Avengers: Endgame is going to be unlike anything audiences have seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War sequel has a lot it needs to achieve, and that means doing its own unique thing as it attempts to balance everything... and end almost everything.
Aventgers: Endgame needs to serve as a true sequel to Infinity War, meaning it'll be dealing with the aftermath of Thanos' snap, aka the Decimation, with Thanos wiping out half the universe. It needs to bring heroes back from the dead, but also serve as a final chapter for not only the current phase, but the MCU's first saga, which will conclude the story that began with Iron Man in 2008.
So, Avengers: Endgame has 21 other movies to tie together, while also still telling its own story. The marketing alone has already been different - coming from just the first 20 minutes of the film. That's just a taste of what to expect, as everything we know suggests Avengers: Endgame will be unlike anything else in the entire MCU.
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The trailers for Avengers: Endgame haven't given much away, since all the footage comes from early in the story. Instead of seeing any real action, the onus is on setting Endgame's tone. And that tone is one much darker than anything Marvel fans used to from the MCU. This isn't just the sense of foreboding that came with Infinity War; this is what comes next. What Endgame's marketing establishes, more than anything else, is a real sense of loss. The grief is palpable. We've seen Steve Rogers trying to come to terms with the Decimation; Tony Stark trapped in space, accepting of his fate, and a black-clad Hawkeye - now Ronin - in a rain-soaked Japan. Only Scott Lang, turning up at the Avengers complex in the first Endgame trailer, has cracked either a smile or a joke.
This extends outside the Avengers too, as shown in Avengers: Endgame's Super Bowl spot. The shots of the Statue of Liberty establish a world mourning an incomprehensible loss of life. Likewise, the gloomy overhead shot of Citi Field. The color palette is dark and depressing, filled with greys and blacks, rather than the pop, primary colors we expect from Marvel. There are support groups for people. It calls to mind the first season of HBO's The Leftovers - bleak, grim, and people giving up and reeling in the wake of devastation - more than the MCU. That's not a bad thing - The Leftovers is a stunning piece of television, after all - but it's a huge tonal shift for the franchise. It's also a necessary one, though, because the franchise has been running so long and because Endgame picks up after Infinity War's death-filled ending.
The Avengers first assembled back in 2012's The Avengers movie, with the six original heroes - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk - coming together to stop Loki and the Chitauri invasion of Earth. During that movie, Tony Stark gives a great speech to Loki about the role of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, telling the God of Mischief: "If we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it."
It's one of Stark's best lines, and a huge mission statement for the Avengers as a team. But it's not a promise that's actually ever been fulfilled. In The Avengers, Stark and the rest of the team succeed in defeating Loki at the Battle of New York, staving off the invasion. They were able to protect the Earth, so there was nothing to avenge. The same was then true in the first Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron. Once again the Avengers assembled and, this time in Sokovia, were able to prevent Ultron from fulfilling his nefarious plan. Earth had once again been protected.
Finally, after some time spent fighting each other in Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers were once again tested in 2018's Infinity War. Fighting the battle on multiple planets, for the first time they were unsuccessful. Thanos collected all six Infinity Stones, snapped his fingers, and wiped out half the universe. The Avengers had failed to protect the Earth. That means they're now going to Avenge it. For the first time in the MCU, this is going to be a movie driven by that need to avenge something, rather than protect it. In a sense, that makes it the first true "Avengers" movie.
Not only does Avengers: Endgame have the Avengers actually avenging, but it's trying out a number of other things that are new to the MCU as well. The clearest of these from the marketing is the lineup of the team. Infinity War killed off a number of major heroes, that means the ones left on Earth need to band together. This does include some of the original Avengers - Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner - but Hawkeye's exact role in Endgame is unclear, and Tony will spend some of the movie separated. Joining the ranks, then, are Ant-Man, War Machine, and Rocket Raccoon. There'll be new group dynamics at play. Some characters are meeting for the very first time (Thor and Ant-Man, for example, should be great).
On top of that, though, are the plot devices. Although we don't know to what extent yet, Avengers: Endgame is going to be a time travel movie. The heroes will be traveling back as they (presumably) attempt to stop Thanos from collecting the Infinity Stones and undo the snap. Time travel has been loosely hinted at before, but this brings it fully into the MCU. That is a serious game-changer. That goes hand-in-hand with its use of the Quantum Realm, which will likely be how the Avengers time travel. It's been featured before as well, but now we're looking at a movie that explores it in much more depth, and opens up things like time vortexes.
It's not just going back in time that's new, though. There'll also be a significant time jump within the movie. This has been rumored for some time - an older Cassie Lang was reportedly cast last year - but the trailers somewhat allude to it. We see Black Widow with her Infinity War hairstyle at one point but then a much longer, braided style at others. New Avengers: Endgame images have confirmed it'll be red again too, so there's going to be a leap in time at some point. These are all bold, ambitious techniques and chart a new course for the MCU. That's without mentioning that Endgame could be the first 3-hour-long MCU movie, with a rumored intermission - itself a new step for the franchise.
Avengers: Endgame doesn't just end Phase 3 of the MCU, but it ends the entire Infinity Stone saga as well. Marvel may have separated their movies into phases, but almost everything up to this point has been linked by either the Avengers' roster or the Infinity Stones (and often both). It's one big, 22-movie story; Endgame brings that to a close. Whatever happens with Thanos, it's unlikely the Mad Titan will be in another present-day MCU movie. He might appear in The Eternals, but otherwise his time is done (at least for a good while). Likewise, Marvel can't make another Infinity Stones movie. The Infinity Stones may be destroyed, or scattered and protected. Regardless, this is the end of the saga built around them, which has been going since the MCU's Phase 1.
Even bigger than that, though, is Endgame is the end of the line for some original heroes. At the very least, it's almost certainly the last time we'll see Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Both Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans are expected to be done with the MCU after this. They're the two biggest heroes, the ones who lead the team and who everyone recognizes. Marvel movies are always building to the next one. There's always been an eye on the future for the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. Another fight, another movie. Avengers: Endgame will be different because it really is the end for them. After this, the MCU will never be the same again.
What started out as a little show about vampiric relationships has evolved into a trilogy of supernatural adventures. With spin-off number three, Legacies, in its first season, it’s time to revisit what lead to the new series. One defining relationship that changed the course of the series was that between Caroline Forbes (teenage vampire) and Klaus Mikaelson (a thousand-year-old Viking and Original vampire).
Over the course of The Vampire Diaries and its first spin-off, The Originals, Caroline and Klaus have made the transition from enemies, to friends, to an epic romance that could have been. This relationship became known as Klaroline. Although each character has had other serious romantic partners, the ship remains extremely popular.
Klaus committed many crimes in his time, meaning he is often referred to as the villain of the story. However, Caroline thinks he can be redeemed. Given how his story ends perhaps she was correct. Klaus perished to protect his daughter and the world, and the other Mikaelsons are happily ready to continue with their lives. Still, the relationship between the two often doesn’t make sense. Things like forgiveness and developments that realistically would not have come to pass are strewn all over.
With the end of The Originals, their story is seemingly ended, of course, Klaus would not be the first Mikaelson to rise from the grave. Like Caroline said, Klaus was not the villain of her story.
Let’s take a look at Vampire Diaries: 20 Things That Don’t Make Sense About Klaus and Caroline’s Relationship.
20 Is A Thousand Too Old?
Age difference doesn’t matter too much on the Vampire Diaries, a series about immortal men from the eighteen hundreds competing over the affections of a teenage girl. However, one might imagine that having approximately one-thousand years between you and a teenage vampire, perpetually frozen at seventeen, might be a bit much.
Klaus is one of the Vikings that supposedly settled in the Americas, residing in the original Mystic Falls and having since traveled the world, whereas Caroline is a modern teenager, who goes to high school. Caroline addresses this difference in season five, after a significant time-jump leaving both as adults and parents. She believes she represented something innocent to him that he had lost.
19 They're Definite Control Freaks
When the audience is introduced to Caroline she’s a typical popular high-schooler. She wins ‘Miss Mystic Falls’, does well in school, and knows everything about everybody. She’s so organized her friends question her human status before she joined the ranks of vampires in Mystic Falls. After her vampire nature heightens her personality she describes herself as “an insecure, neurotic, control freak on.” Klaus is very similar. His paintings are his way of re-establishing control over his life and himself. He wanted to control his family so badly he would dagger (temporarily eliminate) and coffin his siblings, quick to resort to this if things did not go his way. To say these are similar traits might be understating things.
18 Caroline Was Used As Klaus-Bait
Klaus has many flaws, but he is honest about his intentions, especially his feelings for Caroline. Shortly after the feelings develop, the Mystic Falls team begins to use Caroline against Klaus as a tool of distraction, sometimes to thwart him (like taking a cursed Elena out of his house), and also to assist in attempts on his life. Klaus does show considerable forgiveness for this, understanding that he has made no short effort to hurt her friends and overlooking these attempts at distracting him, which are often filled with genuine connection. Caroline becomes a weakness of Klaus’ and as the series wears on her efforts to pretend to retain civility as the bait changes to proper conversations as equals and friends.
17 They're both Moral, Even If It's Questionable
Caroline is considered to be the ‘angel’ of the group, her morals are high and she does her best to live up to them. Klaus, however, is referred to as the ‘devil’ quite frequently by both friend and foe. In season five Elena even references that Klaus would “ruffle those perfect feathers.” The truth is, although her body count is significantly lower than most of her other vampire friends on the show, it is still no small list. She eliminated a human during her first day as a vampire, later destroying police officers and an entire coven of witches before she even graduated high school. She does this to protect the people she cares about and, in the end, so does Klaus.
16 Caroline Loses Her Life-Taking Ways As She Gets Older
What possible reason could Caroline have for eliminating Klaus? Aside from him being aggressive to her best friend and placing everyone she cares for in peril, the reason is elusive. When Klaus visits Caroline at her school many years later he requests she make good on all the attempts on his life. He needs to protect Hope from the Hollow, but Caroline does not want to finally complete her life-taking intentions. She mentions she was “young back then.” Whilst it is true that a lot has happened for Caroline since Klaus left, it was hardly the excuse of youth that lead to their life-ending attempts. Perhaps her opinion as a fellow immortal has simply shifted instead.
15 Caroline Has Forgiven More Than She Probably Should
Caroline’s and Klaus’ stories diverge when Hayley, a werewolf who betrayed Caroline and Tyler (eliminating her, having twelve hybrids destroyed, and eliminating Tyler’s mother and forcing him to go on the run) becomes pregnant with Klaus’ miracle baby, Hope.
Years later Caroline, now a mother of twins, and founder and headmistress of the Salvatore Boarding School, enrolls Hope into the school where she would spend the majority of her childhood and teen years. It’s a complicated relationship, but it seems Caroline has forgiven Hayley for her betrayal and cares for the entire Mikaelson family, despite how much they’ve all harmed each other.
14 Caroline Ends Up Marrying The Enemy
During Stephen’s Ripper years he meets and befriends both Klaus and his sister, Rebekah. Many years later Klaus and Stephen are enemies and have a deep dislike for each other… sometimes. Relationships are complicated in the Vampire Diaries Universe and forgiveness comes and goes. Yet, considering Klaus declared himself Caroline’s last love, her marrying a fellow immortal (at the time) would not have settled well. That being said, Klaus has an understanding of Caroline, especially her love for the twins, that Stephen did not, nor did he want to. However, Caroline’s love of her life is not Stephen or Klaus, but two little girls named Josie and Lizzie.
13 These Kids Grow Up Better Without Klaus
Caroline gave birth to Alaric’s and Jo’s children and raised them as her own, as their birth mother. Her loyalty to them is unbending and the favor is returned, as seen in Legacies. Klaus is a danger to their protection. He is one of the oldest vampires, the original hybrid, and a criminal that has left chaos and destruction through the ages. Not exactly conducive to child safety. Alaric is sure of this and immediately stakes Klaus when he comes asking for a favor in The Originals season five. It’s at her high school graduation when he comes to her rescue that Caroline does learn to hold trust in Klaus and the determination he has to protect those he cares for.
12 Klaus Can Be Pretty Jealous
Caroline’s second major boyfriend in the series is werewolf Tyler Lockwood. Caroline is forced to risk her best friend’s life in order to save the life of her boyfriend when Klaus returns to Mystic Falls, feeds Tyler his blood, and destroys him. Although time continues and this sin is forgiven, at the time it was tough for the pair. Hybrids become sired, completely loyal to their vampire maker, leading to much distrust between the couple. The growing feelings of Tyler’s dislike and Caroline’s affection toward the Original Hybrid eventually led to their break-up. It certainly wasn’t the best first impression.
11 They Could Have Never Met One Another
We first met Klaus in season two when he required the moonstone, a vampire, a werewolf, a witch to cast a spell, and a Petrova doppleganger. Although the end result had Jules perish and Jenna turned-then-eliminated alongside Elena. However, the original sacrifice was the werewolf Tyler and vampire Caroline. They lay waiting in a cave for their eventual destruction, only to be saved by Matt and Damon. Although they never saw Klaus’ face it was clear that he was behind it and had it gone that way, as Katherine had planned for Klaus, Caroline and Klaus never would have become friends and the team likely would not have succeeded in half of their plans against the Mikaelsons.
10 Caroline's Attitude Towards Him Completely Changed
While Caroline helped raise his daughter, Hope, Klaus went on a crime spree for years. Possessed by a fourth of the Hollow he went globetrotting, seemingly mad, taking out family enemies one by one. Caroline visits him in France during his latest spree and her attitude is much changed. Where she once would have been afraid and judgmental she was surprisingly calm, even confident, claiming he was just his usual crazy. She knows he hasn’t gone mad; that he has a list and a plan. Still, not exactly a step in the direction of Caroline’s morally conscious heart. Although, her influence and that of his daughter, have meant he has done the right thing more than once.
9 Klaus Steals Caroline's Best Friend
In the eighteenth episode of the third season, Klaus steals Bonnie, Caroline’s other best friend and witch, to try to unbind his family bloodlines after his mother’s attempt to eliminate them. He threatens her mother and Jeremy (who is being followed by Kol, his brother) all while his sister Rebekah harms Damon. Bonnie is one of Caroline’s closest friends and the girlfriend of Elena’s brother.
Bonnie succeeds in the spell meaning only Finn perishes and not all Originals. A blessing in disguise as all the vampires in the bloodline consequently perish as well. This is still an attempt at harm to people Caroline cares deeply for, yet it is to protect his life and the life of his family.
8 Klaus Uses Elena As A Personal Food Supply
Spells are tricky. And with the unbinding of the curse that held back Klaus’ werewolf half, certain consequences arose. As part of any vampire transformation, a human must drink the blood of a vampire, perish, then drink human blood. This is slightly different for hybrids sired by Klaus. The werewolf must drink Klaus’ blood, perish, and then consume the blood of the human doppleganger that broke the curse (who is meant to be deceased). Since John saved Elena, she lived and continued on as a human for some time, meaning Klaus could create even more havoc and destruction than ever before. He repeatedly drains Elena’s blood over the course of the third season, using her as his personal blood bank.
7 Klaus Is Constantly Putting Her Life In Danger, Then Saving Her
When Stephen decides to push the boundaries of Klaus’ patience, he pushes back. He orders the sired hybrid Tyler to bite Caroline on her eighteenth birthday. A bite from a werewolf or hybrid is toxic to vampires and she spends the remainder of her birthday with one foot in the grave. Klaus decides to cure her and sees himself, younger and more innocent, in her and it is here that his affections begin.
Later, when searching for the cure to immortality they trap Klaus in the Gilbert house under watch from Caroline and Tyler, where Klaus bites her. Once again he cures her and she claims to believe he can be saved because she knows he is in love with her.
6 Caroline's Ex-Boyfriend Became A Target
Tyler began his hybrid revolution in season four, letting them break free of the sire bond to Klaus. Their attempt goes south when Hayley reveals their plans to Klaus. Her plan all along was for the hybrids to be the next part of the sacrifice for the Expression Triangle. Tyler is forced to run, leaving everything behind, so Klaus will not track him down and destroy him. Klaus doesn’t actively pursue him on behalf of Caroline, even though she had a hand in that same attempt on his life. Planning on trapping him in Rebekah and encasing them in cement.
5 They're Not Always Presented As Villains
“When we’re young, we’re taught the difference between a hero and a villain… but what if the only difference is who’s telling the story?” It holds true in the case of our Mystic Falls team and the Mikaelson family. Klaus and the Mikaelsons present themselves as the villains of The Vampire Diaries but the team has ended two of the brothers: Kol and Finn. Finn wanted to help end the reign of vampires and Kol wanted to stop Silas rising. The motivations behind his demise were extremely selfish, ending all the vampires Kol ever sired to find a cure for Elena. They were the villains of each other’s story, but the demise of family is usually impossible to forgive.
4 They're Constantly Trying To End One Another
Their story began when Klaus came to destroy Elena. Since then, Caroline has helped in many attempts on Klaus’ life over the years. She helped with the plan to destroy Klaus after the ritual in season two, with Tyler’s hybrid attack, Esther’s plan, forcing him to take the cure and the list goes on. Klaus himself has threatened Caroline’s life three times: in preparation for the ritual sacrifice, forcing Tyler to bite her and then biting her himself. With both bites it was also Klaus who saved her life. These were often in retaliation to plan to harm him. Constantly plotting to end him and his family is hardly conducive for a relationship.
3 Klaus Has Eliminated Caroline's Best Friends Before
Elena Gilbert is the latest Petrova doppleganger and therefore the key ingredient in breaking the werewolf binding curse on Klaus. He has searched for this cure for one thousand years and the life of a seventeen year old matters little in comparison for him. Klaus breaks the curse by ending Elena and dropping her body on the altar. She is resurrected by magic, but Caroline still (temporarily) lost one of her best friends to Klaus. To most people, this would be an unforgivable offense. However, Vampire Diaries is no stranger to forgiving the elimination of best friends, like Stephen’s best friend, Lexy, who was destroyed by Damon.
2 Klaus Loses His Temper Often
After Tyler and his hybrids fail to take down Klaus, he acts in revenge. Klaus eliminated his twelve hybrids and then drowns Mayor Carol Lockwood in a fountain. The unknowing town thinks Carol was drinking, slipped, and simply perished by accident, an unbefitting announcement for someone who passed at the hands of the Original Hybrid. It is not an offense easily forgiven, but, as Klaus reminds Caroline, that was after an attempt on his life. By this point, they have already ended one of his brothers and then they eliminate Kol. As Klaus says, “we’re even now.” Caroline holds to her anger about the issue for some time, but eventually understands and Tyler’s unbending anger eventually causes their break-up.
1 Klaus Did Something Unforgivable
There are certain things you forgive and some things you can’t. Perhaps the greatest offense Klaus ever committed toward the Mystic Falls group was the turning and ending of Jenna. Jenna was new to the reality of the supernatural and the life her niece and nephew had been living. She was innocent, perhaps the last person in the show who deserved her fate. Even Esther later states that Jenna remained pure, even after becoming a vampire, so she never went to Purgatory. Klaus also compelled Isabelle (Elena’s biological mother) to end herself, but Jenna’s demise hit home to everyone. She was loved and missed by all, including Caroline, who was meant to be sacrificed in Jenna’s stead.
Gotham has finally unleashed Shane West's incarnation of Bane and is taking heavy inspiration from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Introduced as Eduardo Dorrance, Gotham's Bane initially had very little in common with the classic Batman villain and altered Dorrance's backstory in a way that made him a former military colleague of Jim Gordon's.
Unmasked and seemingly on Gordon's side, the ex-soldiers worked side-by-side in pursuit of the Riddler, before it was ultimately revealed that Dorrance had been playing Jim all along and had his own, significantly more sinister, agenda in mind. This was a radical departure from Tom Hardy's infamously hard-to-understand iteration of the character. Following a model more in line with the comic books, Hardy's Bane came straight from a foreign prison, trained to the extreme both physically and mentally. His intention: to break both the Batman and Gotham City.
While Gotham's Bane still has a wildly different background, more recent developments have made the character more recognizable to comic fans, but perhaps even more recognizable to those who watched The Dark Knight Rises.
In this week's episode, Eduardo Dorrance squared off with his old pal, Jim Gordon, in a bare knuckle fist fight that was dripping in testosterone. During this sequence, Dorrance revealed that, after Gordon left the army, his unit was taken to the brutal Pena Duro prison and only Dorrance himself was able to survive the torturous treatment and grim conditions. This brings the character more in line with previous iterations, including that of Tom Hardy.
After plenty of sparring, both physical and verbal, Gordon manages to impale Dorrance onto a conveniently-placed spike, seemingly killing him, and it's here that the parallels to The Dark Knight Rises really begin to emerge.
Gotham had already established that Dorrance was working under the instruction of a mystery woman called Theresa Walker - a shady political type that initially posed as a friend to Jim Gordon. However, when the fight between the two men shifted from the "exhausted punching" phase and into "shameless exposition," Dorrance revealed to Gordon that Theresa's true goal was to destroy Gotham City and its abundance of criminals. After Gordon emerged victorious from his battle, Theresa arrived on Gotham in the flesh for the first time.
Seeing Dorrance clinging to life, Theresa reveals that her plan has been exposed (due to the efforts of Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox earlier in the episode) and gave Dorrance the iconic Bane mask, telling him that he would not die just yet. The scene was eerily reminiscent of Marion Cotillard's Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy's Bane was presented as utterly subservient to Talia after protecting her in prison when she was still young, and it's Talia that is ultimately revealed as the architect of Bane's invasion of Gotham City and the puppeteer behind the man who broke the Bat.
This seems almost identical to Theresa Walker's role in Gotham. Eduardo Dorrance appears completely devoted to Theresa, and she, in turn, calls him her "warrior." The reveal of Theresa as the mastermind responsible for Bane's attack in Gotham mirrors that of Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, as does the symbiotic relationship both women have with their respective versions of Bane. Interestingly, both of these stories also use "No Man's Land" as a basis for their narrative, with each version of Bane terrorizing an isolated Gotham City at the behest of a female handler.
This begs the question of whether Gotham's Theresa Walker is actually Talia al Ghul. In The Dark Knight Rises, Talia's mission is to finish her father's work and destroy the city. On TV, Theresa's determination to see through her plan is far more feverish and devious than that of a regular agent of the U.S. government and there surely has to be a deeper motivation behind her attempts to wipe Gotham City off the map. Since Gotham's version of Ra's al Ghul has already tried to decimate the city and was "killed" for his efforts, it's not unreasonable to think that Theresa could have a similar motivation to that of Marion Cotillard's Talia.
Even if Theresa and Talia are not one and the same, however, the similarities between Gotham season 5 and The Dark Knight Rises are still numerous, with a very similar approach to the character of Bane, a shady mysterious femme fatale working in the background and the same "No Man's Land" backdrop to the action.
Gotham season 5 continues with "Ace Chemicals" February 21st on Fox.
The Anthem release dates schedule is very confusing, so when can people play it on Xbox One, PS4, and PC? To answer that question means deciphering the insane Anthem release schedule that BioWare and EA recently released online, which breaks down the various release dates for people who've pre-ordered Anthem, purchased Anthem at retail, and/or can play Anthem through EA Access and EA Origin Premier. It's not exactly straight to the point.
For the uninitiated, Anthem is the latest video game from BioWare, who've actually been developing Anthem since long before Destiny even came out. While both games have been compared to one another for their loot-focused gameplay, Anthem is shaping up to be something else entirely. And after years and years of waiting, BioWare and action RPG fans can now get their hands on Anthem... but exactly when depends entirely on how they plan on obtaining a copy of the game. So, let's clear the air on that.
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Instead of even attempting to unpack the info-heavy, Anthem release chart above, it's perhaps better to just take a look at Screen Rant's breakdown below. Bottom line: unless you have access to an EA special service the earliest you can play is February 22 - the official Anthem release date - and that includes people who've pre-ordered the Anthem Legion of Dawn edition.
- Origin Access Premier (PC) - February 15 (Full Game)
- Origin Access Basic (PC) - February 15 (10-Hour Trial)
- EA Access (Xbox One) - February 15 (10-Hour Trial)
- Standard and Legion of Dawn editions (Xbox One, PS4, and PC) - February 22 (Full Game)
For people who've pre-ordered the Standard Edition and Legion of Dawn Edition of Anthem, they can play the game when it unlocks at the following times: 9 pm PST on February 21, 12 am EST on February 22, and 5 am GMT on February 22.
Anthem's crazy release schedule is yet another example of how publishers are alienating parts of their customer bases, and this isn't specific to EA; Ubisoft is employing a similar release strategy for The Division 2, which hits store shelves in mid-March (depending entirely on which version you're playing). In the end, it's simple to remember: unless you have access to a publisher-specific service, the earliest people can play a new game, such as Anthem, is the official release date. For BioWare's Anthem, that release date is Friday, February 22 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Once you get into the game, let us know what you think!
Now, I love Sailor Moon. The original anime is one of my favorite shows. I grew up on it. I spent my days playing with my Inner Senshi dolls with reruns of their show playing in the background. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest girl-power shows of all time. And I love me a good girl-power show. I have spent the better half of the past month watching episodes from the first season of the show and wishing that I could become a sailor scout myself. Now that I have assured you that Sailor Moon is one of the pieces of media closest to my heart and that it is clear that I am not attacking the show, I will state that Sailor Moon has one of the most complex lore/plots that I have ever seen.
Some characters have up to seven different names and five different forms/identities that they will take on during their time on the show. Now, the complex lore does play into the themes of destiny and fate that run throughout the show but sometimes you just need to sit back and take a second to think about everything that you have seen and try to sort through it. And once you’ve figured all that out, you then need to sort through the manga and figure out that lore as well as there are some big differences between the two. So, without further ado, allow me to take you through 25 differences between the Sailor Moon manga and the original dubbed anime.
25 A Much Darker Tone
I first started watching the original Sailor Moon dubbed anime when I was a toddler and even I was spooked by some of the villains and intense scenes. Which is fascinating when one considers that the manga was originally much darker than the show ended up being. Not only was the overall tone darker but the fights were far more intense, the villains were relentless, and the consequences of failing their missions were far more impactful. Man, and I thought the anime was intense at times.
24 Neptune And Uranus Were Not Cousins
This edit was ill thought out and should not have occurred at all. In the attempt to eradicate all forms of romantic representation, the sailor scouts Neptune and Uranus found that their relationship status was changed before it was presented to Western audiences. They were turned into cousins rather than partners. However, the team that made this change did not see it through to the end and left in a lot of romantic tension and situations between the two which made the fact that they were now related slightly upsetting.
23 Zoisite Was Not Supposed To Be A Woman
It turns out that the villain Zoisite was not always a girl. This villain, who maintains a deep relationship with one of her sinister coworkers, was actually originally written as male within the pages of the manga that the show was based on. However, many changes were made to the anime in order for the FCC to deem to appropriate for Western audiences. And many of those changes included gender swaps that eliminated the presence of same-gender relationships within the show.
22 The Sailor Scouts Tragic End Was Cut
One of the biggest differences between the manga and the original dubbed version of the anime came during the battle between the sailor scouts and Queen Beryl. In this final face-off, the girls are defeated and eventually given the opportunity to reset the previous year of their lives in an attempt to ensure that things end differently. In the Western version, the girls were simply defeated. However, in the manga, each girls’ lives were ended in unique ways that were depicted in a most intense and detailed fashion. This is the only edit I approve of.
21 Fisheye Wasn't Always A Girl
Next in the long line of edits that were made to the original dubbed version of the anime in order to remove romantic and identity representation from the show was the fact that Fisheye’s gender was swapped before the show was released to a Western audience. It is also important to note that a significant portion of their backstory (which can be found in the original manga in which the show was based) was cut from the final version of the show as well.
20 Sailor Starlight Did Not Make It
The entire fifth season of the anime was never dubbed for the Western version of the show due to the fact that it would have faced severe censorship in order to be deemed appropriate (the rights were also too pricey). Though the Sailor Starlight group was featured heavily in the manga, they unfortunately never made it to Western screens. This was mainly due to the fact that they maintain same-gender relationships as well as the fact that they are women but disguise themselves as men (which makes both their gender and romantic attractions incredibly fluid).
19 Villains With A Purpose
Since the original dubbed anime was created with a younger audience in mind, it is important to note that a lot of the changes made to it were done in order to make it more appropriate for children. And with that, a need for a more clear-cut line between the good and evil sides became apparent. In the original manga, the sinister characters were often given motivations and backstories that made it possible to empathize or even side with them at times. But in the anime, they were simply bad people who did bad things for bad reasons.
18 Japanese Cultural References Did Not Make It
In order to make the show more accessible to audiences, a lot of changes were made to the original dubbed anime. One of the more subtle changes was that Usagi was referred to as meatball head rather than having her hair based nickname mention a traditional Japanese dish as there was a (false) belief that Western audiences could not relate to a show that included elements from other cultures. Other changes include flipping the images so that cars appeared on the “right” side of the road and all mentions of the Japanese Yen was replaced with USD. Later edits of the original anime corrected these changes.
17 Sailor Mercury's Einstein Obsession
I am a little sad that this little tidbit never made it into the original dubbed anime. We all know that Sailor Mercury was the brightest and most intellectually inclined member of the sailor scouts and with that comes an attraction to equally intelligent potential partners. In the original manga, for some reason, Sailor Mercury is crushing hard on none other than the one and only Albert Einstein. Now, I am not one to judge the object of someone’s affections. However, even I can admit that that is an odd choice for a young modern teen girl.
16 Sailor Venus Is The Leader
Though the anime makes it quite clear that Usagi/Sailor Moon is the de facto leader of the Inner Senshi, that was not always the case. It turns out that, in the original manga in which the show was based, it was actually Sailor Venus that took charge and was at the helm of the group. This was mostly because of her immense innate power but also because she was awoken to her inner senshi and sailor scout powers first- so it only makes sense for her to be their leader. But the anime pushed her into a ditzier role in order to balance out the team.
15 No One Has Westernized Names
One of the biggest gripes that fans of the series have about the dubbed version of the original anime is the fact that several characters names were changed in order to appeal to Western audiences. Luckily the original anime received a new dub years after its release which corrected many of the edits and made it one of the best versions of the series. For example, Usagi was Serena/Bunny, Mercury was Amy (instead of Ami,) Mars is Raye (instead of Rei), Jupiter is Lita, and Venus was Mina. I’m sorry, but her name is Usagi and no one can convince me otherwise.
14 Sailor Moon Looked Nothing Like Usagi
It’s a classic tale of Superman vs. Clark Kent. The internet always seems to struggle to understand why no one in-universe is ever able to deduce anyone’s secret identities when the difference between their mortal self and super self is so minimal. However, in the manga, the girls’ inner senshi forms actually looked different to their civilian selves (not to the point where they are clearly different people but enough that their peers could not recognize them.) But, for the sake of making the story as easy as possible to follow, the original dubbed anime decide to keep the changes to the minimum.
13 The Black Moon Arc Was Entirely Different
It turns out that the Black Moon arc was completely different between the television show and the original manga. Without spoiling any details of the plot in case fans of the series have yet to crack into the manga (as it is a very pivotal part of the series and its arc,) I will simply say that not only was the entire arc far darker than the one which existed in the anime; the villains were also given multiple dimensions and even written so that readers would be able to easily side with the villains if needed. Whereas, in the original dubbed anime, the villains were one-dimensional creatures of evil.
12 Rei's Grandfather Was Not A Good Man
Rei’s grandfather’s antics did not make it into the original dubbed version of the show. And for good reason. It turns out that several of his “comical antics” included bothering, attaching himself to, or showing interest in teenage girls. And that is not okay. I know that we are supposed to respect our elders but if an elder is making you feel uncomfortable or crossing the line, I give you the right to kick them in the keister and never interact with them again.
11 They Are Not Supposed To Be Scouts
Fun fact: they were not originally called “scouts.” It turns out that that moniker was a product of the original dubbed version of the anime and that their original/official name was the Inner Senshi. Senshi is a Japanese term which means both soldier and warrior. It was used to describe the inner alter-ego versions of the girls that linger within them and come out when it was time to save the world. However, their name was changed to the “sailor scouts” in the original dubbed version of the anime because their outfits resembled both a sailor style dress and a girl scout uniform.
10 Tuxedo Mask Is Sailor Earth
Though simply alluded to in the original dubbed version of the anime, it is confirmed that Tuxedo Mask is actually the guardian that was assigned to protect the planet Earth’s crystal (a.k.a. Sailor Earth.) This was confirmed through the manga and alluded to in the anime due to the fact that he is the sole possessor of the Earth’s designated crystal. Though there are theories that he is also the guardian assigned to protect the sun’s crystal (Due to the connection between these two celestial bodies) it has yet to be officially confirmed.
9 Usagi Does Not Have Time For You
Though I have a soft spot for Usagi, even I have to admit that she can be a bit of a whiny crybaby at times. And it’s okay, we all get like that sometimes (especially when being tasked to protect the world) but the original/manga Usagi did not have time for anyone’s nonsense. It turns out that the original Usagi, though still emotional at times, is often quite unforgiving and can be quite harsh at times to those who have wronged her. She does not have time for people on her bad side and that is a little amazing.
8 Queen Serenity Was Almost A Moon Fairy
Though never mentioned in the original dubbed version of the anime, in the original manga in which it was based it turns out that Queen Serenity was originally intended to be a celestial moon fairy and actually appeared in several editions in this form. Later in the manga run, the character was eventually reworked and the entire fairy concept was scrapped. However, there is still something incredibly cool about that concept and I wish that the creator had played with that idea a bit longer.
7 Usagi Is Connected To Rabbits
Fans of the original dubbed version of the show would know Usagi by a different name and that different name would actually provide a connection/clue to Usagi’s animal connection from the original manga. Her Western name was Serena/Bunny and, as it turns out, the famous character is actually connected to bunnies. The name Usagi Tsukino translates to “Rabbit of the moon” and her famous bun-style pigtails would be more accurately called bunny tails as they resemble the ears of a rabbit (an animal which is often connected to the moon.)
6 The Sailor Scouts Were Much Older
Another reason why it was so difficult for their peers to recognize their girls in their Sailor Scout form was the fact that they were aged up physically during these transformations in order to be their most powerful selves. The intricacies and details of their transformations were delved into in greater and deeper detail in the original manga; however in order to make the show easier for audiences to follow, the transformations were kept simple and straightforward. Changing the design between forms could have caused audiences to confuse which senshi was which post-transformation.
5 Sailor Venus Was Not That Ditzy
While, yes it is true that Sailor Venus had her ditzy moments within the original manga in which the original dubbed version of the anime was based, it is important to note that the show took things to a whole new level. Venus was actually quite capable, kept the girls in line, and was actually a powerful leader in her own right but the show seemed to paint her as the “ditzy blonde” of the show. Which is unfair in my humble opinion.
4 Juice Does Not Make You Sick
Age-based substances like grown-up party juice have no right in children’s media, according to the censorship bureau. However, there were some episodes in the Japanese version of the show as well as storylines in the manga that featured Usagi dabbling in the art of drinking grown-up party juice before one is of age -- and the rough consequences that follow. In order to circumvent the censors with these plots, the show simply replaced all mentions of the grown-up juice with… well… juice.
3 No One Would Recognize Tuxedo (Un)Masked
Like the inner senshi, Tuxedo Mask also experiences a similar physical change between his guardian and his civilian self. Though, to audiences, it seems absolutely ridiculous that Usagi cannot recognize the boy of her affections when he removes his glasses, that was simply done so that we could follow the plot. In the original manga, it is revealed that the difference between their guardian and civilian self looks entirely different from one another. Now, that may seem like they are assuming a lack of intelligence on the part of the audience but with such complex lore, it is important to simplify things as much as possible where you can.
2 The First To Awaken Has The Most Power
Though it makes sense that Usagi was the leader in the original dubbed version of the anime (for Usagi to be the leader of the Sailor Scouts/Inner Senshi due to the fact that she becomes the Moon Princess/Neo-Serenity as well as being the human that Luna latches herself to), she was not the official leader in the manga. It turns out that Venus was the leader for the simple fact that she was found/awoken first. I guess it truly is a case of first come first served.