‘Avengers: Endgame’ Character Posters Appear to Confirm Valkyrie Survived the Snap

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Pretty much everyone was disappointed with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the Asgardian hero who played a major part in “Thor: Ragnarok,” not only didn’t appear in “Avengers: Infinity War” at all — but didn’t even warrant a mention at any point in the film’s hefty 150-minute running time. But we pretty much knew that Valkyrie would pop up in “Avengers: Endgame” next month after she flew with Chris Hemsworth to Atlanta for “Endgame” reshoots.

That “pretty much knew” became “confirmed” this morning when “Avengers: Endgame” stars and various Marvel Cinematic Universe social media accounts posted a whole pile of character posters for the film — and Thompson posted the Valkyrie one on her Instagram.

Look at it!

Interestingly, there’s a pattern to the character posters overall that reveals an important fact about Valkyrie. I’ll put a few of them below and you look at them and see if you can figure it out.

1 Month. #AvengersEndgame (5/8) pic.twitter.com/k6jb9MaoyL

— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 26, 2019

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’ll save you the trouble — the character posters that feature people who died in “Infinity War,” whether because of Thanos’ snap or otherwise, are in black and white. And the posters featuring those who survived the movie are in color. And Valkyrie’s poster is in color! That means, ostensibly, that Valkyrie could very well play a key role in the early parts of “Endgame.” Hell, maybe she’s gonna be the one to rescue Tony and Nebula, who are marooned out in deep space.

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So while we don’t really know what happened with Valkyrie during “Infinity War,” it’s not too difficult to extrapolate. Thanos, when he and his Black Order captured the ship that the surviving Asgardians were on, only killed half of them — because that’s what they do and Thor noted that fact later on in the film. We don’t know what happened with the other half, but presumably Valkyrie was either with them or had left before Thanos’ Sanctuary II ship arrived if we’re assuming this poster means she wasn’t killed.

Whatever happened, it looks like she’s about to be back in a big way. As if were weren’t already hyped up enough about “Endgame.”

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There was an interesting real-world subplot that developed last week when the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer dropped. Marvel Studios also released a poster for the film, and every actor whose character was featured got their name listed at the top, save one: Danai Gurira, who plays the Wakandan warrior Okoye from “Black Panther.”

This bit of info understandably irked some folks — Okoye is a great character and Gurira is awesome in the role. So it made perfect sense to question why her name was left off the top of the poster if her face was important enough to be included on the thing in the first place.

Disney quickly put out an updated version of the post with Gurira’s name on it, and the furor died down as everyone resumed parsing every frame of the “Endgame” trailer for clues to how this whole “Avengers” story is going to end. But I say that the fact that Okoye is even on that poster is a big clue about her importance in this film.

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Her inclusion on the poster is particularly interesting because she is the only character on it who hasn’t been seen at some point in one of the two trailers or the Super Bowl commercial. So why in the world would she be on the poster if she isn’t a key character in the film? The answer, we can’t help but think, is that she actually is a key character.

It’s impossible to guess just how important she will be overall, given how secretive Marvel is being in general about “Avengers: Endgame” and the fact that Gurira has not been featured in any of the leaked set photos that have come out. And, of course, the fact that Marvel has not even really suggested that Okoye will be a key figure in “Endgame” at all.

But, again, there has to be some reason why they would put her on the poster, and I can’t help but think that it’s because Okoye will take up the mantle of the Black Panther after T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes one of the victims of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) deadly finger snap.

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But what does that mean for her involvement in the plot of “Endgame”? She hasn’t been included in any of the team shots from the marketing, but then again neither has Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and there’s no question he’s going to figure in heavily to everything that goes on in the movie. But if I had to guess about the specifics of Okoye’s involvement, I would think that Wakanda would certainly be involved in whatever plan the Avengers eventually cook up since it has by far the best technology on the planet.

Since Shuri (Letitia Wright) is also a victim of Thanos’ snap (she’s listed as one of the missing in the first “Endgame” trailer), our heroes won’t be operating at peak efficiency — but just having those stores of vibranium will no doubt be helpful. And if the Avengers are doing stuff in Wakanda, then Okoye will by extension definitely be around.

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Making any guesses beyond that would be very difficult since we know so little. But you can be sure that Okoye is not the type to want to take advantage of the situation in order to keep her Black Panther powers — T’Challa was her close friend and she, like all our other surviving heroes, will definitely be up for doing whatever it takes to undo the unfathomable damage Thanos caused.

But to find out what exactly “whatever it takes” will involve for Okoye specifically, we’ll probably just have to just watch “Avengers: Endgame” when it hits theaters on April 26. Not long now.

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So a few months back we spotted some leaked toy designs that indicated that our heroes would be sporting some very future-looking white uniforms in “Avengers: Endgame,” and that leaked turned out to be completely legit as the third trailer for the impending megablockbuster (you can watch it here) ends by showing  most of the surviving Avengers wearing exactly that.

Specifically, we see Captain America (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) wearing these new suits. It’s particularly notable that Rhodes is actually wearing his War Machine suit, just modified in the styling of the uniforms.

It’s also notable who we don’t see wearing them: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). We have no context for this scene, whether it happens early on or late in the movie, but it’s worth pointing out that in the brief shots we get of our heroes fighting in what looks like a thoroughly war-torn landscape –which feels like a climax-ish situation — none of them are wearing these things.

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Now, you may be tempted to think these uniforms are just an aesthetic choice, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think there’s an actual practical reason for the Avengers to pop these things on, and it involves travel into the Quantum Realm and/or through time.

It’s fairly well known at this point among the nerds that “Avengers: Endgame” will delve into some previously unused fantastical comic book mechanics to try to undo Thanos’ snap that killed half of everyone in the universe — specifically, time travel. And so they would likely need some kind of suit tailored to that use since that kind of thing isn’t an innate ability. Like how Ant-Man has to wear his suit that was specifically made for shrinking and enlarging himself if he wants to, you know, shrink or enlarge himself.

And if the Avengers are going to travel through time, perhaps by using the Quantum Realm as a shortcut (remember that line about a “time vortex” from “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), then it stands to reason that they would need special suits to actually do that.

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But this is all still speculation, of course. Marvel is doing a pretty great job of not giving away anything even while including all these seemingly revealing shots. But that’s par for the course — they literally put Tony Stark crying over Spider-Man’s ash pile in one of the “Infinity War” trailers and nobody was the wiser about it.

So we’ll see. We’re only a month and a half away now. “Avengers: Endgame” lands in theaters, as you probably know, on April 26.

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Marvel Studios has been putting out footage from “Avengers: Endgame” at barely a trickle thus far, with the first trailer and the Super Bowl LIII spot avoiding anything that could resemble action, and the tease at the end of “Captain Marvel” just showing our heroes hanging out at Avengers HQ.

But that trend has finally ended, as this third trailer and fourth look overall at “Avengers: Endgame” finally brings us some action. It’s all out of context and we have no idea what we’re looking at, but nonetheless there’s action.

“Avengers: Endgame” is just that — the endgame of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing us the conclusion of the story that began in earnest in “Marvel’s The Avengers” back in 2012. This new trailer makes a number of nods to that history, opening with clips from the original “Iron Man” movies that started all this off back in 2008 as the present-day Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ponders the path he’s taken that ended with him getting marooned in space in the wake of “Infinity War.”

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The trailer also looks back at “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Thor,” other origin movies from Phase 1.

The big moments from this trailer, though, show us some heroes fighting in just an absolutely torn-up environment that we have not seen before. In that location we see: Rocket (Bradley Cooper) perched on Iron Man’s shoulder in that place; Nebula (Karen Gillan) charging at somebody or something; Captain America (Chris Evans) doing that dramatic tightening of one of the straps on his shield that we saw in the Super Bowl trailer; and perhaps the shot of Ant-Man pulling some kind of lever is also in that place, as the aesthetic is pretty similar.

We also get a few new shots of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), which is always exciting because it seems like he has some kind of mysterious new role to play in this story given that he has clearly taken on (returned to) the identity of Ronin now.

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Anyway, you can catch “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters on April 26.

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8 Things We Learned From That Intense ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Super Bowl Commercial

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Deep breath, everyone. We’ve been waiting anxiously any and every piece of info we can get about “Avengers: Endgame” ever since “Infinity War” blew us away by killing off most of the of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s roster of heroes.

We just got, during the Super Bowl, our second piece of marketing for “Endgame,” after Disney dropped a short teaser trailer back in December. This Super Bowl ad was just 30 seconds long, but it may actually have more substance than the previous trailer. It’s all just a bunch of context-free stuff at first glance, but there may be a lot going on here.

I’m going to make that argument, anyway, over the course of the rest of this article as I break down the biggest shots from the “Avengers: Endgame” Super Bowl ad. So let’s try to figure out what we learned from this thing.

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1. The world is all out of wack

That’s not surprising at all, of course, given what happened. But this spot gives us two shots that demonstrate the weirdness of this new world. First, a shot of Liberty Island in New York with tons of boats surrounding it. And, second, a shot of Citi Field in Queens, where the Mets play, completely empty with the diamond faded. These two very brief shots say a lot.

2. Steve Rogers goes to a support group

So the Thanos snap, everybody who’s left is obviously very upset about the whole thing, with half of humanity just deleted from existence. And so Captain America himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), is going to a support group. “Where do we go, now that they’re gone?” reads the sign.  But Steve doesn’t look like he’s ready to accept the new reality. And it certainly doesn’t sound like he’s ready to accept it.

The Super Bowl ad has exactly one line in it — Steve saying, “Some people move on. But not us.” HMMMM.

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3. Tony Stark doing some kind of work with a blowtorch with Nebula on the ship they’re marooned on

So the first trailer started off with Tony (Robert Downey Jr) acting all morose and recording a message to Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) about how he’s going to die in space. This add shows Tony one time, doing something with a blowtorch to the guts of the ship he and Nebula (Karen Gillen) are stuck on.

This of course makes me immediately think of the first “Iron Man” film, when Tony built his first suit when he was captured by an Afghani warlord. Just Tony doing Tony things in order to survive. I bet he’s gonna plug the arc reactor on his chest into the ship somehow, to really drive that comparison home.

4. Rocket goes to a cabin in an unknown place

So there’s one pretty odd shot of Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) in the middle of the spot where he opens the door to what looks like a seaside shack of some sort. Where is this? It looks like there’s some traps on the ground there, so presumably it’s Earth? But it’s very interesting that they’re showing this location. Because…

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5. Thor is also in an unknown place that looks vaguely like the landscape in the Rocket shot

But Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is not in that cabin that Rocket was entering. It kinda looks like he’s in a space ship that just landed somewhere. Or maybe some kind of alien ruin? But where in the world could it be? I have no idea.

6. Ant-Man and War Machine look like they’re ready to fight somebody inside Avengers HQ

There’s no indication about what’s going on there, though an earlier shot shows some of the other surviving Avengers standing dramatically in front of Avengers HQ. But they’re not in suits in that previous shot. This time, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) emphatically shut their masks like they’re ready to go at that moment. Are they just gearing up for a mission elsewhere, or is the war coming to them?

7. Steve very angrily tightening the strap on his shield

So the longest shot in the trailer is pretty inexplicable. It’s Steve Rogers holding his shield — his original shield, not the dual Wakandan shields from “Infinity War” — and violently tightening the strap holding it to his arm.

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This bit is super intriguing because out of context it doesn’t make any sense. Given how sort of angrily he pulls on that strap, you have to think this is happening during an intense moment. Could it be in the climactic fight at the end of the movie? Would the Russos really have slipped something from the end of the movie into a trailer? Well, they put a shot of Tony being said about Spider-Man’s death into an “Infinity War” trailer, so yes.

8. All the heroes who were on Earth at the end of “Infinity War” and survived the snap are in the final shot of the spot

It’s very unlikely that we’re going to see all the Avengers together — even just the ones who are alive at the beginning of “Endgame” — in the marketing, but at the very least we get every Avenger who survived Wakanda, plus Rocket, in one shot in this commercial. It feels good, even if the shot doesn’t look like a happy one and you can barely even see them. Captain America, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor, Rocket, War Machine, Ant-Man. Man.

“Avengers: Endgame” is out April 26.

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Will There Be an ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer During the Super Bowl?

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It’s a cliche by now that a lot of folks watch the Super Bowl primarily for the commercials, and for movie studios the Big Game tends to be a pretty big marketing day. So you tune in for the football and the funny ads, and you’re treated to new trailers for some of the biggest movies of the year.

And there’s little doubt, at this point, what will be the biggest movie of 2019. After “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed more than $2 billion worldwide and ended on probably the most insane cliffhanger in the history of the cinema blockbuster, everyone is expecting “Avengers: Endgame” to make a similarly gargantuan splash.

This is an unusual year for the Super Bowl in that we aren’t expecting a whole lot of movie trailers during the game this year. For whatever reason, studios seem to be shying away from the spectacle this time. But will Disney be among those skipping the Super Bowl this year?

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Officially, there’s no word on whether “Avengers: Endgame” will make an appearance during the Super Bowl, but we are expecting a new trailer Sunday evening.

The marketing cycle for the film started fairly late for one of these things, with the first trailer dropping in early December. For a mega-blockbuster like “Endgame,” we expect three trailers before it lands in theaters on April 26. Around the release of “Captain Marvel” in March is a natural place to put one, and so the Super Bowl likewise would make perfect sense as far as timing.

But that’s just our guess — we don’t actually have any official word about an “Avengers: Endgame” trailer for the Super Bowl. But we would be surprised if the game comes and goes without one.

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On the other hand, given how cryptic and relatively low key we expect the marketing for this movie to be — Marvel doesn’t want to give away anything — they could very well just skip past the Big Game confident that they don’t have to make a huge push to get folks out to see how this whole thing ends. Anything is possible.

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Chris Hemsworth summons his beast within, getting on all fours to cross a basketball court in a workout clip he posted on Twitter Friday.

“Trying to lock in on my workout spirit animal for 2019,” Hemsworth tweeted as caption to a video of the bare-chested “Thor” star crawling across the court, as his trainer shouts, “Bears! Bears! Bears!” Then, “Wombats! Wombats! Wombats!”

Breathing heavily, Hemsworth pops up to his feet for a few lunges and then quickly goes into “kangaroo boy” mode, crouching and bouncing his way forward before dropping to the ground exhausted.

Only a superhero could withstand that kind of punishment.

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Hemsworth will next be seen in “Avengers: Endgame,” which hits theaters om April 29, then “Men in Black: International” beginning June 14.

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Two years after teaming up on Sakaar in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will reunite next year in “Men in Black: International,” and Hemsworth has released the first picture of them tracking down rogue aliens.

The fourth installment of the “MiB” franchise will see Hemsworth and Thompson fill in the shoes of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The new film will take MiB beyond New York to show the global operations of the secretive alien agency, as a new generation of agents look to uncover a mole inside the organization.

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“Happy to say the streets of London are now safe again. You’re welcome world,” Hemsworth wrote in the Instagram post.

“Straight Outta Compton” and “The Fate of the Furious” director F. Gary Gray is in charge of the project, which also stars “Mission: Impossible” breakout Rebecca Ferguson and will be released June 14. Check out Hemsworth’s Instagram post below.

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Are the Avengers Going to Wear These White Uniform Suits in ‘Avengers 4’?

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(Some potential light spoilers ahead for “Avengers 4.” I say “potential” because this might be nothing, in which case this stuff is not spoilers. But we don’t know yet.)

We don’t officially know all that much about “Avengers 4” just yet — we don’t even have a title! — but we’re reaching the stage where leaks are going to start popping up fairly regularly, as well as fake leaks either by folks looking to get internet famous for a brief moment or folks at Marvel trying to provide some misdirection. What were about to discuss is either real or fake or somewhere in between, but it’s too intriguing to ignore. So let’s take a look!

Early Thursday morning an image popped up around the same time on reddit and Instagram of the back of an “Avengers” action figure box. It’s got a picture of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Rocket Raccon sporting some snazzy looking white uniforms with the Avengers’ A logo on the chest. Here it is:

Now, the Avengers have never had a uniform in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before, so this is immediately curious on those grounds. It’s also true that action figures often feature heroes wearing outfits they don’t wear in the movies they tie into (e.g. “battle suits”). But there is reason to believe this leak is more substantial than it may initially seem to skeptics.

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First, we don’t actually see the figures here — just the art on the back of the box. And when toy makers create new, non-movie outfits for action figures those suits are usually seen only on the figure itself, with the box art featuring actual movie art. For example, this action figure for the original “Thor” movie:

The figure has a different suit, but the art on the packaging is actual key art for the movie. Because when the packaging includes a picture of the actual actor who plays the part, it’s usually legitimate promotional art for the movie and not just a fun real-life rendering of the figure. There are exceptions, of course. But what I’m getting at is that if that box art is real, then that would mean there’s a solid chance that Thor and Rocket do wear that outfit in the movie.

There is one other thing that I think boosts the possibility that at least some of the Avengers will be wearing uniforms like that in “Avengers 4”: three months ago someone on reddit said they had attended a “Disney 2019 marketing meeting” in which “they showed artwork of all the remaining Avengers in some sort of sleek white outfit, even Hulk and Rocket.”

There is another reason they potentially might need special suits: if they have to go into the Quantum Realm.

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If you can’t make out what the text on the box says, by the way, it goes like this: “The Asgardian Thor wields the might Stormbreaker in his battle against his foes. Rocket teams up with a new crew to guard the galaxy against an even greater threat.” Nothing particularly illuminating there — with the Guardians of the Galaxy all dead aside from Rocket, of course he has to find new people to hang out with. But is that “even greater threat” teasing a new villain in “Avengers 4”?

Take all this with a grain of salt, of course. But I think there’s enough here to think that these suits could be a thing. Could be. We’ll find out for sure, at the latest, on May 3 of next year, when the movie hits theaters worldwide.

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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Says the ’60s ‘Just Felt Fertile’ to Explore Today’s Turmoil

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A priest, a vacuum salesman and a singer walk into a hotel — that could have been an interesting new take on an old joke, but instead it’s how writer, director Drew Goddard sets the stage for him latest film “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

From that set up, Goddard takes audiences on a journey to explore the evils of power, racism and toxic masculinity.

Set in 1969, the film follows seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone is presented with one last shot at redemption — before everything goes to hell.

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Though the time period is the 1960s, Goddard told TheWrap that more than anything the decade was simply a mirror of today’s turmoil.

“One of the things that’s depressing is the turmoil that we’re seeing in today’s world, when you start looking at history, a lot of this stuff is not new,” Goddard said during a phone interview with TheWrap. “These bigger evils of power and racism as a tool to achieve power, as well as toxic masculinity, these are issues that our country has been dealing with probably from inception, if we’re being honest. But certainly we’ve seen this in the last century time and time again and the ’60s just felt fertile for some of these issues.”

There’s a seediness and darkness in “Bad Times at the El Royale” that resembles Goddard’s 2012 feature directorial debut “The Cabin in the Woods.”

“Bad Times at the El Royale” isn’t intended to be a cynical film, Goddard said. In fact, the director considers himself a hopeful person and said “there’s a constrained hope that runs through this film.” But the darker side of humanity was certainly something Goddard was keen on exploring.

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“It was certainly not my intent to make it a cynical film, but I also am interested in dealing with the darker side of humanity and exploring what that means critically in film,” Goddard said. “That darkness was very much something that I wanted to explore with this film.

“[The film] also sprang from a love of the music of the ’60s, love of the fashion of the ’60s, love of the style, love of the people and what they were going through, because they really lived through some intense political turmoil and they walked out of that and created some of the best music and art and cinema that we’ve ever seen. And I don’t think that’s a mistake. The turmoil led to some real beauty, at least I hope it did because that gives me comfort in today’s times.”

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Drew Goddard, who wrote and directed “Bad Times at the El Royale” for Fox, fulfilled one dream when Jeff Bridges agreed to take the role of Father Daniel Flynn, but it’s Chris Hemsworth, who plays charismatic and (of course) incredibly fit cult leader Billy Lee, with whom Goddard wants to work with for the rest of his life.

“[Chris Hemsworth] is such an extraordinary talent and an extraordinary person. He really is someone I could mix all the other actors around him he’s so conscious of everyone else, both cast and crew,” Goddard told TheWrap during a phone interview. “He’s just — he’s one of the radiant talents of our time… I hope he’s in everything I do for the rest of my life.”

This marks Goddard and Hemsworth’s second film together, the first being “The Cabin in the Woods” in 2012 — also the last time Goddard directed a feature film.

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“Bad Times at the El Royale,” which hits theaters this weekend, follows seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone is presented with one last shot at redemption — before everything goes to hell.

Along with Hemsworth andBridges, “Bad Times at the El Royale” stars Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Lewis Pullman and Cailee Spaeny.

Hemsworth’s character plays a vital role in bringing the cast of characters together on the fateful night, and on his character is where one of the film’s major themes lies.

“So much of this film is about toxic masculinity and how men use that toxic masculinity to achieve power,” Goddard said. “We see it with cults even today, these cults are still thriving and you see the same characteristics in these cults; they’re all, almost exclusively led by men and a singular man who is very charismatic and very dangerous in his charisma and I felt like exploring that darkness was sort of key to the understanding of this film and understanding what the women of this film were going through and what they had to deal with and so it started there.

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“Chris sunk his teeth into that very quickly. He understood the darkness that came from the charisma of a character like Billy Lee and how seducing people, and the audience, makes them complicit in the darkness and so with Chris, he very much embodied that.”

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The ads for the noirish new thriller Bad Times at the El Royale suggest that the plot revolves around seven strangers with a “secret to bury.” That certainly is truth in advertising as it seems to be exactly what writer-director Drew Goddar…

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A mysterious group of strangers. An unusual location, filled with secrets. A flashback structure that reveals unexpected backstories for every major character. “Bad Times at the El Royale” plays a heck of a lot like the TV series “Lost,” and that’s probably not a coincidence: Writer-director Drew Goddard used to write for the show, and he’s filled this new crime thriller with many of the tricks that made “Lost” so great — and many the flaws that made it fall apart by the final season.

The El Royale Hotel is situated on the border of Nevada and California, and it’s a grand old place with lots of quirk and history. It’s the 1970s, and a priest named Father Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a salesman named Laramie (Jon Hamm), a singer named Darlene (Cynthia Erivo, “Widows”) and a drifter who signs the ledger as “F–k You” (Dakota Johnson) are all checking in for the evening.

Goddard lets the opening of “Bad Times at the El Royale” run much like a stage play, with witty, conversational dialogue and lots and lots and lots of exposition. He loves his characters, and he clearly loves letting them talk. So it’s amusing to watch as the film undermines everything this introduction tells us about everybody. Each chapter of “Bad Times” focuses on a different characters and explains that they aren’t who they say they are, or what anybody else thinks of them.

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Needless to say, they don’t all spend a quiet evening reading airplane novels and then going to sleep. “Bad Times at the El Royale” is a tale of intrigue, murder, kidnapping, blackmail and many other crimes that can’t be mentioned without spoiling the plot. (Chris Hemsworth is in the movie too, and saying any more than that is also a spoiler.) Half the fun of Goddard’s film is watching how he parcels new information out in visually intriguing and sometimes misleading ways.

The other half is watching the cast take a big juicy bite out of Goddard’s screenplay, which never met a page of dialogue it wasn’t afraid to double. Bridges plays a smiling man of God with dark secrets, and he has a sad story to reveal to Erivo, as a singer afraid of never quite making it, who gets to sing beautifully throughout the entire film. Johnson isn’t the vicious criminal she first appears to be, and the hotel’s sole employee, Miles (Lewis Pullman, “Battle of the Sexes”), is eager to please, eager to confess, and afraid of something truly scarring.

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“Bad Times” may not be Goddard’s directorial debut — that would be the spectacular horror satire “The Cabin in the Woods” — but this is the work of an artist who acts like he’s still trying to prove himself. It’s a tide pool of a motion picture, filled with every kind of colorful life Goddard could think of, as though each denizen of the El Royale just stepped out of a completely different movie, and they all came crashing together over the course of an evening. There isn’t a single shot in the movie, no line of dialogue, that hasn’t been amplified for maximum impact.

It’s spectacularly photographed (by Seamus McGarvey, “The Greatest Showman”), every character is rich, and the soundtrack is spectacular. “Bad Times at the El Royale” is a heck of a lot of fun to watch, but it runs through its bag of tricks too soon. There aren’t enough flashbacks to play consistently through the entire film, so Goddard eventually has to settle down and let only one of the subplots take over the whole show when the final act rolls around.

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And like “Lost,” the mysteries are arguably more appealing than the answers, and there’s a decent chance that the storyline Goddard thinks was the most interesting isn’t actually the one that audience members will have focused on.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” is vibrant motion picture, in a way few films are nowadays. One might even call it indulgent, although “decadent” is probably more accurate. It’s a giant of declaration of love for these characters and every genre they inhabit, warts and all. And although it’s long, melodramatic and messy — there’s one character who’s clearly important, and about whom the movie completely forgets about — it’s nevertheless kind of rapturous to visit. For a while.



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