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Marvel’s Mutant Reveal Teases How MCU’s X-Men Will Differ From Fox

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Marvel’s recent mutant reveal teases how the MCU’s X-Men will be very different from those featured in Fox’s franchise by changing the focus.

Ms. Marvel has introduced mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Kamala Khan’s surprising origin twist teases how their version of the X-Men will differ from Fox’s franchise. Ever since Disney acquired the studio, there has been great speculation about how Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige would handle mutantkind. Feige teased the MCU was beginning to plan for their introduction all the way back in 2019, but it was not until Ms. Marvel‘s finale mentioned the mutation in Kamala Khan’s DNA and the iconic X-Men: The Animated Series theme began playing that the main MCU timeline officially included a mutant.

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The revelation that Ms. Marvel is a mutant marks the beginning of Marvel’s plan to bring the X-Men to the MCU. However, introducing mutants is easier said than done. There have been over three dozen MCU projects, but Kamala Khan is the only one audiences have met so far—not counting multiverse Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This means that Marvel Studios has to answer a lot of questions about where the X-Men have been, how mutants are created, and so on.

Of course, there is also the pressure of bringing the iconic characters to the shared universe and making them different from how they were portrayed in Fox’s nearly two-decade-long X-Men franchise. The X-Men will inherently be different thanks to their new MCU setting, while there have been many suggestions that the team could be more diverse and focus on more obscure characters that Fox did not fully explore. Thanks to the brief information about mutants revealed in Ms. Marvel, there is already a potential tease for one major way that the MCU’s X-Men will differ from Fox.


Ms. Marvel’s Origin Twist Connects Mutants To Space

Even before Ms. Marvel‘s finale revealed Kamala Khan is a mutant, the MCU drastically changed her origin story. The Inhumans connection in the comics was severed, while even her power set was changed from being a polymorph to creating energy-based constructs, enabling her to also embiggen. It was also revealed that Ms. Marvel’s new powers were connected to a mysterious bangle that her ancestors previously had, which was used to unlock her abilities. Ms. Marvel did not reveal too much information about the bangle’s properties, but there was a fascinating tease that the Kree previously had it in their possession. It was even a target of the Ten Rings in the past before Kamala’s ancestors found it.


The brief tease that Kamala Khan’s bangle has ties to the powerful alien race of the Kree was enough to link Ms. Marvel to the cosmos. This always made sense considering her upcoming appearance in The Marvels, where she joins her idol, Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel‘s post-credits scene revealed that they are already somehow connected, as Kamala vanished into thin air and Carol Danvers seemingly swapped places with her. With the reveal that Kamala Khan is also a mutant, the fact that her origin has these various cosmic connections is all the more noteworthy. Marvel Studios might not just be signaling Ms. Marvel’s MCU future in the cosmos. It is possible this is where most of the X-Men’s attention will go at first.


MCU’s X-Men Could Focus On The Cosmos (Unlike Fox)

As the MCU continues to look for ways to expand, it now seems that the X-Men could play a vital role in the future of Marvel’s cosmic storytelling. When most people think about the X-Men, the team’s adventures on Earth, the clash between Professor X and Magneto, and Earth-based heroes like Wolverine traditionally come to mind first. This is the same sandbox that Fox’s X-Men franchise played in, though. All 13 of the mutant Marvel movies produced by Fox took place on Earth, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix was the only one even to dare to scratch the surface of the X-Men’s cosmic connections in the comics. This included having the Phoenix Force come from space, Jessica Chastain’s mysterious alien villain, and the X-Men actually taking a brief trip to space. Fox’s X-Men movies otherwise focused on Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine, and Deadpool across various timelines and decades – but all of the events were grounded in the same Earth setting.


While the MCU’s version of the X-Men could explore similar ground at some point, Ms. Marvel‘s mutant twist opens the door for the cosmos to be a bigger part of the X-Men storyline from the get-go. This could mean focusing on cosmic mutant teams like the Starjammers, which is led by Cyclops’ father Corsair/Christopher Summers. The space team could serve as a great launching point for the X-Men in the MCU, giving mutants a group of space pirates who can battle their greatest enemy: the Shi’ar Empire. These aliens will also be useful in crafting the X-Men’s cosmic MCU story, as Professor X’s romance with their leader Lilandra could explain where he and his young students have been. Then again, perhaps the Shi’ar Empire subdued the X-Men in space all this time. The MCU could even follow the X-Men’s new cosmic origin retcon to really tie all mutants to space in some fashion.

It is also worth noting just how many of the X-Men’s biggest comic storylines have connections to space. The iconic Phoenix Saga and Dark Phoenix Saga storylines spend a lot of time in the cosmos as Jean Grey unleashes her Dark Phoenix powers and becomes a galactic-level threat. There are also the X-Men’s various battles with the Shi’ar Empire and Brood that occupied much of the team’s attention in the comics. It was due to these threats and others that the X-Men routinely journey off-world in the comics. Since Fox never took advantage of these story possibilities, the MCU can really separate its version of mutants from what came before with a heavy cosmic connection. And if Ms. Marvel is any indication, that is exactly what they plan to do.


Will The X-Men Join Ms. Marvel In The Marvels?

The mutant origin for Ms. Marvel and potential cosmic connections for the X-Men, in general, should mean their stories cross paths at some point in the future. With Iman Vellani already confirmed to return as Kamala Khan in The Marvels, there is now the possibility that this will be where other X-Men characters appear. Ms. Marvel‘s mutant revelation is obviously a big deal and Marvel will know that audiences will expect it to be paid off sooner than later. It is for that reason that the X-Men appearing in The Marvels could happen. Kamala Khan’s role in the movie now gives Marvel Studios a natural bridge to bring the mutants into the sequel for a meaningful role. It just so happens that two of the most popular fan theories about Captain Marvel 2 focused on the Starjammers appearing or Rogue being the villain. Since the movie’s mutant count is already technically at one thanks to Ms. Marvel, the MCU could add even more now.

There is no confirmation that the X-Men will be with Kamala Khan in The Marvels, though. In fact, it seems slightly unlikely that the team will have any major role to play in the sequel. Marvel Studios could still set up their MCU debut in The Marvels depending on how the movie builds on Ms. Marvel‘s mutant twist. It is known that the studio and Kevin Feige are working on ways to bring the X-Men to the MCU after all. The Marvels could continue to lay the groundwork for their proper introduction, even if that does not mean crossing over with Kamala Khan right away.

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Star Wars Throwback Pic Shows Palpatine Actor With a Jedi Mickey Mouse

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In celebration of Ian McDiarmid’s birthday, Revenge of the Sith star Amy Allen shares a throwback photo of the Star Wars actor alongside a Force-sensitive Mickey Mouse. McDiarmid first appeared as the evil Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in 1983’s Return of the Jedi (before being added to the 2004 DVD release of The Empire Strikes Back). In the original trilogy, the Emperor rules the Galactic Empire as his apprentice, Darth Vader, and the stormtroopers enforce order. George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels unveiled his past as the charismatic politician Sheev Palpatine, who operated as a Sith Lord in secret.

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In Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Palpatine is presented as an altruistic and rational Galactic Senator from the planet Naboo—who’s actually behind the Trade Federation’s blockade and invasion of Naboo. This duplicity continues throughout the prequels as he orchestrates the Clone Wars, lures Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, and executes Order 66, extinguishing the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. It’s in Return of the Jedi that Luke Skywalker redeems his father, who then seemingly puts an end to the Emperor and his Empire. Nearly four decades after McDiarmid’s Star Wars debut, he’s one of the most recognizable cinematic villains of all time.


Allen, who played Jedi Aayla Secura in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, recently took to Instagram to wish McDiarmid a happy 78th birthday. In the post, she thanks the actor for “being the nicest Emperor” while showing photos of him at Walt Disney World’s last annual Star Wars Weekends in 2015. Check it out below:

The image of McDiarmid alongside a robed Mickey Mouse is somewhat symbolic of the House of Mouse bringing Star Wars back to vibrant life. Following Disney’s $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the sequel trilogy continued the stories of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa, and even Palpatine. Piggybacking off of his Revenge of the Sith monologue about Darth Plagueis and cheating death, 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker reveals the Emperor was behind the First Order, cementing himself as the Skywalker saga’s overarching villain before being defeated by his granddaughter, Rey.


Although Disney’s Star Wars sequels have proven divisive, the franchise and its beloved characters have found new life on Disney+ with The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (not to mention the animated shows). For the latter’s season 1 finale, McDiarmid reprised his Palpatine role once again as a hologram telling Darth Vader to let his former master go. While the Emperor likely won’t appear in future movies, he could appear in the Disney+ show Andor, which takes place during his reign. Even if he doesn’t, the Emperor’s presence will always be felt, whether it is through The Mandalorian showing Imperial forces scrambling to assemble Palpatine’s clones or by fans remembering their time with McDiarmid at Disney World.


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Dwayne Johnson Describes Black Adam’s Brutality In Gruesome Detail

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Dwayne Johnson, producer and star of Black Adam, teases how the titular character’s unforgiving nature contrasts with fellow DCEU heroes.

Dwayne Johnson teases the extent of Black Adam’s brutality as he prepares to make his debut in the DC Extended Universe. The titular villain-turned-antihero’s debut is almost a decade in the making, with 2018’s Shazam! putting the hero’s nemesis on the backburner for a few years. Black Adam is set to reunite Jungle Cruise filmmaker Jaume Collet-Sera, who is directing the project, with Johnson serving as producer.

Once a slave from Kahndaq, Black Adam will follow the merciless killer as he re-enters society after being jailed for over 5,000 years. Though he previously abused his powers granted to him by Shazam, Black Adam is now on the Justice Society of America’s radar, as they attempt to reform his abilities for the betterment of society. The JSA will star Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate. Now, Johnson is opening up about Black Adam’s unforgiving and brutal nature, clearly in stark contrast to the typical DC hero.

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During an interview with Variety, Johnson teases just how far Black Adam will go in achieving his goals. Johnson reveals that Black Adam refuses to hold back, even at the price of causing a gory scene. Although he may be helping the greater good, he will stop at nothing, even if it means killing someone. Check out Johnson’s full explanation of Black Adam’s temperament below:

“Superman won’t kill anybody. There’s a code that he lives by and he honors,” Johnson says. “Black Adam has a unique code of ethics too. He will not hesitate—and I like to have a little fun when I’m explaining this—to rip somebody in half.” Does that mean the actor is…kidding? “Literally, he’ll grab someone by the neck and by the thigh and then rip them up, tear them apart,” Johnson clarifies.

While it’s unclear whether his powers will ultimately be used for good, the film’s trailers point to a more reformed, tamed Black Adam, yet still merciless towards his victims. Previously, Johnson has hinted the origin story presented in Black Adam will justify the anti-hero’s actions, highlighting the loss of his family in drastically changing his mindset. Understanding that he will do anything in his power to protect his family, including ripping someone in half, suggests that throughout the film his character arc will turn him away from the dark side.

If this is just how brutal Black Adam can be, then the JSA has a lot of work ahead of them with reigning him in. The highly-anticipated JSA will see each character possessing their own set of powers, which will hopefully be enough to tame Black Adam in defeating the evil in Sabaac. As excitement builds for Black Adam, it’s clear that the antihero’s debut will majorly shake up the DCEU, as he is preparing to be a force to be reckoned with.

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Ghost Of Tsushima Movie Influences Explained By Chad Stahelski

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Chad Stahelski, director of the popular video game Ghost of Tsushima’s upcoming film adaptation, describes the inspiration behind the movie.

John Wick director Chad Stahelski details the main influences for his latest endeavor, the film adaptation of the popular video game Ghost of Tsushima. The Sony Playstation game, developed by Sucker Punch Productions, made history when it became the fastest-selling original Sony game in Playstation history. The game follows samurai warrior Jin Sakai, the sole survivor of a Mongol army attack on his clan. Set in 1274, Jin’s journey leads him to pursue vengeance and free the island of Tsushima. A film adaptation was announced in March 2021, with director Chad Stahelski and writer Takashi Doscher on board.

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Video game adaptations can be a touchy subject for fans, and Ghost of Tsushima has some big shoes to fill. The game was a major hit, with audiences and critics alike raving about the story, visuals, and gameplay. With a slew of awards under its belt, Ghost of Tsushima is an intimidating project for any director to take on. This is especially true considering the criticisms often faced by video game films, which come with passionate built-in audiences with high hopes to see their beloved stories done right. However, Stahelski is an accomplished director with the perfect background for the martial arts action required by Ghost of Tsushima‘s story. In addition, he has noted his enthusiasm for creating a faithful adaptation that honors the source material.


In a recent interview with Collider, Stahelski discussed his desire to film the movie in Japanese and bring in a Japanese cast. He also described some of his influences going into the project. See what he had to say below:

“Honestly, it’s probably the same things that would scare the sh*t out of most people. It’s a fantasy period piece. It’s done with reverence to Akira Kurosawa, who’s probably in the top five biggest influences of my life as far as film goes. It’s a chance to push technology and people in a story that’s timeless. It’s your typical mythological story of good versus evil, finding a man, watching him change the world or the world changes him. It’s all the Joseph Campbell stuff that you’d love in a story. You put that in with, obviously, so I’m told I have a bit of a Samurai fetish, which is probably true from Manga and anime and stuff.”

Stahelski’s previous comments about the Ghost of Tsushima movie have already built high expectations around the film. His most recent words on the subject go even further, promising exactly the sort of culturally rich, character-driven fantasy epic fans of the video games are hoping for. The reference to Akira Kurosawa also bodes well for Stahelski’s intentions to stay true to the video game’s samurai genre roots. All in all, the director’s encouraging comments tease an exceptional production that combines the westernized format of the hero’s journey with plenty of Japanese influence on a story and filmmaking level.


Ghost of Tsushima is the latest in a renaissance of video game to screen adaptations, including the Ruben Fleischer-directed Uncharted and HBO’s The Last of Us series. Despite the curse that seems to befall many video game adaptations, many are eager to see Stahelski’s rendition of the beloved story. Little else is known about the Ghost of Tsushima film for now, and a release date has yet to be announced by Sony. But Stahelski’s attention to detail and enthusiasm for faithfully adapting the source material is a good sign for the project.

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