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Here’s How Infinity War Screenwriters Would Fix the DCEU

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Kevin Smith asked the Infinity War screenwriters how they would fix the DCEU and they responded with a simple answer.

Captain Marvel Can Move Planets According to Brie Larson

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Brie Larson reveals that Captain Marvel is strong enough to move planets.

Creed 2 is About ‘Sons Haunted By Their Fathers’, Says Writer

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Creed II cowriter Cheo Hodari Coker has offered some insight on the sequel's plot and themes. The first Creed was a Rocky spinoff centered around Apollo Creed's son, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan). Sylvester Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in the film, with Ryan Coogler directing from a script and story that he wrote, inspired by his own father's love of the Rocky movies. Jordan and Stallone both came back for Creed II, but Coogler had to pass due to his commitment to Marvel's Black Panther.

Stallone got the ball rolling on the Creed II script and planned to direct the film at one point. He later vacated the director's chair on the sequel, allowing up and comer Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) to call the shots instead. Around the same time that Stallone stepped down, it came to light that Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker was collaborating with Sly on the Creed II screenplay. Coker is currently making the rounds promoting Luke Cage season 2's release next week, giving the press a chance to pick his brain about the Creed sequel.

Related: Luke Cage Season 2 Early Reviews Have Arrived

During a phone interview with /Film, Coker revealed some plot details for the Creed sequel. Creed II picks up with Adonis as he gets ready for a boxing match with Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Ivan, of course, was the Russian fighter who killed Apollo in the ring in a boxing match in Rocky IV. Coker told /Film that Ivan's legacy hangs over Viktor's head as much as Apollo's does over Adonis' in the film:

“It’s about the legacies of sons haunted by their fathers. Even though Drago is alive, his son is haunted by him because Drago is a broken man who’s trying to rebuild himself through the son. Apollo Creed isn’t broken but because Apollo died, Adonis Creed is still haunted by his father’s death and how it defined him, what it is it means now to be a champion. He’s aspiring to be a champion but also at the same time trying to figure out who it is he is. Particularly with Bianca, particularly also because he’s got Rocky who at this point becomes the new Mickey.”

The idea of sons dealing with their fathers' legacies not only lies at the core of the first Creed, it's also part of what inspired Coogler to make the film to begin with (as mentioned earlier). As Coker explained to /Film, the idea resonated deeply with him when he saw the movie and was a big part of what inspired him to agree to cowrite Creed II, after being offered the chance:

“The first Creed is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I cried like a baby when they got to that scene when he’s like, ‘Why are you doing this, kid?’ and he’s like, ‘I just want to prove that I wasn’t a mistake.’ I’m sitting there, oh my God, I was verklempt, man. A lot of black men that have issues with their fathers, when they saw that scene, it became our Brian’s Song. It became our Remember the Titans. It became one of those movies that it is acceptable for ‘macho’ men to cry during. So the opportunity to work on Creed II was definitely something that I fought for, something that I couldn’t pass up. Later on, when I got to work with Stallone on the draft, that was a dream come true.”

Coker added that he feels Caple Jr. was a good choice to pick up the torch on Creed II in Coogler's absence, telling /Film he think the filmmaker will prove to be "a great addition to the Rocky director pantheon." The first Creed certainly set the bar high for the sequel, but it sounds like Coker is determined to meet expectations and deliver a worthy continuation of Adonis' story. At the very least, he has a firm understanding of the thematic essence of Coogler's spinoff - and why it resonated on such an emotional level with the many people who loved and related to it.

MORE: Stallone Reunites with Original Rocky Turtles in Creed II

Stay tuned for more Creed II-related news, including the first trailer for the sequel (which is expected to arrive in the near future).

Source: /Film

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Creed 2 is About ‘Sons Haunted By Their Fathers’, Says Writer

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Creed II cowriter Cheo Hodari Coker has offered some insight on the sequel's plot and themes. The first Creed was a Rocky spinoff centered around Apollo Creed's son, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan). Sylvester Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in the film, with Ryan Coogler directing from a script and story that he wrote, inspired by his own father's love of the Rocky movies. Jordan and Stallone both came back for Creed II, but Coogler had to pass due to his commitment to Marvel's Black Panther.

Stallone got the ball rolling on the Creed II script and planned to direct the film at one point. He later vacated the director's chair on the sequel, allowing up and comer Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) to call the shots instead. Around the same time that Stallone stepped down, it came to light that Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker was collaborating with Sly on the Creed II screenplay. Coker is currently making the rounds promoting Luke Cage season 2's release next week, giving the press a chance to pick his brain about the Creed sequel.

Related: Luke Cage Season 2 Early Reviews Have Arrived

During a phone interview with /Film, Coker revealed some plot details for the Creed sequel. Creed II picks up with Adonis as he gets ready for a boxing match with Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Ivan, of course, was the Russian fighter who killed Apollo in the ring in a boxing match in Rocky IV. Coker told /Film that Ivan's legacy hangs over Viktor's head as much as Apollo's does over Adonis' in the film:

“It’s about the legacies of sons haunted by their fathers. Even though Drago is alive, his son is haunted by him because Drago is a broken man who’s trying to rebuild himself through the son. Apollo Creed isn’t broken but because Apollo died, Adonis Creed is still haunted by his father’s death and how it defined him, what it is it means now to be a champion. He’s aspiring to be a champion but also at the same time trying to figure out who it is he is. Particularly with Bianca, particularly also because he’s got Rocky who at this point becomes the new Mickey.”

The idea of sons dealing with their fathers' legacies not only lies at the core of the first Creed, it's also part of what inspired Coogler to make the film to begin with (as mentioned earlier). As Coker explained to /Film, the idea resonated deeply with him when he saw the movie and was a big part of what inspired him to agree to cowrite Creed II, after being offered the chance:

“The first Creed is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. I cried like a baby when they got to that scene when he’s like, ‘Why are you doing this, kid?’ and he’s like, ‘I just want to prove that I wasn’t a mistake.’ I’m sitting there, oh my God, I was verklempt, man. A lot of black men that have issues with their fathers, when they saw that scene, it became our Brian’s Song. It became our Remember the Titans. It became one of those movies that it is acceptable for ‘macho’ men to cry during. So the opportunity to work on Creed II was definitely something that I fought for, something that I couldn’t pass up. Later on, when I got to work with Stallone on the draft, that was a dream come true.”

Coker added that he feels Caple Jr. was a good choice to pick up the torch on Creed II in Coogler's absence, telling /Film he think the filmmaker will prove to be "a great addition to the Rocky director pantheon." The first Creed certainly set the bar high for the sequel, but it sounds like Coker is determined to meet expectations and deliver a worthy continuation of Adonis' story. At the very least, he has a firm understanding of the thematic essence of Coogler's spinoff - and why it resonated on such an emotional level with the many people who loved and related to it.

MORE: Stallone Reunites with Original Rocky Turtles in Creed II

Stay tuned for more Creed II-related news, including the first trailer for the sequel (which is expected to arrive in the near future).

Source: /Film

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Hasbro Unveils Star Wars SDCC 2018 Exclusive Black Series Toys

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Lucasfilm is skipping Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but Hasbro is still bringing some Star Wars exclusives with them to the convention. In just about a month (as of this writing), pop culture fans will convene in California for another Comic-Con, attending various panels on their favorite properties. In addition to learning all the latest developments about upcoming projects, people will be curious to see what kind of merchandise is available for purchase. Whenever something as massive as Comic-Con is involved, there are usually some fun convention exclusives.

Star Wars is coming off a busy six months that saw the release of two films: The Last Jedi and Solo. With those movies at the forefront of everyone's mind still, Hasbro has taken the opportunity to feature characters from these movies in their latest Black Series exclusives, which will be available at Comic-Con this year.

Related: Would George Lucas' Star Wars Sequel Trilogy Have Been Better?

First up is a centerpiece set depicting Rey and Kylo Ren's climactic lightsaber duel on Starkiller base from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It will be sold at booth #3329 on the SDCC show floor and sports a retail price $109.99. If one is unable to pick up this item at Comic-Con, it will be sold at select conventions and retailers afterwards. You can check out an image of it in the space below:

For the second exclusive, Hasbro is taking fans back to the original trilogy days with a combo pack that includes Han Solo and a mynock. It is modeled after the sequence from The Empire Strikes Back where Han, Leia, and Chewbacca deal with a swarm of the creatures before realizing the "cave" they're in is actually a space slug. This set is also being sold at both #3329 and has a retail price of $34.99. Like the Rey/Kylo Ren centerpiece, this product is going to be sold at certain conventions and retailers post-SDCC. See an image of the item in the space below:

To see more pictures of the exclusives and read additional details, click on over to the next page!

Page 2: More Details & Images About Hasbro's Star Wars SDCC 2018 Exclusives

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