Avengers: Endgame hit digital last week and is quickly speeding towards its Blu-ray debut. Many fans are watching the action on slo-mo as they meticulously track through each scene and frame, discovering new Easter eggs and oddities. Now, a mystery has arisen, as a strange creature was spotted roaming around in New Asgard that no one can immediately identify.
Who is this mysterious alien? Having a remote in hand to sift through the three hour movie is certainly turning Avengers: Endgame into a true old fashion Easter egg hunt. The Russo Brothers, the directing duo behind this box office behemoth, came out last week and confirmed that there are a number of big secrets still waiting to be discovered within the framework of the story. So, is this huge hulking beast one of them?
Fans stopping to pause on the New Asgard scene will be able to spot the alien in question. It we don't want to assume its gender, now do we? can be seen in the background as Rocket and Hulk arrive to retrieve Bro Thor from his man cave, where he's spent his days guzzling cheap beer and playing video games. If you pay attention just as Hulk jumps out of the truck bed, you'll see the creature in question lurking around in the background. This takes place before they have their talk with Valkyrie.
A screenshot has been provided below, where you can see this mystery beast lumbering around towards the back right corner. He stands in front of the white building, and he is much too big to be a mere human or Asgardian. He doesn't appear to be any kind of threat to the denizens of this new landscape for the fallen folks of Asgard.
Most Asgardians look human. And we haven't seen this thing in any of the past three Thor movies. So that begs the question, what exactly are we looking at here? Some early speculation believes the alien looks like Thanos' Black Order member Cull Obsidian, with its shape, size and skin color matching Cull. This is definitely not Cull, though, as Obsidian met his untimely demise in Infinity War, before New Asgard was established. Unless there is some behind the scenes time travel shenanigans going on that we're not privy to yet.
The best guess is that this is one of the gladiators seen in Thor Ragnarok, from the planet Sakaar. As some fans have pointed out, there is one gladiator who matches this big beastie in size. Some of the gladiators managed to escape Sakaar with Loki at the end of the third Thor standalone movie. It is believed that some of them have made a home with the Asgardians in New Asgard.
Perhaps more will be revealed in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is coming in 2021. That movie will find ruler of New Asgard Valkyrie seeking out a Queen, so we will definitely be going back to this safe haven on earth. And it's likely that we'll learn more about what is going on in this burgeoning township, and meet some of its people. This Easter egg was first pointed out on ComicBook.com.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: Lara Pulver Sherlock has signed with ICM Partners for representation. Additionally the Oliver Award-winning actress has booked a recurring role opposite Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans on TNT's upcoming The Angel of Darkness, a limited series based on the sequel to author Caleb Carr's best-selling The Alienist. em>The Alienist's lead cast, including Brühl Rush, Evans The Girl on the Train and Dakota Fanning American Pastoral, will return for The Angel of Darkness with a new storyline that finds Sara Howard Fanning, who has opened her own private detective agency, enlisting the help of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler Brühl and John Moore Evans to hunt down an elusive killer.
Pulver will play Karen, who meets the gang at John's Evans engagement party. She is an alienist and an expert in her field. She and Laszlo Brühl form a special professional connection.
Pulver is best known for known for her work on stage, most notably the West End production of Gypsy, for which she won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Louise, opposite Imelda Staunton. She was also nominated for an Olivier in 2008 for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lucille Frank in the Donmar Warehouse production of Parade directed by Rob Ashford.
On television, Pulver co-starred in Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons and previously received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for her role as Irene Adler in the Emmy-nominated episode of Sherlock titled “A Scandal in Belgravia.” Other recent television credits include The City and The City, directed by Tom Shankland and Amazon's Electric Dreams: Real Life.
On the feature side, Pulver has appeared in films such as Edge of Tomorrow, MI-5, A Patch of Fog and Underworld: Blood Wars.
She continues to be managed by Independent in the UK.
There were no shortage of questions for Damon Lindelof at a Wednesday afternoon panel for his upcoming HBO series Watchmen.
On hand at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to promote the new drama, bowing in October, the showrunner responded to queries about the show's relationship to the comic on which its based, the message it's trying to convey and the involvement or, rather, the lack thereof of creator Alan Moore. The very first question lobbed at the writer-producer, who previously made The Leftovers for HBO, centered on his decision to make police the victims of white supremacy.
"Thanks for starting off with a softball," joked Lindelof, to laughs from the reporters and critics crammed into the Beverly Hilton ballroom. "In all seriousness, it's actually a relief to get this question first because it's at the root of where this story began." He went on to explain that he'd read Ta-Nehisi Coates's The Case for Reparations about five years and that's the first time he'd heard about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots in 1921. Ashamed he'd never heard about it before, he bought a book called The Burning where he learned more about it. "That was the beginning of my education," he said.
As Lindelof started to think about what his adaption of Watchmen might look like, he thought a lot about just how political the original source material was and how much it delved into what was happening in American culture at the time. "What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff of the Russians in the United States?" he asked himself. "And it just felt like it was undeniably race and policing in America." That's when he began infusing the idea into the Watchmen universe.
As for his decision to make an institution that's historically supported white supremacy in various forms be the very victims of those ideas, the perceived contradiction lost on him — and it's something his writersroom was acutely aware of as they were mapping out the story. But he noted that those concerns are likely to be addressed by the end of the nine-episode season. "If you're asking if police are presenting in a heroic light, having just seen the first episode, I think the episode is almost certainly no," he adds, noting that one of the things that makes Watchmen unique is that it's not interested in talking about who the heroes and villains are. "It is an examination of institutions and culture and politics and things that inform our society."
Watchmen, which stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Don Johnson, is intended to live in that complexity. "There are no easy answers. There are no grandiose solutions," added Lindelof. "In a traditional superhero movie, the bad guys are fighting aliens and when they beat the aliens, the aliens go back to their planet and everybody wins. There's no defeating white supremacy. It's not going anywhere, so it felt like it was a pretty formidable foe." But as far as taking on the beloved source material goes, Lindelof is the first to tell you he's not sure he's doing it justice. "I went through a very intensive period of terror of fucking it up," he said, "and I'm not entirely sure I'm out of that tunnel."
One of the ideas he clung to from the original Watchmen is the fact that it's not clear what is actual history and what is alt-history, as it all blends together in the semi-fictional world. And the world of the HBO drama is not one he expects audiences to recognize. "We're using alternate history, science fiction, popular fiction to Trojan Horse themes that are prevalent in the real world in a fictional one," he says. But the 2019 of the show won't look too different than our present day 2019 in terms of the population. Robert Redford is the president of the United States and has been since the early 1990s because in the show they've abolished term limits. "One of the things we're exploring is, what would happen if a very well-intentioned white man, a liberal, was president for way too long?"
During his half-hour in front of the press, Lindelof also touched on the fact that Watchmen creator Alan Moore is opposed to adaptations of his work. "I don't think that I've made peace with it," he said, likening it to an on-going wrestling match. Moore has apparently made it known that he doesn't want to have any affiliation with HBO's Watchmen, asking the network to not use his name int the marketing, which the showrunner fully respects. Lindelof, for his part, has made personal overtures to explain to Moore what he was trying to do with the material and the comic author made it clear that he wasn't interested. "As someone whose entire identity is based around a very complicated relationship with my dad, who I constantly need to prove myself to and never will, Alan Moore is now that surrogate," joked Lindelof.
Of course, it wouldn't be a panel with Lindelof if he didn't mention the ending of Lost. He brought it up in response to a question about how much he thinks writers should cater to fans. "When the fans rise up and they have a certain hive mind approach and the media culture says that there's an empirical belief that, 'Oh, the Lost finale sucked,' or we are putting together a petition to demand x, y, z. That's not all fans, that's some fans. What their proportion is to the overall fandom is anyone's guess," he said. Lindeof acknowledged that he still struggles with the idea of "fan service," and knowing just how to thread that needle with impassioned viewers.
"My problem remains the same, which is to make something that pleases me and the people I'm making it with. That's all I can solve for," he said. "If I woke up every morning saying, 'I need to make creative decisions based on something that's going to make the fans happy, I don't think that I could be successful."
Discovery Channel has greenlighted a series that investigates whether aliens have made contact on Earth.
The series, titled Contact, features six highly trained investigators looking to solve that mystery using "groundbreaking CIA-developed software, military special operations investigative techniques and boots-on-the-ground journalism to track down leads around the world." Discovery says this is the "first ever global investigation to determine whether or not aliens have made contact here on Earth."
Contact follows investigators as they look for evidence needed to prove that aliens have made contact with the human world, led by former CIA targeting officer Myke Cole and conflict analyst Dr. Michael Livingston, and featuring renowned astrophysicist and international space journalist Sarah Cruddas, former USMC special ops intel officer, Nick Karnaze, award-winning investigative journalist Paul Beban and former Green Beret intelligence sergeant Kawa Mawlayee,
The team takes what Discovery is calling a "radical, new and comprehensive approach by bringing together millions of data points, credible eye-witness accounts and declassified government reports" as investigators, for the first time, begin assembling empirical evidence such as "declassified footage of fast-moving objects, patterns in social media sightings that coincide with seismic activity or eyewitness accounts that connect to evidence from the past."
By using state-of-the-art technology paired with social media's unique ability to connect and share stories across the globe, investigators are able to gather intel and identify patterns like never before.
Contact premieres Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel and again on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. on Science Channel. The show also will be available on the Discovery GO app.
Contact is produced for Discovery by Karga Seven Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company. For Karga Seven, Jason Wolf, Sarah Wetherbee, Kelly McPherson and Emre Sahin serve as executive producers and Johnny Beechler as co-executive producer and showrunner. For Discovery, Bill Howard is executive producer and Paola Espinosa is coordinating producer.
strong>EXCLUSIVE: New Line is back on the launch pad with Space Invaders, ramping up the movie version of the classic Taito arcade game from 1978. Warner Bros bought rights to the game several years ago, and New Line has hired Greg Russo to write the script, this after he wrote the reboot of Mortal Kombat for the studio that prompted a production stars in South Australia later this year.
Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman is producing alongside Safehouse Pictures partners Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell.
It will take work fleshing this into a full fledged alien invasion movie, but the title is certain a brand. In the game, a series of blocky aliens descended from the top of the screen to the bottom, and players basically blasted them until their thumbs cramped, or the invaders succeeded in overwhelming the slow-triggered defender of earth.
Russo has become a go to guy for these high concept adaptations of branded games. Besides Mortal Kombat, he’s writing Death Note 2 for Netflix, and is adapting the video game franchise Saints Row for F. Gary Gray to produce and direct. He also rewrite the Resident Evil reboot at Constantin Film and Sony.
Russo is repped by Verve, Lit Entertainment Group and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Disney has decided to pump the brakes on the long-talked about Alien Nation remake. At the end of last year, Jeff Nichols revealed that he was nearly finished with the final draft of his "epic" script. Nichols has been attached to write and direct the remake of the 1988 classic for over three years now and it looks like the project may be dead after looking at what Disney has been doing to other Fox properties like Mouse Guard and plenty of others.
The Alien Nation remake has been "put on hold rather than being put into turnaround." This comes just three months after the Disney and Fox deal closed. While putting it on hold has a better ring to it, the chances of it actually hitting the big screen under the Disney umbrella are more than likely slim at this point in time. However, there is a chance the project will be able to secure new funding from another studio and be put out that way. Things currently aren't looking so good for the remake.
In November of last year, Jeff Nichols was very excited about his latest draft of the Alien Nation remake, which he hoped would be his last after working on it for two years at that point. The studio was reportedly into what they had seen so far, but Nichols new even then that there was a real possibility the project would never get off the ground. He compared it to constructing giant murals in sand. "It might just blow away, which would be a real shame," said Nichols at the time.
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Unfortunately, it looks like Jeff Nichols may have been right about his sand mural analogy. Disney just came in and made a sandstorm out of what Nichols has been working on for quite a long time. Hopefully, Disney will either later green light the Alien Nation remake or at the very least let another studio take it over so long-time fans who have been anxiously awaiting the remake can finally see it after years of waiting. As for the direction Nichols was taking the project, he said it was going surprise a lot of fans and possibly even shock others as he pushed the story further.
Jeff Nichols said he put his "heart and soul" into the Alien Nation remake and one would have to believe him after putting forth so much time and effort into getting the movie done in the right way. For now, we'll just have to wait and see what Disney decides to do with the project, but it really doesn't look like it's a priority at this time as the dust is still settling after the deal closure. Maybe Jeff Nichols will provide us all with an Alien Nation update in the coming weeks. Variety was the first to report on Disney's latest Fox project shelving.