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Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow has yet to get her own movie and probably never will, but by this point we’ve picked up enough bits and pieces about her past to know it was a dark one. Avengers: Age of Ultron gave us our best look yet at the Red Room that shaped her, while the Black Widow storyline in Agent Carter offered further insight into the program.

And it looks like we almost got even more of the Black Widow backstory in Captain America: Civil War. A scene from the film’s junior novelization reveals an especially harrowing incident in Natasha’s past. Basically, however depressing and terrible you thought her early years were, her actual childhood was so much worseRead More »

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You're the Worst season 3 trailer

This summer may have been kind of a stinker movie-wise, but TV-wise there’s been a lot to love. Just in the past few weeks we’ve been obsessing over HBO’s The Night Of and USA’s Mr. Robot, sampling Netflix’s The Get Down and catching upon their Stranger Things and BoJack Horseman. And next week brings the season 3 premiere of FXX’s You’re the Worst, to close out the summer and carry us into fall.

When You’re the Worst first premiered in 2014, it looked like another caustic hangout sitcom a la It’s Always Sunny. But it quickly revealed itself to be something richer and more surprising, honestly grappling with serious material like PTSD and depression without losing its twisted sense of humor. Season 3 promises to pick off right where season 2 left off, which is to say with our four deeply imperfect heroes as hilariously lost as ever. Oh, and it also brings in some promising new characters like Justina, a therapist played by Orange Is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley. Watch the You’re the Worst season 3 trailer below.  Read More »

Iron Man Ironheart

Last month, Marvel Comics announced a brand-new Iron Man in the form of Riri Williams, a teenage prodigy who reverse-engineered her own suit of high-tech armor in her dorm room at MIT. Now we’ve learned that the new Iron Man will boast a new Iron moniker. As revealed by writer Brian Michael Bendis, Riri Williams will henceforth be known as Ironheart. Because “Iron Maiden” was too much of a legal headache.  Read More »

Stranger Things Barb season 2

Netflix’s Stranger Things is full of characters to love, and one of the biggest breakouts has been Shannon Purser‘s Barb. Spend a couple of minutes browsing the #StrangerThings hashtag on any social media site and you’ll find all kinds of tributes to the shy high schooler, from think pieces to fan art to specialty pizzas (really). While the internet has been fawning over Barb, though, the actual show’s treatment of her has been… somewhat less than loving.

But take heart, Barb fans: that will change in season two. Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer have taken note of the outpouring of Barb love among fans, and promised “justice for Barb” in the next run of episodes. Click through to read their Stranger Things Barb comments, but be warned there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for season one. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok set photos

Thor: Ragnarok has been shooting in Australia for several weeks now, and while we’ve got a while to go before we see the movie itself, director Taika Waititi and his stars have been pretty generous about sharing glimpses of the shoot. Today, a couple of new photos tease Thor’s return to Earth… and possibly an encounter with the next new Marvel superhero, Doctor Strange.  Read More »

Mission: Impossible 6 delay

Ethan Hunt’s next death-defying adventure has hit a bit of a speed bump. Paramount Pictures has reportedly pumped the brakes on Mission: Impossible 6, which has Tom Cruise returning to star and Chris McQuarrie back to direct. But there’s no need to panic yet: shooting isn’t even underway on the film, and there’s a good chance both sides will work something out before the entire thing has to be pushed back.  Read More »

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Captain America: Civil War had one of the biggest casts in Marvel movie history. Not only did it bring back nearly all the Avengers, it also unveiled Spider-Man and Black Panther. And Joe and Anthony Russo‘s next film for Marvel looks even bigger. Avengers: Infinity War promises to bring together the Avengers, the Guardians, and literally dozens of other existing MCU characters. But apparently, there’s still room for more. The directors say the film will introduce yet another new character to the Marvel cinematic universe.  Read More »

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Marvel Studios likes to keep its cards close to the vest, doling out only the sparest bits of information early on, and then at a very carefully controlled pace. Marvel star Vin Diesel, on the other hand, loves to share. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor is famous for divulging details to fans on social media; in fact, that’s how we learned he was circling the MCU to begin with. And now he’s at it again with another big announcement. As confirmed by Diesel, the Guardians will appear in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity WarRead More »

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Officially, Marvel Studios has made no indication that they intend to bring Squirrel Girl to the big screen. But that’s not stopping fans from fantasizing about who should play the unbeatable rodent superhero. Over the past year or so, Anna Kendrick has emerged as a popular fantasy-cast pick, with Kendrick herself expressing interest in the role. Recently, Kendrick’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World director Edgar Wright chimed in with his support.

Now Kendrick also has the endorsement of two high-profile figures actually involved with the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have spoken up to say Kendrick as Squirrel Girl would be “perfect casting.” That doesn’t mean a Squirrel Girl movie will ever actually happen, mind you, let alone that Kendrick will star. But hey, we can dream.  Read More »