It has been months since Marvel Cinematic Universe’s big finale Avengers: Endgame hit the big screen, but the buzz around the movie refuses to die down. Post the film’s digital release, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo answered a few burning fan questions during an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.
Here are the six major reveals by the filmmakers.
On the sequence of time portals
“We spent a lot of time in the edit room playing around with the sequencing of the portals. We probably didn’t lock that section of the movie until about a month before the film was in theaters. We always wanted Sam to be the first one to communicate with Cap via his comm, and Sam was last in Wakanda, so logically the first portal that would open would be the Wakanda portal. And the first person that would logically walk through a portal from Wakanda would be the King himself, bringing his army once again to the defense of Cap and the world,” Joe Russo said.
On Captain America wielding Mjolnir
“Our interpretation of the famous scene in Avengers: Ultron was that when Cap realized he could pick up Mjolnir he quickly chose not to, because he didn’t want to embarrass Thor,” Anthony Russo said.
On Tony Stark’s death
Confessing that the day they had to shoot Robert Downey Jr’s character Iron Man’s death was perhaps the toughest day on the film sets, Joe Russo said, “I think Tony’s arc is incredibly tragic and unquantifiably heroic. As a father myself, contemplating the notion of being presented with the choice of saving the universe at the cost of losing your life, and knowing that your child would lose their father, and that your wife would lose a husband, is painfully difficult to comprehend. It’s a choice that only the greatest amongst us could make.”
On Vormir and the Soul Stone
“For the centrepiece of Vormir where you retrieve the stone, we referenced ruins that were used for human sacrifice as an inspiration,” Anthony Russo said.
“The choice to keep the soul stone out of the storytelling wasn’t entirely ours. But, we were thrilled that the stone had remained a mystery in the MCU and that we were able to use it for such a surprising purpose,” he added.
Easter eggs in Endgame
During the session, the directors said that there are still more easter eggs to be discovered in the finale.
A superhero movie they wish to direct
“We’ve always loved us some Wolverine,” Anthony Russo said.
Beverly Hills, Aug 8 (AP/UNB) — Jussie Smollett is gone from "Empire" but his character will live on, at least in photos.
Smollett's Jamal Lyon, who last season married Kai (Toby Onwumere), will be away on his honeymoon when the Fox drama returns Sept. 24 for its sixth and last season, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday.
"You'll see pictures of him in the background," Collier said, without elaborating. He promised "surprises at the beginning of the season that you're going to love."
In a Q&A with TV critics, affirmed series producer Lee Daniels' decision to drop Smollett from the hip-hop family drama.
Daniels had initially supported Smollett after the actor claimed he suffered a racist and anti-gay attack in Chicago. But when Smollett faced charges for allegedly fabricating the attack, Daniels said the matter had become painful and frustrating for him and the "Empire" cast .
Prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett in March, but a special prosecutor could charge him again .
Asked why Fox had extended Smollett's contract despite his legal peril, Collier said the network wanted to properly assess the situation before making a decision about Smollett's future with "Empire."
Whether an "Empire" spinoff could happen remains to be seen. Collier said the focus now is giving the drama the "huge send-off" it's earned by virtue of its pop-culture impact, but he's open to the possibility.
"We're in the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong business," he said of the show's co-creators and executive producers. "If there's more stories to be told, we want to hear it."
Beijing, Aug 8 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Adapted from a popular sci-fi novel, Chinese futuristic romance "Shanghai Fortress" is set to open in Chinese theaters on Friday, according to the China Film Distribution and Exhibition Association.
Starring actress Shu Qi and singer-turned-actor Lu Han, the film tells of the city of Shanghai's battle to defend itself against an attack by an alien force that has laid siege to numerous cities around the globe in its quest to harvest a hidden energy only found on earth.
It is another high-profile movie to join the new club of China's domestic sci-fi movies, whose combined box offices are predicted to surpass those of foreign imports this year in an "unprecedented" development in China's movie history, according to an industry report released at Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
Earlier this year, "The Wandering Earth," with a box office of 4.6 billion yuan (about 670 million U.S. dollars), became China's second highest-grossing movie of all time, spurring heated discussions about the advent of a new era of China's sci-fi blockbusters.
New York, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — Taylor Swift is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced Wednesday that the pop star will hit the stage on Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Swift and Ariana Grande are the most nominated acts, competing for 10 awards each. Swift's nominations include video of the year, song of the year, best visual effects and more.
The VMAs will be three days after Swift releases her seventh album, "Lover." Her gay pride anthem, "You Need to Calm Down," is nominated for video of the year along with Grande's "thank u, next," Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy," Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road," 21 Savage and J. Cole's "A Lot," and Jonas Brothers' "Sucker."
Comedian-actor Sebastian Maniscalco will be host.
Dhaka, 08th August (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged an inauguration ceremony of ‘Bangabandhu Memorial Lectures’ - an initiative to discuss the life and works of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on Wednesday at its National Art Gallery.
Prime Minister’s political advisor H T Imam was present in the ceremony as its Chief Guest. The programme was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister K M Khalid.
Chaired by BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky, the event featured the first lecture by National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam titled as ‘Political Leadership in Bengal and Bangabandhu’.
BSA will continue arranging such programmes with a total of hundred lectures, and this was the first among the hundred- Liaquat Ali Lucky announced in the ceremony.
The ceremony commenced with one minute of silence as homage to all the martyrs of the tragic 15th August. Shilpakala’s children troupe then performed two songs- “Dhannya Mujib Dhannya” and “Shono Ekti Mujiborer Theke”, dedicated to Bangabandhu. Academy’s dance performers also staged a dance performance with the song “Dukhini Bangla Janani Bangla”.
The event was a part of BSA’s month long remembrance programme schedule regarding the National Mourning Day and the 44th Death Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.