MCU Characters Missing From Marvel Phase 4 | Screen Rant

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Phase 4 of the MCU is packed with both big screen and television offerings, but some major characters won't be appearing. At this year's San Diego Comic Con event, Kevin Feige and a host of A-list stars took to the stage and revealed Marvel's plans for the next few years, confirming releases such as The EternalsHawkeye and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Across all the upcoming projects, Phase 4 of the MCU will feature franchise veterans such as Thor, Clint Barton and Bucky, relative newcomers such as Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch and Vision and completely new heroes such as Simu Liu's Shang-Chi.

For the first time, however, Phase 4 will not feature a superhero team-up movie. In the MCU's previous slates, there has been at least one crossover release that brings all of the major characters together, but the closest equivalent in Phase 4 is the What If...? series, which takes a non-canon look at alternate paths Marvel's heroes and villains might have taken. Consequently, some major characters look set to miss out on Phase 4 entirely.

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Of course, part of the MCU's appeal is that virtually any character can appear at any time, especially with post-credits scenes and a brand new streaming service to promote. Ignoring characters who are still alive but whose stories have drawn to a natural conclusion, such as Steve Rogers, and based on what is known so far about the MCU's immediate future, here are all the main characters that don't seem to be appearing in Marvel's Phase 4.

After skipping out on Avengers: Infinity War to mess around with a giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser, Paul Rudd's Ant-Man played a major part in defeating Thanos and Evangeline Lilly also reprised her role as Wasp during the climactic battle. This family of size-changing scientists have already clocked two solo movies and a third offering has been rumored, but Scott Lang doesn't feature in Marvel's lineup for Phase 4. Since the Ant-Man movies are some of the MCU's lowest-grossing properties (in relative terms), a third solo adventure is far from guaranteed, but this tight-knit crop of characters have made a strong impression on the franchise and their stories are sure to continue in some capacity.

Whether Kevin Feige is eyeing Ant-Man 3 for Phase 5 or not, Lang is a potential contender to cameo in a number of Phase 4 projects, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's action/buddy-comedy premise perhaps best suited to Ant-Man's strengths. An appearance from Paul Rudd would also help legitimize the Disney Plus series as an integral part of the MCU.

Due to their intergalactic swashbuckling, the Guardians exist mostly separate from the rest of the MCU and, despite their role in recent Avengers movies, both Guardians of the Galaxy volumes have been largely self-contained. This means that Peter Quill and the gang are unlikely to appear until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is more or less nailed on for an early slot in Marvel's Phase 5, once James Gunn is finished with The Suicide Squad over at DC.

Last time audiences saw the Guardians, however, the group had been joined by Thor, who had resolved to give up his beer-swilling, noob-sniping ways and venture out into space once more. Problematically, Thor is set to feature in Phase 4's Thor: Love and Thunder, and the presence of Jane Foster in this movie suggests an Earth-based story. In order to bridge the gap, it seems likely that the Guardians will play at least a small role in the fourth Thor movie - perhaps nothing more than a pre-titles appearance where the God of Thunder is dumped back on Earth for getting on Quill's nerves.

Brie Larson has been a resounding success as Captain Marvel, and a second solo movie is another safe bet for Marvel's Phase 5. Captain Marvel 2 could be a defining release for Marvel too, with the character under-utilized in Avengers: Endgame due to the storytelling problems created by Carol Danvers' immense power. Free from the constraints of an origin story or a huge crossover, Captain Marvel 2 should provide the best look yet at this increasingly popular superhero.

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Since Danvers is apparently unavailable in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and dealing with other planets' problems for a large chunk of Avengers: Endgame, it's difficult to see her cropping up naturally in a Phase 4 cameo. With that said, Captain Marvel is surely a cornerstone of the MCU's future and a small appearance in Phase 4 would help maintain that momentum, rather than allowing the character to sit dormant for several years. Due to their celestial origin and immortality, The Eternals might present the best opportunity for a Carol Danvers cameo, and would provide a relatively unknown set of characters with some added franchise power.

Black Panther 2 is confirmed to be in the works, but with Wakanda officially open to the world, the King and his allies are now free to appear in the wider MCU. As the original Avengers team winds down, Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa is another character sure to form a key pillar of Marvel's big screen future and after a limited role in Avengers: Endgame, it would certainly be surprising if Black Panther skipped out on Phase 4 altogether.

The first Black Panther movie was a huge success for Marvel and with no release date set for a sequel, it would make sense to maintain T'Challa's MCU presence in Phase 4, even if only in a minor way. A potential opening could be offered by Wandavision, in which Vision is confirmed to somehow make his return. If the android is brought back to life proper, Shuri is undoubtedly the scientist best placed to restore Vision to working order without an Infinity Stone at hand, and this could be a reasonable enough excuse for a visit to Wakanda.

Despite never having a solo movie, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is one of the longest-serving MCU figures and continues to play a major role in the franchise. The beauty of Fury's character is that he can feasibly appear at any time, surprising audiences as much as the superheroes in screen, who know all too well that a visit from Nick Fury usually means the Earth is in dire peril. Despite not being confirmed for any forthcoming project, Nick Fury is almost certain to appear in Marvel's Phase 4, either in a big screen cameo or a short Disney Plus appearance.

Fury's omniscient presence in the MCU is empowered by the addition of S.W.O.R.D., Fury's new space HQ, and his use of Skrulls as stand-in agents in Spider-Man: Far From Home. By literally watching over the Earth, Fury's ability to appear at a moment's notice only increases. Of course, Fury's presence would also allow Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill or Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan to feature in an upcoming release, even with Spider-Man apparently no longer part of the MCU.

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Of the original Avengers team, poor Hulk is the only member with a completely free diary for the next two years. Upon the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, Professor Hulk is alive and well, unlike Stark and Black Widow, and is still actively helping out with the other Avengers, unlike old man Rogers and the retired Clint Barton. Unfortunately, legal issues emanating from Marvel's original sale of the Hulk rights mean that the studio are unable to make another solo Hulk movie, restricting Mark Ruffalo's green selfie-magnet to supporting appearances.

Hulk isn't confirmed to feature in any forthcoming MCU projects and, given how Marvel are now phasing out the Phase 1 Avengers, it's entirely possible that he won't feature at all over the next two years. However, Taika Waititi got the best of the Hulk in 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, and it wouldn't be unrealistic to expect a further appearance in the director's next MCU effort, Thor: Love & Thunder, which is set to continue the light-hearted tone and style of the third movie.

Though War Machine may have started out as Tony Stark's sidekick, he gradually evolved into his own unique superhero over the course of the Avengers movies and Captain America: Civil War. A romance angle between Rhodey and Carol Danvers was even teased in Avengers: Endgame, signalling that, despite Tony's death, War Machine still has a role to play in the MCU. Weirdly now an Avengers veteran in the MCU's fictional reality, Rhodey will perhaps act in a supporting capacity moving forward, helping to bring through the next generation of superheroes.

For this reason, holding out for a War Machine solo movie might be a little optimistic, but there are plenty of other opportunities for the character to pass on his expertise in the MCU, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings would be ideal in this regard. Alternatively, the ever-loyal Rhodey might find himself supporting old friends in Black Widow or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

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Cloverfield: What REALLY Crashed Into The Ocean At The End

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Cloverfield’s ending left a “plot hole” that The Cloverfield Paradox was expected to fix, but the answer to what crashed into the ocean was out there way before the third film was released. After a very interesting viral marketing campaign that included teasers without titles and websites that had virtually nothing to do with the plot or the characters, Cloverfield was released in 2008, gaining praise from critics and fans.

Made in a found-footage style, Cloverfield followed five New York City residents fighting to survive during a massive monster attack that was destroying the whole city. The film spawned two sequels, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox, which have been the topic of many debates among fans due to inconsistencies between their timelines. But the most talked-about detail is that of the unknown object that crashed into the ocean at the very end of Cloverfield. What exactly was it?

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The final scene in Cloverfield shows the ending of Rob and Beth’s video from their trip to Coney Island, and an object can be seen crashing into the ocean in the background. Many fans have theorized that this was the Clover monster, but after The Cloverfield Paradox was released, the theory changed and many believed this was the pod in which Ava Hamilton and Ernst Schmidt came back to Earth. However, none of these are true: what crashed into the ocean was a satellite from the Japanese government, called ChimpanzIII.

One of the websites created for the Cloverfield marketing campaign was that of the fictional Japanese company Tagruato. The website mentioned that a piece of the ChimpanzIII satellite fell off into the Atlantic – and that’s the object seen at the end of the film. Tagruato’s subsidiary Bold Futura was involved in search and identification of the fragment, but their plans had to be postponed after the events in Cloverfield. Some fans argue that, due to the parallel universes in The Cloverfield Paradox, the object was actually a fragment of the Shepard, but that’s not the case.

Although all three Cloverfield films are connected by a massive monster, the timelines are confusing and don’t add up, and that’s probably because they’re not exactly following each other – they’re set in a multiverse, meaning they don’t exist in the same reality, instead running parallel to each other. That way, it’s even less possible that what fell into the ocean in Cloverfield is somehow connected to The Cloverfield Paradox. Until a fourth film comes and sheds more light on the matter, what crashed into the ocean wasn’t the monster nor an escape pod, but a Japanese satellite.

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The Left Handed Gun Cast 33-Year-Old Paul Newman As Billy The Kid

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The Left Handed Gun is a Western that cast a then 33-year-old Paul Newman as real-life outlaw Billy The Kid. The short life and death of Billy The Kid -AKA William H. Bonney - has long been fodder for Hollywood interpretations, with the first silent movie version arriving back in 1911. One of the most famous takes on the story is Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid from director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch). The film told the story of Billy's complicated friendship with Pat Garrett - the man who eventually killed him. The movie starred James Coburn as Garrett and Kris Kristofferson as Billy. Bob Dylan also starred and he recorded his iconic song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" for the film.

Young Guns from 1988 featured a cast made up of prominent Brat Packers - including Kiefer Sutherland (24), Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez - and told the early days of Billy The Kid. While the film took a lot of liberties with the real story, it proved to be a surprise hit. This led to Young Guns II, which again retold the story of Billy's conflict with former friend Garrett, though the movie explores the theory Billy's death was faked and he lived to old age. The most recent film to explore the topic was The Kid, starring Ethan Hawke (The Purge) and Dane DeHaan as Billy.

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Billy The Kid lived to the age of 21, but a recurring theme of films about his life is the actor playing him is typically in their 30s. Dane DeHaan was 31 while Kris Kristofferson was 36. The Left Handed Gun from 1958 cast Paul Newman (Road To Perdition) in the lead, and while he received good reviews for his work, he was considered too old at 33 to convincingly play the role. The Left Handed Gun was based off a 1955 episode of series The Philco Television Playhouse called "The Death Of Billy The Kid," where Newman also played the lead. Original screenwriter Gore Vidal felt the script was one of the best he'd ever written and adapted it for The Left Handed Gun - and was later angered when it was extensively reworked.

The Left Handed Gun marked the directorial debut of Arthur Penn, who later helmed the famous 1968 version of Bonnie And Clyde starring Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy) and Faye Dunaway. James Dean was originally cast as Billy, but following his death in a tragic car accident, Newman stepped into the part. The title is part of a major misconception about Billy The Kid, with a vintage photo appearing to depict him as left-handed. In the 1980s it was revealed this picture was flipped and Billy was really right-handed.

The Left Handed Gun is a little messy and the acting is somewhat broad, but it's also a unique take on Billy The Kid's life. Newman gamely commits and the story explores Billy's complicated psychology. The film proved to be a flop in the U.S., though it was praised by overseas critics for its unconventional style. Penn wasn't pleased with the final version, with the studio taking the movie away from him and recutting it against his wishes. Vidal was deeply unhappy with the project too, and 40 years later mounted a TV remake of his original script starring Val Kilmer (Top Gun) - then 30 years old - as Billy The Kid.

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The Left Handed Gun Cast 33-Year-Old Paul Newman As Billy The Kid

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The Left Handed Gun is a Western that cast a then 33-year-old Paul Newman as real-life outlaw Billy The Kid. The short life and death of Billy The Kid -AKA William H. Bonney - has long been fodder for Hollywood interpretations, with the first silent movie version arriving back in 1911. One of the most famous takes on the story is Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid from director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch). The film told the story of Billy's complicated friendship with Pat Garrett - the man who eventually killed him. The movie starred James Coburn as Garrett and Kris Kristofferson as Billy. Bob Dylan also starred and he recorded his iconic song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" for the film.

Young Guns from 1988 featured a cast made up of prominent Brat Packers - including Kiefer Sutherland (24), Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez - and told the early days of Billy The Kid. While the film took a lot of liberties with the real story, it proved to be a surprise hit. This led to Young Guns II, which again retold the story of Billy's conflict with former friend Garrett, though the movie explores the theory Billy's death was faked and he lived to old age. The most recent film to explore the topic was The Kid, starring Ethan Hawke (The Purge) and Dane DeHaan as Billy.

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Billy The Kid lived to the age of 21, but a recurring theme of films about his life is the actor playing him is typically in their 30s. Dane DeHaan was 31 while Kris Kristofferson was 36. The Left Handed Gun from 1958 cast Paul Newman (Road To Perdition) in the lead, and while he received good reviews for his work, he was considered too old at 33 to convincingly play the role. The Left Handed Gun was based off a 1955 episode of series The Philco Television Playhouse called "The Death Of Billy The Kid," where Newman also played the lead. Original screenwriter Gore Vidal felt the script was one of the best he'd ever written and adapted it for The Left Handed Gun - and was later angered when it was extensively reworked.

The Left Handed Gun marked the directorial debut of Arthur Penn, who later helmed the famous 1968 version of Bonnie And Clyde starring Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy) and Faye Dunaway. James Dean was originally cast as Billy, but following his death in a tragic car accident, Newman stepped into the part. The title is part of a major misconception about Billy The Kid, with a vintage photo appearing to depict him as left-handed. In the 1980s it was revealed this picture was flipped and Billy was really right-handed.

The Left Handed Gun is a little messy and the acting is somewhat broad, but it's also a unique take on Billy The Kid's life. Newman gamely commits and the story explores Billy's complicated psychology. The film proved to be a flop in the U.S., though it was praised by overseas critics for its unconventional style. Penn wasn't pleased with the final version, with the studio taking the movie away from him and recutting it against his wishes. Vidal was deeply unhappy with the project too, and 40 years later mounted a TV remake of his original script starring Val Kilmer (Top Gun) - then 30 years old - as Billy The Kid.

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“Don’t Worry He Knows” Meme Origin Explained | Screen Rant

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The "Don’t Worry He Knows" meme is practically internet canon by now, but where did it originate? Back in 2015, a Redditor going by the handle of Reapus1 started a thread on r/4chan titled ‘Don’t worry, he knows’ that featured a screenshot detailing an unrelated infidelity revenge anecdote originally posted on 4chan itself. The post was 92% upvoted and received just shy of 100 comments before it was archived. The anecdote in question told of a guy dumping his cheating fiancée in front of her family during a particularly awkward Easter dinner. While Reapus1’s fellow Redditors were in agreement about the story’s awfulness, they seemed mostly oblivious as to what the ‘Don’t worry, he knows’ title hinted at.

A couple of years later, the meme was introduced to a wider audience when meme generator S***postBot 5000 posted a picture on Twitter of a young woman with the caption “When your little cousin says he's better than you at Smash Bros". A few Twitter users knowingly responded with “Don’t worry, he knows” while it flew over the heads of those not in on the joke.

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That’s probably because the "Don’t Worry He Knows" meme originated on 4chan – the deepest, darkest corner of the internet this side of the dark web where often ridiculous rumors are started, movie plots are leaked and memes are made. Back in 2013, an anonymous 4chan user posted a greentext story detailing how his heart got broken by a childhood friend turned pseudo-girlfriend. According to the anonymous 4channer, he and his pseudo-girlfriend – the same girl pictured in S***postBot 5000’s tweet – hung out with two other schoolmates called Eric and Dave. Eventually, the four of them started gathering at Eric’s older cousin's house to drink beer and play video games like Halo.

While keeping the lovelorn 4channer hanging, pseudo-girlfriend starts flirting with Eric’s older cousin – who, it should be noted, is 37 years old and married. Pseudo-girlfriend ends up sleeping with the cousin and she and the 4channer fight about it but eventually makeup. However, the next time the group hangs out at the cousin’s place, pseudo-girlfriend starts making out with the cousin in front of the lovelorn 4channer. When Eric tells the pair to chill out, pseudo-girlfriend replies with “Don’t worry, he knows”, implying the 4channer was aware of and perfectly fine with her cheating on him. And so, the "Don’t Worry He Knows" meme was born.

4chan has been responsible for many memes since its launch in 2003, including LOLcats, Doom Doot, and Rickrolling. Though "Don’t Worry He Knows" might not be as well known as spamming people with Rick Astley music, it’s nevertheless a must-know for any self-professed meme fan.

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