The 12 Best Easter Eggs From Avengers: Endgame

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It’s no secret the Marvel movies love to reward fans. The franchise built its impressive standing in the entertainment industry through a devotion to thanking the folks who watch and then rewatch the explosive blockbusters. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep up with this vast spectacles inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you make a point to watch all 23 blockbusters to date, producer Kevin Feige and his team of big budget filmmakers want to make sure you feel like your time has been well-spent inside this gigantic on-screen multiverse. Sure enough, for all the eagled eye viewers watching Avengers: Endgame like Hawkeye, there are lots of worthwhile easter eggs inside this huge, expansive cinematic coda.

There are assuredly hundreds of easter eggs to be found inside Avengers: Endgame. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them are still left hidden. For now, though, let’s take a look at some personal favorites, related to either earlier film installments, their comic book influences, or other key connections.

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X-Men’s Roberto da Costa (i.e. Sunspot) On The Vanished Memorial

With the Fox merger completed as of this year, it’s only a matter of time before the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to include everyone’s favorite X-Men characters. It’s hard to know exactly when the shift will happen, but there’s good money on it happening sooner rather than later — especially if the blink-and-you-missed-it easter egg in Avengers: Endgame is a proper indication. During the sequence where Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) pays a visit to the Vanished Memorial, Roberto da Costa is one of the names found on the board. Better known as Sunspot, da Costa is one of the New Mutants.

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Some Hulk-Friendly Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

In one of the heist-planning sessions, the sort that are necessary before you travel back in time, Professor Hulk is seen eating from a jumbo carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. While this isn’t officially confirmed yet, there is good reason to believe that the humungous ice cream is one of two flavors: Hulk-a-Hulk-a-Burning-Fudge or Stark Raving Hazelnuts, both of which were previously introduced (or, at least, mentioned) in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Captain America Can Do This All Day

In 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, as a no-muscled Steve Rogers was cornered by some not-very-friendly people, he utters a quote that rings throughout the series: “I can do this all day.” These are words that are notably said once more in Captain America: Civil War. And when it comes time for some Captain America on Captain America action, you better believe the patriotic superhero will say it again — much to his own annoyance.

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The Falcon Is On Captain America’s Left

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there’s a moment where Sam Wilson, i.e. The Falcon, and Steve Rogers, i.e. Captain America, are jogging through the nation’s capital. In that moment, Rogers is expectedly outpacing his fellow crime-fighter, making a note to say “On your left” while making his way past his friend. Those words ring throughout the series again as this time, Sam Wilson tells Captain America he’s on his left in the rising action of Avenger: Endgame‘s high-stakes, all-out brawl of a climax. It is good to know that Sam and Steve are always beside one another.

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Iron Man Knows Who He Is

At the very end of 2008’s Iron Man — the movie that started it all — Robert Downey Jr. closes the story out by announcing to the press and public that he is Iron Man. Where most superheroes try to keep their identity a secret, this is one guy who is never afraid to own up to his heroics. Owning up to his mistakes is another matter. But when it comes to Tony Stark’s most selfless deed, this hero isn’t afraid to announce his presence. As Thanos says that this is “inevitable,” Tony Stark remarks, once more, that he is Iron Man, tying the end back to the beginning before snapping with the Infinity Gaunlet.

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Captain America Doesn’t Want Bucky To Do Anything Stupid

Just before Captain America makes his way into the Quantum Realm, he turns to his loyal friend and sometimes enemy and tells him not to do “anything stupid until I get back.” This is a line first coined by Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger. At the time, Captain America claimed “How can I? You’re taking all the stupid with you,” which is what Bucky says this time around as Captain America embarks on his final adventure.

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Thanos Scarecrow Armor Is A Nod To His Origins

Towards the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, there is a shot where Thanos’ armor is seen on a pair of sticks, in a scarecrow formation as he tends to his garden. This is a direct reference to the Infinity Gaunlet comics, as this image is very memorable and therefore a quick mention for the comic book fans.

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Harley Returns

In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark befriends a lightning smart boy named Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins (who is a bit older these days). Notably, the child character has been absent throughout the remainder of the series, but he came back to pay his final respects during the funeral sequence. Iron Man’s legacy wasn’t lost on him.

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Stan Lee’s Cameo Is A Blast From The Past

In his final bittersweet cameo in the franchise, Stan Lee is seen in the ’70s as an antiwar hippie. He yells, “Hey man, make love, not war!,” as he drives off with a license plate that prominently has 420 on it. This cameo appears to be in connection to a photo of the famous comic book creator, and the inclusion of a 420 reference makes you realize that Endgame might be one of the first — if not the first — Disney movies with an indirect weed reference.

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Jim Starlin Is In Therapy

Speaking of cameos, there are more than a few to be found throughout Avengers: Endgame. While the bigger ones are quite noticeable, there is one in an earlier moment in the film that might’ve escaped some people’s notice. During the group therapy session with Captain America, which also features a cameo from co-director Joe Russo, Jim Starlin is seen in this scene. For those who don’t know, Starlin is the creator of both Thanos and the Infinity Stones. He is the writer behind The Infinity Gaunlet series, so it’s nice the franchise is paying its respects with this cameo — especially since Starlin has not been on particularly good terms with Marvel in recent years.

Howard the Duck - Guardians of the Galaxy

Howard The Duck Returns Once More

Howard the Duck is no stranger to cameos inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made an appearance during the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy, and he cameoed once more in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In Endgame, Howard can be seen next to Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) during the scene where all the assorted characters throughout the MCU join the fight via Doctor Strange’s near infinite realm of portals in order to defeat Thanos. Until Hulu’s Howard the Duck’s show comes along, this will have to suffice for fans of the character. it’s kinda strange that a Howard the Duck flick is now in the highest-grossing film of all time, isn’t it?

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Black Widow’s Ballet Shoes

During Avengers: Age of Ultron, we’re given a glimpse back at Black Widow’s past. In that flashback, we see the character was once a ballet dancer in the Red Room, during one of the movie’s more haunting moments. It’s one of the moments where she was trained to become Black Widow, and while we don’t often see Natasha dancing, it would seem that Nastasha’s dancer past is not far behind. A pair of shoes can be seen on her desk.

These are only 12 of the multiple nods, references and cameos seen throughout Avengers: Endgame. Let us know your own favorites in the comments!

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Taika Waititi Confirms He’ll Reprise Korg In Thor: Love And Thunder

If he was already going to be working behind the camera, then it makes sense for Taika Waititi to also spend some of his time on Thor: Love and Thunder bringing Korg back to life, especially since he’s one of the God of Thunder’s closest allies now following the events of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. And since Korg is back, that hopefully means his mute, larva-like pal Miek will also be by his side again.

After making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Thor: Ragnarok, Korg cameoed in Avengers: Endgame, where he and Miek were shown to still be alive post-Decimation and were keeping Thor company in New Asgard. Both of them returned to aid Thor and all the other major Marvel heroes in the climactic battle against Thanos and his army on the wreckage of the New Avengers base, with Korg specifically being seen fighting Cull Obsidian, a member of the Black Order.

Because Thor left Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame, we haven’t learned what happened to Korg after that battle, but at least now we can rest easy knowing he’ll be back on the big screen. That said, it would be nice to learn before Thor: Love and Thunder’s release if Korg and Miek stuck around on Earth or if the duo hitched a separate ride to a different corner of the galaxy.

Korg is the fourth confirmed character to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder, behind Thor Odinson (duh!), Jane Foster and Valkyrie. Unofficially, it’s been rumored the alternate version of Loki introduced in Avengers: Endgame could also show up after the events of his Disney+ series are over.

Thor: Love and Thunder will work its magic in theaters on November 5, 2021, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for updates on how it’s coming along. In the meantime, keep track of all the other Marvel movies scheduled and in development with our comprehensive guide.

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Reviews Are Up, See What Critics Are Saying

Kevin Smith began his career with a series of loosely connected films featuring recurring characters and settings dubbed the View Askewniverse. Although he has made other movies and found a second career as a professional fanboy/podcaster/YouTuber, the director has been trying to return to this fan favorite cinematic universe for some time. After failed attempts to make Clerks III (which is now happening) and a Mallrats sequel/TV series, not to mention a major real-life health scare, he’s finally back with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

The first View Askewniverse movie since 2006’s Clerks II, finds Jay and Silent Bob (the R2-D2 and C-3PO of the View Askewniverse) returning to Hollywood to stop a reboot of the Bluntman and Chronic movie from getting made. You’ll have to see the film to find out if they’re successful or not, but for now the question is, are we glad that this movie got made or should we have went on our own quest to Hollywood to stop it?

The first reviews have dropped for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and so far, it’s looking like we can be thankful that no wayward stoners put a stop to Kevin Smith’s latest. In his 4-star review of the film, CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes said:

That is somewhat unexpected and pleasant to hear. If you’re familiar with Kevin Smith’s work and the View Askewniverse, or if you just watched the trailer, you were probably confident Jay and Silent Bob Reboot would make you laugh. But you probably weren’t expecting it to make you think as well and that’s exactly what Mike thought it did.

Mike wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the film. Although he expressed wonder as to whether Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is even perceptible to younger audiences who aren’t fans of the other film’s in this universe,Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman enjoyed it overall. In his review he wrote:

The sense that Kevin Smith is older and has matured as both a person and as a filmmaker is expressed by a few critics who found the emotion in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot pleasantly surprising. IGN‘s Tom Jorgensen noted this as well, while also remarking on the film’s limits. He said:

So although Jay and Silent Bob Reboot might actually tug at your heartstrings a bit, fear not, it seems that it will still make you laugh with the kind of humor these characters are known for. Knowing the characters is actually a relevant point because according to some of the early reviews, familiarity with the View Askewniverse movies and characters is a big factor in how much enjoyment you’ll get out of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

Comicbook.com‘s Russ Burlingame is clearly a fan and gave Jay and Silent Bob Reboot a five out of five and said:

That very thing that made some critics love the film though made others less thrilled with it. IndieWire‘s David Ehrlich gave Jay and Silent Bob a “C” and lamented its overreliance on fan service. He said:

This point was echoed by RogerEbert.com‘s Simon Abrams, who gave the film 1.4 stars out of 4 and wrote:

Lastly we have ScreenRant‘s Sandy Schaefer, who came down in the middle with a 3-star positive review, that said:

As of now, with only nine reviews counted, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot sits at a 67% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. So thus far, it’s looking to be more of a critical win that a lot of the director’s more recent efforts. There are a lot of reviews to go, but based on the critical reaction so far, it seems like it really comes down to whether you are a fan of Kevin Smith and the View Askewniverse or not.

If you’re excited for this movie and want to see it, it sounds like there’s a good chance you’ll be happy you did. If you’re not excited, there are plenty of other great movies playing in theaters right now.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot opens with Fathom Events screenings on October 15 & 17 before going on a roadshow tour starting on October 19. For all of this fall’s biggest movies, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

One Thing Zac Efron Kept Trying To Do On The Greatest Showman That Wasn’t Historically Accurate

If you saw The Greatest Showman, you probably already know the movie, which stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, takes some liberties with the real-life tale of P.T. Barnum and his famous team of circus performers. However, what you may not know is that the musical spent a lot of painstaking time getting the period details right – particularly when it came to some modern habits from Mr. Efron.

In fact, The Greatest Showman hired Major General Alastair Bruce to handle all of the details in The Greatest Showman. These details made the movie accurate to the period even when it was taking liberties with some of the real-life facts. The Major General recently revealed that one major thing he had to keep an eye on was Zac Efron, who he says kept thrusting his hands into his pockets during production on the musical.

People just didn’t thrust their hands in their pockets in the 19th century, mostly because pockets didn’t really exist at that time. Although Efron’s costume seemingly had pockets, which led to these exchanges, that detail really wasn’t right for the period, so they worked around it by keeping his hands out during filming. Apparently, pockets became a major thing a few years later, although it’s worth pointing out that pockets used to be more like reticules or pouches and they were invented thousands of years ago. They just weren’t commonplace during The Greatest Showman era.

Funnily enough, Major General Alastair Bruce might be an expert when it comes to historical details, but the Scotsman had no idea who Zac Efron was or that he was a major star in the film when The Greatest Showman was coming together. He recounted about admitting he had no idea who Zac Efron was to the former High School Musical star.

He later even recounted to Forces Network that Zac Efron was really nice about the whole thing, in particular the fact he called the actor “Maz” during the entire run of filming.

Major General Alastair Bruce may not know all about major celebrities, but he is a man in demand when it comes to certain period details. His also recently worked on the Downton Abbey movie, making sure the Crawleys’ return — this time on a much bigger screen — came off just right, at least when it came to details such as pockets and the like.

Kevin Smith Wants Jay And Silent Bob Reboot To Make You Cry

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot the boys are shocked on the sidewalk

Going somewhere new with a movie like Jay And Silent Bob Reboot is something that most folks would assume is of no interest to writer/director Kevin Smith. The mere inclusion of the word “reboot” sets the expectation that we’ll see the same sort of raunchy comedy adventure we saw back in 2001 with Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.

That is a partially true assessment, as that’s exactly what Smith wanted to do with part of his return to the View Askewniverse. However, he didn’t merely resign himself to just making the audience laugh with Jay And Silent Bob Reboot. Kevin Smith, as it turns out, wants to make you cry in between those precious gags and callbacks.

During a phone interview with Kevin Smith, I was able to tell him that in addition to having some really good laughs with the latest adventure beset upon our heroes from New Jersey, I actually teared up during some of the film’s more dramatic moments. And that’s when Kevin Smith admitted that I had played right into the trap he laid out for audiences with Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, as seen in his response below:

That’s the [reaction] I’m most excited about. Believe me, I enjoy making people laugh, don’t get me wrong. But the notion of using Jay and Silent Bob to make people cry had never occurred to me before. Unless you count all the people that are like, ‘Every time you make a fucking Jay and Silent Bob movie I cry.’ So using them emotionally, where there’s actually some touching shit going on in their lives, that’s what I love about the movie the most, because it’s the new stuff, that’s the thing that we’ve never done before. Them running around and joking and being funny, we did that in the first one. But in this one we got to do that, plus drag [Jay] into three dimensions.

Before Jay And Silent Bob Reboot was announced as heading into our reality, the last film that most folks associate with Kevin Smith was the infamous comedy Yoga Hosers. With his big supernatural comedy, also starring his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, he’d landed himself in the doghouse of his fans, who love to seize upon the next Jersey Girl and tear it apart.

So the prospect of this late stage Kevin Smith returning to a beloved property, and equally iconic characters, looked grim, especially since so many other movies had fallen prey to that same sort of reboot treatment. Knowing comedy as well as he does, Smith seems to have seen those expectations, and was more than happy to attempt to subvert them.

No one saw this better than his longtime collaborator and producer Scott Mosier, who was unavailable to produce Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, as he was busy helping another classic property be reborn in Illumination’s The Grinch. So when Mosier actually saw the film, he went in as clean as audiences did when they saw the film in its first Fathom Events screening last night.

That refreshing perspective gave Scott Mosier the ability to see exactly what Kevin Smith was doing, as the director recalled as he continued telling his story:

Scott Mosier, who produced all the old View Askew movies … when he saw Reboot, he saw it completely clean, he never read the scripts or anything. And I was like, ‘What’d you think?’, and he was like, ‘Well, I actually dig what you’re trying to do. You had a joke that you wanted to tell.’ You know, about how I just wanted to make the same movie all over again, and see if anybody notices. And he goes, ‘It was really funny, and you could have gotten away with it. But then, half an hour into it, you made a movie that I was way more interested in seeing, which was the story about [Jay] being a dad. I had no idea I wanted to see that movie.’ And suddenly, that was the movie for me.

Between that moment in time when Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back was unleashed upon the world, and this current era when Jay And Silent Bob Reboot promises laughs and tears in equal measure, a lot has changed for Kevin Smith. With the loss of his father and his own brush with death thanks to a surprisingly inspirational heart attack, Smith has gone through his own personal journeys of mortality and loss, which has also been reflected in the production process that saw the creator mend his dormant friendship with Ben Affleck.

Those experiences have most definitely affected the return of Jay and Silent Bob, as Kevin Smith basically approached this latest film as if it was going to be the capstone to his cinematic legacy. Rounding off his remarks, Smith gave the following bit of context to Scott Mosier’s reaction to Jay And Silent Bob Reboot:

He described it by saying Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back was like, ‘You took a cartoon character, and he met a woman, and then he became two dimensional. In Reboot, it’s like you took that two dimensional character, and he met a woman who was the daughter of the other woman, and she made him three dimensional. So I don’t know, if you do another Jay and Silent Bob movie, where do you possibly take them?’ I was like, ‘The grave man, the fucking grave.’

Who knows if there will be a third entry in the adventures of Jay and Silent Bob? On one hand, the challenge to bring those legendary stoners back for another final adventure would be a hell of a trip, especially with the emotions brought into this long overdue sequel.

That being said, leaving things where they lie would be perfect for our heroes, as the lessons they’ve learned and the tears the audience has shed have been well earned. So maybe it’s time for Kevin Smith to try and make audiences cry in a different way, preferably in a way that doesn’t yield a sequel to Yoga Hosers.

If you missed last night’s screening of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot, don’t worry, as you still have options. Fathom Events will be running an encore of the film on a double bill with Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back on October 17. You can get tickets for this event through Fathom’s website, so be sure to check your local listings for the theater nearest to you showing the film.

However, if you’re a really big Jay and Silent Bob fan, you can see Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes touring this film on the Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow, complete with a Q&A with the men themselves. For more details and ticket sales, check out the roadshow’s official website.

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Scott Gimple Compares The Walking Dead Movie To Logan

The Walking Dead is a massive franchise, which shows no signs of slowing down. The comic book was adapted for the small screen with AMC’s original apocalyptic drama, and two more spinoffs have since made their way to the network. Andrew Lincoln’s exit from the original show last year came with the knowledge that Rick Grimes would be getting his own solo movie– one with a full theatrical release. And now Walking Dead content chief Scott Gimple has teased the project’s comic book movie inspiration: James Mangold’s Logan.

Scott Gimple has had a long tenure working on The Walking Dead and its spinoffs, and that will continue with the highly anticipated Rock Grimes movie. Bringing that project to theaters seems like a bold choice, but he spoke to how it will be approached, and the inspiration taken from Logan. As he put it:

This is certainly a smart way to approach Rick’s story in the upcoming Walking Dead movie. The character was the protagonist of the series for nine season, so there is a ton of history there. But not every moviegoer will be up to date on the long-running show or the original comics (which you can catch up on here), which is why a Logan-esque approach is necessary.

Scott Gimple’s comments to THR make a great deal of sense, and shows that the folks behind The Walking Dead are being careful about how to approach the movie’s upcoming theatrical release. Balancing exposition and references to Rick’s past with his upcoming adventure with Anne aka Jade will be key to the film’s success. After all, the studio will want more than just diehard TWD fans heading to theaters if the movie is expected to make any money.

James Mangold’s Logan was a refreshing departure for the superhero genre, specifically the long and somewhat convoluted X-Men franchise. Set in a dystopian future, the gritty character drama showed a Wolverine and Professor X as we’d never seen them before: vulnerable and isolated. The Oscar-nominated blockbuster largely ignored the previous movies, allowing for newcomers to be welcomed into the franchise, and feel caught up on the story. Smart money says Rick Grimes’ movie does something similar when it arrives in theaters.

Of course, The Walking Dead movie will likely be a bit more connected to the canon of the series. Rick’s story is long and full of pain, and that should influence how he approaches the new challenges that’ll come his way. Rick is about to wake up in the zombie apocalypse for the second time, after a helicopter took him far away from Alexandria and his family.

Scott Gimple’s comparison to Logan make the Rick-centric movie seem like it’ll be the opposite of Netflix’s Breaking Bad movie El Camino. That streaming drama was deeply connected to Jesse Pinkman’s tenure on the show, and brought back countless characters from the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul universe. It wasn’t a movie that was meant for casual fans, but a love letter Breaking Bad that was truly meant for the fans.

It’s currently unclear when the Rick Grimes movie will hit theaters now, although the new season of The Walking Dead is airing Sundays on AMC. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Star Naomi Ackie Reveals New Character Details For Jannah

Star Wars fans, can you believe were now just two months away from the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga? Rise of Skywalker is coming up quick and it seems as though with each new piece of information we learn, the longer the list of questions become. The new characters joining the franchise have particularly kept quiet, such as Naomi Ackie, who will play a character named Jannah.

Finally, the End of the Fucking World actress is offering up tidbits about Jannah, who can be spotted riding with John Boyega’s Finn on the Millennium Falcon in the latest trailer released during this summer’s D23 Expo. Here’s how Naomi Ackie describes her Star Wars character:

Okay… she sounds so badass. Jannah could play an important role in the film as the Resistance fights off the First Order. Perhaps, she’ll cross paths with Rise of Skywalker’s core heroes Rey, Finn and Poe and become part of their larger goal to take down Kylo Ren and his army. Ackie teases her particular skills that will come in handy during the film, which includes her donning a bow and arrow and riding a new horse-like creature called an “orbak”. She explains further:

As the actress told Total Film Magazine (via GamesRadar), she took the time to train the awesome skills her character will show off in Rise of Skywalker for almost a year with horses. It sounds like Jannah can do some cool multi-tasking on the orbak that is sure to be impressive to witness on the big screen in December.

Jannah is one of four main new characters we’ll meet in Rise of Skywalker. Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell and Dominic Monaghan will also play curious characters in the Star Wars universe we’ve yet to meet. Some have theorized Naomi Ackie’s character will be the daughter of Lando Calrissian. Billy Dee Williams is returning after all, and when asked this at the Star Wars Celebration, she didn’t deflate the rumor. It would certainly weave well into the pattern of family members often being explored and shockingly revealed throughout the franchise.

Naomi Ackie will also join the cast including Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran and Carrie Fisher. It will wrap up an over 40 year saga that has revolved around the Skywalkers. The new Star Wars movie comes to theaters on December 20.

These Cryptic Scarlett Johansson Comments May Hint At Black Widow’s Future

Natasha Romanoff’s Marvel Cinematic Universe journey ended earlier this year in Avengers: Endgame, but that doesn’t mean out time with her is over just yet. Next year, Black Widow is winding back the clock back to the period between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, when she was off on her own adventure and couldn’t rely on her fellow Avengers for aid. But what’s in store for the character after this solo movie, if anything?

Officially speaking, that remains to be seen, but Scarlett Johansson is promising that Black Widow will deliver closure for the heroine, perhaps indicating that this will be Johansson’s final outing as Natasha. In her words:

At this point, Scarlett Johansson has appeared as Black Widow in eight movies, starting with Iron Man 2 in 2010 and ending with Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which saw Natasha Romanoff sacrificing her life so that Clint Barton could obtain the Soul Stone on Vormir. Unlike Tony Stark though, she didn’t get a memorial at the end of Endgame, which co-director Joe Russo attributed to her having another movie coming out.

So even though we know how Black Widow’s journey concludes, her movie next year will shed more light on her background and show off more of her spy skills and expertise. Whatever your feelings may be about Black Widow’s time in the MCU as a whole, for years many fans have wanted to see her get her own movie to shine in for years, and now their wish has been granted.

That said, there’s no guarantee that Black Widow will get a sequel, and what Scarlett Johansson told ET might foreshadow that this is serving as her final MCU appearance. After all, there’s only so many more places Natasha Romanoff can go from where the movie will leave off with her, and again, we know what her final destination is. That said, even if we assume that Johansson is leaving the MCU, that doesn’t mean Black Widow couldn’t still spawn its own film series.

As longtime Marvel fans know, Natasha Romanoff isn’t the only character to go by Black Widow, and the movie is introducing two others who hold the mantle in the MCU: Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova and Rachel Weisz’s Melina. Considering that Yelena is the second most famous Black Widow in the Marvel Comics pages, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Black Widow movie is being used as a platform for Pugh’s version of the character to be the star of sequels.

We’re a long way from finding out what the future of the Black Widow side of MCU looks like after this movie drops, but regardless, Scarlett Johansson made it clear that she enjoyed her time on the standalone tale, which is currently in the postproduction process. As she put it:

Black Widow opens in theaters on May 1, 2020. Don’t forget to browse through our Marvel movies guide to learn what’s coming in Phase 4 and beyond.

Zombieland: Double Tap’s Emma Stone Wanted A Hilarious Walking Dead Crossover In The Sequel

Zombieland: Double Tap’s Emma Stone wanted to include a hilarious crossover with The Walking Dead in the sequel film. The first Zombieland movie was released in 2009; a year before The Walking Dead premiered on AMC so such a crossover wasn’t possible. But for the sequel film, actress Emma Stone thought the two zombie properties should finally cross over, as director Ruben Fleischer explained:

In addition to being an Oscar-winning actress, Emma Stone is also apparently a fountain of great ideas. The actress, who plays Wichita in Zombieland: Double Tap, wanted to see the cast of The Walking Dead show up in the long-awaited Zombieland sequel. Her idea was that as the foursome of heroes were traversing the zombie-infested landscape, they’d run into some familiar faces from The Walking Dead.

It’s a really fun idea because while there have been plenty of zombie movies over the years, the undead’s most prominent and enduring place in pop culture has been on the small screen with The Walking Dead. Therefore, many audiences would have totally gotten the joke. It would have been particularly funny because of the contrast between the two properties and how they depict life in a world where zombies have taken over.

The Walking Dead is a dour and brutal tale of survival, whereas Zombieland lets the jokes fly a mile a minute. Zombies aren’t even called zombies in The Walking Dead so I could totally imagine Tallahassee hearing someone call a zombie a ‘walker’ or ‘biter’ or whatever, and then scornfully correcting them.

It would have been fun to see the fourth wall being broken between these properties in this way. The possibilities are interesting too; would they have come across characters from The Walking Dead that are now deceased on the show, or the current cast? And given the MIA status of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, seeing him show up in Zombieland would have been pretty funny. Also, a brief interaction between Daryl and Tallahassee feels necessary.

This cameo is the kind of thing that would have been really funny and a great Easter egg if it was kept under wraps before people saw Double Tap. Alas, it was not to be. As Ruben Fleischer told Uproxx, they were never able to make the crossover happen.

When asked if it was because The Walking Dead people said no, the director elaborated and explained why it might not have worked. Ruben Fleischer said:

The crossover between Zombieland: Double Tap and The Walking Dead suggested by Emma Stone was a funny idea that Ruben Fleisher liked, but it just never really materialized. He thinks it might be for the best as he worries that it could have gotten a little bit too meta. I would argue Zombieland is the kind of movie where fourth wall-breaking like that can work, but his point is well taken.

Even though you won’t be seeing Carol, Negan, Michonee, Daryl or any Walking Dead people in Zombieland: Double Tap, it sounds like the sequel film still managed to sneak a reference in in the form of a Walking Dead comic book. And hey, you can never say never. If we get a Zombieland 3 in another ten years, maybe this crossover can happen then. After all, The Walking Dead will probably still be on the air.

Zombieland: Double Tap arrives in theaters on October 18. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies coming this fall.

The Hilarious Reason The Lion King’s Circle Of Life Ends How It Does

The new version of the The Lion King was a massive box office hit, just like the original film was before it. While the new film used cutting edge technology, the story and music remained largely unchanged from the animated original. The Lion King has one of the most iconic musical openings ever put to film. Considering just how memorable the entire opening number is, it’s pretty surprising to learn that the song was never really meant to open the film, and composer Hans Zimmer had to improvise the song’s ending at basically the last minute.

Speaking on the special features of The Lion King remake Blu-ray, composer of for both versions of the film, Hans Zimmer, revealed that the reason the song “The Circle of Life” ends the way it does, with a simple drum beat, is because he was racing to complete the song before the directors and producer of the original Lion King arrived to hear it.

It’s been 25 years since Hans Zimmer first wrote the music to “Circle of Life,” so he apparently had forgotten just why he ended the piece the way he did. It wasn’t because he was looking for an epic conclusion to punctuate the song. It certainly feels like it was all intentional, the drum hit comes as the title of the movie is first revealed. It works perfectly, so you might think it was all done intentionally, but the reality is that’s far from the case,

But why was Hans Zimmer working right up to his deadline in the first place? There’s a reason for that too. The composer also reveals on the new Lion King Blu-ray that his original instructions for the opening of the animated movie was not to create an entire musical introduction, but just a few seconds of music..

The fact that Zimmer had taken on much more work that he’d been instructed to do is what led to him having to rush to finish the music. When The Lion King team arrived to hear what Zimmer had done, it changed everything, literally.

It’s nearly impossible to imagine The Lion King opening any other way. “Circle of Life” is, as Hans Zimmer himself says, iconic. From the first moments the piece transports you to another place, in this case, Africa, in a way that few other movies do.

I honestly think that “Circle of Life” is one of the greatest film openings ever made, and since the same opening allows you to simply revel at the technological wonder that the remake created, the new version may even be slightly better.