Monday, April 12, 2021

Destiny 2: Season 14 Iron Banner Weapons Revealed

Earlier today, we talked about the various nerfs that are being implemented in Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen ahead of season 14 on the horizon. The reason behind the wide swath of nerfs is that the studio is bringing in a ton of new weapons and gear for the upcoming season, and the team is making preemptive changes to ensure that those arrivals fit right in. While we don't know even a small portion of what's on the way, Bungie did reveal the new Season 14 Iron Banner weapons on the way to help ease the blow of the most recent nerfs. Iron Banner is slated to kick off one last time in Season of the Chosen on April 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific until April 20 at the same time. This will be the final Iron Banner before season 14, so get in there if you still need to complete the Iron Sharpens Iron Seasonal Challenge. Saladin also offers weekly bounties that are great for leveling, especially for those trying to get to 1325 for Grandmaster Nightfalls.  Regarding what's next, here's our first look at the new weapons on the way for the upcoming season:  The Hand Cannon and Sniper Rifle, seen above, will be familiar for dedicated Guardians, but there will also be brand new weapons joining as well. "Our goals moving forward are to continue bringing some Year-1 weapons up to speed with random rolls, but also bringing some new rewards into the fold when possible," said Bungie in its most recent update. "This always depends a bit on what resources we have for a given season, but we’re looking forward to a few new Iron Banner-themed tools for your arsenal." There will be new armor in Iron Banner as well, but the studio isn't ready to share that first look quite yet since it won't be ready to debut for a few more seasons.  I'm interested in seeing how the new weapons operate, given the recent meta changes. It's nice to see a blend of returning favorites and new weapons. While I like that Bungie keeps bringing back familiar items, it does get a little exhausting when returning gear takes a priority of brand-new weapons and armor. What do you think about our first look at the new weapons for Destiny 2: Season 14 Iron Banner? Sound off with your hopes and Guardian-driven dreams in the comment section below! 
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    Watched in the home: Top Streaming Films for the Week of February 27

    Watched at Home: Top Streaming Films for the Week of February 27 Hey there, fellow couch potatoes! In this week’s edition of DEG’s Watched at Home Top 20, The Croods: A New Age and Greenland continue to duke it out for the top two spots, but the remaining list receives a much needed jolt as five, repeat FIVE, new films joined the list. RELATED: March 2 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases The Top 5 from last week remained mostly the same aside from Let Him Go’s drop from No. 4 to No. 7, replaced by rising star Freaky (up from No. 6). Then, things get weird. First up, Wrong Turn, a reboot of the 2003 thriller starring Eliza Dushku, made its debut at No. 6, followed closely by new titles When Calls the Heart Season 8 (No. 11), Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scooby-Doo (No. 18) and Snowfall Season 4 (No. 19). Also, Spider-Man: Homecoming, in large part due to the excitement over the news regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home, made its debut on the list at No. 17. Knowing your proclivity to rewatch past films ahead of a sequel release, it’ll be interesting to see how many Marvel, DC and MonsterVerse films pop up here over the next several weeks. March is gonna be fun! 1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)2. Greenland (Universal/STX)3. Monster Hunter (Sony)4. Freaky (Universal)5. Tenet (Warner Bros.)6. Wrong Turn (Lionsgate, 2021)7. Let Him Go (Universal)8. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)9. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner Bros.)10. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)11. When Calls the Heart: S8 (Cinedigm)12. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)13. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical Entertainment)14. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)15. Supernova (Bleecker Street)16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony, 2017)18. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (Warner Bros.)19. Snowfall: S4 (Fox)20. Songbird (Universal/STX)

    Marvel Reveals New Stills From The Falcon and the wintertime Soldier

    Marvel Reveals New Stills From The Falcon and the Winter Soldier The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s premiere date is fast approaching, and Marvel continues to pull back the curtain on Sam and Bucky’s next adventure in the MCU. The studio (via ComicBook.com) has just released 10 new photos from the upcoming series. You can check them out for yourself in the gallery below. Not surprisingly, most of these shots highlight the title characters (sometimes together, sometimes on their own). Among these are better looks at Bucky’s new cybernetic arm, which trades in the sterling silver of previous MCU escapades in favor of a black and gold motif. We also see new stills of Sam Wilson with Captain America’s shield, one of which features him wearing a suit and tie (which, admittedly, isn’t the best outfit to practice shield-throwing with). However, other images feature some of the series’ supporting players. One shot in particular shows Sam and Bucky fighting alongside Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter, who returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time since Captain America: Civil War bowed in 2016. Additionally, there’s a new behind-the-scenes candid of Anthony Mackie, director Kari Skogland, and actress Adepero Oduye. Until now, Oduye’s role on the series has been a mystery. But the photo’s description indicates that she’s playing Sarah Wilson, Sam’s sister from the comics. Unfortunately, this new batch doesn’t include any additional shots of Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo or Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier hits Disney+ on March 19. What do you think of these latest images from the series? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! Recommended Reading: Captain America Vol. 1: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. This affiliate advertising program also provides a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

    Disney Investor Pushing for Big Films Like Black Widow to Debut on Disney+

    Disney Investor Pushing for Disney+ Debuts for Big Films Like Black Widow Last month, Black Widow was among the many high-profile film releases that were pushed back to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic that has still been affecting theater chains around the world. To some people, Disney made the right call to make the delays while others including Disney investor Dan Loeb think that the company should have just foregone its planned theatrical releases and move them to streaming instead Speaking with Variety, Loeb believes that tentpole projects like Black Widow would immediately give Disney+ the upper hand on their streaming competitors such as Netflix. Should the House of Mouse really consider this move, it would definitely attract subscribers and generate them more profit, especially if they would use the Premium Access strategy that they’ve first applied to the release of the live-action Mulan. RELATED: Wonder Woman 1984: Patty Jenkins Debunks Streaming Release Rumors “My understanding is that the old-line executives don’t want to go over the top with their big tentpole movies, which is why they announced they were pushing ‘Black Widow” and other movies to 2021,” Loeb said. “I don’t think they appreciate the tiger they have by the tail, which is to say the value they can drive by moving into a subscription model, which has been adopted by everyone from Microsoft to Amazon. It’s so value accretive.” “What Netflix has is this immense subscriber base that allows it to invest in an enormous amount of content and amortize that to get more subscribers,” Loeb continued. “Disney isn’t there yet, but they need to get there as quickly as possible. If they don’t get critical mass in their subscriber base, they will be permanently disadvantaged versus Netflix.” However, the main problem with this move-to-streaming strategy is that theater chains would be immensely affected and betrayed by this decision, especially when it has already been hard for them to keep their businesses afloat during this time. In Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff, a spy, and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. The film is expected to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War. Black Widow will also feature a star-studded cast including Golden Globe nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason. RELATED: Florence Pugh Pumps the Brakes On Future Black Widow Films The movie was directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) from a script written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle). Black Widow is set to release on May 7, 2021, which will be a year later since its original release date. 

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Xochitl Gomez Joins Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Deadline brings word that Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club) has joined Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Details on Gomez’s role in the sequel are being kept under wraps. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange Joins Spider-Man 3! Cumberbatch will next be reprising his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man 3 in addition to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel is being described as the first horror film in the MCU with Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returning as the titular sorcerer supreme and Elizabeth Olsen also appearing as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. According to Kevin Feige, the upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will both directly impact the events the Doctor Strange sequel. Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch appeared in Avengers: Endgame, where they were both last seen attending Tony Stark’s funeral. Loki also appeared in Endgame and was last seen after the events of the Avengers’ first battle in New York, where he escapes with the Tesseract cube. Originally set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, the sequel will now be helm by Spider-Man‘s Sam Raimi with Loki head writer Michael Waldron set to rewrite the script that was first written by The Turning scribe Jade Bartlett. Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Benedict Wong will be reprising their roles, with Rachel McAdams not expected to return to her role of Dr. Christine Palmer. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on March 25, 2022. RELATED: Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals Production Start Date for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness The first Doctor Strange movie was released in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the titular role. Joining him in the film were Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West. It also featured the MCU debut of critical characters from the pages of Marvel Comics, including Benedict Wong as Wong, plus Mads Mikkelsen as villain Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (who is of Celtic origin in the film instead of East Asian origin). Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson, whose previous credits were primarily horror films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us from Evil. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

    Iman Vellani is Kamala Khan in Disney+’s Ms. Marvel Series

    Iman Vellani is Kamala Khan in Disney+’s Ms. Marvel Series Marvel Studios continues to fill out the cast for its burgeoning small-screen universe on Disney+. Deadline brings word that newcomer Iman Vellani has been chosen to headline the studio’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series as Kamala Khan (via SuperHeroHype). You can check out the announcement via Twitter below! Newcomer Iman Vellani To Play Title Role In Marvel’s ‘Ms. Marvel’ Series For Disney Plus https://t.co/ZOfdPK4qV5 — Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 30, 2020 RELATED: Disney+’s Ms. Marvel Lands Bad Boys for Life Filmmakers & More! The Ms. Marvel series was first confirmed at last year’s D23 event, with British writer Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) attached to write and showrun the series, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also confirmed that she along with Moon Knight and She-Hulk will all eventually make their way to the big screen. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon were recently brought on board to direct. El Arbi and Fallah broke out with American audiences with their work on the long-awaited third installment in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-starring franchise, Bad Boys for Life, helping launch it to be the highest-grossing and best-reviewed film in the franchise. The duo are currently attached to revive another beloved action-comedy franchise with Netflix’s Beverly Hills Cop 4, which will see the return of series star Eddie Murphy in his iconic role of Axel Foley. Obaid-Chinoy is an Oscar-winning documentarian best known for her work with A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and Saving Face, while Menon is well-known for her work on the small screen with shows including You, For All Mankind and The Punisher. RELATED: Report: Samuel L. Jackson Will Headline a Nick Fury Series on Disney+ Though the Ms. Marvel moniker has been around for decades, originally the superhero name for Carol Danvers, the Khan character took on the name. A Pakistani-American, Khan joined the Marvel comics universe back in 2014 as a result of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mists being released, triggering her shapeshifting powers. Not only is she capable of stretching her limbs to great lengths and widths, but she can also grow or shrink to incredible sizes. Khan is also inspired by Carol Danvers, who at that point had been “promoted” to the role of Captain Marvel, and decides to take on her old moniker of Ms. Marvel to fight crime and do good.

    Report: Samuel L. Jackson Will Headline a Nick Fury Series on Disney+

    Report: Samuel L. Jackson Will Headline a Nick Fury Series on Disney+ Aside from his appearance in Captain Marvel, Nick Fury has had a relatively small role in the MCU for the past few years. However, that may soon change in a big way. Variety is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role in a Nick Fury series on Disney+. The report also notes that Jackson will serve as an executive producer on the show (via SuperHeroHype). RELATED: ILM Explores the Making of the Razor Crest in a New Mandalorian Featurette Disney+ did not respond to Variety’s initial story, but the outlet also notes that Kyle Bradstreet will write the series and executive produce it as well. Jackson has been playing Fury since the post-credits scene in Iron Man. Prior to that, Marvel infamously used Jackson’s likeness for Fury in The Ultimates, a modern reboot of the Avengers comic book series. Jackson made two guest appearances in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as numerous other roles in the Marvel movies. His last MCU appearance came in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which revealed that Nick Fury is no longer on Earth. Instead, Fury is somewhere out in space on Skrull starship. RELATED: Disney+’s Loki Officially Resumes Production in Atlanta Story details about the Nick Fury series are currently unknown. However, the techniques used to make Jackson appear young in Captain Marvel could allow Marvel to place the series in any part of Fury’s career. Are you looking forward to seeing the Nick Fury series? Let us know in the comment section below! Recommended Reading: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Classic Vol. 1

    J.K. Simmons Says THERE’S ‘A Distinct Chance’ We See More of His J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 3

    J.K. Simmons Says There Is A ‘Distinct Chance’ We See More of His J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man 3 One of the highlights of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home was the surprising cameo by J.K. Simmons as editor-in-chief of The Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson. In a recent interview with Collider, Simmons revealed that he is optimistic future Spidey films will feature his take on the character. “There is a distinct chance, there have been discussions, and I’m not going to say anything definitive [laughter] because I don’t know if I’m allowed to. But yes, I’m very optimistic that I’ll have some more J.J.J. in my future.” RELATED: J.K. Simmons Says His Next J. Jonah Jameson Cameo Has Already Been Filmed Simmons then went on to talk about the cameo which happened very quickly after a meeting with Marvel executives. “The only thing we didn’t a hundred percent see eye to eye on, I think, was how much is this character going to be the character from, I think, the comic books and from the Sam Raimi original trilogy, and how much do we want to evolve it and to have it be more contemporary or more… you know.” Despite his yearning to retread his previous performance — why else would you cast him if you didn’t want that J. Jonah Jameson — the actor eventually came to terms on a more contemporary take. Read: a bald version of the character. “Which I think honestly, that decision might’ve just been them going, ‘We don’t have time to make a wig. We got to shoot him tomorrow in the office,'” explained Simmons. “So, J. Jonah Jameson either lost his hair in the last few years, or he was wearing a hairpiece the whole time. I don’t know, you pick.” Spidey fans remember all too well the actor’s spot-on portrayal of the character in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy of films, so it was cool to see Simmons reprise a role he was clearly born to play. Hopefully, there is more to come! RELATED: J.K. Simmons Discusses Commissioner Gordon’s Role in the Snyder Cut Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Peter Parker, Samuel L. Jackson (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Nick Fury, Jon Favreau (The Lion King) as Happy Hogan, Zendaya (Euphoria) as MJ, and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) as Mysterio. Spider-Man: Far From Home is directed by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and based on a Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Executive Producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, the late Stan Lee, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach.

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