King of the Crop: Tyler Perry’s Madea Does Good All By Itself(Photo by @ Lionsgate)When the name Madea features in a Tyler Perry movie title, those films average a .7 million opening and a final gross of .6 million. A Madea Family Funeral may be right in line with that first number when the final estimates come out on Monday, starting with .8 million and – if the average multiple of the Madea films is any indication – it should finish up between - million. Only Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and A Madea Christmas opened to less than million, and the former is the only Madea film to finish with less than million. Perry’s latest film, if the Tomatometer score holds, will find itself amongst the top five rated films of his career.Rotten Returns: Audiences Not So Obsessed with Greta, But Critics Are Split(Photo by Jonathan Hession / Focus Features)Focus Features went wide with Neil Jordan’s Greta, the director s first wide release since 2007’s The Brave One. It is the 19th film in Focus s history to open on more than 2,000 screens and unfortunately its .58 million start ranks as the worst opening amongst them, lower than the animated Ratchet Clank (.86 million) and the Ryan Reynolds-led sci-fi film, Self/Less (.4 million). Interview with the Vampire and The Brave One are the only previous films of Jordan’s career to launch in more than 2,000 theaters, so that alone is a bit of a compliment on behalf of Focus even if the result is not what they had hoped. Critics, though, are fairly evenly split on Greta, with the film currently just shy of Fresh on the Tomatometer at 57%.The Rest of the Top 10 and Beyond: Dragon and Alita Hoping for Big International Numbers(Photo by @ DreamWorks Animation)Last week, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World joined 21 other films to open between million and million. This week, the final chapter to the critically acclaimed trilogy (all three films are over 90% on the Tomatometer) only beat 14 of those films in their second weekend. However, after 10 days, its total gross is only ahead of five of those 21: Watchmen (.75 million), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (.83 million), Divergent (.37 million), The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (.58 million), and The Incredible Hulk (.05 million). This 45% drop has taken away much of the hope that The Hidden World would surpass the 7 million of the second film and only adds to industry anxiety about the state of this year’s box office (down nearly 30% from 2018). But for Universal and DreamWorks Animation, the film is just about in profit thanks to a global total of over 5 million, which should continue to grow into a very healthy take.Also banking on its international numbers is Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel, which is up to 0 million globally but just million domestic and unlikely to break 0 million. The film still needs, conservatively, another 0 million to break even. But as box office watchers of The Meg can attest to – that film came so close last summer to recouping its costs – anything is possible. WB’s The Lego Movie 2 is coming up well shy of its predecessors, and with a drop to .6 million this week is looking like finishing somewhere between Interview with the Vampire and Trainwreck in the 5-0 million region.Green Book’s Best Picture bump helped it pass million this weekend. Post-Valentine’s Day, What Men Want is about to cross million, while Isn’t It Romantic may come up just short of that. Happy Death Day 2U and Fighting With My Family may not do million combined. In limited release, Apollo 11, which is Certified Fresh at a perfect 100% on the Tomatometer, made .65 million in just 120 theaters for the third highest per-theater-average of the week of ,750. Christian Petzold’s Transit (96% on the Tomatometer) was second with a ,684 average in two theaters while Gaspar Noé’s Climax (77% on the Tomatometer) from A24 made 1,655 in 10 theaters for a top average of ,331.This Time Last Year: Black Panther Enters Third Week of Domination(Photo by @ Marvel Studios)Black Panther led the pack for the third straight week with .3 million, the second biggest third weekend of all time. Revenge then followed in the form of Jennifer Lawrence and Bruce Willis with Red Sparrow (.8 million) and Eli Roth’s remake of Death Wish ( million). Neither film would go on to gross as much as Panther’s third weekend, which put it over the 0 million mark. The top 10 films grossed 4.2 million and averaged 57.4% on the Tomatometer. This year’s top 10 made an estimated .5 million and averaged 59.1% with critics.On the Vine: Captain Marvel Here to Save the 2019 Box Office?(Photo by @ Marvel Studios)The biggest movie of 2019 (to date) arrives as Marvel’s Captain Marvel enters theaters. The Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck-directed film with Brie Larson is poised to have the first 0 million opening of the year. And then some. Interest is very high in the film that could ultimately put up Hunger Games/Wonder Woman numbers here in the States. The last 10 live-action Marvel films have grossed at least 0 million worldwide. Only 11 films in 2018 reached that marker and five of them were based on Marvel properties.The Full Top 10: March 1-3How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) 90% – .04 million (.69 million total)Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) 11% – .95 million (.05 million total)Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 61% – million (.23 million total)The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) 84% – .61 million (.67 million total)Green Book (2018) 77% – .71 million (.92 million total)Fighting With My Family (2019) 93% – .69 million (.94 million total)Isn't It Romantic (2019) 70% – .64 million (.29 million total)Greta (2018) 60% – .58 million (.58 million total)What Men Want (2019) 41% – .7 million (.64 million total)Happy Death Day 2U (2019) 71% – .51 million (.28 million total) 经典永不褪色,《英雄联盟》伴随了一代人的成长,日韩、东南亚等区域相继上线,国服却迟迟没有消息,但玩家的热情却只增不减,一度将日服挤爆。现在,《英雄联盟》终于开启了测试放号,体验过《英雄联盟》手游的玩家就会发现,移动版LOL在地图构造、游戏时长、防御塔机制、野怪与刷野机制等众多维度都做了调整,而改动的细节除了更加适配移动端操作之外,相比端游更具竞技性,对操作、战略思维、心理承受、反应力要求更高。LOL忠粉如果想既体验手游的乐趣,又能继续成为联盟世界的强者,英雄联盟手游电脑版会是不错的选择,下面就带大家盘点一下电脑版的高阶之处。
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This Week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Captain Marvel 2, Cyrano, John Wick 5, and Disney s Pinocchio. This WEEK S TOP STORYKEANU REEVES TO FILM JOHN WICK 5 BACK-TO-BACK WITH JOHN WICK 4(Photo by David Lee/©Summit Entertainment)Staging any major film production is a costly affair, so for decades, when a studio knows they re going to make more than one movie anyway, they will sometimes produce movies back to back, which basically means two or more movies are produced at the same time, using the same cast, crew, etc. The most famous example of back-to-back production was probably Peter Jackson s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but other examples include Keanu Reeves two Matrix sequels, the two Back to the Future sequels, and Quentin Tarantino s two Kill Bill films. Lionsgate obviously has something of a cash cow in their John Wick franchise, so it s not surprising that this week, the studio announced the greenlighting of John Wick 5, which will be filmed back-to-back with John Wick 4. Lionsgate had originally scheduled John Wick 4 for release on May 21, 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed that film s production back, so the release was pushed back a year to May 27, 2022. John Wick 5 does not yet have a release date. In related news, director Chad Stahelski (who will be directing the two John Wick sequels) and screenwriter Derek Kolstad (who has written or co-written all of the John Wick movies) are also now signed to adapt an English-language remake of the 2010 South Korean action thriller The Man from Nowhere, whose plot incidentally bears some resemblance to the first John Wick.Other Top Headlines1. CANDYMAN DIRECTOR NIA DACOSTA TAPPED FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL 2(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)This story is best started with a little bit of recent history. In 2018, director Gina Prince-Bythewood was getting ready to direct the Marvel Comics movie Silver Black (about Silver Sable and Black Cat) for Sony Pictures for what would have been their 2019 release after Venom, but then the studio flinched and pulled Silver Black from their calendar, and Prince-Bythewood directed The Old Guard (Certified Fresh at 80%) for Netflix instead. Also in 2018, Selma director Ava DuVernay signed with Warner Bros. to direct the DC Comics property The New Gods, but two years later, we still don t know when that project will start production. That means that before this week, neither Marvel nor DC had yet had a major superhero movie directed by an African American woman, but it may be Marvel Studios that gets there first. Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, Certified Fresh at 95%), who directed the upcoming Candyman reboot, has signed with Marvel Studios to direct their sequel Captain Marvel 2 (7/8/2022), starring Brie Larson. The premise of Captain Marvel 2 is not yet known, but one possible story could involve Monica Rambeau, who in the comics was the first woman to be called Captain Marvel. Monica Rambeau was depicted as a young girl in the 1990s in the first Captain Marvel movie, but the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision will introduce Teyonah Parris as the adult version of the character. Other possibilities include the MCU introduction of the New Avengers, and also a continuation of the Kree/Skrull war from the first Captain Marvel. There are seven other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies scheduled before Captain Marvel 2: Black Widow (11/6/2020), The Eternals (2/12/2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (5/7/2021), Tom Holland s third Spider-Man (12/17/2021), Thor: Love and Thunder (2/11/2022), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (3/25/2022), and Black Panther II (5/6/2022).2. LIVE-ACTION MULAN TO DEBUT ON DISNEY+ FOR A PREMIUM FEE (Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)As studios and theater chains alike struggle with the financial realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walt Disney Pictures arguably made the biggest move of the year by announcing that their epic live-action remake of Mulan (originally scheduled for March 9th) will debut in the United States on September 4, 2020 on Disney+ for a price of .99. That price is more than some of this year s other VOD debuts (like Trolls World Tour for a .99 rental), but the difference is that Mulan will not have a rental window of 24 or 48 hours, but will instead remain on Disney+ accounts as long as the subscription remains active. Marvel fans were quick to demand a similar release for Black Widow (11/6/2020), but Disney CEO Bob Chapek was quick to promise that the Mulan offer is a one-off that will not apply to Black Widow (though the pandemic has repeatedly had a way this year of changing plans and circumstances). Disney s decision to effectively pull Mulan from theatrical release in most theaters in the US has also had a quick reaction from the theatrical distribution industry. The Mulan news also came in the same week that Disney+ announced that they had met their five year goal of over 60 million subscribers in just eight months. The other, other related news, Lionsgate announced this week that they will also be releasing the Janelle Monáe horror film Antebellum (originally scheduled for 4/24/2020) on PVOD streaming on September 18, 2020.3. BRADLEY COOPER IN TALKS FOR PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON S 1970S TEEN DRAMA(Photo by John Baer/Rogue Pictures)Many film directors are influenced throughout their career by the period in which they were born, and Paul Thomas Anderson (born in 1970) is no different. His first major success, Boogie Nights (Certified Fresh at 93%) was mostly set in the 1970s, Inherent Vice was entirely set then, and the films of the 1970s have had an influence over most of his work, starting with 1996 s Hard Eight. Anderson has also worked with some of Hollywood s biggest stars, including Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights), Tom Cruise (Magnolia), Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood), and Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice), and this week, he added another luminary to that list. Bradley Cooper is now in talks with MGM to star in Paul Thomas Anderson s next untitled project, which is described as a coming-of-age drama about a child actor set in the San Fernando Valley (also the setting of Boogie Nights) in the 1970s, though it s not yet known what role Cooper will be playing. Cooper s other upcoming film is Guillermo del Toro s remake of 1947 s Nightmare Alley (Fresh at 100%).4. PADDINGTON 2 DIRECTOR RECRUITS RYAN REYNOLDS FOR MONSTER MOVIE EVERYDAY PARENTING TIPS (Photo by ©20th Century Studios)One of the more disappointing stories in 2018 was the reporting that director Paul King, who directed both Paddington (Certified Fresh at 97%) and Paddington 2 (Certified Fresh at 100%) likely will not be returning for a third installment. Instead, King is preparing to direct a family comedy called Everyday Parenting Tips set during the Great Monster Uprising, based on a short story in The New Yorker, which you can read right here. Universal Pictures has put together a package for Everyday Parenting Tips that includes Ryan Reynolds attached to play one of the titular parents, with Paul King directing from a screenplay by the short story s author, Simon Rich, who also wrote the short story that inspired this week s Seth Rogen comedy An American Pickle. Bringing to mind Pixar s Monsters Inc, the story is based on a father s advice to his kid about what to do if a monster lurks under their bed, and then shows what happens when such Lovecraftian beasties as Gorgog the Annihilator [and] Ctharga the Eater of Souls actually do show up.5. PETER DINKLAGE WILL HAVE A NOSE THAT KNOWS THE CYRANO MUSICAL (Photo by HBO)When George R.R. Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire novels were adapted for HBO as the popular series Game of Thrones, one of the many details that were changed involves the face of Tyrion Lannister, as played by Peter Dinklage. Specifically, it s Tyrion Lannister s nose, which for much of the story in the novels doesn t even exist, while Peter Dinklage s version instead got away with n nothing but a nasty scar across his cheek, presumably so HBO viewers wouldn t be disgusted by one of their favorite characters having a huge hole in the middle of his face. In this week s news, Dinklage is fully going the opposite direction, as he is now attached to star in an MGM musical called Cyrano based on the classic 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, which has previously been adapted as a film a few different times, including one in 1950 starring Jose Ferrer and one in 1990 starring Gerard Depardieu. Peter Dinklage also starred as Cyrano de Bergerac in a 2018 stage production, and Hayley Bennett, who co-starred opposite Dinklage as Roxanne, will also reprise that role in this musical version. Cyrano will be directed by Joe Wright, who recently earned Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and whose next film is the upcoming The Woman in the Window (which will debut on Netflix), starring Amy Adams. Ben Mendelsohn and Brian Tyree Henry will also co-star in Cyrano.6. TOM HANKS TO REUNITE WITH ROBERT ZEMECKIS FOR DISNEY S PINOCCHIO (Photo by Everett Collection)As Walt Disney Pictures proceeds to adapt the bulk of their classic animated canon as live action remakes, one of the biggies that still hasn t happened yet is 1940 s Pinocchio (Certified Fresh at 100%), which was Disney s second feature film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney has gotten close in the past few years, with a few different filmmakers attached, but it appears this week that they may have finally found the winning combination. Tom Hanks has remained in talks to co-star as Gepetto, and the new director now being eyed for the job is Robert Zemeckis, himself a frequent collaborator with Tom Hanks. The pair first worked together in Forrest Gump, which was followed a few films later by both Cast Away and The Polar Express. Zemeckis next film, still awaiting release during the COVID-19 pandemic, is his remake of Roald Dahl s The Witches, featuring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Chris Rock.7. JAMES WAN REVVING UP A KNIGHT RIDER REBOOT (Photo by ©Universal TV courtesy Everett Collection)In between directing and producing the first several Saw movies and directing The Conjuring 2 and Aquaman, James Wan also directed the 2014 car heist sequel Furious 7 (Certified Fresh at 82%). Wan is now looking to add another movie featuring, no doubt, some crazy automobile handling, as his Atomic Monster production company is on board bringing back the classic 1982-1986 NBC TV show Knight Rider. David Hasselhoff starred in Knight Rider as Michael Knight, an ex-cop recruited to pilot an A.I.-powered super car called K.I.T.T. as they travel across the United States solving various crimes. This is far from the first time that a Knight Rider movie has been put into development, which dates at least as far back as the 2000s. Former video game writer TJ Fixman is now adapting the Knight Rider screenplay, which will reportedly be set in the present day.8. WHITNEY HOUSTON BIOPIC I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY LIKELY FOR LATE 2022 (Photo by Suzie Gibbons/Getty Images)Following the 2018 box office success of the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Hollywood has been stepping up its various plans for musical biopics, with both Respect (about Aretha Franklin) and Baz Luhrmann s Elvis Presley project now due out by late 2021 (thanks, pandemic). One of the projects we ve been hearing the most about is I Wanna Dance With Somebody, chronicling the life of Whitney Houston. This week, Sony Pictures came on board the project, with director Stella Meghie (The Photograph) now attached. Sony reportedly hopes to start production in time for a release around Thanksgiving, 2022. In the meantime, of course, Meghie and Sony will have to find the singer and/or actress who will be able to reasonably approximate Houston s singing talent.9. JENNIFER GREY S NEW DIRTY DANCING MOVIE OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED (Photo by Vestron Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)One of the stories in The Weekly Ketchup just a few weeks ago involved what at the time was just this side of a rumor. What was known was that Jennifer Grey, who probably remains best known for starring in Dirty Dancing (just above playing Ferris Bueller s sister), was rumored to be producing and starring in a new Dirty Dancing movie, possibly set in the 1990s. The setting is not directly confirmed in this week s news, but we can now report that Lionsgate has indeed confirmed that they are developing a new Dirty Dancing movie in which Jennifer Grey will star and executive produce. The major new element to be added to the story this week is that the film, whatever it actually is, will be directed by Jonathan Levine, a frequent Seth Rogen collaborator whose credits include 50/50 (Certified Fresh at 93%), Warm Bodies (Certified Fresh at 81%), and Long Shot (Certified Fresh at 81%). It s not yet known if Levine s involvement might suggest Rogen could join Jennifer Grey as one of the new Dirty Dancing stars. Is it okay to put Seth Rogen in the corner?
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The fifth season of Power ended on quite a cliffhanger to roll into the final season of the show. We won’t spoil how it resolves in the season premiere, but fans are going to find out whether a certain character pulled through or not. Whatever happens to her will drive Ghost (Omari Hardwick) through the final season of the Starz drama.It’s been a five-year journey for Hardwick as Ghost, a New Yorker running a nightclub above board, but making his real money selling drugs. While the final chapter of Ghost s saga will air in two parts — part one premieres Sunday, Aug. 25, and part two will debut in January 2020 — Hardwick s future is already looking bright. He spent his summer filming Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead with Dave Bautista, and will have no trouble staying busy if his movie output between seasons of Power is any indication.Hardwick spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about the final season of Power and also shared what he likes to watch when he can steal an hour after his kids go to sleep.WHAT IS APPOINTMENT TV FOR YOU?(Photo by Cinemax)Outside of the latest and greatest cartoons, because I’m the pop of a 6- and a 4-year-old — if I’m not watching stuff with them, the first two seasons of Power I watched The Knick. It was appointment TV for me. I haven’t had appointment TV since then because I’ve been playing Ghost. Not only time-wise — it’s tricky. Then I started doing music, so my time was all about just being with the kids. The first two seasons I was watching Soderbergh’s The Knick. My friend Andre Holland [was] on it, obviously and Clive Owen. That was the last time. I like The Voice. That was appointment TV for me. I like Chip and Jojo, HGTV s Fixer Upper was really big for me. I find myself watching a lot of that kind of stuff.WHAT’S ON YOUR DVR?(Photo by Warrick Page/HBO)What I haven’t been able to see yet that is set on the DVR in terms of the pre-order, because I didn’t make it into the theater to watch it, is Avengers: Endgame. I never got a chance to see that yet. I’m working with Dave Bautista now and I told him, “I haven’t seen that yet.” He’s like, “It’s there. It ain’t gonna go nowhere.” [The kids and I] watched Jumanji yesterday, which is different than the one you and I grew up with.I did like True Detective. I thought Mahershala was really solid on that and we actually share an agent. I loved his work on that.WHAT’S IN YOUR STREAMING QUEUE?(Photo by Sony Pictures)I watched Into the Spider-Verse, the animated Spider-Man, which was phenomenal. I’ve had to watch that several times. I’m in a movie right now in New Mexico called Army of the Dead which is Netflix, so I snuck back [home]. My son was under the weather yesterday and I just wanted to hug him. It’s an hour flight. I live in Denver, so I went from New Mexico to Denver, snuck back, and in that little four hours of being home, that’s what I was watching. Oh, you know what I watched? Stranger Things. Really good. I have seen that. It’s really, really different. I liked Stranger Things a lot.WHAT’S COMING SOON THAT YOU CAN’T WAIT FOR?(Photo by HBO)You can tell me whether it’s coming back out. The Night Of, my friend Michael K. Williams was in it. That joint was incredible. I love that. Between The Knick and season 1 and 2 of Power and being able to fit that in, wifey was pregnant with our second kid. After that baby came out, I really got into that. That was dope. I love following the story of it, especially with Ghost being this character that’s such a thinker, and me being a thinker, that was very good. You can tell me — are they doing a second installment? [Editor s note: Sadly, not right now, although HBO has expressed interest should the creative team want to make more.](Photo by Starz)Fred Topel for Rotten Tomatoes: Last season ended on such a cliffhanger. We’re not going to give away what happens in the season premiere, but did you have any input with creator Courtney A. Kemp in how that storyline in particular would resolve?Absolutely. It’s cool that I haven’t necessarily had to want for it. There’s never been a summer that she and I aren’t on the phone about what comes. Playing the lead character, there’s always had to be major, major communication between the two of us as to what’s going on between each episode, let alone coming from the finale of one season to the beginning of the next. We’ve always conversed about it and she’s asked me my opinion. I fly out to L.A. Typically we sit in the writers room. We break down where the next season’s going to go. They ask you your opinions. She’s offered that from the gate so I’ve always had a say in that way.RT: You must have thought a lot about where Ghost is going to end up. Is it quite a different thing to finally be there?I remember running in Boston. Just took the family, drove them up four or five hours to Boston from New York. I remember jogging and listening to a song and the song inspired what I thought would be a great idea for the end of this if we ever got to that point and if we became as successful as we did. At that point, we’re season 2 but if we became as successful as we did, which we now humbly find ourselves, I had written an ending that is not what you guys will see. Getting to the place where whatever the conclusion of my storyline is on the show, if it’s not exactly what I conjured up in my spirit when I was listening to a song running in Boston, then that’s a different experience.RT: What was the song?“Wanted Man. In the song, the guy’s on the run and it’s super dope.(Photo by Starz)RT: Can Ghost save his family, or is it already too late for that?If he could all of a sudden have the family at the same place [it would be unrealistic] because when he rose to the top, he was doing it illegally. At some point as we see Tariq now proving to be that point. Tariq is saying, “But how’d you get there? Mom, don’t speak yet. Pop, how’d you get there? Okay, Mom, you talk. Oh, you’re lying too?” There was so much inequity in the dissemination of information, whether it be false or right, and you’re a parent. You can’t lie to your kids at the levels he did and then have a mistress on the side so that in your fall, you’re able to still salvage everything. My point is, I guess, is when he rose, he was building it on shaky ground. He was going to have a foundation of lies, so I don’t necessarily think we could have it where he salvages them that way. But if he can keep them alive, I think at this point that’s all Ghost is [trying to do].RT: Do you have a badass role in Army of the Dead?My grandma passed in the midst of that, which was tough. Dad’s ma. So it was really, really tough but she did really well —especially having my grandfather pass in November, having a husband that died in November — she lasted nine months after that. So I was wardrobing when she passed and then came home, back to New York. Then I went to the Essence Festival to promote Power. So after we laid her to rest, I might have had two days at the Denver house before Army of the Dead called me right back. The role is a super badass role. Not just a badass, but Dave Bautista and I play the guys that fought with each other at one point and now are being asked to fight with each other again to figure these zombies out. Zack Snyder’s been just a pleasure to work with and his whole camp has been awesome.Power returns for the first half of its final season Sunday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. on Starz.
(Photo by Magnolia Pictures, Film Movement, Eleven Arts, Kino Lorber)Over the last couple months, in response to the ongoing pandemic, several independent distributors have opted to release their new films via digital theatrical experiences that allow audiences to access the films from their homes while supporting local art houses. The revolutionary initiative has expanded access to the best of international cinema to viewers across the country, some of whom may otherwise not have had the chance to see these gems and can now rent them from any participating theaters. The list below takes you around the world via 23 new titles with stories representing 16 countries from four continents, including award-winners at festivals like Cannes, Sundance, Venice, and SXSW. These highlights feature a variety of genres, a mix of emerging and established filmmakers, and above all, a tapestry of human experiences that can help us feel connected in the midst of uncertainty.
Do we really need another Toy Story movie? For a significant chunk of moviegoers, that was the first question that came to mind when Toy Story 4 was announced, but here we are, almost a decade after Toy Story 3, and it looks like the wait was worth it. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and most of the rest of the voice cast are back albeit in a slightly more limited capacity in a new adventure that centers on a homemade toy named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) who s having trouble comprehending and accepting his own existence. Woody takes it upon himself to help Forky fit in, and in the process, he reconnects with an old friend and begins to reexamine his own choices. It was always going to take a monumental achievement to make a return trip to this universe worthwhile, and by most accounts, critics say first-time director Josh Cooley has succeeded. The Certified Fresh Toy Story 4 is yet another triumph for Pixar that somehow manages to find poignant new ways to tug on heartstrings and entertain audiences of all ages, and with a supporting voice cast of new characters that includes Christina Hendricks, Key Peele, and Keanu Reeves, this one is poised to be another hit.
Synopsis: Taika Waititi plays a young boy s imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, in this provocative satire set in World War II Germany and based on the eponymous children s novel. We follow as Hitler fanatic JoJo (Roman Griffin) discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in his home, causing him to question the validity of Nazism and everything he has been taught.Why are we re excited about it: It s a shame that more people didn t see Waititi s earlier gems like Boy (Certified Fresh at 87%) or Hunt for The Wilderpeople (Certified Fresh at 96%), but anyone who did knows that the New Zealand writer-director has a knack for directing young children. Starring the 10-year-old Roman Griffin, Jojo Rabbit hopes to inspire a similarly enthusiastic critical reception and, if things break right, a couple of trophies. When the Thor: Ragnarok director was recently asked why he, a Māori Jew, chose to play Hitler, he quipped back, The answer is simple: What better f k you to that guy?”
of any Crazy sequels in 2019 unlikely. Instead, the plan appears for both sequels to be filmed back-to-back, probably in 2020, for release dates in 2021 (and possibly 2022). The other challenge for an ambitious two-movie shoot (go ask Marvel) is getting all the cast scheduled, and Crazy Rich Asians had a large ensemble cast. As for what comes after In the Heights, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems, Chu is also now developing Don t Stop Believin about Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda s unlikely route to a dream rock star gig.3. CAPTAIN MARVEL S BRIE LARSON AND HER NETFLIX MOVIE WITH CHARLIE KAUFMAN (Photo by Claire Folger/Paramount Pictures)Brie Larson was very much in the spotlight this week with the launch of the second trailer for next year s Captain Marvel (3/8/2019) (which has people asking all sorts of questions). As it often happens, however, there was actually another story about Larson s career this week, as she is the latest actor to sign on for an ambitious project at Netflix. Brie Larson has signed to star in I m Thinking of Ending Things, Netflix s first film with writer/director Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa, Synecdoche New York). Based on a 2016 novel by Iain Reid, I m Thinking of Ending Things tells the story of a woman s trip to a family farm that leads to an an unexpected detour leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty and sheer terror ensues. Jesse Plemons (of TV s Breaking Bad and Fargo) also signed on this week as the film s male lead. Going back to Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios also released the first teaser this week for Avengers: Endgame (4/26/2019), and we may be getting the first Spider-Man: Far From Home (7/5/2019) teaser this weekend (though how that fits in with Spidey s current status is still anyone s guess).4. I TONYA DIRECTOR TAPPED FOR ANOTHER MISUNDERSTOOD HEROINE: CRUELLA?(Photo by Buena Vista Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)For the most part, Disney s remakes of their animated classics are pretty straightforward (Dumbo is Dumbo, The Lion King is The Lion King, etc.), but then you have a movie like Maleficent, which took Sleeping Beauty and told its villain s story instead. (Let s note real quick here that Maleficent II recently wrapped filming and it s scheduled for May 29, 2020.) Disney is going to do the same thing with their revisit to 101 Dalmatians by adapting it as Cruella, telling her origin story before she ever met all those black-and-white puppies. Emma Stone has been attached to play the young Cruella for a while, and this week, Disney found its director in the form of Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, Lars and the Real Girl). Alex Timbers (of Amazon s Mozart of the Jungle) had been attached, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues. Cruella doesn t have a release date yet, but it s most likely aimed at either late 2020 or sometime in 2021. Disney s remake slate currently includes three confirmed for 2019 (Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King) and two for 2020 (Mulan, Maleficent II). Tom Hanks also started talking to Disney last week for Pinocchio, which is another possibility for 2020 or 2021.5. TIFFANY HADDISH AND AWKWAFINA MIGHT BE NEXT JUMP STREET COPS (Photo by Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures)One of the funniest parts of 22 Jump Street was actually the ending, which promised a long series of sequels with different themes starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (Medical School, Foreign Exchange Students, Art School, etc). That was followed, for a while, by talk about Hill and Tatum starring in a 23 Jump Street which was also a new Men in Black movie, but those plans eventually fell apart, and Hill and Tatum are apparently done with the franchise now. Instead, in whatever form the third 21 Jump Street movie takes, the two cops-undercover-in-a-school will be women. Tiffany Haddish broke out after 2017 s Girls Trip, and Awkwafina co-starred this year in both Ocean s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. If deals go through the way Sony hopes, it will be Haddish and Awkwafina who star in the next 21 Jump Street movie. Since she s 39, you might think Tiffany Haddish would have a harder time passing as a student, and you would be right, as she s reportedly in talks to play a cop undercover as a teacher, a mom, or maybe even both. In related news, the Men in Black spinoff now has a title, Men in Black International, which brings to mind the long-running DC Comics series Justice League International. This week, we also got our first image of Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in character, complete with fancy guns and men in black suits.6. ANNE HATHAWAY MIGHT TELL YOU HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET (Photo by Giles Keyte/Focus Features)Next year will mark five years since Muppets Most Wanted, and since then we haven t heard much about any new installments. Instead, the attention seems to be turning to Sesame Street, which continues to air on both PBS and HBO. Sesame Street is also sort of a thematic cousin of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which was the subject of this year s hit documentary Won t You Be My Neighbor? So, the time might be right for a different kind of Sesame Street movie. Warner Bros. is reportedly hoping to sign Anne Hathaway to star in their new Sesame Street movie, which will also be a musical. Of particular interest is the name of Hathaway s character, which is Sally. Going all the way back to the original 1969 Sesame Street pilot episode, it was a little girl named Sally who Gordon Robinson first introduced to Sesame Street. (Anne Hathaway, born in 1982, is too young by about 15 years to have actually been in that 1969 episode.) Big Bird, Bert Ernie, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, The Count, Mister Snuffleupagus, and Zoe are all also likely to be in Sesame Street.Rotten Ideas3. THE MUSIC OF PRINCE TO INSPIRE A MAMMA MIA-STYLE MUSICAL (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)During his lifetime, Prince was famously super protective of both his music and legacy (Kevin Smith recounted his efforts to make a Prince documentary in An Evening with Kevin Smith). Since his death in 2016, the music of Prince has been in the public eye, including commercials and a recent all-Prince episode of Black-ish. Universal Pictures had success with the ABBA musical Mamma Mia (and to some lesser extent, it s sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again), and now the studio is hoping to replicate that, but with the music of Prince. Universal has made a deal with Prince s estate for an original movie (ie, not a Purple Rain remake, for example) inspired by the songs of Prince. The reports about the movie specifically reference Mamma Mia!, so don t expect a Prince biopic, but a fictional story that just features the songs. In related news, Universal is also partnering with Issa Rae on a musical romance called Love in America. Considering Universal has had mixed success with Mamma Mia! (the first film was Rotten at 55%, while the second was Certified Fresh at 81%), and considering Prince s music is good enough to stand on its own, without shoehorning it into a made-up story, we aren t especially optimistic here. Maybe they ll prove us wrong.
(Photo by © Buena Vista/courtesy Everett Collection)Sometimes we forget what came first out of Hocus Pocus and Halloween itself, so firmly attached has the 1993 film become to the ghoulish October holiday. It seems that every year, as regular as the changing of the leaves, Millennials drag this Disney comedy out from its dormancy like three youth-obsessed cacklers to revel once more in its over-the-top performances, zany musical numbers, and lashings of nostalgia. People still can’t get enough: Just two weeks ago Hocus Pocus was number 3 at the U.S. box office, and a reunion special is set to air shortly.Back when it first flew into theaters though, the movie couldn’t even crack the top three, opening in fourth spot before disappearing quickly. Reviews too were far from magical, with critics lamenting that while Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy were great fun as Salem s back-from-beyond Sanderson sisters, all that delicious ham was wasted on a film that was too full of plot and ideas on the one hand (bullies! zombies!), and mediocre at best on the other. (Also: Did two kids just die in the opening sequence!? And what is with all this virginity chat!?)Listen Now: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Google Podcasts | Radio Public | Deezer | iHeart | Art19Just like Winnie, Sarah, and Mary, though, Kenny Ortega’s film had something of a second life, casting its spell on millions of youngsters when it hit home video and, crucially, the Disney Channel. Those kids grew up and have pushed its Audience Score way up to 71%, just shy of double its Rotten 37% Tomatometer. Which is some divide. And so, with our fire good and caldron bubbling, we’re asking in our latest episode of podcast Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong: Is Hocus Pocus actually a good film dismissed too quickly back in the day? Or is it just as bad as the critics said it was, its fans’ vision fogged up by nostalgia-colored glasses (worn over the top of the two holes in their ghost sheets).Joining hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis is Syfy Wire Associate Features Editor Caitlin M. Busch, who has some definite thoughts on the beloved, bizarre, and strangely horny Halloween classic.Be sure to check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”Check out episode one: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Spider-Man 3Check out episode two: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Mortal KombatCheck out episode three: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullCheck out episode four: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Sister Act 2: Back In the HabitCheck out episode five: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About The BeachIf you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS!The final chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe s Infinity Saga came to a close with Avengers: Endgame, and at just over three hours long, the movie not only tied up a bunch of loose ends, but also offered up a franchise s worth of fan service. Whether it was a reference (or two, or three) to an iconic 1980s teen adventure, a nod to the pages of the source material, the requisite Stan Lee cameo, or even one of the several callbacks to previous MCU movies, there was a little something in Endgame for everyone, from casual fans to hardcore comics geeks. Check out our video for every Easter Egg and fun fact we could piece together from the movie, and let us know what we missed!
When it comes to Pixar’s flagship movie series, there’s no such thing as sequelitis or franchise fatigue. With Toy Story 4 arriving 24 years after the original and nine years after the release of the Best Picture-nominated Toy Story 3, we’re reportedly still going to be laughing and crying and having as good a time as ever with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. A number of critics saw Toy Story 4 early and are now sharing their thoughts on social media. Not only do we still have friends in the group from Andy’s old toy box, but apparently some of the new characters are memorable additions, too.Here’s what critics are saying on social media about Toy Story 4:Has Pixar done it again?Only Pixar at the top of their game can make a third sequel to a franchise about living toys that’s a poignant look at learning to prioritize your own happiness over the happiness of others. Jacob Hall, SlashfilmThe level of animation that Pixar has achieved in this film is astounding… I loved the entire movie. So well done. Absolutely recommended. Steven Weintraub, ColliderDefinitely a quality Pixar film and one of their best sequels. JoBlo.comIf you were nervous about another Toy Story movie, don’t be! It is amazing and another great addition to the franchise. Dorian Parks, Geeks of ColorFor those worried about Toy Story 4, don’t be! The movie is magic and delightful. Rachel Paige, Refinery29I was as skeptical as anyone when they said the words “Toy Story 4,” but it’s another home run for this series….It’s amazing how they’re always able to find something NEW to say with these characters. Spencer Perry, ComingSoon.net(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)How does it compare to the other Toy Story movies?Toy Story 4 is a touching and moving addition to the franchise. Jason Guerrasio, Business InsiderToy Story 4 is super satisfying, and features some of the funniest and most emotional moments in the franchise. Rob Keyes, ScreenRantToy Story 4 is another fantastic entry in the series and the one installment that feels most like an adventure movie. Erik Davis, FandangoA tightly paced narrative that harkens back to the feeling of the original two films…Honestly my second favorite in the series and one of Pixar’s finest. Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistIs it going to make us cry all the tears?Toy Story 4 has an ending as lovely and warm and heartbreaking as Toy Story 3. Alisha Grauso, Film School RejectsBRING THE TISSUES!!! Jason Guerrasio, Business InsiderThe theater we saw it in was a bit dusty… Steven Weintraub, ColliderFor those wondering, I cried four times during Toy Story 4 – twice actually cry crying and twice crying because I was laughing so hard. Rachel Paige, Refinery29Joel MearesWhat about the humor?Toy Story 4 is also *funny* — especially since Duke Caboom, Forky, and Ducky and Bunny are straight-up amazing additions to an ensemble I already love. Jacob Hall, SlashfilmToy Story 4 is so much fun and easily the funniest of the four movies. Strongly recommend. CinemaBlendToy Story 4 is equal parts heartwarming and hilarious. I laughed until I cried and then I just flat out cried when I least expected to. Carly Lane-Perry, SyFy WireGenuine belly laughs (thanks, Duke Caboom). Alisha Grauso, Film School Rejects[It features] some of the franchise’s best comedy. Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistHow is the addition of Keanu Reeves?Keanu Reeves steals it all. Jacob Hall, SlashfilmKeanu Reeves is so awesome as Duke Caboom. Steven Weintraub, ColliderDuke Caboom RULES! More Keanu please. Griffin Schiller, The PlaylistJoel MearesCould this one finally be the end?[It] feels as definitively final as 3 did…nothing as viscerally intense [as the Toy Story 3 furnace scene], but beloved characters make tough choices. Jacob Hall, SlashfilmOh, there is a scene that is right there with [the Toy Story 3 furnace scene]. Erik Davis, FandangoToy Story 4 brings a conclusion to the story of Buzz and Woody that we never knew we wanted but is totally worth it. It sets up a potential future for the franchise with a host of new characters. JoBlo.comBut can we at least watch this one over and over?I cannot wait to see it again! Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyI can’t wait to see it again. Dorian Parks, Geeks of ColorToy Story 4 opens everywhere on June 21.
ag环亚体育首页 (Photo by Marvel Studios)The alien shapeshifting race known as the Skrulls have been part of the Marvel Comics universe for a very long time. Their first appearance was in 1962 s The Fantastic Four #2, which saw the alien race copy the team’s likenesses and powers in an attempt to discredit the heroes, paving the way for a full-scale invasion. They would appear again 16 issues later and continue to develop across hundred of appearances over the next 50+ years. But over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, their first appearance is set for next week s Captain Marvel. Previously, the character concept was believed to be part of the 20th Century Fox library of intellectual property alongside the Fantastic Four, but the situation has changed, and the arrival of the storied alien race could mean big things for the MCU. And looking at their history within the pages of Marvel Comics, we have a few guesses as to what their appearance could mean in Marvel Studios output in the years to come.Celestial Origins(Photo by Marvel Studios)As Marvel’s own cosmology began to solidify, the reptilian Skrulls became connected to the Celestials, an impossibly powerful primordial race that is the seeming source of most Marvel superpowers, thanks to their manipulation of genetics across the universe. If you’ve ever watched Ancient Aliens, they are similar to the Sky Peoples the “experts” on that program claim altered human evolution, except the Celestials have more thrilling headgear. (In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell s Ego claimed to be a Celestial, signaling the first appearance of the race in the MCU.) The initial Skrull peoples were split into three distinct groups: Prime, Deviant, and Eternal (Keep the latter two terms in mind as they will matter later). The Deviants hunted the other two groups into virtual extinction. The last surviving Eternal married into the Deviant royal line while the last remaining Prime Skrull fled to Earth and, surprisingly, leaves our tale.After the Deviants won the war for supremacy and became the only Skrull race remaining, they set aside their warring ways, using their shapeshifting powers to infiltrate and assimilate annexed planets and cultures. Cooperation was the order of the day until the Skrulls met the Kree.The Kree-Skrull War(Photo by Marvel Studios)As part of an initial diplomatic mission to the Kree homeworld of Hala, the Skrulls set up a delegation of Kree and Cotati, the planet s other advanced species, on separate worlds to determine which of the two would represent Hala in the Skrull Empire. The Kree killed the Cotati when it became clear the latter species would be chosen. Stunned by their behavior, the Skrull ambassadors banned the Kree from trade with the empire, which prompted the Kree to simply kill the ambassadors and appropriate their technology. Eventually attacking the Skrull homeworld of Skrullos with ships reverse-engineered from that initial encounter, the Kree engaged the Skrulls in a protracted war across millennia that saw the latter reorganize into a militaristic society. This war would continue into the 20th Century (or the relative present, as Marvel’s timeline scales between the 1960s and the present day in strange ways), during which time the Avengers would become part of the conflict.After Earthling superheroes got involved, there was relative peace marred by occasional skirmishes. But any semblance of a ceasefire ended when planet-eater Galactus (who we expect to enter the MCU soon) devoured the Skrull throneworld and its central leadership. Scattered factions turned on each other before resuming their war with the Kree.Secret Invasion(Photo by Marvel Studios)Earth, as it turns out, is in a prime strategic spot for both the Kree and the Skrulls. And thanks to Celestial intervention in its past – which the Kree would later mimic by developing the Inhumans on Earth – it was full of superpowered people ready to defend it from any open invasion. The Skrulls had an advantage thanks to their shapeshifting abilities, infiltrating the planet on a number of occasions, like the aforementioned Fantastic Four #2. Defeat often came at the hands of Skrull defectors who came to enjoy the human way of life.After the Galactus incident and a few other shocks to their sense of superiority, a waning Skrull Empire went for broke, kidnapping prominent superheroes as a prelude to an all-out invasion of the planet. In Secret Invasion by Brian Micheal Bendis and Leinil Yu, their plan comes to fruition as Skrull agents destabilized the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the planetary defense force known as S.W.O.R.D. They also attacked Tony Stark directly, disabling him and the various Stark technologies used around the globe.But as nothing ever goes right for the Skrulls, the heroes they kidnapped made their way back home and help the remaining heroes on Earth defeat the Skrulls after a lot of fighting in and around Manhattan. The resulting fallout saw Tony discredited and Norman Osborn given a leading position in the S.H.I.E.L.D./Avengers defense apparatus. But seeing as Osborn one of Spider-Man s most well-known adversaries has not shown up in the MCU yet, that is a story for another day.Skrulls In The MCU(Photo by Marvel Studios)Thanks to the complicated rights situation between Marvel and Fox, the Skrulls are something of a late addition to universal politics. As the MCU developed without them, the Kree debuted in both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Guardians of the Galaxy in an independent fashion. In Guardians, their ancient animosity with the Skrulls appeared to transfer to the Nova Corps of Xandar, but from what we have seen of Captain Marvel, a Kree-Skrull war definitely occurred in the 1990s, the time period in which the film is set.Thanks to some pre-release featurettes, we know the Skrulls are the Kree’s deadliest and most ancient enemy. Their war has been ongoing for generations, and the Starforce is an elite group dedicated to preventing Skrull aggression in Kree space. We also know the Skrulls are infiltrating Earth, with squad leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) making his way into part of the planet s power structure. When Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) first arrives on Earth, a sense of paranoia grabs her as she cannot detect Skrull from human. That paranoia may become a bigger problem for the MCU in the years to come.Who Is Secretly A Skrull?(Photo by Marvel Studios)While it appears Captain Marvel’s main job is to introduce Carol ahead of her appearance in Avengers: Endgame, it also seems to be setting up a number of details for the cinematic universe’s fourth phase and firming up some ideas already introduced in previous Marvel Studios films. In terms of the latter, it will presumably explain why we have not seen Skrulls in the present day MCU and why they are not a continuing threat to the Kree Empire in Guardians of the Galaxy.Of course, it s always possible we have seen Skrulls without knowing it. Thanks to their shapeshifting and power-mimicking abilities, they could be hiding in plain sight. Going back to Secret Invasion, a whopping number of characters turned out to be Skrulls. Spider-Woman, for example, turned out to be the Skrull Empress, which shocked fans of the character, as she had been on a year-long journey of self-discovery that was undone by the event series. Tony Stark’s butler Jarvis – who is a conventional human man in the comics – also turned out to be a Skrull who kidnapped the real Jarvis and replaced him for at least two years prior to the invasion. As the miniseries pointed out, the Skrulls need to keep the people they are replacing alive to make the duplication viable. Thanks to a direct connection with their captives, Skrulls can possess their memories and can even act as sleeper agents unaware of their Skrull nature.(Photo by Marvel Studios)Because of this, we suspect at least a few of MCU characters who survive Endgame will turn out to be Skrulls. Back in the comic book, Hank Pym turned out to be an active Skrull agent, while dupes of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Invisible Woman, and many more were unleashed during the open invasion to confuse the heroes. Considering the Skrull-Hank’s importance to the scheme, it would not surprise us if the MCU’s version of the character (played by Michael Douglas in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp) was replaced between films. It is even possible he was replaced before the first Ant-Man film, with the sleeper agent as dedicated to retrieving Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) as the real Hank.This makes an infiltration scheme – should it survive the plot of Captain Marvel – all the more insidious. People who disappear for long stretches like Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) seem like prime candidates for duplication. Curiously, none of those three were replaced in Secret Invasion, but they would certainly seem suspect in a post-Endgame world in which the Avengers begin to wonder who is friend or foe. Then again, the same could be said about nearly every member of Team Cap, since they went off the grid after Captain America: Civil War. But also consider Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision’s (Paul Bettany) weekends away from the Avengers complex. That is plenty of time to replace either or both. Of course, we’re going to assume Vision was never replaced, as the Skrull ability cannot presumably replicate the powers of the Mind Stone. Plus, he s, well, you know.And should Robert Downey Jr. decide to stick around for another few films after Endgame, learning he may have been a Skrull replacement would certainly give him some new drama to chew on and quip at.(Photo by Marvel Studios)Then there are supporting characters like Luis (Micheal Pena), Shuri (Letitia Wright), General Ross (William Hurt), Jim Rhodes (Don Cheadle), and even Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) to consider. In Secret Invasion, the replacement of Jarvis was actually key to toppling the Avengers, so replacing close friends and relatives could prove equally effective in an MCU version of the story.This all presumes, of course, that the debut of the Skrulls is leading to a phase-long meta-narrative based on that comic book storyline. It is also possible that the Skrulls, with their connection to the Celestials, may come into play within the confines of Chloé Zhao’s upcoming Eternals film. Both early humans and Skrulls and primitive Kree for that matter were altered by the Celestials to create separate breeds of Eternals and Deviants. While the Skrull Eternals and Deviants ultimately became one Skrull race, the human Eternals and Deviants continue a secret war away from Earth. Perhaps one side or the other will reach out to their Skrull cousins for aid.But then, all of this assumes the Skrulls were not completely wiped out in the 1990s, which is still a possibility until Captain Marvel settles the matter. We re presuming they will stick around for a while in some form or another after all the dust settles.Do you think the Skrulls have already invaded the MCU? Who do you think might possibly be one? Let us know in the comments.