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Good news: You can now download a test version of the new iPhone operating system that is scheduled for a fall release. iOS 13 should make your phone a little faster and more secure, but more than that, it will optimize your photos app, let you use Apple Sign On for more privacy on the web, and introduce a completely different look: dark mode.
Don't assume the "medical" in the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus means just earthly medicine: now it has a course preparing students for whatever medical maladies would strike humans on Mars. The course is driven by Mars-applicable lectures about topics like radiation and the psychological difficulties of isolation and confinement. It also has spacesuit-clad simulations of what a real-life gone-wrong scenario would look like.
Learning you've nabbed the title role in a major superhero franchise is probably the best news an actor can get. But Tom Holland, star of the upcoming Spiderman: Far From Home, found out in a strange way: with everyone else, on Instagram. He didn't believe the Sony Pictures post at first, because the company had recently been hacked (this was back in 2015). But when Marvel Studio's head Kevin Feige called to tell him the news, he simply replied, "I have to be honest, Kevin. I already know. You put it on Instagram."
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Residents of a sleepy Ohio village woke up last week to find their bathrooms looking like a scene from Ghostbusters – their taps ran with bright pink water and their toilet bowls filled with Pepto-Bismol-tinted liquid.
The unusual sight was first reported on the morning of June 3 in a number of homes in Coal Grove, a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, as reported by WDTV 5 local news. So, what happened?
According to an official, there was a pump malfunction at the local water plant overnight, resulting in a large quantity of sodium permanganate being dumped into the water. No, that doesn’t mean you’ll develop superhero-like qualities overnight. Sodium permanganate is used to control tap water’s taste and smell by removing iron and magnesium from the water through a process of oxidization. Somewhat ironically, it’s also typically used to make the water appear clearer and more appetizing. The chemical has mild disinfectant properties too, so it helps to take the edge off biological growth, such as small freshwater mussels that can lurk in water treatment plants.
Under normal circumstances, water is treated with a dose of 1 to 3 milligrams of potassium permanganate per liter of water. Around 3 kilograms (7 pounds) of sodium permanganate is added to the water supply each day at this particular Ohio water treatment plant. However, the past weekend saw over 14 times that dose ending up in the system.
Despite its offputting color, the water was not a danger to public health, the authorities said, and could still be drunk in small quantities if diluted. However, unless you want your favorite white shirt to turn hot pink, residents were recommended not to wash their clothes with the stuff.
“I got white hair,” Karen Turner, a Coal Grove resident, told WCHS/WVAH Eyewitness News. “Could you imagine if I washed my hair in pink water?”
Fortunately, the water is now back to normal and the pink has been flushed from the system with most residents only experiencing problems for half a day.
A very similar incident occurred in the tiny Canadian town of Onoway in March 2017. Stranger still, just weeks later, halfway across the world, a salt lake in Australia received a hot pink makeover too. A freak bout of hot weather and low rainfall caused the Melbourne lake to become saltier than usual, killing off many of the lake’s natural inhabitants and allowing Dunaliellasalina algae to bloom. The result, as you can see, was the whole body of water turning a shocking shade of pink.
seemingly ups the ante every month with its deluge of new original content, and June is no different. Dystopian anthology seriesreturns for a fifth season comprising just three episodes, one of which stars Miley Cyrus as a pop star whose life isn’t nearly as glamorous as it seems. (Sound familiar?) The Confession Tapesreturns for a second season, delving into four more accounts of people who confessed to heinous crimes they claim they never actually committed. But the fun doesn’t stop with original programming. Superhero movie fans can rejoice over the return ofBatman BeginsandThe Dark Knight, whileSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseswings onto the platform for the first time.
Check out the full listings below to see what’s new on Netflix in June.
What’s new on Netflix:Editor’s picks
Dead to Me is a comedy, drama, and thriller all wrapped up into one TV series. It follows Jen as she attempts to come to terms with the death of her husband Ted in a hit-and-run accident by solving the murder, right as she meets warm and positive Judy at a grief support group. The two form a fast friendship and team up to find the owner of the car responsible for Teds death, despite their different personalities. The most fun part about watching Dead to Me is the twists and turns sewed into the plot, making it an easy series to binge watch in a weekend. Tess Cagle
Tuca & Bertie, the debut show from BoJack Horseman production designer Lisa Hanawalt, starts with a moment of transition: Two best friends, Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong), who are residents of Bird Town, are no longer cohabiting. Berties boyfriend Speckle (voiced by Steven Yeun) has moved in. Theres an uncertainty there, but the pulsating colors and hybrid characters of the show lift you up. This 10-episode series shares an animation aesthetic with BoJack, but thats about it. There arent any crossover characters or storylines, and Tuca & Bertie is more focused on the lives of women in their 30s than one horse-mans depressive spiral. Audra Schroeder
See You Yesterday stars Eden Duncan-Smith as CJ, a science prodigy who invents a pair of time-traveling backpacks with her friend Sebastian (Dante Crichlow). When a police officer kills someone close to them, they must use time travel to save him without screwing up the timeline. The films zany humor and colorful aesthetic take cues from Back to the Future and Bill & Ted, and Duncan-Smith gives a charismatic breakout performance, smoothly shifting between youthful banter and the sudden shock of grief. Significantly more thoughtful than your average Netflix original movie,See You Yesterdaymarks Bristol and Duncan-Smith as ones to watch. Gavia-Baker Whitelaw
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Elton John is the latest rock star to get the movie treatment in Rocketman. When did singers become as bankable as superheroes at the box office?
The doors swing open and through the smoke swaggers a figure in bejewelled orange horns, gold popped collar and fiery plumage. The Avengers have fought their last battle, and this summers superhero has arrived: his name is Elton John (or Taron Egerton) and his superpower is Hollywood hopes getting bums on seats in a projected $25m opening weekend.
In the opening scene of the biopic Rocketman, Taron-as-Elton strides straight off pops most decadent imperial period and into rehab, where he recounts his life from chubby-cheeked Reg Dwight, stuck in a Reg Perrin suburb, to Dodgers Stadium-playing, cocaine-hoovering Elton John. The details of Eltons gilded life may be particular to him, but Rocketmans arc (spoiler alert, fame corrupts!) will be familiar to anyone who has recently visited a cinema, where stories about musicians are outnumbering even the comic book characters.
Last year, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody questioned the price of fame for Lady Gagas fictional singer Ally and Rami Maleks toothy Freddie Mercury. More recently, Wild Rose followed a Glaswegian mother-of-two fresh from prison and hoping to make it as a country star; Vox Lux lambasted Americas appetite for destruction with its story of fictional star Celeste, whose career begins after she survives a high school shooting and writes a tribute song to her murdered classmates; and Beats, set in 1994, eschews a central star to centre on two Scottish lads raving against the onset of the Criminal Justice Act.
And still to come after Rocketman are Danny Boyles Yesterday, a romcom that asks what life would be like if the Beatles had never existed; Elle Fanning playing a reality show hopeful in Teen Spirit; Elisabeth Moss as a self-destructive rock wraith in Her Smell; Rene Zellweger as Judy Garland in Rupert Goolds biopic Judy; and Blinded By the Light, based on Sarfraz Manzoors memoirs of falling for Bruce Springsteen as a British-Pakistani teenager in the 1980s.
It is the summer of the (juke)box office smash. Why? Martha Shearer, a teaching fellow in film studies at Kings College London, says that some of these films have an emphasis on being plucked out of the crowd that perhaps speaks to our age of reality talent shows and the social media generalisation of fame. But more than that, she says, these films use the transcendent moments of pleasure that musical performances produce to express a feeling of being part of the crowd, of the authenticity and immediacy of that collective experience much more so than individual success narratives. Theres a way of reading those moments as a longing for a collective experience in a fairly bleak cultural moment of neoliberal social fragmentation. In this respect, Beats, which gorgeously recreates a rave and the joyful gurning that goes with it, is this waves most successful film. I wanted the audience to feel like theyd experienced what it was like to be on a dancefloor in 1994 with this music and these boys for whom the music is new and the experience is new, says the films director, Brian Welsh.
Alex Ross Perry, who directed Her Smell, pegs the popularity of these films to a feeling of nostalgia for a communal experience unmediated by technology, and the demise of the traditional rock star figure as contemporary pop stars strive to appear ordinary. The constant accessibility of people in the modern age has rendered temporary lapses of their behaviour less appealing when someone can have a breakdown on their own social media page, its a lot less exciting to buy a ticket to their concert and think, Maybe theyll have a breakdown on stage. For Danny Eccleston, senior editor at Mojo, it reflects fans desire for music as a complete audiovisual experience. Theres that ocular fixation thats come with the triumph of YouTube, he says.
Meet Nadia Sparks, a 13-year-old student from Norwich, England, who took on the noble task of picking up trash on her way to school every day to help make the world a better place. Since she started her project, she has picked up over 1100 liters of garbage, much of which has been recycled, and she has inspired countless others to start doing the same.
Nadia is exactly the kind of person we need more of, someone who cares about her community and the Earth that we all share. However, bullies at her school saw her positive behavior as something to use against her, and started taunting her with the name ‘trash girl.’
Undeterred, Nadia turned the bullying on its head by embracing the term, which she said made her sound “like a superhero.” She continued with her cleaning crusade and started up the ‘Team Trash Girl‘ Facebook page, where she encourages others to post their own litter-picking stories.
“I wanted to find a way to help everyone support one another, to help fix the planet’s problems before it becomes unfixable,” she writes. “So, please try to pick up 3 pieces of litter today. Show us what you have found. Let’s all support each other to make the world a better place.”
After her story first went viral in 2018, Nadia became an ambassador for the wildlife charity WWF and has won international recognition and awards. She was even immortalized in cartoon form, and, being a keen artist herself, is also publishing her own environment-themed cartoon in a local newspaper.
But her bullies didn’t let up. If anything, the attention that Nadia was getting only seemed to fuel their jealousy and bitterness. Nadia had cups of orange juice thrown at her, she was shown a knife and even punched, leading to police eventually getting involved and Nadia having to change schools.
Now at a new school, Reepham High, Nadia has a perfect teacher in Matt Willer, who she first met when they were both nominated for an eco hero award.
Mr Willer, who runs an allotment project, told the BBC: “I’d heard of the amazing work she was doing collecting rubbish and how, very sadly, she was being bullied because she was doing something different.”
“This hit a nerve with me and we discussed how Nadia might like to come and have a look at Reepham High.”
Mr. Willer said the teenager would be a “huge asset” to the allotment project.
“All the volunteers look forward to working with her as we all set a sound example about respecting the environment and living more sustainably.”
Nadia’s old school, Hellesdon High, said students’ safety and welfare was of paramount importance. “We promote an ethos that reflects high moral standards, a culture of social responsibility and fosters a safe learning environment for all students. All students are respected and their individuality is valued,” Hellesdon principal Tom Rolfe said.
But Paula Sparkes, Nadia’s mom, said her daughter was not supported at Hellesdon High. “The staff were not on her side to help and support her and we felt it was not appropriate for her to be there any more,” she said.
Nadia continues to go from strength to strength under her moniker of ‘Trash Girl,’ a name that was designed to taunt her but now brings her so much pride and determination. Her fans regularly upload their own pics of themselves cleaning up Britain on her Facebook page, some of which you can see below.
is widely regarded as one of the best TV streaming services for live sports. While it originally launched in 2015 with an emphasis on international soccer, FuboTV has significantly expanded its reach and appeal. Earlier this year, the service inked a deal with Viacom that added MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, and more to its already robust collection of channels. Does the mean that FuboTV can hold its own against competitors like and ?
Ive spent the last three months and well over 100 hours streaming the service on a complimentary account, which included premium channels and add-ons like . Heres what Ive learned and what you should know before signing up for a free trial.
COST: $54.99 per month CHANNELS: 90+ COMPATIBLE DEVICES: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices PROS: Incredible channel selection for live sports, 4K streaming, and a great interface. CONS: Pricey, can only stream on 2 devices, and lacking ESPN channels.
After a recent price hike, FuboTV now costs $54.99 per month. Thats significantly more than the competitionSling TV packages start at $25 per month, and costs a flat $49.99 per month, for examplebut youre also getting a robust channel package that includes a couple of specialty channels and youd have to pay extra for elsewhere. FuboTVs base package offers nearly 100 channels, and it includes almost all of the cable standards youre used to: , , , , , , , and plenty more.
Some of that is filler: Even the most ardent fan doesnt really need eight separate beIN Sports channels. Ditto for the four Big Ten Network channels. But FuboTV is one of the few live TV streaming services that offers Viacom channels like , , and . For $5.99 per month, you can get another 30 channels with Fubo Extra that cover world news (BBC World News, CNBC World, CNN International), light entertainment (Cooking Channel, PeopleTV), and more Viacom properties (TeenNick, MTV2, BET Jams).
FuboTV caters to bilingual families better than most services. Each subscription comes standard with UniMs, Galavisin, NBC Universo, beIN Sports, Univision, and Fox Deportes. The $7.99-per-month add-on Latino Plus expands your options further with CNN en Espaol, TyC Sports, and more.
As far as premium channels are concerned, you can add for $10.99 per month, AMC Premiere for $4.99 per month, and FX+ for $5.99 per month. NBA League Pass is also available for $28.99 per month. Thats the same youd pay directly or with Amazon Prime, but its convenient having all your streaming in one place.
If youre a sports fan, FuboTV will seem tailored to you. Youll get and , Fox Soccer Plus, Pac-12 Networks, NBC Sports, and CBS Sports Network, among others. It was my preferred service for streaming March Madness this year, thanks to its inclusion of , , TruTV, and CBS. You can unlock NFL RedZone, , and regional Fox Sports and Pac-12 channels with the Sports Plus add-on for just $8.99 per month. Thats an incredible deal, and there are other packages tailored to cycling, the outdoors, and international sports.
But a sports streaming service that doesnt include ESPN is like the 90s Chicago Bulls without Michael Jordan, Pink Floyd without Roger Waters, or ER after George Clooney left: Its solid but obviously lacking.
You can soften the blow by subscribing to , the networks new standalone subscription service, which costs just $4.99 per month and offers a ton of live sports programming (250 MLS games, 180 MLB games, 180 NHL games, 20 UFC Fight Night events, for starters). Or you can try the boxing service that has exclusive rights to Canelo Alvarez, Gennady GGG Golovkin, and Anthony Joshua fightsfor $19.99 per month. Even with both of those, youre still paying significantly less than you would for a traditional cable package.
But without ESPN proper, you wont be able to watch Monday Night Football, SportsCenter, the College Football Playoff National Championship, or dozens of other must-see sporting events. I felt ESPNs absence regularly. In the last week alone, I wouldve missed the game 6 showdown between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets and game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Instead, I turned on Sling TV.
FuboTV has a slightly different interface depending on what device youre streaming from. On mobile and with the Amazon Fire app, youre greeted by a collection of current and upcoming sporting events. You can swipe right to see everything thats on right now or scroll down to filter based on the sport youre interested in. Youll also see a list of replays available for recent events. Its a fantastic layout for sports fans, lending further credence to FuboTVs reputation as a sports streaming service first and foremost. But if youre looking for live TVor anything other than live sportsyoull have to click into a different tab to get started.
I actually prefer the interface on desktop. It opens with a more well-rounded menu of options that includes current live TV highlights, featured programs, news, and sports, before delivering an assortment of trending collections. (Right now, its Superhero Movies, Popular on Showtime, Popular on AMC Premiere, Popular Shows, and Popular Movies). If you arent sure what to watch or are just looking to veg out, youre bound to find something that catches your interest
No matter which app youre using, the Guide tab functions the same way, and its FuboTVs best feature. You can scroll down to see everything thats playing right now or scroll forward to see whats coming later. The formatting is clean and intuitive, and new episodes are clearly identified. You can also browse by network, which makes it easy to see all of the on-demand content available for a specific channel.
You can also favorite channels (as seen below), which prioritizes them in the channels guide and helps you channel-surf much more efficiently. Unfortunately, the feature doesnt carry over to TV shows. When I wanted to watch season 2 of Atlanta on-demand, for example, I had to search for it from the home screen. Every. Single. Time.
FuboTV generously includes with your subscription, and you can upgrade to 500 hours for an extra $9.99 per month. Until recently, there wasnt an easy way for you to schedule recurring recordings, which meant you had to remember to manually schedule recordings for your favorite programs or events on a weekly basis, which is obviously not ideal. Thankfully, in the last few weeks, FuboTV launched a Record Series feature that solves that issue. Its still in beta and only works with Apple TV devices and on desktop, but its a good sign that the company is working toward improving the service.
For the times you tragically forget to record a program, theres Lookback, a feature that lets you start from the beginning of a program up to three days after missing it. You wont be able to fast-forward or rewind, but its still a valuable safety net.
If youve upgraded to a 4K TV, you mightve noticed that your picture isnt always as crisp as what youve come to expect from cable or satellite, especially when it comes to live sports. Theres nothing worse than shilling out for a 65-inch flat-screen only to feel like youre watching an old VHS tape. Part of the problem might be your internet connection. It takes incredible bandwidth to stream live TV, after all. But the larger issue is that none of the major live TV streaming services offer channels in 4Kexcept FuboTV.
The feature isnt widely available on the service, but youll regularly be able to stream sports events in 4K on FS1 and NBCSN. That includes Premier League matches and the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in July. (You can find a list ofupcoming 4K events here.) Theres more progress that needs to be made, but FuboTV is leading the industry right now.
FuboTV review: The final verdict
I streamed FuboTV mostly on my TV, first using an Amazon Fire Stick, then with an Amazon Fire TV, which enables 4K streaming, after I upgraded to a new Samsung QLED smart TV. (FuboTV was the only major live TV service that didnt have an app readily available in the Samsung app store when I first signed up, but it recently added a beta version.) I also logged considerable hours on my laptop (a Chrome browser on a MacBook Pro) and my smartphone (Google Pixel 2). It’s worth noting you can only stream from two devices at one time, though you can a third for an extra $5.99 per month.
The streaming quality was quite remarkable for the most part, and I didnt run into any of the formatting issues I occasionally found with . But there were at least five separate occasions on mobile where the screen froze and the audio continued playing. It wasnt that big of a deal: I just had to refresh the page or rewind 15 seconds for it resync, but its worth noting, especially for those who might have a weaker Wi-Fi signal.
The biggest selling point for FuboTV isnt actually its live sports offeringsits the services compelling and customizable channel guide. For those accustomed to cable, it offers the simplicity that most new subscribers will be looking for and makes it easy to look ahead on the calendar or browse by specific channels.
Still, pitching FuboTV as a family-oriented streaming service is a bit like calling Die Hard a Christmas movie: Its technically true but also slightly misleading. While theres something for everyone in FuboTVs channel lineup, the overall experience is still very much geared toward sports fans. But if youre looking to cut the cord to watch international soccer or other live sportsand you can live without ESPNFuboTV is as good as it gets.
Millions of viewers a month check out the top porn sites, sifting through an equally staggering amount of content and making easily-searchable titles more important than ever. In as few words as possiblethe consensus seems to be three to five words per titleproducers often aim to summarize the plot and grab your attention. With titles like Bust a Nut in Grandma, The Little Spermaid, OMGape and Make My Ass Pregnant, theres little doubt about what youre in for. Who comes up with these cheeky titles day after day, and how?
For many of the smaller independent companies there is no team of creatives brainstorming lists of titles to be approved by the higher-ups. When generating his own titles, Lance Hart, founder of Sweet Femdom Studios and Man Up Films, takes the distribution method into consideration.
If Im putting a DVD out to sit on a shelf in hopes of someone randomly picking it up and buying it, the title has to be bold and stick out, says Hart. My newest gay DVD is titled Big Dicked Superheroes Taken Down. I need the walker-by to know that there will be men in spandex with big dicks getting roughly boned by villains. Nailing the right title is a necessity when distributing on DVD, as reprinting the box covers for a better header is rarely worth the cost.
Within the online market, the flexibility to tweak a title can translate to better earning potentialand in some cases make a previously-unnoticed movie skyrocket to No. 1 on the charts. I made a movie where Batman gets mind-controlled by a sexy superhero girl Riley Reyes and has sex with her. It didnt do so well with whatever title it had, says Hart. In the intro Batman was kind of slut-shaming Super Riley for wearing too slutty of a supersuit, so I changed the title to Slut-Shaming Batman and it was immediately the No. 1-selling VOD on GameLink.
Though Hart claims he mostly wings it, frequently creating content inspired by his set wardrobe, there is also a method to his madness.The first step in creating a successful title is to determine what Hart refers to as the bullet points of your porn. I like to consider what outfits the performers are wearing, since often thats the only difference in the beginning. Also, theres what sex acts occur. Then theres the why. Why are they in this sex situation which would be pretty abnormal in anyones natural life? says Hart. If I can cover all of this with the title, thats a win, but it has to be a short title. So Booby Ladies in Pantyhose Pounding Men with Strap-ons is a little long. I start with something like that and try to shave it down. If I cant get it right, I try a more emotional title, like Give Her Your Ass or something. Sometimes a more emotional title wins in terms of sales.
If I cant get it right, I try a more emotional title, like Give Her Your Ass or something. Sometimes a more emotional title wins in terms of sales.
Behind some of porns hottest trends, multi-award-winning director Bree Mills believes both visuals and text should hook a viewer, as its the title and the visual thumbnail paired with it that will get the clicks. As head of Gamma Films Adult Time, Mills has the luxury of working with a pre-production team of writers and content analysts to merge data insights with creative intent when determining potential movie titles. Within Adult Time, which encompasses the Netflix-type shows that we do,we have different types of projects, like TV shows with recurring series, explains Mills. At the end of the day, what gets someone to click in and watch your episode is largely dependent on what they see in the episode cover, and that line you read under the thumbnail should be just as enticing.
Last month the most engaging episodes released, the scenes people watched the longest, were scenes that had the word daughter in the title, Mills adds. The majority of top-watched had that word in the title, though not always falling under traditional family roleplay themes, so it provided insight into the importance of that keyword.
Despite the analytics, Mills stresses the importance of connecting back to the creative integrity of the project. To get outside of those Porn 101 titles, Mills prefers to think about the project on its own, outside its adult orientation, focusing instead on the visions shes bringing to life. Mills encourages her colleagues to do the same, while still maintaining an understanding of whats going to sell it. I try to make sure the work Im doing is a mix between the data-driven keyword injections and then focus on whats going to be a good title for that story you want to tell, says Mills. Forget about the fact that its an adult film. Whats going to be a good film title?
Drawing much of her inspiration from mainstream cinema, Mills prides herself on creating titles that draw interest without shortchanging the audience with traditional porn names. Most of my movies arent based on porn tropes; I use points of reference. Im like a pop-culture vulture, a huge film nerd, and one of the projects I calledHalf His Age, a film that won movie of the year last year in 2018, is inspired by a Police songDont stand so close to me, says Mills. If you listen to that song, youll hear the line. I took that nugget of inspiration and paid homage.
Mills company also encourages fans to pay homage by submittingtheir own scene and title ideas, promoting audience engagement. Several of our big content lines have been working closely with members for years on submitting story ideas and scenarios, says Mills. And oftentimes well take a scenarios from a member that includes a proposed title.
Thanks to digital content, porn titles are now peppered with data-driven keywords and no longer permanent (unless the movie still makes it to DVD). Despite these modern-day upgrades, and directors who think outside the box, there remains a large percentage of absurd porn titles topping the charts. And its easy to see why, if using the old naming formula:sex act + motivation to engage + visual identifier = silly porn title.
There is nothing more impermeable than time. It's fixed, constant. It may be a human construct, but it is one humanity has built atomic clocks to perfect; there is no stopping its ever-forward march. Except in sci-fi. And comic books. In those worlds, it's fluid. There are rules about not killing Hitler or betting on the World Series, but other than that, the structures of time can be bent.
This, more than anything, is the core of Avengers: Endgame. Yes, there is—as most fans expected—some time travel. (More on that later, in the spoiler-y paragraphs below.) But its deeper narrative follows a thread about the years people have devoted to Marvel heroes, the nostalgia those fans already have for them, and what the future will look like as they evolve. Luckily, in comic-book stories, the future is just as malleable as the past.
Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment
First, here's what you need to know: Avengers: Endgame picks up where Infinity War left off. Thanos has wiped out half of the universe's population, and the remaining heroes (Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon, and the newly recruited Captain Marvel) are trying to un-snap his fingers. The other thing to note: Avengers: Endgame is very good. No movie could have fully encompassed everything that happened in the preceding 10 years and 21 films, but it is the best possible effort at trying to achieve that goal. It's nearly three hours, and none of them feel wasted. More than that, it's exactly what fans need.
What Marvel fans, or anyone, needs in 2019 is a tricky proposition—one that plays out twofold in Endgame, with a double-helix of a plot that constantly works on two levels. First, there's the obvious: Everyone needs closure, needs to see if the Avengers can pull off saving the universe one more time. Second, they need to be rewarded for the decade-plus they've spent with these characters, the effort they've put into seeing every film.
Endgame achieves this using one of the oldest tricks in the cinematic playbook: time travel. As everyone who noticed that Doctor Strange, Wong, and Ant-Man were largely unaccounted for at the end of Infinity War predicted, there is only one way to press Undo on what Thanos did: pull a Cher and turn back time. Though, they don't just rewind what happened and stop it. Instead, they find a more permanent solution that involves going back to retrieve the Infinity Stones before Thanos got his big purple hands on them and using their power to reverse the damage.
This review won’t reveal if this plan succeeds at defeating Thanos, but it will say that it’s a wonderful ride and a narrative tool that provides a chance for the Avengers and their posse to revisit a large chunk of the movies in the franchise. It’s a trip that, in the best ways possible, feels like a band reuniting for a greatest-hits tour, one where the songs gets played by a frontman or frontwoman who wasn’t on the original track—some Traveling Wilburys covering a George Harrison track, Jay-Z and Nas ending their beef to perform “Dead Presidents,” and Beyoncé reuniting Destiny’s Child at Coachella all rolled into one. (In this case, it’s more like “Rocket goes to Asgard” and extended beats of Bruce Banner explaining science to The Ancient One.) It’s a service to every fan who remembers those early films fondly, and a final tug on the threads that have held the franchise together since the beginning.
This kind of nostalgia is delicate, though. It’s tempting to want to go back to the first arc in these heroes’ journeys, the origin stories when they were ascending. It might even be tempting to just go back to 2008, before Mueller reports and Harvey Weinstein investigations and Michael Jackson documentaries, when it seemed easier to believe in heroes in general. That’s impossible, and foolhardy. Longing for those days is akin to longing for a time of ignorance, a time when all the superhero movies were led by white dudes. Everything has changed, and while revisiting days of future past is fun, time (in our world) only moves forward, and the future is more important than what’s come before. Or, to borrow a phrase from Tony Stark, “That’s the hero game—part of the journey is the end.”
Acknowledging this reality is Endgame’s strongest suit. Because while it spends a fair amount of its second act playing to its base (with some excellent surprise cameos), it spends its final third establishing its new world order. In one of the film’s most telling moments, Captain Marvel—sporting a haircut sure to be the toast of Lesbian Twitter for months—charges into battle flanked by the franchise’s women heroes, the MCU’s version of a Time’s Up meeting (remember this?). Marvel’s Phase 4 is still fairly uncertain, but if Endgame has any takeaway it’s that the future is female. And less white. And at least a little bit queer.
Avengers: Endgame could become the biggest movie the world has ever seen: It may make nearly $1 billion in one weekend. Theaters are staying open around the clock to keep up with demand. It’s the culmination of 11 years and 21 films—an unprecedented feat that may never be repeated. The only thing that may come close is December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will be the ninth film in a nostalgia-filled franchise spanning more than four decades. That film, too, will see the reins handed over to a new generation of heroes, folks whose chance to lead is long overdue. Endgame is a beautiful, massive finale—and it paves the way for all the warriors to come. It’s about time.
We suggest you watch the films in chronological order, rather than the order in which the films were released.
Handily, in the book Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years, Marvel released an official MCU timeline to help you do just that.
We’ve added the films released since that book came out and voila, here is a handy diagram to help you organise your Marvel viewing!
Just one geeky note on the diagram. Technically the main events of Ant-Man and the Wasp happen before Infinity War, but we suggest you watch it afterwards to fully appreciate the post-credits scenes, which takes place later.
Why did Marvel start with these characters?
In 2007, Marvel was recovering from bankruptcy and had sold off the film rights to some of the company’s most popular characters like the X-Men and Spider-Man.
Marvel still owned the superheroes who form the core Avengers team – Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America – so used the early MCU films to introduce these heroes.
Marvel then brought these characters together for the crossover film Avengers Assemble. You can see a list of all the current members of The Avengers here.
The crossover was planned from the very beginning.
The first MCU film released, Iron Man, included a post-credits scene in which Samuel L Jackson’s super spy Nick Fury gives the first mention of the Avengers.
I don’t have time to watch all the films! What can I skip?
Endgame is the finale of a series of 22 films.
But, don’t worry, you don’t need to watch every single one to be fully prepared.
Here are the 10 films you could skip and still understand the basics of Endgame.
The Incredible Hulk – you’ll learn all you need to know about the key characters here in Avengers Assemble
Thor – ditto
Thor: The Dark World – you don’t need to see this to get the gist of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man 2 – Scarlett Johansson fans may not want to skip this one, as it marks her entry into the MCU
Iron Man 3 – Robert Downey Jr is always watchable, but skipping this won’t leave you confused
Ant-Man – Scott Lang and his superpowers get introduced all over again in Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange – all you really need to know is this film introduces the Time Stone.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 – there’s some nice character development here, but it won’t give you new information on the final battle
Black Panther – we hesitate to suggest you skip this Oscar-winning film, as it’s one of the MCU’s best, but other than introducing Wakanda as a location, you’ll get most of the relevant information about the characters introduced here in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War
Captain Marvel – again, watch this if you can but if you’re pushed for time, all you really need to know is that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) got her powers from the Space Stone (aka the Tesseract) and she’s going to be important to the final battle in Endgame. Also, the man who put together the Avengers – Nick Fury – lost his eye to an alien disguised as a cat.
What’s so important about Avengers: Endgame?
Marvel’s plans for its films are structured in phases, with each one ending with an Avengers crossover movie.
Avengers Assemble spelt the end of Phase One, and Age of Ultron brought Phase Two to a close.
The new title for the first three phases of the MCU references their overarching story, which sees the gathering of the Infinity Stones (six powerful gems that grant their owner great power) and the war against the mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). You can read a complete guide to the Infinity Stones here.
Endgame will see the remaining Avengers try and rescue everyone, after villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) got hold of all the Infinity Stones and wiped out half of all living things with a snap of his fingers in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
You can see a complete list of everyone who died here.
All bets are off as to who makes it to the finish line in Endgame, as it also coincides with the end of the contracts of some of the biggest Marvel stars.
It’s been widely reported that Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man) have come to the end of their contracts.
There’s also been speculation that their Marvel co-stars Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romonova/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) have also reached the end of their tenure at the studio.
Though a solo Black Widow film is reported to be in the works, it could be a prequel, so there is no guarantee Johansson’s character survives.
One thing is for sure though – whatever happens, it will take time for Endgame’s story to unfold.
It’s the longest entry in the MCU so far, clocking in at three hours and two minutes. That’s the same length as the first instalment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey (2012).
What’s the future of the MCU?
We can expect a major shake-up of the MCU, in the wake of Endgame.
Phase Four begins with the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home on July 5 2019.
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New films involving other supposedly dead characters have also been confirmed for Phase Four.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will return for a sequel at “some point in the future”.
Chadwick Boseman is also likely to recover from his disintegration in time for Black Panther 2.
We also know a third Guardians of the Galaxy film has been confirmed, after Disney re-hired director James Gunn, but we don’t know which Guardians will return for it. At the end of Infinity War, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket and Karen Gillan’s Nebula were the only survivors from that franchise.
Fox also owned the rights to Daredevil, in 2003 producing a film starring Ben Affleck, and the 2005 spin-off film Elektra, before the rights reverted back to Marvel.
Universal’s Hulk films and New Line Cinema’s Blade Films were also the result of deals struck before the rights to those characters reverted back to Marvel, and don’t belong within the MCU.
I’ve seen all the MCU films. What else can I watch?
Don’t worry. There are plenty of TV shows set in the MCU to keep you going.
Agent Carter – follow the adventures of Hayley Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter as she reprises her role from the MCU films in this series, which ran from 2015-16.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – the show that proves Avengers Assemble wasn’t the end for Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
Inhumans – this show ran on the US network ABC for one series. It centred around the Inhumans – an alien race with superpowers that gets in contact with Earth.
Runaways – this show, based on the comics of the same name, is on streaming service Hulu. It follows six teenagers who discover their parents are villains.
Cloak and Dagger – this series about a romance between two super-powered teenagers is on the ABC-owned Freeform network. It’s based on characters who first appeared in the Spectacular Spider-Man Comics.
The Netflix Marvel TV shows – Marvel’s deal with Netflix has now come to an end but you can still enjoy the edgy adventures of Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and The Punisher on the streaming service. Ensemble show The Defenders is a real highlight. Though ostensibly set in the MCU, these shows have a darker tone and don’t directly connect with any of the films.
A cold opening without Donald Trump felt like the dawn of a new era and the show that followed worked hard for its hits
We open on MSNBCs Lockup: Now that the Mueller report turned out to be a big fat zero, were back to prison shows. A trio of hardened criminals share a cell with Aunt Becky herself, Laurie Loughlin (Kate McKinnon), who has acclimated surprisingly well.
You think prison is hard, Ive done 68 Hallmark movies, she says. Ive lost all sense of reality.
Shes joined by celebrity lawyer Michael Avanetti (Pete Davidson); the scourge of the cleaning staff at the Ecuadorian embassy and actual, dactual James Bond supervillain Julian Assange (a bearded and bewigged Michael Keaton); and Takeshi69 (Melissa Villaseor), whos incarcerated for regular stuff like assault. Theres no actual arc to the sketch, but at least its a break from the tired Trump material the cold opens usually center around.
Emma Stone hosts for a fourth time. Even though SNL traditionally rolls out the red carpet for five-timers, she suspects the cast is planning something special. Theyre not. She guilts McKinnon and Keenan Thompson into singing an impromptu song Oh, Emma she hosts! set to the tune of No Woman, No Cry and later they blindfold her while cast members impersonate celebrity guest stars. Eventually, they hand her a denim jacket, the number four lazily spray-painted on the back.
In Dorm Room Posters, Davidson plays a college student stressing out about a history essay. He falls asleep, prompting a dream where the people on his posters a tatted-up white rapper, the characters from a Black Panther-like superhero movie, a model from Maxim Magazines 50 Hottest Girls from Rural Areas and a pro wrestler give him a rundown of the importance of history. Stone goes all the way to 11 with her squeaky-voiced bimbo, but there are long stretches of laugh-free awkwardness.
The cast of The View Whoopi Goldberg (Leslie Jones, spot-on), human mother and conservative daughter Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong), Joy Behar (McKinnon), Ana Navarro (Villaseor, also on point), and Princess of Arizona Meghan McCain (Aidy Bryant) debate Trumps immigration policy, devolving into a fight between militant liberal Baher and facile idiot McCain. They eventually welcome former co-host and leading anti-vaxxer Jennie McCarthy (Stone), who spouts anti-science nonsense to the bafflement of her peers save for McCain, who argues on her behalf out of bad faith. The sketch ends just as it starts to get going.
Hobby Enthusiasts is a music video in which Villasenor raps to an uninterested Stone about her hobbies, which include self-portraits, sewing, knitting, cooking for one and smelling my books! Eventually, Stone joins in to rap about her toy train obsession.
Ladies Room is another musical number, an 80s dance tune from a trio of glamorous, big-haired singers (Stone, Strong and Jones). Theyve confused a Limited Express fitting room for the ladies room at Club Vortex, much to the horror of the stores manager (a Jerry Curl-sporting Thompson) whose pronouncement of the word toilet is the funniest part of the bit.
The first K-Pop group to appear on SNL, BTS performs their hit Boy with Luv as screaming fans threatens to drown them out.
Weekend Update starts with a rundown of Assanges very public arrest. It was so satisfying seeing an internet troll getting dragged into the sunlight, says Colin Jost, who plays a clip of Donald Trump claiming he doesnt know anything WikiLeaks before rolling a montage of the presidents praise for it, pointing out that Trump is more obsessed with WikiLeaks than this audience is with BTS.
With Spring Break around the corner, Michael Che introduces Carrie Krum, the awkward pre-teen travel expert played by Bryant. She recommends vacationers head to Boise, Idaho, where she spent her most recent vacation, and her grammys cul-de-sac. The bubbly, easily excitable character seems to connect especially well with the BTS fans in the crowd.
Next they bring on Nico and Brie, the hashtag-obsessed Instagram couple played by Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner. There to give couples advice on picnicking in time for warm weather, they start bickering. Its a solid send-up of social media hucksters, but also insufferable by design, to be fair.
Royal Baby Shower has the ginger of Windsor, Prince Harry, recording the event for his child. He introduces friends and family, including a furiously jealous Kate Middleton, an obnoxious James Corden and The Queen herself, who welcomes her great-grandchild with all her heart, despite the fact the baby will be half-American, which makes you half-traitor. Theres no real payoff and none of the jokes earn more than a chuckle.
BTS returns and performs Mic Drop. Then The Actress is a short film in which Stone plays a method actor set to play the woman who gets cheated on in gay porn. She tries to find her character, despite only exist[ing] to get cheated on. A solid mix of satire and crass humor, this is the winner of the night.
The final sketch is Chalmers Reserve, an infomercial for a line of rotgut sold by Trett and Leezan Chalmers, hosts of the reality show The Nastiest Summer Renters in Sag Harbor, which has been cancelled already. They introduce the winemakers, a stereotypical Italian couple who arent actually Italian, who warn viewers not to drink the wine. Despite an abrupt ending, the sketch is enjoyably weird.
Thanks to her natural comic timing, Stone continued her streak as a strong host. But the real stars of the episode were BTS.
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