How Did the Tesseract End Up With [Redacted] in ‘Captain Marvel’?

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(Major spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel”)

“Captain Marvel” may not have provided much in the way of backstory setup for “Avengers: Endgame,” but its plot still made major waves in its own right for how it subverted expectations with its big twist — at least if you’re acquainted with the Mar-Vell character from the comics.

And no, I’m not talking about the choice to have Mar-Vell be played by a woman (Annette Bening) instead of a man, though that’s obviously a pretty cool change. I’m talking about the big twist, that the Kree are actually the bad guys and Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) Skrull foes are actually just refugees. And that Mar-Vell was working with them and against her Kree masters.

Mar-Vell, who may or may not have carried the Captain Marvel mantle before she was killed by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) in 1989, was on Earth because that’s where the Tesseract was at that time — she was trying to develop what various characters refer to as a “lightspeed engine” though would, likely among other things, help the Skrull refugees led by Talos (Ben Mendolsohn) escape from the gaze of the Kree.

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That work would eventually result in Carol herself obtaining her powers — which, since said abilities are fueled by Tesseract energy, could be measures greater even than the ones she has in the comics. The Tesseract, of course, is the casing for the Infinity Stone known as the Space Stone.

But there’s a fascinating detail in “Captain Marvel” that could throw you for a loop: when we first see the Tesseract in the movie, it’s secreted away aboard a cloacked spaceship that Mar-Vell had been using as a laboratory. The film doesn’t explicitly explain why it was up there rather than at the human base where Mar-Vell worked while in disguise, but we can infer based on other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and clues that “Captain Marvel” itself dropped.

It’s been a while, but you may recall how in the first “Captain America” movie the Tesseract was found by Hydra leader Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), and he used it to create a whole bunch of dastardly new weapons, including bombs that he was going to drop on every major world capital. But Captain America (Chris Evans) foiled that plan, and the Tesseract was briefly lost in the Atlantic Ocean, where Howard Stark found it.

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The next time we saw the Tesseract was in the first “Avengers” movie. At the beginning of that film the Tesseract was in the possession of SHIELD and the United States government at a base that housed Project Pegasus, which existed to study the Tesseract and attempt to harness its energy for various projects. Then Loki stole it and went on his rampage across the planet which culminated in the Battle of New York at the end of the movie.

An important detail in “Captain Marvel” that would be easy to miss is that the base that Mar-Vell worked at in 1989, and which Carol Danvers and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) infiltrated in 1995, is none other than that same Project Pegasus base that we saw in “Avengers.”

So what we can infer, then, is that Mar-Vell, in disguise as Wendy Lawson, was able to simply take the Tesseract up to her space laboratory because she was in charge of Project Pegasus. It was probably a big deal that the Tesseract went missing for six years before being returned at the end of “Captain Marvel,” but it’s likely that project officials simply thought it had been destroyed in the crash that resulted in Mar-Vell’s death.

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At the end of the movie, in the post-credits stinger, Goose the Flerken puked up the Tesseract onto Nick Fury’s desk and Project Pegasus continued on until the events of “The Avengers.”

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Lots of Marvel stories are called “Endgame,” but they don’t tell us much about Avengers: Endgame

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for inspiration — he had been working for Marvel since the early 1940s, when it was known as Timely Comics, and frustrated with the creative restrictions of the medium, he was planning to quit his job and pursue a career as a novelist. It was Joan who told him to “write one comic you are proud of” before quitting, leading to “Fantastic Four.”

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Lee later said in 1974 that he resolved “for just this once, I would do the type of story I myself would enjoy reading… And the characters would be the kind of characters I could personally relate to: they’d be flesh and blood, they’d have their faults and foibles, they’d be fallible and feisty, and — most important of all — inside their colorful, costumed booties they’d still have feet of clay.”

“The Fantastic Four” was a huge success, and the series was quickly followed by other soon-to-be iconic characters. In 1962, Lee co-created Ant-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Thor with Jack Kirby, and with Ditko he co-created “Spider-Man.”

Spider-Man proved another cosmic leap for Marvel, introducing the idea of a hero who didn’t just have personal issues, but problems — unpopularity at school, constant worries about money, a struggle to balance his role as a hero with his interpersonal relationships, and as he grew older, realistic concerns about his career and educational future — that were positively modern. Spider-Man would eventually become a Marvel flagship and alongside DC’s Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, one of the defining heroes of the comic book superhero genre.

Lee’s prolific output continued through the 1960s. In 1963 alone, he created Iron Man with Don Heck, Doctor Strange with Ditko, and again with Kirby he created The Howling Commandos, Wasp, the X-Men and the Avengers. Lee would go on to share credit for almost all of the characters Marvel debuted during the 1960s, including Black Panther, The Inhumans, Daredevil, Black Widow, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell).

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Born in 1922 in New York City, Lee grew up in the Bronx and began his career right out of high school as part of the WPA Federal Theatre Project in 1939. That same year he was hired as an assistant at newly-established Timely Comics, where by 1941 he rose to writer and then interim editor-in-chief. After the outbreak of World War II, Lee served in the Army from 1942 to 1945, after which he returned to Timely as editor-in-chief, a position he held through Timely’s change to Marvel Comics and into the early 1970s.

During the ’60s, Lee was credited as writer, editor and art director on most of Marvel’s titles. He also wrote a monthly column, promotional copy, moderated reader letters and refined a method of pairing writers and artists to co-plot comic stories that became so successful it was known as the “Marvel method.”

The Marvel Revolution sparked by “Fantastic Four” affected more than just characterizations and stories. Lee introduced innovations such as a credit panel on the splash page naming not just the writer and artist but also inkers and letterers. He also introduced the iconic Marvel Bullpen Bulletins page, providing fans with information about future issues and news about Marvel staffers in Lee’s trademark conversational style, which included phrases like “nuff said,” “true believers,” and the trademark sign-off he made famous, “excelsior!”

These innovations built a relationship between readers and comic creators that has been a staple of comics culture ever since.

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As pivotal as he was, Lee’s legacy and his reputation in the comics world are complicated. A gifted self-promoter, Lee turned himself into the rare comics industry celebrity known even to non-readers, and served as a sort of ambassador for Comics to the mainstream. But he was often accused of claiming oversized credit for the characters and concepts that made Marvel famous, and of dealing dishonestly with the artists he worked with.

His most notable critic was Jack Kirby, who died in 1994. Kirby believed Lee had robbed him of his rightful share of profits from their characters, and went on record repeatedly calling Lee a fraud. “Stan Lee and I never collaborated on anything,” Kirby told an interviewer in 1989. “It wasn’t possible for a man like Stan Lee to come up with new things — or old things, for that matter. Stan Lee wasn’t a guy that read or that told stories.”

Kirby’s estate spent years litigating with Marvel over credits and money for characters Kirby co-created. That fight would not be resolved until 20 years after his death, when Marvel settled with Kirby’s heirs for an undisclosed sum. The terms of the settlement are not public, and the true extent of Lee and Kirby’s actual collaboration may never be known.

Lee, for his part, maintained that his partnership with Kirby was equitable, and that the two had largely reconciled by the end of Kirby’s life. “I saw him at a comic book convention, and I walked up to him, and he said ‘Stan, you have nothing to reproach yourself for,’ which I thought was kind of an odd thing,” Lee said in a 2016 radio interview. “I liked hearing it, but it was odd for him to say it.”

And in 2017, marking the occasion of what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday, Lee said: “Jack practically invented the visual language of American comics through his visceral sense of action and story. He gave vision to characters that are still beloved around the world seven decades later. His imaginative mind and skilled pencil work envisioned superheroes for the entire world to enjoy.”

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Lee stepped down as EIC and head writer of Marvel in 1972 after nearly 30 years in the job to become Marvel’s publisher, a career change later nodded to in Marvel Comics with Spider-Man-hating editor-turned-publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Lee’s final issues of “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Fantastic Four” came that year, but he continued to occasionally contribute as a writer and creator; his final new character for Marvel was She-Hulk, in 1980.

From the ’70s on, Lee became the public face of Marvel Comics, appearing at conventions, and lending his voice to animated projects like the early ’80s cartoon series “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.” He moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1981 to focus on developing the company’s movie and TV projects, going on to serve as an executive producer on Marvel films and television shows.

Even after his output slowed, Lee continued to serve as a public face for Marvel as the brand became a global powerhouse thanks to the success of Fox’s “X-Men” franchise, Sony’s “Spider-Man” films, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Disney. To younger audiences he is best known for his cameo appearances in Marvel films, which have continued even into 2018 with a cameo in “Black Panther” and a reference on the second season of the Netflix series “Jessica Jones.”

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In addition to his Marvel work, Lee was also behind several businesses in his own name, to limited degrees of success. In 1998 he founded Stan Lee Media, which he later disavowed after one of its investors was convicted of fraud. Lee was never implicated in that scheme.

Lee later formed POW! Entertainment, through which he published numerous books and graphic novels, established a kids content outlet, and lent his name and participation to Los Angeles-based Comikaze convention, which became Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo and is now known as L.A. Comic Con, among other ventures.

Lee’s relationship with POW! eventually collapsed into acrimony — he sued the company in 2018 for $1 billion, accusing the company and its co-founders of conspiring to “fraudulently” steal his “name, image, and likeness as part of a nefarious scheme benefit financially.” In 2018, Lee also sued his former manager, who Lee accused of stealing money, fraudulently selling his likeness rights, and even stealing samples of his blood.

But in the end, he was still wildly celebrated as a man who, perhaps more than any other single person, helped turn comic books from a niche interest enjoyed by kids and nerdy adults, into the source material for billion-dollar entertainment empires.

“All powerful? There is only one who deserves that name. And His only weapon … is love!” Lee wrote in a 1968 issue of “The Fantastic Four.” Whatever else he was, Lee gave that weapon to generations of comics fans. Excelsior, Stan. Nuff said.

Lee was married to Joan Lee for 69 years, until her death in 2017 at age 93. He’s survived by his daughter J.C.

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9 of the Best Marvel Comics Jokes in ‘The Venture Bros’

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Few shows have the depth of pop culture knowledge — and ruthless willingness to parody it — that “The Venture Bros.” does. This is especially true for comic books generally, and in particular the Marvel Comics universe.

“The Venture Bros.” is full of references, parodies and straight up jokes about the House of Ideas. There’s even a two-episode joke about the very first Marvel Comics issue from 1939. Here are nine of our favorite Marvel references from the seven seasons of “The Venture Bros.” so far.

Crusaders Action League — The Avengers, but Jerks

The Ventures wind up in New York in Season 6, and there they find the superhero game is a little higher-class than they’re used to. On their first day, they encounter the Crusaders Action League — a group of three characters that’s essentially the Avengers with a splash of Justice League. It consists of Stars & Garters, a Captain America analogue with a costume made of an American flag and literal garters; Warrina, an Amazon warrior who looks like Wonder Woman + Thor; Night Dick, a dark detective with a motorcycle not unlike a Batman-ish Ghost Rider; and Fallen Archer, a Hawkeye-slash-Arrow hero who shoots arrows with feet instead of arrowheads.

The best part of the “Venture” Avengers joke is that the superhero team doesn’t work for free. Instead, they run a glorified protection racket for local supervillain and crime boss Wide Whale (basically The Kingpin, but a shark). Quite the opposite of Tony Stark’s generous, taxpayer burden-free Avengers Initiative.

Paul Entmann — Ant-Man

There were a bunch of members of the original Team Venture who had analogues with secret agents, adventurers and heroes. Col. Gentleman, for instance, is a riff on Sean Connery’s James Bond, but a great deal more lewd. The half-fish Otto Aquarius is an Aquaman joke — he’s even known as the Lost Son of Atlantis. And then there’s Paul Entmann, whose name gives away the joke when you say it out loud.

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Entmann (Stephen DeStefano) got his big explanation in Season 3, when Brock (Patrick Warburton) discovered an ant-sized man in a fallout shelter beneath the Venture compound. Entmann had been trapped there for 30 years by Dr. Jonas Venture Sr.’s evil M.U.T.H.E.R. mainframe computer. The best part of the Ant-Man gag is that Entmann wears what is effectively a bullhorn on his head, so regular-sized people can hear him. He doesn’t control ants like Ant-Man does, and in fact, he suggests he spent 30 years fighting off their sexual advances while stuck in the shelter.

The joke is compounded by the fact that Entmann was originally called Humungoloid — because he was gigantic. He only wound up ant-sized when Jonas tried to save him (the square-cube law was killing him). He died in Season 5, when an elderly Action Man accidentally squashed Entmann with his rocking chair.

Dean as Peter Parker (plus the Brown Widow)

When viewers are first introduced to Dean Venture (Michael Sinterniklaas), he’s dressed a lot like Peter Parker from his early run in the Marvel Comics. And in case it wasn’t clear, Dean wears Spider-Man pajamas.

The Spider-Man joke gets much more on-the-nose when Dean takes an internship at Impossible Industries in New York City in Season 4. He encounters a Spider-Man analogue called the Brown Widow (Nathan Fillion), a showtune-singing superhero in a brown Spider-Man-like suit. Like a lot of superheroes and villains in “The Venture Bros.,” the Widow’s powers are a more literal version of those of the character he’s parodying — he shoots web from a gland in his lower back, like a real spider does.

As an added bonus, in his civilian identity, Brown Widow looks a lot like Nicholas Hammond, the actor who played Peter Parker in the 1977-79 “The Amazing Spider-Man”live-action TV show.

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Professor Impossible and Family — Fantastic Four

Season 1 sees Rusty (James Urbaniak) joining a think tank run by Professor Richard Impossible (then voiced by Stephen Colbert), a former college professor who owns Impossible Industries. Impossible and his family are a dysfunctional parody of Marvel’s Fantastic Four, and largely take the ideas of those characters and their powers to some logical conclusions.

Richard (Mr. Fantastic) is an overbearing jerk, who keeps the other three Fantastic parody characters under wraps. His wife, Sally Impossible (Invisible Girl) can turn invisible — but only her skin, revealing her muscles in horrific fashion. Her brother Cody Impossible (Human Torch) bursts into flames whenever his skin touches oxygen, causing him horrific pain, so Richard keeps him in an airless chamber, but also uses him to power his building. Ned, the “Venture” version of Thing, has extremely hard skin because he’s essentially one giant callus. He’s also mentally disabled, a joke that feels extremely mean-spirited and out-of-touch today.

The Galactic Inquisitor — The Living Tribunal as Basically an Annoying Nerd

In the Season 2 episode “Twenty Years to Midnight,” Team Venture encounters a being calling itself The Galactic Inquisitor, a weird robotic thing with three rotating eyes who comes to Earth from a distant solar system to pass judgement using criteria he never actually explains. He declares that Rusty will serve as his sample subject on behalf of the entire human race. He spends the episode following the Ventures around, frequently annoying them by loudly insisting “Ignore me!” (because he’s supposed to be an impartial observer).

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He’s a parody of Marvel Comics’ The Living Tribunal, a cosmic being who oversees the balance of reality throughout the entire Marvel multiverse. Tribunal primarily shows up to restore, or enforce what it considers to be the correct status quo. In its first appearance (Strange Tales #157-163, 1967), the Living Tribunal announced it would destroy Earth, due to what it saw as a dangerous capacity for evil, but it gave Doctor Strange a series of tests to prove that Earth deserved to be saved. Strange prevailed and Earth was spared, but the Tribunal continues to have a major impact on the Marvel universe in later appearance.

(He’s also arguably a reference to Uatu The Watcher.)

On “The Venture Bros.,” Rusty doesn’t have to convince the Inquisitor of Earth’s worth because the Inquisitor never actually tells him what’s at stake. But at the end of the episode, just as The Inquisitor announces he’s ready to pass judgement, another alien shows up and kills him — then tells Team Venture he just saved theirs, and everyone else’s lives. Apparently all the Inquisitor does is destroy entire civilizations for no reason.

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The OSI and Sphinx — G.I. Joe and Cobra + S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA

In “The Venture Bros.” universe, superheroes and villains are closely monitored by a government agency called the Office of Secret Intelligence, the good guy counterpart to the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Basically the military-industrial complex of superpowers people, OSI keeps costumed beefs from becoming too disruptive to normal society, and protects high-value good guys. For instance, Venture bodyguard Brock Samson was assigned to protect Rusty Venture by OSI.

OSI also conducts military operations of its own, usually against greater-scope threats who don’t submit to OSI-Guild regulations. In flashbacks we learn that back in the 1980s OSI fought a global war against an evil organization called SPHINX, an Ancient Egypt-themed terrorist group determined to take over the world. Basically it’s G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, but also kind of a riff on Marvel Comic’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” family of titles.

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*Pedantic voice* When the G.I. Joe toy line was revived in the early 1980s, Hasbro approached Marvel about a tie-in comic series that would also connect to a TV show. No one at Marvel wanted the job writing a glorified toy commercial except writer Larry Hama, who had recently pitched an idea Marvel editor Jim Shooter turned down: a comic called “Fury Force,” about the son of Nick Fury leading a S.H.I.E.L.D. special forces team in a battle against a new iteration of HYDRA. Hama cleverly repurposed most of his “Fury Force” ideas and characters for G.I Joe, added details and perspective from his Asian-American upbringing and real-life Vietnam war military service, and basically invented the lore for one of the decade’s best-selling toy lines by himself. (He also wrote the comic for its entire run. Definitely check it out because it was great.)

OSI and Sphinx are wild parodies of Hama’s ideas. And in one flashback we even see OSI had its own theme song — just like G.I. Joe.

General Treister — Basically if Nick Fury, Thunderbolt Ross and the Incredible Hulk were one person

The Modern day leader of the OSI, until recently, was General Treister (Toby Huss), a ridiculous amalgamation of a bunch of Marvel characters. Commanding the OSI from its floating hover-carrier (just like S.H.I.E.L.D.), he sports an eye patch like Nick Fury, the gruff demeanor and gray hair of the Incredible Hulk’s enemy Gen. Thunderbolt Ross (who’s currently Secretary of State in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by William Hurt), and an atomic pacemaker sort of like Iron Man. Oh, and he thinks he’s a hulk, thanks to radiation to treat his prostate cancer.

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It’s a running joke for a bit that Treister does not actually hulk out, but that his OSI underlings humor him so he feels a little less bad about passing out from his cancer treatment. At the end of Season 5, though, Treister turns the OSI over to Hunter Gathers (a Hunter S. Thompson OSI super-spy who mentored Brock) and launches himself into space with the hopes aliens will find him and fix his condition. He’s found later, and really does turn into a Hulk — a red one, just like Ross does in the Marvel comics.

Dr. Orpheus — an Even More Pretentious Doctor Strange

Dr. Orpheus (Steven Rattazzi) rents part of the Venture compound, where for years he lived with his daughter Triana. He calls himself a necromancer — basically, an all-purpose magic guy — and constantly and dramatically tells Rusty Venture that his job is to protect the fabric of reality (something the real Doctor Strange also harps on). He soon comes to wish he had a supervillain of his own after seeing nemeses “arching” Rusty, and got one, finally, when he banded together with two other mystical friends, The Alchemist and Jefferson Twilight, to create the Order of the Triad. Jefferson, by the way, is himself a riff on the Marvel vampire hunter Blade, though he only hunts “Blaculas.”

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Marvel No. 1

One whole episode is dedicated to a long gag about the first issue of Marvel Comics. It’s the start of Season 4, which shows two concurrent storylines that take place at different times: What happened to Brock after he was nearly killed at the end of Season 3, and where the Venture clan is in the present, with a new bodyguard in Sgt. Hatred (Publick). It’s tough to pick up at first, but a comic is passed around repeatedly in the episode with various awful things happening to it, including Hatred using it as emergency toilet paper.

It’s only at the end of the episode that it’s revealed that Henchman 21 (Hammer) tried to use the comic to pay Rusty to clone his dead friend, Henchman 24 (Publick). Rusty didn’t know what he had, and handed the comic off to Hank and Dean, who promptly destroyed it. The best part of the gag is a value tracker at the top of the screen, whose purpose isn’t clear until the moment Hank removes the comic from its plastic protector — and the issue’s half-million-dollar value plummets.

What’s more, the finale episode of Season 3 was also full of Marvel No. 1 references, using the characters teased on the issue’s cover as chapter titles as Brock fights off a slew of assassins trying to take him out once and for all.

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HBO Picks Up Joss Whedon’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Nevers’

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HBO is bringing Joss Whedon to the world of pay cable television, ordering the “Avengers” director’s science-fiction series, “The Nevers.”

“The Nevers” is an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and on a mission that might change the world.

Whedon serves as writer, showrunner and executive producer, the first TV series he will helm since Fox’s short-lived “Dollhouse” in 2009-2010.

“We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than ‘The Nevers’ with which to welcome him to the HBO family,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of ‘The Nevers,’ to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started.”

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“The Nevers” won’t be the only TV show Whedon will be involved with. He is also set to executive produce a half-hour comedy series at Freeform. That project, currently in development, has the working title of “Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective” and comes from creators Siobhan Thompson and Rebecca Drysdale. It is a dark comedy that centers around the titular Pippa Smith, a 20-something who played a former kid sleuth on TV, as she deals with relationships, addiction and being too dang old for the detecting game.

“I honestly couldn’t be more excited,” Whedon said. “‘The Nevers’ is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just ‘prestige,’ but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but – I’m impatiently grateful to say – I have work to do.”

On the small screen, Whedon is most known for helming “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” its spinoff “Angel,” and “Firefly.” He was also among the major creative forces for Marvel’s big screen Cinematic Universe, directing both “The Avengers” and its sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He also helped the MCU expand to television, directing the pilot for ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

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Last year, he stepped in for Zack Snyder to finish Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” after Snyder left due to a family tragedy. He was also set to direct a “Batgirl” film for DC/Warner Bros. before leaving the project in February.

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Jeremy Renner Says Mark Ruffalo ‘Chickened Out’ of Getting the Group ‘Avengers’ Tattoo (Video)

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Mark Ruffalo is apparently the biggest scaredy cat among the original six actors who have been with the “Avengers” franchise since the beginning. Yeah, the Incredible Hulk — the biggest, baddest and toughest of them all — is the reason Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner’s (Hawkeye) attempt to get a group tattoo was not completely successful.

“The original six got a tattoo because we’ve all been together over the last decade and spend a lot of time together and have a lot of similar shared experiences in life, so we got this symbol that this artist designed for us,” Renner told Jimmy Fallon when he stopped by the ‘Tonight Show” Wednesday.

The tattoo represents all six — but not all six got it.

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“Ruffalo is the only one that kind of chickened out at the last minute, I’m not sure why,” Renner said. “He just didn’t want to do it. So we said, ‘We’ll get you some henna or something.’ ‘Cause it’s not really about the tattoo, it’s about the celebration of our friendship that’s bonded over the last decade. So we’re on this group text, all of the Avengers –“

Fallon quickly interjected because we all need to appreciate the fact the people who’ve been saving the Marvel Cinematic Universe for 10 years are on a group chain.

“We’re like, Ruffalo, everybody is chiming in on this and I’m like, ‘You know, guys, I have Eric Bana’s number, lemme give him a call. You know, the original Hulk.’”

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Wow, Renner, teasing him with going to Bana? That’s rough, but it got rougher when Fallon suggested going to Ed Norton (yet another iteration of the big green guy).

But the crew, of course, forgave Ruffalo, and then they all tattooed their symbol on the artist who inked them instead. Problem solved?

Watch the clip above.

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The Complete Timeline of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Infinity War’

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The beginning of time: The Big Bang explodes from six preexisting singularities. As the universe is created, remnants of these singularities are forged into objects with incredible power over specific aspects of existence: Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Soul and Time. These objects, eventually known as the Infinity Stones, become dispersed throughout the universe, often in forms that make their true nature unrecognizable.

The Distant Past: The most ancient beings in the universe, Celestials, are born. The oldest of them, Ego, comes into existence and finds itself alone. Ego spends millennia slowly learning to control matter, eventually creating a planet around itself, as well as a human-like extension of itself to explore the universe, searching for other life.

Ego finds life — and is pretty underwhelmed by it. He decides to spread himself across the universe. He travels the universe planting seeds of himself on different planets; at the same time, he fathers children with a number of species, hoping for a child that can help him activate the seeds.

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As other Celestials emerge, they become the first to understand and make use of Infinity Stones, devising technology to channel their power into weapons of unimaginable destruction. At one point, several celestials figure out how to share the Infinity Stones’ energy among themselves, but are quickly destroyed by it.

During this period, an unnamed Celestial is decapitated. Billions of years later, his severed head is turned into the interstellar mining colony called Knowhere.

Some time later, beings known in the comics as Elders of the Universe come into existence. Immortal (though not all -powerful), these beings cope with their long lives by indulging their obsessions. Among them are Taneleer Tivan, later known as The Collector, and En Dwi Gast, later known as The Grandmaster.

Hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of years ago: a massive meteor made of pure Vibranium crashes in central Africa. Over eons, the impact crater is covered by earth and foliage until it’s buried underground.

Between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago: On Earth, five early human tribes discover the Vibranium meteor impact site, and over time found the nation of Wakanda. The Wakandans eventually use the powerful technology created with Vibranium — and the advantage of being Earth’s only source of it — to hide themselves from the rest of the world. The kings of Wakanda use the Heart-Shaped Herb that grows near the original vibranium impact site to become the Black Panther.

2988 B.C.: The Nine Realms — including Asgard (home of the Norse Gods), Midgard (Earth), Jotunheim (Frost Giants), and Svartalfheim (Dark Elves) — become aligned in an event called “Convergence,” which happens every 5,000 years.

During the Convergence, Malekith, genocidal leader of the Dark Elves, gains possession of the Aether, actually the Reality Infinity Stone, and tries to destroy the Nine Realms with it. He is defeated by Asgard, led by king Bor. Asgard then comes into possession of the Aether.

Asgard also comes into possession of another Infinity Stone, the Space Stone, around this time. The Space Stone will eventually become known as the Tesseract.

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Sometime later, Bor’s son, Odin, becomes king and leads Asgard in the conquest of the Nine Realms. He’s assisted by his firstborn, Hela the goddess of death, but soon realizes she has become consumed with lust for destruction and conquest. He’s forced to wage war to stop her, only winning after enormous sacrifices, including the death of all but one of his elite Valkyrie warriors.

After Hela is imprisoned, Odin transforms Asgard into a peaceful, enlightened society built around culture and science rather than conquest, and all record that Hela ever existed is scrubbed from the historical record.

965 AD: Odin leads Asgard in war to stop the Frost Giants of Jotunheim from conquering Earth. In the aftermath, he takes the Frost Giants’ prince and adopts him, naming him Loki. Loki, raised alongside Odin’s natural born son, Thor is never told he’s a Frost Giant, and neither of the brothers are told about Hela.

Around this time, Odin hides the Tesseract among Asgardian worshippers in Tønsberg, Norway. This is eventually forgotten and the Tesseract is considered lost. By this point, the Aether has also become lost, and forgotten.

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1934: HYDRA leader Johann Schmidt convinces the Nazi High Command to allow HYDRA to conduct research and develop weapons for the Third Reich. Schmidt captures scientist Abraham Erskine and forces him to work on his super-soldier serum for the Nazis.

1936: 18 year-old Steve Rogers’ mother dies from tuberculosis in Brooklyn, New York. After the funeral Steve’s best friend, James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, offers his support and help, telling Steve he’ll be “with you til the end of the line.”

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1940: Schmidt injects himself with a prototype of the super-soldier serum, which gives him powers, but disfigures his face, leading to him taking the nickname “Red Skull.” Erskine is rescued from HYDRA by British secret agent Peggy Carter. He joins American industrialist Howard Stark in continuing his super-soldier research for the Allies via the Strategic Scientific Reserve, predecessor to the agency called S.H.I.E.L.D.

1942: Bucky enlists in the U.S. army after the outbreak of World War II. Steve makes multiple attempts to join him, but is repeatedly turned down due to poor health and small stature.

That same year, Red Skull finds the Tesseract hidden in a church in Tønsberg. He uses it to power several experimental machines and weapons.

1943: Erskine recruits Steve Rogers as a candidate for his refined serum. The serum transforms Rogers from a small, weak man into a super-soldier, but Erskine is killed by a HYDRA agent during the procedure. Rogers takes on the persona of Captain America and becomes a war hero after rescuing Bucky and other American soldiers from a HYDRA facility overseen by scientist Arnim Zola, who conducts inhumane experiments on POWs.

Bucky and some of the rescued soldiers become known as the Howling Commandos, an elite squad led by Captain America.

1945: Captain America and the Howling Commandos successfully capture Zola, but Bucky is lost during the operation and presumed dead. Two months later, Captain America defeats Red Skull, but in order to prevent Red Skull’s bomber from attacking the United States, Cap is forced to crash the plane somewhere near Greenland. He is lost and presumed dead. Howard Stark recovers the Tesseract during his search for Cap’s body, and it eventually becomes top secret S.H.I.E.L.D. property.

1949: Arnim Zola is released from prison as part of project paperclip and joins S.H.I.E.L.D., but secretly enacts a plan to rebuild HYDRA within it. He recruits sleeper agents and spreads them throughout the agency and the U.S. government. HYDRA recovers Bucky Barnes, who survived his presumed death thanks to Zola’s earlier experiments. Bucky is brainwashed to become an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The procedure removes his memories of his past life and identity, and when he’s not on mission, Bucky is frozen in cyrostasis, keeping him in peak physical condition for decades.

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1960s: The Winter Soldier is used for covert HYDRA missions, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hydra operatives work behind the scenes to sow chaos worldwide as part of a plan to eventually create a fearful population desperate for security.

1980: Ego, still seeding the universe, reaches Earth, where he falls in love with Meredith Quill. They have a son, Peter Quill. Ego leaves Meredith, although he returns on two occasions to visit her.

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1984: S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist Hank Pym invents a suit that allows him to shrink to an insect’s size, and a device that allows him to communicate with and command ants. He takes on the mantle of Ant-Man, while his wife, Janet, makes a suit of her own and becomes The Wasp. The two perform covert operations on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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1987: To disarm a Soviet missile headed toward the U.S. The Wasp is forced to shrink to fit between the molecules of the casing to get inside. She’s presumably lost in the subatomic Quantum Realm, unable to return to normal size. In his grief, Hank gives up being Ant-Man. Two years later, he resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep them from replicating his technology.

1988: Realizing he’s fallen in love with Meredith, Ego gives her cancer in order to preserve his goal. Following her death, aliens called the Ravagers abduct Peter Quill from Earth. Ego hired The Ravagers, led by Yondu, to abduct his children from across the galaxy. Yondu discovers Ego has been killing his children, and so keeps Peter to raise him as a Ravager.

~Late 1980s-1991: Young Natasha Romanoff is recruited into a ruthless KGB assassin program. This continues after the dissolution of the USSR and she becomes one of Russia’s top assassins, code-named Black Widow.

1991: HYDRA deploys the Winter Soldier to assassinate Howard Stark and his wife to steal S.H.I.E.L.D.’s remaining super-serum, while making the deaths look like an accident. Howard’s son, Tony Stark, inherits Stark Industries.

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1992: Prince N’Jobu, acting as a spy for Wakanda, heads to Oakland, California. The racial disparity he encounters causes him to believe Wakanda should abandon its isolationist stance and arm oppressed people across the globe. N’Jobu secretly works with arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to steal Vibranium from Wakanda, and in the process, several people are killed, including the parents of W’Kabi, a friend of Prince T’Challa.

King T’Chaka comes to Oakland and confronts N’Jobu, killing him in the dispute. T’Chaka leaves behind N’Jobu’s young son, N’Jadaka, known in the U.S. as Erik Stevens, rather than return the boy to Wakanda.

News Year’s Eve 1999-2000: Tony Stark meets scientist Aldrich Killian, who promotes his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics. Stark promises to meet Killian later, but blows him off to spend the night with Maya Hansen. Hansen, another scientist, shows him her research into a means of rewriting genetic codes to regrow human tissue that has the side effect of causing biological material to explode. They sleep together, but the next morning, Tony leaves without saying goodbye.

~Late 1990s-early 2000s: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Clint “Hawkeye” Barton is sent to kill Natasha Romanoff , but convinces her to defect to S.H.I.E.L.D. instead.

2005: As part of a government project, Dr. Bruce Banner uses gamma radiation in an attempt to recreate Abraham Erskine’s super-soldier formula. Banner experiments on himself but the process turns him into The Hulk. Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross pursues Banner, and Banner goes on the run. He remains at large for the next six years.

2010: Tony Stark, who turned Stark Industries into a major weapons manufacturer, is captured by terrorists during a missile demonstration in Afghanistan. Stark takes shrapnel to the chest during the attack, but a fellow captive scientist named Yensin creates a device that keeps the shrapnel from destroying his heart. Tony adapts this into the power source for a prototype Iron Man suit, which he uses to escape. He now must live with the device permanently lodged in his chest, or he’ll die.

Upon his return, Stark discovers that his father’s business partner, Obadiah Stane, orchestrated Stark’s capture and has been using the company to sell weapons to terrorists. Stark perfects the Iron Man suit, defeats Stane, and reveals he is Iron Man during a press conference, becoming only the second publicly-known superhero. Soon after, he is recruited into the Avengers Initiative by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury.

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May 29-June 4, 2011: The events of “Iron Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Thor” occur during a single week.

First, Tony Stark is now a celebrity for his exploits as Iron Man, but the Arc Reactor in his chest, which keeps him alive, is also poisoning him. He’s attacked by Ivan Venko, who believes that Howard Stark ruined his father. Venko is helped by rival industrialist Justin Hammer. Tony’s friend James Rhodes is forced to use one of Stark’s prototype suits to stop Stark’s increasingly reckless behavior, and Rhodes confiscates the suit for U.S. Air Force, becoming known as War Machine. Together, Stark and Rhodes defeats Venko and Hammer.

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Meanwhile, in Asgard, Thor makes war on the Frost Giants in Jotenheim against Odin’s wishes. During the battle, Loki learns he is Frost Giant. Odin banishes Thor to Earth as punishment for his defiance and strips him of his right to use the hammer Mjølnir. In Asgard Loki is angry at having been lied to about his origin and plots to overthrow Odin. On Earth, Thor meets Jane Foster and Eric Selvig, uncovers Loki’s plan, and returns to Asgard to save the day. During the fight, Asgard’s Bifrost Bridge, a wormhole Asgardians use to travel throughout the Nine Realms, is destroyed and Loki presumed dead.

Finally, Bruce Banner is discovered hiding in Brazil. After escaping capture by covert military forces, he makes his way north to the United States seeking a cure for his Hulk problem. Instead, the military replicates his condition in military contractor Emil Blonsky, who turns into The Abomination and rampages through New York City. Banner is forced to transform into the Hulk to defeat him, but in the process large sections of Harlem are destroyed. Banner goes back into hiding.

S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps tabs on Banner but leaves him be for the time being. Meanwhile, aware that earth is vulnerable to extraterrestrial threats, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Selvig to study the Tesseract in order to develop weapons that could defend against invaders. Unknown to everyone, Loki survived, somehow made his way to Earth, and now secretly controls Selvig’s mind.

April 2012: Captain America is discovered frozen, but still alive thanks to the super-soldier serum. S.H.I.E.L.D. revives Rogers, who discovers that he has been asleep for 66 years.

May 2012: Using a scepter that allows him to control minds, Loki steals the Tesseract and attempts to conquer the Earth with the help of an alien army. In response, Nick Fury assembles Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner as The Avengers, soon joined by Thor. After an uneasy start, The Avengers pull together and defeat Loki, though much of New York City is destroyed during the battle. Thor returns to Asgard with Loki, and takes the Tesseract with him. Bruce goes to work for Tony Stark, and Captain America becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Black Widow and Hawkeye. S.H.I.E.L.D. also takes possession of Loki’s mind control scepter.

Unknown to The Avengers, the scepter is powered by an Infinity Stone, the Mind Stone. Further, Loki was actually working for the Mad Titan, Thanos, who seeks to control all six Infinity Stones. Thanos is warned by his henchmen that Earth is a much greater threat than previously assumed.

Shortly after the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his crew are contracted by the city to salvage alien wreckage and clean up the battle site. They lose the contract when Damage Control, a joint venture between the government and Stark Industries, takes over. Toomes switches to a life of crime, using salvaged alien technology his crew didn’t turn over to Damage Control to build illegal weapons and sell them on the black market.

December 2012: Tony Stark, suffering PTSD after nearly dying during the Battle of New York, once again encounters Killian, who has since teamed up with Hansen to create super soldiers based on her earlier work. Killian has nursed a grudge against Tony for twelve years and using a made-up terrorist called “The Mandarin” (actually a drug-addled actor) as a smokescreen, plans to kill the U.S. president, sell super soldiers to the government, and destroy Tony Stark. On Christmas Day Stark, with help from Rhodes and Pepper Potts, Stark Industries CEO and Tony’s girlfriend, defeats Killian. Shortly after, he invents a way to remove the shrapnel from his heart, and decides to retire as Iron Man.

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November 2013: Jane Foster, investigating a scientific anomaly caused by the latest Convergence of the Nine Realms, comes into contact with the Aether, which uses her as a host. This will kill her, so Thor brings her to Asgard for more advanced medical care. The Dark Elves attack Asgard and Earth in an attempt to reclaim the Aether, and Thor enlists Loki’s help to stop the Elves. During the battle, Loki fakes his death (again). Thor brings the Aether back to Asgard. Meanwhile, Loki has disguised himself as Odin and now rules Asgard.

Shortly after, it’s decided that having two Infinity Stones in the same place is too dangerous, so Asgard gives the Aether to The Collector, who lives on Knowhere, for safekeeping.

2014: Arnim Zola and his hidden HYDRA sleeper agents finally enact their plan to take over S.H.I.E.L.D. and use its technology to eliminate anyone who might be a threat. With the help of Nick Fury, Black Widow, and his new friend Sam “Falcon” Wilson, Captain America uncovers the plan, and is forced to fight The Winter Soldier, whom he discovers is his old friend, Bucky. With Cap’s help, Bucky regains some of his memories and goes on the run as a fugitive.

That same year, Peter Quill — now known as Star-Lord — teams with Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon create the Guardians of the Galaxy in order to stop Kree warrior Ronan the Accuser (also working on behalf of Thanos) from possessing an object called the Orb, actually the Power Infinity Stone. The Guardians defeat Ronan, but Gamora’s sister Nebula (both were raised by, and hate Thanos) escapes. After initially wanting to sell it to The Collector, they instead leave the Orb in the care of Nova Corps.

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A few months later, Peter Quill and the Guardians encounter Ego, who found out about Peter after hearing he briefly held the Infinity Stone without dying. Ego explains that Quill is his son and that he’s also part Celestial, which is why the Infinity Stone didn’t kill him immediately. Ego attempts to use Quill to power up his seeds and take over the galaxy, but the Guardians, joined by Nebula and Yondu, stop him — although Yondu sacrifices himself to save Quill.

Throughout the year, HYDRA boss Baron von Strucker conducts experiments on Sokovian siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff using Loki’s Scepter — AKA the Mind Stone — giving them superpowers.

May 2015: Tony Stark comes out of retirement to help The Avengers mop up remaining HYDRA forces. They retrieve Loki’s Scepter — and the Mind Stone, and Stark and Bruce Banner use it to create what they hope will be a peacekeeping artificial intelligence that could replace the Avengers. Instead they accidentally create the powerful robotic entity Ultron, which attempts to destroy humanity and remake the planet in his own image. The Avengers defeat Ultron, but not before it destroys a city in Sokovia, costing many lives.

Ultron’s scheming results in the birth of The Vision, a merging of Stark’s JARVIS AI with the Mind Stone. He joins the Avengers along with Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. Meanwhile, Banner, traumatized by the events and his own uncontrollable nature as Hulk, leaves Earth in the Avengers’ Quinjet for an unknown destination.

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July 2015: Recently-paroled thief Scott Lang breaks into Hank Pym’s home in hopes of stealing something valuable to pay for child support. Instead, he finds Pym’s Ant-Man suit and its capabilities. Pym convinces Lang to become the new Ant-Man to help stop Pym’s former protege, Darren Cross, who hoped to create a copy of the Ant-Man suit called Yellowjacket and sell it to HYDRA. Amid all this, he fights Falcon, who will later recruit him during the Marvel Civil War.

Late 2015: Queens high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. He makes a makeshift costume and operates in Queens as Spider-Man.

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June 2016: Already distrusted after disasters like Sokovia and New York, the Avengers cause an international incident when operation in Yemen accidentally causes the death of several Wakandan aid workers. This prompts the Sokovia Accords, an international treaty to make the Avengers subject to UN oversight. Captain America opposes the accords while Iron Man supports them, forcing the other Avengers take sides.

A bomb is detonated at the signing of the Sokovia Accords in Vienna, killing T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda, and Bucky Barnes is subsequently framed for it. The king’s son, T’Challa, assumes the identity of Black Panther and vows to kill Bucky, while Captain America moves to protect him. Barnes and Cap learn that Helmut Zemo was really responsible for the attack, and believe he is trying to get control of several remaining HYDRA super-soldiers. But the Accords make unsanctioned attempts to stop Zemo illegal, and he is now a wanted man.

Tony Stark the authorities to let him be the one who brings Steve in. He assembles the Avengers who support the accords, while Steve gathers those who oppose them. The two factions clash, but in the War Machine is severely injured. Steve and Bucky escape, and the Avengers who joined them are arrested and sent to secret prison for superpowered people. Stark realizes that the Avengers have been manipulated by Zemo, but his friendship with Steve is nearly destroyed when he learns Bucky killed his father. Black Panther apprehends Zemo and takes Barnes to Wakanda to heal his mind. Cap goes on the run with the heroes who supported him, and all the Avengers’ relationships are badly damaged.

Days later, T’Challa returns to Wakanda for his coronation, officially becoming king and Black Panther. When Ulysses Klaue resurfaces, T’Challa and his allies team with the CIA to capture Klaue, but Klaue is rescued by his ally, Erik Stevens, who is also known by his U.S. Special Forces nickname, Killmonger.

T’Challa returns to Wakanda and admits he couldn’t stop Klaue, but soon after, Killmonger arrives in Wakanda with Klaue’s body. Killmonger uses killing Klaue, an enemy of Wakanda, and his status as N’Jobu’s son to challenge T’Challa and become king. T’Challa’s allies manage to escape before Killmonger can harm them, and later find T’Challa’s injured body, reviving him using the Heart-Shaped Herb.

Killmonger prepares to use Vibranium weapons to arm people across the world and create a Wakandan-led revolution. T’Challa returns and eventually defeats and kills Killmonger, but decides to end Wakanda’s isolationist practices in favor of using the nation’s wealth and technology to help the rest of the world.

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During the Marvel civil war Peter Parker was recruited by Stark to help in the brief battle between Avengers. Afterward, Stark gives Parker a new technologically advanced Spider-Man suit. Spider-Man returns to New York and does low-level crime-fighting.

Two months later, Spider-Man struggles to balance high school and a social life with his responsibilities as Spider-Man. He encounters criminals robbing an ATM, using powerful weapons created from salvage from the Battle of New York. Spider-Man tracks the sales back to Toomes, who uses specially designed flying “vulture” armor to steal technology from Damage Control to build weapons.

Spider-Man stops Toomes, who is sent to prison, where he encounters one of his buyers, Mac Gargan (aka the Scorpion), who vows revenge against Spider-Man. Tony Stark offers to make Spider-Man an Avenger, but Spider-Man turns down the offer, opting to help the regular people of New York instead.

Early Fall, 2016: In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and steal a few pages from an ancient, mystical text belonging to the Ancient One, a long-lived sorcerer who has taught every student at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius and his followers escape.

Around the same time, famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange suffers major nerve damage to his hands in a car accident and spends several months recovering. No longer able to perform surgery, Strange begins a desperate search for ways to heal himself.

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Late Winter-Fall 2017: Stephen Strange finds out about Kamar-Taj and travels to Nepal, where he spends the year learning sorcery from The Ancient One. In early Fall, Strange learns that The Ancient One has lived for centuries by tapping into the power of an godlike being from the Dark Dimension called Dormammu. Soon after, The Ancient One is killed by Kaecilius, who seeks to allow Dormammu to take over Earth and end death. Strange defeats Kaecilius by locking Dormammu in a time loop using the Eye of Agamotto, which is actually the Time Infinity Stone. He then takes up residence in the New York City as the city’s master of the mystic arts.

Strange’s friend and magical mentor, Karl Mordo, is disillusioned by The Ancient One’s violation of “natural law” and leaves, later vowing to wipe out all unsanctioned sorcery.

Late 2017-Early 2018: After spending a couple of years looking for a way to stop Ragarok (he had a vision during the fight against Ultron), Thor realizes that Loki has deposed Odin. He returns to Asgard to find out WTF and the pair go to Earth to locate Odin, where they’re aided by Dr. Strange. Odin reveals he is dying, tells Loki and Thor about Hela, and warns his death end her imprisonment. Hela arrives on Earth, destroys Mjølnir, and exiles Thor and Loki, who wind up on planet Sakaar.

Hela takes over Asgard while Thor is forced to fight in the Sakaar gladiator arena, run by the Grandmaster. There, Thor finds that Hulk is Sakaar’s favorite fighter. Eventually, Thor convinces Hulk and the last surviving Asgardian Valkyrie to help him fight Hela.

Back on Asgard, Hela gouges out Thor’s eye. But with the help of Valkyrie, Hulk and Loki, Thor manages to defeat Hela by actually letting Ragnarok begin. Asgard is destroyed, but the Asgardians survive as refugees on a massive spaceship. In the escape, Loki takes the Tesseract with him.

But as the Asgardians, with Thor as their new king, head to Earth, they’re intercepted by a massive spaceship. That ship is the Sanctuary II, commanded by Thanos.

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9 April Fools’ Day Headlines That Turned Out to Be True (Photos)

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From the death of Marvin Gaye to a Will FerrellKristen Wiig Lifetime movie, these events were unfortunately timed for April Fools’ Day but were 100 percent real. Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope you don’t fall for any tricks — and that you don’t take any real headline to be fake. Here are some examples of April 1 headlines that turned out to be completely real.

Singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gaye Sr., on April 1, 1984. The news was so shocking and the timing so unfortunate that even Gaye’s close friend Smokey Robinson thought it was a morbid prank by the disc jockey on the radio station where he heard it.

Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands on the planet in 1985, so it’s not a surprise that lead singer David Lee Roth announcing his exit from the band, on April 1, would be considered to be a joke by most fans. But exit he did, to be replaced by Sammy Hagar, who took the band to even greater success.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, was murdered on March 31, 1995, but that proximity to April Fools’ Day was enough for some fans to accuse radio station KEDA-AM, which broke the news initially, of lying about it.

On April 1, 2004, Google announced an invitation-only beta version of a new e-mail service, called GMail. With tongue-in-cheek press release in tow, the idea seemed like a fantasy, especially the 1GB space Gmail offered — at a time when the most popular free email hosts like Hotmail and Yahoo were offering 2MB and 4MB, respectively.

In 2012, Ashton Kutcher may have been best-known for taking over for Charlie Sheen on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” So it may have come as quite a shock when the announcement was made on April 1 that he would be playing Apple founder Steve Jobs in an indie movie, “Jobs,” a full two years before Michael Fassbender was nominated for an Oscar for playing him in Danny Boyle‘s “Steve Jobs.”

On April 1, 2015, Lifetime announced its newest movie of the week: “A Deadly Adoption” — starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. It was the perfect setup for a great prank, but this one was dead serious. One day after the news broke, Ferrell and Wiig’s camps announced the movie had been scrapped — that turned out to be the joke, and the movie premiered two months later.

 

‘Jessica Jones’ (Finally) Stops Avoiding Talking About the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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One of the weirdest things and, we’ll be honest, most self-consciously awkward things about the Netflix Marvel shows is the way none of them ever explicitly acknowledge the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We know “Jessica Jones,” “Daredevil,” Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Punisher” take place in the same world as movies like “Iron Man” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” But when the hit film franchises that run parallel to the TV shows come up — always in tiny doses meant to provide context for audiences — characters use terminology that almost feels deliberately evasive.

In-universe historical icon Captain America is called “the old dude with the shield” or “the flag waver.” Thor, established in two other films as basically tabloid-famous, is just “The Big Blond Dude With the Hammer.” The Hulk is repeatedly (and awkwardly) called “the big green guy.” And that alien attack that devastated New York City in “The Avengers”? People on the Netflix shows — all of whom actually live in NYC — refer to it only as “the incident.”

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It’s anyone’s guess why they Netflix shows go to such lengths to avoid anything but the vaguest mention of their parent franchise. But if “Jessica Jones” Season 2 is any indication, the practice might be coming to an end. At last, viewers finally see some real, almost substantial references that explicitly connect the Netflix shows to the films.

Early on in the season, Jessica (Krysten Ridder) meets a kid named Vido (Kevin Chachon) who shows her his Captain America toy and calls the hero by name. That’s the first time we’ve heard anyone in the Netflix wing of the MCU mention Cap by name — or any other hero, for that matter. The only other show that talks about the MCU movies that directly is “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which was itself a spin-off of “The Avengers.”

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What’s more, later in the same episode, Jessica actually refers to the events of “The Avengers” as an alien invasion, the first time that’s every happened in the Netflix family of shows. And later in the season, Jessica directly refers to “The Raft,” the  maximum security super-person prison featured in “Captain America: Civil War”.

So what does it mean that “Jessica Jones” and, presumably, future seasons of Netflix shows are willing to name movie characters?

It’s hard to do anything but speculate, but the shift in willingness to talk about the movies directly in the streaming shows could signal more willingness at Marvel for the films and the TV offerings to intersect. That doesn’t mean you should expect to see Captain America team up with Luke Cage, or Daredevil getting rescued by the timely intervention of Iron Man, of course — a cost standpoint alone makes that altogether unlikely.

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But it does seem more likely that elements of the TV shows could potentially mix with the films. Maybe Marvel is laying the groundwork to bring some of the TV elements to the movies in the post-“Avengers: Infinity War” world, since that movie is going to bring all of the MCU movies together for one giant story, and likely greatly change the face of the MCU in its wake.

It’s tough to know for sure what this change in the Netflix Marvel shows might actually mean for the MCU — but it is a change worth noting.

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Guinevere Jones (2002)

Thor wasn’t the first mythical figure Hemsworth got to play. His first screen appearance came courtesy of the Australian fantasy series “Guinevere Jones,” in which he appeared as the legendary King Arthur for a handful of episodes. Even then, it was clear that long hair was his look.

Home and Away (2004-07)

His breakout role, Hemsworth’s turn as high school dropout Kim Hyde came about after he auditioned for another role, but was turned down. He won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and, at the height of his character’s popularity, competed in the fifth season of “Dancing With the Stars Australia.” In May 2015, Hemsworth returned to the show as an extra after catching up with old friends on the set.

Star Trek (2009)

For his first film role, Hemsworth appeared in “Star Trek” in the small but important role of George Kirk, the father of legendary Enterprise captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine).

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The Aussie finally broke out in America by playing Thor, God of Thunder, in the eponymous film. He won the role over, among others, little brother Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”) and Tom Hiddleston, who was promptly hired to play Loki.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

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Red Dawn (2012)

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Rush (2013)

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Vacation (2015)

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Ghostbusters (2016)

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