The Lion King Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Think

Simba being held up in The Lion King remake

The original Lion King is one of Disney’s most popular animated features in the company’s over 80 years of making them. It is beloved by nearly all who have seen it. It was only a matter of time before it joined the parade of live action remakes, and now the reviews for the new Lion King are here. The consensus seems to be remarkably clear among critics, the new Lion King is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s a good thing it is, because that’s about the only thing it has going for it.

To be clear, it seems like most perspectives on the movie are positive overall, but only vaguely so. CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg gave the movie three out of five stars, saying that, while the digitally recreated film is technically stunning, that same technology also causes problems the original film did not have.

While everything looks incredibly life-like, it reveals that there are particular limitations of reality that run into conflict with the needs of the storytelling, and that’s a problem that it struggles to overcome. As impressive as it may be – and it is a marvel – the experience doesn’t capture the full magic of the 1994 original.

If you’ve seen The Lion King (1994) then you’ve seen The Lion King (2019). It’s clear from reviews that, while maybe not technically a “shot-for-shot” remake, the new version of the film is essentially unchanged when it comes to plot, characters, music (though Beyonce does add a new song), etc. I09 says that The Lion King is the most faithful to its predecessor of any of the Disney remakes. It seems the new film was afraid to change anything about the insanely popular original.

The Lion King doesn’t want to be compared, but it doesn’t want to stand on its own. For better or worse, remakes like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast attempted to inject new plotlines and characters to separate them from the heavy bar of their predecessors. Even Cinderella was faithful to the original fairy tale but different from its movie. The Lion King doesn’t want to shake things up; it wants to remind you of the 1994 version and make it prettier to watch.

But to be fair, it is, by all accounts, a lot prettier to watch. The photo-realistic CGI is an absolute wonder. As EW puts it, you’d think you were watching actual animals the whole time, if actual animals could sing, of course.

2019’s Lion King is a marvel of photorealism from the first frame, nearly indistinguishable from the real real; it looks like Netflix’s Planet Earth, if gazelles could share watering holes with their natural predators, and zebras semi-regularly broke into song.

It seems that most critics are of the same thought process. The story of the movie is good, if only because it was good the first time around, though the fact that we’ve already seen the story once counts against the new Lion King. However, the movie is technically impressive, and all that averages out to a movie that’s solid, if not overall impressive. The movie is sitting on an early Rotten Tomatoes average rating of 6.61 out of 10, so that sounds about right.

However, while most might be giving The Lion King a begrudging passing grade, that’s certainly not everybody. Slashfilm gives The Lion King a score of three out of 10, claiming that while the animals look amazing, the wonder dies every time they speak, which essentially kills the movie as a whole.

When you’re not watching lions, hyenas, meerkats, and warthogs talking on screen, it’s an impressive display of visual technology, a successful proof of concept. But The Lion King is not a silent film, and every time characters talk on screen, an instant sense of lifelessness sets in. As much as Favreau and the many visual-effects artists credited here have successfully recreated (at least to the eye of this viewer) the landscapes of Africa, it’s in service to a misguided idea. Photo-real animals look wrong when they talk or sing.

A similar opinion is held by ScreenCrush, who feels that the new Lion King is just a copy of the old one, and not even a very good copy.

Favreau’s The Lion King feels like a bad Xerox of Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s; the colors aren’t as sharp, the characters aren’t as crisply performed, and everything feels a little fuzzier and more diffuse.

The new Lion King seems destined to be a box office hit, regardless of what critics think, which, is part of the problem for some critics. There’s a feeling among some, like the Chicago Tribune, that the movie only exists because it’s a surefire hit, not because of any artistic need.

The new Lion King has every reason to exist in fiscal terms. It has no reason to exist as a movie we might take with us into our futures.

For my money, pretty much all the praise and criticisms here are accurate. Visually The Lion King is stunning to look it, it’s easy to get lost in a frame as you realize that nothing you’re looking at is real, but it all looks like this was all filmed with actual cameras. At the same time, That realistic look comes at a price. Animal faces can’t look happy or scared in the same way as they can when animated, and that means that much of the emotion is lost.

At the same time, if you love the original movie, everything you love is there. The songs are still good, the story is still solid. Any emotion missing from the new version of the movie fans will easily be able to replace by remembering how the original movie makes them feel, which is likely the plan.

As with all pieces of art. An individual’s mileage may vary. How much the pieces that don’t quite work actually bother you will be different for different people. It does seem clear that serious fans of The Lion King will get enough out of the movie to make it worthwhile.

Beyond that, any fan of technological achievements in cinema will probably want to check out the film just to see what the movie has accomplished. We certainly haven’t seen the end of this use of CGI. As with all forms of technology, they only get better with time. You can be sure that in the future we’ll see other movies use this tech to make something even more impressive.

The Lion King hits theaters July 19.

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Dwayne Johnson Shares Epic Stunt Video From Hobbs And Shaw

That’ll take the wind out of you. All that clanging and banging Dwayne Johnson does in the gym clearly isn’t all for show as here, he lifts a guy over his head, with a cable assist, and slams him down in epic fashion. After the slam, The Rock crouches down with his hands on his knees, a stance reminiscent of his wrestling days, making it seem like he was about to deliver a Rock Bottom should his foe get up.

How Samurai Jack’s Creator Helped Shape Iron Man 2

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are relatively divided over Iron Man 2, but most can agree on at least one thing: the action is pretty damn good. Fans of Samurai Jack were probably the first to notice similarities to the cult animated series in the choreography.

That is because the creator Samurai Jack and director of Star Wars: Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, Genndy Tartakovsky, was hand-picked by director Jon Favreau to help contribute to storyboarding action sequences for Iron Man 2. Bet you didn’t know that, did you? (Bonus points if you did already know.)

It turned out to be an epic team-up that led to some of the most beautifully crafted, albeit brief, action sequences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How did this collaboration come to be?

How Genndy Tartakovsky Contributed To Iron Man 2

In 2008, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars had been off the air for years when Genndy Tartakovsky was looking for work at Marvel, offering to work on animated programming for the studio, when the conversation switched the Jon Favreau. He took their suggestion to call the Iron Man director, who happened to be a big fan of his work, and the two went to lunch.

In an interview with Ain’t It Cool News, Jon Favreau recalled offering the live action action project, Iron Man 2, to Genndy Tartakovsky to work as a storyboarder for the action sequences. Favreau also cited what attracted him to the animator’s work, stating:

Following his initial meeting with Jon Favreau, Genndy Tartakovsky and his team headed into the production of Iron Man 2. They collaborated on crafting action sequences in hopes of being a step up from the original film, most notably during the climactic moment featuring Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) against an army of robotic drones.

The Genndy Tartakovsky Influence On Iron Man 2

The drones battle in Iron Man 2 is not only one of the most exhilarating moments of the film. It is a showcase of Genndy Tartakovsky’s greatest skills as an action choreographer and clearly pays homage to his most acclaimed work in animation. See for yourself in this clip:

Notice how the scene slowly builds up to the action as the drones circle around Iron Man and War Machine. The drones fly down one-by-one, while our heroes stand back-to-back in anticipation.

As soon as the brief music composition signals the escalating tension, the score is broken by the sound of Iron Man and War Machine’s face masks closing. From that moment on, the only sounds used to drive the rhythm of the scene are metal-on-metal combat and bullets flying.

The camera stays at a singular point of view, using Iron Man and War Machine as the central focal point for a good chunk of the sequence. Even when a cut is made, it is never unclear what is taking place as each new camera angle very careful follows the momentum of the action.

Each attack on the drones we see is unique to the last move our heroes make. Never does a single shot feel repeated throughout the sequence.

You put this all together and you have yourself a classic Genndy Tartakovsky action piece and the most memorable sequence from Iron Man 2. Now, if he could be convinced to get Iron Man and Samurai Jack to face off against each other…

Wearing A Lion Suit, Donald Glover Reveals He Was Too Intimidated To Record Lion King Music With Beyonce

Disney has always been known for its animated blockbusters, with the 1990’s representing the golden age of cartoon musicals like Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and The Lion King. The latter is headed back to theaters shortly, as Jon Favreau has remade the 1994 classic with ultra realistic visual affects. The Iron Man director brought an outstanding cast together, lead by Donald Glover’s Simba and Beyonce’s Nala.

Donald Glover has had a successful career as both an actor and musician– going by the name Childish Gambino. As such, you’d think he’d be confident working with an artist of Beyonce’s nature. But it turns out he sometimes needed to keep his distance from Queen B. Namely, while recording the vocals for their duet “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” When recently asked if he recorded in the same studio as Beyonce, Glover said:

It looks like Donald Glover wasn’t quite ready to sing a duet with Beyonce in the room. Luckily, his schedule for Solo: A Star Wars Story brought the perfect excuse to keep him away from the former Destiny’s Child singer.

Donald Glover’s comments about Beyonce come from his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Glover popped up on the talk show to promote The Lion King, wearing a Lion onesie to really make the message clear. He fielded all sorts of questions from the host, although every Lion King conversation eventually turns to the subject of Beyonce.

As the 35 year-old actor tells it, actually looking into Beyonce’s eyes and singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” was just too daunting of an experience for Donald Glover. So the two actor/musicians recorded their parts separately, before being mixed and combined for the theatrical cut of The Lion King.

During his same conversation with Jimmy Kimmel, Donald Glover joked about the situation, and likened to it playing Basketball with Michael Jordan. As he put it:

Touche, Donald Glover. Touche. Luckily for him, voice acting doesn’t typically require the cast to be together. Although Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen recently revealed they got to record their dialogue in the same room, and play off each other.

You can check out Donald Glover’s full appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below, complete with the lion onesie.

Really, how can you not love that man? Most people do talk show appearances in outfits curated by their personal stylist, Donald Glover went the comfortable route to do Lion King press. He continues to be a relatable figure, despite winning a Grammy and playing both Simba and Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The Lion King will roar into theaters on July 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

IT Chapter 2’s Bill Skarsgard Says Pennywise Is ‘Scarier and Angrier’ In The Sequel

The first chapter of IT became one of the most successful horror movies ever made, so hopes are high for the sequel from both a critical and box office perspective. To be successful, it’s going to have to take everything that made the first movie great and pump it up to another level. Luckily, Bill Skargard, who plays Pennywise the Clown, says that won’t be a problem, as his character is going to be even more terrifying in the sequel.

The first IT followed a group of young kids, nicknamed the Loser’s Club, as they navigated their home town which was enveloped by the evil force personified by Pennywise. In the sequel, the kids will have grown to adults and they return home to battle the clown once again. Having been defeated by them once, Pennywise, as you might expect, is pissed. According to Bill Skarsgard

Skarsgard doesn’t go into any more detail regarding exactly what brutal things Pennywise will do in IT Chapter 2, but considering the first movie opened with the clown ripping the arm off of a child, the bar is set rather high.

Fans might have an idea exactly what’s in store for the adults in Chapter 2, the movie is based on a Stephen King novel, after all. However, in the same place where Bill Skarsgard tells EW about how much scarier Pennywise will be, it’s also mentioned that some key changes have been made to the book, again without going into detail.

This means that the movie might not be entirely predictable. Of course, the fact that the story is being moved more than 30 years into the future is the single biggest change. King’s novel was published in 1986 and that was the setting for the adult time period of the story. The film used that era for the first movie which focused on the kids, moving everything in the sequel into the modern day.

Even if the brutal stuff that we’re in for in IT Chapter 2 is exactly what fans of the book are expecting, there’s a potential difference between reading about them in the book and actually seeing them on the screen. Often a movie recreation is never quite as impressive as the picture you’ve created in your head, but sometimes it can be so, so much more.

I was a massive fan of the first IT and so I’m certainly excited for IT Chapter 2. Even if it wasn’t going to try to be scarier and angrier than the first, I’d likely be ok with that. Now, I’ll need to prepare myself for this next level of horror.

IT Chapter 2 hits theaters September 6.

Why Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Surprise Cameo Could Be An Even Bigger Deal For The MCU

 

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Warning! The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home**. Read at your own risk!**

Spider-Man: Far From Home features lots of surprises, and a fair bit about the MCU post-Avengers: Endgame, but few things were as surprising as the cameo at the end. In a casting very few expected, J.K. Simmons returned to the Spider-Man franchise to reprise the role of J. Jonah Jameson. Jameson came out of nowhere in the film’s final moments and announced to the world that Spider-Man was responsible for the “hero” Mysterio’s death, and that Spider-Man is Peter Parker.

Sure, that announcement was shocking, but it wasn’t as wild as J.K. Simmons reprising the role of a Marvel character he played prior to the creation of the MCU. That could make this cameo a much bigger deal than folks may have initially thought, as it signaled Marvel is not opposed to bringing back past actors to play their characters in the MCU.

Was this a one-off deal, or does Marvel have plans to do this again? We don’t have an explicit answer to that, but there is some other interesting info that suggests it could happen again, and what the rules may be for any and all reprisals of character roles within the MCU. Strap on that speculation helmet, and prepare for a ride that explains just how this recent cameo just may be the first of many.

So, Can Any Former Marvel Actor Come Back As Their Character In The MCU?

It’s a question that folks had pondered long before Spider-Man: Far From Home, but one that got a lot more interesting after J.K. Simmons’ cameo. It appears Simmons is now the MCU’s J. Jonah Jameson, and could appear in future films as the character despite the fact he was in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise.

Now, this may cause some to jump to bizarre conclusions, which is why Marvel’s Kevin Feige got ahead of it (via Screenrant) and confirmed this Jonah Jameson is a “completely different” character than the one from the Sam Raimi films. There’s no story connection between the two, and obviously, he and Peter’s relationship will be different. For those who are confused, it’s like he’s basically the Spider-Men in Into The Spider-Verse. They’re all the same type of hero, but also different.

The “same but different” narrative seems important for Kevin Feige to get out there, which may mean other reprisals like this are on the way. So yes, it seems like Hugh Jackman could maybe return as Wolverine (as unlikely as that sounds) and even exist within the MCU without being a part of a different multiverse. He’d just have to be “different,” although we’d have to think any different Wolverine would still make enough noise the Avengers would’ve sniffed him out by now.

Will The MCU Actually Bring Back More Old Actors To Play The ‘Same But Different’ Characters?

It seems like this cameo could have been testing the waters, and that more reprisals like this could happen in the near future. Obviously we have no clue who would be on the table, here, but it’s no secret fans want to see folks like Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart appear in the MCU under their namesake Marvel characters.

One thing we do know is there were rumors a while back about Marvel discussing a Blade movie with Wesley Snipes attached. At the time, it seemed like a crazy idea, especially since the move seemed to mean the Blade franchise would technically become a part of the MCU. Now that it seems Marvel could simply bring Snipes back as a new Blade, the rumor sounds a lot more feasible.

What sounds less feasible is that Marvel would make long-term deals with older actors like Snipes to appear in multiple films over the next decade when they’re a bit older than the typical Marvel heroes. It just doesn’t seem like 2030 would roll around, and Snipes is 66 and still available to appear as Blade. Then again, Samuel L. Jackson is out here playing Nick Fury at age 70, so never say never!

This Isn’t The First Time Marvel Has Done This

What makes the J.K. Simmons reprisal so amazing isn’t simply that it happened, it’s that it happened within the MCU. Marvel did this before when it rebooted Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine into the Deadpool that’s had a hell of a run at the box office. Again though, this happened in the wildly inconsistent X-Men franchise, and not the meticulously structured MCU.

What’s funny though is the rules for Deadpool’s reboot were largely the same as the approach Marvel took for re-introducing J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. As stated earlier, that means keeping the actor the same, but making it clear this is a different character than the one from before. Marvel achieved this by changing up the haircut of Jameson from Raimi’s version in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and had Deadpool literally kill his reject counterpart.

It’s two wildly different approaches, but the end result is the same. No one can mistake these are two separate characters, and therefore are in no way connected to the past films this same actor/character combo was a part of. It seems like something that shouldn’t need to be laid out so clearly, but not everyone is as die-hard as the most loyal of Marvel fans, so it’s good Kevin Feige and the crew are going to such lengths to explain the situation.

Again though, this could be a complete fluke casting that was only done because it’s so hard to find a more perfect casting than J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. This could be the first and last time the MCU does anything like this, and fans will have to forever wonder why it never happened again. I’m feeling optimistic that won’t be the case, but who can really be sure about anything when it comes to the future of the MCU?

Do you hope Marvel will bring back other former Marvel characters to reprise their characters within the MCU? List names in the comments below, and continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all things related to Marvel and other superhero films.

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Why You Should Be Excited About The 2020 Ghostbusters Movie, Starring Finn Wolfhard And Paul Rudd

 

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It’s official. Ghostbusters 2020 is on the way to the big screen next year and there is a whole lot to be excited about already. The biggest news so far is that the movie, scheduled for release on July 10th, 2020, is a straight sequel to the original two movies, not a reboot like the controversial 2016 version and it is almost certainly going to reunite many from the original cast and crew.

The original Ghostbusters, starring an all-star cast of Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis is one of the funniest movies of all-time. While its sequel wasn’t nearly as funny, it still has some great moments, like Bill Murray wondering if it is all you can eat rib night at Sizzler.

For decades, there have been rumors regarding a third sequel, and there have been forays into various other media, including cartoon television shows, more than a dozen video games — some of which have included original cast members voicing their characters from the show — and of course, the 2016 reboot. Yet a third sequel with the original cast remained elusive and with the tragic death of the co-writer and co-star of the originals, Harold Ramis in 2014, it looked like a third was (sadly) never going to happen. Now, Ghostbusters 2020 is happening and there are a lot of reasons to be psyched about it already.

It’s A Direct Sequel To The Original Ghostbusters Movies

The 2016 reboot, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, was a bit of a bomb at the box office. After years of rumors and false starts of a reunion of the original cast for a third film, Sony finally went ahead with a complete reboot, including an-all female cast of new Ghostbusters. It didn’t work for a lot of fans. Despite some good reviews (and plenty of bad ones), the film flopped.

For the new Ghostbusters, the creators are going back to the original source. This isn’t a reboot, it’s a sequel, set in the same universe, so to speak, with new characters and old ones expanding on the events found in the first two hit films.

Paul Rudd Has Signed On To Star

Paul Rudd is one of the most charming and funniest people in Hollywood today. With the recent announcement that he would be a part of Ghostbusters 2020, we have a good reason to start getting excited for the project. Rudd is sure to bring that charm and humor and add a fresh face to the franchise, ensuring that it won’t just be a retread of the old jokes updated for a new millennium. He’s not the only new addition to be excited about either.

Jason Reitman Is Set To Direct

This is fantastic. Jason Reitman, being the son of Ivan Reitman, who produced and directed both the original Ghostbusters in 1984 as well as the first sequel Ghostbusters II in 1989, means that the franchise is keeping it in the family, so to speak. It also allows for a fresh, creative voice to update the property and bring new ideas to the franchise.

The younger Reitman is no novice of course, having directed hits like Juno, Up In The Air, and Thank You For Smoking. Having this new voice from someone related to part of the original creative team is like having your cake and eating it too. Oh – and Jason Reitman actually had a cameo as a snotty little kid at a birthday party in Ghostbusters II!

Stranger Things Star Finn Wolfhard Is In The Cast

Given Finn Wolfhard’s character’s Halloween costume in Season 2 of Stranger Things was Ghostbuster Peter Venkman, it’s pretty perfect that he will be one of the stars in Ghostbusters 2020. There is no word on what his role will be, but some rumors have said that the story will be center around four teenagers, which seems likely given the announcement of Wolfhard in the cast. Maybe they should just add the whole Stranger Things cast if that’s the case!

Captain Marvel’s Mckenna Grace Will Also Play A Role

Speaking of up-and-coming child stars and fresh off her role as a young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, McKenna Grace has also been announced as a cast member. While she seems a little young to be a junior Ghostbuster (she’s 13 and Wolfhard is 16), her star is definitely rising and she’s a great addition to the cast.

Carrie Coon Will Play Mckenna Grace’s Mother

Another exciting addition to the cast is the star of the television show Fargo, Carrie Coon, who has been announced as Mckenna Grace’s mother. We don’t know much of anything about the story, but we do know the actress’ career pretty well. In fact, she has most recently voiced and motion-captured the character Proxima Midnight in the last two Avengers movies.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, And Sigourney Weaver Might Be Back Too

Ok, but there are strong indications that at least three or four of the cast members from the original Ghostbusters will be back in one way or another for this new one. So while there is nothing definitive about their possible appearances in Ghostbusters 2020 it does look promising.

Recently, Bill Murray, who made a cameo in the 2016 Ghostbusters as a character that was NOT Peter Venkman, has continually expressed interest in returning as the smartass doctor of psychology and parapsychology, so maybe this will the time. Sigourney Weaver has also made statements recently that she would be returning as the role of Dana.

Of the other cast members, including Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts, none have been announced as part of this project, but all have said in the past that they would be up for the idea. All have also participated in other Ghostbusters media, like past video games. One more intriguing thought is that if they all sign on to the project, could this be the film that pulls the great Rick Moranis out of retirement? THAT would something to get very excited about.

The Ghostbuster franchise has been a very interesting one for the last 35 years. It’s amazing that it has sustained as long as it has on only the two movies from the ‘80s, at least until the reboot in 2016. It’s even more amazing that it has obviously survived the box office disappointment of that reboot, but with the new flick on the way next year, the Ghostbusters are clearly still popular and the buzz, even a year out, is palpable.

After decades of rumors, hints, innuendoes, vague statements, and gossip, there finally is a continuation of the original Ghostbusters franchise. That news alone should be enough to ratchet up the excitement level to eleven on your P.K.E. meter.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Twist Ending Almost Went Down Differently

Massive spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far From Home!

Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially come to a close, as Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently in theaters. Jon Watts’ second MCU outing followed up on the shared universe after the wild events of Avengers: Endgame, giving some closure to the last slate of movies. But Far From Home also set up some major changes for Phase Four, especially regarding Peter Parker’s identity.

The mid-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Jake Gyllenhaal’s possibly dead Mysterio revealing Spider-Man’s true identity to the world, thanks to a quick cameo by J. Jonah Jameson. While Peter was always going to have his name revealed in the movie, it originally happened earlier in the runtime. As co-writer Chris McKenna recently explained:

Well, that would have definitely played quite different. Because rather than appearing as a coda in the credits, it seems that Peter’s identity reveal was originally just going to be how Spider-Man: Far From Home ended. And there was yet another plan for the scene before that.

Chris McKenna’s comments to The New York Times show how methodically Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s team approached the blockbuster, in particular its ending. It seems that Peter’s second solo flick was always intended to reveal his identity to the world, but the method in which this happened changed quite a bit throughout development.

The first version of the scene saw Spider-Man making the decision himself, sacrificing his anonymity in order to beat Mysterio once and for all. This would have definitely been a heroic moment for the web slinger, and perhaps been more reminiscent of Tony outing himself as a superhero in the first Iron Man movie. Instead, that power was given to Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in a more fascinating way.

After Spider-Man successfully thwarts Quentin Beck’s plan in Europe, Peter Parker returns back home. But the villain had one more trick up his sleeve, as he reveals Peter’s identity as the superhero as well as a doctored video that sees Spidey killing Mysterio. It’s an epic button to the movie, and probably works so well because of where its placed. Rather than a bleak ending, the twist comes out of nowhere during the film’s credits.

Mysterio’s last trick is sure to change the MCU forever, and it should be fascinating to see what comes next. Nothing about Phase Four has been revealed, although both Jon Watts and the fans seem to want Kraven the Hunter to be Spider-Man’s next foe. And now that Peter Parker is a public figure (say that 10 times fast), he’ll no longer be able to be the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Willy Wonka Star Denise Nickerson Has Died At 62

Her role in Willy Wonka and the Chcolate Factory would clearly be her most popular role due to the way the film has remained relevant over the decades. It really is a fantastic film. When you watch it as a kid it’s bright and fun and silly. Then, when you watch it again when you get older, you realize just how dark and twisted the humor really is. This ability to provide something that appeals to a wide audience, and actually change over time, is why the film has remained popular to this day.

Is Millie Bobby Brown Joining Marvel’s The Eternals?

When I was postulating what we want to see from Marvel Studios in its return to Hall H, one of the things I said was surprise casting announcements beyond what we already know, and Eleven joining the MCU would certainly fit that bill. Obviously, if true, Marvel would have preferred it not be spoiled early, but it should still be exciting for the Comic-Con crowd, for whom I imagine there is a lot of MCU/Stranger Things fandom crossover.