WandaVision Finale Director Reveals Plans for Cut Scene Featuring Señor Scratchy

WandaVision Finale Director Reveals Plans for Cut Scene Featuring Señor Scratchy

Note: Full spoilers follow for the series finale of WandaVision. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Last week’s action-packed series finale of WandaVision saw the end of Wanda’s takeover of the suburban town of Westview and gave fans a hint at the Scarlet Witch and Vision’s future in the MCU. On Sunday, series director Matt Shakman appeared on Kevin Smith’s podcast Fatman Beyond to take part in an extended conversation about the show. During their talk, Shakman revealed details on how WandaVision’s story changed shape throughout post-production, explaining a sequence planned for Monica Rambeau and her S.W.O.R.D. associates in the finale.  “We did have a whole sequence where Darcy, Monica [and] Ralph meet up with the kids, and they’re in Agatha’s house, and they think that maybe they should steal the Darkhold from the basement because the kids has seen it down there when they were being held hostage. And they go down to get the book, and as they reach out to get the book, the rabbit hops up in front of the book. And they’re like, ‘Oh it’s Señor Scratchy, he’s the best!’ And they reach over to scratch him and he hisses and this whole American Werewolf in London transformation happens where rabbit turns into this big demon.” Shakman went on to explain how the sequence ended up being cut because of its unfinished visual effects as well as its somewhat awkward placement in the context of the show’s busy finale. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/03/05/wandavision-episode-9-review”] Shakman’s comments provide an explanation for Rambeau’s curiously small role in the episode in which her new superpowers barely came into play. Not unlike other television shows, WandaVision underwent constant rewrites and changes throughout production, including having an originally planned 10-episode structure reworked into the final 9-episode run. In Marvel comics, Agatha’s son is a warlock named Nicholas Scratch. In one storyline, Scratch became the mayor of a small town whose inhabitants were possessed by demons. Throughout WandaVision’s run, fan theories were abound concerning the significance of Agatha’s pet rabbit. Though the creature was never explicitly revealed to be Nicholas Scratch, it turns out that those predictions weren’t necessarily wrong. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=wandavision-all-the-marvel-and-tv-easter-eggs-in-every-episode&captions=true”] For more on WandaVision, read our lingering questions about what the season finale could entail for the MCU and how the series could set up Wanda’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will continue to explore the fallout of Avengers: Endgame when the series premieres on…
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Netflix's The Queen's Gambit Is Getting A Stage Musical

Netflix's The Queen's Gambit Is Getting A Stage Musical

We were all thinking it as we watched Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit last year. “There isn’t enough singing in this show about chess and drugs.” Worry no longer, because entertainment company Level Forward has acquired rights to bring the captivating chess tale to the stage, according to The Guardian.Level Forward announced Monday that it has acquired the rights to produce the 1983 novel as a stage musical. The company is also responsible for turning Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill into a musical, a new production of Oklahoma, and a variety of documentaries.”It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing The Queen’s Gambit to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater,” said CEO Adrienne Becker, and producer Julia Dunetz in an official statement. “Audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Justice League: The Snyder Cut Leaks, Accidentally Replaced Tom & Jerry on HBO Max [Update]

Justice League: The Snyder Cut Leaks, Accidentally Replaced Tom & Jerry on HBO Max [Update]

People settling in for a cozy family showing of cartoon comedy Tom & Jerry on HBO Max got an interesting surprise today — the movie was four hours long. It was also Zack Snyder’s Justice League. @hbomax I’m trying to watch Tom & Jerry but instead it’s playing the Synder Cut I doubt this is how Tom & Jerry starts off pic.twitter.com/RnkmFBR728 — leirbag (@gbral_) March 8, 2021   HOLY SHIT!!!! If you play the Tom and Jerry Movie on HBOMAX … Zach Synder Justice League plays instead!! @hbomax @DCComics @wbpictures @ComicBook pic.twitter.com/gGV4Z1wTGl — Kasper or Chucky (@tha_jerk2012) March 8, 2021   Fired up ‘Tom & Jerry’ on HBO Max… and the #SnyderCut started to play… pic.twitter.com/myhq7iC0bY — Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) March 8, 2021 Reports of this error began a few hours ago and were widespread across social media, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming it was able to access Justice League briefly. Reports indicate that many users were able to watch an hour or two of the movie before their session was cut off. Since then the film appears to be have been fixed and now only plays Tom & Jerry instead. IGN has reached out to HBO for comment. Update: In a statement to IGN, HBO Max says, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League was temporarily available on HBO Max, and the error was addressed within minutes.” Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut is not expected to release in theatres and on HBO Max until March 18, at which point it will hopefully not actually have been swapped with Tom & Jerry. IGN spoke with Snyder about the film ahead of its release as a part of IGN Fan Fest earlier this month, and also recently hosted a conversation with producer Deborah Snyder and former 343 Industries executive producer and currently studio head of Halo Transmedia and Entertainment Kiki Wolfkill in honor of International Women’s Day. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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WandaVision Grabs Directors Guild Of America Award Nomination

WandaVision Grabs Directors Guild Of America Award Nomination

WandaVision has just ended, but already has its first award nomination thanks to the Directors Guild of America, which also offered up noms for Ted Lasso, the Mandalorian, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and more.WandaVision’s nomination comes in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series, with the nod going to director Matt Shakman–the first name you always saw as the show’s 10-minute credit sequence began. Other names in the category include Susanne Bier for The Undoing, Thomas Kail for Hamilton, Scott Frank for The Queen’s Gambit, and Lynn Shelton for the Little Fires Everywhere episode, “Find a Way.”In the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series, Jon Favreau is nominated for the Mandalorian’s “Chapter 9: The Marshal,” the first of two nominations for Favreau. Vince Gillian is up for Better Call Saul’s “Bagman,” Jason Bateman for the Ozark episode “Wartime,” Lesli Linka Glatter for Homeland’s “Prisoners of War,” and Julie Anne Robinson for “Diamond of the First Water” from Bridgerton.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Pokemon Go Beldum Incense Day Event Set For March 14

Pokemon Go Beldum Incense Day Event Set For March 14

Niantic is holding another Incense Day event in Pokemon Go this Sunday, March 14. The event will run from 11 AM to 5 PM local time and gives players more chances to catch Beldum and certain other Steel- and Psychic-type Pokemon.Beldum in particular will be plentiful during the event. The Pokemon will appear more frequently when you use an Incense, and you’ll have an increased chance of encountering a Shiny Beldum. On top of that, if you can evolve Metang (Beldum’s evolved form) into Metagross during the event, it will automatically know Meteor Mash, a move it could previously only learn during the Beldum Community Day.Trainers, an Incense Day featuring Psychic- and Steel-type Pokémon will be happening in a few days! During this event, Pokémon like Beldum will be attracted to Incense, and you might even encounter a Shiny Beldum, if you’re lucky! https://t.co/bbArg35ZHz pic.twitter.com/HRxbfgRXru — Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) March 8, 2021In addition to Beldum, the following Steel and Psychic Pokemon will be drawn to Incense during the event:Continue Reading at GameSpot
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GameStop Forms Committee to Lead E-Commerce Shift, Including Chewy CEO

GameStop Forms Committee to Lead E-Commerce Shift, Including Chewy CEO

GameStop appears to be gearing up for a major strategy shift, seemingly away from its existing brick-and-mortar store model and into embracing e-commerce. Today, the company announced the formation of a new strategic planning committee “to identify initiatives that can further accelerate the Company’s transformation.” The members on the committee are Alan Attal, Kurt Wolf, and committee chairperson Ryan Cohen. What does this mean? Specifically, the committee is responsible for changing GameStop into a technology business, something that Cohen, the former CEO of Chewy, is known for being good at. It’s one of the reasons his appointment to the company’s board of directors last year helped trigger a massive short squeeze on company stock. He’s been asking for this flavor of change from GameStop since his appointment last year, including penning a letter to the board of directors in November saying the company must “promptly pivot” from a focus on physical stores to “a technology-driven vision.” [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/01/28/what-is-going-on-with-gamestop-stock-ign-now”] But Cohen’s not the only interesting figure on this committee. Wolf was one of the key figures in an executive board coup last year that saw a group of activist shareholders effectively take control of the board after a vicious, two-year campaign against existing leadership. A move to e-commerce was one of the key platforms of Wolf’s group of shareholders, as well as an overhaul of executive compensation — which, incidentally, Wolf is also now in charge of thanks to this same committee. Other actions already taken by this committee have included appointing a new chief technology officer in Amazon Web Services veteran Matt Francis, and forming a plan to find a new chief financial officer after Jim Bell resigned last month. Incidentally, Bloomberg has reported that Cohen himself may be in line for the role. GameStop stock has surged again today in light of the news, going from an opening of $154.89 to a high today of $210.87 per share, currently sitting at $194.50. Its last surge was in late February a day after Bell’s departure, and has held steady about $100 per share ever since. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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WandaVision's Kathryn Hahn Wants To Play Agatha Harkness Again

WandaVision's Kathryn Hahn Wants To Play Agatha Harkness Again

Now that we’ve reached the end of WandaVision, our eyes are looking to the future. We know what’s coming next for Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and have some hints about what could become of Vision (Paul Bettany). What about Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), though? While her story was wrapped up in “The Series Finale,” there could potentially be more to her story.Be warned, the following contains spoilers for the final episode of WandaVision. Speaking to the New York Times, Hahn was asked about whether another project featuring Agatha is in the works.”I have no idea,” she said. “They keep it really tight.” However, it’s something Hahn is definitely interested in. “I want to,” the actress admitted. “Now that I have a taste of it, I’m like, ‘ahh.’ I really, really love it.”If nothing else comes from the character, though, Hahn is pleased with the conclusion to Agatha’s story. In the finale, her powers were absorbed by Wanda, who left her essentially trapped in the reality of Westview, stuck in her sitcom role as the nosy neighbor.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3 Exclusive Preview

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3 Exclusive Preview

DC’s Wonder Woman: Earth One saga is nearly complete, and IGN has an exclusive preview of the third and final graphic novel in the series. Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3 reunites writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette for one last Wonder Woman epic. In this climactic chapter, Queen Diana is forced to lead the charge in defense of her homeland as Max Lord’s army of robots invade Themiscyra. Can Diana remain a force for love and peace when she’s forced to become the warrior her mother designed her to be? Get a taste of what’s coming and see Diana interacting with Artemis by checking out the slideshow gallery below: [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=wonder-woman-earth-one-vol-3-exclusive-preview&captions=true”] For those not familiar with the Earth One line of graphic novels, they’re simialr to Marvel’s Ultimate Universe imprint in that they reimagine and modernize familiar heroes for a 21st Century audience, with some heroes changing more drastically than others. The Wonder Woman books offer a fairly unusual take on Diana and her world, as they draw heavy inspiration from the original Golden Age Wonder Woman comics and the themes of bondage and subservience that were so prevalent in the work of creator William Moulton Marston. The first volume even drew controversy for its depiction of Diana being the daughter of Hercules, a choice even Morrison admitted he “struggled” with. “In this particular story I wanted that tension,” Morrison told IGN in 2016. “I wanted that push and pull, and I wanted Diana to be a bit more impure in the sense that, yeah, there is a little bit of masculinity that has been put into her. Originally, Hippolyta does it just for the reasons that Hercules’ DNA will then go on to destroy women, and there would be no more sons, as Hippolyta said. So it’s actually kind of an act of revenge. Diana is used as revenge on the battlefield, which to me seemed much more this sort of thing that people could relate to. She’s a character who’s so pure and so perfect that it seemed like we needed that little bit of dark in the character to give her a chance to grow and to think about things and change.” Vol. 2 further shook up the Wonder Woman mythology by depicting long-time DC villain Doctor Psycho as a supervillain pickup artist and a critique of toxic masculinity. “Part of it was my revenge…
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New Rainbow Six Siege Update Is Live On Test Server, Fixes Aruni

New Rainbow Six Siege Update Is Live On Test Server, Fixes Aruni

Ubisoft has released the patch notes for the latest Rainbow Six Siege test server update. The update is live in the test server now, fixing a few bugs in the game.Of note, the update addresses some issues tied to Aruni, Siege’s newest defender operator that was added in December 2020’s Operation Neon Dawn expansion. Aruni can erect a laser grid over doorways and windows with her Surya Laser Gate, denying an attacker operator’s entry and destroying projectile gadgets.The update fixes a bug that was causing Surya Laser Gates to appear deactivated if players were over 20 meters away, which messed with the plans of both defenders and attackers. Additionally, a bug has been fixed that was causing Surya Laser Gates (as well as Kaid’s Rtila Electroclaw) to incorrectly pulse when disabled by Thatcher’s EMP Grenade or seen via IQ’s Electronics Detector.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Rainbow Six Siege Update Is Live On PC Test Server, Patch Notes Reveal Aruni Bug Fixes

Rainbow Six Siege Update Is Live On PC Test Server, Patch Notes Reveal Aruni Bug Fixes

Ubisoft has launched a new update for Rainbow Six Siege in the game’s PC test server. As per the patch notes, this update is geared towards bug fixes–most notably, Aruni and her unique Surya Laser Gate gadget.The update fixes a bug that was causing Surya Laser Gates to appear deactivated if players were over 20 meters away, which messed with the plans of both defenders and attackers. Additionally, a bug has been fixed that was causing Surya Laser Gates (as well as Kaid’s Rtila Electroclaw) to incorrectly pulse when disabled by Thatcher’s EMP Grenade or seen via IQ’s Electronics Detector.Aruni is a defender operator; she was added in December 2020’s Operation Neon Dawn expansion. Aruni can erect a laser grid over doorways and windows with her Surya Laser Gate, denying an attacker operator’s entry and destroying projectile gadgets.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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