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PODCAST | The new Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer has DROPPED. And we are talking Miles Morales, Mysterio and the MULTIVERSE. But is this trailer truth or trash?

PLUS: We are through the first half of major movies for the year (we’re eyeing YOU next, Godzilla) so it’s time for our 2019 first half REPORT CARDS. How do Avengers: Endgame, Shazam, Hellboy & Captain Marvel measure up?

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Segment 1: Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Breakdown – 16 Story Reveals & Secrets


In the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, Sony has dropped a new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home – and it reveals a lot about the movie. Marvel and Sony have found themselves in something of a tricky spot when it comes to marketing Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film happens shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame, which meant it was difficult to promote it without giving away major plot points.

Avengers: Endgame has been out for almost two weeks now, and even directors the Russo brothers have publicly said they think fans should now be free to discuss the film on social media. That means the time for secrecy is finally over, and the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer reveals just how the film relates to Endgame. As Kevin Feige recently noted, it’s essentially an epilogue to Phase 3, exploring the impact of the Avengers’ victory against Thanos and setting the scene for the MCU’s future.

The new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer opens with a spoiler warning from Tom Holland himself, an amusing decision on Marvel’s part given Holland’s reputation for being loose-lipped about spoilers. And he wasn’t lying. There aren’t just Avengers: Endgame spoilers in the Spider-Man: Far From Home, but some shocking implications of Thanos’ actions.

16. Peter Parker is Grieving Tony Stark’s Death

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer opens on a sorrowful note, with Peter Parker grieving the death of Tony Stark. The relationship between Spider-Man and Iron Man has been central to the MCU’s version of the wall-crawler. In Captain America: Civil War, it was Tony Stark who discovered Spider-Man through social media videos, and it didn’t take Tony long to deduce Spider-Man’s secret identity. The two built up a strong friendship in Spider-Man: Homecoming, with Peter desperate for a surrogate father-figure. Heartbreakingly, their relationship came to an abrupt end when Peter was one of Thanos’ victims in Avengers: Infinity War, and a horrified Iron Man could only watch as Spider-Man crumbled to dust before his eyes.

Tony’s love of Peter was central to his motives in Avengers: Endgame. Although Tony was reluctant to risk losing his family, he realized he had a shot at bringing Spider-Man back, and he took it. In the end, it cost him his life. Although the world mourns a superhero, Peter Parker is grieving for someone he knew and loved. Everywhere he looks, he sees tributes to the armored Avenger, and he feels the pain and grief anew.
15. The Iron Spider Suit

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer reveals that Peter Parker has kept some last gifts from Tony Stark. He’s still wearing the Iron Spider costume that he was given in Avengers: Infinity War, complete with Waldoes. Hopefully, it comes with a warranty for Stark Industries to fix it if it gets damaged now Tony Stark isn’t around… although as he’s not wearing it later in the film, that seems unlikely.
14. Spider-Man is Ghosting Nick Fury

Nick Fury is trying to contact Spider-Man, even badgering Happy Hogan to take his calls – which Peter keeps ignoring. Although the web-slinger doesn’t know it yet, he’s one of Fury’s only ports of call to take on a new threat – the Elementals. He’ll eventually track him down in Venice.

13. MJ and Peter Are Falling For Each Other

Peter and Michelle (or MJ) seem to have gotten a lot closer, although MJ still greets Peter and Ned with the acerbic comment “What’s up, dorks?” Peter’s superhero career has always complicated his love life in the comics, and the same will probably be true in the MCU as well. He’s keen to get to know MJ better, but he will have to balance that desire out against his life as Spider-Man.

Zendaya’s Michelle is clearly being positioned as a totally new take on Mary Jane Watson, one of Spider-Man’s greatest love interests. A more comic-book-accurate version of MJ was played by Kirsten Dunst in Sony’s Spider-Man trilogy, and Marvel Studios has never been particularly interested in repeating ideas that have been developed in previous superhero movies, hence the change.
12. The Snap Tore A Hole In Our Dimension

According to Nick Fury, the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame have torn a hole in the fabric of our dimension, and both people and Elemental creatures are making it through. This makes sense; Doctor Strange established that it is indeed possible to damage the time-space continuum, with Wong and Mordo horrified when Strange experimented with the Time Stone on an apple.

It’s unclear which snap Fury’s referring to – there were four across the two-part movie. Most likely he means one of Thanos’, either the one to wipe out half of all life or the one that destroyed the Infinity Stones. And, of course, there was a lot of other damage to the universe besides, including the Mind Stone’s destruction and time travel.
11. Quentin Beck Claims to Come From Another Earth

Quentin Beck claims to have come from another reality, having come over following the snap chasing down the Elementals. There is comic book precedent for Mysterio to originate from another timeline; although he’s best known as a stunt magician who uses special effects to commit crimes, the last decade or so has seen Mysterio subtly reinvented on a far greater scale. Brian Bendis’ Spider-Men miniseries revealed that he’d learned how to jump between dimensions in order to commit unchallenged crime sprees in other realities.
10. Spider-Man Is The Only Avenger Left?

All this seems a little too large-scale for Peter Parker, who just wants to go back to being your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. He desperately attempts to get Nick Fury to call in someone else, someone with a more spectacular powerset that’s suited to dealing with these mysterious Elemental beings, but Fury insists that Spider-Man is the only one who can help.

Thor is off-world with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain Marvel is unavailable, but what about Falcon’s new Captain America, Hulk or other heroes alive after Avengers: Endgame?

9. The Elementals Explained

Nick Fury and Maria Hill are dealing with a crisis involving mysterious Elemental beings, each representing a different classical Greek element: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. At this stage, the origin of the Elementals is uncertain. In the comics, the classic Elementals are four powerful and dangerous beings who were introduced in Supernatural Thrillers back in 1974. They originated from another plane of reality, and first came to Earth over 3,000 years ago, setting themselves up as the Egyptian gods. Fortunately, they were ultimately banished to another dimension, from which they watched and waited for thousands of years, plotting their return.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer shows a very different sort of Elementals. They’re loosely adapted from classic Spider-Man villains literally derived from different elements, causing problems all over Europe. We’re led to believe they were brought to our reality as a result of the snap.
8. Spider-Man’s Stealth Suit In Prague

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer gives viewers their best look yet at Spider-Man’s Stealth suit, which has presumably been provided by Nick Fury. The armored design is similar to a costume Spider-Man wore in the “To The Ends of the Earth” event in order to deal with the Sinister Six, although it’s been blended with the Spider-Man Noir look and another costume he was given by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Secret War miniseries. The eyes pop out a little, an unusual touch that’s reminiscent of a modern symbiote costume from Dan Slott’s “Do Down Swingin'” story. One of the most interesting details is the fact that the fingers are exposed, unlike any other Spider-Man outfit.
7. MJ Works Out Spider-Man’s Secret Identity

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer drops another surprise moment; MJ has worked out that Peter Parker is really Spider-Man. This is true to the comics as well, where Mary-Jane Watson actually saw Spider-Man web-swinging out of Peter’s bedroom when he was still new to the superhero gig. The MCU’s MJ is smart, and no doubt she was already suspicious when Spider-Man turned up in Washington, D.C. during her class field-trip there in Spider-Man: Homecoming. She’ll have certainly managed to put the pieces together when Spider-Man shows up on her class vacation as well.

6. Mysterio Views The Elementals As His Responsibility

On the face of it, the MCU’s version of Mysterio seems to be a true hero. He views the Elementals as his responsibility, which perhaps indicates that he’s claiming they all come from the same dimension, and that his origin is somehow tied to these monstrous creatures. Of course, anybody who’s familiar with Mysterio will be more than a little suspicious, given he’s traditionally a comic book villain. In fact, in his very first appearance, Mysterio faked being a superhero in order to get the adulation he believed he deserved.

5. Spider-Man’s Tony Stark Glasses

Peter Parker is shown wearing a pair of glasses that will be very familiar; they’re the same design as the glasses Tony Stark was wearing in Avengers: Infinity War. This may indicate they have Stark tech in them; it’s even conceivable that they’re nanotechnology.

4. The Fourth Elemental Over Tower Bridge

The first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer revealed three of the Elementals, and hinted at the existence of a fourth. This second trailer finally confirms the fourth Elemental, which appears to be a wind-creature that’s attacking Tower Bridge. Unfortunately, it looks as though Peter’s classmates get caught up in the chaos.
3. Spider-Man Is The Next Iron Man?

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer goes full circle, ending with Peter Parker realizing that the world needs the next Iron Man. It’s a smart way of reframing the classic “power and responsibility” mantra, which up till now has been relatively subdued in the MCU. This version of Spider-Man is inspired by Iron Man, and he will choose to be a hero because he realizes that Tony Stark’s death has left a hole that needs to be filled. Although Spider-Man doesn’t feel particularly competent or up to the challenge, the truth is that nobody else can do it.
2. Spider-Man Battles The Molten Man

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer comes to a climax showing Spider-Man in his stealth suit, taking on the Molten Man. The shots perfectly demonstrate just how out of his depth Spider-Man really is; these Elementals are truly a force to be reckoned with, and only the wall-crawler’s agility allows him to evade the Molten Man’s fire blasts.
1. Happy Hogan tries To Save Spider-Man’s Friends

The Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer ends with a fun scene in which Happy Hogan attempts to rescue Peter’s school friends. He’s called in the Stark Jet in order to evacuate them; unfortunately, it’s promptly blown up, forcing Happy to come up with a new plan. It’s possible that, by this point in the film, literally half the group know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the others begin to work it out, too, given it would seem odd for Spider-Man’s friends to seek them out.

What Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer’s multiverse mention might mean for the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a many-splendored thing, but there’s one big comic book concept it has yet to breach: the idea that there are other parallel universes out there in which the history of the Marvel Universe is different.
Or, as Peter Parker says in Monday morning’s new (Endgame spoiler-filled) trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, “You’re saying there’s a multiverse?”
And that’s exactly what the tease at the new movie seems to be saying. Or … is it?
Brave new world(s)
The new trailer gives us a healthier helping of the plot of Far From Home, beyond the teens-have-European-adventures vibe we’ve seen in earlier ones. In addition to playing with the fallout from Avengers: Endgame, Peter will be called into action by Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill, who are working with yet another guy in a costume: Quentin Beck, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
“We could have used someone like you on my world,” Beck says as he shakes Peter’s hand.
“Beck is from Earth,” Fury explains, “just not ours. The Snap tore a hole in our dimension.”
If the Far From Home trailer is to be believed, Beck is a hero from that other Earth, asking for Peter’s help in defeating a series of elemental monsters and doling out sage advice on how to be a superhero. A classic multiverse story!
Except for one thing: In the comics, Quentin Beck is a lying liar who lies.
There’s no mystery about Mysterio
In the comics, Beck is also known as Mysterio, one of Spider-Man’s earliest and most notorious foes. And what he’s most famous for is fooling lots of very powerful people with very powerful illusions. His battery of tricks can range from simply messing with Spider-Man’s spider-sense so he becomes less effective at fighting, to making Wolverine believe that every person in the X-Mansion is a supervillain so that he murders every last one of them — the inciting incident of the Old Man Logan timeline.
In other words, it would be a real breach of established character if Mysterio were to be an upstanding superhero from another dimension.
On the other hand …
Well, first, Nick Fury is really smart. Not getting fooled by guys who show up claiming to be from other dimensions seems well within his established character. Maybe he really is from another Earth. He could still be lying about being a hero, for example, to keep his Mysterio cred.
But even more than that, it’s hard to ignore how convenient the concept of a multiverse is for Sony Pictures. Sony’s main Spider-Man franchise is, by way of a licensing agreement that essentially rescued the entire thing from box office purgatory, a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the rest of the studio’s new (and also quite successful) Spider-Man-based movies, like Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, are not.
Sony is in the process of spinning up a whole web of even more Spider-Man-related films that are not in the same universe as its main Spider-Man franchise. Venom is definitely getting a sequel, Jared Leto is definitely going to star in a movie about Morbius the Living Vampire, and writers are hard at work on films featuring Kraven the Hunter, Silk, Jackpot, Nightwatch, Silver Sable and the Black Cat. And that’s leaving out the Spider-Verse sequels and spinoffs.
In this time of expanded cinematic universes, being able to say that all these films existed in the same universe or multiverse would allow for teasing or planning a crossover, which of course would drive the butts of fans of one movie into the seats of theaters for another.
So is Quentin Beck really from a parallel Earth? We’ll have to put our butts in a Spider-Man: Far From Home theater to find out.

Segment 2: 2019 First Trimester Report Cards

What grades do you give:

Avengers: Endgame: The more I think about it, I get bothered that this wasn’t a traditional part 2
Hellboy: Schlock
Shazam: Solid, not amazing
Captain Marvel: Might actually be the best of the bunch?

2019 Mid-Year Awards:
Pack Leader Award:
Class Clown Award:
Drama Queen Award:
Cutest Couple Award:
Most Athletic Award:
Life of the party Award:
Most Unforgettable Award:
Most Likely to Succeed:

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‘New Mutants’ Release Date Pushed Yet Again, Will Now Open in 2020

You probably saw this coming, but the New Mutants release date has been pushed back…again. The superhero horror film was supposed to arrive in April 2018, but was pushed to February 2019, and then August 2019. That was back when Fox had sole control of the film. Now, Disney is calling the shots, and they’ve decided to bump it yet gain – to April 2020.

Will we ever get to see New Mutants? Or will the movie simply be pushed back, over and over again, until the end of time? The Josh Boone-directed movie was originally slated for April 13, 2018. That changed to February 22, 2019. Which changed yet again, to August 2, 2019. Today, Disney has announced yet another new release date: April 3, 2020.

Reshoots were the reason given for the original delay, but earlier this year, co-star Maisie Williams revealed those reshoots had yet to even happen:

“Who knows when the fuck that’s gonna come out,” she says. There were supposed to be reshoots to “make it scarier,” she explains, but they haven’t actually taken place. She says she saw one of her co-stars, Charlie Heaton, the other day and asked him, “What the fuck is going on with this movie?” He didn’t know either. She smiles. “Hopefully this interview will make everyone hurry up a little bit!”

With this new date in place, one can assume the reshoots will finally happen…unless they won’t. Really, I can’t make heads or tails of this situation. Can the original cut of the film really be that bad? The trailer released for New Mutants was quite good, throwing off a serious Nightmare on Elm Street 3 vibe. In fact, the brief amount of footage we’ve seen of New Mutants looks 100% better than every single trailer released for Dark Phoenix – a film Fox and Disney clearly have no problem releasing.

Why not just release New Mutants at this point? Or schedule it to release on the upcoming Disney streaming service Disney+? The more the film is delayed, the more of a negative reputation it gains. In fact, New Mutants has reached a point where it’s become kind of a joke, with most people assuming it will never see the light of day.

In the film, “Magik, Wolfsbane and other teenage mutants try to come to grips with their superpowers while staying at a secret facility.” Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga star.

Disney announces three new ‘Star Wars’ movies to premiere after ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

Disney will continue releasing “Star Wars” movies in full Force.

The media giant on Tuesday announced three new “Star Wars” films that will premiere in the years following this December’s “The Rise of Skywalker.”

The movies will come out the weekend before Christmas every two years beginning in 2022.

Disney did not reveal what the movies will center on, but did note in its announcement that “The Rise of Skywalker” will bring “the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion.”

Each of the movies is currently untitled.

Disney has released four “Star Wars” films since acquiring the Lucasfilm studio in 2012. That includes 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” which served as the first two installments to the latest “Star Wars” trilogy, as well as standalone movies “Rogue One” (2016) and “Solo” (2018).

“The Rise of Skywalker,” which hits theaters on Dec. 20, will be the third and final chapter in the current trilogy.

Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso are among the characters who have been introduced in Disney’s “Star Wars” films.

Disney also announced Tuesday that the four upcoming “Avatar” sequels will be each be pushed back, with “Avatar 2” slated to premiere on Dec. 17, 2021, about a year after its previously scheduled date.

“Avatar 3,” meanwhile, will now premiere on Dec. 22, 2023, followed by “Avatar 4” on Dec. 19, 2025 and “Avatar 5” on Dec. 17, 2027.

With a global gross of more than $2.78 billion, the original “Avatar” is currently the highest-earning movie of all time. Another Disney flick, “Avengers: Endgame,” could challenge that record, as it’s made more than $2.1 billion since premiering in late April.

How Europe’s War on Social Media Could Impact Hollywood: “This Is a Complete Paradigm Shift”

European’s copyright crackdown could weaken protections.

The Copyright Directive is far-reaching and has widespread — and sharply different — implications for different sections of the entertainment industry, as well as online platforms and ordinary users. One of the most radical changes is outlined in Article 17 of the directive. It reverses current law, making online platforms, and not their users, legally liable for copyright-protected songs, films, TV series or other content uploaded to their sites.

Still Legal? Five Online Activities That Could Change Under the New Euro Law
From memes to cat videos, the EU copyright legislation could impact anyone using the internet to post or share content online

Movie Clips
EXAMPLE: A YouTube star mocks a scene from the new Avengers movie, using a clip from the film.

Going forward, platforms like YouTube will be legally liable if their users post unlicensed content — like a movie clip — to their site. Most expect YouTube will sign deals with the big studios and record labels to make sure none of their content gets blocked.

EXAMPLE: A comedian posts a parody of a new Beyoncé song to his own site, using the same melody as the original.

It depends on how popular the comedian is. Smaller sites — ones with fewer than 5 million unique users a month and annual revenue of less than $11 million — will continue to operate under the old laws, having to license or take down content only if rights holders ask them to.

News Stories
EXAMPLE: You tweet a comment to a news story, quoting the original story at length.

Twitter, Google News, Facebook and other platforms will be required to pay a “link tax” if users’ posts include more than a “short snippet” from an original news article. Just how “short” and “snippet” are defined will be the focus of future legal battles.

EXAMPLE: You screen-grab an embarrassing moment from the Oscars, add a comment and turn it into an Instagram meme.

Internet rights activists have called the Copyright Directive “the death of the meme,” but, as written, the legislation explicitly protects this sort of freedom of expression. Expect technical hiccups, however, as upload filters misidentify legal memes as illegal piracy.

Personal Photos or Videos
EXAMPLE: You find a cute picture of a cat online and post it to your Facebook friends.

If you took the picture yourself, you own it. But if it’s someone else’s cat pic, there could be a problem. Still photos — among the easiest content to watermark and track online — could be blocked en masse, leading to a lot of very angry cat people. — S.R.

A version of this story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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