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Eternals Raises 6 Questions Blade’s MCU Movie Needs To Answer

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Mahershala Ali’s debut in Eternals raised multiple questions that his Marvel Cinematic Universe Blade movie now has to answer. It took nearly two years from the time the Oscar-winning actor was confirmed to play Blade to officially join the MCU. Most expected the vampire hunter to appear at some point in MCU Phase 4, but Ali made a surprise debut in Eternals‘ post-credits scene. The voice-only role gave audiences just a tease of what Eric Brooks will be like in the MCU, raising some major questions in the process.

Eternals was not on most radars for a Blade cameo, as the movie was busy enough already introducing nearly a dozen new heroes and explaining the Eternals, Deviants, and Celestials’ history in the MCU. However, that didn’t stop Marvel Studios and director Chloé Zhao from including Mahershala Ali’s voice in the post-credits. The Eternals tease saw Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) acquire the Ebony Blade, a powerful sword with strong connections to his family. Getting the Ebony Blade is the first step in Dane’s journey to becoming the Black Knight, which he hopes can help him save Sersi (Gemma Chan). Before he could pick up his new weapon, though, Blade speaks to Dane and asks if he is really ready for this power, curse, and everything else that comes with claiming the weapon.

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Despite the excitement that came with Eternals‘ surprise Blade cameo, it also left many viewers wanting more. Dane Whitman had a small role in the movie, and there was some immediate confusion over who spoke to him in the post-credits scene. It might have been disappointing in some regards, but Marvel Studios clearly has big plans for both characters. Black Knight now seems like a very strong candidate to appear in Blade, which gives the MCU a chance to answer some of Eternals‘ Blade, Black Knight, and Ebony Blade questions.

Why Is Blade Only Appearing After Eternals?

Potentially the biggest question Blade needs to answer after Eternals is why Mahershala Ali’s character is only just now appearing. There is the real-world factor of the character not being part of Marvel Studios’ plans prior to Ali telling Kevin Feige he wanted to play him, but that has always meant the MCU will need to explain where he’s been in the past. Blade’s Eternals cameo indicates he’s an experienced hero, so what was he doing when Loki invaded, Ultron attacked, or Thanos arrived? The MCU has plenty of options to explain why Blade waited until Eternals to join the larger universe, but it will be up to Blade to provide the official explanation.


Is Blade Connected to Dane Whitman’s Uncle?

Eternals’ ending leaves lots of unanswered questions about the circumstances that led to Blade and Dane Whitman’s encounter, including whether or not Eric Brooks is connected to Dane’s uncle. The movie features a few hints about Dane’s uncle, who should be the villain Nathan Garrett based on the comics. Dane’s uncle was a previous owner of the Ebony Blade in the source material, and Eternals wraps up with Dane and his uncle patching up their relationship. This is how he came to obtain the Ebony Blade in the first place, but that also implies that Dane’s uncle used the powerful sword in the past. Since Blade pops up to talk to Dane once he gets the weapon, many have wondered if he is familiar with Dane’s uncle. Blade’s MCU past is completely unexplored to this point, but it could make sense for him and Dane’s uncle to have a connection. This could explain how Blade knew to visit Dane and seems to have an understanding of what it means to pick up the Ebony Blade. If Mahershal Ali’s MCU hero is connected to Dane’s uncle, Blade is the perfect place to make that relationship known.


Did Blade Actually Visit Dane Whitman?

Another question with an unclear answer that comes from Eternals‘ Blade cameo is the nature of his interaction with Dane Whitman. Marvel Studios considered showing Mahershala Ali’s Blade for the first time in the post-credits, but they elected to only use his voice instead. This creates a bit of uncertainty in regard to whether or not Blade physically visited Eternals‘ Dane Whitman. Dane turns his head after hearing Blade speak, which seemingly indicates that the vampire hunter was in the room and just out of the audiences’ view. However, there is also the chance that Blade spoke to Dane through some other method. For all we know, Blade could’ve appeared to Dane through a magical portal opened by Wong, Doctor Strange, or another sorcerer. Since Black Knight and Blade seem to be connected for the MCU’s future, it would be nice if Blade shows the continuation of this scene and reveals what really happened in Eternals.

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Related: Why Blade’s MCU Debut Is Disappointing

How Is Blade Connected to Black Knight’s Ebony Blade?

There is also a lingering question about how the Black Knight/Blade setup hints the Daywalker is also connected to the Ebony Blade itself. This comes in part due to Blade’s appearance in Eternals‘ post-credits scene but also because producer Nate Moore teased that Blade and Black Knight do have a connection. The Marvel producer said, “the characteristics of the Ebony Blade are not dissimilar, to some degree, of vampirism.” How the Ebony Blade is connected to vampirism is not known, but that is seemingly the beginning of the explanation for how Blade is tied to the infamous Marvel sword. However, Blade’s connection to the Ebony Blade could go far beyond this. He might have used the sword at some point in the past or have an in-depth understanding of it. If Black Knight is going to be in Blade, then the movie can provide an explanation for how much Eric Brooks really knows about the Ebony Blade.


Is Black Knight A Vampire Hunter?

Some Eternals viewers have also questioned the possibility that Black Knight is a vampire hunter for the MCU. Theories about Black Knight’s history hunting vampires arose from Moore’s quotes about the Ebony Blade having similarities to vampirism. Since the Ebony Blade has been passed down throughout generations, the Black Knight mantle could be one with a very different MCU history compared to the comics. This could potentially tie the Black Knight and Ebony Blade to the origins of vampires, which could go back to the days of King Arthur. Since the Ebony Blade also has a sort of blood lust just like vampires, having the Black Knight mantle be tied to vampires would make some sense. Eternals barely had time to introduce Dane Whitman as a character, so it certainly had no time to explore any possible vampire ties of the Black Knight mantle. As a result, Blade would be the perfect place to potentially reveal this information.

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Will Blade & Black Knight Team Up?

There is also the question about Blade and Black Knight’s MCU futures being linked after Eternals, raising the possibility that they could be part of the same super team moving forward. It’s no secret that MCU Phase 4 is building multiple teams that Blade and Black Knight could be part of individually. However, it seems that they’re also going to be teammates on some level. This could happen with Black Knight appearing in Blade in a similar capacity as Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which would give Dane and Blade a chance to work together without officially being part of a superhero team.


The MCU can take Blade and Black Knight’s potential partnership a step further, though, by making them teammates at MI-13 or the Midnight Sons. MI-13 is the British superhero team usually led by Captain Britain. They’re both part of the team in the comics, and now that Eternals‘ post-credits linked them together, Blade and Black Knight could be part of the MCU’s first iteration of that team. Meanwhile, the Midnight Sons is a team of supernatural heroes. Blade is commonly associated with the team, and while the Black Knight has never been part of the Midnight Sons in the comics, that’s never stopped the MCU from changing team lineups before. Since the MCU is linking the Ebony Blade to vampirism, the future could see Blade and Black Knight working alongside Doctor Strange, Moon Knight, and other supernatural characters, even if Blade doesn’t answer every question.

More: Everything We Know So Far About MCU Blade

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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