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IN THE EVENT YOU Play ” NEW WORLD “? Beta Impressions From The Frontier

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World is in the spotlight as a lengthy closed beta session shows off the action ahead of an August 31st release. New World has changed its vision multiple times over the course of development, and now the question on everyone’s mind is – where is this going to land on release? What kind of player is it for? What kind of MMORPG is it? And perhaps the most important question, is it worth your time at all? Over the course of the beta (and a demo session that took me into an endgame slice with a fully-geared character), I’ve seen some areas with huge potential that are currently underserved in the MMORPG space – and some others that could be intense detriments for the title. Let’s talk about New World!It successfully lands a powerful frontier survival vibe If you’re familiar with survival games that have you punching wood to get a house going, New World delivers on this front initially by giving the player myriad survival pursuits. Hunting turkey on the borders of your established safe zones to raise your cooking skill and create rations is far more engaging than it has any right to be. Hunting down elusive saltpeter deposits in mines and crafting your own shells for your old-timey rifles feels fun. Being able to skill up in everything to your liking is a classic system à la Runescape, and its nice to know you can work up every single crafting and gathering skill if you wish, right down to doing some fishing. Banging together your first batch of gathering tools is actually freaking awesome. Digging up carrots and potatoes feels meaningful. Coming back to your town in the middle of the wilderness to trade feed and talk with your fellow explorers has all the allure of bustling about Disney’s Frontiertown, and I’ve rarely had so much investment into crafting and trading systems in MMOs. I can see potential problems with these aspects later down the line, i.e. do I really want to spend my time in the endgame gathering resources just so I can play the game, but for now, there’s plenty of magic in creating my own food, ammunition, and supplies before I trek out into the wild. It feels gritty, it feels raw, and it feels fresh. Faction PVP can be a lot of fun Territory control and faction-based opt-in PVP not only bring back a bit of realm-vs-realm feel from the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot, but they inject something that many online experiences have moved away from in the last decade – social interaction. That means yes, you are going to see a player named PoopyPants (Yes, this was a real player I saw) cutting down trees and screaming outside of town about the price of silver ore, and your chat feed is going to be inundated with comments that make the infamous Barrens chat look downright erudite. However, it also successfully adds shared social stakes to the experience, even if you choose not to interact at the verbal level with any other players. By funneling players into three different factions, you have an investment in your tribe regardless of how deep you want to take it. If you still just want to solo and bring back a load of furs to trade in town, you can – but the real fun is to be had by grouping up, interacting with others, and eventually taking over some territory as your chosen faction. At the solo, guild, and greater level, having game flow dictated by players instead of the “theme park” experience is a bold choice and more than a bit refreshing. The issue here is how interesting and meaningful are these faction wars going to be in the endgame? While I don’t have the answer to that yet, the prospect of really engaging with other players in a meaningful way in a MMORPG gives me a powerful nostalgia bump and some serious differentiation from many other genre offerings today. On the flip side, if you’re not really interested in territory wars or PvP, other existing MMORPGs might be a better choice. The combat is New World’s biggest weakness In almost every MMORPG, you’re going to be doing a ton of combat. It’s probably the biggest portion of the entire gameplay experience. With limited skill options, awkward animations, and very little excitement, New World’s combat is decidedly dull. Now, there’s something to be said about popping an opposing faction member from a great distance before you engage in a 3v3 skirmish that gets real greasy, but that’s more about the player-to-player interaction than the combat, which can often feel wooden and wonky. While I enjoy systems that attempt to break the genre out of the tab-targeting standard that’s been grandfathered into MMOs for ages, it misses the mark here.  I found it hard to determine if the other aspects of the game that seem enjoyable can carry this particular aspect either, as combat is the core of almost every other pursuit. Even if you’re just spelunking for saltpeter, you’re going to have to fight a ton of various zombie-like creatures, wolves, or bears, and it simply does not feel good. This problem is exacerbated in group experiences, both PvP and PvE, but more pronounced in the latter. Chewing into spongey opponents as a pack with the glaring lack of feedback from weaponry is almost comical, and your options in combat feel extremely limited and lacking. Everything can feel the same Enemies, locations, and activities can become a big bowl of mush without breaking it up with some PvP pursuits. You’ll see many of the same rickety little fishing villages, decrepit farms, and crumbling ruins as you traverse the giant world. Killing some undead buccaneers at level 5 feels the same as it does at level 15, and you’re going to be doing a ton of daily-quest/fetch style activities in order to grind out your faction reputation, like wandering around the aforementioned locations for boxes and killing X undead baddies. It feels intensely repetitive even after only twenty hours of gameplay, so I’m concerned about how that will translate to the endgame – will I still, as an elite member of the Syndicate, still be wandering farms killing undead and picking taters? I mean, I do like picking taters... Travel is rough When you’re just starting, it’s fine that you’re walking everywhere because you don’t have far to go. However, this takes a turn at around level 12, where you’ll find the autorun button and some movies on your favorite streaming platform to be your best friends. The world is large, and traveling it all on foot is a huge pain. Without mounts, and the fact that fast travel is limited by resources, moving around the map is an absolute bore and a chore. I realize there are other meaningful concerns that probably flow into this decision, like the implications of having everyone zoom around in a game that’s attempting to create stakes with territory control and PvP, but this becomes harder and harder to ignore the more you play and get quests on opposite ends of your map. Forging ahead Based on the beta, New World is going to be an interesting but potentially niche addition to the current crop of MMORPGs. However, it seems to really serve players that want to play with small groups of friends for faction skirmishes and that are interested in greater territory control wars with big guild politics and all that. If you’re not interested in that kind of greater pursuit with plenty of social interaction and PvP, the PvE elements by themselves do not seem compelling enough to keep things rolling.  While I love the feeling of crafting my own stuff, slowly increasing the areas that I’m strong enough to explore, and fastidiously upping all my gathering and crafting skills, I can see those charms fading rapidly as the activities become somewhat rote. The dynamics involved in faction wars and territory control seem to be the peppy antidote for the never-ending rock farm in various undead shacks and homesteads. As with other games that lean into this kind of emergent gameplay (RIP Shadowbane), some of New World will be what players shape it into.
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    The updated new lineup for Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program has been unveiled by Disney, with the company announcing the lineup that’s planned to debut in September on Disney+. RELATED: Injustice: Gods Among Us Movie Get Its Cast & Release WindowDebuting on the platform in September will be two new shorts, including Twenty Something from director Ashton Corbin, and Nona from director Louis Gonzales. In addition to the two shorts, a feature-length documentary, A SparkStory, will also hit the platform, with Pixar and Supper Club co-producing the documentary that aims to take an intimate look at Pixar’s SparkShorts filmmaking process. SparkShorts filmmakers are given six months to assemble a team and create a short animated film. No major rules apply—filmmakers are driven by their need to tell a story and the nimble approach to do so. Each, teamed with a producer, navigates the emotional rollercoaster of stepping into a leadership role and inspiring their crew. “I’m proud to see how the short was made better by the team working on it,” says Gonzales. “I’ve never directed before but I feel like my 20+ years in the business really paid off.”Adds Corbin, “The SparkShorts program is the studio’s way of seeing what talented storytellers can do on our own. After working with Pete [Docter] on Soul, I caught the studio’s eye as someone who had interesting stories to tell.”RELATED: The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf Teaser Sets Cast For Anime FilmTwenty Something will launch on Disney+ on September 10, 2021, and tells the story of Gia on the night of her 21st birthday, as she deals with the insecurities of adulting and learns how we’re all just faking it until we make it. Nona launches on September 17, 2021, and is based largely on director Louis Gonzales’ own grandmother, as well as all of the strong women he’s looked up to growing up. 

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing to grow by the day, and with Marvel Studios readying to release its animated series What If…? soon, the world of Marvel animation is also expanding, with even more planned for the future. RELATED: Marvel’s What If…? Trailer Teases Incredible MCU ScenariosSpeaking to Variety in a new interview, Marvel’s executive VP of film production Victoria Alonso said that Marvel Studios plans to launch its own in-house animation branch and mini-studio, with the focus of the branch aimed at producing even more animated projects outside of What If…? “We’re going to have our animation branch and mini studio, and there will be more to come from that as well,” Alonso said. “We’re super excited about animation, which is my first love.”The announcement comes ahead of the next month’s debut of What If…?, which aims to showcase famous stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a twist on how they occur. By showing off a multiverse of infinite possibilities, Marvel’s What If…? features fan-favorite characters, including Peggy Carter, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, Killmonger, Thor, and more. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer. Marvel Studios’ first-ever animated series launches on Disney+ on Wednesday, August 11.Most notably, Marvel’s What If…? will feature the late Chadwick Boseman, who was able to reprise his role as T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther, for the show. His episode will revolve around T’Challa being abducted by the Reavers that took Peter Quill (Star-Lord) in The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Every story in the show will be non-canonical, as the stories will feature some wildly different outcomes from their actual events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. RELATED: LEGO Set Reveals Potential Spider-Man: No Way Home Plot DetailsThe original What If comic book series debuted in 1977, and 200 issues have been published over time. The stories ranged from implausible scenarios to more humored-filled takes. It’s a great way for Marvel to use the streaming service to tell more out-of-the-box stories unachievable through live-action.

    Disney+ has released the official Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life trailer for their forthcoming animated series, starring everyone’s favorite mischievous chipmunk brothers. The video, which you can check out in the player below, teases the titular duo’s big and crazy adventures. It also gives us a preview of the other classic Disney characters that are set to appear including Pluto and Donald Duck. The series is expected to debut new episodes weekly starting on July 28, exclusively on Disney+.RELATED: Disney Junior Sets Dates For New Spider-Man & Mickey Mouse ShowsChip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life centers around two tiny troublemakers, Chip and Dale, trying to live the good life in a big city park while having giant-sized, sky-high adventures. Nervous worrier Chip and laid-back dreamer Dale make the perfect odd couple: they’re best buddies and they drive each other nuts. In their perpetual pursuit of acorns, these ultimate underdogs are joined by Pluto, Butch, and other iconic Disney characters as they face down bullies great and small.Filled with laugh-out-loud cartoon comedy, wacky adventures, and heartfelt storytelling, the animated series will consist of 12 episodes, with each one comprised of three seven-minute stories. It hails from Xilam Animation, executive producer Marc du Pontavice, and director Jean Cayrol as Director, with Vincent Artaud serving as the series composer.RELATED: HBO Max’s Tom and Jerry in New York Animated Series Debuting in JulyInterestingly, Disney is also currently working on a live-action/CGI hybrid film adaptation of Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, which is still set for a spring 2022 release. The upcoming will feature the voices of Saturday Night Live alums Andy Samberg and John Mulaney as the titular duo. Production is currently underway.

    Walt Disney Studios has revealed a brand new Jungle Cruise featurette for their long-awaited action-adventure pic, providing us with some fun behind-the-scenes footage from the film’s production. The video, which you can check out below, highlights the main cast’s incredible chemistry and camaraderie. It features interviews by Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall as they talked about how grateful they were for being able to work together as well as how much they’ve enjoyed their on-set interactions.The film is slated to arrive in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30. Its current theatrical release date sees Jungle Cruise going up against Focus Features’ Matt Damon-led drama Stillwater and A24’s fantasy drama The Green Knight. RELATED: Jungle Cruise Clips Unveiled as Advance Tickets Go On SaleInspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. It will be led by Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place films) along with Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.In the film,  Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank, and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.RELATED: Scarlett Johansson to Star In and Produce Disney’s Tower of Terror FilmJungle Cruise is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) from a screenplay written by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, based on a story by Michael Green, Ficarra and Requa. It is being produced by Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner along with Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch) of Flynn Picture Co. John Davis, and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. 

    Bassam Tariq Is Marvel’s Lead Choice to Direct MCU Blade Movie

    Marvel Studios has found its director for its upcoming Blade movie, tapping Bassam Tariq to helm the picture, according to a recent report from Deadline. RELATED: Marvel Studios’ Blade Pushed Back, Will Start Filming in 2022Tariq, perhaps best known for his work on the film Mogul Mowgli, is officially in talks to direct the upcoming adaptation of the popular Marvel comic book. Stacy Osei-Kuffour is on board to write the script for the film starring the vampire hunter, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige attached as producer, as per usual. The search for a director for the highly anticipated film has been underway for months, with the search seeming to be an exhaustive one. According to the report, however, Tariq seems to be the final choice, and while a deal is not done just yet, it does seem like Marvel has zeroed in on Tariq to take charge of the film. The Blade movie was first announced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, with Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali making a surprise appearance at the panel. Ali, who previously starred in Netflix’s Luke Cage, confirmed that he was the one who first approached the studio about wanting to take on the titular heroic vampire. The daywalker was first famously portrayed by Wesley Snipes, who has already voiced out his support to Ali following the announcement.Earlier this year, it was revealed that Stacy Osei-Kuffour has been tapped to pen the screenplay after six months of meeting with various writers, making her the first Black female writer to pen a Marvel movie. It’s still unclear which phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will the upcoming film be debuting in because it currently has no release date attached to it yet.RELATED: Watchmen’s Stacy Osei-Kuffour Tapped to Pen Marvel’s Blade!The Blade Trilogy from New Line Cinema helped shepherd comic books and superheroes to the big screen.  Combined, the three films brought in over $400 million at the global box office. Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan as a supporting character in the comic book “The Tomb of Dracula” #10 in July 1973.

    Spider-Man: NO CHANCE Home Black and Gold Suit Shown Off by Hot Toys

    Spider-Man: No Way Home isn’t releasing until later this year, but fans have already been given some glimpses of the costumes Peter Parker will be wearing. Now, we have another look at a costume in the upcoming film. RELATED: Marvel Unveils First Look at Spider-Man: No Way Home Funkos, Figures & MoreHot Toys recently released some images for one of their upcoming collectible figures for the film showcasing Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in a black and gold suit. Much like other suits we’ve seen from the film, this figure also comes with what looks to be some mystical components, including what looks to be a magical talisman connected to his web shooter, a mystical sigil on his chest, and much more. Check out the Spider-Man: No Way Home black and gold suit toy images in the gallery below:What this means for Peter in No Way Home is anyone’s guess, but with the film rumored to heavily involve the multiverse, perhaps Dr. Strange has recruited Peter to help him keep the flow of time and its many properties safe and intact.  The sixth-scale figure also comes with a handful of other highly detailed accessories, including a head sculpt featuring Tom Hollands likeness, web strings, and a dynamic figure stand to display the figure. Preorders for the figure aren’t up just yet, but likely will be soon, with no release information available as of yet.  RELATED: LEGO Set Reveals Potential Spider-Man: No Way Home Plot Details Spider-Man: No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Along with Holland, the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, and J.B. Smoove.

    Latest Luca Featurette Discusses the charged power of Friendship

    Disney and Pixar’s Luca is fast approaching, as the film is set to release on June 18, 2021, on Disney+. Ahead of its launch, and to celebrate National Streaming Day, Disney has released a brand new featurette for the film, detailing the power of friendship. RELATED: Disney-Pixar’s Luca Trailer Prepares For an Unforgettable SummerIn the featurette, friendship — a key theme in the upcoming film — is discussed, with director Enrico Casarosa and members of the voice cast including Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, and Jim Gaffigan talking about the power of friendship in their lives, and how the film helps connect them to the childhood feeling of forging friendships. You can check out the featurette for the upcoming film below:Set in Italy, Luca is a fun and heartwarming story about friendship, stepping out of your comfort zone and two teenage sea monsters who experience a life-changing summer. This coming-of-age adventure will tell the story of a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer with his newfound best friend in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.The animated film features the voices of Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Little Mermaid) as Luca Paguro, a bright and inventive 13-year-old sea monster with endless curiosity—especially when it comes to the mysterious world above the sea; Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!) as Alberto Scorfano,  an independent, free-spirited teenage sea monster with unbridled enthusiasm for the human world.; and Emma Berman as Giulia, an outgoing and charming adventurer who befriends Luca and Alberto.Joining them are Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6, The Willoughbys) as Luca’s mother Daniela, Marco Barricelli as Giulia’s father Massimo, and Jim Gaffigan as Luca’s father’s Lorenzo.RELATED: Pixar’s Soul Blu-ray and Digital Release Dates Revealed!Luca will be the feature-length directorial debut of Italian filmmaker Enrico Casarosa, who has been working as a storyboard artist and writer with Pixar since 2006 on popular animated films such as Cars, Ratatouille, Up, The Good Dinosaur, Coco, and Incredibles 2. The film is also produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3).

    Disney 20th Century Fox Animation House Blue Sky Studios Closes

    Disney closes 20th Century Fox animation house Blue Sky Studios After just over three decades running under 20th Century Fox and subsequently the House of Mouse following their acquisition of the studio, Disney is officially closing the doors on animation house Blue Sky Studios, the company behind the Ice Age franchise and many others, according to Deadline. RELATED: Disney Delays The King’s Man, Pulls Bob’s Burgers From Schedule “Given the current economic realities, after much consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close filmmaking operations at Blue Sky Studios,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement. Founded in 1987 by Chris Wedge, Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Alison Brown, David Brown and Eugene Troubetzkoy, the studio has produced 13 films in its near 34 years of operation, beginning with the 2002 Oscar-nominated family adventure pic Ice Age, whose success would spawn a franchise consisting of four theatrical sequels, multiple short films, two television specials and four video games, with the films adding up to a global box office gross of $3.2 billion. Sources report that the decision comes as the House of Mouse faced economically tough decisions with the global pandemic keeping its global theme parks and cruise lines closed and concluded that it would not be able to carry a third animation studio alongside Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Blue Sky’s last day of operation is currently set for sometime in April and while word comes that there are no talks for another studio to absorb it, Disney is reportedly going to work with the 450 employees at the Connecticut-based animation house to explore possible open positions at other studios under Disney’s large umbrella, which will maintain hold of the Blue Sky library and IP. The studio was in the midst of production on an adaptation of the fantasy webcomic Nimona and was reportedly 75 percent of the way through it, with just 10 months left and was slated for a January 2022 release, but sources report the Patrick Osborne-helmed project is coming to a full stop and will no longer be released. RELATED: Wakanda Series in the Works at Disney+ as Disney Inks TV Deal with Ryan Coogler Other films from Blue Sky included the Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams-starring Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, the Rio films, Epic, The Peanuts Movie, Ferdinand and Spies in Disguise, the final of which proved to be an underperformer for the then-still-active 20th Century Fox and stifled the studios’ hopes of spawning another franchise.

    The 5 Hawkeye Villains We Want to See in the Disney+ Series

    The 5 Hawkeye villains we want to see in the Disney+ series As filming gets underway for the highly-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ series, fan speculation has fueled further regarding the story for Hawkeye, especially in regards to potential villains set to appear in the series in addition to Jack Duquesne, aka Swordsman. With that in mind, we decided to delve into the comic book history of the titular archer and select five of his best villains that we’d like to see come to life in the limited series. RELATED: New Hawkeye Set Photos Tease 2025 Setting and Major Plot Point Bombshell Click here to purchase all four issues of the 1983 Hawkeye series! Created by Mark Gruenwald and Eliot Brown and first appearing in the third issue of the 1983 solo Hawkeye series, Wendy Conrad, aka Bombshell, was a master juggler and an expert in explosives and joined fellow villain Oddball to eliminate Hawkeye and Mockingbird at the behest of Crossfire, though were defeated and only narrowly escaped thanks to Oddball’s brother Alvin, aka Tenpin. Her and various other villains would go on to form a group known as the Death-Throws, which would later be defeated by Hawkeye, Captain America and Mockingbird. Though it may take a while for the MCU to introduce characters such as Tenpin and Oddball to the screen worlds, fans’ desire to see Adrienne Palicki return as Mockingbird’s alter ego Bobbi Morse and the series’ New York setting would make Conrad’s introduction the perfect way to do so and could also go a long way to tease the arrival of Crossfire, widely considered to be the closest Hawkeye has to an archenemy. Griffin Though more of villain to the Avengers as a whole rather than solely Hawkeye, the Steve Englehart and Tom Sutton-created Griffin has faced off against him a handful of times, but it’s the villain’s familial ties that make him the perfect character to bring over from the pages of the comics. Born John “Johnny” Horton, Griffin was once a low-level gang member in New Orleans before moving to Chicago and working for a gangster that introduced him to the Secret Empire, which would experiment on him that resulted in his supervillain state, where he would first fight Beast and Angel of the X-Men before going on to fight the West Coast Avengers and other Marvel heroes, including Hawkeye. In the comics, Griffin has a daughter, Yo-Yo Rodriguez, who previously appeared in the MCU in Agents of SHIELD as a major character, though was reimagined as an Inhuman, but given she regains her superspeed ability later in the series’ run and the lack of introduction to a father for the character, it would make for a fan-pleasing outing that further expands the universe. In addition, the Secret Society have appeared in the MCU during the second season of the short-lived Agent Carter, albeit their name changed to Council of Nine, and with the remaining person involved with the council left alive in the series finale, it could prove an interesting tie into the rest of the small screen universe. RELATED: Ms. Marvel Adds The Walking Dead’s Matt Lintz as Bruno Carrelli Baron Helmut Zemo Click here to purchase Helmut Zemo’s full introduction in Captain America #276! With his MCU iteration being a variation of parts from both Baron Helmut Zemo and other Barons throughout the comics, it may be a bit trickier to find a work in for the notorious Captain America villain, but with the character still being alive and set to return in other Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there’s still plenty of opportunity for the character to appear in the series. Son to original Baron Zemo, Helmut would at one point in the comics become the leader of the superhero group Thunderbolts under false pretenses and after his nefarious motives were revealed and Hawkeye took control of the group, Helmut set his sights on the archer and went on to become a major villain for him. Teaming up with Hawkeye’s former mentor Trick Shot, dying from cancer, to bring the archer down in the Blindspot storyline while killing all of the Thunderbolts and only leaving Hawkeye alive in Old Man Logan, Zemo has been a very formidable foe for the Avenger and with the exact timeline for both Hawkeye and Falcon and the Winter Soldier unknown, though the former’s set photos have pointed to a 2025 setting, there’s certainly room for Daniel Brühl’s villain to appear in both. Trick Shot Click here to purchase the first volume of Solo Avengers, in which Trick Shot made his debut! Not only is Trick Shot one of Hawkeye’s most notable rivals, he’s also one whose various comic threads would work for the series and the plot seemingly being developed in it. Originally acting as one of Clint Barton’s mentors alongside Duquesne — who we know will appear in the series — under the name of Buck Chisholm, the two would have a rift during a robbery of a wealthy criminal’s mansion as Clint discovers one of the guards he shot in the arm was his brother and elects to remain by his side, infuriating Trick Shot and establishing them as enemies. Following the death of Chisholm at one point from cancer, the mantle would later be taken up by Clint’s brother, who had seemingly passed away years prior only to be revived by Baron Zemo. Rumors have swirled since February that Trick Shot and Clint’s brother Barney would be introduced in the series, and with Swordsman already set to appear in a key role, it would be thematically apt for the Clint’s other mentor and brother to appear in the series. Crossfire Click here to purchase Crossfire’s debut in Marvel Two-In-One Issue #52! Much like Zemo and Griffin, William Cross, aka Crossfire, is a supervillain with such a number of ties to the bigger Marvel universe that his arrival would not only prove exciting for fans, but also connect a lot of threads and set things up for the future. Created by Steven Grant and Jim Craig, Crossfire is the cousin to Ant-man villain Darren Cross, portrayed in the eponymous film by Corey Stoll, with cybernetic implants whose main goal has been to turn the superhero community against one another and end the rise of superheroes. Not only would his actions see him run afoul of Hawkeye, but he would also be a major foe for Moon Knight, and with Oscar Isaac just landing the central role in that Disney+ series, his introduction in the Barton-centered project would make ultimate sense before going on to be a major villain in the latter series. The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton, with the story also set to introduce his protege Kate Bishop, who is officially being portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld. It will be directed by Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, aka Bert and Bertie, who are best known for their work on Troop Zero, and Rhys Thomas (Staten Island Summer). Hawkeye is expected to debut in Fall 2021 on Disney+. In the comics, Bishop becomes Hawkeye after Clint Barton, and is also a member of the Young Avengers. Disney has not yet confirmed if they have plans to give Bishop her own spinoff show or have her appear in the MCU down the road, but it is certainly a possibility. RELATED: WandaVision: Kevin Feige Teases the Origins of Scarlet Witch’s Powers  The project’s working title “Anchor Point” is actually serving as a homage to the first volume of Kelly Thompson’s fan-favorite comic book series that was published in 2017. Titled as Vol.1: Anchor Points, it was Kate Bishop’s first solo comic series after appearing in the Young Avengers issues. However, it’s still unknown if the said comics’ storyline would connect to the series’ plot or not.

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