Published 9 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
Avengers: Endgame directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are going to keep answering questions about the movie until there are simply no questions left to answer. But would we want anything less from the filmmakers behind the biggest movie of all time? In this case, the directing duo has addressed the Captain America situation, as it relates to Bucky. Specifically, why Bucky isn't going to be our new Captain America.
This came as part of a recent Q&A the Russo brothers took part in. During the course of the Q&A, they really dove deep on Avengers: Endgame, picking apart some very specific elements of the movie. Speaking on why Bucky wasn't given the shield by Chris Evans' Steve Rogers at the end of the movie, Anthony Russo revealed it has more to do with Bucky's troubled past. Here's what he had to say.
"The thing we've loved exploring about Bucky is, he's got a very complicated history. He has a damaged mind. You don't want to hand a very powerful weapon to somebody who is vulnerable like that."
It's a fair point. Bucky spent decades as the Winter Soldier. Despite being brainwashed, he did kill dozens of people, at least. Including Tony Stark's parents. While he's certainly more stable these days, nothing is saying that couldn't be disrupted. On the flipside, Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, was gifted the shield and he's been right by Cap's side ever since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, fighting for good with hardly a bad mark on his resume. Joe Russo chimed in, explaining that Sam is very deserving of the honor.
"Falcon is an amazing character who is certainly very deserving of the shield"
To be fair, in the pages of Marvel Comics, both characters have become Captain America. Bucky initially took up the mantle following Civil War. As for the Sam Wilson version, that was a bit more recent, but it came as a result of Steve Rogers having the super soldier serum extracted from his body, which turned him into an old, frail man, much like the version of Steve we saw at the end of Avengers: Endgame. So there are some similarities in the storytelling in that regard.
We'll see Sam and Bucky teaming up in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a series being produced for the Disney+ streaming service. Unlike previous live-action Marvel shows of the MCU era, this will be heavily tied to the movies and will see the return of Danil Bruhl as Baron Zemo from Captain America: Civil War. No exact release date has been provided, but the series will debut in fall 2020. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on that project come to light. In the meantime, be sure to check out the full Q&A with the Russo brothers from the Wired YouTube channel for yourself.
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Published 9 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
You can put your remote down and get your finger off that pause button. While it seemed like there was a new Easter egg waiting to be found in Avengers: Endgame, it's fake news. The Russo Brothers confirmed earlier today that Nova makes his MCU introduction in the blockbuster sequel. Though, they didn't fully divulged where he could be found. So fans went on the hunt. Now, the directors admit that they were just having some fun with fans, which isn't making a few folks very happy.
"That was actually a joke on our part."
In a new video for Wired Magazine where the brothers break down various fan questions, they seemingly confirmed that Nova is introduced in the big climactic end battle sequence where the dusted heroes return from the Snap. As the portals open, Nova was said to emerge from one of them, to help in the fight against Thanos. Just like Howard the Duck, who was actually spotted during the movie's initial theatrical run.
Nova's introduction in Avengers: Endgame would have been one of the movie's best kept secrets leading up to right now. There have been plenty of Easter eggs unpacked and discovered thus far, with the Phase 3 ending sequel hitting Blu-ray and DVD last week. The end of the movie is packed with all kinds of interesting reveals, as seemingly every hero from the galaxy is recruited into the fight. So this Easter egg made total sense. Though it was all just a big joke.
Richard Rider would have been making his first ever big screen appearance in Avengers: Endgame, even if he was incredibly hard to spot. You would have needed an extremely big TV screen to find him anyway, so perhaps its best they didn't actually include the character. Joe Russo jokingly said this about the Easter egg in question.
Fans have long clamored for the introduction of Richard Rider in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As it turns out, he showed up as Nova to fight Thanos with the rest of the heroes. Look closely at that scene again and you will see. You will see Richard Rider in the background of the shot. Easter egg."
So, straight from the director's mouth, Nova's appearance in Avengers: Endgame appeared to be real news. And the inclusion made perfect sense considering the lead up to this final battle between Marvel's greatest and the Mad Titan. Thanos obliterated Xander off-screen leading up to Avengers: Infinity War. There, he obtained the Power Stone, which was hidden away by the Guardians of the Galaxy in their first standalone outing.
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In the Marvel comics, Richard Rider has inherited the power of the Xandarian Worldmind. He becomes Nova when Xandar's lone survivor is combined with Nova Corps. As we know from the time jump at the beginning of Endgame, half a decade has passed since Xandar was destroyed. So that definitely gives Richard Rider enough time to hone his superpowers, depending on whether or not he survived the Snap, and it sounds like he did. He just didn't come into the battle until he was called, much like Captain Marvel, who also survived the Snap.
Since the fake reveal, there was speculation that Nova could get his own prequel, much like Marvel is doing right now with the Black Widow movie. It's possible that a spin-off could show what happens in this five-year span, where half of the universe goes missing. It's also ripe for a Disney+ series.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige made it clear while speaking at Comic-Con in 2018 that Nova was definitely on the big board of potential heroes that the studio would love to incorporate into the ongoing interconnected saga. Many fans thought he'd show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which didn't happen. But perhaps he'll fly in when the delayed Vol. 3 finally hits theaters as part of Marvel Phase 5. Feige said this.
"Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you're absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy]."
As of this moment, we'll have to wait until a later date to see Nova in an MCU movie. You can watch the Russo's talk more about the movie as they answer some fan questions for Wired. And it was ComicBook.com that got the Russos to admit this was just a big troll on their part.
Published 9 hour ago on 20 Aug 1919
There are plenty of big stars featured in Avengers: Endgame. It's perhaps the largest A-List cast ever assembled. But apparently working with these noted celebrities was a lot easier than wrangling a couple of kids. The Russo Brothers, directors behind this, the biggest box office hit of all time, have chimed in on the toughest cameo to shoot. And believe it or not, it involved their own children.
They're not big names by any means, but the Russo Brothers' kids have one of the more memorable moments in Avengers: Endgame, appearing alongside Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, wrapped in his motion capture jumpsuit. Anthony Russo had this to say about shooting the diner scene, where Scott Lang, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff go to meet the much-evolved Bruce Banner.
"The hardest [cameo to film] was a scene in the movie where it's the scene in the diner where we introduced Smart Hulk the first time. So, he's sitting there with Ant-Man, Black Widow and Captain America, and there's these three kids that walk in who are fans of Hulk. They want a picture with him. And those three kids are, one is my son Julian. One is my brother's daughter, Lia. One is my sister's son, Augie."
Making the scene unnecessarily difficult to shoot was the fact that if these Russo kids wanted in on the action, the two brothers would have to arrange everything around their school schedule. Also making a cameo appearance in the movie is Hayley Atwell, who was a little easier to wrangle than a couple of school kids. The actress recently spoke out about her cameo, which sees her Peggy Carter and Captain America finally getting their dance. She says this of her scenes in the movie.
"I thought it was a fitting end to a story that has affected so many people. thought it was very endearing, innocent and wholesome in the way that it keeps those characters in their time. I thought it was quite beautiful and very tasteful of Marvel to finish this 10-year story in a very simple storyline about two human beings - and one of them doesn't even have any superpowers. So, I thought the tone of it, to end there, after some extraordinary things of trauma, action, effects and powers... to just have two people slow-dancing was very beautiful."
Avengers: Endgame is now out on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD everywhere home video is sold. It comes packed with quite a few extras, including featurettes on the making of the sequel, deleted scenes and a special tribute to Stan Lee, who gives us his final Marvel cameo here in a de-aged role that takes him back to the 60s. Lee didn't show up in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first MCU entry not to be accompanied by his presence. The Stan Lee cameo in Endgame was obviously a lot easier to shoot than the one involving the Russo's kids. This news comes from cleveland.com.
Published 9 hour ago on 18 Aug 1919
Avengers: Endgame may very well be the last time we see Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter on the big screen. However, the actress isn't bothered by that and believes Carter and Steve Rogers received a "fitting" and "beautiful" ending. It would be hard to find Marvel Cinematic Universe fans who would disagree with Atwell's opinion on the situation, though there are always a few naysayers. Atwell appeared in five MCU movies and 20 episodes of TV over the years.
As for anything Marvel Studios does, making Avengers: Endgame was a highly secretive mission right from the beginning. The seeds had already been planted years ago, which means Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter's ending was mapped out well in advance. When asked how she thought it played out on the big screen, Hayley Atwell was pleased. She had this to say.
"I thought it was a fitting end to a story that has affected so many people. I thought it was very endearing, innocent and wholesome in the way that it keeps those characters in their time. I thought it was quite beautiful and very tasteful of Marvel to finish this 10-year story in a very simple storyline about two human beings - and one of them doesn't even have any superpowers. So, I thought the tone of it, to end there, after some extraordinary things of trauma, action, effects and powers... to just have two people slow-dancing was very beautiful."
As for how it all went down, Hayley Atwell notes that it was done pretty far back. As mentioned earlier, Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers had the storylines mapped out years before shooting ever took place and would pick up shots whenever they could over the years, even if was a shot as important as the final shot of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers. Atwell explains.
"I think we shot that maybe two years ago. So, it was maybe a few weeks before then that I got the call saying, 'We're thinking about this... What do you think about it? It might end the whole franchise.' Then, it was an afternoon of filming about two years ago."
It's been a wild ride for just about anyone who has anything to do with Marvel Studios, which includes Hayley Atwell. She is very proud of her work that she has done for the studio. It doesn't hurt that she is now a part of the one of the biggest franchises in history, along with a few shots in the highest grossing movie of all time. She had this to say when asked if she felt fulfilled by her MCU journey.
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"Oh, yeah! I feel really fulfilled. It was a great time, and I think they ended it beautifully with Endgame. It feels like a fitting end to that narrative. I'm a classically trained theater actor so I want a stab at the challenging parts in the canon for theatrical actresses. That's something that I've always aspired towards. So, I feel lucky to have played her, but she's one aspect of my career. She's one part that I've played. With every job that I've done, I've taken the job because I've seen something within the character that I'd love to explore or try and be challenged by. With a leading part, it requires a lot of my focus and passion, but it's the same focus and passion whether it's Peggy Carter or it's Rebecca West in Rosmersholm on stage, which I just finished. It's the same curiosity to see what each character's world is."
While we might not see Peggy Carter on the big screen again, we will definitely be hearing her voice. Atwell will reprise her Carter role for the animated Disney+ series Marvel's What If?... in a story that finds her getting injected with the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers. In addition, there have been some rumors that she might end up with a cameo in the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The interview with Hayley Atwell was originally conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.
Published 9 hour ago on 17 Aug 1919
One of the more intense moments of Avengers: Endgame comes when Captain America takes on Thanos. It's at this time Cap successfully wields Mjolnir and saves Thor's life and seems to have the upper hand in the battle against The Mad Titan. However, things end up shifting when Marvel Cinematic Universe fans witnessed the unthinkable: Thanos was able to easily destroy Cap's Vibranium shield. But how did this happen? The Russo Brothers, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely shed some light on the subject.
During the commentary track for Endgame, which was just released on Blu-ray earlier this week, Stephen McFeely says, "You can also see that while Vibranium is the strongest substance on Earth, whatever Thanos' straight razor there is made out of is stronger," when watching the Thanos vs. Captain America scene. Joe Russo went on to explain how Thanos was able to destroy the Vibranium shield. He had this to say.
"Clearly Thanos is a thousand-year-old character who has fought everyone in the universe and is the greatest: He's the Genghis Khan of the universe, so he would have the greatest weapon. He knows of Eitri, he's been to Eitri to have his glove created. Did he have them create his blade as well? Potentially. But it's interesting that it could destroy the shield."
The Russo Brothers aren't telling us what Thanos' double sided blade is made of, but it very well might have to do with Eitri and it might be something that is explained later on in the MCU, which has seen some pretty amazing and powerful villains over the years. With that being said, Thanos was most definitely the strongest foe so far after it took a time heist and an army to take him down this time around.
For people of Earth, Wakanda's Vibranium will remain the toughest substance on the planet. But, there might be some more weapons like The Mad Titan's blade coming up, especially with The Eternals movie on the way. While Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has revealed what will be in the MCU's Phase 4, we're still in the dark as to what specific stories will unfold over the next few years, which is exactly how Marvel Studios wants to keep it.
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Endgame is enjoying some more success as a home release both digitally and on Blu-ray after becoming the highest grossing movie of all time. Now that fans are able to watch the movie as many times as they want from the comfort of their own home, more questions are starting to pop up and the Russo Brothers will more than likely have some more answers in the coming weeks and years. For now, they're stepping away from the MCU and moving on to other projects like Cherry, which will star MCU alum Tom Holland. You can check out the original interview with the Russo Brothers over at Comic Book.