All 55 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Captain Marvel’

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With over 30 years of theatrically released Marvel movies, it’s always a good a time to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck” to this year’s “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool…

Oscar Week Party Report: Glenn Close, Allison Janney, LaKeith Stanfield and More Hit the Scene (Photos)

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Current Academy Awards nominees, past Oscar winners and everyone who’s anyone has been hitting parties all over town as the countdown to Oscars 2019 is in full tilt.

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Cadillac threw its annual bash at Chateau Marmont on Thursday night, where Oscar winners including Allison Janney, Christoph Waltz and Hilary Swank literally rubbed shoulders in the packed garden with Liev Schreiber, Tiffany Haddish and Zoe Saldana. Word is that two-time winner Swank had some good advice for anyone navigating Oscar night: “Eat before you go.”

Also in the crush were Stephan James, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Allen Leech, who had bounced across town from the Oscar Wilde Awards held earlier at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot studio in Santa Monica.

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At that annual Oscar Wilde bash that reminds the world of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, Irishman Leech (who’s on a roll with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Downton Abbey” turning him into a household face) presented his fellow countryman Aidan Gillen with a special award.

Current best actress nominees Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy made Oscar Wilde the place where they proved they’re not really in competition, as McCarthy presented Close with her Irish award — a Hawke + Axel hand-blown eternal flame crystal prize.

Chris O’Dowd got one, too, and Abrams played a congenial host to other current nominees Ed Guiney, Robbie Ryan and Peter Devlin as well as a gaggle of celebs including John Cho, Kathy Griffin, Nicole Holofcener and Paula Malcolmson.

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Back in Hollywood at new hotspot h club, the Dolby Laboratories reminded the Academy that cinematographers, sound editors and sound mixers deserve as much love as actors and directors, with a big party honoring the nominees in those categories.

The sound was turned up to 11 as Karasene (the live band) got everyone rockin’, including nominees Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic for “A Star Is Born,” Tim Cavagin, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Mary H. Ellis, Mildred Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee for “First Man” and Sergio Diaz from “Roma,” who all enjoyed the above-the-line limelight for a night.

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Meanwhile, up in the Beverly Hills, environmental advocate, actor and author Suzy Amis Cameron hosted her annual Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) Pre-Oscars Celebration, putting the focus once again on sustainable and environmentally friendly and ethical clothing. (James Cameron, Danielle Macdonald, Suzy Amis Cameron, Samata Pattinson, LaKeith Stanfield, Fiona Xie and Laura Harrier all turned out.)

This year, Danielle Macdonald (“Dumplin’”) and Laura Harrier (“BlacKkKlansman”) will represent RCGD at the Academy Awards.

Others who made the trek up into the chilly hills to the Albright Fashion Library included LaKeith Stanfield (who wore a RCGD design last year), James Cameron, Michelle Rodriguez and Fiona Xie.

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Earlier that afternoon, a crowd of women descended on the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom for a completely different ladies-who-lunch extravaganza (very different indeed from the typical wizened Beverly Hills set).

This power-player group joined Essence Magazine for their annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon, all celebrating “black excellence” in Hollywood.

The scene was led by Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”) — seen above with Sean “Diddy” Combs, KiKi Layne, Amandla Stenberg, Sanaa Lathan, and Elaine Welteroth — as Essence honored Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Stenberg and Layne. Amber Riley performed as Ava Duvernay, Angela Bassett and Sheryl Lee Ralph looked on.

And there were even a few men in the packed place, including Sean “Diddy” Combs and “BlacKkKlansman” nominees Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard.

That afternoon was also devoted to collecting a bit of swag, as Doris Bergman once again hosted her 11th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party at the Fig & Olive in WeHo, which saw a revolving door of stars.

Oscar nominee Bruce Dern (above) turned up, as did Christopher MacDonald, Esai Morales, Deidre Hall and a slew of others; everything stopped as a downpour turned into sleet and snow for a moment, causing everyone to run to see that strange climate change phenomenon in action.

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Speaking of climate change and freezing SoCal weather, Wednesday night’s Global Green 25th Anniversary Gala actually started things off during Oscar week, as the Four Seasons Beverly Hills was transformed into a grazing party filled with locally produced, sustainable foods, wines, beers and other products, all designed to get the stars thinking about protecting the planet.

With a goal to fight climate change, the organization easily drew a collection of like-minded stars to its pre-Oscar gala. Everyone from Ed O’Neill to Fran Dresher, Amy Smart, Ed Begley Jr. and Tia Carrere (above), who all enjoyed a performance by Robin Thicke after bidding on loads of ecology themed live auction items.

“This event is so important, I never miss it,” Carrere said, echoing the sentiment that rolled throughout the party.

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With Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel made household names out of interstellar second-stringers

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Zach Galifianakis Plays a Yeti Called ‘Susan’ in ‘Missing Link’ Trailer (Video)

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They’ve been known as “Bigfoot,” “Sasquatch” and “Yeti,” but in “Missing Link,” you will come to know them as … “Susan.”

The latest trailer for “Missing Link,” the next film from the stop motion animation studio Laika that brought you “Kubo and the Two Strings,” features Zach Galifianakis as a monster who teams up with an explorer (Hugh Jackman) in order to track down another monster that Susan may be related to on the other side of the world.

In this new look at the film, the explorers come across the mythical paradise of Shangri-La, as guarded by another monster voiced by Emma Thompson.

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“We call it [roars],” she says in the trailer. It means, “Keep out. We hate you.”

Along with the new trailer, you can also play a new game on any Amazon Alexa device. “Missing Link Adventures,” which you can enable here, is an interactive audio story for children designed to teach them about bravery, kindness and fitness.

Zoe Saldana and Timothy Olyphant also lend their voices to the film. “Missing Link” is directed by Chris Butler, who previously directed “ParaNorman.” And it’s produced by Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight, who just directed the “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee.”

“Missing Link” opens in theaters on April 12. Watch the new trailer for the film below.

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Jimmy Kimmel and His Celebrity Friends Sing ‘We’re Going to Hell’ to Help End AIDS (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel dedicated Monday’s show to raising money for AIDS-research charity (RED). That doesn’t mean the ABC late-night show ran a stuffy telethon, however.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” writers updated their ditty “We’re Going to Hell” for 2018, and the host called in some A-list favors to fill out his “RED Pack.”

Joining Jimmy this year were Bono, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Brad Paisley, Zoe Saldana and Chris Rock. Together, they belted out anti-Trump verses and this catchy chorus: “If we don’t help people with AIDS/we’re going to Hell.”

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Power Women Summit 2018 Portraits, From Barbara Boxer to Zoe Saldana (Photos)

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Mira Sorvino, Anita Hill, HAIM, David Oyelowo, Rosanna Arquette, Nancy Dubuc, Jill Soloway and more participated in TheWrap’s inaugural Power Women Summit.

TheWrap’s Inaugural ‘Power Women Summit’ Broadcasts Exclusively on SiriusXM

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 SiriusXM announced that it will exclusively broadcast TheWrap’s first-ever Power Women Summit, which aims to raise awareness and have frank conversations about gender equity in entertainment and media. The week-long special series will premiere on November 12 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET on Stars channel 109.

The “Power Women Summit on Stars” kicked off on Monday with highlights from the summit, including “Activism and Empowering the Next Generation” with Dolores Huerta, Katie Hill, and Zoe Saldana; “On the Basis of Sex,” with Felicity Jones; and “Leading by Example: A Conversation,” with Jill Soloway and Rebecca Sugar. The trailblazing lineup of speakers that will be featured throughout the week also includes actress and activist Alyssa Milano, former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, attorney Anita Hill, actresses Mira Sorvino and Olivia Wilde, #MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke, and more.

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“The Wrap put together a remarkable lineup of women, and we are excited to share their powerful, thought-provoking conversations with the national SiriusXM audience,” said Megan Liberman, Senior Vice President of News, Talk, and Entertainment at SiriusXM.

“Right now is a crucial time to discuss equality and women’s rights,” said Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, The Wrap. “There was an air of excitement and momentum at our inaugural Power Women Summit, and I’m grateful to SiriusXM for helping further the message to a national audience.”

The Wrap’s 2018 Power Women Summit took place in Los Angeles on November 1 and 2 before a gathering of more than 1,500 women from across the media and entertainment industry. More information can be found at http://wrapwomen.thewrap.com.

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SiriusXM offers people without a subscription the chance to sample SiriusXM’s content on the SiriusXM app and the streaming web player at SiriusXM.com, seamlessly and without any registration requirements. Go to https://siriusxm.us/2AVma2a to tune in.

SiriusXM subscribers can hear highlights from the 2018 Power Women Summit beginning on Stars channel 109, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/AtHome to learn more.

10 Best Celebrity Political Endorsements: From Stephen King to Diddy and More

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Ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election, celebrities made their closing arguments Sunday for their favorite candidates and causes — or for voting in general.

Stephen King asked Iowans to vote against the like-named Rep. Steve King “for personal reasons”: He said he’s “tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.”

Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out. I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 4, 2018

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Diddy officially endorsed Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, saying, “It’s time to fight back.”

Attention Georgia!!! I’m officially endorsing @staceyabrams for Governor. She is without a doubt the right person for the job. But the only way this can happen is if you get out and vote. Let your voice be heard, don’t let anything stop you from voting!! IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK. pic.twitter.com/BkaHsEK1kd

— Diddy (@Diddy) November 4, 2018

Adam Scott got right to the point about his feelings for Abrams.

I F**KIN’ LOVE YOU @staceyabrams https://t.co/gvBMzCLY2u

— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) November 4, 2018

Chelsea Handler called Illinois congressional candidate Lauren Underwood “an inspirational leader,” who “needs us to help her amplify.”

Illinois-This woman is neck in neck for her race, and she needs us to help her amplify. She is an inspirational leader and deserves this seat. It’s time for real representation in Congress. https://t.co/Cr7whnIfmg

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 4, 2018

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Zachary Quinto supported Emily Skopov, who is running for state representative in Pennsylvania. He calls Skopov “an everyday citizen compelled to run for office because of the restrictive discriminatory and self-serving policies of the old guard straight white men who have clung to power for far too long.”

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i’m so grateful i got to launch today’s canvas for emily skopov! she is running for state representative in pennsylvania’s 28th district and is an incredible example of democracy in action. an everyday citizen compelled to run for office because of the restrictive discriminatory and self-serving policies of the old guard straight white men who have clung to power for far too long. she is within striking distance of defeating her opponent on tuesday and i couldn’t be more excited to support her and all that she represents – including women’s rights – lbtq rights – education – and important governance reform such as #fairmaps GET UP! GET OUT! VOTE! @emily4pa @demredistrict

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Several stars including Jodie Foster, Kyra Sedgwick and Eric McCormack got behind Katie Hill, who is a congressional candidate in Santa Clarita, California.

I cannot WAIT to go knock@on doors for @KatieHill4CA in #CA25 tomorrow at 9AM!! If you’re in the neighborhood,join me and help #TakeBackTheHouse https://t.co/8LxndYPCYy

— kyra sedgwick (@kyrasedgwick) November 4, 2018

It was great to connect, and remind people how crucial their #VOTE is. Early voting at Lancaster Library till 4 pm today, folks! @KatieHill4CA #VoteBlue2018 https://t.co/Ms3jOLS4cj

— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) November 4, 2018

America Ferrera and Zoe Saldana urged Latino voters to get to the polls:

We’re heading to Miami, FL to rally the Latino Vote!  Meet us at Ball and Chain at 4:00pm https://t.co/fDLPoM1XY1 Join us!  And follow our journey on @nowthisnews #LatinosStandUp @evalongoria @hereisgina @rosariodawson @zoesaldana pic.twitter.com/4KK6gOTvvE

— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) November 4, 2018

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Mark Ruffallo urged voters to “stand for Standing Rock” Native Americans in the Dakotas:

This is another moment to stand for Standing Rock. Native people are here, they’re resilient, and despite the laws trying to suppress them, they’re ready to vote.

Text STAND to 788683 to take the #StandNVote pledge. Let’s bring this home. pic.twitter.com/mHYLqrkQ4u

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 4, 2018

And Bellamy Young was “knocking on doors & talking w/ my North Carolina family about the need to vote for #fairmaps candidates”:

State and local politics affect our daily lives just as much as what happens in Washington. That’s why I’m home today knocking on doors & talking w/ my #NorthCarolina family about the need to vote for #fairmaps candidates all the way down the ballot on Election Day!???????????? pic.twitter.com/HK7UfBnWKC

— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) November 4, 2018

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Zoe Saldana Started Social Activism Because She Felt ‘Ashamed’ of Her ‘Fear’ for Newborn Sons

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Actress Zoe Saldana said she first got involved in social activism after she looked at her newborn twin sons and felt a twinge of fear.

“I felt really happy that I’m going to get to see my reflection for the rest of our lives,” Saldana told the audience at TheWrap’s Power Women Summit in Downtown Los Angeles Friday. “The second feeling was fear because they were going to be perceived by many as black men that will have to fight twice as hard to prove their worth.”

“I felt just so ashamed that I had that fear, but also I felt that I needed to do something,” she added.

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Earlier this year, the “Avatar” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star launched digital news platform BESE, with a mission is to shine a light on untold positive stories of Latinos geared to Millennial and Gen Z audiences.

“We’re highlighting stories of underrepresented people within our communities,” she said. “We’re starting with the Latinx community because it is the most marginalized according to its size and growth… so that younger people that look like me, like my sons, can see their reflections and cultivate aspirations for themselves.”

Saldana spoke during a panel called “Activism and Empowering the Next Generation,” moderated by Democratic political commentator Hilary Rosen. She was joined by legendary activist Dolores Huerta and California Congressional candidate Katie Hill.

Huerta, the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, said the country was going through a sea change when it comes to social activism.

“I feel like we have an awakening now in our country,” she said. “Now I think everything is really personal. And we understand that we really have to stand up and do something about these cancers that we have in our society of misogyny, of homophobia and of racism.”

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Huerta said one of the ways to end those cancers is by changing the educational system to teach kids the “contribution of people of color to this country.”

“We’re not teaching this and this is why we have so much racism in our country,” she said, calling it a “poison of white privilege and white supremacy.”

Hill, who is running in a tight race for California’s 25th district, said she too felt the sea change.

Hill said she was eating at a restaurant with some of her staffers recently when two of her waitresses approached her to tell her that they would be voting for her in the upcoming November midterms.

“Both of them said that this would be their first time voting and they were women in their early 20s,” Hill said. “I think this is a huge deal… those are not reflected in the polls. The polls are showing likely voters.”

She added: “I feel like, and I can be totally have egg on my face after this… that we’re going to see historic returns.”

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Huerta said one of the most important thing people can do is go out and canvass.

“It’s all about building power,” she said.

The Summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women in entertainment and media, attended and supported by studios, news organizations and non-profits across the entertainment industry landscape. It is presented by the WrapWomen Foundation, a division of TheWrap News.

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Anita Hill Vows to Do What the Government Won’t: ‘The Down and Dirty Work of Changing Culture’

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Anita Hill vowed Friday to do what she says the government won’t: to embrace the “down an dirty work of changing culture” by fighting for gender equality and the end of sexual harassment.

Hill’s lack of faith in lawmakers is understandable: The Senate approved Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court in 1991 despite her testimony that he sexually harassed her. She was disgusted to see another nominee accused of sexual misconduct, Brett Kavanaugh, confirmed to the court in September.

“We at the commission, which is what I’m chairing this year, are about changing the cultures and environments that the entertainment industry works in,” Hill said at TheWrap’s Power Women Summit in Los Angeles on Friday. She leads the  Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which is funded by some of the most powerful women in Hollywood.

“We are about putting into place policies that will actually bring about changes immediately, that will allow opportunities for people to hear, set up systems where we can report complaints and know they were thoroughly vetted and investigated, not only in an impartial way but also in a way that’s informed about knowledge of trauma… What we are trying to do is to create the kind of cultures where everybody takes responsibility for what’s going on and ending sexual misconduct,” she said.

Hill added: “It can’t all be placed upon the lapse of the people who are the most vulnerable and who are the targets of the misconduct. We must understand that everyone has a responsibility to end the awful and heinous behavior that so many people describe and we know exist.”

The summit gathered together 1,500 women in the entertainment and media industries. Hill said the commission includes studios, agencies, guilds, unions and academies, and that the commission’s goal is to make sure employers understand the burden us on them to improve.

“They need to understand that the problem isn’t that we complain about sexual harassment, the problem is that sexual harassment and abuse exists. We have started with information gathering,” she said. “We are not talking about that is going to make a lot of headlines. This is the down and dirty work of changing culture and putting in place rules and policies and practices that will last for generations — we hope.”

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Hill became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment.

Hill said 27 years ago that Thomas sexually harassed her repeatedly when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She felt a kinship with Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were in high school.

“She spoke so eloquently and movingly not only for herself but for so many of us and especially for the 1 of 6 women — those statistics don’t cover all of us — who have already been sexually assaulted or the 1 in 3 women age 18 to 24 who will become victims of assault,” Hill said. “Unfortunately, she was met with the same kind of resistance and indifference that all of us feel when we step forward and tell the truth of our experience. It is discouraging and depressing, but rest assured I have been on this path for 27 years and I will not retreat now.”

Hill also spoke about equality in the workplace and in education, and said it is important that women can “live free of sexual violence.”

“We must make unequivocally clear, even if the government isn’t prepared to protect women from sexual violence, we are,” she told the crowd. “We will do it ourselves. We deserve to work in harassment-free workplaces, and we deserve to have an equal chance to display our very talents throughout these industries, and throughout workplaces all over. These are not privileges that should be limited to men — these are rights we all have.”

She added: “Gender equality can’t be parsed out, and people can’t be partially equal. It’s all or nothing. It has to be whole, it has to be complete, it had to be radical.”

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Before Hill took the stage, civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke took part in a tribute to sexual harassment and assault survivors alongside actress Mira Sorvino, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and derailing her career.

“The world needs to understand the life cycle of a survivor,” Burke said. “I still cry uncomfortably at things, I’m still triggered, and that’s just the reality. When the Dr. Ford testimony happened, people don’t talk enough about what survival looks like. I have to get up every day to decide to survive. There are some days where I say, I can’t do it today.”

She added, “It’s not about being bold and brave — it’s about resilience. This is what we’re doing — we’re bouncing back, every day.”

Sorvino, who said she wants to work with programs that focus on the youth so that young men growing up will not “engage in this misconduct,” explained that “harassment is the gateway drug to sexual violence.”

Sorvino and Burke then welcomed women to the stage who have come forward about their abuse and harassment experiences. Jessica Barth, Melissa Schuman and Rosanna Arquette were among the women to step onto the stage.

Just a few days before the historic midterm election, the focus of the summit is to achieve gender equity in Hollywood, with the theme, “The Road to 50/50 By 2020.”

The summit is the largest gathering ever assembled of the most influential women in entertainment and media, attended and supported by studios, news organizations and non-profits across the entertainment industry landscape. It is presented by the WrapWomen Foundation, a division of TheWrap News.

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Anita Hill, Barbara Boxer, Alyssa Milano, Tarana Burke, HAIM, Felicity Jones, Mira Sorvino, Zoe Saldana and Sherry Lansing are among the iconic women leaders gathering on Thursday, Nov.1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los …

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20 Big Things We Learned From the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Director Commentary

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Fans have been speculating about all kinds of things about “Avengers: Infinity War” since the movie came out. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely layered their culmination of 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with references that cut right back to the MCU’s beginnings, and there are plenty of clues about what the future might hold scattered within, too.

In the home video release for “Infinity War,” the Russos and Markus and McFeely give feature commentary to go with the movie, and they reveal all kinds of interesting things about the film — plus, they confirm a few fan theories about what’s going on in the movie that might give hints about the events of “Avengers 4.” Here are all the interesting, cool and cryptic things we learned from the director commentary on “Infinity War.”

Kenneth Branagh was the voice of the Asgardian distress call

“Infinity War” opens almost directly after “Thor: Ragnarok,” the MCU movie which takes chronologically right before it. That movie ended with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) leading his people away from a destroyed Asgard. “Infinity War” picks up with Thanos (Josh Brolin) attacking the Asgardian “ark” ship. We hear a distress signal from the Asgardian ship at the start of the movie. Turns out, the person calling for help is Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” director Kenneth Branagh, or Sir Kenneth if you’re feeling especially British.

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Thanos assaulting Xandar to get the Power Stone was in a previous draft of the script

Markus and McFeely discuss how they went through multiple iterations of the “Infinity War” script, because they were developing it even before other MCU movies — notably “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok” — were completed, or even written. That meant there were multiple versions of the script. In the finished version of “Infinity War,” Thanos gets the Power Stone, which was left in the care of the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” off-screen — he has it when he attacks Thor and the Asgardians.

One version of the script included a huge battle where Thanos attacked Xandar, but it was cut because it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, McFeely and Markus said. They figured the audience wouldn’t need yet another battle in which Thanos emerged victorious with an Infinity Stone, especially because that battle wouldn’t add much to the characters or plot.

The most interesting part of this nugget, though, was that in that version of the story, Thanos and Gamora ran into each other during the battle on Xandar Meaning in that version the crucial “find Gamora and get her to take Thanos to the Soul Stone” part of the plan wouldn’t just have been the result of an odd coincidence.

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The filmmakers confirm Doctor Strange has a secret plan

One scene that’s key to understanding the later events in “Infinity War” is when Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses the Time Stone to look at “alternate futures,” the possible outcomes of the battle with Thanos. In that scene, Strange says he sees only one outcome out of 14 million in which the heroes defeat Thanos. Not much more is said after that, but the implication is that his actions from that point, including surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos to save the life of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), are all part of the sequence of events that need to happen to create that victorious future.

During the commentary, the filmmakers talk about Doctor Strange’s character and what he knows at several points, and more than once the Russos and the screenwriters confirm that Doctor Strange knows a lot more than he’s letting on — the term “ominous prophecy” comes up during that scene. While they’re cryptic about it, they’re still strongly implying that everything that happened on Titan, at least, was part of Strange’s plan based on his vision.

Read more about Doctor Strange’s big plan here.

Hulk isn’t scared of Thanos, he’s tired of bailing out Banner

The “Infinity War” arc for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his alter-ego, the Incredible Hulk, is that Banner can’t summon the Hulk to help fight Thanos’ lieutenants, the Black Order, when they attack Earth. Hulk starts the movie by getting absolutely thrashed by Thanos, and after that, every time Banner tries to get the Hulk to come out and fight, he refuses.

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The Russos put to bed the idea that Hulk refused to come out to fight the Black Order because he was afraid of Thanos after his definitive defeat. Instead, the issue is more of a culmination of Hulk and Banner’s ongoing issues — the two sides of the same person hate each other and are constantly battling for control of their shared body. Hulk resents the fact that Banner only wants him around when he needs to smash things. In the movie, Banner is forced to deal with his own problems, rather than continually rely on Hulk.

They blew on Tom Holland’s ear to make his hair stand up (not really)

When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is introduced during the Black Order’s attack on New York, his hair stands up — visual representation of his “spider-sense” that helps Peter detect and avoid danger. In the commentary, the Russos joke that to get Tom’s hair to stand up, they just “blew gently on his ear.” They reference the fact that they made same joke during an “Anatomy of the Scene” video for the New York Times, but don’t reveal how the effect is really achieved in “Infinity War.” Turns out, it’s just CGI.

Even the filmmakers don’t really know how much time passes over the course of the movie

During the scene when Peter Parker sneaks aboard the Q ship, the Russos and the screenwriters took some guesses at just how much time passes between Thanos’ arrival and the snap at the end of the movie. They didn’t have a firm answer, putting it probably about two days, at the outside. They’re just like us!

Thanos’ plan isn’t a plot hole, it’s a character thing

The filmmakers spent a lot of time talking about the inner and emotional life of Thanos, especially in terms of his relationship with his adopted daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). During the scene on Knowhere, in which Thanos uses the Reality Stone to trick Gamora into thinking she killed him, they talk about how messed up Thanos is — because even though he’s manipulative and abusive, he thinks he’s been good to Gamora.

That led to a discussion of Thanos’ overall plan, and a “plot hole” a lot of people have brought up since the movie was released: If Thanos can use the near-limitless power of the Infinity Stones, instead of killing half of all life in the universe (which he says is to stop the suffering and death created by too many people competing for not enough resources), why not just double all the resources in the galaxy?

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Well, apparently that wasn’t a permanent enough solution for ole Thanos, an egotistical maniac with a messiah complex who is on a quest to save the universe his way and no one is going to be able to convince him his plan sucks.

Here’s a bit more about how Thanos’ plan was actually logical — by his own insane standards.

And why not just use the Reality Stone if it can, like, alter reality?

While discussing Thanos’ use of the Reality Stone to trick Gamora, the Russos also brought up a time when a fan questioned why Thanos couldn’t just use the Reality Stone to enact his plan, since it seems to alter the physical makeup of reality. We see it turn real objects to bubbles and people into ribbons or rocks; why bother gathering all six Infinity Stones if this one is so cool? The answer is that, really, the Reality Stone just doesn’t have enough power. The filmmakers also mentioned that while the Reality Stone seems to have an incredible amount of power, it’s mostly illusory. When it turns Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) into rocks and ribbons, respectively, the effect doesn’t last because it’s more of a short-term trick.

The movie’s inciting incident is Thanos finding out about the Soul Stone

One question that lingers in “Infinity War” is why Thanos hasn’t gotten around to grabbing up all the Infinity Stones before now. In the past, we’ve seen him try to gather them using intermediaries — he sent Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to conquer Earth and steal the Tesseract for him in “The Avengers,” which contained the Space Stone, and he dispatched Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to get the Power Stone in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But why did it take Thanos so long to go on his all-out campaign to get the stones? According to Markus and McFeely, the game-changer was when Thanos found out that Gamora knew the location of the Soul Stone.

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The Soul Stone was the only Infinity Stone that was never teased in the MCU before “Infinity War,” and in the movie, Thanos reveals that he tortured Nebula (Karen Gillan) and found out that Gamora knew of the stone’s location. The screenwriters say that it was that knowledge that turned the tide for Thanos; he previously used agents to go after the stones because he didn’t want to tip off the universe to his genocidal plan and have everyone array against him. When he found out that Gamora could lead him to the Soul Stone, he kicked off his campaign to get the other stones in earnest, creating the events of the movie.

Read more about why Thanos took so long to strike here.

Markus and McFeely had ‘a fetish’ about bringing back Red Skull

The idea to make Red Skull (Ross Marquand) the guide to the Soul Stone on Vormir served a purpose for the script, but it also fulfilled a longtime wish for the movie’s writers. The pair have written all three of the “Captain America” movies, and really wanted to bring the Red Skull, who was the villain in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” back to the MCU. Vormir gave them that opportunity, since they said they needed a reliable guide to the Soul Stone whose information audiences would believe immediately.

As an added bonus, go back and rewatch “The First Avenger” to see for yourself how well Red Skull’s appearance in “Infinity War” is supported by his fate in the earlier film.

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The Wakandans’ chants on the battlefield were ad-libs

Portions of “Infinity War” and “Black Panther” were being made simultaneously, which meant that Joe and Anthony Russo didn’t know a lot of the ins and outs of Wakanda. The decision to set the third act of “Infinity War” in the country was made before “Black Panther” was released to critical and audience acclaim. When the “Black Panther” actors showed up for their big battle scene, though, they already knew their characters — so the powerful Wakandan chants led by M’Baku (Winston Duke) and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) were ad-libs by the actors.

Read more about how the success of “Black Panther” was a real benefit to “Infinity War” here.

The Russos say Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU

It’s not too big of a tease for the future that the “Infinity War” directors consider Shuri (Letitia Wright) the MCU’s smartest super-genius, especially since it’s the reason the heroes bring Vision (Paul Bettany) to Wakanda to get the Mind Stone removed from his head. But with some fans speculating that Shuri could be the successor to Tony Stark and Iron Man in the future of the MCU, it could be loaded comment.

Rocket’s quip about ‘space dogs’ came from a focus group

The Black Order uses an army of multi-limbed alien lizards to attack Wakanda’s energy shield, and the heroes have to fight a horde of the beasts. After the Russos showed the movie to an early test group, one person described those aliens as “space dogs.” The directors said they thought the description was funny enough to turn it into a line for Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), which he uses while firing away at the creatures alongside Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), shouting, “Come and get some, space dogs!”

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Star-Lord’s joke about his plan for catching Thanos was an ad-lib

On Titan, when the Guardians of the Galaxy, Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Doctor Strange manage to tie up Thanos, they very nearly get the Infinity Gauntlet off his hand. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) rockets over a few seconds later, as everyone struggles to keep Thanos tied up, and says, “I thought you’d be hard to catch — for the record, this is my plan.” The joke about the plan was an ad-lib by Pratt.

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There was a draft of the script in which Captain America didn’t show up until Wakanda

Markus and McFeely wanted the arrival of Captain America (Chris Evans) to carry a huge amount of weight, coming after the character’s two years of exile following the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” They achieved that with Cap’s entrance in the Edinburgh scene, alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), but in some of the other drafts of the script, the screenwriters wanted to push the entrance even farther. One draft, they said, had Cap’s first appearance being in Wakanda, when he rockets out of the trees to save Vision’s life as he grapples with bad guy Corvus Glaive (James Michael Shaw). The screenwriters say they were told holding Cap back for that long would be a huge mistake — and then, after thinking about it, decided those people were absolutely right.

Captain America’s big character arc is in ‘Avengers 4’

Grappling with so many characters in one movie was tough, which left Captain America without much character development in “Infinity War.” The screenwriters said that, since they knew “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” would be two parts of the same story all along, they were able to leave the bulk of Cap’s personal story to the second part. During the commentary, the filmmakers mentioned that Cap has “a big story” in “Avengers 4.”

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That orange place Thanos goes at the snap is, in fact, the Soul World

Speculation has run rampant about the nature of the Soul Stone, which, in the comics, contains a whole world where the souls of people killed by the stone are trapped and reside. Fans have figured that the orange place where Thanos winds up briefly after he achieves the snap, where he meets a young Gamora, was the Soul World. In the commentary, the Russos said, “Of course it’s the Soul World,” which likely means the place will have a big part to play in “Avengers 4.”

There’s an actual story reason why Spider-Man took longer to die than everyone else

Most of the characters who fell victim to Thanos’ cosmic finger snap turned to dust in a second or two, but Peter Parker managed to hold out for nearly 30 seconds after uttering his much-memed “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” line. Apparently, according to Joe Russo, they decided when they filmed the scene that they wanted to draw it out a bit to increase the emotional impact of the whole thing, and they justified it by telling Tom Holland that “you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this.” Which is a fascinating, and believable, bit of lore that they apparently came up with on the fly.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet were permanently damaged by the snap

When Thanos snaps his fingers at the end of “Infinity War” and gets his wish, a huge amount of energy is expelled, and the Gauntlet and Thanos’ arm are singed by it. In fact, the snap looks like it hurts Thanos pretty badly. The Russos confirmed in the commentary what they’ve said before: using the Gauntlet took a toll on Thanos. What’s interesting is that the filmmakers used the word “permanently” to describe the damage done to both the Mad Titan and his weapon. Sounds like that could have implications for Thanos and the Gauntlet in the future, and maybe, how they can be beaten.

Also, imagine if Thanos is dead at the beginning of “Avengers 4,” having succumbed to that gaping chest wound. Hoo boy.

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The final shot of Thanos contains a comic Easter Egg

Eagle-eyed fans will notice that when Thanos comes out of his hut on the unnamed planet at the end of “Infinity War” after achieving his goal, there’s a figure in the bottom-right corner of the frame. It’s a scarecrow, one made out of Thanos’ armor from the beginning of the movie. That’s a nod to the Marvel comics, in which, after the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, Thanos leaves the life of villainy to become a farmer, and uses his armor to make a scarecrow in his field.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Here’s Why Thanos Waited to Go After the Infinity Stones Himself

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It took 10 years and 19 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Thanos to make his play to wreck the universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” and one big lingering question is, why’d he wait so long?

After all, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is ludicrously powerful. In “Infinity War,” we see him barely break a sweat kicking the Hulk’s ass, fight off the combined might of dozens of heroes more than once, and oh yeah, hold infinity stones in his hands without being vaporized. He’s so powerful that he manages to get his hands on all six Infinity Stones pretty much in a day or so.

But if he could stomp his way through everything Earth’s mightiest heroes could throw at him, why is he just now doing it? Why, prior to “Infinity War,” in “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” did Thanos rely on other villains to get the stones for him?

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According to “Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely in the “Infinity War” commentary track, the answer to those questions begins with Thanos’ two adopted daughters, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).

As explained in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Nebula hated Gamora growing up because Thanos would force the two to fight each other. The loser of a fight was punished by having a body part replaced with cybernetics to make her stronger, and Nebula always lost to Gamora. Thanos also routinely humiliated Nebula by comparing her constantly to Gamora in front of everyone else.

This abuse led them to both escape from and oppose Thanos during the events of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and in “Guardians 2,” they finally put aside their differences and become allies. Nebula then vows to try and kill Thanos, and free his other “adopted” children.

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During “Infinity War,” we learn she made good on that vow, only to be captured. Thanos then searched around in her robot brain, and as we see during the scene with Thanos, Gamora and Nebula, discovered a memory recording of Gamora telling Nebula that she destroyed the map to the Soul Stone to keep it out of Thanos’ hands.

That, according to McFeely in the commentary, was “the catalyst for the whole movie.” Having “figured out where the Soul Stone was because he captured Nebula on his ship and rooted around in her brain and found out that Gamora knew where the Soul Stone was,” Thanos is inspired to finally make his play for universal domination.

But why? In the commentary, Joe Russo explained further: “The reason why [Thanos] has not gone after the stones before is because the minute he does, the forces of the universe are gonna line up against him. If he doesn’t know where the Soul Stone is, then what is the point.”

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In other words, if the people of the universe were tipped off to the fact that the big scary guy with a huge army was seeking godlike power, they could have mobilized to beat him. So, when he acted openly, he needed accomplish his aims as quickly as possible. Thanos might be incredibly powerful after all, but he’s not invincible, and neither are the armies and lieutenants who serve him – the longer it takes him to find all six stones, the more time there is for his enemies to stop him. Which is why he preferred to use proxies before now.

And until he knew the location of the Soul Stone, that necessary quickness wasn’t an option.

It’s ironic that Gamora’s unwillingness to see Nebula tortured inadvertently doomed the universe. But that’s in keeping with the Mad Titan’s M.O. — he always forces his enemies to choose between killing someone they love, or letting him get what he wants, and every time it pays off.

Then again, refusing to accept Thanos’ sadistic choice might end up being the only way the heroes can defeat him in the long term, if Doctor Strange is any guide.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Does Have One Big Gamora-Related Plot Hole

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“Avengers: Infinity War” is so tight and relentlessly paced that, well, it really doesn’t have much time for plot holes even if it were full of them. And it’s not full of them. For the most part, the story it’s telling works the way it should. But there is one detail that has bugged me a little bit since the film was first released back in April — and it’s something that bugs me much more now that I’ve listened to the commentary track on the “Infinity War” home video release.

The commentary track features directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and the part that’s bugging me comes when Thanos (Josh Brolin) takes Gamora (Zoe Saldana) back to his ship and reveals to her that he knows she knows where the Soul Stone is. At that point in the movie, Joe Russo and McFeely say something that both answers one big question while creating another.

McFeely: “The catalyst for the whole movie was when Thanos figured out where the Soul Stone was, because he captured Nebula on his ship and rooted around in her brain and found out that Gamora knew where the Soul Stone was.”

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Joe Russo: “The reason why he has not gone after the stones before is because the minute he does, the forces of the universe are gonna line up against him. If he doesn’t know where the Soul Stone is then what is the point.”

That makes a lot of sense for the big picture — it’s the same reason why he had been using intermediaries, like Loki, to go after the Stones in the past. He didn’t want everybody to know what he was up to, and so was lying low, keeping track of them all until he finally had them all in his line of sight, so to speak, and could grab them all in one fell swoop. Which is what “Infinity War” is about.

The problem, though, is that the plan as presented does not actually account for Gamora’s presence even though it hinges on it. I considered this a minor issue until McFeely and Joe Russo articulated the plan the way they did in the commentary — a key part of Thanos’ plan had to have been to draw Gamora to himself very quickly.

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Obviously, Gamora does run into Thanos pretty early on in “Infinity War,” because if it didn’t he wouldn’t have been able to get the Soul Stone and do his fateful finger snap. But the problem is that, as the story is presented, Gamora and the Guardians of the Galaxy are really only involved in the fight by accident, and not because Thanos actually drew Gamora into it.

Remember, the Guardians only play a part in all this because they’re the first ones to respond to the distress signal sent out by the Asgardians when Thanos attacked their ship. And, as presented, it’s really just a coincidence.

Here’s the chain of events that lead Gamora to Thanos in “Infinity War.” The Guardians answer a random distress call; they literally bump into Thor as he’s tumbling through space; Thor, because he already knew that one of the Stones was on Knowhere, tells the Guardians that Thanos was probably going there; and they go there. That’s not — again, as presented — a planned sequence of events.

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But Thanos kinda acts like it was when Gamora, Star-Lord, Drax and Mantis get to Knowhere. “You knew I’d come,” Gamora says.

“I counted on it,” Thanos replies.

It’s legitimate to wonder why he would be expecting her, though. If the Guardians had been on the other side of the galaxy when Thanos attacked the Asgardians then Thanos probably would have been waiting a long time for Gamora to show up — maybe long enough that they would be bringing the forces of the universe with them. He was just lucky that they were close enough to be the first ones on the scene, and lucky that they stumbled onto Thor.

I call this a plot hole because, as Russo and McFeely say, Thanos’ whole plan hinged on him being able to get to the Soul Stone just as quickly as he could get to the other Stones. Which means part of his plan had to have involved Gamora showing up quickly. But there’s just nothing in the movie that indicates he did anything to ensure Gamora would come to him.

It’s a frustrating thing because “Infinity War,” while packed to the gills with Stuff Happening, is pretty good about addressing these sorts of things that it doesn’t have time to show, often with quick lines of dialogue — like when Thor mentions that Thanos invaded Xandar to get the Power Stone. We didn’t really need another huge CGI battle, so it’s fine with that happening off screen.

On the other hand, another interesting nugget from the commentary was that there was a draft of the script that included that battle at Xandar, and that in that version of the story Thanos captured Gamora during that fight.

It’s not hard to imagine that, as the proceedings were constantly being reworked and characters reshuffled — a good drinking game for the “Infinity War” commentary would be to do a shot every time they say they had to reshoot the scene you’re watching — that some detail was simply lost in the shuffle.

I’ve been assuming that there was some line about Thanos waiting to make his move until he knew Gamora was in the neighborhood because he knew the Guardians would want to help if they were in the position to do so. Or that he allowed the Asgardian distress call to go out specifically to draw her into the fight. But whatever it was, it didn’t make it into the movie.

This oversight in no way ruins the movie, at least not for me. Aside from this nagging detail I greatly enjoy the thing — I’ve been playing it as background noise on a loop all week while I work. But it does make me desperately wish that Marvel would put out an “Infinity War” extended cut. It’s a great movie, but it needed a little bit more room to breathe.

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The entire cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” has signed a letter supporting recently fired director James Gunn and calling for Disney and Marvel Studios to reinstate him as the director of the upcoming third installment of the series.

The letter was posted on the social media accounts of several of the cast members, and can be read in full below.

“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” wrote Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt in his post. “I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”

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Disney severed ties with Gunn after alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich posted old tweets made by Gunn prior to joining Marvel Studios in which he made crude jokes about rape and pedophilia. In a statement, Gunn apologized for the tweets and said he accepted Disney’s decision.

While most members of the cast have not spoken publicly about the firing until this statement, star Dave Bautista has fired out several angry tweets condemning Gunn’s dismissal as a “cyber nazi attack that succeeded.”

Gunn’s brother Sean, who also performs in the film series, said that working on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films changed Gunn, and that the films’ central theme of redemption and becoming a better person was a deeply personal one for the filmmaker.

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The statement released by the cast echoed those sentiments, saying that Gunn’s behavior since his firing has been “consistent with the man he was every day on set.”

“In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever,” the letter reads. “We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.”

Gunn has also received support from actress Selma Blair, who on Sunday deleted her Twitter account in support of Gunn. Prior to leaving Twitter, Blair called on the movie industry to rally behind Gunn, saying that he was one of the men who encouraged her to speak to Vanity Fair for a story about James Toback’s alleged history of sexual abuse.

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“If people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving?” asked Blair in a tweet. “This man is one of the good ones.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is currently slated for release in 2020.

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