unfortunately, it appears he may have embezzled several million dollars in order to do so.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California has announced the arrest of Charles Thomas Sebesta, the former chairman of the board for the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Los Angeles. He’s been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of over $11 million in church funds, some of which he apparently spent on a Club 33 membership at the happiest place on earth.

Sebesta had been in charge of the church’s funds since 2005, and he purchased the Club 33 membership in 2010. He apparently used the location to host major entertainment companies, sports teams, and their employees. It’s unclear if this was done under the auspices of church business or as something purely personal.

For those not up to speed, Club 33 is a members only location which can be found at New Orleans Square,the home of the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, inside Disneyland. The official address is 33 Royal Street, though the physical entrance has moved as the park has been renovated.  Membership to Club 33 is reported to cost upwards of $25,000 a year, with annual dues of approximately half that amount once you have the membership.

Other Club 33 locations have been built at other Disney parks over the years, but Disneyland’s was the first.

Even if you have that kind of money to spend, getting into Club 33 isn’t easy, as there is a significant waiting list and a fixed number of available memberships.

Prior to the opening of Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Club 33 was also he only place one could purchase alcohol within the Disneyland theme park.

As one of those people who has never been to Club 33, I can totally understand the desire to purchase a membership. If I had $25,000 burning a hole in my pocket, I’d put my name on the waiting list straight away.

Hopefully, Charles Thomas Sebesta enjoyed his time at Club 33, as he may not have any more chances to visit. If convicted of all charges, he’s facing a maximum prison sentence of over $250 years.

On the plus side, if you’ve been on the Club 33 waiting list, you may have just moved one slot closer to the top.

Image courtesy of DisneylandNews.com/Disney

Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Says Watchmen Movie Is Better Than The Comics

It’s been over 30 years since Watchmen was first published, and not only is it still considered to be one of the greatest comic book stories of all time, it’s also been labeled a triumph of American literature in general. But if you ask longtime comic book writer and artist Ron Liefeld, the 2009 Watchmen movie is the superior version of the story originally delivered by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons.

Recently, comic book retailer Dennis Barger posted two screenshots highlighting the smiley face button Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s The Comedian is wearing at the beginning of Watchmen, where audiences saw the fight that culminated in Comedian being thrown out of his apartment window. Barger’s Facebook post included the caption “The best thing Snyder ever did!!!”, leading Rob Liefeld to say the following in the comments:

It’s unclear what exactly Rob Liefeld is referring to by the ending. As is usually the case with film adaptations, Watchmen took some creative liberties with the source material, so Liefeld could be addressing anything from how Doctor Manhattan was blamed for New York City’s destruction rather than a giant, faux-alien squid, or how Nite-Owl witnessed Manhattan killing Rorschach.

Ultimately both Watchmen stories conclude the same way: with Rorschach’s journal coming close to being discovered at The New Frontiersman, and the audience being left to guess whether or not the truth will come out. Nevertheless, if given a choice between the original Watchmen or the film adaptation, Rob Liefeld (whose work in the comic book industry includes co-creating characters like Cable and Deadpool, and being one of Image Comics’ founders) will take the latter over the former.

Rob Liefeld certainly isn’t alone in his admiration for the Watchmen movie; at the time of its release, it was met with polarizing reception, with some folks being over the moon for it and others harshly criticizing it. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, there’s no denying that a decade later, Watchmen continues to be a talking point among the comic book fan community.

Watchmen was Zack Snyder’s second time tackling a comic book adaptation, the first being 2007’s 300, and he would later leave his mark on DC Comics universe with Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Snyder is currently hard at work on his upcoming Netflix movie Army of the Dead.

While the Watchmen movie didn’t get a film sequel, the mythos as a whole will be framed in a new light in HBO’s Watchmen TV series, which is set several decades after the events of the original tale. So far three of the original Watchmen characters are confirmed to appear in the series: Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, played by Jeremy Irons; Laurie Blake/Silk Spectre II, played by Jean Smart; and Doctor Manhattan, whose actor hasn’t been identified yet.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest in movie news. Keep track of what’s hitting theaters for the rest of the year in our 2019 release schedule.

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Poster Is A Great Spoof On Avengers: Endgame

Kevin Smith is perhaps just as famous for being a huge comic book and comic book movie fanboy, as he is for being a filmmaker. So in a year where the comic book movie Avengers: Endgame became the biggest movie of all time, it’s only fitting that Kevin Smith have a little fun with that in his long-awaited return to his View Askewniverse. He does just for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot with a poster that’s a great spoof on Avengers: Endgame. Check it out:

If there are any superheroes deserving of a serious character poster, conveying import and gravitas, it’s Bluntman and Chronic and their alter-egos/the two stoners upon whom the characters are based, Jay and Silent Bob. This poster for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot does just that, spoofing the kinds of character posters given to the heroes in Avengers films like Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War.

All the hallmarks are here. Stern expressions and serious looks: check. Streaks of cool colors in the background: check. Dramatic lighting: check. Characters looking off into the distance in opposite directions: check. Kevin Smith’s character Silent Bob has a bit of flow to his hair as he is turned away, hands in his pockets like a badass reluctant warrior. He actually kind of reminds me of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne here too.

Even the logo for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot kind of looks like it is turning to dust, as if snapped away by Thanos. There is no Thanos in this poster but Jason Mewes’ Jay is striking a fighting stance and instead of wielding an Infinity Gauntlet, he is wearing an extremely large flesh-colored Hulk hand. That hand of course belonged to Mark Hamill’s Cock Knocker in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He lost that hand Luke Skywalker style in a duel with Jason Mewes’ Chronic.

To show how similar this spoof poster for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is to those from the Avengers films, check out a Spider-Man poster from Avengers: Infinity War and a Captain America poster from Avengers: Endgame below.

It’s a great spoof poster, not only because we know what a huge MCU fan Kevin Smith is, but because Jay and Silent Bob are nothing like the Avengers and the seriousness of Avengers: Endgame is the exact opposite of what we’ll find in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot makes it clear that this movie will be crude, rude, goofy and ridiculous. Basically exactly what we want it to be.

This poster is also fitting because Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is kind of spoofing superhero films and Hollywood’s reboot culture. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back previously found the titular duo going to Hollywood to stop a movie getting made about the Bluntman and Chronic characters they inspired. Now they’re trying the reboot of that property from getting made.

If you think this poster would look good on your wall next to an Avengers: Endgame poster, and who wouldn’t, you’re in luck. As Kevin Smith announced on his Twitter account, there will be special Fathom Events screenings of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot on October 15. Those who attend this screening will get a copy of this poster free, while supplies last of course. There will also be a double feature with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot on October 17.

Do ‘whatever it takes’ to see Jay and Silent Bob Reboot when it hits theaters on October 15. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of everything headed your way in the coming months.

Gemini Man Has Screened, See What People Are Saying

Ahead of the film’s October release, Gemini Man has screened for its first audiences. CinemaBlend’s own Michael Reyes offered a sneak peek at his thoughts about the Will Smith-led sci-fi flick. Here’s what he had to say:

Rejoice, Bourne fans! It sounds like Gemini Man pulls a bit from its narrative, with a new science fiction twist. While Mike found the upcoming release interesting, overall he doesn’t sound particularly impressed by it. There wasn’t enough story for him to chew on throughout.

As far as sci-fi films go this year, Gemini Man is one of the few new names to hit the big screen. Morales points out it’s not anything audiences haven’t visited before, but still gives the film points for its fun chase between Will Smith and his younger and completely CGI counterpart. But from here on out is full-on praise for Ang Lee’s newest directorial project.

Just check out Devindra Hardawar of Engadget and Slash Film bring positive buzz to Gemini Man:

What’s unique about Gemini Man is it’s a bold action movie experience that audiences will get to enjoy on the big screen. The movie was shot in 120 frames per second (FPS), which is significantly higher than an average film’s 24FPS and the Hobbit trilogy’s 48FPS. The above motorcycle sequence with Will Smith’s two characters sounds incredibly impressive!

Fandango’s Erik Davis enjoyed the movie as well, calling it amongst the best of Ang Lee’s filmography, which includes the highly-acclaimed Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. Here’s what he said:

It also sounds like 3D is the ticket to buy for Gemini Man. Along with Erik Davis’ recommendation, Refinery29’s Anne Cohen also showed her love for the 3D version along with these comments:

There’s also some love for Mary Elizabeth Winstead! The actress known for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim, and soon-to-be Birds of Prey badass, has a supporting role in Gemini Man, along with Clive Owen and Benedict Wong. It’s also nice to hear the CGI Will Smith isn’t jarring like Smith’s Genie was ahead of Aladdin.

On top of love for the visuals and other cast members, Will Smith’s performance sounds like it’s been given the thumbs up! So while Gemini Man’s plot may not be groundbreaking, it looks like the movie is garnering positive initial reactions! Check it out yourself opening weekend starting October 11!

Birds Of Prey: Margot Robbie Wanted To Give Harley Friends

The DC live-action universe is a fascinating place that seems to be in constant motion. Rather than full release schedules like the MCU, Warner Bros. allows the performance of each blockbuster to dictate its future. There have been some cast and director shakeups as a result of Justice League‘s box office bomb, but one thing is clear: DC is putting a lot of stock into Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The femme fatale was a fan favorite from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, with the highly anticipated Birds of Prey marking her second appearance on the silver screen. And it turns out that the movie’s writing was at least partly influenced by Robbie’s hope that Harley gets real friends.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a semi-spinoff for Harley, while also introducing iconic characters from Gotham City and Batman lore. The upcoming blockbuster was written by Bumblebee‘s Christina Hodson, who recently spoke about early meetings she had with Margot Robbie about the female-centric project. As she put it:

Harley was a scene stealer in Suicide Squad, but we didn’t really get to see her interact with female characters. Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller was more of a manipulator than anything, while the sword wielding Katana was mostly mute throughout the film’s runtime. But that’ll change when Birds of Prey finally hits theaters, and sees the villainess interact with DC favorites like Huntress and Black Canary.

It turns out that Christina Hodson and Margot Robbie met for the first time four years ago, before David Ayer’s Suicide Squad had even arrived in theaters. While Harley formed somewhat of a family unit in her first appearance, her personal relationships look like they’ll be especially important during Birds of Prey. And the villain’s first genuine friends will surprisingly come from the heroes of Gotham City, including GCPD officer Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez).

Harley Quinn is a character that was originally defined by her abusive relationship with The Joker. First debuting in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley is constantly beat down physically and emotionally by Mr. J, but continues to stand by her puddin’. But Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) seems to be teasing the character’s independence from Jared Leto’s Clown Prince of Crime.

Later in her conversation with Total Film, Christina Hodson went on to explain just how passionate Margot Robbie is about Birds of Prey, and her character’s overarching narrative. As the writer put it:

This is all very exciting. Not only will Birds of Prey challenge the character of Harley Quinn in new and exciting ways, it seems that Warner Bros. allowed the filmmakers to create bold narrative choices for the upcoming movie.

Birds of Prey looks like it’s going to balance the drama of Gotham City Crime with a quirky cast of characters led by Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The movie has had a unique approach to marketing thus far, revealing the cast’s upcoming looks through a screen test. A brief teaser was also cut, but only released to audiences ahead of IT Chapter Two.

The upcoming blockbuster also recently debuted its first poster, which puts Harley front and center, and shows audiences how she sees the world, and the various characters she’ll come into contact with for Birds of Prey. The trailer is unique compared to the typically ultra-serious approach that most comic book movies make. And it should be fascinating to see how it all shakes down when Cathy Yan’s DC debut continues the shared universe’s timeline.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will fly into theaters on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movie.

Toy Story 4’s Alternate Ending Might Be Even More Heartbreaking

Warning: major Toy Story 4 SPOILERS ahead!

As was expected given the series’ track record, the ending of this summer’s Toy Story 4 was bittersweet in every sense of the word, leaving audience members emotionally wrecked after saying goodbye to these beloved characters for perhaps the final time. But if you thought the theatrical ending to the Pixar film was rough, Toy Story 4’s alternate ending might be even more heartbreaking.

Toy Story 4 doesn’t hit digital and home video until October, but Entertainment Weekly has an early look at one of the bonus features, which include an alternate ending for the film. In it, after helping all the other lost toys find kids and homes, Bo Peep sees a kid from the store that she connects with (possibly Harmony, the girl that Gabby Gabby wanted to be with the whole film only to get rejected by her) and calls her “the one.”

Bo Peep, who for the majority of the film eschewed the need for a toy to have a kid and espoused the merits of a free life on the road, realizes that she would like to be with a kid again, that she wants to go back to being a toy in a bedroom with this little girl. She didn’t think she wanted that life anymore, but her connection with this child changes things for Bo Peep. In this moment, Woody would have understood that he once again has to let Bo go.

So after finally finding Bo Peep again after he thought she was lost forever, Woody would have been forced to part ways with her, perhaps for good this time. Bo would have been happy to have found that connection with a kid again, but it would have been absolutely crushing for the cowboy and the sheepherder, and incredibly heartbreaking for the audience to see them part.

The theatrical ending of Toy Story 4 finds Woody saying goodbye to his friends from Bonnie’s room, including Buzz Lightyear, and choosing to stay with Bo Peep and live a life on the road. Bo and Woody then help other lost toys that want homes and kids to find them. It’s a bittersweet ending because Woody had to say goodbye to his friends, but he was reunited with his long lost love and they were embarking on a new life together.

Depending on its implementation, this alternate ending might be even more heartbreaking because it would have been all bitter, no sweet. If this ending took place after Woody and Buzz said goodbye, Woody would have essentially stayed with Bo only to be left by her, at which point he would have no one, or at least no one he really knew. Bonnie had lost interest in Woody but at least he would have still been in her room with Buzz and friends.

I have to say, this move would have been kind of selfish on Bo’s part after Woody just gave up everything he knew to be with her. Plus, she could have just went with Bonnie if she wanted to be a toy again, or Woody could have went with her to her new kid.

This alternate ending would have also kind of forced the Bo character to change her entire belief system. Sure, maybe she felt hurt by Molly and didn’t want to risk that again, and that’s why she was on the road. And just like people, toys can change their minds, but this alternate ending would have gone back on the confidence and freedom Bo Peep had found and the lifestyle she advocated for.

Director Josh Cooley says they came pretty close to using this ending, and although it would have certainly provided the requisite waterworks for a Toy Story movie ending, I think they ultimately made the right choice. And if this is the end of the Toy Story franchise, it’s a happy one for all the toys.

Toy Story 4 arrives on digital on October 1 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 8. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the movies headed your way this fall season.

Fans Discover Awesome Marvel Easter Eggs In Spider-Man: Far From Home

After years of being fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve trained our eyes to closely watch out for Easter eggs that either foreshadow our favorite characters’ futures or cleverly wink at their origins. As Spider-Man: Far From Home reaches more eyeballs, especially with its Tuesday digital release, fans are spotting more fun nods, including this one during Peter Parker’s flight to Europe:

Future Disney+ content? No, this is a screenshot from Spider-Man: Far From Home (via Marvel Stuff) that shows some universe interconnected in-flight entertainment as Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is trying to escape the fallout of Endgame, including the death of his mentor/father figure Tony Stark. Just as you’d expect the world to react if the Snap really happened, tons of documentaries seemed to have been produced around the event.

Titles such as The Snap, Finding Wakanda, Hunting Hydra, Nova: Einstein Rosen Bridges with Stellan Skarsgård’s Dr. Erik Selvig and Heart of Iron: The Tony Stark Story are avaliable for flyers to press play on, much to Parker’s lament. Easter eggs such as these certainly show a close attention to detail within the MCU.

One has to wonder if documentaries such as these are avaliable to the public, they may have a greater understanding of the Avengers adventures than ever before. If movies on topics such as Wakanda and Hydra are being regularly watched by civilians, the MCU post-Snap has inspired more knowledge about superheroes than ever before.

It’s unclear how exactly Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will continue after the Disney/Sony split, but the actor is signed on for at least one more movie. He will reportedly no longer have connections with the MCU, but could join forces with other Spider-Verse characters Sony plans to establish. Fans will be curious to see how the third Spider-Man film continues his arch rooted in the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.

The next phase of the MCU will begin next May with Black Widow and Eternals in November.