Answering a Major Marvel Question: Who are the Eternals?

The MCU is going to get more complicated as its roster of characters and lore expands in phase four. One movie releasing that will change everything is The Eternals, a group of immortal aliens who look after Earth from afar and have been doing so for thousands of years. The big question is, who are they? While the movie adaption might change characteristics or story threads, this is a good basis to get background on this team of heroes.

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Azura AKA Thena (Played by Angelina Jolie)

Born Azura, her father Zuras changed her name to Thena, similar to Zeus’ daughter Athena. This Greek warrior is more than her strength. She is as educated as she is fierce.

Her powerset is impressive. Naturally, she is abnormally strong, but honing on her powers gives her even more super strength. Her agility, durability, stamina, and reflexes beat out most superpowered beings on Earth. Flying, self-healing, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and cosmic energy to manipulate the world around her with extreme heat or transforming objects.

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Ikaris (Played by Richard Madden)

A Siberian Eternal who has Greek relations as he is the father of Icarus who dies by flying too close to the sun in Greek mythology. During the Great Cataclysm that sank Atlantis, Ikaris guided an ark carrying human and animals to safety. The ark had been created by another Eternal named Utnapishtim.

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The second most powerful Eternal on Earth, first being Zuras, Ikaris has cosmic energy powers like the rest. He has all of the same capabilities as Thena and other Eternals, but more advanced like being the fastest flier. His perspective on how he utilizes his powers is quite different as he has a more modern sense on how to protect humanity like using various devices and gadgets.

On a weirder note, he becomes a professional wrestler names Iceberg, yes comics get bizarre. The wrestling does tie into his excellent ability at various fighting styles that are used by humans.

Kingo (Played by Kumail Nanjiani)

A Japanese Eternal who learns the ways of the Samurai. Over hundreds of years, the Samurai master becomes a movie star in Japan and often portrays the classic warrior.

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Despite having God-like powers similar to his fellow Eternals, Kingo mixes his abilities with traditional fighting styles as he sticks to his Samurai roots.

Ajak (Played by Salma Hayek)

A male character in the comics, this female version could still take after aspects of the source material. Ajak is the father (mother in the MCU) figure of the Eternals, a leader who guides them. Most of his time was spent in Central America where the Aztecs thought he was Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, and the Incas worshiped him as the lord of flight, Tecumotzin. In Greece, he was confused for the hero of the Trojan War, Ajax.

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His close relationship with Celestials grants him the ability to communicate with them on top of the other typical powers the Eternals hold.

Phastos (Played by Brian Tyree Henry)

Mistaken for Hephaestus from ancient Greece, Phastos is the genius of the group. He is a weaponsmith who develops various technology. He is the most mysterious as there is little to no information on his background.

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Gilgamesh (Played by Don Lee)

The brute of the group, Gilgamesh, is physically the strongest Eternal. After his exile, he took on the title as “The Forgotten One.” He roamed the Earth, helping out humans from tyrants and dangerous beasts until he learned of his true powers as an Eternal.

At one point, he becomes an Avengers. During a demon invasion on New York, Gilgamesh aided Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and became a member of the team.

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His powers remain the same as other Eternals, the main difference is he is far more developed than most of his kind. The Forgotten One has knowledge of hand to hand combat and a wide range of weapons throughout history.

Sprite (Played by Lia McHugh)

Essentially a more moral version of Loki, Sprite is full of mischief and trickery. He, a male in the comic books, often gets in trouble due to lack of any concern for human safety. Always wanting to have fun with his powers leads to trouble despite having good intentions.

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The central powers that separate him from others are his manipulation of the world around him. Turning objects to whatever he wishes or creating illusions to trick other Eternals or humans.

Makkari (Played by Lauren Ridloff)

Not only does Makkari get gender-swapped like Sprite and Ajak, but the race of his character has also been changed for the MCU. With the casting of Ridloff, this makes for the first deaf superhero in a Marvel movie.

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Like Thena, he is born in Greece and shares similar characteristics like his brilliant mind and combative skills. He has taken part in major historical wars like the Trojan War and later in the Battle of the Alamo.

His abilities set himself away from everyone else by his super speed. Not only fast but by running in circles, this Eternal can create cyclones. He is an expert in transportation with his advanced knowledge of vehicles.

Now you have a good idea about the new faces coming to the MCU. The Eternals is scheduled to come out Nov. 6, 2020.

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Everything We Know About Phase 4 of the MCU

Marvel unveiled all of its plans for the next phase of the MCU after Spider-Man: Far From Home with a hint at phase five with Blade. Not much is known about some of these projects, but the little information available gave me a nerdgasm.

Black Widow

Initially rumored to take place in possibly the 90s, the cast of the upcoming standalone flick told Entertainment Weekly it will set shortly after Captain America: Civil War.

The new faces that will standby or against Black Widow will be never before seen characters she met at this time in her life. David Harbour (Stranger Things) described his character, Alexei, as, “In the Cold War, the Americans were developing weaponry, and the Soviets were responding. The Americans developed Captain America, and the Soviets responded with something called the Red Guardian. In a way, he’s a super-soldier, but he’s also a very complicated guy. He has a lot of flaws, a lot of idiosyncrasies. It’s a very rich character.”

Florence Pugh (Midsommar) tells EW that Yelena is Nat’s “sister figure” and that “it’s quite heightened and heated.” During behind closed doors, a fight scene was shown with Pugh and Johansson in Budapest, Hungary. After a cut, the two are talking things over with a bottle of vodka.

O.T. Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) is a “fixer” named Mason, the man that superheroes or spies go to in need of assistance. Fagbenle goes further by saying, “It’s a bit of a complex relationship with Natasha because obviously, ostensibly we have this kind of business transaction, but I think there’s a little romantic frisson.”

Rachel Weisz plays an experienced assassin and spy. Malena’s description was kept brief because “She’s also deeply involved in a scientific experiment which I cannot tell you about because it’s part of the story we can’t talk about!”

The villain will be the classic Taskmaster, who is kept a secret except for his announcement.

Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland and will release on May 1, 2020.

The Eternals

By its description, this will be an experimental and important film in Marvel’s grand universe building. The synopsis is that immortal beings are looking after Earth from Deviants. The protagonists are sent by Celestials, beings who have been seen before in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

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The cast is stacked with Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Icarus), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh). Eternals will also heavily expand representation in the MCU with a deaf hero (Makkari), some LGBT characters, and more people of color to widen Marvel’s diversity.

Directed by Chloe Zhao, the film will release on Nov. 6, 2020.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

A Disney+ series that will follow Falcon AKA the new Captain America (Anthony Mackie) and original Captain America’s best friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan).

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Not much is known about the show’s plot, but  Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo from Civil War will return as the villain. Turning Baron towards his comic book origins, he will wear the purple mask from the source material.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will stream on Disney+ sometime during fall 2020.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Rising star Simu Liu will take the mantle as Shang-Chi, a new face to help protect Earth from threats. He will face the Mandarin (Tony Leung) and his legion within the Ten Rings. Yes, this is the Mandarin, not the fake from Iron Man 3.

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Destin Daniel Cretton sits in the director’s chain, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will release on Feb. 12, 2021.

WandaVision

Taking place after Endgame, this series will follow Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her lover/co-Avenger Vision (Paul Bettany). Yes, Vision is dead, and nobody knows how this will work.

When discussing the series, Olsen said, “It’s gonna get weird … and we’re gonna finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.”

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Other characters are set to appear like grownup Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel, who will be played by Teyonah Parris. During the Doctor Strange sequel, Olsen will appear in that film, and this show will have a lot to tie into Benedict Cumberbatch’s next standalone journey.

WandaVision will stream on Disney+ in spring 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The multiverse is real as confirmed from the first Doctor Strange and Endgame. This sequel will explore aspects in both tone, style, and narrative that has never been touched on in the MCU. Scott Derrickson, who has had plenty of horror experience with Sinister, described this as a horror film. Whether it is straight-up nightmare-inducing or simply darker and creepier will be determined once the world gets a first look at the movie.

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This “gothic horror” will hit theaters on May 7, 2021.

Loki

One might be dead, but another is alive. That’s right, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is back. In his own show on Disney+, we will see Loki after the Endgame time heist where he takes the Tesseract and teleports away from his captors. This version is the one known in the first Avengers, not the more mature God from Ragnarok or Infinity War.

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Loki will be back in spring 2021.

What If…?

This animated series will go across the endless amount of multiverses to give unique stories that will never follow the main plot of the MCU. The Watcher (Jeffery Wright) will guide audiences through the show that will feature many new and familiar voices. The actors that are coming in to reprise their roles for these what-if scenarios include Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Michael Rooker as Yondu.

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“The Watcher is a being, a non-earthly being who observes all things. He’s watching over the multiverse, and occasionally may or may not intervene with the doings of earthlings,” said Wright.

What If…? comes to Disney+ in the summer of 2021.

Hawkeye

The bow-wielding Avenger is passing down the bow to Kate Bishop and explore the dark path he went as Ronin.

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Hawkeye comes to Disney+ in fall 2021.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Natalie Portman returns to the MCU as Jane. She once left due to a negative experience filming Dark World, but now she will play a more significant role. She will wield the hammer and electric powers of Thor. No worries, Chris Hemsworth will remain as the OG God of Thunder.

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Since Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was left to look after New Asgard and said she “needs to find her queen” it gives a good hint at what’s to come that brings Jane into the life of a superhero. Valkyrie is the first LGBT hero in the MCU despite this not being explored yet. When speaking about Valkyrie’s sexuality, Kevin Fiege told io9, “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4,”

Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is back to direct the fourth installment of Thor’s standalone movies. The film is set to premiere Nov. 5, 2021.

Phase 5

A brief overview of what’s to come after phase four was given by Fiege. He mentioned obvious sequels like Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2. Then he says plans for Fantastic Four and X-Men.

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Before ending the panel, Moonlight and Luke Cage actor Mahershala Ali came up with a Blade baseball cap. Then the screen behind everyone showed the Blade title. Nothing else was said about the vampire hunter except he will feature alongside the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other sequels in the following phase.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Day 3 Recap

UPDATE 7/21/19 9:52 a.m. PT: The lineup of movies and TV shows is the entirety of the next phase in the MCU, with one exception. Blade will be in phase five.

Marvel layed out phase four for hungry fans, new trailers for upcoming shows, and a lot more was released yesterday at Comic-Con. Each day gets bigger, and day three might take the cake for the entire convention.

Phase 4 is Coming

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To start off, Black Widow showed off some footage while shining light on what to expect. Like the rumors suggested, this prequel will show off the dark side of Scarlett Johansson’s agent who once was not the hero we all have gotten to know. The film is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, David Harbour as Alexi, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, Rachel Weisz as Malena, and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova.

“I don’t think I could have played this iteration of Natasha 10 years ago,” Johansson said at the panel. “It would’ve been a very different film. I get to play Natasha as a fully realized woman and in all of her many facets. I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her, what she perceives to be the flawed side of her. And I’m looking to wipe out some of that red in my ledger, so you guys will be seeing a lot of that.”

While the film has been shooting for 30 days, enough was done to show off a clip to the audience at Hall H. A fight scene with Pugh and Johansson shows off the film’s villain, the iconic Taskmaster. Black Widow is set to release on May 1, 2020.

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Next up is Eternals. Chloe Zhao sits in the director’s seat along with her extensive roster of characters including  Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Icarus), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh).

“It’s about this group of incredible immortals but through their journey, we really get to explore what it means to be human and humanity on our time on this planet,” Zhao told the crowd.

The characters are a group of immortals who look after Earth from afar. This will set the groundwork that future phases of the MCU will have a cosmic center around upcoming storylines.

Eternals hits theaters Nov. 6, 2020.

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Destin Cretton will head Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu. Meanwhile, Tony Leung is the Mandarin, the real one, not the fake from Iron Man 3.

Shang-Chi is scheduled for a Feb. 12, 2021 release date.

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Taika Waititi returns after the success of Thor: Ragnarok. While Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will return in their roles, someone from the old days is too, Natalie Portman. She will wield the mighty hammer, yes she will become her own Thor essentially.

Waititi read Jason Aaron’s comics series, The Mighty Thor, which introduces the female version of the electrified God. He told the audience, ” only one person who could play that role,” which lead to Portman coming on stage while holding on Mjolnir and saying, “I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”

Thor: Love and Thunder will come out Nov. 5, 2021.

Diverting away from the movies briefly, these are some of the Disney+ shows that are on the way to expand the universe.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set for fall 2020. The reveal with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan got interrupted with a video from Civil War villain Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo, wearing a comic accurate costume with his iconic purple mask.

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Spring 2021 will deliver WandaVision, with Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role as Scarlett Witch and Paul Bettany returns as the recently deceased Vision. Teyonah Parris will also star as the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who last appeared as a child in Captain Marvel.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Olsen said. “It’s going to get weird. We’re going to go deep, we’re going to have lots of surprises, and we’re going to finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.”

“Last thing I knew, I died in Infinity War, so I literally have never been this confused in front of this many people in my whole life,” Bettany said.

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The long-awaited and teased Loki series will arrive around the same time. The series will center around Loki as he disappeared with the Tesseract in Endgame.

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Next is an animated series titled What If…? which will explore the many multiverses in the MCU. While many familiar voices will come and go in the series, one name that has been attached is Westworld actor Jeffery Wright who will play as The Watcher.

“The Watcher is a being, a non-earthly being who observes all things,” Wright told the audience. “He’s watching over the multiverse and occasionally may or may not intervene with the doings of earthlings. Other than that, he’s off doing his own thing.”

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Ending the TV series side of the panel, and there is still more news after this, is Jeremy Renner’s own show, Hawkeye. The show follows him teaching Kate Bishop to take on the bow.

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Coming back to the movies, Benedict Cumberbatch’s solo flick finally got an official title. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness sees director Scott Derrickson return with an eye for a May 7, 2021 release date.

“Just because Quentin Beck makes up lies about the multiverse doesn’t mean it isn’t real,” Feige told the audience, referencing to Spider-Man: Far From Home.

WandaVision will be the first Marvel TV series to play a hand in one of the films as Olsen’s telekinetic hero will appear in Doctor Strange’s next adventure.

“He’ll be facing unexpected things,” Cumberbatch said of his character. “I think he’ll be in a position rather like the audience of not knowing what’s coming at him. There was a lot of authority I thought in the Avengers iterations [of Strange], so we’re going back to kind of destroy him, I think.”

Derrickson will use his experience with Sinister to make Multiverse of Madness be the first scary MCU movie, while Fiege quickly tells everyone it will still be PG-13.

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Blade returns with Mahershala Ali as the vampire slayer. On top of that Fiege announced, with no release dates, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and acknowledges that the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be coming in the future.

Westworld Season 3 Trailer

HBO’s wildly trippy sci-fi will return. The trailer shows off a World War 2 park, which means Nazi robots, and hints at what to expect with the story after season two.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Info

Season 2 ended with the crew and their ship diving into a wormhole taking them 950 years into the future. The panel reveals hints at what will happen in the upcoming season.

Watchmen Character Returns

The upcoming HBO series showed the return of Doctor Manhatten who was living on Mars and returns back to Earth.

DC is Bringing Back Shows

Both Doom Patrol and Titans will return for another run. Doom Patrol will arrive on DC’s streaming service and HBO Max sometime in 2020. Titans return Sept. 6 on DC Universe.

The Expanse Returns

Amazon saved the sci-fi series The Expanse from cancellation and now has shown off a trailer on what the series will look like.

The Flash Gets a New Villain

Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) is facing against Flash in season 6 as Dr. Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork.

Lex Luther is Back

DC’s baddy returns, Lex Luther played by Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), who will appear on the crossover series Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Arrow Star Set to Direct Episodes on Final Season

Katie Cassidy Rodgers, who plays Laurel on the series, will make her directorial debut with an episode of the show’s final season.

The Goldbergs Go on Vacation

Goldbergs star Troy Gentile told Entertainment Weekly that, ““The first script [of the season], we’re doing Vacation,” and “I’m not going to tell you guys where, but we’re going on vacation.”

Snowpiercer Trailer

The TBS series based on the 2013 movie finally got a trailer.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Day 2 Recap

One day down, another to go. The first day of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con had plenty to show from The Witcher series, Marvel news, and Patrick Stewart returning to Star Trek. Day two is just as hefty of delicious nerdy announcements and trailers.

Mayans M.C. Season 2

The spin-off of Sons of Anarchy got a trailer for its second season. It will premier Sept. 3 on FX.

Brandon Routh Wears the Red Cape Again

Brandon Routh from Superman Returns will star as the iconic DC hero in an epic crossover event titled Crisis on Infinite Earths. The CW exclusive will bring together its TV heroes like Flash (Grant Gustin), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Batwoman (Ruby Rose), and Arrow (Stephen Amell).

Snowpiercer TV Show

Entertainment Weekly exclusively got photos from the upcoming Snowpiercer TV series that will start its engines sometime next year.

The show will set seven years after the apocalyptic events that set any survivor onto the endless running train. The prequel does not have a lot of information but will give fans of the film a taste for what happened before those events with Curtis’ (Chris Evans) rebellion.

Veronica Mars Revival

Hulu’s revival of Veronica Mars dropped during the panel, a whole week early.

The rebooted series initially ended in 2007, but now fans get the development and ending they have been craving.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Crash Hall H

Stars from the MCU, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, and Chadwick Boseman came on stage during the Russo Brothers’ panel. The actors thanked the fans and had some fun banter with the directors of Infinity War and Endgame.

DuckTales Beloved Characters Return

During a panel and poster, the DuckTales return shows plenty of fan favorites will make an appearance in upcoming episodes. Goofy, Daisy Duck, and more will appear. Including the characters, Lin-Manuel Miranda came up on stage as a surprise for fans.

Fear the Walking Dead Season Six

An announcement for the sixth season of Fear the Walking Dead was made. To continue the excitement, a trailer for the second half of season five also dropped. The fifth season will start back up Aug. 11.

The Walking Dead Season 10

AMC’s zombie series has some major names leaving with the trailer for season 10. Danai Gurira who played the sword-wielding Michonne will depart from the series. In her replacement, Thora Birch (American Beauty and Hocus Pocus) and Kevin Carroll (Snowfall and Velvet Buzzsaw) will enter the apocalyptic world.

Steven Universe Movie

Director Rebecca Sugar showed the first trailer for the upcoming movie along with performing a song with some of the cast. The TV movie will air Sept. 2 on Cartoon Network.

The Witcher Trailer

The first day of SDCC had some information on the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher with Henry Cavill. Now the first trailer shows off what this world will look like in motion as Cavill, a fan of the books and video games, gets to play the leading role as Geralt.

Mehcad Brooks leaves Supergirl

Halfway through season five, Supergirl will lose one of her closest companions, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks).

The Boys Season 2

Ahead of its July 26 debut, The Boys, Amazon’s adult satirical take on superheroes, got renewed for another season. The show will be available on Amazon Prime Video.

Rick and Morty Season 4 Has a Special Guest

The highly anticipated season four of Rick and Morty got its first clip. The brief look features Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. No word yet on a release date for the Adult Swim sci-fi cartoon, but after two years since the last season, it can come at any time.

Archer Returns

Returning for season 11, the FX spy comedy Archer will come back to its roots. Taking place after Sterling Archer’s (H. John Benjamin) three-year coma.

The Award Goes to…Mark Hamill

During the panel for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the upcoming Netflix original that takes place before Jim Henson’s original 1982 film The Dark Crystal, Mark Hamill was presented an award. This was the 2019 Comic-Con Icon Award which is selected to “an individual or group who’s been instrumental in creating greater awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms.”

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San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Day 1 Recap

All of us nerds wait every year for this weekend. San Diego Comic-Con is full of announcements for future movies and shows that generate excitement during the convention. Only one day has passed, and plenty of juicy news has dropped, so let’s get into the thick of it.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ending

The hit Marvel show on ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will go on its final mission for its seventh season.

The show gave background on behind the scenes work with S.H.I.E.L.D. across the MCU. While the TV work from Marvel never gets seen on the big screen, the events happening on the small screen certainly have an impact on the overall universe.

The Witcher Details

An interview with Entertainment Weekly gives some extra details on the upcoming Netflix series based on the popular novels and video games The Witcher. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich (Daredevil) gives some background on the narrative, casting, and some of the controversies that surround the upcoming adaption.

“We’re not adapting the videogames, it’s a straight adaptation of the books,” Hissrich told EW when discussing the video games and her vision for the show. “Which is great as the videogames are also an adaptation of the books. They went one direction, we actually get to go another. We’re kind of holding close to our chest what we’re doing in the first season.”

Like any story, you have a protagonist and antagonist. Hissrich discusses the “shades of gray” in both the books and her adaptions.

“There isn’t really a villain,” she said. “One of the things we’re enjoying exploring is all the shades of grey in the books. The characters you’re rooting for in the beginning may not be the characters you’re rooting for in the end. And characters you hate and seem absolutely evil are motivated by something that’s really relatable and human and emotional.”

The showrunner gives some insight into the controversy that surrounded the casting of Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) as Ciri.

“I think that anytime you’re doing casting and you’re casting something that has a lot of existing fans you’re going to get a lot of opinions about whether it matches fans vision,” she said. “This franchise has millions of fans. We knew we weren’t going to make everyone happy. As you know, per the controversy, we looked at everyone possible for this role. And when we found Freya we made her an offer that day. She’s incredibly special.”

Final Trailer for IT: Chapter Two

The sequel to the profitable Stephen King remake is coming out Sept. 6. During SDCC, the final trailer for the anticipated horror flick dives deeper into the horrors that await audiences.

Westworld Season 3 Details

Co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming season of HBO’s confusing sci-fi drama. He spoke about the narrative will be easier to consume and the casting.

“This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,” Nolan told EW.

Familiar faces like Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) but many others have not been confirmed. One new face will be a construction worker named Caleb, who will make a significant impact on Dolores. Caleb will be played by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.

““Aaron’s character will challenge Dolores’ notions about the nature of humanity,” Nolan said. “He’s the type of person who doesn’t get to go to Westworld.”

Westworld season three arrives next year.

Original John Connor, Edward Furlong, is Back in Terminator

James Cameron is bringing back all of the old faces from the original Terminator movies. Skyping from the set of the next Avatar, the producer announces Edward Furlong will come back in the role of John Connor.

Terminator: Dark Fate is supposed to take the series back to its roots. The sixth entry comes out Nov. 1.

Star Trek: Picard Gets Information

Sir Patrick Stewart is going back into space in the upcoming Star Trek series. The series coming to CBS all access will take Picard into a fight while developing his character further since fans had last seen him.

The Star Trek panel is Saturday, so expect plenty more details to be released that day.

His Dark Materials Trailer

HBO is adapting another novel series into a show. Taking from Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy which consists of The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. This is the first trailer for the upcoming fantasy series.

His Dark Materials comes out this fall and will star James McAvoy (Split, X-Men), Dafne Keen (Logan), and Ruth Wilson (Luther).

Top Gun: Maverick Lands a Trailer

Tom Cruise is gearing up to train a new generation pilots in the new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick. It has been 33 years later, and the sequel will fly in on June 26, 2020.

Marvel’s Avengers Goes Deeper 

Square Enix showed off its first official trailer for their upcoming Avengers title. The game got a mixed reaction from fans and critics, but at SDCC a new look gives some extra insight into what it will be like stepping into the shoes of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Everything shown will be held off to the public until Gamescom, which goes from Aug. 20 to 24. Customization for gear and outfits were shown. Square goes into the deep history of Marvel to bring out inspired costumes from the many comics that have come over the years. The upgrading system to empower each hero was also shown.

The game will focus on a single-player campaign along with a four-player cooperative mode. It is slated to come May 15, 2020, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia.

Pre-order: Marvel’s Avengers – PlayStation 4

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is Not What We Thought

During EA Play the world got to see a 15-minute demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game was a typical linear adventure game with level design and combat that would be expected from this type of single-player experience. The closed doors demo showed the demo with an added few minutes of gameplay to show that this is something entirely different. As of June 25, this has become public.

Staying on Kashyyyk, we see the protagonist Cal swimming with his droid. He slowly swims in the middle of a battle. A TIE fighter crashes and explodes on an AT-AT. Once close enough to the still standing machine, Cal climbs on from some vegetation that is sticking to the legs. The climbing system is precisely the same as what was shown in the initial demo but in this new setting.

The hero hops in from an open hatch to get inside of the AT-AT. After taking out the guards and pilots, Cal takes control of the vehicle. This section becomes an on-rails shooter as he fights other vehicles and stormtroopers in the surrounding area.

Inside of Cal and his team’s ship, we get a glimpse of the open nature of the game. Other planets pop up on a map that has not been discovered yet. The developers at Respawn have said there will be an exploration of other worlds, and this is our first glimpse into this mechanic.

More interaction becomes available as Calk speaks with his crew for some banter and story information.

Upgrades and leveling up was mentioned, and the first look comes from Cal upgrading his droid, BD-1. His companion can now short circuit enemy tech.

While all of the details that have been discussed are not shown in this extended cut, Respawn does provide more proof of their concepts compared to the demo shown three weeks ago.

MY TAKE:

I enjoyed the first demo but felt it looked overly linear and an overall generic licensed game that had potential to be fun. This does give me more hope on a rich experience that will rival any game in 2019. We will see, but I have high hopes that this will be one of my top games of the year.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order comes out Nov. 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Nintendo Direct E3 2019 Conference Breakdown

Nintendo is back with some of the most iconic titles in the industry. We got to see recognizable faces along with some new ones.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

Vastly different worlds are colliding into Nintendo’s epic crossover fighter. The beginning of the event showed that the unnamed hero from Dragon Quest will make an appearance.

Towards the end of the show, a trailer came to present the introduction of Banjo-Kazooie to join the fight later this year.

Buy: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition Trailer

Coming to the Switch on Sept. 27.

Buy: Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age: Edition of Light – PlayStation 4

Buy: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition – Nintendo Switch

Gameplay Trailer for Luigi’s Mansion 3

Buy: Luigi’s Mansion 3

Trailer for The Dark Crystal: Tactics Age of Resistance

Gameplay Trailer for Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Out Sept. 20 for the Switch.

Buy: Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening

Trailer for Trials of Mana

Coming out early 2020 for Switch, PS4, and PC. Plus for fans who can’t wait, you can pick up the original three games for the Switch today.

The Witcher: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition

The port is coming to the Switch sometime this year.

Trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Coming to the Switch on July 26.

Resident Evil Ports

The fifth and six main entries of the Resident Evil series are coming to the Switch this fall.

Trailer for No More Heroes 3

Coming 2020.

Contra

A lot is coming for Contra fans. Rogue Corps is coming to the Switch on Sept. 24. Along with this release date, a collection of 10 games and a 74-page ebook are available today.

Trailer for Daemon X Machina

Coming Sept. 13 for the Switch.

Trailer for Danzer Dragon

Coming this winter.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Trailer

Coming to the Switch on Nov. 15.

Buy: Pokemon Sword

Buy: Pokemon Shield

Trailer for Astral Chain

Out Aug. 30 for the Switch.

Trailer for Empire of Sin

Coming spring 2020 for all platforms.

Trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Out July 19 for the Switch.

Trailer for Cadence of Hyrule

Out July 13 for the Switch.

Trailer for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Out sometime in Nov. for the Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Delayed

The push went from this year to March 20, 2020.

Breath of the Wild Sequel

A sequel is coming to 2017 hit. A teaser trailer was released with no further information.

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