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Munich: The Edge Of War Ending Explained & What Happened Next

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Warning: Spoilers for Netflix’s Munich: The Edge of War.

Munich: The Edge of War‘s ending leaves several narrative codas that need to be explained in the context of what happened next historically. Helmed by fledgling director Christian Schwochow, Munich: The Edge of War is based upon the novel of the same name by eminent English writer Robert Harris, whose forte lies in works of historical fiction. It is fitting, then, that Munich: The Edge of War‘s ending serves as a blend of fact and fiction that ties into the last months of peace prior to the outbreak of World War II.

Munich: The Edge of War’s story of twisting political narrative converges on the ill-fated Munich Conference, a two-day summit held in September 1938 in which British, French and other European government leaders met to discuss Adolf Hitler’s (Ulrich Matthes) plans to annex neighboring Czechoslovakia. The British diplomacy efforts are led by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons), who is dead set on pursuing peace by any means, including appeasing the dangerous Nazi Party leader. Running parallel to the conference itself, British diplomat Hugh Legat (George MacKay) is tasked by MI6 to work with his long-time friend Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner), who is now operating covertly from within the German government to bring down Hitler’s fascist reign.

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Posited by Netflix as a historical drama, the movie adaptation of Munich: The Edge of War instead acts as a revisionist period piece designed to paint the pre-war British delegation in a much more favorable light. Schwochow’s film also, at times, plays like a thriller despite his audience already knowing that this particular tableau ends in war, with several unexpected twists refusing to conform to the well-trodden World War II narrative. Here’s Munich: The Edge of War’s ending explained, as well as what happened next in the real world.


How Much Of Munich: The Edge Of War Was Real?

Much of Munich: The Edge of War‘s period setting is highly accurate against 1938, with the filming locations of Berlin, Potsdam, Munich, and several parts of England adding authenticity to Schwochow’s carefully timelined drama. The film also pays particular attention to detail to the pre-war aesthetic of Europe, with each delegation’s signature dress recreated with dazzling attention to detail. Netflix has excelled in recent years at blending fictionalized true stories with real historical characters and Munich: The Edge of War is no different. Within these details are also nestled several characters based on real-life historical figures that form the backbone of Munich: The Edge of War‘s narrative.


The film’s main protagonist Neville Chamberlain is a well-known figure from Britain’s historical archives who was the country’s Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940. Chamberlain did publically attend the Munich conference of 1938, where his main aim was to spare Europe the horrors of war, although his motivations for doing so were more politically motivated in real life. Chamberlain’s nemesis in Munich: The Edge of War, Adolf Hitler, is also an accurate representation of the dictator in his pre-war years, with the actor Matthes truly capturing Hitler’s ever-swelling God complex and political drive in a striking performance. The film’s Paul von Hartmann (more on him later) and Sir Osmund Cleverly (Mark Lewis Jones) are also based on real people, although their characters are severely altered from their real-world counterparts.

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Why Paul Didn’t Assassinate Hitler & What Happened To Him

In the penultimate scene, Munich: The Edge of War character Paul von Hartmann prepares to shoot Hitler in his chambers after Hugh confirms they have failed to deliver the Nazi plans into Allied hands. Paul’s chance arrives when a member of his covert team allows him a window to assassinate Hitler, but Paul fails to pull the trigger, missing the opportunity. This split-second decision is due to Hitler and Paul’s conversation, in which Paul’s own responses to the Führer remind him that “the German people are scared of war.” At this moment, Paul realizes that killing Hitler could be the catalyst for war rather than preventing it, with Hitler’s death likely to engage a German military and population already primed for conflict, bringing the exact horror upon his country that he has been striving to avoid.


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Hartmann’s character is loosely based on the real-life anti-Nazi diplomat Adam von Trott zu Solz, a German lawyer and politician involved in the conservative resistance to Nazism during Hiter’s rise to power. In the years that followed the Munich Agreement, Trott’s true story is fascinating, with the covert operative involved in several campaigns to undermine the Third Reich’s influence and reputation across Germany. Nearing desperation and before the Allies turned the tide of the war on the beaches of Normandy, Trott became one of the leaders of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg’s plot to assassinate Hitler in July 1944, with the daring plot’s failure consigning Trott to execution that same year.

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How Long The Munich Agreement Lasted In WWII

Munich: The Edge of War goes to painstaking lengths to display that Chamberlain’s Munich Agreement was a vital brokerage of peace. Yet in the film’s coda, the final messages on-screen confirm the Munich Agreement was broken in less than a year following Hitler’s admission to his SS general Franz Sauer (August Diehl) that he would “rip up” the agreement regardless of its terms. Hitler’s flagrant disregard for the treaty saw him invade Poland against the terms of the Munich Agreement, triggering the start of World War II in Europe on September 3rd, 1939.

Neville Chamberlain’s Resignation & True Story Explained

While Munich: The Edge of War paints Chamberlain in a stoic, selfless light as a man willing to sacrifice anything to save Europe, the British politician’s true story is a far more controversial one. Munich: The Edge of War‘s historical setting is impressively accurate, yet the reason Chamberlain aggressively pursued appeasing Hitler was primarily due to his public political stance in Britain, and one which he could not back down from. Many historians posit that Chamberlain’s hubris aided him in believing Hitler would honor the Munich Agreement and not start World War II when in fact, there were ample warning signs that Hitler was already preparing his forces to invade Poland and break the contract.

In the closing captions, Munich: The Edge of War also touches briefly on Chamberlain’s death, although it does not explain why. In real life, Chamberlain’s public embarrassment after being forced to declare war on Germany just months after the Munich Agreement left him in an untenable political position, with both the Labor and Liberal parties of the time refusing to serve under him. As a result, Chamberlain resigned from office in 1940, with the former Prime Minister dying of cancer just six months later in October that same year. Munich: The Edge of War‘s spy-thriller ending posits that Chamberlain’s efforts in Munich gave Britain a vital year to prepare for war, but in the context of the real pre-war years, many still believe to this day that Chamberlain’s appeasement is what emboldened Hitler to continue his plans against Europe in the first place.


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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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