While Solo has been getting some lukewarm reviews from critics (sitting at a 71% on RT, twenty points lower than The Last Jedi's 91%) the movie is tracking for a huge Memorial Day weekend. While the films behind the scenes definitely lead to this mish-mash of differing directorial directions, the audience score sits at a current A-. For those that need a refresher, Solo: A Star Wars Story famously saw the former Lego Movie directing duoe, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, fired before Ron Howard stepped in. Recently, Donald Glover who stars as Lando in the Solo film, opened up about the firing and the "creative differences" between the former duo and Kathleen Kennedy. To no one's surprise, Lord and Miller's comedic approach clashed with the film and you can still see what scenes of their made it to the final cut as opposed to the much more serious take form Ron Howard. Regardless, the movie was a mixed bag but featured one amazingly surprising cameo that has managed to shock movie goers this holiday weekend. During a hologram conversation with Qi'ra, it is revealed that she is now working for none other than Darth Maul himself, the fan favorite character who was split in half at the waist in the Phantom Menace by Obi-Wan Kenobi. The reveal was a real shocker but not so much so if you look at some of the non-film cannon, especially the Clone Wars, in which the villain is featured quite prominently with a new pair of android legs. It also appears that his signature double sided red saber borrowed a feature from the Clone Wars as well (you can read more about that here). This could be a great move for the films, which have already rumored a three picture deal for the Solo story or the possibility to see a Obi-Wan stand alone film. Hopefully we will get a serious light-saber wielding villain back on screen. Make sure to check out Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters everywhere.
After some rock weeks and the surprise announcement of a new online arena game, it looks like former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key studios is no more. After numerous reports of trouble for last years online shooter Lawbreakers, Boss Key was looking to cash in on the Fortnite and PUBG formula with Radical Height but it looks like that title will not be coming to fruition. Cliff (Known popularly as Cliffy B.) released a statement on twitter earlier today stating that he is "going to take some time off and reflect" on the unfortunate news. This is was just shy of a month from accusations that Cliff's former studio was attempting to poach his employees from his new found studio. All in all, the creator behind the massively successful Gears of War franchise remained optimistic and has reassured gamers that the servers for Radical Height's beta will remain playable for the time being. The statement below can also be found on Cliffy B's personal twitter page.
If you're absolutely exhausted and still reeling from the dramatic ending of Avengers: Infinity War then fear not, Marvel is ready to bring you some laughs this summer with their next installment. Ant-man and the Wasp dropped a full length trailer showing off not just the new duo but some of our favorite side characters including fan favorite Luis played by Michael Peña. We also get some amazing shots of villain Ghost and some more stylish action sequences. This is also a relatively light year for Marvel, giving us just two films instead of the normal three so this will be the last one for awhile until Captain Marvel's release next March, 2019. Take a look at the new trailer below and get ready for the film when it launches July 6th, 2018.
As to not anger the Gods of cinema, I'm going to keep this post completely spoiler free and instead just highlight a few impressions I got from the film. First and foremost, the Russo brothers had a near impossible task. To not only join (nearly) every major hero in the current Marvel Universe but to walk this movie into a sequel while also preserving the forward trajectory of Marvels expanded Universe. This includes confirmed films like this summers Ant-Man 2 and Captain Marvel. The movie gets to the action and some surprising deaths pretty quickly and does a very good job of not slowing down too much. While there are multiple moments in the film featuring random pairings and first time introductions between multiple heroes, the action sequence are fantastic and the trailers don't even scratch the surface of some of the stuff we see. There is one specific scene between villain Thanos and (removed name because I don't want you to know what its coming) that features an absolutely incredible fight sequence. It is also no secret that when the movie screened earlier this week, twitter was ablaze with reactions praising the films ending and I have to say, it is far superior than what most comic book films accomplish as well as what a majority of Marvel films have pulled. Speaking of the mad titan himself, Brolin makes for an incredible and memorable villain, a far step above a majority of comic book antagonist. There are more than a few shocking moments and the film ends leaving you with a lot of questions, more importantly who is going to come back when Marvel is ready to move on to their next phase. All in all, Marvel has been on a steady uphill climb with their last few films, Guardians of the Galaxy 2,Thor: Ragnarok, and the box office shattering Black Panther and they are definitely in position for another hit. Make sure to catch Avengers: Infinity War in theaters now.
Cinemacon is going on this week in Las Vegas and with it, Sony has brought us the official trailer for the Venom film. We get to to see some snippets of action as well as Tom Hardy decked out in the symbiote outfit. Take a look at the trailer below and get ready for more news from Cinemacon this week.
The last we heard of No Man's Sky and developer Hello Games, the team was in some very hot water regarding some allegations of false advertising. While they were ultimately cleared, it didn't do much for the games struggling reputation to bring back disillusioned players but they might have a second chance to get it right later this year. As it turns out, a listing on the Italian Amazon page shows that the titled may be heading to the Xbox One console as soon as June 29th. The latest port will hopefully allow gamers the ability to meet up with one another, a feature originally promised with the launch of the game only to later to revealed to not be so. No Man's Sky currently has a 5/10 on Steam so we will have to see if the console version will bring in a new fanbase or if this games already cemented its fate.
After last years Omnic Uprising event, it looks like it's time to dive into the history of the villainous Black Watch. Overwatch dropped a trailer detailing the upcoming event, scheduled to run between April 10th-30th, which will have groups of four people team up against waves of enemies. Hopefully we will learn more about Blackwatch and get some new treats like sprays and skins, including the already revealed Moira skin pictured above. Take a look at the trailer and get ready for the event to launch next week!
We have a lot of good news from CW as well as some bad. While the network announced their finale dates for their current airing series, they also renewed 10 as well. This includes fan favorites like Arrow, and The Flash, as well as new comers Black Lightning and even the expensive Legends of Tomorrow (which means Constantine is returning to TV once again). Supernatural has also been renewed for an impressive 14th season. As for The 100, iZombie, Valor, and Life Sentence, it looks like we will have to wait until May for a final decision on those series. Are you happy with the renewals?
Actor Matt Ryan has not had the luckiest run as DC character Constantine but he might finally land a recurring role but there's a catch. Ryan who played the character in the series which aired on NBC for 13 episodes back in 2015, returned to the character for a cameo in both CW shows Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, as well as voicing the character in an animated series for the CW Seed platform. To make a long story short, multiple resources have been behind Ryan to make this character work and he might find a permanent home as a series regular on Legend of Tomorrow's fourth season, if it gets renewed for one. It's been documented before of just how expensive it is to maintain the Legends of Tomorrow series and if it is not pulling the numbers that Arrow and The Flash are, there is a possibility that the CW will cancel it and focus on newer series like Supergirl or the recently debuted Black Lightening series. Again, it looks like Constantine and Matt Ryan's fate is uncertain but we will have to wait and see what's going to happen.
Tomorrow, Xbox players will get to set sail in Rare's highly anticipated sea-fairing adventure game Sea of Thieves, and along with the celebration, the company has released a trailer featuring the best (former) cast member of the second season of Stranger Things, Sean Astin. Take a look at the hilarious live action trailer below and make sure to pre-order and pre-download the title so you can explore the open seas will all of your friends when the clock strikes midnight!