Jim Carrey Tapped As Villain in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’; Here’s Everything We Know

Jim Carrey Tapped As Villain in 'Sonic the Hedgehog'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Jim Carrey established himself as a unique and wacky comic presence in movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber. Yet he also tackled roles that turned toward the dark side, as in Batman Forever and The Cable Guy. Since then, he's continued to play both heroes and villains.

Now Carrey is ready to play the primary villain in Sonic the Hedgehog. He is in negotiations to star as Robotnik, aka Doctor Eggman, in the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game,…

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Will Nightshade Be the Villain in ‘Luke Cage’ Season 3?

Season 2 of Luke Cage had plenty of good villains to go around, but perhaps none as interesting as Tilda Johnson (Gabrielle Dennis). Tilda started the season as a doctor and an unwilling pawn of her estranged mother Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard). At first she was more concerned with healing and than running Harlem. However, as the season progressed, Tilda came into her own and started talking actions closer to that of her comic book counterpart.

With Mariah out of the picture, could Luke Cage be setting up Tilda aka Nightshade as the Big Bad for Season 3? With her intelligence, she would make an interesting foil to Luke (Mike Colter), who wouldn’t be able to punch his way out of a conflict with her. Let’s take a look at Tilda’s comic book history and where it could potentially lead her character in the upcoming season of Luke Cage.

Comic History


1st appearance of Nightshade in Captain America #164

Tilda Johnson was first introduced in Marvel comics in 1973. She was an only child, born into a poor family in Harlem. At a young age Tilda realized she had an aptitude for science, much like Shuri from Black Panther or Moon Girl. Tilda hid her intelligence and began a life of crime, thinking that it was the only way to escape the poverty of her upbringing. She hid behind powerful men and played the role of an innocent young girl so no one would suspect her. She caught the attention of Yellow Claw, who financed her criminal activities. Tilda’s first plan involved creating chemicals that would transform convicts into werewolf like creatures that would do Yellow Claw’s bidding (really). However, she was stopped by Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D.

Eventually Nightshade returned to Harlem. She worked on creating life-like robots that would help her take over the crime world. This put her in direct conflict with Power Man and Iron Fist who captured her and sent her to jail.

However, Nightshade’s comic book history isn’t all bad. One night she was held at gunpoint by thugs and realized she was wasting her potential. She decided to turn her life around if she survived- which she did with help from the vigilante Nighthawk. Tilda decided to work with Nighthawk, creating his equipment and acting as his (wo)man in the chair during missions. She even went on to work with Hawkeye on a case.

Tilda’s Role in Season 2


Mariah and Tilda (photo by David Lee/Netflix)

In Luke Cage, Tilda has a very different background. In the show she is Mariah’s daughter, a product of both incest and rape at the hands of Mariah’s Uncle Pete (Curtiss Cook). Tilda is horrified to learn the truth about her parentage, adding further strain to an already contentious mother/daughter relationship. Throughout the season Tilda tries to understand her mother’s actions, only to be driven further away each time. Tilda does not agree with Mariah’s violent methods and tries to distance herself as Mariah becomes more and more dangerous.

One thing that remains the same is Tilda’s intelligence. She is a skilled holistic doctor who finds natural remedies to treat her patients. In fact, she is the only one who knows how to wield the deadly nightshade plant (from which she receives her comic book name) and is the able to use it to heal Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir). Tilda has an uneasy relationship with both Luke Cage and Bushmaster. Neither man trusts her completely, but they do rely on her help and knowledge.

Luke Cage Season 3 Theories


Tilda and Bushmaster (photo by David Lee/Netflix)

With her special beso de araña (spider’s kiss) lipstick, Tilda kills her mother and puts an end to her reign over Harlem. However, instead of assuming the throne, it is Luke Cage who is installed as the king of Harlem’s crime empire. This puts Luke in direct opposition to Tilda, who like others before her, views Harlem’s Paradise as her birthright.

Season 3 of Luke Cage could go two ways: either Tilda could become a vigilante like in the comics and team up with Luke (unlikely seeing how things ended) or she could be the next Big Bad of the season. With her intellect and ability to harness the power of the nightshade plant, Tilda could be a dangerous foe to Luke Cage in a potential Season 3. Plus, Tilda did save Bushmaster, making it possible for him to return and for them to work together. If Netflix wants to follow her comic book story more closely, she could potentially use her scientific knowledge to create some kind of drug to poison Harlem’s citizens or create other individuals with super-strength. In a world with a bulletproof man with a friend with a glowing hand, nothing is really out of the question. Plus it would be great to see Luke Cage continuing their theme of using female villains.

Luke Cage Season 1 & 2 are currently available to stream on Netflix.

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There’s a question, early on in the second season of “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” about the definition of family. Is it the barbershop owner who turned you into a man, or the dad who turned his son against you? Is it the mother you barely know, or the father who died before you were born? Is it the woman…

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Natalie Portman knew Jared Kushner at Harvard, and she literally called him a “super villain”

Natalie Portman knew Jared Kushner at Harvard, and she literally called him a “super villain”


Natalie Portman knew Jared Kushner at Harvard, and she literally called him a “super villain”

In a June 14th appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, actress Natalie Portman revealed that she’s never met Mark Hamill (whose mother she played in the Star Wars saga), but she has met Jared Kushner, President Trump’s Senior Advisor and son-in-law. In fact, Portman and Kushner graduated in the same Harvard class and “were friendly,” she told Colbert with a grimace. Note the use of “were.”

Portman went on to confirm that Kushner “wasn’t that great of a student,” as Colbert put it. The host then asked if she had any particularly funny stories about the now-infamous presidential advisor, to which she candidly replied,

“Unfortunately, it’s not very — there’s not a lot funny to say about someone you were friends with becoming a super villain. It’s not funny.”

Ouch. But also, hear, hear.

Portman continued, “He [Kushner] said in some interview that the friends he’s lost because of politics, it’s like exfoliating,” which Colbert noted essentially makes her “dead skin.” (Gross. But also, lol.) The actress nodded, saying she was “proud” of the label.

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Portman, who’s releasing a documentary later this week about vegetarianism called Eating Animals, is known for her feminist views and passion for women’s rights (she famously called out the “all-male nominees” for Best Director at the 2018 Golden Globes). So we’re not exactly surprised she’s no fan of the current administration. (Remember when Kushner reportedly tried to bribe Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to get the organization to stop providing affordable and accessible abortions to women in need?)

Kudos to Portman for saying what most of us are thinking. It’s always sad to lose a friend, but in this case, it was probably for the best.

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Who Is the Villain in ‘Incredibles 2’?

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains major spoilers about the Incredibles 2 villain. Proceed at your own risk.

Incredibles 2 opens at the exact moment where the original film left off, with The Underminer overtaking the city in an attempt to rob banks and disrupt the peace.

And while the villain helps make for an exciting opening action sequence, we soon discover he’s not the real evil mastermind that the Parr family has to worry about.

But before Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are introduced to their new nemesis, they meet telecommunications tycoon Winston Deavor and his sister, Evelyn, who want to help the crimefighting couple make superheroes legal again. And while the patriarch is forced to stay home and watch the children, the Deavors ask Elastigirl to take down bad guys so that they can publicize how important Supers are to society.

Who Is the Main Incredibles 2 Villain?


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The Screenslaver from ‘Incredibles 2’

On Elastigirl’s first mission, she’s forced to stop a runaway train after its conductor was hypnotized by the city’s newest villain, The Screenslaver.

The brand new baddie wears a mask with hypnotic goggles and a voice modifier, forcing innocent bystanders to commit crimes in order to get the attention of Elastigirl and the rest of the Supers.

The Screenslaver is meant to represent society’s attachment to screens in the modern world, with the villain often lamenting that humans no longer experience actual moments in their lives.

But it’s not until our heroes discover the real identity of The Screenslaver that they’re able to truly stop the supervillain.

One last SPOILER ALERT…

Who Is the Real Screenslaver?

In between missions, Elastigirl spends time bonding with Evelyn over their roles as the women of their families and the two start to become friends. So it’s quite a twist when the identity of The Screenslaver turns out to be Evelyn herself. (To be fair, this was under our noses the whole time, as her name is Evelyn Deavor, you know, like, evil endeavor.)


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Evelyn and Winston Deavor

But why is Evelyn out to stop Supers for good? It all stems back to her father, as these things often do.

When Evelyn and Winston’s parents realized their house was being robbed by intruders years ago, their father ran to a private phone to call superheroes for help. But unfortunately he couldn’t get a hold of anyone in time, and the robbers fatally shot him.

If he hadn’t stopped to make the call, his parents may have been able to escape, which lead Evelyn to believe that Supers make people weak. She doesn’t think it’s smart for society to just rely on superheroes (or screens, for that matter), when they should be out living life for themselves. And thus, a supervillain is born.

She eventually hypnotizes a bunch of other Supers, including the Parr parents, in order to get them to cause mass destruction throughout the city. Her hope is that her evil actions make people turn against Supers for good.

But does The Screenslaver get away with her crimes? Is she successful in stopping the Supers for good? For the answer, you’ll have to watch Incredibles 2, which hits U.S. theaters on June 15 and will arrive in the U.K. on July 13.

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Why Darth Maul Should be the Villain in the Boba Fett Movie

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Proceed at your own risk.

Just before Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters, reports emerged that the next stand alone Star Wars film would be based on Boba Fett. Logan director James Mangold is reportedly attached to direct the film that would focus on the famed bounty hunter and his life, presumably before the Original Trilogy.

Since Han Solo was aware of Boba Fett’s presence in the original slate of films, its very likely that he crossed paths with Boba in the years between Solo and Star WarsA New Hope. Let’s break down where Boba Fett could be in that 10 year period and why Darth Maul, the epic cameo at the end of Solo, could be the villain of the stand alone Boba Fett film.

Boba Fett’s Timeline


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Boba Fett with other bounty hunters in 'The Clone Wars'.

Audiences first met Boba Fett as a child in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Boba was a clone of Jango Fett, the man whose DNA was used to create all of the clones for the Republic’s Clone army, and Jango raised Boba as his own son. As the Clone Wars broke out, Boba watched his dad die at the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu.

Boba Fett’s vendetta against Windu began a year after his father’s death and was explored in The Clone Wars, Season 2, Episode 15 “Death Trap”. During that time, Boba had acquired his father’s ship, Slave 1, and began traveling with a group of bounty hunters. One of those bounty hunters was Aurra Sing, who was briefly mentioned in Solo. Boba could easily pass for a young clone, because of his DNA, which put him in close contact with Windu and Anakin Skywalker.

In Season 2 Episode 17, “Lethal Trackdown“, Mace eventually captured Boba Fett and Bossk. Boba apologized for the destruction he caused while trying to exact his revenge, but he refused to forgive Windu for killing his father. Boba resurfaced during a few other episodes of The Clone Wars, including Season 4, Episode 20 “Bounty”. By this point, Boba was around 12 years old and was already running a crew of bounty hunters.


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Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, with Han Solo in 'A New Hope'.

Boba then relocated his crew of bounty hunters to Tatooine one year later. This timeline was explored in the book Dark Disciple. Fett was not seen or heard from again, until 19 years later, in A New Hope. In that film, you can see Boba standing under the Millennium Falcon when Jabba comes looking for Han Solo’s money. This shows that after 19 years, Fett is one of Jabba the Hutt’s main enforcers.

If Fett spent the last 19 years doing the Hutt’s dirty work, the he could have helped Jabba take out his competition, including Crimson Dawn. This is where Darth Maul comes in to play and why he should be Boba’s main villain.

Darth Maul, Head of Crimson Dawn


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Darth Maul in 'The Phantom Menace'.

As we saw at the end of Solo, Darth Maul is the head of Crimson Dawn, the crime syndicate that Dryden Vos was working for. As the opening cards of Solo stated: crime syndicates had filled the vacuum left by the Republic and they were a rising problem, something akin to the mafia or the black market.

Another crime syndicate family that was mentioned in the film was the Hutts. Based on The Clone Wars, Star WarsThe Phantom Menace and the original trilogy, the Hutts are gangsters and slavers. They have been working the Outer Rim territories since before Crimson Dawn was even in the smuggling/trading business.


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Darth Maul and Darth Sidious in 'The Phantom Menace'.

Our pitch for the Boba Fett movie: have Jabba the Hutt send Boba and his team of bounty hunters on a mission to sabotage the operations of Crimson Dawn. Boba could work through the lower level baddies, people like Qi’ra, until he gets all the way to Darth Maul.

Boba and Maul could engage in an epic battle — especially since Boba hates all Jedi (good or bad). Boba could take out all of his anti-Jedi aggressions on Maul and Maul could fight Boba as a way to get to Jabba and the Hutt family. They could duel it out for a trade route or a smuggling operation, something that fits right into the timeline that Solo established. Plus, it would be wicked awesome to Fett and Maul in combat against each other.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently in theaters.

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The Week in Movie News: Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Spider-Man Villain, the Boba Fett Movie Is Back On and More

The Week in Movie News: Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Spider-Man Villain, the Boba Fett Movie Is Back On and More

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Designing Thanos to be an Emotional Villain

There’s no doubt that Marvel’s most ambitious and successful film is Avengers: Infinity War. The box-office juggernaut packs an all-star lineup of over 20 beloved Marvel heroes and features Marvel’s deadliest foe yet — Thanos.

The Mad Titan nearly wiped out an entire ship of refugees and two main characters before the title card for Infinity War even appeared on the screen. This guy was hellbent on achieving his goal, and if you saw the film, you know that he did.

Thanos was voiced and portrayed by actor Josh Brolin. Brolin brought an intensity to Thanos that made every character in his presence fear him. And yet, Brolin also brought a surprising amount of emotional depth to the character. This Mad Titan not only smiled and laughed during the film, he also cried, felt pain, and experienced remorse.

So how did this emotional performance come together? FANDOM sat down with Digital Domain VFX Supervisor Kelly Port to talk about his work on the film — specifically how the VFX studio created such a life-like, terrifying, and emotional villain like Thanos.

Keeping the Actors Together


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The first key to capturing Brolin’s performance in Infinity War was to free him from the motion capture booth. He may have done some work alone, for detailed scans, but during filming, Brolin was on set with the cast to ensure his lines and reactions could be captured in the moment.

“Normally, when you do any kind of motion capture or body capture it’s oftentimes done in a separate venue, not on a set, actually,” said Port. “In this particular film we used a great technique that integrated the cameras into the set. It allowed the performers to interact with other actors on the set, so we could motion capture multiple characters at the same time, both body and face capture.”

Capturing Josh Brolin’s Performance



“If Thanos didn’t work, then we wouldn’t have a movie,” Port said, and it’s true. Thanos needed to work for Infinity War to make any kind of sense or impact.

“Dan DeLeeuw, the head of VFX at Marvel; the directors, the Russo brothers; and the Marvel executives could not have stressed the importance enough of making sure that the character and Josh Brolin’s performance came through,” Port said.

“We wanted to get as much of the facial performance [as possible], especially the subtleties [of it]. We tested that for a few months and then presented it to Marvel,” said Port. “They breathed a huge sigh of relief. We focused on the eyes. We got beyond pore-level detail for the face. It’s something that everyone on our team was super proud of.”

Favorite Scenes to Work On



Port had a number of favorite shots, most of which were really emotional and painful. He joked that Digital Domain only got to work on the sad moments.

“There were so many beautiful shots,” said Port. “Because our focus was on Thanos, and a lot of [his] dramatic moments, Digital Domain was responsible for these super depressing shots, like Gamora dying or the flashback to little Gamora. We did all of those scenes. We joked with Marvel to give us something funny.”



One of Port’s favorite shots to design was on Vormir. “The slow-mo shot of Thanos dragging Gamora and throwing her over the cliffs of Vormir,” was Port’s favorite. He also loved working on “The close-ups in that scene,” and “the towers, the snow, the cloud formations,” on Vormir. “As it becomes clear that Thanos’ tears are not for him, you see that the snow begins to drift upwards, which culminates in the big concussion blast and the inverted cloud. Then, you cut to him down in the water.”

Port also loved working on Thanos’ opening shot on the Asgardian ship. “And I really like the reveal shot in the opening scene, where Thanos is walking through some mist and you start to see the light on his face. Then, we see the gauntlet. That’s really the first reveal of him.”


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Port’s last bit of detail revolved around a subtle Easter egg. Apparently, in the final shot, when Thanos is walking through the grass, just before he sits down, you can see his heavy Titan armor on a scarecrow. “It’s right in his front yard there, where he’s walking out before he sits down. You see it on the right, out in the yard, in the grass.”

Did you catch the Thanos scarecrow? What were some of your favorite VFX shots in the film? Did you find the emotions of Thanos believable? Let us know on social @getFANDOM.

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An Old Marvel Villain Makes a Surprising Cameo in Avengers: Infinity War

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.

Just about every superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. But fans certainly weren’t expecting Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull, from Captain America: The First Avenger in the new film. And yet there he is on the planet Vormir, where he guides Thanos to an Infinity Stone. (You can see the character in the First Avenger trailer above.)

Schmidt was the main villain in the first Captain America movie. He headed up HYDRA, a faction of the Nazi Party during World War II. He experimented on himself with a version of the super soldier serum that made Captain America tall and buff. Unfortunately for the Schmidt, the serum backfired and gave him, well, a red skull.

When the Red Skull gets his hands on the Tesseract, a powerful cube that contains an Infinity Stone, he decides to break from the Nazi Party and try to rule the world on his own. Captain America battles Red Skull, and ultimately Red Skull unwisely touches the Tesseract with his bare hands. He vanishes.

It turns out only an extremely powerful being, like Thanos, can touch Infinity Stones without dying. And even Thanos needs to carry them around in a glove to protect himself.

Infinity War reveals that the Red Skull was teleported to Vormir, where the Soul Stone is kept. The former villain explains to Thanos and Gamora that he’s been doomed to a purgatory where he can guid those who seek the Soul Stone but never attain it himself. Once Thanos claims the stone, Red Skull disappears.


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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Gets Another Villain; Here’s What We Know

Dwayne Johnson's 'Jungle Cruise' Gets Another Villain; Here's What We Know

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Who Is the Villain (Or Villains) of ‘Legion’ Season 2?

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Legion Season 1. Proceed with caution.

Legion is returning and we have more than a few questions for this trippy show. But, one of the things fans are aching to know more about is the Shadow King. The Season 1 antagonist was revealed as the show went on, but we didn’t learn a whole bunch of details about his past or what his greater plans for David are.

Well, the second season is promising that and more when it comes to the show’s big bad. But, are there other enemies to look out for as well?

Amahl Farouk

Before we get to those other potential antagonists, let us touch on the Shadow King first. We learned that his true name is Amahl Farouk. Through a mental analysis from David Haller, we were told that Farouk battled David’s father, Charles Xavier, and was defeated by being banished to the Astral Plane.

As a method of revenge, Farouk eventually inhabited the mind of David when he was just a baby. Using his powers, Farouk took advantage of David and altered his memories so David would believe he was mentally ill instead of a highly powerful mutant. Farouk then took many different forms over the course of David’s life in order to either terrify or manipulate him.

We know that we’ll be seeing Farouk’s original form in Season 2, but it’s important to remember that his powers allow him to appear in many different guises. We’ll get back to that later because it could be a crucial hint ant where Season 2 is headed.

Division 3


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Clark (Hamish Linklater) at the end of Season 1.

It’s been revealed that Division 3, the government agency that was pursuing David and his friend during Season 1, will be returning in a very significant role. A year has passed since the end of Season 1 and it seems that the mutants are working with Division 3 to capture the Shadow King.

Within this organization is Clark, the interrogator who was burned by David in the previous season. Though he seems to be a shaky ally, it’s possible he could be revealed to have his own ulterior motives. Not to mention his husband Daniel, who surely feels some sense of revenge against the mutants who caused such grievous harm to his spouse.

With the mutants falling under Division 3’s roof, it’s possible we’ll see new Division 3 agents become antagonists. However, they might all fall victim to a greater threat…

Lenny Busker and the Legion

In Season 1, the Shadow King primarily took the form of Lenny Busker. At the end of Season 1, we see that Lenny has transferred her consciousness to Oliver Bird. Exactly what the relationship between her and Oliver is going to be will play out in Season 2. But, it raises a very interesting question about the show’s mythology.

In the comics, David Haller is a mutant with multiple personalities that live inside him. Each personality has its own set of mutant abilities. If we are going to see Amahl Farouk in his regular form, does this mean that Lenny is no longer the avatar for the Shadow King? Has she disconnected from him in some way? Is she one of David’s multiple mutant personalities?

If this is the case, it will be one of the first steps the show takes to showcasing this facet of David’s abilities. The only other scenes that have hinted at this are when David talks to a calmer version of himself that also speaks with a British accent. Could Season 2 finally begin to explore the idea of the many different identities hiding inside David’s mind?

If that’s the case, Lenny Busker could become her own separate villain from Amahl Farouk. Perhaps she is a figment Farouk created and some piece of his real self is still inside David? Could Lenny have been holding back all the other personalities hiding inside David? And if she’s been disconnected from Farouk, does she have her own plans for David?

There is a lot of ground to explore and we’re confident that Legion is going to be even bigger, better, and weirder than ever.

Legion airs Tuesdays 10/9c on FX.

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Agents of SHIELD Saw an Old Hydra Villain Return

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

“Principia” was the type of typical “back half of the season” SHIELD chapter that made me double-check how many episodes actually remain. Because a lot happened and yet…not much happened. It was one of those running-in-place chapters.

To answer my own internal question, after “Principia” there are nine episodes left so we’re not anywhere close to the full endgame – for the season or the show (should this wind up being the final run). So there was no rush to get anywhere or pressure to do anything drastic. Jake Busey stopped by for a few laughs, as an old friend of Mack’s (who we found out used to be a huge MC Hammer fan), the crew searched a floating boat for a ball of gravitonium, and Mack found some replacement robot arms for Yo-Yo (that was actually really sweet, awwww). There was no big movement though. As in, nothing to drive Coulson and company out of their “hideout/sanctuary of the moment.” They did a basic field trip mission.

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Now That Marvel’s Produced a Solid Villain, It’s Time for Some Doom

Thanks to the recent announcement of a merger between Disney and Fox, The Fantastic Four will inevitably make their MCU debut. They’ll bring with them arguably the greatest supervillain in comics — Doctor Doom. Previously, such news would’ve caused fans apprehension, and rightly so. Many of the MCU’s past villains have been too one-dimensional. It would be disappointing to see a villain with Doom’s gravitas fall victim to the same trap. Luckily, Marvel has finally produced a solid villain in Black Panther‘s Erik Killmonger, proving that they are ready to take on complex villains like Doctor Doom.

Paving the Way


(Left): Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger in Black Panther (2018); (Right): Julian McMahon as Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four (2005)

Over time, we’ve seen the MCU improve its rogues’ gallery. Characters like Loki in The Avengers and Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming break the bland, one-dimensional mold of villains seeking wealth or power. Loki seeks to give mankind the enslavement they crave and deserve, whereas Toomes just wants to support his family. With Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, the MCU has really hit the mark! Never have we had such a multi-layered and relatable MCU villain!

A comparison of Killmonger and Doom illustrates the richness of Marvel’s villains. On the surface, they are on opposite ends of the villain spectrum. Killmonger’s motives illicit sympathy while Doom simply relishes being evil. However, a closer look reveals an important connection. Their villainous personas are born from the tragic loss of a parent as a child. Killmonger loses his father, N’Jobu, who promised him a trip to Wakanda. Doom’s mother has her soul stolen by Mephisto. His attempt to recover it literally blows up in his face, leaving it permanently scarred. Not to mention, he also gets expelled from college.

Killmonger has paved the way for Doom. Besides their similar, heartbreaking backstories, both share other important traits like sheer willpower and ruthlessness. Killmonger’s success proves that the MCU is finally ready for higher caliber, more complex villains. Audiences could relate to Killmonger’s fight against the oppression of black people and his anger at Wakanda for abandoning him. His seemingly noble cause gives him an edge over forgettable villains like Malekith. Doom possesses a different sort of edge that’s equally as unique: his intelligence.

A Thinking Person’s Villain


Doctor Doom rides Silver Surfer's board in a scene from Fantastic Four No. 57 (1966)

Doom’s best and deadliest asset is his intellect. It is the nexus where his scientific knowledge combines with his skills as a strategist and puppet master. Doom strategically manipulates events and people like a master chess player. At one point, he even brainwashes the United Nations into declaring him Emperor of Earth and enslaves mankind. He’s that good.

Doom also prioritizes eliminating his adversaries, often using creative methods to deal with them, including planting a fake journal presumably authored by Reed Richards in his belongings. The journal was all part of an elaborate plot to cause discord within The Fantastic Four. Often, Doom is at least three steps ahead of his enemy. Almost every time some do-gooder thinks they’ve defeated Doom for good, it turns out what they actually defeated was one of his highly advanced Doombots. Catching Doom off guard is nearly impossible, as T’Challa learned in the comics.

The Master Tactician


Doctor Doom stands triumphantly over other characters

Doomwar is a prolific example of the magnitude of Doom’s intellect and his skills as a master tactician. The story chronicles Doom’s plot to destroy Wakanda using its most precious resource: vibranium. He first covertly ousts T’Challa from the throne by allying with a rogue faction of Wakandans called the Desturi. With his main obstacle out of the way, Doom steals Wakanda’s entire supply of the metal in hopes of tapping into its mystic powers to upgrade his armor. That’s right, he manages to infiltrate the most advanced and reclusive nation in the Marvel universe and steal its resources.

Even with Shuri, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men at T’Challa’s side, defeating Doom proves to be an insurmountable task. Shuri’s strike teams suffer many casualties while trying to shut down the production factories Doom has set up across the world thanks to his Doombots. Mr. Fantastic and T’Challa hope to locate the stolen vibranium on a quantum level by hooking Deadpool up to the Nowhere Room device. However, Doom uses sensor dampening to prevent them from proving the vibranium is in his castle, leaving the heroes without evidence to take to the World Court.


(Left): Doom finally suffers defeat in the conclusion of Doomwar #6. (Right): The Marvel heroes help Black Panther rebuild Wakanda in the final scene of Doomwar.

To defeat Doom, T’Challa uses creative problem solving that’s on par with Doctor’s Strange use of the Time Stone to defeat Dormammu and Kaecilius. Realizing that physical confrontations won’t work, T’Challa manages to stop Doom from utilizing the vibranium’s power without taking it back. After goading Doom into a fight, T’Challa taps into Doom’s armor and manages to render all the world’s Wakandan vibranium dormant and useless. Even though the victory comes at a temporarily high cost to Wakanda, Doom is finally defeated. Imagine how dramatic this would be on the big screen. It would force T’Challa and team, especially Shuri, to defy our expectations yet again.

The Future Is Diversity


Doctor Doom in his Latverian castle

Avengers: Infinity War and the subsequent Avengers 4 will be a watershed moment for the MCU. Fans wonder what the future holds for our heroes afterward. The filmmakers would benefit from also considering the future of villainy. Black Panther, too, is a watershed moment for the MCU’s villains. It’s important that the MCU continues to build upon this momentum.

Diversity has served the heroes well and will be key for the villains moving forward. Diversity can take on many forms, and it’s important that we get it in both appearance and character types. The MCU needs to continue pursuing villains with sympathetic motives like Killmonger. However, intellectually challenging villains, like Doom, are also essential. These are the kinds of characters who can shake things up, giving us more than monotonous fisticuffs showdowns. Both types of these villains (and many more) exist in the comics. Marvel simply has to dust them off and give them a chance. Doing so will ensure the MCU is as creative with its villains as it is with its heroes.

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‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Trailer: The Villain Revealed and More

Black Panther is due in theaters in two weeks, Avengers: Infinity War is due in just three months, and Marvel’s third film due this year, Ant-Man and The Wasp, is just beginning to gear up. The ant-sized film made a big splash today by uploading its first teaser trailer.

The trailer featured the film’s returning cast Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michael Peña, as well as some newer actors the Marvel universe, like The Matrix legend, Laurence Fishburne. The trailer featured a flashback to Captain America: Civil War, some epic car chase scenes, and a look at Hope’s new superhero identity: the Wasp. Let’s break down some of the trailers coolest moments.

The Wasp Suits Up


Ant Man and The Wasp

Hope van Dyne made her first appearance in Ant-Man, as Hank Pym’s daughter. While she was fully capable of wearing the Ant-Man suit and controlling the ants, her father wanted to keep her safe, thus he hired Scott Lang to wear it. At the end of the film, Hank presented Hope with her very own suit to which Hope appropriately said, “It’s about damn time.”

In this trailer, Hope is completely suited up. She has wings, she has blasters, she has the suit every girl dreams of. Scott is dreaming of her suit too, because it’s superior to his in design. The trailer opens up with Scott asking Hope a very specific question: “When Cap needed help, if I had asked you, would you have come?” This question clearly shows that the film is not going to shy away from Hope’s absence in Captain America: Civil War.

Giant Man Returns


Ant Man and The Wasp

As the trailer continues, it reveals that Scott is in trouble, again. He’s under FBI house arrest, which puts the Pyms in danger. Hank shrinks his old office down and they all go on the run. They don’t go too far though, as San Francisco can be seen in the background of this shot of Giant Man. Something will cause Scott and Hope to suit up, something that requires the return of Giant Man.

Giant Man — Scott’s Ant-Man suit when it’s been super-sized — made it’s first Marvel Cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War, during the epic airport battle. Scott super-sized himself to help Cap and Bucky escape Tony Stark and the Avengers at the Berlin Airport. Spider-Man had fun taking him down by re-enacting the scene from Empire Strikes Back. It would appear that the skills and size of Giant Man will be needed in this film as well.

The Villain Materializes


Ant Man and The Wasp

The trailer also features unique looks at the film’s villain, Ghost. In the comics, Ghost was a super hacker, hired by the Roxxon Corporation to sabotage Tony Stark. The comic book version of Ghost could also dematerialize, become invisible and interface with all kinds of technology.

In the trailer, Ghost’s hand comes in and out of focus. When we see Ghost again, she’s fully suited up, as you can see in the image above. The film’s Ghost is played by actress Hannah John-Kamen, who can also be seen this year in Tomb Raider and Ready Player One. There’s also a shot in the trailer of Laurence Fishburn’s character Bill Foster in Ghost’s chambers. Perhaps he helps create Ghost’s phasing ability?

The Quantum Realm Returns


Ant Man and The Wasp

The trailer also features a curious looking ship. The ship, which can be seen above, is likely a rescue pod for the quantum realm. That only means one thing: Hank, Hope and Scott are going to try to save Hope’s mom, Janet van Dyne! We already know that Michelle Pfeiffer is playing Janet and now we’re sure she’s going to be rescued!

Oh, and if you thought you recognized the song in the trailer, you did! As one Twitter user pointed out, the song is “Ant’s Invasion” by Adam and the Ants.

Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

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Why Odin is the Real Villain of the Thor Movies

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Marvel has been hoodwinking us these last few years. The studio has made it look like God of Mischief Loki, Frost Giant Laufey, Dark Elf Malekith, and Goddess of Death Hela are the villains of the Thor movies. But that isn’t the case. Because Odin is the true bad guy.

Played by Anthony Hopkins, Odin Borson is King of Asgard and protector of the Nine Realms. He’s wise, patient, honourable, compassionate and just. For those reasons, and many more, his people love and worship him.

But Odin also has a temper. When angry or upset, he jumps to conclusions, acts on whims, and seeks revenge no matter what the consequences.

He deals in secrets and lies, and covering up those deceptions can frequently cloud his judgement. Indeed, most of the trouble that has befallen Odin and Asgard can be traced back to the way he has treated his children.

He spoiled Thor, making the young warrior arrogant, stubborn, immature and irresponsible. But Thor eventually snapped out of it, transforming into a worthy warrior and the mightiest Avenger. With his other two children, however, he did a truly terrible job, and the consequences were MUCH worse.

Odin’s Treatment of Loki

Loki has caused chaos in both the Thor movies and The Avengers flicks. He loves to conjure, conceal and conspire, and as the God of Mischief, he’s always scheming and playing both sides. But Loki wasn’t born that way, and his behaviour can be put down to nurture as much as nature.

Because Loki’s beginnings were tragic. The infant son of King Laufey, he was small for a Frost Giant, and therefore abandoned and left to die. Odin discovered the child in the depths of one of Laufey’s temples, and decided to take him in, adopting Loki and raising him as his own. Out of kindness. And also because he believed — somewhat bizarrely — that having a secret Frost Giant for a son could help maintain permanent peace between the two kingdoms.

A spell was used to make Loki look like an Asgardian, while Odin’s wife Frigga taught him the magic that would make him so powerful a trickster. But while he and Thor were raised as brothers and assured that either one could become King, Odin decided early on that his heir would be Thor. And as that became increasingly apparent, resentment brewed, Loki’s behaviour changed, and he started to plot against both father and brother.

It was soon to get much worse. Because a trip to Jotenheim — home of the Frost Giants — turned Loki’s hand Frost Giant blue. He confronted Odin and was told the truth, and that the plan was for him to one day rule over the Frost Giants to keep the peace.

Devastated, Loki sees this as the ultimate betrayal. Discovering that he’s been used and lied to his entire life, and believing that he isn’t loved, he goes into something of a tailspin, losing sight of the difference between right and wrong.

Indeed pretty much all his bad behaviour can be traced back to this moment, rejection by his father turning Loki into a confused contradiction of a God, who spends his days either trying to regain the love of his family, or punishing them for the hurt they have caused.

Odin’s Treatment of Hela

Odin is pretty much a man of peace when we meet him during the Thor movies. But it wasn’t always that way. In his younger years, Odin was a bloodthirsty warrior, doing battle with beasts and demons, and invading kingdoms and worlds.

Odin’s first child was a daughter named Hela, and she fought by his side, leading his army and becoming known as his ‘Executioner.’ Hela enjoyed killing as much as her father, and together they conquered the Nine Realms.

But Hela quickly became too big for her boots, and when Odin realised that he couldn’t control her ambition and thirst for violence, he turned on his daughter. But with her life being entwined with the prophecy of Ragnarok — aka the destruction of Asgard — Odin realised that he couldn’t kill her, and instead imprisoned his daughter. With one strange loophole. Odin bound his life to her lock, meaning his death would free Hela.

And wouldn’t you know it, at the start of Thor: Ragnarok, Odin dies, thereby freeing the Goddess of Death. And she isn’t happy, her rage increasing when she arrives at Asgard and catches sight of the decorative murals throughout the kingdom.

Because all trace of Hela has been wiped from history, with Odin re-writing the past to show him uniting the Nine Realms via peaceful means. This yet further enrages Hela, and the consequences for the people of Asgard are truly devastating, as death and destruction reign down upon them.

Odin does show remorse for his decisions and actions, and in death he appears before Thor via visions to help him prevent the end of days. But it’s really too little too late, his behaviour triggering all the trouble in the first place, and making Odin the true villain of the Thor flicks.

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