Captain America Civil War Easter Eggs

Now that Captain America: Civil War is in theaters and millions around the world have seen it, we can start digging into the finer details of Marvel Studios first film in Phase Three of their cinematic universe. This was quite the big sequel for the Captain America franchise, so much that it surpassed the entire domestic box office of Captain America: The First Avenger in just three days and nearly doubled the opening weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

But as many have said, this is also like Avengers sequel, and even a better one than Avengers: Age of Ultron. That means it’s chock full of Easter eggs and comic book references, especially for those who read the major Marvel Comics storyline from 10 years ago. A new video runs through a bunch of the Captain America Civil War easter eggs and more, and you can watch it below. Obviously, beware of spoilers. Read More »

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Shanghai Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Shanghai Disneyland won’t have its grand opening until June 16th 2016, but Disney’s Chinese theme park has been running soft openings, giving guests a sneak preview of what’s inside. Earlier this week we ran a video from the new Tron ride, a rollercoaster ride called Tron Lightcycle Power Run that looked pretty great. Today I bring you the most impressive thing I’ve seen coming out of Shanghai Disneyland, and that is the new Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

No, this isn’t the same animatronic ride from Disneyland (or the much shorter version from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom), this is an all-new ride which Disney has been calling the park’s signature attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. The new E-ticket ride, located in the park’s Treasure Cove land, features “a combination of new technology and innovation and will take guests on a pirate adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Davy Jones, providing an experience unlike anything else in the world.”

Okay, so that doesn’t even do it justice. The first good ride-on video has hit the web and HOLY SHIT. I know I don’t swear too much on here, so when I do it carries some gravity. This ride looks amazing. Please, stop what you’re doing, and hit the jump to watch this first ride video from Pirates of the Caribbean in Shanghai Disneyland.

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Snoke Darth Plagueis Theory

Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? This is one of the biggest questions fans had after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are plenty of theories out there, some crazy, some sensible. But one of the more predominant guesses from fans about the origins of the First Order villain who has trained Kylo Ren in the ways of the dark side has just been debunked.

Pablo Hidalgo is the Creative Executive of the Lucasfilm Story Group, the collective responsible for the official continuity of all things Star Wars. Nothing is canon unless Hidalgo says it’s canon. And in a recent exchange with some inquiring fans on Twitter, Hidalgo seems to have debunked the theory that Supreme Leader Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis.

Find out what Pablo Hidalgo had to say about the Snoke Darth Plagueis theory after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most popular movies of all time, and we’ve posted about all the hidden Easter eggs, seen many video essays about the plot comparisons to A New Hope (which even Abrams has admitted was by design) and seen a bevy of posts and videos pointing out the film’s flaws. But one error I haven’t seen mentioned many places in the mainstream press is the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening crawl features a different font from the previous six live-action films. And there’s almost nothing nerdier than typography and font geekery, but if this kind of thing interests you, hit the jump and find out how it’s wrong.

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LEGO Star Wars Force Awakens Prequel

As you probably know by now, Disney has teamed with LEGO to release a series of Star Wars animated short films set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve posted a bunch of them on the site in the past, and they are definitely worth your time. The latest one, the fifth in the series, is titled “Attack of the Conscience” and tells Finn’s (at the time, still FN-2187) story leading up to the seconds before we see he in JJ AbramsEpisode VII. Watch that short and the other four previously released LEGO Star Wars animated short films, after the jump.
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer

This month (and the rest of the summer) is chock full of sequels. Captain America: Civil War just kicked off the blockbuster movie season with over $181 million at the box office for the fifth highest opening weekend of all time. Another comic book sequel is on the way with X-Men: Apocalypse arriving later this month, but the film will face some pretty big competition with Disney’s sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Through the Looking Glass finds the title character, played by Mia Wasikowska, away from Underland for a long while. And by the time she has returned from sailing the high seas, the magical place she saved and loved is being destroyed by Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). Not only that, but The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), her truest friend, seems to have forgotten all about her. It’s all explained in the new Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer and clips after the jump. Read More »

Empire Strikes Back James Bond Credits Sequence

Due to the rules of how a Star Wars movie is supposed to begin and end, none of the movies in the saga have ever been given a stylish opening or closing credits sequence. Sadly, we’ll probably never see that happen unless the spin-off films decide to have a little style all their own. Even if they do, there will probably be plenty of fans outraged for straying away from tradition.

The good news is that one fan decided to have a little fun with the Star Wars credits by giving The Empire Strikes Back a credits sequence along the same stylish lines of a James Bond movie. The result is something that creates an entirely different tone for the movie, making it seem almost sexy.

Watch the Empire Strikes Back James Bond credits sequence after the jump. Read More »

Doctor Strange Whitewashing

Ever since the first trailer for Doctor Strange debuted, controversy about whitewashing in Hollywood has been swirling online again. This came about because it was confirmed that actress Tilda Swinton was playing the role of The Ancient One, a character who was originally an Asian man in the comic books. Many Asian actors, actresses, filmmakers and fans have spoken out against this casting, saying that it plays into the tendency Hollywood has to have white actors and actresses in the roles of characters of different ethnic backgrounds. Tilda Swinton previously responded to the matter, and now Marvel Studios president CEO and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson have chimed in on the matter.

Find out what they had to say about the Doctor Strange whitewashing controversy below. Read More »

Defenders Avengers Crossover

Marvel Studios already brought several superhero film franchises together when they assembled The Avengers back in 2012. Now they’re getting them back together every few years with new franchises beginning and previous solo superhero franchises continuing in the years between. The same approach is coming together over at Netflix with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist getting their own shows to lead to an assemble of The Defenders. But will the two ever meet?

Fans are hungry to see the simultaneously connected but separate worlds of Marvel’s movies and TV shows come together in a big way, and many are hoping that it will happen in the two-part sequel Avengers: Infinity War. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, fresh off scripting Captain America: Civil War, recently addressed the possibility of a Defenders Avengers crossover in Infinity War, and the chances don’t seem to be very high. Read More »

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