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One of the stars of The Matrix 4 spoke on the training regime for the film recently. While there is not much information currently out there for the latest addition to the Wachowski franchise, any information from its stars is welcome. Even after the adverse reaction to the last sequels, fans are still anticipating the franchise’s newest entry.

The original The Matrix came out in 1999, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lawrence Fishburne, with the Wachowski siblings writing and directing. It was a cultural phenomenon, beloved by critics and audiences, with its style, action, and story having a massive influence on movies and television in the early 2000s. Its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were not received as favorably by audiences, and it looked like the franchise had ended. Which made sense considering it was billed as a trilogy, with Reeves and Moss’ characters, Neo and Trinity, the heroes of the story, dying at the end of The Matrix Revolutions. And yet, a fourth movie approaches.

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https://screenrant.com/matrix-4-jessica-yu-li-henwick-training-fight-scenes/

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Emilia Clarke recently shared her thoughts on seeing Qi’ra return to the original trilogy era of Star Wars. Though three years have passed since audiences first saw Qi’ra onscreen, her journey will continue in the ongoing Star Wars comics published by Marvel. While not a live-action adaptation that would have brought Clarke back for the role, it seems most fans are happy just to see the character still active in the Star Wars mythos.

Qi’ra was introduced in Solo: A Star Wars Story as the love interest for Han Solo, played in the film by Alden Ehrenreich. It is established that she and Han grew up together on Corellia, and were tragically separated when trying to flee their homeworld. When they eventually meet up again he learns that Qi’ra is not only more than capable of taking care of herself now, but she has also chosen to ally herself with a number of dangerous criminals. By the film’s end, Qi’ra chooses to become a lieutenant to Darth Maul in the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, abandoning any chance of a life with Han.

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https://screenrant.com/star-wars-qira-return-emilia-clarke-response/

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Carlos Valdes revealed that he has been thinking about Cisco’s exit from The Flash since the show’s fourth season. Valdez joins Tom Cavanaugh as the second series regular to leave the CW’s longest-running Arrowverse show this year. Though the series has been dropping hints about Cisco’s departure, it is sure to be a bittersweet moment for fans and the cast.

Valdes has been playing Cisco Ramon since the pilot of The Flash in 2014. Seen initially as just a nerdy lab assistant/ scientist at Star Labs under the tutelage of Dr. Harrison Welles, it was not long before Cisco’s humor, wit, and bravery made him a fan favorite. Over the years, he has become a hero in his own right as Vibe (and later “Mecha-Vibe”) and becoming the head scientist at Star Labs once Barry and company took over. He has always been a core member of Team Flash, and his absence is sure to be felt in future episodes.

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https://screenrant.com/flash-carlos-valdes-cisco-exit-season-4-plans/

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Marvel/Disney continues to tease the new title for the sequel to Captain Marvel, as The Marvels gets a sleek new logo update. The update is the latest in a storm of Marvel news, as the studio presents all of their plans now that audiences are getting ready to go back into theaters. Ideally, the sleek new logo for The Marvels will help keep audiences invested until the film premieres.

After the tepid response to Captain Marvel from a few fans and critics, Marvel decided to change course with the sequel and add other fan-favorite heroes to the series. Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, will be joining after her series debuts on Disney+, and Monica Rambeau, a.k.a. Spectrum, will also be part of the team after her adventures in WandaVision (which also served as the origin story for her powers). From this powered team, most likely led by Carol Danvers, who fans can assume inspired the other two toward their heroic destinies, comes the title of The Marvels.

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https://screenrant.com/captain-marvel-2-new-logo-image-marvels-movie/

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Zack Snyder took some time out of his busy schedule to direct his own version of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week. With the recent release of both Zack Snyder’s Justice League and his Army of the Dead movie for Netflix, Snyder has been fairly busy in the past year. And that does not even take into account the time he has spent talking to the media.

The most pressing question for Snyder of late has been his treatment by Warner Bros. while making the Snyder Cut of Justice League. In the past few months, he has spoken about a turbulent relationship with the studio, who were not all that happy with the end result of his DCEU projects and seemed even less happy to be giving him money to redo Justice League. Fortunately for Snyder, his latest film was released by Netflix and he seems to be enjoying the freedom of building his own world and not carrying to burden of a comic-book franchise anymore.

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https://screenrant.com/zack-snyder-late-show-stephen-colbert-direct-wb/

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It looks like the upcoming What If…? series from Marvel will connect to Spider-Man: Far From Home. The new animated series has been highly anticipated by fans since its announcement, with many online theories about what kind of stories the show might tell. With a premise promising endless possibilities, the only actual limit is the 10 episode length of the first season.

Spider-Man: Far From Home premiered in July of 2019, the final film in Phase 3 of the MCU. The film followed Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/ Spider-Man adventures as he and his classmates recovered from the events of Avengers: End Game and take a class trip to Europe. After being recruited by Nick Fury, Spider-Man becomes entangled in the plot of a new villain named Mysterio, who wants control of the technology Peter had inherited from Tony Stark. With most of the stars and director Jon Watts returning from Spider-Man: Homecoming, the film was well-received by critics and audiences, who knew it had the arduous tasks of closing out Marvel’s Infinity Saga and setting the stage for Phase 4 of the MCU.

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https://screenrant.com/marvel-what-if-show-spiderman-far-home-connection/

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Mark Hamill shares memories of his time guest-starring on the Star Wars episode of the 1980s The Muppet Show. The episode is considered one of the classics for the series, and many praised the episode for mashing up two of the most iconic franchises at the time.

The Muppet Show ran from 1976 to 1981 and was known for the many venerable actors and entertainers who would guest-star every episode. The variety show format allowed many of these stars to step outside their comfort zones and show off singing, dancing, or comedic skills that audiences might not often see from them. And with Frank Oz producing and starring as the voice of beloved characters like Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle, it is not hard to see how Hamill gained a spot on the show; Oz voiced Yoda. The Star Wars-themed Muppets episode aired about four months before the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back.

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https://screenrant.com/muppet-show-star-wars-mark-hamill-comment/

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According to star Michael Douglas, Ant-Man 3 is heading to London in July to film. After the first two movies exceeded beyond the expectations of both critics and audiences, Marvel did not hesitate to move forward with the franchise in Phase 4. With Douglas confirmed to be returning, it looks like the Ant-Man franchise will be a proper trilogy after all.

The first Ant-Man easily won over audiences when it premiered in 2015, despite some drama when original director, Edgar Wright, left during pre-production due to creative differences with the studio. Peyton Reed stepped in to direct and delivered a film that fans and most critics enjoyed nonetheless, and continued his success with Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018. Though the films seem smaller in scale compared to other MCU films (no pun intended), many consider the lower stakes of the Ant-Man franchise an asset, as it allows the movies to focus more on the characters.

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https://screenrant.com/ant-man-3-michael-douglas-filming-start-when/

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Justin Lin was recently quoted saying his thoughts were on ideas for F9 even while he was directing Star Trek Beyond. Fortunately for Star Trek fans, Lin still produced an above-average film that was successful both critically and commercially. But it might have been a little bit more if Lin had not been distracted by his former passion.

Lin first took on directing duties for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift after a successful run at Sundance with his film, Better Luck Tomorrow. Lin was interested in the latest film of the franchise, but made some changes to the script and story, wanting to focus on a more global scale for the film that did not follow a lot of the usual tropes for movies about Japan. From there, Lin’s hot streak continued, as the next three Fast and Furious films he directed cemented the series as a real franchise capable of building an audience with each installment.

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https://screenrant.com/f9-star-trek-beyond-justin-lin-director-idea/

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Series composer, Kevin Kiner, warns that some of the music in the finale to Star Wars: The Bad Batch was enough to make him cry. Kiner has been working on this part of the Star Wars universe since George Lucas started the 3D animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoons back in 2008. With all that time spent creating music centered on the clones, it would be reasonable to understand why Kiner would be emotionally invested in their ultimate fate.

Premiering just this past May the 4th, Star Wars: The Bad Batch is a spin-off from Lucas’s The Clone Wars, which concluded with the release of season 7 on Disney+ last year. The new series centers on a group of augmented clones first introduced in the final season of the The Clone Wars, each more independent and unique than their brethren and enhanced with special abilities like tracking senses or extra strength. The current storyline has the group taking care of the newest member of their ranks, the augmented female clone Omega, a child they rescued from Kamino as they fled both the encroaching Empire and their own member, Crosshair, now brainwashed due to his inhibitor chip.

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https://screenrant.com/star-wars-bad-batch-ending-sad-composer-reaction/