Don't Expect to See Much Avengers: Endgame Footage Until the Film Premieres

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Marvel Studios

After the heartbreak that was Avengers: Infinity War, the only hope Marvel Cinematic Universe fans had was that the Avengers series would find a clever way to bring our favorite superheroes back for a fourth and final film. Although we still aren’t sure how—or if—our favorite characters will be brought back to life following The Decimation, we know that we'll at least be seeing a lot of them again in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

The first trailer, released in early December, features a solo Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, reflecting on all the damage Thanos did and the friends he lost. We then see Captain America, The Hulk, and Black Widow, each of them seeming similarly defeated following the events of the last film. Hawkeye and Thor are also briefly shown. The tone is expectedly dark.

The only redeeming part of the trailer is seeing Paul Rudd's Ant-Man come to the front door at the end. The heroes ask if it is an old message they are seeing on their monitor, but Black Widow confirms it's happening right now—all but confirming the theory that Ant-Man will be using the Quantum Realm to time-travel and hopefully prevent the events of Infinity War.

That brief glimmer of hope has MCU fans clamoring to see more. And while they should expect a second trailer for the film at some point, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll see much more footage from the new film.

While talking to MTV on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday, January 6, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked to comment on the rumor that the Endgame marketing campaign will keep much of the footage under wraps. While he didn’t give a direct answer, he did allow that the rumors are “somewhat accurate.” Although this isn’t a firm confirmation, it gives us reason to believe we probably won’t see too much of the film before its release, which isn’t too surprising, as the studio won't want to answer too many of the questions we all have before the film's premiere on April 26, 2019.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
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After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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