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We Tested Kate Middleton’s Favorite Lip Gloss—Here’s Our Honest Review

While it’s common to see your favorite celebrity touch up her lipstick in public or share zit cream selfies to Instagram, the royals are much more private. Unfortunately for us, that means tracking down the exact products behind Meghan Markle’s glowing skin or Kate Middleton’s perfect blowout is nearly impossible, save for what their glam teams let slip in interviews.

With Markle, at least, we have more to work worth thanks to her Hollywood past. But given that Middleton went straight from one of us to royalty (the dream), there’s little to no information on her beauty products of choice, other than speculation that’s slipped from British tabloids over the years. That’s why it was such a gamechanger when the Duchess was spotted with a beauty product in hand earlier this month at Wimbledon.

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A Twitter fan account quickly ID’d the millennial pink tube as Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose, and it appears they are correct—the only thing up for debate might be the exact shade, but the tube Kate has is closest to Rose.

The brand describes the Lip Perfector as having a “melting gel” texture and “nourishing formula [that] delivers intense hydration with a hint of shimmer.” Essentially, it’s kind of like a hybrid of a lip gloss and lip balm. This low-key product fits right in with Middleton’s natural makeup style, which usually only consists of eyeliner, mascara, a touch of blush, and a rosy lip color.

If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s got to be good enough for us, right? We had five Glamour staffers put the Lip Perfector to the test. Read on for our honest thoughts.

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Beyoncé’s Lion King-Inspired Album Is Here, And ‘Mood 4 Eva’ Is Already Iconic

Lion King day is here, and with it, a new Beyoncé album has also arrived.

As promised earlier this week, The Lion King: The Gift dropped at the stroke of midnight on Friday (July 18), comprised of 14 tracks and 13 interludes inspired by the film. The album was curated and executive produced by Bey, who voices Nala in Disney’s new CGI remake of the animated classic.

Beyoncé’s recent single “Spirit” closes out the project, and along the way are several eclectic and high-profile collaborations, many of which include African artists and producers. Among the highlights are “The Nile,” which reunites Bey with Kendrick Lamar, and “Brown Skin Girl,” which features an adorable singing appearance from Blue Ivy (that’s right — her recording credits are growing, people!).

One of the clear standouts, though, is “Mood 4 Eva,” which features Jay-Z and Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, the Simba to Bey’s Nala. The track was co-produced by DJ Khaled and Beyoncé herself, and it’s four-plus minutes of upbeat, energetic swagger. Jay name-checks Prince, Nas, and Biggie in his verse, but to absolutely no one’s surprise, it’s his wife who steals the show here. “I’m so unbothered, I’m so unbothered,” she raps. “Why would you try me? Why would you bother? / I am Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.” Now that’s a whole mood.

An extended version of the track is available exclusively on Tidal; check it out below.

In an interview with ABC News earlier this week, Beyoncé explained that The Lion King: The Gift is “a love letter to Africa” and a whole new musical genre inspired by the reboot.

“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” she said. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

Steam The Lion King: The Gift below.

Shazam! Has An Annabelle Easter Egg And Asher Angel Tells Us Where To Find It

The connection between the Annabelle/Conjuring Universe and the DC Extended Universe is growing stronger with each passing film. Not only are the two franchises sharing directors like James Wan and David Sandberg, but that creepy doll Annabelle keeps popping up in DC big-screen adventures. Wan included her in Aquaman, and now Asher Angel confirms that she pops up in Shazam!, as well.

CinemaBlend met up with Angel at San Diego Comic-Con, as the young Billy Batson promoted the Blu-ray and DVD release of David Sandberg’s superhero origin story. And when we brought up the concept of Easter eggs that fans can look for in the backgrounds of certain Shazam! scenes, he dropped a bombshell on us.

Yes, David F. Sandberg directed the Annabelle prequel, Annabelle: Creation, before shifting gears to the DC superhero universe. But I love that he, like James Wan, is going out of his way to include the demonic doll in the backgrounds of their DC efforts, furthering the notion that the two universes actually blend together at different parts.

They won’t. Well, I guess they could. Especially if James Gunn goes full bore into the horror genre with The Suicide Squad. Which is possible.

Back to Shazam! Asher Angel was in San Diego to help raise awareness for the release of the superhero origin story on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s currently available in all formats, meaning that tonight, you guys can grab a copy and scour the backgrounds of scenes for additional references. I know for a fact that Sandberg peppered tons of DC superhero nods throughout, calling out Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to flesh out Billy Batson’s presence in the DC universe.

In Shazam!, Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is an orphan who is searching for his birth mother. Though that search has been fruitless up to this point, Batson lands with a friendly Philadelphia family eager to take him under their wing. But on a subway ride away from bullies, Billy is also tapped by an ancient wizard, and given the powers of Shazam.

In that moment, when Billy transforms, Angel switches places with Zachary Levi, who co-stars in the origin story. There are significant teases for a Shazam! sequel in the end credits of Sandberg’s film. But when we spoke with Asher Angel, he didn’t have details on a sequel, or when production could begin on it.

As for Shazam!, it’s currently available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others, as well as digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers.

Some Of The Best 2019 Comic-Con Cosplay Pictures So Far

When most people talk about Comic-Con, they talk about the panels, specifically the panels featuring celebrity talent and often the first appearance of footage from upcoming movies and television shows. That makes sense. Those are the moments that can generate the most excitement for those not in attendance, but for those on the ground, there’s nothing quite like walking the convention floor. There’s so much excitement, so much positivity and so many things to look at… starting with the costumes.

Frequent Matt Reeves Collaborator Has Seen Some Stuff From The Batman: ‘It’s Pretty Darn Awesome’

Michael Giacchino, famed composer and frequent Matt Reeves collaborator, apparently pals around with the director in real life because he revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend that he’s been one of the people who has seen some of the things related to Reeves announced upcoming film The Batman, which is expected to go into production early next year.

In fact, he called what he’s seen so far “pretty darn” awesome, elaborating:

At a panel CinemaBlend attended, Michael Giacchino was also asked if he’ll actually be doing the composing for The Batman, to which he seemed positive about the prospect, although it seems as if there’s nothing written in stone right now—or at least he’s not willing to say anything about it. He said about taking the gig:

As a final nod to his friend, Michael Giacchino asked the audience to holler, “Hey Matt, don’t screw up our Batman movie,” to which they obliged so he could send it off to Matt Reeves.

Given Ben Affleck is leaving the DCEU and Robert Pattinson is taking over the Batsuit, there’s a lot riding on The Batman just in terms of bringing a box office winner to the big screen. So while this bit was funny ribbing between two friends, it’s also a true refrain from fans.

Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino have worked together for a considerable time. Their partnership started with Cloverfield back in 2008, it continued with both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War For The Planet of the Apes. The two also collaborated on Let Me In, which came out back in 2010.

They are overdue to work together again and the rumor mill has indicated it could happen, even if Giacchino hasn’t said anything yet. Still, he’s at least some of what’s coming and that’s more than most people can say. In the meantime, the composer is also working on Taika Waititi’s Hitler movie Jojo Rabbit. His current movie, Spider-man: Far From Home, is still in theaters.

There’s still plenty of time for big reveals related to the Caped Crusader’s upcoming solo movie. The Batman isn’t expected to come out until 2021, June 25 to be exact. In the meantime, you can see what all DC and Warner Bros. have in the works with our full guide to upcoming movies.

Upcoming Marvel Movies: Release Dates For Phase 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans for the future. To keep it all straight, we’ve laid out the next few years’ worth of Marvel Studios films, which will take you through all of the official titles announced for Phase 4.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

The road to making Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 has been an odd one so far. Initially it looked like the film was going to be one of the earliest titles released as part of Marvel Phase 4, but then all hell broke loose when James Gunn lost the directing gig thanks to offensive Tweets he wrote nearly a decade ago. After that whole ordeal the filmmaker decided to make a move over to the DC Extended Universe – agreeing to script and helm the upcoming The Suicide Squad – but now everything appears to be back on track, as Gunn has been reinstated and is once again set to make the conclusion to his Guardians Of The Galaxy trilogy.

James Gunn has always said that the next sequel in the Guardians franchise will bring an end to the story of THIS version of the Guardians team. which includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). It’s not entirely clear how the tale will be concluded, and the project has been pushed back until after Gunn can complete work on The Suicide Squad, but to say that our excitement is at maximum about the project’s latest developments would be an understatement.

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Fans spent years calling for Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie, and for the longest time it seemed like a Black Widow solo film would be the perfect solution to the request – what with Scarlett Johansson’s character’s being arguably the most popular heroine in the franchise. That didn’t wind up happening, as both Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers broke the glass ceiling respectively with Ant-Man & The Wasp and Captain Marvel – but that doesn’t mean a Black Widow movie isn’t happening. In fact, it’s currently set up to be one of the titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four.

For a long time it was hard to tell what information was real and what was spurious in regards to this project, but it’s been confirmed that the project is happening. In July 2018 it was revealed that Cate Shorthand has signed on to direct the feature, her previous work including the period drama Lore and the horror movie Berlin Syndrome. At this time there are no official details about the story that the movie will tell, but we should have a much clearer idea of where things are going soon. Casting has already begun, and in addition to Scarlett Johansson, the movie will also feature Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz.

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The Eternals

When it comes to the cosmic side of Marvel Comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have only scratched the surface. Sure, we’ve seen a few Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but there are millions of beings out in the cosmos that have yet to make their live-action debut. The Eternals is a tremendous step in that direction, as while we’ve already met one member of the titular race – Thanos – there is a whole world created by Jack Kirby that should make for tremendous cinematic exploration.

Chloe Zhao was previously in the running to take the helm of the Black Widow movie, and while she didn’t get that job, Marvel Studios decided they wanted her to stick around for The Eternals. The comics tell the story of a race of beings created from proto-humans by god-like aliens known as Celestials, and it’s been said that romance will be at the center of the intergalactic story – specifically the relationship between Ikaris and Sersi. The cast is starting to come together, with Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani attached to star.

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As they have since pretty much the beginning, Marvel’s plans moving forward will include mixing things up between sequels and original projects. After all, while the latter allow things to constantly feel fresh and new, the former lets us see a lot more of the characters we’ve previously fallen in love with. This most definitely extends to Doctor Strange, as Marvel President Kevin Feige confirmed to CinemaBlend in summer 2018 that a Doctor Strange 2 is currently in development.

Unfortunately, Kevin Feige’s statement also noted that the sequel would arrive “a number of years from the first,” so this is a project we potentially won’t see until the back half of Phase 4. It has not yet been officially announced who will be directing the movie, but the smart money is on Scott Derrickson, who helmed 2016’s Doctor Strange and received both positive praise from critics and saw great box office success.

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Is anyone in the world even remotely surprised that Black Panther is getting a sequel? Sure, we don’t know exactly when we can expect it, but there was no way that Marvel Studios wasn’t going to take full advantage of what currently stands as its most successful feature release. The first movie did an amazing job establishing the world of Wakanda, eventually seeing it open up to the world, and Black Panther 2 will offer the amazing opportunity to fully explore what the presence of the country means for the entire planet.

Ryan Coogler has not yet officially signed on to take the helm of Black Panther 2, but one can certainly imagine Marvel making him an offer so big that it would be impossible for him to refuse. Given the very real appetite that audiences clearly have for this character and his homeland, it would make all the sense in the world for the MCU to launch the title within the first half of Phase 4.

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We’ve seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe explore a wide number of genres over the years, from the conspiracy thriller that was Captain America: The Winter Solider to the noir roots of Iron Man 3, but in Phase 4 Marvel Studios will make their first kung fu film. Specifically, they are currently developing a solo movie for the hero Shang-Chi, a master of martial arts that was introduced into the pages of Marvel Comics back in 1973.

Like all of the other features mentioned in this section, this project is close to becoming a reality thanks to the fact that Marvel has hired a director to start sculpting a vision for what the blockbuster can be. In March 2019 the studio hired Daniel Cretton to take the helm of the project, making it as his first blockbuster. Like many other filmmakers before entering this universe, he doesn’t have a ton of experience on his resume, but he definitely has some standout titles – namely the brilliant 2013 indie film Short Term 12.

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For the longest time it was assumed that Marvel Studios wouldn’t expand their solo movie series beyond three features – with Iron Man and Captain America being the perfect examples – but the God of Thunder has struck down that “rule” with a blast of lightning. It’s no secret that Chris Hemsworth doesn’t really love the first two Thor films, but his experience making Thor: Ragnarok totally changed his perspective on playing the character, and now we will be getting a Thor 4 in the next few years.

It’s not precisely known at this point when we will be seeing the blockbuster, but we definitely know that it is being made because Marvel Studios has already hired the man that they want to make it. Taika Waititi, who helmed the critically-acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok, has signed on the dotted line, and is now set to come back to direct the next chapter in the series. We currently have no idea what Thor 4 will be about, or which characters it will decide to include, but all of those details will be revealed in time.

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6 Non Disney Animated Films That Should Get Live Action Remakes

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Though not all audiences are happy about it, Disney has landed a good deal of success re-releasing its beloved animated classics as live-action remakes. Some are legitimate live-action remakes, and others are closer to photo-realistic CGI that gets the label because, well, it looks realer than regular animation. Both forms of these remakes have raked in big bucks for Disney, which has me wondering, why haven’t other studios followed suit?

Particularly given studios like Dreamworks, Universal, and others are sitting on successful animated properties that could potentially rake in major profits with their own live-action adaptations, it seems odd this hasn’t really been tried elsewhere. Especially considering there are some animated projects from other studios that would be far more exciting than some of the remakes Disney has done, and might even offer a chance at re-invigorating a property for new audiences.

Perhaps Disney just has the better infrastructure for this sort of live-action remake right now, and perhaps some of these live-action pitches have already slid across the desks of Hollywood executives. At the end of the day, it’s hard to deny that remaking any of these would get some folks excited, and potentially be more exciting than the eventual reboot of the next Disney animated classic on the list.

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Spirited Away

Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003, and every year that’s passed without the discussion of a live-action adaptation feels like a crime to me. The story of Chihiro Ogino’s time in the bathhouse serving mystical creatures is entertaining from start to finish, and would look stunning with today’s special effects. A live-action No-Face would be slightly horrifying for children, but that would make the experience all the more memorable!

Granted, live-action anime adaptations can be hit or miss, but that’s usually more of a testament to budgets for these adaptations being lower than the typical Hollywood blockbuster. Adapting anime can be a risk, but when the adapted anime came from a superstar of the genre like Hayao Miyazaki and the iconic Studio Ghibli, one would think his name recognition would loosen up the purse strings and encourage a studio to take a risk.

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As horrifying or ridiculous as this concept may sound, there’s been progress towards a Shrek reboot, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it were brought back as a live-action movie. Memes have consequences, ladies and gentlemen, and if Dreamworks executives continue to see the youth of today pumping “All Star” and making videos of a miniature Shrek running a dog agility course, eventually one of them is probably going to sign off on a live-action Shrek.

Which wouldn’t be as terrible of an idea as it may sound, honestly. Shrek The Musical was a fairly popular thing on the stage, so there’s reason to believe audiences would respond well to the thought of seeing a live-action version with the ogre recreated with practical effects. Hell, with how much Mike Myers likes prosthesis and character roles, a studio might even convince him to suit up for it!

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The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant got a brief cameo in Ready Player One, and it was glorious. It looked exactly like someone would’ve imagined a live-action version of the massive robot would look like, and left little doubt that the character could be recreated in a live-action setting and look pretty legit.

The million dollar question is, will a live-action film ever happen? Brad Bird has made it clear a sequel will not happen, although that doesn’t necessarily rule out a remake. Additionally, Vin Diesel has expressed interest in reprising the role in the past, so Warner Bros. theoretically has the voice of the character ready to go should they decide to bring it back. I say why not? It seems like a cool idea, especially when the film’s cult status could potentially lead to mainstream success a second time around.

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Pokemon: The First Movie

On the heels of the announcement that Detective Pikachu is officially the highest grossing video game movie ever, now feels like the perfect time to throw every Pokemon movie idea out there at a wall to see which one will be the next to be made. Pokemon: The First Movie is an obvious choice, and could finally give the world the first official live-action Ash Ketchum.

Pokemon: The First Movie was actually recently remade in CGI and was just released in Japan. One has to think there are folks watching that release very closely, and possibly wondering if it may be the blueprint for the live-action equivalent in the states. Let’s hope that’s happening, and in the meantime start fan casting for who would be the ultimate actor and actress to play Team Rocket!

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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This is another no-brainer that someone at Dreamworks has to be considering, right? After all, how awesome would it be to see the world of How To Train Your Dragon recreated in a photo-realistic setting? Game of Thrones has shown the technology is there to make a pretty convincing dragon (or wyvern, whatever), so one can only imagine what one of these more cartoony dragons would look like with the average budget of a Hollywood Blockbuster.

The only real downside of a How To Train Your Dragon live-action is that folks like Jay Baruchel and America Ferrara are too old to play characters like Hiccup and Astrid–at least at their ages in the first animated flick. There would seemingly have to be new actors in the roles, which can sometimes be jarring for audiences to see. With that said, good castings often make any discomfort a fleeting feeling, as evidenced by Tom Holland’s current run as Sony and the MCU’s Spider-Man. Now, if they end up giving Toothless non-retractable teeth, then we may have a problem.

The Secret Of Nimh

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Lots of older folks may remember The Secret Of Nimh well, probably because it scared the hell out of them in their youth. This bizarre animated adventure really didn’t play down to its audience with its tale of highly intelligent lab rats, and it deserves some real admiration for that.

There has been chatter about a live-action hybrid remake of The Secret of NIMH since 2015, but that’s been about the extent of it. If there’s been some serious steps forward on this project the public doesn’t know about it, although the fact that someone is trying to make it happen gives us hopes that it might someday. Let’s just hope it’s as dark as the original, and not some toned down version that won’t scar future generations for life.

Of course, it’s also worth mentioning that there are plenty of animated Fox movies that could do well being adapted into live action. We didn’t include them on this list due to Fox being owned by Disney now, but it would be interesting to see, say, live action versions of Anastasia and Titan A.E., as a pair of examples.

Got a suggestion that isn’t on this list? Be sure to mention it down in the comments below and continue to stick with CinemaBlend for the latest in movie and television news.

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New Terminator: Dark Fate Behind-The-Scenes Video Delves Into The ‘10X Bigger’ Action

If there’s one thing you can count on from a Terminator movie, it’s action. The latest installment, the R-ratedTerminator: Dark Fate, will be no exception, and while a new trailer didn’t drop today following the movie’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the public has treated treated to a consolation prize: a behind-the-scenes video highlighting the action Dark Fate has to offer, which star Linda Hamilton claims is “10x bigger” than before. Check it out!

Although Terminator mastermind James Cameron did return to the franchise as a producer and story crafter on Terminator: Dark Fate, sitting in the director’s chair is Deadpool’s Tim Miller. He says at the beginning of the video that he still can’t get over the fact that he’s making a Terminator movie; one with both Arnold Schwarzenegger AND Linda Hamilton, a pairing that we haven’t seen on the big screen since Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

From there, we delve into the many action-packed moments Terminator: Dark Fate filmed, whether it’s official footage or a behind-the-scenes looks. Highlights include Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor firing a bazooka, Mackenzie Davis’ Grace fighting some soldiers, Gabriel Luna’s Rev-9 Terminator plowing through cars on a highway and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest T-800, who’s named Carl, shooting the Rev-9 in the face.

However, my favorite moment from this Terminator: Dark Fate video isn’t one of the action scenes, but Sarah Connor saying, “I hunt Terminators, you metal motherfucker.” It’s been nearly 30 years since Linda Hamilton last played Sarah (not including her uncredited vocal cameo in Terminator Salvation), but it’s good to see that the actress still has the character down pat.

We’ll have to wait and see how Terminator: Dark Fate compares to its predecessors, but as I see it, this video and the footage that was screened at San Diego Comic-Con have done a better job of making this feel like a proper Terminator movie than the teaser trailer did. Tim Miller also added that Dark Fate is “relentless” and “just doesn’t stop,” so fingers crossed it delivers what he’s promising.

It’s no secret that the last three Terminator movies failed to make anywhere near the kind of splash the first two did. So, following in the footsteps of last year’s Halloween, Terminator: Dark Fate is only serving as a sequel to The Terminator and Terminator 2. Which is fitting since James Cameron says that Dark Fate follows tonally in the footsteps of the first two Terminator movies through its “adrenaline rush” and “sense of terror.”

Along with the previously mentioned actors, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos, the Rev-9’s target; Diego Boneta as Miguel Ramos, Dani’s brother; and Edward Furlong, who is back as John Connor, Sarah’s son and leader of the resistance against Skynet in the future.

You can see Terminator: Dark Fate in theaters on November 1, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend in the meantime on more updates. If you’re curious about what other movies are coming out later this year, browse through our 2019 release schedule.

Linda Hamilton Had A Weird Hormone Reaction While Making Terminator: Dark Fate

Franchise fans will long remember the transformation that Linda Hamilton underwent going from the original Terminator to T2: Judgement Day. The Sarah Connor character became completely different from one story to the next – going from “woman on the run from a killer robot” to “warrior against the apocalypse” – and that required a serious physical change that saw the actress turn into a muscle-bound ass-kicker.

It’s a brilliant part of action movie history, but apparently things didn’t go quite as well when the actress tried to pull off a similar trick in the making of the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate.

The new movie had its big Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this morning, and it was during an interview with CinemaBlend and AMC Theatres after the panel that Linda Hamilton openly discussed the bit of trouble that she had while trying to get back into Judgement Day-esque shape for the new Terminator. Apparently there was an attempt to facilitate her exercise efforts with the use of hormones, but they didn’t quite agree with her, and caused some unfortunate alterations to her mood and her blood pressure. Hamilton explained,

It was a honest attempt to try and go the extra mile for her role in Terminator: Dark Fate, but clearly it didn’t put her in a great place. It’s not exactly fun to just feel angry all the time, so it will probably come as no surprise that using the hormones wasn’t a regimen that she was able to stick with for very long.

Continuing, Linda Hamilton added that she terminated her use of the chemicals following a late night chat with her doctor – and that the whole thing ultimately left her with an important takeaway: while physicality is important, what is far more vital is her ability to get into the character’s mind and sell Sarah Connor’s reality with her performance. Said the actress,

It’s pretty crazy that we are getting another big screen chapter in the Sarah Connor saga nearly 30 years after the original sequel – and it won’t be long until we all get to see it ourselves. Directed by Tim Miller and co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, Gabriel Luna, and Edward Furlong, Terminator: Dark Fate will be in theaters November 1st.

How Spider-Man: Far From Home Could Lead To An MCU Sinister Six

 

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Warning: SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home are present. If you haven’t seen the film yet, turn back and only return once you’ve caught up.

There are a lot of interesting developments that came out the aftermath of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the most momentous of which is the fact that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is now known to the public at large as Spider-Man. With Mysterio/Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal) putting that little secret into the world, there’s a ton of potential for the famed Web-Slinger’s adventures to go to some interesting places.

One such destination is a place that the Spider-Man series, and to a certain extent the Marvel Cinematic Universe, have been waiting to arrive at for some time: the formation of the Sinister Six. After two Spider-Man solo films in the MCU, and several appearances in team-up films, there are enough threads to pull together what could be a new and exciting turn for the villainous conglomerate that forms to make Peter Parker’s life one big, living hell.

Let’s take a look at what could be bringing this group together, as well as what new members may be present in the Sinster Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Common Thread Of The MCU’s Sinister Six

One member of a potential Sinister Six team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to be revealed right from the start, though we’ll speak more to his place in this lineup when we break down the individual members. That person is, of course, Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, the man who may have just given away the common bond of this new squad of adversaries.

A running thread through the MCU in its first three phases has always been the effect that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has had on the world. With his business empire almost always thriving and his heroism as Iron Man always on display, it’s driven his most envious competitors mad with jealousy.

Though he may have failed in his ultimate goal of becoming the latest and greatest “superhero” on the earth, Quentin Beck’s twin purposes of trying to denigrate the legacy of Tony Stark, as well as take down Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the process, fit together perfectly to inspire a new Sinister Six team-up.

Six figures have had run-ins with Spider-Man and/or Tony Stark so confrontational, their grudges are still worn pretty clearly on their sleeves. Together, those figures could potentially pool their resources and become a fighting force so powerful, Peter Parker won’t know what hit him.

Quentin Beck/Mysterio

Despite the fact that Spider-Man: Far From Home would have you believe that Quentin Beck died on the Tower Bridge in London, it’s hard to accept that “reality” as truth. Beck lets people see what he wants them to see, and considering the last couple moments of Quentin Beck’s life were drenched in illusions that Peter Parker had to fight through, there’s a good chance he’s still alive.

With Mysterio still on the streets, and having outed Peter Parker as a supposed terrorist mastermind, he could return to the world of the living and enlist folks who not only don’t like Spider-Man, but also feel Tony Stark’s memory could be brought down a peg or two. There’s no shortage of those types either, and with Beck being the right villain at the right time, he just might back Peter into a corner he can’t get out of.

Mac Gargan/Scorpion

While he only appeared at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Mac Gargan, better known as “Scorpion” (Michael Mando), has a score to settle with Spidey. He’s clearly not afraid to talk about it either, as he walks straight up to Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) in the middle of the prison halls and tries to strike up a friendship built on a mutual hatred.

Should there be a Sinister Six after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, you could be sure that Gargan would be a part of it, as he’d jump to the head of the line to try and take down Peter Parker’s superhero alter ego. Not to mention, someone else introduced into the Spider-Man canon would be able to provide the resources to make that fight a little more even handed.

Adrian Toomes/Vulture

Despite having some level of respect for Spider-Man and not wanting to kill him outright, prison may have made Adrian Toomes into more of a sinister, Vulture-esque personality. Being separated from his family, all thanks to the heroic efforts of Peter Parker, may not sit too well in his mind. It all adds up to a no-brainer sort of decision to bring Vulture into the Sinister Six team.

However, there’s also a possibility that Toomes would join to loot as much as he can and sponge up the benefits of Sinister Six membership, while also somewhat protecting Peter Parker. If he wouldn’t give his name up entering prison, there’s a chance that Adrian Toomes’ intention to protect the identity of Peter Parker just might have persevered through the years.

Justin Hammer

When last we saw Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), he was in Seagate Prison after getting sent up due to the events of Iron Man 2. Much like Adrian Toomes though, there’s a shot that Hammer could be given some special treatment to let him out of prison early. Let’s not forget, Quentin Beck’s resources and common grudge against Tony Stark would totally make enlisting Justin Hammer onto the team all the easier.

Even worse is the fact that once he’s out of prison, Hammer could totally rebuild his business empire with the right contracts. Anyone who’s out to get Spider-Man, and has the cash to flash, would be his best buddy for life. And it just so happen that there’s two people that fit both of those bills.

J. Jonah Jameson

The head of the The Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) has always had it out for Spider-Man. His appearance at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home more than confirmed that this old rivalry is still very much in play, and with the connection of some dots in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jameson’s presence will be even more of a blight on young Peter Parker’s life.

Not only is J. Jonah Jameson capable of running slanderous content that’ll make Parker’s web-headed antics look positively evil, but as we’ve mentioned before, the comic source material has played him as the guy who funds the creation of Mac Gargan’s Scorpion persona. Though Justin Hammer wouldn’t only have Jameson as a promising client, as there’s one more person who could really bring the fight to Peter Parker.

Norman Osborn

While he hasn’t been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet, Norman Osborn’s adversarial nature against Peter Parker/Spider-Man is as legendary as the red, black and blue color scheme our hero wears. Typically, Norman is a businessman himself, but in some incarnations, such as the Playstation 4 game recently released, Osborn has been seen as a political figure in the world of Marvel.

Throw in the fact that he himself gets to be the Iron Patriot in the comics, and you can see how the world of the MCU could be setting the table for the greatest foe Spider-Man has ever faced. Norman’s political machinery, bolstered by a heroic image in a very Stark-esque shell, could play the public face to a shadowy organization ready to rip New York apart, in the hopes of destroying Spider-Man. Who knows: with J.K. Simmons coming back to his role in a previous incarnation of Spider-Man history, maybe Willem Dafoe could return to play this brand new Osborn.

Modern SpiderMan movies have been all about the fresh air approach to the legacy of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko originated with their comic book work. This version of Peter Parker’s life is similar enough to the source that it works, but different enough that it’s not just a stale reimagining of something we’ve seen before.

Putting that modus operandi together with some of the threads the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already spun, and you can see why this new Sinister Six would be the best course of action. As Jon Watts’ Spidey films have also woven in a theme of socially relevant commentary in the world of a very modern Spider-Man, this strategy also keeps the series on brand, delivering a third film that pulls out all the stops.

As that third film isn’t entirely dreamed up just yet, there’s still time for Spider-Man: Far From Home’s actions to gel in the minds of both the audience and the architects that’ll build that next film. Perhaps Phase 4 will help lay down the foundation further, but as it stands now, this is a theory worth getting hyped up about.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters now, in case you want to see it again and imagine it as a Sinister Six prequel adventure.

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