9 Important Things To Remember Before Seeing Avengers: Endgame

This is it, folks! We are in the Avengers: Endgame! Eleven years and 21 films have prepared the world for this momentous event of epic proportions, and after this movie is released, nothing will be the same. So surely, you’re prepared for the big day, but let’s go through a rough and ready checklist.

You’ve picked out a shirt/outfit/cosplay of your favorite hero to wear to the theater, right? Good. You’re all stretched and rested, prepared for a little over three hours of screen time with no bathroom breaks? Fantastic. You remember all of the details needed to enjoy Avengers: Endgame, after rewatching the entire MCU? Ah, ha! We thought you’d need help with that.

While this isn’t a total substitute for watching the 21 film run currently known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re about to provide you with nine key facts that you should remember, in order to make your Endgame the best game. So do another stretch, make sure your outfit’s pressed and stitched, and read on to prepare yourself for the movie event of the summer.

Avengers: Infinity War Wong explains the Infinity Stones

The Infinity Stones Are As Old As The Universe Itself

As explained by Master Wong in Avengers: Infinity War, the Infinity Stones were created by the Big Bang, along with the universe we all exist in. Thanks to that big universe energy, each of the six stones created were cast out into the cosmos, settling in random spaces.

So if you’re a being like Thanos, this is something that’s crucial, as theoretically one could use those stones to do something like, say, balance the universe in your own image and take on the Earth’s mightiest heroes without breaking a sweat.

Or, if you’re a comic/movie company, you could build an entire shared universe of heroes over the acquisition and defense of these stones as well. But whatever one would do with the Infinity Stones, the point is, they’re roughly as old as the planet you’re currently on. Maybe fractionally older.

Avengers: Infinity War Thanos uses the gauntlet to throw a moon

Those Stones Also Controlling Vital Elements Of Existence

Each of the Infinity Stones controls a vital element that can be manipulated whenever that gem is activated. Those six elements are Reality, Time, Mind, Soul, Space, and Power; each with a different color corresponding to their power signatures.

Those stones individually are a force to be reckoned with, but there’s an even bigger threat that involves their usage. Should all six of those Infinity Stones be collected and mounted into the fabled Infinity Gauntlet, they could be used to trigger a cataclysmic event that would wipe out half the universe.

Known as “The Decimation” (or simply, The Snap), it’s Thanos’ ultimate endgame, as he is obsessed with balancing what he feels is a universe of chaos and overpopulation. There’s a chance of stopping this mad titan, but to do so, the right team needs to be in place.

Avengers: Age of Ultron the team stands next to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in front of tons of Ul

The Original Avengers Haven’t Been All Together Since Age Of Ultron

Normally that “right team” would be The Avengers, but here’s the thing: the original six haven’t been together since Avengers: Age of Ultron. With Hulk being the first to leave the scene, the group eventually started peeling off and doing their own things.

Eventually, Thor would be the next Avenger to leave the board, as his visions of destruction and chaos in Asgard inspired him to return home after a prolonged absence. And then, the rest of the OG team was broken apart by those three lovely politically-charged words: The Sokovia Accords.

With Iron Man and Captain America leading factions of pro and anti sentiments involving the accords, the events of Captain America: Civil War split the rest of the team, including Hawkeye and Black Widow, into groups that were either law-abiding supers or fugitive-costumed heroes. At this point, the fracturing of the team that started in Avengers: Age of Ultron only continued to set them apart.

The Avengers standing in front of Loki, with Hawkeye aiming his bow and arrow at the camera

The Avengers Are Much Different Heroes Than When They Started

Even if they hadn’t split up during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, there are a lot of changes that have happened in the lives of the team. And we’re not just talking about costumes or weapons of choice either; these go right to the stem of their personalities.

Tony Stark is in the final stages of settling down to get married to Pepper Potts. Captain America is no longer the U.S. Government’s biggest boy scout. Black Widow and Bruce “The Hulk” Banner were in the middle of a relationship until he left. And Hawkeye has a secret family no one knew about.

Add in their differences of opinion involving the Sokovia Accords, and you’ve got a body of superheroes that aren’t quite sure what the next move is. Which is the perfect time for Thanos (Josh Brolin) to come knocking in Avengers: Infinity War, with his quest for the Infinity Stones already putting one Avenger partially out of commission.

Avengers: Infinity War Bruce Banner stands next to a Hulkbuster arm in Wakanda

The Hulk Has Gone Into Hiding (With Bruce Still In The Open)

There was a time when Bruce Banner would have metaphorically killed to rid himself of the ability to turn into the Hulk. Having a large, green, rage monster within you that needs constant supervision and control isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when trying to lead a normal life. So who can really blame him?

However, Banner’s wish for Hulk to return to action throughout Avengers: Infinity War is equally identifiable, seeing as it’s kind of his job at that point. But the green guy went into hiding after receiving a rare thrashing from Thanos, and as of the end of the film, he’s yet to show up in his full form; despite what the trailers may have told people.

So now, Bruce Banner could go on dates, get angry without a care, and generally live a normal life. You know, if it wasn’t for the whole Decimation happening and everything. Come to think of it, has anyone seen Betty Ross lately?

Avengers: Infinity War Doctor Strange reviewing all of the scenarios in a meditative pose

The Decimation Had To Happen, According To Doctor Strange

Quite possibly the greatest twist of all to take place in Avengers: Infinity War is not the fact that Thanos’s Decimation actually happened, but the fact that according to Dr. Stephen Strange, it had to happen. There’s heroes admitting that the odds are severely not in their favor, and then there’s flat out telling your teammates that you have to lose big in order to win bigger.

Out of 14,000,605 outcomes that could have taken place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was only one scenario that Strange admitted would have yielded a successful outcome; a fact he’d continue to swear by as he crumpled into dust. And unfortunately for the universe, that particular game plan meant Thanos had to get his hands on the complete Infinity Gauntlet package, and realize his plan of wiping out half of its occupants.

With the ultimate defeat delivered at their doorstep, and quite a few of their own numbers wiped out in the process, The Avengers that remained were left to mourn and lick their wounds. Meanwhile, Thanos surveys his work on a lush planet, ready to give up his madness and be at peace with the universe.

Avengers: Infinity War Tony Stark looking sullen on Titan

All Of The Avengers Are Scattered Throughout The Universe

Even before the main event of Avengers: Infinity War, the team was split into two different locations, providing Thanos with just as many fronts to fight his war of acquisition. On his home planet of Titan, and the fields of Wakanda, the purple tyrant found himself snapping up the last two Infinity Stones, and then snapping away half the universe.

This left Tony Stark and Nebula on the planet of Titan, with the Guardians of the Galaxy’s craft the Milano as their only way off the planet. Meanwhile, the rest of the remaining Avengers are on Earth, presumably at their New York headquarters, trying to figure out what their next move is.

While they may not know it, events at that point are in order that will eventually save the day. And it will all come down to the very thing, and the very person, that brought them together in the first place.

Avengers: Infinity War Nick Fury disintegrates while paging Captain Marvel

Nick Fury Provided The Avengers With An Edge

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, we see a post-credits scene of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill driving as they learn of the incursion of Thanos’s forces in Wakanda. All of a sudden, a car accident takes place, and the agents learn of the effects The Decimation is having on the globe firsthand.

With Hill being the first to disintegrate, Nick Fury has just enough time to almost swear, and send a page out to his good friend Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers. She receives this page in the depths of space and returns in the post-credits scene to Captain Marvel, with one question in mind: “Where’s Fury?”

Her friend may be missing, but thanks to Captain America and his surviving partners in The Avengers continually paging her to return, Carol is now aligned with Earth’s mightiest heroes in their most desperate hour of need.

Ant-Man And The Wasp Scott trapped in the Quantum Realm

Ant-Man Is Stuck In The Quantum Realm

As if the stakes weren’t high enough with the events set forth in Avengers: Infinity War, there’s one more thing that is going to be super important to remember when stepping foot into Avengers: Endgame: Scott Lang is stuck in the Quantum Realm, thanks to The Decimation.

It was all due to a science experiment being run at the end of Ant-Man and The Wasp, as the newly reunited Pym/Van Dyne family were having Scott harvest some energy in the world of the subatomic. All in the name of keeping Ava “Ghost” Starr stable while research was being conducted to cure her of a problem involving involuntary quantum phase shifts.

Just as Scott was ready to return to the world of the regularly sized, The Decimation hit and took out Hope Van Dyne, her mother Janet, and her father Hank Pym; all of whom were monitoring Ant-Man as he went subatomic. Scott seemingly has no way out at this point, and we’re left with him crying out for help in the Quantum Realm.

There you have it: everything you needed to know about Avengers: Endgame, but were too cool to ask. Now, you’re absolutely ready to see the end of an era. So do a couple more stretches, and don’t overestimate using the bathroom a couple extra times before seeing the film. You can never be too sure with your bladder. Happy hunting, MCU fans, and if you happen to have the time to watch a couple of the previous films, use our list of the essential short list of titles to make sure you’re spending your prep time wisely.

Avengers: Endgame starts pulling everything back into place in early showings this Thursday.

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6 Marvel Superhero Teams That Need A Movie

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 Marvel

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

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.

Young Avengers Marvel

Young Avengers

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 Marvel Comics

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!

The Annihilators Marvel Comics


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 Marvel Comics

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.

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AMC Adds Some Round The Clock Showings Of Avengers: Endgame

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: Endgame even 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.

Re-Watch Captain Marvel’s Mid-Credits Scene Before Seeing Avengers: Endgame

Warning: SPOILERS for Captain Marvel are ahead!

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.

Morbius: What We Know So Far About Sony’s Venom Follow-Up

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.

Morbius the Living Vampire

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.

Morbius the Living Vampire

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.

Rebecca Ferguson in Life

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.

Morbius the Living Vampire

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.

Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2049

Jared Leto

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.

Adria Arjona in Pacific Rim Uprising

Adria Arjona

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.

Matt Smith in Doctor Who

Matt Smith

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.

Jared Harris In The Terror

Jared Harris

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.

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Tyrese Gibson

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.

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Emperor Palpatine Might Not Be The Only Surprise Star Wars Character Returning For The Rise Of Skywalker

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.

The Suicide Squad’s Jai Courtney Is Psyched To Play Captain Boomerang Again

Although it is being described as more of a reboot than a sequel, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will be bringing back some familiar faces from David Ayer’s 2016 film. Among those faces is Jai Courtney, who played the funny and mad George “Digger” Harkness, better known as Captain Boomerang. Although his character was the most cowardly of the original group, Jai Courtney himself is psyched to hop back into the role for another go round, as he explained:

Captain Boomerang seems like the kind of character that would be a blast to play, and clearly Jai Courtney enjoyed his time as the Aussie bank robber. Based on what he told The Hollywood Reporter, he seems stoked that Captain Boomerang will be a part of the sequel and that he will get to have fun reprising that role, gold tooth and all.

We don’t know what writer/director James Gunn has planned, but Jai Courtney’s Boomerang does seem like the kind of odd and goofy character that Gunn does so well. And that makes him so ideally suited to this property in the first place. So it is cool that Captain Boomerang will be back and will be portrayed by an actor who relishes in the role.

Given the fact that most signs point towards James Gunn’s film doing its own thing and acting as more of a soft reboot than a true sequel, it’s difficult to know what The Suicide Squad has in store for Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang. At the end of Suicide Squad, having survived their mission, the team gets ten years off their sentences. Everyone except Boomerang. And while the others get special privileges, Courtney’s gets put in solitary confinement.

Apparently Amanda Waller or whoever will put together the Suicide Squad in the sequel determines that Captain Boomerang isn’t more trouble than he’s worth and there is still some merit in keeping him around, if only for the comic relief.

Returning alongside Jai Courtney in Suicide Squad 2 is Viola Davis who plays Amanda Waller. The rest of the potential returnees are not confirmed as of yet. Despite some rumors to the contrary, it is believed that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will return, but Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag is not expected to.

Captain Boomerang will be mixing it up with some new faces as well. Idris Elba has been cast in The Suicide Squad and for a brief time, it seemed like he would be taking over Deadshot from Will Smith. Instead he will actually be playing a new character but we don’t know who yet, although we have some guesses. Also in talks to join Suicide Squad 2 and his first superhero film, is John Cena in an undisclosed role.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to open on August 6, 2021. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies coming to theaters this summer and for all the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

New The Hustle Trailer Spoofs Avengers: Endgame

It’s a tale old as time: a huge cultural event is set to debut in a theater near you, and just as the hype is getting intense beyond belief, a comedy movie uses that hype to make a joke at said event’s expense. The tactic definitely works, and as we’re prepared to see Avengers: Endgame unfurl in theaters this weekend, The Hustle would like to remind everyone that it’s not too far off from that very film in some of its aims. Check out their latest trailer, inspired by Marvel’s would-be blockbuster, below:

This trailer for The Hustle does a pretty good job starting out with a pseudo Avengers: Endgame vibe, as the approach of limited coloring in the face of great evil is present. And while they may not have checked with Thor about the usage of his super group’s name “The Revengers,” it’s still a pretty fun callback to Thor: Ragnarok.

Of course, it’s not long before The Hustle returns to its actual plot involving Anne Hathaway’s posh thief teaching Rebel Wilson’s newbie in training how to con the men of the French Rivera out of their money. It’s a task that requires disguises, aliases and the occasional act involving simulated murder by means of a shotgun.

The second remake of the film Bedtime Stories, with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels being the most recent reference for director Chris Addison’s latest version, The Hustle feels somewhat familiar, but new enough to lure people into theaters with its charms. But then again, a little bit of fun subterfuge doesn’t hurt, especially when the result is a quick and breezy gag that’ll make including this trailer with this weekend’s Avengers: Endgame all the easier.

Although we have to admit, after sitting on this trailer long enough in our minds, The Hustle’s marketing gimmick has us thinking about another time a comedy took good natured shots at an approaching cultural monolith. See if you can remember this throwback from almost 20 years ago:

Summer 2019 is going to be a pretty crowded affair, and grabbing all the marketing real estate you can is key. Much like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Hustle has brought its A-game while spoofing Endgame, and it’ll be up to the audiences watching this trailer to decide whether or not this joke’s good enough to stick around for the punchline.

In the spirit of history, we’d like to remind you that if you’re only seeing one movie this summer, see Avengers: Endgame, which opens this Thursday night. But, if you do see two or more movies, see The Hustle, which will put its money on the box office table on May 10.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Confirms Shang-Chi Is Coming In Phase Four

With Spider-Man: Far From Home now representing the end of the MCU’s Phase 3 and not the beginning of Phase 4 as we once thought, the future remains shrouded in mystery. But even though Marvel hasn’t made formal announcements or said much about what happens after Avengers: Endgame, there have been reports about projects that are casting or in development. One of those projects is Shang-Chi.

At a fan event part of the press tour for Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked if there would ever be a Chinese superhero in the MCU and his response is exciting for fans eager to see Shang-Chi on the big screen. Feige told the Shanghai audience:

Not exactly leading by example on the secrecy front are we Mr. Feige? The Marvel Studios President thought it was okay to divulge a little about future plans here, and his response to an elated Shanghai crowd basically confirms that Marvel’s most proficient martial artist is on his way. So it’s probably safe to get your hopes up that we will be seeing Shang-Chi in the next few years as a part of the MCU’s still largely mysterious Phase 4 slate.

Given the reports on a Shang-Chi movie, Kevin Feige’s response is expected, but also welcome. He was asked a question and was able to give an audience who it meant a lot to the answer that they wanted to hear. That crowd’s excitement and the huge importance of the Chinese box office should make it clear that a Shang-Chi movie is both the obvious move and the right one.

The movie for Marvel’s master of Kung-Fu is slowly coming together, with Short Term 12 writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton signed on to helm the project. The screenplay is being written by the very in demand Dave Callaham, who wrote The Expendables, Amazon’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson as well as being attached or contributing to the scripts for the upcoming films Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland: Double Tap and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.

That’s an exciting start and shows that Marvel is taking their first Asian superhero seriously, bringing in Asian-American talent and hoping for the kind of cultural impact that Black Panther achieved with a similar method. With Kevin Feige now speaking more openly and publicly about Shang-Chi and with Avengers: Endgame arriving this week, hopefully this is a sign that we’ll begin to hear more about this film, like casting, before too long.

Of course, before we get to Shang-Chi, the Avengers have a score to settle, whatever it takes, in Avengers: Endgame, arriving in theaters this weekend. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest news about Shang-Chi and the MCU’s Phase 4 as it develops. In the meantime check out our 2019 Release Schedule to plan out your moviegoing as we enter the packed summer season.

First Look At James McAvoy’s Bill Denbrough In IT Chapter 2

2017 brought us the first installment of director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary novel IT. It also brought the suspense of having to wait for the second half of the story, as the doorstopping length of that source book inspired Muschietti to split the story into two parts.

The first chapter delivered the childhood portion of the story, and now with a brand new photo from the director himself, we have our first look at the adult form of Bill Denbrough in IT: Chapter 2, played by James McAvoy:

While it’s not a full-body shot of McAvoy’s adult incarnation of the character originated by Jaeden Lieberher in IT, it looks like we’re seeing Bill indulging in one of his old habits. As the posture of James McAvoy’s body in the photo suggests, it looks like Bill’s riding a bike, more than likely his childhood steed Silver.

Bill is certainly going to need that bike, and any other support from his childhood memories he can get, as he and the entire Loser’s Club gang are reuniting in Derry to take on the evil known as Pennywise The Clown once again. After thirty years of relative peace, with his group of friends being scattered all over, it’s going to take more than just a slingshot to defeat the greatest fears of Bill and the rest of the gang.

With Andy Muschietti previously confirming that a lot of detail went into finding actors that could look and feel like their childhood incarnations, we’re starting to see that work really pay off. See for yourself, by comparing the photo of James McAvoy above with this photo of Jaeden Martell’s version of Bill from IT:

While we’ll have to wait until later this year to see how McAvoy’s performance captures the essence of Lieberher in IT: Chapter 2, there’s certainly a strong resemblance between the two actors in this photo from Andy Muschietti’s Instagram. This isn’t the first we’ve seen when it comes to the adult versions of The Losers Club, as we were treated to some footage of another scene at this year’s CinemaCon.

Through the clips shown to us from IT: Chapter 2, it sounds like James McAvoy isn’t the only example of adult actors sticking the landing on their aged portrayals of their younger counterparts. With a lot of that particular look at the film showing us Jessica Chastain’s Bev, and a few snippets of other Losers being shown, it feels like the fires of hype surrounding this momentous finale are starting to be stoked higher than ever.

IT: Chapter 2 invades our dreams, nightmares, and local theaters, on September 6; but if you want to see what else is heading our way in the months prior to the return to Derry, head over to the 2019 release schedule for further information.