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(This article contains some spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.”)The most common problem with really long movies is a midsection that lulls — it’s unavoidable with many stories, and it’s a thing that can make a three-hour film make it feel like it’s four hours long instead. But “Avengers: Endgame” does not have that problem. Its midsection is just as fast and zippy as the rest of it, and it somehow manages to make a three-hour running time feel like it’s only two.And that’s because this film’s midsection contains the part of the film where the Avengers enact their big plan to undo the damage Thanos did at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” That plan? A “time heist,” in which the Avengers go back in time and steal the Infinity Stones before Thanos destroyed them.Our heroes revisit major past events, like the immediate aftermath of the Battle of New York from the original “Avengers” film, where they need to snag the Tesseract and Loki’s scepter before they can be taken back to SHIELD. But things don’t go as planned and the whole situation gets extremely out of control, and they make one very big mistake that should theoretically have major consequences.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - Everything You Need to Know About the Asgardians of the GalaxyThat flub comes when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), disguised as security, gets the Tesseract knocked out of his hand right as he’s trying to escape. It lands at the feet of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is at that time Thor’s prisoner just moments after the end of the battle, and Loki grabs it and uses it to teleport away.The movie kinda treats this development as a minor hiccup — Tony and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) simply go further back in time to steal the Tesseract in 1970 instead, and that whole Loki situation is never mentioned again.But this is a problem, according to the rules of time travel set by the film. Unless Steve somehow prevents that whole thing from happening when he returns the stones, then the incident would have sparked a branching alternate timeline where Loki is running around with the Tesseract after the Battle of New York.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - That Last Scene Makes No SenseAccording to the “Avengers: Endgame” time travel rules, the only way to keep that from happening would be to literally keep that from happening in the moment — either by preventing the Avengers from doing their time heist in the first place or by interfering in that moment. Going back to 1970 to steal the Tesseract then also doesn’t help because allegedly Steve returned the stone to that moment.And regardless, as Hulk says, changing the past just creates a new, alternate timeline. Doing something to the Tesseract in 1970 would not affect Loki’s ability to snatch it in 2012. According to the rules set by this movie.So unless Captain America went back to 2012 and specifically prevented Loki from taking the Tesseract, then there’s an alternate timeline where Loki just ran loose after the Battle of New York and did who knows what bad things. And there is no indication that Steve did anything about that situation — Hulk tasks him simply with returning the stones, and Old Steve only says he returned the stones before deciding to retire in the past. And he would have returned the Space Stone to 1970, not 2o12.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - We Need to Talk About This Black Widow SituationSo what does this mean for Loki? It’s anyone’s guess, since Loki is never even mentioned again after that scene. It could be, and this is purely speculation, that Loki’s escape is the beginning of the Loki TV show that Marvel is producing for Disney+. That show will see Loki popping up to influence various historical events on Earth, and the Tesseract could potentially enable time travel by some means. And also let’s not forget that the Avengers just have a time machine now. Time travel just exists now.But really you know as much as I do about where Loki went and what he did after, because “Avengers: Endgame” is not really concerned with that situation. So maybe we’ll find out something someday in a movie or a Disney+ show, or maybe that incident will never be mentioned again and it will forever, to us, just be a silly gag that will have potentially major ramifications for the inhabitants of that alternate timeline.Read original story ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – What Happened With Loki and the Tesseract? At TheWrap
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(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t see “Avengers: Endgame.”)There are a lot of jaw-dropping moments in “Avengers: Endgame,” and one was the girl power moment when most of the women of the “Avengers” franchise came together on screen. Sure, it was fleeting — it ended before everyone’s roars and applause dissipated — but it’s important, and could hint at what’s to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.During the big “Endgame” battle scene, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is holding the Infinity Gauntlet when Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel comes over to ask, “You got something for me?” He tells her that he doesn’t have a clue how she’s going to get the gauntlet to safety through the masses of villains coming at them alone, but then we hear, “She’s not alone,” and Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie, Okoye, Mantis, Shuri, Hope van Dyne, Gamora, Nebula, and even Pepper Potts in her own Iron Man suit show up to help. GRL PWR!But the scene also raises a theory — which is, for now, only a theory — that the moment might foreshadow the cinematic rise of the A-Force.What’s the A-Force? The A-Force was introduced as part of Marvel Comics’s “Secret Wars” crossover event in 2015. In the story, a couple of parallel Marvel universes collapsed into each other and were destroyed, and from the ashes Doctor Doom created Battleworld, where most of the heroes from both universes did battle with each other.Also Read: Danai Gurira on All-Female 'Avengers' Movie: 'There's This Hunger for This Type of Thing' (Video)Battleworld was divided into 41 nations, or “domains,” one of which was called Arcadia. And the all-female defenders of Arcadia were collectively referred to as the A-Force. Some of the members of A-Force are characters who have already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Agent 13 aka Sharon Carter, and Rescue — the name of the superhero that Pepper Potts became in “Avengers: Endgame.”A-Force also includes a character we know will be introduced to the MCU soon — Kate Bishop, who will be the subject of a Disney+ series in which she follows in the footsteps of the original Hawkeye.MCU actresses have talked about the rumors about a possible all-female Avengers movie in the past. In October 2017, Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, said that several had pitched an idea for an all-female “Avengers” film.However, according to the Observer, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Thompson said: “I don’t know. That was kind of an offhand thing, and then the press really ran with it. The extent to which the press ran with it is also an expression of what ripe a time it is for something like that. That people are hungry for it, that people are interested in it.”Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, has reminded us, “Magic happens when women do their thang.” And recently, Larson expressed her hopes for an A-Force movie, saying it would be “powerful and iconic.”Marvel has been criticized in the past for a lack of diversity in its films. The studio has put out 20 movies that feature a male protagonist, and only put out a female-led superhero film in 2019 with “Captain Marvel.” (Last year’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” starred both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in the lead roles.) “Captain Marvel” was the first Marvel film to have a female co-director (Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck).Also Read: 'Captain Marvel': Kevin Feige on Film's 'Female Voice' and the MCU's 'More Diverse' FutureIn March, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said films like “Captain Marvel” and “Black Panther” represent the future of the MCU. After all, Marvel hired Chloe Zhao to direct “The Eternals,” and Cate Shortland was tapped to direct the standalone “Black Widow” movie.“The notion of representation on screen, in front of and behind the camera, somebody asked me once, so is ‘Black Panther’ a one-off? I said, no, it’s not a one-off. This is the future,” he said. “This is the way the world is, and the way, certainly, our studio’s going to be run going forward, because it brings about better stories. The more diverse the group of people making the movie is, the better the stories.”Phil Owen contributed to this report. Read original story ‘Avengers: Endgame': Let’s Talk About That Girl Power Moment At TheWrap
(We’ve got some huge spoilers below for “Avengers: Endgame.” Only the biggest ones, in fact.)“Avengers: Endgame” may have been the product of one hell of a corporate secrecy machine, but even they couldn’t hide the imminent exits of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr from the franchise. This film would be the last ride, then, for Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.So with Cap and Tony on the way out, we came into “Endgame” watching to see who the movie would set up to take their places at the de facto leaders of the Avengers. It would make sense for someone who has been around as long as they have and has played just as central a role in the franchise to fill that void, and presumably such a person would begin shouldering that burden in this movie.So why not Black Widow? After the big five-year time skip early on in “Endgame” she’s the one maintaining ties between the various remaining superheroes. She is, in this film, becoming the leader that the Avengers will need moving forward.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - Everything You Need to Know About the Asgardians of the GalaxyBut then “Endgame” sees her and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) head to Vormir in the past to retrieve the Soul Stone during the big Time Heist sequence, and they have to make a sacrifice in order to get it. And Black Widow chooses to kill herself so that Hawkeye can be with his family again after the Avengers get all the stones and save trillions of lives.Yes, they really killed her off, and she doesn’t appear to be coming back, even after Captain America returned the Soul Stone at the end of the movie by some means. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) even mentions that he tried to bring her back when he did his reverse snap, but that didn’t work.And yet Marvel Studios has a solo Black Widow movie on the way next year, and there’s only two real possibilities for what such a movie could entail: it could be a prequel, or it could be a “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” type of thing. Or, I guess, it could be both. We don’t actually know anything firm about the movie yet, so right now we’re left to make guesses.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - That Last Scene Makes No SenseA prequel seems like the most logical answer, except that would be a strange way to usher in the beginning of the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would depend on what the actual plot is, I guess, but there’s no big cosmic stuff in Black Widow’s backstory that we know of. A Black Widow origin story or something would be an exceptionally strange concept to roll with after she’s dead in the present. Especially since Scarlett Johansson is set to star in the film, which would mean just de-aging her like Samuel L. Jackson in “Captain Marvel,” but to her teenage years for the entire film, maybe? It’s a headache just thinking about it.The “Search for Spock” scenario, meanwhile, would likely involve Hawkeye and Hulk and whoever else embarking on a quest to retrieve her from the Soul Realm, which is presumably where the people who are sacrified to the Soul Stone go when they die, judging by Thanos’ brief conversation with young Gamora after he did the snap in “Avengers: Infinity War.”But it would also be exceptionally strange for a movie about “Black Widow” to focus largely on two male characters. So a combination prequel/”Search for Spock” thing, perhaps with some time travel thrown in, would make more sense. Remember, the Avengers just have a time machine now, so while on the quest to find Black Widow they could interact with past versions of her. But even then the story would be focused on the men, which would not be ideal by any means.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame': Let's Talk About That Girl Power MomentUntil we know more about the movie — a post-credits scene after “Spider-Man: Far From Home” seems like the most likely place for a hint — it’s basically impossible to try to figure this out accurately. So guess away.Read original story ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – We Need to Talk About This Black Widow Situation At TheWrap
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The reviews for Marvel Studio’s “Avengers: Endgame” are in, and the consensus about the end of Marvel’s 10-year, 22 film Infinity Saga is that the 3-hour superhero film is “a Marvel miracle” and a “Crowning Achievement.”With more than 50 reviews in, The Russo Brothers fourth Marvel blockbuster has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In his review for TheWrap, Alonso Duralde writes, “Avengers: Endgame” has almost nothing on its mind but crossing the Ts and dotting the Is of a far-flung superhero saga, but to anyone with even a minor emotional stake in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has all the fleeting satisfaction of a shot of whipped cream delivered directly from the spray can. And that’s not a bad thing.”Check out some more reviews below.Alex Abad-Santo, Vox.com“The most shocking thing about Avengers: Endgame is that there are several moments within this colossal movie that feel like a Marvel miracle. These are the pockets of time when what you watch on screen sends a shock of joy jumping through your skin, making your eyes go wide and watery at the spectacle.”Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' Film Review: Superhero Season Finale Gives Fan Service a Good NameAngie Han Mashable.com“‘Endgame’ does not, despite its title, spell the end of the entire franchise. There’s still ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ to come, and movies about Black Widow, Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Eternals, etc. in the works. It is, however, a moment to stop and look back in amazement (or terror) at what the MCU has pulled off. From the relatively humble ‘Iron Man’ — a Paramount picture about a then C-list comic book hero — the MCU has grown into an empire. And ‘Endgame’ is Marvel’s crowning achievement.”Nate Brail, Heroichollywood.com“‘Avengers: Endgame’ succeeds in every way. It finishes up a 10-year, 22-film story arc that’s pretty damn astonishing from start to finish. The characters and actors have all become very important staples in our lives and quite frankly I don’t know what I would do without the Avengers. With its fantastic story, amazing visuals and a few other things I can’t really mention in this review, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ solidifies the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a masterpiece. Kevin Feige, Joe and Anthony Russo and the cast should all commend themselves for the product that they’ve delivered. “Brandon Davis, Comicbook.com“The final movie in Marvel’s Infinity Saga is a masterpiece. It’s an absolute spectacle which needs to be watched on the biggest screen possible. It’s a love letter to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, I’d argue that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the film event of our lifetime and lives up to every bit of global hype it has garnered. It is setting a new standard and raising the bar for event films and likely will not be matched in this generation of filmmaking. Laughs. Tears. Applause. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ gets all of it.”Germain Lussier, io9.com“‘Avengers: Endgame’ is everything you’ve ever dreamed a Marvel movie could be. It’s a three-hour adrenaline shot to the heart featuring mysteries solved, consequences suffered, shock, awe, and delight. Some scenes have a scope so huge, the mind reels to comprehend what you’re watching. Others are so poignant and small, you’ll hear the sniffles echoing in the theater.”Russ Fischer Birth.Movies.Death.com“Ultimately, ‘Endgame’ is an entire movie of payoffs. It plays off and completes thoughts begun in ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Civil War,’ and even in comics. Conventional wisdom says that a sequel should be able to stand on its own. For the past decade, Marvel has worked to make that true, to whatever degree is possible in a series of more than 20 interconnected films. That changes with ‘Endgame,’ which has no ambition to stand on its own, and no need to. This Avengers finale is an event as much as a movie. It is quite possibly a one-time thing that can only happen at this point in time. ‘Endgame’ is a giant flex of fan interest and industry power, and in that respect it is spectacular.”Eric Eisenberg Cinemablend.com“It would be reductive to call this film a love letter to Marvel fans, as that paints it as pandering and undersells its broader appeal, but at the same time it does feel like a wonderful gift to all those who have spent the last decade-plus emotionally engaging with the lives and adventures of these characters. The Russo brothers, Markus and McFeely, and the true mastermind of it all, Kevin Feige, are perfectly tapped into everything that we value about these heroes, and every ounce of their shared appreciation flows through the veins of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in every moment.”Read original story ‘Avengers: Endgame': Critics Call Film a ‘Miracle,’ Marvel’s ‘Crowning Achievement’ At TheWrap
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Allen says he deserves at least $68 million in damages for Amazon Studios’ refusal to distribute his completed movie A Rainy Day in New York, and its decision to abandon a four-picture production and distribution arrangement. The filmmaker, 83, accused the Amazon.com Inc unit of backing out in June without cause, after allegations had resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. “Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year old, baseless allegation against Mr Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen,” the complaint said.