Volkswagen Is Killing Off the Beetle—Again

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Say your last goodbye to Slug Bug. Volkswagen will no longer be making its famous Beetle cars, according to the BBC. Production will cease in July 2019.

The German car design has been around since the 1930s—when Hitler had a hand in its creation—and the basic look hasn’t changed all that much since then. In 1997, Volkswagen debuted the New Beetle, a sleeker, more modern update on the original insect-like design. The last of the classic Bugs were produced in 2003. In 2011, the company replaced the New Beetle with another design that tweaked the Bug’s look just a little more. Now, it seems even the updated Beetle is going away.

Over its decades-long run, the Beetle became one of the most recognizable cars on the road, thanks in part to Disney, hippies, and of course, Ted Bundy.

The death of the Beetle has been rumored for a while. A Volkswagen executive alluded to the car’s demise at the Geneva motor show in March 2018, but a company spokesperson later walked that statement back, saying there were no plans to kill off the car. Recently, there were also rumors that an electric Beetle could be coming, but that idea seems to be off the table for now. VW only sold 15,166 Beetles in the U.S. in 2017, The Washington Post reports.

Could the Beetle one day be revived? Maybe. In a press statement, the CEO of Volkswagen’s U.S. arm, Hinrich Woebcken, said he would “never say never” of the potential for a revival of the car down the road. So the company seems to be leaving the door open.

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to the VW Bug just yet, you’ve still got a few months to run out and buy the 2019 Beetle Final Edition, the last model that will be produced by the company. And yes, it comes in a convertible.

[h/t BBC]

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Says No MCU Character Is ‘Unkillable’

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Marvel Studios

Though Marvel fans have been counting down the days until Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters so that they can finally find out which of their favorite characters survived Thanos's deadly snap, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige issued a word of warning to those who believe that immortality is in the DNA of every MCU superhero. In short: No one is safe.

In a wide-ranging interview with /Film, Feige talked about the recent success of Captain Marvel and how no one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is immune to death:

"In future stories, well, none of the Marvel characters are immortal. Even ones that seem immortal, some people might be very hard to kill, but nobody’s unkillable. So if we’re lucky enough to see future adventures with Captain Marvel, of course there will be limitations and there will be Achilles heels and there will be things that we learn and see that it’s not as easy as a slicing through whatever she wants to at any point. But this wasn’t the time to accentuate that."

Since Avengers: Endgame will be the final film in the current MCU phase, many fans believe that since the phase is ending, all of its characters will be saying goodbye as well. But we do know that Captain Marvel will spearhead the next MCU phase, so it's probably safe to say that she's safe ... for now anyway.

[h/t: /Film]

Disney Shareholder Reportedly Saw Parts of New Stars Wars and Is Sharing His Thoughts

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It’s hard to believe that Disney and/or Lucasfilm would let anyone screen parts of the highly anticipated (yet-still-untitled) new Star Wars: Episode IX. But WIRED is reporting (with "probably very accurate ... if infuriatingly vague" confidence) that some lucky Disney shareholders were reportedly given a sneak peek at some of the upcoming film's footage, and at least one of them is sharing some very minor details.

Ok, so it's not much. But if true, we now know that that Rey, Finn, and Poe will all be in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon; that Lando will appear; that Rey will wield Chewie's crossbow; that some Stormtroopers will be blown up; and that Kylo Ren will once again look at his grandfather's helmet. Which is a lot more than we knew yesterday.

Star Wars: Episode IX will arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019.

[h/t: WIRED]

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