Is Captain America Star-Lord’s Grandfather? MCU Fans Revive Theory, And James Gunn Might Agree

So, there’s three MCU actors named Chris and they share enough of a likeness to be stopped on the street under their costar’s names. But what if a couple of them were actually relatives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Some fans theorize Chris Evans’ Captain America is the biological grandfather of Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. Sorry, Hemsworth! Should have gone for the head.

The MCU theory first surfaced when fans noticed that the same actress who plays Meredith Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy films also briefly shows up in 2011’s Captain America: the First Avenger. In Laura Haddock’s other MCU appearance, she meets eyes with Steve Rogers during his grand tour across the U.S. to perform on behalf of the war effort.

Because the universe has been so carefully crafted over the decade, one Reddit user believes the repeat casting to be on purpose, too. The Marvel fan recently theorized Steve and the woman had a one-night stand back in the ‘40s and she must have become pregnant. Which would make Peter Quill a relative of the first Avenger and super soldier! The timeline may check out, too. If Meredith was born in the ‘40s, she’d be in her 30s in the ’70s when she meets Kurt Russell’s Ego, as she appears to be in the second Guardians movie’s flashbacks.

Last year, the theory was brought to James Gunn’s attention on Twitter, too. Check out his response:

Okay, so it seems like the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker is taking the theory pretty lightly. He throws out the theory but he also says he “just made it up”… so that doesn’t help bring weight to it. But, Meredith Quill could very well have a mom who loved a hunky Star Spangled Man during the war. Steve Rogers having a one-night stand on the other hand does feel a bit out a character.

I mean… the guy couldn’t even set up a date with Peggy Carter until he was about to crash into some ice. Yet, the Reddit user believes that because Cap was gaining some celebrity during the tour, he may have just gone for it with the blonde beauty. The fan also points to a scene where Peggy shoots at him to test the shield as an act of jealousy from seeing other women.

The fact that Star-Lord is the only one of Ego’s children out of millions who has the inner light is also something that has convinced some fans that he could be related to Captain America. Yet, as explained in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this was because Quill was older when he was brought in by Ego.

What do you think about this theory? Could Captain America be Star-Lord’s grandfather? Sound off in the comments and vote in our poll below!

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Sam Mendes Explains Why 1917 Needed To Feel Like One Long Shot

If you’ve heard of 1917, chances are you’ve also heard that it’s a 2-hour long film that appears to play out over one continuous shot. The headline-grabbing filmmaking technique has been at the center of the conversation about Sam Mendes’ World War I film. And ahead of its release, the director has spoken out about why he made that unique narrative choice.

The one-shot technique has been a part of 1917 since its inception. And though it has the potential to feel like a marketing gimmick, Sam Mendes explained to Variety that he viewed it as an essential part of telling the film’s story effectively:

1917 is partially based on Sam Mendes’ grandfather’s experience during World War I. It follows two young British soldiers as they cross enemy lines, and face relentless danger, to deliver news about an incoming ambush. During their journey, they are exposed to the dangers and the destruction wrought during and immediately after Operation Alberich.

Keeping the viewer continuously in the moment definitely helps sustain the unique tension that comes from being in combat. And it presented a unique challenge for both Sam Mendes and the film’s legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who created the one-shot effect by combining long takes with intricate moving camera shots:

Though at times frustrating, Sam Mendes’ approach to 1917 gives viewers an idea of what life must have been like on the World War I front lines. The Great War rarely gets the cinematic treatment, so this intimate glimpse into harrowing conditions that soldiers faced is notable. The dedication to realism also drove the director’s decision to cast two relatively unknown actors as the leads. He told Variety that if he’d had A-list actors play the main characters, viewers would automatically assume they will survive, and become less engaged in the film’s outcome.

Sam Mendes’ methodical approach to bringing 1917 to the screen wasn’t for nothing. The film is bringing the director some of the best reviews of his career, and inspiring some Oscar buzz. 1917 begins a limited theatrical release on December 25.

DC’s Black Adam Aims To Be A New ‘Inventive’ Kind Of Comic Book Movie After Joker

It will be a while before we will understand the full scope of Joker’s legacy. A grim departure from typical comic book movie fare, it’s proven that fans are willing to accept some pretty bold narrative choices when it comes to their favorite characters. And now elsewhere at DC films, the team behind Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam adaptation seems to see that as an opportunity to make their own film just as inventive.

DC Films has planned to bring Black Adam to the big screen for years, with Dwayne Johnson set to star as the titular anti-hero. Earlier this year, director Jaume Collet-Serra joined the team. And last month, the Black Adam team enlisted the help of Lawrence Sher, Joker’s cinematographer. After a recent screening of the surprise blockbuster, Black Adam’s new director of photography discussed how he thinks the team will approach the film’s aesthetic:

Joker is not the first comic book film to employ a grittier aesthetic. However, the film’s nihilistic themes are certainly rare to see in the genre. And the monumental success of the film, in part thanks to its irreverent tone, has certainly widened the spectrum for what narrative approach other filmmakers could take in the future. While a persuasive argument can be made that not every comic book movie needs to be dark-with-a-capital-D, Black Adam is a good candidate to push some boundaries.

Having Lawrence Sher on board will certainly help. The cinematographer played a crucial role in setting Joker’s distinctive tone. And since he’s fairly new to the comic book genre, he brings a fresh and unique perspective on how to bring these stories from page to screen.

Black Adam likely won’t be the only film to follow in Joker’s footsteps, either — especially since DC has announced it will be making more R-rated films. Matt Reeves has made what some consider to be unconventional casting choices for The Batman, particularly where that film’s hero is concerned. So there’s reason to believe it, too, could take some unexpected turns. And, of course, there’s the Joker sequel, which is sure to once again make us rethink the Clown Prince of Crime. Black Adam is due to begin filming in June of 2020.

Why Jumanji: The Next Level Pulled Danny Glover’s Lethal Weapon Callback

Well this sounds hilarious! In a few moments between Kevin Hart and D.J (Dwayne Johnson), the comedian brought back an iconic Lethal Weapon line that would certainly have had fans of the buddy cop movie busting up laughing. These moments were in many edits of the movie, but ultimately were cut from the theatrical release. Here’s why, per what the producers of Jumanji: The Next Level told CinemaBlend:

Makes sense! Jumanji: The Next Level is already a sequel to a reboot of another franchise. To also pull from Danny Glover’s Murtaugh may have felt like a step too far. The producers wanted to allow The Next Level to carve out its own laughs without having to relying on other franchises. As Hiram Garcia also touches upon, much of the audience who will be going out to see the new Jumanji may not have been introduced to the R-rated 1987 action flick just yet.

It is a bummer for Lethal Weapon fans to hear! It would have been hilarious to hear Kevin Hart say with his Danny Glover impression. Even so, it’s exciting to have Glover and Danny DeVito playing roles in the film, along with the return of Jack Black and Karen Gillan’s game avatars. Jumanji: The Next Level also stars Nick Jonas once again, with the addition of Crazy Rich Asians’ Awkwafina as a character named Ming.

Free Guy Official Trailer Reveals Ryan Reynolds’ Crazy Video Game Movie

In the adventure comedy, Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds’ bank teller discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game. He decides to become the hero of his own story, one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way — before it is too late.

Free Guy co-stars Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer, Stranger Things’ Joe Keery, and Taika Waititi, who co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern, although they have both tried to deny that.

Free Guy opens in theaters July 3, 2020.

Wonder Woman Is Swinging From Lightning In 1984 Trailer Tease And Fans Are Losing It

That Wonder Woman sure knows how to make an entrance! DC’s sequel is called Wonder Woman 1984 and you probably know the first official trailer is coming tomorrow during CCXP Brazil. Well, we got a little teaser today and fans are already freaking out about that shot of Diana Prince swinging through lightning:

Hey, maybe Shazam showed up to help? Probably not, but Wonder Woman 1984‘s mini tease — with that lightning lasso — left fans very curious to know what’s up:

Some weren’t sure how to even feel about that lightning lasso swing:

Ridiculously epic might sum this whole thing up. After all, the DC Comics movie is set in the 1980s, and if the title didn’t remind you, the music at the end of the tease should have. Everything in the ’80s was cheesy and ridiculous, but the movie should also be big colorful (hair) fun. Then again, not everything was fun — and Wonder Woman 1984 will have the backdrop of the Cold War.

Kristen Wiig joins the cast as Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah with The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal finally confirmed to be playing Maxwell Lord. Chris Pine is back as Steve Trevor, even though we saw what happened to him in the World War I timeline of Wonder Woman.

The full Wonder Woman 1984 trailer will be shared amid the WW84 CCXP Twitter Live Stream Panel with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot. The live stream starts Sunday, December 8 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET and will be followed by the trailer debut.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins pushed for the movie to come out this coming summer so they could keep the June date that was certainly lucky for them with Gal Gadot’s first movie. But then when the movie was in post-production she regretted asking to wait until June since she’s excited for fans to see the results.

Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theaters on June 5, 2020. It will follow February 2020’s Birds of Prey as the next film in the DCEU. Keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.

Redemption For Kylo Ren? Why Adam Driver Doesn’t Think He Needs It

As the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gets closer, speculation about the film is reaching an all-time high. Fans are eager to find out what happens to the sequel trilogy’s remaining characters as the Skywalker saga comes to a close. And while some are arguing that villain Kylo Ren could be redeemed, Adam Driver doesn’t agree.

Few characters in the new Star Wars films have inspired as much debate as the Supreme Leader formerly known as Ben Solo. In two films, he’s certainly done his fair share of damage — killing his dad Han Solo, wiping out the Jedi, and decimating several planets, just to name a few highlights. But in a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Adam Driver seemed a bit incredulous when asked if Kylo Ren was due for a redemption arc:

You can’t entirely blame the guy for being on his characters’ side. And he offered a compelling reason for why he thinks there are more important things on the villain’s plate in The Rise of Skywalker:

Adam Driver has said he’s had some deep conversations with J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson about Kylo Ren’s journey. Of course, the details of his story arc are really up to the film’s creators. But the actor’s insistence that a redemption isn’t needed could be a hint at what kind of conclusion we can expect for Kylo Ren’s Star Wars journey. Even if we don’t see him apologizing for the myriad sins he’s committed, there’s plenty of reasons to suspect he’ll be a hugely important player in The Rise of Skywalker. Now that Snoke is out of the picture, Kylo Ren is unquestionably the trilogy’s big bad. And though he’ll likely be busy trying to further his power, The Rise of Skywalker will also delve into his complicated relationship with Rey (Daisy Ridley).

Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi has proven to be a hugely controversial entry into the franchise’s canon, the final chapter seems primed to draw beleaguered fans back into the fold. And though it’s too early to know if the final chapter will be satisfying, those involved with the film seem to be pleased with the final results. No matter what the conclusion, Kylo Ren’s fate, and the film in general, should keep us talking long after the credits roll. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters worldwide on December 20.

Why It’s Not ‘Too Late’ For Black Widow’s Solo Movie, According To Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson has heard Marvel fans say it’s too late for Black Widow to be getting her first — and presumably only — solo MCU movie. After all, Natasha Romanoff was first introduced in Iron Man 2, which came out in 2010, 10 years before Black Widow will arrive in 2020. Also, we just saw her die in Avengers: Endgame! It’s a rather unusual choice to give a character their first feature film, set in the recent past, after the character died in a movie that was released the previous year. Is Black Widow just an “afterthought” for the MCU?

To Scarlett Johansson, even though Black Widow had to see multiple Iron Man, Captain America, and even Ant-Man films come and go before she got her turn, she needed to wait until this moment for the full impact of Nat’s story.

It sounds like there’s more depth to the story now, and Marvel fans certainly know Black Widow better than we did 10 years ago. Interestingly enough, Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Black Widow this past Monday and no one told Scarlett Johansson it was coming. She told Stephen Colbert she learned when she got a text from Captain America Chris Evans at 5 a.m. saying the trailer looked great.

You can check it out again here:

As Scarlett Johansson noted, the story takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Jac Schaeffer co-wrote the script with Ned Benson and she told Inverse Natasha is “very much on her own, and over the events of the Black Widow movie she has to reckon with some of the red in her ledger.” Schaeffer said she “cried like a baby” watching Natasha’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. It was just weird for her to see Natasha’s death on screen:

Scarlett Johansson said Black Widow gave her closure after Avengers: Endgame, and it may give fans the same feeling. At the same time, the movie is just the start of MCU Phase 4, so many fans are curious how Marvel’s tradition of post-credits scenes will set up the next movies — including The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

How Steven Spielberg Feels About That E.T. Reunion Ad, According To Henry Thomas

If you were shocked to see Xfinity’s new ad, featuring the beloved stars of E.T., you weren’t alone. In the nearly 40 years since the film was released, Steven Spielberg has resisted a true sequel. So it’s surprising, to say the least, that we finally got one by way of a commercial for cable. Fan response to “A Holiday Reunion” has been somewhat mixed, but Henry Thomas recently offered some insight into what Steven Spielberg thought of the long-awaited reunion between Elliott and E.T.

A week after the ad launched, Xfinity shared a behind-the-scenes feature on YouTube that detailed how it all came together. And E.T. star Henry Thomas, who played the young protagonist Elliott, addressed why he decided to get on board. He made it clear that he’s always deferred to Steven Spielberg as to whether or not a sequel would be appropriate. And he admitted he was surprised to learn the director’s reaction to plans for the ad:

After he found out that Xfinity had Steven Spielberg’s blessing, Henry Thomas eventually also agreed that the ad’s story was a natural next step for Elliott and E.T.:

The commercial, directed by Lance Acord, is filled with nostalgic homages to many of E.T.’s iconic moments, from the film’s tear-inducing finger touch to the moonlight aerial bicycle rides. It also packs more than 30 easter eggs into its 4 minute and 18 second runtime — including blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpses at a Raggedy Ann doll, some Nike Diablos, and E.T.’s snack of choice, Reese’s Pieces. And despite Hollywood’s technological advanced since the ‘80s blockbuster, the commercial’s creative team employed some old-school puppeteering, in addition to CGI, to bring Steven Spielberg’s lovable extraterrestrial back to life.

Check out the behind-the-scenes feature on the making of “A Holiday Reunion”:

E.T. is easily one of the most beloved blockbusters of all time. Though some have argued that bringing it back via an advertisement feels a little cynical, others found it to be a heart-warming and genuine modern rendering of the film’s story and themes. Thus far, “A Holiday Reunion” has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.

Yes, Mad Max: Fury Road’s George Miller Loves That Guitar Guy Too And Explained His Backstory

Mad Max director George Miller is back again, talking about the next films he wants to make in that franchise. While doing so, he discussed the true star of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road — guitar guy, aka Coma-Doof Warrior, or Coma The Doof Warrior, which is his actual name, although guitar guy/dude just sounds better to me.

The scene-stealing character got his own backstory and there’s still hope that he’ll find a way into the next movies.

George Miller told Deadline he’s “not done with the Mad Max story,” as he’s mentioned several times before, adding, “there’s certainly another Mad Max coming down the pike after this.”

So, in theory, Coma could possibly return. George Miller has even talked about it before, potentially bringing back this character in the next Mad Max sequel.

Deadline asked about the chances of Coma returning in another Mad Max movie. In his response, Miller delved deep into the character’s history:

I love when seemingly minor movie characters have entire backstories. George Miller continued, explaining how The Doof Warrior ended up on Immortan Joe’s side of things in Mad Max: Fury Road:

I love it. And it’s not like George Miller came up with that on the fly, he gave guitar dude’s backstory to Australian-based musician iOTA, who played the character in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Here’s what he was told about Coma-Doof Warrior’s backstory:

As we wait for Warner Bros. and George Miller to ever finally announce they are actively filming the next Mad Max movie, and not just talking about making the next Mad Max movie, keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.

Would you want to see Coma return in whatever is next for the Mad Max franchise?