Marvel released a new poster for its highly anticipated film, “Avengers: Endgame” on Thursday morning, but it didn’t garner the overwhelmingly positive response the company would have liked. Fans of Danai Gurira took to social media to express their outrage after the actress was the only star of the film pictured on the poster — and not billed on the top.
The poster features all 13 characters, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. The heroes of the film are standing together, edited to appear as varying sizes, and look ready for battle, as the film’s villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, is superimposed on the purple background.
All of the actors pictured are billed on the top of the poster, except for “Black Panther” star Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye in the film. She is one of the four female characters featured on the image and one of the two African American characters. Fans of the actress quickly took to Twitter to express their frustration that Gurira’s name was not included on the graphic.
Twitter user @VonKnight called out Marvel’s “photoshop team.”
While, user @astarwarstori pointed out that Bradley Cooper, who voices Rocket the raccoon, was named, but not Gurira, who actually appears in the film.
One Twitter user took the fix into his own hands, writing in Gurira’s name on the poster.
It appeared Marvel received the fans’ messages. On Thursday afternoon, the company tweeted a new poster, with Gurira’s name added to the top.”She should have been up there all this time,” wrote Marvel Studios on Twitter. “Check out the official Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever.”
“Avengers: Endgame” will be released April 26 and is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. It is a sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Anna Faris Opens Up About The Aftermath Of
Happily divorced exes Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are working toward the “fantasy idea” of spending the holidays together, the actress recently revealed. During an appearance on the “Divorce Sucks” podcast with famous Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser, Faris spoke about her relationship with Pratt, with whom she shares a son, Jack. “Our goal was…
During an appearance on the “Divorce Sucks” podcast with famous Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser, Faris spoke about her relationship with Pratt, with whom she shares a son, Jack.
“Our goal was to have group Thanksgiving dinners together and to be at that place,” she said. “Do we do that sooner or later? Grudge-holding is not something that Chris and I do.”
“So we wanted to make sure, of course, that Jack was happy but that we were happy and supportive of each other and that we could have this fantasy idea of, do we all spend Christmas together? Do we all vacation together?” she asked. “How do we make sure that everybody that we love feels safe and that we also respect the love we have for each other?”
Faris added that “throughout all of these uncoupling circumstances,” she and Pratt have been able to maintain “kindness and love” toward each other.
The actress added that he called her before he proposed to his now-fiancée, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
“So, he was so sweet, as he always is. He called me like, ‘So, I’m going to ask Katherine to marry me. I just wanted to give you a heads up.’ And I was like, ‘That’s awesome!’ and I told him that I was an ordained minister,” Faris said.
Since splitting with Pratt, she has been dating cinematographer Michael Barrett, whom she met while filming the remake of “Overboard.” The two were first linked in November 2017 after vacationing together in Italy.
Avenge the Fallen with New Avengers: Endgame Character
Avenge the fallen with new Avengers: Endgame character postersWith Avengers: Endgame set to debut in theaters in one month, a bunch of new character posters have been released by Marvel, highlighting those who survived Thanos’ infamous snap in color with those turned to ash in black and white. Check out the new posters in the gallery…
Avenge the fallen with new Avengers: Endgame character posters
With Avengers: Endgame set to debut in theaters in one month, a bunch of new character posters have been released by Marvel, highlighting those who survived Thanos’ infamous snap in color with those turned to ash in black and white. Check out the new posters in the gallery below and prepare to avenge the fallen on April 26!
Last year’s Avengers: Infinity War saw the titular superhero team take the fight to Thanos in order to stop his attempt at exterminating half of the universe’s population with the Infinity stones. But it was to no avail, as he was able to successfully collect them all and snap his fingers, wiping out half of all life from existence in a cloud of ash.
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Confirmed cast members for the untitled fourth Avengers film so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Sean Gunn, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Katherine Langford and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.
Dumbo Review: Tim Burton’s Remake Never Takes Flight
Some stories are best left as they are. This is a fairly unavoidable takeaway from Tim Burton’s unnecessary live-action/CG remake of the Disney animated classic Dumbo. Though not remotely as noxious and garish as his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, Burton has not solved the puzzle of figuring out a halfway decent creative reason…
Some stories are best left as they are. This is a fairly unavoidable takeaway from Tim Burton’s unnecessary live-action/CG remake of the Disney animated classic Dumbo. Though not remotely as noxious and garish as his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, Burton has not solved the puzzle of figuring out a halfway decent creative reason for this film to exist. An A-list cast, high budget, and all the other trappings of a modern blockbuster can’t get this thing off the ground.
Much of the first half of this Ehren Kruger-penned story will be recognizable to anyone who remembers the 1941 film. There’s a ramshackle circus at which an elephant gives birth to a baby with inexplicably large ears that enable it to fly, to everyone’s delight. Now, though, a circus worker (Colin Farrell) and his two kids are charged with looking after the cruelly nicknamed Dumbo. (This version of the story concocts a painfully flimsy reason for anyone to call the elephant Dumbo, and not Jumbo Jr.) Once a world-renowned impresario (Michael Keaton) with a flashy circus/theme-park hybrid gets word of a flying elephant, it’s up to Farrell’s single dad and his kids to help the eponymous flier out.
Unlike Alice, Dumbo often rises to the level of tolerable. That is, of course, a woefully low bar to clear, but with the help of two weird, energetic performances as well as Rick Heinrichs’ production design, Dumbo never sinks into the same badness that Burton’s previous Disney remake did. But the core of the story is poorly fleshed out. Once, Jumbo Jr. (AKA Dumbo) was the stoic, sympathetic and silent lead. Here, he’s a supporting player, rendered in CG that’s never as able to evoke emotion as the hand-drawn iteration from the 1940s did.
Instead, Dumbo is just part of the drama of whether or not a lonely veteran/widower can reconnect with his kids, including a daughter who is obsessed with science. It should be here noted that Disney may deserve kudos for using its recent live-action fare to promote portrayals of young women who have more on their minds than romance. But it would be nice if the screenplays to these films crafted fully realized characters, instead of creating a sense of checking off boxes. Here, the young girl is a scientist in the making who carries around a key given to her by her now-dead mother, which is essentially the same as the lead character from last year’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The second time is not the charm in this case.
The human characters in the original film, for both budgetary and creative reasons, are mostly non-entities. Given a larger scale and much bigger budget, the new film hasn’t figured out a way to make most of them any more interesting. Two campy exceptions are Burton’s old friends Batman and the Penguin. Keaton and Danny DeVito, the latter as the ringmaster of a chintzy circus where Dumbo first takes flight, are hamming it up to hog heaven here. Keaton’s diving into each line of dialogue like it’s a four-course meal; it’s difficult not to find Keaton saying “You beautiful one-armed cowboy” hilarious. And DeVito is cutting loose as the ringmaster in the early going, chewing up the green-screened scenery as much as Keaton.
The rest of the cast, though, is saddled with a storyline that leans too hard on the treacle while backgrounding the elephant that ought to be at the forefront of the emotion. Farrell does the best he can as a physically disabled World War I veteran who doesn’t know how to talk to his kids, but the combination of character tropes is just too familiar, in a story that thrives on the bizarre. Dumbo does hit some of the familiar beats of the original film, from a sorrowful rendition of “Baby Mine” to the hallucinatory “Pink Elephants on Parade”, but does so in ways that simply serve as reminders of how much better the animated film does it. (Burton’s film, wisely and unsurprisingly, sidesteps the original film’s racism in a number like “When I See an Elephant Fly,” but the way in which the new movie quotes that song is…baffling.)
To date, the best remake of an older Disney film is David Lowery’s 2016 retelling of Pete’s Dragon. That film has one major advantage that none of the others boast: a lack of a passionate fanbase. Not many people hold the original Pete’s Dragon in high regard, which enabled Lowery and his crew to take the basic premise of the 1977 original — of a boy who has a dragon companion — and build an entirely new story around that. Dumbo is famously one of Disney’s shortest films, so it’s unsurprising that a good chunk of the remake is telling an entirely new story. But that new story is uninspired, and shackled to enough shoehorned-in flourishes from the original, that the overall result is weird without being consistent, off-beat while being mildly off-putting.
All that said, Dumbo has a couple of decent qualities — the design of the theme park/circus run by Keaton’s character is remarkable, even if it’s inexplicably meant to take place in 1919 when such technology was impossible. So you could say that this is technically Tim Burton’s best film in at least a decade, which is more of a backhanded compliment than anything else. Burton’s recent films include the misbegotten Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, late-stage blemishes on a filmography that began with such promise. There are flashes of intrigue in Dumbo, but also dull, uninspired details and characters. Throughout long chunks of this film, I had the same persistent thought: if only they made a version of this story that was all about the elephant, and not the humans. Good thing they already did.
/Film Rating: 4 out of 10
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