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The most famous comedian the year you were born



The most important role of comedy is to make us laugh, even when we don't feel like laughing. And as audiences change over the years, so do the comedians they respond to.

The comedians of the '60s and '70s may or may not feel relevant today, just as the comedians of today might not be relevant in 10 years.

To determine the most famous comedian, we used Nielsen ratings for popular shows, award winners from each year, and looked subjectively at how much of a cultural impact each had.

1963 — Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis is total comedy royalty, with starring roles and buddy comedies with Dean Martin, in films spanning decades. But he hit his big solo break in the 1963 with the comedy "The Nutty Professor."

He later would be best known for his support and telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"I get paid for what most kids get punished for."

1964 — Dick Van Dyke

It's hard to pick one year that comedian Dick Van Dyke ruled the comedy scene. He starred in his own show "The Dick Van Dyke Show" beginning in 1961 and starred in "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1963. But he really became an icon in 1964 with his role as Bert in "Mary Poppins."

"I didn't realize how many different kinds of falls I did in that show. At this banquet recently, they showed a little clip of all my falls. I said, 'No wonder there's arthritis in my spine.'"

1965 — Barbara Eden

If you don't recognize Barbara Eden at first, you sure will when she wiggles her nose. When "I Dream of Jeannie" premiered in 1965, Eden's role as "Jeannie" quickly became iconic, though she had been on the comedy scene for years. 

She went on to appear in "Sabrina The Teenage Witch,""Dallas," and "Army Wives." 

"I have to make dinner — I mean actually make it without magic. We are liable to die."

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Here's everything coming to — and leaving — Netflix in May


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  • The list of everything that will be coming to and leaving Netflix in May has been released.
  • Among those joining the streaming site are "Coco,""Scream 2," and "Mamma Mia!"
  • Titles that will be removed include "Bridget Jones's Diary,""The Hurt Locker," and "Ocean's Eleven."


Netflix has released its list of everything coming and leaving the streaming site in May.

Oscar-winning movies like "Coco" and "Shrek" are being added to the streaming site, in addition to classic horror films like "Scream 2."

Additional seasons of popular CW shows, like "Riverdale" and "Arrow," will also be added to Netflix.

Original Disney Channel films "Camp Rock,""The Cheetah Girls," and "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie" will be removed from Netflix in May.

Other award-winning films, like "Goodfellas" and "The Hurt Locker," will be leaving. 

Here's a list of everything coming and going on Netflix in May.

Arriving in May

Available 5/1/18

"27: Gone Too Soon"

"A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana"


"Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures" Season 1

"Beautiful Girls"


"God's Own Country"

"Hachi: A Dog's Tale"

"Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay"

"Hellboy II: The Golden Army"

"High School Musical: Senior Year"

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"John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Mr. Woodcock"

"My Perfect Romance"

"Pocoyo and Cars"

"Pocoyo and the Space Circus"

"Queens of Comedy" Season 1

"Reasonable Doubt"

"Red Dragon"

"Scream 2"


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"Simon" Season 1

"Sliding Doors"

"Sometimes" NETFLIX FILM

"The Bourne Ultimatum"

"The Carter Effect"

"The Clapper"

"The Reaping"

"The Strange Name Movie"

"Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V" Season 2

Available 5/2/18


Available 5/4/18

"A Little Help With Carol Burnett" NETFLIX ORIGINAL


"Busted!" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Dear White People: Volume 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL


"Forgive Us Our Debts" NETFLIX FILM

"Kong: King of the Apes" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo"


"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"No Estoy Loca"

"The Rain" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/5/18

"Faces Places"

Available 5/6/18

"The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale (streaming every Sunday) NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/8/18


"Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/9/18

"Dirty Girl" 

Available 5/11/18

"Bill Nye Saves the World" Season 3 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Spirit Riding Free" Season 5 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"The Kissing Booth" NETFLIX FILM

"The Who Was? Show" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/13/18

"Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/14/18

"The Phantom of the Opera"

Available 5/15/18

"Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" Season 4

"Grand Designs" Seasons 13 — 14

"Only God Forgives"

"The Game 365" Seasons 15 — 16

Available 5/16/18


"Mamma Mia!"

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"The 40-Year-Old Virgin"

"The Kingdom"


Available 5/18/18


"Catching Feelings" NETFLIX FILM

"Inspector Gadget" Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/19/18

"Bridge to Terabithia"

"Disney's Scandal" Season 7

"Small Town Crime"

Available 5/20/18

"Some Kind of Beautiful" 

Available 5/21/18

"Señora Acero" Season 4

Available 5/22/18

"Mob Psycho 100" Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Shooter" Season 2 

"Terrace House: Opening New Doors:Part 2" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/23/18


Available 5/24/18


"Survivors Guide to Prison"


"Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"The Toys That Made Us" Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"Trollhunters: Part 3" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/26/18

"Sara's Notebook" NETFLIX FILM

Available 5/27/18

"The Break with Michelle Wolf" NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/29/18

Disney/Pixar's "Coco" 

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Available 5/30/18

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/31/18

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" 

"My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern" NETFLIX ORIGINAL


"Arrow" Season 6

"Dynasty" Season 1

"Riverdale" Season 2

"Supernatural" Season 1

"The Flash" Season 4

Leaving in May

Leaving 5/1/18

"Bridget Jones' Diary"



"Charlotte's Web"

"Field of Dreams"


"Ocean's Eleven"

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"Silent Hill"

"The Exorcism of Emily Rose"

"The Hurt Locker"

"To Rome With Love"

"To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar"

Leaving 5/2/18

"12 Dates of Christmas"

"Beauty & the Briefcase"

"Cadet Kelly"

"Camp Rock"

"Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" 

"Cow Belles"


Disney's "The Cheetah Girls"

Disney's "The Cheetah Girls 2"

Disney's "The Cheetah Girls: One World"


"Geek Charming"

"Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas"

"Hello Sister, Goodbye Life"

"High School Musical"

"High School Musical 2"

"Jump In!"

"Lemonade Mouth"

"Little Einsteins" Seasons 1 — 2

"My Fake Fiancé"

"Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension"

"Phineas and Ferb:" Seasons 1 — 4

"Princess Protection Program"

"Princess: A Modern Fairytale"

"Read It and Weep"

"Revenge of the Bridesmaids"

"Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure"

"Special Agent Oso" Seasons 1 — 2


"Teen Spirit"

"The Secret Life of the American Teenager" Seasons 1 — 5 "

"Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior"

"Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie"

Leaving 5/7/18

"The Host"

Leaving 5/12/18

"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"

Leaving 5/30/18

Disney's "The Jungle Book"

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Tech experts talk about what makes virtual reality so promising for making movies and TV (IBM)


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  • For years, the entertainment industry has been excited by the possibility of using Virtual Reality to tell stories, but so far few have seen real success. 
  • At this year's Tribeca Film Festival, two executives from companies making strides in VR and AR discussed the presence and future of these technologies in storytelling in a panel moderated by Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget, State of the Art: How AR, VR, and AI are Transforming Media.
  • The panelists agreed that turning a traditional movie into a VR experience wouldn't cut it — here's what they said works when it comes to a different medium that calls for a different set of rules. 

Virtual reality is a relatively new form of storytelling that Hollywood is trying to master, as experts discussed in a panel at the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan. 

The panel, titled "State of the Art: How AR, VR, and AI are Transforming Media," included Mitzi Reaugh, VP of  development and strategy at Jaunt VR, as well as Michael Ludden, director of product for IBM's AR/VR Labs. It was moderated by Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget. 

Over the course of the panel, the tech experts discussed use cases for the different technologies in VR storytelling, where they're seeing success, and what they're most excited about going forward.

“I think photogrammetry is going to be a big part of immersive entertainment going forward,” said Ludden, referring to a sort of 3D model visual that users can walk around.

Both Ludden and Reaugh agreed that if a filmmaker were to take a traditional movie and just turn it into a 360 experience, it's not going to work — in fact, would just be boring, Ludden said. 

“Fundamentally, [VR]'s a different medium, so there is different storytelling things that you need to consider," said Reaugh. She said to consider two things that really help make a great story: "escape" and "empathy." 

Giving headsets to patients in hospitals and allowing them to temporarily transport to another location allows escape, while connecting with someone by seeing what they see creates empathy; this is why Ludden refers to VR as "an empathy machine." 

That isn't enough to make a distinction between what works for a traditional film and what works for a VR film, of course. Plenty of movies today allow us to escape or feel empathy, albeit not in an immersive way. Reaugh outlined three things to keep in mind in order to create a good 360 or VR experience that people will actually pay for:

  • Pacing: “It’s not the same pacing that you would get in linear video, because you have to let somebody settle into the environment and recognize where they are.”
  • Sound: “There’s a lot of opportunity to use sound to help the person look where they need to go and follow where the story’s happening.” You need to know which direction to turn your head in, for example. 
  • Location: "I think you really have to think about stories where the location matters," she said "Thinking about where it is that’s compelling to transport people.”

Looking forward, the panelists were excited about AR and VR's presence in industries including athletics, healthcare, and enterprise. But storytelling stuck out to the panelists as the application for VR that's most poised for success. 

“You can literally be in the perspective of somebody that’s not you,” said Ludden. “There’s a really powerful emotional, low-hanging fruit piece here.”

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The only Marvel movies you need to watch before seeing 'Avengers Infinity War'


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You don't need to binge all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 18 movies before "Avengers: Infinity War" comes to theaters April 27.

But if you do catch up on some of the franchise's previous installments, it will certainly enhance your viewing experience. 

Don't have time to binge nearly two dozen Marvel movies? No problem.

If you only want to watch a few movies before checking out "Infinity War," INSIDER has rounded up the essential Marvel movies to marathon, from least important to most valuable.

7. "Doctor Strange" (2016)

You certainly don't need to watch all of 2016's "Doctor Strange." Skip the first 23 minutes until Strange shows up at Kamar-Taj.

The main thing you want to know more about is the green time stone Strange wears around his neck in the photo above. The stone gives the wielder the ability to control time. It also helps to know a little about the mirror dimension and the astral plane.

The film also provides a good introduction to the Cloak of Levitation who is a scene-stealer once again in "Infinity War."

6. "Black Panther"

By no means is it necessary to watch "Black Panther," but you'll have a greater appreciation for some of the movie's many characters who show up in Infinity War, including the Dora Milaje, led by Danai Gurira's humorous Okoye, the return of M'Baku, and T'Challa's brainy sister Shuri who may know more about tech than Tony Stark.

Plus, it definitely helps to be familiar with King T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) home of Wakanda, where one of the movie's biggest fight sequences takes place. That way, you won't be confused about why the entire African nation is enveloped in a bubble.

5. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)

The second "Avengers" movie can be a bit of a slog to get through. You don't need to watch the farm scene with Hawkeye's kids and you can skip Tony Stark's fun party at the start. 

The important takeaways include the birth of Vision from Stark's AI Jarvis and the fact that he has an Infinity stone in his head. You'll also want to remember the damage the Avengers did in Sokovia all because Stark wanted to build a sentient AI. 

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Rachel McAdams says filming her 'provocative' lesbian sex scene in her new movie was unlike any she had shot with men


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Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Disobedience."

Rachel Weisz has already weighed in on the much-discussed "Disobedience" sex scene, calling it a fundamental and empowering moment for the characters played by Rachel McAdams and herself, and now McAdams shares her thoughts on the scene everyone can't stop talking about.

The actress joined Weisz for a joint interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which she agreed the sex scene serves an integral role to her character's development. McAdams' Esti, an Orthodox Jew, has been repressed by her religion. The sex scene is the first major moment of freedom for the character.

"Often, you're trying to decide if it's gratuitous or not. But this scene felt so integral to the plot and moving the story forward," McAdams said. "The characters need this release to open up. There was energy to that scene that I haven't experienced in any other sex scenes [with men] in my career. There was camaraderie to it. We both felt safe and free. All those things that you love about being a woman, you get to be with [in the scene]."

Esti and Ronit kissing Disobedience movie Bleeker Street

"Disobedience" director Sebastián Lelio storyboarded the entire sex scene so the actors knew exactly what it would look like and whats shot would be included. The one moment many viewers won't forget finds Weisz spitting into McAdams' mouth, an action that made headlines after the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

"I was excited that Sebastián was doing something new. It's provocative and brings the audience into something intimate," McAdams said about the moment. "The makeup department tested out different flavors of lube the night before to use as the spit. We settled on lychee-flavored!"

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McAdams said the sex scene was filmed on a closed set. Despite being aware at first of everyone in the room "who's clothed, holding a boom, and snacking on trail mix or whatever," it occurred to McAdams that the sex scene was just another scene they had to film, one that should be as vulnerable as any scene being filmed for the movie.

"Everyone was very quiet and there was such warmth in the room. It was a wonderful day," McAdams said. "[I] realized that I was doing a scene like any other scene. They should all make you feel vulnerable, some more than others, but they should all be risky. In became another day at work, in that way."

When asked if it was challenging to play a lesbian character, McAdams said she never thought about Esti being different from that perspective.

"I knew we were telling a lesbian story and that was necessary to concentrate on, but beyond that it's just humans being with humans," McAdams said. "I didn't think of it as gay versus straight, only in that there was unfair oppression of their love and sexuality … I don't think I concentrated on that so much."

"Disobedience" opens in select theaters Friday, April 27.

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The 10 actors who Americans like the most


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Americans love "the voice of God." 

Morgan Freeman, the Hollywood actor and voiceover legend, is the most well-liked contemporary actor in the US, according to polling data from the analytics firm YouGov

YouGov data surveyed over 4,000 Americans on whether they have a positive, negative, or neutral opinion of around 700 contemporary actors. 

Tom Hanks, Betty White, and Denzel Washington join Freeman as the most positively perceived actors at the top of this data set.

Here are the 10 most-well liked actors, according to US audiences:

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10. Jackie Chan — 72%

Positive opinion: 72%

Negative opinion: 5%

Neutral opinion: 19%

Have not heard of: 4%

9. Bruce Willis — 74%

Positive opinion: 74%

Negative opinion: 5%

Neutral opinion: 16%

Have not heard of: 5%

8. Will Smith — 74%

Positive opinion: 74%

Negative opinion: 11%

Neutral opinion: 14%

Have not heard of: 1%

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Disney's 'Smart House' came out in 1999 — here are all the technologies from the movie that we're actually using two decades later


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The Disney Channel original movie "Smart House," about a family that moves into a "house of the future" run by a built-in virtual assistant named Pat, was way ahead of its time.

When it came out almost two decades ago, the world was still trying to figure out how to address the Y2K bug, and people had few of the technologies in their houses that we use today. There were no smart devices (let alone smartphones), dial-up modems were the norm, and candy-colored Apple desktop computers were all the rage.

The fictitious "Smart House" was a little far-fetched, sure, but it did get some things right.

Here are the technologies from the 1999 movie "Smart House" that we have now, almost 20 years later:

The centerpiece of "Smart House," and today's smart homes, is an AI-powered smart assistant that learns more about its owners over time.

Pat also pricked your finger to learn your entire medical history and figured out your diet based on your breath, so she knew a little too much. 

In "Smart House," the family relied on voice-powered smart assistant to delegate tasks — which is almost exactly how it works today.

This is the overarching similarity, of course. Pat, voiced by Katey Segal, is a smart assistant like Alexa or Google Home. A notable difference is that the house in the movie is run by a control room and a circuit board instead of a speaker or system of speakers. And by the end of the movie, Pat could appear as a hologram; thankfully, Alexa and Siri can't sneak up on us in the same way.

Both "Smart House" and today's smart-home devices support voice commands for controlling the temperature in your home.

When asked "Pat, what's the current temperature, please?" Pat responded, "Climate control on target at 72.5 degrees."

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'Avengers: Infinity War' star Paul Bettany was told his career was dead right before he was asked to play a superhero in 'Age of Ultron'


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  • Paul Bettany plays Vision in Marvel's Cinematic Universe and will appear in 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • The story of how he landed the role feels like a movie in itself.
  • Bettany recalled to BBC Radio 1 a meeting he had with a producer who told him he was done in Hollywood.
  • Then fate intervened.
  • The actor told INSIDER back in 2015 as he was sitting on a sidewalk, he received a call from "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon asking if he wanted to play Vision.
  • "I sort of looked up to heaven and thought karma's very quick these days ... and [I] flipped the building behind me the finger," he told INSIDER.

Paul Bettany stars in "Avengers: Infinity War" as the android superhero Vision. After voicing a different character, Tony Stark's AI J.A.R.V.I.S.,  for several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was a role he didn't expect to play at all. 

"I had just had a meeting with a producer, who will remain nameless, who told me that my career was over. He said 'You're done, you're done in this town,'" Bettany recently told BBC Radio 1 of a shouting match he had at the time.

INSIDER spoke with Bettany about how he landed the role of Vision in 2015 during press for "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

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"I stepped out into Hollywood and I sat on the sidewalk with my feet in the gutter and I thought 'F--- me," Bettany recalled after the meeting with the producer went south.

But then fate intervened for the 46-year-old actor.

"My phone rang and it was [Age of Ultron director] Joss Whedon and he said, 'Do you want to play the Vision in the next 'Avengers' movie?'" Bettany said.

Of course, he said yes. 

"I sort of looked up to heaven and thought karma's very quick these days ... and [I] flipped the building behind me the finger," he continued. "It happened just like that. I sat down and my phone rang. Very funny. But you know if I had a dollar for every time somebody told me my career was over, my career could be over."

Bettany's fate as Vision will be uncertain heading into "Infinity War." Villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) is collecting up six Infinity stones to take over the universe. The location of one of those stones? It's square in Vision's head. 

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Bettany has the honor of being one of few actors to play two characters in Marvel movies. He joins Chris Evans (Human Torch/Captain America), Peter Dinklage (X-Men's Bolivar Trask and a character in "Infinity War"), and actor Josh Brolin who plays the villain in not only "Infinity War," but this summer's "Deadpool 2" as well.

You can read our full story from 2015 with Bettany here and follow along with our "Avengers: Infinity War" coverage here.

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Families fled from a theater after a horror movie trailer was accidentally played before 'Peter Rabbit'


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  • A movie event in Western Australia descended into a "small panic" after a horror movie trailer was accidentally shown.
  • "Hereditary" is a scary film many are calling this generation's "Exorcist."
  • The trailer for "Hereditary" was shown to a theater of families waiting to see "Peter Rabbit."
  • Adults were reportedly covering their kids' eyes and ears.
  • An audience member said that some parents even fled the theater.
  • The theater issued complimentary tickets to the families and is investigating the incident.

The families who turned out for an April 25 screening of Sony's "Peter Rabbit" at Event Cinemas in Innaloo, Western Australia got a terrifying surprise when the trailer for A24's R-rated horror movie "Hereditary" played before the PG-rated family movie.

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, the "Hereditary" preview was accidentally shown to family audiences and created a small panic in the theater.

"It was dreadful. Very quickly you could tell this was not a kid's film," an audience member named Jane told the newspaper. "Parents were yelling at the projectionist to stop, covering their kids' eyes and ears. A few went out to get a staff member but she was overwhelmed and didn't really know what to do. Some parents fled the cinema with their kids in tow."

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The theater eventually shut the screen off and offered every audience member a complimentary movie pass to apologize for the mistake. A spokesman for Event Cinema's parent company Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited said the issue is being "investigated internally to ensure situations like this do not occur again."

"As soon as the staff onsite were made aware of the situation yesterday, the trailers were taken off-screen immediately and all patrons were given complimentary tickets as a gesture of goodwill," the spokesperson said.

The "Hereditary" trailer, which IndieWire deemed one of the year's scariest earlier this year, not only touts the film as this generation's "The Exorcist," but also includes such horrifying imagery as a body burning on fire and a teenager smashing his head into his desk until his face is bloodied.

"A lot of the kids were upset," the audience member said. "If you think back to your own childhood you remember things that scared you when you saw them for the first time. I still remember the first time I saw a robber on TV."

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'Avengers: Infinity War' has one end-credits scene — here’s what it means for future Marvel movies


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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

When you head out to theaters to see "Avengers: Infinity War," make sure you stay until the very end of the movie. 

There's one extra scene at the film's end you won't want to miss which teases a few extra faces that weren't in the rest of the movie along with a tease of a new one who will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon enough. 

In case you headed out of the theater early or were left scratching your head, we have you covered. 

What happens

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Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are driving through the streets of Washington, D.C. Their backs are to the audience, but their identities are unmistakable the moment Fury addresses Hill.

"Still no word from Stark?" he asks. 

Hill alerts Fury of the massive fight that occurred in Wakanda, but before he can react the duo are nearly hit by a car that crashes in front of them.

When they get out of their SUV to check on the driver, they're alarmed to find the vehicle empty.

"There's no one here," Hill says.

A helicopter crashes behind them and Fury alerts to call control saying they have a "code red."

As soon as she tries, Hill starts to disappear into thin air. Fury scrambles to get a beeper out from the back of their vehicle to send an S.O.S. He starts to disappear himself and says, "Oh no, mother..." He gets cut off before he can finish his sentence, but you can probably guess the final expletive. 

Fury drops the device and the camera zooms in on the beeper sending a distress message. A symbol shows up on the device. It's a hala star.

What it means

Let's break this down into several sections because there's a lot to process.

What that star symbol is all about: It's teasing our next female Marvel heroine.

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Marvel fans will recognize that eight-pointed star is the symbol on Captain Marvel's superhero suit. She'll be getting her own movie March 8, 2019. 

Who is Captain Marvel?

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Captain Marvel's real name is Carol Danvers. In the movie, she'll be an Air Force pilot played by Oscar winner Brie Larson ("Room"). An accident will give her powers including flight and super strength. 

It's fitting that Fury is the one to reach out to Captain Marvel. He'll star in the movie alongside her, which will take place in the '90s and revolve around the character's origin story.

While we may need to wait until next year to see her on screen, it's possible Captain Marvel could pop up somewhere in "Ant-Man and the Wasp." You never know!

Hill's line about Tony Stark

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When Maria Hill says they still haven't heard from Stark, it's a little worrisome, but not a total surprise. 

Earlier in the movie, Stark's face is seen on a TV screen saying he was missing after he headed off to space to save Doctor Strange. Now, he's the sole stranded survivor of Peter Quill, Spider-Man, Strange, Drax, and Pom on Thanos' home planet, Titan.  

It's not clear how he'll possibly be able to get off the planet without the help of Strange. He may need to put his brain to use to build something to get back home — or at least to radio to someone nearby in space. Maybe he'll be able to salvage what's left, if anything, of Peter Quill's ship.

The disappearing bodies

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Are we watching HBO's "The Leftovers"? Did the rapture just come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Not quite.

Just as the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy started to see their friends vanish into thin air at the movie's end, the end-credits scene proves this is not an isolated incident. Thanos said he wanted to wipe out half of the universe's population and this scene showed he wasn't kidding. He wasn't just targeting the Earth's mightiest heroes, he had the entire world in mind.

Hopefully, Captain Marvel isn't among the characters that have vanished. 

How it happens in the comics

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Half the world's population also disappears after Thanos snaps his fingers in 1991's six-part "The Infinity Gauntlet." But it's some different heroes who go missing including Daredevil, Mr. Fantastic, Wasp, and Quicksilver. Spider-Man is the first to witness people disappear in New York City's Times Square. 

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In order to defeat Thanos and bring back their loved ones, the remaining survivors have to band together. This includes Doctor Strange and Adam Warlock. If that last name sounds familiar, it's because he was teased in an end-credits scene of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."  

In the comics, it's Nebula who is able undo everything Thanos has done and Warlock who makes sure it stays that way. That doesn't mean that will be the case in the next "Avengers" movie next summer, but it does mean that we could see some of our fallen heroes, including Nick Fury and Maria Hill again.

For more on the end of the movie and what it means for the sequel you can read our full explainer on the end of "Avengers: Infinity War" here. Follow along with all of our "Avengers: Infinity War" coverage here.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' ends on a cliffhanger that will leave you devastated — here’s what it means for the sequel


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Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for the end of "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Avengers: Infinity War" is currently in theaters. And if you've seen it, you're going to want to talk about the ending. 

If you're still picking your jaw up off the ground, emotionally heartbroken, or are downright confused by what you just saw, INSIDER rounds up everything you need to know about the movie's final shocking minutes.

This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

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What happens

After Thanos acquires all six Infinity stones, he snaps his fingers and disappears. If you thought we made it through the movie with most of our heroes intact, you were dead wrong.

As Bucky Barnes goes to join his buddy Captain America, he starts to disintegrate before his very eyes. But it's not just Bucky. Slowly, we watch as 10 of our favorite Marvel characters — Bucky, Black Panther, Groot, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Mantis, Drax, Star Lord, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man in that order — all vanish into thin air.

In the film's end-credits, we see this isn't just limited to the heroes squaring off with Thanos. It's a worldwide phenomenon. S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury watch as people disappear before their eyes right before the two of them become dust in the wind.

OK — but what just actually happened?

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Why are heroes turning into sprinklings of dust? Did the rapture just come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Not quite.

Earlier in "Infinity War," Thanos said he wanted to bring balance and order to the galaxy by wiping out half of universe's population. It's something multiple characters warned about multiple times throughout the movie.

The film's end was his fulfillment of that promise. 

Were heroes plucked off at random? 

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Most likely, but probably not in every instance.  

Stark may be left alive and alone on Thanos' former home of Titan because Doctor Strange asked for his life to be spared in exchange for surrendering the green time stone.

Thanos also told Peter Quill he really respected him after he nearly carried out Gamora's wishes of killing her. If the killing of millions wasn't at random, maybe Thanos saw Quill as too much of a threat. Or, perhaps Thanos felt bad for murdering his daughter Gamora and decided he should join her in the afterlife. Is Thanos secretly a softie? (Probably not.) 

OK. But was it real? Are half of the Avengers and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy actually dead?


But are all of them going to stay dead?

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That's the magic of making this the cliffhanger on which the movie ends. When you have an Infinity stone in the movie that can turn back time, you don't need to plan on every character staying dead. 

We know Tom Holland is going to be back in a "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel July 2019, so there's no way his character can stay dead. Disney and Marvel also just rebooted the character for the second time. And "Black Panther 2"is coming after becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. That's a no-brainer. 

Director James Gunn announced he'll return to direct and write a "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" for 2020. You can have the sequel with a different group of heroes — the Guardians have had a rotating cast in the comics — but its doubtful Marvel would replace the entire team except Rocket Raccoon in its third outing. I can't imagine Disney would say no to more Groot merchandise.

Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly they purposefully haven't revealed what movies are coming after next summer's "Avengers 4" yet. The studio won't even hold a giant panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Now, it's clear why.

If Marvel revealed its full slate of upcoming sequels beyond May 2019, it could spoil the resurgence of any character that is currently dead at the end of "Infinity War."

The potential downside of this: Is anyone permanently dead?

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Marvel gets some serious kudos for having the guts to finally do the one thing it's been refusing to do for some time: kill off a bunch of its lead characters. 

However, if many of them wind up coming back in next summer's "Avengers" sequel, was it all for naught? If all of the characters come back after vanishing into the abyss, then Marvel will have undone something drastically unexpected. And then there are other characters who were shockingly killed off earlier in the film, including fan favorites Gamora, Loki, and Heimdell. Are they really dead because they weren't killed during the mass exodus or would they possibly get a pass as well?

If that's what happens next summer, we'll hear of how the Mouse House is afraid to take risks and make movies without any real consequences for its core characters.

Does all of this happen in the comics? Yes!

Half of the world's population also vanishes in 1991's six-part "The Infinity Gauntlet" story line at the snap of Thanos' fingers. But Thanos doesn't doesn't rid of half of all living beings out of a concern for overpopulation and the universe's finite resources. Nope. It's to impress a lady. And not just any lady. 

Thanos is madly in love with the embodiment of Death, and he thinks a mass slaughter will be the key to igniting their relationship. 

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Do the same heroes vanish in the comics? Nope.

The majority of the heroes who vanish aren't as exciting.

Black Cat, Dagger, Daredevil, Firestar, Hercules, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Thing, and Quicksilver are among over 30 characters who disappear. Black Panther, Wasp, and Hawkeye are the three MCU characters who go missing.

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Disney doesn't own the rights to all of the Marvel characters on screen. Fox has the rights to any X-Men and the Fantastic Four crew and Sony Pictures has all of the Spider-Man characters minus a shared interest in Spidey himself. A few others are in a gray area. Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe is working with what they got.

Is Thanos stopped? Yes.

Doctor Strange and "Fantastic Four's" Silver Surfer team up with Adam Warlock and eventually everything is restored to how it was before Thanos messed with reality.

Wait. Who's Adam Warlock?

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Adam is an artificial human created by scientists in the hopes to create a supreme race of human beings to rule over mankind. In "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," he's created by Ayesha instead of scientists.

In the comics, Adam wields one of the Infinity stones in his head (the soul stone), similar to Vision in the Marvel movies.

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The stone gives him the power to steal others' souls and imprison them inside the stone. It sounds scary, but Warlock's a good dude, in the comics anyway. He also has powers including the ability to fly, super speed, and super strength. Like Doctor Strange, he can cast some spells. In the comics, he uses the cocoon from which he was born to regenerate.

In "Infinity Gauntlet," Warlock works with Strange to lead the remaining heroes in a fight against Thanos and restore peace among the universe.

You can read our full explainer on Warlock after his "GotG Vol. 2" tease here.

Does everyone who vanished return? Yes.

But it's not Warlock who brings everyone back. It's Nebula. She steals the gauntlet from Thanos and then Thanos has to work with the heroes to get it away from Nebula. Eventually, Thanos tricks her into restoring the universe to how it was before he snapped his fingers.

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The movie version of Nebula doesn't seem like she would need much convincing to set things back to normal. She knows her sister gave her life for her. Nebula's already been on a mission to destroy her father, this just gives her added incentive to in "Avengers 4."

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Here’s why Iron Man has an outdated flip phone in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’


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Warning: There are minor spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Avengers: Infinity War" will leave you with plenty of unanswered questions, but there's one detail which may have left you perplexed unless you did a recent binge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe catalog.

Yeah, we have to talk about Iron Man's flip phone.

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This is your last chance to head back before spoilers. 

Near the start of the movie, Tony Stark meets up with Doctor Strange, Wong, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk only to discover Thanos (Josh Brolin) is on the prowl for Infinity stones to balance the universe.

When the four realize they're in over their heads, it's suggested Stark call Steve Rogers/Captain America and assemble the Avengers.

Tony's a bit hesitant, and with good reason.

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Banner doesn't realize the two have some beef. (Cap's best friend Bucky killed Tony's parents years ago while under mind control — and Cap knew!) Despite the bad blood, Stark knows it's the logical thing to do. 

Banner reminds him that it won't matter who he is or isn't speaking to if and when Thanos acquires all of the Infinity stones.

Instead of asking his AI to make a call, Stark whips out an old flip phone and brings up Rogers' number.

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A flurry of laughs commenced at my screening of the movie. 

If you thought it was silly one of the world's most technologically savvy men was reaching for an outdated piece of tech, there's a perfectly good reason Stark's holding onto a flip phone!

Rogers sent it to him at the very end of "Captain America: Civil War."

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Even though the two weren't on speaking terms — and Rogers was a fugitive on the run from the government — Cap let Stark know that if he ever needed him, he'd be there. All he had to do was call. (Cue The Spinners' '70s jam.)

"I know I hurt you, Tony. I guess I thought by not telling you about your parents I was sparing you, but I can see now that I was really sparing myself. And I'm sorry," Rogers wrote Stark. "Hopefully one day you can understand. I wish we agreed on the Accords. I really do. I know you're doing what you believe in, and that's all any of us can do. That's all any of us should. So no matter what, I promise you, if you need us, if you need me, I'll be there."

While Stark didn't wind up making the call because he was rushed off to space, Rogers knew Stark held onto the phone when he received a call from Bruce Banner. 

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We're sure the two will team back up in the following "Avengers" movie next May. It will be the first time they have seen each other face-to-face since their "Civil War" fight.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' threw a huge red herring in its trailers and it paid off immensely in the movie


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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

Though "Avengers: Infinity War" manages to juggle over two dozen characters, you still may find yourself bummed when a few familiar faces fail to show up in the nearly three-hour superhero extravaganza. 

In particular, you may have been disappointed and even surprised by the small amount of screen time for one hero.

Last chance to head back before spoilers.

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In a throwback to the first "Avengers" movie, the Hulk has a great scene near the film's start when he goes toe-to-toe with Thanos. But after getting thrashed pretty badly, Bruce Banner has trouble accessing the Hulk for the rest of the movie.

As Banner struggles to shift into his alter ego, Hulk cries out to Banner several times throughout the film as he refuses to join the fight to save the world.

It was one of many surprises during "Infinity War." But this one came as a real shock. 


The Hulk is literally shown in promotional art and trailers for the movie running to battle in the movie's climactic battle in Wakanda. Take a look:

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Instead, here's what we see in the final movie: The Hulk in the Hulkbuster armor.

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While fans may be a bit upset we didn't see more of the green guy, I found it rather refreshing and hope others will as well. 

Why this was smart of Marvel/Disney: Trailers give so much away.

As someone who watches every teaser, trailer, and clip released for these sorts of movies (for work), the fact that the Hulk wasn't in much of "Infinity War" was a pleasant surprise for me. I often feel like I'll see a great deal of the movie before heading into a potential summer blockbuster. Year in and year out they become a little predictable.

According to a 2015 Entertainment Weekly article, trailers give away so much because audiences want to see and know more about a movie before release. It helps in the decision-making process of whether or not to head to theaters. Spoilers be damned!

That said, when the time to screen a movie comes, I'll sit waiting for an expected line to drop or for a scene that has played out multiple times in teasers to appear on screen. It takes away from some of the movie magic. 

If that's not the case, I'm often able to piece together or surmise sections of the movie. For instance, the entire beginning of "Infinity War" didn't catch me by surprise. If you've watched enough footage released for the movie, you can probably guess what happens. 

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It wasn't the only scene from trailers that didn't make it into "Infinity War."

The Hulk's appearance in Wakanda isn't the only misdirection in "Infinity War" trailers.

There was another talked-about trailer scene showing Thanos squeezing or turning Thor's head that didn't wind up in "Infinity War." Many presumed Thanos was turning Thor's head to make him watch the death of his brother Loki, but that didn't wind up being the case in the final movie.

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Thanos makes an attempt to kill Thor, but it's not by crushing his head and he never forces him to watch his brother's death.

It's not a bad idea for other movie studios to model. Either film footage specifically to be used in trailers or have alternate versions of the same scene in teasers to keep as much of the movie a surprise for fans in theater. That said, you want to be mindful to not misdirect viewers too much. If Hulk wasn't in "Infinity War" at all, then I think people would be right in being upset about the way the character is marketed for the film. 

To that effect, I'm not upset I didn't see Thanos turning or squeezing Thor's head because the movie still delivers the same emotional reaction expected from the God of Thunder as he watches his brother's death. I think people are more forgiving when a big movie doesn't give away all of its secrets and offers a few unexpected surprises. 

So, what's going on with Bruce Banner and the Hulk?

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Hulk isn't in much of "Infinity War," and you want some answers as to why. 

There is a "Hulk No More" story line where Banner can't access the big green guy, but it's for a brief time and caused by another Hulk (yes, there are multiple Hulks). Otherwise, the comics don't lend themselves much to a helpful explainer.

Our best guess is that the Hulk persona is distressed and suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress after fighting with and losing to Thanos. No person or alien has ever quite matched his might and Thanos was able to easily disable him. 

Maybe he's upset he let down his pal Thor or maybe his return to Earth after being gone for two years has him a bit shy. The Hulk escaped Earth at the end of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" because he wasn't happy with all of the innocent lives that were killed as a result of the New York City attack in "Avengers" and Sokovia in "Age of Ultron." He may not be ready to face that. 

In "Infinity War," Banner says the two have some hashing out to do. Now that half the team is gone, Banner better get things sorted ASAP. Thankfully, he's in Wakanda so we're sure Black Panther's sister Shuri can help.

Regardless, it seems like we'll get a lot more clarity on that next summer when the untitled "Avengers 4" hits theaters May 2019.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' brings back a character we never thought we’d see again — here's what it means for future movies


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Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Avengers: Infinity War" brings dozens of characters together, but it also brings back a character we never thought we'd see again. 

If you were left puzzled by who the character was and what his reappearance may mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have you covered.

This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.

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On his journey to collect every Infinity gem stone, Thanos and his adopted daughter Gamora head to the planet Vormir.

When they reach the alleged location of the soul stone, the two are greeted by a figure dressed like death who says it's his curse to know everyone who heads to Vormir in search of the Infinity stone. 

When the character steps out of the dark, he's revealed to be none other than the Red Skull.

Who is Red Skull?

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If the character looked familiar but you couldn't place him, it's because we haven't seen him in a while. Red Skull, otherwise known as Johann Schmidt, was a villain in 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger."

When he acquired the Tesseract, he decided to touch it with his bare hands and simply vanished. It was assumed the character was instantly killed.

It turns out that wasn't the case at all. 

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Red Skull tells Thanos and Gamora he's been stranded on Vormir for over 70 years in his own purgatory.

"A lifetime ago, I too sought the stones," says Red Skull. "It banished me here."

Now, his job is to guide others to the location of the soul stone, which he is not allowed to possess. 

What his reappearance means for future Marvel movies

Now that Thanos has acquired the soul stone, it's not clear whether or not Red Skull needs to stay in place on Vormir or if he's set free from his curse. 

If he survived the purge at the end of "Infinity War," maybe he'll have a reason to join in the fight to save the universe in a wild twist. It would be pretty cool to see him butt heads with Steve Rogers again.

Or maybe he'll join the "all hail" Thanos party since the Mad Titan's gang of villains was wiped out. 

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There’s a good reason Hawkeye isn’t in any marketing for 'Avengers: Infinity War' — and fans may be upset


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Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

Marvel left Hawkeye and Ant-Man out of marketing for "Avengers: Infinity War." And if you've seen the movie, it's finally clear why. 

The answer may have frustrated you by the film's end.

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After sitting through two-hours-and-40 minutes of superhero destruction, you were probably confused to find neither Ant-Man nor Hawkeye showed up to try and save the day. 

That's right. Neither of them were in the entire movie. 

What gives?

Where were Ant-Man and Hawkeye?

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You may have missed it, but when Captain America, Vision, Falcon, and his crew reunite with Rhodey and Bruce Banner, Black Widow gives a quick summation of why their pals are missing in action.

Widow says after the events in "Captain America: Civil War," both Ant-Man/Scott Lang and Hawkeye/Clint Barnes took some sort of deals because it would have been too hard on their respective families.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo told Screenrant Hawkeye was on "his own journey" in this film.

How and when they'll come into the fold: At the earliest, July.

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Thankfully, we only have to wait a few months for the "Ant-Man" sequel, "Ant-Man and the Wasp." According to the film's synopsis, the sequel will join Ant-Man after the events of "Civil War." So we'll see exactly what sort of "deal" Scott Lang took and what he's been doing in the time since.

We're thinking the movie will lead right up to the events of "Infinity War," and show exactly how Lang's world will be affected when half the world's population disappears.

Maybe the movie will pull a "Thor: Ragnarok" and have Hawkeye show up as a surprise similar to how the Hulk appeared alongside the God of Thunder.

What to expect when we see Hawkeye: A new persona.

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Something tells us Hawkeye is going to come out of retirement in "Avengers 4." Our best guess why? Hawkeye's family probably vanishes right before his eyes after Thanos makes the order for half of the world's population to disappear. That could send him in a downward spiral.

Photos have emerged of Hawkeye on set of the next "Avengers" movie wearing a different outfit that has fans thinking he'll take on the role of another character called Ronin.

Who is Ronin?

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Ronin is a persona multiple characters in the Marvel universe have adopted over the years. The word itself is Japanese for a lone samurai. Barton took on the mantle of the warrior after the events of "Civil War" in the comics so that would line up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe perfectly.

Think of Ronin as a badass ninja. Barton didn't stay as Ronin for too long in the comics before resuming his title of Hawkeye.

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So if you're bummed you didn't get to see either character in "Infinity War," hang in there until July and we'll at least get to see one, if not both of them.

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  • Music icon Whitney Houston will be memorialized in a new documentary feature.
  • "Whitney: The Film" will trace the life and legacy of Houston with new footage and interviews.
  • The first trailer for "Whitney" just premiered, and the teaser will make you so emotional.
  • Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald, the documentary will give audiences a new inside look at Houston's life.
  • The documentary says it will deliver "never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives, and original interviews with the people who knew her best." 
  • "Whitney: The Film" arrives in theaters on July 6. Watch the first teaser trailer below.

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The end of 'Avengers: Infinity War' is so unexpected it’s leaving audiences in stunned silence and fans are saying it’s something they’ve never seen before


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  • "Avengers: Infinity War" had its first US showings Thursday evening.
  • Fans are reporting it's leaving crowded theaters in silence.
  • There are some spoilers below about what is causing fans to have these reactions.

The first US showings of "Avengers: Infinity War" occurred Thursday night and many audiences are having the same reaction at the movies end.

It's leaving people in stunned silence.

As some pointed out, this usually isn't how audiences react at the end of a Marvel movie. Usually they're met with clapping.

Why did so many people go silent?

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Infinity War."

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Near the end of the movie, 10 of the film's superheroes vanish into thin air after Thanos gathers together all of the Infinity stones.

I won't list them all here, but if you want to read more on the movie's end, you can read our breakdown here.

It's a punch to the gut and a highly unexpected one because of some of the characters who disappear.

Expect a lot of quiet theaters at the end of your showings.

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Robert Rodriguez explains why his movie adaptation of famous manga 'Alita: Battle Angel' won’t make the mistake 'Ghost in the Shell' did


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  • Robert Rodriguez and producer Jon Landau ("Avatar") talked to Business Insider at CinemaCon about the evolution of bringing "Alita: Battle Angel" to the screen.
  • It was originally a project James Cameron was to make, after he discovered the manga around 2000. However, the success of "Avatar" changed everything.
  • Rodriguez has resurrected the project, and explained how it will still feel like a Cameron movie, and why it won't make the mistakes of recent manga release, "Ghost in the Shell."

Before James Cameron made “Avatar” and broke all box-office records, he was planning on making the big-screen adaptation of “Battle Angel Alita,” the famous manga series created by Yukito Kishiro.

In fact, Cameron's deep dive around 2000 into the rich material about a cyborg named Alita (played in the movie by Rose Salazar) who tries to rediscover her past after being found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor, wasn’t just going to be a single movie but a franchise.

However, Cameron had to put the project on hold as the success of “Avatar” has now led to him making multiple sequels of the movie (at the same time). Luckily, he’s found a worthy filmmaker to take on the “Battle Angel” material.

Robert Rodriguez, who is known for his wide range of titles (“Desperado,” “Machete,” “Sin City”) took Cameron’s material and crafted it into a stunning 3D movie (opening December 21).

After showing footage of “Alita: Battle Angel” at CinemaCon on Thursday, Rodriguez and producer Jon Landau (“Avatar” movies) sat down with Business Insider to talk about the evolution of the project and why this manga won’t end up like the big-screen version of “Ghost in the Shell.”

Jason Guerrasio: Jon you said on stage that Robert came in and "edited" Cameron's material to make the movie. Robert, what did that entail?

Rodriguez: Jim was writing “Alita” for himself to make. So he had already taken the 30-plus books and found which stories to focus on and created a story that was a movie story. He even wrote his first draft, which was long but he would have gotten there if he kept on it. But he got busy on “Avatar” so it was just left. So I asked him at this one meeting, "What are you going to do if you're now doing 'Avatar?' If you're only doing 'Avatars' what happens to 'Battle Angel?'" He said, "I won't have a chance to make it, but hey, if you can figure it out you can go and make it." And I was like, sh-- that's what I'm doing this summer. I took his 600 pages of notes home with me and I figured out what I needed to fill in.

Robert Rodriguez Jon Landau GettyWhen I read it I could tell this doesn't need a rewrite, it just needed to be cut down. So being an editor I just pretended it was already shot and I just edited it down to length and I suggested some additional photography and dialogue to patch the holes. That's it. And he went, "That sounds good, let's go make it." That was the main work, taking the vision that he already had and like I made “Sin City” in the style of Frank Miller, I made this like it would fee like a Jim Cameron film that I always wanted to see. 

Landau: And Robert did that on his own. He didn't say, "Put a deal in place for me to be the director." He just went and did it. And that speaks volumes. And we read what he did with Jim's 180-page script, and nothing was missing. And that told us that he understood what was important thematically. A lot of people talk about plot, Robert held onto the themes that were so important. 

Rodriguez: In fact, Jim told me he would play a game with himself while reading the script. He would be coming up on a part of the movie that he liked and would say to himself, I bet that's cut out, and he would love that it wasn't cut. The stuff that I thought he would miss the most, I made sure to keep in there. 

Landau: Honestly, Robert wasn't the first director we came to for this, but we never found the right fit to give up something that we believed in. I mean, Jim put in the time commitment to write it. 

Ghost in the shellGuerrasio: I know that “Battle Angle” is a very different manga than “Ghost in the Shell,” but seeing the disappointing result critically and financially for that movie, can you see the potholes you need to navigate around?

Landau: I think the pothole to avoid is what Jim did in the script. This is a movie that is about her. This movie is about emotion. One of my favorite shots in the movie is when Alita cries. That's a human thing. I think oftentimes other movies are made based on mangas that don't access that human quality. So to us she's just a character. And that's why I said on stage, "She's not a superhero, she's a hero." Just a regular girl who comes into this world and I think everyone can identify with her. 

Rodriguez: Also, Kishiro didn't write a movie that was particularly Asian. It was actually set in Kansas City. But we set it in South America because Jim's scientific mind made him believe that a space elevator would work better near the equator. So I was excited to make a Latin-based movie with a diverse cast that was organic to the story. This is set in the last city that's left in existence so people from all over are there. That helps you avoid the pitfalls of something that's particular to a society, like “Ghost in the Shell.” 

Guerrasio: Robert, you've taken risks on your movies all the way back to your first one, “El Mariachi.” What makes this different from those?

Rodriguez: It was risky in this sense: You'd seen "Planet of the Apes," but that's an ape, we were making for the first time a really human face. We've seen it in the "Star Wars" movies but that's just a few scenes. Here is a real character that we're creating and it has to be as human as the characters around them. We don't shoot hardly any green screen in this. Just to extend sets. Real sets, real actors, and there are a couple of characters that are completely CG and they have got to stand up skin for skin, eye to eye with anyone else. No one had done that. So we're pushing the envelope with that. But my risk level was lower because Jim had gone through this already on "Avatar." 

Guerrasio: Jon, compare and contrast Robert's style to James'.

Landau: The interesting thing about both of them is they are true auteurs. They both write, direct, edit — cinematographers when they want to. What I have found is Jim has his way of doing things. Robert is a student of filmmaking and he's adapted his style to making a Jim Cameron movie. A commitment he made. He understood he had to leave the world he was familiar with and approach it differently. Jim does that through always using different technology. 

Rodriguez: Here's an example how we're different. We're both into 3D, and he invited me to the making of the 'Terminator 2" 3D ride that he shot for Universal Studios. I'm such a fan and I try to impress him by telling him that I was taking a 3-day steadycam course because I was going to operate steadycam on my own on "Desperado" because I couldn't afford a steadycam operator. And he said, "I bought a steadycam, but not to operate it, I'm going to take it apart and design a better one." [Laughs.] That's the difference between me and Jim. I'm just a mortal trying to figure things out, he's designing a whole new system. 

Guerrasio: I need to bring up "Avatar," Jon, what are the challenges of shooting two movies at the same time?

Landau: Well, we are doing a little more than two. 

avatarGuerrasio: Oh, I thought you were shooting just two right now simultaneously.

Landau: Two and a little more. 

Guerrasio: Ah, ok. 

Landau: I think what we had to get our heads around is the first “Avatar” was a marathon. Now we're running a triathlon. We have to gauge ourselves and our crew to handle that long-term thing. But when you break it down, what we are really doing here is a miniseries on a super scale. There are segments of that miniseries that need to come to completion for the story arc. And then you build upon that. Once we got our heads around that we're really telling one big story, we were able to figure out how to plan it and schedule it. The cast is there and they are doing scenes from movie two today, movie three tomorrow. But we explained to them it's not different than doing just one movie. You do the end scene on day five and another scene another day. It's just communicating that to people. 

Guerrasio: Robert, you are always directing or producing, one project that I want to know that’s always talked about is “Machete Kills Again... In Space.”

Rodriguez: [Laughs.]

Guerrasio: Is that a real movie?

Rodriguez: Danny [Trejo] and I always say we're making that. The joke was that “Machete” two and three were together because you have a fake trailer for three [in “Machete Kills”]. The idea is we got to kind of make it already because there's the phantom trailer floating around. But you never know, we might make it. People have always expressed interest. There might be a way to do it.

Guerrasio: I feel you can make those movies with Danny for years and people would watch them. 

Rodriguez: It's crazy, I met Danny on the set of “Desperado” and I told him about "Machete.""You are going to play a character called Machete some day," and it became his most iconic character.

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19 details you may have missed in 'Avengers: Infinity War'


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Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."

"Avengers: Infinity War" is out in theaters. While you probably have a lot of questions about the movie and it's climactic ending, the sequel also contains many references to the comics and 18 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies which came before it.

INSIDER rounded up a collection of the best Easter eggs, callbacks, and nods we noticed while watching the movie and from around the web.

At the start of the film, we're introduced to Thanos' four sidekicks.

You may have missed some of their names the first time around, but Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian, and Ebony Maw are introduced as the Children of Thanos in "Infinity War." 

Ebony Maw tells Thor and Loki to smile, because in death they have become "Children of Thanos." 

They're in the comics as well, but the movie made a few changes to the group.

The Black Dwarf's name was changed to Cull Obsidian in "Infinity War," another name for the group of characters. 

Fans may be a bit bummed another female named Supergiant is absent from the movie. 

You can read more on the Children of Thanos here.

Loki tells Thanos and his group they don't have the Tesseract, they have a Hulk.

It's a nice little callback to the first "Avengers" movie.

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'Avengers: Infinity War' scores the biggest opening weekend of all-time with $250 million (DIS)


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  • Disney/Marvel Studio's "Avengers: Infinity War" wins the domestic box office with an estimated $250 million.
  • That makes it the biggest opening of all-time, domestically.

Marvel/Disney's long-awaited "Avengers: Infinity War" proved its box office might over the weekend as it took in an estimated $250 million at the domestic box office, according to boxofficepro. That's the biggest of all-time.

The movie that culminates everything that has occurred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the last decade since Robert Downey Jr. put on the Iron Man suite in 2008, "Infinity War" follows The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they battle the evil Thanos (voiced by Josh Brolin), who wants to possess all the Infinity Stones so he can destroy half of the universe's population.

With the movie's enormously high stakes, fans both super and casual alike of the MCU flocked to the multiplex to see the movie, if not for the simple reason to make sure they weren't left out of the talk on social media and around the office that's to follow.

thanos gauntletIt's the kind of buzz around a movie that studios dream of — movie that has to be seen on its opening weekend in fear of FOMO. And the weekend numbers are proving that "Infinity War" accomplished its mission.

Following a $106 million Friday (with $39 million from Thursday previews), the movie took a minuscule 25% drop on Saturday, when it took in $83 million. That marks the best Saturday ever (topping $69.6 million by "Jurassic World").

The movie's $250 million weekend passes the all-time best domestic opening weekend held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with $247.9 million in 2015. "Infinity War" playing on more screens (4,474) than "Force Awakens (4,134) helped, too.

"Infinity War" is the sixth movie all-time to have a $200 million-plus opening weekend domestically. They are "The Force Awakens,""The Last Jedi,""Jurassic World,""The Avengers," and "Black Panther."

Yes, all of those properties except for "Jurassic World" are owned by Disney.

The super studio has already earned over $1 billion domestically at the 2018 box office.

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