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D23 EXPO BRINGS NEW ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’ FOOTAGE

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With the close of 2017’s D23 Expo, tons of upcoming movie news was revealed. But two announcements in particular took the expo to the next level. A teaser trailer for 2018’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and a behind the scenes look at this year’s most anticipated film, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’ Though the talk has mostly been centered around the epic-ness and scale of ‘Infinity War.’ Star Wars fans like myself, have tunnel vision. And that tunnel vision ends December 15th with the release of the second film in the newest Star  Wars trilogy. Take a look behind the scenes below.

D23 Expo: Thanos Exibit

D23 was introduced on March 10, 2009 by Robert Iger during the company’s annual meeting. D23 had a booth at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009 followed by the first D23 Expo on September 10–13, 2009. In March 2010, D23 announced that the expo would be biannual instead of annual with a Destination D event in the off year.

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Tom Holland: “I’m Going To Continue Playing Spider-Man And Having The Time of My Life”

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“I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life”

In a recent interview at Disney’s D23 Expo, Tom Holland and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige addressed the latest news about Spider-Man’s departure from the MCU.

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland said in a chat with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it.”

Holland went on to add, “The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

Feige added to Holland’s statements, saying that he was “feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy.”

“We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

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D23 Expo : Disney Reveals New Poster And Trailer For ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

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“We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.”

Disney’s D23 Expo has shed some light on the upcoming Star Wars film, ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’ Director J.J. Abrams, took to the stage to share a heartwarming story about the late Carrie Fisher. Abrams realized, when planning out the conclusion of the Star Wars saga, he couldn’t end the stories without Princess Leia:

“The character of Leia is really, in a way, the heart of this story. When we were talking about this story we realized we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia,” Abrams said. The actor passed away before filming began, but Abrams still had some unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens, “that we realized we could use in a new way so Carrie, as Leia, gets to be in the film.” But here’s where the story takes a turn. “I wasn’t supposed to be here,” Abrams said, as he wasn’t originally intended to direct the first and last installments in the sequel trilogy. But before her death, Fisher wrote a prescient dedication into her book The Princess Diarist. “She was almost sort of supernaturally witty and magical in a way,” Abrams said. On the pages she had written, “‘And special thanks to J.J. Abrams for putting up with me twice.’ Now, I had never worked with her before The Force Awakens and I wasn’t supposed to do this movie, so it was a classic Carrie thing to sort of write something like that and it could only mean one thing for me. And I could not be more excited to have you see her in her final performance.” -StarWars.com

Abrams also dropped a new trailer for The Rise of Skywalker,’ which left fans trying to catch their collective breath. The trailer is said to feature quick shots of all the characters, while Luke Skywalker can be heard narrating, “We’ve passed on all we know. A thousand generations live in you now. But this is your fight.” The surprise comes when fans see the hero of the current franchise [Rey] sporting a dark cloak and wielding a double sided red light saber, reminiscent of Darth Maul. Check out the lates poster below!

A new “Rise of Skywalker trailer” will drop on Monday 8/26/2019.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ hits theaters December 20, 2019

 

 

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Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ To Reveal The One True Mandarin

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‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ was announced at SDCC as part of Marvel’s upcoming phase 4 slate. It is set to be the third film in Phase 4 and will be released February 12, 2021. ‘Ten Rings’ will feature Shang-Chi ( Simu Liu ), a Kung-Fu Master, who will face off against, The Mandarin. You heard that right, THE MANDARIN. But not that Mandarin, The real Mandarin.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will be the first Asian led Marvel film. It will follow the legendary martial artist on his quest to stop The Mandarin (Tony Leung) on his quest for world domination. The Mandarin is villain that many MCU fans know little about, especially after ‘Iron Man 3’ pulled the old bait and switch by having the Mandarin revealed to be an actor played by Ben Kingsley named Trevor Slattery, whose sole purpose was to divert Stark’s attention from the true villain of the film, Aldrich Killian.

Shang-Chi (Chinese: 尚氣; pinyin: shàng qì; literally: ‘rising of the spirit’) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, first appearing in Special Marvel Edition #15 (cover-dated December 1973) in the Bronze Age of Comic Books. Often referred to as the “Master of Kung Fu”, Shang-Chi is proficient in numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gùn, nunchaku, and jian. In later years, he gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself, and joins the Avengers. -Wikipedia 

Check out ‘All Hail The King: One Shot.’ A short from 2013, that teased “The Real” Mandarin. Starring Ben Kingsley 

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