Only one man has the final say in regards to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Kevin Feige has certainly earned that right after taking the unproven Marvel Studios, which had never even produced one of their own movies before and turning the MCU into the cinematic juggernaut that it is today. And while the franchise definitely fosters a collaborative environment, we’ve heard on a few occasions now that Ryan Reynolds is hoping to secure a healthy amount of creative control over Deadpool.

Indeed, with the Merc with a Mouth inbound and sure to be a big talking point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems the Hollywood star wants to have a good deal of input on which direction he’s taken in and what the studio does with the character. Which is certainly fair enough.

One thing that’s been reported a few times now is that Reynolds hopes to have his Wade Wilson cross paths with many of the MCU’s most notable heroes. But apparently there’s one person who he’s not too keen on working with, as insider Daniel Richtman claims that the actor isn’t particularly enthused about the prospect of sharing the screen with Scarlett Johansson.

Over on his Patreon page, the tipster says that Reynolds doesn’t want to find himself in the same MCU project as the Black Widow star because they were once married, with the implication being that perhaps there are still some hard feelings or a bit of awkwardness between the two and it could become an uncomfortable situation should they have to make a movie together.

Richtman doesn’t say much more than that, though, and of course, plenty of former couples have found themselves working together on projects after they’ve split. Not to mention that both actors have already moved on and now have new partners. So really, it shouldn’t be a big deal.

But then again, we don’t know what went on between the two and given that Johansson’s Black Widow is dead in the main MCU timeline anyways, Ryan Reynolds probably doesn’t need to worry too much about crossing paths with her – even if there have been rumors about the actress returning to the role somehow down the road.

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Anyone that’s taken top billing in Point Break, Speed, The Matrix and John Wick deserves to be called one of the greatest action heroes in the history of cinema, but seeing Keanu Reeves in the blockbuster genre is not always a barometer of quality. The hits definitely outnumber the misses, but sometimes we end up with disappointing duds like The Day the Earth Stood Still or utter disasters like 47 Ronin.

The project was first announced in December 2008, but didn’t reach theaters until five years later after being hit by a series of setbacks and production issues. And right around the time it was announced that Carl Rinsch would be making the jump from music videos to helming a $225 million effects-driven fantasy blockbuster, alarm bells were set ringing around the industry.

47 Ronin

Insiders and analysts were predicting the worst for 47 Ronin from the very beginning, long before the budget spiralled out of control and Universal ordered extensive reshoots to drastically increase Reeves’ presence in the movie, while Rinsch was essentially banished from his own directorial debut after post-production was taken completely out of his hands.

Needless to say, 47 Ronin bombed, and it bombed hard. It just about scraped past $150 million at the box office, and was widely disparaged by critics as one of the worst big budget efforts of the modern era. However, it’s been dominating Netflix this weekend, having crashed onto the global Top 10 most-watched list a few days ago, and is now holding firm in third position. Terrible spectacle-orientated films have been proving hugely popular on the platform recently, and with the added bonus of Keanu Reeves, it’s honestly not even that surprising that 47 Ronin has managed to find an entirely new audience on streaming.

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There are very much two sides to Mark Wahlberg, and he’s deftly jumped between both to firmly establish himself as one of the biggest and highest-paid stars in Hollywood over the last two decades. There’s the action hero who stars in a string of middling B-tier genre films that do solid if unspectacular business at the box office without faring too well with critics, and then there’s the Serious Actor and powerhouse producer.

Wahlberg is an underrated dramatic talent in the right project, picking up an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Departed, as well as landing a second Oscar nod for producing The Fighter, in which he also played the lead role. There have been a handful of few times where he’s managed to straddle both sides of his screen persona, but the best example by far is his first collaboration with director Peter Berg in Lone Survivor.

Lone Survivor

The biographical war drama is a dramatized account of a Navy SEALs counter-insurgency mission gone horribly wrong, with Marcus Luttrell’s four-man team caught behind enemy lines while trying to track down a high-ranking Taliban official. Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster play the central quartet, and when things go awry, Lone Survivor becomes a nail-biting exercise in tension and gripping action.

It was a solid critical and commercial success, earning over $150 million at the box office on a $45 million budget and winning largely positive reviews across the board, and it’s now finding a second life on streaming. Lone Survivor is currently one of the ten most-watched titles on Amazon in the United States, and it comfortably ranks as one of Mark Wahlberg’s very best efforts.

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There’s a never-ending procession of new and old content arriving on the various streaming services competing for your attention and monthly subscription fee on an almost daily basis, so it’s little wonder people spend so long trying to decide on what to watch when there’s just so damn much to choose from.

Everyone knows the optimal conditions for streaming are right when you’ve made yourself something to eat or an hour or two before you go to sleep, but by the time you’ve settled on a movie or TV show, the food’s gone cold and you’re left staring into the abyss scrolling through menu after menu. Luckily, we’ve broken down every new arrival coming to Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, HBO Max and Hulu over the next seven days, so check out the full and exhaustive incoming catalogue below, and make sure to add them to your watch-list well ahead of time.

NETFLIX

Released April 5

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Family Reunion: Part 3 *NETFLIX FAMILY

Released April 6

The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You *NETFLIX FAMILY

Released April 7

The Big Day: Collection 2 *NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Snabba Cash *NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Wedding Coach *NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Released April 8

The Way of the Househusband *NETFLIX ANIME

Released April 9

Have You Ever Seen Fireflies? *NETFLIX FILM
Night in Paradise *NETFLIX FILM
Thunder Force *NETFLIX FILM

Released April 10

The Stand-In

Released April 11

Diana: The Interview that Shook the World

DISNEY PLUS

Released April 9

Cesar Millan: The Real Story
Disney Future-Worm!
Disney Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (S1)
Disney Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (S2)
Disney Secrets of Sulphur Springs: Time After Time (S1 Finale)
Man of the House
Mark Twain and Me
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier *Disney+ Original
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 103 “Breakaway” *Disney+ Original

Released April 7

Girl From Monaco (2009)
High-Rise (2016)
Pulse (2005)
Ragnarok (2009)
The Answer Man (2009)
The Priest (2009)
Trollhunter (2011)

Released April 8

Bleed For This (IMDb TV)

Released April 9

Noah (IMDb TV)
THEM: Limited Series *Amazon Original Series

Released April 10

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (IMDb TV)

HBO MAX

Released April 5

Hard, Season 2 Finale (HBO)

Released April 6

Genndy Tartokovksy’s Primal, Season 1B

Released April 7

Exterminate All The Brutes, Documentary Series Premiere (HBO)
South Side, Season 1

Released April 9

A Tiny Audience, Season 2 Finale (HBO)
Intemperie (Aka Out In The Open), 2019  (HBO)
The Other Two, Season 1

Released April 10

The New Mutants, 2020 (HBO)

Released April 11

The Nevers, Drama Series Premiere (HBO)

HULU

Released April 5

Girl (2020)

Released April 7

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Season 1, Epsiodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released April 8

Home Economics: Series Premiere (ABC)

Released April 9

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay: Season 2 Premiere (Freeform)
Rebel: Series Premiere (ABC)
Stars Fell on Alabama (2021)
The Standard (2020)

Released April 10

Desierto (2015)
Knuckledust (2020)
The Day I Became a God: Season 1, Epsiodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

There’s some solid movies and TV shows inbound, with Melissa McCarthy’s superhero comedy Thunder Force poised to play well on Netflix, while The Nevers looks like an exciting supernatural fantasy series that looks like a cross between X-Men, Doctor Who and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the comic run, not the terrible movie), but Joss Whedon’s presence as creator, former showrunner and writer/director of the pilot could see it tainted by association.

The New Mutants is also coming to HBO Max as part of WarnerMedia’s ten-year streaming agreement with Fox that doesn’t expire until next year, when it’ll probably shift over to either Hulu or Disney Plus. As for the Mouse House, new episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers are arriving on Friday, but once again there’s an absolute mountain of media to sift through.

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The groundswell of support behind the idea of Sebastian Stan inheriting the role of Luke Skywalker from Mark Hamill continues to gain traction, to the extent that Hamill even publicly commented on the matter on social media. He brushed it off by saying he doesn’t hold any sway over the casting decisions made at Lucasfilm, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t ask his opinion before forging ahead.

As for Stan, he said he’d be open to the idea if it was okay with his predecessor, so we’re really just waiting for the studio to announce more adventures for Luke at this point. After all, his cameo during The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale sent the internet into absolute meltdown, and the de-aging technology isn’t quite capable of pasting Hamill’s face onto a stunt double for an entire season of television.

However, there are two decades in the mythology between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens that could be explored, and not only is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star a dead ringer for a young Hamill, but at 38 years old he’s only a little bit older than the Hamill was when Episode VII was released, although he could easily pass for younger.

In a new interview, Stan was asked outright about the possibility of playing Luke Skywalker, and he admitted the role is as important to him as it is to a lot of people, meaning that he’s fully aware of the pressures that would come with it.

“I always certainly hear about it and I’m always slightly confused because I’m like if there are these conversations happening, why isn’t anybody calling me about it and having a conversation with me about it?. Like anybody, I grew up on Star Wars, and for me, Empire Strikes Back was like one of my favorite movies. And Mark Hamill is one of the most iconic personalities and Luke Skywalker’s an iconic character, so obviously, it doesn’t sound like it’s my choice. It doesn’t feel like it’s up to me. Whatever that needs to be will sort itself out, and if it includes me in any way, hey, who knows.

I’ve always wondered what happens to Luke when it’s the end of Return of the Jedi. Like where does he go, what happens to him? I think those questions would be really interesting. And of course, it’s another one of those things where you’re like, ‘Well, you don’t want to f*ck up that character’. You want to get that one right. But anyway, we’ll see.”

You get the feeling that it’s probably something that’s already been discussed behind the scenes at Disney, and as the small screen Star Wars expansion continues, there’s every chance we could yet end up with Sebastian Stan as Luke Skywalker.

Source: ComicBook.com

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Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees the franchise undergoing something of a transitional period, with many Phase One stalwarts either being cycled out or sent to the sidelines, with a raft of fresh faces on the way in, which is to be expected when the interconnected superhero series has been around for thirteen years and has more content than ever in the works thanks to the Disney Plus expansion.

Many familiar faces remain, but there’s a lot of new blood on the way in to lead the franchise into the future. Tom Holland, Florence Pugh, Simu Liu, Elizabeth Olsen, Brie Larson, Kathryn Newton, Hailee Steinfeld and Dominque Thorne have major roles to play in the MCU’s upcoming slate, and they’re all aged between 23 and 31, so could conceivably stick around for another decade or more.

However, Ryan Reynolds turns 45 this year, which will make him the oldest star to ever headline their solo debut whenever Deadpool 3 finally arrives. Robert Downey Jr. is the oldest actor to take top billing in any standalone MCU movie having been 48 when Iron Man 3 was released, and if the Merc with a Mouth gets at least two movies of his own then Reynolds is going to take that distinction too.

Insider Daniel Richtman reports that he’s got no intention of giving up on the role anytime soon, though, and is more than happy to keep suiting up for a long time to come. It’s looking like a foregone conclusion that we’ll be seeing Reynolds’ Deadpool when he’s well into his 50s, but he’ll have a long way to go to nab the crown of being the oldest person to be listed first in the credits of any MCU project, with Samuel L. Jackson currently 72 years of age and Secret Invasion not expected to premiere until next year.

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Since being released yesterday, Idris Elba‘s new movie, Concrete Cowboy, is already killing it on Netflix. The Ricky Staub-directed picture generated significant buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and was picked up by the streamer a few months ago. Subscribers are responding well to the film, which is currently sitting in second place on the platform’s charts.

Elba stars as Harp, father to a 15-year-old (Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin), who joins him in Philadelphia and learns about urban cowboys. With a cast that also includes When They See Us‘s Jharrel Jerome and Method Man, Cowboy is Staub’s directional debut, and is adapted from the novel Ghetto Cowboy. Critics have so far been drawn to the unique premise, while Elba seems to be providing one of his typically solid turns.

Concrete Cowboy

Of course, this isn’t the first time that a Western, even one as unusual as Concrete Cowboy, has performed well for the online giant. The likes of Godless and The Ridiculous 6 have previously been successes for the company, and Elba also tends to draw in viewers. Indeed, the actor has been pretty busy recently, from turning up in Cats to lending his presence to Hobbs & Shaw, as well as his continuing to work regularly in television.

Idris Elba can next be seen in The Suicide Squad, and there’s still talk of a Luther feature being on the cards. Based on the responses to Concrete Cowboy, which has been praised for exploring a little-known side of American life, it appears that Netflix have acquired one of the most popular festival hits of 2020. The streaming service have ramped up their spending at the big festivals in recent years, and also bought Pieces of a Woman and Malcolm & Marie at Toronto. With theatrical distribution remaining sparse, Concrete Cowboy is shaping up to be an excellent investment for Netflix.

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World of Warcraft Classic has proven one thing: WoW players are a hell of a lot better than they were a decade ago. Raid bosses that used to torment players—that required no less than 40 people armed to the teeth with the best equipment—are now being absolutely squashed without much effort.

Take Onyxia, for example. Back in the day, this intimidatingly large black dragon was one of WoW’s first-ever raid bosses and was responsible for the infamous “More DOTS!” meme due how difficult she could be. But in WoW Classic (which is a near perfect recreation of vanilla WoW), she’s been killed in all sorts of embarrassing ways, like the time 32 warriors practically one-shotted her in a record-breaking 54 seconds, or when a 40-person raid group killed her without wearing any clothes. But today two players dealt the ultimate blow to Onyxia’s frightful legacy by managing to whittle down all 1.8 million of her hitpoints by themselves. Why bring 40 players when two will suffice?

According to WoWhead, this is likely the first time anyone has managed to kill Onyxia with just two people—and it only took them 57 minutes to do it. The two players are Gendisarray and Shiftus, a warrior and a priest, who had to spend that hour perfectly coordinating their abilities and use of restorative items like healing and mana potions in order to stay in the fight.

Onyxia is not a challenging raid boss by WoW’s modern standards. She was first released over 16 years ago, and WoW’s bosses have become far more brutal over time. Onyxia only has a basic handful of abilities that most modern guilds can manage with their eyes closed. Most hardcore Classic players are able to down Onyxia fairly easily—but that still requires a full raid party. It’s cool to see two players push things to the extreme.

One of the biggest dangers of the fight is that players must continually watch their positioning relative to Onyxia. If someone wanders too far behind her, she’ll send them flying with a tail swipe—often straight into a nest of ready-to-hatch dragon eggs that spawn whelps that can quickly overwhelm the raid party. You’d think that having just two people would make things much harder, but in this case not having to worry about 30 other people accidentally wandering within smacking distance of Onyxia’s tail is a blessing.

That isn’t to say that Gendisarray and Shiftus had an easy time of it. For 57 very long minutes they had to slowly chip away at Onyxia’s health while managing their resources. If Shiftus fired off one to many spells, for example, they might not have enough mana to keep Gendisarray’s HP up. One slip and the entire fight would have to start over from the beginning. Keeping focused like that for almost an hour could not have been easy.

It doesn’t make for the most compelling viewing experience, but it’s still an incredible achievement. I’m interested to see if players are able to keep destroying old raid bosses once Burning Crusade Classic launches later this year. As Blizzard explained in our interview during BlizzCon, BC Classic will use the original version of its raid bosses instead of the nerfed ones present in WoW Classic.

It’s a bit complicated to explain, but when raid bosses were first released, many were simply too difficult to kill at first so Blizzard tweaked them to be more manageable in the weeks and months that followed. Because WoW Classic is based off of the 1.12 patch that came out just before Burning Crusade was released, its raid bosses had already been nerfed. But because players are obviously so good, Blizzard is deciding to roll with the much tougher versions for raids that originally launched. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to stop players from performing some ridiculous kills, though.

Source: PC Gamer – https://www.pcgamer.com/two-ingenious-world-of-warcraft-players-kill-a-boss-with-18-million-hp-thats-supposed-to-take-40-people/

Gamestop is in the news again, but this time for doing something less exciting than throwing the stock market and our lives into chaos. The massive gaming retailer is adding PC gaming hardware to its online product catalog, which, of course, includes RTX 30-series GPUs. And in case you’re wondering, those too are sold out.

Predictably, as soon as folks found out Gamestop was selling GPUs, they were sold out in mere moments. Navigating the PC Games page is a bit of a nightmare, but we’ve seen a smattering of non-GPU PC gaming products for sale like pre-built systems, monitors, and even a couple of motherboards.

digital flyer from Gamestop was our first hint that the retail giant was going to dive into the PC hardware market. Gamestop CEO George Sherman said that the company would expand its product offerings with more PC gaming and consumer electronics in an earnings call. There’s no word if the new products will be exclusive to Gamestop.com or offered in limited quantities to physical stores.

Gamestop entering the PC gaming hardware scene makes sense considering how Sherman said this move would “reduce our reliance on the cyclicality of the console-based gaming market.” The news comes after Gamestop reported a drop in net sales from $2.19 billion to $2.12 billion from last year.

“We are continuing the work to expand our addressable market by growing GameStop’s product catalog,” says Sherman. “This includes growing our product offerings across PC gaming, computers, monitors, game tables, mobile gaming, and gaming TVs, to name only a few.”

This seems like a more practical move for Gamestop than turning some physical locations into internet cafes/event space last year. Though, for most of us, it’s just another site where we can be let down by the lack of availability on RTX 3080s as you and I hit F5 over and over again on our browsers.

Source: PC Gamer – https://www.pcgamer.com/gamestop-starts-selling-gpus-obviously-doesnt-have-any-gpus-to-sell/