Trailer For 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Has Luke Remind Us No One Is Ever Really Gone

Regardless of how you feel about the direction the new Star Wars trilogy has taken, there's still no denying the excitement of watching a trailer for the next installment. After some divisive twists were made in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams is now back at the helm for the last installment of the trilogy he helped create. We had no idea what the ninth episode would be about other than a few unconfirmed leaks, but we now have our first footage and title for the movie thanks to Star Wars Celebration. With Disney planning on taking a hiatus from Star Wars movies following the release of Episode XI, it seems they really want to end the Skywalker Saga on a high note.

Below is the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:
Before we even get into the actual trailer, the title of the movie itself seems to be a lot less broad than some of the previous ones. Having said that its still completely open to interpretation, as its hard to tell which Skywalker the title is referring to. We know Luke will be featured in the movie despite meeting his end in Last Jedi as he has new lines of dialogue to Rey in the trailer, but this will most likely be in the form of a force ghost. It could also be referring to Kylo Ren aka Ben Solo, who himself is technically a Skywalker and could finally receive his redemption. And then there is of course the possibility Rey is a Skywalker after all, despite the scene in Last Jedi saying otherwise.
The trailer itself doesn't give too much away in terms of plot, but we do know the trio of Poe, Rey, and Finn will finally all be together on a mission this time around rather than scattered. J.J. Abrams has confirmed a significant amount of time has passed since Last Jedi when The Rise of Skywalker starts off, and we see Kylo Ren has had time to repair his helmet. Carrie Fisher is seen in the trailer despite her passing two years ago, and we know footage is being used from deleted scene from the previous two movies to continue Leia's story arc here. We also get our first look at the return of Lando alongside Chewie in the Millennium Falcon, but its still unknown how he will factor into the plot and how they run into him in the first place. 
But probably the biggest reveal of the entire trailer is the laugh at the end, which belongs to none other than The Emperor himself Palpatine. As Star Wars fans will remember, Palpatine was featured heavily in the prequels and original trilogy, but had seemingly met his end in Return of the Jedi. Well it looks like that wasn't the case, as the voiceover by Luke about how "no one is ever really gone" seems to fit perfectly with this. We also see the gang looking at the remnants of the Deathstar, which could be the original one where The Emperor died. Its certainly a surprising reveal as many of us had believed Snoke would be taking the place of The Emperor as the larger evil behind the curtain, but that went out the window after his death in Last Jedi. Ian McDiarmid made an appearance at Star Wars Celebration to even confirm his return to the role, so its just a matter of how he's going to pull it off.
So what did you think of the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker? Do you like the title? Are you happy to see Palpatine return? Let us know below!

First Trailer For Joaquin Phoenix And Todd Phillips' Take On 'Joker' Teases A Scorsese-Esque Tragedy

As DC is excited to release its family friendly film Shazam! this weekend, its hard to believe the same studio is bringing us a project as dark as Todd Phillip's Joker later this year. The studio has made it clear this film has no relation to their current cinematic universe, and have promised a dark character piece set in the 1980s. With set photos already dropping of method actor Joaquin Phoenix in his full Joker make-up, fans have already been quick to move on from Jared Leto's infamous take on the Clown Prince of Crime as they look forward to this new film. The trailer delivers on everything we've expected, and may even already have some viewers talking Oscar buzz.

Below is the first trailer for Joker:
The trailer makes it very clear that this isn't your average comic book movie, and is mostly stripped of any big action scenes. The movie will instead focus on the demise of Phoenix's character Arthur Fleck into the Joker, and the things that happen to him that make him reach that breaking point. The origin story of the Joker is one that has been shrouded in mystery for years, but this one seems to be taking some beats from the comics. Like in The Killing Joke comic, Fleck will be a failed stand-up comedian here. This also might come full circle when we see him on stage behind a curtain for a talk show hosted by De Niro's character, where he finally gets the fame he wanted from actually becoming Joker.
Phillips and Phoenix both look to making Joker a much more sympathetic character here, which is a drastic departure from the maniac we're used to seeing on screen. The story will apparently explore Fleck's relationship with his obviously sick mother (Played by Frances Conroy) who seems to be his motivation through his daily hardships in telling him to always put on a "happy face". Phoenix performance already looks like one to keep any eye on for when award season comes around, but of course that all depends on how good the movie is. In this trailer alone we're able to see him play the nice guy struggling with mental illness with some creepy undertones, and then a much more confident man under the makeup once he's transformed into Joker. 
The trailer alone has already drawn a lot of comparisons to Scorsese's past films including Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and The King of Comedy. While Phillips is directing, Scorsese is still involved with the project as a producer and his influence shows. There's several references Batman fans will take notice of including Thomas Wayne on a TV screen condoning Joker's actions and the apparent chaos he has caused by inspiring copy cat clowns. Joker seems to have strong feelings towards the rich going off what he has written in his diary, so its likely Wayne is one of his targets given his high status and that he's running for Mayor of Gotham. We actually even see Fleck pre-Joker interact with a young Bruce Wayne at what appears to be the gates of Wayne Manor, so this may be a sign Fleck is stalking Thomas Wayne earlier in the story.
So what did you think of the Joker trailer? Do you think the movie looks like an Oscar contender? Let us know below!

The Heroes Take The Fight Back To Thanos And Tony And Steve Make Up In A New 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer

We're in the endgame now. With just a few weeks away from its release, the hype for the Avengers sequel has really started to pick up. Marvel has been pushing their marketing campaign that has included posters for each of the fallen heroes we lost in the last movie, and some TV spots showing off the team in their Quantum Realm suits. We thought we had seen just as much footage as the Russo brothers were going to get, but apparently they're still willing to show us more. The latest trailer finally shows us Tony and Steve side by side after the events of Civil War, as well as the team heading to space to once again face off against the Mad Titan.

Below is the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame:
It does seem a bit surprising that the Russos would be willing to show so much new footage in a trailer so close to the film's release, especially one giving away some pretty key moments. We now know that the inevitable makeup between Iron Man and Cap happens and we've basically seen how it goes down, and we also know that Tony will be reunited with Pepper and the rest of the team at the Avengers base. Maybe things aren't as simple and resolvable as they seem to be in this trailer, as past marketing has teased Tony being stranded with Nebula in space pretty heavily.
We now know for sure that the team will be traveling to Thanos' new home to face him, most likely with the roster we see on board the Guardian's ship The Benatar. We see Cap, Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon, Captain Marvel, Thor, and War Machine. Noticeably absent are Iron Man and Nebula, so this could also be their rescue mission to go save them. We get a better look at Cap seemingly being defeated by Thanos again, which some fans have speculated might be the moment the character meets his end. If the Russos are to believed (Which sometimes we know they aren't) all of this takes place in the first fifteen minutes of the movie, which still leaves a lot of mystery over the rest of the movie's plot.
The trailer focuses much more of the rematch with Thanos and events directly following Infinity War more than anything else, which could be a bit of a misdirect for audiences. We do now however that somehow time travel and the Quantum Realm will be the solution to reversing the events of The Snap rather than actually facing Thanos. Pretty much all of that including any footage of the team in their Quantum Realm suits is noticeably absent from this trailer despite being included in past marketing. 
So what did you think of the latest trailer? Do you wish we hadn't seen so much footage? How do you think the movie's plot will end up playing out? Let us know below!

New Set Photos Reveal Jared Leto's Joker Will Be Making An Appearance In 'Birds of Prey'

Us fans really thought we'd seen the last of Jared Leto's Joker. With a Suicide Squad reboot on the way from James Gunn, Joaquin Phoenix leading a solo Joker movie releasing this year, and Leto's involvement in Sony's Morbius, The Living Vampire movie, we really thought we were in the clear. Well apparently not. Next year's Birds of Prey movie which is set to star Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn as its lead alongside a team of DC heroines will feature the return of the Leto's Joker. Thanks to some set photos that have made their way online of Harley Quinn and Joker interacting, we now know he'll somehow be making an appearance. Whats hard to tell though is whether Leto is the actual actor in costume as we can't see his face, and its also worth noting he's currently filming Morbius.

Below are the set photos from Birds of Prey which seemingly show Joker kicking Harley out of an apartment they shared:
The scene above seems to be taking place after an argument between the couple, and may be teasing a breakup between the two. This would explain why there's been no sign of Leto's Joker being in the movie, as it may just be a cameo appearance to set up Harley's story arc. With the current change of direction in the DC movie universe, it is a little odd to see such a clear connection their past movies. With Phoenix's Joker movie coming out later this year, and the cancelation of a planned Harley Quinn and Joker team-up movie, it looked like the studio had no plans to use his version of Joker anymore. 
We know the primary villains of Birds of Prey will be Black Mask played by Ewan McGregor and Victor Zsasz played by Chris Messina, so there's currently no vacancy for Joker to fill as the antagonist. Having said that, his inclusion in Birds of Prey may be an indication that DC still has future plans for his character. We know Matt Reeves probably has no interest in using him for The Batman as that movie seems to be very separate from the DCEU, but a possible appearance in Gunn's Suicide Squad could still be on the table. Much of the criticism Leto got for his portrayal of the role in the first Suicide Squad movie was blamed on how much was cut by Warner Bros. of the actor's performance. Could Leto's Joker finally be getting a chance at redemption? 
Not much is actually known about the plot of Birds of Prey yet, although rumors had already suggested that Harley would be splitting with the Joker at some point in the plot. This would explain the full title of the movie which is The Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, which explains how she'll now have the freedom to team up with these other heroines. Rumors claim the movie will focus on the kidnapping of Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) by Black Mask over a stolen diamond, and the teaming up of Harley alongside The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurne Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save her.
So what do you think of Leto's Joker making his return in Birds of Prey? Would you like to see his version of the character in future DC movies? Let us know below!

Angelina Jolie Joins Marvel Studios' Phase 4 Film 'The Eternals' As Its Female Lead

At this point, its hard to find a big name actor in Hollywood who hasn't appeared yet in the MCU. It almost feels hard to believe that at all point during the making of all these movies, the studio never called up a mega star like Angelina Jolie for one for their films. Well that time has finally come, as they are hoping the actress will lead their latest project The Eternals. Based on characters from the comics and a part of Marvel mythology that isn't exactly common knowledge, it makes sense that bringing a box office draw like Jolie as the first member of the cast will peak the interest of movie goers worldwide. 

Its unknown who exactly Jolie will be playing, but its rumored she may be playing one of The Eternals same Cersi. The movie has been described by THR as a love story between the characters Cersi and Ikaris (A man fueled by cosmic energy). Cersi apparently wants to live among humans, and this conflict is a focal point of the movie. Jolie certainly seems to fit the mold of the character, especially if its as important of a part as the report makes it seem. This will be a return to Jolie's days of big action blockbusters, and her first role in a comic book movie since Wanted
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The Eternals is certainly a challenging property for Marvel to take on, but one Kevin Feige seems to be very excited about for Phase 4. Having Jolie's name attached will definitely help sell the movie to audiences skeptical of its concept or completely unfamiliar with these characters. In the comics they are basically gods who are created by the cosmic entities The Celestials, and include several different members. In many ways this seems to be Feige's answer the the Inhumans movie he had planned was never able to make, focusing on a lesser known group of super powerful beings.The movie already has a director in Chloe Zhao (The Rider), and will probably be one of Marvel's planned releases next year alongside their Black Widow movie.
Little else is known about the movie as of right now, but rumors have been swirling that movie may feature the first openly gay character in the MCU. While this could be a male or female in the movie (And may even be Jolie's character), MCU Cosmic reports it will be Hercules. They suggest Hercules will actually be the male lead of the movie, and like Thor is a god as well in Marvel comics. There's been a lot of buzz around actor Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast), who is openly gay himself, taking on this role as he's actually been heavily rumored to star in the movie. 
So does Jolie's casting excite about The Eternals movie? What character would you like to see her play? Would you be happy to see Luke Evans play Hercules? Let us know below!

Leaked Poster And Character Images From 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Reveal Lando, The Knights Of Ren, And More

It was a simpler time back in 2015, when all Star Wars fan cared about was how director J.J. Abrams was going to continue the stories of George Lucas' original trilogy. The plan ended up being easier than one would've expected, and gave us a pretty safe story reminiscent of A New Hope that left fans happy while some critics felt it was too predictable. Rian Johnson took those criticisms to heart, and decided to take some big risks in The Last Jedi that led to some major backlash from fans. With its original director Colin Trevorrow having departed the project, Abrams is now back at the helm for the finale of the trilogy he started. Now all of us have been left guessing where the franchise will go from here.

As one would expect, pretty much everything about Episode IX has been kept under wraps minus some additions to the cast. Up until this point we had no idea who some of these new cast members would be playing, but lucky for us an apparent promotional poster and character shots from the movie have leaked online thanks to Making Star Wars. We see our main trio of Poe, Finn, and Rey all back with new updated looks in the poster. There's a mysterious new alien, female character, and possible bounty hunter. There's also the surprising addition of Chewbacca's arrow in C-3PO's hands, which might suggest the droid will get in on the action this time around. But there's some other key additions that have caught fans attentions, specifically in the larger poster.
The leaked promotional poster for Episode 9
For one thing we see Kylo Ren and behind him the Knights of Ren, a group that was teased in the Force Awakens but were no where to be found in Last Jedi. The Knights of Ren was a concept that had many fans excited, and seemed to have been a group similar with an ideology similar to Ben Solo's whose identities and abilities have been shrouded in mystery. This could already be a major influence of having Abrams once again involved and being able to give closure to the storylines he started in his first film. We also get a new alien character and droid that seems to be partnered with BB-8. The alien may actually have changed in concept since this poster was created, as its been said its drastically different from the costume that was used for the character on set.
Character designs for Lando, Chewbacca, Rey, Poe, Finn, Zorii, and Jannah
We also see the updated design for the older Lando Calrissian, who we know is confirmed to make his long awaited return in Episode 9. There's a woman behind Chewbacca on the poster who is a new character named Jannah and has been speculated by some fans to possibly be Lando's daughter. There's also the new character with a red costume and helmet that is rumored to be the character Keri Russell is playing named Zorii, and her look is very reminiscent of past bounty hunters in the Star Wars series. There's been some confusion as to why Carrie Fisher's Leia is not featured on the poster despite the studio confirming she will still be in the movie despite her passing, so this may be hinting at her having a much smaller role in the plot.
So what do you think of the leaked Star Wars: Episode 9 images? Are you happy with the characters new designs? Are you glad we're finally going to get to see the Knights of Ren? Let us know below!