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How ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Changes Trish Walker’s Origin Story

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/jessica-jones-season-2-changes-trish-walker-origin-story Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:00:27 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706418 During Season 1 of Jessica Jones, Trish Walker was Jessica’s best friend. Trish was a famous celebrity who left the notoriety of childhood fame behind her to pursue radio talk news. Having been best friends, nay, sisters for most of their lives, Jessica and Trish made quite the pair. In Season 2 of Jessica Jones, Trish […]

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]]> During Season 1 of Jessica Jones, Trish Walker was Jessica’s best friend. Trish was a famous celebrity who left the notoriety of childhood fame behind her to pursue radio talk news. Having been best friends, nay, sisters for most of their lives, Jessica and Trish made quite the pair. In Season 2 of Jessica Jones, Trish attempted to settle down and get married. That plan went off the rails when she discovered the true source of Jessica’s powers. The quest for these powers sent Trish on her own path to becoming a superhero — a path that almost killed her.

Let’s take a look at how Trish’s origin story on the show differs from the comic books.

Trish Walker: Superhero Fangirl

Trish Walker

In the comics, Patricia Walker was the daughter of a comic book writer. She grew up loving and worshiping superheroes like Reed Richards and even became her own comic book character, thanks to her dad. Her comic book, as well as her modeling career, gave her notoriety at a young age. When she was old enough, she asked X-Men’s Beast to help her become a superhero. Her athleticism and work ethic helped her gain a spot on the Avengers. Since she didn’t have a superhero identity of her own, she borrowed that of The Cat, Greer Nelson’s superhero name before she became Tigra. Hence, Hellcat was born.

Patsy didn’t have powers until she met Moondragon, an alien woman from Thanos’ home planet/moon Titan. Moondragon enhanced Patsy’s psionic abilities, which gave her telekinesis. She also had super strength and super agility. When she returned from Titan she left the Avengers and joined the Defenders. This might explain why Netflix included her on Jessica Jones and not in the Marvel films.

IGH & Trish’s Quest for Powers

Trish Walker

During Jessica Jones Season 1, Trish helped Jessica get away from Kilgrave. This put her in the crosshairs of Will Simpson AKA Nuke. Nuke was sent to kill Trish, which he almost did until Kilgrave’s mind-control wore off of him. Through Nuke, Trish learned that Jessica was experimented on by a group called IGH. Trish made it her goal to discover IGH and uncover their methods.

In Season 2 she did just that. She and Jessica discovered that a Dr. Malus saved Jessica’s life by giving her powers after the car accident. When Trish discovered this, she went from wanting to get justice for Jessica, to wanting Malus to replicate the process so that she could get powers too. Malus performed the procedure on Trish and by the end of the season, she was exhibiting signs of powers, mainly quick reflexes.

While this is an entirely new origin story for Trish, it syncs up with her superhero obsession in the comics. For the purpose of the show, Trish didn’t worship superheroes like Iron Man or Captain America, she just wanted to be like her sister Jessica. This grounds her motivations a bit more and makes her desire for powers very believable.

Jessica Jones Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix worldwide.

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]]> 15 Must-See Spring 2018 Anime

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/15-must-see-spring-2018-anime Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:00:12 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706028 aThe spring 2018 anime season is going to be great. This season marks the return of some of our favorite series. We’ll get taken on psychedelic adventures, meet new friends, and even see a familiar hero in anime form. This season will be one for the ages.  Here are 15 anime series and films that […]

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]]> aThe spring 2018 anime season is going to be great. This season marks the return of some of our favorite series. We’ll get taken on psychedelic adventures, meet new friends, and even see a familiar hero in anime form. This season will be one for the ages.  Here are 15 anime series and films that you can’t afford to miss this spring.

My Hero Academia 3

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre(s): Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power

The superhero adventure series, My Hero Academia, continues this spring with its third season. The series left off with Class 1-A facing off against their teachers at UA academy. With 25 episodes set to air, Season 3 of My Hero Academia will cover the School Trip Arc, which happens during the students’ summer break. The gang may be on break, but that doesn’t mean they’ll spend their time roasting marshmallows outside. No, instead the students will spend their days at a camp for soon-to-be superheroes.

Besides the summer break arc, the series will also include the Hideout Raid and Hero Licence Exam arcs. Fans will also be introduced to four League of Villains characters: Twice, Mr. Compress, Spinner, and Magne.

Tokyo Ghoul:re

  • Premiere date: April 3, 2018
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre(s): Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen

Tokyo Ghoul:re takes place two years after the events of last season, but ghouls are still a problem in the metropolitan city. So, the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) uses a special team known as the Quinx Squad, to eradicate Tokyo’s most-unwanted citizens.

The Quinx Squad consists of humans who have undergone surgery to attain special ghoul-like abilities. Leading the group is Haise Sasaki, a half-ghoul, half-human whose mentor is the infamous White Reaper. But there’s more to Sasaki than meets the eye, as memories of his past life continue to claw at his mind.

Food Wars! The Third Plate 2nd Cour

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2018
  • Studio: Studio 3Hz
  • Genre(s): Ecchi, School, Shounen

The second half of Food Wars! The Third Plate continues this season. Fans of the manga have been waiting for a huge secret to be revealed in Season 3. Unfortunately, the studio removed this secret from the first half of the season. Luckily, the (above) trailer makes it clear that this reveal will happen when the series returns in April.

The series will follow the Totsuki Culinary Academy first-year students to Hokkaido for their Promotion Exams. However, not everything will go smoothly. The rebellious students who opposed Central will have to go up against the ten best students at the academy, the Elite Ten Council.

If you loved the delicious-look recipes and salacious scenes the anime dished out previous, then Food Wars! is a must-see.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

  • Premiere date: April 8, 2018
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Game, Military, Sci-Fi

Sword Art Online returns this spring with a brand new cast of characters. The series, a spin-off of the second season, will follow Karen Kohiruimaki, a young woman who feels out of place due to her height. She finds comfort in the game Gun Gale Online where she plays as a cute — and much shorter — girl with a pink P90.

One day, she meets the beautiful brown-skinned female player, Pitohui. They hit it off and form a squadron to hunt monsters together. However, everything changes when Pitohui pressures Kohiruimaki into participating in “Squad Jam,” a team Battle Royale similar to the Bullet of Bullets tournament.

Persona 5 the Animation

  • Premiere date: April 8, 2018
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

The response to A-1 Pictures’ anime promo, Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers, was overwhelmingly positive in the anime community. So, the logical next step for the studio was to create a full-fledged season that will premiere this spring. While there isn’t much information available, we can at least presume that the anime will closely follow the events of the video game.

Tokyo is a city filled with deception, hypocrisy, and corruption. A group of rebellious teens join forces and decide that enough is enough. They form thePhantom Thieves of Hearts, a group hellbent on driving darkness out of their city. Every night they go out and steal the corrupt hearts of evil people to change and reform society.

Devils’ Line

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: Platinum Vision
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Romance, Seinen, Vampire

In this alternate world, vampires exist, but they are much different than the tales told in books and movies. In Devils’ Line, these creatures are known as devils, a subset of humans. They live among humans, leading normal lives. In fact, unlike traditional vampires, devils don’t even need human blood to survive. That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t crave it. The mere sight of blood causes them to lose control and turn into monsters.

One day, a college student, Tsukasa, is rescued from an attack by a devil. Her savior is a half-devil called Anzai who uses his supernatural abilities to help solve devil-related crimes in Tokyo. Anzai continues to look out for Tsukasa, and the two form a bond. But with Tsukasa perpetually at his side, will Anzai be able to keep his number one of not drinking human blood? Or, will he become a creature of the night?

Golden Kamuy

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2018
  • Studio: Geno Studio
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Historical, Seinen

The battle between the Russian Empire and Japan during the Meiji era was a short and bloody one that left countless people dead. Sugimoto survived the grueling war. But, his duty didn’t end there. During one of the battles, Sugimoto promised his fallen comrade that he would take care of his widowed wife. To do this, he goes on a hunt for gold.

His quest leads him to dangerous criminals who will do anything to get to the treasure first. Over the course of his adventure, Sugimoto is saved from the harsh climate of the northern islands of Japan by an Ainu girl. They decide to work together to find the elusive stash of gold before the criminals do.

Piano no Mori

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2018
  • Studio: Fukushima Gainax
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music, School, Seinen

Piano no Mori (aka Piano Forest) tells the beautiful, heartwarming story of two boys from different walks of life. Kai, the son of a prostitute, finds comfort in playing an abandoned piano in the forest near his home. Shuhei, on the other hand, is the son of two prestigious pianists.

The boys’ lives couldn’t be any farther apart, but their shared love of music brings them together. Piano no Mori is a tale budding musicians and the friendship they form.

Magical Girl Site

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: production doA
  • Genre(s): Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama

The magical girl horror anime, Magical Girl Site, is gearing up for anime adaptation this spring. The story follows Aya Asagiri, a young girl who is always bullied by her classmates. Desperate to escape her troubles, Aya looks to the internet for answers.

She stumbles upon a mysterious website called “Magical Girl Site.” One look is all it takes for the website to drag Aya into the dangerous world of the Magical Girl Apocalypse. Now she must either fight against savage but cute magical girls with an uncontrollable desire for blood and destruction. Or, she could not fight — and die.

3D Kanojo: Real Girl

15 must-see spring 2018 anime 3D Girlfriend
  • Premiere date: April 4, 2018
  • Studio: Hoods Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Romance, School, Shoujo

Tsutsui Hikari is an otaku and social misfit. Because of this, his classmates think that he’s creepy and weird. One day, he ends up cleaning the school pool with Igarashi Iroha, who is the opposite of what Hikari likes in a real-life girl. Iroha is abrasive, loud, skips school, and, to top it all off, seems a bit promiscuous.

But unlike his classmates, Iroha is friendly towards Hikari. She even stands up to those who make fun of him. But despite all of her good qualities and how well she treats him, Hikari is a jerk towards her. Surprisingly, she never holds this against him. Eventually, Hikari starts to think that Iroha might be girlfriend material after all. But will he be able to handle her?

The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter

  • Premiere date: April 3, 2018
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genre(s): Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Space, Drama

Based on Yoshiki Tanaka‘s science-fiction novels of the same name, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter is the first of two planned seasons releasing this year. The new adaptation retells the decades-long interstellar war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. When two new commanders enter the conflict, the rivals Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm of the Galactic Empire and Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, things get interesting.

The 12-episode series will follow these two commanders daily exploits. From dealing with superiors and subordinates to coming up with strategies, the two will overcome trials that will change them forever. Will one of them win this never-ending war? Only time will tell if this battle will end peacefully or result in their mutual destruction.

High School DxD Hero

  • Premiere date: April 10, 2018
  • Studio: Passione
  • Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Demons, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School

Season 4 of the TV anime series based on Ichiei Ishibumi‘s action-harem light novel series premieres this April. The new adaptation will cover parts three and four of “The Heroic Oppai Dragon” arc, “Pandemonium at the School Trip” and “Lion Heart of the School Festival.” The focus will be on the battles between Sairaorg Bael and Cao Cao.

The series will start with a school trip and festival for the second- year students. However, things take an unexpected turn when a group of heroes makes an unexpected entrance.

While High School DxD fans are excited about the latest adaptation, some are worried that Season 4 will not be as good as previous seasons. The series recently switched from TNK animation studio to Passione, a studio with only a few shows under its belt.

Batman Ninja

  • Premiere date: April 24, 2018
  • Studio: Kamikaze Douga
  • Genre(s): Action, Martial Arts

Late last year, Warner Bros. released a trailer for one of the most impressive Dark Knight anime adaptations to date: Batman Ninja. The latest DC adaptation will take the Dark Knight and his arch-nemesis, the Joker, to a tumultuous era in Japan’s history.

When a show teases time travel, giant Joker robots, and meditation, you know that you are in for a treat. Audiences will get to see an epic, history-changing battle likely to please DC and anime fans alike. Hopefully, the success of Batman Ninja will make it possible for other Western superheroes to get anime adaptations.

Batman Ninja is set to release digitally on April 24th.

Steins;Gate 0

  • Premiere date: April 2018
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Thriller

The new Steins;Gate series will adapt the follow-up game Steins;Gate 0. All the previous cast members from the games and anime will reprise their roles for the TV show.

The eccentric Okabe is struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. Tired of continually failing, he decides to abandon his lively alter ego to forget his past. However, this doesn’t last long, as his memories return when he meets Kurisu‘s acquaintance.

Kurisu and her associate are testing a device that could store and simulate human memories. These simulations can perfectly replicate memory owner’s characteristics and personality. The invention, while brilliant, only brings Okabe anguish and sorrow.

Servamp Movie: Alice in the Garden

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: Platinum Vision
  • Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Vampire, Josei

Servamp will return this spring with the movie Alice in the Garden. Mahiru‘s life has gone back to normal since Tsubaki’s disappearance, but that all changes when it unexpectedly starts to snow. Mahiru, believing that this has to do with vampires, contacts Misono Alicein. However, Misono has issues of his own. These issues cause his brother Mikuni to reveal the Alicein family’s dark secret to Mahiru.

Hideaki Nakano and Junko Yamanaka are set to return as the movie’s director and character designer. However, Ayumi Hiseao (Dragon Ball Super, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ) will write the script instead of Kenji Konuta. You can catch Alice in the Garden this April.

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]]> Which Queen Would Win a Winner’s Edition of ‘Drag Race’?

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/time-come-us-rank-every-winners-chance-ultimate-crown Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:34:34 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=680602 With seasons 10, 11, and 12 on the horizon and a winner participating on All Stars 3, the chance of a winners-only edition of All Stars is bigger than evah! So, we decided to rank every Drag Race winner (so far) from least to most likely to win the ultimate title of “Queen of Queens.” This list […]

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]]> With seasons 10, 11, and 12 on the horizon and a winner participating on All Stars 3, the chance of a winners-only edition of All Stars is bigger than evah! So, we decided to rank every Drag Race winner (so far) from least to most likely to win the ultimate title of “Queen of Queens.” This list will be updated each time a new winner is crowned.

Tyra Sanchez (Season 2)

Tyra Sanchez from RuPaul's Drag Race
A bad attitude makes for bad odds.

Tyra slayed Season 2 of Drag Race. Her polished looks earned her three main challenge victories and the crown. Unfortunately, Tyra isn’t the most-beloved queen. Thanks to her recent tirades on social media, the queen has earned herself a bad reputation.

If All Stars keeps its current formula, her proclivity toward unnecessary drama could earn her an enemy or two. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if her behavior sent her packing early.

Bebe Zahara Benet (Season 1)

Bebe from RuPaul's Drag Race

In Season 1, Bebe snatched two challenge victories and the crown, proving herself worthy of the title “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Not only is she fierce, but she’s also the original winner of Drag Race.

During her time on All Stars 3, she has proven that she’s still a force to be reckoned with. She has poise, owns the runway, and has good lip-syncing skills. But, when compared to other winners, her acting is subpar, and her looks just scream “old-school drag.” It would be difficult for Bebe to come out on top in this battle royale.

Sharon Needles (Season 4)

Season 4 Winner, Sharon Needles.
Sharon would need more than makeup to stand out from the crowd.

Miss Needles is one of the few queens who volunteered to participate in a winner’s edition after Mama Ru came up with the idea. She’s a fun queen. During Season 4, Sharon snatched four victories thanks to her extravagant, almost-spooky looks.

While she has phenomenal makeup skills, it’s surprising that her looks aren’t as impressive as the other queens on this list. The same can be said for her acting skills. Without bringing something new to the show, it isn’t likely that she would stand out from the other queens.

Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5)

Season 5 Winner, Jinkx Monsoon
Never underestimate a simple but highly polished look.

Seattle’s self-proclaimed “premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen,” Jinkx Monsoon, proved that we shouldn’t underestimate the ugly duckling. Even when faced with luminaries like Alaska and Detox, she never backed down. Her strange sense of humor and quirky personality helped her snatch two victories from the claws of Rolaskatox along with the crown.

She has a great voice and simple but polished looks. Of course, her chances of winning depend on the challenges given. Her skills could keep her safe from eliminations up until the finale, but she will most likely get sent home halfway through the competition.

Bob the Drag Queen (Season 8)

Season 8 Winner, Bob the Drag Queen
Bob the Drag Queen represents her city well.

Walking into this ranking “purse first” is Bob the Drag Queen. As a New York queen, Bob reminds us why the region’s drag is famous worldwide. She’s entertaining to watch, as her acting skills are superiors to most of the queens on this list. Not only that, Bob knows how to best show off her key strengths.

Bob’s three victories in Season 8 prove that she’s a fierce competitor. But while a great queen and, admittedly, a bit of a show-off, Bob would still need to take down other queens who excel in the same categories, such as Bianca Del Rio.

Sasha Velour (Season 9)

Season 9 Winner, Sasha Velour
Beauty and brains make Sasha Velour a force to be reckoned with.

The current queen, Sasha Velour, is the perfect mix of experimental art and haute couture. As if that wasn’t already enough to make you love her, this brilliant queen also has a deep understanding LGBTQ history and social issues. Not only is she the smartest queen in the Werk Room, but she also comes up with some shocking new looks and is a decent actor.

She may not have been as charismatic as Shea or as fishy as Trinity, but she knew how to use everything in her repertoire to her advantage. Her efforts earned her two victories and the crown. If she brings it, she will easily get into the top four.

Raja Gemini (Season 3)

Raja Gemini, Winner of Season 3
Does Raja have what it takes to win the ultimate crown?

Come on, we’re talking about Raja here. Even though she comes from one of the earliest seasons of Drag Race, she still has it all — including excellent makeup and runway skills.

Whenever she’s on screen, her creativity shines through. (She even has a very popular Youtube show.)  It’s no wonder she’s so popular both in and out of drag.

Raja has elevated her look and style since her Season 3 win. If she can keep her head in the game, she will undoubtedly “toot” her way into the top four.

Violet Chachki (Season 7)

Season 7 Winner, Violet Chachki
Season 7 Winner, Violet Chachki

Miss Chachki will bring the body-odyody to the competition. During her time on Season 7, Violet proved her runway skills and sense of fashion were unbeatable. The confident queen won two well-deserved victories before capturing the crown.

Violet brings a lot to the table, including sickening looks, fishiness, and some light shade. She isn’t as funny or nice as the other queens on this list. But her acting skills and fishy looks are enough to take her straight to the top.

Bianca del Rio (Season 6)

Season 6 Winner, Bianca del Rio
If Bianca finds a way to vary her looks, she will be unstoppable.

With her Rolodex of Hate, Biana del Rio is most likely to be a season frontrunner. The amazing seamstress has the skill to win nearly every acting challenge. She would definitely give all of the other winners a run for their money.

Bianca captivated the judges, gaining three victories. Not to mention, she also beat out larger-than-life queens like Courtney Act and Adore Delano to win the crown. During her time on the show, she received only one consistent critique: that her looks were a tad repetitive. If Bianca can overcome this minor blemish, she will likely win the finale and snatch the ultimate crown.

And Now We Wait

RuPaul from Drag Race
We’ll have to wait and see.

Every queen on this list has a lot to offer, but until the rumored winner’s edition airs, all we can do is speculate about who could win the crown. In the meantime, let us know who you think would win at @getFANDOM.

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]]> Greg Berlanti Shares What ‘Love, Simon’ Would Have Meant to Him as Young Gay Boy

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/greg-berlanti-shares-love-simon-meant-young-gay-boy Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:50:30 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706408 When Love, Simon opens in theaters this weekend, it’s bringing an important milestone with it. The film about a young closeted high school student is the first wide-release project from a major studio to feature an LGBT teenager as its lead. And while the progress in society is wonderful, the effect that the film will surely […]

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]]> When Love, Simon opens in theaters this weekend, it’s bringing an important milestone with it. The film about a young closeted high school student is the first wide-release project from a major studio to feature an LGBT teenager as its lead.

And while the progress in society is wonderful, the effect that the film will surely have on young queer kids is absolutely indispensable.

The journey to accepting and understanding one’s sexuality can be filled with an overwhelming sense of loneliness, and having no stories to watch on television or in movies that reflect that pain and confusion only makes matters worse. But Love, Simon is changing things by taking the classic high school coming-of-age story and infusing it with a gay lead.

Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, the film tells the story of a 17-year-old student named Simon who is looking for love but has yet to come out to his family or friends.

Just as important as the fact that it’s about an LGBT character is the fact that everything else in the movie looks completely familiar to the coming-of-age tropes we’re used to — a reminder that the high school experience is a struggle for everyone.

The film’s director, Arrowverse super-producer Greg Berlanti, is a gay man himself and is well aware the impact that his new movie can make.

When FANDOM asked Berlanti what a film like this would have meant to him as a young closeted kid, his answer was just another reminder of why Love, Simon is so important in the first place.

“I think about it a lot,” the director said. “One thing that I didn’t realize until after we made the film is that I probably would have been too scared to go to the movie. I would have worried that people would have thought I was gay if they saw me there. Or would I have gone to a neighboring theater?”

That fear of being discovered is all too familiar to anyone who has had to keep their sexuality a secret for fear of what the response may be. And Berlanti thinks that there will still be kids today who “don’t want to tell their parents they’re going or are afraid that if they go with their parents it is going to incite a conversation.”

But queer kids will find a way to see it, one way or another. And when they do, it just may be powerful enough to change their lives forever.

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]]> Can ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Be a Domestic Hit?

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/pacific-rim-uprising-box-office Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:09:46 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706231 Pacific Rim Uprising is going to have a battle to win at the box office. The sequel to the 2013 cult favorite — which was helmed by The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro — was a box office success in foreign markets, raking in over $300 million from locations other than the United States. But, […]

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]]> Pacific Rim Uprising is going to have a battle to win at the box office. The sequel to the 2013 cult favorite — which was helmed by The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro — was a box office success in foreign markets, raking in over $300 million from locations other than the United States. But, its domestic gross barely cracked $100 million against a budget of nearly $200 million.

Does this spell doom for Pacific Rim Uprising‘s chance at the US box office?

Sequel Distance

There are definitely a few factors that will make it tough for Pacific Rim Uprising to break out. One of those is the time between sequels. It’s been five years since the first film. Normally, studios like to keep the time between sequels at a minimum of two years. It allows for the property to remain fresh in the public’s mind. If it’s been too long, the fervor around the film might have already died down.

It’s especially difficult with a sequel like Pacific Rim Uprising because it doesn’t have the strongest cultural cache in America. Between that and the half-decade between films, that hiatus could hurt the film’s chances a lot.

What’s New?

Another problem for Pacific Rim Uprising is one that all sequels have to face: what are we offering to the audience that’s different from the original film? For fans, they know that it will feature brand new Jaeger robots and Kaiju monsters, but is that coming across to general audiences?

For most casual viewers, the marketing looks like it’s retreading a lot of the same things as the first movie. Of course, we know that it isn’t. But, optics are a huge factor in enticing people to spend their hard-earned money on a movie ticket. And the optics for Pacific Rim Uprising haven’t showcased enough variety to really hook your average moviegoer.

Competition and Screen Count

‘Black Panther’ is still making a killing at the box office.

This is an important aspect of box office prognosticating that a lot of people forget to factor in. It’s important to gauge what else is out in theaters at the time of a film’s release and how that might affect a number of variables. For example, will the immensely successful Black Panther still be pulling away potential audience members from Pacific Rim Uprising? And Tomb Raider will only be in its second week of release. That’s probably going to shave some attendance away from Pacific Rim Uprising as well.

Probably the one element that is crucial to estimating a film’s box office success is screen count. That is the number of screens the film will be releasing on during its opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, Pacific Rim Uprising is slated to release on ~3,700 screens. While it is the widest release that weekend, it will also be up against Black PantherTomb Raider, and the children’s film Sherlock Gnomes. Each of those films will still be screening on over 3,500 screens each. That’s going to crowd the market and make it a lot tougher for Pacific Rim Uprising to stand out from the crowd.

The Advantages

John Boyega’s presence in the film is a big plus.

It’s not all gloomy for the sequel though. It certainly has a chance at cutting through its challenges and coming out on top. It has a few advantages in that regard. Its biggest asset is its star, John Boyega. Thanks to his role as Finn in the recent Star Wars films, his awareness factor helps to give the movie a big push.

Also, Pacific Rim Uprising doesn’t have nearly as large a budget as the first film. This decreases its chances of not making its budget back domestically. In the five years since the first film, technology has allowed for cheaper solutions to effects issues that have probably helped cut down on the film’s costs.

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And, even though the advertising hasn’t done a great job at differentiating itself from its predecessor, it is still filled with the kind of large-scale sci-fi action that audiences love to see. If the general populace is hankering for a fun blockbuster, Pacific Rim Uprising will definitely hook onto that desire.

We’ll find out how Pacific Rim Uprising performs when it hits theaters on March 23.

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]]> Super Plot Threads: 6 Storylines for Future Iterations of Dragon Ball

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/super-plot-threads-6-storylines-future-iterations-dragon-ball Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:37:39 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=691739 With Dragon Ball Super rapidly approaching its finale, it’s pretty clear that the anime won’t be able to address some of the story beats hinted at over the series’ run. As Dragon Ball is certainly coming back as a film and presumably future content beyond that, it’s safe to say that there will at least be […]

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]]> With Dragon Ball Super rapidly approaching its finale, it’s pretty clear that the anime won’t be able to address some of the story beats hinted at over the series’ run. As Dragon Ball is certainly coming back as a film and presumably future content beyond that, it’s safe to say that there will at least be opportunities to explore these ideas. While these six story beats won’t manifest in the remaining episodes of Super, hopefully, future iterations of Dragon Ball will explore these dangling plot threads.

Beerus’ Role in the Destruction of Planet Vegeta

Poised to be a great confrontation.

While Freeza is directly responsible for the destruction of Planet Vegeta and the near eradication of the Saiyan race, we find out in Super that Beerus ordered the space tyrant to commit this atrocity. Right now, the only characters aware of this are Whis, Beerus, and Freeza. Unsurprisingly, Beerus expresses a desire to keep this information away from Vegeta, who wouldn’t react too kindly to learning of Beerus’ role in the destruction of his home.

If Vegeta did discover Beerus’ deception, it would be the perfect way to force a confrontation between the two. Even if Vegeta didn’t want to fight Beerus, his pride would compel him to do so. We’d finally get to see just how far his new form can take him. It could give him just enough of an edge to defeat the God of Destruction — or to at least close the gap. This conflict has been a long time coming. Hopefully, we’ll get to see it play out in future versions of Dragon Ball.

Vegeta Visiting Planet Sadala

The Saiyans of Universe 6 deserve further exploration.

In Dragon Ball Super, we learn that the Saiyan race not only exists but is still thriving in Universe 6. This discovery leads to the formation of one of the best relationships in the series between Vegeta and Universe 6’s Cabba. Vegeta has a standing invitation from Cabba to visit his version of the Saiyan homeworld, Planet Sadala. Unfortunately, this planet — along with the entirety of Universe 6 — was recently erased. But if it were brought back into existence, this could make for a fascinating storyline.

It would be a treat to see the prideful and hot-headed Vegeta interact with a more peaceful Saiyan race. Also, imagine how heartwarming (or heartbreaking) it would be to watch Vegeta visit a universe where his race wasn’t obliterated. Very rarely in Dragon Ball have we actually seen people treat Vegeta like royalty. His reaction would be priceless.

Exploring the Remaining Four Universes

Plenty of possibilities here.

Only eight out of the twelve universes competed in the Tournament of Power. The universes with an average mortal rank above seven — Universes 1, 5, 8, and 12 — didn’t have to participate. Their exclusion from the tournament makes them all the more intriguing. We want to know just how powerful these warriors are and what their worlds are like.

Leaving these four universes as blank slates was a smart move. It gives future iterations of the series the room to develop future story arcs. This could give the series a sense of expansion, which has waned since the original Dragon Ball. Here’s hoping that whatever’s next for Dragon Ball explores these mysterious and supposedly advanced universes.

The Angels and the Grand Priest

What’s going on with this blue family?

The Grand Priest and his children serve as attendants to the gods. The Grand Priest serves Zeno while his kids help out the Gods of Destruction of the various universes. This is odd since they’re stronger than the Gods of Destruction and potentially even Zeno himself. Known as Angels, it’s still a mystery as to why these characters live a life of servitude instead of ruling the universes themselves.

Fans are desperate to learn more about this incredibly powerful family. Some speculate that they will be future antagonists in Dragon Ball, while others think that the Grand Priest will go on to train Goku after the Tournament of Power ends. No matter how the story plays out, we welcome any further exploration of these characters in future Dragon Ball tales.

Will We Ever See Future Trunks Again?

Bring back the boy who went back to the future.

At the end of the Goku Black arc, the future was destroyed by Future Zeno which left Future Trunks and Future Mai without a home to return to. Whis intervened and sent the time travelers to a point in the future before Zamasu began destroying humanity. However, this meant that two nearly identical versions of Trunks and Mai would exist within the same timeline. The anime kind of sidestepped the issues that this might entail. But many fans assumed that this precarious situation meant that Future Trunks would return to the main timeline for good.

As a fan favorite, it makes sense that many want Future Trunks to stick around for more than just a single story arc at a time. Hopefully, the series eventually gets back to examining his ambiguous situation and finally gives Future Trunks the happy ending he deserves.

Taking Care of the Zenos

Fun-sized double trouble.

Ever since Future Zeno entered the main Dragon Ball timeline, fans have wondered if anything would ever result from this development. Many speculated that having two almighty rulers of reality would eventually lead to some trouble or infighting. However, that’s yet to come to fruition outside of the Tournament of Power, which was going to happen anyway.

As the Zenos are very impressionable, it would be interesting to see someone try to turn the two against each other for their own gain. It really seemed like Dragon Ball Super was setting something up by having Future Zeno stick around. It would be great if future Dragon Ball stories executed on this development.

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]]> ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Is Broken — Here’s How to Fix It

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/rupauls-drag-race-is-broken-heres-how-to-fix-it Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:33:50 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706119 Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers from the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. Proceed with caution. After the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars this week we know two things: 1) Trixie Mattel is the latest queen in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and 2) Drag Race is broken. Fans […]

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]]> Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers from the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. Proceed with caution.

After the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars this week we know two things: 1) Trixie Mattel is the latest queen in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and 2) Drag Race is broken.

Fans are in an uproar after the finale, and although any good episode of reality TV should elicit those emotions, it’s sort of unanimous that this season’s ending felt unfair and arbitrary.

To be honest, though, the entire season of All Stars felt like something was a bit off. The challenges delivered lackluster results and the format and subsequent results made it feel like winning each week didn’t even matter in the end.

It’s still the best reality show on television, let’s be clear. But now that Drag Race is turning 10 years old, it’s time to make a few tweaks to ensure that the juggernaut continues to move forward for years to come.

Back to Basics

The magic of the franchise’s earlier seasons came in part from challenges that showcased a variety of the queen’s skills. But creating costumes for design challenges seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent years in favor of more acting challenges. And while comedy queens have become one of the most entertaining parts of the show, recycling acting challenges at the expense of showcasing a wider range of talents from the contestants is hurting the show’s credibility overall.

Additionally, a variety of challenges staggers the results each week so that it’s not so obvious who the frontrunner is. If the challenges on All Stars 3 were ever based on more than performance, then maybe others could have shined instead of getting five BenDeLaCreme wins and four Shangela wins on a season that only lasted eight weeks. It takes away some of the excitement when you already know who is going to win. But then again, neither of those queens won. Which brings us to our next point.

Choosing A Winner

While a good old-fashioned twist is always appreciated, it hurts the show’s credibility to switch things up last minute in order to create shocking moments that ultimately make it feel like the entire season didn’t matter. And that’s exactly what happened in the past two seasons of Drag Race.

On Season 9, Shea Couleé went into the finale as the frontrunner with four wins, the most of any queen all season. But when Ru changed the rules for the first time ever by letting a final lip sync determine the winner, Shea ended up not even making it into the Top 2. And while we can argue that Sasha Velour’s rose-petal wig reveal was enough to make her a deserving winner, fans still felt cheated by watching someone soar all season and not make it to the very end because of a last-minute rule change.

This was almost the same situation we saw this week on All Stars. If we had known the eliminated queens would decide the Top 2 from the beginning then that’s a totally different story. But adding it as a twist last minute made the build-up of the past eight weeks seem completely pointless. After Shangela consistently stole the show week after week, to not see her in the Top 2 just so producers could squeeze in a twist was a major letdown. It was fun to see the queens come back and deliberate, but if we knew we were watching Survivor instead of Drag Race then perhaps we would have been more prepared to accept an arbitrary decision.

Let’s go into a finale not knowing who is going to win because each finalist brought something so amazing and unique to the competition. Not because a last-minute twist is going to knock a deserving frontrunner out of the game for no reason other than shock value.

The Fans

This one is a little more difficult to fix but has become a huge problem in the Drag Race fandom — the viewers have become monsters. Getting passionate about your favorite queen is not only to be expected, but it’s what the show is all about. However, as the show has gained popularity, especially from a younger audience, certain sectors of the fanbase have taken their dedication to their favorite way too far.

Queens are consistently called racist slurs and receive death threats if they move forward in the competition and their favorite does not. Whether or not you think Trixie deserved to win, it’s certainly not her fault in any way that Shangela didn’t make the Top 2. And yet, “fans” have been attacking her non-stop since she received the crown. Kennedy and the returning eliminated queens have also received hate.

What happened wasn’t right, but going on a Twitter rampage to tear someone else apart isn’t going to fix things. It’s making them worse. All this hate is ruining things for the rest of us who are trying to watch a great TV show for a fun escape. Perhaps we can find a way to put an age limit on viewing — if you haven’t yet developed the emotional intelligence necessary to watch a reality TV show without threatening to murder its contestants then perhaps you should take a few years off. And for the fans of all ages who choose to celebrate their favorite without spreading hate to other contestants online, we salute you.

But there’s no time to implement these changes now. Season 10 is already filmed and debuts next week. It looks like it’s going to be a giant celebration of the past decade of Drag Race, but we hope it’s also filled with a variety of challenges, a winner based on merit, and fans who can enjoy the show without getting arrested for assault and battery.

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]]> The Game References You’ll Find in ‘Tomb Raider’

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/tomb-raider-movie-game-references Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:36:43 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=704339 WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Tomb Raider. Proceed with caution. Tomb Raider is out in theaters and it’s a pretty good adaptation! (Read FANDOM’s review) When the first trailer was released, fans saw more than few comparisons to the 2013 game. Now that the movie is out, we can dig a little deeper into a […]

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]]> WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Tomb Raider. Proceed with caution.

Tomb Raider is out in theaters and it’s a pretty good adaptation! (Read FANDOM’s review) When the first trailer was released, fans saw more than few comparisons to the 2013 game. Now that the movie is out, we can dig a little deeper into a few specific references, including one that hearkens back to Lara Croft‘s first video game incarnation.

The Endurance

In the 2013 game, the ship that takes Lara to the island where the story takes place is called the Endurance. There is a terrible storm which wrecks the Endurance and leaves Lara stranded on the island. The 2018 film pretty much recreates this entire sequence at the end of the first act.

Lara’s Pickaxe

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The iconic weapon from the 2013 reboot game becomes a key weapon in the 2018 film.

The 2013 reboot game was the biggest influence on the 2018 film. Not only was Lara’s visual design and story inspired by that game but also her various tools and weapons. One of these was a climbing pickaxe that became a handy item in the 2013 game. In the film, Lara uses it as both a means to escape a few perilous situations as well as a weapon against Mathias and his militarized goons.

The Bow & Arrow

What most fans remember from the 2013 game was the addition of a bow and arrow to Lara’s arsenal. This changed up the attack style from previous games by making stealth action a key factor. In the film, Lara obtains the bow and arrow from her father on the island where he disappeared. She then uses it as her main weapon when she infiltrates Mathias’s camp in order to liberate the slave workers Mathias is using to help him discover the tomb he’s looking for.

The River Scene

Possibly the most thrilling section of the 2013 game is a sequence where Lara is thrown into a raging river and has to survive numerous deadly obstacles before reaching a waterfall and figuring out a way to avoid plummeting to her death. This entire scenario was lifted almost wholesale for the 2018 film, including the part where Lara discovers a dilapidated plane at the edge of the waterfall and uses a parachute to get her to safety when she drops off the edge.

Mathias & Himiko

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Walton Goggins (right) as Mathias Vogel in ‘Tomb Raider.’

The two main villains of the 2013 game were Queen Himiko and Father Mathias. In the game, Himiko was the ruler of the island and Mathias was the leader of a cult that worshiped her. Things are a little different in the 2018 movie. In the film, Himiko is a long-dead ancient figure who is entombed on the island. Mathias is an employee of Trinity, a mysterious corporation that seeks to control supernatural powers in order to dominate the world. Mathias is trying to discover Himiko’s tomb because it will allow him to leave the island and be reunited with his family.

Those Famous Guns

The one reference fans have been wondering about is whether or not Lara’s famous double pistols would be showing up in this new version. In the original game series, Lara’s weapons of choice were two pistols. Though the model of handgun has changed depending on the game, the 2001 and 2003 movies featured two Heckler & Koch USP Match pistols.

In the 2018 film, Lara goes to a pawn shop in order to obtain some money to charter a boat that will take her to the island where her father disappeared. At the end of the film, she returns to the pawn shop and ends up looking at their selection of guns. Naturally, she gravitates to a Heckler & Koch USP Match pistol. And in the last few seconds, she grabs another one and says, “I’ll take two.”

So, if we get a sequel, you can bet Lara will be packing twice the heat.

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]]> 10 Greatest Captain America Fights (UPDATED)

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/10-greatest-captain-america-fights Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:35 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=11557 Avengers Infinity War hits theaters worldwide April 27, and we’ve been binge-reading Captain America comics nonstop to prepare ourselves. The latest trailer shows the first Avenger in an epic fight against Thanos. Cap dropped his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War, but gets replacements courtesy of Black Panther in Infinity War. However, they’re nowhere to […]

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]]> Avengers Infinity War hits theaters worldwide April 27, and we’ve been binge-reading Captain America comics nonstop to prepare ourselves. The latest trailer shows the first Avenger in an epic fight against Thanos. Cap dropped his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War, but gets replacements courtesy of Black Panther in Infinity War. However, they’re nowhere to be seen in the footage, suggesting he is disarmed as he takes on his most powerful foe yet.

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Word on the street is that movie has some of the greatest fight scenes we’ve seen yet, so we thought it would be fun to look back at Cap’s greatest brawls throughout history with a top 10 of our personal favorites. Until the crossover hits theaters, we won’t know where this fight ranks. But check out his other famous fights below.

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10. Captain America #1: Captain America vs. Hitler

Captain America Punches Hitler

OK, this one doesn’t really count since it didn’t actually happen inside the comic. It is a heavy contender for the greatest comic book cover of all time, though. Captain America Comics #1, the first ever appearance of Captain America, started with a picture of him punching Hitler in the face. There are very few truly perfect things in life, but this image is one of them.

9. The Winter Soldier: The Elevator Fight

I really want to focus on comics in this article, so I’m only including one live-action fight scene. The MCU stunt teams deserve a lot of credit though for their work on making Captain America’s fights in the movies feel like they’re lifted straight from the comics. Probably most iconic is the scene in The Winter Soldier where Cap has to take down an entire elevator full of Hydra goons. I love this fight partially because the choreography is a badass masterpiece (badassterpiece?), but more importantly because it inspired Community to do an incredible parody with Dean Pelton.

8. Satan and the Sorcerer’s Secret: Captain America vs. Satan

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I still kind of can’t believe this actually happened, and the fact that it’s a Golden Age comic only makes it more ridiculous. In Captain America Comics #21, Cap actually fought Satan himself. If they told this story in a modern-day comic, Cap probably would’ve needed some kind of enchantment or magical weapon. Nah dude. Golden Age Cap requires no such things when he has his trusty haymaker. The 1940s were a simpler time, when all you needed to defeat the literal devil was a solid right hook.

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Oh, gosh. It gets even better. Satan admits defeat after looking into Cap’s eyes and seeing “the indestructible good of mankind.” Mostly ,I’m just thankful somebody defeated Satan without anyone having to listen to a fiddle.

7. Two Into One Won’t Go: Steve Rogers vs. William Burnside

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The legacy of Steve Rogers is a frequent theme in the comics. Between the time he was frozen in ice and the time he was thawed, the American government repeatedly tried to replace him. They felt the country still needed a symbol like Captain America to inspire people… but of course, none of the candidates they picked up could live up to Steve Rogers. Captain America #156 gave us this great fight with one of Cap’s replacements.

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William Burnside was the Captain America of the 1950s, brainwashed and given plastic surgery until he believed he really was Steve Rogers. Of course, Burnside was a relic of an ugly chapter in American history. He was bigoted and hateful, more concerned with smashing Communists than preserving American ideals. The real Steve Rogers put him in his place.

6. Blood on the Moors: Captain America vs. Baron Blood

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Captain America #254 is part of a story that introduced us to a new Union Jack. It also saw Cap fight against a vampire named Baron Blood. Eventually, Cap gets the upper hand by exposing Blood to sunlight… but it’s a setting sun, and he knows the monster will only get stronger as the sunlight fades.

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Cap does what he has to do.

5. Infinity Gauntlet: Captain America vs. Thanos

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The battle between Captain America and Thanos in the original Infinity Gauntlet story was of course ridiculous. Of course Captain America can’t go head-to-head with the mad Titan and walk away victorious. That’s even more true when Thanos is wielding the infinity gems. This moment wasn’t about that.

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The reason this moment is so great is that it shows Captain America never gives up, no matter what. It doesn’t matter that the odds are physically impossible and all the rest of his friends have been felled. He stands no chance.

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He still gets right back up and punches a god in the face.

4. Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. Bucky Barnes

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The Winter Soldier movie translated this scene beautifully, taking a lot of the exact dialogue… because there are some things you just can’t improve on. Captain America (Volume 5) #14 is one of those comics.

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There was a lot of doubt when writer Ed Brubaker said he wanted to bring back Bucky Barnes. The death of Bucky was one of those sacred things in comics that you just didn’t touch… people used to say that it would be like resurrecting Uncle Ben. You don’t take a shot like that unless you’re absolutely sure you can do it right. Having him return as the brainwashed assassin Winter Soldier brought new dimensions to the character, and Brubaker didn’t cheap out on any of the difficult moments.

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It’s not just a great fight scene… it’s one of the most intense emotional moments of Captain America’s career. It often feels silly when two people carry on a full conversation while they’re fighting, but in this case it’s 100 percent appropriate. You can feel the weight of their blows as they really lay into each other, but Cap really just wants to bring Bucky back and Bucky really just wants to figure out who he is.

3. JLA/Avengers: Captain America vs. Batman

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It only lasts two pages, but the confrontation between Captain America and Batman in JLA/Avengers is absolutely perfect. While the gods and sorcerers and robots wage war above them, the two step away to do battle on their own.

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Of course, like any superhero fight, there’s only one way it can end. They realize they’re on the same side and they team up against the greater threat. It’s a perfect moment because they both recognize each other instantly… they recognize the drive and purity of intention in each other, and their fight leads to an immediate sense of mutual respect.

2. Civil War: Captain America vs. Iron Man

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I’m not gonna lie, the fight between Cap and Iron Man in Civil War was kind of hard for me to read the first time. It’s just so brutal. Steve and Tony really were the best of friends in the comics, unlike the movies where they’ve kind of just been making fun of each other for two films.

Captain America Iron Man Civil War Every Punch

Civil War was a story with a lot of intense moments, but you didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until you saw Cap and Tony come to blows for the first time. That was the moment where it stopped just being a fun superhero crossover and started really getting serious.

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It ends with Cap getting a serious beatdown from Iron Man, but the fact that he’s able to stand up to a metal fighting machine like that for so long is a testament to his greatness.

1. The Ultimates: Captain America vs. Herr Kleiser

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The Ultimates is an undeniable classic, an Avengers comic that reads like a summer blockbuster. It’s also the comic that introduced the Chitauri, who would go on to become the villains for the first Avengers movie. In the climax, there’s a nearly full-issue battle between Cap and the Chitauri’s leader Herr Kleiser. Kleiser is a nearly unkillable alien who’s been plotting the invasion of Earth for decades, and worked alongside the Nazis during World War II. He actually does manage to pin Cap at one point, and then he makes the worst mistake of his life: Telling Captain America to “Surrender.”

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I might take some flack for including this moment as my number one, since there are a lot of people who have criticized it for being ridiculous. It also maybe represents a side of Captain America that they’ve deliberately walked away from in the regular Marvel Universe.

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But damn, that’s a great panel.

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]]> The Terrifying Real-World Cults That Inspired ‘Far Cry 5’

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/the-terrifying-real-world-cults-that-inspired-far-cry-5 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:46:31 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=703607 For decades now, audiences have been scaring themselves silly watching films and TV shows about the paranormal. Yet, despite us gleefully seeking out ghosts and demons to scare the crap out of us, once the credits roll, we can leave the cinema or turn off the TV, safe in the knowledge that these otherworldly horrors […]

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]]> For decades now, audiences have been scaring themselves silly watching films and TV shows about the paranormal. Yet, despite us gleefully seeking out ghosts and demons to scare the crap out of us, once the credits roll, we can leave the cinema or turn off the TV, safe in the knowledge that these otherworldly horrors are resigned to the realm of fiction.

When it comes to stories about cultist groups, however, there’s no such solace to be found.

Viewed through the lens of our comfortable lives, movies like Martha Marcy May Maylene might seem a bit farfetched. Yet, for many people, cults aren’t just an intriguing narrative setup – they’re a horror story that’s all too real.

Few know this better than renowned cult expert Rick Ross — so we spoke to him in order to dig a little deeper into the truth behind the fictional portrayal of cults.

How an anti-cult activist shaped the story of ‘Far Cry 5’

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Real world cult expert Rick Alan Ross has been advising Ubisoft on ‘Far Cry 5’s narrative from the very beginning.

While not quite as famous as the rapper who shares his namesake, Ross has slowly become one of the most respected voices in cultist research nonetheless. Making his name deprogramming brainwashed cult members and fearlessly exposing countless twisted groups on his encyclopedic website, Ross has admirably spent over 30 years attempting to bring Americans back from the brink of lunacy.

Now, he’s helping Ubisoft create the same kind of monsters that he’s spent most of his life fighting.

When first settling on their cultist setting for the upcoming Far Cry 5, Ubisoft’s narrative director Dan Hay was adamant that the game’s story needed to feel authentic.

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‘Far Cry 5’s terrifying premise is more plausible than you might think.

While many game creators seek real-world experts to help them fact check mid-way through development, Ross reveals that the team wanted his involvement right from the very beginning.

“When I first started [work on Far Cry 5], there was a lot of reality testing going on. The team would ask questions like: ‘Could a group move in on an area in rural America and start to take over a town, a county? Has that happened?’ I would give them historical footnotes and then cite different groups that had done that and how they accomplished that, step by step.”

In Far Cry 5, a period of economic and political uncertainty has allowed a radical Christian cult named the Project at Eden’s Gate to violently overrun a once-quiet state in rural Montana.

Yet, despite this deranged cultist uprising making a brilliant concept for a video game, to me, the sheer scale of Eden Gate’s Montana takeover just seemed too farfetched to be plausible.

It turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The terrifying reality of cultism

Warren Jeffs, the now imprisoned religious prophet of the FLDS Church, still manages to lead more than 10,000 devoted followers from behind bars.

“I can tell you that right now there are towns in the United States that are controlled by groups called cults,” Rick says solemnly.

While he’s reluctant to provide specific names and locations due to ongoing court cases, Ross sheds some light on a few chillingly recent cult uprisings.

“I’ll give you two examples that I can give you. Hilldale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. Both are controlled by a group called the FLDS, led by Warren Jeffs who is now serving a very long prison sentence for abusing children.

Unbelievably, despite its twisted leader being locked behind bars, Ross reveals that the FLDS is still very much a threat.

“Due to the visitation and communication that [Jeffs] is entitled to as a prisoner, he still continues to run a group with more than 10,000 members in multiple states.”

This is the kind of far-reaching influence that cult leaders can command.

‘Far Cry 5’s seemingly over the top villain is more real than you might think

Far Cry 5’s chilling intro reveals the true horror behind Joseph Seed’s deranged Christian cult.

In Far Cry 5, Montana’s fictional cult uprising is led by a tenacious leader of its own – Joseph Seed. Just as charismatic as he is sadistic, Seed convinces his flock that the rapture is upon them and takes over a large portion of Montana so swiftly that the authorities begin to fear him.

“Joseph Seed, to me, is vividly real – and much like cult leaders that I have met. Right now, there is a female leader of a certain group in a state in the US who has such influence that the police are afraid to act, Child Protective Services are afraid to act.

There’s an ongoing criminal prosecution right now taking place, but this particular woman has so much power in this town that the [authorities] are afraid of her.”

It’s this terrifying reach that makes cultist groups a topic that is both uniquely chilling and completely captivating.

Facing the wrath of a cult

As someone who has made a living from exposing these dangerous groups, unsurprisingly, Ross has been unlucky enough to experience their terrifying tactics first hand.

“I’ve been sued, I’ve been harassed, I’ve been stalked by private investigators. One group even arranged to buy my garbage and penetrated my private phone and banking records.”

Unfortunately for Ross, the harassment he faced only got worse over time.

“I was actually under the protection of the United States Justice Department because one group put me on a list of people to be murdered. I’m happy to tell you that I survived all that — and beat five lawsuits filed against me. One group even spent $5 million suing me over a period of ten years and they lost in federal court on all counts.”

While experiencing such sustained and horrific abuse would stop many activists in their tracks, the more that cultist groups attempt to silence Ross, the more confident he feels that he’s doing the right thing.

“Many groups called cults have harassed me, and I take that as an indication that I’m having an effect. They’re lashing out at me because they feel that I’m a threat.”

Becoming an anti-cult activist

Rick Alan Ross has written books and is slowly becoming one of the leading voices in cultist research.

As you’d expect, this wasn’t a career path that Ross dreamed of from a young age, but one that he fell into after experiencing a cultist group first hand.

“It started when my grandmother was living in a nursing home. Somehow, the paid professional staff was infiltrated by a radical kind of fringe religious group that targeted the elderly in that home.”

Despite appearing like a fairly reputable retirement community on the surface, the home’s staff were quietly attempting to convert its Jewish residents to a Jesus-recognising subsect of Judaism called Messianic Judaism.

Despite many of these elderly residents fleeing persecution in Europe during World War II, the home’s increasingly aggressive missionaries repeatedly told these vulnerable retirees that they would burn in hell for all eternity if they didn’t convert.

Elderly worshippers brandishing AR 15 rifles at a Unification church worship event.

“My grandmother was very upset by a confrontation she had, and that led to me being concerned about what was going on there. I worked with the home and got five people fired from the paid professional staff. What I saw there inspired me to become an anti-cult activist.”

Since then, Ross has become somewhat of an expert in deprogramming the brainwashed. Travelling the world, Ross has performed over 500 deprogrammings as a private consultant. And he’s managed to incur the wrath of the world’s most prominent cult along the way — Scientology.

Sued by Scientology

The Church Of Scientology almost bankrupted Ross, until the coerced cultist helming the case changed his mind and sought help from Ross instead.

It turns out that Tom Cruise’s former favourite church isn’t a big fan of Ross’ work either. With Ross making a name for his deprogramming work, he began to criticise Scientology Detox centres that Cruise himself was setting up – and it didn’t go unnoticed.

Desperate to shut Ross up, the church used its money and influence to take him to court.

Tom Cruise was the public face for Scientology for many years, and criticising one of Cruise’s initiatives landed Ross in hot water.

“They recruited a young man whose mother retained me to do what was called an involuntary deprogramming back in 1990.”

Interestingly, this case didn’t even revolve around one of their own, but of United Pentecostal Church member named James Scott. With Scott’s mother seeing shocking accounts of manipulation and abuse, she became increasingly concerned about her children’s involvement in this dangerous cult, begging Ross to perform an ‘involuntary deprogramming’ on Scott.

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Despite Ross being acquitted of this forcible deprogramming charge by a jury, The Church Of Scientology saw its chance to strike back at Ross.

“I went through a criminal trial on that and was found not guilty, and later Scientology recruited the young man to sue me civilly, and they managed to win. They had a $2million judgment against me, and in 1995 I declared bankruptcy.”

Thanks to its celebrity members, Scientology has amassed a huge global following, drawing criticism from all camps including British documentary maker Louis Theroux to South Park.

Ironically, Scott eventually saw the error of his ways and quickly turned his back on both the United Pentecostal Church and The Church of Scientology.

“The young man decided to leave the group he was in, which was not Scientology but another group that had been called a cult. He reconciled with his mother and ironically, agreed to settle the multimillion-dollar judgement with me if I would provide him with 200 hours of my consultation time and $5,000 cash to get a new start, which I happily did. Ultimately, Scientology was humiliated by the way things turned out.”

 Preaching through pixels

Ross hopes that mass media exposure to cults in entertainment will help more people become aware of their destructive nature.

Now The Church of Scientology has moved on from gunning for its least favourite anti-cult activist. Yet, with Ross revealing that plenty of horrific cultist groups still having a stranglehold on rural parts of America and Australia, Ross’ work is far from done.

“These groups have sued me predominantly because of the Cult Education Institute, which is an online database. They wanted to shut down the information and make it impossible for people to find out what they had done.”

It may seem strange then that this anti-cult activist has time to spend doing consulting work for video games, but for Ross, it’s crucial that more people understand just how dangerous a threat cultist groups can be.

“When I saw what had been done with that character [Seed], it just totally resonated with me. Unfortunately [based on my experiences], Joseph Seed is chillingly real to me.”

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How ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Changes Trish Walker’s Origin Story

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/jessica-jones-season-2-changes-trish-walker-origin-story Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:00:27 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706418 During Season 1 of Jessica Jones, Trish Walker was Jessica’s best friend. Trish was a famous celebrity who left the notoriety of childhood fame behind her to pursue radio talk news. Having been best friends, nay, sisters for most of their lives, Jessica and Trish made quite the pair. In Season 2 of Jessica Jones, Trish […]

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]]> During Season 1 of Jessica Jones, Trish Walker was Jessica’s best friend. Trish was a famous celebrity who left the notoriety of childhood fame behind her to pursue radio talk news. Having been best friends, nay, sisters for most of their lives, Jessica and Trish made quite the pair. In Season 2 of Jessica Jones, Trish attempted to settle down and get married. That plan went off the rails when she discovered the true source of Jessica’s powers. The quest for these powers sent Trish on her own path to becoming a superhero — a path that almost killed her.

Let’s take a look at how Trish’s origin story on the show differs from the comic books.

Trish Walker: Superhero Fangirl

Trish Walker

In the comics, Patricia Walker was the daughter of a comic book writer. She grew up loving and worshiping superheroes like Reed Richards and even became her own comic book character, thanks to her dad. Her comic book, as well as her modeling career, gave her notoriety at a young age. When she was old enough, she asked X-Men’s Beast to help her become a superhero. Her athleticism and work ethic helped her gain a spot on the Avengers. Since she didn’t have a superhero identity of her own, she borrowed that of The Cat, Greer Nelson’s superhero name before she became Tigra. Hence, Hellcat was born.

Patsy didn’t have powers until she met Moondragon, an alien woman from Thanos’ home planet/moon Titan. Moondragon enhanced Patsy’s psionic abilities, which gave her telekinesis. She also had super strength and super agility. When she returned from Titan she left the Avengers and joined the Defenders. This might explain why Netflix included her on Jessica Jones and not in the Marvel films.

IGH & Trish’s Quest for Powers

Trish Walker

During Jessica Jones Season 1, Trish helped Jessica get away from Kilgrave. This put her in the crosshairs of Will Simpson AKA Nuke. Nuke was sent to kill Trish, which he almost did until Kilgrave’s mind-control wore off of him. Through Nuke, Trish learned that Jessica was experimented on by a group called IGH. Trish made it her goal to discover IGH and uncover their methods.

In Season 2 she did just that. She and Jessica discovered that a Dr. Malus saved Jessica’s life by giving her powers after the car accident. When Trish discovered this, she went from wanting to get justice for Jessica, to wanting Malus to replicate the process so that she could get powers too. Malus performed the procedure on Trish and by the end of the season, she was exhibiting signs of powers, mainly quick reflexes.

While this is an entirely new origin story for Trish, it syncs up with her superhero obsession in the comics. For the purpose of the show, Trish didn’t worship superheroes like Iron Man or Captain America, she just wanted to be like her sister Jessica. This grounds her motivations a bit more and makes her desire for powers very believable.

Jessica Jones Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix worldwide.

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]]> 15 Must-See Spring 2018 Anime

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/15-must-see-spring-2018-anime Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:00:12 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706028 aThe spring 2018 anime season is going to be great. This season marks the return of some of our favorite series. We’ll get taken on psychedelic adventures, meet new friends, and even see a familiar hero in anime form. This season will be one for the ages.  Here are 15 anime series and films that […]

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]]> aThe spring 2018 anime season is going to be great. This season marks the return of some of our favorite series. We’ll get taken on psychedelic adventures, meet new friends, and even see a familiar hero in anime form. This season will be one for the ages.  Here are 15 anime series and films that you can’t afford to miss this spring.

My Hero Academia 3

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre(s): Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power

The superhero adventure series, My Hero Academia, continues this spring with its third season. The series left off with Class 1-A facing off against their teachers at UA academy. With 25 episodes set to air, Season 3 of My Hero Academia will cover the School Trip Arc, which happens during the students’ summer break. The gang may be on break, but that doesn’t mean they’ll spend their time roasting marshmallows outside. No, instead the students will spend their days at a camp for soon-to-be superheroes.

Besides the summer break arc, the series will also include the Hideout Raid and Hero Licence Exam arcs. Fans will also be introduced to four League of Villains characters: Twice, Mr. Compress, Spinner, and Magne.

Tokyo Ghoul:re

  • Premiere date: April 3, 2018
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre(s): Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen

Tokyo Ghoul:re takes place two years after the events of last season, but ghouls are still a problem in the metropolitan city. So, the Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) uses a special team known as the Quinx Squad, to eradicate Tokyo’s most-unwanted citizens.

The Quinx Squad consists of humans who have undergone surgery to attain special ghoul-like abilities. Leading the group is Haise Sasaki, a half-ghoul, half-human whose mentor is the infamous White Reaper. But there’s more to Sasaki than meets the eye, as memories of his past life continue to claw at his mind.

Food Wars! The Third Plate 2nd Cour

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2018
  • Studio: Studio 3Hz
  • Genre(s): Ecchi, School, Shounen

The second half of Food Wars! The Third Plate continues this season. Fans of the manga have been waiting for a huge secret to be revealed in Season 3. Unfortunately, the studio removed this secret from the first half of the season. Luckily, the (above) trailer makes it clear that this reveal will happen when the series returns in April.

The series will follow the Totsuki Culinary Academy first-year students to Hokkaido for their Promotion Exams. However, not everything will go smoothly. The rebellious students who opposed Central will have to go up against the ten best students at the academy, the Elite Ten Council.

If you loved the delicious-look recipes and salacious scenes the anime dished out previous, then Food Wars! is a must-see.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

  • Premiere date: April 8, 2018
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Game, Military, Sci-Fi

Sword Art Online returns this spring with a brand new cast of characters. The series, a spin-off of the second season, will follow Karen Kohiruimaki, a young woman who feels out of place due to her height. She finds comfort in the game Gun Gale Online where she plays as a cute — and much shorter — girl with a pink P90.

One day, she meets the beautiful brown-skinned female player, Pitohui. They hit it off and form a squadron to hunt monsters together. However, everything changes when Pitohui pressures Kohiruimaki into participating in “Squad Jam,” a team Battle Royale similar to the Bullet of Bullets tournament.

Persona 5 the Animation

  • Premiere date: April 8, 2018
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

The response to A-1 Pictures’ anime promo, Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers, was overwhelmingly positive in the anime community. So, the logical next step for the studio was to create a full-fledged season that will premiere this spring. While there isn’t much information available, we can at least presume that the anime will closely follow the events of the video game.

Tokyo is a city filled with deception, hypocrisy, and corruption. A group of rebellious teens join forces and decide that enough is enough. They form thePhantom Thieves of Hearts, a group hellbent on driving darkness out of their city. Every night they go out and steal the corrupt hearts of evil people to change and reform society.

Devils’ Line

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: Platinum Vision
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Romance, Seinen, Vampire

In this alternate world, vampires exist, but they are much different than the tales told in books and movies. In Devils’ Line, these creatures are known as devils, a subset of humans. They live among humans, leading normal lives. In fact, unlike traditional vampires, devils don’t even need human blood to survive. That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t crave it. The mere sight of blood causes them to lose control and turn into monsters.

One day, a college student, Tsukasa, is rescued from an attack by a devil. Her savior is a half-devil called Anzai who uses his supernatural abilities to help solve devil-related crimes in Tokyo. Anzai continues to look out for Tsukasa, and the two form a bond. But with Tsukasa perpetually at his side, will Anzai be able to keep his number one of not drinking human blood? Or, will he become a creature of the night?

Golden Kamuy

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2018
  • Studio: Geno Studio
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Historical, Seinen

The battle between the Russian Empire and Japan during the Meiji era was a short and bloody one that left countless people dead. Sugimoto survived the grueling war. But, his duty didn’t end there. During one of the battles, Sugimoto promised his fallen comrade that he would take care of his widowed wife. To do this, he goes on a hunt for gold.

His quest leads him to dangerous criminals who will do anything to get to the treasure first. Over the course of his adventure, Sugimoto is saved from the harsh climate of the northern islands of Japan by an Ainu girl. They decide to work together to find the elusive stash of gold before the criminals do.

Piano no Mori

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2018
  • Studio: Fukushima Gainax
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music, School, Seinen

Piano no Mori (aka Piano Forest) tells the beautiful, heartwarming story of two boys from different walks of life. Kai, the son of a prostitute, finds comfort in playing an abandoned piano in the forest near his home. Shuhei, on the other hand, is the son of two prestigious pianists.

The boys’ lives couldn’t be any farther apart, but their shared love of music brings them together. Piano no Mori is a tale budding musicians and the friendship they form.

Magical Girl Site

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: production doA
  • Genre(s): Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama

The magical girl horror anime, Magical Girl Site, is gearing up for anime adaptation this spring. The story follows Aya Asagiri, a young girl who is always bullied by her classmates. Desperate to escape her troubles, Aya looks to the internet for answers.

She stumbles upon a mysterious website called “Magical Girl Site.” One look is all it takes for the website to drag Aya into the dangerous world of the Magical Girl Apocalypse. Now she must either fight against savage but cute magical girls with an uncontrollable desire for blood and destruction. Or, she could not fight — and die.

3D Kanojo: Real Girl

15 must-see spring 2018 anime 3D Girlfriend
  • Premiere date: April 4, 2018
  • Studio: Hoods Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Romance, School, Shoujo

Tsutsui Hikari is an otaku and social misfit. Because of this, his classmates think that he’s creepy and weird. One day, he ends up cleaning the school pool with Igarashi Iroha, who is the opposite of what Hikari likes in a real-life girl. Iroha is abrasive, loud, skips school, and, to top it all off, seems a bit promiscuous.

But unlike his classmates, Iroha is friendly towards Hikari. She even stands up to those who make fun of him. But despite all of her good qualities and how well she treats him, Hikari is a jerk towards her. Surprisingly, she never holds this against him. Eventually, Hikari starts to think that Iroha might be girlfriend material after all. But will he be able to handle her?

The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter

  • Premiere date: April 3, 2018
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genre(s): Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Space, Drama

Based on Yoshiki Tanaka‘s science-fiction novels of the same name, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis – Encounter is the first of two planned seasons releasing this year. The new adaptation retells the decades-long interstellar war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. When two new commanders enter the conflict, the rivals Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm of the Galactic Empire and Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, things get interesting.

The 12-episode series will follow these two commanders daily exploits. From dealing with superiors and subordinates to coming up with strategies, the two will overcome trials that will change them forever. Will one of them win this never-ending war? Only time will tell if this battle will end peacefully or result in their mutual destruction.

High School DxD Hero

  • Premiere date: April 10, 2018
  • Studio: Passione
  • Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Demons, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School

Season 4 of the TV anime series based on Ichiei Ishibumi‘s action-harem light novel series premieres this April. The new adaptation will cover parts three and four of “The Heroic Oppai Dragon” arc, “Pandemonium at the School Trip” and “Lion Heart of the School Festival.” The focus will be on the battles between Sairaorg Bael and Cao Cao.

The series will start with a school trip and festival for the second- year students. However, things take an unexpected turn when a group of heroes makes an unexpected entrance.

While High School DxD fans are excited about the latest adaptation, some are worried that Season 4 will not be as good as previous seasons. The series recently switched from TNK animation studio to Passione, a studio with only a few shows under its belt.

Batman Ninja

  • Premiere date: April 24, 2018
  • Studio: Kamikaze Douga
  • Genre(s): Action, Martial Arts

Late last year, Warner Bros. released a trailer for one of the most impressive Dark Knight anime adaptations to date: Batman Ninja. The latest DC adaptation will take the Dark Knight and his arch-nemesis, the Joker, to a tumultuous era in Japan’s history.

When a show teases time travel, giant Joker robots, and meditation, you know that you are in for a treat. Audiences will get to see an epic, history-changing battle likely to please DC and anime fans alike. Hopefully, the success of Batman Ninja will make it possible for other Western superheroes to get anime adaptations.

Batman Ninja is set to release digitally on April 24th.

Steins;Gate 0

  • Premiere date: April 2018
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Thriller

The new Steins;Gate series will adapt the follow-up game Steins;Gate 0. All the previous cast members from the games and anime will reprise their roles for the TV show.

The eccentric Okabe is struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. Tired of continually failing, he decides to abandon his lively alter ego to forget his past. However, this doesn’t last long, as his memories return when he meets Kurisu‘s acquaintance.

Kurisu and her associate are testing a device that could store and simulate human memories. These simulations can perfectly replicate memory owner’s characteristics and personality. The invention, while brilliant, only brings Okabe anguish and sorrow.

Servamp Movie: Alice in the Garden

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2018
  • Studio: Platinum Vision
  • Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Drama, Vampire, Josei

Servamp will return this spring with the movie Alice in the Garden. Mahiru‘s life has gone back to normal since Tsubaki’s disappearance, but that all changes when it unexpectedly starts to snow. Mahiru, believing that this has to do with vampires, contacts Misono Alicein. However, Misono has issues of his own. These issues cause his brother Mikuni to reveal the Alicein family’s dark secret to Mahiru.

Hideaki Nakano and Junko Yamanaka are set to return as the movie’s director and character designer. However, Ayumi Hiseao (Dragon Ball Super, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ) will write the script instead of Kenji Konuta. You can catch Alice in the Garden this April.

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]]> Which Queen Would Win a Winner’s Edition of ‘Drag Race’?

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/time-come-us-rank-every-winners-chance-ultimate-crown Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:34:34 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=680602 With seasons 10, 11, and 12 on the horizon and a winner participating on All Stars 3, the chance of a winners-only edition of All Stars is bigger than evah! So, we decided to rank every Drag Race winner (so far) from least to most likely to win the ultimate title of “Queen of Queens.” This list […]

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]]> With seasons 10, 11, and 12 on the horizon and a winner participating on All Stars 3, the chance of a winners-only edition of All Stars is bigger than evah! So, we decided to rank every Drag Race winner (so far) from least to most likely to win the ultimate title of “Queen of Queens.” This list will be updated each time a new winner is crowned.

Tyra Sanchez (Season 2)

Tyra Sanchez from RuPaul's Drag Race
A bad attitude makes for bad odds.

Tyra slayed Season 2 of Drag Race. Her polished looks earned her three main challenge victories and the crown. Unfortunately, Tyra isn’t the most-beloved queen. Thanks to her recent tirades on social media, the queen has earned herself a bad reputation.

If All Stars keeps its current formula, her proclivity toward unnecessary drama could earn her an enemy or two. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if her behavior sent her packing early.

Bebe Zahara Benet (Season 1)

Bebe from RuPaul's Drag Race

In Season 1, Bebe snatched two challenge victories and the crown, proving herself worthy of the title “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Not only is she fierce, but she’s also the original winner of Drag Race.

During her time on All Stars 3, she has proven that she’s still a force to be reckoned with. She has poise, owns the runway, and has good lip-syncing skills. But, when compared to other winners, her acting is subpar, and her looks just scream “old-school drag.” It would be difficult for Bebe to come out on top in this battle royale.

Sharon Needles (Season 4)

Season 4 Winner, Sharon Needles.
Sharon would need more than makeup to stand out from the crowd.

Miss Needles is one of the few queens who volunteered to participate in a winner’s edition after Mama Ru came up with the idea. She’s a fun queen. During Season 4, Sharon snatched four victories thanks to her extravagant, almost-spooky looks.

While she has phenomenal makeup skills, it’s surprising that her looks aren’t as impressive as the other queens on this list. The same can be said for her acting skills. Without bringing something new to the show, it isn’t likely that she would stand out from the other queens.

Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5)

Season 5 Winner, Jinkx Monsoon
Never underestimate a simple but highly polished look.

Seattle’s self-proclaimed “premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen,” Jinkx Monsoon, proved that we shouldn’t underestimate the ugly duckling. Even when faced with luminaries like Alaska and Detox, she never backed down. Her strange sense of humor and quirky personality helped her snatch two victories from the claws of Rolaskatox along with the crown.

She has a great voice and simple but polished looks. Of course, her chances of winning depend on the challenges given. Her skills could keep her safe from eliminations up until the finale, but she will most likely get sent home halfway through the competition.

Bob the Drag Queen (Season 8)

Season 8 Winner, Bob the Drag Queen
Bob the Drag Queen represents her city well.

Walking into this ranking “purse first” is Bob the Drag Queen. As a New York queen, Bob reminds us why the region’s drag is famous worldwide. She’s entertaining to watch, as her acting skills are superiors to most of the queens on this list. Not only that, Bob knows how to best show off her key strengths.

Bob’s three victories in Season 8 prove that she’s a fierce competitor. But while a great queen and, admittedly, a bit of a show-off, Bob would still need to take down other queens who excel in the same categories, such as Bianca Del Rio.

Sasha Velour (Season 9)

Season 9 Winner, Sasha Velour
Beauty and brains make Sasha Velour a force to be reckoned with.

The current queen, Sasha Velour, is the perfect mix of experimental art and haute couture. As if that wasn’t already enough to make you love her, this brilliant queen also has a deep understanding LGBTQ history and social issues. Not only is she the smartest queen in the Werk Room, but she also comes up with some shocking new looks and is a decent actor.

She may not have been as charismatic as Shea or as fishy as Trinity, but she knew how to use everything in her repertoire to her advantage. Her efforts earned her two victories and the crown. If she brings it, she will easily get into the top four.

Raja Gemini (Season 3)

Raja Gemini, Winner of Season 3
Does Raja have what it takes to win the ultimate crown?

Come on, we’re talking about Raja here. Even though she comes from one of the earliest seasons of Drag Race, she still has it all — including excellent makeup and runway skills.

Whenever she’s on screen, her creativity shines through. (She even has a very popular Youtube show.)  It’s no wonder she’s so popular both in and out of drag.

Raja has elevated her look and style since her Season 3 win. If she can keep her head in the game, she will undoubtedly “toot” her way into the top four.

Violet Chachki (Season 7)

Season 7 Winner, Violet Chachki
Season 7 Winner, Violet Chachki

Miss Chachki will bring the body-odyody to the competition. During her time on Season 7, Violet proved her runway skills and sense of fashion were unbeatable. The confident queen won two well-deserved victories before capturing the crown.

Violet brings a lot to the table, including sickening looks, fishiness, and some light shade. She isn’t as funny or nice as the other queens on this list. But her acting skills and fishy looks are enough to take her straight to the top.

Bianca del Rio (Season 6)

Season 6 Winner, Bianca del Rio
If Bianca finds a way to vary her looks, she will be unstoppable.

With her Rolodex of Hate, Biana del Rio is most likely to be a season frontrunner. The amazing seamstress has the skill to win nearly every acting challenge. She would definitely give all of the other winners a run for their money.

Bianca captivated the judges, gaining three victories. Not to mention, she also beat out larger-than-life queens like Courtney Act and Adore Delano to win the crown. During her time on the show, she received only one consistent critique: that her looks were a tad repetitive. If Bianca can overcome this minor blemish, she will likely win the finale and snatch the ultimate crown.

And Now We Wait

RuPaul from Drag Race
We’ll have to wait and see.

Every queen on this list has a lot to offer, but until the rumored winner’s edition airs, all we can do is speculate about who could win the crown. In the meantime, let us know who you think would win at @getFANDOM.

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]]> Greg Berlanti Shares What ‘Love, Simon’ Would Have Meant to Him as Young Gay Boy

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/greg-berlanti-shares-love-simon-meant-young-gay-boy Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:50:30 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706408 When Love, Simon opens in theaters this weekend, it’s bringing an important milestone with it. The film about a young closeted high school student is the first wide-release project from a major studio to feature an LGBT teenager as its lead. And while the progress in society is wonderful, the effect that the film will surely […]

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]]> When Love, Simon opens in theaters this weekend, it’s bringing an important milestone with it. The film about a young closeted high school student is the first wide-release project from a major studio to feature an LGBT teenager as its lead.

And while the progress in society is wonderful, the effect that the film will surely have on young queer kids is absolutely indispensable.

The journey to accepting and understanding one’s sexuality can be filled with an overwhelming sense of loneliness, and having no stories to watch on television or in movies that reflect that pain and confusion only makes matters worse. But Love, Simon is changing things by taking the classic high school coming-of-age story and infusing it with a gay lead.

Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, the film tells the story of a 17-year-old student named Simon who is looking for love but has yet to come out to his family or friends.

Just as important as the fact that it’s about an LGBT character is the fact that everything else in the movie looks completely familiar to the coming-of-age tropes we’re used to — a reminder that the high school experience is a struggle for everyone.

The film’s director, Arrowverse super-producer Greg Berlanti, is a gay man himself and is well aware the impact that his new movie can make.

When FANDOM asked Berlanti what a film like this would have meant to him as a young closeted kid, his answer was just another reminder of why Love, Simon is so important in the first place.

“I think about it a lot,” the director said. “One thing that I didn’t realize until after we made the film is that I probably would have been too scared to go to the movie. I would have worried that people would have thought I was gay if they saw me there. Or would I have gone to a neighboring theater?”

That fear of being discovered is all too familiar to anyone who has had to keep their sexuality a secret for fear of what the response may be. And Berlanti thinks that there will still be kids today who “don’t want to tell their parents they’re going or are afraid that if they go with their parents it is going to incite a conversation.”

But queer kids will find a way to see it, one way or another. And when they do, it just may be powerful enough to change their lives forever.

‘Love, Simon’ Review: Deceptively Simple Teen Comedy That’s So Necessary

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]]> Can ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Be a Domestic Hit?

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/pacific-rim-uprising-box-office Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:09:46 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706231 Pacific Rim Uprising is going to have a battle to win at the box office. The sequel to the 2013 cult favorite — which was helmed by The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro — was a box office success in foreign markets, raking in over $300 million from locations other than the United States. But, […]

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]]> Pacific Rim Uprising is going to have a battle to win at the box office. The sequel to the 2013 cult favorite — which was helmed by The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro — was a box office success in foreign markets, raking in over $300 million from locations other than the United States. But, its domestic gross barely cracked $100 million against a budget of nearly $200 million.

Does this spell doom for Pacific Rim Uprising‘s chance at the US box office?

Sequel Distance

There are definitely a few factors that will make it tough for Pacific Rim Uprising to break out. One of those is the time between sequels. It’s been five years since the first film. Normally, studios like to keep the time between sequels at a minimum of two years. It allows for the property to remain fresh in the public’s mind. If it’s been too long, the fervor around the film might have already died down.

It’s especially difficult with a sequel like Pacific Rim Uprising because it doesn’t have the strongest cultural cache in America. Between that and the half-decade between films, that hiatus could hurt the film’s chances a lot.

What’s New?

Another problem for Pacific Rim Uprising is one that all sequels have to face: what are we offering to the audience that’s different from the original film? For fans, they know that it will feature brand new Jaeger robots and Kaiju monsters, but is that coming across to general audiences?

For most casual viewers, the marketing looks like it’s retreading a lot of the same things as the first movie. Of course, we know that it isn’t. But, optics are a huge factor in enticing people to spend their hard-earned money on a movie ticket. And the optics for Pacific Rim Uprising haven’t showcased enough variety to really hook your average moviegoer.

Competition and Screen Count

‘Black Panther’ is still making a killing at the box office.

This is an important aspect of box office prognosticating that a lot of people forget to factor in. It’s important to gauge what else is out in theaters at the time of a film’s release and how that might affect a number of variables. For example, will the immensely successful Black Panther still be pulling away potential audience members from Pacific Rim Uprising? And Tomb Raider will only be in its second week of release. That’s probably going to shave some attendance away from Pacific Rim Uprising as well.

Probably the one element that is crucial to estimating a film’s box office success is screen count. That is the number of screens the film will be releasing on during its opening weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, Pacific Rim Uprising is slated to release on ~3,700 screens. While it is the widest release that weekend, it will also be up against Black PantherTomb Raider, and the children’s film Sherlock Gnomes. Each of those films will still be screening on over 3,500 screens each. That’s going to crowd the market and make it a lot tougher for Pacific Rim Uprising to stand out from the crowd.

The Advantages

John Boyega’s presence in the film is a big plus.

It’s not all gloomy for the sequel though. It certainly has a chance at cutting through its challenges and coming out on top. It has a few advantages in that regard. Its biggest asset is its star, John Boyega. Thanks to his role as Finn in the recent Star Wars films, his awareness factor helps to give the movie a big push.

Also, Pacific Rim Uprising doesn’t have nearly as large a budget as the first film. This decreases its chances of not making its budget back domestically. In the five years since the first film, technology has allowed for cheaper solutions to effects issues that have probably helped cut down on the film’s costs.

And, even though the advertising hasn’t done a great job at differentiating itself from its predecessor, it is still filled with the kind of large-scale sci-fi action that audiences love to see. If the general populace is hankering for a fun blockbuster, Pacific Rim Uprising will definitely hook onto that desire.

We’ll find out how Pacific Rim Uprising performs when it hits theaters on March 23.

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]]> Super Plot Threads: 6 Storylines for Future Iterations of Dragon Ball

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/super-plot-threads-6-storylines-future-iterations-dragon-ball Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:37:39 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=691739 With Dragon Ball Super rapidly approaching its finale, it’s pretty clear that the anime won’t be able to address some of the story beats hinted at over the series’ run. As Dragon Ball is certainly coming back as a film and presumably future content beyond that, it’s safe to say that there will at least be […]

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]]> With Dragon Ball Super rapidly approaching its finale, it’s pretty clear that the anime won’t be able to address some of the story beats hinted at over the series’ run. As Dragon Ball is certainly coming back as a film and presumably future content beyond that, it’s safe to say that there will at least be opportunities to explore these ideas. While these six story beats won’t manifest in the remaining episodes of Super, hopefully, future iterations of Dragon Ball will explore these dangling plot threads.

Beerus’ Role in the Destruction of Planet Vegeta

Poised to be a great confrontation.

While Freeza is directly responsible for the destruction of Planet Vegeta and the near eradication of the Saiyan race, we find out in Super that Beerus ordered the space tyrant to commit this atrocity. Right now, the only characters aware of this are Whis, Beerus, and Freeza. Unsurprisingly, Beerus expresses a desire to keep this information away from Vegeta, who wouldn’t react too kindly to learning of Beerus’ role in the destruction of his home.

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If Vegeta did discover Beerus’ deception, it would be the perfect way to force a confrontation between the two. Even if Vegeta didn’t want to fight Beerus, his pride would compel him to do so. We’d finally get to see just how far his new form can take him. It could give him just enough of an edge to defeat the God of Destruction — or to at least close the gap. This conflict has been a long time coming. Hopefully, we’ll get to see it play out in future versions of Dragon Ball.

Vegeta Visiting Planet Sadala

The Saiyans of Universe 6 deserve further exploration.

In Dragon Ball Super, we learn that the Saiyan race not only exists but is still thriving in Universe 6. This discovery leads to the formation of one of the best relationships in the series between Vegeta and Universe 6’s Cabba. Vegeta has a standing invitation from Cabba to visit his version of the Saiyan homeworld, Planet Sadala. Unfortunately, this planet — along with the entirety of Universe 6 — was recently erased. But if it were brought back into existence, this could make for a fascinating storyline.

It would be a treat to see the prideful and hot-headed Vegeta interact with a more peaceful Saiyan race. Also, imagine how heartwarming (or heartbreaking) it would be to watch Vegeta visit a universe where his race wasn’t obliterated. Very rarely in Dragon Ball have we actually seen people treat Vegeta like royalty. His reaction would be priceless.

Exploring the Remaining Four Universes

Plenty of possibilities here.

Only eight out of the twelve universes competed in the Tournament of Power. The universes with an average mortal rank above seven — Universes 1, 5, 8, and 12 — didn’t have to participate. Their exclusion from the tournament makes them all the more intriguing. We want to know just how powerful these warriors are and what their worlds are like.

Leaving these four universes as blank slates was a smart move. It gives future iterations of the series the room to develop future story arcs. This could give the series a sense of expansion, which has waned since the original Dragon Ball. Here’s hoping that whatever’s next for Dragon Ball explores these mysterious and supposedly advanced universes.

The Angels and the Grand Priest

What’s going on with this blue family?

The Grand Priest and his children serve as attendants to the gods. The Grand Priest serves Zeno while his kids help out the Gods of Destruction of the various universes. This is odd since they’re stronger than the Gods of Destruction and potentially even Zeno himself. Known as Angels, it’s still a mystery as to why these characters live a life of servitude instead of ruling the universes themselves.

Fans are desperate to learn more about this incredibly powerful family. Some speculate that they will be future antagonists in Dragon Ball, while others think that the Grand Priest will go on to train Goku after the Tournament of Power ends. No matter how the story plays out, we welcome any further exploration of these characters in future Dragon Ball tales.

Will We Ever See Future Trunks Again?

Bring back the boy who went back to the future.

At the end of the Goku Black arc, the future was destroyed by Future Zeno which left Future Trunks and Future Mai without a home to return to. Whis intervened and sent the time travelers to a point in the future before Zamasu began destroying humanity. However, this meant that two nearly identical versions of Trunks and Mai would exist within the same timeline. The anime kind of sidestepped the issues that this might entail. But many fans assumed that this precarious situation meant that Future Trunks would return to the main timeline for good.

As a fan favorite, it makes sense that many want Future Trunks to stick around for more than just a single story arc at a time. Hopefully, the series eventually gets back to examining his ambiguous situation and finally gives Future Trunks the happy ending he deserves.

Taking Care of the Zenos

Fun-sized double trouble.

Ever since Future Zeno entered the main Dragon Ball timeline, fans have wondered if anything would ever result from this development. Many speculated that having two almighty rulers of reality would eventually lead to some trouble or infighting. However, that’s yet to come to fruition outside of the Tournament of Power, which was going to happen anyway.

As the Zenos are very impressionable, it would be interesting to see someone try to turn the two against each other for their own gain. It really seemed like Dragon Ball Super was setting something up by having Future Zeno stick around. It would be great if future Dragon Ball stories executed on this development.

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]]> ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Is Broken — Here’s How to Fix It

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/rupauls-drag-race-is-broken-heres-how-to-fix-it Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:33:50 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=706119 Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers from the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. Proceed with caution. After the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars this week we know two things: 1) Trixie Mattel is the latest queen in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and 2) Drag Race is broken. Fans […]

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]]> Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers from the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3. Proceed with caution.

After the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars this week we know two things: 1) Trixie Mattel is the latest queen in the Drag Race Hall of Fame and 2) Drag Race is broken.

Fans are in an uproar after the finale, and although any good episode of reality TV should elicit those emotions, it’s sort of unanimous that this season’s ending felt unfair and arbitrary.

To be honest, though, the entire season of All Stars felt like something was a bit off. The challenges delivered lackluster results and the format and subsequent results made it feel like winning each week didn’t even matter in the end.

It’s still the best reality show on television, let’s be clear. But now that Drag Race is turning 10 years old, it’s time to make a few tweaks to ensure that the juggernaut continues to move forward for years to come.

Back to Basics

The magic of the franchise’s earlier seasons came in part from challenges that showcased a variety of the queen’s skills. But creating costumes for design challenges seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent years in favor of more acting challenges. And while comedy queens have become one of the most entertaining parts of the show, recycling acting challenges at the expense of showcasing a wider range of talents from the contestants is hurting the show’s credibility overall.

Additionally, a variety of challenges staggers the results each week so that it’s not so obvious who the frontrunner is. If the challenges on All Stars 3 were ever based on more than performance, then maybe others could have shined instead of getting five BenDeLaCreme wins and four Shangela wins on a season that only lasted eight weeks. It takes away some of the excitement when you already know who is going to win. But then again, neither of those queens won. Which brings us to our next point.

Choosing A Winner

While a good old-fashioned twist is always appreciated, it hurts the show’s credibility to switch things up last minute in order to create shocking moments that ultimately make it feel like the entire season didn’t matter. And that’s exactly what happened in the past two seasons of Drag Race.

On Season 9, Shea Couleé went into the finale as the frontrunner with four wins, the most of any queen all season. But when Ru changed the rules for the first time ever by letting a final lip sync determine the winner, Shea ended up not even making it into the Top 2. And while we can argue that Sasha Velour’s rose-petal wig reveal was enough to make her a deserving winner, fans still felt cheated by watching someone soar all season and not make it to the very end because of a last-minute rule change.

This was almost the same situation we saw this week on All Stars. If we had known the eliminated queens would decide the Top 2 from the beginning then that’s a totally different story. But adding it as a twist last minute made the build-up of the past eight weeks seem completely pointless. After Shangela consistently stole the show week after week, to not see her in the Top 2 just so producers could squeeze in a twist was a major letdown. It was fun to see the queens come back and deliberate, but if we knew we were watching Survivor instead of Drag Race then perhaps we would have been more prepared to accept an arbitrary decision.

Let’s go into a finale not knowing who is going to win because each finalist brought something so amazing and unique to the competition. Not because a last-minute twist is going to knock a deserving frontrunner out of the game for no reason other than shock value.

The Fans

This one is a little more difficult to fix but has become a huge problem in the Drag Race fandom — the viewers have become monsters. Getting passionate about your favorite queen is not only to be expected, but it’s what the show is all about. However, as the show has gained popularity, especially from a younger audience, certain sectors of the fanbase have taken their dedication to their favorite way too far.

Queens are consistently called racist slurs and receive death threats if they move forward in the competition and their favorite does not. Whether or not you think Trixie deserved to win, it’s certainly not her fault in any way that Shangela didn’t make the Top 2. And yet, “fans” have been attacking her non-stop since she received the crown. Kennedy and the returning eliminated queens have also received hate.

What happened wasn’t right, but going on a Twitter rampage to tear someone else apart isn’t going to fix things. It’s making them worse. All this hate is ruining things for the rest of us who are trying to watch a great TV show for a fun escape. Perhaps we can find a way to put an age limit on viewing — if you haven’t yet developed the emotional intelligence necessary to watch a reality TV show without threatening to murder its contestants then perhaps you should take a few years off. And for the fans of all ages who choose to celebrate their favorite without spreading hate to other contestants online, we salute you.

But there’s no time to implement these changes now. Season 10 is already filmed and debuts next week. It looks like it’s going to be a giant celebration of the past decade of Drag Race, but we hope it’s also filled with a variety of challenges, a winner based on merit, and fans who can enjoy the show without getting arrested for assault and battery.

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]]> The Game References You’ll Find in ‘Tomb Raider’

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/tomb-raider-movie-game-references Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:36:43 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=704339 WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Tomb Raider. Proceed with caution. Tomb Raider is out in theaters and it’s a pretty good adaptation! (Read FANDOM’s review) When the first trailer was released, fans saw more than few comparisons to the 2013 game. Now that the movie is out, we can dig a little deeper into a […]

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]]> WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Tomb Raider. Proceed with caution.

Tomb Raider is out in theaters and it’s a pretty good adaptation! (Read FANDOM’s review) When the first trailer was released, fans saw more than few comparisons to the 2013 game. Now that the movie is out, we can dig a little deeper into a few specific references, including one that hearkens back to Lara Croft‘s first video game incarnation.

The Endurance

In the 2013 game, the ship that takes Lara to the island where the story takes place is called the Endurance. There is a terrible storm which wrecks the Endurance and leaves Lara stranded on the island. The 2018 film pretty much recreates this entire sequence at the end of the first act.

Lara’s Pickaxe

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The iconic weapon from the 2013 reboot game becomes a key weapon in the 2018 film.

The 2013 reboot game was the biggest influence on the 2018 film. Not only was Lara’s visual design and story inspired by that game but also her various tools and weapons. One of these was a climbing pickaxe that became a handy item in the 2013 game. In the film, Lara uses it as both a means to escape a few perilous situations as well as a weapon against Mathias and his militarized goons.

The Bow & Arrow

What most fans remember from the 2013 game was the addition of a bow and arrow to Lara’s arsenal. This changed up the attack style from previous games by making stealth action a key factor. In the film, Lara obtains the bow and arrow from her father on the island where he disappeared. She then uses it as her main weapon when she infiltrates Mathias’s camp in order to liberate the slave workers Mathias is using to help him discover the tomb he’s looking for.

The River Scene

Possibly the most thrilling section of the 2013 game is a sequence where Lara is thrown into a raging river and has to survive numerous deadly obstacles before reaching a waterfall and figuring out a way to avoid plummeting to her death. This entire scenario was lifted almost wholesale for the 2018 film, including the part where Lara discovers a dilapidated plane at the edge of the waterfall and uses a parachute to get her to safety when she drops off the edge.

Mathias & Himiko

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Walton Goggins (right) as Mathias Vogel in ‘Tomb Raider.’

The two main villains of the 2013 game were Queen Himiko and Father Mathias. In the game, Himiko was the ruler of the island and Mathias was the leader of a cult that worshiped her. Things are a little different in the 2018 movie. In the film, Himiko is a long-dead ancient figure who is entombed on the island. Mathias is an employee of Trinity, a mysterious corporation that seeks to control supernatural powers in order to dominate the world. Mathias is trying to discover Himiko’s tomb because it will allow him to leave the island and be reunited with his family.

Those Famous Guns

The one reference fans have been wondering about is whether or not Lara’s famous double pistols would be showing up in this new version. In the original game series, Lara’s weapons of choice were two pistols. Though the model of handgun has changed depending on the game, the 2001 and 2003 movies featured two Heckler & Koch USP Match pistols.

In the 2018 film, Lara goes to a pawn shop in order to obtain some money to charter a boat that will take her to the island where her father disappeared. At the end of the film, she returns to the pawn shop and ends up looking at their selection of guns. Naturally, she gravitates to a Heckler & Koch USP Match pistol. And in the last few seconds, she grabs another one and says, “I’ll take two.”

So, if we get a sequel, you can bet Lara will be packing twice the heat.

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]]> 10 Greatest Captain America Fights (UPDATED)

http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/10-greatest-captain-america-fights Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:35 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=11557 Avengers Infinity War hits theaters worldwide April 27, and we’ve been binge-reading Captain America comics nonstop to prepare ourselves. The latest trailer shows the first Avenger in an epic fight against Thanos. Cap dropped his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War, but gets replacements courtesy of Black Panther in Infinity War. However, they’re nowhere to […]

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]]> Avengers Infinity War hits theaters worldwide April 27, and we’ve been binge-reading Captain America comics nonstop to prepare ourselves. The latest trailer shows the first Avenger in an epic fight against Thanos. Cap dropped his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War, but gets replacements courtesy of Black Panther in Infinity War. However, they’re nowhere to be seen in the footage, suggesting he is disarmed as he takes on his most powerful foe yet.

Avengers: Infinity War Captain America Thanos

Word on the street is that movie has some of the greatest fight scenes we’ve seen yet, so we thought it would be fun to look back at Cap’s greatest brawls throughout history with a top 10 of our personal favorites. Until the crossover hits theaters, we won’t know where this fight ranks. But check out his other famous fights below.

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10. Captain America #1: Captain America vs. Hitler

Captain America Punches Hitler

OK, this one doesn’t really count since it didn’t actually happen inside the comic. It is a heavy contender for the greatest comic book cover of all time, though. Captain America Comics #1, the first ever appearance of Captain America, started with a picture of him punching Hitler in the face. There are very few truly perfect things in life, but this image is one of them.

9. The Winter Soldier: The Elevator Fight

I really want to focus on comics in this article, so I’m only including one live-action fight scene. The MCU stunt teams deserve a lot of credit though for their work on making Captain America’s fights in the movies feel like they’re lifted straight from the comics. Probably most iconic is the scene in The Winter Soldier where Cap has to take down an entire elevator full of Hydra goons. I love this fight partially because the choreography is a badass masterpiece (badassterpiece?), but more importantly because it inspired Community to do an incredible parody with Dean Pelton.

8. Satan and the Sorcerer’s Secret: Captain America vs. Satan

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I still kind of can’t believe this actually happened, and the fact that it’s a Golden Age comic only makes it more ridiculous. In Captain America Comics #21, Cap actually fought Satan himself. If they told this story in a modern-day comic, Cap probably would’ve needed some kind of enchantment or magical weapon. Nah dude. Golden Age Cap requires no such things when he has his trusty haymaker. The 1940s were a simpler time, when all you needed to defeat the literal devil was a solid right hook.

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Oh, gosh. It gets even better. Satan admits defeat after looking into Cap’s eyes and seeing “the indestructible good of mankind.” Mostly ,I’m just thankful somebody defeated Satan without anyone having to listen to a fiddle.

7. Two Into One Won’t Go: Steve Rogers vs. William Burnside

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The legacy of Steve Rogers is a frequent theme in the comics. Between the time he was frozen in ice and the time he was thawed, the American government repeatedly tried to replace him. They felt the country still needed a symbol like Captain America to inspire people… but of course, none of the candidates they picked up could live up to Steve Rogers. Captain America #156 gave us this great fight with one of Cap’s replacements.

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William Burnside was the Captain America of the 1950s, brainwashed and given plastic surgery until he believed he really was Steve Rogers. Of course, Burnside was a relic of an ugly chapter in American history. He was bigoted and hateful, more concerned with smashing Communists than preserving American ideals. The real Steve Rogers put him in his place.

6. Blood on the Moors: Captain America vs. Baron Blood

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Captain America #254 is part of a story that introduced us to a new Union Jack. It also saw Cap fight against a vampire named Baron Blood. Eventually, Cap gets the upper hand by exposing Blood to sunlight… but it’s a setting sun, and he knows the monster will only get stronger as the sunlight fades.

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Cap does what he has to do.

5. Infinity Gauntlet: Captain America vs. Thanos

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The battle between Captain America and Thanos in the original Infinity Gauntlet story was of course ridiculous. Of course Captain America can’t go head-to-head with the mad Titan and walk away victorious. That’s even more true when Thanos is wielding the infinity gems. This moment wasn’t about that.

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The reason this moment is so great is that it shows Captain America never gives up, no matter what. It doesn’t matter that the odds are physically impossible and all the rest of his friends have been felled. He stands no chance.

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He still gets right back up and punches a god in the face.

4. Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. Bucky Barnes

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The Winter Soldier movie translated this scene beautifully, taking a lot of the exact dialogue… because there are some things you just can’t improve on. Captain America (Volume 5) #14 is one of those comics.

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There was a lot of doubt when writer Ed Brubaker said he wanted to bring back Bucky Barnes. The death of Bucky was one of those sacred things in comics that you just didn’t touch… people used to say that it would be like resurrecting Uncle Ben. You don’t take a shot like that unless you’re absolutely sure you can do it right. Having him return as the brainwashed assassin Winter Soldier brought new dimensions to the character, and Brubaker didn’t cheap out on any of the difficult moments.

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It’s not just a great fight scene… it’s one of the most intense emotional moments of Captain America’s career. It often feels silly when two people carry on a full conversation while they’re fighting, but in this case it’s 100 percent appropriate. You can feel the weight of their blows as they really lay into each other, but Cap really just wants to bring Bucky back and Bucky really just wants to figure out who he is.

3. JLA/Avengers: Captain America vs. Batman

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It only lasts two pages, but the confrontation between Captain America and Batman in JLA/Avengers is absolutely perfect. While the gods and sorcerers and robots wage war above them, the two step away to do battle on their own.

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Of course, like any superhero fight, there’s only one way it can end. They realize they’re on the same side and they team up against the greater threat. It’s a perfect moment because they both recognize each other instantly… they recognize the drive and purity of intention in each other, and their fight leads to an immediate sense of mutual respect.

2. Civil War: Captain America vs. Iron Man

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I’m not gonna lie, the fight between Cap and Iron Man in Civil War was kind of hard for me to read the first time. It’s just so brutal. Steve and Tony really were the best of friends in the comics, unlike the movies where they’ve kind of just been making fun of each other for two films.

Captain America Iron Man Civil War Every Punch

Civil War was a story with a lot of intense moments, but you didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until you saw Cap and Tony come to blows for the first time. That was the moment where it stopped just being a fun superhero crossover and started really getting serious.

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It ends with Cap getting a serious beatdown from Iron Man, but the fact that he’s able to stand up to a metal fighting machine like that for so long is a testament to his greatness.

1. The Ultimates: Captain America vs. Herr Kleiser

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The Ultimates is an undeniable classic, an Avengers comic that reads like a summer blockbuster. It’s also the comic that introduced the Chitauri, who would go on to become the villains for the first Avengers movie. In the climax, there’s a nearly full-issue battle between Cap and the Chitauri’s leader Herr Kleiser. Kleiser is a nearly unkillable alien who’s been plotting the invasion of Earth for decades, and worked alongside the Nazis during World War II. He actually does manage to pin Cap at one point, and then he makes the worst mistake of his life: Telling Captain America to “Surrender.”

Captain America Ultimates 12 Surrender

I might take some flack for including this moment as my number one, since there are a lot of people who have criticized it for being ridiculous. It also maybe represents a side of Captain America that they’ve deliberately walked away from in the regular Marvel Universe.

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But damn, that’s a great panel.

For more information on Captain America, check out the Marvel Database! 

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http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/the-terrifying-real-world-cults-that-inspired-far-cry-5 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:46:31 +0000 http://fandom.wikia.com/?p=703607 For decades now, audiences have been scaring themselves silly watching films and TV shows about the paranormal. Yet, despite us gleefully seeking out ghosts and demons to scare the crap out of us, once the credits roll, we can leave the cinema or turn off the TV, safe in the knowledge that these otherworldly horrors […]

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]]> For decades now, audiences have been scaring themselves silly watching films and TV shows about the paranormal. Yet, despite us gleefully seeking out ghosts and demons to scare the crap out of us, once the credits roll, we can leave the cinema or turn off the TV, safe in the knowledge that these otherworldly horrors are resigned to the realm of fiction.

When it comes to stories about cultist groups, however, there’s no such solace to be found.

Viewed through the lens of our comfortable lives, movies like Martha Marcy May Maylene might seem a bit farfetched. Yet, for many people, cults aren’t just an intriguing narrative setup – they’re a horror story that’s all too real.

Few know this better than renowned cult expert Rick Ross — so we spoke to him in order to dig a little deeper into the truth behind the fictional portrayal of cults.

How an anti-cult activist shaped the story of ‘Far Cry 5’

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Real world cult expert Rick Alan Ross has been advising Ubisoft on ‘Far Cry 5’s narrative from the very beginning.

While not quite as famous as the rapper who shares his namesake, Ross has slowly become one of the most respected voices in cultist research nonetheless. Making his name deprogramming brainwashed cult members and fearlessly exposing countless twisted groups on his encyclopedic website, Ross has admirably spent over 30 years attempting to bring Americans back from the brink of lunacy.

Now, he’s helping Ubisoft create the same kind of monsters that he’s spent most of his life fighting.

When first settling on their cultist setting for the upcoming Far Cry 5, Ubisoft’s narrative director Dan Hay was adamant that the game’s story needed to feel authentic.

Greg Bryk Preaching as Joseph Seed in Far Cry 5 Short Film Inside Eden's Gate
‘Far Cry 5’s terrifying premise is more plausible than you might think.

While many game creators seek real-world experts to help them fact check mid-way through development, Ross reveals that the team wanted his involvement right from the very beginning.

“When I first started [work on Far Cry 5], there was a lot of reality testing going on. The team would ask questions like: ‘Could a group move in on an area in rural America and start to take over a town, a county? Has that happened?’ I would give them historical footnotes and then cite different groups that had done that and how they accomplished that, step by step.”

In Far Cry 5, a period of economic and political uncertainty has allowed a radical Christian cult named the Project at Eden’s Gate to violently overrun a once-quiet state in rural Montana.

Yet, despite this deranged cultist uprising making a brilliant concept for a video game, to me, the sheer scale of Eden Gate’s Montana takeover just seemed too farfetched to be plausible.

It turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The terrifying reality of cultism

Warren Jeffs, the now imprisoned religious prophet of the FLDS Church, still manages to lead more than 10,000 devoted followers from behind bars.

“I can tell you that right now there are towns in the United States that are controlled by groups called cults,” Rick says solemnly.

While he’s reluctant to provide specific names and locations due to ongoing court cases, Ross sheds some light on a few chillingly recent cult uprisings.

“I’ll give you two examples that I can give you. Hilldale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. Both are controlled by a group called the FLDS, led by Warren Jeffs who is now serving a very long prison sentence for abusing children.

Unbelievably, despite its twisted leader being locked behind bars, Ross reveals that the FLDS is still very much a threat.

“Due to the visitation and communication that [Jeffs] is entitled to as a prisoner, he still continues to run a group with more than 10,000 members in multiple states.”

This is the kind of far-reaching influence that cult leaders can command.

‘Far Cry 5’s seemingly over the top villain is more real than you might think

Far Cry 5’s chilling intro reveals the true horror behind Joseph Seed’s deranged Christian cult.

In Far Cry 5, Montana’s fictional cult uprising is led by a tenacious leader of its own – Joseph Seed. Just as charismatic as he is sadistic, Seed convinces his flock that the rapture is upon them and takes over a large portion of Montana so swiftly that the authorities begin to fear him.

“Joseph Seed, to me, is vividly real – and much like cult leaders that I have met. Right now, there is a female leader of a certain group in a state in the US who has such influence that the police are afraid to act, Child Protective Services are afraid to act.

There’s an ongoing criminal prosecution right now taking place, but this particular woman has so much power in this town that the [authorities] are afraid of her.”

It’s this terrifying reach that makes cultist groups a topic that is both uniquely chilling and completely captivating.

Facing the wrath of a cult

As someone who has made a living from exposing these dangerous groups, unsurprisingly, Ross has been unlucky enough to experience their terrifying tactics first hand.

“I’ve been sued, I’ve been harassed, I’ve been stalked by private investigators. One group even arranged to buy my garbage and penetrated my private phone and banking records.”

Unfortunately for Ross, the harassment he faced only got worse over time.

“I was actually under the protection of the United States Justice Department because one group put me on a list of people to be murdered. I’m happy to tell you that I survived all that — and beat five lawsuits filed against me. One group even spent $5 million suing me over a period of ten years and they lost in federal court on all counts.”

While experiencing such sustained and horrific abuse would stop many activists in their tracks, the more that cultist groups attempt to silence Ross, the more confident he feels that he’s doing the right thing.

“Many groups called cults have harassed me, and I take that as an indication that I’m having an effect. They’re lashing out at me because they feel that I’m a threat.”

Becoming an anti-cult activist

Rick Alan Ross has written books and is slowly becoming one of the leading voices in cultist research.

As you’d expect, this wasn’t a career path that Ross dreamed of from a young age, but one that he fell into after experiencing a cultist group first hand.

“It started when my grandmother was living in a nursing home. Somehow, the paid professional staff was infiltrated by a radical kind of fringe religious group that targeted the elderly in that home.”

Despite appearing like a fairly reputable retirement community on the surface, the home’s staff were quietly attempting to convert its Jewish residents to a Jesus-recognising subsect of Judaism called Messianic Judaism.

Despite many of these elderly residents fleeing persecution in Europe during World War II, the home’s increasingly aggressive missionaries repeatedly told these vulnerable retirees that they would burn in hell for all eternity if they didn’t convert.

Elderly worshippers brandishing AR 15 rifles at a Unification church worship event.

“My grandmother was very upset by a confrontation she had, and that led to me being concerned about what was going on there. I worked with the home and got five people fired from the paid professional staff. What I saw there inspired me to become an anti-cult activist.”

Since then, Ross has become somewhat of an expert in deprogramming the brainwashed. Travelling the world, Ross has performed over 500 deprogrammings as a private consultant. And he’s managed to incur the wrath of the world’s most prominent cult along the way — Scientology.

Sued by Scientology

The Church Of Scientology almost bankrupted Ross, until the coerced cultist helming the case changed his mind and sought help from Ross instead.

It turns out that Tom Cruise’s former favourite church isn’t a big fan of Ross’ work either. With Ross making a name for his deprogramming work, he began to criticise Scientology Detox centres that Cruise himself was setting up – and it didn’t go unnoticed.

Desperate to shut Ross up, the church used its money and influence to take him to court.

Tom Cruise was the public face for Scientology for many years, and criticising one of Cruise’s initiatives landed Ross in hot water.

“They recruited a young man whose mother retained me to do what was called an involuntary deprogramming back in 1990.”

Interestingly, this case didn’t even revolve around one of their own, but of United Pentecostal Church member named James Scott. With Scott’s mother seeing shocking accounts of manipulation and abuse, she became increasingly concerned about her children’s involvement in this dangerous cult, begging Ross to perform an ‘involuntary deprogramming’ on Scott.

Despite Ross being acquitted of this forcible deprogramming charge by a jury, The Church Of Scientology saw its chance to strike back at Ross.

“I went through a criminal trial on that and was found not guilty, and later Scientology recruited the young man to sue me civilly, and they managed to win. They had a $2million judgment against me, and in 1995 I declared bankruptcy.”

Thanks to its celebrity members, Scientology has amassed a huge global following, drawing criticism from all camps including British documentary maker Louis Theroux to South Park.

Ironically, Scott eventually saw the error of his ways and quickly turned his back on both the United Pentecostal Church and The Church of Scientology.

“The young man decided to leave the group he was in, which was not Scientology but another group that had been called a cult. He reconciled with his mother and ironically, agreed to settle the multimillion-dollar judgement with me if I would provide him with 200 hours of my consultation time and $5,000 cash to get a new start, which I happily did. Ultimately, Scientology was humiliated by the way things turned out.”

 Preaching through pixels

Ross hopes that mass media exposure to cults in entertainment will help more people become aware of their destructive nature.

Now The Church of Scientology has moved on from gunning for its least favourite anti-cult activist. Yet, with Ross revealing that plenty of horrific cultist groups still having a stranglehold on rural parts of America and Australia, Ross’ work is far from done.

“These groups have sued me predominantly because of the Cult Education Institute, which is an online database. They wanted to shut down the information and make it impossible for people to find out what they had done.”

It may seem strange then that this anti-cult activist has time to spend doing consulting work for video games, but for Ross, it’s crucial that more people understand just how dangerous a threat cultist groups can be.

“When I saw what had been done with that character [Seed], it just totally resonated with me. Unfortunately [based on my experiences], Joseph Seed is chillingly real to me.”

Far Cry 5 launches on March 23rd for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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