star trek picard inspiration

It all came as a surprise when Patrick Stewart announced last year that he would be reprising his role as the beloved Captain Jean-Luc Picard, a role he began playing three decades ago in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The last time Star Trek fans saw the noble captain was in the 2002 feature film Star Trek: Nemesis, and that seemed like it would be the last time. J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise with his 2009 feature film and launched a whole different timeline.

But this is the era of reboots and revivals after all, so why not bring back everyone’s favorite Starfleet captain? But it would take more than nostalgia (or a big paycheck) to tempt back an accomplished thespian like Stewart. So how did Star Trek: Picard series creator Alex Kurtzman do it? Well, it was a little superhero movie that Stewart was starring in at the time that convinced him, actually: Logan.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Decade

Best Movie Trailers of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

A well-cut trailer is a thing of beauty. To be clear: trailers are pieces of advertising. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be art, too. A bad trailer either shows us too much, relies heavily on cliches, or fails to grab our interest. A great trailer, however, can make or break a film. Put together a compelling, interesting, and original trailer, and you’ve gone a long way towards drawing in your audience. Which is exactly what the best trailers of the decade did.

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hugh jackman guinness world record

Hugh Jackman is a multi-hyphenate performer: an actor, a singer, a dancer, a greatest showman. Well, he can now add one more label to that list: Guinness World Records holder. The Logan actor may have bid farewell to the superhero that he has played since 2000, but he’s about to get one more thing to remember the adamantium-clawed mutant by — a certificate for the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero for his role as Wolverine.

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guillermo del toro roma

Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have been famously close-knit friends for decades, but that doesn’t mean that del Toro is going to offer only shallow praise to Cuaron’s magnum opus Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter on Sunday to offer some insightful film criticism that perfectly gets to the heart of why Roma is such a masterclass in storytelling — and makes all film writers jealous that they hadn’t written a full essay about this first.

Spoilers for Roma below.

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Red Skull Concept Art

How does Kevin Smith think a Hawkeye TV series should begin? Would you believe Venom is the most anticipated movie of the fall in a recent Atom Tickets survey? Would you like to see Nicolas Cage play Lex Luthor? Are you ready for a new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer? Will Venom have any credits scenes? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp Concept Art - AIM

Is there a Captain Marvel Easter egg hidden in Avengers: Infinity War? Why is Stan Lee stopping appearances and signings at conventions? What would Thor: Ragnarok look like with an anime style opening? Did you notice when the Soul Stone was used in Avengers: Infinity War? When is the second season of Cloak and Dagger coming? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

fan backlash

The fan outrage around Rian Johnson‘s direction of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become so torrid that directors who have nothing to do with Star Wars are starting to get roped in. Or, perhaps out of some noble Jedi instinct, they’re stepping in to defend the director from the fan backlash that has been going on for more than six (!) months now.

James Mangold, who has a pretty good standing within the geek community for helming the terrific Logan and scoring an Oscar nomination for it, is the latest to chime in to tell fans to just…chill. But he has more to say than just “calm down” — Mangold warns that if fans take their extreme backlash too far, it could result in their worst fears coming true. Read More »

Captain Marvel Fanmade Poster

Want to buy a drawing of the Avengers created by the stars of the movie themselves? How did Tom Holland spoil Avengers: Infinity War for fans who were just about to see the movie? Why wasn’t the reunion of Cap and Bucky a little more emotional? What’s one joke that Fox asked to be cut from Deadpool 2? Which comic book movie director is getting a special award at Cannes? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Best Superhero Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Movies Coming to Netflix

There’s never been anything quite like Black Panther before. The latest Marvel movie is one of the first major comic book adaptations with a black lead, and it’s already poised to be one of the franchise’s most successful entries, having sold more advance tickets than any other film in Marvel history. And as Candice Frederick put so eloquently in a piece for /Film, Black Panther is “specifically a black movie that celebrates the strength and beauty of black womanhood in an era in which both get tossed aside.” It may be one-of-a-kind for now, but it will surely usher in a new wave of superhero films that celebrate other races and cultures, and ones that emphasize the power and strength of women.

So yes, Black Panther is a singular film, one that comes at an interesting time in the surge of high-grossing – and occasionally prestigious – superhero flicks. If you’re looking to wade through the waters of what came before, there are a surprising number of excellent-quality superhero flicks currently available on major streaming services. Here are some you can mull over while you wait for your Black Panther screening this weekend.

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Marvel Studios 10 Years

Will Disney bring Netflix’s Marvel shows to their new streaming service? How much has the Black Panther challenge raised for disadvantaged kids to see the movie? Who are all the cast members missing from Marvel‘s 10-year class photo? Have fans figured out who is playing Shatterstar in Deadpool 2? Which Marvel villain did Ryan Coogler originally want to include in Black Panther? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »