A new rumor about Star Wars Episode 9 that suggests a potentially big plot twist is in the cards has been making the rounds. It involves the First Order, the dictatorship that emerged after the fall of the galactic empire, and specifically Kylo Ren feverishly trying to smoke out a traitor he believes is operating within the order. A traitor who may even be feeding information to the Resistance.
Hoo boy. The Sunday Express appears to have kicked this off, though it added a dubious-sounding element — the suspicion that said traitor is none other than actor Domnhall Gleeson’s character, General Hux.
Here’s a bit more from CinemaBlend: “To be clear, according to this rumor … Hux hasn’t been a secret mole working for the Resistance the entire time. He’s not even actually sympathetic to the Resistance at all. Rather, Hux hates Kylo Ren so much, no real surprise there, that he’s going to help the Resistance in order to show the rest of the First Order what a terrible leader Ben Solo is. Hux seems to think that he can take down Kylo Ren and then, perhaps, take over the First Order himself, so he’s not looking to destroy, it, just harm it enough that he can come in and save the day.”
How’s that for a twist as the Skywalker saga comes to a close? It’s certainly a tantalizing prospect to consider, whether or not it’s true or not anywhere close to being true. As CinemaBlend goes on to note, going full traitor sounds like a bit of a stretch for the general — but, then again, he does hate Kylo and we can’t see him toeing the line behind the new Supreme Leader. “We’d expect Hux to do something, and we’d expect him to do it in the most weaselly, underhanded, method he could come up with. Coming at Ren head-on wouldn’t be Hux’s style.”
As a reminder, Star Wars: Episode IX (directed by J.J. Abrams) is still more than a year away, as it’s set to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019. News is slowly trickling out about what we can expect — and who we can expect to see, with headlines in recent days including the news that Abrams’ former Lost actors Dominic Monaghan and Greg Grunberg will both have roles in the movie.
In the five months since Avengers: Infinity War hit cinemas I’ve seen numerous fan theories about what had just happened in the MCU and about what we might see next in the Avengers 4 sequel. Some are heartbreaking wishful thinking stories, while others make more sense, and are extremely elaborate and well explained. But the following one, which has time travel at its core, must take the cake, as it’s looking at the new movie from a solid perspective, the characters arcs.
Here’s how Reddit user Ramennov starts this “Tale of Two Timelines” fan theory:
When coming up with fan theories for movies, especially well-written movies in a serial, it is important to consider character arcs and ensure that our theories are consistent with them. This is especially true for the MCU and theories for Avengers 4, since they will need to conclude the arcs of several key characters that have been developed for over a decade.
The theory suggests that Iron Man and Nebula will each embark on their own different journey. Tony Stark will travel back in time to ensure the Thanos Snap never happens, while Nebula will go hunting her father, having the same goal in mind.
Doctor Strange is key to Stark’s new arc, as the theory says he willingly gave Thanos a copy of the Time Stone, with the actual stone being sent forward in time on Titan so that Stark would get it.
[The] next best option was to allow Thanos to succeed for two reasons: that he would leave Titan believing he had won and stop pursuing the Avengers, and that the Snap would cause Tony Stark to fully realize the consequences of his ego and guilt. Tony will descend into despair until the Time Stone reappears and Tony, having some familiarity with the Stones and a newfound hope, will use it to go back in time.
Throughout the MCU, Tony is cursed with the well-intentioned need to protect the world but being utterly incapable of it due to his ego and guilt. His actions dissolve the Avengers and rendered them unable to defend against Thanos. Tony’s worst fear having occurred (the Snap) finally gives him the clear-headedness and sense of purpose he needs to do the right thing and change key moments in the MCU’s history using the Time Stone.
Ant-Man, who’s stuck in the Quantum Realm will probably use time vortexes to comprehend what’s happening and help Stark along the way.
Nebula, meanwhile, will search that elusive revenge she’s been seeking.
At the end of Infinity War, Nebula remains behind on Titan after the Snap. It’s no coincidence that her arc is incomplete, and that being one of the few remaining characters in the movie has elevated her importance so that she may complete it. Nebula’s arc is connected to Gamora and Thanos. Nebula’s relationship with Gamora has evolved from antagonistic to compassionate, with Nebula being concerned for Gamora’s safety. Indeed, she mourns Gamora after Thanos says he killed her. This builds on Nebula’s unresolved animus for Thanos that she’s been harboring throughout the MCU. I speculate Nebula will almost certainly seek revenge on Thanos, and that she will leave Titan to seek him out shortly before the Time Stone reappears.
Nebula’s quest may even force Thanos to seek help from the Avengers, the theory says, as Nebula will become an unwitting villain as she ends up wielding her father’s Gauntlet.
Both Stark and Nebula would actually try to fix the same problem, but only one of them can succeed. And, if the Avengers are to win this fight, only Tony’s solution is viable:
Both Nebula and Tony will try to prevent the Snap from happening, but only one may succeed. It has to be Tony. Nebula rewinding time to before the Snap leads to two results: an infinite loop in which the Avengers are still dissolved and ineffective against Thanos, and Tony prevented from going back in time. Tony will end up uniting the Avengers and in his timeline, Thanos will be defeated on Earth when he comes for the Mind Stone. The Snap will not only be undone, but will be prevented from happening in the first place. The older heroes (at least some) will die bringing back the newer heroes, giving the audience a passing-of-the-torch moment. After their success, Doctor Strange will use the Reality and Space Stones to transport the Time Stone back to Titan, ensuring their current timeline will happen (Strange is willing to give the Time Stone away in this infinite loop because doing so also protects it). Tony’s success also prevents Nebula from seizing the Gauntlet and dissolves her “present” timeline. Note that Tony’s actions only succeed in building up enough of a defense on Earth and will not affect events beyond Earth. This means that any characters who died prior to the fight on Titan will remain dead, because Thanos had to arrive on Titan to retrieve the Time Stone.
The fan theory also suggests other interesting details, such as Clint’s entire family being Snapped, or Hulk and Bruce Banner finally solving their brewing conflict. Ultimately, someone will die, with the Reddit user also pointing at Captain America and Tony as the likely characters to perish while saving everyone else.
Eight years after its debut, Game of Thrones will come to an end with season 8 early next year. The long-running series will conclude long before the book series upon which it is based, but according to the creator, the show could have easily lasted nearly twice as long as it did. Speaking with reporters at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, author George R.R. Martin said that he wanted the HBO show to last upwards of thirteen seasons.
We know that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss always wanted to fit their version of the story into seven seasons (for Martin’s seven books), but decided that the end of the adventure would be better served split into two slightly truncated seasons. In the end, Martin was lucky to get eight seasons out of them.
“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons,” George R. R. Martin told Variety on the Emmys red carpet ahead of Monday night’s show. “David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it.”
Martin conceded that the actors have spent such a significant portion of their lives playing these characters, and that “they don’t want to spend their entire lives playing one role and that’s fine,” as many are “anxious to get on and play other roles.” We’ll never know how the show might have changed with six more seasons.
The good news for fans of the franchise is that Martin confirmed he currently has “five other shows, five prequels in development that are based on other periods and the history of Westeros – some of them just 100 years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5000 years before Game of Thrones.” A pilot order for one of the prequel series in question has already been picked up, but it’s unclear if or when the others will be.
Will Captain Marvel come to save the day after the devastating events of Infinity War?
Months of anticipation for Marvel fans have led to this moment, as the first trailer for Captain Marvel was shared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. We got our first look at Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) earlier this month, but now we finally get the chance to see the new hero in action.
While virtually every Marvel movie receives an extraordinary amount of hype before releasing, Captain Marvel has the important (and incredibly difficult) task of setting up Avengers 4, as it will be the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to hit theaters before the sequel to Infinity War arrives. It’s unclear how much it will connect directly to Infinity War though, as it’s set in the 1990s, well before the events of the original Iron Man.
To drive that point home, the trailer opens with Danvers crashing through the roof of an operational Blockbuster store. We then hear a voiceover from none other than Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who will have a very prominent role in Captain Marvel (and hasn’t lost one of his eyes yet). We also get a glimpse of Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, who hasn’t appeared in a Marvel movie since The Avengers, but has appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Spoilers for Infinity War follow, but the question on everyone’s mind after the events of the latest Avengers movie is how Captain Marvel will play into Avengers 4. After all, the post-credits scene from Avengers: Infinity War shows Fury paging Captain Marvel just as he was turned into dust by Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet-fueled snap.
Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019.