Captain America and Iron Man Character Arcs

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 video compares and contrasts the character arcs of both Iron Man and Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, Industrial Light and Magic takes a look back at Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back for the 40th anniversary, and Conan O’Brien does the first ever virtual commencement address for Harvard University. Read More »

empire strikes back time capsule

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, which gives everyone yet another excuse to talk about Star Wars. In honor of the anniversary, a new Empire Strikes Back time capsule video allows us to have a look behind-the-scenes of the Irvin Kershner-directed sequel, considered by many to be the very best Star Wars movie.

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Even though The Mandalorian has officially revealed the cast of the first live-action Star Wars series coming to Disney+ in 2019, there are still plenty of details under wraps. However, one of the rumored elements of the series appears to have been confirmed by a set photo that executive producer Jon Favreau posted to Instagram on Christmas Day. The photo reveals the fan-favorite droid bounty hunter IG-88 on a green screen set, confirming the character’s involvement in the show.

Check out IG-88 in The Mandalorian below. Read More »

New Craig Drake Art

Artist Craig Drake has returned with his fifth solo art show at Hero Complex Gallery, and with it comes a stellar collection of new posters created by the artist in his signature style.

The new Craig Drake art honors some of the strongest, fiercest, feistiest and most memorable females in films like Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Beetlejuice, Basic Instinct Kingsman: The Secret Service and Lost in Translation. But it also keys in on characters like RoboCop, Mad Max, and more. Plus, there are two other great Star Wars prints that will catch your eye. Read More »

Mondo Empire Strikes Back Poster

Mondo has unleashed a cool new Empire Strikes Back poster from artist Jock. The poster recreates a moment from the Star Wars film in which Luke Skywalker takes down an AT-AT Walker. See the Mondo Empire Strikes Back poster, and its variant, below.

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Star Wars Sabacc

Disney, who now own literally everything along with Star Wars, have filed a federal trademark lawsuit in an effort to stop a mobile app game based on Sabacc, a card game that was created for the Star Wars universe. Sabacc was first referenced in The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars novels later revealed that Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game of Sabacc – a fact that’s likely to come up at some point in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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/Answers: Our Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Moments

ranking star wars

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. In this week’s edition, we’re celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by fondly recalling our favorite Star Wars movie moments, the individual beats or reveals or lines of dialogue that stand out above all else for us. Read More »

The Last Jedi vs. The Empire Strikes Back

The challenges of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are well-documented by this point: J.J. Abrams had to reintroduce the classic Star Wars vibe to fans after the prequel trilogy and the way he chose to do that was to hone in on many of the same structural beats that kicked off the entire franchise in the first place in George Lucas’s original 1977 movie. But does that mean The Force Awakens‘ sequel will also loosely follow the storyline of The Empire Strikes Back, the second movie in the original trilogy?

It’s a question fans have been asking for years, and the darker vibe of the trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi have only bolstered that theory. We’re two weeks away from the movie’s release, and while out on the film’s international press tour, writer/director Rian Johnson explained his thoughts on The Last Jedi vs. The Empire Strikes Back observations.
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Guardians of the Galaxy movie connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.)

Cue the Electric Light Orchestra, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this week. That means Star-Lord (who?), Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Baby Edition Groot are back for a new neon-tinged adventure. When the first installment of the franchise-within-a-giant-franchise landed, it breathed new life into the MCU by re-engaging with its sarcastic, hero may care roots.

It also walked in the footsteps of some of the biggest nostalgia targets of this generation. Namely, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. It was a space opera in the midst of Iron Man and Captain America, complete with a banging ’70s soundtrack. A black sheep in its family, there was a time people were absolutely convinced it would tank the Marvel brand name. Now, it’s essentially its second pillar upon which James Gunn gets to goof off and throw a dance party.

While the first was about abandoned child Peter Quill forming an unusual family, Vol. 2 is about keeping that family together after reuniting with the father you’ve been searching for your whole life.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Empire Strikes Back Poster

Back in 2014, artist Matt Ferguson created a stunning poster for Guardians of the Galaxy inspired by the original poster art for the release of Star Wars in 1977 (it was one of Germain Lussier’s favorite pieces that year). Sadly, it was a privately commissioned piece of art, so fans weren’t able to get ahold of it to add to their own collection. Now you can get frustrated all over again as Matt Ferguson has created a poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 inspired by the classic poster art for The Empire Strikes Back. It might even be more stunning than the first one.

Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Empire Strikes Back poster after the jump. Read More »