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Ava DuVernay to direct DC’s ‘New Gods’

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This is going to be EPIC.

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Ava DuVernay is confirmed to direct DC’s new superhero movie New Gods and fans of the comic are losing their damn minds.

Reported by Variety, A Wrinkle in Time director DuVernay has signed on to steer the ship for the new DC Extended Universe epic, based on the Jack Kirby-created comic.

It’ll be the second DC superhero film to be directed by a woman, following the Patty Jenkins-helmed box office smash Wonder Woman. 

While DuVernay’s current Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, underperformed at the U.S. box office, she’s smashed it elsewhere. Selma made her the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, she was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary 13th, and she took home the directing award at Sundance for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. Boom.

Cover of The New Gods #1, 1971

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New Gods was created in 1971 by Kirby. It centers on two planets: New Genesis, an arcadian planet ruled by Highfather, and Apokolips, an apocalyptic dystopia ruled by the formidable Darkseid. 

DuVernay paired the news with a sweet Twitter tribute to Kirby, who passed away in 1994.

Fans lost their minds over the announcement.

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Sorry, folks, but Tony Stark needs to die in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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It’s been real, Tony.

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“Let’s get the bad news out of the way: your boy Iron Man is probably gonna die in Avengers: Infinity War. But the good news is, he probably should die.

Why am I ruining everything you once loved and held dear? I’m not. Marvel is doing that, so please direct your Twitter @s their way.

The evidence to support Tony Stark dying in the upcoming battle to end all battles is substantial. We already know people are going to die in Infinity War. Screenwriter Stephen McFeely told Entertainment Weekly that, “It’s safe to say we will say farewell to people.” And it really won’t be much of a farewell unless we’re saying goodbye to at least one of the main Avengers. 

But if you still don’t want to believe, here’s every reason why Tony Stark will and should die in Infinity War (or, at the very latest, in the Infinity War sequel due out next year). 

It’s time for a new era of MCU heroes

In many ways, Tony Stark is the OG Avenger of…” 

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/17/ironman-tony-stark-death-avengers-infinity-war/

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Steven Spielberg will join the DC universe for a ‘Blackhawk’ movie

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This is a photo of Blackhawk, not Steven Spielberg.

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“Steven Spielberg is headed to the DC universe.

Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that Spielberg has signed on for Blackhawk, an action-adventure movie based on the DC comics.

The press release notes that Spielberg has “an eye to directing” the film, which suggests he’s not quite locked in for that role yet. Either way, though, he’ll produce with his company Amblin Entertainment.

“I am excited,” Spielberg said in a statement.

David Koepp, whose credits include Jurassic Park, Spider-Man…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/17/steven-spielberg-blackhawk-dc-movie/

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To understand why Thanos is cool in ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ check the comics

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Thanos is kind of a joke, isn’t he?

“Marvel’s been building up to the Mad Titan’s big, knockdown assault on the universe in Avengers: Infinity War for almost 10 years. But in all that time, across 18 movies, we’ve spent only a handful of minutes with the new movie’s villain.

For those who have no background with Thanos beyond how he’s been portrayed so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hard to take him seriously. He’s CG Josh Brolin, rendered in deep purple hues that almost make him resemble a walking, talking raisin.

Fans of Marvel Comics, on the other hand, know Thanos well. He’s been a sinister presence for decades, and his pursuit of…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/12/thanos-explainer-marvel-avengers-infinity-war/

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