Avengers

Marvel Releases Official Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer After Leak!

Earlier today, a leaked version of the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron hit the internet, blowing fans away, even with its grainy picture. I’m talking major chills here! In response, Marvel tweeted:

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Even better? They just released the official teaser trailer, a week before it was set to premiere during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Check it out below and marvel (see what I did there?) at its glory.

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Leaked Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Just Gave Us Insane Chills!

What appears to be the leaked international trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron just hit the web and it’s so good, I got chills! I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s magical. James Spader, holy crap! That voice!

This one comes to us from Uproxx, though it’s making the rounds. We’re going to see the high definition version during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next week, but in the mean time, you’re going to play this over and over again.

Marvel’s response to the leak? Check out their tweet below.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 1, 2015.

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Air New Zealand’s Hobbit Safety Video is Epic

Do you remember that Hobbit safety video from Air New Zealand a couple years back? Today we have a brand new one and it’s epic. Epic in both content and length. It’s also adorable.

The description states, “As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson; we’re thrilled to unveil The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.”

Field trip!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which is apparently also epic in length) will hit theaters on December 17.

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. RECAP: SEASON 2 EPISODE 5 – ‘A HEN IN THE WOLF HOUSE’

Legion of Leia contributor Christina Janke recaps and reviews Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Each week. Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Things get heated in this week’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ We learn a little more about Skye and her father, and we meet the newest member of Coulson’s team. Yeah, there will definitely be spoilers.

Hydra infiltrates a wedding party, half filled with members from an anti-Hydra unit from the U.S. Navy. They plant a seriously deadly champagne that produces similar effects to the Obelisk (the weapon was made by reverse engineering samples from the Obelisk’s victims). When drunk, the victims fall dead almost immediately. Well, mostly. Some of them who drank the concoction lived to fight another day.

After her encounter with Whitehall last week, Raina goes straight to her boss, Skye’s father, who seems to be patching up a criminal after a job went sour. Yes, he’s one of those doctors. Raina interrupts and pleads with the Doctor to let her have the Obelisk so she can give it to Whitehall. She seems genuinely scared out of her mind. To prove a point, however, the Doctor chokes Raina and growls that she should be more scared of him. The puzzling thing about this scene (and every other scene he’s in) is that the Doctor is having a very hard time controlling his anger. Even Raina points out that he’s barely keeping it together. The green lights in the background seemed almost like a hint that he was about to Hulk out at any moment.

Meanwhile, Skye is still wondering what Coulson is hiding from everyone else. After spotting some of the alien carvings etched on Coulson’s desk earlier, Skye goes to Ward for some answers. He tells her that Garrett had been carving the same symbols over and over ever since he injected himself with the GH formula. According to Ward, once Garrett started carving those symbols he couldn’t stop, and whatever ended up controlling him inside wasn’t meant to survive. This, of course, pulls up a huge red flag for all of us. We can’t watch Coulson die a second time!

Skye finally confronts Coulson about the carvings. That’s when he finally fesses up, saying his sudden urge to carve the symbols started when he saw Garrett’s carvings and that the GH formula is the likeliest cause of this. But wait, Skye took that formula too. Why isn’t it affecting her? Coulson’s theory: she might be an alien!

Meanwhile Raina is making her way through Hydra headquarters, getting ready to plead for her life to Whitehall. Then she spots Simmons, and suddenly she thinks she may not have to visit Whitehall after all. She follows Simmons who is taking her lunch outside. At the same time, Simmons sends an urgent message to S.H.I.E.L.D. about Hydra’s plan to weaponize the Obelisk’s power once they have it.

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Poor Simmons. You’d think S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy would have taught even their scientists to be a bit more sneaky in case they had to be a mole smack dab in enemy territory. Hydra gets a whiff that someone has been sending messages to S.H.I.E.L.D. and they sent their top security officer to find the perp. Enter an uptight, rigid-looking Adrienne Palicki! She singles out Simmons for her exemplary marks as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent as if she’s already found her target. As luck would have it, and some sneaky maneuvering by Simmons, Palicki’s henchmen find Simmons’ paper tablet in someone else’s work space. She’s safe for another few hours.

At the same time, Coulson and Raina are having a pleasantly tense dinner meeting. Raina just came back from Hydra. In her arsenal: a photo of Simmons sending a message to S.H.I.E.L.D. which is set to go to blow up onto every computer at Hydra. Raina wants Skye so she can present her to the Doctor so he can give Raina the Obelisk to give to Whitehall. Did everyone follow that okay?

It’s very possible that Season One Coulson would have given in, but this is Season Two Coulson: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. He has a plan. Coulson lets the clock run out. Putting Simmons in peril. Hunter, who has been watching a few tables down, joins the party and injects Raina with a tracking device so she can lead them to Whitehall. As a bonus, Raina also gives them an address to where they can find the Doctor. Skye heads to the address before anyone else realizes she’s gone but finds it abandoned, save for two dead bodies once belonging to the crooks we saw earlier in the episode.

The rest of the team catches up and Skye and Coulson have a little heart to heart. Just outside, the Doctor is watching them through video feed from his security cameras. He hears Skye call him a monster, and that sends him into a mixture of intense remorse and rage. He speeds off before anyone notices he’s still there. Equipped with the Obelisk, he makes his way to Whitehall’s office. There he offers a partnership: he teaches Whitehall how to not only weaponize the Obelisk, but to survive it. In return, he wants a hand at killing Coulson and the rest of his team.

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Elsewhere, all of Hydra now knows that Simmons is the mole. Just when Simmons thinks she’s cornered, Palicki attacks her agents and comes to Simmons’ aid. As they fight their way to the top of the building, Palicki reveals herself to be Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird in the comics). She’s another S.H.I.E.L.D. agent implanted by Coulson to keep an eye on Simmons as well as steal as much intel as she can (i.e. Simmons’ computer hard drive). Agent Trip meets them on the roof and whisks them away in the previously concealed Quinjet.

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, it’s reunion time all around. Simmons is glad to be back, but the return of Fitz-Simmons is still a questionable one after witnessing a rather awkward and timid greeting. Bobbi is also reunited with a few acquaintances of her own: Mack and Hunter. Remember the hell beast of ex-wife he keeps complaining about? Yeah, that’s Bobbi he’s been talking about this whole time.

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Upstairs, Skye tells Coulson of her newfound determination to bring in her father on the condition that he lets her in on all of the secrets he’s been keeping from her. Coulson complies to her request, and starts with showing her his most recent carvings. He still has no idea what it all means, but then out of the blue, Skye says that the symbols could be a map. Okay, we’re gonna need something to support that next week.

Speaking of next week, you’ll want to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Why? ABC is showing the very first teaser trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’!!!

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Morena Baccarin Joins the Cast of Gotham — Here’s Who She’ll Play

Firefly fans, rejoice! Morena Baccarin has joined yet another genre show. Baccarin, who also starred in V and Homeland has been cast in Gotham, according to Deadline. She’ll be a recurring character in Season 1 and is slated to become a Season 2 regular.

Baccarin will play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a gifted doctor who was a friend of young Bruce Wayne’s parents. So, where do doctors in Gotham go to do the most good? Why, Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane, of course. The site also tells us that, “her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.

So, what do you think of the casting? Let us know below.

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The Flash Recap: Season 1, Episode 3 ‘Things You Can’t Outrun’

Successful storytelling relies on well rounded characters. This is narration 101. It doesn’t matter how many special effects you have or how grandiose your budget is; in the end if you don’t have characters that are interesting, people just don’t care. This week’s episode of The Flash, ‘Things You Can’t Outrun’ really took this to heart. In a surprising move, Barry Allen actually took a backseat to the supporting cast, allowing flashbacks to the night of the Supercollider Incident that gave him his supernatural speed. And it completely worked.

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Here’s the thing about flashbacks: they can be a great tool to help fill in gaps of information needed or illuminate character motivations, but when overused, they can become stale or even annoying. One way the Flash is staying ahead of this problem is allowing the Flashbacks to follow multiple characters and even multiple eras in time. This allows us to have relevant information without being locked into a presupposed time/place like Arrow (though admittedly they have figured out some great ways around that issue on the show).

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Regardless, a good chunk of this week’s show was focused on the night of the Supercollider Incident and how it affected Caitlin Snow, Cisco and Caitlin’s presumed dead fiancé Ronnie Raymond. During these flashbacks we see a Caitlin that is bright, warm, and practically bubbly to her modern day counterpart. This has a lot to do with the fact that she is planning her honeymoon with Ronnie, figuring out a honeymoon destination. It smacks of the familiar and grounds the present Caitlin’s loss in something tangible. Ronnie is no longer a name without a face. We’ve seen him. We see how he makes her light up, and we see how ultimately losing him destroys her.

In that same vein the flashback also gives us a ton of insight into Cisco. While he is still the youthful energetic guy we have come to know and love, we also find out that he is directly responsible for Ronnie’s death inside the Supercollider when it malfunctioned. This guilt has weighed on him over the last year and we can see that underneath his normally excited reactions is a man coping with knowing he killed a good friend. In both cases, this allowed us to understand what drives them to the actions they take with Barry in the present. Caitlin, scared of losing someone else in her life, is pragmatic and demands that Barry stay safe because she can’t stand to lose someone else. Cisco, determined to be as heroic as Ronnie, encourages Barry to fight the good fight and prove that his sacrifice was the right choice.

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Speaking of which, we should address our Rogue of the week and what happened with Barry in the present. This week we were presented with Kyle Nimbus, also known as The Mist, who’s power revolves around becoming poison gas. As a prisoner in Iron Heights, he was executed via gas chamber at the exact same time as the Supercollider Incident. This somehow caused him to survive, albeit altered, as a being who could become living cyanide gas. And while this seems like a great idea on paper, in execution it seemed like Barry was just fighting a giant cloud of flatulence. Of course, in the end, this doesn’t really matter as the focus was firmly centered in the past, not in the present.

That said, we were treated to some great moments of Barry using his super speed to extraordinary effect, including one of my favorite tricks: The blur face. While other heroes could easily be identified with or without a mask (Superman, Green Lantern or even Green Arrow), the Flash tends to vibrate his face so it blurs ever so slightly which clear photos of him something of a rarity. This week we got to see that used for the first time, against Barry’s own father – and it was glorious people, simply glorious. We also got a moment to see Barry in prolonged hyper speed, seeing everyone around him stand perfectly still as he moves throughout crime scenes and traffic. It’s a great way to show how radically the Flash perceives the world when moving super fast and I can’t wait to see more.

As a villain of the week, The Mist wasn’t a great foil. He was ultimately defeated the same way Multiplex was: make him tired and then knock him out, and that’s ok because it brought up some very interesting moral questions. While our villain was fairly bland, what to do with an incapacitated meta-human became infinitely more interesting. Early in the episode, Joe West asks the STAR Labs team how to detain the captured metas. To which Harrison replied that so far it hasn’t been an issue as Multiplex and Weather Wizard both died. Nonetheless the problem needed to be addressed and the solution came from an interesting source: the Supercollider itself. With some retrofitting, the device that gave these people their powers could be used to hold them until STAR Labs found a way to de-power them. At the end of the episode, we see The Mist locked away in a Magneto style chamber in the bowels of the facility, but is this legal?

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Do the police actively know that the Flash is going to put metas in this facility? Is there a legal president for this? Or is it, much more likely, that the meta-humans, once out of control conveniently disappear without any sort of trial and sentencing? It’s too early to tell, but the concept of illegal detention is fascinating. The answer in a future episode could have long lasting implications for Barry and the STAR Labs Team depending on how it’s all revealed. My instinct tells me this is the way towards revealing Barry’s identity. Longtime Flash fans know that he is one of the few characters who operates “out of the cowl” so to speak. People know who he is, people love him for doing what he does and people expect him to do the right thing.

If this becomes a permanent facility for the meta-humans, it stands to reason that Team Flash will eventually clue in the police (if they haven’t already) and if that’s the case, it’s only a matter of time before someone (Iris anyone?) figures out that The Flash is closely tied to STAR Labs and digs into who has been taken in by the company since the Incident. As Barry was a patient there for some months…could we see a public outing by his closest friend and possible love interest? I don’t know. What I do know is, when a superhero show 100% nails an episode while completely falling flat with it’s villain; you know they’re making the right choices.

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One of the absolute great choices currently being made is the development of Eddie Thawn. Longtime Flash fans know that Thawn’s fate is much more complex and dangerous than almost any other character currently in the show. That said, the writing could easily have made Eddie into an unlikable guy strictly there to stop Iris and Barry from becoming romantically entangled. Instead we’re treated to a character who is genuinely likable, which will make future stories that much more compelling to watch week after week. Bravo Flash writers, bravo.

The ability to make characters feel alive and three dimensional is key to keeping a show fresh; and right now, the Flash is the freshest show on the air. Till next week Flash Fans.

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Star Wars Rebels Recap and Review ‘FIGHTER FLIGHT’

Legion contributor Sabina-Lissette Ibarra recaps and reviews Star Wars Rebels each week! Follow her on Twitter @Wicked_Phoenix!

Looks like Ezra won’t stop reminding Zeb that he saved his life. From the last episode to this episode, seems like Zeb’s pride has been taking a beating from a teenager. The two are still endlessly bickering on the Ghost and everyone on board has had it. This recapper has too.

Hera decides to send the pair out for groceries on Lothal, specifically to seek out a fruit called the Meiloorun. At the marketplace, they decide to go separate ways and Ezra runs into a farmer he knew. Both Zeb and Ezra discover that the fruit they seek does not grow on Lothal and just about when they’re going to leave, bump into a crate filled with the elusive grocery. When Zeb asks if he could purchase them at any price, he’s told that it’s impossible as Imperial forces have taken them. This begs the question, did Hera know they were in the hand of the bad guys and think it a good bonding moment for the two to team up? That’s pretty risky. Alternatively, if she didn’t know and they happened to come into that situation….it’s kind of a stretch.

This week’s episode was a total change of pace. You’ve got two characters who’ve come from a serious place in the last episode and find them completely changed and back to fighting sibling mode. Okay, we get it; teaching kids not to fight like their brothers and egged on by a sister (Sabine in this case). Kanan and Hera are the parents apparently and their function in this episode is just that. I’m really hoping Hera won’t just serving as the mother on the show and we get so see her storyline more in action.

When Zeb and Ezra get involved with the Imperial forces to get the fruit, they stumble across them harassing Ezra’s old friend. Turns out, that they used to know his family and seeing them in danger motivated Ezra to help them. Zeb begrudgingly helps out, they commandeer a Tie-
Fighter and work together using each other’s skills. Zeb’s fighting and Ezra’s force–which by the way have not been trained. They have some comical moments during the ‘save Ezra’s friend’s farm’ fight that are reminiscent of the universe’s trademark wit but it’d be nice to see them establish their own humor. After ridding themselves of the bad guys, they go back on board Ghost with the fruit and the knowledge that they can get along after all.

This episode has definitely been the weakest of what we’ve seen but with the previews of future scenes we can hope that it picks up again soon. Can’t wait to see more Jedi training and more about Hera and Sabine’s backstories. It would help to not see them relegated to Hera being the doting mom and Sabine just Ezra’s spunky crush. It is just episode 2 so we’ll likely be getting episodes on the two.

What did you think of this week’s episode? And what are you hoping to see more of on the show? Hit me with some comments below or tweet me @wicked_phoenix

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Game of Thrones Season 5: Pics Show a BIG Change From the Books!

Today we have some new pics from Season 5 of Game of Thrones and they promise a big change from the books. Two characters are meeting (and clearly more than just meeting) that haven’t in the George R.R. Martin series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ Before you scroll down, please know that there are BOOK SPOILERS in here. You’ve been warned.

Okay, moving on. As you may recall from the books, Danerys is finding that conquering cities isn’t so hard, but ruling them is pretty problematic. To help with the rather large household duties, she marries Hizdahr zo Loraq. The wedding is celebrated with games, which you see below.

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Wait, who is that sitting with Dany and her new husband? Why, it’s Tyrion Lannister! Though Tyrion does head over to Meereen in the books (and earlier pics have shown Peter Dinklage in costume on the Meereen sets), he hasn’t (yet) met Dany. Are we moving ahead? Are we changing things? Who knows?

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Well, well! If it isn’t Ser Jorah, fighting in the games! Will he win back his Khaleesi? Go ahead and speculate below!

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The Flash

The Flash Gets a Full Season Order From The CW

Fans of The CW’s The Flash will be pleased to learn that the show has received a full season order from the network. It’s news that really isn’t going to surprise anyone, but it’s certainly nice to hear. In addition, according to Deadline, the network’s Jane the Virgin, the story of a girl who is accidentally impregnated has received a full season order as well.

Have you been watching either show? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t miss Legion contributor Shaun Rosado’s weekly recaps of the show right here. Follow him on Twitter @pneumaz.

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Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe: ‘Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off’

Today in Allies: Former NFL player Chris Kluwe is a gamer of 26 years and he can’t stand #gamergate. He just wrote a piece for TheMedium entitled ‘Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off.’ Yes, there is profanity in there, some of it rather magical.

Here is an excerpt, where he talks about the people who say things like, “I’m not one of the bad #gamergaters”: “Every time I see one of you slackjawed pickletits link me something like ‘I’m a moderate #Gamergate’r,’ or ‘#Gamergate in sixty seconds YOUTUBE CLIP,’ or “Here’s an anecdotal story from this one woman we found that completely negates an entire history of misogyny and abuse of woman, not just in videogaming but in the entirety of human existence so support the REAL GAMERS,” it pisses me the fuck off because you are ruining something I enjoy. When people — everyday people who watch the coverage on CNN of Anita Sarkeesian having to cancel a speaking engagement due to death threats — think of ‘gamers,’ they are going to think of you, and that irritates me. It enrages me. I want to punch down a wall, and I like my walls. They’re nicely painted.”

There is also this one, where he calls on #gamergaters to take on the members of their group who harass women: “… #Gamergaters, if your concern really was ethics, the very first thing you would be saying about this whole mess is, ‘Holy shit, get these fucking misogynistic creeps away from us. Let’s find a different hashtag to assemble under RIGHT FUCKING NOW.’ You’d be doing everything in your power to make sure the legitimate cause you’re concerned about wasn’t hijacked or used as a shield by those with no other agenda than to make women and minorities afraid, simply because they can. You wouldn’t defend the oppression of someone simply based on their gender (because let’s be real honest here, I haven’t seen a single #Gamergater go after Activision, or Ubisoft, or Rockstar), and you definitely wouldn’t concoct ever-more wild conspiracy theories to support your increasingly flawed view of reality.”

Definitely read the whole letter. It’s wonderful. Mr. Kluwe, sir, thank you for this.

(via TheMarySue)