Asgard is a thing of the past, but its mightiest warrior might be the most important person to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor hasn’t exactly had the easiest time in the MCU — both as a character and a franchise leader. His first two solo films were just mediocre by Marvel’s (admittedly high) standards, and until Thor: Ragnarok came along, there was a strong argument to be made that he was better served as a supporting character in the Avengers team-up movies than a solo act. It wasn’t until director Taika Waititi fully embraced the colorful, cosmic madness of Thor in 2017’s Ragnarok that actor Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder really found his MCU groove — but what a discovery it was. That feeling — that Thor had finally hit his stride — extended through his story arc in both Avengers: Infinity War and this year’s Avengers: Endgame, which put Thor front and center against Thanos and reframed him as … [Read more...] about Why Thor is the key to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame
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In the leadup to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, spoilers regarding the plot of the highly anticipated Marvel movie were considered almost as dangerous as Thanos himself. With the film now entering its second weekend in theaters, the directors of Endgame revealed their perspective on when it’s OK to start talking openly about key plot points in the movie. After requesting that audiences “Don’t Spoil the Endgame” for weeks now, filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo addressed the anti-spoiler campaign around the film on morning talk show Good Morning America and indicated when they feel the ban on spoilers should be lifted. According to the directors, audiences should feel free to start talking openly about Endgame as of Monday, May 6. If you haven’t seen Endgame yet, see it this weekend. The spoiler ban lifts on Monday! @GMA for the full video… pic.twitter.com/gGrvUgLL6k — Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) May 2, 2019 … [Read more...] about Here’s when Avengers: Endgame spoilers are OK, according to the directors
Well on its way to becoming the biggest movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe and put an exclamation point on a 22-movie saga that unfolded over more than a decade. In a movie filled with spectacular scenes, visual effects studio Weta Digital developed some of the film’s most memorable moments — including a third-act battle featuring just about every hero in the MCU. Digital Trends spoke to Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Matt Aitken of Weta, who led the team’s work on Avengers: Endgame and offered up some thoughts on how the movie’s greatest moments — and characters — were brought to the screen. (Warning: Avengers: Endgame spoilers abound below) Digital Trends: First, congratulations on the film. I think it has a decent chance of being a hit. Matt Aitken: [Laughs] Yeah, people do seem to be appreciating it and attending it, which is always lovely. Did you have much time between working on … [Read more...] about Behind the scenes with the visual effects heroes from Avengers: Endgame
The hype for Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 is growing, spurred most recently by a Sony-held investor conference where the company showed how the new console’s solid state drive will improve load times. It’s an impressive improvement, to be sure, changing the load time of a select Spider-Man scene from over eight seconds to under one. Less is known about the graphics horsepower of the next-gen console, but that hasn’t stopped speculation that it’ll be a powerhouse on par with many high-end gaming PCs. It’s not surprising for new hardware to send gamer’s hearts aflutter. It’s a tale as old as gaming itself. Yet times have changed. A new console used to mean a major leap forward that could make entirely new genres possible. Today’s multi-platform, cloud-centric world has changed that. It doesn’t matter how fast the PlayStation 5 will be – but that doesn’t mean Sony is in trouble. No one outruns the cloud Sony … [Read more...] about Sony’s PlayStation 5 won’t outperform Google’s Stadia. Does it matter?
You may not know it, but NASA could be searching for a person just like you … to help take out its trash. It’s a bit more exciting that that sounds, though. Instead of looking for a janitor to help empty the trash bins at NASA’s headquarters in Washington D.C., the world renowned space agency is turning to outsiders with bright ideas to help it figure out better ways of getting rid of the tons of garbage that will be produced by astronauts on future deep space missions. NASA’s request for partners to develop concepts for potential Trash Compaction and Processing Systems (TCPS) was laid out in a recent document issued through the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP). In a section titled “Logistics Reduction in Space by Trash Compaction and Processing System,” they noted that: “NASA’s ultimate goal is to develop capabilities to enable missions that are not reliant on resupply from Earth thus making them more … [Read more...] about NASA wants help coming up with ways to get rid of astronauts’ space trash