Spider-Man Comics Character Makes a Cameo in Venom

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Reviews for the newly released Venom movie are out, and they have been mixed to say the least. Some fans love the fun of it, while others have criticized it for being a "mess.”

However, it would be hard to say the movie did not pay proper homage to the comic books.

Tom Hardy, who plays investigative journalist Eddie Brock in the movie, ​mentioned two weeks ago the importance for the movie to stay true to the Marvel comics.

"The depiction of Venom, I think, has been extremely faithful to the comics," he said. "If we look at some of the images directly from comic book, they haven't deviated."

One of the links to the comic books appears in the first few minutes of the movie. The film sees a Life Foundation space shuttle in dismay while making its descent back to Earth. As it returns to the planet in a wreck, remnants of the space shuttle crash land in Malaysia.

A recovery crew claims the wreckage, with one scientist mentioning the shuttle was piloted by "Jameson," a.k.a. John Jameson, who in the Marvel Comics is a prominent astronaut and son of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson, who frequently targeted Spider-Man for his overshadowing heroics.

In Venom, Jameson’s body is briefly overtaken by a symbiote who trades his body for that of a new one owned by a member of the recovery crew.

Though it was a brief and easy-to-miss cameo, it is great to see ​Ruben Fleischer and the rest of the filmmakers pay proper homage to an underrated character in the comics.

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

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Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

Game of Thrones's Episode 3 Teaser May Contain a Hidden Message from Daenerys to Jon

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Helen Sloan/HBO

Season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," had its fair share of moments that could have given away hints for episodes to come, like in the writers' decision to include "Jenny's Song," or in Jon Snow telling Daenerys Targaryen that they're related.

One fan theory about the fate of Westeros, however, comes from the previews for next week's episode. Posted by Reddit user IgnorantSportsFan, the theory centers around one pivotal line uttered during a conversation between Daenerys and Jon: "The dead are already here."

"That line happens between Dany and Jon, and felt super significant—but we already see the army of the dead, felt it was too obvious to be their reaction to them," the theory begins."Then it clicked: The crypt is full of dead people. All episode they keep repeating and emphasizing how safe it was in the crypt, but its GOT and we cannot have nice things. So is it possible we have old Starks rising from the crypts? Or is that too far fetched?"

The theory certainly adds up, emphasized by the reminder that there were clips included of Arya Stark fighting in the crypts.

Could the dead be rising in the crypts of Winterfell as the White Walkers rapidly approach? We'll find out soon.