Marvel Studios Phase Four

With the wide release of Thor: Ragnarok on the horizon, it’s time for Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to saddle up and make the press rounds once again. /Film’s Peter Sciretta will have his own one-on-one interview with Feige here on the site closer to the film’s release, but in the meantime, I’ve collected some of the uber-producer’s comments from other interviews in which he talks about the connective tissue of easter eggs, Captain Marvel’s whereabouts, Feige’s plans for Marvel Studios Phase Four, and much more.
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Rotten Tomatoes Scores - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a new video explains why the Rotten Tomatoes scores that are thrown around don’t really mean what you might think they do.. Plus, Edgar Wright reveals some Baby Driver Easter eggs to keep an eye out for the next time you watch the movie, and Kumail Nanjiani gets lost looking for the Saturday Night Live mainstage. Read More »

Han Solo Ralph McQuarrie

By now, Star Wars fans should be well aware of the impact that concept artist Ralph McQuarrie had on the franchise. George Lucas once described McQuarrie’s contribution to Star Wars as “incalculable” because of how integral the artist’s early sketches were to translating Lucas’s script into a visual guide for the talented craftspeople to be able to bring the story to life.

Some of McQuarrie’s unused designs and early ideas have been incorporated into various pieces of Star Wars mythos over the years, from J.J. Abrams bringing his art to the big screen in The Force Awakens to McQuarrie’s Darth Vader design finding its way into Star Wars Rebels. Now we know Han Solo director Ron Howard will keep that trend alive: the filmmaker has shared a photo involving a Han Solo Ralph McQuarrie easter egg that only the most eagle-eyed fans would have been able to spot. Check it out below.
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Netflix penis drawing

Update: The controversy must have reached the ears of Netflix executives, because the episode in question has now been removed from the streaming site. Our original article follows.

Last week, Netflix released the first season of American Vandal, an eight-episode documentary parody of true crime stories like The Jinx and Making a Murderer in which the central mystery revolves around someone spray-painting penises on teachers’ cars in the school’s parking lot. But now it looks like Netflix has a real life dick mystery on their hands, because an angry mother has noticed that an artist snuck a drawing of an erect penis into the background of a children’s cartoon that airs on the streaming service.
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Stan Lee cameo in Avengers Infinity War

The Marvel Cinematic Universe gets bigger, but Stan Lee stays the same, reliably making cameo after cameo appearance in each film adaptation of his comic book creations.

And he has not slowed down even as his age reaches closer to that centennial mark. The 94-year-old may be pushing 100 soon, but not before he gets at least five more Marvel movie cameos out of the way.

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Finding Dory - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, despite Pixar’s track record, a video essay explores how they think Finding Dory went wrong. Plus, check out a slew of Easter eggs and comic book references you might have missed in The Defenders, and watch Sansa and Arya Stark (Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams) from Game of Thrones in their own Carpool Karaoke segment from the Apple original series. Read More »

logan lucky easter egg

In addition to making an astonishing variety of high-quality films, director Steven Soderbergh also works in the booze industry. Since 2010, he’s been importing and distributing Singani 63. It’s a distilled Bolivian spirit he went nuts for while shooting Che in South America. The drink has previously appeared in David Fincher’s work, and now it’s in the new Steven Soderbergh film, Logan Lucky.

Below, learn more about the Logan Lucky easter egg.

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Godzilla 2 easter egg

Director Michael Dougherty is hard at work directing Godzilla 2, the next movie in Warner Bros. and Legendary’s MonsterVerse. But while this film will set up an eventual conflict between two cinematic titans in 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong, it will first turn to villains of the past and feature battles between Godzilla and iconic characters like Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.

Thanks to Dougherty, we know Godzilla 2 will also feature a connection to the 1954 original film that started it all. But what does that link mean for this sequel?
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Stephen King easter eggs

Update: Now that The Dark Tower is out, we’ve updated our handy guide to the Stephen King easter eggs hidden in the movie.

With the release of The Dark Tower, it marks the (hopefully) first film adaptation of Stephen King‘s multi-novel magnum opus. Our own Jacob Hall will have a full interview with director Nikolaj Arcel here on the site in the coming days, but during their Comic-Con chat, Arcel teased that The Dark Tower will contain easter eggs reference King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot, and we’ve seen in previous trailers that there are references to The Shining, It, and more.
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Michael Caine Dunkirk

Ever since he played Bruce Wayne’s wry butler Alfred Pennyworth in 2005’s Batman Begins, Michael Caine has been a good luck charm for director Christopher Nolan. The Oscar-winning actor has appeared in every feature Nolan has directed in the past decade, including Dunkirk, the filmmaker’s World War II film that’s currently in theaters. Find out about the Michael Caine Dunkirk cameo below.
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