After Onward, Pixar’s Next Movie Will Go In Search Of The Soul

We only just recently got the first trailer for Pixar’s next movie, the suburban fantasy movie Onward. However, 2020 is a strange year for Pixar Animation Studios. Not only do they have two movies set to release, but those two movies are only coming out about three months apart. The second film is scheduled for release exactly one year from today, and so Pixar has given us our first bit of information about what the film actually is.

The Pixar Twitter account has officially unveiled the movie Soul. based on the description, the story will be delving deep into the very concepts of life itself. Check out the description below.

While the description is pretty vague, the idea that the movie will be exploring some of the most important questions of life itself makes it clear that the title Soul is referring to spiritual concept of the soul, that there’s something more to life than simply the physical manifestations of our bodies. These are some pretty heavy philosophical questions, but if there’s any studio that has shown a deft at dealing with some pretty deep concepts, it’s Pixar.

The movie will apparently take place in both New York City and in “cosmic realms.” The idea that the soul might exist in some tangible form in a cosmic realm someplace makes the movie sound a little like Inside Out, the Pixar movie that turned emotions into actual characters. However, we know that none of the movies currently on Pixar’s schedule are sequels, and so while there might be (or might not be) similarities between the two ideas, they are not directly related.

The other reason that Soul might be a “spiritual” sequel to Inside Out is that the two movies have the same director, Soul is being helmed by Inside Out director, and new Pixar studio head, Pete Docter. Docter also directed Up and Monsters Inc.

Beyond these details, nothing else has been revealed about Soul. We don’t know who the voice cast is or anything about the characters that cast will be bringing to life.

The good news is that we’ll probably get a few answers before too long. The first trailer for Onward, Pixar’s next movie after Toy Story 4 drops on Friday, launched less than a month ago, and that movie is nine months away as of now. This means we’re probably only a couple months away from learning more about Soul. There’s going to be a bit of juggling to do as marketing for both of these movies will be happening pretty close together. We’ll probably get our first look at Soul before we learn much more about Onward.

However, since Pixar is almost universally great at what they do, that’s a good thing. I don’t think we’d be seeing two movies from the studio coming this close together if there wasn’t confidence that both were ready. While 2021 will see a single untitled Pixar movie released, in 2022 we’ll go back to a schedule that looks like this, with one movie coming out in March and another set for June.

Soul will hit theaters June 19, 2020.

No Country For Old Men: 7 Big Differences Between The Book And Movie

Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss at the scene of the crime in No Country For Old Men

What happens when two of the most stylistically unique directors in Hollywood take on a book by one of the most stylistically unique writers in the world? The Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, shows exactly what happens.

Usually when a movie is adapted from a book, due to a myriad of reason the movie version tends to leave a lot out from the book or even change significant events because the two mediums are very different (obviously). No Country For Old Men is actually somewhat of an exception to that. When the Coen Brothers took on No Country For Old Men, they changed remarkably little in their on-screen adaptation.

Beat for beat, the tone, the twists, the surprises, basically everything important to No Country For Old Men‘s book is faithfully conveyed in the movie, but there are some big changes that are definitely worth taking a look at. So, I have.

Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell investigating the shootout in No Country For Old Men

Ed Tom Bell Narrates The Entire Book

The biggest change between the movie and the book is how Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, presents the story. In the book, Bell is telling the story as he investigates the drug deal gone wrong in rural Texas near the Mexican-American border, all while the hunt for Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin in the film) simultaneously goes on after Moss comes across the scene of the shootout and takes the money from the dead drug runners.

The movie opens with a voiceover monologue from Bell that is taken almost word for word from the opening paragraphs of the book to introduce the story. Throughout the book, each chapter opens with a similar monologue from Bell, but the opening voiceover in the film is the only time we get this from the character in the movie.

Whenever books are translated to film, there is almost always something lost in this way. It is hard to convey the thoughts and feelings of a character without their inner dialog that is easy to do in books. On film, doing something very hacky like constant voiceover monologues and exposition too often serves as a lazy way for filmmakers to fit these kinds of thoughts in films. The Coens are definitely not lazy and it presents a great challenge to tell the No Country For Old Men story without hitting the audience over the head with constant voiceovers explaining the action. It makes for a much more rewarding movie when the story develops naturally, rather than someone reading a book on tape with pictures behind the words.

Instead of the inner-monologue in the Cormac McCarthy book, much of Bell’s thoughts are conveyed to other other characters, like his revelation about the cattle-killing tool that Chigurh is using that Bell has in a conversation with Carla Jean Moss, Llewelyn’s wife, played by the wonderful Kelly Macdonald in the movie.

In that respect, the film does exactly what it needs to do to tell the story the same way it plays out in the book, without voiceovers, while telling the same story with the same tone. The Coen Brothers nail it and the movie is infinitely better for not having to rely on simple tricks to tell the story in the easiest way.

Josh Brolin confronts Javier Bardem in a hotel in No Country For Old Men

The Hotel Scene Is Changed Quite A Bit

The scene in the hotel, when Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem in an Oscar-winning performance, tracks down Moss (who is, again, carrying the money he took from the dead drug runners), is changed quite a bit in the movie from the book.

In the book, Chigurh kills the hotel clerk and takes a key for the room where he knows Moss is hiding. Moss hears Chigurh coming and hides in the room and gets the jump on Chigurh when he opens the door and holds him at gunpoint while they have a short conversation. Soon though, the conversation breaks down and Moss makes a break for it and the chase scene begins.

In the movie, it plays out much differently. After killing the hotel clerk, Chigurh shoots the lock with his bolt pistol – the tool used to kill cattle that Chigurh uses to kill the man in his first scene – which sends the lock into Moss’ chest, forcing him to flee the room by jumping from a window, after taking a shot at Chigurh with his shotgun.

What follows is the chase scene that forces Moss to scramble across the border into Mexico after getting severely injured, which is also pretty much exactly how if plays out in the Cormac McCarthy novel. Moss ends up in a hospital in Mexico while Chigurh recovers in a hotel room.

Josh Brolin takes out the dog chasing him in No Country For Old Men

The Scene With The Dog Doesn’t Appear In The Book

In the movie, there is an entire scene that didn’t appear in the No Country For Old Men book. In the scene, Moss is chased by a dog downstream after confronting the Mexican crew chasing him when he returns to the scene of the shootout to help the wounded man in the truck.

After being chased into a stream bed, Moss finds himself safe from the Mexican gunmen, but not their dog, which chases him down the river. Unable to shoot the dog at first because his gun is wet, Moss is forced to reload. Just as the dog jumps to attack him, he gets a shot off, killing the dog and allowing him to safely escape. None of this is from the book, but it adds a tense escape scene in the movie that works perfectly to create more action.

The murdered body of Llewelyn Moss in No Country For Old Men

Moss’ Murder Is Presented Very Differently

In the book, Moss picks up a hitchhiker and has a conversation with her about life and gives her some money from the case before encountering the Mexicans, who take the hitchhiker hostage and them threaten to kill the woman unless Moss puts down his weapon. When he does put down his gun, they kill him anyway. In the movie, this plays out much differently.

The phone call between Carla Jean and Bell, where she tells Bell where Moss also reveals his location to the Mexican crew chasing the money, the hotel where they are supposed to meet. This leads to Moss’ final scene in the movie. Moss meets the woman at the hotel pool where he is supposed to meet his wife and she invites him to have a drink with her in her room and has a conversation with her foretelling the shootout to come.

As Bell approaches the hotel, he hears gunshots and watches a truck scramble from the parking lot of the hotel and walks up on the scene to find Moss murdered, presumably by the Mexican crew.The way the Coens’ present the murder makes it much more shocking and surprising, adding a lot to the film and the consequences of Moss’ actions.

Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss begs for her life with Chigurh in No Country For Old Men

The Scene With Moss’ Wife And Chigurh Plays Out Very Differently In The Movie

Near the end of the movie Carla Jean is confronted by Chigurh in her mother’s house after she returns from her mother’s funeral. The conversation they have is similar to the book, but she appears much calmer in the movie than in the book. Plus, the coin flip and its results are very different in the book.

In both, she pleads with Chigurh to spare her life, that he doesn’t need to do what he is about to do. The major change is that in the No Country For Old Men movie, she tells Chigurh directly that she won’t make the heads or tails call when he flips the coin, like he had done in the scene earlier when he spared the life of the gas station owner. She tells him that it’s not the coin making the decision to kill, it’s Chigurh. In the movie, her death is implied, but not shown. In the book, the scene is slightly different, as she does make the call heads or tails call, but comes up on the short end and Chigurh kills her.

Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell reveals his dreams to his wife in No Country For Old Men

Much Of Ed Tom Bell’s Backstory Is Left Out Of The Movie

In the book, there is quite bit about Bell’s life before the events of the novel that is explained. He reveals in No Country For Old Men’s novel that he is a Vietnam vet who abandoned his unit in a firefight and instead of getting in trouble, he was decorated with a Bronze Star. This event haunts everything he has done in life and he admits that it drives every motivation he has had since, to make try to make amends for his perceived transgressions in the war.

Bell also talks quite a bit about how different the modern world is from the one he grew up, people are less gentle not only in their actions — like the brutal shootout in the desert that kicks off the story — but also the simpler things, like being polite to one another. These thoughts are a not-so-subtle reference to the title, No Country For Old Men.

Bell’s Wife Is A Much Bigger Character In The Book

The last change from the book to the movie is Bell’s wife Loretta, who is a much bigger character in the book, with the two characters often discussing the case and its place in the larger world. In the movie, she is more or less pushed to the background and used as little more than a device to help Bell tell the story, appearing in only a couple of scenes at the beginning and at the end. These are when Bell tells her about the dreams he had about his father, which Bell tells readers directly in the book. Like other times throughout the movie, the Coen Brothers present Bell’s inner monologue in conversations with other characters.

On its surface, No Country For Old Men didn’t seem like the usual Coen Brothers-type of movie. A dark Western Gothic by a literary master didn’t seem like the kind of movie they would make, but the heart of the story is very Coen Brothers, without the typical farcical shenanigans of movies like Fargo and The Big Lebowski. It’s still the story of a man on the run with money that isn’t his being chased by multiple hunters with different motivations. In that respect, it’s exactly the kind of movie the Coens are great at making and just like the source material, the film No Country For Old Men is a masterpiece that didn’t need a lot of changing to tell the story on film.

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Anthony Mackie Calls His Marvel Future ‘A Huge Challenge’

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a fascinating place right now. Avengers: Endgame shattered expectations when it arrived in theaters two months ago, with a story deeply connected to the previous 21 installments of the franchise. It was a movie full of endings and beginnings, including a major twist when it came to the mantle of Captain America.

After Steve Rogers returned the Infinity Stones and Mjolnir to their homes within the timeline, he decided to live out his life with Peggy Carter in the past. In an instant Cap was an old man, and passed on the shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/ Falcon. Mackie recently spoke to this exciting change for his signature character, saying:

Well, this is super exciting. Anthony Mackie understands the responsibility of playing Captain America, but is also determined not to simply do an impression of his predecessor. Sam Wilson isn’t the same man as Steve Rogers, so his new mantle of Cap should affect them differently.

Anthony Mackie’s comments come from his recent appearance at Celebrity Fan Fest, as captured by a fan video from the audience. Mackie fielded a number of questions from the audience during his appearance, and was able to discuss Falcon’s character arc now that Endgame has been out and the spoiler ban has long passed.

While Sam Wilson spent the majority of Endgame as nothing but dust in the wind, he was teleported via portals to the epic final battle once Hulk snapped everyone back into existence. His “on your left” line was an epic start to that final sequence, as he was one of the first Avenger seen after returning to the world of the living.

If that wasn’t enough, he was there for Captain America’s grand finale. He was able to meet Steve Rogers as an old man, where Chris Evans’ character handed Sam his vibranium shield and told him to try it on. The world got a new Cap, and it should be interesting to see how his tenure as Falcon influence the way he carries on the mantle of his friend.

Will Marvel Be In Hall H For Comic-Con 2019? Here’s What Kevin Feige Says

The past two months have been a very exciting time for Marvel fans. Avengers: Endgame hit theaters (for the first time) in April, and brought endless plot twists and satisfying conclusions to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Spider-Man: Far From Home will wrap up Phase Three, and moviegoers are eager for any information regarding the future and the mysterious Phase Four.

One great venue for a possible announcement would be San Diego Comic-Con, which is usually a hub for exciting news, delivered directly to the fans. When speaking with Kevin Feige about Spider-Man: Far From Home, CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell posed this very question to the Studio Head. Feige said the following:

Well, that’s delightfully cryptic. While Kevin Feige admits that it might be a good year for the MCU to have a big presentation at Comic-Con’s Hall H, he admits there aren’t any concrete plans at the moment. But with D23 and the opening of Marvel land offering another opportunity just one month later to update the fans, some big announcements feel imminent.

Hall H is the biggest venue within San Diego Comic-Con, able to hold a whopping 6500 people at full capacity. It’s historically where the biggest announcements about the MCU have come, including the lineup of the original Avengers cast. As such, all eyes are on what the studios will do this year. Marvel Studios is expect to open up regarding the shared universe’s future soon, so Hall H seems like the perfect place to break the news to the public.

The studio has been very methodical about handling each latest blockbuster. Over the past few years, focus has been on each new release, rather than teasing the overarching future too soon. Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel were both given the attention they deserved, with fans left waiting the long year between Infinity War and Endgame for any glimpse into the MCU after Thanos’ snap.

Still, Kevin Feige did mention that there’s plenty of exciting updates to give the public, whether it was at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, or Disney’s annual convention D23. The MCU has typically announced full phases of movies to the public, although it’s unclear if that’s the plan this time around. While the schedule was still subject to change (shout out to Inhumans), it provided a rough outline that allowed anticipation to stew for years before each blockbuster arrived.

Whether Marvel’s future will be revealed at Comic-Con or D23 remains to be seen. But CinemaBlend will keep you updated on the latest in in the MCU.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on July 2, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Midsommar Has Screened, And People Are Dropping F-Bombs In Reaction

Ari Aster blew audiences and critics away with his last film Hereditary. Now the writer/director is back with his new film Midsommar, which from the outside looks significantly less like a horror movie, but based on early critic reactions is no less disturbing.

The first group of critics has now seen Aster’s new movie, and if there’s a single running theme through the reactions hitting social media, it’s probably summed up by Atom Tickets’ Alisha Grauso…

A similar sentiment was voiced by Birth. Movies. Death.’s Scott Wampler who wants to prepare those of us who haven’t seen it for what we’re in for…

Similar language is being used by a lot of people. It seems quite clear that whatever Midsommar might be missing in blood, guts, and violence, it more than makes up for in pure dread. As Slashfilm’s Jacob hall puts it…

The trailer for Midsommar only vaguely explains what the hell is even happening in the movie, but we know that the story focuses on a couple, played by Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh, who travel to Sweden to attend a mid-summer festival. However, the planned vacation becomes something else entirely as the locals seem to be less a festival crowd, and more a cult.

“Disturbing” may the best single word to describe Midsommar. That’s the word Jordan Peele has used, As Nerdist‘s Lindsey Romain puts it, some elements of the film are great, but they’re actually so good at accomplishing the goal, that the movie itself actually becomes less enjoyable.

Of course, while the majority of critics are praising the film, opinions are all subjective and there will always be those that feel differently. iO9‘s Germain Lussier is one who felt that while the world the movie created was impressive, the story told in that world failed to live up to the expectation…

I for one am both intrigued and utterly terrified of these reviews. I can do violent horror movies just fine, but those that fill you with so much dread that you begin to feel physically ill are the movies that really get to me. They can be great, but sometimes, at least for me, that feeling can be too much.

Full reviews are starting to pop up for the movie now that it’s screened. Midsommar hits theaters July 3.

Will Marvel Be In Hall H This Year? Here’s What Kevin Feige Says

The past two months have been a very exciting time for Marvel fans. Avengers: Endgame hit theaters in April, and brought endless plot twists and satisfying conclusions to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Spider-Man: Far From Home will wrap up Phase Three, and moviegoers are eager for any information regarding the future and Phase Four.

One great venue for a possible announcement would be San Diego Comic-Con, which is always a hub for exciting news, delivered directly to the fans. When speaking with Kevin Feige about Spider-Man: Far From Home, CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell posed this very question to the Studio Head. Feige said the following:

Well, that’s delightfully cryptic. While Kevin Feige admits that it might be a good year for the MCU to have a big presentation at Comic-Con’s Hall H, he admits there aren’t any concrete plans at the moment. But with D23 offering another opportunity just one month later to update the fans, some big announcements feel imminent.

Hall H is the biggest venue at San Diego Comic-Con, able to hold a whopping 6500 people at full capacity. It’s historically where the biggest announcements about the MCU have come, including the lineup of the original Avengers cast. Marvel Studios is expect to open up regarding the shared universe’s future soon, so Hall H seems like the perfect place to break the news to the public.

But for now, Marvel Studios seems wholly focused on the impending release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell got to speak with the cast and crew about the blockbuster, including Kevin Feige himself.

The studio has been very methodical about handling each latest blockbuster. Over the past few years, focus has been on each new release, rather than teasing the overarching future too soon. Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel were both given the attention they deserved, with fans left waiting the long year between Infinity War and Endgame for any glimpse into the MCU after Thanos’ snap.

Still, Kevin Feige did mention that there’s plenty of exciting updates to give the public, whether it was at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, or Disney’s annual convention D23. The MCU has typically announced full phases of movies to the public, allowing the fans to prepare and get excited for all the releases coming down the pipeline. While the schedule was still subject to change (shout out to Inhumans), it provided a rough outline that allowed anticipation to stew for years before each blockbuster arrived.

Whether Marvel’s future will be revealed at Comic-Con or D23 remains to be seen. But CinemaBlend will keep you updated on the latest in in the MCU.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will arrive in theaters on July 2, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Toy Story 4’s Opening Might Make Even More Money Than We Thought

There may be no more universally loved movie franchise than the Toy Story films. The three previous entries are some of Pixar‘s most successful, and best reviewed, movies, among a slate of films that are some of the most beloved animated movies ever made. There’s little question that this weekend’s Toy Story 4 is going to be a big movie, but current box office projections indicate the movie could actually be even bigger than we thought, with an opening weekend that could top $160 million in North America..

Estimates a couple months back were pegging Toy Story 4 at around $130 million domestically, which was a perfectly impressive number on it’s own. It would have still exceeded Toy Story 3‘s opening of $110 million by a decent margin. Now, however, Deadline, is reporting that the actual domestic number could be somewhere between $160 and $200 million, as part of a global opening that could see the movie land somewhere between $260 and $300 million.

There was never any question that Toy Story 4 was going to be a big movie. However, the last few weekends have actually been a little on the slow side with movies like Men in Black International, Secret Life of Pets 2 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters all underperforming to one degree or another. This fact has led some to conclude that audiences have begun to take issues with sequels and franchises, but clearly that’s not the case as Toy Story 4 is about to go nuts.

It does seem that audiences might be chomping at the bit to spend some money at the movies and there’s now a film opening that enough people are excited about that everybody will be there opening weekend. Whatever the reason that these other movies haven’t excited audiences, this one certainly does. It also has the added benefit of appealing to a mass audience, meaning entire families will be buying tickets to this one.

If Toy Story 4 really does see a $300 million global opening it will very nearly surpass the box office total of the original film in a single weekend. Toy Story 3 more than doubled the global box office of the second film when it broke the $1 billion mark, a feat that seems quite likely the new movie will be able to repeat based on these estimates.

It’s also likely to be smooth sailing for Toy Story 4 to rake in the box office dollars for the next couple weeks. Toy Story 4 is opening against the Child’s Play remake with Annabelle Comes Home following after that. A pair of horror movies are certainly not going after the same audience as Toy Story 4 despite the marketing attempts of Child’s Play.

We can likely expect Toy Story 4 to rule the box office until Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theaters over the July 4th weekend.

Avengers: Endgame Is Getting Re-Released With New Footage

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.

It’s almost hard to believe, but Avengers: Endgame has been in theaters for nearly two months. Anticipation for The Russo Brothers’ blockbuster was at a fever pitch when it arrived in April, especially given the wild events of Infinity War before it. But the co-directors delivered on all their promises, and crafted an unpredictable movie that was begging to be re-watched on the big screen.

Moviegoers did just that, experiencing the Time Heist and insane final battle more than once. What resulted was massive box office numbers, with Endgame sitting just below Avatar for the highest grossing movie of all time. And now Kevin Feige was revealed the way that record could be toppled: by re-releasing a new cut of Endgame in theaters, complete with new footage. He recently revealed this, saying:

Honestly, just take my money. Disney’s handling of the MCU has been pretty flawless throughout Phase Three, and now the House of Mouse pulled out another trick, in the form of an extended cut of Avengers: Endgame.

Kevin Feige revealed the plans for Endgame‘s second release to Comic Book, while doing press for Spider-Man: Far From Home. While somewhat shocking, it’s a revelation that makes sound business sense. And it’s not like there isn’t plenty of footage that ended up on the cutting room floor of the 181-minute epic.

The Russo Brothers shot Infinity War and Endgame back to back, and shot a ton of material that never actually made it into the theatrical cut. The editing process is key to any release, but especially such a complicated and crossover-heavy story like Endgame. There’s 900 hours of footage to comb through, although smart money says the new cut will include deleted scenes that almost made it into the final film.

A new cut of Avengers: Endgame guarantees the hardcore fandom will be flocking back to theaters, to see what Marvel Studios cooked up this time. It’s a great placeholder to satiate moviegoers until the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, and will also give Endgame the final box office boost it needs. The 22nd MCU installment is around $40 million behind James Cameron’s Avatar, so the re-release is coming at a perfect time.

News of the new Avengers: Endgame release is sure to excite the hardcore fandom, and it should be fascinating to see what new footage gets added to the blockbuster. Smart money says the final battle will be extended, as there’s probably even more action that didn’t make it into the film. Maybe we’ll finally see Kraglin? But overall the movie goes so many places, that any of its three acts has room for expansion. We’ll just have to see when that new version of the blockbuster makes it to theaters.

Avengers: Endgame is still in theaters now, although Kevin Feige indicated the re-release might be arriving as soon as next week. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

A Lot Of Netflix Users Have Streamed Murder Mystery With Adam Sandler And Jennifer Aniston

Adam Sandler has been making a lot of movies for Netflix over the last few years. Based on the views his latest effort has received, it’s clear why Netflix is happy to keep the actor around. People apparently really love his work. According to Netflix, nearly 31 million accounts in North America viewed the new movie Murder Mystery over its first three days this past weekend, which is an opening weekend record for the streaming service.

The number released by Netflix on Twitter is 30,869,863 accounts. 13,374,914 of those accounts were based in the US, with the balance coming from Canada, so apparently it’s Canada that really loved Adam Sandler, or maybe Jennifer Aniston, or maybe murder mystery comedies. It’s not clear.

Netflix doesn’t release viewership numbers on a regular basis and there’s no data to back up the numbers, so things should be taken with a grain of salt. We only hear the numbers from Netflix when they’re really good, and nothing is said if the numbers are less than stellar. Having said that, what attempts are made to back up Netflix numbers usually bear them out, so there’s no reason to believe these numbers aren’t accurate, or at least somewhere in the ball park.

If 31 million people each spent $9 on a movie ticket, then Murder Mystery would have had a stronger weekend by far than any other film had this past week. Of course, it’s not exactly the same thing. There’s no guarantee nearly as many people would have gone to a theater to see Murder Mystery. The power of the “Play” button is strong, and the fact that millions who were already Netflix subscribers simply had to tap a button surely went a long way in getting record numbers of people to watch the movie.

I reviewed Murder Mystery and I was utterly unimpressed by it. Having said that, I’ve seen a lot of comments on social media from people who thought the movie was funny, or at the very least thought it was a pleasant distraction, so clearly a lot of people at the very least didn’t feel like the movie was a waste of time.

I’m not sure anybody was expecting a new cinema classic. At the end of the day, the goal of original programming is simply to convince current subscribers that they need to keep their subscription, while also convincing others that they need to subscribe. Murder Mystery may not be a movie that drives people to sign up if they haven’t already, but combined with everything else that you need Netflix to see, it might push some over the edge.

It will be interesting to see if Murder Mystery continues to rake in the views. If Netflix tells us that it did, then it will be because the movie has continued to be strong. If Netflix starts to get quiet on the topic then I suppose that means that viewership has fallen off.

Dwayne Johnson Says Black Adam Is As Strong As Superman

It’s been nearly five full years since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was confirmed to be playing Black Adam in the DC Extended Universe, but following the success of Shazam!, it looks like the Black Adam movie is finally taking some significant steps forward. Johnson has frequently talked about why he’s excited to play the Kahndaqian anti-hero, and one of the reasons is because Black Adam and Superman have similar abilities. In Johnson’s words:

With regard to super strength, durability and flight, Dwayne Johnson is correct that Superman and Black Adam are on roughly equal footing. However, contrary to what Johnson said during his conversation with MTV, Superman and Black Adam do not have all the same powers. In fact, if you look at what Black Adam is capable of overall, he’s actually arguably more powerful than Superman.

Like other Kryptonians, Superman’s powers come from Earth’s sun, granting him abilities like x-ray vision, heat vision and super breath. Black Adam, on the other hand, is magically enhanced, just like his arch-nemesis Shazam. And while Black Adam can’t shoot lasers out of his eyes or freeze things by blowing on them, because magic is one of Superman’s main weaknesses, that means that Black Adam has an big advantage when coming to blows with the Man of Steel.

These two have fought several times in the comics, and Superman had to deal with Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam alone before Billy Batson was turned into Captain Marvel, his original heroic identity. But will Superman and Black Adam fight each other in the DCEU? Right now, nothing is in the books.

For now, Black Adam is set to lead his own movie, which Undateable’s Adam Sztykiel wrote and Jungle Cruise’s Jaume Collett-Serra is set to direct. According to Dwayne Johnson, production will begin sometime next year.

And then there’s the Shazam of it all. He and Black Adam have been at odds in the comics for decades, and while it seems likely that eventually they’ll clash in the DCEU, there’s no set time on when that will happen. Doctor Sivana was Billy Batson’s first foe in the franchise, and the end of Shazam! teased that Sivana will team up with Mr. Mind in Shazam! 2.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on what the DCEU has in store for Black Adam, but for now, you can learn what else this superhero franchise has coming down the pipeline in our handy guide.